Recorded at the high temple of experimental jazz back in 2001, you don’t even need to open this issue from ESP – Disk to know this is going to be challenging stuffRead more "Tammen Harth Dahlgren Rosen – Expedition (Live at the Knitting Factory)"
Putumayo bring huge doses of sassy seasonal cheer to the world from New OrleansRead more "V/A – New Orleans Christmas"
Dreamy and ethereal music from the Black SeaRead more "Mircan – Sala"
About this time a couple of years ago, I had a stand-up row with a journalist from Kerrang! about the relative merits of Kate Bush. “Pointless, self-indulgent warbling…” is a phrase of mine that comes to mind, so why on earth am I so smitten by Joanna Newsom?Read more "Joanna Newsom – Ys"
Long time British jazzers will know Chris Bowden from a variety of guises, most recently as part of The Heritage Orchestra. Here he teams up with singer/songwriter Mike Gates on a project called Scorched EarthRead more "Scorched Earth – Resistance to the Passage of Sound"
Iconic, essential, quite possibly still a ‘work of lunatic scholarship’, The Rough Guide to World Music is back but what kind of shape is it in all these years later?Read more "The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East – Volume 1 of 3 (Book review)"
Mondomix is an influential freesheet, website and multimedia empire from France dedicated to global music culture just like us at Fly. Their latest venture is a hardback book, published at the same time as Rough Guides’ new World Music: Volume 1. How does it stack up?Read more "Mondomix – Petit Atlas des Musique du Monde (Book review)"
Catching Ba Cissoko’s band on stage is like watching African lightning bottled in front of you. The aching beauty of the acoustic kora, the thrill of an electrified kora and the cross currents of tradition and modernity in west African music meeting in one band. The whole — as dazzling as it is — feels […]Read more "Ba Cissoko – Visitors from Electric Griot Land"