World Music Mix: Children of Adam Band(USA) -Timbuktu-The Human Journey

Children of Adam Band(USA)-Bilal’s Journey
The “Timbuktu-The Human Journey” CD theme concept is based upon the idea of a “human being’s” journey through various stages of life to the present. It is a “journey” for us all! Includes the song: “pandemic prayer”.
BABA KENYA-Flugelhorn/Vocals/Krin-Log Drum/Percussions
BOB CONGA-Vocals/Percussions
DOCTOR JOHN TAYLOR-Keyboards/Vocals/
DONALD WILLIAMS-Alto/Tenor Sax/Vocals
JULES MARIE-Vocals/Percussions
POPPA KENNY TAYLOR-Trumpet/Percussions
SAANTIS DAVIS-Djembe/Assorted Percussions
SULTANA ARIFAH-Vocals/Percussions/Dancer
TAFARI NOBLES-EL-Masked African Dogon Dancer
*GUEST ARTIST- DAVID HUGHES -Vocalist “Pandemic Prayer”

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World Music Mix: Tom Rodwell – Album: Wood & Waste (2021)

TOM RODWELL TO RELEASE WOOD & WASTE (Fireplace Recordings / October 22, 2021)

Writerly Taste And Crossover Vision Forms Decadent LP By UK Blues/Spirituals Guitarist

Tracked on tape At Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, New Zealand, via The Who’s old Neve Console, Wood & Waste is an entirely analog production with no digital conversion at any stage. Mastering and lacquer cut from 1/2” mixdown tapes. First run of 500 x 180gram LP’s by Pallas, Germany.

Auckland, New Zealand August 2021—Novelists famously use their day jobs for material—guitarist Tom Rodwell mines his crossover blues career with a writerly taste for the surreal on Wood & Waste, a decadent and charmingly outré collection, released on October 22 2021.

An English artist presently moored in New Zealand, Rodwell’s revival of blues music as a vehicle for dance has been supple enough to embrace rhythms from spirituals and calypso, and seen him support acts like Otis Taylor, C.W. Stoneking and Leon Russell. (“Beautiful tunes, beautiful groove—you don’t hear that anymore,” said Derek Trucks). A parallel career as a session player has seen him moonlight live and on record for artists as diverse as Lonnie Holley, Robert Lamm and Don McGlashan, and delve into a host of avant-jazz projects.

In his own songs, Rodwell’s secret weapon is feel. “All the clues to a song are contained in the first bars of a primitive rhythm guitar part, it’s my job to inhabit that space and gradually tease the rest out,” he says. “You just have to pay attention when a song makes a left hand turn.”

Consequently his songs resemble ragged short stories, cobbled-together genres from an alternate history. “The aim is to locate each song in a very specific room of its own, with contrasting feels like layers of paint or old wallpaper. That can result in a take that’s seductive and seasick all at once.”

Lyrically, the slip of the tongue is right at home on Wood & Waste – many of the numbers speak in a late-night jumble of double entendres and stream of consciousness. “I want to give the subconscious some legroom,” Rodwell says. “And to me a song is successful when the exact tone is hard to name, like the feeling of a strange dream you only half recall.”

The record opens with a slow-mo slab of ‘misanthropic gospel’—“Don’t Be a Fugitive All Your Life” finds a Randy Newmanesque unreliable narrator admonishing his buddies from beneath a hangover of overcooked reverb, slippery slide guitar, and ramshackle percussion.

The percussion is from Chris O’Connor and Jeff Henderson, notorious New Zealand free jazz multi-instrumentalists. They turn it loose on the absurdist one-chord freak-out “Touch Me Like a Teddybear”, with booming marching drum and splashing hi-hat pitted against Rodwell’s unhinged guitar. “It’s perversely satisfying having these jazzmen churn out this meaningless bubblegum,” Rodwell jokes. Meanwhile his own elaborate rig adds a shimmering polyphony—multiple amps and a revolving Leslie speaker creating the illusion of a bass player.

Improvisation is a key theme of Wood & Waste, where frequently a skeletal idea transforms into a fleshy dance rhythm. “Keep on Knockin’” subverts a determined Bo Diddley beat with dissonant Mellotron in praise of Edward Hopper and William Morris. “Plenty Time” is a species of prog rhumba set in Roman Britain, indebted to Nigerian giant King Sunny Ade. Elsewhere there’s satirical funk on “Small Town”, the Beach Boys-bossa of “Make Believe” and mythic doo-wop on “Carry On”.

The album’s centrepiece is “She Got Me Boiling”, a juggernaut of psychedelic calypso welded to mindless riffs on cannibalism that would make the Mighty Sparrow blush. Driven by a bass-heavy guitar pulse and animated carnival drums, it’s a fiendishly irresistible piece of music. Against that lusty fever-dream, a sickly waltz of slide and synth evokes the intergenerational nightmare of war—“Dead End Road” a reminder as the album closes that music is concerned with pain as much as pleasure.

Wood & Waste was tracked and mixed entirely on tape without click-track or edits at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, an analog sanctuary built around The Who’s old Neve console. The discipline in the studio sparked alchemy in the sessions. “Using tape means making decisions without a digital safety net, and living with the consequences,” says Rodwell. He produced Wood & Waste alongside the safe hands and cool head of Raphael Mann (Frizz Records, Mr Hudson & The Library), with engineering by Jordan Stone and analog mastering and lacquer from LA legend Kevin Gray (Blue Note, The Beach Boys). The first run of the LP (care of Pallas, Germany) is the end product of an entirely analogue signal chain.

Rodwell’s first full-length was 2012’s Live Humble, an inward-looking set of spirituals, work songs and self-described “oddball improvisations”. “Live Humble was a warping of tradition. The new record is liberated from it.”

Wood & Waste is what used to be called a cult record – a set of warmly anarchic influences and timeworn qualities that is Tom Rodwell’s trademark.

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Freedom Tree (Norway/Brazil/Mozambique)-Modern Acoustic World Jazz Rock

FREEDOM TREE is a multicultural jazz group that have achieved international popularity among music fans for their eclectic performances, drawing from three continents.

Close friends and colleagues, internationally acclaimed musicians each in their own right; acoustic guitarist Steinar Aadnekvam – from Bergen, Norway, bassist Rubem Farias from Salvador Da Bahia, Brasil and drummer/singer Deodato Siquir from Maputo, Mozambique make their base in Stockholm, Sweden and since 2015 they form this band.

Moving from clarity to clarity ever since, they released their joint debut album “Freedoms Trio” in 2016 and followed up in 2018 with the sophomore release “Freedoms Trio II” – both on Losen Records, Oslo.
Together, the band has performed several hundreds of concerts in some 17 countries across Europe, Eurasia, Africa and the United States until 2020 brought all touring to a halt.

Formerly known as ”Freedom’s Trio” the band has undergone a slight name change in 2021, embracing the name FREEDOM TREE – a significant name with deep connotations – and with their new album they continue characteristically in the vain of an eclectic afro jazz rock expression firmly rooted in both past & present.

Aptly titled ”MODERN ACOUSTIC WORLD JAZZ ROCK” the new album was recorded live in studio during the pandemic and the performance was originally live streamed to a group of fans.

Only afterwards did the band realize that the music that had been captured was of such a high quality in both performance and recording that it deserved to be released as a proper album.

The record features a set of familiar tunes from the bands original repertoire in what is arguably their best recording to date. What we hear is a band that has lived together on tour for a number of years, honing their interplay through hundreds of concerts, perfecting their compositions and collective musical presence to a such degree that there is not a split second of temporary loss of focus to be found anywhere in the recorded music…

All tracks on this release were also captured as film during the ’live in studio’ recording session and will be released online across streaming services with video capabilities simultaneously with the audio album on
September 24.

”Their music is both complex and joyful, full of passion and energy. (…) They have a natural synergy which can be rare, especially when the musicians are so accomplished individually. People should hear FREEDOM TREE. Gives you hope!” – Robben Ford, 2019

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JazzWorldQuest World Music Mix: Octantrion(France)-Album: II

Octantrion – Nouvel album IISortie le 22.10.2021 chez Quart de Lune/UVM Distribution/IDOL
Octantrion is back with their second album II. Always unclassifiable, Éléonore Billy and Gaëdic Chambrier, who lead the Octantrion ensemble, offer us a musical journey through the countries of northern Europe, between colorful fjords and large spaces where nature reigns supreme.

Octantrion est de retour avec son second album II. Toujours aussi inclassifiables, Éléonore Billy et Gaëdic Chambrier, qui mènent l’ensemble Octantrion, nous proposent un voyage musical dans les pays du nord de l’Europe, entre fjords colorés et grands espaces où la nature est reine.Né d’une envie commune de jouer des musiques vivantes, énergiques et sensibles, le duo Octantrion combine des influences traditionnelles et plus modernes dans un répertoire mêlant compositions et adaptations originales d‘airs nordiques, avec un instrumentarium hors du commun : cistre basse nordique, mandoloncelle, guitare-harpe, nyckelharpa suédois, hardingfele norvégien.Entre jazz, nea-folk et musique traditionnelle, Octantrion affirme sa forte personnalité sonore et sa densité artistique avec ce second abum encore plus dense que le premier, grâce à l’ajout de voix et l’appoint de musiciens traditionnels. L’album contient cinq reprises de morceaux traditionels suédois et islandais. La thématique du corbeau, comme symbole des cultures païennes nordiques/vikings, a été choisie et sert de fil rouge à ce disque. Le premier extrait s’appelle Chaman, et sa mélodie hypnotique est jouée au mandocello.

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L’histoire discographique de Octantrion a débuté en 2014 avec l’album éponyme nourri de morceaux écrits avant tout pour la scène. Devant le succès de cet album auto-produit, qui s’est hissé un temps dans le classement des meilleures ventes après, entre autres, le passage du groupe sur France 2 dans La boîte à musique de Jean-François Zygel, une édition remasterisée et augmentée de quatre nouveaux morceaux baptisée 8 est sortie en 2018.

Aujourd’hui Octantrion est de retour avec l’album II qui a été pensé de manière très différente. La thématique du corbeau, comme symbole des cultures païennes vikings, a été choisie et sert de fil rouge à ce disque qui comprend quinze morceaux, dix compositions originales ainsi que cinq traditionnels suédois et islandais réarrangés.

Alors que le premier album d’Octantrion faisait la part belle aux timbres des extraordinaires instruments joués par Eléonore Billy (nyckelharpa suédois, hardingfele norvégien) et Gaëdic Chambrier (cistre basse nordique, mandoloncelle, guitare-harpe), tout juste soutenus par la contrebasse de Jean-Philippe Viret (lauréat d‘une victoire de la musique en 2011 et d’une victoire du Jazz en 2020), le nouvel album II  est servi par des orchestrations beaucoup plus denses, l’intervention de six musiciens additionnels ainsi que par l’apparition de la voix et du chant sur quatre morceaux.

Après avoir été adoubés par de grands musiciens scandinaves et être devenus la référence française des musiques d’inspiration nordique, Octantrion revient avec l’album II séduit par l’intensité de ses couleurs musicales. Les mélodies trottent dans la tête, les morceaux se dansent et se fredonnent emmenant l’auditeur en voyage vers un Nord rêvé, terre d’évasion et de légendes.

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JazzWorldQuest World Music Mix: Armagos(Greece)-Album: Promises

Composer: Armagos
Album: Promises(2021)
In 2020 Greek composer Armagos created the album “The Lonely Piano”, his first studio instrumental project, which became popular among music lovers in Greece and around the world.
Armagos released on September 2021 his new instrumental album, “Promises”: a unique collection of 10 emotional tracks for piano and ney (asian flute). The listener lives the experience of a journey full of images, emotions and melodies that come straight from the heart and capture a unique sense of atmosphere, presence and peace.
Two of the best Greek musicians perform in this recording: Neoklis Neofytidis (piano) and Nikos Paraoulakis (ney).
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JazzWorldQuest World Music Mix: Corciolli(Brazil)- Album: No Time But Eternity

Corciolli(Brazil)- Yerazel /  No Time But Eternity
Album: No Time But Eternity
Label: Azul Music (2021)

What we do now echoes in eternity.”
Marcus Aurelius

It is our main responsibility to preserve the planet for generations to come. It is also expected of each individual, awareness and effective attitudes, cooperating and participating with all sectors of society in this necessary and urgent duty. The Earth is suffering and we are the cause.

Brazilian composer and instrumentalist Corciolli, brings here music with an exquisite arrangement for piano, synthesizers, horns and string quartet. In this video, the musicians´ performances are interlwined with extraordinary drone footages in the Pantanal, located in south-central Brazil and considered the largest tropical wetland area and flooded grassland in the world.

Music from album NO TIME BUT ETERNITY.
Music composed, arranged and produced by Corciolli

Corciolli: Piano, synthesizers
Claudio Cruz: 1st violin
Renan Gonçalves: 2nd violin
Gabriel Marin: Viola
Raïff Dantas Barreto: Cello
André Ficarelli: French Horn

Strings and horns recorded by Adonias Souza Jr.
Mixed by Alan Meyerson
Mastered by Carlos Freitas, Classic Master USA

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WorldMusicMix: Scott Kinsey, Mer Sal-Adjustments

Scott Kinsey, Mer Sal - Adjustments

Adjustments, their forthcoming album, is a vocal recording within a fusion instrumental soundtrack. Says Kinsey, “After working for years with lots of guitarists and saxophonists, I’ve come to realize that the voice is in many ways the most expressive instrument of all.”

He once again achieves his signature vibe, aided and abetted by an amazing roster of musicians. But Sal channels this energy into a more thematic direction, with provocative statements about the transition from darker phases into positive change. The album offers a collection of timely originals, while the duo also reimagines rock classics like “Feel Flows”
(The Beach Boys), “Time Out of Mind” (Steely Dan) and “Down to You” (Joni Mitchell), as well as “Jungle Book,” an iconic Weather Report track penned by Joe Zawinul.

Join Scott Kinsey on the next leg of a three- decade musical journey, at once rooted in electric jazz history and blazing a new path with visionary singer-songwriter Mer Sal.

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WorldMusicMix: Al-jiçç (Portugal) Album: Chants (2021)

Al-jiçç (Portugal)-Zadar
Composer: Al-jiçç
Album: Chants (2021)
Label: Al-jiçç
‘Chants’ is Al-jiçç’s fifth album and represents an aesthetic evolution of the band. It was composed and produced during the pandemic, with the musicians individually recording their parts.
The music started with six little themes composed on a electric piano, which served as a harmonic basis for the improvisations. These improvisations were edited and manipulated, with the mixing and post-production playing a fundamental role in the construction of the record.
Keeping the Mediterranean-inspired melodies as a brand, in ‘Chants’ these were fused in a universe influenced by Miles Davis’ electric phase (in ‘Route’), by Dub (in ‘Zadar’) or the more ambient electronics ( in ‘Lost Sign’).
This record represents a new direction for Al-Jiçç, using the melodic side as a starting point for more electronic and contemporary universes.