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KTKB Presents: Fufu Party w/ Kotoko Brass & Karikatura

Friday, June 15 at 8 PM 

Two African-style bands will be shaking the rafters at Accurate Records for a rare Friday night double bill. One based in Boston, one in NYC, this show will sell out so reserve early. BYO, and Ghanaian food will be served.

Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music”. The drums provide the heart and soul of Kotoko Brass — merging syncopated African percussion polyrhythms with hard-hitting dance grooves on the drumset. Keyboard and bass evoke classic African and Caribbean styles of highlife, afrobeat, and reggae, and horns blend traditional sounds of New Orleans with the famous West African brass band sound heard from Ghana to Nigeria. A celebratory and energetic synthesis of music, people, and cultures from around the world, Kotoko Brass features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States playing together in unity.

Karikatura is a global soul band based in New York City. Like their city, they are musically at home where genres meet and blend. Since 2010, the six-piece group has actively pursued international touring and recording, releasing three EPs and a full-length album, Eyes Wide on Ropeadope Records and regularly touring Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. 2017 was marked by their 7th European tour and a five-country tour of Latin America through the prestigious American Music Abroad program, where they joined the historic ranks of greats including Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong as international arts ambassadors.

Recent release:
Dingonek Street Band
Primal Economics

One of the really inspiring developments in this age of computer generated, rhythmically quantized music, has been the resurgence of brass bands playing every imaginable kind of music. Powered by human breath and muscle, they take us back even as they lead us forward.

Brooklyn-based, six piece Dingonek Street Band, led by trumpeter Bobby Spellman makes their entry with "Primal Economics." Influenced by Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke, Gangbé Brass Band, Ornette Coleman, Primus, Art Ensemble of Chicago, their debut recording shows strong, funky playing, distinctive material and an original style.

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Here's Dingonek playing
Brother and Sisters
15 Step by Radiohead

Recent release: 

Down Beat Magazine Editor's Choice for June:

Pianist Joe Bushkin, who died in 2004 just shy of his 88th birthday, was a musician for whom success meant making other artists sound their best. A composer of sturdy melodies and bright, uplifting choruses, the longtime Benny Goodman Orchestra member wrote songs for the film and stage that had a peculiar knack for launching careers and making names. (One example: His song “Oh! Look At Me Now,” as recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1941, would become the first official hit for a young vocalist named Francis Albert Sinatra.) 

Trumpeter Bob Merrill, who apprenticed with Bushkin toward the end of the pianist’s life, honors the elder composer’s subtle but substantial legacy on Tell Me Your Troubles, an homage crafted with heartfelt reverence and respect. Aside from his own expressive trumpet playing and singing, Merrill has enlisted a roster of talented contemporaries to provide wattage to the filaments of Bushkin’s work. Vocalist Kathryn Crosby—Bing’s second wife—provides graceful vocals on “Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin,” while guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon trade jabs on “Boogie Woogie Blue Plate” and “Goin’ Back To Storyville.” And courtesy of an archived recording, Bushkin himself appears on piano on “Oh! Look At Me Now.” It’s one of many enlightening throwbacks on this nostalgic disc. 

Elsewhere, speeches and testimonies, including one by Sinatra himself, provide additional insight into a musician—and human being—of great warmth and quick wit. (An anecdote by comedian Red Buttons tells of a time Bing Crosby offered Bushkin a sleeping pill suppository. Bushkin’s response: “Bing, I was up all night, but my ass fell asleep!”) Endearing as those anecdotes are, it’s the compositions—and Merrill’s fidelity to them—that serve as the most enduring memorials to Bushkin’s wistful genius. - DownBeat Magazine Editors' Pick
Recent release:
Brian Carpenter & the Confessions
The Far End of the World

The debut album from Brian Carpenter and the Confessions finds the leader's weary yet melodic voice carrying timeless tales of lost love, memory and desire, wandering lyrically across an arid yet fertile American landscape. Melding styles from 50's balladry to reverb-drenched spaghetti western music, The Far End of the World will appeal to fans of music as diverse as Johnny Cash, Wilco and the Velvet Underground

Joined by violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt of the Tin Hat Trio for many of the tracks, and backed by an ace crew of Boston musicians, the Florida-born Carpenter unfurls an eerie and seductive tapestry of sound and words in songs that seem less like they were written than they emerged from an imaginary, vivid landscape.

Carpenter's work as a trumpeter in a quite a different vein can be heard on three Accurate releases from the Ghost Train Orchestra.

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Preview song "Beautiful Jane" at Stereogum
Preview song "Savior of Love" at popmatters


Listen to songs from The Far End of the World...
Popmatters previews "The Savior of Love
Stereogum previews "Beautiful Jane"