Monday, October 31, 2011

Ola Kvernberg - Liarbird (2011)

"Ola Kvernberg, violin impresario par excellence, returns to Jazzland with yet another astounding album: Liarbird.

The album effortlessly moves between moments of serene beauty and raucous full-on jams, at times almost ambient in texture, at times sounding like a drunken night of revelry.

The division between composition and improvisation is often blurred, with moments of unison emerging and disappearing unexpectedly, all the time carrying the music forward to new heights.

Developed from an original live concept by Kvernberg, Liarbird follows a structure based on movements, creating a conceptual whole rather than a selection of individual pieces. The intensity of the album increases with each subsequent track, but “intensity” is not merely a term used here to describe increases in boisterous energy; rather, it describes the feeling within each track.

Kvernberg’s violin is obviously to the fore, but never exclusively dominant. Instead, it acts like a guide for the music to follow, leading it through the uncharted territories between free jazz and compositional expertise, with sparse moments of haunting beauty and large walls of full band sound. Minimalist compositional techniques are given a new setting, allowing an unparalleled line-up of musicians to move freely. Accompanying Kvernberg are Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals, Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones and vocals, Mathias Eick on trumpet, Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone, flutonette, and vocals, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics, and vocals, Ole Morten Vågan on double bass and vocals, Erik Nylander and Torstein Lofthus on drums and percussion.

The opening track, the eponymous “Liarbird” sets the album’s agenda perfectly, with languid notes and elongated harmonies alongside chattering percussion and exquisite soloing. “Boog” creates a kind of Macedonian atmosphere, using exotic scales and obtuse instrumentation, building into a kind of free jazz horo. “Boun’Amina” begins with a clearly improvisational character, although not necessarily existing outside composition, using extended string instrument techniques. It evolves into a kind of shambolic military march, with elements of classic New Orleans jazz ingredients. “Wintermelon” comes in with an utterly different attitude, like classic cool jazz on one hand, bebop on the other, while the feet are almost ready to make their way to the nearest disco; yet the free jazz ethos in never far away. “Vilje” begins with sedate bass, moving towards a chamber ensemble sound. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of music to grace the Jazzland catalog, and is certainly a highpoint in Kvernberg’s already exemplary career. “Olero” enters with a near discordant pulse, before breaking into a stumbling journey through Middle Eastern vibes and classical overtones. “Cobb” strides in with bravado, a strong beat, strong melodies and harmonies at the fore, and fast becomes a full-throttle improvisational workout. But it retains a DNA structure found throughout the album. “Spannung” brings the album to a close, with broad yet deep structures, and a more distilled sense of the album’s overarching structural intentions. Little motifs abound throughout the album, with each track echoing the others in some way. The unity of each part with the others is unmistakeable.

"Ola Kvernberg has composed a musical masterpiece" said Norwegian concert critic Pia F. Eriksen after Liarbird's performance at Molde Jazzfestival 2010. critic John Kelman called the same concert "positively nuclear" and listed it among his best live shows of 2010. Norwegian critic Terje Mosnes from Dagbladet followed up with a 6/6 stars review after the group's third performance in Oslo, January 2011.

Liarbird follows its live ancestry with equal determination, invention and craftsmanship."
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Title Of Album: Liarbird
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Jazzland
Genre: Jazz
Format: mp3
Quality: V0 Kbps
Total Time: 66:07 min
Total Size: 113 MB


1 Liarbird
2 Boog
3 Boun’amina
4 Wintermelon
5 Vilje
6 Olero
7 Cobb
8 Spannung

Trombone Shorty - For True

Troy “Trombone Shorty" Andrews, once again, incorporates all of the fun but none of the fussy formalism of the New Orleans tradition in his new recording, For True.

A contemporary, and vividly frisky, blending of funk, R&B, pop, hip hop, jazz and fusion, Trombone Shorty's second national release is due today from Verve Forecast. Andrews wrote or co-wrote each of the 14 tracks on For True, produced by Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman, and in many ways the album mirrors the talented horn player's Grammy-nominated, Billboard jazz chart-topping 2010 release Backatown. That is to say, it's great dance music—simultaneously aware of its roots, and willing to transcend them.

One in which it doesn't: For True is peppered with guest stars, something that might work to broaden the audience for Andrews—something he richly deserves—but could also, I feared, lead to a compilation-style unevenness. I needn't have. Trombone Shorty, a force of nature, more often than not simply blows past such worries.

“Buckjump," the shotgun-shack rattling opener, pairs Andrews with Rebirth Brass Band—perhaps the most famous of the Crescent City's brass bands—and Fifth Ward Weebie, a local rapper who combines R&B and bounce. The song, goosed along by a rubbery bass line courtesy of Mike Ballard from Andrew's band Orleans Avenue, builds outward from street-parade sass into a repetitive hip-hop cadence that only makes it more irresistibly danceable.

The connection with the New Orleans funk-jazz jam band Galactic, by the way, goes beyond Ellman's work at the mixing board. Drummer Stanton Moore appears on both “Lagniappe Part 1, and Part 2." Moore and Ellman's band mate Robert Mercurio plays bass on “Mrs. Orleans," which also features Kid Rock—who memorably raps about “Fats' rings" and “Endymion kings." And a few of the songs, notably the thumping instrumental “Dumaine Street" (maybe the best cut here), wouldn't sound at out of place on a Galactic project.

“Encore," undulating and aggressively fonky, is punctuated by the wailing slide cry of Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), and Andrews' Lenny Kravitz-esque vocals. (Kravitz himself plays bass on the subsequent “Roses," a tune that strongly recalls “Show Me Something Beautiful" from Backatown.) “Nervis" is one of those great 1970s-era space-grooves, featuring Ivan Neville (on clavinet!) and uncle Cyril Neville (The Meters, the Neville Brothers). Jeff Beck, with whom Trombone Shorty appeared during this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, stops by for the R&M romp “Do To Me," unleashing a torrent of microtonal brilliance.

I'll double check, but I think that's all of them. His over-stuffed guest list probably speaks as much to Andrews' desire to move beyond convention as it does to the current trend of cravenly appealing to a mass audience by, well, over-stuffing the guest list. Really, though, his is such a unique and doggedly appealing voice—on the trombone, trumpet and mic—that Trombone Shorty scarcely needs the help.

Check out the title track, which smacks of Dick Dale by way of the West Bank, courtesy of a whoa-man surf guitar turn by Pete Murano. The chorus to “The Craziest Things," all whoops and hollers, sounds like a house party, set to a series of impossibly bright brass blasts. “Unc" has a late-night tango-type mystery, while the sensual, stop-start soul of “Then There was You" (featuring singer Ledisi; there's one more!) allows Andrews an opportunity for some muscular, spit-flying outbursts. On “Big 12," he layers horns on top of horns until the entire song trembles with an almost angry menace.

In the end, though they don't necessarily slow Trombone Shorty's momentum on For True, those big names still felt unneeded. There's a combustible energy to his work, a volatile joy, that stands on its own. ~

Artist: Trombone Shorty
Title Of Album: For True
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Verve Forecast
Genre: Funk / Rock / Soul
Format:  MP3
Bitrate: 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 44:46 min
Total Size: 98 MB


01. Buckjump (feat. Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie, Ben Ellman & Charlie Smith) [04:03]
02. Encore (feat. Warren Haynes - guitar; co-write w/Lamont Dozier) [04:03]
03. For True [02:53]
04. Do To Me (feat. Jeff Beck - guitar) [04:37]
05. Lagniappe Part 1 (feat. Stanton Moore - drums)[01:09]
06. The Craziest Things [03:19]
07. Dumaine St. [02:37]
08. Mrs. Orleans (feat. Kid Rock - vocals; Robert Mercurio - bass) [03:21]
09. Nervis (feat. Ivan Neville - vocals and clavinet; Cyril Neville - vocals) [03:09]
10. Roses (feat. Lenny Kravitz - bass) [03:02]
11. Big 12 (feat. Ben Ellman - harmonica) [03:22]
12. UNC [02:54]
13. Then There Was Tou (feat. Ledisi - vocals) [04:33]
14. Lagniappe Part 2 (feat. Stanton Moore - drums) [01:37]

Sunday, October 30, 2011

L Histoire Du Piano Jazz Vol.3 (2009)

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: L Histoire Du Piano Jazz Vol.3
Year Of Release: 2009
Genre: Jazz
Label: n/a
Quality: V0 Kbps
Tracks: 25
Time: 75:31 min
Size: 111,8 MB


01.Duke Ellington_Black Beauty 03:03
02.Duke Ellington_Swampy River 02:47
03.Earl Hines_Wheather Bird 02:45
04.Earl Hines_Blues in Thirds 02:54
05.Earl Hines_Chimes in Blues 02:56
06.Earl Hines_A Monday Date 03:12
07.Pinetop Smith_Pinetops Boogie Woogie 03:14
08.James E Johnson_Riffs 03:11
09.Clarence Williams_Too Low 02:59
10.Earl Hines_Glac Rag Doll 03:00
11.Fats Waller_Handfull of Keys 02:49
12.Fats Waller_Num Fumblin 02:51
13.Arthur Shutt_Lover Come Back to Me 03:01
14.Cow Cow Davenport_Chime Blues 03:14
15.Arthur Montana Taylor_Detroit Rocks 03:20
16.Will Ezel_Barrel House Woman 03:07
17.Jelly Roll Morton_Freakish 02:58
18.Earl Hines_Beau Koo Jack 02:44
19.Fats Waller_Smashing Thirds 03:11
20.Charles Avery_Dead Born Street Breakdown 03:18
21.Bob Call_Thirty One Blues 02:40
22.James E Johnson_You Ve Got to Be Modernistic 03:12
23.James E Johnson_I Ve Found A New Baby 02:54
24.Wesley Walalce_Number 29 03:16
25.Mary Lou Williams_Night Life 02:55

Shelly Manne & His Men - At The Black Hawk VO1

Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Live
Label: Ojc
ASIN: B000000YVE

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Omar – Sing (If You Want It) (2006)

Artist: Omar
Title Of Album: Sing (If You Want It)
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Ether
Genre: Electronic, Nu Jazz, Broken Beat, Funk, Soul
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320kbps
Total Time: 01:05:48
Total Size: 130Mb


01. Lift Off
02. Sing (If You Want It)
03. Be A Man
04. Kiss It Right
05. Get It Together
06. Your Mess
07. All For Me
08. It's So....
09. Gimme Sum (Rap Version)
10. Feeling You
11. Lay It Down
12. I Want It
13. Stylin'
14. Ghana Emotion
15. Gimme Sum (Vocal Version)

Eddie Lockjaw Davis - Streetlights (1995)

This CD combines together the music from two complete LPs (I Only Have Eyes for You and Trackin') that were recorded the same day with the identical personnel. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis's tough tenor is well-featured with his regular group of the time, a combo consisting of the powerful organist Don Patterson (who dominates many of the ensembles), guitarist Paul Weeden (talented but quite obscure), drummer Billy James, and guest bassist George Duvivier. The emphasis is on standards and intense blowing (even on the ballads) with the set being a good example of a strong tenor organ band.

Artist: Eddie Lockjaw Davis
Title Of Album: Streetlights
Year Of Release: 17-04-1995
Genre: Jazz
Label: Prestige
Quality: avg. 230kbps
Tracks: 13
Time: 69:02 min
Size: 114,5 MB


01. i only have eyes for you 05:17
02. sweet and lovely 04:36
03. streetlights 05:33
04. the way you look tonight 06:34
05. it's a pity to say goodnight 04:48
06. time on my hands 05:51
07. there will be another you 04:48
08. what's new ? 04:02
09. too marvellous for words 04:37
10. a foggy day 05:11
11. beand 05:20
12. day by day 06:47
13. robbins nest 05:38

Friday, October 28, 2011

Horace Tapscott - Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam (1997)

Artist: Horace Tapscott
Title Of Album: Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Arabesque Records
Genre: Post-Bop, Piano Jazz
Quality: APE (image+.cue) + log
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 00:59:45
Total Size: 354 Mb

Horace Tapscott (born Horace Elva Tapscott, Houston, Texas, April 6, 1934; d. Los Angeles, California, February 27 or February 29, 1999) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He formed the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (also known as P.A.P.A., or The Ark) in 1961 and led the ensemble through the 1990s. Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, David Murray, and Jimmy Woods all performed in Tapscott's Arkestra at one time or another.

1. As A Child [07:06]
2. Bibi Mkuu: The Great Black Lady [05:34]
3. Lullaby in Black [03:19]
4. Sandy & Niles [04:44]
5. Wiletta's Walk [09:08]
6. Social Call [08:53]
7. Oleo [08:07]
8. Thoughts of Dar Es Salaam [06:50]
9. Now's the Time [05:59]

Freedom Satellite - Soul Samba Remix Collection (2001)

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Freedom Satellite - Soul Samba Remix Collection
Year Of Release: 2001
Label: Vienna Scientists Recordings
Genre: Dub, Acid Jazz, Downtempo
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: lossless
Total Time: 1:07:24
Total Size: 449 MB

01. Easy - Dublex Inc. Rimix
02. Soul Samba - Aromabar's Open Air Mix
03. Easy - Instrumental Mix
04. Savor - Vinyl Vibes Remix
05. Soul Samba - Max Schneider Remix
06. Soul Samba - The Menheads Head Remix
07. Savor - Jaeger & Sampler Remix
08. Soul Samba - Aromabar Clubmix
09. Easy - Marschmellows Remix
10. Whatever - Walkner.Möstl Shuffle
11. Whatever - Mad Professor's Dubtronic Mix

Soul Control: Gerald Veasley

Audio CD (April 22, 1997)
Original Release Date: April 22, 1997
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Heads Up International Ltd.

Track Listings
1. Carolina
2. Love Is The Cure
3. Lady
4. Broad Street
5. Quiet Storm
6. Nobody Knows
7. As Blue As You
8. Deeper
9. Kyle's Groove
10. But When She Smiles
11. Earthworm

Kenny G. - The Collection (1990)

Kenny G. - The Collection (1990) FLAC
EAC rip | 14 tracks | FLAC-tracks - Log - Cue | Complete Scans | Release: 1990 | 382 MB
Genre: Jazz (Smooth) | Label: Arista

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records.

01. Songbird (4:00)
02. Tradewinds (4:12)
03. Silhouette (4:31)
04. Don't Make Me Wait for Love (4:15)
05. Midnight Motion (4:09)
06. Against Doctor's Orders (4:07)
07. Going Home (4:15)
08. What Does it Take (to Win Your Love) (4:08)
09. Pastel (5:46)
10. Uncle Al (4:36)
11. We've Saved the Best for Last (4:20)
12. Last Night of the Year (2:41)
13. You Make Me Believe (5:19)
14. Let Go (5:48)

Kenny G. - saxophones, with collective personnel. (compilation album)

Design: Hotline (Maarssen)
Art Direction: Postmus Bouman.
This compilation, 1990, Arista Records, Inc.
Distributed in the UK by BMG Records and in Europe by BMG Ariola.
Track 13, 14 are credited as bonus tracks (not available on LP).
Printed in Germany by TOPAC.
Manufactured by SonoPress.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff - On The Blue Side (1989)

Label: Milestone
Orig Year: 1990
Format: FLAC

Track List
01. Any Day Now 7:15
02. Jimmy's Groove 4:44
03. The Glory Of Love 5:06
04. You're The One 5:24
05. Tuff 4:10
06. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid 4:57
07. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You 3:30
08. Hank's Groove 5:26

Hank Crawford - alto sax
Jimmy McGriff - organ
Jimmy Ponder - guitar
Vance James - drums

Dizzy Gillespie & Arturo Sandoval : To a Finland Station

Audio CD (April 21, 1995)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Ojc
Format: FLAC
This unique set finds Dizzy Gillespie (who was nearly age 65) sharing the frontline with the great Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Backed by a fine Finnish rhythm section, Sandoval and the great trumpeter are both in good spirits playing five of Gillespie's originals including "Wheatleigh Hall" and "And Then She Stopped." Considering that it would be another decade before Sandoval was able to defect from Cuba (and finally play the music he wanted), this recording is of great historic value.
Track List
01. Wheatleigh Hall 8:12
02. First Chance 6:12
03. And Then She Stopped 9:17
04. Rimsky 8:44
05. Dizzy The Duck 12:07

Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Arturo Sandoval - trumpet
Esko Linnavalli - piano
Pekka Sarmanto - bass
Esko Rosnell - drums

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bob Baldwin - New Urban Jazz

Artist: Bob Baldwin
Title Of Album: New Urban Jazz.Com
Year of Release: 2008
Label: Nu Groove Records
Genre: Jazz / Smooth Jazz
Format: FLAC (image) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 01:13:41
Total Size: 527 MB / 169 MB


01. Jeep Jazz / Bob Baldwin Feat. Zoiea [4:41]
02. Third Wind [5:15]
03. My Cherie Amour / Bob Baldwin Feat. Najee [5:27]
04. Somebody Else's Guy / Bob Baldwin Feat. Jocelyn Brown [4:42]
05. Take My Hand [4:23]
06. Seems Like One Of Those Daze / Bob Baldwin Feat. Tyrone Iris [4:10]
07. She's All That! / Bob Baldwin Feat. Marion Meadows [5:08]
08. Too Late [Remix] / Bob Baldwin Feat. Phil Perry [6:10]
09. All Nite / Bob Baldwin Feat. Joey Sommerville [4:15]
10. It Is What It Is [5:08]
11. Natural Thing / Bob Baldwin Feat. Freddie Jackson [3:50]
12. Flying High / Bob Baldwin Feat. Frank McComb [5:36]
13. Joe Zawinul / Bob Baldwin Feat. Ike Stubblefield [4:14]
14. Don't Keep Me Waiting / Bob Baldwin Feat. Asoulbourn [5:12]
15. New Urban Jazz / Bob Baldwin Feat. Della Croche [4:47]
16. What Is New Urban Jazz? [0:45]

Don Air - Carpenters' Delight

Artist: Don Air
Title Of Album: Carpenters' Delight
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Freshly Squeezed
Genre: Broken Beat, Nu Jazz, Nu Soul
Quality: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 0:56:15
Total Size: 142 Mb


1 Bye Bye
2 Joy Dub
3 Desert Dancer
4 No Name Dub
5 Stompers Dub
6 Chico's Cha Cha
7 Do It Again
8 Siesta
9 There'll Be Soul
10 Kiss Me
11 Please Baby
12 Dona De Fisa
13 Joy Dub (remix)
14 Besame Mucho (bonus track)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trilok Gurtu - Believe (1994)

1994's Believe continued the assault on Western music precepts that Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu had been engaged in for more than a decade. This time out Gurtu's sensibilities were coming much more from the West than from his traditional East. "Believe" begins as an electronic funk fest. Gurtu plays Western percussion. Guitarist Gilmore reaches deep into the fusion barrel with his somewhat rude and suggestive solo.
Track List
01. Believe 6:25
02. Vak 6:45
03. Carlinhos (Dedicated to Carlinhos Brown) 6:24
04. Offering 6:17
05. The Western Front 5:32
06. Fourth Moon 6:09
07. Protector 7:08
08. Sidewalk 5:57

Trilok Gurtu - drums, tabla, voice, dhol, waterdrums, percussion
Daniel Goyone - piano, electric piano, harmonium, synthesizer
David Gilmore - guitar
Chris Minh Doky - bass

Recorded at Ztudio Zerkall, Germany, July 1994
CMP Records CD 75

Format: MP3 CBR 320 Kbps

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Basia - It's That Girl Again (2009)

Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
Original Release Date: 2009
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Koch Records
Format: FLAC

With over 3 million albums sold and countless radio hits to her credit, Basia is a bona fide adult pop sensation. At the top of her game, she retired from the music business to concentrate on a quieter domestic life. Now she's back better than ever, still collaborating with her msuical partner Danny White, and delivering fresh songs that effortlessly update the beautiful spirit, timeless melodies and latin-jazz rhythms of her greatest hits

Track List
01. Not Now Then When 4:50
02. Someone For Everyone 4:13
03. I Must 5:00
04. A Gift 3:43
05. Everybody's On The Move 3:47
06. There's A Tear 4:14
07. Blame It on the Summer 4:28
08. Two Islands 4:43
09. Love Lies Bleeding 4:04
10. Winners 3:57
11. They Know Nothing About Us 4:06
12. Amelki Smiech 3:58
13. It's That Girl Again 3:56

Basia - lead vocals
Danny White - keyboards
Peter White - guitars
Kevin Robinson - trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, background vocals
Marc Parnell - drums
Paul Booth - saxes
Julian Crampton - bass
Ian Kirkham - saxes
Mark Reilly - background vocals
Andy Ross - guitars
Fayyaz Virji - trombone
The Polish Chorus Of Basia's Family And Friends

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Guitar a la Hindustan

Audio CD (October 29, 1996)
Original Release Date: September 17, 1996
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Omi Music
Format: FLAC+MP3

Track Listings
1. Raga Kaunsi Kanhra - Alap, Jod, Jhala & Gat In Teentaal
2. Raga Tilak Kamod - Gat In Deep Chandi Taal
3. Raga Chandrakauns - Alap & Gat In Teentaal
4. Raga Mishra Pilu - Dhun In Roopaktaal

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Accompaniment: Ustad Sabir Khan (Tabla)


Friday, October 7, 2011


Released: 1963

One of the most unique albums of Cal Tjader's career, 1963's Several Shades of Jade is a collaboration with composer and arranger Lalo Schifrin that transposes the vibraphonist's musical travels from Latin America to the Far East. This is no more traditional Asian music than Tjader's similar albums from this period are traditional Latin American music, but the pair wisely avoids the standard clichés of Asian music (no smashing gongs after every musical phrase or melodies that sound like rejects from The Mikado). Instead, Schifrin frames Tjader's meditative vibraphone solos in arrangements that strike a cool balance between western kitsch and eastern exotica, never tipping too far in either direction.

1. The Fakir
2. Cherry Blossoms
3. Borneo
4. Tokyo Blues
5. Song Of Yellow river
6. Sahib
7. China Nights (Shina No Yuro)
8. Almond Tree
9. Hot Sake

Recorded in New York City April 23rd, 24th and 25th 1963

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Astor Piazzolla with Kronos Quartet - Five Tango Sensations & Tres Tangos

Performer: Kronos Quartet
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Nonesuch
Total time: 01:04:24

Track list
Five Tango Sensations:
01 Asleep
02 Loving
03 Anxiety
04 Despertar
05 Fear
Concierto Para Bondoneon/Tres Tangos:
06 Allegro marcato
07 Moderato
08 Presto
09 Allegro tranquillo
10 Moderato mistico
11 Allegreto molto marcato

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Mercury Records Jazz Story (1995)

Mercury's jazz division had two distinct and important fathers. John Hammond brought his expertise and connections when Mercury bought Keystone Records in the late 1940's. And Mercury was the issuing company and distributor for Norman Granz's pre-Norgran/Verve recordings. Although both Hammond and Granz had departed Mercury by the mid-50's, they established the company in the jazz world.
Mercury, under its Emarcy label, released LPs by many important post-swing and bebop artists including Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughn, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Cleveland, Herb Geller and others. By the early 1960's, Mercury was releasing jazz under the flagship label and was an early leader in the new stereo sound releases.
Highlights of the early and mid-60's included albums by Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Cannonball Adderley, Charles (then called Charlie) Mingus, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Max Roach and others.

In the early 1950's, Norman Granz started his own record company, Norgran, which later became Verve. In an ironic twist, both Mercury and Verve are now owned by Universal Music Group and Mercury's jazz library falls under the Verve division. Since the early 1990's, Verve has reissued many Mercury jazz titles on CD, often taking care to use original master tapes and including session material not included on the original LPs.
In addition, Mosaic Records in Stamford CT has issued several box sets spotlighting the Mercury and Verve recordings of various artists including Max Roach, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich. (

Disc 1
01. Gene Ammons - Idaho [2:53]
02. Muggsy Spanier - Feather Brain [2:54]
03. Dinah Washington - I Cried For You ( Now It`s Your Turn To Cry Over Me) [2:28]
04. Paul Quinichette - I'll Always Be In Love With You [3:03]
05. Ben Webster - The Iron Hat [2:58]
06. Paul Gonsalves - Don't Blame Me [3:20]
07. Art Blakey - Eleanor [2:54]
08. Art Madigan - Moroccan Blues [3:07]
09. Helen Merrill - 'S Wonderful [3:13]
10. Erroll Garner - I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter [2:21]
11. Gerry Mulligan - Demanton [5:36]
12. Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Flossie Lou [4:03]
13. Max Roach - Love Letters [8:57]
14. Cannonball Adderley - Hoppin' John [4:39]
15. Max Roach - My Old Flame [3:37]
16. Sarah Vaughan - Three Little Words [3:45]
17. Eddie South - I Hadn't Anyone Till You [3:33]
18. John Coltrane - Weaver Of Dreams [5:36]
19. Conte & Pete Candoli - Willow Weep For Me [4:31]
20. Buddy Rich - ( Back Home Again In) Indiana [3:18]

Disc 2
01. Charles Mingus - Take The 'A' Train- Exactly Like You [3:38]
02. Quincy Jones - The Midnight Sun Will Never Set [4:35]
03. Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxaphones [2:27]
04. Coleman Hawkins & Sol Yaged - I Can't Get Started [4:32]
05. Pete Rugolo - Struttin' With Some Barbecue [2:26]
06. George Wein - Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine) [4:38]
07. Buddy DeFranco & Tommy Gumina - Scrapple From The Apple [4:49]
08. Julius Watkins - Mood Inidgo [3:05]
09. Terry Gibbs - The Big Cat [4:29]
10. Roland Kirk - 3-In-1 Without The Oil [2:34]
11. Art Farmer - Raincheck [3:42]
12. Art Hodes & Truck Parham - Washboard Blues [2:40]
13. Woody Herman - El Toro Grande [5:00]
14. Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry - Squeaky's Blues [3:29]
15. Art Blakey - Waltz For Ruth [5:46]
16. Lee Konitz - Blues For Bird [5:42]
17. Dizzy Gillespie - Groovin' High [6:05]
18. Paul Bley - Kid Dynamite [3:15]
19. Jimmy Smith - Sometimes I'm Happy [4:46]

Recorded from June 1947 to July 1977.
Label: Polygram / Verve
Released: 1995
Catalogue: 528 688-2