When I asked deep-digging jazz dance DJ Nicola Conte how his renowned record collection stacked up against that of his vinyl hound cohort Gerardo Frisina , he just smiled and sighed, "Gerardo has everything ." Frisina's refined taste in house-rockin' jazz grooves and moody modal burners shows up in his impressively diverse Hi Note (Schema) disc, skilfully using modern technology to enhance the attack of the piano-led acoustic septet he's assembled. The shape of European nu-jazz to come.
David Holmes may not have a handle on all the cool vinyl rarities, but he knows a few chappies who do - namely DJ Gareth "Cherrystones" Goddard , who's always well stocked with vintage garage pounders, greasy French freakbeat and twisted soundtrack psych. He gets to show off a few choice licks on the 16-track comp David Holmes Presents Cherrystones: Hidden Charms (13 Amp/Mercury), which jumps from Ennio Morricone 's Svolta Definitiva (off the Città Violenta soundtrack) to the Shocking Blue 's mighty sitar swinger, Hot Sand, and even Cher 's romp through Dr. John 's I Walk On Gilded Splinters. Admittedly, there's nothing terribly obscure here, and it sounds like the disc was mastered from Goddard's own dusty 7s, but it still makes for enjoyably sleazy listening.
Although Bill Monroe is considered the father of bluegrass, his musical kin the Stanley Brothers along with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs helped popularize the high lonesome sound across the U.S. and around the world. The four-CD Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs And The Stanley Brothers: Selected Sides 1947-1953 (JSP) box presents a fabulous 94- song load of the two groups' influential early recordings (including the Stanleys' 1950 take on I'm A Man of Constant Sorrow), which, in conjunction with Monroe's work, defined what we now know as bluegrass music. The set skimps on photos and session notes, but if it's quick pickin' and soulful singing you're after, grab this now.
Among the highlights of last week's Jaylib and Madvillain throwdown at the tightly packed Opera House was the superb between-set mix job of Beat Junkies turntable maestro J-Rocc , who kept heads nodding all night long. No less impressive is the third volume of his swank mix-disc series Now That's What I Call Hip Hop! , which, along with memorable collabos involving Rasco and Chali 2na , Kev Brown and Grap Luva , the Liks and Casual , Gang Starr and Snoop , Rob Swift and the Large Professor , includes dope exclusives from Jaylib and Big Lo and a bangin' white-label version of Ghostface Killah ripping through Set It Off. All thriller, no filler.