Sam Most - From The Attic Of My Mind 1978

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:34 | Size: 105.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.What Is Is (6:34)
2.Breath Of Love (5:49)
3.Blue Hue (5:49)
4.You Are Always The One (7:31)
5.Child Of The Forest (5:46)
6.One Forgotten Yesterday (4:13)
7.Keep Moving (6:07)
8.Out Of Sight, In Mind (6:29)
Sam Most - flute
Kenny Barron - piano
George Mraz - bass
Walter Bolden - drums
Warren Smith - percussion

Russell Peterson & Friends – Jazz Rock Saxophone (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:37 | Size: 145.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Latin Pants 4:48
2. Girl From Ipanema 6:51
3. Southwestern Corner 6:31
4. Heal 6:23
5. Rhythm Changes (All of Us) 6:14
6. A Minor Blues 6:58
7. Is It You? 5:24
8. Tin Tin Deo 10:30
9. In Your Face! 4:17
10. Georgia On My Mind 6:41
Friends on this recording:
Tom Strait, Simon Rowe, Allen Carter, Chris Hitt, Alex Pershounin, Bill Law, Jesse Braunagel, Matt Patnode, Josh Argall, Nat Dickey, David Ferreira, Jon Rudolph, Doug Neill, Nick Peterson,
Steve Jennings Sarah Morken, Dave Hanson
This record is a mix of all the things I love to do: Fusion, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Swing, etc... I'm lucky I get to perform in all these styles with all these great musicians weekly. Hope you enjoy this record as much as I enjoyed making it.
~ Russ Peterson

Rudiger Krause - A Guitar Named Carla (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:11 | Size: 108.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Intro - Like Animals 01:20
02. Time and Us 04:39
03. Real Life Hits 03:58
04. Ida Lupino 03:02
05. Musique mecanique III 05:13
06. Utviklingssang 04:59
07. Funnybird Song 02:59
08. Four Banana 04:57
09. Reactionary Tango 07:50
10. Escalator Over The Hill 05:07
11. Lawns 08:07
The versatile composer, arranger and guitar virtuoso Ruediger Krause has been heard in bands led by Guenther Fischer, ECHO winner Céline Rudolph, Esther Kaiser, and his own trio Electric Krause. Inspired by jazz composer Carla Bley to arrange a number of her compositions for a varied array of acoustic and electric guitars has resulted in Krause's new album A Guitar Named Carla, a swinging to romantic tribute to this great artist that features Ms. Bley and bassist Steve Swallow on the album's final track, which they also arranged. Includes the legendary song Escalator Over The Hill.

Rubens Salles - Liquid Gravity (2015)

Genre: Jazz Fusion | Total Time: 53:19 | Size: 122.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Beb / Vale da Ribeira 07:43
02. Gravity 06:54
03. Rarefeito 05:24
04. 2′35″ 02:34
05. Jogral 03:34
06. Liquid 05:22
07. Anormal 10:26
08. 2′37″ 02:37
09. Penumbra 08:45

Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1989)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:52 | Size: 378.98 MB | FLAC
02-Question And Answer
03-H & H
04-Never Too Far Away
05-Law Years
06-Change Of Heart
07-All The Things You Are
08-Old Folks
09-Three Flights Up

Roy Eldridge and Benny Carter - Urbane Jazz (1955) 2010

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:18:32 | Size: 165.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Still Love Him So 05:47
02. The Moon Is Low 06:07
03. I Missed My Hat 05:20
04. Ballad Medley 06:20
05. Polite Blues 08:36
06. Close Your Eyes 02:40
07. Wheres Art 04:07
08. I Dont Know 04:37
09. Striding 04:37
10. Wailing 03:14
11. The Moon Is Low (78 Version) 02:29
12. The Moon Is Low (Atl Tk) 03:10
13. I Missed My Hat 05:27
14. Close Your Eyes 02:43
15. Ballad Medley 05:45
16. Les Tricheurs 03:15
17. Phils Tune 04:23

Roy Campbell - New Kingdom (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:19 | Size: 143.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.I Remember Lee (10:38)
2.Angel (7:18)
3.Thanks to the Creator (6:21)
4.For C.T. (10:31)
5.Mariescia (5:54)
6.Frankenstein & Igor (8:44)
7.Peace (3:51)
8.Spiritual Rejuvenation (11:02)
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Ricardo Strobert
Double Bass – William Parker
Drums – Zen Matsura
Tenor Saxophone – Zane Massey
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Roy Campbell
Vibraphone – Bryan Carrott

Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Vibrations 1976

Genre: Soul | Total Time: 40:42 | Size: 94.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Domelo (Give It To Me) (4:00)
2.Baby I Need Your Love (2:30)
3.Higher (4:02)
4.The Memory (4:31)
5.Come Out And Play (3:45)
6.Better Days (3:17)
7.Searching (4:10)
8.One Sweet Love To Remember (4:20)
9.Vibrations (3:00)
10.Moving Grooving (5:01)
11.Baby You Give Me A Feeling (3:02)
Roy Ayers - vibes, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, vocal, percussion
Philip Woo - piano, electric piano, synthesizer, harmonica
Justo Almario - tenor saxophone
John Mosley - trumpet
Calvin Banks - guitar
William Allen - bass
Steve Cobb - drums
Chano O'Ferral - perc.
Chicas - vocal

Roots Magic - Hoodoo Blues (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:43 | Size: 130.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Hard Blues
02. Unity
03. The Sunday Afternoon Jazz and Blues Society
04. Blues for Amiri B.
05. Dark Was the Night
06. A Call for All Demons
07. Poor Me
08. The Joint Is Jumping
09. I Can't Wait Till I Get Home
10. The Sunday Afternoon Jazz and Blues Society (Alternative Take)
Alberto Popolla - clarinets
Rico DeFabritiis - alto sax
Gianfranco Tedeschi - double bass
Fabrizio Spera - drums

Luca Venitucci - Organ, Melodica, Amplified Zither

Ronnie McNeir - Rare McNeir 1996

Genre: R&B | Total Time: 1:03:12 | Size: 182.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Baby I Know (Remix)
02. A Different Kind Of Love
03. The Lonely Superstar
04. Southern Pearl
05. Ain't No Woman, Like My Baby
06. This Is My Prayer
07. I Want To Thank You
08. Strong For Each Other
09. The Good Side Of Your Love
10. Your Best Friend And Me
11. I'll Come Running Back
12. Remember Baby
13. I Got Someone
Arranged By [Horns], Arranged By [Strings] – Johnny Allen
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Ronnie McNeir (tracks: 1, 3 to 13)
Backing Vocals – Cindy Douglas, Donna Davis, Marc Leroi Cummings, Pam Vincent, Ronnie McNeir
Bass – Anthony Willis, Billy Hue Sumler, Ronnie Overton
Drums – Carl Graves, Jerry Jones (2)
Executive-Producer – Jaffa (Joy-Ful) Ward, Mike (Hiccups) Ward
Guitar – Rance Allen, Robert Willis
Keyboards – Marc Leroi Cummings, Ronnie McNeir
Liner Notes – Dr Bob Jones
Percussion – Mike Griswald, Mike Frantangelo
Producer – Don Davis (2)
Tenor Saxophone [Solo], Alto Saxophone [Solo] – Eli Fountaine

Ron McClure - Never Always 1994

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:28 | Size: 146:08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.I Hear A Rhapsody (7:07)
2.Never Always (6:50)
3.Moor (5:21)
4.Valentine Blue (6:07)
5.I'm Your Pal / Falling Grace (6:30)
6.Memory Of Scotty (6:32)
7.Gloria's Step (5:50)
8.Beautiful (7:10)
9.Whims Of Chambers (6:13)
10.When Face Gets Pale (4:59)
11.Like Someone In Love (7:35)
Ron McClure - bass
Don Friedman - piano
Billy Hart - drums

Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio - Hildener Jazztage Live 2015

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:39 | Size: 134.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Laverne walk
02 Parade
03 Untitled
04 Band & tracks introduction
05 Candle light for Jim Hall
06 Spoken interlude
07 Edith theme from 'Blind faith'
Russell Malone, guitar
Donald Vega, piano
Ron Carter, bass

Robin Gregory - Something To Live For (2015)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 41:33 | Size: 96.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Sentimental Journey (3:31)
02. Take The 'A' Train (3:08)
03. Stormy Weather (6:04)
04. Why Don't You Do Right (3:31)
05. Something To Live For (6:59)
06. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (2:52)
07. Strange (3:14)
08. I'd Do Anything (3:39)
09. It's Magic (4:50)
10. You Turned The Tables On Me (3:45)

When I sing, I want to tell a story. Although rhythmic concepts, melodic techniques, and chord changes are important, when people listen to a singer, they want to be moved. They want to be touched. They want to journey to those places within themselves that are not easy to reach, on an ordinary day. My goal is to reach those places, and to bond with the listener in a mutual acknowledgement of the commonality of human feeling. Jazzmusic, which finds its ultimate roots in the blues, is a music which grabs the emotion, stirs the intellect, causes intense reflection, makes your foot tap, and more often than not, just makes you feel really happy. My fervent wish is that when you hear my music, you remember yourself.

"If you think about it, many of the most memorable jazz recordings through the years have had a high degree of sensuality. That goes for instrumentals, as well as vocals. Of course, it was true of Lady Day, and Sarah Vaughan, but it's equally true of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Bill Evans. Robin Gregory continues in that luscious tradition. Her velvet voice and lovely phrasing speaks to your ears and gently caresses your heart." - Bud Spangler, music producer

"Robin Gregory uses dusky contralto tones, subtle phrasing, and crystalline enunciation to draw the listener into the romance of her thoughtfully chosen material, from "Funny (Not Much)" and "Mood Indigo" to "Poor Butterfly", and the title track. Her musical portraits are elegantly framed by pianist-arranger, Bliss Rodriguez; bassist, Michael Jones; and drummer, Jimmy Robinson" - Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

Rob Price Quartet - I Really Do Not See The Signal (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:11 | Size: 119.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I Really Do Not See The Signal 6:34
2. Girasol 7:35
3. Modern Mongoose 5:41
4. Dashiell Hammet & Barbara Pym 5:46
5. Viae Ferae 8:35
6. Chambara 6:03
7. Mango 6:38
8. H.P. Lovecraft Slept Here 7:20
Rob Price - guitar
Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone
Trevor Dunn - bass
Jim Black - drums
From Michael Caratti's review on the All About Jazz website: "I Really Do Not See The Signal is the second Rob Price Quartet record, following At Sunset (Gutbrain, 2004), which featured Ellery Eskelin, Trevor Dunn and Joey Baron. This recording, with Jim Black replacing Baron on drums, is both more aggressive and adventurous in its approach.
"Each piece on the album was written specifically for these musicians, who bring intensity and ingenuity to the recording. Price's understated and tasteful guitar work provides his band the space to explore all textural and dynamic extremes. Eskelin is inspiring, exquisite in tone and fearless in range, while ex-Mr Bungle bass man Dunn and downtown New York City drum hero Black offer unending drive.
"The scope of Price's compositions is enlightening. Exploring elements of hardcore rock and explosive free jazz, the album presents a series of ideas which flow seamlessly into one another, leaving one in anticipation of where the music will go next. The opening title track sets the pace, centered around a spikey guitar motif, with Black and Dunn creating an unnerving false start through off-beat syncopation, before launching into a heavy as you like bass and drum brew, over which Eskelin spews out long, contorted lines.
"Edgy ballads like 'Dashiell Hammett & Barbara Pym' sit in glorious resistance against the brutal force of 'Chambara.
' The disjointed 'Girasol' and bop-inspired 'Mango' are also highlights. Truly representative of the downtown New York sound, this record is essential listening for anyone into music with balls."
Cadence Magazine's reviewer Jason Bivins wrote:
"I'd heard good things about Price's previous work but this disc is my first encounter with his music. He's not the most ostentatious player, which tends to serve his music well. It also gives plenty of room to his high energy band, for Eskelin's always-inventive expressions and the bustling vigor of Dunn and Black, both supple and muscular. Price, to put it somewhat simply, rocks out quite a bit, with a heavy use of distortion and a predilection for walls of sound and repeating licks. He's got more in his bag, though, and he's also a canny enough player for this not to overwhelm the music - indeed, he uses the distorted tones resourcefully to generate lots of texture ('Dashiell Hammett & Barbara Pym') and some nice fractured rhythms ('Girasol' and the bouncing 'Modern Mongoose'). Eskelin sounds inspired throughout, responding to Price's dense figures with some straight-up wailing, goosed along by Black and Dunn too. If you like high-intensity improv - with a dash of space rock, some occasional balladry, and a backbone of funk - you'll enjoy this disc." 

Riona Sally Hartman - Big Starving Thing (2015)

Genre: Jazz/Folk Vocals | Total Time: 34:19 | Size: 80.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Handholding (4:17)
02. Show Me (3:58)
03. Frida Kahlo’s Delight (4:28)
04. Same But Better (4:39)
05. Broken Woman (1:57)
06. Kamikaze (5:44)
07. Sea Legs (3:29)
08. Daises (3:22)
09. Screamer (2:25)

Rick Fay - Hello Horn! (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:29 | Size: 140.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Shine (4:17)
2.Limehouse Blues (4:15)
3.Squeeze Me (4:31)
4.Someday Sweetheart (4:58)
5.Japanese Sandman (4:38)
6.Rose Of Washington Square (3:11)
7.Two Buck Tim (4:16)
8.Hello Horn! (3:58)
9.Spain (4:48)
10.Lone Pine (4:12)
11.Do What Your Mother Did (5:15)
12.Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You (5:14)
13.Cake Walkin' Babies From Home (5:20)
14.Take-A-Bow Blues (4:36)
Rick Fay - tenor & soprano sax, clarinet, vocal
Charlie Bornemann - trombone, vocal
Lee Richardson - sousaphone, bass
Ernie Carson - cornet, vocal
Paul Scavarda - banjo & guitar
Tom Baldwin - piano
Pat Doyle - drums

Richard Navarro - Let Go Light 2015

Genre: Jazz/Folk | Total Time: 33:20 | Size: 76.36 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Where I End You Begin (2:38)
02. Carry (4:04)
03. Seabirds (2:54)
04. Mulberry And Rye (3:31)
05. Roundabout (3:10)
06. Salt And Light (4:03)
07. Cloud Lemonade (3:39)
08. Sweet Nothings (3:15)
09. Heaven Sees (2:56)
10. Sorry (3:10)
Evocative and uplifting, the music of Richard Navarro takes the folk traditions of melody and storytelling and supercharges them through live looping and improvisation.

On 14th February 2015 the singer and multi-instrumentalist will release his LP ‘Let Go Light’ to coincide with a headline tour of small theatre venues in the UK. The songs – mostly co-written with his double bassist Nicholas Thurston – combine lyricism and sharp social commentary with lush violins, infectious bass lines and a sprinkling of percussion.

Recorded and produced at home by Richard himself in a tiny attic bedroom, before being impeccably mixed by Al Green, the album’s first release, ‘Seabirds’, has caught the attention of BBC6’s James Robins, who describes it as ‘wondrously catchy’, combining ‘elements of folk and jazz with a sprinkling of magic to create an off-kilter mix of gorgeous weirdness.’

Richard "Grove" Holmes - Dancing In The Sun (1977)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:50 | Size: 92.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Misty (12:43)
02.Dancing In The Sun (10:55)
03.Calypso Holiday (8:10)
04.Let's Groove (8:35)
05.Highway Of Life (3:00)
Richard "Groove" Holmes - organ, mini korg
Mario Sprouse - piano, tack piano, mini korg
Stanley Lindquist - baritone saxophone
Jeff Gordon - tenor saxophone
Alex Foster - alto saxophone
Karen Joseph - flute, piccolo
Jose Sprouse,Jr. - vibs, cowbell
Khalid Moss - acoustic piano (2,5)
Wayne Morrison - electric guitar
Doug Wilson - drums & whistle
Phillip Mason - percussion

Rich Perry - Organique (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:43 | Size: 125.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Toys 9:59
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was 9:05
3. Afternoon In Paris 10:04
4. Without a Song 9:16
5. Thad's Pad 10:03
6. Dance Of The Infidels 8:16
Rich Perry - tenor saxophone
Gary Versace - Hammond B-3 organ
Jeff Hisrshfiled - drums
As with the majority of his previous dates, Perry falls back on a program of standards and covers, but his distinctive bop-based phrasing stubbornly resists predictability. Versace fills a multi-purpose role very similar to the one he fielded as a member of saxophonist Ellery Eskelin’s New York Organ Trio around the same time, generating slippery leads, responsive comping and resonant, rippling bass lines with equal expertise. He bathes it all in a warm, enveloping tonal gloss that works as an instant relaxing agent on the ears and in the service a phraseology that repeatedly evades B-3 cliché.

Red Richards - Echoes Of Spring 1998

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:41 | Size: 149.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.There Will Never Be Another You (9:38)
2.I Can't Give You Anything But Love (6:11)
3.Them There Eyes (4:52)
4.S'wonderful (6:28)
5.Isn't It Romantic (7:54)
6.Daydream (7:25)
7.I'm In The Market For You (4:59)
8.Echoes Of Spring (4:43)
9.It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (6:48)
10.Things Ain't What They Used To Be (6:43)
Red Richards (vocals, piano); Claude "Fiddler" Williams (vocals, violin); Norris Turney (alto saxophone); Joe Ascione (drums). Recorded live at Nick Vollebregts Jazzcafe, Laren, Holland in 1997.
Richards began playing classical piano at age ten, and concentrated on jazz from age 16 after hearing Fats Waller. His first major professional gig was with Tab Smith at New York's Savoy Ballroom from 1945 to 1949. following this he played with Bob Wilber (1950–51) and Sidney Bechet (1951). He toured Italy and France in 1953 with Mezz Mezzrow's band alongside Buck Clayton and Big Chief Moore, also accompanying Frank Sinatra during his time in Italy. He played with Muggsy Spanier on and off from 1953 through the end of the decade, and with Fletcher Henderson in 1957-58. In 1958 he did some time as a solo performer in Columbus, Ohio, then played with Wild Bill Davison in 1958-59 and again in 1962.

In 1960 he formed Saints & Sinners with Vic Dickenson, playing with this ensemble until 1970. He joined Jazz drummer Chuck Slate and his band in 1971 and stayed with him most of the year. He recorded an album with Chuck called "Bix 'N All That Jazz" Following this he did work with Eddie Condon (1975–77), then played with his own trio in 1977-78. He played with Panama Francis's group, the Savoy Sultans, worldwide from 1979 through the 1980s. He recorded with Bill Coleman in 1980. He continued to tour almost up until the time of his death.

Red Richards - Dreamy (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:43 | Size: 152.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Petite Fleur (4:34)
02. Dreamy (5:21)
03. I'm In the Market for You (4:04)
04. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (5:02)
05. This Year's Kisses (3:56)
06. Blues In C Red Richards (4:47)
07. Too Close for Comfort (4:00)
08. If It's True (4:12)
09. If You Were Mine (3:46)
10. You Do Something to Me (4:56)
11. I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face (4:59)
12. Day Dream (4:53)
13. Come Rain or Come Shine (5:07)
14. I Thought About You (5:01)
15. No One Else But You (3:15)
Red Richards - piano solo

Ray Anthony - Standards (1955)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:08 | Size: 67.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Skip To My Lou
02. All Of You
03. Christopher Columbus
04. Love's Old Sweet Song
05. Don't Be That Way
06. Night And Day
07. Vilia
08. 'S Wonderful
09. Mr Ghost Goes To Town
10. Heat Wave
11. Pennies From Heaven
12. King Porter Stomp

Raphaele Atlan - Give It Time (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:03 | Size: 111.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Pursuit
02. Trente ans
03. Summer Song
04. Give It Time
05. Night Passengers
06. Tous ces mois de juillet
07. Rise
08. Rio
09. Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce
10. Real
11. What Remains
After her first album, Inner Stories, which received a critical acclaim in 2011, and a French tour in 2012, the singer and pianist Raphaele Atlan went back to the studios in 2014 to record Give It Time, essentially made of personal compositions that reveal a unique and creative kind of jazz, a universe full of energy, sweetness and poetry. In this second opus, her music is more than ever a reflection of herself : generous, multifaceted, enthusiastic, and deeply turned towards the world.

Born from a need to escape, several trips as many contemplative wanderings between three bright cities, NYC, Rio and Paris, this second album Give It Time shows the need for authenticity and new horizons that characterizes the young singer and pianist, gifted with an exceptional voice. In addition, the album is in itself a thought about the concept of time : the time one takes to fulfill oneself and make choices, the time one takes to discover, feel, leave ; time : the greatest vertigo of all, as well as our best ally in life…

Tito Puente - Masters Of The Last Century: Best Of Tito Puente (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:48 | Size: 104.89 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Tito Mambo
2. Caravan Mambo
3. Mambo Diablo
4. Mari Juana
5. Mambo En Blues
6. Coco My My
7. Guaguancó En Tropicana
8. Lo Dicen Todos
9. Ta Bueno Pa Baila
10. Preparen Candela
11. Drinking Mambo
12. No Lo Hago Mas
13. Baile Mi Mambo
14. Nuevo Mambo
15. Oye Lo Que Tiene El Mambo
16. Mamey Colorao
An indefatigable visitor to the recording studios, Puente recorded his 100th album, The Mambo King, in 1991 amid much ceremony and affection (an all-star Latin music concert at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre in March 1992 commemorated the milestone), and he kept adding more titles to the tally throughout the '90s. He also appeared as a guest on innumerable albums over the years, and such jazz stars as Phil Woods, George Shearing, James Moody, Dave Valentin, and Terry Gibbs played on Puente's own later albums. Just months after accepting his fifth Grammy award, he died on June 1, 2000. Several months later, Puente was recognized at the first annual Latin Grammy Awards, winning for Best Traditional Tropical Perfomance for Mambo Birdland.

Sonny Stitt meets Sadik Hakim (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:06 | Size: 132.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Christopher Street Jump (3:53)
2.Little Girl Blue (4:12)
3.Easy To Love (5:54)
4.You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (6:50)
5.South Georgia Blues (4:08)
6.All God's Children Got Rhythm (4:54)
7.Round Midnight (7:30)
8.Fine And Dandy (3:52)
9.Easy To Love (Alt.Take) (4:51)
10.You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Alt.Take) (4:22)
11.Round Midnight (5:38)
12.Fine And Dandy (Alt.Take) (4:04)
Sonny Stitt - tenor & alto sax
Sadik Hakim - piano
Buster Williams - bass
J.R. Mitchell - drums

Mr. James Brown - Gettin’ Down To It (1969)

Genre: Soul / Jazz | Total Time: 48:38 | Size: 110.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
A1. Sunny 3:19
A2. That's Life 4:27
A3. Strangers In The Night 3:22
A4. Willow Weep For Me 4:42
A5. Cold Sweat 5:02
A6. There Was A Time 2:58
B1. Chicago 2:52
B2. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 7:20
B3. Time After Time 2:40
B4. All The Way 3:41
B5. It Had To Be You 2:43
B6. Uncle 2:34
James Brown - vocals
Marva Whitney - vocals
Frank Vincent – piano
Guest:Kenny Poole, Lee Garrett - guitar
Lee Tucker - bass
Dee Felice - drums
Recorded at King Studios, Cincinnati, December 1968, March 1969

Laura Tate - Songs From My Suitcase 2013

Genre: Soul / Vocal | Total Time: 40:56 | Size: 94.27 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Blue Moon
02. Stormy Weather
03. Cry Me a River
04. Since I Fell for You
05. Fly Me to the Moon
06. I'm a Fool to Want You
07. Once
08. Round Midnight
09. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. At Last
11. Come Rain or Come Shine
Whether she is singing Broadway hits or ballads, pop favorites or original compositions, Laura Tate brings heart and soul to her performance and recordings. The versatile singer, actor, producer, and community advocate continues to mesmerize audiences in both intimate cafes and huge concert halls, reaching each listener with her smooth sultry torch singer voice and warm stage presence.

In this new album, she breathes new life into some of the most-beloved classics in the history of popular love songs, and debuts an original work, "Once" by longtime friend, songwriter/producer Joe Plewa. With her signature smoky voice and her expressive, soulful style, Laura beautifully conjures up sweet memories for many listeners while introducing these standards to a whole new generation of fans.

John Turk - Home Grown (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:53 | Size: 111.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Somebody Luvs U (3:53)
02. He Sings To Me (Feat. Cheryl Serame) (4:44)
03. Blues For Pop (7:30)
04. Sophia (4:51)
05. Funk Dat (3:08)
06. Wade In The Water (4:25)
07. What A Friend We Have (2:33)
08. If U Want Me To Stay (6:04)
09. Days Of Wine & Roses (4:18)
10. Big P (6:27)
For those who know John Turk and his love for music, they know he is a man of few words and he chooses them carefully. Just like his communication style, his music is easily recognizable. Rich, soulful and full of history and you can never get enough of his tasty robust sound.
John's latest project" Home Grown" is a very tasty b3 Hammond organ gem (released Sept. 2014). A long awaited b3 organ music project that highlights originals mixed in with well known classics all infused with that signature John Turk b3 organ swing thang. Blues, Funk, R&B, Gospel & Jazz, this project has it all. Just like a great book, it's a page turner and you won't want to miss a beat.
The crew on the CD boasts a 'who's who' list of well known artists such as Carl Lockett (Guitar), Ron E. Beck (Drums), James Levi (Percussion), Greg Crockett (Guitar/Bass) Keith Hatchell (Bass), Tim Landis (Guitar), Lorn Leber (Guitar), Cheryl Serame (Vocals) and Charles McNeil (Tenor Saxophone). All represented by well know groups such as Tower of Power, Jimmy Smith, Chuck Mangione, Herbie Hancock, Natalie Cole, The Greatful Dead, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Narada Michael Walden and more.. Bring your dancing shoes, the CD does not disappoint.

Irvin Mayfield - Irvin Mayfield (1999)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:04 | Size: 135.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.The Great M.D. (9:01)
2.Right Here, Right Now (5:57)
3.Body And Soul (6:29)
4.Immaculate Conception (6:52)
5.Midnight Theme (9:03)
6.You're My Everything (5:39)
7.Lascivious Intervention (8:47)
8.Giant Steps (3:22)
9.Ninth Ward Blues (4:54)
Irvin Mayfield - tp
Delfeayo Marsalis - tb (4)
Stephen Walker - tb (9)
Donald Harrison Jr. - as (1, 2, 4-6)
Aaron Fletcher - as (7, 9)
Peter Martin - p (1, 2, 5-7)
Ellis Marsalis - p (3)
Victor Atkins - p (4, 8, 9)
Rueben Rogers - b (1, 2, 5-7)
David Pulphus - b (4, 8, 9)
Adonis Rose - d (1, 2, 5, 6)
Troy Davis - d (4)
Jaz Sawyer - d (7-9)

Howard Riley Trio - Angle (1969)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:56 | Size: 103.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
07.Three Fragments
Bass – Barry Guy
Drums – Alan Jackson
Piano – Howard Riley

Hendrik Meurkens / Misha Tsiganov - Junity 2014

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:40 | Size: 141.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Blackbird (5:16)
2.Luiza (4:08)
3.Lady Bear's Lullaby (6:11)
4.Junity (4:45)
5.Norwegian Wood (4:14)
6.Olena (3:57)
7.Pent Up House (4:17)
8.Ruby, My Dear (4:46)
9.Menina Na Janela (3:57)
10.West Coast Blues (5:00)
11.Scriabin (4:38)
12.Close Enough For Love (6:43)
13.Etude Op. 2, No. 1 (3:48)
Personnel: Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica; Misha Tsiganov: piano; Oleg Osenkov: bass (1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12); Willard Dyson: drums (1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12).
Junity? No, that's not a misprint. Take "junto," the Brazilian word for together, and marry it with "unity"; that's how you get "junity," a hybridized term that accurately describes the relationship between harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens and pianist Misha Tsiganov. These two men have been playing together for nearly a decade, appearing together on stages across the world and pleasing Meurkens albums like Samba To Go! (Zoho Music, 2009) and Celebrando (Zoho Music, 2012). Junity, a program containing seven harmonica-piano duo tracks and six quartet performances, highlights their simpatico relationship. This record is the first to focus in on the Meurkens-Tsiganov partnership, but it's not the first time these men have worked as a twosome. Over the years they've done a few duo tours in Russia, and the warm reception they received on those occasions likely contributed to the decision to make this type of record.

Both men seem to have eclectic taste(s), demonstrated in the song selections on this album. A pair of Lennon/McCartney classics ("Blackbird" and "Norwegian Wood"), a few jazz standards (Thelonious Monk's "Ruby, My Dear," Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues," and Sonny Rollins "Pent-Up House"), some Tsiganov-initiated nods to Russia ("Scriabin," "Etude Op. 2, No. 1" and "Lady Bear's Lullabye"), and Brazilian-based music all have a place at the table. And despite differences in origin, all of the material is tied together neatly. Within the quartet program there are songs that fully integrate the four men Meurkens, Tsiganov, bassist Oleg Osenkov and drummer Willard Dyson and there are songs that still tend to zone in on the co-leaders, with Dyson and Osenkov gently coloring around them; "West Coast Blues" and "Pent-Up House" belong to the former category while "Close Enough For Love" belongs to the latter. The majority of the duo material is extremely lyrical, projecting a sense of longing. A notable exception is "Menina Na Janela," a sprightly Meurkens-penned choro that's all sunshine and cheer. Regardless of the mood, Junity does what it sets out do: it shines a light on the beautifully collaborative nature of the Meurkens-Tsiganov partnership. It's a match made in heaven.

Hendrik Meurkens - Sambatropolis 2007

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:23 | Size: 127.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Sambatropolis
2. Nem lá Nem Cá
3. Ocean Lights
4. The Bee
5. Fotografia
6. Hot and Stuffy
7. Você Vai Ver
8. You Don't Know What Love Is
9. Choro Da Neve
10. A Summer in San Francisco
11. Bernie's Tune
Personnel: Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica, vibes (2, 7, 8, 10, 11); Rodrigo Ursaia: tenor sax (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), flute (3, 7); Jed Levy: tenor sax (1, 5, 8, 10, 11), flute (2); Helio Alves: piano; Ian Macdonald: piano (8, 11); Pedro Ramos: cavaquinho (9); Gustavo amarante: bass; Adriano Santos: drums (2, 4, 6-11), Mauricio Zottarelli: drums (1); Duduka Da Fonseca: drums (3, 5).
Playing the vibes and the harmonica is a rather unusual combination. Hendrik Meurkens was drawn to these instruments after he heard Lionel Hampton play the vibraphone on Benny Goodman's Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1938) and, a few years later, the harmonica of Toots Thielemans. Even as he emerged as an adept player of these instruments, Meurkens was dipping into jazz, and particularly bebop. But he was also pursuing another tangent in Brazilian music. Meurkens has long been letting the two streams converge to give his compositions a particular scope and depth. Meurkens varies the line-up of his bands to give his music more pith and character.

He gets off on the right note assimilating swing on the heated "Sambatropolis." Jed Levy and Rodrigo Ursaia fire up the swing on their tenor saxophones, while letting a bop impulse add dimension and tensility. Meurkens brings his own vision to bear, swerving in and out of the melody with broad, facile strokes. Besides, his conversation with the sax men is decidedly topnotch. The mood is quite different on the intimate "Ocean Lights." The ballad glows, given its soul by Meurkens on harmonica; however it wouldn't quite be the same without pianist Helio Alves, who is not only full of fluid ideas, but is also an empathic complement. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Voce Vai Ver" is another hallmark. The gentle strains of the bossa are dewdrops from the vibes; pretty yes, but also creating a splash and leaving an impress. "Choro Da Neve" spirals on the chorinho. The heady pulse is fanned by Meurkens on the harmonica with Adriano Santos driving the rhythm on the drums. Adding to the excitement are exhilarating contributions from Alves and Ursaia. Meurkens has come up with a winning blend, once more.

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra - Cheap Rent (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:05 | Size: 152.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
02.Cheap Rent
03.Electric Squeezebox
04.Compus Mentis
05.Bolenge Shuffle
06.It's Gonna Be Allright
07.Gap Toothed Grin
08.Chataigne Grilles
09.People Music
Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Doug Morton - trumpet (1,2,4-8)
Henry Hung - trumpet (2,3,5-8,10)
Dave Scott - trumpet (1,3,4,9,10)
Ian Carey - trumpet (9)
Sheldon Brown - alto sax
Kasey Knudsen - alto sax
Michael Zilber - tenor sax
Marcus Stephens - tenor sax (1-4,6-8,10)
Teddy Raven - tenor sax (5,9)
Charlie Gurke - baritone sax
Rob Ewing - trombone
Mitch Butler - trombone (1-5,10)
Danny Lubin-Laden - trombone (6-9)
Patrick Malabuyo - trombone
Richard Lee - bass trombone
Grant Levin - piano (1-5,10)
Colin Hogan - piano (6-9)
Jordan Samuels - guitar
Tommy Folen - bass
Eric Garland - drums (1-5,10)
Alan Hall - drums (6-9)

Buddy Cole - Swing Fever 2013

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 29.47 | Size: 69.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Heat Wave
2. La Rosita
3. Frenesi
4. The Moon Was Yellow
5. Poinciana
6. Crazy Rhythm
7. Pagan Love Song
8. Brazil
9. The Hour of Parting
10. The Peanut Vendor
11. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise
12. Old Devil Moon
Personnel: Bass – Red Callender; Bongos – Jack Costanzo; Guitar – Vince Terry; Organ [Hammond] – Buddy Cole; Percussion – Al Stoller, Lou Singer, Milt Holland  

It seems like the last thing needed at a Nat King Cole recording session would be another pianist named Cole; there's a "carrying coals to Newcastle" groaner in there somewhere to be sure. But that is just what happened in Cole's late career when the smooth balladeer began concentrating on his vocals and session men were brought in to ripple the keyboards. One of these latter players was none other than Buddy Cole. The two men were not actually related, but that didn't stop many writers from assuming that they were brothers. Even worse, the big man Nat often got the credit for what were actually Buddy's piano solos, not robbing Peter to pay Paul but robbing Cole to play Cole. Buddy Cole's actual grand moment of clear public visibility was playing piano onscreen in A Star is Born, as in the original version with Judy Garland. Born Edwin LeMar Cole, he was basically more of a behind the scenes artist, attaining an excellent reputation in recording studios as both a player and conductor, providing innovative touches in his use of instruments such as celeste, harpsichord and organ on sessions. Eventually he acquired the deluxe pipe organ originally used in the Hollywood United Artists theatre and built it into his home studio and created albums of instrumental music which have become cherished items in the weird collections of space age pop fanatics. Cole was raised right in the heart of show business in Hollywood and began working as a theatre organist in the early '30s. In the latter part of that decade he gigged with the dance bands of Frankie Trumbauer and Alvino Rey, among others.

He then worked his way into the studios and had a particularly busy schedule creating settings for popular vocal music and jazz singers of the day, including Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney and Tex Ritter. His keyboard stool was a perch from which he was able to contribute to many aspects of popular culture in the '50s. Cole composed the theme for the game show Truth or Consequences and was thus heard noodling during the show for more than a decade. Examples of Cole's playing and band leadership on recordings include a pair of Bing Crosby's greatest singles, "In a Little Spanish Town" and "Old Man River". Film composer Henry Mancini was one of the first to dig Cole's work on organ, making use of him on the theme for the hit television show Mr. Lucky. Unfortunately, Mancini and Cole then got into a feud about just who had invented the organ sound heard, resulting in Cole refusing to play on the soundtrack album for the show. Around this time Cole began recording a series of sides that are perceived as his masterworks, presenting the organ in various settings including solo and big band. These albums came out on Columbia,, Warner Brothers and finally the more specialized Alshire and Doric labels. Cole was married to Yvonne King, member of the King Sisters pop vocal quartet. His former boss Rey married sister Louise King. The pianist should not be confused with the gay comic of the same name.

Bill Evans - Getting Sentimental: Live At Village Vanguard (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:09 | Size: 134.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.I Should Care (4:55)
2.How My Heart Sings (5:18)
3.Gary's Theme (4:39)
4.I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (4:44)
5.Quiet Now (5:29)
6.Re: Person I Knew (5:01)
7.The Peacocks (6:11)
8.Emily (4:53)
9.Theme From M.A.S.H. (4:51)
10.Turn Out The Stars (4:54)
11.When I Fall In Love (4:18)
12.In Your Own Sweet Way (6:18)
13.But Beautiful (5:41)
14.I Love You (4:57)
Bill Evans - piano
Michael Moore - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums
Live At The Village Vanguard, NY.
January 15, 1978

Art Farmer - Maiden Voyage 1983

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:30 | Size: 103.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1.Nica's Dream (6:00)
2.Ruby My Dear (4:49)
3.Blue Bossa (6:29)
4.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (5:40)
5.Blue In Green (6:13)
6.Maiden Voyage (7:11)
7.Naima (7:11)

Art Farmer - flugelhorn
Masahiko Satoh - Fender Rhodes & piano
Ron Carter, John Beal - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Charles McCracken - cello
Jonathan Abramowitz - cello
With Strings Section


Randy Weston - Marrakech In The Cool Of The Evening 1994

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:37 | Size: 159.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.In The Cool Of The Evening (3:42)
2.Portrait of Billie Holiday (4:37)
3.Two Different Ways to Play the Blues (5:36)
4.Portrait of Dizzy: A Night in Tunisia... (7:32)
5.Lisa Lovely (3:22)
6.Uli Shrine (4:25)
7.Blues for Elma Lewis (3:51)
8.Ballad for T (4:51)
9.Valse Triste Valse (4:04)
10.Where? (6:28)
11.Let's Climb a Hill (3:37)
12.The Jitterbug Waltz (5:12)
13.Blues for Five Reasons (6:06)
14.Lotus Blossom (6:14)
Piano – Randy Weston
Over the course of his career, Randy Weston has occasionally revisited the solo piano context. Here, opening with Nat "King" Cole's "In the Cool of the Evening," Weston thoughtfully mixes his own compositions with telling covers (Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Fats Waller). Alone at a piano, it's evident how expansive and orchestrally-oriented Weston's musical thinking is; he utilizes beautiful density and open atmospherics with equal aplomb, and all with gorgeous melodicism. The album was digitally recorded live to 2-track in the ballroom of the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, a perfect setting for Weston, preserving both the cool and broad sound of the large room and the warmth of his piano playing.

Quantic & The Western Transient - Quantic presents The Western Transient: A New Constellation (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:34 | Size: 98.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Latitude (4:16)
2.Jumble Sale (3:17)
3.A New Constellation (4:21)
4.Requiescence (4:10)
5.Nordeste (3:34)
6.Bicycle Ride (4:23)
7.Creation (East L.A.) (5:25)
8.Mirzan (5:18)
9.The Orchard (5:46)
10.Latitude (To The Point Version) (4:04)
Band director, producer and rhythm guitarist on ‘A New Constellation’, Holland is joined by Wilson Viveros, whose provocative drumming has contributed to many of Quantic’s live shows and Colombian sessions; greatly admired soloist and arranger Sylvester Onyejiaka (AKA Sly5thAve ), another regular Quantic band member, on sax and flute; trumpeter Todd Simon, with whom Holland struck up a friendship on an early LA trip, sparking a long-time desire to get back into the studio together. Completing the band is the energising electric piano playing of Brandon Coleman, charismatic bassist Gabe Noel and the rhythmic seasoning of Alan Lightner on percussion.

Pulsarus - Bee Itch 2014

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:13 | Size: 131:02 | MP3 320 kbps
1. Imagine (J. Lennon)
2. Guff
3. Isogriv 1
4. Bathetic
5. Isogriv 2
6. Ataraxia
7. Baobab
8. Rotfl
9. Isogriv 3
10. Hieratic
11. Isogriv 4

Poppa Steve – Americana Soul… On Target (2015)

Genre: Jazz Rock/Blues | Total Time: 53:09 | Size: 118.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 – Shake Down [00:03:10]
02 – Right On Target [00:04:26]
03 – Love At Second Sight [00:05:44]
04 – Soul Hoedown [00:04:30]
05 – Just Messin’ With Ya [00:04:44]
06 – Fun On The Run [00:03:52]
07 – Don’t Fiddle With My Heart [00:04:12]
08 – Whatchamacallit [00:03:41]
09 – Sweet Memories… [00:05:37]
10 – Swing Low Sweet Harriet [00:03:54]
11 – Party At Flooky’s [00:04:09]
12 – Texas Longhorns [00:05:11]

Plunge - IN for the OUT (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:55 | Size: 154.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 The Jilt
02 Monkey Mitts
03 Schoolie's Day
04 Falling With Grace
05 The Speed Of Darkness
06 Second Man Suit
07 As Angels Roar
08 Beyond The Night
09 Exit Strategy
10 Hymn To The End Of Rampant Disparity, Entropy Suite Part 1
11 Bear And Eagle Meet Raven, Entropy Suite Part 2
12 Too Weak To Exhale, Entropy Suite Part 3
13 With Love Alone, Entropy Suite Part 4
14 Birmingham Songo
15 An Unspannable Divide
Mark McGrain: trombone and alphorn;
Robert Walter: organ;
Kirk Joseph: sousaphone;
Simon Loft: drums and electronic percussion;
Tom Fitzpatrick: tenor saxophone and flute;
James Singleton: double bass;
Tim Green: saxello and baritone saxophone;
Misha Kachkachishvalli: audio recording and production
Most of the work on this disc is recent, but represents a sound design that might never be the same again. The group has lost Tim Green the baritone saxophonist and saxello player who was very instrumental in shaping the sound of Plunge, with bold declarative aural proclamations and while Mr. McGrain will no doubt continue to be the lead writer or only writer for the band, its character may have changed forever. But the music is an also an organic development of earlier Plunge music and for this as well as other reasons it will retain its ability to regenerate into something uniquely new almost as if it were a living, breathing biological organism, which is quite the most wonderful aspect of the ensemble.

This does not mean that we have to be forlorn. Everything here suggested that the music of Plunge remains wonderfully accessible, yet never merely historical and academic or reactionary. Quite the contrary the revolutionary elements come together in repertoire that agilely combines trenchant virtuosity with keen lyricism. It is a telling study in cumulative momentum, offers a pertinent take on fast-slow-fast trajectory with its discrete New Orleans inflections and yet takes its cue from an every-growing world of contrapuntal writing for jazz and other contemporary ensembles, to make music that is eloquent and an exquisitely purposeful workout for its musicians.

In For The Out is one long and serpentine movement broken up by the requisite pauses for realignment, a brief but mesmerising detour into the angular world of music which is aptly named “Entropy Suite”, a longer piece of dark and light colours, which thermostatic nature is not only brilliantly spins out of the composition, but also gives it that hot-cold-hot character. There are virtuoso presents for each of the performers, almost as if the music was written and dedicated to the individual’s unique sound. Considerable gifts are paid back to Mark McGrain by his musicians in each and every solo and ensemble interaction. All of this by six musicians who come together with Mr. McGrain to make this one of the ensembles most intriguing and rewarding recording to date.

The vividness and pungency of the music lends a myriad of hues that the music brings to light. Its opening chords are lent a particularly dark hue, which isn’t all about pitch, yet the music soon awakes from these shadowy opening bars to signal a greater intimacy rather than accentuate the melodies crepuscular leanings. The dialogue between Mark McGrain’s brass and the winds, bass and drums maintains its singular agility, which has less to do with speed and more to do with timbre. And despite the necessarily darting accents of the instruments, there is a certain flowing tempo that is most affecting. This is meticulously articulated music which places emphasis on the glorious sound of beauty in one quite memorable disc.

Pierrot La Lune Quartet - Out of the Wood 2014

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:04 | Size: 107.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Le coeur sur terre. 3:48
2. Memoire sensitive. 4:03
3. Vu du ciel. 4:36
4. La Punition. 3:18
5. 39 jours. 5:56
6. Bieneillant. 3:25
7. Electro tentation. 3:21
8. Aphelie. 4:53
9. Out of the wood. 5:22
10. Harmonia. 3:37
11. Espagna. 3:45
- Pierre-Emmanuel Hias / piano, composition
- Anne-Sophie Pasquier / accordeon
- Stephane Rousseau / basse, contrebasse
- Pierre Le Normand / batterie
- Daniel Givone / guitares

Phronesis - Walking Dark (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:10 | Size: 157.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Walking Dark 6:00
02 Passing Clouds 3:54
03 Democracy 7:34
04 Suede Trees 4:59
05 Upside Down 4:39
06 Charm Defensive 5:38
07 Lipwash, Pt. 1 1:33
08 Lipwash, Pt. 2 4:44
09 Zieding 8:48
10 The Economist 5:59
11 American Jesus 7:06
12 Eight Hours 8:03
Personnel: Jasper Høiby: double bass; Ivo Neame: piano; Anton Eger: drums.
Music by Jesper Hoiby: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12
Ivo Neame: 2, 6, 11
Anton Eger: 3, 9, 10
As the pile of talented and exciting piano trios continues to grow ever higher, it takes a very talented and exciting threesome to rise to the top and stay there. Enter Phronesis. Up on the peak with its third album—the award-winning Alive (Edition Records, 2010), Jazz Album Of The Year in both Jazzwise and Mojo magazines—the trio is emphatically still there with album number four, Walking Dark.

Danish bassist Jasper Høiby leads the band, which he formed in 2005 after moving to London. On Walking Dark he's joined by British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger. If the term piano trio suggests a dominant instrument or musician, then it's the wrong description for Phronesis. Like its European counterparts Michael Wollny's [em] or the Kit Downes Trio, no one musical personality overwhelms the others. All three musicians make dynamic, creative contributions to the sound as well as to the writing.

Eger wasn't available for Alive so Mark Guiliana was on drums. Guiliana was a key part of the album's success, matching Eger's lightness of touch and ability to use the entire drum kit to full advantage. Eger is more playful, frenetic and unpredictable than Guiliana, bringing an added edge to the overall sound—Høiby's gentle "Eight Hours," which appears on both albums, allows a direct comparison of the two players' styles.

Eger's sound as he skitters across his drums and cymbals presents a fascinating counterpoint to Høiby's powerful, fat-toned double bass. Neame takes full advantage of the interplay between bass and drums, sometimes matching Høiby's powerful rhythm, sometimes darting around the keyboard in emulation of Eger's percussive patterns. At times, the musicians give the distinct impression that if they swapped instruments the sound would be just as strong, just as intricate and imaginative.

Høiby's "Suede Trees" is almost infuriatingly catchy: a simple groove which all three players lock into with ease sets up a mood of upbeat jollity which is compounded by Høiby's bouncy bass solo. "Upside Down," another Høiby tune, revisits this positivity. Neame's "Passing Clouds" is more reflective and melancholy, a mood which he takes further on the lovely "Charm Defensive." Eger's three compositions all have a jagged urgency about them. "The Economist" in particular fairly races away, filled with pent-up energy.

Rather than describing a set of downbeat, pessimistic tunes, Walking Dark refers to a series of shows known as the Pitch Black concerts. Played in total darkness, they were a dedication to Høiby's visually impaired sister. This is music that reflects many moods, but never loses its optimism. Phronesis creates music from the heart and soul, and makes the world just that little bit better.

Phlox - Piima (2004)

Genre: Jazz Rock/Fusion | Total Time: 35:21 | Size: 81.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Habe (7:21)
02. Eila öösi (9:12)
03. Kes seal on (10:16)
04. Nimetu (6:11)
05. Vurr (2:21)
Kalle Klein: Saxophone,
Raivo Prooso: Bass,
Pearu Helenurm: Keyboards,
Kristo Roots: Guitar,
Madis Zilmer: Drums,
Allan Prooso: Percussion

Philippe Duchemin - Massilia (2010)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:57 | Size: 122.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Massilia (Ph.Duchemin)
02. Campanella For Swing (Ph.Duchemin)
03. Princess (Ch. Le Van)
04. Armando's Rhumba (C.Corea)
05. Ballade en Pologne (Ph.Duchemin)
06. Ma Sorcière Bien Aimée (J. Fielding)
07. Barcarolle Juin (Tchaïkovski)
08. Caravan/Ol' Man River (D. Elington/J. Kern)
09. Prélude N° 4 OP.28 (F. Chopin)
10. Cakewalk (O. Peterson)
11. Hymn To Freedom (O. Peterson)
Piano : Philippe Duchemin
Bass : Christophe Le Van
Drums : Philippe Le Van

Phil Denny - Upswing (2015)

Genre: Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 48:05 | Size: 110.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 – Diggin’ On
02 – Soak It Up
03 – Flutter
04 – Stand Together (feat. Julian Vaughn)
05 – Shaken Not Stirred (feat. Oli Silk)
06 – Dally Walk
07 – Upswing
08 – The First Time (feat. Confidence Killion)
09 – Amorous
10 – Valere
11 – Radio Flyer

Pharez Whitted - Transient Journey 2010

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:04 | Size: 160.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.The Truth Seeker (6:28)
2.Transient Journey (5:55)
3.Brother Thomas (7:37)
4.Monkish (6:38)
5.Plicky (6:18)
6.Sunset on the Gaza (5:00)
7.OS Who (6:23)
8.Until Tomorrow Comes (6:02)
9.Our Man Barack (5:21)
10.Soul Mates (7:19)
11.Yes We Can (8:03)
Personnel: Pharez Whitted: trumpet, flugelhorn; Eddie Bayard: tenor, soprano saxophone; Ron Perrillo: piano, keyboards; Dennis Carroll: bass; Greg Artry: drums.
The intimidating yet dapper looking man on the cover plays his horn in the same striking manner of his appearance. Chicago trumpeter Pharez Whitted as they might say on the street, "Ain't No Joke" as witnessed by his serious musicianship— chops that are emotive, filled with technique and touch, and soulful swagger. It's hard to believe that Transient Journey is only his third release as a leader.

A musician, band leader, and educator currently serving as Director of Jazz Studies at Chicago State University, Whitted brings a vast wealth of knowledge and superior skills to the recording. It also helps to have a killing sextet that includes the stellar guitarist Bobby Broom who also co-produced the project. While Whitted's previous two recordings were released in the mid-1990s (for MoJazz, a Motown subsidiary) this set of eleven original compositions is well worth the wait.

A delightfully swinging affair is in store. Polished vamps and even smoother solos are served in "The Truth Seeker" and the title track with a chilly urban charisma that's frosted by Ron Perrillo's keyboards and Whitted's soulful trumpet. "Brother Thomas" sounds like it could've been written in the 1960s on Blue Note, ala Freddie Hubbard (a strong influence and a longtime family friend). The infectious "Monkish" is the sweet spot personified. It gets under the skin; finger-snapping music with an infectious quality and quirkiness that gives props to Thelonious Monk.

Whitted's articulation and command of his horn is as fluent and polished as contemporaries like Wynton Marsalis or Terence Blanchard and could teach younger cats such as Corey Wilkes and Christian Scott a thing or two. His sepia-toned flugelhorn is equally impressive on "Until Tomorrow Comes" where its soft glow is suffused in the track's mellow Bossa rhythm.

Whether it's "Plicky"'s funky tempo (dedicated to his sister) or the band's swinging optimism in "Yes We Can," the set is enjoyable from start to finish. It might have taken a minute (a mere fourteen years since his previous release) but it's good to hear Pharez Whitted delivering his music once again.