Preorder Film of Life, out Oct 14: http://ow.ly/ASAqn
Also out in the US on October 14, is In-Pulse the first solo album by percussionist Xavier Desandre Navarre!
Known to his peers as “the wizard,” Navarre has played with the cream of the international jazz scene, from Gil Evans to Youn Sun Nah, from the Orchestre National de Jazz to Lars Danielsson, He has also made forays into pop, French chanson, world music and film scores.
Watch him perform "Mango Flower" with his quartet.
Throwback Thursday release: Ana Moura’s lovely Para Além da Saudade!
For Para Além da Saudade (Beyond Sadness), her third album, Ana Moura has deepened her ongoing creative partnership with Jorge Fernando, who contributes music and lyrics, plus sensitive yet gloriously intricate accompaniment. She also interprets works by Custódio Castelo, another noted guitar virtuoso and arranger, and a host of other revered songwriters. GRAMMY® Award-winning sax man Tim Ries, who has played with The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Joe Henderson, Sheryl Crow and innumerable other top recording artists, co-composed Velho Anjo and sits in on “A Sós com a Noite,” while Spanish singer/actor Patxi Andión appears on “Vaga, no Azul Amplo Solta.” Whether starkly declaiming or swirling into filigreed crescendos of emotion, Ana Moura’s burnished alto personifies fado’s darkly sensual credo of wisdom born of pain, grace amid futility, and sexual passion perpetually on simmer, despite repeated and increasingly bitter betrayals.
KCRW Tom Schnabel’s Top 10 of 2008
The Beat magazine’s Best of 2008
Full tour dates here: http://ow.ly/AQ6m4
The Labor Day sale on the Harmonia Mundi webstore begins today! http://store.hmusa.com/
"The legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen will release his tenth album, Film of Life, Oct. 14 on the Jazz Village label. Produced by the Jazzbastards, the album includes contributions from Damon Albarn, Adunni Nefretiti and Kuku. Allen is currently on tour. Dates follow:
8/28 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
8/30 Chicago, IL - Double Door - North Coast Music Festival: Official Party
9/5 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
9/6 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
9/9 York, PA - York College of Pennsylvania
9/10 New York, NY - S.O.B’s
9/11 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
9/12 Somerville, MA - Johnny D’s”