New Releases: Introducing Groupe Mazagan & Rough Guide to Coltrane
Monday 1 October sees the release of two new World Music Network albums; Introducing Groupe Mazagan, an exclusive and chaabi-groove album straight from the Morocccan underground and The Rough Guide to John Coltrane, a carefully re-mastered retrospective of one of the most seminal saxophonists to emerge in the post-war years.
Introducing Groupe Mazagan is a digital download only release which can be purchased straight from our store. The Rough Guide to John Coltrane can be purchased as physical or digital download. Both of these new releases are also available with the subscription to World Music Network or can be enjoyed as a one-off!
Groupe Mazagan are pioneers on the contemporary Maghreb scene. Their powerful mix of traditional music mixed with urban beats is unique and ever popular at home. Introducing Groupe Mazagan launches the band onto the international scene with a boisterous bang.
'A fascinating insight into some of what is happening in (recorded) music in Morocco'. Elsewhere Magazine 2012.
The music is a hot-pot of influences – listen out for hints of chaabi, gnawa, rai, reggae, funk, zook, salsa and more. Underpinning the whole are rock drums that pulse along creating deep and danceable beats. Introducing Groupe Mazagan captures the band’s electric stage presence. Over recent years they have gained a reputation for their sensational stage shows and have performed across Africa, Europe and North America.
Groupe Mazagan’s aim is to reflect the Morocco of today – a country full of the tourist-trapping medieval souks, clattering silversmiths and sumptuous Ryads, but also of the daily grind, of shopping malls, cybercafés and silicon dreams. Groupe Mazagan are vigorously energetic, open-minded and fertile – join them on their musical endeavours and discover the real Morocco.
Saxophonist John Coltrane was one of the most seminal saxophonists to emerge in the post-war years, and is still one of the central figures in history of jazz. More than forty years after his death his playing and composing continues to resonate throughout contemporary music. This collection concentrates on the excellent music he recorded as leader during the 1950’s, and has been carefully re-mastered, allowing you to hear Coltrane’s work in new and un-paralleled sound quality.The Rough Guide to John Coltrane
Coltrane created a wealth of landmark recordings that opened up new horizons for both listeners and jazz instrumentalists alike. Now on this carefully crafted Rough Guide, Coltrane’s genius is illuminated like never before in top-of-the-range remastered audio quality.
Compiled by jazz devotee Iain Murray, this thoughtfully put together album includes classics such as ‘Blue Train’ and ‘Naima’ nestling alongside other great Coltrane tunes such as ‘Cousin Mary’ and ‘Spiral’.
The full length bonus album included with this Rough Guide is titled, Trane In Session and charts the inimitable saxophonist’s recordings with his contemporaries of the day. Hear his legend alongside the stylings of jazz royalty including Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. The track list features him in a variety of contexts including big band, small group and duo settings.
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New City Music, Chicago: 'a great showcase of the funky sounds currently made in Crescent City'.
The Guardian, UK, 3*** stars: 'A classy compilation'.
Guardian, UK 4****stars: 'A highly original, compelling set'.
Froots, UK: '... a superb album of an under-represented music ... and comes highly recommended'.