27 February, 2017

Paul Hanson Feat. Dennis Chambers - Frolic In The Land Of Plenty (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:11 | Size: 210.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Flight Of The Fly (3:10)
2.Parallax (8:33)
3.Emerald Mile (6:42)
4.Dark Soul (8:14)
5.Frolic In The Land Of Plenty (5:53)
6.Goof Troup (7:01)
7.Subtle Demons (7:28)
8.Scrool (6:26)
9.Sacred Love (9:05)

Paul Hanson - electric bassoon & tenor sax
Armen Chakmakian - piano & Fender Rhodes
Eric Levy - Fender Rhodes & organ
Mike Olmos - trumpet & flugelhorn
Victor Little - bass
Dennis Chambers - drums (3,4,7,8)
Paul Van Wageningen - drums (2,6,9)
Tracy Silverman - violin
Haroun Serang - guitar & electric beats
Caito Marcondes - pandeiro
 

New York Jazz Lounge - Trio Masterpieces Vol. 4 (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 1:18:13 | Size: 179.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Round Midnight (4:57)
02. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (5:12)
03. Perdido (5:00)
04. Star Dust (7:44)
05. Corcovado (4:34)
06. I Can't Get Started (4:02)
07. Tea for Two (4:19)
08. Just the Way You Are (5:23)
09. One Note Samba (4:06)
10. Cantaloupe Island (4:00)
11. The Days of Wine and Roses (5:10)
12. Michelle (4:27)
13. The More I See You (4:40)
14. All Blues (5:28)
15. Maiden Voyage (4:16)
16. Mercy, Mercy (4:55)
 

Nate Smith - Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:02 | Size: 118.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Intro: Wish You Were Here
02. Skip Step
03. Bounce: pts I + II
04. Mom: Postcards From Detroit/Floyd/Salem
05. Retold
06. Disenchantment: The Weight
07. Spinning Down
08. Pages
09. From Here: Interlude
10. Morning and Allison
11. Spiracles
12. Small Moves: Interlude
13. Dad: Postcards from Isaac Street
14. Home Free (for Peter Joe)

Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Jaleel Shaw
Cello – Reenat Pinchas
Electric Bass – Fima Ephron
Guitar – Jeremy Most
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Kris Bowers
Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth, Sounds, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Nate Smith
Viola – Christiana Liberis
Violin [First] – Stephanie Matthews
Violin [Second], Contractor – Juliette Jones
 

Mike Casey - The Sound of Surprise - Live at The Side Door (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:18 | Size: 118.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Hydraulics
2. Turnaround
3. Dagobah
4. Heartbreak
5. Mack The Knife
6. Miles Mode
7. Little Melonae
 

Michael Cochrane Trio - Gesture Of Faith (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:52 | Size: 154.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
2. Baby Steps
3. Gesture Of Faith
4. Free Fall
5. Gentle Rain
6. All Of You
7. Lush Life
8. Blues On The Dark Side
9. Room 118
10. Invitation
11. Hallucination

Personnel: Alan Nelson(Drums), Eddie Gomez(Bass), Michael Cochrane(Piano).

Label: SteepleChase
 
On Gesture of Faith, veteran Cochrane demonstrates a direct, fat-free linear style with a hint of Bill Evans in his chord voicings. Eddie Gomez’s walking and crosscutting bass lines provide another source of interest and delight, as does Alan Nelson’s drumming. “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” swings cleanly as the trio exhibits the art of interplay as well as more traditional lead and support roles. Cochrane’s chordal exposition of “Invitation” is rich and exotic. In addition to Cochrane’s skill, this album reminds us again that Gomez is one of jazz’s top bassists.
 

Michael Cochrane - Discovery (2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:55 | Size: 146.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Yesterdays
2. Visitation
3. How Deep Is The Ocean
4. Quiet Now
5. Discovery
6. M. C.'s Bossa
7. Oblivion
8. Fantasy
9. Erie Blues

Personnel: Michael Cochrane – Piano; Daryl Johns – Bass; Steve Johns – Drums.

Label: SteepleChase
 
Wonderfully warm work from the great Michael Cochrane a pianist we always love, and who also seems to be playing a bit of Fender Rhodes on this album too! The instrument's not credited on the back, but turns up in an excellent version of Denny Zeitlin's "Quiet Now" which is handled by Cochrane with just the right sort of space and tone to really open up the composition in a way that's very different from the bolder, more soulful tones the pianist uses throughout the rest of the album. As always with a record from Michael, the original tunes are some of the best and include "Discovery", "MC's Bossa", "Erie Blues", and "Fantasy"all the kind of numbers that always have us digging for his records whenever we get the chance. Other tunes include "Oblivion", "Yesterdays", and "Visitation" and the trio includes Daryl Johns on bass and Steve Johns on drums.
 

Maya Rae - Sapphire Birds (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:29 | Size: 84.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Close Your Eyes
02. Beautiful
03. Lullaby of Birdland
04. Water Under Bridges
05. I Got Rhythm
06. Sapphire Birds
07. Dream a Little Dream of Me
08. I Feel the Earth Move
09. So Caught Up
10. Summertime
 
She's only 14. It's hard to believe - Maya Ray from Vancouver sings as a mature, experienced performer. And in the 14-ty it has entered into a contract with a major label to record a debut full-length record Sapphire Birds. "I wanted to create an album that would connect with the modern jazz standards and original compositions," Maya says. For the arrangement meets the first class pianist Miles Black - "to work with him a pleasure," she admits. Song Meghan Trainor and Christina Aguilera shone jazz colors and even with the support of a mentor Maya Ray, saxophonist Corey wides - with him phenomenal Maya met when she was 12, during the debut performance at the International Jazz Festival in Vancouver. A final version of "Summertime" performed only by a bass guitar, but in two languages.
 

Marilyn Scott - Handpicked (2005)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:26 | Size: 174.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Starting To Fall (4:42)
2.You Don't Know Me (5:09)
3.The Look of Love (5:36)
4.Close Enough (4:31)
5.Get Home (5:37)
6.In Your Eyes (4:54)
7.Understanding Love (4:34)
8.The Last Day (3:35)
9.Loving You (4:28)
10.I'm Calling You (4:36)
11.You Don't Know What Love Is (5:05)
12.Smile (3:58)
13.Give In (4:20)
14.Don't Let Love Get Away (4:36)
15.I Always Think of You (5:45)
16.Let Me Be The One (5:13)
 
Personnel: Marilyn Scott (background vocals); James Hara, Michael Landau, Ricardo Silveira, Ray Fuller (guitar); Jim Marentic (saxophone); Katisse Buckingham (soprano saxophone, drum programming); Everette Harp (alto saxophone); Bob Mintzer, Brandon Fields (horns); George Duke, Russell Ferrante (keyboards, bass programming, drum programming); Joe T. Vannelli Project, Patrice Rushen, Renato Neto (keyboards); Terri Lyne Carrington, Will Kennedy , Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Maxayn Lewis, Carolyn Perry, Jim Gilstrap, Leslie Smith, Lori Perry, Lynn Davis , Sharon Perry, Brenda Russell (background vocals).

Recording information: Blue Moon Studio; DSW; King Sound; Legonks West; Mad Dog Studios; Mad Hatter Studios; O'Henry Studios; Pacifique Recording Studios; The Club House.
 
This 16-track retrospective covers ten years of jazz/pop singer/songwriter Marilyn Scott's career, from her first solo recordings in the early '90s to 2001. You'll probably find this album in the jazz section, and there are a few standards on the program, but the bulk of her repertoire is original and her sound is very definitely modern, in an R&B/smooth jazz vein. The tracks gathered here include collaborations with George Duke and the Yellowjackets' Jimmy Haslip, and several songs were co-written with Brenda Russell. The selections don't follow much of a narrative arc -- you don't really get the sense of an artist growing and developing in any particular direction. Instead, Scott explores various avenues of musical expression, from quiet storm-flavored ballads like "The Look of Love" to the slightly awkward soul-funk of "Get Home" and modern reinterpretations of jazz classics like "You Don't Know What Love Is." Her cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is technically impressive, but ultimately too imitative of the original to be very interesting. In general, though, this is a handy and attractive overview of what has been, so far, an impressive career.
 

Lyambiko - Sings Gershwin (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:29 | Size: 120.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. 'S Wonderful
02. It Ain't Necessarily So
03. Love Walked In
04. Somebody Loves Me
05. I Got Rhythm
06. Nice Work If You Can Get It
07. Someone To Watch Over Me
08. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
09. Summertime
10. They All Laughted
11. Fascinating Rhythm
12. Who Cares?
13. I've Got A Crush On You
14. Slap That Bass
15. How Long Has This Been Going On?
 
So, friends, sounds Lyambiko. Germany's African roots and musical genes. My grandfather played in a jazz band in the 30s. Dad was singing in the church choir, and in his spare time, indulged in jazz sound in the same group bent on swing rhythms. Apple from apple-tree - Lyambiko school years he mastered the saxophone and clarinet, in parallel doing classical singing. And jazz, which is typical, too, attracted her attention. In 1999 Lyambiko travels to Berlin - to study at the College of Music, but do not forget about jazz. Regular performances in Berlin clubs are seen by critics, and this during a tour in America Lyambiko called "the most promising female vocalist for the last time." In February 2008, having already 5 albums discography marked by various awards, Lyambiko decided to record an album-dedication to Nina Simone - the legendary singer, whose album inspired her career jazz vocalist. But in 2011, also released Lyambiko dedication - now the composer George Gershwin. I call it a kind of return to the roots, and in the development of jazz classics she helped the band members - pianist Mark Leventhal, bassist and drummer Robin Draganik Henry Koberling. If Simon dedication embodied the idea for about eight years, there was a process much faster - in just a week, it was decided, some Gershwin songs will be on the record.
 

Larry Schneider - Mohawk (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:08 | Size: 140.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Mohawk
2. Moose The Mooche
3. She Rote
4. Yardbird Suite
5. Donna Lee
6. Anthropology
7. Scrapple From The Apple
8. Steeplechase
9. Confirmation

Personnel: Alto Saxophone – Larry Schneider; Bass – Steve LaSpina; Drums – Anton Fig; Piano – Andy LaVerne.

Label: Steeplechase
 
Larry Schneider on this latest recording plays alto sax instead of tenor sax which is his instrument. And when a jazz saxophone player picks up alto, there is one thing in his mind: Charlie Parker. “Larry Schneider Plays Charlie Parker” is what this CD is all about. A formidable task superbly executed.
 

Larry Schneider - Freedom Jazz Dance (1996)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:08 | Size: 155.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. Days Of Wine Abd Roses
3. The Inch Worm
4. Peggy's Blue Skylight
5. Freedom Jazz Dance
6. Angel Eyes
7. Mercury And Venus
8. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
9. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. All The Things You Are

Personnel: Larry Schneider (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Keith Copeland (drums); Steve LaSpina (bass).

Label: SteepleChase
 
Larry Schneider’s latest outing for SteepleChase is a pianoless trio format which provides the tenorman with more freedom and space. “ Larry Schneider is one of the select minority who consistently rises to the challenge implicit in this type of trio. He thrives in the looseness of the context and the choices it affords him .”
 

Larry Coryell - I'll Be Over You (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:57 | Size: 121.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. I'll Be Over You (Goodrum/Lukather) 4.56
02. Redwing (Coryell/Keating/Sherman) 4.22
03. Tonight Is the Night (Bryson/Cuesta/Loeb/Weir) 5.43
04. Try A Little Tenderness (Campbell/Connelly/Woods) 3.06
05. St. Louis Blues (Handy) 5.17
06. For The Love of You (Isley Brothers) 5.13
07. Nightshade (Coryell/Washington, Jr./Loeb) 4.49
08. This Love Of Ours (Cuesta/Loeb/Thomas) 4.34
09. Before Dawn (Coryell/Sherman) 4.49
10. Cumulus (Sherman) 4.27
11. Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul (Mingus) 5.37
 
Label - Pastels

Personnel
Larry Coryell - guitar
Chuck Loeb - guitar, keyboards, synthesizer
Grover Washington, Jr. - saxophone
Donald Harrison - saxophone, vocals
Rick Bottari, Mark Herman, Chris Parks - keyboards
Mark Sherman - keyboards, percussion, vibraphone
Peabo Bryson - vocals
Carmen Cuesta, Sharon Bryant, Lani Groves, Vaneese Thomas - background vocals
Will Lee, Tracy Wormworth - bass
Zach Danziger, Steve Ferrone - drums
David Charles - percussion
 
This is after "Fallen Angel" another album from his smooth-jazz period ... I think this period was not very sucessful for him, but if you listen to this album you´ll hear again one of the finest guitar player we had over the last decades.
 

Kye Marshall Trio - Standard Time (2005)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:44 | Size: 151.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Have You Met Miss Jones?
2. Here's That Rainy Day
3. How My Heart Sings
4. 'Round Midnight
5. Girl from Ipanema
6. Dolphin Dance
7. Windows
8. Summertime
9. My One and Only Love
10. I Remember You

Kye Marshall (cello), Don Thompson (bass & piano), Dan Ionescu (guitar), Mark Duggan (percussion).
 
Kye is a professional cellist and composer of both classical and jazz music and an avant garde improviser. She has produced five CDs: Standard Time, a compilation of jazz standards; Winter's End and Say When, original jazz compositions with Don Thompson and In the Moment and Chiaroscuro, spontaneous compositions with Thomas Baker.
Kye's compositions have been heard on television and radio, in films, dance performances and theatre and in various Toronto venues such as Glenn Gould Studios, Harbourfront, NY Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Music Gallery as well as in Austria and the United States.
An eclectic performer, Kye has played jazz, classical and free music in numerous venues from Roy Thomson Hall to the Rex Tavern with various ensembles including her jazz quartet, the Epic String Quartet, the National Ballet Orchestra, and the Baker\Marshall Duo.
Kye also uses her improvisational skills as a music psychotherapist.
Kye Marshall's classical compositions are influenced by her work as a jazz musician, a free improviser, a music psychotherapist and a classical performer. They incorporate the melodic angularity, harmonic colour and rhythmic vitality of the jazz idiom, and, inspired by free improvisation, a strong sense of colour, emotional intensity, and form based on process rather than structure. In her jazz compositions, her classical background is evidenced in her use of the tone row, varied formal structures and unusual instrumentation.
Another influence is her work as a music psychotherapist where her improvisations with clients inspire her compositions with an emotional freshness and immediacy. They give a new perspective to polyphonic writing through a multi layering of contrasting, sometimes conflicting, voices.
www.musiccentre.ca

"Standard Time [is a] combination of great playing and…sheer sonic majesty… If you like your jazz straight up, Standard Time will make you very happy. If you like your jazz to take you into new musical territory, it will make you ecstatic.”
 

Kenny Davern & Bob Wilber Soprano Summit - Live In England (1976)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:15:53 | Size: 163.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland (7:34)
2.The Mooche (6:30)
3.Ole Miss (5:58)
4.Oriental Strut (7:29)
5.Stealin' Away (9:59)
6.Oh, Sister, Ain't That Hot (7:28)
7.Old Stack O' Lee Blues (12:04)
8.Swing 39 (5:18)
9.I Had It, But It's All Gone Now (3:48)
10.Grenadilla Stomp (9:25)

Label: Jazzology JCD-295

Kenny Davern - clarinet & soprano sax
Bob Wilber - clarinet & soprano sax
Dave Cliff - guitar
Peter Ind - bass
Lennie Hastings - drums
 

John McLaughlin and Traditional Mongolian Songs feat.Trilok Gurtu - Molom - A Legend Of Mongolia (1995)


Genre: Jazz / Latin Jazz | Total Time: 58:23 | Size: 299.10 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
01. Um Mani Padme Hum
02. Molom Theme Song 1
03. The Boy Theme 1
04. Breakfast - The Cave
05. The Four Seasons
06. Horses
07. Boudamchou
08. Little Girl's Theme 1
09. Cows in the Water
10. The Man Hunts
11. The Camel Walk
12. Hunting - The Witch
13. The Boy Walks
14. Melody
15. The Dream of the Boy
16. The Boy Cries
17. Traditional Song
18. Introduction of the Boy to the Monk
19. The Little Girl Says Goodbye to the Boy
20. The Boy Leaves
21. National Song
22. Molom Theme Song End

John McLaughlin, guitar, guitar synthesizers
Trilok Gurtu, drums, percussion
with various Mongolian artists: Oulan Oude Choir, Inch Taven, Railway Culture Palace Orchestra, Mongol Folk Orchestra, The Opera Choir, Chogtu (performing on tracks marked with an asterisk)


Recorded in November 1992 and July 1993 in Oulan Bator, Mongolia and February 1994 in Studio Ramses, Paris, France.

Label: Verve Records .
 

Joe Bucci - Wild About Basie (1962)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:36 | Size: 82.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1:
01. Splanky
02. Midnite Blue
03. Teddy The Toad
04. Lil' Darlin'
05. Kansas City Shout
06. Shiny Stockings

Side 2:
01. 920 Special
02. Blue And Sentimental
03. Taps Miller
04. Topsy
05. Shorty George
06. Jumpin' At The Woodside
 
Label - Capitol Records
 
This release we're sharing now represents Joe making his debut on Capitol Records. It was recorded in NYC on June 19-21, 1962. In his day Bucci created quite a new, dynamic Hammond sound which was eventually noticed by the great Basie. He was first impressed when he heard the Massachusetts-born organist at a 1961 jazz concert that featured Bucci along with the Basie band. This led to an engagement in the Count's own New York night club, where the Bucci duo, including drummer Joe Riddick, more than justified Basie's faith by packing in the patrons night after night during a sensational four-week stay. The crowd's response there and later at the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival convinced the Count that he was far from alone in his estimation of Bucci's talent.
 

Jeff Lorber - The Very Best Of Jeff Lorber (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:13 | Size: 161.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Grasshopper [04:24]
02. Iguassu Falls [05:22]
03. Reverend Green [04:26]
04. Bring It On [03:59]
05. Katherine [04:40]
06. Chopsticks [04:01]
07. Yellowstone [04:31]
08. Punta Del Este [05:07]
09. Lost With You [05:21]
10. PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) [04:14]
11. Rain Song [05:23]
12. Say Love [04:18]
13. Point Venus [04:34]
14. Stage Of Grace [04:05]
15. Do What It Takes [05:16]
 

Jeff Lorber - Kickin' It (2001)


Genre: Jazz / Fusion | Total Time: 43:29 | Size: 101.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Snakebite (Gerald Albright, Steve Dubin, Jeff Lorber) (4:17)
02. Ain't Nobody (David "Hawk" Wolinski) (3:54)
03. Happy Endings (Steve Dubin, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber) (4:25)
04. Chopsticks (Steve Dubin, Jeff Lorber) (3:58)
05. Keep That Same Ol' Feelin' (Wayne Henderson) (4:33)
06. Reflections (Jeff Lorber) (4:40)
07. The Bijou (Steve Dubin, Jeff Lorber) (4:52)
08. Kickin' It (Steve Dubin, Jeff Lorber, Robbie Nevil) (4:08)
09. The ''In'' Crowd (Billy Page) (4:05)
10. What It Is (Steve Dubin, Jeff Lorber) (4:37)

Personnel:
Jeff Lorber - guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, bass synthesizer, keyboard, synthesizer;
Dave Koz - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone;
Gary Meek - saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone;
Gerald Albright (#1,5,8), Richard Elliot (#9), Steve Cole (#4) - tenor saxophone;
Dan Higgins - flute, saxophone;
Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Ron King - trumpet, flugelhorn;
Bill Reichenbach Jr. - trombone;
Michael Landau - guitar, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar;
Stuart Wylen, Wah-Wah Watson, Tony Maiden - guitar;
Alex Al - bass guitar;
Lenny Castro - percussion;
John “Little John” Roberts - drums.
Steve Dubin - drum programming.
Siedah Garrett (#5) - vocals.


Recorded at JHL Sound, Pacific Palisades, CA.
 

Jan Lundgren & Georg Riedel - Lockrop (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:15 | Size: 129.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Lockrop
2. Ida's sommarvisa
3. M.Z
4. Och jungfrun gick at killan
5. Solen skiner
6. Lille katt
7. Arne
8. Dis
9. Stenhuggarens visa
10. Bad weather
11. Looking back
12. Blues för Jan Johansen
13. Ramsa
14. Dimman lättar
15. Too Soon

Bass – Georg Riedel
Piano – Jan Lundgren


Recorded 17-18 Nov, 2005 at Rainbow Studio in Oslo

Label:Gemini Records
 
A fine bop-based pianist, Jan Lundgren has visited the United States several times since the mid-'90s and been gradually gaining a very strong reputation. Even while undergoing extensive classical piano training, Lundgren was playing jazz locally and by the time he was 20, he had begun working with Arne Domnérus and Putte Wickman. Lundgren has picked up valuable experience accompanying many visiting Americans (including Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, and Mark Murphy). In 1994, he recorded his debut as a leader for the Four Leaf Clover label. Since then, Lundgren has recorded separate sets with Herb Geller and Bill Perkins for Fresh Sound and led further albums for Alfa and Four Leaf Clover.
 

Hank Crawford - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (1974)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:55 | Size: 74.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side A
A1.Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 8:48
A2.Jana 5:06
A3.All In Love Is Fair 4:45
 
Side B
B1.Sho Is Funky 12:45
B2.Groove Junction 3:33
 
Label - Kudu
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, June 1974

Personnel
Bob James - arranged by, conductor, keyboards
Hank Crawford – sax alto
Jerry Dodgion, Joe Farrell - flute, sax tenor
Pepper Adams, Romeo Penque – sax baritone
Alan Rubin, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Taylor - trombone (bass)
Richard Tee - Hammond B3 organ
Hugh McCracken - guitar
Gary King (A1 to A3, B1), Ron Carter (B2) - bass
Bernard Purdie (A1, A3), Idris Muhammad (A2, B1, B2) – drums
Ralph MacDonald - percussion
Creed Taylor - producer
 

26 February, 2017

Gene Ludwig - Now’s The Time (1979)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:14 | Size: 88.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side A
A1 - Bossa For La Lorelei (Gene Ludwig)
A2 - Welcome Back Kotter (Theme from the sitcom Welcome Back)
A3 - Nica's Dream (Horace Silver)
 
Side B
B1 - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Lou Rawls)
B2 - I Worry About You (Arthur Prysock)
B3 - Now's The Time (Charlie Parker)
 
Muse (MR 5164)
Recorded at Audio Innovators, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 28 & Nov 5, 1979

Personnel
Gene Ludwig - organ
George Green - tenor sax
Larry McBee - guitar
Kwasi Jayourba - percussion
Tom Soisson – drums
 

Gary Smith - Love Is Blue (2013)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 48:55 | Size: 112.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Am I Blue
02. What'll I Do
03. Love Is Blue
04. Some Other Time
05. Nice And Easy
06. Why Did I Choose You
07. Reaching Out For You
08. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
09. Our Love Is Here To Stay
10. Candy

Gary Smith is an avant-garde guitarist, improviser and composer from the United Kingdom. He is known for developing dense extended techniques on electric guitar. Gary Smith has released close to twenty albums in solo, group and live settings with Shoji Hano, Rhys Chatham, John Stevens, Hugh Hopper, Masayoshi Urabe, Chie Mukai, Aufgehoben No Process, and Bill Fay.
 

Ernestine Anderson - Now And Then (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:10 | Size: 124.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Jazz Street
2. A Night In Tunisia
3. One Child
4. This Could Be Dangerous
5. This Can't Be Love
6. Wrong Number
7. Ain't No Easy Way
8. My Funny Valentine
9. Monte Carlo Nights
10. When It All Comes Down
11. I'll Be Seeing You

Personnel: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Arnold McCuller (vocals); Phil Upchurch, Ron Eschete, Paul Viapiano (guitar); Jimmy Z. (harmonica); Ernie Watts (saxophone); Lanny Morgan (alto saxophone); Oscar Brashear (trumpet); Geoff Stradling (keyboards, programming); Joe Sample, Larry Fuller (keyboards); Jim Keltner, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Terry Brooks, Petsye Powell, Petsye Powell-Huyghue, Cile Borman, Willard Pugh, Garrett Morris, Freda Morris, Pattie Brooks, Terry Wood (background vocals).

Label:Qwest Records
 
Positioned squarely in the mainstream, at home in the worlds of jazz and pop standards as well as the blues, comfortable with small groups and big bands, Ernestine Anderson regularly received a lot of airplay on traditional jazz radio stations. She fit those demographics well with her tasteful, slightly gritty, moderately swinging contralto; she rarely probed too deeply into emotional quagmires (and thus didn't disturb the dispositions of those who use the radio as background) but always gave listeners an honest musical account. Anderson's career actually got rolling in the embryonic R&B field at first; as a teenager, she sang with Russell Jacquet's band in 1943, and she moved on to the Johnny Otis band from 1947 to 1949, making her first recording with Shifty Henry's orchestra in 1947 for the Black & White label. In the '50s, however, she converted over to the jazz side, working with Lionel Hampton in 1952-1953 and recording with a band featuring Jacquet, Milt Jackson, and Quincy Jones in 1953, and with Gigi Gryce in 1955. Upon hearing the latter record, Rolf Ericson booked Anderson on a three-month Scandinavian tour; while in Sweden, she made a recording called Hot Cargo that, ironically, established her reputation in America. Once back in the U.S., she signed with Mercury and made a number of albums for that label until the early '60s. She moved to England in 1965 and remained largely invisible on the American radar until 1975, when Ray Brown heard her sing at the Turnwater Festival in Canada. Brown became her manager, and got her to appear at the 1976 Concord Jazz Festival, which led to a Concord contract that immediately bore fruit with the albums Live from Concord to London and Hello Like Before.

These and other comeback albums made her a top-flight jazz attraction in the U.S. again this time for the long haul and in the '80s, she was recording with the Hank Jones Trio, George Shearing, Benny Carter, the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and her own quartet. By 1992, she had attracted major-label attention once again, signing with Quincy Jones' Qwest outfit. For Koch, Anderson issued Isn't It Romantic in 1998. The live album I Love Being Here with You appeared in 2002, while 2003’s Love Makes the Changes found her signed to Highnote. The label released her album A Song for You in 2009. Anderson remained with the label for 2011's Nightlife, a live album that featured the singer in a number of small-group settings, with a guest appearance by labelmate Houston Person. Anderson passed away from natural causes on March 10, 2016 at the age of 87.
 

Eric Alexander - Don't Follow The Crowd (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:14 | Size: 121.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Nomor Senterbress
2. She's Out of My Life
3. Footsteps
4. Charade
5. Don't Misunderstand
6. Remix Blues
7. Don't Follow the Crowd
8. Cavatina from The Deer Hunter
 
Label - HighNote Records

Personnel
Eric Alexander - tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
Nat Reeves – bass
Joe Farnsworth - drums
 
…On every recording, of course, the choice of material is disparate, as is Alexander's approach to it (solos are always fresh and persuasive, even within a proven framework). The support group also varies, albeit less so, as Alexander has a circle of musicians with whom he feels comfortable and prefers to work. In this instance, they are pianist Harold Mabern (a longtime friend and former mentor), bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Taken as a unit, "reliable" is their middle name. Alexander needn't worry about his teammates faltering or dropping the ball, even on his original compositions ("Nomor Senterbress," "Remix Blues"), touchstones such as Henry Mancini's "Charade" or the passionate "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter.
 

Eddie Prevost Trio - The Virtue In If (2001)


Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:45 | Size: 172.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Contingent Upon
2. Maybe Years
3. Whatever Worlds
4. Mayhaps
5. Perchance
6. Within The Realms Of…

Style: Avant-Garde, Freejazz.
 

Donald Byrd - Early Byrd; The Best Of The Jazz Soul Years (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:51 | Size: 168.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Slow Drag (Byrd)
02. West of Pecos (Kyner)
03. Books Bossa (Walton/Booker)
04. Jellyroll (Kyner)
05. Mustang (Kyner)
06. Blackjack (Byrd)
07. The Weasil (Hendricks)
08. The Dude (Byrd)
09. The Emperor (Byrd)
 

Dollar Brand Trio - Duke Ellington Presents; The Dollar Brand Trio (1963)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:10 | Size: 77.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Dollar's Dance (5:09)
02. Kippi (4:05)
03. Brilliant Corners (6:50)
04. Jumping Rope (4:08)
05. Ubu Suku (8:01)
06. The Stride (5:01)

Dollar Brand - piano
Johnny Gertze - bass
Makaya Ntshoko - drums


Rec. In Paris 1963
 

Dieter Ilg - Otello Live At Schloss Elmau (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:29 | Size: 131.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Fuoco Di Gioia (4:40)
2.O La (5:36)
3.Quando Narravi (6:41)
4.Jago (5:02)
5.A Questa Tua (6:37)
6.Dio! Mi Potevi (3:37)
7.Orror (4:57)
8.Le Amare Stille (1:35)
9.Mistero (5:27)
10.Ave Maria (4:06)
11.Otello (11:12)

Dieter Ilg - double bass
Rainer Bohm - piano
Patrice Heral - drums
 

Dick Meldonian Quartet - You've Changed (1978)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:05 | Size: 142.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. After You've Gone
02. You've Changed
03. I'm Nobody's Baby
04. Sophisticated Lady
05. Undecided
06. Nobody's Sweetheart
07. I Cried For You
08. I'll See You Again
09. Moten Swing
10. Just You
11. I'm Nobody's Baby (alt)
12. I Cried for You (alt)
13. Nobody's Sweetheart (alt)

Dick Meldonian, (ts, ss)
Derek Smith, (p)
Milt Hinton, (sb)
Ronnie Bedford, (d)


Recording Date: August 28, 1978.
 

David Newton, Andrew Cleyndert, Colin Oxley - Out Of This World (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:48 | Size: 146.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Out of This World - 8.18
02. Who Cares? - 6.59
03. Valse Jaq - 6.00
04. I'll Be Seeing You - 5.05
05. Por Toda Minha Vida/O Grande Amor - 7.02
06. Laverne Walk - 5.01
07. All Grown Up - 4.49
08. Lament - 5.54
09. Looking at You - 4.46
10. A Felicidade - 4.59
11. Why Did I Choose You? - 5.31

David Newton - Piano
Andrew Cleyndert - Double Bass
Colin Oxley - Guitar

 

David Leonhardt Trio - Jazz For Dancers, Vol. 3 (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:28 | Size: 116.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Summerwind
02. Teach Me Tonight
03. Poinciana
04. The Nearness Of You
05. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
06. Tenderly
07. It Had To Be You
08. Wave
09. Let's Do It
10. I Want To Be Happy
11. Emily
12. Dave's Blues
 

David Garfield and Friends - Tribute to Jeff (1997)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:28 | Size: 156.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. E Minor Shuffle
2. Let's Stay Together
3. Twenty-One Drum Salute
4. Lowdown
5. If Six was Nine
6. Bag's Groove
7. My Heart Wants to Know
8. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
9. Babylon Sisters
10. Stuffy
11. Jeff's Strut
12. Big Bone
13. Long Time No Groove

Personnel: David Garfield (spoken vocals, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, Mini Moog, Moog); Michael Landau (vocals, guitar); Will Lee (vocals, bass); Paulette Brown, Michael McDonald, David Pack, Jason Scheff, Boz Scaggs (vocals); Simon Phillips (spoken vocals, drums); Steve Lukather (acoustic & electric guitars); Paul Jackson Jr., Eddie Van Halen, Denny Dias, Fred Tackett (guitar); Tom Scott (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); David Paich (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes); David Benoit (piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Mike Porcaro (bass, cymbals); Nathan East (bass); Gregg Bissonette, Steve Gadd (drums); Luis Conte (conga, batas, percussion); Don Henley, Richard Marx (background vocals).

Label:Zebra Records
 
The tragic death of Princess Diana reminded everyone of the impact a single person can have, and in turn, Elton John's moving tribute at her funeral reflected the great role music can play as emotional catharsis. Tribute to Jeff by David Garfield & Friends achieves that for all those who participated, but is in many ways the antithesis of the rewritten "Candle in the Wind," vigorously celebrating the life of multiple Grammy-winning drummer and first-call L.A. session cat Jeff Porcaro rather than choosing to mourn the tragedy of his early death in 1992 at age 38. Though best known for his skinwork in the pop supergroup Toto, Porcaro's influence on the music scene ranged beyond the light pop/rock the band was known for; he grew up on jazz and his diverse timekeeping skills were tapped by everyone from Boz Scaggs, Bruce Springsteen, and Don Henley to Stan Getz and Larry Carlton. He was also the backbone of the longstanding L.A. club-hopping band Los Lobotomys, the fusion-oriented '80s and early-'90s answer to Tom Scott & the L.A. Express featuring pianist Garfield and Toto member Steve Lukather on guitar (Joe Sample would occasionally sit in on second keyboard). In his two decades on the scene, Porcaro made a wealth of friends from all genres, ranging from hard rock to soul, blues, and straight-ahead jazz. Garfield, a veteran of the L.A. scene known for his long-term stint as George Benson's musical director, recalls his late friend as "the ultimate team player, never a forefront kind of guy, with a special camaraderie with musicians." As ringleader, arranger, and producer of the project, as well as lead performer, Garfield succeeds in capturing that sort of ensemble spirit. With 75 musicians participating, the pianist faced a four-month logistical nightmare of studio schedule-crunching in L.A., Nashville, and New York, but, using Porcaro as a muse (by virtue of lighting candles and occasionally playing cassettes of the guest of honor's interviews), Garfield & Friends pull off the ultimate wake, a remarkably all-encompassing, frequently unpredictable overview that, well, Porcaro would have doubtless killed to play on.
 

Dave Liebman with Zaviot - Unexpected (1988)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:54 | Size: 129.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Mind Sleep (Smulian) 9.46
2. Steps (Hoch/Bellman) 14.21
3. Kaddish (Smulian) 7.38
4. Maurice (Smulian) 8.39
5. Ginger Man (Rubin/Bellman) 15.13
 
Label – Jazzis
1 & 4 Recorded at Eshel Studios, Tel-Aviv, Israel, August 25, 1988
2,3 & 5 Recorded at Harold Studios, Tel-Aviv, Israel, September 1,2 & 3,1988

Harold Rubin - Clarinet
Tommy Bellman - Guitar & Guitar Synthesizer
Mark Smulian - Bass & Bass Guitar
Reuben Hoch - Drums
with Dave Liebman - Soprano Saxophone (on 1 & 4 only)
 

Dave Brubeck - Dave Brubeck Plays Standards (1998)


Genre: Jazz / Cool Jazz | Total Time: 55:58 | Size: 128.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. St. Louis Blues (live) (W.C. Handy) (11:29)
02. I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) (5:10)
03. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) (7:23)
04. Sometimes I'm Happy (live) (Irving Caesar, Clifford Grey, Vincent Youmans) (5:25)
05. Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) (6:40)
06. Someday My Prince Will Come (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) (6:22)
07. Live Someone In Love (live) (Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen) (7:20)
08. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter) (6:14)

Recorded at 1955 - October 4, 1968

Label: Columbia ‎– CK 65450, Legacy ‎– CK 65450 (US)
 

Danilo Perez - ...Till Then (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:49 | Size: 129.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1.Native Soul (3:16)
2.Gracias A La Vida (4:06)
3...Till Then (3:48)
4.Overjoyed (4:52)
5.Trocando Em Miudos (6:37)
6.Improvisation On Red (2:58)
7.Paula C (7:10)
8.Rabo De Nube (3:35)
9.Fiddle And The Drum (4:06)
10.Vera Cruz (9:25)

Danilo Perez - piano & Fender Rhodes
Donny McCaslin - soprano saxophone
John Patitucci, Ben Street - bass
Brian Blade, Adam Cruz - drums
Lizz Wright - vocal

Cy Walter - Sublimities Centennial Tribute, Vol. 2 (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:44 | Size: 165.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Blue Skies (2:12)
02. "Lover" by Milton Cross (Intro) (0:40)
03. Lover (3:04)
04. Over the Rainbow (1:44)
05. Rhode Island Is Famous for You (1:29)
06. Alexander's Ragtime Band (4:02)
07. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (3:34)
08. Minute Waltz (3:27)
09. Oh, Lady Be Good!/The Waltz in Swing Time (5:35)
10. Ole Buttermilk Sky (Intro) (0:23)
11. Ole Buttermilk Sky (1:06)
12. Up a Lazy River (Intro) (0:26)
13. Up a Lazy River (2:02)
14. The Girl That I Marry/Blue Moon/Someone to Watch Over Me (5:03)
15. How to Win Friends and Influence People (2:16)
16. With a Twinkle in Your Eye (2:48)
17. Summertime (2:58)
18. Getting to Know You (2:45)
19. A Guy Is a Guy (1:32)
20. While We're Young (2:20)
21. Don't Think It Wasn't Lovely (3:11)
22. I Wish, I Wish, I Wish (4:10)
23. Some FIne Day (3:36)
24. The Next Time Around (2:37)
25. Moonbeam (3:44)
26. See a Ring Around the Moon (2:50)
27. Time and Tide (3:49)
28. "The Astaire" by Les Griffith (Intro) (0:38)
29. The Astaire [Piano] (1:35)
30. The Astaire [Orchestra] (2:46)
 
Artists: Cy Walter, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Mabel Mercer, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Liberace, Eileen Farrell, Stan Freeman, Buddy Barnes, Steve Ross, Alex Hassan, Doug Bowles, Margaret and Forrest Perrin, Walter Gross, Earl Wild, Audrey Christie, Wynn Murray, Gil Bowers, June Valli, Bob Haymes, Helen Carroll, and Inez Carrillo
 
Cy Walter is remembered with two historic CDs celebrating his remarkable career and even more remarkable talents. Cy Walter was one of the preeminent jazz and pop interpreters of the Great American Songbook, and here are two generous CDs brimming with music that hasn’t been heard in over half-a-century (see track listing below). It’s music that is still considered to be the top in piano jazz.
 

Cy Walter - Sublimities Centennial Tribute, Vol. 1 (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:17:54 | Size: 175.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. All the things you are (2:56)
02. Begin the beguine (2:58)
03. Body and soul (3:01)
04. Dancing in the dark (2:51)
05. I got plenty o' nuttin' (3:05)
06. I'll be around (2:34)
07. Music for twilight (2:01)
08. Lover (2:45)
09. The way you look tonight (2:50)
10. Crazy rhythm (2:32)
11. Have yourself a merry little Christmas (3:16)
12. I married an angel medley (2:50)
13. The song is you (2:27)
14. Warsaw concerto (5:41)
15. Tea for two intro (0:16)
16. Tea for two (2:02)
17. Through the years intro (0:26)
18. Through the years (3:18)
19. Liza intro (0:36)
20. Liza (2:24)
21. Bess, you is my woman now intro (0:40)
22. Bess, you is my woman now (2:58)
23. Falling in love with love intro (0:43)
24. Falling in love with love (2:40)
25. Introduction by Frank Sinatra (0:38)
26. It's only a paper moon (1:40)
27. Rachmaninoff variations intro (0:20)
28. Rhapsody and variations on the theme from Paganini (2:13)
29. It's April again intro (0:10)
30. It's April again (2:56)
31. Star dust intro (0:27)
32. Star dust (3:29)
33. Laura intro (:26)
34. Laura (2:38)
35. March of the Siamese children intro (0:38)
36. March of the Siamese children (2:34)
37. Mrs. Malaprop intro (0:26)
38. Mrs. Malaprop (2:49)
 
Artists: Cy Walter, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Mabel Mercer, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Liberace, Eileen Farrell, Stan Freeman, Buddy Barnes, Steve Ross, Alex Hassan, Doug Bowles, Margaret and Forrest Perrin, Walter Gross, Earl Wild, Audrey Christie, Wynn Murray, Gil Bowers, June Valli, Bob Haymes, Helen Carroll, and Inez Carrillo
 
Cy Walter is remembered with two historic CDs celebrating his remarkable career and even more remarkable talents. Cy Walter was one of the preeminent jazz and pop interpreters of the Great American Songbook, and here are two generous CDs brimming with music that hasn’t been heard in over half-a-century (see track listing below). It’s music that is still considered to be the top in piano jazz.
 

Craig Taborn - Daylight Ghosts (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:41 | Size: 115.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Shining One
2. Abandoned Reminder
3. Daylight Ghosts
4. New Glory
5. The Great Silence
6. Ancient
7. Jamaican Farewell
8. Subtle Living Equations
9. Phantom Ratio

Double Bass, Bass Guitar – Chris Lightcap
Drums, Percussion [Electronic Percussion] – Dave King
Piano, Electronics – Craig Taborn
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Chris Speed
Producer – Manfred Eicher


Recorded May 2016
Avatar Studios, New York

2017 ECM Records GmbH, Munchen.
 

Chuck Loeb - The Music Inside (1996)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 55:24 | Size: 128.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Music Inside
2. Cruzin' South
3. La Siesta
4. Equal Time
5. Breathe Again
6. Steffi's Strut
7. Shanghai
8. Bells
9. Never Two Much
10. Mont Pelee
 

Charles Tolliver - Music Inc. & Big Band (1970)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:34 | Size: 85.96 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Ruthie's Heart (6:12)
2.Brilliant Circles (4:48)
3.Abscretions (6:58)
4.Household Of Saud (6:38)
5.On The Nile (9:48)
6.Departure (5:00)

Charles Tolliver, Danny Moore, Larry Greenwich, Virgil Jones, Richard Williams - trumpets
Curtis Fuller, Garnett Brown, John Gordon, Dick Griffin - trombones
Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Brown, Wilbur Brown - reeds
Howard Johnson - tuba & baritone saxophone
Stanley Cowell - piano
Cecil McBee - bass
Jimmy Hopps - drums
 

Cassandra Wilson - Another Country (2012)


Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz | Total Time: 43:36 | Size: 98.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Red Guitar 4:34
2. No More Blues 4:16
3. O Sole Mio 5:37
4. Deep Blue 2:26
5. Almost Twelve 4:22
6. Passion 5:17
7. When Will I See You Again 6:24
8. Another Country 4:13
9. Letting You Go 3:26
10. Olomuroro 3:02
 
Label - Entertainment One Music

Personnel
Cassandra Wilson – vocals
Fabrizio Sotti - acoustic guitar
Mino Cinelu, Lekan Babalola – percussion
Nicola Sorato - electric bass
Julien Labro – accordion
NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) - Chamber Choir
 
On her 19th album, Cassandra Wilson, ever the musical chameleon, changes directions once more. She is arguably the greatest living female jazz singer. Well known for her blues, soul, pop covers, and jazz standards, her smoky alto bends almost everything to its will. Wilson's phrasing is utterly unique, as original as any horn player's or pianist's music. Another Country, co-produced by Wilson and guitarist Fabrizio Sotti, was recorded in three different studios in Florence, New Orleans, and New York. She wrote all but three selections here: there are two instrumentals by Sotti and a reading of "O Sole Mio." Other players include bassist Nicola Sorato, Julien Labro on accordion, and percussionists Mino Cinelu and Lekan Babalola. Opener "Red Guitar" displays the wisdom of this small-group approach beautifully. Her vocal illustrates a mysterious, sensual jazz blues that is accented by Sotti, hand drums, and an atmospheric, unintrusive accordion. "No More Blues" is more elegiac, a spacy jazz tune with fine syncopation and the suggested undercurrent of a blues backbeat. "Almost Twelve" is an ambitious attempt at bossa nova but it falls short. Wilson restrains herself to fit the song form rather than retrofit it to her voice; it's too much of a compromise. The Latin undertones in "Passion" work far better and the singer is able to engage her lower register and sing in near counterpoint to her accompanists. It's a heady, intoxicating swirl of lyric harmony and rhythmic invention. With its classical trappings and the prominence of the accordion, "O Sole Mio" should sound corny -- it doesn't. Wilson delivers it as a haunting folk song and reinvents it for the 21st century. The slippery meld of jazz, folk, and pop in the set's longest tune, "When Will I See You Again," makes it the most unusual and engaging track here. Wilson's compositional language is as imaginative as her singing, and Sotti's skeletal yet seemingly lush arrangements are sumptuous. The title track employs samba, post-bop jazz, and nuevo flamenco. Wilson's voice compels her poetic lyrics to assert themselves over the melody, as Sotti soars in his tasteful solo. Though there are a couple of missteps here, Another Country is a welcome new phase for Wilson. Not only are her boundaries as a singer expanding with her musical choices; her songwriting instincts and languages are developing exponentially as well.
 

Carol Duboc - All Of You (2005)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:58 | Size: 102.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. All Of You
2. Sunny
3. Ain't No Sunshine
4. Empty
5. Drowning
6. I Underestimated You
7. Every Breath You Take
8. Use Me
9. Spirits In The Material World
10. My Luck Is Gonna Change
11. Blackbird
12. The Dream's Not Over
13. Love You More Than Life Itself

Bass [Upright] – John Leftwich; Drums – Land Richards; Electric Piano [Rhodes], Piano – Tim Carmon; Flute – Hubert Laws; Guitar – Darrell Crooks.

Although sometimes associated with jazz or smooth, Carol Duboc is really a more pop-oriented singer in the vein of Norah Jones. Her voice is pleasing, she swings lightly and she pays close attention to lyrics, sounding hip without being adventurous. Joined by a supportive rhythm section, Duboc performs seven originals (six of which were co-written with her keyboardist Tim Carmon) and six pop/rock standards, reviving such songs as "Sunny," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Blackbird" in fairly fresh and attractive ways.
 

Carmell Jones - Jay Hawk Talk (1965)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:08 | Size: 86.53 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Jay Halk Talk
2 Willow Weep For Me
3 What Is This Thing Called Love
4 Just In Time
5 Dance Of The Night Child
6 Beepdurple

Trumpet – Carmell Jones
Tenor Saxophone – Jimmy Heath
Piano – Barry Harris
Bass – George Tucker
Drums – Roger Humphries


Recorded May 8, 1965 NYC.

Label:Prestige
 
Hard bopper Carmell Jones is in fine form on this 1965 outing, Jay Hawk Talk. Together with tenor Jimmy Heath, pianist Barry Harris, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Roger Humphries, Jones confidently tackles a half-dozen tunes. From the piano/bass riff at the beginning of "Jay Hawk Talk" to the Parker-esque kickoff of "Beepdurple," the band holds a steady, driving groove. Both of those instrumentals, plus "Dance of the Night Child," were written by Jones and stand comfortably beside the other selections on this album. Tucker kicks off a particularly affecting version of "Willow Weep for Me," with a simple descending bass run. Jones enters with a full and rich tone for a beautiful, extended solo, and is followed by Harris, who emphasizes the bluesy, late-night feel of the piece. The band turns in a nine-minute version of Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that pulls out all the stops, and gives Heath plenty of room to show that he can fly as high and play as fast as Charlie Parker himself. Throughout the album, Tucker's bass work adds greatly to the overall texture; Tucker and Humphries together provide a steady pulse with lots of charged rhythm to keep the whole project stimulating. Jay Hawk Talk will remind everyone of Jones' distinctive voice. Like Johnny Griffin, Jones moved to Europe in the '60s, greatly lowering his profile in the United States. This re-release of an old classic should help to familiarize everyone once again with a great trumpeter.
 

Bobby Gordon - Bobby Gordon Sextet (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:09 | Size: 147.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.June Night (6:22)
2.If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (4:04)
3.Cherry (5:25)
4.Sweet Sue (4:43)
5.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (4:12)
6.I Cried For You (5:06)
7.A Porter's Love Song (To A Chambermaid) (4:42)
8.Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (6:12)
9.You Can Depend On Me (6:06)
10.I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (4:12)
11.I'm Just Wild About Harry (2:52)
12.On The Sunny Side Of The Street (3:28)
13.Poor Butterfly (5:51)
14.I Found A New Baby (4:54)

Label: Jazzology JCD-323

Bobby Gordon - clarinet
Vinnie Armstrong - piano
Ken Ebert - vibraphone
Katie Cavera - guitar
Mike Earls - bass
Hal Smith - drums
 

Bill Perkins - Remembrance of Dino's (1986)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:30 | Size: 112.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Bolivia
2. Old Devil Moon
3. Someday My Prince Will Come
4. Israel
5. Third Plane
6. Remember
7. Yardbird Suite
8. Naima
9. In Walked Bud

Recoded on August, 1986 in Pasadena, California

Bill Perkins, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Alan Broadbent, piano
John Tirabasso, drums
Gene Cherico, bass (4, 7, 8 only)
Putter Smith, bass (expert 4, 7, 8)
 
Tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins recorded his quartet on several occasions in 1986 at the now-defunct Dino's in Pasadena, hence the title of the CD. Not only is the sound that Perkins achieved very intimate, as if the listener was a member of the audience, but the band is extremely tight and adventurous. Sadly, the opener "Bolivia" is prematurely faded, and Perkins also explains in his liner notes that he had to edit some solos to make the music fit the CD. Pianist Alan Broadbent's driving chords inspire Perkins during a percolating "Yardbird Suite," where the leader is not adverse to taking chances in his solo; a lovely "Someday My Prince Will Come" and an understated take of John Carisi's "Israel" are also noteworthy. Gene Cherico plays bass on five tracks, with Putter Smith taking his place on the other four numbers. Recommended.
Ken Dryden, AMG
 

Bill Heller - Find The Way (2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:01 | Size: 129.17 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Guaraldi (Feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
2. Down & Loaded (Feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
3. Bill's Bop (Feat. Eric Marienthal)
4. Blackbird On A Fence (Feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
5. Find The Way (Feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
6. Hanna (Feat. Eric Marienthal)
7. Alone
8. Latinesque (Feat. Carl Fischer & Luis Bonilla)
9. 5 For 1 (Feat. Eric Marienthal)
10. Afrikaan
11. My Thing
12. Trottoir Du Musette

Perhaps best known as keyboard player with smooth jazz super-group (the) Rippingtons, Bill Heller has released his own solo collection, the excellent ‘Find The Way’. It fuses together jazz of varying complexions through the combined talents of guest performers (and Rippingtons band-mates) Jeff Kashiwa, Rico Belled and Dave Karasony plus fine work from Eric Marienthal Ronnie Gutierrez, Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Anderson. However, that said, this is very much Heller’s album. He writes all twelve tracks, produces throughout and, with his mastery on keys, leaves listeners wondering why it has taken him so long to move center stage.

Indeed it was back in 1998 that Heller made his first Rippingtons appearance. That was for the ‘Topaz’ CD and he has been performing live with the band since March of 2001. By that time Jeff Kashiwa was already a regular member of the line-up and with ‘Find The Way’ it is Kashiwa who helps get the show on the road with tremendous sax and flute for the opening ‘Guaraldi’. This mellifluous song has an aura of the Rippingtons about it and much the same can be said of the fabulous ‘Afrikaan’ that is right up there with the best that ‘Find The Way’ has to offer.