Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miles Davis...Blues Note Collections Volumes 1 and 2

Miles Davis: Volume 1:
The first of two reconfigured CDs of Miles Davis' work for Blue Note collects 1952 and 1954 sessions that belie his debilitation from drug use during most of the period. On bop standards such as "Donna" and "Woody 'n You," cut in '52 with a sextet including Jackie McLean on alto sax and Kenny Clarke on drums, Miles burns despite his personal problems, letting fly runs that sneer at his demons. On later sides featuring pianist Horace Silver, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Art Blakey, he brings a full-on panache to Monk's "Well You Needn't" and a trademark delicacy to "It Never Entered My Mind." Once he got past his addiction, such qualities were the order of the day, but this music is no less powerful for his struggles. --Rickey Wright (Amazon Review)

1. Dear Old Stockholm
2. Chance It (Alternate Take)
3. Chance It
4. Donna (Alternate Take)
5. Donna
6. Woody 'N You (Alternate Take)
7. Woody 'N You
8. Yesterdays
9. How Deep Is The Ocean
10. Take Off
11. Lazy Susan
12. The Leap
13. Well You Needn't
14. Weirdo
15. It Never Entered My Mind

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Miles Davis: Volume 2:
Although the number of selections are quite small (six different tunes, five of which have its alternate take), the quality of playing is strong in every way. Miles and the boys play through those tricky triplets in "Ray's Idea" very cleanly. The two ballads, "Enigma" and "I Waited for You," again show Miles' marvelous tender side. "Kelo" and "CTA" are two great boppin' ensemble pieces, with great solos all around. The real capper of this set is Bud Powell's "Tempus Fugit," with again more great solos from Miles, saxist Horace Silver and t'bonist Jay Jay Johnson. The real kicker of this piece however is Art Blakey's infectious backbeat.

1. Kelo (Alternate Take)
2. Kelo
3. Enigma (Alternate Take)
4. Enigma
5. Ray's Idea (Alternate Take)
6. Ray's Idea
7. Tempus Fugit
8. Tempus Fugit (Alternate Take)
9. C.T.A. (Alternate Take)
10. C.T.A.

11. I Waited For You

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Friday, March 6, 2015

PURDY....Sophisticated Pop/Jazz With A Nod to the Jazz Greats of the 50's and 60's

Purdy has been toted as "sophisticated pop" with a darker nod to many of the jazz-influenced greats from the 1950s and 60s such as Nancy Sinatra and Nina Simone.

Purdy grew up in Ian Fleming’s farmland, Mick Jagger asked her for one of her paintings and is Jack Vettrianos' muse and features in several of his paintings! She has also opened for Lana Del Ray and performed at Wembley. Here she is on London Live

Supported by Radio 6, Record of the Day, Blues and Soul, Music Week, GigWise, I Luv Live & BBC London, PURDY is kicking up the dust with her diamond debut album and thrilling international audiences with her distinctive, sultry vocals and her chillingly brilliant singles.

PURDY’s music has impressed some major audiences including 90,000 people at Wembley, F1 events and The London Lifestyle Awards. She has sung for the likes of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mick Jagger and was recently a guest singer on Richard Branson's Necker Island where she supported none other than Lana Del Rey!

Purdy writes songs with all the swagger and poetic charm of a new age femme fatale with hints of - Nina Simone, Nancy Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Henry Mancini. The self-confessed subscriber of love will be releasing her killer debut album ‘Diamond in the Dust’ in May 2015 and is produced by Grammy award winning producer Andy Wright, famed for his records with Imelda May & Simply Red. This will Include Purdy’s co-writes with Emily Phillips (Rizzle Kicks writer) Tim Baxter, Damian Montague, Charlie Perry and Jamiroquai’s pianist and producer Matt Johnson.

Royal Variety Show (with SIMPLY RED) - Dec 2014
Battersea Studios - 6th March 2015 
Cheltenham Jazz Festival -  3rd May 2015
Pizza Express Dean Street - 22nd June 2015
Henley Music Festival - 12th July 2015
Guiting Music Festival - 25th July 2015 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz Label Posi-Tone Celebrate 20 Years

Jazz label Posi-Tone​,​ are currently promoting their 20 year mark as a label. The label has produced over 120 albums from jazz artists including legendary mulch-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Orrin Evans, saxophonist Ralph Bowen, and organist Jared Gold.

Among the artists releasing new albums this year are David Gibson, Brian Charette, Walt Weiskopf, Joe Magnarelli, and Michael Dease.  The first release of the year was “Libations and Meditations” by pianist Art Hirahara, and received high praise from New York Times critic Nate Chinen, who echoed the Posi-Tone philosophy by calling the album “respectfully at ease, without being hemmed in by convention.” 

Some  of the new releases: