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2009: Steve Kuhn And Ecstasy - Motility Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2009: Steve Kuhn And Ecstasy - MotilityArtist: Steve Kuhn And Ecstasy
Album: Motility
Label: ECM
Year: 1977
Release: 2009
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s
Size: 94 MB

This is one of Steve Kuhn's more unusual studio sessions, which was recorded for ECM in 1977. At times, the pianist seems less like a post-bop musician and more like someone dabbling in new age music, especially in his opener, "The Rain Forest." But his formidable technique is quickly brought center stage, so the deceptively mellow setting, with Steve Slagle's birdlike flute and Michael Smith's sparse percussion, develops into something tantalizing, even though it seems unlikely that it could be played in a nightclub. The swirling theme of "Oceans in the Sky" suggests an intense summer downpour, while "Motility" is a wild vehicle swerving back and forth through several genres. Bassist Harvie Swartz contributed the exotic "Catherine" (a piece that never seems to go where one expects) and the Latin-flavored "Places I've Never Been." This long unavailable LP may be somewhat difficult to acquire.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
2009 : Mdungu - Afro What? Music » Jazz » Latin » Afro-Cuban Jazz

2009 : Mdungu - Afro What?
Artist : Mdungu
Album: Afro What?
Year: 2009
Label: Zimbraz/Music & Words
Format, bitrate: MP3 VBR ~ 210 kbps
Time: 52:59 min
Size: 77 MB

Mdungu is a formation of nine international musicians based in The Netherlands. Their style is unique. Intense, raw and highly danceable. A fat horn section, a thriving rhythm section, lyric guitars and a pinch of vocals are the cornerstones of the Mdungu sound. Mdungu is influenced by the Griots of Mali, the Afrobeat of Nigeria and the Mbalax of Senegal. Mixed with funk, rock, jazz and samba, played with heart and soul: African music the Mdungu way.
AFRO WHAT? is Mdungu's debut album released in May 2009. The album was very well received in the Benelux and has been released in the rest of Europe in the fall of 2009. The recordings are mixed by producer/guitarist Justin Adams, who is well known from his award winning work with Tinariwen, his own group the Justin Adams / Juldeh Camara Trio and Robert Plants Strange Sensation. The album is released by Zimbraz, a division of Music & Words.
1968: Julie London - Easy Does It Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz

1968: Julie London - Easy Does It
Artist: Julie London
Album: Easy Does It
Label: Liberty
Year: 1968
Format, bitrate: MP3 320/kbps
Time: 39:20
Size: 88,38 MB

There are singers who let it fly from deep within and pour out red-faced bellows complete with bulging eyes and pulsating neck cords. They rip it up with big bands and belt it out until the sun comes up, then follow with swashbuckling encores that bring down the house with slaps-on-the-back and flamenco table top dances.
Then there's Julie.
No gala musical fanfare or big-sound glitter. No jokes, no jugglers, no soft-shoe. Just a blues guitar, a well-placed bass, a drummer's light brush... and Julie. The combo provides a mere musical skeleton, a framework that serves only to complement the singer; it doesn't try to compete. The combination is distinctively blues... and distinctively Julie.
Julie is a mysterious, sultry woman with a moist-eyed singing style and real feeling for loneliness. She can take a variety of material and adapt it perfectly to her nostalgic blue mood. Her rendition of "This Can't Be Love" is one of the best examples. The slight musical accompaniment serves only to enhance Julie's vocal mood. Even old timers like "Me And My Shadow" and "Bidin' My Time" come across like they were written especially for her.
Julie won't change her style with the whims of the musical world - her "It Had To Be You" and "The Man I Love" will always be provoking and easy to understand. And people will always want to hear her. .. whenever they get in that Julie mood.
No, she doesn't strain above the percussion and brass, and she has no aspirations to win the battle of the bands or shatter fine crystal with her vocal vibrations. Her music is for the candlelight people - people who light fires in fireplaces and pull down bottles of Spanish Port from musty cupboards. She sings the way lonely people feel. And there's not a grin in the place.
~ Liner Notes by Al Stoffel:

2009: Wolfgang Haffner - Round Silence Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2009: Wolfgang Haffner - Round SilenceArtist: Wolfgang Haffner
Album: Round Silence
Label: ACT
Year: 2009
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s

Round Silence is an album that skirts around the quiet, calm spaces in the music without soundlessly passing by,
and an attentive listener will surely appreciate its subtle rewards.

Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel/Germany in 1965.
He started playing drums and piano at the age of six. After finishing school in 1983 he began his career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted by german Jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff. The Band played Festivals including the Paris Jazzfestival and the Jazzfest Berlin. Haffner later became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers Passport, with whom he played for 11 years, touring Europe and Southafrica. From 1994 to1995 he was the drummer in the Band of one of the greatest female singers of all times, Chaka Khan. 1994 he joined the US Fusion Superband METRO with Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman and Anthony Jackson. In 1997 Haffner and his long-time colleague Roberto Di Gioia started their succesful Group Zappelbude.
Haffner worked with many great Jazz Artists including Pat Metheny, Michael & Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Pass, Bob James, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Mc Coy Tyner, Art Farmer, Pee Wee Ellis, Esbjörn Svensson, Joe Sample, Fred Wesley, Roy Ayers, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Robben Ford... ), also with artists and Bands like Jan Garbarek, Michael Franks, Die Fantastischen Vier, No Angels, Wolfgang Niedecken, Konstantin Wecker, DePhazz, Lalo Schifrin, and the WDR Big Band Cologne.
Haffner has played Festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Paris, Chicago, North Sea Jazzfestival, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, San Diego, Geneva, Amsterdam, Nice, Stockholm, Madrid, Oslo, Zurich, London.
2007: Dmitri Kolesnik - Five Corners Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2007: Dmitri Kolesnik - Five Corners
Artist: Dmitri Kolesnik
Album: Five Corners
Label: Challenge
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320kbps
Time: 63 min
Size: 88 MB
AMG rating: 2007: Dmitri Kolesnik - Five Corners

Russian bassist/composer Dmitri Kolesnik is a promising talent who is well-versed in both hard bop and post-bop. His second CD as a leader reunites him with the musicians on his first CD (tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter/flugelhornist Alex Sipiagin, pianist Andrei Kondakov and drummer Lenny White), while adding trumpeter/flugehornist Jim Rotondi, a frequent collaborator with Alexander on various New York sessions. His jaunty, somewhat jagged "In Monk's Mood" salutes Thelonious Monk and is full of great solos by the band. "Bitter Chocolate" is lush ballad with a bittersweet air, highlighted by Kondakov's poignant introduction and the heartfelt unison line of Sipiagin (on flugelhorn) and Alexander, with the leader taking a powerful chorus as well. Kondakov contributed two originals, including the driving, turbulent "Song for Kenny," in honor of the late pianist Kenny Kirkland and "Goodbye," a snappy, infectious post-bop vehicle. It's clear that a good time was had by everyone in the studio and a similar experience awaits the listener.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
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