Thursday, December 10 2009
In 2009, well-known artists reliably produced solid albums, lesser-known artists did things that were often surprising and successful, archives were trawled by enthusiasts, old songs were excavated, polished, and compiled, and labels both large and small kept moving stubbornly on.
Wednesday, July 7 2010
The father of Ethio-jazz continues to bring the best out of his collaborators, offering glimpses of the unfamiliar amidst familiar materials and capturing experience with quiet majesty.
Tuesday, November 17 2009
Astatke has a great capacity for intelligent play, the James Joyce kind of innovation that isn't afraid to be slangy and entertaining at the same time that it chases a serious purpose.
Friday, June 19 2009
This is not a collection of genre exercises -- just uninhibited cross-pollination by an ensemble cast whose creativity knows no bounds.