Trish Clowes - My Iris (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:24 | Size: 117.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One Hour 7:20
2. Blue Calm 6.28
3. I Can't Find My Other Brush 7.00
4. A Cat Called Behemoth 7:30
5. Muted Lines 6:28
6. Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) 5:41
7. In Between The Moss And Ivy 6:26
8. Be A Glow Worm 4:21
Label - Basho Records

Trish Clowes - saxophones
Chris Montague- guitar
Ross Stanley - piano, Hammond organ
James Maddren - drums

The Paul Smoker Notet ‎- Cool Lives (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:54 | Size: 132.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Goodbye, David I 4:19
2 Evan's Room 6:09
3 Kami Sue 8:23
4 The Lvad 5:16
5 See How They Run 11:05
6 Elegy [For Lester Bowie] 6:48
7 By Myself 8:19
8 Goodbye, David II 6:38

Drums – Phil Haynes
Guitar – Steve Salerno
Trumpet – Paul Smoker

Recorded in concert, Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, April 27, 2011
Sometimes you wonder how musicians promote their albums, or rather try to avoid fans to know that they actually have new music ready for purchase. If your humble servant did not scan places like iTunes, CDBaby and other eMusic sites and even more disorganised sources (if that is possible at all), spending hours scrolling down new releases of mostly junk (did you know that every day new albums by Louis Armstrong are released, every single day?), and then purchased some of the more promising albums, some great music would never even been reviewed, ever!

Take this fantastic albums by three technical wizards : Paul Smoker on trumpet, Steve Salerno on guitar and Phil Haynes on drums. All three musicians have extensive track records, are as comfortable in classical as in traditional jazz as in free form, have a great warm tone, an adventurous spirit and an incredible sense of pulse.

Put them together - and they have played before - on various CIMP albums, but not as a trio, and you get this little gem. It starts like cool jazz - and the iconic reference to Chet Baker on the cover picture is no coincidence, but what they do with is somethign else - it swings, it sings, it chills and it pops. The trio move boundaries throughout, changing jazz styles as they see fit, pushing the tradition into unheard areas, without actually losing the connection. And on top of it all ... the three musicians have great fun (despite their cool).

If free jazz ever sounded cool, here is your treat ... don't miss it! Enjoyable from the very first to the very last second.

Spike Robinson - The Lemon Tree (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:46:13 | Size: 243.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps

CD1 (1st set)
01 Beware my heart
02 Thinking of you
03 If I'm lucky
04 A Gal in Calico
05 My foolish heart

CD2 (2nd set)

06 Nothing Ever Changes My love for you
07 My heart tells me
08 I could have told you
09 Wish you were here
10 True Blues (Pepper / Cables)
11 9.20 special (Basie / Warrne)

Spike Robinson (ts)
Brian Kellock (p)
John Hartley (b)
Bill Kemp (d)

Spike Robinson - The Lemon Tree (1994) 

Ray Anthony & Powerslyde - Have Fun (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 42:03 | Size: 95.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Mr. Sauce
02. Do 4 U
03. Night Abraxas
04. Slydeways
05. R a Chill
06. Have Fun
07. B Wit' Cha
08. Gasoline Alley Funk
09. Look'n' Good Tonight (Vocal Version)
10. Look'n' Good Tonight

Pandelis Karayorgis Trio - Carameluia (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:31 | Size: 127.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Snssegatoo 6:11
2 Canopy 7:17
3 Liwisies 5:49
4 The Volunteer 8:49
5 Winmooth 7:02
6 Liptowthreea 5:20
7 Lifgatowy 5:16
8 Ydidnan 3:44
9 Carameluia 6:44

Bass – Nate McBride
Composed By – McBride* (tracks: 2, 4, 8, 9 ), Karayorgis* (tracks: 1, 3, 5 to 9), Peterson* (tracks: 8, 9)
Drums – Randy Peterson
Layout – Stéphane Berland
Piano – Pandelis Karayorgis

Recorded at SOTO, Palatine, IL on February 24 & 25, 2005
CD mixed and mastered at WGBH Studios, Boston

Oliver Jones Trio & Friends - Festival International De Jazz De Montreal (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:19:51 | Size: 180.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Simple Blues
2. Talk
3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4. D 4 Doxas
5. Four
6. Beautiful Love
7. Stormy Weather
8. Lady Be Good
9. Dance Again Diana
10. Dizzy Nest
11. Nighttime
12. Rhapsody in Blue
13. Hymn to Freedom

Recorded June 30, 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Broadcast: 'Canada Live' on CBC Radio 2

Oliver Jones, piano
Eric Lagace, bass
Jim Doxas, drums

Guest Artists:
Chester 'Chet' Doxas, saxophone
Ranee Lee, vocals
Richard Ring, guitar

Mike Prigodich - Life Upstaged (2014)

Genre: Jazz Fusion / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 2:00:25 | Size: 274.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Charmed Life. 9:20
02. Armando's Birthday (In Honor Of Chick Corea's 70th Birthday). 6:56
03. Anneka's Dance (Fantasy And Allusion). 9:02
04. Song For Karen. 10:22
05. At Sixes And Sevens. 11:42
06. Lucy Goose. 11:19
07. Kate's Antic (For Rob Lucke). 10:39
08. Play Structure. 9:50
09. Mexican Mocha. 10:57
10. Nigel's Theme (This One Goes To Eleven). 8:02
11. Al Di Hemiola. 10:59
12. Alter Your Motifs. 11:17
Mike Prigodich / piano
John Nastos / sax
Damian Erskine / bass
Reinhardt Melz / drums
Rafael Trujillo / congas.

Living Daylights - 500 Pound Cat (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:46 | Size: 136.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Spaghetti Western 4:13
02. 500 lb Cat 3:23
03. Trauma & Discourse 4:35
04. Petunja 4:25
05. Mali Krumpiri 6:29
06. Garlic Press 4:36
07. Without 6:02
08. Code Undo 5:36
09. Moena 6:00
10. Falling Down Laughing 7:27

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Jessica Lurie
Drums – Dale Fanning
Electric Bass – Arne Livingston
Written-By – A. Livingston (tracks: 1, 2, 8 to 10), J. Lurie (tracks: 3 to 7)

Recording Date 1997
Some hard boppers have promoted the misconception that avant-garde jazz consists entirely of chaos and atonality. While there's certainly nothing wrong with atonal music -- it can be a joy if you comprehend it -- it's important to stress that jazz's avant-garde has a variety of faces. In the '90s, jazz's best avant-garde music ranged from the ferocious free jazz of Charles Gayle to the very musical inside/outside explorations of Either/Orchestra and Ann Dyer. Also quite musical is Living Daylights, whose 500 Pound Cat is a long way from atonal free jazz but isn't going to be mistaken for an Art Blakey tribute either. Combining jazz with funk and rock, the Seattle trio gives us plenty of recognizable, discernible themes and melodies, but isn't afraid to be challenging and take it outside when it's appropriate. From the Middle Eastern-influenced "Trauma and Discourse" and the eerie "Code Undo" to the insistent "Petunja," saxophonist Jessica Lurie, electric bassist Arne Livingston, and drummer Dale Fanning are consistently cohesive and sound highly focused. 500 Pound Cat is the work of an avant-garde group that knows exactly what it's doing.

Bill Bruford, Tony Levin - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (1998)

Genre: Rock / Avantgarde | Total Time: 55:54 | Size: 129.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1a.Cerulean Sea
2. Original Sin
3. Etude Revisited
4a.A Palace Of Pearls (On A Blade Of Grass)
5. Fin De Siecle
6. DrumBass
7. Cracking The Midnight Glass
8. Torn DrumBass
9. Thick With Thin Air
10a.Cobalt Canyons
11. Deeper Blue
12. Presidents Day

Bass, Chapman Stick – Tony Levin
Drums, Keyboards [A Little], Percussion – Bill Bruford
Guitar, Sampler [Loops] – David Torn
Mixed By – Bill Bruford, Tom Mark, Tony Levin
Trumpet – Chris Botti
Producer – Tony Levin

Recorded and mixed at Make Believe Ballroom, W. Shokan, NY. Portions recorded at Bill Bruford's house, Tony Levin's house and garage, David Torn's studio (The Loop Pool) and at the Gypsy Wolf Cantina, Woodstock, NY. Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios. Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd, T-Lev Inc (ASCAP), Charing Cross Music (BMI), Torn Music (BMI).

Label: Discipline Global Mobile

Bill Bruford, Tony Levin - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (1998) 

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moving Still (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:15 | Size: 115.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1 All of the Pieces 11:16
2 Flank and Center 4:35
3 Space and 8:33
4 Cap vs. Nim 8:58
5 Between Moves 8:09
6 Folk Song 10:48

Bass – John Hebert
Drums – Craig Weinrib
Guitar – Miles Okazaki
Piano – Matt Mitchell (6)
Trumpet, Composed By – Jonathan Finlayson

Among other qualities, jazz has often provided a meeting ground for complexity and catchiness. In the 1920s and ’30s, “Harlem Stride” pianists held down chairs in the experimental music vanguard, while also becoming some of America’s first dance-music hitmakers. Ever since, experts have debated the “ideal” mixture of exploration and approachability. But both attributes are understood as crucial in the genre — and it’s always a thrill to encounter an artist who can balance the imperatives.
Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s second album as a bandleader provides plenty of this excitement. Where his debut recording was an accomplished set, it also bore a strong resemblance to the work of saxophonist-composer Steve Coleman. That stylistic debt was come by honestly, as Finlayson has played his mentor’s complex, rhythmically cycling compositions for over a decade. But Moving Still hits in a more distinct way. While Finlayson is already held in high regard for his work with players like Henry Threadgill and Mary Halvorson, this album shows that the trumpeter is every bit as much a composer on the rise.

His counterpoint writing is still dense and active, but the tunes on top flow with greater ease. On the pulsing “Flank and Center,” members of Finlayson’s band have to navigate quick handoffs, passing the melodic line from one instrument to the next in quick succession. This is a common trick in contemporary jazz, meant to show off the dexterity of a group—though the melodic line itself can sometimes feels like an afterthought. No so here. Pianist Matt Mitchell and guitarist Miles Okazaki hit their notes with nervy energy, while Finlayson’s turns on trumpet often result in smooth and attractive completions of a phrase. The trumpeter’s subtlety extends to his own solo, where he flips an expected script: turning his tone even mellower, rather than becoming flashier.

Similar expressions of drive and lyricism are achieved with consistency on other tracks. The introduction to lengthy album opener “All of the Pieces” presents some of Okazaki’s most sublime playing, before the guitarist steers the full band into a swinging mood. Bassist John Hébert shows off a range of strummed and bowed techniques during “Between Moves”—a ruminative piece that turns hot in its final minutes. Mitchell’s piano is required to be both graceful (“Cap vs. Nim”) and clattering (“Space And”). At different points, Craig Weinrib’s percussion reveals his affinity for funk and ballad-style accompaniment. (Considered alongside his appearance on Henry Threadgill’s most recent album, it’s clear Weinrib has had a good 2016.)

Aside from all the fine soloistic moments, the band members excel in mixing these stylistic paints. The guitarist and rhythm section may suggest fusions with rock and soul, even while engaging with long, tricky lines composed by Finlayson. The ensemble’s sound can have the “cooking” feel much admired in hard-bop, even as the harmonic language stretches into modernist realms. The result is an overarching mood of delightful invention. Finlayson finds inspiration in chess, titling songs and even this group after aspects of the game. And though there are flashes of schematic obsessiveness in his work, he can also channel the gracefulness that’s apparent in any well-played contest. It’s not easy to create an original sound that “makes it new” and “keeps it traditional” at once, but at age 34—and after years of work alongside icons like AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams—this trumpeter is there.

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moving Still (2016) 

Katrine Madsen - You Are So Beautiful (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:42 | Size: 126.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Early In The Autumn (5:09)
2. You Are So Beautiful To Me (4:34)
3. When Nightbirds Sing (featuring Svante Thuresson) (5:34)
4. Katrine Madsen You Must Believe In Spring (5:30)
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me (3:36)
6. I Lost Myself To You (5:19)
7. Let There Be Love (featuring Svante Thuresson) (4:15)
8. Shadow Woman (5:49)
9. Isn't It A Pity (2:56)
10. Let Me Love You (3:09)
11. Katrine Madsen Speak Low (5:37)
12. Everything Must Change (4:42)
Bass – Jesper Bodilsen; Drums – Ed Thigpen; Piano – Carsten Dahl; Vocals – Katrine Madsen, Svante Thuresson.
You Are So Beautiful is a 1999 music album with Danish jazz singer Katrine Madsen. On two of the tracks she sings duet with Svante Thuresson.

Eddie Higgins - You Don't Know What Love Is (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:48 | Size: 125.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. When You Wish Upon A Star (3:54)
02. My Funny Valentine (5:38)
03. Detour Ahead (5:50)
04. Beautiful Love (3:25)
05. Dance Only With Me (4:00)
06. Danny Boy (5:06)
07. All This And Heaven Too (4:26)
08. Yellow Days (4:37)
09. Skylark (4:01)
10. Again (4:11)
11. You Don't Know What Love Is (5:28)
12. Over The Rainbow (4:16)
Label - Venus
Recorded Jul 4, 2003 at BST Studio, Tokyo Japan

Eddie Higgins - piano solo
Eddie Higgins has been on the jazz scene for a long time, but he seems to be a best-kept
secret by those able to track down his various releases for independent labels in the U.S.
or Japanese titles, such as this one from Venus. This 2003 session features the veteran
purely as a soloist, performing a dozen of his favorite ballads. While most of them are
time-tested standards such as the elegant "My Funny Valentine," the shimmering "Beautiful Love,"
or "Skylark" (with an Asian-sounding introduction that suggests the humor of its composer),
there are some lesser-known gems as well. The bittersweet ballad "Yellow Days"
hardly pops up on many jazz CDs, though Higgins' richly textured arrangement should attract
other musicians to it. Even though one doesn't hear the lyrics to "Again," this seasoned pianist
seems to get across the implied apology to a loved one for a senseless quarrel.
"Dance Only With Me," an overlooked jewel by the masterful songwriting team of Comden, Green,
and Styne, is arranged as an elegant, deliberate waltz. Recorded and mixed in glorious
24-bit digital sound, this is easily one of Eddie Higgins' best all-around recordings.

Bill Heid - Asian Persuasion (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:59 | Size: 133.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Kirai (6:20)
2.Minor Glide (7:09)
3.McDuff Type Thang (7:31)
4.Kimchi Bop (6:31)
5.Hustle Bustle (5:20)
6.Asian Persuasion (7:53)
7.Crumb Cake (6:35)
8.The Dinh Dynasty (7:31)
9.It's A Living (4:20)
Bill Heid-Hammond B-3 organ
Peter Bernstein-guitar
Mike Petrosino-drums
George Jones-congas

Heid Pro Audio Studio,Pittsburgh, PA 2008
Keyboardist/vocalist Bill Heid was born August 11, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA. A natural and virtuosic musician who was inspired to play jazz and blues by listening to the radio, he played in both piano and organ groups. His brother is the well-respected drummer and producer George Heid. Originally influenced by Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson, Heid heard the chitlin' circuit greats at the Hurricane Bar, including Smith and Patterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Down the street at the Crawford Grill were the jazz bands led by Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Gene Harris, Bobby Timmons, and Wynton Kelly.

On occasion he would sit in with some of these groups and pester them for information. Spending time in Chicago and later in New York, he met and hung out with his mentor, Larry Young, often visiting the family-owned Newark Club in Young's hometown of Newark, NJ. He was also privy to playing with the best organ drummers like Joe Dukes and Billy James. And he heard the local contingent of jazz greats like Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, Eddie Jefferson, Mary Lou Williams, and Stanley Turrentine.

His quest for musical knowledge found him on the road when in 1963, in search of rare 78-rpm rhythm & blues records, he began a journey/career of hitchhiking. He did this in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S.; through Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China; and to the Thailand/Cambodia border. His over 400,000 documented miles of thumbing a ride gained Heid a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records. Some of his journeys led him to the so-called chicken houses and organ rooms of major cities, where he interned with Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Ponder, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, David "Fathead" Newman, Ira Sullivan, and Mickey Roker, and was a pianist with Don Patterson.

A move to Chicago brought him closer to the urban blues as he worked or recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and especially Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, and Roy Buchanan. He also did two LPs and played in the bands of contemporary jazz guitarist Henry Johnson. Moving to Detroit, he spent two decades there playing in his own groups; helping to revive the career of a local legend of blues guitar and vocals, Johnnie Bassett, as the music director of his Blues Insurgents; and backing the veteran singer Alberta Adams. During and since his time in Detroit, Heid could be found making music soundtracks for adult films in Los Angeles, then touring worldwide for the U.S. State Department as a jazz ambassador, particularly on tours of Japan and Vietnam. In August 2003, Heid played more of the Pacific Rim in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Upon moving back to the Eastern United States, he could be heard on organ and piano engagements at various venues in the Washington, D.C., area. Of his mindset, Heid was quoted as saying "I can't live a day without playing 1-4-5s," incorporating those standard blues changes with cool McCoy Tyner minor riffs, vicious funk songs in Japanese, and what he calls Talifunk. "I approach this thing like total war and have been lucky to have avoided a day job." His hip vernacular, unique vocal language, and risqué sense of humor, melded with his passion for baseball, have made him an entertainer nonpareil.


Tryptic - Live In Paris (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:52 | Size: 116.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Adagietto (Gustave Mahler)
2. The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten)
3. Good Mood (Joachim Kьhn)
4. Inki (Harald Pepl)
5. Allegretto of Symphony No. 7 (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
6. Dramadrome (Daniel Humair)
7. Improvisations

Franсois Couturier - piano
Jean-Paul Celea - double bass
Daniel Humair - drums

Tryptic, Studio Charles Trenet, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France, 31 May 2008.

Thierry Lang Trio - Serenity (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:10 | Size: 121.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Ellen David 08:10
2 Overnight Train 05:04
3 Serenity 06:32
4 Mother 06:21
5 Wandering Words 05:36
6 Private Garden 04:28
7 Swiss Mountain Smell 05:50
8 Wounds 05:55
9 Novembre 05:59

Thierry Lang - piano
Heiri Kaenzig - bass
Andi Pupato - percussion

Recorded at Studios la Buissonne on September 9-10, 2013.

Label: Universal

The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums - Cookbook (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:26 | Size: 110.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Brass Monkey
02. Tipango
03. Rx for Constitution
04. Who Took The Happiness Out?
05. Rx for Delusion
06. Recipe for Disaster
07. Rx for Intrusion
08. Get Dirty Do It Now
09. Rx for Confabulation
10. The Big Open
11. Owl Dance
12. Rx for Elongation
13. The Long Haul
14. Lachin

Jessica Lurie - soprano, alto, tenor saxophones, voice
Amy Denio - alto sax, clarinet, voice
Sue Orfield - tenor sax, voice
Tina Richerson - baritone sax, voice
Robert Kainar - drums, percussion

Senri Kawaguchi - Cider (Hard & Sweet) (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:17 | Size: 117.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Flux Capacitor (Saisse) - 5:07
02. Wupatki (Kawaguchi/Abe) - 4:10
03. Longing Skyline (Kawaguchi/Abe) - 5:34
04. Do Do Re Mi (Saisse) - 3:59
05. Am Stram Gram (Saisse) - 6:23
06. Zembla (Saisse) - 5:37
07. Tucheze (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco) - 6:36
08. Ginza Blues (Intro) (Kawaguchi) - 0:25
09. Ginza Blues (Saisse) - 4:36
10. Park Moderne (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco) - 4:33
11. Senri and Armand Groove (Kawaguchi/Sabal-Lecco) - 0:34
12. In Three Ways (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco/Kawaguchi) - 3:48

Senri Kawaguchi - drums
Philippe Saisse - piano, keyboards
Armand Sabal-Lecco - electric bass
Gumbi Ortiz - percussion (#6,10)

Recorded at LAFX Recording Services, North Hollywood, CA.
A great listen. Senri has aligned with two excellent musicians again on this CD. If you are a fan of The Rippingtons, Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Special EFX, etc. you will find something to really love about this CD. It does not disappoint. The pieces are engaging, complicated, toe tapping and powerful all at the same time. Senri has progressed even further as musician. The drumming is superb and the blending of the three of them tight and flowing. This is a good one!

Pablo Passini - Videotape (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:02 | Size: 102.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Edith
2. Billi
3. Videotape
4. D90
5. Fondo real
6. Peanuts II
7. Ojos
8. Vida al tiempo

Felipe Continetino - drums
Fred Selva - vibraphone
Marcus Abjaud - keyboards
Frederico Heliodoro - electric bass
Pablo Passini - composition, guitar and programs

Nomade Orquestra - EntreMundos (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:14 | Size: 93.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jardins de Zaira
02. Rinoceronte Blues
03. Terra Fertil
04. Estrada Para Camomila
05. Felag Mengu
06. Vale Da Boca Seca
07. Madame Butterfly
08. Deliriuns
09. Olho Do Tempo
10. Travessia

Nomade Orquestra return from the stratosphere via Brazil with their second offering: Entremundos (Between Worlds). Gazing outward through a kaleidoscope from the heart of Sao Paulo’s jazz scene, the collective consciousness of the ten-man orquestra has dreamt up an adventurous amalgam of earth’s most far reaching musical cultures. Recorded at Red Bull Studios, Sao Paulo, Entremundos is like a cosmic musical playground where Ethio-jazz, Indian classical and Oriental sounds dance around Afro-Brazilian roots rhythms and Northern hemisphere jazz, funk, soul, library music and hip-hop influences. The sheer vastness of the album is astounding, Nomade Orquestra have quite literally conquered the world in sound.

Nomade Orquestra are some the most accomplished musicians in their city. They’re also avid record collectors, citing the coming-together of their expansive musical knowledges as key to their unique sound. Album opener ‘Jardim de Zaira’ - a tribute to the neighbourhood on the outskirts of the famous ABC region, where the band meet and rehearse - hosts a playful unison of vibraphone, guitar, horns and keyboards reminiscent of Stereolab’s funkiest late ‘90s output. ‘Felag Mengu’ lies somewhere between the groovy, brooding ethio-jazz of Mulatu Astatke and Tinariwen’s hazy desert Rock, and ‘Olho do Tempo’ is another enchanting incarnation of the band’s impossible to define brand of global roots music. The album’s wildest moment comes from the roaring off-road, big-band joy-ride ‘Rinoceronte Blues’ with hill-billy harmonica, soulful organ stabs and soaring horn arrangements further highlighting the depths of Nomade Orquestra’s endless span of influences.

With Gilles Peterson singing their praise and rave reviews from the likes of Wax Poetics, Record Collector and Songlines, last year, Nomade Orquestra’s self-titled debut album launched them from humble beginnings to international recognition.

Released June 23, 2017

Juan Gomez "Chicuelo" / Marco Mezquida - Conexión (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:12 | Size: 111.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Chicuelina 06:36
2 Al Sol 06:10
3 A Solas 05:37
4 Velas 08:49
5 Engaño 09:23
6 Lenta, Andante, Trepidante 07:47
7 Conexión 08:52

Marco Mezquida · piano
Juan Gómez ‘Chicuelo’ · guitarra flamenca
Paco de Mode · percusión

Label: Taller de Músics

Ignasi Terraza Trio - Jazz A L'Estudi (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:01 | Size: 112.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 1
02. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 2
03. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 3
04. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 4
05. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 5
06. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 6
07. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 7
08. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 8
09. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 9
00. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt.10
11. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt.11

Ignasi Terraza - piano
Jules Bicoco - bass
Esteve Pi - drums

Recorded January 2012.

Hank Marr - It's 'bout Time! (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:39 | Size: 127.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One For Daddy-O 4:03
2. Chicken Pickin' 4:45
3. Emily 4:52
4. It's 'bout Time! 6:33
5. Sweet Nancy 5:11
6. Amazing Grace 5:37
7. Home At Last 7:15
8. Soul Eyes 6:07
9. I Thought About You 4:05
10. Never Let Me Go 3:46
11. What! Not Another Greasy Spoon? 5:42
Label - Double-Time Rec

Hank Marr – Hammond b3 Organ
Gene Walker - Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Turner - Guitar
Jim Rupp - Drums
A long overlooked organist in the tradition of Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Hank Marr had a rare opportunity to lead a session on this 1995 Double Time CD; most of his records were cut during 1960-64. With the assistance of tenor-saxophonist Gene Walker, guitarist Kevin Turner and drummer Jim Rupp (all of whom like Marr are both obscure and talented), Marr swings his way through some basic originals and a few standards such as "Emily," "Soul Eyes" and "Never Let Me Go." This is accessible music that is easily recommended to fans of the hard bop organ.
As a jazz educator, one of Hank's most important contributions is that of keeping alive the rich and venerable tradition of teaching and promoting the organ and the organ combo in jazz. In addition, as his colleague at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops for the past five years, I have also seen this remarkable man as an inspired and inspiring teacher; a warm, imaginative, sensitive accompanist; a brilliant lecturer; and, above all, a caring, compassionate human being.
Viva jazz organ!
Viva Hank Marr!

Goran Kajfes - Home (2000)

Genre: Jazz / Future Jazz | Total Time: 51:44 | Size: 114.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. CCL
2. Bumblebees
3. Princess Of Krishnaswamy
4. Mesqualero
5. Swampified
6. Life Insurance
7. Home
Label - EMI/Kaza

Goran Kajfes - trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, keyboards, bass, percussion
Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson - alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, flute
Per 'Texas' Johansson - bass clarinet
Jonas Kullhammar - tenor saxophone
Jonas Lindgren - electric violin
Daniel Karlsson - clavinet, Fender Rhodes
David Nyström - organ
Davor Kajfes - piano
Johan Norberg - guitar
Peter Forss - bass
Janne Robertson - drums, cymbals
Cirille Olsson - percussion

Goran Kajfes debut album 'Home' (on the EMI imprint) was Grammy nominated in Sweden and met with much critical acclaim abroad. Since then Goran, always a sought after session player, has been busy playing with groups like Oddjob, Nacka Forum and the Flesh Quartet.

Gary LeMel - How Fast Forever Goes (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:28 | Size: 80.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
2. Bluesette
3. Everything Must Change
4. Forget To Remember
5. How Fast Forever Goes
6. Satin Doll
7. Send In The Clowns
8. Softly As I Leave You
9. She Was Too Good To Me Since You Stayed Here
10. I'm All Smiles

Less well known as a performer than as a music industry executive, Gary LeMel began his showbiz career as vice president at Jerry Weintraub's Management III. A stint at First Artists Music followed, and it was there that LeMel was tapped by Warner Bros. to supervise the music for the Barbra Streisand films A Star Is Born and The Main Event; the soundtrack to the former was particularly successful, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone. After serving as senior VP at Neil Bogart's Boardwalk Company, LeMel moved to Columbia Pictures in 1983; there he supervised a series of smash soundtracks including The Big Chill, Ghostbusters, Against All Odds and St. Elmo's Fire. Three years later he accepted an offer from Warner Bros., in the years to follow moving up the corporate ladder to become the president of the company's music division; again working extensively in film soundtracks, he launched hits including The Bodyguard, Singles and Space Jam. As a jazz vocalist, LeMel also recorded the occasional LP, including 1994's Romancing the Screen and 1999's Bobby Darin tribute Moonlighting. Lost In Your Arms appeared in summer 2001.

Ernie Watts - Reaching Up (1993)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:53 | Size: 168.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Reaching Up (7:49)
2.Mr. Syms (8:53)
3.I Hear A Rhapsody (5:55)
4.Transparent Sea (6:12)
5.The High Road (5:21)
6.Inward Glance (5:38)
7.You Leave Me Breathless (6:53)
8.Sweet Lucy (4:31)
9.Angel's Flight (10:20)
10.Sweet Solitude (3:57)
Personnel: Ernie Watts (saxophone); Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Mulgrew Miller (piano); Charles Fambrough (acoustic bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded At Power Station Studios,New York,October 7-8,1993
For this quartet set with pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Charles Fambrough, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Watts definitely came to play. Virtually all of his solos are high powered and even his ballad statements are filled with clusters of passionate notes. Trumpeter Arturo Sandval has two appearances and makes the music even more hyper. In addition, the rhythm section keeps the proceedings consistently stimulating. The main focus on these standards and originals is generally on Watts' tenor, and even though there isn't all that much variety, this CD is a strong example of his jazz talents.

Caroline Dahl - No Hats (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:36 | Size: 130.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Caroline's Boogie
2. Tico Tico Medley
3. Sharp Swinger
4. Up And Running
5. Sugarplum's Blues
6. Kentucky Sampler
7. Twilight Blue
8. Parrot Dance
9. Chicken Nothin' Special
10. Bluegrass Boogie Woogie
11. Rhumba Apocalypso
12. Young Mother Of Old
Personnel: Caroline Dahl (piano, accordion); Jimmy Sanchez, Kent Bryson, John Hanes, Bowen Brown (drums).Recorded at Dave Wellhausen Studios, San Francisco, California and Bay Records, Berkeley, California.Personnel: Caroline Dahl (accordion, piano); Kent Bryson, Jimmy Sanchez, John Hanes , Bowen Brown (drums).Recording information: Bay Records, Berkeley, CA; DAve Wellhausen Studios, San Francisco, CA; Dave Wellhausen's Studio, San Francisco, CA.Photographers: Pat Johnson ; Anthony Paule.Arranger: Caroline Dahl.
From Louisville, Kentucky, where she was with the Metropolitan Blues All Stars (June Appal, Taxim) self-taught Caroline Dahl is a master pianist of American roots: boogie-woogie, blues, vintage R&B, swing, country and roots R&R. On this mostly-original debut she is on acoustic grand piano and accordion with no other accompaniment than trap drums featuring the best of S. F. Area sticksmen: Jimmy Sanchez (Rhythmtown-Jive), Kent Bryson (Johnny Nocturne Band), John Hanes (Pearl Harbour, Paris Slim), and Bowen Brown (Indigo Swing, John Lee Hooker). Also a piano player for the driving American roots R&B group, Rhythmtown-Jive she has worked with Brenda Boykin, Jerry Shelfer, Those Darn Accordions, The Lickettes, amd The Melotones.

Blue Moon Marquee - Gypsy Blues (2016)

Genre: Blues | Total Time: 41:31 | Size: 100.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Trickster Coyote 03:13
2. Hoodoo Lady 02:21
3. Saddle Sore 02:49
4. Runaway Lane 04:04
5. Pour Me One 02:26
6. Double Barrel Blues 03:41
7. Ain't No Stranger 04:51
8. Spy Hill 03:55
9. Tossin' and Turnin' 03:41
10. Shading Tree 03:10
11. Driftin' 02:24
12. Gypsy Blues 04:56
Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea ,British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin' Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.

Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.


VA - The Instrumental Radio Collection, Vol. 1 (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:19 | Size: 143.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hubert Deuringer und seine Solisten - Rumba Rita
02. Hubert Deuringer Orchester - Tokyo Ballade
03. Gabriel Nagy - All Night Long
04. Hubert Deuringer Orchester - Swinging Friends
05. Hubert Deuringer - Burleske Humoreske
06. Paul Bee - Turtle
07. Hubert Deuringer - Mister Akkordeon
08. Hubert Deuringer und seine Solisten - Samba Finger
09. Hubert Deuringer - Paso Doble Madrid, Spanien
10. Hubert Deuringer und seine Solisten - Tango Night
11. Sean Press - I Wish
12. Hubert Deuringer - Fremde Welt
13. Jessie Solea - Low Level
14. Zoltan Kovac - Beautiful Day
15. Hubert Deuringer - Belle Bretagne
16. Hubert Deuringer - Ferienfahrt
17. Dan Peters - French Man
18. Hubert Deuringer - Ich bin auf der Welt um glucklich zu sein
19. Hubert Deuringer - Was konnte schoner sein
20. Zoltan Kovac - Up and Coming

VA - Jazz At The Old Fortress (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:46:21 | Size: 271.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
1. Baltic-Siberian jam session - Blues In The Closet
2. Baltic-Siberian jam session - Beautiful Life
3. Baltic-Siberian jam session - I remember Clifford
4. S. Manukyan & Yu. Kuznetsov - Armenia
5. S. Manukyan & Yu. Kuznetsov - Improvisation
6. Tim Armacost Quartet - Vibrations
7. Tim Armacost Quartet - Sad Whisting In A Dark Deserted House
8. Tim Armacost Quartet - Rhythm-A-Ning

CD 2
1. Tim Strong & Friends - My Favourite Things
2. Viktor Guseinov Quintet - Crisis
3. Viktor Guseinov Quintet - Little Sunflower
4. "Digest" ensemble - Embraceable You
5. "Digest" ensemble - Samba For Novokuznetsk

VA - Jazz At The Old Fortress (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:54 | Size: 121.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Yevgeni Serebrennikov Quartet - Reggae To Novokuznetsk
2. Baltik-Siberian Project - Autumn Leaves
3. Baltik-Siberian Project - Corkovado
4. Yakov Okun Trio - Two Downs
5. Project Blues For Four - Deserted Park
6. Project Blues For Four - Love And Hope
7. Moscow Quartet - Walking Bud
8. Moscow Quartet - Michel

VA - Jazz At The Old Fortress (1993)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:29 | Size: 226.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Eurosib International Orchestra - Jazz Fellows 5:45
2. Eurosib International Orchestra - Foolish Kid 5:13
3. Anatoli Berestov's Trio - All For You 5:28
4. Anatoli Berestov's Trio - Night And Day 5:45
5. VladimirTimofeyev - My World - 9:16
6. Nord-West Dixieland Band - Bourbon Street Parade 4:21
7. "Kazan" Trio - Cherokee 4:17
8. Alexander Berenson & Nikolai Popravka's Quintet - Black Nile 7:10
9. Bill Skeat's Quartet - Embraseable You 8:32
10. Andrei Kondakov - Fairy Tale In The Rain 5:15
11. "Amsterdam - Moscow" Quartet - New Waltz 6:33
12. "Digest" Group - Tea For Two 3:30
13. "Digest" Group - Caravan 2:52

The Ralph Sharon Trio With Special Guest Gerry Mulligan - Swings The Sammy Cahn Songbook (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:26 | Size: 270.35 MB | FLAC
1. My Kind Of Town
Written-By – Jimmy Van Heusen - Sammy Cahn 3:13
2. Teach Me Tonight
Written-By – Gene De Paul, Sammy Cahn 4:25
3. The Mario Lanza Medley: Be My Love
Written-By – Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn 3:30
The Mario Lanza Medley: Because You're Mine
Written-By – Nicholas Brodszky, Sammy Cahn
4. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Featuring – Gerry Mulligan
Written-By – Jule Styne - Sammy Cahn 5:50
5. It's Magic
Written-By – Jule Styne - Sammy Cahn 3:04
6. It's You Or No One
Written-By – Jule Styne - Sammy Cahn 2:16
7. Call Me Irresponsible
Written-By – Jimmy Van Heusen - Sammy Cahn 4:42
8. Blues For Sammy
Written-By – Ralph Sharon 2:31
9. The Things We Did Last Summer
Written-By – Jule Styne - Sammy Cahn 5:28
10. Autumn In Rome
Written-By – Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn 3:07
11. I Should Care
Featuring – Gerry Mulligan
Written-By – Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn 3:38
12. All The Way
Written-By – Jimmy Van Heusen - Sammy Cahn 3:23
13. Time After Time
Written-By – Jule Styne - Sammy Cahn
The Second Time Around
Written-By – Jimmy Van Heusen - Sammy Cahn 14. The Tender Trap
Featuring – Gerry Mulligan
Written-By – Jimmy Van Heusen - Sammy Cahn 5:05

Recorded and mixed October 1994 at Sound On Sound Studios, New York City.

Arranged By, Piano – Ralph Sharon
Bass – Douglas Richeson
Drums – Clayton Cameron
Saxophone – Gerry Mulligan

Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:19 | Size: 166.27 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Egoes War 7:36
2 Sub-Mission 5:36
3 The Chalice 2:49
4 Dance Of Many Hands 5:48
5 Listening Embrace 12:06
6 Forestwall Timewalk 4:55
7 Staircase Struggle 9:48
8 Shiny Divider 8:07
9 Mandorla Island 10:23
10 TimeWrap 7:16

Flute, Electronics, Composed, Arranged, Lyrics By – Nicole Mitchell
Shakuhachi – Kojiro Umezaki
Electric Guitar, Oud, Theremin – Alex Wing
Violin – Renée Baker
Cello, Banjo – Tomeka Reid
Bass, Shamisen, Taiko – Tatsu Aoki
Percussion – Jovia Armstrong
Vocals – avery r young

Mandorla Awakening: Emerging Worlds is a recording of the world premiere performed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago on May 2, 2015, as part of the Creative Music Summit.

Julian Erdem - Little Flower (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:26 | Size: 142.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Flower II 06:56
2.Die Wanderung 07:32
3.Endstation (Intro) 03:04
4.Endstation 07:58
5.Deep Water Current 06:09
6.Oasis 06:07
7.Little Flower 04:31
8.Between The Extremes 07:32
9.Free #2 12:37
Can Olgun - piano
Keisuke Matsuno - guitar
Thomas Morgan - bass
Julian Erdem - drums
All compositions by Julian Erdem
Last track by all members of the band
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, New York, June 2016
Released June 16, 2017

Francesca & Maurizio Piscaglia - Souvenir De France, Vol. 2 (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:06 | Size: 113.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Chimere [03:46]
02. Iselle [03:35]
03. La vie en rose [02:53]
04. Reine de musette [02:36]
05. Asso di picche [02:46]
06. The jolly caballero [02:42]
07. La vieux cafe de la rue d'Amerique [04:30]
08. Florette [03:36]
09. Giuliano [03:30]
10. Grande amore [03:15]
11. Acropolis adieu [03:30]
12. Nino b [03:03]
13. Notturno [02:50]
14. Retour de hirondelles [03:58]
15. Un attimo a Parigi [03:27]
16. Les triolets [03:09]

Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton - Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:10 | Size: 135.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. How Deep Is The Ocean? (5:55)
02. Jeepers Creepers (3:38)
03. Stardust (8:44)
04. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (3:21)
05. Dinah (2:25)
06. Save It Pretty Mama (4:48)
07. Do You Believe In Love At Sight? (3:29)
08. Jada (4:02)
09. I Cover The Waterfront (4:21)
10. Maybe (3:18)
11. Black And Blue (Aka What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue?) (4:46)
12. Out Of Nowhere (6:05)
13. She's Funny That Way (4:57)
14. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (2:59)
Bass – Bill Huntington (tracks: 1 to 13, 14)
Clarinet – Jack Maheu (tracks: 2, 4, 6 to 8, 10, 11, 13, 14)
Drums – Ernie Elly (tracks: 1 to 11, 13, 14)
Guitar – Les Muscutt (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 14)
Piano – Butch Thompson (tracks: 1 to 11, 13, 14)
Trombone – Lucien Barbarin (tracks: 7, 10,11), Tom Ebbert (tracks: 2, 4, 8, 13, 14)
Trumpet – Nicholas Payton
Vocals, Trumpet – Doc Cheatham

Recording Date October 9, 1996
This matchup between trumpeters Doc Cheatham (91 at the time) and Nicholas Payton (just 23) is quite logical and delightful. Cheatham, one of the few survivors of the 1920s, was still in remarkably fine form, while Payton (a flexible New Orleans player capable of ranging from Dixieland to Freddie Hubbard) is both respectful and inspiring. With Doc contributing occasional vocals and the settings ranging from a quartet to an octet with clarinetist Jack Maheu and pianist Butch Thompson, the brassmen explore a variety of 1920s and '30s standards, including a couple of obscurities ("Do You Believe in Love at Sight?" and "Maybe"). The interplay between the co-leaders, the many subtle tributes to Louis Armstrong, and the consistent enthusiasm of this swinging set make this a historic success and a very enjoyable outing.

Colleen McCollough - To Be Loved (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 21:44 | Size: 49.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Almost Like Being In Love [1:53]
2. Nature Boy [3:57]
3. Orange Colored Sky [2:32]
4. P.S. I Love You [3:30]
5. Route 66 [2:56]
6. Tenderly [4:25]
7. It's Only A Paper Moon [2:32]


Thunkfish - Renegades (2017)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 35:04 | Size: 107.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. //erutparicolev//
02. Hipsterminate
03. Renegades of Pthronk
04. //haggi//
05. Militant Wasp Faction
06. Haggis Pizza
07. Facewreck
08. //ipste//
09. Velocirapture
10. //requiem for pthronk//

Тom Pickles - Saxophones, Flute, Piano
Charles Dearness - Trumpet
Jed Potts - Guitars, Lap Steel
Tom Wilkinson - Bass
Richard Kass - Drums, Cymbals

Thunkfish are the sole entity at the forefront of the not-quite nascent Pthronk scene. They are a tight, yet unpredictable blend of jazz, punk, thrash, prog and funk, with influences from Headhunters to Metallica: One moment head-nodding, infectious grooves, escalating to mosh-pit intensity, one minute rhythmically ambiguous and expansive. A two-horned front line of Tom Pickles & Charles Dearness (saxophones/trumpet) are backed by a power trio of Jed Potts (electric guitar), Richard Kass (drums), and Tom Wilkinson (electric bass). The sixth member of the live band is a set of disembodied voices in a black box, containing obscure and vintage samples, from BBC continuity announcers to 1970s sci-fi radio plays.

Peter Dominguez - Groove Dreams (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:05 | Size: 108.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Mourning Song For A Chief
02 Crystal Silence
03 Bossa Nova Nemo (The Jive Samba)
04 Mood Indigo/Blue And Sentimental
05 Groove Dreams
06 You're A Joy
07 Spanglin'
08 Lately
09 Orbit (Unless It's You)
10 With Malice Toward None

Personnel: Peter Dominguez: bass.
Groove Dreams resonates on a number of levels. In the most obvious sense, it's a testament to the skill, imagination, and resourcefulness of bassist Peter Dominguez, an artist who operates with a profound depth of understanding in both formal and creative realms. But it's also a link to the relationship that Dominguez formed with bass icon Milt Hinton, a showcase for the latter's finely crafted eighteenth-century Italian instrument, and a piece of documentary evidence indicative of the high value that the Oberlin Conservatory places on its Hinton holdings.

Dominguez first spoke with Hinton in 1980, but it was an encounter the following year that cemented their friendship: While competing in the Zimmerman/Mingus Double Bass Competition, Dominguez connected with Hinton, who was on sight as a judge and featured artist, and the pair spent some quality time together. They bonded over the bass and the music, becoming fast friends. Then, in the '90s, Dominguez, who was on the faculty of Michigan State University at the time, brought Hinton out for a residency, and the pair then stayed in touch for the remainder of Hinton's life. That could've been the end of the story, but fate had other plans.

Dominguez eventually left Michigan behind and moved on to Oberlin Conservatory, where one fine day he was contacted by the co-executor of Milt Hinton's estate—David Berger. A fruitful relationship was formed from that initial connection and, with the blessing and institutional support provided by the school, many of Hinton's personal belongings—including the instrument heard on this recording—came to rest at Oberlin.

In the years since the instrument's arrival at the school, it's been used to good effect in numerous performance situations by a long string of A-list bassists—Dominguez, Richard Davis, Rufus Reid, Martin Wind, Ben Street, Hans Glawischnig, Robert Hurst III, and many others—but this bass has never had a showcase like this before. With this solo recital, Dominguez gives Hinton's instrument the attention it so richly deserves. At different times he coaxes tuneful lines, deep grooves, upbeat notions, and plaintive strains from the strings, inviting the bass's woody weight and wisdom to the fore. He taps into a tribal vein with "Mourning Song For A Chief," brings Ellingtonian breeziness and Basie-bound earthiness together in a medley merging of "Mood Indigo" and "Blue And Sentimental," allows the sweet ring of beauty to overtake the senses with a gorgeous performance of Stevie Wonder's "Lately," and brings buoyancy to bear on a soulful trip through "Bossa Nova Nemo (The Jive Samba)."

Dominguez proves to be a dynamic presence and a masterful arranger throughout, Hinton's instrument's sound rings clear and true at every turn, and there's nary a lull in activity or creativity across these ten tunes. Solo bass dates are often a tough sell, but this one isn't. Groove Dreams hits all the right marks and holds attention from beginning to end.

John Fedchock - Hit The Bricks (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:15 | Size: 137.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. This Just In
2. Moon Alley
3. Steps En Trois (Giant Steps)
4. Twilight
5. Hit The Bricks
6. Cool Customer
7. I'm Thru With Love
8. Empty Promises
9. Brazilian Fantasy

Personnel: John Fedchock- trombone, Scott Wendholt- trumpet (tracks 2,5, & 8 only), Chris Potter- tenor & soprano saxophones (tracks 2, 5, 8, & 9 only), Allen Farnham- piano, Rufus Reid- bass, Dave Ratajczak- drums, Adrian D Souza- percussion (track 9 only)

Recording DateJanuary 26, 2000 - January 27, 2000
His two big band albums are terrific. Now trombonist John Fedchock leads a quartet on a session that incorporates ballads with up-tempo romps and fresh originals with existing compositions. Three tracks add trumpet and tenor saxophone for a larger sound. The title track comes from Fedchock's vast experience, placing a big band chart in the hands of a sextet. Driving with a hard-nosed direction, the sextet covers the territory well. Kenny Barron's "Twilight" stands out as another high point of the album, with Fedchock's buttery trombone tone pushing a deliberate tempo. In 3/4 time, "Giant Steps" runs amok like a busy, intellectually occupied parody of "My Favorite Things." "Brazilian Fantasy" lays it out gently like a walk on the beach, while Fedchock's "Cool Customer," another session high point, lets loose with a Count Basie big band swing. Never one to pull any punches, John Fedchock has made a subtle change in direction while keeping the central focus of his music at its trombone-lover's best.

John Ellis & Double Wide - Charm (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:06 | Size: 100.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Booker
02. High & Mighty
03. Horse Won't Trot
04. Charm Is Nearly Always Sinister
05. Old Hotel
06. International Tuba Day
07. Snake Handler
08. Better Angels
09. Barbed Wire Britches
10. Yearn

Label: MRI / The Orchard

Harcsa Veronika - You Don't Know It's You (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:27 | Size: 129.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Too Early
2. What Is Our Love For
3. Play Me, Play Me
4. If You
5. But I'm Not
6. Maybe Neverending
7. All That You Say
8. Nothing's Left
9. Losing Ground
10. Luring
11. Pirate Ballad
12. Something New
13. You Don't Know It's You

Harcsa Veronika was born in Budapest. During her school years she went to several music schools learning to play the piano, the saxophone, classical and jazz singing. She is graduating from the vocal jazz faculty of the Ferenc Liszt College of Music Budapest in June 2008. She formed her own jazz quartet in 2005, featuring leading young Hungarian jazz musicians. She produced and released their debut jazz standard album Speak Low in Hungary in 2005.

Grant Stewart Trio - Roll On (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:19 | Size: 103.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Thinking Of You 04:15
02. Here I'll Stay 06:40
03. After You've Gone 04:02
04. Just As Though You Were Here 06:28
05. Un Poco Loco 06:59
06. End Of A Love Affair 05:43
07. Fats Flats 03:48
08. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 05:51
09. Roll On 05:33

Featuring: Grant Stewart - tenor saxophone, Paul Sikivie - bass and Phil Stewart - drums

Recorded at Will and Norah's House in Vancouver, BC on October 6, 2016 by Dave Sikula.

Christie Winn - C'est Magnifique (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:23 | Size: 87.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. You Don't Know What Love Is
2. Angel Eyes
3. Bye Bye Blackbird
4. C'est Magnifique
5. Sai Dessa
6. Like A Lover
7. Dos Gardenias
8. Paper Moon
9. Body And Soul
10. Inutil Paisagem
11. Estate
12. C'est Magnifique (Reprise)

Vocalist/Pianist Christie Winn switches gears on her latest release, ʻCʼest Magnifiqueʼ, her first truly solo endeavor without the support of her band, ʻThe Lowdownsʼ. While her former recordings highlight her songwriting, this new release is comprised of jazz standards from around the globe. The minimalistic treatments of these classics conjure an intimate feel, allowing Winnʼs smoky vocal stylings to be in the spotlight. Accompanied only by Joe Kyle on bass and herself on piano (and occasionally melodica), Christie Winn sings her way to your heart, imbuing each phrase with pure emotion. Be it sadness or joy, Winn explores the depths on ʻCʼest Magnifiqueʼ.

Cesar Joaniquet - Smog Eyes (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:19 | Size: 93.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. In The Sweetness of Your Eyes - 04:50
2. The End Of a Love Affair - 05:29
3. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - 07:29
4. Jazz of Two Cities - 03:48
5. Portrait of Jennie - 06:19
6. Different Meanings - 03:29
7. Everything Happens to Me - 05:04
8. Smog Eyes - 05:06

Cesar Joaniquet - tenor sax
Michael Kanan - piano
Lim Yang - bass
Marton Juhasz - drums
Ted Brown - tenor saxophone on tracks 4 and 8.

Recorded and mixed by Michael Brorby in the Acoustic Recording Studio, Brooklyn New York, on April 19th 2012.

Alex Sipiagin Quintet - Hindsight (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:41 | Size: 152.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Very Early I 10:04
2 Hindsight 10:07
3 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird 8:30
4 Linear Passage 8:45
5 Second Shot 10:15
6 Light Blue 5:18
7 Upstream 9:22
8 Ver Early II 10:14

Bass – Boris Kozlov
Drums – Gene Jackson
Guitar – Adam Rogers (2)
Tenor Saxophone – Chris Potter (2)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Liner Notes – Alex Sipiagin

Recorded May 23, 2001.


VA - Gibble Gobble & Sadaba (Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 5 & 6) (2017)

Genre: Rock, Blues | Total Time: 59:14 | Size: 136.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Clare Sisters – Cool Cool Cool
02. Earl Hooker – Apache War Dance
03. Chuck Daniels – Tiny Tim
04. Otis Blackwell & His Band – My Josephine
05. Lance Roberts – Gonna Have Myself A Ball
06. Willie Wright & His Sparklers – Gibble, Gobble
07. Bob Calloway And The Chicks - Native
08. Sonny Day – Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt
09. Howlin’ Wolf – Wang Dang Doodle
10. Toussaint Mccall - Summertime
11. Titus Turner - Coralee
12. The Voodoos - Voodoo Walk
13. The Rhythm Kings - Exotic
14. Kenny And Moe – I Want To Love You
15. Titus Turner – Big John
16. Young Jessie – Big Chief (King Of Love)
17. Bracey Everett – Lover’s Curse
18. Johnny & The Hurricanes - Sheba
19. Johnny Williams - Sadaba
20. Little Jimmy Ray – You Need To Fall In Love
21. The Mark Five - Cleo
22. Cosmo – I’m A Little Mixed Up
23. Steve Karmen – River In My Blood
24. Otis Blackwell – Let The Daddy Hold You

Ronny Jordan - A Brighter Day (1999)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:09 | Size: 169.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. A Brighter Day
2. Aftermath
3. Mackin (Featuring DJ Spinna)
4. Why
5. Mystic Voyage (Featuring Roy Ayers)
6. Breauxlude
7. London Lowdown
8. Two Worlds
9. Mambo Inn
10. Rio
11. New Delhi
12. Seeing Is Believing
13. 5/8 In Flow
14. A Brighter Day (Remix) Featuring Mos Def

Personnel: Ronny Jordan (acoustic & electric guitars, synthesizer, bass, programming); Stephanie McKay, Jill Jones, Philip Hamilton, Sivashakti Sivanesan (vocals); Todd Horton (trumpet); Steve Wilson (flute); Roy Ayers, Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Bruce Flowers (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Marcus Persiani, Onje Allen Gumbs (piano); Brian Mitchell (Hammond B-3 organ); Joel Campbell (keyboards, synthesizer); Ticklah (keyboards, sound effects); Zachary Breaux (guitar); Steve Lewinson, Ian Martin, Andy Gonzalez (acoustic bass); Poogie Bell, Clarence Penn, Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums); Shivas Shanker (tablas); Neil Clarke, Cafe (percussion); DJ Spinna (programming, scratches); Mos Def.Producers: Ronny Jordan, Brian Bacchus, Joel Campbell.Engineers include: Steve Lewinson, Steve Hardy, Steve Parr.

Recording Date August, 1999

A BRIGHTER DAY was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

As the reality of Y2K took hold, no doubt many artists went with forward-thinking album titles for their first efforts of the new millennium. But guitarist Ronny Jordan wasn't thinking of trendiness or even the calendar shift when he called his Blue Note debut A Brighter Day. His 1992 jazz/hip-hop-fused release The Antidote made him an instant star on London's burgeoning acid-jazz scene. Over the next few years and recordings, however, his pioneering success in this genre proved as much a curse as a blessing, as his sound got muddled through working with outside producers. The wide stylistic diversity on the self-produced A Brighter Day -- which takes him on excursions into Brazilian, Latin, straight-ahead, even Indian music, with only a few passing nods to his acidic roots -- makes for his most organic and honest effort to date. The title also celebrates his most effective electric guitar playing thus far. On the aptly titled "Two Worlds," Jordan spins a crisp, Wes Montgomery-styled melody over an increasingly aggressive bossa-minded percussion pattern, holding occasional but few bar conversations with the uppity, Latin-styled piano of Marcus Persiani. Jordan also goes the Brazilian route on "Rio," albeit with a subtler, more spiritual edge; his muted guitar dances over a sparse rhythm pattern, as haunting angelic vocals ease in and out. A gentle Indian flute harmony and a soaring female chant alternately wrap around his high-toned strings, all over the patter of Shivas Shankar's tablas on a spirited reworking of Victor Feldman's "New Delhi." When he's not exploring the world, Jordan reconnects with the jazz roots that predated his acid-jazz days. A longtime fan of Roy Ayers, he reworks the vibist's 25-year-old "Mystic Voyage" into a funky jam session, holding sparkling, improv, call-and-response exchanges between electric guitar and vibes; it's as if the fan is asking the master, "Am I doing all right?." Vibes also play a crucial role on "5/8 in Flow"; Stefon Harris bubbles over the oddly metered drum pattern of Jeff "Tain" Watts between tight guitar melodies that firmly display Jordan's Wes Montgomery and Grant Green influences. It's clear that Jordan is more at home with all this exploring, but he can't resist paying homage to the sounds that made him famous. His guitar gallops gleefully over a hefty B-3 harmony on "London Lowdown," and DJ Spinna creates cool scratches and otherworldly effects between gentle guitar lines on the hypnotic, retro-minded "Mackin'."