Saturday, February 28, 2009

Monk De-Funked

Occasional musings on jazz

Hans Groiner

Release date: April 1st 2009

Availability: MySpace

"If it doesn't itch, don't scratch it." Many would agree. But not Hans Groiner. When he knows that something is wrong, he can't stand back and just let it rest. How can people have listened to Thelonious Monk all these years without realizing that the great man had been terribly wrong in allowing

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Does Jazz Sound Warmer on Vinyl?

Does jazz sound 'warmer' on vinyl?
Do you get a buzz from collecting your music with LP size artwork and liner notes?
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Joe Locke - Force Of Four


Recorded on March 6th, 2008 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ

Release date: September 23rd 2008

Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes

Following the fusion influenced "Live In Seattle" (with Geoffrey Keezer) in 2006 and "Sticks And Strings" (with Jonathan Kreisberg) in 2007, "Force of Four" continues vibe player Joe Locke's very strong recent run of inventive albums.

The new

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond

Blue NoteRecording Date: Van Gelder Studio. Englewood Cliffs, April 30th, 1963 Re-release date (RVG Edition): February 7th 2009Availabilty: CD, MP3 download, iTunesLong unavailable, the re-release of this great album is welcome. Together with "Destination Out!", recorded in the same year, "One Step Beyond" charts the opening up of the hard bop that Jackie McLean had helped to originate to new

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Chick Corea and Hiromi - Duet


Recorded live at The Tokyo Blue Note, September 2007

Release date: February 4th 2009

Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes

Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979, taking her first piano lessons at age six before enrolling in the Yamaha School of Music a year later. By age 14, she had played with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. She came to the United States in 1999

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What are the 100 Greatest Jazz Albums?

Here is our list so far.....John Coltrane "Blue Train"Hank Mobley "Soul Station"Wynton Kelly/ Wes Montgomery "Smokin' At The Half Note"Grant Green "Solid"Freddie Hubbard "Ready For Freddie"Sonny Clark "Cool Struttin'"Sonny Rollins "Tenor Madness"Weather Report " Night Passage"Lee Morgan "The Sidewinder"Bobby Hutcherson "The Kicker"Thelonious Monk "Live At The It Club"Miles Davis "

Benny Golson - New Time, New 'Tet

Concord JazzRelease date: January 20th 2009Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes Benny Golson, who appeared on Art Blakey's "Moanin'" alongside Lee Morgan, one of the best jazz albums of all time, reaches 80 and celebrates with his first new album in five years. "New Time, New 'Tet" recalls the famous Jazztet with Art Farmer which Benny Golson co-founded in 1959.The new sextet is: Benny Golson

Tom Harrell - Prana Dance

HighNote Recorded at Bennett Studios, Englewood NJ on May 29th and June 10th, 2008Release date: January 27th 2009Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes This much awaited album features the same band as on his successful 2007 record "Light On" - Tom Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax), Danny Grissett (piano and Fender Rhodes) Ugonna Ukegwo (bass) and Jonathan Blake (drums).

February 2009 Jazz New Releases

Is 2009 going to produce the best jazz of this decade?While still trying to take in four albums of sheer brilliance in January:Ravi Coltrane "Blending Times" (Savoy Jazz)Blue Note 7 "Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records" (Blue Note)Joshua Redman "Compass" (Nonesuch)Tom Harrell "Prana Dance" (HighNote)February brings still more important releases. February 3rd, Jeff "