Jamaaladeen Tacuma & Uwe Kropinski – Chromatic Driving (2009)

“I first met Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Leipzig Jazz Festival in 1996. There was a concert at which three German/American duos were scheduled to perform. They were Albert Mangelsdorff and Elvin Jones; Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn; and Jamaaladeen and I, who went on stage together for the first time after only a single short rehearsal for getting a feel for each other the day before. A first encounter with another player is always a challenge – especially when the musician is as outstanding as Jamaaladeen. But my dominant emotion is always one of joy at the opportunity to play with a great musician, to venture onto hitherto unknown terrain, and to experience unexpected surprises.” [Source] Buy the album on iTunes here.

Rainer Ptacek – Sea Of Heartbreak (1997)

The work of brilliant blues-style guitarist Rainer Ptacek, a longtime Tucson musician before he passed away in 1997, has been featured on several posthumous releases, most notably Alpaca Lips (2000), The Farm (2002) and The Westwood Sessions, Vol. 1 (2007). This latest unearthed recording shows him in action with one of the best rhythm sections around: drummer John Convertino and bassist Joey Burns, then with Giant Sand and on the verge of becoming famous with Calexico. It’s a blessing to hear these beautiful recordings, which were tracked during the remission from the brain cancer that would take Rainer’s life four months later. The sessions took place in writer Bill Carter’s home in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo in late July and early August of 1997, and you can hear the intimacy of the location. As it is each year at this time, it must’ve been the height of the Southwestern monsoon, and Rainer and the boys maintain a quiet storm throughout. The 12 tracks here are split among then-new compositions and others that he’d been playing for years. The most moving cuts are those, such as the title track and the haunting “Di Lantin,” on which he lets his Dobro or steel-bodied guitar do the talking. Among the handful of covers is “Sea of Heartbreak,” a hit for Don Gibson in the 1950s; Rainer’s version is utterly gorgeous. His playing is eloquent, perhaps made more poignant by the temporary reprieve from his illness and the time since passed for those of us in whose memories he still lives. [Source]

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Etienne Jaumet – For Falling Asleep (2009)

Following his very well received ‘Entropy’ 12″b, Etienne Jaumet further indulges his passion for pure synthscapes on ‘Night Music’, a sheer pinnacle of elegant Paris-meets-Detroit moods featuring mix and production assistance from Carl Craig. Outside of his work for Zombie Zombie and numerous collabs with everyone from Daniel Johnston to Lou Barlow, this is the place where Etienne invokes the spirits of Schulze, Carpenter or even Reich, especially so on the opening epic ‘For Falling Asleep’. Taking 20 minutes to reach its goal, Jaumet crafts a constellation of decaying astral plumes, wistful sax and mesmerizing but gently insistent machine rhythms with the mix “Directed and imagined” by Carl Craig. Lush stuff. New track ‘Mental Vortex’ revolves again around rich analog bass arpeggiated into the distance while spooky moog motifs reminscent of Wendy Carlos zoom into view, and the brilliant ‘Entropy’ makes another appearance. ‘Through The Strata’ sounds heavily like Carl Craig working with an Eastern European Klezmer band, while the closing stage of ‘At The Crack Of Dawn’ could surely be some missing incidental music from a directors cut of ‘Escape From New York’. Excellent. [Source]

Etienne Jaumet – Entropy (2009)

Etienne Jaumet is probably best known for his work with electro-pop outfit Zombie Zombie but he’s crafted a couple of very cool and techno compatible tracks with some help from Perspectiv records’ Christian Vance. ‘Entropy’ is the sund of Jaumet going it alone, setting an icy mid-tempo electro groove with sparkling clean production but we’d recommend checking either of the collusions with Vance, which both sound kinda like Sleeparchive jamming with Klaus Schulze. Cool cuts. [Source]