Andy Narell - The Passage (2004) {Heads Up}

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Andy Narell - The Passage (2004) {Heads Up}

Andy Narell - The Passage (2004) {Heads Up}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Anyone who thinks the steel drums are limited to calypso and other native West Indian styles has obviously never heard Andy Narell or his collaborators on this disc, the French band Calypsociation. Narell's compositions take the music headlong into jazz, and the richness of the steel pan sound ripples and sways throughout. For added flavor and texture, guests Michael Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera, and Hugh Masekela bring their horns, but they're the icing on a swinging cake (full praise to the percussionists who make the whole ensemble swing). The music is deliciously complex without ever sounding it. It works just as well on slower pieces like "Song for Mia," where the drums create a latticework of melody that remains gorgeously balanced. Granted, at times it veers perilously close to smooth jazz, but then it always steers faultlessly as far as melody is concerned.

Stanley Clarke - Live (1976-1977) {Epic}

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Stanley Clarke - Live (1976-1977) {Epic}

Stanley Clarke - Live (1976-1977) {Epic}
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Genre: Fusion, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock

After giving Clarke's fans a taste of some live tapes of the School Days band on I Wanna Play for You, Epic waited until 1991 to put another batch of them out, well after it would have been commercially feasible to do so. But no matter, for this CD captures one of Clarke's best electric bands – maybe his best band, period – in a number of gigs in the U.S. and U.K., mixing up the jazz, funk, and rock into a high-energy, musically literate brew. A lot of this album recycles then-existing material, but the live conditions add flashes of spontaneity and sometimes considerable interest to jazz fans.

Stanley Clarke - Find Out! (1985) {CBS 1st Dutch pressing}

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Stanley Clarke - Find Out! (1985) {CBS 1st Dutch pressing}

Stanley Clarke - Find Out! (1985) {CBS 1st Dutch pressing}
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Genre: Jazz Funk, Fusion

Long before the mid 80's when this album was recorded Stanley Clarke had more than proven himself as a major league musician in terms of not only his base playing but as a member of Return To Forever and his session work with members Flora Purim as well as his famous collaborations with George Duke. On this album he takes a break from the strong electro funk flavored Time Exposure to do something just a little different. True that modern style of production is still very much in play but with drummer Rayford Griffin and keboardists Sunnie Paxon and Duke alumni Robert Brookins he decided to work that style of groove into a far more pop/R&B oriented formula that while it took it's cues from the previous albums is far lighter on the instrumental fusion influences and stronger on the 80's techno-funk/pop/hip-hop end of things.

Stephane Grappelli - Nuages (1981) {Jazz Archives}

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Stephane Grappelli - Nuages (1981) {Jazz Archives}

Stephane Grappelli - Nuages (1981) {Jazz Archives}
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Genre: Jazz, Swing

Stéphane Grappelli was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his 80s. For the first three decades of his career, he was billed using a gallicised spelling of his last name, Grappelly, reverting to Grappelli in 1969. The latter, Italian spelling, is now used almost universally when referring to the violinist, including reissues of his early work.

Keith Jarrett - Life Between The Exit Signs (1967) {Atlantic}

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Keith Jarrett - Life Between The Exit Signs (1967) {Atlantic}

Keith Jarrett - Life Between The Exit Signs (1967) {Atlantic}
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Genre: Jazz

The selections included in "Life Between The Exit Signs" reflect the experience and abilities of Motian and Haden and Jarrett's understanding of the further potential of their innate musicality.

Alphonse Mouzon – The Essence Of Mystery (1973) {Toshiba Japan}

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Alphonse Mouzon – The Essence Of Mystery (1973) {Toshiba Japan}

Alphonse Mouzon – The Essence Of Mystery (1973) {Toshiba Japan}
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Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock

The Essence of Mystery is the debut album by American jazzfunk drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded in 1972 and released in 1973 on the Blue Note label.

Charles McPherson - Charles McPherson (1971) {Mainstream Japan}

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Charles McPherson - Charles McPherson (1971) {Mainstream Japan}

Charles McPherson - Charles McPherson (1971) {Mainstream Japan}
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Genre: Jazz, Bop

Charles McPherson is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, who worked intermittently with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1974, and as a performer leading his own groups.

Joe Lovano & Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Flying Colors (1998) {Blue Note}

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Joe Lovano & Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Flying Colors (1998) {Blue Note}

Joe Lovano & Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Flying Colors (1998) {Blue Note}
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Genre: Straight-Ahead Jazz

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba makes an excellent match for Joe Lovano's "don't pigeon-hole me" style. From mainstream to Third Stream to avant-garde, the saxophonist continues to do it his way successfully. Rubalcaba's eclectic piano technique includes classical elements, straight-ahead jazz phrases, percussive Latin-influenced grooves, and special statements, such as plucking the piano's strings. Together, they make a thrilling pair. As Lovano states in the liner notes, "The music just poured out of us as though we were one."

Paul Motian - I Have The Room Above Her (2005) {ECM 1902}

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Paul Motian - I Have The Room Above Her (2005) {ECM 1902}

Paul Motian - I Have The Room Above Her (2005) {ECM 1902}
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Genre: Jazz

The sum total of the nuanced, elliptical lyricism at the heart of Paul Motian's compositional method can be heard in the opening seconds of "Osmosis Part III," the first track from I Have the Room Above Her. Recorded for ECM – with producer Manfred Eicher, guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano – this date is Motian's first as a leader for the label in more than 20 years. This is the same team that recorded the seminal album It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago in 1984. At that time, Lovano and Frisell were just beginning to establish themselves as bandleaders though they had each recorded under their own names. The weight placed on each member of this band is tremendous since standard rhythmic and harmonic anchors such as bass and piano are absent.

John Klemmer - Touch (1975) {MFSL UDCD}

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John Klemmer - Touch (1975) {MFSL UDCD}

John Klemmer - Touch (1975) {MFSL UDCD}
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Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz

In interviews at the time, John Klemmer indicated he had taken a yearlong sabbatical of sorts to decide which musical direction he wanted to head in while writing the material for 'Touch'. He then went into the studio to record with a stellar group of musicians, many who had not previously appeared on one of his releases to date. These included key sidemen from Tom Scott's L.A. Express (John Guerin on drums and Chuck Domanico on bass) as well as established solo artists Dave Grusin on Fender Rhodes and David Batteau on backing vocals. It was a case of the right music, with the right musicians, at the right time.

Enrico Rava - My Songbook (2016) {Casa Del Jazz}

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Enrico Rava - My Songbook (2016) {Casa Del Jazz}

Enrico Rava - My Songbook (2016) {Casa Del Jazz}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

The PMJL Parco della Musica Jazz Lab, led by trumpeter Enrico Rava, brings together some of the most interesting musicians have gained momentum over the last few years. After having experimented with the music of Gershwin, Michael Jackson and Lester Bowie, the collective will face now the original repertoire of Enrico Rava, excellent composer of songs characterized by great swing and melody, with influences ranging from free to bop to the Argentine tango. All with new arrangements, entrusted by Rava saxophonist Dan Kinzelman.

Enrico Rava - Enrico Rava Quartet (1978) {ECM 1122}

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Enrico Rava - Enrico Rava Quartet (1978) {ECM 1122}

Enrico Rava - Enrico Rava Quartet (1978) {ECM 1122}
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Genre: Jazz

In the late '70s, ECM began releasing a handful of recordings that adhered more closely to solid, modern jazz than to the pastel offerings on which the label had gained some renown. This date, led by Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, was one such. Joined by the ebullient and raucous trombone master Roswell Rudd, Rava fashioned a good, old-fashioned date with pieces ranging from elegiac to stomping.

Enrico Rava - Easy Living (2004) {ECM 1760}

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Enrico Rava - Easy Living (2004) {ECM 1760}

Enrico Rava - Easy Living (2004) {ECM 1760}
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Genre: Jazz

Easy Living marks the return of veteran composer and trumpeter Enrico Rava to the roster of Manfred Eicher's ECM label after a 17-year break. Rava is regarded by many as the father of modern Italian jazz, and on Easy Living it's easy to see why. Rava's consummate, innovative lyricism and subtle yet profound harmonic inquiry lie at the heart of the Italian music in all of its manifestations, from post- and neo-bop to free and avant-garde articulations. Recorded at home in Udine with the same band he's been gigging with for the past four years, Easy Living is a relaxed, low-key affair that is nonetheless fully engaged and deceptive in its pastoral appearance.

Enrico Rava - Chanson (1993) {PLCD 026}

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Enrico Rava - Chanson (1993) {PLCD 026}

Enrico Rava - Chanson (1993) {PLCD 026}
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Genre: Jazz

Chanson 1993 kicks the album off with a blast of pure pop energy. Enrico Rava was a flawless and timeless record. Not surprising from Enrico Rava and Chanson 1993 together. Since Enrico Rava last CD (Chanson 1993) on Sparrow Records back in 1993, I have felt a massive void in my life. Exciting stuff. Could be a tango is a bit of a show-tune. Bellflower to me is the best you can get from Enrico Rava. This track is a fabulous selection of easy listening, suitable for any age, taste or occasion. What sets Autoritratto apart is Enrico Rava’s innovative and organic way of creating atmospheres. Que rest-t-il de nos amours stands out to me for its audacious melody and sheer beauty. Parlami d’amore mariu is a catchy, up-tempo track that has influence of music streams without leaning too much in that direction.

Enrico Rava - Carmen (1995) {Label Bleu}

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Enrico Rava - Carmen (1995) {Label Bleu}

Enrico Rava - Carmen (1995) {Label Bleu}
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Genre: Jazz, Classical, Post-Bop

Enrico Rava is a prolific jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. He originally played trombone, changing to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis. In this recording Rava presents his own interpretations of operatic arias and overtures from Carmen.