Saturday, November 24, 2007

David Berkman - Communication Theory

Palmetto RecordsRelease date: June 13th 2000Availability: amazon MP3, iTunes, CD Released in 2000, "Communication Theory" is another fine album made available again via MP3 download and iTunes. Pianist and leader David Berkman has penned twelve compositions varying from the subtle to the angular and all displaying an intelligence and wit that marks this out as great jazz.The ever brilliant Brian

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Christian Scott - Anthem

ConcordRelease date: September 18th 2007Availability: CD, MP3, iTunes 24 year old New Orleans born and Berklee College trained Christian Scott has authored this complex and demanding homage to the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane that devastated his home town and the much of surrounding north central Gulf coast. A multi-instrumentalist (he plays cornet, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, soprano

Art Farmer - Silk Road

Arabesque Recordings Original release date: June 11th, 1996Availabilty: MP3 download, iTunes Amazon's launch of MP3 downloads is effectively a re-release of over 5,000 hard bop/mainstream jazz albums, many of which have been previously unavailable or at the least difficult to obtain. Add to this the fact that the cost of each MP3 download album is normally less than half the CD album cost and

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra

CryptogramophoneRelease date: May 9th 2006Availability: amazon MP3, iTunes, physical CD This magnificent album, released on the tiny Cryptogramophone label, appeared in 2006 and was underappreciated. It is now widely available again on direct download MP3 and on iTunes.Bennie Maupin played on many of the seminal Miles Davis sessions that led the way to jazz fusion ("Bitches Brew", "The Jack