The Needle 030: African Express, #jazz blessings, concert for dogs and more.

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For the week of December 27th, 2015

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#afro channel enjoyed a lot of action plus a stand out post on a performance at the Tate Modern by Africa Express. The orchestra from Mali performed Terry Riley’s “In C”; where the first African rendition of the classical piece originated. It’s a long one so it might be most practical to play it in the background, but don’t be surprised if it brings you back in to see the musicians at work. S/O @tedw for this one:

Terry Riley's In C Mali – Live at Tate Modern

The #jazz channel is steadily marking off characteristics integral to any jazz group and this past week, Art Blakely was checked off that list. The drumming legend and his band, The Jazz Messengers, released an album in 1960 (previously recorded in 1957) entitled A Night in Tunisia and thanks to @revrev, we’re informed. Here’s a video of a performance of the title track, but the full album on your preferred service is recommended.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers  - A Night In Tunisia - 1958
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What else is going on?

 

Coachella lineup is announced. Now, everyone who planned on going regardless of who was booked is patting themselves on the back for a good decision made.


Yesterday, Laurie Anderson performed a concert for dogs. Who’s Laurie Anderson? Not too sure, but I can bet our four-legged-friends are down with it.

Don’t sleep on…


Contact Field Orchestra. The name probably won’t appear on any Billboard lists - so don’t hold your breath - but it’s worth being dug up. As the story goes, a guy named Damon Aaron “came across a box of 7" tapes at an estate sale in Altadena that turned out to be ‘field recordings’ of a turn-of-the century orchestra of ex-miners; recorded almost entirely with hand-made instruments and microphones”. Well, it turned out well and the latest album, Mapping the Futures Gone By is not far from the way one gentlemen describes it:  “This album plays like a good cocktail made from the best ingredients—so don’t rush it and don’t try and analyze it. Just let it sink in and then breathe”. Here’s one of the most notable tracks, “Sluice Box Tavern”:
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