Call it a consequence of three decades as the voice of one of the best hip-hop bands to ever strut the planet – Black Thought doesn’t always get the shine it deserves. Streams of Thought Vol. 1 finally sees him drop a solo release.
The remit of French jazz outfit Florian Pellissier Quintet is to connect Paris to New York; to link the classical to the modern. This ambitious task is fully realized on BijouVoyou Caillou, a relaxing record of chilled arrangements, smooth horn work and a hell of a lot of cool vibes.
Originally released in the mid-’80s, this intriguing funk-laced album finds the iconic pocket trumpeter navigating through the sonic landscapes that some of his jazz leftist contemporaries such as Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society (and Herbie Hancock’ collaborations with Bill Frisell) trafficked.
Compiled by globetrotting DJ, record collector, and label-owner Samy Ben Redjeb, Vol 2 is a 10-year-in-the-making follow up to African Screaming Vol 1, which concentrated on music from Benin and Togo. Benin get sole spotlight this time around as the country’s vandou religion functioning as its thematic binder.