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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album before May 30
Sainkho/Rothenburg 0 0%
Maurice El Medioni 1 33.33%
Kath Bloom and Loren Conners 1 33.33%
Heliotrope 0 0%
Milton Nascimento 0 0%
Voix Bulgares 1 33.33%
Doudou N. Rose 0 0%
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before May 30

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club votes for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.




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Sainkho Namtchylak & Ned Rothenberg - Amulet

Beautiful album consisting of saxophone (bass, I believe) and vocals from two musicians who truly know their instrument. It goes through an amazing field of textures in so little time and the two really complement one another.


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Pianoriental by Maurice El Medioni (2000)



This accomplished piano player learned his trade in the bars of Algeria during the Second World War, but it seems that he didn´t record anything until this century. So although this album has a modern date, it preserves a spirit from about 75 years ago. With a slightly dated sound and a sophisticated blend of styles, it´s easy to conjure up visions from the movie Casablanca as you listen to this virtuoso playing.

On this link, you can hear the whole album. (If that´s too much to take in all at once, take a break and go back another day; this album is a slow grower imo.)

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Kath Bloom & Loren MazzaCane Connors - Restless Faithful Desperate & Moonlight

Some beautiful folk from an improvisational guitarist and a female folk singer. This is a two disc album that contains the first two albums of this duo. The songs are hauntingly emotional, mostly because of Bloom's vocals. Connors plays some good and somewhat noodly backgrounds to these songs that complement Bloom's style very well. I don't know if Connors is improvising or not, but it's a stunning product either way.


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I've been debating putting this one up for a while mainly because it is of more a classical bent but I figure you can't get much more international folk than medieval French troubadours.

Heliotrope - The Romance of the Rose (Feminine Voices from Medieval France) 1995

While the songs were sourced from 13th century texts the actual melodies on these recordings were kind of educated guesses as there was little musical notation from the period.




More info here: The Romance of the Rose
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Milton Nascimento - Clube de Esquina (1972)

Fifth album from Brazilian Milton Nascimento. Well technically it's a collective effort of "The Corner Club".



(Video features entire album apparently)
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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares - Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir (1975, Reissued 1986 on 4AD/ 1987 in US)



Bulgarian Womens' Choir featured on Fly, Fly My Sadness. Thought I would finally check out the original album compiled by ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier.
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Doudou Ndiaye Rose - Djabote

While the purely percussive tracks on this album can be a little homogeneous the vocal tracks are rather wonderful.


Seven albums to choose from this week; if anyone thinks there´s some dead wood that needs to be cut away by putting it on LAST CHANCE, feel free to let me know.

STP gets the special dispensation of voting for his own nomination if he wants because over half the options are his.

Sorry if I haven´t been contributing much recently, but I´m a busy boy at work these days !

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I'm a sucker for Piano players! So I chose Maurice.
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I'm a sucker for Piano players! So I chose Maurice.
^ Well, he really knows how to work the keyboard, Vanilla, so I hope you enjoy his album.
Any favourite piano players / pieces you´d like to recommend ?
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^ Well, he really knows how to work the keyboard, Vanilla, so I hope you enjoy his album.
Any favourite piano players / pieces you´d like to recommend ?
I'm honestly not an expert but I like the classics by Mozart and Beethoven to be honest. Do you have any Piano players to recommend. I'm really interested in how they move their hands along the piano, its like an art form in itself. I will try to attend more classical concerts because that is my favourite way of experiencing classical music
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I'm honestly not an expert but I like the classics by Mozart and Beethoven to be honest. Do you have any Piano players to recommend. I'm really interested in how they move their hands along the piano, its like an art form in itself. I will try to attend more classical concerts because that is my favourite way of experiencing classical music
^ Never thought of piano playing like that, but you´re right, it´s like a special form of ballet for the fingers !

Yeah, for me too; the only time I developed an enthusiasm for classical music was when a friend of mine worked on a local newspaper and we used to go to concerts on his complimentary tickets for a while. When he lost his job, I put classical music on the back-burner again.

So I don´t have any great recommendations, but you did inspire me to bump this thread, Vanilla:-

http://www.musicbanter.com/classical...big-hands.html
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Aww great I will check that out thank you Lisnaholic, I currently have my computer being fixed so I may not be able to contribute to this current lot of albums but hopefully I can in the next!
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Doh! Missed the poll. Still I would have only muddied it further by adding Nascimento to make it a four-way tie. That album's been a real grower for me. The first few listens I found it a little under-whelming but every time I listen to it a different track emerges as a favourite.
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Well, by the usual rules, Maurice El Medioni is the winner this time, but I´m sure that Nascimento´s turn will come around soon.
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