Monday, November 15, 2010

Lenny White-Tribute To Earth Wind & Fire (2004)

1. Evil-4:51
2. Fantasy-8:46
3. Earth, Wind & Fire-7:06
4. After the Love Has Gone-7:49
5. See the Light-7:11
6. Runnin'-5:44
7. Spirit-6:23
8. Getaway-6:59

Biréli Lagrène-Guitar
Antoine Roney-Saxophone
Wallace Roney-Trumpet
Vanessa Rubin-Vocals
Lenny White-Arranger, Drums, Producer, Audio Production


Marilyn Mazur - Stages Of A Long Jorney (2007)


Friday, November 12, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Anthony Braxton quintet (london) 2004-Live at the Royal Festival Hall

This concert was the undisputed high point of the 2004 London Jazz Festival. Braxton, appearing in the UK for the first time in years (decades?) played the first half of a double bill (the second half featured Cecil Taylor) and effortlessly stole the show. I was one of the 2,000-strong audience who cheered the quintet after a triumphant performance, so I have keenly anticipated this release ever since. Given that kind of anticipation, the actual CD was bound to be an anticlimax, and so it proves to be. That is not to decry the quality of the music, which is excellent; it is simply that the anticipation and thrill of the live event is absent (not to mention Braxton's bemused absentminded professor air, which is as endearing as ever).
Nonetheless, for those who attended the concert or listened to it on the BBC (this is the BBC's own recording), this release is a faithful record of the music. Those who have never heard it before have a treat in store. Composition 343 is as spiky and atonal a piece as any by Braxton. Yet he leads from the front, injecting life and energy into its realization. In his hands, it makes sense. He is in impressive form as a player; his solo passages are varied and never fail to enthrall; his finest moment comes some sixteen and a half minutes in with a prolonged, rapidly articulated solo that shoots adrenalin into the ensemble. All the other members deserve credit; in particular, the trumpet is a worthy partner to the leader's sax. Taylor Ho Bynum achieves the same sort of balance between articulation and unpredictability as Braxton himself. A special mention also for guitarist Mary Halvorson, who is a constant source of fresh ideas and interest.

Chris Dahlgren: bass
Satoshi Takeishi: percussion
Taylor Ho Bynum: trumpet
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Anthony Braxton: reeds

Info by John Eyles


Monday, November 1, 2010

Anthony Braxton Quartet-Moskow (2008)


Mark Turner - Dharma Days

1. Iverson's Odyssey
2. Deserted Floor
3. Myron's World
4. We Three
5. Jacky's Place
6. Casa Oscura
7. Zürich
8. Dharma Days
9. Seven Points

Mark Turner (tenor sax)
Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar)
Reid Anderson (bass)
Nasheet Waits (drums)

Date: January 29 - February 1, 2001
Location: Sear Sound, New York City


Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard - Fly (2003)

1. Child's Play
2. Fly Mr. Freakjar
3. Stark
4. JJ
5. State of the Union
6. Emergence/Resurgence
7. Todas Las Cosas Se Van
8. Piano Tune
9. Spanish Castle Magic
10. Lone

Mark Turner (tenor sax), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums)

Recorded: New York, June 16-18, 2003


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christian McBride & Inside Straight-Kind Of Brown (2009)

Christian McBride (acoustic bass), Steve Wilson (saxophone), Eric Scott Reed (piano), Warren Wolf, Jr. (vibraphone), Carl Allen (drums) – was assembled in 2007 at the request of Village Vanguard Club owner Lorraine Gordon who told Christian McBride: "You're always welcome to come down here and play the Vanguard, but I don't want you to bring that rock 'n' roll band you play with!"


Friday, October 22, 2010

Mal Waldron - The Quest

1.Status Seeking-8:52
4.We Diddit-4:23
5.Warm Canto-5:37
6.Warp And Woof-5:36
7.Fire Waltz-7:58

Bass - Joe Benjamin
Cello - Ron Carter
Drums - Charles Persip
Piano - Mal Waldron
Saxophone [Alto], Clarinet [Bass] - Eric Dolphy
Saxophone [Tenor] - Booker Ervin


Roy Hargroove & RH Factor - Hard Groove

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York between January & September 2002.

RH Factor: Roy Hargrove (arranger, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, bass, percussion); Keith Anderson (alto & tenor saxophones); Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor saxophone); James Poyser (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Bernard Wright (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, ARP synthesizer); Bobby Sparks (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP synthesizer); Spanky, Cornell Dupree (guitar); Pino Palladino, Reggie Washington (bass); Willie Jones III, Jason Thomas (drums).

Additional personnel: D'Angelo (vocals, Wurlitzer piano); Renee Neufville, Stephanie McKay, Shelby Johnson, Erykah Badu (vocals); Common, Q-Tip (rap vocals); Steve Coleman (alto saxophone); Karl Denson (flute); Meshell Ndegeocello (bass); Kwaku Obeng (percussion)


Wallace Roney - Vilage

1. Affinity-7:45-Chick Corea
2. Inner Urge-4:24-Joe Henderson
3. I Love You-8:51-Cole Porter
4. The Pharoah-6:51-Wallace Roney
5. Aknaaba-4:34-Antoine Roney
6. Village-6:20-Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Lenny White
7. Eternal One-6:05-Wallace Roney
8. EBO-10:00-Lenny White
9. Oshirike-5:23-Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Lenny White

Wallace Roney: trumpet
Lenny White: drums
Clarence Seay: acoustic bass
Geri Allen: piano (5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Antoine Roney: tenor saxophone (2, 5, 6, 7, 9); soprano saxophone (7, 9); bass clarinet (8)
Chick Corea: piano (1, 2, 3, 4); Rhodes electric piano (8)
Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone (2, 3)
Pharoah Sanders: tenor saxophone (4, 8)
Robert Irving III: synthesizers (6, 7, 8, 9)
Steve Berrios: percussion (3, 6, 7)


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oscar Pettiford - Another One 1955

Donald Byrd, Ernie Royal- Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer- Trombone
Gigi Gryce- Alto, Clarinet
Jerome Richardson- Tenor Clarinet, Vocal)
Don Abney- Piano
Oscar Pettiford- Bass, Cello)
Osie Johnson- Drums

01. Kamman’s A’ Comin’ 4:12
02. Minor Seventh Heaven 4:11
03. Stardust 3:31
04. Bohemia After Darkr 5:35
05. Oscalypso 2:24
06. Scorpio 3:46
07. Titoro 2:24
08. Don’t Squawk 4:17
09. Another One 5:10


Greg Osby - Art Forum 1996


Herbie Harper sextet-V.S.O.P. (1957)


Monday, September 27, 2010

Steve Coleman - Genesis

1. Day One
2. Day Two
3. Day Three
4. Day Four
5. Day Five
6. Day Six
7. Day Seven
8. Awareness

Saxophones: Steve Coleman (as), Greg Osby (as), Ravi Coltrane (ts & ss), Aaron Stewart (ts), Yosvany Terry Cabrera (ts) and Greg Tardy (ts)
Trumpet: Ralph Alessi, Shane Endsley and Nbate Isles
Trombone: George Lewis, Tim Albright, Josh Roseman, André Atkins and Jamal Haynes
Guitar: David Gilmore (on Day One and Day Two only)
Piano: Andy Milne (except on "Day Seven")
Keyboards: Vijay Iyer (piano on "Day Seven")
Bass: Kenny Davis and Regg Washington
Drums: Sean Rickman and Gene Lake (on Day Four and Day Six only)
Percussion: Luis Cancino Morales (bata: Itótèlée and congas), Ramón García Pérez (bata: Ìyá and congas), Josh Jones (bata: Okonkolò), Miguel "Anga" Diaz Zayas (congas) and Barbaro Ramos Adazabar (clave)
Strings: Elektra Kurtis-Stewart and Marlene Rice (violin), Judith Insell (viola) and Nioka Workman (cello)



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

McCoy Tyner-Guitars 2008

Track Listing:
Improvisation 2; Passion Dance; 500 Miles; Mr. P.C.; Blues On The Corner; Improvisation 1; Trade Winds; Amberjack; My Favorite Things; Slapback Blues; Greensleeves; Contemplation; Boubacar; Baba Drame.

McCoy Tyner: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums; Marc Ribot: guitar (1, 2, 3, 6); John Scofield: guitar (4, 5); Bela Fleck: banjo (7, 8, 9); Derek Trucks: guitar (10, 11); Bill Frisell: guitar (12, 13, 14)


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Alice Coltrane - Translinear Light 2004

1.Sita Ram
2.Walk With Me
2.Translinear Light
4.This Train
5.The Hymn
6.Blue Nile
10.Satya Sai Isha

Alice Coltrane (Wurlitzer organ, piano, synthesizer), Jack DeJohnette (synth drum, drums on "Sita Ram," "Translinear Light," "This Train," "Crescent," "Leo"), Ravi Coltrane (percussion, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, sleigh bells on "Sita Ram," "Translinear Light," "Blue Nile," "Crescent," "Leo"), James Genus (bass on "Walk With Me," "Blue Nile"), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums on "Walk With Me," "Blue Nile"), Charlie Haden (bass on "Translinear Light," "This Train," "Crescent," "Triloka"), Oran Coltrane (alto saxophone on "The Hymn"), The Sai Anantam Ashram Singers (vocals on "Satya Sai Isha")

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Mark Turner Quintet-Yam Yam

Mark Turner (Ts)
Kurt Rosenwinkel (G)
Brad Mehldau (P)
Larry Grenadier (B)
Jorge Rossy (D)
Seamus Blake (Ts)
Terence Dean (Ts)

1. Tune Number One (Mark Turner)
2. Cubism (Kurt Rosenwinkel)
3. Yam Yam I (Mark Turner)
4. Moment's Notice (John Coltrane)
5. Isolation (Mark Turner)
6. Subtle Tragedy (Brad Mehldau)
7. Zurich (Mark Turner)
8. Blues (Mark Turner)
9. Yam Yam II (Mark Turner)

Total Time: 71:30


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trilok Gurtu - Massical (2009)

1 - Seven Notes To Heaven
2 - Bridges
3 - Mumbai Shuffle
4 - Havatight
5 - Dive In
6 - Monk-E-Desh
7 - Kuruksetra
8 - Pathri
9 - Etnosur
10 - Massical

Trilok Gurtu: drums, percussion
Jan Garbarek: sax
Carlo Cantini: violin, keyboards
Roland Cabezas: electric, acoustic guitars
Kai Eckhardt: bass
Johan Berby: bass
Sabine Kabongo: vocals


Monday, July 26, 2010

Kenny Werner-Lawn Chair Society 2007

Track listing:
Lo's Garden; New Amsterdam; The 13th Day; Burble_Burble_Splerk; Uncovered Heart; Inaugural Balls; West_Coast_Variant; Lawn Chairs (and Other Foreign Policy); Loss; Kothbiro.

Kenny Werner: piano, keyboards, computer; Dave Douglas: trumpet, cornet; Chris Potter, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Scott Colley: bass; Brian Blade: drums; Lenny Pickett, wooden flute.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gary Burton & Friends - Six Pack 1992

1 Anthem 5:09
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Kurt Rosenwinkel
Keyboards - Larry Goldings
Mixed By - Michael Landy
Mixed By [Assistant] - Joseph Doughney
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Forman*

2 Six Pack 6:18
Bass, Percussion - Will Lee
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - B.B. King , John Scofield
Mixed By - Steve Boyer
Piano, Organ - Paul Shaffer
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Burton*

3 Summertime 5:40
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - John Scofield
Keyboards - Larry Goldings
Mixed By - Michael Landy
Mixed By [Assistant] - Joseph Doughney
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Gershwin*

4 Jack's Theme 6:12
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - John Scofield
Keyboards - Larry Goldings
Mixed By - Michael Landy
Mixed By [Assistant] - Joseph Doughney
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Grusin*

5 Lost Numbers 4:26
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Kevin Eubanks
Organ - Larry Goldings
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Forman*

6 Double Guatemala 6:09
Bass, Percussion - Will Lee
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - B.B. King , John Scofield
Mixed By - Steve Boyer
Piano, Organ - Paul Shaffer
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Metheny*

7 Asphodel 6:04
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Jim Hall
Keyboards - Larry Goldings
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Vibraphone, Percussion - Gary Burton
Written-By - Clark*

8 Redial 3:34
Guitar [Classical] - Ralph Towner
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Towner*

9 Invitation 6:50
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Kurt Rosenwinkel
Keyboards - Larry Goldings
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Kaper*

10 My Funny Valentine 6:07
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Jim Hall
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Rodgers*

11 Something Special 5:42
Bass - Steve Swallow
Drums - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar - Jim Hall
Piano - Mulgrew Miller
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Hall*

12 Guitarre Picante 4:56
Guitar [Classical] - Ralph Towner
Vibraphone - Gary Burton
Written-By - Towner*



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Brian Blade - Mama Rosa 2009

Track listing:
1.After the Revival
2.Mercy Angel
3.At the Centerline
4.Faithful Brother
5.Get There; Second Home
6.You'll Always Be My Baby
7.Nature's Law; Struggling With That
8.All That Was Yesterday
9.Her Song
10.All Gospel Radio
11.Psalms 100

Brian Blade: lead vocals, guitar, piano (2, 5, 7, 11, 13), drums (2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11); Daniel Lanois: guitar soloist (2, 3, 7, 10, 11), pedal steel guitar (7); bass (2, 5), harmony vocal (11); Geoffrey Moore: guitar (1, 3), nylong string guitar (4); Kurt Rosenwinkel: guitar (4); Greg Liesz: pedal steel guitar (6); lap steel guitar and weissenborn (9); Patrick Smith: pedal steel guitar (11); Jon Cowherd: piano (3, 4), pump organ (3); Aaron Embry: piano (1); Chris Thomas: bass (1, 3, 4, 6); Jenny Lee Lindberg: bass (9); Dave Coleman: MXR operator (9); Adam Samuels: processing (12, 13); Tucker Martine: processing (13); Kelly Jones: harmony vocals (2, 5, 10); Daryl Johnson: harmony vocal (7, 11); Silverlake Male Chorus (3): John Bigham, Daryl Johnson, Aaron Embry, Rocco Deluca.



Monday, July 12, 2010

Arnett Cobb - Movin' Right Along

1. Nitty Gritty (Cobb) - 3:54
2. All I Do Is Dream of You (Brown/Freed) - 4:03
3. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance (With... (Crosby/Washington/Young) - 5:23
4. Exactly Like You (Fields/McHugh) - 6:31
5. Walkin' (Carpenter) - 5:29
6. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) - 4:08
7. Fast Ride (Cobb) - 4:12
8. The Shy One (Cobb/Thompson) - 4:43

Arnett Cobb - Sax (Tenor)
Tommy Flanagan - Piano
Sam Jones - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums
Bobby Timmons - Piano
Danny Barrajanos - Conga
Buck Clarke - Conga

Date of Release Feb 17, 1960


Mihály Dresch Quartet, Archie Shepp - Hungarian Bebop

1. Lily Of The Valley 7:59
2. Búzal Song 11:46
3. I Was Beaten Because... 10:02
4. Steam 6:29
5. Sorrow, Sorrow 8:51
6. Hungarian Bebop 9:56

Mihály Dresch - Saxophone (Tenor, Soprano), Flute
Archie Shepp - Saxophone (Tenor, Bariton), Piano
Kálmán Balogh - Cimbalom(tracks: 5)
Mátyás Szandai - Double Bass
István Baló - Drums


Archie Shepp - Ballads For Trane

1.Soul Eyes
2.You Don't Know What Love Is
3.Wise One
4.Where Are You?
5.Darn That Dream
6.Theme For Ernie

Archie Shepp (ts, ss) Albert Dailey (p) Reggie Workman (b) Charlie Persip (d)
North Brookfield, MA, May 7, 1977


Monday, June 28, 2010

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan & Ralph Towner-From a Dream (2008)

In Stride
Beneath an Evening Sky
From a Dream
Chez Ta-Dah
Bird's Eye View
Hand in Hand

Wolfgang Muthspiel – electric & classical guitars
Slava Grigoryan – classical & baritone guitars
Ralph Towner – classical & 12 string guitars


Brian Blade & Wolfgang Muthspiel - Friendly Travelers


Brian Blade Fellowship - Perceptual

Brian Blade-drums, guitar & vocals; Melvin Butler-tenor & soprano saxophone; Jon Cowherd-piano & keyboards; Dave Easley-pedal steel guitar; Kurt Rosenwinkel-electric & acoustic guitars; Christopher Thomas-bass; Myron Walden-alto sax & bass clarinet; Daniel Lanois-guitars (tracks 8 & 9 only); Joni Mitchell-vocal (track 8 only)


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Brian Blade Fellowship

Red River Revel 9:29
The Undertow 7:26
Folklore 11:05
In Spite Of Everything 4:20
Lifeline 7:44
Mohave 9:08
If You See Lurah 4:31
Loving Without Asking 8:00

Brian Blade (drums), Myron Walden (alto sax), Melvin Butler (tenor & soprano saxes), John Cowherd (piano, Wurlitzer), Jeff Parker (guitar), Dave Easley (pedal steel guitar), Daniel Lanois (mando guitar), Christopher Thomas (bass)


Monday, June 21, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010


1. Hit Man (5:20)-Niels Lan Doky
2. Continuation (2:07)-Lars Danielsson
3. Long Ago And Far Away (5:23)-Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin
4. Flykt (9:29)-Lars Danielsson
5. Fallin' Down (6:41)-Lars Danielsson
6. Hymn (3:20)-Lars Danielsson
7. It Never Entered My Mind (6:48)-Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
8. Namtih (5:46)-Niels Lan Doky
9. Fatima (7:09)-Lars Danielsson
10. Solar (4:26)-Miles Davis
11. Postludium (1:44)-Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson : bass, keyboard programming, sequencing
John Abercrombie : guitars
Adam Nussbaum : drums
Tobias Sjögren : additional guitar and percussion (on 4,7)



Thursday, June 17, 2010

Leszek Mozdzer & Lars Danielsson - Pasodoble (2007)

1. Praying - 04:16 (Danielsson, Lars)
2. Fellow - 06:05 (Danielsson, Lars)
3. Entrance - 03:25 (Danielsson, Lars)
4. Prado - 02:51 (Danielsson, Lars)
5. Pasodoble - 04:47 (Danielsson, Lars)
6. Daughter's Joy - 04:06 (Danielsson, Lars)
7. It's Easy With You - 03:43 (Mozdzer, Leszek)
8. Hydrospeed - 03:51 (Mozdzer, Leszek)
9. Reminder - 04:23 (Danielsson, Lars)
10. Innocence 91 - 03:35 (Mozdzer, Leszek)
11. Follow My Backlights - 03:22 (Mozdzer, Leszek)
12. Eja Mitt Hjärta - 04:11 (traditional)
13. Berlin - 03:16 (Danielsson, Lars)
14. Distances - 03:16 (Mozdzer, Leszek)

Lars Danielsson - cello, bass
Leszek Mozdzer - piano, celesta, harmonium

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Nilento Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden, December 2006 / January 2007


Gerald Toto, Richard Bona, Lokua Kanza - Toto, Bona, Lokua (2004)

1. Ghana Blues
2. Kwalelo
3. Lamuka
4. L'endormie
5. Flutes
6. Front
7. Na Ye
8. Help Me
9. Stesuff
10. Where I Came From
11. Seven Beats
12. Lisanga


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wayne Shorter - Beyond the Sound Barrier

1.Smilin' Through -(penn)
2.As Far As The Eye Can See - (shorter)
3.On Wings Of Song - (Mendelssohn)
4.Tinker Bell - (shorter)
5.Joy Ryder - (shorter)
6.Over Shadow Hill Way -(shorter)
7.Adventures Aboard The Golden Mean - (shorter)
8.Beyond The Sound Barrier - (shorter)

Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone)
Danilo Perez (piano)
John Patitucci (bass instrument)
Brian Blade (drums)


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Visitors From Nowhere, Visitors From Somewhere

Wayne Shorter - tenor & soprano sax
Brian Blade - drums
Dave Holland - bass
Herbie Hancock - piano