Archive for March, 2008

Richard Widmark

March 28, 2008

Electrifying noir actor Richard Widmark, seen above in Samuel Fuller’s classic Pickup on South Street, passed away this week. Kim Morgan has an appreciation at Sunset Gun. (Screen shot from The Art of Memory.)

Ibrahim Ferrer

March 27, 2008

From the Jools Holland show, Ibrahim Ferrer with Israel “Cachaito” Lopez (nephew of Cachao) on bass.

Cachao

March 25, 2008

The inventor of the mambo: New York Times

Mafioso

March 24, 2008

Woefully underrepresented in the domestic DVD market, Alberto Lattuada is probably best known in the US for his delightful low rent show biz farce Variety Lights, an early collaboration with Federico Fellini. 1962’s Mafioso stars the priceless Alberto Sordi (The White Shiek) as a Sicilian who has become a successful business and family man in Milan. A trip back to the ancestral home in Sicily makes clear that his family ties can’t be easily walked away from. Mafioso is for the most part a frothy light comedy but by the end reveals its dark undercurrents. Bravo to Criterion for this essential release.

Great Label: Inna De Yard

March 20, 2008

Just over the transom in a well-packed Ernie B’s carton are two releases from heroic label Inna De Yard by two of the all time great Jamaican harmony trios: The Mighty Diamonds and The Viceroys. These are all-new recordings by some of Jamaica’s foundation roots artists, done in an incredible, stripped-down style.

You can hear some samples from the Mighty Diamonds here (I recommend 4000 Years), and Heart Made Of Stone by the Viceroys here.

Mikey Dread

March 17, 2008

Dread At The Controls has left us: Jamaica Observer

Mighty Diamonds at Channel One

March 14, 2008

The Mighty Diamonds in the studio. Not sure what the documentary footage is tacked on at the end (Haile Selassie in procession?) (editor’s note: yes), but it shouldn’t impede your enjoyment of this classic Jamaican harmony trio.

Delroy Wilson

March 12, 2008

For fans of reggae soul, here’s a bit of rough cinema verité with the great Delroy Wilson recording In A Dancing Mood with footage of Prince Jammy and Bunny Lee running the production.

Vintage Jazz Record Covers

March 11, 2008

From the obsessive collector’s website Gokudo come these lovely images of jazz LPs and 10″ records from the 50’s and 60’s. (Related posts: More Vintage Jazz Record Covers, LP Cover Bonanza, Brazilian LP Covers, More Brazilian LP Covers, Reggae 45s, Reggae 45s Part 2, Jazz Covers by Taschen, Record Covers: Global Tour)

Vieux Farka Touré

March 8, 2008

Ai Du, a hard rocking version of a song by Vieux Farka Touré‘s father, recorded live at Joe’s Pub.