Evelyn Glennie’s playlist and 10 best new releases

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in Recent posts by .

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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:

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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.

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Chłopcy Kontra Basia ‘Jerzy!’ from Oj Tak! (Riverboat Records)

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.

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Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics ‘Jaiyede Afro’ from Jaiyede Afro (Strut)

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.

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Aynur ‘Yar Melek’ from Hevra (Together) (Network Median)

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.

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Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar ‘The Call and Answer’ from The Call (Fellside Recordings)

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.

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Richard Galliano ‘Nego Forró’ from Richard Galliano au Brésil (Milan)

Brazilian master accordionist Richard Galliano curates an intelligent and inspired introduction to forró, the soulful country music of the Brazilian nordeste.

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Rachel Newton ‘ Queen of Elfan’s Nourice’ from Changeling (Shadowside Records)

Newton focuses on the rich loam of myth and folklore concerning faeries and the metaphors of the changeling in the Scottish and British tradition.

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Jerry Douglas ‘Panhandle Rag’ from Three Bells (Rounder Records)

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.

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Martyn Bennett ‘Blackbird’ from Grit (Real World Gold)

Nine years after Bennett’s untimely death, the album still exhibits the exceptional promise and talent that this extraordinary musician so effortlessly exuded.

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Bac Lieu Ensemble ‘Luu Thuy Truong’ from The Don Ca Tai Tu: Chamber Music of the Mekong Delta (Inédit/Maison des Cultures du Monde)

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.

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Plus Evelyn Glennie’s playlist

 

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Dulsori ‘Drum Sinawe’ from Eternal Memory (Music Zoo Entertainment)

“Dulsori are one of Korea’s leading contemporary folk groups. Korean percussion is “so physical and they are throwing themselves into music and performance.”

 

 

 

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Rhythms of the City ‘Ilu Ayê’ from Rhythms of the City (F-ire)

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.

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Various Artists ‘Senggot’ from Java – The Jasmine Isle: Gamelan Music (Nonesuch Records)

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.”

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Lusi & Soria EyitukKatajjaq‘ from Canada: Inuit Games and Songs (UNESCO/Auvids)

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.

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Evelyn Glennie with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra ‘Heading For’ from Ecstatic Drumbeat (BIS Records)

The Taipei Chinese Orchestra is like a symphony orchestra of Chinese instruments accompanying Glennie in the final movement of the concerto.

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Listen to a bonus track from Evelyn Glennie’s Playlist by Philip Glass on this issue’s podcast.

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