Vladimir Shafranov Meets Harry Allen - Dear Old Stockholm (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:58 | Size: 164.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Dear Old Stockholm-1 (trad)
02. Dear Old Stockholm-2 (trad)
03. Besame Mucho (C.Velazquez)
04. Just One More Chance (S.Coslow)
05. Beautiful Love (V.Young)
06. So In Love (C.Porter)
07. Cry Me A River (A.Hamilton)
08. If You Never Come To Me (A.C Jobim)
09. Left Alone (M.Waldron)
10. `Moon And Sand (A.Wilder)
11. Close Enough For Love (J.Mandel)
12. Just In Time (I.Berlin)
13. You Must Believe In Spring (M.Legrand)
14. Round Midnight (T.Monk)
15. What A Wonderful World (G.Douglas)

Vladimir Shafranov, piano
Harry Allen, tenor sax
Hans Backenroth, bass
Bengt Stark, drums

Recorded at OAL Studio in Stockholm, on Jury 3 and 4, 2016.

Toni Harper - Night Mood (1960)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:43 | Size: 80.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. In the Still Of the Night
2. Paradise
3. 'Round Midnight
4. The Meaning Of the Blues
5. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
6. Night After Night
7. Just Go
8. A Sleepin' Bee
9. My Ship
10. You and the Night and the Music
11. Petals On the Pond
12. Where Flamingos Fly
Personnel: Toni Harper (vcl), Marty Paich (dir, arr), Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp), Vince De Rosa (frh), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb), Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Jack Montrose, Jack Nimitz (saxes), Eddie Beal, Jimmy Rowles (p), Joe mondragon (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Toni Harper's final Rca session pairs the singer with arranger Marty Paich to create the richly atmospheric after-hours album that she was born to make. By alternating between pop standards and jazz originals, Night Mood underscores the complete breadth of Harper's talents. Even better than her sophisticated and poignant interpretations of chestnuts like "Round Midnight" and "My Ship" is a swinging rendition of "Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week" that deserves serious consideration as the song's definitive treatment. Paich's soulful arrangements further enhance the dusky beauty of Harper's vocals, even making room for some lovely alto saxophone solos courtesy of the great Art Pepper.

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Sheriff (1964)

Genre: Jazz / Cool / Bop | Total Time: 30:07 | Size: 72:21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A1. The Sheriff (John Lewis) (2:41)
02. A2. In A Crowd (John Lewis) (3:05)
03. A3. Bachianas Brasileiras (Heitor Villa-Lobos) (5:44)
04. A4. Mean To Me (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) (4:24)
05. B1. Natural Affection (Leonard Feather, John Lewis) (4:08)
06. B2. Donnie's Theme (John Lewis) (4:13)
07. B3. Carnival (Luiz Bonfá, Ross Jungnickel) (6:06)

John Lewis - piano;
Milt Jackson - vibraphone Vibraharp;
Percy Heath - bass;
Connie Kay - drums.

Label: Atlantic ‎– 8122-73520-2 (EU 2001)

The Gil Evans Orchestra - Little Wing; Live In Germany (1978)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 53:45 | Size: 126.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1 Dr. Jeckyl (Jackle)
A2 The Meaning of the Blues
Side B
B1 Little Wing

Electric Piano – Gil Evans
Alto, Soprano Sax, Flute – Gerry Niewood
Tenor Sax, Flute, Percussion – George Adams
Trumpet, Trumpet [Piccolo] – Lew Soloff
Trumpet – Terumasa Hino
Tuba – Bob Stewart
Synthesizer – Peter Levin
Electric Bass – Don Pate
Drums – Rob Crowder

Recorded live in Germany, October 19, 1978

Label: Circle Records

The Andy Martin Quartet - Live at Capozzoli's (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:06 | Size: 164.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. East of the Sun - 9:23
2. Alone Together - 8:59
3. 'S Wonderful - 7:35
4. Someday My Prince Will Come - 8:15
5. These Foolish Things - 5:03
6. A Day In the Life of A Fool - 10:30
7. Line For Lewis - 7:06
8. Angel Eyes - 9:12
9. But Beautiful - 7:09

Recorded February 3-4, 2001

Andy Martin - Trombone
Dave Pell - Tenor Saxophone
Larry Koonse - Guitar
Trey Henry - Bass
Ray Brinker - Drums

Teodross Avery - My Generation (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:08 | Size: 162.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Addis Ababa
2. Mode For My Father
3. Theme For Malcolm
4. Lover Man
5. To The East
6. Mr. Wonsey
7. Salome
8. Sphere
9. My Generation
10. Anytime, Anyplace
11. It's About That Time
Personnel: Teodross Avery (tenor saxophone); Black Thoughts Of The Roots (vocals); Charles Craig (piano); Peter Bernstein, Mark Whitfield, John Scofield (guitar); Rodney Whitaker, Greg Hutchinson (bass); Andrew Daniels (percussion).
Young saxophonist Teodross Avery's recording covers a lot of ground, from explorative improvisations that sound as if they really belong on Impulse to selections that use a funky (and even a light hip-hop) rhythm and a straightforward ("Mr. Wonsey") boppish blues. Avery has strong technique and his sound, particularly on tenor (where he hints at Stanley Turrentine, and to a lesser extent, Sonny Stitt), is gradually becoming personal. He is joined by bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Greg Hutchinson on every selection along with either John Scofield, Mark Whitfield, or Peter Bernstein on guitar or pianist Charles Craig. Of the supporting crew, only Scofield (who creates some very unusual and distorted sounds on his guitar during "Theme for Malcolm") makes much of an impression and Avery seems to be most comfortable with the pianist (who is on four of the 11 selections). "Lover Man" sounds surprisingly passionless (showing that Avery is not yet mature enough to uplift veteran ballads) and there is an annoying (and meaningless) 35-second rap on the title cut that lowers the quality of the record. The overall results are generally enjoyable, if not all that memorable or unique.

Steve Bailey - So Low...Solo (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:10 | Size: 131.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Waltz For Leeann
2. Rhum Bar
3. Last Train Home
4. Scrapple From The Apple
5. Calm Before The Storm
6. Sea Major
7. Blink
8. Sir Paul
9. Bombz Over Baghdad
10. Ella's Boogie
11. Majestic March
12. Mom's Melody
Personnel: Steve Bailey- bass; Robert Thomas Jr., Arlin Strader – drums.
According to Bass Player Magazine, "Steve Bailey is to the 6 string fretless bass what Christopher Columbus was to America". You may have heard Steve with Dizzy Gillespie... or the Rippingtons.... or Larry Carlton.....or Kitaro... or Willie Nelson... or Jethro Tull...or.......... well, the list goes on. Through the 80's and 90's Steve could be heard on a variety of recordings, from movie soundtracks to TV commercials. He toured and recorded with a variety of Artists, playing Jazz, Rock, Country, New Age,... whatever! All of these divergent elements can be heard in his unique solo style. Teaming up with Victor Wooten (probably the most influential bassist of the decade) in 1993, they formed Bass Extremes, a cutting edge Bass-Duo that has released critically acclaimed cd's and dvd's for the last 14 years. So Low.... Solo, will offer the listener a new perspective on bass playing. Completely without "stacked tracks" or overdubs, Steve teams with legendary hand drummer Robert Thomas Jr. (of Weather Report fame) and creates a duo that can sound like an orchestra. Steve's innovative artificial harmonic techniques, chordal voicings, and multi-timbre polyphonic pyrotechnics combine to make a very listenable, soothing, musical experience.

Victor Wooten says it best on the cd cover... "So Low...........Solo, the new CD from Steve Bailey, is finally here. The sound he produces from his six string fretless bass is so beautiful and unique that I have been asking him (pressuring him to be exact) to record this music for years. Your ear will tell you that there is no way he could have produced all of this music with one bass and no overdubs (I know that he did,) but the smile of your soul will tell you that it doesn't matter."

Simone Honijk - From This Moment On (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 48:26 | Size: 112.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Astronaut (3:24)
02. Slap That Bass (3:18)
03. The Healing (5:24)
04. From This Moment On (3:26)
05. Prepared For Midwinter (4:30)
06. Pensativa (5:02)
07. Fascinating Rhythm (4:01)
08. Dance For The Old People (3:35)
09. Dream Dancing (5:14)
10. A Drug Called Love (4:15)
11. Dienda (6:18)

Label: WM Digital Services
At the age of ten Simone Honijk started with classical piano lessons and continued these lessons for nine years. However, over time, singing became her real passion! From the age of 20 she took vocal lessons with professional teachers (pop and jazz styles) and attended many vocal improvisational and interpretaional workshops with various professionals. (i.e. Mathilde Santing, Carmen Gomes, Joris Teepe, Sheila Jordan, Jody Gilbert).

Simone later started performing and singing in an a capella vo cal group, a small jazz choir and as a backing vocalist of a soul/funk band. Then, wanting to try her wings as a soloist, she started a duo with professional guitarist Cees Swart, performing a repertoire of jazz and pop songs, as well as his own compositio ns. In the years following, she felt her heart pull more towards the jazz idiom, because of her love for improvisation and freedom of interpretation. She then dove deeper into more modern and mainstream jazz styles with various Dutch jazz groups (i.e. conc ert in Cristofori, Amsterdam with Rob van Bavel, Jasper van Hulten en Rene van Beeck in sept. 2005). In addition, Simone sang with various bigband ensembles; along with guest performers, such as Frits Landesbergen. In 1999 she attended the Vocal Jazz Works hop at Stanford (Palo Alto, California, USA). There, she studied with Madeline Eastman, Judy Niemack and Dena De Rose as well as the guest teacher Kenny Barron.

In 2005, Simone completed her studies at the Vocal Jazz Department at the Amsterdam Conservatory and obtained her degree. In the Conservatory she actively attended clinics given by Deborah Brown, Mark Murphy, Nancy Marano, Rhiannon, Edwin Rutten and Ronald Douglas: as well as masterclasses by Bobby Mc Ferrin, Dianne Reeves and Dee Daniels. Upon co mpletion of her degree,she studied acting and singing at the A m- sterdam Theatreschool. Since 2003 she has been performing with her own jazz group, "The Simone Honijk Quartet" and as a guest vocalist of different professional jazz ensembles. Since 2008 Sim one has been working in projects in which they are certain composers or jazz musicians Central (D. Ellington/B. Strayhorn, Bill Evans, 2012 Stephen Sondheim and in 201 3 project about Tadd Dameron with also her own lyrics ). In 2012 she also organized (together with the jazz singer Karen Vrijburg) 10 special concerts for piano trio 's called "To The Full".

Simon Nabatov - Spinning Songs Of Herbie Nichols (2007)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:15 | Size: 147.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. 2300 Skiddoo
2. The Spinning Song
3. Blue Chopsticks
4. Lady Sings the Blues
5. Sunday Stroll
6. The Third World
7. Terpsichore
8. Twelve Bars

Piano Simon Nabatov

Producer Leo Feigin, Simon Nabatov
Recorded By Christian Heck

Recorded live in LOFT, Köln, Germany,
September 22, 2007

2012 Leo Records CD LR 632 UK

Style: Contemporary Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz
A heralded outsider, Russian pianist Simon Nabatov imparts a personal spin on a selection of legendary jazz pianist Herbie Nichols' discography. Here, Nabatov performs solo, exuding his habitual creative sparks during these interrogations and investigations of Nichols' often-overlooked body of work. Featuring integrations of traditional jazz applications with austere classicism, bop, world-beat grooves and more, the pianist duly underscores Nichols' knotty rhythmic persuasions. Throughout, Nabatov tears down these compositions and re-engineers the various melodies and structures. With flourishing cadenzas, trickling harmonics and a host of expressive formations, the artist sustains a high-level of interest. On "The Spinning Song," he conveys great sensitivity yet flexes some muscle during various passages. Complete with rollicking progressions, spinning notes and haunting contrasts, the pianist seamlessly melds a fire and brimstone outline into bluesy statements and energized chord clusters. Nabatov explores an abundance of rhythmic variations and tinkers with the free-zone in spots, but closes the piece on a whimper, as if to suggest the gas tank is on empty. Indeed, he exhausts a cavalcade of ideologies, running on overdrive to offset the temperate moments with compassion and poise.

Samo Salamon Trio - Almost Almond (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:27 | Size: 159.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Monkey Hands (06:11)
02. Lastovo (09:23)
03. My Amusing Muse (06:00)
04. Dutilleux (08:33)
05. Pleiades (06:07)
06. Too Emotional For This World (08:01)
07. Drewish (05:16)
08. The Small Buddhist (03:51)
09. The Ladybird is Yawing (06:51)
10. Monderous (06:26)
11. Almost Almond (02:48)
Label - Sanje Publishers

Samo Šalamon - guitar
Drew Gress - bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Organissimo - Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters… (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:41 | Size: 139.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Meet Me @ 11 (3:55)
02. Jimmy Smith Goes To Washington (5:35)
03. Clap Yo' Hands (7:19)
04. Life Wish (6:20)
05. Blade's Shake (5:23)
06. You Don't Want To Do That (7:16)
07. Young's Dream (7:26)
08. Pre Dawn Rain (6:56)
09. Decoder (10:35)
Label - Big O Records

Jim Alfredson - organ
Randy Marsh - drums
Joe Gloss - guitar
Ron Blake – tenor sax

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet - Plan (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:30 | Size: 107.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Plan 3:43
2. Backup 6:18
3. Ta Ta Ta 5:51
4. After Touch 8:35
5. In This 6:07
6. Spring-ing 5:58
7. 2 Parts Air 4:43
8. Dance Two 7:18
Label - Passin' Thru Records

Oliver Lake - alto saxophone
Freddie Hendrix - trumpet
Jared Gold - Hammond B3
Jonathan Blake - drums

Maurice Vander - Chess (1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:37 | Size: 108.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1 Mélodie Pour Nadine
A2 East Side Song
A3 Gaston Et Adolphine
A4 Berçeuse Pour Laurent
A5 Traitement De Choc
A6 Grand Rocque
A7 Trop De Problèmes
Side B
B1 Florestan Et Eusebius
B2 Une Dame En Détresse
B3 Le Signe Indien
B4 Le Long Voyage De Retour
B5 Sweet Sweet I Am
B6 Le Massacre Du Dragon
B7 Un Brillant Camée

Massimo Farao' Trio - Swingin' (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:48 | Size: 165.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Moanin' (8:09)
02. On A Clear Day (6:22)
03. Almost Like Being In Love (9:21)
04. Yours Is My Heart Alone (7:23)
05. I Hear A Rhapsody (4:41)
06. Just You Just Me (6:27)
07. Falling In Love With Love (8:01)
08. Azule Serape (6:37)
09. A Beautiful Friendship (8:58)
10. Harlem Blues (5:50)

Label: Venus Records
Massimo Farao (16th March 1965 in Genoa) is an Italian jazz - pianist. Massimo Farao studied with Flavio Crivelli and worked with local formations; In 1983 he visited the United States, where he among other things, with the first Red Holloway and Albert 'Tootie' Heath played. In the 1990s he worked with Tony Scott, Adrian Mears, John Enders, Jesse Davis, Franco Ambrosetti, at its Enja -albumsGrazie Italia and Light Breeze he participated. He also played in the Nat Adderley Quintet at a European tour. In 1993 he took for Splasc (h) his debut album For Meon; his teammates included the trumpeter Flavio Boltro and bassist Dado Moroni. In 1995 the album Ciao Baby (on Monad).

In Trio with Ira Coleman and Jeff Tain Watts played Farao 1998 Brooklyn for Enja album Black Inside a; 2000 followed (also on Enja) the recorded in trio and quartet album Thorn on which Drew Gress, Jack DeJohnette and saxophonist Chris Potter participated. In 2001, he was (with Wayne Dockery and Bobby Durham)member of the quartet of Archie Shepp; 2001-2005 was the artistic director of the jazz department Farao the label Azzrra Music. In 2003, he stepped on the Jazz Piano Festival in Lucerne. In 2006 he recorded an album with compositions by Ennio Morricone on; In 2007 he toured in a trio with Joey DeFrancesco through Europe and the USA.

Marv Jenkins - Good Little Man At the Rubaiyat Room (1962)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:38 | Size: 72.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Time After Time (Cahn-Styne) 5:01
02. My Mans Gone Now (Gershwin-Heyward) 4:03
03. Blues Cha Cha (Jenkins) 3:14
04. Whats New? (Burke-Haggart) 4:55
05. Tranes Message (Jenkins) 4:25
06. Blues Waltz (Jenkins) 2:58
07. Ill Drown in My Own Tears (Glover) 5:10
08. Good Lil Man (Jenkins) 2:34

Marvin Jenkins, piano; Stanley Gilbert, bass; and Kenny Dennis, drums.

Recorded at United Studios, Hollywood, October 22, 1962

Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Lullaby in Rhythm (1954 -1955)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:09 | Size: 94.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I'm Forever Blowing Bubles
02. Cherokee
03. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
04. Begin The Beguine
05. Our Love Is Here To Stay
06. Doodle Doo Doo
07. Lullabye In Rhythm
08. Skylark
09. Someone To Watch Over Me
10. Mambo # 5
11. The Man That Got Away
12. Autumn Nocture
13. Laura
14. Flyin' Home

Alto Sax - Ronny Lang
Tenor Sax - Dave Pell
Trombone - Ray Sims, Bob Pring, Dick Noel
Piano - Donn Trenner

Recorded in stereo at the Hollywood Palladium, Dec. 1954 - Jan. 1955

Kirk Fischer - Friends (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:20 | Size: 98.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Friends
02. Dis 'Sup
03. Kiss on My List
04. Reach into Your Heart
05. Shades of Gray
06. Thunder and Lightning
07. The Way It Is
08. Bast Majority
09. Open the Eyes of My Heart
10. Blame It on Your Own Self

Jim McNeely Quintet - Rain's Dance (1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:57 | Size: 123.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Wishful Thinking
2. Little Green Men
3. Tipe Tizwe
4. Rain's Dance
5. For The Crazy One
6. Rain's Dance

Personnel: Bass – Mike Richmond; Drums – Bob Merigliano; Piano, Electric Piano, Composed By – Jim McNeely; Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Larry Schneider.

Recorded October 4 & 6, 1976

©℗ 1978 SteepleChase ‎– SCS 4001
Pianist Jim McNeely, who includes stints with Ted Curson, Stan Getz, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, and Phil Woods on his lengthy resume, has been gradually recognized by the jazz public as a terrific composer, but these 1976 sessions, which mark one of his earliest dates as a leader, show him to be a very advanced writer at an early stage of his career. The hypnotic opener, "Wishful Thinking," features Larry Schneider on soprano sax in a modal setting. McNeely switches to electric piano for his playful "Little Green Men." On the catchy "Tipe Tizwe," based on a traditional African folk song, the leader plays both piano and African thumb piano (which is rarely heard in jazz), and is joined only by percussionist Sam Jacobs. "Rain's Dance" is a driving post-bop composition that marks the typical ebb and flow in the intensity of a summer storm; it's heard in two separate takes, featuring fine solos by McNeely, bassist Mike Richmond, and Larry Schenider on tenor sax. This adventurous date by Jim McNeely is well worth acquiring.

Jazz Is Phsh - He Never Spoke A Word (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Funk | Total Time: 1:06:25 | Size: 152.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Ghost
2. Cars Trucks Buses
3. Weigh
4. Foam
5. 46 Days
6. Dog Log
7. Lawn Boy
8. Meat
9. Camel Walk
10. Magilla
11. Alumni Blues
12. A Letter To Jimmy Page / Alumni Blues
Label - Self Production

Chris Bullock - tenor saxophone, flute
Jeff Coffin - tenor saxophone
Kofi Burbridge - flute
Carl Gerhard, Michael Ray - trumpet
Scott Flynn, Derrick Johnson - trombone
Matthew Chase - guitar
Lenny Pettinelli - piano, organ
Holly Bowling - piano
Josh Thomas - keyboards
Jonathan Scales - steel pans
Anthony Wellington, Chris DeAngelis - bass
Adam Chase: drums

Herb Ellis - An Evening With Herb Ellis (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:45 | Size: 112.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Sweet Georgia Brown - 5:12
02. Days Of Wine And Roses - 7:35
03. Things Ain't What They Used To Be - 10:08
04. Polka Dots And Moonbeams - 6:19
05. Billie's Bounce - 7:25
06. The Shadow Of Your Smile - 6:43
07. I Love You - 6:10
08. Body And Soul - 4:12
09. I Want To Be Happy - 5:58

Personnel: Herb Ellis (guitar); Bill MacDonough (piano); Chuck Israels (bass); John Nolan (drums).

Recording information: Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, B (02/19/1995).

Heads Of State - Four In One (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:06 | Size: 165.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Four In One
02. And He Called Himself A Messenger
03. Dance Cadaverous
04. Moose The Mooche
05. Aloysius
06. The Day You Said Goodbye
07. Milestones
08. Keep The Master In Mind
09. Someone To Watch Over Me
10. Sippin’ At Bells
11. Freedom Jazz Dance

Heads of State—the collective quartet of living legends Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, David “Happy” Williams, and Al Foster—are celebrating the release of their highly anticipated new record, Four in One. Gary Bartz has been called a “remarkable saxophonist who can easily recall the more lyrical moments of John Coltrane or the R&B stylings of players like Hank Crawford” by Jazziz; Larry Willis is “the greatest pianist you’ve never heard of” according to TimeOut NY; David Williams, a renowned bassist with a remarkable history, is well known for his rapport with Billy Higgins in the Cedar Walton Trio; and TimeOut NY also says drumming legend Al Foster’s “brilliant timekeeping encompasses the best of the old and new school.” This is a special group that you won’t want to miss.

Harris Eisenstadt - Recent Developments (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:00 | Size: 93.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Introduction 0:27
2. Prologue 0:58
3. Part 1 6:35
4. Interlude (group 1) 2:00
5. Part 2 6:31
6. Interlude (quartet) 1:40
7. Part 3 3:12
8. Interlude (duo 1) 0:30
9. Part 4 5:15
10. Interlude (group 2) 1:23
11. Part 5 5:35
12. Interlude (duo 2) 1:44
13. Part 6 2:55
14. Epilogue 2:17
Label - Songlines

Harris Eisenstadt - percusssion
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Dan Peck - tuba
Anna Webber - flute
Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon
Brandon Seabrook - banjo
Eivind Opsvik - bass
Hank Roberts - cello

Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:32 | Size: 169.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Chief
02. Afro Blue (feat. Gregory Porter)
03. The Man from Hyde Park (feat. Gregory Porter)
04. Fool Rush In (feat. Norah Jones)
05. Don't Misunderstand (feat. Norah Jones)
06. I'll Take Romance (feat. Jane Monheit)
07. My One and Only Love (feat. Jane Monheit)
08. Billie's Bounce (feat. Kurt Elling)
09. Portrait of Jennie (feat. Kurt Elling)
10. You Needed Me (feat. Kurt Elling)
11. Such Is Life (feat. Alexis Cole)
12. Do It Again (feat. Peter Bernstein)
13. Mozzin'
14. Bobby, Benny, Jymie, Lee, Bu

Bass – John Webber (2)
Drums – Joe Farnsworth
Guitar – Peter Bernstein
Piano – Harold Mabern
Saxophone – Eric Alexander
Trombone – Steve Turre
Trumpet – Jeremy Pelt
Vocals – Alexis Cole, Gregory Porter, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, Norah Jones

Recording Date August 21 & 29, 2014

2015 Smoke Sessions Records SSR -1503 CD
2016 Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1503-1 LP

Gerry Mulligan - Mullenium (1946-57)

Genre: Jazz / Cool Jazz | Total Time: 59:52 | Size: 138.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Thruway (Take 6) (Gerry Mulligan) (8:24)
02. Motel (Take 5) (Gerry Mulligan) (6:21)*
03. All The Things You Are (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) (5:40)
04. Mullenium (Gerry Mulligan) (7:30)
05. Thruway (Take 7) (Gerry Mulligan) (8:49)
06. Motel (Take 4) (Gerry Mulligan) (6:17)*
07. Elevation (Elliot Lawrence, Gerry Mulligan) (2:34)
08. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) (3:04)
09. Disc Jockey Jump (Gerry Mulligan) (3:08)
10. How High The Moon (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) (3:19)
11. Disc Jockey Jump (Alternate Take 1) (Gerry Mulligan) (2:53)
* - bonus track

# 1-6: Gerry Mulligan & His Orchestra:
Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax & piano); Gene Allen (baritone sax); Zoot Sims & Charlie Rouse (tenor saxes); Lee Konitz & Hal Mckusick (alto saxes); Phil Sunkel, Jerry Lloyd, Don Joseph, Don Ferrara (trumpets); Frank Rehak & Jim Dahl (trombones); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Joe Benjamin (bass); Dave Bailey (drums). Columbia 30th Street Studio, April 1957.

# 7: Elliot Lawrence & His Orchestra:
John Dee, Joe Techner, Jimmy Padget, Bill Danzizen (trumpets); Vince Forrest, Sy Berger, Chuck Harris (trombones); Phil Urso, Bruno Rondinelli (tenor saxes); Joe Soldo, Louis Giamo (alto saxes); Merle Bredwell (baritone sax); Bob Karsh (piano); Tom O'Neil (bass); Howie Mann (drums). New York City, April 13, 1949.

# 8: Elliot Lawrence & His Orchestra:
Frank Hunter, Gene Hessler replaces Vince Forrest & Chuck Harris On (trombones); Gerry Mulligan (baritone & alto saxes) replaces Louis Giamo; Elliot Lawrence replaces Bob Karsh On (piano). New York City, October 10, 1949.

# 10: Gene Krupa & His Orchestra:
Gene Krupa (drums); Ray triscari, Joe Triscari, Tony Anelli, Red Rodney (trumpets); Warren Covington, Ziggy Elmer, Dick Taylor, Ben Seaman (trombones); Charlie Kennedy, Harry Terrill (alto saxes); Charlie Ventura, Buddy Wise (tenor saxes); Jack Schwartz (baritone sax); Teddy Napoleon (piano); Mike Triscari (guitar); Bob Munoz (bass). New York City, May 27, 1946.

# 9 & 11: Gene Krupa & His Orchestra:
Gene Krupa (drums); Ray Triscari, Al Porcino, Ed Badgley, Don Fagerquist (trumpets); Clay Harvey, Dick Taylor, Emil Mazanec, Jack Zimmerman (trombones); Harry Terrill, Charlie Kennedy (alto saxes); Buddy Wise, Mitch Melnick (tenor saxes); Jack Schwartz (baritone sax); Buddy Neal (piano); Bob Lesher (guitar); Bob Strahl (bass). New York, January 1947

Label: Columbia ‎– CK 65678, Legacy ‎– CK 65678 (EU)

Gerry Mulligan - Mullenium (1946-57) 

Fukumi - Moon In Paris (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz | Total Time: 56:51 | Size: 129.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Devil May Care
02. Once Upon A Summertime
03. The Windmills Of Your Mind
04. Moon In Paris
05. I Will Wait For You
06. Sunny
07. Yesterday When I Was Young
08. This Girl's In Love With You
09. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
10. This Masquerade
11. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Frank Wess - Frank Wess meets The Paris-Barcelona Swing Connection (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:30 | Size: 138.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hi, Mr. Wess (O.Bordas) (4:34)
02. Bluesin' In Cadaques (O.Bordas) (4:36)
03. Shiny Stockings (F.Foster) (4:28)
04. In A Sentimental Mood (D.Ellington) (6:05)
05. Tickle Toe (L.Young) (4:29)
06. Close Your Eyes (Petkore) (5:17)
07. The Midgets (J.Newman) (4:31)
08. Natacha's Blues (O.Bordas) (4:26)
09. Always (I.Berlin) (6:09)
10. Ellington Ballad Medley: Prelude To A Kiss / Star Crossed Lovers (D.Ellington) (9:48)
11. Shufflin' (O.Bordas) (5:07)

Frank Wess flute, tenor saxophone;
Oriol Bordas - vibraphone, alto saxophone;
Patrick Aertero, Gilles Berthenet - trumpet;
Thierry Lhiver - trombone;
Philippe Chagne - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone;
Dominique Vernhes - clarinet, tenor saxophone;
Philippe Duchemin - piano;
Ramon Fossati - guitar;
Jean-Pierre Rebillard - bass;
Stephane Roger - drums.

Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

Etienne Charles - Kaiso (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:11 | Size: 162.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Kaiso
2. J'ouvert Barrio
3. Russian Satellite
4. Congo Bara
5. Ten to One is Murder
6. Teresa
7. Kitch's Bebop of Calypso
8. Rose
9. My Landlady
10. Margie
11. Sugar Bum Bum
Personnel: Etienne Charles: trumpet, flugelhorn, cuatro, percussion, vocals; Brian Hogans: alto saxophone, piano (6), vocals; Jacques Schwarz-Bart: tenor saxophone, vocals; Sullivan Fortner: piano, vocals; Ben Williams: bass, vocals; Obed Calvaire: drums, vocals; 3 Canal: vocals (2); Monty Alexander: piano (5, 7, 9, 10); Ralph MacDonald: percussion (6-8, 11); Lord Superior: vocals (7, 9), guitar (7, 9).
With Kaiso, trumpeter Etienne Charles revisits his robust Trinidad-Tobago roots, brilliantly exposing their beauty, mystery and fascinating flavors. The fruits of Charles and crew's labor blossom from multiple Caribbean grooves into a highly energized performance, with more jazz-tinged interpretations than his prior outing, the highly acclaimed Folklore (Self-Produced, 2009). The title tune, from an African word loosely defined as "proceed" (as in "play on"), is dark and hard. With the frontline boiling hot over a pulsing harmonic and rhythmic base, it announces, musically, that this effort will stray in a different, more complex musical direction. "J'overt Barrio" embraces a Latin feel as it weaves across genres and tempos; a New Orleans-style musical gumbo, consisting of Creole, African, and Caribbean musical flavors spiced with whistles and chants. Charles' tone is sweetly robust and a supreme joy throughout. His marvelous playing intentionally childlike and playful showcases his masterful abilities. His classical training and the influence of Miles Davis ("Congo Bara") and Wynton Marsalis are pleasantly obvious. Guadeloupean tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart adds a fine touch. Calypso master, Mighty Sparrow's "Russian Satellite" prances over a cool melody line before forging straight ahead. Alto saxophonist Brian Hogans generates boppish ideas and faux quotes that fire and pop, while the fine rhythm section lays a terrific, swinging foundation here and elsewhere.

Charles shows he can stretch out with the best on Mighty Sparrow's "Ten to One is Murder." Giving props to Marsalis and the bebop classic, "Salt Peanuts," Charles and Hogans fly on this burner, with guest pianist Monty Alexander and bassist Ben Williams both delivering heated solos. "Kitch's Bebop of Calypso" channels Charlie Parker, as Lord Superior's vocal and Hagans' solo confirm. Lord Superior's voice and Charles' cup-muted trumpet smile on the catchy calypso, "My Landlady," while bassist Ben Williams, drummer Obed Calvaire and percussionist Ralph MacDonald push without letting up. The lush orchestral prelude on Sparrow's "Teresa" sets up a luscious bossa nova melody, played with heart by Charles, while "Rose" showcases the orchestra's woodwinds flitting around Charles' calypso-dancing horn; two selections that are more accessible and, consequently, distinctive from the rest of the session. Charles' duo with Alexander on Lord Kitchner's "Margie," rounds out a trio of romantic beauties, and "Sugar Bum Bum," a jaunty calypso tip-of-the-hat to the Caribbean woman, perfectly seals this exotic date. Kaiso is an enticing recording by an extraordinary musician who is looking back historically and into his musical future. Whether calypso, straight-ahead, bebop or the mixture of all, Etienne Charles and his team show they have enough talent to cook up some truly spicy and wonderfully entertaining music. As they say in the Caribbean, "kaiso."

Ensemble 5 - Live-Featuring Elliott Levin (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:52 | Size: 161.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Moods & WIMS - Of Jazz-mined Hymns (34:58)
2. The Hearts Of The Eco-Euro-Pean-Omic Soul (35:54)

Composed By – Elliott Levin, Fridolin Blumer, Heinz Geisser, Reto Staub, Robert Morgenthaler
Double Bass – Fridolin Blumer
Featuring, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Words By [Poetry] – Elliott Levin
Percussion – Heinz Geisser
Piano – Reto Staub
Trombone – Robert Morgenthaler

Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Released: 01 Feb 2017
Label: Leo Records

Dag - Righteous (1994)

Genre: Funk / Soul | Total Time: 48:15 | Size: 102.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Intro 0:24
A2. Sweet Little Lass 4:40
A3. Righteous (City Pain) 3:37
A4. Your Mama's Eyes 4:02
A5. Home 3:23
A6. Lovely Jane 4:46
A7. You Can Lick It (If You Try) 5:32
Side B
B1. Even So 4:16
Will Campbell – Alto Sax
Mark Mullins - Trombone
Jeremy Davenport - Trumpet
Lisimba Moyenda – Percussion

B2. Plow 4:12
B3. Candy 3:37
Clayton Ivey - Hammond B3
B4. Sat. Morning 1:04
B5. As 3:55
Will Campbell – Alto Sax
Mark Mullins - Trombone
Jeremy Davenport - Trumpet
Jewel Bass, Valerie Kashimura - Backing Vocals

B6. Do Me Good - 4:48

Label - Columbia

Brian Dennis, John Custer – Guitar
Doug Jervey – Keyboards
Bobby Patterson – Bass
Kenny Soule, Roger Hawkins – Drums
Bobby Patterson – Vocals
Bobby Patterson, Doug Jervey - Backing Vocals
Although the notion of white guys playing funk is enough to make a person justifiably skeptical, make no mistake about Dag -- they are the real deal. On Righteous, the band lays down some of the dirtiest, deadliest grooves this side of George Clinton, and do so with great restraint and respect for the genre. The tunes are peppered with vintage synths, horns, and imaginative lead guitar, not to mention catchy hooks, while vocalist Bobby Patterson possesses a falsetto that could make Prince envious (as heard on the gorgeous title track). Dag's strength is their commitment to funk; unlike bands who use funk as a gimmick or try to fuse it with other styles, these guys play it pure. Highly recommended.

Corky Corcoran - The Sound of Love (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:44 | Size: 96.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Love
02. Alicia
03. Dream
04. Milano
05. Dance
06. Relax
07. Listen
08. Theme From Manhattan Masquerade
09. Thrill
10. Romance
11. Remember
12. I'll Never Be The Same

Arranged By, Conductor – Attilio Mineo
Piano – Hollis Sulser
Tenor Saxophone – Corky Corcoran


Clint Holmes - Rendezvous (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Pop / Rock | Total Time: 51:28 | Size: 116.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Stop This Train
02. At The Rendezvous
03. I Loves You Porgy/There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York
04. Every Time We Say Goodbye
05. All Of Me
06. Say Something
07. Maria
08. The Perfect Trance
09. Marie
10. My Way
11. What You Leave Behind
"My mother taught me how to sing properly, and Papa - how to enjoy it," says Clint Holmes. The son of an American jazzman and a British opera singer for his long life, and he is already 70, saw a lot and tried himself in different roles. Was the headliner of the programs of New York cabaret and the megastar of Las Vegas. A dancer and a comedian. Music correspondent of the newspaper. He sang modern and classical, jazz and opera. He created the musical "Comfortable shoes", and now he is preparing for the release of another one - "Just one more person". Before us is his new album "Rendezvous." And this is not only a universal meeting with different, sometimes very different genres. Also an amazing company of invited musicians - jazz organist and vocalist Joy DiFrancesco, pop jazz singer and pianist Jane Monchayt, 9-fold nominee for Grammy, rhythm and blues diva Ledisi, "platinum" saxophonist Dave Koz, and in a potpourri of songs Gershwin (opera "Porgy and Bess") joined Clint with the Count Basie Orchestra - directed by Scottie Barnhart - and the unrivaled Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Betty Roche - Take the 'A' Train (1956)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:27 | Size: 92.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Take The A Train
2. Something To Live For
3. In A Mellow Tone
4. Time After Time
5. Go Away Blues
6. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
7. Route 66
8. All My Life
9. I Just Got The Message Baby
10. All Too Soon
11. You Don't Love Me No More
12. September In The Rain

Conte Candoli/Trumpet; Eddie Costa/Vibraphone; Whitey Mitchell/Bass; Donn Trenner/Piano; Davey Williams/Drums; Betty Roche/Vocals.
Bethlehem Records ‎– BCP 64
This CD (put out by Evidence) brings back singer Betty Roché's definitive session. Although she had sung briefly with Duke Ellington on two occasions in 1943 and the early '50s, fame had eluded Roché. After this album she would record two more records (available in the Original Jazz Classics series) over the next few years and then disappear back into obscurity. Assisted by vibraphonist Eddie Costa, trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Donn Trenner, bassist Whitey Mitchell, and drummer Davey Williams, Roché is heard at her best on this set of standards. Highlights include a remake of "Take the 'A' Train" (she had previously recorded a classic version with Ellington), "Something to Live For," "Route 66," and "September in the Rain." Two additional versions of "Go Away Blues" round out the excellent release.

Alain Caron - Multiple Faces (2013)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Fusion | Total Time: 51:44 | Size: 118.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Right After 4 (6:53)
2.Sfing (6:22)
3.The Lost Foot (6:24)
4.Jazz Pool (7:28)
5.Slick Shift (5:50)
6.Canuba (5:47)
7.Hurry Up and Wait (6:49)
8.Then and After (6:11)

Alain Caron - bass guitar
Pierre Côté - guitars
John Roney - keyboards
Damien Schmitt - drums, percussions

Norac Records (619061425327)
Since the release in 2010 of his Felix award winning album Sep7entrion, Alain Caron has been quite busy touring the world. For this new album Multiple Faces, his eighth solo album to date, the bassist, composer calls on the same core musicians that shined on Sep7entrion. The quartet is also joined by a brilliant five piece brass section on two cuts: HURRY UP & WAIT & SFING.

Pierre Côté (guitars), John Roney (Keyboard) and Damien Schmitt (drums and percussions) who all took part in the Sep7entrion recordings travelled extensively with Alain, bringing with them a wide range of influences and colors which ultimately helped shape Multiple Faces. Recorded and filmed live in studio, Multiple Faces holds true to its name. Following in the footsteps of the preceding album, Multiple Faces is a step ahead in Alain’s musical evolution, largely inspired by his countless years of developing his artform, his visits around the world and his clear and an unrelenting desire to always look forward in jazz; you can hear these textures and cultures well fused in his vision of today’s modern Jazz. The compositions are sharp and passionate as are the breathtaking musical performances, arrangements and sound! The album regroups eight new titles that tacitly blend jazz, rock, funk even Classical with a world outview!

With his mastery of an exceedingly rare instrument—the six-string bass—Alain Caron has earned international status as an exceptional artist, and is the worthy recipient of the 2013 prestigious Oscar-Peterson Award. Named best electric bassist 8 years in a row by Jazz Report, winner of 11 Félix Awards and awarded an honorary doctorate by UQAR, the former member of legendary jazz fusion group UZEB has released over 20 albums and returns with his latest, Multiple Faces. Prepare for the peerless prowess of a poet of the bass guitar.

Alain Caron - Conversations (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:58 | Size: 185.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. No Pick
2. Ivoire
3. Questions
4. Blue Screen
5. Val C
6. X Tensions
7. Solitude
8. Strings of Spring
9. Confirmation
10. Scrapper
11. Baby Step
12. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
Personnel: Alain Caron: bass; Lorraine Desmarais, François Bourassa, Oliver Jones, Otmaro Ruiz: piano; Jean St-Jacques: Vibraphone
Canadian bassist Alain Caron is best-known as the former member of collaborative 1980s fusion group UZEB and his own projects as a leader since that time, including the house beats-meets-ambient electronica-meets-contemporary fusion of 5 (BHM, 2005) and the concert DVD Alain Caron Live: Cabaret de Montréal (Norac, 2006). Still, digging into his past it becomes clear that Caron's reach has always been broader. As capable with acoustic bass as he is the fretless electric variety, Caron spent considerable time in his early years working in mainstream contexts, making Conversations a completely logical addition to his discography. The intimacy and conversational nature of the acoustic duet is the foundation for Caron's disc, which teams him with other Canadian artists with whom he's intersected over the years including pianists Lorraine Desmarais, François Bourassa and Oliver Jones, as well as vibraphonist and one-time UZEB member Jean St-Jacques. Caron also welcomes Venezuelan-born pianist Otmaro Ruiz, with whom he collaborated on another fusioner's all-acoustic tangent, guitarist Frank Gambale's Natural High (Wombat, 2006). The dozen tracks all but two composed by Caron range from the elegant swing of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation, with St-Jacques proving he's as widely versed and bebop-capable as Caron, to "Scrapper, a more fiery original from Caron that, paired with Canadian icon Oliver Jones, is the perfect follow-up to Parker's often-covered classic.

Elsewhere, Caron's predilection for the lyrical is heard on the melancholic "Ivoire, where his acoustic bass guitar fronts the theme before handing it off to Ruiz. There's no lack of virtuosity from everyone involved but here, as on the Latin-esque "Questions, featuring Bourassa, it's about the music and the essence of melody. Still, there's complexity to be found on songs like the 5/4 theme of "Blue Screen, another feature for Bourassa that's ultimately an up-tempo blues, and the idiosyncratic intro to "X Tensions that ultimately turns into a gentler dialogue between Caron and Desmarais. Despite the undeniably strong playing throughout, just as important here are Caron's writing, which manages to feel both familiar and fresh at the same time, and the deep level of interaction and simpatico he shares with every one of his guests. There are no highlights to be found because to identify any would be to diminish everything else. Conversations is a consistently captivating listen from start to finish, and an album that deserves to place all the artists involved on the radar of listeners outside of Canada, but especially Caron who, while enjoying some international acclaim (especially in Europe), clearly deserves to be a better-known name south of the border—and not just to fans of high energy fusion.


Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli - Zoot Sims With Bucky Pizzarelli (1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:36 | Size: 73.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. What Is This Thing Called Love?
02. Tooz Blues
03. Not So Deep
04. Take Ten
05. Mynah Blooze
06. Watch What Happens
07. There Will Never Be Another You
08. Willow Weep For Me

Guitar – Bucky Pizzarelli
Saxophone Tenor– Zoot Sims

Yves Brouqui Trio - How Little We Know (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:24 | Size: 157.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. How Little We Know
02. These Are Soulful Days
03. Between You And Me
04. Love Letters
05. Close Your Eyes
06. Lament
07. Street Of Dreams
08. Blues For Pm
09. Lazy Bird
10. Something Like Bags
11. This Is New

Yves Brouqui - guitar
Kenji Rabeson - bass
Joe Strasser - drums

From the first listen one is caught by this round sound, subtle, proper to the great jazz guitarists…

Magnificent subtleties, nuances in touch, excellent musicality is served by a return to the swing and the melody that surpasses the flawless virtuosity of the guitar leader. From album to album, here the 5th as leader, Yves Brouqui is in the line of Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell…

His 10 years stay in New York City, particularly at the Small’s where he met the top of the East Coast jazz scene, allowed him to assert his play and style. An album that all the lovers of the 6 strings must acquire and keep preciously on the “Best of” shelf. As for the rhythm that accompanies it … Extremely solid! ~ Christian Grimauld

Label: Gaya Music Production .
Release Date: March 17, 2017.

Wayne Wilkinson - Full Circle (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:01 | Size: 118.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Swingin'
2. Martino's Waltz
3. Lament
4. Change The World
5. The Heritage
6. Full Circle
7. Speak Low
8. Here We Go Again
9. So Many Stars
10. Sleepwalk

Wayne Wilkinson, a Benedetto guitar artist, has performed and toured across the country and internationally for over four decades. Throughout his career, Wayne has been fortunate to share the stage with iconic jazz musicians and world class performers. As the guitarist for the premieier Air Force Jazz Ensembles "The Airmen of Note" in Washington, jD.C. and the "Falconaires" in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wayne performed for Presidents and other dignitaires at venues including the White House and Carnegie Hall as well as major jazz and music festivals.

Wayne is a headliner guitarist playing high octane stratight ahead jazz, traditional classics from the great American songbook, innovative bebop jazz and original compositions. His Texas roots are recognizable with a hint of western swing infused in his performances.

Von Freeman - The Improvisor (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:39 | Size: 146.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Von Intro - 0:09
02. If I Should Lose You - 6:14
03. Ski-Wee - 10:50
04. What Is This Thing Called Love? - 9:50
05. Darn That Dream - 9:07
06. Blue Bossa - 11:36
07. Blues for Billie - 9:07
08. I Like the Sunrise - 6:49
Label - Premonition Records
Recorded at The Chicago Cultural Center (2), The New Apartment Lounge (3-6) & The Green Mill (7,8), Chicago, IL in December 2001 - January 2002

Von Freeman - tenor saxophone
Mike Allemana - guitar (3-6)
Jason Moran - piano (7,8)
Jack Zara (3-6), Mark Helias (7) - bass
Michael Raynor (3-6), Nasheet Waits (7) - drums
On October 3, 2002, Von Freeman celebrated his 80th birthday. The veteran Chicago tenor man had a lot of memories to look back on -- he's old enough to remember Prohibition, the Great Depression, and World War II, and he was still going strong when the 21st century arrived. Freeman was 79 when The Improvisor was recorded live at various Windy City venues in late 2001 and early 2002, including the Green Mill and the New Apartment Lounge.
As excellent as The Improvisor is, this CD probably won't convert anyone who hasn't comprehended his previous work. Those who have felt that Freeman's eccentric tone doesn't go with bop changes are unlikely to hear The Improvisor and suddenly become obsessive fans; nonetheless, his followers will find a great deal to admire about this CD and will agree that, at 79, the tenor man still had a lot to say.

The Towson State College Jazz Ensemble - 2 + 2 = 5 (1975)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:29 | Size: 100.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Bop City Revisited
2. Poopsie's Penthouse
3. A Quiet Friday

Side 2
1. Pete Is A Four-Letter Word
2. Bread & Watrous
3. Stillness Runs Deep

Alto Saxophone – Jim Miller
Baritone Saxophone – Barry Amass, Ed Rostek
Conductor – Hank Levy
Double Bass – David Holmes
Drums – Steve Ashcraft
Electric Bass – Ed Kernan
Guitar – Bryan New
Percussion – Bill Jenkins, Larry Brown, Rick Lynn
Piano – Joe Casper
Tenor Saxophone – George Callan, Rich Cohen
Trombone – Bill Neal, Clarence Spears, Doc Zywan, Doug Purviance, John Getz
Trumpet – Bill Warfield, John Behee, Ray Disney, Reed Wachter, Rick Bezouska, Tom Head
Henry Jacob "Hank" Levy (September 27, 1927 – September 18, 2001) was a Jewish American jazz composer and saxophonist whose works often employed unusual time signatures. He is best known as a big band composer for Stan Kenton and the Don Ellis Orchestra, as well as the founder and long-time director of Towson University’s Jazz Program.

Levy began his full-time college teaching career at Towson State University in late 1967 creating "The Towson State Jazz Ensemble". By 1970, his hard work and passion for teaching brought the band to national prominence when his Towson State Jazz Ensemble competed and won the outstanding band honors at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. Additional honors went to Levy's lead trumpet player, Tony Neenan who was voted "Best Lead Trumpet" of the festival. He was Professor Emeritus of Towson University.

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto '76 (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:07 | Size: 119.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Spoken Intro By Stan Getz
02. E Preciso Perdoar
03. Aguas De Marco
04. Retrato Em Branco E Preto
05. Samba Da Minha Terra
06. Chega De Saudade
07. Rosa Morena
08. Eu Vim Da Bahia
09. Joao Marcelo
10. Doralice
11. Morena Boca De Ouro
12. Um Abraco No Bonfa
13. E Preciso Perdoar (Encore)

Joao Gilberto - vocals, guitar
Stan Getz - tenor saxophone
Joanne Brackeen - piano
Clint Houston - bass
Billy Hart - drums

Todd Barkan Producer, Liner Notes
Milton Jeffries Engineer

Recorded live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA,
May 11-16, 1976

2016 Resonance Records HCD-2021
2016 Resonance Records HLP-9021

Review by Matt Collar
Having reunited for 1976s The Best of Two Worlds, saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian singer/guitarist Joao Gilberto celebrated the albums release with a week of shows at San Franciscos Keystone Corner. Marking over a decade since the pair had made history with 1964s landmark Getz/Gilberto album, the shows, which took place between May 11-16, 1976, would prove one of the rare times they appeared live together. Resonance Records 2016 album, Getz/Gilberto 76 (and the separate release Moments in Time), documents these shows via live recordings made by Keystone Korner club owner Todd Barkan.

Spike Robinson - Stairway to the Stars (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:05 | Size: 121.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Beautiful Love
3. Gypsy Sweetheart
4. It's Always You
5. It's a Blue World
6. A Summer Thing
7. From Here to Eternity
8. Stairway to the Stars
9. It Could Happen to You

Concert performances at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh 1990 with
Brian Kellock Trio.

Spike Robinson, tenor sax
Brian Kellock, piano
Ronnie Rae, bass
John Rae, drums


Sergi Sirvent & Santi Careta - Anacronics (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:15:13 | Size: 171.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. You Do Something to Me (Porter) - 4:05
02. Soul Eyes (Waldron) - 7:58
03. Dewey Square (Parker) - 2:48
04. I Loves You, Porgy (Gershwin-Gershwin-Heyward) - 6:16
05. In Walked Bud (Monk) - 2:59
06. Isfahan (Ellington) - 5:58
07. FAM (Sirvent) - 2:27
08. El petit princep i Cadaques (Careta) - 5:14
09. I Fall in Love Too Easily (Cahn-Styne) - 4:05
10. Look for the Silver Lining (Kern-DeSylva) - 5:04
11. What'll I Do (Berlin) - 5:44
12. Lush Life (Strayhorn) - 8:18
13. La balada del trobador de les esferes (Sirvent) - 14:23

Sergi Sirvent - piano, vocals (#12)
Santi Careta - guitar


Rossano Sportiello - Moon Shadow (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:14 | Size: 106.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Passé (3:19)
02. I'm Crazy About My Baby (3:15)
03. April in Paris (6:42)
04. Moon Shadow (3:27)
05. Sweet and Slowly (3:18)
06. Love Is Here to Stay (5:21)
07. You're Drivin' Me Crazy (4:46)
08. Gone Again (4:22)
09. Echo of Spring (4:21)
10. You're My Everything (4:40)
11. Manoir de mes reves (3:32)

Rossano Sportiello - piano - Solo, Duo & Trio

Luciano Milanese - bass
Stefano Bagnoli - drums
Alfredo Ferrario - clarinet


Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Alan Broadbent - Journey Home (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:58 | Size: 152.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Journey Home (5:30)
02 Bepop and Roses (4:48)
03. Don't Ask Why (6:02)
04. Chris Craft (7:02)
05. Love in Silent Amber (3:53)
06. The Long White Cloud (7:32)
07. Mendocino Nights (9:44)
08. Woody 'n' Me (6:14)
09. Far In (74) (5:55)
10. Sugar Loaf Mountain (4:53)
11. Sonny's Step (6:23)

Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra
Alan Broadbent - piano, arranged

Natalie Dessay, Agnès Jaoui, Héléna Noguerra, Liat Cohen - Rio Paris (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:38 | Size: 158.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Les eaux de Mars
2. Catendê
3. Manhã de carnaval
4. Etude No. 8
5. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
6. Modinha. Seresta No. 5
7. Prélude No. 2
8. Les mères Op. 45
9. L'oiseau blessé d'une flèche Op. 10
10. Chöro. Gavota
11. Agua e vinho
12. Chega de saudade
13. A felicidade
14. Samba em Préludio
15. Choro Lento, Retrato Brasileiro
16. Desafinado
17. Bidonville, Consolaçao
Personnel: Natalie Dessay, Agnes Jaoui and Helena Noguerra (Vocal); Liat Cohen (Guitar).
A major attraction of soccer's World Cup, and some would say the very best thing about it, is the musical component, with genre-crossing all-star vocal collaborations the norm. Who can forget Barcelona's unexpected and absolutely stunning duets between Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury? This album may be the first in a flood of releases connected with the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and if the games result in a new appreciation of Brazilian music they will have been well worth it from a musical standpoint. Brazilian music crosses over among classical, pop, and jazz without giving very much thought to the dividing lines, and the mix here touches on some of the major figures from each corner. The three singers and one guitarist are not Brazilian; singers Natalie Dessay and Agnès Jaoui are French; singer Helena Noguerra is Portuguese-Belgian; and guitarist Liat Cohen is French-Israeli. Some of the music is sung in Portuguese, some in French, but even in a French translation Dessay does not sound especially comfortable in Antonio Carlos Jobim's Waters of March (here, Les Eaux de Mars).

Hearing her in Villa-Lobos, however, is an unexpected pleasure. Jaoui and Noguerra, both actresses as well as singers, have a reasonable feel for the material, although one wonders whether a Brazilian singer might not profitably have been included. Perhaps the album's best feature is Erato's studio engineering; the dimensions of the sound are ideal for the music, and the guitar is impressively well recorded. A reasonably satisfying souvenir of the World Cup.

Najponk - Just About Love (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:27 | Size: 115.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Children's Play Song (Bill Evans)
02. Dream For Two (NajPonk)
03. Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant)
04. Everything Happens To Me Matt Dennis Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen)
05. I'll Remember 21st May (NajPonk)
06. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (George Bassman)
07. Something Stupid (C Carson Parks)
08. I Think Of You (Sergei Rachmaninov, J Elliot D Marcotte)
09. Girl Of My Dreams (Sonny Clapp)
10. Polkadots And Moonbeams (Jimmy Van Heusen)
11. Isn't It Romantic (Richard Rodgers)
12. The Wind Russ Freeman We Will Meet Again (Bill Evans)
13. Lullaby (NajPonk)

NajPonk - solo piano

Recording Date September, 2000.

Mike Baggetta Quartet - Small Spaces (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:19 | Size: 108.93 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Heights (Baggetta) - 6:24
02. No Gravity (Baggetta) - 7:41
03. Stellar (Baggetta) - 5:33
04. Heartland (Baggetta) - 3:47
05. Olive Tree (Tai-hsiang) - 6:44
06. Small Spaces (Baggetta) - 3:52
07. Hospital Song (Baggetta) - 8:28
08. Trails (Baggetta) - 4:56

Mike Baggetta - guitar
Jason Rigby - tenor saxophone
Eivind Opsvik - bass
RJ Miller – drums