30 March, 2017

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say? (1958-59)


Genre: Jazz / Cool Jazz | Total Time: 41:08 | Size: 95.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) (4:08)
02. Just In Time (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) (4:14)
03. News From Blueport (Bill Crow) (5:08)
04. Festive Minor (Gerry Mulligan) (6:17)
05. As Catch Can (Gerry Mulligan) (3:58)
06. My Funny Valentine (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) (4:10)
07. Blueport (William Crow, Art Farmer) (8:51)
08. Utter Chaos (Gerry Mulligan) (4:24)

Personnel:
Gerry Mulligan - baritone saxophone;
Art Farmer - trumpet;
Bill Crow - bass;
Dave Bailey - drums.


Tracks 1-4 recorded January 15, 1959, New York City
Tracks 5, 6, 8 recorded December 23, 1958, New York City
Track 7 recorded December 17, 1958, New York City.

Label: Columbia ‎– CK 52978, Legacy ‎– CK 52978 (US 1994)
 

Frank Wess - Wess To Memphis (1970)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:02 | Size: 77.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Under Hog (Donald Davis, Eli Fontaine, Rudy Robinson) (4:48)
02. Ooh Child (Stan Vincent) (4:46)
03. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Lee Garrett, Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) (3:29)
04. Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant) (4:03)
05. Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell) (3:59)
06. Fool On The Hill (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (4:49)
07. Catchy (Don Davis) (3:37)
08. Wessward Ho (Donald Davis, Eli Fontaine, Rudy Robinson) (3:35)

Eli Fountain (#2,6) - Alto Saxophone;

Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Label: Enterprise ‎– ENS 5001 (US)
 

Fantastic Joe Henderson Piano & Orchestra - Hits, Hits, Hits! (1969)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:27 | Size: 94.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. A Man Without Love 3:26
2. Cinderella Rockefella 3:05
3. She Wears My Ring 2:50
4. Mame 2:15
5. Careless Hands 3:13
6. What A Wonderful World 4:08

Side 2
1. Help Yourself 2:47
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You 3:22
3. Cabaret 3:50
4. I Pretend 2:47
5. Old Devil Moon 3:09

Arranged By – Johnny Arthey
 
Scottish-born pianist who began recording in the mid-'50s using the nickname "Mr. Piano." His best-known tune is "Trudie," a breezy instrumental hit in Great Britain in the summer of 1958; in the U.S. he appeared on the Cub and Signature labels and by the late '60s he was billed as "Fantastic" Joe Henderson on Fontana.
 

Erskine Butterfield & His Blue Boys - Tuesday At Ten (1941)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 24:26 | Size: 56.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. Tuesday At Ten
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield And His Blue Boys
Written By – Robin
Written-By – Martin 2:14
2. A Zoot Suit
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield
Written-By – O'Brien, Gilbert 2:21
3. Blackberry Jam
Written-By – Erskine Butterfield 2:59
4. Somethng's Bound To Happen
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield
Written-By – Loius Ames 2:15
5. Lighthouse
Written-By – Erskine Butterfield 2:19

Side 2
1. Monday's Wash
Written-By – Erskine Butterfield 3:04
2. J. P. Dooley, III
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield
Written-By – Alec Wilder, Bill Envick, Mort Palitz 2:15
3. The Boogie Beat'll Get You
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield
Written-By – Irene Higginbotham 2:22
4. You Should Live So Long
Vocals – Erskine Butterfield
Written By – McKay, Valentine 2:09
5. Flying Home
Written-By – Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton 2:27

Erskine Butterfield, leader, piano, vocals
Bill Graham, trumpet
Jimmy Lybell, clarinet
Haig Stepherd, bass
Sam Weiss, drums

Erskine Butterfield (February 9, 1913 – July 11, 1961) was an American pianist, singer, bandleader and composer, active in the 1930s to the 1950s, and best known for his boogie-woogie and swing piano style. Butterfield was credited with "helping to invent the style of 'cocktail piano'."
 

Duke Ellington's Spacemen - The Cosmic Scene (1958)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:25 | Size: 101.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Avalon (Al Jolson, Buddy G. De Sylva, Vincent Rose) (3:20)
02. Body and Soul (Edward Heyman, Johnny Green, Robert Sour) (4:55)
03. Bass-Ment (Duke Ellington) (3:01)
04. Early Autumn (Ralph Burns, Woody Herman) (3:08)
05. Jones (Clark Terry, Duke Ellington) (2:53)
06. Perdido (Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder, Juan Tizol) (2:48)
07. St. Louis Blues (William Christopher Handy) (5:05)
08. Spacemen (Duke Ellington) (2:31)
09. Midnight Sun (Johnny Mercer, Lionel Hampton, Sonny Burke) (3:36)
10. Take the ''A'' Train (Billy Strayhorn) (4:57)
11. Body and Soul (alternate take) (Edward Heyman, Johnny Green, Robert Sour) (4:44)*
12. Jones (alternate take) (Clark Terry, Duke Ellington) (2:35)*
* - bonus track on CD

Personnel:
Duke Ellington - piano;
Paul Gonsalves - tenor saxophone;
Clark Terry - trumpet;
John Sanders, Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman - trombone;
Jimmy Hamilton - clarinet;
Jimmy Wood - bass;
Sam Woodyard - drums.


Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York on April 2 (tracks A1, A2 & B3 to B5) and April 3 (tracks A3 to B2 & B6), 1958.

Label: Mosaic Records ‎– MCD-1001 (US 2007) / Columbia ‎– CL 1198 (US 1958)

29 March, 2017

The Jazz Crusaders - Powerhouse (1968)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:16 | Size: 94.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. A1. Promises, Promises (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) (6:13)
02. A2. Love And Peace (Arthur Adams) (3:20)
03. A3. Hey Jude (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (3:17)
04. A4. Sting Ray (Wayne Henderson) (3:24)
05. A5. Fancy Dance (Joe Sample) (4:25)
06. B1. Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu) (Andre Popp, Bryan Blackburn, Pierre Cour) (4:35)
07. B2. Cookie Man (Wayne Henderson) (5:35)
08. B3. Upstairs (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) (3:12)
09. B4. Fire Water (Charles Wilson) (6:23)

Personnel:
Wayne Henderson - Trombone;
Wilton Felder - Tenor Saxophone;
Joe Sample - Piano;
Charles "Buster" Williams - Bass;
Stix Hooper - Drums.


Recorded July 9-11, 1968.

Label: Pacific Jazz Records – ST 20136 (US 1969) / Applause Records ‎– APBL-2313 (US 1981)
 

Roland Hanna - The Piano Of Roland Hanna-Easy To Love (1959)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:19 | Size: 84.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Best Things In Life Are Free
2. Next Time You See Me
3. From This Day On
4. Like Someone In Love
5. Yesterdays
6. Farouk Thelonious
7. It Never Entered My Mind
8. Easy to Love Roland Hanna
9. A Night In Tunisia

Piano – Roland Hanna
Bass – Ben Tucker
Drums – Roy Burnes


Recording Date September 25, 1959.
 

Houston Person - Broken Windows, Empty Hallways / Sweet Buns & Barbeque (1972)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:32 | Size: 163.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Broken Windows, Empty Hallways '72
01. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (6:13)
02. Don't Mess With Bill (3:11)
03. Everything's Alright (4:31)
04. Mr. Bojangles (4:07)
05. Houston's Blues (6:25)
06. Imagine (5:05)
07. Let's Call This (4:13)
08. The Pimp (Bleeker Street) (4:14)

Sweet Buns & Barbeque '73

09. A Song For You (4:39)
10. The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye (4:05)
11. Scared To Be Alone (4:18)
12. Sweet Buns And Barbeque (3:08)
13. This Masquerade (6:22)
14. Down Here On The Ground (3:48)
15. Put It Where You Want It (3:15)
16. Groove Thang (3:06)
 
Label - Prestige/Fantasy
 
It's hard to know what to think when jazz artists record popular songs. Are they recording them because they like the songs and think something new can be brought to them? Or are they hoping that by recording popular songs they too can become popular? Broken Windows, Empty Hallways includes two albums recorded by tenor Houston Person in 1972, the first of the same name and the second titled Sweet Buns & Barbeque. Both albums contain a number of songs that were popular at the time, from the soulful "Don't Mess With Bill" to John Lennon's "Imagine" to Webber-Rice's "Everything's Alright."
A large cast helps out on both albums, including notables like bassist Ron Carter and guitarist Joe Beck. However, the talented cast members never really get a chance to let their hair down. "Imagine," for instance, is presented in a straightforward, unimaginative fashion with Person mostly sticking to the melody line. In other words, many of the songs here sound like an early form of easy listening or smooth jazz, though not nearly as cloying. Person does insert other oddities like Thelonious Monk's "Let's Call This" into the program, but his commitment to the material remains lukewarm. Broken Windows, Empty Hallways is finally an album for people who like jazzy sounding instrumentals, but don't really like jazz.
 

Hal Galper - Now Hear This (1977)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:26 | Size: 112.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Now Hear This 8:25
2 Shadow Waltz 6:14
3 Red Eye Special 5:35
4 First Song In The Day 9:06
5 Mr. Fixit 5:10
6 Bemsha Swing T.Monk/Denzil Best 6:10
7 First Song In The Day (Alt.Tk.)* 7:32

Piano, Composer Hal Galper
Trumpet, Flugelhorn Terumasa Hino
Bass Cecil McBee
Drums Tony Williams


Terumasa Hino courtesy of EASTWIND Records
Tony Williams courtesy of COLUMBIA Records

Producer Horst Weber, Matthias Winckelmann
Recorded By Elvin Campbell
Mixed By Carlos Albrecht

Recorded at C.I. Recording Studiosin, NYC,
February 15, 1977.

Newly mixed from analog source and 24-bit mastered.
One bonus track (* previously unreleased)

1977 Enja Records enja 2090 Germany
2006 Enja Records ENJ-2102 2 Germany
 

Frank Wess - Jazz For Playboys (1956-57)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:14 | Size: 113.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Playboy (5:27)
02. Miss Blues (9:40)
03. Baubles, Bangles and Beads (4:16)
04. Low Life (5:02)
05. Pin Up (4:07)
06. Blues For A Playmate (11:01)
07. Southern Exposure (7:42)*
* - bonus track

Personnel:
Frank Wess - flute, saxophone;
Joe Newman - trumpet (# 1,2,4);
Kenny Burrell - solo guitar;
Freddie Green - rhythm guitar;
Eddie Jones - bass;
Ed Thigpen (# 1,2,4), Gus Johnson (#3,5,6), Kenny Clarke (#7) - drums.


Tracks 1, 2 & 4 recorded in Hackensack, N. J. December 26, 1956.
Tracks 3, 5 & 6 recorded in Hackensack, N. J. January 5, 1957.
Track 7 recorded in Hackensack, N. J. June 20, 1956.

Label: Savoy Jazz – 92982-2 (US 2000)
 

Francis Bay & His Big Band ‎- Memories Of Benny Goodman (1959)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:09 | Size: 77.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Let's Dance
02. Jersey Bounce
03. Wang Wang Blues
04. I Found A New Baby
05. Benny Rides Again
06. And The Angels Sing
07. Air Mail Special
08. Brussels Blues
09. Six Flats
10. Good Bye
 

Doc Evans & His Dixiecats - Black Snake Blues (1959)


Genre: Jazz, Blues / Dixieland | Total Time: 37:36 | Size: 84.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. New Orleans Joys
2. Black Snake Blues
3. Georgia Swings
4. Organ Grinder Blues

Side 2
1. Fidgety Feet
2. Fantasy On 'Muskrat Ramble'
3. King Bolden On Parade
4. Mr. Jelly Lord

Side 1: Doc Evans, cornet; Dick Pendleton, clarinet; Hal Runyan, trombone; John (Knocky) Parker, piano; Bill Peer, banjo; Red Maddock, drums; George Tupper, tuba

Side 2: Same as side A, except Loren Helberg, clarinet; Bob Gruenenfelder, second cornet

Originally released as Doc Evans & His Dixieland Band - Muskrat Ramble in 1959 on
Audiophile AP-56
 
This dixieland LP is more creative than usual. Cornetist Doc Evans and his septet/octet (which also includes pianist Knocky Parker) perform fresh versions of three songs by Jelly Roll Morton, two by Clarence Williams, the standard “Fidgety Feet” and Evans’ original “King Bolden on Parade.” A special bonus is “Fantasy on Muskrat Ramble” which takes the warhorse through a variety of surprising changes. This LP has been out-of-print for several years but is well worth picking up; Doc Evans was always an excellent player.
 

Bobby Hackett & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics (1943-47)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:44 | Size: 162.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. But Not For Me (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 2:20
2. Rose Room (Williams-Hickman) - 2:42
3. S' Wonderful (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 2:40
4. Ja-Da (Carlton) - 2:07
5. Exactly Like You (Fields-Mchugh) - 2:24
6. When A Woman Loves A Man (Hanighen-Jenkins-Mercer) - 2:36
7. Embraceable You (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 3:27
8. I'll Never Be The Same (Malneck-Signorelli-Kahn) - 3:38
9. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) - 2:30
10. At Sundown (Donaldson) - 3:54
11. New Orleans (Carmichael) - 3:19
12. Skeleton [Angle (Larocca) - 2:46
13. When Day Is Done (Katscher-Desylva) - 4:33
14. Soon (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 3:12
15. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) - 2:49
16. Rose Of The Rio Grande (Warren Forman-Leslie) - 2:39
17. Body And Soul (Green-Eyton-Heyman-Sour) - 3:03
18. I Want To Be Happy (Youmans-Caesar) - 2:32
19. Soft Lights And Sweet Music (Berlin) - 2:32
20. Soon (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 2:31
21. With A Song In My Heart (Rodgers-Hart) - 2:33
22. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You (Dietz-Schwartz) - 2:24
23. Easy To Love (Porter) - 2:38
24. More Than You Know (Youmans-Rose-Eliscu) - 2:45
25. What Is There To Say (Duke-Harburg) - 2:41
26. The Man I Love (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 4:10
 
Label - Classics Records (1047) France
 

Al Grey - Trombone by Five (1977)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:25 | Size: 84.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Good Feeling
02. Ain't Miss Cheatin'
03. Al's Mist
04. It's You
05. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
06. Together Again
07. Little Tears
08. Doreen's Dream
09. What Kind Of Fool Am I
10. Assekrem

Trombone – Al Grey
Organ – Sir Charles Thompson
Piano, Arranger – André Persiany
Bass – Roland Lobligeois
Drums – Sam Woodyard


#10 arranged by Francois Guin

Recored and mixed at Studio Sysmo, Paris, by Dominique Samarcq on November, 1977.

1978 Black And Blue 33.174 France LP
 

Abdullah Ibrahim & Johnny Dyani - Echoes from Africa (1979)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:58 | Size: 83.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Namhanje (Today) (Trad.)
2. Lakutshonilanga (When the Sun Sets) (Davashe)
3. Saud (Dedicated to McCoy Tyner) (Ibrahim)
4. Zikr (Remembrance of Allah) (Ibrahim)

Piano, Voice – Abdullah Ibrahim
Bass, Voice – Johnny Dyani


Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer Ludwigsburg, West Germany,
September 7, 1979

© 1997 ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann GmbH

1979 Enja Records enja 3047 Germany LP
1997 Enja Records ENJ-3047 2 Germany CD
 

28 March, 2017

Zoot Sims - Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers (1975)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:08 | Size: 104.53 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Man I Love
2. How Long Has This Been Going On
3. Lady Be Good
4. I've Got A Crush On You
5. I Got Rhythm
6. Embraceable You
7. 'S Wonderful
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. Isn't It A Pity
10. Summertime
 
Label - Pablo

Zoot Sims - tenor sax
Oscar Peterson - piano
Joe Pass - guitar
George Mraz - bass
Grady Tate - drums
 

VA - The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars (1984)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:28 | Size: 375.37 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
1. Exactly Like You 8:45
2. I Didn'rt Know About You 6:11
3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 4:43
4. Rosetta 4:32
5. The Jeep Is Jumpin' 7:59
6. The Mooche 6:39
7. Body And Soul 5:31
8. The Man I Love 4:42
9. Whats New 5:29
10. Struttin' With Some Barbecue 3:37
11. Moten Swing 9:04

Recorded live at Gammage Center, Arizona State University.Tempe Arizona ion April 1984.

Alto Sax, Clarinet Norris Turney
Tenor Sax Scott Hamilton
Piano George Wein
Bass Slam Stuart
Drums Oliver Jackson
Flugelhorn, Cornet Warren Vaché
 

Toni Harper - Vocal & Jazz Essentials (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:47 | Size: 145.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Love For Sale
02. Can't We Be Friends?
03. Singin' In The Rain
04. Taking A Chance On Love
05. A Foggy Day
06. I Telephoned, I Telegraphed
07. Just a-Sittin' And a-Rockin'
08. Love Is A Wonderful Thing
09. Play Me The Blues
10. Bewitched (Bothered And Bewildered)
11. I Could Write A Book
12. Bewitched
13. Them There Eyes
14. We've Got To Live, Got To Grow
15. Gone With The Wind
16. You Took Advantage Of Me
17. You Don't Know What Love Is
18. Petals On The Pond
19. Little Girl Blue
20. My Memory Book
21. Like Someone In Love

Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old. The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang "Waitin' for the Train to Come In," she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with "Candy Store Blues." Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for "You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small," the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall. Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club.

She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, "One Hamburger to Go" was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as "Love for Sale." The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to "Love for Sale," Harper recorded such songs as "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.
 

The Red Garland Trio + Ray Barretto - Manteca (1958)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:17 | Size: 108.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Manteca 8:06
2. S'Wonderful 6:41
3. Oh, Lady Be Good! 5:50
4. Exactly Like You 7:09
5. Mort's Report 12:11
6. Portrait Of Jennie 6:49

Bass – Paul Chambers; Congas – Ray Barretto; Drums – Arthur Taylor; Piano – Red Garland.

Recorded in Hackensack, NJ; April 1958.

This is a solid LP that differs from most sets by pianist Red Garland in that, in addition to bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, he employs Ray Barretto on conga. The Latin flavor does not affect the music much (other than on the title cut), but Barretto does light a fire under the other musicians. A nice, swinging session.
 

Stanley Turrentine - Up At Minton's (1961)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:29:43 | Size: 203.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
CD 1
01. But Not For Me (Live) 11:29
02. Stanley's Time (Live) 11:03
03. Broadway (Live) 10:38
04. Yesterdays (Live) 11:39

CD 2
01. Later At Minton's (Live) 13:55
02. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Live) 8:34
03. Love For Sale (Live) 15:11
04. Summertime (Live) 7:14
 
Label - Blue Note Records
Recorded live at Minton's, New York, New York on February 23, 1961

Guitar - Grant Green
Piano - Horace Parlan
Tenor Saxophone - Stanley Turrentine
Bass - George Tucker
Drums - Al Harewood

Sonny Stitt - 12! (1972)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:37 | Size: 92.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. 12! 5:21
02. I Got It Bad 4:16
03. I Never Knew 6:41
04. Our Delight 5:29
05. Night Has a Thousand Eyes 44:55
06. Blues at the Tempo 6:53
07. Every Tub 7:11
 
Label – 32 Jazz

Sonny Stitt - sax
Barry Harris - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Louis Haye - drums
 

Saul Rubin - Zeb's House (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:27 | Size: 126.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. The Android (feat. Josh Evans, Frank Lacy, Stacy Dillard, Lummie Span, Ryan Berg & Brandon Lewis)
02. Oh God Show Me the Way (feat. Josh Evans, Frank Lacy, Stacy Dillard, Lummie Span & Brandon Lewis)
03. The Gypsy (feat. Roy Hargrove)
04. Mean Old Joe / Darkness (feat. Josh Evans, Frank Lacy, Stacy Dillard, Lummie Span, Ryan Berg & Brandon Lewis)
05. Who (feat. Josh Evans, Frank Lacy, Stacy Dillard & Brandon Lewis)
06. Cobi Narita (feat. Ned Goold, Ameen Saleem & Victor Lewis)
07. All or Nothing at All (feat. Neal Caine & Charles Goold)
08. Autumn in New York
09. Halal Falafel

Saul Rubin - Guitar
Josh Evans – Trumpet
Stacy Dillard – Tenor
Lummie Span – Alto
Frank Lacy – Trombone
Roy Hargrove – Flugelhorn
Victor Lewis – Drums
Ryan Berg – Bass
Brandon Lewis – Drums
Ned Goold – Tenor
Charles Goold – Drums
Ameen Saleem – Bass
Neal Caine – Bass


Release Date: February 15, 2017
Label: Zebulon Sound and Ligh.
 

Reuben Brown Trio - Ice Scape (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:04 | Size: 144.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Billy
2. Mack The Knife
3. Night In Tunisia
4. Ice Scapes
5. Joe
6. It's The Night I Like
7. Lonely Afternoon
8. Twilight At Duke's Place
9. Lush Life
10. Catania

Personnel: Reuben Brown (piano); Billy Hart (drums); Rufus Reid (bass).

Recording DateJanuary, 1994

Release Date January 13, 1998

SteepleChase(SCCD 31423)
 
Nearly every urban community is blessed with one or more jazz treasures who chose to stay at home. Piano-wise, in D.C. one of those has long been pianist Reuben Brown, whose roll has been slowed by illness in recent years. At places like One Step Down, Brown has eased the fears of many a traveling soloist dealt the often iffy “local rhythm section” card. Thankfully in 1994 Nils Winther of SteepleChase took some time to chronicle Brown’s marvelous, swinging and soulful touch at the piano. Assisted by masters Rufus Reid on bass and homeboy Billy Hart on drums, Brown brings his classic touch to the world. Among the highlights of this date are his unusual, hushed treatment of “Mack The Knife,” given new life courtesy of Reuben’s arrangement. Other standards include “A Night In Tunisia” and a gorgeous solo “Lush Life.” Otherwise Brown displays his keen compositional skills on the remaining seven tracks.
 

Ray Brown - Pierre Boussaguet - Dado Moroni - Two Bass Hits (1988)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time 51:07 | Size: 115.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Pitter-Panther Patter (1:52)
02. Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home (3:17)
03. Emily (The Americanization Of Emily) (6:52)
04. Blue Monk (6:46)
05. Watch What Happens (5:43)
06. Blues For Sugar Daddy Queen (5:38)
07. My Funny Valentine (6:31)
08. D.M.F (5:18)
09. F.S.R (4:06)
10. Sweet Raymond Brown (3:09)
11. Pitter Panther Patter (1:52)

Bass [Left Channel] – Ray Brown
Bass [Right Channel] – Pierre Boussaguet
Piano – Dado Moroni


Recorded 10&11th August 1988 at Studio Condorcet - Toulouse - France
 

Phonorama - Retrology (2009)


Genre: Jazz / Nu Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:07 | Size: 136.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Zio Bossa
02. Moopy
03. Technique Retro
04. Strawberry Tears
05. Ultratonic
06. La Dattilografa
07. Paguro Samba
08. Lemon-L
09. Indiziato Groove
10. Crispy Velvet
11. La Promenade
12. Ragnomatto
13. Andromeda Bikini
14. Estate
15. Chily Pulp Soap
 

27 March, 2017

Philip Lane, David Lindup, Anthony Mawer - Outdoor Life (1975)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:59 | Size: 86.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side A
A1 City Skyline 1:55
A2 Going Places 3:00
A3 Lakeside 2:19
A4 Uneasy Calm 1:48
A5 At First Light 2:34
A6 Flowers Of The Field
A7 Spring Waters
A8 Free Flight
A9 Plough Sow Reap And Mow
 
Side B
B1 Tranquil
B2 Sunshine Drive
B3 Colour Of Your Soul
B4 The Nice Things
B5 Voyage
B6 So The Lovers Say
B7 Looking Back On Love
 

Patti Austin - The Ultimate Collection (1995)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:48 | Size: 120.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Hold Me
2. Ability To Swing
3. Givin' In To Love
4. We Fell In Love Anyway
5. The Heat Of Heat
6. Through The Test Of Time
7. You Brought Me Love
8. The Girl Who Used To Be Me
9. Love Is Gonna Getcha
10. Soldier Boy
11. I'll Keep Your Dreams Alive
12. Reach

Patti Austin's honed vocal instrument (she's been singing since she was five) has nailed its share of hits, but not nearly enough for one of urban/soul/pop's better divas. Her clear, compelling soprano never gets tiring, even though she always keeps it in check. You don't get vocal aerobics from Austin á la Chaka Khan or Whitney Houston; you get a smoldering fire that's in a class of its own. Duets with Johnny Mathis, George Benson, and Cleve Francis (the rare African-American country singer) spice this concise 12-song best-of, which is orchestrated by a who who's list of producers, includingThom Bell and Rod Temperton. Revered among the urban jazz set, Patti Austin deserves a bigger piece of the pop pie as well.
 

Moon Hooch - The Joshua Tree (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Electronic | Total Time: 20:34 | Size: 55.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Sandstorm
02. Dancing Dwarf
03. Mountain Lion
04. Jiggle
05. Criminals
06. Improv Intro
07. Improv
08. Ballad
09. Outer Urge
 

Lee Konitz - Rhapsody II (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:43 | Size: 162.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Body And Soul
02. Short Cut #1
03. Another View
04. Lover Man
05. Short Cut #2
06. Kary's Trance
07. Trio #2
08. Indiana Jones #1
09. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. Variation #1
11. Variation #2
12. Some Blues
13. Short Cut #3
14. Indiana Jones #2
15. Round And Round And Round
16. Sittin' In
17. Indiana Jones #3
18. Body and Soul, Finale

Personnel: Lee Konitz (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Judy Niemack, Sheila Jordan (vocals); Jeanfrançois Prins, John Scofield (guitar); Mark Feldman (violin); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry (flugelhorn); Kenny Werner (piano, synthesizer); Frank Wunsch, Peggy Stern, Yuko Fujiyama (piano); Jeff Williams (drums).

Recorded June-September 1993 at The Studio, N.Y.C.

Released: 1996

Evidence Music, Inc. ‎– ECD 22159-2
 
This follow-up to Rhapsody is another eclectic mix, with 19 tracks featuring the veteran alto saxophonist in various small group settings. Baritone sax great Gerry Mulligan and the leader flesh out an inspired duet of "Lover Man" and pianist Peggy Stern joins them for the spacy, extemporaneous "Trio #2." The brilliant flugelhornist Clark Terry is only featured on three very brief improvisations based on "Indiana," which is wasting a great talent. Konitz switches to soprano sax for a moody version of "You Don't Know What Love Is" with vocalist Sheila Jordan and bassist Harvie Swartz. This is an interesting but not essential CD that falls short of its namesake predecessor and The Lee Konitz Duets (Original Jazz Classics).
 

Jeff Lorber Fusion - Prototype (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 49:30 | Size: 114.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Hyperdrive (Jeff Lorber) (4:56)
02. Prototype (Jeff Lorber) (5:22)
03. Test Drive (Jeff Lorber) (5:12)
04. What's the Deal (Jeff Lorber) (4:47)
05. Vienna (Jeff Lorber) (5:56)
06. The Badness (Jeff Lorber) (5:10)
07. Hidden Agenda (Jeff Lorber) (5:00)
08. Gucci (Jeff Lorber) (5:00)
09. Park West (Jeff Lorber) (4:09)
10. River Song (Jeff Lorber) (3:51)
 

J.J. Johnson - The Trombone Master (1957-60)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:13 | Size: 105.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Misterioso
2 Laura
3 What Is This Thing Called Love
4 My Old Flame
5 Blue Trombone
6 What's New
7 Satin Doll
8 Cry Me a River
9 Goodbye

Bass – Paul Chambers, Sam Jones); Cornet – Nat Adderley; Drums – Albert Heath, Lou Hayes, Max Roach; Piano – Tommy Flanagan, Victor Feldman; Trombone – J.J. Johnson; Vibraphone – Victor Feldman.

This selection of Columbia recordings is from 1958-1960. Mr Johnson was THE trombonist of the time and plays to such a consistently high standard that it would be impossible to pick out highlights in his playing. The first four tracks are from the album `J.J. In Person' and they benefit from the presence of Nat Adderley (cornet) whose exciting solo on the opening number always turns heads. Next two selections are from `Blue Trombone' and the track bearing that name is a 9-minute classic with terrific support from Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass) and Max Roach (drums). The remaining tracks seem less remarkable but still worthwhile. Young listeners who are not familiar with J.J. would find this CD a good introduction.
 

Itzhak Perlman & Oscar Peterson - Side By Side (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:16 | Size: 142.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Dark Eyes (Traditional) (6:12)
02. Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) (4:54)
03. Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) (5:46)
04. Blue Skies (Irving Berlin) (4:45)
05. Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) (5:41)
06. Mack The Knife (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) (3:32)
07. Nighttime (Oscar Peterson) (6:18)
08. I Loves You Porgy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) (4:51)
09. On The Trail (Harold Adamson, Ferde Grofé) (4:37)
10. Yours Is My Heart Alone (Ludwig Herzer, Franz Lehár, Beda Fritz Loehner) (5:29)
11. Makin' Whoopee (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) (4:49)
12. Why Think About Tomorrow (Oscar Peterson) (5:22)

Personnel:
Itzhak Perlman - violin;
Oscar Peterson - piano;
Herb Ellis - guitar;
Ray Brown - bass;
Grady Tate - drums.


Label: Telarc Records ‎– CD-83341 (US)
 

Gerry Wiggins - Wig Is Here (1974)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:56 | Size: 167.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. This Can't Be Love – R. Rodgers (3:21)
02. Sysmo Blues – Gerald Wiggins (3:50)
03. Watch What Happens – Michel Legrand (4:22)
04. The Lady Is A Tramp – R. Rodgers (2:51)
05. Stolen Sweets – Wild Bill Davis (6:47)
06. What Is There To Say – E.Y. Harburg (4:09 )
07. On A Clear Day - Lane, Lerner (3:55)
08. (This Is The End Of) A Beautyful Friendship – D. Kahn (6:43)
09. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – S. Wonder (6:20)
10. Edith Is The Sweetest – Gerald Wiggins (5:28)
11. Lover – R. Rodgers (6:08)
12. Fbot – Gerald Wiggins (8:17)
13. Oh! Give Me Something To Remember You – J. Cobb (5:17)
14. There Is No Greater Love – Symes (5:51)

Personnel: Gerry Wiggins (piano); Major Holley (bass); Ed Thigpen, Oliver Jackson (drums).

Recorded in Paris, March 25, 1974.
 

Frank Wess - The Flute Mastery of Frank Wess (1981)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:01 | Size: 145.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Lover Come back to Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) (6:17)
02. Spring is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (5:59)
03. Riled Up (Frank Wess) (5:05)
04. There is no Greater Love (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) (6:26)
05. Nada Mas (Frank Wess) (5:15)
06. Battle Royal (Duke Ellington) (5:37)
07. Lover Come back to Me [take 1] (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) (6:36)*
08. Spring is Here [take 1] (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (5:45)*
09. There is no Greater Love [take 3] (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) (6:46)*
10. Nada Mas [take 1] (Frank Wess) (4:54)*
* - bonus track

Personnel:
Frank Wess - flute;
Tommy Flanagan - piano;
Chuck Wayne - guitar;
George Mraz - bass;
Ben Riley - drums.


Recorded at RCA Recording Studio B 110 West 44th St., New York; April 8, 1981.

Label: Progressive Records ‎– PCD 7057 (US 2013)
 

Etienne Charles - Creole Soul (2012)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:18 | Size: 133.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Creole (Intro)
02. Creole
03. The Folks
04. You Don't Love Me
05. Roots
06. Memories
07. Green Chimneys
08. Turn Your Lights Down Low
09. Midnight
10. Close Your Eyes
11. Doin' The Thing

Personnel: Etienne Charles: trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Brian Hogans: alto sax; Obed Calvaire: drums; Jacques Schwarz-Bart: tenor sax; Kris Bowers: piano & Fender Rhodes; Ben Williams: bass; Erol Josué: vocals (1, 2); Daniel Sadownick: percussion &vocals (5); D'Achee: percussion (2, 3, 7, 11), vocals(5); Alex Wintz: guitar (2, 5, 6).

Recording Date July 25, 2012 & July 26, 2012

Release Date July 23, 2013

Record Label: Culture Shock Music
 
With his simple declaration, "sound is my art...I just try to create," Trinidadian jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles puts into context his role of creator and producer in relation to his latest recording. This new album, previewed earlier this year in Tobago at Jazz on the Beach at Mt Irvine, reveals an evolution of his art that parallels the jazz idiom's most eclectic trumpeter and influence. The fourth studio album from this US-based musician and teacher bristles with a kind of energy that comes from the realization that one has gone beyond; beyond the usual expectations of a Caribbean existence, beyond the boundary of the usual sonic influences that have paved the way for this jazz lion. The familiar tropes of calypso rhythm inflected jazz that have been a hallmark of our jazz here for decades from Duke Ellington's A Drum is a Woman (1956) to Rupert Clemendore's Le Jazz Trinidad (1961) and Dizzy Gillespie's Jambo Caribe (1964)are abandoned for a modern post-bop and jazz fusion take on the material and all its thematic and stylistic influences in the New World. Thematically, this should come as no surprise. Charles has posited that the vision of this album is the showcasing of the influences of all this music in the African diaspora, a melting pot of sounds that shape and determine who he is as a musician and who we are as a people. Etienne Charles tells New York-based jazz writer Eric Sandler: "Creole to me means a world within a world...I'm Trinidadian, but being Trinidadian means that I have many different cultural influences as well as many different influences based on my bloodline." This statement echoes a famous stanza of Nobel Prize winning St Lucian poet Derek Walcott's: "I have Dutch, nigger, and English in me/and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation." We are all creole.

The artistic parallel does not stop there. Deciphering an arc in the themes of the four albums by Charles to date, one sees in Culture Shock (2006), the name says it all, a musical diary of the newly minted artist in his New World of America. Folklore (2009), the suite based on local legends and Kaiso (2011) are his "Trinidad" albums; going back to the source of inspiration. Now, with Creole Soul, he takes flight. A parallel to VS Naipaul: after his first four books set in Trinidad, he began to travel ..."my writing ambition grew. But when it was over I felt I had done all that I could do with my island material. No matter how much I meditated on it, no further fiction would come..." ultimately to a Nobel prize. Where Charles will go from here is the surprise that jazz holds in store for listeners. On this recording, there are two distinctive threads, the original compositions and the covers. On the original compositions, we can hear the rhythmic melange that defines a creole soul. Haitian mascaron dance groove meets bomba rhythms and jazz syncopation on "Midnight" (an ode to the end of day), "The Folks" (a dedication to his parents) incorporating calypso's syncopated bass with rhythm & blues, and "Doin' The Thing" featuring jump blues and calypso, all majestically anchored by Grammy award-winning bassist Ben Williams and drummer Obed Calvaire. Charles strategically makes use of the covers: Bob Marley's "Turn the Lights Down Low" and the Dawn Penn popularized "You Don't Love Me (No No No)" (the latter serendipitously being performed for millions on the BET Awards 2013 in June), position this CD to be heard in the right places by the right ears. Reggae/dancehall music is embedded into mainstream consciousness to a greater extent than calypso. The reverential cover of Winsford 'Joker' Devine's "Memories" and the bouncy cover of Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys" (with the "distinctive calypso lope to the beat" that relocates Monk in the old San Juan Hill district of Caribbean New York) completes this West Indian quartet of memorable melodies and artistic legacies that are easily saleable.

Creole Soul may also be considered as Charles' electric album. Landmark distinctions in popular music have been made by pioneers. Bob Dylan going electric in 1965 with Bringing It All Back Home, and Miles Davis' In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew in 1969/70 transformed their respective genres by utilising electric instruments. Charles, on this CD, introduces listeners to the sounds of the electric guitar marking a shift in the sound, previously all acoustic. The album opener, "Creole" (a reflection on his first Haitian sojourn in 2012), featuring the Haitian singer and Houngan Erol Josué combines the kongo drum rhythm of northern Haiti with the urgent funky electric guitar of Alex Wintz that forces one to get up and dance. This is spirit moving feet. This is jazz in the Caribbean. This is improvised joy. Kris Bowers' meandering Fender Rhodes on "The Folks" signals that the intention is to keep the arrangements and sound modern.

The electric guitar and piano is again repeated on "Roots" (an ode to his family roots) featuring the Martiniquan belair rhythm; the French Caribbean rhythms seem to lend a place for the electric ascendance of Charles. An artist/producer subliminally makes commercial decisions that affect aesthetic outcomes. Charles disagrees, however: "I didn't really think about business when I was writing the music or choosing the tunes. Business happens after the music is made. Business folks will decide based on what they hear if it's worth selling. If we're not happy with what we record, we won't sell it." The sum of these songs says otherwise. That said, this CD can have an impact on the consideration of music from these islands. Like Geoffrey Holder a generation before who had a significant impact on Trinidad music via "House of Flowers," before Harry Belafonte's Calypso, Creole Soul is in that mould of trend setter. Ideas of jazz globalization, Caribbean trans-nation, and diaspora, which Etienne suggests is the arithmetic of creolization, as formulae to contextualise this recording clouds the simple fact that this is a exceptional record by an artist who has grown technically in both his playing and improvisation. We all are creole!
 

Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:14 | Size: 129.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. O Pato
2. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
3. Copacabana
4. Coisa Feita
5. By Hand (Em Maos)
6. Sambou Sambou
7. Little Paradise
8. Speak Low
9. Samba De Orly
10. Na Batucada Da Vida
11. An Up Dawn
12. Not To Cry (Pra Nao Chorar)

Way back in 1991, Brazilian-born pianist Eliane Elias opened Illusions, her debut solo album, with a tune called "Choro." It offered a swinging distillation of the musical form that has been at the heart of her life-long study of samba. Since then, she's revisited her musical heritage over and over again, wedding modern jazz to post-1960 Brazilian jazz and MPB. In the process, she's developed an instantly identifiable sound as a pianist. Dance of Time follows 2015's fine Made in Brasil, a set that relied most heavily on bossa nova. Teaming again with collaborative producers Steve Rodby and husband Marc Johnson, Elias is accompanied by a stellar rhythm section: bassist Marcelo Mariano, guitarist Marcus Teixeira, drummer Edu Ribeiro, and percussionists Marivaldo dos Santos and Gustavo di Dalva on most of this set. Recorded in Brazil and New York, the date also includes a wonderful guest list that includes Take 6's Mark Kibble, Randy Brecker, Mike Manieri, Joao Bosco who adds his voice and guitar to a lovely reading of his own "Coisa Feita" and Toquinho.

The program contains readings of killer sambas such as "O Pato," Joao Donato's eternal "Sambou Sambou," the wonderful "Samba de Orly" (co-composed by Toquinho, who also sings on it, Vinicius De Moraes and Chico Buarque), and Ary Barroso's "Na Batacuda da Vida." Each of these numbers remains faithful to the originals, but Elias' arrangements, pianism, and breezy, syncopated vocals graft them so thoroughly onto swinging, straight-ahead, modern post-bop, it's difficult to accept they weren't always in the jazz fakebook. But she goes further. She injects Harry Warren's slippery pop blues "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," with a slow choro backbeat. She also transforms Kurt Weill's and Ogden Nash's sultry "Speak Low" into simmering, polished modern jazz with a fantastic multi-tracked backing vocal by Kibble and great soloing from Brecker. The best tunes here, however, are her own. "By Hand ("Em Maos") offers another backing vocal from Kibble, as Elias stitches samba onto bossa in a lithe, sensual groove. "An Up Dawn" is a vehicle for her intricate, syncopated chord voicings on her instrument's middle and lower registers, which create an interlocking dance of samba, tango, and bluesy ragtime. "Not to Cry (Pra Nao Chorar)" is a co-write with Toquinho who lends his guitar and weathered yet effective vocal in a duet. He began the tune in 1978 as a vehicle (for Elias) with the working title "Eliane." He completed it for this album with participation from the tune's muse. Their singing voices are an elegant yet earthy study in contrasts, while his lilting guitar chords pace her keyboard embellishments. Its tenderness sends the set off with a sweet whisper. Dance of Time is inspired, deftly musical, and truly accessible to a wide range of listeners from jazz to pop to Brazilian music. It's virtually flawless.
 

Don Ewell In Japan 1975 With Yoshio Toyama (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:31 | Size: 137.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Yellow Dog Blues 4:32
2. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? 4:51
3. Make Me a Pallet On the Floor
4. Our Monday Date
5. St. James Infirmary
6. Buddy Bolden's Blues / Sweet Substitute
7. Mahogany Hall Stomp 3:42
8. Rose Room 4:45
9. Honey Hush
10. How Come You Do Me Like You Do? 4:17
11. Delmer Drag
12. Ain't Misbehavin' 3:29
13. Squeeze Me 3:44
14. High Society 3:40

Don Ewell (piano); Yoshio Toyama (vocals, trumpet); Keiko Toyama (banjo); Yoshio Toyama All Stars
 
“Jazz is a wonderful present that America gave to the world,” said Toyama in an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

At one point, Toyama and his wife Keiko, a sprightly lady who plays piano and banjo, hand out fancy umbrellas to some of the audience members and the band members march around the venue with a trail of customers behind them dancing and twirling the umbrellas. According to Toyama, this is a unique New Orleans custom called “second lining” in which people follow behind the band while dancing and enjoying the music at funeral parades.
It doesn’t take long to figure out how Toyama earned the nickname “Japanese Satchmo” when he sings “What a Wonderful World.” The gravelly tone of his voice sounds very similar to the great Louis Armstrong, whom he idolizes.
The Toyamas became fascinated with jazz when they were young and moved to New Orleans in 1968 to live and learn from the masters in the birthplace of jazz for five years. “When I went to America, my perspective became much broader,” Toyama said. “My way of looking at the world changed. New Orleans was the mecca of jazz, so people were also coming from Europe and other places to study there. We were able to establish relationships with people at the core of jazz. If you stay in Japan, you end up only knowing about Japan. We went to New Orleans in the U.S. and we also went to Europe. By going to places like that and experiencing them, I feel like you can really learn to see the world in a different way.”
In New Orleans, the Toyamas studied with well-known local musicians, such as trumpeter Kid Thomas Valentine and trombonist Big Jim Robinson, and established relationships with record producers and other prominent figures in the jazz world. This network of contacts, along with their great love of jazz, enabled them to build a connection between New Orleans and Japan that extends beyond music and actually changes people’s lives.
 

Coleman Hawkins With The Ramblers - The Hawk In Holland (1935-37)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:45 | Size: 92.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. A1. Some of These Days (2:34)
02. A2. After You've Gone (2:35)
03. A3. I Only Have Eyes for You (2:49)
04. A4. I Wish I Were Twins (2:38)
05. A5. Consolation (3:05)
06. A6. Medidation (3:04)
07. A7. What Harlem Is to Me (2:47)
08. B1. Netcha's Dream (2:43)
09. B2. I Wanna Go Back to Harlem (3:06)
10. B3. Consolation (3:04)
11. B4. A Strange Fact (2:37)
12. B5. Original Dixieland One-Step (2:00)
13. B6. Smiles (3:01)
14. B7. Something Is Gonna Give Me Away (3:04)

Label: GNP Crescendo – GNP-9003 (US 1968)
 

Cecile Verny Quartet - Amoureuse (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:09 | Size: 119.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Amoureuse
2. Amber Tears
3. Kanakassi
4. You Will Know When You Get There
5. Il Pleure Dans Mor Coeur
6. Ta Question
7. I Would..
8. K´la
9. J´aime L´idée
10. The Fly
11. Serendipity

Bass – Bernd Heitzler; Drums, Percussion – Torsten Krill; Piano, Keyboards – Andreas Erchinger; Vocals – Cécile Verny.
 
Recorded June 27th - July 1st 2007 at "Klangküche", Stuttgart, Germany.

After 25 years of worldwide success, the Cécile Verny Quartet is topping of their career with a magnificent reflection. The four musicians presented their audience with a thrilling silver anniversary celebration on the stage of Jazzhaus Freiburg on a hot Whit Monday. Two brilliant birthday concerts are now available as a recording on CD and DVD.

The path of the Cecile Verny Quartet (CVQ) has been an eventful one, during the past quarter century of their existence. When the young singer from the Ivory Coast moved from France to Freiburg in the late 80’s, she discovered Jazz almost by chance. Yet even then, she dared to lead the way in bridging the gap between French and English texts. First in a duet and then in a trio she explored the standards of Modern Jazz and Blues, all while creating her own material. In 1989 they became a quartet with the addition of the bassist Bernd Heitzler, a like-minded new member, and from then on were known under the catchy abbreviation of CVQ.
 

Art Pepper - Presents “West Coast Sessions!” Volume 1, Sonny Stitt (1980)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:50:06 | Size: 247.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Disc: 1
01. Scrapple From The Apple
02. Wee
03. Bernie's Tune
04. How High The Moon
05. Walkin'
06. Groovin' High
07. Bernie's Tune [Take 1]
08. Bernie's Tune [Take 2]
09. Wee [Take 1]
10. Groovin' High [Alternate Take]

Disc: 2
01. Atlas Blues
02. Lester Leaps In
03. Autumn In New York
04. My Funny Valentine
05. Lover Man
06. Imagination

Sonny Stitt and Art Pepper on sax
Russ Freeman and Lou Levy on piano
John Heard on bass
Chuck DeMonico, and Carl Burnette on drums.


26 March, 2017

Woody Shaw - Field Recordings Of A Jazz Master (1975-81)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:22 | Size: 155.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. To Kill a Brick (Shaw) - 11:13
02. Joshua C (Shaw) - 18:24
03. We'll Be Together Again (Fischer-Cares) - 10:40
04. OPEC (Shaw) - 21:26
05. Woody Shaw's solo on the chords to Giant Steps (feat. The Mark Levine Nonet) - 4:41
 
Label - International Trumpet Guild
1-3 recorded in San Francisco, CA in 1980
4 recorded in New York on June 4, 1981
5 from "Live at the Reunion San Francisco", 1975

The Woody Shaw Quintet:
Woody Shaw - trumpet
Steve Turre - trombone
Mulgrew Miller - piano
Stafford James - bass
Tony Reedus - drums


The Mark Levine Nonet:
Woody Shaw, Mark Isham - trumpets
Melvin Martin - alto saxophone
Michael Morris - tenor saxophone
Wayne Wallace - trombone
Chuck Bennett - bass trombone
Mark Levine - piano
Tom Rutley - bass
Clarence Becton - drums
 
Previously unreleased field recordings from the 1970's and '80's courtesy of Woody Shaw III and Steve Turre. Produced with the help of the Woody Shaw Global Arts Foundation. Liner notes include commentary by jazz historian Tammy Kernodle and jazz trumpeter/educator Pat Harbison.
 

Woody Mann, Charley Krachy - Conversations (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:57 | Size: 102.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. It's You Or No One
2. Night Shadows
3. Pound Cake
4. Subconscious-Lee
5. Kary's Trance
6. She's Funny
7. Blues Bounce
8. 317 E. 32nd St
9. You'd Be So Nice To Come To
10. A Night In Tbilisi

Charley: I can't remember where or when I met Woody. Seems like I've always known him. Sometime around the late 90’s Woody had a gig at the Cupping Room, way downtown. He asked me to play one night; it was an ideal kind of gig. We just sat in a corner midway between the bar and the dining room and let the duo happen. Playing with Woody is an adventure! We never know where the music is going to go until the moment it happens. The same tune can be a fiery expression of high energy or a tender expression of deep feeling, but always in the moment and each instrument supporting and challenging the other. I’m honored to be playing with Woody, a truly “World Class” Musician. I dedicate this music to Connie Crothers, my friend, my teacher.

Woody: It's really a thrill to be in a musical conversation with Charley. It's a rare privilege to be play with such a great artist who just let's to music go where it does. Trust guides the conversation and we discover what we have to say in the moment. Wow. Maybe our jazz mentors Lennie Tristano and Connie Crothers gave us a shared sensibility and some common musical roots to jump off from. Lennie used to say "Jazz is not a style, it's a feeling". And in the end it's about communication - with each other - and hopefully with you.
 

Wayne Henderson And The Next Crusade - Sketches Of Life (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:46 | Size: 121.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Strange Love (W. Henderson) 4:57
2. Men Cry Too (W. Henderson) 5:19
3. The Colour Of Love (W. Henderson) 5:07
4. I Can't Get Started With You (Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke) 4:23
5. Portrait Of A Dream (Randy Henderson, W. Henderson) 5:03
6. For Old Time's Sake (W. Henderson) 5:12
7. Survival (W. Henderson) 4:56
8. We're Gonna Rock Your Socks Off (Noel T. Closson, W. Henderson) 4:39
9. I'll Take You There (Alvertis Islbell) 4:49
10. Just Because It's Jazz, [Don't Mean Ya Can't Dance] (Andrew Lane, Paul Lane, W. Henderson) 6:06
11. Ancestral Chant (Ciophus Semenya) 0:45
 
Label - Charly Groove

Backing Vocals – Dee Harvey (5, 9), Sandra Simmons (5, 9), Valerie Pinkston-Mayo (5, 9)
Bass – Nathaniel Phillips
Bass [Solo] – Nathan East (5)
Drums – Ndugu Chancelor (5), Rayford Griffin (1, 2, 4 to 9, 11 ), Tony St. James (3), William "Bubba" Bryant (10)
Guitar – Brian Price, Craig T. Cooper (1), Dwight Sills, Giovanni Guido (6)
Harmonica – Lee Oscar (8, 9)
Keyboards – Bobby Lyle (5), Rob Mullins
Percussion – Mailtu Correa (5)
Producer, Horns, Vocals – Wayne Henderson
Saxophone – Wilton Felder
Saxophone [Solo] – Ronnie Laws (5)
Vocals – Wayne Henderson (10)
Vocals [Lead] – Sandra Simmons (5)
 

Wayne Henderson And The Next Crusade - Back to the Groove (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:08 | Size: 133.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Rosa Cafe 6:38
2 Right On Brother Man 5:38
3 Acoiris (Rainbow) 7:03
4 1990 BC (The Grand Dance) 4:55
5 Joshua 5:44
6 Urban Jungle 8:14
7 Down Home Transitions 5:44
8 TNT 4:23
9 Lady In Waiting 4:18
10 Alfie 4:28
 
Label – Charly Groove

Backing Vocals – Augie Johnson (10), Gregory Matta (10), Louis Patton (10), Reggie Ellis (10), Willie Green (10)
Bass – Larry Kimpel (5, 7, 9)
Congas – Big Black (6)
Drums – Ndugu Chancler (2, 5, 7-9), Noel Closson (1, 3, 4, 6, 10)
Electric Bass – Wilton Felder (3)
Guitar – Dwight Sills (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9), Jack Lee (5)
Keyboards – Bobby Lyle (8), Rob Mullins
Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Eric O'Neal, Noel Closson (3, 4, 6), Phillip Ingram (1, 2)
Soprano Saxophone – Dan Moretti (3)
Tenor Saxophone – Wilton Felder (1, 2, 4, 5, 6-9)
Triangle – Noel Closson (10)
Trombone, Producer – Wayne Henderson
 

VA - Best Of The Big Bands Vol. 2 (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:38 | Size: 93.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Benny Goodman - Jersey Bounce
2. Benny Goodman - Down South Camp Meeting
3. Duke Ellington - Take The ''A'' Train
4. Woody Herman - Blowing Up A Storm
5. Glen Miller Orchestra - String Of Pearls
6. Glen Miller Orchestra - In The Mood
7. Count Basie - Ain't Misbrhavin'
8. Count Basie - April In Paris
9. Count Basie - Jumping At The Woodside
10. Benny Goodman - Stardust
11. Glenn Miller Orchestra - American Patrol
12. Glenn Miller Orchestra - Bugle Call Rag
 
Label – LDMI (Canada)
 

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra - Twist Of The Wrist (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:07 | Size: 132.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. You Took Advantage Of Me
02. Black And Tan Fantasy
03. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
04. Always And Forever
05. My Man Bill
06. Stardust
07. Take The ''A'' Train
08. Bye Bye Barnet
09. Latin Schizophrenia
10. Central Park West
11. Twist Of The Wrist
 
The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra is now widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands. Its reputation has been founded on a consistently high quality of performance over two decades. In addition, audiences find they are infected by the enjoyment which band members bring to performances, and the excitement which the band generates. These qualities have helped bring the band success in the BBC National Big Band Competition, initially during the eighties winning the Youth Section, but latterly being successful in the senior Competition. In fact the band has been unbeaten in the BBC competition since the mid-eighties, although, because of it success, it is now barred for two years from entering, following a win! MYJO has also been a winner in the Dutch National Big Band Competition, beating adult bands from The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. MYJO has toured extensively, performing at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, visiting the USSR and appearing on national TV and performing in Moscow and Odessa. It has also performed in the USA including Disneyworld as well as across Europe.MYJO has twice received awards from the IAJE for Outstanding Services to Jazz Education in Miami, Florida and Toronto, Canada. The band shared the stage with some of the great names of Jazz including the Yellowjackets and Oscar Peterson.Among the other famous venues in which the band has performed are Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, The Stables Wavendon with founder John Dankworth, and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The band has appeared on both BBCTV and ITV and on many local and national radio stations.

MYJO has featured in concert with many famous names from the musical world, including Benny Carter, John Dankworth, Bobby Shew, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Florence, Stan Tracey, Jools Holland, and TV chat show host, Michael Parkinson. Many players from MYJO have entered the music profession, and some are becoming well known in their own right. Among these is the now internationally famous trombonist, Mark Nightingale. Several former members of MYJO play regularly for top bands like the BBC Radio Big Band, SLO, Robbie Williams Big Band. The repertoire of the orchestra is intentionally very broad, and covers virtually the whole period of big band music. In this way Music Director, John Ruddick hopes to make students aware of their musical background. However, at the same time he attempts to develop a more contemporary emphasis to the band’s performance, and seeks a balance between good ensemble playing and exciting soloists, believing that each is essential for a band’s ultimate success. Using its ‘Swing’ library, MYJO also performs at prestigious functions all over the UK, and also plays at many festivals, and conferences. MYJO has returned to its home at the Midlands Arts Centre after it has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. Young players rise by audition from MYJO 3 and MYJO TOO!, as places become available. MYJO is a unique organisation by setting challenging standards for young musicians, and developing particular reading skills necessary for this music as well as the foundation skills required for professional music making.