This double CD brings together two divergent strands from Moondog's career: early recordings from the 1950s, and big band sessions from the mid-1990s. Moondog, aka Louis Hardin, left the streets of New York City for Germany in 1974 (as the useful timeline in this package makes clear), but the image that sticks is of the blind Manhattan "street musician" with his Viking robes and home-made instruments.
On Raisinn' the Roof, the Tom Principato Band is joined by long-time DC-area favorite Tommy Lepson, who contributes his soulful Hammond B3 organ playing and vocals, as well as several other special guests. The new album showcases nine songs (including 6 originals) that demonstrate the breadth of Tom’s musical influences ranging from blues, jazz and rock, to funk, reggae and New Orleans sounds.The three covers include a jazzy workout of Jimmy Smith’s “8 Counts for Rita,” a cooking take on J.J. Cale’s “Lies,” and a new version of Louis Jordan’s “Fish Fry” that brings on the funk and Jamaican flavors to this R&B classic, a long-time staple of the band’s live shows.
Dance on the Roof is the new album by Finnish band Afrotysonia. It’s a trio that combines Finnish traditional music, West African rhythms and melodies, and pop. the highlight is the interaction between the kantele and the percussion intruments. The English-language vocals are the weakest part of the project. The lineup includes Sonja Korkman on vocals; Aino Kurki on kantele; and Macoumba Ndiaye on percussion. Guest vocalists: Tero Pajunen and Katri Liira.
Two original albums by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra on one set, 'A Talking Picture' and 'Night Out', both of which were already recognised as inspirational works when they appeared in the late 1970s. Originating from the vinyl era, neither album has been issued on CD until now. Founded in 1969, the The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has remained a permanent fixture on the music scene since then. They perform their own music - the kind of music America was dancing to from the 1920s to the 1940s, the original 'popular music'…