Matt Jazz Quintet – Sharp Blues

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Traklist

01. Versilia
02. Silent Brother
03. Sharp Blues
04. For Those I Never Knew
05. Chiaro Di Luna
06. Two Short Moments

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The Five Corners Quintet – Hot Corner

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In 2005, The Five Corners Quintet from Helsinki took the international dancefloor jazz scene by storm. Milan Records released their debut release Chasin The Jazz Gone By in North America to rave reviews. Three years and more than 100 international concerts later, The Five Corners Quintet are set to return with their sophomore effort, Hot Corner to be released in the U.S. on February 10, 2009. Tuomas Kallio is once again at the helm with their notorious and impressive live band consisting of Teppo Makynen (drums/bandleader), Timo Lassy (sax), Jukka Eskola (trumpet), Mikael Jakobsson (piano), and Antti Lotjonen (double bass). Hot Corner features Mark Murphy s vocals on two songs, including the melodic Kerouak Days in Montana . This record revitalizes the coolness of jazz and the band reviving dancefloor jazz around the world for a whole new generation.

Tracklist

01. Hot Rod
02. Kerouac Days In Montana (feat. Mark Murphy)
03. Skinny Dipping
04. Rich In Time (feat. Okou)
05. Midnight In Trieste
06. Come And Get Me (feat. Mark Murphy)
07. Interlope II
08. Waltz Up
09. Easy Diggin
10. Shake It
11. Habbis Habit

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Lonnie Smith – Think!

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Think!, organist Lonnie Smith’s 1968 sophomore effort for Blue Note, is easily one of the strongest dates the Hammond B-3 master would produce for the label. Featuring a stellar group of musicians including trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist David Newman, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Marion Booker, Jr., as well as a three-member Afro-Latin percussion unit led by Henry “Pucho” Brown, Think! is a perfect mix of funky soul and forward-thinking jazz. Kicking things off with Hugh Masekela’s instantly memorable “Son of Ice Bag,” both Sparks and Newman take searching funk-flow solos while Morgan seems to be remembering a certain Masekela lick he dug. Similarly expansive is the epic and frenetic Afro bliss-out “The Call of the Wild,” which finds Newman in a heady, bluesy organ jam freak-out set against “Pucho” Brown’s torrid Latin rhythms and Sparks’ nasty repeto-funk guitar riff. By the time you get to the title track and realize “Oh, it’s that “Think,” all you can do is laugh at the utter hipness of it all and take pleasure in the notion that the album is only half over.

Tracklist

01. Son Of Ice Bag
02. The Call Of The Wild
03. Think
04. Three Blind Mice
05. Slouchin’

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Art Farmer – Art Worker

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Tracklist

01. Delphine
02. Stars
03. Erwagung
04. Orientierung
05. Eau Sovage
06. Gratuliere
07. Ala Nova

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Andrea Centazzo – Ictus

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Tracklist

01. First and Last Freedom
02. In The Swamp
03. Anthropomorphic Prelude
04. Social Capillary Hypnosis Part I
05. Ode To Nazim Himket
06. Via Cassette Nr 0
07. Press Paper Mirror
08. Who Remembers The Lestans Cement-Works
09. Social Capillary Hypnosis Part II

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Harold Land – Damisi

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Harold Land is an underrated tenor saxophonist whose tone has hardened with time and whose improvising style after the 1960s became influenced by (but not a copy of) John Coltrane. He grew up in San Diego and started playing tenor when he was 16. After working locally and making his recording debut for Savoy (1949), Land had his first high-profile gig in 1954 when he joined the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Land performed and recorded with the group until late 1955 when due to family problems he had to return home to Los Angeles (where he has been based ever since). He played with Curtis Counce’s band (1956-1958), recorded a pair of memorable albums for Contemporary (1958-1959), led his own groups in the 1960s, and co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson (1967-1971) and Blue Mitchell (1975-1978). Harold Land continued freelancing around Los Angeles up until his death in 2001. Land recorded as a leader (in addition to Savoy and Contemporary) for such labels as Jazzland, Blue Note, Imperial, Atlantic, Cadet, Mainstream, Concord, Muse, and Postcards. His son, Harold Land, Jr., occasionally played piano with his groups.

Tracklist

01. Step Right Up To The Bottom
02. In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark
03. Pakistan
04. Chocolate Mess
05. Damisi
06. Dark Mood
07. Up and Down

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Marcus Belgrave – Gemini

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Originally released in 1974 on the independent Tribe Records, this album features many of the Detroit heavyweight artists such as Wendell Harrison and Phil Ranelin who have both had releases on Chicago’s Hefty Records where they have worked with and been re-mixed by current artists such as Telefon Tel Aviv, Morgan Geist, Prefuse 73 and Kirk Degiorgio amongst others. Marcus Belgrave�s musical career over 4 decades. He has worked with everyone from Sun Ra to Charles Mingus, from McCoy Tyner to Clifford Brown. He worked as part of the Tribe collective in Detroit, working with the same ideology as their musical neighbours, The Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has consistently broken down musical barriers, from playing with Was (Not Was) in the 1970s to his current work with Carl Craig in The Detroit Experiment. There were only 1000 copies of this record pressed when it was originally released in 1974 and it has been a collectors album ever since.

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Tracklist

01. Space Odyssey
02. Glue Fingers Pt. 1
03. Glue Fingers Pt. 2
04. Gemini II
05. Marcia’s Opal
06. Odoms Cave

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Enrico Pieranunzi, Marc Johnson & Joey Baron – Play Morricone

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Tracklist

01. Addio Fratello Crudele
02. Mio Caro Dotto Grasler
03. La Voglia Matta
04. Just Beyond The Horizon
05. Incontro
06. Jona Che Visse Nella Balenda
07. Le Mani Sporche
08. …Correva l’Anno di Grazia 1870
09. Escalation
10. Stanno Tutti Bene
11. Quando Le Donne Avevano La Coda

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Jimmy Smith – The Cat

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Compared to his earlier Blue Note recordings, organist Jimmy Smith’s outings for Verve are not as strong from a jazz standpoint. Certainly his renditions of the “Theme from Joy House,” “The Cat” and the “Main Title from The Carpetbaggers” are not all that significant. However, this CD has some tasteful arrangements for the big band by Lalo Schifrin and some good playing by the great organist on a variety of other blues-oriented material. Also the combination of organ with a big band is sometimes quite appealing, making this CD worth picking up despite its commercial tracks.

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Tracklist

01. Theme From Joy House
02. The Cat
03. Basin Street Blues
04. Main Title From The Carpetbaggers
05. Chicago Serenade
06. St. Louis Blues
07. Delon’s Blues
08. Blues In The Night

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Giorgio Azzolini – Tribute To Someone

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A record that is not like many others. In recent times there have been quite a few jazz recordings in Italy, but each of theme is the result of a great amount of work and very careful selection. Maybe that is the reason why every new jazz record may be considered different from the others. This one , which I’m proud to present, is the result of the desire, the planning and the direction of Giorgio Azzolini, a well-known Italian double-bass jazz player and one of the most passionate supporters of this kind of music. Born in La Spezia on 29-3-28, Giorgio Azzolini studied in Florence with maestro Antonio Godoli and built up his profile within the jazz circuit thanks to a long period in the Basso Valdambrini Quintet and to many performances in various jazz festivals. Throughout his career he performed has with innumerous artist like: Buddy Collette, Stephan Grapelly, Bobby Jaspar, Chet Baker, Hellen Merrill, Gerry Mulligan, Lars Gullin and Herb Geller. In regards to this album, important contributions were made by great musicians like Franco Ambrosetti on trumpet, “Gato” Barbieri on tenor sax, Dino Piana on trombone, Renato Sellani and Pocho Gatti on piano and Lionello Bionda on drums. This international line up conferring to the album’s sound a creative musical variety for different scenarios. Technically, this is also achieved by different line ups: “Tribute To Someone” is performed by sextet, “So What” and “Too Blue” by a trio, “Sometime Ago”, “The Stroller” and “Hiroshima” by a quintet. Franco Ambrosetti – trumpet Gato Barbieri – tenor sax Dino Piana – trombone Pocho Gatti – piano Renato Sellani – piano Lionello Bionda – drums Giorgio Azzolini – acoustic bass.

Tracklist

01. Tribute To Someone
02. So What
03. Too Blue
04. Sometime Ago
05. The Stroller
06. Hiroshima

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Melvin Sparks – Sparks

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Tracklist

01. Thank You
02. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
03. Charlie Brown
04. The Stinker
05. Spill The Wine

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Ron Carter – Jazz, My Romance

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Tracklist

01. Blues For D. P.
02. My Romance
03. Airgin
04. Quiet Times
05. Summertime
06. I Fall In Love Too Easily
07. For Todders Only
08. Sweet Lorraine

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Bob James – Heads

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Bob James truly established himself as an outstanding arranger with this ’70s release, which includes such notable tunes as Boz Scaggs’ “We’re All Alone,” Peter Frampton’s “I’m In You,” Henry Purcell’s gorgeous “One Loving Night” and the Billy Preston/Bruce Fischer hit “You Are so Beautiful.” James works his magic with the help of David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Jr., and Patti Austin, along with a complete orchestra featuring strings, brass and a woodwind section notably including Michael Brecker and Eddie Daniels.

The end result is a recording that ranks among James’ best. His two original compositions, “Heads” and “Night Crawler,” earned him considerable praise and respect as a solo artist, and fully demonstrate just how intricate his compositions can be. This CD is as excellent introduction to Bob James’ music.

Tracklist

01. Heads
02. We’re All Alone
03. I’m In You
04. Night Crawler
05. You Are So Beauiful
06. One Loving Night

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Cannonball Adderley – Soul Of The Bible

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Tracklist

01. In The Beginning
02. Yield
03. Obeah 1
04. Fun In The Church
05. The Eternal Walk
06. Krukma
07. Gone
08. Behold
09. Psalm 24
10. Make You Own Temple
11. Taj
12. Psalm 54
13. Amani
14. Space Spiritual

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Roy Ayers – Change Up The Groove

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A great little album from Roy Ayers’ early years with Polygram — often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that’s got some wonderful funky numbers! There’s a really jazzy feel going on here — Roy’s nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations — especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout — often getting more space than vocals — and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy’s arranging skills — and titles include the funky break classic “The Boogie Back”, a sweet reading of “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song’s mellow righteous vibe — and the great cuts “Fishika”, “Sensitize”, “Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing”, “When is Real Real?”, and “Change Up The Groove”.

Tracklist

01. Change Up The Groove
02. Sensitize
03. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
04. Mash Theme
05. Fikisha (To Help Someone To Arrive)
06. Feel Like Makin’ Love
07. When Is Real, Real
08. The Boogie Back

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The SoulJazz Orchestra Albums!

Since their creation in Ottawa, Canada, back in 2002, the Souljazz Orchestra have become one of the most potent bands in their field. Drawing on the rough, raw grooves of the ’60s and ’70s and effortlessly fusing soul, jazz, afro and latin rhythms within their music, the group have moved forward the blueprint of Fela, Fania and the funk in entirely new ways, while keeping the vital analogue grit intact. As a live unit, years of relentless touring have formed the band into an in-demand fixture at venues and festivals worldwide.

Having turned heads with two fine records on the Toronto-based Do Right! label, Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring their breakthrough single “Mista President”) and Manifesto (2008), the Souljazz Orchestra have recently released the hotly anticipated Rising Sun album on London-based Strut Records. Drawing on a wider canvas of styles than ever before, touching on spiritual jazz, deep African rhythms, and cinematic soundscapes, the Orchestra take their sound to new heights with stunning musicianship and virtuoso arrangements throughout. Long-time fan Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio One) has already declared this album to be their best yet.

for more info check: www.souljazzorchestra.com

2005 – Uprooted

Tracklist

01. Quest
02. Red Light
03. Molotov Cocktail
04. Sankofa
05. BBQ Ribs & Fried Chicken
06. Chango
07. Satellites In Orbit
08. Oscillations
09. Centretown

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2007 – Freedom No Go Die

Tracklist

01. Mista President
02. Blind Leading the Blind
03. Insurrection
04. Freedom No Go Die
05. Mojuba
06. Secousse Soukous
07. Little Habana
08. Mugambi
09. Creator Has a Masterplan

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2008 – Manifesto

Tracklist

01. Parasite
02. Kapital
03. People People
04. State Terrorism
05. Interested Benevolence
06. Grasshopper and Toad
07. Amen

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2010 – Rising Sun

Tracklist

01. Awakening
02. Agbara
03. Negus Negast
04. Lotus Flower
05. Mamaya
06. Serenity
07. Consecration
08. Rejoice, Pt. 1
09. Rejoice, Pt. 2

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Robert Glasper Albums!

Hailing from Houston, TX, pianist Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist with a knack for mellow, harmonically complex compositions that also reveal a subtle hip-hop influence. Inspired to play piano by his mother, a gospel pianist and vocalist, Glasper attended Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts. After graduation Glasper studied music at the New School University in Manhattan, where he found performance work with such luminaries as bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and others. Since graduating college, Glasper has worked with a variety of artists, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Carly Simon, and rapper Mos Def. The pianist released his debut album, Mood, on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2004. Canvas and In My Element followed in 2005 and 2007 respectively on Blue Note Records. In 2009, Glaspar released the forward-thinking album Double Booked which featured a mix of modal post-bop and funky, ’80s-Herbie Hancock-inspired numbers.

for more info check: www.robertglasper.com

2004 – Mood

Tracklist

01. Maiden Voyage
02. Lil Tipsy
03. Alone Together
04. Mood
05. Don’t Close Your Eyes
06. Blue Skies
07. Interlued
08. In Passing
09. L.N.K. Blues

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2005 – Canvas

Tracklist

01. Untitled
02. Canvas
03. Portrait of an Angel
04. Enoch’s Meditation
05. Centelude
06. Jelly’s da Beener
07. Chant
08. Riot
09. North Portland
10. I Remember

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2007 – In My Element

Tracklist

01. G & B
02. Of Dreams To Come
03. F.T.B.
04. Y’Outta Praise Him – (Intro)
05. Y’Outta Praise Him
06. Beatrice
07. Maiden Voyage/Everything in Its Right Place
08. J Dillalude
09. Silly Rabbit
10. One For ‘Grew
11. Tribute

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2009 – Double-Booked

Tracklist

THE ROBERT GLASPER TRIO
01. Intro
02. No Worries
03. Yes I’m Country (And That’s Ok)
04. Downtime
05. 59 South
06. Think of One
THE ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT
07. 4eva
08. Butterfly
09. Festival
10. For You
11. All Matter
12. Open Mind

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2012 – Black Radio
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Tracklist

01. Lift Off Mic Check (feat. Shafiq Husayn)
02. Afro Blue (feat. Erykah Badu)
03. Cherish The Day (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
04. Always Shine (feat. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal)
05. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (feat. Ledisi)
06. Move Love (feat. KING)
07. Ah Yeah (feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele)
08. Consequence Of Jealousy (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
09. Why Do We Try (feat. Stokley Williams)
10. Black Radio (feat. Mos Def)
11. Letter To Hermoine (feat. Bilal)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Curtis Fuller – Meets Roma Jazz Trio

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Tracklist

01. Impressions
02. R.E.D’s Delight
03. Jazz Island
04. Naima
05. Afternoon In Paris
06. Blue Bossa

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

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Eric Dolphy was among the most daring, impassioned, and technically assured improvisers to come of age in the 1960s. From his groundbreaking work with Chico Hamilton and Charles Mingus, through his catalytic stint with John Coltrane, and all through his brilliant solo recordings for Prestige, this reed innovator defined the best elements of the swing and the bebop traditions, from Benny Carter through Bird, while extending on the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic freedom of Monk. Dolphy is an emotional shaman with a keen comic edge, as is evident in the rhythmic sauntering, drunken gait of his theme to “Straight Up and Down,” and Monk’s influence is clearly discernible in Dolphy’s witty dissonances and vocalized blues phrasing throughout Out to Lunch!  (his only Blue Note recording, completed shortly before his untimely death). Rhythm masters Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, and Tony Williams suspend time at will, sculpting in open space, while deconstructing the harmony and superimposing cubist rhythmic displacements–periodically regrouping around Freddie Hubbard’s bumblebee trumpet and the leader’s vocalized bass clarinet (his Monkish “Hat and Beard”), wailing alto (the martial parodies of the title tune), and exhilarating flute (the lyric, swinging “Gazzelloni”). Out to Lunch! represents Dolphy’s most fully realized vision.

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Tracklist

01. Hat and Beard
02. Something Sweet, Something Tender
03. Gazzelloni
04. Out to Lunch
05. Straight Up and Down

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Frank Strazzeri – After The Rain

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A solid pianist long based in the Los Angeles area, Frank Strazzeri has been in demand for straight-ahead sessions for decades. Although he originally started playing tenor and clarinet when he was 12, Strazzeri soon switched to piano. After studying at the Eastman School, he became the house pianist at a jazz club in Rochester in 1952, where he was able to accompany top jazz artists (including Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday). In 1954, Strazzeri moved to New Orleans, where he played Dixieland with Sharkey Bonano and Al Hirt. That, however, was just a temporary departure, for he was always a bop-based player. Strazzeri worked with Charlie Ventura (1957-1958) and Woody Herman (1959), before settling permanently in Los Angeles in 1960. He became a studio musician, appeared on many sessions and worked with the who’s who of West Coast jazz. Strazzeri had opportunities to tour with Joe Williams and Maynard Ferguson, and was with Les Brown’s big band from 1971-1974. Among his other musical associations have been Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Louie Bellson, and Chet Baker, among many others, in addition to working with his own trios. As a leader, Strazzeri has headed sessions for Revelation, Glendale, Sea Breeze, Catalyst, Discovery, and Fresh Sound.

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Tracklist

01. After The Rain
02. Philadelphia Flyer
03. Rush Hour
04. Blue Dawn
05. The Third Eye
06. Cloudburst

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