Monthly Archives: March, 2018

DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: EXPERIMENTAL GERMAN ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1972-1983.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83. Label: Soul Jazz Records.  Nowadays, the period between 1968 and the early eighties is regarded as a golden period for German music, and is remembered as period when groundbreaking artists and groups like Amon Düül II, Can, Cluster, Deuter, Faust, Harmonia, Neu!, Popul Vuh and …

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TOM WAITS -CLOSING TIME.

Tom Waits-Closing Time. Label: Anti. It was in the summer of 1971, when Herb Cohen first saw and heard Tom Waits at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which was one of the city’s top clubs in the city’s music scene and where many an up-and-coming singers and bands had started out before going on to …

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LED ZEPPELIN-HOW THE WEST WAS WON. 

Led Zeppelin-How The West Was Won.  Label: Atlantic. By the time Led Zeppelin embarked upon their 1972 North American Tour, it was official, they were the biggest and some said the baddest rock ’n’ roll band in the world. Their first four albums were well on their way to selling forty-nine million albums, and Led …

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BILLY COBHAM MAGIC AND ALIVEMUTHERFORYA. 

Billy Cobham-Magic and Alivemutherforya. Label: BGO Records. By 1977, Panamanian-American jazz and fusion drummer Billy Cobham had only been a solo artist since 1973, but he already accumulated a wealth of experience since his discharge from the US Army in 1968. Soon, Billy Cobham had joined Horace Silver’s Quintet, then became the house drummer at …

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DIE WILDE JAGD-UHRWALD ORANGE.

Die Wilde Jagd-Uhrwald Orange. Label: Bureau B. Release Date: ‘6th’ April 2018. Ever since the late sixties, Düsseldorf has always had a vibrant music and art scene, and that was the still the case in 2006 when Berlin born DJ Sebastian Lee Philipp first met Ralf Beck a local musician and producer in Salon des …

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BILL FRISELL-MUSIC IS.

Bill Frisell-Music Is. LABEL: Okeh-Sony Music. Sixty-seven year old American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore, but grew up in Denver, Colorado, where his love of music blossomed. Bill Frisell’s  love of music is just as strong today, as it’s ever been, and proof of this is his new solo album Music Is …

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GABRIELE POSO-AWAKENING-VINYL EDITION.

Gabriele Poso-Awakening-Vinyl Edition. Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘30th’ of March 2018. Italian multi-instrumentalist and master percussion Gabriele Poso’s lifelong love affair with music began after he discovered his family’s record collection as child. This was a cultural awakening for Gabriele Poso who was soon discovering the delights of jazz, soul and Afro-Latin music. Before long, …

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MOPO-MOPOCALYPSE.

Mopo-Mopocalypse. Label: We Jazz Records.  When a fight breaks out in a bar some people head for the door, as others look for a pool cue and join the fray, while some watch the action from sidelines hoping that nobody will spill their drink. However, not many people having just witnessed a bar brawl decide to …

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THE HERBALISER-BRING OUT THE SOUND-VINYL EDITION

The Herbaliser-Bring Out The Sound-Vinyl Edition. Label: BBE Music. As October 2012 dawned, Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba had been making music as The Herbaliser since 1995, and were now regarded as UK hip hop’s most exciting live band. The two members of The Herbaliser were also preparing to release their seventh studio album There …

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BIOSPHERE-THE HILVARENBEEK RECORDINGS.

Biosphere-The Hilvarenbeek Recordings. Label: Biophon Records. Back in 2013, Geir Jenssen a.k.a. Biosphere, was invited by the organisers of the Incubate Festival in Tilburg to spend a week doing field recordings at the organic farm in Boerderij ‘t Schop in Hilvarenbeek. This was an invitation Biosphere accepted and made the journey to Hilvarenbeek, in Holland. …

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SUN RA-“OF ABSTRACT DREAMS.”

Sun Ra-“Of Abstract Dreams.” Label: Strut. Nowadays, the inimitable Sun Ra is regarded as one of the true pioneers of free jazz and a truly innovative and influential musician who pushed musical boundaries to their limit, and sometimes, way beyond. Sun Ra was also a prolific artists who released around 125 albums during a career …

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TIM MAIA-DISCO CLUB.

Tim Maia-Disco Club. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. By 1978, Tim Maia had released nine albums since his 1970 eponymous debut, and although some of these album had been released to critical acclaim and were a commercial success, the charismatic Brazilian singer found himself financially embarrassed. Things had been going from bad to worse over the …

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THE FUGITIVES-THE PROMISE OF STRANGERS.

The Fugitives-The Promise Of Strangers. Label: Borealis Records. A lot has happened to the Canadian indie folk collective The Fugitives since they were founded eleven years ago in 2007, and began what has been a roller coaster musical adventure. They’ve been nominated for several Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award, headlined …

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GENE PAGE-HOT CITY AND LOVELOCK.

Gene Page-Hot City and Lovelock. BGO Records. By 1974, Gene Page was thirty-five, and a successful arranger, composer, conductor and producer, who already had over 350 credits to his name. Many of these singles and albums had been certified gold or platinum, and there was no shortage of artists wanting to work with Gene Page …

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GUMBA FIRE: BUBBLEGUM SOUL AND SYNTH BOOGIE IN 1980S SOUTH AFRICA.

Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul and Synth-Boogie In 1980s South Africa. Label: Soundway Records. When 1980 dawned, little did the people of the Republic South Africa realise that this was the start of one of the most turbulent decades in the history of this proud and once great country. Over the next decade, there was political …

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FRENCH DISCO BOOGIE SOUNDS VOLUME 3: 1977-1987.

French Disco Boogie Sounds Volume 3: 1977-1987. Label: Favourite France. Over the last few months, there seems to have been a resurgence of interest in disco and boogie, with major and independent record labels in Britain and America releasing countless compilations that look back to the glory days of both genres. Despite this, these compilations …

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BLACK MOTOR-BRANCHES.

Black Motor-Branches. Label: We Jazz Finland. Although Finish free jazz trio Black Motor were formed just over thirteen years ago, in January 2005, this exiting and innovative band is still one music’s best kept secrets. That is despite releasing nine albums, including Branches which was recently released by We Jazz Finland. It marks the debut …

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BARRENCE WHITFIELD AND THE SAVAGES-DIG EVERYTHING! THE EARLY ROUNDER ALBUMS.

Barrence Whitfield and The Savages-Dig Everything! The Early Rounder Albums. Label: Ace Records. Barry White, who later found fame as the frontman for Barrence Whitfield and The Savages was born on June the ‘13th’ 1955, in Jacksonville, Florida, but his family moved to East Orange, in New Jersey when he was a child. That was …

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NILS FRAHM-ALL MELODY.

Nils Frahm-All Melody. Label: Erased Tapes Records. Over the last two years, much of Nils Frahm’s time was spent building a new studio in his adopted home city of Berlin where he recorded his seventh studio album All Melody which was recently released by Erased Tapes Records. With All Melody released, Nils Frahm headed out …

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STEVE REICH-PULSE/QUARTET.

Steve Reich-Pulse/Quartet. Label: Nonesuch. Nowadays, the word innovative is often overused in journalism, especially by those who make a living writing about music. However, eighty-one year American composer Steve Reich, who was one of the pioneers of minimalist music in the late-sixties, has spent a lifetime creating ambitious,  groundbreaking and innovative music that has influenced and …

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