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2008: The Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band - A Stompin' Good Time Music » Blues » Rhythm-n-Blues
2008: The Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band - A Stompin' Good TimeArtist: The Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band
Album: A Stompin' Good Time
Label: ACE Records CDCHD 1184
Year: 1957-1958
Release: 2008
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s
Size: 123MB

In addition to being perhaps the most famous early rock & roll radio DJ of all, Alan Freed also promoted and presented many early rock & roll concerts, at which a house band was needed to play and back many of the artists. This 24-track CD, though credited to the Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band, actually features both that group (which performs half the 24 cuts) and a similar outfit called the King's Henchmen (the credited performers on the other dozen selections). The 12 Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band tracks were all done in November 1957, and used as filler on two various-artists compilation LPs (one on the Coral label, the other on Brunswick). The other 12 tracks, all recorded in February 1958, were issued as a King's Henchmen album titled Alan Freed Presents the King's Henchmen Playing New Orleans Rock'n'Roll. Though it's not known precisely who played on each sessions, it's likely that saxophonists King Curtis, Sam "The Man" Taylor, and Lowell "Count" Hastings played on all of them, as probably did guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Ernie Hayes. Getting that discographical confusion out of the way -- and the liner notes do provide a handy discography -- what we have are two dozen early rock & roll instrumentals that sound pretty much like they were thrown together on the spot, albeit played with great professionalism. Stock early rock & roll/R&B progressions dominate, with plenty of honking saxes. But on the Alan Freed Rock'n'Roll Big Band tracks, there's also a somewhat anachronistic big-band feel to the arrangements (especially in the trumpet parts), almost as if Freed or someone else were afraid of getting too raunchy or offending any adults in the crowd. As for Freed himself, his participation was minimal; he certainly didn't play any musical instrument, though he introduces a few numbers (and adds a few exhortations here and there) in a hepcat tone of voice. You'd think that the real rock & roll fans in the audience -- whether at concerts or listening to records at home -- suffered these instrumentals with some impatience as they waited for the true rock & rollers to come on-stage. If they wanted incidental/generic instrumental rock & roll backup music to warm them up, certainly they would have preferred earthier stuff by the likes of Joe Houston and Bill Doggett. As such, this compilation is a curio and historical timepiece, and not one to satisfy either the rock/R&B crowd or big-band fans.
~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
2006: Norm Kubrin - I Thought About You Mainstream, Vocal Jazz
2006: Norm Kubrin - I Thought About You
Artist: Norm Kubrin
Album: I Thought About You
Label: Arbors ARCD 19342
Year: 2006
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kbps
Time: 60:52
Size: 131.2 MB

Vocalist-pianist Norm Kubrin fronts a trio on Thought About You with guitarist Bob Hanni and bassist Don Coffman. The piano-guitar-bass arrangement probably seems less familiar today than piano-bass-drum, and places the style and approach of Thought About You in the '50s. The songs by names like Gershwin & Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and Johnny Mercer reinforce this connection to mainstream jazz. The set sways between mellow ballads like "Isn't It a Pity" to happier, medium-tempo songs like "It's a Wonderful World." Kubrin's vocal approach and choices of material partly recall Mel Tormé, though his straightforward style lacks Tormé's flair and flourishes. Kubrin really enjoys slowing ballads down to a snail's pace, turning them into intimate late-night conversations between himself and one or two barflies. He's equally contented with easy rolling songs like "Nice Work if You Can Get It," though overall, Thought About You is a relaxed set. Kubrin, Hanni, and Coffman are quite comfortable together, which seems like a prerequisite for trio work, and all three know when to jump in and when to stay out of one another's way. The solo piano and guitar work are solid, though the sparks never really fly thanks to the mellow material and the trio's mellow approach. Kubrin and company have turned in a respectable effort, sure to please mainstream jazz fans.
~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide
1997: Hugh Fraser Quintet - In The Mean Time Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1997: Hugh Fraser Quintet - In The Mean Time
Artist: Hugh Fraser Quintet
Album: In The Mean Time
Label: Jazz Focus
Year: 1997
Format: mp3 320kbps
Time: 70:31
Size: 161MB

Bluster and bombast are mostly all that comes through on this shameless display of bravado, as recorded live during a 1996 performance at Vancouver's Glass Slipper. Printed on the trayback is a blurb credited to Slide Hampton which refers to trombonist/pianist Fraser as "a genius," but this hyperbole is hardly justified by the athletic exercises in multiphonics and other sorts of brash technical insensitivities heard within. The other musicians involved in this alternately commonplace and appalling enterprise are sopranist/altoman Campbell Ryga, tenorman/pianist Ross Taggart, bassist Ken Lister and drummer Blaine Wikjord, and while there are some good points to the sidemen, most specifically the speed of their fingers and their ability to play in tune, I have especially grave reservations about Fraser, both as trombonist and pianist. Apparently, though, Slide doesn't, for he-or someone-goes on to say that "Anything that [Fraser's] involved in has to be good. If you want a really great musical experience, buy this CD."
~ Jack Sohmer,
2004: Danny D'Imperio - Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation Music » Jazz » Big Band
2004: Danny D'Imperio - Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation
Artist: Danny D'Imperio
Album: Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation (Vol.2)
Label: Rompin' Records
Year: 2004
Format : mp4
Time: 62:43
Size: 115.49 MB

"Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation Volume 2" is the second in what is intended to be a series of recordings of music in which we strongly believe. Along with the strong core of muscians, "Special Guests" are featured on each of the recordings. This Volume's guests include: Dennis Dotson, Jason Jackson, Chris Byars, Ralph Lalama, Sacha Perry and Lew Tabackin.
1975: Gato Barbieri - Chapter Four: Alive in New York Music » Jazz » Latin
1975: Gato Barbieri - Chapter Four: Alive in New York
Artist: Gato Barbieri
Album: Chapter Four: Alive in New York
Label: Impulse!
Year: 1975
Format: FLAC
Size: 316.44 MB
AMG rating: 1975: Gato Barbieri - Chapter Four: Alive in New York

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Taken from three nights of recording in February of 1975, Gato Barbieri's Chapter 4 is a continuation -- albeit in a concert setting -- of the music explored on his first three chapters for Impulse. Finally available on CD this set includes three Barbieri compositions, including the four-part suite "La China Leonicia" and his ubiquitous "Milonga Triste." The band here includes percussionist Ray Armando, bassist Ron Carter, multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson (here on tuba, flelhorn, and bass clarinet), pianist Eddie Martinez, guitarist Paul Metzke, and Brazilian drummer Portinho. The band here is full of warmth as well as fire, and the blowing is full of passion. Barbieri's bands in the early and mid-'70s were well rehearsed, and deeply in tune with his brand of Latin jazz. The empathy in the rhythm section is utterly uncanny as Carter, Martinez, and Portinho create a shape-shifting backdrop for the frontline players to wind and entwine one another, incorporating formal notions of song into the action. The opening "Milonga Triste" is a case in point as Gato plays the melody, Johnson, in his own gift for lyricism, plays contrapuntal fills, and Metzke trots out elongated fingerpicked figures for Barbieri to solo off of, never losing the lyric in the process even as the intensity of the tune grows with every chorus. The suite begins as a free blowing exercise where modes are kept hovering about for the frontline players to improvise from until a melody is established and a direction taken that changes continually in the following three parts. The album's closer, "Lluvia Azul," begins as a ballad of dreamy quality and becomes a Latin jazz steamer by the end of the first third of its ten minutes, and becomes a lyrical orgy of harmonic invention and chromatic interplay with burning salsa rhythms fueling the entire thing. Chapter 4: Alive in New York is one of Barbieri's finest moments on record.
~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
1996: Various Artists - Backwood Blues 1926-1935 Blues, Acoustic blues
1996: Various Artists - Backwood Blues 1926-1935
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Backwood Blues 1926-1935
Label: Document records
Year: 1926-1935; release: 1996
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kps
Time: 69:39
Size: 153 MB

Profound music by 3(4) of the best wailers of the early blues to be recorded.

Backwood Blues 1926-1935 contains a selection of material from the early country-blues singers. The best-known name is Bo Weavil Jackson, who has the best cuts on this 18-track collection; Bobby Grant, King Solomon Hill and Lane Hardin are the other singers here. While the Jackson cuts are uniformly interesting, much of the music here is only appealing to specialists and academics. For anyone else, the exacting chronological sequencing, poor fidelity (everything was transferred from acetates and 78s) and uneven performances make this collection of marginal interest.
~ Thom Owens, All Music Guide
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