@@@ Alma Afrobeat Ensemble: Monkey See, Monkey Do! (N/A, 2019) I got to this Spanish Afrobeat record via a music publicist email. They have elements of classic Afrobeat with a lyrical focus on politics. I also hear some small swinging big band feels and a few Spanish music flavors. The slide guitar solo at the beginning of the third song is very interesting and something I would like to hear more of. Some sort of variations on a form that keeps it fresh. This is for fans of classic Afrobeat. Myself I could use an update on that sound.
@@@ Paul Metzger: Paul Metzger/George Marich (Self-released, 2018) An improvised guitar and drums record I got to after seeing this musician’s name on a gig announcement for awesome California independent station, KFJC. One 23 minute piece and one 17 minute monster shot so kick back and don’t have a Red Bull. After some percussive swishing to open the track Metzger comes in with a clean tone and some off kilter melodic work. His playing is interesting and unpredictable while maintaining a non fire breathing style. I really like this first piece and the connectedness between the two musicians. Let’s peep the second track. The beginning of the second track has more bluster to it but it’s not extreme, it is in relation to the opener. Folks should check this record out, it’s good to listen to while you’re on Instagram or writing code for Facebook!
YTD recordings listened to: 192
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Not good music: 66
Honorable Mentions: 0
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