Thursday, December 12, 2013

Peter Calandra..seasoned film scorer from New York releases solo jazz piano album

You may not know the name Peter Calandra, but chances are you’ve heard his music. The New York City-based composer and keyboard player has scored 40 films, written over 2000 compositions for television broadcast, including 37 theme packages, and performed as a musician in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Lion King, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Parallel to this, Calandra has released three albums of imaginative and lyrical instrumental music encompassing jazz, contemporary jazz, classical, and refined pop.

“I’ve always heard music in my head—there is like a radio in there playing new music all the time,” says Calandra.

His 3 solo albums are wonderfully diverse, spanning world music, Christmas music, jazz, contemporary jazz, pop, and classical. The thread throughout is the lyrical expressiveness of the compositions and purity and purposefulness of the musicianship. His latest release, Ashokan Memories (PCM), is a solo piano album of bucolic sonic snapshots of the Catskills. It’s a paean to a region in Ulster County, New York where Calandra and his wife own a summer home.


Peter's work is compared to artists like Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Bruce Hornsby and Herbie Hancock.

Peter Calandra is presented here as an impressively capable composer, with broad musical horizons. An evident feeling of passion, love and commitment is spread throughout his music, as it can be clearly extracted from the accurate and heartfelt piano performances and of the overall musical ensemble.
Demetris Christodoulides - Music Web International
Calandra's writing is very deft, and in both scores he shows a strong sensitivity for subtle emotional conflicts and the fusion of contemporary jazz, fusion, and light orchestral.
Mark R. Hasan -
Unknown Soldier's jazz score highlights bravery and the human social fracture in our society.
Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez -
Peter's music did something music rarely does-- it made me weep. Not cry. Weep. A good weep. That piano music is profound. I tweeted him saying listening to him play piano is like hearing God say "I love you." Thank you so much for letting me know about this heartfelt artist.
Mark Weber,
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Billie Holiday with Lester Young..Lady Day and Prez 1937-41

Twenty four tracks, recorded during the golden years of jazz music. Great songs from that miraculous age of American song writing and performed with the heart-moving interpretive skill of Billie Holiday. Throughout, Billie is backed by her friend, tenor saxophone player Lester Young, leading a variety of small groups, each consisting of a who's who of the best jazz musicians of the period. The result is 24 gems, polished by the discipline imposed by the 3 minute playing length per side of the 78 rpm shellac. Transferred to compact disc, they have lost none of their magic. An ageless classic !

1. This Year's Kisses
2. Without Your Love
3. All of Me
4. Me, Myself and I
5. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
6. Mean to Me
7. A Sailboat in the Moonlight
8. I'll Never Be the Same
9. Getting Some Fun Out of Life
10. The Man I Love
11. Trav'lin' All Alone
12. Time on My Hands
13. Laughing at Life
14. Back in Your Own Backyard
15. Georgia on My Mind
16. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
17. Foolin' Myself
18. Easy Living
19. Say It With a Kiss
20. You Can't Be Mine (And Someone Else's Too)
21. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
22. She's Funny That Way
23. Romance in the Dark
24. I Must Have That Man!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Delmark Records 50 Years of Jazz and Blues - Jazz

Delmark Records is the oldest American jazz and blues independent record label. It was founded in 1958 and is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The label originated in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1953, when owner Bob Koester released a recording of the Windy City Six, a traditional jazz group, under the "Delmar" imprint.

 Bob Koester began collecting records in high school. Initially a jazz fan, Koester also developed a taste for the blues from the intricate relationship these musics shared in the 1940s and 1950s. Moving from Wichita to St Louis, Missouri, to attend college, Koester began his career as a record trader in his dormitory room. Joining a local Jazz Club gave Koester his first taste of live jazz, seeing Clark Terry perform. Koester made acquaintance with a fellow Jazz Club member, Ron Fister, with whom he opened his first record shop - K & F Sales. Shortly after opening in an old restaurant storefront, they changed the name to the Blue Note Record Shop. About a year after this joint venture, Fister and Koester decided to part ways, with Koester moving to a new location on the corner of Delmar and Oliver streets in St Louis. Taking the name from the street his shop was on, Koester recorded a local jazz group the Windy City Six in 1953. Shortly thereafter, Koester searched out and found local talent in bluesmen such as Speckled Red, James Crutchfield, Big Joe Williams and J.D. Short.

After a period in St Louis, Koester moved to Chicago in August 1958. He bought out the record shop Seymour's Jazz Mart, and in renaming the storefront the Jazz Record Mart, Delmark Records found its new home in the basement of the record shop.

Disc: 1
1. Yellow Fire - Franz Jackson & the Salty Dogs
2. Rainbow Mist - Coleman Hawkins
3. Night in Tunisia - Barrett Deems Big Band
4. Cake Walkin' Babies from Home - Art Hodes (prev. unissued on CD)
5. Blue Stroll - Ira Sullivan with Jodie Christian
6. Two Little Words - Francine Griffin
7. Wilhelmenia - Cecil Payne with Eric Alexander & Lin Halliday
8. March of the Transients - Muhal Richard Abrams
9. Pick Up on Tab, Pt. 1 - Tab Smith (prev. unissued on CD)
10. My Friend Eddie - Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six
11. Laura - Jimmy Forrest
12. Like-Coping - Jeff Parker
13. Jahne's Waltz - Roy Campbell
14. You Talkin' to Me?! - Frank Catalano & Von Freeman
Disc: 2
1. Panther - Malachi Thompson (prev. unissued on CD)
2. Robbins' Nest - Sir Charles Thompson
3. Parker's Mood - Sonny Stitt (prev. unissued on CD)
4. Royal Garden Blues - Windy City Six (prev. unissued on CD)
5. Zero - Roscoe Mitchell
6. Mellow Mama Blues - Dinah Washington
7. Lady Charlotte - Zane Massey
8. The Tungflec Treaty - Chicago Underground Trio
9. Diggin' the Count - Illinois Jacquet
10. Ladies in Love - Fred Anderson
11. Weary Blues - Bay City Jazz Band
12. One More Once - Ken Vandermark
13. El Is a Sound Of Joy - Sun Ra & the Arkestra
14. Revelations - Archie Shepp/Ritual Trio

From the liner notes: The past half-century of jazz, from the Chicago perspective of Delmark Records, is a bit different than you'd find if you plumbed the catalog of any other label. It's more fun, stranger, grittier and more intimate than the music typically purveyed by major companies, and less pretentious, mannered, abstract and impressionist than the bulk of the sounds promoted by the many other small, independent imprints scattered around the world. The Delmark guarantee of genuine jazz and blues, played without compromise, is the result of Delmark principal Bob Koester's way of doing things. And after 50 years, we've still got it!


Monday, October 14, 2013

George Benson..Beyond The Blue Horizon...original recording remastered

CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition - Original recording remastered

George Benson's Beyond the Blue Horizon (1971), his label debut with CTI, is "one of Benson s best records, with 'So What?' and 'The Gentle Rain' ... lyrical but quite hard-bitten, and with an excellent rhythm section behind him, Benson finds room to stretch out" (The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings). calls it " superb jazz session ...a must-hear for all aficionados of Benson's guitar."

For all those who long for the George Benson who played masterfully and powerfully, for those who have avoided buying George Benson's post Bad Benson recordings because they miss the masterful guitarist who had you playing air guitar if you were a non musician and had you picking up the needle and setting it back to cop his licks. If you were a guitarist, then this one's for you. The selections are straight up and cooking. Ron Carter and Jack De Johnette drive the rhythm section along throughout. Each clearly identifiable and bringing their unique approaches.

1. So What
2. The Gentle Rain (from the film "The Gentle Rain")
3. All Clear
4. Ode To A Kudu
5. Somewhere In The East
6. All Clear (alt. take)
7. Ode To A Kudu (alt. take)

8. Somewhere In The East (alt. take)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Oscar Peterson Trio...Night Train...1962 Verve Classic

This 1962 recording represents Oscar Peterson at his most commercially accommodating, yet his trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen never fails to swing. The program includes such familiar melodies as the title track (which began life as Duke Ellington's "Happy Go Lucky Local"), "Georgia on My Mind," and "The Honeydripper." With the notable exception of the gospel-like original "Hymn to Freedom," most of the tracks clock in at around three minutes. This reissue contains several alternate takes that were left off the original LP, including such unlikely jazz vehicles as "Volare" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." --Rick Mitchell (Amazon review)

1. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train')
2. C-Jam Blues
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Bags' Groove
5. Moten Swing
6. Easy Does It
7. The Honeydripper
8. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
9. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
10. Band Call
11. Hymn To Freedom
12. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train') (Alternate Take)
13. Volare
14. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
15. Moten Swing (Rehearsal Take)
16. Now's The Time
17. This Could Be The Start Of Something

One of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Oscar Peterson (Birthname: Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, Born: Aug 15 1925,Died: Dec 23 2007) was also quite possibly the most prolific. Ever since 1950, Peterson recorded an enormous amount of music, and consistently amazed listeners with his brilliant playing.

The Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis worked, toured, and recorded prolifically during 1953-1958, not just as a separate unit but behind major soloists (including Louis Armstrong and Lester Young) and at JATP concerts. Peterson, who had an early hit with his version of "Tenderly," became one of the most popular and famous of all jazz musicians. His success continued unabated when Ellis left the group and was succeeded by drummer Ed Thigpen. Unlike most jazz musicians by the 1960s, Oscar Peterson (like Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, and George Shearing) was known to the general public.

The Peterson-Brown-Thigpen lineup stayed together until 1965, with Brown and Thigpen's spots eventually taken over by bassists Sam Jones and George Mraz, and drummers Louis Hayes, Bobby Durham, and Ray Price.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blue 45s...The Ultimate Jukebox

The line up on this collection speaks for itself...just check the track listing..

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chet Baker..... Young Chet

Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences.

This record is a gem, every number has been cared for. One can immediately tell Chet Baker is a master of the trumpet because he can create sounds you'd never think a trumpeter could make. His overall style is like the smoother Miles Davis albums--not at all the harsh, "pointier" sound of Armstrong, the later Davis recordings, or other famous trumpeters. The overall improv on this album is simple, blending easily into the melodies of the songs.  A classic album by a classic artist playing classic songs in a classic way. This is a must-have for any music lover, and would even be a good jazz album for people who don't usually enjoy jazz.

1. Look For The Silver Lining
2. But Not For Me
3. Time After Time
4. My Funny Valentine
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. Extra Mild
7. A Night On Bop Mountain
8. Down
9. Taboo
10. I Can't Get Started
11. It's Only A Paper Moon
12. Autumn In New York

Friday, July 12, 2013

Miles Davis and Gil Evans..Sketches of Spain remastered with bonus tracks

Miles Davis's impact on jazz is almost incalculable. From his early days as a side man for Charlie Parker, through his groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions, to his stunning small groups of the '50s and '60s, through to his electric renaissance, the trumpeter, bandleader, and composer has left a deep mark on all who came after. He is one of jazz's true giants. Sketches of Spain, though one of Davis's most commercially successful sessions, is also one of his most controversial. Re-teaming with arranger and composer Gil Evans, who played such a pivotal role in Davis's 1949 Birth of the Cool recordings, Davis recorded a series of large group albums beginning in the late '50s, including Porgy and Bess, Miles Ahead, and Quiet Nights. Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is certainly one of Davis's most mellow recordings (he even works out on fluegelhorn), and proved to have broad appeal. This expanded version of the album, featuring alternative tracks and unreleased material, was issued in 1997 by Columbia Legacy. --Fred Goodman (Amazon Review)

This is a perfect piece to listen to in the morning or any time when you are just relaxing. This remastered version is very well done, and the sound is phenomenal for a 1959 recording. The sound stage is wide and open and Davis's trumpet is clear and focused. If you want to bridge the gap either from jazz to classical, or vice-versa, this is the album to do it with. If you love Miles Davis and want something very relaxing and beautiful from him this is a great album to own. Essential for Miles Davis fans.

1. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)
2. Will O' The Wisp
3. The Pan Piper
4. Saeta
5. Solea
6. Song Of Our Country (Issued Take)
7. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Part One, Alternate Take)
8. Concierto De Aranjuez (Part Two, Alternate Take)

Friday, June 21, 2013

John Coltrane....Giant Steps expanded edition

Released in January 1960, John Coltrane's first album devoted entirely to his own compositions confirmed his towering command of tenor saxophone and his emerging power as a composer. Apprenticeships with Dizzy, Miles, and Monk had helped focus his furious, expansive solos, and his stamina and underlying sense of harmonic adventure brought Coltrane, at 33, to a new cusp--the polytonal "sheets of sound" that distinguished his marathon solos were offset by interludes of subtle, concise lyricism, embodied here in the tender "Naima." That classic ballad is a calm refuge from the ecstatic, high-speed runs that spark the set's up-tempo climaxes, which begin with the opening title song, itself a cornerstone of modern jazz composition. This exemplary reissue benefits from eight alternate takes of the original album's seven stellar tracks, excellent remastering of the original tapes, and an expanded annotation. --Sam Sutherland (Amazon review)

 1. Giant Steps 4:45
 2. Cousin Mary 5:49
 3. Countdown 2:24
 4. Spiral 5:59
 5. Syeeda's Song Flute 7:03
 6. Naima 4:22
 7. Mr. P.C. 6:59
 8. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete) 4:43
 9. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete) 3:20
10. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take) 5:47
11. Countdown 4:35
12. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take) 7:07
13. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start) 0:14
14. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start) 3:24 $1.29
15. Giant Steps (Alternate Take)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Malta Jazz Festival 23rd Edition 2013 Thurs.18th to Sat 20th.July Grand Harbour Valletta

This years' Malta Jazz Festival promises to be another must attend event. With both local and international performers on the bill, this is now becoming an essential on the European Jazz calendar. With the stunning backdrop of the heritage listed city of Valletta and its magnificent Grand Harbour, not to mention the beautiful Mediterranean location and climate, this is an event not to be missed. For more details go to:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Charles Mingus..Blues and Roots....classic album with alternate takes

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and band leader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet Mingus avoided categorization, forging his own brand of music that fused tradition with unique and unexplored realms of jazz. He once cited Duke Ellington and church as his main influences.

Mingus focused on collective improvisation, similar to the old New Orleans jazz parades, paying particular attention to how each band member interacted with the group as a whole. In creating his bands, Mingus looked not only at the skills of the available musicians, but also their personalities. Many musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists, whom he utilized to assemble unconventional instrumental configurations. As a performer, Mingus was a pioneer in double bass technique, widely recognized as one of the instrument's most proficient players.

This album, "Blues and Roots", has been described as "technically difficult music that drips with rhythm and soul" and stands the test of 100's of listenings because of its amazing musicianship and beautifully, complex compositions. On every song it seems, you hear one perfect, funky line by one instrument, which is then combined with another completely different melody by another...and another and another, until you have 10 players soloing over each other without stepping on toes. "It's a prayer meetin' with brains!"

This version also includes 4 bonus alternate takes.

1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
2. Cryin' Blues
3. Moanin'
4. Tensions
5. My Jelly Roll Soul
6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too
7. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (alternate take)
8. Tensions (alternate take)
9. My Jelly Roll Soul (alternate take)
10.E's Flat Ah's Flat Too (alternate take)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Charlie Parker...Boss Bird: Studio Recordings, 1944-1951

Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird",was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker."

Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career and the shortened form, "Bird", which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise." Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Many Parker recordings demonstrate his virtuoso playing style and complex melodic lines, sometimes combining jazz with other musical genres, including blues, Latin, and classical.

Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, rather than an entertainer.

This collection has almost all of Bird's studio work with masters from Savoy, Dial and Verve.

(new links updated 02/17)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Billie Holiday...Legacy (1933-1958)

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz and blues singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

If you haven't heard or heard of Billie Holiday or "Lady Day" as she was affectionately known, then this 70 track collection of her finest recordings is a good place to start. Every track is a classic and there is no mistaking that unforgettable voice.....

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz

If you like 1960's club style jazz, then this is the set for you. A superb collection of tunes that ranges from the smooth to hard bop. Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" has never sounded better than the 1964 recording included here featuring Donald Byrd. Milt Jackson on vibes and Hubert Laws on flute lead a sensational combination on "Bags and Strings." And Jimmy Smith appears here a number of times doing incredible things on the Hammond B3 organ on "The Cat," "James and Wes," and "Got My Mojo Workin'."

Also Latin jazz inspired tunes of Cal Tjader on vibes, and "Manteca" featuring Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet and vocals is an outstanding performance recorded on March 4, 1961 at Carnegie Hall. A pair of tunes with Willie Bobo featured on Timbales ("Boogaloo in Room 802" and La Descarga del Bobo") are also wonderful to hear. Classic recordings of some of jazz's finest performers.

Disc: 1...1. Bumpin' - Wes Montgomery 2. Cantaloup Island - Donald Bryd 3. Chang, Chang, Chang - Yusef Lateef 4. Coll (From West Side Story) - Oliver Nelson 5. Bags & Strings - Milt Jackson 6. The Cat - Jimmy Smith 7. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? - Little Richie Varola 8. Fall Out - Roland Kirk 9. Nina's Dance - Tony Scott 10. Blues Greasy - Sonny Stitt 11. James & Wes - Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery 12. Moanin' - Cal Tjader 13. Boogaloo in Room 802 - Willie Bobo

Disc: 2...1. Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie 2. Mambocito Mio - Illinois Jacquet 3. Love - Stan Getz 4. Song Of The Yellow River - Cal Tjader 5. La Descarga Del Bobo - Wilie Bobo 6. Latin Slide - La Clave 7. Manha De Carnaval - Cal Tjader 8. Crikets Sing For Anamaria - Marcos Valle 9. The Cantaloupe Woman - Grant Green10. Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader  11. Yo Yo Yo - Slim Gaillard 12. Samba Triste - Jackie & Roy 13. Got My Mojo Workin' - Jimmy Smith 14. Devilette (Previously Unissued) - Donald Byrd

Friday, April 19, 2013

Miles Davis -- Kind of Blue

This is the one jazz record owned by people who don't listen to jazz, and with good reason. The band itself is extraordinary (proof of Miles Davis's masterful casting skills, if not of God's existence), listing John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on saxophones, Bill Evans (or, on "Freddie Freeloader," Wynton Kelly) on piano, and the crack rhythm unit of Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Coltrane's astringency on tenor is counterpoised to Adderley's funky self on alto, with Davis moderating between them as Bill Evans conjures up a still lake of sound on which they walk. Meanwhile, the rhythm partnership of Cobb and Chambers is prepared to click off time until eternity. It was the key recording of what became modal jazz, a music free of the fixed harmonies and forms of pop songs. In Davis's men's hands it was a weightless music, but one that refused to fade into the background. In retrospect every note seems perfect, and each piece moves inexorably towards its destiny. --John Szwed (Amazon review)

1. So What 9:22
2. Freddie Freeloader 9:46
3. Blue In Green 5:37
4. All Blues 11:32
5. Flamenco Sketches 9:26
6. Flamenco Sketches (alternate take) 9:31

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paul Desmond...Cool Imagination

Paul Desmond likened his icy-sweet sound to a "dry Martini". His style defined cool - an "above-it-all" sound that echoed the good life. On this collection Paul Desmond and his "cool school" friends, including Jim Hall, Gerry Mulligan and Milt Hilton, breeze through the most beautiful ballads, with a prettiness and grace that makes the music a joy to hear.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Mercury Records Jazz Story

Mercury Record Corporation was founded in the American city of Chicago in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. They were a major force in jazz and blues, classical music, rock and roll, and country music recordings. Early in the label's history, Mercury opened two pressing plants, one in Chicago and the other in St.Louis, Missouri. With the use of automatic presses and providing 24-hour turnaround, they went into direct competition with major recording labels such as Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor.

Mercury's Jazz division had two distinct and important fathers. John Henry Hammond, Jr. brought his expertise and connections when Mercury bought Keynote Records in the late 1940s. And Mercury was the issuing company and distributor for Norman Granz's pre-Norgran/Verve recordings. Although both Hammond and Granz had departed Mercury by the mid-'50s, they established the company in the jazz world. Mercury, under its EmArcy label, released LPs by many important post-swing and bebop artists including Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Ernestine Anderson, Sarah Vaughn, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Cleveland, Herb Geller and others. By the early 1960s, Mercury was releasing jazz under the flagship label and was an early leader in the new stereo sound releases. Highlights of the early and mid-'60s included albums by Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Cannonball Adderley, Charles (then called Charlie) Mingus, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Max Roach and others. In the early 1950s, Norman Granz started his own record company, Norgran, which later became Verve. In an ironic twist, both Mercury and Verve are now owned by Universal Music Group and Mercury's jazz library falls under the Verve division. Since the early 1990s, Verve has reissued many Mercury jazz titles on CD, often taking care to use original master tapes and including session material not included on the original LPs. In addition, Mosaic Records in Stamford CT has issued several box sets spotlighting the Mercury and Verve recordings of various artists including Max Roach, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich....text from Wikipedia

Disc: 1
1. Idaho - Gene Ammons
2. Feather Brain - Muggsy Spanier
3. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me) - Dinah Washington
4. I'll Always Be In Love with You - Paul Quinichette
5. The Iron Hat - Ben Webster
6. Don't Blame Me - Paul Gonsalves
7. Eleanor - Art Blakey
8. Moroccan Blues - Art Mardigan
9. 'S Wonderful - Helen Merrill
10. I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter - Erroll Garner
11. Demanton - Gerry Mulligan
12. Flossie Lou - Clifford Brown And Max Roach
13. Love Letters - Max Roach
14. Hoppin' John - Cannonball Adderley
15. My Old Flame - Max Roach
16. Three Little Words - Sarah Vaughan
17. I Hadn't Anyone Till You - Eddie South
18. Weaver Of Dreams - John Coltrane
19. Willow Weep for Me - Conte And Pete Candoli
20. (Back Home Again In) Indiana - Buddy Rich

Disc: 2
1. Take the 'A' Train/Exactly Like You - Charles Mingus
2. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set - Quincy Jones
3. Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones - Al Cohn And Zoot Sims
4. I Can't Get Started - Coleman Hawkins And Sol Yaged
5. Struttin' With Some Barbecue - Pete Rugolo
6. Sugar (That Sugar Baby O Mine) - George Wein
7. Scrapple From The Apple - Buddy DeFranco
8. Mood Indigo - Julius Watkins
9. The Big Cat - Terry Gibbs
10. 3-In-1 Without The Oil - Roland Kirk
11. Raincheck - Art Farmer
12. Washboard Blues - Art Hodes And Truck Parham
13. El Toro Grande - Woody Herman
14. Squeaky's Blues - Oscar Peterson
15. Waltz For Ruth - Art Blakey
16. Blues For Bird - Lee Konitz
17. Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie
18. Kid Dynamite - Paul Bley
19. Sometimes I'm Happy - Jimmy Smith

Friday, March 15, 2013

reposting of links

Dear visitor, I am currently in the process of reposting some of the links on this blog. If you try to download a sample file and the message from the file server comes up as "permission denied", please leave a comment against the post and I will update accordingly. Thanks for your patience and understanding..cheers...Marty

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jay Jay Johnson....Blue Mode

J.J.Johnson (born James Louis Johnson; January 22, 1924, Indianapolis, Indiana – February 4, 2001) was a United States jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. He was sometimes credited as Jay Jay Johnson.

Johnson was one of the first trombonists to embrace Bebop music. He has long been regarded as one of the leading trombonists of the post-swing era, exerting a pervasive influence on other jazz musicians.

Johnson's work in the 1940s and 1950s demonstrated that the slide trombone could be played in the bebop style. Contemporary trombonist Steve Turre has summarized, "J. J. did for the trombone what Charlie Parker did for the saxophone..and all of us that are playing today wouldn't be playing the way we're playing if it wasn't for what he did. And not only, of course, is he the master of the trombone — the definitive master of this century — but, as a composer and arranger, he is in the top shelf as well."


Monday, March 11, 2013

Sonny Clark...Cool Struttin'

"Iconic Blue Note jazz"...."A Blue Note Hard Bop Classic".."The quintessential Blue Note hard-bop album"

1957 was a busy year for the pianist Sonny Clark. Aside from "Cool Struttin'", he also released six other LPs on Blue Note. His astounding output, however, was cut short due to his premature death in 1963. The highlight of Clark's prolific period must be "Cool Struttin'", a session featuring a virtual who's who of Blue Note's then-rising young crop of hard-bop stars. The recording opens with the aptly named title cut, as Clark's jaunty, forward-leaning piano drives the tune with crisp precision. The rest of the disc (this edition contains the Rodgers and Hart tune "Lover," which did not appear on the original release) is a sterling example of late-50s, finger-poppin' bop with the likes of trumpeter Art Farmer, saxophonist Jackie McClean, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones stretching out and digging in. --S. Duda (Amazon)

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Very Best of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.

This 40 track collection highlights some of his most memorable performances..


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sidney Bechet..Slippin' and Slidin'..The Bluebird Sessions

Sidney Bechet's Bluebird sessions of 1932-1943 are generally regarded as some of the finest recordings in Jazz. Featuring some legendary players - Jelly Roll Morton and Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano, Henry Red allen and Charlie Shavers on trumpet and Bechet himself on a collection of instruments, most notably of course, clarinet and saxophone. This is essential music that no Jazz lover should be without. This collection features the most uptempo swinging tracks from the sessions.

1. Slippin & Sidin
2. Twelfth Street Rag
3. Shake It & Break It
4. Old Man Blues
5. Ain't Misbehavin
6. Stompy Jones
7. Muskrat Ramble
8. Coal Black Shine
9. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
10. Sweetie Dear
11. Weary Blues
12. One O'clock Jump
13. Swing Parade
14. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Rol
15. Limehouse Blues
16. Texas Moaner Blues
17. Blues In The Air
18. I'm Coming Home Virginia
19. You're The Limit
20. Rose Bloom
21. Bugle Call Rag/Ole Miss Blues
22. St Louis Blues

Saturday, February 2, 2013

BeBop Spoken Here...various artists..4 discs..97 tracks

The language of BeBop is one of the most enduring and eloquent in the history of Jazz music. The 97 BeBop statements included in this box set sound as fresh and invigorating now as when they were recorded over 50 years ago. Includes tracks from the cream of BeBop including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Bud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson and many more....enjoy