Saturday, October 27, 2012

Anna Mjöll live in LA tonight @ Vibrato

Don't miss Anna Mjöll, the Icelandic Jazz Princess, live tonight @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato (2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, CA 90077). Backed by the impeccable Pat Senatore Trio!
For tickets, please call (310) 474-9400
Photo by Arnold Björnsson (2012)
Make-up & hair by Idunn Jonasardottir

Box Set of the Month - "CTI Best Selection"

Box Set of the Month (10-CD box set)
"CTI Best Selection" (CTI) 2012

Original Albums Produced by Creed Taylor
Jim Hall: "Concierto" (arranged by Don Sebesky, featuring Roland Hanna, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd)
Eumir Deodato: "Prelude" (arr. by Deodato, feat. John Tropea, Jay Berliner, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Airto, Ray Barretto, Marvin Stamm, Hubert Laws)
Chet Baker: "She Was Too Good To Me" (arr. by Don Sebesky, feat. Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd, Bob James, Hubert Laws)
Bill Evans: "Montreux II" (feat. Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell)
George Benson "In Concert-Carnegie Hall" (arr. by David Matthews, feat. Ronnie Foster, Hubert Laws, Wayne Dockery, Marvin Chapell, Ray Armando, Johnny Griggs, Will Lee, Steve Gadd)
Art Farmer & Jim Hall: "Big Blues" (arr. by David Matthews, feat. Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore, Steve Gadd)
Stanley Turrentine: "Sugar" (feat. Butch Cornell, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ron Carter, Billy Kaye, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Richard "Pablo" Landrum)
Astrud Gilberto: "Gilberto with Turrentine" (arr. by Deodato, feat. Ron Carter, Joao Palma, Dom Um Romao, Sivuca, Airto Moreira, Bob Mann, Gene Bertoncini, Hubert Laws, Sam Brown, Toots Thielemans, Russell George, Dennis Seiwell)
Antonio Carlos Jobim "Stone Flower" (arr. by Deodato, feat. Joao Palma, Ron Carter, Airto, Everaldo Ferreira, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Farrell, Hubert Laws, Hermeto Pascoal)
Hubert Laws: "The Rite of Spring" (arr. by Don Sebesky, feat. Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Gene Bertoncini, Stu Scharf, Wally Kane, Jane Taylor, Dave Friedman)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Michel Legrand Recorded Live at Jimmy's"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Michel Legrand: "Live at Jimmy's" (RCA/Sony) 1973/2012

Produced by Norman Schwartz for Gryphon Productions
Arranged by Michel Legrand
Recorded live at Jimmy's (New York, NY) on December 8, 1973
Remote recording facilities: Dale Ashby & Father
Edited & Mixed by Phil Ramone
Design: Craig DeCamps
Art Direction: Acy Lehman
Cover Photograph: Charles Stewart (aka Chuck Stewart)

Featuring: Michel Legrand (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ), Ron Carter (acoustic bass), Grady Tate (drums), George Davis (electric guitar) and Phil Woods (clarinet & alto sax)

Vinyl of the Month - "Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll"

12" Vinyl of the Month (2-LP set)
Diana Krall: "Glad Rag Doll" (Verve) 2012

Produced by T-Bone Burnett
Featuring: Diana Krall (vocals, piano), Marc Ribot (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 6-String bass & banjo),T-Bone Burnett (guitars), Howard Coward (ukulele, mandola, tenor-guitar, harmony vocals), Jay Bellerose (drums),Dennis Crouch (bass), Bryan Sutton (guitars), Colin Linden (guitars, dobro), Keefus Green (keyboards, mellotron)

CD Reissue of the Month - "Ray Brown & Quincy Jones: The Adventurers"

CD Reissue of the Month
Ray Brown & Quincy Jones: "The Adventurers" (Varèse Sarabande) 1970/2012

Performed by The Ray Brown Orchestra
Arranged by J.J. Johnson, Quincy Jones, Ray Brown, Jimmy Jones, Tom Scott Vocals: Morgan Ames & Sally Kellerman
Featuring: Bud Shank, Larry Bunker, Dave Grusin

Reissue Coordinators: Cary E. Mansfield & Byron Davis
Original Album Producer: Quincy Jones
Musical Coordinator: Morgan Ames
Engineer: Henry Lewy Reissue
Art Direction: Bill Pitzonka
Photos: Buddy Childers

"Music from The Adventurers" is an intriguing re-working of the Antonio Carlos Jobim soundtrack to the trashy 1970 film "The Adventurers," based on a Harold Robbins novel best-seller. Also includes tunes by Eumir Deodato, Ray Brown and Norman Gimbel.

DVD of the Month - "Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project"

DVD of the Month
Pat Metheny: "The Orchestrion Project" (Eagle Vision) 2012

Directed by Pierre Lamoureux & François Lamoureux
Produced by Pat Metheny
Co-Produced by Steve Rodby
Mixed by Pete Karam

This superb DVD -- filmed by Grammy and Emmy Award winning directors Pierre & François Lamoureux at the former St Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in November 2010 -- features guitar wiz Pat Metheny performing with the Orchestrion, a vast collection of mechanical instruments that surround Pat Metheny in this atmospheric setting. The focus of the performance is the "Orchestrion Suite," a work written specifically for this combination and debuted on Pat Metheny's Orchestrion album released earlier in 2010. Added to this are other tracks from across Metheny's prolific career going right back to "Unity Village," from his debut solo album "Bright Size Life" in 1976 and including other tracks from the seventies, eighties and nineties. This is a unique collaboration between a master guitarist and the pinnacle of mechanical music.

Disc One
1) Unity Village
2) Orchestrion Suite: Entry Point / Expansion / Soul Search / Spirit Of The Air / Improvisation #2 / Sueño con México / Stranger In Town Bonus Tracks: Improvisation #1 / 80/81 Broadway Blues / Tell Her You Saw Me / Antonia
Disc Two - An additional disc with over an hour of bonus material:
1) The Making Of The Orchestrion Project 2) Interview 3) Original EPK 4) Studio Session: Orchestrion 5) Studio Session: Expansion

CD Compilation of the Month - "Verve Today 2012"

CD Compilation of the Month
"Verve Today 2012" (Verve) 2012

Featuring: Térez Montcalm, Chihiro Yamanaka, Alice Francis, Trombone Shorty, Malia, Bojan Z, Falk & Sons, Ndidi O, Bugge Wesseltoft, Pizzicato One, Hamel, Stéphane Belmondo, Sonny Rollins, Roy Hargrove, Rolf Kühn, Joachim Kühn, Solveig Slettahjell & Morten Qvenild

Vocal CD of the Month - "Amikayela: Being In Love"

Vocal CD of the Month
Amikayela: "Being in Love" (RootsJazz Records) 2012 

Produced by David Belove & Amikayela
Co-Produced by Ray Obiedo
Executive Producer: Dr. Marilyn Gaston
Associate Producers: Carol Dehasse, Crystal Terry & Claire Prymus
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Graphic Design: What-Design
Photography: Steven Parke

Featuring: Amikayela (vocals), Eugene Friesen (cello), Howard Levy (piano & harmonica), David Pinto, John Wiitala & Esperanza Spalding (acoustic bass), Glen Velez, John Santos & Michael Spiro (percussion), Ray Obiedo (guitars), Jason McGuire (flamenco guitar), Sheila E. (congas & percussion), Carl Wheeler (Fender Rhodes electric piano & Hammond B3 organ), Deszon Clairborne (drums), Roger Glenn (alto flute), Clifton Brockington (flugelhorn), Quartet San Francisco et al.

Instrumental CD of the Month - "Georg Breinschmid: Fire"

Instrumental CD of the Month
Georg Breinschmid: "Fire" (Preiser Records) 2012

Produced by Georg Breinschmid
Edited, Mixed & Mastered by Christoph Burgstaller
Graphic Design & Illustration: Lili Schagerl
Photos: Julia Wesely

Featuring; Georg Breinschmid (acoustic bass, vocals, composer), Roman Janoska (violin), Frantisek Janoska (acoustic piano), Thomas Gansch (trumpet)