Coming in September on Jazz Village is Live at l’Olympia by Ahmad Jamal & Yusef Lateef!

This set documents an historic concert that took place in Paris on June 27, 2012. The great Ahmad Jamal, enjoying a return to the jazz charts thanks to his recent releases on Jazz Village, began by playing selections from his album Blue Moon. Then the pianist was joined on stage by the equally legendary Yusef Lateef, who had played with Jamal in the glory days of the Atlantic label. These two artists channeled the past and reinvented the future as they worked their musical magic. The album features two audio discs and a DVD of the complete concert.

Preorder now on Amazon!

Look who’s now on Twitter!

Look who’s now on Twitter!

Our Throwback Thursday this week: Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar’s Shime (2009)!
Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music. In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion. They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style.
Songlines Top of The WorldChicago Reader 20 Favorite International Releases 2010
"Several beguiling, popular Zanzibari styles are present…“Muziki Ni Kazi Yetu,” a pungwa song (possession music), is an elegant, soothing bit of exoticism, while “Rejea Tena Chuoni” features mughani-style vocal improvisation imparting a universally resonant message: ‘Go back to school.’” - Billboard
"A strong rhythmic pulse throbs through each piece, but Culture Musical Club retains a measured calm; this isn’t wild club music…it’s unlikely that Culture Musical Club won’t suck you in with their hypnotic sound." - eMusic

Our Throwback Thursday this week: Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar’s Shime (2009)!

Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music. In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion. They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style.

Songlines Top of The World
Chicago Reader 20 Favorite International Releases 2010

"Several beguiling, popular Zanzibari styles are present…“Muziki Ni Kazi Yetu,” a pungwa song (possession music), is an elegant, soothing bit of exoticism, while “Rejea Tena Chuoni” features mughani-style vocal improvisation imparting a universally resonant message: ‘Go back to school.’”
- Billboard

"A strong rhythmic pulse throbs through each piece, but Culture Musical Club retains a measured calm; this isn’t wild club music…it’s unlikely that Culture Musical Club won’t suck you in with their hypnotic sound."
- eMusic

Coming to World Village in September: Marcio Faraco's Cajueiro!

Each one of French-Brazilian Márcio Faraco’s songs is exemplary in its finesse and fragile balance between gentleness and seriousness. His distinctive style is free of pathos but has traces of his illustrious influences, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.

Preorder now on iTunes: http://ow.ly/zw8OJ

Here’s a great video from Harold Lopez-Nussa’s concert at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. Don’t miss him in the US this September! http://ow.ly/zv8yt 

Get his latest album New Day on iTunes or Amazon.

New album teaser for Tony Allen’s Film Of Life, due out in October on Jazz Village.

Get the single “Go Back” on iTunes now!

(via Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers | Ravinia Festival | International | Chicago)
"When: Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.  Price: $22-$55
On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak”

(via Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers | Ravinia Festival | International | Chicago)

"When: Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.
Price: $22-$55

On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak”

Currently in Japan - coming to the US this September! 

Currently in Japan - coming to the US this September! 

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Soulblazz de Natalia M. King, un agradable descubrimiento.

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Cumbia All Stars' Tigres en Fuga is out now on World Village! 
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