The October 2014 (#103) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the world’s finest new releases. The CD also includes five tracks selected by pioneering percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who discusses her choices with Simon Broughton.
The Top of the World CD includes brand new tracks from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius, influential Scottish artist Martyn Bennett, and many more.
Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Check out this issue’s top tracks:
Preservation Hall Jazz Band ‘That’s It!’ from That’s It (Sony Legacy)
The eight members of PHJB may employ a lighter, more melodic touch, but the brass band veterans still know how to blow up a storm.
The Krakow-based trio, whose name means ‘Boys against Basia,’ encapsulate the tension of folkish vocals and a sprinkling of Polish rhythms, and place it all in a jazzy idiom.
Fans of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and others of their stripe will welcome this fine reminder of this master’s abilities as one of the pioneers of Afrobeat.
The collaboration with Spanish flamenco guitarist and arranger Javier Limón allows the listener to focus on Aynur’s voice: a powerful but subtle instrument with rich colours.
The BBC Radio Two Folk Award-winning duo gather an intelligent collection of tunes for this album that proves the startling amount of young folk talent all around the UK.
Brazilian master accordionist Richard Galliano curates an intelligent and inspired introduction to forró, the soulful country music of the Brazilian nordeste.
Newton focuses on the rich loam of myth and folklore concerning faeries and the metaphors of the changeling in the Scottish and British tradition.
This albums tosses together three of the greatest dobro players on the planet for a playlist of country songs, Tin Pan Alley and gospel that is self-assured, poignantly paced and deftly swung.
Nine years after Bennett’s untimely death, the album still exhibits the exceptional promise and talent that this extraordinary musician so effortlessly exuded.
Each musician in the ensemble performs elaborately ornamented melodies that provide a crisp and sharp sound to this compelling musical form from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
Plus Evelyn Glennie’s playlist
“Dulsori are one of Korea’s leading contemporary folk groups. Korean percussion is “so physical and they are throwing themselves into music and performance.”
Rhythms of the City are a British group that play the real street style music of Brazilian Carnaval, just as Glennie would have experienced when she participated in Rio in 1989.
In this Javanese music it’s the cross rhythms between drum and chimes that makes it interesting. “I love its gold-like sound – very resonant.”
It was a concert with Tanya Tagaq at Carnegie Hall that introduced Glennie to Inuit music. This is traditional katajjaq, which underlies much of Tagaq’s extraordinary music.
The Taipei Chinese Orchestra is like a symphony orchestra of Chinese instruments accompanying Glennie in the final movement of the concerto.
Listen to a bonus track from Evelyn Glennie’s Playlist by Philip Glass on this issue’s podcast.