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World Music

Alif Laila & Ustad Sattar Khan


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...

Tao Ruspoli

Tao Ruspoli - Flamenco
He came, slept in the studio and gave us three days and three nights of total flamenco immersion. Tao’s 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...

The Boston Edge

The Boston Edge
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...

Ireland's Harvest

Ireland's Harvest
With sound like no Celtic CD you’ve heard, they’ve laid down a kickass set of authentic traditional Irish music—highly danceable and passionately devoid of green beer and leprechaun commercialism. more...
Asante


Asante - Bringing Home The Flame: From Havana To Africa
For years, I’ve been itchin’ to find someone to lay down a heavy duty Latin jazz CD, something closer to the Afro-Cuban roots than today’s fare. Then my friend Asante, the legendary master drummer from Ghana, discovered this red hot young lion of Latin piano—and promptly brought him north to the U.S. more...
Celtic Jazz Collective


David 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 you’re a jazzer or a Gael. more...

Asante

Asante - Ohene Keene A Ebin
Asante danced and drummed the length of my studio—filled wall-to-wall with his 85 hand drums, African xylophones, gongs, whatnot. more...

Midnite

Midnite - Ras Mek Peace
I’d 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...

Chief Bey

Chief 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 Olatunji’s Drums of Passion. His work with Randy Weston and Art Blakey helped introduce the African drum into jazz. more...

A La Carte Brass and Percussion

A La Carte Brass And Percussion - Go-Go and Gumbo, Satchmo 'N Soul
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 Feat’s Shaun Murphy. more...
Patato


Patato 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 I’ve heard. You’ll never hear the gorgeous attack and resonance of his congas better than here. more...
Hamiet Bluiett


Hamiet Bluiett - Blueitt's Barbeque Band
Here’s a stomping Bluiett electric group that’ll 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...
A La Carte Brass & Percussion


A 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...