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1967: Shirley Scott - Now's The Time Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1967: Shirley Scott - Now's The Time
Artist: Shirley Scott
Album: Now's The Time
Label: Prestige Records (Catalog#: PR 7440) US
Released: 1967
Format: FLAC, LP- Rip
Time: 33:40
Size: 107MB + 104MB

Now's the Time is an album by organist Shirley Scott compiling several tracks recorded between 1958 and 1964 and released on the Prestige label in 1967. "This is early Scott, several takes from different sessions for this Prestige release", Allmusic.

Yes once upon a time jazz was a man's world but with gals like Shirley Scott around some of the cats are beginning to get inferiority complexes. Like isn't a womans place in the kitchen! Not when she happens to be Shirley Scott. Her latest cooking is done on a Hammond, not a stove. ~ Extract from Liner Notes by Mark Gardner.
1957: Ted Heath - Tribute To The Fabulous Dorseys... Music » Jazz » Big Band
1957: Ted Heath - Tribute To The Fabulous Dorseys...
Artist: Ted Heath
Album: Tribute To The Fabulous Dorseys...
Label: London Records LL-1743
Year: 1957
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s (Lp-rip)
Time: 32:00
Size: 79.3MB


Heath was inspired by Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force Band and spoke with Miller at length about forming his own band when Miller toured England with the USAAF Orchestra. Heath admired the immaculate precision of the Miller ensemble and felt confident that he could emulate Millers success with his own orchestra.
1946: Buck Clayton - The Classic Swing Of Buck Clayton Swing, Mainstream
1946: Buck Clayton - The Classic Swing Of Buck Clayton
Artist: Buck Clayton
Album: The Classic Swing Of Buck Clayton
Label: OJC / Riverside
Year: 1946; release: 1992
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 79,2 mb
Total time: 36:46

This limited-edition CD features small-group swing originally issued on the H.R.S. label from three different sessions in 1946. On one date, the great trumpeter Buck Clayton heads an octet with both Trummy Young and Dicky Wells on trombones; on another occasion he leads an unusual pianoless quartet that also includes clarinetist Scoville Brown, guitarist Tiny Grimes and bassist Sid Weiss. In addition, Clayton is heard as a sideman with Trummy Young's septet, which also features clarinetist Buster Bailey. Swing was going very much out of style at the time, and these somewhat obscure dates can be considered among the final small-group swing sessions of the classic era. More importantly, all of the principals sound creative and full of spirit.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1960/1961: The Billy Taylor Trio - Warming Up! Swing, Mainstream
1960/1961: The Billy Taylor Trio - Warming Up!
Artist: The Billy Taylor Trio
Album: Warming Up! (2LP/1CD)
Label: Milestone Records
Years: 1960/1961; release: 2004
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 170mb
Total time: 74:33

Warming Up! collects two trio albums recorded by pianist Billy Taylor in 1960-1961, the first under the same title, the second Interlude. On the first 12 pieces he's joined by bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Ray Mosca, on the later 11, Doug Watkins takes Grimes' place. The similar setup and personnel mean that both albums flow together as a piece, though each carries a separate mood owing to the albums' different conceptions. Warming Up! was slotted for a radio transcription company, which meant that the tracks would be kept short (three minutes or less). This design gives pieces like "That's Where It's At" and "Don't Bug Me" a nice, compact unity while still allowing Taylor plenty of room for his fluid style. The Interlude tracks, on the other hand, worked more like short suites from a symphony, moving through the beginning, middle, and end of a love affair. While the compositions run a little longer here, most stay within the four- to five-minute range. The mood of pieces like "You Tempt Me" and "Did You Dream Too" is much more introspective. Taken together, the two recordings sound like two set lists, one recorded in the early evening, the other late at night. Taylor's light touch sensitively captures both frames of mind, making Warming Up! a fine introduction to a fine pianist.
~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. , All Music Guide
1984: Ricky Ford - Shorter Ideas Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1984: Ricky Ford - Shorter Ideas
Artist: Ricky Ford
Album: Shorter Ideas
Label: Muse Records (Catalog#: MR 5314)
Released: 1985
Format: FLAC, LP- Rip
Time: 33:18
Size: 111MB + 111MB
AMG Rating: 1984: Ricky Ford - Shorter Ideas

Ricky Ford explores the music and ideas of Wayne Shorter - a perfect fit for Ford's deeply soulful style of blowing the tenor! The set's actually got a more tightly arranged feel than you might expect - which makes for a nicely fresh take on some of Shorter's greatest numbers from earlier years, and creates some extremely inventive playing between group members that include Jimmy Knepper, James Spaulding, Kirk Lightsey, Rufus Reid, and Jimmy Cobb. Titles include Shorter tunes "Yes Or No", "Miyako", "Dance Cadaverous", and "Pinnochio" and Ford originals "Wolf Trap" and "Tabloid Blues". Dusty Groove, Inc.

Ford, who has usually recorded with small groups, here heads an all-star sextet with altoist James Spaulding and trombonist Jimmy Knepper -- an inspired idea that works. They perform four Wayne Shorter numbers, a couple of Ford's originals, and Duke Ellington's "Happy Reunion." Ford takes the lion's share of the solo space and is clearly up to the task, making these sometimes complex compositions seem accessible and logical. Ford has long been underrated (too old to be a Young Lion and too young to be an elder statesman), but based on the evidence of this recording alone he clearly deserves much greater acclaim. ~ by Scott Yanow, AMG.
1962: Grant Green - The Latin Bit Music » Jazz
1962: Grant Green - The Latin Bit
Artist: Grant Green
Album: The Latin Bit
Year: 1962 rec./1996 rel.
Label: Blue Note 37645
Format: Flac, cue, log
Time: 59:29
Size: 456 MB + artwork


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Grant Green, being known mainly as a soul jazz guitarist, eventually gravitated into the popular boogaloo sound. The Latin Bit is the natural bridge to that next phase, though a bit premature for most in 1961-1963, even relative to the subsequent bossa nova craze. Pianist Johnny Acea, long an underrated jazzman, is the nucleus of this session, grounding it with witty chops, chordal comping, and rhythmic meat. The Latino rhythm section of drummer Willie Bobo and conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdes personify authentic, seasoned spice, while at times the chekere sound of Garvin Masseaux makes the soup too thick. At its collective best, the group presents a steady, serene, and steamy "Besame Mucho" and the patient, slow, slinky, sultry "Tico Tico." Just a small step below is a classy take on Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes," a premier jazz bebop (emphasis) tune with a Latin undertow and Green's tiniest staccato phrases, slightly marred by the overbearing constant chekere, but still classic. "Mama Inez" ranks high for its calypso-infused happy feeling and wry stop-start lines. The straight-ahead hard bopper "Brazil" and lone soul-jazz tune, "Blues for Juanita," display the single-note acumen that made Green's style instantly recognizable. This date always yielded mixed results for staunch fans of Green, but it remains a credible effort, even if slightly flawed in part. [Some reissues add two selections with pianist Sonny Clark and tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec, the latter of whom plays hip secondary harmonies on the bossa nova-flavored "Granada," but is in the complete background and a non-factor on the pop tune "Hey There."]
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1979: Stephane Grappelli & Bucky Pizzarelli - Duet Music » Jazz » Swing
1979: Stephane Grappelli & Bucky Pizzarelli - Duet

Artist: Stephane Grappelli & Bucky Pizzarelli
Album: Duet
Year: 1979
Label: Distribution
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kbps
Time: 1h; 3 min; 34 sec
Size: 124 mb
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This is an obscure LP, a duet set featuring violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. It thus far has only been put out by the French Ahead label. The music, however, is quite rewarding and not as ballad-oriented as one might expect from the instrumentation. Highlights include "Tangerine," "Alabamy Bound," "Have You Met Miss Jones" and "Black Bottom." Even on songs that he had already played countless times, Grappelli sounds very enthusiastic. Well worth searching for. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2003:Rosa Passos & Ron Carter - Entre Amigos Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
2003:Rosa Passos & Ron Carter - Entre Amigos
Artist: Rosa Passos & Ron Carter
Album: Entre Amigos
Label: Chesky Records
Year: 2003
Format, bitrate: MP3, CBR 320
Time: 51:21
Size: 116 Mb
AMG Rating 2003:Rosa Passos & Ron Carter - Entre Amigos
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The breezy, floating rhythms ... are like a soundtrack to erotic dreams of sex without risk or exertion. ~ Jazz Times

Rosa Passos made her recording debut as a leader in 1979, but this 2003 Chesky CD may be her first to be released outside of South America. The Brazilian singer is paired with veteran bassist Ron Carter, who provides a solid melodic foundation for her throughout the date; the delightful Brazilian guitarist Lula Galvao; percussionist Paulo Braga, and, on a few tracks, veteran session musician Billy Drewes on tenor sax or clarinet. While the focus is clearly on the soft, effective vocals of Passos, who is extremely effective in her interpretations of bossa nova classics such as "Insensatez," "Desafinado," "Caminhos Cruzados," and "O Grande Amor," Carter's solos are also subtly swinging. Not satisfied with sticking exclusively to a well known repertoire, Passos is a superb interpreter of less familiar songs like Jobim's "Por Causa de Voce" (a duet with Carter, whose playing is phenomenal on this track) and the lively "Feitio de Oracao." The warm, very intimate sound throughout this studio date makes this a particularly memorable bossa nova release.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1961/1962: Chris Connor - Free Spirits (Bonus tracks) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1961/1962: Chris Connor - Free Spirits (Bonus tracks)
Artist: Chris Connor
Album: Free Spirits (4 Bonus tracks)
Label: Atlantic/ WEA Japan
Years: 1961/1962; release: 2013
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 109 mb
Total time: 47:42

Chris Connor's smoky voice made her a natural fit for torch songs, but her flair for improvisation expanded her considerable talents to include upbeat material as well. Free Spirits, an excellent small-group date arranged for her by Al Cohn, features Connor in a range of settings; remember, free spirits don't necessarily mean high spirits. The choices for material also range far and wide. A trio of Ellington evergreens anchor the set, but she also includes material from Peggy Lee, Oscar Brown, Jr., Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," and Billie Holiday's nearly untouchable "God Bless the Child." It helps that she gets expressive accompaniment from an all-star lineup -- alto Phil Woods, tenor Oliver Nelson, and a pair of all-time trumpeters (Clark Terry and Joe Newman). Despite the title, the only concept at work here is her ability to captivate a listening audience with a wide-ranging set. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
1962: Tex Beneke - Stardust Music » Jazz » Big Band
1962: Tex Beneke - Stardust
Artist: Tex Beneke
Album: Stardust
Label: RCA Camden Records LP CAL-316
Year: 1962
Format, bitrate: MP3 320 kbps
Time: 40:05
Size: 95.5 MB

After Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 his Army Air Force orchestra continued on with their tour of duty in Europe before returning to America and disbanding. The Miller estate decided that the orchestra should continue and invited tenor sax stylist and vocalist Tex Beneke, who had been a featured attraction and key member of Millers pre-war civilian band, as leader. The newly formed orchestra was a success with a radio series, bookings across the nation and a lucrative recording contract but as the decade progressed Beneke was keen to move on from the Miller sound and get established under his own name so in 1950 Beneke and the Miller estate parted company.By the mid 1950s Beneke was touring less with a regular band, using local musicians wherever he appeared and for the final three selections he is joined by some of New Yorks top session players covering commercial pops of the period.
1958: Ray Anthony - Swing's the Thing Music » Jazz » Big Band
1958: Ray Anthony - Swing's the Thing
Artist: Ray Anthony
Album: Swing's the Thing 2LP/1CD
Label: Aero Space
Year: 1958; release: 1995
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 131 mb
Total time: 58:17

Swing's The Thing album for sale by Ray Anthony was released Jun 23, 1995 on the Aero Space label. SWING'S THE THING was originally releases as two separate albums: Anthony Plays Allen, featuring compositions by pianist/comedian Steve Allen, and Swing.

Aero Space charm from trumpeter Ray Anthony 2 of his classic 50s albums for the label, done in that fluid post-swing approach that made Ray such a favorite with audiences at the time! There's a lightly dancing groove throughout the set one that's got a real focus on the kinds of rhythms that still went down strongly on dancefloors at the time, and which still allow space enough for solo work by Anthony and bandmates that include Conrad Gozzo, Alvin Stoller, Pete Candoli, Frank Lane.
1952-1962: Bebo Valdes - The Best Of Bebo Valdes Latin, Afro-Cuban Jazz
1952-1962: Bebo Valdes - The Best Of Bebo Valdes
Artist: Bebo Valdés
Album: The Best Of Bebo Valdes
Label: Caney - CCD 904
Year: 1952 - 1962
Release: 2004
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: CD1-59:22/CD2-1:02:06
Size: CD1-134.26 MB/CD2-140.48 MB


From Cuba to Mexico, via Haiti, ten golden years of Bebo Valdés (1952-1962). This is the best of the great pianist, orchestra director, arranger of popular Cuban music and legendary figure of Latin jazz.
2009: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous - Bare Bones Music » Jazz » BeBop
2009: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous - Bare Bones
Artist: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous
Album: Bare Bones
Label: Stonequake Recordings
Release: 2009
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 1:09:27
Size: 159.22 MB

This is an album was never planned. My friends and great recording engineer Jim McGee had new some remote recording equipment, so he asked if he could come over and try it out.

Nothing was rehearsed or even talked over. It's more of a trombone jam sassion than anything else. Bill called the tunes and played most of the melodies. Some things come close to a trainwreck, like when I forgot that there is a four-bar tag on "Sentimantal" and called to rtade eight bars apiece. But I think the playing makes up for the looseness. ~ Rob Stoneback
1969: Hank Crawford - Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1969: Hank Crawford - Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul
Artist: Hank Crawford
Album: Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul
Year: 1969; release: 2014
Label: Atlantic Japan (24bit remastered)
Format: FLAC (cue, log, scans)
Size: 231 MB
Total time: 37:05

The concept for the Lady Soul date from 1969 is perfect for Crawford, who typically plays close to the melody, using his great blues feeling and jazz chops to create interest and excitement. Crawford evokes the spirit of Aretha Franklin's music without resorting to literal re-creation of the originals. Arif Mardin's driving, big-band arrangements are impressive, but it is the rhythm section that makes these tracks. Essentially, it's the Atlantic house band: guitarist Eric Gale, pianist Richard Tee, bassist Chuck Rainey, and drummer Bernard Purdie. They all get ample opportunity to show their stuff, especially on the seven-plus minute master blast of the blues, "Going Down Slow."
~ Jim Todd, All Music Guide
1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited Soul-Jazz, Funk-Jazz
1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited
Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Roots Revisited
Label: Verve
Year: 1990, release: 1992
Quality: eac-flac, cue, log, artwork
Size: 303 MB
Total time: 50:52
AMG rating 1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited
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Altoist Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. This CD gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader, and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley, and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure ("In Time"). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul-jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1955-1958: Dave Brubeck - Three Classic Albums Plus 2CD Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1955-1958: Dave Brubeck - Three Classic Albums Plus 2CD
Artist: Dave Brubeck
Album: Three Classic Albums Plus (Jazz Red Hot & Cool / Newport 1958 / Jazz Goes To Junior College)
Label: Avid Entertainment / The Orchard
Years: 1955,1957,1958; release: 2009
Format: FLAC and Mp3, 320 kbps. Scans.
Size: FLAC 251+160 + 160 + 144 mb; MP3: 167+151 mb;
Artwork: 21 MB

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AVID Jazz here presents three classic Dave Brubeck albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
Jazz Red Hot & Cool, Newport 1958, and Jazz Goes To Junior College plus an extra bonus track from the First Timex All Star Jazz Festival.the classic St. Louis Blues!. We begin with Jazz Red Hot & Cool where the great man is accompanied as ever by Paul Desmond on alto alongside Joe Dodge on drums and Bob Bates on bass. Here we find the fully formed quartet with all the elements of the Brubeck style firmly in place. At Newport 1958 we find Brubeck paying tribute to the legendary composer and bandleader Duke Ellington with a programme of tunes either written by or associated with the Duke. Here once again he is joined by Desmond but with Joe Morello on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass. Finally we hear Brubeck breaking new ground as he takes his jazz improvisations onto the college circuit for the first time accompanied again by Desmond and Morello but with Norman Bates taking over on bass. With Jazz Goes To Junior College Brubeck met the college audience on their own ground where previously they had only been allowed to hear classical concerts. Of course, as we now know, this innovation was a resounding success opening the door to all kinds of music being performed at colleges and universities. We conclude with our bonus track (slipped in on CD1 for timing considerations), St. Louis Blues from The First Timex All-Star Jazz Festival featuring the same line up as on Jazz Red Hot And Cool. All three albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever!
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2009: Svend Asmussen - Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music! Swing, Mainstream

2009: Svend Asmussen - Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music!
Artist: Svend Asmussen
Album: Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music!
Label: Arbors Records CD 19390
Year: 2009
Quality: MP3, 320 Kbps
Time:65:27
Size:158.2MB

Although Svend Asmussen should be considered as one of the titans of jazz violin, he still isn't as widely known as Stuff Smith, Stéphane Grappelli, or Jean-Luc Ponty, likely in part because he hasn't toured as widely as the others, with most of his performing and recording taking place in Europe. But the spry Danish veteran, who recorded these sessions in the weeks prior to his 93rd birthday in the winter of 2009, has been the elder statesman of his instrument since the death of Grappelli. His superb rhythm section consists of pianist/organist/bassist Richard Drexler, guitarist Jacob Fischer (whose name was omitted from the credits on the back cover), and drummer Tony Martin. Many of the pieces are standards that have been in his repertoire for decades, including fun-filled treatments of "Makin' Whoopee" and "There Will Never Be Another You." The joyful "Singin' in the Rain" has Drexler simulating raindrops with a catchy vamp in the upper end of the piano as the leader offers his light-hearted solo, while Asmussen's lyrical setting of "Skylark" is sentimental without being syrupy. There are also timeless jazz pieces like the strutting rendition of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a brilliant "Nuages" showcasing both Asmussen and Fischer. The violinist penned a pair of originals, highlighted by the soulful "Sermon for Stuff" (a tribute to the great violinist Stuff Smith, with whom he worked on numerous occasions after Smith moved to Denmark), with Drexler's gospel-infused organ and piano backing him. Perhaps this rare opportunity to hear Svend Asmussen on an American release will open a few more recording opportunities during the violinist's golden years. Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1929-1930: Ben Pollack - Volume 4 - Recorded in New York Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Early jazz
1929-1930: Ben Pollack - Volume 4 - Recorded in New York
Artist: Ben Pollack
Album: Volume 4 - Recorded in New York
Label: Jazz Oracle
Years: 1929-1930; release: 2002
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 163 mb
Total time: 68:04

The fourth volume in Jazz Oracle's Ben Pollack reissue program covers the period right after Benny Goodman and cornetist Jimmy McPartland had departed. They were soon replaced by clarinetist Matty Matlock and trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, but the main star throughout is trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden. This CD has 13 selections recorded by Pollack's Park Central Orchestra and by the same basic group under the names of Gil Rodin and Jack Teagarden, plus ten alternate takes. Because Pollack sought to balance the commercial with the artistic, there are vocalists on every song, including Smith Ballew, Scrappy Lambert, Eddie Gale, and (on three unfortunate examples) Pollack himself. Fortunately, Jack Teagarden gets to sing on five of the numbers, including (under Rodin's name) "Beale Street Blues" and two versions of "If I Could Be With You." (plus three alternate takes). There are enough worthwhile moments (particularly from Teagarden) to make this a worthwhile acquisition for fans of classic jazz, but the Ben Pollack Orchestra rarely lived up to its great potential. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2007: Wycliffe Gordon - BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One) Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2007: Wycliffe Gordon - BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One)
Artist: Wycliffe Gordon
Album: BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One)
Label: BluesBack Records
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 27:10
Size: 62 MB

Our lives are replete with the accoutrements of modernity. Cell phones, high-speed Internet service, various modes of transportation, educational products promising to jump start our children into the realm of high achievers and a deluge of media dominate our daily lives. We are distracted from thinking and feelingfrom recognizing our humanity; and, indeed, our humaneness. The blues, however, reveals the simple truths of the human condition; unsentimentally and forthrightly asserting the bittersweet essence of human desire.

In Blooz Bluze Blues, internationally acclaimed trombonist and educator Wycliffe Gordon reminds us that we are infinitely more than the information technology and mechanization that threatens us with annihilation. Shouts, hollers, breathless moans and sighs burst forth from Gordons horn proclaiming the victory of the human spirit. Blooz Bluze Blues demonstrates the versatility that is the blues, sonically articulating the dynamism and diversity of human emotion. Warming Up and honoring the past Gordon runs through a variety of exercises creating a stunning array of sounds that prepare his listeners for the diverse interpretations of the blues to come.
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2014: Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2014: Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights
Artist: Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Album: Piano Nights
Label: PIAS Recordings
Year: 2014
Format: FLAC
Time: 1:01:12
Size: 265 MB

Of the many hard-to-define sub-genres of jazz, "dark jazz" may be the most challenging to classify. Exemplifying the category is Bohren & der Club of Gore's Piano Nights . The German quartet, whose members have a variety of doom metal origins, has morphed their earlier inclinations into a hybrid that has little to suggest the player's roots. Unequal parts of ambient, experimental and modern jazz, it represents the most radical career transition since Charles Lloyd joined the The Beach Boys.

Founded in 1992, Bohren & der Club of Gore have long had a following in Europe, recording eight studio albums beginning with the guitar and bass focused Gore Motel (Epistrophy, 1994). Minimalist-ambient pieces pervaded until the 2000 release Sunset Mission (Wonder, 2000) which saw one of the two original guitaristsReiner Henseleitreplaced by multi-instrumentalist Christoph Clöser. The latter added a decidedly jazzier element to the group dynamic and as a result, his first collaboration is a largely undiscovered masterpiece.

Piano Nights is pastoral and desolate at the same time, seeing beauty through crumbling façades. The music rarely rises above a whisper yet even the silences take on an emphatic air. There is an ambience of mystery and quiet urgency in each of these pieces and the music requires patient listening. It is not until "Ganz Leise Kommt Die Nacht" that Clöser's quietly smoky saxophone seems to speak out of the darkness, elevating the tempo from exceptionally down-tempo to just very slow. Similarly on "Segeln Ohne Wind," the tentative upshift in tempo is reluctant to break into the light.

Though there is a consistency in the tone of these pieces, there are variations that present themselves in subtle ways such as the occasional mournful sax in contrast to the almost-cheerful aspects of the vibraphone or the somber spaghetti western flavor of Komm Zurück Zu Mir. Piano Nights aesthetic sense is part Brian Eno, part early Pink Floyd. Eerie, foreboding and weighty, often simultaneously, Piano Nights is beautifully austere throughout. It is an eccentric and stunning extraction of an erudite outer jazz experience.

~ Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
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