Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær collaborate on SulaMadiana

BMG's new imprint Modern Recordings are to release atmospheric new album SulaMadiana by Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær on 21 August. Look for title track ’SulaMadiana’ to be released as a single on 24 July. The album title takes its name from …

Published: 2 Jul 2020. Updated: 32 days.

BMG's new imprint Modern Recordings are to release atmospheric new album SulaMadiana by Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær on 21 August. Look for title track ’SulaMadiana’ to be released as a single on 24 July. The album title takes its name from Sula, the island off the west coast of Norway where Molvær is from, and Madiana, a synonym for Martinique, where Cinelu's father comes from. The album pays tribute to Manu Dibango, Tony Allen and Jimmy Cobb, all recently departed.

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Ahmad Jamal turns 90

Still a big influence on jazz pianists the world over Ahmad Jamal, who celebrates his 90th birthday today, is still a force to be reckoned with as last year's Ballades showed in abundance. Jamal has been a recording artist since 1951 and on Ballades …

Published: 2 Jul 2020. Updated: 32 days.

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Still a big influence on jazz pianists the world over Ahmad Jamal, who celebrates his 90th birthday today, is still a force to be reckoned with as last year's Ballades showed in abundance. Jamal has been a recording artist since 1951 and on Ballades duetted in part with bassist James Cammack on a third of the album although Ballades was more than a lap of honour, and folded in some astounding treatments of standards including a greatest “hit” and is one to cherish. Go straight to ‘Emily’ and of course linger over ‘Poinciana’ that featured on the classic album At the Pershing: But Not for Me. Listen also to the reflective, gently inuring, ‘Whisperings’ one of the three original compositions on the album, a song first recorded by O. C. Smith of ‘Little Green Apples’ fame that Jamal has recorded before.