Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Miles Davis Nonet - Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015)
The Miles Davis Nonet
Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015, Hi Hat)

"Free-squealin' and big dealin', this is some fantastic On The Corner era live Davis. It's taken from a radio broadcast on WBCN, September 14th, and as such is not the greatest sound quality but the performance is there in spades. Dig in and groove out sweet beauties!" - DD

Saturday, December 17, 2016

RE-POST: Alèmu Aga - Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995)
Alèmu Aga
Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995, Buda Musique)

"Alèmu Aga is a master of the bèguèna, an Ethiopian instrument used in prayer and meditation, and his voice is totally unreal and beautiful. I fell in love with this album a few years ago and have been constantly going back to it since. It is some of the most soothing music I have ever heard, so please enjoy. Truly a masterpiece of pure tranquility!" - DD

Get it / Hear it / See it
Originally posted on 05/01/15.

Friday, December 16, 2016

James Brown - Funky Christmas (1995)
James Brown
Funky Christmas (1995, Polydor / Chronicles / Polygram Records)

"Hot damn, it's that time of year again folks! Holly jolly and all that jazz. My favourite time of year, though Halloween is a close second. So here's a funky little goose with some "fantabulous" Christmas jams! If that's yr thing then get into it, and if not well then you may as well just go count your gold coins or something. Fa la la la laaaa, blah blah blah blaaaaah! Uh! I feel good!" - DD

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou - Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006)
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006, Buda Musique)

"I actually meant to post this a few years ago when I was really digging hard on the Éthiopiques series, but for whatever reason it slipped past me. Alas, here we are. Quite possibly the most beautiful piano work I've ever heard, a truly incredible blend of traditional Ethiopian and classical composition. Get it, listen to it, then listen ten more times. You'll find inner peace the likes of which you didn't know possible, believe me. Probably the best album I've posted all year!" - DD

Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is (1966)
Aaron Neville
Tell It Like It Is (1966, Parlo Records)

"Fifty years ago they really knew how to make good records. Now, I know that you know that I know that's just a broad generalisation and a dumb thing to say. Of course they still make incredible records! No duh! But right now, this morning, this is like butter on toast sweet babies. So smooth! So warm! So fucking delicious! Enjoy it my pretties, it loves you almost as much as I do." - DD

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Djwwww - Arigato (2016) (Cass.)
Arigato (Cass.) (2016, Orange Milk Records)

"I realized I've somehow gone the entire year without posting anything actually released in 2016. I'm correcting that now with this digital convulsion of sound. Shattered collage jams for all your doddering fever-dream desires. Enjoy!" - DD

Testpattern - Après-Midi (1982)
Après-Midi (1982, Yen Records / Alfa)

"Some more Japanese goodies for all you perverts, ala Kraftwerk meets YMO with a dash of Chevalier Avant Garde. Uber pleasant synthetic dreams abound kiddies so lap it up! This is hands down my favourite listen of the past few months." - DD

Monday, December 12, 2016

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
Laura Nyro
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968, Columbia)

"Nyro's sophomore release is a delightfully whimsical affair, in the vein of only the best 70's NYC/folk/rock/soul/r&b (what a stupid mouthful!). If you've never heard her before, think Carole King but slightly more out-there. If you're into that sort of thing then dig in deep friends 'cause this here's a goodie." - DD

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956)
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956, Storyville Records)

"Some tasty jazz from the incredible Toshiko Akiyoshi, one of Japan's finest piano players. Her fingers are like otherworldly demi-god's, thrashing in a most graceful way across the keys at breakneck speed. It sounds vicious I know, but it's the furthest thing from it. Not sure what the details are on this one as it has a lot more tracks than the two versions listed on Discogs, but that suits me just fine. Highly recommended for Holiday listening with a tall glass of your favourite drink!" - DD