miles davis. the original mono recordings. columbia legacy. Back to the well, nine classic miles’ from 1956 ( ’round midnight) to 1961 (someday my prince will come) demonstrate the assured genius of trumpeter davis as well as the sound purity in mono. who knew.
herbie hancock. rarities sampler. columbia legacy. Burnishing herbie hancock’s fiery jazz piano live performances circa 1974-81, many are from his Tokyo, Japan concerts. long cues, released for the first time.
tim berne’s snakeoil. shadow man. ECM. Much as i bow to the ECM musical aesthetic, sometimes it just does not happen for me; tim berne’s most recent snakeoil is a hard sell, though the personnel are first rate–berne on alto/composition; oscar noriega, clarinets; matt mitchell, assorted pianos; ches smith, drums, vibes, percussion. there is a lot going on here for careful listeners.
samuel blaser consort in motion. a mirror to machaut. songlines. Swiss trombonist blaser regroups his consort in motion after the passing of drummer paul motion in 2012. their focus –2 late medieval French composers, guillaume de machout + guillaume dufay–recognizes the modern lines in these liturgical & troubadour pieces. i wandered in & listened to all. leader blaser’s jazz arrangements honor the original writing, and dive into the future. stellar ensemble: gerry hemingway, percussion; russ lossing, piano; drew gress, double bass; joachim badenhorse, assorted reeds.
archie shepp/ attica blues orchestra. i hear the sound. archieball/harmonia mundi. Live French recording that re-creates archie shepp’s 1972 Attica blues tribute to the 1971 rebellion at Attica prison, NY. organized by saxophonist shepp, the American team includes amina claudine myers, don moye, reggie washington, vocalist cecile mclorin salvant — with musicians from the Paris jazz world and Paris Conservatory. spicing it up are band members from Marseille and the southern Var–vocalist marion rampal on quiet dawn is superb.
ricardo silveira/vinicius canatuaria. RSVC. adventure. Smooth guitar duets from two of Brazil’s finest: ricardo silveira, electric & acoustic; vinicius cantuaria, percussion & acoustic; everybody sings. Breezy originals playlist that enjoys its fun percussion loops as well as silveira’s polished, deep, plugged-in electric sound; no guitar slouches these two. thanks to adventure music.
sergio galvao. phantom fish. pimenta. Long overdue debut cd from Brazilian saxophonist sergio galvao. spotlights galvao’s original compositions & NYC/Latin-inflected jazz musicians: claudio roditi on flugel; leni stern + alex nolan, guitar; amanda muzza, bass; chris stover, trombone; leo genovese + aruan ortiz, pianos; mauricio zottarelli, drums. lovely Brazilian suggestions .
bela fleck w/ brooklyn rider/ nashville symphony. the imposter. DGG. Two pieces of classical music here: the impostor, 36 minute, 3 movement concerto for banjo and orchestra + night flight over water, a 25 minute quintet for banjo and string quartet–enter: brooklyn rider, string wizards from the northeast. Calling all crossover DJs.
george cotsirilos. variations. OA2. Mostly originals from rhythm trio led by San Francisco guitarist george cotsirilos; robb fisher on bass; ron marabuto drums. bossa feel.
deric dickens. oh lovely appearance. self. Homage to American folk music archivist alan lomax performed by an unusual trio: drummer/leader deric dickens; cornetist kirk knuffke; and guitarist jesse lewis. nothing predictable here, but listening quality does not suffer from too much fussy; trio of instruments sing together, then slide around the melodies. pleasant surprise.
betty bryant. iteration +. bry-mar. Vocalist from Kansas City who really plays the piano with her vocals. playlist is mostly standards, many previously covered by bryant– kind of a Best of Bryant collection. easy, fun listening; bryant has a good time with her music.
dave keller. soul changes. tastee-tone. Discovered by bluesman ronnie earl, soul singer/guitarist keller plays two sessions on his new release: Memphis with the hi rhythm section plus bobby manual, lester snell; and Brooklyn with the revelations — wes mingus, gintas janusonis, ben swerin, adam klipple + many horns. good.
eric jeradi band. everybody’s waiting. niche. Ohio native guitar vocalist jeradi leads blues trio with gary gates, bass guitar, vocals; adam wheeler, percussions, vocals; originals playlist. budweiser endorsement, a little excessive-website, etc.
davis coen. get back in. soundview. Charleston, SC blues singer/guitarist coen singin’ originals with full-service arrangements; jessie munson, violin solo on pigtails; eric carlton, Hammond B-3 on singing in my spirit; honky-tonk piano of robert chaffe throughout + pedal & lap steel from richard alan ford; mandolin, johnny ciaramitaro.
bo-keys. electraphonic singles. self. Memphis, TN band compilation of upcoming 45 vinyl releases from one of the premier bands in the retro soul/ r & b-esque universe. dark end of the street, ‘more than one lifetime, writing on the wall–drop the needle anywhere.
— Happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah