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Kasai Allstars: In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy

More amplified aracana as the third volume of Crammed’s Congotronics brings on the new new superheavy Afro-Psyche.

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Scandinavia’s most distinguished pianist proves his staying power on a set hailed as his best in a decade.

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Christian Prommer's Drumlesson: Drumlesson Vol.1

Munich’s finest offer a masterclass in the genealogy of dance music.

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Mathias Eick: The Door

Nigh-on 40 years young, the uber-brand of European improv brings on the new boy(s).

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Street Party

Word from the barrio, compiled by a man who knows his beat: DJ and Cocinando: 50 Years of Latin Album Cover Art author, Pablo Yglesias.

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Earl Rodney: Friends & Countrymen

Steel pan trance-funk from Port of Spain.

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Portinho Trio: Vinho Do Porto

Vintage Brazilian jazz from the mestre of understatement.

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Roots Propaganda

Who says jazz can’t be political? Paul Carlon offers some rhythmic agitprop for a rootless world.

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Antonio Pinto: City of Men: The Soundtrack

Brazilian soundtrack don returns to the favelas.

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Andy Votel: Brazilika

The high priest of second-hand grooves redefines the art of the Brazilian compilation.

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Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Forked Tongue

Boston snake charmers steal a march on Mardi Gras.

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John Beasley: Letter to Herbie

New L.A. jazz label opens its account with more than just a fan letter.

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Joe Barbieri

Narcoleptic bossa, painstakingly made in Italy.

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Various Artists: Café Cubano

Armchair traveling business as usual for Putamayo, compiling what the post-Buena Vista generation wants to hear.

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Dominique Cravic et les Primitifs du Futur: Tribal Musette

Robert Crumb’s raggle taggle inheritors prove that the accordion -- and the saw, and the xylophone, and the theremin... -- is their oyster.

Brendon Griffin
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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Brazilian Street Party

If you can't find the mother of all street parties in the land of carnival, where can you find it? Veteran DJ John Armstrong tailors the guest list.

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Yusa: Haiku

Grammy-winning producer Alê Siqueira brings a little Ipanema to the girl from Cuba.

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Gato Libre : Libre

A bittersweet serenity rare in the genre -- more free Zen than free jazz.

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Tom Palmer: Tom Palmer

Phil Beer’s Chudleigh Roots label turns out another no-frills missive from the Celtic fringe.

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Various Artists: Nigeria Disco Funk Special

Soundway sweats some Saturday night fever, Lagos style.

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Lonely Drifter Karen: Grass Is Singing

An ex-pat Austrian, an Italian, and a Mallorcan make the most convincing argument yet for Barcelona as Europe’s city of multiculturalism.

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3 Na Massa: 3 Na Massa

A harem of singers and actresses breathing scripted fantasies over a retro-lounge collage-Brazil updates Gainsbourg and gets away with it.

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Dapp Theory: Layers of Chance

The message obscures some wonderfully evocative music in Andy Milne’s latest incarnation of Dapp Theory.

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