Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1 (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds - Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1 (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds
Album: Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 292 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1 is produced by Terrace Martin. As a producer and musician, Terrace Martin understands the pieces of history that MATTER. And he knows the true value of Crenshaw and Slauson in his own evolution and its importance to the world. On Volume 1, he brings together some of The Pollyseeds and distills the seemingly disparate pieces of that history into an instantly recognizable sound. ‘That West Coast Vibe’ is eminent. A great luthier once said ‘It’s simple, I just take a piece of wood and cut away everything that isn’t a guitar’. The Pollyseeds have done just that. Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1 is that record that trims the celebrity and the excess, and makes a very clear and simple statement with the sound. Let us hope that whatever gets built on Crenshaw carries the history forward with as much integrity and beauty as The Pollyseeds.

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Anti-Elevator Mission – Ups and Downs (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Anti-Elevator Mission - Ups and Downs (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Anti-Elevator Mission
Album: Ups and Downs
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 404 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Anti-Elevator Mission was formed by bassist Danny Zanker for two specific reasons: first, to give him an outlet to play his compositions the way he had always envisioned them, and second, to create music that is as rewarding to listen to as it is to play. This music is intended to bring the best out of the musicians who play it, and asks them to leave no part of themselves behind. The style is basically a mix of straight ahead jazz, Middle Eastern, African, heavy metal, blues and avant garde. It is played by a collection of fearless virtuosos who know how to go on some wild excursions but also how to dig into the emotion and lyricism of the tune at hand. Audiences in New York, Tokyo and several places in between have been awed by this powerful group.

“New York modern jazz up-and-comers Anti-Elevator Mission put a bold first foot forward with their 2007 release Ups and Downs. Fascinating melodic shapes interpreted by a gutsy, confident quartet give hungry listeners plenty to sink their teeth into. Lead by bassist Danny Zanker, Travis Sullivan (alto sax), Eishin Nose (piano), and Yutaka Uchida (drums) maneuver through nine tracks of odd time signatures and edgy harmony. As the band name would imply, this disc tosses a drink in the face of the radio-friendly smooth jazz genre. While the listeners profit from the record’s artistic integrity, there’s precious little ear candy to be found. Even dedicated fans will probably not find themselves humming AEM melodies while strolling the aisles of their local grocery. What Anti-Elevator Mission lacks in accessibility, they certainly make up for in creative composition and emotive performance. Though well-situated inside the boundaries of modern jazz, Ups and Downs is considerably more listenable than most contemporary releases. Though the sax screams, it never throws a tantrum. Bass and drum grooves take the listener out, but never leave them out. As is common for bass-lead ensembles, Anti-Elevator Mission pushes countless boundaries without ever losing its rhythmic and tonal center. Zanker proves himself a formidable bandleader and creative force on AEM’s maiden voyage.”

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Steve Davis – Think Ahead (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Steve Davis - Think Ahead (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Steve Davis
Album: Think Ahead
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 466 MB
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Inspired by the bebop of the 1950s, Steve Davis has crafted a distinctive sound on the slide trombone. In addition to leading his own group and serving as co-leader of One for All, Davis continues to perform with Chick Corea’s sextet Origin. “I’m drawn to music which allows for creativity of expression,” Davis said during a 2001 interview, “music which challenges the listener (as well as the musicians playing it) to think, to imagine, to feel.”

A native of Binghamton, NY, Davis grew up surrounded by music. His father had a huge collection of jazz, blues, and rock records while his mother was an avid fan of the radio. Together with his younger brother, he developed a knack for harmonizing. Davis’ musical abilities were inherited from his maternal grandmother, a self-taught stride piano player who performed in local restaurants. Although he taught himself to pick out basslines on the piano by the age of six, he studied trumpet, baritone saxophone, and tuba in school. Switching to the trombone in order to play with the high-school stage/dance band, he discovered his natural musical voice.

Davis sharpened his technique while attending a summer jazz workshop at SUNY Binghamton in which the Bob Brookmeyer Sextet featuring Joe Lovano served as the resident band. He later spent three years with the Binghamton Youth Symphony. He continued his studies at the University of Hartford’s Hartt College of Music, where he was mentored by alto saxophonist and music teacher Jackie McLean. Davis’ first career break came when McLean recommended him to influential jazz drummer Art Blakey. After sitting in with Blakey’s band during several gigs, he replaced Frank Lacy in 1989. He remained with the band until Blakey’s death in 1990. Teaching since 1985, Davis joined the jazz faculty at the Hartt College of Music in 1991. ~ Craig Harris

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Tommy Emmanuel – Collection (1987-2015) [FLAC]

Tommy Emmanuel - Collection (1987-2015) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Tommy Emmanuel
Album: Collection
Genre: Jazz
Year: 1987-2015
Size: ~ 9.8 GB
Source: CDs, Digital download
Format: FLAC, APE (image + .cue / tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Tommy Emmanuel, four-time winner of Australia’s Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music. After years as a popular sideman and ace songwriter, the two-time ARIA (Aussie Grammys equivalent) Award winner launched his solo career in 1988 with Up from Down Under. Several releases followed, notably 1993’s critically acclaimed The Journey, which hit high on Gavin and Radio & Records NAC airplay charts. He has shown a mastery and affinity for both electric and acoustic axes and has been singled out by the likes of notable musicians such as Chet Atkins — with whom he recorded The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World in 1997 — and Todd Rundgren, who considers him an innovator on the instrument. Only appeared in 2001, followed by 2002’s Endless Road (it was finally released in the U.S. three years later), 2005’s Live One, and 2006’s Happy Hour (with Jim Nichols) and Mystery.

Although Emmanuel took a brief hiatus from the music industry at the end of 2007 for health reasons, that October he recorded all three nights of a residency at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California. These recordings would make up the acclaimed double-CD live set that was released as Center Stage in April 2008. Equally well-received was 2010’s Little by Little, a comeback of sorts in the form of a double studio album featuring a tasteful rendition of Carole King’s “Tapestry.” Arriving in 2011, All I Want for Christmas nodded in places to John Fahey’s classic festive recordings, while 2013’s The Colonel & the Governor saw him team up with the equally talented English guitarist Martin Taylor. Two years later, he delivered the solo studio date It’s Never Too Late on Sony, followed by 2016’s holiday-themed Christmas Memories. ~ Jonathan Widran & James Wilkinson

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Diana Krall – Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition] (2017) [CD FLAC]

Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition] (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition]
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 291 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Diana Krall spent the better part of the 2010s exploring byways of American song — her 2012 set Glad Rag Doll drew heavily on obscure jazz from the 1920s and ’30s, its 2015 sequel Wallflower concentrated on pop and rock tunes — but 2017’s Turn Up the Quiet finds the pianist/singer returning to well-known standards from the Great American Songbook. Reuniting with producer Tommy LiPuma for the first time since 2009’s bossa nova-inspired Quiet Nights, Krall works with a trio of lineups on Turn Up the Quiet, alternating between a trio, quartet, and quintet. The album isn’t divided into triads but rather gently shifts between these bands, a move that’s sometimes imperceptible because the focus is firmly on Krall, the pianist. Her voice often operates at a hushed whisper — a decision that suits this collection of romantic, dreamy material; it also underscores the importance of the record’s title — and that emphasizes her lithe piano along with the solo spotlights from her featured musicians. Krall gives her three bands plenty of space to shine — fiddler Stuart Duncan, in particular, stuns with his solo on “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” but there are nice turns from guitarists Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson, and Marc Ribot, along with supple playing by bassists Christian McBride, Tony Garnier, and Anthony Wilson — but what impresses is how these ensembles are all united in spirit and attitude, all thanks to their leader. Krall has a definite vision for Turn Up the Quiet — she wants to keep things smoky and subdued, a record for the wee hours — and the end result is so elegant, it seems effortless. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Jazzamor – Strange to Be in Paradise (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Jazzamor
Album: Strange to Be in Paradise
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 319 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Love, hate, the complexities of our times lacking simple solutions – resonating in Jazzamor’s question: Isn’t it strange to be in Paradise? When we sing our love songs and when we celebrate the wonderful experience of humans embracing each other in a rather mystical happening of emphatic passion, we cannot deny the fact that in each and every case there are others in fear and horror, being tortured and slaughtered for nothing but the raging passion of hate. Is it not strange to be in paradise at the same time? To live in a world where we are supported in all kinds of ways, while at the same time other humans suffer? What is there to do with this strangeness to be? We are confronted with this human contradiction whether we like it or not. We can look away, or we can face these opposing appearances of life and the questions they pose. We choose every time we look at it. But to go beyond we must look into what provides us with that option. Our nature which is able to love and to hate almost at the same time. The transit well of wonderment. This never failing fertile fountainhead. There is the profound experience of creativity, the explosion of ideas, the blitz of insight. Creativeness itself is the strange exotic lead and it’s only restriction is the narrowness of hate. It has no image. It is a kind of abstraction without an idea. But because it is providing our life with a constant flow of ideas we do not need anything beyond it. The unknown given of all this real was non as life begun. At one point no-one was categorized as black, white, male, female, Christian, Jew, Moslem but somehow these narratives evolved. They have a history. They where suppressed, privileged, preached, forced, annihilated. They came from next to nothing. They became stories – histories – and an empty bird of wonderment is touching them lightly with superb grace to breathe life into them. That is: we do! And we have to be curious about what else we can achieve. We should not turn away from suffering, even when we do have no inkling about an answer. Nor should we be content with the easy answers the experts give us – let us not forget: They depend on histories. Let us consider directly the questions posed by humans lost in paradise, humans who die in paradise, just as the dice are cast.

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Chihiro Yamanaka – Collection (2001-2016) [FLAC]

Chihiro Yamanaka - Collection (2001-2016) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Chihiro Yamanaka
Album: Collection
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2001-2016
Size: ~ 6.9 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

b. Kiryu, Japan. Yamanaka played piano from the age of four, studying classical music and was eventually awarded the grand prize of Japan’s Gumma Fresh Talent competition. In the USA, she studied at the Berklee College Of Music, graduating in 2000. She was critically praised, winning DownBeat magazine’s award for Outstanding Performance and the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Sisters In Jazz competition, following which she toured Europe with other winners. Among many artists with whom she has performed are George Benson, Gary Burton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Curtis Fuller, George Russell and Ed Thigpen. In the early 00s she was a member of DIVA, the all-female big band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, with which group she has played concerts and recorded. Yamanaka also played in the DIVA spin-off quintet, Five Play, with which group she played on Marlene VerPlanck’s 2003 album It’s How You Play The Game. Among musicians Yamanaka has used on her recording dates are bass players Ray Parker, Ben Street and Larry Grenadier and drummers Ben Perowsky, Rodney Green and Jeff Ballard.

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