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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Brigitte Fontaine ~ "Le Goudron"
(Blog: Panorama Patchwork)
Fontaine of Youth
"Here's a pretty awesome 7" from Brigitte Fontaine, released sometime between her fantastic pop record "Brigitte Fontaine est...folle" and the more radical explorations of her early 70's output with Areski. This single kind of acts as the middle ground between these two worlds, taking the best out of her capacity for writing a catchy hook while pushing the envelope of what a song can be. She's still writing songs but they are more drone-based and minimalist..." (RTC, at Panorama Patchwork)
Ada Rave Cuarteto ~ "La Continudad"
(Free download courtesy of Pan y Rosas Discos)
Rara Avis: Ada Rave
"A quartet of improvisers and jazzniks out of Argentina. The quartet began playing in early 2009 as trio before adding a guitar/electronics to the mix in early 2010. Their inspiration comes from the language of jazz, free improvisation and out rock of the '60s and '70s. They blend all of these things as a way of reaching their objective – improvisation! Improv as a means of composition and improv as the composition itself. They create diverse spaces, sensory forms, movements, instances and related sounds all the while projecting their own voice and collective identity." (Description from Pan y Rosas)
Louis Armstrong ~ "Louis Armstrong & His Friends"
(Blog: King Cake Crypt)
The Creator Has a Satchmo Plan
"Recorded in May 1970, Louis Armstrong & His Friends was his next-to-last studio session—on July 6, 1971, the jazz giant passed away. When this album was recorded, Armstrong was in poor health; in fact, he wasn't well enough to do any trumpet playing on this album. But he was still able to sing, and he gets his points across on songs that range from "My One and Only Love" and Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" to unlikely choices such as "Give Peace a Chance," Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan (Peace)," and the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." (Alex Henderson, at Allmusic.com)
[name in Korean] ~ [title in Chinese]
Reason to Live: "Chang-Boo Tahryung"
"Yet another obscure thrift store LP discovery. Probably my favorite kind of post. Found this record 6+ years ago in Harrisonburg, VA. Don't know the artist, title, genre or year. I sure dig it, though. If you know anything about this record and/or know Korean, please help us out." (Nicholab, at Ghostcapital)
Shelly Manne ~ "Daktari"
(Blog: The Sleepy Lagoon)
Everything But the Kitschy Sink
"Daktari is an original music score that is performed and conducted by Shelly Manne. He accomplishes this with the help of assorted musicians including, four woodwinds players and five percussionists. Keep percussion in mind when considering this album. Because there is "Lots of It." Daktari sounds like an experiment in ethnic African percussion music with the sounds of traditional jazz style melodies and solos mixed in. Some of the more notable songs are "Out on a Limb," a somewhat softer boss nova feel going on. Lots of percussion! Nice flute and vibraphone harmonies. "Clarence" makes me think of an out of control chimpanzee. A busy mischievous sounding tune. Interesting chord structures on the part of the woodwinds. "Africa" is a dark deep slow paced theme. A feel of the Outback! "Elephantime" Up tempo jungle theme in 6/8 time. Shelly cuts loose a little. Also some strong bass guitar."Wameru"-A mix in oriental and african melodies. Keyboards are predominant throughout. Picture a Kung Fu Master practicing in total solitude…" (Silly Amazon review)
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