One of the best soul collaborations ever! Fela and Roy Ayers team up for this whopping album that brings together the best sides of these monster soul talents of the 70s! In keeping with Fela's work, the tracks are long and Afro-tinged, with a complicated groove that grows over the length of the track. And in keeping with Roy's work, the album has a sweet soulful feel, with lots of nice jazzy touches, cool vibes, and great vocals by Roy. Two long tracks, both classics: "2000Black" and "Africa, Center of the World". Long overdue! LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic Indian funk from one of our favorite new groups! In contrast to the band's jazzy second album Jade, issued right before this one, Dancing On One's Hands is more of a 70s funk outing – with hard grooves that recall the best moment of funky Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s, plus a few mellower numbers that have the jazzy feel of Jade. There's a bit of modern production in the mix, with programming and electronics on a few tracks – but the core instrumentation is still sitar, tampura, vibes, trumpet, flute, and percussion. A wonderful mix of world styles – without any of the "hoke" that you might normally expect from a project like this! Titles include "Black Pearl", "Amarillo", "Looping Morning", "Supernova", "No Pares", and "Haiku". CD
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Shaman ... LP Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind of material that's both a message and a medicine for the planet – of the sort that first inspired Ackamoor's generation in the 70s – and which is rarely carried off in a contemporary context this well! Idris plays tenor, but also delivers some surprisingly wonderful vocals and a few very powerful spoken parts too – and the rest of the lineup features Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Ruben Ramos Medina on bass, Jack Yglesies on percussion, Sandra Poindexter on viola and violin, and Giole Pagliaccia on drums. The vibe here is like the vintage Black Fire Records label at its best – and titles include "Salvation", "Theme For Cecil", "When Will I See You Again", "Shaman", "Tango Of Love", "Dogon Mysteries", and "The Last Slave Ship". (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album