04 April, 2014

1

Petra Haden And Bill Frisell - Petra Haden And Bill Frisell (2004)

  Petra Haden And Bill Frisell  - Petra Haden And Bill Frisell (2004)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 265MB
Rykodisc/Hannibal HNCD1472
Allmusic:
It's safe to say that most albums don't include renditions of tunes by Foo Fighters, George Gershwin, and Stevie Wonder, along with traditional Tuvan folk songs, together on the same track list. Unless, of course, you're referring to the 2005 disc by the duo of Bill Frisell and Petra Haden. One of the foremost guitarists in contemporary jazz, Frisell is renowned for his signature guitarscapes, heard through a galaxy of effects and loops. Haden is an eclectic vocalist/violinist formerly of the indie-pop group That Dog (and, incidentally, the daughter of jazz bass great Charlie Haden), whose singing is guileless, experimental, and endearing all at once.
Together, Haden and Frisell create an unexpected magic, with Frisell's shimmering chords and electronically embellished atmospheres providing the perfect pillow for Haden's sleepy, breathy voice (which she layers in harmonies to excellent effect). The songs--also including Coldplay's "Yellow," Henry Mancini's "Moon River," Tom Waits's "I Don't Want to Grow Up," and the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star"--are incongruous only in theory. The lush, lullaby-like quality of the duo's sound gives the album a remarkably cohesive feel, highlighting the strength of the material and the chemistry of this unusual pair.

Tracks
01. "Satelliteˇ- Elliott Smith - 2:37
02. "Floatyˇ- Dave Grohl - 6:55
03. "Bai-La Taigamˇ- Traditional - 5:22
04. "Moon Riverˇ- Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer - 2:22
05. "Yellowˇ- Guy Berryman / Jon Buckland / Will Champion / Chris Martin - 4:39
06. "I Don't Want to Grow Upˇ- Kathleen Brennan / Tom Waits - 3:37
07. "The Quiet Roomˇ- Petra Haden - 4:21
08. "When You Wish Upon a Starˇ- Leigh Harline / Ned Washington - 2:34
09. "I Believeˇ- Stevie Wonder - 6:17
10. "John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Manˇ- Traditional - 2:40
11. "I've Got a Crush on Youˇ- George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin - 3:46
12. "Throughoutˇ- Bill Frisell - 4:02


13 March, 2014

2

Oscar Peterson - Live! (1986)

Oscar Peterson - Live! (1986)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 280MB
Pablo CD 2310-940  | rel: 1990
Allmusic:
Pianist Oscar Peterson's stint at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles in Nov. 1986 resulted in two CDs' worth of material. Peterson's quartet (with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist David Young and drummer Martin Drew) performs an interesting medley of "Perdido" and "Caravan," plays sensitively on "If You Only Knew," explores the pianist's "City Lights" and performs a three-part "The Bach Suite," which is climaxed by "Bach's Blues." Enjoyable music, it's recommended to Peterson's many fans.

Tracks
1. The Bach Suite: "Allegro" – 9:51
2. The Bach Suite: "Andante" – 3:24
3. The Bach Suite: "Bach's Blues" – 9:11
4. "City Lights" – 7:08
5. Medley: "Perdido" (Juan Tizol, Hans J. Lengsfelder, Ervin Drake) – 6:26
6. Medley: "Caravan" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Tizol) – 6:39
7. "If You Only Knew" – 7:56

Personnel
* Oscar Peterson – piano
* Joe Pass – guitar
* David Young – double bass
* Martin Drew – drums




28 February, 2014

1

Bud Powell - The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings (1947-63)

Bud Powell - The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings (1947-63)
jazz | 4cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 1570MB
BN CDP 7243 8 30083 2 2 | rel: 1994
Allmusic:
Although pianist Bud Powell recorded some great albums elsewhere (most notably his first couple of sessions for Verve), on the whole his Blue Note records were his most significant and definitive. This four-CD set has all of the music from his five Blue Note albums, his two sessions for the Roost label, and all known alternate takes. Powell literally changed the way that the piano is played in jazz, and this magnificent set has more than its share of classics. In addition to the many trio performances, trombonist Curtis Fuller sits in on three numbers, there are a few solo cuts, and one date features Powell at the head of a quintet with trumpeter Fats Navarro and the young tenor Sonny Rollins. Although there are a few faltering moments in the later dates, this essential release (unlike the similar Verve reissue) is quite consistent.

Tracks
cd1:
1. "I'll Remember April" (Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 2:54
2. "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" (James Hanley, Ballard MacDonald) – 2:45
3. "Somebody Loves Me" (George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald, B. G. De Sylva) – 2:56
4. "I Should Care" (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 3:02
5. "Bud's Bubble" – 2:36
6. "Off Minor" (Thelonious Monk) – 2:24
7. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:20
8. "Everything Happens To Me" (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) – 2:41
9. "Bouncing with Bud" (alternate take #1) (Gil Fuller, Powell) – 3:03
10. "Bouncing with Bud" (alternate take #2) (Fuller, Powell) – 3:12
11. "Bouncing with Bud" (Fuller, Powell) – 3:01
12. "Wail" (alternate take) – 2:38
13. "Wail" – 3:02
14. "Dance of the Infidels" (alternate take) – 2:52
15. "Dance of the Infidels" – 2:50
16. "52nd Street Theme" (Monk) – 2:45
17. "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 3:11
18. "Ornithology" (Benny Harris, Charlie Parker) – 2:20
19. "Ornithology" (alternate take) (Harris, Parker) – 3:07
20. "Un Poco Loco" (alternate take #1) – 3:46
21. "Un Poco Loco" (alternate take #2) – 4:28
22. "Un Poco Loco" – 4:42
23. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) – 2:55
cd2:
1. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 4:16
2. "A Night in Tunisia" (alternate take) (Gillespie, Paparelli) – 3:52
3. "It Could Happen to You" (alternate take) (James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 2:22
4. "It Could Happen to You" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 3:16
5. "Parisian Thoroughfare" – 3:25
6. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 2:51
7. "Reets and I" (Benny Harris) – 3:18
8. "Reets and I" (alternate take) (Harris) – 2:30
9. "Sure Thing" (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin) – 2:39
10. "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" (alternate take) (Oscar Pettiford) – 2:11
11. "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" (Pettiford) – 3:01
12. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 4:00
13. "I Want to Be Happy" (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar) – 2:50
14. "Audrey" – 2:54
15. "Glass Enclosure" – 2:21
16. "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:51
17. "Burt Covers Bud" – 3:07
18. "My Heart Stood Still" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:20
19. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) – 2:41
20. "Bags' Groove" (Milt Jackson) – 2:14
21. "My Devotion" (Roc Hillman, Johnny Napton) – 3:05
22. "Stella by Starlight" (Victor Young) – 2:10
23. "Woody 'N' You" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 3:00
cd3:
1. "Blue Pearl" – 3:46
2. "Blue Pearl" (alternate take) – 4:03
3. "Keepin' In The Groove" – 2:53
4. "Some Soul" – 6:56
5. "Frantic Fancies" – 4:50
6. "Bud On Bach" – 2:30
7. "Idaho" (Jesse Stone) – 5:14
8. "Don't Blame Me" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) – 7:31
9. "Moose the Mooche" (Parker) – 5:45
10. "John's Abbey" – 5:36
11. "Sub City" (alternate take) – 2:36
12. "Sub City" – 4:32
13. "John's Abbey" (alternate take) – 2:25
14. "Buster Rides Again" – 5:30
cd4:
1. "Dry Soul" – 6:41
2. "Marmalade" – 4:28
3. "Monopoly" – 4:47
4. "Time Waits" – 5:06
5. "The Scene Changes" – 3:59
6. "Down With It" – 3:58
7. "Comin' Up" (alternate take) – 5:26
8. "Comin' Up" – 7:54
9. "Duid Deed" – 5:06
10. "Cleopatra's Dream" – 4:22
11. "Gettin' There" – 5:01
12. "Crossin' The Channel" – 3:28
13. "Danceland" – 3:41
14. "Borderick" – 1:58
15. "Like Someone in Love" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 6:18

personnel
* piano: Bud Powell
* bass: Curly Russell, Tommy Potter, George Duvivier, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Pierre Michelot
* drums: Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke
* trumpet: Fats Navarro
* sax: Sonny Rollins
* trombone: Curtis Fuller





19 February, 2014

2

Christian Wallumrod - A Year from Easter (2004)

Christian Wallumrod - A Year from Easter (2004)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 295MB
ECM 1901
Allmusic:
What must be heard by contemporary jazz generalists as a typical ECM type European music creation, pianist Christian Wallumrod has conjured up a nomadic series of themes that touch on various strains of ethnic music. Echoes of classical and chamber musics, and Manfred Eicher's brand of tonally reserved, emotionally balanced, and coolly rendered sounds provide a rich but predictable musical palette. The title A Year from Easter might suggest many themes of hope, looking forward, sudden dismay, prayers for peace and justice, and post-distress emergence. While all that and more is present in the music, there's also a sense of forgiving, mutual trust, love, and that balance so needed in a life of ups and downs. Wallumrod must inevitably be compared to ECM stablemates Keith Jarrett, Mike Nock, and Bobo Stenson, but also to fellow Europeans Lennart Aberg, Thomas Clausen, and American icon Paul Bley. His band with violinist Nils Økland and trumpeter Arve Henriksen further draw comparisons to Jenny Scheinman and Kenny Wheeler respectively. Their sonic union with Wallumrod's piano or harmonium is a marriage of sheer beauty, wisdom and mutual agreement, and the CD unfolds like an epic novel. The dainty chamber like "Arch Song" starts the voyage, followed by the French/Middle Eastern requiem "Eliasong," with Wallumrod on harmonium. "Stompin' at Gagarin" pushes up the fun quotient, albeit deliberate and stealth, while the sad "Wedding Postponed" and the invocation "Psalm" turn the music somber and reverent. Sporadic piano and stroked-over toned cymbals on the percussive "Unisono" leads to the long toned sonic text piece "Lichtblick," the faux "Horseshoe Waltz," with its breathing and clattering sounds not in 3/4 time, and the somber afterthought visage of the title track, again identified by the harmonium. There's a delicate two-note actual waltz "Japanese Choral," Økland's pensive violin featured for "Sketch," a repeat of "Eliasong," Økland's violin assimilating a flute during "Neunacht," and the closer "Two Years from Easter" with Økland and Henriksen in a more resolved and hopeful mood. This CD, obviously, needs to be heard in its entirety, as there are really no stand-alone pieces. It's a wondrous journey though the human condition, to be shared and not recommended to loners or disenfranchised separatists of the intelligent music world, still coming easily recommended.

Tracks
01. "Arch song" (5:25)
02. "Eliasong" (3:31)
03. "Stompin' at Gagarin" (4:23)
04. "Wedding postponed" (4:11)
05. "Psalm" (3:17)
06. "Unisono" (2:24)
07. "Lichtblick" (4:22)
08. "Horseshoe waltz" (4:27)
09. "A year from Easter" (3:45)
10. "Japanese choral" (5:18)
11. "Sketch" (2:51)
12. "Eliasong II" (3:31)
13. "Neunacht" (3:18)
14. "Two years from Easter" (3:05)

Personnel
* Drums – Per Oddvar Johansen
* Piano, Harmonium, Toy Piano – Christian Wallumrod
* Trumpet – Arve Henriksen
* Violin – Nils Okland


14 February, 2014

1

Sonny Criss - I'll Catch The Sun (1969)

Sonny Criss - I'll Catch The Sun (1969)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 200MB
OJC
Allmusic:
Altoist Sonny Criss made some of his finest recordings for Prestige during the mid- to late '60s; I'll Catch the Sun was the seventh and final. Since this CD reissue is only 35 minutes long, it is overly brief, but the straight-ahead music (featuring Criss with pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Shelly Manne) is often excellent as the altoist performs two blues, two standards (including a passionate "Cry Me a River"), and two forgotten pop tunes from the era.

Tracks
1. "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Bob Merrill, Jule Styne) - 4:24
2. "Blue Sunset" (Sonny Criss) - 8:10
3. "I Thought About You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer) - 4:43
4. "California Screamin'" (Sonny Criss) - 6:03
5. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) - 5:41
6. "I'll Catch the Sun" (Rod McKuen) - 5:34

Personnel
* Sonny Criss - alto saxophone
* Hampton Hawes - piano
* Monty Budwig - bass
* Shelly Manne - drums


30 December, 2013

1

Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Nuf Said (1955)

Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Nuf Said (1955)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 210MB
Betlehem-Avenue R2 7599
Allmusic:
At times sounding indistinguishable soloing side by side, trombonists Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson gained unexpected fame from a series of collaborative efforts cut during the mid-'50s. Sandwiched between their initial Savoy outing and several Columbia releases (and a later reunion session for Impulse), 1955's Nuf Said features the soloists in a buoyant West Coast mood on several medium- to fast-tempo swingers. Winding and Johnson both turn in fluid, tonally rounded statements, while pianist Dick Katz, bassists Milt Hinton and Wendell Marshall, and drummer Al Harewood (using brushes most of the time) provide plush rhythmic support. In addition to impressively arranged covers like "Mad About the Boy" and "Out of This World," Johnson and Winding each contribute two attractive originals -­ Winding's "Gong Rock" gets special note not only for its then-exotic incorporation of gong sounds, but also for the title's evocation of a time-travel meeting between the trombonist and glam rocker T. Rex. Musical fantasy aside, this Bethlehem reissue by Avenue Jazz pads the original set with seven worthwhile alternate takes and tops things off with superb sound and helpful liner notes. And though some might find the music here a bit thin (a common criticism of the West Coast sound which, ironically, gets turned on its ear this time around since all the musicians involved are from the East Coast), the arrangements and playing are so engaging and of such high quality that categorization dilemmas disappear. A fine disc.

Tracks
-01. "Out of This World" - Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer - 2:20
-02. "Thou Swell" - Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers - 2:55
-03. "Lover" - Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers - 5:34
-04. "Lope City" - J.J. Johnson - 3:32
-05. "Stolen Bass" - J.J. Johnson - 2:56
-06. "It's All Right With Me" - Cole - 5:06
-07. "Mad About the Boy" - Noël Coward - 3:32
-08. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" - Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn - 4:06
-09. "That's How I Feel About You" - Kai Winding - 3:59
-10. "Gong Rock" - Kai Winding - 3:25
-11. "It's All Right With Me" - Cole Porter - 5:31
-12. "Lover" - Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers - 5:39
-13. "Gong Rock" - Kai Winding - 3:25
-14. "Lope City" - J.J. Johnson - 3:42
-15. "It's All Right With Me" - Cole Porter - 6:24
-16. "Out of This World" - Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer - 2:28
-17. "That's How I Feel About You" - Kai Winding - 4:08

Personnel
* Kai Winding (trombone)
* J.J. Johnson (trombone)
* Dick Katz (piano)
* Al Harewood (drums)

 

28 December, 2013

1

Third Ear Band - Alchemy & Elements (1969 & 70)

Third Ear Band - Alchemy & Elements (1969 & 70)
avantgarde | 2cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 590MB
EMI-GOTT GOTTCD010
Allmusic:
Alchemy: Started in 1968 by percussionist Glen Sweeney and reedist Paul Minns, Third Ear Band was formed from the ashes of a previous Sweeney project, the psych band Hydrogen Juke Box. While generally overlooked in the history of British and improvised music, Third Ear Band developed a distinctive and aesthetically important sound -- equal parts Indian, psychedelic, and minimalist -- dubbed "electric-acid-raga" by Sweeney. Alchemy, their first release, is a wonderful record. With shorter tracks than found on later albums, Third Ear Band here makes excursions into improvised chamber music. In the opener, "Mosaic," which is at seven minutes one of the longest cuts, guitar meets recorder and violin in a disharmonic free jazz summit that fades away before building into a trancy mini-crescendo. On "Stone Circle," recorder lines interweave over an unadorned drum's repetitive rhythm. At times the recorder lines are so fluid and unnatural they sound like they're being played backwards -- which indeed they just might be. Generally the remainder of the tracks run the course between half-structured improv and droning chaos. Comparisons could be drawn to Soft Machine or the Dream Syndicate, but neither quite has the sense of "collective first" nor the repetitive insistence of Third Ear Band. The songs, to quote Sweeney again, are "alike or unlike as trees." For those even vaguely interested in the history of innovative music, Alchemy is worth hunting down.
Elements (aka Third Ear Band ): Their self-titled, second album is probably their definitive statement, consisting of four lengthy tracks devoted to the primary elements ("Air," "Earth, " "Fire, " "Water"). The feeling is one of improvised (though well-conceived) pieces that build up from initial drones to multi-layered ragas built around the same initial patterns. Their strong debts to both Indian music and contemporary experimental/minimalist compositions are evident. It's not accessible enough for the average rock (or even average progressive rock) listener. But it's certainly more geared toward the adventurous rock listener than the most challenging and/or difficult contemporary avant-garde music.

Tracks
cd1:
-1. Mosaic – 6:31
-2. Ghetto Raga – 10:32
-3. Druid One – 3:49
-4. Stone Circle – 3:28
-5. Egyptian Book of the Dead – 8:55
-6. Area Three – 8:33
-7. Dragon Lines – 5:33
-8. Lark Rise – 2:46
cd2:
-1. Air – 10:30
-2. Earth – 9:53
-3. Fire – 9:19
-4. Water – 7:04

Personnel
* Paul Minns – oboe, recorder
* Mel Davis – cello, pipe
* Glen Sweeney – chimes, drums, tabla, wind chimes, hand drums
* Richard Coff – violin, viola
* Dave Tomlin – violin
* John Peel – harmonica, jaw harp
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* Paul Minns – oboe
* Glen Sweeney – percussion
* Ursula Smith – cello
* Richard Coff – violin and viola

 


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