A key figure in the development of modern West African music, producer Ibrahima Sylla of Syllart Productions fame has been given the somewhat dubious handle of the African Phil Spector by musicologist Charlie Gillett, but don't let that stop you from checking out his One Day On Radio Mali (Discograph), the third and latest collection in his fabulous African Pearls series of double-disc archival surveys.
As with Sylla's previous collections of music from the Congo and Guinea, One Day On Radio Mali presents raw roots folkloric jams recorded live in the 70s (before the concept of world music took hold) by talented but overlooked griots and orchestras like Banzoumana Sissoko, Batrou Sekou Kouyate, Troupe Folklorique Kassonke, Orchestre Regional de Mopti, National Badema and others.
Not much here for the dance floor, but those who can't get enough of the kora, balafon, djembe and calebasse will be in heaven. www.discograph. com
Those deep-digging vinyl hounds Stefan Kassel and Frank Jastfelder are back with The In-Kraut Vol. 2 (Marina), a heavy-swinging follow-up to last year's party-starting In-Kraut comp of German now-sound nuttiness lifted from obscure soundtracks, one-off singles and naff-looking instrumental pop collections.
This time around there are even more crazy joints from sexy-crooning fräuleins like Mary Roos and Hildegard Knef and pipe-friendly geezers like Swiss sharpie Hazy Osterwald, saxophone star Ambros Seelos, RIAS Big Band organist Kai Rautenberg and the insanely prolific Hugo Strasser, who contributes a heavy-pounding orchestral rip through Deep Purple's Black Night from his classic Tanzhits 71 album, which, incidentally, also includes a badass bash through Black Sabbath's Paranoid. www.marina.com.
After recording the Visions and Shades Of Green sessions with Grant Green at Rudy Van Gelder's studio back in 1971, funky vibraphonist Victor Wooten and his Indianapolis crew of organist Emanuel Riggins and drummer "Mad" Harold Cardwell were invited back to Englewood Cliffs to cut an album of their own as the Nineteenth Whole (after their local hangout) for Eastbound with producer Bob Porter and guitar ace Cornell Dupree sitting in.
The UK-based Ace label has finally reissued the smokin' Smilin' set in a mini-LP cardboard sleeve, and soul jazz fans impressed by Wooten's Wooden Glass getdown from the same period will find lots to love about the way his super-tight combo grooves hard on Monkey Hips 'N' Rice, War's Slippin' Into Darkness and Sly & the Family Stone's You Caught Me Smilin' Again. www.acerecords.co.uk.