Zimpala - Almaviva (2000)

Genre: Future Jazz | Total Time: 58:20 | Size: 142.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.To The Bass
04.Torida Ballet
05.Summer Fifteen
06.Pure Spleen
07.Come Back
10.Hold Up
11.New Home

Wolverines Jazz Band - Wolverines Of Bern At 35 (1996)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:15 | Size: 142.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Original Dixieland One Step (3:48)
2.Papa De-Da-Da (3:32)
3.Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (3:16)
4.Blues and The Boogie Masters (3:37)
5.Careless Love (4:49)
6.Savoy Blues (3:56)
7.Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (5:05)
8.I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll (3:31)
9.Kansas City Man Blues (4:22)
10.Air Mail Special (4:19)
11.Apex Blues (4:29)
12.China Boy (3:49)
13.Black And Tan Fantasy (3:36)
14.Ole Miss (3:49)
15.Jazz Me Blues (3:42)
16.Beale Street Blues (5:35)
Beat Uhlmann - clarinet, tenor & alto sax
Bob Wilber - clarinet, soprano & alto sax
Byron Stripling, Hans Zurbrugg - trumpet
John Allred, Rudolph Knepfel - trombone
Antti Sarpila - tenor saxophone & clarinet
Mark Shane, Heinz Geissbhler - piano
Walter Sterchi - banjo
Dave Cliff - guitar
Phil Flanigan - bass
Fredy Lthi - bass
Joe Ascione - drums
Christian Ott - drums
Marian's Jazzroom, Hotel Innere Enge, Bern
May 7, 1996. Label: Arbors Records 19196
Organized in 1961, the Wolverines of Bern (who are based in Switzerland) celebrated their 35th anniversary with this 1998 CD. Four of the seven members of the Dixieland-oriented band have been with the group since its birth. Through the years, the Wolverines have often featured guest musicians; on this studio session, they have gone to the extreme, featuring all of the members of Bob Wilber's all-star New Generation Jazz Band. Wilber's ensemble (consisting of the leader on clarinet, soprano and alto, trumpeter Byron Stripling, trombonist John Allred, pianist Mark Shane, guitarist Dave Cliff, bassist Phil Flanigan, drummer Joe Ascione, and their guest Antti Sarpila on clarinet and tenor) join the Wolverines in different combinations including, at times, a double frontline. The Wolverines (which feature trumpeter Hans Zurbrugg, Beat Uhlmann on reeds, and trombonist Rudolph Knopfel) mostly hold their own, although Stripling's all-too-occasional outbursts steal the show in spots. Fortunately, the liner notes identify all of the soloists. Among the many highlights of this consistently joyous set are the three clarinets on "Original Dixieland One Step" and Stripling's vocal on "Please Don't Talk About Me When You're Gone," the interplay between Sarpila's clarinet and Wilber's soprano on "Careless Love," the swing-oriented "Air Mail Special," and hot renditions of "China Boy" and "Ole Miss." Trad fans will definitely want this release.

The Australian Jazz Quartet - The Australian Jazz Quartet (1955)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:08 | Size: 72.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Spring Is Here
02.Autumn Leaves
03.Thou Swell
06.Tune For Jaimey
07.April In Paris
08.There Foolish Things
09.Saxophone Pads
10.Have You Met Miss Jones
Dick Healey - flute
Errol Buddle - basoon
Bryce Rohde - piano
Jack Brokensha - vibes
Assisted by:
Jimmy Gannon - bass
Nick Stabulas - drums

Sacha Boutros - Sacha: New York After Dark (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:26 | Size: 115.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Devil May Care
2. The Best Is Yet To Come
3. Love Won't Let Me Wait
4. I Believe In You
5. Sa.Cha.Cha
6. I Have Thought Of You
7. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
8. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
9. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
10. Autumn Serenade
11. Fragile
A major part of Boutros’ appeal is her natural charm, sensual beauty, and an effortless versatility with standards, covers, and originals, opera, jazz, crossing generations. She can sing just about anything, make it a work of art, and reach audiences of all ages. She sings in 10 languages, speaking five of these languages fluently. Trained in classical music and Bel Canto opera, yet at ease in the world of pop, jazz, and Latin jazz, her voice is at once innocent and otherworldly, capable of wrapping itself around the heart of any tune and lingering well after a show has wrapped. She has an effortless, bountiful energy that’s especially fetching with the younger generation, who’ve discovered and embraced jazz through her engaging, fresh, crossover renditions.

2007 brought Boutros to Bruxelles, Belgium for the Young Jazz Singers competition, as a U.S. representative-finalist. Her September 2008 breakthrough album, “Simply Sacha” — a mix of standards and originals touching on jazz, Latin jazz, bossa nova, swing, and pop, and sung in five languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French) — showcased the singer’s incredible musical and linguistic range, as well as compositional skills. She wrote half of the songs on this debut album, including one with four-time Grammy winner, Afro-Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes. In addition to Valdes, the album featured plenty of other top-notch musicians, including Geoffrey Keezer, Red Holloway, Bob Magnusson, Mike Wofford – Sarah Vaughan’s pianist, Peter Sprague and was honored to have Concord Recording Artist and Grammy-nominated Karrin Allyson providing the liner notes. Boutros would return the favor for Holloway by appearing as a special guest on the saxophonist’s album, “Something Old Something New: Introducing Sacha Boutros,” in 2009, which resulted in a 2009 tour of Japan, winning even more fans. “Simply Sacha” would become the vocalist’s calling card to the world. It was the most downloaded Latin jazz release on emusic.com, was nominated for two Los Angeles Music Awards as “Best Latin Vocal” for her original song, “Amor Imposible,” and “Best Vocal,” hit number seven on the Japanese music charts, enjoyed heavy airplay at Japanese Airlines, and earned a Grammy nod as best new jazz album. To this day, the album’s considered among the top 10 jazz and Latin jazz albums of 2008 in the U.S. and Japan.

In 2013 “Sacha: NY After Dark,” Sacha Boutros’ long awaited third Album was released. Featuring and recorded in New York with Jazz greats Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Terell Stafford, John di Martino and mixed by the legendary Al Schmitt at Capitol Records with a book to follow entitled, “NY After Dark.”

Roberto Occhipinti - The Cusp (2004)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:31 | Size: 101.07 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. David's Onda 4:34
2. Ana Maria 5:26
3. Voodoo Chile 5:28
4. Dot 3:27
5. Tosca 6:19
6. Prieto Azul 4:25
7. Septima 6:00
8. The Cusp 4:00
9. Dogon 4:54
Roberto Occhipinti - bass
Hilario Durán - piano
Less Allt - futes
Phil Dwyer - soprano, tenor sax; piano (9)
John Johnson - bass clarinet, alto sax
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet, fugelhorn
James Mac Donald - french horn
Alastair Kay - trombone
Dafnis Prieto - drums
Hugh Marsh - violin (9)
Pedro Martinez - congas (9)
Chendy Leon - percussion (6,8)
Label - Alma Records

Rick Fay - Live: Dixieland We Love (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:15:49 | Size: 164.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.I Found A New Baby (4:46)
2.Eddie Erickson (1:03)
3.C'Est Si Bon (2:38)
4.Original Dixieland One Step (7:39)
5.What A Little Moonlight Can Do (9:37)
6.Dallas Blues (4:38)
7.They're Moving Willie's Grave To Build A Sewer (5:37)
8.At Sundown (5:36)
9.Hotter Than That (4:44)
10.Sugar (8:23)
11.Struttin' With Some Barbecue (6:23)
12.My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes (6:03)
13.That's A Plenty (8:20)
Rick Fay - clarinet, soprano sax, vocal (10)
Charlie Bornemann - trombone
Ernie Carson - cornet & vocal (7)
Eddie Erickson - banjo & vocal (3,12)
Paul Reid - piano & vocal (5)
Mike Duffy - bass & vocal (6)
Eddie Graham - drums
Live San Juan Island Dixieland Jazz Festival
July 26 - 28, 1991. Label: Arbors ARCD 19432

Ramsey Lewis Trio - More Music From The Soul (1961)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:05 | Size: 82.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
A1. Around The World In 80 Days 3:36
A2. Since I Fell For You 3:56
A3. Hello, Cello! 3:17
A4. I'll Wait For Your Love 4:34
A5. Volga Boatman 3:24
B1. Blues For The Night Owl 8:05
B2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 2:45
B3. Autumn In New York 4:18
B4. Gonna Set Your Soul On Fire 2:01
Ramsey Lewis – piano
Eldee Young – bass, cello
Red Holt - drums
Label – Argo
Recorded in February 16 & 17, 1961 at Ter-Mar Recording Studios, Chicago

Ralph Sutton - Wondrous Piano (1961)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:13:25 | Size: 163.57 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.At Sundown (4:37)
2.Avalon (4:48)
3.I Ain't Got Nobody (4:51)
4.Squeeze Me (5:46)
5.Lulu's Back In Town (4:42)
6.Eccentric (That Eccentric Rag) (3:30)
7.As Long As I Live / Blue Skies (4:28)
8.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (2:49)
9.A Monday Date (3:09)
10.Alligator Crawl (5:01)
11.Everything Happens To Me / Have You Met Mis Jones / Polka Dots And Moonbeams (8:36)
12.'S Wonderful (4:19)
13.Cattin' On The Keys (3:37)
14.Don't Blame Me / Lazy Mood / I Can't Get Started / What's New / I Want A Little Girl (11:32)
15.Hobson Street Blues (2:21)
Ralph Sutton - piano
Hugh Cregg - drums

Ralph Sutton - Oh Baby (1949 & 1952)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:39 | Size: 142.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Down Home Rag (2:53)
2.Harlem Drag (2:44)
3.Jelly Roll Blues (2:58)
4.Cannon Ball Blues (2:49)
5.Black Bottom Stomp (2:59)
6.Cataract Rag (3:15)
7.Shoe Shine Boy (3:18)
8.Christopher Columbus (3:37)
9.Hindustan (3:27)
10.Villain (2:37)
11.Frog Legs Rag (2:55)
12.Chromatic Rag (2:52)
13.Grace And Beauty (3:10)
14.The Cascades (2:47)
15.Black And White Rag (2:49)
16.Three Little Words (2:33)
17.No Local Stops (2:30)
18.Oh Baby (2:15)
19.Concentrating (1:48)
20.Drop Me Off In Harlem (2:14)
21.Morning Air (2:15)
22.Blues For Chuck (3:00)
23.African Ripples (2:30)
Ralph Sutton - piano
# 1-15: Recorded In San Francisco, November 1949
# 16-23: Recorded In London, June 1952
Label: Sackville SKCD2-2063

Ralph Sutton - Live In San Francisco (1954)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:50 | Size: 99.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.I Found A New Baby (4:01)
2.Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (4:55)
3.Honeysuckle Rose (4:39)
4.Black And Blue (5:15)
5.The Sheik Of Araby (3:51)
6.St. Louis Blues (5:37)
7.Tin Roof Blues (7:14)
8.Love Is Just Around The Corner (4:23)
9.I Got Rhythm (4:59)
Ralph Sutton - piano
Edmond Hall - clarinet
Clyde Hurley - trumpet
Walter Page - bass
Charlie Lodice - drums
Live At Club Hangover, San Francisco 1954

Ralph Sutton - Eye Opener (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:37 | Size: 179.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Rippling Waters (3:35)
2.Viper's Drag (4:23)
3.Memories Of You / Taking A Chance On Love (6:46)
4.Gone With The Wind (5:03)
5.I've Found A New Baby (3:40)
6.Clothes Line Ballet / I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (5:22)
7.Honey Hush (3:49)
8.When I Grow Too Old To Dream (5:34)
9.Eye Opener (2:04)
10.June Night (3:20)
11.Old Fashioned Love (6:21)
12.Honeysuckle Rose (8:23)
13.Old Folks / Share Croppin' Blues / A Cottage For Sale / 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So (12:35)
14.Alligator Crawl (5:29)
Ralph Sutton - piano
All Saint's Church Hall, Surray, England
April 7, 1990. Label: Solo Art SACD - 122

Ralph Sutton - At St. George Church (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:50:43 | Size: 244.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Intro By Alyn Shipton (2:13)
2.Tea For Two (5:51)
3.Ain't Misbehavin' (7:13)
4.Love Lies (5:43)
5.Honeysuckle Rose (9:29)
6.Old Folks / Cottage For Sale / 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So (8:58)
7.Viper's Drag (4:11)
8.Sophisticated Lady / Ring Dem Bells (6:56)
9.Intro By Alyn Shipton (1:51)
10.Morning Air (4:05)
11.Ralph's Story About Morning Air (2:54)
12.Echo Of Spring (4:24)
13.Ralph Talks About Willie "The Lion" (3:10)
14.Dinah (6:06)
15.When I Grow Too Old To Dream (4:48)
16.Jitterbug Waltz / Say Yes / You're Slightly Less Than Wondeful / The Ladies Who Sing With The Band (13:04)
17.Cabin In The sky / Taking A Chance On Love / Old Fashioned Love (5:25)
18.Eye Opener (2:38)
19.St. Louis Blues (5:28)
Ralph Sutton - piano
Live At St. George Church, Bristol
February 25,1992. Label: Arbors 19336

Ralph Sutton - Alligator Crawl (1976)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:06:04 | Size: 145.38 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Alligator Crawl (3:06)
2.ain't Misbehavin' (6:37)
3.Can't We Be Friends? (4:45)
4.Honky Tonk Train Blues (3:38)
5.Squeeze Me (4:48)
6.Honeysuckle Rose (3:58)
7.Rose Room (4:34)
8.Echoes Of Spring (3:42)
9.Love Lies (4:52)
10.Eye Opener (1:56)
11.Two Sleepy People (2:50)
12.Muskrat Ramble (3:24)
13.I've Found A New Baby (3:38)
14.Memories Of You (4:54)
15.Viper's Drag (3:22)
16.Dinah (4:27)
17.Handful Of Keys (1:35)
Ralph Sutton - piano
New Orleans Jazz Club, Netherlands
October 24, 1975 & April 17, 1976
Label: Solo Art Records SACD 92

Rafal Sarnecki - Cat's Dream (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:08 | Size: 142.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Three Old Men from the Land of Aran 8:43
2. Piazza Verdi 6:39
3. Sueño De Gatos 7:09
4. Czarna Porzeczka 7:43
5. Name Day Song 6:28
6. Plane Crashes and Conspiracy Theories 10:22
7. Ordovician Extinction 7:20
8. For Anastazja 10:44
Rafal Sarnecki - guitar
Lucas Pino - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Bogna Kicinska - voice
Glenn Zaleski - piano
Rick Rosato - bass
Colin Stranahan - drums

Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers - Caliente Con Soul (1999)

Genre: Latin Jazz | Total Time: 52:49 | Size: 120.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. El Nino Mambo 6:47
2. Lena's Moods 4:19
3. Cold Duck Time 5:03
4. Ella's Groove 4:04
5. Happy Feet Mambo 5:31
6. My Dream Boogaloo 4:20
7. Copacabana 5:26
8. Alligator Boogaloo 4:58
9. Laura 5:40
10. Descarga on Las Palmas 6:19
Marvin Horne - guitar
Eddie Pazant - flute, oboe, saxophone
Arturo Velasco - trombone (4,7,10)
Antoine Caito Baby - bass and quinto (10)
Michale Turre - flute (5&7), soprano sax (7)
Bobby Matos – guiro (2,6,10), bata (10)
Jon Hart - bass
John "Mad Hatter" Spruill - piano
Tyrone Govan - drums
Johnny Griggs - congas
Ernesto "Ernie" Colon - bongos
Henry "Pucho" Brown - timbales
Recorded at Private Island Trax, Los Angeles, California on March 21-23, 1999

Oran Etkin - What's New Reimagining Benny Goodman (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:53 | Size: 115.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Prelude
02. Dinah
03. Why Don't You Do Right (feat. Charenee Wade)
04. Running Wild
05. When Every Voice Shall Sing
06. What's New
07. Brink
08. King Porter Stomp
09. After You've Gone (feat. Charenee Wade)
10. Be Good Lady
11. Where or When
12. Sing, Sing, Sing
Oran Etkin, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Steve Nelson, vibes
Fabian Almazan, piano
Alvester Garnett, drums
Charenee Wade, vocals
Talented clarinetist, improviser, and composer Oran Etkin‘s unique sound in world music emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself, and within his music. For our 2015 Motéma Records showcase, the musician presents a unique and creative homage to the classic music of the Benny Goodman Quartet.

Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, and New Orleans, and resonating with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene. Deep respect and honest personal musical expression are themes that tie together all of the artist’s work in composition, performance, recording, or his educational work.

Oran Etkin continues the tradition of music education through a groundbreaking new method of teaching music called Timbalooloo. The popularity of Etkin’s educational method has spread through word-of-mouth and has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, and Edie Falco, all of whom have enrolled their children in the program.

Oran Etkin’s music has also been featured on several compilations, including the GRAMMY® Award-winning album All About Bullies, Big And Small, which features two tracks composed and performed by Etkin, GRAMMY®-nominated album, Healthy Food For Thought, and the Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner, Putumayo Kids Jazz Playground.

Norman Simmons - The Art of Norman Simmons (1999)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:14 | Size: 166.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I'm Your Boogie Man (N. Simmons) 5:37
2. Joe (N. Simmons) 7:43
3. There Are Such Things (G. W. Meyer - A. Baer - S. Adams) 6:14
4. My Silent Love (E. Heyman - D. Suesse) 8:30
5. Stiffed (N. Simmons) 6:38
6. Harlem Nocturne (E. H. Hagen) 12:04
7. 6 A.M. (N. Simmons) 6:57
8. The Hour of Parting (G. Kahn - M. Spoliansky) 7:19
9. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / Roscoe Franbro (G. Bassman/ N. Simmons) 10:36
Norman Simmons - piano
Eric Alexander - tenor saxophone
Henry Johnson - guitar
Paul West - bass
Paul Wells - drums

Noah Garabedian - Big Butter And The Eggmen (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:31 | Size: 97.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1 Gladstone 1:35
2 Romping 4:12
3 Also a Gladstone 11:51
4 Hippie Havoc 11:04
5 Once We Saw a Blimp 5:06
6 Opposite Field Power 6:16
7 Measurements 4:26
Noah Garabedian - bass
Kenny Warren - trumpet
Kyle Wilson - tenor saxophone
Curtis MacDonald - alto saxophone
Anna Webber - tenor saxophone
Evan Hughes - drums

Nick Vintskevich - Never Was a Doubt (2015)

Genre: Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 45:49 | Size: 103.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Born Of The Sand
2. Never Was A Doubt
3. Bossa For Mam
4. Keep This Feeling
5. One Moment
6. Walk In The Jungle
7. Bossa For Mam (Duo)
8. Morning On The Boulevard Circle
9. Pep's Home
Nick Vintskevich – Alto, Saxophone Saxophone
Leonid Vintskevich - Fender Rhodes
Eugene Sharikov, Leonid Vintskevich – Keyboards
Bill Champlin - Hammond b-3
Paulie Cerra - Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg – Trumpet, Trombone, Flugelhorn
Mike Miller - Electric Guitar
Kip Reed - Bass
Eugene Sharikov - Bass (Synth)
Joel Taylor - Drums
Bill Champlin, Kim Nazarian – Vocals
Arnold McCuller, Bill Champlin - Backing Vocals
Luis Conte - Percussion
All Songs written by Nick Vintskevich
Nikolaj is the son of Leonid Vintskevich, the famous Russian jazz pianist, organizer and art director of the “Jazz Province Tour Fest” Jazz Festival. He worked with world jazz legends such as Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, but also with famous musicians Bill Champlin, Kim Nazarian, Claudio Roditti, Kenny Barron, Slide Hampton, Jay Ashby, Andy Snitzer, Mike Miller, Grady Tate, Bill Sharlap, Jeff Hamilton, and many others.

Margie Rayburn - Margie (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 36:24 | Size: 82.29 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blues In The Night 3:28
2. Almost Like Being In Love 2:20
3. Body And Soul 2:25
4. Hurry, My Love 2:16
5. Wonderful One 2:28
6. Should I 2:32
7. Day In, Day Out 2:47
8. Come Rain Or Come Shine 2:12
9. This Could Be The Start Of Something 2:02
10. Ill Wind 3:12
11. Unexpectedly 1:59
12. It's A Lonesome Old Town 3:37
13. Laddie-O 2:03
14. The Man I Love 3:05
Margie Rayburn (vocals) & Russ Garcia Orchestra
b. 1924, Madera, California, USA, d. 14 June 2000, Oceanside, California, USA. Rayburn’s first significant professional experience was as vocalist for the Ray Anthony Orchestra. She later sang with Gene Autry and as a member of the Sunnysiders, on their sole Top 20 hit, ‘Hey, Mr. Banjo’, in 1955. Going solo after the Sunnysiders’ fortunes dimmed, Rayburn released ‘I’m Available’, written by Dave Burgess later of the Champs. This Liberty Records single eventually peaked at number 9 in the Billboard pop charts in October 1957. She was unable to follow the single with another hit and gave up her recording career by the mid-60s. She died from a heart attack in 2000.

Luca Dell'Anna - Symbiont (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:32 | Size: 131.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 Symbiont
02 Exokernel
03 The Turk (Maelzel's Mechanical Chess Player) REMASTERED
04 Lapse
05 Leap of faith
06 Council of the wise
07 Mind chatter
08 Cohesion
09 Monstrous mister mainstream
10 Circle chant
Luca Dell’Anna - piano
Danilo Gallo double - bass
Michele Salgarello - drums

Kalle Kalima & K-18 - Out To Lynch (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:34 | Size: 145.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Bob 7:19
2. The Elephant Man 2:51
3. Mulholland Drive 4:10
4. Laura Palmer 8:18
5. Eraserhead 6:04
6. Lula Pace Fortune 6:22
7. Alvin Straight 4:45
8. The Mystery Man 6:52
9. Agent Cooper 2:41
10. Sailor 5:43
11. The Man From Another Place 0:35
12. Frank Booth 8:53
Kalle Kalima - electric guitar, percussion
Mikko Innanen - alto, baritone sax, flutes, percussion
Veli Kujala - quarter-tone accordion, percussion
Teppo Hauta-aho - double bass, percussion, doors
Berlin-based, Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima continues to project his aural impressions of the world of movies. This time he focuses on the eccentric characters and locations from the films of David Lynch, following his abstractions of director Stanley Kubrick on Some Kubricks of Blood (TUM, 2009). Kalima is not attempting to re-score or rearrange the original soundtracks from these films. Instead, he exposes his feelings while watching these films, in some cases twenty years later, and filters these initial feelings through his rich and inclusive musical vocabulary that reference jazz improvisation, modern contemporary music and avant-rock.

Jon-Erik Kellso - Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letters To New Orleans (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:47 | Size: 154.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Just Like That (6:29)
2.Panama (9:01)
3.Blue Roof Blues (11:15)
4.Bye-Ya (5:37)
5.Way Way Back (8:43)
6.Door Number 4 (4:47)
7.Just Like This (4:15)
8.Weary Blues (6:49)
9.Why (2:53)
10.Hindustan (6:32)
11.Just Like This, Just Like That (2:52)
Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet
Evan Christopher - clarinet
Matt Munisteri - guitar, banjo, vocal (9)
Danton Boller - bass
Marion Felder - drums

John Hebert - Rambling Confessions (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:47 | Size: 117.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. September Song 05:42
2. Fool 06:26
3. When You Love 06:26
4. Upbeat Down 05:18
5. Alfie 05:40
6. Rodger's Lodge 06:07
7. Media Luna 06:12
8. 70's and 80's Remix 09:08
Jen Shyu - voice
Andy Milne - piano
Billy Drummond - drums
John Hebert - bass
After excellent "Floodstage",released on Portuguese Clean Feed label last year, advanced American bassist John Hebert comes with very different new album on American label. If "Floodstage" was a sophisticated piano trio album (with most interesting modern French pianist Benoit Delbecq and busiest American drummer around Gerald Cleaver),"Rambling Confessions"(Sunnyside Records) is modern avant-garde vocal jazz quartet inspired by vocalist Carmen McRae legacy but doing all things on unorthodox way.

With no doubt,vocalist Jen Shyu is a key figure of this new release. US-born(to Taiwanese and East Timor parents) experimental vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and Fulbright scholar becomes an significant artist on modern jazz scene. Few days ago she sung in Paris as Steve Coleman band member and her new solo album will be released next week. Jen combines jazz vocal techniques with South East Asian improvisational singing, classical vocals and experimental wordless vocalize.

For listener unfamiliar with Jen Shyu singing,this music from very first seconds is a new experience (which probably could be compared with Jeanne Lee or Irene Aebi singing even if all three vocalists are very different). All-acoustic instrumental trio works perfectly as singer's minimalist accompanists with a few soloing but it would be great to hear more their musicianship besides of pure vocalist's support - from artists of that level listener expects more, especially on album where bassist,not singer is stated as leader.

Main album's attraction is to listen how inventively Jen reworks jazz standards - often on the very border,but never crossing the thin red line.The only factor why this album isn't a true masterpiece is that that all songs are of same slow to mid-tempo and despite of unique singing manner after some time "sameness" factor hampers to appreciate really great music.

One of the strongest candidate to the best experimental vocal jazz album of the year.

Gerardo Nuñez & Ulf Wakenius - Jazzpaña Live (2015)

Genre: Jazz, Latin | Total Time: 1:03:04 | Size: 144.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Calima (11:45)
2. Alma De Mujer (8:48)
3. Para Chick (6:31)
4. Siboney (6:18)
5. Blues For Pablo (3:17)
6. El Vito (12:17)
7. Calima (Encore) (14:08)
Released in 1992, ACT's very first recording, Jazzpaña, was to become a milestone and synonym for the label's philosophy, and became a double Grammy nominee in the process. Jazzpaña brought the stars of the Nuevo Flamenco from Spain together with US jazz greats such as Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and Al Di Meola, backed by the sound of the WDR Big Band. One album became two in 2000 with Jazzpaña II - a smaller band led by Gerardo Núñez and Chano Domínguez. Now, 15 years on from Jazzpaña II, ACT presents Jazzpaña live. For these concerts, once again both Jazz and Flamenco combine through Spanish guitarist Gerardo Núñez, considered the heir apparent to the great Paco de Lucía, and Swedish guitar virtuoso Ulf Wakenius. However this time a third element, Cuba, is added courtesy of pianist Ramón Valle.

Fabien Mary - Three Horns Two Rhythm (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:17 | Size: 121.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Trips and quads
2. The camel step
3. You're not on the map
4. The little tower on a hill
5. Ydal drib
6. Lament
7. Yellow dog
8. Adam 1890 blues
9. Line on rhythm
Fabien Mary trumpet
Steve Davis trombone
Chris Byars sax tenor & flute
Frank Basile sax bariton
David Wong bass
Pete Van Nostrand drums

Dino Saluzzi - Imagenes (2015)

Genre: Classical | Total Time: 59:00 | Size: 149.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
02.Los Recuerdos
05.La Casa 13
07.Moto Perpetuo
08.Media Noche
09.Vals Para Verenna
10.Donde Naci
Piano – Horacio Lavandera
Imagenes features premiere recordings of Dino Saluzzi’s music for piano. The pieces gathered together here, written between 1960 and 2002, were variously conceived in Salta and Buenos Aires and on the road. Periodically, the great bandoneonist has set aside the instrument which has accompanied him for more than seven decades, to find expression by other means. Over the years, of course, he has written the most diverse music for ensembles of many kinds, including chamber music for his Kultrum collaboration with the ‘Rosamunde Quartett’, pieces for duo with classical cellist Anja Lechner, and works for orchestra performed and recorded with the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw. On Imagenes, Horacio Lavandera, a gifted Argentine pianist specialized in both classical music and contemporary composition – he studied with Maurizio Pollini and Charles Rosen, and has collaborated with Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel – proves to be an ideal Saluzzi interpreter,
attuned both to his love of his homeland and his artistic need to travel widely.

Lavandera recorded these pieces, under the supervision of the composer, and with Manfred Eicher as producer, at Oslo’s Rainbow studio in October 2013. The album is issued in time for Dino Saluzzi’s 80th birthday on May 20.

Company - Company 6 & 7 (1977)

Genre: Free Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:35 | Size: 154.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Bass - Maarten van Regteren Altena (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 9)
Cello - Tristan Honsinger (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Drums,Viola,Banjo,Perfmer [Etc.] - Han Bennink (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 9)
Electric Guitar,Acoustic Guitar - Derek Bailey(tracks: 2, 6, 10)
Soprano Saxophone - Lol Coxhill(tracks: 3, 4, 7, 9)
Soprano Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Flute,Clarinet - Anthony Braxton(tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7)
Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone - Evan Parker (tracks: 5, 7, 10)
Soprano Saxophone - Steve Lacy (tracks: 1, 7)
Trumpet,Flute - Leo Smith (tracks: 1, 4, 8, 10)
Piano,Trumpet - Steve Beresfd (tracks: 3, 6)
These recdings were made during the first Company Week, which took place at the I.C.A. London.
Recded on May 25-27 1977.

Carolyn Leonhart - Carolyn Leonhart (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:59 | Size: 136.85 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Saw You in Sofi (Mathews-Mathews) - 4:47
02. Come Rain or Come Shine (Mercer-Arlen) - 2:59
03. Whisky (Mathews-Sugi) - 4:57
04. The Way You Look Tonight (Fields-Kern) - 4:44
05. Manhattan Lullaby (Mathews-Mathews) - 4:21
06. Teach Me Tonight (Cahn-Paul) - 2:45
07. There Used to Be Colors (Mathews-Mathews) - 5:49
08. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Jacob-Cahn-Chaplin-Secunda) - 6:15
09. The Island (Bergman-Bergman-Lins-Martins) - 6:40
10. Autumn Leaves (Mercer-Prevert-Kosma) - 3:46
11. All Blues (Davis) - 9:45
12. My Funny Valentine (Hart-Rodgers) - 3:16
Carolyn Leonhart - vocals
Chris Hunter - alto saxophone
George Young - tenor saxophone
Bill Mays - piano
Gil Goldstein - keyboards
Ross Traut - guitar
Will Lee - bass
Danny Gottlieb - drums

Carlos Henriquez - The Bronx Pyramid (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:14 | Size: 148.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. The Bronx Pyramid feat. Pedrito Martinez
2. Cuchifrito
3. Descarga Entre Amigos feat. Rubén Blades
4. Joshua’s Dream
5. Guarajazz
6. Promesas
7. 9 O’Clock Bomba
8. Al Fin Te Vi
9. Nilda
10. Brook Ave
11. Eye of the Gemini (iTunes bonus track)
Carlos Henriquez – Bass
Michael Rodriguez – Trumpet
Robert Rodriguez – Piano
Felipe Lamoglia – Tenor Saxophone
Ali Jackson – Drums
Bobby Allende – Congas
Special guests:
Rubén Blades – Vocals on “Descarga Entre Amigos”
Pedrito Martinez – Batas on “The Bronx Pyramid”
Renzo Padilla – Coro on “Descarga Entre Amigos”
Kike Gonzalez – Coro on “Descarga Entre Amigos”
Carlos Henriquez’s THE BRONX PYRAMID marks the Bronx-born, Nuyorican bassist’s first album as a leader—and the emergence of a fully fledged Latin jazz master. Joined by guest stars Rubén Blades and Pedrito Martinez and band members including drummer and fellow Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Ali Jackson, Henriquez expertly blends modern jazz with Latin rhythms, demonstrating why he’s been performing with greats like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz since he was 14.

When Henriquez’s high school band won the inaugural Essentially Ellington competition in 1996, he came to the attention of Wynton Marsalis, who took the bassist on the road shortly after he graduated high school. Since then, Henriquez has toured the world with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Chris Botti, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with whom he’ll be touring the United States throughout the summer and fall. On THE BRONX PYRAMID, Henriquez expertly combines the best of the Latin and jazz traditions into an infectious album that will make you move no matter your favorite genre.

Alice Testa - Alice's Room (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:22 | Size: 106.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. If I Were a Bell
2. Alice's Room
3. Black Hole Sun
4. Exit Signs 0.2
5. Kites
6. The Core
7. Pure Imagination
8. Nature Boy
9. Skylark
10. Morrow's Song
As referenced in the liner notes by Andrea Pozza, it is always with a sense of trepidation as well as excitement that the first excursion into listening takes place, as therein lies the beauty of the adventure of discovering new music, artists and singers. Being taken on an unexpected journey with several potential destinations ranging from bliss to disappointment, not knowing where you’ll find yourself at journey’s end. I was therefore eager to hear Alice Testa’s debut album.The album without doubt has a European Jazz feel to it, not unexpectedly. The band, comprising several leading players on the Italian jazz scene, supports her voice beautifully, creating shifting landscapes resonant to the tone and mood of the song without dominating. Atmospheric and immediately accessible, this isn’t challenging jazz by any means and yet there is an elegance in the apparent simplicity of the compositions and arrangements.

A mix of standards, covers and originals, Alice is obviously wanting to demonstrate her breadth as an artist, rather than limiting herself to what might be expected of a new songstress. The mix works relatively well with material ranging from the immediately recognisable in songs such as ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘Skylark’ and ‘Nature Boy’ to an unexpected smoothed out version of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ and on to the edgier original number ‘The Core’ which feels much more in keeping with current jazz trends with playful meter changes and a less customary standard feel in its approach.

For the most part the album stays true to a somewhat traditional sound, rather middle of the road with no radical departures to disquiet the listener from a Sunday afternoon sojourn say; an enjoyable, comforting encounter or background soundtrack, both appealing and palatable but perhaps lacking the indefinable magic of say relative newcomer Cécile McLorin Salvant singing similar standards. Although pleasant with its laidback feel and accomplished instrumental solos, vocally ‘Pure Imagination’ doesn’t inspire in the way that Jacob Collier’s a cappella version does, where the emotional connection to the song is clearly apparent in his engaging performance and dramatic harmonic re-working. Much more convincing is Alice’s more inventive take on ‘Black Hole Sun’, a brave choice but one that shows her own diverse taste in music which has no doubt influenced the singer she has become.

Her tone is clear and pure, occasionally airy and light, whilst her vocal approach genuine and true to the melodic lines, staying almost rigidly ‘straight’ with little to no deviation. She demonstrates a natural sensibility to phrase well musically and has good control of her instrument showing precision in pitching and timing, however I personally missed hearing a truly undeniable emotional connection to the lyrical content of the material for the most part. Her supporting cast on the other hand Matteo Alfonso, Lorenzo Conte, Kyle Poole, Giancarlo Bianchetti and Francesco Geminiani delivered much more on the expressive level alongside moments of improvisational beauty, creative but always in keeping with the cohesive group sound and direction of the song. Although there are a couple of moments where Alice herself is freed from singing text using the voice more instrumentally, replicating horn lines and delivering wordless melodies, I was left wanting greater glimpses of her own improvisational ability or even just more of a sense of her own vocal personality which for me perhaps isn’t quite developed yet. Finding your own voice as a singer in jazz is no mean feat and one which remains imperative if you’re to stand apart and be instantly recognisable in your own right from the very first note uttered.

This may well come on subsequent albums which I look forward to hearing as no doubt creating this debut has been an inspirational learning curve which will further inform her evolution as an artist.

Abigail Riccards - Every Little Star (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:14 | Size: 125.68 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I've Told Every Little Star
2. If I Had You
3. Singin' In The Rain
4. How Deep Is The Ocean
5. Circle Game
6. Sleepin' Bee
7. I Didn't Know About You
8. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
9. Smile
10. Waltz For Debby
11. Endless Joy
12. Bye Bye Blackbird
Abigail Riccards: vocals; Michael Kanan: piano; Neal Miner: bass; Peter Bernstein: guitar; Eliot Zigmund: drums.
Abigail Riccards may not be known yet but Jane Monheit is, and on Riccard's Every Little Star, the famous jazz chanteur is both a mentor and co-producer. The Chicago-based Riccards began appearing in New York City in the early 2000s, garnering a good deal of critical attention from her live performances and her debut recording, When The Night Was New (Jazz Excursion, 2008).

Always supported by the best musicians, Riccards is backed up here by a piano-guitar quartet, led by pianist Michael Kanan, who handles the arrangements of all twelve songs included in this collection. His steady hand steers a neo-mainstream path, paying a counterpoint homage to John Lewis and George Shearing. Guitarist Peter Bernstein provides the string mood to the set, his introduction and accompaniment on "If I Had You" an album highlight. Bassist Neal Miner and drummer Eliot Zigmund round out the rhythm section, the quartet proving tasteful and brief support.

Riccard's instrument is one that is at once fresh and practiced. Interestingly, her voice is best framed in her duet with Monheit on Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game." Riccards' alto possesses an exegesis of the singer's art, able to fit anywhere—as evidenced by her cover of Bill Evans' "Waltz For Debbie" and Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is The Ocean." The culmination of her vision is on "Sleepin' Bee," where Riccards duets with only Miner's walking bass. Riccards' footing is secure and her future bright.

Aaron Comess - Aaron Comess Quintet (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:01 | Size: 93.35 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Africa 6:35
02. Resolution 10:02
03. Catskills Last Waltz 4:59
04. Freedom Jazz Dance 8:37
05. Ode To Atilla 5:48
06. The Intangible 4:00

Fans of Aaron Comess’ work with the Spin Doctors are to be forgiven if his forthcoming new jazz project leads to some head scratching.
The truth is, though, that Comess has long professed a love for mid 1960s-era recordings by Miles Davis and John Coltrane — even as his more recent solo outings have seen Comess move far afield of the chart-climbing, neo-hippie fun rock that made his main band famous. Comess was, in fact, twice named best jazz soloist in Downbeat’s High School Student Awards.
Kevin Loftis, Barney McAll, Richard Hammon and Teddy Kumpel — alumni from bands led by such jazz greats as Kenny Garrett, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Hargrove and Gary Bartz, among others — join Comess for an album recorded over three live sets. Coltrane’s “Resolution” is featured along with a choice cover of Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Suite” (made famous, of course, by Miles), as well as originals by Aaron Comess and Kevin Loftis


VA - Third Festival Of British Jazz (1956)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:55 | Size: 97.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Manteca (8:10) (Phil Seamen Quintet)
2.Satin Doll (7:00) (Alan Clare Quartet)
3.Walk Easy (4:05) (Alan Clare Quartet)
4.Struttin' With Some Barbecue (2:30) (Courtney-Seymour Orch.)
5.Swingin' The Blues (6:10) (Jazz Today Unit)
6.East Of The Sun (4:40) (Jimmy Walker Quartet)
7.Ja-Da (5:08) (George Chisholm - Keith Christie Quintet)
8.Doggin' Around (6:06) (Jazz Today Unit)
Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London
November 10th, 1956

VA - Music In The Making (1954)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:25 | Size: 106.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Icefall (7:21)
2.Mountain Sunset (5:50)
3.Where Or When (6:08)
4.Best Koller (3:26)
5.Straw Thatch (6:58)
6.I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (7:21)
7.Coraline (5:14)
8.I'm Beginning To See The Light (5:29)
9.Presque Cubain (3:38)
Jimmy Deuchar, Jo Hunter - trumpet
Don Rendell, Jimmy Skidmore, Ronnie Ross - tenor sax
Keith Christie - trombone
Derek Smith, Dill Jones, Ralph Dollimore - piano
Sammy Stokes, Johnny Hawksworth - bass
Allan Ganley, Phil Seamen - drums

Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott (Jazz Couriers) - Message From Britain (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:45 | Size: 71.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.If This Isn't Love (5:45)
2.Easy To Love (2:45)
3.Whisper Not (3:07)
4.Autumn Leaves (4:30)
5.Too Close For Comfort (5:30)
6.Yesterdays (7:23)
7.Love Walked In (3:45)
Tubby Hayes - tenor sax, flute & vibes
Ronnie Scott - tenor saxophone
Terry Shannon - piano
Kenny Napper - bass
Phil Seamen - drums

Trilok Gurtu - Kathak (1998)

Genre: Jazz / Fusion | Total Time: 46:33 | Size: 111.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
2.You, Remember This
3.Seven Brings Return
5.Who Knows The Mind
Shobha Burtu - vocals
Ravi Chary - harmonium,sitar
Neneh Cherry - guest artist,vocals
Kai Eckhardt de Camargo - arranger,bass(electric)
Jaya Deva - composer,ganawa,guitar,vocals
Shobha Gurtu - vocals
Trilok Gurtu - composer,drums,percussion,producer,tabla,vocals
Steve Lukather - guest artist,guitar
Michael Quartermain - composer
Theodosii Spassov - kaval  

Teddy Wilson - Alone (1983)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:33 | Size: 117.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Tea For Two (6:17)
2.Body And Soul (4:36)
3.After You've Gone (3:24)
4.I Can't Get Started / Moonglow (4:07)
5.Sweet Georgia Brown (2:57)
6.Shiny Stockings (4:14)
7.Li'l Darlin' (3:21)
8.One O'Clock Jump (3:49)
9.It Ain't Necessarily So / Bess You Is My Woman Now / Summertime (5:40)
10.But Not For Me (2:41)
11.Sophisticated Lady (1:53)
12.In A Sentimental Mood / Don't Mean A Thing (3:55)
13.Lush Life / Take The A Train (5:39)
Teddy Wilson - piano
Live In Denmark 1983

Sally Night - Night Time (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:00 | Size: 165.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Wanna Be Loved
02. So In Love
03. Born To Be Blue
04. Drown In My Own Tears
05. Just One Of Those Things
06. I Got It Bad
07. Blues In The Night
08. Supa Doopa
09. I'm Just Foolin' Myself
10. No Soap No Hope Blues
11. 24Hr Lovin'
12. Too Close For Comfort
13. Baby Don't You Go Away Mad
14. Star Eyes
Sally Night-vocals
Kirk Lightsey-piano
Buster Williams-bass
Billy Hart-drums
Antoine Dryetrumpet (Special guest)

Ronnie Foster - On The Avenue (1974)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:36 | Size: 109.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Serenade to a Rock (Foster) 6:15
02. On the Avenue (Foster) 6:15
03. What Happened to the Sunshine (Foster) 5:02
04. Golden Lady (Wonder) 4:46
05. To See a Smile (Foster) 4:09
06. Big Farm Boy Goes to a Latin City (Foster) 3:39
07. First Light (Hubbard) 4:35
Ronnie Foster - organ, clavinet, Moog synthesizer, vocals
John E. Gatchell, Dean Robert Pratt - trumpet, flugelhorn
Gerald Ray Chamberlain - trombone
Joel L. Kaye - baritone saxophone
Phil Upchurch - guitar, Fender bass
Marvin Chappell - drums
Ray Armando – percussion
Ronnie Foster (born May 12, 1950) is an American funk and soul-jazz organist, and record producer. His albums recorded for Blue Note Records in the 1970s has obtained a cult following after the emergence of acid-jazz.  Ronnie Foster (born May 12, 1950) is an American funk and soul-jazz organist, and record producer. His albums recorded for Blue Note Records in the 1970s has obtained a cult following after the emergence of acid-jazz.

Roger Kellaway, Jan Allan, Red Mitchel – That Was That (1991)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:54 | Size: 93.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Gone With The Wind
2. Leavin' Blues
3. Exactly Like You
4. Bridge Across Forever
5. When Lights Are Low
6. How Deep Is The Ocean
7. Billie's Bounce
8. Crazy She Calls Me
9. C Jam Blues
10. That Was That
Roger Kellaway – piano
Jan Allan - trumpet
Red Mitchell - bass, vocal
Although pianist Roger Kellaway's name is listed first, this CD has the very personal stamp of Red Mitchell. These 1991 sessions took place in Mitchell's Stockholm apartment, just before he returned to the U.S. Kellaway and Mitchell worked together a number of times prior to the bassist's death in 1992, and this time around they added Swedish trumpeter Jan Allan. Kellaway has long been a versatile player who keeps things fresh, while Mitchell's jovial basslines often have a conversational sound. Allan is the wild card, since he isn't too well known outside of Europe, though he generally acquits himself quite well, especially with his muted horn in the swinging "C Jam Blues" and the breezy take of "Exactly Like You," though he has trouble keeping up with his partners' level of playing in "Billie's Bounce." Kellaway and Mitchell, being old friends, renew their chemistry with ease throughout both dates. Mitchell also adds a humorous vocal in his "Leavin' Blues" and scats up a storm in "That Was That." One of Mitchell's final recordings, this is an enjoyable outing.

Robert Sabin - Humanity Part II (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:45 | Size: 106.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Humanity Part II (6:59)
2.Through a Glass Darkly (9:55)
3.Scarecrow (8:08)
4.Ghost (6:45)
5.Tenebre (5:15)
6.Leviathan (10:43)
Robert Sabin: bass
Dan Urness: trumpet
Matt Holman: trumpet
Aaron Irwin: alto saxophone
Jason Rigby: tenor saxophone
John Yao: trombone
Chris Komer: horn
Ben Sapp: tuba
Jesse Lewis: guitar
Jeremy Noller: drums
Robert Sabin has a dark side. Although the New York-based bassist regularly serves as a sideman to such luminaries as Oliver Lake and Luis Bonilla, Sabin has revealed an abiding fascination with horror throughout his career, as documented on his 2005 Ranula Music debut Killdozer, based on Marvin Heemeyer's infamous armored bulldozer rampage in Colorado the previous year, and his 2007 sophomore follow-up Romero, an ode to George Romero's apocalyptic zombie films.

Humanity Part II continues Sabin's investigation into the underbelly of human existence. Instead of his usual small combo, Sabin enlists a brass-heavy ten piece ensemble to convey his cinematic extemporizations, whose lush voicings lend the proceedings a neoclassical air, similar to the post-war Third Stream experiments of Gil Evans and Gunther Schuller. Emulating concerto form, he employs protean tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby as primary soloist throughout the date, with guitarist Jesse Lewis receiving ample time in the spotlight as well.

The album is named after part of Ennio Morricone's score for John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic The Thing, though the opening title track is actually a composite of the soundtrack's two main themes. Originally performed on vintage synthesizers, the haunting motifs are gracefully reinterpreted by the horn section with a lilting swing feel, accentuated by Rigby's foreboding tenor ruminations and Lewis' scorching fretwork.

Drawing inspiration from another cinema icon, the episodic "Through A Glass Darkly" reflects the existentialism of Ingmar Bergman's film trilogy through a heady mélange of polyphonic choruses and canonical melodies, with tuba player Ben Stapp and drummer Jeremy Noller making notable appearances alongside Rigby. Similarly, "Tenebre" pays homage to the garish giallo style proffered by Dario Argento's movie of the same name, underscored by Matt Holman's prismatic trumpet cadences.

Drawing from sources beyond film, the dreamlike counterpoint of "Scarecrow" references Maurice Ravel's phantasmagoric solo piano suite Gaspard de la nuit, while the introspective "Ghost" conveys loss. The monolithic "Leviathan" concludes the program in suitably dramatic fashion, rising from the subterranean depths of Sabin's stalwart bass solo to the searing heights of Lewis' progressively frenzied outro.

Despite the dark subject matter, Sabin's arrangements on Humanity Part II are surprisingly accessible—beautiful even. Though somewhat rarefied in jazz and improvised music, Sabin's musical adaptations of unsettling imagery resound with a primal appeal, drawing aesthetic parallels to such timeless traditions as Dia de Muertos and the Grand Guignol.

Richard Sears Trio - Skyline (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:41 | Size: 71.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Early Light 4:51
02. Golden Hour 4:50
03. En Passant 3:48
04. Sturm 5:49
05. Tears Inside 6:02
06. Easy Living 3:19
07. Early Light- Reprise 3:44
Richard Sears (p)
Martin Nevin (b)
Evan Hughes (d)

Phil Broadhurst Quintet - Panacea (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:25 | Size: 129.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Drive (4:32)
2. Japanese Shadows (3:18)
3. Panacea (4:44)
4. Inverted (8:43)
5. Precious Metal (6:09)
6. Wheeler of Fortune (4:31)
7. Knee Lever (5:39)
8. Pukeko (5:33)
9. Ludo (4:46)
10. Absent Friends (6:28)
11. Japanese Shadows Solo Reprise (2:51)
Phil Broadhurst (piano)
Roger Manins (saxophone)
Oli Holland (bass)
Cameron Sangster (drums)
Mike Booth (trumpet)
and special guest Neil Watson (guitar, pedal steel)
This new album from Phil Broadhurst is the third instalment in what he loosely describes as his 'Dedication Trilogy'. Where Delayed Reaction celebrated the life and career of Michel Petrucciani, and Flaubert's Dance paid homage to a number of the artists who have influenced his writing and performing (from Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett to Many Katché, Elaine Elias and Tomaz Stanko), the music on Panacea springs from the often-unconscious influences that form the building blocks of a composition. Phil says that these derive not only from the wide jazz landscape explored in his radio programme “The Art of Jazz”, but also from experiences arising from playing and teaching.

"A piano student noted that Precious Metal was clearly influenced by Horace Silver due to the shuffle groove, the use of parallel minor major 7 chords, and the fact that we had recently examine Silver’s music in the Composition class. This, I was completely unaware of until it was pointed out. Absent Friends began as an experiment in writing a melody that can be adapted easily into a different time signature: in this case the A section in 6/4 is repeated, but in 5/4. This piece is dedicated to a number of NZ jazz musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with who have passed away in recent years like Beaver and Tony Hopkins. Panacea is a tribute to a fine exponent of jazz-fusion, the late guitarist Martin Winch. The tune is named after the band I co-led with him in the late 70s. Inverted refers to a pedal point, usually played in the bass, transferred to a higher register and acting as a pivot for shifting harmonies. Here the pedal note is echoed by electric guitar. Pukeko becomes an homage to Jimmy Rowles’ classic jazz ballad “The Peacocks”, a connection realised only after the tune was completed, while Knee Lever refers to a component of Neil Watson’s newly acquired pedal steel guitar. Japanese Shadows is adapted from a theme written for my son Cameron’s film of the same name."

Nelda Swiggett Stringtet - Blue-Eyed Painted Lady (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:30 | Size: 69.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Thanks to Solomon
2.Hewett's Blues
3.Three for All
4.Now or Never
5.Blue-Eyed Painted Lady
6.Go Together
7.Rainy Days
8.Ruby Knows
9.A Tune with a View
Nelda Swiggett - piano, vocals, compositions
Chris Symer - bass
Byron Vannoy - drums
Rachel Swerdlow - viola
Walter Gray - cello
For her second OA2 release, Seattle pianist, composer and vocalist Nelda Swiggett invited veteran Seattle Symphony violist Rachel Swerdlow and cellist Walter Gray to augment her long time trio, with bassist Chris Symer and drummer Byron Vannoy, for a collection of original compositions. Creatively unfolding melodies with supple harmonies create unique soundscapes and the illusion of a larger ensemble. "...generally starting out calmly and melodically, but unveiling deeper layers of excitement and intrigue as the songs develop. There's a lot to listen to here, and almost all of it is excellent."

Naoko Kuroda - Gentle Eyes (2015)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 1:02:40 | Size: 144.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Skindo Le Le (3:59)
02. After You’ve Gone (2:17)
03. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (3:53)
04. The Man I Love (5:25)
05. All Or Nothing At All (3:52)
06. Poinciana (4:54)
07. The Good Life (4:37)
08. The Girl From Ipanema (4:00)
09. Dark Eyes (5:47)
10. How Insensitive (4:21)
11. Let’s Fall In Love (3:45)
12. Gentle Rain (4:42)
13. Come Rain Or Come Shine (4:37)
14. Shiny Stockings (4:01)
15. Smile (2:32)
Three pianists representing Japan, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Hirotake Aoki, it became a Hakuei Kim, and celebrated the name drummer Osumi Toshio, supported the gently rhythmic singing voice of Kuroda in each trio Naoko, a vocal album with a sense of unity to have. Base also jumbo Ono is a veteran team of jazz, Ken Kaneko to groove The rhythm that takes advantage of individuality.
This recording members, came mainly played in the past of a typical live performances of Kuroda, and only to some in the so-called congenial may had every one, was recorded Omotte peaceful and pleasant feeling of tension. The number of masterpieces, each of pianist and rhythm with a sharp of Osumi Toshio was support, even though there is a nostalgia feel came home the history of jazz, and it is intertwined with the vocal with pleasant presence, it emits a fresh appeal start. Exactly along with the enjoyment of exquisite rhythm, it was finished in stunning to one that also provides a gentle peace. All of the standard number is, the music selection that Kuroda Naoko and the band members have played in the past live. Soredakeni each song, strike a natural fusion and oneness.

The album, along with the recording of the trio, also is within one song vocals and of each pianist duo. Can enjoy from various directions, it has become a very tasty all 15 songs.

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio - Swirlin' Times (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:03 | Size: 117.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
02.Polymer Beach
03.Bronc Buster and the Painted Ladies
04.Miss Tahiti Never Lies
05.By Hook or Crook
06.Up a Lazy River
07.One Step Beyond Happiness
08.Dilemmas Don't Solve Easily
09.No Reason for a Lovebird to Die
10.All Along My Razor-Edge
11.By Night