New Reviews: July 12, 2001
Light Through The Leaves: Traditional Irish Wind Instruments
Light Through The Leaves is an incredible album that showcases traditional
Irish wind instruments in America. The music for this recording was
obtained from several field trips that were conducted in the Northeastern
and Midwestern United States in the late 1970's. Eight musicians are
featured on solo wind instruments, including uilleann pipes, tin whistle and
flute. As with most Rounder recordings, the sound quality is superb.
Additionally, the tunes are very catchy and fluid in form. Vocals are not
present. An 18-page booklet details each musicians' musical background,
while also detailing the history and styles of Irish music in America.
Macire Sylla is a female vocalist hailing from Conakry, Guinea. She does
not hesitate to combine traditional and contemporary musical elements on her
newest album, Maya Irafama. The songs originate from the Soussou traditions
of West Africa. Jazz, pop, rock and reggae-like beats and influences
comprise the majority of the album's sound. The instruments on Maya
Irafama include drums, bass, guitar, flute and saxophone. Macire has a
good voice that accompanies the catchy tunes. Her voice is comparable to
Angelique Kidjo from Benin. Additional background vocals on a few of the
songs add wonderful harmony. As a bonus, the liner notes fold out into a 9"
x 14" poster of Macire Sylla. Fans of West African popular music will
certainly enjoy Macire Sylla's music.
Julio Padron Y Los Amigos Sta. Amalia
Real Rhythm Records
Descarga Santa is Julio Padron's first recording project with his own group.
Julio Padron is a very talented trumpet player from Cuba. Cuban jazz
rhythms comprise the musical soul of this album. Son, salsa, timba, jazz
and latin percussion elements combine to create a delightful musical fusion
of incredible proportions. The majority of the songs are instrumental,
however, vocals by Adalberto Y Su Son, Aramis Galindo and Moraima Marin
complement a few of the songs. Additionally, a booklet with other fine Real
Rhythm recordings is included. Overall, Descarga Santa is an excellent
album of Cuban jazz.
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss.