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Three years after being written about in this space and two years after performing live on WFMU, the miraculous return of saxophone legend Giuseppi Logan has received its highest-profile acknowledgment to date with this recent piece in the New York Times.
The attention has been good for Mr. Logan, who's reportedly sold numerous copies of his last CD at his regular busking gigs in Tompkins Square Park. Better yet, a Kickstarter campaign, created to fund distribution of another Logan recording, has now been swamped, thanks to a mention in the Times piece. Even better, since the Kickstarter effort has surpassed its goal, word is that some of the additional $$$ may be used to help repair Logan's damaged saxophone!
Abderrahim Amrani ~ Hamadsha Tunes from Fez
(Blog: Moroccan Tape Stash)
In Full Possession
"The performer, Abderrahim Amrani, is the muqaddem of a Fez branch of the brotherhood as well as a versatile musician proficient in a number of genres. See yala.fm for his biography (and some questionable pop versions of Moroccan trance tunes.) Or check out more tunes and video on the Fez Hamadsha website or on their MySpace page! The music on this tape features the guinbri (not the large guinbri used by the Gnawa, but a smaller variety) and the large clay goblet drum known as gwal, along with clapping and singing. Not heard here is the ghaita oboe, which the Hamadsha use in some parts of their ceremony." (Description by Tim Abdellah, at Moroccan Tape Stash)
Swapo Singers ~ One Namibia, One Nation
(Blog: Dial Africa)
Liberation sounds from the cultural wing of SWAPO (Southwest Africa People's Organization), a political group equivalent to the South Africa's ANC in the nation that would become Namibia.
U. Srinivas ~ Mandolin All the Way
(Blog: The Boogieman Will Get Ya!)
Toys in the Carnatic
"U. Srinivas is among South India’s better known musicians. In the West, his name may be recognized by some open-minded jazz fans thanks to his collaboration with John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussein. However, there is no hint of jazz or fusion in this recording. This is pure Carnatic Classical Music. Absolutely Magic! This music gives me a natural high!" (Description from Boogieman, at The Boogieman Will Get Ya!)
Jan Huydts Trio ~ Brown Taste
(Blog: The Growing Bin )
Worst Album Title Ever?
"How does brown taste? Maybe Jan Huydts knows? Or Ali Haurand or Leo De Ruyter?? Maybe you'll know after listening to this fine piece of experimental jazz from 1970? Released on the tiny JG label (Jazz Groove... yep it got some groove as well) this record does not wait in every box at the flea market, so I thought sharing it would be a nice thing to do." (Description by Basso, at The Growing Bin)
Suchat Thianthng ~ Waen Wiset
" I've got quite a classic to share this week. Continuing with the theme of racy album art, we've got some great late-era work from Mr. Suchat Thianthong! Suchat was born and raised in Ayutthaya Province, and spent time working as a market seller and freelance boxer before joining the legendary Chularat Band. Initially his specialty was slow, sweet love songs in the style of Thun Thongchai, but he lost his trademark high notes after a crippling case of tonsillitis. Not willing to leave the stage, he applied his gritty new voice to comedic effect and proved a bigger hit than ever before. This is a collection of his "post-op" hits, featuring songs about liquor and ganja, along with a good amount of raunchy wordplay, and even a tale about a pair of "magic glasses" (vividly illustrated on the cover). Enjoy!" (Description by Peter, at Monrakplengthai)
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