Sunday, September 11, 2005

Quick Hits: Digable Planets
& the Irving Fields Trio

A couple of reviews that just
missed the last issue of
Sorry to say I was unable to
catch the Digable Planets
at Bumbershoot this year
(although I did catch the
reformed Pharcyde).

Digable Planets, Beyond the Spectrum:
The Creamy Spy Chronicles
, Blue Note

It's hard to believe 12 years have passed since the Digable
released the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-win-
ning Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), but
time flies in the world of hip-hop. Now the trio, including Seattle's
own Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, has re-formed and Beyond the
arrives just in time with a well balanced combination
of greatest hits, like "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," and non-LP
tracks. Fans of harder-edged beats may find these jazzy low-key
jams a little soft, but to my ears they’ve held up well--as well as
those of Gang Starr and the Dream Warriors (if not better).

Click here for my review of Shabazz Palaces - Black Up.

Irving Fields Trio, Bagels and
, Reboot Stereophonic

And now for something completely different...Reboot Stereo-
is a non-profit collective dedicated to the preservation
of obscure Jewish music. This 1959 recording is their first re-
lease, to be followed later this year by Gershon Kingsley's Jew-
ish Moog
. For the most part, Bagels and Bongos leans to-
wards the latter, with the exception of "Havannah Negilah," a
Latin take on the wedding traditional. Incredibly, the original
LP sold two million copies and spawned several sequels. If Mar-
tin Denny's your man, then the 90-year-old Fields, who still per-
forms regularly, should be right up your tiki-bedecked alley.

Endnote: Image from the AMG.

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