Saturday, December 22, 2018

Marijke Jährling - Spheres Of Monk (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Dutch/German singer Marijke Jaehrling was stuck with Thelonius Sphere Monk’s music from the first time she heard his recordings with John Coltrane as a teen. Now, decades later, she decided to produce a tribute album with her own personal approach to Monk: In fresh vocalized versions these Bebop classics shimmer in contemporary colors. To some of Monk’s compositions Marijke wrote new lyrics, which narrate music and love, recounting the real life of Monk. Marijke and her young group of German talents create a specific and unique atmosphere to express the poetry, humor and tempo of the jazz legend.

Marijke Jährling: vocals, lyrics, arrangements 
Steffen Müller-Kaiser: reeds 
Lukas Moriz: piano 
Rudolf Stenzinger: double bass 
Uli Schiffelholz: drums

1. Round Midnight 09:19
2. Rhythm-A-Ning 03:28
3. Ruby My Dear 06:51
4. Blue Monk 03:40
5. In Walked Bud 03:51
6. Pannonica 05:38
7. Straight No Chaser 02:20
8. Crepiscule With Nellie 05:11
9. Ask Me Now 05:52
10. Well You Needn't 03:59
11. Ugly Beauty 03:37
12. Epistrophy 02:29

Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra - Concerto Peligroso (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Chuck Israels has done it again! This recording features Chuck’s most exquisite composing and arranging to date! Laid out open and bare with intricate harmonies and rhythms, his Nonet ensemble presents these compositions with virtuoso musicianship, soulful solos while creating incredible new environs. With a nod to the past, Chuck is willing to share his wisdom looking toward the future. This is a need to 
hear album. Bravo Chuck!

Charlie Porter, trumpet
John Moak, trombone
John Nastos, alto saxophone, flute
David Evans, tenor saxophone , clarinet
Robert Crowell, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Dan Faehnle, guitar
Miles Black, piano
Chuck Israels, bass
Michael Raynor, drums
Jessica Israels, voice

1. Margot's Mood 07:17
2. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West 08:06
3. Fractal Shadows 05:49
4. Concerto Peligroso 04:47
5. Delicate Balance 07:29
6. All The Pretty Horses 05:53
7. The Sound Of Sonny 06:45
8. Dark Tapestry 04:42
9. Frankie And Johnny 07:04
10. Swingin' For The Fences 07:08
11. Monk's Dream 07:54

Teri Roiger - Ghosts Of Yesterday (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

“The multi-faceted brilliance of Billie 
Holiday is served up sizzling hot by the 
multi-talented Teri Roiger – a match 
made in jazz heaven!” Kabir Sehgal, 
author & Grammy-winning producer.

1. Lady Day and John Coltrane 04:23
2. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance 03:41
3. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 03:50
4. You Don't Know What Love Is 07:49
5. Fine and Mellow 05:46
6. Them There Eyes 03:26
7. It's Easy To Remember 05:15
8. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 05:10
9. Lady Day 04:48
10. Ghost Of Yesterday 05:22
11. These Foolish Things 05:18
12. Lady Sings The Blues 02:48

Ben Webster: Valentines Day 1964! Live (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

In 1963 Ben Webster moved to New York with renewed energy. He was sitting in with Duke Ellington on opening night at Basin Street East and becoming the spontaneous pianist for Gerry Mulligan's Concert Band at Birdland. He gigged at the Shalimar, Birdland and the Half Note with a quartet of revolving personnel. This recording captures one such night. Ben's sidemen, Dave Frishberg, Richard Davis and Grady Tate were more than 20 years his junior, but the language they shared was trans-generational. Webster spent the remaining nine years of his life living and playing in Europe. This is one of his last great performances in the USA.

1. Caravan 08:49
2. Ben's Blues 06:43
3. Chelsea Bridge 06:05
4. How Long Has This Been Going On 06:39
5. Cotton Tail 05:03
6. Danny Boy 05:00
7. (Back Home In) Indiana 06:19
8. 52nd Street Theme 05:17
9. Tenderly 02:58
10. Caravan (Slower) 09:13

Louis Armstrong: Sparks, Nevada 1964! (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

When the Beatles came to America in 1964 and took over the number one spot on the charts for 14 straight weeks, it must have seemed like their reign would last forever. Surely someone would topple them at some point--but who would it be? Few, if any, would have placed their bets on a 62-year-old legendary trumpeter and vocalist from New Orleans but that’s just what happened when “Hello, Dolly!” improbably became the number one record in the country on May 9, 1964. 

Armstrong sounds positively energized by the popularity of his hit record on this previously unissued set from the Circus Room of the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada in June 1964, the audience particularly in bedlam on the multiple-encore version of “Hello, Dolly!” There’s always been a lament in the jazz world that people who discovered Armstrong when “Dolly” became a hit had no idea that Armstrong was such a staggering musical genius, but as this set makes clear, if you went to see him perform during this period, you got a pretty complete picture of the wide array of Armstrong’s talents: the warmth of “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” and “Blueberry Hill,” the fiery instrumentals of “Indiana” and “Tiger Rag,” the swinging hit show tunes of “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” and “Hello, Dolly!” each one establishing to all the kiddies in the audience that this fun-loving old entertainer was also a ferociously talented musician.

1. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 03:00
2. Back Home In Indiana 04:08
3. I Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do 02:44
4. Tiger Rag 01:17
5. Hello Dolly 07:05
6. When I Grow To Old To Dream 03:45
7. Blue Berry Hill 03:30
8. How High The Moon 08:03
9. Lover Come Back 02:33
10. Have You Heard About Jerry 04:48
11. When The Saints Go Marching In 03:24

Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker - Ballads For Two (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Originally released on vinyl in 1979, Ballads For Two finds both musicians at the top of their game. Recorded on the 8th and 9th January 1979 in Stuttgart, Germany, this original vinyl release was not widely distributed. Now available for the first time on CD, the combination of Wolfgang's originals & well chosen covers is stunning. Baker's trumpet is emotive and telepathic with Wolfgang's vibes. Two bonus tracks are added from the original recording session. Chet plays a beautiful muted trumpet on the alternate take of Why Shouldn’t You Cry. Both musicians really stretch out on Double O, a Lackerschmid original. A Four Star review from Downbeat noted, "Ballads For Two arrives as an unexpected treat, defying Baker's detractors and placing him with success in unfamiliar surroundings." Highlights are Blue Bossa & Waltz For Susan.

1. Blue Bossa 03:47
2. Five Years Ago 03:45
3. Why Shouldn't You Cry 04:40
4. Dessert 06:53
5. Softly As A Morning Sunrise 06:05
6. You Don't Know What Love Is 07:52
7. Waltz For Susan 03:50
8. Double O 05:59
9. Why Shouldn't You Cry (mute) 04:33

Ella Fitzgerald: Live From Chautauqua, Vol. 2 (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Recorded in concert at the Chautauqua Institute in Western New York on July 11, 1968 this release is the follow up to Volume 1. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of her birth, this recording has been painstakingly re-mastered from the poorly recorded and stored original tape. is is the second set of that evening’s performance and Ella is in superb form. Backed by the fabulous Tee Carson Trio, the group had a tight knit report and fed off of each other joyously. 

Key Selling Points: 
Received a 4 Star review in Downbeat for Volume 1 
Only known recording of "He had A Dream"

1. Satin Doll 03:02
2. Day In Day Out 03:28
3. How Long Has This Been Going On 05:55
4. The Girl From Ipanema 06:55
5. Just One Of Those Things 02:32
6. Mr. Paganini 04:15
7. Let's Fall In Love 05:25
8. Lady Be Good 03:14
9. Mack The Knife 05:10
10. Misty 03:08
11. He Had A Dream 04:06

Joey Calderazzo: Live From The Cotton Club Tokyo, Vol. 1 (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

This recording is a superb example of the virtuosity of a tight piano trio.Taken from his four night run at the iconic Cotton Club, Tokyo, Japan in February 2017, this is Joey Calderazzo at his best. The spontaneity, virtuosity and playfulness of the trio is found throughout his five original compositions and one cover. This is a shining example of a piano trio format, full of expression, musical charm and just plain fun!

1. Hats Off To Rebay 10:50
2. Cianna 10:03
3. One Way 13:35
4. Manifold 09:37
5. Free 12:22
6. The Mighty Sword 08:14

The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966 (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Recorded at the Indiana Jazz Festival, November 1966, this is a fantastic set from The Gene Krupa Quartet. Krupa leads the Quartet through a lively set with the amazing but underappreciated Saxophone Eddie Shu. Shu straddles his main early influence, Lester Young and his admiration for Coltrane. One of the highlights of this set is an energetic Drum Boogie.

1. Big Noise From Winnetka 07:10
2. Honeysuckle Rose 03:26
3. Alligator Crawl 04:54
4. Moonlight In Vermont 03:03
5. Caravan 11:22
6. Take The A Train 07:53
7. The Shadow Of Your Smile 07:30
8. Drum Boogie 12:56

Liz Frame and The Kickers: Sparrow In A Shoebox (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Boston-based singer/songwriter Liz Frame continues to win the 
hearts and minds of audiences and industry professionals alike. 
Giants like Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt have been evoked 
while describing her voice, and her writing has been compared 
to acclaimed veterans like Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams, 
among others. A prodigious writer, Ms. Frame released her first 
full-length recording, “Sooner,” in 2011 that drew strong praise 
and consistent airplay, followed by the ep “Justine,” which 
continued to highlight Frame’s skills as a singer and songwriter. 
She and her band, The Kickers, have spent the last five years 
on the road and are out there again this year, in support of the 
brand new record, “Sparrow in a Shoebox.”

1. Sparrow In A Shoebox 03:51
2. I Used To Be Your Slave 02:48
3. Little Brown House 05:03
4. She's Made Of Light And Love 03:44
5. Ungrateful Girl 03:27
6. Grown Children 03:50
7. What You Gonna Do (When I Go) 03:57
8. Lookin' For A Lonely Man 05:30
9. I Don't Worry No More 06:26

Louis Armstrong: The Night Clubs (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

This compilation contains selections from five different nightclub engagements—Bop City in New York in 1950, Club Hangover in San Francisco in 1952, Storyville in Boston in 1953, Basin Street in New York in 1955 and the Brant Inn in Ontario in 1958--featuring five different iterations of Armstrong’s All Stars, featuring top sidemen such as Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole, Marty Napoleon, Milt Hinton, Barrett Deems, Edmond Hall and more. The exciting nightclub performances on this collection are not only being released for the first time, but every track is taken from the Research Collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, with the majority emanating from Armstrong's personal reel-to-reel tape collection. This important new release once again demonstrates with finality that Pops was always tops.

1. Royal Garden Blues 04:22
2. Monday Date 05:48
3. West End Blues 04:30
4. Billie Holiday Intro 00:41
5. Kiss To Build A Dream 04:01
6. You're Just In Love 03:28
7. New Orleans Function 06:38
8. Muskrat Ramble 05:46
9. Pretty Little Missy 03:17
10. Ko Ko Mo 01:58
11. Struttin' With Some Barbeque 05:54
12. Lazy River 04:15
13. That's My Desire 04:06
14. Someday You'll Be Sorry 04:16
15. Tin Roof Blues/When The Saints Go Marching In 05:03
16. When It's Sleep Time Down South 01:10

Louis Armstrong: The Standard OIl Sessions (DOT TIME RECORDS 2018)

Any list of the greatest jazz musicians of all time would have to include Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Earl "Fatha" Hines. From 1948 through 1951, those three legends made memorable music night in and night out as part of Louis Armstrong and His All Stars but they didn't make many studio recordings and most of the live recordings that have survived are in inferior sound quality. 

But on January 20, 1950, Armstrong, Hines and Teagarden appeared in a San Francisco recording studio to record a number of songs for Standard Oil's "Musical Map of America" program. Teagarden got to do his favorite feature "Basin Street Blues" while Hines performed a show-stopping version of his specialty, "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues." But it was Armstrong who was in the spotlight throughout, in peak form vocally and especially on the trumpet, improvising completely different solos on "Muskrat Ramble," "Panama," "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" and other signature numbers. 

When the session was over, Standard Oil never broadcast the results, instead sending severely edited 15-minute programs to schools across the nation. But a complete copy of the proceedings, including rehearsals, was sent to Louis Armstrong's home in Corona, Queens in 1950 and is now issued commercially for the first time on Dot Time Legends. Fans of Armstrong, Teagarden, Hines and jazz in general will not want to miss this special release featuring some of jazz's greatest names at the top of their game in pristine sound quality.

1. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 05:39
2. Muskrat Ramble 05:42
3. Basin Street Blues 04:21
4. Struttin' With Some Barbecue 05:05
5. Boogie Woogie On St Louis Blues 04:51
6. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 04:33
7. Panama 04:11
8. Up The Lazy River 04:37
9. Back O' Town Blues 06:22
10. Miss New Orleans (rehearsal take 1) 04:08
11. Miss New Orleans (rehearsal take 2) 03:33

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Playlist for Tom Ossana ~ The Thin Edge ~ December 19, 2018 MST 7:00 to 9:00p.m. ~ Use this link to access the show online.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Live at Fasching - June 1, 2017 (2018)

This album - the twelfth with the group - contains a live recording from the Stockholm jazz venue Fasching.

The tunes are written by myself, with the exception of Short, But Sweet no 28, which was a collaboration with Yasuhito Mori who provided the "lyrics" and the voice in japanese for the electronic soundscape used in live performances of the tune. The studio version contains a longer spoken voice feature by Mori-san.

The tunes we play are mainly taken from our 2017 album: SIMPATICO, but "The Big Krumbukto", a staple of our live set, was first recorded on EASTERN SCENE IN GREY MINOR (2008) and on the live: OPEN DOOR (2012), which was recorded at another Stockholm jazz venue: Glenn Miller Café. The tune "Pushover" was premiered on that album too. 

For more info on earlier albums, please visit

Fredrik Nordström – tenor & alto saxophone 
Alberto Pinton – baritone, alto & soprano saxophone, clarinet 
Johan Berke – electric guitar, electronics, composer 
Robert Erlandsson – double bass 
Fredrik Rundqvist - drums 

Recorded (of course!) June 1 2017 at Fasching, Stockholm by Johan Nordin and Pawel Lucki. 
Mixed and mastered by Johan Berke July, 2017 and November, 2018. 
Cover design by Johan Berke, photos by Leif Johansson 
Produced by Johan Berke

1. While We're...Jong! 08:14
2. The Big Krumbukto 10:23
3. Comfort Zone D 09:52
4. Summer Ghosts 04:44
5. Pushover 09:51
6. Short, But Sweet no 28 (Oyatsu no jikan) 08:46
7. Mola Mola 10:02

Cotovelo - Cotovelo

Cotovelo é o relato de dois casos de ciúmes e de discórdia: entre três homens, escravos trazidos do Brasil para Portugal, no séc. XIX; e entre um homem e uma mulher, criados no palácio real. O tema é do passado, mas a forma é do presente. Ou ao contrário. O relato é feito por uma actriz e quatro músicos, através de palavras e notas. Nuno Trocado convidou Jorge Louraço para escrever e Catarina Lacerda para actuar, e liderou um quarteto com Tom Ward, Sérgio Tavares e Acácio Salero. O espectáculo, de cruzamento entre texto e música, foi o resultado de uma colaboração entre os seis durante uma residência artística no âmbito da edição de 2017 do Festival Guimarães Jazz, produzida em parceria com a associação Porta-Jazz.

Catarina Lacerda

Cotovelo is the account of two cases of jealousy and discord: between three men, slaves brought from Brazil to Portugal in the 19th century; and between a man and a woman, raised in the royal palace. The theme is from the past, but the form is from the present. Or the other way around. The story is told by an actress and four musicians, through words and notes. Nuno Trocado invited Jorge Louraço to write and Catarina Lacerda to act, and fronted a quartet with Tom Ward, Sérgio Tavares and Acácio Salero. The performance, a combination of text and music, was the result of the collaboration between the six in an artistic residence that took place in the 2017 edition of the Guimarães Jazz Festival, produced with the partnership of the Porta-Jazz association. 

Catarina Lacerda: voz / voice 
Nuno Trocado: guitarra e electrónica / guitar and electronics 
Tom Ward: flauta, saxofone alto, clarinete baixo / flute, alto saxophone, bass clarinet 
Sérgio Tavares: contrabaixo / double bass 
Acácio Salero: bateria / drums 
Jorge Louraço Figueira: texto / text 

1. Sentada no escuro 06:25
2. Que lhes terá acontecido...? 04:15
3. Quando D. João VI regressou a Portugal 03:20
4. Os três pintavam a cara de branco 02:09
5. Estou há mais de meia hora (I) 01:58
6. De que adianta? O rei tem de morrer!... 04:11
7. Lundu 07:35
8. Desejo de subversão 02:59
9. Açúcar não aguentou de ciúme 02:01
10. Estou há mais de meia hora (II) 04:00
11. Como é que eu podia escolher um dos três? 05:51

Charlie Dennard - Deep Blue (2018)

New Orleans based keyboardist (who is also a longtime musical director for Cirque du Soleil) provides a very introspective selection of original compositions that invoke a deep sense of melodic harmony and dark beauty.

Charlie Dennard (composer, arranger, producer, keyboards)
Doug Belote (drums)
Max Moran (bass)
Steve Masakowski (guitar)
Ray Moore (saxes, flute)
Eric Lucero (trumpet, flugel horn)
Marc Solis (saxes, bass clarinet, flute)
Jason Mingledorf (tenor sax, bass clarinet)
Josh Geisler (bansuri flute)
Andrew McLean (tabla, sarod)
Brian Seeger (guitar)
Rick Trolsen (trombone)
Brad Walker (tenor sax)
Carlos Lopez (percussion)

1. St Charles Strut 05:18
2. Mojave 05:54
3. Wanderlust 05:14
4. Deep Blue 03:51
5. Trois Fois 05:13
6. Joe's Crusade 04:59
7. Father 05:54

CD artwork and layout by Caroline Mendez