I’ll work backwards from the present moment:
Listen to Toumani Diabate on All Things Considered 28 Feb 2008 new music – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87760956 Mali kora (harp). He has a new solo album out and the cut featured on this program is lovely – rippling arpeggios in turns sad and uplifting with some oddly familiar melodic fragments. I was first aware of him a few years back when he did an album with Taj Mahal Kulanjan that was a joint exploration of African music and the roots of blues, basically Taj finds his deeper roots.
Found NPR music when looking for more Jose Gonzalez. http://www.npr.org/music/ It features live streams and a searchable compilation of NPR music-related programs across the US, with audio and video clips as well as transcripts and articles, podcasts etc. A full range of music is featured from jazz and blues through to indie etc. What is great is that syndicated and local programs are all there.
Jose Gonzalez on NPR Music, this article features two videos of him performing in that Blanton art museum in Austin Texas as part of KUT’s Retread Sessions: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18917069
Lately a number of strands have come together drawing my attention away from jazz to genres (how I hate labels!) known as ‘chillout’ ‘trip hop’ ‘electronica’ etc. I’ve been picking up related tags in Last.fm and have rebuilt my playlist although it is still a bit of an odd mix ranging from John Coltrane and John McLaughlin including some Bert Jansch still through to Bonobo, Massive Attack, Air and Morcheeba.
Swedish indies The Perishers ‘Come out of the Shade’ was stuck in my head for about two weeks. Listen on YouTube (the video is lame but the music is resonant for some reason) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI-22tQxPFY Other cuts from their most recent album, Victorious, are also quite good.
Found them by looking at other music videos produced by Andreas Nilsson who made some of Jose Gonzalez’ music videos. http://www.nixonnoxin.com/
Links up back to Jose, doesn’t it? Lateral drift to African kora…the soundtrack of my life at the moment.