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Aug
5
2013

Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla CD

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  Down Deep (Winter & Winter/Birdland) This extraordinary album is the most thorough integration of jazz, African and classical elements I have heard, with the end result as visceral as flamenco singing or Hound Dog Taylor’s guitar. The trio consists of Ernst Reijseger (cello, voice), Harmen Fraanje (piano) and Mola Sylla (vocals, m’bira, xalam, kongoma, […]

Aug
4
2013

Resurgence CD

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Duende (Gracemusic) The title track may well be the most arresting short composition that Mark Isaacs has penned. Delicate, pensive and brooding, the melody is shared between piano, tenor saxophone and guitar, and could be an aria from an unwritten opera. It certainly earns its repeat appearance later on the disc as a goose-bump-inducing solo […]

Jul
23
2013

Shellie Morris & The Borroloola Songwomen CD

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Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (ABC)   This represents both a labour of love and a creation of heady cultural significance. Singer Shellie Morris (of the Black Arm Band) returned to the homeland of her people in the Gulf of Carpentaria and penned songs using “field recordings” of the Borroloola Songwomen as a basis. In the process […]

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