Thursday, May 28, 2015

Frank Walton - Reality (1978)

Frank Walton-Trumpet
Henry Threadgill-Alto
Ari Brown-Tenor
Jodie Christian-Piano
Rudolph Penson-Bass
Ben Montgomery-Drums

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sonny Stitt - Live at Bubba's (1981)

1. Sonny's Blues  (4:55)
2. Old Folks  (4:00)
3. Lax  (6:21)
4. Yesterdays  (4:31)
5. What's New  (4:31)
6. Four  (9:02)

Sonny Stitt (tenor sax)
Eddie Higgins (piano)
Donn Mast (bass)
Duffy Jackson (drums)
Harry Edison (trumpet) {on tracks 3 & 6}
Eddie Lockjaw Davis (tenor sax) {on tracks 3 & 6}

Recorded live at Bubba's Jazz Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 11 1981.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet - For The Children (2008)

2008 (recorded 1995), Cadence Jazz

1.  Specific Gravity
2.  Henderson
3.  Sadness of the Madness
4.  The Hunt
5.  Graduation
6.  Sunny's Song
7.  Patato's Song
8.  For The Children
9.  Lazy Waltz

Michael Jefry Stevens - piano
David Schnitter - tenor saxophone
Dominic Duval - bass
Jay Rosen - drums

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Atomic - The Bikini Tapes (2005)

2005, Jazzland

Disc 1
01 - Geometrical Restlessness
02 - Feets From Above
03 - Kerosene
04 - Leave Stacy
05 - Boom Boom

Disc 2
01 - Den flyktiga magneten
02 - El Coto
03 - Bop About
04 - Alla dansar samba till tyst musik
05 - Konrads hopp om livet
06 - Pyramid Song

Disc 3
01 - Toner från förr
02 - Alla dansar samba till tyst musik
03 - Hyper
04 - Kerosene
05 - Re-lee
06 - Boom Boom

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Joe Maneri - Paniots Nine (1963)

Bass – John Beal (tracks: 1 to 7)
Clarinet,  Tenor Saxophone – Joe Maneri
Drums – Pete Dolger (tracks: 1 to 7)
Piano – Don Burns (tracks: 1 to 7), Greg Silberman (track: 8)
Written-By – Joe Maneri (tracks: 2 to 5, 7), Pete Dolger (tracks: 1, 6)

About 35 years before the current crop of downtown New York improvisers -- such as Don Byron, Pachora, and John Zorn's Masada -- were melding free jazz with world musics like Klezmer, and Greek, Eastern European, and Arabic modalities, there was Joe Maneri. Paniots Nine includes a demo made for Atlantic Records in 1963 by the saxophonist/clarinetist/composer and his working band at the time: pianist Don Burns, bassist John Beal, and drummer Pete Dolger, who were all interested in free jazz, and 20th century classical music (Maneri had already been commissioned to write a piano concerto for the Boston Symphony, and all had played weddings, from Turkish to Jewish). The sound quality is not digital, but more than acceptable considering it was taken from a copy of a reel-to-reel tape.
This album is revelatory, capturing the use of weirdo time signatures like 9/8 in soloing and improvising, laced through with strange intervals and mode changes, and full of joy and drama. The boundaries blur between Eastern European wedding music and free jazz. The whirling clarinets and bowed bass played against a drummer who refused the traditional (in jazz, anyway) concept of rhythm in favor of counterrhythm atop the entire band, with the piano trailing in a rush. Of the eight pieces here, five are Maneri's, and he is the undisputed leader of this ensemble. His soloing shows not only a wealth of knowledge and a command of the instrument, but razor-sharp listening focus. Joe Maneri is a well-respected teacher who counts many creative musicians among his former students. He has in recent years resumed a performing career and commenced recording with the ECM label (those records smoke too). Paniots Nine provides the chance to hear his already well-developed ideas put into practice, and it is a delight. Thom Jurek ~ AMG

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tom Varner - Long Night Big Day (1991)

1991, New World

1.  Big Day
2.  Search For Sanity
3.  Wind Trio +
4.  Prince of Jamaica (Queens)
5.  March for the Cocoon Shredders
6.  Arts And Leisure
7.  Prayer for Deliverance
8.  Cabin in the Future
9.  Long Night

Tom Varner - french horn
Ed Jackson - alto saxophone
Rich Rothenberg - tenor saxophone
Lindsey Horner - bass
Phil Haynes - drums
on "Wind Trio +":
Frank London - trumpet
Thomas Chapin - alto saxophone
Steve Swell - trombone

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Michael Bates-Clockwise (2008)

Russ Johnson (tp), Quinsin Nachoff (s), Michael Bates (b), Jeff Davis (d)

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