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,

:: Peder ::

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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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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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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!

:: Peder ::

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