31 August, 2017

Steve LaSpina - Distant Dream (1997)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:45 | Size: 146.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Clouds (5:56)
2. First Light (9:08)
3. Distant Dream (10:02)
4. As Time Passes (6:55)
5. No Exit (6:50)
6. Serenity (5:56)
7. New Day (5:27)
8. And Then (9:20)
9. When It's Time Again (7:23)

Label: SteepleChase - SCCD 31448

Steve LaSpina - bass
Billy Drews - tenor sax
Fred Hersch - piano
Ben Monder - guitar
Jeff Hirshfield - drums

 

Scott Tixier - Brooklyn Bazar (2012)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:45 | Size: 131.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Keep In Touch 06:04
02. Bushwick Party 05:45
03. Arawaks 04:12
04. Elephant Rose 06:39
05. String Theory 06:07
06. Miss Katsu 04:58
07. Facing Windows 07:20
08. Shopping With Mark F 05:17
09. Roach Dance 05:16
 
Label - Sunnyside Records

Scott Tixier - violin
Douglas Bradford - guitar
Jesse Elder - piano, Rhodes
Massimo Biolcati - bass
Arthur Vint - drums
Emilie Weibel - vocals (track 3)
 

Ron Carter - Dear Miles (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:38 | Size: 120.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Gone
2. Seven Steps To Heaven
3. My Funny Valentine
4. Bags' Groove
5. Someday My Prince Will Come
6. Cut And Paste
7. Stella By Starlight
8. As Time Goes By
9. Bye Bye Blackbird
10. 595

Ron Carter: bass; Stephen Scott: piano; Peyton Crossley: drums; Roger Squitero: percussion.

The fact that the late iconic trumpeter Miles Davis still generates controversy is a real indicator of his earth-shaking impact on the genre. What's your favorite Miles debate: Acoustic Miles, or Electric Miles? Kind of Blue (Legacy, 1959), or Bitches Brew Legacy, 1969)? Bill Evans, or Bill Evans? Tutu: An affront to all that's good and true, or just a really bad career move?

As one-fifth of the "second great Miles Davis Quintet, bassist Ron Carter had a ringside seat for Miles' transition from jazz icon to jazz-fusion hero (or heretic, depending on your world view). Although he's taken part in Four Generations of Miles and VSOP, Carter has kept his own recording efforts away from the burgeoning Miles-tribute-disc market, out of respect for his former leader. Then again, it could be a case of "Take your time, do it right. Carter has definitely done it right on Dear Miles, the bassist's second great release of 2007.

While recent tributes by saxophonist Dave Leibman and trombonist Conrad Herwig operate on a macro scale, Carter goes the other way, using his working quartet to forge an impeccably nuanced set that links several of Miles' early phases with the 1960s unit Carter anchored. When you break it down, Carter's quartet is a four-piece rhythm section, and that makes for a satisfyingly aggressive final product, even in Dear Miles' quietest moments. Dear Miles is a fantastic set of bold interpretations; it is respectful to its subject while never losing its need to be unique. I'd say that sounds like Miles to a T.
 

Rodrigo Nassif Quarteto - Rupestre Do Futuro (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:51 | Size: 92.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Rupestre do Futuro
02. Ainda Estou Aqui
03. Tio Pepepo
04. Cia do Caribe
05. Um Abraço em Luis Alberto
06. Guaxo
07. A Hora Dupla
08. Martial
09. Neskia-Ha
10. Acrobacias Aéreas
11. Tema de Obdúlio
12. Ponto Fora da Curva

O Rodrigo Nassif Quarteto acaba de lançar Rupestre do Futuro, seu segundo álbum. Com 12 faixas e capa do cartunista Adão Iturrusgarai, é o trabalho com a maior paleta de ritmos e coloridos sonoros na discografia do grupo. Se anteriormente a produção do quarteto se destacou por misturar jazz com ritmos platinos (tango e milonga), agora eles inserem elementos de folk, funk, ska e rock na sua musicalidade.

O Rodrigo Nassif Quarteto tem sido apontado pela crítica, no Brasil e exterior, como uma das principais referências da música instrumental brasileira contemporânea. Alcançado um equilíbrio entre a vanguarda e o popular, a aclamação tem acontecido também por parte do público. O grupo tem se destacado em festivais, faz shows lotados e teve dois títulos da sua obra no topo da parada da iTunes Store na categoria Instrumental.

O quarteto também tem se mostrado versátil ao produzir trilhas sonoras, como a do premiado média-metragem Espelho Hexagonal (que leva o título de uma música de Rodrigo Nassif) e de um documentário sobre a morte produzido pelo canal Fox, dos Estados Unidos. Eles também já participaram do programa Passagem de Som, visitando o Museu da Língua Portuguesa junto com escritor, ator e quadrinista Lourenço Mutarelli.

Rupestre do Futuro já nasce como um forte candidato na categoria de “melhor disco instrumental de 2017”. A obra completa do Rodrigo Nassif Quarteto foi lançada em formato digital pelo 180 Selo Fonográfico.
 

Randy Klein With Oleg Kireyev And Chris Washburne - Sunday Morning (2009)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:24 | Size: 119.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Hiding Out 6:10
2 Truly Yours 5:04
3 I Caught You In A Lie 3:37
4 Sunday Morning 4:25
5 Doo Boo Bop 2:52
6 Now I Wonder 5:05
7 House On The Hill 5:25
8 I've Got An Itch 3:29
9 Petits Pois 2:36
10 Lottery Day 3:41
11 Her Beautiful Soul 4:57
12 Fly Free 4:58

Saxophone session recorded October 17, 2009. Trombone session recorded December 17, 2009.

Jazzheads ‎– JH1179

Piano, Written-By, Liner Notes, Producer – Randy Klein
Tenor Saxophone – Oleg Kireyev (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Trombone – Chris Washburne (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

 

Mark Soskin - Hearts & Minds (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:03 | Size: 143.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. If I Should Lose You (6:26)
02. Sometimes Ago (6:36)
03. We Kiss In A Shadow (7:21)
04. Slider (7:02)
05. Hush-A-Bye (7:19)
06. The Dolphin (6:01)
07. Old Folks (6:39)
08. Hearts & Minds (6:38)
09. Eiderdown (5:42)
10. Pannonica (7:19)

Label: SteepleChase SCCD 31834

Mark Soskin - piano
Jay Anderson - bass
Anthony Pinciotti - drums
 

Leonid Vintskevich, Steve Kershaw, Nick Vintskevich - Under A Different Sky (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:00 | Size: 107.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Forgotten Melody 5:21
Written-By – Leonid Vintskevich
2 The Waltz Of The Young Turks 4:55
Written-By – Steve Kershaw
3 One Moment 4:37
Written-By – Nick Vintskevich
4 Face Kontrol 5:59
Written-By – Steve Kershaw
5 Russian Ornament 5:56
Written-By – Leonid Vintskevich
6 Sarabande 5:07
Arranged By – Steve KershawWritten-By – Claude Debussy
7 Under A Different Sky 4:56
Written-By – Steve Kershaw
8 Stabat Mater 4:29
Written-By – Steve Kershaw
9 The Mad Dog And The Englishman 5:40
Written-By – Steve Kershaw

Alto Saxophone – Nick Vintskevich (tracks: 4, 9)
Double Bass – Steve Kershaw (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 to 9)
Piano – Leonid Vintskevich (tracks: 1 to 6, 8, 9)
Soprano Saxophone – Nick Vintskevich (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6)


Slam Productions ‎– SLAMCD 570
 

Kuba Więcek Trio - Another Raindrop (Polish Jazz vol. 78) (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:17 | Size: 115.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Szkodnik (The Trouble Maker)
2. Rhythm of Life
3. The Wheels You Can't Stop (Although You Try)
4. Who Is the Monkey in Here?
5. Out from the Dark
6. Another Raindrop
7. Dream about That Green Hill
8. Epilogue
9. Back Home Feeling
10. Pirate's Routine
11. Conception
12. Forest Creatures Night Ritual (dedicated To ...
13. Naked Hymn for Equality

Wytwórnia: Polish Jazz vol. 78 Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music 9029583549
 
Jakub Więcek, saksofon; Michał Barański, kontrabas; Łukasz Żyta, perkusja
 

Joe Locke - Inner Space (1995)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:17 | Size: 134.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Django (8:00)
2. Tripping (8:53)
3. Fly Me To The Moon (9:46)
4. Sanibel Island (6:31)
5. Skylark (7:36)
6. Truce (7:08)
7. Quiet Now (4:43)
8. Inner Space (8:23)

Label: SteepleChase SCCD 31380

Joe Locke - vibes
Mark Soskin - piano
Harvie Swartz - bass
Tim Horner - drums

 

Hear In Now ‎- Not Living In Fear (2012-2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:56 | Size: 134.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Impro 3 04:26
2.Leaving Livorno 02:52
3.Transiti 04:24
4.Requiem for Charlie Haden 03:06
5.Cicle 04:38
6.Billions and Billions 01:51
7.Not Living in Fear 05:51
8.Impro 2 05:35
9.Terrortoma 03:35
10.Prayer for Wadud 06:02
11.Cantiere Orlando 05:08
12.Last Night's Vacation 03:32
13.Cultural Differences 07:56
 
Cello – Tomeka Reid
Double Bass – Silvia Bolognesi
Guest [Special Guest], Vocals – Dee Alexander (tracks: 7)
Violin, Voice – Mazz Swift


Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 12 recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, December 2nd and 3rd, 2012.
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, and 13 recorded at Huron, Chicago, September 28th, 2014.
 
Not Living in Fear is the second album by the international female string trio Hear in Now.
Since being brought together for Italy’s Womajazz Festival in 2009, they have collaborated whenever possible — including a stint as half of Roscoe Mitchell’s sextet during his To John Coltrane concert tour in Europe. Each member has a busy solo career: Cellist Tomeka Reid leads her own quartet with bassist Jason Roebke, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara; she is also a member of Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble. Violinist/vocalist Mazz Swift is a member of Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber and William Parker’s double sextet and spends time in the big league hip-hop world working with Common and Kanye West. Bassist Silvia Bolognesi is a veteran of the international avant-jazz scene, having co-led dates with Sabir Mateen and her own Open Combo.

The range Hear in Now displays is tremendous. While the album opens with the collective, muscularly angular “Impro 3,” each of its members composes. With its folk themes, the sonorous, song-like “Leaving Livorno” offers another side of this ensemble’s multi-voiced diversity, while “Requiem for Charlie Haden” delivers a fitting tribute to the late bassist and his lifelong obsession with Spanish themes and modalities. By contrast, the title track walks a tightrope between contemporary chamber music, improv, and folk music in its first half before Chicago vocal legend Dee Alexander joins the trio and stretches its boundaries toward bluesy jazz-pop. It’s arguably the album’s loveliest selection. After another improvisation, “Terrotama” offers a syncopated, percussive chamber blues that serves as an intro to “Prayer for Wadud,” an homage to the great jazz cellist who worked with everyone from Michael Franks to Julius Hemphill. It commences as a deep-toned, droning dirge between arco bass and cello, then shifts gears to become a dance-like modal number with Swift’s violin delivering a gorgeous Eastern-tinged melody. “Cantiere Orlando” offers humor as well as adventure, commencing as a stately classical work before delivering a funky bassline and transforming itself into a burning modern jazz number. (One can’t help but think of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando with its seamless yet jarring transformations and canny fluidity.)

As evidenced by Not Living in Fear, Hear in Now are onto something, not only as a group of players but as composers whose approach to the string trio is bracing, engaging, and has no boundaries.
 

Gunnar Bergsten - Somewhere (1997)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:30 | Size: 116.87 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Somewhere
2.Ca Purange
3.The Ladies Who Lunch
4.Naima
5.Every Day A Little Death
6.Little Nick
7.I Loves You Porgy
8.Oscar Bergstens Marsch
 
Label - Arietta

Gunnar Bergsten - baritone saxophone
Peter Nordahl - piano
Patrik Boman - double bass
Leif Wennerstrцm - drums
 
Grammy award winner Gunnar Bergsten, really shows what a masterful musician he is on this his second Arietta release. Together with the trio he makes wonders with the music of Bernstein, Sondheim and Gershwin along with some original music.
 
Among baritone sax players, Gunnar Bergsten occupies what could called a middle ground -- he's neither as muscular as Pepper Adams or Cecil Payne, nor as light and subtle as Gerry Mulligan. Favoring comfortable tempos, the Swedish hard bopper/post-bopper shows how delightfully lyrical he can be on Somewhere, a strong quartet date uniting him with pianist Peter Nordahl, bassist Patrik Boman and drummer Leif Wennerstrom. Bergsten is relaxed and introspective throughout the album, and this approach serves the soulful improviser well on everything from John Coltrane's "Naima" and the Gene Ammons hit "Ca'Purange" to songs by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. Historically, many jazz players have shied away from Sondheim's challenging pieces, but Bergsten successfully tackles "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Everyday a Little Death" with very personal and moving results. When this CD was recorded in Stockholm in early 1998, the baritonist had been highly regarded in Scandinavian jazz circles but remained unknown to most jazz enthusiasts in the U.S. Somewhere's overall excellence indicated that he was someone Americans should get to know.
 


Brian Hudson - Next Level (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Fusion | Total Time: 40:14 | Size: 84.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 NYC
02 Seventy Eight
03 Metro
04 Ybor City
05 Mr. Peabody
06 Silver Lining
07 Jumpy Nylons
08 Playing with Gravity
 
Debut album by drummer and studio musician Brian Hudson. Blends jazz, jazz/fusion, funk and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning. Features 8 original songs composed by Brian Hudson and Randy Hoexter. Features an all-star group of musicians!

Musicians:
• Jazz/Fusion composer and keyboardist Randy Hoexter (Dave Weckl/Mike Stern/Jimmy Haslip) - keyboards and piano;
• Bassist extraordinaire Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band/Jeff Coffin/Carrie Underwood/Kenny Loggins) on four tracks;
• Atlanta groove monster Joe Reda (Larry Carlton/Earl Klugh) playing bass on the other four tracks;
• Sam Skelton (Quincy Jones/Barry Manilow/Brian Bromberg) on saxophones;
• Melvin Jones (Tyler Perry/Kirk Whalum/Dion Parsons) on trumpet; and
• Trey Wright (Trey Wright Trio/Squat) on electric and acoustic guitars.
 

Ben Wendel ‎- Frame (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:16 | Size: 140.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Chorale
02. Clayland
03. Con Alma
04. Backbou
05. Jean and Renata
06. Blocks
07. Frame
08. Leaving
09. Julia

Style:Contemporary Jazz, Modal

Recording January 19, 2011 & January 20, 2011 Brooklyn, NY
Sunnyside Records ‎– SSC 1308

Ben Wendel: saxophones, bassoon, melodica;
Gerald Clayton: piano (1-3); Tigran Hamasyan: piano (4,6,7);
Nir Felder: guitar;
Adam Benjamin: piano (1,4,6,7), Fender Rhodes (8,9);
Ben Street: bass;
Nate Wood: drums.
 

Artie Shaw & His Orchestra - King Of The Clarinet: Live Performances, Vol 1 1938-1939 (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:19 | Size: 154.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Nightmare (Opening Theme)
2. Rose Room
3. Comes Love (with Helen Forrest)
4. Carioca
5. You're Mine You
6. Go Fly A Kite (with Tony Pastor)
7. Yesterdays
8. Don't Worry 'Bout Me (with Helen Forrest)
9. My Heart Stood Still
10. Traffic Jam
11. Melancholy Lullaby (with Helen Forrest)
12. In The Mood
13. Sweet Adeline (with Tony Pastor)
14. Lover Come Back To Me
15. Two Sleepy People (with Helen Forrest)
16. I'm Coming Virginia
17. One Foot In The Groove
18. Just A Kid Named Joe (with Tony Pastor)
19. Blue Interlude
20. Day In, Day Out (with Helen Forrest)
21. Leapin' At The Lincoln

One of jazz's finest clarinetists, Artie Shaw never seemed fully satisfied with his musical life, constantly breaking up successful bands and running away from success. While Count Basie and Duke Ellington were satisfied to lead just one orchestra during the swing era, and Benny Goodman (due to illness) had two, Shaw led five, all of them distinctive and memorable. After growing up in New Haven, CT, and playing clarinet and alto locally, Shaw spent part of 1925 with Johnny Cavallaro's dance band and then played off and on with Austin Wylie's band in Cleveland from 1927-1929 before joining Irving Aaronson's Commanders. After moving to New York, Shaw became a close associate of Willie "The Lion" Smith at jam sessions, and by 1931 was a busy studio musician. He retired from music for the first time in 1934 in hopes of writing a book, but when his money started running out, Shaw returned to New York. A major turning point occurred when he performed at an all-star big band concert at the Imperial Theatre in May 1936, surprising the audience by performing with a string quartet and a rhythm section. He used a similar concept in putting together his first orchestra, adding a Dixieland-type front line and a vocalist while retaining the strings. Despite some fine recordings, that particular band disbanded in early 1937 and then Shaw put together a more conventional big band.

The surprise success of his 1938 recording of "Begin the Beguine" made the clarinetist into a superstar and his orchestra (who featured the tenor of Georgie Auld, vocals by Helen Forrest and Tony Pastor, and, by 1939, Buddy Rich's drumming) into one of the most popular in the world. Billie Holiday was with the band for a few months, although only one recording ("Any Old Time") resulted. Shaw found the pressure of the band business difficult to deal with and in November 1939 suddenly left the bandstand and moved to Mexico for two months. When Shaw returned, his first session, utilizing a large string section, resulted in another major hit, "Frenesi"; it seemed that he could not escape success. Shaw's third regular orchestra, who had a string section and such star soloists as trumpeter Billy Butterfield and pianist Johnny Guarnieri, was one of his finest, waxing perhaps the greatest version of "Stardust" along with the memorable "Concerto for Clarinet." The Gramercy Five, a small group formed out of the band (using Guarnieri on harpsichord), also scored with the million-selling "Summit Ridge Drive." Despite all this, Shaw broke up the orchestra in 1941, only to re-form an even larger one later in the year. The latter group featured Hot Lips Page along with Auld and Guarnieri. After Pearl Harbor, Shaw enlisted and led a Navy band (unfortunately unrecorded) before getting a medical discharge in February 1944. Later in the year, his new orchestra featured Roy Eldridge, Dodo Marmarosa, and Barney Kessel, and found Shaw's own style becoming quite modern, almost boppish. But, with the end of the swing era, Shaw again broke up his band in early 1946 and was semi-retired for several years, playing classical music as much as jazz.

His last attempt at a big band was a short-lived one, a boppish unit who lasted for a few months in 1949 and included Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Don Fagerquist; their modern music was a commercial flop. After a few years of limited musical activity, Shaw returned one last time, recording extensively with a version of the Gramercy Five that featured Tal Farlow or Joe Puma on guitar along with Hank Jones. Then, in 1955, Artie Shaw permanently gave up the clarinet to pursue his dreams of being a writer. Although he served as the frontman (with Dick Johnson playing the clarinet solos) for a reorganized Artie Shaw Orchestra in 1983, Shaw never played again. He received plenty of publicity for his eight marriages (including to actresses Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, and Evelyn Keyes) and for his odd autobiography, The Trouble With Cinderella (which barely touches on the music business or his wives), but the outspoken Artie Shaw deserves to be best remembered as one of the truly great clarinetists. His RCA recordings, which were reissued in complete fashion in a perfectly done Bluebird LP series, have only been made available in piecemeal fashion on CD.

Artie Shaw & His Orchestra - King Of The Clarinet: Live Performances, Vol 2 1938-1939 (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:40 | Size: 164.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Artie Speaks
2. Moonray (with Helen Forrest)
3. What Is This Thing Called Love
4. Small Fry (with Tony Pastor)
5. Lambeth Walk
6. Lillacs In The Rain (with Helen Forrest)
7. Out Of Nowhere
8. Man From Mars
9. Deep In A Dream (with Helen Forrest)
10. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
11. I Used To Be Color Blind (with Tony Pastor)
12. Just You, Just Me
13. Stardust
14. Night Over Shanghai (with Helen Forrest)
15. If I Had You
16. Put That Down In Writing (with Tony Pastor)
17. Sweet Sue
18. Between A Kiss And A Sigh (with Helen Forrest)
19. Together
20. St. Louis Blues
21. You're A Lucky Guy (with Tony Pastor)
22. Shine On Harvest Moon

One of jazz's finest clarinetists, Artie Shaw never seemed fully satisfied with his musical life, constantly breaking up successful bands and running away from success. While Count Basie and Duke Ellington were satisfied to lead just one orchestra during the swing era, and Benny Goodman (due to illness) had two, Shaw led five, all of them distinctive and memorable. After growing up in New Haven, CT, and playing clarinet and alto locally, Shaw spent part of 1925 with Johnny Cavallaro's dance band and then played off and on with Austin Wylie's band in Cleveland from 1927-1929 before joining Irving Aaronson's Commanders. After moving to New York, Shaw became a close associate of Willie "The Lion" Smith at jam sessions, and by 1931 was a busy studio musician. He retired from music for the first time in 1934 in hopes of writing a book, but when his money started running out, Shaw returned to New York. A major turning point occurred when he performed at an all-star big band concert at the Imperial Theatre in May 1936, surprising the audience by performing with a string quartet and a rhythm section. He used a similar concept in putting together his first orchestra, adding a Dixieland-type front line and a vocalist while retaining the strings. Despite some fine recordings, that particular band disbanded in early 1937 and then Shaw put together a more conventional big band.

The surprise success of his 1938 recording of "Begin the Beguine" made the clarinetist into a superstar and his orchestra (who featured the tenor of Georgie Auld, vocals by Helen Forrest and Tony Pastor, and, by 1939, Buddy Rich's drumming) into one of the most popular in the world. Billie Holiday was with the band for a few months, although only one recording ("Any Old Time") resulted. Shaw found the pressure of the band business difficult to deal with and in November 1939 suddenly left the bandstand and moved to Mexico for two months. When Shaw returned, his first session, utilizing a large string section, resulted in another major hit, "Frenesi"; it seemed that he could not escape success. Shaw's third regular orchestra, who had a string section and such star soloists as trumpeter Billy Butterfield and pianist Johnny Guarnieri, was one of his finest, waxing perhaps the greatest version of "Stardust" along with the memorable "Concerto for Clarinet." The Gramercy Five, a small group formed out of the band (using Guarnieri on harpsichord), also scored with the million-selling "Summit Ridge Drive." Despite all this, Shaw broke up the orchestra in 1941, only to re-form an even larger one later in the year. The latter group featured Hot Lips Page along with Auld and Guarnieri. After Pearl Harbor, Shaw enlisted and led a Navy band (unfortunately unrecorded) before getting a medical discharge in February 1944. Later in the year, his new orchestra featured Roy Eldridge, Dodo Marmarosa, and Barney Kessel, and found Shaw's own style becoming quite modern, almost boppish. But, with the end of the swing era, Shaw again broke up his band in early 1946 and was semi-retired for several years, playing classical music as much as jazz.

His last attempt at a big band was a short-lived one, a boppish unit who lasted for a few months in 1949 and included Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Don Fagerquist; their modern music was a commercial flop. After a few years of limited musical activity, Shaw returned one last time, recording extensively with a version of the Gramercy Five that featured Tal Farlow or Joe Puma on guitar along with Hank Jones. Then, in 1955, Artie Shaw permanently gave up the clarinet to pursue his dreams of being a writer. Although he served as the frontman (with Dick Johnson playing the clarinet solos) for a reorganized Artie Shaw Orchestra in 1983, Shaw never played again. He received plenty of publicity for his eight marriages (including to actresses Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, and Evelyn Keyes) and for his odd autobiography, The Trouble With Cinderella (which barely touches on the music business or his wives), but the outspoken Artie Shaw deserves to be best remembered as one of the truly great clarinetists. His RCA recordings, which were reissued in complete fashion in a perfectly done Bluebird LP series, have only been made available in piecemeal fashion on CD.

Al Cohn - You Will Know My Name (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:17:23 | Size: 178.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. A New Moan (3:52)
02. Just One Of Those Things (4:16)
03. The Front Line (6:10)
04. My Blues (3:14)
05. I Ain't Got Nobody (3:25)
06. Earthy (9:19)
07. When Your Lover Has Gone (3:22)
08. Mediolistic (3:30)
09. I Wouldn't (6:12)
10. 'round Midnight (3:18)
11. More Bread (3:05)
12. Soft Winds (6:27)
13. The Song Is Ended (2:43)
14. Crimea River (3:09)
15. Plain Bill From Bluesville (4:09)
16. What's Not (7:07)
17. Blue Lou (4:06)

Label: nagel heyer records
 

30 August, 2017

The Original Wildcat Jass Band - I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:21 | Size: 108.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.I'll Be Glad When You're Dead 03:13
2.Kid Ory's Creole Trombone 03:07
3.Puttin' on the Ritz 03:50
4.The Chant 02:53
5.Someday, You'll Be Sorry 04:48
6.Alligator Crawl 03:12
7.Hindustan 03:06
8.Kansas City Stomps 03:00
9.Mama's Got a Baby (Tee Nah Nah) 02:56
10.Maple Leaf Rag 02:53
11.Big Butter and Egg Man 03:08
12.Dead Man Blues 03:33
13.Avalon 03:24
14.Bourbon Street Parade 04:18

The Original Wildcat Jass Band has produced a sure fire hit with their newest release, I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (and other songs of encouragement, admiration and support). This extraordinary group of music professors and professional musicians/alumni from The University of Arizona will take you back in time to experience the hot jazz of the 1920s as played by jazz legends Luis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. Many of the arrangements were carefully transcribed by the professors in a painstaking effort to create truly authentic renditions of some of the most classic jazz recordings in history. Thankfully, the Wildcats employ just enough interpretation to give these musical treasures their own indelible thumb print.
In addition to Armstrong and Morton, you'll hear musical tributes to other American icons, such as, Bob Scobey, Clancy Hayes, and Irving Berlin. You'll be amazed to find that they were singing about the same things almost a century ago as they are singing about today. And boy can these guys play! The front line of Martin Patfield (trumpet) Dr.

Kelland Thomas (sax) and Rob Boon (trombone) offers a virtual clinic on improvisation both individually and as an ensemble. The rhythm section is locked in with Dr. Kelly Thomas (tuba) Dan Kruse (drums) and Rob Wright (banjo, lead vocals). Take a few moments to hear some samples of these marvelous new recordings and re-discover the amazing music of the hot jazz era.

Recording May, 2006 & December, 2006
University Of Arizona Recording Studio
 

Scott Hesse Trio - The Stillness Of Motion (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:13 | Size: 157.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. In the Air Again
2. Yardbird Sketch
3. Unit 'E'
4. Laws of Motian
5. For Now
6. Ravel
7. Dance Cadaverous
8. Blues Sketch
9. Sage
10. Hendrix

Scott Hesse - guitar
Clark Sommers - bass
Makaya McCraven - drums

 

Sam Hankins - Do That Thang (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:18 | Size: 153.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Do That Thang
02. I Feel It on the Back of My Neck
03. Dream Catcher
04. There for You
05. Smooth Breeze
06. Day Before Yesterday
07. I Feel a Good Vibe
08. Time to Remember
09. Thinking About You
10. Slide a Song
11. Trying to Figure You Out
12. Come On Come On

Sam Hankins - trumpet, flugelhorn
Audley Reid II - tenor saxophone
Chris Godber - tenor saxophone
Demetrice Everett - drums, percussion
Tim Gant - keyboards
Terry Tuck - bass guitar
Joel Del Rosario - guitar
Demetrice Everett - drums, percussion
Julz Prescott - vocals
Symon (Simon Ayantola) - vocals
Marcellus Hankins - vocals


Sam Hankins’ brand new CD “Do That Thang” will take you on a musical journey never experienced before. It transcends genres from the sweet ballad sounds of “There For You” that will keep you dreaming about that special someone to the edgy, hip hop, rap sounds of the title track “Do That Thing” that will keep your feet stomping. Hankins has intelligently incorporated the sounds of different, very talented artists on this CD from Audley Reid II & Chris Godber on tenor saxophone, Demetrice Everett on drums & percussion, Tim Gant on keyboards, Terry Tuck on bass guitar, Joel Del Rosario on guitar & ,Julz P (Julz Prescott), Symon (Simon Ayantola) & Marcellus Hankins on vocals. He allows each artist to explore and bring their own creativity to this project. Hankins’s distinct & rich trumpet and flugelhorn sounds bring an excitement and fulfillment like no other. So sit back and enjoy the invigorating smooth jazz experience of “Do That Thang”.
 

Niels Lan Doky - Friendship (1990)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:56 | Size: 123.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Real McCoy 4:52
2. Endless Vision 5:48
3. Christmas Song 5:27
4. Confidence 8:59
5. K.S. 4:15
6. Point of No Return 9:18
7. Friendship 5:18
8. To the Limit 6:16
9. Center of Gravity 3:11
 
Label - Milestone

Niels Lan Doky piano
N.Y. session:
John Abercrombie, Rick Margitza, Adam Nussbaum, Chris Minh Doky, Randy Brecker, Bill Evans
Copenhagen session:
Ulf Wakenius, NO Pedersen, Chris Minh Doky, Alex Riel
 
Half of this album was recorded in New York with an American cast, and half in Copenhagen with a European cast. I was starting to explore new directions, and the European influence was becoming a more important element in my music.
~ Niels Lan Doky

Pianist Niels Lan Doky goes through several different overlapping genres on this 1990 recordings which includes a session apiece recorded in New York and Copenhagen. From pieces featuring the rock-ish guitar of John Abercrombie and (on one song) Randy Brecker's electrified trumpet to some pop-ish originals and straight ahead playing worthy of Oscar Peterson, the pianist excels in every setting. Lan Doky is a major talent and, although the Danish pianist has not become a household in the United States, he has been well documented. Jazz fans owe it to themselves to discover him.
 

LaMont Johnson - Burned By The Passion (1991)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:45 | Size: 163.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Burned By The Passion 10:09
2. Rude Rebellious Hues 3:38
3. Crystal Clouds 8:12
4. Espace Glace' 8:55
5. Rand's Vamp 6:26
6. That Moment On The Terrace 5:45
7. Oliver Revolves 6:15
8. The Reason Why 4:05
9. Sugar Hill Too Hip 9:01
10. Nature Boy
Composed By – Eden Ahbez 9:19

Leroy Ball - Bass
Jon Crosse - Sax (Tenor)
Tony Drake - Guitar
Jeff Elliott - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Greg Holloway - Drums, Percussion
LaMont Johnson - Arranger, Composer, Piano, Producer
Lorenzo Martinez - Latin Percussion, Percussion
Bob Scarano - Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic)
 
LaMont Johnson (October 1, 1941 – October 21, 1999) was an American jazz pianist who played in the hard bop and post-bop genres. He recorded extensively with Jackie McLean during the 1960s as well as with Ornette Coleman, Kenny Burrell, Bud Shank, Paul Beaver, and Bernie Krause, among others.

After years of low-level activity, pianist LaMont Johnson (who gained some recognition earlier in his career for playing and recording with Jackie McLean) started his own MasterScores label and began recording again. On this set, Johnson's octet (with trumpeter Jeff Elliott and tenor saxophonist Jon Crosse) performs nine of the pianist's originals. Such selections as "Burned By the Passion," "Rude Rebellious Hues," "That Moment on the Terrace," and "Sugar Hill Too Hip" are atmospheric, sometimes haunting, and always swinging. Happily, Johnson's final decade was a productive period, and this was just one of several rewarding recordings by the underrated pianist.
 

Jorginho Neto Collective - Harlem (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:01 | Size: 114.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Preludio/Amazing Grace
2 Harlem
3 Mr. Dave
4 777
5 Liberty
6 On The Road
7 Weather Hunter
8 Lord
 
Jorginho Neto: trombone; Sidmar Vieira: trumpet; Robson Couto: bass; Gustavo Bugni: piano; Vito Cabral: drums.
 
Brasuca Producoes

American jazz musicians for years looked to the exciting rhythms and exotic melodies found in Brazilian music, to nourish the music's evolving nature. In a reversal of roles, the Jorginho Neto Collective, a Brazilian ensemble immersed in urban fusion-funk, step out of their native boundaries to prove that they can play from deep in the pocket, and do it well. Riding on the acclaim of his previous releases Samba Jazz (2012) and Leste (2015), trombonist Jorginho Neto plugged into the Herbie Hancock Headhunters mindset to create Harlem, an appreciation to a turning point in jazz.

The famous speech by Martin Luther King is enveloped by an extract of "Amazing Grace" in a prelude to the title track, shades of vintage soul jazz performed with a trombone and trumpet front line, defined by heavy funk. Pianist Gustavo Bugni's accurate Fender Rhodes articulations opens "Mr. Dave," Neto taking over, then giving it back to Bugni. The mysterious "777," has a underpinning of electronic synths as Bugni shows his skills on acoustic piano, leading to a searing solo by trumpeter Sidmar Vieira, who did his homework and knows how to make every note count. The astral trajectory of "Liberty," offers abundant space for both horns to take their time, depicting an aural panorama.

But not is all done in the groove lane, "On The Road," is a tranquil ballad that displays Neto's composiing maturity, encasing the song as a comprehensive missive from the band. In a nod to both Weather Report and the Headhunters, "Weather Hunter," is a urbanized bop laced adventure that drops into a mid-section fusion segment, showing that for all its flair and flash, fusion and funk has an indelible sense of swing.

Everything leads back to the roots, "Lord" exhibiting all the primordial traits that make this music so unique. They cover the sacred side of gospel, and cross the line into secular blues, drawing deeply from the well where everyone goes for inspiration. An honest testimonial from a Brazilian band that absorbed the elements and energy that made fusion a viable force in contemporary jazz.
 

Jim Cullum - Shootin' The Agate: Music Of Jelly Roll Morton (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:16 | Size: 149.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Kansas City Stomp (4:12)
2. Sweet Substitute (6:11)
3. Froggie Moore (3:57)
4. The Pearls (3:36)
5. Shreveport Stomp (4:21)
6. Wild Man Blues (4:56)
7. Black Bottom Stomp (4:02)
8. Freakish (7:07)
9. The Chant (5:25)
10. Fingerbuster (3:19)
11. Buddy Bolden's Blues (2:56)
12. Tank Town Bump (3:40)
13. Jelly Roll Blues (4:32)
14. Burnin' The Iceberg (4:56)
15. Winin' Boy Blues (4:19)

Fire Station Studio, San Marcos 1992

Jim Cullum - cornet
Mike Pittsley - trombone
Allan Vache - clarinet
John Sheridan - piano
Howard Elkins - banjo, guitar, vocal
Don Mopsick - bass
Ed Torres - drums
 

Igor Dmitriev - Jazz Old Trio (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:51 | Size: 112.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. When The Saints Go Marchin' In
2. My One And Only Love
3. Confirmation
4. Round about Midnight
5. Old Devil Moon
6. I Din't Know What Time It Was
7. The Man I Love
8. Round about Midnight (Second version)
9. Invitation
 
Igor Dmitriev - piano
Dmitry Averchenkov - bass
Sergey Belichenko - drums


Recorded at the Novosibirsk Conservatory on November 15, 1993 and February 20, 1994.
 
I must admit that the album left me with the most pleasant impressions. From the jazz trio, naturalized in Siberia, I did not expect this. An exemplary album of classical jazz! I liked everything: the penetrating, refined manner of pianist Igor Dmitriev, the sensitive performance of bassist Dmitry Averchenkov and drummer Sergei Belichenko, a successful choice of the program.

The album opens with the oldest jazz march "When The Saints Go Marchin 'In". It continues the well-known ballads "MyOne and Only Love", "I Did not Know What Time It Was", "The Man I Love". And they are all made of jewelry. Particularly impressed is how Igor Dmitriev and his comrades treat Monka's "Round Midnight". I completely agree with Alexei Batashev, who wrote in the annotation to the disc: "The trio finds in each song their musical zest, making this part of the recording pleasant for listening."

Particularly successful team swing episodes average pace. Take, for example, "My One And Only Love". The ballad in the performance of the trio sounds simply amazing - fresh, modern and at the same time absolutely traditionally rare combination. But Parkrov's "Confirmation" I did not really like. Recording was a medium hand. Something precisely is not enough, probably, those same Parker intonations, without which the thing sounded rather virgin. However, the rest of the musical material fully justifies this small error.

As it is written in the booklet to the album, "a jazzman thrown to the survival in Siberia should be able to: read notes and shamanit, be a traditionalist and avant-garde, manager and reviewer, sound engineer and marketing specialist." So it, probably, happened to the participants of the trio. We must give them their due. The album was great. It remains to wish the musicians new, equally interesting projects.
 

Harvey Mandel - Snake Pit (2016)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 37:44 | Size: 87.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Snake Pit
2. Space Monkeys
3. NightinGail
4. Baby Batter
5. JackHammer
6. Buckaroo
7. Before Six
8. Ode to B.B.

Bass – Anton Hatwich
Congas – Jose Najera
Drums – Ryan Jewell
Guitar – Brian J. Sulpizio
Guitar, Written-By – Harvey Mandel
Keyboards – Ben Boye
Producer – Harvey Mandel, Josh Rosenthal
Strings – Dick Bright


Label: Tompkins Square
 

Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Tuesday Wonderland (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:06 | Size: 144.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 fading maid preludium ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 04:10
2 tuesday wonderland ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 06:30
3 the goldhearted miner ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 04:51
4 brewery of beggars ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 08:22
5 beggar's blanket ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 02:53
6 dolores in a shoestand ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 08:52
7 where we used to live ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 04:25
8 eighthundred streets by feet ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 06:47
9 goldwrap ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 03:59
10 sipping on the solid ground ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 04:32
11 fading maid postludium ( Svensson, Esbjörn / Berglund, Dan / Öström, Magnus) 05:08

Esbjorn Svensson - piano
Dan Berglund - bass
Magnus Ostrom - drums
 

Douglas Bradford - Atlas Obscura (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:04 | Size: 128.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Drink Up 7:21
02. Fast Talker on a Slow Walk, Part I 4:32
03. Fast Talker on a Slow Walk, Part II 5:47
04. Nice View 7:13
05. Bastard in a Breakfast 7:41
06. Deep Water Horizon 6:00
07. Umbra 10:42
08. Wisteria 6:49
 
Label - Fresh Sound
Recorded March 24-25, 2011 at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, New York

Douglas Bradford - guitar)
John Beaty - alto sax)
Pascal Niggenkemper - bass
Nicholas Anderson - drums
 
Douglas Bradford is very talented guitarist and composer who we will be hearing many great things from. He has a beautiful touch, a unique harmonic sensibility and a musical maturity well beyond his years.
 

David Linx & The Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Changing Faces (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:20:35 | Size: 183.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Deep Night
2. Down On Lovers Lane
3. Black Crow
4. Bilhete
5. Then We'll Be Home
6. A Day's Journey
7. Home, In The Spring
8. The Land Of Joy
9. Por Toda Minha Vida
10. Miziane
11. There Is You
12. Sweet Suite
13. For The Time Being
 
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Dieter Limbourg
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Art Direction – Frank Vaganée
Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Bo Van Der Werf
Bass Trombone – Laurent Hendrick
Double Bass – Jos Machtel
Drums, Cajón – Martijn Vink
Guitar – Hendrik Braeckman, Manu Codjia (tracks: 6)
Percussion – Minino Garay (tracks: 3, 6, 8, 12)
Piano – Nathalie Loriers
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Bart Defoort
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Kurt van Herck
Trombone – Ben Fleerakkers, Frederik Heirman
Trombone [Lead] – Marc Godfroid
Trumpet [Lead], Flugelhorn – Serge Plume
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Gino Lattuca, Nico Schepers, Pierre Drevet
 
Never thought I’d be mentioning that pre-Crosby crooner, Rudy Vallee, in this space, but one of the tunes associated with the megaphone meister, “Deep Night,” receives a surprisingly hip, propulsive makeover. It typifies the extremes to be found here. Linx, the Belgian jazz singer, will resort to any idiom, any language, any time signature. Occasionally he seems to dispense with bar lines altogether, or he will go beyond lyrics, as he abandons his own words on “A Day’s Journey,” for some free-wheeling scat. “Home, In the Spring” features Linx and the wordless Natalie Dessay in a wistful duet. While he strains for falsetto, she leaps octaves effortlessly. The most impressive tour de force is “The Land of Joy,” in which Linx resorts to jet-speed unison scat with pianist Nathalie Loriers. Linx wrote some of the tunes, which compete quite well against entries by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joni Mitchell. He can do it all, at the highest level of professionalism, like the superb Brussels Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece band, used to the coloristic effects that accrue from their apparently endless doublings.
 

David Janeway Trio Featuring Frank Tate & Chuck Zeuren - Secret Passages (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:56 | Size: 109.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Before You
2. Cedars Blues
3. Eiderdown
4. 502 Blues
5. Interchange
6. Heres That Rainy Day
7. Secret Passages
8. Laverne Walk
9. Mark Time
10. Return

New Direction Inc.

This second trio recording for jazz pianist, David Janeway, features the great Frank Tate on bass and Chuck Zeuren on drums. Three new original compositions are featured as well as an eclectic mix of contemporary selections by Tom Harrell and Kenny Wheeler. Frank Tate who worked with Zoot Sims, Dave McKenna and Bobby Short is featured on Oscar Pettiford's, "Laverne Walk". Liner notes are by Eddie Henderson; "David Janeway has most definitely ARRIVED".
 

Triocity - I Believe In You (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:57 | Size: 96.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 I Believe in You 5:06
2 Invitation 6:06
3 Trinkle, Tinkle 4:29
4 Quasimodo 4:52
5 Just in Time 4:06
6 Skylark 4:44
7 There Will Never Be Another You 5:01
8 Slow Hot Wind 5:10
9 Donna Lee 2:22
10 Cherokee 4:01

Recorded June 2016 in Rochester, New York.
Origin Records

Charles Pillow - alto saxophone, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet
Jeff Campbell - bass
Rick Thompson - drums
 

Oleg Kireyev & Evgeny Grechischev - Summertime (2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:28 | Size: 71.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Intro (Олег Киреев)
2.Summertime (Джордж Гершвин)
3.Song For My Brothers (Олег Киреев)
4.Sweet Woman (Олег Киреев)
5.Laplandia (Олег Киреев)
6.Prelude #1 (Евгений Гречищев)
7.Prelude #4 (Евгений Гречищев)
8.Why? (Евгений Гречищев)

Art Beat
 
Oleg Kireyev - saxophone; Evgeny Grechischev - pianoforte.
 

Johnny Griffin - Chicago, New York, Paris (1995)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:41 | Size: 142.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.The Jampfs Are Coming
2.Do It
3.To Love
4.Hush-A-Bye
5.You Must Believe in Spring
6.Without a Song
7.Leave Me Alone Blues
8.My Romance
9.Not Yet
 
Acoustic Bass – Christian McBride; Drums – Greg Hutchinson; Piano – Kenny Barron; Saxophone – Johnny Griffin; Trumpet – Roy Hargrove.
 
Like Joe Henderson who released one beautiful CD after another in the past 10 years or so, Griffin plays here with gorgeous tone and overflowing musicality only getting better with age. I love the newer sax lions like James Carter, Joshua Redman, and Joe Lovano but Griffin, again like Joe Henderson, seems to be bringing out the qualities only possessed by those who came from 50s.
To me, this album is up there with the very best works by Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley. If you think that's a stretch, just listen to My Romance, one of the most poignant ballad renditions I've ever heard on saxophone. Add Roy Hargrove (trumpet) and Kenny Baron (piano) to that and you have a formula for utmost beauty.
 

John Abercrombie Quartet - 39 Steps (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:36 | Size: 148.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Vertigo
02. LST
03. Bacharach
04. Greenstreet
05. As It Stands
06. Spellbound
07. Another Ralph's
08. Shadow Of A Doubt
09. 39 Steps
10. Melancholy Baby
 
Personnel: John Abercrombie (guitar); Marc Copland (piano); Drew Gress (double bass); Joey Baron (drums).

R.I.P.
 
John Abercrombie has rarely played with pianists, at least in his own groups and throughout his extensive discography as a leader for ECM Records that began with the immediate classic, 1975's Timeless. Other than a brief reunion with that record's group for 1984's Night, the veteran guitarist has, in fact, only recorded with one other piano-based group, the quartet responsible for Arcade (1979), Abercrombie Quartet (1980) and M (1981) all featuring another intrepid improviser, Richie Beirach, and slated for released in 2014 as an Old & New Masters Edition box that will finally see all three in print on CD (two for the first time). Meanwhile, 39 Steps is, then, Abercrombie's first recording as a leader with a pianist since Night, though it's far from a first encounter. 39 Steps may be pianist Marc Copland's long overdue ECM debut a post-Bill Evans pianist whose attention to touch and space have long made him a worthy candidate for the label's pristine sonic approach but this group, with the exception of drummer Joey Baron, who replaces original drummer Billy Hart, has been working together, on occasion, since Second Look (Savoy Jazz, 1996), reuniting in 2007 for Another Place (Pirouet, 2008). But if both dates featured Copland as ostensible leader, they were all rather egalitarian when it came to compositional contributions, split fairly evenly between the pianist and Abercrombie.

39 Steps represents a couple of significant differences, beyond Baron's recruitment. First, the lion's share of the compositions belong to Abercrombie, who rightfully assumes leader credit here, with Copland contributing only two of the set's ten pieces, along with one group-credited free improv and an indirect closing nod to tradition with a reading of "Melancholy Baby" that still fits within the quartet's overall sphere of approach; freely interpreted, in this case with no time and no discernible changes, its melody remains recognizable amidst the freewheeling yet carefully controlled freedom and interaction within which this group operates. The other important change is, for the first time, having an external producer in this case, ECM label head Manfred Eicher. As good as Copland's two previous recordings sound, there's a notable and tremendous difference in how this date sounds: more delicate, more rarefied, with every note discernible right down to its final decay and even the most delicate touch of a cymbal occupying its rightful place in the overall soundscape. From the first notes of Abercrombie's opening "Vertigo," with Copland's repeated single-note motif supported by both his left hand and Abercrombie's careful voicing one of the guitarist's strengths always being his intrinsic ability to work with other chordal instruments without either ever getting in the way of them it's clear just how transparent everything is, allowing the music to breathe in ways that previous collaborations with Abercrombie, Copland and Gress have not.

Copland's delicate touch at times, seeming to barely brush the keys, as on Abercrombie's balladic "As It Stands" is definitive, as is the relentlessly reliable support coming from Gress and Baron, whether swinging elegantly on the pianist's brighter, appealingly lyrical "LST" or the guitarist's slower-tempo'd "Bacharach," the pair shifting feels so seamlessly as to be almost unnoticeable ... almost. The interaction, in particular between Abercrombie and Copland, is as deep as decades playing together would suggest, and if this program of largely new composition feels both fresh and familiar to fans of both players, there's one tune that is particularly so: "Another Ralph's," an update or, perhaps, sequel to Abercrombie's "Ralph's Piano Waltz," originally written for guitarist/pianist and duo mate Ralph Towner, first heard on Timeless but which has become, along with that album's title tracks, one of Abercrombie's most often-played tunes, having been recorded by everyone from Towner himself on Solo Concert (ECM, 1980) to Abercrombie, who revisited the tune on Current Events (1986), with his then-trio of Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine. Eicher often encourages artists to engage in free improvisation at his sessions, and while neither Abercrombie nor Copland are strangers to such unfettered contexts, "Shadow of a Doubt" is the first recorded instance of the two engaging in such completely unplanned spontaneity. Between Gress' soft arco, Copland's harp-like, sustain pedal-driven sweeps and Baron's textural cymbal work, it slowly coalesces into form as Abercrombie joins in with volume pedal-swelled lines, angular in nature but somehow soft and rounded in timbre, even as the quartet gradually turns to more oblique territory as the three-minute improvisation nears its end. As good as their previous recordings together have been, 39 Steps represents a major leap forward for Abercrombie and Copland's relationship, even as the guitarist returns to the piano-based configuration that was his first touring context, back in the late '70s. With Copland a welcome addition to the ECM roster and Eicher paying so much attention to music coming out of the New York City area these last couple of years notable (and diverse) examples being Tim Berne's Shadow Man, Craig Taborn's Chants and Chris Potter's The Sirens, all 2013 releases here's hoping that this quartet will continue, and that Copland will ultimately be afforded the opportunity to record more for the label...perhaps, even, a solo piano session, whose potential would be most intriguing with Eicher in the producer's chair, and with the lucent sonics of the label that Abercrombie has called home for nearly forty years.
 

Jeff Golub - Do It Again (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:53 | Size: 109.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Cut The Cake (Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Alan Gorrie, Onnie McIntyre, Hamish Stuart) (4:58)
02. On the Beach (Chris Rea) (4:40)
03. Cruisin' (Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) (4:29)
04. Jesus Children Of America (Stevie Wonder) (4:41)
05. If I Ever Lose This Heaven (Pam Sawyer, Leon Ware) (4:58)
06. Cold Duck Time (Eddie Harris) (4:58)
07. Turn Off The Lights (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) (4:50)
08. Cold Sweat (James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis) (4:50)
09. Mercy Mercy Me (Marvin Gaye) (3:47)
10. Crazy Love (Van Morrison) (4:26)

Personnel:
Gerald Albright - tenor saxophone;
Richard Elliot, David Woodford - tenor saxophone;
Mitchell Forman - Keyboards;
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3;
Nick Lane - Trombone;
Jack Daro, Dave Carpenter - Acoustic Bass;
Alex Al, Roberto Valle - Electric Bass;
Luis Conte - Percussion;
Steve Ferrone - Drums.
Rick Braun - Drum and Keyboard programing, Trumpet;


Recorded at Brauntosaurus Studio, Woodland Hills, CA.
 

Hein van de Geyn Baseline - Returns (1996)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:01 | Size: 122.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Though Dreamers Die 6:58
2. The Avenger 7:24
3. Che Cha 3:52
4. North Sea Night 6:41
5. Strike Again 6:05
6. Loudly at Night 3:50
7. The Magic Kingdom 7:06
8. Returns 5:05
9. Wheeling VanDeGeyn 7:00
 
Hein van de Geyn - bass
John Abercrombie - guitar
John Ruocco - clarinet
Joe LaBarbera – drums
 
Label – Challenge
Recorded and mixed at Studio Le Roy, Amsterdam, Feburary 19 & 20, 1996
 
The Dutch jazz bassist Hein Van De Geyn originally met guitarist John Abercrombie in the 1980s when he spent thee years in the USA. On his return to Europe Van De Geyn worked with Lee Konitz, Chet Baker and Philip Catherine and many other musicians, including a long stint with Dee Dee Bridgwater. In 1994 created his group Baseline with drummer Joe LaBarbara and his old friend guitarist John Abercrombie and the group made three albums: Why Really (1995) with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Standards (1996), Baseline Returns (1996). The collaboration with Abercrombie continued more recently (2006) with a guest appearence in 'The Guitar Album'. ©
 

Gitte Haenning - Jazz (2004)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:53 | Size: 122.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. My Kinda World (Woods) 2.47
02. They Say It's Spring (Haynes/Clarke) 3.37
03. Shadrack (MacGinsey) 3.37
04. Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney) 3.37
05. All I Do Is Dream Of You (Brown/Fred) 1.51
06. Crazy He Calls Me (Sigman/Russel) 4.10
07. The Spider And The Fly (Charmin) 5.10
08. There's No Business Like Showbusiness (Berlin) 4.57
09. Much More (Jones/Schmidt) 2.55
10. Ol' Man River (Kern/Hammerstein) 3.22
11. Your Song (John) 3.45
12. Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover (Simon) 6.05
10. Lost In The Stars (Weill/Andersen) 2.54
11. Ich will alles ( Want All) (DeAngelis/Kunze) 4.06
 
Label – Etiquette Records
Recorded live in Berlin, Vellmar and Düsseldorf

Gitte Hænning - vocals
Sebastian Weiss - piano
Stefan Weeke - bass
Thomas Alkier - drums
 
Gitte Hænning (born 29 June 1946, Århus, Denmark) is a Danish singer and film actress, who rose to fame as a child star in the 1950s.
 

Fat Cat Trio - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:48 | Size: 134.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. This Could Be the Start of Something Big (4:39)
02. Heart & Soul (4:43)
03. Noreen's Nocturne (4:47)
04. If You Never Fall in Love with Me (5:28)
05. Born to Be Blue (3:27)
06. Flight of the Foo Birds (4:22)
07. Too Marvelous for Words (3:35)
08. You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me (4:59)
09. Medley: Just a Gigolo / Love for Sale (8:27)
10. Detour Ahead (5:30)
11. Cheek to Cheek (4:57)
12. You Don't Learn That in School (4:54)

Jean Phillippe Bordier - guitar, vocal
Pablo Campos - piano
Cedric Callaud - bass
 

Dave Potter - You Already Know (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:20 | Size: 126.27 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Night Dreamer 5:05
2 Country by Choice 4:51
3 My Blue Heaven 4:47
4 Ratio Man 5:47
5 Whisper Not 5:18
6 Played Twice 4:57
7 I'm Going to Heaven, And You Ain't 5:51
8 Puppet Master 5:32
9 Lettin' Loose 3:35
10 Bells of Ascona 5:32
11 Beatitudes 6:14
12 Last Tune...(with a Hidden Track)3:51

Summit Records

Darren English, Andy Sioberg - Trumpet
Miguel Alvarado - Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jason Marsalis - Vibraphone
Marcus Roberts, Austin Johnson, Louis Heriveaux - Piano
Rodney Jordan, Will Goble, Craig Shaw - Bass
Dave Potter - Drums
 

29 August, 2017

Wolfgang Schlüter & Boris Netsvetaev - Breathing As One (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:14 | Size: 160.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Blues for Michael
02. Summertime in Rhen
03. Julchens Dilemma
04. Hot house
05. Tekla
06. Time and tide
07. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
08. Zoe
09. More than you know
10. Kinderträume
11. I remember Karin

Wolfgang Schlüter, vibes
Boris Netsvetaev, piano, keys
 
German Jazz has brought forth only a few international stars. Vibraphonist Wolfgang Schlüter even managed to make it into the Downbeat Critics Poll. A rock of ages in the history of German Jazz, a gem “in which nearly all of the vibraphonists glimmer and shine” (M.Naura) Among his major influences you can hear Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson but to dismiss him as a King of Swing would only throw light on a partial aspect of his artistic repertoire, because there’s no doubt that he is among the key talents on his instrument in Europe and that he contributed substantially to how playing the vibes has developed over the years. On November 12th 2013 the vital instrumentalist celebrates his 80th birthday.
 

Wolfgang Haffner - Kind Of Spain (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:26 | Size: 106.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 For Vince & Arif ( Haffner, Danielsson, Stelter, Lundgren, Studnitzky & Dell) 01:16
2 Pasodoble ( Lars Danielsson) 04:22
3 El Faro ( Wolfgang Haffner) 04:25
4 Children of Sanchez ( Chuck Mangione) 04:02
5 Tres notas para decir te quiero ( Vincente Amigo) 04:29
6 El Vito ( traditional, arr. By Wolfgang Haffner & Lars Danielsson ) 04:21
7 El Chaos ( Haffner, Danielsson, Stelter, Lundgren, Studnitzky & Dell) 04:02
8 Concierto de Aranjuez ( Joaquín Rodrigo) 03:08
9 Tàpies ( Wolfgang Haffner, Lars Danielsson & Daniel Stelter) 01:12
10 Salinas ( Wolfgang Haffner) 03:52
11 Recuerdos de la Alhambra ( Francisco Tàrrega) 05:14
12 Spain ( Chick Corea) 02:43
13 Capricho Arabe ( Francisco Tàrrega) 04:09
 
Wolfgang Haffner / drums
Jan Lundgren / piano
Sebastian Studnitzky / trumpet
Daniel Stelter / guitar
Christopher Dell / vibraphone
Lars Danielsson / bass


Recorded by Arne Schumann at Hansa Studios Berlin, January 21 & 22, 2017

ACT 9848-2
 
On Kind of Spain German drummer Wolfgang Haffnerr and an acoustic sextet have combined the music of the Iberian peninsula and jazz. The first track “For Vince & Arif” is a tribute to both of the great arrangers – the drummer worked several times with both of them. “During the session,” remembers Haffner, “Siggi played us one of the tracks from Jazzpaña. It had those typical flamenco hand-claps. We spontaneously decided to sample the claps, and jammed over them.” Following on from the successful 1950’s cool jazz and bop excursions in Kind of Cool, Kind of Spain is again with an 100% acoustic band. Traditional Spanish music meets jazz. A cultural heritage which is more than 500 years old encounters the blue notes of the New World; flamenco and folklore meet new compositions by the bandleader. The vibe created by this sextet is introvert, warm and atmospheric, and the listener’s mind might easily drift off… to a roof terrace somewhere in Granada by night, perhaps.

“My original wish was to record as a quintet,” says the ECHO Jazz prize-winner for drums from 2010. “A band with bass, guitar, piano and trumpet was already in existence. But then I decided that I absolutely wanted Christopher Dell to be part of the group as well, because he has had such an important role in my live band for years.” Vibraphonist Dell, who like pianist Jan Lundgren was on “Kind of Cool”, gives a particular tonal colour to this endeavour.

Lars Danielsson has been a fixed presence in Haffner’s groups right from the beginning; the bassist (who also plays cello) was on Haffner’s ACT debut album “Shapes” in 2006, has been a member of his acoustic trio, and has been a musical close colleague for several years. Sebastian Studnitzky, who brings in his velvety trumpet sound, is another musician who has a long playing history with the drummer, not least the time when both of them were members of the Nils Landgren Funk Unit. And then there is the youngest member of this team: guitarist Daniel Stelter.

“That melody is so strong that the softer you play it, the stronger it gets,” said Miles Davis of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” which he recorded for his 1960 album “Sketches of Spain.” Here Daniel Stelter plays the unforgettable tune – very much in the idiom of the trumpet legend. Stelter, whom Haffner got to know during Al Jarreau’s final concert tour, demonstrates tremendous concentration – and also tenderness. “Space in music is essential to me,” says Haffner. “Just a few notes, played in ballad tempo, that really appeals to me.”

Understatement is the order of the day on “Kind of Spain”, with no one adding a note more than is necessary, and a bandleader whose drumming never has a scintilla of attention-seeking about it. “I like strong melodies and beautiful harmonies,” Haffner emphasizes. “The very last thing I think about is how I am going to accompany the songs on the drums.” Both “Tàpies” and “Salinas”, composed in Haffner’s adoptive home, Ibiza, show evidence of his elegant restraint. The traditional Andalusian 16th century piece “El Vito,” and Lars Danielsson’s exciting “Pasodoble,” which is reminiscent of Spanish folk dance, are both invigorating popular songs. On these tracks Dell and Lundgren both shine with fine solos.