Chet Baker – She Was Too Good To Me

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Besides being a great recording, this one also has some historical significance, as it is viewed by many as Chet’s “comeback” album. Although Baker recorded in the late sixties, they were really dreadful commercial albums. This is the first significant recording Chet made since the ’65 Prestige sessions. It also marks the beginning of a very successful association with Creed Taylor and CTI Records. Chet recorded some of best work for CTI in the mid-to-late 1970′s. Bob James’ electric piano and some strings (just the right amount) give this CD a unique flavor. Chet sings several ballads, and this is where you start to hear the change in his voice. It’s still soft and sincere, but it is lower and starting to show the ravishes of cigarettes and drugs. (chetbakertribute.com)

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Bob James (electric piano); Ron Carter (bass); John DeJohnette (drums); Steve Gadd (drums); Dave Friedman (vibes); Hubert Laws (flute).

Tracklist

01. Autumn Leaves
02. She Was Too Good To Me
03. Funk In Deep Freeze
04. Tangerine
05. With A Song In My Heart
06. What’ll I Do
07. It’s You Or No One
08. My Future Just Passed

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Joe Farrell – Outback

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A 1972 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Performance by a Group, Joe Farrell’s Outback is “brilliant a stunner,” writes Allmusic.com, “an album that is at least as inspired as anything Farrell ever recorded, and perhaps more so.” Joined here by Chick Corea, Elvin Jones and Airto, Farrell “pushes the envelope not only of his own previous conceptualism in jazz, but the CTI label’s envelope as well. For starters, this is not a funk, soul, or fusion date, but an adventurous, spacy tightrope-walking exercise between open-ended composition and improvisation. That said, there is plenty of soul in the playing, not only by Farrell, but by all the players.

Personnel: Joe Farrell (flute, alto flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Chick Corea (electric piano); Elvin Jones (drums); Buster Williams (bass);  Airto Moreira (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Outback
02. Sound Down
03. Bleeding Orchid
04. November 68th

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Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu of Ethiopia

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Once again Mulatu Astatke, has come to us from Ethiopia, with a new and different sound. He has interwoven into his fantastic arrangments, the beautiful Ehtopian five tone scale and the Afro-American soul and jazz sounds. The melodies and rhythms, pulsate through your mind hours after hearing theme. This is a record you cannot play just one. It is musically addictiv, especially when the volume is turned up.

Tracklist

01. Mulatu
02. Mascaram Setaba
03. Dewel
04. Kulunmanqueleshi
05. Kasalefkut-Hulu
06. Munaye
07. Chifara

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The Blackbyrds – Gotta Fly

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The Blackbyrds were hot in the Seventies and Eighties with their soul and funk sound. In 2012 they released a brand new album on K-WES INDI records. This CD contains 10 tracks varied from Jazz Funk to uptempo dance track. But the typical seventies Blackbyrds sound is also present with the title track ‘Gotta Fly’. (soulandfunkmusic.com)

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Tracklist

01. I Need Your Love
02. You’re The One
03. Gotta Fly (Interlude)
04. Gotta Fly
05. Givin Love To You
06. Ride
07. Someday We’ll All Be Free
08. I can Feel it
09. Time To celebrate
10. No Stopping

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The Shaolin Afronauts – Quest Under Capricorn

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2011′s debut album from The Shaolin Afronauts ‘Flight Of The Ancients’ was a critical and commercial success story, lauded as a truly original blend of the sounds of 1970′s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering and progressive avant-garde jazz artists of the same period. Now in 2012, The Shaolin Afronauts continue their musical journey with the follow up album ‘Quest Under Capricorn’ and the groups musical progression is apparent from the outset. Quest Under Capricorn marks a development and progression of The Shaolin Afronauts sound, which evokes the spirit of the mighty Sun Ra, Mulatu Astatke, Fela Kuti, John Coltrane and a host of other free thinking musical pioneers and explorers… and sets the group well apart from the glut of less explorative and imaginative groups of a similar ilk. The Shaolin Afronauts return with a highly original sound made up of classic influences, but tailor made for the 21st century.

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

Tracklist

01. Brooklyn
02. Gayanamede Prelude
03. Winds Across Gayanamede
04. Los Angeles
05. Quest Under Capricorn
06. End of a Sun
07. Amhara
08. Voyage Prelude
09. Voyage
10. Forests of Io
11. Saturn’s Dance

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Thelonious Monk – The Complete Blue Note Recordings

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This 4-CD box offers a chronological compendium of Thelonious Monk’s works as a leader and sideman for Blue Note. It features all the masters and alternate takes from his breakthrough 1947, ’51 and ’52 sessions; his memorable ’48 and ’57 collaborations with Milt Jackson and Sonny Rollins; and a remarkable home recording of a Five Spot set with Roy Haynes and the emerging tenor titan John Coltrane.

The live Five Spot set captures Monk during one of his long residencies at the Lower East Side bar which served as home during his triumphant return to the NYC club scene. Coltrane plays with torrential intensity on “Trinkle Tinkle” and controlled grace on “In Walked Bud.” On the latter, Monk’s solo makes stunning use of space to create tension, ending with celestial two-handed chords, while “I Mean You” is a two-handed self-portrait in rhythm-n-ing.

Monk’s 1948 performances with vibraphonist Milt Jackson rank among the all-time greats in jazz. They never play the theme directly on “Evidence,” but as a series of spooky, skeletal echoes in which the melody is the sum total of their rhythmic abstractions. The clash of intervals on his masterful blues “Misterioso” is even more ghostly, as Monk and Jackson play ping-pong with the melody, while Monk’s secondary theme on “Epistrophy” emphasizes the percussive bell-like timbre of the vibes. The joyous “I Mean You” is Monk at his most song-like–singing, strumming and soaring over Shadow Wilson’s supple Kansas City 4/4 pulse with the bluesy elan of Charlie Christian. And Monk’s 1957 performances of “Reflections” with Sonny Rollins, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey point out the enormous influence the composer had over the tenor colossus in matters of time, tone, tempo and thematic development. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Kenny “Pancho” Hagood (vocals); Lou Donaldson, Sahib Shihab, Danny Quebec West (alto saxophone); Billy Smith , John Coltrane, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Bill Smith (tenor saxophone); Idrees Sulieman, Kenny Dorham, George Taitt (trumpet); J.J. Johnson (trombone); John Lewis, Horace Silver (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Max Roach, Art Blakey, Shadow Wilson (drums).

Tracklist

CD 1
01. Humph
02. Evonce (Alt Tk)
03. Evonce
04. Suburban Eyes
05. Suburban Eyes (alt tk)
06. Thelonious
07. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Alt Tk)
08. Nice Work If You Can Get It
09. Ruby My Dear (alt tk)
10. Ruby My Dear
11. Well You Needn’t
12. Well You Needn’t (alt tk)
13. April in Paris (alt tk)
14. April in Paris
15. Off Minor
16. Introspection
17. In Walked Bud
18. Monk’s Mood
19. Who Knows
20. ‘Round Midnight
21. Who Knows (alt tk)

CD 2
01. All The Things You Are
02. I Should Care (Alt Tk)
03. I Should Care
04. Evidence
05. Misterioso
06. Misterioso (Alt Tk)
07. Epistrophy
08. I Mean You
09. Four In One
10. Four In One (Alt Tk)
11. Criss Cross
12. Criss Cross (Alt Tk)
13. Eronel
14. Straight No Chaser
15. Ask Me Now (Alt Tk)
16. Ask Me Now
17. Willow Weep For Me

CD 3
01. Skippy
02. Skippy (Alt Tk)
03. Hornin’ In (Alt Tk)
04. Hornin’ In
05. Sixteen (First Tk)
06. Sixteen (Second Tk)
07. Carolina Moon
08. Let’s Cool One
09. I’ll Follow You
10. Reflections
11. Misterioso

CD 4
01. Crepuscule With Nellie
02. Trinkle Tinkle
03. In Walked Bud
04. I Mean You
05. Epistrophy

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Sarah Vaughan – Swingin’ Easy

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Swingin’ Easy is one of Sarah Vaughan’s lesser known albums for Emarcy, combining two separate trio sessions from 1954 and 1957. The earlier date includes pianist John Malachi (who also worked with singers like Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, and Al Hibbler, plus bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Roy Haynes. Vaughan’s lush ballad technique is in full force in “Lover Man,” “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” and “Body and Soul,” while she scats in a midtempo setting of “If I Knew Then (What I Knew Now)” and her own “Shulie a Bop.” The second trio include pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Richard Davis, and Haynes. Aside from a brisk, miniature treatment of “Linger Awhile” and a playful setting of “I Cried for You,” the session is highlighted by a breezy “All of Me.” Vaughan is in terrific form throughout both dates, with the songs mostly running around the three-minute mark.

Tracklist

01. Shulie a Bop
02. Lover Man
03. I Cried for You
04. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
05. All of Me
06. Words Can’t Describe
07. Prelude toa Kiss
08. You Hit the Spot
09. Pennies from Heaven
10. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
11. Body and Soul
12. They Can’t Take That Away from Me
13. Linger Awhile

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John Coltrane – Sun Ship

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Following the release of A Love Supreme, John Coltrane entered into a year of furious creation, including the recording of dramatic, iconic works such as Ascension and Meditations. While many of his fans couldn’t make the leap of faith required for a sojourn into Coltrane’s emotive new sound, those who surrendered to the dramatic outside interplay of his classic quartet bore witness to spiritual transformations of enduring innovation. Recorded on August 26, 1965 (and not released until after his death), Sun Ship is Coltrane’s final recorded date with his famed quartet. Pharoah Sanders would join the group the following month, and pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones would depart in January of 1966 to be replaced by Coltrane’s wife Alice and Rashied Ali. It is also one of the saxophonist’s most intense performances as well as a testament to the maturity and resourcefulness of his rhythm section. Sun Ship is also a fervent prelude for Coltrane’s final period of brave — and often musically perilous — transformation.

Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Sun Ship
02. Dearly Beloved
03. Amen
04. Attaining
05. Ascent

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Dinah Washington – The Swingin’ Miss “D”

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21 track expanded reissue of the complete classic 1956 album The Swinging Miss D, which reunited the vocalist with the arranging talents of Mr. Q himself, Quincy Jones. As a bonus, all of the other tunes from the same sessions (tracks 12 to 14), as well as seven Jazz standards from one of their 1955 dates have been added. Included here are Dinah’s wonderful renditions of ‘Blue Gardenia’ and ‘I’ll Close My Eyes’, both selected by Clint Eastwood for the soundtrack of his movie The Bridges of Madison County. Includes 12-page booklet. Essential Jazz Albums.

Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); Barry Galbraith (guitar); Hal McKusick (flute, alto saxophone); Anthony Ortega (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson, Lucky Thompson (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Don Elliott (trumpet, vibraphone, xylophone, bongos); Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder, Bernie Glow, Jimmy Maxwell, Nick Travis, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, Urbie Green (trombone); Tommy Mitchell (bass trombone); Clarence “Sleepy” Anderson (piano, celesta); Jimmy Crawford , Osie Johnson (drums).

Tracklist

01. They Didn’t Believe Me
02. You’re Crying
03. Makin’ Whoopee
04. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
05. But Not For Me
06. Caravan
07. Perdido
08. Never Let Me Go
09. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
10. I’ll Close My Eyes
11. Somebody Loves Me
12. I’ll Drown In My Tears
13. You Let My Love Grow Cold
14. Bargain Day
15. Relax Max
16. Tears To Burn
17. The Kissing Way Home
18. I Know

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Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins – Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

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Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins were both involved in unusual collaborations in the early 1960s, often with much younger musicians: Ellington with Max Roach and Charles Mingus (Money Jungle) and with John Coltrane; Hawkins with Roach and Sonny Rollins. As surprising as any of those inter-generational sessions, however, is this 1962 meeting between Ellington and Hawkins, if only because it hadn’t happened before. With a band of Duke’s greatest veterans–alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, baritone saxophonist Harry Carney, trombonist Lawrence Brown, and Ray Nance on trumpet and violin–it’s classic small-group Ellingtonia with one essential difference. “Limbo Jazz” and “The Ricitic,” pulled together for the occasion, are playful tunes with touches of lounge Latin. The latter becomes a delightful dialog focused on Nance’s violin and Hawkins and Ellington’s inspired accompaniment. The finest moments come with “Mood Indigo,” a beautiful vehicle for Hawkins’s warmly rambunctious tenor, and “Self-Portrait of the Bean,” an Ellington-Strayhorn tribute that Ellington only finished in the studio on the day of recording. Rising to the special moment, Hawkins invests the ballad with extraordinary depth and grace. –Stuart Broomer

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Ray Nance (cornet, violin); Lawrence Brown (trombone); Aaron Bell (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).

Tracklist

01. Limbo Jazz
02. Mood Indigo
03. Ray Charles’ Place
04. Wanderlust
05. You Dirty Dog
06. Self Portrait (Of The Bean)
07. The Jeep Is Jumpin’
08. The Ricitic

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Billie Holiday – Stay With Me

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A ’91 reissue from late in Billie Holiday’s career. She was fading, but hadn’t lost the dramatic quality in her delivery, nor her ability to project and tell a shattering story. She’s backed by trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy.

Tracklist

01. I Wished On The Moon
02. Ain’t Misbehavin’
03. Everything Happens To Me
04. Say It Isn’t So
05. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
06. Always
07. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
08. How Deep Is The Ocean
09. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
10. I Cried For You

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Charles Mingus – Blues and Roots

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Bassist Charles Mingus was always ready for a good fight. In the liner notes to this disc, Mingus says he wanted to respond to critics who said he didn’t swing enough. And reply he did. Mingus gave whoever these absurd quibblers were some of the most ecstatic blues (“Moanin’” and “Cryin Blues”), gospel (“Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting”), and Dixieland (“My Jelly Roll Soul”) the jazz world has ever heard. Along with his striking original compositions, the instrumental combination in Mingus’s nonet remains unconventional: the frontline included four saxophonists and two trombonists without the counterweight of a trumpeter. The leader’s sliding-octave bass lines and percussive slaps are totally rollicking, and the wild abandon in the group’s playing is irrepressible. –Aaron Cohen

Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).

Tracklist

01. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
02. Cryin’ Blues
03. Moanin’
04. Tensions
05. My Jelly Roll Soul
06. E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too
07. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Alternate Take)
08. Tensions (Alternate Take)
09. My Jelly Roll Soul (Alternate Take)
10. E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too (Alternate Take)

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Charlie Parker – Complete Jazz at Massey Hall

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One of the most memorable live recordings in jazz history, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. This phenomenal edition includes all of the original tracks recorded by The Quintet at Toronto’s Massey Hall, without the Mingus, overdubbed bass added later.

Personnel: Charlie Parker (vocals, alto saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie (vocals, trumpet); Bud Powell (piano); Max Roach (drums).

Tracklist

01. Perdido
02. Salt Peanuts
03. All The Things You Are
04. 52nd Street Theme
05. Drum Conversation
06. Cherokee
07. Enbraceable You
08. Hallelujah (Jubilee)
09. Sure Thing
10. Lullaby of Birdland
11. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
12. Wee (Allen’s Alley)
13. Hot House
14. A Night in Tunisia

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Grover Washington Jr – A Secret Place

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A Secret Place was produced by Creed Taylor and issued on his Kudu imprint, while the versatile David Matthews arranged the horn section. This lineup may not be surprising, but the scope of the recording is. Washington could have gone the easy route and followed up his R&B chart success with a series of uptempo, rousing tracks that leaned heavier on funk–in the style of the title tracks of both his previous albums, 1974′s Mister Magic and 1975′s Feel So Good. But he went in a different direction, at least partially. The bottom line on A Secret Place is that while the set did well commercially, it got nowhere near the critical praise of its predecessors. That’s a shame, because it is a truly fine album whose grooves and pleasures stand the test of time easily.(cduniverse)

Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Gale , Steve Khan (guitar); Gerry Niewood (saxophone, alto saxophone); John Gatchell, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Dave Grusin (piano); Anthony Jackson (bass instrument); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Tracklist

01. A Secret Place
02. Dolphin Dance
03. Not Yet
04. Love Makes It Better

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Dianne Reeves – I Remember

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Dianne Reeves has always had the ability to reach the top of her field, but she has long seemed unable to make up her mind between jazz, R&B, world music, and pop. This Blue Note disc fortunately finds her mostly sticking to jazz and in consistently superb form. Reeves’ treatments of such numbers as “Afro Blue” (which is particularly memorable), “Love for Sale,” “Softly As in a Morning Sunrise,” “How High the Moon,” and McCoy Tyner’s “You Taught My Heart to Sing” all border on the classic. Joined by such illustrious sidemen as pianists Billy Childs, Mulgrew Miller, and Donald Brown; bassists Charnett Moffett and Chris Severin; and drummers Billy Kilson and Marvin “Smitty” Smith, plus guest appearances by vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, altoist Greg Osby, and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, Reeves sounds inspired by the company. If only she would stick to this direction. Highly recommended. (cduniverse)

Tracklist

01. Afro Blue
02. The Nearness Of You/Misty
03. I Remember Sky
04. Love For sale
05. Softly As In The Morning Sunrise
06. Like A Lover
07. How High The Moon
08. You Taught My Heart To Sing
09. For All We Know

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Hubert Laws – Morning Star

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Flutist Hubert Laws is joined by a large string orchestra on this set, which was arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky. Keyboardist Bob James is in the supporting cast, and some unnecessary background vocalists (including Debra and Eloise Laws) are employed on some of the numbers, but the focus is mostly on Laws’ brilliant and appealing flute. Highlights include “Let Her Go,” “Where Is the Love,” and, particularly, “Amazing Grace.” The results are pleasing, if not quite essential.

Personnel: Hubert Laws (flute, alto flute, piccolo); Debra Laws, Eloise Laws, Lani Groves, Tasha Thomas (vocals); John Tropea (guitar); Gloria Agostini (harp); Elliot Rosoff, David Nadien, Gene Orloff, Irving Spice, Harry Cykman, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Lucien Schmit, George Koutzen, Charles McCracken (cello); Romeo Penque (flute, alto flute, piccolo, English horn); Phil Bodner (flute, alto flute, clarinet); Jack Knitzer (bassoon); Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); James Buffington (French horn); Garnett Brown (trombone); Bob James (electric piano); Dave Friedman (vibraphone, percussion); Billy Cobham (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion)

thanks N.

Tracklist

01. Morning Star
02. Let Her Go
03. Where Is The Love
04. No More
05. Amazing Grace
06. What Do You Think Of This World Now?

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Electro Deluxe – Live In Paris

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Electro Deluxe A wolf in sheeps clothing. Six of the most sought-after musicians on the french musical scene. Since 2001, we have evolved from our early electro-jazz sound to a energetic cocktail of dirty soul & funk with a touch of class. After ten years of criss-crossing the globe (China, India, Canada, Mexico, Europe) and performing at some of the most prestigious festivals (Montréal Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Cervantino, Solidays), we celebrate our tenth anniversary with the release of the double album “Live in Paris” recorded with the full artillery of our Big Band.

A reservoir of musical talent, and inspired by the mythical “Funk Brothers” of Motown lore, we work as studio musicians for among others, Universal & Motown recording artists, Ben Oncle Soul and Hocus Pocus, who have equally participated on our records. At the heart of the groove scene and with the ability to cross-over into other genres, we have enjoyed modest success in our home country of France with each of our last 2 albums topping the jazz charts in France while performing entirely in English. More Deluxe than Electro, and not bound to any one musical reference, we continue to push the boundries of our music.

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

Tracklist

CD 1
01. Let’s Go To Work
02. Black and Bitte
03. California
04. Pray
05. Between The Lines
06. Please Don’t Give Up

CD 2
01. Back To The Riddle
02. Point G
03. Old Stuff
04. Where Is The Love?
05. Talking About Good Love…
06. …Talking After Good Love
07. Peel Me

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Jackie McLean – Capuchin Swing

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Saxman Jackie McLean’s explorations of free jazz and the avant-garde were still a couple of years away when he cut this Blue Note album in 1960, but that doesn’t mean Capuchin Swing is a by-the-numbers affair by any means. Though its name isn’t generally invoked when the tally of hard bop’s greatest albums is made, it stands up alongside anything Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, et al were doing at the time. With trumpeter Blue Mitchell proving to be a perfectly matched sparring partner, McLean pushes bop harmonies and structures nearly to the breaking point with his intense improvisations on a batch of original compositions with a couple of outside tunes thrown in. Throughout, McLean stirs the sonic pot in such a fiery fashion, you can just tell something’s cooking that he hasn’t quite served up yet. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Walter Bishop Jr. (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. Francisco
02. Just For Now
03. Don’t Blame Me
04. Condition Blue
05. Capuchin Swing
06. On The Lion

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Jimmy Smith – Midnight Special

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The name Jimmy Smith is practically synonymous with jazz organ, and albums such as Midnight Special are part of the reason. Of course, there is Smith’s legendary gospel- and blues-rooted style and brilliant bebop chops, present on Midnight Special in ample doses. Also, one could not ask for a better band: Donald Bailey, one of Smith’s regular drummers; Kenny Burrell on guitar; and Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax. As great as Smith is, it’s Turrentine’s lusciously rich tenor tone and big bluesy honks that makes Midnight Special such a true joy. (Burrell’s burr, elegant guitar isn’t too shabby either.) In the end, this album is simply a party waiting to happen, for fans of Smith and soul-jazz alike.

Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Jimmy Allen Smith (organ); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Donald Bailey (drums).

Tracklist

01. Midnight Special
02. A Subtle One
03. Jumpin’ The Blues
04. Why Was I Born
05. One O’clock Jump

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Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction

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Praised for his music s elusive beauty (DownBeat), and for his style informed by tradition but not encumberedby it (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane takes a bold step in his creative journey with Spirit Fiction, his Blue Note Records debut . The 11-track album features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Coltrane s long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland the personnel featured on his sophomore release From the Round Box. According to Coltrane, The title, Spirit Fiction is an abstract turn of phrase that came out of a stream of consciousness. The phrase seemed to mesh with the layered, superimposed nature of the title track. It also felt like a gentle indicator of the science involved in recording that track. In some ways, it ultimately refers to the open ended idea of simply embracing imagination. Coltrane s label mate and fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano served as co-producer of the album along with Coltrane. Lovano also plays alongside Coltrane and Allen on Paul Motian s Fantasm and joins the quintet for an explosive version of Ornette Coleman s Check Out Time. Spirit Fiction also includes six original compositions by Coltrane and three by Alessi.

Tracklist

01. Roads Cross
02. Klepto
03. Spirit Fiction
04. The Change, My Girl
05. Who Wants Ice Cream
06. Spring & Hudson
07. Cross Roads
08. Yellow Cat
09. Check Out Time
10. Fantasm
11. Marilyn & Tammy

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