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1957: Frank Rosolino - Frank Rosolino Quintet Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1957: Frank Rosolino - Frank Rosolino Quintet
Artist: Frank Rosolino
Album: Frank Rosolino Quintet
Label: V.S.O.P.
Year: 1957; release: 1993.
Format, bitrate: mp3@320 kbps
Time: 32:05
Size: 72,4 MB
AMG Rating: 1957: Frank Rosolino - Frank Rosolino Quintet1957: Frank Rosolino - Frank Rosolino Quintet
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Wonderful session from the jazz golden year of the jazz golden era. That was 1957. Frank is in splendid shape here. He blows excellent bebop solos all around this cd. This is still one of the cd's I hear the most. Frank stands among the best boppers and musicians in general of all the time.

"This session for the short-lived Mode label remains the zenith of Frank Rosolino's recorded output. Paired with a stellar support unit featuring pianist Vince Guaraldi, tenorist Richie Kamuca, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Stan Levey, the trombonist not only delivers some of the most dazzling solos of his career, but also proves himself a gifted composer, contributing a handful of original tunes that fit comfortably alongside standards like Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Largely eschewing more uptempo fare, Rosolino instead favors a simmering, soulful bop approach that champions feeling as much as technique. This is music with genuine emotional heft and intellectual edge". ~ Jason Ankeny, AllMusic Guide
1971:Lee Morgan - The Last Session Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1971:Lee Morgan - The Last Session
Artist: Lee Morgan
Album: The Last Session
Label:Blue Note
Year: 1971
Format, bitrate: mp3; 320 kbps.
Size:137 MB.
AMG rating: 1971:Lee Morgan - The Last Session

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Lee Morgan's final studio recording before he was murdered was initially released as a two-fer LP, and the original recordings without alternate takes are included here on one CD. This was a fertile creative time for Morgan, as rivals Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw were embracing the electrified sounds of the times and Morgan followed suit. Harold Mabern is on the Fender Rhodes piano, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper proves a formidable front-line mate, and the vibrant Bobbi Humphrey is heard on flute before she commercialized her sound. It would be the last creative project Humphrey would involve herself in. Add the exciting trombonist Grachan Moncur III, drummer Freddie Waits, electric bass guitarist Jymie Merritt, and acoustic bassist Reggie Workman, and you have a dream team of unstoppable modern musicians who fully embrace progressive concepts and traditional values at once. One of the most famous compositions in modern jazz, "Croquet Ballet," is here in its initial form, and also available on Harper's Black Saint CD. It's a classic waltz sporting the brightest exuberant and memorable melody molded around a dancing image enhanced by unison and harmonic substance, Humphrey's over the top flute, the bold excursions of Harper, and scintillating solos. Closely following this in terms of enduring jazz are "Capra Black" and "In What Direction Are You Headed?" The former is a heavy and dark modal post-bop magnum opus well known in Harper's repertoire, while the latter has Mabern's perky Rhodes setting the pace in a bright, happy strutting 7/8 and diffuse 4/4, again with the atmospheric flute of Humphrey. "Angela" is led by the introspective bass of Merritt and reflects a sighing emotive motif, while the 17-minute "Inner Passions Out," written by Waits, holds an Arabic feel with the drummer also playing a shenai-sounding recorder. One of the bandmembers (unidentified) on mbira prompts a two-note modal framework from the bass players in an underground-to-free romp stomp. It is unfortunate that the brilliant and forward-thinking Morgan was cut down at such a young age, for as the music was changing, he would have adapted, as this final statement valiantly suggests".
~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
2004: Eric Alexander - Dead Center Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2004: Eric Alexander - Dead Center
Artist: Eric Alexander
Album: Dead Center
Label: High Note
Year: 2004
Format, bitrate: Mp3,320 kbps
Time: 51:57
Size: 128 MB
AMG rating: 2004: Eric Alexander - Dead Center

Eric Alexander has some nice moments on this disc...but for the most part, he's really not doing anything."

Well, that statement really left me floored!!!!! Eric is capable of playing rapid fire machine gun notes, but he can also play a ballad with emotion and feeling as well. (Which is a sign of a great musician, by the way.)

"Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep inside the rhythm pocket. While not a significant departure from his past work, Dead Center nonetheless finds Alexander revealing himself as a grounded and muscular improviser who never takes his eye off the target".
~ Matt Collar, All Music Guide
2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors
Artist: Walt Weiskopf
Album: Man Of Many Colors
Label: Criss Cross.
Year: 2001; release: 2002.
Format, bitrate: mp3,192 kbps.
Time: 51:00.
Size: 70,8 MB
AMG rating 2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors

Walt Weiskopf follows up the lush nonet sounds of Siren with a streamlined, hard-hitting quartet statement. Joining the ultra-chopsy but lyrical tenor saxophonist in a somewhat rare sideman appearance is pianist Brad Mehldau, with John Patitucci and Clarence Penn in the rhythm section. The leader's "Triangle Dance," in a high-spirited 6/4, kicks off the session; the remaining five originals run the gamut from the up-tempo swing of "NYC" to the contrasting straight-eighth feels of "Petal" and the complex title track, to the flowing bossa of "Together." Weiskopf and Mehldau close the album with a beautiful duet called "When Your Lips Meet Mine" and are both heard to great advantage on the two non-originals, Shwartz & Dietz's "Haunted Heart" and Jule Styne's "People."
~ David R. Adler, All Music Guide
1995: John Swana - In The Moment Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop

1995: John Swana - In The Moment
Artist: John Swana
Album: In The Moment
Label: Criss Cross.
Year: 1995 ; release: 1996.
Format, bitrate: mp3,256 kbps.
Time: 75:31.
Size: 93,8 MB.
AMG rating 1995: John Swana - In The Moment

On trumpeter John Swana's fourth Criss Cross release, he is joined by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington to play seven originals, five of them by Swana, and two standards. The focus of this recording is on Swana's writing and arranging skills. The full sextet plays on eight of the nine selections, with the horns displaying a sound that suggests a larger group while the rhythm section maintains the good groove in the Jazz Messengers tradition. Favorites include Davis' "The Lonely Ones," a medium shuffle built on a piano/bass vamp with a swinging bridge, "Le Barron," Swana's up-tempo dedication to the pianist based on the changes to "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Teeko," a medium swinger dedicated to label founder Gerry Teekens, and "946 North Randolph," a slow blues named for Swana's home address. This is a welcome addition to the Swana discography and, at almost 76 minutes long, about as much music as you'll find on one CD. ~ Greg Turner, All Music Guide
2005: Sean Jones - Gemini Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2005: Sean Jones - Gemini
Artist: Sean Jones
Album: Gemini
Label: Mack Avenue.
Year: 2005; release: 2005.
Format, bitrate: mp3,320 kbps.
Time: 63:11.
Size: 103 MB.
AMG rating 2005: Sean Jones - Gemini2005: Sean Jones - Gemini

Sean Jones' tone, intonation and musicality are stellar. On this CD, the material is interesting and appealing, the other musicians are outstanding and Jones is great. The bop and funkier tracks blend well. The uses of synth keyboard on a few tracks is tasteful and adds to rather than detracting from the overall sound and musical quality.
"Trumpeter Sean Jones certainly covers a great deal of musical ground on Gemini. The music ranges from the hard boppish "In Her Honor," a hint of 1960s lyrical Freddie Hubbard on "Rain of Patience," and the medium-tempo "Blues for Matt B." to some more electronic, funky, and even fusionish selections. The music on Gemini keeps one guessing throughout and Jones plays well in every setting. The other soloists, which at various times include Tim Fuller on alto and flute, the tenors of Ron Blake and Walter Smith III, trombonist Andre Hayward, and pianist Mulgrew Miller among others, are utilized to their best advantage, but it is the warm sound and versatility of Jones that makes Gemini a consistent success".
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2005: Jim Rotondi - Iron Man Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2005: Jim Rotondi - Iron Man
Artist: Jim Rotondi
Album: Iron Man
Label: Criss Cross.
Year: 2005; release: 2006.
Format, bitrate: mp3,320 kbps.
Time: 60:32.
Size: 127 MB.

Like on his other Criss Cross releases, Jim Rotondi presents a very fresh and varied set of material. He will remind you very much of Freddie Hubbard with his phrasing and full tone.

"Trumpeter Jim Rotondi has been a fixture on New York's hard bop scene for some time, and has recorded extensively as both a sideman and leader. But Iron Man is something of a departure for him; in addition to a front line consisting of Rotondi and saxophonist Jimmy Greene, his quintet includes a rhythm section consisting of bassist Doug Weiss, drummer Bill Stewart, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Having vibes without piano lends an unusual tonal color to the group, and if the result isn't a completely unqualified success, it does succeed more than it fails. Things get off to a slightly awkward start with the title track, a lovely Rotondi original that is marred by Nelson's blocky and rhythmically clumsy comping. But the whole group settles nicely into the slippery chord changes of "Chouchou" and the equally beautiful "For My Nephews." Rotondi's "Digit" is a bracing and harmonically complex hard bop workout that brings just the right note of energy at exactly the right point in the program; the group's rendition of "Repetition" is another beautiful high point. Throughout the album, Rotondi's soft-edged but beautifully burnished tone is a complete pleasure to hear. Recommended".
~ Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
1993: Ryan Kisor - On The One Jazz, Post-bop
1993: Ryan Kisor - On The One
Artist: Ryan Kisor.
Album: On The One
Label: Columbia.
Year: 1993; release: 1993.
Format, bitrate: mp3,256 kbps.
Time: 66:43.
Size: 117 MB.

Ryan Kisor, i feel, is one of the most underrated and amazing jazz musicians, and as a trumpet player, even more skilled than many of other players on the scene, or in the world, ever.

"A big improvement over his first release, On the One features the young trumpeter Ryan Kisor blowing high-powered Art Blakey-type hard bop with a group of impressive up-and-coming musicians, including Mark Turner and David Sanchez on tenors; altoist Chris Potter; bassist Christian McBride; drummer Lewis Nash; and the "old" man of the group, the 38-year-old pianist Mulgrew Miller. Kisor at this point did not yet have a distinctive voice of his own, but he shows much potential for the future". ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2002: Steve Turre - One4j: Paying Homage To J.J. Johnson Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop

2002: Steve Turre - One4j: Paying Homage To J.J. Johnson
Artist: Steve Turre
Album: One 4 J :Paying Homage To J.J. Johnson.
Label: Telarc
Year: 2002, release: 2003
Format, bitrate: mp3,192 kbps.
Time: 60:28.
Size: 82,7 MB.

"Leaving his conch shells -- and more offbeat ideas -- home this time, Steve Turre's motive for this release was to honor the fountainhead of bop (and thus, modern jazz) trombone, J.J. Johnson, who had tragically taken his own life in 2001 in the face of a terminal illness. In doing so, Turre loads his front line with nothing but trombones -- as many as six, but usually fewer. Besides himself, the other trombonists on the album are Robin Eubanks, Steve Davis, Andre Hayward, Douglas Purviance, and New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joe Alessi (who also plays good jazz). It's a fairly conservative recording by Turre's standards, with an emphasis mostly on the straight-ahead bop that Johnson championed. Indeed, many of the duo-trombone charts sound like latter-day echoes of the famous K and J.J. (Kai Winding/J.J. Johnson) records of the 1950s and '60s. But there are, thankfully, exceptions to the pattern as the disc unfolds -- which is only right since Johnson himself displayed an experimental streak away from bop now and then. "Mr. Johnson," penned by Harold Mabern when he was Lee Morgan's pianist and not unrelated to Morgan's own "Mr. Kenyatta," switches to a modal vamp; "Kelo" is treated to a mild yet unmistakable funk backbeat; and "Wee Dot" is a blues jam with a difference, modulating up the scale in five different keys just to give everyone a challenge. Turre also borrows Slide Hampton's full-sounding, infinitely subtle four-trombone chart of "Lament" and adds Senegalese percussionist Abdou Mboup to drive "Minor Blues." Ultimately it is Turre who makes the most individual impression among the soloists, particularly in his quirkier moods on plunger ("Kelo") and with a Harmon mute ("El Camino Real"). Pianist Stephen Scott, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Victor Lewis comprise the standard-issue rhythm section. Turre's liner notes for each track are so detailed -- a virtual play-by-play -- that you almost don't have to hear the CD in order to know what's on it. But do hear it anyway".
~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
1985: George Coleman - Manhattan Panorama Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1985: George Coleman - Manhattan Panorama
Artist: George Coleman
Album: Manhattan Panorama
Label: Evidence
Year: 1985
Format, bitrate: WMA, 128 kbps
Time: 40:17
Size: 53,7 MB
AMG rating: 1985: George Coleman - Manhattan Panorama

Coleman recorded this date at the Village Vanguard. "With the excellent backing of star players in this fine quartet, Coleman shows his billowing, voluptuous tone and endless flow of free-form musical ideas, with sensitivity and intelligence second to none." In addition to being one of America's giants on the tenor saxophone, Coleman is also remembered for his performances as a member of the Miles Davis quintet.

Why George Coleman is not immediately mentioned when the discussion turns to great tenor sax veterans is baffling, because there are not many better mainstream/blues stylists. Other than a good-natured but ultimately empty vocal, Coleman was routinely brilliant on every number during this live Village Vanguard set originally issued on Theresa vinyl. Pianist Harold Mabern's bluesy, vibrant phrases and bassist Jami Nasser's supple licks and accompaniment are ably punctuated by Idris Muhammad's capable drumming. There is a no-nonsense (the opener aside), no-frills attitude exemplifed by the quartet.
~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
1999: Jeff "Tain" Watts - Citizen Tain Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1999: Jeff "Tain" Watts - Citizen Tain
Artist: Jeff "Tain" Watts
Album: Citizen Tain
Label: Sony Music Distribution.
Year: 1999.
Format, bitrate: mp3,320 kbps.
Time: 70:38.
Size: 156 MB.
AMG rating: 1999: Jeff "Tain" Watts - Citizen Tain

Jeff "Tain" Watts is, without a doubt, one of the best jazz drummers out there today.All artists display excellent musicianship. There's a special and sad sentiment to the late great Kenny Kirkland. His playing is outstanding. This cd grooves, moves, and inspires. This is what true jazz is all about.

"Anyone who's been listening to modern jazz has been aware of Jeff "Tain" Watts ever since the classic Wynton Marsalis quintet of the mid-'80s. The general public was introduced to him through his stint on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show -- a profitable excursion that nevertheless meant there was an eight-year gap between his debut, Megawatts, and its 1999 successor, Citizen Tain. It was worth the wait, however. Watts scored an enormous coup by reuniting Wynton and Branford Marsalis for the first time in a decade, and he surrounded them with excellent musicians -- their trombonist brother Delfeayo Marsalis, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, bassist Reginald Veal, and pianist Kenny Kirkland, in what sadly turned out to be one of his final sessions. At least he exited on a high note -- Citizen Tain is a dynamic collection of straight-ahead hard bop and a number of its variations, from adventurous post-bop to grooving Latin jazz. As a matter of fact, this touches on a greater variety of material than the classic Marsalis group, and at times, it sounds even livelier. Kudos to all the musicians, of course, but special credit has to be given Watts, who proves that he's one of the rare drummers that can lead with confidence".
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, ALL Music Guide
1998: Geri Allen - Gathering Post-bop, Modern Jazz
1998: Geri Allen - Gathering
Artist: Geri Allen.
Album: Gathering
Label: Verve.
Year:1998; release:1998.
Format, bitrate: mp3,320 kbps.
Time: 61:04.
Size: 97,4 MB.
AMG rating 1998: Geri Allen - Gathering

"By the late '90s, Geri Allen's modern jazz piano style was easily recognizable to those who paid attention to the development of this music. Where far too many other peers chose to rehash standards ad infinitum, Allen explored her individuality in many ways that expanded her color palate and harmonic range. The Gathering features some trio recordings with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White, while adding guitarist Vernon Reid from Living Color here and there. But the most telling collaborator is producer Teo Macero, who not only is a master orchestrator in his own right, but inspired Allen to present music on this recording with a larger ensemble -- right up Macero's alley. As diverse a jazz project as one might hear, its equally as rich, deep, and wide, as the pianist sticks to acoustic piano, allowing these swelling sounds to swirl around her. The title track is truly a tour de force track, pounding into submission the road song rhythm via an insistent, driving, clockwork beat, while the underscored brass of trumpeter Wallace Roney and trombonist Robin Eubanks fly on wings of "angels" overhead. The group expands with flutist Dwight Andrews and bassist Ralphe Armstrong on "Gabriel's Royal Blue Reals," but the larger horn section pares down into two-note refrains, beautiful but not dainty. "Angels" has a similar instrumentation, but is even more withdrawn into a childlike stance, signing in softer clarion tones. The tracks with Reid have him on acoustic guitar for "Ray" with Allen and percussionist Mino Cinelu only in a suspended animation mood, or the electric during the static hard bopper "Dark Prince" or "Joy & Wonder" again with Armstrong in a similar forward motion to "The Gathering" but with a smaller combo. Allen, Williams, and White were a regular working trio at this time, and they are showcased for the levitating "Soul Heir" in a 7/8 and 4/4 tango, the abeyance of time "Light Matter," and the oceanic, rising sun motif of "Daybreak & Dreams." As complete and realized as many of Allen's recordings are, this one displays all of her immense powers coming to light at the same time. It's immaculately programmed, perfectly executed music that has a haunting quality overall, but enough punch, innovation, and style to rank it highly among her best projects, and comes highly recommended".
Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
1987:Marvin "Smitty" Smith - Keeper Of The Drums Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1987:Marvin "Smitty" Smith - Keeper Of The Drums
Artist: Marvin "Smitty" Smith
Album: Keeper Of The Drums
Label: Concord Jazz.
Year: 1987
Format, bitrate: mp3,192 kbps
Time: 44:59
Size: 62,5 MB
AMG rating: 1987:Marvin "Smitty" Smith - Keeper Of The Drums

The music here is titled towards hard bop, but within the frameworks of each track is incredibly fresh soloing, highly unique horn arrangements, and players locking together for patterns far more twisting than on your typical neo-traditionalist bop album.

Drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, widely regarded among jazz's premier percussionists and accompanists, got his chance in the spotlight when he made his debut as a leader for Concord. This 1987 session was a brilliant first effort, with Smith heading a wonderful four-horn octet. The group included alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Coleman, tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Wallace Roney. The eight songs were not lengthy (none much longer than six minutes), but were structured to allow maximum individual identity and collective performances. It was the perfect blend of traditional setting and contemporary insights, which has been lacking in so much 1990s jazz material.
~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
1997: Branford Marsalis - Scenes In The City Music » Jazz
1997: Branford Marsalis - Scenes In The CityArtist: Branford Marsalis
Album: Scenes In The City
Label: Columbia
Year: 1983
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kb/s
Time: 40:52
Size: 93,2 MB
AMG Rating: 1997: Branford Marsalis - Scenes In The City

Branford Marsalis's debut as a leader is ambitious yet consistently successful. On "Scenes of the City," his narrative is in the same spirit of some of Charles Mingus's recordings of the 1950s. Otherwise the music is in the modern mainstream vein with Marsalis (on tenor and soprano) hinting strongly at Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, along with a touch of Sonny Rollins. The backup crew includes such notable young lions as pianist Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Kirkland, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummers Jeff "Tain" Watts and Marvin "Smitty" Smith in addition to bassist Ron Carter. It's an impressive start to a notable career.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2002:Mulgrew Miller -The Sequel Hard-bop, Post-bop
2002:Mulgrew Miller -The Sequel
Artist: Mulgrew Miller
Album: The Sequel.
Label:Max Jazz.
Format, bitrate: mp3,192 kbps.
Time: 66:05.
Size: 93,8 MB.
AMG rating: 2002:Mulgrew Miller -The Sequel

The Sequel has a threefold meaning for pianist Mulgrew Miller and his listeners. First, it reunites him with Wingspan, the reputable quintet he formed in 1987; second, it ends his self-imposed seven-year hiatus as a bandleader; and third, it is his debut for the Max Jazz recording label. This highly enjoyable recording features ten great jazz songs in their pure form on which members of the ensemble excel. Wingspan is comprised of Steve Nelson, Steve Wilson, Duane Eubanks, Richie Goods, and Karriem Riggins, all of whom have established themselves in the jazz idiom as remarkable leaders and sidemen in their own right. Mulgrew Miller wrote eight new songs including the opening composition, "Go East Young Man." This song features excellent soloing from Eubanks, Wilson, Nelson, and Miller, who unify their ideas at the coda with a strong display of harmonics and textures. "The Sequel" utilizes the swing beat and features impeccable piano playing by Miller as well as stellar trumpeting from Duane Eubanks. "Know Wonder" is a great blowing vehicle for Steve Wilson, who plays his soprano saxophone with an exotic Eastern flavor. Despite the fact that Miller stayed away from the limelight as a bandleader, his competency as a sideman on over 200 recordings during that seven-year hiatus obviously provided the solid springboard from which this masterful achievement evolved. Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan is a distinctive group from which jazz aficionados can expect to hear beautiful melodies interpreted with precise beats, excellent improvisation, and modern mainstream jazz in its pure forms and styles.
~ Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide
1989: Wallace Roney - The Standard Bearer Hard-bop, Post-bop

1989: Wallace Roney - The Standard Bearer
Artist: Wallace Roney
Album: The Standard Bearer
Label: Muse
Year: 1989; release:1990
Format, bitrate: mp3,256 kbps
Time: 43:28
Size:79,6 MB
AMG rating 1989: Wallace Roney - The Standard Bearer

"To say that Wallace Roney (30 at the time of this Muse CD) resembles mid-'60s Miles Davis in his playing is the same as stating that Sonny Stitt sounded a little like Charlie Parker. That objection aside, Roney's The Standard Bearer (dedicated to Woody Shaw) is excellent. The leader is in fine form on six familiar standards and "Loose" has Roney successfully holding one's interest while backed by just drummer Cindy Blackman and percussionist Steve Berrios. Tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas (who does have a very original sound) is fiery during his four appearances and the rhythm section (which also includes pianist Mulgrew Miller and bassist Charnett Moffett) is quite superior. Creative frameworks and inspired solos keep this recording from being just a bop revival session. In fact, except for Roney's sound, everything about the music is quite fresh". ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

1983: Woody Shaw - Setting Standards Hard-bop, Post-bop

1983: Woody Shaw - Setting Standards
Artist: Woody Shaw
Album: Setting Standards.
Label: 32 Jazz.
Year:1983 ; release:2000.
Format, bitrate:mp.3 192 kbps.
Time: 38:56.
Size:53,3 MB.
AMG rating 1983: Woody Shaw - Setting Standards

"This Muse release finds the brilliant trumpeter Woody Shaw in fine form. Heard for the only time in his career on a full set with just a rhythm trio (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Victor Jones), the focus is very much on Shaw's attractive sound and his creative improvising skills. He performs four stnadards (including "There Is No Greater Love" and "What's New"), plus his own "Spiderman Blues" and Walton's "When Love Is New." The music is reasonably accessible and swinging yet imaginative in a subtle way. Recommended". ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

A lovely record from Woody one of his excellent and understated sides from the early 80s, recorded with a quartet that includes Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Victor Jones on drums. The tunes are mostly standards, but they're handled with a soulful depth that really takes them to the next level and the album's got a great original called "Spiderman Blues", plus versions of "There Is No Greater Love", "All The Way", and "What's New".
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1996:Kenny Garrett - Pursuance:The Music Of John Coltrane Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1996:Kenny Garrett - Pursuance:The Music Of John Coltrane
Artist: Kenny Garrett
Album: Pursuance:The Music Of John Coltrane
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Year: 1996
Format, bitrate: WMA, 128kbps .
Time:65:08 .
Size: 58,9 MB
AMG Rating: 1996:Kenny Garrett - Pursuance:The Music Of John Coltrane

Kenny Garrett is among the best of true modern jazz musicians of the past 20 years.His contributions to this great music are most often well thought-out and creatively stimulating.The John Coltrane influence has been obvious for years but he's been able to carve out a style that is uniquely his.

Pursuance is an exceptional tribute. It holds true to 'Tranes spirit but doesn't attempt to merely imitate the Great One. The selections are made more interesting by the inclusion of Pat Metheny.His guitar offerings add new coloring to the songs and he's careful not to over do it.Brian Blade and Rodney Whitaker add tastefully to the mix.While all of the songs are enjoyable (even the last one penned by members of the group),high lights for me are Liberia,Dear Lord,Like Sonny and the classic Giant Steps.In terms of different spins, Giant Steps has an altogether different meter and feel.

"Pursuance: Music Of John Coltrane is Kenny Garrett's tribute to John Coltrane. Working with musicians like Pat Metheny, Brian Blade, and Rodney Whitaker, Garrett creates a loving tribute, one that is respectful to Coltrane's legacy but one that doesn't mimic his sound. It's a moving record that reveals more layers every time you listen to it."
~ Thom Owens, All Music Guide
1994: Teodross Avery - In Other Words Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

1994: Teodross Avery - In Other Words
Artist: Teodross Avery.
Album: In Other Words.
Label: GRP Records.
Year: 1994 ; release:1994
Format, bitrate:WMA,128 kbps.
Time: 66:06.
Size: 59,7 MB.

Teodross Avery, a few days shy of turning 21 at the time of his GRP release, sounds quite mature on his debut as a leader. His tenor tone is attractive, his style is very influenced by Joe Henderson and John Coltrane and he is surprisingly relaxed on the ballads. Avery contributed nine of the 11 selections (all but "What's New" and Wayne Shorter's "Edda"). Three of the songs find trumpeter Roy Hargrove making the group a quintet. The music is very much in the hard bop vein and nothing too innovative or unexpected occurs, but this is an impressive initial effort from Teodross Avery who will hopefully have a long and productive career. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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