BAHAMA SOUL CLUB – HAVANA 58
The Bahama Soul Club are a German-based group whose unique blend of soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova, afro and Caribbean influences has firmly put them on the map of the black music scene as one of the most exciting contemporary outfits. On their 4th album "Havana '58", Bahama Soul Club present a very personal soundtrack, a musical homage, inspired by a vibrant verve that never came back. We encounter a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, fashionable hotels, backstreet brothels, empty wallets and bemusing décolletées. Bahama Soul Club establish an elegant and percussive cocktail of Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo, adding the dark, sensual, and alluring mystic of Tiki and Exotica into the mix. More than mambo mania and tiring salsa they stand for swinging lightness and the pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle of the contemporary Cuban scene. Special guests include: American Jazz and Soul singer Brenda Boykin, Cuba’s leading vocal quartet Sexto Sentido, Bahama Soul Club live band's singer Olvido Ruiz and Cuban songwriter Arema Arega.
JIMI TENOR - SAXENTRIC
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it also showcases some of the soulful strands that have always been in his music, as Jimi finds a way to bring the cosmos down to earth with some really wonderful tunes that mix up a variety of different rhythmic and instrumental modes! The lineup shifts a bit on each track – and includes a great guest appearance from Tony Allen – but most cuts focus on core energy from Tenor, who not only plays tenor, percussion, keyboards, flute, moog, and more – but also sings with a style that's wonderfully soulful, and really holds the whole thing together. We always love Jimi's music, but this set's got a really special "something extra" – and a much deeper sound than you'd expect from the cover. Titles include "Magick Of Choice", "Polygonal", "Peaceful Maelstrom", "Four Corners Of The Earth", "Cap De Creus", "Vortex", "My Baby Is Coming", "Ursa Major", and "Baby Pharoah". ~ Dusty Groove
TOM ZE – CANCOES EROTICAS DE NINAR
From the eyeball on the cover, right down to the sounds on the disc, Tom Ze once again blurs the boundaries between body and mind with his music – by giving us tunes that are playful and catchy, but also filled with madness and intelligence too! Ze's wit is as razor-sharp as ever, carried across here with instrumentation that's very much in the best modes of his later years – almost familiar, but always offbeat – as if Tom's turning Brazilian songforms inside out, in service of his lyrical wordplay. The album's definitely got some of the erotic bent hinted at in the title, but also has a lot more going on too – on titles that include "Por Baixo", "Arroz Lenda E Buque", "Descaracao Familiar", "Sexo", "Sobe Ni Mim", "Urgenica Didatica", and "Cade Mane". ~ Dusty Groove