April 21, 2007

New play list uploaded, PDXV CD Review

PDXV A few days ago, I uploaded an entirely new, smokin' set of jazz. From the recent stats, I've noticed that you all are digging the play list as well. Fantastic.

I've got tons of new material from Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan (didn't know much about him until recently), Hank Mobley, Keith Jarrett (6 disc At the Blue Note live set- amazing), Herbie Hancock, and Curtis Fuller.

My featured independent artist this month is PDXV, an up and coming jazz quintet from, you guessed it, Portland (PDX is the three digit code for Portland International Airport). They write some original material, which they play live (if you live in Portland or visit PDX, you must see them), but their cover selections are superb - which are nearly all outside the "standard" jazz repertoire. For instance, the opening track on this live album, "Step Right Up to the Bottom", was penned by Harold Land. Another favorite is Kenny Dorham's "Escapade" later on in the disc. Band leader Dick Titterington is confident and very impressive on the trumpet and (is that a flugelhorn I hear??). PDXV: Volume 1 is available online.

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February 6, 2007

New play list uploaded

It's been a while since my last post, but I have been updating the play list here and there throughout the past few months with little changes. You've probably noticed by now that I've just completely changed the play list. I've got new material from Barrie Lee Hall, Jr, who is an uncle to one of my co-residents (thanks the CD Teri!) and a fantastic band leader (Duke Ellington Orchestra) and trumpeter in his own right.

freddie_hubbard_goin_up.jpgThe play list also includes the entire Freddie Hubbard album "Goin' Up", which is a fantastic straight-ahead album, recorded in 1960. I just love Freddie's tone. I've really been listening to a great deal of his work from the early 1970s, including Red Clay, Straight Life, annd First Light.

I love that electric piano! What has happened to me? I'm just crazy for the e-piano these days, especially Bill Evans' work in that decade. Perhaps, as I purchase more 1970s jazz, it will begin appearing on the Classic Jazz Corner play list. Watch out for that in the coming months.

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October 6, 2006

Review: Roberto Magris Europlane - Il Bello del Jazz

Roberto Magris Black and White at PianoRoberto recently sent me his newest Europlane disc, Il Bello del Jazz. I've been listening to it lot lately. You'll be sure to hear it in heavy rotation soon on the Classic Jazz Corner. This CD is another great example of the kind of high quality jazz being recorded in, and birthed from, Italy. Roberto hails from Trieste (Google Maps), which is in northeastern Italy just at the border to Slovenia, at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea.

Magris's playing is superb on this recording. He's got a great ear for both melody and harmony. He proves his agility as a band leader with his ability to support the soloists so well. Herb Geller's tone is spot-on throughout the disc, and the production sounds fantastic. Not many new CDs sound so well. It's clean but not overproduced or sterile-sounding, that phenomenon oh so common to contemporary recordings. Perhaps it's the Italian wine influence that makes the production sound so great.

Roberto Magris: Il Bello del JazzRoberto contributes three originals: "No Sadness", "Il Bello del Jazz", and "Parker's Pen." They're all up-tempo and give a lot of room for soloists to improvise. Jurkovich's guitar work on the opener is top-notch, and Engel's bass solo on "Il Bello del Jazz" is expressive and forceful. The band really smokes on "Here I'll Stay." The CD also contains moments of reflection on the slower, meandering tracks "Some Other Spring", "A New Town is a Blue Town", and "Pretty Woman", allowing Magris and Geller to showcase their attention to melody and grace.

Track listing:

1. No Sadness
2. Stray Form
3. Some Other Spring
4. Key Largo
5. A New town Is A Blue Town
6. Here I’ll Stay
7. Ah Moore
8. Il Bello Del Jazz
9. Pretty Woman
10. Parker’s Pen
11. Deception

Musicians:

Roberto Magris (p)
Herb Geller (as)
Darko Jurkovic (g)
Rudi Engel (b)
Gabriele Centis (d)

Album ratings (in blue notes):

Production: 4.5(5)
Composition: 4(5)
Improvisation: 4(5)
Groove Factor: 4.5(5)
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Overall Rating: 4.25(5)

If you live near/in Los Angeles, be sure to check him out out live:
Catalina Bar and Gril (Hollywood) October 11 and 12
The Jazz Bakery (Culver City) October 16

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August 13, 2006

New Playlist and the Alboran Trio

Alboran TrioAll new jazz tracks have been uploaded - 20 hours of smokin' jazz.

Be sure to listen to featured artists The Alboran Trio, a fresh Italian trio with well-grounded roots and a voice of their own. The trio is composed of pianist/composer Paolo Paliaga, bassist Dino Contenti, and drummer Gigi Biolcati. The compositions and playing are beautiful and moving. Click here to listen/buy the CD.

I've also uploaded a good deal of straight-ahead and hardbop from Miles, Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Cannonball, and Lee Morgan among many more great cuts.

Happy sounds

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May 25, 2006

CD Reveiw - Katahdin's Edge "The Ridge"

Katahdin's Edge in the Studio
Hey jazz fanatics. I've got some great new songs on a completely revamped play list that I'm uploading today. Let me know what you think of the new play list and if you have any requests.

Featured this month is the brand new CD from east coast trio Katahdin's Edge. Their new CD, "The Ridge" is a must have. It's absolutely fantastic. Go buy it now at CDBaby.

They've continued to experiment with meter and rhythm in their mesmerising trademark way. The entire trio's improv meld has become even more seamless since their debut album "Step Away". Willie Myette's (piano) composition skills have matured. John Funkhouser (bass) is playing better than ever, laying down the groove and leading the band forward. Mike Connors (drums) rounds out the trio with his energetic yet nauanced and skillful playing. The band experiments with some unusual ethereal and ambient sounds on a few tracks that give this jazz album an unusually deeply textured aural landscape.

Definifely go see them live if and when you can. They won't disappoint. I was able to see them when they were in Portland last fall for a gig. Plus, they're also three really nice guys.

Happy sounds,

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March 8, 2006

Review: Upper Left Trio - Sell Your Soul Side

upper_left_trio_sell.jpgI've just uploaded a completely new play list for your listening enjoyment. The list includes tracks from Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", a gift CD off my Amazon.com wishlist from Mr. Marshall Rogan of Medfield, MA. Thanks Marshall!

The new play list features new releases from independent artists as well. I'm really excited about the new release ("Sell Your Soul Side") from local band Upper Left Trio. I was able to catch a live gig downtown at the train station swanky restaurant called Wilf's for their album release show. They are fantastic live. They are an experimental but grounded jazz trio that aren't afraid of pushing the proverbial musical envelope when needed.

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Review: Marco di Marco and Gruppo Jazz Marca

marco_di_marco.jpggruppo.jpgThe new play list also contains some great tracks from Italian jazz artists Marco di Marco and Roberto Magris's Gruppo Jazz Marca. I think you will find that they are both accomplished musicians, who, for some reason, I'd never before heard. These are both recent re-releases by Arision Recordings from London. I really like the groove that they lay down on these albums. In fact, there has been a rekindled interest in these musicians, as electronica DJs have apparently been mixing and spinning certain songs at clubs in Europe. Both musicians have a real sense of composition and creativity. Both albums are refreshing to listen to.

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January 14, 2006

Happy New Year

Big Three Trio - We Got RhythymSo, what better way to ring in the new year than with a brand new play list, full of hard bop, classic jazz, and even some funk. Some independent artists I'm featuring this month include Italian pianist Roberto Magris from his album "Check In", and The Big Three Trio's album "We Got Rhythym", and Michael Coppola's "New Impressions." In the interim, I also received gifts from Mr. Jason Rhone (Kenny Dorham's 2-disc set, "Live at Cafe Bohemia") and gifts from my brother Todd, the photgrapher (Herbie Mann and Jackie McLean).

Happy sounds,

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June 8, 2005

Playlist update

Plenty of new material added to the playlist lately, including tracks from 2003 Juno Award (Canadian eqivalent of the Grammy's) winner Richard Underhill. Other new music added included tracks from Larry Grenadier's trio Fly, Eric Watson, and more from the Bob Wylde Trio. These are in addition to all the other new cuts from more classic artists such as Bill Evans, Miles, Coltrane, etc.

I hope you enjoy, and happy sounds!

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May 7, 2005

Live Concert Review: Upper Left Trio

My wife and I took some friends to see Upper Left Trio last night here in downtown Portland at the swanky Heathman Hotel. The two long sets were fantastic, including a Radiohead cover and the majority of the rest were original compositions. If you haven't heard of this up and coming jazz trio from Portland, check out their website.

I've just uploaded all the tracks from their all-original first album "Cycling" (album cover to the right of the text). All members of the trio are accomplished in their own right (i.e., Charlie Doggett on drums and Jeff Leonard on bass), and the pianist, Clay Giberson, plays regularly with jazz guitarist Dan Balmer in his more experimental jazz group Go by Train.

Be sure to give them a listen and perhaps buy their CD. You won't be disappointed.

Let me know what you think of the trio.

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April 2, 2005

Playlist update

New uploads coming tonight to include brand new material from the likes of Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Brother Jack McDuff, and Steve Lacy.

Also, for those of you who are blessed to live in the NW states, Katahdin's Edge, progressive jazz trio from the East coast is coming to Washington for a short April tour to include three dates in Seattle (alas! none in Portland!) and one in Walla Walla. Check out their tour schedule here.

Happy sounds,

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March 23, 2005

Playlist update, new independent artists

It's been a while since I've updated this page, but I've been updating the playlist on a regular basis. I'm uploading an entirely new playlist tonight, in fact. I hope you all enjoy. Thanks for making this fun. My love and knowledge of jazz continues to grow, although I've got a lot to learn, for sure.

This month, I'll be featuring some fantastic tracks from three independent jazz CDs. Warren Greig Trio, The Bob Wylde Trio, and the Partners in Crime CD from Jim Hershman, Bill Cunliffe and Jeff Hamilton entitled "Partners in Crime."

Be sure to listen to them, and buy their music if you like it. It's a lot of fun to support independent local, regional, and national artists.

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December 7, 2004

Playlist update, new independent artists

So, a complete playlist overhaul (except the Katahdin's Edge material - I just love it). Some new artists to check out, including Michael Copolla who plays a custom 9 string guitar. Let me know what you think of it. I really like the material he recorded with singer Rhonda Thomas (pictured right).

Also included are some great tracks off of the Wes Montgomery / Wynton Kelly disc Smokin' at the Half Note that a kind listener (Kevin Shorter from Lawrenceville, GA) sent to me off the amazon.com wishlist. (Thanks Kevin!)

Also, be sure to listen for some great cuts from my new 2-disc Ahmad Jamal album Cross Country Tour (1958-1961) which I'm really digging right now. Also, check out some of the fantastic tracks from some new albums I've recently purchased, trombonist Curtis Fuller's Blues-ette, Lennie Tristano's Intuition, Pepper Adams' Encounter!, Harold Land's West Coast Blues, Jackie McLean's Destination Out!, Brad Mehldau Trio's Art of the Trio, volume 5, and Dexter Gordon's Dexter Calling. Fantastic new albums.

I'm glad I can share them and some Christmas tunes from Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Dave Brubeck.

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October 14, 2004

CD Review: Katahdin's Edge "Step Away"

I took a hiatus, I know. I'm back though, and I've got some great new music to upload to the playlist.

Katahdin's EdgeThis month, I'll be featuring a new band, Katahdin's Edge, from the east coast (Rhode Island??). This trio, consisting of John Funkhouser on the bass, Willie Myette on the piano, and Mike Connors on the drums, absolutely blew me away. Their music reminds me of a creative cross between Brad Mehldau and Medeski, Martin, and Wood. The interplay between the players reminds me a bit of what Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian had, but who can really compare to that trio? They were kind enough to send me their CD Step Away.

Every song has a definite groove. The first track, "Step Away", has a Vince Guaraldi syncopated feel that is full of energy. "Enigma", lives up to its name, with a trance-like Far Eastern feel and tonal arrangement. The rest of the tracks are a mix of groove and delicate sensitivity, leaving the listener wanting more at the end of the album (56 minutes en toto). All 8 songs were written by Willie. The solo work is top-notch. I hope these guys tour the northwest US again soon (I couldn't make it to their September show here in Portland), because I'm itching to see them live. I would take both jazz enthusiasts and jazz newbies to see them, because I truly believe both groups would enjoy this group. I can't stop raving! I'll be playing 5 tracks from Step Away this month and will likely keep a few of them on frequent rotation. I know it's not "classic" jazz, but I know you'll enjoy.

Let me know what you think.

Happy sounds!

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