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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 perspective. Why? Well, ... LP, Vinyl record album
This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy in the 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album
40s field recordings in pre-Castro Cuba – a series of tracks recorded in Havana and more rural locations, all of which document the surviving African traditions in Cuban music! Much of the work here is relatively spare and percussive – done with instrumentation that includes gourd ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real rarity from Miriam Makeba – and a groovy one too! The set was recorded in LA, with help from The Crusaders, Arthur Adams, and David T Walker – with strings by David Axelrod! There's a righteous sound overall, and a nice undercurrent of funk – kind of like the ... LP, Vinyl record album
The group's second album for Jive, and a batch of 80s African tracks that have a surprisingly jazzy edge to them. The sound here is quite different from the Celluloid approach to New African grooves – a bit more soulful and standard, but with strong use of instruments in a fusiony way, one ... LP, Vinyl record album
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album
With selections by Mapantsula, Aeroplanes, Stan James, The Facts, Cherry Faced Lurchers, Kalahari Surfers, The Softies, In Simple English, Nude Red, Roger Lucy, and Jennifer Fergusson. LP, 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Includes Mahler's "Symphony No 1 In D", Schubert's "Mass No 6 In E Flat D 950", Brahms' "Concerto No 2 In B Flat Op 83", Strauss' "Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils, "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks", and "Suite From Die Frau Ohne Schatten"; ... LP, Vinyl record album