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Sample Saturday

Version Excursion: “Hurt So Bad” (original by Anthony & The Imperials)

A perfect song is usually a combination of songwriting prowess and interpretative brilliance recorded in magical circumstances. There is a rare instance where a song is so naturally incredible that even when covered by highly different artists in varied genres/eras its immaculate qualities still resonate strongly. Hurt so Bad, orignally …

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Sample Saturday

Version Excursion: “Let’s Start” (Comencemos)

Sometimes you don’t think a track can get anymore hype and energetic yet another band manages to cover it and make it pop even more. Fela Kuti‘s powerful Let’s Start took a life of its own when Latin Funk outfit Phirpo y sus Caribes transformed it into Comencemos. The horn …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

The Afiara Quartet : Setting trends, not following them

The “vinyl comeback” that has received almost excessive amounts of media coverage, does not seem to have affected the classical music industry as heavily. Only a handful of new releases have been pressed to vinyl and reissues seem to trickle out at a snail’s pace. Thankfully, Toronto string ensemble the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Lou Bond “Lou Bond” (1974)

An incredible artist has passed on and although he may yet remain unknown to most hopefully his music will be brought to the forefront because the only record he has ever released is a poignant masterpiece. Lou Bond is the epitome of an engaged artist, his self-titled release on Stax …

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Sample Saturday

Version Excursion: “Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser” (Milton Nascimento)

Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser by Milton Nascimento is the opening track of his legendary Clube da Esquina album (with Lo Borges) and it also represents the start of a whole brazilian regional renaissance. Nascimento’s creative vision, his personal poetic songwriting and his truly unique voice sparked a revolution …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Carlos Ramos y su Orquesta Fuego “Tecato” (1973)

In essence, records are the historical link between an artist’s ambition and an aficionado’s passion. Special records are full of incredible music while acting as a reference to a historical era and musical genre. With Carlos Ramos y Su Orquesta Fuego‘s LP “Tecato” we are talking about an exceptional record …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Gabor Szabo “Dreams” (1969)

Gabor Szabo may not have been as much of a household name as his jazz guitar counterparts (Grant Green & Wes Montgomery), but the Hungarian guitarist was a incredibly skilled player that posessed unmatched versatility. After starting his career as a member of the ever evolving Chico Hamilton Quintet in the …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

Classical Piano Vinyl-only mix by Patrick Amory

Solo piano is the ultimate transcedant meeting of art & performance,the most intimate stroke of a key can move listeners in a way almost no other instrument manages to. For the past 2 years, NYC’s Patrick Amory classical vinyl enthusiast and trained pianist (as well as Manager of rock label …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Pharoah Sanders “You Gotta Have Freedom” (1980)

If artistic freedom is hard to define than Free Jazz is even harder to define. Jazz can be considered the art of improvising and the melodic ancher that holds down a semblance of standard is the only constraint a player can define for himself. In all cases saxophonist and Coltrane …

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Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger” (1967)

The Five Stairsteps we’re the original ‘First Family of Soul’ (before the J5) and literally grew up through the Chicago Soul tradition. Danger! She’s a Stranger features mature harmonies from a group of tweens and the song itself is a risky attempt at hovering between melancholic and joyful tones. The …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical Hip-Hop

Symphony Orchestra meets Hip-Hop Classics!

Many attempts at “mashing up” Hip-Hop and classical music have failed miserably, but Polish composer/beatmaker Radzimir “JIMEK” Dębski has pulled it off masterfully. Much like Californian composer and Dilla disciple Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Suites for Ma Dukes, classical hip-hop covers work best when the composer is both a certified orchestrator and …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul

Mix of the Day: Matthew Africa “Twee Funk Mix”

If you’ve read my past posts your no “stranger” to the fact I love the classic “soul groups” and that one of my favorite varieties is Kiddie Soul aka Jackson 5 clones. Well orchestrated angelic voices singing about puppy love was the hot selling material back in the 60s and …

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