Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Manchester - Hulme





Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Christmas movies

Thee Christmas movie this year

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

La Sonora Matancera con Carlos Argentino - Ay Cosita

Friday, 18 December 2009

Gétatchèw Mèkurya

Gétatchèw Mèkurya - Ethiopiques 14

Primal and shamanic, Mekurya's playing evokes something of saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, with all their passion and in-the-moment invention (though none of Ayler's extended altissimo screeching), with a shot of honking tenor men Big Jay McNeely and Willis Jackson thrown in for added funk.

But the relationship is an illusory one: Mekurya's style developed in complete isolation from the US free jazz it distantly and tangentially resembles, and is entirely Ethiopian in origin and form. It's based on a specialised genre of traditional vocal music sung by warriors before going into battle—pumped up, epic, threatening and boastful, harsh and hoarse-voiced—with discursive modal improvisation at its core. Unlike its US resonances, it's mostly performed in 3/4 time, from slow and menacing through fast and furious. The instrumental variant developed in Addis Ababa dancehalls in the early to mid 1950s.

Mekurya was amongst the first musicians to play instrumental shellela, and he remains its most revered saxophonist.

in allaboutjazz.com

Ethiopiques & Badume's Band (featuring Getatchew Mekurya) - WOMAD 2009 @ Charlton Park

Friday, 11 December 2009

James White and the Blacks - Downtown 81

James White and the Blacks - Downtown 81

Friday, 4 December 2009

Ferré - Brassens - Brel

La Table Ronde: Interview de Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens et Léo Ferré

A gorgeous interview from three masters of the prose, the word and of other things as well.

Uma entrevista de três mestres da prosa, da palavra e de outras coisas também.

Interview de Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel et Léo Ferré
Trois hommes dans un salon : Brassens, Brel, Ferré