Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.
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Wednesday 21 August 2013
Friday 28 June 2013
There's something effortless about Harry Connick Jr's songwriting on Every Man Should Know, which may be a side-effect of having emulated Frank Sinatra for so long: one suspects that he even has a smoke and a Scotch to hand as he's penning the slinky jazz groove “One Fine Thing” or “Being Alone”, the track on which his Sinatra phrasing pays off best, aided by Wynton Marsalis's trumpet.
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Tuesday 05 March 2013
Borussia Dortmund win 5-2 on aggregate
Sunday 20 May 2012
Hibernian 1 Heart of Midlothian 5: Fenlon hits out at his team's lack of desire and apologises to supporters after a hammering by Hearts in thoroughly one-sided all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final
Wednesday 21 March 2012
As Russia steps up plans for hosting the 2018 World Cup, sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the country will work to reduce racism among fans.
Friday 03 June 2011
Smod (the acronym stands for their names Sam, Ousco, Dronsky and former member Mouzy) are a rap group from Bamako whose third album – the first to receive a UK release – is produced by Manu Chao, who first met the group when he was working on Dimanche à Bamako, by Sam's parents Amadou & Mariam.
Sunday 13 February 2011
Brazil is most famous for its samba and bossa nova, but these days what it does best is intelligent, innovative pop music.
Sunday 12 December 2010
An exemplary account of how Brazilian music found its keenest popular focus in the 1960s, as a chic, modernistic jazz-inflected pop form of remarkable stylistic integrity.
Friday 03 December 2010
Sunday 12 September 2010
Expectations might lead you to believe this is just another run-of-the-mill samba and bossa nova collection. Not at all.
Monday 26 July 2010
A veteran artist has a history. And, it could be argued, a responsibility.
Wednesday 21 July 2010
Friday 18 June 2010
Requiem in Blue is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary work in tribute to the composer's late brother, featuring sections of the Latin Mass in alliance with folk and jazz elements: in the opening "Introit & Kyrie", for example, Natacha Atlas's rendition of "Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair" presages the Latin text.
Friday 29 January 2010
Conceived in the late 19th century, the orchestrion was a large contraption allowing various instruments to be played by one musician simultaneously through an ingenious series of mechanical relays.
Friday 15 January 2010
Õÿö is Beninese diva Angelique Kidjo's celebration of her roots and influences, from early icons such as Miriam Makeba and the Togolese singer Bella Bellow to Santana – whose "Samba Pa Ti" brought the Saturday-night dances of her teenage years to romantic conclusions – and soul and funk legends such as Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.
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