Eric Le Lann - Origines (2005)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 40:22 | Size: 91.28 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Nann Med Ya (4:49)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Manu Lann Huel
2. Liv (5:15)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Manu Lann Huel
3. Al Laer Mor (4:47)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Manu Lann Huel
4. Ar Vatezhig (3:05)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Marthe Vassallo
5. Chal Ha Dichal (5:25)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Manu Lann Huel
6. Final (6:13)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Marthe Vassallo
7. Mezzo Ganet (3:56)
Composed By – Jef Le Penven; Written-By – Calloc'h
8. Chansong.D'Oc (4:03)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann; Written-By – Manu Lann Huel
9. Fanch Danno (2:29)
Composed By – Eric Le Lann

Arranged By, Trumpet – Eric Le Lann
Lead Vocals – Manu Lann Huel, Marthe Vassallo
Backing Vocals – Cyril Callac, Mickaël Le Strat, Stéphanie Pinard, Violaine Le Chamalec
Bass Guitar – Henri Dorina
Design Concept – Bérengère Thieffry
Drums – Stéphane Véra
Guitar – Patrice Marzin
Photography By – Arnaud Baumann, Eric Legret, Michel Thersiquel, Ronan Le Berre
Piano – Francis Lockwood
Recorded By, Mixed By – Patrice Marzin  

Eric Le Lann - Origines (2005) 

Panama Francis - Panama Story (1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:01 | Size: 108.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Soul Food Boogie (5:00)
02. Serenade For My Father (3:40)
03. Pour Panama (6:10)
04. Limehouse Blues (3:07)
05. Tap Dancing (3:34)
06 Panama Francis Story (12:24)
07. Jumping' At The Woodside (6:31)
08. A-M Shuffle (3:18)

Tenor Saxophone - Arnett Cobb, Eddie Chamblee, Big Nick Nicholas
Alto Saxophone - Earle Warren
Organ - Milt Buckner
Piano - André Persiany
Guitar - Roy Gaines
Bass - Roland Lobligeois
Drums - Panama Francis

Recorded on February 3rd 1975 in Besançon at Studio SADOMA 02-05 06-07-08) and in Studio Barclay on May 28th 1976 (03) and 30th (01-04)

Mundell Lowe And His All Stars - Porgy & Bess (1958)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:10 | Size: 68.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Summertime - 4:46
02. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now - 3:05
03. I Loves You, Porgy - 4:57
04. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - 2:50
05. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - 2:18
06. Red Headed Woman - 2:22
07. My Man's Gone Now - 3:24
08. It Takes a Long Pull to Get There - 2:46
09. It Ain't Necessarily So" - 3:11

Mundell Lowe - guitar
Art Farmer - trumpet (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6-9)
Don Elliott - mellophone, vibraphone (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6-9)
Tony Scott - clarinet, baritone saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6-9)
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6-9)
George Duvivier - bass
Osie Johnson - drums (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6-9)
Ed Shaughnessy - drums, vibraphone (tracks 3, 5 & 10)

Recorded: July 16 & 17 and October 3, 1958, New York City.

Mike Ricchiuti - The Way I See It (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:42 | Size: 137.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Forward Motion (5:25)
02. Up All Night (6:19)
03. Embrace (6:54)
04. The Way I See It (5:30)
05. Still Standing (5:24)
06. Just So You Know (6:05)
07. Dogs In The Neighborhood (4:44)
08. Changes (6:40)
09. Slow Roller (5:52)
10. And Then Peace (5:50)

Keyboardist, composer, Mike Ricchiuti is an emerging artist with a refreshing and contemporary approach to his playing and writing. Mike’s playing, while grounded in the jazz piano tradition, draws upon a wide variety of influences from pop to soul and funk, giving him a unique voice as an artist. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Stevie Wonder, and many others.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mike grew up on Long Island, and began taking piano lessons by the age of 7. As a young boy he studied classical music but Billy Joel was his musical hero. In his late teens Mike discovered jazz piano and decided to enroll at Berklee College of Music. In the fall of 1986, Mike left for Boston and discovered a whole new world of music. There he studied with Jeff Covell, Ray Santisi, and Herb Pomeroy, among others. In 1991 he returned to NY to embark on his career, while continuing to study with Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner.

Most recently Mike has been touring with singer Patti Austin as her pianist/keyboardist and musical director, supporting her latest CD, “Avant Gershwin”. This has provided Mike with the opportunity to work with various symphonies around the world, legendary big bands like Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as leading his own trio. He is currently in the studio with Patti, arranging and producing tracks for her new pop/r+b record. In addition Mike has performed and recorded with guitarist Chuck Loeb. On Chuck’s latest Cd, “When I’m With You”, Mike is featured as a pianist, writer, as well as co-producer on several of the tracks. Other recent recording credits include “A New Kind of Blue” featuring Randy Brecker, and work with pianist, Bob James, saxophonist, Eric Marienthal, Gato Barbieri, Michael Franks, Spyro Gyra, David Mann, Kim Waters, and the soundtrack to “State and Main”.

Mike’s talents have also been sought out by a variety of other artists. He toured in the US and Europe with legendary funk saxophonist Maceo Parker, playing organ. Mike was hired to play in the house band for the “I Love NY” benefit concert held at the Beacon Theater in NYC for victims of the World Trade Center tragedy. On this special night, he backed up artists such as Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Phoebe Snow, Jeff Golub, Russ Freeman, and many others. In addition, Mike has worked with Michael Brecker, Chris Botti, Peabo Bryson, Bill Evans, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, John Patitucci, Omar Hakim, Stephanie Mills, David Foster, Jeff Kashiwa, Chieli Minucci, and Nelson Rangell.

Mike Dillon - Functioning Broke (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:58 | Size: 79.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Half Right
02.The Enchanted sea
04.Christian Brothers
05.Single File
06.Needle and the Damaged Done
07.Independence Day
08.Between the Bars
10.Bachelor Pad
11.Chimp and Flower
12.Tabla goodnight

Personnel: Mike Dillon: vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, timpani, orhcestral bells, tubular bells, tabla, congas, bongos, percussion, handsonic.

The Royal Potato Family ‎– RPF 1614
As idiosyncratic as Mike Dillon’s work has been with Critters Buggin’ and Garage a Trois, it’s well-nigh impossible not to fall under the spell of the music he creates all by himself on Functioning Broke. A deep dream-like quality emanates from his musicianship, most resonant in the warm glow of vibes that open “Half Right” and continues virtually unabated for the course of this unfortunately abbreviated (thirty-five minutes plus), right down to the similarly insinuating sounds of Indian percussion on the wryly titled “Tabla Goodnight.”
Along the way, tracks such as “The Enchanted Sea” underscore the hint of majesty of the opener, largely by the expanse of sound Dillon produced himself and co-mixed with engineer Rick G. Nelson. The result of their work, warm as it is,fills the room on “Alameda,” among other cuts, and remains inviting even with the often ornate detail (mirrored in the J. Del Deo cover artwork) within tracks like “Single File.”

That in itself is no small accomplishment because Mike Dillon played all the instruments here himself, a total of eleven according to the credits. Nevertheless, he restrains himself from becoming too busy on a number like “Christian Brothers:” by the self-discipline that allows the ethereal tones of vibes, marimba, xylophone and bells, among others, to sustain and hang in the air until followed by the next instrumental sound. Which isn’t to say it’s all dream-like: one of the six(!) Elliot Smith cover’s here, “Independence Day,” has a choppy rhythm that reminds Dillon’s a percussionist.

Even so, by the time his cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and The Damage Done” rolls around, near mid-point of these dozen cuts, the musicianship evinces the fluidity usually reserved for the best group. “Bachelor Pad” and the cryptically-titled “Chimp and Flower,” pass in similarly quick succession, so as much as Functioning Broke suspends the passage of time for those who hear the album, it’d seem Mike Dillon too is caught up in the spirit of the moment(s).

Mihaly Dresch Quartet - Argyelus (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:38 | Size: 123.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Töredék (Fragment) (9'39)
2. Széki Katonabúcsúztató (Soldier's farewell from Szék village) (3'42)
3. Örökség (Heritage) (10'28)
4. Hazafelé (Homeward bound) (8'05)
5. Árgyélus (7'15)
6. Cigányos (Archie-nak) (Tziganesque (for Archie)) (8'55)
7. In a sentimental mood (5'33)

All compositions by Mihály Dresch, except track 2 folk song arranged by Mihály Dresch, tracks 5 and 6 by Mihály Dresch
using themes from folk songs; track 7 by Duke Ellington arranged by Mihály Dresch, Miklós Lukács and Mátyás Szandai.

Mihály Dresch: tenor and soprano saxophones, recorder, vocals
Mátyás Szandai: double bass
István Baló: drums
Miklós Lukács: cimbalom
Ferenc Kovács: violin (3, 5 & 6)

Recorded and mixed by Attila Kölcsényi at Tom-Tom Studio, Budapest 25-28/09/2006.

Ellyn Rucker - Live in New Orleans (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:21 | Size: 131.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Beautiful Love (9:38)
2. Israel (6:28)
3. Take the Coltrane (7:47)
4. Wonder Why (5:17)
5. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (7:51)
6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Vocal))
7. Up Jumped Spring (Vocal) (8:14)
8. Fungi Mamma (5:50)

Ellyn Rucker (piano, vocals)
Mark Singer (bass),
Jill Fredrickson (drums)

Recording Date: December 7, 1991.

Stratavarious - Stratavarious (1977)

Genre: Funk / Soul | Total Time: 45:34 | Size: 102.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Yes It Is
A2. Let Me Be Your Lady Tonight
A3. I Got Your Love
Side B
B1. Nightfall
B2. Touching
B3. Love Me

Arranged By, Conductor, Producer – John L. Usry Jr.
Vocals – Johnny Usry, Lamont Howze, Tabby Johnson
Harp – Erica Goodman
Congas – Lamont Howze
Guitar – Bill Bridges
Featuring – Guido Basso
Written-By – J.L. Usry Jr.

Recorded and mixed at Sounds Interchange, Toronto.
Mastered at J.A.M.F., Toronto.
All selections Adam R. Levy and Father Enterprises, Inc. (BMI)
© 1977 Roulette Records Inc., New York, N.Y.

Mino Cinelu, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Holland - World Trio (1995)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:12 | Size: 122.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Palantir
2. Whirling Dervish
3. Over There
4. Will 'O The Wisp
5. Dr Do-Right
6. Arch Image, The
7. Blue Jean
8. Seven Rings
9. Eulogy

Dave Holland - bass
Mino Cinelu - percussion
Kevin Eubanks - acoustic guitar

This intriguing set features percussionist Mino Cinelu with Kevin Eubanks (on acoustic guitar) and bassist Dave Holland. They perform four Eubanks songs, three by Holland, and two from Cinelu, music that ranges from exotic sounds to light and creative funk grooves. It is quite intriguing hearing Eubanks sticking exclusively to his acoustic guitar and Cinelu adds plenty of catchy yet unpredictable rhythms. However, Holland often takes solo honors and he usually holds the group together with his authoritative and flexible sound. Very interesting music that's worth listening to closely several times.

Flora Martínez - Flora (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:45 | Size: 81.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Happy
2. The Captain Of Her Heart
3. Make You Feel My Love
4. The Scientist
5. Los Aretes De La Luna
6. Let's Stay Together
7. Safe And Sound
8. De Música Ligera
9. True Colors
10. Gimme Shelter

Flora Martinez (born November 1, 1977) is a Canadian-Colombian film and television actress and singer, best known for her title role in the film Rosario Tijeras; Martinez was nominated for Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in 2005. Biography Martinez was born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and a Colombian father, and raised in Bogotá and North Vancouver.

She began her career in television in Colombia appearing in telenovelas such as Mambo (1994), Maria Bonita (1995), and La Otra Mitad del Sol (1995). She is a Canadian citizen and speaks fluent French, Spanish and English.

Damon Brown & The Resonance Trio - Sorry It's Just Jazz (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:58 | Size: 126.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Sorry It's Just Jazz
2. Han River Tales
3. Minnie the Minx
4. I Don't Mind
5. The Queen of Guichana
6. Falling Down
7. And You're Not There
8. Lef 'An' Lee

Damon Brown – trumpet /vocals
Paul Kirby – Piano
Sean Pentland -Double Bass
Manuel Weyand – Drums

Label: 33 Jazz

UK born trumpet star Damon Brown's second album for '33', that features musicians working in his adopted city of Seoul - South Korea. On this album he is joined by pianist Paul Kirby, Sean Pentland on bass and drummer Manuel Weyand. The band have just completed a successful UK tour and will be returning during the autumn.

Camille - The Big Parade (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:01 | Size: 113.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Come Rain Or Come Shine
2. The Big Parade
3. 'round Midnight
4. Lullaby Of Birdland
5. Why Should I Love You
6. Fever
7. Twisted
8. My Funny Valentine
9. There Will Never Be Another You
10. Cry Me A River
11. Shadow Of Your Smile
12. Some Other Time

In a swirl of sights and sounds, a thousand faces pass by; different lives, different pasts, presents and futures. A thousand takes on fantasy and reality converges in one grand, moving celebration...

The Big Parade. It’s a perfect metaphor for the jazz album from vocalist Camille Harrison. Drawing substantial experience in a variety of stylistic settings, Camille focuses on traditional jazz music. The result is a stunning set that includes some of jazz’s most recognizable classics, along with a sampling of Camille’s own compositions. Don’t let The Big Parade pass you by!

Bert Wilson & Rebirth - Kaleidoscopic Visions (1982)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:27 | Size: 98.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Sink Or Swim 5:57
2. Aldeburon 6:16
3. Kaleidoscopic Visions 8:04

Side 2
1. Dedication 9:02
2. Starfire 5:15
3. Forward Mortion 6:26

Bass – Hein Van Der Geyn
Drums – Bob Meyer
Percussion – Michael Olson (tracks: B1)
Piano – Michael Moore (tracks: B1)
Saxophone [Soprano, Alto, Tenor] – Bert Wilson

Barney Kessel - Barney Kessel (1954)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 25:28 | Size: 195.04 MB | FLAC
Side A
1. Just Squeeze Me
Written-By – Duke Ellington
2. Tenderly
Written-By – Walter Gross
3. Bernardo
Written-By – Barney Kessel
4. Vicky's Dream
Written-By – Barney Kessel

Side B
1. Salute To Charlie Christian
Written-By – Barney Kessel
2. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Written-By – Duke Ellington
3. What Is There To Say
Written-By – Vernon Duke
4. Lullaby Of Birdland
Written-By – George Shearing

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, November 14, 1953 (A-side) and December 19, 1953 (B-side)

Alto Saxophone, Flute – Bud Shank
Bass – Harry Babasin
Drums – Shelly Manne
Guitar – Barney Kessel
Piano – Arnold Ross

Annette Warren - There's A Man In My Life! (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:02 | Size: 67.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. There's A Man In My Life
2. A Little At A Time
3. If You Go (Si Tu Partais)
4. More Than You Know
5. Year After Year
6. Warm All Over

Side 2
1. Suddenly It's Spring
2. What Does It Matter?
3. Dearly Beloved
4. Wrong Joe
5. When I'm With You
6. Out Of This World

Recorded in New York City, November 18, 1957

Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Frank Beery
Producer – Don Costa
Annette Warren (born 1922) is a popular jazz and song stylist best known for her vocal dubbing of such stars as Ava Gardner in the 1951 version of Show Boat.


Yoann Loustalot Quartet - Derniers Reflets (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:35 | Size: 114.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Promenade avec Tomasz (Loustalot) - 7:45
02. Apres la neige (Loustalot) - 5:12
03. Premier reflet (Loustalot) - 1:34
04. Dans les feuilles (Loustalot) - 5:48
05. Heures perdues (Loustalot) - 3:35
06. Intro Melodie oubliee (Loustalot) - 1:38
07. Melodie oubliee (Loustalot) - 4:48
08. Hibernatus (Chesnel) - 2:01
09. Vers luisants (Loustalot) - 3:40
10. Deuxieme reflet (Loustalot) - 1:23
11. Sous la glace (Loustalot) - 5:43
12. Dernier reflet (Loustalot) - 5:34
Label - Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain)
Recorded at studios "La Buissonne", Pernes Les Fontaines on May 2-3, 2011

Yoann Loustalot - trumpet, flugelhorn (6-9)
Francois Chesnel - piano
Blaise Chevallier - bass
Antoine Paganotti – drums

Wynton Kelly - Kelly Blue (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:47 | Size: 140.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Kelly Blue - 10:51
02. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise - 6:34
03. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - 4:26
04. On Green Dolphin Street - 4:44
05. Willow Weep for Me - 6:08
06. Keep It Moving (take 4) - 7:34
07. Keep It Moving (take 3) - 8:51
08. Old Clothes - 7:41
Label - Riverside/Original Jazz Classics
Recorded in New York on February 19 (1,6,7) and March 10 (2-5,8), 1959

Wynton Kelly - piano
Nat Adderley - cornet (1,6,7)
Benny Golson - tenor saxophone (1,6,7)
Bobby Jaspar - flute (1,6,7)
Paul Chambers - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums
Originally cut for Riverside, this set mostly features the influential pianist Wynton Kelly in a trio with his fellow rhythm section mates from the Miles Davis bands, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. "Kelly Blue" and "Keep It Moving" add cornetist Nat Adderley, flutist Bobby Jaspar and the tenor of Benny Golson to the band for some variety. The CD reissue augments the program with a previously unreleased "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" and the alternate take of "Keep It Moving." Kelly was renowned as an accompanist, but as he shows on a set including three of his originals and four familiar standards (including "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Willow Weep for Me"), he was also a strong bop-based soloist too. A fine example of his talents.

Woody Herman - The Third Herd (1951)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:17 | Size: 145.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Blue Flame
02. Perdido
03. Lonesome Gal
04. Early Autumn
05. By George
06. Pennies From Heaven
07. Don't Take Your Love Away
08. You're My Everything
09. More Moon
10. Blue Flame
11. Sonny Speaks
12. The Boy Next Door
13. Apologize
14. You're My thrill
15. Laura
16. Woodshopper's Ball
17. Blue Flame
18. The Glory Of Love
19. Starlilght Souvenirs
20. Leo The Lion

Woody Herman, conductor, alto sax, clarinet, vocals
Don Fagerquist, Doug Mettome, Roy Caton, Shorty Rogers, trumpet
Herb Randel, Urbie Green, Jerry Dorn, trombone
Phil Urso , Jack Dulong (ts)
Sam Staff (bs)
Dave McKenna (p)
Red Wooten (b)
Sonny Igoe (d)

Recording Date: May 15, 1951.

1999 Storyville STCD 8241

Sammy Rimington - Nuages (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:33:01 | Size: 209.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Marie
02. Jerusalem Blues
03. Down In Honky Tonk Town
04. Same Old Love
05. Blueberry Hill
06. Is It True What They Say About Dixie
07. Lonesome And Sorry
08. June Night
09. Nuages
10. While We Danced At Mardi Gras
11. Sentimental Journey
12. Panama
13. I've Always Been In Love With You
British reedman Sammy Rimington was one of the top trad musicians to emerge during the 1960s. He played with Barry Martyn in 1959, spent several years with Ken Colyer (1960-1965), and came to the U.S. in the mid-'60s, playing with Big Bill Bissonnette's Easy Rider Jazz Band. Since that time, Rimington has been heard in a countless number of settings and, other than a brief fling with a fusion band he led (Armanda in 1971), he has stuck exclusively to New Orleans revival jazz. Rimington has recorded and performed with a who's who of New Orleans jazz including Chris Barber, Kid Thomas Valentine, and Captain John Handy. Influenced strongly by George Lewis on clarinet and by Handy on alto, Rimington led many record dates of his own for small labels such as Rhythm Records in 1962; Jazz Crusade in 1963; GHB in 1966; 77 in 1969; California Condor in 1973; Storyville in 1974; Munich in 1975; Dawn Club in 1977; Beerendonk in 1977; Herman, Quines, Lulu White's, and Onward in 1979; Jazz Time in 1983; Progressive in 1985; and quite a few other labels. He continued recording as a leader and collaborator through the '90s and into the new millennium, with highlights including Reed My Lips (billed to Sammy Rimington & the Return of the Mouldy Five) on Jazz Crusade in 1999 and Visits New Orleans, recorded by Rimington with a host of Crescent City stalwarts in April 2005 (several months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city) and released by Arhoolie in 2008.

Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band ‎- With Conte Candoli (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:12 | Size: 123.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Blues For Mr. P
02. Laura
03. Sentimental Journey
04. Vignette For Trumpet And Flugelhorn
05. S'wonderful
06. Dreamer Of Dreams
07. Partin ' Shots
08. A Time For Love
09. Main Street News
10. Evanology

Alto Saxophone – Bob Frankich, Ian Nevins
Baritone Saxophone – Kurt Berg
Bass – Stewart Miller (2)
Bass Trombone – Mike Young*
Drums – Bob Chmel (tracks: 3, 8, 9), Bob Rummage (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 7, 10)
Guitar – John Moran (16)
Percussion – Bill Elliot
Piano – Larry Harris
Tenor Saxophone – Greg Mostovoy, Tony Vacca (2)
Trombone – Tony Garcia* (tracks: 6, 7), Brian Jacobi, Jim Martin (11) (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 9), Russ Phillips (3) (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 9), Scott Bentall (tracks: 1, 4, 10)
Trumpet – Al Hood* (tracks: 1, 4, 10), Conte Candoli (tracks: 1, 4, 10), Mike McGrath, Rob Parton, Steve Smyth (4), Tom Reed (5) (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 9)

Recorded live at Streeterville Recording Studios, Chicago, IL.
One of Chicago's busiest and most versatile trumpet players, Parton is highly regarded as a studio, theatre and jazz musician, performer, educator and band leader. As a jazz musician, Parton has performed five nights a week for the past four years as featured artist at Chicago's Catch 35. The list of musicians who have played in the Rob Parton Trio is like a who's who in Chicago Jazz.

When Parton is not working in Columbus or Chicago you will often find him directing an All-State jazz band or acting as a guest artist with many high school and college jazz programs throughout the country. He has presented concerts or clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, International Association of Jazz Educators convention, MENC and many other music educators conventions.

Ricardo Baldacci Trio - Tain't What You Do, It's The Way That You Do It (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:49 | Size: 128.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. Because Of You
3. Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)
4. Baldacci's Blues
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. The Frim Fram Sauce
7. It's Only A Paper Moon
8. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)
9. Baby All The Time
10. All I Need Is The Girl
11. S Wonderful
12. Do The Lindy Hop
13. Sutra's Blues
14. Come Fly With Me
15. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Influenced by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, John Pizzarelli, Brazilian singer/guitarist Ricardo Baldacci leads his drumless trio, backed up with piano and double bass. He sings and plays the classic repertoire of the Great American Song Book and has been called as "The reference for Swing Jazz music in Brazil" (Jornal A Tarde, Salvador / BA) .

In just over four years as a professional, Baldacci collects memorable presentations. In Made In New York Jazz Festival (USA), held at a packed Tribeca Arts Center he shared stage with legends Lenny White and Randy Brecker. Baldacci also had a standing ovation performance at the Municipal Theatre of Asuncion, during the XV International Jazz Festival of Paraguay. While in Sweden, he played for a huge crowd of dancers, in the 30th. Anniversary of Herrang Dance Camp Festival (the most traditional Lindy Hop Festival), and won the Swing Battle Award. In Brazil, Ricardo Baldacci made many shows in several festivals and was the main attraction of famous venues like Terraco Italia and L'Hotel Porto Bay. The work of Ricardo Baldacci has increasingly been gaining ground in national and international markets; singer / guitarist keeps swinging and entertains the audience of Sao Paulo and other places in the world.

In 2013, Ricardo produced and released 'Tain't what you do, it's the way that you do it', his first album with national and international distribution . The recording had the precious collaboration of Swedish vocal trio, The Hebbe Sister, and also featured the award-winning virtuoso pianist, Hercules Gomes and Ricardo Ramos on acoustic bass. This release was broadcasted on Radio Eldorado (Jazzmasters and The Jazz Face) and USP FM (Jazz Caravan). The CD also received positive reviews in newspapers like O Globo (Rio de Janeiro / RJ), A Tarde (Salvador / BA) and Hoje em Dia (Belo Horizonte / MG).

Nikolaj Bentzon Trio - Tonesmith (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:42:15 | Size: 233.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Near Miss of You 3:09
02. Big Deal 4:22
03. Boiled Over 5:40
04. Blue-Toned & the 7 Bandleaders 7:06
05. Swept off her Feet 3:42
06. Seismos 3:13
07. Pass it On 3:49
08. Auf Wiedersehen 4:47
09. Downhill 3:15
10. Come Closer 4:43
11. Old White Tragic 3:38
12. Sweet Talker 3:45
13. Love has Reawakened 6:53
14. Kajen 4:49
15. Prinsessens Vuggevise 4:09
16. Shah Zar 5:24
17. Enduring Questions 4:51
18. Jerky Walk 7:40
19. You Will Always Hold My Heart 6:06
20. Precious Little Habits 4:44
21. Slow Dunk 6:17

Nikolaj Bentzon, piano
Daniel Franck, double bass
Espen Laub von Lillienskjold, drums

Label: Bentzon Music

Marsha Bartenetti - Feels Like Love (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 52:27 | Size: 122.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Orange Colored Sky (2:23)
02. You Go To My Head (5:32)
03. Guess Who I Saw Today (3:08)
04. Hallelujah (3:35)
05. Cry Me A River (5:13)
06. L O V E (2:49)
07. You've Changed (4:21)
08. Little Girl Blue (4:31)
09. Ten Cents A Dance (3:56)
10. Heaven Down Here (5:07)
11. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (3:50)
12. The Man That Got Away (5:27)
13. All Right, Okay, You Win (2:40)

Marsha’s musical career started in the 60’s where she performed in the San Francisco Bay area. The music scene was alive with incredible talent and opportunities. In the 70’s she performed, recorded, and and collaborated with her then husband and music partner. They opened for such acts at The Youngbloods, and played at venues like the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

In 1980 Marsha won Best Vocalist in the American Songwriter’s Association’s International contest. The ‘American Idol” of it’s time, it brought access to opportunities that would take Marsha to Motown Records where she recorded with writers Ken Hirsch and Ron Miller who together and on their own…wrote “I’ve Never Been To Me”, “Touch Me In The Morning” for Diana Ross, “For Once In My Life” for Stevie Wonder, “If I Could” for Celine Dion, “No One In The World” for Anita Baker, among other top hits.

Musical politics and personal changes left her disheartened by the business and after a divorce, Marsha decided to leave the music business and shift gears to what she thought would be a better career to help with financially supporting her daughter.

She may have left the stage for a time, but she continued working in the studio recording national jingles for such companies as Bank Of America, Chevron, among others. She is joined SAG/AFTRA, and transitioned into Voice/Overs and On-Cameral acting. Here credits in this area included many national accounts, including being the voice of Safeway, Vons for all of their Television and Radio advertising.
She was deemed by the press as “The Voice America Loves To Hate” and “The Voice Mail Queen.” Marsha was the American English voice for the largest International voice messaging company, serving the majority of voice mail systems in this country – Including most of the Fortune 500 companies – She is still heard on major voice-mails systems throughout the country – where you may hear her say…”I’m sorry, that’s not a valid password. Please try your call again later.”

She was invited as guest on the Today Show among other national guest spots as the “person behind the telephone voice.”
Being a Digital “star” was not what she had envisioned; and although it paid the bills, her heart kept longing to get back out and do what she really loved – Sing.

Fast forward to social media and the wonders of Facebook – where Marsha re-connected with a former band mate Donny Marrow – Disk Eyes Productions.

Franck Avitabile - In Tradition (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:50 | Size: 130.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Gettin' There (4:40)
02. Tempus Fugit (2:21)
03. Topsy Turvy (5:36)
04. Time Waits (4:04)
05. Celia (3:30)
06. Willow Groove (3:09)
07. Trois Gros (3:04)
08. There Will Never Be Another You (4:15)
09. August In Paris (6:30)
10. Burt Covers Duo (3:06)
11. Wail (2:42)
12. Kenny (7:27)
13. Bud's Bubble (2:48)
14. Silence (4:12)

Franck Avitabile - piano
Riccardo Del Fra - bass
Luigi Bonafede - drums

Louiss Petrucciani - bass

Recording Date: January 19, 1998 - January 21, 1998

Elan Trotman - Electro Sax (2017)

Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 55:09 | Size: 126.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Happy Place
02. Electro Sax
03. Barbados Breeze
04. Island Gal'
05. Chill Cat
06. Shut up and Dance
07. Up in the Clouds
08. orutrA
09. No Need for Trippin'
10. 120 BPM
11. Move!
12. Purple Emotion

Charles Kynard - Your Mama Don't Dance (1973)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Funk | Total Time: 32:12 | Size: 73.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Superstition (Wonder) - 4:47
02. The World Is a Ghetto (War) - 3:12
03. Momma Jive (Fritz) - 3:30
04. I Got So Much Trouble (Quarterman) - 5:10
05. Your Mama Don't Dance (Loggins-Messina) - 2:41
06. Zambezi (Fritz) - 5:35
07. Summer Breeze (Seals-Crofts) - 3:30
08. You've Got It Bad Girl (Wonder-Wright) - 3:50
Label - P-Vine Records (Japan)
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA in 1973

Charles Kynard - organ
James Kartchner, Jerry Rusch - trumpet
George Bohanon, David Roberts - trombone
Arthur Adams - guitar
Chuck Rainey - electric bass
Paul Humphrey, Raymond Pounds - drums
Richard Fritz - arranger, conductor
Recorded in 1973 for Bob Shad's Mainstream label, the cast for the album is a dream ticket who's-who of funky cats: as well as Kynard himself, there's bass-meister Chuck Rainey, who I grew to know and love through his work with Steely Dan (check his nifty bass solo here on 'So Much Trouble'), guitarist Arthur Adams (wicked throughout, you gotta love his volume knob-twiddlin' solo on 'Superstition'!), and groove assassins Paul Humphreys and Ray Pounds on kit. Dunno which of the two drummers played on which tunes, but the slinky grooves of 'Mama Jive' and 'Zambezi' are pure rhythmic pleasure, and I love the buzz rolls at the end of 'Summer Breeze'. There's some fulsome horn charts too, courtesy of Richard Fritz, which lean towards soundtrack/big band vibes in places, with unison figures, stabs, punches and the like, kind of karate horns if you will.

Buddy Rich - Class Of '78 (1977)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 29:35 | Size: 66.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Birdland (6:44)
02. Bouncin' With Bud (5:53)
03. Cape Verdean Blues (6:14)
04. Fiesta (6:17)
05. Funk City Ola (4:30)

Bass – Tom Warrington
Bass Trombone – Edward Eby
Cowbell – Gary Bribek
Flute – Alan Gauvin, Chuck Wilson
Keyboards – Barry Keiner
Percussion [Cabasa] – Greg Smith
Saxophone [1st Alto] – Chuck Wilson
Saxophone [1st Tenor] – Steve Marcus
Saxophone [2nd Alto] – Alan Gauvin
Saxophone [2nd Tenor] – Gary Bribek
Saxophone [Baritone] – Greg Smith
Saxophone [Soprano] – Alan Gauvin, Chuck Wilson, Steve Marcus
Trombone [1st] – Matt Johnson (10)
Trombone [2nd] – Dale Kirkland
Trumpet [1st] – Chuck Schmidt
Trumpet [2nd] – Dean Pratt
Trumpet [3rd] – John Marshall
Trumpet [4th] – Danny Hayes

Recorded at: RCA Studios, New York, October 1977.

Bill Connors - Step It (1984)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 43:51 | Size: 96.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Lydia
2. A Pedal
3. Step It
4. Cookies
5. Brody
6. Twinkle
7. Titan
8. Flickering Lights

Guitar, Composed By Bill Connors
Bass Guitar – Tom Kennedy
Drums – Dave Weckl
Guitar [Second] – Steve Khan (6)

Label: Evidence

Another essential CD for Bill Connors (ex-Return To Forever) fans is "Step It!", which offers prime examples of fluid, legato guitar in a Coltrane-meets-Hendrix, fusion context. Not only is Connors a silky smooth lead player, but his rhythm work is particularly intricate and inspiring. Bassist Tom Kennedy and drummer Dave Weckl also stand out - Kennedy with his poly-rhythmic stylings and Weckl with his energy, feel and panache. Produced by guitarist Steve Khan (who guest solos on "Twinkle"), "Step It!" is a super companion disc to Double Up, and also a great introduction to the work of Connors for the uninitiated. Remarkable fusion from a pioneer who can still deliver excellence.

Bill Connors - Return (2005)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 55:29 | Size: 130.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. On the Edge
02. Mr. Cool
03. McMinor
04. Mind Over Matter
05. Minor Matters
06. Try Tone Today
07. Terrabill Blues
08. Nobody Yet To
09. It Be FM
10. Brasilia

Guitar – Bill Connors
Piano – Bill O'Connell
Bass – Lincoln Goines
Drums, Producer – Kim Plainfield
Percussion – Myra Casales

Recorded at The Hit Factory NYC, September 3 & 4, 2004.

Alan Pasqua - My New Old Friend (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:20 | Size: 144.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. You Must Believe in Spring
02. Barcelona
03. Highway
04. All the Things Your Are
05. My New Old Friend
06. Body and Soul
07. One More Once
09. Wichita Lineman
10. Stick Slap
11. Smile
Alan Pasqua: Piano
Darek Oles: Bass
Peter Erskine: Drums
Alan Pasqua's My New Old Friend is mostly a set of sensitive and relaxed trio improvisations. Pasqua, bassist Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine, three of the top jazz musicians based in Los Angeles, perform subtle reshapings of five standards which alternate with six of Pasqua's generally introspective originals. One is reminded of Bill Evans (particularly on the standards) in Pasqua's sophisticated chord voicings and the close interplay of the musicians, but that is only a point of reference rather than a direct copy. However fans of Evans' treatments of ballads will certainly enjoy this accessible and thoughtful effort.


VA - The M&B Jam Session Volume 1 (1984)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:37 | Size: 130.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
2. On The Alamo
3. Frankie & Johnny
4. Crazy Rhythm

Side 2
1. Jumpin' At The Woodside
2. The Hucklebuck
3. Honeysuckle Road

Recorded on The Manor Mobile,The Arena,Cannon Hill Park Birmingham UK August 12th 1984

Alto Saxophone – Bruce Turner (tracks: A1,A2,A4,B1,B2,B3)
Bass – Harvey Weston
Clarinet – Dave Shepherd (tracks: A3,A4,B2,B3), Randy Colville (tracks: A1,A2,A4,B2,B3)
Drums – Johnny Richardson
Guitar – Jim Douglas
Piano – Mick Pyne
Tenor Saxophone – Dick Morrissey (tracks: A3,A4,B1,B2,B3)
Trombone – Roy Crimmins (tracks: A3,A4,B2,B3), Roy Williams (tracks: A1,A2,A4,B2,B3)
Trumpet – Digby Fairweather (tracks: A1,A2,A4,B2,B3), Humphrey Lyttelton (tracks: A3,A4,B2,B3)

Tigran Hamasyan - Red Hail (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:00 | Size: 150.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Shogher Jan (9:04)
02. Red Hail (3:11)
03. The Glass Hearted Queen (3:17)
04. Love Song (5:49)
05. Falling (4:51)
06. Sibylla (8:24)
07. Corrupt (1:53)
08. Part 1 : Serpentine (9:20)
09. Part 2 : Moneypulated (5:43)
10. Chinar Es (5:42)
11. The Awakening of Mher (6:09)
12. Amran Gisher (2:43)

Bassoon – Ben Wendel (tracks: 1-12)
Drums – Nate Wood (tracks: 1-12)
Fantom X8 Synthesizer – Tigran Hamasyan (tracks: 1-12)
Fender Rhodes – Tigran Hamasyan (tracks: 1-12)
Guitar – Charles Altura (tracks: 3,7,11)
Melodica – Ben Wendel (tracks: 1-12)
Nord Electro Keyboard – Tigran Hamasyan (tracks: 1-12)
Piano – Tigran Hamasyan (tracks: 1-12)
Saxophone – Ben Wendel (tracks: 1-12)
Voice – Areni Agbabian (tracks: 1-12)

Recording Date August 20, 2008 - August 22, 2008

Emerging keyboardist Tigran Hamasyan is truly a virtuoso performer who minces no musical words, and never holds back on his immense talent. Aratta Rebirth is his second release as a leader, in this case with the group dubbed Red Hail, embracing his Middle Eastern heritage, playing modern jazz based on folk tunes that stretch far beyond their origins. With vocalist Areni Agbabian, Hamasyan somehow conjures up whirling dervish motifs that stagger the imagination while also retaining a soulful quality that suggests seductive late-night scenarios in smoke-filled rooms laced with immediate sexual pleasure references. But it's only marginally about the act of intertwining, and more about the catalyst and spark that start fires burning, for Hamasyan's acoustic and electric piano playing is a long fuse that eventually incites the explosive music. Saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood are kindling for the roaring flames, with bassist Sam Minale chopping up underlying lines that keep the excited heat stoked and nourished. There's some stunning music here, starting with the bold inventions of the opening track, "Shogher Jan," an adapted Armenian folk song turned into a fiery discourse between Hamasyan's impressively fast and spontaneous spiky, complex piano lines and the sidled voice of Agbabian stewed in many mixed meters. The title track is a rock-hard, edgy fusion, loud and ultra-kinetic; "Falling" is similar in beat with some insane Arabic or East Indian scatting and a modal jazz segment; while "The Awakening of Mher" is also rocked out via Hamasyan's Fender Rhodes, the electric guitar of Charles Altura, and Wendel's tenor sax. Six consecutive tracks include Wendel on soprano sax and bassoon, including the serene "Love Song," the piercing "Sibylla" (which is the basis for the following piece, "Corrupt"), and the two-part "Serpentine" and "Moneypulated" (starting as a brash electronica-based minimalist directive and merging into Hamasyan's pleasant, echoed Rhodes sans bass). The most innately busy piece is "The Glass-Hearted Queen," soulful and busy within a kinetic form with Agbabian's wordless vocals, all wrapped in a 9/8 rhythm. Tigran Hamasyan is as impressive as any relatively new piano voice like Eldar Djangirov, Vijay Iyer, or Taylor Eigsti, playing a lot of notes and exhaustive in his concept. This recording, with its world and ethnic fusion approach, sets him apart from the rest, and like similar artists Rami Khalife and Fahir Atakoglu, establishes new standards, raising the bar very high for new music, while Hamasyan plays in a league of his own.

The Continental Flutes ‎- Here We Are (1977)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz-Funk | Total Time: 34:06 | Size: 78.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 H.Brandenburg - Ice Shake (2:46)
02 G.Greffenius - Play A Sunshine Melody (2:51)
03 P.Xanten - Time To Relax (2:44)
04 F.Völxen - Bouncing Birds (3:14)
05 J.Hendon - Here We Are (2:53)
06 G.Greffenius - Make It Snappy (2:48)
07 R.Kuhl - Scandinavian Love Summer (2:32)
08 P.Xanten - Soft Kiss (3:10)
09 J.Hendon - Stay A While (2:55)
10 F.Althaller - A Bouncing Boy (3:04)
11 T.Yucca - Travelling By Air (2:20)
12 J.Loren - A Jolly Lady (2:49)

Show Business ‎– SHB 104

Shirley Bassey - The Show Must Go On (1990)

Genre: Jazz, Pop / Vocal | Total Time: 1:00:43 | Size: 136.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Slave To The Rhythm
2. You'll See
3. Every Breathe You Take
4. Can I Touch You There
5. I'll Stand By You
6. When I Need You
7. All Women
8. He Kills Everything
9. Where Is The Love
10. We've Got Tonight
11. One Day I'll Fly Away
12. Hello
13. Baby Come Home To
14. Show Must Go On
Label - PolyGram TV
Recorded At – Olympic Studios & Sulán Studios
Arranged By – Colin Green, Dave Arch, Robin Smith

National Jazz Ensemble - The National Jazz Ensemble (1975-1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:17:14 | Size: 188.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Every Tub
2. Understanding Depression
3. Black Bottom Stomp
4. Transblucency
5. Room 608
6. Solar Complexes
7. Very Early
8. King Porter Stomp
9. His Master's Voice
10. Skipping Tune
11. Stompin' At The Savoy
12. Lady Of The Lavender Mist
13. Confirmation
14. Blues For O.P.
15. I Mean You
16. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Label - Chiaroscuro
Recording Date: April, 1975 - May 5, 1976

Dennis Anderson - Clarinet, Sax Soprano, Tenor
Sal Nistico, Joe Romano - Sax Tenor
Gregory Herbert - Sax Alto,Soprano
Kenny Berger - Saxophone, Trumpet
John Clark - French Horn
Tom Harrell - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Danny Hayes, Mike Lawrence, Tom Maxwell - Trumpet
Rod Levitt, Joe Randazzo, Gerry Chamberlain - Trombone
Bill Evans, Benny Aronov – Piano
Steve Brown - Guitar
Lisle Atkinson – Bass
Bill Goodwin – Drums
Margot Hanson - Vocal
Chuck Israels - Bass, Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gil Evans – Orchestration
This is a compilation release of most all the music ever recorded by The National Jazz Ensemble, an all star orchestra assembled under the direction of world renowned bassist Chuck Israels, to perform some of the most innovative arrangements of jazz repertoire ever conceived, ranging in style from Jelly Roll Morton's Black Bottom Stomp through Horace Silver's Room 608, and from early Ellington through Bill Evans. First of all, look who the musicians are! These performances feature the legendary pianist Bill Evans himself on piano, as well as some of the greatest jazz improvisers of all time, including Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Jimmy Knepper.

Milt Hinton - The Basement Tapes (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:27 | Size: 140.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Raincheck
02. Time for Love
03. Johnny Come Lately
04. Fascinating Rhythm
05. Blessed Assurance
06. Mona's Feeling Lonely
07. Order in the Court
08. Wade In The Water
09. Night And Day
10. As Long as I Live
11. Love Me Or Leave Me
12. Old Man Time
13. Summertime
14. Travelin' All Alone

Personnel: Milt Hinton (vocals, bass)
Sylvia Syms (vocals)
Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute)
Warren Vache (trumpet)
Kenny Davern (clarinet)
Janice Friedman, James Williams (piano)
Howard Alden (guitar)
Kenny Washington, Jackie Williams (drums)

Recording information: Manhattan Recording Company (06/12/1989-10/10/1990)

Michelle Nicolle Quartet - A Flower Is Lovesome Thing (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:23 | Size: 108.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Azure
02. Sophisticated Lady
03. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart
04. Isfahan / Caravan
05. Day Dream
06. My Little Brown Book
07. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
08. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
09. Cotton Tail
10. I Like the Sunrise

Matthias Lupri Group - Metalix (2005)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:43 | Size: 163.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Metalix Iv Prelude
2. Wondering & Wandering
3. (Another) Lost Creek
4. Still
5. (Still) Lingering
6. Glass Stairs
7. Metalix
8. Metalix Abstract
9. Dream Nocturne
10. Ghost Clusters
11. Lonely Interlude
12. Flowers For Mary Jane
13. Td Vibe Intro
14. Time Design
15. Wondering & Wandering Reprise
16. Metalix Deja Vu

Matthias Lupri: vibraphone, electronics; Myron Walden: alto and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet; Donny McCaslin: tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute; Nate Radley: guitar, electronics; Thomas Kneeland: acoustic bass, electronics; Jordan Person: drums, percussion.

While Same Time Twice (Summit, 2002) found vibraphonist Matthias Lupri emerging as a noteworthy contemporary jazz composer, Transition Sonic (Summit, 2004) represented a significant compositional leap. Lupri fashioned a suite of pieces that, while generally unrelated thematically, ultimately created a longer, more complex narrative whose whole was greater than the sum of its parts. With Metalix Lupri continues honing that process.

This album bears some comparison to Pat Metheny Group's The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005). Not to say that the two records are stylistically the same—they're not. Nor, to be honest, is Lupri as advanced a writer, possessing the same level of orchestral skill as Metheny and his long-time partner, Lyle Mays. The Way Up centers on some specific motifs that pop up in various ways throughout its 68-minute duration. The sixteen pieces on Metalix, while sonically linked, are more discrete. Still, the four idiosyncratic "Matalix tracks are loosely related and the upbeat "Wondering & Wandering makes an appearance at both ends, giving the recording a distinct arc and sense of emotional completeness. Like Metheny and Mays, Lupri often favours irregular meters and shifting bar lines, even as he couches them in melodies so engaging that any complexities are only noticeable on deeper analysis. Metheny Group records, while never short on captivating solos, weigh more heavily on the compositional side of the equation. Lupri, on the other hand, makes great use of the orchestral possibilities of his sextet but clearly favours the improvisational side.

On Metalix Lupri features two rising stars of the New York scene—saxophonists Myron Walden and Donny McCaslin—along with three lesser-known players who have worked with Lupri over the past few years—guitarist Nate Radley, bassist Thomas Kneeland and drummer Jordan Person. Everyone solos with total conviction, and while Radley leans perhaps a tad heavily on an approach that resembles Metheny filtered through Kurt Rosenwinkel, his playing has grown considerably since Transition Sonic and continues to demonstrate real promise. Lupri, too, continues to grow as an improviser. He blends innate lyricism with a remarkable textural sensibility. He cites Gary Burton as a strong influence, and it's no surprise that his approach also shares some common ground with Metheny, who first cut his teeth in Burton's group in the 1970s. "Glass Stairs, with its cymbal-driven pulse, could easily fit within Burton's ECM ouevre. But Lupri also incorporates electronics into his palette, even more so than on Transition Sonic, and so while the roots of Metalix are clear, so too are its contemporary innovations.

At times powerful, at times delicate, this recording also finds Lupri exploring freer territory. For example, he segues the abstract "Ghost Clusters into the plaintive bass clarinet solo of "Lonely Interlude, and ultimately the dark and blues-informed "Flowers for Mary Jane." Lupri is growing as an artist with a capacity to develop long-form concepts and improvise passionately and intelligently. He continues to learn and grow with each album, and Metalix is unequivocally his most evolved and compelling effort to date.

Mark Lewandowski - Waller ( 2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:24 | Size: 107.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Lulu's Back In Town 04:44
2. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead... Susannah 05:12
3. Jitterbug Waltz 06:16
4. Blue Because Of You 03:40
5. Fair & Square In Love 07:03
6. Cinders 04:33
7. It's a Sin to Write a Letter 04:31
8. Have a Little Dream on Me 02:02
9. Ain't Misbehavin' 06:15
10.Honeysuckle Rose 01:55
11.Surprise Ending 03:13
Mark Lewandowski - double bass
Liam Noble - piano
Paul Clarvis - drums
Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller was a true entertainer; a New York trailblazer of his time (1920s to early 1940s), turning out hundreds of songs including those which would become established standards, such as ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ and ‘Jitterbug Waltz’. A jocular, larger-than-life character, his Harlem stride piano and gritty voice were key to a distinctive sound which would inform the jazz of subsequent generations, with solid showtime melodies ensuring its longevity.

Strongly maintaining the integrity of Fats Waller’s music while looking afresh at its present-day possibilities, English double bassist Mark Lewandowski embarked on this concept with clear intent: “I wanted to approach it with respect. Fats’ music is frequently loud, exuberant, even obnoxious at times, as well as wistful and elegant; so I really wanted to strip it down – and, with that in mind, I automatically thought of Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis (their 2009 duo album, Starry Starry Night, has long been a great inspiration to me). As a drummer, Paul demonstrates such great poise and economy, using only brushes throughout the whole of what was a particularly relaxed recording session, whilst Liam’s playful, unpredictability at the piano is perfect for this” (he has skilfully reworked the music of many artists, including Dave Brubeck, Bud Powell… even Elgar). “For the three of us, the experience of improvising so conversationally and intimately felt remarkably equal, and became more of an ongoing commentary rather than a straightforward reinterpretation. Nothing was fixed, the shackles were removed – so I loved the spontaneity and the vulnerability, as well as Liam’s and Paul’s wry take on things.”

With authentically-sampled historical introductions occasionally reinforcing the context, Waller’s eleven tracks unfold organically from the slenderest of wireframes. As Lewandowski says: “Fats would never have written any of those things down; if he composed a new tune, he’d go over to them and play it from the piano.” A similar approach here affords each of the musicians the freedom to respond in their own way while also intertwining their various strands of ideas, so ‘Lulu’s Back in Town’ emerges and then reappears from the trio’s enthusiastically percussive ‘chat’. ‘I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead… Suzannah!!’ fuses together two Fats originals, its countrified bass phrasing sparingly embellished by Clarvis’ irregular snare patterns before Noble runs headlong into it with characteristically oblique swing. Another astute pairing results in ‘It’s a Sin to Write a Letter’, followed by Lewandowski’s animated bass solo ‘Have a Little Dream on Me’; and ‘Blue Because of You’ quicksteps to dashing bass and shuffling brushes as Noble shrugs off its melancholy origins.

Flirtatious favourites ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ and ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ are typically mischievous, nay impetuous, with each player lying in wait to jump off the others’ ideas; ‘Jitterbug Waltz’s familiar descending phrases are avidly seized upon by the ever-inventive imaginings of Noble; and both ‘Cinders’ and ‘Fair and Square in Love’ are deliciously and mesmerisingly held back, the latter hinting at a cool Motown ballad vibe towards its close.

Mark Lewandowski’s final, sung/whistled track – ‘Surprise Ending’ (Jelly Roll Morton’s resigned ‘Why’) – whimsically nods to Waller’s personable, socially-relevant reflections on the mundanity of life, as well as his popular showmanship from the piano. It might even offer a glimpse of future spin-off projects: “We’ve all studied early jazz alongside our more contemporary projects, and everything I do is very heavily informed by the Black-American tradition – it’s how I first fell in love with this music. So it’s been a great way to focus on Fats’ output; and I can even envisage some continuity in us exploring other historical artists in the same way. You can’t hide behind this music, so we wanted it to be as honest as possible, based on our own instincts. We’re using our collective influences of the past to inform how we improvise as contemporary musicians – and I hope, for listeners, it’ll be a gateway to the wider, colorful world of Fats Waller.”

Les Brown & His Band Of Renown - Classics In Rhythm (1950)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 24:12 | Size: 56.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Peter Is A Wolf
2. Prelude No. 7
3. Prelude For Minors Only
4. Charmin' Carmen

Side 2
1. Nocturne No. 2
2. Evening Star
3. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

Les Brown and his Band of Renown : Don Paladino, Bob Fowler (tp) Wes Hensel, Bob Higgins (tp,arr) Ray Sims (tb,vcl) Ray Klein, Dick Noel (tb) Stumpy Brown (b-tb,vcl) Les Brown (cl,as,arr) Abe Most (as,cl) Ronnie Lang (as,cl,fl) Dave Pell (ts) Eddie Scheer (ts,sop,bar) Butch Stone (bar,cl,vcl) Geoff "Jeff"
Clarkson (p) Bobby Gibbons (g) Ray Leatherwood (b) Jack Sperling (d) Frank Comstock, Skip Martin, Ben Homer (arr)

Los Angeles, June 14, 1950
HCO4096 Peter is a wolf Col 39061, CL2561, CL6159
HCO4097 Prelude for minors only Col 39063, CL2561, CL6159
HCO4098 Charmin' Carmen 39061

Les Brown and his Band of Renown : Bob Pring (tb) Bob Drasdine (as,cl) replace Klein and Most

New York, August 10, 1950
CO44557-1A Slaughter on Tenth Avenue pt. 1 Col 39064, CL6159

Tony Rizzi (g) replaces Gibbons, rest same

Los Angeles, September 27, 1950
HCO4264 Prelude No. 7 Col 39062, CL2561, CL6159
HCO4265 Nocturne No. 2 39063
HCO4266 Evening star 39062

Jürg Wickihalder, Barry Guy, Lucas Niggli - Beyond (2017)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:38 | Size: 118.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. A New One
2. Relaxing in The Forest
3. The Valley
4. Return of Ulysses
5. Arts and Crafts
6. Sussholz
7. Dipper
8. Sing!
9. The Last Breath
Recorded November 7, 8, 2016, at Loft Köln.
Mixed in January 2016 at Tonart Studio.

Released April 21, 2017.

Jurg Wickihalder: Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophone
Barry Guy: Bass
Lucas Niggli: Drums
A meeting of three European musicians from different generations each with his own musical background: three sound artists, three virtuosic instrumentalists, three breath-taking improvisers. BEYOND with Jurg Wickihalder, Barry Guy and Lucas Niggl means strong melodies, a deeply affecting and sensuous lyricism, moments of exciting groove and a rare and fascinating textural density.

This trio’s mutual understanding as they interact, which even in complex sections sounds fleet of foot and completely organic, is based upon a common way of working together. For the past couple of years, the Beyond trio has given several concerts. Then, in November 2016, they took themselves off for two days and evenings to Loft Cologne in Germany to record the album. It would be impossible not to notice both their evident desire to play and their joy in working together. For the listener, to hear them heading out from their starting point and into the unforeseen without ever losing their sense of forward motion is a pure pleasure.

Johnny Smith, George Van Eps - Legends: Solo Guitar Performances (1976, 1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:03 | Size: 140.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 - I'm Old Fashioned
02 - Macho's Lullaby
03 - 'Round Midnight
04 - Wally's Waltz
05 - Black, Black, Black
06 - Golden Earrings
07 - Romance de Los Pinos
08 - Nortena
09 - Maid with the Flaxen Hair
10 - Waltz
11 - The Old Castle
12 - Sevilla
13 - Cheek to Cheek
14 - A Foggy Day
15 - Tangerine
16 - Sunny
17 - Why Was I Born
18 - I Didn't Know What Time it Was
19 - Tea for Two
20 - The Man I Love
21 - For You
22 - I Hadn't Anyone Till You
23 - I Could Write a Book

Johnny Smith (acoustic guitar) track 01 -12
George Van Eps (electric 7-string guitar) track 12 - 23

Recording information: 
Colorado Springs, CO (12/23/1976)
Sage & Sound Recording, Hollywo (04/13/1994)

George Kelly - The Music Of Don Redman (1984)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 36:34 | Size: 84.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Mickey Finn 4:04
2. Chant Of The Weed 5:44
3. Cherry 4:59
4. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You? 5:11
5. How’m I Doin’ 4:35
6. I Heard 4:11
7. My Girl Friday 4:41
8. If It’s True 4:11

Acoustic Bass – George Duvivier
Drums – Butch Miles
Electric Guitar – Bucky Pizzarelli
Piano – Richard Wyands
Tenor Saxophone – George Kelly
Trumpet, Alto Saxophone – Glenn Zottola
Don Redman played a major role in the development of modern big band arrangements. His forward looking, sophisticated arrangements made the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra one of the leading big bands of its day. Redman was also a prolific composer and this album collects some of his more engaging tunes. The leader of the group, George Kelly, was a year shy of 70 years old when he brought this outstanding group of instrumentalists into the studio to cut this disc. A contemporary of Redman and a veteran of such historically important groups as the Savoy Sultans and Jay McShann's Orchestra, Kelly is very much at home with this music and his playing shows it. A highlight of the disc is "Chant of the Weed," one of several tunes of the day extolling the joys of marijuana use and features Kelly's Coleman Hawkins'- like tenor sax. Other musical gems are renderings of two of Redman's more popular tunes, "Cherry" and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?," where everyone gets an opportunity to stretch out. Especially prominent are Glenn Zottola's trumpet and the Bucky Pizzarelli guitar. Kelly vocalizes on "Gee Baby." with multi-instrumentalist Zottola playing alto sax in support. Sessions like this are essential as a reminder of the important contributions pioneers like Redman made to jazz and how good their music still sounds when put in the hands of capable, sympathetic musicians like George Kelly and his cohorts.

Duke Jordan Quartet - Misty Thursday (1975)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:44 | Size: 126.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. There's A Star For You (6:28)
2. Hymn To Peace (4:51)
3. Misty Thursday (5:56)
4. Night Train From Snekkersten (6:20)
5. Jealous Blues (5:31)
6. Lady Linda (7:46)
7. I'm Gonna Learn Your Style (8:55)
8. Hymn To Peace take 2 (4:21)
9. Night Train From Snekkersten take 4 (5:33)

Bass – Sam Jones
Composed By, Piano – Duke Jordan
Drums – Roy Haynes
Guitar – Chuck Wayne

Recorded June 30, 1975.