30 June, 2018

Woody Herman - Crazy Rhythm (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:41 | Size: 81.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. It's Coolin' Time
2. Fire Island
3. Bamba Samba
4. Prelude Cha Cha
5. Wildroot
6. Black Orchid
7. Bijou
8. Sinbad The Sailor
9. Crazy Rhythm
10. Woodchopper's Ball

Time Wind ‎– 50018

Rick Margitza - This Is New (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:58 | Size: 140.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. This Is New
02. On Green Dolphin Street
03. Body & Soul
04. Just In Time
05. Beware Of The Dog
06. Invitation
07. Everything Happens To Me
08. When Will The Blues Leave?
09. Gypsies

Rick Margitza (Tenor Saxophone); Robert Hurst (Acoustic Bass); Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums); Joey Calderazzo (Piano); Tim Hagans (Trumpet).

Recording May 27, 1991 - May 28, 1991
The problem with tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza at this early stage in his career was that he sounded almost exactly like Wayne Shorter with a strong streak of John Coltrane on ballads. Margitza partly overcomes his lack of individuality by giving the standards on his CD some fresh interpretations. The melody of "On Green Dolphin Street" sneaks up about halfway through and then is barely hinted at, while the theme of "Just in Time" does not pop up until just before the closing vamp. Margitza displays maturity on "Body & Soul" and "Everything Happens to Me" and is quite stormy on the more up-tempo material. Trumpeter Tim Hagans' guest appearance on "Beware of the Dogs" really seems to inspire Margitza, and the rhythm section (pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts) is excellent. Now if only Margitza could solve his identity problem. ~ Scott Yanow

Jon Davis - One Up Front (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:26 | Size: 129.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Strollin' 5:40
2. How Deep Is the Ocean 4:56
3. Candid Camera 5:57
4. This Joker's a Smoker 5:39
5. No Kiddin' 5:13
6. One up Front 6:39
7. You're the Top 4:34
8. My Ideal 4:09
9. Sir Dude 6:58
10. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 6:42

Bass – Joris Teepe
Drums – Shinnosuke Takahashi
Piano – Jon Davis (2)

Recorded May 23, 2013

Posi-Tone ‎– PR8110 US
It's tempting to say that pianist Jon Davis has been hiding in plain sight for the past few decades, but he hasn't really been hiding at all. He's actually been playing all over the place with a lot of top-tier musicians; he just doesn't put himself up front very often. Davis, who's worked with saxophonist Stan Getz, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Jaco Pastorius, and a long list of other jazz luminaries, is the consummate sideman, always adding support and substance to other artists' performances and recordings, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve a little attention once in a while for his own music; One Up Front makes it clear that he has plenty of good things to say when the spotlight's turned in his direction.

Davis put together a well-balanced program of originals and standards for this, his Posi-Tone debut. He delivers a performance of pianist Horace Silver's "Strollin'" that lives up to its name, puts odd metered twists on "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and flies through Cole Porter's "You're The Top," which is powered by drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi's light-and-propulsive ride cymbal work. Davis also proves capable of ruminating on the theme of imagined love during an engaging performance of "My Ideal." The originals, which include a burning "This Joker's A Smoker," the mellow-swinging title track, and bassist Joris Teepe's bossa-tinged "Candid Camera," prove equally appealing.

Davis, Teepe and Takahashi prove to be a well-matched threesome in every way. Together, they wind their way through various musical settings, paying great attention to touch, balance and mood; when some trios play standards, whether packaged in run-of-the-mill fashion or arranged to their liking, they sound like they're phoning it in, but these guys never sound like that; Davis and his trio mates fully invest themselves in every performance on the highly pleasing One Up Front - DAN BILAWSKY

Jon Davis - Moving Right Along (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:46 | Size: 150.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Moving Right Along 4:57
2. Under the Stairway 5:06
3. Moment's Notice 5:34
4. Beauty and the Blues 5:08
5. I've Never Been in Love Before 5:29
6. Reflections 3:59
7. She's Leaving Home 5:45
8. Portrait of Tracy 6:18
9. Dania 3:36
10. Just in Case 7:21
11. Pensive Puff 7:17
12. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues 5:10

Bass – Yasushi Nakamura (2)
Drums – Shinnosuke Takahashi
Piano – Jon Davis (2)

Recorded October 6, 2014

Posi-Tone ‎– PR8133 US
Every jazz generation has its own Tommy Flanagan, an unheralded player that finally steps into the spotlight and everyone wonders how he has been hiding in plain sight all these years. With Moving Right Along, a follow up to One Up Front (Posi-Tone, 2013) pianist Jon Davis takes center stage with an assured sense of swing and a sumptuous way with a jazz vocabulary.

As a sideman, he has held the piano chair in bands led by jazz fusion greats Jaco Pastorious and Brian Melvin, big band leaders Joris Teepe and Bill Mobley, and jazz legends Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz and today's stars Eddie Henderson and Ilhan Ersahin.

Leading his own trio with bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi, he negotiates a few standards, some discerning pop tunes, and five original compositions. Judging his approach is best taken up with his his covers of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. The latter's "Moment's Notice" is taken at a gentler pace revealing Davis' sweet-tempered disposition. Same for his solo mediative take on Monk's "Reflections." Davis plays with patience and an imperturbability that suggests he would sound this way playing for an audience of one or a packed concert hall.

He brings out his inner Tommy Flanagan with a lovely take of the Lennon/McCartney piece "She's Leaving Home." The trio brushes away all frippery for the essence of the music (and remembered lyric), and more importantly it swings. Davis has a way with the blues here, and on his slow-cooked piece "The Beauty And The Blues" that weaves a proper garment out of just a few threads. The outward-swinging pieces, "Dania" and the title track reveal a dexterous approach that keeps his refined touch intact. - MARK CORROTO

Jon Davis - Changes Over Time (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:12 | Size: 146.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Soul Eyes 4:43
2 Just For Fun 4:56
3 Las Olas 5:28
4 Changes Over Time 5:59
5 Yesterday 3:03
6 Klutz 4:22
7 Jazz Vampire 5:12
8 The Peacocks 5:27
9 It's For Free 6:38
10 My Cherie Amour 4:05
11 Slowly But Surely 6:36
12 Waltz For U 7:34

Jon Davis: piano; Ugonna Okegwo: bass: Jochen Rueckert: drums.

Recording October 4, 2015 Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY

Posi-Tone Records
Pianist Jon Davis has performed in a wide variety of settings from rockish fusion to big bands and jam sessions. On this recording he leads a fine mainstream trio with Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. They open the album with the classic Mal Waldron composition “Soul Eyes” with the band taking the music at a medium loping tempo. The music is played in a very classy and melodic fashion and the band has a rich sound that takes up quite a bit of space. “Just For Fun” has a subtle cymbal rhythm from Rueckert leading Davis to respond with strong percussive piano that drives the band forward and swings hard with rippling and confident playing from the keyboard. There is an excellent bright sound to this performance that carries through to the end. The title track “Changes Over Time” has some excellent thick bass from Okegwo and develops a bouncy and funky vibe, with the trio playing jazz that is expressive and straightforward with good humor. Rueckert has a short drum interlude, before Davis takes command with hard charging deeply percussive and commanding piano that drives the performance to its conclusion. The wonderfully titled “Jazz Vampire” has Davis taking a slow solo opening probing the music before the bass and drums enter and begin to ramp up the pace. Davis leads with some fast rippling piano and the bass and drums respond making for a full band breakout and an electrifying performance. “It’s for Free” bumps things up again with a nice rhythm from drums and excellent insistent and propulsive bass pushing everything forward, and Davis develops a powerful touch that is akin to McCoy Tyner’s early 70’s recordings, layering a blizzard of notes over the proceedings. This was a very well done and accessible mainstream jazz album. Davis has a powerful and exciting way of playing that keeps the music moving briskly forward and Okegwo and Rueckert complement him very well, either supplementing or soloing the group works as a united whole and deserves to be heard.

Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today (2018)

Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul | Total Time: 46:41 | Size: 104.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Starting Today (feat. Asheber)
2. Almost Went Too Far
3. Mollison Dub
4. London's Face (feat. Oscar Jerome)
5. Ragify (feat. Big Sharer)
6. Outro (Fornow)

2018 debut album, by prodigious keys player, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones, is buoyant, celebratory and welcoming. With a background in jazz, he draws from influences in dub, hip-hop and soul. Different traditions are infused and commingled together. Soulful brass arrangements are colored with carefully-tuned atmospherics; individual flashes of brilliance are bound into the album's bigger picture. He's part of London's young, jazz-influenced music scene. Drawn from that same close-knit circle, the album features the likes of Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and Oscar Jerome. It's playing with those - along with Ezra Collective, which he co-founded, and touring with the likes of Ata Kak and Pharoahe Monch - which has honed his playing and grown his ideas. It's made for a record with an unmistakable depth. He draws on deep musical understanding, making music which is warm and has a feeling of joy. A document of his vision for bringing together his different influences, it's also a testament to hard-earned, head-turning musical virtuosity.

Label: Brownswood Recordings

Jimmy Amadie - A Tribute To Tony Bennett (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:00 | Size: 121.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. The Thought of Losing You - 8:36
2. Baby Blue - 7:39
3. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - 5:49
4. Stella By Starlight - 7:31
5. This Can't Be Love - 6:16
6. The Very Thought of You - 6:32
7. Come Rain or Come Shine - 5:44
8. Phil the Woods With Music - 5:48

Jimmy Amadie - Piano
Steve Gilmore - Bass
Bill Goodwin - Drums
Phil Woods - Alto Sax
Jimmy Amadi (January 5, 1937 - December 10, 2013) is a famous pianist from Philadelphia and a teacher who is known for his contribution to the improvisational jazz theory.
Amadi was known not only for his highest musicality, but also for his fighting spirit. As a rising star of the jazz scene in the late 1950s, Amadi toured with the Woody Herman Band, accompanied Mel Mormon Torme and played with the greatest jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Redly Rodney and Charlie Ventura. He led a home group at the Red Hill Inn in New Jersey, and then in Copacabana in New York. But his performing career soon ended. Amadi recalled that he spent up to 80 hours a week on piano lessons - and this led to illness. He developed tendonitis, which caused him great pain when he played.
But he did not abandon the game. The physical limitations imposed on him did not match his determination to fight the pain. After seven operations and exhausting physical therapy, Amadi was able to extend the time in which he could play. He had only a few precious minutes a day on the piano before the pain in his hands made him stop, but he kept in shape with what he called mental exercises, playing melodies in the head, understanding harmony and solos and constantly analyzing the melodic content your game.
Amadi immersed himself in the teaching and jazz theory and became one of the country's leading jazz teachers, writing two very influential books on the theory of jazz.

Jamie Saft Quartet - Blue Dream (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:14 | Size: 130.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Vessels
02. Equanimity
03. Sword's Water
04. Violets for Your Furs
05. Blue Dream
06. Infinite Compassion
07. Sweet Lorraine
08. Walls
09. Decamping
10. Words and Deeds
11. Mysterious Arrangements
12. There's a Lull in My Life

Jamie Saft Piano; Bill McHenry: tenor saxophone; Bradley Christopher Jones: acoustic bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Jamie Saft continues his collaboration with eclectic UK-based label RareNoiseRecords in 2018. On a roll after releasing his first ever solo piano album in January, the aptly named ‘Solo A Genova’, the Upstate New York-based artist presents a further facet of his seemingly boundless talent for composition, performance, invention and in this case, for acting as master of ceremonies to a group of exciting and innovative musicians. His latest formation, the Jamie Saft Quartet sees repeated collaborators, celebrated saxophonists Bill McHenry and bassists Bradley Jones as well as in rising star of the drums Nasheet Waits.

Recorded in the Autumn of 2017 in Jamie Saft’s Potterville International Sound studio Upstate New York, co-produced by Saft and Chris Castagno, mixed and mastered by Chris Castagno in Colombia, Blue Dream showcases nine new vibrant, spiritual and energetic compositions by Jamie Saft, as well as three mesmerizing standards.

Plenty of connotations emerge in the album title, yet as soon as you start listening you will realize, that Blue Dream won’t allow you to think about connotations. This is direct. The muscle is shown straight away in “Vessels,” and not just in the playing but the tone: dark, with four musicians moving like ships in the night, a tenor sax echoing over the water between them. That’s saxman Bill McHenry, and stirring the water beneath him is drummer Nasheet Waits, splashing into the basswaves of Brad Jones bellowing up, heavy and low. On the piano, Jamie Saft both holds it down and works in new melodies, like clouds in a rotation of sunlight and darkness. Blue Dream moves. “Equanimity” keeps it fast - punk jazz fast. The drums lead it off, and you get the feeling the other musicians aren’t coming in until Waits lets them in. They know to hold off. The vibe into which Waits swings himself is a tunnel for one, only breaking daylight a minute and half into the song, when everybody explodes together at once in the record’s biggest and brightest moment yet. But “Sword’s Water” brings it back into the low light, opening with a hot flourish that swirls on for two minutes before Saft begins to follow the melody down one of his paths. Saft can slide effortlessly over the keys, to be sure, but it is when he lingers, teasing out perhaps the same several notes, that we get a sense of the restraint in place.

This sounds like a record of standards—yes, new standards—but there are only three oldies on here … and they’re goodies. Sinatra’s “Violets For Your Furs” is the first, setting the second of this album’s four sides alive with an interpretation that finds Saft digging into the melody as only its patent simplicity allows (there’s that restraint again). Following that, Brad Jones finds room cleared out for him in the title track to pluck his heaviest path, accelerating through the heart of the record while Saft drifts overhead, clouds over boiling water. “Infinite Compassion”shoulders its way back into those big dark movements on the piano, both sustaining and running away past the margins wherever it is needed.

The second half of the album kicks off with Bill McHenry cooling it down, and he does it through “Sweet Lorraine,” Cliff Burwell’s 1928 standard recorded by the King Cole Trio in 1940, which is the version taught to Saft by the late Geri Allen. Some 90 years later it’s a vehicle strong enough to summon a breeze into the whole second half of the album, carving out abundant room for “Walls.” Building on the big air of “Sweet Lorraine,” Saft goes off into outer space without a care in the world, and all of them ride out the vibe. Saft can flourish and arpeggiate with the best of them, but it’s in his open spaces that he shows he can be sometimes shy, sometimes flirtatious, but always confident—quietly—and relaxed. That is the foundation on which the musicians around him can build, with Saft then almost pleading with them to follow him into uncharted territories.

Then there’s the drums. Waits has both a shimer and a modern architecture to his playing, the latter of which has him building a chess board in “Decamping,”where the band can check one another, trading on, trading off. Who’s got the end game? We don’t need to know. We only know they enjoy the field. The music nourishes the life beneath their feet. “Words And Deeds” feels like something by which each of them is living, expressing it through this music, right now, while “Mysterious Arrangements” furthers the language created by this quartet, bringing it into a new conversation that is obviously holding some tension in its palms.

You’ll be relieved to know that tension all gets worked out in the end. Closing out the record is the 1937 Mack Gordon and Harry Revel classic “There’s a Lull In My Life,”blissfully stretching out the last seven minutes of the album like a long holiday party full of old faces. Memories abound of the song’s place in jazz history, and the voices that interpreted it in years past: Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Alice Faye, and Nat King Cole. The standard torch song, love ballad, classic, becomes buoyant in their hands. It does not wallow, but revels in its ache. Shouldn’t we all?

Franck Tortiller - Early Dawn (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:45 | Size: 101.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Early Down (Frank Tortiller)
2. What is and what should never be (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)
3. Un jour, tu verras... (Mouloudji, George Van Parys)
4. Ahmar-el-Nabi (Frank Tortiller)
5. Vibe Workshop (Yves Torchinsky)
7. White Lady Downe's seedling-solo (Frank Tortiller)
8. White Lady Downe's seedling (Frank Tortiller)
This project of the French vibraphonist, which is a collection of some of his more interesting compositions, was recorded in the studio after a series of live performances in the major French, Swiss and European festivals. The CD contains plenty of very tasteful moments, and it could not have been any other way when one considers the way this vibraphonist has blended together his fellow musicians with original expressiveness and high quality of instrumental competency. All three have their own moment to express themselves. ©

Label - Altrisuo

Franck Tortiller - vibraphone, marimba
Yves Torchinsky - bass
David Pouradier Duteil - drums

Clark Terry - The Chicago Sessions 1995-96 (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:30 | Size: 141.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Just Squeeze Me - 4:19
02 C.T.'s Express - 5:32
03 The Star-Crossed Lovers - 6:47
04 Jessica's Day - 4:15
05 Harlem Airshaft - 3:27
06 Swinging the Blues - 4:56
07 Do Nothing 'til You Hear From Me - 4:51
08 I Want a Little Girl - 4:33
09 Easy Does It - 4:46
10 Launching Pad - 4:36
11 Cottontail - 3:22
12 Moten Swing - 4:29
13 Something to Live for - 6:25

Clark Terry performing with the Depaul University Big Band under the direction of trumpeter Bob Lark.
Recorded in the mid-90s, the Chicago Sessions, with the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, performing with Big Band Depaul University under the guidance of trumpeter Bob Lark. Composed of two rare records, this is the style of the 50's and 60's, which should appeal to fans of traditional jazz.

Clark Terry - trumpet, flugelhorn
Steve Jacobson - guitar
Frank Wess, Tim McNamara - flute
Doug Angelaccio, Matthew Dethrow, Dave Hutten, Rudresh Mahanthappa - alto saxophone
Rob Denty, Jason Cates, Robert Gardiner - tenor saxophone
Jeff Erikson, Kevin Pike - baritone saxophone
Jason Petti, Matt Lewis , Kirk Garrison - trumpet
Gil Wukitsch, Eric Nelson, Jason Aspinwall, Vance Thompson, Bob Lark - flugelhorn
Troy Anderson, Greg Sunken, Thomas Michaud, Tom Hanton, Steve Bradley, Brian Culbertson - trombone
Michael Stryker - piano
Sharay Reed - bass guitar
James Ward, Tom Hipskind, Bob Rummage - drums
James Ward, Jr. - percussion

Chihiro Yamanaka - Utopia (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:38 | Size: 129.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Utopia (3:52)
02. La Priere D'une Vierge (4:16)
03. Mambo (4:41)
04. Rhapsody In Blue / Strike Up The Band (3:25)
05. Le Cygne (6:44)
06. Piano Sonata No. 4 (5:34)
07. Orchestral Suite No. 2 - Badinerie / Ricochet (5:35)
08. Arpeggione Sonata (5:58)
09. I Loves You, Porgy (3:14)
10. Shinda Otokono Nokoshita Monowa / Hope For Tomorrow (4:00)
11. Hungarian Dance No. 5 (2:39)
12. Songs My Mother Taught Me (5:46)

Chihiro Yamanaka - p, el-p, org, syn
Yoshi Waki - b
John Davis - d

Recorded March and April 2018.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams - Vanished Gardens (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:17 | Size: 162.72 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Defiant (Charles Lloyd)
2. Dust featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
3. Vanished Gardens (Charles Lloyd)
4. Ventura featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
5. Ballad of The Sad Young Men (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman)
6. We’ve Come Too Far To Turn Around featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
7. Blues for Langston and LaRue (Charles Lloyd)
8. Unsuffer Me featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
9. Monk’s Mood (Thelonious Monk)
10. Angel featuring Lucinda Williams (Jimi Hendrix)

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams will release Vanished Gardens, a transcendent new album that presents the fascinating collaboration between NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd and acclaimed GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter Lucinda Williams. Together they weave several threads of American music (Jazz, Blues, Americana, Country, and Rock) into a thrilling and uplifting new musical hybrid. The first single “We’ve Come Too Far To Turn Around,” a new gospel-informed song written by Williams, is available today to stream or download. The Marvels are Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and dobro, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Vanished Gardens was produced by Lloyd, Dorothy Darr, and Don Was.

“A friend had turned me on to Lucinda when Car Wheels On a Gravel Road came out,” Lloyd recalls. “Lu has worked a lot with Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, so a couple of years ago she came to one of my Marvels concerts at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. It was our first meeting and I sensed a deep Southern crossroads connection. Not long after that meeting she invited me to guest at her UCLA concert and then I invited her to guest at one of my concerts about a year later… It was clear we had something we wanted to explore together.”

Williams is featured on five of the ten tracks on Vanished Gardens, including expansive new versions of her well-known songs “Dust,” “Ventura” and “Unsuffer Me,” as well as a full-hearted interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel” that closes the album. Alternating with the vocal tracks are five sublime instrumental offerings including three new Lloyd originals and versions of Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Mood” and the Roberta Flack popularized song “Ballad of The Sad Young Men.”

“I’ve worked with a lot of poets,” Lloyd says, “especially during my Big Sur days; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Gary Snyder, Diane diPrima, Schyleen Qualls, Michael McClure, Bob Kaufman, James Dalessandro… putting words and music together. Lu is a poet. An authentic, American voice. Her sound is like an emotional barometer. A weather vane. Sometimes it swirls around in the tempest of a storm and sometimes it is sweet and pure as a Southern breeze carrying the intoxicating perfume of magnolia to you. As a poet, her imagery knocks me out. She is a reporter of the human condition, of life on planet Earth.”

“We know each other better now and therefore we can travel more freely down certain paths,” says Lloyd, reflecting upon how The Marvels have evolved since their 2016 debut I Long To See You, which NPR called “music that evokes an uncommon state of grace.” That album featured guest vocals from both Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, but the collaborative nature the band has nurtured with Williams has led them to even greater heights of expression. “Having Lucinda on five of the tracks adds a new dimension to the overall experience,” says Lloyd, “for my listeners and for hers. I think on the new recording we were able to let go and plunge deeply into the sound.”

Lloyd celebrated his 80th birthday in March, and is marking the milestone throughout 2018 with special concerts, residencies, festival performances including the Newport Jazz Festival where Lloyd will be the Artist In Residence performing three sets with different bands. Following a triumphant performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Lloyd and Williams will appear together at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 10), Newport Jazz Festival (August 5), Monterey Jazz Festival (September 23), Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater (December 14-15), and more. The NEA Jazz Master enters his ninth decade at a creative peak in what now stands as a mountainous and formidable career, continuing his lifelong artistic journey to explore the spiritual realms of wonder and beauty.

Bill Frisell, guitar
Greg Leisz, pedal steel guitar
Reuben Rogers, bass
Eric Harland, drums


Binker And Moses ‎- Dem Ones (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:53 | Size: 79.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 No Long 'Tings 07:14
2 Man Like GP 04:47
3 ESU 03:41
4 Black Ave Maria 05:48
5 The Creeper 10:24
6 Retox 02:58

Binker Golding, Moses Boyd - Composed By
Moses Boyd - Drums
Binker Golding - Tenor Saxophone


Augusto Pirodda, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian - No Comment (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:28 | Size: 108.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. It Begins Like This...
2. Seak Fruits
3. Brribop
4. No Comment
5. So?
6. Il Suo Preferito
7. I Don't Know
8. Ola
Label - Jazzwerkstatt

Augusto Pirodda - piano
Gary Peacock - bass
Paul Motian - drums

Ann Hampton Callaway - Blues In The Night (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:29 | Size: 138.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Swingin' Away the Blues
2. Blue Moon
3. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
4. Lover Come Back to Me
5. Stormy Weather/When the Sun Comes Out
6. I'm-Too-White-To-Sing-The-Blues Blues
7. Willow Weep for Me
8. Hip to Be Happy
9. It's All Right with Me
10. No One Is Alone
11. Blues in the Night
12. Glory of Love

Ann Hampton Callaway: vocals; Ted Rosenthal: piano; Christian McBride: double bass; Lewis Nash: drums; Liz Callaway: vocals; David Gilmore: guitar. Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra (1, 4, 6, 11): Sherrie Maricle: drums, leader; Noriko Ueda: double bass; Kristy Norter: alto saxophone, flute; Erica von Kleist: alto saxophone, clarinet, flute; Anat Cohen, Scheila Gonzalez: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Lisa Parrott: baritone saxophone; Tanya Darby, Jami Dauber, Nadje Noordhuis, Alicia Rau: trumpet; Deborah Weisz, Jennifer Krupa: trombone; Leslie Havens: bass trombone.

Andrew Barker | Paul Dunmall | Tim Dahl - Luddite (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:03 | Size: 105.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Shame Game 6:24
2 Luddite 10:13
3 Champion 4:46
4 No Pity Party 7:55
5 Spells 8:20
6 Flecks 8:25

Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz

Recorded June 13, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY

New Atlantis Records ‎– NA-CD-011

Bass – Tim Dahl (tracks: 1, 3, 5)
Composed By [Music Spontaneously Composed By] – Barker, Dunmall, Dahl
Drums – Andrew Barker
Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Paul Dunmall

Albert Cirera, Hernâni Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Agustí Fernández - Before The Silence (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:52 | Size: 129.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1 Before 14:40
2 The 20:26
3 Silence 17:57
4 Coda 3:49

Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz

Recorded at the Jazz Cava de Vic during the Voll Damm Festival Jazz Vic the 9th of May, 2015
Mixed in Barcelona

NoBusiness Records ‎– NBCD 96

Bass – Hernâni Faustino
Drums – Gabriel Ferrandini
Music By [All Music By] – Fernández, Cirera, Ferrandini, Faustino
Piano – Agustí Fernández
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax], Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax] – Albert Cirera

Ai Murakami Quartet - Conception (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:50 | Size: 121.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. On a Misty Night
2. Conception
3. Sweet Lorraine
4. Old Devil Moon
5. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
6. Saucer Eyes
7. We'll Be Together Again
8. Ray's Idea

Zaid Nasser - alto sax
Tardo Hammer - piano
Hassan Shakur - bass
Ai Murakami - drums

29 June, 2018

Philippe Duchemin - Three Colors (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:34 | Size: 123.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Jogging in Paris (3'50")
02. It ain't necessarily so (5'35")
03. Bingo (5'20")
04. Sweet Progression (5'49")
05. Three colors (2'31")
06. You took advantages of me (6'03")
07. Honeysuckle rose (6'11")
08. Close your eyes (5'05")
09. Lotus blossom / as time goes by (6'10")
10. I've got rythm (6'38")

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

Lorraine Lawson - Quiet Nights: Timeless Ballads (2018)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 49:53 | Size: 114.94 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. When I Fall In Love
02. It Had To Be You
03. Waiting In Vain
04. My Romance
05. Corcovado
06. Autumn Leaves
07. This Masquerade
08. My Funny Valentine
09. Beautiful Love
10. Still Crazy After All These Years

Lorraine Lawson's debut album was recorded in 2000. Her hit single, "If I Could," received video play and major-market CHR and AC airplay from coast to coast. And Canada took notice. The National Post ran a front-page entertainment story hailing Lawson as one of Canada's hottest emerging stars: "Lorraine is making her big break into the pop mainstream." In addition to print media, Lorraine appeared on national television programs noteably Canada AM, TSN's Off the Record, CTV's, Open Mike with Mike Bullard and as a vocal coach for Popstars "The One".

In 2001, Lorraine was approached by Somerset Entertainment to record a CD of jazz and pop standards for the Avalon label entitled Quiet Nights. "I studied Jazz Performance in college and was thrilled with the opportunity to sing some of my favourite songs." The resulting intimate and sultry CD is still in print in over 20 countries. The promotional tour took Lorraine as far as Tokyo.

Inspired by her time in Japan, Lorraine stepped away from the recording industry to expand her performing career and take stock of her personal life: “Meeting people from other countries and experiencing other cultures, has always provided me with a sense of perspective, insight and growth. Combining my love for travel with my love for music has been a gift." Lorraine has performed in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Highlights have included representing Canada in a cultural festival held in Beijing, New Years Eve at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and entertaining the Canadian Armed Forces in Labrador and the far north.

Lorraine's songs have been featured on several television shows, including Cardcaptors, Queer as Folk and Popstars. She has performed her original material at SAC's Blue Bird North and other high-profile songwriting showcases.

Label: Avalon Records

Lee Konitz - Riccardo Arrighini - The Soprano Sax Album (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:24 | Size: 137.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blueing
2. Polka Dots
3. One More Time
4. Again And Again
5. L.O.V.E.
6. Acappellakee
7. Foolin'
8. Memberin'
9. Chega De Saudade

Lee Konitz - sax soprano
Riccardo Arrighini - piano

Recording Date: April 27, 2005.

Kristian Jørgensen Quartet - Kristian Jørgensen Meets Monty Alexander (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:26 | Size: 124.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 The Mill
02 Squeb
03 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
04 Astor Samba
05 Be Nice
06 The Stuffed Monk
07 Jespers Vuggevise
08 Oriental Shuffle 6.22
09 Estate
10 Willow Weep for Me

Kristian Jørgensen - Violin
Monty Alexander - Piano
Jacob Fischer - Guitar
Thomas Fonnesbæk - Bass
Kresten Osgood - Drums

John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:28:46 | Size: 202.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
1. Untitled Original 11383 05:41
2. Nature Boy 03:24
3. Untitled Original 11386 08:43
4. Vilia 05:32
5. Impressions 04:36
6. Slow Blues 11:28
7. One Up, One Down 08:01

CD 2
1. Vilia 04:37
2. Impressions 04:06
3. Impressions 04:37
4. Impressions 03:40
5. Untitled Original 11386 08:41
6. Untitled Original 11386 08:23
7. One Up, One Down 07:17

Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet – John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones – and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward. The standard version (available in CD and LP formats) incorporates 7 tracks, 2 of which are two completely unheard, brand new original compositions as well as Coltrane classics like Impressions and Vilia. The deluxe version (also available in CD and LP formats) incorporates 7 alternate takes of some of the tracks from the standard – a must have for any Coltrane fan.

Jin Jim - Weiße Schatten (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:13 | Size: 120.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. 7X7X7 06:08
2. House of the King 04:30
3. Intro Duende 01:13
4. Duende 08:58
5. Exploration 05:57
6. Days of September 04:38
7. Dreaming 06:49
8. Mankafiza 07:20
9. Surface 06:40

"Vertical lift-off" was how broadcaster NDR described Jin Jim’s rise on the German jazz scene. These words are justified, if one considers the relatively short backstory which now culminates in their ACT debut album “Weiße Schatten” (White Shadows).

In 2013 Peruvian-born flautist Daniel Manrique-Smith, bassist Ben Tai Trawinski, guitarist Johann May and drummer Nico Stallmann started up Jin Jim. In their first year as a band they were voted through by the public into the finals of the JazzTube Festival in Bonn. In the following year, the quartet won the “Future Sounds” competition at the Leverkusener Jazztage festival out of a field of nearly 200 entrants, and also released their first album “Die Ankunft” (The Arrival). Their meteoric ascent is based on the innovation which they bring to the music. Latin, jazz and rock all collide here with maximum impact. The group’s bassist Trawinski, who also composes most of the group’s repertoire, has set out their essential direction: “Rhythmically highly complex yet harmonically accessible, and with influences ranging from flamenco to Indian music and pop.”

This was what brought Jin Jim to the attention of the “Young German Jazz” series, ACT’s initiative dedicated to developing the talent of outstanding young German musicians and turning it into success. Meanwhile in 2016, Jin Jim set off on their first major tours with the support of Germany’s international cultural organization the Goethe Institut. They first travelled in Peru, the country of Daniel Manrique-Smith’s birth, and in the autumn toured in five countries in Africa. By 2017 their moment had come. “We were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,” says Manrique-Smith. That ‘right place’ was the Jazz Baltica Festival where the four performed on the main stage. “We got standing ovations. I had goose bumps for the next three days.” And among that ecstatic audience was Siggi Loch of ACT – who signed Jin Jim under contract to the label.

In February 2018 they went into the studio to record “Weiße Schatten”. Jin Jim showed once again how refined and individual their sound is. It is indeed rare for a young band to emerge which is quite so unified.

One explanation for this is that although Jin Jim was started up in 2013 when all its four members were around 30 years old, the common threads that bind them together go back much further. Trawinski comes from a music-obsessed family with ancestors in Poland and Croatia and had played guitar, flute, piano and singing before eventually the bass became his instrument. May is a musician whose deep engagement with Latin American music was intensified by spending a period of study in Havana. Stallmann has played drums in various bands from folk and rock 'n' roll to modern jazz and world music, as well as working on dance and theatre productions. All three studied at the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands and have been playing together ever since. These common links explain the naturalness with which May, Trawinski and Stallmann set about preparing the rhythmic fundament for complex, rapid and tricky pieces such as “Duende” or “Mankafiza”, enabling Daniel Manrique-Smith's flute to fly free.

The flute is a rare instrument in jazz, most often just dropped in occasionally to add an additional tone-colour. In Jin Jim its function goes way beyond that; it carries the leading solistic role. Manrique-Smith, who had studied in Frankfurt and at the Musikhochschule (Conservatoire) in Cologne before appearing with such stars as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Samuel Rohrer and Lalo Schifrin, plays the instrument in an uncommonly virtuoso and versatile manner. In “Weiße Schatten” he combines a whole range of expressive possibilities, from a silvery classical tone, or the consistently yet lightly breathy attack and bright colours of Latin America, to completely untamed jazz solos. And when Manrique-Smith hums, blows and sings into his instrument, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson could be in the room.

And there’s more. The good old days of art rock are born again, not just with Stallmann’s weighty drum beats but also May’s anthemic core guitar sound (particularly on “Dreaming”, strengthened by singing which really works in the context, and by episodes of distortion where he nearly cranks it up into heavy metal. This is new music for the gut – and the feet – created totally in the spirit of jazz. Jin Jim are well on their way.

Daniel Manrique-Smith, C, alto & bass flutes
Johann May, guitar, electronics
Ben Tai Trawinski, bass
Nico Stallmann, drums

01, 04, 07 - 09 composed by Ben Tai Trawinski,
02 by Jan Akkerman, 03 by Daniel Manrique-Smith,
05 & 06 by Johann May

Music arranged and produced by Jin Jim
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch

Recorded by Wolfgang Stach

ACT 9677-2

Jessica Williams - Touch (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:38 | Size: 126.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I Loves You Porgy - George Gershwin
2. Soldaji - Jessica Williams
3. Rosa Parks - Jessica Williams
4. Wise One - John Coltrane
5. Gail's Song - Jessica Williams
6. I Cover the Waterfront - Green, Heyman
7. Goodbye Porkpie Hat - Charles Mingus
8. Simple Things - Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams, solo piano

Recorded January 7, 2010, by Craig Montgomery / Piano is a Steinway 'D' 9-foot Concert Grand.

Greg Chambers - A New Day (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:59 | Size: 94.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A New Day
02. When I Think of You
03. Side to Side
04. Sweet Embrace
05. Midnight Drive
06. Gotta Get Back to You
07. Once in a While
08. Tell Me All Your Secrets
09. 'Til Sunrise
10. All for You

Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite Greg Chambers has been carving out his place in the annals of smooth jazz saxophone since 2007 and the release of his debut recording ‘City Lights’. His self-titled follow up came along in 2011 and was followed two years later by the excellent seven-song EP ‘After Hours’. Even better (and then his most commercial to date) was the 2014 project ‘Can’t Help Myself’ and now he is back with the outstanding ‘A New Day’ for which he is joined by regular collaborators Matt Godina and Paul Brown plus a ‘who’s who’ of smooth jazz talent including Adam Hawley, Kenji Matsui, Roberto Vally, Preston Smith, Nate Harasim, Rodney Franklin, Lin Rountree, Nils and Lew Laing.

The immense feel good vibe of the title cut proves to be a wonderful way to get the album started. It is one of five tracks co-written by Chambers with guitarist and keyboard player Matt Godina while elsewhere that highly respected producer, mixer, writer and performer Nate Harasim has a hand in three of the ten choice tunes. ‘Til Sunrise’, which features a cool contribution on guitar from Nils, is a zesty tour de force, ‘Tell Me All Your Secrets’ is in the best tradition of the smooth jazz anthem and much the same could be said of ‘When I Think Of You’ that might well get in your head and not go away.

Chambers and Godina also write ‘Midnight Drive’ that is not only a superb showcase for Chambers’ on-point playing but also includes guitars from rising star Adam Hawley. Greg eases down the tempo for the heartfelt ‘All For You’ where Paul Brown joins him on guitar. In fact Brown features often and none more so than with the ultra tender ‘Sweet Embrace’ that he co-writes, produces and adds his distinctive guitar sound. Brown is also front back and center of the up-tempo ‘Once In A While’ yet in terms of personal favorites the lusciously easy grooving ‘Gotta Get Back To You’ is right up there with the best that ‘A New Day’ has to offer.

That said, and all things considered, it is another Chambers Godina composition, the deliciously swaggering ‘Side To Side’, that reveals itself as a terrific slice of textbook contemporary jazz.

Glauco Venier feat.Kenny Wheeler - Gorizia (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:59 | Size: 147.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Carnera 6:06
2. Com'и triste Codroipo 9:42
3. Monts Dulintziosis 10:28
4. Tanas 3:32
5. Gorizia 5:40
6. Andrea 8:41
7. Tristano Matiole 7:18
8. Grao 6:56
9. Ricordandoti 6:36
Label - Artesuono

Glauco Venier - piano
Salvatore Majore - bass
Roberto Dani - drums
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn
Klaus Gesing - soprano sax
Pezze String 4et


Gilad Atzmon Trio - Take It Or Leave It... (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:45 | Size: 134.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Winnie the Pooh (G Atzmon) 3:06
2. Ascendant (Garrison) 4:33
3. My Funny Valentine (Rogers and Hart) 6:12
4. These Foolish Things (Strachey Link and Marvell) 5:55
5. Take It or Leave It (G Atzmon) 4:44
6. My Romance (Rogers and Hart) 3:59
7. Doxy (Rollins) 4:42
8. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin) 4:25
9. Skylark (Carmichael and Mercer) 8:01
10. 97/98 (G Atzmon) 4:17
11. In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington) 8:49 

Label - Face Jazz

Gilad Atzmon - Alto Sax & Clarinet
Val Manix - Acoustic Bass
Sam Anstice Brown - Drums, Percussion

The Atzmon trio plays in a melodic, bouncy fashion and the three musicians interact very well together. Winnie The Pooh and Ascendant have the free flowing lyric sweep of the early Ornette Coleman quartets although these pieces are rather more convential in overall design.
The group is currently attracting rave reviews on the London jazz club circuit. An interesting and often surprising jazz programme, well worth a listen. ©

Emile Parisien - Sfumato Live in Marciac (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:15 | Size: 129.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Le Clown Tueur De La Fête Foraine I (Live) 05:14
2. Le Clown Tueur De La Fête Foraine II (Live) 06:56
3. Le Clown Tueur De La Fête Foraine III (Live) 04:13
4. Temptation Rag (Live) 05:42
5. Transmitting (Live) 12:43
6. Balladibiza I (Live) 08:22
7. Balladibiza II (Live) 04:56
8. Missing a Page (Live) 08:09

Parisien’s “Sfumato” concert at Jazz in Marciac on 8 August 2017 was unforgettable and has been captured for ever on HighResAudio. His quintet was augmented at this concert by illustrious guests: US trumpet star Wynton Marsalis, French jazz legend Michel Portal and Parisien’s alter ego and long-established duo partner Vincent Peirani. Multi-layered, innovative and experimental, “Sfumato live in Marciac” is packed full of tension, excitement and turbulence. And yet is firmly grounded in jazz, brimming over with playfulness and adventures of improvisation; it is a testament to the intensity and to the magic of live jazz.

French soprano saxophonist Emile Parisien is one of the most highly regarded European jazz musicians of our time. The three albums he made in just three years – “Belle Epoque” in 2014, “Spezial Snack” in 2015 and “Sfumato” in 2016 – have propelled him, at the age of just 35, to the top of the worldwide rankings on his instrument. One thing is abundantly clear: Europe has a new jazz star.

2017 was the year for Emile Parisien. No jazz artist received more prominent acclaim in his home country France, and beyond. Very few European jazz artists can have appeared at so many big jazz festivals and classical concert halls. Emile Parisien today is regarded the most important innovator on the soprano saxophone.

Right at the beginning of 2017, Jazzthing magazine (DE) set the tone with their CD review: “It is amazing how quickly Emile Parisien has become one of France’s most influential musicians. “Sfumato” is the title of the new album from the 34-year-old soprano saxophonist, who has nothing to fear from the competition of anyone of his own generation anywhere in the world. And this album is going to amplify the buzz about him which is starting to echo around Europe.” And that was exactly what happened: not long after the release, the French “Jazz Magazine” and German music magazine “Stereo” both voted “Sfumato” as their album of the year. Shortly after that, Emile Parisien received the “Victoires Du Jazz”, the jazz prize for album of the year at the most important French music awards.

In Germany Parisien also received the most important music award, the ECHO Jazz, for “best international saxophonist” of the year. Topping out an outstanding year, French “Jazz Magazine” chose Émile Parisien as its artist of the year for 2017.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Germany) called Parisien a “superstar of the jazz scene in France”, Fono Forum (Germany) stated: “Emile Parisien is taking the magical sound of the soprano saxophone onwards – following in the footsteps of Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Evan Parker.” The Guardian in the UK gave “Sfumato” a rare 5-star rating and called it “an exhilarating genre-hop bubbling with captivating remakes of US and European jazz traditions. An exuberant album”. And the widely-read French magazine “Télérama” wrote: “Parisien’s inventiveness and energy are nothing short of breathtaking.”

The year of 2017 also marked a new high-point for Emile Parisien’s career as a live performer. In that one year he played at festivals such as Jazz Sous Les Pommiers, Bergen Jazz Festival, Elbjazz, Jazz Baltica, Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz, the London Jazz Festival and the Rheingau Musik Festival. He also appeared in the some of Europe’s finest classical concert halls: the Philharmonie in Essen, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

A special highlight was Parisien’s residency at Jazz in Marciac, the place where Parisien’s enthusiasm for jazz had been originally been awakened as a young audience-member, and where he was invited to be Artist in Residence for 2017. Parisien’s “Sfumato” concert on 8 August 2017 was unforgettable and has been captured for ever on both CD & DVD. His quintet was augmented at this concert by illustrious guests: US trumpet star Wynton Marsalis, French jazz legend Michel Portal and Parisien’s alter ego and long-established duo partner Vincent Peirani.

Multi-layered, innovative and experimental, “Sfumato live in Marciac” is packed full of tension, excitement and turbulence. And yet is firmly grounded in jazz, brimming over with playfulness and adventures of improvisation; it is a testament to the intensity and to the magic of live jazz.

Emile Parisien, soprano saxophone
Joachim Kühn, piano
Manu Codjia, guitar
Simon Tailleu, double bass
Mário Costa, drums

Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Vincent Peirani, accordion
Michel Portal, clarinet

Recorded live in concert by Nicolas Djemane at Jazz in Marciac on August 8th, 2017

ACT 6021-2

Charlie Hunter Trio - Bing, Bing, Bing! (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:30 | Size: 130.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Greasy Granny
2. Wornell's Yorkies
3. Fistful of Haggis
4. Come as You Are
5. Scrabbling for Purchase
6. Bullethead
7. Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing!
8. Squiddlesticks
9. Lazy Susan (with a client now)
10. Elbo Room

Blue Note ‎– CDP 7243 8 31809 2 9

Charlie Hunter - 8-String Guitar
Dave Ellis - Tenor Saxophone
Jay Lane - Drums

David Phillips - Pedal Steel Guitar on tracks 3 and 7
Ben Goldberg - Clarinet on tracks 5 and 9
Jeff Cressman - Trombone on tracks 5 and 9
Scott Roberts - Percussion on tracks 2 and 3

Carl Filipiak - Looking Forward Looking Back (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:23 | Size: 103.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. One For Wes
2. Giant Steps
3. Brothers
4. I'm Only Dreaming
5. Au Privave
6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
7. Vera Cruz
8. Blues-A-Que
9. Chasin' The Checkbook

A leading light in the Mid-Atlantic jazz scene for a number of years, guitarist and composer Carl Filipiak pays tribute here to some of his influences, as well as showcasing his own renowned compositional talents. He opens Looking Forward Looking Back with "One for Wes," a Wes Montgomery homage that incorporates lots of the latter's patented octave melodies and also, even more importantly, pays tribute to Montgomery's mighty sense of swing. A bossa nova-flavored arrangement of the John Coltrane standard, "Giant Steps," may sound to some like an exercise in musical blasphemy, but it really works quite well here, and the faint hint of smooth jazz oiliness in Filipiak's tone gives it a gently ironic edge that may or may not be intentional. Filipiak takes a powerfully funky approach to Charlie Parker's bebop classic "Au Privave," giving it a relaxed but dynamic setting that recalls some of the early albums of Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band. Filipiak's own "Blues-a-que" is an attractive but ultimately unremarkable study in blues form, but his "Chasin' the Checkbook," which closes the album, is a breathtaking barnburner of a modern bebop composition, one which finds Filipiak and tenor saxophonist Paul Soroka chasing each other all over the chart with infectious glee. As this album demonstrates, Filipiak is a guitarist and composer deserving of much wider recognition than he is currently getting. ~ Rick Anderson

Personnel: Carl Filipiak - guitar; Jay Dulaney - bass; Paul Soroka - saxophone; John Thomakos - drums; Dennis Chambers - drums.

Blaise Siwula & Jesse Dulman - Dark Alleys (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:32 | Size: 103.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Watcha Got for Country
02. Randevous 3
03. What's Your Twenty
04. Cats in the Corner
05. Turn It Up
06. Noir
07. Ready to Go
08. Chill in the Cafe
09. Grace's Garden
10. 10-4
11. Dark Alley
12. Silence Is Not Fear

This dialog of musical stories tuba and saxophones/clarinets was a long time coming. Blaise Siwula and Jesse Dulman first met at ABC No-Rio in NYC during one of the open session C.O.M.A. performances in 1998/99 curated by Blaise. Over the years there were intersections at ABC between tours and shows and a language developed, Improvisational/Spontaneous Compositions which is what this recording is about. This was recorded at Spencer St Studios in Brooklyn which is visually documented on the digipaks interior Dec 7, 2017.

Benny Green & Russell Malone - Jazz at the Bistro (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:28 | Size: 138.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Ask Me Now performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 4:49
2. Tale of the Fingers performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 3:01
3. A Bientot performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 5:02
4. Sing performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 5:45
5. When Lights Are Low performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 4:47
6. Wabash performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 3:54
7. Killing Me Softly performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 4:42
8. The Intimacy of the Blues performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 6:44
9. Moment''''s Notice/Lazy Bird performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 5:04
10. Love Letters performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 5:01
11. Russell''''s Introduction performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 0:29
12. Quiet Girl performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 2:42
13. Benny''''s Introduction performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 0:34
14. Hand-Told Stories performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 2:48
15. The Intimacy of the Blues [alternate take] performed by Benny Green / Russell Malone - 6:07

Benny Green - Piano
Russell Malone - Guitar

Recorded live at Jazz At The Bistro, St. Louis, Missouri on June 28 & 29, 2002.

Warren Vaché - Stardust (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:24 | Size: 133.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Got Rhythm - 3:08
02. Star Dust - 5:18
03. Lover Man - 5:03
04. On Green Dolphin Street - 4:08
05. Something to Remember You By - 5:55
06. Al Blues for Bune - 5:31
07. There Will Never Be Another You - 2:13
08. My Foolish Heart - 4:15
09. Teach Me Tonight - 4:19
10. Time After Time - 5:26
11. Body and Soul - 4:14
12. If I Could Write a Book - 6:11
13. Indiana - 3:08

Warren Vache - cornet
Derek Watkins - trumpet
Brian Lemon - piano
Dave Cliff - guitar
Dave Green - bass
Martin Drew - drums


Solid! With Seamus Blake - Visitor (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:40 | Size: 142.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Insert Witty Title 10:07
2. Moving On 5:16
3. Weeks On End 8:10
4. Writers Block 6:48
5. Rules Of Etiquette 8:42
6. Chasing Fanshawe 6:36
7. Fresh Fruit 8:57
8. Here We Go 8:02
Label - Parallel

Bjørn Vidar Solli - guitar
Daniel Formo - organ
Håkon Mjåset Johansen - drums
Seamus Blake - saxophone

Michael Pigneguy Quartet - Au Privave (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:59 | Size: 101.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Touch And Go
2. Four
3. The Search
4. Au Privave
5. Beautiful Love
6. Cold Duck Time
7. Beyond Reason

Michael Pignéguy (Drums), Matthew Jodrell (Trumpet), Chris Pattishall (Piano), Philip Kuehn (Acoustic Bass).

Au Privave ​brings together an all-star line-up on this snappy quartet album. Michael's characteristic combo arrangement chops are as evident as ever but this time there's a higher percentage of non-orginal material compared to his larger MPS (sextet) recordings which kicked off his career. His rhythmic re-invention of Miles Davis' Four as well as his insightful presentation of Charlie Parker's Au Privave and the standard Beautiful Love sit marvellously alongside Michael's new original compositions. The stellar performances by the accomplished international line up that Michael has assembled for this recording deliver the intent of these musical ideas perfectly.

Mark McKnight - Do Or Die (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:42 | Size: 124.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Do Or Die 6:12
2. Pieces 6:49
3. Nightcap 6:28
4. Bewitched (Intro ) 1:43
5. Bewitched 8:16
6. Tease 7:50
7. Contemplate 7:12
8. (We'll) Just Disappear 10:12
Label - Whirlwind

Mark McKnight – guitar
Seamus Blake - tenor sax
Ross Stanley - organ
James Maddren - drums

Lou Levy - By Myself (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:07 | Size: 114.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Love Walked In (4:53)
02. Embraceable You (5:14)
03. By Myself (3:36)
04. Everything Happens To Me (4:41)
05. I Believe In You (4:10)
06. Lost In Loveliness (4:53)
07. How High The Moon (4:32)
08. Easter Parade (3:43)
09. Close Enough For Love (6:03)
10. O Grande Amor (4:06)
11. You're Driving Me Crazy What Did I Do (4:02)
12. Put Your Dreams Away For An Other Day (1:59)

Lou Levy - piano solo

Greg Reitan - Daybreak (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:23 | Size: 119.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Daybreak
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. Monk's Mood
4. Five Four
5. The Bells Of Soledad
6. Toy Tune
7. Chelsea Bridge
8. Iridescence
9. Blue In Green
10. The Great Pumpkin Waltz
11. Lament

Greg Reitan: piano; Jack Daro: bass; Dean Koba: drums.

Greg Reitan has, since 1995, carved out a career as an award-winning composer for television and film. It wasn't until 2009, however, that the Los Angeles-based pianist released his first jazz CD, one of the top piano trio recordings of the year, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records). Reitan followed up this excellent debut with another top-level outing, Antibes (Sunnyside Records, 2010), and now he adds Daybreak, again using the trio format, and again with outstanding results.

There's something to be said for sticking for with the same record label, as Bill Evan' tenure at Riverside Records suggests and Thelonious Monk's stint on Riverside and then Columbia Records also prove. The iconic pianists were able to establish game plans, their artistic visions allowed to unfold. Daybreak employs the same game plan as that of his freshman and sophomore outings: collect some time-tested standards featuring refined, beautiful melodies; throw in something unexpected; and add some of the leader's own engaging tunes.
Dan McClenaghan

Free Trade - Free Trade (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:34 | Size: 149.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Orion's Belt 10:32
02. Lucky One 8:15
03. Visage De Cathryn 6:52
04. Milestones 8:30
05. Melancholia 4:40
06. Guess Again 6:47
07. Is That So? 6:33
08. Gargoyles 9:48
09. Bleeker Street Theme 3:37
Label - Justin Time

Renee Rosnes - piano
Neil Swainson - bass
Terry Clark - drums
Ralph Bowen - saxophone/flute
Peter Leitch - guitar
"...rock-solid, beautifully executed, contemporary mainstream jazz....This is a very strong band, inventively melodic and infectiously rhythmic. Their music is a joy to experience."
~ JazzTimes (11/96, p.91)

Eple Trio - In The Clearing / In The Cavern (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:21 | Size: 151.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD1 - In the Clearing
1. Preludium
2. Greatest Joy on Earth
3. Circle Song
4. River Song II
5. In the Clearing

CD2 - In the Cavern
1. Birds of India
2. Kölviken
3. In the Cavern
4. The Sinking Ship

Personnel :
Andreas Ulvo: piano, Casio MT65 (CD1#2, CD1#4), Fender Rhodes (CD1#3), harmonium (CD1#2), synth (CD1#3-4)
Sigurd Hole: bass
Jonas Howden Sjøvaag: drums, woodblocks (C1#2), Casio MT65 (CD1#3, CD2#1, CD2#4), glockenspiel (CD1#4), Grendel Drone Commander (CD2#2).

Recorded at Is It Art studios, Sweden.

NORCD ‎– NORCD1099 Norway
With all the controversy over what jazz is—and, more to the point, what it isn't—proprietary ownership often seems more about seemingly insurmountable cultural concerns. It's difficult for those living in the relative hustle and bustle of North American cities to appreciate a different pace, a different vibe—the effect, for example, of winters where daylight diminishes to a few short hours in the south of a country, to the far north, where polar winter imposes darkness for upwards of four months. Equally, the impact of living in a country where nature, rather than being something escaped to, is ever-present, cannot be denied. If music is a reflection of who we are, of where we are, then surely the environment, and the resulting culture, has to enter into any discussion of how music is made manifest.

Take Norway's Eple Trio. Its last recording, the aptly titled The Widening Sphere of Influence (NORCD, 2008), was a sublime and, even more, subliminal recording that meshed impressionists concerns from composers like Erik Satie and the more modernistic tintinnabuli of Arvo Pärt, with the Northeastern improvisational ambience of musicians like pianist Misha Alperin, rather than a North American tradition that simply cannot figure in the trio's collective DNA. Even the group's extracurricular activities, of which there are many, form a larger, overarching aesthetic that can't be anything but informed by the societal and geographic environment in which these three young musicians live—and the improvised music they make, within the context of clear structural movement.

Perhaps it helps to experience the country and its culture directly, but equally, the music of In the Clearing / In the Cavern can be a window into a world that many will never encounter; a slow trip into the stillness of a forest clearing or a deep cavern, with Eple's music evolving at the same slow pace, and opening unexpectedly into new vistas with a similar sense of quiet awe and wonder. A double-disc set that could have fit on a single disc but is, instead, broken into the two titular suites, each a little over 30 minutes in length, it's paradoxically Eple's most ambitious and most tranquil recording yet, as the trio breaks away from its simple, all-acoustic beginnings and—with pianist Andreas Ulvo and drummer Jonas Howden Sjøvaag expanding their arsenals to include harmonium, glockenspiel, synths and samplers—expanding into subtle orchestrations to create music of largely meditative calm. Even when Sjøvaag takes a drum solo, as he does on "In the Cavern," it's less an exercise in virtuosity and power, and more a thematic segue between Ulvo's quietly majestic chords and bassist Sigurd Hole's gentle arco.

Touch and dynamic, space and decay, simple melody over complex muscle: all qualities of a selfless collective approach that places the end over the means, but equally—and paradoxically—the journey, as paramount over the destination. In the Clearing / In the Cavern is Eple Trio's most quietly moving record to date, evoking landscapes hard to imagine for urban dwellers, but for those who can, a welcome respite from the stresses and energetic pace of modern life. - By JOHN KELMAN