June 14, 2011

For all us smart dub cats who took Spanish instead of French, Karl Hector stays dificil with his Gallic/German/Ethiopian flair. Thankfully, the title of his Paris DJ’s mix is self-explanatory: modal jazz of the world. What happens next is even more crystalline, the enigmatic Teuton behind 09’s excellent Sahara Swing drops esoteric old Folkways and Blue Note gems, Sun Ra, Lloyd Miller, Mulatu Astatke, and a litany of stuff that I won’t even pretend to have previously heard. Should you dig gorgeous exotic jazz culled from most continents, this is a must-listen.

While I’m on a Karl Hector kick,  those who vote for mesmerizing Ethio-jazz need to also check for the Malcouns’ new vinyl-only EP Tamanrasset. Released on the ever-essential Now-Again, the giveaway track, “Girma’s Lament” comes straight out of a Jim Jarmusch daydream, brooding back-alley funk that goes down sweet as honey wine, complete with the requisite cloud smoke and blissful disorientation.

Mix tracklist below the jump.

MP3: Karl Hector & The Malcoun-“Girma’s Lament”
MP3: Karl Hector-“Karl Hector’s Jazz Modal Du Monde” Mix

Tracklisting :
01. Nadi Qamar – After Glow
(from ‘The Nuru Taa African Musical Idiom: Played on the Mama-Likembi’ album, 1975 / Folkways)
02. East New York Ensemble De Music – Mevlana
(from ‘At The Helm’ album, 1974 / Folkways)
03. Art Blakey – Obirin African
(from ‘The African Beat‘ album, 1962 / Blue Note)
04. Sun Ra – Mayan Temples
(from ‘Of Mythic Worlds album, 1980 / Philly Jazz)
05. Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani – Sark Gezintileri
(from ‘Witchdoctor’s Son’ album, 1976 / Yonca)
06. Claude Delcloo / Arthur Jones – Africanasia (Part 1)
(from ‘Africanasia‘ album, 1969 / BYG)
07. Bilal Abdurahman – Tone Poem Mysterioso
(from ‘Innovative Rhythmic and Tonal Textures for Developing Creative Motor Skill Activities‘ album, 1976 / Folkways)
08. Maffy Falay / Sevda – Tamzara
(from ‘Jazz I Sverige ’72’ album, 1972 / Caprice)
09. Toni Esposito – Processione Sul Mare
(from ‘Processione Sul Mare’ album, 1976 / Numero Uno)
10. Lloyd Miller – Hue Wail
(from ‘Oriental Jazz‘ album, 1969 / East West)
11. Mulatu Astatke – Kulunmanqueleshi
(from ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia‘ 1972 / Worthy)
12. Girma Bèyènè – Ene Negne By Manesh
(from ‘Enken Yelelebish’ 7 inch, 1969 / Amha)
13. Sun Ra – Aiethiopia
(from ‘The Nubians of Plutonia album, 1966 / Impulse)
14. Munir Bechir and his Quartet – Iraqui Dabka
(from ‘Babylon Mood‘ album, 1972 / Parlophone)

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