martes, 12 de agosto de 2014

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mark Feldman Quartet With Scott Colley And Billy Mintz - Birdies For Lulu (2014)

Husband-and-wife team of former Nashville violinist Feldman and French pianist Courvoisier are so closely attuned as composers and improvisers that they virtually amount to a single instrument; but the changes that come from working with different rhythm sections consistently vary their fine albums. They are joined here by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy Mintz, in a virtuosic quartet that feels part contemporary-classical chamber-group and part progressive jazz band. Cards for Capitaine passes through rugged piano poundings, nimble pizzicato pluckings, percussive sounds and high-end whistles, then fast Ornette Coleman-like free swing, to a lyrical and meditative finale. Shmear features dazzling uptempo free jazz; the frosty, moonlit Natarajasana is mostly hypnotically quiet; and Travesuras keeps sounding as if it's going to be You and the Night and the Music, but jolts off into angular Monkishness. Composition and improv held in balance by maestros of the game.

1. Cards for Capitaine-Part 1 (Feldman) 1:44
2. Cards for Capitaine-Part 2 (Feldman) 4:03
3. Cards for Capitaine-Part 3 (Feldman) 6:54
4. Shmear (Mintz) 8:03
5. Natarajasana (Feldman) 9:15
6. Downward Dog (Courvoisier) 4:03
7. Birdies for Lulu (Courvoisier) 5:15
8. Travesuras (Courvoisier) 6:39
9. Coda for Capitaine (Feldman) 3:51

This recording is dedicated to Yves Ramseier

Recorded by James Farber at Sear Sound, NYC, November 27, 2013
Mixed by Marc Urselli, mastered by Scott Hull
Liner notes: Kevin Whitehead
Coverart: Mario Del Curto
Photo: Caroline Mardok
Graphic design: Jonas Schoder
Produced by Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier and Intakt Records: Intakt CD 230 / 2014

Sylvie Courvoisier: piano
Mark Feldman: violin
Scott Colley: bass
Billy Mintz: drums

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Teddy Wilson Trio & Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Bob Brookmeyer & Don Elliott Quartet with Bill Evans At Newport (1982)

01 Stompin’ At The Savoy
02 Airmail Special
03 Basin Street Blues
04 I Got Rhythm
05 Sweet Georgia Brown
06 My Funny Valentine
07 Utter Chaos
08 Dancing In The Dark
09 I Love You
10 It’s Wonderful

Teddy Wilson Trio: # 1-4
Teddy Wilson, piano;
Milt Hinton, bass;
Specs Powell, drums.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet: # 5-7
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophonists
Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone
Red Mitchell, bass
Frank Isola, drums

Don Elliott Quartet: # 8-10
Don Elliott, mellophone (pitched in F)
Bill Evans, piano 
Joe Benjamin, bass
Dave Bailey, drums 

Label: Verve [MV2622] 1957 

Although in 1957 some listeners considered swing and cool jazz to be at the extreme poles of the jazz world, this LP, recorded at the 57' Newport Jazz Festival, shows just how similar the two idioms were. The Teddy Wilson Trio (with bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Specs Powell) plays lightly swinging versions of four swing era standards and welcomes baritonist Gerry Mulligan (was a worldly recognized composer/arranger and the most significant baritone saxophonist in the history of jazz) to sit in on a spirited rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," and then Jeru's quartet (with trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, bassist Joe Benjamin, and drummer Dave Bailey) plays cooly exciting versions of "My Funny Valentine" and "Utter Chaos"; one could easily imagine Wilson helping out on those two songs. Strangely enough, this LP reissue of the original set also contains three standards by the Don Elliott Quartet with pianist Bill Evans, but never lists the full personnel (mellophonist Elliott, bassist Ernie Furtado, and drummer Al Beldini) or acknowledges the music in the liner notes. Worth acquiring anyway.   Review  by Scott Yanow

Don Elliott (October 21, 1926 in Somerville, New Jersey – July 5, 1984 in Weston, Connecticut) was an American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, vocalist, and mellophone player. His album Calypso Jazz is considered by some jazz enthusiasts to be one of the definitive calypso jazz albums. Elliott recorded over 60 albums and 5,000 advertising jingles throughout his career. Elliott was also a longtime associate of Quincy Jones, contributing vocal work in particular to many of Jones' film scores.

Note: The mellophone is a brass instrument that is typically used in place of the horn in marching bands or drum and bugle corps. Mellophone Bugles keyed in G were primarily used until 2000 when rules passed allowing instruments in any key. #3 bore key in F & E♭

Thanks to Oldhippierick :-)


The New Albert Beger Quartet - Big Mother (2008)


1.The One 09:58
2.Yellow 08:15
3.Tales of Beelzebub 08:49
4.Point Of No Return 03:41
5.Big Mother 09:04
6.The One For Hope 10:08

Albert Beger - Saxophones 
Aviran Ben Naim - Piano 
Gabriel Meir - Bass 
Yoav Zohar - Drums


Milici, Schiavone, Moring & Zigmund - Burt Bacharach Jazz Tribute (2007)

In 2007, Giuseppe Milici, Eliot Zigmund, Bill Moring and Mauro Schiavone, he recorded a tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach, and composed the soundtrack for the film La Terra Madre. In June, he played at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maurizio Abeni. In October he played again at the Paris Fashion Week, and with the Innovative String Quintet he played in some historic Buenos Aires clubs.

Giuseppe Milici - harmonica 
Mauro Schiavone - piano
Bill Moring - bass 
Eliot Zigmund - drums

01 Close to You 4:56
02 The Look of Love 7:53
03 I Say a Little Prayer 2:46
04 Alfie 3:37
05 Do You Know the Way to San Jose 3:23
06 Wives and Lovers 4:21
07 Anyone Who Had a Heart 3:27
08 What the World Needs Now 5:39
09 A House Is Not a Home 5:00
10 Promises, Promises 2:03
11 Palma Di Montechiaro 2:32
12 Terra Madre 3:26
13 Vice 0:44

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins