Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Singer/songwriter Sara Mitra has attracted a compelling amount of critical praise for her début album “April Song”. Her own highly personalised songs sit alongside a couple of jazz and pop standards plus a version of the Irish traditional tune “Black Is The Colour”.In addition to Mitra’s assured and emotive singing and intelligent, literate writing the success of the record also owes much to the contribution of a stellar cast of young British jazz musicians. Mitra’s husband Tim Giles is on drums with the core group also featuring Giles’ Fraud band mates James Allsopp (reeds) and Philip Hochstrate (keyboards) plus Riaan Vosloo on bass and Fulvio Sigurta on trumpet and flugel horn. There are also contributions from organist Ross Stanley and cellist Lucy Railton (of Kammer Klang fame). The core group are heavily involved in the arranging process and as a result this is a genuine jazz album with much to enjoy instrumentally as well as vocally.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
- ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE TWISTED JAZZ ALBUMS OF THE YEAR JUST GOT BETTER!!!
- 13 Top producers, DJs and artists from all around the world worked their magic on a few BAHAMA tracks from the stunning album "BOSSA NOVA JUST SMELLS FUNKY". Some of the best songs with singers like Pat Appleton, Bella Wagner, Sitzka, John Turrell & Kojato were rebooted into pure rhythmic bliss.
A bright collection of Latin, House, Reggae, Funk & Soul with a thoroughly modern take on Dancefloor Jazz.
Welcome to 15 tracks from selected artists like:
CLUB DES BELUGAS, SUONHO, TAPE FIVE, MOP MOP, VALIQUE, DR RUBBERFUNK, MASH & MUNKEE, ACUSMATIC GROUP, RENEGADES OF JAZZ, MINIMATIC, QUINCY JOINTZ, DJ KINSKI, FROHLOCKER.
- OUT ON 11 February 2011 from Buju Records
Thursday, January 6, 2011
After seeing them play at the Living Room (which later became the Comedy Store) on Sunset Boulevard, Millman became manager of the Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1, and signed them to Randy Woods (creator/owner of the Mira, Mirwood, Crestview, Surrey labels) in the late 1960s.
Having released several albums this band would later become the Afro Soultet. The liner notes to their Afrodesia album state "This is Afrodesia! A Musical collage of many peoples. . .it comes from Africa and from Arabia, from the South Seas and from Asia." Living up to the promise of those notes Afrodesia mixes Latin Jazz, with straight jazz, worldly percussion, surf, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of lounge, and some hints of tropicalia. Millman produced and released the Afrodesia album on his own Banyon label sometime between 1968-1971 (no release date is listed on the record, and Millman cannot recall a more exact date.)
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
"At the young age of 34 Charlie Parker passed and left us with open questions about what would be. I kept wondering how Bird would have developed within these tunes, not just as the incredible soloist that he was but as an arranger and band leader. Bird Songs is my humble attempt to answer some of those questions in my own way." - Joe Lovano
Saturday, January 1, 2011
It's taken just two short years for Dunham Records - an imprint of Daptone Records - to establish itself as one of the most captivating creative forces in soul music. The brainchild of guitarist/producer Thomas "Tommy TNT" Brenneck, Dunham's indelibly atmospheric sound is epitomized by its flagship artist, Menahan Street Band. After releasing a handful of crucial 45s, Dunham Records prepares to enter the next phase of its evolution with the debut album of its inaugural vocalist, Charles Bradley.
Charles Bradley's voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska - singing and performing in his spare time - before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience - each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It's only fitting that No Time For Dreaming's producer Brenneck (also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band) would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit - a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Recorded at Dunham Studios, and mixed at Daptone Records' internationally revered "House of Soul" Studios, No Time For Dreaming is the inspired sound of an awakening.