Posts Tagged ‘Les Doigts de L’homme’

playlist #162 (6/13/11)-freshly ground sounds

June 13, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #162 – New recordings including “Radio Africa” from South Africa’s Afro-funk band Freshlyground
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Freshlyground: Working Class / Radio Africa / Freeground 11 – (SOUTH AFRICA) * At Higher Ground on 7/9/2011 *
SMOD: Ca Chante / SMOD / Nacional Records 54272 – (MALI) *NEW*
Lök-Batan Folklore Group: Qalx ayaga Azerbaycan (Stand up, Azerbaijan) / Azerbaijan-Traditional Music / ARC Music 2318 – (Azerbaijan) *NEW*
Hilde Hefte: Vakker Natt (Corcovado) / Bossa Nova Around the World / Putumayo 306 – (NORWAY) *NEW*
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell: Mi Declaración / Lagrimas Mexicanas / EOM 2110 – (BRAZIL/USA) *NEW*
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Les Doigts de L’Homme: St. James Infirmary / 1910 / Cristal Records 61412 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Will Patton Ensemble: Sampa / Flow / King’s Hill Music 511 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Constantinople featuring Françoise Atlan: Amor di Ti / Ay!! Amor / ATMA Classique 2594 – (CANADA)
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Jarabe de Palo: ¡Yep! / Y Ahora Qué Hacemos? / Nacional Records 54539 – (SPAIN) *NEW*
Staff Benda Bilili: Tonkara / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Malika Zarra: Mossameeha / Berber Taxi / Motéma 60 – (MOROCCO) *NEW*
Nisos: Aidoni / Nisos / http://www.myspace.com/nisos – (CZECH REPUBLIC, etc.) – *NEW*
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Puerta Plata: Mujer de Cabaret / Mujer de Cabaret / iASO 2 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Rupa & The April Fishes: C’est Moi / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (USA) * At Higher Ground on 6/30/2011 *
The Underscore Orkestra: I’se Muggin-Noto Swing / The Extraordinary Adventures Of… / http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com 2011 – (USA) *NEW*
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Los Amigos Invisibles: G-String / Not So Commercial / Nacional Records 2011 – (VENEZUELA) *NEW*
Albertucho: La Primavera (Spring) / Palabras del Capitan Cobarde /  El Volcán Musica 42 – (SPAIN)
Freshlyground: Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / Radio Africa / Freeground 11 – (SOUTH AFRICA) * At Higher Ground on 7/9/2011 *
Ozomotli: Guerrillero / Embrace The Chaos / Interscope Records 694931162 – (USA)
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Impulse Ensemble: Senegal-America / Initiation / http://www.impulseensemble.com 2010 – (MADE IN VT)
DJ Afro: Free / Free / Nacional Records 54519 – (VENEZUELA)  

 

BDJF: the fingers

June 12, 2011

Park me in front of a good gypsy jazz group and it’s a guarantee I’ll walk out with a smile. It’s never failed. There’s just something about that music.

The first concert of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival‘s final night featured the exceedingly gifted, swinging and very funny French gypsy jazz group, Les Doigts de L’Homme. They were probably “good” a few years ago. Now they’re outstanding.

I found out they were coming to the Festival earlier this spring on their first-ever US visit when my friend Jim (of the Queen City Hot Club) mentioned it, with a rare “not to be missed” endorsement. I know enough to take him at his word, and had a chance to find out firsthand what he meant when the quartet took the stage this evening.

Les Doigts de L’Homme (“Fingers of Man”) strummed, tapped, swung and spun their way through several generous handfuls of tunes including both originals and classics. Blue Skies and Ol’ Man River were in there, and so was one of the very best, bluesiest and smart versions of St. James Infirmary I’ve ever heard. (All from their recent recording, 1910.)

Their performance is a colorful profusion of varying styles and nuances, often seamlessly changing course uncountable times in the development of each song. A particularly nice inclusion was the oud, played ably by Olivier Kikteff (who doesn’t seem capable of doing anything uncapably in music). It introduced a depthy and longingly melancholic flavor to the mix. I’ve heard Olivier also plays electric guitar and banjo with equal dexterity, on occasion – not in this concert, but notably in a series of educational videos he’s produced for the band’s My Space page. I’ll be looking those up soon for sure.

After the show with Les Doigts downstairs, many folks made their way to the Flynn Main Stage above for the last show of the Festival, Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones. Not me. I was quite content to walk out with a big smile and let the happy thoughts of Les Doigts continue to ring in my memory for a little longer as the last sounds I heard during this remarkable 2011 Discover Jazz Festival.

playlist #161 (6/6/11)-the jazz fest edition

June 6, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #161 – Featuring the great jazz artists of Vermont, and many playing at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Bonerama: Epistrophy / Bringing it Home / MTP 1101 – (N’AWLINS) * playing 6/9 at the Waterfront Groove Tent
Catherine Russell: All The Cats Join In / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega: Smile, You’re In Beirut / Squeeze Squeeze / Palmetto    2097 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
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Will Patton Ensemble: Charanga / Flow / King’s Hill Music 511 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 8/10, 8p-midnight at Leunig’s
Roberta Gambarini: Centerpiece / Easy To Love / Kindred Rhythm 1122 – (ITALY) * playing 6/11 on the Flynn Main Stage
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Yellow are Crowds of Flowers, ii / the image of your body / Cryptogramophone 131 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
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Poncho Sanchez: Cantaloupe Island / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
Jay Clayton: Sunshower / In and Out of Love / Sunnyside 12602 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: I’ve Found a New Baby / 1910 / Alma Records 61312 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
PoJazz: Things to Pray to in Vermont / Last Days: Live at the Black Door / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * playing tonight (6/6) at half lounge, 7:30pm
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Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / Queen City Hot Club / (self-produced) – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/3 at Leunigs
Sheila Jordan: The Zoo / Jazz Child / High Note 7029 – (USA) * playing 6/7 at the Flynn Space
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Only Of A Season / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin 82561 – (MADE IN VT) * played 6/5 at the Flynn Space
Jennifer Hartswick: Gentle Rain / True / Rubber Jungle Records 7 – (MADE IN VT) * with her quartet at Red Square, 7pm on 6/7
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Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Knocking From The Inside / The Whole Tree Gone / Firehouse 12 04-01-012 – (USA) * playing 6/9 at the Flynn Space
Poncho Sanchez: Silver’s Serenade / Psychedelic Blues / Concord Picante 31526 – (MEXICO / USA) * playing 6/10 on the Flynn Main Stage
JD Allen: The Pilot’s Compass / Vctory! / Sunnyside 1280 – (USA) * playing tonight (6/6 on the Flynn Main Stage
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Vorcza: A Call for all Demons / Corner of the Morning / (self-produced) 2005 – (MADE IN VT) * playing 6/8 at Red Square, 8pm
Catherine Russell: Slow as Molasses / Inside This Heart of Mine / World Village 468092 – (USA) * playing 6/8 at the Flynn Space
Les Doigts de L’Homme: Les Doigts dans La Prise / Les Doigts dans La Prise / Cristal Records 2008 – (FRANCE) * playing 6/12 at the Flynn Space
Guagua: Riff / Tres /wwwg.guaguavt.com 2009 (MADE IN VT) *playing 6/7 at Radio Bean, 6pm

playlist #160 (5/23/11)-random handful of tunes

May 23, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #160 – Random selection of new recordings we’ve received recently, artists playing at this year’s Discover Jazz Festival, and a preview of tomorrow night’s concert in Burlington with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Lubo & Kaba Horo: Abre / Contrabanda / http://www.luboalexandrov.com 2010 – (BULGARIA / CANADA)
The Burning Bush: Russian Shers / Yiddish, Klezmer & Sephardic Music / ARC Music 2332 – (UK) *NEW*
La Banda del Pepo: A Mil Besos (To a Thousand Kisses) / Tanto por Hacer / Galileo 11 – (SPAIN)
Hot 8 Brass Band: Sexual Healing / Tru Thoughts / Digital-only release 2009 – (N’AWLINS)
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José el Chatarra: Lola Mentos / De Chatarra…Corazón / Lolailo Productions 2010 – (SPAIN)
Makám Ensemble featuring Szilvia Bognár: Lily of the Valley / Best of Fonō Records / Fonō Records 2000 – (HUNGARY)
Red Stick Ramblers: Tes Parents ve Veulent Plus me Voir (Your Parents Don’t Want to See Me Anymore) / Made in the Shade / Sugar Hill Records 4038 – (USA)
Yam Yam: Bahama Mama / Eatdubafrobeat-The Big Chill Recordings / Factor 21 – (UK)
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Celia Cruz: Dos Dias en la Vida (Two Days in Life) / Siempre Vivré / Sony Discos 84132 – (CUBA)
The Jolly Boys: Perfect Day / Great Expectation / Geejam 2134 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
Cuong Vu Quartet: En Se Ne / Agogic / T&C 1 – (USA) *NEW*
Dobet Gnahoré: Inyembezi zam (My Tears) / Na Afriki / Cumbancha 4 – IVORY COAST)
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Henri Texier: Santa Mana / Bagad Men Ha Tan / Naïve 3271 – (BRITTANY)
Jorge Drexler: Tres Mil Millones de Latidos / Amar La Trama / WEA 256468335 – (URUGUAY)
Les Amazones de Guinée: Wamato / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINEA)
Dengue Fever: Only a Friend / Cannibal Courtship / Fantasy 32622 – (USA) *NEW*
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Jah Come Down / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) * At Higher Ground tomorrow – http://www.highergroundmusic.com *
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Les Doigts de L’Homme: Les Doigts dans La Prise / Les Doigts dans La Prise / Cristal Records 2008 – (FRANCE)
Flamingo Star: Django’s Dub / I Wouldn’t Wait No Longer / peacelounge recordings 17 – (DENMARK)
Samir & Sanghamitra Chatterjee: Ei Jibaner Mahanander / Guru Pranam-The Eternal Songs of Sri Chinmoy / Chhandyan Productions 15 – (INDIA)
Toumast: Maraou Oran/ Ishumar / Real World 50999502436 – (NIGER)
Martina Camargo: La Luna Hermosa / Canto, Palo y Cuero / Chico World Music 2009 – (COLOMBIA)
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Ray Barretto: Bruca Maniguá / Energy To Burn / Fania Records 773130457 – (USA / PUERTO RICO)
Cheb Mami: Rani Maàk El Youm / Meli Meli / Mondo Melodia 186850007 – (ALGERIA)
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Águyuha Nidúheñu (My People Have Moved On) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)

playlist #159 (5/16/11)-new tunes & jazz fest folk

May 17, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #159 – Featuring new tunes & artists playing at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, June 3rd-12th
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Victoria Abril: Jolie môme / Olala! / Topami 88697200602 – (SPAIN)
Gotan Project: Diferente / Lunático / ¡Ya Basta! 195 – (FRANCE)
Les Doigts de L’Homme: Blue Skies / 1910 / Cristal 2010 – (FRANCE) * Featured at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on 6/12: http://www.discoverjazz.com *
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The Jolly Boys featuring Albert Minott: Ring of Fire / Great Expectation / GeeJam 2134 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
James Blake: Limit To Your Love / James Blake / Universal Republic 2 – (UK) *NEW*
Constantinople & Françoise Atlan: Afuera, Afuera, Ansias Mias / Premiers Songes / Analekta 9989 – (MEXICO) *NEW*
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell: Lágrimas Mexicanas / Lágrimas Mexicanas / EOM 2110 – (BRAZIL / USA) *NEW*
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Michèle Choinière: Tant Mon Mari / La Violette / http://www.michechoiniere.com 2010 – (MADE IN VT)
Myra Melford’s Be Bread: Moon Bird / The Whole Tree Gone / Firehouse 120401012 – (USA) * Featured at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on 6/9: http://www.discoverjazz.com *       Bombino: Assalam Felawan / Agadez / Cumbancha Discovery 20 – (NIGER) *NEW*
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Crecencio Camacho y El Super Combo Curro: Santana en Salsa / Cartagena! / Soundway Records 26 – (COLOMBIA) *NEW*
Samir & Sanghamitra Chatterjee: Ami Jabo / Guru Pranam-The Eternal Songs of Sri Chinmoy / Chhandayan Publications 15 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Rajery: Mandehandeha / Sofera / Marabi 46820 – (MADAGASCAR)
Mayte Martin: En Aquel Tiempo / Al Cantar A Manuel / World Village 468087 – (SPAIN)
Vusi Mahlasela: Mokalanyane / Say Africa / ATO Records 88088-21722 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
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Tiempo Libre: Mecánica (More is Less) / My Secret Radio / Sony Masterworks 88697-84585 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Didier Sustrac: Tout Seul (Completely Alone) / Bossa Nova Around the World / Putumayo 306 – (FRANCE)
Malika Zarra: Berber Taxi / Berber Taxi / Motéma 60 – (MOROCCO) *NEW*
Sergent Garcia: Una y Otra Vez / Una y Otra Vez / Cumbancha 19 – (FRANCE) *NEW – being released tomorrow! *
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MC Solaar: Perfect / MC Solaar / Polydor 557603 – (FRANCE)
Paris Combo: Lettre A P… / Paris / Putumayo 249 – (FRANCE)


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