Monthly Archives: November 2014

Album Review: Cheikh Ndao & Band Manco – Swing Dakar – A mixed bag.

The album starts with a fabulous bass groove. Then I open the CD sleeve notes and it mentions Cheikh Ndao’s “mastery of bass grooves”. So I’ve got that right at least. But the vocals on the first song are off-putting, … Continue reading

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Album Review: Jacob Bain’s Publish The Quest – A Thousand Kinds Of Gold.

I like this album. Singer Jacob Bain gave it to me, a white guy from Seattle apprently into African music and connected to some great African artists. But the first impression is the indie band artwork and name. I was … Continue reading

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Album Review: Serazzi & La Cucina – A La Carte (Italy) – “Paolo Conte meets Pink Martini”

It’s fun. It’s classy. It’s got the gravelly voice. It’s got the Italian style. It’s got lyrics inspired by Nobel-Prize-winning writer Italo Calvino. It takes itself, appropriately for a band called ‘The Kitchen’, with a fairly large pinch of salt. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Les Doigts de l’Homme – 1910

4/5 Would I listen to is again? Yes, perfect for a Sunday morning. Play it all the way through? Yes, the energy, changing moods and arrangements keep you listening to the end. Classic Django swing from this French combo. This … Continue reading

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