Thursday, December 20, 2018

New Music Releases: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings; The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Naming & Blaming; Unit 3 Deep – Groove Theory

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings

All of Fitzgerald and Armstrong’s classic duets are in one place: Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings, a new 4CD and digital set available for the first time! The 75-track collection gathers their three timeless Verve Records albums – newly remastered versions of Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again, and Porgy and Bess – along with all of their Decca singles, live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for Ella and Louis , plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humor.
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Naming & Blaming

Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbors, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. This mammoth ensemble comprises musicians hand-picked among the finest in Melbourne’s music scene. The experience and creativity of these established musicians energize the group’s original compositions and the sound of the entire band is a force to be reckoned with. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’s powerful MCs and tribal rhythms are the modern- day ‘musical weapon’ that Fela Kuti conceived of. Their conscious lyrics and West African grooves are relevant today, while remaining faithful to the message of afro-beat. The group is the brainchild of Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill (aka DJ Manchild) and Tristan Ludowyk who are long- time friends and musical collaborators, each with vast and diverse musical backgrounds to draw upon. The band’s directors recently travelled to Africa to promote the new single and recorded with African hip hop stars Tumi (South Africa) and Modenine (Nigeria). These artists feature on the band’s self-released debut album from 2010 “Do Anything Go Anywhere”, which wass nominated for an Aria award for “best world music album”. The full-length was accompanied by a 12” vinyl release that sold out in record time

Unit 3 Deep – Groove Theory

Unit 3 Deep's debut release titled "Groove Theory" ...Jazz Roads - “It’s a bit like listening to the Return To Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra translated into 2018" “If the Headhunters and Parliament Funkadelic had a baby, Unit 3 Deep would be their love child" Unit 3 Deep is comprised of a uniquely talented trio and highly sought-after professional musicians: pianist, producer and songwriter Patrick Cooper; bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer David Dyson; and drummer and producer Duane Thomas. Although the trio has collaborated for years on varying musical circuits, they have been playing together as Unit 3 Deep since 2015. With each contributing their own musical prowess and vast experience, it’s not hard to comprehend why these three seasoned talents came together to bring what they call musical “gumbo” to life. The question is simply: Why did it take so long? "

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