Raices Africanas (1998)
This reviewer was privileged to see Grupo AfroCuba live during their 1998 North American tour, and is pleased to report that Raices Africanas, their first full-length release, captures beautifully the magical blend of sacred and profane at the heart of ...
Nuevo Millenium (1998)
Bright and pushy, timbalero Ralph Irizarry's first release to reach a wide listening audience is full of his exuberant, gutsy character. Irizarry, as one of the New York scene's most in demand percussionists, having spent years with Rubén Blades and ...
As Night Falls on the Silk Road (1998) Top Seller
This gorgeous improvisational collaboration between Persian kamacheh player Kayhan Kalhor and North Indian sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan was rightly hailed as the finest world music release of 1998. AS NIGHT FALLS ON THE SILK ROAD is shot through with aching ...
||Wayne Gorbea / Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante|
Cogele el Gusto (1998)
Perhaps an early response to the success of the Buena Vista Social Club, Wayne Gorbea and his group, Salsa Picante, were finally signed to a nationwide label to record the hot Afro-Cuban collection Cogele el Gusto, a very similar blend ...
||Holding Up Half The Sky: Voices Of Asian Women (1999) |
Drawn from such diverse lands as Tuva, Tibet, Japan, India, China and Thailand, this single-disc compilation, Holding up Half the Sky: Voices of Asian Women, offers a lovely glimpse at the common spiritual thread that runs through the wonderful female ...
||Land Of The Sufis: Soul Music Of The Indus Valley (1999) |
The music of the Sufi culture is one of worldbeat's most stirring but under-recognized treasures -- although the qawwali sound has captured considerable attention internationally, other dimensions of Sufi culture have gone sadly unnoticed, a situation that this excellent and ...
Where Young Grass Grows (1999)
The members of Huun-Huur-Tu continue to amaze with their acrobatic throat singing and the eerie, haunted overtones it produces. While this continues to be their trademark sound, it's easy to overlook the fact that they're also excellent instrumentalists and composers ...
||Inna & The Farlanders|
Dreams of Endless Nights (1999)
Inna & the Farlanders' U.S. debut, The Dream of Endless Nights, blends contemporary and traditional musical elements from Russia and beyond into mesmerizing, timeless folk-rock. Emphasizing the band's mix of old and new, The Dream of Endless Nights contains original ...
||African Ambience (1998) |
While the emphasis is on the music of Zaire, this disc does come close to meeting the promise of its subtitle as the "ultimate African dance party." It's hard to quibble with the irresistible beats of King Sunny Ade and ...
Personnel; Henri Dikonque (vocals, guitar); Cathy Renoir (vocals);
Alfred M'Bongo (guitar, background vocals); Martino Atanga, Paolo Pondy (guitar); Jean-Paul Flores (cocot guitar); Vincent Bucher (harmonica); Serge Rahoerson (saxophone); Manuel Wandji (piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals); Etienne M'Bappe, Armand Sabal-Lecco (bass).
Moon Rise Over the Silk Road (2000)
The third release from traditional fusionists Ghazal, combining Persian and Indian musics, which are closely related but highly differ in their own ways. Kayhan Kalhour is a virtuoso on the kemantche, as is Shujaat Khan on the sitar. Together they ...
Best Kept Secret (2000)
Ralph Irizarry's group, Timbalaye, deserves much greater recognition. The musicians (trumpeter Alex Norris, trombonist Ozzie Melendez, tenor-saxophonist Bob Franceschini, pianist Luis Perdomo, electric bassist Waldo Chavez, Roberto Quintero on congas and bongos, and Irizarry on timbales) are all expert ensemble ...
||Wayne Gorbea / Wayne Gorbea & Salsa Picante|
Saboreando! Salsa Dura en el Bronx! (2000)
Liner Note Author: Wayne Gorbea.
Recording information: Skylight, Belleville, NJ (12/1999).
Illustrator: Tatjana Krizmanic.
Photographer: Frank Reyes.
Arranger: Rick Davies.
Personnel: Wayne Gorbea (piano); Frank Otero (vocals); Michael Lewis, Sam Furnace (trumpet); Rick Davies, Rafi Malkiel (trombone); Frank Reyes (congas); Juan Rodriguez (bongos); Ruben Borgas ...
||Afrobeat...No Go Die!: Trans-Global African Funk Grooves (2000) |
The title of Afrobeat...No Go Die! says exactly what this album wants to prove: Three years after the death of Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, the movement he started is alive and well. Fela, as he was popularly known, was a ...
||Balafon Marimba Ensemble|
Balafon Marimba Ensemble
Sixteen talented hands and a whole-body approach to the rhythms of Zimbabwe make The Balafon Marimba Ensemble a wonderfully unique and totally delightful recording. The five women and three men of Balafon really "work out" on their instruments, each player ...
||Balafon Marimba Ensemble|
Harare To Kisingani
This Oregon-based nine-member percussion ensemble has a great time adapting mainly Zimbabwean songs and dances to an ambitious multilayered approach with more marimbas than you can shake a mallet at. "Frelimo," with atmospheric oboe fills by guest Russel Walder, is ...
||Maxwell Street Klezmer Band|
You Should Be So Lucky (1996)
Named to recall the carnival atmosphere of Chicago's historic Sunday morning Jewish marketplace, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band was founded in 1983 by vocalist Lori Lippitz. In 1990, one year after his immigration to the United States, Alex Koffman joined the ...
Solas succeed where other Irish bands fail: They're lively without being frenetic; Karan Casey's vocals are high and clear without being ethereal or waifish; and they manage to add texture and complexity to the many traditionals they play. Their self-titled ...
Shamrocks & Holly: An Irish Christmas Celebration (1996)
/Carl Hession Orchestra.
An Irish Christmas Celebration
Personnel: Frankie Gavin (fiddle, viola, flute); Carl Hession (piano, organ, keyboards).
Recording information: Telegael Studios, Spiddal, CO.
Unknown Contributor Role: Carl Hession.
Arrangers: Frankie Gavin; Carl Hession.
||De Danann / De Dannan|
Hibernian Rhapsody (1996)
Recorded at Xeric Studios, Limerick, Ireland.
De Dannan: Tommy Flemming (vocals); Alec Finn (guitar, bouzouki); Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute, tin whistle, piano); Derek Hickey (accordion); Colm Murphy (bodhran).
Additional personnel: Phillip Donnelly (dobro); Patricia Gleeson, Mary Rose McNall, Niamh Doheny, Malcolm Green ...
||Celtic Tapestry, Vol. 2 (1997)
Track Listing: Rocks of Bawn, The; Garden Valley, The; Fisherman's Song, The; Crested Hens; Fear a Bhata; Longing for Peace, A; One I Love; Erin Ni Neosainn Ce Hi; Banks of Sullane, The; Cumha Eoghain Rua Ui Neill (Lament for ...
Karan Casey sings for Solas, one of the hottest young Irish folk bands of the last five years. Her solo debut is a wonderful album, a program consisting primarily of traditional material presented with minimal arrangements that show off her ...
Cathie Ryan (1997)
Michigan native Cathie Ryan used to sing for Cherish the Ladies, and the sound of her solo debut is, as she puts it, "Kerry and Tipperary with a Detroit accent." Many of the tunes, such as "Ned of the Hill" ...
Tie That Binds (1998) Port
Derrane's nimble fingers on the button accordion are something to hear. These jigs and reels will transport you directly to the Emerald Isle. ~ Tim Sheridan
Recorded at Studio Two, Boston, Massachusetts during Summer 1997. Includes liner notes by Earl ...
Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers (1997)
It would be hard for Solas to top their eponymous debut album, and the group don't quite succeed, but they do present a wonderful follow-up nonetheless. Things are a bit more self-conscious and experimental this time around: Séamus Egan brings ...