28 February, 2014

2

Bud Powell - The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings (1947-63)

Bud Powell - The Complete Blue Note and Roost Recordings (1947-63)
jazz | 4cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 1570MB
BN CDP 7243 8 30083 2 2 | rel: 1994
Allmusic:
Although pianist Bud Powell recorded some great albums elsewhere (most notably his first couple of sessions for Verve), on the whole his Blue Note records were his most significant and definitive. This four-CD set has all of the music from his five Blue Note albums, his two sessions for the Roost label, and all known alternate takes. Powell literally changed the way that the piano is played in jazz, and this magnificent set has more than its share of classics. In addition to the many trio performances, trombonist Curtis Fuller sits in on three numbers, there are a few solo cuts, and one date features Powell at the head of a quintet with trumpeter Fats Navarro and the young tenor Sonny Rollins. Although there are a few faltering moments in the later dates, this essential release (unlike the similar Verve reissue) is quite consistent.

Tracks
cd1:
1. "I'll Remember April" (Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 2:54
2. "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" (James Hanley, Ballard MacDonald) – 2:45
3. "Somebody Loves Me" (George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald, B. G. De Sylva) – 2:56
4. "I Should Care" (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 3:02
5. "Bud's Bubble" – 2:36
6. "Off Minor" (Thelonious Monk) – 2:24
7. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:20
8. "Everything Happens To Me" (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) – 2:41
9. "Bouncing with Bud" (alternate take #1) (Gil Fuller, Powell) – 3:03
10. "Bouncing with Bud" (alternate take #2) (Fuller, Powell) – 3:12
11. "Bouncing with Bud" (Fuller, Powell) – 3:01
12. "Wail" (alternate take) – 2:38
13. "Wail" – 3:02
14. "Dance of the Infidels" (alternate take) – 2:52
15. "Dance of the Infidels" – 2:50
16. "52nd Street Theme" (Monk) – 2:45
17. "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 3:11
18. "Ornithology" (Benny Harris, Charlie Parker) – 2:20
19. "Ornithology" (alternate take) (Harris, Parker) – 3:07
20. "Un Poco Loco" (alternate take #1) – 3:46
21. "Un Poco Loco" (alternate take #2) – 4:28
22. "Un Poco Loco" – 4:42
23. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) – 2:55
cd2:
1. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 4:16
2. "A Night in Tunisia" (alternate take) (Gillespie, Paparelli) – 3:52
3. "It Could Happen to You" (alternate take) (James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 2:22
4. "It Could Happen to You" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 3:16
5. "Parisian Thoroughfare" – 3:25
6. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 2:51
7. "Reets and I" (Benny Harris) – 3:18
8. "Reets and I" (alternate take) (Harris) – 2:30
9. "Sure Thing" (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin) – 2:39
10. "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" (alternate take) (Oscar Pettiford) – 2:11
11. "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" (Pettiford) – 3:01
12. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 4:00
13. "I Want to Be Happy" (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar) – 2:50
14. "Audrey" – 2:54
15. "Glass Enclosure" – 2:21
16. "Embraceable You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:51
17. "Burt Covers Bud" – 3:07
18. "My Heart Stood Still" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:20
19. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) – 2:41
20. "Bags' Groove" (Milt Jackson) – 2:14
21. "My Devotion" (Roc Hillman, Johnny Napton) – 3:05
22. "Stella by Starlight" (Victor Young) – 2:10
23. "Woody 'N' You" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 3:00
cd3:
1. "Blue Pearl" – 3:46
2. "Blue Pearl" (alternate take) – 4:03
3. "Keepin' In The Groove" – 2:53
4. "Some Soul" – 6:56
5. "Frantic Fancies" – 4:50
6. "Bud On Bach" – 2:30
7. "Idaho" (Jesse Stone) – 5:14
8. "Don't Blame Me" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) – 7:31
9. "Moose the Mooche" (Parker) – 5:45
10. "John's Abbey" – 5:36
11. "Sub City" (alternate take) – 2:36
12. "Sub City" – 4:32
13. "John's Abbey" (alternate take) – 2:25
14. "Buster Rides Again" – 5:30
cd4:
1. "Dry Soul" – 6:41
2. "Marmalade" – 4:28
3. "Monopoly" – 4:47
4. "Time Waits" – 5:06
5. "The Scene Changes" – 3:59
6. "Down With It" – 3:58
7. "Comin' Up" (alternate take) – 5:26
8. "Comin' Up" – 7:54
9. "Duid Deed" – 5:06
10. "Cleopatra's Dream" – 4:22
11. "Gettin' There" – 5:01
12. "Crossin' The Channel" – 3:28
13. "Danceland" – 3:41
14. "Borderick" – 1:58
15. "Like Someone in Love" (Van Heusen, Burke) – 6:18

personnel
* piano: Bud Powell
* bass: Curly Russell, Tommy Potter, George Duvivier, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Pierre Michelot
* drums: Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke
* trumpet: Fats Navarro
* sax: Sonny Rollins
* trombone: Curtis Fuller





19 February, 2014

2

Christian Wallumrod - A Year from Easter (2004)

Christian Wallumrod - A Year from Easter (2004)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 295MB
ECM 1901
Allmusic:
What must be heard by contemporary jazz generalists as a typical ECM type European music creation, pianist Christian Wallumrod has conjured up a nomadic series of themes that touch on various strains of ethnic music. Echoes of classical and chamber musics, and Manfred Eicher's brand of tonally reserved, emotionally balanced, and coolly rendered sounds provide a rich but predictable musical palette. The title A Year from Easter might suggest many themes of hope, looking forward, sudden dismay, prayers for peace and justice, and post-distress emergence. While all that and more is present in the music, there's also a sense of forgiving, mutual trust, love, and that balance so needed in a life of ups and downs. Wallumrod must inevitably be compared to ECM stablemates Keith Jarrett, Mike Nock, and Bobo Stenson, but also to fellow Europeans Lennart Aberg, Thomas Clausen, and American icon Paul Bley. His band with violinist Nils Økland and trumpeter Arve Henriksen further draw comparisons to Jenny Scheinman and Kenny Wheeler respectively. Their sonic union with Wallumrod's piano or harmonium is a marriage of sheer beauty, wisdom and mutual agreement, and the CD unfolds like an epic novel. The dainty chamber like "Arch Song" starts the voyage, followed by the French/Middle Eastern requiem "Eliasong," with Wallumrod on harmonium. "Stompin' at Gagarin" pushes up the fun quotient, albeit deliberate and stealth, while the sad "Wedding Postponed" and the invocation "Psalm" turn the music somber and reverent. Sporadic piano and stroked-over toned cymbals on the percussive "Unisono" leads to the long toned sonic text piece "Lichtblick," the faux "Horseshoe Waltz," with its breathing and clattering sounds not in 3/4 time, and the somber afterthought visage of the title track, again identified by the harmonium. There's a delicate two-note actual waltz "Japanese Choral," Økland's pensive violin featured for "Sketch," a repeat of "Eliasong," Økland's violin assimilating a flute during "Neunacht," and the closer "Two Years from Easter" with Økland and Henriksen in a more resolved and hopeful mood. This CD, obviously, needs to be heard in its entirety, as there are really no stand-alone pieces. It's a wondrous journey though the human condition, to be shared and not recommended to loners or disenfranchised separatists of the intelligent music world, still coming easily recommended.

Tracks
01. "Arch song" (5:25)
02. "Eliasong" (3:31)
03. "Stompin' at Gagarin" (4:23)
04. "Wedding postponed" (4:11)
05. "Psalm" (3:17)
06. "Unisono" (2:24)
07. "Lichtblick" (4:22)
08. "Horseshoe waltz" (4:27)
09. "A year from Easter" (3:45)
10. "Japanese choral" (5:18)
11. "Sketch" (2:51)
12. "Eliasong II" (3:31)
13. "Neunacht" (3:18)
14. "Two years from Easter" (3:05)

Personnel
* Drums – Per Oddvar Johansen
* Piano, Harmonium, Toy Piano – Christian Wallumrod
* Trumpet – Arve Henriksen
* Violin – Nils Okland


14 February, 2014

1

Sonny Criss - I'll Catch The Sun (1969)

Sonny Criss - I'll Catch The Sun (1969)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 200MB
OJC
Allmusic:
Altoist Sonny Criss made some of his finest recordings for Prestige during the mid- to late '60s; I'll Catch the Sun was the seventh and final. Since this CD reissue is only 35 minutes long, it is overly brief, but the straight-ahead music (featuring Criss with pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Shelly Manne) is often excellent as the altoist performs two blues, two standards (including a passionate "Cry Me a River"), and two forgotten pop tunes from the era.

Tracks
1. "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Bob Merrill, Jule Styne) - 4:24
2. "Blue Sunset" (Sonny Criss) - 8:10
3. "I Thought About You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer) - 4:43
4. "California Screamin'" (Sonny Criss) - 6:03
5. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) - 5:41
6. "I'll Catch the Sun" (Rod McKuen) - 5:34

Personnel
* Sonny Criss - alto saxophone
* Hampton Hawes - piano
* Monty Budwig - bass
* Shelly Manne - drums


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