Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – but they also seem to have a special sort of glow here – one that's more subtle, but still rhythmically bold – never too over the top in the way the instrumentation glides along, with especially great work on keyboards. Most tracks are instrumental – and titles include "Disconnected Thoughts" by Andrew Soul, "Sunspot" by Steven Tang, "Build Her" by Professor Delacroix, "Late Night Thinking" by Estroe, "Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropshycojungledub inst)" by Gerd, "Atlanta" by Ananada Project, "Believe In Reflecting" by Roaming, and "Phantom" by Tomas Svensson. CD
Sweet electric work from Ron Carter – subtle magic in the best CTI mode! Ron arranged the set himself, but he's working with a core group of CTI players that includes Bob James and Richard Tee on electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, and Billy Cobham on drums – shifting mood, tone, and color with ease as each new track on the album emerges – and uniting the whole proceedings with work on acoustic bass and piccolo bass! Not funky, but very soulful – with a keen sense of space, but never too much so to make things snoozy. Titles include "Blues Farm", "Hymn For Him", "Two Beat Johnson", and "R2, M1". LP, Vinyl record album
Akira Sakata —
Pochi ... CD Denon (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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A gem of a record from the legendary Akira Sakata – one of the most soulful, spiritual saxophonists on the Japanese scene – a player who may well be their equivalent to Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp! This beautiful album from 1980 really shows Sakata coming into his own – blowing with a sense of freedom that's never too loose – always directed by some sort of inner spirit that shapes his notes and their path, with a mixture of the searing and contemplative passages we'd expect from both Ayler or Shepp. The material was all recorded on the First Appearance Tour of Sakata's trio with Hiroshi Yoshino on bass and Nobuo Fujii on drums – and titles include "Cho Cho", "Guzura In Wonderland", "R2 Strange Island", "Do In", and "Strange Island". CD
A haunting and ethereally beautiful set of modern classical works – anchored by the moody, 26 minute title piece composed by Morton Feldman – with some equally wonderful shorter works by John Cage and Erik Satie. Feldman's "Rothco Chapel" was inspired by abstract painting and named for the Houston, TX chapel built to house site-specific art – so the participation of the Houston Chamber Choir and quite apt, and gives the piece a genuinely spirited feel. It's the longest piece and has the richest arrangements, with Kim Kashkashian on viola, Steven Schick on percussion and Sarah Rothenberg on celeste. The Cage and Satie pieces are sparer, but no less effective piano and choir pieces – with Sarah Rothenberg on the piano –- and the titles include "Gnossienne No. 4", "Four2", :Ogive No 1", "Ear For Ear (Antiphonies)", "Ogive No 2", "Gnossienne No 1", "Five" "Gnossienne No. 3" and "In A Landscape". CD