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playlist #140 (12/20/10)-listening to 2010, pt. 3

December 20, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #140 – Number three of four shows dedicated to some of the best international music of 2010
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Dengue Fever & Ros Sereysothea: Cold Sky / Electric Cambodia / Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA)
Gorillaz: White Flag / Plastic Beach / Virgin 27547 – (USA)
The Mayapuris: Shiva Shiva / Mridanga / Equal Vision Records 190 – (INDIA)
Trio Azteca & de Norte a Sur: El Colas / The Best of Mexico / ARC Music 2302 – (MEXICO)
Hot Club of Detroit: Equilibrium / It’s About That Time / Mack Avenue 1051 – (USA)
Tumi & The Volume: Asinamali / Pick A Dream / Sakifo Records 3216165 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Oswin Chin Behilia: Zikinzá / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO)
Lena Ka: Fais Semblant / Cinquième Saison / SACEM 31075120478 – (FRANCE)
Raúl Paz: Gente / Havanization / Naïve 2010 – (CUBA)
Emad Sayyah: Raksat Loubnan / Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2278 – (LEBANON)
Balval: Mamo / Le Ciel Tout Nu / Whaling City Sound 53 – (FRANCE)
Diabel Cissoko & Ramon Goose: Totoumo / Mansana Blues / Dixiefrog 8683 – (MALI/UK)
Master Drummers of Africa: Dagwamba / Master Drummers of Africa vol. 2-Ubuntu / ARC Music 2280 – (GHANA)
Nour Eddine: Laafou / Morocco-Traditional Sounds and Music / ARC Music 2289 – (MOROCCO)
Lobi Traoré: Moko ti y lamban don / Rainy Season Blues / Glitterhouse Records 711 – (MALI)
Giulia y los Tellarini: Ay Mi Niña / Eusebio / Music to Measure 2008 – (SPAIN)
Mike Mainieri & Charlie Mariano: Bye Bye Blackbird / Crescent / NYC Records 6041 – (USA)
Trombone Shorty: On Your Way Down / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Dununya / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE)
Dr. Michael White: King of the Second Line / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS)
Kermit Ruffins: Ain’t That Good News / Happy Talk / Basin Street Records 111 – (N’AWLINS)
Galactic: Katey vs Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Toots & The Maytals: Higher Ground / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA)
The Whitefield Brothers: Pamukkale / Earthology / Now Again Records 2010 – (GERMANY)
Lil Queenie & The Percolators: My Darlin’ New Orleans / Treme / HBO Music 14910 – * 2010 Grammy nominee * – (N’AWLINS)
Sonia Brex: Good Times / Naif / Piranha 2442 – (GERMANY/ITALY)

playlist #119 (7/12/10)-earthly delights

July 12, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #119 – A cool garden of tunes for a hot afternoon
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Maria Montalvo: Cantos del Alma / Cantos del Alma / Putumayo 174 – (CHILE)
Babukishan: Divine Love / Gypsy India / Star Music 24 – (INDIA)
Tom Waits: Earth Died Screaming / Bone Machine / Island 314512580 – (USA)
Kimi Djabaté: Djombé / Karam / Cumbancha 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU)
Guagua: Chinaman Rastafari / Tres / 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Angelique Kidjo: Zelie / Oyo / (demo) / N/A – (BENIN) *NEW*
Los Nemus del Pacifico: La Lengua Viperina / Grandes Exitos (Greatest Hits) / Discos Fuentes 10266 – (COLOMBIA)
Lila Downs: La Linea (The Border) / Border / Narada World 10265 – (MEXICO)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Jamana Be Diya / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience 1 – (MALI) *NEW*
Galactic featuring Katey Red & Sissy Nobby: Katey vs. Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Slavic Soul Party: Baltika / Taketron / Barbès Records 23 – (USA)
DJ Frane: In The Garden / Electric Garden of Delights / Tuff City Massive 3 – (USA)
Luisa Maita: Alento / Lero-Lero / Cumbancha 17 – (BRAZIL) *NEW-being released on 7/27 *
Velha Guarda da Portela: Sabiá Cantador / Tudo Azul / Redcircle Music 2 – (BRAZIL)
Hot Club of San Francisco: Be That Way / Be That Way / Panda Digital 217 – (USA)
Cristina Branco: Musa / Corpo Illuminado / Emarcy 14151 – (PORTUGAL)
Staff Benda Bilili: Moto Moindo / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mike Mainieri: I Love You / Crescent / NYC Records 6041 – (USA) *NEW – being released on 7/17 *
Easy Star All-Stars: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Discos CNR 21622 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Mongo Santamaria: Day Tripper / Jazz Moods-Cha Cha Party / Concord 5220 – (CUBA)
The Bad Plus + Wendy Lewis: Comfortably Numb / For All I Care / Heads Up 3148 – (USA)
Easy Star All-Stars: Us and Them / Dub Side of the Moon / Easy Star Records 21606 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Kirmizi Biber: Bendeniz / Turkish Groove / Putumayo 248 – (TURKEY)
Cornelius Claudio Kreusch: Trip Soka / Fēfē / BlackMud Sound 1 – (GERMANY)
Totó La Mompasina: Cosas Pá Pensar / La Bodega / Astar 8 – (COLOMBIA)


July 10, 2010

Maybe you’ve heard about it. Maybe you live in the Northeast, and you don’t need to be told about it. The heat and humidity here have been unusually oppressive in the last week. It’s not Costa Rica, it’s not Vietnam. It’s not Syria or Morocco. I don’t mean to overstate the point. But by Vermont standards, we’re seriously in the soup.

Favoring the cooler temps on the main floor of the house, I’ve been sleeping on the sofa for most of the last week over the comparatively extreme heat of the bedroom on the second floor. It’s around a seven degree difference from the 80 degrees F. of the main (sofa) floor to the 87 or so degrees of the second (bed) floor (with similar humidity percentages each night), and that makes all the difference between a night of sticky sleeplessness and a moderately more comfortable one.

This information is relevant only in understanding where I’ve been coming from the last several days: a sleep deprived, somewhat summer blues kind of place. Happens every year. This just isn’t my season. When I can’t sleep lately I’ve been reading Adam Foulds’ novel The Quickening Maze, about the real-life poets John Clare and Alfred Lord Tennyson and Matthew Allen, the founder of the High Beach Private Asylum in Essex, England, where both Clare and Tennyson’s brother Septimus were residents. The novel’s timeshifting part-fiction, part-reality world has been good companionship for this week’s disorienting half-awake, not-quite-sleeping zone of late night reading.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time these last few days with Crescent, the new 2-CD album from Mike Mainieri. His vibes are complemented by alto sax man Charlie Mariano, and double bassist Dieter Ild. Crescent isn’t officially available yet, it has a July 17th release date – a week from today. I wanted to mention it today so you have a chance to pre-order it and make sure it’s in your hands at the very earliest opportunity. You’ll be glad you made the effort.

Mike Mainieri conceived of Crescent as a tribute to John Coltrane. It features originals like Naima, Giant Steps, and the title track, along with some of the standards Trane adopted into his regular rep: Cole Porter’s I Love You, Bye Bye Blackbird, and Body and Soul. But the recording also serves to honor album mate Charlie Mariano, Mainieri’s longtime friend but only recent music collaborator. Mariano passed away on June 16th last year, and this is his very last recording session. The vibes/sax/double bass trio is completed by Germany’s Dieter Ilg. It’s outstanding.

The playful vibe/sax interplay for the few first bars of Bye Bye Blackbird are nothing if not pure friendship, realized in music. Ilg’s groovy bass provides an unexpectedly fresh opening for Giant Steps, and the dark, quiet bowed bass/vibes intro to Mr. Syms opens the moody portal for Mariano’s soulful sax to slide in a few bars later. And don’t overlook Jimmy Van Heusen’s languid ballad Nancy (With the Laughing Face), a tender little thing with Mariano’s sweetly crafted phrasing.

I never realized it before, but Crescent has opened my ears to the real affinity between the natural reverberant overtones of the vibes and the shifting, fluid harmonies that characterize many of Coltrane’s original compositions, like Wise One and Ole. On these and the other standards, Mariano’s sax is biting and driving where it needs to be, while also offering a grace and lyricality that befits a tribute to the legendary sensitivity and complexity of the older master’s style. Bassist Dieter Ilg’s tasteful bass lines support the whole effort, completing the trio with a solid contribution to the musical conversation.

If the summer weather must make for nocturnal restlessness, then surely the reward is the extra time that sleeplessness affords with a good book like The Quickening Maze and a gorgeous album like Crescent.

How are you spending the time you’re not sleeping during the long, hot nights?

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