[Music] Hot 8 Brass Band – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Yes, that Love Will Tear Us Apart! The Hot 8 Brass Band came to my attention with their cover of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing arranged for a brass ensemble.  The band has soul and have no trouble giving life to older songs, but would they be able to give such life to one of the […]

[Music] An introduction to Ethio-Jazz in 10 records

Chris May at The Vinyl Factory has done a great job making choices for introducing their vinyl junkie readership to the best of Ethiopian jazz from the 1960s onward.  Special thanks to Al Clark for pointing this wonderful link out to me.

[Music] The Edwin Hawkins Singers – O, Happy Day

People today are rightfully grieving the loss of Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, who died far too early at the age of 46, but we lost another luminary as well.  Edwin Hawkins passed away today due to complications from pancreatic cancer.  He was 74, and he left one of the most joyous songs to ever […]

[Music] Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Les Sourdes Oreilles

We send a mountain of respect to Charif Megarbane, head honcho of the Cosmic Analog Ensemble, for producing an album that combines the best of jazz, funk, noir, soundtrack music and deep groove. We’re looking forward to more from him!

[Music] Sudan Archives – Escape

Sudan Archives is a vocalist and violinist who hails originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (what a shame she wasn’t directly from Khartoum with a band name like that, alas), and who is working out of Los Angeles, California, making her a local to me. Her Soundcloud page is active with some extremely interesting cuts which straddle […]

[Music] Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé – Enkèn Yèlélèbesh

Girma Bèyènè was one of the leading lights of Ethio-jazz during the 1960s and 1970s, before the rotten Deng ruined music for decades. He moved on to Washington D.C. and continued to make music with fellow Ethiopian ex-pats. He ended up getting asked by French band Akalé Wubé to come out of retirement and sing, […]