26 December, 2018

Carlos Garnett - Resurgence (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:37 | Size: 384.79 MB | FLAC
1. Resurgence
2. Maiden Voyage
3. Panamoon (Pt. 1)
4. Panamoon (Pt. 2)
5. Song in My Head
6. Yahrushalom
7. Soul Eyes
8. Dawid

Carlos Garnett (tenor saxophone); Carlton Holmes (piano); Steve Neil, Brad Jones (bass); Taru Alexander, Shingo Okudaira (drums)
Neil Clarke (percussion)

Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 31, 1995.
Muse Records MCD-5544, 1996

Biography by Scott Yanow, AMG:

An intense tenor soloist, Carlos Garnett seemed to largely disappear from jazz after the late '70s, but after a ten year sabbatical, he re-emerged playing better than ever. He grew up in Panama, started playing tenor in 1957, and early on performed calypso and Latin music. In 1962, Garnett moved to New York, working with rock groups and struggling a bit, but listening closely to the free jazz saxophonists. He gained some recognition for his work with Freddie Hubbard (1968-1969), Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1969-1970), and Charles Mingus, and had an important stint with Miles Davis in 1972. Garnett also worked with Jack McDuff, Andrew Hill, Gary Bartz, and Norman Connors during the era and recorded five albums of his own for Muse during 1974-1977 that ranged from exploratory music to attempts at commercialism. Carlos Garnett was musically inactive during much of the 1980s, but started a comeback in 1991. In 1996, he made one of his finest albums (Fuego en Mi Alma, for the HighNote label) in a style little changed since the '70s

CD: Carlos Garnett - Resurgence
Born December 1st, 1938 in Panama, Garnett was drawn to jazz hearing Louis Jordan and James Moody in movie shorts. Later the playing of Sonny Rollins inspired him. After taking up the saxophone in junior high school he went on to play in local jam sessions with US servicemen stationed in the Canal Zone, but before long he knew that if he really wanted to play this music he would have to go to where it was born.

In 1962 the young saxophonist moved to Brooklyn, where he began playing "rock and roll" with Leo Price, the younger brother of Lloyd Price. "He had a couple of big hits with Little Richard," Garnett remembers. "But he had his own band and I became director." It was while in that band that he met trumpeter Michael Ridley (brother of bassist Larry), who turned him on to Freddie Hubbard. "That's when I got seriously into the music," he says, "because prior to that I was playing by ear. I got into the music and I began studying. I told myself I should be ready when the opportunity presents itself."

That happened in 1968, when Freddie Hubbard heard Garnett's group playing at the Blue Coronet. "Freddie came there and heard me and he said, 'Man, you want to play with me?' I said, 'Sure!' He said, 'Well, we're going to Philly Monday,' and that was Sunday.. .and we went to Philly on Monday and that's when I realized that I was capable of playing with the giants... because the first night that I played in there I got thunderous ovations. Matter of fact it was important also for the fact that I ran into Woody Shaw."

"After that I began going in to New York and that's when I met all the other musicians through Freddie," he continues. Garnett made his recording debut on Hubbard's LP A Soul Experiment, contributing two original compositions. "Then Woody Shaw called me and connected me with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers," he continues. "I toured with Blakey all over." Live recordings of Garnett with the ensemble reveal him to be an incendiary tenorist with a voice all his own. After the Messengers Garnett hooked up with Charles Mingus. Work with Andrew Hill and Pharoah Sanders followed and then Miles Davis. "Unfortunately, I didn't get to swing with Miles at all," he laments. "It was all electronic."

Garnett played plenty of tenor on his own gigs. He led innovative groups throughout the '70s, featuring the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norman Connors and other soon-to-be-well-known artists, playing music that was well ahead of its time. "I was pulling all the different elements and rhythms of all the black cultures. And also, I had some vocals singing some positive message. I was disturbed that there were so many hostile and negative vibrations going on in the black communities, so I was writing positive messages for my community about... The first album was called Black Love."

Unfortunately the negative vibrations came to prey on Garnett. "Quite a few other musicians that I schooled were making big money and causing me to be very depressed," he says. "I got deep into drugs and then in 1982 I had a spiritual awakening... I just stopped music and began studying the scriptures. I put the horn down because I came to the conclusion that my horn was my God and I needed to go to the higher creator." Fortunately, bassist Brad Jones convinced him that there were people out there who wanted to hear his music. The saxophonist assembled a working band with Jones, pianist Carlton Holmes and drummer Shingo Okudaira, patterned after Coltrane's classic quartet.

The group began working around and recorded three fine CDs before Garnett returned to Panama in 2000, where he now teaches and performs regularly. "When I left Panama in 1962, I left with the intention to return," he says. "My accomplishments, as far as going [to the US] and playing with the greatest, I did. But I also had the intention of moving back, eventually... to spread the gospel of jazz and to pass on my knowledge and experience on to these young kids because they are very hungry for this music."

Today, as he approaches the age of 70, Carlos Garnett can surely look back on his career and proudly remember all he has accomplished. At the same time he can optimistically look ahead to the many more contributions to this music that he is certain to make.
Russ Musto ~ allaboutjazz 2008

07 December, 2018

Valery Ponomarev - Beyond The Obvious (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:17 | Size: 148.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 You Dig, I Hear You, You Know What I Mean, etc.
2 Close Your Eyes
3 Party Time
4 Blessing
5 From Cat To Nat
6 Sale On Love
7 Chelsea Bridge
8 Gina's Cooking
Label - Reservoir (City Hall)

Valery Ponomarev - trumpet
Don Braden - tenor saxophone
Martin Zenker - bass
Jerome Jennings - drums

U-Nam - The Essential Collection (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:06 | Size: 167.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Street Life (Joe Sample, Will Jennings) (5:43)
02. Going for Miles (U-Nam) (5:05)
03. Something’s Up (U-Nam) (4:44)
04. Throwback Kid (U-Nam) (4:13)
05. Keep the Faith (U-Nam, Franck Sitbon) (5:24)
06. Groove Paradise (U-Nam) (4:04)
07. Let the Music Play (Barry White) (4:47)*

U-Nam - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Programming & Editing
Mattias Roos - Acoustic Piano
Maria Grig - Violin & Viola
Denis Benarrosh - Percussion
Raymond Gimenes - Strings Arrangement

08. Soul Breeze (U-Nam) (4:21)*

U-Nam - Guitars, Synth Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Programming & Editing
Mattias Roos - Electric Piano
Denis Benarrosh - Percussion

09. Smoovin’ (U-Nam) (4:38)
10. Love X Love (Rod Temperton) (5:50)
11. Spice of Life (Rod Temperton) (3:43)
12. Breezin’ M.A (U-Nam) (3:48)
13. Risin‘ to the Top (Keni Burke) (6:10)
14. Shine On (George Duke) (5:07)
15. Back in Style (U-Nam) (5:37)

1, 5 & 12 - Taken from the album ''Back from the 80’s''
2, 6, 11 & 15 - Taken from the album ''Surface Level''
3, 4, 9 & 13 - Taken from the album ''C’est Le Funk''
14 - Taken from the album ''Unanimity''
10 - Taken from the album ''Weekend in L.A (A Tribute to George Benson)''
*New Songs 2017.

Steve Kuhn Trio - To And From The Heart (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:40 | Size: 108.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Thinking out Loud (07:49)
2. Pure Imagination (06:15)
3. Away (06:00)
4. Never Let Me Go (04:38)
5. Into the New World (05:29)
6. Trance / Oceans in the Sky (16:29)

Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, pianist Steve Kuhn has continued to get to the heart of things with his long-standing trio of bass guitarist Steve Swallow and drummer Joey Baron. The ensemble's deeply resonant relationship can be heard on their new recording, To and From The Heart, a poignant collection of pieces that showcases these masters' highly wrought abilities in wringing emotion from the ether.

Steve Kuhn - piano
Steve Swallow - bass guitar
Joey Baron - drums


Kresten Osgood Quintet - Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:23:43 | Size: 191.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Gazzeloni
02. Thougts From Duke
03. Little Niles
04. La Berthe
05. Blues In My Sleep
06. Crazy Witch Game
07. Brilliant Corners
08. Star Crossed Lovers
09. Waterbabies
10. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird
11. Friday The
12. Monk Fonk
13. DE DET
14. Tchicai In Heaven
15. Round Midnight

Everyone love Kresten Osgood and all for good reasons. The prolific Danish drummer Kresten Osgood is not only an excellent drummer and resourceful improviser but a truly kaleidoscopic man, one of these people who at the same time defy and totally own categories. He is also a rapper-vocalist-pianist-saxophonist-trumpeter, a funny entertainer, sought after cook, collector of hats and a driving force in the local jazz scene. Needless to say, Osgood is well-versed with the American jazz legacy and has the the fullest respect to it, but he likes to challenge this legacy in his own special way.

His new album with his quintet, comprised of Copenhagen’s younger and promising generation, is a straightforward declaration of love to the American jazz legacy. But when it comes to Osgood this legacy does not feature only the usual suspects – Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus – often in less known tunes of their – but also unlikely candidates as James Cotton, Randy Weston, Steve Colson, Jerome Cooper and few originals of Osgood. These tunes reflect Osgood’s extensive list of influences and experiences , collaborating and recording with legendary, innovative improvisers as Paul Bley, Roscoe Mitchell, Derek Bailey, Yusuf Lateef and Peter Brötzmann through younger ones as Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau.

The quintet plays the classic tunes with tons of passion, taking a lot of chances and risks, and cementing their individual voices in these tunes. Osgood is a very generous leader and knows how to make the best of the strong personalities in his quintet – Norwegian trumpeter Erik Kimestad and Fellow-Danish sax player Mads Egetoft, pianist Jeppe Zeeberg and double bass player Matthias Petri. The covers of Monk’s «Brilliant Corners» and «Friday The 13», Weston’s «Little Niles» or Mingus’ «Reincarnation of a Love Bird» sound fresh, urgent and emotionally powerful as when they were originally recorded about sixty and forty years ago. Osgood’s own originals correspond beautifully with these classics and «Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz» is programmed cleverly. Cooper’s «Monk Funk» is a natural extension of Monk’s «Friday The 13th» and Osgood’s own «De Det» cements this jubilant Monk celebration. The only standard that is spiraled into futuristic atmosphere is Monk’s “Round Midnight” where Zebberg’s spacious keyboards embrace the lyrical solos of Kimestad and Egetoft.

Osgood Quintet suggests a clever and playful perspective of the jazz legacy; a perspective that bridges the distances between the past and the present, or between what is considered as traditional and what is perceived as free and avant-garde. Many more reasons to love Osgood.

Erik Truffaz - Arkhangelsk (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:48 | Size: 109.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Miss Kaba
2. Red Cloud
3. Trippin' The Lovelight Fantastic
4. Snake Charmer Man
5. Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner
6. Les nuits de Monsieur Naj
7. Arkhangelsk
8. L'un dans l'autre
9. Akiko
10. Entre le ciel et l'eau
11. Anonymus
12. Manon

Erik Truffaz: Trompette
Patrick Muller: Fender Rhodes, orgue Hammond, piano
Marcello Giuliani: Baby bass, electric bass
Marc Erbetta: Batterie, percussions
Ed Harcourt: Voix (2, 4, 5)
Nya: Voix (3)
Christophe: Voix (8)

Apple Tea - Instead Of You. Made With Regula (2006)

Genre: Jazz+Funk | Total Time: 1:01:18 | Size: 138.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Helicopter For Every Day
Alto Saxophone – Igor Luty
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Congas, Soloist – Alexander Lipnitskiy
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachi
Tenor Saxophone – Andrey Kleschev
Tenor Saxophone, Soloist – Andrey Matlin
2. Parnat Samba
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachi
Soprano Saxophone – Igor Luty
3. One More Sad Melody
Alto Saxophone – Igor Luty
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Sergey Alexandrov
4. Corazon Mio
Acoustic Guitar, Soloist – Misha Filipenia
Alto Saxophone – Igor Luty
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Maxim Pugachev
5. Instead Of You
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums – Alexander Sapega
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachi
Tenor Saxophone – Andrey Kleschev
6. Natasha
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums – Alexander Sapega
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Soloist – Konstantin Goryachi
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards, Arranged By [Keyboards] – Sergey Alexandrov
Soprano Saxophone – Andrey Matlin
7. Waltz For Me
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachi
8. 17th Of April
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards, Arranged By [Keyboards] – Sergey Alexandrov
9. Careless Dog
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Flugelhorn – Dimitry Tikhanovich
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachy
Soprano Saxophone – Andrey Matlin
10. Zanzzara
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Andrey Kleschev
Bass Guitar – Igor Satsevich
Drums, Percussion – Alexander Sapega
Guitar – Andrey Uskov
Keyboards – Konstantin Goryachi
Label - Not On Label

Simon Nabatov, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway - Luminous (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:56 | Size: 152.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Slip Away 6:51
2. Basket Glide 6:33
3. Vacant Prophecy 6:24
4. Tolerance 5:58
5. Forty Days 4:03
6. Shards Examined 2:52
7. Great Disparity 9:15
8. Scroll Back 6:45
9. Luminous 2:29
10. Scattered Together 4:26
11. Soothing Mirage 5:28
12. Unfrozen Sorrow 8:52
Label - NoBusiness Records

Simon Nabatov - piano
Barry Guy double - bass
Gerry Hemingway - drums, marimba

Joe Marcinek Band - JM3 (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:53 | Size: 116.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Mojo (6:11)
2. Terre Haute Blues (7:30)
3. Funnily (7:31)
4. If You Want (6:45)
5. Roses (5:50)
6. What Cha Gonna Do (5:33)
7. Mercy Boogie (6:41)
8. Luna (4:55)

The organ trio rose to popularity in the ’50s and ’60s, when musicians looked for compact ensembles they could take on the road. The organ was, almost invariably, the venerated Hammond B3 with its accompanying Leslie cabinet. Organ and drums were joined by either a guitarist or a saxophone player. The organist handled the bass, either with bass pedals or the low end of the keyboard. The music was often referred to as soul jazz, an amalgam of jazz with blues, gospel, and R&B intertwined.

The third album from The Joe Marcinek Band is an homage to that glorious style. Marcinek is an outstanding guitarist who can rock and funk in concert with the best of them, but both previous JMB albums, Both Sides (2016) and Slink (2017), leaned much more heavily to the jazz side. JM3 — or JMIII — is 100% soul jazz, and he penned all eight tunes.

For this new project, Marcinek enlisted the help of two titans of today’s scene, Wil Blades and Terence Higgins. Blades, a West Coast mainstay from San Francisco, is the in-demand organist and has various projects going, including duos with Billy Martin and with Scott Amendola and trios with Will Bernard and Stanton Moore. Higgins is a Crescent City exponent, working his drum magic with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and John Scofield’s Piety Street Band in addition to his own band, Swampgrease.

The album’s pedigree made numerous stops. Ari Rios did the recording at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael. Next, Alan Evans (Soulive) mixed it at Iron Wax Studios. It was mastered at Evergroove Studios by Brad Smalling, and Charley Robinson of Iconoclast Design Co. did the cover artwork.

The eight tracks and 50 minutes of this album simply shimmer. It is a wonderful testament to all three players — absolutely equals in this process. By turns, each gentlemen has the opportunity to shine — over and over again.

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio & Quartet - One Lone Star (2002) re-up

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:53 | Size: 137.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Downtown
2. The Night Gone By
3. What's What
4. Improscope 1
5. Improscope 2
6. Blue Rose
7. Improscope 3
8. The Lover's Cry
9. Call It Love
10. Improscope 4
11.The Surpise Answer
12.One Lone Star

Label - YVP Records
Recorded March 19, 2002 at Star Studio Rome, Italy

Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Luca Bulgarelli - bass
Roberto Gatto - drums
Rosario Giuliani - alto sax, soprano sax

Courtney Pine - Underground (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:02 | Size: 150.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Intro - Inhale (1:11)
2. Modern Day Jazz (6:59)
3. Tryin' Times (6:15)
4. Oneness Of Mind (5:55)
5. Invisible (Higher Vibe) (5:38)
6. The Book Of... (The Dead) (9:50)
7. Children Of The Sun (5:55)
8. The In-Sense Song (4:53)
9. Silver Surfer (7:51)
10. Underground (6:58)
11. Outro - Xhale (0:57)
12. Save The Children (3:47)
Label - Antilles
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, and The Strongroom, London, England from March 17-21 and 23-28, 1997

Courtney Pine - soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Jhelisa - vocals
Nicholas Payton - trumpet
Cyrus Chestnut - acoustic piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer electric piano
Mark Whitfield – guitar
Reginald Veal - acoustic bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts – drums
DJ Pogo - DJ

Claudio Filippini - Before The Wind (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:50 | Size: 103.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Maia
02. Andromeda
03. Don't elevarsi
04. Bassever
05. Forever
06. Goa
07. Mentre dormi
08. Haze
09. Encore

Claudio Filippini (Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards)
Marcello Di Leonardo (Drums)
Luca Bulgarelli (Bass)

Recorded in Cavalicco in December 2017 at Artesuono Recording Studio

Cam Jazz CAMJ 7936-5
Whether listening to Encore, that features an ever-changing loop of electronic and acoustic sounds, or Mentre Dormi, with its sustained, emotional sweetness, or brisk, swinging, sweeping Don’t Elevarsi, you will be intrigued by the sound and flowing, though unpredictable, pace of each track on this album, as well as the stunning empathy of three musicians whose playing together relies on a long-standing, valuable, deeply-rooted familiarity. Claudio Filippini, Luca Bulgarelli and Marcello Di Leonardo stand as a single entity for their emotional inspiration, inventiveness and capacity to convey sensations: Before The Wind is about both having a bird’s-eye view of diverse landscapes and stopping to admire the fineness of details closely seen and listened to. Countless small wonders unfold one after the other to render this project on CAM JAZZ a further destination in an artistic journey, enriched, each time, with greater freshness, innovation and a language that always displays unusual, unprecedented traits. Claudio Filippini’s expertise translates into a musical surprise. All in all, maybe no words are needed to describe this album: just listen to Maia’s simple melody and refined harmony, or Bassever/Forever, where the double bass almost sounds like a guitar, or Goa, with its tenseness and intriguing, suspended finale. These very sounds that go Before The Wind will tell us about Claudio Filippini and his amazing fellow travellers.

Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron - Communique (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:53 | Size: 287.08 MB | FLAC
01. Who Knows - 4:02
02. Peggy's Blue Skylight - 6:53
03. Smooch - 5:42
04. Blue Monk - 6:07
05. Roll On - 5:23
06. No More Tears - 5:46
07. Esteem" (Lacy) - 6:09
08. Prayer - 6:27
09. Fondest Recollections - 8:34
10. Wickets - 4:55
11. Communique - 3:56

Steve Lacy – soprano saxophone
Mal Waldron – piano

Recorded at Mu Rec Studio, Milano, Italy, March 8-9, 1994.
Mixed on January 19, 1995
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden
Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron had played together over several decades by the time this CD was recorded, one of many duo dates they've done. "Who Knows" is not one of Thelonious Monk's better-known works, but their aggressive and very playful approach to it should invite other musicians to explore it as well. On the other hand, "Blue Monk" is more reserved, with Lacy testing the limits of his instrument and Waldron's bluesy solo. A strident take of Charles Mingus' "Peggy's Blue Skylight" is immediately followed by his rather obscure "Smooch," a haunting ballad made even more so by Lacy's plaintive tone. Their treatment of another overlooked song, Elmo Hope's "Roll On," is also inspired. Each musician also contributed originals to the date. Waldron's mournful "No More Tears" and Lacy's repetitive but infectious blues "Wickets" invite repeated listenings, while each man has a solo feature as well. Like all collaborations featuring Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron together, this Soul Note CD is highly recommended.

Ernesto Jodos Trio - Ernesto Jodos Trio (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:41 | Size: 133.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Subconscious-Lee (Lee Konitz)
2 Dreams (Lennie Tristano)
3 Background Music (Warne Marsh)
4 Two, not one (Lennie Tristano)
5 Mo necesariamente una line/Ablution (Ernesto Jodos/ Lee Konitz
6 Lennie-bird (Lennie Tristano)
7 Marionette (William Bauer)
8 Kary's trance (Lennie Tristano)
9 317 E 32nd st. (Lennie Tristano)
10 Wow (Lennie Tristano)
11 Baby (Lennie Tristano)

RCA Victor ‎– 88697177972

Contrabass – Hernan Merlo
Drums – Eloy Michelini
Piano – Ernesto Jodos

David "Fathead" Newman - I Remember Brother Ray (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:39 | Size: 111.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hit the Road Jack
02. Georgia on My Mind
03. When Your Lover Has Gone
04. Drown in My Tears
05. Deed I Do
06. It Had to Be You
07. Ruby
08. Them That Got (I Ain't Got Nothing Yet)
Label - HighNote Records

The Band:
David "Fathead" Newman - tenor sax
Steve Nelson - vibes
John Hicks - piano
John Menegon - bass
Winard Harper - drums

Michael Musillami Octet - Spirits (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:58 | Size: 331.54 MB | FLAC
1. Squid Fantasy (8:19)
2. Star (1:26)
3. Namibian Sunset (8:05)
4. Goody (8:38)
5. Spirits Rebellious (15:44)
6. Circles (7:17)
7. The Walking Wounded (8:31)

Michael Musillami - guitar, altered guitar
Peter Madsen - piano
Cameron Brown - bass
Tom Christensen - tenor sax, alto sax, alto flute, english horn, wood flute
Art Baron - trombone, bass recorder, didgeridoo
Tom Beckham - vibes, marimba
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion
Michael Sarin - drums
Convening some of the cream of the New York free creative music scene, guitarist Michael Musillami, best known for his post bop recordings, including last year's fine mainstream disc, Those Times , attempts something a little out of the ordinary—an entire set of material by the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin. While there is unquestionably a certain amount of freedom to the set, the treatment of the programme is emphatically Latin in tone. In fact, on an album that swings along gracefully and comfortably, the only downside is the occasional free section which seems, in context with the more mellifluous style of the majority of the record, to be something of a musical non sequitur.

Not that it always seems out of place. On the opening track, "Squid Fantasy," the group ultimately finds its way into a section where just about everyone is soloing, freely and with some abandon, over bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Michael Sarin's insistent rhythm. But the longest piece of the set, "Spirits Rebellious," starts with a free movement that seems completely irrelevant when the group kicks in with a more contemporary groove. And the piece is broken up in the middle when, out of nowhere, the group halts and there is a free exchange that starts with a heavily distorted guitar and Art Baron's didgeridoo, the rest of the group gradually re-entering to build the intensity before settling back into a more accessible groove for the balance of the piece. Sure, this is clearly a musical articulation of the spirits rebelling with each other, but it's, frankly, too obvious and, in context with the relatively breezy ambience of the rest of the album, something that disperses the recording's focus rather than concentrating it.

That being said, the rest of the album is an interesting revelation, as musicians like pianist Peter Madsen, more often seen in a looser exploratory context, fit comfortably into this more straightforward setting. Woodwind player Tom Christensen, another player more known for his work in the creative music scene, solos lyrically and with complete authenticity. In fact, everyone sounds completely at ease with this more groove-oriented, theme-based music. And most notable is Musillami's ability to fit Chapin's music within this context. Kudos to Musillami, who arranged all the material with the exception of one track each by Baron and Christensen; clearly he sees something in the material that others have not.

Musillami is a fine guitarist, clearly coming from the tradition of players including Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall. With the exception of the out-of-place fuzz guitar on "Spirits Rebellious," he plays with a warm, dry tone and a style that manages to incorporate its influences without being derivative. Occasional misstep aside, Spirits is a surprisingly engaging album of Latin jazz from a group of musicians whose names on the cover would lead one to think what would be contained within would be anything but easy-going and accessible.

John Escreet - Learn To Live (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:39 | Size: 150.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Opening 4:16
2. Broken Justice (Kalief) 8:49
3. Lady T's Vibe 6:58
4. Test Run 5:14
5. Learn to Live 10:42
6. A World Without Guns 7:14
7. Smokescreen 7:31
8. Global Citizen 5:05
9. Contradictions 7:42
10. Humanity Please 2:11

Keyboardist/composer John Escreet returns with his first album of composed music in five years, ‘Learn to Live’ (out Oct 12th 2018 on Blue Room Music.) The album finds Escreet exploring the deepest facets of what the keyboard can do – from the Prophet 6 synth to Fender Rhodes to acoustic piano and beyond. Escreet assembled a dream team band to join him, featuring: Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Greg Osby (saxophone), Matt Brewer (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Justin Brown (drums). Over ten tracks, Escreet presents a thrilling snapshot of his provocative, envelope-pushing spirit in the world of jazz and experimental music. And provides sonic commentary on the current state of the world while doing so.

‘Learn to Live’ is a fascinating juxtaposition of the acoustic with the electronic. Bent notes, sweeping pads, and chaotic ring modulation balanced with avant garde forays into acoustic jazz that range from tender to menacing. The album begins with “Opening,” a majestic presentation of snappy progressive funk, while two drummers snarl away under a stabbing synth motif. It’s followed by the polyrhythmic meditation of “Broken Justice (Kalief)” – a composition he wrote for Kalief Browder. “Lady T’s Vibe” is a deep, sinewy funk work out, a dialed back groove for trumpeter Nicholas Payton to devilishly toy with.

"A triumphant overture...This is new-breed fusion of a stylish sort...and it should raise expectations for what's to come." (Opening) – Nate Chinen, WBGO

The project represents a combination of two separate groups that John was performing with in 2017. With the album plans already in the works, he pulled everyone from both bands together, a dream-come-true opportunity to cut this new work with him. The album finds drummers Eric Harland and Justin Brown performing on a total of 4 songs together (tracks 1, 2, 4 and 8), and John experimenting with drum machine as well. The album was recorded at Sear Sound, and was self-produced.

John Escreet has been praised by the NY Times, The Guardian, Downbeat and beyond for his limitless approach to the keyboard in contemporary jazz. Since his debut he’s established himself one of the most exciting pianists that’s emerged in recent years, and as a prolific, esteemed bandleader. He has worked with Tyshawn Sorey, David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire, has collaborated with artists as diverse as LA-based pop duo ‘KNOWER’ and British free-jazz icon Evan Parker, and for the past seven years has been recording/ touring extensively with Antonio Sanchez’s Migration band.

John Escreet - piano, keyboards
Nicholas Payton - trumpet
Greg Osby - alto saxophone
Matt Brewer - bass
Eric Harland - drums
Justin Brown - drums


Enrico Pieranunzi - Con Infinite Voci (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:00 | Size: 116.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Con Infinite Voci 5:13
2. Adjapм 4:19
3. Don't Forget the Poet 3:39
4. Il Canto Delle Differenze 5:34
5. Narrations du Large 2:40
6. A Solitary Song 3:02
7. Sospensioni d'Amour 1:33
8. Papillons Amoureux 1:45
9. Foglie 4:53
10. Altre Sospensioni d'Amour 1:55
11. As Cool as It Comes 1:48
12. Blue Monotype 3:40
13. Purley Coincidental 1:53
14. Ballad de l'Instant 2:05
15. Terra Incognita 6:01
Label - EGEA
Recorded at Umbria Jazz Jul 19, 1998

Enrico Pieranunzi- piano

David Preston, Kevin Glasgow, Laurie Lowe - Something About Rainbows (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:13 | Size: 92.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Fumes 06:35
2 Beat 5 06:48
3 Something About Rainbows 05:29
4 May 03:16
5 Truex 05:09
6 3D Weirdos 04:28
7 HWH 09:28

Riding the loftiest cirrus of boundary-leaping improvised music, guitar fusion trio Preston Glasgow Lowe follow up their eponymous 2016 Whirlwind debut recording with Something About Rainbows – a prismatic collection of original compositions which combine intricate, thunderous energy with aesthetic, harmonic grace. And while LA-based photographer Josh Rose’s minimal ‘industrial rainbow’ cover art reflects the album’s often darker vibe, guitarist David Preston, six-string bassist Kevin Glasgow and drummer Laurie Lowe also uncover fresher sunlit colours in their latest writing and experimentation.

“As we toured our first album, we were actively exploring new material and discovering a greater harmonic, rhythmic and dynamic range”, explains Preston. “So alongside the heavier, metal-rock feel – more full-on now than anything we’ve previously created – increasingly delicate and conceptually open expressions appeared, so consequently the new compositions feel more pristine yet a lot freer, each having its own feature.”

Preston Glasgow Lowe’s intermeshing hues become alluring as each of these seven tracks develop. In ‘Fumes’, three overlapping time signatures provide the foundation for its chordal iridescence, propelled by Kevin Glasgow’s agile bass and Laurie Lowe’s rapid-fire percussion. The differing pop/jazz pulses of ‘Beat 5’ were inspired by David Preston’s explorative input into a sequencer matrix, resulting in a four-beat rhythm which sounds like five, with a delightful jazz swing at its heart.

Glasgow’s hard-hitting ‘Something About Rainbows’ (a subconscious title from a somnolent 3 am utterance!) is unabashedly heavy, with gritty, overdriven bass octave pedal riffs underpinning outrageously breakneck guitar; and Lowe’s audacious drumming throughout exemplifies the bassist’s observation that “Laurie constantly blows our mind, as there are so many notes going by.” The band’s emphasized sense of contrast is heard vividly in wispy miniature ‘May’, where Preston’s crystalline guitar melodies float above delicate, high-register bass chords and feathery cymbals; then sprightly ‘Truex’ shimmers to cascading guitar phrases and rock-out solos against distorted, q-tron bass sounds and meticulous drum figures – a no-nonsense feel-good with the trio all on the same grid.

Preston describes the mysterious, abstract freedom of his ‘3D Weirdos’ as “one of the most whimsical things we’ve done, with only the bass holding it down”, while also hailing Laurie Lowe’s left-field versatility. “He does this thing, when we’re rehearsing or on tour, where he drums in a drunken kind of way – a humorous, playful side, yet articulated clearly, and an indicator of the trust between the three of us.” The 12-tone serialism of German composer Hans Werner Henze’s works have come to inform Kevin Glasgow’s harmonic progressions and improvisations – and his dark, expansive closer ‘HWH’ disintegrates into duo and solo interludes with powerful focus as its tempo ebbs and then regains momentum.

The technically precise, unclassified artistry of Preston Glasgow Lowe resonates with wide-ranging audiences, and the trio responds enthusiastically to live performance invitations from as far afield as Japan. There’s certainly sonic gold to be found within Something About Rainbows.

David Preston - guitar
Kevin Glasgow - bass
Laurie Lowe - drums

Courtney Pine - Resistance (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:25 | Size: 110.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Good Morning (Magundung Umaga) (6:44)
2. Right On! (4:00)
3. Southern Skandinavian Blues (6:40)
4. Soul Power U! (3:48)
5. Rising Sun (5:11)
6. Sunchilde (4:58)
7. Joan of Arc (2:01)
8. And Then the World Stood Still and Prayed (2:53)
9. Resistance (5:47)
10. On the Down Low (4:23)
11. Outro - Vibranium (2:06)
Label - Destin-E

Courtney Pine - Saxophone, Written-By, Arranged By, Producer, Concept By
Dennis Rollins - Trombone
Chris Jerome - Organ
Juliet Kelly -Vocals
Anthony Kerr - Vibraphone
Chris Lamptey - Guitar (Electric)
Cameron Pierre - Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Resophonic Banjo
Darren Taylor - Double Bass
Cheryl Alleyne, Robert Fordjour - Drums

VA - Jazz Piano Workshop Berlin 1965 (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:00 | Size: 152.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Improvisation (7:20) [all pianists, NHOP, Dawson]
2. Memories Of You (4:02) [Hines, NHOP, Dawson]
3. I've Got The World On A String (2:39) [Hines, NHOP, Dawson]
4. Joachim-Ernst Berendt introcudes Teddy Wilson (0:22)
5. Stompin' At The Savoy (2:55) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
6. Love (3:31) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
7. All Of Me (2:10) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
8. JEB Introduces John Lewis (0:30)
9. Django (4:32) [Lewis, NHOP, Kay]
10. I Should Care (4:42) [Lewis, NHOP, Kay]
11. JEB Introcudes Lennie Tristano (0:32)
12. (2:57) [Tristano, Kay]
13. Cool Boogie (2:23) [Tristano, Kay]
14. JEB Introduces Bill Evans (0:29)
15. Come Rain Or Shine (3:28) [Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
16. Beautiful Love (4:27) [Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
17. JEB Introduces BE and JL (0:20)
18. Blues (2:30) [Lewis, Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
19. JEB Introduces Jaki Byard (1:04)
20. Improvisation (7:20) [Byard, Workman, Dawson]
21. JEB announces EH & JB (0:30)
22. I Want A Little Girl (2:23) [Hines, Byard, Dawson]
23. A Pretty Girls Is Like A Melody (2:44) [Hines, Byard, Dawson]
24. Diane (4:10) [Hines, Byard]
This is Jazz History!
In 1965 Joachim-Ernst Berendt, the founder of the Berliner Jazztage (later to become the Jazzfest Berlin) invited the most important jazz pianists then living to the festival.
This is the complete concert - each of them gave some short samples of their playing. The highlight is probably the duo with the oldest (Hines) and the youngest (Byard) pianist. ©

Label - Impro-Jazz
Recorded - Berliner Jazztage, Berlin (Germany) Sportpalast, October 30, 1965

Earl Hines - piano (1, 2, 3, 22, 23, 24)
Teddy Wilson - piano (1, 5, 6, 7)
John Lewis - piano (1, 9, 10, 18)
Lennie Tristano - piano (1, 12, 13)
Bill Evans - piano (1, 15, 16, 18)
Jaki Byard - piano (1, 20, 22, 23, 24)
Niels-Henning Örsted Pedersen - bass (1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18)
Reggie Workman - bass (20)
Peter Trunk - bass (5, 6, 7)
Alan Dawson - drums (1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23)
Connie Kay - drums (9, 10, 12, 13)
Cees See - drums (5, 6, 7)

About track 1: each pianist plays a chorus, leaves the stage and is followed by the next one, announced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt

Tilo Weber Quartet - Four Fauns (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:03 | Size: 93.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Zykle - Prelude 1
02. Faun Variation - Fugue 1
03. Four Fauns - Prelude 2
04. Faun Fughetta - Fugue 2
05. Hollis' Heaven
06. Tadd's Delight
07. Prelude for Fauns - Prelude 3
08. Gould Bouldern - Fugue 3
09. Silver & Gold
10. Zykle (Daystreamer Remix)

Hayden Chisholm - alto saxophone
Andreas Lang - double bass
Richard Koch - trumpet

The quartet of the Berlin drummer Tilo Weber is inspired by Arno Schmidt snapshots and creates a colorful sound carpet with an impressive palette of warm pastel colors to iridescent blues. Schmidt explains the continuum of life to be an illusion and gives the four faunas a clipping pattern in the music of space and time.

Fire meets water with Richard Koch on the trumpet and Hayden Chisholm on the alto saxophone. The emphatic pulse of double bassist Andreas Lang primed a level on which drummer Tilo Weber can unfold his full tonal and melodic potential. This traditional quartet formation develops a completely new sound, which feeds on the depths of classical music and creates a great bridge to contemporary music and the avant-garde of jazz.

Weber's contrapuntal compositions explore the boundaries of three-part harmony and convince with their refreshing transparency. Jazz standards are played backwards and preludes for paste-like ballads are improvised. The "Four Fauns" inspire through a stylistic range and present a contemporary jazz that is not avant-garde at the price of emotional cold and gets along without clichés.

Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly & Jimmy Haslip - Elemental (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:39 | Size: 133.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Good Start
02. Greed
03. Dig
04. Boomtown
05. Red Wall (Va a Caer)
06. Low Row
07. The Waiting Game
08. Part Time Smart
09. Dark Waters
10. Surreptitious Moves

Grammy-nominated Pianist/Composer Otmaro Ruiz, Drummer Jimmy Branly and Bassist Jimmy Haslip team up together to create an incredible jazz trio album titled, Elemental. All compositions by Otmaro Ruiz (Minina Music ASCAP), except “Boomtown” by Jimmy Haslip & Russell Ferrante (LaViera Music BMI, Teeth Music BMI). Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, Venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Regarded as one of the most sought-after keyboardists for recordings in today’s scene, Otmaro is still able to dedicate time to teaching, scoring of movie sound-tracks and to the production of his works as a leader with original compositional material, captured in the CDs “Otmaro Ruiz plays Ryuichi Sakamoto”, “Distant Friends”, “Nothing to Hide”, “Latino” and in his most recent album “Sojourn”.

Jimmy Branly was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in a rich musical environment of Cuban flavors. Jimmy moved to the United States in 1998, performing and recording with many groups and artists. Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. Jimmy was actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets. He also worked and recorded with numerous other musicians among them Jeff Lorber.

Jacob Sacks - Fishes (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:16 | Size: 103.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Saloon 05:15
2. Carnegie The Sketcher 02:48
3. This Is A Song- 04:59
4. Carnegie Kvetches If 01:35
5. The Opener 06:37
6. Carnegie Echos Kent 02:00
7. Five Little Melodies 05:20
8. Carnegie Chutes Fork 02:07
9. Chopped In 07:51
10. Carnegie Stock Thew 02:18
11. Ill Blues 05:26

It makes so much sense for a Portuguese record label to release a new opus of the New York pianist and composer Jacob Sacks, considering his many connections with the jazz scene of this country and musicians like João Lencastre, Sara Serpa, André Matos, Gonçalo Marques and Demian Cabaud. Sacks is widely recognized as one of the most creative musicians in his hometown, and “Fishes” presents him in the company of other notable protagonists of the New York jazz scene, all of them members of the Clean Feed family: Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek and Dan Weiss. Here is a meeting of giants led by someone who has already covered the entire range of that music we call jazz, by the side of the greatest: Clark Terry, Joe Maneri, Charles Gayle, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz and too many more to mention, going from mainstream to the most audacious exploratory music. Inside this recording you’ll find all the identifying characteristics of Sacks’ personal style and more: harmonic subtleties, structural simplicity, deep and mysterious meanings, a refined sense of form, poetic beauty, rhythmic drive and lots of soul. You start to be overwhelmed by the way the little pieces of the clock function, until you let yourself go with the balance produced by the sculptures of time coming track by track.

Jacob Sacks - piano
Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone
Tony Malaby - tenor & soprano saxophones
Michael Formanek - bass
Dan Weiss - drums

Enrico Pieranunzi - Trioscape: Enrico Pieranunzi Trio Vol.4 (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:52 | Size: 111.73 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Prologue 01:41
02. Trioscape 1 01:58
03. Trioscape 2 03:15
04. So Near 06:43
05. Soloscape 1 01:22
06. Earliest Sanses 04:00
07. The Night Gone By 06:08
08. Soloscape 2 01:05
09. Case In Point 02:22
10. Exigua Flor (For Jobim) 05:44
11. Passing Shadows 06:57
12. A Question More 02:23
13. Trioscape 3 02:51
14. The Perfect Cry (For Bird) 02:46
15. Winter Song 04:29
Label - YVP music

Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Piero Leveratto - bass
Mauro Beggio, Francesco Petreni - drums

David 'Fathead' Newman - Davey Blue (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:36 | Size: 126.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Cellar Groove (6:10)
2.Cristo Redentor (6:47)
3.For Stanley (5:33)
4.A Child Is Born (5:49)
5.Black (5:34)
6.Amandla (4:17)
7.Davey Blue (13:00)
8.Freedom Jazz Dance (6:25)

David "Fathead" Newman - flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, producer; Bryan Carrott - vibraphone; Cedar Walton - piano; David Williams - bass; Kenny Washington - drums

Recorded At M & I Recording Studios,New York,May 31,2001

06 December, 2018

Peter McEachern Trio - Bone Code (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:34 | Size: 105.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Gospel Trane (4:56)
02. D & A (4:34)
03. Embedded (1:08)
04. Lizards (4:18)
05. Hope She'll Be Happier (4:19)
06. Sco-Roo (3:42)
07. Helio (2:30)
08. Slow Tweet (1:48)
09. Double Helix (4:55)
10. Kups (1:20)
11. Neandering (4:17)
12. Glass 10 (3:31)
13. Ritual (3:17)
14. Maps (3:05)

Peter McEachern had a long-standing collaboration with Mario Pavone by the time he met Michael Sarin in the early 90’s. The three musicians recorded “Insomnia” by Thomas Chapin as part of Chapin’s Trio Plus Brass, a formidable octet. McEachern repaid Chapin’s invitation by asking him to play on his CD “Shockwave”, and their paths continued to cross along the years. Pavone invited the trombonist for six of his records, and in addition McEachern and Sarin had an intriguing duo. “Bone-Code” is the culmination of those experiences under the spell of Chapin’s idiosyncratic saxophone lines, and Pavones’s eclectic compositions, but also of unexpected turns like McEachern’s stint with minimalist composer LaMonte Young, and his study of monophonic and microtonal music. This is coupled with the blues feeling he mastered with his twelve-year collaboration with bluesman Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. All this is evident in an album dedicated to his trombone concepts and to his friend, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Ever present is McEachern’s love of field hollers, which contributed to the birth of jazz and blues and for the trombone trio format lead by the likes of Albert Mangelsdorff, Ray Anderson, and George Lewis, mixing tradition and innovation.

Jazzkantine - Hells Kitchen (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:01 | Size: 110.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Highway to Hell (Vocals: Tom Gaebel)
2. Jump (Vocals: Sam Leigh-Brown)
3. Nothing else matters (Vocals: Xavier Naidoo)
4. Iron horse (Vocals: Cappuccino)
5. Ain't talking bout love (Vocals: Ring Ding Trombone: Nils Wogram)
6. Back in black (Vocals: Max Mutzke)
7. Smoke on the water
8. Paranoid (Vocals: Cappuccino)
9. I was made for loving you (Vocals: Pat Appleton)
10. Walk this way (Vocals: Tachi & Cappuccino)
11. Strong arm of the law (Vocals: Sam Leigh-Brown)
12. Hell's Bells (Vocals: Louie)
Label - Sashimi Records

Jaco Pastorius Big Band - The Word Is Out! (2006)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 1:07:12 | Size: 124.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Dania
2. Las Olas
3. Sirabhorn
4. Beaver Patrol
5. Cannonball
6. Kuru/Speak Like A Child
7. Three Views Of A Secret
8. Blackbird/Word Of Mouth
9. Good Morning Anya
10. River People
11. Reza

Personnel: Peter Graves: conductor; Billy Ross: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, piccolo; Ed Calle: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet; Gary Keller: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; Mike Brignola: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Jim Hacker, Jason Carder, Ken Faulk: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dana Teboe: trombone; John Kricker: bass trombone; Mike Levine: piano, synthesizers; Randy Bernsen: guitar; Jeff Carswell: bass; Mark Griffith: drums. Guests: Michelle Amato, Dana Paul: vocals; Bob Mintzer: tenor saxophone; Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker: trumpet; Toots Thielemans: harmonica; Mike Stern, Hiram Bullock: guitar; Robert Thomas, Jr.: hand drums; Othello Molineaux: steel drums; Peter Erskine: drums; Victor Wooten, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, Mark Egan, Oteil Burbridge, Israel

AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran

Jazz fusion bass freaks and fans of the late great Weather Report innovator first got the message that his richly textured compositions were ripe for spirited big-band arrangements on 2003's critically acclaimed Word of Mouth, whose all-star band was led by Peter Graves (whose orchestra Pastorius launched his career with) and included sharp melodic and rhythmic contributions by bassmen who have proudly carried on the tradition -- Victor Wooten, Gerald Veasley, Richard Bona, Victor Bailey, Marcus Miller, and Jimmy Haslip. On the funky, energetic, yet frequently poignant follow-up -- which reminds listeners even more of the bass legend's genius for composition -- these monsters return, complemented by band newcomers like Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Jr., Mark Egan, Oteil Burbridge, and Will Lee. What's exciting is that even though the set is joyfully plastered with grand solos by these rhythm masters as well as Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Ed Calle, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, and Mike Stern, everyone's truly dedicated to making this a buoyant team effort. So while Mintzer and Brecker blaze amidst the madness on "Dania," there's an eager sense of anticipation waiting for the sizzle of the whole ensemble to re-emerge. That same vibe extends to the midtempo cool yet simmering Latin arrangement of "Las Olas," which was arranged by Randy Bernsen and features a lush harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans. Pastorius' own compositions dominate, but classics from his famous collaborators Pat Metheny ("Sirabhorn") and Joe Zawinul (the low-key, soulful, and whimsical "Cannonball") are equally engaging. Another extra-Jaco treat is a speedy reading of the Beatles' "Blackbird," featuring a percussive soprano melody line by Calle over a subtle Bona-Erskine groove. Jaco Pastorius fans will flip with ecstasy, but even lovers of less progressive contemporary jazz will enjoy it for its spirit and lyrical melodies.

allaboutjazz.com By WOODROW WILKINS
When Word of Mouth Revisited came out in the summer of 2003, I predicted it would hold up as the best new jazz album of the year. I'll make no such claims for The Word Is Out. It's already trailing Spyro Gyra's Wrapped in a Dream, Janis Siegel's A Thousand Beautiful Things and Steve Khan's The Green Field. However, in a head-to-head comparison, The Word Is Out beats its predecessor by a nose.

Once again, conductor Peter Graves has brought together the Jaco Pastorius Big Band with a stellar cast of guest musicians. It's a stunning followup to the 2003 tribute to the man who revolutionized the electric bass. Beginning with his solo debut in the mid-1970s and through his work with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Weather Report and his Word of Mouth bands, Pastorius singlehandedly shattered the boundaries of the electric bass and redefined its role across all genres of popular music.

Featuring several bassists who appeared on the earlier record, The Word Is Out is just over an hour's worth of big band jazz, a la Jaco. Seven of the eleven tracks were written by Pastorius, one by Metheny, and two medleys pair Pastorius compositions with songs by Herbie Hancock and the Beatles. The band is supported by such talents as Peter Erskine (drums), Bob Mintzer (tenor sax), Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Hiram Bullock (guitar). And while the band provides the melody and most of the solos feature other instruments, the bass lines are what make this album worthy of Pastorius. Filling the role are 2003 alums Gerald Veasley, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Carswell. Israel "Cachao Lopez Jr., Mark Egan, Oteil Burbridge and Will Lee also contribute.

The album grabs you right off the bat, with Veasley providing the licks on "Dania, complemented by Mintzer, Brecker and Erskine. Pastorius used the piece as a set opener in the mid-1980s, but he never officially recorded it. "Cannonball, penned by Josef Zawinul for Weather Report's Black Market, is a tribute to Zawinul's former bandleader, Julian "Cannonball Adderley. It was Pastorius' first recording with Weather Report. Featuring Bona, Mike Stern on guitar, Ed Calle on tenor sax and Billy Ross on soprano, this nine-minute cut is arguably the best on the album. It goes through several stages as Bona and the band shift gears from overdrive to leisurely cruise. Calle's blistering solo is the highlight. And when it comes to blistering, things don't get much hotter than Calle's soprano sax on "Three Views of a Secret, which first appeared on Weather Report's Night Passage.

For the closer, "Reza, Graves extracted Pastorius' performance from a 1982 live recording and recorded the whole band around it, similar to Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable duet with her deceased father, Nat King Cole. This superheated piece is a fitting end to an already sizzling recording.

Get The Blessing - Bristopia (2018)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Rock | Total Time: 46:37 | Size: 106.53 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. If It Can it Will [2:55]
02. Cococloud [5:42]
03. Cellophant [2:06]
04. Sunwise [3:13]
05. Not With Standing [3:13]
06. Recorded for Training and Quality Purposes [4:38]
07. Bristopia [3:55]
08. Rule of Thump [5:42]
09. The Second Third [6:10]
10. Tuathal [5:01]
11. The Grand Scheme of Things [4:02]

Following the success of their 2015 album Astronautilus, jazz-rock mavericks Get The Blessing return with their spellbinding new Album ‘Bristopia’. Blending their mutant jazz sensibilities with spacey electronics and post rock atmospheres, ‘Bristopia’ ventures into new, unexplored territories. From the jagged, interweaving brass patterns of opening track ‘If It Can It Will’, through the brooding atmosphere of ‘Bristopia’ and absorbing, haunting melodies of ‘Not With Standing’, the Bristolian quintet channel subterranean depths and soar from dizzying heights, leading the listener through a complex labyrinth of tangled melodies and sliding soundscapes of dark, immersive production.

Having been conceived, born and raised in Bristol, the band now pay tribute to their hometown with an album that careers around the city's one-way system (not always in the correct direction of travel), darting into some of its hidden alleyways and lesser-known night-time hot-spots, and occasionally just stopping to take in the dizzying vistas of sprawling buildings and distant hilltops. With this powerful return, Get The Blessing send their sonic transmission deep into the furthest corners of the universe, setting the pace for the current UK Jazz revival, demonstrating that the early pioneers of the scene still have something important to say.

Jake Mcmurchie - tenor & baritone sax, electronics
Pete Judge - trumpet, electronics
Jim Barr - bass, electronics
Clive Deamer - drums, percussion


Five Play - Live At the Deer Head Inn (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:27 | Size: 140.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Que Sera, Sera
2. Struttin' With Some Barbeque
3. I'm in the Mood for Love
4. Beo Dat May Troi
5. Seesaw
6. La Americana
7. Shenandoah
8. Organ Grinder's Swing

I haven't been to the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania in years. But if I make it there, I hope to time my visit to coincide with Five Play at theDeer Head Inn, which bills itself as the "oldest continuously running jazz club in the country." Long may it prosper, for there are good musical things happening there. Big bands and their leaders have always had small groups:from Benny Goodman to Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey inclued. This is the first time I've heard Five Play in this configuration. I was pleasantly surprised. They give you a lot of looks, some Blakeyish, some Ornette, and some distinctively themselves. The can bop, swing and bossa, sometimes in disconcerting juxtaposition.And they do their share of originals. Nothing staid about their repertoire. The live set opens with that famous jazz standard "Que sera,sera." I'm being facetious. It's been a few years since I heard it, and certainly not the arch reading that Fiveplay gives it. There are romping solos by Tomoko Ohno and Noriko Ueda, two thirds of a seriously cooking rhythm section. Janelle Reichman , who doubles on clarinet and tenor sax makes a nice statement. Reichman's clarinet playing is, to say the least, technically assured, but it can be quite beautiful and thoughtful as well, as her solo on "I'm in the Mood for Love" shows. She takes a long solo on "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" as does Jami Dauber who plays very nice and extremely tasteful jazz.

Her trumpet lead gives the group a much bigger sound and presence than I would've expected. As to adventuresomeness, the originals by Ohno and Ueda are supplemented by "Bao Dat May Troi," a Vietnamese folk song that works very well. There is the traditional Shenandoah, beautifully played too. I will never accuse Maricle of sticking to the tried and true with Diva, her big band, again. As for Sherrie, well, Sherrie plays like Sherrie. For someone ostensibly inspired by Buddy Rich, she is awfully musical. She really plays the drums, including the bass drum, in a way that I'd associate more with Mel Lewis. Her brushwork is inspired and occasionally, her time just seems to float. But she has help. Dauber plays a wonderfully reflective muted solo on "I'm in the Mood for Love" that put me in mind of Warren Vache not that she needs anyone's endorsement. You want up-tempo shouting? The session closes out with "Organ Grinder's Swing" which really gets rolling, propelled by hot choruses by Dauber and Reichman. Everyone gets into the act. So there's a lot of good stuff going on in the recording, and it opens up to further thought as you listen over again, always the mark of something special. These are remarkably talented musicians, and to put it in Maricle's terms, they swing hard, but make it sound easy. I have only one question. What if the group is short Dauber or Reichman some night? What do you call the quartet? Let me guess.
Richard J.Salvucci

Sherrie Maricle (D); Jami Dauber (TPT); Janelle Riechman (T Sax/CL); Tomoko Ohno (P); Noriko Ueda (B)

Orestes Gomez, Agustín Ayala & Freddy Adrian - PAGA (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:36 | Size: 90.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Caronte
02. Calma Indefinida
03. Setsero XMDC Ortem
04. Shitposting
05. División Del Norte
06. Comar
07. Free Style
08. Cadencia Negra
09. Desde Niño
10. 5<1

Bass: Freddy Adrian
Keys: Agustín Ayala
Drums: Orestes Gómez

Jools Holland & Marc Almond - A Lovely Life to Live (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:33 | Size: 108.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Gipsy Rover
2. A Lovely Life to Live
3. It's My Life Baby
4. I Lost My City
5. Workhouse Blues
6. London You Were My Lover
7. Hymne a l'amour
8. Dirk Bogarde and Me (Take Tea)
9. On My Soul
10. Big Black Mercedes 600
11. How Deep Is the Ocean
12. Tainted Love
13. I'll Take Care of You
14. When the Saints Go Marching In

Musical maestro Jools Holland has teamed up with international artist Marc Almond to release A Lovely Life To Live. This album has been more than ten years in the making, with Jools and Marc having toured together periodically since 2006. A Lovely Live To Live showcases the brilliant live sound and musicianship between Jools, Marc and the well-renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra when they perform together on stage as one ensemble. The 14-track album is a fantastic collection of both brand new, original tracks written by Jools and Marc as well as their big band interpretations of a wide range of songs. Highlights include Marc and Soft Cell's iconic Tainted Love, Edith Piaf's Hymne ò L'amour, Irving Berlin's How Deep Is The Ocean as well as two Bobby "Blue" Bland songs - 'It's My Life Baby' and 'I'll Take Care Of You'.

Jools Holland said of the album: "Over the last few years, Marc has toured with my orchestra giving amazing performances. I'm so delighted that we've now been given the opportunity to capture this on record. It brings out, I hope, what is the best of both of us".

Marc Almond said: "If this record were to be a movie, it'd be a black and white movie of the late 50s or 60s set in London and starring Dirk Bogarde (with maybe a brief visit to Paris where we'd meet Deneuve and Delon in a smoky bar)! Jools and I have a performing history that stretches back many years now and at last we can bring our joint love of Bogarde, London, Vintage Cars, afternoon tea and the blues to a record. With Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, it's always a lovely life".

Jools Holland, piano
Marc Almond, vocals
Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio - Hipster's Alley (2018)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:25 | Size: 127.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Hipster's Alley
02. Havana Twist
03. Riding on a Cloud
04. Dr Oligo
05. Heaven's Bells
06. Mars' Waltz
07. Quicky Boy
08. Pick Me Up
09. Colors of Jupiter
10. Blazing Sun
11. Seventie's Road
12. Korsika

Jean-Philippe Bordier - guitar
Pascal Bivalski - vibraphone
Guillaume Naud - organ
Andreas Neubauer - battery

Label: Disques Black & Blue
Jean-Philippe Bordier, guitarist and composer in the lineage of Kenny Burrell, George Benson accustomed to Parisian scenes, presents his new CD "Hipster's Alley". Accompanied by the talented: Andreas Neubauer (Larry Coryell, Bireli Lagrene, Barry Finnerty) on drums, Guillaume Naud on organ and Pascal Bivalski on vibraphone, they play in an original orchestration a festive music full of swing tinged with various influences: jazz, caribbean, funky groove.

According to Jean-Michel Reisser: "What strikes the listener first and foremost is the disconcerting ease that this remarkable guitarist possesses because his music is full of inspiration, blues and swing at a hot temperature. most touching, it is the clarity and precision of his musical discourse that never uses free virtuosity or useless chatter.In all his compositions we find his innate sense of melody and all the elegance of his playing in the fluidity of each of his sentences. "

Enrico Pieranunzi - Trio Vol.3, Triologues (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:09 | Size: 141.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Triologue No. 1 : Opening / I Hear A Rhapsody / The Purple Morn / My One And Only Love
2. With My Heart In A Song
3. 'Round Midnight
4. Triologue No. 2: The Gentle Light / When I Fall In Love / Interlude / I Should Care / Finale
5. I Can't Get Started
6. Passing The Visions
7. In The Close Of The Day

Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Enzo Pietropaoli - bass
Fabrizio Sferra - drums

Egberto Gismonti Group - Infância (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:49 | Size: 143.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Ensaio De Escola De Samba (Dança Dos Escravos) 8:47
2 7 Anéis 9:07
3 Meninas 7:14
4 Infância 10:46
5 A Fala Da Paixão 6:09
6 Recife & O Amor Que Move O Sol E Outras Estrelas 10:58
7 Dança No.1 5:18
8 Dança No.2 4:07

Egberto Gismonti piano, guitars
Nando Carneiro synthesizers, guitar
Zeca Assumpção bass
Jacques Morelenbaum cello

Recorded November 1990 Rainbow Studio, Oslo

ECM Records ‎– ECM 1428, ECM Records ‎– 847 889-2 Germany
Egberto Gismonti cuts a fascinating figure, even among ECM’s already populous roster. The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist never fails to delight with his nostalgic mix of folk and personal melodic elements. In this sense, the opening “Ensaio de escola de samba (Dança dos Escravos)” is emblematic. Combining the Ralph Towner-like flurry of his guitar with bass and cello (the latter courtesy of Jacques Morelenbaum, of Morelenbaum2 fame) riding musical waves into an oncoming storm, we visualize a deep and colorful ocean. Gismonti’s pianism is even more inspiring. His sound—every bit as lush as Keith Jarrett’s—levels the playing field in the carnivalesque of “7 Anéis” and in the lushness of “A fala da paixão,” throughout which he pulls the past through the sky like a thread through a needle. He is joined by a cello’s comet and distant supernovas of bass for an ascent toward blissful stillness.

“Meninas” finds Gismonti in ghosted form, providing both the pianistic scenography and the raindrop guitar that populates its stage. Bass and cello continue stringing their pearls, moving in gusts and pauses like the wind. The title track floats a cello over a Steve Reichean ostinato. One finds also a Chick Corea exuberance at play here, both in the sparkling musicianship and in the writing. Some turns from synth add a darker side to this bright memory. “Recife & O amor que move o sol e outras estrelas” then offers a chance to hear Gismonti’s skills at the keyboard in fuller bloom. This track is yet another sparkling jewel, theatrical and full of contrast. We close with two dances for guitar and cello, invigorating and prickling the sunset like a silhouetted cactus, and joins its playful dissonances to the calls of children at play.

This album shows the maturity of Gismonti’s writing, his evolution as melody-maker and musician. This huge slice of life treads its past as might a youth through a jar of marbles, picking out only those clearest and most aesthetically pleasing to click among the rest.