08th Dec2004

Miles Davis ‘Plays It Cool’ (Metro)

by ukvibe

But of course he does, he’s Miles Davis! This charts his early years in Charlie Parker’s group from 1945 to 1948, 22 tracks where the trumpet star learned to play bebop in Parker’s great band, a very cool school. Graham Radley

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07th Dec2004

Women Of Latin America ‘Various’ Putumayo

by ukvibe

Female voices from Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Peru & Mexico. This fairly laid back collection opens with a new name to me, Marta Gomez from Colombia, with ‘La Ronda’ a gentle Afro-Peruvian influenced rhythm. Also here are tracks from Jacqueline Fuentes, Monica Salmaso, Mariana Montalvo, Tania Libertad, Susana Baca, Lila Downs, Belo Velloso, Lhasa and Toto La Momposina. I especially like Brazilian singer songwriter Adriana Calcanhotto’s ‘Justo Agora’, such a lovely voice. Graham Radley

06th Dec2004

Essential Afrobeat – The Very Best Of Afrobeat: Family Records

by ukvibe

Afrobeat was brought to us first by Fela Kuti and his Africa 70 band (Dele Sosimi, who has compiled this album, worked with Fela Kuti as his musical director for a period of time). Now thankfully it is stirring up UK dance floors again with this tasty triple CD compilation giving a varied look at the history, influences and future. We have of course Fela Kuti & Femi Kuti plus Tony Allen, Orlando Julius, Hugh Masekela and Salif Keita. The DJ take on Afrobeat comes from Fatboy Slim and DJ Food while one of the discs is an ’Afro Chill Mix’ which includes Antibalas ’Elephant’ The Meters ‘Just Kissed My Baby’ and Afro Dizz with ‘Kalakuta Show’. 51 great tracks in all, feet don’t fail me now!

Graham Radley

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05th Dec2004

Nois4 ‘Gente’ Candid Records

by ukvibe

Monica Vasconceles, Ingrid Laubrock, Ife Tolentino and Chris Wells formerly known as As Meninas but now going out as Nois4. Recorded in San Paulo this follow up to ‘Bom Dia’ features a guest appearance from Guinga who contributes a couple of tracks plus guitar on 3 tracks and vocals on another, the superb ‘Com a Perna no Mundo ’. As wonderful as all the composite parts are it’s Monica Vasconceles’ gorgeous, warm vocals that frame the musical picture and make the magic work. Great release. Graham Radley

04th Dec2004

Shake The Nation – A New Breed Of Dub 4: Dubhead

by ukvibe

15 tracks with The Dub Project, Urban Dub, Sir Larsie, Vibronics, Brain Damage, Iration Steppas, Sism X, Infantry Rockers, Dubphonic, Sound Imperion, Trial Production, AB-10, Nucleus Roots, Jah Warrior and Twilight Circus featuring Big Youth. To be enjoyed loud and rocking. Graham Radley

03rd Dec2004

Mbilia Bel ‘Belissimo’ Stern’s Africa

by ukvibe

Follow up to 2001’s ‘Welcome’ and marking her return to Sterns this is delightful. It’s over 25 years since she first hit the scene , in the mid 80’s came the classic duets with Tabu Ley, here she duets with Kandia Kouyate on my favourite track ‘Droit a l’amour’ . This is an African diva in her element with her distinctive vocals at their best when set against some flowing guitar licks from Souzy Kasseya who also wrote a lot of the material. Graham Radley

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02nd Dec2004

Donna Ivone Lara ‘Sempre a Cantar’

by ukvibe

Now 82, she has been writing carnival sambas for 60 years but only started recording in 1978 (this is only her eighth release). Considered to be the first female samba composer and as such a big part of the whole culture and history of the genre especially on the afro-samba side of things. Things started off when she moved to Mangueira in the 1940’s and met some samba musicians going on to join Império Serrano samba school and writing sambas especially for carnival parades. Living history as fresh as ever.

Graham Radley

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01st Dec2004

Ray Mantilla & The New Space Station ‘Man-Ti-Ya’ Savant

by ukvibe

SCD2060 (available from HarmoniaMundi 02087099500)

Tasty Latin jazz from the New York percussionist in the tradition of Machito and Tito Puente. This is a touring seven piece band that is as tight as the proverbial and captured spot on by Cedar Walton’s production, lining up are Willie Williams on saxes, Enrique Fernandez on baritone sax and flute, Guido Gonzalez on trumpet, Edy Martinez on piano, Cucho Martinez on bass and Bill Elder on drums. These guys have it in their blood. Very good. Graham Radley

30th Apr2004

Terry Callier ‘Total Recall’ (Mr. Bongo)

by ukvibe

New release here featuring eleven reworkings of Terry’s classic compositions together with a DVD video track of ‘You’re gonna miss your candy man’.
In the mix on this release you will find Block 16, Hopper, Zero 7, 4 Hero and Mitchell & Dewbury, adding a leftfield slant on what can only be described as music’s father voice. Difficult to compare this with his originals, better to take it at face value as a great nu jazz sound – progressive for perhaps an uninitiated Callier audience.
You need to approach this with a clear mind, if in doing so you are disappointed, then perhaps you should think long and hard about your own state of mind.
Terry Callier is a true genius and to take his music off to another dimension with some of the best producers around, can only provide the listener with evermore appreciation of his status within the pages of jazz.

Steve Williams

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29th Apr2004

V/A ‘A Night Out In London’ Compiled by Nik Weston (Aosis)

by ukvibe

Okay, a little hard this one to be objective about, what with Nik’s input on the site, but here goes… critical reviewing.
The thirteen-track compilation opens with a beautiful jazz number from Res with Coltrane/Modal flavours. eloquent nu jazz nugget.
Hey, just thought – night out in London on Japanese release only – not much chance then of hearing it in London… Ironic! Moving on, we find samba beats on Pamela Driggs’ ‘Leicoa’, almost the best thing on this disc, which is truly representative of the many genres of music you would find in the smoke. Opas sound on Yukoh Kusunoki’s ‘After The Dance’ – revival almost, a little passé (to mention Michael McDonald here would be a little too critical), Maysa Leak features on Jazoulsters’ first of three offerings here, ‘Family Affair’ (yes that one) is given a proper reworking – nice one Maysa.
Paris Match next up with a George Benson sound – we don’t like. however, Osamu Kaike’s rendition of ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ is without a shadow of doubt the best thing here – proper jazz all the way, and even giving Ms. Lundy’s version a run for its money. worth the search, worth the money, worth the effort alone.
we then move through jazz dance meets Jeff Lorber on ‘Shi Wa Zu’, descarga madness on ‘Descarga Pa’Ti’ and true London sounds on ‘Speed Of Love’ scats included free of charge. the cd is in full throttle. up next two more Jazoulster. first ‘Landscape from the Higher Lounge’ – not sure if the title wins first prize or the awesome sax blowing. me no like third Jazoulster track, but nuff praise to Paris Match’s second offering ‘Deep Inside’ with Ananda Project on the mix.
all in all there are some dated sounds I will admit, but 10 out of 13 is some achievement when it comes to the quality here.

Steve Williams

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