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Friday, February 24, 2017

Art Studio - The Complete CMC Sessions (1978 - 1985)




















Art Studio is an excellent Italian free jazz quartet, comprised of saxophonist Carlo Actis Dato, guitarist Claudio Lodati, bassist Enrico Fazio, and drummer Fiorenzo Sordini, plus, on occasion, vocalist Irene Robbins. This double-CD -- a compilation of four albums released on the C.M.C. label from the late '70s to mid-'80s -- paints a revealing picture of an empathically inclined band of world-class improvisors that's probably less well-known than it should be. Saxophonist Dato is an especially powerful musician. His technique is notably well-rounded; he might just as easily play a delicately articulated, finely nuanced slip of lyrical melody as a rabid, overtone-blowing saxophonic howl. I would imagine this to be an important document to Italian free jazz aficionados, and should be checked out by chauvinistic Americans, as well.  Chris Kelsey ~ AMG

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gold Sparkle Trio - Thunder Remind Me (2001)

























Andrew Barker - Drums;
Adam Roberts - Double Bass;
Charles Waters - Alto Saxophone, Clarinet.


1.Naysayer
2.Thunder Reminded Me
3.For Billy Higgins
4.Coronation Blues For The Memory Theatre West Coast
5.Williamsburg Concerto #1.2
6.Cardshark

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Various: Chick Corea / Herbie Hancock / Keith Jarrett / McCoy Tyner {LP - Atlantic}



















Side A:
A1. Keith Jarrett - Margot  3:43
A2. Keith Jarrett - Love No. 1  6:11
A3. Chick Corea - Tones For Joan's Bones  6:03
A4. Chick Corea - This Is New  7:36

Side B:
B1. McCoy Tyner - Lazy Bird  3:25
B2. McCoy Tyner - In Your Own Sweet Way  5:14
B3. Herbie Hancock - Einbahnstraße  7:23
B4.Herbie Hancock - Doom  6:05

Personnel:
Keith Jarrett: piano (A1-A2); Charlie Haden: bass (A1-A2); Paul Motian: drums (A1-A2);
Chick Corea: piano (A3-A4); Joe Farrell: tenor saxophone (A4); Woody Shaw: trumpet (A4); Steve Swallow: bass (A3-A4); Joe Chambers: drums (A3-A4);
McCoy Tyner: piano (B1-B2); Steve Davis: bass (B1-B2); Elvin Jones: drums (B1-B2);
Herbie Hancock: piano (B3-B4); Ron Carter: bass (B3-B4); Billy Cobham: drums (B3-B4).


Tracks A1 & A2 recorded at A&R Studios, New York City, on December 21, 1966 and originally released in the album: Keith Jarrett - Life Between The Exit Signs ( 1968 )
Tracks A3 & A4 recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York City, on November 30 and December1, 1966 and originally released in the album: Chick Corea - Tones For Joan's Bones ( 1968 )
Tracks B1 & B2 recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York City, on October 24, 1960, and previously unreleased
Tracks B3 & B4 recorded at A&R Studios, New York City, on October 7, 1969, and originally released in the album: Ron Carter - Uptown Conversation ( 1969 ).