29 January, 2017

Zoot Sims - Stretching Out (1958)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 36:06 | Size: 81.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Stretching Out (Bob Brookmeyer) 6:09
2. Now Will You Be Good? (Jentes-Pease-Terker) 5:27
3. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 6:14
4. King Porter Stomp (Morton-Burke-Robbins) 4:38
5. Aint Misbehavin (Waller-Razaf-Brooks) 6:53
6. Bee Kay (Bill potts) 6:39

Zoot Sims - tenor saxophone
Al Cohn - tenor & baritone sax
Bob Brookmeyer - valve trombone
Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet
Hank Jones - piano
Freddy Green - guitar
Eddie Jones - bass
Charlie Persip - drums

Zoot Sims - ''Live'' in Philly (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:31 | Size: 114.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. That Old Devil Called Love (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) (9:09)
02. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) (10:54)
03. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen) (5:39)
04. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young) (9:04)
05. In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) (5:32)
06. I've Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) (4:32)
07. Theme (Zoot Sims) (4:46)

Zoot Sims - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone;
Major Holley - bass;
Benny Aronov - piano;
Mickey Roker - drums.

Label: Savoy Jazz ‎– SVY 17222 (US 2003)

VA - Big Band Jazz-Verve 50 (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 3:34:01 | Size: 485.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Glenn Miller Orchestra - In the Mood
02. Count Basie - April In Paris (Alternate Take)
03. Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra & Duke Ellington Orchestra - Rockin' In Rhythm
04. Buddy Rich and His Orchestra - Down For Double
05. The Gil Evans Orchestra - Sister Sadie
06. The Harry James Orchestra & Harry James and His Orchestra - Two O'Clock Jump
07. Sarah Vaughan & Ernie Wilkins' Orchestra - Sometimes I'm Happy
08. Quincy Jones and His Orchestra - Desafinado
09. Benny Carter and His Orchestra - Crazy Rhythm
10. Arturo Sandoval - Swingin'
11. Woody Herman and The First Herd - Your Father's Moustache
12. The Harry James Orchestra & Harry James and His Orchestra - (By the) Sleepy Lagoon
13. Woody Herman - Four Others
14. Buddy Rich & Lionel Hampton - It's a Blue World
15. Louie Bellson - The Hawk Talks
16. Gil Evans - Time of the Barracudas
17. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Time Off
18. Gerry Mulligan - I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
19. Harry James - End of Town Blues
20. Archie Shepp - Blues For Brother George Jackson
21. Woody Herman and His Orchestra - Blues In the Night
22. Maynard Ferguson - Love Me Or Leave Me
23. Gerry Mulligan - Broadway
24. Jimmy Smith & Lalo Schifrin - Theme From Joy House
25. The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band - New Box
26. Dave Grusin - Shuffle City (Live In 1983 Budokan, Japan)
27. Charlie Barnet - Skyliner
28. Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
29. Quincy Jones and His Orchestra - Straight, No Chaser
30. Woody Herman - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
31. Jimmy Smith - Walk On the Wild Side
32. Maynard Ferguson - Easy To Love
33. Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
34. Count Basie and His Orchestra - Every Tub
35. Dizzy Gillespie - A Night In Tunisia
36. Harry James - Sophisticated Lady
37. Woody Herman - Caldonia
38. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins - Limbo Jazz
39. Lionel Hampton - Flying Home
40. Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra - Swing That Music (Single Version)
41. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Perdido (Live In Newport / 1959)
42. Dizzy Gillespie - Tour De Force (
43. Roy Hargrove Big Band - September In the Rain
44. Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra - Route 66
45. Jimmy Smith - One Mint Julep
46. Lalo Schifrin - The Peanut Vendor
47. Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump
48. Woody Herman and His Orchestra - Woodchopper's Ball (Use MC47729)
49. Quincy Jones - The
50. Buddy Rich and His Orchestra - Jumpin' At the Woodside

Tony O'Malley - Back At The Bag (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:23 | Size: 132.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Back At The Bag
2. Fall In Love
3. Millie Baby
4. Hey Girl
5. Common Sense
6. You Just Can't Smile It Away
7. Leave
8. True To My Soul
9. Fine And Beautiful
10. Bein' Green
11. Living In The Bubble
12. Learning Curve
13. If I Could Only..

Arranged By [Strings] – Paul Buckmaster
Backing Vocals – Doña Oxford, Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Jo Harman
Backing Vocals, Rainstick – Aubrey Salmins
Drums, Percussion – Ralph Salmins
Electric Bass, Electric Upright Bass – Steve Pearce
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Adam Phillips, Neil Hubbard
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Hattie Webb
Lead Vocals, Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Organ, Arranged By [Strings] – Tony O'Malley
Mastered By – Tony Cousins
Mixed By – Pat Collier
Percussion – Martin Ditcham
Producer – Tony O'Malley
Recorded By, Engineer – Haydn Bendall
Saxophone, Arranged By [Strings] – Mel Collins
Synthesizer – Haydn Bendall
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Dave Bishop
Trombone, Arranged By [Strings & Brass] – Neil Sidwell
Trumpet – Paul Spong

The ball started rolling for this project back in January 2011, when top sound engineer Haydn Bendall suggested we get together to make a record. Astonishingly, the wheels were in motion within a few weeks when Tony Cronk offered to finance the recording of the bunch of songs at Ralph Salmins' lovely little studio in Welwyn Garden City. That was at the end of February 2011, with Neil Hubbard & Adam Phillips featuring on guitars, Mel Collins on sax, Steve Pearce on bass and Ralph Salmins on the drums. With the invaluable help of Gary McCulloch & Mark Lewis, several sessions of overdubs followed in Haydn's studio at Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch, East London. But it wasn't until the owner of the Bag O'Nails Club in London, Malik Ishmuratov, stepped in to help that we were able to finish the recordings in October 2014.

Finally, special words of thanks are due to a fine Yorkshireman. Without Mike Henderson's loyalty and assistance, this project could never have been completed. Cheers, Mike! In fact, big love and huge thanks go to ALL contributors, family and friends, especially Haydn, and to all the great musicians and singers who gave of themselves so generously. Here's to the next one...Tony

Timeless Historical presents The Complete Ladd's Black Aces 1921-1924 (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 2:30:42 | Size: 344.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
1. Aunt Hager's Children's Blues
2. Shake It and Break It
3. Gypsy Blues
4. It's Just Too Mean To Cry
5. Brother Low Down
6. I've Got To Have My Daddy Blue
7. She's a Mean Job
8. I Got It, You'll Get It
9. Virginia Blues
10. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
11. Satanic Blues
12. Black Eyed Blues
13. Muscle Shoals Blues
14. Hopeless Blues
15. Lonesome Mama Blues
16. You Can Have Him, I Don't Want Him
17. Sister Kate
18. Yankee Doodle Blues
19. Stop Your Kidding
20. Great White Way Blues
21. Railroad Men
22. Aggravatin' Papa
23. Sweet Lovin' Mamma
24. You've Got To See Your Mamma Every Night
25. Runnin' Wild
26. Aggravatin' Papa

CD 2
1. Beale Street Mamma
2. Sugar Blues
3. I'm a Harmony Baby
4. If Your Man is Like My Man
5. Papa Blues
6. Louisville Lou
7. 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
8. Papa Better Watch Your Step
9. Long Lost Mamma
10. Two Time Dan
11. I Ain't Never Had Nobody Crazy Over Me
12. Sittin' on the Inside, Lookin' At the Outside
13. Bad News Blues
14. Broken Hearted Blues
15. Land of Cotton Blues
16. Black Sheep Blues
17. All Wrong
18. I've Got a Song for Sale
19. Back O'Town Blues
20. Dancin' Dan
21. Lots O' Mama
22. Nine O' Clock Sal
23. Nobody's Sweetheart
24. Unfortunate Blues
25. Any Way the Wind Blows
26. Mornin! Won't You Ever Come Round?

Doc Behrendson - Clarinet
Benny Bloom - Cornet
John Cali - Banjo
Billy de Rex - Vocals
Jimmy Durante - Piano
Cliff Edwards - Vocals
Arthur Fields - Vocals
Moe Gappell - Trombone
Ernest - Vocals
Sam Lanin - Vocals, Clarinet, Cymbal
Mandy Lee - Vocals
Jimmy Lytell Clarinet
Loren McMurray - Banjo
Miff Mole - Trombone
Phil Napoleon - Trumpet
Charles Panelli - Trombone
Jack Roth - Drums
Frank Signorelli - Piano

None of the musicians in Ladd's Black Aces were Black even though Gennett records advertised them as such, going so far as to show a picture of an African-American band in some of their ads. In reality the name was a pseudonym for the Original Memphis Five. Jimmy Durante plays piano on the 1921 sides. Cliff Edwards' makes his first apperence on record on the song Virginia Blues and he does his interesting "Effin", which is what he called his half scat, half kazoo-sounding vocals towards the end of the song.

One of the very best jazz groups to appear on records during 1921-1922 (before most black bands had an opportunity to be documented) was a white ensemble known as Ladd's Black Aces. Actually, three different (but overlapping) ensembles used that name. All of the group's 48 recordings were reissued on three LPs by the British Fountain label in the early '70s, and most of its output is quite scarce today -- until now. This CD contains their output from 1921-24.

Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra - New Life: Beogradski Jazz Festival '78 (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:16 | Size: 272.63 MB | FLAC
Side 1
1. Greetings And Salutations

Acoustic Bass – George Mraz
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass Trombone – Earl McIntyre
Clarinet – Lou Marini
Composed By, Arranged By – Thad Jones
Congas – Leonard Gibbs
Drums – Mel Lewis
Electric Guitar – Barry Finnerty
Electric Piano – Roland Hanna
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Eddie Xiques
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Greg Herbert
French Horn – Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins, Peter Gordon (8), Ray Alonge
Soloist [Drums] – Mel Lewis
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Waymon Reed
Soloist [Tenor Saxophone] – Greg Herbert*
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Janice Robinson, John Mosca
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Cecil Bridgewater, Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed 8:50

2. Love And Harmony
Acoustic Bass – George Mraz
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass Trombone – Earl McIntyre
Composed By, Arranged By – Cecil Bridgewater
Drums – Mel Lewis
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Eddie Xiques*, Jerry Dodgion
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Greg Herbert
Piano, Celesta – Roland Hanna
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Thad Jones
Soloist [Piano] – Roland Hanna
Soloist [Tenor Saxophone] – Frank Foster
Soloist [Trumpet] – Cecil Bridgewater
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Janice Robinson, John Mosca
Trumpet – Al Porcino
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Cecil Bridgewater, Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed 7:22

3. Little Rascal On A Rock
Acoustic Bass – George Mraz
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass Trombone – Earl McIntyre
Clarinet – Frank Foster
Composed By, Arranged By – Thad Jones
Drums – Mel Lewis
Flute – Greg Herbert*
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Eddie Xiques
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
Piano – Walter Norris
Soloist [Acoustic Bass] – George Mraz
Soloist [Baritone Saxophone] – Pepper Adams
Soloist [Piano] – Walter Norris
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Janice Robinson, John Mosca
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Cecil Bridgewater, Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed
Tuba – Don Butterfield 6:10

Side 2
1. Forever Lasting

Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass – Steve Gilmore
Bass Trombone – Dave Taylor
Composed By, Arranged By – Thad Jones
Congas – Leonard Gibbs*
Drums – Herb Lovelle, Mel Lewis
Electric Bass – Rasan Mfalme
Electric Guitar – David Spinozza
Electric Piano – Roland Hanna
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Eddie Xiques*
Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Lou Marini
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Greg Herbert
French Horn – Earl Chapin, Jim Buffington, Peter Gordon (8), Ray Alonge
Soloist [Baritone Saxophone] – Pepper Adams
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Thad Jones
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Earl McIntyre, Janice Robinson
Trumpet – Cecil Bridgewater, Jim Bossy, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Steve Furtado
Tuba – Don Butterfield 5:50
2. Love To One Is One To Love
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass – Steve Gilmore
Bass Trombone – Dave Taylor
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Lou Marini
Composed By, Arranged By – Thad Jones
Drums – Herb Lovelle*, Mel Lewis
Electric Piano – Roland Hanna
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Eddie Xiques
Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
French Horn – Earl Chapin, Jim Buffington, Peter Gordon (8), Ray Alonge
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Thad Jones
Tenor Saxophone – Greg Herbert
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Earl McIntyre, Janice Robinson (2)
Trumpet – Cecil Bridgewater, Jim Bossy, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Steve Furtado
Tuba – Don Butterfield 4:06

3. Thank You
Acoustic Bass – George Mraz
Alto Saxophone – Eddie Xiques, Jerry Dodgion
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass Trombone – Earl McIntyre
Composed By, Arranged By – Jerry Dodgion
Drums – Mel Lewis
Piano – Roland Hanna
Soloist [Alto Saxophone] – Jerry Dodgion
Soloist [Baritone Saxophone] – Pepper Adams
Soloist [Bass Trombone] – Earl McIntyre
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Thad Jones
Soloist [Piano] – Roland Hanna
Soloist [Trombone] – Janice Robinson
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster, Greg Herbert
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Janice Robinson, John Mosca
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Cecil Bridgewater, Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed 6:09

4. Cherry Juice
Acoustic Bass – George Mraz
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass Trombone – Earl McIntyre
Composed By, Arranged By – Thad Jones
Drums – Mel Lewis
Piano – Walter Norris
Soloist [Flugelhorn] – Thad Jones
Soloist [Piano] – Walter Norris
Soloist [Tenor Saxophone] – Frank Foster
Soprano Saxophone – Eddie Xiques, Jerry Dodgion
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster, Greg Herbert
Trombone – Billy Campbell, Janice Robinson, John Mosca
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Cecil Bridgewater, Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed 5:44

Susan Weinert - Running Out Of Time (2004)

Genre: Jazz / Fusion | Total Time: 52:38 | Size: 120.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. See Eleven
2. Change
3. When the Water Bows
4. Running out of Time
5. Darkness
6. What a Night
7. They Only Come out a Night
8. Sooner
9. Weather
10. Just Do It
Label - Tough Tone ‎( Germany)

Susan Weinert - Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Martin Weinert - Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Hardy Fischötter - Drums
Francesco Cottone - Vocals

Ruth Etting - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (2006)

Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:56 | Size: 143.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Love Me Or Leave Me (3:22)
2.What We Do On A Dew-Dew-Dewy Day (2:50)
3.The Song Is Ended, But The Melody Lingers On (3:32)
4.Ramona (3:03)
5.Happy Days And Lonely Nights (3:14)
6.Beloved (3:03)
7.Sonny Boy (3:32)
8.You're The Cream In My Coffee (3:09)
9.Ten Cents A Dance (3:17)
10.Love Is Like That, What Can You Do? (3:30)
11.Nevertheless I'm In Love With You (2:45)
12.Shine On, Harvest Moon (2:51)
13.A Faded Summer Love (3:19)
14.Cuban Love Song (2:57)
15.I'll Never Be The Same (3:17)
16.Close Your Eyes (2:51)
17.Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (2:40)
18.Riptide (2:54)
19.Easy Come, Easy Go (2:49)
20.Goodnight, Sweetheart (3:01)

From her contemporary, Annette Hanshaw) but a superior middle-of-the-road pop singer who was often accompanied by top jazz musicians. She recorded over 200 songs between 1926-1937, appeared on-stage, was in 35 film shorts and three full-length movies, and was a fixture on radio before her bad marriage cut short her career. She made a minor comeback in the late '40s and was still singing on an occasional basis in the mid-'50s when a semi-fictional Hollywood movie on her life (Love Me or Leave Me) was released. A superb torch singer with a cry in her voice even when she smiled, Etting recorded the definitive versions of "Ten Cents a Dance" and "Love Me or Leave Me."

Ronnie Cuber - Live At JazzFest Berlin (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:11 | Size: 138.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Tokyo Blues (12:32)
2.Coco B (6:12)
3.Things Never Were What They Used To Be (9:29)
4.Passion Fruit (8:28)
5.Tell Me A Bedtime Story (8:46)
6.Perpetuating The Myth (8:19)
7.Arroz Con Pollo (9:32)

Live At Club Quasimodo, Berlin 2008
Label: SteepleChase - SCCD - 31734

Ronnie Cuber - baritone sax
Kenny Drew, Jr. - piano
Ruben Rodriguez - bass
Ben Perowsky - drums

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet - What I Heard (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:00 | Size: 121.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. 6 & 3 5:59
2. What I Heard 7:41
3. Palma 7:57
4. Cyan 6:37
5. Root 4:22
6. Human Voice 5:09
7. Lucky One 7:10
8. Etc 5:23
9. Thank You 2:42
Label - Passin' Thru Records

Oliver Lake - alto saxophone
Freddie Hendrix - trumpet
Jared Gold - Hammond B3 organ
Chris Beck - drums

Oliver Lake Big Band - Wheels (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:01 | Size: 134.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Drum Thing 1:50
2. Is It Real 6:23
3. Philly Blues 7:37
4. Wheels Suite 17:19
5. Clicker 5:33
6. The Whole World 7:37
7. Studder 8:52
8. Maasai Moves 3:50
Label - Passin' Thru Records
Recorded February 16 and March 1, 2012 at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Oliver Lake - alto saxophone
Darius Jones, Bruce Williams - alto saxophone
James Stewart, Mike Lee - tenor saxophone
Jason Marshall - baritone saxophone
E.J. Allen, Waldron Ricks, Nabate Isles, Freddie Hendrix - trumpet
Stafford Hunter, Alfred Patterson, Aaron Johnson, Terry Greene - trombone
Yoichi Uzeki - piano
Marc Cary - piano solo (6)
Robert Sabin - bass
Chris Beck - drums

Nigel Price Organ Trio - Heads & Tales Volume 2 (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:50:52 | Size: 256.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blue Genes
2. Wet & Dry
3. Up and Out
4. Parker 51
5. War
6. R&R
7. Majority
8. Junk
9. Smokescape

1. Cherokee
2. Have You Met Miss Jones
3. Jeannine
4. Peace
5. Come Rain or Come Shine
6. Minority
7. Fragment of Blues
8. Slow Boat to China
9. Midnight Blue

Personnel: Nigel Price: guitar; Matt Home: drums; Ross Stanley: Hammond organ; Plus: Alex Garnett: alto & tenor saxophone; Vasilis Xenopoulos: tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Whirlwind Recordings Ltd

Nigel Price's second volume of Heads & Tales is, quite literally, a game of two halves. As with the first volume, released in 2011, it incorporates two CDs each containing different versions of standards. The first disc, where Price is accompanied by Matt Home on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ, plus guest saxophonists Alex Garnett and Vasilis Xenopoulos, utilises the same device as on the first volume. The standards are given new heads and titles but follow the same or similar underlying structures as the originals. The second disc comprises more faithful interpretations of the standards but here Price plays solo guitar, mostly accompanied by double tracked guitar ("Come Rain Or Come Shine" is a single guitar solo exception).

This straight ahead, hard bop influenced set belies Price's history as a member of both the acid jazz James Taylor Quartet and the funky jazz band known collectively as The Filthy Six. But Price, influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and George Benson is unquestionably a terrific jazz guitarist as this album attests. The main point of the album and its predecessor is the way in which a standard can be played with a different melody and then separately given a more conventional treatment too, so it really does become a two-for-one album. Price also rechristens titles with typical dry humour so Gigi Gryce's "Minority" becomes "Majority," Harold Arlen's "Come Rain Or Come Shine" becomes "Wet & Dry" and Frank Loesser's "Slow Boat to China" is transmuted into "Junk" (a Chinese boat!). On the first disc (Heads) the unrestrained ebullience of the opener "Blue Genes" (a version of Duke Pearson's "Jeannine") is immediately apparent and fixes in the memory like glue. But Price's talent also extends to consummate blues playing too as evidenced on the sultry "Smokescape" (a version of Kenny Burrell's "Midnight Blue") and the breezier "Fragment Of Blues." The only anomaly on the album is Jimmy Raney's "Parker 51" which remains in its original arrangement.

On the solo disc (Tales), the numbers are performed with crystalline precision and sensitivity. Take for example, Horace Silver's "Peace," where Price comes close to emulating such great jazz guitarists as Joe Pass and Tal Farlow, or Ray Noble's "Cherokee," on which Raney's "Parker 51" was based. One interesting aspect of Price's playing is his unadulterated guitar tone (for guitarists, he's playing a D'Angelico NYL-5) which utilises no effects pedals, (in an excellent 2012 interview for the Huffington Post, Price referred to these as "talent boosters"). Indeed the tone and to some extent the style Price obtains on "Up And Out" is not unlike that found on John McLaughlin's 1969 debut album Extrapolation, but Price still retains his own characteristically pure and punchy style. In truth it's fair to say that Nigel Price is probably the most dynamic and gifted guitarist on the British jazz scene today and this is the proof.

Mike DiRubbo Quartet Feat. Harold Mabern - New York Accent (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:11 | Size: 128.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Clarity 7:07
2. The Sage 7:31
3. New Year's Dream 6:10
4. Ray's Idea 10:23
5. Prelude to a Kiss 6:39
6. She's Always a Woman 10:04
7. Better Days 9:16
Label - Cellar Live
Recorded February 2, 2006 at The Kitano in New York City

Mike DiRubbo - alto, soprano sax
Harold Mabern - piano
Dwayne Burno - bass
Tony Reedus - drums

Joe Bourne - Upbeat and Sweet; Jazz Infused Classic Rock & Pop Songs (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:53 | Size: 112.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf)
02. With a Little Help from My Friends (by Beatles)
03. When I Need You (by Leo Sayer)
04. Muskrat Love (by America)
05. You've Made Me so Very Happy (by Blood, Sweat & Tears )
06. Heartache Tonight (by Eagles)
07. Jazzman (by Carole King)
08. If You Love Somebody Set the Free (by Sting)
09. You've Got a Friend (by James Taylor)
10. Don't Stop (by Fleetwood Mac)
11. Baby, I Love Your Way (by Peter Frampton)
12. Wonderful Tonight (by Eric Clapton)
Amerikancky vocalist Joe Bourne, having 70-year-old mark, may be a lot to remember. He shared the stage with Nina Simone, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick. In Bulgaria was awarded the "Silver Orpheus" in Ireland - Jimmy Kennedy Award, thanks to an impressive interpretation of Summertime by George Gershwin. The Germans also noted Joe two prestigious musical awards, including the category "Artist of the Year". Joe Bourne lives not only memories. And in old age continues to release new album. New called Upbeat and Sweet, devoted to classic rock and pop songs. Hits Sting, Eric Clapton, Beatles, Eagles, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Rod Stewart are presented in a contemporary jazz context. With arrangements helped the bassist and producer Mike Levy, also joined Joe American jazz virtuoso drummer Lewis Nash - perhaps one of the most requested in our time.

Jimmy Witherspoon, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Odetta - As Blue As They Can Be (1991)

Genre: Jazz / Blues | Total Time: 1:11:14 | Size: 167.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Groove's Groove 4:31
2. California Blues 3:20
3. What A Wonderful World 6:42
4. Misty 4:05
5. Walking On A Tightrope 4:17
6. Slow Blues In G 7:32
7. Song For My Father 7:00
8. My Friend 8:18
9. Lonesome Road Blues 7:02
10. On Say A Joy 7:23
11. Danger Zone Is Everywhere 7:49
12. The Time Has Come 3:04

Recorded New York City, February 28 and March 1, 1991.

Drums – Greg Bandy
Guitar – Henry Taylor Jr.
Organ, Synthesizer – Richard "Groove" Holmes
Piano – Bross Townsend
Vocals – Jimmy Witherspoon (tracks: 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12), Odetta (tracks: 9)

Jared Gold - All Wrapped Up (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:59 | Size: 114.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. My Sentiments Exactly 5:43
2. Get Out Of My Sandbox 5:28
3. Piece Of Mine 5:31
4. Midnight Snack 6:39
5. Dark Blue 7:04
6. Mama Said 7:23
7. Saudades 6:44
8. Just A Suggestion 5:27
Label - Posi-Tone Records

Jared Gold - organ
Ralph Bowen - tenor saxophone
Jim Rotondi - trumpet, flugelhorn
Quincy Davis - drums

Janet Seidel - Don't Smoke In Bed (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:33 | Size: 138.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blues In The Night
2. I Don't Know Enough About You
3. Bella Notte La Lu Lu
4. Mr Wonderful
5. Bye Bye Blues
6. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
7. Street Of Dreams
8. Don't Smoke In Bed
9. You Do Something To Me
10. He's A Tramp
11. Things Are Swingin'
12. Fever
13. Johnny Guitar
14. It Takes A Long Train With A Red Caboose
15. Black Coffee
16. Why Don't Ya Do Right

Lounge and cabaret performer and all-around ace singer Janet Seidel's Don't Smoke in Bed honors the important contributions of Peggy Lee to the vocal art. Australia's Seidel doesn't stop at entries from the Great American Songbook that Lee liked to sing, and includes her significant contributions to that document as a composer. In addition to the title tune, "Don't Smoke in Bed," there are five more Lee pieces on the play list. Through her personal appearances and many recordings, Seidel is a virtual institution in that country down under. This album is understandably somewhat jazzier -- and a lot torchier -- than her previous release, which was a nod to another one her favorites, Doris Day. Thus, you have a swinging, lilting "Street of Dreams," a sassy "I Don't Know Enough About You," and a very smoky version of a Lee classic, "Black Coffee." Kevin Hunt and Chris Morgan on piano and guitar, respectively, add just the right amount of the jazz feel for this cut, especially Morgan's intense, smoldering guitar. Another interesting element added by Seidel and cohorts is that the songs are not just limited to Lee's big recordings, such as the always enduring "Fever," but those she sang in her early days with Benny Goodman and some from her movie work, such as the films The Lady and the Tramp and Johnny Guitar. As always, Seidel is backed by top musicians. In addition to Hunt and Morgan, reed player Don Burrows is on a couple cuts. Her brother, David Seidel, carries on with his usual bass duties, helped along by Adam Pache on drums. Seidel by no means replicatesLee's way of doing this material, but presents it Seidel style. So this release offers the best of two worlds, literally: Peggy Lee and Janet Seidel.

Eric Alexander - Gentle Ballads II (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:46 | Size: 162.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Mona Lisa - R. Evans - 7:42
2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - D. Ellington - 8:07
3. Funny - P. Broughton, M. Neil, H. Prince - 7:56
4. I'm A Fool To Want You - J. Herron, F. Sinatra, J. Wolf - 7:32
5. Li'l Darlin' - N. Hefti - 6:44
6. Look Of Love - B. Bacharach, H. David - 6:46
7. My Ship - K. Weill - 6:00
8. Who Can I Turn To - L. Bricusse, A. Newly - 6:43
9. Time After Time - S. Cahn - 6:37

Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax
Mike LeDonne - Piano
John Webber - Bass
Joe Farnsworth - Drums

Ed Hamilton - Groovology (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:16 | Size: 101.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Fly like an eagle
02. If only
03. On my way
04. Ooh child
05. Jj's groove
06. April goodbyes
07. Souls felt
08. Jinda boogie
09. Didn't i (blow your mind this time)
10. Song for a princess

Ed Hamilton (guitar, keyboards, bass, programming);
Tim Ries (saxophone);
Dave Falciani (piano).

Dead set on achieving success as a smooth jazz guitarist, Ed Hamilton seems to have abandoned some of the playful sense of humor and adventurous edge which characterized his first two albums. Groovology features beautiful compositions and a solid mix of subtle warmth (as on the tribute "Song for a Princess") and more jumpy expressions which remind us of his sharp improvisational skills. Hamilton also plays the ace card of seamlessly interacting with the soprano sax of Tim Ries over the floating synth textures of pieces like "If Only" and "Ooh Child." Likewise, he creates interesting mood swings by varying his tones from high to low over a bubbling, synth-created, blues organ flavor throughout the light funk cover of "Fly Like an Eagle." It's all perfectly amiable, yet considering the artistic splash his previous works made, Hamilton plays it too close to the vest; there are few traces of the brew of hard rock, avant-garde, spacy fusion, and bebop that made his Path to the Heartland such an eye opener.

Dick Oatts - All of Three (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:23 | Size: 109.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Barnacle Bill(6:10)
2. Gumbo G(7:17)
3. Single Line(4:32)
4. In love & memory(6:59)
5. On dominant(8:14)
6. In light of(4:11)
7. Alone Together(11:11)
8. Break take(6:30)

Personnel: Dick Oatts (alto & tenor saxophones); Dave Santoro (bass); James Oblon (drums).

Born and raised in the state of Iowa, Dick Oatts was brought up in a musical family. He was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 he began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul. It was 1977 when Oatts decided to move to New York City. He then became a member if the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with small groups such as Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Soren Moller, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla. His big band and larger group experience include performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Neene Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl. Oatts is now a Steeplechase recording artist and has six Cd's released as a leader. (All of Three, Standard Issue, Simone's Dance, Standard Issue vol. 2, South Paw, Gratitude). He also has a CD out on the RED label with bassist Dave Santoro entitled Meru. Dick has 3 CDs as a leader on the DMP label with pianist and a co-leader Garry Dial. For 30 years, Mr. Oatts has appeared at college jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and the Middle East. Oatts is a professor of Jazz Studies at the Boyer School of Music at Temple University and has been an artist-in-residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1997.

David Kikoski - Inner Trust (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:39 | Size: 155.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Some Other Blues (7:08)
2.Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (7:42)
3.Mirical (5:36)
4.Inner Trust (6:59)
5.You Don't Know What Love Is (8:14)
6.Two Lonely People (8:47)
7.Once Upon A Summertime (3:18)
8.We See (4:18)
9.Old Folks (8:14)
10.Winnie's Garden (7:44)

RPM Studio, NY. December 19,1997

David Kikoski - piano
Ed Howard - bass
Leon Parker - drums

Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever; Songs By The Beatles (2016)

Genre: Jazz / Pop Vocals | Total Time: 47:58 | Size: 110.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. When I’m Sixty-Four
2. Strawberry Fields Forever
3. Come Together
4. Fixing A Hole
5. Can’t Buy Me Love
6. Bird Medley Blackbird – Icarus – Bye Bye Blackbird
7. The Fool On The Hill
8. If I Fell
9. Julia
10. Helter Skelter
11. She’s Going Home
Jazz versions of 10 songs "Beatles" decided to Darius. The well-known American jazz singer says: "I like the Beatles since childhood and chose the music that I enjoy most of all we gave them new arrangements, while retaining the essence of each song.." A few words about the very singer - the daughter of the first violinist of the orchestra of San Francisco 10 years studying classical. piano, but more than she loved to sing. One came across a station that twisted jazz - and realized: this music will devote life. The art of improvisation Woman taught Bobby McFerrin, and this is not only a famous mentor in her career - Now Darius she teaches jazz vocals. Album "Strawberry Fields Forever" was created in collaboration with arranger, bassist Sam Bivanom - in the California studio team support was even 15 musicians on the record a lot of surprises One Bird-medley is worth -.. because here masterfully connected Beatles the Blackbird, the composition of the jazz saxophonist Paul Winter Icarus , produced in the 72-m sound magician Beatles George Martin, and Bye Bye Blackbird, jazz standard 20's, which is clearly not indifferent Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney (the latter in the comments to his version of the song in 2012, noted that the Beatles were intention to record your favorite childhood Bye Bye Blackbird). "Come Together" and "If I Fell" filled with Brazilian and Jamaican rhythms and Lennon in the song "Julia" is not only bossa nova and touching cello, and Spanish text. Last album number - own composition Darius, whose name (She's Going Home) explicitly refers to the Beatles She's Leavin 'Home.

Craig Brann - Mark My Words (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:57 | Size: 146.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Hindsight (5:33)
2.The Late Pope (5:29)
3.B(Ro) Blues (7:30)
4.Astral (8:44)
5.Still (8:00)
6.Turner-Round (7:34)
7.Providence (5:09)
8.What, Though? (12:44)
9.Mark My Words (7:02)

Label: SteepleChase SCCD 31789

Craig Brann - guitar
Mark Turner - tenor saxophone
Greg Tardy - tenor sax & bass clarinet
Nicholas Kozak - alto saxophone
Nick Morrison - bass
Rudy Royston - drums

Ben Allison - Peace Pipe (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:43 | Size: 93.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Third Rail
2. Slap Happy
3. Peace Pipe
4. Dakan
5. Goin' Back
6. Disposable Genius
7. Music is Music
8. Realization
9. Mantra

Ben Allison - Bass
Mamadou Diabate - Kora
Michael Blake - Saxophones
Frank Kimbrough - Piano
Mike Sarin - Drums

Peter Apfelbaum - Saxophones
Tomas Ulrich - Cello

Barry Green Trio - Almost There (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:38 | Size: 129.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Almost There 4:26
02. Bouncing with Bud 6:10
03. Never Walk Alone 5:53
04. Lulu's Back in Town 5:02
05. Like the First Time (Take 1) 2:25
06. My Spy 2:31
07. Train in the Distance 3:50
08. Like the First Time (Take 2) 2:32
09. Signals 6:43
10. Her Majesty 1:15
11. I Could See the Smallest Things 2:36
12. Work 11:18

Barry Green (piano)
Drew Gress (bass)
Tom Rainey (drums)

Label:Moletone Records
Barry Green, the below-the-radar but formidably skilled London pianist, takes off on cutting-edge New York collaborations. His 2016 trio with American drummer Gerald Cleaver and saxophonist Chris Cheek proved that, and this New York-recorded set with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey is just as surefootedly inventive. Half of the dozen tracks are Green’s (who’s an adroit composer of postbop cliffhangers as well as thoughtful song themes); the others are famous Broadway, pop and jazz tunes. Green’s jagged, stop-start title track is a typical contemporary-jazz mix of avant-swing and a flinty Latin feel. Bud Powell’s standard Bouncing With Bud is a wonderful interpretation, with its famous tune long postponed, Gress delivering an awesome bass solo of sly flicks and graceful melodic curves, and Green’s improvisation a balance of foxy restraint and impulsiveness. You’ll Never Walk Alone is fragmented and reharmonised without sabotage, Lulu’s Back in Town and Thelonious Monk’s Work are vivacious rhythm-teasers of quite different kinds. This fine trio start a week’s UK tour from 31 January.

Barbara Dane & Lightning Hopkins - Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me (1961, 1964)

Genre: Blues | Total Time: 1:04:17 | Size: 144.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I'm Going Back, Baby (Back Behind The Sun) 5:28
2. I Know You Got Another Man 3:38
3. Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me 4:51
4. Baby, Shake That Thing 1:51
5. It's A Lonesome Old Town 4:54
6. Don't Push Me (Til You Find Out What I Want) 3:49
7. Let Me Be Your Rag Doll 3:15
8. Mother Earth 5:36
9. Mama Told Papa 3:01
10. Careless Love 4:21
11. Love With A Feeling 3:03
12. Betty And Dupree 5:34
13. Don't You Push Me Down 1:57
14. Bury Me In My Overalls 1:51
15. Deportees (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) 5:51
16. Hold On (Keep Your Eyes On The Prize) 3:15
17. Jesus Won't You Come By Here 2:08

Original recording made by Chris Strachwitz at the Cabale on San Pablo Ave in Berkly, CA, on Thursday afternoon, June 18, 1964, expert #17, which were recorded at Sierra Sounds Labs in Berkly on November 26, 1961.

Barbara Dane, guitar & vocals
Lightning Hopkins, guitar & vocals on 1-9, piano & vocals on 17
Ray Skjelbred, piano on 10-14 7 16.
The first half of Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me captures a nine-song 1964 improvisational jam between Barbara Dane and Lightnin' Hopkins which remains a charming, if not revelatory, meeting of the minds. The remainder of the record consists of Dane's solo performances of such standards as "Careless Love" and "Betty & Dupree".
Jason Ankeny, AMG

Andy LaVerne - Genesis (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:19 | Size: 136.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Genesis (7:32)
2.Metafour (5:50)
3.Venus De Milo (5:48)
4.Show Me The Moment (4:06)
5.Do Unto Yourself As You Would Do Unto Others (5:24)
6.Mourning (9:10)
7.Bleu Train (8:00)
8.Why Nobody Just Don't Wanna Do What I Ask Them To Do? (11:45)
9.Piece (5:46)

Label: SteepleChase - SCCD 31818

Andy LaVerne - piano
Mike Richmond - bass & cello
Jason Tiemann - drums


Alex Sipiagin - Returning (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:43 | Size: 124.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Returning 11:03
02.Extra Chance 8:37
03.Miniature 7:13
04.Pictures 7:52
05.Snova (Снова) 7:26
06.Son Of Thirteen 6:48
07.Turn Out The Stars 6:32

Alex Sipiagin - trumpet & flugelhorn
Seamus Blake - tenor saxophone
Adam Rogers - guitar
Scott Colley - bass
Antonio Sanchez - drums

Al McLean, Azar Lawrence - Conduit (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:45 | Size: 152.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. On Cue 0:09
2. Crescent 13:58
3. Simone 11:24
4. Walk Spirit Talk Spirit 10:52
5. Body and Soul 11:01
6. Passion Dance 10:32
7. Blues (Now's the Time) 9:07
Label - Intofocus

Al McLean - tenor saxophone
Azar Lawrence - tenor saxophone
Sean Fyfe - piano
Adrian Vedady - bass
Andre White - drums
Cinematographer Randy Cole and saxophonist Al McLean deliver Conduit, an iconic Jazz recording, captured in a former church in Montreal.
Cole and McLean invited American saxophonist Azar Lawrence, to the session and the resulting tracks are mesmerizing.
Together, Lawrence and McLean cast a distinctive modern light on iconic jazz standards, but their affinity to post-Coltrane Jazz is unmistakable. Conduit is a hair-raising journey into the most evocative and hallowed spaces of the style; taut, deep and dramatic, it tells a distinctive story of spiritual inspiration and the power that music affords us to travel beyond ourselves, and experience redemption.
Reclaimed church Le Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec provided the perfect setting for the prayer-like performance, and was a striking setting for the album’s accompanying films. Cole captured the session on camera. He explains, “as the project has its life on social media, the films will be put to work”.

26 January, 2017

Wild Bill Davison - Jazz Giants (1968)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:13 | Size: 105.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Struttin' With Some Barbecue (7:43)
2.Dardanella (4:13)
3.Black And Blue (6:07)
4.I Would Do Anything For You (5:35)
5.I Found A New Baby (4:32)
6.Blue Again (3:28)
7.I Surrender Dear (5:09)
8.Yesterdays (5:55)
9.Them There Eyes (4:48)

Recorded In Toronto 1968

Wild Bill Davison - cornet
Benny Morton - trombone
Herb Hall - clarinet
Claude Hopkins - piano
Arvell Shaw - bass
Buzzy Drootin - drums


Vincent Ingala - Christmas (2016)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 29:53 | Size: 69.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2:52)
02. The Christmas Song (3:11)
03. Merry Christmas All (feat. Ariana Savalas) (2:52)
04. Sleigh Ride (3:14)
05. Merry Christmas Darling (3:18)
06. The True Meaning of Christmas (feat. Justin Shandor) (3:19)
07. My Favorite Things (3:41)
08. Mary, Did You Know? (3:19)
09. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Steve Oliver) (3:48)

Torbjörn Gulz - Torbjörn Gulz Trio (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:31 | Size: 101.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Tissto
2. The Green Man Under the Bridge
3. 1128
4. Vilse I Förorten
5. Tenderly
6. Peace
7. Spelman Frän Rässbyn
8. Stilla
9. Someday My Prince Will Come
10. Poém Languide Op 52/3
11. The Peacocks

Torbjörn Gulz piano
Mattias Welin bass
Jonas Holgersson drums

Label: Moserobie

Tina May 'Paris Quintet' - No More Hanky Panky (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:31 | Size: 120.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Around the World. (Cheesecake) - Dexter Gordon/Tina May
2. Dansez sur Moi - N.Hefti/C.Nougaro
3. No More Hanky Panky. ( Hanky Panky) - Dexter Gordon/Tina May
4. Chillin' - P. Chambers/R. Mackin
5. My Ship - K. Weil/I. Gershwin from 'Lady in the Dark'
6. This is New - K. Weil/I. Gershwin from 'Lady in the Dark'
7. Waiting for the Breeze - Pascal Gaubert/ Tina May
8. My Little Sherri - C. Rouse/Ben Sidran
9. Well, so long - Patrick Villanueva/ Tina May (The legendary Marcel Zanini arrives!)
10.Tu peux compter sur moi. (You can depend on me) duet with Marcel Zanini.
11.Tu veux Ou Tu Veux pas? Ensemble with Pauline Atlan and Marcel Zanini.
12. My Ship. (bonus track) featuring Pascal Gaubert
Label - 33 Jazz

Tina May Paris Quintet
Tina May - vocals
Patrick Villanueva - piano
Pierre Maingourd - double bass
Vincent Cordelette - drums
Pascal Gaubert - tenor saxophone

With special guests:
Marcel Zanini on track10 and 11
Pauline Atlan on 'Tu veux Ou Tu Veux pas!'
With would-be jazz singers appearing daily out of the woodwork, the occasional album from Tina May comes as a particular treat. Along with her other talents, such as writing witty lyrics to established jazz tunes in both English and French she possesses the basic but invaluable gift of swing. Among these dozen numbers is an almost throwaway version of "You Can Depend on Me", sung as a duet with veteran French star Marcel Zanini, which is simply immaculate in this respect. The Paris-based band is most impressive, especially pianist Patrick Villanueva and saxophonist Pascal Gaubert.
~ Dave Gelly
A particular treat...May possesses the basic but invaluable gift of swing...the Paris-based band is most impressive.

Terence Blanchard - Jazz In Film (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:16 | Size: 157.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 A Streetcar Named Desire \ North 7:55
2 Chinatown \ Goldsmith 8:23
3 The Subterraneans \ Previn 9:08
4 Anatomy of a Murder\ Ellington 8:25
5 The Pawnbroker\ Jones 7:03
6 Taxi Driver\ Herrmann 7:13
7 Degas' Racing World\ Ellington 7:57
8 Man With the Golden Arm\ Bernstein 4:14
9 Clockers\ Blanchard 8:01

Terence Blanchard - trumpet
Joe Henderson - tenor sax
Donald Harrison - alto sax
Steve Turre - trombone
Kenny Kirkland - piano
Reginald Veal - bass
Carl Allen - drums
J. Redford - conductor

Tara Hofman - Almost There (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 23:14 | Size: 53.45 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One Fine Day 2:26
2. Twisted 1:59
3. Cry Me A River 4:29
4. Is Your Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby 3:03
5. Stormy Monday 6:04
6. Moondance/Summertime 5:14 
Label - Tara Hofman
Sophisticated jazz, blues and pop: Tara Hofmann delivers all with sultry soul ranging from a smoking "Stormy Monday" to a hip rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Twisted." Since 1997, Tara Hofmann has been entertaining jazz and blues audiences all over the DC Metro area. From concerts to coffeehouses, she has performed to acclaim in many venues including big bashes at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC, private parties on chartered cruises on the Chesapeake Bay and intimate restaurants in Northern Virginia such as Icehouse Café and Laporta’s. She sings blues from the depths of her soul and adds a twist to her arrangements of jazz classics and pop tunes.

Steve Lehman's Camouflage Trio - Interface (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:20 | Size: 165.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Structural Fire 15:27
2 Hamlet 5:13
3 Complex C 7:07
4 Huis Clos 4:02
5 Rison 8:02
6 Motion 19:27
7 Interface 13:00

Double Bass – Mark Dresser
Drums – Pheeroan Aklaff
Saxophone – Steve Lehman

Label:Clean Feed ‎– CF022CD
This was one of Steve Lehman’s earliest albums, a missive from his (currently inactive) Camouflage Trio consisting of Lehman on alto and sopranino saxophones, Mark Dresser on bass and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums. The album was recorded live in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2003 and had been out of print in physical form for several years. In the intervening time, Lehman has become one of the most renowned musicians on the modern jazz scene and he has a new album coming out soon. The trio has a deeply unified concept, which is shown on the opening track, “Structural Fire,” which features Lehman’s ripe and tart alto saxophone playing in a fast and exciting manner over storming bass and drums. They reach a potent collective improvisation playing steadfast and nimble throughout a long and fascinating performance. The trio moves dynamically through passages and culminate with Lehman developing a massive saxophone sound aided and abetted by excellent rhythm. “Hamlet” has a pungent saxophone tone and hollow sounding drums, building a fast and agile structure for their improvisation to hinge upon. The music becomes even faster and more thrilling, leaving the listener awestruck at the improvisational faculties of the trio when they develop to an outrageous pummeling and then throttle back just in time for the conclusion. There is nice thick bass and drums interaction with Lehman’s hard charging saxophone on “Huis Clos.” The group develops an intuitive collective improvisation that is fast paced with deep bass and biting alto saxophone reminiscent of Lehman’s mentor Jackie McLean and hard swinging drumming. “Rison” has loose bass and drums freeing up the sound of the music and the saxophone enters with subtle heat, building rough sandpaper type feel. There is a section for quieter bass and horn squeaks before the band ramps up the speed with slamming drums and gales of saxophone. The concluding track, “Interface” has some beautifully subtle bass and drum work, before the leader comes in and lifts the performance off with some powerful saxophone playing, necessitating heavier bass and drums and making for a great improvisation. The performance is dynamic with loud/soft and open/full sections alternating. There is some wonderful saxophone and drums interplay either playing together or alternating solo sections, and Aklaff gets a tremendous drum solo before the trio comes together for a rousing conclusion. This is an excellent album and a founding statement in Steve Lehman’s discography. You can listen this album to learn how he began to build his unique sound, or just listen to it as wonderful music. It works brilliantly either way.

Spinning Motion - Confidence in the Future (1980)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 28:11 | Size: 65.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blue (Tappert)
2. Devotion to You (Tappert-Hirsch)
3. Prisoner of Life (Tappert)
4. Confidence in the Future (Tappert-Hirsch)
5. Naze (Tappert-Hirsch)
6. Answer My Questions (Tappert-Hirsch)
7. Playground of Burial-Funds (Tappert-Hirsch)
8. Elegy (Tappert)

Manfred Tappert - guitars, electric piano, electric bass, vocals
Stefan Thimm - drums, percussion
Eddie Hayes - flugelhorn (1,3)
Joe Kucera - soprano saxophone (5), lyricon (7)
Achim Hirsch - spoken words (5,8)

Recorded at Music Lab, Berlin in January 1980.

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Ultimate Collection (1998)

Genre: R&B / Soul | Total Time: 1:10:48 | Size: 155.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Going To A Go-Go 2:49
02. I Second That Emotion 2:40
03. Shop Around 2:48
04. Way Over There 2:55
05. Bad Girl 2:42
06. Who's Lovin' You 3:02
07. I'll Try Something New 2:36
08. You've Really Got A Hold On Me 2:56
09. Mickey's Monkey 2:46
10. I Like It Like That 2:34
11. Ooo Baby Baby 2:42
12. Choosey Beggar 2:32
13. My Girl Has Gone 2:52
14. The Tears Of A Clown 3:03
15. Baby, Baby Don't Cry 3:58
16. The Tracks Of My Tears 3:00
17. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Miracle 2:57
18. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 2:29
19. More Love 2:48
20. Special Occasion 2:18
21. If You Can Want 2:25
22. Yester Love 2:17
23. We've Come Too Far To End It Now 3:49
24. What's So Good About Goodbye 2:21
25. (You Can) Depend On Me 3:07
Label – Motown

Bass – Bob Babbit, Clarence Isabell, James Jamerson, Joe Williams
Conductor – Gordon Staples
Drums – Andrew Smith, Benny Benjamin, Richard "Pistol" Allen, Uriel Jones
Flute, Piccolo Flute – Danya Hartwick
Guitar – Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Marv Tarplin, Melvin "Wah-Wah" Ragin, Robert White
Keyboards – Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, Johnny Griffith, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie
Percussion – Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Jack Ashford
Performer – The Funk Brothers
Saxophone – Andrew "Mike" Terry, Angelo Carlisi, Bernie Peacock, Dan Turner, Eli Fontaine, Ernie Rodgers, Eugene 'BeeBee' Moore, Eugene Rodgers, Hank Cosby, Kasuka Mafia, Lanny Austin, Larry Nozero, Lefty Edwards, Teddy Buckner, Thomas "Beans" Bowles, William "Wild Bill" Moore
Strings – Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Trombone – Bill Johnson, Bob Cousar, Carl Raetz, Don White, George Bohanon, Jimmy Wilkins, Patrick Lanier, Paul Riser
Trumpet – Billy Horner, Don Slaughter, Eddie Jones, Floyd Jones, Herbie Williams, John "Little John" Wilson, Johnny Trudell, Marcus Belgrave, Maurice Davis, Russell Conway
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Jack Ashford, Jack Brokensha
Import collection from the Motown legends, arguably the best single-disc compilation available on the market. Combining Smokey's endlessly inventive twists on romance (good and bad) with the Miracles' handful of straight-up party hits, it showcases one of American pop's most sure-footed and touching acts. The frontman's prowess as singer, writer, and producer lights up each of these single mixes; less-celebrated tracks like "My Girl Has Gone," "(You Can) Depend on Me," and "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" stand as tall as the many oldies-radio staples featured here. While he and The Miracles remain one of the Motown label's most successful acts, Smokey is also known for his top-notch songwriting skills for other label mates as well as his own successful solo career. 25 tracks.

Sharon Bourbonnais - A Girl's Gotta Play (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:43 | Size: 85.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Down That Road
2. Move On
3. Gator Tuff
4. Up Your Game
5. Metaphor
6. Breakup Text
7. Another Friday Night
8. Back Against The Wall
9. A Girl's Gotta Play
10. Only A Dream

Sharon Bourbonnais Piano & Vocals, Tom Wells Drums, Pat Harris Dbl Bass, Tijuana Trainwreck Horns-Mark Wilson & Tiger Anaya, Beth Galiger Flute & Sax, Kris Brown Guitar.

Somewhere in between jazz and blues you'll find the music through the heart of Sharon Bourbonnais. When you see her fingers glide effortlessly across 88 keys and hear her sultry voice inviting you to share in clever, insightful stories, you immediately sense this is not your typical singer/songwriter fare. Sharon describes her brand as Texas Jazz fused with Nola Blues.

Sharon and her band Tres Bourbonnais have been featured at SXSW and the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans. Her music has taken her across the South, Midwest, Northeast and Hawaii. Favorite haunts include a residency at the historic Driskill Hotel, the legendary Elephant Room in Austin and McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston. Sharon plans to tour extensively to support her new release out Jan 2017 ~ "A Girl's Gotta Play".

A Dallas native, Sharon is a graduate of the University of Texas school of music, creating many opportunities to share her love of music through teaching and directing, while continuing to write and perform. Sharon started her music career in the Rio Grande Valley, performing on South Padre Island and attending Texas Southmost College where she was the pianist for the TSC Jazz Band before moving to Austin. Irie Jane, a popular all female reggae band recruited Sharon for a successful run, twice accepted to the famed SXSW music conference. Tropical winds of change swept Sharon to the North Shore of Oahu, HI for a decade. There she honed her songwriting while living an idyllic beachfront lifestyle, bringing back the spirit of Aloha when she returned home to Austin Texas. In 2015 she entered the studio with new producer Josiah Hoskins, who has been crafting a refined and definitive sound, centered around Sharon's piano and voice, surrounded by a who's-who of world-class Austin musicians.

25 January, 2017

Sarah McKenzie - Paris In The Rain (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:28 | Size: 119.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tea For Two
02. Paris In The Rain
03. One Jealous Moon
04. Little Girl Blue
05. I'm Old Fashioned
06. When In Rome
07. Triste
08. Embraceable You
09. In The Name Of Love
10. Don't Be A Fool
11. Onwards And Upwards
12. Day In Day Out
13. Road Chops
Label - Impulse!

Sarah McKenzie - vocals, piano
Warren Wolf - vibes
Dominick Farinacci - trumpet
Jamie Baum - flute
Scott Robinson - alto sax
Ralph Moore - tenor sax
Romero Lubambo, Mark Whitfield - guitar
Reuben Rogers - bass
Gregory Hutchinson - drums
McKenzie praises Paris in the Rain as a more “stylish” album. “It shows greater depth of my arrangements,” she says before explaining that she’s fashioning her own vision within the jazz tradition. For this album, that meant exploring more textures with which she does gorgeously by expanding the sonic palette.
As an arranger, McKenzie cites George Shearing as one her most significant lodestars. She’s particularly fond of his usage of piano block chords against guitars. “I want things to sound quirky and a little rough but still very charming and elegant,” she says.
McKenzie employs the same ambitions of being a distinguishable stylist in her piano playing too. “Being an incredibly virtuosic pianist is cool if that that’s what you do. But I really identify with coming up with a style and really trying the make the songs speak with my own unique sound.”

Rich Perry - East of the Sun and West of 2nd Avenue (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:57 | Size: 142.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I thought about you
2. The touch of your lips
3. My ideal
4. East of the sun
5. Soul eyes
6. Yours and mine
7. My shining hour
8. Falling in love
9. Three little words

Personnel: Rich Perry (tenor sax); Harold Danko (piano); John Hebert (bass); Jeff Hirshfield (drums).

Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists a complete musician with an understanding of space and timing, a palpable sense of color and humor and absolutely no need to showboat or compromise. Whether he's a featured soloist in a big band or leading a quartet date (as heard here), he makes jazz that's adventurous and highly listenable with a smart and sympathetic band playing standards not frequently performed and in new ways of playing in the tradition. Listen, for example, to the approach to Ray Noble's "The Touch of Your Lips. Through an almost rubato statement of the theme and then into some elaborate improvisation, Perry plays both the tune and its changes in his soloing, giving it a different and new life. It's almost impressionistic the melody is more hinted at and around, than played right out.

Perry takes on music by Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Arlen and Harry Ruby from the world of popular song and tackles some intriguing and rarely essayed jazz tunes from Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes to Thad Jones' "Yours and Mine and the very rare "Falling Love by Victor Feldman. He has also chosen wisely in his bandmates, seasoned veterans who don't sound as if they played every tune a million times before. Listen to what this great group does with "My Shining Hour it's up-tempo and engaging because we have to listen to find what the leader and the company he keeps do with the melody. All the tunes are played as if they were new and never improvised on before and that makes for the best kind of jazz.

Ravi Coltrane - In Flux (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:43 | Size: 118.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. The Message Part 1
2. Coincide
3. Variations III
4. Away
5. Leaving Avignon
6. Blending Times
7. Dear Alice
8. Angular Realms
9. Scram Vamp
10. Variations I
11. United
12. For Zoe

Ravi Coltrane - tenor & soprano sax
Luis Perdomo - piano
Drew Gress - bass
E.J. Strickland - drums
Luisito Quintero - percussion