Laurent Coulondre – Gravity Zero (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Laurent Coulondre
Album: Gravity Zero
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 260 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Laurent Coulondre doesn’t just play keyboards, he merges with them. The young Frenchman says that he immerses himself totally into the “deep world” of his keyboards. This world can sometimes resemble an Escher-like maze: just when you think you’ve found the way out, you find yourself somewhere else. Coulondre’s music is funky and would not be out of place on Miles Davis’ On The Corner — yet it never sounds dated — if only because of the youthful energy of his playing. Coulondre’s whole body swings with the music as he loses himself in thrilling solos. In his homeland he is a popular sideman and he has played on the albums of trumpeter Nicolas Folmer and others. Coulondre’s latest album Gravity Zero was released this year. On it you can hear the exuberance that he will undoubtedly bring to the stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

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Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield – Hudson (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield
Album: Hudson
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 429 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Too often, musicians of this caliber who come together under the particular umbrella of a “project” find the end result muddied by any number of difficulties, from individual egos to production excesses. Thankfully, none of that is the case with Hudson, the collective recording by the all-star, multi-generational quartet of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. The album title has a two-fold meaning: It signifies the geographical region in upstate New York where these players currently reside, and highlights the notion that the area has always offered a place of solace for artists — especially musicians. The latter is reflected in the choice of covers here.
The mood throughout is loose and conversational. These guys play songs they love to discover what else is inside them. The collective’s lengthy title-track opening jam emerges from a funky bass and drum vamp, and evolves into something akin to the early electric music by Miles Davis via Medeski’s wonky organ and electric piano sounds and Scofield’s deeply rhythmic playing style. The entire band works that vamp to the point where it becomes something wholly other. Grenadier’s playing is remarkable not for what he plays, but for how his woody grooves are so deep they build a dancefloor for the others to move on. Scofield’s “El Swing” is a lithe, slippery, post-bop number with a lovely melody steeped in blues. There are four covers in a row. First is a reggae-cum-soul-jazz take on Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” where Medeski does his best Jackie Mitoo, while Scofield layers the lyric line with a biting tenderness and the rhythm section cuts deep. Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” builds on the wispy mystery in the original with a beautiful, bluesy, acoustic piano solo by Medeski, and Scofield’s quotations from “Eleanor Rigby.” Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” becomes a vehicle for intimate and edgy exploration utilizing psychedelia, swing rhythms, Scofield’s more angular rock abstractions — which always return to the blues — and Medeski’s spacy chord voicings. Jimi Hendrix is represented by “Wait Until Tomorrow,” in which the quartet uncover the R&B grooves underneath its rock exterior. Of the remaining originals, DeJohnette’s “Song for World Forgiveness” is a highlight for its laid-back tempo and reflective but emphatic interaction between pianist and guitarist. Scofield’s “Tony Then Jack” has an uptempo swagger with a knotty organ, a bouncy, walking bassline, and skittering snare work from DeJohnette, while the Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” reveals the NOLA funk at its core. Hudson is a modern update that harkens back — in feel — to the great Blue Note sessions of the ’60s, when a group of jazz masters could come together to play good music and let off some steam. We need more records like this.

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China Moses – Nightintales (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: China Moses
Album: Nightintales
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 477 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

They say the night conceals many stories. China Moses is the narrator of the night; her new album “”Nightintales”” shines a fascinating light on her journey through night time’s terrain. She conjures up images and moods with her warm, astonishingly flexible alto voice, as figures and places take shape in the listener’s imagination. Eleven expressive songs recount the intoxication of love (Hang Over) and its bitter ending (Whatever), of vices (Nicotine) and passions (Put It On the Line), of awakenings and courage (Running). It’s a sparkling kaleidoscope that blends jazz, soul, R&B, blues and pop into a multi-faceted whole. Her 2008 debut album “”This One’s for Dinah,”” a tribute to the legendary Dinah Washington, established Chinas Moses as a major voice. Now recognized as a jazz and soul diva with her own style, Moses has no need to hide behind her idol. On her new album “”Nightintales””, China sings her own compositions. Chapeau! For the listener, many a pleasurable evening enjoying this rich, multi-hued jewel of an album lie ahead.

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Oded Tzur with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis & Ziv Ravitz – Translator’s Note (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Oded Tzur with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis & Ziv Ravitz - Translator's Note (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Oded Tzur with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis & Ziv Ravitz
Album: Translator’s Note
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 240 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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In 2012, Oded led a rehearsal in Brooklyn with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis and Ziv Ravitz. The immediate connection between the four musicians led to the creation of the Oded Tzur Quartet, an ensemble that explores relationships between the jazz setting and Indian musics melodic architecture. Oded Tzur is a New York City based saxophonist, composer and bandleader. His work draws on Indian classical music and Jazz, and explores fundamental connections between different musical traditions. Tzur is also responsible for the development of ”Middle Path”, a saxophone technique that extends the instrument’s microtonal capacity. Coming from the Tel Aviv jazz scene Oded Tzurs musical background consisted of rigorous training in a number of musical styles. His curiosity for improvised music led him to discover the ancient art of Indian classical music, which has become the main focus of his work. In order to pursue the rare prospect of playing Indian music – a style heavily based on microtonality – on a western instrument such as the saxophone, Tzur dedicated about 10 years to the work of expanding the instruments microtonal scope. Shai Maestro Shai Maestro, a 27 year old native of Israel, has already left his mark on the jazz world. After playing, touring and recording for 5 years with bassist Avishai Cohen, Maestro relocated to New York, where he founded his groundbreaking trio: the Shai Maestro Trio. The pianist keeps a busy schedule, playing as band leader as well as a sideman. He has shared the stage with many world renowned musicians such as Jorge Rossy, John Patitucci, Keith Carlock, Nate Smith, Kendrick Scott, Scott Colley, Jimmy Green, and many many more. Petros Klampanis Described by JazzTimes as a formidable bassist and composer, Petros Klampanis grew up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Since his relocation to New York City in 2008, Klampanis has performed alongside some of the citys renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Ari Hoenig. Ziv Ravitz Ziv Ravitz was born in Israel to a family of musicians. He was drawn to music at an early age and played a variety of instruments before focusing on the drum set. Starting his professional career at the age of 13, he quickly acquired a reputation in a variety of musical styles.

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David Gilmore – Transitions (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: David Gilmore
Album: Transitions
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 409 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

On his Criss Cross leader debut, Transitions, guitarist David Gilmore pays tribute to recently deceased masters Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemans and Victor Bailey, the legendary trumpeter Woody Shaw, and living elders Annette Peacock and Hermeto Pascoal, by interpreting their music along with two original compositions. Joined by a top-shelf New York quartet comprising tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Carlo DeRosa and drummer E. J. Strickland (vibraphonist Bill Ware plays on Hutcherson’s ‘Farallone’; harmonicist Gregoire Maret plays on Thieleman’s ‘Bluesette’), Gilmore navigates both the acoustic and plugged-in spaces with equal fluency, showcasing his lovely sound, improvisational prowess and focused intention within an array of stylistic formats. A glimpse at Gilmore’s distinguished discography (it includes three prior leader records, and consequential sideman stints with Steve Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Meshell Ndegeocello, as well as more recent Criss Cross dates with Donald Edwards [CRC 1365; CRC 1386] and Boris Kozlov [CRC 1389]), gives a sense of the breadth and accomplishment of this bracing recital.

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Arve Henriksen – Towards Language (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Arve Henriksen
Album: Towards Language
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 173 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

A veteran of the mysterious avant garde Norwegian improvisational outfit Supersilent, Arve Henriksen is a trumpeter who rarely sounds as if he’s playing the trumpet. Instead, his instrument is muted and put through various FX units to create otherworldly sounds. On Patient Zero, he plays without a mouthpiece to sound like a bamboo flute; on Vivification, his ghostly improvisations sound like they’re being played on an ocarina; on Groundswell, he sounds like he’s slowly releasing air from an inflated balloon while someone plays Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew slowed down to 16rpm.

The sonic atmosphere he creates with sample-manipulators Jan Bang and Erik Honor can be faintly terrifying — the three of them should be given a horror movie soundtrack immediately — but also occasionally beautiful. On the final track Paridae, when Henriksen’s falsetto voice performs in tight medieval harmonies with his breathy, spittle-flecked trumpet over soft hymn-like chords, the effect is truly heavenly.

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Binker and Moses – Journey To The Mountain Of Forever (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Binker and Moses
Album: Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 411 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

When Binker Golding and Moses Boyd’s debut album Dem Ones was released in Summer of 2015 it kickstarted a sensational year for the young saxophone and drums duo, who won a string of awards including 2015 MOBO Awards: Best Jazz Act, Jazz FM Awards 2016: UK Jazz Act of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year and the 2106 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: Jazz Newcomer of the Year. Their new record Journey to the Mountain of Forever is a story album on two discs: the first features the duo on their own while for the second they are joined by saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Byron Wallen, harpist Tori Handsley tabla player Sarathy Korwar and drummer Yussef Dayes. The sessions took place on 21-22 July 2016, and were recorded completely live from Mark Ronson’s Zelig studio direct to a 1960’s Studer C37 1/4″ tape machine at Gearbox’s studio – no edits, drop-ins or mixing down. So, travel with us from the “realm of the now” to “the realm of the infinite” meeting along the way Shamans, the great Besbunu, the Ultra Blacks & various other tribes, monsters & characters whilst immersing yourself in their strange rituals, potions, music & a world which has no end. But, beware of the Jahvmonishi plant!

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Verneri Pohjola – Pekka (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Verneri Pohjola
Album: Pekka
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 349 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Finnish trumpeter and composer Verneri Pohjola reinterprets the music of his late father, internationally acclaimed and revered prog-rock bassist and composer, Pekka Pohjola. One of the most anticipated albums to emerge from the Finnish progressive, rock and jazz scenes, it combines Pekka’s music, adored in Finland and worldwide over the last four decades, with Verneri’s powerful sense of music making. Pekka is an album that will excite, inspire and move many fans across borders, generations and genres.

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