Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Harold Alexander's Mama Soul from a amazing funk album called The Sunshine Man. I had the good fortune of stumbling on this album in the bargain bin of a record store long ago. Not knowing what it was but knowing it was on the great flying dutchman jazz label and knowing this guy looked funky as hell, I took it home and was blown away by his scatting and dirty funkiness on the flute. And I love that he sounds just like you'd think by looking at his front and back album cover photos. The great jazz bassist Richard Davis is also playing some wicked bass on this particular album.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This woman will be big! Changing the game/bringing roots blues back into the spotlight. She has hints of Jessie Mae Hemphill, RL Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Joanna Newsome and even Black Keys in her music. And it's nice to see and old (Re)Fugee back puttin in quality work: John Forte.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
If you like jazz then you will love this tune by Girma Hadgu. Just when you think the beauty might subside, the winds blow and the world/music keeps on spinning. It is one of the more beautiful tunes from the ethiopiques collection (a series of tracks/albums from ethiopian & eritrean singers/musicians). Ethiopian jazz has always been one of the more intriguing, recognizable and unique jazz styles. The French label Buda musique and specifically Francis Falceto made this collection of 60s & 70s recordings available to the west starting in 1997 and it has released 27 albums. The only downside is Francis Falceto is said to have grossly underpaid these talented musicians when obtaining the rights to their music. If you are looking for a starting point I highly recommend Ethiopiques vol. 4.