Tag Archives: Strut

ONENESS OF JUJU-AFRICAN RHYTHMS-VINYL.

Oneness of Juju-African Rhythms-Vinyl. Label: Strut. After five politically charged years living on the East and West coast of America, bandleader James “Plunky” Branch returned to his home town of Richmond, Virginia, where he formed Oneness of Juju won released their Afro-jazz classic‘African Rhythms’ on the Black Fire label in 1975.  Now some forty-three years later Strut …

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ONENESS OF JUJU-AFRICAN RHYTHMS.

Oneness of Juju-African Rhythms. Label: Strut. After five politically charged years living on the East and West coast of America, bandleader James “Plunky” Branch returned to his home town of Richmond, Virginia, where he formed Oneness of Juju won released their Afro-jazz classic‘African Rhythms’ on the Black Fire label in in 1975.  Now some forty-three …

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IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS- AN ANGEL FELL.

Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids-An Angel Fell. Label: Strut. Bruce Baker in was born in 1951, and grew up in Chicago, before moving to Ohio, where he studied at Antioch College, which was where he first encountered jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and became part of his Black Music Ensemble. Cecil Taylor also mentored Idris Ackamoor, …

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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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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Vinyl Releases of 2017 Part 3. Motörhead -What’s Worth Words. Label: Big Beat Records. When Motörhead released What’s Worth Words on the ‘5th’ of March 1983, critics called the album one of the greatest live albums ever release. That was no exaggeration. What’s Worth Words featured a barnstorming, speed fuelled performance from Motörhead …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 6.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 6. Jon Balke and Siwan-Nahnou Houm. Label: ECM Records. Eight years after releasing their debut album Norwegian keyboardist, composer and arranger Jon Balke and Siwan return with Nahnou Houm, which marks the debut of the new lead singer Mona Boutchebak from Algeria. She joins a multitalented band and plays …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 8.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 8. Nordic Circles-Under The Clouds. Label: AMP Music and Records. Over the last few years, the Scandinavian jazz scene has been enjoying another golden period. Proof of that is Nordic Circles which is a relatively new Norwegian jazz project whose raison d’être is to create unique jazz recordings where well-known …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 10.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 10. The Souljazz Orchestra-Under Burning Skies. Label: Strut Records. Fifteen years after The Souljazz Orchestra was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002, they returned with their seventh album Under Burning Skies. It’s without doubt, the finest album of their career, which has been said before. However, with every album they …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 5.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 5. Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. Label: BGO Records. Success didn’t come overnight for Melissa Manchester. She released her debut album Home To Myself in 1973, which was well received by critics, but reached just 156 in the US Billboard 200. In …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 7.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 7. Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3.  Label: BGO Records. When Stoneground released their eponymous debut in early 1970, critics were won over by a fusion of blues, folk, pop, psychedelia, rock and soul. Seamlessly, Stoneground switch between and fuse musical genres and influences. To do this they deployed seven separate vocalists …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 4.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 4. Magnetband-Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989.  Label: Bureau B. For anyone with even a passing interest in Eastern European music, then Magnetband-Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 is essential listening. It documents the five-year period before the reunification of Germany. During this period, artists, musicians, performers and poets became part of the …

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SUN RA-SEVEN OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017.

Sun Ra-Seven of The Best Reissues Of 2017. Labels: Grey Scale, Cosmic Myth Records, Strut and ORG Music. One of the most prolific artist of the twentieth century was the inimitable Sun Ra, who released around 125 albums during a career that spanned six decades. Over the last few years, dozens  of these albums have been …

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ORCHESTRE LES MANGELEPA-LAST BAND STANDING.

Orchestre Les Mangelepa-Last Band Standing. Label: Strut. It was a search for a better quality of musical instruments that brought the Congolese band Orchestre Baba National to Kenya in 1975. By then, the band was dominated by older musicians, who had the biggest say in the running of the Orchestre Baba National. This was frustrating …

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ANDINA: HUAYNO, CARNAVAL AND CUMBIA-THE SOUND OF THE PERUVIAN ANDES 1968-1978.

Andina: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia-The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes 1968-1978. Label: Tiger’s Milk Records/Strut. Five years ago in 2012, award-winning Peruvian chef, DJ, restaurateur and art collector Martin Morales cofounded Tiger’s Milk Records with former Soundway Records label manager and PR guru Duncan Ballantyne. The nascent Tiger’s Milk Records’ raison d’être was to release …

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OTE MALOYA-THE BIRTH OF ELECTRIC MALOYA ON REUNION ISLAND 1975-1985.

Oté Maloya-The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975-1985. Label: Strut. Nothing ever stays the same. That is certainly the case in music. It has been since the birth of rock ’n’ roll just over sixty years ago. Since then, every musical genre has continued to evolve and reinvent itself, in an attempt to …

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KONDI BAND-SALONE

Kondi Band-Salone. Label: Strut. The story behind the Kondi Band’s latest album Salone is a heartening one, and one that could only have happened in the internet age. Sorie Kondi is a blind street musician from Freetown, Sierra Leone . He plays the thumb piano in the streets of Freetown, and often locals and tourists …

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ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009.

ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009. Back in New York in 1978, Michael Zikha and Michael Esteban decided to set up their own record label, ZE Records. Using the initials of their surnames, to name of their new and nascent label, an innovative and influential label was born. During the label’s short lifetime, they released an eclectic …

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DANNY KRIVIT-EDITS BY MR K-VOLUME 2: MUSIC OF THE EARTH.

DANNY KRIVIT-EDITS BY MR K-VOLUME 2: MUSIC OF THE EARTH. Nowadays, it seems it’s not enough for a DJ to have impeccable music taste and be technically brilliant, but they’ve also get to be an “artist,” capable of remixing and reediting tracks. These are now tools that every DJ should have in their arsenal. This …

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