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World Album of the Month: 'Fenfo'

From The Guardian World album of the month: Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo review By: Robin Denselow Fatoumata Diawara established her reputation as one of the finest, most inventive female singers in Mali on the strength of her remarkable debut album, , recorded seven years ago. She has since been involved in a variety of projects, including collaborations with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, and with fellow Malians and . And now, at last, comes her second solo album. Fenfo – which translates as “something to say” – is a classy affair that demonstrates her impressive musical range while leaving open the question of whether she has yet to substantiate her own distinctive musical identity. The album sees her in powerful voice covering a variety of styles, surrounded by a distinguished band. On her first album, the musicians included , and here the cast includes his kora-playing son Sidiki, along with the French... Read The Full Article

Posted May 18th, 2018 in News


Maceo Parker: Channeling Charles

From The Australian Maceo Parker: Channelling Charles, via James Brown and Prince By: Andra Jackson Maceo Parker was just 18 when he made a vow outside the dressing-room of his idol Ray Charles. Parker had attended a concert by the... Read The Full Article

Posted May 18th, 2018 in News


Terence Blanchard Plays Jazz for Uncertain Times

From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Q&A: Terence Blanchard plays jazz for uncertain times By: Calvin Wilson Terence Blanchard is one of the top trumpeters in jazz, with a sound that ranges from cool to ecstatic. Perhaps best known for his... Read The Full Article

Posted May 18th, 2018 in News


Review: After Bach

From Stereophile Magazine Recording of June 2018: After Bach By: Robert Baird In terms of spirituality, as well as the skill and savvy of his playing, Mehldau clearly understands what makes Bach’s music tick. The pianist’s exacting contrapuntal technique, harmonic... Read The Full Article

Posted May 18th, 2018 in News


First Listen: 'Still Dreaming'

From NPR First Listen: Joshua Redman, ‘Still Dreaming’ By: Nate Chinen From the album’s opening track, a Colley composition called “New Year,” you hear the soulful crosstalk and jostling cadence of Old and New Dreams’ style — and by extension,... Read The Full Article

Posted May 17th, 2018 in News


A Dynamic Voice in Afropop

From PopMatters ‘Fenfo’ Proves Fatoumata Diawara Is One of the Most Dynamic Voices in Afropop By: Adriane Pontecorvo Fatoumata Diawara translates the title of her new album Fenfo as “something to say”. It makes for as accurate a title as... Read The Full Article

Posted May 16th, 2018 in News


'Scandal' - London Jazz News

From London Jazz News CD REVIEW: Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Scandal By: Mike Collins […] This may be a studio album, but has the feel of a live performance. Douglas’ trumpet and Lovano’s saxophone chase each... Read The Full Article

Posted May 16th, 2018 in News


Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution!

From The Arts Desk CD: Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution! By: Matthew Wright From Bach to the Beach Boys in three months. Though the right side of 50, pianist and bandleader Brad Mehldau has released 35 albums... Read The Full Article

Posted May 14th, 2018 in News


Meaningful Music about Death and Love

From Edmonton Journal Royal Wood bringing meaningful music about death and love to Winspear By: Fish Griwkowsky Walking his guitar case down the street like a cheerful busker, Royal Wood arrives alone at Allard Hall at MacEwan University, seemingly up... Read The Full Article

Posted May 14th, 2018 in News


Fresh, Resolute and Contemporary

From Financial Times Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories — ‘fresh, resolute and contemporary’ By: Mike Hobart The uncharted territories that the British bass player Dave Holland explores on this engrossing release are the in-the-moment creations of a cross-generational, equal-partners, transatlantic quartet.... Read The Full Article

Posted May 14th, 2018 in News


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