MELODY GARDOT – LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA PARIS
Filmed in October 2015, Live At The Olympia Paris captures Melody Gardot in concert at the legendary Belle Époque era venue in the French capital. The show focuses primarily on songs from her most recent album Currency Of Man and 2009’s My One And Only Thrill with a couple of surprise tracks thrown in for good measure. Melody Gardot’s performance is both intimate and emotional and her bands are at the top of their form. There couldn’t be a finer concert to present on her first ever DVD release.
ALLEN TOUSSAINT - LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA 1975
A rare live performance from the late, great Allen Toussaint – served up here on vinyl for the first time ever! The record captures Toussaint in Philly – working in front of a very lively crowd, during a time when his star was shining especially bright, thanks to a series of recordings for Warner Brothers. The spirit here follows those classic sides, but with a slightly looser feel – and the record also features a bit of patter from Allen, and a cool medley, done with help from New Orleans saxophonist Gary Brown. Titles include "Last Train", "Freedom For The Stallion", "Backyard Blues", "What Is Success", "Shoo Ra", "Touch Of Love", "High Life", and "Southern Nights". (Limited pressing!) ~ Dusty Groove
VLADIMIR KOSTADINOVIC – LEFT SIDE OF LIFE
Tenorist Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a perfect frontline voice for the record! Yet the whole group is great, too – really well tied-together, with the bass of Joe Sanders rolling out in strong sympathy with the drums – as pianist Marko Churnchetz has these ways of stating things simply and with just the right amount of force – never overdoing it, but working with Kostandinovic in these building blocks of sound and rhythm. Titles include "Face To Face", "Balkan Flood", "In Parents Arms", "Comfort Zone", "Frauenfeld", "One For Monk", and "The Left Side Of Life". ~ Dusty Groove