A review of Putumayo's March 2013 release, Vintage France, which sees contemporary artists covering classics of French chanson.
A review of the 2013 release, 'Santiman,' from the Creole Choir of Cuba, a group who keep alive the music of the Haitian community in Cuba.
'Mindset' is the 2013 release from Swedish instrumental folk trio Vasen, whose mastery of their instruments and smooth, elegant style have made them an international fan favorite. Does it measure up to their earlier releases? Read on and see!
Red Baraat are a funk-meets-bhangra big band sensation. 'Shruggy Ji,' their second studio album, was released in January of 2013, and it's a scorcher. Read on for a full review.
A review of 'Avila Featuring Ernest Ranglin,' a CD recorded in just three days after legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin's visit to Northern California. It's a jazzy, jam-laden exploration of Ranglin's near-limitless guitar skills, featuring a small cast of superstar sidemen.
A review of the November 2012 release from Quebecois modern traditional group Le Vent du Nord, titled 'Tromper le Temps,' which translates to 'To Trick (or Fool) Time' in English.
A review of Putumayo World Music's release 'Putumayo Presents World Yoga,' a collection of songs from both yoga-based and non-yoga-based musical traditions that follows the arc of a yoga class.
Rabbit Days and Dumplings is the debut CD from Elena Moon Park, a regular member of Dan Zanes and Friends. The CD is a family-friendly (meaning parents will actually like it, too) collection of folk and children's songs from East Asia.
A review of the 2012 release 'Seinn' from Cape Breton vocal-and-fiddle duo Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac.
A review of the Easy Star All-Stars' 'Thrillah,' which covers Michael Jackson's legendary album 'Thriller' completely in reggae and dub styles. Sounds cool enough, but does it work? Read on and find out.
A review of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff's 2012 CD 'Rebirth,' a decidedly rootsy reggae album produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong and featuring a slew of rock and roll heavyweights as the band.
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu is the 2008 offering from seminal South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Shaka Zulu was a hugely important leader for the Zulu people, and for their CD Ilembe, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have compiled a beautiful group of songs in his honor.
A CD review of 'Borderlands,' the 10th Volume of the Smithsonian Folkways series 'Music of Central Asia.' The CD features Chinese pipa player Wu Man and a variety of Master Musicians from throughout Central Asia, performing cross-cultural collaborative music of the Silk Road.
A review of 'Arabic Beat,' a CD released by Putumayo World Music in July of 2012.
40 Degrees of Sunshine is the third release from Paris-based world-funk globetrotters Bibi Tanga and the Selenites. Want to know what I thought about it? Read on!
A review of the compilation CD Putumayo Presents African Blues, which includes tracks from Taj Mahal, Tinariwen, Issa Bagayogo, and many more.
A review of Malian couple Amadou et Mariam's 2012 release, 'Folila.'
The sophomore release from Israeli producer and musician Idan Raichel features dozens of guest musicians from around the world, all of whom make up the Idan Raichel Project. Titled 'Within My Walls,' the Idan Raichel Project explores themes of home, confinement, and love.
When Israeli pop-world composer Idan Raichel met Malian guitar scion Vieux Farka Toure in an airport, an idea was born. After a couple of years of friendship and occasional musical camaraderie, they got together to record an album. Read my review.
A review of Celtic Woman's 2012 CD release, 'Believe.'
'Aam Zameen: Common Ground' is a genre-bending release from Kiran Ahluwalia. 'Aam Zameen' features collaborations with Saharan Desert Rockers Tinariwen and Terakaft. Check out my review.
Putumayo Presents Celtic Christmas is Putumayo Music's 2011 holiday offering. Incorporating Celtic-sounding versions of several favorite Christmas and holiday songs, it's a solid and listenable CD. Read my review for the full scoop!
C.J. Chenier - Can't Sit Down - CD Review
Sergent Garcia's 2011 CD 'Una Y Otra Vez' is his first major release in the U.S. market, and is an excellent showcase of his genre-bending sound. Coming out just in time to make it onto your summer road trip playlist, 'Una Y Otra Vez' is definitely a CD worth checking out.
Les Yeux Noirs, a French Gypsy Jazz fusion band, played an amazing concert at Ithaca, NY's State Theatre on May 6, 2007.