Friday, February 8, 2019

Eddie Harris - Live At Newport

Eddie Harris hit the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival head on with his satchel of electronic sax gear, funky soul/jazz track record, and a quartet with Jodie Christian now anchored on electric piano. Naturally there would be some funk on display ("Carry on Brother") and guest vocalist Eugene McDaniels, composer of "Compared to What," comes up with a lame, hectoring sequel, "Silent Majority." Yet a good deal of this truncated edition of Harris' Newport set is pitched at a more abstract level. "Don't You Know the Future's in Space," with its tumbling drums and outbreaks of near freeform reed trumpet (a Harris invention), is already in progress when we fade into the track, and "South Side" is a rough-and-tumble jazz sprint, with Harris delivering a complex cerebral solo. These advanced tracks didn't win him any points with the critics of the time but hindsight reveals that harmonically as well as electronically, Harris was ahead of most of the pack. As a bonus, the LP includes a short post-set speech in which Harris prophesizes that his reed trumpet will be a godsend for brass players (who, alas, completely ignored it). - by Richard S. Ginell, AMG

Artist: Eddie Harris
Album: Live At Newport
Year: 1970 (Atlantic Records)
Label: WEA Japan, 2013 - 24bit ResolutionCD)
Runtime: 38:31
Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival

Tracks:
1.  Children's Song (Eddie Harris) 6:13
2.  Carry On Brother (Eddie Harris) 5:12
3.  Don't You Know Your Future's In Space (Eddie Harris) 8:06
4.  Silent Majority (Gene McDaniels) 5:47
5.  Walk Soft (Eddie Harris) 4:15
6.  South Side (Eddie Harris) 8:55

Personnel:
Eddie Harris (Tenor Saxophone, Varitone)
Jodie Christian (Piano, Electric Piano)
Louis Spears (Double Bass)
Robert Crowder (Drums)
Eugene McDaniels (Vocals) - 4

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Maceo Parker - Life on Planet Groove


A scorching album of funky grooves from Maceo Parker, assisted by the rest of the JB's on backing horns. The album was recorded in concert at a club called Stadtgarten in Cologne, Germany, and the crowd seems just as responsive in most ways as any Atlanta mob. Along with the JB horns, Vincent Henry accompanies on bass throughout the album/concert. The album starts out with an original Maceo composition, then moves into a pair from his old boss James Brown. After that, there's another Maceo number, a cover of "Addictive Love," a rendition of "Georgia on My Mind," and a composition undertaken by a veritable army of funk veterans. This is probably just about the best solo Maceo Parker album there is, at least until the release of Funkoverload. If you're a funk fan, or a soul-jazz fan, this album might just provide what you need. Maceo on his own always provides a nice collection of soul and funk, and this one is no exception. - by Adam Greenberg, AMG

Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Life on Planet Groove
Year: 1992
Label: Minor Music
Runtime: 74:10

Tracks:
1.  Shake Everything You've Got (Maceo Parker) 16:15
2.  Pass The Peas (Charles Bobbit/James Brown/John Starks) 11:12
3.  I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown) 3:38
4.  Got To Get U (Maceo Parker)6:56
5.  Addictive Love (Love/Keith Thomas/The Winans) 8:37
6.  Children's World (Maceo Parker) 6:07
7.  Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell) 7:12
8.  Soul Power (James Brown/Byrd/Bootsy Collins/Maceo Parker/Troutman) 14:13
Recorded live at the Stadgarten Restaurant, Cologne, Germany

Personnel:
Maceo Parker (Alto Saxophone and Vocals)
Fred Wesley (Trombone and Vocals)
Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Vocals)
Rodney Jones (Guitar)
Larry Goldings (Hammond Organ)
Kenwood Dennard (Drums)
Vincent Henry (Bass Guitar and Alto Saxophone)
Kym Mazelle (Vocals) - 3,4,8
Candy Dulfer (Alto Saxophone) - 5,8

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Pee Wee Ellis - Yellin' Blue

A versatile composer, arranger, saxophonist and keyboard player, a musician whose repertoire encompasses all manner of music from jazz through soul and funk to stadium rock, Alfred Pee Wee Ellis stands distinctive in any company...
A second trio album from Koln was recorded live during a Pee Wee Ellis Assembly Trio tour of Europe in the spring of '94. Called “Yellin' Blue,” it attracted much critical acclaim in Europe. - from All About Jazz.com

Artist: Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis
Album: Yellin' Blue
Year: 1995
Label: Minor Music
Runtime: 65:00

Tracks:
1.  Lazy Bird (John Coltrane) 4:17
2.  Do Dee Dum Diddy (Pee Wee Ellis) 8:31
3.  Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills) 9:52
4.  Like Sonny (John Coltrane) 6:58
5.  Yellin' Blue (Pee Wee Ellis) 9:42
6.  Groovin' High (Dizzy Gillespie) 6:10
7.  In A Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington/Milt Gabler) 11:24
8.  Tag Alone (Pee Wee Ellis) 8:02

Personnel:
Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor Saxophone)
Dwayne Dolphin (Double Bass)
Bruce Cox (Drums)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Diana Krall - Live in Paris

Recorded "live" at the Paris Olympia, Live in Paris offers listeners Diana Krall's understanding of the musical techniques of composition, piano, and vocal improvisation on 12 songs from the Great American Songbooks of Cole Porter,Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and contemporary artists Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. Accompanied by the award-winning Anthony Wilson on guitar, John Pisano on acoustic guitar, John Clayton on bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion as well as the Orchestra Symphonies European on "Let's Fall in Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," the lovely vocalist heightens your listening pleasures with distinctive phrasings and tangible pathways to inside the creative imagination by getting inside harmony, the changes, and melodic structures. On Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Krall is accompanied by Christian McBride on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Lewis Nash on drums, and Wilson on guitar, among others. This song also resides on the soundtrack to the film The Guru and is probably one of the best ballads on the set due to the great solo from Brecker. His powerful but sensitive playing adds the ultimate expression and approach to the melody -- one with attitudinal preparation, which is always necessary for a song that has such familiarity and association with another musician. For those who may not have heard Krall perform "live," this recording will give you a firsthand account of the ambience and excitement of a musical evening with her. - by Paula Edelstein, AMG

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: Live in Paris
Year: 2002
Label: Verve Records
Runtime: 70:02

Tracks:
1.  I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee / Bill Schluger) 5:12
2.  Let's Fall In Love (Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler) 4:34
3.  'Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch / Fred Rose) 5:18
4.  The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach / Hal David) 5:00
5.  East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) (Brooks Bowman) 5:58
6.  I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) 7:24
7.  Devil May Care (Bob Dorough / Terrell Kirk / Joe South) 6:52
8.  Maybe You'll Be There (Rube Bloom / Sammy Gallop) 5:48
9.  'S Wonderful (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin) 6:00
10.  Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard) 6:06
11.  A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell) 6:50
12.  Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) 5:00

Personnel:
John Clayton (Bass)
Jeff Hamilton (Drums)
Anthony Wilson (Guitar)
Paulinho Da Costa (Percussion)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Diana Krall - All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)

Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall pays tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio on her Impulse! set. In general, the medium and up-tempo tunes work best, particularly such hot ditties as "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm," "Frim Fram Sauce," and "Hit That Jive Jack." Krall does not attempt to directly copy Cole much (either pianistically or vocally), although his influence is obviously felt on some of the songs. The slow ballads are actually as reminiscent of Shirley Horn as Cole, particularly the somber "I'm Through With Love" and "If I Had You." Guitarist Russell Malone gets some solo space on many of the songs and joins in on the group vocal of "Hit That Jive Jack," although it is surprising that he had no other opportunities to interact vocally with Krall; a duet could have been delightful. Bassist Paul Keller is fine in support, pianist Benny Green backs Krall's vocal on "If I Had You," and percussionist Steve Kroon is added on one song. Overall, this is a tasteful effort that succeeds. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: All For You: A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio
Year: 1996
Label: Verve Records
Runtime: 54:36
Recorded at the Power Station, New York City, USA

Tracks:
1.  I'm An Errand Girl For Rhythm (Nat King Cole) 2:56
2.  Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (Andy Razaf / Don Redman) 4:07
3.  You Call It Madness (Russ Columbo / Con Conrad / Gladys Dubois/ Paul Gregory) 4:37
4.  Frim Fram Sauce (Redd Evans / Joe Ricardel) 5:00
5.  Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Al Dubin / Harry Warren) 6:27
6.  Baby Baby All The Time (Bobby Troup) 3:36
7.  Hit That Jive Jack (John Alston / Alex Alston / Skeets Tolbert) 4:16
8.  You're Looking At Me (Bobby Troup) 5:33
9.  I'm Thru With Love (Gus Kahn / Fud Livingston / Matty Malneck) 4:25
10.  Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch / Fred Rose) 3:31
11.  A Blossom Fell (Howard Barnes / Harold Cornelius / Dominic John) 5:12
12.  If I Had You (Jimmy Campbell / Reginald Connelly / Ted Shapiro) 4:56

Personnel:
Diana Krall (Piano, Vocals)
Russell Malone (Guitar)
Paul Keller (Double Bass)
Benny Green (Piano) - 12
Steve Kroon (Percussion) - 5

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Diana Krall - The Girl in the Other Room

While the jazz fascists (read: purists) may be screaming "sellout" because Diana Krall decided to record something other than standards this time out, the rest of us can enjoy the considerable fruit of her labors. The Girl in the Other Room is, without question, a jazz record in the same manner her other outings are. The fact that it isn't made up of musty and dusty "classics" may irk the narrow-minded and reactionary, but it doesn't change the fact that this bold recording is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a wonderfully intimate aesthetic fueling its 12 songs. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Krall, the non-original material ranges from the Mississippi-fueled jazzed-up blues of Mose Allison's "Stop This World" to contemporary songs that are reinvented in Krall's image by Tom Waits ("Temptation"), Joni Mitchell ("Black Crow"), Chris Smither ("Love Me Like a Man"), and her husband, Elvis Costello ("Almost Blue"). These covers are striking. Krall's read of Allison's tune rivals his and adds an entirely different shade of meaning, as does her swinging, jazzy, R&B-infused take on Smither's sexy nugget via its first hitmaker, Bonnie Raitt. Her interpretation of Waits' "Temptation" is far more sultry than Holly Cole's because Krall understands this pop song to be a jazz tune rather than a jazzy pop song. "Black Crow" exists in its own space in the terrain of the album, because Krall understands that jazz is not mere articulation but interpretation. Likewise, her reverent version of Costello's "Almost Blue" takes it out of its original countrypolitan setting and brings it back to the blues. As wonderful as these songs are, however, they serve a utilitarian purpose; they act as bridges to the startling, emotionally charged poetics in the material Krall has composed with Costello. Totaling half the album, this material is full of grief, darkness, and a tentative re-emergence from the shadows. It begins in the noir-ish melancholy of the title track, kissed with bittersweet agony by Gershwin's "Summertime." The grain in Krall's pained voice relates an edgy third-person tale that is harrowing in its lack of revelation and in the way it confounds the listener; it features John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. In "I've Changed My Address," Krall evokes the voices of ghosts such as Louis Armstrong and Anita O'Day in a sturdy hip vernacular that channels the early beat jazz of Waits and Allison. The lyric is solid and wonderfully evocative not only of time and place, but of emotional terrain. Krall's solo in the tune is stunning. "Narrow Daylight," graced by gospel overtones, is a tentative step into hope with its opening line: "Narrow daylight enters the room, winter is over, summer is near." This glimmer of hope is short-lived, however, as "Abandoned Masquerade" reveals the shattered promise in the aftermath of dying love. "I'm Coming Through" and "Departure Bay," which close the set, are both underscored by the grief experienced at the loss of Krall's mother. They are far from sentimental, nor are they sophomoric, but through the eloquence of Krall's wonderfully sophisticated melodic architecture and rhythmic parlance they express the experience of longing, of death, and of acceptance. The former features a beautiful solo by guitarist Anthony Wilson and the latter, in its starkness, offers memory as reflection and instruction. This is a bold new direction by an artist who expresses great willingness to get dirt on her hands and to offer its traces and smudges as part and parcel of her own part in extending the jazz tradition, through confessional language and a wonderfully inventive application that is caressed by, not saturated in, elegant pop. - by Thom Yurek, AMG

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: The Girl in the Other Room
Label: Verve Records
Year: 2004
Runtime: 55:31

Tracks:
1.  Stop This World (Mose Allison) 3:59
2.  The Girl in the Other Room (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 4:05
3.  Temptation (Tom Waits) 4:27
4.  Almost Blue (Elvis Costello) 4:04
5.  I've Changed My Address (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 4:47
6.  Love Me Like a Man (Bonnie Raitt/Chris Smither) 5:49
7.  I'm Pulling Through (Arthur Herzog Jr./Irene Kitchings) 4:02
8.  Black Crow (Joni Mitchell) 4:49
9.  Narrow Daylight (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 3:32
10.  Abandoned Masquerade (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:11
11.  I'm Coming Through (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:07
12.  Departure Bay (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:39

Personnel:
Diana Krall (Piano, Vocals)
Anthony Wilson (Guitar)
Christian Mc Bride (Double Bass) - 1,3,4,7-12
Peter Erskine (Drums) - 1,4,7-12
John Clayton (Double Bass) - 2,5,6
Jeff Hamilton (Drums) - 2,5,6
Neil Larsen (Hammond Organ) - 3
Terri Lynne Carrington (Drums) - 3

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc IV)

Salute to the Flute:
Salute to the Flute (reissued as When Lights Are Low) is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Epic label. - Wikipedia.org

This Portrait LP (a 1988 reissue of an Epic album titled Salute to the Flute) found flutist Herbie Mann accompanied for the first time by a big band on five of the nine selections. Prior to 1959, virtually all of Mann's recordings were bop-oriented, and this one is no exception. Whether it be "Little Niles," "When Lights Are Low," "Beautiful Love" or even "Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues," Mann proves to be an excellent bop soloist; other important players on this date include trumpeter Joe Wilder, altoist Anthony Ortega, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Joe Puma and bassist Oscar Pettiford. This LP will be a difficult one to find. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Right Now:
Herbie Mann spent much of his career at Atlantic, which he signed with in the early 1960s and recorded for until 1985. The flutist provided a very wide variety of music during his long stay at Atlantic; this rewarding 1962 LP found him combining bop with various forms of world music. Mann has long been famous for his love of Brazilian music, and that interest serves him well on the charming "Borquinho" and Luiz Bonfa's "Manha de Carnaval," as well as two Antonio Carlos Jobim pieces: "Desafinado" (a major hit for Stan Getz in the early 1960s) and "Meditation." But Mann goes for more of an Afro-Cuban flavor on his exuberant "Free for All" and Lester Young's "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid," and he successfully incorporates elements of Jewish and Middle Eastern music on the moody "Challil." Now for the bad news: like so many of Mann's Atlantic dates, Right Now has long been out of print and has yet to be reissued on CD. - by Alex Henderson, AMG

Artist: Herbie Mann
Album: Herbie Mann vol.3; Disc Four (Salute To The Flute + Right Now)
Year: 1957-1962 (Epic Records, Atlantic Recordings)
Label: RealGoneJazz Records (2015)
Runtime: 54:51

Tracks:

Salute To The Flute:
1.  Beautiful Love (Wayne King / Victor Young / Egbert Van Alstyne) 6:31
2.  Hip Scotch (Joe Puma) 3:40
3.  Song For Ruth (Herbie Mann) 4:22
4.  Noga's Nuggets (Oscar Pettiford) 4:04
5.  A Ritual (Herbie Mann) 3:48

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute, Vocals)
Anthony Ortega (Alto Saxophone)
Sol Schlinger (Baritone Saxophone)
Oscar Pettiford (Double Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums) - 2
Gus Johnson (Drums) - 1-3
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Hank Jones (Piano)
Dave Kurtzer (Bassoon)
Dick Hafer (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone) - 4
Chauncey Welsch (Trombone) - 4
Urbie Green (Trombone) - 4
Bernie Glow (Trumpet) - 3
Don Stratton (Trumpet) - 4
Joe Wilder (Trumpet) - 4

Right Now:
6.  Right Now (Herbie Mann) 3:11
7.  Desafinado (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonca) 4:21
8.  Challil (Herbie Mann) 4:36
9.  Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young) 2:56
10.  Borquinho (Roberto Menescal / Renaldo Boscoli) 3:38
11.  Cool Heat (Herbie Mann) 5:11
12.  Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa) 2:55
13.  Meditation (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonca) 5:52
14.  Free for All (Herbie Mann) 2:19
Recorded in New York City, March 12 & 28, April 19, 1962

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute)
Hagood Hardy (Vibraphone)
Billy Bean (Guitar)
Don Payne (Double Bass) - 10,12,13
Bill Stalter (Double Bass) - 6-9,11,14
Willie Bobo (Drums)
Carlos "Patato" Valdes (Congas)
Johnny Pacheco (Percussion) - 10,12
Willie Rodriguez (Percussion) - 10,12,13

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc III)

Musician Herbie Mann was born Herbert Jay Solomon on April 16, 1930 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After exploring the Army, Mann joined the Mat Mathews's Quintet and began recording work. He did some music writing for T.V., but his real joy came from his project with the Afro-Jazz Sextet, which was an international success. Mann's musical interests were not limited to jazz; he also played bop, rock, pop, reggae, and disco. Mann has also been a producer and record label owner. He has recorded almost one hundred albums for more than ten recording companies. - Amazon.com

Mann Alone:
Mann Alone is solo album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Savoy label. - Wikipedia.org

Salute to the Flute:
Salute to the Flute (reissued as When Lights Are Low) is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Epic label. - Wikipedia.org

This Portrait LP (a 1988 reissue of an Epic album titled Salute to the Flute) found flutist Herbie Mann accompanied for the first time by a big band on five of the nine selections. Prior to 1959, virtually all of Mann's recordings were bop-oriented, and this one is no exception. Whether it be "Little Niles," "When Lights Are Low," "Beautiful Love" or even "Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues," Mann proves to be an excellent bop soloist; other important players on this date include trumpeter Joe Wilder, altoist Anthony Ortega, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Joe Puma and bassist Oscar Pettiford. This LP will be a difficult one to find. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Tracks: 

Mann Alone:
1.  Happy Happy 3:30
2.  Looking Thru the Window 4:00
3.  Like, You Know, Baby 5:50
4.  Love 5:15
5.  All Day Monday 6:20
6.  From Midnight On 3:25
7.  For the Love of Kali 4:21
8.  Ruth, Ruth 3:42
All compositions by Herbie Mann
Recorded in NYC, USA, May 9, 1957

Personnel: 
Herbie Mann (Flute, Alto Flute)

Salute to the Flute:
9.  When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter) 6:02
10.  Little Niles (Randy Weston) 6:11
11.  Old Honkie Tonk Piano Roll Blues (Herbie Mann) 4:43
12.  Pretty Baby (A.K. Salim) 4:58

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute, Vocals)
Anthony Ortega (Alto Saxophone)
Sol Schlinger (Baritone Saxophone)
Oscar Pettiford (Double Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums) - 2,4,
Gus Johnson (Drums) - 1,3
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Hank Jones (Piano)
Dave Kurtzer (Bassoon)
Dick Hafer (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone)
Chauncey Welsch (Trombone) - 1
Urbie Green (Trombone) - 1
Bernie Glow (Trumpet) - 1
Don Stratton (Trumpet) - 1
Joe Wilder (Trumpet) - 1

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