„When you think of blues,” Ike Turner once mused, “all you think about is someone crying that their woman’s gone and how bad life is and all that.
Why can’t it be something happier? Why can’t it have a beat to which you can do the dances of today?” No sooner said than done. And it's easy!
A John Lee Hooker Blues from his early days mixed with the contemporary Latin Nu-Jazz of The Bahama Soul Club, that's it!
After ‘ages’ of silence around the German Soul-Jazz outfit around Oliver Belz they are back … laid back, uber-cool and more relaxed than ever.
With a matured taste of finest Algarvian vinhos The BSC are working on a new album in the tranquil and inspiring environment of their new Portuguese recording studio located in an idyllic Algarvian countryside setting between Lagos and Sagres. „From tons of ideas we handpicked those few songs where the sun shines through at some point during the sessions. Just a very few, but worth to embellish on a grand scale.“ One of the first tracks called „Never Roam No More“ with excerpts from a 1946 recorded version from Hookers “My First Wife Left Me”. A deeply personal reflection on loosing his wife Maude Mathis. „We love it when he speaks directly to the ‘boys’, the ‘fellas’. It’s fucking hard for men to let down their guard and show vulnerability, but it’s ten times harder with the guys due to the unwritten codes of male bonding behavior in the early 50s.“ So give the guy credit for his honesty, a quality shared by all the truly great blues artists. „No matter what anybody says, it all comes down to the same thing. A man and a woman, a broken heart and a broken home.“ JLH.
No doubt a special combination of styles to bring a legend to life... call it resurrection shuffle.
:: HAVANA '58 ::
featuring Sexto Sentido, Olvido Ruiz, Brenda Boykin, Arema Arega, Arlety Valdes, Yudelkis Lafuente
HAVANA ’58, the decadent jet-set heaven when Cuba was a tropical playground. A pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon, where shows and showgirls were dazzling, gambling was high-stakes, and revellers included Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K., to name a few. Mojitos, Mobsters, Mambos & Muchachas. A forbidden, hedonistic world of Rum, Rumba and Roulette. The full range of Sexual freedom, official corruption, and Mafia control ignited the rampant party - until Sylvester 1958 when Fidel Castro’s revolutionaries took the floor.
Bahama Soul Club’s 4th album presents a very personal soundtrack, a musical homage, inspired by a vibrant verve that never came back. We encounter a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, fashionable hotels and look deep into backstreet brothels, empty wallets and bemusing décolletages. Rumba is everywhere.
With their first albums BSC established an elegant and percussive cocktail of Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo, to which they now add the dark, sensual and alluring mystic of Tiki and Exotica into the mix. What we get is a new Caribbean long-drink named: HAVANA ’58 …... Genre: Afro-Cuban Jazz ...... Style: 60s/cinematic ...... Sound: Hi-Fidelity-Plus
As could be heard on award-winning previous album “The Cuban Tapes”, the fascinating voices of hand-selected Cuban singers have a strong influence and special effect on this production as well. Cuba’s leading vocal quartet SEXTO SENTIDO surprise us with traditional Yoruba chants in “Eleggua”, irresistible complex harmonies in the magnum mobster opus “Meyer-Lansky” and show us some disco love in “Tropicana Flight”. The vivacious OLVIDO RUIZ, singer in the Bahama Soul Club live band (long awaited and for the first time on recorded disc), presents the full bandwidth of her expressive vocal ranged from Boogaloo (“Muévelo Papi”) to Lounge (“Night Breeze”) up to the dark 6/8-ballade “Let God”. And once again we find the lovely AREMA AREGA with rolling “Rumba Fugaz”.
These ladies were selected by Gilles Peterson for the well-respected Havana-Cultura-Project and reveal their traditional Cuban roots when combining fun and intellect while smartly ignoring passing trends. More than any mambo mania and tiring salsa they stand for the swinging lightness and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle of the contemporary Cuban scene. Finally, as a very special guest: The American Jazz and Soul singer BRENDA BOYKIN from the mighty Club Des Belugas with the hypnotic “No Words” and the shuffling “Dizzy’s Bounce”.
The video to first single “No Words” starts exactly at the point where the previous video “Ay Jona” ended. Once again it is composed by breath-taking pictures of the most deliriously beautiful film ever made: “I Am Cuba”, directed in 1964 by Mikhail Kalatozov and presented in the 90s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The rights owners‚ The Cuban Institute of Cinematography, were deeply impressed by the quality of the new music and agreed to combine the award winning footage with the upcoming videos to feature “HAVANA ’58” with pure genuine Cuban patina. Un abrazo.