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Jazz, Bebop, Swing, Standard, Bop, Post-bop, Modern jazz, fusion (but just a little bit) and stuff like that.



Updated: 2017-12-10T19:10:02.217-08:00

 



OUVIVER [014] "Eclipse", Freddie Hubbard

2015-11-09T15:10:16.645-08:00

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OUVIVER [022] Stan Kenton "Abstraction"

2015-11-09T15:09:31.629-08:00

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OUVIVER [023] Ornette Coleman “Abstraction"

2015-11-09T15:08:37.893-08:00

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OUVIVER [025] “Solitude” with Ella Fitzgerald

2015-11-09T15:07:36.818-08:00

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2012-11-23T18:35:59.795-08:00

Charles Mingus, Passions Of A Man, 1956-1961 (2)Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). album by Charles Mingus was released Oct 28, 1997 on the Rhino label. Full Title: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). CD music is a 6-disc set with 41 songs.PASSIONS OF A MAN includes every album Mingus made during his first tenure at Atlantic Records. Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). songs These recordings include PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS, THE CLOWN, BLUES AND ROOTS, MINGUS AT ANTIBES, OH YEAH and TONIGHT AT NOON, a compilation of 1957 and 1961 sessions making its first CD appearance. Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). album Of the 6 disc set, the last disc is a 75-minute interview with producer Nesuhi Ertegun. ~ReleaseDisc 2 [TT 56:21]The Clown (12:29)Passions Of A Woman Loved (9:43)Blue Cee (7:48)Tonight At Noon (5:58)Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (8:31)Haitian Fight Song (11:57)PersonnelCharles Mingus - bass, Shafi Hadi (Curtis Porter) - tenor sax, Jimmy Knepper - trombone, Wade Legge - piano, Dannie Richmond - drums, Jean Shepherd - improvised narration on 'The Clown'Disc[...]



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2012-11-23T18:08:55.503-08:00


Charles Mingus, Passions Of A Man, 1956-1961 (1)
Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). album by Charles Mingus was released Oct 28, 1997 on the Rhino label. Full Title: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). CD music is a 6-disc set with 41 songs.
PASSIONS OF A MAN includes every album Mingus made during his first tenure at Atlantic Records. Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). songs These recordings include PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS, THE CLOWN, BLUES AND ROOTS, MINGUS AT ANTIBES, OH YEAH and TONIGHT AT NOON, a compilation of 1957 and 1961 sessions making its first CD appearance. Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961). album Of the 6 disc set, the last disc is a 75-minute interview with producer Nesuhi Ertegun. ~Release


Disc 1 [TT 61:38]
Pithecanthropus Erectus (10:33)
A Foggy Day (7:47) (George Gershwin)
Love Chant (14:56)
Profile Of Jackie (3:07)
Laura (4:52) (David Raskin)
When Your Lover Has Gone (2:27) (Einar Aaron Swan)
Just One Of Those Things (6:06) (Cole Porter)
Blue Greens (11:42) (Teddy Charles)


Disc 1, 1-4:
Charles Mingus - bass. Jackie McLean - alto sax, J.R. Monterose - tenor sax, Mal Waldron - piano, Willie Jones - drums
Disc 1, 5-8:
Teddy Charles - vibes, Hall Overton - piano, Charles Mingus - bass, Ed Shaughnessy - drums

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2012-11-22T19:34:13.123-08:00

Barb Jungr, Man in the Long Black Coat, 2011 (is not jazz, but... it's Bob Dylan)Barb Jungr's first album of Dylan has become a cult classic and this album celebrating Dylan's 70th birthday is likely to become one too.  Jungr's superb interpretations of her musical hero combined with her unique vocal style and arrangements deliver a gorgeous performance on this compilation of Dylan songs. ~Release1. Man in the Long Black Coat [04:17]2. The Times They Are a-Changin’ [03:15]3. It Ain’t Me Babe [04:07]4. Just Like a Woman [05:33]5. Like a Rolling Stone [06:08]6. Trouble in Mind [04:31]7. Tomorrow Is a Long Time [05:57]8. High Water (For Charlie Patton) [06:03]9. Sara [05:06]10. Ballad of Hollis Brown [04:56]11. Blind Willie McTell [04:10]12. With God On Our Side [04:05]13. I Shall Be Released [05:32]Disc[...]



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2012-11-13T14:12:37.410-08:00


Geri Allen, The Life of a Song, 2004
Life of a Song is Geri Allen's first recording under her own name in six long years. She teams with the rhythm section of bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, whom she worked with on the late Betty Carter's stellar live date Feed the Fire in 1993. Allen composed eight of the album's 11 cuts, and the covers include Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," and Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes." This last selection is augmented by the participation of Marcus Belgrave on flugelhorn, saxophonist Dwight Andrews, and trombonist Clifton Anderson. The album's title reflects the depth of commitment to the song forms inherent in jazz. ~ Thom Jurek

Personnel
Geri Allen (piano), Dwight Andrews (saxophone), Dave Holland (double bass), Marcus Belgrave (flugelhorn), Clifton Anderson (trombone), Jack DeJohnette (drums)

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2012-11-13T06:27:23.107-08:00


Billy Cobham, Spectrum, 1973
Back in 1973, while still in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham made a really wise business decision. He had some compositions he wanted played. Feeling they would be better appreciated outside of Mahavishnu, Billy gathered Jan Hammer and some other fine players and recorded one of fusion music's classic albums, Spectrum. Cobham's decision led to a very lucrative decade for him as the success of his first release laid the groundwork for several other well-received albums and tours.~ Walter Kolosky

Personnel
Billy Cobham - Drums (1-6) & Drums, Electronics (solos on '#.a'), Tommy Bolin - Guitar (1, 3.b, 4, 6.b), Jan Hammer - Electric piano, Moog synthesizer, Acoustic piano (not on 2.b) (1, 2.b, 3.b, 4, 5.b, 6.b), Lee Sklar - Bass guitar (1, 3.b, 4, 6.b), Joe Farrell - Soprano sax (2.b) & Alto sax (5.b), Jimmy Owens - Flugelhorn (2.b, 5.b) & Trumpet (5.b), John Tropea - Guitar (5.b), Ron Carter - Acoustic bass (2.b, 5.b), Ray Barretto - Congas (2.b, 5.b)

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2012-11-13T02:46:12.878-08:00


Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, 
"Dancing On The Tables", 1979
Famous for his work as a teenager in Europe playing with veteran American greats, and for his many recordings as a sidemen with the veteran straight-ahead jazz all-stars for the Pablo label (including Oscar Peterson), bassist Niels Pedersen's own projects tend to be more modern than bop-oriented. Dancing on the Tables songs For this set, Pedersen's quartet includes three rather notable sidemen: the then fairly unknown guitarist John Scofield; drummer Billy Hart; and Dave Liebman on tenor, soprano, and alto flute. Dancing on the Tables album The bassist contributed four compositions, which are joined by a Danish folk song. ~ Scott Yanow

Personnel
Dave Liebman - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute [Alto]
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Bass
Billy Hart - Drums
John Scofield - Guitar

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2012-11-12T15:49:11.082-08:00


Geri Allen, "The Gathering", 1998
Geri Allen, a brilliant jazz pianist since the '80s, wrote all 11 pieces on this moody and atmospheric CD. Although not a major composer, her arrangements, and her use of colors overall, make the music quite haunting. The personnel varies from track to track and includes Allen, trumpeter Wallace Roney, trombonist Robin Eubanks, Dwight Andrews on bass clarinet, flutes and piccolo, guitarist Vernon Reid, Ralphe Armstrong and Buster Williams on basses, drummer Lenny White and percussionist Mino Cinelu. Allen, whose playing on this date sometimes is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock, always records music that grows in interest with each listen. ~ Scott Yanow

Personnel
Geri Allen (piano); Vernon Reid (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dwight Andrews (alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, reeds); Wallace Roney (trumpet, flugelhorn); Robin Eubanks (trombone); Lenny White (drums); Mino Cinelu (percussion)

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2012-11-12T15:48:04.021-08:00

Ben Wolfe, "No strangers here", 2007


No Strangers Here album by Ben Wolfe was released May 20, 2008 on the Max Jazz label. Bassist Ben Wolfe's resume as a sideman is extensive, having recorded with Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Carl Allen, and many others. No Strangers Here songs But he is also a valuable leader and composer, as heard on his fifth CD. ~ Ken Dryden

Personnel
Ben Wolfe -  bass
Branford Marsalis - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums
Cyrus Beroukhim & Jesse Mills - violin
Terell Stafford - trumpet
Victor Goines - bass clarinet
Gregory Hutchinson
Luis Perdomo - piano
Wolfram Koessel - cello
Marcus Strickland & Kenji Bunch - viola

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Marc Copland & John Abercrombie, Speak To Me, 2011

2012-04-29T16:13:46.116-07:00

“Speak to Me" is the CD premiere of a duo that has actually been in existence for some time. The recordings with pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie are classic examples of the quiet, calm art of communication practiced at the highest level. The musical meeting of these two contemporary jazz maestros has a wonderfully organic feel. It is comparable to the finest chamber music. The pieces shimmer with multifarious shades and meanings. They are small sound sculptures of artful transience. This is music from two of the most insightful players of jazz. ~ Release                    #"This is an album of sensitive touch and softly rippling atmosphere, but its core is durably clear." ~ Nate Chinen, New York TimesPersonnelMarc Copland piano, John Abercrombie guitarTracksLeft Behind (Marc Copland & John Abercrombi)Speak to Me (Marc Copland & John Abercrombie)Seven (Marc Copland & John Abercrombie)If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger)Blues Connotation (Ornette Coleman)So Long (Marc Copland & John Abercrombie)Falling Again (Marc Copland & John Abercrombie)Talking Blues (Marc Copland & John Abercrombie)Witchcraft (Cy Coleman)Disc[...]



Kenny Wheeler, The Widow In The Window, 1990

2012-04-22T15:35:53.628-07:00


Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (born 14 January 1930, Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player, based in the U.K. since the 1950s. Most of his output is rooted in jazz, but he has also been active in free improvisation and has occasionally contributed to rock music recordings. Wheeler has written over one hundred compositions and is a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles.

He has recorded twenty albums as a leader, and has recorded or performed with Paul Gonsalves, Dave Holland, John Taylor and Norma Winstone (as Azimuth), Anthony Braxton, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Theo Jörgensmann Quartet, David Sylvian, Bill Bruford, Steve Coleman, Don Thompson, Spiritualized and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, among others.


Personnel
Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Taylor (piano); John Abercrombie (guitar); Dave Holland (acoustic bass); Peter Erskine (drums)


Tracks
Aspire
Ma Belle Hélène
The Widow In The Window
Ana
Hotel Le Hot
Now, And Now Again
All compositions by Kenny Wheeler





Charlie Haden, "Not In Our Name", 2005

2012-03-30T12:41:03.431-07:00


With a cover that directly references bassist Charlie Haden's first recording under his own name, 1969's LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA, this 2005 album features an updated version of the LMO ensemble. As on the earlier disc, the spirit here is one of peaceful protest; while the former outing was in reaction to the Vietnam War, this record takes the George W. Bush administration to task, especially regarding the war in Iraq. Pianist Carla Bley is the only returning member of the original LMO. As before, she proves to be a triple threat with her dexterous playing, intuitive conducting, and inventive arrangements. ~ Release


Arranger: Carla Bley. Personnel: Charlie Haden (bass instrument); Michael Rodriguez , Michael Rodriguez (trumpet); Steve Cardenas (guitar); Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone); Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone); Seneca Black (trumpet); Ahnee Sharon Freeman (French horn); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Joe Daley Trio (tuba); Carla Bley (piano); Matt Wilson (drums).

Tracks
1 Not In Our Name (Haden) 6:21
2 This Is Not America (Bowie, Mays, Metheny) 6:39
3 Blue Anthem (Bley) 7:49
4 America the Beautiful (Medley) (Bates, Ward) 16:54
5 Amazing Grace (Newton, Traditional) 7:12
6 Goin' Home (from Dvorak's New World Sym.) 7:49
7 Throughout (Frisell) 8:55
8 Adagio (from Barber's Adagio For Strings) 7:20

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TRIBUTE TO PAUL MOTIAN (1931 - 2011) 15

2012-03-20T20:46:23.214-07:00

This is the last album of a series of 15, giving a beautiful view of the career of oneof the greatest jazz drummers

2011 Paul Motian - The Windmills Of Your Mind
“This is drums giant Paul Motian's 80th birthday album – though for a legend who helped reinvent ensemble improv with visionaries such as Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, it might sound like a pipe-and-slippers decision to hook it on such over-exercised tunes as the title, Tennessee Waltz and Let's Face the Music and Dance.
“But Motian enlists Bill Frisell on guitar and Thomas Morgan on bass to turn the usual glides and smooches of these songs into a lurching, spontaneously contrapuntal undertow, in which the rhythm lies as much in what's not being played as what is.
“But over that, Motian has cannily placed the limpid, quietly evocative voice of Charlie Haden's vocalist daughter Petra – an artist more usually associated with alt-rock and a capella work.
“Haden imaginatively inhabits these songs, delivering a definitively unvarnished version of the title track over Motian's snuffling brushwork and Morgan's huge bass sound, and unfolding tenderly revealing accounts of Easy Living and I Loves You Porgy. But hearing this inimitably eccentric instrumental trio chime, boom and lurch through Let's Face the Music and Dance is perhaps the real piece de resistance.” ~John Fordham, Guardian UK  4 stars
Personnel
Paul Motian: drums; Bill Frisell: electric guitar; Petra Haden: vocals; Thomas Morgan: bass.
Track listing
1. Introduction (1) [Paul Motian]
2. Tennessee Waltz [Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart]
3. The Windmills Of Your Mind [Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman]
4. Let’s Face The Music And Dance [Irving Berlin]
5. Lover Man [Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, James Sherman]
6. It’s Been A Long, Long Time [Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn]
7. Little Foot [Paul Motian]
8. Easy Living [Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin]
9. I’ve Got A Crush On You [George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin]
10. Backup [Paul Motian]
11. I Loves You Porgy [George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin]
12. Trieste [Paul Motian]
13. If I Could Be With You [James Johnson, Henry Creamer]
14. Wednesday’s Gone [Paul Motian]
15. I Remember You [Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer]
16. Introduction (2) [Paul Motian ]
Recorded at Sear Sound, New York City, USA, September 2010. Paul Motian died two months later.
So Many Musicians Inspired by Paul Motian: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/arts/music/jazz-records-inspired-by-paul-motian.html
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Elomar - Na Quadrada Das Águas Perdidas

2012-03-17T12:02:18.181-07:00

Another unusual post here at the blog, but I find Elomar's work at the top of the cream. Its melodic lines are mindblogging, his harmonic cadences are constructed in a an almost baroque fashion with much joy, incredibly creative, just plain beautiful. One of the last safe guards of our cultural heritage. You don't need to understand what he is saying to get touched by it. Do not miss.


Vocals and classical guitar: Elomar
Flute: Elena Rodrigues
Classical guitar and Charango: Dércio Marques
Vocals: Dércio Marques, Xangai e Carlos Pita



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Beethoven - Last Piano Sonatas with Friedrich Gulda

2012-03-17T11:54:14.501-07:00

I had to post this here, because I want you to listen to the jazz inside Beethoven's last sonatas, specially in his last of the last. Comment if I'm wrong.

I must have heard all of Beethoven's piano sonatas (and yet have not found no match for Gulda's interpretation) at least 100 times, and I can say that it's all there. All of the sentiment in music, the power, the joy, the laugh, the suffering, the pause, the voices... it's all there. I think that if an alien came to earth and asked me: "show me what have you people created in terms of music", I would present Beethoven's piano sonatas. "Mr Alien, there are a lot of other good things, very fine things, but if you take this home you will be satisfied. All of our music is here, the rest is lesser."


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(I strongly recommend you to get all of his piano sonatas, easily found on the internet. And take my word, there is no match for Gulda, don't even bother getting another one.)











Greg Osby & Andrew Hill - The Invisible Hand

2012-03-16T17:33:09.321-07:00

& Jim Hall & Scott Colley! (plus Terri Lyne Carrington and Gary Thomas). !




This album gives me shivers. See it for yourself... 




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TRIBUTE TO PAUL MOTIAN (1931 - 2011) 14

2012-03-15T13:15:46.713-07:00


This album is the fourteenth in a series of 15, giving a beautiful view of the career of one of the greatest jazz drummers

2011 Lee Konitz - Live at Birdland (with Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden & Paul Motion)

"A quartet of master musicians and a programme of jazz classics. “Live at Birdland” presents the finest moments from two inspired nights at New York’s legendary club, as Konitz, Mehldau, Haden and Motian play “Lover Man”, “Lullaby Of Birdland”, “Solar”, “I Fall In Love Too Easily”, “You Stepped Out Of A Dream” and “Oleo” with freedom, tenderness, and a love of melody that only jazz’s greatest improvisers can propose." Release
"The older guys sound great, if ultra laid-back, wending their way dreamily through six standards..." Down Beat
"These masters couldn't be better suited philosophically....Mehldau shares the group's reverence for standards and the notion that 'free' can be soft, slow, smart, subtle and sophisticated." JazzTimes
"The quartet's set consists of six jazz standards, all beautifully rendered, benefitting from almost 300 years-worth of musical experience." Mojo, 4 stars out of 5

Personnel
Lee Konitz: alto saxphone; Brad Mehldau: piano; Charlie Haden: double-bass; Paul Motian: drums

Track listing
1 Lover Man - Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman, Roger Ramirez 12:05
2 Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing - 10:16
3 Solar - Miles Davis 11:39
4 I Fall In Love Too Easily - Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn* 10:17
5 You Stepped Out Of A Dream - Gus Kahn, Nacio Herb Brown 11:49
6 Oleo - Sonny Rollins




Modern Jazz Quartet, "Piramid"

2012-03-14T20:41:28.582-07:00

This is a strong recording from the Modern Jazz Quartet, with inventive versions of John Lewis' "Vendome," Ray Brown's "Pyramid," Jim Hall's "Romaine," and Lewis' famous "Django," along with cooking jams on "How High the Moon" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." The MJQ had become a jazz institution by this time, but they never lost their creative edge, and their performances (even on the remakes) are quite stimulating, enthusiastic, and fresh. ~Scott Yanow

Modern Jazz Quartet, MJQ
Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano, musical director), Percy Heath (double bass) and Connie Kay (drums)

Tracks
1 Vendome (John Lewis) 2:30
2 Pyramid (Blues for Junior) (Ray Brown) 10:46
3 It Don't Mean a Thing (If ItAin't Got That Swing) (Ellington, Mills) 5:02
4 Django (John Lewis) 5:23
5 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 6:15
6 Romaine (Jim Hall) 7:28

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TRIBUTE TO PAUL MOTIAN (1931 - 2011) 13

2012-03-12T09:50:40.617-07:00


This album is the thirteenth in a series of 15, giving a beautiful view of the career ofone of the greatest jazz drummers

2006 Marc Copland – Voices - Trio Recording (with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian)

"Peacock's Runner is one of the finest group performances I've heard in a long time. These are fine albums both, that will grow in stature." Jazzwise (UK), 2008"One of the most original pianists in jazz...harmonically he's unlike anyone else. This marvelous trio is fresh, assured and independently minded."/Irish Times, 2007"A trio of jazz heavyweights... Voices” goes a long way in cementing this musician's place in the jazz world as one of the best contemporary pianists of our time."/ejazznews.com 2008

Personnel
Marc Copland piano; Gary Peacock bass; Paul Motian drums

Track listing
1. Vignette (G. Peacock) 6:11
2. Albert (G. Peacock)  3:41
3. River's rum (M. Copland) 6:40
4. Voices (M. Copland)  7:41
5. Runner (G. Peacock)  7:25
6. That's it ? (G. Peacock)  2:49
7. All blues ((M. Davis)  5:35
8. At night (M. Copland) 8:43

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The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner

2012-03-10T12:27:49.138-08:00


This album features a most unusual session. Veteran blues singer Joe Turner and his usual rhythm section of the mid-'70s (which includes guitarist Pee Wee Crayton) are joined by four notable trumpeters: Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Clark Terry. On three blues (including the 15-minute "I Know You Love Me Baby") and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," the group stretches out with each of the trumpeters getting ample solo space. It is not a classic outing (a little more planning and better material might have helped), but it is colorful and unique enough to be easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz and blues fans. ~ Scott Yanow


Personnel
Big Joe Turner (vocals); Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry (trumpet); Jimmy Robbins (piano); Pee Wee Crayton (guitar); Charles Norris (bass); Washington Rucker (drums).


Tracks
1 Mornin', Noon and Night (Joe Turner)
2 I Know You Love Me Baby (Joe Turner)
3 T.V Momma (Joe Turner)
4 T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (Grainger, Prince, Williams)


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TRIBUTE TO PAUL MOTIAN (1931 - 2011) 12

2012-03-06T18:29:14.326-08:00


This album is the twelfth in a series of 15, giving a beautiful view of the career of one of the greatest drummers in jazz

2005 Paul Motian -  I Have the Room Above Her 

"The sum total of the nuanced, elliptical lyricism at the heart of Paul Motian's compositional method can be heard in the opening seconds of "Osmosis Part III," the first track from I Have the Room Above Her. Recorded for ECM -- with producer Manfred Eicher, guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano -- this date is Motian's first as a leader for the label in more than 20 years. This is the same team that recorded the seminal album It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago in 1984. At that time, Lovano and Frisell were just beginning to establish themselves as bandleaders though they" ~ Thom Jurek

Personnel
Paul Motian: drums; Bill Frisell: guitar; Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone.

Track listing
Osmosis Part III
Sketches
Odd Man Out
Shadows
I have the room above her - Hammerstein, Kern
Osmosis part I
Dance
Harmony
The Riot Act
The Bag Man
One In Thre
All compositons by Paul Motian, except as indicated

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Paul Bley, "Introducing Paul Bley with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey"

2012-03-05T17:29:22.130-08:00

Paul Bley was 21 years old when he recorded his first album in 1953. With Art Blakey on drums and Charles Mingus on bass (it was originally released on his Debut Records label), this finds Bley still working within the framework of bebop. This CD reissue adds four extra tracks and the alternate take it includes of Bley's own "Opus 1" is fascinating for what it reveals. In his soloing -- different on each of the two takes -- he can be heard using forceful but brief melodic fragments with little harmonic embellishment. He's continued to explore those possibilities on through the decades. However, it is remarkable to notice here, at the beginning of the young pianist's career, to hear Bley stepping out of the confines of the genre and to witness the development of his distinctive individual voice. ~ Release

Personnel
Paul Bley (piano); Charles Mingus (bass); Art Blakey (drums)

Track listing
1. OPUS 1 (Paul Bley)
2. OPUS 1 (alternate taeke)
3. (Teapot) Walkin' (Richard Carpenter)
4. Like Someone in Love (Burke - Van Heusen)
5. Spontaneous Combustion (Paul Bley)
6. Split Kick (Horace Silver)
7. I Can't Get Started (Duke Gershwin)
8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Gillespie - Coots)
9. The Theme (writer unknown)
10. This Time the Dream's on Me (Arlen - Mercer)
11. Zootcase (Jack Sims)

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