Interesting album. Although most Nonesuch Explorer sessions were ethnographic ones, recorded in the field by the label's engineers – this one's a studio session, recorded in New York by a group that's reputedly from Ghana, but which seems to be kind of a "fake" one from our ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent modern afro funk – very much in the mode of work that Tony Allen did on his Black Voices album! "Man With The Drum" features Tony and the Kraked Unit – going strong with hard syncopated percussion, warm electronic keyboards, sly basswork, and some catchy lyrics sung ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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.)
Fred Bongusto —
Lunedi ... LP Warner (Italy), 1979. Very Good ...
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
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
(Cover has some peeled spots from sticker removal on front and marker on back.)
Basil Mannenberg Coetzee —
Sabenza ... LP Kijima (South Africa), 1988. Very Good+ ...
A later album by this South African jazz great – with Coetzee on tenor, Robbie Jansen on alto and soprano sax, James Kirby on guitar, and Michael Martin on piano. Titles include "CT Blues", "African Jazz Dance", "Song For Winnie", "Mama", "Coventry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While we have more or less dismissed a lot of the Celluloid world music productions from the 80s in the past, we look back now and realize that was pretty much just purist snobbery. This Laswell produced album of funky afro grooves doesn't have the same hard African funk that we dig so much about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As with other Africa 70 releases, 2 side long afro jams, with a strong pulsing groove percolating throughout. The set's got amazing keyboards, with this strange other-worldly sound that makes it feel like Sun Ra has suddenly joined the group, and the arrangements are nice and tight, in spite of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
One of the best of Fela's albums from the 80's, and one that features one long track – "Army Arrangement" – done in vocal and instrumental versions, each lasting for a side of the record. The track's an excellent one – with a hard heavy groove, as the cut's the "ori ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Celluloid pressing. Cover has some creases on the back panel.)
One of the greatest tracks ever from the legendary John Gibbs – the man who brought the steel pans strongly to the dancefloor – thanks to his unique blend of the instrument with disco grooves! The classic "Trinidad" is presented here in a previously unissued version – ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant transformation of the sounds of Mali – one that takes songs composed by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and reworks them as pieces for solo guitar – yet played at a level that's every bit as haunting and evocative as the originals! Derek Gripper has this deftly harmonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... 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.)
One of the greatest things to ever come out of Hugh Masekela's association with Uni Records – an album of instrumental tunes that recalls the older sound of the South African scene, yet which also has more of that modern and slightly funky groove that Hugh was bringing to his own work in the ... 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
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin —
Missa Luba ... LP Philips, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the biggest world music hits of the 60s – a unique album that mixes Congolese songs with a new interpretation of the Latin mass! Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin are an ensemble of young singers with a very joyous sort of feel – one that works equally well for the traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with booklet. Cover has a worn corner & sticker remnant.)
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
An excellent recording of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka – one to rival the earlier album recorded by Brian Jones for Apple Records! The on-site recording captures the music perfectly – an other-worldly blend of percussion and reed instruments with a droning and rhythmically intense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)
Stephen Osita Osadebe —
Makojo ... LP Polydor (Nigeria), 1985. Good ...
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(Cover has masking tape on the bottom seam and some pen on front & back.)
Heads ... LP MCA, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A really wonderful third album from Osibisa – and a record that really crystallizes the group's sound into a trademark blend of African roots and more progressive-styled jamming! There's a mode here that's perfect for the cross-cultural London of the post-colonial 70s – a style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Osibisa's smoothing things up a bit by this point – going for a groove that's partially African-inspired, but which also has some mainstream Caribbean touches, and an overall approach that uses more mainstream R&B styles than on some of their previous records. The sound isn't bad, though ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mickey Heart of the Grateful Dead teams up with Mike Hinton and Airto Moriera for this percussion heavy session, ostensibly recorded for use in Apocalypse Now. 10 tracks in all: "Compound", "Trenches", "Street Gang", "The Beast", "Steps", "Tar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great steel band record, pretty much all covers and just about all funky, too! Like a lot of the groups updating the Carribbean sound with touches of rock, soul and funk, these guys seemed to have their brief moment, then just about completely disappear. There's vocals on some of the tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally great, totally obscure album from the Argentine scene of the 60s – a modernist experiment to mix jazz and folklore – played by a sextet that features Strega on piano, plus vibes, flute, guitar, bass, and some mighty nice percussion! (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of world jazz atmospherics from Collin Walcott – a set that features his work on sitar and tabla upfront, plus some other great ECM touches from John Abercrombie on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The album works a lot better than other sessions of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has gloss separation along the edges and corners.)
Great lost LP that pairs the crazy African percussionist Guy Warren with the orchestra of Red Saunders, one of the most important local bands in Chicago in the 50's, and an ensemble that was woefully underrecorded. Saunders played a lot at the south side's Club De Lisa, where Sun Ra regularly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: POOR CONDITION. Cover has some splitting. Vinyl has numerous marks which causes clicks & crackles throughout.)