Thursday, May 26, 2011
Jazzy Globe-Trotting (Something Else! on Wtnr Radio.com for 05/12/11)
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I love getting music sent to me! This week we start out with the simply beautiful
"Circles (Richard E & Annabel (lee) Vocal Suite)" by Annabel (lee) & Novo Tempo. This is the kind of stuff that I'm not even aware I'm looking for until it shows up. Get comfortable and dig this one… Like last week, I'm playing a track by a legendary jazz-fusion group, "Waterfall" by Weather Report. They are most famous for "Birdland," but as you can hear, they have done music that sounds nothing like that. This track is from their self-titled first album in 1971 and is not so tightly arranged as their later work like "Birdland" (1977.) As a matter of fact, they were quite free and improvisational early on. "They Say" by Connor Reeves is pop-oriented UK soul (although I suspect Connor may be Irish) and I love the way that the frustration with, and rejection of the despair that is being spread by the ever-present "they" is expressed. "Global Dynamics" is by fellow Angelenos Dilated Peoples. I like "conscious hiphop" that has clever wordplay and (most of all) good beats. Speaking of things I like, "One Day, Revolution (Schlachthofbronx Remix)" by Copia Doble Systema must be vibing with me more than I realized--it's gotten play two weeks in a row! If the beginning of the next track"Love Till Tomorrow" by Pablo Today sounds familiar, let's just say that it's one of those "joints" that "jams." It's actually quite obscure, so props to the folks who made me dig for it (if you didn't get the clue before i'm not kissing & telling…) Going back to global-style beats we head for Mother Africa, courtesy of "Sangare (Nickodemus Remix)" by Vieux Farka Toure. Heading west to "The New World" next up is "Revolucion Del Cuerpo (Los Chicos Altos Mix)" from Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band. Name producer from the London broken-beat scene (now living in Los Angeles) follows with his take on "global bass" with "Dreams" by Mark De Clive-Lowe feat Bembe Segue. New York legend Joe Claussell counters with his remix of an iconic bandleader/conguero (conga drummer)--"Funk Down (Remixed by Joaquin "Joe" Claussell) - Mongo Santamaria. From latin funk we head for some 80s style funk mixed with deep house production with "Green Surprises" by Josh Tweek and wrap up with the trippy "MDMA" by Colors Sound System--a 90s sounding "ecstacy-house" track from the wonderfully titled Let's Have a Ball Together.
More for you soon!