Sunday, 2 September 2018

Dizzy Gillespie - The Verve/Philips Dizzy Gillespie Small Group Sessions (1954-1964) {7CD Box Set Mosaic MCD7-234 rel 2006}

These sessions document unequivocally why Dizzy Gillespie is still considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of jazz, for his mastery of the instrument, his command of time, his control over musical ideas, and his ability to entertain. He was blessed during this period, which spans 1954 to 1963, with stellar sidemen, unparalleled arrangements, and a surge of excitement for making music.

Various Artists - Famous Organ Music from Europe (2013) {10CD Box Set Ars Musici 233793}

The 10-CD set ‘Famous Organ Music from Europe’ presents organ music from six centuries played on famous organs in Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, and Transylvania. The instruments on which the pieces are played are among the greatest in existence and were built by names such as Silbermann, Schnitger, Hillebrand, and Grenzing.

The organ works featured in this collection are by celebrated organ composers like J.S. Bach, Buxtehude and Sweelink as well as lesser-known masters. The music is performed by renowned organists including Harald Vogel, Michael Radulescu, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Jozef Sluys, Christoph Bossert, Horst Gehann, Oskar Gottlieb Blarr, Jean Ferrard, Xavier Deprez, and Andreas Liebig.

Andreas Schaerer & Lucas Niggli - Arcanum (2014) {Intakt CD 232}

Just vocals and drums – that’s the line-up of the dream team of Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli. Outstanding virtuosity and enormous creativity combined with the intuition of sleepwalkers, produces an astonishing sound universe full of surprises.

The imagination and ability of the two musicians to communicate and react is key to their free improvisations, which nevertheless are very precise.

The album was recorded in the legendary “Loft” club in Cologne and is a mixture of live and studio recordings. The result is music played on the first instruments of mankind – voice and drum – which is opulent and impulsive, direct and delicate.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Turtles - The Complete Original Albums Collection (2016) {6CD Set FloEdCo MFO 48047 Official Digital Download rec 1965-70}

Judging from their radio hits, the Turtles were one of the best American pop bands of the '60s, crafting a series of engaging singles that were tuneful, witty, and fueled by a potent mix of Brill Building professionalism and knowing musical experimentation. But while one could certainly get a perspective on their genius through hits like "Happy Together," "Eleanor," "She's Rather Be with Me," and "You Baby," it was on their albums (and the B-sides of their 45s) where they let their imaginations run free and cut their wittiest and most ambitious material.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Grateful Dead - Summer 76: The Complete Broadcasts (2018) {12CD Box Set Sandoz SNZCD2004}

5 Show, 12CD Limited Edition/1000 only. The '76 sound in all its glory, bridging the gap between the early post-hiatus shows and the tightly spun symphonies of '77. Five shows across twelve cd s remastered from the original broadcasts. Also includes booklet with essay. June 12th, Boston Music hall, Boston, MA - WBCN Broadcast June 19th, Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ - WNEW Broadcast June 24th, Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA - WMMR Broadcast June 29th, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL - WXRT Broadcast July 18th, Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, CA - KSAN Broadcast.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Paweł Szymański - Dissociative Counterpoint Disorder - Małgorzata Sarbak (2016) {Bôłt‎ DUX 1332}

Andrzej Chlopecki, the late critic and animator of the music scene, wrote extensively about Szymanski's music as well as supporting the composer by means of his longtime role with the Warsaw Autumn festival. Chlopecki puts things thus: "the formal structure is beautiful while stylistic expression is calculated: for Szymanski's music is a continual game." He then offers precedents in Johannes Ockeghem and Anton Webern, deducing that Szymanski's "guiding principles would be speculation and constructivism." Rendering the loaded quality in the composer's works, Chlopecki adds that the aim of Szymanski's music is the creation of symbolic entities within abstract art forms."

The Jazztet and John Lewis ft. Art Farmer and Benny Golson (1961) {2013 Japan Jazz The Best Series 24-bit Remaster UCCU-9749}

Features 24 bit remastering and limited edition. Release Date: December 04, 2013. The idea of the Jazztet playing arrangements by John Lewis written especially for them is intriguing. According to Gene Lees' liner notes, Art Farmer first approached Lewis about writing something for the sextet, to which the composer replied that he'd rather score an entire record. Even though the Jazztet and Lewis' own group, the Modern Jazz Quartet, are dissimilar in many ways, the marriage is a successful one.

Charles Mingus - Jazzical Moods, Vol. 1 (1954) {Essential Media Group Digital Download rel 2010, Digitally Remastered}

One of the most important composers of jazz, Charles Mingus was also one of jazz's premier bassists and a pioneer in bass technique. The classic recording presented here was recorded in New York, in December of 1954 and features Mingus on bass and piano with Thad Jones (trumpet 1,3) John LaPorta (clarinet, alto sax) Teo Macero (tenor sax, baritone sax) Jackson Wiley (cello 1,3) and Clem DeRosa (drums, tambourine). All selections newly remastered.

Stephane Wrembel - The Django Experiment I (2017) {Water Is Life Records WIL11}

The Django Experiment is the Stephane Wrembel Band's unique way of performing the music of Django Reinhardt. A perfect blend of the original Gypsy sound with the New York City voodoo. Mainly Django's music, and a few compositions by Stephane Wrembel.

Ronnie Cuber - Airplay (1992) {SteepleChase SCCD31309}

“ This is Ronnie Cuber’s first CD for SteepleChase …in the capable hands of the SteepleChase organization, Cuber is back making the kind of satisfying music he produced in an earlier era…All but one of the tunes are Cuber originals, and all are joyously funky” (Krin Gabbard, Cadence)

The Modern Jazz Quartet And The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Opera House (1957) {2013 Japan Jazz The Best Series 24-bit Remaster UCCU-9945}

The Modern Jazz Quartet make a rare appearance on Verve Records in the 50s – splitting half the album here with the classic Oscar Peterson Trio! The live performance was recorded in Chicago, and definitely has the MJQ working in a looser vibe than on some of their late 50s recordings for Atlantic – a bit more open and swinging, in a Verve mode – with some of the bop inspiration that first showed up on their early Prestige recordings – as you'll hear on the cuts "Now's The Time", "Round Midnight", and "D&E Blues". The second half of the record features live material from Oscar Peterson's hip group with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass – that great drum-less lineup that really lets Oscar take off on piano – on tunes that include "Big Fat Mama", "Should I Love You", "Indiana", and "Elevation".

Sunday, 26 August 2018

James Brown - Think! (1960) {Universal Music Japan Mini LP UICY-9281 rel 2003}

Limited to 5000 copies.Paper sleeve. THINK, credited to James Brown and The Famous Flames was originally released as KING 12-683 in 1960. It was Brown's third album, and as with most of his non-live pre-1970's albums, it contains previously released singles. Here it's some of his final Federal and early King sides. All songs are backed by his first great "James Brown Band" lead by J.C. Davis. Tracks 11 & 12 are James solo without The Flames. It was reissued numerous times throughout his career, some with different covers.

Friday, 17 August 2018

RCO - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 1, 1935-1950 (2002) {13CD Box Set Q Disc 97017, Limited Edition}

Böhm was reported to have told the Wiener Philharmoniker towards the end of his life "I loved you as one can only love a woman". Listening to this boxset, capturing the Concertgebouworkest at the peak of its powers (between 1935 and June 1941), still at a commendable level (between July 1941 and 1944) before having to rebuild from the ashes of war (1945 to 1947) to finally come back to the highest level (1949-1950), the careful auditor has history in the making unfolding with its drama, its joys, but essentially its incommensurable beauty.

Adam Rudolph - Morphic Resonances (2017) {Meta Digital Download, Bandcamp 16-44.1}

Listeners should be advised that Adam Rudolph doesn’t play a beat on this album; it’s a gathering of recent compositions performed by various others, including members of his own New York-based Go: Organic Orchestra. The clear standouts are the first two tracks, in which the Momenta String Quartet gives incisive readings of “Morphic Resonances” and “Syntactic Adventures”—the latter piece dedicated to Rudolph’s mentor Yusef Lateef. Rudolph’s background as a percussionist manifests itself in the use of what he calls “ostinatos of circularity,” layered polyrhythms that create the effect of one part blending almost imperceptibly into another. On the aptly titled “Morphic Resonances,” the sound generated by the violins, viola and cello often brings to mind a backwards tape loop, with individual note attacks camouflaged by subtle shifts in timbre.

Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Enroute (1958) {2013 Japan Jazz The Best Series 24-bit Remaster UCCU-9961}

Cannonball Enroute is the sixth album by the jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and his first released on the Mercury label, featuring performances with Nat Adderley, Junior Mance, Sam Jones, and Jimmy Cobb. Cannonball Adderley's enroute to a great jazz legacy here – stepping out in a groove that begins to show some of the soul jazz modes he was forging at the end of the 50s – a great change from the straighter bop styles of his early years! The lineup here is a wonderful early expression of the familiar Adderley groove – with brother Nat Adderley on cornet, Junior Mance on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – with Mance and Jones bringing an especially nice bottom end to the record – one that gets things moving in a very soulful way! Titles include "Porky", "Hoppin John", "That Funky Train", "I'll Remember April", and "18th Century Ballroom".