Manu Dibango

African Woodoo

2008

Afro-Pop

There are dozens of compilations by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, who brought the sound of his trademark "Soul Makossa" to Europe, the United States, Asia, and beyond. This one is unique. Its 17 previously unreleased tracks, recorded in France and New York between 1971 and 1975, were written and recorded for soundtracks and library recordings, and offers the many sides of one of Africa’s and the world’s most diverse musicians at his very best.

- Thom Jurek

Mark Shim

Turbulent Flow

March 28, 2000

Post-Bop

Twenty years on, saxophonist Mark Shim's Turbulent Flow still crackles with an inventive artistic energy. A vibrant improviser whose soulfully architectural sound builds upon Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, Shim has recorded with brainy heavyweights like Vijay Iyar, Luis Perdomo, and Rez Abassi. Here, on his third Blue Note release, he offers a textural, hard-swinging set featuring pianist Edward Simon, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Eric Harland. His rhythmically kinetic reading of Henderson's "Recorda Me" perfectly showcases his ability to rework his influences. However, it's his originals like the propulsive "Survival Tactics" that stick with you.

- Matt Collar