New Reviews: April 18, 2001
Journey: The Best of Donal Lunny
Donal Lunny has spent nearly forty years composing traditional and
contemporary Irish music. Donal plays the Greek bouzouki, guitar, and
bodhran. He incorporates a wide variety of rhythms from African, European
and Canadian rhythms in his musical compostions. This remarkable 2 CD set
depicts the wide musical spectrum traversed by Donal Lunny in the past
several years. The accordion, saxophone, trumpet, fiddle, harp, ocarina,
whistle and bagpipes are only a sample of the many instruments used in these
recordings. Several guest musicians including, Carlos Nunez, Natalie
MacMaster, Sharon Shannon and others, add their wonderful vocal and
instrumental abilities. The slow and quick melodies of the tracks, creates
a sense of joy and amazement that lingers long after the songs end.
Clearly, Journey is a magnificent recording that definitely reflects the
very best of Donal Lunny.
Liberation Afrobeat Volume I
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Ninja Tune Records
The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra is a fifteen member band from Brooklyn, New
York. Antibalas strives to making original afrobeat music inspired by
Nigeria's most famous musician: the late Fela Kuti. Liberation Afrobeat
Vol. 1 includes sporadic vocals in English, Yoruba and Spanish languages.
The instruments used include, bass, drums, shakers, guitars, horns and
sticks. The unique afrobeat sound combines jazz, funk, electronic and
traditional Brazilian and African musical elements. Improvised and
experimental elements underlay the complex musical textures and rhythms that
make Antibalas afrobeat revolutionaries. The incredible and diverse musical
abilities by each band member inspires an environment of never-ending
creativity, which is certainly a common quality found on Liberation Afrobeat
The Tijuana Sessions Volume I
The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1 album features the collective work of musicians,
remixers and producers. Musically, dance club electronic sounds and beats
exclusively encompass the scope of this album. A variety of Tex-Mex sounds,
Ranchera guitars, Banda horns and techno beats echo and reverb from track to
track. Fans of contemporary instrumental electronic world music will
thoroughly enjoy Nortec Collective's refreshing and unique blend of music.
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss.