1/22/2018

Walt Weiskopf - European Quartet (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:37 | Size: 121.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Kma 5:30
2 Gates of Madrid 8:53
3 Wizard 7:21
4 See the Pyramid 6:40
5 Darth 9:04
6 Soul Eyes 8:18
7 Bolivia 6:51

Walt Weiskopf - sax
Carl Winther - piano
Daniel Franck - Bass
Anders Mogensen - drums


Label: Amm
 

Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:40 | Size: 143.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Deep River Blues (feat. Jason Isbell)
02. Song And Dance Man (feat. Ricky Skaggs)
03. Saturday Night Shuffle (feat. Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson)
04. Wheelin' & Dealin' (feat. Jd Simo & Charlie Cushman)
05. C-Jam Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton)
06. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay [feat. Jd Simo]
07. Borderline (feat. Amanda Shires)
08. You Don't Want To Get You One Of Those (feat. Mark Knopfler)
09. Keepin' It Reel (feat. Clive Carroll)
10. Looking Forward To The Past (feat. Rodney Crowell)
11. Purple Haze (feat. Jerry Douglas)
12. Rachel's Lullaby (feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
13. Djangology (feat. Frank Vignola & Vinny Raaniolo)
14. Watson Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton)
15. Tittle Tattle (feat. Jack Pearson)
16. The Duke's Message (feat. Suzy Bogguss)

Label: Mascot Records

Accomplice One is a testament to Tommy’s musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from Tommy and his collaborators. The artists who stepped forward to join Tommy in the studio are an impressive list of some of today’s most respected performers, from across the musical spectrum - a lineup including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.
 

Steve Hobbs - Tribute To Bobby (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:30 | Size: 170.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Craving Phenomenon (6:17)
2. Into The Storm (6:22)
3. Besame Mucho (6:02)
4. New Creation (5:31)
5. Tres Vias (5:46)
6. Millie (7:35)
7. Thelonious Funk (5:51)
8. The Road To Happy Destiny (6:04)
9. Blowing In The Wind (6:06)
10. El Sueno De Horace Silver (5:14)
11. In From The Storm (4:45)
12. Let's Go To Abaco! (5:18)
13. Where Or When (3:39)
 
Personnel: Steve Hobbs: marimba, vibraphone; Adam Kolker: tenor and soprano saxophones; Bill O’Connell: piano; Peter Washington: bass; John Riley: drums. Carol Ingbretsen, Maurice Myers, Marvin Thorne: vocals.
 
Steve Hobbs's third CD featuring this quartet is studded with lively compositions, mostly written by him. The paradoxically breezy opener (considering the dark derivation of its title) "The Craving Phenomenon" is an example of this lightness of touch. Hobbs is heard here on marimba as he is on the next track "Into The Storm," a labyrinthine piece played at a helter skelter speed, mostly in 5/4. The standard "Besame Mucho" brings the pace down a little and there's a gripping piano solo from Bill O'Connell. There's a brief self-contained little coda too.

An early Coltrane feel haunts "New Creation" and Adam Kolker's muscular tenor sax certainly adds credence to this groove. "Tres Vias," so named because of its three sections, evinces an innate charm, Hobbs's angular marimba to the fore, is followed by Kolker on soprano and lastly O'Connell on piano. The rock-influenced "Thelonius Funk" shares some similarities with mid-period Frank Zappa when the late iconoclast, experimenting with more complex time signatures employed Ruth Underwood on marimba to great effect. "The Road To Happy Destiny" is an upbeat gospel sounding tune featuring three guest vocalists and replete with a scat solo from Marvin Thorne is followed by a brisk vibes solo from Hobbs. Bob Dylan's "Blowing In The Wind" is afforded a gently respectful treatment with Hobbs featured again on vibes.

"El Sueno De Horace Silver" ("The Dream Of Horace Silver") is a Latin-tinged homage to the great man with some restrained hard bop overtones. "In From The Storm," the second and final track to feature the guest vocalists, is a lush bossa nova with Hobbs again on vibes. The penultimate number is a calypso, "Let's Go To Abaco!" and the set concludes with the Rodgers and Hart song "Where Or When" played at a fairly fast tempo. As its title suggests, this CD is a paean to the late, great vibraphone virtuoso Bobby Hutcherson and its seventy five minutes is filled with attractive pieces, expertly executed. Hobbs main instrument throughout is marimba, an instrument less heard in jazz than others, especially in a soloing context, so it makes for an interesting recording. As a side note, Hobbs has troubled to provide a booklet containing no few than thirteen pages of very informative sleeve notes plus photos, which add useful context to the tracks.
 

Scott Bradlee - Songs I Know By Heart (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:01 | Size: 88.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Hey Jude (3:57)
2. Pure Imagination (3:17)
3. Where Is My Mind (3:22)
4. Honeysuckle Rose (3:00)
5. Redbone (3:18)
6. Perfect Day (3:36)
7. La Vie En Rose (2:28)
8. Rick And Morty Theme (1:59)
9. Space Oddity (3:51)
10. Dream A Little Dream Of Me (3:25)
11. Karma Police (3:39)
12. Super Mario Bros. Theme (2:11)

PMJ founder Scott Bradlee flips the script on this solo piano CD, taking a break from retro-izing new hits to reminisce on some old (and not so old) favorites. On Songs I Know By Heart, Scott takes a musical look back on some nostalgic memories and key influences while delighting in some more recent earworms that have burrowed their way into his brain. Anyone who's been paying attention to PMJ's eclectic mix of song choices and stylistic twists shouldn't be surprised that this very personal playlist runs the gamut from certified rock classics to sentimental treasures and from cutting-edge '90s rock to surprising new discoveries. Whether these songs are old favorites or fresh discoveries, we're sure it won't take long before you know Scott's renditions by heart.
 

Sarah Lancman - A contretemps (2018)


Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz | Total Time: 43:59 | Size: 100.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Don't Lose Me
02. Ca n'a plus d'importance
03. I Want Your Love
04. On s'est aime
05. Wrong or Right? (Sarah's Blues)
06. Love Me Just Your Way
07. Tout bas
08. A contretemps
09. Choro pour les amants eternels
10. Conjugaison amoureuse
11. On s'est aime (Aishiatta koto o)

Label: Jazz Eleven

Released January 19, 2018

Sarah Lancman : vocal, composition ( piano on " Conjugaison Amoureuse")
Giovanni Mirabassi : piano, composition
Gianluca Renzi : doublebass
Toku : vocal & Fluggelhorn
Gene Jackson: Drums
 

Nicolas Simion Trio ‎- Tribute To Johnny (2014)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:10 | Size: 164.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Blues Unison (11:10)
2. Tescani (14:30)
3. Moshu Blues (10:30)
4. October Song (08:21)
5. Jocul Tambalelor (Dulcimers Dance) (10:50)
6. Gluma (Joke) (16:43)

Drums, Percussion – Kruno Levacich
Guitar – Sorin Romanescu
Music By – Johnny Raducanu
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Arranged By, Producer – Nicolas Simion


Recorded live in concert at Sala Arcub, București, 28.11.2014
 

Joyce Cooling - Revolving Door (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:00 | Size: 90.45 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Mildred's Attraction
2. Cool Of The Night
3. Revolving Door
4. At The Modern
5. I'll Always Love You (Ode To The Audience)
6. Come And Get It
7. Little Sister
8. In Case Of Rain
9. Jesse's Bench
10. One Again
 
Label - Narada Jazz

Joyce Cooling - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jamie Brewer - Bass
Billy Johnson (1,4,7,9), David Garibaldi (3,6, 7) - Drums
Bill Ortiz (1,4,6) - Trumpet
Peter Michael Escovedo (1,2,4,9) - Percussion
 

Jeri Southern - Blue Note, Chicago March 1956 (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:17 | Size: 146.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
2. Jeri Introduces Her Trio Members
3. Mad About The Boy
4. You Better Go Now
5. I'm In Love With The Honorable Mr. So And So
6. Dancing On The Ceiling
7. I Get A Kick Out Of You
8. Too Late Now
9. This Can't Be Love
10. Miss Johnson Phoned Again Today
11. One Day I Wrote His Name Upon The Sand
12. It's De-Lovely
13. September In The Rain
14. When I Fall In Love
15. Ev'ry Time
16. He Was Too Good To Me
17. Someone To Watch Over Me
18. Scarlet Ribbons
19. Too Marvelous For Words
20. Something Wonderful
21. I've Got A Crush On You

Recorded at Blue Note Jazz Club, Chicago, IL,
March 4-8, 1956

Jeri Southern, vocals
Al Bruno, bass
Dominic 'Mickey' Simonetta, drums
 
Jeri Southern became one of the most underrated jazz vocal interpreters of the 1950s despite a voice regarded as subpar. Transforming a potential failing into her prime strength, Southern was devastatingly effective at delivering songs charting the downhill romantic life of world-weary everywoman characters. Lyrically focused, somewhat desultory, and definitely lovesick, the style of singing often called, for better or worse, torch songs.

On this trio gig from 1956, the very same year America first completely swooned for Elvis, she accompanied herself daringly on piano with a bassist and a drummer. Her vocal delivery and style is like an audible blue period Monet; lots of tones and grades giving you different things depending on your distance and perspective.

She shows her impressive piano skills on “Too Late Now” as well as “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You”. Yes, she can be upbeat and optimistic as on “Too Marvelous for Words” and “It’s De-Lovely” but these are simply lighter chips on the deeply hued mosaic that is the intoxicating and irresistible Miss Southern. Her biggest hit, “You Better Go Now” includes all her strengths; understatement with vulnerability and a lilting pulse in both her voice and on her piano that sounds like she’s just about to fade into the shadows.

And then, shortly before the record’s close, she does a stunning a capella version of “Scarlet Ribbons” that silences the house and can be heard now as one of the great jazz performances of her time. She’s unexpectedly marvelous all the way through this record but on that one track you can’t help wondering “where did THAT come from?”

This album frames us a woman in total command of her art, bordering ever-so-slightly on cabaret performing, which in her case, is all to the good. She is both a first-rate performer and hypnotizing to listen to. Another one we thoroughly recommend!
 

Jeff Baker - Phrases (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:48 | Size: 172.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Neruda (6:00)
2. And So It Goes (8:54)
3. People Of Paper (5:36)
4. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (7:36)
5. Harbor (8:04)
6. Lost (7:46)
7. A Hundred Less One (5:56)
8. Salinger (5:46)
9. Not 'Cause I Wanted To (6:55)
10. Stay Alive (6:19)
11. Don't Worry 'bout Me (5:56)
 
Personnel: Jeff Baker, voc; Marquis Hill, tpt; Geof Bradfield, ts; Steve Wilson, as; Gregory Uhlmann, g; Clark Sommers, b; Brian Blade, d.; plus Blaise Magniere, violin; Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello.
 
After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009).

The distance between the earthy, basic Of Things Not Seen and the present airy and ethereal Phrases is a vast one. Baker increases his instrumentation dramatically, from a quintet on the former to a septet, adding an additional four as a string quartet for several selections. He also pulls all the stops on his composing, having written the majority of the 11 selections included. Foremost of the original compositions are those based on the writings of Pablo Neruda ("Neruda"), JD Salinger ("Salinger"), and Salvador Plascencia ("People of Paper"). Baker's melodies are lofty and light and his voice, solid with a rich hint of androgyny, meld well with the lyrics garnered.

"Ballad of the Sad Young Men" is nearly perfect in its adaptation to the surrounding material. Pianist Darrell Grant does an admirable job keeping this recording's light-as-air approach aloft and moving forward. It is a recognition of Baker's talent that he attracts bassist Clark Sommers and alto saxophonist Steve Wilson into his creative fray. Baker arrived years ago. It is now time for us to pay attention.
 

George Cotsirilos Quartet - Mostly in Blue (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:02 | Size: 112.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Mostly in Blue 06:55
2 Wes Side Blues 05:53
3 I Wish I Knew 07:13
4 Ms. Luna 06:42
5 Blue Dusk 05:19
6 Crazeology 04:20
7 Lights Out 06:44
8 Down, Not Out 05:41

George Cotsirilos - Guitar
Keith Saunders - Piano
Robb Fisher - Bass
Ron Marabuto - Drums


OA2 Records OA2 22151
 
A fixture of San Francisco's jazz scene for 40 years, guitarist George Cotsirilos presents a new album of original compositions, along with a Warren/Gordon gem, "I Wish I Knew." Taking advantage of his decades long performing relationship with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, Cotsirilos creates a warmly swinging, instantly classic recording.
 

Bob Baldwin - New Urban Jazz.Com (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:35 | Size: 168.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Jeep Jazz 4:41
2. Third Wind 5:14
3. My Cherie Amour 5:26
4. Somebody Else's Guy 4:42
5. Take My Hand 4:22
6. Seems Like One Of Those Daze 4:10
7. She's All That 5:07
8. Too Late (Remix) 6:09
9. All Nite 4:14
10. It Is What It Is 5:07
11. Natural Thing 3:49
12. Flying High 5:36
13. Joe Zawinul 4:14
14. Don't Keep Me Waiting 5:12
15. New Urban Jazz 4:47
16. What Is New Urban Jazz 0:45
 
Label - NuGroove Records

Bob Baldwin - vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass instrument, drums, percussion
Dennis Johnson - drums
Gordon Vernick - trumpet
Adam Mewherter - trombone
Annette E. Brown - background vocals
Chuck Bithorn - percussion
Deji Coker - tenor saxophone
Toni Redd - vocals, background vocals


Also: Phil Perry, Najee, Marion Meadows, Freddie Jackson, Jocelyn Brown, Joey Sommerville, Frank McComb, Zoiea, Asoulbourn, Della Croche, Ike Stubblefield, Tyrone Iris
 

Andy LaVerne Trio - Time Well Spent (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:11 | Size: 133.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Common Knowledge
02. There Is No Greater Love
03. Cantaloupe Island
04. On A Misty Night
05. Time Well Spent
06. I Should Care
07. Lover Man
08. A Single Petal Of A Rose
09. Fall
10. Blue Interlude
11. Stellar
12. Rhythm And Blues

Personnel: Andy LaVerne (piano); George Mraz (bass); Al Foster (drums).

Recorded at Acoustic Sound, NYC, December 15-16, 1994
 
Andy LaVerne is a fabulous pianist with an exquisite touch. The trio includes George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums. They all perform well on Time Well Spent. However, except for Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" and the title track, most of the tracks on Time Well Spent are not memorable. ~ Tim Griggs
 

Andrew Neu - Catwalk (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:14:55 | Size: 173.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Juggernaut (6:09)
2. Zebrano (6:11)
3. Catwalk (7:33)
4. Body And Soul (8:58)
5. My Dear (5:15)
6. What Is This Thing Called Love (5:42)
7. Wasamba (8:02)
8. Too Much Of A Good Thing (7:40)
9. Cinema Paradiso (5:16)
10. Blue Sesame (6:23)
11. Alpha Dog (7:46)

CATWALK is Andrew Neu’s debut big band recording and was recorded at the legendary Eastwest Studios in Los Angeles. It’s produced by Brian Bromberg and features Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Gordon Goodwin and Rick Braun.

“After rehearsing for years with these veteran LA studio musicians I’m thrilled to finally release this exciting and fun collection of modern big band music. We’re lucky to have been joined by some of the living legends in the jazz industry. Having already recorded four contemporary jazz CDs I feel that this is my most honest recording to date!”

The playlist includes eight original compositions as well as the standards Body and Soul, Cinema Paradiso and What Is This Thing Called Love all arranged by Andrew covering swing, Latin and funk.
 

Adam Shulman Sextet - Full Tilt (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:13 | Size: 153.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Fantasy in Db 7:36
2. Lonesome Dream 6:13
3. The Conquerer 9:12
4. San Francisco National Cemetery 9:28
5. Yeah...So 5:24
6. 4th Street Strut 8:44
7. Full Tilt 5:43
8. The Night We Called It a Day 6:18
9. Mr. Timmons 8:33

Adam Shulman piano
Mike Olmos trumpet
Lyle Link alto saxophone
Patrick Wolff tenor saxophone
John Witala bass
Evan Hughes drums


CELLAR LIVE
 
Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great pianist Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova.

In addition to leading his own groups, Adam can also be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber among many others.

Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Ratzo Harris, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra.
 

1/21/2018

Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The First Set (1990)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:34 | Size: 278.08 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The 1990 First Set
1. Cotton Tail
Composed By – Edward Kennedy Ellington 4:53
2. Centrepiece
Composed By – Harry E. Edison, John Hendricks 8:39
3. But Beautiful
Composed By – Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke 7:39
4. The Crawdad Song 4:03
5. St. James Infirmary
Composed By – Joe Primrose 5:30
6. Crazy She Calls Me
Composed By – Carl Sigman, Sidney Keith Russel 5:47
7. Undecided
Composed By – Charles Shavers, Sid Robin 9:12
 
Art Direction – Kent Judkins
Bass – Neil Swainson
Drums – Alan Dawson
Guitar – Ed Bickert
Piano – Gene Harris
Trombone – Al Grey, Benny Powell
Trumpet – Harry "Sweets" Edison
Valve Trombone – Rob McConnell
 
Recorded Live at the Concord Jazz Festival, Concord, CA, August 18 1990
 
The first of three CDs taken from the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival features three trombonists (Rob McConnell, Al Grey and Benny Powell), trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and a fine rhythm section (guitairst Ed Bickert, pianist Gene Harris, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Alan Dawson) playing straightahead jazz. Edison, Powell, Harris, Grey and Bickert have individual features, the full group plays "Cottontail" and the trombonists (without Edison) get to stretch out on "Undecided." Nothing too surprising occurs but the good-humored music (Grey's "St. James Infirmary" is a highpoint) is fun and swinging.
Scott Yanow
 

Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The Second Set (1990)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:55 | Size: 249.16 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The 1990 Second Set
1. The Blues Walk
Composed By – Clifford Brown 4:45
2. Lush Life
Composed By – Billy Strayhorn 6:42
3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Composed By – Duke Ellington
Lyrics By – Bob Russell 6:44
4. Easy Living
Written-By – Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger 5:38
5. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
Composed By – Duke Ellington
Lyrics By – Lee Gaines 6:54
6. Broadway
Composed By – Arthur Freed
Lyrics By – Nacio Herb Brown 9:02

Alto Saxophone – Marshall Royal
Art Direction – Kent Judkins
Bass – Lynn Seaton
Drums – Harold Jones
Flugelhorn – Pete Minger
Flute – Frank Wess
Leader – Frank Wess
Mastered By – George Horn
Piano – Gerald Wiggins
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Wess
Vocals – Lynn Seaton
 
Recorded Live at the Concord Jazz Festival, Concord, CA, August 18 1990
 
The second of three Concord CDs documenting this 1990 festival matches together four veteran horn soloists (Frank Wess on tenor and flute, altoist Marshal Royal, Rick Wilkins on tenor and flugelhornist Pete Minger) with a fine rhythm section (pianist Gerry Wiggins, bassist Lynn Seaton and drummer Harold Jones) for a variety of jazz standards. Wess, Royal and Minger each have features (Royal's outing on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is a highpoint), Seaton sings "Just Squeeze Me" in humorous fashion and the full group jams on "The Blues Walk" and "Broadway." Few surprises occur but fans of straightahead jazz should enjoy this music.
Scott Yanow
 

Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The Third Set (1990)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:23 | Size: 324.57 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
Concord Jazz Festival - Live At The 1990 Third Set
1. Blues In The Closet
Composed By – Oscar Pettiford 6:56
2. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Composed By – Duke Ellington 4:29
3. I Should Care
Composed By – Sammy Cahn 10:15
4. There Is No Greater Love
Composed By – Isham Jones 5:12
5. Skylark
Composed By – Johnny Mercer 6:50
6. On My Own
Composed By – Carole Bayer Sager 4:26
7. Never Make Your Move Toon Soon
Composed By – Nesbert Hooper 15:00

Alto Saxophone – Marshall Royal (tracks: 5)
Bass – Lynn Seaton
Drums – Harold Jones
Guitar – Ed Bickert
Mastered By – George Horn
Piano – Gene Harris
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Wess (tracks: 3)
Vocals – Ernestine Anderson (tracks: 2-7)


Recorded Live at the Concord Jazz Festival, Concord, CA, August 18 1990
 
Although there is no official leader on the CD, this is really an Ernestine Anderson date. Pianist Gene Harris and his quartet (with guitarist Ed Bickert, bassist Lynn Seaton and drummer Harold Jones) romp through Oscar Pettiford's "Blues in the Closet" and then the singer takes over for the final six numbers; Frank Wess guests on tenor during "I Should Care" and altoist Marshall Royal is heard from on "Skylark." Ernestine Anderson is in top form during her well-rounded set with highlights including the lengthy "I Should Care," a swinging "There Is No Greater Love," "On My Own" and a definitive 15-minute version of "Never Make Your Move Too Soon."
Scott Yanow
 

George Cotsirilos - Silenciosa (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:00 | Size: 105.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. My Romance (4:01)
2. Blame It On My Youth (2:37)
3. Just Friends (2:34)
4. My Foolish Heart (3:04)
5. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (3:32)
6. Silenciosa (3:31)
7. Everything Happens To Me (4:39)
8. On Green Dolphin Street (2:54)
9. I Do It For Your Love (2:45)
10. Young And Foolish (4:13)
11. Here's That Rainy Day (3:10)
12. I Should Care (2:29)
13. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (2:47)
14. Some Other Time (2:51)

George Cotsirilos - classical guitar

Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
April 4 & 25, 2003

OA2 Records OA2 22012
 
" His performance is intelligent and bright with virtuosic flashes...
C. Michael Bailey

Bay-area music veteran George Cotsirilos, known for his work as a sideman and his recordings with the all-star "San Francisco Nighthawks," steps out alone on this, his debut solo album. Taking a cue from, and continuing in the tradition of, guitar greats Charlie Byrd, Gene Bertoncini, Lenny Breau and several others, Cotsirilos performs on the nylon string classical guitar, adding new depth to jazz classics in this sophisticated and elegant exploration. Silenciosa is a warm & intimate look at fourteen great standards.
 

Jan-Olaf Rodt Quartet - Shimmering (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:02 | Size: 121.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Walzer 5:01
2 Song for Sigi 5:08
3 Shimmering 7:25
4 Landscape 5:27
5 3.T. 4:30
6 Title 7:22
7 August 4:29
8 Late Night Wiener 7:09
9 Title Duo 6:31
 
Jan-Olaf Rodt - Guitar
Ignaz Dinné - Tenor Saxophone
Jakob Dreyer - Bass
Peter Gall - Drums


All compositions by Jan-Olaf Rodt

Recorded at Studio P4 Berlin
Recording Date February 20th – 21st 2017

UNIT RECORDS
 
The band plays songlike original compositions emphasizing melodies by their insistent sound and blending.
 

Jim Tomlinson - Only Trust Your Heart (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:55 | Size: 131.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 - Makin' Brownies (Jim Tomlinson) 5:22
02 - Only the Lonely (Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen) 5:04
03 - I'm Just a Lucky So and So (Duke Ellington/Mack David) 5:23
04 - Only Trust Your Heart (Benny Carter/Sammy Cahn) 5:55
05 - Just a Child (Johnny Mandel) 6:28
06 - Vienna Blues (Hans Koller) 5:02
07 - Glad to Be Unhappy (Richard Rodgers/Lorentz Hart) 4:53
08 - El Cajon (Johnny Mandel/David Frishberg) 5:21
09 - Blue Corners (Colin Oxley) 4:55
10 - What Will I Tell My Heart (Jack Lawrence/Pete Tinturin/Irving Gordon) 5:02
11 - If You Never Come to Me (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Ray Gilbert/Aloysio Oliveira) 4:34

Recording October 28, 1998 & October 29, 1998 Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly, England

Jim Tomlinson (Tenor Saxophone)
Colin Oxley (Guitar)
John Pearce (Piano)
Simon Thorpe (Double Bass)
Steve Brown (Drums)
Guy Barker (Trumpet) - 3,5,10
Stacey Kent (Vocals) - 3,7,11

 

Joe Diorio - More Than Friends (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:28 | Size: 106.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Just Friends
02. Blues For Jim Hall
03. These Foolish Things
04. The Owl And The Bridge
05. Eclipse
06. Drums Solo
07. Lovely Afternoon
08. The Man I Love
09. O Grande Amor
10. I Love You Too

Guitar – Joe Diorio
Bass – Steve LaSpina
Drums – Steve Bagby


Cover artwork by Joe Diorio

Recording Date: June 8, 1993

Label: RAM Records
 

Lee Konitz - Dearly Beloved (1996)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:24 | Size: 141.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Way You Look Tonight (11:38)
2. Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye (7:45)
3. Someday My Prince Will Come (8:07)
4. Bye Bye Blackbird (11:32)
5. Dearly Beloved (10:53)
6. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (14:24)

Label: SteepleChase SCCD 31406

Lee Konitz - alto & soprano sax
Harold Danko - piano
Jay Anderson - bass
Billy Drummond - drums

 

Martin Lutz Group - In Denmark I Was Born... (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:53 | Size: 88.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Mandela (6:01)
02.Party In the Village (4:02)
03.Deep Leap (3:43)
04.Share (3:15)
05.Tanga Beach (2:55)
06.Soft As Silk (5:43)
07.Right Place, Wrong Dance (2:49)
08.Whole In Our Hearts (3:37)
09.Where Are the Trumpets – Revisited (3:31)
10.Homesick (2:57)
11.In Denmark I Was Born (4:23)

Jacob Rose - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Jakob Skov - alto sax
Mads Ole - tenor & soprano sax
Lars Johnsen - bass
Ricco Victor - drums
Martin Lutz - piano


Label: ROVA Records
 

Michael Cochrane - Footprints: Plays The Music Of Wayne Shorter (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:48 | Size: 155.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Black Nile (5:29)
2. One Bye One (5:24)
3. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum (5:41)
4. Virgo (5:45)
5. ESP (5:58)
6. Footprints (6:49)
7. Ana Maria (5:46)
8. Pinocchio (5:46)
9. Fall (6:06)
10. Infant Eyes (8:32)
11. Speak No Evil (10:03)

Label: SteepleChase SCCD 31476

Michael Cochrane - piano
Ron McClure - bass
Yoron Israel - drums

 

Morild - Nordic Landscapes (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:16 | Size: 87.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Prelude Fjords 3:15
2 Stauper 3:37
3 Northern Lights 3:58
4 Taiga Whispers 4:44
5 Vøringsfossen 3:59
6 Fløyen 3:32
7 Elegy for a Glacier 3:50
8 Arctic Circle 2:52
9 Kjv 3:56
10 Bohuslän 4:38
11 Mølen 2:55

Dag Einar Eilertsen - alto trombone
Marius Noss Gundersen - classical guitar


Label: Gvito Records
 

Phil Parisot - Creekside (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:24 | Size: 139.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Emerald Crescent (7:22)
2 Earth Tones (12:22)
3 Disruption (8:44)
4 Dark Alleys (7:44)
5 Tonic (2:04)
6 Rocket Surgery (7:23)
7 Azalea (4:33)
8 Samurai Rising (1:32)
9 Samurai Fight Song (6:29)
10 Water (2:14)

Tatum Greenblatt - trumpet
Steve Treseler - tenor saxophone
Dan Kramlich - piano
Michael Glynn - acoustic bass
Phil Parisot - drums, cymbals, gong, shaker


Recorded & mixed by Floyd Reitsma
at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
May 16-17, 2017

OA2 Records OA2 22148
 
" Parisot is in his realm here, unleashing a torrent of fills and cymbal accents throughout...The level of pure, seething virtuosity is stunning.
Jazziz Magazine

While composing music for Creekside, his second OA2 release, Seattle drummer Phil Parisot was in reflection on how nature manifests itself within urban environments. An invigorating point of departure, or an enveloping sanctuary, obvious or hidden hints of nature within the daily city grind can act as a social equalizer, returning us quickly to our origins. Parisot runs threads of these thoughts throughout the program while maintaining rich ties to the jazz tradition and his sense of swing. Besides his usual working quartet with Steve Treseler on tenor saxophone, Dan Kramlich on piano, and Michael Glynn on acoustic bass, Creekside features a longtime friend and collaborator, New York trumpeter, Tatum Greenblatt. "...an imaginative composer and an extraordinarily musical soloist." - Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times.
 

Tony Levin, Paul Dunmall, John Edwards - Language Of The Spirit (2005)


Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:37 | Size: 151.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. The Expanded Mind 17:07
2. Language Of The Spirit 19:40
3. Ascending 21:51
4. Being Well 3:57
5. Well Being 4:05

Tony Levin drums
Paul Dunmall tenor, soprano saxophone
John Edwards double bass


Recorded on the 13th March, 2005.
 

VA - Best Of Electro Swing Elite Compilation (2017)


Genre: Electro Swing,  House | Total Time: 2:05:51 | Size: 267.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Phos Toni - Dirty Skirt
02. Wolfgang Lohr & Alice Francis - Still Can Kiss…
03. Jamie Berry - The Performer
04. Sound Nomaden feat. MSP - Swing It
05. The Swing Bot - Got That Swing
06. JFTH - Sunny Days
07. Extra Medium - Mental Note
08. Jazzotron & Manivi - Ain't No Man
09. Zouzoulectric - Shim Sham (Wolfgang Lohr & Louie Prima
10. Nikola Vujicic - SuperSwing
11. C@ in the H@ - Bootlegger Blues
12. DJ Louie Prima & Wolfgang Lohr - Digga Dooh
13. Nikola Vujicic - My Mind
14. Phos Toni & Kalletti Klub - Antons Aktion Swing
15. Sound Nomaden feat. MSP - Locomotive Swing
16. Kitten and The Hip - Dough
17. KimSka - Swing If You Can
18. Wolfgang Lohr - Top Bop
19. Kalletti Klub & Danube's Banks - Swing ohne Geld
20. Phos Toni - Love Me or Leave Me
21. Marc Spieler - Confetti
22. Sound Nomaden feat. MSP - Trompetenkuss
 

1/20/2018

Jackie McLean & Junko Onishi - Hat Trick (1996)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:50 | Size: 122.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Little Melonae (Jackie McLean)
2. A Cottage for Sale (Larry Conley-Willard Robison)
3. Solar (Miles Davis)
4. Bags' Groove (Milt Jackson)
5. Will You Still Be Mine? (Tom Adair-Matt Dennis)
6. Left Alone (Billie Holiday-Mal Waldron)
7. Jackie's Hat (Junko Onishi)
8. Sentimental Journey (Bud Green-Les Brown-Ben Homer)
9. Bluesnik (Jackie McLean)

Personnel:
Jackie McLean (alto sax)
Junko Onishi (piano)
Nat Reeves (bass)
Lewis Nash (drums)
 

Brad Mehldau - New York-Barcelona Crossing Vol. 1 (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:10 | Size: 163.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Wonderful (13:55)
2. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (11:58)
3. Old Folks (10:01)
4. Sushi (7:41)
5. Bodi (8:16)
6. Començar De Novo (8:49)
7. Just One Of Those Things (9:32)
8. No Blues (1:57)
 
Live At Jamboree Club, Barcelona 1993

Brad Mehldau - piano
Perico Sambeat - alto sax
Mario Rossy - bass
Jorge Rossy - drums
 

Brad Mehldau - New York-Barcelona Crossing Vol. 2 (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:20 | Size: 135.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. I've Told Every Little Star (8:56)
2. Un Pocolo Loco (12:25)
3. It's Easy To Remember (7:54)
4. Played Twice (7:35)
5. Dat Dere (11:20)
6. Cousin Mary (8:22)
7. No Blues (3:36)

Live At Jamboree Club, Barcelona 1993

Brad Mehldau - piano
Perico Sambeat - alto sax
Mario Rossy - bass
Jorge Rossy - drums
 

Aldo Romano - Corners (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:51 | Size: 154.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Port Au Prince
02. Petionville
03. Inside Out
04. Song For Elis
05. Brothers Of Land (Camp David)
06. Bianconiglio
07. Storyville
08. Blue Bamboo Blue
09. Il Ritorno
10. Campo Dei Fiori
11. Pietralata
12. Pioggia Sul' Pineto
13. Positano
14. Tompkins Square
15. Belleville

Aldo Romano: drums
Tim Miller: guitar
Mauro Negri: clarinet
Michel Benita: bass
Ronnie Patterson: piano


Recorded in July 1998. Includes liner notes by Aldo Romano.
 
Label: Label Bleu
 
In the recorded interview that punctuates the second CD of Intervista, Aldo Romano's latest album, the drummer gives this answer to a question from Jazz Magazine Editor Philippe Carles on the choice of tuned he recorded: "I don't make records to play the drums, I make records firstly so I can express music; my approach is not only that of a drummer, it's the approach of a composer, at least I hope so". And elsewhere in the conversation, the self-styled "downtown Paris and Italian" drummer adds this about his motivation to write and record: "... the deciding factor for me is meeting up with a musician, otherwise the music remains vague. It's through someone else that I can express the music I'm writing".
 

Bobo Stenson Trio - Contra La Indecisión (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:41 | Size: 154.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Canción Contra La Indecisión (04:12)
2. Doubt Thou the Stars (07:57)
3. Wedding Song From Poniky (07:26)
4. Three Shades of a House (07:11)
5. Élégie (06:11)
6. Canción Y Danza VI (05:14)
7. Alice (06:19)
8. Oktoberhavet (05:52)
9. Kalimba Impressions (03:12)
10. Stilla (04:27)
11. Hemingway Intonations (06:40)

Label: ECM

The great Swedish trio of Bobo Stenson takes a stand against indecision in a decisively beautiful new album. As ever, the trio draws upon a wide range of source materials. A yearning title song by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, Bartók’s adaptation of a Slovak folk song, a piece from Mompou’s Cançons i Danses collection, and Erik Satie’s Elégie are integrated into the program, alongside original compositions by Stenson and Anders Jormin and group improvising. So strong is the group’s character and the musical identity of each of its members that the integration of this material always feels organic and logical. Stenson’s lyrical touch, Jormin’s folk-flavored arco bass and Jon Fält’s flickering, textural drumming are all well-displayed on Contra la indecisión, the trio’s first new recording in six years. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the album was recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in May 2017.
 

Christophe Monniot, Rhoda Scott, Jeff Boudreaux - Blanc Casse (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:26 | Size: 113.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Mack The Knife
2. Amazing Grace
3. Improvisation A 2 Voix
4. Chameleon
5. Before-Over
6. Over The Rainbow
7. Blanc Cassé
8. Mercy Mercy Mercy

Christophe Monniot brought together the legendary barefoot organist Rhoda Scott, and drummer of the New Orleans Jeff Boudreaus to form a trio with the deep colors of soul jazz, swing, love and freedom! Hot rooms with electric and eclectic atmospheres guaranteed! A legendary organist in the jazz and gospel scene, Rhoda Scott is the outstanding guest of saxophonist Christophe Monniot for an electrifying concert.

Christophe Monniot is truly one of the most beautiful emblems of today's jazz! He jostles the genres, plays the academic with the spirit of a fiery free-thinker.

Label: Plaza Mayor Company, Ltd.
 

Denny Christianson, Jan Jarczyk - Goin' Places (2000)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:07 | Size: 153.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Sugar Toes
2. There Is Always Time
3. Goin' Places
4. Isn't She
5. His Piano Piece
6. Her Piano Piece
7. Spatial Effects
8. Music For
9. Arlequin
10. To And Fro

About Denny Christianson: Trumpet, flugelhorn, bandleader. Canadian trumpeter and bandleader, part of their current crop of hard bop, swing and big band players gaining some attention in America. His big band made two recordings featuring guest star Pepper Adams in late '80s. ~ Ron Wynn

About Jan Jarczyk: Pianist and composer Jan Jarczyk was born in Cracow, Poland in 1947. Naturalized American and Canadian, while retaining his Polish nationality. Jan Jarczyk was recognized as an eminent pedagogue to generations of jazzmen in North America. Jan Jarczyk first received classical training at the Music Academy in Cracow. Performing concerti as a soloist, he also obtained a master in composition . Pioneer of the jazz scene, he became a prominent figure and performed in festivals such as Jazz nad Odrą, Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw and Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow. He relocated to North America in 1977, first moving to Boston, where he was invited to join the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, becoming the first non-american to teach harmony and composition. After meeting his wife from Montreal, he settled in 1985 and became associate professor in the jazz area of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University up until the end of his life (august 3rd 2014).
 

Joe Lovano - Universal Language (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:46 | Size: 145.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Luna Park (5:09)
2. Sculpture (9:04)
3. Josie & Rosie (6:48)
4. This Is Always (5:13)
5. Worship (4:55)
6. Cleveland Circle (4:58)
7. The Dawn Of Time (7:25)
8. Lost Nation (6:23)
9. Hypnosis (6:13)
10. Chelsea Rendez-Vous (9:14)

Skyline Studio, NY 1992

Joe Lovano - tenor, alto sax, wood flute, clarinet, drums
Tim Hagans - trumpet
Kenny Werner - piano
Steve Swallow - electric bass
Charlie Haden, Scott Lee - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Judi Silvano - vocal
 

Kit Downes - Obsidian (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:38 | Size: 108.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Kings 06:15
02. Black Is The Colour 03:58
03. Rings Of Saturn 06:09
04. Seeing Things 02:13
05. Modern Gods 04:30
06. The Bone Gambler 04:33
07. Flying Foxes 03:11
08. Ruth's Song For The Sea 05:27
09. Last Leviathan 06:19
10. The Gift 03:03

Label: ECM

Kit Downes’s previous ECM appearance was as pianist on the debut recording of Time Is A Blind Guide in 2015 and he’s critically-regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding young jazz talents. This recording however has little to do with “jazz”, although it could only have been made by an improviser of subtle sensibilities. Some of Downes’s earliest musical experiences were as a church organist and in recent years he has been revisiting the instrument, exploring its sonic possibilities and idiosyncrasies, in improvisations both melodic and textural. In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches – the Snape Church of John the Baptist and Bromeswell St Edmund Church – both in Suffolk – and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. These are very different acoustic spaces housing organs of very different characters which Downes investigates creatively. Alone for most of the album he is joined on one piece (“Modern Gods”) by frequent improvising partner Tom Challenger (tenor sax).
 

Oddgeir Berg Trio - Before Dawn (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:57 | Size: 97.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Mermaid's Dance 05:31
02. Oldies 04:23
03. Here comes the toughest 03:57
04. Springeren 05:10
05. Waltzie 04:37
06. Slattesven 01:45
07. A.c.m. 04:27
08. Ganger 03:53
09. Slogro 04:42
10. Lullaby for S.O. 03:19
11. Postlude 05:13

Stunning debut album by three of Norway's most in-demand session musicians. Atmospheric, yet tight trio compositions between Herbie Hancock and EST.

In the past, the members of the Oddgeir Berg Trio - Oddgeir Berg (piano), Karl-Joakim Wisløff (bass) and Klaus Robert Blomvik (drums) - have remained in the background, acting as instrumentalists for renowned Scandinavian colleagues. With the release of 'Before Dawn', things are about to change. Their album instantly ranks as an excitingly different entry into the long list of piano trios. And despite their decades of combined experience, it sounds every bit as fresh and hungry as you'd expect from a debut.

Thanks to an otherworldly, yet focused ambiance, 'Before Dawn' doesn't so much feel timeless as 'outside of time'. It therefore makes perfect sense, when Berg quotes legends such as Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and EST as influences and inspirations. After all, it is precisely the link between the past and the present, the tension between tradition and progression, which turn the album into such an exciting proposition.

Mesmerising fusion elements are broken up by classic improvisation sections and propelled forward by Klaus Robert Blomvik's simmering breakbeats and pulsating walking bass patterns. Although a touch of the 'Nordic jazz sound' can undeniably be felt, there is a lot more hiding underneath these dreamy arrangements than just sentimental ballads.
 

Paul Motian - Europe (2000)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:24 | Size: 90.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Oska T (2:13)
2. Birdfeathers (3:04)
3. Blue Midnight (7:03)
4. Introspection (5:21)
5. New Moon (5:46)
6. Fiasco (3:21)
7. Gallops Gallop (3:56)
8. If You Could See Me Now (6:23)
9. 2300 Skidoo (4:28)

At Bauer Studio, Ludwigsburg 2000

Paul Motian - drums
Pietro Tonolo - alto & soprano sax
Chris Cheek - tenor saxophone
Steve Cardenas - guitar
Ben Monder - guitar
Anders Christensen - bass
 

Red Richards Quartet - Swing Time (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:28 | Size: 90.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Ounce To The Bounce
Written-By – George Kelly 3:02
2. Once In A While
Written-By – Bud Green, Michael Edwards 6:28
3. Black Butterfly
Written-By – Duke Ellington 6:32
4. I Miss You
Written-By – Bill Pemperton, Red Richards 5:23
5. Them There Eyes
Written-By – Pinkard 4:09
6. Soft Buns
Written-By – Red Richards 4:01
7. There Will Never Be Another You
Written-By – Harry Warren, M. Gordon 5:08
8. Go Red
Written-By – Kelly Owens 4:20

Recorded 15.11.1993

Bass – Carline Ray
Drums – Clarence "Tootsie" Bean
Piano – Red Richards
Tenor Saxophone – George Kelly (4)
Vocals – Red Richards (tracks: 2, 5)
 
Charles Coleridge "Red" Richards (October 19, 1912, New York City – March 12, 1998, Scarsdale, New York) was an American jazz pianist.
After playing classical piano as a child, Richards was moved to turn to jazz after hearing Fats Waller. He played in and around the city of his birth for several years as both soloist and band pianist. In the late 40s and early 50s he worked with several leading jazz musicians including periods in bands led by Tab Smith and Sidney Bechet. During the 50s he worked in the USA and in Europe, playing with diverse artists including Mezz Mezzrow and Frank Sinatra, but spent most of this decade in Muggsy Spanier’s band. After a brief stint with Wild Bill Davison he teamed up with Vic Dickenson to form a band they named the Saints And Sinners. This band remained in existence until the early 70s, after which Richards returned to New York where he worked in various clubs as soloist and leader of small groups. Towards the end of the decade he began touring internationally, an activity he continued throughout the 80s, sometimes as soloist but also as a member of the Savoy Sultans led by David ‘Panama’ Francis. Richards’ best work has always been heard in his role as a band player where he adds swing and drive to any rhythm section. He collapsed and died on stage in New York in March 1998.
AMG

Swing Time is a pleasant, if unspectacular, outing by a group of competent jazz veterans, all of whom have spent most of their jazz lives as sidemen, with only an occasional visit to the recording studio as leader. This is Richards' third trip for the German company Jazz Point, representing a significant portion of his recorded output as leader. In addition to his pianistic contributions, Richards sings on two cuts: "Once in a While" and "Them There Eyes." Again, pleasant interludes, but nothing out of the ordinary, as Richards warbles in his old-fashioned style, reminiscent of one of Jay McShann's soirees into vocalizing. Another veteran who gets a lot of work on the album is tenor sax man George Kelly, best known for his work with the Savoy Sultans -- first with Al Cooper's original group, then 40 years later when they were led by Panama Francis. Kelly's laid-back, lightly swinging sax prevails throughout this session, and is best summed up on "There Will Never Be Another You." The highlight of the session is the Richards/Kelly collaboration on Duke Ellington's "Black Butterfly," in which Kelly's tenor sounds a lot like Benny Carter's alto. The outing ends with a musical cheer for Richards, "Go Red," composed by Kelly Owens, who worked with Big Maybelle and other jump blues artists. This album is a pleasing testimonial to the contributions of performers who have trod the lesser-lit lanes of jazz.
Dave Nathan, AMG
 

Scott Hamilton Trio - Live At Pyatt Hall (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:50 | Size: 151.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Tangerine (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 06:06
02. Estate (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 08:14
03. Three Little Words (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 09:33
04. Darn That Dream (feat. Rossano Sportiello) .04:40
05. You Do Something To Me (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 07:30
06. Black Orpheus (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 07:54
07. Just As Though You Were Here (feat. Rossano Sportiello) 03:36
08. Old Fashioned Love (feat. Rossano Sportello) 08:48
09. Torna A Surriento (feat. Rossano Sportello) 10:43
10. Nel Blu Dipinto di Blue (feat. Rossano Sportello) 06:46
 
Recorded In 2017
 
Tenor man Scott Hamilton and pianist Rossano Sportiello have a rare and special musical bond, on full display in this live set at Vancouver's Pyatt Hall. With the remarkably sensitive bassist J.J. Shakur as their anchor, Hamilton and Sportiello spin a whimsical set of standards, obscure gems, and Italian crowd pleasers. Their carefully selected program shines with wit and charm throughout.
 

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band - Chinese Butterfly (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:35:26 | Size: 198.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Chick's Chums 09:23
02. Serenity 06:39
03. Like I Was Sayin' 06:44
04. A Spanish Song 08:51
05. Chinese Butterfly 11:50
06. Return To Forever 17:29
07. Wake-Up Call 18:13
08. Gadd-zooks 16:17

Stretch Records, Inc. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.
 
Super-Pianist Chick Corea's latest Fusion Band, along with Drummer legend Steve Gadd and Lionel Loueke (guitar), Steve Wilson (sax + flute), Carlitos Del Puerto (bass), and Luisito Quintero (percussion), has already presented live in Germany – the outstanding Ensemble.

On her first double album, there is both new Material from Corea's feather as a title of a glorious Return-To-listen Forever-times. Terrific-made Fusion Jazz of the old school is alive and well, just like these two heroes of the genre.
 

Thomas Strønen & Time Is A Blind Guide - Lucus (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:18 | Size: 122.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. La Bella (04:24)
2. Friday (04:05)
3. Release (05:46)
4. Lucus (03:47)
5. Fugitive Places (07:14)
6. Baka (02:07)
7. Wednesday (05:09)
8. Tension (06:30)
9. Truth Grows Gradually (04:28)
10. Islay (04:01)
11. Weekend (04:47)

Label: ECM

For his album 'Lucus', Norwegian drummer/composer Thomas Strønen presents a revised edition of his acoustic collective Time Is A Blind Guide, now trimmed to quintet size, and with a new pianist in Wakayama-born Ayumi Tanaka. It is released on CD and on 180g vinyl (with a free download code). Tanaka has spoken of seeking associative connections between Japan and Norway in her improvising, a tendency Strønen seems to be encouraging with his space-conscious writing for the ensemble, letting in more light. As on the group's eponymously-titled and critically-lauded debut album there are excellent contributions from the string players the quintet effectively contains both a string trio and a piano trio and Manfred Eicher's production brings out all the fine detail in the grain of the collective sound and the halo of its overtones, captured in the famously-responsive acoustic of Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo in March 2017.
 
Personnel: Ayumi Tanaka (piano), Håkon Aase (violin), Lucy Railton (violoncello), Ole Morten Vågan (double bass), Thomas Strønen (drums, percussion)
 

1/19/2018

Stan Getz & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Their Greatest Hits (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:10 | Size: 112.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1, Getz / Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema 5:24
2. Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd - Desafinado (Off Key) 5:50
3. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave 2:53
4. Stan Getz And Luiz Bonfá - Insensatez (How Insensitive) 3:21
5. Elis Regina And Antonio Carlos Jobim - Águas De Marco (Waters Of March) 3:32
6. Stan Getz - Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) 4:14
7. Getz / Gilberto - Corcovado (Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars) 4:14
8. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) 3:35
9. Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd - Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba) 6:10
10. Astrud Gilberto With Antonio Carlos Jobim - Águas De Beber (Water To Drink) 2:18
11. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Meditation 3:15
12. Getz / Gilberto - Desafinado (Off Key) 4:12
 
Label - Verve Records
 

VA - Blues Harp Boogie: 25 Years Of Blues Harmonica (1993)


Genre: Blues | Total Time: 1:13:05 | Size: 166.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Paul Orta And The Kingpins - Wailing At Weavers
2. King Biscuit Boy - Get It Right
3. Billy Boy Arnold And Tony McPhee - Catfish
4. Louisiana Red With Bill Dicey - Alabama Train
5. Junior Wells With Buddy Guy - Country Girl
6. Greg "Fingers" Taylor With Anson Funderburgh And The Rockets - Soul Survivor
7. Big Walter "Shaky" Horton - Jukin' With Walter
8. Charlie Musselwhite - I'm Goin' Home
9. Sonny Boy Williamson - Your Funeral And My Trial
10. Key & J.J. Malone Featuring Paul Green - Annie Maybe
11. Sonny Blake And Mose Vinson - Bugle Call Blues
12. The Paul deLay Band - Harpoon Man
13. Carey Bell And Muddy Waters - Trouble No More
14. King Biscuit Boy - I've Done Everything I Can
15. Little Walter - Walter's Jump
16. Paul Lamb And The Blues Burglars - You Sure Make Loving Hard
17. Jimmy Reed - Cry Before I Go
18. Big Walter "Shaky" Horton - Rockin' My Boogie
19. The Paul deLay Band - Mine All Mine
20. Junior Wells And Buddy Guy - Hoodoo Man Blues
21. Harmonica Red And Clarence Edwards - I'm Your Slave
22. Greg "Fingers" Taylor With Anson Funderburgh And The Rockets - Dixie Diner
 
Label - Red Lightnin' Records
 

Robert Wolf - Together (2000)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:00 | Size: 140.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Sale De La Tierra
02. Benazuza
03. Valse Pour David
04. Nicolai's Song
05. Chanson Pour Katja
06. Moondance Suite - Convierto De Aranjuez-Adagio
07. Moondance Suite - Passion, Grace & Fire
08. Moondance Suite - La Muсeca De Alcazar
09. Moondance Suite - Gitano Andaluz
10. Moondance Suite - El Paсo Moruno
11. Am Ende des Tages
12. Flor De La Noche
13. Gloria
14. Anna
15. Dedicated To ...

Robert Wolf - Guitar
Roy Hargrove - Flugelhorn
Wolfgang Lohmeier - Percussion
David Gazanov - Piano
Renauld Garcia Fons - Bass
Trilok Gurtu - Percussion
Mulo Francel - Tenor Sax, Cello, Soprano Sax
Knud Mensing - Guitar
Markus Korselt - Cello
Paco De Lucia - Guitar
Cristof von Haniel - Grand Piano


Recorded and mixed at Tonstudio Schlag except:
"Sal De Tierra" additional recording at Sound Studio N, Cologne
"Nicolai's Song" additional recording at Gaga Studio, Hamburg
"Dedicated To..." recorded at Cine Arte, Madrid
mixed at Mad Hatter, Los Angeles

2000 Skip Records GmbH.