El-P, aka El Producto, is one of hip-hop's most obstinate and adventurous pioneers, combining a lo-fi old-school aesthetic with a progressive rock musician's inclination to push boundaries. He has never succumbed to the demands of corporate rap, instead choosing to pursue his own decidedly non-commercial direction. In the mid-'90s, he developed a strong reputation with the groundbreaking trio Company Flow, a band whose achievements include El-P-produced LP Funcrusher Plus on Rawkus Records, a label considered by many one of the best for intelligent hip-hop. Over the group's auspicious stint together, he proved he was himself capable of intense lyricism as well as sonic production so powerful it could stand on its own.
Album of a group that is a legend in South America, the 'Cuarteto Imperial'. Originally from Colombia in the 60s, the members of the initial training, led by the pianist and accordionist Heli Toro, separated in 1970, but the group continued with a success that lasted about two decades. This album is a especially successful blend of Colombian folk music (cumbia, vallenato and merengue) in medley non stop ('continuado') format. It got the final consecration of the group.
Este disco es una selección única del catálogo de la casa discográfica URTEXT. En este viaje a través de América Latina, principalmente México y Argentina, puede encontrarse una gran variedad de ritmos y estilos sinfónicos, sacros y folclóricos. Sin importar el origen de la música, no cabe duda de que la recopilación es una rica herencia cultural, y una excelente introducción para aquellos que desean conocer más sobre esta música llena de historia, sentimientos, ideas y pasión.
This CD is a unique selection from URTEXT, a record company that shows part of its catalogue through this recording. In this musical trip across Latin America, specially Mexico and Argentina, a wide range of symphonic, sacred and folk rhythms and styles can be found. No matter what the musical origin may be, this compilation is a rich and cultural heritage, and an excellent introduction into this music full of history, feelings, ideas and passion.
Historians and some Duke Ellington fans look askance at the brief period he spent on Capitol Records (1953-55). This was a hectic period in jazz, with bebop in the near-view, hard bop coming along as well, and the big band was considered by many to be a relic of bygone eras. Yet Ellington persevered, and not without another adversity: the temporary loss of signature alto player Johnny Hodges, who was off leading his own bands. The resulting five CDs worth of material collected here show an Ellington band more aimed at repetition, both of its own repertoire, which had sounded better in the 1940s, and of other bands' material.
A powerful modern tribute to the famous Nubian composer and oud legend Hamza El Din by Bachar Mar-Khalifé, this album centers around the formers Escalay / The Water Wheel.