As I spent Chinese New Year’s Eve in the company of a friend and watched in amazement as to how empty my part of town was, I decided to call it a night and spent a bit of time enjoying some music. This was the first result of a healthy list of music I indulged in. This was my first exposure to the Abdel Karim Ensemble. I’m looking forward to finding more albums, as they play great traditional music from Syria, Egypt, Morocco and pre-Reconquista Spain. Magnificent listening.
Expect us to drop a score of old classic albums onto your collective laps.
Don Cherry was in fine form throughout the 1960’s, and this album catches him peaking. Go enjoy yourselves with this disc to burn up your earphones.
Remember when U2 weren’t such a bore? May this fresh new decade bring us equally fresh, vibrant music!
And finally, a bit of actual Christmas music from the Greek Orthodox Church.
A perfect Christmas tune with Nat ‘King’ Cole.
As I prepare to spend Christmas alone in Beijing, it’s nice to be able to enjoy the dulcet sounds of the King of the Cameo, Robert Goulet.