domingo, 31 de agosto de 2014

David Costa - Bossa Jazz Piano (2012) 3 CD's

CD 1
01. A felicidade (06:48)
02. Agua de beber (05:05)
03. Aguas de marco (04:15)
04. Berimbau (04:05)
05. Chega de saudade (07:00)
06. Corcovado (06:24)
07. E com esse que eu vou (06:26)

CD 2
01. Desafinado (06:20)
02. Ela e carioca (05:21)
03. Essa moça ta diferente (03:49)
04. Insensatez (06:51)
05. Mas que nada (05:17)
06. Meditacao (05:17)
07. Pais tropical (07:16)

CD 3
01. Samba da minha terra (03:59)
02. Samba de uma nota só (05:15)
03. Samurai (07:10)
04. So danço samba (03:14)
05. Triste (04:52)
06. Voce abusou - Fais comme l'oiseau (05:26)
07. Wave (06:22)
08. Tristeza (04:50)

David Costa: piano
and others

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine - It's About Time (2014)

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine is proud to announce the worldwide release of their 4th CD, “It’s About Time” on August 5, 2013. The CD features internationally famous jazz artists Wayne Bergeron, Gilbert Castellanos, Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel, Bill Cantos,and Dean Brown. With stellar compositions by Alan Baylock, Chris Braymen, Bill Cantos, Mike Crotty, Peter Herbolzheimer, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Brown and Rob Vuono.

While the big band era ended nearly seventy years ago, and the number of fulltime jazz orchestras around today can practically be counted on one hand, there are many world class part-time big bands with each major city seeming to have at least a few. The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine from San Diego, which was founded in 1979, can hold its own with most of its contemporaries.

Comprised of the standard eight brass (four trumpets and four trombones), five saxophones and three rhythm plus two singers, Liss’ big band also welcomes a few guests on a song or two apiece. Of those, guitarist Dean Brown is impressive on Wes Montgomery’s “Four On Six,” altoist Eric Marienthal plays beautifully on the ballad “Sally ‘O’,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellano is featured on “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise,” and everyone’s favorite lead trumpeter Wayne Bergeron brings back the spirit of Maynard Ferguson on the world premiere of “Glory, Glory,” a piece co-written by Ferguson.

Janet Hammer takes emotional vocals on “Some Other Time” and “When The Sun Comes Out,” Nathan Fry is effective on “That Old Black Magic,” and the two singers interact with each other on “Go ‘Way Moon.”

The core band also has plenty of chances to shine on these arrangements, the majority of which were written by Chris Braymen or Alan Baylock. Several of the musicians have solo space but it is the powerful ensembles and the spirit of the band that are most memorable. Lovers of modern swinging big bands will definitely want to pick up It’s About Time, which is available from CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes and

CD Review by Scott Yanow, February 2014  Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine

01. Perdido
02. American Gothic (feat. Steve Steinberg)
03. Some Other Time (feat. Janet Hammer)
04. The Salt Shaker (feat. Dean Brown & Bernie Dresel)
05. Go 'way Moon (feat. Bill Cantos, Janet Hammer & Nathan Fry)
06. Four On Six (feat. Dean Brown)
07. Sally "O" (feat. Eric Marienthal)
08. That Old Black Magic (feat. Nathan Fry)
09. The Epitome of the Ballad
10. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (feat. Gilbert Castellanos)
11. When the Sun Comes Out (feat. Janet Hammer)
12. Glory, Glory (feat. Wayne Bergeron)

Ira B. Liss: leader
Chris Braymen: composer, arranger
Randy Aviles: trumpet
Mark Nicholson: trumpet
Les Kepics: trumpet (1-4, 8, 9, 11)
John Reynolds: trumpet (5-7, 10, 12)
Ella Steinberg: trumpet, flugelhorn
Dick McGuane: alto, soprano sax, flute, piccolo (1, 2, 4-6, 10, 12)
Glenn Richardson: alto sax, flute (3, 8, 9, 11)
Tyler Richardson: alto sax, flute, clarinet
Steve Steinberg: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Dave Castel De Oro: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Ross Rizzo Jr.: baritone sax, bass clarinet
Gary Bucher: trombone
David Murray: trombone
David Barnard: trombone (5-7, 10, 12)
Todd Jobin: trombone (3, 8, 9, 11)
Jordan Morita: trombone (1, 2, 4)
Tim Hall: bass trombone
Steve Sibley: piano
Lance Jeppesen: bass
Charlie “Stix” Mcghee: drums
Janet Hammer: vocals
Nathan Fry: vocals

Special Guest Artists
Wayne Bergeron: trumpet (12)
Dean Brown: guitar (4, 6)
Bill Cantos: piano (5)
Gilbert Castellanos: trumpet (10)
Bernie Dresel: percussion
Eric Marienthal: alto sax (7)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Giovanni Tommaso - Live In Casa Del Jazz, Rome (2007)

1) Illusione Grigio 6:21
2) Tempi Duri 6:54
3) Giro_Vagando 7:43
4) Men at Work 6:25
5) Bambini Salvate la Terra 6:20
6) Planetam Trigeminum 10:04
7) Waltz for Lucca 7:28
8) Maestrada 6:27

Giovanni Tommaso (bass),
Daniele Scannapieco (tenor sax, soprano),
Bebo Ferra (g),
Claudio Filippini (p),
Anthony Pinciotti (drums)

Recorded Live at Casa del Jazz,
Rome 2007, March 21


James Sherlock Trio - Domestic Arts (2010)

Label: Jazzhead

THIS album, Melbourne-based guitarist James Sherlock's third for Jazzhead, doesn't push boundaries or strive to be cutting edge, but it swings gently and is competently played in a style reminiscent of 60s guitar greats Jim Hall or Barney Kessel. Together with Sydney players bassist Brendan Clarke and Tim Firth on drums, Sherlock leads the way through a collection of five lesser-known standards and two of his originals. On the opening track, the original Domestic Arts and Sciences, a pleasantly bouncy theme, Sherlock displays a smart harmonic understanding and an aptitude for full-throttle flourishes. The Cole Porter song You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to, taken at a medium clip - it was also recorded by Hall at a faster tempo in 1975 - works the ballad over professionally, if a little predictably. The piece features an agile bass solo that allows Sherlock to play a subdued accompaniment and grounding chords. Carlos Jobim's lovely 1981 ballad Luiza opens with an out-of-tempo meandering solo guitar expressively played before bass and drums appear in a Latin waltz time. Here Sherlock's interpretative ability is evident, as he spreads big Brazilian chords and races into high-speed runs. Probably the deepest groove and best solo ideas - in an album of conventional professionalism - are on Monks We See. - John McBeath -

1. Domestic Arts And Sciences 05:14
2. Celia 05:47
3. Golden Brown 06:08
4. You'd be So Nice To Come Home To 07:49
5. Luiza 06:53
6. We See 08:26
7. Rock March 07:00    

James Sherlock - Guitar
Brendan Clarke - Double Bass
Tim Firth - Drums 

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -