31 August, 2018

Will Boulware - Take Five (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:41 | Size: 148.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Take Five 5:28
2 Very Early 3:16
3 You Are Too Beautiful 3:07
4 Be Ready 5:38
5 Body And Soul 6:36
6 Jingle 4:00
7 Wonder 3:51
8 How Deep Is The Ocean 5:04
9 Invitation 4:38
10 My Foolish Heart 7:39

Lonnie Plaxico Bass
Richard Bona Bass Electric
Billy Kilson Drums
Will Boulware Piano

Vinnie Sperrazza - Juxtaposition (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:26 | Size: 143.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Chimes
02. St. Jerome
03. House On Hoxie Road
04. Juxtaposition
05. Altar Ego
06. This Night This Song
07. One Hour
08. Somewhere
09. Warm Winter
10. Hellenized
11. Solitary Consumer
12. Say The Secret Word

Vinnie Sperrazza - drums
Chris Speed - tenor sax
Bruce Barth - piano
Peter Brendler - bass

Recording January 19, 2016 Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY

Posi-Tone Records POTN 8162
Everyone is invited to expand their musical horizons and enjoy a musical exploration of “Juxtaposition" when drummer Vinnie Sperrazza bravely embarks on a novel and ambitious course with his first record as a bandleader for Posi-Tone. Sperrazza provides a contrast of strong rhythmic and harmonic concepts with unstoppably gentle melodic sensibility which help him to succeed in making bold statements of stunning musicianship. When placed in the hands of the capable accompaniment of saxophonist Chris Speed, pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Peter Brendler, Sperrazza conducts our ears through an exciting presentation of carefully crafted originals and cover compositions. Whether one is already familiar with the music of Sperrazza, or discovering him for the first time, "Juxtaposition" will surely intrigue and inspire imaginations into flights of fancy, and deliver bright moments of straight forward musical delight to listeners everywhere.

Vincent Peirani - Living Being II (Night Walker) (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:46 | Size: 123.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Bang Bang ( Sonny Bono) 03:26
2 Enzo ( Vincent Peirani) 04:29
3 Le Clown Sauveur De La Fête Foraine ( Vincent Peirani) 02:43
4 What Power Art Thou ( Henry Purcell) 05:55
5 Opening ( Vincent Peirani) 03:52
6 Kashmir ( Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham ) 05:41
7 Stairway To Heaven ( Jimmy Page & Robert Plant ) 03:26
8 Night Walker ( Vincent Peirani) 06:55
9 K2000 ( Vincent Peirani) 01:42
10 Falling ( Vincent Peirani) 04:40
11 Unknown Chemistry ( Vincent Peirani) 06:15
12 Smoke & Mirrors ( Vincent Peirani) 04:42

Vincent Peirani is a jazz musician who is equally at home in world music, or classical music, chanson or pop. Yet what the listener will hear from his new album is that he has transformed the accordion into the baddest of rock 'n' roll axes. On “Night Walker” the Frenchman shines. His quintet with extensive experience of playing together produces fiery Led Zeppelin covers and has a sound that not only crosses genres but is also completely unique.

The accordionist and composer is celebrated throughout Europe, something that was already the case before he made his debut as leader with the 2013 album “Thrill Box” - Peirani was winning prizes in France as a teenager. Later he earned the title “Artist of the Year” from “Jazz Magazine”, and has received a German ECHO Jazz award four times, most recently in 2016 for his highly acclaimed duo album “Tandem” with pianist Michael Wollny. At the beginning of 2015 the “once-in-a-century talent” (Fono Forum) released his first work with a new quintet “Living Being”, the same title being used for both the band and their album. The members are Emile Parisien, saxophone, Tony Paeleman, keyboards, Julien Herné, electric bass & guitar, Yoann Serra, drums. “We were friends long before we started playing together,” says Peirani, “This band feels like family.”

This special family has now recorded a triumphal second album: “Living Being II - Night Walker”. The Roman numerals look back to Led Zeppelin: “'Led Zeppelin I',' Led Zeppelin II' and so on...” says Peirani. “I liked that. This album also means a kind of upgrade: new music, new direction, and a new identity.”

Recorded in just four days in March 2017 in Brussels, “Night Walker” shows the quintet channelling its energies even more powerfully and consistently. The mix by sound engineer Boris Darley took several months of experimentation to get it right. As Peirani says,” it was like being in a musical laboratory.” Whether seen from a jazz or a pop perspective, the combination of instruments is unique.

In fact, all of the melody instruments in Living Being are created equal: Tony Paeleman's rich Fender Rhodes, sometimes earth-shuddering, sometimes feathery and light-heartedly jubilant; Emile Parisien's bright soprano saxophone – the tenor stayed in its case this time – and of course the wonderfully varied accordion of the Peirani. Unlike his previous album, the leader hardly ever puts himself in the foreground.

“This album is more of a collective trip,” explains Peirani. “The accordion is even less at the centre. It is only if you were to remove it that you would realize quite how much has suddenly gone missing.” The art of Vincent Peirani is to play rhythmically and at the service of the tune, adding layers to each piece, as others could only attempt with a vast array of keyboards. The melancholy of chanson, the elegance of classical music, the sheer power of rock – Peirani’s virtuosity pulls them all together.

Living Being take a kid-glove approach as they start off the album; the quintet plays Sonny Bono's “Bang Bang”, immortalized by Nancy Sinatra, with the tenderest possible feel, giving this cover a completely new lightness.

On “Enzo”, which starts with mellifluous charm, Peirani plays the accordina – similar to a melodica – and bassist Herné can be heard on the guitar for the first time. Peirani's powerful version of the aria “What Power Art Thou” by the English composer Henry Purcell, from the 1691 opera “King Arthur”, preserves the triumphal power of the original, yet could hardly be further removed.

The pivotal point of the album is the three-section “Kashmir To Heaven”, which references the two songs of the legendary hard rock band Led Zeppelin that are the probably the best known. The energy levels in the band, as it carefully builds this mini-suite, are quite staggering. Living Being remains true to the vibe of the originals but with a completely different instrumentation: there isn't a guitar in sight.

Peirani explains that the choice of songs to cover reflects his own preferences: “Many years ago I had a solo project mixing the songs of Deep Purple and Rage Against The Machine. Those songs of the seventies have always fascinated me, and everyone in the band loves Led Zeppelin. Their songs contain so much nourishing material for us - we all really enjoy sinking our teeth into it!”

When Vincent Peirani says his band wants to be a 'chamber rock music orchestra', it may sound like “Rock meets Classic” bombast. But Living Being, this powerful beast of a jazz band, is exactly the opposite. It is a supple little animal that moves elegantly on any terrain without ever leaving the path, but can grow into a muscular carnivore at any time. “Living Being II - Night Walker” is the proof – it's the both the most delicate and the most powerful album of the year.

Recorded by Boris Darley at ICP Studios, Brussels, March 20-23, 2017

Vincent Peirani / accordion, accordina & voice
Emile Parisien / soprano saxophone
Tony Paeleman / fender rhodes & keys
Julien Herné / electric bass & electric guitar
Yoann Serra / drums
Valentin Liechti / electronics on 12

Tucker Antell - Grime Scene (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:31 | Size: 149.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Grime Scene 8.43
2 I Mean You 7:48
3 Difference Maker 6:29
4 What You Mean To Me 12:53
5 The Hive 7:55
6 Madness 7:54
7 Rae 3:07
8 Home Stretch 8:40

Recorded by Matt Hayes at Wellspring Sound Acton, MA
July 27th, 2017

Tucker Antell - Tenor Saxophone
Jason Palmer - Trumpet (2,4,7,8)
Carl Eisman - Guitar
Jake Sherman - B3 Organ
Lee Fish - Drums

For Boston saxophonist Tucker Antell's debut recording, he looks to the rich tradition of the tenor sax/B3 Organ groups and his many influences and experiences with Jazz, Blues and groove-infused music he's spent the last decade performing across New England. His virtuosity on the tenor saxophone is undeniable, while his passion for this particular fusion of Jazz & Blues comes across in a fun and honest way: singable melodies, danceable grooves, and stretched, creative improvisations, with a few twists and turns along the way. From the churning shuffle groove of "Grime Scene," to the Cubist re-working of Monk's "I Mean You," or the unfurling slippery funk of "Madness," Antell's music strikes a fine balance between the head and the soul.

Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Other Side (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:29 | Size: 122.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 The Tunnel
2 Kirken, den er et gammelt hus
3 Re-Melt
4 Duality
5 Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro
6 Taste And See
7 Schlafes Bruder
8 Jesu, meine Freude / Jesus, det eneste
9 The Other Side
10 O Traurigkeit
11 Left Over Lullaby No. 4
12 Curves

Tord Gustavsen: piano, electonics; Sigurd Hole: bass; Jarle Vespestad: drums.

Label: ECM Records, Deutsche Grammophon
“This is the chill-out as a state of grace, and it can go as deep as you like. Sublime,” wrote the Independent on Sunday of the Gustavsen’s trio’s Being There, released in 2007. Over the last decade Tord has explored other ensemble forms and formats, but on The Other Side - recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in January 2018 – he opens a new chapter in his piano trio story, with faithful drummer Jarle Vespestad, and excellent new bassist Sigurd Hole. Hole’s approach to his instrument, drawing on folk influences as well as modern jazz, is ideally suited to Gustavsen’s slowly-developing, deeply melodic pieces. The album, produced by Manfred Eicher, is issued on the eve of a major tour.

The New Rob Van Bavel Trio - Piano Grand Slam (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:25 | Size: 158.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tristano Suite: Line Up/Lennies Pennies
02. Evans Suite: Very Early/We Will Meet Again
03. Nardis
04. Thanks
05. Hancock Suite: Dolphin Dance/Maiden Voyage/One Finger Snap
06. Chemical Residue
07. Parisian Thoroughfare
08. SOTB
09. McCoy Tyner Suite: Blues on the Corner/Passion Dance
10. Effendi
11. Anna Elis
12. All Blues
13. Thanks for Waiting

Rob van Bavel - piano/Fender rhodes
Chris Strik - drums
Clemens van der Feen - contrabas
Udo Pannekeet - el.bass

Label: Munich Records

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers - Blue Turning Grey (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:20 | Size: 117.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 I'll See You In My Dreams 5:06
2 If I Could Hug You 5:23
3 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 5:10
4 Some Of These Days 5:20
5 Singing The Blues 5:14
6 Sweet Sue, Just You 6:16
7 These Foolish Things 5:28
8 Margie 4:14
9 Blue Turning Grey 4:53
10 Don't Forget Our Monday Date 4:05

Recorded in October 2012.

Bass – Joshua Gouzy
Guitar – Mindaugas Bikauskas
Saxophone – Joe Braun (2)
Trombone – Craig Klein
Trumpet – Dave Boswell
Vocals – Craig Klein (tracks: 2, 8, 10), Joe Braun (2) (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)

The Jack Nimitz Quintet - Sunday Afternoons at the Lighthouse Cafe (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:09 | Size: 149.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - 6:10
02. I Love You - 6:08
03. Over the Rainbow - 4:35
04. Nostalgia - 7:16
05. Tobacco Leaf Blues - 5:11
06. Song For Diana - 7:17
07. Body and Soul - 8:00
08. I'm Confessin' That I Love You - 6:08
09. Jitterbug Waltz - 7:11
10. What Is This Thing Called Love - 8:17

Jack Nimitz - Baritone Saxophone
Dan Weinstein - Trombone / Viola / Vocal
Larry Koonse - Guitar
Dave Carpenter - Bass
Jake Hanna - Drums
Spanky Wilson - Vocal

Recorded November 23, 2003.

Roy Vogt - Urban Legend (2009)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 53:51 | Size: 137.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Miss Sippi
3.Urban Legend
5.Amen Corner
7.Weatherman (For Joe Zawinul)
11.The Gables

Roy Vogt - Basses
Shane Roberts - Guitar
Tim McDonald - Keyboards
Bryon Larrance - Drums

Dann Sherrill - Percussion (Tracks 1,3,7,9,11)
Jerry Tachoir - Vibes (Tracks 3,9)

Nes - Ahlam (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:39 | Size: 95.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Ahlam ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Leïla Guinoun) 04:47
2 You Made It Hard For Me ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 03:38
3 Houzni ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 04:59
4 Bye Bye ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 04:28
5 Allouane ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Leïla Guinoun) 04:55
6 Laisse-Moi Entrer ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 03:19
7 The World Is Blue ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 04:47
8 Le Temps ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 03:42
9 Happy NES ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 03:05
10 Prière ( Nesrine Belmokh & Matthieu Saglio / Nesrine Belmokh) 03:59

NES can't be tied down to a specific location. Their music is between traditional Arabic and world music, jazz and pop. These three superb musicians originally met in Valencia in Spain. Percussionist David Gadea is from the region, and was already touring with Flamenco greats such as Ximo Tébar and Josemi Carmona; Matthieu Saglio is a French cellist “with a thousand tone colours” who has performed in more than 30 countries; the singer/cellist Nesrine Belmokh had worked with legendary conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Daniel Barenboim, and performed with Cirque du Soleil on international tours. Placido Domingo has called Nesrine “an exceptional artist, a wonderful voice.”

Russafa, the area around the station in Valencia, Spain, is famous for its market, which offers every imaginable Mediterranean delicacy. This was once a working-class district, but is now full of eccentric cafés and hip restaurants. "Russafa is a place full of light and colours," explains Nesrine Belmokh. "It's the perfect meeting place for everything Mediterranean!" It also proved to be a meeting place that would shape the singer/cellist's future as a musician, because it was there that she met the percussionist David Gadea in 2015. "David and I went to a solo concert by a cellist, Matthieu Saglio. When we talked afterwards, we found out that for seven years we had both lived in Russafa without knowing each other - only 200 metres apart!"

The three became friends, created a trio, built a repertoire and chose a name: NES, Nesrine's nickname. The acoustic music on her debut album "Ahlam", mainly recorded live, draws strong inspiration from pop and flamenco, as well as from the sounds Nesrine heard in her parents' house, which was frequented by Arabic musicians from the Mediterranean region.

“Arab-Andalusian music is more or less the classical music of North Africa, and it left its mark on me," explains Nesrine. "It was also the starting point for my artistic career – that all got going when I sang and played mandolin in an Arab-Andalusian band. Later on I embarked on classical cello studies, but I always knew I wanted to be a singer."

"Ahlam" means "dream" in Arabic. The long-held wish of the three NES musicians was to make an internationally released album - a dream which has now quite literally come true. The title song also expresses a personal dream of love fulfilled, and of the desire for peace in the world: "There is no beauty without a concept of goodness." (That sentence is a free translation of the title song's refrain.) All the Arabic lyrics on the album "Ahlam" were written by Nesrine's mother, a poet whose main occupation is as a doctor. "We’re in touch all the time," explains the singer. "An intergenerational connection like this needs constant feeding and watering!"

Nesrine sings in English, French and Arabic. She can be soft and hypnotic – as in "Bye Bye", chanson-esque – in "Le Temps" or sing pop songs such as "The World is Blue" in a duet with herself. "Music is my exorcism" is the motto of "Bye Bye" – music to drive out the demons. And the lyric: “Spending days and years looking for my identity/ I guess I have to find it within a community" – suggests that this trio itself might well represent the community she is referring to. The astonishingly varied sounds of the classically trained cellist Matthieu Saglio – who also works with loop pedals, and the sometimes fiery, sometimes very delicate percussion by David Gadea constitute the virtuoso flamenco/jazz basis of this band.

People with a liking for the genre-busting music of artists such as Anouar Brahem, Dhafer Youssef or Ibrahim Maalouf are going to love NES. NES are not hemmed in by categories or language barriers. Their songs are full of grace and emotion, born and nurtured by the sun in the cultural melting pot of Valencia.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nicolas Baillard
at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes les Fontaines, France, June 2017

Nesrine Belmokh / voice & cello (on 3 & 7)
Mathieu Saglio / cello & vocals
David Gadea / percussion

Mike Metheny - 60.1 (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:33 | Size: 133.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Dubious Medley
5.C.C. & Water
6.Blue Smoke
7.Mancini Sunset
8.Adagio for Maya
9.Hassell Free
10.Till Later

Mario Costa - Oxy Patina (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:53 | Size: 127.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Pigmented 5:36
2. Ant Dance 5:07
3. Forest Marble 9:28
4. Erosion 7:58
5. Aluminum Foil 3:07
6. Liquid Stone 6:47
7. Illusion 7:19
8. Patina 3:18
9. Abismo 7:16

In just a few years, Portuguese drummer Mário Costa became a serious case of success in the international jazz scene. We noticed him first playing in two key records to understand the rich reality of creative jazz in Portugal, “Nebulosa” and “Partícula”, as a member of the band lead by Hugo Carvalhais. In the second of these albums, the soprano saxophone was played by Émile Parisien, an usual Carvalhais partner on stage. Shortly after, Parisien invited Costa to play the drumkit in his new super-group with the veterans Joachim Kuhn and Michel Portal fronting a line-up with Manu Codja, Vincent Peirani and Simon Tailleu. «Now he belongs to the top modern drummers in jazz», Kuhn states about the wide projection resulting from the excelent work he’s developing with such great company. “Oxy Patina” is another step in that path, presenting himself also as a composer, and again with top French players, Marc Ducret and Benoît Delbecq. Both are meticulous researchers of the capacities of their respective instruments and both have strong personal languages – Mário Costa couldn’t be more ambitious in the choice of partners, but he brilliantly achieves all his intentions. With them he managed to forge a solid and intriguing collective sound. If he managed to put our expectations high, the outcome is even higher.

Mário Costa composition, drums and electronics | Marc Ducret guitar | Benoît Delbecq piano, prepared piano, analog synthesizer and electronics

Recorded in Viana do Castelo, Portugal at "26° Festival de Jazz na Praça da Erva", Teatro Municipal Sá de Miranda, 27-30 July 2017.

KUU! - Lampedusa Lullaby (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:01 | Size: 105.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Impossible ( Kalle Kalima) 03:54
2 Lampedusa Lullaby ( Kalle Kalima / Essi Kalima) 05:43
3 Scream ( Kalima, Möbus & Lillinger / Kuljic) 04:32
4 On The Mountain ( Kalle Kalima) 04:06
5 Crossing Border In A Milk Truck ( Kalima, Möbus & Lillinger / Kuljic) 07:51
6 About Death ( Kalle Kalima) 03:08
7 My Eyes Are Blind ( Kalle Kalima / Jelena Kuljic) 06:48
8 Thank You Iceland ( Kalima, Möbus & Lillinger / Kuljic) 04:13
9 We Watch Them Fall ( Kalle Kalima) 05:46

KUU!’s songs are so well honed, they have a way of emotionally hitting the spot, and also staying lodged in the mind. The reason why this band has been making such waves in Germany is the special chemistry between the artists, combined with a sixth sense and an urgency about the way they communicate. The band members – Kalle Kalima, Frank Möbus (both on guitars) with drummer Christian Lillinger – are never short of creative ideas, and they form a strong yet supple understructure for the phenomenally expressive singer Jelena Kuljić.

Kuljić was born in 1976 in Serbia, and left her home country after the civil war. She had started out as a young impetuous punk, then studied jazz singing in Berlin, where she became an established presence and built a reputation on the scene. She has a parallel career as an actress, and is now a member of the ensemble at the Münchner Kammerspiele. As a vocalist, she has unbelievable energy. To call her a force of nature is certainly no overstatement. She can focus with the directness of a beam of light, and she knows how to hover in the space close to the core of what really matters. As a performer she has authenticity, and makes the messages she conveys not just comprehensible and believable but also unavoidable.

The lyrics are thematically diverse, tending to be based on powerful commentaries on the times we live in. The surreal, the utopian and on occasion the comic characterize her poetry, but Jelena Kuljić does not just colour or sketch things in. She communicates the inescapable truths of a song like “We Watch Them Fall” with an unbelievable alertness and expressiveness. Sometimes she does this with a punk attitude, sometimes in psychedelic indulgence, sometimes she's pseudo-naive. She knows how to provoke and spread mischief. She can feign and evade, but when she declaims words like “It’s a simple gravity. We watch them fall. They are food of the next revolution,” she makes her point with telling precision.

In the title track “Lampedusa Lullaby” KUU! present a dark dystopian vision of human cargo on the move: “Endless journey through the night, over black-eyed sea.” Kuljić can dwell on the feeling of being in unfamiliar places, of uncertain dawn, of strangers and of past events – her songs can become slide shows from other people's lives. Lampedusa is no longer just a Mediterranean island between Tunisia and Sicily. As a real place with its traffickers and migrants, where cross-border death, unscrupulousness and illegality are all too commonplace, it has become a metaphor for a large-scale criminal business where the fates of individuals count for far too little, and where there is evidence everywhere of the failure of traditional politics to meet new challenges. These are the things that Jelena Kuljić has such a strong imperative and a need to sing about.

KUU! is a band of superlatives. It is an outstanding representation of new European jazz at its most innovative, but also shows on “Lampedusa Lullaby” with razor-sharp precision a way that rock music can function in 2018. That way is neither about grandstanding nor competing, it is about collective expression. Without faffing or fiddling, they find a place to go – and they go there together. In the centre, the drums turn up the pressure, while to the left and right the two guitars merge into a gigantic and sensitive meta-instrument. And what emerges quite naturally is good, forceful and evocative music beyond category. It is unnecessary to mention either Zappa or Nina Hagen as reference points, just listen with the volume turned up, and forget all preconceptions. It speaks to us because it has something to say.

The music on "Lampedusa Lullaby" packs an incredible power. It disturbs, connects, it has a way of getting through to the feet, the head and the soul – and all the same time. Sometimes three conspiratorial individualists with their instruments might lay out a comfortable rug for their singer – and sometimes it might be a bed of nails. Heard live, and with Jelena Kuljić's theatrical art coming into play, this music grows ingeniously, inventively – and irresistibly.

Recorded by Zodiaque in Berlin, 2016-2017

Jelena Kuljić / vocals
Kalle Kalima / guitar
Frank Möbus / guitar
Christian Lillinger / drums

Johnny Otis & His Band - Food For Life (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:58 | Size: 133.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Comida Por la Vida
2. Bye Bye Blackbird
3. Summertime
4. Jazz Beau’s Groove
5. Sanctimonious
6. Sweet Georgia Brown
7. Darktown Strutters Ball
8. The Vamp
9. Jada
10. Sub Dominant
11. Minor Mood
12. I May Be Wrong
13. Sugar & Honey
Label - J&T

Johnny Otis - Vibraphone, Vocals
Ronald Wilson - Saxophone
George Spencer - Flugelhorn, Piano, Trumpet
Dan Armstrong - Trombone
Larry Douglas - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Brad Pie - Guitar
Lucky Otis - Bass (Electric), Congas, Organ, Standup Bass
Nicky Otis - drums

Daniel Kramer - Waltz For A Lovely Wife (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:16 | Size: 108.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Waltz for A Lovely Wife (Phil Woods)
2. A Child Is Born (Ted Jones)
3. Memories of Tomorrow (K.Jarrett)
4. Sea Journey (C.Corea)
5. It Was Yesterday (Sergey Pron)
6. The Nearness of You (H.Carmichael)

Daniel Kramer - piano,
Dmitry Averchenkov - double bass,
Sergey Belichenko - drums.

Recording November 22, 1997, Novosibirsk In The Philharmonic Soclety Sound Studio

Cyrus Chestnut - Kaleidoscope (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:47 | Size: 151.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A
02. Darn That Dream
03. Gymnopédie No. 1
04. Entre cloches
05. Jimbo's Lullaby
06. Father Time
07. Lord I Want to Be a Christian
08. Son binocle
09. Smoke on the Water
10. Gnossienne No. 1
11. Gymnopédie No. 3
12. Turkish Rondo
13. Prayer for Claudine

Cyrus Chestnut, piano
Eric Wheeler, bass
Chris Beck, drums

Recording April 29, 2018 Sear Sound - Studio C, New York, NY

HighNote Records
The jazz piano trio, a specialism with its own lineage and admirers, is currently alive and well thanks to the artists here on KALEIDOSCOPE. A keyboard master such as Cyrus Chestnut can imbue this tried-and-true format -whose practitioners range from Jelly Roll Morton to Robert Glasper – with a relevance for today’s listeners and expand its parameters without losing sight of its historic past. For this recording Cyrus has arranged 8 compositions by the classical pianists W.A. Mozart, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Eric Satie, taking the classical themes through a series of rhythmic and harmonic turns and twists and subjecting them to a wildly innovative series of transformations. Through it all Cyrus Chestnut emerges as a multi-faceted artist who, using the venerable jazz piano trio format, can refract the past through his own imagination and create something new which is always fresh and exciting.

Bad Luck - Four (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:33 | Size: 126.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Four - 8:25
2. R.B.G. - 11:47
3. Index - 6:25
4. Capital - 6:42
5. Bends - 12:21
6. Big Sky - 8:56

Randall Dunn at Avast! Recording Co.
Seattle, WA — May 27-29, 2016

Neil Welch - saxophone, live electronics
Christopher Icasiano - drums
Bad Luck performs in another cosmos from most bands. Emerging out of more than a decade of collaboration, the new album Four "bears down on you like a cyclone of fire" (The Stranger) and is a genre-defying supernova of electronics, hip hop, metal, folk and jazz.

Saxophone/electronics player Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano met ten years ago as jazz students at the University of Washington and built a friendship as they discovered free improvisation together. Or, as Welch puts it, they "collectively destroyed the fabric of their musical identities by slamming their instruments like a hammer on an anvil."

The two spent years making epic long-form compositions (and three albums) in the tradition of free jazz legends like John Coltrane. Their new album, Four, recorded at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler) slams the epic energy of those free improvisations into shorter, rhythmic forms. Welch screams and breathes into his horn, acoustically creates chords, and uses electronics more familiar to guitar players. Icasiano does things that seem impossible with four drumsticks at once. The music has been electrifying audiences in Seattle at packed shows. Bad Luck Four is a big album ready for a big stage.

Art Tatum - The Art Of Tatum (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:52 | Size: 81.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Fine And Dandy
02. I've Got The World On A String
03. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
04. I'm Coming Virginia
05. Day In - Day Out
06. Mke Believe
07. Sweet Emmalina
08. Indiana
09. Sweet Lorraine
10. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
11. I'll Never Be The Same
12. Judy
13. Elegy
14. Body And Soul
15. Can't We Be Friends
16. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm

Label: Jazz Life

30 August, 2018

The Mike Longo Trio - A Celebration of Diz and Miles (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:54 | Size: 172.93 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. All Blues (Miles Davis)
02. Con Alma (John Birks Gillespie)
03. Milestones (Miles Davis)
04. Ow (John Birks Gillespie)
05. Freddie Freeloader (Miles Davis)
06. Here Tiz' (John Birks Gillespie)
07. Summertime (George Gershwin)
08. Tour de Force (John Birks Gillespie)
09. You Don't Know what Love Is (Raye / de Paul)
10. So What (Miles Davis)
11. A Night in Tunisia (John Birks Gillespie)

Mike Longo - piano
Paul West - bass
Ray Mosca - drums

Recorded: Tuesday 26 June 2012.

The Lady With - The Lodge (2018)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Rock, Fusion | Total Time: 1:13:52 | Size: 254.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Glory
02. Titius Bode
03. 12 Sycamore Trees
04. Spirales
05. Walk With Me
06. Leviathan
07. Fire
08. Venus
09. The Lodge
10. Return
11. Pyramid Bird

Sarah Baroux : voices
Maxime Berton : soprano & tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Gregoire Bette : bass
Julien Bigorgne : flute
Helene Billard : cello
Bela Bluche : double bass & bass
Christophe Gaston : shakuhachi
Xavier Gelard : drums ; guitar
Marion Leveque : harp
Philippe Lopes De Sa : tenor saxophone
Nadia Mejri : cello
Camille Petit : keyboards
Sabine Raynaud : flutes
David Rousselet : tenor saxophone
Maxime Thiebaut : soprano, alto & baryton saxophones
Andre Vigier Latour : drums
Antoine Villedieu : violin

Composed by Camille Petit
Recorded and mixed by Maxime Lefevre at Claudia Sound Studio, Levallois-Perret
Mastered by Jean-Pierre Bouquet at L'Autre Studio

Released June 1, 2018

Label: Laboratoire d'Exploration Musicale

The SWR Big Band & Syd Lawrence Orchestra - The World's Biggest Big Band - Live At Theaterhaus Stuttgart (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:03 | Size: 118.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, arr. Sammy Nestico)
02. Birth Of The Blues (Ray Henderson, arr. George Rhodes)
03. March Of The Toys (Victor Herbert, arr. Billy May, Trevor Brown)
04. That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, arr. Billy May)
05. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma, arr. Billy May)
06. Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, arr. Matt Cattingcup)
07. Stardust (Howard Hoagland Carmichael, arr. Johnny Keating)
08. James Bond Medley (Brian Pendleton)
09. Jumping At The Woodside (William “Count” Basie, arr. Berry Forgie)
10. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel, arr. Mandel, Chris Dean)
11. Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern, arr. Marion Davis)

Chris Dean, conductor

Live at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, April 21, 2011.

Roberto Soggetti - Giulio Corini - Emanuele Maniscalco : Soon (21) - Something Out Of Nothing (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:16 | Size: 103.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Naïri Mariame 2:51
2 Dawkins Theory 4:57
3 Slow 5:03
4 Orcoman 5:05
5 Kiki 4:36
6 Dawk's Blues 5:34
7 Memi 4:26
8 Stelle 4:35
9 Eight Tears Ago 4:52
10 Neuer Mond 3:07

Recorded at Auditorium Cavalli, Castrezzato (Brescia), on 18th and 19th December 2016.

Caligola ‎– 2240

Double Bass – Giulio Corini
Drums – Emanuele Maniscalco
Piano – Roberto Soggetti

Martin Wind - Tender Waves (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:31 | Size: 136.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1) There’s a boat that’s leaving shortly for New York (Gershwin)
2) Quietly (Mays)
3) Marc’s Moments (Wind)
4) You’re my everything (Warren/Young)
5) Tender Waves (Wind)
6) Make a new start (Wind)
7) Coracao Vagabundo (Veloso)
8) You and the night and the music (Schwartz/Dietz)
9) Too far from you (Wind)

Martin Wind - bass
Bill Mays - piano
Keith Copeland - drums

Recorded by Max Bolleman at Studio 44, Monster, Holland on October 4, 1994.

Kyoto Jazz Sextet - Mission (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:15 | Size: 134.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Search for the New Land (Morgan) - 9:10
02. Speak No Evil (Shorter) - 8:39
03. The Melting Pot (Hubbard) - 7:29
04. Succotash (Hancock) - 7:22
05. Mr. Jin (Shorter) - 7:56
06. Jinrikisha (Henderson) - 7:54
07. Up a Step (Mobley) - 4:30
08. Eclipse (Okino-Okino-Kurobane-Yoshizawa) - 6:21

There is something fascinating about the Japanese nu-jazz act Kyoto Jazz Massive and the two brothers behind it. What started in the late 1990s as a nu-jazz project of two brothers (Shuya Okino and Yoshihiro Okino) has evolved into a whole new scene, many great acts and solo artists. Without Kyoto Jazz Massive and the Okino brothers there would be no Kyoto Jazz Sextet and the nu-jazz / jazz scene in Japan would be much poorer.
The role of both Shuya and Yoshihiro with their musical dynasty has been more of a visionary since either of them don’t play any instruments. Both do DJing, Yoshihiro runs a record label and store (Especial Records) and both have done programming for Kyoto Jazz Massive and other acts they’ve created. Now in Kyoto Jazz Sextet only Shuya is involved and the role is again as a producer and a visionary. The co-producer of Mission is another famous Japanese producer Kenichi Ikeda (aka Root Soul), who was already involved in the highly acclaimed Kyoto Jazz Massive debut Spirit of the Sun and has produced many great nu-jazz songs together with Shuya.
The band behind Kyoto Jazz Sextet consists of five skilled Japanese jazz musicians (+ Shuya Okino): you have Yusuke Hirado on piano who is well-known for Quasimode, Shinpei Ruike (trumpet) and Takeshi Kurihara (tenor saxophone) on horns, Yoshihito “P” Koizumi on the bass and Masanori Amakura on the drums. What we are missing are the former Kyoto Jazz Massive and Sleepwalker contributors like Hajime Yoshizawa (I really miss his beautiful Rhodes solos), Masato Nakamura and Tomokazu Sugimoto but that doesn’t take credits away from the band – they play together very nicely!
Mission is filled with classic jazz songs. All songs except “Eclipse” are from the jazz super heroes like Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock. It means that either Shuya Okino has been a bit lazy or the album is a mark of respect to the godfathers of jazz. It is still very enjoyable to listen to these classics being played with such esteem as the band does. It is also great to hear “Eclipse”, the biggest hit by the Okino brothers, being played in a similar manner and to fit among the classics. You can check the snippets of the album songs from Kyoto Jazz Sextet’s SoundCloud page.
As said the album is very good and strongly recommended. It’s also a good view for current Japanese jazz scene – which is going strong! Let’s just hope that Kyoto Jazz Sextet won’t be another project or a concept album for Shuya Okino, but would actually get more studio time and releases. I personally would like to hear this band more!
-- othersoundz

Shinpei Ruike - trumpet
Takeshi Kurihara, Naruyoshi Kikuchi (#2,8) - tenor saxophone
Yusuke Hirado - piano
Yoshihito P Koizumi - bass
Masanori Amakura - drums
Shuya Okino - vision
Hiderow (Conguero Tres Hoofers) - percussion (#3)

Hugh Masekela - Jabulani (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:25 | Size: 134.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Sossie
2 Fiela
3 Bambezela
4 Rosie My Girl
5 Iph' Indlela
6 Tsoang Tsoang
7 Scatter My Dada
8 Makoti
9 Mfana
10 Uyeyeni
11 No Harvest (Aslimanga)

Razor & Tie 7930183324-2

Hugh Masekela - vocals, flugelhorn
Fana Zulu - electric bass
Godfrey Mgcina - drums, percussion
Happy J. Motha, Gugu Shezi, Linda Thobela, Bubele Mgele, Bonginkosi Zulu, Lihle Mbanjwa, Kuki Mncube, Dudu Nhlapho, Nondumiso Zondeki - vocals
Xoli Nkosi, Randal Skippers - keyboards
Lee-Roy Sauls - drums
Cameron Ward, Fana Zulu, Ntokozo Zungu - guitar


Cameron Allen - Ex Nihilo (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 45:09 | Size: 95.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Artifact
2. Tales Never Told
3. Escape Plan
4. 40 Nights
5. Emerald Towers
6. 40 Days
7. Questions Without Answers
An instrumental progressive fusion project marked by a uniquely bold and eclectic compositional style, lush tones, and fiery virtuosity.

Album Notes
Guitarist/composer Cameron Allen's 2017 release, Ex Nihilo, is a genre-defying instrumental journey through a wide range of sonic territory. Elements of progressive rock, jazz, metal, and classical music combine to form a distinctly bold and original style. Marked by captivating melodies, fiery virtuosity, richly textured arrangements, and a uniquely eclectic and nuanced compositional approach, Ex Nihilo delivers a one-of-a-kind listening experience that's sure to satisfy fans of high caliber musicianship and impassioned song-crafting.

Bill Frisell & Mary Halvorson - The Maid With The Flaxen Hair: A Tribute To Johnny Smith (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:06 | Size: 99.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Moonlight in Vermont (6:03)
2 The Maid With the Flaxen Hair (8:12)
3 Scarlet Ribbons for Her Hair (3:15)
4 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (4:33)
5 Shenandoah (3:30)
6 The Nearness of You (4:26)
7 Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (3:25)
8 Old Folks (3:18)
9 Misty (2:56)
10 Walk Don’t Run (2:28)

Mary Halvorson is one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation—a virtuoso improviser, distinctive composer, arranger and a deep student of the jazz guitar. Here she joins forces with living legend Bill Frisell to pay tribute to Johnny Smith, a guitarist who has been a huge influence on them both. Performing nine ballads associated with Smith and his classic composition “Walk Don’t Run”, this is an essential CD of soulful guitar duets by two of the most beloved and original guitarists in modern jazz. A beautiful CD of ballads like you have never heard them before!

Bill Frisell: Guitar
Mary Halvorson: Guitar

Big Heart Machine - Big Heart Machine (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:57 | Size: 136.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Don't Analyze
02 Tamalpais- I. (Stratus)
03 Tamalpais- II. Steep Ravine
04 Tamalpais- III. Stinson Beach
05 Tamalpais- IV. Dipsea Steps
06 Tamalpais- V. (Cirrus)
07 Jelly Cat
08 Mighty Purty

Big Heart Machine is 18 Brooklyn-based musicians dedicated to performing Brian Krock’s idiosyncratic, unclassifiable compositions. Their eponymous debut album- produced by multi-Grammy nominated composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue- features a vast range of music that explores the intersection

of jazz improvisation, contemporary composition, and heavy metal aesthetics. The centerpiece of the record is Tamalpais- an expansive, five-movement suite of music inspired by the natural beauty, challenging terrain, and resilient ecosystem of Mount Tamalpais in Northern California. Within 40 minutes, one hears Baroque recorders sliding in and out of harmony, spiraling harmonic sequences that never repeat, non-retrogradable

rhythms that groove harder than Messiaen ever imagined, free group improvasitions that broder on insane, and Meshuggah-like riffs that mesmerize. Don’t Analyze- taking it’s name from one of John Cage’s “Rules for Students and Teachers”- features original rhythmic conceptions that were inspired by the drunk beats of J Dilla. Mighty Purty is an absurdist reconstruction of one of Duke Ellington’s most emblematic compositions- the identity of which shall remain a secret. Krock and his cohorts approach this broad range of influences with sincerity and emotion, creating a cohesive sound that is both unique and indebted to the entire history of creative music.

Miho Hazama- conducter
Charlotte Greve- soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet, flute, sopranino recorder
Brian Krock- alto saxophone, clarinet, piccolo, flute, alto flute, soprano recorder
Timo Vollbrecht- tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet, soprano recorder
Paul Jones- tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, alto recorder
Jay Ratmann- baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, tenor recorder
John Lake- trumpet & flugelhorn
Nolan Tsang- trumpet & flugelhorn
Cody Rowlands- trumpet & flugelhorn
Kenny Warren- trumpet & flugelhorn
Nick Grinder- trombone
Chris Misch-Bloxdorf- trombone
Isaac Kaplan- trombone
Jennifer Wharton- bass trombone
Yuhan Su- vibraphone
ArcoIris Sandoval- piano & synthesizer
Olli Hirvonen- electric guitar
Marty Kenney- electric and upright bass
Josh Bailey- drums and percussion
With invaluable assistance from Peter Lenz, Adam Neely, and Molly McAdoo

Akiko Tsuruga - Harlem Dreams (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:18 | Size: 152.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Rapid Shave (5:15)
2. The Breeze and I (6:45)
3. Peachie (4:41)
4. Harlem Nocturne (6:14)
5. Kiko (3:41)
6. Let's Hang Together (6:34)
7. When A Man Loves A Woman (6:06)
8. Cisco (5:31)
9. These Are Soulful Days (6:03)
10. Jitterbug Waltz (5:39)
11. If Ever I Would Leave You (4:35)
12. Georgia On My Mind (6:22)
Label - Pony Canyon

Akiko Tsuruga – Hammond Suzuki XK-3
Eric Johnson – guitar
Vincent Ector – drums
Grady Tate – drums
Frank Wess – tenor sax, flute
Satoshi Inoue - guitar

29 August, 2018

The Frank Collett Trio - Perfectly Frank (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:56 | Size: 156.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Joy Spring (Clifford Brown) 5:21
02. Very Early (Bill Evans) 3:36
03. Stablemates (Benny Golson) 5:14
04. Topsy (Eddie Durham) 6:37
05. Scotch & Water (Joe Zawinul) 4:52
06. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 4:31
07. Good Bait (Tadd Dameron) 6:14
08. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Kahn-Brown) 6:27
09. Passion Flower (Billy Strayhorn) 3:41
10. You And The Night And The Music (Dietz-Schwartz) 4:34
11. Old Folks (Willard Robinson) 4:43
12. Hi-Fly (Randy Weston) 4:58
13. Epistrophy / Ask Me Now / Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk) 7:41

Frank Collett (piano)
Bob Magnusson (bass)
Joe LaBarbera (drums)

Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, November 3 & 4, 1997.

The Sign of Four - Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:43 | Size: 105.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Topsy Turvy 3.15
02. Mirage 4.56
03. Jumping Beans 2.16
04. Morphine 6.05
05. Fruit Juice for Everyone 4.52
06. Samba Moderno 4.41
07. Morocco 1.53
08. Assault on the Senses 3.22
09. The Journey 6.21
CD bonus tracks
10. Sun Suite ~ Agaricus Campestris 3.39
11. Sun Suite ~ Humulus Lopulus 4.23
Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup is the debut album from The Sign of Four on Jazzman Records.
The revival of classic funk and soul has lasted far longer than the original era. What’s more, contemporary analog fetishists have mixed up sonic signifiers from the ’60s and ’70s so thoroughly that, at worst, the results have become beige homages. However, at their best, they can turn into Sign of Four’s Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup.
Proving that there can indeed by new wine in old bottles, mastermind Ryan Newbold (of the Natural Yogurt Band) lays down live jams that groove hard yet loosely. His melodies are the key to the success of this project — long form and simply rendered, these tunes don’t rely on tricky chords or spacey harmonies, even though there’s cosmic atmosphere to spare. On a track like “Mirage,” he starts slow, with rim shots setting a relaxed pace, but electric piano and vibes soon turn the energy up then down again; it’s a three-minute psychedelic symphony. The mix is so clear (not intentionally muddied like so many plug-in abusers) that each individual sound, like the squelchy Perry and Kingsley synths animating “Jumping Beans,” is clearly articulated as it whipsaws around your headphones.
This version also contains two tracks from Sun Suite, an alternative incarnation of The Sign of Four, that sees out the release in a less chaotic fashion, a sonic antidote to the preceding pandemonium. ©

Label - Jazzman Records

Percy Jones - Cape Catastrophe (1990)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion / Art Rock | Total Time: 1:03:27 | Size: 144.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.The Lie
2.Cape Catastrophe
7.Thin Line
8.Symphony in F Major

Percy Jones - Arranger, Bass, Drum Programming, Producer, Synthesizer
Welsh bass guitarist 03.12.1947. He collaborated with Brand X, Soft Machine David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, The Fusion Syndicate, Roy Harper, Gary Moore, David Sylvian.

Marlena Studer - Crazy He Calls Me... (2007)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 56:47 | Size: 127.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I'll Remember You 3:56
2. Every Time We Say Goodbye 4:11
3. Blue Skies 3:45
4. Come Rain Or Come Shine 4:51
5. Besame Mucho 5:15
6. I've Got You Under My Skin 4:28
7. You Go To My Head 5:58
8. Summertime 6:06
9. But Not For Me 4:29
10. Cheek To Cheek 3:24
11. Cry Me A River 5:31
12. Crazy He Calls Me 4:53
Label - Marlena Studer

Marlena Studer – vocal
Cliff Monear – piano
Nick Calandro – bass
Scott Kretzer – drums

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio - Taken from The Skies (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:38 | Size: 93.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Two Way Mirror 03:07
2. Under Cover 04:27
3. The Greed 03:37
4. The Night Watchman 03:06
5. The Gangster 02:49
6. The Accomplice 04:31
7. Arguments 03:15
8. The Jewels 05:10
9. Loaded! 03:55
10. The Unexpected 02:55
11. The Redemption 01:46

Unit Records

Marcus Klossek : guitars
Carsten Hein : electric bass
Derek Scherzer : drums
A Telecaster, saxophone, bass and drums is all that is needed to bring the brand new songs of guitarist Marcus Klossek to sound! Marcus Klossek is an established member of Berlins jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. His new album "Taken From The Skies", this time strenghend by the saxophone of Finn Wiesner, is inviting and open, energetic and cool. A sound-set Heist-Movie, it describes the planning, preparation and performance of the musical coup.

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin - Jazz San Javier (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:24 | Size: 151.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Village
02. Stone Flowers
03. Children Games
04. Wes Bound
05. Waltz for Carmen
06. Lay It Down
07. Milagro Beanfield War
08. Mountain Dance

Lee Ritenour - guitars
Dave Grusin - piano, keyboard
Tom Kennedy - bass
Will Kennedy - drums

Kaiser, Pettersen, Küchen, Chen, Coffin, Smith, Muscatello, Turner - Interstellar Transmissions (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:39:23 | Size: 226.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
CD 1
1. Earth Song 14:46
2. Saturn Moon 2:30
3. Jupiter 12:48
4. Sun 5:14

CD 2
1. Earth Too 9:11
2. Neptune 11:16
3. Miranda Moon 11:14
4. Uranus 10:20
5. Earth Too 1 10:09

Label - Split Rock Records

Henry Kaiser - 18 string harp guitar
Martin Küchen - saxophone
Jeff Coffin - saxophone
Damon Smith - acoustic bass
Tanya Chen - piano
Jordan Muscatello - electric bass
Roger Turner - drums
Ed Pettersen - guitar

Eef Albers - Birds Of The Night (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:01 | Size: 139.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Bulgaria
2. Witchcraft
3. The Dream
4. Morning
5. Birds Of The Night
6. Rakajou
7. Twilight

Dutch guitarist Eef Albers is an enigmatic genius, recognized among musical experts as one of the best improvising jazz fusion guitarists of Europe. Born 1951, he started 1972 a trio with John Lee and Gerry Brown, later expended with Daryl Thompson. In 1975 he released his first album ‘Blue Capricorn’. He also played with Rogier van Otterloo, Bo Stief, Frans Elsen, Peter Herbolzheimer, Metropole Orkest and the BBC Orchestra. Together with Philip Catherine, he was a member of Dutch Progrock group Focus, replacing Jan Akkerman. Combining elements of jazz, rock, blues, afro and classical music, Albers developed an unique, thrilling and highly recognizable style, which made him the most admired guitarist in The Netherlands of his days. He played with Kraan, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Ack van Rooyen, Bob Malch, Stanley Clarke, Toots Thielemans, Steve Smith and Simon Phillips. In the Netherlands Eef Albers often meets with Leo Janssen, Karel Boehlee, Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Thijs van Leer, Koos Wiltenburg and Stormvogel, the latter joining at his Festival de Muzen 2007 and later on in his epic jazzbarock project called ‘Atuatuca’.

Eef Albers: Guitar; Christoph Erbstoesser: Keyboards; Boudewijn Lucas: Bass; Roy Dackus: Drums; Bob Malach: Saxophone; Ack Van Rooyen: Flugelhorn; Ali Ndiaye Roser: Percussion.

Ai Kuwabara Trio Project - Love Theme (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:53 | Size: 135.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Amapola - Deborah's Theme (11:40)
02. Here There And Everywhere (4:59)
03. Finale (Tango Apasionado) (5:54)
04. In Your Own Sweet Way (6:24)
05. Nomad (3:45)
06. Barry Lyndon (Love Theme) (6:39)
07. 21st Century Schizoid Man (4:18)
08. Peace (6:28)
09. Grandfather's Waltz (4:21)
10. A Journey To Reedham (4:31)

Ai Kuwabara - p
Takashi Sugawa - ac-b (3-5, 9, 10)
Yusuke Morita - el-b (1, 2, 6-8, 10)
Shun Ishiwaka - d

28 August, 2018

The Code - Figli Di Baia (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:32 | Size: 144.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 - intro
02 - fake paradise
03 - as if
04 - a word from ben le parole di benito
05 - explaining naples per tomaso
06 - invisible cities
07 - corner pocket
08 - enable this
09 - marias grace la grazia di maria
10 - cena
John Pelosi - guitars, synth guitar
Richard Evans - keyboards
Patrick Kilbride - bass
Paul DeLong - drums
Paul Christopher Caldeira - vocals, percussion
Armando Borg - percussion
Marco Luciani - synth solo on

Organissimo - This Is The Place (2005)

Genre: Jazz+Funk | Total Time: 1:03:52 | Size: 145.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Wealthy Street (9:06)
2. Greaze Monkey (6:09)
3. Brother Ray (7:21)
4. Smoking Section (5:11)
5. Stomp Yo' Feets (5:37)
6. Intro - (1:28)
7. Tenderly (9:49)
8. Play Nice (6:07)
9. Peaches en Regalia (4:31)
10. Pumpkin Pie (8:38)
Label - Big O

Joe Gloss - guitar
Randy Marsh - harmonica, drums
Jim Alfredson - Hammond b-3 organ

Johnny Gist - saxophone (track 5)
Bill Vits - percussion (tracks 2, 7)

Mark Elf - A Minor Scramble (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:10 | Size: 143.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Minor Scramble
02. After You've Gone
03. Tico-Tico
04. It Was Written in the Stars
05. Nobody Else But Me
06. Blues in Fat Tues.
07. Niche
08. Too Close for Comfort
09. Something To Live For
10. I Concentrate On You
11. Come Rain Or Come Shine
12. Fine Romance
Mark Elf (guitar)
Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone)
Nicholas Payton (trumpet)
Benny Green (piano)
Peter Washington, Dennis Irwin, Neal Miner (bass)
Louis Nash, Gregory Hutchinson (drums)

Recording information: Nola Recording Studio, NY (11/27/1996-12/17/1996).

Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Live (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:15 | Size: 146.96 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Spark Of Life / Sudovian Dance 12:29
2 Message In A Bottle 10:43
3 Three Reflections 09:13
4 Night Train To You 13:32
5 Austin 07:42
6 Actual Proof 10:40

Marcin Wasilewski piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz double bass
Michal Miskiewicz drums

Recorded Live on August 12, 2016 at Jazz Middelheim, Antwerp Belgium

ECM 6738486
For years, fans of Poland’s Marcin Wasilewski Trio have been asking for a live album. Here it is. Recorded at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, in August 2016, it captures the trio in energetic, extroverted mode, fanning the flames of their Spark of Life repertoire and drawing on the deep understanding Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz have established in the course of a quarter century of shared musical endeavour. As UK magazine Jazz Journal has noted, “Wasilewski’s music celebrates a vast dynamic range, from the most deftly struck pianistic delicacies to gloriously intense emotional exuberance, the chords pounded with unrestrained joy, yet always within a marvellously melodic concept.”

Jesper Thilo Meets Alvin Queen - This Is Uncle Al (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:20 | Size: 152.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Some of these days Start
02. We will be together Start
03. Frelimo Start
04. Dardenella Start
05. Indiana Start
06. If I could be with you Start
07. Day dream Start
08. Bohemia after dark Start
09. Turn around

Jesper Thilo - tenor sax
Alvin Queen - drums
Jesper Lundgaard - bass
Olivier Antunes - piano

Recorded 2001-09-29.

Henry Wolking & Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra - In Sea (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:35 | Size: 169.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. In Sea (Henry Wolking)
soloists: Kris Johnson, trumpet; Greg Floor, alto sax;
Jay Lawrence, drums
2. Jimbo’s Lullaby (Claude Debussy)
soloist: Kevin Stout, trombone
3. A Piece Of Cake (Henry Wolking)
soloists: Greg Floor, soprano sax; Kris Johnson, trumpet
4. Cantaloupes, Aisle 1 (Henry Wolking)
soloists: Brian Keegan, trombone; Brian Booth, tenor sax
5. Sumo Mix (Henry Wolking)
soloists: David Halliday, tenor sax; Greg Floor, soprano sax;
Jay Lawrence, drums
6. Claire de Lune (Claude Debussy)
soloist: Jerry Floor, clarinet
7. Home (David Halliday)
soloists: David Halliday, tenor sax; Kurt Reeder, piano
8. That’s A’Plenty (Lew Pollack)
soloists: Kris Johnson, trumpet; Brian Booth, tenor sax
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Anonymous)
soloist: Kevin Stout, trombone
10. High Society (Porter Steele)
soloists: Brian Booth, tenor sax; Reed LeCheminant, trumpet
11. Reverie (Claude Debussy)
soloists: Jerry Floor, clarinet; Keven Johansen, guitar
12. Rush Hour Shuffle (Henry Wolking)
soloists: Brian Booth, tenor sax; Kevin Stout, trombone;
Keven Johansen, guitar; Reed LeCheminant, trumpet;
Kurt Reeder, organ; Jay Lawrence, vibes

Recording August 21, 2015 - August 22, 2015
Metcom Studios, Salt Lake City, UT

Big Round Records BR8944

Scott Acton Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Denson Angulo Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric)
Evan Bateman Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Brian Booth Flute, Sax (Tenor)
Keith Davis Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Claude Debussy Composer
Greg Floor Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Jerry Floor Clarinet, Leader, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
David Hall Sax (Alto)
David Halliday Composer, Sax (Tenor)
Scott Harris Sax (Tenor)
Neil Hendriksen Trombone
Kevin Johansen Guitar
Kris Johnson Trumpet
Brian Keegan Trombone
Jay Lawrence Drums, Vibraphone
Reed Lecheminant Flugelhorn, Lead, Trumpet
Steve Mansfield Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Keith Parietti Sax (Baritone)
Lew Pollack Composer
Kurt Reeder Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Chris Robinson A&R
Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Donn Schaefer Trombone (Bass)
Porter Steele Composer
Kevin Stout Trombone
Bill Tole Lead, Trombone
Henry Wolking Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist
Its evident from hearing the jazz big band works of composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist Henry Wolking’s debut album on Big Round Records, IN SEA, that he effectively mixes complexity with simplicity in his jazz harmonies and colorful orchestrations that make for an exciting and memorable listening experience. The inspired solo work of band members and guest artists add to the sincere and fresh cosmopolitan character of the recording.
Performed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra (SLCJO) and conducted by Wolking, the works on this album represent Wolking’s clear direction of fusing together a number of different styles, from classical and rock to Latin and swing. Pieces such as the title track In Sea, and Sumo Mix, honor and pay tribute to iconic jazz composers and musicians of the past, including Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones, influential to Wolking’s compositional style. Claude Debussy’s impressionistic approach becomes a foundational element in some of these works, which Wolking interprets deftly with jazz harmonies and syncopated rhythms in pieces such as Jimbo’s Lullaby, A Piece of Cake, and Claire De Lune.
Along with his original compositions, Wolking includes arrangements of works by David Halliday, Lew Pollack, and others, illustrating how he orchestrates with the ensemble in mind, using the textures and variety of voices of the big band to create engaging grooves and captivating sections of improvisation. Many of these works go beyond the straight-ahead jazz form, incorporating shifts in mood and tempo, and introducing new ideas and conversations among the instruments seamlessly.