Monk Higgins – Extra Soul Perception

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Extra Soul Perception is one of Monk Higgins’ better pieces of work. He starts off with a moody build up with the title track that has strings hovering in the background while the sax and guitar play a little bit over the top. That leads right into the excellent Soul-jazz piece called The Look Of Slim with a nice drum and bass intro before the head nodding rhythm comes in. It’s by far the best tune. Then there’s the light and upbeat A Good Thing, a nice re-arrangement of Watermelon Man, the slow groove of Straight Ahead, the 60s sound of Collision In Black, and Poker Chips that sounds a bit like a Prestige Soul-Jazz number. (soulstrut)

Personnel: Monk Higgins (tenor, organ); Jim Horn (flute); Miles Grayson (piano, percussion); Alan Estes (vibes, percussion); Dee Ervin (percussion, organ); John Guerin (drums); Bob West, Ron Brown (bass); Jerry Williams (conga); Thomas Scott, William Peterson (trumpet); David A. Duke (french horn).

Tracklist

01. Extra Soul Perception
02. The Look Of Slim
03. A Good Thing
04. Watermelon Man
05. Straight Ahead
06. Canadian Sunset
07. Collision In Black
08. Just Around The Corner
09. Little Green Apples
10. Poker Chips
11. Sittin’ Duck
12. Doing It To Deff

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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Vibrations

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Whenever someone makes the transition from jazz instrumentalist to R&B singer, he/she is bound to be lambasted by jazz purists and denounced as a sellout. Roy Ayers was no exception — like George Benson, George Duke, and Patrice Rushen, Ayers was frequently attacked by jazz’s hardcore in the late ’70s for turning away from instrumental jazz and making vocal-oriented soul and funk his main focus. But what didn’t interest jazz snobs excited R&B lovers, who found a lot to admire about Vibrations and other Ayers albums from that period. This 1976 LP boasted the moody hit “Searching,” which has jazz overtones but is essentially an R&B song, and the title track which has become nothing less less than a funky soul classic. Ayers and his band Ubiquity are also quite appealing on gems that range from the sweaty, driving funk of “One Sweet Love to Remember,” “Moving Grooving,” “Higher,” and “Domelo (Give It to Me),” to mellow quiet storm numbers like “Baby, You Give Me a Feeling” and “Baby, I Need Your Love.” With Vibrations, Ayers reminded us that jazz’s loss was certainly soul/funk’s gain. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Domelo (Give It To Me)
02. Baby I Need Your Love
03. Higher
04. The Memory
05. Come Out and Play
06. Better Days
07. Searching
08. One Sweet Love To Remember
09. Vibrations
10. Moving Grooving
11. Baby You Give Me A Feeling

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Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins

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Thelonious Monk’s years as a Prestige recording artist (1952-1954) were tough times for the legendary composer/pianist. Unable to work in New York clubs due to the unjust loss of his cabaret card, and misunderstood when not ignored by listeners as well as many musicians, Monk’s profile was sustained primarily by his appearances as both leader and sideman on a series of Prestige sessions released in the then-new LP format. The present collection, which samples three of those sessions, appeared as critics and fans were beginning to catch up to Monk’s singular genius and remains one of the best introductions to his iconoclastic brilliance. Three tracks feature leading Monk disciple Sonny Rollins, hitting early peaks on two standards and stretching out on “Friday the 13th,” plus a pair of tracks in which Monk’s greatest studio trio (with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums) introduce the classic “Work” and “Nutty.”

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Julius Watkins (French horn); Percy Heath, Tommy Potter (upright bass); Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Willie Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Way You Look Tonight
02. I Want To Be Happy
03. Work
04. Nutty
05. Friday The 13th

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Dinah Washington – After Hours With Miss D

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The rare performer who achieved success in critical, artistic, and commercial terms. Dinah Washington was both the queen of the black jukebox and the consummate musicians’s musician. She was comfortable in virtually any musical context, but something special always happened when she surrounded herself with top-notch jazz musicians and let them wail.

After Hours With Miss “D,” featuring an extraordinary rhythm section and such outstanding soloists as Clark Terry, Paul Quinchette, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, is one of Washington’s most jazz-oriented albums-and one of her most exciting.

Personnel: Dinah Washington (voice); Clark Terry (trumpet); Gus Chappell (trombone); Rick Henderson (alto saxophone); Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone); Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (tenor saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clarence “Sleepy” Anderson (piano); Junior Mance (piano); Jackie Davis (organ); Keter Betts (bass); candido Camero (congas); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Tracklist

01. Blue Skies (Edited Version)
02. Bye Bye Blues
03. Am I Blue
04. Our Love Is Here To Stay
05. A Foggy Day
06. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
07. Pennies From Heaven
08. Love For Sale
09. Blue Skies

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McCoy Tyner – Expansions

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Of pianist McCoy Tyner’s seven Blue Note albums of the 1967-1970 period, Expansions is the most definitive. Tyner’s group (comprised of trumpeter Woody Shaw, altoist Gary Bartz, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter on cello, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Freddie Waits) is particularly strong, the compositions (four Tyner originals plus Calvin Massey’s “I Thought I’d Let You Know”) are challenging, and the musicians seem quite inspired by each other’s presence. The stimulating music falls between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde, pushing and pulling at the boundaries of modern mainstream jazz. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone, flute); Herbie Lewis (bass); Ron Carter (cello) Freddie Waits (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Woody Shaw (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Vision
02. Song Of Happiness
03. Smitty’s Place
04. Peresina
05. I Thought I’d Let You Know

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Gianni Ferrio – La Morte Risale A Ieri Sera

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Digitmovies presents the world premiere CD reissue of the music score by Gianni Ferrio for “La Morte Risale a Ieri Sera,” a giallo drama directed in 1970 by Duccio Tessari (with whom Gianni Ferrio later collaborated on another giallo called “Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate,” starring Raf Vallone, Frank Wolff, Gabriele Tinti, Eva Renzi and Beryl Cunningham.

Gianni Ferrio is one of the most known names of the Italian scoring scene, a prolific author, arranger and conductor for the big screen and TV entertainment. He wrote several scores including memorable Spaghetti Western music like “Amico, Stammi Lontano Almeno un Palmo.”

Although two other Ferrio’s giallo scores were still available on the RightTempo Cds (‘La morte accarezza a mezzanotte’ ET 902 CD and ‘Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate’ ET 918 CD), “La morte risale a ieri sera’ finally gets a deluxe CD treatment. For this product we were able to locate the original stereo tapes of the 1970 Cinevox LP MDF 33/35 and they were in terrific sound conditions. We searched for the complete tapes, but realized that all the recorded music for the movie filled the original 33 rpm vinyl. But the real big discovery were the missing songs ‘I giorni che ci appartengono’ (the original film Main Titles song) and ‘Incompatibilità’ (used as background music for the family life scenes montage with father (Raf Vallone) and her daughter) sung by the amazing voice of ‘MINA’ (the Italian diva of pop music, who often has collaborated during her long career with Gianni Ferrio as author/arranger and conductor of many of her hits).

These two songs were not enclosed in the original OST album and they are now two very rare bonus tracks completing the rest of the score on this disc.

Tracklist

01. I Giorni Che Ci Appartengono
02. Livia
03. Il Numero Non Risponde
04. Milano Rhythm & Blues
05. Brughiera
06. Il Duro Scappa
07. L’Inchiesta
08. Morte Di Salvatore
09. Incompatibilità
10. Un Giorno,Ieri
11. Donatella
12. Stadio Vuoto
13. Passeggiata In Tre
14. La Chiave Del Mistero
15. Ricordi (Solo Organ)
16. L’Ultimo Sabato
17. I Giorni Che Ci Appartengono (Original Main Titles – Vocal Version)
18. Incompatibilità (Vocal Version)

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Donald Byrd – Black Byrd

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Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd’s brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Never before had a jazz musician embraced the celebratory sound and style of contemporary funk as fully as Byrd did here — not even Davis, whose dark, chaotic jungle-funk stood in sharp contrast to the bright, breezy, danceable music on Black Byrd. Byrd gives free rein to producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell, who crafts a series of tightly focused, melodic pieces often indebted to the lengthier orchestrations of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield. They’re built on the most straightforward funk rhythms Byrd had yet tackled, and if the structures aren’t as loose or complex as his earlier fusion material, they make up for it with a funky sense of groove that’s damn near irresistible. Byrd’s solos are mostly melodic and in-the-pocket, but that allows the funk to take center stage. Sure, maybe the electric piano, sound effects, and Roger Glenn’s ubiquitous flute date the music somewhat, but that’s really part of its charm. Black Byrd was state-of-the-art for its time, and it set a new standard for all future jazz/R&B/funk fusions — of which there were many. Byrd would continue to refine this sound on equally essential albums like Street Lady and the fantastic Places and Spaces, but Black Byrd stands as his groundbreaking signature statement. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Donald Byrd (vocals, trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn); Fonce Mizell (vocals, trumpet); Freddie Perren (vocals, electric piano, synthesizer); Larry Mizell (vocals); David T. Walker, Dean Parks, Barney Perry (guitar); Allan Curtis Barnes (flute, oboe, saxophone); Roger Glenn (flute, saxophone); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Kevin Toney (piano); Chuck Rainey, Wilton Felder (electric bass); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Keith Killgo (drums); Perk Jacobs, Stephanie Spruill, Bobbye Hall, Bobbye Porter (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Flight Time
02. Black Byrd
03. Love’s So Far Away
04. Mr. Thomas
05. Sky High
06. Slop Jar Blues
07. Where Are We Going?

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Lionel Loueke – Heritage

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Lionel Loueke’s album Heritage, his dynamic third Blue Note album, which was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper. Heritage finds Loueke who was hailed by The New York Times as a gentle virtuoso exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The album presents seven new compositions by Loueke, two by Glasper, and one co-written by the two. Glasper also contributes piano and keyboards to six tracks, while singer Gretchen Parlato provides background vocals on two tracks. A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke is bringing jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title Heritage is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S. I speak English, I speak French, and I have that heritage too. I called this album Heritage because I’ve been blessed by all different parts of the world, and most of the songs reflect that.”

For more info and buy check: www.lionelloueke.com

Personnel: Lionel Loueke: guitar; Mark Guiliana: drums; Derrick Hodge: electric bass; Robert Glasper: piano (2-4, 6, 8, 10); Gretchen Parlato: vocals (3, 4).

Tracklist

01. Ifê
02. Ouidah
03. Tribal Dance
04. Hope
05. Freedom Dance
06. Chardon
07. Farafina
08. African Ship
09. Goree
10. Bayyinah

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Horace Parlan – Happy Frame Of Mind

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Happy Frame of Mind finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason why Happy Frame of Mind sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Horace Parlan (piano); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Grant Green (guitar); Johnny Coles (trumpet); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. Home Is Africa
02. A Tune for Richard
03. Back From The Gig
04. Dexi
05. Kucheza Blues
06. Happy Frame Of Mind

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Bobby Hutcherson – San Francisco

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Bobby Hutcherson’s late-’60s partnership with tenor saxophonist Harold Land had always produced soulful results, but not until San Francisco did that translate into a literal flirtation with funk and rock. After watching several advanced post-bop sessions gather dust in the vaults, Hutcherson decided to experiment with his sound a bit, but San Francisco still doesn’t wind up the commercial jazz-funk extravaganza that purists might fear. Instead, Hutcherson and Land stake out a warm and engaging middle ground between muscular funk and Coltrane-style modality; in other words, they have their cake and eat it too. Joined by pianist/keyboardist Joe Sample (also of the Jazz Crusaders), acoustic/electric bassist John Williams, and drummer Mickey Roker, Hutcherson and Land cook up a series of spacious, breezy grooves that sound unlike any other record in the vibist’s discography (even his more commercial fusion sessions). The selections — all group-member originals — often skirt the edges of fusion, but rarely play it as expected; they might float some spare tradeoffs over a loping, heavy bass groove, throw in an oboe solo by Land, or — as on the slowest piece — keep time only with intermittently spaced piano chords. It’s all done with enough imagination and harmonic sophistication to achieve the rare feat of holding appeal for traditional jazz and rare-groove fans alike. It’s a shame Hutcherson didn’t explore this direction more, because San Francisco is not only one of his best albums, but also one of his most appealing and accessible. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba, percussion); Harold Land (tenor saxophone, flute, oboe); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Mickey Roker (drums); John Williams (bass).

Tracklist

01. Goin’ Down South
02. Prints Tie
03. Jazz
04. Ummh
05. Procession
06. A Night In Barcelona

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Erimaj – Conflict Of A Man

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From the abstract mind of world-renowned drummer Jamire Williams, ERIMAJ is a progressive new band stirring up the NYC scene. This group is comprised of some of the most honored and respected musicians in music today. Spearheaded by the collaborative writing style of Williams and Corey King, the band features talented vocalist Chris Turner, the dynamic guitarist Matthew Stevens along with bassist Vicente Archer and Burniss Earl Travis. Extensions of the band include MacAuthor Genius Award winner Jason Moran and staple saxophonist John Ellis. With a new sound and experimental attitude towards the art form ERIMAJ is focused on breaking down the genre walls while still capturing the hearts of the true listener.

For more info and buy check: www.erimaj.com

Tracklist

01. Unrest (Journey To The Land Of Milk & Honey)
02. Black Super Hero Theme Song
03. This Night, This Song
04. The Day The Sun Rose Twice
05. Nothing Like This
06. Plants
07. Confict Of A Man
08. Social Life
09. Choosing Sides

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Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks And Blues

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Bobbi Humphrey scored her biggest hit with her third album Blacks and Blues, an utterly delightful jazz-funk classic that helped make her a sensation at Montreux. If it sounds a lot like Donald Byrd’s post-Black Byrd output, it’s no accident; brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell have their fingerprints all over the album, and as on their work with Byrd, Larry handles all the composing and most of the arranging and production duties. It certainly helps that the Mizells were hitting on all cylinders at this point in their careers, but Humphrey is the true star of the show; she actually grabs a good deal more solo space than Byrd did on his Mizell collaborations, and she claims a good deal of responsibility for the album’s light, airy charm. Her playing is indebted to Herbie Mann and, especially, Hubert Laws, but she has a more exclusive affinity for R&B and pop than even those two fusion-minded players, which is why she excels in this setting. Mizell is at the peak of his arranging powers, constructing dense grooves with lots of vintage synths, wah-wah guitars, and rhythmic interplay. Whether the funk runs hot or cool, Humphrey floats over the top with a near-inexhaustible supply of melodic ideas. She also makes her vocal debut on the album’s two ballads, “Just a Love Child” and “Baby’s Gone”; her voice is girlish but stronger than the genre standard, even the backing vocals by the Mizells and keyboardist Fred Perren. Overall, the album’s cumulative effect is like a soft summer breeze, perfect for beaches, barbecues, and cruising with the top down. (allmusic.com)

Peronnel: Bobbi Humphrey (flute, vocals); Chuck Rainey, Ron Brown (bass); Fonce Mizell (clavinet, trumpet, backing vocals); King Erison (congas); Harvey Mason (drums); Jerry Peters (electric piano); David T. Walker, John Rowin (guitar); Stephanie Spruill (percussion); Fred Perren (synthesizer, backing vocals); Larry Mizel (backing vocals).

Tracklist

01. Chicago, Damn
02. Harlem River Drive
03. Just A Love Child
04. Blacks and Blues
05. Jasper Country Man
06. Baby’s Gone

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Ronnie Foster – Cheshire Cat

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Reuniting Ronnie Foster with guitarist George Benson, who also produced the previous On the Avenue, the keyboardist’s final Blue Note date Cheshire Cat completes his immersion into the mainstream. Few records that fall into the soul-jazz genre balance both sides of the equation so carefully or so deftly. While Foster’s original compositions boast the harmonic complexity and structural rigorousness of jazz, Benson’s production is pure pop, with numbers including “Like a Child” sounding indistinguishable from the commercial soul fare making radio play lists during the mid-’70s. (A convincing cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Tuesday Heartbreak” further blurs the genre lines.) Expanding upon ideas first explored via On the Avenue, Foster again steps behind the microphone to handle vocal chores on several tracks, proving a fine if unspectacular singer. He remains most persuasive as a composer and instrumentalist, however, articulating the infectiousness and gradations of his music with clarity and aplomb. (allmusic)

Peronnel: Ronnie Foster (keyboards, vocals); George Benson (guitar, backing vocals); Gary King, William Allen (bass); James Mtume (congas, percussion); Dennis Davis (drums); Joe Beck (guitar).

Tracklist

01. Like A Child
02. Tuesday Hertbreak
03. Fly Away
04. Funky Motion
05. Cheshire Cat
06. Heartless

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Quincy Jones – This Is How I Feel About Jazz

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The music on this album is from a period when arranger Quincy Jones was a major part of the jazz world, rather than being content just to take bows for it. Six high-quality selections from a 1956 album offer logical, swinging, and often distinct arrangements with plenty of solos from the all-star cast (which includes Lucky Thompson on tenor, altoist Phil Woods, and trumpeter Art Farmer); highlights include “Stockholm Sweetnin’,” “Walkin’,” and “Sermonette.” The remainder of the CD reissues two-thirds of a slightly odd collection led and produced (but not arranged) by Jones. Originally titled Go West, Man, the LP was designed to show off the talents of West Coast arrangers Jimmy Giuffre, Lennie Niehaus, and Charlie Mariano. Three selections feature an alto summit with Benny Carter, Art Pepper, Herb Geller, and Charlie Mariano, and there are also some numbers with a sax section; three songs with a trumpet section had to be left out due to lack of space. Although these performances are enjoyable, it is the Quincy Jones charts that are most memorable, making one regret his decision in the early ’70s to leave jazz altogether. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Quincy Jones (producer); Art Pepper, Benny Carter, Charlie Mariano, Gene Quill, Herb Geller, Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Jack Nimitz, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Charles Mingus, Leroy Vinnega, Paul Chambers, Red Mitchell (bass); Charli Persip, Shelly Manne (Drums); Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Billy Taylor, Carle Perkins, Hank Jones, Lou Levy (piano); Bill Perkins, Buddy Collette, Bunny Bardach, Lucky Thompson, Walter Benton, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Art Farmer, Ernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Milt Jacksom (vibraphone).

Tracklist

01. Walkin’
02. Stockhold Sweetnin’
03. Evening In Paris
04. Sermonette
05. A Sleepin’ Bee
06. Boo’s Blues
07. Dancin’ Pants
08. Be My Guest
09. King Road Blues
10. Bright Moon
11. The Oom is Blues
12. Ballad Medley: What’s New/We’ll Be Together Again/Time On My Hands/You Go To My Head/Laura

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk – We Free Kings

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Only his third session as a leader, 1961′s We Free Kings finds multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk (he added the Rahsaan in 1969) transplanted to New York from his native Midwest and signed to Mercury Records, where he’d remain for the next seven years. With this classic album, Kirk shook off detractors who dismissed him as a novelty (for his revival of the vaudeville trick of playing up to three reeds at once) and established himself as a paragon of modern jazz.

Beginning with a typically idiosyncratic reworking of Coltrane’s “Blues for Alice,” Kirk only occasionally steps into the free jazz style implied by the album’s title, notably on the first recorded version of his legendary multi-horn showcase “Three for the Festival.” Recorded in two different no-nonsense trio settings, We Free Kings showcases Kirk’s astonishingly varied brilliance in a suitably stripped-down context. (cduniverse.com)

Personnel: Roland Kirk (saxophone, flute); Art Davis (bass); Wendell Marshall (bass); Charlie Persip (drums); Hank Jones (piano); Richard Wyands (piano).

Tracklist

01. Three For The Festival
02. Moon Song
03. A Sack Full Of Soul
04. The Haunted Melody
05. Blues For Alice (Alt. Take)
06. Blues For Alice (Master Take)
07. We Free Kings
08. You Did It, You Did It
09. Some Kind Of Love
10. My Delight

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Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando

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Pianist-­‐composer Vijay Iyer’s career has moved on an ever-­‐accelerating arc over the past decade and a half, with the Indian-­‐American artist earning a slew of international honors for his intrepid, multi-­‐hued vision of 21st-­‐century music. The latest chapter of this compelling story in contemporary jazz comes with the Vijay Iyer Trio’s Accelerando, an album driven by the visceral, universal, intoxicating experience of rhythm. Accelerando sees Iyer and his telepathic trio mates – bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore – go both deep and wide. They light up material that ranges from a brace of bold Iyer originals and pieces by great jazz composers (Duke Ellington, Herbie Nichols, Henry Threadgill) to surprising interpretations of vintage and recent pop and funk tunes (Michael Jackson, Heatwave, Flying Lotus). Absorbing and infectious, this is jazz about not only the mind but the body.

With an advanced education in the hard sciences and his facility for complex music, Iyer could have been pegged as a “cerebral musician.” But, he insists, “I actually experience music on a visceral level, the way most people do. Dance is just a bodily way of listening to music – it’s a universal response. Jazz has always had some sort of dance impulse at its core. Bebop grew out of swing, which was a dance rhythm that became art music. I never want to lose that foundation of rhythmic communication in my work. That’s what Accelerando is concerned with, that physical reality of music. For me, music is action.”

For more info and buy check: www.vijay-iyer.com

Tracklist

01. Bode
02. Optimism
03. The Star Of A Story
04. Human Nature (Trio Extension)
05. Wildflower
06. Mmmhmm
07. Little Pocket Size Demons
08. Lude
09. Accelerando
10. Actions Speak
11. The Village Of The Virgins

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Esperanza Spalding Albums!

Esperanza Spalding is an American multi-instrumentalist best known as a jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. In 2011, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award.

For more info and buy check: www.esperanzaspalding.com

2006 – Junjo
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Tracklist

01. The Peacocks
02. Loro
03. Humpty Dumpty
04. Mompouana
05. Perazuan
06. Junjo
07. Cantora de Yala
08. Two Bad
09. Perazela

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2008 – Esperanza
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Tracklist

01. Ponta de Areia
02. I Know You Know
03. Fall In
04. I Adore You
05. Cuerpo Y Alma (Body & soul)
06. She Got To You
07. Precious
08. Mela
09. Love In Time
10. Espera
11. If That’s True
12. Samba Em Preludio

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2010 – Chamber Music Society
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Tracklist

01. Little Fly
02. Knowledge Of Good And Evil
03. Really Very Small
04. Chacarera
05. Wild Is The Wind
06. Apple Blossom
07. As A Sprout
08. What A Friend
09. Winter Sun
10. Inutil Paisagem
11. Short And Sweet

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2012 – Radio Music Society
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Tracklist

01. Radio Song
02. Cinnamon Tree
03. Crowned & Kissed
04. Land Of The Free
05. Black Gold
06. I Can’t Help It
07. Hold On Me
08. Vague Suspicions
09. Endangered Species
10. Let Her
11. City Of Roses
12. Smile Like That

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Ronnie Laws – Fever

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When Ronnie Laws first started recording as a leader in 1975, one of the saxman’s strongest allies was Wayne Henderson. That trombonist and founding member of the Crusaders (originally the Jazz Crusaders) was an expert when it came to combining the accessibility of soul and funk with the freedom of jazz, and his guidance proved to be a definite asset when he produced early Laws albums like Pressure Sensitive (1975) and Fever (1976). The popular Grover Washington, Jr. was a strong influence on Laws, whose appreciation of Mr. Magic asserts itself on everything from the funky “Let’s Keep It Together” and the gritty “Captain Midnight” to Bobby Lyle’s alluring “Night Breeze.” This isn’t to say that Laws was a Washington clone, or that he unaware of other soul-jazz saxmen like Eddie Harris and David “Fathead” Newman. Laws, in fact, was quite recognizable himself on both tenor and soprano. One tune that definitely isn’t in the soul-jazz vein is “From Ronnie with Love,” an angular, cerebral post-bop offering that isn’t unlike something Jackie McLean would do. Because Laws has recorded so many throwaways, one has to approach his catalog with caution; but rest assured that Fever puts his talent to work instead of wasting it. ~ Alex Henderson

Tracklist

01. Let’s Keep It Together
02. Fever
03. All The Time
04. Stay Still (and Let Me Love You)
05. Strugglin’
06. Captain Midnight
07. Karmen
08. Night Breeze
09. From Ronnie with Love

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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – He’s Coming

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One of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – the sly, funky and spiritual masterpiece He’s Coming from 1971 – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one’s a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it’s straight up wonderful all the way through – with a groove that’s hugely influential to say the least! Includes the amazing track “We Live In Brooklyn Baby”, which has a slow sample bassline in the intro that’s just incredible – plus groovy cuts like the spiritual funk classic Jesus Christ Superstar “He’s a Superstar”, “He’s Coming”, and “Sweet Tears”. The lineup includes Sonny Fortune on soprano sax and flute and Billy Cobham drums and percussion, and the record’s co-arranged by Harry Whitaker, who’s also on keys and vocals – with other tracks include “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “Ain’t Got Time”, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Sweet Butterfly Of Love” and “Fire Weaver”. Amazing stuff, really a beautiful encapsulation of Roy Ayers in peak form! (dustygroove.com)

Tracklist

01. He’s A Superstar
02. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
03. Ain’t Got Time
04. I Do’t Know How To Love Him
05. He’s Coming
06. We Live In Brooklyn, Baby
07. Sweet Butterfly of Love
08. Sweet Tears
09. Fire Weaver

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Christian Scott – Christian aTunde Adjuah

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Edison Award winning trumpeter-composer-producer-bandleader Christian Scott releases his compelling new album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is an inspired and provocative two-disc, 23-track collection. With the artist s trumpet at the heart of most of the tunes, the album features reflective ballads, light and dreamy soundscapes, guitar-edged and rock-inflected cookers, trumpet ecstasies as well as clarion calls and anguished wails. A tour de force masterwork, Christian aTunde Adjuah opens a wide window on Scott s present as well as his past (especially in reaction to the jazz trads complaining about his breaking free from the jazz standard) and his auspicious creative future. In his liners, Scott writes that the listener will hear on the album a stretching of jazz, not a replacement. That is what I hope younger people will be able to take away from it as well the idea that innovation should never be regarded as a problem in artistic practice, that one should always be aware of what has come before, and finally, that criticisms shouldn t evoke paralysis, [but] should inspire action.

Tracklist

CD 1
01. Fatima Aisha Rokero 400
02. New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)
03. Kuro Shinobi (Interlude)
04. Who They Wish I Was
05. Pyrrhic Victory of aTunde Adjuah
06. Spy Boy Flag Boy
07. vs. the Kleptocratic Union (Ms. McDowell’s Crime)
08. Kiel
09. Of Fire (Les Filles de la Nouvelle Orleans)
10. Dred Scott
11. Danziger

CD 2
01. The Berlin Patient (CCR5)
02. Jihad Joe
03. Van Gogh (Interlude)
04. Liar Liar
05. I Do
06. Alkebu Lan
07. Bartlett
08. When Marissa Stands Her Ground
09. Cumulonimbus (Interlude)
10. Away (Anuradha & the Maiti Nepal)
11. The Red Rooster
12. Cara

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