|Alif Laila & Ustad Sattar Khan - Sangam
Ravi Shankar plays the classical music of India with pristine technique — but I'm not swept away. With Alif Laila, I am. Her sitar-playing brings new emotion, drama, dynamics to these centuries-old ragas. Tari, a world-renowned tabla master, frames her sitar with beguiling percussion melodies, played with boggling dexterity and heart-stopping expressiveness. more...
Ruspoli - Flamenco
He came, slept in the studio and gave us three days and three nights of total flamenco immersion. Taos CD is my most extraordinary guitar session to date. A passionately committed player, he honed his scorching chops apprenticing for four years under gypsy masters in Spain. more...
A "dream team" Irish trio plays traditional jigs, reels and airs with passion and originality. Led by button accordion master Joe Derrane, 2004 National Heritage winner. more...
With sound like no Celtic CD youve heard, theyve laid down a kickass set of authentic traditional Irish musichighly danceable and passionately devoid of green beer and leprechaun commercialism. more...
- Bringing Home The Flame: From Havana To Africa
For years, Ive been itchin to find someone to lay down a heavy duty Latin jazz CD, something closer to the Afro-Cuban roots than todays fare. Then my friend Asante, the legendary master drummer from Ghana, discovered this red hot young lion of Latin pianoand promptly brought him north to the U.S. more...
O'Rourke and Lewis Nash's Celtic Jazz Collective
They created a historic first and they made fun music: their infectious Afro-Caribbean-Celtic grooves will have you popping your fingers and step-dancing, whether youre a jazzer or a Gael. more...
- Ohene Keene A Ebin
Asante danced and drummed the length of my studiofilled wall-to-wall with his 85 hand drums, African xylophones, gongs, whatnot. more...
- Ras Mek Peace
Id been searching three years for a reggae band to record. Then I heard Midnite, just in from St. Croix. Thirty seconds of their tight, crushingly powerful bass groove ended my search. more...
Bey And Ile Omo Olofi - Children Of The House Of God
Thirty-five years ago, Bey sparked my passion for the African drum when I heard him leading Olatunjis Drums of Passion. His work with Randy Weston and Art Blakey helped introduce the African drum into jazz. more...
La Carte Brass And Percussion - Go-Go and Gumbo, Satchmo
For their second CD, A la Carte adds a little extra spice to their savory recipe. They do hits by P-Funk, Ray Charles, J.J. Johnson, the Meters and Dizzy. Singer Chuck Brown returns, and is joined by Little Feats Shaun Murphy. more...
with the Enriquillo Winds
- Melodia Para Congas
Patato, the history-making pioneer of the modern Latin three-conga style, is the most melodic and the most African of all the Cuban congueros Ive heard. Youll never hear the gorgeous attack and resonance of his congas better than here. more...
Blueitt's Barbeque Band
Heres a stomping Bluiett electric group thatll knock you on your butt. His group includes Calvin Jones on electric bass, Ronnie Burrage on drums, Donald Blackman on keyboard and Chief Bey on hand drums. more...
La Carte Brass and Percussion
- Boogeyin'! Swamprock, Salsa & 'Trane
A La Carte serves up a New Orleans street band marinated with a hot salsa percussion section. The brass section stomps like the Dirty Dozen and moans like a Bourbon Street funeral.. more...