martes, 16 de septiembre de 2014

Mike Pope - The Lay of the Land (2002)

Assuming the world doesn't come to an end anytime soon, it's a fairly safe bet that in time, every successful jazz sideman will be offered a deal from a major or indie label to make an attempt at a solo career. Most likely, every one of these sidemen will take advantage of the bigger names they work with to help market their own music. But why not? Mike Pope had been one of the Big Apple's key groove cats over the past decade, and his resumé had been helped along by none other than Randy Brecker and Mike Stern -- who, along with Michael Brecker, fellow first bassman John Patitucci, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, help bring Pope's debut to powerful improvisational levels. Pope clearly loves the interplay, jumping out of the box with the fast and funky "The First Order of Business," a spotlight for Randy Brecker and Watts. There's emotional balance provided by other Pope originals like the gently romantic "Essence" and the one standard in the bunch, "The Way You Look Tonight," which is given an abstract and expansive treatment. And even in the post-9/11 world of American tributes, you can't say you've heard many top jazz players do a thoughtful version of "The Star Spangled Banner," can you?

Michael Pope, acoustic and electric bass
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Seamus Blake, Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone
Henry Hey, piano
Joe Locke, vibraphone
Mike Stern, acoustic guitar
John Patitucci, acoustic bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jim White, drums

1. The First Order of Business
2. Essence
3. At Home Again
4. The Lay of the Land
5. Cherokee
6. Climate
7. The Avid Listener
8. The Way You Look Tonight
9. The Star Spangled Banner

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - We're Back (2014)

Source: jazzdagama

Gerry Gibbs’ album Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio truly lives up to its name. Not only are bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron on the bill, but all the musicians proffering stellar performances; making it known that each musician not only understands where the other is coming from, but also that each communicates with some kind of transcendent empathy. This is not a phenomenon that occurs in some of the songs, but in each of the fifteen charts featured on this album. Fifteen songs and there is seemingly not one repeated note or phrase, which is something to marvel at. And while creativity is at its highest—just look at who’s on the CD—the masterful control over what can be said and what must be said is complete. Never is anyone over the top with mere virtuosity, but each statement has deep and relevant meaning. For instance, Kenny Barron’s solo on Thelonious Monk’s classic chart “Epistrophy” is superbly crafted with the pianist building each phrase in his solo out of the root note of each of the changes, so it sounds quite magical and goes on to make a considerable edifice out of Mr. Monk’s tune. This is not only so of Mr. Barron; Ron Carter’s magnificent solo on McCoy Tyner’s chart, “When I Dream” is another example of sheer genius not just for the manner in which Mr. Carter develops it but also the sheer beauty with which the complex changes are handled.

Mr. Gibbs is a true revelation. To be able to sit in with such giants of music as Ron Carter and Kenny Barron and to play with such calm, and to bring off such masterly stick and brush work is awesome. Once again, “Epistrophy” is an outstanding example of Mr. Gibbs’ ability to negotiate complex and angular rhythms that were a staple of Mr. Monk’s writing. But that is not all; Gerry Gibbs is a most melodious drummer and that has nothing whatsoever to do with tuning. On the contrary Mr. Gibbs searches for absolute tone when he plays. This suggests that he has listened carefully to his Papa Jo Jones and his Max Roach assiduously. Moreover, Mr. Gibbs has the good fortune of a great foundation from the outset, listening to his father, the great vibraphone player Terry Gibbs. And the son does glorify the father sometimes, which is absolutely true in the case of the younger Mr. Gibbs. The drummer is a superb colourist. Listen to his almost brazen and bronzed brushwork on “The Shadow of Your Smile” and comparing that with the dewy autumnal hues of “Woman on the TV Screen” is something truly exquisite to the ear. Of course it is not just brushwork that sets this drummer apart. His stick work is outstanding as well. And then there is the ability to handle tempo without faltering, which is the hallmark of Mr. Gibbs’ performance on “Eye of the Hurricane,” “Sunshower,” “Here Comes Ron” and on the flawless “Impressions”. This is not to suggest anything less of the other charts, but space sometimes forbids detailed discussion; and a mere listing would be quite pointless.

It also bears mention that Mr. Gibbs did not simply score Kenny Barron and Ron Carter for the date; certainly not because he was his father’s son. His musicianship does speak for itself. And of course Mr. Carter and Mr. Barron perform with magical touch. In fact at times—especially on charts such as “Eye of the Hurricane” and the angular “Tell Me a Bedtime Story”—it almost sounds as if the duo were in a session with Miles Davis; such is the intensity and the perfection that they achieve. It comes from not only being on the top of their game, but it would be remiss not to say that these two men are what can only be termed as great musicians and it is their performances that make this album one of the finest of 2013, when it was released and certainly a memorable one for a lot more time to come.

01. Too High
02. What's Going On
03. Where Is The Love
04. Reasons
05. Mighty Mighty
06. Betcha By Golly Wow
07. My Cherie Amour
08. Creepin'
09. Fantasy
10. Living For The City/Overjoyed
11. Brazilian Rhyme
12. Runnin'
13. I Say A Little Prayer
14. Pick Up the Pieces
15. Theme

Gerry Gibbs: drums
Ron Carter: bass
Kenny Barron: piano
Warren Wolf: vibraphone (2, 6, 7, 11, 12)
Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ (2, 7)
Steve Wilson: alto saxophyone (5, 9)



Blicher/Hemmer/Gadd is unique opportunity to experience one of the worlds most innovative and highly regarded drummers unfold his talent with 2 of Denmarks most swinging musicians.

In this exclusive collaboration with saxophonist Michael Blicher and Hammond organist Dan Hemmer, Steve Gadd is playing the kind of music he is very passionate about -bluesy soul jazz in an organ trio format. The trios debut tour included 16 sold-out shows in Scandinavia, January and February 2014.

Steve Gadd revolutionized drumming in the 1970s on musical milestones such as Paul Simons "Still Crazy After All These Years". Since then he has been one of the busiest studio musicians and has played with Paul McCartney, David Sanborn, Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. The two Danes Michael Blicher and Dan Hemmer have played countless concerts together in the last number of years, mostly with their critically acclaimed soul jazz orchestra Astro Buddha Agogo. They are both very honored and excited to be cooperating and not least touring with Gadd:

"When I had the opportunity to play with Steve Gadd a few years ago, it was quite magical! I felt the need to share that experience with others," Michael Blicher says. In a review of their latest album in Gaffa, he and Dan Hemmer were named some of Denmarks most talented musicians.
They both share Gadds passion for old-fashioned bluesy soul jazz and are proud to give all the Gadd-fans a chance to experience his great talent unfold in a Hammond trio format.
This is undoubtedly a very rare and fantastic opportunity to hear Gadd get so much leeway as is the case in the Blicher/Hemmer/Gadd trio.

3.TREME 06:23
6.BABYLON 05:53
9.LIKE IT IS (Yusef Lateef) 04:47

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


Charles Mingus - The Complete Candid Recordings (1989)


Disc 01  The Quartet

01. Folk Forms No. 1 (13:01) 
02. Original Faubus Fables (aka Faubus Of Fables) (9:03) 
03. What Love? (15:19) 
04. All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother (8:33) 
05. Stormy Weather (13:23) (Arlen) 
06. Melody From The Drums (9:21) (Richmond) 

Line Up:Disc 01

Ted Curson - trumpet 
Eric Dolphy - alto sax, bass clarinet, flute 
Charles Mingus - bass 
Dannie Richmond - drums 
Dannie Richmond - drums 

Disc 02 The Ensemble

01. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird No. 1 (9:17) 
02. Vasserlean (aka Weird Nightmare) (6:36) 
03. MDM (19:07) 
04. Bugs (8:25) 
05. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (6:55) 
06. Lock 'Em Up (6:41) 

Line Up:Disc 02 

Ted Curson - trumpet 
Lonnie Hillyer - trumpet 
Eric Dolphy - alto sax, bass clarinet, flute 
Charles McPherson - alto sax 
Booker Ervin - tenor sax (except on 1)
Jimmy Knepper - trombone 
Britt Woodman - trombone (on 3) 
Nico Bunink - piano 
Charles Mingus - bass 
Dannie Richmond - drums 
Ted Curson - trumpet except on 4 
Lonnie Hillyer - trumpet 
Eric Dolphy - alto sax, bass clarinet, flute (except on 4) 
Charles McPherson - alto sax 
Booker Ervin - tenor sax 
Paul Bley - piano 
Charles Mingus - bass 
Dannie Richmond - drums 

Disc 03 The Eldridge Session

01. Mysterious Blues (8:35) 
02. Body And Soul (13:45) (Green) 
03. Body And Soul (alternate) (10:45) 
04. R & R (11:48) (Eldridge/Brown) 
05. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (3:48) (Moll/Koehler/Barris) 
06. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (alternate) (3:50) 
07. Me And You (9:52) (Eldridge/Mingus/Flanagan/Jones) 

Line Up: Disc 03

Roy Eldridge - trumpet 
Jimmy Knepper - trombone on 1-4 
Eric Dolphy - alto sax, bass clarinet, flute (on 1-4)
Tommy Flanagan - piano 
Charles Mingus - bass 
Jo Jones - drums 

All compositions by Charles Mingus unless otherwise noted 


Herbie Mann - Opalescence (1988-89) 1994

Este cd es una intensa producción donde este notable y legendario flautista norteamericano nos demuestra su gran versatilidad por tocar todos los estilos posibles del jazz con gran gusto y elegante interpretación, dándole énfasis esta vez a la música de influencias brasileras donde junto con el bajista Paul Socolow nos regala esta joya del jazz.

Grande Herbie Mann!!! siempre improvisando con mucha pasión y mucha fantasía.

Herbie Mann: flute
Paul Sokolov: bass
Mark Soskin:keyboards
Cyro Baptista: percussion
Ricky Sebastian: drums
Ricardo Silveira: guitar
Robben Ford: Guitar on Comin’ Home Baby

1. Dona Palmeira
2. Comin' Home Baby
3. Song For Lea
4. Bahia De Todas As Contas
5. Dry Land
6. Two Rivers (Do Oiapoque Ao Chui)
7. Sir Charles Duke
8. Number Fifty-Five
9. Calling You


Bill Mays & Ray Drummond - One To One (1990)

The ghost of Bill Evans was certainly present during this duo recording. The musical interplay between pianist Bill Mays and bassist Ray Drummond is reminiscent of Evans and his various bassists. Mays and Drummond operate as equals (in fact the bassist seems to control the music as least as much as Mays) and their solo space is split fairly evenly. That is not to say that Bill Mays is merely imitating Evans on this CD, just that his highly impressive session is very much in that tradition; an adventurous rendition of "Skylark" is the highpoint. ~ Scott Yanow Personnel

Bill Mays: Hamburg Steinway grand Piano
Ray Drummond : Acoustic Bass

01. One to one
02. I thought about you
03. Stela by starlight
04. Interplay
05. Just you, just me
06. Lover man
07. Skylark
08. Tease fro two
09. Alone together
10. Together wherever we go