When an iconic pianist like Chick Corea gets together with such modern masters as bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the music they create together is absolutely magical.
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2019 marked 80 years since German immigrant Alfred Lion produced his first Blue Note recording session in NYC, and Universal Music is honoring that historic moment with several reissues and new release series unearthing the legacy of maybe the best jazz label of all time.
An awesome and essential reference book containing 100 of the best jazz albums ever produced, carefully and expertly annotated both for the jazz fan and for those who are taking their first steps in the genre.
A previously unissued quartet performance in pristine sound quality by the great saxophonist Barney Wilen! This wonderful concert finds him playing at the Keystone Korner in Tokyo, Japan, on February 11th, 1991. This 2-CD edition contains a 20-page booklet with rare and previously unpublished photographs from the tour courtesy of Oliver Hutman, and special annotations by Hutman, Gilles Naturel, Patrick Wilen (Barney's son) and jazz journalist Bruno Pfeiffer.
One of a handful of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz, Charlie Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time. He could play remarkably fast lines that, if slowed down to half speed, would reveal that every note made sense. "Bird," along with his contemporaries Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, is considered a founder of bebop. Parker's remarkable technique, fairly original sound, and ability to come up with harmonically advanced phrases that could be both logical and whimsical were highly influential. The incomparable life and extraordinary, trailblazing career of jazz titan and influential composer Charlie Parker will be honored throughout 2020 with a worldwide celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth (August 29, 1920).
The city of Kraków, Poland is as far from Jazz Meccas of New York and Chicago as music of Polish-French composer Frédéric Chopin differs from free jazz improvisation. So, it might come as a surprise, that one of the most creative forces in contemporary music of the 21st century made its home just here, in Kraków. We are taking about Not Two Records, an independent record label specializing in contemporary, improvised, free jazz; whose creative output and growing influence is incomparable to any other jazz outlet in the world today. Founded in 1998 by Marek Winiarski, Not Two continues to regularly releasing albums and box-set from musicians Ken Vandermark, Barry Guy or Mats Gustafsson, among others, and keeps pushing and expanding the frontiers of jazz idiom, the meaning of true avant-garde, and the new ways of capturing this live art form.
STREET OF DREAMS is Scott Hamilton’s seventh recording for Blau Records and the fourth, in Benicàssim with the same band featuring the pianist Dena Derose. Her musical bond with Hamilton achieves almost perfect harmony on this album, while Ignasi González on bass and Jo Krause on drums build a rhythmic section that enables Hamilton to move lyrically as the sound unfolds impeccably. The repertoire is once again focused on the classic North American songbook of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Nacio Herb Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Chano Well ...