Sunday 20 June 2010

Donald Byrd & Kenny Burrell - All Day Long (1957)

01.All Day Long 16:18
02.Slim Jim 7:28
03.Say Listen 6:41
04.A.T. 6:40
05.C. P. W.(bonus track) 5:54.

Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (piano)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Arthur Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on January 4, 1957
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Donald Byrd - Free Form (1961)

01.Pentecostal Feelin'
02.Night Flower
03.Nai Nai
04.French Spice
05.Free Form
06.Three Wishes - (CD only, bonus track).

Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Billy Higgins (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 11, 1961.
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Donald Byrd - Fuego (1959)

02.Bup a Loup
03.Funky Mama
04.Low Life

Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Jackie McLean (alto saxophone)
Duke Pearson (piano)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Lex Humphries (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 4, 1959.
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Mike Stern - Jigsaw (1989)

01.Another Way Around
02.Loose Ends
03.To Let You Know
06.Rhyme Or Reason

Mike Stern: guitarra
Michael Brecker: Akai EWI en “Chief”
Jeff Andrews: bajo eléctrico y Fretless
Denis Chambers: batería en “Loose ends”, “Jigsaw” y “Chief”
Bob Berg: saxo tenor
Jim Beard: teclados y orquestación sintetizada
Peter Erskine: batería
Manolo Badrena: shekére en “Another way around”, bongos en “Chief”.
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Mike Stern - Upside Downside (1986)

01.Upside Downside
02.Little Shoes
03.Goodbye Again
04.Mood Swings
05.After You

Mike Stern - guitar
Bob Berg - tenor sax
Mitch Forman - piano, synthesizers
Mark Egan - bass
Jeff Andrews - bass
Dave Weckl - drums
Dr. Gibbs - percussion
Davis Sanborn - alto sax
Jaco Pastorius - bass
Steve Jordan - drums.
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Wednesday 9 June 2010

Airto Moreira - Virgin Land (1974)

01.Stanley's Tune
03.Virgin Island
04.Peasant Dance
05.Lydian Riff
06.Hot Sand
07.I Don't Have to Do What I Don't Want to Do.

Bass - Alex Blake (2) (tracks: B1, B2, B4) , Stanley Clarke (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B3)
Bassoon - Jane Taylor (tracks: B2)
Clarinet - Eddie Daniels (tracks: B1, B2)
Guitar - David Amaro (tracks: A1, A2, A3) , Gabriel DeLorme (tracks: B2, B3, B4)
Keyboards - Milcho Leviev (tracks: B1, B2)
Keyboards, Piano - George Duke (tracks: A1, A3, B3)
Oboe, Piccolo Flute - George Marge (tracks: B1, B2)
Piano [Acoustic], Mellotron - Kenny Ascher* (tracks: B4)
Producer - Billy Cobham
Vocals, Drums, Percussion - Airto*
Vocals, Effects [Vocal Special Effects] - Flora* (tracks: A2, B1, B2, B3).
"Peasant Dance", "Lydian Riff" and "I Don't Have To Do ..." recorded at Electric Lady Studios, February, 1974.
Stanley's Tune, Musikana, Virgin Land and Hot Sand recorded at Wally Heider Recording, February, 1974.

An all-star cast accompanies Brazilian percussion master Airto Moreira on this percolating collection of jazz fusion pieces. Produced by drummer extraordinaire Billy Cobham, the album locks into a steamy groove on Stanley Clarke's "Stanley's Tune" and never lets up. The Middle Eastern flavor of some of the melodies, Moreira and wife Flora Purim's unique vocalizations, and the use of unusual instrumentation on several cuts help make this recording a unique highlight of the electric fusion era. Standout soloists include Eddie Daniels on clarinet and guitarists David Amaro and Gabriel DeLorme, while bassist Clarke provides his usual stellar performance. ~ Jim Newsom.
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Phil Upchurch - Upchurch (1969)

01.Black Gold (4:31) [Charles Stepney]
02.America (3:30) [Paul Simon]
03.As You Said (2:31) [Jack Bruce, Pete Brown]
04.You Wouldn't, You Couldn't Be True (3:02) [Phil Upchurch]
05.Cross Town Traffic (4:00) [Jimi Hendrix]
06.Adam And Charlene (4:19) [Charles Stepney]
07.Spining Wheel (3:28) [D.C. Thomas]
08.Voodoo Chile (2:52) [Jimi Hendrix]
09.More And More (2:43) [VeePee, Don Juan]
10.Midnight Chile (4:09) [Phil Upchurch].
Recorded at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago, March 1969

Phil Upchurch : guitar
Louis Satterfield : bass
Morris Jennings : drums
Donny Hathaway : piano
Bobby Christian : percussion
James Mack Singers : vocal
Dave Chausow's :Strings and Horns
Charles Stepney:Arranger, conductor and producer
Stu Black:Engineer.

ABOUT THE ARTIST - From Wikipedia

Phil Upchurch (born 19 July 1941, Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz and R&B guitarist and bassist.
Upchurch began playing in R&B backing bands, including those of The Kool Gents, The Dells, and The Spaniels. He eventually formed the Phil Upchurch Combo, and their song "You Can't Sit Down" reached the US Top 30 in 1961 and the UK Top 40 on its reissue five years later. The band included:
Cornell Muldrow (organ)
David Brooks (saxophone)
Mac Johnson (trumpet)
Joe Hoddrick (drums).

Dee Clark used "You Can't Sit Down" as a theme song. Upchurch had his most successful collaboration with keyboardist Tennyson Stephens in the 1970s.
Upchurch later appeared on albums by Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin' Wolf. In the 1970s Upchurch appeared on several fusion albums, including Grover Washington, George Benson and The Crusaders. One album in particular is George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin'. Phil Upchurch plays rhythm guitar, except for "Breezin'" and "Six to Four" where he plays bass. In the 1980s he appeared on Marlena Shaw's "Could It Be You". He has also collaborated with Chaka Khan, Booker T. Jones, Leroy Hutson and Michael Jackson.Upchurch received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997.

Little known LP by highly regarded session guitarist at Chess/Cadet records.Here Upchurch is on fire and his playing is at its most mature.The LP consists of instrumental covers of great tracks such as Hendrix's Voodoo Chile and Cross Town Traffic and Paul Simon's America.There are also a brace of Upchurch originals.The highlight of the LP though are the two Charles Stepney originals.On Black Gold Upchurch is backed by some 36 musicians with strings,voices and horns leading to an electrifying orchestral piece.Stepney also arranges the majority of the LP.As for Upchurch's playing well it is not too heavy and features a large amount of tremelo work to highlight phrases.Another hidden gem on Cadet .© bruklover © 2000 - 2007

An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s -- guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia -- making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best Chicago soul of Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Riperton, and other greats of the time. This album's easily one of Phil's best -- a mindblowing set of arrangements put together by the groundbreaking producer Charles Stepney -- bringing together bits of jazz, rock, soul, and funk -- all providing the perfect genre-blending space for Upchurch to solo! Given that there's no singer on the set, Phil's work on guitar is a lot freer than you're used to hearing -- in a really great way, one that puts him in a space somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Jimi Hendrix! Brilliant all the way through, with tracks that include "Adam & Charlene", "You Wouldn't You Couldn't Be True", "Crosstown Traffic", "More & More", "Black Gold", "America", and "As You Said". © 1996-2007, Dusty Groove America, Inc.
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Flora Purim - 500 Miles High (1974)

01.O Cantador
03.500 Miles High
04.Cravo e Canela (Cinnamon and Cloves)
06.Uri (The Wind)
07.Jive Talk.

Flora Purim (vocals, percussion)
Milton Nascimento (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Airto (vocals, drums, berimbau, percussion)
Pat Rebillot, Wagner Tiso (electric piano, organ)
David Amaro (acoustic & electric guitars)
Ron Carter (bass)
Robertinho Silva (drums, berimbau, percussion).
Montreux Jazz Festival (07/06/1974); Paramount Sound Studios, LA, CA (07/06/1974).

Recorded when she was at the peak of popularity, a result of her stint with Chick Corea's Return to Forever, 500 Miles High presents Flora Purim in concert at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. Accompanied by an all-star band including guitarist David Amaro, flutist Herbie Mann, keyboardist Pat Rebillot, bass legend Ron Carter, and husband (and star in his own right) Airto Moreira on drums, vocals, and various percussion, the Brazilian songstress delivers a fiery performance that must have been a joy to behold. Strictly speaking, this is really more of a band album than a Flora Purim album, as Airto and the guys are featured for extended instrumental romps. However, when Purim is in the spotlight, her vocal magic lifts the proceedings to a high level. The trademark "500 Miles High" is wilder and more electric than in its Return to Forever studio version. Special guest Milton Nascimento leads the ensemble through his "Cravo e Canela" (Cinnamon and Cloves), a joyously percussive highlight of the show. Elsewhere, Airto joins his wife for a vocal give-and-take while the band cooks along underneath. The lengthy set closer, "Jive Talk," is really more a showcase for him than for his wife, but when it kicks into high gear, it provides a scorching climax highlighted by the twosome's wordless vocals. Although a fine document of her live show, 500 Miles High is probably not the best place to go for an introduction to the vocal artistry of Flora Purim. Stories to Tell and Butterfly Dreams would serve this purpose better, as would Corea's Light as a Feather. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyably eclectic and exciting outing. ~ Jim Newsom.
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Tuesday 8 June 2010

Airto Moreira - I'm Fine How Are You (1977)

01.Im Fine How Are You
02.Meni DeVol
03.La Tumbadora
04.Happy People, The
05.Road Is Hard, The (But Were Going to Make It)
06.La Cumbia de Anders
07.Celebration Suite

Byron Miller - Bass
Flora Purim - Arranger, Producer, Vocals (Background), Vocals
Oscar Neves - Guitar
Ruben Rada - Vocals
Maria Fattoruso - Vocals (Background)
Charles "Icarus" Johnson - Guitar
Laudir DeOliveira - Percussion
Airto Moreira - Percussion, Arranger, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Drums, Producer
Manolo Badrena - Percussion
Hugo Fattoruso - Arranger, Keyboards
Abraham Laboriel, Sr. - Bass
Jaco Pastorius - Bass
Tom Scott - Flute, Saxophone
Raul de Souza - Trombone.

By C. Andrew Hovan
I'm Fine. How Are You?
Warner Bros

As we get ready to wind down the days of summer, it occurred to me that some of my favorite music of the season has always been Latin or Brazilian tinged. Something about that incendiary percussive mix always seems to speak of those warm and lazy afternoons under a shade tree with possibly a margarita on hand. Of those Brazilian artists most closely tied to the innovative jazz climate of the United States, drummer and percussionist Airto Moriera has come up with some of the most interesting concoctions blending the music of his heritage with the advanced harmonic language of American jazz.

The first ripple to reach American audiences would find Airto as part of Chick Corea's Return to Forever in the early '70s, closely followed by a deal with Creed Taylor's CTI label that allowed the percussionist a chance to record his music without much of the commercial concessions that were often applied to CTI products. Both Free and Fingers represent not only some of Airto's best work on record, but also stand as two of the most substantial examples of crossbreeding between contemporary jazz and Brazilian folk traditions.

During the directionless latter part of the '70s, when music found itself in a cloudy funk, Airto seemed to disappear from view. That was until he struck a short-lived deal with Warner Brothers that produced two albums, the first being our topic of discussion here and another highpoint in the Airto catalog. I was first introduced to 1977's I'm Fine. How Are You? as a student of drummer Skip Hadden's while attending Berklee College of Music in the mid-'80s. The authentic 'samba school' format that permeates "The Happy People" was presented as one of the most "in the pocket" samba grooves to he heard on record and its impact has yet to diminish some 25 years after its recording.

Executed flawlessly and recorded with crystal clear presence, the eight tracks that make up this album present Airto at his most diverse. Vocalist Ruben Rada makes both "Meni Devol" and "La Tumbadora" come to life with falsetto forays that soar above Airto's complex and organic groundwork. Furthermore, the percussive battery is supported additionally by masters Manolo Badrena and Laudir de Oliveira (a member of the pop group Chicago at the time). As an added bonus, the late Jaco Pastorius contributes a typically fine lead voice to the dark and brooding "Nativity".

In the final analysis, there's simply so much depth to what's going on here that mere words fail at conveying the scope. Suffice it to say that fans of Brazilian styles and fusion jazz will find much to savor. By the time of Airto's less than thrilling follow up album to I'm Fine. How Are You? , Warner Brothers had decided to limit its jazz output and quickly dropped the percussionist. But for a brief moment, everything came together for an artistically substantial album that demands a compact disc reissue in the near future.
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Emuir Deodato & Airto Moreira - In concert (1973)

01.Do It Again 6:32
02.Spirit of Summer 5:34
03.Parana 6:49
04.Tropea (Whirlwinds) 8:39
05.Branches 7:15
06.Baubles, Bangles and Beads (*) 7:06
07.Skyscraper (*) 11:34.
(*) bonus tracks.
1973,Madison Square Garden NY.

Rick Marotta - Drums
Flora Purim - Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Vocals
Ringo Thielmann - Bass (Electric)
John Giulino - Bass (Electric)
Joe Shepley - Trumpet
George Fattoruso - Drums, Vocals
Deodato - Arranger, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes
Airto Moreira - Percussion, Drums, Vocals
David Amaro - Guitar (Electric), Musical Supervision, String Arrangements
Rubens Bassini - Percussion, Conga
Garnett Brown - Trombone
Burt Collins - Trumpet
Gilmore Digap - Percussion, Conga
Hugo Fattoruso - Arranger, Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Whistle
John Tropea - Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Bob James - Conductor, String Arrangements, Musical Supervision
Joe Temperley - Sax (Baritone).

Recorded live in the Felt Forum of New York City's Madison Square Garden in the wake of Deodato's massive 2001: A Space Odyssey hit, this album has a fairly confusing history. Only three selections, "Do It Again," "Spirit of Summer," and "Tropea" were released on the original slapped-together LP In Concert, and these were combined with Airto Moreira's "Parana" and "Branches," which were recorded at the same concert. In the CD-era, the LP was split up; Deodato's tracks were combined with four unreleased tunes from the concert, giving the CD-buyer 35 more minutes of music, while the two Airto tracks were placed on The Best of Airto. The concert wasn't too eventful from the Deodato fan's point of view; his combo competently grooves on, John Tropea provides a tough rock edge, the brass section sounds overloaded and unintegrated in a concert setting, and Bob James adds unnecessary string charts later. The additional CD tracks are reprises of "2001," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," and "September 13" from Prelude and "Skyscrapers" from Deodato 2 -- which were probably considered too redundant for release in 1974. LP fans will enjoy the Airto tracks, for they are, frankly, more exotically original and invigorating than those of his fellow Brazilian. [Sony reissued the CD with bonus tracks in 2005.] ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide.
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Monday 7 June 2010

Don Grolnick featuring Michael Brecker - Hearts and Numbers (1985)

01.Pointing At The Moon (6:13) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Jeff Mironov, guitar; Will Lee, electric bass; Steve Jordan, drums
02.More Pointing (3:07) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone
03.Pools (5:15) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, fender rhodes; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Jeff Mironov, guitar; Will Lee, electric bass; Peter Erskine, drums
04.Regrets (5:13) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Bob Mann, guitar; Tom Kennedy, acoustic bass; Peter Erskine, drums
05.The Four Sleepers (5:27) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Jeff Mironov, guitar; Marcus Miller, electric bass; Peter Erskine, drums
06.Human Bites (5:21) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Hiram Bullock, guitar; Steve Jordan, drums; Peter Erskine, drums
07.Act Natural (5:01) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Jeff Mironov, guitar; Peter Erskine, cymbals
08.Hearts And Numbers (3:05) [Don Grolnick]
Don Grolnick, piano, synthesizer; Clifford Carter, synthesizer programing.

Don Grolnick - piano (on 1-5,8) synthesizer (on 1,2,4-8)
fender rhodes (on 3)
Clifford Carter - synthesizer programing (on 1,2,4-8)
Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone (on 1-7)
Jeff Mironov - guitar (on 1,3,5,7)
Bob Mann - guitar (on 4)
Hiram Bullock - guitar (on 6)
Will Lee - electric bass (on 1,3)
Marcus Miller - electric bass (on 5)
Tom Kennedy - acoustic bass (on 4)
Steve Jordan - drums (on 1,6)
Peter Erskine - drums (on 3-7).
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Gato Barbieri & Don Cherry - Togetherness (1965)

01. Togetherness One
First Movement
Second Movement
third Movement
02. Togetherness Two
Fourth Movement
Fifth Movement.

Don Cherry(cornet)
Lee Gato Barbieri(ts)
Carlhans Berger(vib)
J.F.Jenny Clark(b)
Aldo Romano(d).

From Don Cherry 's audiotape recorded on Spring 1965 (A1-A3) and Summer 1965 (B1,2). In the Italian original the two different recording dates are called "Togetherness One" and "Togetherness Two". This is the re-release of the album "Togetherness" on Durium in the US with new liner notes in 1976. Here there is only one piece with five movements, the album title has been dropped.
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Astor Piazzolla - Años de Soledad - (1972-84)

03.La muerte del angel
04.Verano porteno
06.Anos de soledad
07.Milonga del angel
08.La muerte del angel
09.Resurreccion del angel
10.Trizteza de un doble a

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Astor Piazzolla y su Quinteto Tango Nuevo - Otoño porteño (1984)

Muerte del ángel
Resurrección del ángel
Tristeza de un doble A
Adiós Nonino
Chin chin
Otoño porteño.

Astor Piazzolla (bn, arr, dir)
Fernando Suárez Paz (vn)
Pablo Ziegler (p)
Oscar López Ruiz (g)
Héctor Console (b).
1984, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
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