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Review by Scott Yanow Ray Bryant’s first solo piano album is rightfully considered a classic. Bryant, at the time thought of as a young modern traditionalist, has always felt perfectly at home playing the blues. He performs five original and diverse blues on this set along with “Lover Man” and “Rockin’ Chair,” showing that he really never needed a bassist ...

Review by Scott Yanow This 1988 reissue brought back one of pianist Ray Bryant’s favorite trio records. Supported by either Bill Lee or Arthur Harper on bass and drummer Mickey Roker, Bryant is typically soulful, swinging and reasonably explorative on nine songs (including a previously unreleased version of “Django”) that are highlighted by “Con Alma,” “Milestones,” his popular “Cubano Chant” ...

Young Anderson Brothers (Peter and Will are identical twins) both on clarinet here band together with two veteran clarinetists Ken Peplowski with rich background in big band jazz and multiple Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera to perform live to a jubilant audience. “They are sparkling virtuosos and their clever, tidy arrangements for various combinations of clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone ...

  Tracklist: A1 – Dear Prudence     2:37 A2 – Sealed With A Kiss     2:41 A3 – Both Sides Now     2:54 A4 – Walk Away Renee     2:42 A5 – You Won’t See Me     3:31 A6 – Michael From Mountains     3:56 B1 – Stormy     3:12 B2 – In My Life     2:25 B3 – I’ve ...

Review by Scott Yanow This somewhat obscure date by the great jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans also features the leader playing some fine guitar (most notably on “Lonesome Road”) and taking one of his first whistling solos on “Brother John.” With pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Tom Bryant and drummer Oliver Jackson completing the quartet, Thielemans is in excellent form introducing ...

Review by Alex Henderson Over the years, Buddy DeFranco’s admirers have often wondered why the clarinet’s popularity as a jazz instrument declined considerably after World War II and the swing era — why haven’t more improvisers applied Charlie Parker’s ideas to the clarinet, and why is the clarinet usually stereotyped as a swing/Dixieland/classic jazz instrument rather than a bebop, post-bop, ...

Tracklist:   1.  Lou’s Blues     2.  Be My Love     3.  Idaho     4.  The Nearness Of You    5.  Mack The Knife    6.  Crosstown Shuffle     7.  Tangerine Credits    Alto Saxophone – Lou Donaldson    Bass – Laymon Jackson    Congas – Ray Barretto    Drums – Dave Bailey    Piano – Horace Parlan    Trumpet – Blue Mitchell     Recorded By ...

Good Deal is a typically fine record from the Three Sounds, who were beginning to hit their stride when this session was recorded in May of 1959. Like most of their records, it’s laidback – even when the group works a swinging tempo, there’s a sense of ease that keeps the mood friendly, relaxed and mellow. Balancing standards like “Satin ...

Tracklist: A-1 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life A-2 Since I Fell For You A-3 Until It’s Time For You To Go B-1 Pain B-2 Angel Eyes C-1 Easy Walker C-2 Kittitian Carnival C-3 Could It Be I’m Falling In Love D-1 Where Is The Love? D-2 Medley: Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do – Don’t Go Strangers D-3 ...

Pistas: A1 – On Green Dolphin Street     2:16 A2 – Ruby     3:08 A3 – Invitation     2:58 A4 – Secret Love     2:16 A5 – An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)     2:30 A6 – The High And The Mighty     2:09 B1 – Exodus (Main Theme)     2:00 B2 – Laura     4:32 B3 – Three ...

Tracklist A1 Under Hog     4:47 A2 Ooh Child     4:44 A3 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours     3:28 A4 Cubano Chant     4:02 B1 Willow Weep For Me     3:58 B2 Fool On The Hill     4:46 B3 Catchy     3:36 B4 Wessward Ho     3:34 Label: Stax ‎– 2362-011 Released: 1971 Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul Style: Soul, ...

Review by Scott Yanow Latin Concert is a pretty good sampling of vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s influential Latin jazz of the 1950s. With pianist Vince Guaraldi, bassist Al McKibbon, Willie Bobo on timbales and drums, and the congas of Mongo Santamaria, Tjader’s impressive unit performs four of his catchy originals and two by Santamaria in addition to Latinized versions of “The ...

Tracklist:1 – Swing Gitan    5:31 2 – Django’s Tiger    5:18 3 – Nuages    6:51 4 – Mr. Sandman    5:50 5 – Sweet Georgia Brown    4:59 6 – David    3:28 7 – Noto Swing    3:13 8 – Daphne    3:20 9 – Minor Swing    2:48 10 – Dinah    4:23 Credits: Arranged By – Gypsy Jazz Quintet Contrabass – Saša Borovec Drums – ...

A1 The Phantom    10:15    A2  Blues For Alvina Written By – Willie and Alvina Wilson 3:05    A3  Bunda Amerela (Little Yellow Streetcar)    6:05    B1  Los Ojos Alegres (The Happy Eyes)    6:15    B2  Say You’re Mine    5:50    B3  The Moana Surf Written By – Jerry Dodgion7:25    Bass  Bob Cranshaw Congas  Victor Pantojo* Congas, Guiro  “Potato” Valdes* Drums  Mickey Roker Flute, Flute ...

The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington D.C. and released on the Argo label. Review by Michael G. Nastos Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray’s Top 40 hit. He also was one ...

Jazz quartet from Zagreb, Croatia (ex Yugoslavia) active between 1959-1967. Zagreb Jazz Quartet  (‘Zagrebački Jazz Kvartet’) was among the first significant jazz ensembles in Croatia. Tracklist:1 – Mrtve magle 2 – Arijana 3 – Black Coffee 4 – Intima 5 – Sister Sadie 6 – Vardar 7 – Whisper Not 8 – A Foggy Day 9 – Willis Conover 10 ...

1 – The Nearness of You2 – In a Sentimental Mood 3 – You Took Advantage of Me 4 – Cool And Easy 5 – Body And Soul 6 – The Cuckoo In the Clock 7 – Tangerine 8 – Early Autumn 9 – Them There Eyes 10 – A Handful Of Stars 11 – Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man ...

Review by Ken Dryden Kenny Barron was honored as an NEA Jazz Master on January 12, 2010, and it was a recognition that was due. Since entering the jazz scene in the early ’60s, he has made his mark as a sideman (especially with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz), solo pianist, leader, and composer. These 2009 sessions pair him with ...

Damir Kukuruzović es considerado, en Croacia, su pais natal, como el mayor intérprete de gypsy jazz, en el estilo Django Reinhardt. /////////////////////////////////// Damir Kukuruzović is considered, in Croatia, his native country, like the greater interpreter of gypsy jazz, in the style Django Reinhardt. http://www.damirkukuruzovic.com/ Tracklist:     1. All Of Me (Simons & Marks) ( 03:57 )     2. Bossa Dorado ...

1.Ornithology (7:04) 2.Cheese Cake (8:41) 3.Ask Me Now (8:21) 4.Yardbird Suite (6:15) 5.My Little Suede Shoes (5:56) 6.Ladybird (4:36) 7.I Fall In Love Too Easily (7:48) 8.Little Rootie Tootie (5:55) 9.Moose The Mooche (4:48) Label: Steeple Chase SCCD 31454 Michal Urbaniak – violin Jim Pryor – piano Dwayne Burno – bass Billy Drummond – drums Recorded April 1998 This file ...

The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington D.C. and released on the Argo label. Review by Michael G. Nastos Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray’s Top 40 hit. He also was one ...

Tracklist A1 – You’re Devastating A2 – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes A3 – Let’s Begin A4 – I Won’t Dance B1 – Lovely To Look At B2 – Yesterdays B3 – The Touch Of Your Hand Credits     Bass – Norman Edge     Drums – Charlie Persip     Piano – Morris Nanton Notes Recorded December 12 and 19, 1958, ...

Review by Scott Yanow This Yazoo LP has many rather rare acoustic guitar performances. Carl Kress, a great chordal player, is heard on ten duets with fellow guitarist Tony Mottola in 1941, a couple of hot numbers with Dick McDonough (1934’s “Danzon” and “I’ve Got a Feeling You’re Fooling” from 1936) and two 1939 solos. In addition the seven-string guitar ...

Review by Michael Erlewine Just what it says. The queen of the Hammond organ (along with Henry Grimes (b) and Otis Finch (d)) plays compositions by the funk-master himself, Horace Silver. Included are “Senor Blues” and “The Preacher.” Tracklist A1 Senor Blues A2 Moon Ray A3 Sister Sadie B1 Doodlin’ B2 The Preacher B3 Strollin’ Credits Bass – Henry Grimes ...

Review by Lindsay Planer Kirk’s Work, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s third long-player, teams him up with organist “Brother” Jack McDuff for Kirk’s most soulful post-bop set to date. His unorthodox performance style incorporates the polyphonies of a tenor sax, flute, manzello, and stritch. (The latter instrument is Kirk’s own modification of a second-generation B-flat soprano sax.) This contributes to the unique ...

Review by Michael G. Nastos As an originator of the initial soul-funk movement of the ’60s when he was with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Golson is eminently qualified to funkify jazz and R&B-flavored instrumental music. Nat Adderley plays cornet alongside Golson’s tenor in this, one of his last recordings before he passed away. Always fresh and deep in the groove ...

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