Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Music New Releases 2011

Top Hits Music : Christmas Music New Releases 2011

Here are some of the Christmas Music New Releases 2011 :

2011 holiday release from the Grammy-winning vocalist. Christmas, produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica, was recorded primarily at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood and The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. The album includes guest performances by Shania Twain on "White Christmas" and The Puppini Sisters on "Jingle Bells." Bubl‚ also put his unique take on such classics as "Silent Night," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." In addition, a Bubl‚ original "Cold December Night" is included on Christmas.

A Very She & Him Christmas
2011 holiday release. A Very She & Him Christmas is a wonderful collection of holiday tunes from two of music's most impressive artists Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him). Inspired by seminal holiday albums by the likes of The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more, She & Him have set out to create an intimate holiday recording of Christmas classics that helps bring new emotions out of old songs.

My Kind of Christmas (2011 Version)
A devoted family man (despite his playboy image), Dino always adored Christmas. He was no doubt feeling nostalgic as he sang these, and you will, too, as you hear the King of Cool deliver Silver Bells; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; White Christmas; Baby It's Cold Outside; Blue Christmas , and more! This updated 2011 edition also includes a "Swingin' Yuletide Mix" of Winter Wonderland and a newly created duet in which Dean croons along with the sultry Scarlett Johansson on I'll Be Home for Christmas !

WOW Christmas
This 2-disc, 32-song collection marks the first WOW holiday offering in six years, since the release of WOW Christmas (Green), and features the biggest names in Christian music singing holiday classics as well as original fare. With over 26 million units sold including the most recent installment, WOW Hits 2011 each WOW release continues to be a must-have for Christian music fans.Featuring stand-out Christmas selections from a diverse line-up of fan favorites, WOW Christmas (2011) delivers songs including Casting Crowns Joy to the World, Francesca Battistelli s You re Here, Chris Tomlin s Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground), Third Day s Born In Bethlehem, Audrey Assad s Winter Snow (featuring Chris Tomlin), Jeremy Camp s O Come All Ye Faithful, and TobyMac s Christmas This Year (featuring Leigh Nash), plus many more.The new holiday collection also features three new songs: David Crowder*Band s The First Noel, Matt Maher s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Tenth Avenue North s Deck the Halls.

The Heart Of Christmas
Matthew West returns with his first-ever Christmas album, The Heart of Christmas. Even though this is Matthew's first Christmas album, several of these songs have already received significant airplay at Christian radio, including "One Last Christmas," "Give This Christmas Away," and "Christmas Makes Me Cry." Includes the new single "Heart of Christmas" and several other new songs, and traditional Christmas favorites such as "Silent Night," "Away In A Manger" and "Jingle Bells." This fall, Matthew's music will be featured prominently in an upcoming GMC film, which was inspired by the song "One Last Christmas" and the true story behind it.

Christmas Symphony
2011 holiday album from Chip Davis and Co. containing all new renditions of yuletide favorites performed with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony features 16 holiday tracks expanded into full symphonic arrangements and performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to demand by Mannheim Steamroller's always-growing fan base, Christmas Symphony will resonate with classic music listeners.

Ultimate Christmas Collection
In a career that spans 20 years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary jazz.2011 holiday release containing 17 yuletide classics interpreted by the contemporary Pop/Jazz saxophonist. Includes "Winter Wonderland," "Deck The Halls," "White Christmas" featuring Kelly Sweet and "Please Come Home For Christmas" featuring Kimberly Locke.

Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas
Many of the melodies and choral harmonies that catapulted the quartet from the streets of Newark into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are woven into classic holiday songs on Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas. Listen for hints of "Come On Marianne" and "Oh What A Night" in the album opener "Joy To The World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" plus traces of "Bye Bye Baby" in "Winter Wonderland." For Jersey Boys' first Christmas on Broadway in 2006, the cast recorded "O Holy Night" for a Christmas album to benefit Broadway charities. This album features a new version of the song with a fresh arrangement that includes lines from the spiritual, "Rise Up, Shepherd." Other highlights from A Jersey Boys Christmas include a doo-wop version of "White Christmas" inspired by The Drifters and "Santa Medley," which infuses signature Jersey Boys harmonies into a trio of holiday favorites. Also featured is a unique version of "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" filtered through '80s synth-rock with a touch of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" thrown in for good measure.

The Christmas We Hoped For
"The Christmas We Hoped For" is an instant holiday classic - an eclectic collection of traditional hymns, contemporary favorites like "White Christmas," and modern Christmas songs like The Weepies' "All That I Want." The album began as a side project intended to get Vanessa back into the studio after a nearly 3-year hiatus, and it turned into an all-consuming affair that had Vanessa in the studio throughout the hottest Texas summer in 30 years. As Peters told the story, 'There's nothing quite like singing White Christmas while the temperature outside is 110 degrees.' Produced by Rip Rowan and featuring Grammy-winning guitarist / producer Joe Reyes, the album offers a fresh take on Christmas classics that remains true to the spirit of the original songs.

Oh For Joy
This October, David Crowder*Band delivers their first Christmas record Oh For Joy. Featuring the Christmas favorites "Joy To the World," "The First Noel," "Oh Holy Night," "Silent Night" and more, the album features classic Christmas songs interpreted as only the David Crowder*Band can. Highlighting the band's unmistakable creativity and originality, Oh For Joy finds the band re-inventing familiar Christmas songs into something new and unexpected.

Brantley Gilbert - "Country Must Be Country Wide"

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Top Country Songs December 2011

Brantley Gilbert - "Country Must Be Country Wide" Lyrics
Country Must Be Country Wide Lyrics

I grew up south of the Mason Dixon
Workin spitting huntin and fishin
Stone cold country by the grace of God

I was gasin up the other day
And an ol boy pulled up with a license plate
From Ohio I thought oh good lord he's lost
From his wranglers to his boots
He reminded me of Chris LeDoux
And that Copenhagen smile

Country must be countrywide
In every state
There's a station
Playing Cash,Hank,Willie and Waylon
In foreign cars and four wheel drives
There's cowboys and hillbillies
From farm towns to big cities

There ain't no doubt in my mind
Country must be countrywide

It ain't where
It's how you live
We weren't raised to take
We were raised to give
The shirt off our back
To anyone in need

We bow our heads before we eat
Before we start our day
Before we fall asleep
Cause in God we trust and we believe
And we see what's wrong
And we know what's right

And ol Hank he said it all
When he said country folks can survive
There ain't no doubt in my mind
Country must be countrywide

Brantley Gilbert - Country Must Be Country Wide

David Guetta Featuring Usher - "Without You"

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Top Pop Songs December 2011

David Guetta Featuring Usher - "Without You" Lyrics
Without You Lyrics

I can’t win, I can’t reign
I will never win this game without you
Without you
I am lost, I am vain
I will never be the same without you
Without you
I won’t run, I won’t fly
I will never make it by without you
Without you
I can’t rest, I can’t fight
All I need is you and I, without you
Without… you
Oh, oh, oh
You (3x)
You (3x)
Without you
Can’t erase, so I’ll take blame
But I can’t accept that we’re estranged
Without you, without you
I can’t quit now 

This can’t be right
I can’t take one more sleepless night without you, without you
I won’t soar, I won’t climb
If you’re not here, I’m paralyzed without you
Without you
I can’t look, I’m so blind
I lost my heart, I lost my mind without you
Without… you
Oh, oh, oh
You (3x)
You (3x)
Without you
I am lost, I am vain
I will never be the same without you
Without you
Without You

David Guetta Featuring Usher - "Without You"

LMFAO - "Sexy And I Know It"

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Top Dance Songs December 2011 

LMFAO - "Sexy And I Know It" Lyrics 
Sexy And I Know It Lyrics 

When I walk on by, girls be looking like damn he fly
I pimp to the beat, walking down the street in my new lafreak, yeah
This is how I roll, animal print, pants outta control,
It's Redfoo with the big ass fro
And like Bruce Lee I got the claw, yo

Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out
Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out

When I walk in the spot, this is what I see
Everybody stops and they staring at me
I got a passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it

I'm sexy and I know it [x2]

When I'm at the mall, security just can't fight them off
When I'm at the beach, I'm in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks
This is how I roll, come on ladies it's time to go
We headed to the bar, baby don't be nervous
No shoes, no shirt, and I still get service

Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out
Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out

When I walk in the spot, this is what I see
Everybody stops and they staring at me
I got passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it

I'm sexy and I know it [x2]

I'm sexy and I know it...

Check it out [x2]
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah [x4]
Do the wiggle man [x2]
Yeah I'm sexy and I know it

Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out
Girl look at that body [x3]
I work out

Yeah I'm sexy and I know it!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Hits Music December 2011 : Hip Hop, Latin, Dance

Top Hits Music December 2011 

Here the list of Top Hits Music December 2011 , Week of December 03, 2011 base on  billboard charts:

Top Hits Music :  Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs December 2011

1. Jay Z Kanye West - "Ni**as in Paris"
2. Beyonce Featuring Andre 3000 - "Party"
3. Drake - "Headlines"
4. Lil Wayne Featuring Drake - "She Will"
5. Wale Featuring Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb"
6. Wale Featuring Jeremih & Rick Ross - "That Way"
7. Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash - "Marvin & Chardonnay"
8. Ace Hood Featuring Chris Brown - "Body 2 Body"
9. Big Sean Featuring Nicki Minaj - "Dance(A$$)"
10. T-Pain Featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen - "5 O'Clock"

Top Hits Music : Top Latin Songs December 2011

1. Romeo Santos Featuring Usher - "Promise"
2. Mana - "El Verdadero Amor Perdona"
3. Pesado - "El Mil Amores"
4. Tito "El Bambino" Featuring Wisin & Yandel - "Maquina Del Tiempo"
5. Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer - "Give Me Everything" 
6. Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda - "Olvidame"
7. Don Omar - "Taboo"
8. Daddy Yankee - "Lovumba (Prestige)"
9. La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga - "Di Que Regresaras"
10. Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga - "Te Quiero A Morir"

Top Hits Music : Top Club Play & Hot Dance Songs December 2011

2. Selena Gomez & The Scene - "Love You Like A Love Song"
3. Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
4. Beyonce - "Countdown"
5. Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull & The WAV.s - "I Like How It Feels"
6. David Guetta Featuring Usher - "Without You"
7. Anjulie - " Brand New Bitch"
8. Nicole Scherzinger - "Don't Hold Your Breath"
9. CnC Music Factory Presents Scarlett Santana - "Rain"
10. Wynter Gordon - "Buy My Love"

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Warren Vache: Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales (2011)

Ballad playing may be the most difficult jazz style to master and the one that requires the most maturity and life experience. Even the most talented younger players are often stymied when confronted with the challenges of preserving a melody while stamping it with their own imprimatur. Warren Vach is one of jazz’s finest balladeers...... Although he has always been one of the most consistently inspired jazz performers, in recent years his playing seems to reflect an even deeper emotional commitment which, combined with his omnipresent technique, has led him to new artistic heights as is evident on this superb set. From the album notes by Ed Berger, Associate Director, Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies
01. Ballad For Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters - 5:05
02. Solitude - 7:25
03. I See Your Face Before Me - 7:42
04. Fools Rush In - 6:37
05. I Have Dreamed - 6:39
06. Autumn Serenade - 6:04
07. Everything Happens to Me - 7:17
08. I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her - 3:52
09. I'll Never Be the Same - 6:52
10. Stairway to the Stars - 5:21
11. I Remember You - 3:49
12. Don't You Know I Care - 4:28
Warren Vache: cornet
Tardo Hammer: piano (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9)
Richard Wyands: piano (tracks 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Neal Miner: bass
Leroy Williams: drums
John Allred: trombone (track 2)
Houston Person: tenor sax (tracks 4, 7, 11)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Top Hits Music December 2011 : Pop, Rock, Country

Top Hits Music December 2011

Here the list of Top Hits Music December 2011 , Week of December 03, 2011 base on billboard charts:

Top Hits Music: Top Pop Songs December 2011

1. David Guetta Featuring Usher - "Without You"
2. Gym Class Heroes Featuring Adam Levine - "Stereo Hearts"
3. Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
4. Adele - "Someone Like You"
5. LMFAO - "Sexy And I Know It"
6. Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera - "Moves Like Jagger"
7. Cobra Starship Featuring Sabi - "You Make Me Feel..."
8. Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"
9. Bruno Mars - "It Will Rain"
10. Dev - "In The Dark"

Top Hits Music : Top Rock Songs December 2011 

1. Bush - "The Sound Of Winter"
2. Foo Fighters - "Walk"
3. Coldplay - "Paradise"
4. The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
5. Seether - "Tonight"
6. Chevelle - "Face To The Floor"
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers - " The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie"
8. Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
9. Foo Fighters - "These Days"
10. Staind - "Not Again"

Top Hits Music : Top Country Songs December 2011

1. Brantley Gilbert - "Country Must Be Country Wide"
2. Jason Aldean - "Tattoos On This Town"
3. Lady Antebellum - "We Owned The Night"
4. Miranda lambert - "Baggage Claim"
5. Taylor Swift - "Spark Fly"
6. Blake shelton - "God Gave Me You"
7. Eli Young Band - "Crazy Girl"
8. Zac Brown Band - "Keep Me In Mind"
9. Thompson Square - "I Got You"
10. Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield - "Easy"

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Carles Benavent: Quartet (2009)

Carles Benavent is one of the privileged geniuses that is sought out by a long list of artists such as Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Paco de Lucia. Quartet shows the importance for the group Benavent is on this new project, consisting entirely of new songs written for the quartet. The band sounds compact and balanced, with spaces for the individual brilliance of each of the four virtuosos, which are the perfect mattress to the brightness of Benavent.
01. Por dioss 3:45
02. La luz 5:15
03. Ai pare 6:22
04. Sevillona 3:49
05. Nipona 6:05
06. Aire 5:33
07. Tomili maguro 3:37
08. Olй blues 4:12
09. Renacer 3:31
10. El tiempo 3:31
11. Okinawa (bonus track) 5:00
Carles Benavent - bass
Jordi Bonell - electric guitar
Ravid Goldschmidt - Hang
Roger Blаvia - drums, percussions
Special Guest:
Juan Gуmez "Chicuelo" - claps
Isaac "El Rubio" - claps
Tino di Geraldo - drums & tablas
Jorge Pardo - soprano sax
Angie Benavent - Chorus

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Masayoshi Takanaka: Karuizawa Day Dream (2011)

Album release from Masayoshi Takanaka including "Blue Lagoon Surf" and more for 10 songs total. Light and pleasant music, performed with style and artistry.
1. Wind is alright 5:44
2. TONO 4:57
3. Moon and Venus 4:36
5. Graduation-the Mirage to the mountain 5:18
6. Blue Lagoon Surf 4:23
7. After a small mystery 5:37
8. Woodpecker 5:38
9. BBQ 4:32

Steve Dobrogosz & Anna Christoffersson: Rivertime (2008)

"Magical, phenomenal" - Kristianstadsbladet
"Sweden's hottest jazzduo" - Dagbladet, Sundsvall
"The duo success that has the critics on their knees" - Gefle Dagblad
"Sweden's most beautiful voice" - Göteborgs Tidning
“Incomparably beautiful and moving... a dynamic dreamteam... a sublime meteor shower of tones and words in complete symbiosis... the amazingly sensitive interaction between the two of them has deepened... perfectly realized songs that go straight to the heart. One of the best albums ever produced on Swedish soil" - Svenska Dagbladet
"I've seldom experienced such a devoted audience that listened so intensely - the contact was total. ..the piano and voice push each other to great things. It is impossible to describe the feeling these two musicians create together" - Folkbladet
"Every now and then one encounters a love song that makes one realize just how seldom songs actually express what love really is. On their second album, Rivertime, there are several such songs. Dobrogosz's piano is both trap door and guide rail in dialogue with Christoffersson's naked, flaming voice. Heartbreakingly romantic music… the best I've heard in a very, very long time" - Dagens Nyheter
"The combination is matchless and the collaboration seamless" - Dalarnas Tidningar
"Already after the first number it's clear that their dynamic communication is uniquely magical. The songs flow together in a mysterious, bottomless ocean, Anna's voice shifting from hot sensuality to powerful gospel crescendos, Steve's playing calling forth water drops and hurricanes" - Gefle Dagblad
"Musical magic. There were two encores, but after a concert like this there could have been many more" - Uppsala Nya Tidning
"I was prepared for the quality of his piano work but I wasn’t quite prepared for the voice of Anna. What an instrument. Smokey, earthy, rich and expressive and used with such intuitive ease that it makes listening a joy. The key quality of the album is how they combine and truly work as one voice. Without being soul music the album is very soulful, highlighted by the all too rare sense of oneness between piano and vocal" - Audioenz, New Zealand
"Songs for seventh heaven, with a sensual energy only found on earth" - Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany
1. Rivertime
2. It Was Only Love
3. Let Me Keep It in the Dark
4. That Perfection
5. Woman On the Wall
6. Wishing Song
7. Starlit
8. Love Survives
9. Your Sky Was Painted Blue
10. Dry
11. You're My Candle
12. Roads
13. Starlit (Reprise)

Tom Kennedy: Just For The Record (2011)

Bassist extraordinaire Tom Kennedy’s “Just For The Record” (his 3rd CD) is one of the most anticipated releases of 2011. Tom is best known for his work with Tania Maria, Bill Connors, Dave Weckl and Mike Stern. Weckl and Stern return the favor with their generous contributions to this new recording. Sound wise, the CD covers many genres from Bop and Latin to Fusion and Funk with an allstar musician lineup: Tom Kennedy, acoustic, fretless and electric bass; Mike Stern, guitar; Dave Weckl, drums; Charles Blenzig, keyboards; Jay Oliver, keyboards; Sarina Suno, violin; Bob Albanese, keyboards & Nathan Childers, sax. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
2.Just For The Record
4.Joyful Noise
6.Since Then
7.Love's Disguise
8.Just For The Record
9.Alone Together

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Issei Noro Inspirits: Beauty (2011)

Third album release from ISSEI NORO INSPIRITS. This stellar band continues to explore the brighter and fusion side of jazz music with skills and spirit. Highly recommended!
Issei Noro - electric guitars, chorus voices
Akira Jimbo - drums
Yuji Yajima - basses
Kent Ohgiya - electric pianos
Ryo Hayashi - synthesizers
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

David Garfield & The Cats: Do Pop Classiccs (2011)

David Garfield's mission statement is I make music. And make music he does, as a world-renowned keyboard artist, producer, and composer. Be it jazz, rock, funk, or world beat he is the creative force behind the production of many internationally acclaimed recordings.
David started his career with jazz greats such as Willie Bobo, Freddie Hubbard, and Tom Scott in the 70's. After being on the L.A. scene for several years, he moved into the vast studio world during its heyday and earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and versatility. This work eventually led to composing opportunities for television, film, and commercials (NBC / Disney / Nippon Television / RTL Germany).
During the 80's, Garfield arranged and produced many top Japanese artists and went on to produce his own projects for release in Japan. For the past 20 years, he has enjoyed continued popularity and success in that part of the world.
1. David Garfield, Alex Lingertwood - Let's Stay Together (Unreleased Version) (5:50)
2. David Garfield, Alex Lingertwood, Joseph Williams - Lowdown (6:38)
3. David Garfield And The Cats - Strawberry Fields (5:06)
4. David Garfield And The Cats - Layla (5:31)
5. David Garfield - For the Love of You (6:30)
6. David Garfield, Bernard Purdie - Babylon Sisters (6:15)
7. David Garfield - Josie (5:38)
8. David Garfield, Will Lee, Michael Landau, Simon Phillips - If Six Was Nine (7:01)
9. David Garfield, Boz Scaggs - It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (6:22)
10. David Garfield - Too Shy to Say (4:59)
11. David Garfield and Friends - Englishman in New York (7:04)
12. Abe Labonel, David Garfield, JR., Mischel Paulo - Lowdown (Alternate Mix) (6:33)
13. Michael McDonald, David Garfield - Let's Stay Together (5:59)

Vince Madison: Spice of Life (2006)

This is an album of contemporary jazz, Vince Madison style. It's in response to many requests for "something upbeat". As an artist, Vince felt a need to develop in a new direction as well. What you hear here is the marriage of those two desires.
Spice of Life marks a new direction for Vince. His melodic flowing piano style is still here, but it's augmented by a contemporary rhythm section and features sax and trumpet on select tracks. Listen for it on a smooth jazz station near you!
Vince began his career as a guitarist. Then as a sophomore in college, he decided to master the piano, because it would be a better vehicle for his true passion, composing. Graduating with honors from Denver University with a music composition degree, Vince traveled to New York, where he studied further under Juliard instructor Bertha Melnik, and then embraced the NYC studio scene, doing session work for labels such as Tommy Boy, Elektra and Polygram. In contrast to Dreamland , his work at that point was for rap and R&B artists, playing keyboard parts and programming synthesizers for early artists like Grand Master Flash, whose keyboard tracks were heavily sampled by other artists.
Vince has added his talent to numerous recordings for other artists and written dozens of pop songs. But with Dreamland , he decided to stop worrying about what was hip or the latest rage, and just write from the heart. And in response, his CDs have already far surpassed any of his previous efforts in terms of sales. With his new record company, “Firefly Records” Vince decided to skip the traditional record company waiting game and take his music directly to the people. In December 1998, when Dreamland was first released, he started playing the music live in upscale shopping malls. The response was astounding. People would stop dead in their tracks, listen, then get in line to buy a CD, sometimes with tears in their eyes!
Since then Vince has released 5 more CDs, each more popular than the last! And with this newest release, Vince is poised to gain an even wider audience!
01. Margarita Dance
02. After Sunset
03. Coastline
04. L.A. Freeway
05. Costa Maya
06. Hill Where the Lord Hides (remake of a Chuck Mangione tune)
07. Tangled Web
08. Gettin With You
09. Saxy
10. Slow Dance
11. Casino
12. Blink

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nils Lofgren: Old School (2011)

You could forgive Nils Lofgren, best known these days as a 27-year member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, for issuing a contemplative record after such a difficult period. And there's some of that here.  Yet, in the wake of losing both E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons (who passed in June at age 69 from complications following a stroke) and organist/keyboard player Danny Federici (after a battle with cancer in 2008), Lofgren begins the forthcoming Old School embroiled in a vinegary rage.
He comes tearing out to open this project, released in early November by Vision Records -- making a bold statement of rock 'n' roll purpose on the title track: "Old School" is this crunchy, horn-driven kiss off to those who spend more time whining than they do working to accomplish something -- made complete by a boisterous guest vocal turn by Lou Gramm of Foreigner fame. Lofgren then white knuckles it through the riffy "60 is the New 18," a fleet little aside than owes no small debt to the Springsteen's rangy late-period rockers -- only updated with a crumpled new-wave guitar signature.
"Love Stumbles On" combines a rockabilly riff and a common-man storyline that might fit in well on one of his employer's albums, too. Later, Lofgren unleashes an angry yawl on the slide-driven "Amy Joan Blues," this bumpy ride through a Delta swamp with Free/Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. The anthematic "Dream Big" thumps along with a toweringly processed beat, as Lofgren exhorts us all to "love like a work of art."
This frisky sense of variety should come as no surprise to anyone who's followed Lofgren's non-Springsteen doings. After all, he has also recorded and toured with Neil Young (a stint that included After The Gold Rush and Tonight's The Night, among others), Willie Nelson, David Crosby, Branford Marsalis (on the Buckshot LeFonque project), Lou Reed and Ringo Starr (during his original All-Starr Band tour, and then again in 1992). Along the way, the 60-year old Lofgren has also issued an astounding 36 previous solo projects, as well.
The album is Nils Lofgren's first studio effort in five years, and follows 2008's The Loner: Nils Sings Neil, a homage to Neil Young also issued on Vision Music. Work on this project actually began subsequent to Logfren's work with the E Street Band on Bruce Springsteen's Dream Tour in November 2009. Lofgren produced Old School, with the exception "Why Me," which was produced, recorded and mixed by Brian Christian (Alice Cooper/Kiss/The Babys).
Of course, the backwash of anger -- in particular when somebody has gone -- is typically a deeper sorrow, and Old School is no different. As Lofgren makes his quietly effective tribute to Ray Charles on "Miss You Ray," a song with the same kind of shambling emotional heft as Springsteen's "Blood Brothers," it's hard not to think of the recently departed Clemons. (And, as it turns out, over more recent Lofgren shows, the track has become something of a tribute to the late saxist.)
That Brother Ray namecheck, by the way, is not the last overt nod to the rhythm and blues influences that always run just beneath the surface of the music he makes with Springsteen -- or the last frank discussion on mortality. "Ain't Too Many of Us Left," for instance, finds Lofgren working side by side with the great soul shouter Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave fame. The contemplative "Irish Angel," a Bruce McCabe song that Lofgren's been performing during acoustic shows for years, underscores the difficulties in saying goodbye -- while "When You Were Mine" seeks comfort after a devastating storm finally disappears over the horizon. "Let Her Get Away" begins the process of healing, even if it's with a grizzled, world-weary perspective on what's been lost.
It's unclear where the E Street Band is right now in that regard. There are, as yet, no plans to reconvene. That's left Nils Lofgren alone with his thoughts. The result is a well-conceived journey -- not just through grief, and through anger, but also toward acceptance.
01 – Old School
02 – 60 Is the New 18
03 – Miss You Ray
04 – Love Stumbles On
05 – Amy Joan Blues
06 – Irish Angel
07 – Ain’t Too Many Of Us Left
08 – When You Were Mine
09 – Just Because You Love Me
10 – Dream Big
11 – Let Her Get Away
12 – Why Me

Arturo Sandoval: I Remember Clifford (1992)

I Remember Clifford is a 1992 album by Arturo Sandoval, the second album he made after fleeing from his native Cuba.
The entire album is a tribute to Clifford Brown, who was a great influence on Sandoval; Brown was an influential, highly-rated and much-loved jazz trumpeter who died in an auto accident in 1956, when he was only 25 years old.
The album is named for Clifford Brown who was killed on June 26, 1956 in a car accident which also killed pianist Richie Powell, the younger brother of Bud Powell.
Sandoval's written tribute to Brown in the liner notes for the album ends:
 Everybody that I've spoken to, who knew Brownie, coincided in describing his heart and his simplicity as an artist. Modesty, feelings, dignity and virtuosity; not a bad legacy. ... It is with all my heart and soul that I offer this sincere effort to one of the greatest trumpet players of all time; a man who left his mark as a person and as an artist. It is named after a threnody written by Benny Golson, I Remember Clifford, also written in memory of Brown.
In addition to an especially poignant rendition of the Golson piece (using only a trumpet and piano - a pointed tribute to the two musicians who died together), the album contains a long list of Clifford's best-known standards (some composed by Brown himself). One final inclusion is a new composition, I Left This Space For You, written by Sandoval in tribute, in which Sandoval plays only a restrained melody, leaving "this space for him" (in Sandoval's words). One very unusual feature, heard on five of the tracks, is the use of overdubbing to create a trumpet 'choir' of four harmonized trumpets, all played by Sandoval (a concept credited to Orlando 'Papito' Hernández, who had experience with multiple trumpets from his time playing with Herb Alpert). The 'choir' is used to play arrangements of some of Brown's own brilliant original solos; the different trumpet lines are so closely synchronized it is hard to believe they were not reproduced electronically. Sandoval's own phenomenal playing features in his own solos, especially on "Cherokee", which he takes at a pace a hair faster than Brown's own impossibly-fast original.
The album received two nominations in the 1992 Grammy Awards ('Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Individual or Group', and 'Best Arrangement on an Instrumental', for Cherokee). It was picked by critic Leonard Feather as one of the ten best jazz albums of 1992.
1 Daahoud 4:57
2 Joy Spring 5:42
3. Parisian Thoroughfare 5:58
4. Cherokee 5:09
5. I Remember Clifford 4:12
6. The Blues Walk 6:47
7. Sandu 5:19
8. I Get A Kick Out Of You 5:13
9. Jordu 8:27
10. Caravan 4:28
11. I Left This Space For You 5:51
Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet
Kenny Kirkland, Piano
Charnett Moffett, Bass
Kenny Washington, drums
Ernie Watts, Tenor Saxophone (tracks 1, 4, 7, 9, 10)
David Sánchez, Tenor saxophone (tracks 3, 6, 8)
Ed Calle, Tenor Saxophone (track 2)
Félix Gómez, Keyboards (track 5)
Gary Lindsay, Arrangements (except on track 9)
Alberto Naranjo, Arrangement on Jordu

Kouichi & Friends feat. Tommy Katona: Texas (2011)

This CD is highly recommended if you like: SRV, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ TOP, Michael Landau...
01. Texas [6:03]
02. Labyrinth [3:25]
03. Oh! My Life [3:49]
04. KTB Shuffle [2:56]
05. Bright Moments [3:30]
06. Otokono Blues [5:03]
07. Akiko [5:37]
08. Beautiful Day [4:36]
09. Austin Boogie (feat. Double Trouble) [4:34]
10. Shine On [4:54]
11. For My Daughters [1:41]
Kouichi Morita: Guitar,Vocals (Track 3,6,8 ), Chorus
Tommy Katona: Guitar, Chorus
Tim Neilley: Bass, Chorus
Clint Hooks: Drums, Vocals(Track 1,10 ), Chorus
Brandon Katona: Lead Guitar (Track 4 )
Kouichi Morita: Guitar (Track 9)
Tommy Shannon: Bass (Track 9)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tommy Schneller: Smiling for a Reason (2011)

Tommy Schneller - a Saxplayer and Singer from Osnabrueck, Germany. I worked and recorded with national and international Bluesartists and also released 3 CDs with my own project. The "Tommy Schneller Band " has worked all over Europe on Festivals and on Clubtours. Beside my project and the work beeing a freelance musician. I'm a part of a project called "Bluesnight". Here I get the chance to play with national and international Blues Funk & Soul Artists every month. It's a lot of fun and I made great friends and contacts all over the world. In 2006 the online travel company picked one Song "barefootin in the sand" that I wrote years ago together with my friend Jan Hirte for a TV Comercial.
On 4 November the new album "Smiling for a reason" was released and appeared to the market. The album was produced by Henrik Freischlader and recorded in the studio of Martin Shepherd. A soulful, funky, bluesy refreshment awaits you!
01. Cleaninglady Blues (5:58)
02. Smiling For A Reason (3:45)
03. You're My Place To Be (4:23)
04. Shaky Lies (4:44)
05. Sweetest Touch (4:25)
06. Blues For The Ladies (5:57)
07. Can't Go On This Way (3:58)
08. Never Found Me A Girl (3:34)
09. Dog's Life (4:19)
10. Get Closer (5:30)
Tommy Schneller (saxophone, vocals)
Henrik Freischlader (guitar, bass, drums, backing vocals)
Gregor Barrett (Fender Rhodes, organ)
Max Klaas (percussion)
Gary Winters (trumpet)
Dieter Kuhlmann (trombone)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mario Biondi & The Unexpected Glimpses: Due (2011)

Italian jazz-soul vocalist Mario Biondi was born of artistic stock in the Sicilian city of Catania. His great grandfather was a respected painter, his grandmother a singer, and his father a popular songwriter. Biondi sang throughout his childhood, first performing in public at age 12 in church, and soon singing in public squares before hundreds of people. From there he competed in the Festival della Canzone Siciliana, taking third place. Biondi's musical pursuits earned him the opportunity to perform alongside such Italian vocal greats as Califano, Bongusto, and Fiorello, as well as American legend Ray Charles. As word of his talent and skill got out, Biondi found himself collaborating with groups like the Change, Mario Brothers, and Funky Company on recordings and tours. Given his powerful and unique voice, it was not long before Biondi was encouraged to pursue a solo career. Featuring material inspired by American R&B artists like Lou Rawls, Luther Vandross, and Donny Hathaway, Biondi's debut record was released in 2006 on the boutique label Family Affair. Handful of Soul featured the single "This Is What You Are," which went immediately into heavy rotation throughout Italy and the U.K. A year later Biondi performed the song at the important Sanremo Festival in Italy, bolstering the record's popularity and helping to push it into Billboard's European Top 100 chart. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi
CD 1:
1. Blue Skies
2. Won't You Come Back
3. Life Is Everything
4. In The Sun
5. My Girl
6. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart
7. What's Happening Brother
8. Free
9. Dreaming
10. Funny How Time Slips Away
CD 2:
1. Mother Earth
2. All I Really Want
3. Do You Want Me To Stay
4. All You Have To Do
5. More Than You Could Ever Know
6. Where Are You
7. Lullaby
8. Everytime I Think Of You
9. Under That Sky
10. Finale In Dissolvenza

Friday, November 18, 2011

Patti Austin: On The Wat To Love (2001)

After affiliations with CTI (1976-80), Qwest (1981-88), and GRP (1990-1994), Patti Austin, as she passed the age of 50, seemed to have moved permanently from the soul jazz divisions of major labels to independents like Concord Jazz (for whom she made In and Out of Love in 1998) and even more modest recording affiliations (her last album, Street of Dreams, was handled by Platinum Entertainment). It is therefore something of a surprise that she has landed back at Quincy Jones' Warner Bros.-distributed Qwest label for her 15th album, On the Way to Love. It's also good news, since a singer of Austin's talent (and there aren't many of those) deserves the exposure possible through major-label distribution. The question, of course, is what sort of commercial compromises it entails. The answer is that Qwest's vision for Austin, one she seems to endorse enthusiastically, is to take her right back to the kind of quiet storm/adult contemporary/smooth jazz approach that characterized most of her earlier Qwest releases in the 1980s. Paul Brown, Boney James' producer, has been brought in, and, not surprisingly, the saxophonist turns up on "If You Really Need Me Now," a track that also features Austin's old duet partner (and Qwest labelmate) James Ingram. Siedah Garrett, another Qwest stalwart, co-wrote the title song, and Austin herself contributed to the writing of three songs, among them "Love's Been Kind to Me Lately," an attractive pop song that, like many here, may be more welcome on contemporary jazz stations than anywhere else. The songs indulge in street argot here and there, but this is an upscale effort for the most part, music for middle-aged Terry McMillan fans who aren't Waiting to Exhale anymore, but still don't want to work up a sweat. It's not bad, but Austin can do much better. -- William Ruhlmann
01. Girlfriend (4:02)
02. What Can I Say? (4:17)
03. On The Way To Love (4:00)
04. Love's Been Kind To Me Lately (3:37)
05. Make It Right (4:27)
06. If You Really Need Me Now (4:28)
07. Playin' Arround (3:55)
08. Let Me Be Me (4:26)
09. Southern Rain (4:31)
10. Tell Me Why (4:33)
11. Love's Been Kind To Me Lateley (Unplugged) (3:38)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bob Baldwin: NewUrbanJazz.Com 2 / Re-Vibe (2011)

Those listeners brand new to the special urban groove of the wonderful Bob Baldwin need only flip on the first track of his latest CD, ‘Re-Vibe’, to find out what this terrific musician is all about. Titled ‘Thanks For Stopping By’, the song (in Bob’s own words and in little over 2 minutes) perfectly sums up the ethos of this consummate performer.
Of course Baldwin has long been at the cutting edge of contemporary jazz. His 2008 project ‘’ served to redefine the genre and led to the legitimization of R & B tinged vocals within smooth jazz. Truth to tell Baldwin has been pioneering his unique vibe since he first hit the scene in 1988 with ‘The Dream Featuring Bob Baldwin’. Since then his often overlooked discography has been adorned with musical gems and now ‘Re-Vibe’ raises the bar yet another notch.
The variety of ‘Re-Vibe’ is delightful and is epitomized by the melodic yet rhythmic lilt of ‘Get Over It’ which features everyone’s favourite flute player Ragan Whiteside. Her own solo album ‘Class Axe’ remains a real Smooth Jazz Therapy favourite and when she returns to add some magic to ‘Get A Little (Jazz In Yo’ Ear)’ its her silky backing vocal that grabs the attention. In fact the tune is built around a streetwise rap from Bo Valentine and as the CD moves closer to the urban vibe that sums up Baldwin like no other, the silkily soulful ‘All Over You’ shimmers with a stunning vocal from Glen Jones.
‘Arabian Sweets’ also includes flute from Whiteside and, as the title suggests, is replete with (jazzy) eastern promise while elsewhere ‘For Grover and George’ provides Baldwin with the opportunity to tip a hat to Washington Jr and Howard respectively. The track also showcases top notch sax from the ubiquitous Darren Rahn yet despite the superb guest performances that generously populate the album its Baldwin’s own contributions that remains centre of everything. In this respect there is none more so than his ultra tight playing on the mid tempo title cut and later ‘Cosmic – Tology’ allows him to deliver another slice of hip virtuosity.
Later, ‘Burnin (In My Brain)’ finds Baldwin in a funk induced haze and although ‘Every Breath Is A Gift’ is a masterpiece of rhythm and melody it’s the warm, inviting singing voice of Porter Carroll II that adds a velvety quality to the retro tinged ‘Are You Ready’.
The brassy ‘Uptown Situation’ finds Freddy V in fine form on sax, the always excellent Barry Danielian on trumpet and some predictably great keys from Baldwin. When trumpet duties pass to the up and coming Joey Sommerville, he plays a significant part in making Baldwin’s version the Alicia Keys smash ‘Unthinkable’ sound brand new. It is right up there with the best that the collection has to offer yet even better and snatching the honours of Smooth Jazz Therapy top tune is ‘Morning’. Used to bring ‘Re-Vibe’ to a deliciously contemplative close, melodic smooth jazz doesn’t get better than this.
‘Re-Vibe’ from Bob Baldwin comes highly recommended. Check it out.
01. Thanks For Stoppin' By [02:27]
02. Uptown Situation [06:03]
03. Get Over it [05:50]
04. For Grover and George [05:54]
05. Unthinkable [04:52]
06. All Over You [04:39]
07. Get A Little (Jazz In Yo Ear) [04:30]
08. Cosmic-Tology [07:00]
09. Arabian Sweets [05:27]
10. Burnin' [05:27]
11. Are You Ready [05:17]
12. Re-Vibe [05:00]
13. Every Breath Is A Gift [05:16]
14. Morning [04:59]

Ron Carter: Ron Carter’s Great big Band (2011)

Throughout his illustrious career, the legendary Ron Carter has played it all jumping in headlong as an integral member of Miles Davis s classic 60s quintet, anchoring the groove for almost every CTI Records session in the 70s, then launching into multifarious new projects, including his cello-infused, chamber-jazz nonet and his piano-guitar-bass trio. But in his lifelong calling to find the right notes, Carter had never recorded a big-band album. So, the time was ripe for the 73-year-old maestro of the upright bass to break new ground. The result is the delightful and swinging album Ron Carter s Great Big Band, set into motion by esteemed arranger Bob Freedman and Somerled Charitable Foundation trustee Wendy Macdonald (who serves as producer) and featuring an all-star cast of supporting musicians.
Carter says the big-band album was more accidental than intentional. Having done every conceivable recording under my name, the only project I hadn t done was leading a big band. Wendy likes the way Bob writes and asked him to do a project featuring his arrangements. Once he agreed, he asked me to be a part of it. I figured, hey, I ll give it a shot. Recalling Carter signing on to the venture, Freedman says, Ron was up to it and into it. He was eager in his own reserved way.
As it turns out, Carter and co. provided the endeavor with an absolute commitment to musical sublimity. The 17-piece band, with the bassist serving as the rhythmic rudder with his steady, warm-toned pulse and Freedman leading as the conductor, delivers a vibrant outing of 13 tunes that buoy with a spirited freedom. The music exudes refined elegance and sonic power as well as opens a window onto a new approach to big-band performance. Ron took on the role of bass player/leader as though he d been doing it forever, says Freedman, who over the years has written arrangements of songs for many of Carter s recordings.
Assembling the band for this date was a joint effort by Carter and Freedman. The bassist insisted on using two of his frequent rhythm mates, pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Lewis Nash.
As for the horn sections, Carter suggested designating section leaders who would then fill in the rest of the musicians needed for the section. For woodwinds, alto and soprano saxophonist Jerry Dodgion was enlisted. He, in turn, called on Steve Wilson for second alto, Wayne Escoffery and Scott Robinson on tenor saxophones, Jay Brandford on baritone saxophone and English horn player Charles Pillow. Trombonist Jason Jackson filled the four- bone section with Steve Davis, James Burton III and Douglas Purviance, and trumpeter Tony Kadleck manned his section with fellow trumpeters Greg Gisbert, Jon Owens and Alex Norris.
The creation of the songbook for the band was another joint effort, with Freedman and Carter bringing to the table music that the latter says would be what people who like big bands would like to hear.
Ron Carter s Great Big Band opens with an upbeat, swinging take on the Duke Ellington s classic Caravan, with later renderings of Dizzy Gillespie s Con Alma treated to an apropos Latin hue, and W.C. Handy s Saint Louis Blues, for which Freedman wrote sections with different musical colorings all to playful effect.
01 – Caravan
02 – The Eternal Triangle
03 – Pork Chop
04 – Opus one Point Five
05 – Con Alma
06 – Sail Away
07 – Opus Number one
08 – Sweet Emma
09 – Saint Louis Blues
10 – Line for Lyons
11 – Footprints
12 – The Golden Striker
13 – Loose Change

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alex Gunia & Peace: 9866 (2004)

Alex Gunia's album 9866 is definitely the most interesting work in the genre of electronic Jazz in the last few years.
9866 is a statement for the modern, European Jazz, which easily competes with this field’s international artists. With this album Gunia and Peace claim their deserved place in Jazz in an impressive manner.
”The first Peace Album was the compulsory part, 9866 to me in the free program. I never went into so much detail during the production process as with this work. I wanted to find my limits as a producer as well as a musician, in matters of content as well as in matters of sound... but at the same time I was interested in realizing the whole concept of the music in every moment of the production process... almost never a single solo player is in a dominant position... this is not about the joy of making music or handmade grooves, this is about a piece of art which puts the listener into a peculiar euphoric, melancholic and at the same time hoarse mood...“ (Alex Gunia)
The final result, which Alex Gunia has worked out over the course of more than 2 years in his own Cologne studio and in that of Bugge Wesseltoft in Oslo, far exceeds all expectations.
”The possibility to work on 9866 in Bugge’s studio put me in a position where I could immediately work the musical inspirations, which I had collected in Oslo, into the album... this city is so full of inspiration that I can now understand very well why so much great music comes out of Norway... I believe that this melancholic feel which, the country has, talks to the Russian part of my soul... I am very happy to have been able to catch some that atmosphere and vibration on my album...“ (Alex Gunia)
”To me as producer the mood and the color of the music were most important with 9866. From the beginning on I tried to run some kind of red treat through all the pieces without repeating myself. I feel it is very important that pictures come into the listener’s mind…as many as possible, and as colorful as possible.
To me the design of the sound was most important...“ (Alex Gunia) The musical presence of Nils Petter Molvaer and Bugge Wesseltoft on 9866 is a part of the whole thing and snugly fits into the entire concept of the whole production.
”Working with Bugge and Nils Petter was a dream come true, because these two musicians can hardly get enough recognition for what they have done to modernize Jazz. While yesterday’s visionaries bore us with Future-Jazz and pseudo-modern spoken lyrics, we find many new things of real relevance in Scandinavia. ...and still I think we managed to tie the work of both them (Wesseltoft/Molvaer) neatly into the whole concept of 9866.” (Alex Gunia)
9866 has the potential to become a classic. Alex Gunia and Peace have managed to put a piece of European musical innovation on a record which is second to none.
01.- Big Beat
02.- Propheadz
03.- Below Zero
04.- Say Grace
05.- B-Chill
06.- Reaktor 5
07.- Godoz
08.- The Spirit
Alex Gunia: musical directions, guitars, sound treatment, programming
Michael Klaukien: drums, programmings, live-played loops
Ralph Pompe: basic bass
Philipp Sutter: fender rhodes, synthesizer, keyboards
Special guests:
Nils Petter Molvaer: trumpet
Bugge Wesseltoft: piano, sythesizer

[Re-Up] Chikenfoot: III (2011)

The sophomore effort, with the sophomoric title, Chickenfoot III, shows this super group, in the words of Sammy Hagar’s buddy, Chef Emeril Lagasse, kicking it up a notch. While the band, which features Hagar, along with guitar wizard Joe Satriani, bass player Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith, did well enough with their debut album to earn a Gold album for sales of over a half a million copies, they should go platinum this time around.
The album features better music, guitar solos and, yes, even lyrics, which was one of the major knocks on the first effort.
The band are still having a ton of fun and rocking their balls off, but they are very serious about the music they are pumping out. While the first album still had the stink of ‘experiment’ and ‘getting to know each other’, musically, this one fits like a glove. Chickenfoot are a band and this album proves that this is more than just a weekend recreation for the four talented musicians.
1. Last Temptation
2. Alright, Alright
3. Different Devil
4. Up Next
5. Lighten Up
6. Come Closer
7. Three and a Half Letters
8. Big Foot
9. Dubai Blues
10. Something's Gone Wrong
WMA lossless

[Re-Up] Dimension: 24 (2011)

The brand new studio album of j-fusion legends from Tokyo released in November 2011.
1.Make A Splash
3.Free Spirits
4.The Winds Of Change
5.The One
7.Walk On
8.Sense Of Touch
9.Green Day
Akira Onozuka: Keyboards, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Programming
Kazuki Katsuta: Alto & Soprano Saxophone
Takashi Masuzaki: Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Teppei Kawasaki: Electric Bass (1,2,3,4,6,7,9), Wood Bass (8,10)
Hiroyuki Noritake: Drums (1,2,4,7,8,9)
Satoshi Bandoh: Drums (3,5)
Taro Yoshida: Drums (6)
WMA lossless

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Veldman Brothers: Spreadin' Around (2011)

"The Veldman Brothers": A solid band moulded around "bloodbrothers" Gerrit and Bennie Veldman: Gerrit on guitar, Bennie on Hammond and bluesharp together with Marco Overkamp on drums and Donald van der Goes on bass. Infinite energy, visible joy, tangible synergy; music played from the guts: a mean and tight rhythm-section that forces Gerrit and Bennie Veldman into fabulous measures as singers, soloists and entertainers. Four talented musicians with massive experience, influenced by each other and by original heroes like the Vaughan Brothers, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Smith and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. "The Veldman Brothers" follow these tracks respectfully: with covers, with their own songs and above all with a highly recognizable "Veldman Brothers-sound". You I'l find "The Veldman Brothers" playing festivals as well as small blues joints and already they have managed to abash the audiences at every major bluesclub and festival in Holland.Their first record "Home" was rewarded "Best Blues album of 2007" by dedicated internet-sites and radio-stations. In 2011 The Veldman Brothers recieved 4 nominations from The Dutch Blues Foundations- Dutch Blues Awards 2011. Blues, rhythm and blues, swing-blues and delta-blues, blues with a touch off rock and blues with a twist off soul or funk. "The Veldman Brothers" won't recognize any limits and obey to only one golden rule: "It has to be pure and straight from the heart". "Blues and roots straight from the heart". Make sure that you've seen, heard and felt "The Veldman Brothers".
01. Spreadin' Around
02. Heading For The Door
03. Need To Know
04. Leavin'
05. Evil
06. Target
07. B-Low
08. Everyday I Play The Blues
09. Tell Your Daddy
10. Say You There
11. Questions
Gerrit Veldman (Guitar, Vocals)
Bennie Veldman (Hammond, Bluesharp)
Donald van der Goes (Bass)
Marco Overkamp (Drums)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Randy Brecker With The Danish Radio Big Band: he Jazz Ballad Song Book (2011)

On The Jazz Ballad Song Book, trumpeter Randy Brecker, the Danish Radio Big Band and Danish National Chamber Orchestra approach the slow, wistful side of this repertoire as one dimension among others. They expand their view outside of standards to include film works, lesser-known tunes and original compositions.
As featured soloist, Brecker displays the colossal tone, impeccable chops and searching impulses that have gifted bands from those led by pianist Horace Silver to singer Bruce Springsteen. His drive makes "All Or Nothing At All" a demand rather than a lament. He stretches out harmonically on his own tunes, with a funky bridge on "Foregone Conclusion" and a spacious theme for "I Talk To The Trees." More traditional ballad settings on "Cry Me A River" and "Skylark" showcase tenderness without sentimentality especially on "Skylark," where Brecker recasts the melody in disillusioned long tones.
Brecker stays extroverted, even as the intimacy of trumpeter Miles Davis' 1961 Columbia recording looms over "Someday My Prince Will Come" (down to Wynton Kelly's piano solo, orchestrated for strings and woodwinds). After a clear melody statement, Brecker opens up with packed runs and dejected crushes of dissonance. Per Gade's milky guitar is an effective foil, taking as much pleasure dipping into the lower register as it does sailing into higher, Wes Montgomery-inspired territory. Jesper Riis' arrangement also explores contrasts between bitter undertones in the strings and some Nelson Riddle-style shouting from the band.
Textured charts surround the trumpet heavyweight, flawlessly interpreted by the Danish groups and rarely settling into predictable accompaniment. Several soloists from the DR Big Band also get their own impressive say. Icy violins, biting sax counterpoint and a hard-edged swing on trombonist Peter Jensen's setting of "All Or Nothing At All" torch any sentimental associations of the tune. Pelle Fridell's baritone sax is heard in both half-time and double-time passages, along with allusions to modernist composers during an ominous deconstruction in triple meter. Occasionally some arrangements rely upon cliche, for example the syrupy, vibrato-laden violins of "The Immigrant/Godfather" or the rhythmic but otherwise generic introduction to "Goldfinger," where John Barry's theme proves better suited for screen heroics than studio improvisation.
Yet these moments are few and far between original touches such as a chirpy piccolo leading the elephantine ensemble on "The Immigrant/Godfather," the sleek surfaces of "I Talk To The Trees" or trombonist Vincent Nilsson's arrangement of the little heard but affecting "This Is All I Ask." Following Henrik Gunde's piano, two tightly muted trumpets weave around Brecker's open horn, with dark tuba and tapping triangle underneath. The effect is uncluttered, silken but strong, and builds beautiful tension, before the release of lush strings. When Brecker steps back from double-time for a few halting notes, the effect is similarly arresting. Peter Fuglsang's smooth alto sax dueting with Brecker makes an ideal coda.
Thelonious Monk's beloved "Round Midnight" is a fitting end to any collection of ballads. Here it sports the slowest tempo on the disc, as well as the catchiest swing. The massive, transparent ensemble and Brecker's subtle yet dynamic reimagining also sum up this album's strengths (even if the superfluous Latin feel also points to its occasional excesses). The Jazz Ballad Song Book strikes a satisfying balance between re-imagined standards, tasteful explorations and straightforward big band brawn.
1 All Or Nothing
2 Cry Me A River
3 Someday My Prince
4 Foregone Conclusion
5 Goldfinger
6 Skylark
7 I Talk To The Trees
8 This Is All I Ask
9 The Immigrant
10 Round Midnight