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Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu

Race Records

by Hua Hsu on July 21 2005, 12:00PM

Okada Taxi Wise Retrogression (Dusty Groove)The solo project of composer and producer Takashi Okada, this imaginative disc is the latest in a string of brilliant discs from Japan fixated on the jazzy possibilities of broken-beat and electronic jazz. With help…

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by Hua Hsu on March 21 2005, 12:00PM

Afrika Bambaataa Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light (Tommy Boy) The legendary hip-hop pioneer traveled around the world to record his most recent treatise on the state of the art. From Baltimore house to British electro—and featuring collaborations…

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by Hua Hsu on December 21 2004, 12:00PM

The Isley Brothers Taken to the Next Phase / Columbia One cowers at how many babies were probably made to the criminally smooth sounds of the Isley Brothers. Here, a talented generation of new jacks like Questlove, Mos Def, Raphael…

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by Hua Hsu on September 21 2004, 12:00PM

Ollabelle Ollabelle (Sony) Shortly after 9/11, this crew of concerned New Yorkers wandered from their respective sounds (punk, jazz, pop) and found a common purpose in American Roots music. The sextet’s debut is a delightful, heartening blend of blues, gospel,…

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by Hua Hsu on July 21 2004, 12:00PM

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd In What Language? (Pi) Last April, pianist Iyer and poet/rapper Ladd teamed for this one-off show examining lives lost in transit. Set amidst the hustle and bustle of the international airport, Iyer’s fiery playing…

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by Hua Hsu on March 21 2004, 12:00PM

David Banner Mississippi (SRC/Universal) The allure in David Banner’s brash, mouth-of-the-South shtick is that he’s not sure he’s got all the answers himself. For every hedonistic “Like a Pimp” there’s a thoughtful, God-fearing-but-loving “Cadillac on 22’s,” and the balance makes…

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The British, Invaded

by Hua Hsu on December 21 2003, 12:00PM

Hua Hsu reviews Vivek Bald’s music documentary chronicling the rise of England’s “Asian underground” amidst racial turmoil.

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Ethnic Media Grows Up

by Hua Hsu on September 15 2002, 12:00PM

Will increasing mainstream attention alter the ethnic media landscape?

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