Horace Silver – Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers

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In 1954, pianist Horace Silver teamed with drummer Art Blakey to form a cooperative ensemble that would combine the dexterity and power of bebop with the mid-tempo, down-home grooves of blues and gospel music. The results are what would become known as hard bop, and the Jazz Messengers were one of the leading exponents of this significant era in jazz history. Before Silver’s departure and Blakey’s lifetime of leadership, this first major session by the original Jazz Messengers set the standard by which future incarnations of the group would be measured.

The tunes here are all Silver’s, save the bopping “Hankerin’” by tenor man Hank Mobley. Such cuts as the opening “Room 608,” the bluesy “Creepin’ In,” and “Hippy” are excellent examples of both Silver’s creative composing style and the Messengers’ signature sound. Of course, the most remembered tunes from the session are the classic “The Preacher” and “Doodlin’,” two quintessential hard bop standards. In all, this set is not only a stunning snapshot of one of the first groups of its kind but the very definition of a style that dominated jazz in the ’50s and ’60s and enjoyed a resurgence in the ’80s. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Horace Silver (piano); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Doug Watkins (double bass); Art Blakey (drums).

Tracklist

01. Room 608
02. Creepin’ In
03. Stop Time
04. To Whom It May Concern
05. Hippy
06. The preacher
07. Hankerin’
08. Doodlin’

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Pharoah Sanders – Jewels Of Thought

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No one navigates a stormy sea and subsequent repose quite like avant garde pilot Pharoah Sanders. We are invited here to join the personnel in transcendental affirmations of peace, reassured by the yodeling of Leon Thomas and happy, revelatory piano work of the one and only Lonnie Liston Smith. Chimes, African thumb piano, and the talking hourglass drum are just some of the other elements which make this album musically and culturally compelling. The compositional minimalism of Jewels Of Thought is a major thread through Sanders albums of this period, setting up a sparse canvas for colorful tenor saxophone meditations. In one instance Sanders’ playing may be soft, beckoning and glad, while elsewhere his saxophone becomes a crazed, outraged beast unleashing its fury on the world. Regardless of which way these compositions lead, listeners are made to feel more like sonic travelers than mere consumers. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet, reed flute, African thumb piano, orchestra chimes, percussion); Leon Thomas (vocals, percussion); Lonnie Liston Smith (piano, African flute, African thumb piano, percussion); Cecil McBee, Richard Davis (bass, percussion); Idris Muhammad (drums, percussion); Roy Haynes (drums).

Tracklist

01. Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah
02. Sun In Aquarius

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Joe Lovano – Bird Songs

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“I didn’t approach this as a tribute record,” states Joe Lovano, dispelling right off the bat any preconception that his new album Bird Songs—an exploration of the Charlie Parker songbook—is a mere retread. Lovano’s 22nd album for Blue Note Records (the release of which will mark his 20th year on the label) breaks the mold of Bird tribute records. Bird Songs is a thrillingly adventurous, thoroughly modern, and uniquely personal look at one of the most influential figures in jazz history by one of the most important voices in the music today.

Personnel: Joe Lovano (saxophone); James Weidman (piano); Esperanza Spalding (bass); Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela (drums, percussion).

Tracklist

01. Passport
02. Donna Lee
03. Barbados
04. Moose The Mooche
05. Lover Man
06. Birdyard
07. Ko Ko
08. Blues Collage
09. Dexterity
10. Dewey Square
11. Yardbird Suite

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The Pharoahs – In The Basement

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The great Luv N’ Haight album of unreleased material by legendary Chicago soul jazz group Pharaohs – live tracks that serve as a vital document of the group outside the studio! There’s 5 long tracks here, 4 of them recorded live, plus an unreleased gem from the Awakening sessions. Standouts include is a spacey version of “People Make The World Go Round and the extended drum suite of a closer – but it’s excellent throughout! Other titles include “Pharaohs Love Y’All”, which is a stellar funk jam, plus “African Roots”. Nice heavy vinyl, too. Essential! (dustygroove)

Tracklist

01. In The Basement
02. People Make the World Go ‘Round
03. African Roots
04. The Pharaohs Love Y’all
05. Drum Suite
06. Love and Happiness

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Visioneers – Hipology

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Following on from the success of “Dirty Old Hip Hop” Marc returns with a new Visioneers record Hipology. “Hipology is a collage of some of my personal influences as a DJ/Producer growing up listening to Hip Hop; a real eclectic mix of Breaks, Beats, Soul, Jazz, and freaky squeaks and not a sampler in sight. Visioneers is about revisiting my love for Hip Hop; What is was and what it is; the musical influences and the culture…”. Featuring John Robinson, TRAC & Baron, Notes to Self, Luke Parkhouse & The Ariya Horns.

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

Tracklist

01. Dial In (Intro)
02. Back In Time (feat. Baron & TRAC)
03. Come And Play In The Milky Night
04. Ice Cream On My Kicks
05. Shine (feat. John Robinson & Jimetta Rose)
06. Shaft In Africa (Addis)
07. Rocket Man (Afrolatin Joint)
08. Swahililand
09. Oil & Water (feat. Notes To Self)
10. Jungle Green Outlines
11. LuAnne From Harlem
12. Funky Fanfare
13. Apache (Battle Dub)
14. Whatever Happened To Peace

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Charles Mingus – The Clown

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The Clown was Charles Mingus’ second masterpiece in a row, upping the already intense emotional commitment of Pithecanthropus Erectus and burning with righteous anger and frustration. With Pithecanthropus, Mingus displayed a gift for airtight, focused arrangements that nonetheless allowed his players great freedom to add to the established mood of each piece. The Clown refines and heightens that gift; instead of just writing heads that provide launch points for solos, Mingus tries to evoke something specific with every piece, and even his most impressionistic forays have a strong storytelling quality. In fact, The Clown’s title cut makes that explicit with a story verbally improvised by Jean Shepherd (yes, the same Jean Shepherd responsible for A Christmas Story) from a predetermined narrative. There are obvious jazz parallels in the clown’s descent into bitterness with every unresponsive, mean-spirited audience, but the track is even more interesting for the free improvisations led by trombonist Jimmy Knepper, as the group responds to Shepherd’s story and paints an aural backdrop. It’s evidence that Mingus’ compositional palette was growing more determinedly modern, much like his increasing use of dissonance, sudden tempo changes, and multiple sections. The Clown introduced two of Mingus’ finest compositions in the driving, determined “Haitian Fight Song” and the ’40s-flavored “Reincarnation of a Lovebird,” a peaceful but melancholy tribute to Charlie Parker; Mingus would return to both throughout his career. And, more than just composing and arranging, Mingus also begins to take more of the spotlight as a soloist; in particular, his unaccompanied sections on “Haitian Fight Song” make it one of his fieriest moments ever. Mingus may have matched the urgency of The Clown on later albums, but he never quite exceeded it. (allmusic)

Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Curtis Porter (alto saxophone-tenor saxophone); Dannie Richmond (drumS); Wade Legge (piano); Jimmy Knepper (trombone).

Tracklist

01. Haitian Fight Song
02. Blue Cee
03. Reincarnation of a Lovebird
04. The Clown
05. Passions of a Woman Loved
06. Tonight at Noon

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Dave Pike – Jazz For The Jet Set

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A classic little album that’s every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set’s a standout early American date that predates Pike’s later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some tighter Atlantic Records influences – all served up by a hip group of players that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Clark Terry and Marty Sheller on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums – plus Herbie Hancock making a rare appearance on organ! There’s a great little bounce to most numbers – not really funk, but a blend of soul instrumental and more contemporary jazz styles – in a way that takes a Blue Note groove more towards the jukebox audience. (dustygroove)

Personnel: Dave Pike (marimba); Herbie Hancock (organ); Bob Cranshaw (ass); Jimmy Lewis (bass); Bruno Carr (drums); Grady Tate (drums); Billy Butler (guitar); Clarck Terry (trumpet); Melvin Lastie (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Blind Man Blind Man
02. Jet Set
03. Sunny
04. When I’m Gone
05. You’ve Got Your Troubles
06. Sweet Tater Pie
07. Just Say Goodbye
08. Devilette

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Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

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At Eighty Five, jazz legend Philip Cohran is doing pretty well. Keeping busy in his adopted hometown of Chicago he’s still a regular sight around town, and by the sounds of this latest album, recorded last summer, he’s not lost any of his edge. Cohran is still best known for lending his expertise to Sun Ra’s Arkestra, most notably contributing zither to ‘Angels and Demons at Play’. Over the last umpteen years however his focus has been on his Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, where he (accompanied by no less than eight of his family) has managed to stumble across a unique and hauntingly beautiful sound. This is not the jazz you might be expecting to hear but a mélange of collected sound from the folk music of North Africa to the zipping Gypsy ballads of Eastern Europe. Choosing brass was a smart move on Cohran’s part, and he avoids and comparisons to the dearth of brass bands that polluted record shelves in the 1960s and 1970s. His brass is practiced and honed to a razor sharp point, and the distinct, rounded tones add depth and originality to his phenomenal compositions. For our money there are few jazz ensembles as constantly arresting as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and this is possibly their most enjoyable set yet. (boomkat)

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

Tracklist

01. Cuernavaca
02. Stateville
03. Frankincense And Myrrh
04. Aspara
05. Ancestral
06. Spin
07. Zincali
08. Cabin Tale
09. Pontiac
10. Roust About

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Duke Ellington – Money Jungle

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What an alliance: a legendary bandleader and composer, a pioneering bop drummer, and an unclassifiable (and often prickly) bass behemoth. It’s no wonder that the tension between Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charlie Mingus is thick and extremely tangible, permeating this breathtaking 1962 album with passion and aggression. On the jagged blues “Very Special,” Ellington establishes a weighty mood while his piano work almost borders on free jazz. Roach’s sticks dance and prance across every inch of his kit on “A Little Max”; on “Caravan” he effectively shifts from exotic rhythms to straight time. Duke’s harmonic invention is delicate and mysterious on “Fleurette Africaine,” but simultaneously jarring and cerebral on the confrontational “Wig Wise.” It’s hard to believe only three people are creating the stomping, disjointed monster that is the title track. Ellington alone emphasizes the beautiful melodies of the classic ballads “Soltitude” and “Warm Valley,” but the edge returns when the rhythm section joins him. Mingus, who actually idolized Ellington, seems to be purposely agitating the master, almost taunting him. You’d say the synergy was magical, except that they seem to be working against each other. –Marc Greilsamer

Tracklist

01. Money Jungle
02. Fleurette Africaine
03. Very Special
04. Warm Valley
05. Wig Wise
06. Caravan
07. Solitude
08. Switch Blade
09. A Little Max (Parfait)
10. REM Blues
11. Backward Country Boy Blues
12. Solitude (Alternate Take)
13. Switch Blade (Alternate Take)
14. A Little Max (Parfait) (Alternate Take)
15. REM Blues (Alternate Take)

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Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – Roots & Herbs

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During the early ’60s, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers were the leading practitioners of hard bop and set a new standard for hard-swinging blues-inflected jazz. This rare Blue Note disc from 1961 showcases the composing talents of Wayne Shorter, who was the Messengers’ music director throughout his tenure with the group. This is certainly the prime era of the Messengers with Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller filling out the front line with Shorter and Bobby Timmons or Walter Davis Jr. on piano alongside Blakey and Jymie Merritt in the rhythm section.

Although ROOTS AND HERBS was not actually released until 1970, it is every bit as powerful a statement as THE BIG BEAT or MOANIN’. Shorter’s uncanny sense of melodic invention plays out in stellar cuts like “Ping Pong” and the exciting “Look at the Birdie.” In contrast, the bluesy swinger “The Back Sliders” features a very traditional form and plenty of room for the horn line to stretch out. Blakey takes a dramatic solo turn on the rhythmic “United” with percussion support from the other Messengers. As a bonus, the included alternate takes only increase this disc’s value as a must-have for serious Blakey fans. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Art Blakey (drums, snare drum); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Walter Davis, Jr., Bobby Timmons (piano).

Tracklist

01. Ping Pong
02. Roots And Herbs
03. The Back Sliders
04. United
05. Look At The Birdie
06. Master Mind
07. The Back Sliders (Alternate Take)
08. Ping Pong (Alternate Version)
09. United (Alternate Version)

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Indigo Jam Unit – Independent

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Formed in Osaka, Japan, in 2005 indigo jam unit consists of Yoshichika Tarue (piano), Katsuhiko Sasai (double bass) Isao Wasano (percussion & drums), and Takehiro Shimizu (drums). Indigo jam unit’s full length releases as of April 2011 includes six full length CD albums, starting with “DEMONSTRATION” in 2006, all selling more than 10,000 copies each in Japan. Other releases include the 2009 “Vintage Black” collaboration with label mates Flexlife, and from the same year, “re:common from indigo jam unit”, the band’s remixes of some of hip hop star Common’s songs behind his original voice tracks and cover album, “ROSE”, featuring vocalist Alicia Saldenha released on Sep 2, 2011.

indigo jam unit’s unique sound truly rests on the combination of the four members. Tarue’s melodic classical-latin-jazz piano up front intertwined with Sasai’s solid and groove driven basslines, all standing on the explosive and versatile rhythm section formed by Shimizu and Wasano. Being devoted live musicians, indigo jam unit records all their work in single takes. No overdubs, no click tracks, minimum post processing. (allaboutjazz.com)

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

Tracklist

01. Escape
02. Rising
03. Baobab
04. Resolution
05. Bounce
06. Devotion
07. Phoenix
08. Sepia
09. Genuine

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Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue

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Little Girl Blue, originally released in 1957, was Nina Simone’s first recording. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert Tootie Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues.

Tracklist

01. Mood Indigo
02. Don’t Smoke In Bed
03. He Needs Me
04. Little Girl Blue
05. Love Me Or Leave Me
06. My Baby Just Cares For Me
07. Good Bait
08. Plain Gold Ring
09. You’ll Never Walk Alone
10. I Loves You, Porgy
11. Central Park Blues
12. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
13. For All We Know
14. African Mailman

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Thelonious Monk – Underground

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Underground was recorded in 1967, about 20 years into the career of this wholly distinctive and unorthodox pianist-composer. Whenever the understated saxophone talents of Charlie Rouse accompany Thelonious Monk, one is assured of an invigorating set of music–and this collection is no exception. Supported by Larry Gales on bass and the inimitable Ben Riley on drums, Monk and Rouse elaborate on immortal compositions like “Ugly Beauty.” On “In Walked Bud,” the quartet is joined by vocalist Jon Hendricks. With jagged themes and unusual variations of meter and key, Underground showcases an aging Monk’s still-brilliant eccentricity on the piano. A good bit looser than much of Monk’s earlier work, he and Rouse infuse this date with their tag-team humor and unrelenting musical enthusiasm. –Mitch Myers

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Jon Hendricks (vocals); Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Larry Gales (bass); Ben Riley (drums).

Tracklist

01. Thelonious (Take 1)
02. Ugly Beauty (Take 5)
03. Raise Four
04. Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 11)
05. Easy Street
06. Green Chimneys
07. In Walked Bud
08. Ugly Beauty (Take 4)
09. Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 2)
10. Thelonious (Take 3)

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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane – Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

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During his final months with Miles Davis’ group, John Coltrane participated in a number of recording sessions for Prestige independently of Davis. This album is but one such recording. In 1958, when this recording was made, Coltrane may have been at his creative peak. During this period, his work began to transcend “bebop” and “cool,” anticipating even more modern developments in jazz-changes that would affect a whole generation of musicians. On Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane, we hear the two jazz masters creating time-honored renditions of tunes such as “Why Was I Born,” a duet that highlights the musicians’ ability to not only savor each note, but to take a rather plaintive composition and develop it organically. Burrell, Coltrane, and company swing “Freight Trane” with great authority, thanks to the drumming acumen of Jimmy Cobb. On this tune, Coltrane uses a variety of sudden flourishes and lyrical lines, while Burrell comps chords in simpatico. Most importantly, this album represents the one-time chemistry of Burrell and Coltrane.

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Personnel: Kenny Burrell (guitar); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Paul Chambers (upright bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Tracklist

01. Freight Trane
02. I Never Knew
03. Lyresto
04. Why Was I Born
05. Big Paul

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Max Roach – Deeds, Not Words

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Master jazz drummer Max Roach pretty much put the “be” in bebop, playing with practically every major figure in jazz, from Bird to Dizzy to Miles to Mingus and more. It’s a tribute to his own musical vision that his numerous solo recordings are just as worthy as his famous sessions. Roach’s first solo date for Riverside, 1958′s DEEDS, NOT WORDS, nevertheless finds the drumming doyen in grand company. Listening to the fleet-fingered musical dialogue between Roach and saxophonist George Coleman on “It’s You or No One,” or the way trumpet demon Booker Little blows the roof off of “Jodie’s Cha-Cha,” it’s immediately clear that a major part of Roach’s genius lies in surrounding himself with jazz giants who can bend notes, beats, and phrases to their desires in just as seamless a manner as the man on the skins. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Max Roach (drums); Max Roach; Oscar Pettiford, Art Davis (upright bass); George Coleman (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Booker Little (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba).

Tracklist

01. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
02. Filide
03. It’s You Or No One
04. Jodie’s Cha-Cha
05. Deeds, Not Words
06. Larry-Larue
07. Conversation
08. There Will Never Be Another You

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Roy Hargrove presents The RH Factor – Hard Groove

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Most jazz-meets-hip-hop collaborations suffer from stiff beats plastered over abstract, high-minded solos. Not so with this collection from the ’70s-bred, Texan-born trumpet wunderkind. Sure, he knows the musical language and lineages of Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. But he’s also down with contemporaries like D’Angelo, Q-Tip, and homegirl Erykah Badu, who appear on this star-studded CD. Hargrove is backed by an in-the-pocket assemblage of jazz-honed phenoms featuring keyboardist Marc Cary, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and flautist Karl Denson. They all put their grooves where their guts are, and the music evokes tinges of Donald Byrd’s back-in-the-day waxworks. D’Angelo’s down-home delivery lights up Funkadelic’s psychedelic slow drag, “I’ll Stay,” while ebullient Common kicks up the verbal virtuosity on “Common Free Style.” The Q-Tip/Erykah Badu cut “Poetry” could be a summer anthem. Throughout this tasty and tasteful project Roy Hargroove’s cool and clarion trumpet tones provide the right sonic seasoning for this dancing and delectable disc. –Eugene Holley, Jr.

Tracklist

01. Hardgroove
02. Common Free Style feat. Common
03 .I’ll Stay feat. D’Angelo
04. Interlude
05. Pastor T
06. Poetry feat. Q-Tip & Erykah Badu
07. The Joint
08. Forget Regret feat. Stephanie Mckay
09. Out Of Town
10. Liquid Streets
11. Kwah/Home feat. Anthony Hamilton
12. How I Know feat. Shelby Johnson
13. Juicy feat. Renee Neufville
14. The Stroke

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Indigo Jam Unit – Rose

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Formed in Osaka, Japan, in 2005 indigo jam unit consists of Yoshichika Tarue (piano), Katsuhiko Sasai (double bass) Isao Wasano (percussion & drums), and Takehiro Shimizu (drums). Indigo jam unit’s full length releases as of April 2011 includes six full length CD albums, starting with “DEMONSTRATION” in 2006, all selling more than 10,000 copies each in Japan. Other releases include the 2009 “Vintage Black” collaboration with label mates Flexlife, and from the same year, “re:common from indigo jam unit”, the band’s remixes of some of hip hop star Common’s songs behind his original voice tracks and cover album, “ROSE”, featuring vocalist Alicia Saldenha released on Sep 2, 2011.

indigo jam unit’s unique sound truly rests on the combination of the four members. Tarue’s melodic classical-latin-jazz piano up front intertwined with Sasai’s solid and groove driven basslines, all standing on the explosive and versatile rhythm section formed by Shimizu and Wasano. Being devoted live musicians, indigo jam unit records all their work in single takes. No overdubs, no click tracks, minimum post processing. (allaboutjazz.com)

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

Tracklist

01. Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
02. Power And Glory (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
03. Never Did I Stop Loving You (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
04. The One Who Needs You (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
05. Fuel For The Fire (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
06. Magic Wand Of Love (feat. Alicia Saldenha)

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Nancy Wilson – Something Wonderful

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Nancy Wilson was only 23 years old when this superb album was recorded, yet her soulful, distinctive alto voice sounds as seasoned and sensitive to nuance as a singer twice her age. Overshadowed by the simultaneous release of The Swingin’s Mutual (one of Wilson’s most popular jazz recordings), and overlooked in her subsequent move to the pop and R&B markets, Something Wonderful is a quintessential slice of Wilson’s early–and arguably most significant–work. There is a laid-back, subtle swing to the orchestral work here (courtesy of celebrated big-band arranger Billy May), and Wilson’s readings of the tunes are never overpowered by bombastic playing. Even better is the inclusion of several small-ensemble cuts–like the gently grooving “I Wish You Love,” and the heartbreaking story-song “Guess Who I Saw Today”–which feature Ben Webster on tenor and Jack Marshall on guitar. Through all of this, of course, Wilson’s charming, seemingly off-handed delivery and blues-steeped timbre make each tune float and shimmy with grace. (cduniverse)

Tracklist

01. Teach Me Tonight
02. This Time The Dream’s On Me
03. I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out My Life
04. I Wish You Love
05. Guess Who I Saw Today
06. If Dreams Come True
07. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
08. The Great City
09. He’s My Guy
10. Something Happens To Me
11. (They Call It) Stormy Monday
12. Something Wonderful Happens

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Dexter Gordon – Dexter Calling

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This superb 1961 date matches Dexter Gordon’s booming tenor sax with a dynamite rhythm section of Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Like all his early ’60s Blue Note recordings, this is Gordon at his absolute best. It’s a nice mix of originals and standards, including an up-tempo take on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” There are no surprises here, just straight-ahead bluesy bebop by some of the masters of the genre. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass instrument); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Soul Sister
02. Modal Mood
03. I Want More
04. End of a Love Affair
05. Clear the Dex
06. Ernie’s Tune
07. Smile
08. Landslide

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Jackie McLean – Swing, Swang, Swingin’

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Jackie McLean, an American jazz alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, who recorded with such Jazz greats as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins is joined on this album Swing, Swang, Swingin’ with Art Taylor on drums, Walter Bishop Jr. on piano, and Jimmy Garrison on bass and delivers a great session of tunes. Recorded in 1959, this was Jackie’s 2nd album with Blue Note. Includes a swinging version of Cole Porter’s I Love You and a refreshing & lively take on Irving Berlin’s Let’s Face the Music and Dance.

Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Walter Bishop Jr. (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. What’s New
02. Let’s Face The Music And Dance
03. Stablemates
04. I Remember You
05. I Love You
06. I’ll Take Romance
07. 116th And Lenox

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