AMBIENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE - SUITE SHOP REWORKS
Ambient Jazz Ensemble composer and producer Colin Baldry has released the companion release to Ambient Jazz Ensemble's debut album in the shape of 'Suite Shop Reworks : Electronica, Deep House & Disco' a 15 track collection of upbeat, dancefloor and electronic versions of the chilled orchestral originals. For the original 'Suite Shop' album Baldry was joined by Neil Cowley (Adele, Brand New Heavies) on keys, Finn Peters (Chick Corea) on sax, Dominic Glover (Paloma Faith) trumpet, Nichol Thomson (Jamie Cullum) trombone, Tom Kane horns, Ben Reynolds drums and a string quartet. Much of the reworks album was mixed by George Shilling, whose credits include Blur, Mike Oldfield, Steve Winwood, Ocean Colour Scene and Texas. Jon Hopkins, Jamie T and FKA Twigs’ mastering engineer Guy Davie repeats his fantastic work on Suite Shop Reworks as he did on the original using his gorgeous early 70s EMI Lagos desk which no doubt many Fela Kuti recording went through. For 'Suite Shop Reworks' Baldry has drafted in an A team of remixers to lovingly rework his original in their own masterful and celebrated styles.
OLIVER NELSON - THE BLUES AND THE BLUES ABSTRACT
Recorded during the course of a single day in February 1961 and released six months later, The Blues And The Abstract Truth is regarded as jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelsons most acclaimed album. It helped that he was assisted by a stellar list of musicians, including Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, George Barrow and Roy Haynes. Musically the album was something of a departure from the norm for Oliver; better known primarily for his work with big bands, this album found him fronting a much smaller combo and exploring the mood and structure of the blues. To accomplish this, Oliver wrote six tracks, with only some of the tracks being structured in the conventional 12-bar blues form. However, many of the solos are performed in such a style, resulting in a compelling album that has withstood the passage of time extremely well. ~ Amazon
URBIE GREEN - EAST COAST JAZZ
Jazz trombonist Urbie Green has forged a veritable career as a studio musician, appearing on more than 250 recordings during a professional career that commenced in 1941. He has also toured extensively, working with the likes of Woody Herman, Gene Krupa and Frankie Carle. You could be forgiven, therefore, for imagining that Urbie Green would be a household name. And so he is, among other musicians, but his preference for remaining in the background resulted in a somewhat limited recording career under his own name. On the evidence of East Coast Jazz this is something of a loss. His early recordings showed plenty of promise, and the mix of some strong compositions and an equally strong line-up of accompanying musicians, including Danny bank, Doug Mettome, Jimmy Lyon, Oscar Pettiford, Osie Johnson and Al Cohn make this a well balanced album. ~ Amazon