Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Roots Revisited

Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B/funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. This CD gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure ("In Time"). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date. ~ Scott Yano

Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Roots Revisited
Year: 1990
Label: Verve Digital

Maceo Parker: Alto Saxophone (piano. organ "In Time")
Fred Wesley: Trombone
Pee Wee Ellis: Tenor Saxophone
Vince Henry: Alto Saxophone ("Them That Got")
Don Pullen: Organ (except "In Time")
Rodney Jones: Guitar
Bootsy Collins: Bass Guitars (guitar "In Time")
Bill Stewart: Drums

Track List:
  1. Them That Got (Ray Charles)
  2. Children's World (Maceo Parker)
  3. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul (Charles Mingus)
  4. People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
  5. Up And Down East Street (For Ulysee Hardy) (Maceo Parker)
  6. Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen)
  7. Jumpin' The Blues (Jay McShann/Charlie Parker)
  8. In Time (Sly Stone)

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Great Paraguayan

I just think it's beautiful. Why don't you listen to it and come up with a description? :o)

Artist: John Williams
Album: Barrios - The Great Paraguayan
Year: 1995
Label: Sony

John Williams: Guitar

Track List:
  1. Vals no. 3
  2. Preludio En Do Menor
  3. Cueca
  4. Maxixa
  5. La Catredal
  6. Julia Florida (barcarola)
  7. Vals no. 4
  8. Una Limosna Por El Amor De Dios
  9. Mazurka Appassionata
  10. Las Abejas
  11. Medallon Antiguo
  12. Choro De Saudade
  13. Aire De Zamba
  14. Aconquija
  15. Preludio En Sol Menor
  16. Sueno En La Floresta
  17. Villancico De Navidad

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mi Gran Amor le Di

José Alberto 'El Canario'
Track: Mi Gran Amor le Di (And I Love Her)
Year: 1996 perhaps
Description: A lovely interpretation of And I Love Her from the Album Tropical Tribute To The Beatles. You can find the entire Album in 320 quality right here ---> Tropical Tribute To The Beatles
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #1, 2, 5 & 9

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Album: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #1, 2, 5 & 9
Year: 1956-1959

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Joshua Redman
Album: MoodSwing
Year: 1994
Description: On his first album with his own band and the first one to entirely feature his own material, saxist Redman finds ingenious ways of creating a mode of acoustic jazz that is both entertaining and enlightening. Accessible soul and blues riffs coexist with brainier moments, even including a touch of the avant-garde (a nod to his saxophonist father, Dewey). MoodSwing plays like an artistic journey. A- -Josef Woodard
Track List:
  1. Sweet Sorrow
  2. Chill
  3. Rejoice
  4. Faith
  5. Alone In The Morning
  6. Mischief
  7. Dialogue
  8. The Oneness Of Two (In Three)
  9. Past In The Present
  10. Obsession
  11. Headin Home
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Je T'attends

Charles Aznavour
Track: Je T'attends
Year: 1963 most probably
Description: One of my favourites from this great singer. You can find many more in ---> La Mamma
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

We Get Requests

Oscar Peterson
Album: We Get Requests
Year: 1964
Description: I don't even want to describe this Album. Just listen to it!!
Track List:
  1. Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  2. Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
  3. My One and Only Love (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood)
  4. People (Bob Merrill, Jule Styne)
  5. Have You Met Miss Jones?" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
  6. You Look Good to Me (Seymour Lefco, Clement Wells)
  7. The Girl from Ipanema (Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel)
  8. D & E (John Lewis)
  9. Time and Again (Noël Coward)
  10. Goodbye J.D. (Oscar Peterson)
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

To Build A Home

The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Patrick Watson
Track: To Build A Home
Year: 7 May 2007
Description: Taken from the Album named Ma Fleur. If you want the entire album you can find it here ---> Ma Fleur
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Now Is The Hour

Charlie Haden
Album: Now Is The Hour
Year: July 18-20, 1995
Description: Charlie Haden and his Quartet West continue to mine the "noir jazz" genre inspired by '40s films. Seldom does modern music so perfectly evoke a time and place in history as this terrific band. Fans of Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra will find the simple accessibility either surprising or disappointing, but fans of classic, romantic jazz will find joy. ~ Tim Sheridan, All Music Guide
Track List:
  1. Here's Looking At You
  2. The Left Hand Of God
  3. Requiem
  4. Back Home Blues
  5. There In A Dream
  6. All Through The Night
  7. Detour Ahead
  8. Blue Pearl
  9. When Tomorrow Comes
  10. Palo Alto
  11. Marable's Parable
  12. Now Is The Hour (Haere Ra) (Maori Farewell Song)
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Miles Davis
Track: Smooch
Year: 1954
Description: This is a request from a friend of a very dear friend. The track is from the Album Blue Haze. If you want the entire album you can find it here ---> Blue Haze
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Thursday, April 16, 2009


  Nitin Sawhney featuring Natacha Atlas
Track:  Hope
Year:  1995
Description:  A beautiful result coming from an interesting collaboration, in my humble opinion. This is taken from Nitin Sawhney's Album named Migration
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Main Ingredient

 Shirley Horn
Album: The Main Ingredient
Year: February 2, 1996
Description: This Shirley Horn CD is a little unusual, as it was recorded at her home. The four sessions utilized some of her favorite musicians, including bassists Steve Novosel and Charles Ables; drummers Steve Williams, Elvin Jones, and Billy Hart; trumpeter Roy Hargrove (on "The Meaning of the Blues") and Joe Henderson; and Buck Hill on tenors. As usual, virtually all of the songs are taken at slow tempos, with "All or Nothing at All" given a definitive treatment. Other highlights include "The Look of Love," "Fever," and Henderson's playing on "You Go to My Head."~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Track List:
  1. Nuit Sur Les Champs - Elysees (Take 1)
  2. Blues For Sarge
  3. The Look Of Love
  4. Keepin' Out Of The Mischief Now
  5. The Meaning Of The Blues
  6. Here's Looking At You
  7. You Go To My Head
  8. Fever
  9. Come In From The Rain
  10. Peel Me A Grape
  11. All Or Nothing At All

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairies

 Don Byron
Track: Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairies 
Year: 1996
Description: Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" music has been through many Jazz incarnations; we hear a lively one in Louis Singer's "Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairies" from Don Byron from his Album named Bug Music
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Monday, April 13, 2009

How Long Has This Been Going On?

The great Sarah Vaughan in a typically spontaneous Norman Granz Pablo production with pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Louie Bellson. Sassy sounds wonderful stretching out on such songs as "Midnight Sun," "More Than You Know," "Teach Me Tonight," and "Body and Soul," among others. All ten of the melodies are veteran standards that she knew backwards but still greeted with enthusiasm. A very good example of late-period Sarah Vaughan. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Album: How long has this been going on?
Year: April 25, 1978
Label: Pablo

Sarah Vaughan: Vocals
Oscar Peterson: Piano
Joe Pass: Guitar
Ray Brown: Bass
Louie Bellson: Drums

Track List:
  1. I've Got The World On A String
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. How Long Has This Been Going On
  4. You're Blase
  5. Easy Living
  6. More Than You Know
  7. My Old Flame
  8. Teach Me Tonight
  9. Body And Soul
  10. When Your Lover Has Gone
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Veinte Años by Bebo Valdés

Bebo Valdés
Track: Veinte Años
Year: 1995
Description: My favourite track from the album Bebo Rides Again
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Year: 1957
Track List: 
  1. Nuit Sur Les Champs - Elysees (Take 1)
  2. Nuit Sur Les Champs - Elysees (Take 2)
  3. Nuit Sur Les Champs - Elysees (Take 3)
  4. Nuit Sur Les Champs - Elysees (Take 4)
  5. Assassinat (Take 1)
  6. Assassinat (Take 2)
  7. Assassinat (Take 3)
  8. Motel
  9. Final (Take 1)
  10. Final (Take 2)
  11. Final (Take 3)
  12. Ascenseur
  13. Le Petit Bal (Take 1)
  14. Le Petit Bal (Take 2)
  15. Sequence Voiture (Take 1)
  16. Sequence Voiture (Take 2)
  17. Generique
  18. L'Assassinat De Carala
  19. Sur L'Autoroute
  20. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
  21. Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees
  22. Diner Au Motel
  23. Evasion De Julien
  24. Visite Du Vigile
  25. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
  26. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel

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