Feisty, fresh, rooted and open, this is a superior record from a group of contemporary jazz luminaries that includes Joshua Redman and old hand Bobby Hutcherson. The ‘SF’ refers to San Francisco and SFJAZZ is an annual project that brings together emerging and established names for a series of concerts themed around an inspirational figure […]Read more "SFJAZZ Collective"
From the first few, sharply beautiful notes of this exquisite pairing, it is already clear that this album will be one of the key records of the year. Ali Farka Touré’s guitar and Toumani Diabaté’s Kora emit a phenomenal series of notes that interlock with each other like two intricate cogs in some otherworldly machine.Read more "Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – In the Heart of the Moon"
Sudan. Bigger than Western Europe / scene of the 21st Century’s first genocide/ one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations/ meeting point of countless cultures/ fundamentalist censorship and flourishing culture. Sudan is so vast, complex and contradictory that one could only have the sketchiest expectations of this LP. Well, forget all that for a moment, […]Read more "V/A – The Rough Guide To The Music Of Sudan"
Sounds like a dream job: getting paid to spend a month hanging out with young people in cities up and down Latin America from Panama City to Buenos Aires, but things don’t turn out quite the way anyone expected…Read more "Amaranta Wright – Ripped and Torn: Levi’s, Latin America and the Blue Jean Dream"
When Celia Cruz died in 2003, the Latin world went into mourning. Incredible scenes were witnessed in Miami and at her funeral in New York. Celia was always the voice of Latin America but she also represented the dream. A poor black girl with little more than a great voice and a knack of being […]Read more "Celia Cruz – The Rough Guide To Celia Cruz"