Brother Jack McDuff & David Newman – Double Barrelled Soul (1967) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster}

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Brother Jack McDuff & David Newman – Double Barrelled Soul (1967) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster}
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© 1967, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27040 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Organ / Saxophone

 

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. One of the more open-ended sessions that Brother Jack cut for Atlantic – with less of the tight larger soul arrangements that the label usually saddled him with. (Not that we mind those, though!) David Newman plays a variety of saxes, and the group also includes a young Melvin Sparks on guitar. Tracks are longish, and the album includes the originals “Duffin ‘Round”, “Esperanto”, and “More Head” – as well as stunning versions of “Sunny” and “But It’s Alright”!

Personnel:
Jack McDuff – organ
David Newman – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Danny Turner – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Leo Johnson – tenor saxophone, flute
Melvin Sparks – guitar
Abe Blasingame – drums

tracklist:
01 – But It’s Alright
02 – Sunny
03 – Esperanto
04 – Duffin’ ‘Round
05 – More Head
06 – Untitled Blues

 

Brother Jack McDuff & David Newman – Double Barrelled Soul (1967) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster}

Mark Lockheart – In Deep (2009) {Edition Records EDN1013} (ft. Jasper Hoiby)

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Mark Lockheart – In Deep (2009) {Edition Records EDN1013} (ft. Jasper Hoiby)
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© 2009 Edition Records | EDN1013
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Jazz / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

 

Tenor saxist Mark Lockheart, a former Loose Tubes member, is a familiar presence from the Polar Bear front line. But though this session reflects some aspects of that quartet’s offbeat, lugubrious lyricism and rhythmic ingenuity, In Deep is Lockheart’s own show. Gil Evans would have liked the slow theme developments of tracks such as Undercovers and Believe It Or Not, with their intensifying brass voicings rubbing at purring tenor-sax motifs.

Long Way Gone is like an African jazz theme played in a sleepwalk, Not in My Name is a free-jazz tussle that falls back to a wistful piano interlude (the great Liam Noble at his most haunting) and then swells to a collective clamour, Snakeout and Nutter are rhythm jigsaws leaning on Dave Smith’s excellent drumming, and Jasper Hoiby’s bass is a decisive solo voice whenever he has the spotlight to himself. Lockheart picked the right title: that’s exactly where it takes you.

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Mark Lockheart – In Deep (2009) {Edition Records EDN1013} (ft. Jasper Hoiby)

Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish (1976) {2008 Harvest Japan Mini LP TOCP-70360}

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Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish (1976) {2008 Harvest Japan Mini LP TOCP-70360}
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© 1976, 2008 Harvest / EMI Music Japan / Toshiba | TOCP-70360 | Mini LP
Rock / Art Rock / Contemporary Pop / Prog Rock / Glam Rock

 

Adding keyboard player Andrew Clark to make Be Bop Deluxe a quartet, Bill Nelson finally found a balance between his virtuosic guitar playing and the demands of pop songwriting. The arrangements were still busy, but the humor of Nelson’s music was on display as never before, and the songs frequently were catchy. For the first time, it began to seem that the group had a future beyond serving as a foundation for Nelson’s splashy guitar work, as Be Bop Deluxe charted in the U.S. and the U.K. and even scored a Top 25 British hit with “Ships in the Night.

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Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish (1976) {2008 Harvest Japan Mini LP TOCP-70360}

William Lawes (1602-1645) – Richard Boothby – Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol (2016) {Harmonia Mundi Digital Downloads}

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William Lawes (1602-1645) – Richard Boothby – Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol (2016) {Harmonia Mundi Digital Downloads}
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© 2016 Harmonia Mundi | HMU907625
Classical / Baroque / Early Baroque

 

Lock the doors, close the curtains and turn the lights down before putting this disc on. Here is music for an intimate space: solo music for solitary souls. This is a rare opportunity to hear solo lyra viol music from the early 1630s played on a beautiful period instrument by one of today’s foremost exponents of the Jacobean repertoire. Richard Boothby has been playing English consort music (some of it by Lawes) with Fretwork for over 30 years, so is as well placed as anyone today to interpret this body of solo music, most of it recorded here for the first time.

Samuel Pepys apparently played lyra viol music on whatever viol he had to hand, but in fact the lyra differs from the slightly larger bass viol in several respects: the strings are lighter and closer to the fingerboard, the bridge more rounded to accommodate the execution of chordal passages and, in addition, some instruments were strung below the fingerboard with sympathetic strings that could be plucked by the left hand. Unlike other viols – and members of the violin family – the lyra was variably tuned, and its music notated in tablature. Boothby plays on an exquisite lyra viol by Richard Meares from the Royal College of Music Collection.

Lawes’s music is in general jolly and introspective by turns. Boothby plays in a charmingly gentle, often elegant yet spare way that suggests he is enjoying a private pleasure which we are nonetheless invited to savour. The 35 pieces included here are mostly dances, none lasting longer than three minutes, characterised by syncopated rhythmic patterns, delicate implied harmony and chordal accompaniments, conversational textures (the Corantos in particular) and occasional hints of folksong. The delicacy with which Boothby phrases and ornaments the music is sublime. A great night in, then.

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William Lawes (1602-1645) – Richard Boothby – Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol (2016) {Harmonia Mundi Digital Downloads}

Warren Wolf – Convergence (2016) {Mack Avenue Records MAC1105}

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Warren Wolf – Convergence (2016) {Mack Avenue Records MAC1105}
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© 2016 Mack Avenue Records | MAC1105
Jazz / Post Bop / Vibes

 

For years, I have known a certain truth– don’t sleep on Warren Wolf. the master vibraphonist has snuck up on me one too many times on releases of his own. He rolled through San Antonio three times in 2015 and never failed to impress. His work with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s large ensemble is a surprise and not a surprise at the same time. He has maintained a beautiful melodicism in his playing that would seem obvious for his instrument but he surpasses such expectations again and again. He’s an unmistakable talent. He shouldn’t be slept on. This is no more apparent than in his latest album, Convergence on Mack Avenue.
It’s 1:55 into “Cell Phone” when Wolf literally quotes the classic Nokia ringtone where one realizes how much one shouldn’t sleep on this kind of wit, cleverness, and sense of connection that his style of play just oozes. Of course, one could say the same thing about his take on Bobby Hutcherson’s “Montara”, just a sweet as the original and just as inspired in its simple trio format. One could also know this for sure by album closer, a sweet, solo of the standard “Stardust” as he transitions it to Chopin’s “The Minute Waltz’, a song so clever it’s impossible not to stay woke.

Surely this band isn’t sleeping on him– Christian McBride on bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums, with Brad Mehldau playing piano throughout half the album and John Scofield playing guitar on a couple of tracks. It’s a band with complimentary chops– McBride showing bounce and spring, Watts with a snap that always makes its presence felt. As a core trio, these men are quite effective and emotive, able to bring Wolf’s soulful sound to its rightful stage. He can be sweet and he can be sharp and McBride and Watts are there for every move. However, it’s the flourishes only Mehldau can provide where this album really sings, particularly when Wolf and Mehldau are playing off one another. Mehldau has always had sprightly moments, particularly when he’s collaborating outside his usual circles. This is one of high points of his occasional canoodling.
Warren Wolf as a vibraphonist always seems to add perfect shades to whatever group he’s in which makes his solo endeavors all the more endearing and revealing. In Convergence, what Wolf reveals with interplay like this and song selections like these is the ever-impressive talent of one of the finest vibraphonist of our time. Don’t sleep on that.

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Warren Wolf – Convergence (2016) {Mack Avenue Records MAC1105}

Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues And Ballads (2016) {Nonesuch 7559-79465-0}

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Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues And Ballads (2016) {Nonesuch 7559-79465-0}
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© 2016 Nonesuch Records / WEA | 7559-79465-0
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Jazz / Piano Trio

 

Brad Mehldau’s warm, utterly enveloping effort, 2016’s Blues and Ballads, finds the pianist leading his trio through a set of well-curated standards and covers. The album follows up his genre-bending 2014 collaboration with electronic musician Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, and smartly showcases his return to intimate acoustic jazz. Admittedly, the title, Blues and Ballads, is somewhat misleading, as Mehldau only tackles one actual blues with his jaunty, off-kilter take on Charlie Parker’s “Cheryl.” Otherwise, the blues of the title is implied more in the earthy lyricism of a handful of ballads.
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Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues And Ballads (2016) {Nonesuch 7559-79465-0}

Cannonball Adderley Quintet – The Price You Got To Pay To Be Free (2016) {Blue Note-Real Gone Music RGM-0453 rec 1970}

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Cannonball Adderley Quintet – The Price You Got To Pay To Be Free (2016) {Blue Note-Real Gone Music RGM-0453 rec 1970}
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© 1970, 2016 Blue Note / Capitol / Real Gone Music / Dusty Groove | RGM-0453
Jazz / Fusion / Soul Jazz / Modern Jazz / Jazz Funk / Saxophone

 

Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group’s last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set’s a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – one that really displays the full charm of their approach at the time, and that wonderfully crowd-winning mode that made Cannon a key act at this time for rock and soul audiences too! Adderley raps a bit at key points, and brings some righteous energy to the concert – while the rest of the group follow up with performances that really send the whole thing home – Nat Adderley on cornet, Zawinul on Fender Rhodes and piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Cannon plays some soprano sax, in addition to his familiar alto. Produced by David Axelrod too!

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Cannonball Adderley Quintet – The Price You Got To Pay To Be Free (2016) {Blue Note-Real Gone Music RGM-0453 rec 1970}