This 2005 release is almost like a rainbow bridge from one age to the next. It's ethno-ambience recalls sounds from the Extreme label in the guise of artists like Mo Boma, Soma and Pablo's Eye, and yet there's a propulsive ambience about this recording (originally a two-CD-set) that is thoroughly contemporary. Waterworks blends psychedelic elements from the '60s — like acid-drenched sitars and spiraling flute — with subtle electronic beats and sophisticated programming. Not quite jazz and decidedly not club fodder, it stands on its own at the intersection where the stately Euro-Jazz of ECM meets tribal sound. Of special note here is the duduk playing of Gunnard Doboze, which lends a deep, harmonic resonance to leader/composer Matthew Davidson's forays into the realm of sacred groove.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
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By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...