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Nat King Cole: Hittin' the Ramp

Nat King Cole: Hittin' the Ramp

In the years before World War II, musicians didn't get near a recording studio unless they could produce perfect results. Three major companies dominated the record industry then—Columbia, RCA and Decca—and they weren't big on wasting time or money. Errors were costly in the pre-tape era. Music then was recorded onto lacquer discs before metal impressions were made and then plunged into chemical baths to solidify the sound. Retakes were labor-intensive. What's more, you didn't last long as a recording ...

A singer-composer's bountiful musical gifts

A singer-composer's bountiful musical gifts

The jazz world lost singer Nora York three years ago when she died from pancreatic cancer at age 60. But her artful, creative and distinctive music lives on. This is a good thing—for us. Her longtime collaborator Jamie Lawrence, a New York-based pianist, has just released Swoon, a recording of previously unreleased material by York. Four of the songs were written by York. Six others were collaborations by the two of them. Two of York's distinctive pop covers round out ...

Gentle Giant Members Reunite To Unbox Unburied Treasure Limited Edition 30-Disc Box Set

Gentle Giant Members Reunite To Unbox Unburied Treasure Limited Edition 30-Disc Box Set

Madfish proudly present the ultimate box set of Gentle Giant music—Unburied Treasure. Highly regarded in the prog-rock world for the 12 albums they released between 1970 and 1980, this comprehensive set sees the band’s catalogue augmented by 15 new concert albums: seven never previously released, seven never previously officially released and one never previously released on CD. The 30-disc total also includes two posthumous live/outtake albums and a Blu-ray bonus disc. Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and ...

At 92, Lee Konitz Has A New Album

At 92, Lee Konitz Has A New Album

Seeking consideration, albums arrive by the dozens. The reviewer must decide which ones will get his attention. Wearing a blindfold and searching randomly through the burgeoning stacks of incoming CDs (and occasional LPs), is not productive. So, we fall back on name recognition, listening experience and trust, hoping to do justice to a few of the hordes of discs that the post office, FedEx, DHL and UPS deliver in ceaseless profusion. So…onward. Over the next few days, we shall consider ...

Yelena Eckemoff Presents An Exploration Of The Nighttime Animal Kingdom On "Nocturnal Animals," Set For January 24 Release By Her L&H Production Label

Yelena Eckemoff Presents An Exploration Of The Nighttime Animal Kingdom On "Nocturnal Animals," Set For January 24 Release By Her L&H Production Label

Pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff adds another link to her chain of thoughtful concept albums with Nocturnal Animals, which her own L&H Production imprint will release on January 24. True to its title, the double album features 14 musical impressions of the creatures that rule the night. The pieces are brought to life by a quartet that places Eckemoff alongside bassist Arild Andersen and drummers Jon Christensen and Thomas Strønen. Eckemoff is fond of creating these sorts of sonic portrait galleries. Prior ...

Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "Monktime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Available Now!

Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "Monktime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Available Now!

Twenty years after the release of his last album, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey reassumes the mantle of a recording artist in his own right with the September 13 release ofMonkTime (Jazz Avenue 1 Records). The debut of Dorsey’s DSC Band, which also includes guitarist Greg Skaff and celebrated drummer Mike Clark, features the trio applying their potent chemistry to eight compositions by jazz titan Thelonious Monk. While Dorsey is himself a talented, accomplished composer and arranger, he brings a minimal, ...

Harry Vetro’s New CD

Harry Vetro’s New CD

The young Canadian drummer Harry Vetro has followed his debut album as a leader, Northern Ranger, with a shorter CD of four tracks. The new album has a similar title, Eastern Stranger, but perhaps that won’t create confusion among Vetro devotees. As in his first recording, the music reflects the influence of the drummer-composer’s nationality. It also captures a bit of the whimsy that occasionally peeped through the seriousness of the writing for strings on Vetro’s initial CD. Indeed, whimsy ...

Husband & Wife Team of Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti Join Forces on New CD Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond

Husband & Wife Team of Randy Brecker and Ada Rovatti Join Forces on New CD Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond

Here’s a saying that ‘the family that plays together, stays together.’ That old adage is put into effect on Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond, which not only features the husband and wife team of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and fusion pioneer Randy Brecker and saxophonist-composer Ada Rovatti but also includes their 10-year-old daughter Stella in a vocal cameo appearance on one track. Backed by a versatile core group of pianist David Kikoski, bassist Alex Claffy and drummer Rodney Holmes, with guest ...

Out now! Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t. live in Gothenburg (ACT Music). 3 LP-Vinyl-Set also available.

Out now! Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t. live in Gothenburg (ACT Music). 3 LP-Vinyl-Set also available.

“...and finally evening comes. We usually meet in the dressing room. Magnus’ drumsticks are pattering against his legs. Åke is talking—saying something about different sound systems or complaining about the US and Bush. Dan and I are jumping up and down to get our energy going. Then we go on stage, meet the audience, the music. Timeless, without a program, without a set list. We want to be open to what fits just then. Sometimes nothing comes to mind and ...

New Louis Armstrong Live

New Louis Armstrong Live

It may be too easy to take Louis Armstrong for granted. After all, he is one of the greatest musicians of the Twentieth Century. Perhaps we all conclude that we understand why. Then, along comes yet another reminder of the intensity, the sheer strength, of his musicianship. The most recent reissue to remind us of his inimitable energy and creativity is the Dot Time release Louis Armstrong Live In Europe. It’s not just his astonishing trumpet playing that can drive ...


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