Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Nothing earth-shaking here. Just your standard issue Motherlode with another knee-knocking quintet of marvels offered free of charge:
(1) Tropicália obsessives will recognize the Brasil Ano 2000 soundtrack as its own sort of motherlode; (2) Thurston Moore included this historic duet between Milford Graves (happy 70th!) and Don Pullen on his enormously pleasing free-jazz Top 10 list; (3) India's Simla Cigarettes sponsored killer band competitions in the '60s, giving the winners record contracts—check out the results. (4) Don't let the anti–Sharia law nutjobs in on the secret delights of Pat Martino's psychedelic sonic Koran rendering! (Thanks to WFMU's Scott McDowell for suggesting this gem.) (5) Nicknamed for a small bird with a big voice Brazil's Augusto Calheiros' crooned exquisitely for nearly five decades.
Who needs terra firma?...
(1) Rogério Duprat, Gilberto Gil, et. al ~ "Brasil Ano 2000"
Marcel Cruz of SacundinBenBlog proclaims "The missing link! The gap that existed in the Tropicália discography has just been filled!" in his post sharing this soundtrack to Walter Lima Jr's 1969 post-apocalyptic Brasil Ano 2000. Arranged by Rogério Duprat, the music features Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, José Carlos Capinam, Gal Costa.
(2) Milford Graves & Don Pullen ~ "Nommo"
(Blog: Sybylys - Silentsprings)
"Milford may be one of the most important players in the Free Jazz underground. He enforces the sense of community as a primary exponent of his freely improvised music. His drumkit is home-made and he rarely performs outside of his neighborhood. When he does perform he plays his kit like no other. Wild, slapping, bashing, tribal freak-outs interplexed with silence, serenity and enlightened meditation. This LP was manufactured by the artists in 1967 and is recorded live at Yale University. The interplay between Milford and Don (piano) is remarkable and very free. There’s a second volume which also is as rare as hen’s teeth." (Thurston Moore, from Top Ten From the Free Jazz Underground, Grand Royal)
(3) Various ~ "Simla Beat '70/'71"
(Blog: Resin Hits)
"This is an Indian garage psych comp compiled from talent shows hosted by a cigarrette company called Simla in the '60s. A weird cross-promotion between two of the greatest products circulating earth: rock music and cigarettes. As far as the bands go, the eruptions are really good distorted surf rock, and fentones/hypnotic eye have the best cuts overall. and let me tell you, the cross-promotion works. I've smoked more bones listening to this one than even Simla Cigarettes could support, dood." (By Josh Klimaszewski, at Resin Hits)
(4) Pat Martino ~ "Baiyina (The Clear Evidence)
(Blog: The KingCake Crypt)
Does This Get Pat Frisked at the Airport?
"Adventurous fusions of Indian, psychedelic, rock, funk, and jazz music by one of the great risk-takers of the electric guitar. Baiyina features fluid guitars, exotic Indian percussion and drone instruments, unique time signatures, swirling flute and sax, deep grooving bass, and in-the-pocket drumming, making it one of the most unique acid-drenched albums to come out of the late '60s. As the album’s subtitle reads: 'A psychedelic excursion through the magical mysteries of the Koran.' Indeed, each track takes its inspiration and name from different parts of the Koran." (By John Ballon, at MustHear.com)
(5) Augusto Calheiros ~ "A Patativa do Norte"
(Blog: Toque Musical)
Bird Is the Word
"Augusto Calheiros, a singer of enormous success in the golden age of Brazilian song, introduced northeastern rhythms in Rio with his group Turunas da Mauricéia. Known as "Patativa do Norte," he moved with his family to Recife PE, becoming acquainted with Luperce Miranda's family, all musicians. When the Miranda siblings -- Luperce Miranda (mandolin), João Miranda (mandolin), Romualdo Miranda (violão, or acoustic guitar), the blind Manuel de Lima (violão), and João Frazão (violão) -- teamed together to form Turunas da Mauricéia, they called Calheiros to be the group's singer." (By Alvaro Neder at AllMusic Guide )
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