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Rossano Sportiello/Eddie Metz/Parrott/Nicki Parrott: Strictly Confidential [Digipak]
Rossano Sportiello/Eddie Metz/Parrott/Nicki Parrott: Strictly Confidential [Digipak]

1 CD / Arbors / 2016-05-06

Tracks: Strictly Confidential; Sunset and the Mockingbird; John Hardy's Wife; What a Difference a Day Made; Hallelujah, I Love Him So; Misty; Brush With Bunji, A; She; Shoe Shine Boy; What Are You Doing the ...
Artists: Rossano Sportiello/Eddie Metz/Parrott/Nicki Parrott

Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, and Eddie Metz demonstrate - for the third time on Arbors Records - exactly why they've become so wildly popular on...continue...
Personnel: Rossano Sportiello (piano); Eddie Metz (drums); Nicki Parrott (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Rossano Sportiello.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York City (10/05/2015...continue...
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Phronesis: Walking Dark *
Phronesis: Walking Dark *

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Walking Dark; Passing Clouds; Democracy; Suede Trees; Upside Down; Charm Defensive; Lipwash, Pt. 1; Lipwash, Pt. 2; Zieding; Economist, The; American Jesus; Eight Hours
Artists: Phronesis

All About Jazz - Bruce Lindsay
As the pile of talented and exciting piano trios continues to grow ever higher, it takes a very talented and...continue...
Personnel: Ivo Neame (piano); Jasper Hoiby (double bass); Anton Eger (drums).

Audio Mixer: August Wanngren.

Recording information: The Village Recording Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/0...continue...
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Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Passage; All Becomes Alive; Empty Mind Receives, The; Labyrinths; Divine Courage, A; Uncut Emeralds; Cold Fire, A; Notes on Water; Marian Anderson
Artists: Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith

Vijay Iyer has previously played extensively with Wadada in Smith's Golden Quartet, but this album, produced by Manfred Eicher, is the first documentation of their...continue...
Personnel: Vijay Iyer (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, electronics); Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet).

Liner Note Author: Vijay Iyer.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York (10/2015).
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Dave Stapleton/Dave Stapleton Quintet: Between the Lines *
Dave Stapleton/Dave Stapleton Quintet: Between the Lines *

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: October Sky; Horn; Dry White; Socks First; Between the Lines; Wig Wag; October Sky (Reprise); Daz Lightyear; Under the Cherry Tree; Images
Artists: Dave Stapleton/Dave Stapleton Quintet

"Quietly rather than conspicuously adventurous, it has a solidly classicist leaning that will appeal to all those who kneel at the altar of Herbie, Bill...continue...
Personnel: Dave Stapleton (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Ben Waghorn (bass clarinet, saxophone); Jonny Bruce (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paula Gardiner (double bass); Elliot Bennett (drums).

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Neon Quartet: Catch Me
Neon Quartet: Catch Me

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Catch Me; Leaving Day; Cloak and Dagger; Villiers; Nepapanees; Passwords; Last of the Leaves; Bela Lugosi; Skookum; Torino
Artists: Neon Quartet

"One of the strengths of jazz is that its practitioners consistently find new combinations in which to play. If the musicians are imaginative then unusual...continue...
Personnel: Stan Sulzmann (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kit Downes (piano); Jim Hart (vibraphone, marimba); Tim Giles (drums).

Audio Mixer: Steve Lowe.

Recording information: Pheo...continue...
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Marius Neset: Birds
Marius Neset: Birds

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Birds; Reprise; Boxing; Portuguese Windmill; Spring Dance; Fields of Clubs; Place of Welcome, The; Introduction to Sacred Universe; Sacred Universe; Math of Mars; Fanfare
Artists: Marius Neset

The Guardian (UK)
Young Scandinavian jazzers continue to surprise and delight. Extravagantly gifted 27-year-old Marius Neset is a case in point. A fluent tenor saxophonist, he's...continue...
Personnel: Marius Neset (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ivo Neame (piano); Jim Hart (vibraphone); Anton Eger (drums).

Audio Mixer: August Wanngren.

Recording information: The Villa...continue...
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Josh Arcoleo: Beginnings
Josh Arcoleo: Beginnings

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Dean Road; Nomad's Land; Glade; Intro To Beginnings; Beginnings; Harbinger; Phoenix; Kite Flight
Artists: Josh Arcoleo

All About Jazz - Chris May
Dave Stapleton is a multi-tasker of Olympian energy and talent. That is not a new observation, but as the pianist...continue...
Personnel: Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone); Ivo Neame (piano); Calum Gourlay (double bass); James Maddren (drums).

Audio Mixer: Matthew Bandy.

Recording information: Fishmarket Studio, Lo...continue...
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Kenny Wheeler/London Vocal Project/Norma Winstone: Mirrors
Kenny Wheeler/London Vocal Project/Norma Winstone: Mirrors

1 CD / Edition / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Humpty Dumpty; Broken Heart, The; Lover Mourns, The; Black March; Through the Looking Glass; Hat, The; Breughel; Tweedledum; Bereaved Swan, The; Deathly Child, The; My Soul
Artists: Kenny Wheeler/London Vocal Project/Norma Winstone

The Guardian (UK)
Big-choir renditions of texts as sharply personal and precise as lyric poems present some tricky challenges. Wheeler's rare imagination often makes this unusual...continue...
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Norma Winstone (vocals); Katie Butler, Helen Burnett, Jenni Thompson, Hannah Berry, Joanna Richards, Jessica Barry, Fini Bearman (soprano); Adam Saunders, Brenda...continue...
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Arturo O'Farrill Sextet/Arturo O'Farrill: Boss Level
Arturo O'Farrill Sextet/Arturo O'Farrill: Boss Level

1 CD / Zoho Music / 2016-03-04

Tracks: Miss Stephanie; True That; Moon Follows Us Wherever We Go, The; Circle Games; Maine Song; Compay Doug; Not Now, Right Now; In Whom I Am Well Pleased; V. F. S.; Peace
Artists: Arturo O'Farrill Sextet/Arturo O'Farrill

Multiple Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill in a stunning, lively 2013 sextet session, featuring his extraordinarily talented sons Adam O'Farrill (trumpet) and Zack O'Farrill ...continue...
Personnel: Arturo O'Farrill (piano); Travis Reuter (guitar); Livio Almeida (tenor saxophone); Adam O'Farrill (trumpet); Zack O'Farrill (drums).

Audio Mixers: Zack O'Farrill; Adam O'Farrill; Pet...continue...
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Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game [Digipak]
Great American Music Ensemble: It's All in the Game [Digipak]

1 CD / Jazzed Media / 2016-03-04

Tracks: In the Mood; Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine; Clap Yo' Hands; Stardust; When It's Sleepy Time Down South; West End Blues; I've Got the World on a String; I Am Loved; September in the Rain; April i...
Artists: Great American Music Ensemble

Long overdue masterwork from composer/arranger Doug Richards, who great jazz critic Martin Williams called "the most original voice in big band since Gil Evans," features...continue...
Personnel: René Marie (vocals); Joe Kennedy, Jr. (violin); Rob Holmes (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); John Winn, Skip Gailes (clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophon...continue...
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B.J. Ward: Double Feature, Vol. 2
B.J. Ward: Double Feature, Vol. 2

1 CD / LML Music / 2016-03-04

Tracks: Green Dolphin Street; Secret Love; Senza Fine; House Is Not a Home, A; Pass That Peace Pipe; Patch of Blue, A; Windmills of Your Mind, The; Invitation; How Little We Know; Why Should I Care?; Egyptia...
Artists: B.J. Ward

A rare recording in every way, from the unique pairing of B.J. Ward and Donn Trenner to the collection of seldom-heard, exquisitely-crafted songs from film...continue...
Audio Mixer: Paul Tavenner.

Liner Note Author: B.J. Ward.

Recording information: Big City Recording Studios, Granada Hills, CA.

Photographer: Filomena Cardinale....continue...
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Christopher Hobbs (Percussion)/Gavin Bryars (Composer/Double Bass): Ensemble Pieces
Christopher Hobbs (Percussion)/Gavin Bryars (Composer/Double Bass): Ensemble Pieces

1 CD / GB Records / 2016-03-04

Tracks: Aran; 1, 2, 1-2-3-4; McCrimmon Will Never Return; Squirrel and the Ricketty Racketty B ridge, The
Artists: Christopher Hobbs (Percussion)/Gavin Bryars (Composer/Double Bass)

A new archival release of the remastered Ensemble Pieces, the second of four albums released on Brian Eno's Obscure Records series in 1975. These recordings,...continue...
Audio Remasterer: Don C. Tyler.

Recording information: Basing Street Studios London (1975); Basing Street Studios London (1976).

Photographers: Phillip Thomas; Ziella Bryars; John Tilbur...continue...
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Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said
Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-26

Tracks: Your Grief; I See You; Imagine the Fog Disappearing; Castle in Heaven, A; Journey of Life; I Refuse; What Was Said to the Rose/O Sacred Head; Way You Play My Heart, The; Rull; Source of Now, The; Swe...
Artists: Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad

"What Was Said" brings new colors to Tord Gustavsen's musical palette. His new project introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and builds upon the...continue...
Personnel: Tord Gustavsen (piano, bass synthesizer, electronics); Jarle Vespestad (drums).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (04/2015).

Photographers: Francesco Saggio; Oyvind ...continue...
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Guy Klucevsek/Teodoro Anzellotti: Accordion Time Voyage
Guy Klucevsek/Teodoro Anzellotti: Accordion Time Voyage

1 CD / Winter & Winter / 2016-02-05

Artists: Guy Klucevsek/Teodoro Anzellotti

On this musical voyage, the point of departure is a series of short pieces written and played by Guy Klucevsek for Annie Proulx's novel Accordion...continue...
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Accidental Tourists: The Banff Sessions: A Tribute to Kenny Wheeler
Accidental Tourists: The Banff Sessions: A Tribute to Kenny Wheeler

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-02-05

Tracks: Movement 1-Lake Louise; Movement 2-La Palette Café; Movement 3-Sulphur Mountain; Movement 4-Muirhead; Movement 5-Sure I Remember; Coda 1-The Mighty Bow; Coda 2-The Trout in the Bath Tub; Coda 3-...
Artists: Accidental Tourists

A suite in eight parts, written by Markus Burger and Jan van Klewitz during a jazz clinic by Kenny Wheeler at the Banff Center (Canada),...continue...
Tributee: Kenny Wheeler.

Personnel: Norma Winstone (vocals); Jan Von Klewitz (saxophone); Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Stefan Lottermann (trombone); Markus Burger (piano); Felix Astor (drums)....continue...
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Ches Smith: The Bell *
Ches Smith: The Bell *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-01-15

Tracks: Bell, The; Barely Intervallic; Isn't It Over?; I'll See You on the Dark Side of the Earth; I think; Wacken Open Air; It's Always Winter (Somewhere); For Days
Artists: Ches Smith

Ches Smith's ECM leader debut, The Bell, features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri. Smith infuses seductively narcotic...continue...
Personnel: Craig Taborn (piano); Mat Maneri (viola); Ches Smith (vibraphone, drums, timpani).

Liner Note Author: Paolo Soriani.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York (06/2015)....continue...
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Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do [Digipak]
Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do [Digipak]

1 CD / Naim Jazz / 2016-01-08

Tracks: In Memory of Samir Awad; In the Castle of My Skin; Tiger; Mo' Wiser; Breadfruit; Hour of Judgement, The; Long Night of Octavia E Butler, The; Afrofuturism; Play Mass
Artists: Sons of Kemet

Sons of Kemet deliver an album stuffed to the rafters with the euphoric, danceable grooves and riffs that made their previous record Burn such an...continue...
Personnel: Shabaka Hutchings (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Theon Cross (tuba); Sebastian Rochford, Tom Skinner (drums).

Audio Mixer: Sebastian Rochford.

Recording information: The Fi...continue...
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Stuart McCallum: City [Digipak]
Stuart McCallum: City [Digipak]

1 CD / Naim Jazz / 2016-01-08

Tracks: City - (featuring JP Cooper); Inhale; North Star; T-Onics; Effergy - (featuring Fridolijn Van Poll); Trio Seven; Mk II; Said and Done - (featuring Sophie Barker)
Artists: Stuart McCallum

The beautiful ambient-electronica-jazz soundscape City is the new album from Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum, his second studio album for Naim.

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Personnel: Stuart McCallum (guitar); Sean Foran (Fender Rhodes piano); Richard Spaven (synthesizer, drums, electronics); Robin Mullarkey (electric bass).

Recording information: CSR Studios, Man...continue...
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Get the Blessing: Astronautilus [Digipak]
Get the Blessing: Astronautilus [Digipak]

1 CD / Naim Jazz / 2016-01-08

Tracks: Phaenomena; Carapace; Monkfish; Conch; Cornish Native; Nautilus; Green Herring; Hayk; Sepia
Artists: Get the Blessing

Literally composed between crashing waves and deserted estuary sands, Astronautilus is an album of pounding rhythms, spacious atmospheres, and strongly-crafted melodies from one of Brita...continue...
Personnel: Jim Barr (baritone guitar, bass guitar); Jake McMurchie (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Pete Judge (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano); Clive Deamer (drum set).

Audio Mixer: Jim Barr...continue...
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Fay Claassen: Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw [Slipcase]
Fay Claassen: Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw [Slipcase]

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-01-08

Tracks: Just One of Those Things; I'm Old Fashioned; When Sunny Gets Blue; Song Is You, The; Poor Butterfly; 'S Wonderful; Zon in Scheveningen; I've Got the World on a String; Meditation; You'd Be so Nice to...
Artists: Fay Claassen

When asked who would be the successor to her throne, world renowned jazz vocalist Rita Reys always pointed to Fay Claassen. So, it was only...continue...
Personnel: Fay Claassen (vocals); Martijn Van Iterson (guitar); Peter Beets (piano); Ruud Jacobs (double bass).

Audio Mixer: Marius Beets.

Liner Note Author: Ruud Meijer.

Recordin...continue...
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Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun [Digipak]
Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun [Digipak]

1 CD / Buzz Records / 2016-01-08

Tracks: Stress; Fun; Firm; Mild; Joy; Deep; Crazy; Smoky; Moody; Fragile; Gone
Artists: Marnix Busstra

Firm Fragile Fun is the second album from the Marnix Busstra Band, and follow-up to the wellreceived Sync Dreams. This spectacular Dutch jazz quartet, combining...continue...
Personnel: Marnix Busstra (guitar, bouzouki, electric sitar); Rembrandt Frerichs (piano); Arnold Dooyeweerd (double bass); Pieter Bast (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Arnold Dooyeweerd; Pieter Bas...continue...
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Valery Ponomarev: Our Father Who Art Blakey
Valery Ponomarev: Our Father Who Art Blakey

1 CD / Zoho Music / 2016-01-08

Tracks: Overture; Moanin'; Crises; Jordu; No Hay Problemas; Gina's Cooking; Blues March
Artists: Valery Ponomarev

On its ZOHO debut, the NY-based Valery Ponomarev Big Band delivers a hard-charging, swinging tribute to Art Blakey, recorded live at iconic Manhattan jazz clubs...continue...
Personnel: Valery Ponomarev (trumpet).

Liner Note Author: Bob Bernotas.

Recording information: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, New York (08/14/2014); Zinc Bar, New York (08/14/20...continue...
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John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet: The  First Quartet [Box] *
John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet: The First Quartet [Box] *

3 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-12-04

Tracks: Arcade; Nightlake; Paramour; Neptune; Alchemy; Blue Wolf; Rain; Stray; Madagascar; Riddles; Foolish Dog; Boat Song; M; What Are the Rules; Flashback; To Be; Veils; Pebbles
Artists: John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet

This 3-CD set, remastered from analog recordings, returns some historically-important material to the catalog, namely the albums Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M. This quartet was...continue...
Personnel: John Abercrombie (guitar, mandolin); Richie Beirach (piano); George Mraz (double bass); Peter Donald (drums).

Liner Note Author: John Kelman .

Recording information: Talent St...continue...
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Uri Caine: Introducing Uri Caine: Shortlist 1992-2015 *
Uri Caine: Introducing Uri Caine: Shortlist 1992-2015 *

1 CD / Winter & Winter / 2015-11-06

Artists: Uri Caine

Uri Caine is one of the few artists at home in jazz clubs, vaudevilles, classical concert halls, and at the opera. A knowledgeable master of...continue...
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Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho: Rothko Chapel: Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage
Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho: Rothko Chapel: Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-10-23

Tracks: Rothko Chapel; Gnossienne No. 4; Four2; Ogive: No. 1; ear for EAR (Antiphonies); Ogive: No. 2; Gnossienne No. 1; Five; Gnossienne No. 3; In a Landscape
Artists: Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho

Morton Feldman described the score as his "canvas." Amongst his most important influences were abstract painters, and his spectacular piece Rothko Chapel was named for...continue...
Programmer: Sarah Rothenberg .

Audio Mixer: Judith Sherman.

Recording information: Stude Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX (02/2013); The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, Asia ...continue...
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Mary Halvorson: Meltframe [Digipak] *
Mary Halvorson: Meltframe [Digipak] *

1 CD / Firehouse / 2015-09-04

Tracks: Cascades; Blood; Cheshire Hotel; Sadness; Solitude; Ida Lupino; Aisha; Platform; When; Leola
Artists: Mary Halvorson

Initially conceived as a solo guitar album made up of jazz standards, Meltframe is comprised of modern compositions long admired by Mary Halvorson, the oldest...continue...
Personnel: Mary Halvorson (guitar).

Audio Mixer: Nick Lloyd.

Liner Note Author: Sergio Picirilli.

Recording information: Firehouse 12 (11/04/2014/11/05/2014); Firhouse 12 (11/04/2...continue...
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Chas Smith: Twilight of the Dreamboats [Slipcase] *
Chas Smith: Twilight of the Dreamboats [Slipcase] *

1 CD / Cold Blue / 2015-09-04

Tracks: Twilight of the Dreamboats
Artists: Chas Smith

This new work by composer/performer Chas Smith - an instrument designer/builder and steel guitarist - is both intimate and darkly brooding. As the quietly monolithic...continue...
Recording information: TDS Studio, Reseda, CA (2014).

Photographer: Rainer Hosch....continue...
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Max Richter (Composer): Max Richter: From Sleep [1 Hour Version]
Max Richter (Composer): Max Richter: From Sleep [1 Hour Version]

1 CD / DG Deutsche Grammophon / 2015-09-04

Tracks: Sleep: Dream 3 (in the midst of my life); Sleep: Path 5 (delta); Sleep: Space 11 (invisible pages over); Sleep: Dream 13 (minus even); Sleep: Space 21 (petrichor); Sleep: Path 19 (yet frailest); Slee...
Artists: Max Richter (Composer)

Acclaimed British composer Max Richter is about to make history, with a ground-breaking piece of work: his new work, "SLEEP," is an eight-hour lullaby. An...continue...
Audio Mixers: Rupert Coulson; Max Richter .

Liner Note Authors: Tim Cooper; David Eagleman; Max Richter .

Recording information: Air Studios, London (02/2015); Avatar Studios, Studio A, ...continue...
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Jacob Fischer: Jacob Fischer... In New York City
Jacob Fischer: Jacob Fischer... In New York City

1 CD / Arbors Records / 2015-08-07

Tracks: How About You; Love For Sale; Crazy He Calls Me; Swing 42; Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, A; Puttin' On the Ritz; Tenderly; Laverne Walk; Day Dream; Napolitana; Avalon; Every Time We Say Goodbye
Artists: Jacob Fischer

Jacob Fischer swings again on Arbors Records, and his jazz guitar is hotter than ever! This wonderful quartet features Chuck Redd on vibes, John Webber...continue...
Audio Mixers: Jim Czak; Bill Moss .

Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.

Recording information: Avatar Studio, NYC (06/11/2014-06/12/2014)....continue...
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Mike del Ferro: The Johannesburg Sessions
Mike del Ferro: The Johannesburg Sessions

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-08-07

Tracks: Smomomdiya; Ntylo Ntylo; Goema on Saturday; Umlolozelo; Mosquito Loop, The; Buzzycle; Ibusise; Twelfish; What's the Story, Mbuso?; Leyla; Mpushini
Artists: Mike del Ferro

The third album in the 10-part series "Songs Inspired By Wandering The Globe," recorded by Mike del Ferro for Challenge Records. He has performed in...continue...
Audio Mixer: Floren Van Stichel.

Recording information: Sumo Studion, Johannesburg, South Africa (06/2014).

Editor: Floren Van Stichel....continue...
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Michael Villmow/Koln Big Band: 1987-1990
Michael Villmow/Koln Big Band: 1987-1990

2 CD / Allegro / 2015-08-07

Tracks: Horns & Electric Rhythm; Bluff; Sahara; Update; Three for M.D. Pt. 1; Three for M.D. Pt. 2; Three for M.D. Pt. 3; Sian; Rock 'N' Soul; Jazz Up; Shuck; N, Pt. 1; N, Pt. 2; N, Pt. 3; Shining; Necessary...
Artists: Michael Villmow/Koln Big Band

One of Michael Villmow's main motivations in establishing a big band was to do something different, something "new." Part of a generation socialized by rock...continue...
Audio Mixers: Justus Liebich; Klaus Genuit.

Audio Remasterer: Marko Schneider.

Liner Note Authors: Karsten Mützelfeldt; Bendik Hofseth; Chad Wackerman.

Recording information:...continue...
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The New York Big Band/John Fedchock/The John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is
The New York Big Band/John Fedchock/The John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

1 CD / Mama / 2015-08-07

Tracks: You and the night and the Music; Like It Is; Never Let Me Go; Just Sayin'; Ojos De Rojo; Hair of the Dog; Havana; Just Squeeze Me; For Heaven's Sake; Ten Thirty 30
Artists: The New York Big Band/John Fedchock/The John Fedchock New York Big Band

Incredible arrangements meet a dynamically fresh, seasoned 16-piece band made up of some of New York's finest! Their magnificent fifth recording is expertly recorded, presented...continue...
Audio Mixer: Paul Wickliffe.

Recording information: Avatar Studio C, New York City (06/01/2014/06/02/2014).

Arranger: John Fedchock....continue...
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Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama *
Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama *

2 CD / Avie / 2015-07-10

Tracks: Ask Your Mama: Dedication; Ask Your Mama: Cultural Exchange; Ask Your Mama: Ride, Red, Ride; Ask Your Mama: Shades of Pigmeat; Ask Your Mama: Ode to Dinah; Ask Your Mama: Blues in Stereo; Ask Your Ma...
Artists: Laura Karpman

Epic poetry set to powerful music, brought to life by a cast of legendary performers: Ask Your Mama is an original musical setting by four-time...continue...
Tributee: Langston Hughes.

Audio Mixers: Justin Merrill; Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum; John Kilgore .

Liner Note Authors: Laura Karpman; Langston Hughes.

Recording information: Skywalker ...continue...
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Echoes of Swing: Blue Pepper [Digipak]
Echoes of Swing: Blue Pepper [Digipak]

1 CD / Act Music / 2015-06-09

Tracks: Blue Pepper; Azzurro; Blue Prelude; La Paloma Azul [The Blue Dove]; Blue & Naughty; Blue Moon; Black Stick Blues; Blue River; Out of the Blue; Aoi Sanmyaku [Blue Mountain Range]; Smurf, The; Blue Gar...
Artists: Echoes of Swing

With the new series "Good Time Jazz," ACT pays tribute to the glamourous swing era of the 1920s and '30s, and to a music that...continue...
Audio Mixer: Klaus Scheuermann.

Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.

Recording information: Tonstudio Weinberg der Landesmusikdirektion, Kefermarkt (05/25/2013-05/17/2013).

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Marc Ribot: The Lost String [DVD]
Marc Ribot: The Lost String [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Wienerworld / 2015-06-09

Artists: Marc Ribot

Released in 2007, the first edition of this DVD quickly went out of print. Now, this best-selling DVD is reissued with new artwork and barcode!...continue...
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Stephen Haynes (Brass): Pomegranate [Digipak]
Stephen Haynes (Brass): Pomegranate [Digipak]

1 CD / New Atlantis / 2015-06-09

Tracks: Sillage; Mangui Fii Reek [I Am Still Here]; Pomegranate; Becoming; Crepuscular; Odysseus (Lashed to the Mast)
Artists: Stephen Haynes (Brass)

New Atlantis Records is honored to present Pomegranate, a new offering from trumpeter Stephen Haynes, conceived as a posthumous dedication to the monumental spirit and...continue...
Personnel: Stephen Haynes (cornet); Joe Morris (guitar); William Parker (violin, shakuhachi); Ben Stapp (tuba); Warren Smith (marimba, drums, percussion).

Recording information: Firehouse 12, N...continue...
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Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet: Being the Point
Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet: Being the Point

1 CD / Intuition / 2015-06-09

Tracks: At Home in the Muddy Water; Marching On (Blues for John); Child's Eyes; Hot Crab Pot; Being the Point; Realization; Instigations
Artists: Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet

When Ray Anderson was 20 years old, a severe case of diabetes impeded his plans for the future when he suffered facial paralysis on one...continue...
Personnel: Ray Anderson (vocals, trombone); Steve Salerno (guitar); Gary Versace (organ); Tommy Campbell (drums).

Audio Mixer: Brian Montgomery....continue...
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Dusko Goykovich/RTS Big Band: Latin Haze [Digipak]
Dusko Goykovich/RTS Big Band: Latin Haze [Digipak]

1 CD / Enja Records / 2015-06-09

Tracks: Latin Haze; Quo Vadis Samba; Sambalero; Inga; Good Old Days; Danca Comigo; Sama Tzigane; In the Sign of Libra; Five O'Clock in the Morning; Samba do Carnaval
Artists: Dusko Goykovich/RTS Big Band

Trumpet legend Dusko Goykovich celebrates the 65th anniversary of the 18-piece Belgrade Radio Big Band with master percussionist Cesar Granados!

RTS celebrate their 65th annive

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Personnel: Goran Potic (guitar); Aleksandar Jacimovic, Ljubisa Paunic, Ugljesa Novakovic, Maksim Kocetov, Luka Ignjatovic, Kristijan Mlacak (saxophone); Vladimir Krnetic, Marko Dordevic, Novak Mijovic...continue...
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Bob Dorough: But For Now
Bob Dorough: But For Now

1 CD / Enja Records / 2015-06-09

Tracks: Baltimore Oriole; Girl From Ipanema, The; Stars Fell On Alabama; Shadow of Your Smile, The; But For Now; Indian Summer; Better Than Anything; Harlem Nocturne; Prelude To a Kiss; Georgia On My Mind; B...
Artists: Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough is the urban prototype hipster; a white musician who, after World War II, adapted that hot stuff of his fellow Afro-American friends and...continue...
Personnel: Bob Dorough (vocals, piano).

Liner Note Author: Michael Hornstein.

Recording information: Red Rock Studios, PA, USA (09/09/2014/09/11/2014).

Photographer: Jan Roeder....continue...
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Ariel Pocock: Touchstone
Ariel Pocock: Touchstone

1 CD / Justin Time / 2015-06-05

Tracks: Exactly Like You; Devil May Care; Real Emotional Girl; Barrel Roll; Country; You Can Close Your Eyes; Ugly Beauty/Still We Dream; All the Things You Are; When I Fall in Love; Rainbow Sleeves; Mother ...
Artists: Ariel Pocock

A polished and virtuosic jazz pianist, Ariel Pocock is an equally compelling vocalist, as evidenced on her stunning debut recording, Touchstone.

A fresh, interesting, and

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Personnel: Ariel Pocock (vocals, piano, pump organ); Julian Lage (guitar); Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone); Eric Harland (drums, percussion).

Recording information: Sear Sound.

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Spassov, Theodossi Trio/Theodosii Spassov Trio: Live in London [Digipak]
Spassov, Theodossi Trio/Theodosii Spassov Trio: Live in London [Digipak]

1 CD / ICSM / 2015-05-12

Tracks: In the Foot of the Mountain; Little Melody; Fly in a Jar, A; Vesta; Gumbet-Mohabet, Mayna
Artists: Spassov, Theodossi Trio/Theodosii Spassov Trio

A collector's item recorded live at the South Bank Centre, London on June 30, 2002. Although this trio toured extensively from 1998 - 2010, they...continue...
Personnel: Theodosii Spassov (vocals, duduk, kaval, melodica); Roumen Toskov (piano, keyboards); Hristo Yotsov (drums, percussion).

Recording information: The South Bank Centre, London (06/30/2...continue...
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Roger Davidson Trio: Live at Caffé Vivaldi, Vol. 2 [Digipak]
Roger Davidson Trio: Live at Caffé Vivaldi, Vol. 2 [Digipak]

1 CD / Soundbrush Records / 2015-05-12

Tracks: Journey to Rio; Roxo; Dream Samba; Fico Feliz; Caminhada de Verao; Garota de Ipanema; Celia; Gentle Ocean; Oraçao Para o Amor; Brisa Morna; Spring Samba; Ocean Breeze; To Brazil with Love
Artists: Roger Davidson Trio

Roger Davidson continues to channel his passion for Brazilian music into a globally inspired, multicultural feast for the senses! Davidson's Brazilianstyle compositions are legendary for...continue...
Personnel: Roger Davidson (piano); Adriano Santos (drums).

Audio Mixer: Luis Bacqué.

Recording information: Caffè Vivaldi, New York City (2013-2014).

Photographer: Nan M...continue...
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Ramón Valle: Take Off
Ramón Valle: Take Off

1 CD / In + Out Records / 2015-05-12

Tracks: All the Things You ARe; Steps in the Night; Historia, Una; Trance Dance in Blue; Hallelujah; Principe Enano; Y Si Volviera; Levitando; Cinco Hermanas; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; Kimbar...
Artists: Ramón Valle

Ramón Valle's performances and stage presence are charismatic, and his music is intoxicating. No longer a diamond in the rough, he is a perfectly cut...continue...
Personnel: Ramón Valle (piano); Omar Rodriguez Calvo (double bass); Ernesto Simpson (drums).

Audio Mixers: Suzi Reynolds; Tijmen Zinkhaan; David Stoller.

Liner Note Author: Scott H....continue...
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Ensemble Signal/Bradley Lubman: Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians *
Ensemble Signal/Bradley Lubman: Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians *

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi (Distributor) / 2015-05-12

Tracks: Music for 18 Musicians: Pulses; Music for 18 Musicians: Section 1; Music for 18 Musicians: Section 2; Music for 18 Musicians: Section 3A; Music for 18 Musicians: Section 3B; Music for 18 Musicians: S...
Artists: Ensemble Signal/Bradley Lubman

Making their harmonia mundi début, New York-based Ensemble Signal performs Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76), a seminal work by a pioneering composer who...continue...
Audio Mixer: Michael Riesman.

Liner Note Authors: Ashley Capps; Steve Reich .

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media (03/09/2011-03/12/2011).
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Dorothy Donegan: Live at the King of France Tavern
Dorothy Donegan: Live at the King of France Tavern

1 CD / Li-Sem Enterprises, Inc. / 2015-05-12

Tracks: Look of Love, The - (previously unreleased); Quiet Nights - (previously unreleased); How High the Moon - (previously unreleased); All Blues - (previously unreleased); Tea For Two - (previously unrele...
Artists: Dorothy Donegan

Dorothy Donegan was one of a kind, and this wonderful set preserves her brand of joyful jazz!

One of a very small number of recordings

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Personnel: Dorothy Donegan (piano); Bill Reichenbach (percussion).

Liner Note Author: Scott Yanow.

Recording information: The King Of France Tavern, Annapolis, Maryland....continue...
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Ramón Valle: Take Off [Bonus DVD] [Digipak]
Ramón Valle: Take Off [Bonus DVD] [Digipak]

2 CD / In & Out / 2015-05-12

Tracks: All the Things You ARe; Steps in the Night; Historia, Una; Trance Dance in Blue; Hallelujah; Principe Enano; Y Si Volviera; Levitando; Cinco Hermanas; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; Kimbar...
Artists: Ramón Valle

Ramón Valle's performances and stage presence are charismatic, and his music is intoxicating. No longer a diamond in the rough, he is a perfectly cut...continue...
Personnel: Ramón Valle (piano); Omar Rodriguez Calvo (double bass); Ernesto Simpson (drums).

Audio Mixers: Suzi Reynolds; Tijmen Zinkhaan; David Stoller.

Liner Note Author: Scott H....continue...
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Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town *
Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town *

1 CD / Accurate Records / 2015-05-12

Tracks: Hot Town; Mo'Lasses; Skag-a-lag; Harlem Drag; You Ain't the One; Down Yonder; Bright Boy Blues; Springfield Stomp; Alligator Crawl; Friction; You Can't Go Wrong; Charleston Is the Best Dance After All
Artists: Ghost Train Orchestra

Mixed by Grammy® winner Danny Blume, Hot Town continues where Ghost Train Orchestra left off with the wildly successful Hothouse Stomp, full of exciting and...continue...
Personnel: Mazz Swift (violin); Jordan Voelker (viola, musical saw); Petr Cancura (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dennis Lichtman (clarinet); Andy Laster (alto saxophone, baritone saxopho...continue...
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Ernst Reijseger/Mola Sylla/Harmen Fraanje: Count Till Zen
Ernst Reijseger/Mola Sylla/Harmen Fraanje: Count Till Zen

1 CD / Winter & Winter / 2015-04-14

Tracks: Perhaps; Bakou; Badola; Count till Zen; Out of the Wilderness; Headstream; Debenti; Falémé; E Konkon; Friuli
Artists: Ernst Reijseger/Mola Sylla/Harmen Fraanje

Ernst Reijseger, Harmen Fraanje, and Mola Sylla form a group in which musical equality goes without saying. The trio's new CD offers fascinating vocal melodies,...continue...
Personnel: Ernst Reijseger (vocals, cello); Mola Sylla (vocals); Harmen Fraanje (piano)....continue...
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Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band: Low Ridin'
Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band: Low Ridin'

1 CD / Zoho Music / 2015-04-14

Tracks: Feelin' Alright; Low Rider; Get Up, Stand Up; Stairway To Heaven/Heaven; Manic Depression; Ohio; Walk On the Wild Side; Break On Through (To the Other Side); Kashmir; Sugar Mountain; Syotomon
Artists: Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band

Sixth release by the New York-based group celebrating their 23rd year together! Gets back to the band's musical roots with Latin jazz instrumentals of anthemic...continue...
Personnel: August Washburne (electric guitar); Ole Mathisen (saxophone); John Walsh (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Washburne (trombone, tuba); Yeissonn Villamar (piano, keyboards); Vince Cherico (drums,...continue...
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Donn Trenner/B.J. Ward: Double Feature: Love Songs From the Movies
Donn Trenner/B.J. Ward: Double Feature: Love Songs From the Movies

1 CD / LML Music / 2015-04-14

Tracks: I'll Take Romance [From I'll Take Romance]; Moonlight Serenade [From The Glenn Miller Story]; Drifting [From Auntie Mame]; Tulip or Turnip; Do You Know Why? [From Love Thy Neighbor]; I Love Being Her...
Artists: Donn Trenner/B.J. Ward

A rare improvisational pairing of pianist and singer, this free-spirited recording of film and theatre music is intimate and instinctive. An actress, voiceover specialist, cartoon...continue...
Personnel: Donn Trenner (piano).

Audio Mixer: Paul Tavenner.

Recording information: Big City Recording Studios, Granada Hills, CA.

Photographer: Filomena Cardinale....continue...
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