These marvellous performances are culled from Artie Shaw’s final recordings as an instrumentalist. It is crystal clear that he retired at the height of his powers. Throughout these pieces, his playing is a joy to the ear and the mind, and his unique sound on the clarinet has seldom if ever been better captured. Shaw was still in his prime as a leader as well: this last Gramercy Five was a collective of the first order with a sound and style of its own, attuned to the times but never falling into the trap of trendiness.
Enjoy an evening of swing music and dancing at the Black Cotton Club, London’s original speakeasy night. Hosted by legendary DJ duo Lady Kamikaze and El Nino, expect plenty of rare records and gangster sounds from the Twenties to the Forties, sets by guest DJs and live acts – there will be plenty of rare sounds and vintage mischief to celebrate. Don’t forget to don your best vintage from the Twenties to the late Fifties. 2009 two CD collection that brings together remastered and rediscovered gems from rare and original 78's with the best contemporary music influenced by 30's Jazz age sounds….
The pairing of Afro-Majorcan vocalist Concha Buika and Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés has apparently been a long time coming. But they are here together on this lovely recording, featuring songs from a wide variety of composers, in a handful of duets, or with the Valdés' band backing them. El Ultimo Trago – translated as "The Last Drink" – is as much a tribute to Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, a major influence on Buika. She's a passionate singer with a dusky, slightly raspy, thin, and gritty voice, but she sure can belt out a song like a great blues singer, or Cape Verdean contemporary Césaria Evora. While coming from the land of flamenco, this music retains the son quality of Afro-Cuban music, in great part due to the professional expertise Valdés adds to the musical arrangements, not necessarily the lyric content…
Five CD sets containing 100 classic tracks by legendary artists, one of the biggest selling and best remembered musical icons of all time.
Beautiful, orchestral music performed by one of the best teams, gathered under the guidance of an outstanding arranger and conductor Jean Paul de la Tour. Magnificent execution of beautiful music.