Tuesday, 24 February 2009

The Mendoza & Mardin Project - Jazzpana (1993)





Genre: Flamenco / Jazz
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 1992
Label: Atlantic Jazz








Jazzpana, the most ambitious recording project ever undertaken by Siggi Loch in a most active and extensive music business career, fuses American jazz and the flamenco music of Andalusia in a most imaginative, adventurous, and inspirational way. Jazzpana, is a showcase for the special compositional and arranging skills af Arif Mardin and Vince Mendoza, for the impeccable and dynamic section work of the WDR Big Band, for the exotic, extrovert artistry of Ramon El Portugues and Los Jovenes Flamencos, and for the assured and articulate playing of top jazz guest players Michael Brecker, Al Di Meola, Steve Khan, and Peter Erskine. Furthermore, Jazzpana, reveals Vince Mendoza as a composer and arranger of immense talent and imagination.




Sunday, 22 February 2009

Akira Jimbo - Get Up! 2008





Genre: Drums / Smooth-jazz / Jazz
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 2008
Label: King Record




2008 Release. Japanese Hot Shot Drummer Akira Jimbo who is known worldwide as the drummer with fusion outfit Casiopea returns with another dose of electric fusion after his much acclaimed " Four Colors". This new one also features guitar maestro Frank Gambale along with the ever popular L.A Bassist Abraham Laboriel and Otmaro Ruiz (John McLaughlin) on piano.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Brian Bromberg - Downright Upright 2007





Genre: Bass/Fusion/Jazz
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 2007
Label: Marimelj/Lightyear





One glance at the personnel, which includes such popular "smooth" players as tenors Kirk Whalum and Boney James, trumpeter Rick Braun, and pianists George Duke and Jeff Lorber, could easily lead one to believe that this CD is filled with vacuous and mildly soulful background music. Actually, the playing on Downright Upright is a surprise, for most of the selections are reasonably creative renditions of soul-jazz. Four songs ("Cantaloupe Island," "Mercy Mercy Mercy," "Cold Duck Time" and "Chameleon") are standards given rightfully soulful treatments, and most of Bromberg's originals are worthwhile although a couple veer close to smooth. Most listeners knew that Kirk Whalum could play worthwhile jazz if placed in that context but the fine solos of Boney James and particularly Jeff Lorber will surprise many...




Friday, 20 February 2009

David Dyson - Soulmates (2000)






Electric bassist David Dyson has made his mark as a sideman with Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Pieces of a Dream, and the band (which also included Bob Belden) featured on Tim Hagans' Animation - Imagination. On his solo debut, Dyson handles just about everything by himself, including bass, keyboards, drum programming, sampling, and assorted spoken word vocal spots. There are a couple of guest keyboardists and saxophonists, and John Stoddart sings well on "Spin Cycle." But Dyson's bass is the dominant presence, deployed often via overdubs as a melody and chording instrument. His tracks lean heavily toward funk, R&B, and dance beats, and this, together with the electric bass emphasis, makes Dyson's music somewhat similar to Marcus Miller's. Jazz listeners might find it a bit commercial overall, although Dyson crafts some edgy harmonic progressions, hard grooves, and intelligent songs. He and co-engineer/pianist Vince Evans also know their way around studio gear -- the recording is rich and of very high quality. Dyson's unaccompanied statement, "Lonely Daze," is an ideal closing gesture. allmusic


Genre: Bass/Fusion/Jazz
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 2000
Label: Marimelj/Lightyear

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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - Walking Into Clarksdale (1998) [Japan 2008 Remaster SHM-CD UICY-93587]




Jimmy Page & Robert Plant

Walking Into Clarksdale (1998) [Japan 2008 Remaster SHM-CD UICY-93587]



Genre: Rock
Format: Wv + cue + log
Released: 1998
Label: Universal Japan
Number of Discs: 1




For all of the acclaim it received, there's no denying that No Quarter was a tentative reunion for Page & Plant, containing only a handful of new songs that were scattered among many reworked old favorites. Since its supporting tour went well, the duo decided to make their reunion permanent, setting to work on an album of entirely new material. Taking the world music dabblings of No Quarter as a cue, Page & Plant tempered their eclecticism with a healthy dose of their monolithic guitar army, hiring Steve Albini, the indie rock producer notorious for his harsh, brutal recordings, to helm the boards. In other words, it sounds perfect on paper -- groundbreaking veteran artists still taking chances and working with younger collaborators who would challenge them....





Sunday, 15 February 2009

Bob James - In Hi-Fi 2003 (Audio Fidelity AFZ 009 SACD)





In Hi-Fi 2003 (Audio Fidelity AFZ 009 SACD)



Genre: Jazz / Smooth-jazz
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: April 22, 2003
Label: Audio Fidelity
Number of Discs: 1





This is a dual layered gold CD in SACD,but sounds fabulous on two channel as well.

Contains 11 selections of some of Bob James best work from the 70s and 80s and these selections were remastered on the Sony DSD system with Steve Hoffman handling the project.

Liner notes written by Bob James himself detailing the selections used for this disc. This is an often overlooked album in the Bob James catalog and that is a pity. This is part of the Audio Fidelity line of audiophile discs. Released in 2003 it remains one sought after discs, by those in the loop.

Generally compliation discs for the most part are just ho-hum. This is a decided difference, not to be missed. It is just stellar.

A must have for the fan of Bob James, the sonics on this disc are to die for. A must have if there ever was one, this is it.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Then And Now - The Definitive Herbie Hancock 2008



Genre: Jazz
Format: flac + cue + log
Released: 2008
Label: Verve





Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock, an essential collection of tracks from multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Herbie Hancock, will be released September 23rd on Verve Records. A first-ever career retrospective of the jazz visionary's unparalleled work, the 12-track CD chronicles five decades, featuring music spanning Hancock's illustrious career from Blue Note, Warner Brothers and Sony, to his present days with Verve. The only truly comprehensive collection of Hancock's work covers the genre-stretching musician's expansive repertoire, from his best-known solo works including “Maiden Voyage" and “Rockit" to his collaborations with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Damien Rice, and Corinne Bailey Rae, including a previously unreleased live version of “River" featuring Joni Mitchell, the title track of his 2008 Grammy Album of the Year....



Thursday, 5 February 2009

T-Square & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Harmony 1993





Harmony 1993


Genre: Jazz
Format: Ape+ cue + log
Released: 1993
Label: Sony
Number of Discs: 1




Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Ray Charles - His Greatest Hits Vol. 2 1987[DCC DZS-037 Mastered by Steve Hoffman]





His Greatest Hits Vol. 2 1987[DCC DZS-037 Mastered by Steve Hoffman]


Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Piano Blues, Soul
Format: Flac+ cue + log
Released: 1987
Label: Dcc Compact Classics
Number of Discs: 1






Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Ray Charles - His Greatest Hits Vol. 1 1987[DCC DZS-036 Mastered by Steve Hoffman]





His Greatest Hits Vol. 1 1987[DCC DZS-036 Mastered by Steve Hoffman]


Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Piano Blues, Soul
Format: Ape+ cue + log
Released: 1987
Label: Dcc Compact Classics
Number of Discs: 1


Monday, 2 February 2009

Jeff Beck - Wired 1976 (MFSL UDCD 531 Gold Japan)





Perpetual Flame (2008)


Genre: Rock, Jaz-Rock, Fusion
Format: Ape+ cue + log
Released: 1976
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Number of Discs: 1


Jazz-rock fusion music has no greater exponent than Jeff Beck, whose latest album, Wired, demonstrates how vital this genre can be. Even more important, Wired presents Beck in a context that finally satisfies both his uncompromising musical standards and commercial necessity.Beck's first group, the Yardbirds, was the most inventive of the early Sixties British blues bands and is now credited with producing three of the most important electric guitarists of the past ten years -- Eric Clapton, Beck and Jimmy Page. Both Clapton (with Cream) and Page (with Led Zeppelin) became famous after leaving the Yardbirds. But Beck remained a relatively obscure figure. This despite the fact that the hits following "I'm a Man" -- "For Your Love," "Shapes of Things," "Over Under Sideways Down," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" -- were all powered by his brilliantly manic lead guitar. In comparison, Clapton was an extremely conservative stylist and Page, merely a technician. But Beck's guitar work was visionary: ....




Sunday, 1 February 2009

Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force - Perpetual Flame (2008)




Perpetual Flame (2008)


Genre: Metal
Format: Flac+ cue + log
Released: 2008
Label: Rising Force Records
Number of Discs: 1


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to speak directly with guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen (see link below). We agreed that 2008 was quickly developing into a very special year for him. First, he had just finished the highly successful European leg of his tour and was just about to begin dates in North America. Also, he was about to be inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk an achievement that he described as ‘humbling’. Not only that, but he has also teamed up with the Fender Custom Shop to release an updated limited edition Yngwie signature model.