The Beth Custer Ensemble: “The Empire of the United States”

Loaded with various brass and woodwind instruments, this subtle and funky piece rocks out all charkas. Charles Mingus meets Laurie Anderson meets Bootsy Collins.  I keep hearing new things every time I spin this one.  Give it a shot.  Clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer and friends speak truth to power:

The Empire of the United States

Antibalas: “Hypocrite”

Antibalas is a sizable Fela style afrobeat West African big band from Brooklyn.  Great horn and organ sounds on this track.  This is beyond a mere tribute band.  This is its own contribution to the genre.

Antibalas – “Hypocrite (play/download)

Listen and buy Antibalas’ records here.