29 May, 2017

Tim Hagans & Bob Belden - Re-Animation Live in Montreal (1999)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:37 | Size: 144.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Introduction
2. Animation/Imagination
3. Big Moment
4. Hud Doyle
5. Killer Instinct
6. 28 If
7. Dans la Ville Sombre
8. Are You Threatening Me?
9. Love's Lullaby
10. Trumpet Sandwich
 
Personnel: Tim Hagans: trumpet; Bob Belden" soprano saxophone; Scott Kinsey" synthesizers; David Dyson: electric bass; Billy Kilson: drums; DJ Kingsize: turntables.

Recording Date July 3, 1999
 
Given the technical considerations, I didn’t expect that trumpeter Tim Hagans and saxophonist Bob Belden would be able to translate their groundbreaking 1999 project, Animation/Imagination (Blue Note), to the live stage, but they proved me wrong in astonishing fashion. This new disc documents the band’s performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Hagans on trumpet, Belden soprano sax, Scott Kinsey keyboards and samples, David Dyson bass, Billy Kilson drums, and DJ Kingsize on the turntables. This project seems to work better on many levels than similar attempts to assimilate techno and jungle elements into jazz. Hagans and Belden chose the ideal meeting point for the two disparate styles: the funk-fusion aesthetic of Miles Davis in the '70s. The results are fresh, enervated and crackling with power. Like many of Miles’ electric albums the tracks here segue seamlessly into one another, keeping the momentum alive. Kilson is an especially strong asset as illustrated by performances like "Hud Doyle" and "Dans la Ville." Hagans is a brooding Dark Magus, and Belden bristles with fiery ideas. If this isn’tthefuture of jazz, at the very least it’s an exciting glimpse into an alternate universe of sound possibilities.
 

Return To Forever - San Sebastian, Spain (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:18:48 | Size: 177.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Vulcan Worlds
02. The Sorceress
03. Al's Solo Part 1 & Part 2
04 Chick's Solo
05 The Romantic Warrior Intro Stanley's Solo Part 1 & Part 2
06. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant
 
Label - bootleg

Chick Corea -piano
Stanley Clarke - bass
Al Di Meola - guitar
Lenny White - drums
 

Oliver Jones - Second Time Around (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:37 | Size: 121.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Broadway
2. When I Fall In Love
3. Simple Blues
4. Museric Waltz
5. D For Doxas
6. Misty
7. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
8. Precious Lord
9. Dizzy Nest
10. Angel And Mr. Jones

Oliver Jones (piano); Eric Lagace (bass); Jim Doxas (drums)
 

Norrbotten Big Band Feat. Tim Hagans - Future North (1997)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:05 | Size: 154.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Future North Suite-Anticipating Sweden
2. Future North Suite-Discovering Norrbotten
3. Future North Suite-Future North
4. Passing Giants
5. Noogaloo
6. Mention The Extension
7. Walking Iris
8. Twist And Out
9. Missed The Ballgame Blues
 
Norrbotten Big Band: Tim Hagans (arranger, conductor, trumpet); Hakan Brostrom (alto & soprano saxophones); Jan Thelin (alto saxophone, bass clarinet); Mats Garberg (tenor saxophone, flute); Bangt Ek (tenor saxophone); Per Moberg (baritone saxophone, flute); Bo Strandberg, Dan Johansson, Magnus Ekholm, Tapio Maunuvaara (trumpet, flugelhorn); P-O Svanstrom, Magnus Puls, Peter Dahlgren (trombone); Bjorn Hangsel (bass trombone); Hans Delander (piano, Fender Rhodes); Christian Spering (bass); Jukkis Uotila (drums); Magnus Persson (percussion, didgeridoo).

Recording Date June 13, 1997 - June 16, 1997
 
This is a tour de force of big band writing and playing. American trumpeter Tim Hagans, artistic director of the Lulea, Sweden-based band, composed and arranged the music. As a writer, he has roots in Ernie Wilkins, Thad Jones, and the Gil Evans-Miles Davis collaborations. (Twenty or so years ago, Hagans performed in Scandinavian bands led by Jones or Wilkins.) The charts are rhythmic, intricate, and kaleidoscopic. Hagans’ three-part “Future North Suite” begins with pedal-tone bass and rockish drums. After a punchy horn unison, the band dissolves into a spacey, Bitches Brew-like segment. There’s a collective ad-lib by the full band and a soprano saxophone solo by Hakan Brostrom. The closing ensemble suggests Thad. This is an example of Hagans’ ability to mix and match. On “Waking Iris” he works Birth of the Cool voicings into the chart, which, again, climaxes in a Thaddian style. The band is impeccable, its chops showing in tricky convoluted counterpoint (e.g., “Twist & Out”) as well as in simpler tutti passages where it breathes as one. Hagans solos frequently-the composer dancing through his creation. The Swedish soloists are hip and in tune with the moods of his charts.
 

Nils Landgren - New Eyes On Martin Luther (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:43 | Size: 141.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 Da pacem Domine ( antiphon; anonymous) 00:29
02 Verleih uns Frieden I ( Martin Luther / Balthasar Resinarius) 01:04
03 Verleih uns Frieden II ( Michael Praetorius) 00:50
04 Gott heilger Geist, Herre Gott ( Johann Walter) 01:59
05 Aliot Nouvelle ( traditional / arr. by Katharina Bäuml) 02:52
06 Verleih uns Frieden III ( Michael Praetorius) 03:11
07 Christ lag in Todesbanden ( Martin Luther / Johann Sebastian Bach) 02:52
08 Wir gläuben all an einen Gott ( Martin Luther / Johann Walter) 03:04
09 Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir ( Martin Luther / Michael Praetorius) 02:43
10 L´Innamorato ( Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi) 01:43
11 An hellen Tagen ( Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi / Peter Cornelius) 02:53
12 Tanzen und Springen ( Hans Leo Haßler) 02:32
13 In Dir ist Freude ( Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi /Cyriacus Schneegaß/ arr. by Tilman Jäger) 03:59
14 Jesu bleibet meine Freude ( Johann Sebastian Bach / arr. by Nils Landgren & Friends) 04:38
15 Passamezzo ( anonymous; arr. by Capella de la Torre) 05:33
16 Innsbruck, ich muss Dich lassen ( Heinrich Isaac) 05:08
17 Nun ruhen alle Wälder ( Johann Sebastian Bach) 03:24
18 Kein schöner Land in dieser Zeit ( Anton Wilhelm von Florentin von Zuccalmaglio / arr. by Wolfgang Maria Braun) 02:39
19 Ostinato ( Bartolomeo Tromboncino) 02:40
20 Die Gedanken sind frei ( anonymous; arr. by Oliver Gies) 04:38
21 Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott ( Martin Luther / Hans Leo Hassler) 03:53

Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Jeanette Köhn / soprano
Magnus Lindgren / clarinet & flute
Eva Kruse / bass
Johan Norberg / guitar


Capella de la Torre
directed by Katharina Bäuml:

Birgit Bahr / alto shawn
Regina Hahnke / dulcian
Falko Munkwitz / sackbut
Marthe Perl / violone
Peter A. Bauer / percussion
Johannes Vogt / lute & theorbo
Martina Fiedler / organ
Katharina Bäuml / shawm


Knabenchor Hannover

Jörg Breiding / conductor

Recorded live in concert at Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen, Hannover Großer Sendesaal, October 29 & 30, 2016
 
Many have tried to combine jazz and classical music. Few have succeeded.
In New Eyes on Martin Luther the ensembles have focused on the similarities instead of the differences, and have scrupulously avoided attempts at parody or postmodern extravagance.
Everyone is just doing what they’re best at, and with the open tonality of the renaissance music, they have found the perfect meeting place and playground for it. Swedish soprano Jeanette Köhn together with a small ensemble (Johan Norberg guitar, Magnus Lindgren flute & clarinet, Eva Kruse bass) fronted by Nils Landgren, recorded their album New Eyes On Baroque with Swedish Radio Choir under the baton of Gustaf Sjökvist (2013) released on ACT: “… how well the timbres of soprano saxophone, trombone and guitar suit the original melodies. The effect in Handel’s ’Gia nel seno’ and Purcell’s ’When I Am Laid in Earth’ is gorgeous” (The Observer, GB). ”A strong direct quality about the music which is distinctly Nordic in character…a superb piece of music making on the part of all involved” (Euan Dixon, Jazzviews).

Jeanette Köhn is one of Sweden’s most versatile sopranos. She has been an established concert- and oratorio- singer for a long time with engagements all over the world. Jeanette Köhn was soloist at the Royal Wedding of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria with Mr Daniel Westling on the 19th of June in Stockholm. She is also a member of Nils Landgren’s highly coveted and successful touring ensemble “Christmas with My Friends”.

Nils Landgren has one of the leading profiles on the European jazz scene, easy recognizable with his red trombone and tasteful tenor voice. With “Funk Unit”, the Swede gives full rein to his grooving side, whereas the highly sentimental Nils Landgren can be seen during Advent with his ensemble “Christmas with My Friends”. When looking for a new challenge he decided to see if it was possible to combine baroque music with Swedish traditional music and jazz.

After the success of the first album New eyes on Baroque it was an easy choice to dig even deeper into the history of classical music. In 2016 there was an opportunity to perform a concert with the Capella de la Torre and Knabenchor Hannover conducted by Jörg Breiding at the 500th anniversary of the reformation, an event at NDR’s Funkhaus in Hannover.

Capella de la Torre have specialized in historical performance practice with a repertoire of mediaeval and renaissance music. Their instruments are similarly old, from shawms, slide trumpets and sackbut to lute, cow horn and percussion. In 2016 their critically acclaimed album “Water Music – Tales of Nymphs and Sirens” won an ECHO Klassik award in the best recording ensemble/orchestra category.

Jörg Breiding took over as conductor of the Knabenchor Hannover in 2002. Together they have made several recordings and in 2003 released a new CD with Georg Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah” with “Barockorchester L’Arco”. In 2006 the Knabenchor Hannover was awarded “ECHO Klassik” in the category “Choral Work Recording of the Year”

New Eyes on Martin Luther is an experiment based on Nils Landgren’s relentless conviction that “music is music” and “nothing is impossible”. With those words serving as a motto, the three ensembles just dived into the music without pre-conceptions. The traditional German folksong “Die Gedanken sind frei” is here performed with a percussive flute solo, and Landgren’s smooth voice on top of a funky rhythm. Sometimes he joins Capella de la Torre with a trombone solo and when all musicians play together it sounds as if the music was originally written with this in mind. It moves seamlessly between genres and what you can hear is the sound of really skilled musicians together – and just having fun.
 

Mike Turk With The Alkaline Jazz Trio - A Little Taste Of Cannonball (1999)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:46 | Size: 125.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Sack O' Woe 7:25
02. Jeannine 4:13
03. Things Are Gettin' Better 6:02
04. This Here 3:56
05. A Little Taste 6:03
06. Save Your Love For Me 4:52
07. Hamba Nami 4:32
08. Wabash 6:39
09. Dat Dere 7:07
10. Cereal Killer 4:57
 
Label - Organic Music

Mike Turk - harmonica
Alkaline Trio:
Alberto Marsico - hammond B3
Alessandro Di Puccio - vibraphone
Alessandro Fabbri - drums
 
Mike Turk is a no-nonsense musician and the harmonica is his life.He is one of a rare breed who started out with the blues harp and went on to get an enviable technique on the chromatic. His home base is bebop with a healthy swinging approach. He shows familiarity with some interesting melodic scales. He makes a harmonica statement that should reach out beyond the harmonica audience. Turk is a fiery player came out of the bluesharp and assimilated the chromatic quite fluently knows his changes and aims for swing! Go for it Mike!
~ Toots Thielemans

Mike Turk has applied the language of the saxophone to the harmonica in a very impressive fashion it amazes me.
 

Maysa - Love Is A Battlefield (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:56 | Size: 111.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Things We Do for Love
2. Can We Talk
3. Love Is a Battlefield
4. Because It's Really Love
5. Inside Out
6. Inseparable
7. As Long As You Love Me
8. Footsteps in the Dark
9. Am I Dreaming
10. Mr. Dream Merchant

Roughly a decade after she released her first Shanachie album, the all-covers Sweet Classic Soul, Maysa recorded another set of reinterpretations, her ninth full-length for the same label. Compared to Sweet Classic Soul, the source material here is broader, pulling from six decades, stretching back to the '60s for "Mr. Dream Merchant," popularized by Jerry Butler. It is highlighted by another Isley Brothers quiet storm staple "Footsteps in the Dark," a stellar duet with All-4 One's Jamie Jones. A few other cuts originate from Maysa's late-'70s/early-'80s sweet spot, including the fiery ballads "Inseparable" (Natalie Cole) and "Am I Dreaming" (Atlantic Starr), and the tears-at-the-rink gem "Inside Out" (Odyssey), all performed faithfully, while the title track (Pat Benatar) gets a measured and restrained makeover. Updates of a couple early-'90s singles Nona Gaye's "The Things We Do for Love" and Tevin Campbell's Top Ten Babyface collaboration "Can We Talk" lead the album. "As Long as You Love Me," not the Impressions song, but the Justin Bieber hit from 2012, is the least expected selection by far. Maysa puts as much into it as she does anything else here, a satisfying companion to Sweet Classic Soul and her other covers LPs.
 

Louis Hayes - Serenade For Horace (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:54 | Size: 124.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Ecaroh
02. Senor Blues
03. Song for My Father
04. Hastings Street
05. Strollin'
06. Juicy Lucy
07. Silver's Serenade
08. Lonely Woman
09. Summer In Central Park
10. St. Vitus Dance
11. Room 608

Legendary drummer Louis Hayes will make his Blue Note debut with the May 26 release of Serenade for Horace, a loving tribute to his mentor and friend, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver. Hayes was 19 years old when he moved to New York City in 1956 and joined Silver’s Quintet, putting his stamp on timeless Blue Note recordings like “Senor Blues,” “Sister Sadie,” and “Blowin’ the Blues Away.”

“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory,” writes Hayes in the album’s liner notes. “Horace and I always stayed in touch ever since I first worked with him. When he got to the point where he wasn’t feeling too well, I went to see him and one day he said to me ‘Louis, you’re a part of my history.’ I thought about what that meant and I began thinking about how to take Horace’s music and his legacy into the future.”

The pre-order for Serenade for Horace launched today along with the release of the album’s lead track “Song for My Father” featuring GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter. Hayes will celebrate his 80th birthday next month with album release shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center from May 29-31.

Co-produced by Blue Note Records President Don Was and bassist Dezron Douglas with the eminent Maxine Gordon acting as executive producer, the album presents Hayes leading an ensemble that includes Douglas, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist David Bryant, tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, and trumpeter Josh Evans. The band revisits 10 Silver classics in addition to Hayes’ new original “Hastings Street,” a dedication to his hometown of Detroit.
 

Kenny Barron - Live At The Village Vanguard (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:10 | Size: 172.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Barron Intro
2. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (Romberg)
3. Um Beijo (Barron)
4. Shuffle Boil (Monk)
5. Blame It On My Youth (Levant)
6. New Samba (Barron)
7. And Then Again (Barron)
 
Label - bootleg
WBGO Broadcast
Recorded Live At The Village Vanguard, New York City, August 27, 2008

Kenny Barron - piano
Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone
Kiyoshi Kitagawa - bass
Francisco Mela - drums
 

Jamie Saft, Bobby Previte, Steve Swallow With Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:33 | Size: 126.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Ten Nights
02. Little Harbor
03. Bookmaking
04. Don't Lose Yourself (Explicit)
05. Henbane
06. Pinkus
07. Nainsook
08. The Barrier
09. Loneliness Road
10. Unclouded Moon
11. Gates
12. Everyday

Jamie Saft - Piano / Organ
Steve Swallow - Electric Bass
Bobby Previte - Drums
Iggy Pop - Vocals (4, 9, 12)


Record Label: RareNoiseRecords
“Loneliness Road” will be released on 26th May 2017
 
So, the front man for the rock/pop group called The Stooges gets an invite to pitch in with a classic jazz piano trio. The Stooge would be Iggy Pop; the piano trio, Jamie Saft's, with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte. That's quite an experiment, like something Frank Zappa might have tried.

Pianist Jamie Saft has hitched a big part of his star to John Zorn, appearing, as a sideman or leader, on a score of Zorn's Tzadik label outings. That says "adventurous," and "no boundaries." But in his piano trio outings milieu, the avant-garde buttons aren't pushed all that hard. His The New Standard (Rare Noise Records, 2014), a fine outing, fits well within the mainstream. So does his second Rare Noise outing, Loneliness Road, a deep exploration, with an edge, of the Great American song forms, drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, The Band, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Bill Evans. Those songbook forms rooted in folk music seem especially important here, with Dylan and The Band sharing that foundation. But Saft's concept seems less raw, more expansive, including the grandeur of Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, leaned in a pared down, modern mode.

The three distinctive musical approaches of the trio team coalesce to weave a beautiful and cohesive tapestry, whether it's the sunny opener, "Ten Nights," or the portentous, time-standing-stillness of "Bookmarking."

Then there's Iggy Pop, showcased on three tunes. This trio format—and this particular trio—suits him. The firm but pliable piano trio backing showcases Pop's speak/singing baritone dialogues. "Don't Lose Yourself" sounds like a baton handoff from Leonard Cohen for the leader of the elder statesman, poet/songster category. "Loneliness Road" is sounds like a brooding Van Morrison song. "Everyday" is a tender love song from someone who has experienced deep heartache. Iggy Pop—who'd have known—exudes gravitas.

A superior piano trio outing with bonus of Iggy Pop's cool contributions.
 

Emile Parisien, Vincent Peirani, Andreas Schaerer & Michael Wollny - Out Of Land (Live) (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:39 | Size: 104.93 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Air Song 04:36
2 B&h 9:55
3 Kabinett V 9:12
4 Rezeusler 10:19
5 Ukuhamba 13:38

Emile Parisien / soprano saxophone
Vincent Peirani / accordion
Andreas Schaerer / voice & mouth percussion
Michael Wollny / piano


Recorded live in concert at bee-flat Bern, April 10, 2016
 
For once, here’s a band for which the word 'supergroup' is completely apposite. Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer, German pianist Michael Wollny, French accordionist Vincent Peirani and his saxophonist compatriot Emile Parisien are four of the brightest and most charismatic stars in European jazz, and they have now formed themselves into a quartet. Between them, they have so far garnered no fewer than twelve German ECHO Jazz awards, as well as just about every distinction of importance in their own countries. They are in their mid- to late thirties, and their new live recording “Out of Land” demonstrates why they are at the very pinnacle of jazz musicians of their generation. It is because they are re-defining the possibilities of their instruments; not just cutting loose from the boundaries of jazz, but doing it in a way which energizes...
 

28 May, 2017

Trio Mediæval & Arve Henriksen - Rímur (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:53 | Size: 125.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. St Birgitta Hymn – Rosa Rorans Bonitatem (Written-By – Nils Hermansson)
02. O Jesu Dulcissime (Written-By – Anonymous, Tvisöngur C17, Iceland)
03. Om Ödet Skulle Skicka Mig (Written-By – Traditional Folk Song, Småland, Sweden)
04. Morgunstjarna (Written-By – Anonymous, Tvisöngur C17, Iceland)
05. Rís Upp, Drottni Dýrð (Written-By – Anonymous, Tvisöngur C17, Iceland)
06. St Magnus Hymn – Nobilis Humilis (Written-By – Anonymous, C13, Orkney)
07. Láta Gjalla Létt Og Hátt (Written-By [Rima, Iceland] – Unknown Artist)
08. Brureslått (Written-By – Traditional Wedding Tune From Vik, Sogn, Norway)
09. St Sunniva Hymn – Eterna Christi Munera (Written-By – Anonymous, C13, Bergen, Norway)
10. Krummi (Written-By – Anna Maria Friman, Arve Henriksen)
11. Anda Þinn Guð Mér Gef Þú Víst (Written-By – Anonymous, Tvisöngur C17, Iceland)
12. Sulla Lulla (Written-By – Traditional Folk Song, Østerdalen, Norway)
13. Du Är Den Första (Written-By – Sjömansvisa, Traditional Shanty, Sweden)
14. Alma Redemptoris Mater (Written-By – Anonymous, Chant)
15. BÍum BÍum Bambaló (Written-By – Traditional Folk Song, Iceland)
16. Jag Haver Ingen Kärare (Written-By – Traditional Folk Song, Småland, Sweden)
17. Gammelkjerringvalsen (Written-By – Traditional Folk Song, Fron, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway)

Anna Maria Friman: voice,
Hardanger Fiddle;
Linn Andrea Fuglseth: voice,
Shruti Box;
Berit Opheim: voice;
Arve Henriksen: Trumpet, electronics.

Recorded February 2016
Himmelfahrtskirche, München

An ECM Production
 

Phronesis, Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Julian Argüelles - The Behemoth (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:43 | Size: 148.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Ok Chorale (03:49)
2. Untitled#1 (06:58)
3. Stillness (09:09)
4. Herne Hill (04:55)
5. Charm Defensive (06:36)
6. Zieding (09:46)
7. Phraternal (06:53)
8. Intro To Urban Control (02:49)
9. Urban Control (07:45)
10. Happy Notes (06:07)

Phronesis:
Jasper Høiby - double bass
Ivo Neame - piano
Anton Eger - drums

Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Bigband):
Julian Argüelles arranger & conductor (tenor saxophone solo on #9)
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn ss/as/fl/picc
Oliver Leicht as/cl (clarinet solo on #3)
Tony Lakatos ts/a-fl (tenor solo on #1)
Steffen Weber ts (tenor solo on #3)
Rainer Heute bs/b-cl
Frank Wellert tp/flh
Thomas Vogel tp/flh
Martin Auer tp/flh (trumpet solo on #8)
Axel Schlosser tp/flh (trumpet solo on #6)
Günter Bollmann tb
Peter Feil tb (trombone solo on #4)
Christian Jaksjø tb/b-tp (bass trumpet solo on #5)
Manfred Honetschläger b-tb
Martin Scales g (guitar solos on #2 and #10)


Recorded at Hörfunkstudio II by Axel Gutzler, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main in September 2016
 
Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able to do. Formed in 2005 by Danish double-bass player Jasper Høiby, their charismatic live performances have captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide and prompted Jon Newey (Editor of Jazzwise Magazine) to describe them as “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST”.
The energy and individuality of Phronesis comes from an extraordinary democracy of expression and intuitive empathy between the musicians - British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger come together with Høiby to create a propulsive groove-driven sound that is utterly accessible despite its underlying complexity. “Phronesis have a precocious compositional strength, hitching striking themes to engaging grooves; they have improv virtuosity to spare, but never show off, and make light of travelling the most devious rhythmic routes.” – the Guardian

Phronesis have built a formidable reputation over the last decade as one of the most powerful and energetic small ensembles on the European jazz scene. Known for their virtuosity, dynamism and telepathic group interplay, the trio have commanded impressive media attention and established a substantial fanbase on a global level. Following six critically acclaimed trio albums, the band have now completed their most ambitious recording to date with the release of The Behemoth. Consisting of ten arrangements and re-imaginings of compositions from their back catalogue by Julian Argüelles, this remarkable, vibrant new album featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is rich in colour and bursting with spirit and creativity.
Julian Argüelles plays a pivotal role throughout this album, demonstrating his masterful ability as arranger and conductor, and also appearing as a soloist on Eger’s ‘Urban Control’. All three members of the trio have been long time admirers of Julian’s playing, writing and arranging and when an opportunity arose for them to collaborate, they all jumped at the chance. Likewise, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band have an impressive story, having been one of the key radio big bands in Europe for many years, collaborating with a plethora of international jazz artists . Tackling the music of Phronesis is no easy task for any large ensemble, but with Julian at the helm, they met the challenge with creative energy.
 

Orchestra Spaziale - Meets ZappaFrank (2003)


Genre: Jazz, Rock | Total Time: 1:36:11 | Size: 218.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Regyptian strut
02. Let's make the water turn black
03. The torture never stops
04. Pygmy twylite
05. Heavy duty Judy
06. How could I be such a fool
07. Holyday in Berlin
08. Run home slow
09. Outside now
10. Rdnzl
11. Oh no
12. Stick it out
13. Uncle Meat - Main title theme
14. Duke of Prunes
15. Frank you, thank

Direttore:
Giorgio Casadei arrangiamenti, direzione, chitarra elettrica

Sassofoni:
Marco Zanardi baritono, tenore, clarinetto
Ivan Valentini soprano, contralto e tenore
Adriano Pancaldi tenore e soprano
Massimo Semprini flauto, soprano e tenore
Pianoforte e tastiere: Marco Dal Pane
Chitarra elettrica: Alessandro Lamborghini
Basso elettrico: Andrea Taravelli
Batteria: Claudio Trotta

Ottoni:
Marina Ciccarelli trombone
Federico Tassani trombone
Mario Gigliotti tromba
Manolo Nardi tromba
Daniele Giardina tromba
Voce e terenin: Vincenzo Vasi


Trasmesso in diretta da Radio Rai Tre dalla Sala A di via Asiago in Roma il 6.12.2003, in occasione del decennale della scomparsa di Frank Zappa.
 

Nils Landgren - Sentimental Journey (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:33 | Size: 145.27 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Speak Low
02. Ghost In This House
03. This Masquerade
04. Nature Boy
05. Fragile
06. In A Sentimental Mood
07. The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
08. My Foolish Heart
09. Should I Care
10. Be There For You
11. Sentimental Journey
12. Everything Must Change
13. I Will Survive

Nils Landgren Sings Ballads Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Natalie Cole - these are the stars that have caused a worldwide furore with their full-blown movement back to the "standards". It comes as no surprise that the interpretation of the well-known ballads that make up a large portion of "The Great American Songbook" has always been considered one of the highest disciplines in jazz.At first glance Nils Landgren might seem a bit out of place in the midst of this illustrious group of women. Landgren - isn’t that the guy with the fiery red trombone who continually brings the concert halls to the boiling point? Yah - that’s him. But God knows the Swedish jazz trombonist has more to offer than rock-hard, groovy funk. When it comes to ballads, Nils Landgren is an old hand. And Nils could sing practi...
 

Lars Danielsson - Liberetto III (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:14 | Size: 111.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Preludium ( Lars Danielsson) 02:10
2 Agnus Dei ( Lars Danielsson) 04:58
3 Lviv ( Lars Danielsson) 04:38
4 Taksim By Night ( Lars Danielsson) 04:16
5 Dawn Dreamer ( Lars Danielsson) 06:26
6 Orationi ( Lars Danielsson) 04:04
7 Sonata In Spain ( Lars Danielsson) 04:08
8 Da Salo ( Lars Danielsson) 06:05
9 Gimbri Heart ( Lars Danielsson) 03:56
10 Mr Miller ( Lars Danielsson) 03:35
11 Affrettando ( Lars Danielsson) 05:19
12 Berchidda ( Lars Danielsson) 04:46

Lars Danielsson / double bass, cello, piano intro on 05 & 08, wah-wah cello & guembri on 09
Grégory Privat / piano
John Parricelli / guitars
Magnus Öström / drums & percussion


Guests:
Arve Henriksen / trumpet on 01, 02, 06, 09, voice on 06
Dominic Miller / acoustic guitar on 10
Hussam Aliwat / oud on 04 & 07
Björn Bohlin / english horn on 02, 03, 08
& oboe d'amore on 01
Mathias Eick / trumpet on 10


Recorded and mixed by Bo Savik at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke Sweden
ACT 9840-2
 

Jason Marshall Organ Trio - Sign The Book (2012)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:45 | Size: 136.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. CCC 5:37
02. Downtown Bernini 6:29
03. Dragon Fruit 6:24
04. Fried Ice 7:26
05. Lonely Gray 5:50
06. Mother Father 6:20
07. The Skamp 7:25
08. Turkish Coffee 7:56
09. Vivid Illusions 6:20

  
Label - Jason Marshall / TuneCore

Jason Marshall – Baritone Sax
Ondrej Pivec - Hammond B3
Russel Carter – Drums

  
Jason Marshall's 2003 arrival in New York City signified the continuation of hard swinging, forward thinking baritone saxophone playing. With early encouragement to appreciate all types of music, Jason has developed a style that encompasses with whole of African-American music. A special interest is given to the amalgamation of soul, R and B, and funk with straight-ahead jazz. Years of dedication and perseverance have resulted in a giant, soulful sound and instantly appealing concept. Influences such as Leo Parker, Nick Brignola and Bruce Johnstone have coalesced to ensure an open perception of the baritone sax and a “take -no-prisoners” approach to playing jazz music.

Dan Block - Almost Modern: The Swing To Bop Project (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:34 | Size: 145.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Dexter Rides Again
02. Too Much of a Good Thing
03. Byas'D Opinion
04. Illinois Goes to Chicago
05. I Waited for You
06. That's Earl's Brother
07. Dizzy Atmosphere
08. Meandering
09. Setting the Pace
10. I Mean You
11. Sportsman's Hop
12. Koko
13. Disorder at the Border

Dan Block - clarinet, tenor sax
Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet
Larry Ham - piano
Chris Flory - guitar
John Hart - guitar
Lee Hudson - bass
Chuck Riggs - drums
 

Carmela Rappazzo - The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud: New Standards (2005)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 35:25 | Size: 82.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. I'm In Love Again (3:35)
02. These Words (3:47)
03. The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud (3:21)
04. All Together Alone (2:43)
05. Do Wrong Shoes (3:02)
06. These Days (2:27)
07. 5.4 Samba (4:32)
08. Sweet Contentment (2:54)
09. Here's Another Tune (3:58)
10. Vacation (2:23)
11. It's Always You (2:43)

Carmela Rappazzo has been performing and recording music from the Great American Song Books for years . This CD represents a departure from those great songs and introduces a set of "New Standards"
These new jazz standards written by such notables as Hirth Martinez, Donald Fagen , Mike Melvoin, Michael Triandafils and Carmela are a fresh new addition to the world of jazz.
They cover a wide range of styles that will please the straight ahead listeners, the samba/bossa lovers and smooth jazz fans.

Additional info:
Carmela grew up in upstate New York learning the Great American Songbooks at an early age, as her father was a big band swing coronet player and the large Sicilian family gatherings always included live music.
She got involved in musical theater in high school but was enthralled by jazz. She moved to Boston in her late teens hanging out in Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop listening to the greats play live and sitting in as a singer with friends who were attending Berkley.
Arriving back in New York City she attended ‘Theatrium’ (a Strasberg Institute training) and became involved in off-off broadway theater and appeared in a few independent films, later training with Eric Morris. Carmela moved to Los Angeles in ‘92 , working in the L. A. Theater scene and on several feature films with such notable film directors as Rob Reiner, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Lynn and Ken Kwapis. She continued her vocal training with Dan Balestrero.
She began to perform in the L. A. Jazz scene with the Jon Mayer trio and recorded her first record ‘Black and White’ , a straight ahead standards record with them.
After appearing in many of the local clubs she began to branch out and work with established musicians recording her second cd with Paul Smith, Jim DeJulio and Joe LaBarbera. This cd ‘Regarding Frank’ was a tribute record to Sinatra and his 50’s Capitol years.
Shortly after this she formed her own trio which featured guitarist/ song writer Hirth Martinez. Out of this trio ‘The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud’ was conceived. This cd was a departure from covering familiar jazz standards, into a new exploration of original materials by such notables as Hirth Martinez, Donald Fagen, Mike Melvoin and Carmela.
Her latest cd, “Joseph City”, combines straight ahead covers, with some very unique standard arrangements and some originals by Carmela. For this project Carmela worked with Pete Snell, Armando Compean and Lee Spath, and featured on this cd is tango master Coco Trivisonno on bandoneon, cellist Chase Morrison and horn players Steve Marsh and John Fumo, with Stu Elster on Hammond B3 and Scott Breadman on percussion.
Carmela now resides in New Mexico and continues to perform and write her own music.
 

Yuri Honing & Wired Paradise - Meet Your Demons (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:52 | Size: 117.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Kaiser Soze
2. Zitelle
3. Wild is the Wind
4. Rollo Thomasi
5. Meet your Demons
6. Lost
7. Castor Pollux
8. Pussy Wagon

Bass Guitar – Tony Overwater
Drums – Joost Lijbaart
Guitar – Frank Mobus, Paul Jan Bakker
Saxophone, Composed By (1, 2, 4 to 7), Producer – Yuri Honing


Recorded December 2007 at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands and mixed January 2008 at Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium.
 

The John Wilson Orchestra - Orchestral Jazz (2000)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:48 | Size: 143.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Watch What Happens
02. I'm in the Mood for Love
03. My Melancholy Baby
04. All Alone
05. I Should Care
06. But Not for Me
07. Whistling in the Dark
08. Lush Life
09. Go Fly A Kite
10. Then I'll Be Tired of You
11. Miss Otis Regrets
12. Love
13. You Made Me Love You
14. You Must Believe in Spring
15. On the Sunny Side of the Street

Celesta, Piano – Richard Rodney Bennett
Cello – Andrew Skrimshire, Chris Worsey
Conductor, Celesta, Piano – John Wilson
Double Bass – Jeremy Brown
Guitar – Phil Lee
Saxophone – Luke Annesley
Trumpet – Enrico Tomasso
Viol – Jessamy Boyd, Roger Chase, Stephen Shakeshaft
Violin – Andrew Haveron, Christopher George, Gary Griffiths, Helen Hathorn, John Bradbury, Levine Andrade, Padraic Savage, Paul Barritt, Rebecca Hirsch, Rolf Wilson, Steve Morris, Tiberiu Buta, Warren Zeilinksi, Yuri Zhislin


Recording DateJuly 15, 2000 & July 16, 2000.
 

Randy Sandke - Cliffhanger (1999)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:11 | Size: 162.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Let's Face The Music And Dance (3:47)
02. Nobody Else But Me (7:41)
03. What's New (5:03)
04. Come Rain Or Come Shine (5:39)
05. One For Mulgrew (4:35)
06. I Fall In Love Too Easily (8:26)
07. Cliffhanger (4:17)
08. One Fine Day In May (7:05)
09. I Concentrate On You (6:29)
10. Willow Weep For Me (7:41)
11. No Moon At All (7:01)
12. Limehouse Blues (4:40)

Personnel: 
Randy Sandke (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Harry Allen (tenor saxophone)
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone tracks: 7)
Mulgrew Miller (piano)
Peter Washington (bass)
Kenny Washington (drums)


Recorded in New York City on December 6 and 7, 1999.
 

PHO - Two (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:41 | Size: 151.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Sour Town
02. #2
03. Still Waiting
04. Dr. Drake
05. Dew Like Me
06. Responsibility
07. Tommorow In Texas
08. Pop Top
09. 2-Side
10. South 2nd
11. PHANTHEM
12. Face
13. Famous Waves

The funky crew known as PHO will return with their second full length album release, two, in March of 2017. The band brings an undeniable party wherever they go, as the seven piece funk armada never fails to incite the dance floor grooves. There’s a reason why Prince liked them…
 

Donna Byrne - It Was Me (1995)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:03 | Size: 130.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. It's You Or No One
2. It Was Me
3. Lulllaby Of The Leaves
4. Lover Come Back To Me
5. The Fool On The Hill
6. Lady Be Good
7. Another Star
8. Exactly Like You
9. Sometime Ago
10. Go Easy
11. Three Bears
 
Personnel: Donna Byrne (vocals); Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Herb Pomeroy (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bill Cunliffe (piano); Gray Sargent (guitar); Marshall Wood (bass); Artie Cabral (drums).

Recording Date November 21, 1995
 
In 1995 Donna Byrne was described by Tony Bennett as one of the "best young jazz singers in the country." More often that not, these complements are little more than throw always done as a courtesy. But Byrne's latest album reveals she deserves that complement and more. Teamed with outstanding instrumentalists, they perform a program of a couple of jazz standards, nods to Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, but mostly classic entries from the Great American Songbook. Irrespective of the source of the song, Byrne brings to each of them a freshness and style that's a joy to listen to and, for a musician, a pleasure to share the performance with her. Byrne is blessed with perfect pitch from which she never waivers no matter what she's singing. Her sensitivity to the picture lyrics are conveying and her impeccable phrasing coupled with bass player (and Byrne's husband) Marshall Wood's arrangements that accent the most favorable features of her vocal qualities, help make the album an auspicious event. How all of this comes together is nowhere better illustrated than with the medley of "When Your Lover has Gone" and "Lover, Come Back to Me" an album highlight. On the former, the trumpet of the venerable Herb Pomeroy embroiders pretty musical figures behind Byrne's poignant rendition of the first half of the medley.

Then Artie Cabral's high powered drumming leads the segue into the second part of the medley as Ken Peplowski's tenor barges upon the scene behind Byrne's exciting swinging. Peplowski picks up the solo cudgels engaging in an extended conversation with Gray Sargent's guitar as Byrne follows on with a moody chorus of the first half of the medley. The result is more than six minutes of an excellent performance of two warhorses with new saddles thrown over them. The other medley on the album shares the highlight award. On the first half of the pair of songs, Byrne's wordless vocalizing and Peplowski's sax replicate tenor sax player Lucky Thompson's authoritative 1956 recording of Oscar Pettiford's "Tricrotism," transforming it into a jazz sonata for vocal scat and tenor sax. Byrne follows by sliding into a medium tempo "Exactly Like You." The remaining tracks are done with equal enthusiasm and proficiency making the listener not only pleased with this album, but looking forward in anticipation of her next release.
 

Dejan Terzic - Prometheus (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:24 | Size: 149.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Prometheus (5:32)
02. Cobblestones (7:08)
03. Anagramma (8:12)
04. Red (4:54)
05. Addition And Subtraction (5:49)
06. Run Through The Fields (7:36)
07. Sundance (7:23)
08. Tragoidia (6:43)
09. Turbofolk (5:51)
10. New Parasomnia (5:16)

Personnel:
Dejan Terzic (Drums)
Matt Penman (Bass)
Chris Speed (Sax)
Bojan Zulfikarpašic (Piano and Fender Rhodes)


Recording Date February 11, 2016 - February 12, 2016
 
With Prometheus CAM JAZZ makes you set off on a journey through the unlimited expressive options of drums. Your tour guide here is Dejan Terzic, a German drummer of Bosnian origin who plays in quartet with Chris Speed on sax, Bojan Zulfikarpašic on piano and Fender Rhodes and Matt Penman on bass, to disclose an amazingly rich expressive realm, made of assorted moods, energy, strength, impressive depths of sound as well as hypnotic ostinatos. Dejan Terzic wrote all of the compositions on this record: his band-mates have risen to the challenge, weaving a wide-ranging, appealing plot with him. From the opening track, “Prometheus”, passing through “Red”, “Addiction and Subtraction” and “Sundance” all the way to the closing track, “New Parasomnia”, listeners will enjoy free improvisations, explosive rhythmic arrangements, dreamy interludes. Music moving from cheerful to passionate, from passionate to free, from free to structured, from structured to sweet, from sweet to outspoken, from outspoken to amusing, from amusing to inward-looking. Underlying this project is an extremely robust jazz, made up of key contributions, meetings, all-round musical life, which results in a fresh, novel, distinctive, irresistibly dynamic jazz.
 

Bruce Gertz Quintet - Reptilian Fantasies (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:50 | Size: 148.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Bell Ringers (6:18)
02. Tango Reflexivo (4:33)
03. Snake Shot, Alt. Take (5:51)
04. Cadiz, Alt. Take (4:56)
05. To Boldly Go Where Everyone Has Gone Before (5:52)
06. You Too? Or... (4:41)
07. Freedom From Religion (5:07)
08. You're Invited (4:57)
09. Reptilian Fantasies (6:05)
10. The Lizard Of Odds (4:45)
11. An Internal Affair (3:42)
12. Cryptic Current (2:41)
13. You're Invited, Alt. Take (4:22)
 
Bassist Bruce Gertz lays a solid foundation for this set, taking the spotlight only intermittently as he shapes 13 modern-jazz tracks ranging from exotic, winding melodies and gently creeping conversations to buoyant hard-bop and freewheeling rhythmic exercises. Longtime associate Jerry Bergonzi provides a bright spark on tenor sax (occasionally doubling on drums), while Ken Cervenka’s understated trumpet gives the album a certain moodiness. Gabriel Guerrero balances ornate and halting piano statements, while Tim Horner describes wide vistas on drums.
 

Bobby Hutcherson - Somewhere In The Night (2009)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:28 | Size: 158.96 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Teddy 9:04
02. Little B's Poem 8:06
03. SKJ 8:25
04. Take The Coltrane 9:05
05. Wise One 11:21
06. Somewhere In The Night 8:31
07. My Foolish Heart 8:34
08. S'Wonderful 6:22
 
Label - Kind of Blue

Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone
Joey DeFrancesco - Hammond B-3 organ
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Byron Landham - drums
 
Bobby Hutcherson was in his seventies at the time of this live set at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in the fall of 2009, still very much at the top of his game. His band with organist Joey DeFrancesco, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Byron Landham is a bit unusual, in that there have been relatively few vibes-organ quartets in jazz record dates. But the talented veteran reveals its possibilities, beginning with a romp through his furious bop vehicle "Teddy" that showcases intense solos by the leader and the organists. Next is Hutcherson's well-known jazz standard "Little B's Poem," a breezy jazz waltz written for his young son at the dawn of his career. DeFrancesco outdoes himself with his percolating solo that comes at the listener in waves. The quartet sizzles in its burning rendition of Milt Jackson's tasty blues "SKJ," leading into a hard-charging take of Duke Ellington's blues "Take the Coltrane." There are also several standards, including an infectious "Somewhere in the Night" that puts the spotlight on Bernstein, Hutcherson's lyrical playing in the delicate take of "My Foolish Heart," and an engaging, energetic version of the Gershwins' "'S Wonderful" that leaves the audience wanting more.
 

Anna Lauvergnac & Claus Raible - Free Fall (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 50:42 | Size: 116.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone (4:43)
02. Angel Eyes (6:59)
03. Lover Come Back To Me (4:46)
04. Detour Ahead (6:27)
05. I'll Remember April (6:19)
06. Autumn Nocturne (5:58)
07. Blow Top Blues (6:13)
08. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me (3:11)
09. Never Let Me Go - For All We Know (6:06)

Anna Lauvergnac vocals
Claus Raible piano
 
The music you hear on this album is the result of an incredibly courageous recording session.

Italian singer Anna Lauvergnac and her musical soul mate, German pianist Claus Raible, entered the studio with a well-rehearsed program, ready to start the complex metamorphosis that transforms music from an intangible vision to physical reality.

For her new release Anna has chosen the most intimate and demanding of any musical line up: the duo. The dim lighting in the studio created a candle-light setting that enhanced the closeness of “being just two”.

Anna’s interpretation of each song is instinctive and passionate and her dark and rich sound blends perfectly with the pianist’s harmony and rhythm.
Breaking out of the common pattern of accompanying a soloist, Claus’s playing sounds like an orchestral work enhancing and surrounding Anna’s melody lines.

There is such a strong emotional connection between the two that you can feel and hear this bond in every breath, every word, every chord and every note.

The distinctive trait of this duo and this beautiful album is grounded in the awareness of the jazz idiom and the freshness of authenticity and individuality. Indeed this recording required -and re ects- “passion, intuition, freedom, faith and some madness”

Claus Raible is one of bebop’s modern lifeguards, resuscitating the music with a newfound vitality. He is among those piano maestros who feel especially indebted to the musical heritage of bebop pioneers Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Raible merges into this tradition and it merges into him. His music is vital, gripping, and moving. Raible never comes across as a musician who scoops things up second hand, slavishly copying and than regurgitating it back. Rather, he lives what he plays. He has internalised bebop so that it is now an integral part of his nervous system.

“Wherever he performs, the band members, other musicians in the audience, and last but not least the audience itself are amazed by his confidence in style, his fantasy of improvisation, and the stupendous virtuosity of his performance”
 

Alex Conde - Descarga For Monk (2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:53 | Size: 123.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Played Twice
2. Thelonious
3. Think Of One
4. Ugly Beauty
5. 'Round Midnight
6. Monk's Dream
7. Evidence
8. Ruby My Dear
9. Pannonica
 
Personnel: Alex Conde: piano; Jeff Chambers: bass; Jon Arkin: drums; John Santos: percussion; Amparo Conde, Carmen Carrasco: palmas & compas (hand claps, foot stomps).

Recording Date April 30, 2014 - July 5, 2014
 
Spanish pianist-composer Alex Conde (currently residing in the Bay Area) unites his love of flamenco and the music of Thelonious Monk with these creative arrangements. Conde is a working flamenco musician, having spent the last four years with renowned U.S. flamenco company the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. He also attended the Berklee College of Music, which may explain the fascination with Monk. He is accompanied by the Bay Area rhythm section of bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer John Arkin, with special guest percussionist John Santos. Monk's music seems to have a special affinity to different approaches. There have been numerous Latin treatments in the past, with Jerry Gonzalez's Rumba Para Monk (Sunnyside, 1989) one prominent example. The opening "Played Twice" immediately establishes the flamenco feeling through the presence of traditional palmas and compas (hand claps and foot stomps) in addition to the rhythm section and percussion. It's an exciting start, and as usual Monk's composition sounds completely at home in this new setting, compliments of the fiery playing of Conde and his group. "Ugly Beauty" is the only other track employing palmas and compas, so the flamenco influence is subtler throughout much of the rest of the program. It's probably telling that the "descarga" of the album title usually refers to a Cuban (later salsa) jam session. In fact "Monk's Dream" comes out swinging, with little overt Latin flavor at all. Conde performs "'Round Midnight" and "Pannonica" solo, the latter with the stride feel that Monk himself sometimes favored.

The rhythm section mostly restricts themselves to teamwork, providing Conde with support and encouragement. Bassist Jeff Chambers does get a memorable solo on "Bemsha Swing," complete with a brief humorous musical quote. Conde is an excellent pianist who would command attention playing anything, and I look forward to hearing him play his own compositions. But for any lover of Monk or Latin music this is an irresistible combination, with the added spice of a unique Flamenco flavor.
 

27 May, 2017

VA - Jazz Swings Pop (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:45 | Size: 179.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Hang on sloopy (Quincy Jones)
2.Sunny (Les McCann)
3.Knock on wood (Willie Bobo)
4.California dreaming (Wes Montogomery)
5.Yesterday (Count Basie & Orchestra: feat Bill Henderson)
6.Daydream (The Amber Rock Association)
7.Light my fire (Woody Herman & His Thundering Herd)
8.Soulful strut (Horst Jankovski)
9.Ode to Billy Joe (Oscar Peterson)
10.Can't buy me love (Rita Reys)
11.She loves you (Mark Murphy)
12.Satisfaction (Gary McFarland)
13.This guy in love with you (Jimmy Smith)
14.Up, up and away (Jim Hall)
15.Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da (Paul Desmond)
16.Blowin' in the winds (Stan Getz)
17.Spinning wheel (Chet Baker)
18.MacArthur park (Kurt Edelhagen & Orchestra)
19.I put a spell on you (Nina Simone)
20.Moon river (Sarah Vaughn)
21.Cinema paradiso (Hamilton de Holanda)
 
Label: Verve
Country: Brasil
 

Theodosii Spasov Trio - Open Mood (2010)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:41 | Size: 110.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Отворено настроение (Open Mood)
2. Прескочи кобила (Jumping Over Mare)
3. Утре (Tomorrow)
4. Йовка (Iovka)
5. Мое българско небе (My Bulgarian Sky)
6. Момче охридчанче (Ohrid Boy)
7. Циганска любов (Gipsy Love)
8. Коста от Скидра (Kostas from Skidra)
9. Гореща планина (Speaking Mountain)
 
Theodosius Spasov Trio:
Theodosius Spasov - Kaval
Rumen Tuskov - keyboard
Hristo Jotsov - Shock

Participate:
Peyo Peev - year
Petar Milanov - guitar
Georgi Donchev - bass
 
A talented musician was born in 1961 in Bulgaria. He masterfully owns kaval (playing a wooden flute), is a world-famous composer. For its execution it is characteristic to combine elements from different musical genre directions. In his creations, jazz, nationality and classics masterfully intertwine. Symphonic works are also included in the repertoire of Theodosius Spasov, besides the talented musician created and performed plays for kavala, musical works for movies.
The musician is known for his performances in different countries with Bulgarian symphony orchestras and other musical ensembles. The beginning of his career was marked by the recognition of the most famous Bulgarian folk and jazz performers. In the 80s of the last century he performed with folkloric clarinetist Ivo Papazov-Ibrahma, jazz pianist Milcho Leviev and many others. During the years, Teodosiy Spasov carried out numerous international projects - with saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Glen Moore, drummer Mino Sinel and a number of famous musicians of our time. Three years Teodosiy Spasov participated in the world-famous Irish music and dance show "Riverdance". Composer released more than 30 entries. Teodosiy Spasov is the owner of many prestigious awards. Among them is the honorary sign "Golden Age", the highest award of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria. On September 16, 2015 was awarded the title of "Artist of UNESCO for Peace".
 

Scott Whitfield - New Jazz Standards (Volume 2) (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:15:02 | Size: 169.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Prudence
02. More Wine
03. Big Darlin
04. Melodocity
05. I Remember Thad
06. B Squad Blues
07. Gamma Count
08. Lolly'S Folly
09. Juarez
10. Another Tune For Bernie
11. Last Night'S Samba
12. Symphonky Blues

Scott Whitfield: trombone
Christian Jacob: piano
Kevin Axt: bass
Peter Erskine: drums
 

Sir Roland Hanna & Davey Yarborough - Royal Essence: An Evening Of Ellington (1999)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:00 | Size: 157.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Royal Essence - 6:04
2. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - 4:33
3. Day Dream - 6:29
4. Everything But You - 5:13
5. Prelude to a Kiss - 8:28
6. Cotton Tail - 4:17
7. Azure - 4:51
8. Black & Tan Fantasy - 4:24
9. In a Sentimental Mood - 4:41
10. Awesome Eyes - 7:27
11. Silky - 4:44
12. Flamingo - 4:17
13. What Am I Here For - 4:28

Roland Hanna - piano
Davey Yarborough - sax, flute
 
Famed Jazz Pianist Sir Roland Hanna with DC saxophonist Davey Yarborough do a live tribute concert of Duke Ellington music for Ellington's 100th birthday at the Montpelier Arts Center, April 29,1999.
 

Peter Asplund - Lochiel's Warning (2004)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:01 | Size: 141.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. In a sentimental mood (Ellington)
2. 26 steps (Asplund)
3. Falling in love with love (Rodgers-Hart)
4. Summertime (Gershwin)
5. Lochielґs warning (Asplund)
6. Everything I love (Porter)
7. Lose the blues (Asplund)
8. Carpe noctem (Asplund)
9. Beate (Asplund)
 
Label – Prophone

Peter Asplund - trumpet
Jacob Karlzon - piano
Hans Andersson - bass
Johan Lцfcrantz – drums
 
On his debut CD for Prophone Asplund performs his own tunes and some jazz standards, such as "In A Sentimental Mood" by Duke Ellington, Rodgers-Hart's "Falling In Love With Love" and Gershwin's "Summertime".
This nice album was picked by many Swedish critics as the best jazz album of the year.
Johannes Cornell, a music critic for Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter (DN), wrote that this CD is “an instant classic” and one of the best Swedish jazz albums of all times. In addition to all the great reviews, Asplund as recently received two very prestigious awards. Peter Asplund Quartet is a dynamic and closely united group who represent some of the strongest voices to be found on the Scandinavian jazz scene today. With honest expressions, with respect for the tradition tastefully combined with a natural will of pioneering and with genuine charisma Peter Asplund Quartet manage to reach every single one in the audience.
 

Oscar Peterson - Soft Sands: Piano Solos With Orchestra (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:15 | Size: 119.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Soft Sands 02:21
02. On the Outside Looking In 02:34
03. It Happens Every Spring 02:43
04. Chanel 02:41
05. You Took Advantage of Me 02:00
06. Why, Oh Why 03:05
07. Song to the Stars 02:43
08. Echoes 02:39
09. I've Never Left Your Arms 02:52
10. I Can't Get Started 02:58
11. Dream on a Summer Night 02:56
12. Susquehanna 02:43
13. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (Bonus Track) 06:38
14. Get Me to the Church on Time (Bonus Track) 06:45
15. Show Me (Bonus Track) 06:22
16. I Could Have Danced All Night (Bonus Track) 05:21
17. On the Street Where You Live (Bonus Track) 05:34
18. Wouldn't It Be Lovely (Bonus Track) 05:35
19. The Rain in Spain (Bonus Track) 03:50
20. The Golden Striker (Bonus Track) 06:24
 
Label - Phoenix Records
Full Title: Oscar Peterson - Soft Sands Piano Solos with Orchestra + Bonus Track Version

Selected personnel:
Bass – Ray Brown
Guitar – Herb Ellis
Arranged by – Buddy Bregman
Conductor – Buddy Bregman
Producer – Norman Granz
 
Louis Isidore "Buddy" Bregman (July 9, 1930 - January 8, 2017) was an American arranger, producer and composer. He worked with many of the greatest music performers of popular 20th-century music, including Elu Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Jerry Lewis, Paul Anka, Buddy Rich, Eddie Fisher, Annie Ross and Carmen McRae. ©
 

Oscar 'Papa' Celestin - The Very Best Of Jazz Sessions (2010)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 2:30:05 | Size: 345.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Over In The Glory Land 3:21
2. The Sweetheart Of T.K.O. 3:13
3. Sing On 2:48
4. Short Dress Gal 3:12
5. Just For You Dear I'm Crying 2:57
6. When The Saints Go Marching In 3:14
7. As You Like It 3:23
8. Dear Almanzoer 3:38
9. Whem I'm With You 2:59
10. Exactly Like You 3:18
11. I'm Satisfied You Love Me 5:19
12. Eh! La Bas 2:45
13. Dippermouth Blues 2:56
14. Jazz Me Blues 2:06
15. Sister Kate 2:56
16. Lil' Liza Jane 4:45
17. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 3:06
18. Woodchopper's Ball 3:14
19. Everybody's Talking About Sammy 2:45
20. Mama Don't Allow 4:40
21. Jambalaya 4:52
22. San 2:13
23. Bogalousa Strut 3:02
24. Tiger Rag 4:26
25. Milenburg Joys 3:53
26. My Josephine 3:00
27. Eh, La Bas (Version 2) 3:19
28. Mama Don't Allow 4:04
29. Panama 3:07
30. Black Rag 2:34
31. Careless Love 3:06
32. Woodchoppers Ball 3:09
33. High Society 3:08
34. Steppin' On The Gas 2:49
35. Papa's Got The Jim-Jams 3:15
36. Station Calls 2:54
37. War Cloud 3:21
38. It Don't Mean A Thing 3:13
39. Bill Bailey 4:32
40. Panama 3:12
41. When The Saints Go Marching In 6:27
42. Maryland, My Maryland 3:05
43. Eh, La Bas 3:27
44. It's Jam Up 3:22
 
Label - Master Classics Records
 
Oscar “Papa” Celestin - trumpet, bandleader (1884 - 1954)
Papa Celestin was one of the most popular of New Orleans cornet players, and considered a major player in the development of jazz. Most of the great New Orleans players up to 1950 played for Papa one time or another. ©
 

Oli Silk - So Many Ways (2006)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 50:31 | Size: 115.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Eve's Song (Oli Silk) (3:39)
02. So Many Ways (Oli Silk) (4:13)
03. London to L.A. Express (Oli Silk, Matt Park) (4:51)
04. Deuces Wild (feat. Jaared) (Oli Silk) (4:25)
05. San Carlos Approach (Oli Silk) (3:45)
06. Easy Does It (Oli Silk, Matt Park) (3:46)
07. Hats Off (Oli Silk) (4:21)
08. Summer Fling (Matthew Rose) (5:45)
09. Lazy Sunday Groove (Oli Silk) (5:38)
10. Pen to Paper (Oli Silk) (4:51)
11. Rushmoor Cafй (Oli Silk) (5:17)

Personnel:
Oli Silk - Keyboards;
Matt Park (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 11) - Guitar;
Jaared (#4,8) - Alto Saxophone;
Julian Crampton (#3,8), Julian Crampton (#4)- Bass;
Damon Sawyer (#3,8) - Drums.
Yvonne John-Lewis (#2), Bruce Parker (#3,8), Oli Silk (#9) - Vocals;
 

Joe Sullivan Big Band - Unfamiliar Surroundings (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:38:34 | Size: 221.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
October Suite
01. I. Prelude (feat. André White & Lorne Lofsky) (10:58)
02. II. Off Kilter (feat. Al McLean & Alec Walkington) (7:33)
03. III. Let's Go (feat. Dave Laing & Jean-Nicolas Trottier) (10:06)
Suite Laurentides
04. I. The Grackle (feat. Joe Sullivan & Al McLean) (8:36)
05. II. Nightfall (feat. André White & Jean Fréchette) (8:00)
06. III. Unfamiliar Surroundings (feat. Aron Doyle & André Leroux) (7:08)
Suite Montage
07. I. The Waiting Game (feat. André Leroux, Dave Mossing & Rémi Bolduc) (17:35)
08. II. A Lullaby (feat. Donny Kennedy) (7:48)
09. III. Montage No. 3 (feat. Lorne Lofsky) (7:43)
10. IV. The Captain's Log (feat. Al McLean) (8:27)
11. V. Refuge (feat. Joe Sullivan & Lorne Lofsky) (4:45)
 
Joe Sullivan - Arranger, Composer, Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Jocelyn Couture - Flugelhorn, Lead, Trumpet
Dave Mossing, Aron Doyle - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Gabriel Gagnon - Lead, Trombone
Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Richard Gagnon - Trombone
Jean-Sébastien Vachon - Trombone (Bass), Tuba
Al McLean - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Rémi Bolduc - Sax (Alto)
André Leroux - Clarinet, Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Jean Fréchette - Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
Donny Kennedy - Flute, Lead, Sax (Alto)
Anh Phung - Flute, Lead
Lorne Lofsky - Guitar
Dave Laing - Drums
Alec Walkington - Bass
André White - Piano


Label: Effendi Records
 
Call me nostalgic, but in a world that seems to admire novelty above all else, I still love big band jazz. I love all the same stuff I was attracted to right from the start...energy, sound, time, groove...edgy trumpets and old bendy blue notes...bright, aggressive trombones....well you get the picture. So before making this record, I went to my old pal an dlong-time collaborator Jean Frechette and asked him to help me make a disc we could both be proud of. It started with a marathon 2-day big-band-binge, me and him, a big pile of vinyl and CDs, and a significant quantity of more than passable hooch. At the end, shaky but otherwise unscathed, we had agreed on the sound we wanted: resonant, alive, the sound that knocked us out back in the day and made us want to play jazz...Thad Quincy, Francy Boland...like I said, nostaliga. The session was laid out so that people felt at ease and could hear each other (no headphones for the horns!) and Jean went for the bright, clear mix we wanted. After all is said and one, I hope we've made a record that is vibrant and swinging - and I hope all you jazz-lovers out there will enjoy listening to it! (Joe Sullivan)