Still going strong at the age of 81, legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal's love letter to his favorite Broadway, Hollywood, and Great American Songbook classics, Blue Moon, is arguably one of his most accomplished efforts since his Chess/Impulse! heyday. The Pittsburgh virtuoso, once credited by Miles Davis as a major influence on his career, shows that age is no barrier to invention with six exquisite reworkings of postwar standards.
The drummer gives the saxophonists some on Coexist, another round of sophisticated truth telling from Winard Harper that demonstrates high standards of musical excellence when it comes to expansive compositions, creative arrangements and choice of able bandmates. Leading ensembles ranging from sextets to tentets, the leader taps guest saxophonists on five of the disc’s 12 tracks. He also shows off his considerable gifts as a trap-set wizard, percussionist and, on his African-tinged “Ummah” and “Jeli Posse,” a player of the balaphone, a vibraphone-type instrument from West Africa.
This album confirms it, Virginie Teychené is a musician with a voice. She strolls through her imaginary museum dedicated to jazz singer-songwriters and brings her own light to each of its rooms. A grazing light in Familiar Dream, a bright light in Tight, the light of dawn in I'm Gonna Go Fishing and that of dusk in Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. The contributions of her co-musicians are intense due to their restraint; Gérard Maurin's weightless double-bass arrangements, Stéphane Bernard's chiaroscuro piano playing, Jean-Pierre Arnaud's dance-like drumming, and last but not least, Éric Le Lann's inspired trumpet playing, all make Bright and Sweet an exemplary jazz album, where all the miniatures that make it up are in fact merely beginnings.
2012 three CD set containing three decades of music carefully selected by Toni Simonen. The Very Best Of Cafe Del Mar is an anthology which encompasses the most influential artists throughout the history of Cafe del Mar An entire culture surrounding chillout has evolved since the opening of the legendary venue, but what this album especially reflects is how Cafe del Mar has always been at the cutting edge of electronic music in its different genres: downtempo, acid jazz, trip hop, house, lounge, chillhouse and electronica. It will be treasured by all the fans which over the last 30 years, whether they have visited this venue or not, they have dreamed of being there, watching the sunset, while listening to the most innovative sounds of the season.
Betty Boop Presents Electro Swing album was released Nov 06, 2012 on the Edel label. The legendary comic icon Betty Boop polished the dancing shoes, puts on her best dress and presents the highlights on this compilation of Electro Swing. Betty Boop Presents Electro Swing music CDs Classic Swing meets here haunting electro beats and unforgettable swing anthems are catapulted by international DJs to the present. Betty Boop Presents Electro Swing songs Get ready. For an unforgettable trip to the golden era of swing with the stars of the global electro-swing scene as Yolanda Be Cool, Parov Stelar, Miss Kookie, Tape Five or Bart & Baker Discovered intoxicating interpretations of hits of the 20s and 30s and with Betty Boop celebrates the wonderful world of Electro Swing.
Radio Music Society is the fourth studio album by Esperanza Spalding, which was released through the record label Heads Up International on March 20, 2012. The album earned Spalding Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the track, "City of Roses".
Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. This is the music that will be playing when you die and go to heaven. Excellent original style Dixieland, George's clarinet is heaven! I don't know if any record can do justice to the live experience of the original giants of jazz creating this stuff. But the George Lewis tracks on this record come pretty close! For this alone this CD is well worth buying.
The work of the Catalan pianist Sergi Sirvent, despite the organizational complexity that entails such a wide formation, is a real delight from beginning to end. Inferències and the group that develops it, is an octet conformed by a cast of musicians coming from diverse musical areas of the Barcelona scene. A project to publicize the compositional concerns in large format of one of the most interesting musicians and creators that currently exist in the national jazz scene.
Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Recorded with Punch Miller, this album offers a mixed bag featuring Paul Barbarin's Band/Punch Miller's Bunch & George Lewis (clarinet). It's worth acquiring for the Barbarin composition "The Second Line" alone, but offers much more.
The [re:jazz] band has seven members plus a technician: Inga Luehning (voc), Oliver Leicht (sax), Jan Stuermer(git), Matthias Vogt (p), Heiko Himmighoffen (perc), Andreas Manns (b), Volker Schmidt (dr). The band is formed exclusively of young and extremely gifted musicians. Their music puts a smile on the face of their audience.