American band The Pyramids first came together back in 1972, disbanding just five years later. Fate can sometimes make you wait: the band finally reformed in 2012 and their classic Afro-jazz style holds true on An Angel Fell (2018).
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.
Manga aficionados found out about Kodama—those malicious tree spirits—from Miyazaki’s films. Thus the musical duo has chosen the mysterious and the natural, but their music’s jazz/electro fusion reveals a voluntary tension between the product and the method.