ROGER RASPAIL - DALVA
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene – and has always been part of that city's rich post-colonial criss-crossing of modes – especially the side of the French jazz scene that has always been very open to non-Anglo rhythms, and allowed very open interplay of different ideas! That approach is definitely in place here – on sounds that maybe offer up more of Raspail's roots than some of his early records – but in a way that also shows his warm absorption of continental modes too. Guests include Vincent Segal, Alain Jean-Marie, Anthony Joseph, and Dao – and titles include "Kalypso Ka", "Rara", "Manza Rene", "Nuite Douce", "Bossa De La Plage", "Papa Yaya", "Ballade A Ilet Perou", and "Anty Kaz La". ~ Dusty Groove.
WILLIAM PARKER / STEFANO SCODANIBBIO - DUO
Fantastic free jazz improvisations on bass – performed here in a live setting by the mighty William Parker alongside Stefano Scodanibbio – in a wonderful array of tones, shapes, and structures! The music has that really special quality that's made Parker one of the most soulful improvisers from the loft jazz years onward – and much of the music has an inherently rhythmic quality, while still allowing for very free performances, both plucked and bowed – over the course of the album's very extended presentation, in five different sections of duets. ~ Dusty Groove
KAIDI THATHAM – CHANGING TIMES
Pure genius from Kaidi Thatham – an artist who continues to grow wonderfully as the years go on – to a point where we no longer know if we should call him a club producer or a jazz musician! This album's a demonstration of equal parts of that genius – almost as if Ramsey Lewis had stayed young, and found a way to move his 70s electric style into the 21st Century London scene – as Tatham plays fantastic solos on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, over rhythms of his own creation that are filled with just the right sort of cosmic touches and spiritual energy. Tracks include "Seasoned Clouds", "Treacle Manifestations", "Chui Nui", and "Shims".~ Dusty Groove