The World Circuit label is re-releasing Ali Farka Touré’s The Source, a major album at the junction of the blues.
Although he is a percussionist, composer and producer, Kip Hanrahan flexes very much like a film director. When his sleeve notes list ‘players in order of appearance’ he conjures up the image of a silver screen cast, which, as has been the case with his projects since the late ‘70s, is sprawling
The announcement had been posted on social media: they were looking for cassettes recorded and sold between 1975 and 2000 by Walter Gavitt Ferguson, a calypso legend for whom some fans and musicologists knew the address in Cahuita, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica that he never wanted to leave. It was urgent.
The Internet fluctuates between extreme collectivity (the Odd Future years) and individualism. Hive Mind is the California group’s Aquemini, a resounding statement about the group’s collective identity. Each musician’s hand is clearly identifiable on all the album’s 13 songs:
The guitarist Jack Wilkins personifies the term underrated. His albums from the Seventies should have made him a star, but instead he morphed into a “musician’s musician,” a player revered by other players for his abundant gifts but unfairly neglected by the commercial public. Windows, initially released in 1973, was Wilkins’s debut recording as a leader.
Fidel Fourneyron is a trombonist of superior skill, a member of the Umlaut Big Band and the Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ), two recognized institutions of the French jazz scene. He is continuing his unique career with Animal, an innovative centiped trio, if we can indulge in this expression, with Joachim Florent (bass) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums).
While it was unexpected that the acclaimed tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd should have collaborated with the guitarist Bill Frisell and the pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz on the 2016 album I Long to See You, it was even more surprising that Lloyd should include the singer Lucinda Williams, as well as the two guitarists, on his most recent album, Vanished Gardens.