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2016/08/28

Wynton Marsalis - From The Plantation To The Penitentiary (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:24 | Size: 116.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. From The Plantation To The Penitentiary 11:48
2. Find Me 9:34
3. Doin' (Y)Our Thing 8:37
4. Love And Broken Hearts 7:40
5. Supercapitalism 6:55
6. These Are Those Soulful Days 8:04
7. Where Y'All At? 5:48

Bass – Carlos Henriquez
Drums – Ali Jackson
Piano – Dan Nimmer
Producer – Delfeayo Marsalis
Saxophone [Tenor & Soprano] – Walter Blanding
Trumpet, Composed By – Wynton Marsalis
Vocals – Jennifer Sano
 
From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is an American album by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. It was released in 2007, and reached second place on Billboard's Top Jazz chart.

His brother Delfeayo Marsalis is the album's producer. Jennifer Sanon is a featured guest on track # 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. The music and lyrics are written by Wynton Marsalis. Mixed By Patrick L. Smith.

The infuriating thing about Wynton Marsalis is that he is so incredibly talented that you can never simply dismiss him and yet he is so wrong-headed about so many things that you can never wholly embrace him either. Nothing brings this dilemma into sharper focus than his new album, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary.

Marsalis may well be the best technical trumpeter in the history of jazz. It’s always dangerous to claim that someone’s a better trumpeter than Dizzy Gillespie, but from his diamond-hard loud notes to his buttery soft notes, from the nail-gun precision of his fast runs to the bluesy smear of his slow phrases, Marsalis has done everything Gillespie has done in a wider variety of settings. Just listen to his terrific solo—full of staccato bursts, note-bending slides and surprising interval jumps—on the title track of the new album.

He’s also a remarkable composer and arranger. He has no interest in opening new musical territory, but there’s no crime in that, for there’s plenty that can still be mined from the landscape staked out by Ellington, Monk and Mingus. And Marsalis has mined more from that ground than anyone of his generation. On the title tune, for example, he sustains nearly 12 minutes of a midtempo blues by filling it with several melodies, incredibly rich harmonies, push-and-pull rhythms and duets and trios as well as the usual solos and ensemble passages. True, the score could have been written in 1958, but it would have been great music then and it’s great music now.

If From the Plantation to the Penitentiary had been a purely instrumental album, it would have been a triumph of retro-jazz composition and execution. Unfortunately, Marsalis indulges his recurring desire to act as a social commentator, music critic and lyricist, three roles where he is hobbled by his reactionary biases and verbal clumsiness. As a composer, he’s right to pursue jazz classicism, for that fits his talent and inclination. As a music critic, however, he’s wrong to demand that everyone else follow the same path. The same assumption—that everything was better between 1945 and 1965 than it is now—reduces his social commentary to a Ronald Reagan-like nostalgia for an imaginary past. Marsalis sounds downright Republican when he attacks taxes, “modern-day minstrels” and “womb-vanquished dreams.”

It’s bad enough when he expounds these ideas in interviews, essays and TV commentary; it’s worse when he tries to translate those ideas into lyrics. Marsalis shouldn’t write lyrics for the same reason I shouldn’t play the trumpet or the piano: The fundamental lack of competence is impossible to overcome. That’s a problem, because five of the album’s seven numbers are full-fledged songs.

Marsalis’ crimes against the English language are many: awkward rhymes (“slaves” and “trade,” “inside” and “survive”), stilted diction (“We’re running all over the world with a blunderbuss/And the Constitution all but forgot in the fuss”), fractured syntax (“In the name of freedom insane,” “conspiracy theorists and political disconcerts”), mixed metaphors (“reaching for the eyes of a friend”), and empty clichés (“Stick figures chant ghostly names,” “hold me and touch my soul”).

The songwriter’s subject—the truism that many of the same problems that beset America in the era of plantations are still present in today’s era of penitentiaries, just in a different guise—is a worthy one. The bluesy/artsy music suggests that continuity of oppression and resistance in evocative ways, but the lyrics offer nothing new to this much discussed notion.

The title track simply lists familiar examples of the phenomenon. “Find Me” tries to rework the “Oh, say can you see” line from our national anthem into a directive to see our society in a new way, but fails to provide a single memorable visual image. “Love and Broken Hearts” squanders a delightfully romantic melody by daring us to choose between a prostitute’s Vaseline and a Valentine’s candy roses—as if that were really anyone’s dilemma. “Supercapitalism” wastes a jittery, twisting Jon Hendricks-like vocal line on a facile condemnation of greed. Yeah, we get it: Greed is bad.

These four songs are sung by the obviously gifted 21-year-old singer Jennifer Sanon, who is supported by Marsalis and his splendid bandmates: saxophonist Walter Blanding, pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson. But on the album’s final track, “Where Y’all At?,” Marsalis takes the mic himself in an ill-advised attempt to beat the rappers at their own game. He suffers from the common misconception that rappers have no skills because they don’t deal with melody. But “flow”—that command of timbre and rhythmic phrasing that make Big Boi, Eminem and Lupe Fiasco such enviable vocalists—is a real skill that Marsalis lacks. Far from flowing, his delivery resembles the most dammed-up river in the history of hydroelectricity.
 

Walter Wanderley - Sucessos Dançantes em Ritmo de Romance (1961)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:09 | Size: 71.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side A
A1. E Dai? (Proibição Inútil E Ilegal)
A2. O Apito No Samba
A3. Gimba
A4. Io
A5. Baby Rock
A6. Quem É?
 
Side B
B1. Oh! Carol
B2. Perfume De Gardenia
B3. Quero Beijar-Te As Mãos
B4. A Noite Do Meu Bem .
B5. Fim De Caso
B6. Castigo
 
Label - Odeon
 

VA - Easy Jazz Love Songs (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:12:19 | Size: 166.62 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Nat King Cole Trio - For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)
02. John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme Part I Acknowledgement
03. B.B. King - I Need Your Love
04. Nina Simone - Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
05. Billie Holiday - Comes Love
06. Ella Fitzgerald - Boy What Love Has Done to Me
07. Etta James - A Sunday Kind of Love
08. Bill Evans - A Time For Love
09. Burt Bacharach - The Look of Love
10. Anita O'day - Easy to Love
11. Mel Torme - Cuban Love Song
12. Rosemary Clooney - Always Be In Love
13. Pete Fountain - Careless Love
14. Chet Baker - There Is No Greater Love
15. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Look of Love
16. Astrud Gilberto - Once I Loved
17. Shirley Horn - Beautiful Love
18. Lee Ritenour - And You Know What... I Love You
19. Marc Antoine, Daniel Higgins, Jochem Saag, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin - Could You Be Loved (feat. Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Daniel Higgins & Jochem Saag)
20. Joe Henderson - A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
 

Richie Cole - Pittsburgh (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:10 | Size: 136.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. I Have a Home in Pittsburgh
02. I’ll Be Seeing You
03. Flying Down to Rio
04. The Gypsy
05. Who’s the Man Corrupting Richie Cole
06. Key Largo
07. Happy Valentine’s Day, Candace
08. Tomorrow

Personnel: 
Richie Cole: alto sax
Jeff Lashway: piano (1-5, 7)
Patrick Whitehead: piano (6, 8)
Mark Lucas: guitar
Jeff Grubbs: bass (1-5, 7)
Mark Perna: bass (6, 8)
Reid Hoyson: drums, percussion
George Jones: congas
 

Ralph Towner - City of Eyes (1989)


Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 47:24 | Size: 177.25 MB | FLAC
 
Tracklist:
01. Jamaica Stopover
02. Cascades
03. Les Douzilles
04. City Of Eyes
05. Sipping The Past
06. Far Cry
07. Janet
08. Sustained Release
09. Tundra
10. Blue Gown

Ralph Towner - 12-string and classical guitars, piano, synthesizer
Markus Stockhausen - trumpet, piccolo trumpet, fluegelhorn
Paul McCandless - oboe, English horn
Gary Peacock - bass
Jerry Granelli - drums, electronic drums


#A1,A5,B2,B5: recorded digitally, November 1988, Rainbow Studio, Oslo
#A2-A4,B1,B3-B4: recorded February 1986, Power Station, New York
 

Peter O'Mara Trio - Mirage (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:40 | Size: 145.87 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Wang Thang (06:47)
02. Dark (05:28)
03. All The Things You Are (07:31)
04. Mirage (06:57)
05. For Frank (05:23)
06. Just One Of Those Things (06:00)
07. Nowhere Man (06:39)
08. Another Avenue (05:27)
09. Countdown (05:39)
10. Terminal Departure (07:59)

Peter O'Mara - guitar
Henning Sieverts - bass
Adam Nussbaum - drums


Label:Pirouet Records
 
MIRAGE is Peter O’Maras most recent album. It celebrates melodic jazz music beguiling with its rich atmospheric images. Peter O’Mara has been dealing with the strains of the guitar for a long time. “Wang Thang” starts as a reference to history, with a short drum intro in the tradition of the Marching Bands, drifting to a settled and freely flowing New Orleans rhythm right on time. Adam Nussbaum on the drums creates a spatial profundity, letting off vigorous fireworks of enunciation, protracting the rhythm with a distinct groove. The well tuned melodies of Peter O’Mara’s electric guitar are developing incredibly calm, almost languidly and as if under blue skies into artful improvisations. In a hot summer’s day atmosphere, against a horizon turning into shimmering spots of color, his melodies exert a hypnotic suction, turning the song into a powerful, richly colored energy flow with vibrations of its own. The song “Mirage” – rhythm in uneven meters and impressively reiterating bass lines – creates a calm, airy and orientalizing atmosphere. The smooth, clearly improvising riffs of the electric guitar are penetrating the rhythmically opened room in a reflection of wide and inner worlds, as if it were a whirling dervish’s dance played in slow-motion. Played in echoing “sound shadows” discretely amplify the sound in certain parts, adding to it an iridescent and hybrid feature. Absolutely wonderful. Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things” is one of the few standard tunes on this CD. It presents itself as up-tempo-swing with Henning Sievert’s artistically rushing bass riffs. Peter O’Mara on
electric guitar develops very expressive city sketches in blue and gray, describing virtuously changing street panoramas and rapid motions through space, creating a concise, atmospherically compact row of anecdotic tales. In this tune guitar and bass form pursuing, losing each other, overlapping and reappearing lines full of suspense – New York sunset light. One of the tunes is dedicated to the saxophone player and composer Frank St. Peter. “For Frank” is a slow and melancholy ballad played on acoustic guitar, full of long improvisations, with a multitude of various atmospheres, with complex and warm tones and tricky changes of harmony. Anyone who can produce such weightless music needn’t prove himself. Peter O’Mara’s album “MIRAGE” was produced shortly before the trio’s tour. Like all PIROUET productions it was recorded live. Most of the tunes were composed by Peter O’Mara.
 

Nils - Pacific Coast Highway (2005)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 54:58 | Size: 129.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Pacific Coast Highway (Nils) (4:56)
02. Back Pocket (Nils) (4:17)
03. Georgy Porgy (David Paich) (4:52)
04. Coming Home (Nils) (4:46)
05. You've Got A Friend (Carole King) (5:12)
06. Cruisin' (Nils) (4:42)
07. Sneakin' (Nils) (5:02)
08. Summer Nights (Joe Wolfe) (3:58)
09. Hey Ya (Nils) (4:53)
10. Keep Rollin' (Gerald McCauley, Nils) (4:57)
11. Kona Girl (Nils) (3:29)
12. Baja California (Nils) (3:54)
 

Nate Wooley - Seven Storey Mountain V (2016)


Genre: Jazz / Free Improvisation | Total Time: 49:22 | Size: 112.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Seven Storey Mountain V 49:22
 
Nate Wooley - amplified trumpet
C. Spencer Yeh - amplified violin
Samara Lubelski - amplified violins
Ben Vida - electronics
Chris Dingman, Matt Moran - vibraphone
Josh Sinton - amplified brass
Colin Stetson, Dan Peck - amplified reeds, amplified brass
Ben Hall, Ryan Sawyer - percussion


TILT Brass octet:
Chris McIntyre - brass
Gareth Flowers - brass
Mike Gurfeld - brass
Tim Leopold - brass
Will Lang - brass
Matt Melore - brass
Jen Baker - brass
James Roger - brass
 
Label - Pleasure of the Text Records
 
This Seven Storey Mountain is the fifth installment of Nate Wooley's meditation series. The title is taken from the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton's most famous publication. Like Merton, the most Zen Buddhist of Christians, Wooley might be the most Japanoise of all jazz improvisers.
His previous installments were released by Important Records (2009 & 2011) and his own Pleasure Of The Text Records (2013). As the chapters increase, so do the players. The first edition had Wooley joined by Paul Lytton and David Grubbs. The second Chris Corsano and C. Spencer Yeh, the third, a septet, and the fourth swelled to twelve performers. Here the count is nineteen with Yeh, Samara Lubelski, Ben Vida, Ben Hall, Ryan Sawyer, Matt Moran, Chris Dingman, Dan Peck, Josh Sinton, Colin Stetson, and the TILT brass octet.
With 19, you have power and, in Merton's terms, the majesty. Like the previous installments, the nearly fifty minute piece builds momentum through the amassing of sound. There's noise here, but a regal noise. Wooley presents the trumpets and trombones of the TILT Brass Octet like Elmer Bernstein's score for the film, The Ten Commandments. That is, if Alfred Hitchcock had directed it. The piece pulls together Yeh and Lubelski's amplified violins with the ringing of Moran and Dingman's vibraphones to effect an ethereal sound.
The journey Wooley takes us on can be disorienting, but that's the point. Noise mixed with amplified brass and mechanical sounds creates an instability. But that uncertainty and the riskiness of the journey into this darkness, might be just a test. A test of faith, or a secularist's mindfulness.
~ Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
 

Lira - Born Free (2016)


Genre: Jazz, Soul | Total Time: 1:08:38 | Size: 157.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Freedom (2:27)
02. Be About It (4:59)
03. Unique (3:48)
04. Brave Heart (5:02)
05. Listen (5:24)
06. Born Free (3:12)
07. Let There Be Light (6:14)
08. What You Love (3:23)
09. Sekunjalo (3:13)
10. Rhythm of Your Heart (4:30)
11. Let Go Sometimes (5:56)
12. Vaya (5:09)
13. Joy Inside My Tears (3:33)
14. I Like You (4:51)
15. Return to Me (6:18)
16. Tell Me What It Means (0:44)
 

Kim Waters - It's Time for Love (1994)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 57:04 | Size: 134.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Love Introduction (2:33)
02. It's Time for Love (4:29)
03. Come into My World (5:01)
04. Lost in the Storm (4:49)
05. Heartbreaker (4:38)
06. One Last Cry (5:25)
07. About Face (4:41)
08. The Loving Feeling (6:07)
09. Share My Love (4:56)
10. Take It Easy (5:59)
11. Circle of Wisdom (5:58)
12. Love Introduction [instrumental] (2:31)

Personnel:
Kim Waters - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, piano, keyboards, drum programming;
Moe Daniels - keyboards;
Allen Thomas - guitar;
James Waters, Jr. - bass guitar.
Alex Simms - vocals, background vocals.
 

Karl-Martin Almqvist - Stretching A Portfolio (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:54 | Size: 146.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Sentiment 6:34
2. Senter 5:17
3. And You 7:57
4. In My Flat 6:14
5. Survival Instincts 6:41
6. Home 5:33
7. Two Step 5:16
8. Smalandssviten 7:44
9. Shoot 6:32
10. Jacob Street 7:07
 
Label - Prophone

Karl-Martin Almqvist - tenor sax
Jonas Ostholm - piano
Filip Augustson - bass
Sebastian Voegler - drums
 

Jim Tomlinson Feat. Stacey Kent - The Lyric (2006)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:05 | Size: 134.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 Manha De Carnival (Bonfa) (4:09)
02 Corcovado (Jobim, Lees) (3:50)
03 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Lerner, Loewe) (4:55)
04 If I Were A Bell (Loesser) (3:59)
05 I Got Lost In His Arms (Berlin) (5:16)
06 What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life (Bergman, Bergman, Legrand) (6:32)
07 Cockeyed Optimist (Hammerstein, Rodgers) (4:41)
08 My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Porter) (3:45)
09 The Surrey with The Fringe On Top (Hammerstein, Rodgers) (4:38)
10 Outra Vez (Jobim) (4:55)
11 Jardin d'Hiver (Biolay, Zeidel) (3:21)
12 Something Happens To Me (Fisher, Segal) (3:55)
13 Stardust (Carmichael) (5:09)

Personnel: Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone); Stacey Kent (vocals); David Newton (piano); Dave Chamberlain (double bass); Matt Skelton (drums).

Label: O-Plus

Recording Date: Aug 9, 2005 - Aug 10, 2005
 
Jim Tomlinson originally intended to make this outing an instrumental CD, but when he had the opportunity to work with his wife, vocalist Stacey Kent, he quickly adapted most of the session to include her. The English tenor saxophonist chose time-tested material from standards and a few bossa novas, playing all of them with a lyrical sound reminiscent of the late giant Stan Getz, particularly in "'Manha de Carnaval" and"Corcovado." Kent's sweet voice complements her husband's band very well, catching the playfulness of "If I Were a Bell" and savoring the thoughtful tempo of "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top." Pianist David Newton, one of Europe's most underrated jazz pianists, anchors the rhythm section (with bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Matt Skelton), providing perfect backgrounds for the couple, with his lush playing in "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" especially standing out. Highly recommended.
 

George Mraz - Duke's Plays (1998)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:34 | Size: 153.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Duke's Place (4:16)
2.Satin Doll (4:41)
3.In A Sentimental Mood (7:50)
4.Come Sunday (4:44)
5.Angelica (7:58)
6.Mood Indigo (7:16)
7.Lotus Blossom (6:03)
8.Take The A Train (7:57)
9.The Star-Crossed Lovers (4:55)
10.Don't Get Around Much Anymore (4:27)
11.Caravan (7:00)

Clinton Studio, New York 1998

George Mraz - bass
Cyrus Chestnut - piano (1,2,4,6,8,10)
Renee Rosnes - piano (1,3,5,7,9,11)
Billy Drummond - drums
 

George Mraz - Bottom Lines (1997)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:42 | Size: 157.10 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Three Views Of A Secret (6:36)
2.San Felice (8:30)
3.Christina (7:30)
4.Lisa Marie (11:50)
5.Mr. Pastorius (5:16)
6.Little Waltz (6:32)
7.Strange Blues (6:52)
8.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (7:01)
9.Falling Grace (7:58)

Clinton Studio, New York 1997

George Mraz - bass
Rich Perry - tenor sax
Cyrus Chestnut - piano
Al Foster - drums
 

Buddy Cole - Sleepy Time Gal (1959)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:21 | Size: 75.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. Lover Come Back To Me
Written-By – Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg
2. You Took Advantage Of Me
Written-By – Rodgers & Hart
3. Mean To Me
Written-By – Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk
4. Almost In Your Arms
Written-By – Livingston & Evans
5. Fulfillment
Written-By – Buddy Cole
6. Love Me Or Leave Me
Written-By – Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson

Side 2
1. If I Could Be With You
Written-By – Henry Creamer, James Price Johnson
2. Sleepy Time Gal
Written-By – Ange Lorenzo, Joseph Alden, Raymond Egan, Richard Whiting
3. No Other Love
Written-By – Bob Russell, Frédéric Chopin, Paul Weston
4. Chole
Written-By – Gus Kahn, Neil Moret
5. Indian Summer
Written-By – Al Dubin, Victor Herbert
6. It Happened In Monterey
Written-By – Billy Rose, Mabel Wayne

Arranged By, Piano – Buddy Cole
 

Bing Crosby - Rare Early Recordings 1929-1933 (1973)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:31 | Size: 103.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. My Kinda Love
2. Let's Do It
3. I'm In Seventh Heaven
4. Great Day
5. Face The Music Medley
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime

Side 2
1. Street Of Dreams
2. I've Got The World On A String
3. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
4. Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn
5. Stay On The Right Side Of The Road
6. Blue Prelude
7. There's A Cabin In The Pines

Bing Crosby with The Dorsey Brothers and their Orchestra, Pawl Whiteman and his Orchestra, Victor Young and his Orchestra; Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman. Bix Beiderbecke, Glenn Miller and others.
 

Barry Manilow - My Dream Duets (2014)


Genre: Jazz, Pop | Total Time: 36:07 | Size: 82.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. The Song's Gotta Come From The Heart (With Jimmy Durante) (2:06)
02. Goody Goody (With Frankie Lymon) (2:12)
03. Dream A Little Dream Of Me (With Mama Cass) (3:07)
04. I Believe In You And Me (With Whitney Houston) (3:53)
05. Sunshine On My Shoulders (With John Denver) (4:33)
06. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (With Judy Garland) (3:17)
07. Moon River (With Andy Williams) (3:33)
08. The Look Of Love (With Dusty Springfield) (4:10)
09. The Candy Man (With Sammy Davis Jr.) (3:04)
10. I Wanna Be Loved By You (With Marilyn Monroe) (2:14)
11. What A Wonderful World/What A Wonderful Life (With Louis Armstrong) (3:59)

Veteran American pop Barry Manilow always loved to record duets. But this work - something special. In '71 the author of the hit "Copacabana" has carried out long-held dream - or rather, 11 desires. Sing with legends, which no longer exists. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, allowing to create the recording with built in their voices. The singer admits the idea to collect stars to stage joint album already exhausted, so he decided to look for partners among the artists who died. But wait a minute - already made Natalie Cole, Susan Boyle, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand ... Yes, but a whole album of duets for the first time came. And Manilow managed to intrigue Americans - album My Dream Duets took 4 th place in the Billboard chart. After Barry partners are Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis Jr. and other celebrities. Barry says: "After months of hard work, I finally did it and turned into duets songs that were never duet sometimes change the tone, sometimes adding a little bit at the end - as a duet with Marilyn Monroe have songs, new arrangements and they sound... as recorded yesterday. This is a real breakthrough in the field, and music, and technology. "

Barbra Streisand - Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)


Genre: Traditional Pop | Total Time: 43:29 | Size: 90.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. At The Ballet (with Anne Hathaway & Daisy Ridley)
02. Loving You (with Patrick Wilson)
03. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (with Anthony Newley)
04. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened (with Alec Baldwin)
05. Any Moment Now (with Hugh Jackman)
06. Anything You Can Do (with Melissa McCarthy)
07. Pure Imagination (with Seth MacFarlane)
08. Take Me To the World (with Antonio Banderas)
09. I'll Be Seeing You/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (with Chris Pine)
10. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (with Jamie Foxx)


In the 60 Broadway music made famous Barbra - and brought home, "Academy Award" role in the Hollywood film adaptation of the musical "Funny Girl." Subsequently Streisand twice returned to Broadway numbers - The Broadway Album (1985), Back to Broadway (1993) - and each plate is accompanied by multi-platinum triumph. New album on the same topic Barbra decided to record in the company of the friends from the world of cinema. Suffice it to mention Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, Antonio Banderas and Anne Hathaway, to make it clear: the partners are tough. Meanwhile, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" ( "Encore: kinoduety sing Broadway songs") and offers unexpected nominations: for example, Alec Baldwin. Although Barbra named joint number The Best Thing That Ever Happened "charming", and Baldwin - "the ideal partner", the very first actor considered an invitation to a duet ridiculous joke.

Alex Drakos Trio - Tora (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 51:36 | Size: 118.86 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Drum suffering
2. Stuttgart
3. Solitude
4. Tora
5. SubLove
6. Nagual
7. Esbjorn
8. Piano fear
9. Paint it balck
10. Elegie

Alex Drakos: Drums
Ntinos Manos: Bass
Yiannis Papadopoulos: Piano


Label: Puzzlemusik
 
Alex Drakos Ktistakis has Master's Degree in jazz performing, studied at the Ionian University of Greece.
He has also studied jazz drums performance in Athens. He has participated in the International Association of Schools of Jazz (I.A.S.J.) at Berklee College of music. Studied (private lessons) next to Ron Savage, Ralph Peterson, Lee Pierson, Antonio Sanchez.
As an artist he has performed with a variety of great musicians worldwide in jazz, latin-jazz, funk, fusion-Jazz and Greek music, such as Anthony Jackson, Eric Marienthal, Bireli Lagrene, Tony Lakatos, Bob Francheschini, Brett Garsed, Mark Murphy, Frank Gambale, Lu Solof, Mitchel Forman, Alex Foster, Dave Friedman, Bobby Few, Mike Miller, Abram Wilson, Miles Griffith, Greg Beily, Amik Guerra, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, Jason Yarde, Rex Richardson, Paul Clarvis, Tony Remy, Reiner Witzel, Igor Lumpert, Joel Soto, Takis Paterelis, George Kontrafouris, Dimitris Vasilakis, YFG, Eleftheria Arvanitaki and other.
He is an active recording artist in a variety of music projects and on different kinds of music.(ECM recording artist, VERVE recording artist).

He had been teacher at the Ionian University- Music Departement (faculty of jazz) for six years. He had been a drums instructor at conservatory "Filipos Nakas” of Athens for several years.
He is the education Manager in Modern Music School of Athens-Greece, having under his supervision the modification, the development and the proper conduct of the curriculum and syllabus. At the same time he teaches drums.
He has taken part in the training clinics of didactics-pedagogic of music (contemporary teaching methods) at the educational department of Modern Music School International Matthias Webel, Hans-Peter Becker, Sebastian Quirmbach).
He is the executive director of the Modern Music School in Heraklion, and he is visitor Teacher at the Drums Professional Program of Modern Music School International (Idar Oberstein, Germany).
 

The Gene Harris Quartet - A Little Piece Of Heaven (1993)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:10:28 | Size: 160.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Blues in Baxter's Pad
2. Take the "A" Train
3. Blues for Ste. Chapelle
4. Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)
5. Pensativa
6. How Long Has This Been Going On?
7. Scotch and Soda
8. My Little Suede Shoes
9. Old Dog Blues
10. Ode to Billie Joe
11. Sentimental Journey

Personnel: Gene Harris (piano); Ron Eschete (guitar); Luther Hughes (bass);Paul Humphrey (drums).

Recorded live at the Ste. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell, Idaho on July 18, 1993.
 
Gene Harris was always predictably excellent, particularly during his final decade. This CD has his quartet of 1993 (with guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Luther Hughes, and drummer Paul Humphrey) performing such tunes as a soulful "Take the 'A' Train," the sly "Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)," "My Little Suede Shoes," and even "Ode to Billie Joe." Harris, who is heard playing a concert in his adopted state of Idaho, often sounds in exuberant form talking to his hometown crowd. His fans will have little difficulty enjoying this happy date.
 

Steve Turre - One4J (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:21 | Size: 150.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Overdrive
2. Wee Dot
3. Lament
4. One 4 J
5. Mr.Johnson
6. Short Cake
7. Kelo
8. What is This Thing Called Love
9. Camino Real
10. Enigma
11. Minor Blues

Personnel: Steve Turre, Joe Alessi, Steve Davis, Robin Eubanks, Andre Hayward, Douglas Purviance -Trombones; Stephen Scott, Renee Rosnes-Piano; Peter Washington-Bass; Victor Lewis-Drums; Abou M'Boup-Percussion.
 
One4J is the second high profile multi-trombone release this season, after Spirit of the Horn (MCG Jazz, 2003) by Slide Hampton and The World of Trombones. That disc was an implicit hommage to the trombone master J.J. Johnson. This present disc is explicitly dedicated to the Imminent Mr. Johnson, who passed away February 4, 2001. Steve Turre digs deep into the Johnson songbook to pull out compositions by and songs associated with or inspired by Mr. Johnson. For his part, Turre successfully arranged these various trombone anthems for six talented and very different trombonists. He crafts "Overdrive" for himself and Robin Eubanks; "We Dot" for Andre Heyward; and Johnson's most famous composition, "Lament," for Joe Alessi and Steve Davis (with Douglas Purviance blowing the bass trombone). All are carried off with the grace and calm of low brass. Discs like this can be somewhat risky affairs, with their emphasis on a single instrument. An orchestra of trombones might sound as if it will come off as an orchestra of cellos. But in this case, the disc is not terribly trombone heavy. It provides a completely satisfying listening experience while highlighting those keen practitioners of the trombone.
 

Sonny Rollins - Plus 4 (1956)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:26 | Size: 75.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Valse Hot (Rollins) - 8:40
02. Kiss and Run (Coslow) - 7:11
03. I Feel a Song Comin' On (McHugh-Fields-Oppenheimer) - 5:16
04. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep (Berlin) - 2:33
05. Pent-Up House (Rollins) - 8:54

Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
Clifford Brown - trumpet (#1-3,5)
Richie Powell - piano
George Morrow - bass
Max Roach - drums


Recorded in New York City; March 22, 1956
 

Mike Jones Trio - Roaring (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:50 | Size: 140.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
02. If I Had You
03. I'll See You In Cuba
04. Home
05. Mean To Me
06. I Found A New Baby
07. Me And My Shadow
08. What'll I Do
09. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
10. 1 Am I Blue

Personnel: 
Mike Jones: piano
atie Thiroux: bass
Matt Witek: drums

Recorded July 21, 2015
 

Lynn August - The Legendary Lynn August Then And Now (2013)


Genre: Blues / Folk Blues | Total Time: 54:49 | Size: 128.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. All The Things I Did For You (2:53)
02. Ain't That A Shame (3:15)
03. Five Long Years (6:58)
04. Let The Good Times Roll (5:15)
05. Jure' #3 (1:09)
06. Blind Man (Live At Tipitina's In New Orleans) (6:08)
07. The Twist Set Me Free (1:45)
08. Ti Na Na (3:24)
09. Ay-Te Fee (2:46)
10. Hey Lucille (3:20)
11. Jure' #4 (2:18)
12. Railroad Blues (Live At Tipitina's In New Orleans) (4:57)
13. La Chanson Du Pain Perdu (3:16)
14. Pink Cadillac (4:05)
15. Every Night About This Time (3:20)
 
Label - Blyco
 
One of zydeco's most versatile performers, Lynn August spiked his native southwestern Louisiana sound with elements of pop, gospel and R&B. Born in Lafayette on August 7, 1948, the blind August was encouraged by his mother and father to pursue a career in music, and he was raised on a steady diet of zydeco, New Orleans rhythm and blues and swamp-pop. After learning to play drums on an old wash basin, at the age of 12 he was recruited to play percussion with the legendary Esquerita, who convinced him to also take up the piano; a few years later, August made the switch to the Hammond B-3 organ as well. During the mid-1960s, he played with a young Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, later mounting a solo career as well as sitting in with a variety of local swamp-pop combos; he also led a big band, and even directed a church choir. In 1988, August turned to the accordion and began his zydeco career in earnest; forming the Hot August Knights with tenor saxophonist John Hart, he also studied field recordings made in 1934 by archivist Alan Lomax to absorb the original Creole style of "jure" singing into his own contemporary aesthetic. After signing to the Maison de Soul label, August debuted with It's Party Time, followed in 1989 by Zydeco Groove; a move to Black Top heralded the release of 1992's Creole Cruiser, with the acclaimed Sauce Piquante appearing a year later.
 
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Kim Waters - Peaceful Journey (1993)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 50:51 | Size: 115.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. End of the Road (Babyface, L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons) (4:44)
02. Peaceful Journey (Ray Chew, Kim Waters) (5:13)
03. Late Night Hour (Kim Waters) (4:44)
04. K & R's Funk Party (Ray Chew, Kim Waters) (5:43)
05. Never Leave Me (Ray Chew, Gordon Jenkins, Kim Waters) (7:18)
06. Silky Smooth (Ray Chew, Kim Waters) (5:23)
07. Be My Lover (Ray Chew, Kim Waters) (8:05)
08. Easy Does It (Ray Chew, Kim Waters) (5:54)
09. Save the Best for Last (Phil Galdston, Jon Lind, Wendy Waldman) (5:48)
10. Kick It (Ray Chew, Kim Water) (5:01)

Personnel:
Kim Waters - vocals, saxophone, keyboards, background vocals;
Ray Chew - keyboards, programming;
James Rashid Carter, Jay Carter - programming, drum programming;
Miles Jaye - vocals;
Leslie Tanner - background vocals.
 

Kim Waters - One Special Moment (1999)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 48:39 | Size: 111.76 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Hudson River Nights (4:57)
02. Secrets Told (5:17)
03. In the Groove (4:35)
04. Fortunate (4:35)
05. Come to Me (4:42)
06. One Special Moment (4:45)
07. Am I the Same Girl (Soulful Strut) (5:16)
08. Mr. Smooth (4:56)
09. Up All Night (4:43)
10. Love's Calling (4:53)

Personnel:
Kim Waters (saxophones, keyboards, drum programming);
Meli'sa Morgan (vocals, background vocals);
Chuck Loeb (guitar, keyboards, drum programming, percussion programming);
Paul Livant, Robert Legrand (guitar);
Larry Saltzman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar);
Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone);
Jim Hynes (flugelhorn);
Gregg Karukas (keyboards, programming);
David Mann (keyboards, drum programming);
Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards);
Brian Dunne (cymbals, hi-hat, tom tom);
Will Lee (bass);
Ronnie Holland, Brian Bromberg (programming, drum programming).
 

Jeff Gaeth - Paradise Park (2008)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 49:40 | Size: 113.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Caught Up (Jeff Gaeth) (4:46)
02. Song For My Mother (Jeff Gaeth) (5:44)
03. Over Easy (Jeff Gaeth) (5:07)
03. Paradise Park (Jeff Gaeth) (5:22)
05. Last Call (Jeff Gaeth) (6:07)
06. The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter (Jeff Gaeth) (4:56)
07. If I Could (Jeff Gaeth) (4:35)
08. Hilo Lights (Jeff Gaeth) (4:22)
09. Speechless (Jeff Gaeth) (4:24)
10. Second Chances (Jeff Gaeth) (4:17)
 
Jeff began playing music at the age of 14 in high school. In addition to private lessons in saxophone, harmony, theory, arranging and composition, he also played in numerous bands in and around L.A. and attended the University of California at Los Angeles UCLA.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1974 Jeff began his professional career working as a sideman with many "big" names in the music industry including Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and legendary jazz musician Horace Henderson to name a few. Jeff also spent a number of years as a "session man" in many L.A. studios contributing to everything from commercials to sound tracks.

Jeff has lived in and contributed to the music scenes in Denver, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and San Diego.

A native of western New York, Jeff now makes his home with his wife, Denni in Hawai'i..."Paradise!"

In 2005 Jeff Released his first solo album "Trade Secrets". "It was a collection of tunes I wrote through the years that just had to be recorded". The album has been well received especially in Europe.

Jeff's newest album "PARADISE PARK" has found a rewarding common ground through his love for jazz, latin and smooth melodies.
Jeff says, "it's a satisfying step forward, a musical reflection of my life and personal experiences".

Included in "Paradise Park" is "Song For My Mother". A tribute to his mother, Joan. A wonderful person "My biggest fan, I miss her".

Also included in "Paradise Park" is "The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter". A tribute to friend and inspiration Harriett Molloy. "Harriett shared with me her incredible childhood years as a lighthouse keepers daughter and her love for the Lord".

We celebrate the release of PARADISE PARK.
"My music is the true essence of what I am about...I sincerely hope the listener will be moved".
Aloha,
Jeff
 

Golfam Khayam & Mona Matbou Riahi - Narrante (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:10 | Size: 152.48 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Testamento
2. Arioso
3. Lacrimae
4. Battaglia
5. Parlando
6. Sospiro
7. Narrante
8. Silenzio
9. Lamento-Furioso

Golfam Khayam: guitar
Mona Matbou Riahi: clarinet


Recorded July 2015
Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

2016 ECM Records GmbH, München.
 

Clifford Brown & Max Roach - At The Cotton Club (1956)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 3:07:54 | Size: 420.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
CD 1:
1. Introduction by Clifford Brown (1:28)
2. Take The "A" Train (13:39)
3. Darn That Dream / Intermission announcement by Clifford Brown (4:28)
4. Nice Work If You Can Get It (18:52)
5. Jordu (16:36)
6. Valse Hot (incomplete) (3:44)

CD 2:

1. Introduction by Max Roach into Get Happy (23:25)
2. Untitled Blues (14:09)
3. Delilah (13:27)
4. Lover (14:58)

CD 3:

1. Lover Man (6:01)
2. Daahoud (10:42)
3. What's New (3:48)
4. I'll Remember April (19:04)
5. Daahoud (6:53)
6. 'Round Midnight (8:27)
7. The Blues Walk (8:13)

Personnel:
Clifford Brown - trumpet
Sonny Rollins - tenor sax
Richie Powell - piano
George Morrow - bass
Max Roach - drums
 

Christina Gustafsson - The Law Of The Lady (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:31 | Size: 114.92 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. You Make It
2. Breathung, Air And Such
3. The Law Of The Lady
4. Close To Here
5. It Might As Well Be Spring
6. Love You Too, My Own Way Out
7. Sometimes
8. Hours Passing By
9. Love You Too
10. I Need Someone

Christina Gustafsson: vocals. Adam Forkelid, Daniel Karlsson: piano; Magnus Lindgren: flute; Erik Söderlind, Max Schultz: guitar; Johan Setterlind, Patrik Skogh: trumpet; Karin Hammar, Lisa Bodelius: trombone; Eva-Tea Lundberg: French horn; Fredrik Jonsson, Kristian Lind: bass; Calle Rasmusson: drums; Sebastian Notini: percussion.

This has nothing to do with the transition to democracy in Burma; instead, it's Swedish jazz singer Christina Gustafsson's third attempt at emerging from under the shadow cast by her much better-known sister, Rigmor. Sadly, it's unlikely to make much of a dent internationally. The principal fault lies in drummer Calle Rasmusson's production; there is far too much of it. Rasmusson has assembled some extremely talented musicians, including two gifted guitarists, Erik Söderlind and Max Schultz, award-winning flautist Magnus Lindgren and pianist Adam Forkelid. They provide some memorable moments, but nothing ever really gels as a whole, the music remaining "on the page," bereft of spontaneity and feeling. A pity, because Gustafsson has obviously made a big effort. She talks of pursuing a vision and wrote the music for eight of these ten songs, although, as on previous outings, the lyrics are credited to others—primarily, in this case, to Stefan Danielsson. Sometimes Danielsson has problems with his English. On "Close To Here," he makes a valiant but doomed bid to rhyme magic wand with wonderland, while "Love You Too" comes up with a somewhat baffling proposition: "You seem to be waking an ongoing dream to ease the pressure on your self-esteem." However, fair's fair; there are fewer linguistic faux pas than on Gustafsson's two previous albums.

"The Law Of The Lady" is quite interesting: a catchy love song in which the female protagonist starts out in pliable, even narcissistic mode, Gustaffson singing "I am the sweetest thing that you will ever know," before changing tack and coming on like a veritable dominatrix with "I'll lay down what you do, I'll lay down what you want." There is one golden oldie. This is Rodgers and Hammerstein's "It Might As Well Be Spring," from the 1945 movie State Fair. It's a regular part of Gustafsson's live act with her trio, but here the singer is upstaged by Lindgren's superb solo. Vocally, Gustafsson is at her best and most self-assured on guitarist Söderlind's "My Own Way Out," a meditation on the end of a love affair with excellent lyrics by Danielsson. Johan Setterlind's trumpet gives a lift to the '70s-ish "Hours Passing By," but no one can do much to save the closer, the nondescript, simpering ballad "I Need Someone," dominated by heavy-handed and wisely unaccredited piano. Here and there light gets through, providing a glimpse of what might have been. Perhaps more will emerge next time around.
 

Bud Powell - Bud! (1957)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:54 | Size: 98.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 - Some Soul.
02 - Blue Pearl.
03 - Frantic Fancies.
04 - Bud On Bach.
05 - Keepin' In The Groove.
06 - Idaho.
07 - Don't Blame Me.
08 - Moose The Mooche.
09 - Blue Pearl (Alt Tk).
 
Recorded New Jersey August 3, 1957.

Bud Powell - piano;
Curtis Fuller - trombone #6-8;
Paul Chambers - bass;
Art Taylor - drums.
 

Betty Padgett - Betty Padgett (1975)


Genre: Funk / Soul | Total Time: 32:09 | Size: 74.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. It Would Be a Shame (4:37)
02. My Eyes Adore You (3:05)
03. Sugar Daddy Part 1 (3:27)
04. Tonight Is the Night (2:55)
05. Never, Never, Never (4:13)
06. Gypsy of Love (4:36)
07. Sugar Daddy Part 2 (3:29)
08. Rocking Chair (3:15)
09. Love Me Forever (2:35)
 
Label - Luv N' Haight
 
The 2000s-era soul resurgence has seen a bumper crop of rediscovered and/or rehabilitated "lost" R&B records, gushed-over, too-good-to-be-true reissues of vintage sides that, surprisingly often, have in fact turned out to be that good and that true. Luv N' Haight's re-pressing of this Floridian find from 1975 feels archetypal of these regularly scheduled revelations to an almost unbelievable extent, from the smorgasbord of rare groove styles on offer (sweet Southern soul, groovy proto-disco, Latin-tinged funk) right down to the given name its unheralded titular diva shares with Mmes. Wright, Davis, Swann, LaVette, Harris, and Everett.
But believe it, baby: Padgett's pipes are as potent as any of her fellow Bettys (or Bettyes); on the smoother, sweeter side of the spectrum, but soulful to be sure (and uncannily belying her shy 21 years when this was recorded), while the grooves, cut by a crack team of South Florida funk cats, make for grail-worthy gravy.
 

Behn Gillece - Dare To Be (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:23 | Size: 122.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Camera Eyes 5:26
2. From Your Perspective 5:23
3. Amethyst 4:40
4. Signals 4:15
5. Drought's End 5:40
6. Same Shame 5:52
7. Live It 4:28
8. Dare to Be 6:18
9. Trapezoid 5:49
10. A Time for Love 5:32
 
Label - Posi-Tone Records

Behn Gillece - vibraphone
Nate Radley - guitar
Ugonna Okegwo - bass
Jason Tiemann - drums
Bruce Harris - trumpet
 
Vibraphonist Behn Gillece takes a bold step forward from his previous mindset with his new aptly entitled album, "Dare To Be." The session features Gillece's brilliant original compositions presented by an exciting group of players, including guitarist Nate Radley, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, the ever bombastic Jason Tiemann on drums, plus a debut appearance by the talented trumpet of Bruce Harris. Critical listeners will certainly agree that Gillece's compositions and performances clearly demonstrate his command of the vibraphone and his functional mastery of both the idiom and improvisation. With a delicate balance of modernity and classic aesthetics, "Dare To Be" is insightfully straight forward, steadily swinging, and refreshingly melodic enough to evoke a wide assortment of bright moments for discerning ears everywhere.
 

Anthony James Baker - Acoustic Window (2011)


Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz | Total Time: 42:03 | Size: 95.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Big World (4:05)
02. Malaga (3:07)
03. Salamander (4:23)
04. She's So Precious (4:05)
05. Rain (3:02)
06. Piece of Cake (2:29)
07. Looking Ahead (4:23)
08. Open Wings (5:48)
09. What If ... (4:18)
10. Slice 'n Dice (4:50)
11. Arizona Two (1:32)
 

2016/08/27

Will Calhoun - Celebrating Elvin Jones (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:10 | Size: 133.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. EJ Blues
2. Whew
3. Harmonique
4. Sarmastah
5. Mahjong
6. Shinjitsu
7. Doll of the Bride (feat. Doudou N’daiye Rose)
8. Destiny (feat. Jan Hammer)

Best known for his role in the fierce and politically incisive rock band Living Colour, Will Calhoun is a drummer whose razor-sharp technique and elastic rhythmic feel defy the bounds of genre. His astounding discography reads like a catchall bin at the record store, with sideman credits for artists as diverse as Herb Alpert and Run-DMC. But for a drummer of such immeasurable rhythmic variation, he can also lay down an undeniably gut-wrenching swing beat. That’s a characteristic he shares with one of his heroes, Elvin Jones, to whom this album is dedicated. Celebrating Elvin Jones is an inspired project, vibrant and emotionally honest, but its greatest success may be that it brings Calhoun’s boundless energy to lesser-known gems of the Jones songbook. Tunes like “EJ Blues,” with its explosive drum fills, “Saramastah,” with its sensitive brushwork, and “Whew,” with its trenchant swing, help paint a portrait of Jones through suggestion and homage, rather than emulation. That’s an artful approach, and Calhoun is wise to have followed it. He’s joined here by a commanding ensemble with bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Antoine Roney, keyboardist Carlos McKinney and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, all of whom bring depth and dimension to the punchy arrangements. The group is augmented on several tracks by guest stars with connections to Jones’ musical legacy. Czech keyboardist Jan Hammer, a member of Jones’ trio for On The Mountain (1975), joins the band for a propulsive take on “Destiny,” and Senegalese percussionist Doudou N’Diaye Rose, a stylistic ancestor to Jones who died in August 2015, contributes a masterful solo on “Doll Of The Bride.”
 

VA - Nouvelle Vague Vol.2 (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:38 | Size: 116.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
CD1:
01. Dario Moreno - Quand Elle Danse
02. Brigitte Bardot - Sidonie (Vie Privee)
03. Franciose Hardy - Le Temps De l'Amour
04. Sacha Distel - Ting Toung (Viens Danser La Bossa Nova)
05. Michael Legrand - Roland Reve (Lola)
06. Boris Vian - Je Bois
07. Miles Davis - Generique (Nuit Sur Les Champs Elysees) (Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud)
08. Magali Noel - Fais Moi Mal Johnny
09. Leo Ferre - Jolie Mome
10. Jacqueline Dano - Chanson De Lola (Lola)

CD2:
01. Les Blue Stars - Tout Doucement
02. Geroges Delerue - Charlie (Generique) (Tirez Sur Le Pianiste)
03. Marie Laforet - Saint Tropez Blues
04. Franck Barcellini - Mon Oncle
05. Christiane Legrand - A La Colette
06. Martial Solal - New York Herald Tribune (A Bout De Souffle)
07. Serge Gainsbourg - Baudelaire
08. Dalida - Tout L'Amour
09. Corine Marchand - Sans Toi (Cleo De 5 A 7)
10. Rita Cadillac - J'ai Peur De Coucher Toute Seule

Nouvelle Vague is back on vinyl with a second volume. A mythical movement that redefined France's canons not only in film but also music. A time - the late 50s and early 60s - when all the young musicians broke free from the older generation and created their own movement drawing from a large palette of influences. From Jazz and soundtracks to Bossa Nova, folk and Cha Cha, this set brings you the unique sound of French pop during the Nouvelle Vague years. Featuring Sophisticated pop songs by Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot as well as the cr "me of Nouvelle Vague soundtracks (including The Lift to Scaffold, Breathless, Lola, Cleo From 5 to 7) and a cool mix of rare tracks by Rita Cadillac (an ex of Alain Delon), Christiane Legrand and the jazz vocal groups Les Blue Stars.

Label: Wewantsounds
 

The Fred Hersch Trio - Sunday Night At The Vanguard (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:54 | Size: 161.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. A Cockeyed Optimist
2. Serpentine
3. The Optimum Thing
4. Calligram
5. Blackwing Palomino
6. For No One
7. Everybody's Song But My Own
8. The Peacocks
9. We See
10. Solo Encore: Valentine

Personnel: Fred Hersch: piano; John Hebert: bass; Eric McPherson: drums.
 
Reach up to the CD shelf and pull a handful of Fred Hersch CDS down. You'll find that the pianist has a good thing going with the Village Vanguard. Alive At The Vanguard (Palmetto Records, 2012) a stellar two CD set, and terrific solo set, Alone At the Vanguard (Palmetto Records, 2011), are Hersch's most recent recordings from the legendary venue; and now he and his trio offer up Sunday Night At the Vanguard. Hersch says this is his best trio album. Almost every artist says that about their latest that this one's the best. But he might be right. The vote here would have gone to a studio recording, Whirl (Palmetto Records, 2010), a marvelous in-the-zone effort with this same trio John Hebert on bass, Eric McPherson playing drums until Sunday Night At The Vanguard rolled around. The trio opens with Richard Rodgers' "A Cockeyed Optimist," which is not exactly a familiar tune, in spite of its authorship. But as an opener it works to perfection, with a silvery, raindrop intro that finds a quirky groove that paints an upbeat atmosphere, with a bright melody that sounds like a second cousin to "It Might As Well Be Spring."

"Serpentine," a Hersch original, is a wandering slither of a tune, unpredictable and spooky, lovely in its fluid, abstract way; "The Optimum Thing" sparkles; and "Blackwing Palomino," maybe the only jazz tune ever written for a pencil, has the feel of a new jazz standard. Hersch's output has been consistently excellent, but sometimes as on this special Sunday Night the stars align. The trio, from the opening notes of "The Cockeyed Optimist," is locked into and to a telepathic interplay zone playful and eloquent, elegant and assured. The Lennon and McCartney gem, "For No One," has the forlorn desperation of the song's lyrical content. The Beatles' version a masterpiece in its own right didn't take things to this dark of a place. Kenny Wheeler's "Everybody's Song But My Own" rolls in a restless, jittery mode. "The Peacocks," from the pen of Jimmy Rowles, is pensive, lonely. Hersch explores an almost unmatchable majesty of the tune, with a bit of dissonance, before he jumps into Thelonious Monk, with "We See," an irrepressible jewel, followed as an encore to the show the Fred Hersch-penned "Valentine," one of the more inward tunes in Hersch's songbook, counterpointing a mostly gregarious, effervescent set by one of the jazz world's top piano trios at the top of their game.
 

Shirley Scott - Talkin' Verve (2001)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:27 | Size: 140.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 A Shot In The Dark 3:03
2 For Dancers Only 3:42
3 Southern Comfort 5:39
4 Blue Bongo 3:02
5 On The Trail 3:42
6 I'm Getting' Sentimental Over You 3:12
7 'Taint What You Do (It's The way That You Do It) 5:28
8 Good Lookin' Out 5:20
9 Proud Mary 6:30
10 Feeling Good 3:38
11 Downtown 3:19
12 Taj Mahal 3:59
13 Heatwave 4:29
14 Make Someone Happy 6:22
 
Label - Verve Records
 
Although she freely offered Jimmy Smith as her main influence, Philadelphia's Shirley Scott brought her own mixture of sophistication and soul jazz funk to her Hammond B-3 recordings. Less blues-based than Smith, she had a softer tone and tackled a wider range of material, although, like Smith, she was arguably at her best in the trio setting. This set brings together some key tracks from the Impulse and Cadet labels, including the soft and smooth "Taj Mahal," a pair of fine trio outings, "Blue Bongo" and "On the Trail," and she even makes John Fogerty's "Proud Mary" sound like it was written for the B-3.
 

Sarah Vaughan & Lester Young - One Night Stand: The Town Hall Concert (1947)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:24 | Size: 174.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young)
02. Just You, Just Me (Lester Young)
03. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young)
04. Sunday (Lester Young)
05. Don't Blame Me (Sarah Vaughan)
06. My Kinda Love (Sarah Vaughan)
07. I Cover the Waterfront (Sarah Vaughan)
08. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Sarah Vaughan)
09. Lester's Be Bop Boogie (Sarah Vaughan)
10. These Foolish Things (Lester Young Sextet)
11. Movin' With Lester (Lester Young)
12. The Man I Love (Sarah Vaughan)
13. Time After Time (Sarah Vaughan)
14. Mean To Me (Sarah Vaughan)
15. Body and Soul (Sarah Vaughan)
16. I Cried For You (Sarah Vaughan & Lester Young)

Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Shorty McConnell (trumpet); Sadik Hakim, Sammy Benskin (piano); Freddie Lacey (guitar); Rodney Richardson (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Recorded live at Town Hall, New York, New York on November 8, 1947.
 
This 1997 CD has music from a previously unreleased Town Hall concert. The program is split between the Lester Young sextet and Sarah Vaughan with the two principals only coming together on the final song, "I Cried for You." The recording quality is listenable, if not flawless, and it features the two giants at interesting points in their careers. Tenor great Lester Young sounds excellent on his seven features, but his backup group is sometimes a bit shaky, particularly during uncertain moments on "Just You, Just Me" and "Sunday"; bassist Rodney Richardson does not mesh well with the eccentric pianist Sadik Hakim. The young Roy Haynes is fine, although some of his "bombs" are overrecorded, while trumpeter Shorty McConnell comes across as a second-rate Howard McGhee, sincere but streaky. But the reason to acquire this CD is Sarah Vaughan, who at age 23 was already a marvel; what a voice! Very influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Vaughan mostly lays way behind the beat during her ballad-oriented performances, swirling between notes like a first altoist and often settling on very unlikely (and boppish) notes. She gives the impression that she could do anything with her voice, and some of her flights (particularly on "Don't Blame Me," "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Mean to Me") border on the miraculous.
 

Ray Brown Trio - Black Orpheus (1994)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:43 | Size: 149.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. The Days of Wine and Roses 6:54
02. I Thought About You 7:17
03. Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) 3:31
04. How Insensitive 8:38
05. My Foolish Heart 5:42
06. Please Send Me Someone to Love 6:51
07. Ain't Misbehavin' 9:48
08. When You Wish Upon a Star 7:07
09. Things Ain't What They Used to Be 8:01
 
Label - Evidence Music

Ray Brown - bass
Gene Harris - piano
Jeff Hamilton - drums
 
Whether accompanying or leading a band, bassist Ray Brown was long among jazz's greatest players. These cuts, mostly from 1989 escept for two numbers done in 1991, feature Brown backing soulful pianist Gene Harris and steady drummer Jeff Hamilton on a program combining Afro-Latin material with standards from Johnny Mercer, Fats Waller and others, as well as an excellent rendition of Percy Mayfield's blues/R&B standard "Please Send Me Someone to Love." The songs are long enough to display each musician's skills, but not so lengthy that they become repetitious. It's a well-played, delightful example of the kind of high-powered material that was Ray Brown's stock-in-trade.
 

Percy Mayfield With The Phillip Walker Blues Band - Hit The Road Again (1982)


Genre: Blues / R&B | Total Time: 45:37 | Size: 107.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. River's Invitation 4:55
2. Crying About My Baby 5:08
3. I Dare You Baby 3:08
4. Baby Please 5:12
5. The Highway Is Like A Woman 3:58
6. Get Out And Come In 4:26
7. I Need Your Love So Bad 4:04
8. Two Years Of Torture 5:27
9. I Wouldn't Do The Same Thing To You 3:28
10. My Jug And I 5:14

Recorded: November 5, 1982 Studio 44, Monster.

Bass Guitar – Dennis Walker
Drums – Ed Ahern
Guitar – Phillip Walker
Piano – Lou Mathews
Producer – Leo Bruin, Wim Wigt
Tenor Saxophone – Hollis Gilmore
Vocals – Percy Mayfield
 
Percy Mayfield (August 12, 1920 – August 11, 1984) was an American rhythm-and-blues singer with a smooth vocal style and a songwriter known for the songs "Hit the Road Jack" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love".
 

John Di Martino - So In Love (2004)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:52 | Size: 143.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1.Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (6:07)
2.Michelle (3:37)
3.Vesti La Guibba (2:28)
4.Lamento Borincano (6:11)
5.So In Love (5:09)
6.Love Is Stronger Than Us (6:39)
7.When I Look In Your Eyes (6:30)
8.Summertime (6:32)
9.Moment To Moment (4:03)
10.Hush A Bye (5:51)
11.What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (5:56)
12.Murmullo (4:54)

Avatar Studio, New York 2004

John Di Martino - piano
Ira Coleman - bass
Grady Tate - drums