Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez | Cachaito

Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez | Cachaito

ARTIST: Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez TITLE: Cachaito LABEL: World Circuit World Circuit has been reissuing much of its catalog, giving you a new reason to hear this one-of-a-kind 2001 album. Cachaito was universally regarded as Cuba’s greatest bassist; he joined the popular Orquesta Riverside at age 12, went on to found the legendary Irakere, and played bass on all the Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) sessions. BVSC producer (and World Circuit proprietor) Nick Gold put together…

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Red Baraat | Sound The People

Red Baraat | Sound The People

ARTIST: Red Baraat TITLE: Sound The People LABEL: Rhyme & Reason Here’s the fifth album by Red Baraat, the brassy combo led by dhol (Indian barrel drum) player Sunny Jain that’s one of the most invigorating live acts today in any genre. Jain has slimmed his band down to six pieces: dhol, drum kit, guitar, sousaphone, trumpet and soprano sax; Jonathan Goldberger’s guitar adds a whole new texture to the band. Their core sound has…

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Angelique Kidjo | Remain In Light

Angelique Kidjo | Remain In Light

ARTIST: Angelique Kidjo TITLE: Remain In Light LABEL: Kravenworks Remain In Light by Talking Heads is one of the last albums I thought needed to be remade. This 1980 classic is the high point of that band’s career and a master class in employing an African sensibility without resorting to mere imitation. Beninois singer Angelique Kidjo, who’s lived in Europe and the USA for the last 35 years, hears the album differently than I do….

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy | Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy | Let Your Light Shine On

ARTIST: Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy TITLE: Let Your Light Shine On LABEL: MPS Nicola Conte is an Italian guitarist, producer and DJ best known for his work in acid jazz, bringing improvised music and the dance floor together. This album, his eighth, is something of a departure; Conte says “You could call it spiritual or cosmic Afro-jazz.” Spiritual jazz is the term used (most frequently in Europe) to denote the outburst of gospel, Afro-futurism…

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