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 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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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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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 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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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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