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Sunday, July 12, 2015

063° CHABACHICHA - selected by Les Mains Noires

Here is a selection that is prepared since several years but that remained aside for too long!
Focusing on the Cuban music recorded and released in France only in the late 50s and early 60s, here are 13 tracks carefully selected and extracted from 7 inches records only.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Y15W27 .INDIANA HIGHWAY - We Three Kings.

Jazzman Records strikes again!
What might be - at least for us - the very best label from last decade keeps on digging and on offering us the very best of their discoveries.
This time, archivist and music historians Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker has been diving into the unknown world of British Jazz private pressing. Result of this deep dive is the compilation “A New Life”, freshly released on Jazzman Records and presenting us some of the rarest and wildest British Jazz ever recorded.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Y15W23 .NDIKHO XABA and the NATIVES - NOMUSA.

“Of the many jewels left scattered across the world by South Africa’s jazz diaspora, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives, the single album recorded by Ndikho Xaba in the US, is among the most lucent. A mesmerising blend of heavy spirituality and politicised avant-garde jazz seasoned with gutbucket soul, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives is arguably the most complete and complex South African jazz LP recorded in the US, making profound sonic and ideological links between the struggle against apartheid and the situation of African Americans in the era of Black Power. It is a critical document in the history of transatlantic black solidarity and in the jazz culture of the South Africa exiles, and until now its rarity has served to obscure both its beauty and its historical significance. With this reissue, Matsuli Music brings it back into print for the first time since its original release in 1971.” Francis Gooding

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Y15W21 .METÁ METÁ "MetaL MetaL".

Here is a band I wanted to talk about since quite a long time!
Sao Paulo's most sought after trio Metá Metá is launching on Goma Gringa Discos the 2nd edition of their LP "MetaL MetaL", they are starting today a tour in Europe and on this occasion, they've released on their site a 3 tracks EP available for free download to promote the Tour! Check it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

062° AIR AFRIQUE vol.01 - selected by Tristan Cordier

Tristan Cordier, better known as Melody Neslon in the little world of african records collectors, became very respected for his amazing record sells on eBay. Always strongly awaited, his records lists - as they are called - could be qualified as between the very best and the rarest of African music.
Along with his records, he offers us the image of someone truly in love with African music, truly in love with Africa.
Since we were in touch with him, we decided to propose him to realize a selection of tracks for the blog. Thing that he accepted with great enthusiasm.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

061° SPIRITUAL JAZZ - THE LOST TRACKS - selected by Gerald "Jazzman" Short

Those of you that has been following the blog for a while knows that we have a very special interest and respect for the English record label Jazzman Records. So it is with very great pleasure that we are pleased to present to you exclusively 9 Spiritual Tracks selected by Gerald Short, owner and creator of Jazzman Records.
When we asked him to tell us what has led his choice, he answered us "This is a selection of European modal & spiritual jazz tracks that for one reason or another did not make it onto our series of Spiritual Jazz albums on Jazzman. The quality is there for all to hear; these are not rejects."
We wish you a nice travel into Northern and Eastern European Jazz!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Y15W09 .TRIBO MASSÁHI ESTRELANDO EMBAIXADOR.

Freshly re-issued by São Paulo based record label Goma Gringa, Tribo Massáhi is considered as the Brazilian Holy Grail by records collectors around the globe.
But besides his hard to define sound - "Afro-Brasilian psych-funk fusion" to quote Now Again - a quite singular point about that LP is that until today, almost nothing was known about it or about the leader of the band, Embaixador. That was before one guy, Itamar Dantas, Brazilian journalist, decides to make the job and unscramble the story behind Embaixador and his band.
Along with the full remastered B side of the record, we are pleased to offer you, exclusively, the complete English version of the liner notes that came with the reissue! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

060° DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ - Vol° 02 - 78rpm Special - selected by LesMainsNoires

Something like 1 year ago, my good friend Edson Carvalho, who knew my interest in 78rpm, gave me a call telling me that a friend of him has just grab a radio stock of 78rpm, something like 3000 records! He also added that if I'm interested, we should be fast since there are some guys in São Paulo that are buying everything they can find in 78rpm, not matter what it is, they just buy! The answer I gave him was the only one conceivable: "I need to check that batch asap!" Half an hour and a few phone calls later and It was scheduled, we were going to get our hands dirty a couple of days later!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Y14W42 .THIAGO FRANÇA - MALAGUETA, PERUS E BACANAÇO

Since a year, Les Mains Noires is also a record label named Goma Gringa Discos, based in São Paulo and runned by Frederic Thiphagne & Matthieu Hebrard. The good news is that has just been released the 3rd Lp, “Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço” by São Paulo’s saxophonist Thiago França.
Inspired by the cult homonymous short story by writer João Antonio, the record was born as a tribute to the 50 years of publication. Between stories, codes and characters we are introduced to the three rogues (Malagueta, Perus and Bacanaço) that roam in São Paulo's night from a pool hall to another in search of games. A typical portrait of São Paulo, raw, gray and not quite hopeful, where the city is both background and character of the plot where are involved the protagonists.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

059° .A DREAM ON FILM.

Searching in my pictures archives, I realised that I still didn't share with you those crazy pictures from that quite singular place. Unfortunately, I will not be able to tell you so much about this place as everyone has been quiet. One thing is sure, it do not exist anymore. I was there at the end of September 2009 and I've been quite lucky as I remember the owner of the place telling me that that was it! he has just sold the warehouse and he was going to be destroyed within two weeks! And that is what actually happen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Y13W18 .DJ TUDO E SUA GENTE DE TODO LUGAR - NA AVENIDA DO FORTE + FORRÓ DE REBECA - DESPEDIDA (DJ TUDO REMIX).

Alfredo Bello aka Dj Tudo is someone I already posted about.
Pillar of the new musical scene in Brazil, the musician, producer, dj, ethnomusicologist and tenacious researcher is just back from a month spent in Europe with his luggage packed with 2 new releases!
Perfect to wait until his new Lp expected around January 2014! Be sure that I'll be here to let know about this as soon as It will be available.
And so, It is not one but two tracks that I'm posting! Check them!

Monday, April 22, 2013

058° .A PORTRAIT OF MANU BOUBLI IN 17 TRACKS AND 85 QUESTIONS.

While 2010 and 2011, I've been lucky enough to have Manu and Paulo as my bosses, at Superfly Records! One year and a half where I've learned so much. I'll never be able to thank them enough for the trust they put in me and for the inestimable knowledge they shared with me!
In between, I also have to admit that those years has been extremely valuable to my humble record collection ('Basement vol.1 & vol.2 among other).

The pictures and questions that follows has been made while those years and stayed in my hard-drive until now. Pics has been shot at Manu's place and while a digging trip in Brussels.

And as always, the questions are accompanied by a 17 tracks compilation selected by Manu through his own record collection!
A mixture of Spiritual and Afro rooted Jazz, West Indies Fusion, Obscure Rare Groove, Latin, Afro Psych and Vocal Jazz.
Enjoy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Y13W14 .ORCHESTRE POLY-RYHTMO DE COTONOU - ADJRO MI.

Annoucement of a new Analog Africa release is always a moment full of pleasure, excitement and surprise!
And here is the last one, Analog Africa's 3rd volume about the most emblematic and legendary Beninese band, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou! You may think something like 'Oh, one more volume....' but watch out ! Don't get it wrong! This volume may be the best of the serie!
It's when you think that you already know everything that arise something showing you that you're only at the beginning!
From pure Vodoun rhythm to Afro Bossa Nova, the compilation presents 14 unexpected and highly addictive tracks recorded by the band between 1969 and 1980!
Here is in worldwide exclusivity one track extract from the compilation and that appear to be my favorite

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

057° .DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ. selected by Les Mains Noires

Yes I know...almost 9 months without a proper selection... I can only apologize for this and tell you that no, I do not forget you and no, I'm not dead! Just starting a new part of life in Sao Paulo since a bit more than a year now. Goma-Gringa's project is taking the main part of my time, and It's a pleasure! My records are still in France and I do not have a correct system to record my new founds here. That are the reasons of such an absence!

But here finally is a new selection!
I'm proud to present to you 18 tracks collected mainly while my six first months here. You'll easily understand the title referring to the successful 'Dirty Caribbean Jazz' serie and his raw, oldie and perfumed mood! So yes, that's a 48 min long journey through Brazilian sounds from the 40s, 50s and early 60s that I propose to to you to discover or rediscover.

The selection featured Samba Jazz, Batuque, Chote, Capoeira, Baião, Pontos Cruzados and more... Trying to give you a small overview of the Brazilian musical diversity and richness.

Give it an ear, and please, let me know your thoughts about it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

056° .TRACKS OF THE WEEK°08. .2011.week °24 to °52

Eighth volume of this now classic serie dedicated to contemporary labels and artists!
Another 13 tracks posted on the blog in 2011's second half.
RareGroove, Progressive Rock, Afro Latin, Rhythm'n'Blues, Mandingo, Dub, Brazilian New Grooves and more will, I wish, give your ears a delightful hour!