Giora Feidman & Gitanes Blondes - Very Klezmer (2012)

Giora Feidman (born March 26, 1936) is an Argentinian-born Israeli clarinetist who specializes in klezmer music.

Giora Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian Jewish parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Feidman married Ora Bat-Chaim, his personal manager, in 1975.
Feidman began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. Two years later he immigrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the orchestra for over 20 years.[2] In the early 1970s he began his solo career. He has performed with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 1974 the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer Misha Segal to write a concerto for clarinet and orchestra for Giora Feidman. The one movement piece, which was based on an original Nigun, premiered that same year.
Movie director Steven Spielberg invited him to play the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of Schindler's List, which won seven Academy Awards.Feidman founded the "Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee" seminar and master class program, which takes place every year in Safed, Israel. (by wikipedia)
This an extremly good album recorded together with a young and very exciting group from Germany. It´s Klezmer music on the highest level !




Personnel:
Giora Feidmann (clarinet)
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Gitanes Blondes:
Simon Ackermann (bass)
Konstantin Ischenko (accordeon)
Mario Korunic (violin) gegründet
Christoph Peters (guitar)
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Marina Baranova (piano)
Raul Alvarellos (flute)
Murat Coscun (percussion)
Manny Katz (guitar)


Tracklist:
01. Maya Freilach (Traditional) 2.41 
02. Der uralte Kindernigun (Eisel) 2.38
03. Babsi's Freilach (Eisel) 2.06
04. From The Shtetl (Braun) 2.43
05. Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman (Krovacs) 4.55
06. Sana's Song (Jäger) 3.27
07. Mamme Loshn (Chaim) 3.22
08. Nigun Gedalia (Saevitch) 3.17
09. Dilugim (Chaim) 2.19
10. Irish Morning (Katz) 4.06
11. Chassidic Medley (Nigun Moshe/Yasis Alayich/Laner V'livsamim) (Traditional/Shenker/Medina) 3.45
12. The Israelites (Katz) 4.24
13. Troll's Freilach (Eisel) 3.28
14. Bublitschki (Traditional) 2.28
15. Klezmer 26
(Saevitch) 2.36
16. Amigos (Jaurena) 3.40


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GRACE KELLY - SWEET SWEET BABY

After wowing the straight-ahead jazz world and garnering worldwide acclaim, 20-year-old wunderkind Grace Kelly has set her sights upon winning hearts in the mainstream with an infectious crossover confection that will be delivered on Valentine’s Day. Putting the saxophone aside to charm with her enchanting voice, the lilting stomp and clap single, “Sweet Sweet Baby,” will be released by Woodward Avenue Records accompanied by a bouncy, colorful video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaHYISe-0_0). Kelly penned the joyous celebration of love certain to appeal to people of all ages that she produced with Alain Mallet. The single has already been officially added to Sirius XM’s Watercolors playlist.

“This song is inspired by the feeling of falling in love with love. It’s a song that captures that special time when someone is totally infatuated - whether it is with a girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, child, grandchild, pet or musical instrument. It celebrates euphoria and joy. But most of all, it’s a song that celebrates love,” said Kelly, who solos on her trademark alto sax on the frolicking, candy-coated track sweetened with morsels of jazz amidst a playful pop panorama.

With eight albums already to her credit – one per year since she was twelve – Kelly’s prodigious skills have won the Boston native who graduated the prestigious Berklee College of Music at age 19 numerous awards, extensive media coverage that spans CNN, magazine covers, features and rave reviews in the pages of Glamour, Downbeat, JazzTimes, and the Los Angeles Times, and glowing praise from jazz titans including Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker and Jimmy Heath. Her mentors include alto sax greats Lee Konitz and Phil Woods, both of with whom she has recorded duet albums. Kelly’s busy touring schedule is chocked full of gigs around the globe at which she leads her own band or performs with luminaries such as Chris Botti, Harry Connick Jr., David Sanborn, Dave Brubeck, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding and Jamie Cullum. Marsalis was so impressed that he invited the then sweet 16-year-old musician to perform at President Barack Obama’s first Inauguration Celebration. Her burgeoning trophy case displays five ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composers Awards and a pair of Boston Music Awards. Kelly was the youngest person ever named in the Downbeat Critics Poll after being selected as one of the magazine’s Alto Saxophone Rising Stars each year from 2009-2012 and she also has the distinction of being voted Boston’s Best Jazz Act in four consecutive years by the Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll.

Currently on a U.S. concert trek that includes a two-night stand in New York City on March 5 & 6 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Kelly will lead her band at Spaghettini’s near Los Angeles on March 23rd in support of “Sweet Sweet Baby,” which is available on iTunes.

www.gracekellymusic.com.

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Complete Music For Solo Guitar (Norbert Kraft) (2000


Heitor Villa-Lobos was a remarkable 20th-Century Brazilian composer whose works mixed elements of jazz with the flavors of South American folk music. In his compositions one can hear the premonition of later musical forms to come: salsa, rhumba, even a taste of tango, but the over-riding factor is the melodic jazz, which is so reminiscent of Villa-Lobos' contemporary Django Reinhardt. One also hears the bravado of Spanish flamenco, complete with its pounding rhythm and complex phrasings. Villa-Lobos may just be the first truly international composer, in that his work reflects the input of numerous influences from around the globe. Indeed, he was toying with jazz fusion before the term was even invented.

Out of all of his total output, his compositions for guitar were relatively few, but they are also the most long-lived and the most celebrated. That's because Villa-Lobos, who had performed as a street musician, had a clear sense of how he thought the guitar should be used as an instrument of expression. After just one listening it is easy to recognize both the beauty and importance of his works.

It's also easy to recognize just how talented the guitarist, Norbert Kraft, is. And I don't mean this strictly in technical terms. Even the great Segovia admitted that he found Villa-Lobos' pieces difficult to play, but Kraft sounds like he's doing it with his eyes closed. He's loud where he needs to be, and quiet when the music calls for it. You can tell he is very passionate about Villa-Lobos. As another reviewer has pointed out, Kraft is Canadian and, at first, that seems like heresy. But there's something very appropriate about a foreigner mastering Villa-Lobos' international music. It is definitely in keeping with the spirit of the works. I think that after hearing these definitive interpretations of his six-stringed masterpieces, Villa-Lobos would be pleased. (G. Newby)

Norbert Kraft. Guitarist, teacher, producer, born in Linz, Austria, 21 Aug 1950, naturalized Canadian 1954. He moved with his family to Toronto as a child, and after playing electric guitar in rock bands and studying piano and harpsichord as a teenager, he studied classical guitar with Carl (Carol) van Feggelen and with Eli Kassner at the University of Toronto. His later teachers included John Mills in England (1973-4) and Aaron Shearer in the USA (1978-9). He also participated in master classes with Aliro Diaz and Oscar Ghiglia in Europe.



Personnel:
Norbert Kraft (guitar)




Norbert Kraft

Tracklist:
01. Chôros No. 1 (Typico) 4.46    

Suite Populaire Brésilienne (21.29)
02. No. 1 Mazurka - Chôros 3.31    
03. No. 2 Schottisch - Chôros 3.36    
04. No. 3 Valsa - Chôros 4.25    
05. No. 4 Gavota - Chôros 5.24    
06. No. 5 Chôrinho 4.32    

12 Études (27:51)
07. No. 1 Allegro Non Troppo 1.56    
08. No. 2 Allegro 1.23    
09, No. 3 Allegro Moderato 2.08    
10. No. 4 Un Peu Modéré 3.15    
11. No. 5 Andantino 1.57    
12. No. 6 Poco Allegro 1.46    
13. No. 7 Très Animé 2.17    
14. No. 8 Modéré 2.53    
15. No. 9 Très Peu Animé 2.58    
16. No. 10 Très Animé 1.52    
17. No. 11 Lent - Animé 3.52    
18. No. 12 Animé 2.18    

5 Préludes (16:52)
19. No. 1 In E Minor 4.24    
20. No. 2 In E Major 2.39    
21. No. 3 In A Minor 3.05    
22. No. 4 In E Minor 3.24    
23. No. 5 In D Major 3.21    


music composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos


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Jools Holland´s Big Band - Rhythm & Blues (2001)

Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, and television presenter. He was a founder of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono.
Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music. He currently hosts Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] He also regularly hosts the weekly program Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat, and features studio guests, along with members of his Orchestra. (by wikipedia)

And this is very special album:

Although this is nominally credited to Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, really this is a 22-track various-artists compilation with Holland's ensemble serving as the house band. The lineup of old and new, superstar and cult talent is impressive, even if many of them are past their prime: Sting, John Cale, Stevie Winwood, Taj Mahal, Jamiroquai, Paul Weller, Joe Strummer, Dr. John, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack, and Eric Clapton are some of the artists given a track. Holland has described his music as big band blues, and that's an apt description for a good deal of the songs, whether it's Sting's "Seventh Son," Taj Mahal's "Outskirts of Town," or Morrison's "Back o' Town Blues." Actually, though, some of this is soul, AOR rock, or ska. That doesn't necessarily count as a strike against the record, it just makes the groove less consistent. There is a consistent, hepped-up party mood, though one that's unrelenting yet slick enough so that it's rather like a party that tries too hard to succeed and goes on too long. Certainly it will attract the most attention for George Harrison's "Horse to the Water," his last recording (done shortly before his death in late 2001). Harrison was a great musician, but this is not a great or good track; the song isn't much, and his voice, unfortunately, sounds like it's in faltering shape. For the most part it's amiable and unmemorable, hitting its finest note on Steve Winwood's "I'm Ready," in which he (or someone, the part is not detailed in the credits) rips out some organ work straight from the spirit of his Spencer Davis Group days. The ska cuts by Suggs and Jamiroquai actually make for a nice change of pace from the grand blues strutting. There are also some missteps that might have been better left uncontributed, like Paul Weller's cover of Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles" and Stereophonics' version of the Beatles' "Revolution." (by Ritchie Unterberger)




Personnel:
The Jools Holland Big Band
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many guest musicians



Steve Winwood & Jools Holland


Tracklist:
01. Sting: Seventh Son (Dixon) 3.04
02. George Harrison: Horse To The Water (D.Harrison/G.Harrison) 5.00
03. Paul Weller: Will It Go Round in Circles (Fisher/Preston) 3.31
04. Sam Brown: Valentine Moon (Holland/Brown) 4.02
05. Joe Strummer: The Return of the Blues Cowboy (Strummer/Holland) 2.41
06. Dr. John: The Hand That Changed It's Mind (HollandRebenack) 3.25
07. Ruby Turner: Nobody But You (Mann/Weil) 3.45
08. Stereophonics: Revolution (Lennon/McCartney) 3.18
09. Mica Paris & David Gilmour: I Put A Spell On You (Hawkins) 4.07
10. Suggs: Oranges And Lemons Again (Holland/Suggs) 3.38
11. Eric Bibb: All That You Are (Bibb/Holland) 3.15
12. Mark Knopfler: Mademoiselle Will Decide (Knopfler) 2.24
13. Van Morrison: Back O' Town Blues (rmstrong/Russell) 3.27
14. Chris Difford: Town and Country Rhythm and Blues (Holland/Difford) 3.50
15. John Cale: I Wanna Be Around (Mercer/Vimmerstadt) 3.04
16. Steve Winwood: I´m Ready (Dixon) 3.15
17. Marc Almond: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Almond/Ball) 4.35
18. Mick Hucknall: T-Bone Shuffle (Walker) 3.01
19. Paul Carrack: It's So Blue (J.Holland/C.Holland/Carrack/R.Holland) 4.02
20. Taj Mahal: Outskirts Of Town (Weldon/Jacobs) 4.53
21. Jamiroquai: I'm In The Mood For Love (Fields/McHugh) 3.07
22. Eric Clapton: What Would I Do Without You (Charles) 3.27


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ANGELINE MORRISON - THE FEELING SUBLIME EP

Already familiar to fans of Freestyle Records acts Frootful and Lack Of Afro after supplying her memorable voice to tracks by both, as well as working with masters of the mellow; The Ambassadors Of Sorrow, Angeline Morrison's ability to craft subtle, yet very catchy melodies infused with folk, bossa nova, R&B and jazz rhythms and textures ensures her music sounds fresh, engaging and highly original.

Now signed to Freestyle Records as a solo artist in her own right, the music that Angeline creates has an ethereal, other worldly quality, due in no small part to the wide ranging styles and influences that inform her highly individual, quirky, song writing and vocal abilities. Stir in elements of 60s torch song style, hypnotic, exotic and eclectic melodies, and you begin to understand the myriad of musical textures Angeline blends into a homogenous soundscape.

As a taster of what's to come from her forthcoming album 'Are You Ready Cat?', this 4-track EP displays her eclectic and skilful style. The Feeling Sublime is simply a lush, exotic, hip swinging bossa nova number, Fool's Gold hits the soulful, bluesy groove that's tailor made for dance floors, Perhaps In A Little While is a touching and introspective piece that drips heartache and pathos, and Are You Ready Cat? is a toe tapping, 60s style pop-soul groover with swinging strings, sax and some indispensable glockenspiel!

"Angeline Morrison returns to show off a different side of her vocal talent. Together with her work with the Ambassadors of Sorrow and Frootful, you get the feeling it is simply a matter of time before she breaks through to a bigger audience" - tokyojazznotes.com

"Angeline Morrison, a tall, willowy and alluring singer who definitely should be a household name" - Blues & Soul magazine

"Ever wondered what Bebel Gilberto would sound like if she sang in English? Now's your chance to find out!" - monkeyboxing.com

FEATURED RELEASES - LAURA VANE & THE VIPERTONES, NORAH JONES, THE STARK REALITY

LAURA VANE & THE VIPERTONES - SUGAR FIX

This is the sugar fix you can’t afford to miss! Drawn together from both sides of the North Sea, Laura Vane & The Vipertones are an eight-piece band assembled from various Dutch & UK projects, pooling their respective skills together for a remarkable funk & soul mission. Since their debut release early 2009 the group has continued to electrify fans, deejays, radio stations, critics, record collectors and bloggers all over the world with their authentic yet modern and raw sound. “Sugar Fix” is a feast for the listener, laying down a rich variety of styles and inspirations, and is a vibrant progression from the first album. Laura’s voice and songwriting has never been stronger. Such personal lyrics combined with The Vipertones’ instrumental elegance results in a record loaded with strong and catchy songs. This record will evoke a strong reaction, whether it be dancing, dreaming or crying, their music will take you there. Laura is the chocolate, the Vipertones are the cream, this is the sugar fix you can’t afford to miss! ~ grooveattack.com

NORAH JONES - COVERS

Covers is an exclusive compilation of ten rare and unreleased tracks recorded over the first decade of Jones’ career. Included are interpretations of songs from some of Norah’s favorite artists: from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to Tom Waits, Wilco and Horace Silver. The first track, "Sleepless Nights," is a gorgeous Bouldleaux Bryan/Felice Bryant composition made famous by the Everly Brothers, Norah first performed this song as a duet with Beck at a KCRW benefit show in 2002 and it became a staple on her 2003/2004 tours. This version is a studio version out-take from the sessions of Jones’ second album "Feels Like Home" and originally released only on a limited edition deluxe edition of that album in 2004. The second track is a cover of Bob Dylan's song, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," it was recorded in the initial 2001 sessions for Jones’ debut album Come Away With Me. Norah took to covering the Wilco favorite "Jesus Etc." Norah has lended vocals to live Wilco performances in the past and collaborated with them recently on the soundtrack for, This Is 40.The Johnny Cash cover "Cry Cry Cry" was a live favorite from Jones’ 2009/2010 tour. ~ giantstep.net

THE STARK REALITY - ACTING THINKING FEELING

Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work recorded by the group in the late 60s and early 70s – a mindblowing assortment of funky and fuzzy jazz tracks – almost all of which are graced by the offbeat vibes work of Monty Stark! Stark often adds a bit of distortion into his instrument, which makes for a very tripped-out approach to vibes – one that blends perfectly with the heavy funk of some of the rhythms, and the freaky guitar lines added to most tracks by a young John Abercrombie. Yet at other times, things are very laidback and chilled-out – balanced beautifully from track to track, in a way that illustrates the larger picture the group were always going for in their music. This massive package brings together everything Stark Reality ever recorded – their famous Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop album, the Acting Thinking Feeling live performance, the Roller Coaster Ride/1969 album, and lots of rare singles too – more than enough music to please any fan of the group, and blow the minds of anyone who's just getting a first taste. Titles include "Roller Coaster Ride", "On Being Black", "New World Generation", "Theme To Say Brother", "Dreams", "Clouds", "All You Need To Make Music", "Rocket Ship", "Cooking", "The Old Prospector", and "Junkman's Song". Great package too – with two LP-styled CD sleeves inside a larger case, plus a big booklet of notes and photos! ~ Dusty Groove

THE SOUL SNATCHERS - SCRATCH MY ITCH

Real soul music never dies. That’s what the insatiable musicians of the Dutch band The Soul Snatchers prove every time they treat a swinging crowd to their timeless, down to earth funk and soul tunes that find their roots in the sixties and seventies of the 20th century. Taking pure soul music right across the bridge into the new century, The Soul Snatchers combine unknown classics and original compositions into a show that not only appeals to connoisseurs, but equally to bigger more mainstream-oriented audiences. The Soul Snatchers don’t claim to have invented soul music, neither do they pretend to re-invent it. They just HAVE it! And they love to share it with Rhythm & Blues-lovers in every corner of the globe.

Founded rock solid on the well oiled rhythm section of clean drums and thumping bass, the dangerously growling Hammond organ and the reverbing guitar sounds find their way into your soul blindly. Add to that the three-headed copper section The Dynamite Horns and the charismatic performances of singer Curtis T. and special guest vocalist Jimi Bellmartin, and all ingredients for a real soul party are present.

Now it’s time to announce the long awaited second full album by the band: “Scratch My Itch”. The album is once again a feast for the listener containing lots of 70′s funk grooves, soulful vocals, powerful horns and a grindin’ Hammond organ, this all served with some ‘swampy’ New Orleans flavor. You will have yourself an album which brings you the best of The Soul Snatchers. Following their successful album release “Sniffin’ & Snatchin’” (2007) which received rave reviews from DJs, press and audiences all over the world, The Soul Snatchers are now ready for their next ride! ~ grooveattack.com

BERES HAMMOND - ONE LOVE, ONE LIFE

It was a four year wait since the last album and One Love, One Life is worth the wait, it’s another five star set, this time with two CDs: disc one showcasing Beres in a mellow mood (hit picks include “In My Arms” & “No Candle Light”) with a second CD displaying a more conscious vibe (“You Stand Alone”, “Still Searching”). Realised with a legion of top musicians, and all tracks produced with highest quality control by Beres Hammond, except “No Candle Light” co-produced with Donovan Germain, “In My Arms” co-produced with Colin ‘Bulby’ York, “Keep Me Warm” and “More Time” co-produced with Michael Fletcher. The title cut on “One Love, One Life” adapts a reworking of Studio One’s immortal mid-60s “Love Me Forever” riddim to a synopsis of Beres’ career: “The journey’s been rough sometimes choices are not there then comes the day when I’m down to I don’t care/the heavens declare and all my fears just disappear and I am singing again”.

Each of the album’s 20 tracks is quintessentially Beres Hammomd: his vocals, as rich and flavorfully bittersweet as dark chocolate, embody the spiritual fervor heard in the secular ballads of Sam Cooke, the laid back cool/political consciousness of 1970s Marvin Gaye and the gritty “Pain In My Heart” passion of Otis Redding. The aforementioned soul icons profoundly influenced the development of Beres’ style, as did Jamaican greats including Leroy Sibbles, lead singer of the Heptones, velvety crooner Ken Boothe and the legendary vocalist Alton Ellis, one of the pioneers of rock steady, reggae’s direct forerunner. ~ grooveattack.com

Chick Corea Trio The Barbican London 2012


Chick Corea Trio The Barbican, London
Recorded: 17th November 2012
Broadcast: 27th January 2013

Lineup

Chick Corea (Piano)
Brian Blade (Drums)
Christian McBride (Bass)

Setlist

01 - How Deep Is The Ocean (16.26)
02 - Roy-alty (8.06)
03 - Armando’s Rhumba (10.49)
04 - Pledge for Peace (18.44)
05 - Work (8.36)
06 - But Beautiful (6.15)
07 - All Blues (8.36)

TT = 77:32

FM Broadcast BBC Jazz

WILL DOWNING - SILVER

Rewind to 1988, CDs outsold vinyl for the first time while a little known singer from Brooklyn released a self-titled debut on Island Records called Will Downing. Fast-forward to 2013, CDs have taken a backseat to MP3s but that singer from Brooklyn has withstood the test of time. Today, Downing, the Grammy® nominated reigning “Prince of Sophisticated Soul”, celebrates an incredible 25 years of recording excellence with his16th album, Silver. Silver is not a “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” collection. Silver is a personal invitation from Will Downing to his fans to jointly celebrate a quarter-century of giving his heart and soul through every song, concert and note. For loyalists that have been there from day one, it’s their Silver Anniversary. Fittingly, Silver is a sweet combination of something “old”, something “new” and something “borrowed” – nothing “blue.” Starting with the “new,” this collection includes four fresh tracks, written by Downing and Chris “Big Dog” Davis with additional contributions from Tony Tolbert (Prof-T from LoKey?) and Gary Taylor (Anita Baker, The Whispers).

The lead single, “Stuff That I Like” – full of fun and flirty food metaphors and a beat that Steppers will find irresistible – has already been serviced to radio to great support and reviews. “What Would You Do?” rides a bouncy Caribbean feel to ask a pretty heavy question: “If you knew today was your last day…what would you do with it?” “You Were Meant Just For Me” is a sizzling duet of undeniably powerful musical chemistry with rising star Avery Sunshine, lamenting the mutual discovery of a perfect partner at a not so perfect time. “Never Find Another Love” has Downing singing through the footsteps of a man whose inner struggles force him to walk painfully yet mercifully away from an otherwise perfect relationship. Unlike 1988, songs these days rarely come from such emotional places…

Something “borrowed” comes from Downing’s self-released trilogy of 4-song EPs Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Today’s challenge for classic artists releasing albums independently is employing a marketing and distribution strategy that keeps your message and product in front of fans. Will hand-picked seven of those songs for Silver including “The Michael Baisden Show“ – driven hit “One Step Closer” and “The Blessing” – voted Song of the Year in the Soul Tracks 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Something “old” (i.e. classic) on Silver is an exclusive “live” rehearsal recording of Will and his band performing a medley of his cover classic hits “I Go Crazy” / “Wishing on a Star” / “I Try”. Capriciously offering up playful banter and hidden flubs on this one, Will still audibly derives great pleasure from his craft.

Dreams have been fulfilled…so Happy Silver Anniversary to the “Prince of Sophisticated Soul” – WILL DOWNING!

SILVER – CD & Digital Album [WD18608] in stores February 12th.
Available on Amazon.com l CD Baby l Itunes l and indie retailers across the U.S.
Facebook: willdowning@facebook.comwilldowningsinger@facebook.com
Twitter: @willdowning3

NICOLAS BEARDE - VISIONS

One of today's premier male jazz vocalists, Nicolas Bearde returns to the studio for his fourth album release, Visions. Produced by long-time collaborator, grammy musical director, and songwriting partner Larry Batiste, Nicolas hits the jazz trail with this largely up tempo offering of jazz classics, sweetened with a touch of late night R&B.


Visions features a large and varied roster of all-star musicians, including renowned bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), pianist David Garfield (George Benson), drummer Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets) and sax man Gary Meek (Airto). Along with Jon Lucien’s samba gem “You’re Sensational”, produced by bass legend Alphonso Johnson and popular jazz standards such as Errol Garner’s classic “Misty”, given a hip shaking swing infusion here with David K. Mathews’ (Etta James, Santana) gritty and growling B3 accompaniment,

Nicolas gets his groove on with a funky, horn-driven arrangement of Gene McDaniels’ legendary composition, “Compared to What”. Bringing different shadings to his work, Nicolas tests the waters in new approaches to the jazz music that has intrigued and inspired him since he first fell under the spell of jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The Doug Carn straight ahead arrangement of Maurice and Verdine White’s inspirational piece “Mighty, Mighty” simply smokes with Marcus Shelby’s churning bass line, drummer Deszon Claiborne’s rapid-fire stick work and Glen Pearson’s fiery piano. The set is topped off with the title track, Stevie Wonders plaintive plea for understanding “Visions”, featuring the elegant guitar stylings of Bay Area staple, John Hoy.

Release Date: February 5, 2013
1. Falling In Love Again 4:16
2. You’re Sensational 4:31
3. Misty 4:58
4. Everything Must change 5:11
5. The Best Things in Life are Free 2:14
6. (And) It All Goes 'Round And ‘Round 5:34
7. If You Were Mine 4:22
8. Never Let Me Go 4:32
9. Mighty, Mighty 5:23
10. You Better Go 3:25
11. Compared Tto What 5:07
12. Visions 5:26

Tour dates are planned for the East Coast, Europe, Croatia and Russia beginning June 2013, and radio play has already begun in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Australia and Canada, as well as in many parts of the US - http://smoothjazz.com/jazzblast/GreenStream/nicolas_bearde.htm

Video: http://www.youtube.com/nicolasbearde



CHUCK OWEN & THE JAZZ SURGE - RIVER RUNS

The sun dappling the surface of the water, the roar of a waterfall, the heart-quickening rush of a stretch of rapids - riding a river can be both relaxing and exhilarating, an escape from stress and a thrill ride. Composer and bandleader Chuck Owen captures the beauty and excitement of a day on the river with his latest album, River Runs, which combines his long-running big band the Jazz Surge with a full orchestra for a gorgeous symphonic hybrid.


The Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida, Owen founded the 17-piece Jazz Surge in 1995. Since then it has been a vehicle for his own compositions and his arrangements of work by the likes of Michael Brecker, who was the subject of Owen's acclaimed 2009 album, A Comet's Tail, which featured guest appearances by Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman. JazzTimes wrote that "while the individual solos are quite impressive, it is the ensemble playing and spirit of the full ensemble that really stands out."

That spirit is vividly amplified with the addition of an orchestra comprising some of South Florida's finest classical musicians on River Runs. The project was facilitated by a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship; while Owen has undertaken commissions for the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra and began his career writing for the Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra under the baton of famed conductor Erich Kunzel, the Guggenheim afforded him the freedom to follow his own muse into the orchestral realm for the first time. Longtime Surge members tenor saxophonist Jack Wilkins, guitarist LaRue Nickelson, and violinist Rob Thomas are the featured voices on River Runs, bringing the ensemble's unique voice to the orchestral setting.

"I love the coloristic and dramatic opportunities that an orchestra provides," Owen says. "This project, thanks to the artistic freedom presented by virtue of the Guggenheim Fellowship, was a wonderful opportunity to pursue a vision that from its inception was uniquely mine without having to limit its parameters or compromise on its characteristics."

Dave Liebman calls River Runs "Copland-esque in scope, suitable as a score for an epic Hollywood movie," adding, "Chuck Owen has created an incredibly colorful portrait of a part of America's natural beauty." Randy Brecker writes that the album is "deep, free-flowing into cross-currents, but always moving forward towards it's destination, which is an ocean of melody, sound and soul."

In the end, each movement of the hour-long piece is tied to a specific river, or more accurately, to an emotion tied in Owen's mind to that river. Following a moody, mysterious prologue that suggests the anticipation of setting out at dawn under still-dark skies, the first movement, "Bound Away," recalls a trip Owen made as a Boy Scout on West Virginia's Greenbrier and New Rivers. The piece moves from the peaceful optimism of the early part of the journey to the tension and heady rush of a plunge into the rapids.

"Dark Waters, Slow Waters," with its brooding, cinematic atmosphere, depicts the waterways that snake through the dense foliage and dark swamps of the Everglades and, in particular, Florida's Hillsborough River. "Chutes and Wave Trains" is a giddy ride on rushing rapids, inspired by the Chatuga River, which straddles the border of South Carolina and Georgia and was prominently used in the filming of Deliverance, while "A Ridge Away" draws upon two trips that Owen made with his children. Finally, "Perhaps the Better Claim" braves the treacherous waters of the Salmon River, aka "The River of No Return," and echoes Robert Frost's famous poem "A Road Not Taken," a constant source of inspiration for Owen.

"There's often a luxurious sense of peace, calm, and freedom when you're paddling downriver." Owen says of his love of riding the rivers. "But it can be quite deceptive. For as soon as you turn the corner - boom! - here comes a set of rapids or there's a log blocking the river. In addition to the excitement, however, there's also a sense of play and close camaraderie with your fellow adventurers that I greatly value. In short, rivers and nature in general has a profoundly positive effect on me."

It has not, however, always been a source of such direct inspiration. While Owen writes with a natural sweep that evokes pastoral landscapes and bustling scenes, he typically writes from a purely musical, not programmatic, sensibility. But when setting out to compose the music that became River Runs, the concept of his encounters with these rivers and the bonds they formed - whether with his own children or with his father, who passed away during the composition of the music - provided a strong thematic undercurrent for the piece.

"I'm a real believer in having a concept that unites a piece," Owen explains. "That concept can be simply musical, but a lot of times it can be extra-musical, too. And In working with a piece that I knew was going to be this large, I felt that the conceptual aspect was more important than ever, to find something that could help re-focus the piece whenever my imagination wandered too far afield."

The project started out as a double concerto for orchestra and a few guest soloists, but soon expanded in Owen's mind to encompass the whole of the Jazz Surge. "My focus was on trying to write a piece for orchestra that seamlessly attempted to blend jazz elements - improvisation, strong rhythmic grooves - with a symphony orchestra," he says. "I very quickly realized I was going to need to involve at least bass and drums to be able to provide the atmosphere I wanted, to avoid the sort of rigid division between orchestra and jazz musicians that I really dislike. I wanted to create something that felt very natural and organic and I thought the members of the Surge would add to that." On its four prior recordings, the Jazz Surge has invited masters like Benny Golson, Nat Adderley, John Abercrombie, Tim Hagans, Ingrid Jensen, and Gary Versace into its fold, along with the aforementioned Brecker, Stern, Liebman and Lovano.

A respected and esteemed educator for more than 30 years, Owen also founded and serves as artistic director for the USF Center for Jazz Composition. In 2012, he chaired the Pulitzer Prize in Music committee and has also served as President of the International Association for Jazz Education and as governor for the Florida Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship he has received the prestigious 2000 IAJE/ASCAP commission in honor of Louis Armstrong and three Florida DCA Individual Artist Fellowships.

With his latest project, Owen combines that wealth of professional experience with inspiration from some of his most personally fulfilling moments. River Runs uses the jazz big band and the symphony orchestra as the colors in a bold landscape that is his finest and most ambitious work to date.

Chuck Owen· River Runs / /  MAMA Records· Release Date: April 9, 2013

www.chuckowen.com

Harlem Slim - King Of The Delta Bluesmen (2002)

The spirit of the perennial delta bluesman ist risen from the depths of hell and is manifest in flesh is a young white boy called Harlem Slim!

Little is known about the life of itinerant delta bluesman Harlem Slim. What we do know, though, is that he was born in the New York area in the mid 1900's and that he began playing 1930's delta blues and piedmont ragtime/blues at a very early age.

Harlem Slim plays & sings solo acoustic & electric delta blues and piedmont ragtime/blues in the tradtitional styles of Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Blake, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters. He has captivated audiences at Antone's during the SXSW Music Festival, Navasota Blues Festival, and other venues. Three tracks from his debut CD "Delta Blues & Piedmont Ragtime" have been licensed to Fox Motion Pictures for use in film and television, and he has performed opening sets for Dave Davies (The Kinks), Al Di Meola, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks, and others. The Concert Video "Live at The Stafford Opera House" was televised on the Clear Channel Entertainment Network television station nightly for the entire month of April 2002. There are currently 6 critically acclaimed Harlem Slim CDs and a Concert Video, as well as a variety of Instructional Products. The CD "Delta Thug" was ..9 of the Top 10 CDs of the year 2000 for radio airplay at PBS stations in Australia. The CD "King of The Delta Bluesmen" was selected as ..7 of the Top 10 Acoustic Blues CDs for 2002 by Smokestack Lightnin'.

So listen ot this live album, close your eyes and you´ll be back in the thirties of the last century ... unbelieveable !



Personnel:

Harlem Slim (vocals, guitar)



Tracklist:
01. Cross Road Blues (Johnson) - 2:36
02. Dehlia (Traditional) 3.16
03. Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues (McTell) 4.22
04. Just As Well Get Ready, You Got To Die (Blake) 3.52
05. Kind Hearted Woman (Robertson) 4.20
06. Me & The Devil Blues (Robertson) 4.50
07. Poor Boy (Traditional)  3.37
08. Sweet Home Chicago (Robertson) 4.01
09. T'aint Long Before Day (McTell) 2.37
10. The Organ Grinders Monkey (unknown) 0:57
11. Walking Blues (Robertson) 5.14


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Jimmy Cobb - A View From The Side














Just a quick one today with a nice view of Jimmy Cobb in action:

Ten Years Later - Live At The Calderone Concert Hall (1978)

Alvin Lee (ex- Ten Years After) finished out the 1970s with a trio called Ten Years Later who also released two albums, Rocket Fuel (1978) and Ride On (1979) and toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States.

This is one of the rare bootlegs from that period (not the badest one in Alvin Lee´s career !)

This is a real good FM broadcast show and probably incomplete.

But: listen to "Hey Joe": Alvin goes wild on this number and really extends the song and his guitar playing ability-excellent well done).

And of course there a some classic Ten Years After tunes like "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (introduction to this song by Alvin Lee: "
a song you might remember it’s called Mario Andretti")


Concert poster


Personnel:
Tom Compton (drums)
Mick Hawksworth (bass)
Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals, harmonica)



Tracklist:
01. Gonna Turn You On (Lee) 4.41
02. Good Morning Little School Girl (Lee) 8.00
03. Help Me (Williamson) 14.02
04. It’s A Gas (Lee) 14.03
05. Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’ (Lee) 23.44
06. Scat Encounter/Hey Joe (Lee/Roberts) 10.55



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NEW RELEASES - MICHAEL WALKER, THE ARUAN ORTIZ AND MICHAEL JANISCH QUINTET, RODRIGO COTELO

MICHAEL WALKER - A SMOOTHER YOU

The CD is co-produced and written by wunderkind Quentin Moore of Dallas, Texas, and exhibits a style that infuses Smooth Jazz and “Southern Soul”. Walker (b. Newport, Arkansas - November 19, 1959), began as a Blues guitarist influenced by the legendary B.B. King. In the year 2000, Michael became leader of the cover band “Chill Factor”of Dallas, Texas. After 12 years with the group, he turned his interests towards Smooth Jazz leaving the band to create the “A Smoother You” project. After sending a few tracks to Producer/Guitarist Paul Brown (who gave his blessing), Michael forged ahead with his project and was signed by Spectra Jazz Records. In addition to his guitar skills, Michael enlists Drummer Kenny Washington II, Quentin Moore (Keyboards, Wah Wah guitar, Bass & Vocals), John Robinson (Bass), Vandell Andrew (Alto Sax), Dunye Nasuhoglu (Congas, Percussion), Karen Bernod (Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu) (Vocals) and Spectra Jazz artist Earl “Tee” Harris of the group“3rd Scenario” (Vocals). The album was released on December 11, 2012 on iTunes and Amazon, and a physical CD release planned for Spring of 2013.

THE ARUAN ORTIZ AND MICHAEL JANISCH QUINTET - BANNED IN LONDON

The Aruán Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet is a new international musical collaboration of the highest order. Both leaders have performed at the forefront of contemporary jazz during the last decade with some of the world's greatest artists, such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Wallace Roney, Don Byron and Terry Lyne Carrington. For their new quintet, Ortiz and Janisch have assembled one of the most exciting casts of recent years, calling on one of the world's most prominent and pioneering artists, saxophonist and featured special guest, Greg Osby, first-call NYC drummer Rudy Royston and perennial award-winning Spanish trumpeter Raynald Colom (Perico Sambeat, Robin Eubanks). 'Banned in London,' the group's debut captures the onslaught of soundscapes, moods, and explorations, which will prove that this is a potent mixture of world class improvising musicians with a sincere empathy for creating improvised music of the now.

RODRIGO COTELO - SER SONIDO (BEING SOUND)

Covering a wide variety of genres and multiple styles, guitarist Rodrigo Cotelo hass been performing professionally for over 20 years. Not necessarily a virtuoso but with a refined taste and tone, he embraces musicality with unparalleled ease and sensitivity. Raised in Maldonado, Uruguay, Cotelo was always in contact with music during his childhood as he was born son of a drummer and a dance teacher. He started to study music (Keyboards and Piano) at age 7 and then continued his development at Schubert Conservatory until he was 15 when his interest in guitar was discovered. His first solo album “Vieja Mochila” (Old Backpack) was released in 2001. Over the years he has produced and recorded for Uruguayan artists such as: Abel Garcia, Walter Cambon, Electric Kool-Aid, Monalisa, Jardin Primitivo, Musiclú and Aida Martinez among others.

MARIO BIONDI - SUN


After two years of work in Milan, Los Angeles, New York and London, Mario Biondi’s new album, Sun, was released to stores on January 29. The album has an international flavor, being produced by Biondi and Jean Paul Maunick (aka Bluey), leader of Incognito. the historic British jazz band. Sun is an album characterized by important collaborations, like the one with the great American artist Chaka Khan, who, with Biondi and Incognito, interprets in a unique manner the song "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs. Sun also features songs such as the first single from the album "Shine On", written by Mario Biondi, Massimo Greco and Jan Kincaid, drummer and keyboardist for the London-based group Brand New Heavies. The gripping arrangements are assigned to one of the most famous musicians and composers today, Simon Hale, also collaborator of Jamiroquai. ~9colonne.it

Mario Biondi is a singer and composer, born in Catania, Italy on January 28,1971. His father Stefano Biondi was also a singer. Mario's passion for music began at the early age of twelve when he sang in his church choir . His many musical experiences over time in Italy saw him develop more and more into an artist whose scope was destined to be of an international level. For a while he worked as a session singer - then in 1988 he had an important opportunity as support act to Ray Chales' Italian dates. His love for soul music helped shape his particular vocal styling that takes its cue from great vocalists like Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau and Isacc Hayes. His first big break came in 2004 with the release of the single "This Is What You Are". Originally planned for release only in Japan, the cool and irresistible song gets noticed by European radio. A well-known DJ, Norman Jay begins to feature the song on his BBC1 show playlist and Mario's incredible voice crosses the European continent ahead of the artist himself. The British Consulate honors him with an award during the ceremony for Best Artist representing the Uk-Italy Business Association.

In 2006 Mario released his debut album Handful Of Soul, recorded with the High Five Quintet. In less than three months it goes platinum. That same year Mario records "L'Amore Ha Sempre Fame" for the tribute cd, Alex, Tributo ad Alex Baroni dedicated to the memory of singer, Alex Baroni. In 2007, at the San Remo festival Mario guests on a duet with Amalia Grè to sing "Amami Per Sempre", a song written by Grè in collaboration with Michele Ranauro and Paola Palma. 2007 also sees the release of the single "No Matter" teamed-up with famed Italian DJ Mario Fargetta. During this time, Mario also records some inspired covers like Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are". In November 2007 Mario released a double album with the Duke Orchestra, called I Love You More recorded entirely live at the Smeraldo Theatre in Milano.

In 2009 Mario is once again on the San Remo Festival stage duetting with Karima Ammar in the song "Come In Ogni Ora". The song's producer and co-writer, none other than Burt Bacharach was also on stage conducting the orchestra and playing piano. Mario went on to yet another magical duet performance with premier Italian artist Renato Zero on "Non Smettere Più" included in Renato's album Presente. In November 2009 Mario Biondi released "If" and the first single "Be Lonely" on the Tattica label. The album shot up the charts and went triple platinum. With a voice that references greats like Barry White, Issac Hayes and Lou Rawls while at the same time giving his own spin to the soul and jazz genres, Mario makes music passionately while at the same time, lighthearted and ironic. ~ fanclub.mariobiondi.com

NEW RELEASES - LEON THOMAS, HUBERT LAWS, FRESH STEPS

LEON THOMAS - THE CREATOR 1969-1973: THE BEST OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN MASTERS

Leon Thomas became a star on the back of his original cut of 'The Creator Had A Master Plan' recorded with Pharaoh Sanders. This success was consolidated with four studio albums and several live sessions recorded for Flying Dutchman. A year as a member of Santana brought him to the attention of an even wider audience. His yodelling style allied with deep blues roots has influenced several generations of jazz singers, most recently the Grammy Award-winning jazz star of 2012, Gregory Porter. ~ CD Universe


HUBERT LAWS - LAND OF PASSION

When Columbia released Land of Passion in 1979, the album received scathing reviews from jazz critics. They knew Hubert Laws for his work as a jazz instrumentalist, and for the most part, Land of Passion isn't instrumental jazz -- it isn't hard bop, post-bop, or even fusion. The main focus of this LP is mellow, mildly jazzy R&B/pop (with the occasional instrumental). So serious jazz standards shouldn't be applied. Unfortunately, the critics who trashed Land of Passion did apply serious jazz standards, which is sort of like a food critic lambasting an Italian restaurant because it doesn't provide Vietnamese or Cambodian cuisine. Land of Passion needs to be judged by R&B/pop and quiet storm standards, and when those standards are applied, one has to say that this record is likable but not mind-blowing. Laws was obviously going after the quiet storm crowd when he recorded gentle tunes like "Music Forever" and "We're in Ecstasy." Arguably, quiet storm music falls into two main categories: R&B/pop vocals (Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker) and R&B-minded crossover jazz (Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Lonnie Liston Smith). For the most part, this LP (which had yet to be reissued on CD when the 21st century arrived) falls into the former category, although it does contain two gently funky instrumentals: "We Will Be" and "Heartbeats." Neither are masterpieces, but they have a lot more substance and integrity than the sort of elevator Muzak that Kenny G and Richard Elliot were known for in the 1980s and 1990s. Not one of Laws' essential releases, Land of Passion must be taken for what it is: a pleasant but unremarkable collection of mood music. ~ Alex Henderson


FRESH STEPS - THE SOUND OF URBAN SOUL-JAZZ

Fresh Steps are a collective of musicians/writers and producers from the south coast based in and around Brighton,Eastbourne and Hastings. The collective includes the production team Blackfly, singer Laura Holding and Jazz musician Oli Briant and a number of others. Fresh Steps have cut their teeth in various bands, playing at and running some of the coolest clubnights on the south coast As the Fresh Steps collective, The Sound of Urban Soul/Jazz Vol. 1 is their first official project together and takes contemporary tracks from the likes of Rihanna, Jessie J, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Alisha Keys, Lady Gaga and tears up the rule book, delivering a number of excellent soul-jazz renditions. ~ CD Universe

NEW RELEASES - ERIC GALE, MARION MEADOWS, AMANDA BRECKER

ERIC GALE - GINSENG WOMAN / MULTIPLICATION

When it comes to smothering a recording with over-production or being much too slick for his own good, keyboardist Bob James is an expert. In the 1970s, James lent his "expertise" to Eric Gale's albums Ginseng Woman and Multiplication (which were united on a single CD in 1991). To be sure, James' arranging is excessive. But the damage isn't as severe as one might imagine, and the ubiquitous jazz/R&B/pop guitarist actually has enough room to stretch out at times -- as does Grover Washington, Jr. (tenor sax). Far from exceptional but generally decent and enjoyable, these albums make it clear that Gale could be a very appealing and tasteful soloist when given room to breathe. ~ Alex Henderson

MARION MEADOWS - WHISPER

Soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows plays what has to be called smooth jazz, but he stretches the template a bit by incorporating subtly nuanced Latin, Eastern, and African touches into his style. Whisper is Meadows' first new studio album since 2009's Secrets, and in many ways it works as a sort of follow-up bookend to that earlier project, and while it doesn't really ruffle any feathers, or even try to, it does generate a nice little smooth and rhythmic breeze. ~ CD Universe / /  This album will be released on February 26, 2013.

 

AMANDA BRECKER - BLOSSOM

The daughter of the Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias and trumpeter Randy Brecker, singer/songwriter Amanda Brecker had already released two noteworthy albums in Japan in 2008 and 2009. 2012's Blossom is her first album released in the U.S. on the Emarcy label. Brecker reinterprets 11 classic songs that were written mainly by singer/songwriter Carole King. King's soft rock and soul classics are a perfect vehicle for the singer's crossover jazz arrangements, especially on "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away," "Will You Love me Tomorrow," and "It's Too Late." Grammy-winning songwriter Jesse Harris produced the session and, in keeping with the album's theme, employed drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, who played on the original Tapestry recording sessions. The release of Blossom also coincides with the 40th anniversary of Tapestry's release. ~ Al Campbell

BLACK MOTOR FEATURING VERNERI POHJOLA - RUBIDIUM

Rubidium is the new release of acclaimed Finnish trumpeter Veneri Pohjola along with Finland's leading trio of improvisers - Black Motor.  Together they deliver an album that is bold, innovative and expressive.

Trumpeter Verneri Pohjola has risen to the elite of Finnish jazz in the last few years. He first became known particularly through the Ilmiliekki Quartet and its well-received albums - March of the Alpha Males and Take It With Me as well as Vi sålde våra hemman together with vocalist Emma Salokoski), but has also performed with many other groups, including his ever-changing Aurora ensemble (Aurora), Michelin Star together with Joonas Riippa (Michelin Star) and the Verneri Pohjola Quartet (Ancient History). Pohjola has also been featured as a soloist with the UMO Jazz Orchestra (Agatha) and Orkestrova and performed with the Meta4 string quartet.

Black Motor is an improvisational trio from Tampere in Central Finland that has been performing for almost eight years and has already released seven albums of its own. The group  consists of Sami Sippola on tenor and soprano saxophones; Ville Rauhala on double bass; and Simo Laihonen on drums and together they play uncompromising free jazz in the spirit of their early idols, Albert Ayler, Peter Brötzmann and Rashied Ali, combined with more traditional forms of jazz expression. The trio has also been influenced by other forms of rhythm music from just about the entirety of the music´s hundred-year history. Cooperation with various special guests has been an essential part of Black Motor's operation, including not only musicians but also poets, dancers and performance and circus artists.

Both Verneri Pohjola and Black Motor are known for being adept in melodically rich and expressive improvised music. The group has labored itself into a veritable jazz phenomenon simply by playing their own vigorous and inspirational music and by largely creating their own performance opportunities, for example, by organizing club nights in Tampere's Telakka Restaurant together with special guests like saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen, guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, guitarist Jukka Orma, hip-hop artists Hannibal - and Verneri Pohjola. The work is actually bearing fruit as the trio recently performed again at the Tampere Jazz Happening - now with saxophonist Mikko Innanen - also playing at the London Jazz Festival. Rubidium is the first joint project that Black Motor has recorded.

One of the most innovative tracks on the album has to be the title first song 'Waltz Unknown" in which both Verneri Pohjola (trumpet) and Sami Sippola (saxophone) interplay their horns to create a collective texture of beautiful harmonies. Rubidium also includes "Song of India," "Old Papa's Blues," "Sax-O-Phun," and the title track "Rubidium."

NEW RELEASES - HERB ALPERT, THOMAS CHAPIN, KAREN SOUZA

HERB ALPERT - FANDANGO

Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album from the Jazz/Pop icon. After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the '60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Records, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, which climbed to #1 on the Billboard chart. His acclaimed album, Fandango, found Alpert returning to Mexican and Latin American sounds and rhythms, but with a modern sound. The result was one of the most acclaimed albums of his career, remaining on the Billboard Top Albums chart for half a year, and featuring the Top 40 hit 'Route 101.' ~ Amazon.com

THOMAS CHAPIN - NEVER LET ME GO

Never Let Me Go: Quartets '95 & '96 is a new three-disc set featuring two late-career performances by saxophonist/composer Thomas Chapin, including his final New York concert before succumbing to leukemia in 1998 at age 40. Discs one and two capture Chapin's working quartet of the time, with pianist Peter Madsen, bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara and drummer Reggie Nicholson, performing at Flushing Town Hall in Queens on November 10th, 1995. The group played two selections from You Don't Know Me (Arabesque Records), as well as a wide variety of other material, including Artie Shaw's Moonray, Thelonious Monk's Ugly Beauty, Charlie Parker's Red Cross and Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman. In contrast, the third disc captures the first and only concert ever played by a later quartet featuring Madsen, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Matt Wilson at The Knitting Factory on December 19th, 1996. For what turned out to be his final performance in New York, this ensemble presented extended readings of three new pieces written specifically for its all-star lineup, as well as a version of his well-known composition Sky Piece and an arrangement of Roland Kirk's Lovellevellilloqui. ~ Amazon.com

KAREN SOUZA - HOTEL SOUZA

There is no doubt that Karen Souza is poised to become recognized as one of the great new voices of jazz today. After the success of her remarkable debut album, Essentials, Karen decided to embark on a songwriting journey that took almost two years and led her far from her home in Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, where she joined with U.S. producer Joel McNeely. Famous for his work with immortal artists such as Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Al Green and Jaco Pastorius, McNeely has provided the arrangements with a sound that is both classic and modern a combination that is highly valued in this day and age. Karen´s voice, intimate and sensuous as always, floats between clouds of strings and winds and creates an atmosphere that can only be described as vintage. One of the few versions found on this artist album is a very special rendition of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" where Karen had the great fortune of performing with several musicians from Marvin's original band. Recorded at The Factory and on in the Century 21 studios in LA, this is an album that showcases Karen as an multifaceted artist about to embark on an exciting career. Hotel Souza is one of the most anticipated albums of the season. ~ Amazon.com

NEW RELEASES - BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LATIN JAZZ, THE DAP-KINGS FEATURING RICKY CALLOWAY, JEREMY PELT

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LATIN JAZZ (VARIOUS ARTISTS)

Not so much an introduction to Latin jazz, as it a wonderful collection of Latin-tinged tunes from the mighty catalog of Blue Note Records – and not just New York and Cuban Latin grooves, but also a fair bit of bossa nova and Brazilian sounds too! The 3CD package is overflowing with goodness – and titles include a range of killer Blue Note gems from the 60s – plus related cuts from labels like Capitol, Liberty, and World Pacific. The groove changes nicely throughout the set, and the instrumentation is superb – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Sandalia Dela" by Duke Pearson, "Chitlins Con Carne" by Kenny Burrell, "Loie" by Ike Quebec, "Samba De Orfeu" by Charlie Rouse, "Bossa For Baby" by Hank Mobley, "South Of The Border" by Lou Donaldson, "Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso" by Sabu Martinez, "Minors Holiday" by Kenny Dorham, "Congalere" by Horace Parlan, "Ghana" by Donald Byrd, "Latin Fever" by Jack Costanzo, "No Problem" by Jerome Richardson, "Girl From Ipanema" by Lou Rawls, "Rojo" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Thousand Finger Man" by Candido. 38 tracks in all! ~ Dusty Groove.

THE DAP-KINGS FEATURING RICKY CALLOWAT - STAY IN THE GROOVE (PARTS 1&2) / / I'M IN LOVE (PARTS 3&4) (2x7 SINGLES)
An amazing pairing of talents! Funk vocal giant Ricky Calloway works here with backing from The Dap Kings – recording in the Daptone studios, with production from Kenny Dope! All the cooks on board definitely don't spoil the broth – and instead, the cut may well be the sort of number we've been waiting to hear for years from Ricky! "I'm In Love" is presented here with parts 3 and 4 – which we don't think were on any previous singles – and is a stone monster too! ~ Dusty Groove

     
JEREMY PELT - WATER AND EARTH

A gem of a record from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – and like some of his other brilliant albums, a set that really has him sparkling alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! Pelt's trumpet has always been great – but here, in the company of keyboardist David Bryant, it really seems to find some rich new colors – almost as if the keys open up a layer of Pelt that's been hiding for years – set free to really soar and flow here. Bryant also plays some Hammond and clavinet as well, and other Fender Rhodes and keyboard work is by Frank LoCrasto – and the group also features Roxy Cross on soprano and tenor, Burniss Earl Travis on bass, Dana Hawkins on drums, and Jeffrey Haynes on percussion. Both Ra Re Valverde and Angela Roberts each sing on a track – and titles include "Reimagine The World", "Boom Bishop", "Butterfly Dreams", "Pieces Of A Dream", "Meditations On A Conversation We Had", and "Mystique". ~ Dusty Groove

Angel - On Earth As It Is On Heaven (1977)

Truly one of the greatest albums of all time and the greatest Angel album also. The album was recorded on location at the Emerald Palace in LA. This gives the album a remarkable 'large hall' sound. 

The album features guitarist Punky Meadows in all his angelic glory. Multiple stacked tracks of Punky's string-bending vibrato is like a celebration of all that is rock music. Greg's ancient Moogs and Frank's heavenly vocals mix with Punky's guitar to create music that is no doubt sitting in God's album collection. 

And to hear Barry's drums echo through the hall of the Emerald Palace is truly enchanting. (by John McMahon)


Personnel:
Barry Brandt (drums, percussion, vocals)
Frank DiMino (vocals)
Gregg Giuffria (keyboards)
Mickey Jones (bass)
Punky Meadows (guitar)

Tracklist:
01. Can You Fell It (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 4.41
02. She´s A Mover (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 3.37
03. Big Boy (Let´s Do It Again) (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 3.54
04. Telephone Exchange (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 4.13
05. White Lightning (Meadows/Morman) 4.45
06. On The Rocks (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 3.39
07. You´re Not Fooling Me (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 3.59
08. That Magic Touch (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 3.29
09. Cast The First Stone (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 4.37
10. Just A Dream (Meadows/Giuffria/DiMino) 5.16

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Gary Brooker - Within Our House (1998)

Taken from the original liner-notes:
On 28th September 1996, a crowd gathered at the beautiful 13th Century church of St Mary & All Saints in rural Surrey, England. The purpose was to rehearse and then perform two concerts in aid of church funds, the music varying from pastoral to gospel but all 'deemed appropriate'!
The choir (numbering 16), string quartet, and organist were reading from music prepared in the weeks before by Gary Brooker, whilst the front line 'rock band' played ad lib on acoustic instruments. The rector, the Revd. Geoffrey Willis, had managed to squeeze an audience of 150 into the ancient pews, half local congregation and half 'rock fans', and with 25 performers and the necessary staging and equipment, the little church was bursting at its sacred seams!
In the days before, Gary had decided to arrange a mobile recorder in case the unique evening turned out to be worth saving. As with any 'one-off' effort, total perfection is not the objective, but rather to communicate to everybody present what live music is all about – Enjoying Yourself! and so bumps, groans, jokes, tuning, flying insects, and musical hesitancies, are all included as they happened, and as they were experienced by everybody that night.
The magnificent walls, arches, and windows of St Mary & All Saints have surely heard many sounds and words over its 700 year history, but as the echoes faded into the dark corners that night, it must have felt that something special had happened – it had – Within Our House.

Procol Harum singer and pianist Gary Brooker organized a benefit concert at and for his local church, St. Mary's and All Saints, in Surrey, England, on September 28, 1996, and released a recorded version on his own mail-order label Gazza Records. Now picked up by the German Repertoire label, the album presents the unplugged, five-piece Gary Brooker Ensemble, whose members include former Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki, accompanied by a chorus and string quartet playing a combination of classical pieces, gospel adaptations, and songs from Procol Harum's catalog. (The title song is a newer one written by Brooker and his lyric collaborator Keith Reid.) The result is a charming chamber work with wonderfully detailed sound that illuminates the roots of Procol Harum's music in its classical antecedents. Neatly marking the 25th anniversary of the group's popular album Procol Harum Live in Concert with The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, it manages to define the inevitable closing song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," as part of a tradition including Vaughan Williams and even that noted composer Henry VIII. (by William Ruhlmann)

Personnel:
Dave Bronze (bass)
Gary Brooker (piano, vocals)
Mark Brzezicki (drums)
Michael Bywater (organ)
Robbie McIntosh (guitar)
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Chameleon Arts Chorus
Chameleon Arts String Quartet
(both conducted by Andrew Philips)

Tracklist:
01. Introduction by Reverend Geoffrey Willis 0:56
02. Pastime With Good Company (Henry VIII) 1:27
03. Mattachins (Warlock) 1:21
04. Linden Lea (Williams) 2:56
05. Holding On (Brooker/Reid) 4:12
06. A Salty Dog (Brooker/Reid) 6:02
07. Hide and Seek (McIntosh) 3:42
08. Within Our House (Brooker/Reid) 5:11
09. Steal Away (Traditional) 3:41
10. Gospel Train (Traditional) 1:30
11. Peace in the Valley (Dorsey) 3:29
12. Nothing But the Truth (Brooker/Reid) 3:28
13. The Long Goodbye (Brooker/Fisher/Reid) 4:29
14. Jesus on the Mainline (Traditional) 4:50
15. Psalm for St. Mary (Brooker) 4:52
16. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Brooker/Reid) 6:48

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