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Gilles Peterson - Worldwide
Gilles Peterson's Worldwide radio show is enjoyed by an audience of millions in the UK and online.  This collection is meant to approximate the show's spirit for the uninitiated.

Peterson's eclectic tastes are on full display on these two discs, each carrying its own vibe.   Disc 1 focuses on the more danceable spectrum of sounds, taking in Pepe Braddock's "Deep Burnt," Mystereum's "Lonely Can Be Sweet" and "The Last Beat" by Matthew Herbert.  Peterson does not beat match, so his success depends on his ability to create a mood, as he does when he concocts a blend of Roy Ayers, Jill Scott, and George Benson and makes it sound commonplace.  If only US radio was as adventurous in their programming choices.

The tempo drops on the other set, which has a more consistent sound that makes it the better of the discs.  Some truly wonderful gems get much needed exposure, namely "This World" by Zero 7. Along the way, leftfield selections from Sarah Vaughan, Don Rendell and Rotary Connection represent the old school very nicely. By the time the final strains of Herbert's return appearance fade into memory you've concluded a quite enjoyable journey courtesy of Commander Peterson.  Props.

Copyright 2001 B.Graff.  All rights reserved.

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Released 2000 on Talkin' Loud

Selected Tracks:

George Benson - El Barrio
Edwin Starr - Easin' In
Spacek - Roun Soun
Young Disciples - All I Have In Me

Kelis - Suspended
Bugge Wesseltoft - Feel Good

 

 

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