Trilok Gurtu – Spellbound (2013)

Trilok Gurtu – Spellbound (2013) Trilok Gurtu is an Indian percussionist and composer, he was born born in Mumbai, India on 30 October 1951 and his work blending traditional Indian music with jazz fusion, world music and many other different genres.
Trilok Gurtu has collaborated with many artists, including Terje Rypdal, Gary Moore, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, Bill Laswell, Maria João & Mário Laginha, and Robert Miles.
Gurtu began playing western drum kit in the 1970s, and developed interest in jazz. In the 1970s, he played with Charlie Mariano, John Tchicai, Terje Rypdal, and Don Cherry.
In the 1980s, Gurtu played with Swiss drummer Charly Antolini, bassists Jonas Hellborg and with John McLaughlin in McLaughlin’s trio, and performed at least one concert opening for Miles Davis.
“Spellbound” is an expression of Trilok Gurtu’s great admiration for the man and musician Don Cherry, but also have some moments with a strong Miles Davis flavor.
Although the album starts with a 33-second improvisation in a duo with Cherry on trumpet and Trilok Gurtu, “Spellbound” contain no other recordings with Don Cherry. Read more Trilok Gurtu – Spellbound (2013)

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012)

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012) Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981, relocated to London in May 1982, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart with their seventh, 1996 album “Spiritchaser” which also charted on Billboard 200, disbanded in 1998, reunited 7 years later in 2005, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry are path openers with their unique mixture of genres and styles, merging African polyrhythms with Gothic Rock, Gaelic folk with Post-Punk, Gregorian chants with New Age and Dark Wave, or Middle Eastern mantras with ethereal and Dream Pop.
“Anastasis”, the long awaited, upcoming eight studio album by the band is not different then the previous ones. It’s an exciting and colorful mixture of dark and Oriental vibes, minimalism and subtle, polyphonic build-ups, hypnotic mantras and addictive rhythms, Dead can Dance are once again a secret doorway to a lost and find universe of subconscious and superconscious. It’s a journey and an intimate, unique, mystical experience for each and every listener. Read more Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012)

Jethro Tull – Roots to Branches (1995)

Between their debut, “This Was” in 1968 and their 21st in 2003 with “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album “, Jethro Tull has delivered albums with distinctive sounds crossing genres and styles, merging prog/art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, blues, folk, classical, Elizabethan, and world music. I heard Ian Anderson’s music for the first time with the 72’s album “Living in the Past” and even if I wasn’t an unconditional fan of Tull, Anderson, we have to admit it, delivered quality materials throughout the years. “Roots to Branches” released on 4 September 1995, probably is not as acclaimed as “Thick as a Brick” (1972) or famous as “Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!” (1976), but definitively is a colorful trip into a musical universe filled up will all the spices from Anderson’s workshop. Read more Jethro Tull – Roots to Branches (1995)

Dead Can Dance – Spleen and Ideal (1986)

There are bands and there are myths, legends. There are bands playing music and bands creating music, inventing new approaches, discovering new dimensions, tear down walls and open brand new highways. There are bands with one or two best records and bands with all their records being best ones. Some says, in the existence of the band the second album is the most important and it proves if the band have or haven’t potential. “Spleen and Ideal”, released on 1st September 1986 (in Australia), was Dead Can Dance’s second album and the band consist of Gerrard and Perry decided to abandon guitars in favor of classic symphonic instruments such as cello, trombones and timpani. A serious decision and one which probably change the course of the band’s history, but not only. Read more Dead Can Dance – Spleen and Ideal (1986)

Playing For Change – PFC 2 – Songs Around the World (2011)

Gathering together brilliant artists including Baaba Maal, Keb Mo, Sandra de Sá, Taj Mahal, Tinariwen, Carlos Vives, Roger Ridley, Grandpa Elliot, Stephen Marley, Mermans Kenkosenki, Char and Toumani Diabate, this second release by Playing for Change, “Songs Around the World” is a refreshing collection of covers reinterpreted in a key of exotic mixture of raggae, dub, African drums, blues and soul.
“Playing For Change” is a multimedia music project created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to bring together musicians from around the world. Read more Playing For Change – PFC 2 – Songs Around the World (2011)

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Dhafer Youssef – Abu Nawas Rhapsody (2010)

Dhafer Youssef s-a născut în orăşelul Teboulba de la malul mării din Tunisia în 1967 şi de mic a fost atras de muzică. În timp ce părinţii l-au trimis să studieze Coran-ul într-o şcoală Islamică, Dhafer Youssef asculta şi studia Jazz pe ascuns. La Radio, era singura sursă de a asculta muzică. Într-o zi o cunoştinţă a primit cadou o chitară electrică, Youssef o împrumuta pentru câteva zile, perioade în care nici măcar nu mai dormea.
Când a început să câştige bani din cântatul la nunţi, şi-a cumpărat cu echivalentul a 100 euro primul oud, instrument cu 12 corzi, tradiţional în orient. Cum povesteşte chiar el, dacă s-ar fi născut în Africa probabil ar fi cântat la tobe şi percuţii, dacă s-ar fi născut la New York ar fi ales saxofonul, dar s-a născut în Tunisia şi instrumentul său este oudul. Până să vadă primul pian mai trec nişte ani, mai exact la 19 ani când se mută la Viena. Ca să se întreţină lucrează ca spălător de vase, curăţător de geamuri şi ospătar într-un restaurant italian. Şi de câte ori are ocazia merge la concerte de muzică clasică şi Jazz. Se împrieteneşte cu un violonist, Tony Burger care-l învaţă să-şi transcrie muzica pe partitură apoi vine marea revelaţie, se împrieteneşte cu Jatinder Thakur care-l introduce în sonorităţile Indiene ale muzicii, muzică de care se îndrăgosteşte.
Cântă ore-n şir cu Jatinder apoi cu acordeonistul Otto Lechner.
Apare şi prima mare oportunitate, clubul de Jazz „Porgy and Bess” îi oferă şansa să cânte o dată pe lună pentru o perioadă de un an cu cine şi ce doreşte. Youssef apelează la Iva Bittova, Peter Herbert, Renaud Garcia Fons, Christian Muthspiel şi mulţi alţii, proiectul se dovedeşte un real succes şi astfel are şansa să imprime primul său album: „Malak” în 1999, după ce anterior a participat la imprimările a două discuri alături de Lenny MacDowell şi Hakim Ludin, respectiv Otto Lechner, Wolfgang Puschnig şi Achim Tang.

Pleacă în Africa Read more Dhafer Youssef – Abu Nawas Rhapsody (2010)

Kaya Project – Desert Phase (2010)

Kaya Project este rezultatul colaborării dintre Seb Taylor şi Natasha Chamberlain, iar acest „Desert Phase” este al patrulea lor album după „Walking Through” (2004), „Elixir” (2005) şi „And So It Goes” (2008). Taylor este un compozitor/producător activ, dar şi un multi-instrumentist, cântă la chitară, bas, zheng, silofon, tzoura, banjoud, flaut, darbouka, muzicuţă şi face programare, foloseşte cu îndemânare samplere şi clape. Taylor a fost ocupat în ultimul an cu producţia şi compunerea unor reclame TV şi coloane sonore, „Buddha, Bees & the Giant Hornet Queen” coloana sonoră pentru un documentar despre natură realizat pentru BBC a şi câştigat un premiu.
Pe lângă Taylor şi solista Natasha la proiectele Kaya contribuie şi un şir lung de invitaţi: Irina Mikhailova, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Shahin Badar, Deeyah, Johnny Kalsi, Randolph Matthews, etc.
Muzica este un amestec de Ambiental cu World Music predominant cu inflexiuni orientale, infuzii Trip Hop, Downtempo şi Nu Jazz.
O călătorie relaxantă, într-o lume cu sonorităţi fine şi ritmuri şerpuitoare, hipnotice, instrumentele exotice piperează temele, dau un şarm şi un farmec aparte proiectului.

Cele 15 piese noi au acelaşi şarm, poartă aceeaşi amprentă „trip”, sunt Read more Kaya Project – Desert Phase (2010)