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  • Docfoster said:




    Fantastic stuff! Are they still going?
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    uglymusic said:
    Docfoster said:




    Fantastic stuff! Are they still going?
    I don't know.
    They're fairly recent (were on ninjatune for while iirc).
    That album is superb.
    Not a bad track on it.

    Edit...Yes. Apparently they very much are. Released their 7th album this year!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibalas
  • Thanks, Ben, for looking when I was clearly to lazy to! I thought I hadn’t seen anything recently, but I am clearly wrong!
    IMHO, they’re the best of those keeping Afrobeat alive. 
  • edited June 2020
    Docfoster said:
    uglymusic said:
    Docfoster said:




    Fantastic stuff! Are they still going?
    I don't know.
    They're fairly recent (were on ninjatune for while iirc).
    That album is superb.
    Not a bad track on it.

    Edit...Yes. Apparently they very much are. Released their 7th album this year!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibalas
    Never heard of them, noted. Speaking of afrobeat fusion:



  • Docfoster said:
    Came across this unexpectedly today.
    It's a short video I took in The Black Cat in New Orleans a couple of years ago.
    Me and my Dad had gone there together for a week's holiday. (During the video you see him paying for a drink at the bar.) The two of us spent the whole week enjoying music together. This was our last night.
    He's dying of cancer at the moment, so this video has provided a route to some very happy memories for me today. I'm very glad I decided to suggest this trip to him.

    https://youtu.be/qF-qeef61Fs
    Very sorry to hear this Ben, but equally relieved that you have treasured memories, far too many people treat life as if it’s a practice run and realise too late that we get one shot at it. 
  • http://jasperhoiby.bandcamp.com/album/planet-b

    Also digging this the most, somewhat reminiscent of Polar Bear at points. 
  • phorize said:
    Docfoster said:
    Came across this unexpectedly today.
    It's a short video I took in The Black Cat in New Orleans a couple of years ago.
    Me and my Dad had gone there together for a week's holiday. (During the video you see him paying for a drink at the bar.) The two of us spent the whole week enjoying music together. This was our last night.
    He's dying of cancer at the moment, so this video has provided a route to some very happy memories for me today. I'm very glad I decided to suggest this trip to him.

    https://youtu.be/qF-qeef61Fs
    Very sorry to hear this Ben, but equally relieved that you have treasured memories, far too many people treat life as if it’s a practice run and realise too late that we get one shot at it. 

    I missed the original post, for some reason, Ben.
    What a great memory.
  • phorize said:
    Docfoster said:
    uglymusic said:
    Docfoster said:




    Fantastic stuff! Are they still going?
    I don't know.
    They're fairly recent (were on ninjatune for while iirc).
    That album is superb.
    Not a bad track on it.

    Edit...Yes. Apparently they very much are. Released their 7th album this year!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibalas
    Never heard of them, noted. Speaking of afrobeat fusion:




    Never heard of them, but I like it.
    More Cuba than Afrobeat? At least to my ears.
  • phorize said:
    http://jasperhoiby.bandcamp.com/album/planet-b

    Also digging this the most, somewhat reminiscent of Polar Bear at points. 

    I've just listened to some of it on my laptop speakers. I'll definitely give it another go on something better!
  • phorize said:
    Docfoster said:
    Came across this unexpectedly today.
    It's a short video I took in The Black Cat in New Orleans a couple of years ago.
    Me and my Dad had gone there together for a week's holiday. (During the video you see him paying for a drink at the bar.) The two of us spent the whole week enjoying music together. This was our last night.
    He's dying of cancer at the moment, so this video has provided a route to some very happy memories for me today. I'm very glad I decided to suggest this trip to him.

    https://youtu.be/qF-qeef61Fs
    Very sorry to hear this Ben, but equally relieved that you have treasured memories, far too many people treat life as if it’s a practice run and realise too late that we get one shot at it. 
    Thanks.
    I can't agree more.
    Make the most of every relationship!
  • uglymusic said:
    phorize said:
    Docfoster said:
    Came across this unexpectedly today.
    It's a short video I took in The Black Cat in New Orleans a couple of years ago.
    Me and my Dad had gone there together for a week's holiday. (During the video you see him paying for a drink at the bar.) The two of us spent the whole week enjoying music together. This was our last night.
    He's dying of cancer at the moment, so this video has provided a route to some very happy memories for me today. I'm very glad I decided to suggest this trip to him.

    https://youtu.be/qF-qeef61Fs
    Very sorry to hear this Ben, but equally relieved that you have treasured memories, far too many people treat life as if it’s a practice run and realise too late that we get one shot at it. 

    I missed the original post, for some reason, Ben.
    What a great memory.
    It is Dave.
    It's a place I'll keep revisiting for as long I live. So I'll get the chance to trigger them too.
  • phorize said:
    Docfoster said:
    uglymusic said:
    Docfoster said:




    Fantastic stuff! Are they still going?
    I don't know.
    They're fairly recent (were on ninjatune for while iirc).
    That album is superb.
    Not a bad track on it.

    Edit...Yes. Apparently they very much are. Released their 7th album this year!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibalas
    Never heard of them, noted. Speaking of afrobeat fusion:



    Will give this a listen. Cheers.
  • I've been listening to this, Stephan Crump's Rhombal:
    As much as I like piano, I think I like pianoless trios and quartets even more.

  • Joe Lovano - Sounds of Joy


    I may have posted this before, but it's one of those unjustifiably obscure albums that I keep coming back to.

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  • edited June 2020
    Strange. The video isn't showing here - Firefox on Linux. They are elsewhere on the page.
    Anyway, we love dub (or at least Ben and I love dub), so great post!
  • edited June 2020
    Of course, it may not actually be the best dub album in the world, this gives it some very stiff competition:



  • Hmmm, yes I noticed that the video presents in the link on your posts, but mine don’t. 



  • phorize said:
    Hmmm, yes I noticed that the video presents in the link on your posts, but mine don’t. 




    It seems the trick is to just paste the URL and not make it a live link. As a plain URL, Vanilla seems to recognise it as a video and pull it in automatically.
  • phorize said:





    Great stuff! Just got around to listening to it.
  • phorize said:
    Of course, it may not actually be the best dub album in the world, this gives it some very stiff competition:




    I always go for Lee Scratch Perry, and on the UK side of things, there's Dennis Bovell's work on this:



    And the other volumes ;)
  • edited July 2020
    Just got this version of Santana 1 from the US, unplayed and still wrapped:

    https://www.discogs.com/Santana-Santana/release/1857153

    Ripped to FLAC, definitely a great master of one of my favourite records, which wasn’t very well produced to begin with but it turns out one can polish a turd. I do own a US first issue LP of this, still in the factory wrapper but I’ve never been able to bring myself to open it, so bought a cd. I also bought the mofi 45 of this too. That’s enough Santana 1’s for now.
  • Shades of Time absolutely cooks on this version.
  • I'm not even sure I know the album.

    Must see if it's on Spotify.
  • Yes do! It's a stonking album as is the following Abraxas.
  • Yeah, I know Abraxas.
  • Seriously, this master just has to be heard-tonally it’s much nicer than other versions, it was mastered by this guy:

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/535318-Kevin-Boutote

    I don’t own a CD player, so just rip my stuff to FLAC. If any one wants to borrow this version for a listen do pm me. 

    I have the mofi abraxas hydrid sacd coming soon. Santana reputedly felt they’d not done the best job on the production of 1, and recruited a jazz specialist to work on abraxas. Apparently all previous issues had the channels accidentally reversed. 


  • I just rip all my stuff to FLAC, too. I don't have a CD player. But, I had the thought the other day that I could connect my Bluray player to my preamp so when someone brings round a CD (as they do, occasionally) we could listen to it after a fashion. Must dig out a phono lead.
    That's a generous offer about the CD.
    It's amazing how many famous recordings have something wrong with them. Kind of Blue running at the wrong speed comes to mind.
  • Weather Report - I Sing The Body Electric


    What a fantastic racket! I've had this album in one form or another since about '78, and it still gets better. I didn't like much of it when I first bought it.

    There's almost a punk intensity to the drumming in some places. I know, keep on taking the tablets, Dave.

  • Not listening but watching; Satan and Adam on Netflix. Probably the best pair of street musicians still breathing.
  • I've noticed that on Netflix. I take it that it's worth watching?
  • uglymusic said:
    I've noticed that on Netflix. I take it that it's worth watching?
    Yes, as a documentary, it’s above average. They are an interesting duo. The bit that it does well Is to convey the total deference that Gussow shows to Sterling Magee. Sterling Magee is highly eccentric, but is an incredible player and really has insight into human nature.  Gussow paid major dues musically, choosing to stand full time on a street corner for 12 years in Harlem when it was a tinder box and he could have had an easy life.  The documentary doesn’t really get into the fact that Gussow is an outstanding player, but that’s the thing it does well. Gussow never regarded himself as Sterling Magees equal, he was his apprentice and felt he owed him everything. Quite topical really. 
  • phorize said:
    uglymusic said:
    I've noticed that on Netflix. I take it that it's worth watching?
    Yes, as a documentary, it’s above average. They are an interesting duo. The bit that it does well Is to convey the total deference that Gussow shows to Sterling Magee. Sterling Magee is highly eccentric, but is an incredible player and really has insight into human nature.  Gussow paid major dues musically, choosing to stand full time on a street corner for 12 years in Harlem when it was a tinder box and he could have had an easy life.  The documentary doesn’t really get into the fact that Gussow is an outstanding player, but that’s the thing it does well. Gussow never regarded himself as Sterling Magees equal, he was his apprentice and felt he owed him everything. Quite topical really. 

    Thanks for that. I'll put it on my watch list.
  • Eddie Gale's death was announced today...


  • And a little Sun Ra because Eddie Gale was associated with him for many years:

  • edited July 2020
    And this, because Eddie Gale was on it:
    One of my favourite Cecil Taylor albums (I need to be in the right mood for most of his output).
  • edited July 2020
    Staying out somewhere on the edges of jazz I found this fantastic album by Evan Parker and Walter Prati:
    That's one track on YT.
    The whole thing's on Spotti:
    https://open.spotify.com/album/1s5T6Dg86b38noTSmfYU6h?si=Xn94iQQoQe225XzhEkXfOw
  • Never really switched on to Sun Ra until now. I’ll give the rest a listen. 
  • Glad you liked the Sun Ra. TBH, there's an awful lot of crap out there, so you have to keep on going to find the good stuff.
    I really got into Sun Ra after I saw the Arkestra in Lewes last year, led by 96(?) year-old Marshall Allen. I'll remember that gig for a long time.
  • John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball



  • Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud
    Maybe an outlier for most people's essential Miles, but I'd include this soundtrack in my list. It contains some of Miles' most emotional playing - he was happily in love with Juliette Greco in Paris at the time. Although the music isn't happy, by and large.

  • uglymusic said:
    John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball



    A bit of a John Hiatt fan here, don't have that one so will check it out.
  • cj66 said:
    uglymusic said:
    John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball



    A bit of a John Hiatt fan here, don't have that one so will check it out.
    For me, it’s one of the essentials. It feels as if it was done near to live in the studio. They get a great groove on, as much as any southern/country rock band does. 
    There are a number I haven’t got, but I’ve accumulated quite a bit over the years ;-)
  • edited July 2020


  • Tomeka Reid Quartet



    Another offshoot of the Mary Halvorson/Tomas Fujiwara NY jazz axis I've been liking for ages.
  • David Murray - Children
    One of my favourite Murray albums made even better by the presence of James Blood Ulmer.

  • Micah Thomas - Tide
    I'm enjoying the album.

  • edited August 2020
    The Fugees 'Zealots'

    Lauren Hill at her best!


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