South Indian music played on Venu (or flute), tamboura, kanjeera, and mridangam. Stretched out over 4 long tracks – "Sarasa Saama Dhaana", "Koluvai Unnadae", "Kadhanavarike", and "Varanaaradha Naaraayana". LP, Vinyl record album
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Good+ ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam and a bit of pen on back.)
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) —
Journey ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A landmark New York session from Dollar Brand – recorded in the late 70s, with a larger group than usual! Brand spins out some really magical African-tinged jazz grooves – stretching forth in his usual modal mode, with lots of rhythmic lines – but in a way that's also augmented ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff – and quite possibly the greatest album ever recorded by this enigmatic percussionist! The record features Chaino with his "African Percussion Safari" – not really listed on the notes individually, but (we surmise) most likely a group of studio percussionists. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from Cherry – recorded in Paris in 1978, and featuring duets with tabla player Latif Khan. The sound is spare an unencumbered by any additional backing or electronics – but there's an overall groove to the record that's really really nice. Tablas set the rhythm, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing!)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 2 ... LP ECM, 1980. Near Mint- ...
The second album by this wonderful world jazz ensemble – a trio featuring sitar, tabla, and vocals by Colin Wolcott; trumpet, melodica, and percussion by Cherry; and assorted percussion and voice from Nana Vasconcelos. The tracks are mostly atmospheric and exploratory, but work in a style ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some waviness due to moisture.)
Muddy Ibe & His Nkwa Brothers System —
83 ... LP RAS, 1983. Good ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Label has some pen.)
Yemi Eleburu Ibon & His Ancient Philosophy Interna —
Omo Gba Je Nsin Mi ... LP Yemi Eleburuibon (Nigeria), 1970s. Good ...
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really cool work from Turkish rocker Fikret Kizilok – a collection of early 70s singles that really know how to shake up and mess up the concept of musical genres! The tunes here start in a Turkish folk tradition – with stringed instruments, flute, and percussion that certainly display ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We loved The Kutimangoes last time around, but we love them even more on this sweet second set – a record that, as the title implies, was recorded in Burkina Faso, with a killer sound that really opens up their groove! The music is Afro Funk at the core, but has lots of jazz inflections ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A steel band album – but with some nice twists! The record features a number of straight calypso type tunes, but it's also got some other ones with a cool 70s groove – echoey production mixed with soulful instrumentation to come up with some nice sounds! Highlights include a nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic LP, and one that differs greatly from nearly all of his other recordings. Released in 1977, but most likely recorded earlier (the cover offers no information about the session), this set features the great South African trumpeter in a live set of straight jazz playing that shows a side ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massively wonderful work from the mighty Hugh Masekela – easily one of his hippest, most soulful sessions ever! This double-length gem really has Hugh letting go – moving way beyond the pop modes of the late 60s, into a long-flowing, open-rolling groove that's played by a spare quintet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with a name in pen & some wear.)
Like Hugh Masekela's other records on Blue Thumb, this is a totally great bit of Afro funk, with a good hard groove filled with tight jazz playing, and some nice choppy rhythm that feels like it belongs on a Fela record. Great stuff played by his tight little Hedzoleh Soundz group, with the cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutouthole and light wear.)
One of the few later recordings by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath – and one that was done for a major label, and almost marketed as a world music album! Despite that fact, though, the set's still very firmly in McGregor's jazzy mode of the past – yet also certainly touched by ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly offensive title, but a set that features some great percussion from Montego Joe – in a much wider range than his usual Latin grooves! Marie Brooks narrates, and there's other drummers working with Joe – in a really wicked groove that's almost urged on by Marie's shouts and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Brazilian group, but one who play with a wonderfully spiritual sound – with currents of jazz that take us back to the early 70s years of Strata East and Impulse Records, but given perhaps a bit more of a contemporary twist! The large lineup definitely lives up to the orchestra in their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
US issue of some of Sonny's African recordings from the early 80s. The groove here is afro-pop, with crisp guitars and a lighter beat than Fela's style of afrobeat, but with similar cascading horn parts. The production's a bit slicker too, with the vocals pushed way forward in the mix. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's the mid 80s and Mickey Hart's behind the production on this album, so you know it has a slick, glossy touch all over it, with a very "world music" approach. But the beauty of Olatunji's playing and subtle complexity of the rhythms trump the flashy approach. The lineup is huge, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear & discoloration along the bottom half of the opening.)
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatunde Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album