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Dave DouglasSpark Of Being – Expand ... CD
Greenleaf, 2010. Used ... $5.99
The second part of trumpeter Dave Douglas Spark Of Being trilogy – this one billed as the "straight" performances of themes composed for filmmaker Bill Morrison's experimental reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story! Expand does work as a solid modern jazz album, with shifting tones, creative sparks and dexterous rhythmic interplay and sharp solos. The textural experimental touches assure that it's a artful step to the left, though, and it's great stuff anyway you want to look at it. Dave's group Keystone is wonderful, featuring DJ Olive on turntables and laptop, bring some lightly tripped out, yet firmly sophisticated atmospherics – plus Marcus Strickland on tenor, Adam Benjamin on Fender Rhodes, Brad Jones on Ampeg baby bass, and Gene Lake on drums. Titles include "Spark Of Being", "Creature", "Tree Ring Circus", "Observer", "Chroma", "Travelogue" and "Prologue". CD

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisInto The Zone ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. Used ... $5.99
Tryan Keberle's a trombonist, but one with a very light touch on his instrument – so much so that he blends wonderfully with the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez in this quartet – dancing along in a flurry of rhythms and colors with a bright, joyous sort of vibe! Like other albums on the Greenleaf label of late, this set's moving way past straight jazz – although there's still a very strong jazz center at the core. Bits of voice from Camila Meza come in and further warm the colors in the music – and the wonderful interplay between the bass or Jorge Roeder and drums of Eric Doob go way past the usual too. Titles include "Inevitable Blues", "Without A Thought", "Simple Sermon", "Cheryl", "Zone", and "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men". CD

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Matt UleryIn The Ivory ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. Used 2CD ... $8.99
Matt Ulery just keeps on getting better and better – to a point where his music may well be a genre unto itself! This album's got Matt working with a larger ensemble – a mix of woodwind and string players, augmented with some key vocal passages as well – a double-length record that's mostly instrumental, but which has these beautiful songs step forth at just the right points – with lyrics delivered by Sarah Marie Young and Grazyna Auguscik. Matt leads the group, plays bass, and provides some slight backing vocals – and the mix of cello, violin, piano, clarinet, and flute is sublime throughout. Titles include "Gave Proof", "The Farm", "Innocent", "Black Squirrel", "Resilin", "When Everything Is Just The Same", "Viscous", "Seeker", "Sweet Bitter", and "Mary Shelly". CD

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✨✧ Curtis MacdonaldCommunity Immunity ... CD
Greenleaf, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Darn compelling sounds from alto saxophonist Curtis MacDonald – very hard to describe, but the sort that grab you immediately upon first listen! MacDonald's got a way of tucking his horn right down in the rhythms of the tracks – finding a way to make all instruments involved move on the same groove – but in ways that are hardly a "groove" at all – no funky jazz, no easy harmelodic lines, and instead these complicated shifting patterns – as rich in their forward motion as they are in their tonal color! The approach is extremely beautiful – as warm as it is fresh and modern – and the instrumentation is played by a shifting lineup of piano, tenor, guitars, and percussion – on titles that include "Childhood Sympathy", "Mosaic 1", "The Imagineer", "My Deal", "Somnolence IV", "Second Guessing", and "Community Immunity". CD

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✨✧ Dave DouglasKeystone (CD/DVD) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2005. Used CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
(DVD includes "Fatty & Mabel Adrift" – Fatty Arbuckle movie from 1916.)

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✨✧ Dave Douglas & Uri CainePresent Joys ... CD
Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Dave Douglas may well be one of the most collaborative musicians in jazz working today – yet even in a catalog rife with interesting combinations, this sweet little set really stands out – as it presents the trumpeter in one of the most intimate, lyrical settings we've heard in years! The record has a surprisingly poetic feel, even for Douglas – and all instrumentation comes from just his trumpet and the piano of Uri Caine – who plays in a style that's every bit as dynamic as his own recordings, but given a really special sort of focus here. Some of the music has spiritual overtones, but in a more ancient American way – and Douglas chose some of the tunes for their link to the tradition of shape-note singing. There's a gentle beauty to the record that's undeniable, and which has us appreciating Douglas all over again – and titles include "Old Putt", "Zero Hour", "Soar Away", "Ham Fist", "Bethel", and "Supplication". CD
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✨✧ VariousBig Bang Presents The Italo Funk Experience – Synth Funk, Italo Exploitation & Espresso Jazz From Italy 1969 to 1980 ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
A really cool collection that's got way more to offer than you might guess from the Italo in the title – as the set's filled with obscure funk, jazz, and sound library gems from the 70s! Usually, we associate Italo with Italo Disco – that 80s version of club music that broke big around the world in many scenes. But the tracks here are sort of the "roots" of that version of Italo – the funky experiments of a generation before – which were often inspired by American jazz and soul of the time, but took things into a whole new dimension – thanks to the wide range of creative instrumentalists and unusual studios in Italy during the 70s! A few names are familiar here, and others are composers you might know from soundtracks – but together, the vibe is something else entirely – and something entirely great, thanks to wicked work from Big Bang/Arision Records, who put together the whole thing. Titles include "Aflogelia" by Narassa, "Open Space" by Piero Umiliani, "L'Eroe Di Plastica" by Tony Esposito, "Ore 24" by Alberto Baldan Bembo, "Pearls" by Piero Piccioni, "Five, Four, & Three" by Lee Konitz, "Lavoro Veloce" by Farlocco, "Louisville" by Made In USA, "Depressione" by Jazz Video, "Tip Cat" by Santucci Scoppa, and "Greenleaf Street" by Max Rocci & His Friends. CD

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