The Claudia Quintet - I, Claudia (2003) {Cuneiform Records ‎Rune 187}

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The Claudia Quintet - I, Claudia (2003) {Cuneiform Records ‎Rune 187}

The Claudia Quintet - I, Claudia (2003) {Cuneiform Records ‎Rune 187}
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© 2003 Cuneiform Records ‎| Rune 187
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / New Chamber Music / Modern Creative / Drums

This second release from the Claudia Quintet (and their first on the Cuneiform label) not only offers Claudia's great blend of instrumental textures from tenor sax/clarinet, vibraphone, accordion, acoustic bass, drums, and percussion, but also provides a satisfying stroll among multiple musical genres. Drummer John Hollenbeck is the group's composer, and his clever pieces move effortlessly from funky chamber jazz to minimalism (both rhythmic and ambient), with some African elements and "new music" vocabulary thrown in for good measure. A good example of Hollenbeck's eclecticism (one of many) would be the piece "…Can You Get Through This Life With a Good Heart?," which was inspired by a quote from Joni Mitchell in a PBS documentary. It opens, in Hollenbeck's words, with "the harmonic clouds and space of Morton Feldman," which eventually give way to a pensive folk melody stated by accordion and vibes.

Thelonious Monk - Live In Paris (1964) {2CD Set, France's Concert FCD 132/2 rel 1989}

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Thelonious Monk - Live In Paris (1964) {2CD Set, France's Concert FCD 132/2 rel 1989}

Thelonious Monk - Live In Paris (1964) {2CD Set, France's Concert FCD 132/2 rel 1989}
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© 1964, 1989 France's Concert | FCD 132/2
Jazz / Bop / Modal Music / Piano

The first of two separate CDs from concerts done in Paris during the winter of 1964, Monk's quartet with Butch Warren (bass), Ben Riley (drums) and Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), showcases one standard and four of the pianist's originals. Only "Epistrophy," the closer, is in short form. Noticeable from the opening refrains of "Four in One" is Rouse, bending notes, extrapolating and modifying the melody, challenging Monk to do the same. The pianist then does a retort before laying completely out as Rouse solos. The band follows the same easy swinging mid-tempo ritual for the next two pieces; "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and "Straight, No Chaser," as tenor sax, piano, bass and drum solos line up before heading back to the melody. A stride-ish intro by Monk sets up "Sentimental" and "Epistrophy," while solos are concise.

Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 16 (2005) {3 Disc Set, EMI--Mosaic Records MS-016 rec 1967-1970}

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Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 16 (2005) {3 Disc Set, EMI--Mosaic Records MS-016 rec 1967-1970}

Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 16 (2005) {3 Disc Set, EMI–Mosaic Records MS-016 rec 1967-1970}
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© 1967-70, 2005 EMI Music / Mosaic Records | MS-016
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Piano

Of all the volumes in the Mosaic Select series, this one, and the Big John Patton box, are the most satisfying, though for very different reasons. This one is a true collector's gem. For starters, all but six of the 31 cuts on this three-CD box are previously unreleased. For Hill fans who knew there was more in the can, this is a most welcoming find. The material here was completely composed by Hill and was recorded in five sessions between 1967 and 1970. The pianist and composer is found in three different settings, from trio to sextet and septet with some octet sides. The personnel here varies, too. The sextet sessions feature Hill with Bennie Maupin, Pat Patrick, Charles Tolliver, Ron Carter, and either Paul Motian or Ben Riley on drums. These are the earliest cuts here and they are solid as solid can be.

Roland Kayn - Cybernetic Music (1995) {2CD Set, Reiger-records-reeks ‎KY-CD 9503-4}

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Roland Kayn - Cybernetic Music (1995) {2CD Set, Reiger-records-reeks ‎KY-CD 9503-4}

Roland Kayn - Cybernetic Music (1995) {2CD Set, Reiger-records-reeks ‎KY-CD 9503-4}
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© 1995 Reiger-records-reeks | ‎KY-CD 9503-4
Experimental / Modern Classical / Musique concrète / Electroacoustic / Cybernetic

Roland Kayn (1933-2011) was a German composer who studied in Stuttgart at the “Hochschule fur Musik”, and at the “Technische Hochschule” with Max Bense. He was a pupil of of Boris Blacher at the “Hochschule fur Musik” in Berlin from 1956 to 1958 and he later worked in various music studios in Germany, Netherlands and Italy. Despite its relative obscurity in the last years of the 20th Century, Kayn’s work can be considered as one of the most emblematic in the realm of cybernetics and in the general contemporary art production related to the electronic medium.

Digital Primitives - Lipsomuch & Soul Searching' (2013) {2CD Set, Hopscotch HOP51}

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Digital Primitives - Lipsomuch & Soul Searching' (2013) {2CD Set, Hopscotch HOP51}

Digital Primitives - Lipsomuch & Soul Searching' (2013) {2CD Set, Hopscotch HOP51}
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© 2013 Hopscotch Records | HOP 51
Jazz / Improvised Music / Avant-Garde Jazz

This is only Digital Primitives' third recording, released four years after Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch), but the trio sounds as if its three members have been playing together for ages. This double disc is comprised of two sets—Lipsomuch and Soul Searchin'. The trio—reed player Assif Tsahar, multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and drummer Chad Taylor—have created their own aesthetics: concise, collaborative storytelling compositions, respectful for the blues and modern jazz legacies but fascinated by rock, folk and world music, inventive and imaginative in its sound vocabulary but always with rooted in an effective rhythmic envelope.

Art Pepper - Blues For The Fisherman (1980) {4CD Set, Widow's Taste APM11001 rel 2011}

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Art Pepper - Blues For The Fisherman (1980) {4CD Set, Widow's Taste APM11001 rel 2011}

Art Pepper - Blues For The Fisherman (1980) {4CD Set, Widow's Taste APM11001 rel 2011}
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© 1980, 2011 Widow's Taste | APM 11001 | Unreleased Art Series
Jazz / Post Bop / Bebop / West Coast Jazz / Alto Saxophone

This is the official Widow's Taste release by the Widow herself, Laurie Pepper, in Los Angeles and remastered by Wayne Peet AND including a 22 page booklet filled with info, gossip, and photos. ALL of two nights live at Ronnie Scott's in London, 198, transferred from original analogue tapes professionally recorded by Mole Jazz. THE TWELVE BARS OF THE DECADE; Blues for the Fisherman was hailed by one jazz journalist as just that when four of these tracks were released in the U.K. in 1980 by Mole Jazz. That LP remained at the top of the British jazz charts for well over a year, so Mole eventually released a second album from the same session.

David Larsen - The Mulligan Chronicles (2021) {Larsenjazz Productions ‎MC001}

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David Larsen - The Mulligan Chronicles (2021) {Larsenjazz Productions ‎MC001}

David Larsen - The Mulligan Chronicles (2021) {Larsenjazz Productions ‎MC001}
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© 2021 Larsenjazz Productions ‎| MC001
Jazz / Cool / Straight-ahead Jazz / Swing / Baritone Saxophone

This album is the result of years of research into the music of Gerry Mulligan. After pouring through hundreds of scores, transcribing many solos, and interviewing a number of players, I have released 13 of my favorite Gerry Mulligan tunes. It was recorded with 4 musicians who all played with Gerry Mulligan. Dean Johnson on Bass, Dave Glenn on Trombone, Bill Mays on Piano, and Ron Vincent on Drums. These world class players bring a familiarity and quality to the music that is just unmatched.

Eric Vloeimans - Umai (2000) {Challenge Records SA CHR 75061}

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Eric Vloeimans - Umai (2000) {Challenge Records SA CHR 75061}

Eric Vloeimans - Umai (2000) {Challenge Records SA CHR 75061}
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© 2000 Challenge Records | SA CHR 75061
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Trumpet

One thing that makes the music on this recording exceptional is of course that it could only have been played by these four musicians. Each one is an individual with his own sound, his own approach to improvising and each has his own musical experience to draw from. Another thing that makes it remarkable is the attitude and inspiration of the quartets leader and composer. Eric leads without dominating, sharing his compositions and ideas with his partners in such a way that allows each one the freedom to contribute their own ideas and inventions to the whole. Last, but not least, Eric’s wonderfully adventurous trumpet playing and his humanity.

Carlo Ceriani Trio - Generation (2004) {Splasch CDH 922.2}

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Carlo Ceriani Trio - Generation (2004) {Splasch CDH 922.2}

Carlo Ceriani Trio - Generation (2004) {Splasch CDH 922.2}
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© 2004 Splasc(H) Records | CDH922.2
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Creative / Progressive Jazz / Guitar

Oddly, there is no listing of instruments in the CD leaflet, but the core group is a trio of electric guitar, bass, and drums, with "guest" flutist Stefano Benini added on several numbers. This is a concept album, what leader Carlo Ceriani calls "a new reading" of "music of [his] generation." Ceriani contributed tunes of his own in addition to ones written by or associated with 1960s icons Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, King Crimson, and others of that era. The guitarist generally takes all the pieces at a relaxed pace, treating them respectfully as jazz heads, focusing on the essence of the themes, and reminding us just how beautiful some of these classic rock melodies can be.

Cal Tjader - Tjader Plays Tjazz (1955) {Fantasy OJCCD-988-2 rel 2006}

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Cal Tjader - Tjader Plays Tjazz (1955) {Fantasy OJCCD-988-2 rel 2006}

Cal Tjader - Tjader Plays Tjazz (1955) {Fantasy OJCCD-988-2 rel 2006}
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© 1954-55, 2006 Fantasy Records / Universal | 00025218698825 / OJCCD-988-2
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Vibes

In a change of pace, for this recording vibraphonist Cal Tjader recorded cool-toned bop without a Latin rhythm section. Half of the ten songs (mostly jazz standards) feature Tjader switching to drums (his original instrument) in a quartet also including the obscure trombonist Bob Collins, guitarist Eddie Duran and bassist Al McKibbon. Tjader is back on vibes for the quintet selections with tenor saxophonist Brew Moore, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Bobby White. He sounds right at home in both formats and the swinging quintet numbers in particular are a good reason to search for this valuable album.

Alexander von Schlippenbach - Friulian Sketches (2008) {Psi Records psi 08.07}

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Alexander von Schlippenbach - Friulian Sketches (2008) {Psi Records psi 08.07}

Alexander von Schlippenbach - Friulian Sketches (2008) {Psi Records psi 08.07}
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© 2008 Psi Records / Emanem | psi 08.07
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Modern Creative / Piano

Sketches from the interface of jazz and modern chamber music. Powerful, dynamic and richly rewarding. You can probably look at the instrumentation and personnel on this disc and know approximately what to expect. Alexander von Schlippenbach will be well known to many listeners as the leader of the Schlippenbach Trio that also features Paul Lovens and Evan Parker. He’s also the founder of the Globe Unity Orchestra, and has famously recorded interpretations of all of Thelonious Monk’s original compositions.

Dave McKenna - Live At Maybeck (1990) {Concord Jazz CCD-4410}

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Dave McKenna - Live At Maybeck (1990) {Concord Jazz CCD-4410}

Dave McKenna - Live At Maybeck (1990) {Concord Jazz CCD-4410}
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© 1990 Concord Jazz | CCD-4410
Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Standards / Stride / Piano

Live at Maybeck Recital Hall is an album of solo performances by jazz pianist Dave McKenna, recorded in 1989. When Joanne Brackeen first arrived at the tiny Maybeck Recital Hall for a concert in June 1989, she was so delighted with the piano and the acoustics that she insisted that Concord owner Carl Jefferson arrange to have her performance there recorded. The message hit home and over the next few years, several dozen solo piano concerts were duly recorded by the label until the hall was sold and it was no longer available for tapings. One of the first concerts to follow Brackeen's featured Dave McKenna. He seems in a particularly lyrical mood throughout this afternoon concert, though his trademark buoyant bassline is often present.

Brubeck Brothers - Classified (2008) {KOCH KIC-CD-7744}

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Brubeck Brothers - Classified (2008) {KOCH KIC-CD-7744}

Brubeck Brothers - Classified (2008) {KOCH KIC-CD-7744}
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© 2008 KOCH International Classics | KIC-CD-7744
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop

Five stars. This set is perfectly dialed in and every moment is wonderful. Great compositions, superbly clean playing, and bubbling forward motion. Everything that the best aspire to. Plus, on this outing, a wind Quintet. A Quintet who wants to expand its repertoire beyond classical with a Quartet who wants to take jazz further. The writers/performers of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet are ready. To my thinking this record has three sections. The first seven tracks are the Quartet's compositions closed out beautifully by Friends Beyond Time. The second section has Quartet with Quintet playing a commissioned piece by Chris Brubeck called Vignettes for Nonet.

Miles Davis - Get Up With It (1974) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1228~29}

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Miles Davis - Get Up With It (1974) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1228~29}

Miles Davis - Get Up With It (1974) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1228~29}
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© 1970-74, 2006 Sony Music Japan / Columbia | SICP 1228~9 | DSD | HQD High Quality Disc
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Jazz Rock / Trumpet

Released in 1974, Get Up With It is a follow-up to Big Fun, which appeared in the same year, offering an overview of the recent period and revealing new directions. The funk genre started with “Honky Tonk” from the Jack Johnson sessions, ran through On The Corner with “Rated X” and “Billy Preston,” and ended up in the groovy structures of “Mtume” where, with the help of the wah-wah pedal, the electrified trumpet abandoned phrasing to work exclusively on timbre and rhythm.

Brian Eno - Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks (1983) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}

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Brian Eno - Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks (1983) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}

Brian Eno - Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks (1983) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}
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© 1983, 2009 Virgin Records | 509996845312
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde

Apollo - Atmospheres and Soundtracks is an Ambient album released in 1983. It was written, produced, and performed by Brian Eno, his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. Music from the album appeared in the films 28 Days Later, Traffic and Trainspotting, whose soundtrack sold approximately four million copies.