VA - The Organ (2015)

Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Total Time: 2:19:41 | Size: 319.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. John Scofield - Chank
02. Pat Metheny - Sound Off
03. Dr. Lonnie Smith - Seven Steps to Heaven
04. Larry Young - Back Up (Remastered)
05. Jimmy Smith - Organ Grinder's Swing (feat. Grady Tate & Kenny Burrell)
06. Joey DeFrancesco - Give It Up
07. Lou Donaldson - Funky Mama (Remastered)
08. Joey DeFrancesco - All I Need
09. Pat Martino - Recollection (Live)
10. Jack McDuff - Butter (For Yo' Popcorn)
11. Shirley Scott - A Shot In the Dark
12. Baby Face Willette Quartet - Face to Face (Remastered)
13. Grant Green - Blues For Willarene
14. Bill Doggett - Fatso
15. Jimmy Smith - Milestones
16. Stan Getz - Dynasty
17. Maceo Parker - People Get Ready
18. Jimmy Witherspoon - I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
19. Jimmy Smith - Blues For Del
20. Walter Wanderley - Beach Samba
21. Stanley Turrentine - One O'clock Jump (First Version)
22. Rosemary Clooney - You Took Advantage of Me
23. Alice Coltrane - My Favorite Things
24. Astrud Gilberto - Voce Ja Foi Bahia
25. Count Basie - K.C. Organ Blues
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Young, Joey DeFrancesco, Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Baby Face Willette, Walter Wanderley, Bill Doggett, Jimmy Smith ...
Label - U-5

VA - Beethoven Wrote It... But It Swings! (1996)

Genre: Jazz, Classical | Total Time: 1:06:17 | Size: 156.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Beethoven Wrote It, But It Swings (L. v. Beethoven) – Dolly Dawn & Her Dawn Patrol 2:50
2. Beethoven Riffs On (L. v. Beethoven / John Kirby / Charlie Shavers) – John Kirby 2:49
3. Bolero (Maurice Ravel) – Benny Goodman 2:39
4. Träumerei (Robert Schumann) – Claude Thornhill 2:47
5. Marche Slav (Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky) – Les Brown 3:10
6. Farandole (L’Arlesienne Suite) (Georges Bizet) – Xavier Cugat 2:41
7. O Sole Mio (Eduardo di Capua) – Red Nichols 2:46
8. Minute Waltz (Frédéric Chopin / Charlie Shavers) – John Kirby 2:31
9. Caprice XXIV (Niccolò Paganini) – Benny Goodman 2:47
10. Martha (Friedrich von Flotow) – Adrian Rollini Trio 2:58
11. Beethoven Bounce (Al Donahue) – Al Donahue 3:17
12. Humoresque (Antonin Dvorák) – Glenn Miller 2:39
13. In the Hall of the Mountain King from “Peer Gynt” (Edvard Grieg) – Will Bradley 2:59
14. Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky) – John Kirby 2:22
15. Naïla (Léo Delibes) – Arnold Johnson 2:27
16. Arabian Dance from “The Nutcracker” (Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky) – Claude Thornhill 4:23
17. Chopin Prelude No. 7 (Frédéric Chopin) – Jimmie Lunceford 2:50
18. Spring Song (Felix Mendelssohn) – Benny Goodman 2:27
19. The Quintette Plays Carmen (Georges Bizet) – Raymond Scott Orchestrette 2:39
20. Procession of the Sardar (Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, arr. by Ben Homer) – Les Brown 3:13
21. Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Johannes Brahms) – Claude Thornhill 2:40
22. Peter and the Wolf (Sergey Prokofiev) – Benny Goodman 3:10
23. Sable Dance (Aram Khachaturian) – Woody Herman 2:33
Label - Sony Classical

Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse - August Love Song (2016)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 45:23 | Size: 102.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Social Call (3:36)
02. Love Song For August (5:08)
03. I'm Going Sane (One Day At A Time) (5:58)
04. Mood Indigo (4:43)
05. Winter Blues (4:07)
06. Blackstrap Molasses - Old Devil Moon (5:59)
07. Con Alma (4:09)
08. Open House (4:04)
09. Tova And Kyla Rain (2:49)
10. Love Is Here To Stay (4:50)
Personnel: Heather Masse: vocals; Roswell Rudd: trombone; Rolf Sturm: guitars; Mark Helias: bass.

How unlikely is the pairing of youthful and exuberant vocalist like Heather Masse and the free jazz deity of one Roswell Rudd? It is almost the punchline for a punny joke. Yet, we have August Love Song and what can we make of it?

First, the cover art recalls the movie poster of Summer of '42 (Warner Brothers, 1971) crossed with Love Story (Paramount, 1970). But this love story is one of music...ageless, constant, basic, organic. Both a sepia nostalgia and a fresh, post-modern veneer are evident in these ten well-crafted pieces. They are brilliant contradictions that perfectly complement one another.

Rudd and Masse met one another about four years while appearing on A Prairie Home Companion where Masse has appeared many times, both as a solo ace and as a member of the Wailin' Jennys, a popular folk group consisting of alto Masse, with soprano Ruth Moody and mezzo Nicky Mehta (the current lineup). Masse has made two recordings with the Wailin' Jennys and two solo recordings, her last being the well-received Lock My Heart (Red House Records, 2015) made with pianist Dick Hyman. Of that recording, All About Jazz critic Dan Bilawsky said: ..."Masse may or may not be back on the folk side of the fence but, if she has indeed flown on, she'll hopefully come back to visit jazz on occasion; a songbird with her talents, after all, should be free to fly wherever she pleases." This spirit is in no way diminished on August Love Song.

Behold this curious chemistry where Rudd and Masse prod and feed off one another. Masse emulates Rudd with the most spirited scat and vocalese of recent memory and Rudd digs deep, way past his freedom days, back to when Kid Ory transmogrified into Tricky Sam Nanton crossed with Al Grey on their way to the Eminent JJ Johnson. This chemistry, alchemy really, blooms from the small confines of a quitar-bass rhythm section supporting the two principals. This gives the music a '20s and '30s Hot Club aroma, but that aroma is pine- needle sharp with gin...the good stuff, too. Masse grows languid from Rudd's almost boozy blowing, characteristically in the lower register.

Perfect is Masse and Rudd's command of Gigi Gryce's "Socal Call" as realized by Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Betty Carter. She slows her crack phrasing to the rheology of Molasses. The two build a monument worthy of being strolled through with the diptych made up of "I'm Going Sane (One Day at a Time)" and "Mood Indigo," the latter introduced by Rudd with a growling "It Don't Mean a Thing." The pair duet on the Ellington piece and the results are that of a smoky diamond awaiting proper discovery. Masse reaches deep herself and finds the blues and she is not shy in sharing them with us. A musical center of beautifully titrated honey and Quaaludes languidness.

But we have yet to hear the best. The medley of "Blackstrap Molasses" and "That Old Devil Moon" look clean and clear as water from the old home place well, except for the razor bite of the moonshine when you hear it. This is music that makes you wish you could live forever just to hear more of it. Rudd and Masse close with a sweetly quaint "Our Live is Here to Stay," capping as fine a recording as I believe I can bear.

Rebecca Kilgore With Dan Barrett's Celestial Six - I Saw Stars (1994)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:53 | Size: 132.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Happy as the Day Is Long
2. Sweet Substitute
3. I Saw Stars
4. For Heaven's Sake
5. Say It Isn't So
6. He Needs Me
7. Jeepers Creepers
8. No Nothing No Love
9. Everything I Have Is Yours
10. Exactly Like You
11. A LonelLonely Co-Ed
12. This Is No Laughing Matter
13. A Fine Romance
14. I'll Be Around
15. You Can't Lose a Broken Heart
16. Symphony
17. Princess
Rebecca Kilgore: Vocals, Guitar on 10 and 15
Dave Frishberg: Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli: Guitar
Dan Barrett: Trombone, Trumpet
Scott Robinson: Tenor and Bass Sax, Clarinet
Chuck Wilson: Alto Sax
Michael Moore: Bass
Recorded at Kampo studios, New York, NY 13 & 14 April 1994
"This recording brings to center stage a jazz singer of considerable talent, in a set of performances displaying her mature musical taste, with excellent supportive jazz arrangements by Dan Barrett and outstanding improvised solos by the Celestial Six".
Richard Hadlock, jazz radio host and author of Jazz Masters of the Twenties

Becky Kilgore, a singer based in the Pacific Northwest, is a longtime associate of pianist Dave Frishberg. Frishberg is part of the impressive supporting cast (along with trombonist Dan Barrett, altoist Chuck Wilson, Scott Robinson on tenor, bass sax and clarinet, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Michael Moore) for her solo debut. Kilgore has a nice swing to her style and clearly enjoys reviving such songs as "Happy as the Day Is Long," "A Lonely Coed" and "You Can't Lose a Broken Heart." She has a pleasing voice, gives a liberal amount of space to the soloists (the ensembles often sound a bit like the John Kirby Sextet), and constructs a set of enjoyable music that is heartily recommended to fans of small-group swing.

Nino Nardini & The Pop Riviera Group - Rotonde Musique (1997)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:42 | Size: 103.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01 - soul walk
02 - backgammon
03 - trampoline
04 - fun at rachel's
05 - fast delivery
06 - express pour portofino
07 - charger attack
08 - frisco hills
09 - latinova
10 - passport international
11 - vip 345
12 - pop riviera
Subtitled: No.7 Pop, Soul Et Rock Psychadelique
Catalogue number and/or title could also be RM7 as this is shown on the spine.
This is a contemporary recording, has nothing to do with the "real" Nino Nardini and was not "Originally released on Rotonde Musique in 1971"...  

Markku Johansson - Markku Johansson & Friends (1989)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:30 | Size: 116.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Blues Latino (M. Johansson) (5:30)
2. Girl With Long Hair (M. Johansson) (6:45)
3. Consultation (M. Johansson) (5:16)
4. Slow Wind (M. Johansson) (7:07)
5. Groove Merchant (J. Richardson) (8:05)
6. St. Vitus Dance (H. Silver) (4:55)
7. My Romance (R. Rodgers - L. Hart) (5:46)
8. My One And Only Love (G. B. Wood - R. Mellin) (7:07)

Markku Johansson (trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger)
Kari Sonny Heinilä (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)
Jarmo Savolainen (piano)
Jesper Lundgaard (bass)
Egil Johanssen (drums)
Tapio Mongo Aaltonen (percussion)

Recorded at Takomo Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1988.

Kompass KOLP 89

Marc Copland - Poetic Motion (2001)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:10 | Size: 140.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Second Sight 6:50
2. Blackboard 4:40
3. Not Going Gently 7:45
4. Nevertheless 6:50
5. Spartacus Love Theme (Alex North) 7:38
6. When We Met 7:20
7. Bittersweet Road 6:33
8. Dark Territory 7:26
9. Naima (John Coltrane) 5:12
Marc Copland – Piano
All titles composed by Marc Copland except where indicated.
Recorded October 24 & 25, 2001 at Studio La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines, France.

Jon Balke & Batagraf - Say and Play (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:56 | Size: 107.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Baka #65 [01:53]
02. Everyday Music [03:37]
03. Riddle #1 [04:42]
04. Calmly [00:53]
05. Vjup [05:01]
06. Tonk [05:01]
07. The Wind Calmer [04:34]
08. Riddle #2 [03:34]
09. Azulito [05:07]
10. Hundred-Handed [04:51]
11. One Change [02:56]
12. Winds [03:24]
13. GMBH [00:47]

Jon Balke: piano, keyboards, electronics, tungoné, darbouka, percussion
Helge Andreas Norbakken: sabar, gorong, djembe, talking drum, shakers, percussion
Emilie Stoesen Christensen: vocals
Erland Dahlen: drums
Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen: poetry reading

Joe Sample - Ashes To Ashes (1990)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:09 | Size: 110.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Ashes To Ashes (4:56)
2.The Road Less Traveled (5:28)
3.Mother's Eyes (4:45)
4.The Last Child (6:00)
5.Born In Trouble (5:37)
6.Strike Two (5:50)
7.I'll Love You (5:36)
8.Born To Be Bad (5:35)
9.Phoenix (6:25)
Joe Sample - piano & synthesizer
Jerry Hey - trumpet & flugelhorn
Larry Williams - saxophone & flute
Michael Landau, St. Paul - guitar
Marcus Miller - bass
Omar Hakim - drums
Lenny Castro - perc.
Label: Warner Bros. - 26318

Jimmy Rowles Trio - Rare-But Well Done (1954)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:38 | Size: 90.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. The Day You Came Along
2. So Far So Good
3. I Wouldn't Change You For The World / You Are Too Beautiful
4. Serenade In Blue
5. Let's Fall In Love

Side 2
1. Remember Me / There Goes My Heart
2. Lady Be Good
3. Chloe
4. Topsy

Bass – Red Mitchell
Drums – Art Mardigan
Piano – Jimmy Rowles

Jaimee Paul - Too Marvelous: The Songs Of Johnny Mercer (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:28 | Size: 100.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Too Marvelous For Words (2:39)
02. Day Of Wine And Roses (3:24)
03. Moon River (4:19)
04. That Old Black Magic (3:44)
05. Skylark (3:55)
06. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (3:50)
07. Autumn Leaves (3:25)
08. Fools Rush In (3:18)
09. I Remember You (3:37)
10. Something's Gotta Give (3:43)
11. Laura (3:29)
12. P.S. I Love You (4:05)

Growing up in Southern Illinois, Paul was influenced by many musical forms and styles; but jazz and it's rich nuances and history held a special place in her heart. In 2008, her love for and amazing interpretation of these standards led to a recording contract with Green Hill Music, signing on as their first female jazz vocalist. Paul's first album, 'At Last', reached #1 on the iTunes album charts. Jaimee is now preparing to release her newest album 'Bonded'. This album is a daring tribute to the most famous Bond themes in music history. She delves into the spirit of the artists and finds new glory in the songs. Paul fearlessly tackles the great memories of iconic songs, and brings them to a new level.

Jaimee is married to and works closely with her trumpet player, Leif Shires. Leif hails from Fresno, California, and grew up around a very eclectic mixture of music. His loves and interests have ranged from Jazz, Latin, Funk, Pop, Indy, Gospel and Rock to Classic R&B most notably with the legendary Memphis Horns. Shires is also signed to Green Hill as a solo trumpet player who has already released a couple of albums as well.

Both artists have been recognized in their fields by many notable artists and remain in high demand with their fellow musicians in Nashville which they currently call home. Jaimee has traveled around the world with vocal powerhouse Wynonna, and with Pop singing sensation Kelly Clarkson.

Hubert Laws - My Time Will Come (1992)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:58 | Size: 120.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Malagueña (Don Sebesky) (10:06)
2.My Time Will Come (Hubert Laws) (5:12)
3.It's So Crazy (H.Laws / William Jeffrey) (4:57)
4.Shades Of Light (Hubert Laws) (6:59)
5.Valse (Composer F.Chopin / Arr. H. Laws) (10:51)
6.Make It Last (Hubert Laws) (8:40)
7.Moonlight Sonata (Composer L.V.Beethoven / Arr. H.Laws) (7:53)
Hubert Laws - flute & piccolo flute
Ronnie Laws - soprano saxophone (2)
SkyAsh 7 - strings, woodwinds, bass
Mark Grey - piano (1)
George Duke - keyboards (2)
Joe Sample - keyboards (3)
John Beasley - keyboards (4-6)
Mike Richmond - bass (1)
John Patitucci - bass (3)
Gary Willis - bass (4-6)
Dan Gotlieb - drums (1)
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler - drums (3)
Clayton Cameron - drums (6)
Ralph Penland - drums (4-6)
Terry Santiel - percussion
Sue Evans - percussion
Joan LaBarbera - vocal (1)
# 1: At Van Gelder Recording Studio
# 2-7: At Spirit Recording Studio
Label: Music Masters Jazz 5110

Ethel Smith - Tico Tico (2004)

Genre: Jazz Latin / Samba | Total Time: 32:08 | Size: 84.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Tico-Tico
2. The Parrot
3. Tenderly
4. Adios
5. Granada
6. Desafinado
7. Brazil
8. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
9. That Old Black Magic
10. Sleigh Ride
11. Dizzy Fingers
Label - Living Era
A compilation of early releases from 1944–1952

Elliot Lawrence And His Orchestra - Hi Fi-ing Winds (1958)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 26:18 | Size: 60.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Holiday For Strings 2:20
2. It Never Entered My Mind 3:00
3. Windfall
Written By – Elliot Lawrence 2:07
4. Piccolo Pete
Written By – Phil Baxter 2:03
5. Hello Young Lovers 2:14
6. Fascinating Rhythm 1:47

Side 2
1. Flight Of The Flutes
Written By – Elliot Lawrence, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2. Twinkle -Twinkle
Written By – Nelson Riddle 3:05
3. A Whistler And His Cat
Written By – Elliot Lawrence 1:45
4. Speak Low 2:32
5. Surrey With The Fringe On Top 1:33
6. Bassoonary
Written By – Elliot Lawrence 2:07

Bill Evans - Touch (1999)

Genre: Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 57:28 | Size: 154.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Wild Ride (3:41)
2.In Your Heart (4:46)
3.Remembering (4:30)
4.Dixie Hop (4:54)
5.Girl By The Sea (5:20)
6.Nashville Cowboys (4:01)
7.Touch (5:00)
8.Little Hands (4:44)
9.Skippin' (4:46)
10.Back To The Walls (5:30)
11.Country Mile (10:32)
Bill Evans - tenor, soprano sax & keyboards
Lew Soloff, Wallace Roney - trumpets
Conrad Herwig - trombone
Henry Hey - piano & keyboards
Jim Beard - piano
Adam Rogers - guitar
Chuck Loeb - guitar
Dean Brown - guitar
Lee Ritenour - guitar
Chris Minh Doky - bass
Mark Egan - bass
Victor Bailey - bass
Tim Lefebvre - bass
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums
Lionel Cordew - drums
Zach Danziger - drums
Manolo Badrena - perc.
Lani Groves - vocal
Philip Hamilton - vocal
Label: ESC - 03660-2

Alexis Cole - Dazzling Blue (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:17 | Size: 123.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. St. Judy's Comet (3:03)
02. Jonah (3:31)
03. Dazzling Blue (4:35)
04. Something So Right (6:21)
05. Another Galaxy (5:17)
06. Nobody (3:44)
07. Song About The Moon (4:12)
08. Everything About It Is A Love Song (4:35)
09. Long, Long Day (4:09)
10. Love (4:06)
11. That's Where I Belong (4:28)
12. Quiet (5:16)
Inspired by Paul Simon's contributions, Alexis Cole offers this very special treatment of his music. With Dazzling Blue, vocalist Cole and producers David Chesky and Nicholas Prout sifted through some of Simon's lesser known compositions.

Herein they are presented in unalloyed simplicity, emphasizing the incandescent quality, and unadorned beauty of his lyrics. Ms. Cole has a marvelous voice of great depth. Her clear, warm resonance strips away all ornamentation and gets you to the marrow of the songwriter's stories. The vocals are haunting, and a testament to Cole's cross-cultural vocal training. Cole is joined by an excellent group of musicians whose collective body of work is well known to roots music aficionados. Jeff Haynes and Gus Courtsunis on percussion; Marvin Sewell on acoustic and electric guitars; Mark Peterson on bass, Julie Harris on Native American flute, and background vocals from Maria Quintanilla and Evan Sundquist; they are all an integral part of the whole.

Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings.

Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure music ever recorded.


Zony Mash - Live In Seattle (2002)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:46 | Size: 132.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Meet The Zony Mash (7:13)
2. Slide By (10:10)
3. Bad Traffic (9:32)
4. In The Lounge (7:32)
5. Let's Get Mashed (4:57)
6. Upper Egypt (9:22)
7. Spice Rack (7:30)

Drums – Andy Roth
Electric Bass – Keith Lowe
Electric Guitar – Timothy Young
Organ [Hammond B-3], Synthesizer [Nord Lead, Dx-7] – Wayne Horvitz

Label - Liquid City

What started as almost an accident has now turned into Wayne Horvitz's longest-lasting ensemble. With six albums together as a unit and a couple more backing other musicians, these players have a feel for each other that borders on telepathic. But as great as their albums are, anyone who has ever seen Zony Mash perform live knows that the band really thrives in a live setting, which is why Live in Seattle is such a valuable addition to the group's catalog. Recorded in May and June of 2001 on the band's home turf in Seattle, this is a great-sounding example of what Zony Mash can do with a little more room to stretch out. Every tune gets an extended treatment over its studio counterpart, and Horvitz and guitarist Timothy Young really take advantage. The range of sounds each produces is dazzling, and the playing is fantastic. Everyone knows Horvitz can play, but it's time Young got some real recognition as one of the more able and inventive guitarists out there. The contributions of Andy Roth and Keith Lowe might be easy to overlook with little to no solo time, but they are the perfect rhythm section for this band: always right on, driving the music while Horvitz and Young go for it. Just listen to the transition between the uptempo "Meet the Zony Mash" and the slinky, mellow groove of "Slide By" for an example of how well the members of this unit operate together. Live in Seattle is a great set from a great band. Highly recommended.

Will Holshouser Trio - Reed Song (2002)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 56:23 | Size: 129.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Nocturnal (05:43)
2. Blue Light Special (06:34)
3. Tang (05:28)
4. Reed Song (04:40)
5. Inside The Park (04:04)
6. Dry (06:44)
7. Unfried (04:47) 8. Sparkle Of Never (07:21)
9. It Got Bad (06:02)
10. For The Birds (05:00)
Will Holshouser - accordion
Ron Horton - trumpet
David Phillips - double bass
Kevin Norton - drums (6, 10)
Label – Cleanfeed Records (Portugal)

The Charles Owens Trio - A Day With Us (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:59 | Size: 158.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Caravan (10:30)
02. Dutch ( 7:32)
03. Ummg ( 6:26)
04. The Man I Love (10:01)
05. Take Five ( 8:03)
06. Something ( 6:12)
07. No Resolution ( 6:54)
08. On A Slow Boat To China ( 8:14)
09. You Go To My Head ( 5:07)

Personnel: Charles Owens: tenor saxophone; Andrew Randazzo: bass; Devonne Harris: drums
Even when factoring in the vital contributions of bassist Andrew Randazzo and drummer Devonne Harris, there's no denying Charles Owens' firm hold on the nine tracks of A Day With Us. Throughout a program consisting largely of standards, the music is ruled by the broad, resonant sound of the leader's tenor saxophone and the dogged persistence that characterizes everything he plays. As if building something momentous on the spur of the moment with his wits and the force of his will, the sounds conjure up hard labor, sweat, and grime. In some instances Owens shovels notes out of the bell of his horn; in others, he wields a pneumatic drill.

Most of Owens' solos (not to mention his introductions and post-out head forays) are long, irrepressible and headstrong. Just when you begin to wonder when he'll stop, give up, or bow out, there comes another chorus (or two or three) of smart, brawny invention. For all of the detours and digressions, the architecture of his solos is logical and relatively easy to follow. More often than not, when an improvisation ends, it begs the question: How can Owens sound so earthy, deep-rooted, yet move relentlessly and cover so much territory? And there's something positively addictive about the long way, Owens' preferred, circuitous route to a destination. Upon reaching the conclusion of "You Go To My Head," the disc's last track, an all-too-brief cadenza thwarts the expectation—and the desire—for another elongated, effusive, daring statement.

Owens employs a number of devices that keep any threat of monotony or predictability at bay. He executes the in and out heads of "Caravan," "The Man I Love," and "You Go To My Head" in somewhat different ways, altering the tunes' identities and shifting the music's emotional temperature. A protracted and wildly inventive solo introduction animates "Caravan," the disc's opening track. The leader reinforces the tight-knit character of his working band by playing accompanying figures to Harris' solos on "Caravan," "UMMG," and "Take Five." Owens' puckish sense of humor often appears out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly. For instance, a number of tart, staccato bites flavor an otherwise sober "The Man I Love" solo. In contrast to a forthright take on the rest of the song, he transforms a portion of the bridge of "You Go To My Head" into a jaunty burlesque.

"Something" and "The Man I Love" are two prime examples of Owens ability to fashion familiar material to suit his improvisational character. Dispensing with the customary protracted introduction, the saxophonist executes a straightforward rendition of George Harrison's tune and includes a rather faithful reproduction of Harrison's guitar solo from the Beatles' recording. Owens gradually releases himself from some of the song's constraints and constructs something raw, ragged, and romantic on top of it.

The record's masterpiece is a ten-minute treatment of George Gershwin's iconic "The Man I Love." To Owens' credit, throughout the melody and a good deal of the improv, it's tough to identify what, emotionally speaking, he seeks to convey—hope, guarded optimism, yearning, weariness, resignation? Slowly and painstakingly shaping the line he compels the listener to pay close attention to every note. The melodies Owens finds during his solo are just as purposeful and emotionally amorphous. For a time he opens up a bit, gradually becoming vigorous and terse, among other things cutting loose with one scream, shadowed by a short-lived silence. In contrast to the opening the out head is penetrating, at times almost rubbing the melody raw. The two-minute plus cadenza that follows marks the return of the restless, probing, bold tenor saxophonist. Owens defies the relative caution of the rest of the track in favor of going wherever his imagination takes him, and in doing so, leaves "The Man I Love" behind.

Takashi Matsunaga - Storm zone (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:36 | Size: 106.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1.Southern Cross
3.New Morning
4.The Do-Ton-Bori River
5.Jungle Song
6.The World in Sorrow
7.Storm Zone
8.The Doorway To Dreams
9.Blues For Whales

Steve Tyrell - The Disney Standards (2006)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 47:59 | Size: 109.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. When You Wish Upon A Star 3:52
2. Kiss The Girl 3:46
3. You've Got A friend In Me 3:27
4. Bella Notte 2:58
5. Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat 2:52
6. Beauty and the Beast 3:38
7. He's A Tramp 3:07
8. You'll Be In My Heart 4:42
9. A Deeam Is A Wish Your Heart Makes 2:48
10. When She Loved Me 3:07
11. The Bare Necessities 2:46
12. Once Upon A Dream 3:29
13. Cruella De Vil 3:33
14. Baby Mine 3:54
Steve Tyrell – vocals
Bob Mann - guitar, keyboards
Dave Koz – saxophone
Chris Botti – trumpet
Dr. John, Lee Musiker – piano
Paulinho Da Costa - percussion
Label - Walt Disney Records
On 2006's Disney Standards, pop vocalist Steve Tyrell offers up a charming set of tunes from vintage Mouse House films. Although Tyrell's gravelly voice may seem like an unlikely match for the melodies from animated classics such as Dumbo and Pinocchio, the project works to wonderful effect, allowing the vocalist to imbue the songs with plenty of emotion. Trumpeter Chris Botti joins Tyrell on a delicate reading of "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from Pinocchio), and Dr. John sits in on an easy-going rendition of "You've Got a Friend in Me" (from Toy Story). (The latter is a slightly strange pairing since Tyrell's voice echoes Dr. John's own singing style). Other highlights include "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (a dreamy, piano-driven version of the beloved Cinderella song) and "The Bare Necessities" (a smooth, orchestral take on the Jungle Book original). For fans of both Disney movies and Tyrell, this disc is sure to entertain.

Ryan Blotnick - Everything Forgets (2009)

Genre: Jazz / Free Improvisation | Total Time: 59:23 | Size: 134.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Intro
02. Mansell
03. Judge's Cave
04. Mainstream I
05. My Memory, Sir, Is Like A Garbage Heap
06. Ballad For A Crumbling Infrastructure
07. Dark Matter (For Benoit Delbecq)
08. Slowdozer
09. Look, A Way!
10. Mainstream II
11. Sulphur, The Reins
12. Funes The Memorious
13. Business Class
14. Cloud Stove
15.Ned Ferm
16. Sonny Song

Ryan Blotnick - guitar
Joe Smith - drums
Perry Wortman - bass
Joachim Badenhorst - tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet
Simon Jermyn - bass, effects
Jeff Williams - drums, chimes

Roy Burrowes, Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis - Reggae Au Go Jazz (1998)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:58 | Size: 105.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Wet Land (3:09)
02. Jericho Jazz (3:02)
03. Bubbles' Bubble (3:10)
04. My Father's Jazz (2:49)
05. Thirty One Thirty Five (3:26)
06. Soul Sender (5:28)
07. Don't Wait Too Long (4:37)
08. Mount Zion Rock (3:13)
09. Jamrec Jam (3:09)
10. Mr. Loving Spoon (4:23)
11. Reggae Au Go Jazz (2:57)
12. Jazz Ville Funk (4:39)

Roy "Bubbles" Burrowes - trumpet, flugelhorn
Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis - tenor saxophone
Jackie Mittoo, Robert Lyn - piano
Ernest Ranglin - guitar, bass
Eric Frater - guitar
Bryan Atkinson - bass
Hector Williams, Phil Calender - drums
Count Ossie - repeater drum (#8)
Clement Dodd - percussion
George Victory (#6,12), Leslie Millner (#7) - program

Recorded at Coxsone's Music City, Brooklyn, NY.

Pierre Dutour Et Son Orchestre*, Jack Arel - Sweet And Pop (1975)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:49 | Size: 89.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A-1 So Far From You
A-2 Walking On
A-3 Saint Medard's Day
A-4 Travelling Together
A-5 Last Evening
A-6 Trumpet Man
A-7 Classic Memorial
Side B
B-1 From Saturn To Pluto
B-2 Cricket's Dance
B-3 Nightly Tribulations
B-4 Children's Day
B-5 Bumble Bee's Dance
B-6 Already Ten Years
B-7 Hardwork On Assembly Line
Written-By – Garry Bellington*

Oslo 13 - Anti-Therapy (1983)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:35 | Size: 87.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Langisesuap
02. Futuro Seguro
03. Anti-Therapy
04. Guatemala
05. Heavy Report
06. Shadows
07. For Den Siste
08. Intro Til Fru P
09. Pink
10. Pausesignal

Stig Molvær - french horn
Geir Hauger - trumpet
Nils Petter Molvær - trumpet
Erik Balke - alto and soprano saxophones, flute
Odd Riisnæs - alto and soprano saxophones, flute
Rune Nicolaysen - tenor saxophone, flute
Nancy Sandvoll - bariton saxophone, flute
Torbjørn Sunde - trombone, vocals
Thor Bjørn Neby - bass trombone
Geir Løvold - tuba
Jon Balke - piano, percussion
Carl Morten Iversen - bass
Audun Kleive - drums, percussion

Michael Philip Mossman - The Orisha Suite (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:26 | Size: 144.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Mambanita 6:49
2. The Mountain at the Edge of Time 5:50
3. Divine Hunter 5:20
4. The Lepered Lover 6:26
5. In the Land of Ile' Ife' 6:20
6. Copper...Then Gold 6:49
7. The Lord of Thunder 7:52
8. The Moon and the Sea 5:54
9. Iron and Blood 6:13
10. The Guardian of the Crossroad 6:12
All compositions by Michael Philip Mossman

Michael Philip Mossman (Trumpet)
Todd Williams (Tenor Saxophone, Flute)
Arturo O'Farrill (Piano, Organ)
Adam Rogers (Guitar)
John Benitez (Double Bass)
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (Drums)
Joe Gonzalez (Congas, Guiro)
Paquito D'Rivera (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet) - 1,5,10
Carlos "Patato" Valdes (Congas) - 2,5
Ray Barreto (Congas) - 3-6
Trumpet master Michael Philip Mossman has extended himself on this outing, reaching out into all of the various places he has visited in his jazz career in the vanguard with Anthony Braxton, in the hard bop university with Art Blakey, and in his long association with the Latin jazz world where he has studied with Machito, Tito Puente, Chico O'Farrill, Daniel Ponce, Mario Bauza, Michel Camilo, and Ray Barretto. He has brought all of this to bear on a work that is at once ambitious, wonderfully expansive, exotic, and thoroughly accessible. The Orisha Suite is a call from the modern to the ancient to the unknown. It seeks to express a musical longing that can only be answered by more questions and mysteries. The band assembled on this gorgeously lush Afro-Cuban exercise is tasteful, innovative, and literally mind-blowing; composing, arranging, and chops are all stellar as Paquito D'Rivera, Barretto, Patato Valdes, Arturo O'Farrill, Todd Williams, John Benítez, and Adam Rogers log in to realize Mossman's tour de force. The compositions on The Orisha Suite are varied by all in the sense that they reflect different sides of the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz experience, philosophically, rhythmically, and dynamically. The arrangements are tight, punchy, and full of dreamy escapes into harmony and polyrhythmic complexities. But given that these works are so precisely composed, the spaces for solos and improvisations are even more profound -- check out Mossman's trumpet break at the end of "The Mountain at the Edge of Time." The loping front-line harmony on "The Lepered Lover," fraught with contrapuntal accents, is romantic and edgy. Likewise, the clean hard bop statements from the front line on "The Lord of Thunder," with it's funky backbeats, Cuban twists, and elongated soloing, are delightfully savvy. The smoking, funk-driven "Iron and Blood," with its son feel, salsa and rhumba time signatures, and knotty ensemble engagement before Williams' solo, is nothing short of breathtaking. This is an album that deserves to be at the forefront of the new jazz revolution. It is the finest moment of Mossman's career -- and for a composer and New York edge trumpet player, that's saying plenty. This is a necessary addition to the collection of any serious jazz fan, and a welcome, accessible, and phenomenally executed example of the genre in the modern day for anyone curious enough to check it out.

Melissa Stott - The Picture (2007)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:15 | Size: 156.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Wish it wasn't true
2. You
3. A little contented place
4. Beware of your heart
5. I just can't stop the tears
6. That 'll be us
7. The picture
8. I'm looking at you with new eyes
9. Romance addio
10. Cara
11. Cutch O'Lanza
12. Mexico blue
13. Hindsight

Songwriter and vocalist Melissa Stott learned from a few of the best, such as Porter, Gershwin, Ellington, Strayhorn, Berlin, and more, but she has a more modern appeal to her music. She learned to play the piano at age six and was ear trained by her father. Melissa also took part in various choral activities. She decided to do acting in Italy and slipped into the jazz scene. Her first jazz record was of Ella Fitzgerald with Ellis Larkin at the piano. Melissa has studied with Barry Harris, Stjepko Gut, Dennis Jeter, LaVerne Jackson, Andy Farber and Vince Benedetti. She participated in festivals and coached many students in classical piano and harmony, jazz singing, choral singing and ballet.

Melissa is very talented and has written catchy tunes with interesting harmonies and witty, touching lyrics in this album The Picture. From the up-tempo dismissal of a lover in "Romance Addio," to the haunting Evans-esque "The Picture," or the aching, melancholic "Wish It Wasn’t True," each and every one of Stott’s original songs casts a spell which is hard to forget. As a vocalist, her style is natural and understated, yet "an almost conversational intimacy combines with subtle power" to produce feelings that it’s hard to put your finger on.

Matt Dusk And Florence K - Quiet Nights (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:48 | Size: 128.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
2. Girl from Ipanema
3. Ces mots stupides / Somethin’ Stupid
4. 'Deed I Do
5. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
6. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
7. Your Kiss Is on My List
8. How Insensitive
9. This Masquerade
10. Our Love Is Here to Stay
11. They Can't Take That Away from Me
12. Just the Two of Us

Matt Dusk and Florence K revisit great standards like Somethin’ Stupid, Sunshine of My Life and The Girl From Ipanema with their own jazzy sound. Quiet Nights is a bright, glamorous sounding album which surrounds the listener with the soft comfort of the two artists warm voices. It is the perfect gift for lovers and will hit the shelves just before Valentines Day. Reprenant des grands standards allant de Somethin’ Stupid à Sunshine of My Life en passant par The Girl From Ipanema, le duo Matt Dusk et Florence K revisite ces classiques à la sauce jazz.

Quiet Nights est un album ensoleillé, « glam » où les voix chaudes des deux artistes enveloppent l’auditeur dans un doux confort. Sorti quelques jours avant la Saint-Valentin, l’album Quiet Nights est le cadeau idéal des amoureux. Le premier extrait, Somethin’ Stupid, s’accompagne d’un vidéoclip en diffusion à la télévision. La popularité des deux artistes (et notamment de Florence K au Québec depuis la sortie de son livre Buena Vida) ainsi que le son « rétro » de cet album très en vogue actuellement devraient lui promettre un beau succès

Masabumi Kikuchi Trio - Sunrise (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:56 | Size: 114.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Ballad I (5:40)
02. New Day (4:48)
03. Short Stuff (2:12)
04. So What Variations (5:33)
05. Ballad II (7:17)
06. Sunrise (5:52)
07. Sticks And Cymbals (6:19)
08. End Of Day (4:51)
09. Uptempo (4:09)
10. Last Ballad (5:21)
Masabumi Kikuchi - piano
Thomas Morgan - bass
Paul Motian – drums
Label - ECM Records
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, September 2009

Marc Copland & Tim Hagans - Between The Lines (2000)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:07 | Size: 139.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Nefertiti (5:51)
2.Passing Giants (9:23)
3.Three In One (5:03)
4.I Loves You Porgy (8:04)
5.When Will The Blues Leave (6:25)
6.Estate (7:42)
7.On Green Dolphin Street (7:29)
8.Rainy Night House (6:56)
9.Cantaloup Island (5:46)
Marc Copland - piano
Tim Hagans - trumpet & flugelhorn
Label: SteepleChase 31488

Marc Copland - Some More Love Songs (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:00 | Size: 112.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Don't Know Where I Stand (Mitchell) - 8:51
02. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers) - 7:47
03. Eighty One (Carter) - 5:47
04. Rainbow's End (Copland) - 5:16
05. I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter) - 9:44
06. I Remember You (Schertzinger) - 4:09
07. When I Fall in Love (Young) - 7:28

Marc Copland - piano
Drew Gress - bass
Jochen Ruekert - drums

The Mangione Brothers Sextet - The Jazz Brothers (1960)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:30 | Size: 89.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Something Different
02. Secret Love
03. Alice
04. Struttin' With Sandra
05. Nemesis
06. The Gap
07. Girl Of My Dreams
Chuck Mangione - Trumpet
Larry Combs - Alto Saxophone
Sal Nistico - Tenor Saxophone
Gap Mangione – Piano
Bill Saunders – Bass
Roy McCurdy – Drums
Label – Prestige

LaVon Hardison - Come Together (2016)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 34:14 | Size: 79.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tomorrow (3:13)
02. Sunny (4:32)
03. Maybe (2:27)
04. Come Together (2:57)
05. Alfie (5:25)
06. Unchain My Heart (3:54)
07. Better Than Anything (3:45)
08. They Long To Be Close To You (3:31)
09. Some Other Time (4:30)

LaVon Hardison: Vocals
David Joyner: Piano & Organ
Osama Afifi: Bass
Jeff Busch: Drums & Percussion
Brad Schrandt: Flute & Sax
Come Together is Hardison’s third album, but it truly marks a new beginning for the wildly talented singer. Building on the jazz interpretations of Choices (2006) and the inspirational bent of Everyday Gifts (2008), this long-awaited recording finds Hardison using her ineffable presence to tie together a wonderfully diverse selection of tunes with a first-class group of musicians.

“I was really excited to be able to mix jazz standards with other songs,” Hardison says. “Instead of trying to choose songs from a particular genre, I chose songs that have a melody or meaning that tell a story.”
With ease, Hardison erases the boundaries between jazz, funk, and soul, re-inventing well-loved tunes including “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Sunny,” and “Tomorrow.” She infuses The Beatles’ “Come Together” with rhythms that would be at home in New Orleans, and you can hardly imagine anything better than her version of the jazz standard “Better Than Anything.”

When Hardison smolderingly implores you to “Unchain My Heart,” you’ll gladly comply, if only because you sense her affection for the 1964 Ray Charles version of the song. “Ray Charles is a huge influence for me,” she enthuses. “He managed to do country, R&B, whatever – and he always understood the song and made it his own.”

What emanates from Hardison is not merely an admixture of those who came before. It’s everything she’s done, heard, seen and felt, plus a huge helping of musicianship, all drawn into her very own musical time machine. The result? An irresistibly distinct take on life and the living of it —from raucous to somber, gleeful to introspective. And there’s joy. Always joy.

Karin Hammar Fab 4 - Imprints (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:21 | Size: 114.90 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Good Things Are Free (5:14)
02. Imprints (4:40)
03. Sai Fora (4:39)
04. Stationary (5:59)
05. Vera Cruz (5:07)
06. Light Is Your Shadow (4:10)
07. Lifewish (5:50)
08. Man's Best Friend (3:46)
09. Waltz For Restless Souls (6:50)
10. Overjoyed (4:06)
Karin Hammar - trombone
Max Schultz - gitarr
Niklas Fernqvist - bas
Fredrik Rundqvist - trummor
Sophisticated jazz played with virtuosity and at times with hypnotic beats and bass lines. The trombone player Karin Hammar herself convinces with a lush, often lyrical sound. Well arranged, tight and with strong melodies, all songs are written by Karin Hammar, who has developed to one of Sweden´s best trombone players, always with constant variation in her playing.
Karin Hammar's strength is her fluent, singingly melodic playing. It becomes wonderfully elegiac in a kind of controlled melancholy. Her music is light and melodic, with shimmering harmonies and softly driven rhythm. Latin moods mixing with a proud jazzy tone. This is definitely music for everyone who is curious of jazz in a new unique style.

Julia Hulsmann Trio - The End Of A Summer (2008)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:45 | Size: 106.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The End Of A Summer (5:31)
02. Konbanwa (4:36)
03. Kiss From A Rose (4:08)
04. Last One Out (4:04)
05. Quint (4:09)
06. Senza (5:26)
07. Not The End Of The World (6:48)
08. Sepia (3:48)
09. Gelb (4:49)
10. Where In The World (4:28)

Julia Hulsmann - piano
Marc Muellbauer - bass
Heinrich Kobberling - drums

Joanne Brackeen - Tring-A-Ling (1977)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:31 | Size: 126.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Shadowbrook-Aire (12:08)
2.Fi-Fi's Rock (4:35)
3.Echoes (9:11)
4.Haiti-B (12:39)
5.New True Illusions (5:56)
6.Tring-A-Ling (6:31)
7.New true Illusions (6:10)
Joanne Brackeen - piano
Mike Brecker - tenor sax
Cecil McBee - bass
Clint Houston - bass
Billy Hart - drums
Rec. In Macdonald Studio 1977

Joanne Brackeen - Popsicle Illusion (1999)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:34 | Size: 160.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.If I Were A Bell (5:46)
2.Michelle (6:41)
3.Popsicle Illusion
4.From This Moment On (6:04)
5.Bess You Is My Woman (8:22)
6.The Touch Of Your Lips (5:43)
7.Telavision (5:46)
8.Knickerbocker Blues (5:31)
9.High Tea For Stephany (5:02)
10.Prelude To A Kiss (5:57)
11.Nature Boy (6:28)
12.Interview With Joanne (5:44)
Joanne Brackeen - piano
Label: Arkadia Jazz - 70372

Joanne Brackeen - Keyed In (1979)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:03 | Size: 86.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Let Me Know (5:06)
2.El Mayorazgo (6:39)
3.Of Glimpse (7:17)
4.Twin Dreams (5:41)
5.Again And Always (5:50)
6.Carmel Tea (6:01)
7.The Grant (2:03)
Joanne Brackeen - piano
Eddie Gomez - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Label: Tappan Zee - 83868

Inaudis Paisan Y La Estudiantina Invasora - Aguanta Ahi (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:49 | Size: 105.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Mil Congejas
02.El Son de Santiago
03.El Dia Que Dios
04.Aquella Boca
05.Que Noche Tan Linda
06.Cajon de Muerto
07.En Falso
08.Ya Nunca Mas
09.El Chivo
10.Canta Pajarito
11.Triste Lucha
12.Flor de Venganza

Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:44 | Size: 96.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Good Lava
2.Unconditional Love
4.Earth To Heaven
6.Rest In Pleasure
7.Ebony And Ivy
8.Noble Nobles
9.Farewell Dolly
10.Elevate Or Operate
11.Funk The Fear
12.I Want It Now

Don Cherry - Live In Stockholm (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:17:16 | Size: 179.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. ABF Suite, Part 1 (22:49)
02. ABF Suite, Part 2 (26:21)
03. Another Dome Session (28:07)
Don Cherry - pocket trumpet, flutes, piano, percussion, vocals
Maffy Falay - trumpet, flutes, percussion
Bernt Rosengren - tenor saxophone, flutes, percussion (1 & 2)
Tommy Koverhult - tenor saxophone, flutes, percussion (1 & 2), flute (track 3)
Torbjörn Hultcrantz - bass (1 & 2)
Leif Wennerström - drums (1 & 2)
Rolf Olsson (probably) - bass (3)
Okay Temiz - drums (3)
Children and visiting friends (3)
Label - Caprice Records
Recorded at the ABF House ("Z hall"), Sveavägen, Stockholm, September 2, 1968 (1, 2) and at the Museum of Modern Art, "Bucky Dome" building, Stockholm, probably July 3, 1971

Dick Oatts - Lookin' Up (2011)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:34 | Size: 121.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.One For Benny (6:27)
2.Alaina's Song (8:39)
3.Just Us (5:57)
4.Mood For Moody (7:42)
5.Lookin' Up (5:42)
6.Brook's Blues (7:42)
7.Tap And Strut (6:39)
8.The Auctioneer (4:46)
Dick Oatts - alto sax
John Mosca - trombone
Ted Rosenthal - piano
David Wong - bass
Rodney Green - drums
Label: SteepleChase 31738

Darby Williams - Me (2016)

Genre: Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 41:49 | Size: 99.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. No One Knows (Feat. Peabo Bryson) (3:26)
02. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (4:36)
03. Something To Live For (4:03)
04. Prelude To A Kiss (4:48)
05. Mood Indigo (4:36)
06. Daydream (3:47)
07. I Didn't Know About You (4:35)
08. Lush Life (3:56)
09. In A Sentimental Mood (4:08)
10. Sophisticated Lady (3:54)
Tall, blond, bodacious and sensual, newcomer Darby Williams commands the stage just as she commands her dynamic vocal range, with artistic creativity and a personal touch not often found today. Signed personally to Roc Cartel by label founder and President Ray De La Garza, Williams captures the essence and the nuances of perhaps the greatest collaborators in jazz history – Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

"Darby has such a diverse vocal range that her interpretation of these songs makes them relevant and accessible to everyone. We are looking forward to introducing this work to many who are not yet familiar with this legendary music, as well as, to those who hold a deep appreciation for these timeless classics." -Ray De La Garza.

With her debut album Me, such titles as “Lush Life,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me”, echo the sweltering notes and delicate compositions of this illustrious partnership. Darby’s interpretation of their compositions is both thoughtful and intoxicating. The delicate nature of her phrasing, and obvious feel for American Songbook material is immediately evident. The single, "No One Knows" features Darby with two-time Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson in a soulful duet, that is sure to keep your foot tapping.

“One splendid example of Darby’s suitability for wider exposure emanates from Me: the simply grand interpretation, the swinging horns, the wonderful drumming, and intoxicating vocals on ‘Do Nothin’ – this track alone is worth the price of the album – and if she can deliver in live performance what she does here in the studio, look out jazz world!” - music critic Brian Miller.

"Darby is a fantastic vocalist with command and range. I've sung with the greats and she's more than holding her own."

Anders Mogensen - Just Another Day At The Office (2013)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:01 | Size: 136.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Daikan-Yama (7:04)
2.Carmine's (6:15)
3.This Is New (8:31)
4.Legacy (4:16)
5.Copley Place (7:56)
6.You Don't Know What Love Is (6:24)
7.Paris (5:08)
8.Katowice Renewed (8:10)
9.The Certificate (6:06)
Anders Mogensen - drums
Gary Thomas - tenor sax
Carl winther - piano
Daniel Franck - bass
Label: SteepleChase 33110


Snarky Puppy - Family Dinner Volume Two (Deluxe) (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:27:08 | Size: 182.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. I Asked (feat. Becca Stevens & Vдsen)
02. Molino Molero (feat. Susana Baca & Charlie Hunter)
03. Liquid Love (feat. Chris Turner)
04. Soro (Afriki) (feat. Salif Keita, Carlos Malta & Bernardo Aguiar)
05. Sing To The Moon (feat. Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis)
06. Don't You Know (feat. Jacob Collier & Big Ed Lee)
07. I Remember (feat. Knower & Jeff Coffin)
08. Somebody Home (feat. David Crosby)
09. Be Still (feat. Becca Stevens & Vдsen)
10. Fuego Y Agua (feat. Susana Baca)
11. Shapons Vindaloo (feat. Vдsen)
12. One Hope (feat. Knower)
13. Brother, I'm Hungry (feat. Nigel Hall & NOLA International)

Perrine Mansuy - Rainbow Shell (2016)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:58 | Size: 253.00 MB | FLAC
01. Dîner flottant
02. Danse avec le vent
03. Fly On
04. Magic Mirror
05. The River of No Return
06. Rainbow Shell
07. Tomettes et plafond haut
08. Paying My Dues to the Blues
09. Three Rivers & a Hill to Cross
10. Ending Melody
11. Le songe du papillon


Peter Appleyard - Sophisticated Ladies (2012)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:10 | Size: 102.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. After You've Gone feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow
2. It's Only A Paper Moon feat. Elizabeth Shepherd
3. Love For Sale feat. Jill Barber
4. Georgia On My Mind feat. Jackie Richardson
5. If You Could See Me Now feat. Sophie Milman
6. Sophisticated Lady feat. Molly Johnson
7. Night And Day feat. Carol Welsman
8. Satin Doll feat. Barbra Lica
9. Mood Indigo feat. Carol McCartney
10. Smile feat. Diana Panton

Peter Appleyard, vibraphone; John Sherwood, piano; Reg Schwager, guitar; Neil Swainson, bass; Terry Clarke, drums
Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's Sophisticated Ladies is a feature for ten Canadian female vocalists, many of whom aren't widely known outside of their homeland. The rhythm section includes pianist John Sherwood and guitarist Reg Schwager, plus two veterans who add spark to any date, bassist Neil Swainson (who long worked with George Shearing) and drummer Terry Clarke (who has worked with countless greats). There are no liner notes to give background on the vocalists, each of whom is featured on an individual standard or pop song of yesteryear, arranged by Rich Wilkins. As a result, there isn't a lot of risk-taking and the music tends toward the predictable, though Jill Barber's seductive vocal in the funky treatment of "Love for Sale" breaks the mold. The up-and-coming vocalist Sophie Milman has gotten quite a publicity push with her first three CDs; she tackles Tadd Dameron's longing ballad "If You Could See Me Now," occasionally getting overdramatic but capturing the song's essence. Carol Welsman's playfulness comes out in the breezy samba treatment of "Night and Day," accompanying herself on piano in Sherwood's place. Barbra Lica is assigned the unenviable task of tackling "Satin Doll" and does a respectable job, though Molly Johnson's raspy treatment of "Sophisticated Lady" is unremarkable. If Peter Appleyard's goal was to simply give greater exposure to these Canadian vocalists, he has succeeded, though it could have been improved with a more diverse selection of material.
Ken Dryden, AMG

Peter Appleyard seems to have a way with the ladies. The octogenarian vibraphonist brings his virile mallet work to bear while escorting a dozen lovely songbirds through some smartly arranged standards on this, his second release the span of a few months. Appleyard started off the year by looking toward the past, issuing a previously unreleased all-star jam session from 1974, but his gaze is firmly on the present throughout Sophisticated Ladies. He hobnobs with some of the finest vocalists operating north of the 49th parallel today and a sense of mutual respect for the music and one another comes through in the music.

While astute jazz vocal fans are probably aware that bassist Charlie Haden beat Appleyard to the conceptual punch, releasing his own Sophisticated Ladies (Emarcy, 2011) a year ahead of Appleyard, the basic format and album title are the only thing that these two releases share. Haden's album mixed instrumental pieces and vocal numbers, favoring slow material containing string sweetening and came off as a mostly-manicured set of music with mellow appeal. Appleyard, on the other hand, shares the stage with a singer on every song, covering a wider range of emotions.

The playlist has no surprises, but Rick Wilkins' arrangements have their fair share. Tempo changes, funk-to-swing shifts ("Love For Sale"), double-time adjustments, Brazilian-tinged turns and intimate introductions ("Smile") keep things interesting. Each singer brings something different to the table and Appleyard responds in kind by shaping his solos around the specific songs and singers. Emilie-Claire Barlow shows great range on the slow-to-fast "After You've Gone," Elizabeth Shepherd engages Appleyard in a scat-vibraphone solo trading session, Jackie Richardson's deeply resonant voice takes center stage on a soulful "Georgia On My Mind," Diana Panton turns the lights down low for "Smile" and Sophie Milman takes her time fleshing out the emotional ideals of "If You Could See Me Now." Molly Johnson, who interprets the title track with her smoky and dusky pipes, proves to be the only singer who seems ill-suited to her number.

The female musicians on this album will probably get the lion's share of attention, but Appleyard has top billing for a reason. His vibraphone soloing enlivens and enhances the music. Guitarist Reg Schwager's comping is a key ingredient in the mix, as pianist John Sherwood takes the right tack on every tune, drummer Terry Clarke expertly navigates the through each number and bassist Neil Swainson keeps everything in check.

Nat Birchall - Invocations (2015)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:05 | Size: 107.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Song to the Divine Mother 12:01
2. Invocation 11:55
3. To Be 7:43
4. Njozi (Vision) 7:59
5. A Luta Continua 7:30
Nat Birchall - tenor saxophone, bells, shaker, voice (3)
Adam Fairhall - piano
Tim Fairhall - bass
Jonny Hunter - drums
Christian Weaver - bells, congas, bata, shekere
John Ellis - voice (3)
Label - Jazzman Records