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Atlantis Jazz Ensemble - Oceanic Suite

Atlantis Jazz Ensemble - Oceanic Suite (CD/LP, Marlow Records, 2016)

Two musicians from the Souljazz Orchestra escape from their main act, into a parallel project, a quintet called the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble — and it's a complete success. No afro-funk grooves and other dancing tunes here, but night-timed, melancholic instrumentals, in the finest tradition of modal jazz - esoteric or spiritual. A timeless record, an instant classic ending with a sublime composition,...

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Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live musician, he manages nonetheless to find the time for audio production, remixes and synch music....

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Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids - We Be All Africans

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans (CD/LP, Strut Records, 2016)

The San Francisco ensemble The Pyramids is back after the reissues of its 1970s cult albums, a tour all over Europe in 2015, and an unstoppable 45 released right afterwards, last summer, on the German label Philophon: 'Rhapsody In Berlin'. A little gem of spiritual, funky afro-jazz produced by Max Weissenfeld (Poets Of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers), to be found also on this cosmic jazz album, an...

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Mop Mop - Lunar Love

Mop Mop - Lunar Love (CD/2LP, Agogo Records, 2016)

Andrea Benini is a brilliant Italian musician based in Berlin. His band Mop Mop is a 10-year old afro/jazz project that varies in size for concerts, recording, and touring. Every 2/3 years they come back to freshens up our ears with a new album rather different from the previous one, while keeping up with a kind of conceptual continuity. Trinidanian singer/poet Anthony Joseph is invited once...

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Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens

Etienne de la Sayette "Maputo Queens" LP - Support Paris DJs' 4th crowdfunding campaign

Help Paris DJs press a limited edition vinyl LP and CD of Etienne de la Sayette's solo album 'Maputo Queens', along with some new t-shirts & sweatshirts, all illustrated by graphic artist Ben Hito. Support Paris DJs' Crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank...

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Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - Return Of The Dig-Fu Akale Wube Remix

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - Return Of The Dig-Fu (Akalé Wubé Remix) (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)

Following up on Paris DJs tradition of reworking songs using only their vocal part to build a brand new intrumental to back it, Parisian Ehio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé has decided to try their organic jazz chops on an a cappela from Chicago MC RacecaR. Originally produced by Grant Phabao as an unstoppable afro-funk-hip-hop monster, this 'Return Of The Dig-Fu (Akalé Wubé Remix)' keep its rhymes evoking...

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Akale Wube Fitsum Minwalkulet Racecar

Akalé Wubé + RacecaR & Fitsum Minwalkulet - Friday, december 11th at Studio de l'Ermitage (Paris)

Masterful Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé wiil be back at Le Studio de l'Ermitage for a show featuring our collaborator MC RacecaR once again! The timing is perfect since we just released a brand new single, with RacecaR on vocals and Akalé Wubé backing him! Check it below or here. >> facebook event...

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STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra (LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)

Remember that killer 45 from Japanese Afrofunk band STEPAK-TAKRAW which we wrote about, something like a year ago? 'Phat Fat Jackson' was one of the highlights of the year singles-wise. with its blend of afrofunk, latin & surf music… In december 2013 the group had released their third album 'Socotra', but on CD only. That same album is now finally released on vinyl, through Soul Garden...

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The Polyversal Souls - Invisible Joy

The Polyversal Souls - Invisible Joy (CD/2LP, Philophon, 2015)

We had the chance to have German drummer Max Weissenfeldt visiting us at Paris DJs recently. Max is one of those legendary musicians that aren't talked about a lot in the music history books yet. But he's been more than heavily featured in what should be your favorite of those history books: the website you're currently reading! Because Max is one of the founding members of the Poets...

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The Soul Jazzmen - Inhlupeko Distress

The Soul Jazzmen - Inhlupeko (Distress) (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

English reissue label Matsuli Music is back with a new treat of rare South African music: The Soul Jazzmen led by Port Elizabeth pianist Tete Mbambisa with Duku Makasi (Tenor Sax), Psch "Big T" Ntsele (Bass) and Mafufu Jama (Drums). Their 'Inhlupeko' studio album, recorded at the beginning of the year 1969, is a piece of jazz history, recounting the pain of apartheid through bluesy jazz...

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