“A wonderful ensemble, the Dublin Guitar Quartet has carved a place for itself in the world of classical music. I am very pleased that my music is part of their repertoire. This is a very special arrangement. Arranging for guitars is a very tricky business and you really have to know what you are doing, so I have never done it, but Dave Flynn and Brian Bolger have made these arrangements and they're really quite beautiful."
The product of over two years of research, ‘Haiti Direct’ is the first compilation to bring together rarities from the heyday of Haiti’s compas and twoubadou scenes during 1960-1978. Compiled by Sofrito’s Hugo Mendez, the album features tracks by Ibo Combo, Les Loups Noirs, Ti Paris and more.
The second instalment in the Trés Chic series gathers together many of the legendary icons of 1950 and 60s French music. Featuring Françoise Hardy, Gilbert Bécaud, Charles Aznavour and Sacha Distel alongside a select number of hip American jazz musicians who spent serious time in France and made music there such as Miles Davis and Art Blakey.
In 2013, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released Who is William Onyeabor?, a compilation of the obscure, but increasingly influential Nigerian musician William Onyeabor. Now (in 2014) follows a 9xCD box set that collects the entirety of Onyeabor’s recorded output.
Founded in autumn 2004, Cecilia::Eyes, composed of Christophe Thys (guitars), Xavier Waerenburgh (drums & keyboards), Pascal Thys (bass guitar), Michael Colart (guitars) and Gauthier Vilain (guitars & samples), is a subtle mixture of instrumental and dark music, with a taste for slow and noisy tunes. Listening to Cecilia::Eyes, is above all being ready to penetrate the oneiric universe that it calls upon.
Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description, lyrics, and bonus tracks. Features original cover artwork. The complete recordings done by John Coltrane for Bethlehem Records – mostly cut during December of 1957, and issued on the albums The Winner's Circle and Art Blakey Big Band! Both albums were a bit unusual for the label – in that The Winner's Circle was sort of a blowing/jam session type record, cut with some of the big poll winners of the year, but with shorter tracks than the usual Prestige-styled set of that nature. The lineup includes Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones – and Coltrane's a bit buried in the group, but gets out some nice licks from time to time.