Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band (live) 2009

Montreal, Canada
April 28, 2009

Chick Corea - piano
John McLaughlin - gutar
Christian McBride - bass
Brian Blade - drums
Kenny Garrett - sax


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Giovanni Tommaso Quintet - VIA G.T. 1986


Miles Davis & Bill Laswell - Panthalassa

Is it a form of creative blasphemy to alter not only the sequence but the sound of masterworks past? In music, though, the ends quite often justify the means, and grandmaster-mixer Bill Laswell did an undeniably haunting job of reconstructing swatches of Miles Davis' amazing electric music for acid jazz-mutated ears in 1998. Of course, Laswell could claim some license to do so, for the original tracks themselves were subjected to creative editing by Teo Macero. Divided roughly into four sections, Panthalassa is a dark, continuous, hour-long, hronological tone poem of remixed electric Davis, from a 15-minute capsule of In a Silent Way through 16 minutes from the On the Corner sessions and finally nearly half an hour of selections from Get Up With It. Offered access to the original multi-track tapes, Laswell sometimes deletes the rhythm sections, brings up hidden instruments, adds Indian and electronic drones from elsewhere on the tapes, constructs moody transitions, and most tantalizingly, unearths passages from the sessions that were being released for the first time. Indeed, the On the Corner section yields two new titles to the Davis discography, the highly colored rock/funk "What If" and a sinister march-like "Agharta Prelude Dub." In the end, despite the altered sonic landscape, Laswell accurately evokes in turns the lonely, exquisitely gleaming, nightmarish, despairing moods that Davis was exploring prior to his 1975 retirement, a still much-misunderstood period whose music is far too disturbing and probing to deserve the sellout label.

01. In A Silent Way / Shhh / Peaceful / It's About Time
02. Black Satin / What If / Agharta Preude Dub
03. Rated X / Billy Preston
04. He Loved Him Madly


Thursday, March 25, 2010


1. Revel Without a Pause - 7:38
2. Triplicity - 6:25
3. The Shadow of a Doubt - 6:07
4. Teaching Vera to Dance - 8:17
5. Half Life - 5:25
6. Come to Dust - 10:01
7. Cloud Cuckoo Land - 6:10
8. Never the Same Way Once (Bruford) - 7:26
9. The Wooden Man Sings, and the Stone Woman Dances - 7:42

Drums, Producer
Patrick CLAHAR


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

John Zorn - Mycale (Book Of Angels Volume 13) feb.2010

Get ready for a whole new approach to Masada music! Expressive and passionate, Basya Schecter, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Malika Zarra and Sofia Rei Koutsovitis are four of the most creative vocalists around. Each the leader of a dynamic band of their own, they come together here in an intimate a cappella setting to interpret eleven songs from Zorn's remarkable Book of Angels. With lyrics in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, French and Arabic drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessoa, The Hebrew Bible and more, the Masada vocal project is perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful installments in the entire Angels series. Dynamic and evocative New Jewish Music from four powerful women vocalists!

uzziel 03:10
ahaha 02:54
el el 02:20
tehom 02:27
moloch 02:32
balam 03:13
melech 02:48
tarshish 04:01
asaph 03:19
rumie 02:56
natiel 04:11

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Voice
Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Voice
Basya Schecter: Voice
Malika Zarra: Voice


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bill Friesel - Opernhaus Halle, October 20, 2002

1 - Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)
2 - Blues
3 - Eli
4 - Baba Drame (Boubacar Traore)
5 - Country
6 - A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)
7 - That was then
8 - Intercontinental

Kenny Wollesen, drums
Tony Scherr, bass
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Sidiki Camara, percussion & vocals
Bill Frisell, guitars, banjo


Friday, March 19, 2010

Mangus Broo Quartet - Painbody - 2008

Africa Broo 9:00
Painbody 5:43
Das Boot 6:32
Vera Li 2:43
Second Wind 6:53
Clockwise 3:34
Koba Broo 8:02
Smolk Gulz 6:06
Don Don 3:55

Magnus Broo - Trumpet
Torbjorn Gulz - Piano
Jonas Holgersson - Drums
Mattias Welin - Bass (Electric), Mixing


Richard Galliano - Love Day


Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra

01 - Neophilia (4:37)
02 - Walter Bishop, Jr.
03 - Level Three (3:18)
04 - Blinkers (1:25)
05 - Penumbra (7:07)
06 - Mirror Image (1:18)
07 - Message To Prez (6:08)
08 - Tapping Things (5:41)
09 - Vapors (4:46)
10 - One For Eric Dolphy (2:39)
11 - See The Positive (2:53)
12 - Trope On A Rope (3:51)
13 - The 12th Day (2:58)
14 - Equal Justice (7:16)

Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet, tenor & soprano saxophones, alto flute, piano), Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz (bass), Michael Stephans (drums) & Daryl Munyungo Jackson (percussion).
Recorded on June 16 & 17, 2003, at No Sound Studios, Pasadena, CA.


Jacob Anderskov - Agnostic Revelations 2010

"Danish Pianist and Composer Jacob Anderskov has made more than 10 highly acclaimed albums as a Leader. After projects spanning from solo piano over miscellaneous duos, trios & quintets, and 3 albums with his infamous large ensemble Anderskov Accident, Jacob Anderskov has turned to the "classic" quartet format. Yet, this quartet album is everything but conservative. It is Anderskov at his best - visionary, spiritual, and surrounded by some of the leading musicians on the planet within the lingo spoken here."-Ilk Music

Anderskov says:

"I am very thrilled about this album. It contains 7 of my compositions plus a short collective setup improvisation, around one hour of music. It brings together different threads in my production in a way I have dreamed about for some time.

It draws upon the grand-scale music I have composed for a.o. Anderskov Accident & Copenhagen Art Ensemble, and yet has a spirit and a kind of awareness also found in my small groups and my solo work. I think that we basically hit a new way of approaching the quartet format, like I had envisioned. Plus, I think the album has a uniquely soothing vibe around it, just like we felt it while making it. The title [Agnostic Revelations] came to me a few weeks after the recording. It points to certain contemporary conditions of life ("agnostic" as in not believing, yet embracing the doubt), and at the same time, it savours the idea of the revelatory, quasi-religious experience that art can be."

Label: Ilk Music
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording by Andy Taub, NYC on June 27, 2009.


Chris Speed-saxophone, clarinet
Jacob Anderskov-piano
Michael Formanek-bass
Gerald Cleaver-drums

1. Warren SStreet Setup 3:09
2. Be Flat & Stay Flat 8:10
3. Pintxos for Varese 11:06
4. Blue in the Face 6:28
5. Daimonds are for unreal People 8:25
6. Solstice 2009 4:09
7. Neuf 11:13
8. Dream Arch 6:32


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Iron Men - Woody Shaw & Anthony Braxton 1977

Iron Man
Jitterbug Waltz
Diversion One
Song Of Songs
Diversion Two

Woody Shaw - flugelhorn, trumpet
Anthony Braxton - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet
Arthur Blythe - alto saxofone
Muhal Richard Abrams - piano
Cecil McBee - bass
Joe Chembers - drums
Victor Lewis - drums


Friday, March 12, 2010

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron - Left Alone Revisited - A Tribute To Billie Holiday

A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Two “legends” of modern jazz meet for the first time in duo to pay homage to Billie Holiday!
“When Billie Died I found it very painful to play any tune associated with her. Always they would invoke unhappy and sad moments from our musical collaboration.
But now, for the first time with Archie, or maybe because of Archie, selecting the material and performing the songs became for me a joyous time in which I recalled many happy and positive moments togther with Billie.
Also re-establishing contact with Archie Shepp, who is one of the truly great saxophonists of our time, made the creation of this album a fantastically uplifting experience for me”.

1 Easy Living
2 Nice Work if you can get it
3 Everything Happens to me
4 Left Alone
5 When your Lover Has Gone
6 I Only Have Eyes For You
7 Blues For 52nd Street
8 Porgy
9 Lady Sings The Blues
10 Left Alone (spoken Lyrics)

Archie Shepp - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Vocals

Mal Waldron - Spoken Word, Piano


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gary Burton - Quartet Live ( 2009 )

Originally getting back together for a festival gig in Montreal, vibraphonist Gary Burton and longtime colleagues guitarist Pat Metheny, electric bassist Steve Swallow were joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez. The musicians discovered that they were so inspired by the music that they decided to take it on the road for a tour. The selections included on this album were recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland, California in June of 2007. "Sea Journey" opens the album with a mysterious melody, and Metheny's guitar starts out with a gauzy sound, becoming more defined as his solo develops, then gives way to a melodic bass solo. "Olhos de Gato" has a milder and slower feel. Burton takes a patient solo, before Metheny plays some pointillistic guitar on this ballad. "Falling Grace" was one of the highlights of the album for me, opening with a stronger pace from the trio sans guitar, featuring Burton taking a nice, spritely solo. Metheny enters afterwards and keeps the spirits high with a pulsing solo backed by Sanchez's drums. Another highlight was "Walter L" also a fast paced song, featuring the full band playing with an energetic pop feel, Metheny developing a snarling guitar over Sanchez's rocking drums. "Missouri Uncompromised" opens rapidly with guitar and vibes harmonizing over fast drumming, before Metheny comes in fast and strong. But this track really belongs to Snachez who is killing throughout. Duke Ellington's beautiful ballad "Fleurette Africaine" slows the pace down with mellow vibraphone solos sandwiching a more intense guitar interlude. Metheny's composition "Question and Answer" ends the album with a lengthy performance starting with the understated theme, and a short round of solos before Metheny takes an intense solo which adds some subtle guitar synth to the mix, getting a little wild, before bringing the rest of the group back in and taking it out. One of the most enjoyable aspect of this music was the easygoing familiarity the musicians have with each other, they know that the support will be there so they can be creative and take chances. This keeps things fresh and the music is able to avoid the pitfalls of other "supergroup" recordings, as the egos are kept in check and the music flows freely.


Dollar Brand - African Space Program

Bass - Cecil McBee
Flute, Saxophone [Alto] - Carlos Ward , Sonny Fortune
Harmonium, Saxophone [Tenor] - Roland Alexander
Percussion - Roy Brooks
Producer - Horst Weber , Matthias Winckelmann
Saxophone [Baritone] - Hamiet Bluiett
Saxophone [Tenor] - John Stubblefield
Trombone - Kiani Zawadi
Trumpet - Cecil Bridgewater , Charles Sullivan , Enrico Rava

1.Tintiyana, First Part 6:58
2.Tintiyana, Second Part 13:00
3.Jabulani - Easter Joy 22:48


Monday, March 8, 2010

Jeanne Lee & Mal Waldron - After Hours

Recorded at Acousti Studio, Paris, France on May 25-26, 1994.

Jeanne Lee (vocals), Mal Waldron (piano).

Track listing: Caravan; You Go to my Head; I Could Write a Book; Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat; Straight Ahead; Fire Waltz; I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart; Every Time We Say Goodbye


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Curtis Fuller - Keep It Simple

1.Spoken Intro
2.Court, The
4.Girl Talk Mode, A
6.Lover Man
7.Western Sunrise
9.I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
11.It’s You or No One

Curtis Fuller (trombone);
Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone);
Doug Carn (piano);
Rodney Jordan (double bass);
Fritz Wise (drums).


Santana-Shorter Band - Live In Montreux - 1988

Carlos Santana – guitar, Wayne Shorter – saxophone, Chester Thompson – keyboards, Patrice Rushen – keyboards, Alphonso Johnson – bass, Armando Peraza – congas, Jose Chepito Areas – timbales, and Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums


Charles Sullivan - Genesis (1974)

01 - Evening Song
02 - Good-Bye Sweet John
03 - Field Holler
04 - Now I'll Sleep
05 - Genesis

All selections by Charles Sullivan

Charles Sullivan - trumpet, flugelhorn
Dee Dee Bridgewater - vocals
Sonny Fortune - alto saxophone
Alex Blake - bass
Stanley Cowell - piano
Billy Hart - drums
Lawrence Killian - congas, percussion
L. Sharon Freeman - electric piano (03)
Anthony Jackson - electric bass (03)
Alphonse Mouzon - drums (03)
Onaje Allen Gumbs - piano (02)