Seyoum Gebreyes & Wallias Band - "Muziqa Muziqa" (3:42)
Wallias Band - "Muziqawi Silt" (3:44)
Review: Destination Ethiopia: The Wallias Band are one of the country's longest standing troupes with over 20 years service to their name from the early 70s to early 90s and serious accomplishments such as being the first Ethiopian band to tour the USA. Here they're represented in all their full spread glory; "Muziqa Muziqa" has an almost northern soul dynamic with its speed and wily sax blasts from Seyoum while "Muziqawi Silt" is a much more measured, introspective affair. Beautiful.
Review: Matthew Halsall's Gondwana label is seeing a busy August what with the imprint flooding our jazz charts with reissues and, of course, new releases such as this wonderful collaborative effort from The Gondwana Orchestra and Dwight Trible. Trible's voice is like silk, running up and down the delicate waves of melodies from the collective, with "Colors" and "The Creator Has A Master Plan" both capable of making the toughest of audiences feel utterly uplifted. On the flip, "Love Is Everywhere" shines bright amid a flurry of flutes and intricate drum percussions, while "You've Got To Have Freedom" rides off a much smoother, deeper sort of vibe that's got a little funk at its core. Wicked.
Review: For the latest missive on their excellent Jazz45 sub-label, Jazzman has decided to offer up two sought-after catalogue cuts from contemporary spiritual jazz maestro Muriel Grossmann, a sax player, singer and composer who already has a swathe of quality albums to her name. First up is an edited version of 2018 cut "Golden Rule", a wonderfully breezy and out-there affair that sees Grossmann add mind-altering sax solos to a heavily percussive, off-kilter backing track rich in jaunty pianos and slick double bass. On flipside "Okan Ti Aye" she layers up the drums and cymbals further while offering bolder, heavier sax motifs. The result is a track of rare drive and intensity.
Review: Following their surprise reunion and Strut-release album We Be All Africans last year, Idris and The Pyramids return... This time on Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint. Laying down a spiritual arrangement so frenetic and full of its own life it takes up two parts, Idris's sax plays duet with Philophon's own vocalist Guy One. Gutsy, raw and full of surprises, it's another out-of-body experience from the longstanding jazz troupe.
Review: Theatre des Capucines 1963 is one of the earliest live documents of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Recorded in a brilliant small group setting and featuring only the instrumentation of the fantastic Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik and French journeyman bassist Michel Gaudry - this is Gainsbourg at his most cool and minimalist best. This is the same group that recorded that year's near perfect studio album, Gainsbourg Confidentiel. A live recording that takes that album's minimal vibe to its sultry and smokey extreme but most importantly - from one of the most famous singers of the mid-20th century.
Review: In January 1983, pianist Keith Jarrett, double bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette headed to the Power Station studio in New York City to record fresh interpretations of some of their favourite jazz cuts. The results were eventually released on two acclaimed albums, the first of which - "Standards, Volume 1" - is here reissued on CD for the first time since 1985. It remains a fine set, with some genuinely inspired, eye-opening revisions. For example, their version of Billie Holliday's "God Bless The Child" is a gospel-tinged chunk of sun-bright instrumental soul-jazz brilliance, while their take on 1930s Broadway musical number "All The Things You Are" is skittish, intense and high-octane, with Peacock providing restless bass and Jarrett improvising some sensational piano solos.