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Neighborhoods
Olu Dara
Neighborhoods
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
 
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The Mississippi-born, New York-based Olu Dara is the real deal: a modern day, 21st-century musical troubadour at home with jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, and African sounds. Although he's recorded numerous times with tenor sax t...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Olu Dara
Title: Neighborhoods
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Release Date: 2/20/2001
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678339127, 075678339165

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The Mississippi-born, New York-based Olu Dara is the real deal: a modern day, 21st-century musical troubadour at home with jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, and African sounds. Although he's recorded numerous times with tenor sax titan David Murray and has played with Art Blakey and Taj Mahal since the 1970s, his debut recording In the World wasn't released until 1998. On the much-anticipated follow-up, Neighborhoods, Dara delivers more of his cross-genre African American autobiographical soundscapes. Backed by the diasporic grooves provided by his Natchesippi Dance Band, Dara's down-home elliptical vocals and blues-twanged guitar licks color this entire session. On the title track, with its urbane rimshots and catchy guitar hooks, Dara pays tribute to Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Queensbridge projects, where his son, Nas, initiated the next phase of hip-hop. The talking drum grooves "Massamba" along spiritedly. Dr. John lends his bayou-drenched Hammond B-3 organ to the Afro-Latin "I See the Light," the comical "Red Ant(Nature)," and the midtempo mojo-mooded "Herbman." Jazz chanteuse Cassandra Wilson adds her deep-Delta contralto to "Used to Be," and on "Tree Blues" and "Strange Things" Dara turns it out with just his voice, his guitar, and some percussion, just enough for the blues. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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The herbman commeth
03/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Indeed Neighborhoods picks up right where Natchez left off but on first listen I was disappointed. It took three complete playings for me to be converted into a believer. Now, I'm asking "Who shot John-man" and looking for alabama cornbread to dip in my georgia buttermilk! This album lacks the raw trumpet power so beautiful in the first album in favor a more polished, production oriented, modern blues sound. But the extremely clever lyrics and african-caribbean-Natchez-New york eclecticism will literally send you reeling. Buy them both and by all means...see a live show."
First rate
William H. Maruca | Wexford, PA USA | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a brilliant CD. I have had it for a while and just heard a cut on the local public radio station so I went on line to add his previous CD to my wish list for Fathers' Day. It's a shame he hasn't recorded more. He's and excellent, eclectic songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and trumpter fronting a slick but rootsy band that incorporates blues, funk, world beat and jazz. The lyrics are full of humor and evocative details. Yes, there are some similarities to Taj Mahal but it's not at all derivative."
Wow.
Como Gomez | SF, California | 01/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a rich and varied musical feast. The title track, Neighborhoods, especially, is simply magical. Dara's masterful eclecticism of blues, funk, soul, and so on, is quality to core. Don't hesitate. ...but that's Como!"