31 January, 2018

Yasuko Agawa - Jazz Ballads (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:34 | Size: 110.53 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. But Beautiful (4:29)
2. Moonlight Serenade (4:26)
3. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (3:53)
4. My Foolish Heart (3:44)
5. Alfie (3:45)
6. Saving All My Love for You (4:18)
7. Star Dust (4:05)
8. Lover Man (4:07)
9. In a Sentimental Mood (4:37)
10. If You Never Come to Me (4:42)
11. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (3:12)
12. The Man I Love (3:13)
13. My Funny Valentine (3:05)
14. Good-Bye (4:02)
Yasuko Agawa (Akagawa Yoko, real name: Yasuko Sato, October 16, 1951) is a former actress, a jazz singer from Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Former stage name: Tomoe Mari, Tomoe Aso, Yasuko Sato. Currently belongs to office · dag. Blood type A type. My father is a Western painter who lives in Kamakura. Hobbies · Specialty is painting, illustration, essay. Graduated from Souzanjo Gakuen High School.

Mark Lewis - Of Hip Do I Sing (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:36 | Size: 165.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
02. Nature Boy
03. Sunlight Shines In
04. Going Away
05. Of Hip Do I Sing
06. Reverence
07. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
08. Love Doesn't Lie
09. Common Denominator
10. I Remember You
11. Song For Mom
12. The Ermitage
13. Haiku
14. What James Said

Audio Daddio (634479936654)
Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano; author of approximately 1,700 compositions; and has recorded and produced more than twenty albums on various labels. A well-traveled saxophonist and flutist, he’s been a part of jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris. Rotterdam, the Netherlands was Mark's home base for many years. He toured and played in the better clubs throughout Europe, and taught jazz theory and improvised music classes in several music conservatories. Mark lived and performed for several years in San Francisco and Victoria, BC as well. Jazz musicians Mark has performed and recorded with include pianists George Cables, Willem Kühne, Mark Levine, Overton Berry and Ted Gioia; drummers Victor Lewis, Candy Finch, Frans van Grinsven and Eddie Moore; bassists James Long, Hein van de Geyn, David Friesen, Larry Grenadier and Chuck Metcalf; saxophonists Noah Howard and Art Foxall; trumpet player Randy Brecker; and vibraphonists Bobby Hutcherson and Lodewijk Bouwens. Mark often subbed for Stan Getz and John Handy during his time in San Francisco.

Lilly - Tenderly (Feat. Gilad Hekselman) (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 38:05 | Size: 88.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tenderly (4:15)
02. You Go To My Head (5:45)
03. Skylark (5:28)
04. First Song (3:43)
05. Voice From The Mountain (3:48)
06. Hvem Kan Sejle - Whistling Away The Dark (6:09)
07. You’re Everything (4:09)
08. Day Dream (4:48)
Personnel: Lilly: vocal; Gilad Hekselman: guitar.
It all starts with a song. Two people and song. Gilad and Lilly. Guitarist and singer. One visiting Denmark as an artist in residence and the other living there. One among the foremost exponents of modern jazz guitar and the other an acclaimed vocalist and singer/songwriter, but still a secret outside her country.

Here they are on the album Tenderly. The result of a day's work in the studio with songs that are the work of a lifetime. Timeless songs. Duke Ellington's "Day Dream" and standards like "You Go to My Head" and "Skylark," but also more recent classics like the folk-icon Nick Drake's poetic "Voice from the Mountain."

Lilly, whose full name is Lilly-Ann Hertzman, and Gilad Hekselman sing these songs tenderly. Hekselman creates a lush tapestry of tones, a gentle architecture that supports the songs without holding them down to the ground. Along with Lilly, they fly into the sky and sunset. Tender songs. Songs of loving and living. A setup so simple and yet so complex. Phrasings filled with an understanding of space and pause. Guitar lines and vocal chords. Guitar chords and vocal lines. A symbiosis, a deep conversation, not chitter-chatter. Poetry sung tenderly. ~by Jakob Baekgaard

George Masso, Randy Sandke & Ed Polcer - One, Two, Three (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:07 | Size: 433.82 MB | FLAC
1. Fascinating Rhythm
2. Liza
3. The Half Of It Deary Blues
4. Who Cares (So Long As You Care For Me)
5. There Ain't No Sweet Man
6. Mississippi Mud
7. In A Mist / Candlelight
8. I Would Do Most Anything For You
9. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
10. Have You Met Miss Jones
11. Louisiana
12. Jitterbug Waltz
13. Sentimental Journey
14. Mandy Make Up Your Mind

Euge Groove - Euge Groove (2000)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 47:41 | Size: 112.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Romeo & Juliet (Steve Grove) (4:56)
02. Sneak A Peek (Michael Egizi, Steve Grove) (5:05)
03. Vinyl (Steve Grove) (4:29)
04. Give In To Me (JC Chasez, Michael Egizi, Tony Lucca) (4:41)
05. Another Sad Love Song (Babyface, Daryl Simmons) (4:25)
06. Tenderhearted Lover (John Stoddart) (4:53)
07. Truly Emotional (Steve Grove) (4:56)
08. Lay It Down (Michael Egizi, Steve Grove) (4:06)
09. Summer Stroll (Steve Grove) (4:58)
10. The Last Song (Steve Grove) (5:11)

Euge Groove - Saxophone;
JC Chasez, John Stoddart - Vocals;
Michael Egizi, David "Khalid" Woods - Keyboards, programming;
Paul Jackson Jr., Danny Jacob, Jimi "Money" Macon, Mike Turner - Guitar;
Alex Al, Federico Pol - Bass;
Paulinho Da Costa, Walter Rodriguez - Percussion.

Recorded at Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA.

Euge Groove - Euge Groove (2000)

Bruce Barth Quartet - Where Eagles Fly (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:12 | Size: 133.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Identity Crisis
2. San Francisco Holiday
3. Secret Name
4. Autum Leaves
5. Where Eagles Fly
6. For Mercedes
7. Transparency
8. 3 More Minors
9. You've Changed

Recorded November 9,1998 At Moraleda Studios,Barcelona

Fresh Sound New Talent ‎– FSNT 090 CD

Bass – Pat O'Leary
Drums – Adam Cruz
Piano – Bruce Barth
Soprano Saxophone – Sam Newsome

30 January, 2018

Riccardo Ballerini Feat. Randy Brecker & Scott Henderson - Blue Mesa (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:04 | Size: 140.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Canzonetta (6:49)
2. Puffin' (5:32)
3. Blue Mesa (7:00)
4. Karroo Dance (5:49)
5. Lady Ballad (5:58)
6. Freedom Funk Blues (6:46)
7. Spunky Springlet (7:18)
8. House Sweet Home (6:28)
9. Restless (6:09)
10. Hi Five (5:00)
11. Karroo Reprise (0:56)

Doctor Strauss Studio, Rome 1994
Label: YVP Music Records - 3048

Riccardo Ballerini - piano & keyboards
Randy Brecker - trumpet (1,5,6,8,9)
Scott Henderson - guitar (2,3,4,7,11)
Irio De Paula - guitar (6,9,10)
Toni Armetta - bass
Claudio Mastracci - drums


Paul Berner Band - Road To Memphis (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:12 | Size: 105.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Elvis Presley Blues
2. That's All Right
3. Tupelo
4. Road to Memphis
5. Buttonfly
6. The Colonel
7. Countryboy

Paul Berner - bass
Michael Moore - sax / clarinet
Ed Verhoeff - guitar (left)
Peter Tiehuis - guitar (right)

Recorded in Studio Eleven (Hilversum) with a live audience on November 25, 2012.

Born in California, Paul Berner spent his youth in a small town on the Great Plains. There he started playing guitar at age 13 and was soon playing in a local rock band. The double bass followed a couple years later, coinciding with his developing interest in Jazz. At 18, after 3 years, but only a few lessons, on bass, he passed the audition for entrance to the University of Iowa School of Music. Intent on developing his technique and his musical horizons, he chose to study classical bass playing, though he always was involved with jazz music outside of school. After receiving his Bachelor’s De gree in Music Performance, Paul moved to Bloomington, Indiana for post-graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Music, also in classical bass. Here he came in contact with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Kenny Aronoff, Todd Coolman, Jim Beard, and John Clayton.

In 1990 Paul made a “quality of life” decision and moved his base of operations to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. To paraphrase Bill Frisell, he wanted a house with a room where he could just sit and think! After arriving in the Netherlands he soon found his talents much in demand, and consequently he has worked with many well-known Dutch and Belgian artists such as Cees Slinger, Toots Thielemans, Dre Pallemaerts, Jesse van Ruller and Laura Fygi. In addition international artists such as Shirley Bassey, George Coleman, Michael Moore and Monty Alexander call upon his bass playing.

Niño Josele Y Javier Limón - El Sorbo (2001)

Genre: Folk / Andalusian Classical | Total Time: 39:51 | Size: 88.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Lluvia gitana
02. Salome
03. Soraima
04. De azul el aire
05. Rastro viejo
06. Al lado de tu cuerpo
07. Caidosa
08. El Ciego
09. Marea negra
10. Rompiendo aguas
11. Serena luz
12. Tus palabras me duelen
13. El Sorbo
14. El Sorbo II
15. M.M. primavera del dos mil

Label: BMG España

Masami Nakagawa - Poesy (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:10 | Size: 132.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. All the Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein) - 5:09
02. Beautiful Love (Young-King-Vanalsyne-Gillespie) - 4:03
03. Milestones (Davis) - 6:15
04. Elm (Beirach) - 6:02
05. 'Round Midnight (Hanighen-Monk-Williams) - 4:06
06. Oriental Folk Song (Shorter) - 7:31
07. The Lamp Is Low (Parish) - 6:28
08. All Blues (Davis) - 6:05
09. Some Other Time (Bernstein-Comden-Green) - 8:36
10. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Prevert) - 3:58

Masami Nakagawa - flute
Richie Beirach - acoustic piano
George Mraz - acoustic bass
Lewis Nash - drums

Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York on September 7-9, 1991.
Mastered by Alan Yoshida at A&M Mastering Studios, Hollywood, CA

Malene Mortensen - Desperado (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:36 | Size: 125.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Another Day 4:13
2 Desperado 4:18
3 Laughin' At Life 3:25
4 Morning Sun & Velvet Moon 3:46
5 If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody 3:57
6 Sea Of Lies 4:58
7 City Love 4:12
8 Temptation 3:53
9 November Came 3:47
10 Empty Skies 4:03
11 Where Would I Be Without You 3:37
12 Aarestrup I Marts 2:33
Bonus Tracks
13 I've Got A Date With A Dream 4:30
14 All I Want 3:59

Master Music Ltd ‎– MKSA 69617-2

Acoustic Bass, Programmed By, Keyboards – Chris Minh Doky
Arranged By [Quartet] – Michael Bojesen
Conductor – George Whitty (tracks: 9)
Congas – Ryan Whitty (tracks: 8)
Drums, Percussion – Rasmus Kihlberg
Flugelhorn – TOKU (tracks: 2)
Guitar – Adam Rogers (2), Mike Stern (tracks: 5)
Musician – The Marg String Quartet (tracks: 9)
Organ, Keyboards – George Whitty (tracks: 9)
Piano – Jacob Christoffersen, Kasper Villaume (tracks: 2,8), Magnus Hjorth (tracks: 9,12)
Tenor Saxophone – Chris Potter (2) (tracks: 8)
Vocals – Malene Mortensen

Ladd McIntosh Big Band ‎- Ride The Night Beast (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:15 | Size: 129.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 The Rugged Coast 5:19
2 Ride The Night Beast 4:30
The Last Suite Mesa
3 Taco Tee Shirt 4:23
4 Steaks 'N' Beans At Mormon Lake Lodge 5:18
5 Goodbye Grant 5:03
6 Legacy 5:11
7 Guru 8:34
Suite Mesa II
8 Liquor Nips 5:59
9 I Wanna Watch You... 6:17
10 Great Times In H.Z. 5:38

Composed By, Arranged By, Conductor – Ladd McIntosh
Drums – Dick Weller
Electric Bass – Jerry Watts
Percussion – Bill Hulting (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 10)
Piano, Synthesizer – Geoff Stradling
Saxophone, Woodwind – Fred Selden, Gene Cipriano (tracks: 1, 3 to 6), Glen Garrett (2) (tracks: 2, 7 to 10), Jim Snodgrass (2), Jon Crosse, Kurt McGettrick
Trombone – Bruce Fowler (3), Eric Jorgensen, George McMullen, Phil Teele
Trumpet – Bob Summers (3), Jon Papenbrook, Rick Baptist (tracks: 2, 7 to 10), Sal Cracchiolo, Stan Watkins

Recorded December 8-10, 2003 at Mad Dog Studios, Burbank, CA.

John Abercrombie - Open Land (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:56 | Size: 142.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Just In Tune
2. Open Land
3. Spring Song
4. Gimme Five
5. Speak Easy
6. Little Booker
7. Free Piece Suit(e)
8. Remember When
9 That's For Sure
Label - ECM
Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York, September 1998

John Abercrombie - guitar
Mark Feldman - violin
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone
Dan Wall - organ
Adam Nussbaum - drums

James Weidman - Spiritual Impressions (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:37 | Size: 125.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel 06:04
02. Deep River 07:19
03. No Hiding Place 04:33
04. Prelude to Freedom / Troubled Waters 01:23
05. Wade in the Water 05:40
06. Nobody Knows the Trouble I See 05:12
07. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho 06:21
08. You Hear the Lamb a Cryin' 07:19
09. African Spirals 06:35
10. Let My People Go 05:35
11. Walk Together Children 04:36

About James Weidman and his ensemble
from Lemon Wire

In a career that has spanned decades, Weidman has worked as an accompanist and a side musician for acclaimed performers. Among the people he has worked with are Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman and Kevin Mahogany, to name a few.

Weidman’s purpose with “Spiritual Impressions” is to pay homage to the music that grew out of the slave system found in the American South. He portrays slaves’ devout belief that they would be set free, just like Israelite slaves in the Bible.

The songs are invariably about trouble, freedom, and suffering in general. Weidman’s treatment of the subject matter retains its gravity, while changes in time and rhythm put an original spin on the traditional songs.

In addition to his work as a musician, Weidman is on the faculty at William Paterson University.

On “Spiritual Impressions,” Weidman plays piano, organ, and melodica. He is joined by Ruth Naomi Floyd on vocals, Anthony Nelson on tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as bass clarinet and flute. Harvie S. plays acoustic and electric bass and Vince Ector plays drums, djembe, and sangba.
“Spiritual Impressions”: the sound of tribute

While all 11 tracks have laudable qualities, two stand out. “Wade in the Water” is a popular song in black American churches. Often sung during baptism services, (not always, but frequently), the symbolism of water and its purifying effect on sinners make it an emotional song for congregants.

The song opens with drum clacks and a driving, rumbling bass befitting a rock song. The organ takes over the soundscape, softly. Then Floyd’s vocals begin. Her voice is flexible and takes on several dynamics in the span of just a few lines. Going from legato to staccato and from mid-range to high, listeners expect the singer to miss a note or a beat. It doesn’t happen. Her voice is a trained instrument. And while the instrumentation is at times enthralling, the organ showcase gets a bit dizzying, and listeners find themselves missing the vocal part. On the second half of the song, the ensemble seems to start the song over again. The soft clack and thump of the drums signal that a new motif is coming. The vocals return, over soft instrumentation. In fact, at one point the instruments drop out and Floyd’s voice is on display. This happens to nice effect.

“Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” is a song whose 19th-century roots are obvious. Floyd’s vocals are a mix of crisp and smooth. The tone is hopeful and serious. The horns do an effective job of punctuating the lyrical line. Floyd’s change in dynamics again helps the song come to life. The upright bass and piano have a showcase almost midway through the song. Their interplay reminds listeners of the vocal part. Also, it is a respectful touch that the songs on “Spiritual Impressions” manage to maintain the somber tone appropriate to the songs’ messages, while also sounding like jazz. However, the songs do not sound like party songs.

The Vinyl Anachronist
Weidman and his ensemble pay tribute to a difficult time in American history on “Spiritual Impressions.” The group makes the songs sound contemporary without forgetting about their original purpose.
. Keyboard player James Weidman has taken traditional spirituals and has transformed them into straightforward jazz pieces played by an outstanding ensemble. I really enjoyed the way Byrd pared his tunes down so that the music could come through--as you can tell, I'm not big on the message. But somehow that added to my enjoyment; after all, I think "Amazing Grace" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written from a purely musical standpoint. I'm intrigued by sacred music and how it summons the purest of inspirations from artists and performers.

Spiritual Impressions follows that template. No one expects songs such as "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and "You Hear the Lamb A Cryin'" to swing as hard as they do here, which is what makes this recording so thrilling and alive. You start to see the musical beauty of each tune, the richness of the melodies and the emotional investment of all these performers.

Weidman has played for such legends as Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson and Steve Coleman, and he surrounds himself with such stellar performers as horn and woodwind master Anthony Nelson, bassist Harvie S and drummer Vince Ector. The master stroke, however, is the inclusion of Ruth Naomi Floyd as the vocalist. (I remember seeing Floyd perform at a music festival in Portland a few years ago, and while I wasn't in the mood for gospel at the time I was mightily impressed with her performance.) Weidman and Floyd have worked together before--Weidman was the producer and arranger on three of her albums. Floyd's voice has an earthy and genuine sweetness to it that supports her powerful range. The Eric Byrd album won me over once Byrd started singing--I really dig his voice--and I have the same reaction here.

Of course there's more to spirituals than the religious context--this is music that digs deep into slavery, forced labor, war and ultimately liberation. That's the hidden depth that I find attractive, and why I could listen to this album over and over. And I have. Highly recommended.

Giancarlo Tossani Feat. Ralph Alessi - Newswok (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:15 | Size: 139.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Newswok (8:43)
2. Volubilis (6:17)
3. Click To Play (9:59)
4. White (7:25)
5. Sleepery (5:12)
6. Silence (3:19)
7. Washing Fishes (7:52)
8. Minimal Overload (8:37)

Recorded In Italy 2013
Label: Auand - AU 9042

Giancarlo Tossani - piano
Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Achille Succi - alto sax
Tito Mangialajo Rantzer - bass
Cristiano Calcagnile - drums, lap steel guitar

George Kahn - Midnight Brew (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:26 | Size: 146.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Swiss Cheese
02. Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing
03. A Bop for Billy
04. Heard It Through the Grapevive
05. Otro Tu
06. Midnight Brew
07. Out of Time (George Kahn, Diana Zaslove)
08. Night Shadows
09. Some Other Time
10. Open House
11. Night and Day
12. 12 Short Years
Eric Marienthal (Sax); Bobby Rodriguez (Trumpet); George Kahn (Piano); Karl Vincent (Bass); M. B. Gordy (Drums).

With special guests: Tierney Sutton (Vocals on Out Of Time); Justo Almario (Flute on Night Shadows, Sax on Night and Day); Larry Koonse (Guitar on Grapevine and Some Other Time); Kevin Ricard (Percussion).
Recorded July 14-16, 2002 at Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA.
Additional recording August 12, 2002 at GospoCentric Studio, Inglewood, CA.

Playing Records ‎– BFD-2002

George Kahn - ...Compared To What? (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:15 | Size: 143.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. On Green Dolphin Street
02. Mercedes for the Lady
03. Compared to What
04. 5 to Get Ready 10 to Go
05. Too Much Sax
06. Woodstock
07. Soul Sauce
08. Gnomesyain'
09. Alice in Wonderland
10. The Hero's Journey  
George Kahn (Piano); Alex Acuña (Drums and percussion); Justo Almario (Tenor and soprano saxophones); Brian Bromberg (Bass); John Fumo (Trumpet, flugelhorn); Eric Marienthal (Tenor and alto saxophones); Courtney Lemmon (Vocal on "Compared to What"); Ira Ingler (Guitar).
Recording April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004
Stu Goldberg Studios, Thousand Oaks, CA
Tinya Studios, Lake Balboa, CA

PLAYING RECORDS (602977042726)

Franco Ambrosetti - After The Rain (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:21 | Size: 121.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Retro Vs New Age (8:57)
2. After The Rain (10:54)
3. Jamon Andaluz (6:47)
4. Crescent (5:49)
5. Twisting The Blues (5:29)
6. Ilios Silia (10:23)
7. Circularity (6:05)
8. Why Should I Care (4:40)

Powerplay Studio, Switzerland 2014
Label: Enja Records - ENJ - 9642-2

Franco Ambrosetti - flugelhorn
Gianluca Ambrosetti - soprano sax
Greg Osby - alto saxophone
Dado Moroni - piano
Buster Williams - bass
Terri Lyne Carrington - drums

Enrico Rava - Bella (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:53 | Size: 120.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Bella (8:25)
2. My Funny Valentine (Take 2) (9:52)
3. So Near (5:40)
4. Secrets (11:06)
5. My Funny Valentine (Take 1) (7:48)
6. Free Tune (For Pilla) (10:40)

Malleus Studio, Italy 1990
Label: Philology - W 64.2

Enrico Rava - trumpet
Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Enzo Pietropaoli - bass
Roberto Gatto - drums


Daniel Casimir - Escapee (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 29:49 | Size: 68.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Escapee (07:12)
2. Really For Always (06:21)
3. Cable St. (05:46)
4. Tell Me When (05:43)
5. Close And Slow (04:47)

Double Bass – Dan Casimir
Drums – Moses Boyd
Guitar – Shirley Tetteh
Keyboards – Joe Armon-Jones
Vocals – Tess Hirst
Written-By – Dan Casimir, Tess Hirst

Walt Weiskopf - Mindwalking (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:31 | Size: 123.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Is That All There Is
2. Antidote
3. Mystery Guest
4. Non-Fiction
5. Mindwalking
6. Blackberry Winter
7. Cousin Of Mine
8. Ghostwriting
9. Salvador
10. Above And Beyond
11. Fundamentally

Tenor Sax Walt Weiskopf
Piano Joel Weiskopf
Bass Jay Anderson
Drums Jeff Hirshfield

Walt Weiskopf Producer, Mixing
Nick Prout Producer, Engineer, Mixing

Recorded at Eastside Sound, NYC, June-September 1990

1991 Iris Musique 1003 CD

A potent tenor saxophonist and composer firmly in the tradition of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Walt Weiskopf was born in Augusta, GA, and grew up in Syracuse, NY. Upon moving to New York City, he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21; two years later, Weiskopf signed on with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, concurrently forming his own quartet with brother Joel on trumpet, Jay Anderson on bass, and Jeff Hirshfeld on drums. His debut, Exact Science, appeared in 1989, followed a year later by Mindwalking; Simplicity, released in 1992, topped the European jazz charts for four weeks. After 1993's A World Away, Weiskopf for the first time departed from original compositions to record 1995's Night Lights, a collection of standards; 1997's Song for My Mother, however, returned his own material to the forefront. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Weiskopf and fellow Eastman alum Ramon Ricker teamed in 1990 to write the books Coltrane: A Player's Guide to His Harmony and The Augmented Scale in Jazz; in 1994, Weiskopf also published Intervalic Improvisation, a player's guide for broadening the scope of modern jazz improvisation. In 1996, he joined drummer Rick Hollander's quartet, and as a headliner returned in 1999 with Anytown. Siren was issued a year later. ~ Jason Ankeny

Trizia Band - Predestined (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 26:41 | Size: 61.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Allright
2. Rock With You
3. Thrill Is Gone
4. My Baby
5. Love Me, Like You Do
6. I Have Nothing To Loose, Becau

The New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra - Roll On Mississippi, Roll On (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:52 | Size: 150.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jazz Battle (2:35)
02. Keepin' Myself For You (3:25)
03. Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On (3:28)
04. Waste No Tears (2:19)
05. The Chant (2:06)
06. Blue River (4:06)
07. I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now (2:51)
08. The Mooche (4:05)
09. There Ain't No Sweet Man Worth The Salt Of My Tears (3:37)
10. Sensation (2:22)
11. Japanese Sandman (3:11)
12. In A Mist (3:52)
13. Ol' Man River (3:08)
14. Candlelights (4:48)
15. Bessie Couldn't Help It (4:01)
16. Deep Harlem (3:27)
17. Susie (Of The Islands) (2:22)
18. Sweet Patootie (4:27)
19. Miss Annabelle Lee (3:42)
Inspired and influenced by jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke, this Sydney, Australia-based group has built a loyal U.S. following in recent years with well-received appearances at the Davenport, Iowa (birthplace of Bix) festival and other Midwestern gatherings. They tackle a number of songs associated with Bix, either because he recorded them or because he certainly would have played them given his extensive dance band career in the 1920s.

Michael Dease - Reaching Out (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:50 | Size: 126.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Something In Common
2. Live And Let Die
3. Morning Shade
4. Tipping Point
5. More Than Words
6. Double Luminosity
7. The Takeover
8. Ballad
9. The Chameleon Eye
10. Blackfoot
11. Water Runs Dry

Michael Dease: trombone; Ralph Bowen: tenor saxophone; Walt Weiskopf; tenor saxophone, alto saxophone; Behn Gillece: vibraphone; Luther Allison: piano; Peter Brendler: bass; Zach Adleman: drums.

Recorded September 17, 2017 In Brooklyn, New York.

Posi-Tone ‎– PR8177
Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's just that we need more musicians like Michael Dease who, to quote Art Blakey, play jazz that "washes away the dust of everyday life." With Reaching Out, his fifth for Posi-Tone Records (a label whose mission is to throw accelerant on that flame) he doubles down on the joy of music making. He seems to always find kindred souls who share in his vision, as shown in previous recordings with the veterans Renee Rosnes, Lewis Nash, Steve Wilson, Christian McBride, and Rodney Whitaker. Here, he recruits two giants of the saxophone Ralph Bowen and Walt Weiskopf to interact with some younger talent players that have the makings of true believers.

What we mean by that is Dease prioritizes the happiness in his jazz. Take the opener, Cedar Walton's "Something In Common," or Steve Turre's "Blackfoot." Both are pieces that are overflowing with a joyful swing. The latter composition, modeled after "Cherokee," is delivered at an auctioneer's hyperspeed with Bowen and Dease chasing drummer Zach Adleman's turbocharged tempo. There is a return to the hipness factor in this music. Dease's original, "The Chameleon Eye," grabs memories of Lee Morgan's funkiness and injects some Herbie Hancock-like rhythm-intensive lines. The composition features the young and talented vibraphonist Behn Gillece (check out his Walk Of Fire (2017)). What makes Dease stand out is his love of melody and ability to craft arrangements to accentuate such. Perfect examples are the three cover tunes, Babyface's "Water Runs Dry," Paul and Linda McCartney's "Live And Let Die," and the 1990s hair metal band Extreme's "More Than Words." McCartney's title track to the James Bond movie of the same name is given all of the dramatic effect of the original, from it's most gentle beginnings to the soulful dramatics and swinging interludes. All of the covers here could, with lesser arrangements, become schmaltzy or sentimental. But like the masters, Coltrane's take on "My Favorite Things" or Miles' "Surrey With the Fringe On Top," Dease champions familiar music and makes it new again. ~ Mark Corroto

Marissa Gomez & The Ghosts Of Echo Park - Marissa Gomez & The Ghosts Of Echo Park (2016)

Genre: Jazz / Blues | Total Time: 38:54 | Size: 90.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Deep Down Low (3:33)
2. The Color Of My Love (3:25)
3. Wayne's Blues (4:03)
4. Since You've Been Gone (2:51)
5. I'm On My Way (4:27)
6. Love Sick Blues (3:26)
7. I Hate A Man Like You (4:22)
8. Moanin' Low (3:58)
9. Put It Right Here (2:56)
10. Where Love Stays (1:50)
11. Stranded At The Drive-In (4:03)

Words and Music by Marissa Gomez
Except tracks 6 (C. Friend, I. Mills), 7 (Ferd Morton), 8 (H. Deitz, R. Rainger), 9 (P.Grainger)
Song Arrangements by Reseda Mickey

Marissa Gomez- Lead Vocals
Reseda Mickey- Piano ( all tracks except 3) BG Vocals (1,5,11)
Princess Frank- Drums (1-11) BG Vocals (11)
Dave Gore- Double Bass (1,2,5,6,7,8,9)

Guest Players in alphabetical order:
Dave Alvin- Guitar Intro (7), Lead Guitar /Baritone Guitar (11)
Charles De Castro- Trumpet (2, 8)
Mitch Forman- Organ (3)
Doug Hamblin- Guitar (4)
John Hatton- Double Bass (11)
Eric Jorgensen- Trombone (1,5)
Doug Lacy- Tuba (9)
Edwin Livingston- Double Bass (3,4)
James Moody- Guitar (2,3,4) Rhythm Guitar (11)
Wes Smith- Tenor Sax (3,6) Clarinet (4,7,) Baritone Sax (11)
Arturo Solar- Trumpet solo (2)
Ray Yslas- Percussion (2,11)
Marissa Gomez & The Ghosts of Echo Park have been captivating Los Angeles audiences for nearly a decade with their infectious brand of bawdy blues, and Bessie Smith inspired saloon jazz. Ready to share her music with the world, singer/songwriter Marissa Gomez joined forces with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Dennis Moody, and a line-up of Los Angeles's most sought out musicians to record The Ghosts of Echo Park's self titled debut album.
Growing up on the east coast, Marissa witnessed as her father, famed Flamenco singer Luis Vargas, seduced audiences with his deep, soulful voice, and songs of passion for their bread and butter. Never thinking she would follow in his footsteps, it wasn’t until sudden tragedy struck in 1999 that she would turn to music to cope with her grief. In need of a release from the ghosts that haunted her, her band The Ghosts of Echo park was born. Up close and personal, Marissa serves up saucy vocals with attitude and charming vulnerability, documenting torrid tales of love, lust, and loss. Told through toe-tapping humor, and catchy hooks, the music will have you singing along, long after the music stops!

Jason Stein Quartet - Lucille! (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 48:52 | Size: 110.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Marshmallow 4:06
2 Halls And Rooms 7:41
3 Dexterity 3:40
4 Roused About 5:22
5 Ryder's Uncle Dragon 6:29
6 Wow 4:11
7 Little Rootie Tootie 4:55
8 I Knew You Were 5:32
9 April 6:56

Bass Clarinet – Jason Stein
Tenor Sax, Contrabass Clarinet – Keefe Jackson
Bass – Joshua Abrams
Drums – Tom Rainey

Recorded & Mixed By, Mastered By Todd Carter

Recorded March 16-17, 2017

Jason Stein continues to curve a niche in the jazz world, but it’s not what you might assume. Listeners straightaway assume that he is an idiosyncratic outlier because his sole instrument is the bass clarinet. We’ve grown accustomed to saxophonists like Eric Dolphy and David Murray doubling on the bass clarinet.
Stein’s constancy to this one woodwind instrument, like Germany’s Rudi Mahal, is unequivocal, yet the sound of the instrument doesn’t define his trajectory. Stein plots an unconventional and idiosyncratic path with his quartet. A path tread by the original voices of Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano. Like their previous release The Story This Time (Delmark, 2011), the music covers music by the aforementioned giants and their followers plus three originals by Stein. Joining the bass clarinetist is saxophonist Keefe Jackson and fellow Chicago stalwart, bassist Joshua Abrams. Drummer Frank Rosaly (now living in Europe) is replaced here by Tom Rainey.
The Tristano connection is heard on two covers, “April” and “Wom,” plus music by his disciple Warne Marsh, “Marshmallow.” The Stein/Jackson combination recalls the Marsh/Lee Konitz adaptations. Stein’s original composition “Halls And Rooms” uses that partnership as a jumping off point, before taking us down a twisting road, saxophone and bass clarinet incited by Rainey’s chattering clatter. The combination of horns quickly sheds any inclinations of pretentiousness. Even Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity,” rendered with Jackson on contrabass clarinet, doesn’t get swamped by the heaviness of the woodwinds. The pair perform a sort of sleight of hand, performing at an escape velocity not imagined by their instrument makers. What is unique here is just that, the quartet’s expression is not limited by the choice of instrumentation, it is actually liberated by it. Monk’s “Little Rootie Tootie” is given a whitewater rapids treatment with both clarinets barking and biting multi-phonic shouts. Same for “Roused About,” Robert Hurst III’s dedication to Monk’s longtime saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Jackson (back on tenor) and Stein play a joyous cat-and-mouse game with the theme as Abrams and Rainey dance the night away. This is one dynamic session.

The Harper Brothers - Artistry (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:51 | Size: 151.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. 1239A 8:39
2. Dakini 5:42
3. J.W. 3:36
4. Artistry 8:58
5. In God We Trust 7:11
6. Reflections 5:25
7. Belulah 5:55
8. Yes Sir, That's My Baby 6:24
9. A Mother's Love 5:31
10. Down on Duncan 8:30
The Harper Brothers:
Phillip Harper – trumpet
Winard Harper – drums

Javon Jackson – saxophone
Kevin Hayes – piano
Nedra Wheeler - bass
During 1988-1992, the Harper Brothers were one of the leading Young Lions groups in jazz, younger musicians playing within the style of hard bop as typified by the 1960s recordings on Blue Note. The third of the Harper Brothers' four recordings is very much in the tradition, and much of the time sounds very much like 1965 or the early-'60s Jazz Messengers. Philip Harper's style mixes together aspects of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, Javon Jackson could almost pass for Joe Henderson, and the rhythm section is laid-back, soulful, supportive, and swinging. The originals are in the hard bop style (with "J.W." influenced by "Giant Steps"), and even "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" undergoes an effective transformation. The results are enjoyable if derivative.
~ Scott Yanow

Elliot Galvin - The Influencing Machine (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:54 | Size: 97.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. New Model Army
02. La Machine
03. Red and Yellow
04. Society of Universal Harmony
05. Planet Ping Pong
06. Monster Mind
07. Bikini Island
08. Bees Dogs and Flies
09. Boys Club
10. Fountain Head

Elliot Galvin, piano, organ, synthesizers
Tom McCredie, double bass, guitar
Corrie Dick, drums, percussion

Label: Edition Records
The Influencing Machine is the third album by the uniquely creative mind of pianist, keyboardist and composer Elliot Galvin. A maverick musician with a vision like no other of his generation. His bold and idiosyncratic approach has seen him build a reputation as one of the rising stars of European Jazz and improvised music, alongside being a key member of Mercury Music Prize nominated band Dinosaur. Elliot has an uncanny ability to create a truly individual musical sound from a disparate world of influences where the old meets the new.

The Influencing Machine is a sonic exploration of the human mind, technology and our postmodern age, featuring bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Corrie Dick. This album demonstrates a step forward in production and performance by Elliot. Each track is inspired by an overriding concept, that also works to bind the album into a whole making for a unique and compelling listen. The Influencing Machine sees Elliot hone his sonic approach by incorporating a number of electronic sounds to add to his already considerable acoustic pallet: analogue synthesisers, Hammond organ, self-hacked children’s toys found in charity shops and many more. Long-time collaborator Tom McCredie augments his formidable double bass playing with the addition of electric guitar to powerful effect. All the components are bound together by the inimitable drumming of Corrie Dick.

‘The Influencing Machine’ by Mike Jay tells the fascinating historical account of the life of James Tilly-Matthews, born in 1770, a double agent at the time of the French civil war, tea merchant, political thinker, architect and first fully documented case of a paranoid schizophrenic who was committed to Bethlem psychiatric hospital in 1797. Tilly-Matthews’ life was a web of espionage and delusion, coinciding with many of the key events of his time: the French revolution, the rise of mesmerism, and the change in societal thinking towards the mentally ill, to name just a few. Tilly-Mathews operated under the unique delusion that he was controlled by a machine: the Air Loom, operated by a gang of criminals and spies skilled in pneumatic chemistry. A uniquely imaginative creation, it was the first documented case of a machine influencing someone’s mind, a concept that seems sadly apt in the modern world.

Elliot stumbled across Jay’s book in the Wellcome Collection in London. He was immediately fascinated by Tilly-Matthews’ life and times and the uncanny parallels with our own modern lives, affected as they are by political turmoil and modern day ‘influencing machines’. This hugely ambitious album was written by Elliot Galvin to reflect these timely, yet seemingly timeless themes, blending sounds both old and new to reflect the chaos, the beauty, the joy and sadness of the worlds we live in.

Elliot Galvin is a master musical architect, constructing and manipulating musical ideas to create the desired effects. One example is the track ‘Bees dog and flies’ where he harmonises a Renaissance folk melody and imaginatively blends it with West African percussive rhythms over distant Hammond organ. Or the track ‘Boys Club’ which blends a self-hacked child’s toy guitar with Tom McCredie’s electric guitar, layered with piano, synth and drums, augmented by a melody that subtly references a number of other well known themes, creating a unique sonic environment.

Debbie Cunningham - A Million Kisses (2018)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 36:02 | Size: 85.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Million Kisses (4:45)
02. Next Thing You Know (3:30)
03. Do You Love Me (3:16)
04. Will You Dance (2:32)
05. Kiss And Make Up (2:50)
06. Day Like This (2:32)
07. Do What Lovers Do (2:48)
08. Anniversary Song (3:31)
09. Here We Are (2:25)
10. Stay In Love (3:23)
11. A Million Kisses (Acoustic) (4:31)

Lead Vocals & BGVs - Debbie Cunningham,
Keyboards- Barry Sames (tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8) & Jim Michie (tracks 1,2,10)
Bass: Upright & Electric- Matt McKenzie (tracks 1,2,6,7,8,10),
Upright - Todd Parks (tracks 3,4,5,9)
Drums: Dave Dunseath (tracks 1,2,10) & Josh Hunt (Tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
Auxiliary Percussion & Conga: Dave Dunseath (tracks 4, 10)
Guitar: Acoustic/Classical/Electric - Rex Schnelle (Tracks 1,2,4,10,11)
Midi Strings : Derek Cunningham (tracks 3,8,10)
Cello: Paul Nelson (track 8)
This album is a collection of songs I wrote over the time of 5 years. A time when I saw many of my friends struggling in their marriages mid-life & getting divorced which made me incredibly sad. As a child of divorce, I have always been passionate about making love last in my marriage and investing in our relationship. But I totally get the struggle. Relationships are challenging but so worth the investment of time and commitment! I penned these songs to encourage couples in their journey of staying in love. I think marriage is so much like dancing…by the time you learn the steps, the music changes and there is another dance to learn, all while trying not to step on your partner’s toes.
It is fun but it does require practice to get better! However, when you finally get to the point where the 2 of you are gliding across the floor and moving at the right pace and in the same direction, it can be the most exhilarating experience you have ever known. This is the kind of love that is filled with a Million Kisses over a lifetime. That is exactly what I wish for you…... ~Debbie Cunningham

David Clayton-Thomas - Blue Plate Special (1998)

Genre: Jazz, Rock / Blues | Total Time: 41:37 | Size: 91.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Too Many Dirty Dishes
2. Suzy Got Her Big Hair On
3. Hard Times
4. Lucretia McEvil
5. Drown In My Own Tears
6. Hoochie Coochie Man
7. Woman Across The River
8. The Danger Zone
9. We Were The Children
10. Wish The World Would Come To Memphis
Label - Stony Plain Music
Recorded live at Ornette Coleman's Harmolodic Studios, New York City

Bass - Mike DuClos
Drums - Jonathan Peretz
Guitar - Andy Aledort, Larry DeBari
Harp - Rob Paparozzi
Keyboards - Doug Riley, Glenn "Mac" McClelland, Matt King
Percussion - Mark Quinones
Saxophone [Tenor Sax] - Dave Riekenberg
Trombone, Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] - Charley Gordon
Trumpet [Lead] - Craig Johnson (2)
Trumpet, Arranged By [Horn Arrangements] - Steve Guttman
Vocals, Guitar, Producer - David Clayton-Thomas
The lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears’ first four albums was born in Toronto in 1941. David Clayton-Thomas began his musical career at age 23 in the Shays. They became the Bossmen in 1965 and released “Brainwashed” in 1966. While singing in BS&T from 1968 to 1972, he began a solo career, releasing self-titled albums for Decca (1969), Columbia (1972) and RCA (1973). With Clayton-Thomas, a re-formed version of Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared in 1980, signed to MCA and released Nuclear Blues.

Aka Moon - Now (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:51 | Size: 119.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Persevering
2. The Visitor
3. Nomadism
4. Now
5. The Year of Fire Horse
6. 2Moro or 2Day 5
7. Old and New Dreams
8. Spiritual Exile (For Ezgi)

Fabrizio Cassol - alto saxophone
Michel Hatzigeorgiou - Fender bass
Stephane Galland - drums

Since the band's inception 25 years ago, Aka Moon's journey has been punctuated by a myriad of unparalleled musical encounters. After their initiatory trip to the Pygmies Aka in 1992, an unfulfilled desire has always nourished the research of the three accomplices: the desire to share the knowledge, experience and secrets of other musicians from all walks of life. Today, the need for the original trio is expressed again in NOW with an exceptional quality of play acquired and refined over many concerts. Because if Aka Moon is undeniably born with a unique sound, the band has always made it evolve, including absorbing rhythmic juices from the East, Africa or India. The foolproof friendship that binds these three musicians resonates with an artistic urgency driven by the joy of improvisation, the lightness of interpretation and a great depth of expression. NOW confirms this cohesion thanks to a permanent counterpoint in which three mysteriously complementary worlds intertwine, revealing their own originalities and styles. The titles of the compositions (Nomadism, The Visitor, Spiritual Exile …) evoke the themes of travel and the fascination of elsewhere, but also an artistic and human commitment always placed in the foreground.

29 January, 2018

Mike Harvey's Hot Club - Mike Harvey's Hot Club (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:13 | Size: 117.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Giorgio By Moroder (5:01)
02. Djaphunkta (3:50)
03. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (3:23)
04. Black And Tan Fantasy (4:09)
05. I Like To Ride My Bike (4:17)
06. Birdland (7:20)
07. Si Tu Vois Ma Mère (3:53)
08. Nuages (4:15)
09. Tico-Tico No Fuba (3:25)
10. October (2:01)
11. Blue Skies (3:59)
12. Life On Mars (3:40)

Mike Harvey: Violin
Mark Weliky: Guitar
Nathan Lambertson: Bass

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club employs the acoustic string instrumentation inspired by the legendary Quintette de Hot Club du France of the 1930s, and moves it into today’s context, drawing repertoire and a playing style not only from the classic gypsy jazz sound, but from many places, both past and present. While a show strictly depicting only the Django Reinhardt/ Stephane Grappelli hot swing repertoire is something very much in this group’s bag, they choose to push it forward with original compositions and arrangements of more modern tunes, while sprinkling the classic repertoire into their set, to pay homage, stay grounded, and keep happy those patrons who came out to see a Django band!

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club performs all of this with the virtuosity and expressiveness of seasoned jazz musicians who work full-time on the New Orleans scene. From wine bars to society functions to concert halls, their sound is always right at home.

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club is the progressive evolution of the sound Mike, Mark and Nathan developed previously with The Courtyard Kings, the now retired band that Mike led from 2005-2017. The Courtyard Kings released two albums, performed at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and did over 200 gigs per year at their peak. They held down Thursday nights at Bacchanal Wine from 2009-2017 until Mike decided to move forward under a new name, with changes in musical direction. Mike Harvey’s Hot Club currently occupies Thursday nights at Bacchanal Wine, along with other performances in New Orleans and beyond.

Mark Whitfield - 7th Ave. Stroll (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:59 | Size: 154.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Washington Square Thoroughfare
02. Harlem Nocturne
03. 7th Ave, Stroll
04. A Brooklyn Love
05. Businessman's Bounce
06. Spring In Manhattan
07. Sunday In New York
08. The Bowery Blues
09. Sunset At Waterside
10. Headin' To The Wes' Side
11. Autumn In New York

Mark Whitfield - guitar
Stephen Scott - piano
Tommy Flanagan - piano
Dave Holland - bass
Al Foster - drums
Gregory Hutchinson - drums
Christian McBride - bass

George Cotsirilos Trio - Variations (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:08 | Size: 110.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Walk for Ethel
02. I Know You Know
03. Doce Presenca
04. Sambrosia
05. Chimera
06. 1937
07. Justin Case
08. Blues For The J Man
09. But Beautiful
10. Madrugadora

George Cotsirilos: guitars
Robb Fisher: bass
Ron Marabuto: drums
Variations, guitarist George Cotsirilos' sixth recording, is a well-behaved trio affair in keeping with his more recent recordings like Past Present (OA2 Records, 2010). Cotsirilos plays with an acoustically round electric tone that never gets in the way of his fluid lines and well- considered melodies. His seven original compositions all have standards handle to them, in particular, the opener, "A Walk for Ethel," which recalls "I Get a Kick Out of You" crossed with "Scrapple from the Apple." Cotsirilos extends his standards sense with "I Know You Know," which approximates a breezy "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons" and "Lil' Darlin.'"

Cotsirilos imparts a Latin essence to the whole album, one that blooms on the Lins/Martin standard "Doce Presenca" and Robb Fisher's "Sambrosia." These breezy, cool compositions lent well to Cotsirilos' interpretive talents. "Blues for The J Man" is a serpentine minor-key blues that recalls Dizzy Gillespie's "Birks Works." But it is Cotsirilos' interpretation of "But Beautiful" that kills on this collection. His ballad sense is like that of a horn player, attentive to the lyrics as well as the melody. This rendition offers a great comparison to Art Pepper playing the piece, as he so often did. Variations is another solid Cotsirilos offering among a string of previous ones. ~ C. Michael Bailey

Dawn Clement - Tandem (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 36:34 | Size: 86.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Blues For Wayne (3:43)
02. Ablution (2:39)
03. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (3:23)
04. Sugar Cliff (8:00)
05. Memory (4:24)
06. Improvisation #3 (1:51)
07. Bemsha Swing (3:43)
08. My Ideal (4:54)
09. Stay Awake (3:57)
Personnel: Dawn Clement: piano, vocals; Julian Priester: trombone (1, 7); Johnaye Kendrick: vocals (2, 6), harmonium (2); Mark Taylor: alto saxophone (3, 5); Matt Wilson: drums (8, 10); Michael Glynn: bass (9).

Recording July 6, 2017 & July 21, 2017 Avast Recording, Seattle, WA
It only takes one listen to Tandem to understand that pianist-vocalist Dawn Clement is a people person with a penchant for trying different things. That openness to various individuals and action points shows itself to be the heart of this collection of duo performances.

Despite being a prominent presence on the Seattle scene, working with high profile leaders like soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, and having a handful of highly praised albums under her own name, Clement remains a sorely under-recognized artist. Her ability to inhabit many different head spaces, along with the high degree of comfort exhibited while residing in all of them, puts her in a class all her own. Whether playing "in" or "out," tackling a basic blues or exploring wending and winding changes, singing a standard or spinning out a captivating wordless line, she always manages to put her indelible stamp on what she creates.

For this all-too-brief date, Clement called on a few of her closest musical friends and colleagues to join her for some bidirectional banter on a track or two apiece. Some numbers play loose and free while others come across as polished works of art. And each resembles no other. Clement's "Blues For Wayne," with trombonist Julian Priester, opens on fractured lines with pauses before settling into a downhome direction; a trip through Lennie Tristano's "Ablution," tapping into the angular logic and contrapuntal ideals associated with its composer, finds Clement and saxophonist Mark Taylor gleefully crossing lines and finishing each other's thoughts; Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing," with drummer Matt Wilson bringing his serious groove quotient to the party, is playful in its strutting temperament; and Clement's vocal work on standard "My Ideal," with bassist Michael Glynn supporting and soloing in solid fashion, speaks both to her commitment to the art of interpretation and her willingness to stretch. Looking beyond jazz of many stripes, Clement also makes a fine showing in the singer-songwriter realm while sharing space with vocalist/co-producer Johnaye Kendrick on the memorable "Memory."

Nine of the album's ten tracks prove to be about give and take or two-way talk, but Clement does find time to go it alone for one number—"In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," with a brighter-than-usual outlook. Rather than wrestle with the song's sorrows in darkness with a drink in hand, Clement looks toward the coming sunrise. It's just one more example of how she manages to find her own way in even the most well-trodden of spots. While there's less than forty minutes worth of music on this one, all of them are worth savoring. Don't lament what's missing. Enjoy what's here. ~ Dan Bilawsky

Carlos Bica & Azul feat. Frank Möbus and Jim Black - More Than This (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:45 | Size: 129.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Mafalda 6:13
2 A Lã E A Neve 5:00
3 I Wonder, Wonder I Do 2:25
4 Whale Rider 5:13
5 Silver Dagger 4:34
6 Skeleton Dance 3:05
7 Na Rama Do Alecrim 5:07
8 Patchwork 5:55
9 Jolly Jumper 3:09
10 Wattenmeer 7:07
11 XY Ungelöst 4:39
12 Sam 5:18
Personnel: Carlos Bica: double bass; Frank Möbus: guitar; Jim Black: drums and percussion
Azul, comprising Portuguese bassist Carlos Bica, guitarist Frank Möbus from Germany and drummer Jim Black from New York, is one of those trios around with a highly notable profile and characteristic signature. No doubt many dedicated music lovers will have their own history with this group that has been active now for more than 20 years. Azul’s self-titled debut album dates from 1996, featuring eminent Portuguese vocalist Maria Joao, and trombonist Ray Anderson. It was followed by Twist (1999), Look What They’ve Done to my Song (2003), Believer (2006) and Things About (2011). Like other US-American musicians of his generation, Jim Black frequently worked in Europe in the beginning of his career (like Mark Turner or Bill Frisell). Both he and Frank Möbus are founding members of the influential group Der Rote Bereich. Carlos Bica worked in groups of Maria João before he founded Azul together with Black and Möbus. Besides in Der Rote Bereich Möbus is involved in a quartet with Daniel Erdmann, Samuel Rohrer and Vincent Courtois and in the group KUU! with singer extraordinaire Jelena Kuljic.

Bica, Black and Möbus are thus long-standing musical accomplices who have absorbed a broad range of musical influences. The trio unfolds and develops melodic baselines in appealing and dramatic ways. One of the trio’s key pieces is “Believer,” now a classic, from the eponymous fourth album released in 2006. The atmospheric ten minute- piece gradually unfolds Bolero-esquely, with great suspense, into its climax, terminating in energizing catharsis. It is a great example of the art of ostinato slowly speeding up, charging with manifold colors and exploding. The three musicians are maîtres de métier of sustain and lightning-quick twists and turns. Their music shifts in genius ways between flaming passion, romancing surrender, hammering rock and zigzagging ska.

Most striking is the trio’s unity out of individuality, the way these three voices intersect and set in motion something that is ‘more than this.’ At moments Möbus’ guitar and Bica’s bass become indiscernible, sounding like one instrument. In other moments the guitar takes beautiful strange excursions into melodic space. Jim Black is a jolty, not strictly metrical drummer, razor-sharp, moving on the edge in intense phases of tension and release and squirrel-quick dynamic changes. As the bass easily moves into higher parts of the melody it often sounds like two guitars at work. The drumming changes smoothly between mysterious rustling, accelerating forward drive, and playfully ‘mirroring’ melody and harmony. It is an adequately weighted counterpart to Bica’s dark wooden bass. The trio’s melodic music, full of nested contrasts, rhythmical changes and dynamic firework, takes its time to unfold, emerge, hoover and detonate.

The album starts with the blue green soughing of “Mafalda” that is strongly reminiscent of the rustling of the wind in Lisbon’s Botanical Garden where apparently the cover photo was taken by Vera Marmelo. Slowly the melody unfolds, but the piece, composed by Bica and Portuguese pianist João Paulo Esteves da Silva, keeps its vegetal nature. The subsequent “A lã e a neve” (Wool and Snow) also departs slowly with a simple guitar riff from which a drum pattern emerges that happens to burst into drum-and guitar violence. “I wonder, wonder I do” is a dreamy entr’acte leading into the pinball percussion of the curious “Whale Rider” with its roaring bass and violent guitar eruptions. North-American folk song “Silver Dagger” is an integrand song with some hawaii-ing tendencies, followed by the rocking “Skeleton Dance,” the lyrical “Na rama do Alecrim” (In the rosemary foliage), a folk song from the Alentejo region in Portugal, the driving “Patchwork” and the pointillist “Jolly Jumper” with its lively rhythm changes. “Wattenmeer” (Wadden Sea) is a longer, brooding centerpiece named after the intertidal zone in the South Eastern part of the North Sea. The ska-like “XY Ungelöst,” named after a popular German television program, is a feast of Jim Black’s drumming and the concluding “Sam” is an equally festive and visceral piece with a soft melody circulating in a hard rocking embedding.

Azul is one of the most significant and fertile trios of this moment next to other guitar-bass-drums trios like that of Bill Frisell, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, of Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen or of Jakob Bro, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron respectively Jon Christensen. More Than This is what it says. It is ultimate emergent melodic music on an unusual high level of variation that makes the song sing in captivating ways. AlAboutJazz

Wes Montgomery - In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:42:45 | Size: 231.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Four On Six
02. Impressions
03. The Girl Next Door
04. Here’s That Rainy Day
05. Jingles
06. To Wane
07. Full House
08. ‘Round Midnight
09. Blue ‘N Boogie West Coast Blues
10. Twisted Blues

Resonance Records has done it again—where it is polishing up an old find for the great-sounding and excellently-presented (and not least, legitimate) release it deserves. As par for the label's course, this package boasts quality mastering and a top-notch insert of liner notes, photos and background commentary. It also marks this famous performance's first authorized release honoring the rights of the artist's estate and family.

And what a performance it is. Wes Montgomery listeners who haven't hunted down the bootlegs might still be aware of the general background: the guitarist's 1965 tour of Europe would turn out to be the only one he made in his short life, and the March 27th show from Paris has been regarded as one of his all-time finest. It's an arbitrary designation of course, but one doesn't need to compare with other shows to hear something special here. This is simply a snapshot of a cooking band on a magical night, and anyone coming to Paris for the first time (so to speak) can tell why this gig has kept its reputation all those decades.

Longtime listeners can't help recognizing the mid-'60s as a pivotal time for Montgomery, considering the polarizing period of smoother, more accessible "pop jazz" he drifted toward next. Skeptics of that phase need not worry here, though, as the program is an exuberant romp of bebop and blues. A couple spots tone it down to show the leader's distinct feel for simple balladry. He tastefully glides his way through "The Girl Next Door" and a smoky read of "'Round Midnight"—although the latter still gets a surprising jolt from guest saxophonist Johnny Griffin, who sits in on three late-set blows and spurs the others to ever more energetic heights.

The freewheeling spirit of bop is the show's guiding tone, especially with Harold Mabern's rollicking piano and the cooking rhythm section keeping snappy pace. Montgomery himself is in top form, loosely weaving his trademark fingerpicked leads and slash-chord solos with elegance. It's a shame European audiences never got to experience him in person again; it's a bigger shame that everyone else also lost that chance before too much longer. Nonetheless, we have In Paris to finally give another vivid and most exciting taste of what it was like. Better 53 years late than never.

VA - Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:35 | Size: 128.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Charles Brown - 'Round Midnight
Piano – Charles Brown 3:33
2. Houston Person & Ron Carter - Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Bass – Ron Carter
Tenor Saxophone – Houston Person 5:07
3. David "Fathead" Newman - Everything Must Change
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums – Louis Hayes
Electric Piano – Cedar Walton
Flugelhorn – Marcus Belgrave
Soprano Saxophone – David "Fathead" Newman 4:18
4. Jimmy Ponder - A Tribute To A Rose
Guitar – Jimmy Ponder 2:12
5. Wallace Roney - Blue In Green
Bass – Charnett Moffett
Drums – Tony Williams
Piano – Mulgrew Miller
Tenor Saxophone – Gary Thomas
Trumpet – Wallace Roney 5:42
6. Houston Person - Talk Of The Town
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums – Grady Tate
Piano – Stan Hope
Tenor Saxophone – Houston Person 6:55
7. Hank Jones Ruby My Dear
Bass – George Duvivier
Drums – Ben Riley
Piano – Hank Jones 3:52
8. Warren Vaché - I Can't Get Started
Bass – Michael Moore
Cornet – Warren Vaché
Drums – Billy Hart
Piano – Richard Wyands 6:22
9. Sonny Criss My Ideal
Alto Saxophone – Sonny Criss
Bass – Larry Gales
Drums – Jimmie Smith
Piano – Dolo Coker 3:12
10. Johnny Lytle - St. Louis Blues
Bass – Peter Martin Weiss
Drums – Greg Bandy
Guitar – Melvin Sparks
Organ – David Braham
Vibraphone – Johnny Lytle 6:58
11. Woody Shaw - Imagination
Bass – Ray Drummond
Drums – Carl Allen
Piano – Kirk Lightsey
Trombone – Steve Turre
Trumpet – Woody Shaw 7:24
Label - Jazz Heritage