Fourteen musicians, 46 instruments, and the astonishing rhythmic variety of the Afro-Cuban culture; ingredients for a percussion fiesta. Under the joint leadership of the veteran drummer Louis Bellson and the gifted Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes, Sr., a cross-section of American and Caribbean musicians explores the expressive possibilities in the complex rhythms developed within the musical traditions of the Nañigo descendants of Carabali tribesmen taken to Cuba from the Congo. The music is rich in texture, variety, and percussive melody. Warning: the compulsion to dance may be irresistible.
Louis Sclavis has for decades dazzled and provoked listeners with his literate, ambitious musical projects that examine not only the many dimensions and directions of the sonic spectrum, but also his Renaissance-like embrace of literature, foreign cultures, and now, visual art. With a new quartet collaborating with him – only cellist Vincent Courtois is retained from his previous outing, L'Affrontement des Prétendants – Sclavis turns his eyes, ears, and spirit toward an investigation of the paintings of the French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest on Napoli's Walls.
With his idiomatic and graceful style, pianist Philip Martin has established himself as the foremost exponent of Gottschalk. Much of his music is by no means easy to play; it requires an impeccable technique matched with Èlan and joie de vivre for its most effective execution. Although not essentially a great composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk had a unique spontaneity and individuality which Martins performances bring vividly to the fore. The composers music was hugely popular during his lifetime and his works display a real melodic charm and a great sense of fun. Each of the eight discs in Martins extensive Gottschalk series has received wide acclaim and left pianophiles eagerly awaiting the next issue.
Ivan Gobry est docteur ès Lettres. Il a enseigné pendant 27 ans à l’Université de Reims et parallèlement à l’Institut catholique de Paris. Auteur de plus de cent ouvrages, il a participé à de multiples émissions et conférences radiophoniques et reçu de très nombreux prix, dont cinq de l’Académie française. …
After scoring a hit with "I shot The Sheriff" ERIC CLAPTON, recorded an album with Jamaican-born ARTHUR LOUIS, who at the time was one of the few authentic reggae artists residing in the UK. One of the songs Eric Clapton recorded for Arthur's album was a reggae version of the DYLAN tune 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'. The interpretation so much caught Eric's attention that a few months later he decided to record the same song for himself, using Arthur Louis identical arrangement, and scoring - once again - a substantial hit. Arthur Louis' album was released in Japan in 1976 but remained unavailable in Europe until now. 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' isn't a pure reggae album. Reggae influences are evidently present but as a whole the album is a homogeneous blend of reggae, blues and R&B, probably due to Arthur's lengthy residence in New York, as well as to Clapton's "guitar-print".
An extraordinary enterprise … As an experience of the sounds and styles of French organ culture this boxed set, it seems to me, is indispensable … the body of music is mostly, here, not created but simply made alive by the apt choice of instruments … it is a resource to which to return with delight.
Ten of Collins' soft-rock hits (including "In the Air Tonight," "One More Night," and the cover of "Groovy Kind of Love") are given a smooth, friendly easy-listening treatment on this disc; the only drawback are the oppressive synthesized drums, which give the entire recording a mechanical feel.