Various Artists - Putumayo presents Acoustic ArabiaPutumayo World Music
Great mix of artists on this collection with Jamal Porto and Rasha from the Sudan, Les Orientales, Souad Massi and Maurice El Medioni from Algeria, Zaman from Palestine, Zein Al-Jundi from Syria, Charbel Rouhana and Hani Siblini from Lebanon, Mousto Largo from Morocco and Tiris from Western Sahara. Superb traditional music, highly recommended.
Graham Radley, 10/08
Various Artists - Putumayo presents Acoustic FrancePutumayo World Music
Collection of singer songwriters with chanson and nouvelle scene coming back into focus again, indeed with some links to the past, for instance Thomas Dutronc, featured here with ‘J’suis Pas d’ici’ is the son of francois Hardy and Jacques Dutronc. The French connection stretches to Canada too with Pascal Lejeune whilst Rupa & The April Fishes (reviewed earlier) are based in the US. My pick though is Constance Amiot with ‘Clash Dans Le Tempo’.
Graham Radley, 09/08
Various Artists - Putumayo presents AmericanaPutumayo World Music
Nice little collection this which features material from RobinElla, Mulehead, The Little Willies, Robert Earl Keen, Eliza Lynn, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Tim O'Brien, Alison Brown, Terri Hendrix, Josh Ritter and Ruthie Foster.
Graham Radley, 08/07
Various Artists -Putumayo
Guajiras, trovas and boleros from Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Ignacio ‘Mazacote’ Carrillo, Pedro Luis Ferrer, Rene Ferrer, La Orquestra Magica De La Habana, German Obregon, Armando Garzon, Asere, Felix Baloy and Kelvis Ochoa. It is of course very good.
Graham Radley, 07/08
Various Artists - Putumayo presents Gypsy GroovePutumayo World Music
Yet more excellent roma tracks, but this time more on the euro remix side of things. Included are !DelaDap, Shantel (also featured here with an excellent remix of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band), Balkan Beat Box, Anselmo Crew, Magnifico & Turbolentza, Kistehen Tanczenehar, Luminescent Orchestrii and Gipsy.cz. A portion of proceeds goes to the Roma Education Fund.
Graham Radley, 06/07
Various Artists - Putumayo presents IndiaPutumayo
There’s a couple of Bollywood tracks with A.R Rahman & Chinmayee and ‘Tere Bina’ from ‘Guru’ plus Rajeshwari Sachev’s ‘Maavan Te Tiyan’ together with Indian classical artists of renown Satish Vyas, Bombay Jayashri and Deepak Ram. A more contemporary approach from Kiran Ahluwalia, Niraj Chag, Sanjav Divecha and Susheela Raman through to the spiritual music of Uma Mohan. Good mixture.
Graham Radley, 05/09
Various Artists - Putumayo presents Latin ReggaePutumayo
Those of you who might have seen the wonderful Amparanoia will get an idea where this collection is coming from. The CD starts with a great ska flavoured track from Spain’s Muchachito Bombo Infierno, indeed the Spanish influence is strong here with tracks from Macao, Radio Malanga , Black Gandhi and Go Lem System as well. Another fine Putumayo collection.
Graham Radley, 06/08
Various Artists - Putumayo presents QuebecPutumayo
To celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary Putmayo bring us this collection of some of Quebec’s finest. Featured artists include Anne Villeneuve and the magnificent La Bottine Souriante, the funk meets African of DobaCaracol and the excellent Le Vent Du Nord. A rich musical city.
Graham Radley, 08/08
Various Artists - Putumayo presents SalsaPutumayo World Music
Ten great salsa tracks from Grupo Gale, Poncho Sanchez, Chico Alvarez, Eddie Palmieri, Orquesta Aragon, Son Boricua, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca and Juanito y la Agresiva. A well rounded collection.
Graham Radley, 08/09
Various Artists - Putumayo presents Tango Around The WorldPutumayo
Argentina quite rightly gets four of the eleven tracks (Melingo with Florencia Bonadeo, Federico Aubele, Jose Marmol y Tarija and Hugo Diaz) but to show the global spread of tango we also get tracks from Finland, Norway, Brazil, Serbia, Portugal, Greece and the very classy Ousmane Toure from Senegal, good stuff.
Graham Radley, 06/08