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Monday, June 27, 2016

Tete Montoliu – Songs For Love (1971) {LP - Enja Records – ENJA 2040}
























Tete Montoliu: solo piano;

Side A:
A1 Rainy Day 5:07
A2 Django 5:32
A3 Two Catalan Songs 5:26
A4 Gentofte 4349 3:46

Side B:
B1 Apartment 512 7:28
B2 Autumn In New York 5:46
B3 Ballad For Line 5:26
B4 Little Camila 3:42

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Peter Erskine, Marty Krystall, Buell Neidlinger - Aurora (1988)









































This trio outing signifies a little-known gem that stands among the top modern jazz releases of 1989, as well-traveled drummer Peter Erskine wields his mighty chops while also serving as the traffic director for bassist Buell Neidlinger and saxophonist Marty Krystall. The opening number, "Daddy Trane & Cousin Wayne," is a wondrous piece, marked by Krystall's tunefully melodic choruses atop the rhythm section's slowly enacted jazz waltz pulse. Here and throughout, the band infuses soul-drenched modern jazz motifs with airy and somewhat open-ended three-way dialogues. They incorporate a few well-placed twists and turns into the grand mix, featuring effervescent swing vamps and subtle tonal contrasts amid their stringent attention to detail. The trio's clever outlook is starkly evident during its calypso-soul-blues yet predominantly free jazz rendition of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts," while they mesh a quaint Texas roadhouse blues motif with modern jazz-type dialogue on the piece titled "Like Latin." A super fine outing indeed, and strongly recommended.  Glenn Astarita ~ AMG

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Phil Woods & His European Rhythm Machine – Woods-Notes (1969) {LP - Lotus – LOP 14083}

























Alto Saxophone – Phil Woods
Bass – Henri Texier
Drums – Daniel Humair
Piano – George Gruntz

Side A:
A. Stolen Moments 17:15

Side B:
B1. Freedom Jazz Dance 11:40
B2. Alive And Well 11:50


Recorded in Rome, 1969.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ron Carter – Etudes (1982) {LP - Elektra Musician – 96 02141}

























Bass, Arranged By, Producer – Ron Carter
Drums  – Tony Williams
Tenor Saxophone  – Bill Evans
Trumpet  – Art Farmer


Side A:
A1. Last Resort 7:29
A2. Bottoms Up 6:18
A3. Arboretum 4:31

Side B:
B1. Rufus 5:12
B2. Echoes 4:10
B3. Doctors' Row 8:11


Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, September 1982.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Don Cherry - Art Deco (1988)



Craig Owens And The Bodo Ensemble - The Seven Martyrs Of Tehran (1993)





















Glenn Holmes - Double Bass and Electric bass
Michael Unruh - Bass Clarinet
Andrew Bishop - Soprano & Alto Sax
John Goering Drums and Percussion
Larry Faucette - Conga drums and percussion, Janet Cramer - Percussion
Craig Owens; Guitar and Synthesizer

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Archie Shepp – Further Fire Music (1965) {2LP - Impulse! – IA-9357/2}



















Bass – Barre Phillips (tracks: C1 to D1), David Izenzon (tracks: A1 to B3)
Drums – J. C. Moses* (tracks: A1 to B3), Joe Chambers (tracks: C1 to D1)
Tenor Saxophone – Archie Shepp
Vibraphone – Bobby Hutcherson (tracks: C1 to D2)


Side A:
A1. The Chased (Take 1) 11:47
A2. The Chased (Take 2) 6:11

Side B:
B1. The Chased (Take 3) 5:15
B2. The Pickaninny 7:20
B3. Malcolm, Malcolm Semper Malcolm 4:40

Side C:
C1. Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped) 4:58
C2. Le Matin De Noire 7:39
C3. Scag 3:04
C4. Call Me By My Rightful Name 6:19

Side D:
D1. Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy 10:15
D2. The Magic Man (Alternate Take) 9:30


A, B recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 9, 1965
C & D1 recorded live at The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 2, 1965
D2 recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 12, 1965.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Horace Parlan - Like Someone In Love (1983) {LP, SteepleChase, SCS 1178}

























Horace Parlan: piano;
Jesper Lundgard: bass;
Dannie Richmond: drums.


Side One:
A1. U.M.M.G.  (5:05)
A2. Ballade   (5:50)
A3. Scandia Skies  (4:25)
A4. Little Esther  (5:30)

Side Two:
B1. Like Someone In Love  (8:40)
B2. The Duke Ellington Sound Of Love  (6:25)
B3. Blues In The Closet  (5:50)


Recorded March 16, 1983.

Quest - Quest (1981) {LP - Palo Alto Records - PA 8061}


Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Gil Evans Orchestra – Into The Hot (1961) {LP - Impulse! – A-9}

























Side A:
A1. Moon Taj (Composed By – John Carisi) 8:15
A2. Pots (Composed By – Cecil Taylor) 6:30
A3. Angkor Wat (Composed By – John Carisi) 6:00

Side B:
B1. Bulbs (Composed By – Cecil Taylor) 7:00
B2. Barry's Tune (Composed By – John Carisi) 3:30
B3. Mixed (Composed By – Cecil Taylor) 10:00


Alto Saxophone – Jimmy Lyons (2) (tracks: A2, B1, B3), Phil Woods (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Arranged By – Gil Evans
Bass – Henry Grimes (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Drums – Osie Johnson (tracks: A1, A3, B2), Jimmy Murray* (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Guitar – Barry Galbraith (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Piano – Cecil Taylor (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
Piano, Vibraphone – Eddie Costa (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Tenor Saxophone – Archie Shepp (tracks: A2, B1, B3), Gene Quill (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Trombone – Urbie Green (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Trumpet – John Glasel (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Tuba – Harvey Phillips (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Written-By – Cecil Taylor (tracks: A2, B1, B3), John Carisi (tracks: A1, A3, B2)