Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band - Naturaleza Universal (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:38 | Size: 160.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Obrigado Mestre
02. Viva o Gil Evans
03. Choro Árabe
04. Pulando a Cerca
05. Brasil Universo
06. Pirâmide
07. Menina Ilza
08. De Cuba Lanchando
09. Apresentação
10. O Som do Sol
11. Jegue e Meu Jumento Mimoso

Scubidu Music / Numen (751320600851)

Bruno Soares, Raphael Sampaio, Diego Gabin, Rubinho Antunes e Reynaldo Izzepi (trompetes), Paulo Malheiros, Fábio Oliva, Bruno Pereira, Sérgio Coelho e Jaziel Gomes (trombones), Josué dos Santos, Raphael Ferreira, Dô de Carvalho, Jota P e César Roversi (saxofones), Tiago Gomes e André Marques (pianos), Fábio Leal (guitarra), Fábio Gouvêa (contrabaixo) e Cleber Almeida (bateria) formam a Big Band.

Peter Cherches - Mercerized!: Songs Of Johnny Mercer (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:14 | Size: 102.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Moon River
2. Too Marvelous For Words
3. Midnight Sun
4. Laura
5. This Time The Dream's On Me
6. I Wanna Be Around
7. Autumn Leaves
8. Early Autumn
9. I'm Old Fashioned
10. Days Of Wine And Roses
11. Peter Cherches - I Thought About You
12. That Old Black Magic
13. Goody Goody
14. Satin Doll
15. Skylark

Peter Cherches, voice; Lee Feldman, piano.

A jazz-oriented tribute to lyricist Johnny Mercer, featuring songs written from the 1930s to 1960s, including “Moon River,” “Skylark” and “Satin Doll.” Cherches has written additional lyrics and vocalese for a number of the songs.

Peter Cherches Best known as a fiction writer, Cherches has had parallel careers as performance artist and singer. His first music-performance group, Sonorexia, was a collaboration with experimental mutli-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp. He worked with Lee Feldman on songs and performance pieces from 1984-90, and they re-established their collaboration over the past decade. In 2014 he presented a new jazz repertoire featuring his lyrics along with Lee Feldman and baritone sax player Claire Daly. Publishers Weekly has called Cherches “one of the innovators of the short short story.”

Lee Feldman “Lee Feldman uses a Tin Pan Alley bounce to make twisted or troubled situations sound like parlor songs.” – New York Times. Feldman is a New York based songwriter, pianist, singer and composer. He has released four critically acclaimed albums, most recently Album No. 4: Trying to Put the Things Together that Never Been Together Before. His new trio, The Night Owls, specializes in jazz versions of TV themes of the sixties.

Jo Ann Daugherty - Bring Joy (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:54 | Size: 100.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Water From An Ancient Well
2. The Way You Know Me
3. Unconditionally
4. The Secret Life Of Plants
5. Alive
6. Elsewhen
7. Bj's Tune
8. Hope For Love
9. Dolphin Dance
10. The Wedding

Jo Ann Daugherty: piano; Lorin Cohen: bass; Ryan Bennett: drums; Neal Alger: guitar (4, 5); Geraldo de Oliviera: percussion (4); Felton Offard: guitar (7).

On her third release as a leader Bring Joy, lyrical pianist Jo Ann Daugherty showcases her uniquely fluid style on the ten enchanting interpretations that comprise the album. Overall, as the title suggests, a jubilant ambience prevails. This is not to say that the music is monotonously celebratory, on the contrary it is vibrant and quite multifaceted with various motifs subtly and intricately woven within it.

On pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's classic "Water From An Ancient Well" Daugherty takes a lilting solo that she fashions out of thick resonant chords and cascade of chiming notes. Her elegant and sinuous pianism percolates with understated virtuosity over her band mates' relaxed, swinging beats. The ensemble play maintains the original's folkish elements and emotive warmth. Daugherty's own effervescent "Alive" features the leader creating sophisticated and exuberant phrases with deceptive facility. Drummer Ryan Bennett and percussionist Geraldo de Oliviera's rumble and bassist Lorin Cohen's reverberating strings built delightfully hypnotic and alluring refrains. Guitarist Neal Alger improvises with gusto and fiery tones as he takes his turn in the spotlight adding a passionate dimension to the charming composition.

Daugherty also penned the uplifting and gospellish "BJ's Tune." The rhythmic framework brims with bluesy flourishes. Daugherty lets loose complex spontaneous lines laced with melancholy over guitarist Felton Offard's muscular strums. Daugherty's imaginative approach to the keys and agility on them thrills and stimulates while remaining quite accessible. Cohen's "Hope For Love" shimmies with a tango-esque sensuality. Daugherty embellishes the gorgeous melody with graceful ease. Cohen takes center stage with a yearning ardent soliloquy that evolves with a lithe suavity and supple finesse. Meanwhile on one of his other contributions, the cinematic and expansive "Unconditionally," he coaxes out of his instrument a darkly dulcet song. The tune also demonstrates the trio's seamless camaraderie as they overlap their individual voices for an exquisitely multilayered and harmonious performance. With Bring Joy Daugherty has recorded a thematically cohesive work that is a testament to her immense talent and superb musicianship. It is intelligently constructed and reservedly sentimental, thus it should have a wide appeal. It is a bright spot in Daugherty's relatively short career and, hopefully, harbinger for a bright road ahead.

Van Morrison, Lonnie Donegan, Chris Barber ‎– The Skiffle Sessions: Live In Belfast (1998)

Genre: Rock, Blues / Skiffle, Bluegrass | Total Time: 46:24 | Size: 108.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. It Takes A Worried Man 3:40
2. Lost John 3:33
3. Goin' Home 3:08
4. Good Morning Blues 2:52
5. Outskirts Of Town 4:20
6. Don't You Rock Me Daddio 1:51
7. Alabamy Bound 2:22
8. Midnight Special 2:53
9. Dead Or Alive 2:33
10. Frankie And Johnny 4:31
11. Goodnight Irene 2:46
12. Railroad Bill 1:57
13. Muleskinner Blues 3:06
14. The Ballad Of Jesse James 3:07
15. I Wanna Go Home 3:46

Recoded 20-21 November, 1998 at Whitla Hall

Acoustic Guitar – Big Jim Sullivan, Paul Henry
Double Bass, Trombone, Backing Vocals – Chris Barber
Drums – Chris Hunt
Electric Bass – Nicky Scott
Harmonica, Saxophone, Backing Vocals – Nick Payne
Percussion, Washboard – Alan 'Sticky' Wicket
Piano – Dr. John (tracks: 3, 4)
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Lonnie Donegan, Van Morrison
Van Morrison probably chose to give a pair of skiffle concerts in November, 1998 not because he was nostalgic, but because he has genuine love for this music. At least, that's the impression The Skiffle Sessions gives. It's a cheerfully old-fashioned yet curiously fresh album. By skipping "Rock Island Line," the style's best-known tune, and emphasizing the music's foundation in American folk, blues, and jazz, they wind up revitalizing skiffle while paying homage to it. Yes, this may be corny at times, yet it's a clever, diverse record. They delve into blues, letting Barber have a Dixieland trombone solo on "Frankie and Johnny," invite Dr. John to play some New Orleans on "Goin' Home" and "Good Morning Blues," haul out Jimmie Rodgers' "Muleskinner Blues" and Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene," paying tribute to both country and folk. Only "Don't You Rock Me Daddio" fits the clichés of skiffle, and here it's only one side of a rich, generous collection of roots music. Some might say that this multifaceted approach to skiffle is revisionism, but it isn't; skiffle itself was a hybrid, drawing from all sorts of American roots music but given an endearing twist by idealist British musicians, who loved the American myth as much as the music. The Skiffle Sessions captures this love of myth and music, while being a hell of a good listen. Morrison's career has been idiosyncratic and unpredictable, but nothing has been quite as surprising as this. Really, there's no reason why a skiffle album released in 2000 should be as irresistible as this, but Morrison, Donegan, and Barber bring such heart and love to this music that it's hard not to be charmed.

Jimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford - Live At The Notodden Blues Festival (1991)

Genre: Blues | Total Time: 52:35 | Size: 126.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Doodlin' 6:19
2. Going Down Slow 5:11
3. Some Of My Best Friends 3:15
4. Outskirts Of Town 4:18
5. See See Rider 5:22
6. Pretty Woman 6:03
7. Ain't Nobody's Business 6:36
8. Patche Patche 4:56
9. Wonderful World 3:43
10. Walkin' By Myself 3:02
11. Big Legged Woman 3:22

Tracks 1, 6 recorded August 25th, 1991 at the Notodden Blues Festival, Norway
All other tracks recorded August 24th, 1991 at the Notodden Blues Festival, Norway

Bass Guitar – Stan Poplin
Drums, Producer – Patrick Ford
Guitar – Robben Ford
Organ – Espen Fjelle
Vocals – Jimmy Witherspoon

Thomas Fonnesbæk, Lars Jansson, Paul Svanberg - Where We Belong (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:52 | Size: 134.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Norrland
02 Cooking
03 The accounter
04 First impressions last
05 No Gluten, please!
06 Do it!
07 I am who am I?
08 Where we belong
09 Beautiful love
10 The Swedish way
11 Solen er så rod mor
12 Just in time

Thomas Fonnesbaek - bass
Lars Jansson - piano
Paul Svanberg - drums

Label: Prophone

Stefano Bollani Trio - Black And Tan Fantasy (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:20 | Size: 103.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Just One Of Those Things
2. Black & Tan Fantasy
3. Day Dream
4. I'm Thru With Love
5. It's Always You
6. It's You Or No One
7. La Ultima Noche
8. Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
9. Sophisticated Lady

Recorded at House Recording Studio in Rome On July 7 & 8 , 2002

Piano – Stefano Bollani
Bass – Ares Tavolazzi
Drums – Walter Paoli


Pete Malinverni - The Good Shepherd Suite (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:18 | Size: 105.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Psalm 23:1 (9:24)
2. Psalm 23: 1-4 (2:19)
3. Psalm 23: 1-4 (8:190
4. Psalm 23:4 (8:59)
5. Psalm 23:5 (6:24)
6. Psalm 23:6 (7:23)
7. Psalm 23:6 (3:30)
Jazz pianist/composer Pete Malinverni is best known for his many heralded recordings in solo, trio and quintet settings. But in recent years he has begun to develop a new form of music, combining elements of Jazz (pyrotechnic improvisation, interesting chord progressions, and group interplay) and Gospel (soulful singing with bluesy inflections born of the African-American church). This unique combination was heard most recently on his CD/DVD "Joyful!". Here, on "The Good Shepherd Suite", Malinverni adds still more to the equation, as he presents a six-movement suite for Gospel Choir and Jazz Big Band with a text taken from the 23rd Psalm of King David. The many moods and textures on this recording of a live performance at New York's Symphony Space make for a listening experience that is NOT to be missed!

Michael Musillami's Dialect - Fragile Forms (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:06 | Size: 150.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Seven Blend 7:16
2. Brooms 9:04
3. Discreet Plucking 11:04
4. Emmett Spencer 8:09
5. Ernie The Neck 8:03
6. Robmac 2:18
7. Fragile Forms 7:11
8. Beijing 13:00

Michael Musillami: guitar; Peter Madsen: piano; Drew Gress: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.

Playscape Recordings (801495167823)

AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos
Guitarist Michael Musillami has grown and expanded his horizons over three decades of performing and recording. A much more progressive jazzman from his days playing standards, Musillami has also become a fine composer of notable original music. On this date with his quartet dubbed Dialect, the leader presents new material and a handful of reworked pieces from older recordings done with larger ensembles, but played with a foursome of incredible musicians. Peter Madsen has been a dazzling but unsung pianist in the modern jazz sphere. Drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Drew Gress have plenty of acclaim as sidemen and leaders. It's not difficult to hear the shared values, respect, and trust this group exude in exponential terms. Of the new pieces, "Brooms" is a tribute to the brushwork of Wilson, a frantic waltz calmed, slowing altogether, and the most fragile deconstruct. "Ernie the Neck," dedicated to Musillami's 200-pound Great Dane, is a towering theme, imposing, a bit threatening in subtle ways, with a dank bass from Gress surrounding Wilson's light funk. The heavily improvised title track sports triplet figures in different strategic placings, confident in its brave heart, contrasting with the brittle intro of the two-minute "Robmac," essentially cautious and skeptical. Musillami's tone is not overtly over the top or mutated, but solid, fluid, a bit angular and very accessible. Of the remakes, he prefers unison lines with Madsen that dart in and out of sight as on the unabashed, bop based, bouncy and dancing, at times furious "Seven Blend." The sad ballad "Emmett Spencer" from his early days is redone, perhaps one of his more memorable pieces, and quite similar to "You Don't Know What Love Is." In over 13 minutes, "Beijing" (the title track of a previous CD) phases from dawn in Asia with gongs and percussion to overtone laden 6/8 time signature chords from Musillami with a bright modern line. Madsen shows his depth and substance throughout this CD in his brilliant solos and workmanlike partnership with Musillami on the complex melodies and shouted choruses. He never shows up in the critic's polls, but is overdue to place and finish high on them. Michael Musillami, also one deserving wider recognition, has put together a string of excellent recordings for the Playscape label, and alongside the recording Dachau, this ranks with his very best.

Kyle Eastwood - Paris Blue (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:24 | Size: 126.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Big Noise
2 Marrakech
3 Muse
4 Le Pont Royal
5 Solferino
6 Cosmo
7 Paris Blue
8 Big Noise (Remix)
9 Marrakech (Remix)

Candid ‎– REN 5113-2

Kyle Eastwood: bass; Vinnie Colaiuta, Kendall Kay: drums; Jim Rotondi, Lee Thornberg: trumpet; Michael Stevens: keyboards; Alan Pasqua, John Beasley: piano.

Kenny Barron - Live At Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume 10 (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:23 | Size: 141.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
2. Witchcraft (8:36)
3. Bud-Like (5:20)
4. Spring Is Here (10:32)
5. Well You Needn't (6:35)
6. Skylark (8:13)
7. And Then Again (5:13)
8. Sunshower (9:39)

Piano [Yahama S-400 B] – Kenny Barron

Recorded live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkely, CA December 3, 1990.

Keiko Lee - But Beautiful (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 19:31 | Size: 98.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
2. But Beautiful
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
4. For All We Know

Recorded in Sony Music Studios Tokyo August 1, 2003.

Keiko Lee, vocals
Hank Jones, piano
George Mraz, bass
Yuichi Togashiki, drums

Josh Evans - Hope And Despair (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:21 | Size: 166.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Steps
02. Lake Superior
03. Bad Dream
04. Prayer For The Innocent
05. Good Morning
06. So Long Sterling
07. Hope And Despair
08. Clark Street
09. Chronic Mistakes
10. Gone But Not Forgotten
11. 1984
12. Nji Lule

Personnel: Josh Evans - trumpet. Abrahan Burton - saxophone, Rashaan Carter - bass, David Bryant - piano, Eric McPherson - drums, Lummie Span - alto sax.

Recording November 17, 2014 & November 18, 2014
As on his debut release, Portrait, Hope and Despair showcases Evans'considerable compositional capabilities. 'I'm definitely trying to play more of my own music. I wanted to have a complete range of songs and feelings,' he says. 'Everything here is something about my life. They're all originals except for the last one (the beautiful 'NjiLule', a traditional Albanian folksong arranged for quintet by the trumpeter).

Jan Lundgren - History Of Piano Jazz: Interpretations (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:31 | Size: 140.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tenderly
02. Hymn To Freedom
03. Lotus Blossom
04. Tea For Two
05. Like It Is
06. Taking A Chance On Love
07. Waltz-A-Nova
08. Yesterdays
09. Over The Rainbow
10. Django
11. Visa Fran Utanmyra
12. I've Never Been In Love Before
13. Quiet Now
14. Passion Dance
15. Country

Jan Lundgren - piano solo

Recorded live in "Gula Byggningen, The Old Porcelain Factory", Gustavsberg, Sweden, 2006.

Hendrik Meurkens - In A Sentimental Mood (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:25 | Size: 127.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Someday My Prince Will Come 4:52
2. In a Sentimental Mood 6:33
3. Baiгo de Janeiro 5:46
4. 'S Wonderful 4:42
5. A Ra Donato 6:29
6. Rapaz de Bem 6:35
7. Ceora 5:27
8. Muito a Vontade 5:25
9. Luisa 5:10
10. Solar 5:09
Label - A-Records
Recorded Jan 16, 1997 by Max Bolleman at Studio 44, Monster, Holland

Hendrik Meurkens - Harmonica, Vibraphone
Romero Lubambo - Guitar (Acoustic, Electric)
Helio Alves - Piano
Torben Westergaard - Bass
Portinho - Drums
Cyro Baptista - Percussion
Hendrick Meurkens, the Dutch born harmonica player who's widely considered the heir to the Toots Thielemans legacy, is no slouch on the vibes, either. Here he joins some of the top Brazilian artists on the New York jazz scene to produce a CD of (mostly) joyful music. The sole exception is Jobim's "Luisa," arguably the most poignant and fluid melody he ever wrote, which becomes a tender duet between Meurkens and the fine pianist Helio Alves.
This is real Brazil and real jazz, woven together with exuberance and grace.

Duduka Da Fonseca - Plays Toninho Horta (2009)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:31 | Size: 105.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Aqui, Oh! 6:34
02. Bicycle Ride 4:19
03. Moonstone 4:17
04. Francisca 4:16
05. Aquelas Coisas Todas 7:53
06. De Ton Pra Tom 4:48
07. Waiting for Angela 5:09
08. Luisa 5:55
09. Retrato Do Gato 4:19
Recorded at Zaga Music Estudios, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, on August 18 - 19, 2009

Duduka Da Fonseca - Drums
David Feldman - Piano
Guto Wirtti - Acoustic Bass
Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca’s third ZOHO CD release “Plays Toninho Horta” is his superlative follow-up to his 2009 Latin Grammy-nominated “Brazilian Trio – Forests” project. (ZOHO ZM 200806). This new CD, recorded in 2009, presents his current Rio de Janeiro-based Trio with pianist David Feldman and bassist Guto Wirtti.
Repertoire focus on the album are some of the most famous songs by one of the leading living Brazilian singer-songwriters and guitarists, Toninho Horta, in instrumental jazz interpretations which are profoundly searching, lyrical and virtuosic.

Adrián Iaies - Melancolia (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:24 | Size: 147.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 4:29
02. Himno A Sarmiento 6:50
03. Walt For Beatriz (Sarlo) 7:36
04. Melancolнa Es Tu Nombre 7:30
05. Fuimos 5:57
06. Upper Manhattan Medical Group 6:33
07. Maia 7:10
08. Ese Terciopelo 5:32
09. A Propуsito De Tommy Flanagan 4:32
10. Desde El Alma 5:50
11. Lotus Blossom 3:26
Label - Sony Music

Adrián Iaies - Piano
Mariano Loiacono - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ezequiel Dutil - Bass
Pepi Taveira - Drums


Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Echo In The Valley (2017)

Genre: Folk / Bluegrass | Total Time: 46:17 | Size: 104.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Over The Divide
02. Take Me To Harlan
03. Let It Go
04. Don't Let It Bring You Down
05. Sally In The Garden - Big Country - Molly Put The Kettle On
06. My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
07. Hello Friend
08. If I Could Talk To A Younger Me
09. On This Winding Road
10. Come All You Coal Miners
11. Bloomin' Rose
Label: New Rounder
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen and informally at a pickin’ party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo.

Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player. Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition, Washburn has recently created a non-profit with Chinese zither-master, Wu Fei, called the Ripple Effect, whose mission is to unite and open hearts through the unique sounds and harmony of American and Chinese folk music.

On stage, Fleck & Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley (Rounder 2017). With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Bela & Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

William Evans, Donat Fisch, Bänz Oester, Jorge Rossy & Andy Scherrer - Schlitten (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:25 | Size: 97.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Jitterburg Waltz
2. Sweet Loraine
3. I'm Getting Sentimental over You
4. Day Dream
5. Misterioso
6. Bemsha Swing
7. I Want to Be Happy
8. Bill

Release Date: October 13, 2017.
Label: QFTF

Fred Pallem & Le Sacre Du Tympan - Cartoons (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:59 | Size: 82.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 La danse macabre
2 Spiderman
3 Inspecteur Gadget
4 The Simpsons Theme
5 Je voudrais un bonhomme de neige
6 Super Mario Bros
7 Scooby Doo
8 Spongebob Squarepants
9 Dragonball Z
10 Goldorak

Label: S.a.R.l. Train Fantôme

FRED PALLEM Bass Guitar, Arrangements
JEREMIE PIAZZA Drums, Multipad
LIONEL SEGUI Bass Trombone, Tuba
FRED GASTARD Tenor & Bass Sax


Adam Niewood - Paradigm Shift Live at Lafayette Bar (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:16 | Size: 134.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Sandy's Dance (Live) 8:59
2. Joy (Live) 9:16
3. Mellow Drama (Live) 7:56
4. Vertigo (Live) 8:08
5. The Wrong Opinion (Live) 9:31
6. Not Quite Right (Live) 8:36
7. This Way to the Egress (Live) 5:53

Adam Niewood - Drums
Vic Juris - Guitar
Dick Oates - Alto Saxophone
Gene Perla - Bass

Éric Séva - Body And Blues (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:51 | Size: 135.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Monsieur Slide
02. Miniscropique Blues
03. No Monopoly on Hurt
04. Body and Blues
05. A Gogo
06. Trains clandestins
07. If You Go
08. Blues diaphane
09. Bivouac
10. Jolie Marie-Angélique
11. Red Hat
12. Le village d'Aoyha

Éric Séva : saxophones baryton, soprano, sopranino, compositions

Christophe Cravero : piano, Fender Rhodes, B3, Violon

Manu Galvin : guitares
Christophe Wallemme : basse, contrebasse
Stéphane Huchard : batterie, percussions
Harrison Kennedy : voix, mandoline, banjo,
(bluesman canadien Prix Charles Cros 2015)
Michael Robinson : voix

Sebastian Danchin : direction artistique

Finn Ziegler - Lover Man (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:42 | Size: 108.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Just Friends
2. Lover Man
3. L.O.V.E
4. All The Things You Are
5. My Funny Valentine
6. Lullaby Of Birdland
7. Cheek To Cheek
8. That's All

Danish violinist, vibrafonist and bandleader. Born Nov. 24.th 1935 - died Dec. 10.th 2005.

Steve Hobbs - Cultural Diversity (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:27 | Size: 115.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Missing Carolina 6:09
2. On the Run 5:25
3. Blame It on My Mouth 5:14
4. Sea Breeze n6:08
5. Bags' Groove 9:10
6. Coreaaah!!! n4:56
7. Jane 5:31
8. The D.A. 8:05
9. Astrud 5:06
10. Bernie's Tune 4:49
Label - Timeless Records

Steve Hobbs - Vibraphone
Bob Sheppard - Flute, Sax Soprano, Tenor
Alan Broadbent - Piano
John Patitucci - Bass
Joe La Barbera - Drums
Luis Conte - Percussion
In the world of jazz, vibraphonist Steve Hobbs is considered a musician's musician. Roughly translated, that means that Hobbs is highly respected by his peers, but has yet to achieve star recognition. This recording should do a great deal to change that perception. For his second recording as a leader he selected some of the best musicianship available for this project.
As for the music itself, it is a delicious combination of Hobbs originals and established standards. It should be obvious from the selections on this album that Hobbs is a very eclectic contemporary vibist and a highly individual voice.

Pete Malinverni, The Soul Voices Choir - The Creation (Live) (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 27:33 | Size: 63.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 And God Stepped out in Space (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir] 2:05
2 Then God Smiled (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir] 0:54
3 Then God Reached out and Took the Light in His Hands (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir]4:59
4 Then He Stopped and Looked and Saw That the Earth Was Hot and Barren (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir] 4:49
5 Then the Green Grass Spouted (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir] 2:32
6 Then the Green Grass Sprouted (Instrumental) [Live] [feat. The Soul Voices Choir] 2:39
7 Then God Walked Around and God Looked Around (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir]3:57
8 Then God Sat Down on the Side of a Hill (Live) [feat. The Soul Voices Choir]1:55
9 And into It He Blew the Breath of Life (Live) 3:43
"The Creation" is Pete Malinverni's composition based on the poem by James Weldon Johnson, (JWJ), part of his cycle, "God's Trombones". Granted the rights to the poem by JWJ literary executor Jill Rosenberg-Jones, Malinverni composed this nine-movement piece for the 70-voice Soul Voices Choir he founded and directs along with a seven-piece band including: Pete Malinverni, pno; Patrick Dudasik, trpt; RIchard Bomzer, tnr. sax; Ben Barnett, tbn; Alex Hamburger, bari sax/fl; Malik McLaurine, bs; Juan Camilo-Sanchez, dms. This exciting live performance was captured at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College in February of 2016.

Lars Jansson - What's New (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:56 | Size: 129.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Lover Man 5:11
2 The Masquerade Is Over 6:42
3 Hilda Smiles 3:30
4 What's New 6:00
5 Very Early 5:38
6 Beginners Blues 6:02
7 Everything Happens To Me 5:18
8 Willow Weep For Me 5:21
9 Come Rain Or Come Shine 6:27
10 Latour 6:51

Double Bass – Thomas Fonnesbæk
Drums – Paul Svanberg
Piano – Lars Jansson

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Nilento Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, April and June 2010

Spice Of Life ‎– SOL SV-0013

Hubert Laws - Bridge Over Troubled Water (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:08 | Size: 125.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Sound of Silence
02. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
03. I Am a Rock
04. April Come She Will
05. El Condor Pasa (Michberg-Robles)
06. Bridge over Troubled Water
07. The Boxer
08. Scaborough Fair
09. Mrs. Robinson
10. America (Simon)
11. The 59th Street Bridge Song
12. Cecilia (Simon)

Recorded at West World Studio, Van Nuys, CA on February 19-20, 2002.

Hubert Laws – flute; John Beasley – piano; Stanley Gilbert – bass; Ralph Penland - drums.

Denny Zeitlin - Wherever You Are (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:57 | Size: 148.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Body and Soul
02. Good-Bye
03. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars / How Insensitive
04. Last Night When We Were Young
05. I Hear A Rhapsody
06. Time Remembers One Time Once
07. The Meaning Of The Blues
08. My Dream Is Yours
09. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. Wherever You Are
Label - SunnySide

Denny Zeitlin - Solo Piano
Denny Zeitlin has balanced careers as a psychiatrist, medical school professor, and jazz pianist/composer since earning his MD at Johns Hopkins in 1964. Equally at home performing with his working trio and as a solo pianist, Zeitlin focuses on the latter in this striking session which he recorded himself in his home studio.
His imaginative arrangements of the familiar standards that make up much of this collection put them into a new light, perfect for late-night listening with someone special.
This compelling solo piano CD is destined to become one of Denny Zeitlin's landmark recordings.

Dafnis Prieto - About The Monks (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:43 | Size: 114.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. About the Monks
02. Tumba Francesca
03. Ironico Arlequin
04. Danzon Santa Clara
05. On and On
06. Trio Absolute
07. Mechanical Movement
08. Interrupted Question
09. Conga en Ti
Label - Zoho Music

Dafnis Prieto - Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Melodica, Vocals
Luis Perdomo - Piano, Fender Rhodes
Yosvany Terry - Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Sax (Soprano), Chekere
Brian Lynch - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ilmar Gavilan - Violin
Hans Glawischnig - Guitar (Bass)
“From Cuba, With Rhythm, Taking Jazz By Storm; Dafnis Prieto Makes His Mark in New York” – this is how the New York Times’ senior jazz critic Ben Ratliff headlined his January 17, 2002 artist feature on the then 27 year old drummer, percussionist and composer from Santa Clara, Cuba. Fast-forward to 2005 : here is “About the Monks", Dafnis’ brilliant first CD recording as the leader of his fiery quintet from New York. Remarkably, all nine songs on the album are Dafnis’ compositions as well, all of them pushing the envelope in Latin Jazz assertively forward into the 21st century.
“He is extraordinary,” comments Eddie Palmieri, the great salsa pianist / bandleader, “a rhythmic stimulus. He comprehends the two most incredibly difficult rhythmic genres -- being Cuban and being an extremely talented jazz drummer.”
At the same time, Dafnis developed his skills as a composer / arranger. About the Monks demonstrates his wide range and grasp of highly divergent material, from the more traditionally oriented Tumba Francesca to the cutting edge, jagged rhythmic explosions of Mechanical Movement. Here are Dafnis’ own descriptions of his music:
“About the Monks" is dedicated to the many people and artists who have inspired my soul. In may way of thinking, they are all “Monks”: they are dedicated, have discipline, and are giving persons with a lot of willpower and a mission in life.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - The Emancipation Procrastination (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:46 | Size: 141.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1.The Emancipation Procrastination 06:25
2.AvengHer 05:02
3.Ruler Rebel [X. aTunde Adjuah Remix] 05:53
4.Ashes of Our Forever 04:07
5.In The Beginning [Feat. Weedie Braimah] 02:24
6.Michele with one L 03:11
7.The Cypher 04:45
8.Videotape 04:39
9.Gerrymandering Game 02:02
10.Unrigging November 05:00
11.Cages [Feat. Stephen J. Gladney] 09:33
12.New Heroes 10:45

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, SPD - SX, Sonic Architecture (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Elena Pinderhughes - Flute (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12)
Braxton Cook - Alto Saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12)
Stephen J. Gladney - Tenor Saxophone (track 11)
Lawrence Fields - Piano, Fender Rhodes (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Kris Funn - Bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12)
Luques Curtis - Bass (tracks 4, 6, 10)
Matt Stevens - Guitar (tracks 1, 12)
Cliff Hines - Guitar (tracks 3, 4, 9, 10)
Dominic Minix - Guitar (track 8)
Corey Fonville - Drums, SPD - SX (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Joe Dyson, Jr. - Pan African Drums, SPD - SX (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 10)
Marcus Gillmore - Drums, SPD- SX (track 2)
Weedie Braimah - Djembe, Bata, Congas (tracks 2, 5, 10)

Recorded April 16-21, 2016 by Matt Grondin & Nick Guttmann at The Parlor, New Orleans, LA

In 2015, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah formally debuted his fusion concept of “stretch music,” with an album of the same name. Over the course of 3 EPs this year — Ruler Rebel, Diaspora, and now The Emancipation Procrastination — Adjuah has continued to hone his strategies. Each set is long enough to count as a standalone album. Together, Adjuah calls them The Centennial Trilogy, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the song often considered the first jazz recording.
At points throughout Stretch Music, it was possible to pick apart Adjuah’s main ingredients, mid-song: a bit of soul-jazz driving the beat during solos before a rush of hip-hop-influenced percussion delivered a track’s hook. On the best portions of The Centennial Trilogy, the stirring happens more slowly and the flavors blend more fluidly over the course of the project.

…After two EPs filled with high-concept fusion, some listeners might be hungry for solos that hang around longer and aren’t so beholden to the mood of the production. Adjuah delivers exactly this on The Emancipation Procrastination. (Not coincidentally, it’s the longest “EP” in this series, running over an hour.) It is also here that he more willingly invites associations with past styles. The prominent use of electric guitar suggests a vintage rock-fusion approach, and soulful Fender Rhodes playing by Lawrence Fields often seems like it’s channeling some of Miles Davis’ late-1960s sound.

The lengthy closing number, “New Heroes,” features some of the most exciting instrumental interplay of the entire series. Adjuah’s trumpet, Elena Pinderhughes’ flute, and Braxton Cook’s alto saxophone all take turns shining. Adjuah reserves the last solo for himself, letting rip with some of his most ecstatic riffs. Sometimes he growls through his horn. At other points he lets loose with some piercing cries. Eventually, he settles on a final texture, one both burnished and regal. It’s the sound of a player confident not just in his chops, but fully at home in his own compositional world.

Cedar Walton, David Williams - Duo (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:17:11 | Size: 173.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Mean You
02. Pannonica
03. Stablemates
04. Lament
05. N. P. S.
06. My Old Flame
07. St. Thomas
08. Hagy
09. Blues For Alberto
10. I've Grown Accostumed To Your Face
11. Ruby My Dear

Cedar Walton(p),
David Williams(b),
Gaspare Pasini(as on 11)

Recorded in Pordenone,Italy,May 18,1990.

Arcado - For Three Strings & Orchestra (1991)

Genre: Avantgarde | Total Time: 1:06:19 | Size: 152.17 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. For Not The Law
2. It's A Free Country, Isn't It?
3. In Cold Moonlight
4. Naked Singularities

Cello – Hank Roberts
Conductor – David de Villiers
Contrabass – Mark Dresser
Orchestra – Kölner Rundfunk Orchester
Violin – Mark Feldman
Written By – Hank Roberts (2), Manfred Niehaus (3), Mark Dresser (1), Mark Feldman (4)

Digitally recorded and mixed at WDR Studio, Cologne, June 1991
Digitally mastered at Schalloran Studio, Berlin, December 1991

1992 JMT Productions, München © 1992 JMT Productions, München

Oriol Bordas-Ignasi Terraza Four Kats - Miaow! (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:13 | Size: 121.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Chega de Saudade
02. All the Things You Are
03. La Terra
04. Waltz for Auro
05. Pipo
06. Groovin' High
07. Don't Blame Me
08. Rainy Day
09. Burinons
10. Bloi
11. Gatush Is Back in Town
12. Invitation to Initiation

Oriol Bordas - vibraphone
Ignasi Terraza - piano
David Mengual - double bass
Jerry Moye - drums

Recorded at the Albert Moraleda Studios, Barcelona on December 3-5, 1995.

Label: Swit Records

Mel Tormé ‎- Recorded Live At The Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival In Japan '90 (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:10 | Size: 319.58 MB | FLAC
1. Shine On Your Shoes
Written-By – Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz 3:03
2. Looking At You / Looking At That Face
Written-By – Anthony Newley, Irving Berlin, Leslie Bricusse 4:27
3. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Written-By – Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey, Manning Sherwin 4:2
4. Wave
Written-By – Antonio Carlos Jobim 5:30
5. Star Dust
Written-By – Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish 5:40
6. Don't 'Cha Go 'Way Mad / Come To Baby Do
Written-By – Al Stillman, Inez James, James Mundy*, Sidney Miller 3:39
7. The Christmas Song / Autumn Leaves
Written-By – Johnny Mercer, Joseph Kosma, Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 6:38
8. You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do) / Moten Swing
Written-By – Benny Moten, Walter Donaldson 6:17
9. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today
Soloist – Frank Wess
Written-By – William "Count" Basie, Eddie Durham, James Andrew Rushing 3:30
10. Swingin' The Blues
Soloist – Joe Newman
Written-By – William "Count" Basie, Eddie Durham 4:20
11. New York State Of Mind
Written-By – Billy Joel 4:40

Recorded live at Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan, November 11, 1990.

Alto Saxophone – Bill Ramsey (3) (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Curtis Peagler (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Baritone Saxophone – Arthur "Babe" Clarke (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Bass – Bob Maize
Drums – Donny Osborne, Mel Tormé (tracks: 10)
Guitar – Ted Dunbar (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Orchestra – The Frank Wess Orchestra (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Piano – John Campbell
Tenor Saxophone – Billy Mitchell (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Frank Wess (tracks: 5, 8, 9, 10)
Trombone – Art Baron (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Dennis Wilson (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Doug Purviance (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Grover Mitchell (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Trumpet – Snooky Young (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Joe Newman (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Pete Minger (tracks: 8, 9, 10), Ron Tooley (tracks: 8, 9, 10)
Vocals – Mel Tormé

In 1990, a few months prior to this CD, Mel Tormé recorded a set with his trio at the Concord Jazz Festival, which climaxed with three songs with the Frank Wess-Harry Edison Orchestra. This particular CD is similar and just as enjoyable. With the assistance of pianist John Campbell, bassist Bob Maize, and drummer Donny Osborne, Tormé is swinging on "Shine on Your Shoes" and a medley of "Don't 'Cha Go 'Way Mad" and "Come to Baby Do." But it is his remarkable ballad renditions of "Star Dust" (during which Frank Wess sits in on tenor) and a definitive "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" that are most memorable; no other vocalist can hold notes so long. This time, the big band is led only by Wess, and in addition to vocal versions of "You're Driving Me Crazy" and "Sent for You Yesterday," Tormé happily sits in on drums for "Swingin' the Blues," which has a trumpet solo by Joe Newman. Virtually everything Mel Tormé has recorded for Concord is quite rewarding; this is one of his best all-around sets.

Mahalia Jackson - Moving On Up A Little Higher (2016)

Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul, Gospel | Total Time: 1:14:24 | Size: 171.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Keep Your Hand on the Plow (Live Version)
02. Dark Was the Night and Cold the Ground
03. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Live Version)
04. Troubles of the World (Live Version)
05. Didn't It Rain (Live Version)
06. I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About in My Song (Live Version)
07. In the Upper Room (Live Version)
08. When the Saints Go Marching In (Live Version)
09. Move On Up a Little Higher (Live Version)
10. His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Live Version)
11. Before This Time Another Year
12. There's Been a Great Change in Me
13. He's Pleading in Glory for Me (Live Version)
14. Have a Little Talk with Jesus (Live Version)
15. I Cannot Make This Journey By Myself
16. I'm Glad Salvation Is Free (Live Version)
17. Savior More Than Life to Me (Live Version)
18. Childhood Church Memories (Father I Stretch My Hands to Thee)
19. The Reunion with Thomas A. Dorsey
20. Beams of Heaven (Live Version)
21. When the Roll Will Be Called in Heaven
22. Getting Happy in Chicago (Live Version)

Forty-five years after her death, Mahalia Jackson remains the world's most famous gospel singer. "Moving On Up A Little Higher" explores Mahalia's roots, as she performs hymns of her childhood and reunites with her mentor, Thomas A. Dorsey. These performances date from 1946 to 1957, when Mahalia's voice was at it's golden best. Highlights include the only known recording of Mahalia, accompanied by Thomas A. Dorsey, two live versions of her first and greatest hit, "Move On Up A Little Higher" and two of her most important concerts: a 1951 symposium that introduced her to a larger, interracial public and the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival concert.

Jeff Denson - Secret World (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:31 | Size: 148.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Rise
2. Autumn Song
3. Not Another Momentґs Thought
4. Where The Water Moves
5. Merry-Go-Round
6. Longing
7. Setting Sun
8. Dusk
9. Nightfall
10. Dance of a Bittersweet Victory
Label - Between The Lines

Jeff Denson - Double Bass & Vocals
Ralph Alessi - Trumpet
Florian Weber - Piano, Glockenspiel, Melodica
Dan Weiss - Drums
Jeff Denson is a truly gifted musician and an accomplished improviser. Jeff possesses a unique set of abilities as a performer. He can improvise fluidly with originality in an open situation as well as negotiate the most complex harmonic and rhythmic musical systems in improvisation.

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Deep Blue Bruise (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:10 | Size: 153.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. These Foolish Things
2. Cafe Regio's
3. It Was a Very Good Year
4. Raspberry Beret
5. Granted
6. Can't Hide Love
7. Willow Weep for Me
8. Light My Fire
9. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
10. Deep Blue Bruise
Label - Delmark Records
Guitarist Bobby Broom, Hammond B3 organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham are the Deep Blue Organ Trio based in Chicago. Individually they have performed and recorded with many prominent musicians in the field of jazz and blues; and although they have been playing together since 1992, they officially formed the co-led group in 2000 and have recorded three albums.

Dave Koz - Saxophonic (2003)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 58:37 | Size: 136.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Act I
01. Honey-Dipped (Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber) (4:23)
02. Love Changes Everything (feat. Brian McKnight) (Dave Koz, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken) (3:58)
03. All I See Is You (Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz) (4:14)
04. Just To Be Next To You (Dave Koz, Jeff Koz) (4:54)
Act II
05. Let It Free (Dave Koz, Jeff Koz) (3:48)
06. Undeniable (Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber) (4:13)
07. Saxophonic (Come On Up) (Dave Koz, Jeff Koz) (5:02)
08. Definition Of Beautiful (feat. Javier) (Dave Koz, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken) (4:56)
09. Sound Of The Underground (Dave Koz, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken) (4:05)
10. Only Tomorrow Knows (Dave Koz, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken) (5:07)
11. I Believe (Dave Koz, Jeff Koz) (5:31)
12. A View From Above (feat. Marc Antoine) (Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz) (4:51)
Curtain Call
13. One Last Thing (Dave Koz, Brian McKnight) (3:35)

Chromatic Persuaders - Extrospection (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:50 | Size: 143.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Extrospection
2. Father Demo Square
3. Nude Ducks
4. Verge
5. Old Bones
6. Dr. Duck
7. Mahagony, Act 1 No. 6
8. A-Piece
9. Pond
10. Uh!
Label - Timescraper

Neal Kirkwood - piano
Mark Feldman - violin
Lindsey Horner - bass
Tom Rainey - drums
Pianist Neil Kirkwood has a knack for selecting outstanding sidemen. Unlike his Octet, this group (which he calls the Chromatic Persuaders) uses no horns, but relies on the bittersweet violin of virtuoso violinist Mark Feldman to carry the melodies, while longtime cohorts drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Lindsey Horner join the pianist in support. Kirkwood wrote most of the tunes, which twist and turn to good effect. The individual soloing is superb, as Feldman, in particular, is given much time to stretch and display his magnificent technique. Kirkwood's playing is modest, but substantial, though little of it is especially memorable. Rainey is always an impressive drummer, and his complex rhythms are a joy to hear. The different styles on this recording are impressive, though they lead to a slight lack of focus.

Bob Brookmeyer With The Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra - Madly Loving You (1999-2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:26 | Size: 138.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Septuagenary Revels
2. Green Dreams
3. Anthem
4. Going on 29
5. A Nice Tie, a Pair of Socks...
6. A Small Prelude, You Will See It (If You Go There)
7. Madly Loving You
8. Processional
9. Desiderata

Recording Date: September 3, 1999 - May 30, 2000

Ed Partyka, conductor; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone; Marko Lackner, alto, soprano sax, flute, piccolo; Oliver Leicht, alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo; Matthias Erlewein, tenor, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; Frank Delle, tenor, soprano sax, clarinet, alto flute; Edgar Herzog, baritone sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute; Thorsten Benkenstein, Sebastian Strempel, Torsten Maass, Thomas Gansch, trumpet, flugelhorn
Kansas City–bred valve trombone master Bob Brookmeyer is top–billed on this handsomely conceived and superbly performed album because it was a gift from Ed Partyka’s Jazz Orchestra and a number of prominent composer / arrangers to Brookmeyer on his seventieth birthday in December 1999. Partyka, a Chicagoan who has lived since 1990 in Cologne, Germany, had taken part in Brookmeyer’s Jazz Composers’ Workshops in Cologne, was deeply influenced by them and sought to repay the debt by producing a big–band tribute that would feature Brookmeyer as soloist on a number of pieces written especially for him. Partyka began by contacting Bill Holman, Jim McNeely and Maria Schneider, hoping that at least one of them would be willing to lend a hand. Not only did all three readily agree to take part in the enterprise, but renowned composer / arranger Manny Albam (who, sadly, left us earlier this year), on hearing what was afoot, offered to write a new work for the occasion, as did Marko Lackner of Austria, Frank Reinshagen of Germany and American drummer John Hollenbeck. Partyka contributed “Madly Loving You,“ a reconception of Duke Ellington’s “Love You Madly.” The orchestra he assembled for the party, comprised mainly of veterans of Cologne’s Sunday Night Orchestra, the Partyka–Ansgar Striepens ensemble and other topnotch Western European big bands, was patterned after the 1958 Miles Davis–Gil Evans collaboration on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The session, recorded in Ludwigsburg in September ’99, must have tested Brookmeyer’s stamina as well as his musical acumen, as he is the principal soloist on every number (with some help from clarinetist Oliver Leicht on “Loving You Madly” and tenor Matthias Erlewein on Reinshagen’s “Prelude”). But if Brookmeyer was working up a sweat he shows no sign of it; his playing is as laid–back, mellow and crisp as ever, and if he had surrendered any of his creative energy to the inroads of time that’s not apparent either. As for the music on offer, it’s rather a mixed bag with the number of truly engaging moments overshadowing others that are less so. Holman’s cleverly named “Septuagenary Revels” is a splendid curtain–raiser with the usual Holmanesque touches complementing Brookmeyer’s limber solo. Lackner’s shapely ballad, “Green Dreams,” is followed by one of Schneider’s more inspired compositions, “Anthem,” whose eloquent statements by brass and reeds build in intensity while providing a perfect backdrop for Brookmeyer’s tasteful trombone. Albam’s strapping composition, “Going on 29,” gives the guest of honor ample room to stretch, as does McNeely’s typically challenging “Another Pair of Socks. . .” Reinshagen’s “Prelude” is sharply written but often less than compelling, while “Madly Loving You” invokes the spirit of Ellington to underscore lambent solos by Leicht and Brookmeyer and formidable drumming by Hollenbeck. For the finale, Partyka turned again to Hollenbeck who responded with “Processional / Desiderata,” the second part of which (we assume) features Brookmeyer speaking instead of playing. Noble sentiments, well-orchestrated too but more suited to the occasion than to a big-band album. It was, however, Brookmeyer's party, and he should be given leave to interpose at least one departure from the norm. As he'll be turning seventy-two next month, we'd be remiss if we did not say "Happy birthday, Bob, and best wishes for your continued health, happiness and good fortune."


Dick Hyman - Dick Hyman Plays Duke Ellington (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:15 | Size: 158.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Jubilee Stomp (2:26)
2. Drop Me Off At Harlem (4:13)
3. The Clothed Woman (3:11)
4. Sophisticated Lady (6:53)
5. Doin' The Voom Voom (3:19)
6. On A Turquoise Cloud (3:26)
7. All Too Soon (3:56)
8. Tonk (5:49)
9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (4:24)
10. Echoes Of Harlem (4:48)
11. Prelude To A Kiss (5:51)
12. The Gal From Joe's (4:05)
13. Day Dream (5:40)
14. Come Sunday (3:14)

Personnel: Dick Hyman (piano).

Recording information: Santa Ana High School Auditorium, Santa Ana, CA (08/23/1992); Santa Ana, CA High School Auditorium (08/23/1992).

Reference Recordings ‎– RR-50

Rachel Therrien Quintet ‎- Why Don't You Try (WDYT) (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:29 | Size: 124.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Spectrum
2 Why Don't You Try
3 Demi-Nuit
4 Adirondack Jump
5 Hayde Santamaria
7 Omelette Coleman
8 I Am Alone
9 Tomber En Cinq
10 Rocket Launch
11 Miroé

Rachel Therrien - Trumpet & Composition (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Benjamin Deschamps - Sax & Composition (3)
Charles Trudel - Piano & Composition (10)
Simon Page - Bass & Composition (7, 9)
Alain Bourgeois - Drum & Composition (11)

Ranky Tanky - Ranky Tanky (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:20 | Size: 96.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. That's Alright 03:21
02. Turtle Dove 03:59
03. Been in the Storm 04:35
04. Ranky Tanky 02:15
05. O Death 04:20
06. Knee Bone 04:20
07. You Gotta Move 00:1
08. Watch That Star 03:38
09. Sink 'Em Low 04:11
10. Join the Band 03:15
11. Go to Sleep 02:59
12. You Better Mind 03:37
13. Goodbye Song 02:43
Personnel: Quentin E. Baxter: drums; Kevin Hamilton: bass; Quiana Parler: vocalist; Clay Ross: guitar, vocals; Charlton Singleton: trumpet, vocals.
Against all odds, the Gullah tradition prevails on the Sea Islands of South Carolina's Low Country. Maintaining their West African traditions and singular way of life for generations, their direct impact on African-American music is undeniable, and continues to be a vital source of inspiration. Combining revered Gullah kinship with a jazz sensibility, Ranky Tanky accentuates the spirituality connected to the ring shouts and praise houses, proposing a modern rendition of their ancestral music.

Ranky Tanky loosely translates into 'work it' or 'get funky' in Gullah/Geechee, a language which still preserves many African words and phrases intermingled with English, to form an established patois. The core band of trumpeter Charlton Singleton, bassist Kevin Hamilton, guitarist Clay Ross, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter, go back over twenty years to music school, and a seminal Charleston jazz quartet, and are augmented by powerful vocalist Quiana Parler, with an impressive resume of her own.

The selections, all traditional spirituals and folk songs, anchored by original soulful intent, have undergone a contemporary polish. "That's Alright," invokes a Sunday service revival, emphasized by energetic handclapping and holy tambourine. There is a bible study thread winding through "Turtle Dove," an interesting guitar and trumpet improvisation flowing under the vocals. Parler goes acapella in the melancholic wail "Been In the Storm," accompanied sparsely by Baxters' mallet embellishments on the drums, the sacramental transporter of the spirits.

They kick it up with the title track, performed in a celebratory atmosphere, Singleton taking over lead vocals on the rousing call and response. The magnificent and mournful "O Death," illustrates a desperate plea to the grim reaper to be "spared over for another year"; a prime example of the groups' ability to reimagine their music. The trumpet introduced "Sink Em Low," exposes Parler's emotional depth and superb sense of vocal authenticity. These two songs are both influenced by Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, essential Gullah musicians whose recordings have considerable historical importance.

The revolving arrangement on "Knee Bone," begins with vocal, clapping, and tambourine, sliding into a syncopated jazz section, the muted horn and guitar cleverly coaxing it back around. Sacred and secular merge into the familiar blues "You Gotta Move," and the rolling "Go To Sleep," is a soft acoustical lullaby. Ross and Singleton sing "You Better Mind," which is set at a marching tempo reminiscent of the drum and fife bands, and they wind it up with the cordial "Goodbye Song."

In spite of the harsh conditions of slavery the original Gullahs had to endure, the fact that they managed to uphold their communal harmony and resolute sense of hope is highly commendable. Their isolation on the coastal islands has been a blessing in disguise, as they are one of the few black communities in America preserving their African roots. The music presented by Ranky Tanky is a serious homage to these people, offered as an artistic reflection of who they are. Hopefully, this record will inspire others to investigate and appreciate the Gullah tradition, while it exists.

Kyle Eastwood - In Transit (Bonus Track Version) (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:24 | Size: 159.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Soulful Times
02. Rush Hour
03. Movin'
04. Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme)
05. Night Flight
06. We See
07. Rockin' Ronnie's
08. Jarreau
09. Blues In Hoss' Flat
10. Boogie Stop Shuffle
11. Sunrise (Bonus Track)
12. Swamp To An Oasis (Bonus Track)
Recording April, 2017 Studio Sextan La Fonderie, Malakoff, France
Capping two extraordinary decades as a recording and performing artist, Kyle Eastwood's stylistically eclectic new album In Transit reflects the whirlwind reality of the breakneck schedule that he and his longtime ensemble keep. The Los Angeles bred, Paris based bassist and composer estimates that about half of the tracks were "road tested," with a few rendered completely fresh in the studio. Just as on his previous two critically acclaimed collections The View from Here and Time Pieces, Kyle plays with a powerfully swinging yet beautifully soulful and sensual quintet of young English musicians.

The longest-term members are pianist Andrew McCormack (12 years) and trumpeter and flugelhornist Quentin Collins (9 years). Newer to the fold, and adding brilliantly to the shared chemistry, are tenor and soprano saxophonist Brandon Allen (who made his first appearance on Time Pieces) and the latest member, drummer Chris Higginbottom. After inviting renowned Italian saxophonist Stefano Di Battista to join the ensemble on numerous gigs throughout Europe, Kyle invited him to bring his lush and lyrical sensibilities to the Sextant La Fonderie Studio in Malakoff, France to record on four tracks of the new album. The most prominent of these is the intimate and dreamlike acoustic re-imagining of "Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso," which was penned by Ennio Morricone.

The rhythmically intense, vibrantly re-imagined jazz classics on In Transit - Count Basie's "Blues in Hoss' Flat," Mingus' "Boogie Stop Shuffle" and Thelonious Monk's "We See" - create a wonderful dual sense for Kyle of coming full circle paying homage to his influences while bringing those traditions into a forward thinking contemporary context. Original compositions like the freewheeling funk-jazz hybrid "Rockin Ronnies" (an homage to Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, the band's favorite London hotspot) and the brisk, high octane trip through a frenetic "Rush Hour" highlight the compositional talents of each member individually and collectively.

Other key tracks include the McCormack penned "Jarreau," a whimsical romp that pays tribute to the late great Al Jarreau, which borrows some harmony lines and chord changes from the singers "Not Like This," and "Soulful Times," a soaring and soul-jazz piece that opens the collection and introduces the ensemble's sense of easy swing, bright piano harmonies, dynamic horns and the infectious pocket grooves of Eastwood and Higginbottom.