30 November, 2017

Ran Blake / Kresten Osgood - The Dorothy Wallace Suite (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:50 | Size: 92.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Symphony in Green 04:44
2 Vera Fuller 01:59
3 Ricky Ford at Logan 02:04
4 Bruni 01:49
5 The Carriage house 02:04
6 Brick in the Driveway 01:31
7 Ricks Room 03:10
8 The Demise of Rick Wallace 02:15
9 Ran´s Account 01:44
10 Eileen´s Account 02:05
11 The Door To The Forbidden Room 00:54
12 The Library at Midnight 01:16
13 Pannonica 02:26
14 Mood Indigo 04:32
15 Who 03:00
16 Dancing in the Dark 02:17
17 Never Can Say Goodbye 02:03

ILK MUSIC
 
This is the much awaited duo album of Danish drum innovator Kresten Osgood and American piano genius Ran Blake. more than 40 years of age divide them, but they meet in a contemporary expression. The Dorothy Wallace Suite is a suite composed especially for this project by Ran Blake and is a heartfelt tribute to the great Dorothy Wallace who was a patron of the arts in Boston and played a vital part in Ran Blake´s art. This is only the second time in the entire Ran Blake discography where he plays duo with drums. The suite is recorded in Brookline on a piano of Ran Blake´s choice.
 

Paul Giallorenzo Trio - Flow (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:59 | Size: 124.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. A-Frollick-Ing 4:31
2. Fractures 5:29
3. Rolling 7:31
4. Interstice 5:49
5. OverUnder 5:40
6. Flipd Scrip 10:04
7. Darkness 6:43
8. Lightness 5:15
9. A Way We Go 3:59
 
Paul Giallorenzo piano
Joshua Abrams bass
Mikel Avery drums
 
For his second Delmark release, pianist and composer Paul Giallorenzo does more with less, assembling a classic piano trio backed by masters of jazz minimalism, Joshua Abrams and Mikel Patrick Avery. The writing’s not sparse: there are notes on notes, hummable heads, surprising solos, and a harmonic conception of frequently startling complexity. But it’s always for the purpose of advancing the music. Covering wide terrain, from high energy polytonal swing to abstract blues to free- form invention, this trio is in tune in the truest sense, creating music that’s embedded in the jazz tradition with a sound that’s both singular and forward-thinking.
 

Karen Souza - Velvet Vault (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Pop Vocals | Total Time: 40:24 | Size: 93.93 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. I Fall In Love Too Easily
02. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
03. I'm Beginning To See The Light
04. Valerie
05. I'm Not In Love
06. You Got That Something
07. In Between Days
08. In The Blink Of An Eye
09. Walk On The Wild Side
10. Angel Eyes
11. Kids

Three years after the release of her successful Essentials II, jazz diva Karen Souza is back with her fourth studio album. Velvet Vault is the title of a collection that combine jazz standards with jazz reworks of pop classics plus two songs co-written by Karen herself. Japan’s superstar Toku duets with Karen on the track “You Got That Something”. Also part of the album are Amy Winehouse guitarist Robin Banerjee and the legendary Tom “Bones” Malone (Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live Band). Vocals were recorded in New York at the Orchard studios and produced by Richard Gottehrer of Blondie, Richard Hell and Dr. Feelgood fame. Velvet Vault is without a doubt, Karen’s most accomplished record to date and will definitely surpass the success of her previous efforts.

Label: Music Brokers Arg
 

Antonio Farao - Eklektik (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:47 | Size: 110.96 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Eklektik Intro feat. Robert Davi (2:08)
02.Line feat. Krayzie Bone (3:19)
03.I Send To You (3:15)
04.Motion feat. Mike Clark (5:37)
05.Europe feat. Claudia Campagnol, Marcus Miller, Manu Katché (3:47)
06.News From feat. Snoop Dogg, Walter Ricci (3:47)
07.Quiet (4:19)
08.Part Of You feat. Claudia Campagnol (3:54)
09.Frammenti feat. Manu Katché (5:05)
10.Nueva Quarto feat. Manu Katché (3:14)
11.Through The Day feat. Walter Ricci (4:30)
12.Rough feat. Didier Lockwood, Bireli Lagrene, Lenny White, Luigi Di Nunzio (6:00)

Arranged By [Co-Arranger], Programmed By, Supervised By – Enrico Solazzo (tracks: 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12)
Choir – Dario Rosciglione (tracks: 7), Fabiana Rosciglione (tracks: 9)
Electric Bass, Programmed By – Dario Rosciglione (tracks: 8 to 10, 12)
Piano [Acoustic Piano], Keyboards, Programmed By, Arranged By – Antonio Faraò
 

Antonio Adolfo - Tropical Infinito (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:27 | Size: 114.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Killer Joe 5:18
2 Whisper Not 5:02
3 Cascavel Rattle Snake 4:34
4 Yolanda, Yolanda 5:27
5 Stolen Moments 5:35
6 Song For My Father 6:27
7 Partido Leve 6:48
8 All The Things You Are 6:23
9 Luar Da Bahia 6:25

AAM Music ‎– AAM 0710

Antonio Adolfo (Piano And Arrangements); Jessé Sadoc (Trumpet And Flugelhorn); Marcelo Martins (Tenor And Soprano Sax); Serginho Trombone (Trombone); Leo Amuedo (Electric Guitar); Jorge Helder (Double Bass); Rafael Barata (Drums); André Siqueira, Rafael Barata (Percussion). Special guest: Claudio Spiewak (Acoustic Guitar).
 

Jonathan Saraga - Journey To A New World (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:52 | Size: 169.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Uprising 9:28
02. The Great Journey 10:52
03. Firm Roots 8:56
04. Sabbath Prayer 9:53
05. The Guardians 8:49
06. Lullaby 7:16
07. The Fool On the Hill 9:17
08. New World 9:29

All tracks composed and arranged by Jonathan Saraga, except #3 composed by Cedar Walton, #4 by J.Bock-S.Harnick and #7 by J.Lennon-P.McCartney

Personnel:
Jonathan Saraga (trumpet), Remy Le Boeuf (alto sax), Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Chris Pattishall (piano), Rick Rosato (bass), Kenneth Salters (drums).


Recorded at Peter Karl Studios, New York City, on November 25, 2015
 

Vincent Herring - All Too Real (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:20 | Size: 107.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Yoko's Delight
2.Athlolete
3.Invitation
4.The Rain
5.The Herring Pelt Clause
6.Piece, Pt. 2
7.Love for Sale
8.I'll Sing You a Lullaby

Personnel: Vincent Herring (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Jill Seifers (vocals); Jeremy Pelt (trumpet); Anthony Wonsey (piano); Richie Goods (bass); E.J. Strickland (drums).
 

Takao Nagai Trio - Midnight Voyage (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:56 | Size: 154.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Stella by Starlight 8:05
2. Loud-Zee 6:26
3. You Don't Know What Love Is 6:35
4. What Is This Thing Called Love 7:03
5. Dark Eyes 5:25
6. Autumnleaves 6:18
7. On Green Dolphin Street 5:59
8. Blues on the Corner 6:44
9. I.n a Sentimental Mood 7:04
10. Midnight Voyage 8:21

Takao Nagai Trio
Takao Nagai(Piano)
Jesper Bodilsen (double-b)
Morten Lund (ds)


Marshmallow Records (4522250911470)
 

Serge Chaloff - Thanks For The Memory (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:19:43 | Size: 180.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Four Brothers 4:28
2 Body And Soul 3:54
3 A Handful Of Stars 5:33
4 The Goof And I 4:44
5 Thanks For The Memory 3:48
6 All The Things You Are 5:26
7 I'Ve Got A World On A String 6:44
8 Susle's Blues 5:10
9 Stairways To The Stars 4:51
10 Aged In Wood 2:54
11 The Fabel Of Mabel 4:15
12 A Salute To Tiny 3:12
13 Pumpernickel 2:34
14 Gabardine And Serge 2:34
15 A Bar A Second 2:40
16 We, The People, Bop 2:21
17 Bopscotch 3:23
18 Chicksaw 2:54
19 The Must! 2:40
20 Pat 2:14
21 King Edward The Flatted Fifth 2:54

2013 Musica Jazz MJCD 1263 Italy CD, Compilation

Serge Chaloff was the premier baritone saxophonist of the bop era, his fiery, dynamic improvisations restoring the instrument to prominence some months prior to the arrival of Gerry Mulligan. Chaloff was born in Boston on November 24, 1923. His father was a pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra while his mother, Margaret, taught music at the Boston Conservatory of Music, over time educating an illustrious series of pianists including Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Richard Twardzik. Chaloff himself studied piano and clarinet before teaching himself the baritone sax in emulation of Jack Washington and Harry Carney. Charlie Parker was also a monumental influence. Chaloff made his professional debut in support of Boyd Raeburn, followed by a stint behind Georgie Ault. He first earned widespread renown after joining Jimmy Dorsey in 1945, earning the distinction of bebop's first baritone soloist. Chaloff nevertheless remains best known for his stint with Woody Herman's Second Herd, which he joined in late 1946. Alongside tenors Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Herbie Stewart he vaulted to jazz immortality the following year via the Jimmy Giuffre composition "Four Brothers," a landmark recording extending each of the saxophonists a solo turn. In mid-1947 Chaloff also led his first recording session, leading trombonist Red Rodney, tenor saxophonist Earl Swope, pianist George Wallington, bassist Curley Russell, and drummer Tiny Kahn on several sides cut for the Savoy label.

However, by this time Chaloff was deep in the throes of heroin addiction, and for years after leaving the Herman band in 1949 he was considered persona non grata throughout much of the jazz community, earning an abysmal reputation for missed gigs and erratic performances. Chaloff settled in New York City, assembling a group featuring the visionary pianist Bud Powell and trombonist Earl Swope that, sadly, never recorded. By early 1952 he returned to Boston, and that spring cut an unissued session with pianist Twardzik, trombonist Sonny Truitt, bassist Jack Lawlor, and drummer Jimmy Weiner. Championed by local disc jockey Bob Martin, Chaloff gradually eased back into the larger consciousness, appearing on television's The Steve Allen Show and leading the house band at the Beantown club Jazzorama. In 1954, he signed to George Wein's Boston-based Storyville to cut The Fable of Mabel, recorded with local luminaries including alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, and a year later the label also issued his collaboration with altoist Boots Mussulli. After completing work on Boston Blow-Up!, a loose but impassioned Stan Kenton-produced date for Capitol, Chaloff relocated to Los Angeles, where in 1956 he assembled pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Philly Joe Jones to record his masterpiece Blue Serge, a gripping, evocative set that ranks among the finest jazz recordings of its era. But by the time of its release Chaloff was confined to a wheelchair, partially paralyzed as the result of a spinal tumor. The cancer spread, and he died July 16, 1957, at the age of just 33.
 

Scott Earl Holman Trio - Don't Wake The Kids (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:39 | Size: 132.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Lord's Cause
2. Intro (Bass)
3. Noble One
4. Intro (Piano)
5. His Children Dance
6. The Thought
7. Marching in His Band
8. Waiting to See
9. The Smile
10. Intro (Piano)
11. The Face of God

Scott Earl Holman-piano
Pawel Jarzebski-acoustic bass
Rusty Jones-drums
 
Crumblehead Records presents the release of Scott Earl Holman's groundbreaking cd 'Don't Wake The Kids' (origionally issued Southport Records 1998 in local markets) Remastered for a fresh new sound ! ! 'Don't Wake The Kids' (completely re-mastered for this release) is a fresh sound from Chicago and is recieving new attention from those who enjoy artists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, etc. It is the subtle and moody answer to Chic Corea's 'Now He Sings Now He Sobs'. It remains a cult favorite for those in the know. Comprised of all origional material that speaks to the future of jazz. 'Noble One', may be the most beautiful jazz ballad composition of this decade. This cd opens with 'The Lord's Cause' which sets the mood and tone of things to come and features a melody ( in 3/4 time) which, at certain points stresses the second beat of the measure for those who enjoy a challenge. While 'Marching In His Band' combines complex harmonies and song structure with gentle snare drum rolls. The musicianship is flawless, inspired and futuristic. Scott Earl Holman is a Chicago jazz musician. This trio with Pawel Jarzebski and Rusty Jones continues to raise the bar for progressive jazz, in a low volume, controlled environment.
Helen Simons, JazzXpress Community Radio BayFM 99.9 Australia

JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
'Don't Wake the Kids' By Marshall Vente
Scott Earl Holman is a fine modern jazz pianist, there is hardly a night that passes without his presence somewhere in the Chicago club scene. He is always "out there" playing into the heart of someone. On this ambitious release Scott abandons the club date repertoire and concentrates on all original music, a very courageous move that makes things difficult in the world of commercial jazz airplay but elevates him to the ranks of serious musician that play and compose equally well. To paraphrase Duke, there is no musician more serious than a jazz musician. Scott's compositions are strong and all have something to say—a little story to tell. There is a great subtly here, excellent use of the tools of music: expression, dynamics and most of all, a personal identity. I played this CD for three days continuously to hear the real Scott Holman! Joining Scott is the razor sharp rhythm team of bassist, Pawel Jarzebski and drummer, Rusty Jones. Not only are these guys great players, the trio plays as one. This is modern music, with all hands on deck contributing to the lyricism of the tunes, while covering their traditional roles. As always, the Southport Baldwin concert grand is majestic here, an overall fine recording engineered by Joanie Pallatto. There are fine liner notes too, by Larry Smith. Despite the title, we need to wake the kids ... and everyone else too; it's time to listen to Scott Earl Holman!

'As a jazz pianist myself, I can appreciate this cd very much. Its originality is out-the-roof. Scott is top-notch and world-class, maybe even in a class by himself.'
CHCR Canadian Homegrown Community Radio by Schroeder (Oct.12,2007)
 

Moncef Genoud Trio Feat. Bob Berg - The Meeting (1999)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:33 | Size: 156.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Waiting For Birth (9:19)
2. It's Alright With Me (4:32)
3. I Mean You (6:01)
4. It's You (10:08)
5. Favourite Godfather (7:15)
6. Three Faces (7:49)
7. You Don't Know What Love Is (10:40)
8. Foncef (9:30)
9. Easy Living (6:19)

Dinemec Sound Studio, Geneva 1999

Moncef Genoud - piano
Bob Berg - saxophone
Christophe Chambet - bass
Thierry Hochstatter - drums
 
Moncef Genoud (September 2, 1961 Tunisia) - Swiss jazz pianist, blind since birth, has been living in Switzerland since 2 years. He plays the piano from the age of 6, studied at the Geneva Conservatory. As a leader he recorded 11 albums.
 

Martin Jacobsen - Live In Tokyo (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:14 | Size: 146.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. How Little We Know (Phillip Springer)
2. Are We Alone? (Hiroshi Murayama)
3. Nightfall (Martin Jacobsen)
4. Freemason (Hiroshi Murayama)
5. HeadWay (Martin Jacobsen)
6. The End Of A Love Affair (Edward C. Redding)
7. John Paul Jones (John Coltrane)
8. C Jam Blues (Duke Ellington)

Recorded at NHK Furei Hall, Tokyo, October 27, 2011

SteepleChase SCCD 31768

Martin Jacobsen tenor sax
Hiroshi Murayama piano
Martin Zenker bass
Mark Taylor drums
 

Lisa Ekdahl, Peter Nordahl Trio - Back To Earth (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:31 | Size: 135.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Now Or Never-3:35
02.Nature Boy-4:48
03.Stranger On Earth-3:41
04.Laziest Girl In Town-6:12
05.It Had To Be You-3:09
06.Down With Love-1:37
07.What Is This Thing Called Love-5:04
08.Tea For Two-5:29
09.The Lonely One-3:20
10.I Get A Kick Out Of You-3:20
11.Just For A Thrill-3:25
12.Night And Day-4:32
13.Plaintive Rumba-6:22

Recorded At – Atlantis Studio
Pressed By – Sonopress

Bass – Patrik Boman
Drums – Ronnie Gardiner
Piano – Peter Nordahl
Producer – Patrik Boman, Peter Nordahl
Vocals – Lisa Ekdahl
 
Label: BMG Classics ‎– 74321 61463 2, RCA Victor ‎– 74321 61463 2
Format: CD, Album
Country: Europe
Released: 1998
Style: Easy Listening
 

Fred Hersch - Red Square Blue: Jazz Impressions Of Russian Composers (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:03 | Size: 136.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Old Castle
2. Andante
3. Aria
4. Prelude Op. 11, No. 2
5. Canzona 7:28
6. Etude, Op. 8, No. 2
7. Prelude Op. 9, No. 1
8. Young Prince and the Young Princess
9.Prelude Op. 11, No. 1
10. Arabian Dance
11. Adagio
 
Label - Angel Records
Recorded at Skyline Studios, New York on September 1 & 23 and October 19, 1992

Fred Hersch - Piano, Arranged By
James Newton - Flute (2, 3, 8, 11)
Phil Woods - Alto Saxophone (7)
Phil Woods - Clarinet (10)
Toots Thielemans - Harmonica (1, 5)
Erik Friedlander - Cello (1-3, 5, 9-11)
Steve LaSpina - Bass
Jeff Hirshfield - Drums
 
This is an unusual set. Pianist Fred Hersch explores music by Mussorgsky, Gliere, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Liadov and Rachmaninoff, performing jazz improvisations while being respectful to the original themes. Hersch brings out some unexpected beauty in the melodies. This CD is a follow-up to a 1989 disc (Jazz Impressions) on which Hersch and a similar group played their interpretations of themes by French (rather than Russian) classical composers.
~ Scott Yanow
 

Daniel Humair - Edges (1991)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:30 | Size: 108.17 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Blank For Now (6:28)
2. Merano (8:38)
3. Sensitive Details (5:20)
4. Monitor (5:56)
5. Mozambique (6:01)
6. Genevamalgame (13:56)
7. Bunauara (3:00)

Recorded In France 1991
Label: Bleu Records 6545

Daniel Humair - drums
Jerry Bergonzi - saxophone
Aydin Esen - piano
Miroslav Vitous - bass
 

Bucky Pizzarelli - Nirvana (1995)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:36 | Size: 141.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Tangerine
02. A Little World Called Home
03. Azurte
04. Pick Yourself Up
05. Nuages
06. Honeysuckle Rose
07. Willow Weep For Me
08. Medley: It's Been A Long Time & Don't Take Your Love Away From Me
09. Two Funky People
10. Come Rain Or Come Shine
11. Stompin' At The Savoy
12. Sing Sing Sing

Personnel: 
Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli (guitar)
Lynn Seaton (bass)
Bernard Purdie (drums)


Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York on February 21, 1995.
 

Brad Goode - Nature Boy (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:41 | Size: 144.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Nature Boy 7:09
2. I Remember You 6:20
3. Nightmare of the Mechanized World 5:26
4. Sealed with a Kiss 4:52
5. Tres Palabras (Without You) 7:19
6. Celedon 4:46
7. Just in Time 5:14
8. So Beats My Heart for You 6:07
9. Infrapolations 3:41
10. It's 4 A.M. 4:06
11. No Idea 5:46
12. All Through the Night 2:54
 
Label - Delmark

Brad Goode - Trumpet
Jeff Jenkins - Piano
Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass
Todd Reid - Drums
 
Jazz trumpeter and educator Brad Goode is a musician whose credits in Chicago include leading the house band at the city's legendary Green Mill club and playing with Lee Konitz and Eddie Harris. NATURE BOY is another disc on which, in trusty fashion, Goode maintains the tradition of mainstream bebop for grateful fans of the sound. Without any nostalgic or retro affectations, Goode specializes in the freewheeling yet thoughtful vein of bop brass-masters Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown. His solos are never overlong and are possessed of poise and swing, making for as classy and straightforward a set as one could hope for.
 

Bodil Niska - Blue (2004)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:10 | Size: 124.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (5:50)
02. How About You (4:59)
03. Et gammelt stykke Oslo (4:32)
04. Taking a Chance on Love (6:09)
05. Little Lulu (4:49)
06. Vika mitt drommested (3:23)
07. Sunday (5:28)
08. Golden Earrings (3:47)
09. For All We Know (5:04)
10. Little Old Lady (5:44)
11. Blues for Madeleine (5:29)

Tenor Sax – Bodil Niska
Piano – Egil Kapstad
Bass – Bjørn Alterhaug
Drums – Pelle Hultén
Organ [Hammond B3] – Paul Wagnberg (tracks: 11)


Recorded January 2004

Bare Jazz Records ‎– BJCD 100
 

29 November, 2017

Joan Chamorro Octet - Play Luigi Grasso's Arrangements (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:29 | Size: 114.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Our Delight
02. The Scene is Clean
03. Fontainebleau
04. Heaven´s Doors Are Open Wide
05. Smooth as the Wind
06. Hot House
07. How Long Has This Been Going on?
08. Tempus Fugit
09. Round Midnight
10. Lady Bird

Joan Chamorro - sax baritone and clarinet
Luigi Grasso - alto sax and arrangements
Josep Traver - guitar
Joan Martí - sax tenor
Marçal Perramon - sax tenor and clarinet
Joan Mar Sauqué and Andrea Motis - trumpets
Rita Payés - trombone and voice
Joan Codina - trombone
Max Salgado - trumpet
Martin Leiton - double bass
Esteve Pi - drums
 

Tony Desare & Edward Decker - One For My Baby (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 31:20 | Size: 138.33 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
01. Angel Eyes (3:13)
02. You Go To My Head (2:55)
03. When She Loved Me (3:35)
04. A Cottage For Sale (3:05)
05. Memories Of You (Feat. Bucky Pizzarelli) (3:46)
06. Deep In A Dream (3:19)
07. I'll Get You Through The Night (2:41)
08. One For My Baby (4:45)
09. She's Always A Woman (4:03)

One for My Baby is an intimate set of songs featuring Edward Decker on solo seven-string guitar and Tony on vocals. The inspiration for the album came from the great Sinatra concept albums of the 50’s, such as In the Wee Small Hours and Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. The result is a song cycle that is a meditation on love gone wrong mixed with equal parts heartbreak and the notion that even through the pain, you can be “glad to be unhappy.”

Highlights on the album feature a uniquely dark take on Angel Eyes, with Tony’s baritone supported by the warmth and beauty of the seven string guitar, allowing an accompaniment that can sometimes sound more harp-like. The low A string allows for a much wider range of frequencies and expression.

When She Loved Me, by Randy Newman and from the animated Pixar film, Toy Story 2, is a rarely covered song that proves that the song can work outside it’s narrative purpose in the film and function as a moving song of love and loss.

Special guest, legendary 91 year old seven string guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, joins on Memories of You with his unique single line solo playing around Tony’s vocals while Edward accompanies in a slow stride piano-like style.

The record ends on a slightly different and hopeful note with Billy Joel’s classic from his Stranger album, She’s Always a Woman, featuring a small string section as well.

The album contains two solo guitar pieces, the classic standard A Cottage for Sale and a new Tony DeSare original called I’ll Get You Through the Night.

The album was recorded at Tony’s home studio in upstate New York and he also engineered, mixed and mastered the recording.

Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare brings his fresh take on old school classics around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and The Today Show.

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, and has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date with Drew, along with several broadcast commercials.

DeSare’s recent and upcoming appearances include the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony, The Philly Pops, The Seattle Symphony, Vail Jazz, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Edward Decker names early influences as Wes Montgomery, Bucky Pizzarelli, Nat King Cole, and Andre’ Previn. Several years ago, the National Endowment of the arts recognized Decker’s prowess on the seven string guitar and awarded him a grant study with Bucky Pizzarelli. Decker has also recorded a solo 7 string guitar CD entitled “Dear Mr. Pizzarelli”.
 

Sarah Elizabeth Combs - A Step Beyond The Rain (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 39:51 | Size: 93.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. It Might As Well Be Spring (4:03)
02. Manha De Carnaval (A Day In The Life Of A Fool) (4:16)
03. All The Things You Are (3:09)
04. These Foolish Things - My One And Only Love (Feat. Chadwick Johnson) (5:09)
05. Call Me Irresponsible (2:58)
06. Sophisticated Lady (2:25)
07. The Shadow Of Your Smile (4:14)
08. Joy Spring (2:35)
09. Over The Rainbow (5:33)
10. My Favorite Things (5:30)

Sarah has always felt at home on the stage, and ever since she could remember she has loved to perform. Even as a toddler, she thrived on expressing her talents through music and dance. Her parents, who shared her love of the arts, introduced the young Sarah to old Hollywood Musicals as well as an eclectic assortment of music. Sarah would act out all of the ingénue roles, and her family would oblige her insistence to, “Sit down, I’m gonna do a show!” Growing up in Southern California, Sarah had access to the music, film, and theatrical arts prevalent to the area. Sarah began formal vocal training at the young age of nine. She began her theatrical work as a child in several regional and community theatre productions as well as film/tv commercials in Los Angeles. At age seventeen, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy where she studied musical theatre as well as classical voice. Upon completion, she was accepted to the prestigious Eastman School of Music in New York as a Vocal Performance Major. After attending Eastman, Sarah moved back to Southern California to pursue a lifetime career in musical theatre. She has performed for regional theatre companies across the LA and San Diego areas, including: Musical Theatre West, CLO of South Bay Cities, Reprise, Candlelight Pavillion, Performance Riverside, San Bernardino CLO, The Welk Resort Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions and Starlight Theatre. Beginning in 2010, Sarah spent over two years in Phantom of The Opera in Las Vegas where she had the honor of playing Christine Daee. She then spent another couple of years honing her comedy chops in the company of I Love Lucy Live On Stage, performing nightly as Woman One and understudy to the iconic role of Lucy Ricardo. Some of Sarah’s most treasured roles include: the title role of Mary Poppins, Maria in The Sound of Music, Laurey in Oklahoma, Cosette in Les Miserables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd (which earned her an Ovation Nomination), Christine in Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella in Into The Woods, and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Currently, Sarah has the great pleasure of sailing the high seas as the lead female vocalist aboard six-star luxury liner, Crystal Serenity.
 

Peter Horsfall - Nighthawks (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 38:09 | Size: 90.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Nighthawks (4:27)
02. Then I Saw You (3:29)
03. Interlude, Pt. 1 (1:45)
04. Secretly (5:24)
05. Paradise (5:13)
06. Interlude, Pt. 2 (1:01)
07. Sunset And The Mockingbird (4:56)
08. Couldn't Stop Lovin' You (5:11)
09. Interlude, Pt. 3 (0:49)
10. This Is Goodbye (5:55)

The amazingly bittersweet voice of Peter Horsfall is front and centre in this tingling and focused collection of late night laments and atmosphere.

Horsfall is part of the swinging Kansas Smittys collective, lurking in their Hackney basement bar and emerging to present modern day takes on the swinging styles of vintage jazz. On their two CDs so far Horsfall has mainly featured as an accomplished trumpet soloist with occasional forays into song which revealed his voice to be spookily smooth, high and handsome. For this collection he chooses to set his horn aside completely and perform a set of mostly original songs with an unmistakeably small-hours vibe – Horsfall explicitly refers to Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks as an inspiration.

The opening title track Nighthawks starts with Horsfall’s voice an immediate and commanding presence – straight in and strong. We are immediately enfolded in a film noir aesthetic which carries through the 10 tracks, sparse backings and plaintive alto saxophone from Giacomo Smith. The band are all Kansas Smittys regulars who instantly gel with the vibe – Joe Webb gives sensitive support on piano and steps forward for solos on tracks like Then I Saw You where he takes a double-time bouncing feel to add variety.

Horsfall’s original songs which form the heart of the album all show a great appreciation for the nuances and harmonies of classic jazz. Similarly to Kansas Smittys, he manages to produce original work which is both highly compelling in itself as well as clearly drawing on, but not merely copying, the jazz traditions. Secretly moves around with confident modulations, while Couldn’t Stop Lovin’ You has controlled blues swagger, emphasised by the appearance of female backing vocals and taut 6/8 drumming from Pedro Segundo.

The album features two non-original tracks: piano legend Barry Harris’ Paradise provides delicious fodder for Horsfall and the band, while Duke Ellington’s Sunset & The Mockingbird is presented with a new lyric. That these tunes sit so easily within the overall album is a great tribute to Horsfall’s compositional skills. The closing track, fittingly entitled This Is Goodbye, makes room for a welcome double bass solo from Ferg Ireland. The album provides variety in three instrumental interludes, where the rhythm section trio gently introduce a new line or riff which floats past for a moment before the next song starts.

The revelation in this collection, though, is Horsfall’s voice and song writing. For this young man to produce and carry this stream of desolation, regret and contemplation is remarkable. He surely has a career as a singer with a wide appeal if he wishes to pursue it. Move over Curtis Stigers? ~by Mark McKergow
 

VA - Acid Jazz Presents Riot On 103rd Street Funk (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Funk / Soul | Total Time: 1:07:59 | Size: 156.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. The Brand New Heavies - Gimme One of Those
02. The James Taylor Quartet - Redneck
03. Snowboy - Funky Djembe
04. The Filthy Six - Mr.Morris
05. Mother Earth - Theme from Riot on 103rd Street
06. Night Trains - Dance of the Drunken Mantis
07. Cloud Nine - Hit and Pass
08. New Jersey Kings - Green Screen
09. Apostles - Inc. Spot
10. The Whole Thing - Who's Got the Makings
11. Snowboy - Call For Bobby
12. Akimbo feat. Marcina Arnold - Tickled
13. Past Present Orchestra - Itchy Feet
14. The James Taylor Quartet - Europa
15. The Brand New Heavies - Shakedown
 

Pierre-Stephane Michel Trio - Bayahibe (2004)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:14 | Size: 137.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Bayahibe
02. Piccolo Mondo
03. Fleur Bleue
04. Lundi Matin
05. El Pacha
06. Angelus
07. Lulu
08. Cleo et Cesarine
09. Grande Anse
10. Barbarie

Pierre-Stephane Michel (bass)
Bruno Ruder (piano)
Frederic Delestre (drums)

  

Piero Odorici Quintet Feat. Eddie Henderson - Plays Kurt Weill (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:55 | Size: 128.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Anstatt das Song (Kurt Weill)
2. This is new (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin)
3. Alabama Song (Kurt Weill)
4. Grabschrift (Kurt Weill)
5. Mr E.J. (Piero Odorici)
6. September Song (Kurt Weill)
7. Green Up time (Kurt Weill- Alan J.Lerner)
8. DreigroschernOper (finale) (Kurt Weill)
9. Song for my wife (Piero Odorici)
10. My ship (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin)
 
Label - JazzAround

Piero Odorici - tenor, alto, soprano sax
Eddy Henderson - trumpet, flugelhorn
Marcello Tonolo - piano
Piero Leveratto - bass
Luigi Bonafede - drums
 

McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson - Manhattan Moods (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:44 | Size: 129.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Manhattan Moods 8:38
2 Blue Monk 7:56
3 Dearly Beloved 6:47
4 (I Loves You) Porgy 3:47
5 Isn't This My Sound Around Me? 6:52
6 Soul Eyes 5:58
7 Travelin' Blues 4:47
8 Rosie 5:51
9 For Heaven's Sake 6:41

Recorded 3-4 Dec, 1993 in NYC

Blue Note ‎– CDP 7243 8 28423 2 3

Piano – McCoy Tyner
Vibraphone, Marimba – Bobby Hutcherson
 

Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer, Samuel Rohrer - Amiira (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:54 | Size: 125.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Shine On Me
02. Minne
03. Fulminate
04. Flimmer
05. After You Left
06. Source One
07. Clouds Below
08. Refraction
09. Sirènes Sacrées
10. What We Leave

Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone – Klaus Gesing
Drums, Percussion – Samuel Rohrer
Electric Bass, Recorded By, Mixed By – Björn Meyer


Recorded at PROGR Atelier 363, Bern - Switzerland
Mastered at Manmade Mastering Berlin, Germany
Label: Arjunamusic
 

Jim Rotondi - Four Of A Kind (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:49 | Size: 126.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 Ruth
02 Falset
03 Blues For BS
04 Love For Sale
05 I See You Brother
06 Minor Adjustment
07 Manteca
08 It's Easy To Remember
09 What Kind of Fool Am I
 
Jim Rotondi - Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
David Hazeltine - Piano, Fender Rhodes
John Webber - Acoustic Bass
Joe Farnsworth - Drums
Jason Hann - Percussion on "Falset" and "Manteca"
 
A fine hard bop trumpeter, Jim Rotondi has worked with Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton (for six years), Charles Earland, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and One for All. He has also recorded several albums as a leader and many as a sideman. A hard bop stylist who is a logical part of the Lee Morgan-Freddie Hubbard-Woody Shaw tradition without copying any of them, Rotondi is quite fluent in advanced straight-ahead jazz. On Four of a Kind, he performs five originals (including three of his own) and is particularly strong on the four standards including a warm ballad rendition of "It's Easy to Remember" and "Manteca." Pianist David Hazeltine also has consistently rewarding spots on both piano and electric piano, while percussionist Jason Hann expands the group to a quintet on two numbers. While not groundbreaking, Four of a Kind is an excellent example of modern mainstream jazz of 2007 and is one of Jim Rotondi's better recordings. - Scott Yanow
 

Jean-Luc Ponty - Tchokola (1991)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:58 | Size: 150.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Mam' Mai 5:57
2 Sakka Sakka 5:20
3 Tchokola 5:45
4 Mouna Bowa 6:30
5 N'Fan Môt 6:07
6 Yé Ké Yé Ké 4:55
7 Bamako 4:30
8 Rhum 'N' Zouc 5:02
9 Cono 4:55
10 Bottle Bop 4:48

Acustic, Electric Violin, Keyboards – Jean-Luc Ponty
Kora, Xylophone [Balafon], Harp – Kemo Kouyate
Guitar – Martin Atangana (tracks: 2, 4, 10), Yves N'Djock (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 9)
Bass – Guy Nsangue
Drums, Percussion – Brice Wassy
Percussion – Abdou Mboup, Moustapha Cisse
Vocals – Angélique Kidjo, Esther Dobong'Na Essienne, Myriam Betty, Willy N'For (tracks: 2)


Producer Jean-Luc Ponty
Co-producer Brice Wassy
Engineer Peter Kelsey


Recorded at Davout Sudios, Paris, France, 1990-91

Epic ‎– 468522 2 Netherlands
 

Hiroshi Murayama Trio - Ballad Of Lyrics (2009)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:31 | Size: 122.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Ballad of Lyrics "For Lilika" (Hiroshi Murayama)
2. BeBop (Dizzy Gillespie)
3. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
4. Coming from The Seine (Hiroshi Murayama)
5. Freemason (Hiroshi Murayama)
6. The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
7. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
8. The Deep Valley (Daiki Yasukagawa)
9. New Change Up (Hiroshi Murayama)

Hiroshi Murayama – piano
Daiki Yasukagawa – bass
Philippe Soirat - drums
 
Murayama’s aptly titled piano trio recording starts off with the title track, a lush ballad that is lyrical and full of feeling. The stop time and chording makes a deep connection to a deeper level of emotive playing that lasts all the way through the recording. This recording relies on sense and feeling, tact and depth, and still swings hard.

The straight-ahead speed on “BeBop” is more than a vibrant flow of notes, and gets into the piece with impressive virtuosity. It’s Murayama’s originals, though, that are the most moving. “Coming from the Seine,” a piece reflecting Murayama’s experience and residence in France, is particularly impressive. He mixes European modernist tonalities with jazz in the best way--impressionistic, poetic, and lyrical.

“The Look of Love” and “My Funny Valentine” are deep, ponderous, and fully realized, both taken at a swift tempo that brings out new flavors and feelings to both of those often-slow-tempo numbers. Murayama may have included these standards to satisfy some marketing executive, but he endows them with substance and his own unique voice. All too often, piano trios lose their uniqueness with standards, but Murayama is just the opposite—the standards accentuate his taste and approach.
“The Deep Valley” works with an arco statement of the melody by bassist Yasukagawa that feels like warm mittens for your ears. It is comfortable, yet feels zippy and new. Yasukagawa is perfect in this setting. His timing is impeccable and he is always ready with a solo, but it’s the extras he brings that impress most--the right moment for arco, the added bounce of skipping-up notes, and the right positioning between the front and back of the sound.

Drummer Soirat is firm yet delicate. His accents and punches show a readiness to drive the trio, but the sense to let everyone move at their own pace. He keeps things focused and finely fluid even when switching the tempo and slipping out of standard meters. Clearly, the trio has played together with each member knowing each other’s feelings and directions, and digging the motion all around. Hopefully, there will be many more recordings from Murayama soon.
 

Hal Galper Trio With Jerry Bergonzi - Just Us (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:08 | Size: 121.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Just Us 5:42
2. Unforgettable 10:33
3. Moon Glaze 10:57
4. Stablemates 8:38
5. Bye Bye Blackbird 10:52
6. Lover Man 7:25
7. I'll Never Be the Same 9:35
 
Label - Enja

Hal Galper - Piano
Jerry Bergonzi - Tenor Sax
Pat O'Leary - Bass
Steve Ellington - Drums
 

Dan Phillips Quartet - Converging Tributaries (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:48 | Size: 150.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Conspicuous Con 10:57
2 Swirling Headwaters 18:35
3 Converging Tributaries 9:30
4 Latent Entropy 26:46

Dan Phillips: guitar; Jeb bishop: trombone; Krzysztof Pabian: double bass; Timothy Daisy: drums.

Lizard Breath Records

Sorry New York, but Chicago jazz hits harder. And maybe it always has, with players like Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson and today's stars, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Hamid Drake, and Fred Lonberg-Holm, to name just a few musicians. Maybe it is the winters, or is it the searing heat of summer that mutates the DNA? Whatever the cause, once altered, the musical whomp is fixed. Even when the musicians have left the Windy City, its influence remains. A prime example is Converging Tributaries by guitarist Dan Phillips' Quartet.

Phillips works as an educator in Bangkok, Thailand, returning to Chicago to record excellent sessions such as this. The same holds for trombonist Jeb Bishop, a North Carolina native whose tenure in Chicago saw him performing in Ken Vandermark's various projects, Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, and Mike Reed's People, Places & Things. Polish-born Bassist Krzysztof Pabian studied both the classical and jazz realms, played with a symphony orchestra and, as he does here, kept time in Phillip's composed pieces and the group's free improvisations. Lastly, Tim Daisy is, and seems to have always been, part of every improvised happening in Chicago these last twenty years.

Of the four pieces here, two are Phillips' compositions and two are group improvisations. The only difference is in the lengths of the tracks. The freely improvised pieces, "Swirling Headwaters" and "Latent Entropy" clock in at 18:36 and 26:46, respectively, while "Conspicuous Con" is 10:58 and the title track, 9:30. The reason I cite this as the only distinguishing detail is that the four players engage so well, the improvised pieces are easily mistaken for thoroughly composed music. Or is it that the compositions open up so nicely to improvisation?

"Conspicuous Con" opens the disc with the musicians circling each other, juggling melodic notes until they settle into a profound (can we say "Chicago"?) groove. Phillips picks notes over a hypnotic bass line before Bishop exorcises a few trombone demons. A similar submission to swing is found on the title track with Daisy playing with a surprising economy, and Pabian's bowed bass coloring the affair. The two improvised pieces are evidence of four musicians listening and reacting to each other with generosity. The sound is coherent, coordinated and is what we might dub Chicago organic. - MARK CORROTO
 

Bheki Mseleku - Home At Last (2003)


Genre: Jazz / Fusion | Total Time: 1:19:05 | Size: 179.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Sandile 8:05
2. Monwabisi 8:02
3. Home At Last 5:07
4. A Journey From Within 6:25
5. Mamelodi 7:51
6. Love Is The Key 6:59
7. Dance With Me Tonight 7:15
8. Mbizo 5:11
9. Imbali 5:52
10. Nants' Inkululeko 5:45
11. Belinda Ananda 6:59
12. Monk The Priest 5:13
 
Label - Sheer Sound (South Africa)

Bheke Mseleku - piano
Feya Faku - trumpet
Winston Mankunku Ngozi - sax
Enoch Mthalane - guitar
Herbie Tsoaeli - bass
Phillip Meintjies or Morabol Morojele - drums
Ezra Ngcukana - percussion
 
This is Bheke Mseleku's final album, recorded in 2003, and after years of not finding an appreciative audience in apartheid South Africa, he indeed returns home. He died five years later. Home At Last is solid post-bop, contemporary jazz, polished, urbane, and mellow. On this session, Mseleku again is at the piano, but he is joined by a fine ensemble of African jazzmen. Within a generous 79 minutes, the 12 tracks provide lyricism, occasional South African melodies, fine improvisational interplay of musicians, and even a clever homage to Thelonious Monk. Mseleku's piano musicianship throughout and the sonority of the horns and tasteful percussion makes pleasurable listening. It is rare for a jazz artist to consistently issue excellent albums.
Bheke Mseleku born 3rd March 1955 Natal, South Africa & died 9th September 2008 England
~ Dr. Debra Jan Bibel
 

Andrzej Przybielski, Oleś Brothers ‎- De Profundis (2010)


Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 48:45 | Size: 106.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Afroblue 8:39
2 Epitapheum For Jacek 8:02
3 De Profundis 14:22
4 Guru 6:44
5 De Profundis 10:58

Double Bass, Producer – Marcin Oleś
Drums, Producer – Bartłomiej Brat Oleś*
Trumpet [Trumpet & Pocket Trumpet], Flugelhorn, Cornet, Composed By – Andrzej Przybielski


Recorded live April 26, 2010

Fenommedia ‎– FM 11-011
 

Alex Sipiagin & Donny McCaslin - Machaut Man And A Superman Hat: Music Of Dave Lisik (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:30 | Size: 155.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Steal Bryan's Laptop 09:52
2. Machaut Man and a Superman Hat 06:50
3. Au Chien Qui Fume 07:27
4. (You Can't Always Get a) Wet Chihuahua 09:42
5. Hooptie on the 405 08:21
6. Georgia On My Mind 11:59
7. The Disgruntled Plagiarist 07:05
8. Katafuzees (Giant Steps) 07:14

Alex Sipiagin (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Donny McCaslin (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Dave Kikoski (acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes)
Boris Kozlov (bass)
Donald Edwards (drums)
 
Composer/arranger, Dave Lisik can always be relied upon to put together colorful, unpredictable and creative jazz projects. The music on Machaut Man and a Superman Hat is no exception, featuring a world-class quintet interpreting seven of his originals along with an unusual version of “Georgia On My Mind.”

A little background is in order for those who might not be familiar with Dave’s history. Born in Canada, he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998. After working as Director of Bands at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in Winnipeg, Canada during 1998-2003 (which included recording three CDs and collecting quite a few awards), he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition with a Jazz Emphasis at the University of Memphis, where he taught and directed jazz ensembles. He worked as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, where he created the LeMoyne-Owen Records label and the African Drumming Ensemble.

Lisik now lives in New Zealand, where he works at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington (teaching jazz composition, arranging, theory and pedagogy), co-directs the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, founded and produces the NZSM Jazz Festival, and is a trustee of the New Zealand Jazz Foundation. In addition, he has worked as a trumpeter (playing with big bands, his own quintet, and symphony orchestras) and he has written over 400 works.

It has made for quite a busy life, which fortunately includes a regular series of recordings. For Machaut Man and a Superman Hat, Lisik was able to utilize trumpeter Alex Sipiagin’s quintet. “When players of this caliber are willing to share their amazing musicality, it is quite a remarkable experience,” says Lisik. “Alex Sipiagin came to the first New Zealand School of Music Jazz Festival as a guest artist in 2011 and we have worked together numerous times since then.” A superb trumpeter, Sipiagin has recorded with Lisik on his jazz orchestra suite Walkabout – A Place For Visions and on two other projects that will be released in the near future: an electroacoustic album with Seamus Blake (Students In Exile) and a set with a jazz orchestra (Origin Of Species).

“Donny McCaslin was a featured soloist on my first jazz orchestra recording project, Coming Through Slaughter - The Bolden Legend. He is one of my absolute favorite musicians, and is beautiful to listen to. Dave Kikoski, Boris Kozlov and Donald Edwards are all regular players in the rhythm section of the Mingus Big Band, and in Alex's quintet with Seamus Blake, Opus 5. These are some of the best jazz musicians anywhere. They know each other very well, play together all of the time, and have a real group thing happening.”

Although Lisik’s music is consistently challenging, the five musicians sound relaxed and effortless throughout this set, coming up with interpretations that clearly pleased the composer. The music is as colorful and offbeat as the song titles.

“Steal Bryan’s Laptop” serves as an excellent introduction to the quintet with lengthy and passionate solos by Sipiagin, McCaslin and Kikoski, and tight work by the rhythm section that often seems to think as one. Its unusual title refers to hypothetical pranks that Lisik and members of his college faculty fantasized about playing on the representative from Bryan College. “When a particular Memphis college was facing imminent bankruptcy, other colleges and universities were invited to participate in a recruiting fair of sorts to give students other study options once their dying college was closed. I was with a few colleagues representing my school, and we were set up directly across from the lone, male representative of the small religious, Bryan College. It seemed logical to us that Bryan himself was likely manning the recruiting table. Over the course of a long day, in order to pass the time, we came up with jokes to play on “Bryan” including sabotaging his chair in various ways, having him continuously paged to the central office, slipping something into his beverage and … stealing his computer.”

“Hooptie on the 405” has a melody that recalls early Ornette Coleman. This performance, one of the strongest on the CD, includes a fine solo by Kikoski, a hard-swinging improvisation from Sipiagin, and some raging tenor by McCaslin.

“Au Chien Qui Fume,” named after a Paris restaurant, is a sensitive ballad with a melody in two different keys. McCaslin’s soprano playing, which displays his original voice, is lyrical and beautiful.

“The Disgruntled Plagiarist” has a funky feel reminiscent of Herbie Hancock in the 1960s, warm statements from flugelhorn, tenor and piano, and a prominent role for drummer Donald Edwards. As for its title, Lisik says, “it is either about the moment when a college student realizes that the internet contains a vast amount of information that can easily be copied and pasted into a research document, when a deadline is looming, or the moment, after the paper has been handed in, that the student realizes that finding the plagiarized content is even easier for the person grading the paper than it was to copy and paste it in the first place.”

The up and down scalar piece (and Rolling Stones tribute) “Wet Chihuahua” is catchy, features some powerful trumpet and heated tenor, and has exciting interplay by the two horns at its conclusion.

The menacing strut “Machaut Man and a Superman Hat” has some fairly free ensemble playing, a tempo that accelerates gradually a la Charles Mingus, and plenty of dramatic moments. “Guillaume de Machaut was a French poet and composer of the 1300s who was the subject of one of the hits of the disco era Village People.”

Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” was drastically re-harmonized for this version, and the results sound like a brand new song. The final track of this continually fascinating program is “Katafuzees”, a Lisik original based on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” The two horns battle it out for a time before the rhythm section eventually joins in. The piano, bass and drums solos are outstanding, bringing this set to a fiery end.

Dave Lisik may be a significant educator in New Zealand but, as this and his previous CDs show, he is obviously a major composer with an original style and conception of his own. All of his recordings are well worth exploring and savoring.

Scott Yanow is the author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76.
 

Alan Barnes - Better Late Than Never (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:50 | Size: 134.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Lets Facer The Music And Dance (03:12)
02. Mood Indigo (09:07)
03. B (05:14)
04. O Grande Amour (06:09)
05. One For Bruce (04:52)
06. Chelsea Bridge (05:54)
07. Better Late Than Never (05:17)
08. Donna Lee (04:28)
09. How Long Has This Been Going On? (04:45)
10. Lazybird (03:25)
11. Below Zero (06:36)
12. Raincheck (03:47)

Personnel:
Alan Barnes - alto / baritone / clarinet
Andy Panayi - tenor / baritone / flute
Iain Dixon - tenor
Martin Shaw - trumpet
David Newton - piano
Paul Morgan - acoustic bass
Mark Taylor - drums


Recorded Premises Studios, London December 7-9th 1993.
 

Adi Braun - Moderne Frau (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:50 | Size: 109.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Moderne Frau (2:19)
02.Surabaya Johnny (5:54)
03.Nannas Lied (3:58)
04.Buddy on the nightshift (2:11)
05.Josephine (3:33)
06.Du sollst es leise sagen (5:03)
07.Speak Low (5:08)
08.I’m a stranger here myself (3:55)
09.Mackie Messer/Mack the knife (2:07)
10.Gestern (3:36)
11.Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (4:40)
12.It never was you (6:41)
13.It’s all a swindle (3:53)

Although Adi Braun has been active on the Canadian jazz scene since the mid-'90s, the Toronto-based jazz/cabaret vocalist was actually born and raised in Germany. Braun, in fact, sings with a slight German accent, but slight is definitely the operative word because her English is quite understandable. Like Jeanette Lindström in Sweden and Soesja Citroen and Fay Claassen in Holland, Braun is a good example of a jazz-friendly singer who has no problem singing convincingly in English even though she grew up in a country where it isn't the primary language. If anything, Braun's slight accent has been a plus because it adds character to her warm, intimate performances.

Born Adreana Braun, the singer comes from a very musical family -- one that is well-respected in European classical and opera circles. Both of her parents were professional singers (including her late father, Victor Braun), and opera has been the focus of her brother Russell Braun (who is also a singer). Adi Braun, who was 18 when she made her first recordings in Germany, is classically trained herself and has an impressive resumé as a professional opera/classical vocalist. In fact, she has brought her Euro-classical and opera skills to various productions for the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Operetta Theater. But instead of focusing on classical and opera singing exclusively, Braun has opted to explore jazz, cabaret, and torch singing. Although very jazz-friendly, Braun isn't a jazz snob or a jazz purist any more than she is a classical snob; her taste in music ranges from Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Kurt Weill, and Tin Pan Alley to jazz/R&B singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. While there are traces of Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, and Billie Holiday in Braun's singing, three of the people she has cited as strong influences -- Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lotte Lenya -- are identified with traditional pop, Broadway, or cabaret, not straight-ahead jazz. In various interviews with the Canadian media, Braun has been very up-front about the fact that she doesn't consider herself a jazz purist and has a broader definition of jazz than a purist would have. After leaving Europe and moving to Canada, Braun attended the University of Toronto and obtained a degree in music. She went on to become increasingly active on the Toronto jazz scene, where she has often been accompanied by the trio of pianist Ron Davis. In the early 2000s, Braun co-founded Blue Rider Records with two other Toronto residents, pianist Linda Ippolito and composer Brian McDonagh; the label planned to focus on jazz as well as cabaret, traditional pop, and classical. In 2002, Braun co-produced her first Blue Rider release, Delishious, with acoustic pianist Doug Riley.
 

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Ron Horton - Subtextures (2002)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:24 | Size: 122.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Cantarnos 7:29
2. Malaby 6:08
3. Ruminations 8:41
4. Subtextures 8:29
5. O Sacrum Convivium 7:51
6. Rumors 7:07
7. Mutability 4:30
8. Etude (Chopin) 3:08
 
Label - FSNT

Ron Horton - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Frank Kimbrough - Piano
Ben Allison - Bass
Matt Wilson - Drums
 

Paquito D'Rivera, Christopher Dell & WDR Big Band - Benny Goodman Revisited (2009)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:21 | Size: 173.96 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Slipped Disc (8:39)
2. Let's Dance (6:45)
3. Memories Of You (7:49)
4. Stompin At The Savoy (7:23)
5. Benny @ 100 (5:39)
6. Don't Be That Way (8:19)
7. Soft Winds (15:28)
8. Sing Sing Sing (11:26)
9. Goodbye (4:48)

Rec. Live At Philharmonie, Köln 2009

Paquito D'Rivera - clarinet
Christopher Dell - vibraphone


WDR Big Band:
Michael Abene - arranger & conductor
Johann Horlen - alto saxophone, flute & clarinet
Karolina Strassmayer - alto saxophone, flute & clarinet
Olivier Peters - tenor saxophone, flute & clarinet
Paul Heller - tenor saxophone, flute & bass clarinet
Jens Neufang - baritone saxophone, flute & bass clarinet
Ludwig Nuss, Marshall Gilkes, Andy Hunter, Matt Cederberg - trombones
Klaus Osterich - trumpet & flugelhorn
John Marshall - trumpet & flugelhorn
Andy Haderer - trumpet & flugelhorn
Wim Both - trumpet & flugelhorn
Frank Chastenier - piano
Paul Shigihara - guitar
John Goldsby - bass
Hans Dekker - drums
 

Juan Pablo Torres - Together Again (2002)


Genre: Jazz / Latin Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:31 | Size: 148.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 When Day Breaks 6:45
2 Slide Force 4:20
3 Salt And Peper 3:48
4 Ache 6:61
5 Moonlight Serenade 7:35
6 Torres And Turre 8:49
7 Pennsylvania 6-5000 5:35
8 Yunfa 7:02
9 All Rhythm Ahead 7:19
10 Blowing Up 7:32

One Records ‎– I-384670

Juan Pablo Torres (trombone);
Arturo Sandoval (trumpet, flugelhorn);
Peter Smith (guitar);
Mario Rivera (flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone);
Pablo Gil (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone);
Diego Urcola (trumpet);
Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre (trombone);
John Di Martino, Chucho Valdйs, David Virelles (piano);
Jorge Reyes, Andy Gonzбlez (acoustic bass);
Charles Flores (electric bass);
Enrique Pla, Horacio "El Negro" Hernбndez (drums);
Roberto Vizcaнno, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hidalgo Giovanni (congas).

 

John Taylor - Songs And Variations (2005)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:45 | Size: 115.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Wych Hazel 6:28
2. Close To Mars 4:56
3. In February 5:21
4. Starting Point 6:08
5. Arrivée 1 2:04
6. Fantasy 4:05
7. Arrivée 2 4:24
8. Arrivée 3 3:16
9. In Cologne 6:42
10. Descent 3:52
11. Escapade 3:26
 
Label - C.A.M. Jazz

John Taylor - piano solo
 
The unequivocal touch of the master… here is the new musical treasure by John Taylor.
One of the few pianists of international acclaim able to delight and move us with a solo recording. An extraordinary album that allows you to discover the graceful precision and elegance of his mastery.