7/8/10

Atlantic Jazz · Piano


Atlantic Jazz · Piano
Atlantic · 1990 · 71min · 112Mb

01. The Way You Look Tonight - Erroll Garner
02. In The Purple Grotto - Mary Lou Williams
03. Line Up - Lennie Tristano
04. Celia - Phineas Newborn, Jr.
05. Sweet Sixteen Bars - Ray Charles
06. In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk
07. Delaunay's Dilemma - John Lewis
08. Lazy Bird - McCoy Tyner
09. Nirvana - Bill Evans
10. Young Soul - Dwike Mitchell
11. My One And Only Love - Joe Zawinul
12. Sweet Georgia Brown - Junior Mance
13. Eibahnstrasse - Herbie Hancock
14. Blues #2 - Ray Bryant
15. Pardon My Rags - Keith Jarrett
16. Koto Song - Dave Brubeck


Piano
Review

Founded in 1947, Atlantic Records has been the home of some of jazz's more important figures (as well as blues). This compilation, originally issued as a two-fer LP, catches some of the excellent performances by the label's stable of jazz pianists over a period of 35 years. The earliest track is from Erroll Garner's first and only Atlantic album, Passport to Fame, a 1950 trio session where Garner applies his captivating style to The Way You Look Tonight.

The penultimate track on the album is from modernist Don Pullen. In between, there are cuts from albums made by some of the top jazz pianists, not only from that period, but whose work has stood the test of time and is still played regularly.
It also shows that owners/producers Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun and Herb Abramson were wise and sensible enough to find room for artists representing a wide diversity of styles, from Garner through Dave Brubeck to Pullen and Joe Zawinul.

Wide stylistic berth allowances notwithstanding, for most of these artists their stint with the label was short, a stopping off place before landing contracts with a major recording studio such as Columbia.
The title is also a bit misleading in the sense the label never had some of the participants under contract.

The cuts by Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans were from sessions headed by Art Blakey and Herbie Mann, respectively. But no matter how they got on the album, this collection of jazz piano is unmatched for its breadth and depth.
Dave Nathan · All Music Guide


Dave Brubeck Quartet · Koto Song




Atlantic Jazz Piano


17/4/10

Jazz Masters 60 · The Collection



Verve Jazz Masters 60 · The Collection
Verve · 1996 · 76,19 Mb

01. Sweet Georgia Brown · Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli
02. Jam Blues · Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson
03. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm · E.Fitzgerald, L.Armstrong
04. Last Night When We Were Young · Kenny Burrell
05. Polka Dots And Moonbeams · Lester Young
06. Ricardo’s Dilemma · Oliver Nelson’s Orchestra
07. Organ Grinder’s Swing · Jimmy Smith
08. Stormy Weather · Billie Holiday
09. Ballad · Gerry Mulligan
10. Soul Sauce · Cal Tjader
11. March On, Swan Lake · Roland Kirk
12. Words Can’t Describe · Sarah Vaughan
13. Cocktails For Two · Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster
14. Summertime · Chet Baker
15. Cherokee · Clifford Brown, Max Roach
16. The Peanut Vendor · Herbie Mann


The Collection
Review

As is standard for Verve collections, this sampler provides a timeless taste of some of the top jazz names from the post-bebop years. Featuring excellent sound, the disc includes the likes of Lester Young (Polka Dots and Moonbeams), Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm), Chet Baker (Summertime), and Billie Holiday (Stormy Weather).

The vocal-instrumental mix continues it exemplary pace with more gems from Kenny Burrell, Roland Kirk, Clifford Brown, Jimmy Smith, Oliver Nelson, and several others.
Topped off with fine contributions by an all-star crew of sidemen (Hank Jones, J.J. Johnson, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie), Verve Jazz Masters 60 will provide the perfect soundtrack to your next party, whether played during that early cocktail stretch or in the hazy late hours.
Stephen Cook · All Music Guide


Lester Young


The Collection


16/4/10

Atlantic Jazz · Introspection


Atlantic Jazz · Introspection
Atlantic · 1986 · 86,19 Mb

1. Yoruba - Hubert Laws
2. Tones for Joan's Bones - Chick Corea
3. Forest Flower: Sunrise - Charles Lloyd
4. In a Silent Way - Joe Zawinul
5. Standing Outside - Keith Jarrett
6. Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) - Gary Burton
7. Fortune Smiles - Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett


Introspection · Review

The cover illustration on Atlantic Jazz: Introspection, so beautifully drawn in watercolour by Michael Paraskevas, whose artwork graces all the covers in this 12 CD series, is a sketch of Keith Jarrett at his piano. When it comes to representing the introspective style of jazz music, Jarrett is often the first name that springs to mind. He has built his career on getting to the heart of a musical piece, whether it is through improvisation at his solo concerts, or by examining standards with his trio.

So it is fitting that he is the showcase artist on Atlantic Jazz: Introspection, an album that samples the period between 1966 through 1972. He is featured in an early trio (Standing Outside, with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian), sitting in with Gary Burton’s quartet (the airy Fortune Smiles), and as a member of Charles Lloyd’s group that played a monumental set at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival. Forest Flower—Sunrise is the piece used on this compilation.

Gary Burton is also represented playing unaccompanied vibraphone on an Antonio Carlos Jobim song, Chega de Saudade (No More Blues).
Other artists included on the album are keyboard whizzes Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea, and flautist Hubert Laws, who performs a song called Yoruba. The former two would later bring the introspective approach into the world of fusion by forming their respective groups, Weather Report and Return to Forever. But here they are in the early stages of developing their signature sound. Zawinul’s track, played alongside Herbie Hancock on electric piano, is the lovely In a Silent Way, which provided the launching point to Miles Davis' 1969 album of the same name.
Corea’s offering is his chestnut, Tones for Joan’s Bones.


Joe Zawinul · In A Silent Way




The group of songs on Atlantic Jazz: Introspection is among the strongest I have heard in this collection. The pieces are beautiful examples of quiet (but not lite!) jazz played mostly on acoustic instruments.

My usual complaints with this collection—that there should be more artists included in a series this size and that it should reference the albums from where the songs originated—seem minor compared to the great music contained on this album. Out of the Atlantic Records vaults, this is about as perfect an introduction to the introspective side of jazz as one could wish for.
epinions.com


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Atlantic Jazz · Piano

11/4/10

The Best Of Verve Master Edition 2


The Best Of Verve Master Edition 2
Verve · 1999 · 97,9 Mb

01. Cannonball Adderley Quintet feat. John Coltrane - Grand Central
02. Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith - Fever
03. Dinah Washington with Quincy Jones & His Orchestra - Relax Max
04. Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster - Fajista
05. Sonny Rollins - Grand Street
06. Coleman Hawkins - The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
07. Antônio Carlos Jobim - Aqua De Beber
08. Bill Evans - Spartacus Love Theme
09. Sarah Vaughan - I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise
10. Stan Getz - Four
11. Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie Orchestra - 'Deed I Do
12. Johnny Hodges - Gal From Joe's
13. Roland Kirk - A Quote From Clifford Brown
14. Charles Mingus - Prayer For Passive Resistance
15. Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery - Down By The Riverside
16. Oscar Peterson Trio with Clark Terry - Mumbles



The Best Of Verve Master Edition 1
The Best Of Verve Master Edition 2