30 June, 2017

Members Of The Duke Ellington Orchestra - A Tribute To Duke Ellington (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:12 | Size: 83.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Take The A Train (3:00)
02. Cotton Tail (3:06)
03. Solitude (3:15)
04. Jeeps Blues (4:36)
05. Jack The Bear (3:27)
06. Mood Indigo (3:55)
07. Main Stem (2:59)
08. Sophisticated Lady (3:35)
09. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:17)
10. East Side, West Side (3:02)
Label - Green Hill
Big Band Collector's Series

Members Of The Benny Goodman Orchestra - A Tribute To Benny Goodman (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:38 | Size: 75.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Sing, Sing, Sing (4:23)
02. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (2:49)
03. My Wild Irish Rose (2:39)
04. When The Saints Go Marching In (3:05)
05. School Days (2:23)
06. Careless Love (3:17)
07. Stompin' At The Savoy (2:27)
08. Cuddle Up A Little Closer (3:07)
09. Bring Back My Bonnie To Me (3:20)
10. Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane (3:08)
Label - Green Hill
Big Band Collector's Series
Some track credits are incorrect; "School Days" is credited to John M. Higgins (not in the database), but is actually written by Will D. Cobb and Gus Edwards; and "Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane", credited to Housey and McMeans, is written by James A. Bland. Additionally, Catherine Purvis's last name is mis-typed as "Purris".

Jesper Thilo Quartet - Together (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:36 | Size: 154.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Donna (3:36)
02. I wished On The Moon (7:21)
03. Together (6:57)
04. There's No You (6:06)
05. Recorda Me (7:05)
06. Too Marvellous For Words ( 8:14)
07. Quasimodo (5:56)
08. Epistrophy (10:06)
09. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (5:46)
10. Telegraph (7:36)

Søren Kristiansen - piano
Niels "Guffi" Pallesen - bass
Jesper Thilo - tenor sax
Svend-Erik Nørregaard - trumpet

Jean-Luc Ponty Quintet - Live In Viersen (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:55 | Size: 96.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Rhythms Of Hope
2. Jig
3. After The Storm
4. Pastoral Harmony
5. Caracas

Jean-Luc Ponty Quintet:
Jean-Luc Ponty - Violin
Jean Pierre Como - Keyboard
Guy N' Sangue - Bass
Thierry Arpino - Drums
Moustapha Cisse - Percussion

JD Allen - Radio Flyer (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:59 | Size: 120.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Sitting Bull
02. Radio Flyer
03. The Angelus Bell
04. Sancho Panza
05. Heureux
06. Deadalus
07. Ghost Dance

JD Allen, tenor saxophone
Liberty Ellman, guitar
Gregg August, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

Savant Records SCD 2162

Tom Harrell & Jacky Terrasson - Moon and Sand (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:33 | Size: 153.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Moon and Sand (4:17)
2. Tune up (5:51)
3. Beautiful Love (5:35)
4. If you could see me now (7:26)
5. 20 Bars tune (5:22)
6. What kind of fool I am? (4:17)
7. Parisian Thoroughfare (5:36)
8. Janine (6:44)
9. Just around Midnight (7:10)
10. Rhythm a ning (6:06)
11. Con Alma - Well you needn't (8:09)
Label - Jazz Aux Remparts
Recorded December 5-6, 1991, Capbreton, France

Tom Harrell - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jacky Terrasson - piano

Paolo Frattini - Sparkling Jass (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:24 | Size: 158.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Save the Bass 7:40
2. Listen to the Beat 6:12
3. Sparkling Jass 6:44
4. Move Your Back 4:57
5. That Champagne Can Do 4:53
6. Harlem Nights 5:02
7. Viola Clef 8:02
8. Never Give Up 4:19
9. Fortress 5:22
10. Piedigrotta's Groove 6:33
11. The First and the Last 9:43

Paolo Frattini - bass

Angela Watson, Sherrita Duran, Terelle Tipton, Jeff The Six
Gabriele Comeglio, Fabio Buonarota, etc...

Naoko Terai - Hot Jazz...And Libertango 2015 (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:43 | Size: 153.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Tango Pour Claude
2. Slow Dance Of Love
3. Fragile
4. Blue Bossa
5. A Story Of Wind
6. In The Velvet
7. Spain
8. Happy Bird
9. November
10. Ariake Dawn
11. Libertango
12. Shenandoah

From the age of 4 began to learn the violin, 1988 to professional jazz violinist debut. In 1997, with the Japanese jazz pianist Kenny Barron co-starred in the opportunity to participate in the recording of New York, in one fell swoop attention. After that, we carry out extensive music activity with concerto-centered, television, radio, advertisement, etc., with full expression of expressiveness and rich style of play. With fine expression and passionate playing, active in the world stage jazz violinist.

Nancy Reed - Jazz Is Here To Stay (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:30 | Size: 95.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Jazz Is Here To Stay (2:49)
2.I Got The World On A String (4:35)
3.Havin' A Party (2:25)
4.Love Thy Neighbor (4:33)
5.Bluesette (5:43)
6.You Are There (3:14)
7.Toodle-Ee-Yoo-Doo (2:42)
8.Once (5:07)
9.Savin' All My Sugar (3:02)
10.All Boy (3:12)
11.Unbelievable (4:08)

Singer Nancy Reed has good musical genes. Her father was a jazz pianist and her mother an opera singer. Her first professional gig was at the age of 19 recording at the A& R studios in N.Y.C.. Over the years, she has performed at jazz festivals and concerts with such luminaries as Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, and David "Fathead" Newman. 1993 saw Reed working with singer Stephanie Nakasian on Nakasian's album Bitter Sweet. In 1996, Reed was on Bob Dorough's CD, This Is a Recording. In the same year, she recorded with her husband-guitarist, Spencer Reed, leading to the aptly named CD, Together. She joined the David Leonhardt Jazz Group in 1997 and she tours regularly with them throughout the United States. Their maiden album, A Time for Love, was released in 1998 and a second album, released in May of 1999, is devoted to music for tap dancing, called Swingin' Tappin' and Jammin'. Like the singers she cites as major influences, Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn, Reed's voice is defined by its lovely tone and excellent pitch. She can swing and sing ballads with equal aplomb. Reed is a regular performer at venues throughout the Poconos in Pennsylvania, as well in Mexico and Japan.

Mike Cassells - Mike Cassells Trio 4 (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:47 | Size: 97.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I'll Be Seeing You 06:33
2. Wichita Lineman 09:34
3. Alfie 08:11
4. You Don't Know What Love Is 04:10
5. I Fall In Love Too Easily 06:40
6. I'll Be Seeing You (alternate take) 06:38

Mike Cassells - drums
Paul Morrison - piano
Paul Clifford - bass

Recorded Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Isabel Recording Studio in the Rehearsal Hall, Isabel Bader Centre For Performing Arts.

Laurent De Schepper Trio ‎- Aquanaut (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:57 | Size: 79.72 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Drift In (05:27)
2 De Volver (06:33)
3 Rügen (04:16)
4 Near The Weir (02:35)
5 Purple Deep (05:27
6 The Move (01:14)
7 No Longer 2.0 (04:58)
8 Stormgebrus (07:28)

Bass – Isabel Fischer
Drums – Lars Oertel
Saxophone – Thomas Bär

John Fedchock Quartet - Fluidity (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:50 | Size: 162.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. East Of The Sun (8:59)
02. Havana (8:19)
03. I Hear A Rhapsody (7:09)
04. Make Someone Happy (6:18)
05. Under The Radar (9:30)
06. Weaver Of Dreams (6:50)
07. The Days Of Wine And Roses (7:41)
08. I've Never Been In Love Before (8:58)
09. Homestretch (7:07)

Personnel: John Fedchock: trombone; John Toomey: piano; Jimmy Masters; Dave Ratajczak.

Recording Date August 22, 2013 - August 24, 2013
When talk turns to outstanding contemporary trombonists, it's surprising that the name John Fedchock isn't mentioned more often. It should be. Not only has Fedchock been on the scene for quite a while, having played with and arranged for the renowned Woody Herman Herd (1980-87) and led his own New York Big Band for more than twenty years, he's a consistently sharp and creative soloist out of the Carl Fontana school whose compositional skills and taste in music are impeccable. And if Fluidity, a live quartet date recorded in August 2013 at Havana Nights in Virginia Beach, VA, is a benchmark, so are his choices of sidemen and venues.

Having played at the Havana Nights club a year earlier, Fedchock surmised that, acoustically, it would be a perfect place in which to record a small-group session. Correct. Second, he reasoned that two "local" players, pianist John Toomey Trio and bassist Jimmy Masters, with whom he had played before, would help form a solid backbone for the group he had in mind. Right again. Third, Fedchock thought it would be a good idea to round out the quartet by flying his longtime friend and colleague, drummer Dave Ratajczak, who has performed on every one of Fedchock's half-dozen albums as leader, from New York City for the date. Once more, an unerring decision.

With the venue set and group intact, the next step lay in choosing the music, and here again Fedchock displays his finesse, carefully blending six well-known standards with a pair of his elaborate compositions ("Havana," "Under the Radar") and Joe Henderson's frisky "Homestretch." What separates the session from many others of its kind—apart from the group's tight and responsive interplay—are Fedchock's deft revisions of the standards, such as transposing Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne's buoyant "Make Someone Happy" into an easygoing ballad or inserting an uncustomary spring in the step of Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses" (on which Toomey throws in a tasty quote from "Surrey with the Fringe on Top"). The other standards, all of which benefit from the meticulous Fedchock touch, are Brooks Bowman's "East of the Sun," Victor Young's "Weaver of Dreams," Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before" (again, taken at a slower than usual pace) and the lustrous "I Hear a Rhapsody."

Not to get too personal, but if I were leading a small-group session there are a handful of timekeepers I'd love to have manning the drum kit including masters like Roy Haynes, Jeff Hamilton or the above-named Dave Ratajczak, all of whom know how to drive an ensemble without drawing undue attention to themselves. Like those others, Ratajczak is brilliant with brushes (which he uses liberally) and unfailingly discreet with sticks in hand. He complements Fedchock well, as do Toomey and Masters, players as bright and talented as they are generally unknown. Together, they make Fluidity not merely a name but a hallmark of their special brand of quartet jazz. Thanks to the group's exceptional rapport and Fedchock's infallible instincts, their live recording is as smooth and appetizing as peaches and cream.

Carl Fontana And Buddy Childers - Live At The Royal Palms Inn (1993)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:48 | Size: 159.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I Thought About You - 12:45
2. Samba De Orpheus - 11:08
3. Everything I Love - 9:12
4. On Green Dolphin Street - 11:35
5. Jumpin With Symphony Sid - 9:00
6. I Could Write A Book - 8:50
7. Lester Leaps In - 8:21

Carl Fontana - Trombone
Buddy Childers - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Brian O'Rourke - Piano
Jack Radovitch - Bass
John Daly - Bass

Recorded May 18-19, 1993.

Betty Vittori 5Et - Boats On The Terrace (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:48 | Size: 106.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.A Walking Man (03:01)
02.Back to You (04:43)
03.Carry Me Away (03:19)
04.Dream (04:10)
05.Fresh and Clear Headed (03:16)
06.Gold (03:55)
07.Home (04:48)
08.I Write (05:01)
09.There Is There Are (04:44)
10.Otis (04:20)
11.Unusual Love (05:31)

29 June, 2017

Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:54 | Size: 131.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Inhale 01:21
2.Jamil Jamal 08:12
3.Misophonia 01:13
4.The Space Between The Fish and The Moon 05:02
5.La Saboteuse 04:31
6.Al Emadi 06:15
7.Inspiration Expiration 01:01
8.The Lost Pearl 07:19
9.Bloom 05:07
10.Belielle 07:22
11.Whirling 00:42
12.Organ Eternal 07:22
13.Exhale 01:26

Yazz Ahmed - flugelhorn, FX pedals
Shabaka Hutchings - bass clarinet
Naadia Sherriff - Fender Rhodes

Wycliffe Gordon - The Complete Joyride (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:52:05 | Size: 250.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blues Impromptus 5:33
2. The Island Boy 5:12
3. Bad Time 6:32
4. Let's Call This 5:18
5. They Call Him (Sugar Rob) 8:55
6. Rhythm Cone 4:54
7. Wishing Well (Karen's Contemplation) 7:59
8. Take Your Cake Back 3:48
9. Just Going Off 4:54
10. Blooz Talkin' 4:39
11. Quittin' Time 2:36
12. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 4:00
13. Cherokee 6:46
14. I Can't Get Started 8:07
15. Greensleeves 3:24
16. They Call Him (Sugar Rob) (Alternate Mix) 10:19
17. Just Going Off (Alternate Mix) 8:49
18. Blessed His Soul 6:04
19. Jingle Bells 4:16
Label - Nagel Heyer

Wycliffe Gordon – trombone, tuba, trumpet, piano, vocal
Victor Goines – saxophone, clarinet
Farid Barron - piano
Rodney Whitaker - bass
Herlin Riley - drums

Timucin Sahin's Flow State - Nothing Bad Can Happen (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:39 | Size: 114.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Nothing Bad Can Happen
2. Mahir's Plan To Find Scrus
3. One Hundred Days In A Weekend
4. Resurrection
5. Sns
6. Reconstruction
7. Bakumbaga Is Scrus
8. Coexistence

Timucin Sahin - guitar
Cory Smythe - piano
Christopher Tordini - bass
Tom Rainey - drums

Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz. His unique sound on fretless electric guitar and his emotional content in his composing makes him non-comparable and his music almost impossible to categorize. On “Nothing Bad Can Happen” Timucin explores a wide range of musical vocabulary with his band members, who are all great improvisers and willing to search for the unknown.

Audiophile audition described his music as follows:
“There is a lot going on in Sahin’s ample assortment of tones and experimentation and his approach to composition and performance necessitates active involvement. But to apply a one-time film student’s simile, it is like delving into a David Lynch or Atom Egoyan movie: on subsequent tries understanding and insight start to occur”.

“Flow,” also known as ‘The Zone’ in positive psychology, is the mental state in which a person who pursues a particular activity sinks completely into it.” Timucin Sahin really gets to the point with that. He wants to immerse himself deeply into his music and actually sink into it in each of his projects. However, the term “flow” goes even further for the Turkish guitarist, who went to the Netherlands in 1992, studied at the Hilversum Conservatories and jazz guitar in Amsterdam, and then studied classical composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. “I also see the possibility of a renewal, a kind of recollection of lost virtues that lead us out of this general state of indifference in which we currently are, and in which the ignorance of our society, the emptiness and anonymity as well as the illusory image of the world, which is forced upon us from birth.”

Sahin’s current band with the pianist Cory Smythe, bassist Christopher Tordini and old-hand drummer Tom Rainey help him to slide into this very special flow. When the 44-year-old talks about music, then there is always talk of “collective individuality”. Something that bundles the distinctive features of individuals into one big whole. Or even leaves corners, edges and traces behind even in a compact structure. In this, they use their own personal vocabulary and form an unknown, exciting language from it. The three co-musicians and friends are fearless and impressive improvisers, the man with the double-necked guitar stated enthusiastically. They provide the chance with their passionate and creative contributions to enter a largely undiscovered sound world, combining all surrounding acoustic information into a new musical value system.

Dr. Nils Vigeland, Timucin Sahin’s teacher at the Manhattan School of Music in New York laid the foundation for this special kind of “philosophical improvisation” in 2003. Although the once passionate follower of rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Van Halen studied only four months under the classical pianist, the encounter took his further career in a completely different direction. “He liberated my sound,” Sahin summarized the short but significant period in the Big Apple where he already worked as a sideman with Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Mike Mainieri, Mark Turner, Tony Moreno, Ernst Reijseger, Donny McCaslin and Thomas Morgan. He dedicated “Nothing Bad Can Happen” to Vigeland not the least because of that

The high art of eight pieces is in the fact of serving all influences from rock all the way to Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodics not as cliches on a silver platter, but rather cleverly hidden in a dense forest full of overlapping instrumental contributions. Consequently, it’s worth your while to prick up your ears and follow the paths of Ethel Sahin, Cory Smythe, Christopher Tordini and Tom Rainey. Together, they develop a subtle, detail-loving, surprising mixture of sounds that flow into extremely entertaining stories. Fear not! Nothing bad can happen to you here.

Stephen J. Menold - Live At Cafe Resonance (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:57 | Size: 105.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Off Kilter[9:35]
2. New Gospel[10:02]
3. In Waiting[6:42]
4. The Writer[8:34]
5. Purson McFurson[12:05]

Bass - Stephen James Menold; Piano - Joe Ferracuti; Drums - Peter Colantonio; Sax - Alex Francoeur; Trumpet - Martine Labbé.

Recorded, and performed live on the brisk, late night of April 3rd 2017 at Cafe Resonance in the heart of Montreal's Mile End.

Stephen James Menold is a young bassist, composer and arranger in Montreal who's consistently working with numerous artists from near and far.
Take a step into this album and be prepared to wallow in the effortlessly cool ambiance found on these original jazz compositions. Shimmering lead melodies, mellifluous piano, and steady pulsing drums are all perfectly held together by fresh bass lines that are traipsing about this album. Whether you're looking to sit back and relax on a cold rainy night, or head out on a refreshing spring morning- this album's got something for everyone.

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble - Black Unstoppable (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:33 | Size: 182.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Cause and Effect
2. Black Unstoppable
3. February
4. Love Has No Boundaries
5. Sun Cycles
6. The Creator Has Other Plans For Me
7. Life Wants You To Love
8. Navigator
9. Thanking the Universe

Personnel: Nicole Mitchell: flute, alto flute, piccolo; David Boykin: tenor saxophone, percussion; David Young: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocal (4); Jeff Parker: guitar; Justin Dillard: piano (4, 5, 8); Tomeka Reid: cello, shakere; Josh Abrams: bass; Marcus Evans: drums; Ugochi Nwaogwugwu: vocals (4, 7, 9).

Recorded at Riverside Studio, Chicago on May 28 and 30, 2007 by Steve Wagner
Co-President of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and voted Down Beat Magazine's # 1 Rising Star Flutist for the past two years, Nicole Mitchell is the most significant jazz flutist of her generation. A former student of flutist James Newton, Mitchell is a peerless improviser, having fully absorbed the extended vocal techniques pioneered by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and the abstruse verticality of Eric Dolphy. Bolstering emotionally direct lyricism with edgy phrasing and expressive vocalisms without abandoning structure or form, she consistently maintains thematic focus, even in uncharted territory. Reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Loft Era, Mitchell's writing balances inside and outside aesthetics gracefully, vacillating between extremes of freedom and structure with ease. Skillfully weaving circuitous lines of bracing angularity with accessible, buoyant harmonies that recall the glory days of hard bop, Mitchell's tunes both challenge and entertain. Mitchell's flagship group, the Black Earth Ensemble, epitomizes the AACM's credo Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future." Trafficking in advanced post-bop structures, free-form improvisation, stirring blues, passionate soul, simmering funk and even Afro-Beat, the Black Earth Ensemble offers a kaleidoscopic array of the finest African-American musical traditions.

Their fourth album, but first for Delmark, Black Unstoppable follows Vision Quest (2001), Afrika Rising (2002), and Hope, Future and Destiny (2004), all on Dreamtime Records. Available as a studio recorded CD and a live performance DVD, both editions of Black Unstoppable catch the band up close and personal, in brilliant sonic detail. The Black Earth Ensemble features a stellar line-up of some of Chicago's finest improvisers. Ubiquitous guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise, New Horizons) displays boundless creativity, ranging from supple, linear introspection to acerbic, EFX-laden abstraction. Stalwart bassist Josh Abrams serves alongside cellist Tomeka Reid, a rising presence on the Windy City's vibrant jazz scene. Lesser known, but no less accomplished, saxophonist David Boykin and trumpeter David Young form a dynamic front line with Mitchell. Boykin's turbulent tenor tantrums and Young's highly vocalized mute work add a broad sense of stylistic diversity to the group. Rounding out the ensemble are drummer Marcus Evans, playing with subtle restraint throughout; and pianist Justin Dillard, who guests on three tunes. Singer Ugochi Nwaogwugwu contributes soulful vocals, engaging in a robust blues duet with David Young on "Love Has No Boundaries," and soaring over the infectious Afro-Beat groove of "Life Wants You to Love." With rousing soul power, she leads "Thanking the Universe," spurring the instrumentalists onward and upward. An enthralling blend of styles and genres unified by an organic sensibility, Black Unstoppable is a definitive statement from the new face of the AACM, and a tribute to the organization's longevity.

Michaël Attias Quartet - Nerve Dance (2016)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:25 | Size: 150.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Dark Net
02. Nerve & Limbo
03. Scribble Job Yin Yang
04. Boca de Luna
05. Moonmouth
06. La Part Maudite
07. Le Pèse-Nerfs
08. Rodger Lodge
09. Dream in a Mirror
10. Ombilique
11. Nasheet

Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
John Hébert: bass
Nasheet Waits: drums
Aruán Ortiz: piano

All compositions by Michaël Attias (Ravished Limbs Music/SESAC) except for #08 and #11 by John Hébert (Cavebear Music/ASCAO).

Recorded February 15, 2016 by Chris Sulit at Trading 8’s in Paramus, NJ
Label: Clean Feed ‎

Methodical design, rough-and-tumble play, and thoughtful exchange are often viewed as mutually exclusive concepts in jazz. Saxophonist Michaël Attias' Nerve Dance, however, obliterates that line of thinking and any potential obstacles that could separate those realms. This is a work that's cultured, contumacious, and conversational in nature. It's principled art unbound.

Nerve Dance introduces a new quartet that consistently exhibits certain traits while also presenting differently from angle to angle and piece to piece. In many places, it's a mighty foursome that triumphs by putting near-equal emphasis on compositional rigor and free thinking. Attias, pianist Aruán Ortiz, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Nasheet Waits often build strict designs with completely open floor plans, essentially allowing for freedom within designated spaces. The album opener—"Dark Net"—is as good a song as any to display that wonderful contradiction. Bass and melody are intertwined and the entire piece develops as an orgiastic corkscrew, twisting (or bounding) from side to side in wondrously punchy fashion. There's never any doubt that the framework is solid, but the interior spaces are difficult to measure and define. "Scribble Job Yin Yang," part of a collection of pieces that Attias wrote on the New York City subway, puts the same line of thinking into a free bop mindset. Think Bird on an unhinged wire. And "Dream In A Mirror" does much of the same with Ornette Coleman's "Clergyman's Dream," creating a reflection in minor that serves as a threnody to one of jazz's major figures.

Numbers like those tend to get the synapses firing fastest, but even the most measured material on the program has a way of making dendrites dance. "Moonmouth," for example, is controlled but unsettling, and Hébert's balladic "Rodger Lodger" manages to delight with an underlying shimmy-shake. Both are proudly paradoxical in nature, nodding to intellectual curiosity and certitude at the same time. This may be the most pliable and self-assured quartet to emerge in recent times. It's certainly one of the most creative. Nerve Dance manages to operate equally well on visceral and cerebral planes. It's a musical livewire that provides joy to the ears and a jolt to the system.

Marian McPartland Trio - Live At Shanghai Jazz (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:31 | Size: 161.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Scratchin' In The Gravel (7:28)
02. For All We Know (5:33)
03. Pensativa (4:22)
04. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (7:03)
05. Just Squeeze Me (5:22)
06. I Can't Explain (4:49)
07. A Snare And A Delusion (3:49)
08. Moon And Sand (4:35)
09. Prelude To A Kiss (5:31)
10. All The Things You Are (6:21)
11. Shanghai Blues (5:20)
12. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair (4:12)

Marian McPartland (piano); Rufus Reid (bass); Joe Morello (drums).

Recorded live at Shangai Jazz, Madison, New Jersey on April 24, 2001.

Eve Beuvens - Heptatomic (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:25 | Size: 118.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Winter Evening Walk 3:58
2 Silly Sally 5:27
3 La Lettre Du Scribe A La Joconde 3:40
4 No Way Out Running 6:31
5 Scratching Mermaids 3:39
6 Les Roses De Saadi 6:53
7 Water Games 5:37
8 My T.T.T. 5:04
9 The Swan And I 2:29
10 Dusk 4:23
11 If, Food, Love 2:57

Eve Beuvens - piano, compositions
Laurent Blondiau - flugelhorn, trumpet
Grégoire Tirtiaux - alto sax, baritone sax
Sylvain Debaisieux - tenor sax
Manolo Cabras - double bass
Benjamin Sauzereau - guitar
Lionel Beuvens - drums

Label: Igloo Records

Djabe - 20 Dimensions (2016)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Fusion | Total Time: 1:15:32 | Size: 173.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Scientific Foreword 01:16
2 Sensitive World 06:24
3 Transition, Pt. 1 02:20
4 Sunday Afternoon 07:02
5 Transition, Pt. 2 02:00
6 4000 07:34
7 Transition, Pt. 3 01:32
8 Space Castle 06:32
9 Transition, Pt. 4 01:46
10 Waves from the System 06:38
11 Transition, Pt. 5 01:48
12 Intermission 06:10
13 Transition, Pt. 6 01:36
14 Area 87 06:16
15 Transition, Pt. 7 01:30
16 Klang Song 07:30
17 Transition, Pt. 8 01:12
18 Come Here 03:28
19 Transition, Pt. 9 01:52
20 Out of Dimensions 01:06

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Synthesizer – Barabás Tamás
Drums – Szilárd Banai
Didgeridoo, Flute – Sára Kovács
Narrator – Hans Peterson
Tabla – Tibor Mótyán
Tar (Drum) – Malik Mansurov
Guitar Synthesizer, Drum [Klang Drum] – Égerházi Attila
Piano – Kovács Zoltán
Trumpet, Violin, Flugelhorn – Kovács Ferenc
Saxophone – John Nugent (#2), Ben Castle (#8)
Electric Guitar – Steve Hackett (#14, 16)

Label: GR1993 Records

28 June, 2017

Trish Clowes - My Iris (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:24 | Size: 117.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One Hour 7:20
2. Blue Calm 6.28
3. I Can't Find My Other Brush 7.00
4. A Cat Called Behemoth 7:30
5. Muted Lines 6:28
6. Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) 5:41
7. In Between The Moss And Ivy 6:26
8. Be A Glow Worm 4:21
Label - Basho Records

Trish Clowes - saxophones
Chris Montague- guitar
Ross Stanley - piano, Hammond organ
James Maddren - drums

The Paul Smoker Notet ‎- Cool Lives (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:54 | Size: 132.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Goodbye, David I 4:19
2 Evan's Room 6:09
3 Kami Sue 8:23
4 The Lvad 5:16
5 See How They Run 11:05
6 Elegy [For Lester Bowie] 6:48
7 By Myself 8:19
8 Goodbye, David II 6:38

Drums – Phil Haynes
Guitar – Steve Salerno
Trumpet – Paul Smoker

Recorded in concert, Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, April 27, 2011
Sometimes you wonder how musicians promote their albums, or rather try to avoid fans to know that they actually have new music ready for purchase. If your humble servant did not scan places like iTunes, CDBaby and other eMusic sites and even more disorganised sources (if that is possible at all), spending hours scrolling down new releases of mostly junk (did you know that every day new albums by Louis Armstrong are released, every single day?), and then purchased some of the more promising albums, some great music would never even been reviewed, ever!

Take this fantastic albums by three technical wizards : Paul Smoker on trumpet, Steve Salerno on guitar and Phil Haynes on drums. All three musicians have extensive track records, are as comfortable in classical as in traditional jazz as in free form, have a great warm tone, an adventurous spirit and an incredible sense of pulse.

Put them together - and they have played before - on various CIMP albums, but not as a trio, and you get this little gem. It starts like cool jazz - and the iconic reference to Chet Baker on the cover picture is no coincidence, but what they do with is somethign else - it swings, it sings, it chills and it pops. The trio move boundaries throughout, changing jazz styles as they see fit, pushing the tradition into unheard areas, without actually losing the connection. And on top of it all ... the three musicians have great fun (despite their cool).

If free jazz ever sounded cool, here is your treat ... don't miss it! Enjoyable from the very first to the very last second.

Spike Robinson - The Lemon Tree (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:46:13 | Size: 243.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps

CD1 (1st set)
01 Beware my heart
02 Thinking of you
03 If I'm lucky
04 A Gal in Calico
05 My foolish heart

CD2 (2nd set)

06 Nothing Ever Changes My love for you
07 My heart tells me
08 I could have told you
09 Wish you were here
10 True Blues (Pepper / Cables)
11 9.20 special (Basie / Warrne)

Spike Robinson (ts)
Brian Kellock (p)
John Hartley (b)
Bill Kemp (d)

Spike Robinson - The Lemon Tree (1994) 

Ray Anthony & Powerslyde - Have Fun (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 42:03 | Size: 95.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Mr. Sauce
02. Do 4 U
03. Night Abraxas
04. Slydeways
05. R a Chill
06. Have Fun
07. B Wit' Cha
08. Gasoline Alley Funk
09. Look'n' Good Tonight (Vocal Version)
10. Look'n' Good Tonight

Pandelis Karayorgis Trio - Carameluia (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:31 | Size: 127.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Snssegatoo 6:11
2 Canopy 7:17
3 Liwisies 5:49
4 The Volunteer 8:49
5 Winmooth 7:02
6 Liptowthreea 5:20
7 Lifgatowy 5:16
8 Ydidnan 3:44
9 Carameluia 6:44

Bass – Nate McBride
Composed By – McBride* (tracks: 2, 4, 8, 9 ), Karayorgis* (tracks: 1, 3, 5 to 9), Peterson* (tracks: 8, 9)
Drums – Randy Peterson
Layout – Stéphane Berland
Piano – Pandelis Karayorgis

Recorded at SOTO, Palatine, IL on February 24 & 25, 2005
CD mixed and mastered at WGBH Studios, Boston

Oliver Jones Trio & Friends - Festival International De Jazz De Montreal (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:19:51 | Size: 180.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Simple Blues
2. Talk
3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4. D 4 Doxas
5. Four
6. Beautiful Love
7. Stormy Weather
8. Lady Be Good
9. Dance Again Diana
10. Dizzy Nest
11. Nighttime
12. Rhapsody in Blue
13. Hymn to Freedom

Recorded June 30, 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Broadcast: 'Canada Live' on CBC Radio 2

Oliver Jones, piano
Eric Lagace, bass
Jim Doxas, drums

Guest Artists:
Chester 'Chet' Doxas, saxophone
Ranee Lee, vocals
Richard Ring, guitar

Mike Prigodich - Life Upstaged (2014)

Genre: Jazz Fusion / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 2:00:25 | Size: 274.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Charmed Life. 9:20
02. Armando's Birthday (In Honor Of Chick Corea's 70th Birthday). 6:56
03. Anneka's Dance (Fantasy And Allusion). 9:02
04. Song For Karen. 10:22
05. At Sixes And Sevens. 11:42
06. Lucy Goose. 11:19
07. Kate's Antic (For Rob Lucke). 10:39
08. Play Structure. 9:50
09. Mexican Mocha. 10:57
10. Nigel's Theme (This One Goes To Eleven). 8:02
11. Al Di Hemiola. 10:59
12. Alter Your Motifs. 11:17
Mike Prigodich / piano
John Nastos / sax
Damian Erskine / bass
Reinhardt Melz / drums
Rafael Trujillo / congas.

Living Daylights - 500 Pound Cat (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:46 | Size: 136.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Spaghetti Western 4:13
02. 500 lb Cat 3:23
03. Trauma & Discourse 4:35
04. Petunja 4:25
05. Mali Krumpiri 6:29
06. Garlic Press 4:36
07. Without 6:02
08. Code Undo 5:36
09. Moena 6:00
10. Falling Down Laughing 7:27

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Jessica Lurie
Drums – Dale Fanning
Electric Bass – Arne Livingston
Written-By – A. Livingston (tracks: 1, 2, 8 to 10), J. Lurie (tracks: 3 to 7)

Recording Date 1997
Some hard boppers have promoted the misconception that avant-garde jazz consists entirely of chaos and atonality. While there's certainly nothing wrong with atonal music -- it can be a joy if you comprehend it -- it's important to stress that jazz's avant-garde has a variety of faces. In the '90s, jazz's best avant-garde music ranged from the ferocious free jazz of Charles Gayle to the very musical inside/outside explorations of Either/Orchestra and Ann Dyer. Also quite musical is Living Daylights, whose 500 Pound Cat is a long way from atonal free jazz but isn't going to be mistaken for an Art Blakey tribute either. Combining jazz with funk and rock, the Seattle trio gives us plenty of recognizable, discernible themes and melodies, but isn't afraid to be challenging and take it outside when it's appropriate. From the Middle Eastern-influenced "Trauma and Discourse" and the eerie "Code Undo" to the insistent "Petunja," saxophonist Jessica Lurie, electric bassist Arne Livingston, and drummer Dale Fanning are consistently cohesive and sound highly focused. 500 Pound Cat is the work of an avant-garde group that knows exactly what it's doing.

Bill Bruford, Tony Levin - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (1998)

Genre: Rock / Avantgarde | Total Time: 55:54 | Size: 129.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1a.Cerulean Sea
2. Original Sin
3. Etude Revisited
4a.A Palace Of Pearls (On A Blade Of Grass)
5. Fin De Siecle
6. DrumBass
7. Cracking The Midnight Glass
8. Torn DrumBass
9. Thick With Thin Air
10a.Cobalt Canyons
11. Deeper Blue
12. Presidents Day

Bass, Chapman Stick – Tony Levin
Drums, Keyboards [A Little], Percussion – Bill Bruford
Guitar, Sampler [Loops] – David Torn
Mixed By – Bill Bruford, Tom Mark, Tony Levin
Trumpet – Chris Botti
Producer – Tony Levin

Recorded and mixed at Make Believe Ballroom, W. Shokan, NY. Portions recorded at Bill Bruford's house, Tony Levin's house and garage, David Torn's studio (The Loop Pool) and at the Gypsy Wolf Cantina, Woodstock, NY. Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios. Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd, T-Lev Inc (ASCAP), Charing Cross Music (BMI), Torn Music (BMI).

Label: Discipline Global Mobile

Bill Bruford, Tony Levin - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (1998) 

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moving Still (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:15 | Size: 115.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1 All of the Pieces 11:16
2 Flank and Center 4:35
3 Space and 8:33
4 Cap vs. Nim 8:58
5 Between Moves 8:09
6 Folk Song 10:48

Bass – John Hebert
Drums – Craig Weinrib
Guitar – Miles Okazaki
Piano – Matt Mitchell (6)
Trumpet, Composed By – Jonathan Finlayson

Among other qualities, jazz has often provided a meeting ground for complexity and catchiness. In the 1920s and ’30s, “Harlem Stride” pianists held down chairs in the experimental music vanguard, while also becoming some of America’s first dance-music hitmakers. Ever since, experts have debated the “ideal” mixture of exploration and approachability. But both attributes are understood as crucial in the genre — and it’s always a thrill to encounter an artist who can balance the imperatives.
Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s second album as a bandleader provides plenty of this excitement. Where his debut recording was an accomplished set, it also bore a strong resemblance to the work of saxophonist-composer Steve Coleman. That stylistic debt was come by honestly, as Finlayson has played his mentor’s complex, rhythmically cycling compositions for over a decade. But Moving Still hits in a more distinct way. While Finlayson is already held in high regard for his work with players like Henry Threadgill and Mary Halvorson, this album shows that the trumpeter is every bit as much a composer on the rise.

His counterpoint writing is still dense and active, but the tunes on top flow with greater ease. On the pulsing “Flank and Center,” members of Finlayson’s band have to navigate quick handoffs, passing the melodic line from one instrument to the next in quick succession. This is a common trick in contemporary jazz, meant to show off the dexterity of a group—though the melodic line itself can sometimes feels like an afterthought. No so here. Pianist Matt Mitchell and guitarist Miles Okazaki hit their notes with nervy energy, while Finlayson’s turns on trumpet often result in smooth and attractive completions of a phrase. The trumpeter’s subtlety extends to his own solo, where he flips an expected script: turning his tone even mellower, rather than becoming flashier.

Similar expressions of drive and lyricism are achieved with consistency on other tracks. The introduction to lengthy album opener “All of the Pieces” presents some of Okazaki’s most sublime playing, before the guitarist steers the full band into a swinging mood. Bassist John Hébert shows off a range of strummed and bowed techniques during “Between Moves”—a ruminative piece that turns hot in its final minutes. Mitchell’s piano is required to be both graceful (“Cap vs. Nim”) and clattering (“Space And”). At different points, Craig Weinrib’s percussion reveals his affinity for funk and ballad-style accompaniment. (Considered alongside his appearance on Henry Threadgill’s most recent album, it’s clear Weinrib has had a good 2016.)

Aside from all the fine soloistic moments, the band members excel in mixing these stylistic paints. The guitarist and rhythm section may suggest fusions with rock and soul, even while engaging with long, tricky lines composed by Finlayson. The ensemble’s sound can have the “cooking” feel much admired in hard-bop, even as the harmonic language stretches into modernist realms. The result is an overarching mood of delightful invention. Finlayson finds inspiration in chess, titling songs and even this group after aspects of the game. And though there are flashes of schematic obsessiveness in his work, he can also channel the gracefulness that’s apparent in any well-played contest. It’s not easy to create an original sound that “makes it new” and “keeps it traditional” at once, but at age 34—and after years of work alongside icons like AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams—this trumpeter is there.

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Moving Still (2016) 

Katrine Madsen - You Are So Beautiful (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:42 | Size: 126.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Early In The Autumn (5:09)
2. You Are So Beautiful To Me (4:34)
3. When Nightbirds Sing (featuring Svante Thuresson) (5:34)
4. Katrine Madsen You Must Believe In Spring (5:30)
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me (3:36)
6. I Lost Myself To You (5:19)
7. Let There Be Love (featuring Svante Thuresson) (4:15)
8. Shadow Woman (5:49)
9. Isn't It A Pity (2:56)
10. Let Me Love You (3:09)
11. Katrine Madsen Speak Low (5:37)
12. Everything Must Change (4:42)
Bass – Jesper Bodilsen; Drums – Ed Thigpen; Piano – Carsten Dahl; Vocals – Katrine Madsen, Svante Thuresson.
You Are So Beautiful is a 1999 music album with Danish jazz singer Katrine Madsen. On two of the tracks she sings duet with Svante Thuresson.

Eddie Higgins - You Don't Know What Love Is (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:48 | Size: 125.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. When You Wish Upon A Star (3:54)
02. My Funny Valentine (5:38)
03. Detour Ahead (5:50)
04. Beautiful Love (3:25)
05. Dance Only With Me (4:00)
06. Danny Boy (5:06)
07. All This And Heaven Too (4:26)
08. Yellow Days (4:37)
09. Skylark (4:01)
10. Again (4:11)
11. You Don't Know What Love Is (5:28)
12. Over The Rainbow (4:16)
Label - Venus
Recorded Jul 4, 2003 at BST Studio, Tokyo Japan

Eddie Higgins - piano solo
Eddie Higgins has been on the jazz scene for a long time, but he seems to be a best-kept
secret by those able to track down his various releases for independent labels in the U.S.
or Japanese titles, such as this one from Venus. This 2003 session features the veteran
purely as a soloist, performing a dozen of his favorite ballads. While most of them are
time-tested standards such as the elegant "My Funny Valentine," the shimmering "Beautiful Love,"
or "Skylark" (with an Asian-sounding introduction that suggests the humor of its composer),
there are some lesser-known gems as well. The bittersweet ballad "Yellow Days"
hardly pops up on many jazz CDs, though Higgins' richly textured arrangement should attract
other musicians to it. Even though one doesn't hear the lyrics to "Again," this seasoned pianist
seems to get across the implied apology to a loved one for a senseless quarrel.
"Dance Only With Me," an overlooked jewel by the masterful songwriting team of Comden, Green,
and Styne, is arranged as an elegant, deliberate waltz. Recorded and mixed in glorious
24-bit digital sound, this is easily one of Eddie Higgins' best all-around recordings.

Bill Heid - Asian Persuasion (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:59 | Size: 133.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Kirai (6:20)
2.Minor Glide (7:09)
3.McDuff Type Thang (7:31)
4.Kimchi Bop (6:31)
5.Hustle Bustle (5:20)
6.Asian Persuasion (7:53)
7.Crumb Cake (6:35)
8.The Dinh Dynasty (7:31)
9.It's A Living (4:20)
Bill Heid-Hammond B-3 organ
Peter Bernstein-guitar
Mike Petrosino-drums
George Jones-congas

Heid Pro Audio Studio,Pittsburgh, PA 2008
Keyboardist/vocalist Bill Heid was born August 11, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA. A natural and virtuosic musician who was inspired to play jazz and blues by listening to the radio, he played in both piano and organ groups. His brother is the well-respected drummer and producer George Heid. Originally influenced by Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson, Heid heard the chitlin' circuit greats at the Hurricane Bar, including Smith and Patterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Down the street at the Crawford Grill were the jazz bands led by Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Gene Harris, Bobby Timmons, and Wynton Kelly.

On occasion he would sit in with some of these groups and pester them for information. Spending time in Chicago and later in New York, he met and hung out with his mentor, Larry Young, often visiting the family-owned Newark Club in Young's hometown of Newark, NJ. He was also privy to playing with the best organ drummers like Joe Dukes and Billy James. And he heard the local contingent of jazz greats like Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, Eddie Jefferson, Mary Lou Williams, and Stanley Turrentine.

His quest for musical knowledge found him on the road when in 1963, in search of rare 78-rpm rhythm & blues records, he began a journey/career of hitchhiking. He did this in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S.; through Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China; and to the Thailand/Cambodia border. His over 400,000 documented miles of thumbing a ride gained Heid a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records. Some of his journeys led him to the so-called chicken houses and organ rooms of major cities, where he interned with Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Ponder, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, David "Fathead" Newman, Ira Sullivan, and Mickey Roker, and was a pianist with Don Patterson.

A move to Chicago brought him closer to the urban blues as he worked or recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and especially Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, and Roy Buchanan. He also did two LPs and played in the bands of contemporary jazz guitarist Henry Johnson. Moving to Detroit, he spent two decades there playing in his own groups; helping to revive the career of a local legend of blues guitar and vocals, Johnnie Bassett, as the music director of his Blues Insurgents; and backing the veteran singer Alberta Adams. During and since his time in Detroit, Heid could be found making music soundtracks for adult films in Los Angeles, then touring worldwide for the U.S. State Department as a jazz ambassador, particularly on tours of Japan and Vietnam. In August 2003, Heid played more of the Pacific Rim in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Upon moving back to the Eastern United States, he could be heard on organ and piano engagements at various venues in the Washington, D.C., area. Of his mindset, Heid was quoted as saying "I can't live a day without playing 1-4-5s," incorporating those standard blues changes with cool McCoy Tyner minor riffs, vicious funk songs in Japanese, and what he calls Talifunk. "I approach this thing like total war and have been lucky to have avoided a day job." His hip vernacular, unique vocal language, and risqué sense of humor, melded with his passion for baseball, have made him an entertainer nonpareil.

27 June, 2017

Tryptic - Live In Paris (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:52 | Size: 116.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Adagietto (Gustave Mahler)
2. The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten)
3. Good Mood (Joachim Kьhn)
4. Inki (Harald Pepl)
5. Allegretto of Symphony No. 7 (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
6. Dramadrome (Daniel Humair)
7. Improvisations

Franсois Couturier - piano
Jean-Paul Celea - double bass
Daniel Humair - drums

Tryptic, Studio Charles Trenet, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France, 31 May 2008.

Thierry Lang Trio - Serenity (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:10 | Size: 121.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Ellen David 08:10
2 Overnight Train 05:04
3 Serenity 06:32
4 Mother 06:21
5 Wandering Words 05:36
6 Private Garden 04:28
7 Swiss Mountain Smell 05:50
8 Wounds 05:55
9 Novembre 05:59

Thierry Lang - piano
Heiri Kaenzig - bass
Andi Pupato - percussion

Recorded at Studios la Buissonne on September 9-10, 2013.

Label: Universal

The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums - Cookbook (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:26 | Size: 110.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Brass Monkey
02. Tipango
03. Rx for Constitution
04. Who Took The Happiness Out?
05. Rx for Delusion
06. Recipe for Disaster
07. Rx for Intrusion
08. Get Dirty Do It Now
09. Rx for Confabulation
10. The Big Open
11. Owl Dance
12. Rx for Elongation
13. The Long Haul
14. Lachin

Jessica Lurie - soprano, alto, tenor saxophones, voice
Amy Denio - alto sax, clarinet, voice
Sue Orfield - tenor sax, voice
Tina Richerson - baritone sax, voice
Robert Kainar - drums, percussion

Senri Kawaguchi - Cider (Hard & Sweet) (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:17 | Size: 117.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Flux Capacitor (Saisse) - 5:07
02. Wupatki (Kawaguchi/Abe) - 4:10
03. Longing Skyline (Kawaguchi/Abe) - 5:34
04. Do Do Re Mi (Saisse) - 3:59
05. Am Stram Gram (Saisse) - 6:23
06. Zembla (Saisse) - 5:37
07. Tucheze (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco) - 6:36
08. Ginza Blues (Intro) (Kawaguchi) - 0:25
09. Ginza Blues (Saisse) - 4:36
10. Park Moderne (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco) - 4:33
11. Senri and Armand Groove (Kawaguchi/Sabal-Lecco) - 0:34
12. In Three Ways (Saisse/Sabal-Lecco/Kawaguchi) - 3:48

Senri Kawaguchi - drums
Philippe Saisse - piano, keyboards
Armand Sabal-Lecco - electric bass
Gumbi Ortiz - percussion (#6,10)

Recorded at LAFX Recording Services, North Hollywood, CA.
A great listen. Senri has aligned with two excellent musicians again on this CD. If you are a fan of The Rippingtons, Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Special EFX, etc. you will find something to really love about this CD. It does not disappoint. The pieces are engaging, complicated, toe tapping and powerful all at the same time. Senri has progressed even further as musician. The drumming is superb and the blending of the three of them tight and flowing. This is a good one!

Pablo Passini - Videotape (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:02 | Size: 102.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Edith
2. Billi
3. Videotape
4. D90
5. Fondo real
6. Peanuts II
7. Ojos
8. Vida al tiempo

Felipe Continetino - drums
Fred Selva - vibraphone
Marcus Abjaud - keyboards
Frederico Heliodoro - electric bass
Pablo Passini - composition, guitar and programs

Nomade Orquestra - EntreMundos (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:14 | Size: 93.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jardins de Zaira
02. Rinoceronte Blues
03. Terra Fertil
04. Estrada Para Camomila
05. Felag Mengu
06. Vale Da Boca Seca
07. Madame Butterfly
08. Deliriuns
09. Olho Do Tempo
10. Travessia

Nomade Orquestra return from the stratosphere via Brazil with their second offering: Entremundos (Between Worlds). Gazing outward through a kaleidoscope from the heart of Sao Paulo’s jazz scene, the collective consciousness of the ten-man orquestra has dreamt up an adventurous amalgam of earth’s most far reaching musical cultures. Recorded at Red Bull Studios, Sao Paulo, Entremundos is like a cosmic musical playground where Ethio-jazz, Indian classical and Oriental sounds dance around Afro-Brazilian roots rhythms and Northern hemisphere jazz, funk, soul, library music and hip-hop influences. The sheer vastness of the album is astounding, Nomade Orquestra have quite literally conquered the world in sound.

Nomade Orquestra are some the most accomplished musicians in their city. They’re also avid record collectors, citing the coming-together of their expansive musical knowledges as key to their unique sound. Album opener ‘Jardim de Zaira’ - a tribute to the neighbourhood on the outskirts of the famous ABC region, where the band meet and rehearse - hosts a playful unison of vibraphone, guitar, horns and keyboards reminiscent of Stereolab’s funkiest late ‘90s output. ‘Felag Mengu’ lies somewhere between the groovy, brooding ethio-jazz of Mulatu Astatke and Tinariwen’s hazy desert Rock, and ‘Olho do Tempo’ is another enchanting incarnation of the band’s impossible to define brand of global roots music. The album’s wildest moment comes from the roaring off-road, big-band joy-ride ‘Rinoceronte Blues’ with hill-billy harmonica, soulful organ stabs and soaring horn arrangements further highlighting the depths of Nomade Orquestra’s endless span of influences.

With Gilles Peterson singing their praise and rave reviews from the likes of Wax Poetics, Record Collector and Songlines, last year, Nomade Orquestra’s self-titled debut album launched them from humble beginnings to international recognition.

Released June 23, 2017

Juan Gomez "Chicuelo" / Marco Mezquida - Conexión (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:12 | Size: 111.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Chicuelina 06:36
2 Al Sol 06:10
3 A Solas 05:37
4 Velas 08:49
5 Engaño 09:23
6 Lenta, Andante, Trepidante 07:47
7 Conexión 08:52

Marco Mezquida · piano
Juan Gómez ‘Chicuelo’ · guitarra flamenca
Paco de Mode · percusión

Label: Taller de Músics

Ignasi Terraza Trio - Jazz A L'Estudi (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:01 | Size: 112.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 1
02. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 2
03. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 3
04. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 4
05. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 5
06. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 6
07. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 7
08. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 8
09. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt. 9
00. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt.10
11. Jazz a L'Estudi, Pt.11

Ignasi Terraza - piano
Jules Bicoco - bass
Esteve Pi - drums

Recorded January 2012.

Hank Marr - It's 'bout Time! (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:39 | Size: 127.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One For Daddy-O 4:03
2. Chicken Pickin' 4:45
3. Emily 4:52
4. It's 'bout Time! 6:33
5. Sweet Nancy 5:11
6. Amazing Grace 5:37
7. Home At Last 7:15
8. Soul Eyes 6:07
9. I Thought About You 4:05
10. Never Let Me Go 3:46
11. What! Not Another Greasy Spoon? 5:42
Label - Double-Time Rec

Hank Marr – Hammond b3 Organ
Gene Walker - Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Turner - Guitar
Jim Rupp - Drums
A long overlooked organist in the tradition of Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Hank Marr had a rare opportunity to lead a session on this 1995 Double Time CD; most of his records were cut during 1960-64. With the assistance of tenor-saxophonist Gene Walker, guitarist Kevin Turner and drummer Jim Rupp (all of whom like Marr are both obscure and talented), Marr swings his way through some basic originals and a few standards such as "Emily," "Soul Eyes" and "Never Let Me Go." This is accessible music that is easily recommended to fans of the hard bop organ.
As a jazz educator, one of Hank's most important contributions is that of keeping alive the rich and venerable tradition of teaching and promoting the organ and the organ combo in jazz. In addition, as his colleague at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops for the past five years, I have also seen this remarkable man as an inspired and inspiring teacher; a warm, imaginative, sensitive accompanist; a brilliant lecturer; and, above all, a caring, compassionate human being.
Viva jazz organ!
Viva Hank Marr!

Goran Kajfes - Home (2000)

Genre: Jazz / Future Jazz | Total Time: 51:44 | Size: 114.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. CCL
2. Bumblebees
3. Princess Of Krishnaswamy
4. Mesqualero
5. Swampified
6. Life Insurance
7. Home
Label - EMI/Kaza

Goran Kajfes - trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, keyboards, bass, percussion
Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson - alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, flute
Per 'Texas' Johansson - bass clarinet
Jonas Kullhammar - tenor saxophone
Jonas Lindgren - electric violin
Daniel Karlsson - clavinet, Fender Rhodes
David Nyström - organ
Davor Kajfes - piano
Johan Norberg - guitar
Peter Forss - bass
Janne Robertson - drums, cymbals
Cirille Olsson - percussion

Goran Kajfes debut album 'Home' (on the EMI imprint) was Grammy nominated in Sweden and met with much critical acclaim abroad. Since then Goran, always a sought after session player, has been busy playing with groups like Oddjob, Nacka Forum and the Flesh Quartet.

Gary LeMel - How Fast Forever Goes (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:28 | Size: 80.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
2. Bluesette
3. Everything Must Change
4. Forget To Remember
5. How Fast Forever Goes
6. Satin Doll
7. Send In The Clowns
8. Softly As I Leave You
9. She Was Too Good To Me Since You Stayed Here
10. I'm All Smiles

Less well known as a performer than as a music industry executive, Gary LeMel began his showbiz career as vice president at Jerry Weintraub's Management III. A stint at First Artists Music followed, and it was there that LeMel was tapped by Warner Bros. to supervise the music for the Barbra Streisand films A Star Is Born and The Main Event; the soundtrack to the former was particularly successful, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone. After serving as senior VP at Neil Bogart's Boardwalk Company, LeMel moved to Columbia Pictures in 1983; there he supervised a series of smash soundtracks including The Big Chill, Ghostbusters, Against All Odds and St. Elmo's Fire. Three years later he accepted an offer from Warner Bros., in the years to follow moving up the corporate ladder to become the president of the company's music division; again working extensively in film soundtracks, he launched hits including The Bodyguard, Singles and Space Jam. As a jazz vocalist, LeMel also recorded the occasional LP, including 1994's Romancing the Screen and 1999's Bobby Darin tribute Moonlighting. Lost In Your Arms appeared in summer 2001.