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Souljazz Orchestra, The - Under Burning Skies
Souljazz Orchestra, The
Under Burning Skies
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Canada’s fastest moving and hardest working collective are back with one of their finest albums to date, a brand new journey into tropical, soul and jazz styles on their scorching new release, ‘Under Burning Skies’.Turbulent times call for strong voices and The Souljazz Orchestra’s new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. Musically, the band continue to push the limits, dusting off ‘80s vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time, bringing lo fi disco, boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. The fruits are a-plenty and the group sound at their confident and versatile best from start to finish.Opener ‘Dog Eat Dog’ powers in with Mabinuori Idowu and Philippe Lafrenière lambasting the powerful and the corrupt over an infectious Afro-disco groove; ‘Lufunki’ takes the group right back to their B-Boy roots, bringing the Afro vibes to Beat Street and ‘Is Yeelyel’ delivers a killer rework of an obscure original by Somalian super-group Dur-Dur Band. The band go on exploring their passion for French Caribbean styles on the beautiful, lilting ‘Oublier Pour Un Jour’ and ‘Tambour À Deux Peaux’ and they take time for reflection on the potent instrumental title track and poignant closer ‘Aduna Jarul Naawo’, featuring the vocals of Élage Mbaye.The Souljazz Orchestra continue to be an unstoppable force. Nominated for a Canadian Juno award for the third time in 2016, the band regularly tear up venues worldwide through their punishing touring schedule – they have played to audiences in over two dozen countries across the globe and have shared bills along the way with heavyweights as varied as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti. Not many bands out there have been going for 15 years with their original line-up still intact while still sounding as fresh as this. As saxophonist Ray Murray says, “Souljazz is more than just a band for us, it’s a way of life.”
Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music
Walter Gibbons
Jungle Music
2LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present a new reissue of Walter Gibbons’ ‘Jungle Music’ compilation LP,the definitive collection of Gibbons’ groundbreaking remixes during theheyday of New York’s disco era.Starting out as a DJ and known for his skilful manipulation of percussive disco breaks at his Galaxy 21 residency in Manhattan, Gibbons brought this ethic to his remixes from the start with his first outing for Salsoul, a re-work of Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ which completely disassembled the track for the dancefloor. He developed a knack for drawing the rhythmic essence out ofboth the brilliant and the mediocre as tracks like Jakki’s ‘Sun… Sun… Sun’were transformed into unique abstract dancefloor beat edits.The tracks spawned a series of groundbreaking remixes, with many versionsonly appearing on acetate for his own personal use as a DJ including Gladys Knight’s ‘It’s A Better Than Good Time’. He continued to work with Salsoul(Loleatta Holloway) and West End Records (Bettye Lavette) before branchingout to include more leftfield material in his work – collaborations with LooseJoints’ Steve D’Acquisto (Sandy Mercer), Steve Standard (Strafe) and ArthurRussell would all follow, a natural fit for Gibbons’ uncompromising remix style.After a short time based in Seattle during the late ‘70s, where he played atthe Sanctuary nightclub, he returned to New York and, in his later years, he discovered God and refused to play records with a negative message.Tragically, he died of an AIDS related illness during the ‘90s, a largelyforgotten figure.Now revered as a true pioneer of the art of the remix, Gibbons’ key releasesare brought together on this essential celebration. Package includes sleevenotes by Tim Lawrence, author of the acclaimed ‘Love Saves The Day’,along with rare photos from across Gibbons’ career as a DJ and producer.
Ebo Taylor - Love And Death
Ebo Taylor
Love And Death
2LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut re-visit the comeback studio album by one of the true greats of Ghanaian music, Ebo Taylor. Originally released in October 2010, ‘Love And Death’ was recorded with the Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy band featuring members of Poets Of Rhythm, Kabu Kabu (Jimi Tenor collaborators) and Ghanaian legends Marijata and represented his first ever internationally released album.
V.A. - Ote Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975 -1986
V.A.
Ote Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975 -1986
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid- ‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.
Sun Ra - Singles Volume 2
Sun Ra
Singles Volume 2
3LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
27,54 €* 28,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.Released sporadically during the three decades and primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off missives from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with the first volume vinyl editions, the collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and some of his R&B recordings to alternative versions of Arkestra staples like ‘Love In Outer Space’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.As Francis Gooding describes them, “they are answers to questions that albums won’t answer, and questions that can’t be asked or answered elsewhere.”As with Ra’s LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. On the volume 2 vinyl editions, we feature tracks that have only ever been seen via a small handful of copies including ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’; some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles including Ra’s very last single release, the reflective ‘I Am The Instrument’.Sleeve note writers Chris Trent and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.‘Singles’ Vol. 2 features fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork,Chris Trent sleeve notes and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.
Kondi Band - Salone
Kondi Band
Salone
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present an inspired new Afro-electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.
V.A. - Aloha Got Soul - Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawaii 1979-85
V.A.
Aloha Got Soul - Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawaii 1979-85
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Funkier than most yacht-rock, and beachier than most funk, “Kona Winds” is three and a half perfect minutes of aural relaxation. The track originally appeared on the “Homegrown” compilation series in 1978, showcasing local Hawaiian artists. Today, the track fits comfortably in Balearic DJ sets and left-field funk mixes.“I was out in Venice with DJ Harvey,” says Mark Barrott, “and “Kona Winds” came on the radio whilst we were sat by the beach having breakfast, looking at the early-morning surfers. I actually rang US directory assistance for the first and last time in my life to get the number of the station to get a track ID. I NEVER get bored of the spoken intro; last summer I was a little worse for wear in the middle of a DJ set by Es Vedra and I just looped the spoken intro and left it running for 30 mins… it sounded fine to me.”“Kona Winds” appears on Aloha Got Soul, a new compilation assembled by Roger Bong, documenting the vibrant soul, AOR, jazz funk and disco scene across Hawaii in 1979-1985.
V.A. - Afro-Rock Volume 1
V.A.
Afro-Rock Volume 1
2LP | 2001 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2001 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
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DJ and collector Duncan Brooker’s landmark compilation from 2001 explored the rich archives of Africa for a selection of dynamite funk fusions. Includes rare and unreleased tracks by Jingo, Dackin Dackino and Geraldo Pino.
Ebo Taylor - Life Stories
Ebo Taylor
Life Stories
2LP | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
27,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
New repressing of the essential Ebo Taylor compilation ‘Life Stories’ in its original 2LP gatefold format.
Sun Ra - Discipline 27-II
Sun Ra
Discipline 27-II
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
23,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2017!
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace - Sugar Daddy
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
Sugar Daddy
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
19,94 €* 20,99 € -5%
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present the first in a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by Duncan Brooker. In January 2017, the series kicks off with ‘Sugar Daddy’, an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe King Kologbo.Building his career as a composer and player with Eastern Star Dance Band at their residency at the Atlantic Hotel in Aba, Eastern Nigeria, Joe King Kologbo was forced to flee to Ghana when the Biafran War broke out in 1967. As his son Oghene recalls, “when war came, everything just scatter. He lost his house, everything.”Joe King played with a variety of bands in Ghana including Real Ruby’s, a jazz highlife big band, before returning to Lagos in 1971. By the time he recorded the ‘Sugar Daddy’ LP for the tiny Electromat label in 1980, he was one of the older musicians on the circuit. Oghene Kologbo remembers, “My Mum used to say, ‘I hope you don’t go and play guitar everywhere and play around, don’t go and be Sugar Daddy!’ All my father’s friends nicknamed him ‘Sugar Daddy’ so he did the song in a fun way. He was a nice man. He never did ‘playboy’.”“Since he was based in the East during his early days, he was not as well known nationally as some of the other highlife players of the time,” continues Oghene,”so it’s nice that this album is coming out again. It brings back good memories.”Joe King Kologbo’s ‘Sugar Daddy’ is released in its original artwork and features new interviews with Oghene Kologbo and Sonny Akpan of The Funkees. The album comes remastered by The Carvery, with vinyl pressed at Pallas.
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans
LP+CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
West Coast jazz mavericks, The Pyramids, led by their inspirational bandleader, Idris Ackamoor, return with a new album on Strut. Recorded in Max Weissenfeldt’s analogue Philophon studio in Berlin, ‘We Be All Africans’ is a sparkling set of Afro- jazz-funk fusions, from the infectious chants of the title track to the reflective “Epiphany” and the yearning, mournful future single, “Silent Days” featuring the brilliant vocals of Bajka
V.A. - Soul Sok Sega: Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979
V.A.
Soul Sok Sega: Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979
2LP+CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.Though initially looked down upon, by the mid-1960s séga music had become a symbol of national pride and identity for Mauritius. With the advent of electric instruments, the influx of funk, soul and jazz from the West and the growth of LPs, séga went commercial. Dancefloors started grooving to a more soulful, funky séga beat and séga artists popped up all over the island with a new generation of charismatic singers becoming national stars. Séga, sung in Créole, now united all the communities of the island. Mauritians from the European, African, Indian and Chinese communities, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, all danced and enjoyed séga.00A382Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums, we’re proud to present a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.
Dennis Coffey - Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey
2LP | 2011 | EU | Original (Strut)
21,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Well, that's what the album is all about: Mayer Hawthorne croons over Parliament's "All Your Goodies Are Gone" from their Up For The Down Stroke LP. Two more Detroit belters, The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins and Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras, join the party with another George Clinton related tune, Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You." Paolo Nutini delivers a great adaption of "Only Good For Conversation," from Rodriguez's much loved Cold Fact album. Fanny Franklin from killer Hollywood funk combo Orgone voices a new version of Wilson Pickett’s psych-soul jam "Don’t Knock My Love" and Lisa Kekaula from California garage-soul band The Bellrays takes on the 100 Proof Aged In Soul stomper "Somebody’s Been Sleeping."For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Milwaukee funk sensations Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop) mould an intense funk jam around some heavy Coffey licks on ’Miss Millie.’ Album opener ’7th Galaxy’ echoes the hard guitar ’n’ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band recordings for Sussex, ’Knockabout’ whips up an epic funky soundtrack groove and ’Space Traveller’ simmers on a sleazy, guitar-drenched, slo mo workout. So, a highly recommended record for this spring!
Orchestre Les Mangelepa - Last Band Standing
Next Stop Soweto - Volume 1 - Township Sounds From The GoldenAge Of Mbaqanga
Next Stop Soweto
Volume 1 - Township Sounds From The GoldenAge Of Mbaqanga
2LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
22,79 €* 23,99 € -5%
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The first volume of Strut’s groundbreaking series of South African music explores lesser known township jive and mbaqanga 45s. Artists include Mahotella Queens, Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje and Lucky Strike Sisters.
Next Stop Soweto - Volume 1 - Township Sounds From The GoldenAge Of Mbaqanga
Sunburst - Ave Africa
Sunburst
Ave Africa
2LP+2CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
27,54 €* 28,99 € -5%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut presents a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered bands of the early 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features their singles for the Moto Moto and TFC labels, their sole album, ‘Ave Africa’ and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.
Nigeria 70 - Volume 3: Sweet Times - Afro, Funk, Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
Nigeria 70
Volume 3: Sweet Times - Afro, Funk, Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
2LP+CD | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The third instalment in Strut’s essential trip through the rich archives of Nigerian music brings together ‘70s Afrobeat and highlife from Victor Olaiya, Rex Williams, Zeal Onyia and more.
Sun Ra - In Some Far Place: Roma 1977
V.A. - Nigeria 70: Funky Lagos
V.A.
Nigeria 70: Funky Lagos
2CD | 2009 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
29,99 €*
Release:2009 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut repress one of the all-time classic compilations of Afro-funk and Afrobeat for 2016, the first volume of the mighty Nigeria 70 series. Originally released in 2001, the album followed the death of Fela Kuti and a renewed interest in original Afrobeat among younger club-goers. Put together over a three-week trip to Lagos, it documented for the first time the explosive era when domestic bands fused traditional highlife and juju with funk, soul, rock and Disco.Alongside two cuts by Fela Kuti, Nigeria 70 shone the spotlight on the incredible musicianship of artists like Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup and his Monomono band, Orlando Julius, saxophonist Peter King, “Guitar Boy” Victor Uwaifo, Lijadu Sisters and quirky keyboard wizard William Onyeabor among many others. Spread over 3LPs, the original edition also included a one-hour audio documentary featuring exclusive interviews with many original musicians and industry figures from the ‘70s scene, narrated by Wunmi.As well as being a valuable document of an under-rated era, Nigeria 70 was one of the first crossover albums to dig deep into the African music archives and effectively market the music to a new online audience hungry for rare grooves and unique dancefloor sounds. Since Nigeria 70, this market has widened hugely with labels like Soundway, Analog Africa and Hot Casa all working tirelessly to document rare African beats. This new pressing of the Nigeria 70 3LP set is limited to 500 copies and features the full CD version and CD audio documentary as a bonus within the package. Full artwork is also featured including John Armstrong’s extensive sleeve note history alongside rare photos. Limited new 15th Anniversary repress of classic Afro-funk and Afrobeat collection, 500 copies only Definitive format: 3LP set including 2CD version and 1CD audio documentary as bonus one of the most influential of all recent African music collections which helped spawn a new market for African rare grooves album fully remastered for this reissue.
V.A. - Aloha Got Soul - Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawaii 1979-85
V.A.
Aloha Got Soul - Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawaii 1979-85
CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
11,99 €* 15,99 € -25%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Funkier than most yacht-rock, and beachier than most funk, “Kona Winds” is three and a half perfect minutes of aural relaxation. The track originally appeared on the “Homegrown” compilation series in 1978, showcasing local Hawaiian artists. Today, the track fits comfortably in Balearic DJ sets and left-field funk mixes.“I was out in Venice with DJ Harvey,” says Mark Barrott, “and “Kona Winds” came on the radio whilst we were sat by the beach having breakfast, looking at the early-morning surfers. I actually rang US directory assistance for the first and last time in my life to get the number of the station to get a track ID. I NEVER get bored of the spoken intro; last summer I was a little worse for wear in the middle of a DJ set by Es Vedra and I just looped the spoken intro and left it running for 30 mins… it sounded fine to me.”“Kona Winds” appears on Aloha Got Soul, a new compilation assembled by Roger Bong, documenting the vibrant soul, AOR, jazz funk and disco scene across Hawaii in 1979-1985.
Sun Ra And His Arkestra - To Those Of Earth And Other Worlds
Sun Ra And His Arkestra
To Those Of Earth And Other Worlds
2CD | 2015 | EU | Original (Strut)
14,99 €* 19,99 € -25%
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on last year’s collection In The Orbit Of Ra we’re diving headfirst back into the vast universe of Sun Ra with a a newly curated set from the Ra’s immense 125 LP back catalog, compiled by Gilles Peterson. The BBC 6Music / Worldwide DJ is a long-time champion of Ra’s music and the UK’s leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.For the CD version, Peterson picks personal favourites, classics and unreleased tracks and weaves them into a flowing piece across 2CDs, showcasing the incredible variety of Ra’s work. The 2LP version features full-length versions of selected tracks from the mix (and also includes the full CD mixed version), while the digital version features a full unmixed selection with Peterson’s mix available within the album bundle. Sleeve notes on physical formats come from Gilles Peterson with a full Ra career biography by author Robert L. Campbell. The album also features previously unseen photos from the archives of Val Wilmer alongside full musician line-ups and session details.
Kanaku Y El Tigre - Quema Quema Quema
Next Stop Soweto - Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula And Jazz Afrika 1966-1984
Change The Beat - The Celluloid Records Story 1980 - 1987
Change The Beat
The Celluloid Records Story 1980 - 1987
2CD | 2013 | EU | Original (Strut)
9,99 €* 19,99 € -50%
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
Celluloid Records was formed in Paris during the late ‘70s by Jean Georgakarakos (often referred to by the shorter name Jean Karakos), who had spent the previous decade co-running French record shops and the spiritual jazz label BYG. The label gathered steam following Karakos’ fateful trips to New York in the early ‘80s. It was there that he met Bill Laswell, who had himself landed fresh in the Big Apple from Michigan, Karakos began releasing the full spectrum of Laswell’s early work, from the avant-rock cacophony of Massacre to his fluid, dance / post-punk production outfit, Material.Karakos also became involved in the nascent hip-hop scene In New York, releasing Time Zone’s breakdance classic “Wildstyle,” featuring Afrika Bambaataa and French MC B Side. In 1983, both he and Laswell worked with Herbie Hancock on his electro smash, “Rockit.” From the resultant publishing income, Karakos and Laswell continued to explore early hip-hop culture and a slew of classics followed: successful 12’s by Hancock’s scratch DJ, Grandmixer D.ST, Fab 5 Freddy’s groundbreaking French / English slo-mo rap “Change The Beat” and graf artist Futura 2000 on the cult single “Escapades Of Futura 2000” backed by The Clash. Time Zone would also re-surface with Bambaataa and collaborator John Lydon (PiL / Sex Pistols) with the apocalyptic chart smash “World Destruction.”By 1986, Laswell's work for Celluloid became increasingly sparse as he was pulled onto major projects for Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, PiL and more. The label, meanwhile, continued its eclectic path with recordings by jazz legend Eric Dolphy, John McLaughlin and the Welcome To Dreamland compilation of out-there Japanese pop overseen by regular Laswell cohort, Fred Frith. African music also continued to feature heavily in the label’s later output through world pop stars like Kassav and Toure Kunda.Change The Beat is released in conjunction with Jean Karakos and Celluloid Records. Formats include 2CD, 2LP and digital. All physical formats feature rare photos from the Celluloid Records archive and extended interviews with label owner Jean Karakos, Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon, Rusty Egan (Time Zone) and more. The digital version of the album features five extra tracks not featured on the physical formats.
SoulJazz Orchestra, The - Solidarity
SoulJazz Orchestra, The
Solidarity
CD | 2012 | EU | Original (Strut)
16,99 €*
Release:2012 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Canada’s hardest working super-group, The Souljazz Orchestra, return at full throttle this September with ‘Solidarity’, a new collaborative album featuring a range of unique artists from their country’s vibrant underground groove scene. Rooted in rhythmically rich musical traditions of the past, the collective have kept their eyes on the future, pushing the boundaries of soul, jazz and tropical styles with a set of heavyweight new songs, unified by a powerful message of positive social change. After the success of their last record, the all-acoustic, instrumental outing, ‘Rising Sun’, the Orchestra returns to electric, vocal-driven compositions on ‘Solidarity’, inviting in a selection of singers with whom they have collaborated at different times over the last decade. The album’s cast includes singer, percussionist and songwriter El Hadji “Élage” M’baye, songwriter and guitarist Rômmel Texeira Ribeiro, vocalist and songwriter Slim Moore, brilliant jazz trumpeter Nicholas Dyson, versatile singer Amelia Leclair on backing vocals; and the full Souljazz Orchestra core complete the line-up, with vocal contributions by drummer / conguero Philippe Lafrenière and baritone saxophonist Ray Murray. The compositions that arose from the sessions are in a variety of Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, all connected by a consistent thread of North American soul and jazz sensibilities, featuring lyrics sung in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Wolof. The plugged-in direction of the new album also provided the band with an excuse to dig out some of their dusty, forgotten electric instruments from the attic: an ancient transistor organ, pawn shop hollow-body electric guitars, & even an old Italian-made Elka electric piano rescued from a garbage can. The album was recorded onto a temperamental Tascam 8-track tape machine inherited from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a surplus sale. The resultant sound is gritty, low-budget and analogue and the musicianship is, as always, vice-tig
Mighty Sparrow - Sparromania
Mighty Sparrow
Sparromania
2LP | 2011 | EU | Original (Strut)
31,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present a brand new retrospective of one of the Caribbean's most towering musical figures, Mighty Sparrow, covering 1962 to 1974. During a career of over 40 years, Sparrow has been an unmatchable figure in the world of calypso and a constant backdrop to Caribbean life, recording over 300 albums and winning eleven Calypso Monarch and eight Road March titles at the annual Trinidad Carnival during one of the most competitive times in its history.
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