mardi 30 novembre 2010

Ray Charles - What'D I Say (1959)

This Post is dedicated to Dorra. I know you will enjoy. Hey Dorra , Everything's gonna be allright! :)

I'm not one to interpret my own songs, but if you can't figure out "What'd I Say", then something's wrong. Either that, or you're notaccustomed to the sweet sounds of love.
                                                           Ray Charles
Tracklist :
 1. What'd I Say   5:07
 2. Jumpin' In The Morning   2:48
 3. You Be My Baby   2:31
 4. Tell Me How Do You Feel   2:43
 5. What Kind Of Man Are You   2:51
 6. Rockhouse (Parts I & II)   3:56
 7. Roll With Me Baby   2:39
 8. Tell All The World About You   2:03
 9. My Bonnie   2:50
10. That's Enough   2:45

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lundi 29 novembre 2010

The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Les Stances a Sophie (1970)

In 1970, the members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago were living as expatriats in Paris. The group had only recently expanded to its permanent quintet status with the addition of drummer/percussionist Don Moye when they were asked by New Wave director Moshe Misrahi to provide the soundtrack for his movie, Les Stances a Sophie. The music was never used in the film but, luckily, i twas recorded. The result was one of the landmark records of the burgeoning avant-garde of the time and, simply put, one of the greatest jazz albums ever. On two of the tracks, the Art Ensemble is joined by vocalist Fontella Bass, at the time the wife of trumpeter  Lester Bowie and riding the success of her pop-soul hit Rescue Me. She's featured most prominently on the opening number, Theme De Yoyo, an astounding piece that has achieved legendary status as the finest fusion of funk and avant-garde jazz ever recorded. The mix is indeed seamless, with Moye and Favors laying down a throbbing, infectious groove, Bass singing the surreally erotic lyrics with enormous soul and the horn players soloing with ecstatic abandon. The remaining pieces cover a wide range stylistically with no less beauty and imagination, including two variations on a theme by Monteverdi, intense free improvising and soft, deeply probing sonic investigations.Their extensive knowledge of prior jazz styles, love of unusual sound sources (the so-called "little instruments) and fearless exploration of the furthest reaches of both instrumental and compositional possibilities came into full flower on this record.
                                                      By Brian Olewnick (Allmusic Review)
Tracklist :
 1. Thème De Yo-Yo   9:06
 2. Thème De Céline   3:03
 3. Variations Sur Un Thème De Monteverdi (I, II, III)   4:47
 4. Thème De l'Amour Universel   3:52
 5. Proverbes (I, II, III)   3:56
 6. Thème "Libre"   8:53

Credits :
Fontella Bass : Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Lester Bowie : Flugelhorn, Percussion, Trumpet
Malachi Favors : Bass, Percussion
Joseph Jarman : Flute, Percussion, Sax (Alto, Tenor and Soprano)
Roscoe Mitchell : Clarinet, Flute, Sax (Alto, Tenor and Soprano)
Famoudou Don Moye : Drums

dimanche 28 novembre 2010

Bill Evans - Further Conversations With Myself (1967)

For Bill Evans’ second solo record of unaccompanied but overdubbed piano solo, he decided to simplify the concept used in Conversations With Myself (Which had him playing three pianos) by only playing two this time. This straight CD reissue of the original LP (which is given additional new liner notes) is brief in time, but Evans plays quite well throughout. In particular, his versions of Johnny Mandel’s « Emily » and « Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town » are most memorable. A thoughtful and spontaneous sounding set of melodic music.     

                                            Scott Yanow (Allmusic Review)

Tracklist :
 1. Emily   4:54
 2. Yesterdays   3:49
 3. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town   3:45
 4. Funny Man   3:44
 5. The Shadow Of Your Smile   8:02
 6. Little Lulu   2:50
 7. Quiet Now   7:53

Majid Bekkas - African Gnawa Blues (2001)

Majid Bekkas, oud and guembri virtuoso, guitar professor and singer, has long been a star in his home country Morocco. Over the last few years, he has found his way into the European jazz scene through his collaborations with Archie Shepp, Louis Sclavis, Flavio Boltro or Klaus Doldinger. Abdelmajid Bekkas was born and still lives in Salé, Morocco. He studied classical guitar and oud at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat and learnt Gnawa music through the teachings of the master Ba Houmane. Gnawa appeared in the 16th century. During the conquest of Sudan, Ahmed El Mansour Dahbi set up the first trading and cultural links between Timbuktu, near Zagora where Bekkas comes from, and Marrakech. The secular music is still considered the "healer of souls" from Essaouira to Marrakech, easily understandable when you listen to the spellbinding sound of Bekkas´ voice, guembri and guitar. Like a watermark, the mystery of Africa can be felt in the backround, alongside the blues. Gnawa´s intact purity is the essence of the authenticity. By claiming to be part of Africa, the mother of the blues and ist numerous offspring such as funk, Bekkas is placing Gnawa in its primary dimension. By opening the spectrum (including elements of contemporary western music), Bekkas attains a universal status that is nurtured by the path he travelled. These include: jazz, alongside pioneers such as Peter Brötzmann, Archie Shepp, Flavio Boltro, Louis Sclavis.
With "Daymallah" Bekkas represents Morocco on the award-winning CD compilation "Desert Blues 2". He already performed at several international festivals, such as WOMEX Sevilla 2003, Gaume Jazz Festival, Huyart Festival, Grenoble Jazz Festival, Festival de Essaouira, ...
Bekkas´ openness and ability to balance modernism and memory with a rare talent that knews no compromise, frees the music from the stamp of time. The memory is that of pain and wisdom, of songs that come from the slaves of Africa.

Tracklist :
 1. African Blues   7:02
 2. Marahba   6:02
 3. Hamdouchi   8:44
 4. Youbadi   6:43
 5. Balini   7:55
 6. Daymallah   7:08
 7. Sandiye   5:54
 8. Galou   6:46
 9. Soudani Manayou   9:18
10. Mawama   4:57

The Five Keys - It's a Groove (1982)

Tracklist :
 1. Hucklebuck With Jimmy   2:16
 2. How Do You Expect Me To Get It   1:53
 3. Old MacDonald   2:44
 4. Why Oh Why   3:03
 5. Serve Another Round   2:21
 6. I'm So High   2:30
 7. The Glory Of Love   3:01
 8. Rockin' & Cryin' Blues   2:15
 9. She's The Most   2:05
10. It's A Groove   1:47
11. From The Bottom Of My Heart   2:37
12. Close Your Eyes   2:12
13. Now Don't That Prove I Love You   1:53
14. That's Right   2:28
15. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind   2:11
16. My Pigeon's Gone   2:15

samedi 27 novembre 2010

Miles Davis - Recording Sessions in 1956 (4 albums)

The story of these recordings has been retold many times in jazz literature. In the late summer of 1955, Davis recruited four mostly unknown musicians for his first working band (the “First Great Quintet”): John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. They recorded six tracks in Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack studio on November 16, 1955, that became the Prestige LP The New Miles Davis Quintet. Then Davis was offered an attractive recording contract by Columbia. In order to sign it, he had to satisfy the terms of his Prestige contract by making four more albums. In two epic sessions, on May 11 and October 26, 1956, Davis’ band recorded 26 tracks, all first takes. They became the Prestige LPs Workin’, Steamin’, Cookin’ and Relaxin’. Probably no jazz artist has ever recorded so many masterpieces in such a condensed window of studio time.
                                                            Thomas Conrad (
Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet

Tracklist  :
 1. My Funny Valentine
 2. Blues By Five
 3. Airegin
 4. Tune Up/ When The Lights Are Low

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis

Tracklist :
 1. If I Were A Bell
 2. You're My Everything
 3. I Could Write A Book
 4. Oleo
 5. It Could Happen To You
 6. Woody'n You

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis

Tracklist :
 1. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
 2. Salt Peanuts
 3. Something I Dreamed Last Night
 4. Diane
 5. Well, You Needn't
 6. When I fall In Love

Workin' With The Miles Davis

Tracklist : 
 1. It Never Entered My Mind
 2. Four
 3. In Your Own Sweet Way
 4. The Theme (Take 1)
 5. Trane's Blues
 6. Ahmad's Blues
 7. Half Nelson
 8. The Theme (Take 2)

vendredi 26 novembre 2010

Jan Garbarek & Ustad Fateh Ali Khan - Ragas And Sagas (1992)

This is how world music ought to be! A magnificient fusion between unique Jan Garbarek's saxophone sound and the resonnant voices of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan ( not to be confused with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and Deepika Thathaal. A bewitching masterpience...Enjoy the journey!
Tracklist :
 1. Raga I   8:40
 2. Saga   5:25
 3. Raga II   13:05
 4. Raga III   11:53
 5 .Raga IV   12:56

Credits :
Ustad Fateh Ali Khan : Voice
Jan Garbarek : Soprano, tenor saxophones
Ustad Shaukat Hussain : Tabla
Ustad Nazim Ali Khan : Sarangi
Deepika Thathaal : Voice
Manu Katché : Drums (Saga)

Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame (1960)

Open Sesame is the first Freddie Hubbard's recording as a leader... His first Blue Note set.. His finest recordong overall. Open Sesame has been summerized by The Penguin Guide To Jazz as " a great Blue Note set"
Tracklist :
1. Open Sesame
2. But Beautiful
3. Gypsy Blue
4. All or Nothing at All
5. One Mint Julep
6. Hub's Nub

Credits :
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet
Tina Brooks - Tenor Saxophone
McCoy Tyner - Piano
Sam Jones - Bass
Clifford Jarvis - Drums

jeudi 25 novembre 2010

Archie Shepp - Yasmin, A Black Woman (1969)

This fine1969 offering from tenor and soprano saxophonist Archie Shepp finds theartist deep within the progressive, politically charged aesthetics and fiery playing that characterized his best avant-garde work.  
YASMINA marks Shepp's first meeting with members of the Chicago avant jazz scene, namely Lester Bowie and Roscoe Mitchell from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.There are several other guests here, including Philly Joe Jones and Hank Mobley, that make this exploratory set not only an excellent example of heavy late-'60s out jazz, but an unexpectedly swingin' one.
Tracklist :
 1. Yasmina   20:26
 2. Sonny's Back  14:02
 3. Body And Soul   6:26

Credits :

Archie Shepp (saxophone)
Roscoe Mitchell (reeds)
Lester Bowie (trumpet)
Clifford Thornton (cornet)
Dave Burrell (piano)
Malachi Favors (double bass)
Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Sunny Murray (drums)

L'Orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio - Sona (2006)

 L'Orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio represents an authentic and unique experience. 17 musicians, 10 countries and 4 continents...World music in its pure sense! Fusion of cultures, musical backgrounds , differents melodies, new sounds, personal experiences... Highly Recommanded!

Tracklist : 
  1. Sona   5 :14
  2. Ena Fintidaarh'k   5 :00
  3. Fela   4 :16
  4. Helo Rama Per   4 :36
  5. Laila   6 :11
  6. Balesh Tebsni   6 :23
  7. Ena Andi   3 :29
  8. Sandina   6 :21
  9. Vagabundo Soy   3 :14
 Credits : 

Houcine Ataa (Tunisia) vocals
Peppe D’Argenzio (Italy) sax, bass clarinet
Evandro Cesar Dos Reis (Brazil) vocals, classical and electric guitar, cavaquinho
Omar Lopez Valle  (Cuba) trumpet, flugelhorn
Awalys Ernesto “El Kiri” Lopez Maturell (Cuba) drums, congas, hands, feet, background vocals
John Maida (United States) violin
Eszter Nagypal  (Hungary)  cello
Gaia Orsoni (Italy)  viola
Carlos Paz (Ecuador)  vocals, Andean flutes
Pino Pecorelli (Italy) double bass, electric bass
Raul “Cuervo” Scebba  (Argentina) marimba, glockenspiel, congas, percussions, background vocals
El Hadji “Pap” Yeri Samb (Senegal)  vocals, djembe, dumdum, sabar, shaker
“Kaw” Dialy Mady Sissoko (Senegal)  vocals, kora, feet
Giuseppe Smaldino  (Italy)  French horn
Ziad Trabelsi (Tunisia) oud, vocals
Mohammed Bilal (India) harmonium, castanets
Amrit Hussain (India)  tabla

mercredi 24 novembre 2010

Rare 1930's Blues 1934-1937

The artists on this discprovide not only some fascinating blues in the 1930's styles but plenty of discographical and biographical mysteries. Their very excellence, coupled with their obscurity, demonstrates that the blues recorded in Chicago during that decade were capable of considerable depth and variety and should be not casually written off with reference to such stereotypes as the "Bluebird Beat" or the heavy hand of producer Lester Melrose.              
                                                                                                  David Evans         
Tracklist : 
         LOUISIANA JOHNNY & KID BEECHER (1934-1937)
 1. Charity Blues
 2. Show Me What You Got For Sale
 3. True Man Blues 
 4. Hard Working Man
 5. When My Baby Leaves Home
 6. Cherry Hill Blues
 7. Razor Cuttin' Man
 8. Whiskey Head Woman
 9. Three-Six-Nine Blues
10. Policy Blues
         ARKANSAS SHORTY (1936)
11. Mr. So And So Blues
12. Blue As I Can Be
13. Whippin' That Jelly
14. Double Crossing Buddy
15. from One To Twelve
16. Greyhound Blues
          JOHN D. TWITTY & LITTLE BILL (1937)
17. A Gang Of Trouble (Take 1)
18. A Gang Of Trouble (Take 2)
19. Walking Blues
20. John D. Blues
21. Sold It To The Devil
22. You Can't Love Me And Someone Else
23. Camp Meeting In The Air
24. Death Of The Gambler

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Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions (2009)

Tracklist : 
 1. Imidiwan Afrik Tendam (My Friends From All Over Africa)  3:32
 2. Lulla  3:49
 3. Tenhert  (The Doe)  5:29  
 4. Enseqi Ehad Didagh (I Lie Down Tonight)  5:41
 5. Tahult In (My Salutation) 4:10
 6. Tamudjeras Assis (Regret Is Like A Worm)  4:52
 7. Intitlayaghen   4:49
 8. Imazeghen N Adagh (Touareg Of The Adagh) 3:46
 9. Tenalle Chegret (The Lonh Thread)   5:44
10. Kel Tamashek (The Tamashek People)  3:17
11. Assuf Ag Assuf (Assuf Son Of Assuf)   4:54
12. Chabiba (Youth)  3:22
13. Ere Tasfata Adounia (He Who Values Life)  4:54
14. Desert Wind  4:20

Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings (1955)

Tracklist : 
 1. Let's Get Lost   3:43
 2. This Is Always   3:06
 3. Long Ago And Far Away   3:57
 4. Someone To Watch Over Me   3:01
 5. Just Friends   2:43
 6. I Wish I Knew   3:59
 7. Daybreak   2:41
 8. You Don't Know What Love Is   4:50
 9. Grey December   3:41
10. I Remember You   3:15
11. Let's Get Lost (Ep Take)   2:57

Credits : 
Chet Baker : Vocal & Trumpet
Russ Freeman : Piano
Bob Neel : Drums
Red Mitchell , Carson Smith : Bass
Bud Shank  :Flute
Corky Hale : Harp
Ed Lustgarten, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin, Kurt Reher : Cellos

mardi 23 novembre 2010

Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings (2004)

Tracklist :
 1. Kindhearted Woman Blues  2:52
 2.  I believe i will dust my Broom   2:59
 3.  Sweet Home Chicago   2:58
 4. Rambling on my Mind   2:52
 5.  When you got a Good friend   2:38
 6. Come on in my Kitchen   2:51
 7. Terraplane Blues   3:01
 8. Phonograph Blues   2:40
 9.  32-20 Blues   2:50
10. They are red  hot   2:58
11. Dead Shrimp Blues   2:31
12. Cross Road Blues   2:40
13. Walking Blues   2:30
14. Last Fair Deal Gone Down   2:39
15. Preaching Blues   2:51
16. If I had Possession Over judgement Day   2:36
17. Stones In My Passway   2:29
18. I am Steady rollin'Man   2:37
19. From Four Till Late   2:24

The Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost (2008)

Tracklist : 
 1. You On the Run   4:53
 2. Doves   4:29
 3. Science Killer   4:45
 4. Mission District   5:12
 5. 18 Years   5:25
 6. Deer-Ree-Shee   5:49
 7. Never  Ever   8:34
 8. Vikings   4:38
 9. You In Color   5:52
10. The Return   4:31
11. Snake In the Grass   16:13
12. Black Angel Exit  Shine (Bonus Track)   9:28

Credits : 
Stephanie Bailey (drums) , Alex Maas (vocals) , Christian Bland (guitar) , Jennifer Raines (organ) , Nathan Ryan (bass).

The Black Angels - Passover (2006)

Tracklist : 
 1. Young Men Dead   5:32
 2. The First Vietnamese War   3:30
 3. The Sniper At The Gates Of Heaven   4:16
 4. The Prodigal Sun   4:25
 5. Black Grease   4:32
 6. Manipulation   5:49
 7. Empire   5:35
 8. Better Off Alone   3:03
 9. Blodhounds On My Trail   3:58
10. Call To Arms   18:06

Credits : 
Stephanie Bailey (drums) , Alex Maas (vocals) , Christian Bland (guitar) , Jennifer Raines (organ) , Nathan Ryan (bass).

lundi 22 novembre 2010

Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music (1971)

Tracklist : 
 1. The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers  9:38
 2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo  8:28
 3. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too  9:30
 4. Taurus In The Arena Of Life  4:21
 5. Hobo Ho  10:11
 6. The Chill Of Death  7:42
 7 .The I Of Hurricane Sue 10:10

Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk (1962)

"Donald Byrd is practically a household name. He possesses a big tone and plays from the heart. He is an Afro-American history scholar and connoisseur of African Art. He's truly an amazing man."
Kenny Washington

Tracklist : 
 1. Say You're Mine   7:23
 2. Duke's Mixture  7:04
 3. Each Time I Think Of You  5:38
 4. The Cat Walk  6:43
 5. Cute  6:20
 6. Hello Bright Sunflower  7:34

Credits : 
Donald Byrd (t) , Pepper Adams (b sax) , Duke Pearson (p) , Laymon Jackson (b) , Philly Joe Jones (d)