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

:: Happy sounds ::

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October 4, 2006

Review: Wes Montgomery - Full House

montgomery_full_house.jpgI just purchased this CD a few weeks ago and have finally had some time to really give it a good listen. As always, Wes's guitar and method are clean and straight-forward, which is something I have come to expect from the master.

Overall, there are 9 tracks. Tracks as follows:

1. Full House
2. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
3. Blue 'N' Boogie
4. Cariba
5. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 1)
6. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 2)
7. S.O.S. (Take 3)
8. S.O.S. (Take 2)
9. Born To Be Blue

This 1962 lineup is incredible, as this live album pairs Montgomery with tenor Johnny Griffin and the Wynton Kelly Trio (Wynton on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and Paul Chambers on the bass). The players are on fire on this one, and their improvisational chemistry really shines. This is one live Montgomery album every jazz enthusiast should own.

Happy sounds,

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September 20, 2006

Review: Freddie Hubbard - Ready for Freddie

I just purchased Freddie Hubbard's Blue Note masterpiece "Ready for Freddie." All original album tracks have been added to the rotation (I didn't include the alternate takes). You'll love them. This is one fantastic album. I really dig Bernard McKinney's work on the euphonium- an instrument I played in high school and one that you don't hear often in jazz.

Enjoy!

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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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December 29, 2004

Playlist update, CD Review - Teddy Edwards "Sunset Eyes"

Well, I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. It's a time of reflection, a time of hope, and a time of reconciliation that we all need to experience more than once a year. My wife, daughter, and I had a blessed time together this Christmas.

Teddy Edwards - Sunset EyesWith that, I have updated the playlist a bit to reflect some new albums, including a smokin' album sent to me from Mr. Shorter: Teddy Edwards "Sunset Eyes".

This album I had never seen or heard before. It was cut in August 1959/1960 in LA and features Teddy on tenor, Billy Higgins on drums, and, none other than Portland's own claim to fame, Leroy Vinegar on bass. I hope you enjoy the tracks, I've included the first five from the album on the current playlist (Tempo De Blues, Vintage '57, I Hear a Rhapsody, Up in Teddy's New Flat, and Sunset Eyes).

Well, I hope you enjoy the new additions. Let me know what you're thinking.

Happy new year!

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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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