egroj world: April 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Howard Roberts • Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar

Louisiana Red • Pretty Woman

Clora Bryant • Gal With a Horn

Nacida en Tejas, se inició en la música como cantante en la iglesia bautista, posteriormente empezó a tocar la trompeta que su hermano dejó al ser llamado a servir en la guerra en 1941, y no paró nunca de tocar hasta 1996 que por razones de salud debió declinar de seguir tocando, si embargo ha seguido cantando esporádicamente y brindando entrevistas.
Estudió en forma autodidacta oyendo a sus ídolos de la trompeta, grabándose a sí misma en una grabadora de cinta y escuchando el resultado para ir mejorando su técnica.
Dizzy y Satchmo, con quienes ha tocado, sintieron admiración por esta dama y junto a Charlie Parker tuvo una jam en un café de California, convirtiéndose en la única mujer que haya tocado con el gran "Bird".
Se tomo un tiempo para criar a sus hijos, volviendo en los '60 con gran suceso en el show de Ed Sullivan y participando en proyectos con otros músicos, en 1989 fue la primer dama del jazz en tocar, en la por aquel entonces Unión Soviética, a pedido del mismísimo Mikhail Gorbachov.

Clora Bryant (born May 30, 1927, in Denison, Texas) is an American jazz trumpeter and as a young girl she fell in love with music and classic southern fish fries. Music came easy for Bryant and as a child she sang in her church’s choir, played piano, and of course the trumpet. Although her mother passed when she was three her father raised her and supported her music career from the very beginning. Her father would take her to Jazz concerts growing up, and during college her father moved her to Los Angeles to pursue her music career and get discovered.
As a teen Bryant traveled around the nation making a name for herself playing the trumpet with all female bands. During that time the trumpet was viewed as a male dominated instrument, but she persevered. During jam sessions in L.A., she liked the song that was being performed she would walk on stage and begin playing, or she would take the trumpet away from another artist like Dizzy Gillespie and play his trumpet. Although Bryant was a skilled trumpeter she was very naïve growing up; she has mentioned times as a young woman in her late teens and early twenties in which she was very confused because she did not know about different sexualities or drugs which became available after she moved to Los Angeles. Clora Bryant is a decorated musician who broke down a lot walls for female musicians, and helped spread jazz across the nation.
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Jimmy Raney • Momentum

This 1974 LP marked a comeback for Jimmy Raney, following his long layoff from the music business in order to make a full recovery from alcoholism. Accompanied by bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson, the guitarist is in terrific form as he explores several standards, a bossa nova-flavored "Nobody Else but Me," and a driving take of "Just Friends." He composed the other two works heard on the date. His piece, "'Momentum," is a reworking of an earlier original he called "Motion," both of which are obviously based upon the chord changes to "You Stepped Out of a Dream." "We'll Be Together" is an original ballad (set to words he wrote earlier, according to liner-note writer Ira Gitler), though it sounds as if it was partially inspired by "Autumn in New York"; it also features a strong solo by Davis. Originally released on MPS and reissued by Pausa, this record has been unavailable for quite some time, but it can be found with a diligent search. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Robert Walter • Super Heavy Organ

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Robert Walter - Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Piano, Melodica and Percussion
Stanton Moore – Drums and Percussion
Johnny Vidacovich – Drums and Cymbals
Tim Green – Tenor Sax
James Singleton – Bass
Anthony Farrell – Vocals

Soul Sounds • Soul Survival

Gloria Coleman • Soul Sisters

Review by Brandon Burke
One probably doesn't hear the name Gloria Coleman thrown around quite as often as other organists of the day. Similarly, the Impulse! label wasn't particularly known as a home for organ combos, but perhaps that's what makes this title the underappreciated gem that it is. Soul Sisters, in retrospect, would have probably made more sense as a Blue Note release, as it has much more in common with sessions like Freddie Roach's Good Move or John Patton's Along Came John than much of the Impulse! catalog. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, though they both worked for other labels as well, guitarist Grant Green and engineer Rudy Van Gelder -- both present on this session -- are virtually synonymous with the Blue Note sound. Green in particular, with his distinct style and patented licks, makes it easy to forget that you aren't listening to any number of different Blue Note titles. Both he and alto saxophonist Leo Wright are in fine form throughout. Unfortunately, fans expecting the blistering maelstrom of a Jimmy Smith/Art Blakey set or the syrupy blues of a John Patton/Ben Dixon session might find themselves a bit underwhelmed. Coleman, while a perfectly competent player in her own right, is simply not up to the level of Smith, Patton, Shirley Scott, or any of the other masters commonly associated with jazz organ. Then again -- and to her credit -- few are. All the same, these details shouldn't impair one's ability to enjoy this record on its own terms. Recommended for fans of the comparable titles listed above if for no other reason than to hear the consistently inspired solos of Wright.

Benny Green • Funky!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Houston Person • Underground Soul

Underground Soul! is the debut album by saxophonist Houston Person which was recorded in 1966 and released on the Prestige label.

Sarah Mclawler & Richard Otto • We Bring You Swing

Artist Biography by Richard Skelly
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Hammond B-3 organist Sarah McLawler was raised in the church with gospel music. She studied organ at an Indiana Conservatory. Influenced heavily by the music of the big bands, McLawler used to sneak into clubs in Indianapolis to hear Lucky Millinder's big band. She ended up going on the road with the bandleader, and later formed an ahead-of-its-time all-woman band, the Syn-Co-Ettes. They spent some time as a house band at Chicago's Savoy Club.
After meeting Richard Otto, a classical violinist who liked to play jazz, at a residency at a Brooklyn club, she married him and the two spent years touring and recording together. As fixtures on the New York jazz scene in the 1950s, they became friends with the likes of Milt Jackson, Errol Garner, Dinah Washington, Cab Calloway, Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others. Washington was so taken with her playing, she once offered to be her manager.
McLawler's singles for the King and Brunswick labels, recorded in the 1950s, are now collectors' items, and they include sides like "I Can't Stop Loving You" "Love, Sweet Love," both for King, as well as "Red Light" "Tipping In" "Let's Get the Party Rocking" and "Blue Room." Her recordings with violinist Otto include "Somehow," "Yesterday" "Body & Soul" for Brunswick, and "Babe in the Woods" "Relax, Miss Frisky" "Flamingo" "Canadian Sunset" and "At the Break of Day" for Vee-Jay.
She continues to perform jazz standards, because she feels a lot of the popular jazz standards have never gotten enough recognition. Her major shows include recent Newport Jazz Festivals and the Newark Jazz Festival. She's based herself in New York City for many years, and can performs periodically at the Novotel hotel there.

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Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes • The Jazz Couriers in Concert

Al-Andalus׃ The Art of Islamic Spain • Metropolitan Museum of Art

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cal Tjader • Soul Burst

Arte de la Iluminación y Alfabetos / Art of Illumination and Alphabets - jp2/jpg

Comprende 3 libros:
A Primer of the Art of Illumination - F Delamotte (1860)
The signist's book of modern alphabets, plain and ornamental, ancient and mediæval, from the eighth to the twentieth century, with numerals -  F Delamotte (1906)
The Book of Ornamental Alphabets -  F Delamotte (1914)

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It comprises 3 books:
A Primer of the Art of Illumination - F Delamotte (1860)
The signist's book of modern alphabets, plain and ornamental, ancient and mediæval, from the eighth to the twentieth century, with numerals -  F Delamotte (1906)
The Book of Ornamental Alphabets -  F Delamotte (1914)

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Hadda Brooks • Swingin' The Boogie

Pianista y compositora, llamada la Reina del Boogie, toca como pocos el Boogie Woogie, siendo altamente recomendable para los que gustan del género.


Pianist and composer, called the Queen of Boogie, plays like few Boogie Woogie, being highly recommended for those who like the genre.

B.B. & The Blues Shacks • Straight Blues Big Swing-Blues Edition

B.B. & The Blues Shacks today have developed into the most successful performers of traditional blues in Europe. Since its formation in 1989, the band from Hildesheim / Germany has established itself as one of the top acts within the blues scene, with countless club and festival appearances all over Europe. With their swinging and shuffling brand of blues from the 1940's and 1950's, together with their own compositions in this style, they are among the most authentic blues bands active today. Whether covering lesser-known classics of the era or performing their own songs, B.B. & The Blues Shacks always show their respect of their idols, such as T-Bone Walker or Sonny Boy Williamson.

But at the same time, the Shacks are very much up to date, incorporating contemporary topics and recent events in their own songs, telling their own stories of today. Although their own compositions sound like they could have been written in the 50's, the imaginative lyrics and creative musical ideas make them sound fresh. .

The band has gathered essential experience by backing up many touring American blues acts such as R.J. Mischo, Kid Ramos and Smokey Wilson, contributing to the further development of their own mature musical expression. Besides their musical prowess, B.B. & The Blues Shacks are an exciting visual live act with a repertoire that encompasses Delta Blues, Swing, Chicago Blues, and West Coast Jump Blues, all the way to 50's style Rock 'n' Roll. This is music for all lovers of charged-up blues shows without any hackneyed clichés! Back to the essentials of electric blues with B.B. & The Blues Shacks!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cal Tjader • Breeze From The East

Review by Stephen Cook Cal Tjader's Breeze from the East combined the vibist's Latin lounge style with kitschy Asian touches. In lieu of the Asian-born material and Lalo Schifrin's airy arrangements found on its predecessor Several Shades of Jade, though, Tjader opted here for Stan Applebaum's self-penned go-go charts. On "Sake and Greens," "Cha," and "Shoji," mod-rock guitar lines shadow Tjader's solos on pat-sounding Oriental scales, while pianist Lonnie Hewitt keeps up a soul-jazz rhythm -- picture '60s-era James Bond on a wild chase through the heart of Tokyo. Tjader's traditionally light, Latin combo approach -- sans much of the Eastern ornamentation -- is still used on standards like "Stardust" and "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" and even worked to somewhat sublime heights on "Fuji" and "Black Orchid." The ultra-smooth Latin jazz sound Tjader favored has always been more infectious than demanding and Breeze from the East's commercialized mod/eastern elements only end up expanding the pop exotica mix. Breeze from the East is only available on a double CD with Several Shades of Jade, but considering the comparable quality of both discs, it's not a bad deal or a kitsch overload.

Yuji Ohno Trio • Lupin III - Jazz the 2nd

Gene Ludwig Trio with Bill Warfield Big Band • Duffs Blues

Review by Ken Dryden
Gene Ludwig is a well-known soul-jazz organist who has had relatively sporadic opportunities to record as a leader during his long career. But the Pittsburgh-based instrumentalist, leading a trio with guitarist Bob DeVos and drummer Rudy Petschauer, shines in a meeting with trumpeter Bill Warfield's big band for a concert at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Ludwig contributed the soulful opener, "Duff's Blues," which showcases the organist and the still brilliant octogenarian trumpeter Joe Wilder. Lee Morgan's exotic "Totem Pole" also features Wilder and tenor saxophonist Dave Riekenberg (the latter a talent deserving of wider recognition). Warfield and Ludwig are the soloists for Woody Shaw's driving hard bop vehicle "The Organ Grinder." There's no mistaking the train influence in DeVos' funky "Dance of the Coal Cars," with the horn section providing the warning to get out of the way. Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" has been a favorite of jazz pianists since it first appeared, though it works equally well in Warfield's subtle arrangement. Beautifully recorded with excellent balance, this concert CD is warmly recommended.

Bobby Hutcherson • Oblique

Friday, April 21, 2017

Frank Wess • Wess To Memphis

A Guitar Maker's Manual, pdf inglés

Herbie Mann • Latin Mann

Raphael Wressnig's Organic Trio • Manic Organic

Katie Webster • Deluxe Edition

Review by Michael B. Smith
Katie Webster plays barrelhouse boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B, Gulf Coast swamp pop, deep bayou blues and Southern gospel-flavored soul like nobody's business; her 35 years of professional piano work has appeared on at least 500 singles, including the original version of "Sea of Love," and countless albums. Music critics and fans around the world acknowledge her as the premier female blues piano player anywhere. Alligator Records' Deluxe Edition collects 15 of her very best tracks from her three albums since 1988, and there isn't a filler track to be found. Webster never once failed to deliver on her sassy and sensuous blend of barrelhouse boogie-woogie. Some of the high points of Deluxe Edition include several duets -- "Love Deluxe" with Vasti Jackson and the classic "Who's Making Love," which finds Kim Wilson (the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and bluesman Robert Cray jamming with the Boogie Queen. Wilson also accompanies Bonnie Raitt and Webster to wail "On the Run." Other standout tracks include her remake of "Sea of Love" and the non-vegetarian "A Little Meat on the Side." "The Love You Save" and "Two Fisted Mama" are sure to go down in the music history books as prime examples of Webster's swamp boogie styles. But perhaps the best cuts of the 15 are the blues-rich vocals and sax of "Try a Little Tenderness," a sure winner, and "Never Let Me Go," a torch-bearing ballad. Alligator's Deluxe Editions are just that -- the best songs by the best artists in their catalog. And Katie Webster ranks right there at the top of that rich list.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chris Foreman • Now Is The Time

Chris Foreman está considerado como uno de los mejores organistas de jazz y blues de la actualidad. Muchos críticos coinciden en que está llamado a ocupar el puesto de músicos como Richard “Groove” Holmes, Mimmy McGriff y Jimmy Smith. “Now Is The Time” es el primer disco de Foreman como líder, en el que se nota todo su talento y versatilidad con los teclados. Con 57 años de edad, Foreman no necesita experimentar nada para mostrarse como el mejor, su experiencia con The Deep Blue Organ Trio y secundando a otros músicos le dan la formación necesaria para adentrarse con propiedad en el mundo de la grabación solista, metiéndose con fuentes que para él son muy conocidas, como el blues y el góspel, intercalando en las versiones seleccionadas el sonido del órgano Hammond B3 con el del piano acústico, un truco que era usado por Jimmy McGriff, uno de sus mentores.


Chris Foreman is considered by his peers to be the most exciting jazz and blues organist playing today. Critics have dubbed him “heir to the throne” held by past organ masters Charles Earland, Richard “Groove” Holmes, “Brother” Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Jimmy Smith. “Now is the time” is Chris’ first disc as a leader, and it includes plenty of blues and grooves. All tracks showcase Chris’ prodigious talent and versatility on keyboards, and on some of the tracks his playing is inspired by friends Andy Brown on guitar or Diane “Lil’ Sax” Ellis on alto.