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2003: Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Salute To Glenn Miller Swing, Big Band
2003: Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Salute To Glenn Miller
Artist: Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Album: Salute To Glenn Miller
Label: IMCD006
Year: 2001 & 2003 ; release:2003
Format, bitrate: MP3 320KPS
Time: 68:21
Size: 150.8MB

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra brings you 19 essential Glenn Miller instrumental classics. As well as stunning re-recordings of the staples of the Miller repertoire such as In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Tuxedo Junction and A String of Pearls, there are recreations of some of the rarely heard repertoire of Major Miller's AEF Orchestra. The AEF Orchestra was Glenn's wartime services orchestra and therefore never recorded commercially. Here for the first time, lovingly transcribed from scratchy V disc recordings, and recreated in the studio by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra we have the AEF versions of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Cherokee and Holiday for Strings. 'Salute to Glenn Miller' brings the monochrome memories of the war years back to life in glorious digital stereo, revitalising the classics of Glenn s repertoire and reintroducing some of the AEF's lost gems! A 'Must Have' for any lover of the music of Glenn Miller.
~ CD Description,
2012: Tia Fuller - Angelic Warrior Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop

2012: Tia Fuller - Angelic Warrior
Artist: Tia Fuller
Album: Angelic Warrior
Label: Mack Avenue Records
Year: 2012
Quality: mp3/320 kbps
Size: 150 MB
Time: 64:37

Tia Fuller's fourth CD (and third for Mack Avenue) is a diverse affair, with a top-drawer supporting group (keyboardist Shamie Royston, bassist Mimi Jones, and drummer Rudy Royston) and several guests. The focus is primarily on the leader's originals, starting with the diverse post-bop vehicle "Royston Rumble" that showcases Fuller's explosive, often gritty alto, guest John Patitucci's bubbling electric bass, and drummer Rudy Royston's fiery closing break. "Ralphie's Groove" proves immediately infectious with its soulful theme, while Fuller's dramatic "Angelic Warrior" showcases her considerable chops on soprano sax in dramatic fashion, with Terri Lynne Carrington taking over on drums. "Tailor Made" mixes contemporary flavor and R&B in a spirited manner. Guest vocalist Dianne Reeves' sincere performance in "Body and Soul" is somewhat handicapped by the funky backbeat and bland backdrop scored by Fuller. Other standards fare better, including interweaves of two Cole Porter favorites, "So in Love" and "All of You," the first introduced with a staccato unison line by alto and bass (with Patitucci taking over on acoustic bass), with Carrington again on drums. "Cherokee" is far from the usual bop interpretation, with Royston's distorted Fender Rhodes providing an unusual springboard behind the leader's high-powered alto sax. The future of jazz is safe with contributions from rising stars like Tia Fuller. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.
2002: Benkó Dixieland Band - A Ragtime Kora Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Dixieland

2002: Benkó Dixieland Band - A Ragtime Kora
Artist: Benko Dixieland Band
Album: A Jazz Szuletesetol Napjainkig (A Ragtime Kora)
Year: 2002
Format, bitrate: mp3@320kbps
Total Time: 73:57
Total Size: 170,36 MB

Formed in 1957, the Benkó Dixieland Band is one of most popular jazz groups in Hungary while also one of the best in the world. A truly world class ensemble whose very first album was a golden disk. Winners of a great many Hungarian festivals and competitions, the BDB has been honored with numerous awards. The group has played to tens of thousands, and some of the greatest international stars were invited to play with them on stage. Over the years, the guests have included Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Joe Newman, Buddy Wachter, Henry Questa, Joe Muranyi, Eddy Davis, Cynthia Sayer, Harry Sweets Edison, Albert Nicholas, or Wild Bill Davison from the United States as well as Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Tony Scott, Huub Janssen, Acker Bilk and many others from this side of the Atlantic.
2013: Julie London - Silk and Satin (The rare songbook) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
2013: Julie London - Silk and Satin (The rare songbook)
Artist: Julie London
Album: Silk and Satin
Label: Fuel
Years: Late 50s/Early 60s; release: 2013
Quality: Bitrate:my cd >mp3-320
Size: 109 mb (with full scans)
Total Time:51:08

Rare work from Julie London a batch of 20 tracks that were originally issued as singles, and never appeared on LP which makes the package a great complement to Julie's famous run of albums for Liberty Records! The sound here is right up there with more famous music from London those trademark breathy vocals, set to instrumentation that's often nice and spare so that her words seem to float effortlessly on air, with a sexy undercurrent that few other singers could ever hope to match! The set's short on notes we could have used more information on the cuts but we're more than happy with the music itself a set of 20 titles that includes "My Love My Love", "It's Easy", "Must Be Catchin", "My Strange Affair", "Man Of The West", "I'll Cry Tomorrow", "Tall Boy", "Voice In The Mirror", and "The Freshman". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Julie London (September 26, 1926 - October 18, 2000) was an American jazz and pop singer and actress. She was noted for her smoky, sensual voice and languid demeanor. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950s and 1960s, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River," which she introduced in 1955. This CD contains 20 tracks that have never appeared on any LPs. One of the most distinctive pop singers of the 1950s,. This tribute presents 20 of her single tracks from the 1950s and early 1960s, including her earliest known recordings from 1955 recordings that almost disappeared between the cracks! ~ Product Description,
1976: Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe Contemporary Jazz, Funk-Jazz
1976: Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
Artist: Phil Ranelin
Album: Vibes From The Tribe
Label: Tribe Records (Cat#: TRCD4008) / Hefty Records (Cat#: HEFTY 033)
Year: 1976; Release: 2001
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 63:03
Size: 394.918 MB
AMG Rating: 1976: Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe

1976: Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
In Detroit, 1971, trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison started a band, a recording company, and a magazine, and called them the Tribe. Though the three organizations lasted until 1978, Ranelin's Vibes From the Tribe, issued in 1976, was the last of eight records issued by Tribe/Time Is Now Productions. P-Vine Records in Japan has issued a handsomely packaged one CD compilation of material selected from the label (there's a facsimile of the magazine included in the box), but Vibes From the Tribe is the first of the label's actual recordings to be issued in full, with added bonus tracks courtesy of Ranelin and the Hefty label. Tortoise boss John McEntire has restored the master tapes to their former glory, and added some touches to the unreleased material, with full approval from Ranelin, which give the music a contemporary feel. Musically, this is not only a solid portrait of Detroit's jazz scene in the mid-'70s, but is also a definitive portrait of its cultural mentality. While everyone in the nation had written off the city as a wasteland, a space devoid of anything worth celebrating, its residents were in the process of creating some of the most vital jazz, literature, and art in its history. Vibes From the Tribe is a wildly diverse collection of tunes to be on a single long-player. Ranelin and his friends -- among them tenor saxophonist and flutist Wendell Harrison, pianist Harold McKinney, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, bassist Ralph Armstrong, percussionists Bud Spangler and Barbara Huby, and drummer George Davidson -- offered a portrait of the city through the jazz traditions that influenced it in the previous 20 years. Deep, hard jazz fusion and funk can be heard in the two versions of the title track (one of them an unreleased eight-track version) and "Sounds From the Village." While both echo the influence of Miles' groundbreaking electric band, the identities of these tracks are firmly rooted in a local musical history that includes Teddy Wilson, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, the Funk Brothers rhythm section at Motown, John Lee Hooker, and George Clinton. There is also the more accessible side of Detroit jazz, represented here in "Wife" and "For the Children," which features plaintive but wondrously expressive vocals by Ranelin. Each tune swings with a beauty and airiness that were missing from the jazz of the day -- think of a way more soulful Ben Sidran and you'll get the picture.

But the heart of the set is in its earliest tune, Ranelin's first composition written way back in 1966, "He the One We All Knew." It's played here by an ensemble that included Ranelin on bass trombone and percussion and members of Detroit's premier vanguard unit, Griot Galaxy, with the legendary Faruq Z. Bey on saxophones, Tariq Samad on drums, and David Abdul Kahafiz on zeetar, a traditional African griot instrument. Also lending a hand is pianist Ken Thomas and Armstrong on bass. The piece begins as a modal workout, with Bey and Ranelin taking the first solos. The zeetar creates a drone not unlike a sitar for the rhythm section to build upon; the horn players then find their place in the melody together and light it up, taking it into harmonic territory that appears to surprise even them! The exchanges between Ranelin's bass trombones and Bey's soprano and tenor are knotty, intricate, and -- even in the freer moments -- rooted in the deep greasy groove inherent in all of Detroit's music from the era. Over 18 minutes in length, it is a masterpiece of vanguard jazz, and because of its rhythmic and tonal characteristics, is accessible even to those not interested in the genre. The extended versions of the title track and "Sounds of the Village" have been made manifestly "more Detroit" by McEntire. He lengthens the range of the bass and drums and sequences phrases so they line up the way the band did in the studio prior to recording them. They groove slow and dark, with long, intricate melody lines and accented backbeats creating a spaciousness not often heard in fusion jazz; but then, this isn't fusion jazz, it's funk jazz. Vibes From the Tribe is the sound of a city no one knew existed, a place vibrant with a cultural vision that included everybody. The Tribe was an organization that was focused on that vision, so much so that it could only last for so long; because it was so busy developing its homegrown identity and getting its talent to voice itself, it didn't have the time -- or the person with the influence -- to carry that vision outside its borders. Having grown up in the city and seen this band over a dozen times, I can say that the Tribe was one of the most unique and gifted jazz ensembles that the '70s ever produced. Until techno, the world didn't know how lucky it was to have a post-Motown Detroit; the evidence is now available to suggest that it should have been paying attention all along. If jazz is your thing, then get this. Period. Thanks, Hefty, for the first in a series of reissues from the Tribe.
~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
1984: Steve Smith's Vital Information - Orion Post-bop, Fusion, Funk-Jazz
1984: Steve Smith's Vital Information - Orion
Artist: Steve Smith's Vital Information
Album: Orion
Label: Wounded Bird
Year: 1984; Release: 2005
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 45:55
Size: 112.24 MB

Again, a noticeable departure from his work as the timekeeper in Journey, Steve Smith's Vital Information project is straight-ahead, no-frills fusion from the '80s. Orion pretty much stays within the formula that made Vital Information's debut album so catchy and accessible: slick production and smooth musicianship atop a sheer layer of gloss for sonic measure. Smith holds it down in the background while the band plays through melodies that wouldn't be out of place on records à la their contemporaries. Not the band's strongest effort, but definitely not their weakest either.
~ Rob Theakston, All Music Guide

On CD for the first time ever, and newly remastered, "Orion" is the second Vital Information album put together by drummer Steve Smith, and features Dean Brown and Eef Albers playing guitar together like nobody's business. Add in Tim Landers on bass and Dave Wilczewski on a variety of saxes and you have mid-'80s fusion at its finest. "Orion" was recorded on one of Smith's breaks from the band Journey, and displayed the drummer's vast wealth of ability to cook with just about any group of musicians. A fusion masterpiece. ~
1984: Lee Ritenour - Banded Together Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1984:  Lee Ritenour - Banded Together
Artist: Lee Ritenour
Album: Banded Together
Label: Discovery Records/Discovery
Format, bitrate: FLAC, mp3@320kbps
Time: 42:28
Size: 286.1 MB,105.63MB

Lee Ritenour's banded together here with a few different vocalists most notably Eric Tagg and John Massaro both of whom serve up lyrics over Lee's work on electric guitar! The approach is one that's obviously trying for a crossover hit and the record shakes off some of the better fusion styles of other Ritenour albums in favor of a more commercial pop sound but one that still retains a few soulful elements of Lee's other work. Other all-stars on the set include Phil Collins, Harvey Mason, Don Grusin, and Patti Austin and titles include "Operator", "Other Love", "Sunset Drivers", "Mandela", "Amaretto", "Shadow Dancing", and "Heavenly Bodies". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Lee Ritenour goes techno/pop/rock on an album originally released on the pop Elektra label -- and as such is not recommended to jazz fans with a low tolerance for the stuff. Here Captain Fingers extends his reach to play keyboards and programmed electronic drums on a few tracks, along with very competent rock guitar -- to little effect, for the material is just not very interesting. Indeed, in a telling move, two songs from the previous record, On the Line, are actually recycled here ("Rit Variations II," " Heavenly Bodies"); the former comes off a little better in machine-driven, techno-pop manner. Ernie Watts' protean sax talents are wasted, Eric Tagg and John Massaro's high-pitched pop voices are hard to tell apart without a scorecard, and the largely electronic backing never meets a real groove that it can find. And no hits result anyway. ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
2008: Ronnie Cuber Live at Jazzfest Berlin Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

2008: Ronnie Cuber  Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Artist: Ronnie Cuber
Album: Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Label: SteepleChase
Year: 2008; Release:February 2013
Format, bitrate:mp3;VBR
Size: 57.9 MB

Ronnie Cuber's an overlooked monster in jazz a hell of a player, and has been for decades and one of the last few cats who can really handle a baritone sax! Cuber was late in a legacy of baritonists that included Pepper Adams, Sahib Shihab, Cecil Payne, and Lars Gullin a youngster when all those players were getting old, but more than able to swing with the lean energy that made the 50s baritone sax players as important as the giants on tenor! Here, Cuber really demonstrates that legacy strongly picking up the giant horn and handling it with effortless ease producing these beautifully-blown solo lines that are nice and long, and filled with imagination in the company of a combo that features Kenny Drew Jr on piano, Ruben Rodriguez on bass, and Ben Perowsky on drums. The recent date is a great reminder that Cuber can still cook heavily and titles include "Passion Fruit", "Coco B", "Perpetuating The Myth", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", and "Arroz Con Pollo". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1974: Composer's Workshop Ensemble - We've Been Around Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz

1974: Composer's Workshop Ensemble - We've Been Around
Artist: Composer's Workshop Ensemble
Album: We've Been Around
Label: Strata-East (Cat#: SES-7422) / Claves ‎(Cat#: 50 1195/2)
Year: 1974; Release: 1995
Genre: Soul Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Free Jazz
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 35:33
Size: 196.635 MB

Group. Ambitious but short-lived group of improvisers who recorded on Musicians cooperative Strata-East. They made two albums in early '70s; works were designed for the sessions and were sprawling, intense pieces. Drummer Warren Smith was nominal leader for first release; he was also involved with the second, as were other stalwarts like Howard Johnson, Herb Bushler, Jack Jeffers and Bross Townsend.
~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

1971: Doug Carn - Infant Eyes Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1971: Doug Carn - Infant Eyes
Artist: Doug Carn
Album: Infant Eyes
Label: Black Jazz Records (Cat#: BJ/3)
Year: 1971; Release: 1997
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 42:24
Size: 258.14 MB
AMG Rating: 1971: Doug Carn - Infant Eyes

An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals very different than her later soul work as a solo act, and with a vibe that's like Dee Dee Bridgewater at her soulful 70s best. Jean does a killer job with the album's classic vocal version of Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem" done here with sweet lyrics that really open the song up a lot, and make it into an anthem of love and joy that we'd be hard pressed to match with any other tune! And all other tracks are great too with titles that include "Moon Child", "Passion Dance", and a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.

1991: BBC Big Band - The Very Thought Of You Music » Jazz » Big Band
1991: BBC Big Band - The Very Thought Of You
Artist: BBC Big Band
Album: The Very Thought Of You
Label: Sony Special Product
Year: 1991; release: 1995
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 98,1 mb
Total time: 46:51

Featuring the vocal stylings of Angela Christian, The Very Thought of You is a good representation of the BBC Big Band sound -- among the classics they cover are "Mood Indigo," "Body and Soul" and "You Made Me Love You."
~ Raymond McKinney, All Music Guide

The BBC Big Band performs regularly at most of the UKs major music festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham.

Over the past 20 years the band has performed with many giants of the music world. These have included Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, George Benson, George Shearing, Lalo Schifrin, Clark Terry and Michael Bublé.
1976: Narada Michael Walden - Garden Of Love Light Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1976: Narada Michael Walden - Garden Of Love Light
Artist: Narada Michael Walden
Album: Garden Of Love Light
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Year: 1976;Release:2001
Format, bitrate:mp3@320kbps
Time: 43:05
The debut solo album from ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer!!

I was a jazz disc jockey in 1977 when I first laid eyes on the cover of Garden of Love Light. I couldn't wait to give it a spin. After all, Narada Michael Walden was one of the finest drummers the fusion movement had produced. And even beyond that, he had been writing killer jazz-rock compositions for Mahavishnu and Jeff Beck. But by album's end, I was very disappointed. Walden was in a transition with his music. There were three cuts on the album that were superlative fusion numbers. But the remainder was an R&B pop fest full of syrupy vocals. Walden's new direction would eventually make him one of the industry's most successful pop music producers, in charge of some of the biggest hits that Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey ever put out. He won Grammys and awards for his movie soundtracks as well. More power to him. Despite my own selfish grieving over the great loss to jazz-rock his absence meant, I am happy for his success. No artist is put on this earth to do what I want him to.

The album's first cut, "White Night," is a full-fledged jazz-rock symphonic blast. It would seem to foreshadow a fusion fan's wet dream. Guitarist Ray Gomez, who co-wrote the piece, enters over an orchestral bed of harmonious strings. He sounds like Jeff Beck on the main slow theme. Once he solos, however, he shows some more electric bite. Walden's heavy backbeat supports the structure of the tune. Kick-ass mode has been achieved. As the song winds down, the Perfection Light Symphony plays heavenly call and response with Gomez. It is quite entertaining. "White Night" ends with a dramatic send-up that has you waiting with much anticipation for the next cut, only to be disappointed after it arrives.
~ Walter Kolosky,
2005: Swing Rosie - Sing Cool Swing Hot Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz
2005: Swing Rosie - Sing Cool Swing Hot
Artist: Swing Rosie
Album: Sing Cool Swing Hot
Label: Swing Rosie Records CD SR-31119
Year: 2005
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 48:53
Size: 117.0MB

Sing Cool, Swing Hot is the debut release by Swing Rosie; Torontos newest swing jazz sensation. In their first six months of existence, these girls and their band have been raising the jazz standards and setting hearts afire, and its no wonder.
The first thing that caught my ears was the finesse of the harmonies, supplied by Shannon Butcher, Kira Callahan and Chantelle Wilson. They have such sweet voices, perfect control of pitch and tone and they blend together so well. They cover all the bases mezzo, soprano and alto. Their voices are produced rather well too; with no one voice overpowering the other two. The entire album was recorded live off the floor at Phase One studios.
The result is an album of classic swing numbers, bouncy, lively tracks that just get your feet grooving and your heart thumping. The record includes such hits as Bei Mir Bist du Schoen and Cape Cod. Amazingly, tracks like Suzie Kazoo and Swing Rosie sound as if they came straight from the same era, but theyre actually original compositions.
So, its fair to say that these swingers arent out to reinvent the wheel, nor fix something that aint broke. Theyre just out to make some great music and re-visit some good old classics, and thats cool.
It is a snappy, happy album that has been receiving rave reviews and constant airplay on JAZZ.FM91, AM 740, CIUT, CHRY and the CBC.
So, if youre looking to shine your dancing shoes and put back some pep in your step, then I suggest checking out Swing Rosies latest. Something a lil old, and a lil new, hot and cool.
~ Francesco Emmanuel. The Muse's Muse
1966: Mike Taylor Quartet - Pendulum Contemporary Jazz, Avantgarde
1966: Mike Taylor Quartet - Pendulum
Artist: Mike Taylor Quartet
Album: Pendulum
Label: Columbia ‎ Lansdowne Series (Cat#: SX 6042) / Sunbeam Records (Cat#: SBRCD5034)
Year:1966 ; Release: 2007
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 42:09
Size: 284.86 MB

Mike Taylor: the mystic who looked like a bank clerk

Sometime in late January 1969, the drowned body of a young man was washed up by the Thames at Leigh-On-Sea, Essex. It took some time to establish his identity, and when he was found to be one Ronald Michael Taylor, a jazz musician of no fixed address, few took any notice. Looked back upon 40 years later, Taylors life and work seem so enigmatic that its tempting to think his whole existence a hoax. His contemporaries held his abilities as composer and pianist in the highest regard, yet he rejected opportunities to broadcast his work and refused interviews, relying on his music to do the talking. Though he is estimated to have composed over 300 pieces, for everything from solo piano to trios to big bands and orchestras, he recorded only two barely-heard albums, and the few private recordings of him have long since been lost. Though he wrote songs for the worlds most successful rock band, Cream, his attempts to destroy as much of his own music as possible have made his legacy frustratingly small. His biographical details are extremely scant, and photographs of him are virtually non-existent. As Melody Maker remarked in its obituary of February 15th 1969: He looked like a bank clerk, but acted like a mystic.
~ Richard Morton, Read more: Galactic Ramble
1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77 Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77
Artist: Clark Terry Sextet
Album: Montreux '77
Label: Eagle Vision
Year: 1977; release: 2005
Format: AVI (DVDrip)
Size: 1.23 GB + 3%
Time: 56:22
AMG Rating: 1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77

Clark Terry headlines an all-star septet at this 1977 Montreux concert, one of series of shows that impresario Norman Granz had videotaped but not made commercially available until the 2005 release of this Eagle Vision DVD. Terry, who mostly sticks to flugelhorn, is joined by Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Niels Pedersen, Bobby Durham, and Ronnie Scott; the presence of such an outstanding assembly clearly inspired the musicians to the top of their respective abilities. Scott is the most surprising soloist, as one doesn't typically rank him among the top echelon of players, but his contributions are noteworthy, though Jackson, Pass, Peterson, and the leader are hardly overshadowed by the tenor saxophonist. After an understated opening blues, furious takes of "Pennies from Heaven" and "Samba de Orfeu" produce plenty of fireworks. Things finally slow down a bit for Terry's richly textured interpretation of "God Bless the Child," while he switches to muted trumpet for a lively take of "Sweethearts on Parade." The set concludes with an explosive romp through the bop favorite "Donna Lee." The production is outstanding, as multiple camera angles are utilized with no wasted shots; the audio is simply superb.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.
1975: Mike Westbrook Orchestra featuring John Surman - Citadel / Room 315 Progressive Jazz, Modern Big Band
1975: Mike Westbrook Orchestra featuring John Surman - Citadel / Room 315
Artist: Mike Westbrook Orchestra
Album: Citadel / Room 315
Label: RCA (Cat#: SF8433) / BGO Records (Cat#: BGOCD 713)
Year: 1975; Release: 2006
Genre: British Progressive Jazz, Big Band, Avant-Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 61:37
Size: 392.88 MB

This is an excellent album that once again confirms that there is nothing that Westbrook does better than arrange for big band playing his own compositions. Citadel/Room 315 follows in the tradition of Release, Marching Song and Metropolis and is a fine major work. The choice of sidemen is good and the most featured soloist, John Surman plays with characteristic authority. One might single out his plaintive soprano on Tender Love or his powerful baritone on Outgoing Song but he plays well throughout. ~ Jazz Journal (01/07/1975)

1957: Vinnie Burke - Vinnie Burke's String Jazz Quartet Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1957: Vinnie Burke - Vinnie Burke's String Jazz Quartet
Artist: Vinnie Burke
Album: Vinnie Burke's String Jazz Quartet
Label: ABC Paramount
Year: 1957
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 80,1 mb
Total time: 34:45

Features Burke on bass, Bobby Grillo or Kenny Burrell on guitar, Calo scott on cello, Dick Wetmore on violin, and Jimmy Campbell playing brushes on the Manhattan phone directory! Titles include "Topsy", "Blues For Skeeter", "Solar", "C & V", and "Blues In The Closet". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Burke's sound and technique was remarkably similar to his better-known contemporary, bassist Wilbur Ware who famously recorded with Thelonious Monk. Sonny Rollins, Tina Brooks. Grant Green and many other top artists. This said, there is no evidence that Burke copyied Ware's style or vice versa. The fact that Burke was unable to use his fourth finger required him to adopt an unorthodox fingering posture whereby he would be unable to shift the left hand normally forcing him to either stretch the left hand or contract it in order to use this third finger in place of the fourth and requiring more left arm movement. Ware, who was completely self-taught, also used an unorthodox left hand fingering technique requiring a lot of left arm movement. These factors most likely caused Burke and Ware to produce a very similar sound on the bass. Ware, however, was a more percussive bass player and this is discernible in any comparison of the two musicians on recordings.
1976: The Platina - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair Progressive Jazz, Fusion
1976: The Platina - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Artist: The Platina הפלטינה
Album: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair הנערה עם שיער הפשתן
Label: MIO Records (catalogue#: MIO-030)
Year: 1976; Release: 2003
Format: Alac - Lossless
Time: 76:56
Size: 430.088 MB

Back in the 1970s, jazz was a rare commodity in Israel. I first discovered it's existence in a tiny club run by an American expat named Charlie, just behind Yafo Rd in the center of Jerusalem. There I heard this incredible band, Platina. I wasn't generally a jazz fan, but this band was special. Formed originally by Arik Einstein around the core of Kunsman and drummer Kaminsky, the band included several of Israeli's best musicians over its five year existence. They released a first, rather stiff album, the inappropriately named "Live at the Barbarim," a better, ECM-influenced album, "Freedom," backed BB King in Israel, got invited to the Newport Jazz Festival, and then came out with their most amazing batch of music ever, centered around a jazz version of Debussey's "Girl with the Flaxen Hair." ~ Read more
2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso
Artist: Dave Pike
Album: Peligroso
Label: CuBop
Year: 2000
Quality: mp3/320 kbps
Size: 178 MB + 3%
Time: 1:06:29
AMG Rating: 2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso

Dave Pike has long been one of jazz's and Latin music's finest vibraphonists although he often gets overlooked. Peligroso, which is dedicated to Cal Tjader and Milt Jackson, was his first Latin jazz project in years. The influence of Tjader in particular is felt throughout the catchy boppish tunes which include eight of Pike's originals. Strong support is given by trumpeter Carl Saunders, trombonist Rich Pullin, Michael Turre on flute and baritone, and a rhythm section with Bobby Matos on timbales and Robertito Melendez on congas. The music is joyful, swinging, and infectious; difficult to resist! ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
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