31 March, 2018

Tom Green Septet - Skyline (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:02 | Size: 147.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Sticks And Stones
02. Equilibrium
03. Arctic Sun
04. Peace Of Mind
05. Mirage
06. Skylark
07. Winter Halo
08. Diy

Tom Green: trombone; Matthew Herd: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Sam Miles: tenor saxophone; James Davison: trumpet, flugelhorn; Sam James: piano; Misha Mullov-Abbado: double bass; Scott Chapman: drums.
Skyline is the debut release from the Tom Green Septet, a young band from the UK led by trombonist and composer Tom Green. A graduate of the Royal Academy Of Music and winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition, Green wrote all of the tunes on Skyline with the exception of Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark."

The eight tunes range from the upbeat "DIY," influenced by New Orleans second lines, to the quickfire, skittish "Sticks And Stones" and the cool, sophisticated "Mirage"—evidence of Green's wide range of influences and his talent for putting them together in a myriad of combinations. Green offers plenty of space for solos and his bandmates take up his offer with alacrity. He puts his own stamp on the solos, too. "Mirage" probably shows his playing to best advantage, the relatively spacious accompaniment enabling him to play with subtlety and to reveal a rich tone that conveys emotion as well as demonstrating his technical command. "Winter Halo" also features a fine trombone solo. It's a tune that readily evokes the beauty of a crisp winter's day, with Matthew Herd's soprano darting and fluttering like a happy robin and the pairing of Misha Mullov-Abbado's bass and Sam James's piano capturing the sparkle of the sun on the morning frost. "Equilibrium" hands the spotlight to the saxophonists, Herd and tenorist Sam Miles, both of whom deliver energetic and inventive solos. The tune shifts from its slinky, swaying, first half to a slower and more dramatic closing section—a free-blowing, aggressive, mid-section disrupts the melodic flow but is over pretty quickly. "Arctic Sun" builds more consistently, from its calm beginning towards a swinging conclusion. The ensemble playing is particularly fine, a mellow horn section sound flowing over the assertive rhythm section.

Although the Tom Green Septet owes much to its leader—compositions, arrangements, organisation and some strong solos—it comes over as much more than a bunch of hired hands. This group of seven players has the genuine feel of an ensemble: each musician matters as an individual, a personality whose particular approach to his instrument is integral to Green's compositions and to the success of Skyline. - Bruce Lindsay

Tom Bourgeois - Murmures (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:29:41 | Size: 208.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
01. Melancholia
02. Charlie
03. Créatures (Suite)
04. Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
05. Mechanical Boy
06. The Old Father and the Polaroid
07. Jeff (3)
08. Les Petits Cailloux
09. Transience
10. Winter

CD 2
11. String Quartet M.35: 1. Allegro Moderato
12. String Quartet M.35: 2. Assez Vif, Très Rythmé
13. String Quartet M.35: 3. Très Lent
14. String Quartet M.35: 4. Vif Et Agité
15. Sonatine M.40: 1. Modéré

Tom Bourgeois : Saxophones, Clarinette Basse et Compositions
Loïs Le Van : Voix
Thibault Dille : Accordéon
Florent Jeunieaux : Guitare
2018 Bauer Studios GmbH
Label: Neuklang
MURMURES, like the warm breath of someone familiar, whispering softly, gently in your ears. MURMURES, like the sound of an intimate word, like timidly sharing a secret. The saxophone, the guitar, the accordion and the singing design a poetic, idyllic atmosphere. In alliance or alone, they oat smoothly, resembling the movement of the human soul. On the way for looking themselves, they improvise, and finally they encounter utterly during the moments of sharing.

Melancholic and warm at the same time; the music - composed by Tom Bourgeois - passes through several states, in the same manner as humans pass through the stages of life.

In 2016 he teamed up with the singer Lois Le Van, the accordion player Thibault Dille and the guitarist Florent Jeunieaux, as their strongly defined musical style highlights his compositions. The sounds that emerge from this unusual acoustic instrumental formation translate into a true simplicity. The listening, almost naturally, guides us along the story that is already familiar to our ears. Tender, but powerful.

MURMURES is a genuine work of composition and arrangement. Each title highlights the formation, in the form of duo, trio or quartet, to explore the highest possible richness of the sounds.

The program consists of two parts: the first one includes 10 own compositions by Tom Bourgeois. The emphasis is on the harmonic writing and on the French and English texts, interpreted by the vocalist Lois Le Van.

The second part is an arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s quartet for strings in F Major. Completely transformed, the piece was re-written by Tom Bourgeois for his group, giving it a completely new life. The first movement leaves some place for the accordion, the second one for the soprano saxophone. The third movement had been enriched with a text in French, written by François Vaiana and sung by Lois Le Van.

At last, the fourth movement underlines the place of the guitar. The four strings of the quartet by Maurice Ravel becomes a collection of the voices by four different instruments.

With his program, Tom Bourgeois had re-discovered - in his own way - a piece written some hundred years ago, taking into account the modernity of our time. This development is guided by a clear and precise thread: to create something new by transforming something from the past.

Very active on the jazz scene in Belgium and abroad, Tom Bourgeois embarks for the first time his album as leader and as composer. MURMURES is the result of a long work of writing for the acoustic quartet that he had formed in 2016.

The SWR Big Band - Kings Of Swing, Op. 1 (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:19 | Size: 102.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Opus No. 1 (3:05)
02 Why Don't You Do Right (3:03)
03 Marie (2:50)
04 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (3:22)
05 At Last (2:48)
06 Stealin' Apples (3:36)
07 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2:48)
08 And The Angels Sing (3:24)
09 Isfahan (4:24)
10 Tale Of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57 Flight Of The Bumble-Bee (Arr. M. Nightingale) (3:31)
11 Trumpet Blues And Cantabile (2:18)
12 Almost Like Being In Love (2:13)
13 Swing That Music (2:58)
14 What A Wonderful World (4:59)
This collaboration with the SWR Big Band hänssler CLASSIC / SWRmusic proves once again the highest professional level of this Stuttgart ensemble. Featuring skillful arrangements of popular evergreens from the “Kings of Swing,” this release includes “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and “What A Wonderful World.”

The SWR Big Band - Kings Of Swing, Op. 2 (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:29 | Size: 112.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (4:29)
02 Bugle Call Rag (2:22)
03 Satin Doll (3:42)
04 Witchcraft (2:46)
05 Honeysuckle Rose (3:05)
06 Stardust (2:40)
07 Love Me Or Leave Me (3:01)
08 Down For Double (2:39)
09 Poinciana (4:42)
10 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (2:51)
11 Cute (3:32)
12 One O'clock Jump (4:03)
13 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (2:59)
14 Star Spangled Rhythm That Old Black Magic (3:49)
15 Blues In The Night (2:49)
More than just a collection of delightful tunes, the track list of Kings of Swing Opus 2 takes us on a journey through the golden age of swing. After the positive reception of Kings of Swing Opus 1, the SWR Big Band presents a new list of classics, including Satin Doll, Love Me or Leave Me, One O’Clock Jump, and many more. Under the direction of Pierre Paquette, the SWR Big Band is one of the most acclaimed big bands in Germany. Vocalist Fola Dada is featured on this album, and is widely recognized as one of the most versatile vocalists of our time.

Romain Pilon - Copper (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:22 | Size: 101.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Bibou (featuring Seamus Blake)
2. Trippin'
3. Four Moons (featuring Pierre de Bethmann)
4. Laniakea
5. Home
6. The Quiet Ones (featuring Seamus Blake)
7. Poppish (featuring Pierre de Bethmann)
8. Dear Wayne (featuring Seamus Blake)
Romain Pilon guitar
Fred Pasqua drums
Tony Paeleman Fender Rhodes, Bass Synth, Keyboards

Pierre de Bethmann piano on 4 and 7
Seamus Blake tenor sax on 1, 6 et 8
jazz&people, the leading French crowdfunded jazz label, is proud to present Romain Pilon’s Copper, an ideal title for the conductor from which cables are made, and which sets the tone for this high-energy trio propelled by groove with a capital G and electric fusions.

After three albums whose atmospheres were more acoustic, including "The Magic Eye" with Ben Wendel and Walter Smith III, which showed his contemporary and dynamic appropriation of tradition and his allegiance to the current movement heralding the resurgence of the guitar on the New York and Paris jazz scenes, Romain Pilon is now expanding his musical universe through the more eclectic Copper project.

Reconnecting with his teenage influences, the guitarist has conjured a repertoire that he had in fact never played before, and which reveals an unexpected aspect of his talent. Using an array of pedals and effects which broaden his musical palette, he reinjects into his music memories of Led Zeppelin, the experimentations of Herbie Hancock in his Headhunters period, the atmospheric fusions of Weather Report, and the electric brutalism of Miles Davis during his 1970’s "electric years"… all the while listening intently to contemporary musicians such as the English singer Laura Mvula, the Australian group Hiatus Kaiyote or the prodigy Taylor McFerrin.

With Copper, he also shows allegiance to the movement incarnated by various musicians he rubbed shoulders with at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, with whom he performed on the stage and with whom he shares a certain spirit, such as Christian Scott, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott or Esperanza Spalding, who strive to anchor jazz in the present.

Assuming his desire to play groove music and his dreams of sonic fusions, a quest for playful metrics and unexpected textures, Romain Pilon has come up with an unusual trio format, one without a bassist, and founded on an axis constituted by various keyboards (Fender Rhodes piano with effects, analogic synthesizers) played by Tony Paeleman, the new and highly in-demand specialist (Vincent Peirani’s Living Being, Anne Paceo’s Circles, The Watershed, etc), and Fred Pasqua’s drumming, whose busy and complex playing gives the trio an irresistible dynamic.

Faithful to his concept of a clear approach to playing, emphasizing the melodic quality of his inspiration, Romain Pilon, who was encouraged when graduating from Berklee by none other than Pat Metheny himself, asserts a more biting style of playing in this context, with flashes of electricity, and suffused with vibrations that make Copper a new high-energy chapter in the career of a musician who has fulfilled his early promise and now has an international audience.

The album features two special guests, musicians who also have the twinfold culture of jazz and groove, of acoustic and electric playing : the American saxophonist Seamus Blake, a former partner of John Scofield, co-founder of Bloomdaddies with his alter ego Chris Cheek, and who has an impressive maestria when it comes to locking into a groove; and the French pianist Pierre de Bethmann who, exclusively on piano, confronts with his exceptional sense of melody the electric keyboards of Tony Paeleman. Both find their role naturally in the universe of Copper, evolving with ease in this highly-charged sonic environment.

Omri Mor - It's About Time! (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:03 | Size: 139.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Ramel Maya (feat. Avishai Cohen, Karim Ziad)
02. Atlas (feat. Avishai Cohen, Karim Ziad)
03. Tears (feat. Avishai Cohen)
04. Sica (feat. Avishai Cohen, Karim Ziad)
05. Zarka (feat. Michel Alibo, Karim Ziad)
06. Dawn (feat. Avishai Cohen, Donald Kontomanou)
07. Marrakech (feat. Michel Alibo, Karim Ziad, Maâlem Abdelkébir Merchane, Oulad Sidi H'mou Band, Mehdi Askeur)
08. Sefarad (feat. Avishai Cohen)0
09. You & the Night & the Music
10. Caravan (Bonus Track)
11. Istikhbar Ramel Maya (Bonus Track)

Omri Mor - piano
Avishaï Cohen - contrebasse
Michel Alibo - basse électrique
Karim Ziad - batterie
Donald Kontomanou - batterie
M'aalem Abdelkbir Merchan - chant

Rocked at a very young age by music from the Middle East and very early trained in classical music and jazz, Omri Mor is a young virtuoso pianist with sparkling play, whose multiple influences perfectly mastered reveal an unconventional pianistic talent.

Spotted very quickly by Avishaï Cohen (double bass) for his impressive virtuosity and his great knowledge of the Arabo-Andalouse music, Chaabi and Jazz, this one hires him to shoot with him in trio and they will perform together on the most great European and worldwide scenes.

It is under the artistic direction of the Algerian drummer / percussionist Karim Ziad that he recorded this first album "It's About Time! ", Surrounded by an exceptional cast: Avishaï Cohen on bass, Michel Alibo on electric bass and Karim Ziad on drums.

If the repertoire consists mostly of originals where a great talent of composer is revealed, an incredible sense of the game and the melody, the piece "Marrakech" (Hamid Zahir) leads us towards new countries and frenzied rhythms, which give at his piano wings of swing and freedom.

Martin Taylor - Spirit of Django (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:30 | Size: 143.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Chez Fernand
02. Minor Swing
03. Night and Day
04. Nuages
05. James
06. Double Top
07. Django's Dream
08. Swing 42
09. Lady Be Good
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. Johnny and Mary

Accordion – Jack Emblow
Acoustic Guitar – John Goldie, Martin Taylor
Bass Guitar – Alec Dankworth
Cabasa – Alec Dankworth
Drum – James Taylor (11)
Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins

Label: Linn Records

Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet - Yatra Vol.3 (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:44 | Size: 128.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Dopo le nuvole (Enzo Pietropaoli)
02. Pescatrici di perle (Enzo Pietropaoli)
03. Coffee and tv (Blur)
04. Altri tempi (Enzo Pietropaoli)
05. Hold on (Tom Waits)
06. Angeli (Enzo Pietropaoli)
07. Mercedes benz (Janis Joplin)
08. Se non avessi piщ te (Migliacci-Bacalov-Zambrini)
09. Living for the city (Stevie Wonder)
10. Prima le nuvole (Enzo Pietropaoli)

Double Bass, Liner Notes [Italian] – Enzo Pietropaoli
Drums – Alessandro Paternesi
Piano – Julian Mazzariello
Trumpet – Fulvio Sigurta

This July sees the release of Enzo Pietropaoli Yatra Quartet’s latest album "Yatra vol. 3", produced by Jando Music and Via Veneto Jazz. This outstanding sonic construction documents their third project which started with "Yatra" in 2011, followed by "Yatra vol. 2" in 2013.

The group was formed in 2011, during a series of concerts in India that sealed the musical and human cohesion among the group members, hence the name Yatra, meaning “journey” in Hindi-Urdu.

Pietropaoli’s music evolves and takes in influences, but nevertheless maintains the spirit of traditional jazz alive. He believes in a certain classicism, trusting that his music can endure over time. With "Yatra vol. 3" they have fine-tuned their approach towards that musical philosophy attained in the group’s two previous works that have been garlanded in praise. "Yatra" was named by the JazzIt readers as "Best Album of 2011", Enzo Pietropaoli "Best Bassist of 2011" and Fulvio Sigurtа "Best New Talent of 2011" for Musica Jazz and lastly, in 2013, Yatra Quartet was voted by Musica Jazz - Jazz Awards as "Best Italian Group of the Year".

Along with an inevitable artistic growth, both individually and as a group, "Yatra vol. 3" espouses a cohesive approach and hones a sound common to the two previous works, taking on an almost ritual significance: remarkable instrumental duets, a repertoire of ten pieces with five original tracks written by Pietropaoli, characterized by a melodic tinge and lush tonalities that stylistically deviate from earlier genres - shying away from eclecticism yet without being overly traditional - and five tributes to old and new musical "experiences", specifically: Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, Tom Waits, Blur and a song co-written by Gianni Morandi and Daniel Bacalov.

Also unchanged since the start is the band’s entourage: producers, collaborators, graphic designers and press office - all protagonists of this extraordinary journey.

Label: Via Veneto Jazz   

Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet - Yatra Vol.3 (2015) 

Alan Barnes & Brian Lemon - Play Jerome Kern - Yesterdays (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:29 | Size: 140.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Told Every Little Star (4.06)
02. Yesterdays (5.69)
03. Bill (4.59)
04. The Folks Who Live On the Hill (6.79)
05. All the Things You Are (5.69)
06. They Didn't Believe Me (6.12)
07. Dearly Beloved (4.76)
08. Look for the Silver Lining (5.19)
09. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (5.09)
10. Pick Yourself Up (5.65)
11. I'm Old Fashioned (4.18)
12. Long Ago and Far Away (4.53)

Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs)
Brian Lemon (p)
Dave Green (b)

30 March, 2018

The Manhattan Transfer - The Junction (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:12 | Size: 99.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Cantaloop (Flip Out!) 04:43
2. Swing Balboa (Down on Riverside) 03:11
3. The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul 03:50
4. Blues for Harry Bosch 04:27
5. Shake Ya Boogie (Galactic Vocal Version) 04:24
6. Sometimes I Do 04:57
7. Ugly Man 04:48
8. The Junction 04:57
9. Tequila / The Way Of The Booze 03:04
10. The Paradise Within (Paradise Found) 05:00
Cheryl Bentyne, vocals
Alan Paul, vocals
Janis Siegel, vocals
Trist Curless, vocals
The Manhattan Transfer has been making memorable music for decades. The jazz vocal group, launched by Tim Hauser in 1969 (Hauser died in 2014), now features Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and newest member Trist Curless, who joined the band following the passing of Hauser. The group, currently in the middle of their tour, believes that Curless adds another facet to their legendary music, one that celebrates the past and embraces future possibilities.

The new release "The Junction" of the group’s first studio album in ten years, The Junction, dedicated to the memory of Hauser. Says Paul about the project, “The concept of The Junction is that this is a special meeting place, a junction of merging our four-and-a-half-decade musical legacy with something new. It wasn’t exactly a seamless transition because Tim is irreplaceable, and he and Trist are very different singers. We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass.”

The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording 41 years ago. The legendary quartet has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards of 20 nominations and has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Trist Curless has now officially become a member of the group, joining Janis Siegel. Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, all of whom are conscious of maintaining the integrity and artistry left by founding member Tim Hauser who passed away in 2014.

The Manhattan Transfer was born when Tim Hauser was paying his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song. Through driving a taxi, he met the next members of the legendary group — Laurel Massé and Janis Siegel. Alan Paul, who was appearing in the Broadway cast of “Grease” at the time, was recommended as the additional male voice and the four became The Manhattan Transfer on October 1, 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined The Manhattan Transfer in 1979, replacing Laurel.

In 1974 the group began performing regularly throughout New York City at Trude Heller’s, Mercer Arts Center, Max’s Kansas City, Club 82, and other cabaret venues. By the end of the year they were the number one live attraction in New York City. They were signed to Atlantic Records and released their self-titled debut in 1975. The second single, a remake of the gospel classic “Operator,” gave the group their first national hit. 1979′s Extensions earned The Transfer another smash with “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone.” The vocal remake of the classic “Birdland” became recognized as the group’s anthem and earned them their first two Grammy Awards. In 1981, they became the first group ever to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year.

Stefan Schultze - System Tribe (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:15 | Size: 85.45 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. System Tribe 04:23
2. Silva 03:44
3. Culture Vulture 02:35
4. Return 03:21
5. Fracking 05:13
6. Rooftop 01:35
7. Tong-Gu 03:29
8. Fade 12:55

“System Tribe” is both an impressive statement and a convincing document of Schultze’s original, futuristic compositions and interpretations. He has created music that both challenges and rewards the listener. Now Schultze amazingly transfers his award-winning creativity to his debut album as soloist.

“System Tribe” is both an impressive statement and a convincing document of Schultze’s original, futuristic compositions and interpretations. Schultze’s comprehensive approach is completely individual. It is grounded in a healthy reaction to the information overkill of our time.
Every piece on the “System Tribe” is different. And yet, as the title implies, it all blends seamlessly into an exceptional unity. Schultze realizes this through traditional piano play, with prepared piano, with bubbling sounds from his Fender Rhodes, special microphone setups, and with a bit of overdubbing.
Schultze keeps to the point: emphatic, emotional, suggestive, remaining conscious of the structure, and with the listener in mind.
In so doing, he has created music that challenges and rewards, music that can be both melodiously contemplative and insistently minimalistic. Yet it also astounds, culminating in some sort of outrageous surrealistic rock music, on through to the machine-like alienation created by the sound distortions of the prepared piano.
It’s a question of contours, character, and nuance, an effective concurrence of tenderness and accelerated onslaughts, the balance from loud to soft, right on through to the CD’s finale, “Fade”, as a single chord plays repeatedly, it’s notes ringing out, then fading into silence before being struck yet again, on through to one final altered chord. This album demonstrates all that, as well as the benefits of the careful handling of particular fragments. There is something special that happens on the way from exposure to exploratory adaptation. With its precise logic, this surprising recording transforms the overwhelming within the core idea into the comprehensible.

Robb Cappelletto - Ostriches (2017)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 38:58 | Size: 89.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. (boogaloo) [6:18]
2. Better Luck [6:40]
3. Jinx [8:21]
4. New Space [8:01]
5. September [5:15]
6. Dusty Floors [4:23]

Robb Cappelletto - Guitars
Andrew Stewart - Bass
Amhed Mitchel - Drums
Michael Shand - Rhodes and Hammond organ on Better Luck

Mary Halvorson - Code Girl (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:30:09 | Size: 208.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. My Mind I Find in Time 06:43
02. Possibility of Lightning 06:17
03. Storm Cloud 10:00
04. Pretty Mountain 06:19
05. Off the Record 05:36
06. In the Second Before 05:48
07. Accurate Hit 04:09
08. The Beast 05:58
09. The Unexpected Natural Phenomenon 11:29
10. Thunderhead 05:01
11. And 06:27
12. Armory Beams 01:08
13. Deepest Similar 08:14
14. Drop the Needle 07:00
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Amirtha Kidambi, vocals
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Michael Formanek, bass
Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Code Girl is the latest project of guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, and her first project for which she has composed both lyrics and music. The band has already been described as “...a bold experiment in song form” by The New York Times. Deftly interpreted by Amirtha Kidambi (vocals), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), the music synthesizes influences of jazz, folk and improvisation to create an original take on songwriting. The debut album will be released on Firehouse 12 Records March 2018.

“Halvorson has set her sights high with Code Girl. It is the first time she has worked with a vocalist, not to mention writing lyrics for another member of an ensemble. The group exhibited some characteristic features of a Halvorson ensemble—tight associations between members where each musician develops their voice, responds directly and confidently with each other, connects at multiple points simultaneously. Meanwhile, the compositions also brew a rare cohesion that never feels forced and draws each member toward their greatest potential. Trumpet and voice mixed quite profoundly, at times, and the vocal styling of Kidambi—drawing from a broad range of influences ranging from the Carnatic tradition to old blues—created a haunting and emotionally rich panorama of colors, shapes, and images that made for both tangible and abstract consumption by the attentive audience.”

PM Syndicate - The Spirit Is Resilient (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 39:41 | Size: 91.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Random Phantom
2. Blue 32
3. First Time, Last Time
4. As Dust Settles
5. Old Town Throw Down
6. Syzygy
7. Until Next Time

Released September 6, 2017

Label: Fire Baron Records

Philippe Duchemin Trio - Three Pieces (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:27 | Size: 122.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Take Bach (4'44")
2. Honey (6'23")
3. fond brun (7'15")
4. Bernie's Tune (5'51")
5. Fumet (5'34")
6. Quand je monte chez toi (7'05")
7. What is this thing called love (5'55")
8. Lucy in the sky with diamond (6'01")
9. Tea for two (5'18")

Piano : Philippe Duchemin
Bass : Patricia Lebeugle
Drums : Jean Pierre Souchu

Oregon - Jazzclub 'Unterfahrt' ,Munich, 16.03.2018 (2018)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 44:54 | Size: 108.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. the creeper [fade in]
2. aiolos
3. announcement paul mccandless
4. one day
5. unknown title
6. announcement paul mccandless
7. in stride
8. witchi-tai-to

ralph towner - g, p, syn
paul mccandless - ss, fl, bcl
paolino dalla porta - b
mark walker - perc, dr

Label: bootleg

Kerem Görsev - After The Hurricane (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:22 | Size: 124.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Cat Shelter 7:16
2 After The Hurricane 8:04
3 Maybe One Day 6:01
4 Dorea 6:27
5December 10:10
6 Olive Tree 6:18
7 Big Heart 6:43
8 Mermaid 3:23

Kerem Görsev (piano)
Terell Stafford (trumpet)
Peter Washington (bass)
Ferit Odman (drums)

Emre Grafson Müzik
Jazz musician Kerem Görsev's 18th album 'after the Hurricane' was recorded at Bunker Studio in New York in January.

Kerem Görsev described his album as follows::

"In our lives, we can't predict what will happen, how it will develop and how it will come to an end, we can never know, we can just watch and see. Sometimes a vortex sometimes throws you in there with a great current and you go into a new orbit and you start your life. In this process, as always, events print new music to me. This latest album 'after the Hurricane' was released on January 23 after a 2-month pre-study with Ferit Odman in New York City. Terrell Stafford trompette, Peter Washington Contrabbase ( these two great men were previously included in Ferit's albums) this time quartet recorded 8 compositions in 4 hours, including breaks. With a great Steinway & sons piano, the bunker in Brooklyn, the perfect Studio, things just walked smoothly. The next day we were in the mix, a few days later we were mastering and we were back in pleasure. I would like to thank Ferit Odman, who has done everything in this album and meticulously, who has set up the whole organization and focuses on playing music. Terrell and Peter also added unique comments to my music. Thanks to Ferit odman in the drums, he rehearsed in Bodrum before the recording and arranged everything in the studio and found an exquisite accompaniment."

Kenny G - Love Ballads (2008)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:52 | Size: 175.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Moment (Kenny G) (4:41)
02. Songbird (Kenny G) (3:59)
03. Theme From «Dying Young» (James Newton Howard) (4:01)
04. Everytime I Close My Eyes (feat. Babyface) (Babyface) (5:00)
05. Don't Make Me Wait For Love (feat. Lenny Williams) (Walter Afanasieff, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden) (4:06)
06. Forever In Love (Kenny G) (4:59)
07. Missing You Now (feat. Michael Bolton) (Walter Afanasieff, Michael Bolton, Diane Warren) (4:32)
08. The Moon Represents My Heart (3:36)
09. My Heart Will Go On (Will Jennings) (4:22)
10. You're Beautiful (James Blunt, Amanda Ghost, Sacha Skarbek) (4:14)
11. How Could An Angel Break My Heart (feat. Toni Braxton) (Toni Braxton) (4:22)
12. Going Home (Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G) (4:16)
13. We've Saved The Best For Last (feat. Smokey Robinson) (Paul Gordon, Dennis Matkosky, Lou Pardini) (4:19)
14. Jasmine Flower (Traditional) (4:39)
15. Silhouette (Kenny G) (5:26)
16. Loving You (Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G, Dan Shea) (3:19)
17. By The Time This Night Is Over (feat. Peabo Bryson) (Michael Bolton, Andy Goldmark, Diane Warren) (4:20)
18. The Way We Were (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) (2:51)

Daniel Karlsson Trio - 5 (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:22 | Size: 216.34 MB | FLAC
1. Dubious Whisper 06:09
2. Let Me Tell You One More Thing 05:16
3. Salzburg 06:25
4. Days Long Lost and Gone 04:14
5. In the Tambourine Forge 08:20
6. Meet the Moiners 07:50
7. No Answer Ballad 06:08
Daniel Karlsson, piano, keyboards
Christian Spering, double bass, cello, dilruba & tar shehnai
Fredrik Rundqvist, drums & percussion
The Daniel Karlsson Trio has since their album debut Das Taxibåt in September 2013 established themselves as one of the most interesting constellations in Swedish and European jazz. Not least through the magnificent hat trick brought home by their sophomore album Fusion for Fish, released in August 2014 that won the Swedish Radio’s Jazz Group of the Year Award 2014, Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015 as well as the Swedish Jazz Grammy 2015. Ears were opened abroad as well, their music met with press accolades and frequent airplay in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, in the UK and Ireland.

Their 2016 release, their third album, At the Feel Free Falafel also garnered a lot of attention with favourable reviews and extensive radio play. The same is also true about their fourth full length title Ding Dong released in 2017. An album that has just given them another nomination for a Swedish Grammy Award for best jazz album in 2018.

As before their flow and rather astonishing production of new music continue… Five years after the dynamic trio’s record debut we are proud to present their fifth album aptly titled No. 5. Positively brimming with creative music in seven new songs from Daniel Karlsson’s prolific pen, as melodic and powerful as always, maybe even more so this time. From the pensive opening tracks Dubious Whisper and Let Me Tell You One More Thing over the wildly swinging Meet the Moiners with its maelstrom middle part to the final No Answer Ballad the trio once more prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

Buddy DeFranco - Baby Steps (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:54 | Size: 113.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Stormy Weather
2. Flamingo
3. Baby Steps
4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
5. Get Out Of Town
6. I Cover The Waterfront
7. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
8. Canadian Sunset

Smooth, lyrical, lucid, precise -– they almost do justice to the unmistakable sound of clarinetist Buddy Defranco. His technical expertise has been likened to that of Artie Shaw, his melodic capabilities rival Benny Goodman's, he's been dubbed "The Charlie Parker of the clarinet."

The bebop revolution of the 1940s enabled Buddy to break looses from the confines of swing and granted him "the freedom to float" he desired. The challenge was clear: from "king" of the swing instruments, the clarinet was not well suited to bebop, due to its temperamental nature. Buddy eventually got recording dates with many of the bebop legends plus a steady spot in the Count Basie septet. While the Basie gig was prestigious within the jazz community, trumpeter and fellow band member Clark Terry (left) recalled the interesting "reverse racism" Buddy encountered for being the only white member of the septet.

The 1950s were a prolific time for Buddy. He formed his own quartet with drummer Art Blakey, pianist Kenny Drew, and bassist Eugene Wright. In 1954, he embraced the opportunity to play a European tour with the spectacular Billie Holiday. Through producer Norman Granz, Buddy was paired with his boyhood idol, pianist Art Tatum, and was featured on the Jazz at the Philharmonic recordings. Despite his success, Buddy struggled with the only major criticism of his long career, a column by jazz writer Nat Hentoff.

When rock and roll began to steal the jazz's thunder towards the end of the 1950s, Buddy made ends meet with studio work for film and television until he was invited to lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1966. During the subsequent period, Buddy met and married his wife Joyce, and joined forces musically with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. Gibbs and Defranco formed a dynamic pair, complimenting each other musically and personally. Buddy Defranco continued to progress with time, influencing young clarinetists with his gentle, generous personality and his ceaseless energy for experimentation.

Bob Stewart - Then & Now (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:23 | Size: 126.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hambone (7:11)
02. Big Kneed Gal (5:22)
03. King Porter Stomp (3:10)
04. You Don't Know What Love Is (7:40)
05. Rambler (6:52)
06. Fishin' Blues (4:03)
07. Nette (5:30)
08. Tunk (6:24)
09. Law Years (2:44)
10. Nubian Stomp (6:31)

Alto Saxophone – Carlos Ward (tracks: 7 to 10)
Cornet, Trumpet – Graham Haynes (tracks: 7 to 10)
Drums – Aaron Scott (tracks: 4), Buddy Williams (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7 to 10)
French Horn – Fred Griffen(tracks: 2), John Clark (2) (tracks: 1, 3, 5), Marshall Sealy (tracks: 2)
Guitar – Jerome Harris (tracks: 7 to 10)
Guitar, Vocals – Taj Mahal (tracks: 2, 6)
Piano – Dave Burrell (tracks: 4)
Trombone – Steve Turre (tracks: 1, 3, 5)
Trumpet – James Zollar (tracks: 1, 3, 5), Stanton Davis (tracks: 1, 3, 5)
Tuba – Bob Stewart

Recorded October 30, 1995 and March 11, 13 and 20, 1996.

Postcards ‎– POST1014
Tuba player Bob Stewart's CD came out about the same time as Howard Johnson's Gravity release, and Stewart suffers by comparison. Bluesman Taj Mahal contributed the much too talky "Big Kneed Gal" and very tedious "Fishin' Blues." Carlos Ward's "Nubian Stomp" is at best uninspired reggae, while his street strut "Nette" barely gains headway in spite of trumpeter Graham Haynes' spirited solo.
Stewart's originals and handling of standards fare much better. Both "funk" and "Hambone" get his group cooking. Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" gets a refreshing update, including the addition of a French horn. But it is the slowly savored arrangement of "You Don't Know What Love Is," featuring Stewart with pianist Dave Burrell, that takes top honors.

Zeno Fatti - Speedbag (2014)

Genre: Jazz / Future Jazz | Total Time: 43:02 | Size: 98.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Speed Bag [2:48]
2. Rock Drill [6:53]
3. A Night In Portland [6:06]
4. Sequence From The Thunder Program [10:35]
5. Off Load [5:40]
6. Spit Your Groove, Dance Your Rage [8:00]
7. Electric Heaven [3:00]

Zeno Fatti: Trumpet
Kate Knife: Synthesizers / Voice
Bruno Marini: Organ
B.C. Bag: Drums

Yuko Fujiyama - Night Wave (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:19 | Size: 191.75 MB | FLAC
1. Woven Colors 03:18
2. Up Tempo 09:37
3 Romance 01:49
4. Clash 00:59
5. Premonition 03:09
6. Indignation 03:01
7. Fireworks 01:17
8. Beyond the Sound 06:41
9. Waltz of the Shadows 01:11
10. Autumn Whispers 02:53
11. Floating on a Breeze 02:19
12. Leap 01:59
13. Starlight 01:14
14. Night Wave 07:57
15. Tale of the Old Tree 02:55

Yuko Fujiyama - piano
Jennifer Choi - violin
Susie Ibarra - drums&percussion
Graham Haynes - cornet&flugelhorn

Label: Innova
Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1954, Yuko Fujiyama started playing piano at the age of four. But it wasn’t until a summer morning in 1980 standing on a sidewalk in New York’s East Village that she found her calling; someone was playing a Cecil Taylor tape and she was transfixed by the piano sounds. That someone was Taylor’s drummer, Jerome Cooper, and that moment opened a door for her to the abstract beauty of music. She has been “looking for musical structures” ever since. “Recently, I’ve been trying to be free from a feeling of linear time. This album, Night Wave, is the result of my long search.”

Joining her in this quest are three esteemed fellow travelers in the art of improvisation: percussionist Susie Ibarra, violinist Jennifer Choi, and cornet/flugelhornist Graham Haynes: “It was a joy to play with these beautiful musicians. I appreciate Susie for her earthy but sensitive sound Jennifer for her beautiful melodies, and Graham for his simple and rich expressions.”

The album weaves a delicate series of colorful musical glimpses, from aggressive and ominous stories to melancholic flashes of freedom and silence. Listen at night, on a sidewalk, or wherever you might like sounds to arrest you.

Vinny Valentino, Joel Rosenblatt & Baron Browne - Valentino, Rosenblatt, Browne (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:03 | Size: 99.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Cruise Control
02. What If
03. Shining Star
04. The Slant
05. Sure Thing
06. West Side Highway
07. The Perfect Flight
08. The 10th Degree
09. I Want U Back

Vinny Valentino - Guitar
Baron Browne- Bass
Joel Rosenblatt - Drums
Chrissi Poland - Vocal

Label: Play Along Jazz

Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick - Criss Cross (2018)

Genre: Jazz / Modern Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:26 | Size: 152.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hermetica
02. Charmed Life
03. Strange Behaviour
04. Exchange
05. Goodnight Computer
06. Mrs PC
07. Criss Cross
08. Press Gang
09. El Barranco

Tori Freestone - tenor and soprano saxophone, flute
Alcyona Mick - piano
Brigitte Beraha - voice (1, 8).

An associate of the Loop Collective, Alcyona Mick graduated in jazz piano from the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. She writes scores for silent films and is a member of the prestigious London Jazz Orchestra. Mick has recorded two albums with the jazz group Blink, including its eponymous debut album and its follow-up, Twice. Tori Freestone joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 17 and went on to study jazz flute at Leeds College of Music, progressing to saxophone when she was 26. She's already recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Whirlwind, El Barranco (2016) and In The Chop House (2014).

The mesmeric "Hermetica" opens this set with Freestone on flute and guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha singing with unfettered vivacity, delivering wordless vocals to the haunting melody played in harmony with Freestone's flute. Soprano saxophone and piano exuberantly chase each other's lines around on the fast paced "Exchange." On the lengthy "Goodnight Computer" Freestone's searching exploration of the upper registers of the tenor saxophone is utterly compelling. The playfulness of "Mrs PC" the jokey title an allusion to both Paul Chambers and John Coltrane adopts a catchy, bluesy hook in a similar mood to Trane's Giant Steps version.

Thelonious Monk's angular title track soon evolves from the head to stretched out improvising with Freestone on tenor and a Monk-ish cadenza from Mick. The two then pick up the melody as a sprightly duet. "Press Gang" a traditional folk number arranged by Freestone, is sung by Beraha (her second and final contribution to the album) with typical mellifluousness. This is elegant, engaging and original music, played with magnificent panache.

Tomonao Hara & Hiroshi Ikejiri - Dear J.C. - Dedicated to John Coltrane (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:16 | Size: 159.95 MB | FLAC
01.Lonnie's Lament 05:27
02.Equinox 04:21
03.Naima 07:48
04.Moment's Notice 03:20
05.Dear Lord 06:17
06.Syeeda's Song Flute 04:17
07.Spiral 07:11
08.Central Park West 07:01
09.Count Down 03:32
10. Chasin' The Train 02:10
Tomonao Hara, trumpet
Hiroshi Ikejiri, double bass
This is an album produced carefully selected 10 original songs from John Coltrane earnestly respected by Jazz Trumpeter Tomonao Hara and bassist Hiroshi Ikejiri who were played called Duo. To prepare for one year, The album recording at Meguro Mori Artwork studio, where a groundbreaking Japanese studio, was selected for recording. The high tension and musicality produced by both players embodies a new worldview in John Coltrane's compositions by recording UNAMAS.

Michael Sagmeister - Power Of Resistance (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:47 | Size: 163.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Flower Tower
02. Mr. Greencabbage's Second Try
03. Power of Resistance
04. Pana Nana
05. A Silent Spectacle
06. Round Midnight
07. Dry Your Tears
08. Nature Boy
09. Jazz It Up
10. Heartful Shortcut
11. Mild Taste
12. Original Flavour
13. Day of Wine and Roses
14. Light in the Darkness
15. Clear Direction
Michael Sagmeister: guitars
Michael Küttner: drums, percussion
Thomas Heidepriem: bass
Antonella Dorio: vocals
The fact that the jazz guitarist is now celebrating his 40th anniversary on stage is impressive and once again explains the never boring or monotonous joy of playing that Sagmeister brings into his music, but of course also in his new work "Power Of Resistance".

15 tracks long, mostly own compositions, shows Michael Sagmeister once more all registers of his skills and also puts variety in tempos and game or music styles to the spearhead of the album, the same also several cover versions with material by, among others, Henry Mancini ("Day Of Wine And Roses") or Thelonius Monk ("Round Midnight") - the SOUL TRAIN reported countless times on all mentioned.

Michael Sagmeister plays with elements such as groove, ideals from jazz but also blues history, lets his guitar prance, melody courses hover and moan, chooses quiet moments, the soulful inner calm of his songs and his kind, his instrument, the acoustic guitar to serve and to play, and convinces just in the cross-song whole of an album like "Power Of Resistance", which shows gently and vigorously at the same time, how intense music can sound, whom she is simply well done.

In the Eden Ahbez classic "Nature Boy" (the SOUL TRAIN repeatedly reported on this legendary song giant), interpreted by the expressive, warm voice of Antonella Dorio, shows that self-confident rest in first-class musicianship and the routine, courageous networking of content and playful light-footedness especially.

With "Power Of Resistance" Michael Sagmeister once again shows that hardly anyone in the Central European firmament of the acoustic jazz guitar can hold his breath - music full of grace and elegance and down-to-earth musicality.

Mark Lotz & Alan Purves - Food Foragers (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:21 | Size: 273.04 MB | FLAC
1. Abu in the Sky 04:10
2. Hog Time 00:57
3. Echoes of a Life Hereafter 07:52
4. Piepkuiken 00:59
5. Petal of a Rose 03:27
6. Endurance 07:15
7. Ice Breath 03:18
8. Kingfisher 01:19
9. Back Scratcher 02:57
10. River 05:37
11. Belly Buttons 04:40
12. Food Foragers 02:34
13 Hanging Out 03:24
14. Lullaby for Time 03:27
15. I Am so Sorry Blues 03:25

Mark Alban Lotz: flutes, (piccolo, concert, alto, bass, pvc contrabass flutes, prepared flute, flute head joint, Bansuri, voice, fx); Alan Gunga Purves: percussion, toys (Toy Pigs, DaDa Bells, Balafon, Sruti Boxes, Toy Horns, Klaxon, Toy Accordion, Tin Whistle, Brim Bram, Tambourine, Wee Shakers, Clapboard, Balacone, Whirlies, Toy Carousel, Breath, Hemarimbas, Cow Bells, Shakers, Horns, Tambourine, Floor Tom, Darbuka, Wee Frying Pans, Doppler Squeaks, Frame Drum, Clock. Chimes, Tin Whistles).

Label: Unit Records
Somewhere there is a dense green forest. One can barely see through the foliage. Inside this forest is a meadow. There stands Mark Alban Lotz, surrounded by flutes of various sizes and shapes. Next to him is Alan Purves , encircled by an array of bizarre and ancient percussion instruments. Together, these two artists are creating odes to forests, jungles, and deserts, the subconscious mind, peaceful meditations, and odd and humorous tales—music that hearkens back to ancient rituals, dreams, and time before time.

In some respects the album feels like the Rosseau painting, "The Dream," come to life. The album kicks off with the wistful "Abu In the Sky." Purves lays down an African beat and Lotz enters with a flute solo, like a giant bird taking flight over vast spaces of wilderness.

"Echoes of Life Hereafter" starts off with Purves establishing a mysterious gait on framed drum. Slowly Lotz enters with sweeping arcs on his flutes. It's as if one were riding a camel softly across a desert underneath a chilly, panoramic, starry sky. "Endurance," the longest composition on the album, has a melody that anchors in one's mind. It suggests both a dance and an adventure, or maybe a dance that becomes an adventure? "River" has the air of India about it, like a canoe ride down the Ganges. Purves's horns have a sitar sound. And Lotz explores the deep registers of the bass and contrabass flutes to provide a curving counterweight to the steady beat.

The reverie reaches its apex with the beautiful "Lullaby for Time." Here Purves's beat on the frame drum perfectly complements Lotz's long legato notes on flute.

The album is certainly not all vision quest. For example, it features novel tunes like "Hog Time," "Kingfisher," and the title cut, "Food Foragers." In these selections, Purves creates sounds resembling pig snorts as he rips or mimics musically the wilds of the Amazon rain forest. On "Hanging Out," Lotz's flute line and Purves's percussion conjure the image of being jostled through a Chinese urban landscape in a rickshaw, as flocks of sparrows in the squares scatter in undulating patterns. "Belly Buttons" will get you off your duff and into your dancing shoes, and the album ends with the infectious "I'm So Sorry Blues." This latter number feels straight out of the doo-wop lexicon, except in this version, ancient drums and fluttering flutes replace the Sha Na Na vocals.

Never forceful or heavy, Purves' gentle percussion lines complement Lotz's adventurous and meditative flute lines. One could be forgiven for hearing in this album a little of Paul Horn and his seventies collaborations with Nexus.

Let's see—Campfire music? Check. Star gazing music? Check. Dance music? Check. Dream music? Check. Road music? Check. That's Food Foragers. - DON PHIPPS

Magnus Thuelund - Angel From The South (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:33 | Size: 144.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Slower 09:39
2. Argentum 07:33
3. Reach 09:39
4 Angel from the South 07:19
5. Autumn in April 05:08
6. Illuminate 07:43
7. Aurum 10:21
8. Miss Lisa 05:11

Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Magnus Thuelund, alto saxophone
Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone
Nikolaj Hess, piano
Graig Earle, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums

Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Magnus Thuelund is a Danish saxophone player/composer and teacher currently, living in Copenhagen Denmark. He is a Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) graduate from (2003-2008). (2005-2006) At the New School of Music in New York. And later (2010-2012) where he did the highly esteemed 2 year programme “Advanced Post Degree Diploma” in composition with composer/keyboardist Django Bates.

Magnus Thuelund has studied and played with prominent Danish and international musicians such as: Thomas Franck, Lars Møller, Ole Kock Hansen, Peter Jensen, Nikolaj Hess, Butch Lacy and the Danish Radio Big Band. And Marc Mommaas, Reggie Workman, George Garzone, Dave Glasser, Mark Turner, Jamire Williams and Armen Donelian.

“Magnus Thuelund is a talented young and hard-working alto saxophonist and composer. He has a strong sound, a good ear, is an excellent reader and loves a challenge.” Marc Mommaas tenor saxophonist/composer.

Thuelund has played in Carnegie Hall and all over Europe with own bands and bigbands i.e. as part of a European/Canadian tour with “Swinging Europe” European Youth Jazz Orchestra among others.

Howard Alden + George Van Eps - 13 Strings (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:48 | Size: 125.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Just You, Just Me
2. My Ideal
3. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
4. A Beautiful Friendship
5. The Touch of Your Lips
6. Ain't Misbehavin'
7. Too Marvelous for Words
8. Love Walked In
9. Queerology
10. How Long Has This Been Going On?
11. Mine
12. Embraceable You
13. Emaline

Concord Jazz ‎– CCD-4464

Howard Alden - guitar
George Van Eps - guitar
Dave Stone - bass
Jake Hanna - drums

Horace Silver Quintet - Juicy Lucy (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:28 | Size: 96.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Swingin' The Samba
2. Juicy Lucy
3. Come On Home
4. Cookin' At The Continental
5. You Happened My Way
6. Mellow D
7. Finger Poppin'
8. Sweet Stuff

Bass – Eugene Taylor
Drums – Louis Hayes
Piano – Horace Silver
Saxophone – Junior Cook
Trumpet – Blue Mitchell

Helge Lien Trio - To The Little Radio (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:02 | Size: 134.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Grandfathers Waltz
02. Look For The Silver Lining
03. Chelsea Bridge
04. Little Sunflower
05. Penelope
06. Ida Lupino
07. So In Love
08. Love Song
09. Amapola
10. Sonor
11. To The Little Radio (An Den Kleinen Radioapparat)

Helge Lien - piano
Frode Berg - bass
Knut Aalefjær - drums

Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, January 3. - 6. 2006.

Label: DIW

Clement Simon - Man On The Moon (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:59 | Size: 88.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. A Train to Valparaiso [3:19]
2. Where Are You Now [4:45]
3. Fancy Folk Song [4:04]
4. Babel [5:47]
5. Berceuse pour un heros [3:29]
6. You Vs Karma [5:01]
7. No Pain No Gain [5:45]
8. Man on the Moon [5:50]

Romain Cuoq - tenor saxophone
Anthony Winzenrieth - guitar
Damien Varaillon - bass
Clément Cliquet - drums
Clément Simon - piano

Brian Charette - Upside (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:11 | Size: 144.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Yolk 5:24
2. Silicone 7:38
3. Look Elsewhere 6:24
4. Public Transportation 5:09
5. You've Changed 4:17
6. Furthering Adventures 3:27
7. Altered Waltz 4:56
8. Girls 4:55
9. Prelude To A Kiss 6:27
10. Upper Manhattan Medical Group 3:49
11. Upside 5:06
12. Wish List 5:32
Label - SteepleChase

Brian Charette - Hammond B-3 organ
Ben Monder - guitar
Jochen Rückert - drums
While Upside is a Brian Charette project, the 30-something organist allows Monder ample room, particularly on original tracks "Silicone Doll," "Look Elsewhere," "Public Transportation" and "Girls." And there are many delights here. Charette's own sure-handed way on the B3 Hammond melds well with Monder's musings while drummer Jochen Rueckert strikes hot. Charette is a player to watch, at home on such stalwarts as Carl Fischer's "You've Changed" and Billy Strayhorn's "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" as on his own adventuring pieces. And everything pops and swings energetically on Andy LaVerne's upbeat title track and sums up nicely by all parties on the final "Wish List." One wonders why Charette hasn't debuted on a major label with his fluid and lucid originals and spot-on musicianship before now. ©

Brian Betz - Without a Doubt (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:30 | Size: 121.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Water and Oil
02. Peaches
03. Without a Doubt
04. 5th St. Bossa
05. Williams Redemption
06. Monday Morning
07. Wine Is Fine
08. All of Me
09. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Label - Dreambox Media
Recorded March, 2003

Brian Betz - Guitar
Denis DiBlasio - Baritone sax, Flute
Jim Ridl - Piano
Steve Varner - Bass
Jim Miller - Drums
A fine post-bop debut by guitarist Brian Betz, Without A Doubt isn't particularly groundbreaking or innovative, but it's consistently entertaining. Recorded with a basic rhythm section (Jim Ridl on piano, Steve Varner on bass, and Jimmy Miller on drums) plus labelmate Denis DiBlasio on tenor sax and flute, Betz essays a low-key set of mostly original material (only a fairly straightforward reading of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and a rhythmically loose reinterpretation of "All of Me" dip into the standards catalog.) Betz actually stays in the background on many of these tracks; DiBlasio leads most of the solos. This is no bad thing in itself. DiBlasio's sensitive, delicate flute solo on the ballad "Peaches" shows that he's an underrated player capable of more than the occasional flashiness of his own sets as leader, but Betz's admirably restrained style feels at times almost too reined-in. Betz thankfully has no desire at all to overplay -- there is absolutely no fusion-style 100-notes-per-minute showboating here -- but his woody, Wes Montgomery-like tone is so appealing, especially on quieter tunes like "5th Street Bossa," that one does wish he'd showcase himself a bit more than he does.
~ Stewart Mason, AMG

29 March, 2018

Ulf Wakenius - Notes From The Heart (Plays The Music Of Keith Jarrett) (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:48 | Size: 128.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Memories Of Tomorrow 5:36
2 Dancing 5:14
3 Innocence 4:33
4 The Windup 4:19
5 My Song 4:14
6 Mon Coeur Est Rouge 3:43
7 Everything That Lives Laments 4:59
8 The Cure 4:58
9 So Tender 7:42
10 U-Dance 5:10
11 Prayer 4:05

Recorded, mixed and mastered May 21-22, 2005 at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway

ACT 9435-2

Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Liner Notes – Ulf Wakenius
Composed By – Keith Jarrett
Double Bass, Cello, Piano – Lars Danielsson (3)
Drums – Morten Lund (2)


Tibor Elekes, Kirk Lightsey, Don Moye - Le Corbu (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:10 | Size: 137.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Prelude Ravel
02. You And The Night And The Music
03. Footprints
04. Heaven Dance
05. Le Corbu
06. Lament
07. I Wanna Be Kissed
08. Everyone In Uniso
09. A Child Is Born

Double Bass – Tibor Elekes; Drums, Percussion – Famoudou Don Moye; Piano, Flute – Kirk Lightsey.

Famoudou Don Moye (b. 1946) is an American avant-jazz percussionist and drummer, best known as a member of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago since 1969, and recognized as an extraordinary master of Afro-Caribbean percussion instruments and rhythmic techniques. Don Moye developed his own original 'sun percussion' style of performing, and led Sun Percussion Summit with Enoch Williamson, which is a group dedicated to exploring the traditions of African-American percussion music.

Kirkland Lightsey is an American jazz pianist, born 15 February 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Tibor Elekes is a Hungarian / Swiss bassist, composer and engineer, born 3 May 1960.

Steve Davis - Outlook (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:37 | Size: 127.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Outlook (Davis) 6:02
2. Smooth (Davis) 6:54
3. Lovely Day (Withers) 6:23
4. Line of Flight (DiRubbo) 7:49
5. I Got It Bad (Ellington) 7:36
6. Lord Davis (Douglas) 5:05
7. Mission (Davis) 7:28
8. Bosco (Payne) 9:18
Label - Posi-Tone Records
Recorded June - November 2006

Steve Davis - Trombone
Mike DiRubbo - Sax Alto
David Bryant - Piano
Dezron Douglas - Bass
Eric McPherson – Drums

Steve Davis - Eloquence (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:11 | Size: 157.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Yardbird Suite 3:56
2. How Deep Is the Ocean 7:43
3. Minor Contention 4:36
4. T.H.E Blues 5:59
5. It Could Happen to You 5:53
6. My Ship 6:15
7. Have You Met Miss Jones 6:42
8. Django 6:54
9. Road Song 6:02
10. Peedlum 5:39
11. Lament 4:45
12. When the Saints Go Marching In 4:47
Label - Jazz Legacy Productions

Steve Davis - Trombone
Roy Hargrove - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Hank Jones - Composer, Piano
Steve Nelson - Vibraphone
John Lee - Bass, Guitar (Bass)
Nat Reeves - Bass
Joe Farnsworth - Drums

Russell Gunn - Ethnomusicology Vol.4 - Live in Atlanta (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55.39 | Size: 133.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Sam Yi (Spoken Intro) 0:38
2 Blue In Green 6:32
3 More Sybil's Blues 11:11
4 Summertime 13:09
5 Lyne's Joint 7:59
6 Shiva The Destroyer 16:10

Recorded at Churchill Grounds in Atlanta, Georgia, March 26/27, 2004.

Justin Time ‎– JUST 210-2

Russell Gunn (electric trumpet, flugelhorn), Nick Rolfe (piano, fender rhodes, keyboards), Carlos Henderson (electric bass), Carl Burnett (electric guitar), Kahlil Kwame Bell (percussion), Rocky Bryant (drums), D.J. Neil Armstrong (turntables).