Maayan Nidam – Nightlong

July 29, 2009

pscd029So the story goes something like this. Tokyo-based PowerShovelAudio travels to Cuba and records some local jazz musicians there. Then these recordings are delivered to Maayan Nidam, who more frequently performs under the name Miss Fitz, in Berlin for remixing.

The results, collected on this album called “Nightlong,” are at once soulful, funky, elegant, and refined. In fact, the only other way I could imagine creating sounds like these would be to put Ricardo Villalobos in a time machine and send him back 50 years to produce that Art Blakey-Horace Silver Jazz Messengers’ lp with Nica’s Dream on it. And, as you can see from above, the cd package is illustrated with wonderful photos by Daido Moriyama.

All of which makes “Nightlong”  a uniquely brilliant work of art that succeeds at along every dimension.

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