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Old 3rd January 2004, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default What are your favorite discs from MA Recordings?

I have four discs from MA Recordings that I just love: The Old Country, Mudejar, The Spledour of Al-Andelus, O Exilio. I want to buy more, and would like to hear from anyone about their favorites from this fine source.

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Old 3rd January 2004, 01:06 AM   #2
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I can only concur that MA seems to have some of the best jazz/world music that is superbly recorded AND musically satisfying...

The CDs I have I can thoroughly recommend are:

Rediscovered Memories - M008A - despite the strange cover and title, this is a sampler disc from them with a very nice range of artists. Very listenable and a good way to see which artists tickle your fancy...

Sera Una Noche - the most fantastic tango CD I've ever heard. Captivating, and it will most likely make you run for the rose bush and grab your partner and dance around the room

Further Attempts - Todd Garfinkle - more freer style jazz with a contemplative mood. Beautifully recorded piano in this one point stereo recording. Tasteful bass and percussion also.

Dusan Bogdanovic - Worlds (I think) - also Miroslav Tadic's guitar albums are well recommended (Window Mirror)

It's hard to go wrong on this label, enjoy!

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Old 3rd January 2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thank you! I was already considering the Tango disc. Have you heard the two I mentioned from Spain (Begonia Olevida plays on both)?
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Old 3rd January 2004, 09:41 PM   #4
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G'day Tony, I've got the Anandulus CD which I like but it's not quite as mellow/enjoyable as the others I have IMHO as well but not the other two from Spain. Tell me more about Begonia...
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Old 3rd January 2004, 11:03 PM   #5
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By the way Tony, can you tell me more about The Old Country CD. I've looked at this, noting Howard Levy is playing on it (saw him on the Kenny Loggins DVD and was very impressed). Is the album all blues, or jazz or something inbetween?
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Old 4th January 2004, 01:19 AM   #6
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Hi Kendrick,

To answer your last message first: The Old Country is quite unusual and hard to classify (for me). All I can say is that it is amazing. These guys play really fast and precise! It is like watching Chinese acrobats performing impossible feats at high speed. O.K., maybe I am losing control here. I suppose you already know that Howard Levy plays with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Begonia's album is very listenable - not as raucus as with Al-Andalus. She has a very rich voice, and the acoustics are, of course, quite good. Many of the musicians are the same. Man, I love this album!

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Old 4th January 2004, 12:11 PM   #7
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Hi Tony

Just been to visit my audiophile friend importer who's stocking the MA stuff...kinda handy....

Got a copy of The Old Country, and man, it sure is different - let's say its instrumental diversity which is nothing like what Levy played in Bela, or on the Loggins stuff! Give it a few more listens and it is sure to grow on me I think.

I forgot to mention - I have the Dave Holland/Leviev MA CD "Up and Down" - a better piano/bass CD I do not have (although Too Rich for my blood by Patricia Barber comes close!) It is a live recording and one of my best.

I also have copies of the Bach lute (vol 1 by Eduardo Eguez, M053A) and Without Words (Miroslav Tadic and Peter Epstein M022A) which are both delightful and relaxing - 100% recommended.

I had a very quick listen to the Exilio CD whilst I was there and it didn't press my buttons, perhaps I snap judged it too quickly... oh well...

As an aside, if you like folky blues (not on the MA label), Chris Jones on the Stockfish label is also excellent, often supported Sara K in concert. Moonstruck and No Looking Back are packaged in a double CD I found, and are tuneful and brilliant recordings also.

I assume you have the self titled Tiny Islands CD as well - a must have world and killer late night CD. Again not on MA though! I digress...

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Old 4th January 2004, 03:26 PM   #8
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Kendrick,

You have given me a lot to consider. Thanks!

I am glad you are enjoying Old Country. I have to agree with you on O Exilio, but my favorite on that one is Fado. It is slow and simple, but to me, very emotional (doleful?). Still the disc is not my favorite of the four.

I have to admit that I have not heard the rest of your recommendations, which means lots of fun in the discovery! I do like folk/blues and will check out all of these.

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Well if you want to talk folky/blues you might want to consider also:

Keb Mo' (Kevin Moore) - more blues than folk, but a mean guit' player if ever there was one

Sara K - as I alluded to in a previous post

Janis Ian - familiar to most I expect, certainly beautifully recorded - often referenced by M.Fremer in Stereophile on its analogue pressings.

Think think think.....

Of course Norah Jones (given her mass exposure everyone must be aware of this - the DVD especially is the better pick vs the CD in my opinion)

Anything by Greg Brown (there's an education in his lyrics!)

Anything by Eva Cassidy (somewhat blues oriented also)

I am sure others can offer thoughts here (although it's a bit off topic)

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