Bill Evans - Live In Switzerland 1975 (2005) {Gambit Records 69232}

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Bill Evans - Live In Switzerland 1975 (2005) {Gambit Records 69232}

Bill Evans - Live In Switzerland 1975 (2005) {Gambit Records 69232}
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© 1975, 2005 Gambit Records | 69232
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Piano

This LP comes from a live 1975 concert by the Bill Evans Trio, which was broadcast by Radio Suisse in Switzerland. The pianist is in superb form, joined by longtime bassist Eddie Gomez and newcomer Eliot Zigmund on drums. The sound is excellent, without the annoying announcers or distortion, so this release could have very well been produced from the master tape itself. The set is wide-ranging, including both recent and older compositions by Evans, "Gloria's Step" (the best-known work by former Evans sideman Scott LaFaro, who died far too young), along with standards like a buoyant "My Romance." The leader's treatment of his ballad "Turn Out the Stars" is rather upbeat, while his somewhat avant-garde composition "T.T.T.T." (also known as "Twelve Tone Tune Two") is a modern masterpiece. Perhaps the greatest surprise was Evans' inventive treatment of pop singer Bobbie Gentry's "Morning Glory."

Buddy Rich - Take It Away (1968) {Capitol--BGO BGOCD210 rel 1993}

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Buddy Rich - Take It Away (1968) {Capitol--BGO BGOCD210 rel 1993}

Buddy Rich - Take It Away (1968) {Capitol–BGO BGOCD210 rel 1993}
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© 1968, 1993 Capitol Records / BGO Records | BGOCD210
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Swing / Mainstream Jazz / Drums

Despite its title, this was actually the third album by Buddy Rich's still-new big band. The recording is taken from two different periods that, although only five months apart, find the band undergoing some major turnover; only six of the 15 sidemen are the same. With such players as altoist Ernie Watts, trumpeter Chuck Findley, and usually Jay Corre on tenor, this was a strong outfit. Most of the material (other than "Chicago" and "I Can't Get Started") was new; among the high points are "The Rotten Kid," "New Blues," and the complex "Diabolus."

Arthur Blythe - Focus (2002) {Savant Records SCD 2044}

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Arthur Blythe - Focus (2002) {Savant Records SCD 2044}

Arthur Blythe - Focus (2002) {Savant Records SCD 2044}
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© 2002 Savant Records | SCD 2044
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone

Altoist Arthur Blythe has always loved to play in unusual instrumental settings. His soulful sound and adventurous style are quite flexible and they sound right at home in this set with Gust William Tsilis on bass marimba, Bob Stewart on tuba, and drummer Cecil Brooks III. The performances are lyrical and often melodic, but searching and unpredictable. Blythe contributed eight of the dozen songs (including "Opus 1," "My Son Ra," and "Bubbles") in addition to digging into "C.C. Rider," Thelonious Monk's obscure "Children's Song," "Stuffy Turkey," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In grooves ranging from New Orleans to R&B-ish, along with freer explorations, this is a continually colorful set of high-quality music.

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}
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© 2008 MDG | MDG 316 1291-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

Marcel Dupré was born in Rouen in 1886. His father, Albert Dupré (who in 1911 became holder of the great organs of the Saint-Ouen abbey church in Rouen) began his son's musical training very early on. At the age of four, he developed osteomyelitis and had to have his right collarbone removed and stay in bed for more than six months. He began to work with Alexandre Guilmant in 1897; and the following year, at the age of eleven, he became holder of the great organ of Saint Vivien in Rouen.

Sting - The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the IMAX Film (1995) {A&M Records 540 350-2}

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Sting - The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the IMAX Film (1995) {A&M Records 540 350-2}

Sting - The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the IMAX Film (1995) {A&M Records 540 350-2}
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© 1995 A&M records | 540 350-2
Stage & Screen / Rock / Pop / New Age / Instrumental

I now feel somewhat deprived at not having seen this IMAX movie as of yet as if the soundtrack is anything to go by, it must be fantastic. I bought this CD purely because of Sting's name on the label and was pleasantly suprised to notice that the music herein differs from anything I have heard from any of his studio albums. Many of the songs seem to be in a similar vein to "St. Agnes and the burning train" from the Soul Cages and it is good to see the original album version included along with Fragile. The entire album is full of relaxing ocean music with a twist of some of Sting's earlier work interspersed for good measure.

Miles Davis - Directions (1997) {2CD Set, Sony Music Japan, Master Sound SRCS 9310~11 rec 1960-1970}

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Miles Davis - Directions (1997) {2CD Set, Sony Music Japan, Master Sound SRCS 9310~11 rec 1960-1970}

Miles Davis - Directions (1997) {2CD Set, Sony Music Japan, Master Sound SRCS 9310~11 rec 1960-1970}
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© 1960-70, 1997 Sony Music Japan | SRCS 9310~11 | Master Sound SBM
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Fusion / Trumpet

This double album of leftover items not previously issued features Davis over a ten-year period. "Song of Our Country" is from the sessions that led to Sketches of Spain and there is a "new" version of "'Round Midnight" from 1961 along with "So Near, So Far" dating from 1963. Otherwise the remainder of this two-fer is from the transitional 1967-70 period when Davis was experimenting with combining jazz and rock. Some of the selections ramble on a bit too long but the music is mostly quite fascinating, featuring such players as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. It's most highly recommended to collectors with an open ear toward fusion.

Chick Corea Elektric Band - Live From Elario's (1985) {Stretch Records Japan MVCR-239 rel 1996}

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Chick Corea Elektric Band - Live From Elario's (1985) {Stretch Records Japan MVCR-239 rel 1996}

Chick Corea Elektric Band - Live From Elario's (1985) {Stretch Records Japan MVCR-239 rel 1996}
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© 1985, 1996 Stretch Records / MCA Victor Japan | MVCR-239
Jazz / Post Bop / Fusion / Piano

The first live performance of this power-trio is evidence that they clicked right off the bat. It also has some interesting experimental sounds. A young Dave Weckl rips on drums. That said, I'm pleased to own it for its relative rarity & curiosity value if nothing else. Don't get me wrong, of course there is some phenomenal playing - these boys are the business after all, but its much more of an acoustic sound than I like. I figure Chick must have thought that too, and he decided to add Scott Henderson / Frank Gambale to give the band the harder fusion edge, and pull the job off big time.

Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 23: Solo (2006) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-023 rec 1978}

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Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 23: Solo (2006) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-023 rec 1978}

Andrew Hill - Mosaic Select 23: Solo (2006) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-023 rec 1978}
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© 1978, 2006 Mosaic Records | MS-023
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Piano

Mosaic Select presents a limited edition containing all of the solo piano recordings made by Andrew Hill at the Fantasy studios in Berkeley, CA during August and October 1978. Only a fraction of this material – the first two titles on the third disc – had ever seen the light of day prior to this collection's release in the spring of 2007. Having operated throughout the '60s as an innovative composer, pianist and bandleader, Hill spent the first half of the following decade exercising his creativity by composing and instructing at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, performing internationally, and making records for Freedom, East Wind and Steeplechase.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Drivin' Hard In Zurich (1958) {Hard Note HD041258 rel 2009}

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Drivin' Hard In Zurich (1958) {Hard Note HD041258 rel 2009}

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Drivin' Hard In Zurich (1958) {Hard Note HD041258 rel 2009}
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© 1958, 2009 Hard Note | HD041258
Jazz / Hard Bop

The late 50's were a prime period for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and in 1958 this group features emerging stars trumpeter Lee Morgan, Benny Golson on tenor and pianist Bobby Timmons, and the 1958 version of The Jazz Messengers was widely recorded during their stay in Euroupe, so this CD contains some of the better uptempo arrangements in the Blakey book as I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Moanin' and Whisper Not. Hard bop at its best, and all of them propelled by the powerful drumming of Art Blakey.

Little Willie John - Fever: The Best Of Little Willie John (1993) {Rhino R271511 rec 1955-1962}

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Little Willie John - Fever: The Best Of Little Willie John (1993) {Rhino R271511 rec 1955-1962}

Little Willie John - Fever: The Best Of Little Willie John (1993) {Rhino R271511 rec 1955-1962}
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© 1955-62, 1993 King Records / Rhino Records | R2 71511
Early R'n'B / Doo-Wop / Roots / Gospel / Urban Blues

Little Willie John had a commanding delivery, remarkable projection and a charismatic sound that was both instantly recognizable and unforgettable. His magical singles are all contained on this superb 20-track anthology, arguably the best single-disc set of John material available. It includes his best-known song, "Fever" (Peggy Lee's cover version became a huge smash), plus such marvelous numbers such as "Home at Last," "Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)" and "You Hurt Me." While John was a dynamic heartache wailer, he could also do excellent dance/novelty and double-entendre tunes such as "Let's Rock While the Rockin's Good" and "Leave My Kitten Alone." This anthology demonstrates why he's still held in such high regard throughout the world of R&B and soul.

Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow (2005) {Samadhisound IECP-10002, Japan Edition with bonus track}

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Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow (2005) {Samadhisound IECP-10002, Japan Edition with bonus track}

Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow (2005) {Samadhisound IECP-10002, Japan Edition with bonus track}
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© 2005 Samadhisound LLC | IECP-10002
Art Rock / Experimental Rock / Experimental Ambient

Japanese pressing includes the exclusive bonus track 'Birds Sing For Their Lives'. Album from David Sylvian, his brother Steve Jensen and the well respected Burnt Friedman who together have produced an album which breaks boundaries, fusing styles whilst delivering beautiful pop melodies and stunning vocals on songs that Sylvian fans everywhere are bound to fall in love with; plus guest appearances from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stina Nordenstam, Arve Henriksen and many more.

Brother Jack McDuff - Brotherly Love (2001) {Concord Jazz CCD-4893-2}

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Brother Jack McDuff - Brotherly Love (2001) {Concord Jazz CCD-4893-2}

Brother Jack McDuff - Brotherly Love (2001) {Concord Jazz CCD-4893-2}
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© 2001 Concord Jazz | CCD-4893-2
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Hammond B-3 Organ

Brotherly Love is "Brother" Jack McDuff's final recording session, and features Red Holloway and Pat Martino, both of whom were integral members of his popular '60s group. Recorded just months before his sudden death in 2001, McDuff pulls out all the stops on nine great tracks with phenomenal Hammond B-3 artistry. Two bonus tracks feature previously unreleased material that spotlights McDuff with his protégé, Joey DeFrancesco, sharing in the brotherly love.

John Fahey - Live In Tasmania (1980) {Takoma ‎TAKCD-6513-2 rel 2004}

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John Fahey - Live In Tasmania (1980) {Takoma ‎TAKCD-6513-2 rel 2004}

John Fahey - Live In Tasmania (1980) {Takoma ‎TAKCD-6513-2 rel 2004}
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© 1980, 2004 Takoma ‎Records / Fantasy | TAKCD-6513-2
Finger-Picked Guitar / Progressive Folk / Jazz Blues / Contemporary Folk / New Acoustic

John Fahey was well known as a perfectionist who played concerts for over two decades without releasing a live album. It was therefore something of a surprise when he not only recorded a full album in front of an audience, but did so at a concert booked on four days notice, at a hall he had never seen much less checked for acoustics, and with almost all material written on the spur of the moment. Fahey hadn't even planned on visiting Tasmania, but during an Australian concert tour he got drunk on an airplane flight and decided on the spur of the moment that he wanted to record an album there.

Dizzy Gillespie - Gillespiana (1960) {Verve--Poll Winners PWR27254 rel 2011}

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Dizzy Gillespie - Gillespiana (1960) {Verve--Poll Winners PWR27254 rel 2011}

Dizzy Gillespie - Gillespiana (1960) {Verve–Poll Winners PWR27254 rel 2011}
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© 1960, 2011 Verve / Poll Winners Records | PWR 27254
Jazz / Bop / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Trumpet

Arguably, this is as much Lalo Schifrin’s album as it is Dizzy’s, in that the gifted young Argentinian pianist wrote and arranged this extended work in 1958, when aged just 26. But, it would take another two years before someone pressed the record button. While on some mid-1950s recording sessions, Dizzy didn’t always extend himself, Gillespiana proves quite the reverse.

John Zorn - Baphomet (2020) {Tzadik TZ 8372}

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John Zorn - Baphomet (2020) {Tzadik TZ 8372}

John Zorn - Baphomet (2020) {Tzadik TZ 8372}
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© 2020 Tzadik | TZ 8372 | Tzadik Archival Series
Jazz / Avant-garde Jazz / Experimental

"Baphomet" is a masterpiece! One epic 40-minute long-form composition touching upon all of Zorn's musical obsessions from classical atonality, minimalism, jazz, metal, punk, funk, improvisation, exotica and more. Passionately performed by John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski, the music has a dramatic cinematic expanse and is filled with new sounds, unexpected directions, virtuosic solos, bizarre structural complexities and ever surprising melodic and harmonic twists and turns. "Baphomet" is a courageous new step for Zorn, and a spectacular culmination to his 30-year exploration of the nexus that connects hardcore punk, progressive metal and jazz. Essential!