A late 70s session on FMP, but one that really shows the dynamic, boundless sense of imagination that we love from the ICP organization – led here by madman Misha Mengelberg on piano and at the helm of the operation! The sounds are free, but with a different quality than some of the more familiar FMP modes – even though the lineup here features some of that label's artists – in a lineup that also includes Tristan Honsinger on cello, Han Bennink on drums, Maarten Altena on bass, Peter Brotzmann on reeds, and John Tchicai on alto sax! The tunes are shortish, and almost feel like they have a sense of structure at times – even though the players go pretty far out at others – a great tension between composition and spontaneous creation, held together beautifully under the leadership of Mengelberg. Titles include "Polizei", "Ansange", "In Memoriam J Hodges", "La Madelon", "Rumbone", "Kiwk Kwek Kwak", and "Ludwig's Blue Note". LP, Vinyl record album
Dudu Pukwana, Misha Mengelberg, & Han Bennink —
Yi Yole ... CD ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic slice of sound from the legendary Dudu Pukwana – not his work with the famous Blue Notes combo, nor his globally-styled projects – but instead this searing free jazz date cut for the ICP label with Misha Mengelberg on piano and Hank Bennink on drums, clarinet, viola, and trombone! Pukwana is always great, but here he comes on with an improvising force that's even more amazing than you might expect – really stretching out over long tracks on alto sax, with moments that echo his more familiar tones, but with a lot more intensity – really driven on by the fantastic piano impulses from Mengelberg, and all pushed to the brink by Bennink's boundless energy on all instruments. Titles include "The King Of Weasle Is Called Easle", "Yi Yole", and "Silopobock". CD
A British combo with a classic soul sound – and one who've got roots in a mod scene that stretches back before the early days of Acid Jazz! Given that the group features keyboards from Mick Talbot and drums from Steve White, you can bet that their sound is tight and right – a solid 60s-influenced style that drips with soul, jazz, and funky touches – but which also gets a powerful lead vocal edge from singer Kelly Dickson. Dickson's are nicely raspy throughout – not authentic soul, but more than soulful enough to keep the set moving nicely – especially on some of the numbers that move into odd arrangements and strange production twists, which help the set avoid a straight soul copy mode. Titles include a surprisingly great funky remake of Scott Walker's "Little Things", plus the cuts "What's Your Problem", "Nobody Told Me", "Isaac's Boogaloo", "Quinta Del Sordo", "Liberation", "It's Not Over Now", and "No Big Deal". CD
For the past 5 years, the Disorient label's been building a bridge between the London and Tokyo scenes – fueled partly by the efforts of the Mr Bongo record stores in the two cities, but also bubbling as a hotbed of newly creative work that's forging 21st century global groove! The artists on the imprint have influences that stretch back to 70s club and electronica tracks, Brazilian rhythms, 80s house, and much of the best of the current underground – and they stand out as some of the most soulful artists of the two cities' scenes, ready to break out with big crossover success one of these days. 11 tracks in all, mostly pulled from hard to find singles on the label – with titles that include "Dancing In Outerspace (MAW moody mix)" by Atmosfear, "Good Life" by Kaori, "Anjos Ilrmaos (Truby Trio rmx)" by Miyazawa, "In My Lucid Dream (Karma rmx)" by Coldfeet, "Theme De YoYo (Restless Soul mix)" by Su Paka Poo, "Free As The Morning Sun" by Mr Hermano, "Toujours L'Amore" by Dimitri From Paris, "Ole Le (Ashley Beedle sun barrio break mix)" by Takada, "Feel Up (Salt City Orchestra Wednesday mix)" by Spook, and "A Espera" by Chieko Kinbara with Lilliana Chachian. CD
Konono No 1 —
Lubuaku ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2003. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliantly funky and raw live recording by the Congo's great Konono No 1 – taped in Vera, Holland on their first European tour in February of 2003, and released on Terp, the label owned by Terrie Ex of the Ex! The brittle, in-the-red likembe patterns fly by in high-velocity cycles, amped-up by the group's trademark distortion and relentlessly propelled by a three-piece rhythm section of congas, cow bells, and metal percussion – and all of it's topped by great call-and-response singing. Although the music is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Bazombe – a tribe indigenous to the area around the Angola-Conga border – the furious attack almost sounds like a cross between techno throb and punk energy. It's no surprise that the band's touring mates, the Ex, preferred to open for Konono – there's no way anyone could follow this mind-numbing stuff. Tracks include "Ditshe Tshiekutala", "Mokanda Mbuta", "Kulekule", "Ku Hollande", and "Ngudi Vakanda/Lufua-Luandonga". CD