This is an overlooked gem from 1973, recorded at the Townhall, New York City a couple of days before Christmas. Sun Ra’s mind was on his ‘Space is the Place’ film and like an avant-garde film of that time, the music is restless, shifting and all over the spaceRead more "Sun Ra – Concert for the Comet Kohoutek"
Gilles Peterson digs out obscure gems from well-known jazz masters and Jazzanova get to play with contemporary forcesRead more "V/A – The Kings of Jazz (Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova)"
Ali Farka Toure was awarded Mali’s highest civil honor on Wednesday as a dense storm of sand and dust delayed his funeral in Niafunke, his Saharan hometown.Read more "Ali Farka Toure – Commander of the National Order of Mali"
The events of 1492 are surprisingly present for Maurice el Médioni. Up until his mother’s generation, the family still spoke the languages of El Andalus (Arabic and Spanish) in their home in Algeria. Some part of Maurice el Médioni was left behind in Spain when the Jews were expelled, just as 460 years later, he […]Read more "Maurice el Medioni – Bringing It All Back Home"
Sue Steward continues rifling through the Fania back catalogue for Rough Guide; this time she brings us a fresh selection from the Mambo King himself Tito Puente. With over a hundred albums to choose from, getting down to 21 tracks is no mean feat and any selection will inevitably be partial but we are treated […]Read more "The Rough Guide to Tito Puente"
Small, plucky, defiantly British and trying to outdo ‘our American friends’ at their own game, Herbaliser conjure up images and sounds from the seminal film The Long Good Friday to fight off an imaginary invasion force in Take London — or maybe they are the enemy within ready to fling open the gates at a […]Read more "The Herbaliser – Take London"
Compiler Lubi Jovanovich has done it again with a fine selection of surefire floor fillers from the past decade. The emphasis is on salsa dura — the tight-to-the-beat style that dancers everywhere favour — on this well-chosen selectionRead more "The Rough Guide to Salsa Dance: Second Edition)"