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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2013 | Laborie Jazz

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Jazz - Released February 9, 2018 | Brownswood Recordings

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And here we go again: London Calling! But this time, the call doesn’t come from the rock ‘n’ roll’s hungry depths but rather from the jazz’ ones. A jazz which we can only label as special so much the young London scene compiled on this We Out Here was built on mixed influences, soul as well as Afrobeat, fusion or electro. To center in on this new generation, Brownswood Recordings, Gilles Peterson’s label, entrusted the album’s artistic direction to the most publicized among them: saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. Recorded over three days, the selected musicians and bands display a jazz spirit rather than jazz form. Therefore, drummer Jake Long and his formation Maisha play at being voodoo masters in the style of a Pharoah Sanders. Fela’s Afrobeat provides a fertile ground to the Ezra Collective from drummer Femi Koleoso but also to the Kokoroko Collective. While another drumming ace, the charismatic Moses Boyd, wraps up his rhythms in a brilliantly hypnotic electro loop before coming back to the paths of an invigorating libertarian jazz. This Qobuzism colorful like never before, includes instrumentals from the likes of Theon Cross, an impressive tuba marathoner (and incidentally an accomplice of Shabaka Hutchings within the Sons Of Kemet), Nubya Garcia, a saxophonist possessed by Charles Lloyd’s lyricism, and also Joe Armon-Jones, a keyboard mad scientist who knows Herbie Hancock like the back of his hand… With We Out Here, and the new London jazz scene pens a manifesto as dynamic as it is eclectic. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Asia - Released January 20, 2017 | Buda musique

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Africa - Released October 28, 2016 | Numero Group

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Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is a hefty, handsome box set; it's equal parts photo exhibit and musical anthology documenting the landlocked nation (now known as Burkina Faso) during the 1970s. It shines a light on Bobo-Dioulasso's music scene as an explosion of pop culture paved the way for 1983's coup d'etat led by Thomas Sankara (a former jazz musician) to rename the country. Revolution is a process, not an event, and this artifact offers one kind of proof. The 176-page hardbound book provides an introductory essay with a fine historical overview of colonial, post-colonial, and pre-revolutionary Upper Volta. A short note by photographer Sory Sanle offers his story, and is followed by dozens of his quietly stunning black-and-white photos that include studio portraits, promo shots of musicians, and night-time street scenes. There are biographies of the country's legendary groups Volta Jazz, Dafra Star (led by former -- and best -- VJ vocalist Coulibaly Tidiani), Echo del Africa, and Les Imbattables Leopards, and interviews. Full-color photos of various recordings adorn some pages, as do complete discographies of important labels. And, of course, there is the music. The set includes a disc each by Volta Jazz and Dafra Star. They offer rare tracks illustrating a startling crossroads where Malian and Nigerian melodies and rhythms collide with those of Ghana and Niger. Along the way, they encounter and build on Cuban rhythms, rock, and R&B sounds from the Americas. Check Volta Jazz's mind-melting "Mousso Koroba Tike." Fuzzed-up psychedelic wah-wah guitars and rock drums run headlong into highlife, accompanied by polyrhythmic hand drums and souled-out vocal harmonies. Contrast this with Dafra Star's fusion of call-and-response Malian folk and Latin-inspired funk in "Sie Koumgolo." Echo del Africa opens disc three with the cooking, Afrobeat-drenched funk of "Gentlemen Doromina." Later, they showcase a driving, Yoruban-cum-Juju pulse and chant in "Yiri Wah." Les Imbattables Leopards move through sweet, tender Afro-soul on "Milaoba" then get salsa-fied on "Nene." This disc also includes the popping dance number "He Ya Wanna" by Ouedraogo Youssef -- complete with Stax soul-styled horns -- and "Arindo" by Idy-O-Idrissa, a waltz-time R&B ballad whose melody derives from the Sahel folk tradition. Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is one of Numero's most obsessively assembled artifacts, and given their high standards, that's saying plenty. While many labels release varied, excellent portraits of music from the African continent, Numero's project illustrates a particular place and time that laid the foundation for an entire people to build a nation. ~ Thom Jurek
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Classical - Released January 22, 2016 | Ediciones Singulares

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Full Operas - Released May 29, 2015 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Classical - Released August 16, 2004 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released September 2, 2002 | Supraphon a.s.

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released June 10, 2015 | Ina Archives

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World - Released November 5, 2013 | Accords Croisés

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Classical - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

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Electro - Released October 1, 2012 | Pschent Music

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Children - Released June 22, 2007 | Disney Records (Europe)

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Free Jazz & Avant-Garde - Released December 4, 2013 | Born Bad Records

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World - Released November 4, 2013 | Buda musique

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Africa - Released April 1, 2013 | Orane

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 16, 2011 | Editions Milan Music

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Film Soundtracks - Released March 24, 2009 | Capitol Records

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Blues - Released June 1, 2004 | ACT Music

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It is ironic that two promoters from Germany, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, may well have played the largest part in revitalizing an American audience for the blues in the United States during the 1960s. Their annual barnstorming tours of Western Europe with a roster of American blues greats sparked a blues revival, particularly in London, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and a host of other young white musicians fell under the spell of the blues. When British bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Yardbirds exported the music back to the States, blues reestablished itself as a commercially viable form in its homeland, leading to long careers for many of the artists featured here. The tours, billed as the American Folk Blues Festival, ran every fall in Europe, beginning in 1962 and lasting until 1970, and several live performances from those shows (most of them from the 1963, 1964, and 1965 tours) are collected in this two-disc set. Whether they're truly "lost tapes" or not is debatable, but several of these performances are priceless historical documents, and the sound is great, even intimate. Highlights include Memphis Slim's winking, elegant version of the traditional "John Henry" ballad; Otis Spann's "Going Down Slow"; a solo acoustic rendition of "Catfish Blues" by Muddy Waters; Big Mama Thornton's blistering "Hound Dog"; J.B. Lenoir's "If I Get Lucky"; Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Got a Letter This Morning" (a variant of Son House's "Death Letter"); and the loose, front-porch jug band feel of Sleepy John Estes' "Your Best Friend's Gone." There are no liner notes to speak of, which is a shame, but the music here is simply wonderful. ~ Steve Leggett
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Classical - Released January 20, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 20, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Africa - Released December 9, 2013 | Orane

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Video Games - Released December 2, 2013 | Ubisoft Music

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Electro - Released May 23, 2013 | Pschent Music

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Jazz - Released March 22, 2013 | ACT Music

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Children - Released December 14, 2009 | Caravage

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Video Games - Released October 29, 2013 | Ubisoft Music

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House - Released July 29, 2013 | InFiné

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Electro - Released June 25, 2013 | Ninja Tune

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Africa - Released June 4, 2013 | Orane

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Jazz - Released June 1, 2013 | Frémeaux & associés

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Jazz - Released December 7, 2012 | ACT Music

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Classical - Released May 1, 2012 | Genuin

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Jazz - Released February 24, 2012 | ACT Music

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Classical - Released August 1, 2011 | Profil

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Pop - Released July 25, 2011 | Legacy Recordings

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Featuring Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in its prime and his early stable of artists, the Ronettes, Crystals, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector stands as inarguably the greatest Christmas record of all time. Spector believed he could produce a record for the holidays that would capture not only the essence of the Christmas spirit, but also be a pop masterpiece that would stand against any work these artists had already done. He succeeded on every level, with all four groups/singers recording some of their most memorable performances. This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged, and it has inspired a host of imitators. ~ Dennis MacDonald
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Bebop - Released May 30, 2011 | Saga

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Classical - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Electro - Released December 20, 2010 | Filter Label

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Dance - Released October 4, 2010 | Bullet Train Records

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2010 | ITM

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 1, 2010 | Carus

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Pop/Rock - Released May 19, 2009 | Capitol Records

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Tango - Released May 7, 2009 | ENJA RECORDS Werner Aldinger

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Jazz - Released March 30, 2007 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released March 29, 2004 | ACT Music

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Released January 1, 1988 | Impact Music

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Film Soundtracks - Released February 14, 2000 | Epic - Razor Sharp - Sony Music Soundtrax

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Musical Theatre - Released June 8, 2004 | Masterworks Broadway

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Classical composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein periodically had tried his hand at writing Broadway musicals, starting with On the Town (1944) and continuing with Wonderful Town, (1953), not to mention, less than a year earlier, Candide, a musically magnificent, dramatically unsuccessful effort. But none of these was as ambitious as West Side Story, a score that is infused with Bernstein's classical sensibility, even as it deliberately draws in influences from jazz and Latin music. A contemporary retelling of Romeo & Juliet set among New York street gangs, the show combines refined and vulgar elements, and Bernstein's music revels in the contrasts, veering from the hymn-like themes he provides for the lovers' ballads (they may be Italians on one side and Puerto Ricans on the other, but they're probably all Catholics, so the religious influence is something they have in common) to the jarring rhythms that accompany the continual "rumbles" of the gangs. Newcomer lyricist Stephen Sondheim traces the same contrast in his words. For the Romeo character, here called Tony, the mere name of his Juliet, here called Maria, has religious significance: "Say it loud and there's music playing," he sings in a song called "Maria," "Say it soft and it's almost like praying." In this song, as in their duets "Tonight" and "One Hand, One Heart," Tony and Maria are not just idealistic, but idealized, and Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence embody them well. On the other hand, Sondheim fills the language of their friends with a rough slang that sometimes alludes to common obscenity (e.g., "when the spit hits the fan") and sometimes pushes the limits of language allowable on a Broadway stage in the '50s ("bastard," "S.O.B."). When they're not cursing, these characters engage in biting criticism and sarcasm. "America," a song of dueling Puerto Rican girls, one who wants to go home and one who wants to stay in Manhattan (the fiery Anita, ably played by Chita Rivera), and "Gee, Officer Krupke!," a gang's taunting of a police officer, are not just typical comic songs in a Broadway musical. They are savagely witty, marking the introduction of a lyricist on a par with Lorenz Hart or Cole Porter, at the very least. That said, however, this isn't really a lyric-oriented show, or even a character-oriented one, oddly enough. It is notable that the album cover says, "West Side Story (based on a conception of Jerome Robbins)," not "based on a play by William Shakespeare." Robbins, the show's director/choreographer, has conceived it as a dance show, and there are extended instrumental passages on this album during which the stage actors would be dancing, although one only hears them shouting occasionally and snapping their fingers. Powerful as Bernstein's music is, and clever as Sondheim's lyrics are, West Side Story is largely about dancing, which means that only a portion of it can be appreciated on disc. That is enough, however, to mark it as a landmark among Broadway cast albums as well as Broadway musicals. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Film Soundtracks - Released October 28, 2013 | Made In PM - StudioCanal - Because Music

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Full Operas - Released May 4, 1993 | Berlin Classics

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Solo Piano - Released March 29, 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Classical - Released January 5, 2018 | Warner Classics

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EDITORIAL NOTES: This complete edition brings together all Debussy’s known works. The one work that is not currently available is the orchestral version of an Intermezzo composed in June 1882. However, it is possible to form an idea of how this might have sounded thanks to Debussy’s own transcription of the piece for piano duet (7/6)2. The following works can be heard here in premiere recordings: —the Chanson des brises (1882) for soprano solo, female chorus and piano four-hands (24/12), the complete manuscript of which has recently come to light; —the first version (1898) of the two Chansons de Charles d’Orléans (25/5-6); —Diane au bois (1885-87), a “comédie lyrique” for soprano, tenor and piano (26/1-4); —the beginning of La Chute de la maison Usher, as it was when Debussy set the work aside in 1916 (30/6-10);   To this group of works, we have added the piano reductions of Khamma (4/13-16) – whose orchestration was mainly the work of Koechlin – and of Jeux (4/17), both of which provided the basis on which the choreography of the two ballets was devised. Moreover, some of Debussy’s transcriptions from the 1890s have never been recorded until now: —À la fontaine, an arrangement for piano solo of Am Springbrunnen from Schumann’s Op.85 set of piano duets (2/20); —Humoresque en forme de valse, an arrangement for piano solo of Raff’s Humoreske in Walzerform, Op.159, for piano duet (6/9); —Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.2 and Airs d’Étienne Marcel, arranged for two pianos, four hands (11/8-18);   In addition to the above, we have included several arrangements of Debussy’s works made by composers with whom he was on friendly terms. The complete edition contains all the transcriptions by André Caplet (for piano solo, two pianos and orchestrations), even those carried out after Debussy’s death. Caplet’s orchestrations of two of the Ariettes oubliées (22/1415) are recorded here for the first time. Most of Caplet’s transcriptions received Debussy’s seal of approval, and the composer conducted the orchestral version of Children’s Corner (18/12-17) on several occasions and took part in performances of the two-piano version of Ibéria (10/57). The same applies to the arrangements made by Henri Busser, Jean Roger-Ducasse, Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht and Bernardino Molinari. Ravel’s transcriptions and orchestrations are testimony to his admiration for Debussy. Finally, it is worth noting that Debussy was on good terms with the violinist Arthur Hartmann and transcribed Minstrels (13/3), one of the piano Préludes, for his friend. The two men played the piece together at a concert on 5 February 1914, alongside two arrangements that Hartmann had made with the composer’s consent: another of the Préludes, La fille aux cheveux de lin (13/15), and the second of the Ariettes oubliées, Il pleure dans mon cœur (13/14). Finally, this set features the only known acoustic recording of Debussy, accompanying Mary Garden (33/15-18) and made in February 1904 for the French Gramophone Company, as well as piano rolls of fourteen pieces made using the Welte-Mignon system and probably recorded by the composer in November 1913 (33/1-14). Denis Herlin © 2017 Warner Classics
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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | Aeolus

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Duets - Released December 1, 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Classical - Released November 20, 2017 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Chamber Music - Released November 3, 2017 | Warner Classics

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The cream of the crop of French musicians—well, okay, Swiss for the flautist Emmanuel Pahud—come together to bring us a sumptuous album devoted to Debussy’s chamber music: Edgar Moreau for the Sonata for cello and piano, Renaud Capuçon for the Sonata for violin and piano, Gérard Caussé, Marie-Pierre Anglamet and Emmanuel Pahud for the Sonata for flute, viola and harp (these three very belated sonatas are the only ones that the composer had time to finish in his planned series of “Six sonatas for various instruments by Claude Debussy, French musician”). We find the same Emmanuel Pahud performing solo for Syrinx, and the album closes with the Trio for violin, piano and cello written in a still very classic—or even conventional—style and architecture (the shadows of Franck, Massenet and Fauré undoubtedly loom) in 1880, when the composer was residing in Florence with the von Meck family. This last work was released only a hundred years later… On the piano in all the collective works, you’ll find Bertrand Chamayou. © SM
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Classical - Released October 27, 2017 | HORTUS

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Classical - Released October 27, 2017 | Brilliant Classics

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Chamber Music - Released September 28, 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2017 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Chamber Music - Released August 24, 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 26, 2017 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Africa - Released May 26, 2017 | Wrasse Records

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Classical - Released May 18, 2017 | Son ar Mein

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Electro - Released March 17, 2017 | PAN

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Blues - Released January 27, 2017 | Rough Guides - World Music Network

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First off, if it's from ASV/Living Era, you know it's a winner and that's almost enough said. This single-disc, twenty-five cut collection has nothing short of amazing material in truly cleaned up sound from the very beginning of the country music boom: "Hello Stranger" by the Carter Family should be proof enough. But the real treasure in this set is in the stranger and rarer things on it such as Tom Darby's "Sweet Sarah Blues," or the Nations Brothers' "Bankhead Blues." Add to this Smokey Wood's "Woodchips Blues" or Hartman's Heartbreakers' dirty blues "Give It to Me Daddy," whether vocal or instrumental. One of the true oddities included is the treasure "Fan It," by the Swift Jewel Cowboys who walked the line -- before Bob Wills -- of blues, jazz and country music complete with a killer trumpet solo. This is a truly historic volume with great liner notes and a handsome presentation that should be included in any serious country music fan's -- or blues fan's for that matter -- collection. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek
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Electro - Released January 6, 2017 | InFiné

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Symphonic Music - Released October 14, 2016 | Lyrita

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Africa - Released September 16, 2016 | Sterns Africa

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Classical - Released August 12, 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Opera - Released June 1, 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Jazz - Released June 1, 2016 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Country - Released April 18, 2016 | Light In The Attic

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Reissued by HackTone after its original CD issue in 1995, Heartworn Highways is the sonic companion to the classic 1981 documentary of the same name. David Gorman goes out of his way to tell listeners/purchasers that this disc is not the soundtrack to the film because there never was one. HackTone "had to go back to the original film elements and Nagra tapes with the film's editor and producer to create one," according to Gorman. They "spent months working between them and an audio restoration engineer in New York to make a stand-alone album out of audio that works perfectly well while watching the film but would sound horribly disjointed otherwise. In fact, most of the performances in the film are edited down to about 1/4 their original length." This is key because it must have been a very painful process at time--especially during the 'round table' recordings on Christmas Eve at the end of the album. The microphone was literally in motion during the entire evening, trying to capture whoever was singing lead; but you'd never know it by listening to the CD. The breathtaking sound quality is a credit to restoration engineer Alan Silverman. A number of performances were left off in order to make this fit onto a single disc. What is here is a vintage treasure trove of the then-emerging singer/songwriter movement from the (mostly) American South. What is most important to note is that these performances were recorded for the documentary; they are not licensed recordings from a catalog. Some of the artists included here are no longer with us, but their performances (e.g., Townes Van Zandt's "Waitin' 'Round to Die" and "Pancho and Lefty," Gamble Rogers' "Charlie's Place" and "The Black Label Blues") are chilling and top-notch. Yet, they are in context because these infromal performances are stunning throughout. Some of the truly notable ones are by songwriters who are not well known even now among the general populus -- for example, the great Steve Young, who decided on deeply moving covers of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" along with his own "Alabama Highway". Youngis the guy who wrote "Seven Bridges Road," "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (the anthem of Waylon's outlaw movement that didn't include him--though, who was an outlaw long before it became a marketing concept)--and his "Montgomery in the Rain." is also here. Larry Jon Wilson makes an appearance with his deep backwoods "Ohoopee River Bottomland," which is equal parts Tony Joe White and Lightnin' Hopkins, all of it wrapped in Young's swampy Georgia voice and guitar playing. Guy Clark is heard on five cuts, three of them well known, but "Ballad of Laverne and Captain Flint" makes it too. Other writers here include David Allan Coe and John Hiatt, both of whom originally hailed from the Midwest. Hearing Coe in this setting is especially rewarding, almost separated from his bullshit image, just playing and singing his utterly moving songs, especially "I Still Sing the Old Songs," done with only an acoustic guitar. The glimpses listeners get of Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle apart from the slick Nashville production on their own records is especially refreshing. This is a timeless collection that truly stands on its own whether or not you saw the film in 1981 (it is available on DVD thank goodness). It's a no-jive set of songwriters doing what they do best away from the hype, the myth-making, and the self-destructive impulses that have plagued many of them. ~ Thom Jurek
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Classical - Released February 1, 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Africa - Released November 27, 2015 | Analog Africa

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Jazz - Released November 6, 2015 | BDMUSIC

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Concertos - Released June 2, 2015 | Dacapo SACD

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 2, 2015 | Born Bad Records

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Latin America - Released May 18, 2015 | Soul Jazz Records

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Rock - Released November 11, 2014 | Light In The Attic

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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | Ricercar

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Classical - Released June 1, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

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Chamber Music - Released May 30, 2014 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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World - Released May 26, 2014 | Soul Jazz Records

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Jazz - Released April 1, 2014 | Frémeaux & associés

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Classical - Released February 28, 2014 | Wergo

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French Music - Released January 14, 2014 | Epm

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Country - Released October 25, 2013 | Bear Family Records GmbH

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Jazz - Released April 3, 2013 | Jazz City Series

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Blues - Released March 15, 2013 | Bear Family Records GmbH

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A companion to The Sun Country Box and The Sun Rock Box, Bear Family's 2013 The Sun Blues Box greatly expands the original 1983 LP box of the same title. That vinyl box concentrated solely on singles released on Sun and its related imprints during the '50s, but this hefty ten-CD box encompasses sides Sam Phillips produced at Sun Studios but licensed out to Chess, Trumpet, and RPM. These cuts, combined with other rarities -- mainly unreleased recordings but also outtakes and such rarities as a Sam Phillips radio spot for a medicine called "Tree of Life" and a clutch of recordings from unknown vocal groups and gospel singers tucked away on the tenth disc -- provides a testament to the considerable achievement Phillips achieved at Sun between 1950 and 1958. Many other studios, producers, and labels were instrumental in the development of recorded electric blues but Phillips at Sun was pivotal in 20th century blues' transition from the country to the city, Sun being an important stop on the road from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. This is true geographically and aesthetically, as the blues recorded at Sun were often as primitive as those made deep in the Delta, but soon into Phillips' run of blues, the subjects of the songs quickly turned to urban concerns and the sound leaped from the backwoods to the steel and concrete of the city. The first disc, naturally, leans toward primitive Delta blues, but once Howlin' Wolf arrives at the start of the second disc, everything changes. Wolf was Phillips first great discovery and his great, gravelly groan on "Moanin' at Midnight" ushers in much more than the golden age of Sun Blues: licensed to Chess, the recording became a hit and put Chicago blues on a different path, one that would greatly change the sound of popular music, from the blues to rock & roll, and it also made Phillips eager to get another hitmaker into his studio. Shortly thereafter, he cut Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" with Ike Turner's band -- a jumping single often acknowledged as the first rock & roll single -- and then brought in B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, capturing the sound of not just Memphis blues but the whole swinging south. Much of this story was told on the original LP box, but the 2013 ten-disc set is drawn on an epic scale, thanks to the inclusion of all the sides Phillips licensed to other labels (although the unreleased rarities are of a high grade and are certainly welcome), singles that fill out the story with necessary detail. What's striking is how vital it all sounds, from the early Wolf and Ike through the Junior Parker, Earl Hooker, Joe Hill Louis, and Walter Horton who come later, to all the one-shots and cult favorites, ranging from the murderous Pat Hare to the inspirational Prisonaires. Phillips always sought musicians who tapped into some primal essence but he wasn't a purist, he was eager to make money out of his discoveries and the way to make money was to live in the modern world, not the past. And that's why the music on The Sun Blues Box feels like the beginning of modern music as we know it: it was recorded just as the blues moved out of the sticks and into the city, and it was recorded when any number of small-time record hustlers could maybe strike it big. Phillips didn't make his money here -- that is documented on the accompanying The Sun Rock Box -- but time and time again he captured lightning in his studio, and that's why The Sun Blues Box isn't simply a history album, it is music that is bracingly, thrillingly alive. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
£7.19

Classical - Released October 8, 2012 | Stradivarius

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£17.59

Jazz - Released August 16, 2012 | Frémeaux & associés

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£8.63

Jazz - Released July 20, 2012 | ACT Music

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£11.99
£7.99

Classical - Released January 3, 2012 | Da Capo

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£7.99

Pop/Rock - Released November 8, 2010 | Crammed Discs

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"Drawn from a suitably eclectic range....The primal rhythmic element of the original Congolese music is made good use of in almost every track."
£7.99

Pop/Rock - Released November 8, 2010 | Crammed Discs

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Jazz - Released August 28, 2009 | ACT Music

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£8.63

Jazz - Released August 28, 2009 | ACT Music

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£13.59

Classical - Released February 27, 2007 | Mode

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£11.99
£7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Dorian Sono Luminus

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£8.63

Jazz - Released October 28, 2005 | ACT Music

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£7.99

Classical - Released August 16, 2004 | Supraphon a.s.

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£10.79

Jazz - Released September 22, 2003 | ACT Music

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£9.59

World - Released October 20, 2002 | Oriente

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£10.79

Jazz - Released October 14, 2002 | ACT Music

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£9.59

World - Released March 1, 2001 | Oriente

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£7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Christophorus

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£1.39
£1.39

Children - Released January 1, 1961 | BnF Collection

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£12.99

Pop/Rock - Released March 1, 2010 | Sony Music Entertainment

£16.99

Film Soundtracks - Released December 7, 2009 | Atlantic Records

Booklet
£1.59

Film Soundtracks - Released July 28, 2009 | Silva Screen Records

£18.99

R&B - Released January 1, 2008 | Barclay

£39.99

Classical - Released January 27, 2014 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet
£4.29

Classical - Released January 27, 2014 | Mirare

Booklet
£8.79

Soul - Released October 21, 2013 | Soul Jazz Records

£7.99

World - Released October 15, 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

This is the second volume that the AIDS- and HIV-combatting Red Hot Organization has dedicated to the music of Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian creator of Afrobeat, fearless militant political and liberation activist, and cultural icon. The first, Red Hot + Riot, appeared in 2002 and juxtaposed Fela's music with hip-hop, neo-soul, and African folk styles. This 13-track set, compiled by Anthony Demby and Paul Heck, employs the root sounds of Afrobeat more explicitly. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the success of the musical Fela! Another is that on the African continent, AIDS and HIV remain massive problems that have taken their toll on families, populations, and national economies. (Fela died of complications due to AIDS.) The set kicks off with "Buy Africa" by Congolese rapper Baloji with L'Orchestre de la Katube and Yoruban singer and songwriter Kuku. The propulsive beats meet the punchy brass and confrontational lyrics head-on in a dazzling rhythm and rhyme collision. Drummer Tony Allen, a bandmate of Féla's and an Afrobeat pioneer in his own right, collaborates with Baloji and rapper M1 on the bubbling "Afrodisco Beat 2013," that weaves funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and dub together with lyrics in French and English. "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" is performed nearly straightforwardly by Jim James and My Morning Jacket, with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. The vibe is slow, snaky, and hypnotic, though at over 14 minutes, it's too much of a good thing. tUnE-yArDs and ?uestlove back Beninoise vocalist Angelique Kidjo and poet Akua Naru in funking up "Lady." Driven by furious breaks and roiling basslines, they turn the original sexist lyric on its head. The labyrinthine, bass matrix dubstep treatment of "Zombie," by producer Spoek Mathambo with Cerebral Cortex and Frown, is the set's most adventurous selection. Nigerian singer Nneka- born Antibalas vocalist Amayo, all front the manic seven-piece unit Superhuman Happiness in a pumped up, four-on-the-floor reading of on "No Buredi (No Bread)," complete with distorted kalimbas, zigzagging, squiggly synths, and popping basslines. Red Hot + Fela's unique yet nearly seamless-sounding collaborations offer a deeper hearing of Afrobeat in light of its wide-ranging implications trans-culturally, both in the present era and as it points toward the future. ~ Thom Jurek
£6.39

Contemporary Jazz - Released October 7, 2013 | Bonsaï Music

Booklet
£7.99

Dance - Released October 7, 2013 | La Musique Fait La Force

£7.19

Miscellaneous - Released August 15, 2013 | Genius-Islands

£7.99

French Music - Released April 29, 2013 | Fanon Records

£7.19

Rap - Released December 10, 2012 | Brownswood Recordings

Released six months after the previous volume, Brownswood Bubblers Nine offers another diverse yet steady assortment of tracks selected by label boss Gilles Peterson. This time, only one selection comes directly from the DJ's Brownswood label -- "Layou," a pattering avant dub demo from Birmingham, England group Troumaca. Licensed highlights come from promising acts like Australian quartet Hiatus Kaiyote (organic, Questlove-approved contemporary soul), D.C.-based Diggs Duke (a soul-jazz multi-instrumentalist who has a hint of Donald Fagen in his magnetic voice), and U.K./U.S. throwback R&B duo Lady (consisting of veterans Nicole "Make It Hot" Wray and Terri Walker). ~ Andy Kellman
£9.59
£6.39

Electro - Released December 10, 2012 | Pschent Music

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£7.99

Film Soundtracks - Released December 3, 2012 | Playtime

£4.79

Jazz - Released August 3, 2012 | Sax'n'Beat

£4.79

French Music - Released July 30, 2012 | Musiques & Solutions

£7.99

Celtic - Released March 12, 2012 | Rough Guides/World Music Network

£12.99

Pop/Rock - Released December 5, 2011 | SME Strategic Marketing Group

£7.19

North America - Released November 22, 2011 | Axel reekords

£5.59

Electro - Released October 7, 2011 | Lola´s World Records

£12.99

Tango - Released July 15, 2011 | RCA Victor

£9.59

Film Soundtracks - Released May 2, 2011 | Playtime

Booklet
£18.49

Pop/Rock - Released April 11, 2011 | Sony Music Entertainment

£11.49

Film Soundtracks - Released March 7, 2011 | Sony Classical

£7.99

Film Soundtracks - Released January 10, 2011 | Silva Screen Records

£11.49

Pop/Rock - Released December 13, 2010 | Sony Music Entertainment

Since Pure Disco was a success, Mercury decided to assemble a sequel, Pure Funk. Like its predecessor, Pure Funk is a terrific 20-track collection of funk classics, from Rick James"Super Freak" to Parliament's "Flashlight." A couple of songs are marginally funk -- it's hard to call the kitsch-fest "Kung Fu Fighting" or Earth, Wind & Fire's sultry ballad "Shining Star" funk -- but that doesn't mean that Pure Funk isn't a terrifically enjoyable collection. With songs like "Brick House," "Pick Up the Pieces," "Good Times," "Jungle Boogie," "Fire," "Tell Me Something Good," "Lady Marmalade," "Superfly," "Mr. Big Stuff" and "Word Up," Pure Funk delivers nothing but funky good times, and it's damn near irresistible. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
£7.99

Latin America - Released March 15, 2010 | Pastel Productions

£12.99

Pop/Rock - Released March 1, 2010 | Sony Music Entertainment

£19.19

New Age - Released November 11, 2009 | Savoy

£1.59

Film Soundtracks - Released April 28, 2009 | Silva Screen Records

£39.49

Stories and Nursery Rhymes - Released February 23, 2009 | SBME Strategic Marketing Group

Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons Pour Enfants is a five-CD box set. Each CD is themed and contains French-language versions of stories and songs including "The Abominable Snowman," "The Ballad of Little Red Riding Hood," "The Enchanted Mirror," and "A Spider on the Floor." These children's songs and stories will please kids of all ages. ~ Al Campbell
£10.79

Classical - Released January 28, 2009 | Berlin Classics

£12.99

Pop/Rock - Released December 10, 2007 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment