Bassist Ray Brown brings together drummer Lewis Nash and his favorite piano players for an album of trio recordings. Features a few tracks each with Ahmad Jamal, Benny Green, Dado Moroni, Geoff Keezer, and regular collaborator Oscar Peterson. CD
Jim Hall on guitars, Derek DiCenzo on steel drum, Terry Clark on drums, Scott Colley on bass, Ryan Kisor on trumpet, Joe Lovano on soprano saxophone, Jim Pugh on trombone, Claudio Roditi on flugelhorn & Gil Goldstein conducting. CD
Mel Lewis performs the music of Thad Jones – with a group that features Earl Dardner on lead trumpet, John Mosca on trombone, Dick Oatts on alto, soprano, and flute – and Jim McNeely on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Aaron Moreland & Dustin Arbuckle —
Flood ... CD Telarc, 2010. Used ...
Vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli joins the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra to pay tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes – tracks include "Witchcraft", "Nice n Easy", "In The Wee Small Hours", and "How About You?'. CD
With Glen Browne, Hassan J. J. Wiggins & Trevor McKenzie on bass, Rolando Wilson & Troy Davis on drums, Derek DiCenzo & Robert Angus on guitar, Dwight Dawes on keyboards, Desmond Jones on percussion & Steve Turre on trombone. CD
Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone & kaval, Dave Liebman, alto clarinet & Indian flute & Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, tarogato & African blackwood flute, Phil Markowitz on piano, Cecil McBee on bass & Billy Hart on drums. CD
Al Di Meola on electric & acoustic guitars, Ernie Adams on drums, Pino Daniele on vocals, Peter Erskine on drums, Herbie Hancock on piano, Tom Kennedy on acoustic bass, Gumbi Ortiz on percusssion & congas, Mario Parmisano on keyboards, John Patitucci on electric & acoustic basses, Steve Vai on electric guitar & Rachel Z on keyboards. CD
Garage A Trois —
Outre Mer ... CD Telarc, 2005. Used ...
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A sweet little soundtrack from this funky combo – and maybe one of the best sets we've heard from Garage A Trois so far! The music's nice and tight – no jamband excess – and wrapped up with some great guitar riffs from Charlie Hunter, and some ever-sharp reed lines from Skerik too! There's also a bit of vibes, keyboards, and other nice bits – and more than enough funky drums to send the whole thing home. Titles include "Bear No Hair", "Outre Mer", "Etienne", "Merpati", "The Dream", "Circus", "Needles", and "The Dwarf". CD
A (completely) terrific and (totally) powerful jazz funk trio set from Galactic drummer Stanton Moore – even if we don't know why all the tunes have parenthesis! There's no question that the set is emphatic – with Moore just killing it on the kit – backed just as dexterously Robert Walter on B3, toy piano and clavinet, and Will Bernard on guitar. There's a bottom heavy groove that we just love, with complex, unpredictable changes, but nothing that's too far out there. Jazzy funk & instrumental rock(ish) jams with loads of space for the players to breathe and do their thing without ever wearing out their welcome. This might be Stanton's best to date. Tracks include "(Late Night At The) Maple Leaf", "(Proper) Gander", "Wissons (Of Vu)", "Over (Compensatin')", "(Who Ate The) Layer Cake, "(Here Come) The Brown Police" and more! CD
Nice and stripped-down work from drummer Stanton Moore – a set that really does more with less, and allows plenty of focus on Stanton's grooves, and the album's sweet Hammond B3 and piano lines from Robert Walter! Will Bernard completes the trio on guitar, and although you'll still get a fair bit of jamming at times, there's also more of a funky core to the record than you might have gotten from Moore in years back. Titles include "Root Cellar", "Pot Licker", "Pie Eyed Manc", "Squash Blossom", "Aletta", and "Cleanse This House". CD
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Stanton Moore —
III ... CD Telarc, 2006. Used ...
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One of the most straightforward groovers we've ever heard from drummer Stanton Moore – a set that's tight and soulful, and which comes across more like classic soul jazz than some of his more jamming work from earlier years! The core lineup includes Moore on drums, Robert Walter on Hammond, and Will Bernard on guitar – grooving in a way that recalls the loose, longer styles of the Don Patterson Trio on Prestige – but with a slightly funkier feel. Added in occasionally are Skerik on tenor and Mark Mullins on trombone – but most of the tracks cook heaviest with organ, guitar, and drum interplay – on titles that include "Poison Pushy", "Licorice", "Chilcock", "Weak Sauce", "Dunkin In The Deep", "Maple Plank", and "I Shall Not Be Moved". CD
Oscar Peterson is joined here by bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Martin Drew Lorne – both artists that worked with Peterson in the 70's – plus relative newcomer Lorne Lofsky on guitar. CD
With Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, Benny Green on piano, Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn, Shirley Horn on vocals, Milt Jackson on vibes, the Manhattan Transfer on vocals, Lewis Nash on drums, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, Clark Terry on vocals & trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone. CD
Ernest Ranglin —
Gotcha ... CD Telarc, 2001. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge amount of 70s material from the legendary Paul Desmond – all recorded during the year of 1975, with backing from a shifting group of Canadian players – and most of it unissued until now! You'll know some of these tracks from the albums Paul Desmond Quartet Live (A&M), Paul Desmond (Artist House), and Like Someone In Love (Telarc) – but together, the tracks present a much bigger picture of Desmond's genius at the time – really moving past some of the more rigid roles he'd have in his 60s work with Dave Brubeck. Players on most numbers are the trio of Ed Bickert on guitar, Don Thompson on bass, and Jerry Fuller on drums – a really great combo, and the mix of guitar with Desmond's sharply-blown alto is wonderful – a perfect upfront setting for his sound. A few more tracks feature trombonist Rob McDConnell in place of Bickert – which makes for a different, but equally compelling sound – and the whole thing features 51 long tracks, 32 of which appear here for the first time ever – all with the usual great Mosaic Records booklet of notes and presentation. CD