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The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April

CHARTS:

1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions

ADDS:

1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
2 JERRY TACHOIR GROUP Stories Avita
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2
5 VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE East End Sojourn

BOSSA ZUZU
We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!

http://www.bossazuzu.com/

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Rock Charts – Second Week of April

Top 10:

blackdenney1. DENNEY AND THE JETS – Mexican Coke
2. MAC DEMARCO – Salad Days
3. PERFECT PUSSY – Say Yes To Love
4. COATHANGERS – Suck My Shirt
5. BLACK LIPS – Underneath The Rainbow
6. WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In The Dream
7. PINS – Girls Like Us
8. CLOUD NOTHINGS – Here And Nowhere Else
9. WARM SODA – Young Reckless Hearts
10. AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – Enter The Slasher House

 

 

Top 5 Adds:

Wye Oak1. WYE OAK – Shriek
2. DEATH – III
3. SWF – Let It Be Told
4. BLACK ANGELS – Clear Lake Forest
5. SPITS – Kill The Kool

 

 

 

 

I’m incredibly excited about the new release from Death. It’s a remastering and debut of some of their recordings made in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Their last releases on Drag City have been really great. I’m hoping you’ll be hearing of lot of this record on KZSC in the next few weeks! Here’s a great song from their last release.

 

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The Jazz Charts: 2nd week of April

It is my understanding that springtime is the best time to hear good jazz- and boy, is there plenty of it. Here’s just a few of the fine musical fruits that you can pick this Spring, and what’s been hot so far. How do you like them apples?

Top Ten Charts:

1    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
2    DAVID KRAKAUER    The Big Picture    Self-Released
3    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
4    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
5    SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE    Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance    Chicago Sessions
6    KROM    Krom    Self-Released
7    RENE MARIE    I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt    Motema
8    SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET    Exploding Syndrome    Shnack
9    SNARKY PUPPY    We Like It Here
10    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
Top Adds to KZSC Jazz:

riteofspring1    MARK EGAN    About Now    Wavetone
2    ZARA MCFARLANE    If You Knew Her    Brownswood
3    ZAN STEWART    The Street Is Making Music
4    PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Strength In Numbers    Summit
5    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks

So, the irresistable jazz power trio The Bad Plus has come out with their latest album – The Rite of Spring, their rendition of a ballet composed by classical legend Igor Stravinsky. Did you know that the original performance of this piece caused a riot in Russia in 1913? Well, I guess folks just weren’t ready for such an intensity of sound at that time…But things are different now, The Bad Plus surely takes Stravinsky’s composition to a new level in this release. Check out the 2011 live debut of their arrangement below.

 

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RPM Charts – April 8th

Top 10:

1. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
2. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
3. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
4. EVIAN CHRIST – Waterfall [EP] / Tri Angle
5. S-TYPE – “Billboard (Lido Remix)” [Single] / LuckyMe
6. KELIS – Rumble And Breach Remix / Ninja Tune
7. ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
8. LEE BANNON – Alternate/Endings / Ninja Tune
9. MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune
10. PATTEN – Estoile / Naiant Warp

Top 5 Adds:

1. PANTHER GOD – Golden Changes / Outside
2. HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club / Ghostly International
3. KI:THEORY – Kitty Hawk Deluxe / Kringer
4. S-TYPE – “Billboard (Lido Remix)” [Single] / LuckyMe
5. TEEBS – Estara / Brainfeeder

You’ll definitely want to hear Lido’s take on “Billboard” by S-Type; this is Rocky taken to another level:

And you won’t be able to sit still when you hear Evian Christ’s Waterfall EP, out on Tri-Angle Records:

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RPM Charts – April 1st

This is no joke! Top 10:

1. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
2. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
3. THOMAS WHITE – Ariose [EP] / Paradisiaca
4. WAVE RACER – Streamers / Future Classic
5. GIGANTA – Force / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
6. LEE BANNON – Alternate/Endings / Ninja Tune
7. TYCHO – Awake / Ghostly International
8. ACTRESS – Ghettoville / Werkdiscs-Ninja Tune
9. PATTEN – Estoile Naiant / Warp
10. MACHINEDRUM – Fenris District [EP] / Ninja Tune

Top 5 Adds:

1. KI:THEORY – Kitty Hawk Deluxe / Kringer
2. MR. SCRUFF – “Render Me” [Single] / Ninja Tune
3. KELIS – Rumble And Breach Remix / Ninja Tune
4. SWEAT IT OUT –  Sweat It Out! Sampler / Sweat It Out
5. THIEVERY CORPORATION – Saudade / ESL

Breach’s remix of Kelis’s new single, “Rumble” just might scratch that itch you’ve been having for some bangin’ new house:

And I still can’t get enough of Conrad Clifton’s debut, “Picture In Picture”! Another great cut from the album:

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Latest World Music

imageHow’s your spring break? If the pollen count and your allergies are keeping you inside, you can still sit back and travel the globe like a jet setter with new releases discovered by the KZSC World Music Department. Tops this week are the funky-jazzy Canadian group Souljazz Orchestra, traditional/original Nubian musicians Alsarah & The Nubatones, and Las Cafeteras’ self released album full of Afro-Mexican rhythms. Forget the pollen count; here’s the Top Ten Count of new World Music CDs:

1 SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA Inner Fire
2 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES Silt
3 LAS CAFETERAS It’s Time
4 TINARIWEN Emmaar
5 JAMAZE Around The World
6 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I
7 BOSSACUCANOVA Our Kind Of Bossa
8 VAADAT CHARIGIM The World Is Well Lost
9 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA  9Dead Alive
10 ANGELIQUE KIDJO Eve

And if you’re looking for a strong dose of cumbia, check out this Oakland based group: LA MISA NEGRA “Misa de Medianoche”