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1977: Tom Scott - Blow It Out Fusion, Crossover Jazz
1977: Tom Scott - Blow It Out
Artist: Tom Scott
Album: Blow It Out
Label: Ode Records/Sony
Year: 1977; Release: 1995
Format, bitrate: Flac & Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 41:18
Size: 250.6 MB; 100.28 MB

Blow It Out was among Tom Scott's best selling albums of the 1970s, but it was also among his weakest of the decade. The spontaneity and grit that defined his work with the L.A. Express is sorely missing on the album, a session plagued by excessive producing and arranging, bland material and appalling lack of improvisation. Scott's sax is consistently smothered by cliched, Bob James-ish arrangements. Fans of '70s cop shows may want to hear "Gotcha (Theme from 'Starsky & Hutch')," but on the whole, Scott's pop and R&B melodies are as schlocky as they are forgettable. Making a rare and unsuccessful attempt to sing on the R&B/pop number "Down to Your Soul" -- which sounds like fifth-rate Steely Dan -- Scott unveils a voice that's thin at best. Unquestionably, an L.A. Express date like Tom Cat would be a much better investment.
~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
1979: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra - Montreux Cyclone Modern Big Band, Contemporary Jazz
1979: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra - Montreux Cyclone
Artist: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra
Album: Montreux Cyclone
Label: Three Blind Mice
Year: 1979
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s (Lp-rip)
Time: 70:12
Size: 161.69 MB

Sometimes it pays to be lucky. After searching in vain for a couple of hardtofind albums from the mid70s by Tokyobased Toshiyuki Miyamas New Herd (see August bigband reviews), I went to the source the affable Tee Fujii, proprietor of Three Blind Mice Records. Of course, he replied, he would be happy to send copies of both albums. And, he added, he would ship a third disc as well Montreux Cyclone by Bingo Miki and the Inner Galaxy Orchestra. Terrific, I thought. Thats exactly what I need; an album of otherworldly music by another Sun Ra clone. How wrong can one be? Wrong enough, in this case, to offer Tee an apology for doubting him, and to inform whoever is reading this that not only is the 25member Inner Galaxy Orchestra unlike Sun Ra or any other body in that firmament, it is an absolutely spectacular straightahead big band in the Basie/Herman/Kenton tradition performing (in concert at Montreux) superlative compositions and arrangements by Miki, Richard Davis, Jon Faddis, Bob Brookmeyer and Don Sebesky (Davis, Faddis and Brookmeyer sit in with the ensemble on their respective charts, while guitarist Joe Beck is showcased on Sebeskys Alcazar). The album opens with Mikis fabulous threepart suite, Montreux Cyclone, which encompasses impressive solos by flugel Hiroshi Abiko on Part 1 (Old Sunshine), drummer Yoshiyuki Nakamura, percussionist Tetsuya Furutani and tenor/flutist Sleepy Matsumato on Part 2 (Cyclone from the East) and pianist Masaru Imada on Part 3 (In the Summer Shadow). Matsumoto, on flute, mirrors closely the singular mannerisms of the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Track 4, Pitter Pat, is a chopstesting showcase for bassist Davis, while trumpeter Faddis steps front and center (and into the stratosphere) on his sumptuous balladcumblazer, Zylvia. If Faddis is in topnotch form (and make no mistake, he is), valve trombonist Brookmeyer is equally sharp and masterful on The First Love Song (when he plays in the pocket, as he does here, Brookmeyer has few peers). After Becks dazzling voyage on Alcazar, Miki ends the concert with two more of his noteworthy compositions, Mermans Dance (from the suite Back to the Sea) and a magnificent finale that almost succeeds in lowering everything that preceded it to the status of an hors doeuvre an ultramodern Jazz version of Jean Sibelius classic tone poem, Finlandia, enhanced by galvanizing ensemble passages and crisp solos by Nakamura, trumpeter Kenji Yoshida and clarinetist Masao Suzuki. Batten down the hatches; this Cyclone is a monster whose awesome intensity and power can blow you away.
~ Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz
1962: Martin Denny - A Taste of Honey Music » Jazz » Fusion » Smooth & Lounge
1962: Martin Denny - A Taste of Honey
Artist: Martin Denny
Album: A Taste of Honey
Label: Liberty
Year: 1962
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 kBit/s
Time: 29:48
Size: 68.4 MB

Taking a tip from George Shearing, Martin Denny cruised through most of the '60s with a slew of bossa nova and jazz cocktail albums. Denny's late-'50s exotica records had established him as a name to reckon with in bachelor pad circles, but were only good for a limited stretch. Denny didn't forsake this period completely, though, when he turned to jazz; on this release at least, one hears bits of his earlier South Seas and Hawaiian backdrops in the bongo accompaniment and occasional leftfield percussion accent. Other factors to consider are Cal Tjader and Dave Brubeck, both of whom Denny pays homage to by covering their respective numbers "Black Orchid" and "Take Five." As both Tjader and Shearing did on many recordings, Denny and company raise these cuts and their version of "A Taste of Honey" beyond the confines of kitsch by way of some top-notch ensemble playing. The whole album, for that matter, is well played, but things do go south a bit towards the end as the band slips into background music mode. This is not to say that versions of war horses like "Exodus" and "Claire de Lune" aren't enjoyable, or even tailored made for entertaining guests, but they don't offer much in the way of exotic thrills or rarefied touches. Still, A Taste of Honey should resonate with dedicated Denny fans; and since there has to be at least a few gems on each of the several lounge jazz records Denny released, someone should put together a compilation covering this period as a compliment to Rhino's exotica-era collection.
~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide
1953-1960: The Ames Brothers - Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers Music » Jazz » Fusion » Smooth & Lounge
1953-1960: The Ames Brothers - Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers
Artist: The Ames Brothers
Album: Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers
Label: Varèse Sarabande
Years: 1953-1960; Release: 1995
Genre: Vocal
Format, bitrate: MP3@320kbps
Time: 50:52
Size: 92 MB

Featuring 18 songs recorded while the group was signed to Coral and Decca, Best of the Ames Brothers: Sentimental Me compiles some of their earliest hits, including "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "Sentimental Me, " and "Rag Mop." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

The Best of the Ames Brothers: Sentimental Me has eighteen wonderful songs from The Ames Brothers. The quality of the sound is rather good and the artwork is very well done. I am somewhat baffled as to why this CD is currently out of print; but maybe with time and some more sales that will change. This may not have every last one of their hits but as a single CD compilation it is very strong.
"Undecided" starts the track set off with a great number--The Ames Brothers harmonize to perfection on this classic pop tune. They swing brightly to make "Undecided" a great starter tune for this CD! The big band style enhances the natural beauty of the number, too. "Cruising Down The River" features The Ames Brothers front and center--and that's quite all right by me! The accordion is great while these guys sing their hearts out; the woodwind instruments also make this number very special. In addition, there's "Sentimental Journey;" this oldie but goodie tune shines when The Ames Brothers deliver it with passion and style!

"Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)" has wonderful percussion that helps to mark the beat; and The Ames Brothers never sounded better! I love this tune and I predict that you'll like this, too, if you haven't heard this before. "Rag Mop" is easily a major highlight of this album; The Ames Brothers handle this tune as if they were born to sing songs like this! I really like "Rag Mop" because of its excellent beat and the horn solo really sparkles. "Sentimental Me" also puts The Ames Brothers right in the spotlight--and that's just where they belong! This tune has a great melody and the organ sounds terrific as The Ames Brothers harmonize flawlessly.
"(Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!" is a tune I associate with Teresa Brewer; but when these men sing it they take this tune and put their own stamp on it with their very fine treatment of this number. The big band style arrangement backs the singers up very well, too. "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" has a very sweet string arrangement and The Ames Brothers truly delve into this number to make it a very special number.
In addition, "I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover" sounds new and fresh when The Ames Brothers belt this one out really well! The Ames Brothers do this one up right and I love every minute of it! There's a substantial backup chorus to add to the number--but please make no mistake about it, this number belongs to The Ames Brothers. The CD also ends well with "A Tree In The Meadow." "A Tree In The Meadow" has a wonderful melody.
Overall, The Ames Brothers still stand out as some of the best male vocalists of the last century. I highly recommend this for their fans; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals will enjoy this album, too.

~ Matthew G. Sherwin, Amazon
1978: Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1978: Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger
Artist: Jean-Luc Ponty
Album: Cosmic Messenger
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1978; Release:1990
Format,bitrate:Flac & Mp3 @320kbps
Time: 37:45
Size:233.1 MB;91.66 MB

Cosmic Messenger is more elegant, European-flavored jazz-rock from the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty, and pretty much in the same mold as his previous Atlantic albums but with gradually tightening control over every parameter of performance. Ponty's analog-delay special effects on the title track are spectacular, and the album is loaded more than ever with revolving electronic arpeggios as Ponty's own involvement with the ARP synthesizer grows. But there is still plenty of his fluid, slippery electric violin soloing to be heard within the tight structures of these pieces, and the tunes themselves are often pretty good. In addition, this fusion express finds its way into the funk on "The Art of Happiness," and there are some tricky rhythmic experiments on some tunes.
~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
2011: Vince Mendoza ‎ Nights On Earth Modern Big Band, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Latin
2011: Vince Mendoza ‎ Nights On Earth
Artist: Vince Mendoza
Album: Nights On Earth
Label: Horizontal
Year: 2011
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 kBit/s
Time: 70:54
Size: 161.24 MB

The idea of "jazz composing" can seem a contradiction in terms, since the essence of jazz is improvisation, while composing is by definition planning in advance what music will sound like. Yet Vince Mendoza is very much a jazz composer (in addition to being an arranger and conductor), and Nights on Earth is his first album of original compositions in 13 years, since 1997's Epiphany. Mendoza recorded that album with the London Symphony Orchestra; here, he employs members of the Metropole Orkest on five of 12 tracks, but for the most part, he uses jazz musicians. (Mendoza himself actually performs on only two tracks, playing keyboards on "Shekere" and "The Night We Met.") The album title suggests a lot about the contents, since the reference to night signals that the music is low-key, set at slow tempos as if anticipating the wind-down to sleep (the last track is even called "Lullaby"), and the reference to earth is fulfilled by the world music elements, with styles ranging from South American to African, with instrumentation to match. Mendoza tends to set up a loose musical structure and then bring in a series of soloists to play over it, as he does in "Poem of the Moon," for instance, which has a piano theme played by Kenny Werner, followed by Jim Walker's flute and John Abercrombie's electric guitar. The jazz musicians have a lot of freedom to solo as they please, even as the frame set by the composer contextualizes their efforts. This is particularly striking when Mendoza uses unusual juxtapositions of instruments, such as the bandoneon of Hector del Curto contrasted with Arnaud Sussmann's violin on "Addio." The difficulty in defining the genre of music increases toward the end of the album, with the overt classical influences in "Everything Is You," particularly with Alan Pasqua's piano work, and Fred Sherry's cello solo in "Lullaby." Maybe the overall term must be "jazz" for lack of a better one, but by the end it doesn't really matter, as Mendoza has created his own night-time musical world.
~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
1986: Jaco Pastorius - Heavy'n Jazz Post-bop, Progressive Jazz, Fusion
1986: Jaco Pastorius - Heavy'n Jazz
Artist: Jaco Pastorius
Album: Heavy'n Jazz
Label: Jazz Point Records
Year: December, 1986 ; Release: 1992
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 Kbps
Size: 77.45 MB
AMG Rating: 1986: Jaco Pastorius - Heavy'n Jazz

Heavy 'n Jazz is the last live Jaco Pastorius performance currently available to the public, and is one of the most truly satisfying of his trio recordings. The album is heavy, as the title suggests, thanks to a powerful trio fronted by guitarist extraordinaire Bireli Lagrene displaying his fiercest rock chops. A fast-paced outing with more rock inflection than usual, the compact disc boasts very good sound quality. The performances contrast nicely with Pastorius' live jazz recordings with the Word of Mouth big band (Invitation, The Birthday Concert), particularly the cooker "Reza," which appears on all three sets in vastly different presentations. Every cut on Heavy 'n Jazz is a gem. Of particular interest are Lagrene's solo piece, "Bluma," and his aggressive guitar work on the exciting, soaring "Medley," featuring "Teen Town." Pastorius' playing on "Star Spangled Banner" is at once terrifying and beautiful, while "Honestly" affords him a chance to play the hits -- a collage of some of his oft-played riffs from well known Pastorius/Weather Report compositions. Heavy 'n Jazz is a must for Jaco-philes, however, jazz purists be warned.
~David Ross Smith, All Music Guide
2014: Billy Cobham - Tales From The Skeleton Coast Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz
2014: Billy Cobham - Tales From The Skeleton Coast
Artist: Billy Cobham
Album: The Skeleton Coast
Label:Creative Multimedia
Format, birate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 01:02:13
Size:133 MB

Last month marked the 70th birthday of one of the greatest drummers of this, or any generation; the remarkable Billy Cobham. From his earliest recordings with Horace Silver, Miles Davis and Milt Jackson, to his scintillating and seminal work with John McLaughlins Mahavishnu Orchestra, keyboardist George Duke, and his own groups, like Culture Mix, Asere and the Spectrum 40; Cobham has thrilled audiences around the world by bringing his incomparable talents as a composer, drummer, and producer to the forefront of jazz, rock, fusion and world music. His latest effort is the eagerly awaited Tales from the Skeleton Coast, part 3 of a series dedicated to his Panamanian parents.

Cobhams latest effort features members of his stellar European band; Jean Marie Ecay on guitars, Camelia Ben Naceuer on keyboards, Christophe Cravero on keyboards and violin, Junior Gill on percussion and pans, Mike Mondiseir on bass and keyboardist and drummer Gary Husband. The album also treats us to Indian vocals ragas, and some of the best writing and composing since Palindrome.
1983: Larry Carlton - Eight Times Up Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz
1983: Larry Carlton - Eight Times Up
Artist: Larry Carlton
Album: Eight Times Up
Label: Warner Bros. Records (Japan)
Year: 1983; Release: 2012
Format,bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 42:12
Size: 100.12 MB

While touring between Strikes Twice and its follow-up, Sleepwalk, Larry Carlton recorded Eight Times Up live in Tokyo in early 1983. This was his second live album recorded in Japan in under a decade (following 1979's excellent Mr. 335 Live in Japan), and once again found Carlton and band in fine form playing smooth jazz-fusion. Songs from Strikes Twice and Sleepwalk largely comprise this six-song recording. And though the production and instrumentation definitely sound dated, Carlton's guitar playing is once again textbook smooth jazz, and makes up for that slight sonic nuance.
~ Rob Theakston, All Music Guide
1971: Mongo Santamara -Mongo at Montreux Fusion, Afro-Cuban Jazz
1971: Mongo Santamara -Mongo at Montreux
Artist: Mongo Santamaria
Album: Mongo at Montreux
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1971; Release: 1998
Format,bitrate: Flac & Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 37:15
Size: 254.58 MB & 94.47 MB
AMG rating: 1971: Mongo Santamara -Mongo at Montreux

Recorded live at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival, the blistering Mongo at Montreux captures Mongo Santamaria in the absolute prime of his career, embracing all facets of his expansive musical vision for a set that is far more than the sum of its parts. Spanning from soulful Latin boogaloo grooves like "Come Candela" to psychedelic jazz renditions of pop hits like the Temptations' "Cloud Nine" to straight-up funk excursions like "Climax," Mongo at Montreux is relentlessly energetic music genetically engineered for dancing -- most impressive of all is "Conversation in Drums," a virtual primer in Latin percussion.
~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
1975: Larry Coryell - Planet End Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1975: Larry Coryell - Planet End
Artist: Larry Coryell
Album: Planet End
Label: Vanguard
Years: 1970/1974;Release: 2006
Format,bitrate: MP3 @320kbps
Time: 34:06
Size: 90.58 MB

During 1968-75, guitarist Larry Coryell recorded a wide variety of interesting material for Vanguard. This album, a CD reissue of the original Lp, was Coryell's final one for the label. The five selections, although originals, have the feel of a jam session. Coryell's Eleventh House (which includes trumpeter Mike Lawrence, keyboardist Mike Mandel, bassist Danny Trifan and drummer Alphonse Mouzon) is featured on two tracks (their final recordings), Coryell plays all of the instruments on the brief "The Eyes Of Love" and on two lengthy jams he is matched with fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Miroslav Vitous, drummer Billy Cobham and (on Larry Young's "Tyrone") keyboardist Chick Corea. The lively music is very much of the period and this CD is a bit brief (at 34 minutes) but the high-quality of the solos makes this one worth picking up by listeners interested in Larry Coryell's early period. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1989: Christian Escoudé Octe - Gipsy Waltz Music » Jazz » Fusion
1989: Christian Escoudé Octe  - Gipsy Waltz
Artist: Christian Escoudé Octet
Album: Gipsy Waltz
Label: EmArCy
Year: 1989; release: 1990
Quality: Mp3 320 Kbps
Size: 99 Mb
Total Time: 45:44

Christian Escoude combines elements of gypsy jazz, bop, and a contemporary flavor during these 1989 sessions that also include fellow guitarists Paul Challin Ferret, Jimmy Gourley, Frederic Sylvestre, accordion player Marcel Azzla, cellist Vincent Courtois, bassist Alby Cullaz, and either Billy Hart or Philippe Combelle on drums. The presence of so many players sometimes muddies the sound, especially when Azzla is too prominent in the mix. Several of the works were written by Escoude's late uncle, the popular accordion player/composer Gus Viseur, who had worked with Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, though the switch to electric guitars and addition of percussion indicates this is not your father's gypsy music. Toots Thielemans' "Bluesette" opens very deliberately before returning to its buoyant, uptempo roots, while the group opens John Lewis' "Django" in rather maudlin fashion, with the accordion proving to be more of a distraction than an asset. Escoude's "Valse Catalane" provides a breezy finale to this enjoyable (though uneven) date. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1990: Stanley Jordan - Cornucopia Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz
1990: Stanley Jordan - Cornucopia
Artist: Stanley Jordan
Album: Cornucopia
Label:Blue Note
Year: 1990
Format, bitrate: Flac
Size: 304 Mb
AMG Rating: 1990: Stanley Jordan - Cornucopia

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The first half of this CD by the remarkable guitarist Stanley Jordan is so strong that it is a pity that things decline during the latter half. Jordan is quite outstanding on "Impressions" and "Autumn Leaves," emulates B.B. King on "Still Got The Blues", interprets a thoughtful "Willow Weep For Me" and performs a dazzling tour-de-force on the uptempo blues "Fundance"; the latter two are unaccompanied solos that sound like duets or trios. However a couple of funk pieces (including an unimaginative rendition of "What's Going On") and a New Age synthesizer selection are on a lower level. The title cut clocks in at 21:45 and, although it finds Jordan creating "impossible" technical feats on solo guitar, it meanders on indefinitely and gets boring very quickly. This is a frustrating release; get it for the good half if you see it at a budget price.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1979: John Scofield - Who's Who? Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz
1979: John Scofield - Who's Who?
Artist: John Scofield
Album: Who's Who?
Label: Jive/Novus Records
Year: 1979
Format,bitrate: MP3 @320kbps
Time: 1:03:56
Size: 156.82 MB

This CD reissue features guitarist John Scofield (who was then 27) searching for his own sound. Four of the selections from the original LP have Scofield backed by a light funky quartet while two other pieces feature him with three notable jazzmen: saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Billy Hart. The problem with this date is that Scofield is a much stronger guitarist than he is a composer, and none of his complex melodies are all that memorable. The CD is rounded off by four tunes originally on Scofield's Bar Talk LP but the same criticsm applies despite the excellent trio (with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum) and the stronger jazz orientation. This set is recommended mostly for John Scofield completists; other listeners are advised to pick up his more recent releases instead.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1976: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House - Aspects Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1976: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House - Aspects
Artists: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House
Album: Aspects
Label: BMG Japan
Year: 1976;Release:2004
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock
Format, bitrate: MP3 @320kbps
Time: 41:31
Size:101.21 MB

Funky fusion with some really hard-ripping guitar from Larry Coryell – a mainstream masterpiece from the Eleventh House ensemble! The set's got a tight sound that puts Coryell's guitar in the forefront, but which also respects contributions from members that include Gerry Brown on drums, John Lee on bass, Mike Mandel on keyboards, and Terumasa Hino on trumpet – all coming together with a tightness that's every bit the best part of mainstream 70s fusion. The record's also got some great guest work too – including appearances from David Sanborn on alto, Michael Brecker on tenor, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Steve Khan on acoustic guitar – and titles include "Titus", "Pyramids", "Yin Yang", "Aspects", "Ain't It Is", and "Woman Of Truth & Future".
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Never fit to be tied, Coryell decided to leave behind his jazz-rock fusion in pursuit of disco-funk. There is some good playing here (Coryell lays out on "Kowloon Jag"), but this is not a complimentary setting for him. John Lee and Gerry Brown were the correct sidemen for the job, as was the inclusion of David Sanborn, but Coryell sounds uncomfortable and continuously reverts back to his trademark licks when he runs out of ideas. Even the guitar solo, "Rodrigo Reflections," turns out to be a disappointment due to some very annoying and poorly recorded percussion accompaniment. A less than memorable session that probably seemed like a good idea at the time. ~ Robert Taylor, All Music Guide
1968: Gabor Szabo - The Szabo Equation Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1968: Gabor Szabo - The Szabo Equation
Artist : Gabor Szabo
Album : The Szabo Equation
Label : DCC jazz
Year: 1969, release:1990
Format: Flac
File : 241.89 MB
Total time: 44:56

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Gábor Szabó (March 8, 1936 - February 26, 1982) was a Hungarian jazz guitarist, famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native Hungarian music.

This is an awesome cd from the master of gypsy- jazz guitar Gabor Szabo. Gabor's hypnotic guitar playing is the perfect thing to listen to when you're in a mellow mood on a rainy day. I recommend this album to fans of jazz guitar that want to hear something that is a little different. ~
1975: Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' Music » Jazz » Fusion
1975: Weather Report - Tale Spinnin'
Artist: Weather Report
Album: Tale Spinnin'
Label: Iconoclassic
Year (Release): 1975
Format: Flac (eac-flac,cue,log)
Time: 43:10
Size: 291.24 MB (artwork)

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2012: Brian Bromberg - Compared To That Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz
2012: Brian Bromberg - Compared To That
Artists: Brian Bromberg
Album: Compared To That
Label: Mack Avenue Records
Year: 2012
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 01:11:01
Size: 165 MB

Ever sit back dreamily listening to an album, letting the music wash over you when all of a sudden, you hear a number that snaps you to attention? Such is the experience when listening to Brian Bromberg's Compared to That.

The noteworthy number here: "Hayride," an original by Bromberg. Earlier tracks are hard-edged smooth jazz arrangements. The title track shows off Jeff Lorber's piano, along with Bromberg's unique work on acoustic bass and hollow body piccolo bass. (Album note, there are no guitar melodies or solos on this recording only Bromberg on piccolo.) This is followed by "Rory Lowery, Private Eye," which is filled with hot licks punctuated by Mitchel Forman's piano and Gary Meek's tenor. In contrast, the aforementioned, attention grabbing "Hayride," with its country feel and jazz overlay of piccolo bass, banjo and violin results in a boisterous dos-à-dos called by Bromberg.

In the ten-track set, eight are penned by Bromberg, who leads an eclectic ensemble featuring a ten-piece horn section and at times, the Japenese Rising Sun Orchestra. Standout number "If Ray Brown Was A Cowboy, " pares the musicians down to three, Tom Zink on piano, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Bromberg on acoustic bass. It's a tasty piece, with a low-down funky flavor.

The two covers, Chicago's "Does Anybody Ever Really Know What Time It Is" and Derrick James's "Give It To Me Baby" are reworked with large ensembles in swinging, finger-popping fashion, conclusively proving that Bromberg is a jazzman for all seasons.

Compared to That is wide ranging but the direction is straight-ahead and down-the-middle...occasionally edging to the passing lane.
1968: Terje Rypdal - Bleak House Music » Jazz » Fusion
1968: Terje Rypdal - Bleak House
Artist: Terje Rypdal
Album: Bleak House
Label: Polydor (1999)
Quality: FLAC
Size: 237 MB (scans)
Total time: 33:09
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"Dead Man's Tale" very laidback minor-key blues tune with vibrato-rich guitar and organ and vocals (Terje) - similar in tone to the Zombies' "Time of the Season" but more laidback - some really tasteful and enjoyable solos by Terje and Reim (the organist), plus some breathy flute soloing by Terje - I do like this tune quite a bit "Wes" - an obvious guitar-and-bigband tribute to Wes Montgomery, with the intervallic guitar lines and all - I admit that I laughed when I first heard this track, not because it is a poor composition (which it most definitely isn't), but because of Terje's weak (to my ears) attempt at being a "swingin'-cat" jazzer. Hehe. But the tune is cool, the heads going from 4/4 to 5/4 to 3/4 in upbeat swinging fashion. "Winter Serenade" - this is a short freely-improvised piece that is apparently supposed to intonate "Falling Snow", "Snow Storm", and "Melting Snow", its three "movements" (without any breaks between them) - some nice improv by all, with great guitar doodling and wailing and fine pointilist playing by Garbarek, Reim, and trumpeter Johansen, amongst others - I really like this piece - a good break between the big band sounds of "Wes" and..... "Bleak House" - a triple-meter upbeat big band tune with very nice horn arrangement and some fine guitar work (lead and rhythm - you don't get much chance to hear his rhythm work very often) by Terje - some may prefer this tune over all others on the album - although it is quite derivative sounding, it is fun nonetheless - some fine drumming by Christensen - he and Terje really get down on the extended Im7-IV jams "Sonority" a lovely intro with flute, piano, and guitar with nice chords on horns actually this reminds me of some of the work of another big favorite of mine, Claus Ogerman and some of the most laidback and subdued guitar doodling I have ever heard Terje do, and I really like it."A Feeling of Harmony" imagine Terje trying to sound like Joao Gilberto or Dori Caymmi, etc. - the bossa nova craze was at its height in the early-mid 60s, and apparently Terje dug it (as do I) - here he is with nylon-string guitar and humming away with poor intonation, the whole silly bit. Why he decided to include this tune on this album is a mystery (unless he just wanted to demonstrate stylistic diversity), and it kinda stinks - this commentary from a lover of Jobim, Bonfa, Powell, etc. too! Haha. So, there it is - a fun album, even though all the pieces are not works of genius. My favorite tracks are "Sonority" and "Winter Serenade", but all of them (except the silly "A Feeling of Harmony") are worth hearing over and over again.
~ Jeff Gower, from
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