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lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017

Joe Venuti & George Barnes • Gems



This matchup between violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist George Barnes works quite well. With fine accompaniment from rhythm guitarist Bob Gibbons, bassist Herb Mickman and drummer Jake Hanna, the lead voices are free to romp on the ten standards. There are many high points, including "I Want to Be Happy," "Oh Baby," "Hindustan" and "Lady Be Good."


domingo, 17 de diciembre de 2017

Mike Mainieri • Blues On The Other Side



Mike Mianieri es un vibrafonista estadounidense de jazz y jazz fusion.

Nacido en una familia de músicos, los estudios musicales de Mike Mainieri comenzaron muy pronto. Con 14 años giraba al frente de su propio trío de jazz al lado de la Orquesta de Paul Whiteman, y con 17 formaba parte del sexteto de Buddy Rich, banda con la que permaneció hasta 1962 y de la que era, además, arreglista. Durante ese período inicial, Mainieri levo a cabo una intensa actividad como músico de estudio, grabando una cierta cantidad de discos pop,1 tocó con figuras tan importantes como Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman o Wes Montgomery, y recibió, con tan sólo 18 años el Premio Internacional de la Crítica.2

En 1962 se une al grupo de jazz rock Jeremy & The Satyrs, al lado de su líder, el flautista Jeremy Steig y de Warren Bernhardt, Donald MacDonald, Adrian Guilery, o Eddie Gomez. La banda actuaría en el famoso Club Go Go de Nueva York junto a artistas como Frank Zappa o Jimi Hendrix, y acabaría convirtiéndose en el germen del que se constituiría la famosa White Elephant Orchestra, una Big band experimental con miembros tan respetados como George Young, Frank Vacari, Michael Brecker, y Ronny Cuber (as, ts, bs), Barry Rogers y Jon Pierson (tb), Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, y Randy Brecker (tp) y una sección rítmica de lujo: Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Donald MacDonald, Warren Bernhardt, Joe Beck, David Spinozza, y Hugh McCraken. Entre 1969 y 1972 la White Elephant actuó y grabó en los mejores clubs y estudios de Nueva York, influenciando enormemente a bandas seminales del jazz fusion que se originarían a partir de ella, como Dreams, The Brecker Brothers, Ars Nova, L'Images, etc.2

A finales de los 70, Mainieri funda la legendaria banda de jazz fusion Steps Ahead, que se convertiría en una plataforma para jóvenes músicos y por la que pasarían Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, Don Grolnick, Peter Erskine, Eliane Elias, Rachel Z, Victor Bailey, Warren Bernhardt, Chuck Loeb, Darryl Jones, Mike Stern, Jimi Tunnel, Joe Henderson, Marcus Miller, Joe Lovano, Larry Coryell, o Jim Hall, entre otros muchos.

En 1992 funda su propio sello discográfico, NYC Records, bajo el que graban nuevas figuras como Zachary Breaux, Rachel Z, George Garzone, Myron Walden, o Philip DeGruy, además del nuevo proyecto de Mainieri al lado de músicos como Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Eddie Gomez, o Peter Erskine (American Diary) y -como no- su Steps Ahead.

Reconocido principalmente como un gran vibrafonista de jazz, el talento de Mainieri abarca asimismo los campos de la producción, arreglos y composición musical. A través de una exitosa carrera que comprende ya cinco décadas, Mike ha colaborado con las más grandes figuras del jazz, ha registrado un gran número de grabaciones y ha contribuido al descubrimiento de no pocos nuevos talentos.2 El talento de Mainieri y el respeto que impone su trayectoria son aspectos bien conocidos por la crítica.

Como compositor, arreglista y ejecutante, Mike ha contribuido participado en más de 100 álbumes de oro y platino. Una figura conocida más allá del ámbito del jazz, Mainieri ha trabajado, entre otros, con Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, James Taylor, Dire Straits o Bonnie Raitt. Además, ha sido el productor de artistas como George Benson, Andy Summers, o los integrantes de Steps Ahead, Bendik o Rachel Z.

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Michael T. Mainieri, Jr. (born July 4, 1938, the Bronx, New York City) is an American vibraphonist best known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead.

Mainieri was a pioneer in introducing an electronic vibraphone, known as a "synth-vibe" and has recorded with such musicians as Buddy Rich, Wes Montgomery and Jeremy Steig. He performed for a live album by Laura Nyro, and was featured on several tracks from the Dire Straits album Love Over Gold as well as on "Ride Across the River" on the album Brothers in Arms. He performed on the albums "Heads" by Bob James Heart To Heart by David Sanborn and Tiger in the Rain by Michael Franks. He has also released numerous albums and videos as a leader for a variety of labels, most notably his 1980 album for Warner Bros. entitled Wanderlust, which featured Michael Brecker and other members of Steps Ahead. There is good video footage of Mainieri performing live with David Sanborn, Neil Larsen, Robben Ford, etc. on David Sanborn's Live At Montreux 1984 DVD as part of bonus footage from 1981.

As a producer, he produced three albums for Carly Simon.

Mainieri married singer-songwriter/harpist Dee Carstensen in 1993. They have a daughter, Ruby Anna. Mainieri also has 5 children from previous marriages. Michelle, Maria and Melissa and two sons, Michael and Jonathan.


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sábado, 16 de diciembre de 2017

The Ventures • Play Telestar



Geno Delafose • French Rockin' Boogie



Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1972 in Eunice, Louisiana[1]) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father was the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.
Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father's band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player[2] and continued to play with the band until his father's death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.
In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin' Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays. He released two more albums on the label, before signing with Times Square Records label to release Everybody's Dancin' in 2003.
He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 by Vanguard Records.
He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album" category for his 2007 album Le Cowboy Creole.
Delafose lives in Duralde, near Eunice, Louisiana, where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually at the ranch. [Wiki]

Review by Rose of Sharon Witmer
This is the first CD by zydeco accordionist Geno Delafose. The name of the record, French Rockin' Boogie, is also the name of his backup group, a fine array of musicians including several family members. For as is often true in Louisiana, playing music is a family affair. Such is the case for Geno Delafose, who got his start at the age of eight in his father's band. When the great John Delafose retired, his son took over the band. By then, the younger Delafose was adept at making music on both the button and piano accordions. The sound of this musical artist is unique. In some ways, it is quite traditional Creole music, but it is pepped up with influences from the R&B and country-rock traditions. It is, above all, dance music. And Geno Delafose, with his country cowboy persona, has them smiling and dancing wherever he goes. The recording gives the listener a good sampling of the range of this master accordionist's capabilities. The title cut takes off fast to let you know the man can rock. But, as with the horses that Delafose raises, there are many changes of pace. Stirring waltzes such as "Wedding Day Waltz" are interspersed with ballads and traditional jures. Standout tunes include "Ris et la Gres" (Rice and Gravy) and "One Lie (Leads to Another)." There's nothing like a good two-step to get the blood pumping, and there are plenty of those dance favorites on the record. As Delafose admonishes on the last track, "Watch Your Step."


viernes, 15 de diciembre de 2017

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica • Third River Rangoon



An original and modern exploration of chamber, jazz, classical, and world sounds inspired by the escapism of the 1950s exotica genre, led by composer, vibraphonist, and multi-percussionist Brian "Mr. Ho" O'Neill
Feauturing Albanian flute and bass flute specialist Geni Skendo, Japanese percussionist Noriko Terada (Flangia, Women of the World), bassist Jason Davis (Earthsound, Choro Democratico), and special guest Tev Stevig (Klezwoods, Kafana) on oud.


Beegie Adair • The Ultimate Christmas Playlist



Beegie Adair is a prolific, award-winning jazz pianist and arranger known for her interpretations of jazz and popular standards and show tunes. She has sold over two-million recordings globally. Her melodic, fleet-fingered style reflects the sounds of her major influences, including George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Erroll Garner.
Adair grew up in Cave City, Kentucky, where she began taking piano lessons at age five. She continued to study piano throughout college, earning a B.S. in Music Education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. During and after college, she played in jazz bands, and spent three years teaching music to children before moving to Nashville, where she became a session musician, working at WSM-TV and on The Johnny Cash Show (1969-1971). She and her husband also started a jingle company to write music for commercials.
In 1982, she and saxophonist Denis Solee formed the Adair-Solee Quartet, which evolved into the Be-Bop Co-Op, a jazz sextet. In 1998, she released Escape to New York, her first trio-led date with a rhythm section consisting of Bob Cranshaw and Gregory Hutchinson.
She signed to the fledgling Hillsboro label for 2001's Dream Dancing: The Songs of Cole Porter; bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown joined her. Dream Dancing was the first of dozens of themed albums devoted to songwriters and singers. In 2002, she was named a Steinway Artist.
Most of Adair's recordings have been issued by the independent jazz label Green Hill Productions. They include 2008's Yesterday: A Solo Piano Tribute to the Music of the Beatles, 2010's Swingin' with Sinatra, and 2012's The Real Thing (which spent 20 weeks on the jazz charts and was chosen one of the year's best 100 jazz albums). In 2015, her trio collaborated with saxophonist Don Aliquo on Too Marvelous for Words.
Since 2011, Adair and her trio have played Birdland in New York. While visiting, they have often collaborated with vocalist Monica Ramey. In the spring of 2016, that partnership bore fruit on the album Some Enchanted Evening. ~by William Ruhlmann


Herbie Mann • Тhe Herbie Mann String



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Decorative Art • Albert Jacquemart



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jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017

VA • 50 Soul Jazz Classics



Jimmy Smith,Jimmy McGriff,Quincy Jones,Grant Green,Jack McDuff,Herbie Hancock,Duke Pearson,Blue Mitchell,Lou Donaldson,Lee Morgan,Hank Mobley,Les McCann,Dorothy Ashby,Donald Byrd,Larry Young,Kenny Burrell,Ramsey Lewis,Willie Bobo,Roy Ayers,Shirley Scott,Horace Silver,Bobby Hutcherson,Ike Quebec,Baby Face Willette,Stanley Turrentine,Howard Roberts,Benny Golson,Archie Shepp ...