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2010: Stephen Haynes - Parrhesia Freejazz, Avantgarde
2010: Stephen Haynes - Parrhesia Artist: Stephen Haynes
Album: Parrhesia
Label: Engine Studios
Year: 2010
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Time: 51:23
Size: 65 mb

Trumpeter Stephen Haynes is a great fan of the late Bill Dixon (like me), and that can be heard on this free improvisation with Joe Morris on guitar and Warren Smith on drums and vibes.
The music is calm and exploratory, as you might expect, with a lot of attention to sonic details and the creation of an unusual atmosphere, that holds the middle between meditative calm and restrained energy, which leads to a great paradoxical tension.
For all three musicians, slowness in the delivery leads to precision and great interaction, and that includes Joe Morris, here often limiting himself to his bass strings, which at times gives more the impression that he's playing bass. Especially on the first track, one gets the impression to hear an arco bass, rather than a guitar. And when he plays on all six strings, as in "Quietude" or "Unfolding", the result is fantastic.
This is also a musical environment in which Smith feels as free as a fish in the ocean or as a bird in the sky, using his broad pallette of percussive sounds and ideas to complement and interact, more interested in coloring and emphasising than in setting a rhythmic base.
As the leader of the trio, Haynes determines the overall sound : wailing, growling, weeping - muted or voiced - with a high level of abstraction, but like Dixon with a deep emotional and spiritual content, one that can only be achieved once the barriers of form are overcome. This is illustrated on all tracks, but expecially on "Unfolding" which is of a staggering beauty and depth, with Morris's guitar adding an eery warmth to Haynes' magnificent playing, with some phrases reminiscent of Lester Bowie, but mainly being himself.
The title of the album is well chosen, and can be explained by the definition by the French philosopher Michel Foucault : "More precisely, parrhesia is a verbal activity in which a speaker expresses his personal relationship to truth, and risks his life because he recognizes truth-telling as a duty to improve or help other people (as well as himself). In parrhesia, the speaker uses his freedom and chooses frankness instead of persuasion, truth instead of falsehood or silence, the risk of death instead of life and security, criticism instead of flattery, and moral duty instead of self-interest and moral apathy" (taken from Wikipedia).
The authenticity and courage required to do this, is what his music is indeed about. Warren Smith takes it a step further by reciting his poem "Yet And Still", but you all know I don't like spoken word on music, and it doesn't work well here either (the exalted tone, the lack of lyricism, the conflict with the music), even if it is one of the best pieces of the album.
But this shouldn't deter you : this is a truly strong and beautiful album. Recommended!
(4 stars out of 5)
~ Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog
2002: John O'Gallagher's - Axiom Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz » Freejazz
2002: John O'Gallagher's - Axiom
Artist: John O'Gallagher
Album: Axiom
Label: CIMP Records
Year: 2002
Format, Flac
Time: 65:00
Size: 334:80 Mb

At the time of this release, John O'Gallagher was not well known even among the most musically knowledgeable, but his sort of post-Coltrane blowing should win him some kudos and a bit of recognition. Although the format of two tenor saxes plus rhythm (in this case less the piano) is not entirely new, it opens up possibilities, some of which O'Gallagher takes advantage. While it is surprising how similar the two saxes (one a tenor, the other an alto) can sound, the group works it to their advantage, with the horns wrestling each other above the fray. On the opening track, for example, the saxes play the tune in unison, but then improvise collectively and effectively with hard-hitting action and a sense of melody. The jazz influences run deep, with a nod to Ornette Coleman here and to Coltrane there. There are times, though, when the results ramble and sputter, as on "Gravity," where you might scratch your head wondering where it is leading. Bassist John Hebert and drummer Jeff Williams are somewhat inconspicuous, though the latter contributes a consistently sensitive if somewhat mundane backing. Ultimately, O'Gallagher comes across as a serious performer with lots of unrealized potential. Broadening his palette by expanding the instrumentation should help him to better realize his concepts, though there is plenty to enjoy here, from the exotic harmonies, the wailing tones, and the distensible solos. There is room for improvement, and it is likely that this will not be the last word from O'Gallagher, even though he can be justifiably proud of his efforts here. ~ Steve Loewy, All Music Guide
1987: Freddie Hubbard And Woody Shaw - The Eternal Triangle Jazz, BeBop, Hard-bop, Post-bop
1987: Freddie Hubbard And Woody Shaw - The Eternal Triangle
Artists: Freddie Hubbard And Woody Shaw
Album: The Eternal Triangle
Label: Blue Note
Year: 1987, release 1988
Format: mp3@320 kb/s
Size: 124 MB
Time: 56:29
AMG Rating: 1987: Freddie Hubbard And Woody Shaw - The Eternal Triangle

No one should consider the pairing of great jazz trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw akin to oil and water. Both are on fire, defer to each other's personalized sound, and swing hard with fervor, supported by an equally talented band featuring the always wondrous pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Carl Allen. The X factor is alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, fresh off a stint with Miles Davis, who rounds out the overall sound and contributes a vital harmonic element to the double-edged swords Hubbard and Shaw wield. The eight tracks are balanced between originals by the co-leaders and compositions from their revered predecessors, all molded into straight-ahead, no-nonsense hard bop.>>>
1994: Kazutoki Umezu - Eclecticism Modern Jazz, Avantgarde
1994: Kazutoki Umezu - Eclecticism Artist: Kazutoki Umezu
Album: Eclecticism
Label: Knitting Factory Works
Year: 1992; release: 1994
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Time: 43:45
Size: 99 mb
AMG Rating: 1994: Kazutoki Umezu - Eclecticism 1994: Kazutoki Umezu - Eclecticism

Eclecticism is not only the name of this album, but the name of this great Japanese reeds player Kazutoki Umezu's project as well. And it would be hard to find a better name for them and their music.
Kazutoki Umezu played in NY downtown in 70s for some years, than lived in Japan and returned in NY back again in early 90s.His Eclecticism project is a result of his collaboration with excellent guitarist Marc Ribot and all the team of John Zorn-related NY avant jazz musicians. Recorded live in Knitting Factory, this album radiates the atmosphere of time and the place!
Most interesting thing with this album's music it is a mature and organic mix of Japanese high energy brutal avant with melodic Zorn-like NY sound. For many listeners Japanese improvisational music associates with Ruins/ Yoshida Tatsuya's brutal and noisy sound attacks.This album is very different: being still very high loaded ,there are plenty of melodies ( obviously Zorn's influence on "Italian movie soundtrack" "Western Picaro" or reworked waltz on "Ballet Dancer"),many different rhythms (from Klezmer to swing)and all music is very bright,various and ... positive!
Besides of Umezu, the other album's star is Marc Ribot: this quirky music and freaky party atmosphere is excellent place for his crunchy sound. But in fact all musicians are of highest level (they all come from Marc Ribot/John Zorn different projects).
Recorded material comes from live show ( October 27, 1992) at NY Knitting Factory and dedicated public adds even more fun for playful atmosphere. Excellent release for NY downtown music fans!

~ Jazz Music Archive
2007: Ralph Gleason: The Complete Jazz Casual Series (5-6) Music video
2007: Ralph Gleason: The Complete Jazz Casual Series (5-6)Artist: Ralph Gleason & Various Artist
Album: The Complete Jazz Casual Series (8 DVD Limited edition)
Label: EFOR Films
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 210 min.
Size: 227, 232, 232, 232, 233, 231, 228 MB

Disc 5-6:
Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet,
Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Muggsy Spanier Sextet, Joe Sullivan

This deluxe box set contains the complete collection of Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual TV program performances. This limited edition set houses 8 DVD's featuring the legendary first-ever jazz series in the history of American TV. Includes 28 star-studded episodes by such luminaries as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, B.B. King, McCoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Charles Lloyd, Paul Winter, Turk Murphy, Keith Jarrett, Woody Herman, MJQ, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Count Basie and lots more.

Highly Recommended!!! fellow
Ralph J. Gleason - Biography Biography
Ralph J. Gleason - Biography

Ralph J. Gleason
(March 1, 1917 - June 3, 1975)

Ralph Joseph Gleason, an influential American jazz and pop music critic,
founder and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and cofounder of the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Rolling Stone, Monterey Jazz Festival
1987: Woody Herman And His Big Band - Woody's Gold Star Music » Jazz » Big Band
1987: Woody Herman And His Big Band - Woody's Gold Star
Artist: Woody Herman And His Big Band
Album: Woody's Gold Star
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1987
Format: Flac
Time: 49:25
Size: 318 MB
AMG rating: 1987: Woody Herman And His Big Band - Woody's Gold Star

Herman's final recording, made just weeks before his health began to seriously fail, is actually quite good. With future leader Frank Tiberi contributing some strong tenor solos, John Fedchock writing some colorful arrangements for a varied program (ranging from "Rose Room" and "'Round Midnight" to Chick Corea's "Samba Song"), and three guest percussionists on some of the pieces, this is an enjoyable release. Herman takes short solos on three of the pieces, recorded approximately 50 years after he formed his first successful big band. This serves as a fine closer to a significant career.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1961: Julie London - Whatever Julie Wants Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1961: Julie London - Whatever Julie Wants
Artist: Julie London
Album: Whatever Julie Wants
Label: Liberty/EMI Music Distribution
Year: 1961; release: 2010
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 62,2 mb
Total time: 29:01
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Julie London was equally famous for her cool vocal style and her rather cold beauty. She normally specialized in torch songs, singing bleak songs of lost love, but on Whatever Julie Wants, London plays the part of a vampish sexpot who treats love as a commodity to trade with wealthy men. Sure, it's a sexist album that's more famous for its cheesecake sleeve photo of London naked under fur, diamonds, money, and a strategically placed champagne bottle, but it is a fun album and one that can be enjoyed for its individual songs or its narrative thrust. While most concept albums featuring popular standards don't really follow a strict story line, Whatever Julie Wants does. It begins with the protagonist uttering an innocent lover's plea before mistreatment turns her into a jaded gold digger ("Daddy" and a host of other tracks), then a prostitute ("Love for Sale"), and a step up to kept woman ("Always True to You in My Fashion"). Just as things are looking bad, London finally realizes that you can live without a man and his money with "There'll Be Some Changes Made," because the onetime temptress is just too darn "Tired." This may not be Julie London's finest musical hour, but the album is undeniably entertaining and it offers a Technicolor sex comedy break from her usual world of shadowy film noir.
~ Nick Dedina, All Music Guide
1958: Benny Golson - The Other Side Of Benny Golson Jazz, BeBop, Hard-bop
1958: Benny Golson - The Other Side Of Benny GolsonArtist: Benny Golson
Album: The Other Side Of Benny Golson
Label: Riverside / OJC
Year: 1958, CD 1992
Format: mp3@320 / flac
Size: 92 MB / 199 MB w/scans
Time: 37:13
AMG Rating: 1958: Benny Golson - The Other Side Of Benny Golson

Tenor-saxophonist Benny Golson's third recording as a leader was significant in two ways. It was his first opportunity to work with trombonist Curtis Fuller (the two would be members of The Jazztet by 1960) and it was one of his first chances to really stretch out on record as a soloist; up to this point Golson was possibly better known as a composer. Three of the six originals on this CD reissue of a Riverside date are Golson's ("Are You Real" was the closest one to catching on) but the emphasis is on the solos of the leader, Fuller and pianist Barry Harris; bassist Jymie Merritt and drummer Philly Joe Jones are excellent in support.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1969: Cedar Walton - Soul Cycle Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1969: Cedar Walton - Soul Cycle
Artist: Cedar Walton
Album: Soul Cycle
Label: OJC
Year: 1969
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kb/s
Time: 37:41
Size: 84M

Half of this Prestige set by Cedar Walton, which has been reissued on CD in the OJC series, is frankly commercial, with the pianist switching to electric keyboard; "My Cherie Amour" is a low point. However, there are a couple of acoustic trio features with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, and some worthwhile if not particularly essential solos from James Moody on tenor and flute. Walton was trying to widen his audience a bit at the time -- not a bad goal, except that he felt he had to water down his music on a few of these numbers. A mixed bag.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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