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MOUSSA DIAKITé DOnCOMODja (WASSA RECORDING/PLANET)
For over 20 years Moussa Diakité has called Australia home and his music has continued to flourish.
For his latest album, the guitar maestro returned to his native Mali with his Australian rhythm section
where awaited a glittering cast of local musicians to record with him. The result is an ebullient
celebration of life that seamlessly fuses traditional Malian rhythms with jazz, blues, Cuban and
Afro-rock. A judicious mix of originals and traditional Malian songs, Doncomodja is a triumph,
exemplifying music that knows no boundaries, “a gift from God” indeed.
LUISA MAITA fIODaMEMórIa (CUMBANCHA/PLANET)
In the six years since her startling debut album, the Brazilian chanteuse has become a national icon.
Her highly anticipated sophomore album is a fascinating exploration that fuses the classical rhythms
of bossa nova and samba with electronica and downtempo beats. The result is an album of rubbery
bass lines, contemporary electronic flourishes, intoxicating percussive rhythms, and breathy vocal
sensuality. Ethereal and sultry, fiodamemória is the 21st Century sound of Brazil.
JOHN RENBOURN & WIZZ JONES jOInT COnTrOL (RIVERBOAT
When two worshipped icons of the British folk scene get together for live performances and to record
tunes by peers and influences then it’s cause for celebration. They are indisputably two of folk’s most
important and influential acoustic guitarists of the last 60 years, and these recordings are a particularly
poignant landmark given they stand as the last made by Renbourn before his untimely passing in
March 2015. The faithful renditions of tunes by the likes of Jansch, Dylan and Broonzy sparkle with
evergreen vitality and the empathy that comes with the mutual respect Renbourn and Jones have for
each other. An historic recording to be sure and, more importantly, a fitting testament to two giants of
the British folks scene.
JOHN HENEGHAN & HIS HENPECKED HUSBANDS EvEr fELT THE
(EAST RIVER RECORDS/PLANET)
If for no other reason, Heneghan is to be praised for championing deep country blues music. As
it happens, his first solo album without the East River String Band sparkles with old timey vitality
and deft arrangements of songs from a bygone and fading musical era. This is 78-rpm era music
played on vintage string instruments by His Henpecked Husbands whose members include Dom
Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Eden Brower’s National Resonator Uke, and the mandolin of
legendary underground cartoonist Robert Crumb (himself a renowned collector and authority on
pre-war acoustic blues). Crumb has also drawn the magnificent album cover and, as a bonus for vinyl
collectors, a giant wall poster of the album cover is included; this one’s for collectors.
MARVIN GARDENS 1968 (HIGH MOON/PLANET)
The musical scrapheap is filled with ‘coodabeens’, and San Francisco’s Marvin Gardens late ‘60s orbit
was short and didn’t end sweetly. Part of the problem may have been that this electric-folk/garage-
psych quintet didn’t quite know which musical path to follow, but on the evidence of this anthology of
rare demos, studio and live recordings, they may have called it a day a little too soon. In lead vocalist
Carol Duke they had a raw blues shouter from Texas (sound familiar!) with great potential, but alas
they faded without a whimper. Similar to the John Heneghan album, the album comes with a terrific
‘period’ cover designed by legendary underground comic book artist Larry Welz; 1968 is a curiosity
AZIZA azIza (DARE2/PLANET)
Having played with Miles Davis, Chick Correa, John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock, bassist Dave
Holland’s legend precedes him and he needs no introduction to jazz aficionados. Holland has joined
forces with three other renowned instrumentalists - drummer Eric Harland, guitarist Lionel Loueke
and saxophonist Chris Potter – in a jazz summit for the modern jazz age. Their eponymous debut
album is an adventurous, joyful affair stamped with individual brilliance and jaw dropping complexity
from all four protagonists. Standout moments come on the epic ferocity of ‘Blue Sufi’ and the dazzling
interplay between guitar and saxophone on closer ‘Sleepless Night’.
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