Cornetist Ron Miles has released his Blue Note debut Rainbow Sign, a luminous set of original Miles compositions performed by a remarkable quintet featuring pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Brian Blade—out now on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. In a rave 4½-star review DownBeat called it “a deeply touching album… Rainbow Sign ups the ante through the writing’s richness—by far Miles’ most impressive work as a bandleader… there’s plenty of gold at the end of this rainbow.”Watch Miles discuss the story behind the album on “First Look” with Don Was.
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Mad About Records is proud to present the official reissue of Mandala
Extremely Rare Private LP 70's Brazilian Jazz Psych
Mandala made only one eponymous album, recorded in 1971 but released only in 1976. A very rare and influential album, featuring future members of Grupo Um (Nazário and Zeca Assumpção who also played with Hermeto and Egberto Gismonti) and Pau Brasil (Nelson Ayres) - two seminal bands from the Brazilian instrumental scene of the 80s.
The sound is a mix of Jazz Fusion with a Brazilian footprint - with a dash of psychedelic atmosphere and the spiced influence of oriental music.
Debut album by the influential gaucho musician Gelson Oliveira, in partnership with the drummer Luiz Ewerling, released independently in 1983, with minimal resources.
In spite of all this, they made a unique and very album, with a spectacular musicality, a mix of sounds, ranging from jazz, funk and fusion.
Earlier in the year, Ashley Beedle teamed up with his regular studio buddy Darren Morris to rework an old London boogie scene classic, with all profits from the GAMM release being handed to charity in Paul 'Trouble' Anderson's honour. Here the long-serving DJ/producer returns to the Swedish imprint with three more re-edits, this time crafted in cahoots with Abi Clarke. The pair begins by delivering a suitably sensuous and extended take on a luscious Barry White classic ("Nothing But Love (for JB)"), before having their wicked way with a mid-tempo, head-nodding 1980s R&B jam from Mitume ("Hold Fast"). They stick in 1980s boogie-soul territory with rework number three, which sees them successfully tweak a gem by Steve Arrington ("Yes Indeed (Rock Free For Trouble)").Get it here
There is with Tour-Maubourg an eternal desire to translate the feeling of love into music. Sometimes cheerful, sometimes melancholy, always exhilarating, the producer, native of Brussels and expatriate in Paris, has continued for 3 years to attract the praise of his peers and the support of a growing audience. The man who was described by Trax Magazine upon the release of his 1st EP as ‘‘one of the most promising producers of the French house scene’’ has revealed himself in this hyperactive new scene to become one of its best standards.
After several EPs released in France on Pont Neuf, FHUO (ie. Folamour’s label), as well as Happiness Therapy or in England and Germany on FINA and Salin, Tour-Maubourg unveils his first album, Paradis Artificiels. The Parisian producer refers to Charles Baudelaire’s poem, to which he links his melancholy music, who wrote: ‘‘common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist very little, and that the true reality is only in the dreams’’.
If the producer’s first EPs were mainly focused on club music, Paradis Artificiels oscillates between the atmospheres that made the success of these previous releases and those of a studio album. Composed of both house songs and downtempo sound researches, always flirting with the jazz sounds that have made the producer’s touch recognizable, this first album invites us on a journey in the lineage of St Germain, Massive Attack or Nicolas Jaar.
Pioneering African artist, founder of Offering Recordings and father of Ancestral Soul, Boddhi Satva returns to BBE with retrospective double album ‘18’, charting nearly two decades of groundbreaking music production.
Since releasing his debut album, Invocation, on BBE back in 2012 with Louie Vega acting as executive producer, Boddhi Satva has emerged from behind the console to become one of the most respected and recognisable producers on the planet. With a sonic palette that constantly gestures back to his native Africa and hints at a deep knowledge of folklore and spirituality, Boddhi’s mystical touch has found its way onto smash-hit pop and Zouk records, as well as the deepest of underground cuts.
Taking in over 30 musical highlights from his career so far, ‘18’ turns up hidden gems and reflects on classics, life-changing collaborations and solo successes. Satva’s creative expansion and personal journey are traced across this intricate, self-reflective collection. And the lessons learnt from this journey through music? “Success doesn’t actually change people, it magnifies their true self,” he says. “We should always be open to learning and avoid burning bridges over futile considerations.”
Speaking of learning, this album features many of the artists that waymarked Boddhi’s path over the years, from early mentors DJ Pippi, Osunlade and Alton Miller to songwriting inspirations such as Badi, Zaki Ibrahim, Maalem Hammam, Zano and Omar, to name but a few. Collaboration is a vital part of Boddhi’s creative process. As he puts it “these encounters are very, very organic and never forced. I’ve also seen some dream collaborations come to life for two simple reasons in my opinion: believing in those dreams working steadily and letting the Universe make them happen for me.”
Over the course of ‘18’, we can hear the growth and evolution of Satva’s ‘Ancestral Soul’. “Before being an actual sound,” Says Boddhi “it’s is a mind-set. I always approach my music with the intention of uplifting and healing as many souls I can. Now sound-wise I’ve always wanted my musical envelope to be open creatively but always keep its African-ness, no matter the diversity of the sound. It is important for me to add that though I’m musically very open, I believe that what gives Ancestral Soul its special energy is the fact that it’s anchored by strong roots.”Get it here
A pocket symphony for the Modern Funk era, breezily moving between City Pop, Bob James-style Jazz Fusion, and romantic 80s Library music. Topflight disco producer Liquid Pegasus shows a deeper side under his Toby Glider moniker. A continuation in theme from his in-demand EP on Chicago's Star Creature label and long sold-out debut on City Baby Records, this LP is Toby Glider's breadth fully realized—novel funk, authentically emotive when it wants to be, but always working in killer grooves that range from warmup to overheat to cool down.Get it here
Soothsayers new album, We Are Many, is out on November 27th on CD and Digital Download. It’s also dropping on limited edition red vinyl (our first foray into coloured wax!) but due to Covid related manufacturing complications, that won’t be released until January 29th next year. Apologies for that, but as you can imagine, there is much that is out of our control at the moment!
"Whilst heavy questions of life and death and the future of our species surround us all, music is a guide that can help us perceive the challenges in a different way - a guide that can help us towards a deep inner peace. If we listen, music can help light the way. We hope you will listen, and we hope you will experience the joy, meditative power and beauty in the connection of different musical cultures that was experienced in the creation of this album."
Matthew Halsall unveils new band and announces ‘Salute to the Sun’ his new album on Gondwana Records
Composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall has always worn many hats. But at the heart of everything that he does Halsall is first and foremost an artist and a musician. A trumpeter whose unflashy, soulful playing radiates a thoughtful beauty and a composer and band-leader who has created his own rich sound world. A sound that draws on the heritage of British jazz, the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as world music and electronica influences, and even modern art and architecture, to create something uniquely his own. A music that is rooted in Northern England but draws on global inspirations.
Salute to the Sun is his first album as a leader since Into Forever (2015) and marks the debut of his new band. A hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young musicians: Matt Cliffe flute & saxophone, Maddie Herbert harp, Liviu Gheorghe piano, Alan Taylor drums and Jack McCarthy percussion as well as long-time Halsall collaborator, bassist, Gavin Barras who has been at the heart of Halsall’s bands for over a decade. For Matthew it was important to have a band based locally and able, pre-Covid, to meet and play each week, and who also performed a sold-out monthly basement session at Yes in Manchester. The album draws energy from these sessions and inspiration from themes and ideas that have inspired Halsall through the years (on albums such as Oneness, Fletcher Moss Park and When the World Was One) ideas of ecology, the environment and harmony with nature.
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