CHUCK LOEB / JEFF LORBER / HARVEY MASON / EVERETTE HARP / BRIAN BROMBERG / RICK BRAUN / ERIC MARIENTHAL / RANDY BRECKER / TILL BRONNER / BRIAN DUNNE / JOHN PATTITUCCI - BOP
Announcing a really cool recording of some of the greatest players out there: Jeff Lorber, Harvey Mason, Everette Harp, Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, Eric Marienthal, Randy Brecker, Till Brönner, Brian Dunne, & John Patitucci, all playing the classic Bop songs by Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and more....All proceeds to benefit The PKDcure Foundation to find a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
THE NEW JAZZ ORCHESTRA - LE DEJEUNER SURE L'HERBE
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent in the UK, but also for the growing sense of composition as well – and the music on the set is penned by Ardley, Michael Garrick, Mike Taylor, and Michael Gibbs – as well as new arrangements of work by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. As in the best material from Ardley, Garrick, and Gibbs, there's a really fresh way of coming together for the instrumentation – quite different than large group material in both the US, and even other areas of the 60s European scene – delivered with wonderful imagination by musicians who include Derek Watkins, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, and Ian Carr on trumpets; Michael Gibbs and Derek Wadsworth on trombones; Barbara Thompson on flute and soprano sax; Dick Heckstall Smith on tenor and soprano; Frank Ricotti on vibes; and even Jack Bruce on bass! Titles include "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe", "Naima", "Angle", "Ballad", "Dusk Fire", "Study", and "Rebirth". (Limited to 250 copies!) ~ Dusty Groove
MATHIAS LANDAEUS - INTO LIFE
Maybe the best album so far from Mathias Landaeus – a wonderful pianist, and one we've dug for years for his excellent albums on the Moserobie label – working here at a level that has so many things going on at once, the end result is far different from the usual piano trio album! Matthias' group includes Jonas Holgersson on drums and Johnny Aman on bass – and although all three players can come together well in a conventional trio format, they also have a way of expanding their approach too – so that the balance of structure might shift, with results that can make the group highly percussive on one track, warm and lyrical the next, angularly Monkish at another point, and so on – with a strong sense of creativity that really holds up throughout. Titles include "King Kres", "Empty Apartment", "Goober Walk", "Hallelujah", "Amateur's Night", and "In Watermelon Sugar". ~ Dusty Groove