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    83. Jorge Ben, Africa/Brazil (World, Brazil 1976) A

    Damn, it's like...finally. All this work and now I get a reward for it. What I mean is that this recording is something I'd never run across in my own musical adventures, but I'm damned glad to do this Tom Moon music-guru (my ass) adventure.

    This recording is just pure gold. There is some kind of instrument that I'm not sure what it is, but it's the tastiest sound I've heard in a long time. It's like an organic turntable/whistle/vinyl guitar sounding thing. Love this recording.





    Further proof that the ideology of funk spread well beyond America's "chocolate cities," Africa/Brazil represents a rare trifecta: It links the propulsion of African music to fluid Brazilian samba to the party-time outlandishness of mid-'70s Parliament-style funk. And because the tunes are by Jorge Ben, there's pure idealistic sweetness running throughout. Ben is one of Brazil's underappreciated treasures, a prolific composer who came along after the upheavels of tropicálismo, offering gentle and serene melodies that were recorded, with great success, by many of the country's big singing stars.

    Africa/Brazil was inspired, at least in part, by touring: When Ben visited Africa in 1975, he met Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti (see p. 436) and jammed with African rhythm masters. Upon returning home, Ben assembled an amazing (and amazingly large) ensemble that included African percussion and a chorus of voices, and built his songs around easygoing open-ended jams or, in the case of the slithering "Ponta de lanca africano," parade beats. The result was a rare melding of polyrhythms and heritage music that was downright radical. Describing it in words reduces what was a profound vision to a chemistry experiment. As music, it instantly makes sense, a union of the ancient and the urbane that could only happen on utopia's dance floor.
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    84. Benedictine Monks, Gregorian Chant (yawn, who cares?) F

    For when Ambien won't work.
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    85. Tony Bennett-Bill Evans Album (Vocals, 1975) __

    Just realized I never listened to this one. Have to circle back. Not a fan of Bennett (I'm not into the crooners), but Evans is a legit jazz pianist.
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    86. Alban Berg (composer), Wozzeck (Opera, 1920ish) C

    Another surprisingly good opera, this coming from a guy that is not really an opera guy. I like this one.

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    Hawg, I've lost interest in these esoteric meanderings... But I remain heartened by your perseverance. Godspeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buff View Post
    Hawg, I've lost interest in these esoteric meanderings... But I remain heartened by your perseverance. Godspeed.
    Take heart, Buff. There's only 914 left to review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buff View Post
    Hawg, I've lost interest in these esoteric meanderings... But I remain heartened by your perseverance. Godspeed.
    And then there was one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgdriver View Post
    And then there was one.
    No! I'm here. Just behind for the jazz. Hang in there. I'm trying to get caught up. I got behind when I visited my son.

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    They took down the 1000 recordings list webpage. Annoying. Makes it less convenient to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgdriver View Post
    They took down the 1000 recordings list webpage. Annoying. Makes it less convenient to do this.
    That is a bummer.
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