As you might imagine, I try to spend a major portion of my day seeking out music either through the internet or at record shops. It seems like lately I've been coming across a lot of great funky jazz records that I had personally never heard before. One of the more interesting records I recently came across is Astro Can Caravan's 2008 funky jazz twelve The Nagual Julian EP. The record features three superbly crafted tracks including "The Nagual Julian", "Athatoolagooloo", and "Cosmo Jones " that all have a consistently funky African and/or Ethio jazz feel to them. After hearing this record, I immediately became intrigued with the group and found that they are based out of Kuopio, Finland and will be actually releasing a new full-length album this month titled Planet Caravan. I must have completely missed them the first time around when they released The Nagual Julian EP. I guess as the saying goes, it's better late than never, especially when it comes to music. That being said, I now can look forward to catching them this time around as they prepare for their upcoming full-length release this month. Until then, I will be fully digesting their The Nagual Julian EP, which is certainly one of the best "newer" jazz twelves I've heard in quite sometime. Enjoy!
Astro Can Caravan - The Nagual Julian