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

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

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

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

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

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


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