At the head of French orchestra Le Sacre du Tympan for twenty years, but seeing himself exclusively as a bassist, the gifted artist Fred Pallem talks humbly about this project as well as the mood of his latest album, L'Odyssée, released on October 5. He’s a complete artist, with an undeniable freshness and a contagious sense of humor.
Ever since Donald Trump ascended to the presidency of the United States, the word “resistance” has resonated with newfound ferocity among the country’s political left. Ace guitarist Marc Ribot echoes this in his gripping new disc, Songs of Resistance 1942-2018.
Nothing pre-destined Stéphane Galland to be the link between the Indian, Balkan and African musical traditions. He devised this position himself through his travels in search of an ever deeper understanding of rhythm. Drummer, jazzman or musicologist - these labels are not enough to capture the essence of this absolute fan of groove.
So far, 2018 has been pretty good to Ed Motta: the renowned Brazilian singer, pianist and guitarist is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of his first album, and also releasing a new album, the excellent Criterion Of The Senses, an homage to the music he loves: soul, funk and the entire AOR galaxy dominated by his beloved Steely Dan. Among the things Ed doesn't care for: today's music, soccer, the beach, insincere musicians and mixing music and politics ...
Currently residing in Chicago, the pianist Stuart Mindeman spent his formative years in Santiago, Chile. His worldly travels and the influence of his distant past come together nicely in his album Woven Threads, a colourful, multi-scented bouquet.