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An odd and lovely quintet of albums populate this week's Motherlode harvest: A Venezuelan Austrian freaks out groovily / a Brazilian son of Syrians croons at the birth of bossa nova / Cuba's longest-running charanga champs leave it all on the dance floor / Bollywood's greatest male warbler sings a different tune / and one of reggae's perennial backup trios cover the Temptations, Ohio Players and more...
What's Within Gerry Weil?
"A sizzling set by Austrian born pianist & Venezuelan emigre Gerry Weil.
Recorded in Caracas — cracking!" (Description by Quimsy)
"Awful shit, this music. It is the same with Donald Byrd, who was a great trumpet artist, did wonderful albums in the 60's, but around 1970 the jazz-world had all this bullshit music with voices, pop-arrangements, awfull sounds, so a real jazzfan wishes bop back again. Luckily, this music here did not survive." (Pathetic but entertaining comment by "Anonymous" at Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo)
Sergio Ricardo ~ "A Bossa Romântico"
(Blog: Abracadabra-LPs Do Brasil 2)
"Part of the bossa nova since its inception in 1958, Ricardo was one of the first to have an LP recorded in the new style with A Bossa Romântica de Sérgio Ricardo. Soon after, his deep social concerns led him to write Zelão, which is a milestone in his departure from the movement. It was when he made his first short subject, O Menino da Calça Branca (1961), that put him inside the movement known as "cinema novo," politic/esthetic manifesto that took over the world." (Description by Alvaro Neder, at AllMusic.com)
Orquesta Aragón ~ "Me Voy Para La Luna"
(Blog: Si Se Rompe Se Compone...)
To the Moon, Alice!
"This pillar of Cuban music got its start when double bass man Orestes Aragón Cantero debuted his charanga group in Cinefuegos. With violins, piano, flute, percussion, and vocal, the basic sound that has served the band ever since was already in place. But the name would evolve Ritmica de 39, to Ritmica Aragón, and finally, by the end of 1940, Orquesta Aragón. A socialist before socialism was cool, Cantero rejected stardom, and the group he created became a monument to musical collectivism, with equal pay for all, and a sound that is all about unity and ensemble work. Cantero once said, "I want to found a musical family. I'm not looking for virtuoso players but musicians with human qualities." He got both, and his band worked the lively seaside scene in Cinefuegos year after year." (Description by Banning Eyre, at Afropop Worldwide )
Mohammad Rafi ~ "Rafi Sings Sindhi Songs"
(Blog: Washerman's Blog)
"Tonight’s post is a record of devotional and spiritual music sung in Sindhi. As such it is a delightful detour away from the filmi world with which he is almost always associated. The lyrics of these songs comes from some of Sindh’s great folk and mystical poets: Bulleh Shah, Shah Latif and Dharamdas. The music is composed by one of Sindh’s most beloved patriots Dr Ram Panjwani. He’s pictured on the front of the album with Rafi." (Description by ajnabi, at Washerman's Dog)
The Tamlins ~ "Black Beauty"
(Blog: Roots Stone)
Backup Singers Out Front
Recorded for the Weed Beat label. Enough said.
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