Aug 27, 2016

Emily Remler - East to Wes (1988)

Here Emily continues to raise her game. Her fluid technique brightens such seldom heard numbers as the Clifford Brown’s melodic “Daahoud” and her luminous arrangement of Claude Thornhill’s lovely “Snowfall”. Also included is the relaxed rendition of “Sweet Georgia Fame”, the first ever guitar version of “Hot House”, her incredible props for Herb Ellis in “Blues For Herb” and of course the tribute to Wes, “East To Wes”, for which she explains, “Wes was one of the greatest improvisers I ever heard. His feeling was happy, his soul was beautiful. He made listener’s feel.” The polished rhythm section includes the masterful pianist Hank Jones, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. Maybe her best Swing album ever.

” Emily Remler’s time is so sure, so flowing, that it’s as natural to her as breathing. So is her warmth – of tone and conception. She’s a natural story-teller, keeping the narrative line alive with an exact sense of dynamics and color. “
~ Nat Hentoff

01. Daahoud (Brown)
02. Snowfall (Thornhill) 
03. Hot House (Dameron) 
04. Sweet Georgia Fame (Dearie, Harris) 
05. Ballad for the Music Box (Remler)
06. Blues for Herb (Remler)
07. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)
08. East to Wes (Remler)

Emily Remler - guitar
Hank Jones - piano
Buster Williams - bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith - drums

Cal Collins - Ohio Style (1990)

Guitarist Cal Collins' first album as a leader in four years was also his first for Concord in nine years. Collins' reputation as a swinging and appealing improviser was formed during his Concord years (1978-81) before he moved to Cincinnatti. This "comeback" CD was recorded in Cincinatti with some fine local musicians: flugelhornist Jerry Van Blair, bassist Lou Lausche and drummer Tony Sweet. With the exception of the off-the-wall choice of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Collins was always open to the influence of country music), all of the selections are veteran jazz standards. The guitarist manages to give such tunes as "East of the Sun," "Skylark," "Ghost of a Chance" and "Sweet Sue" fresh interpretations that swing and are creative within the genre of mainstream jazz. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

1. Falling in Love With Love
2. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
3. Be Anything (But Be Mine)
4. Bags' Groove
5. An Affair to Remember
6. Skylark
7. I've Got the World on a String
8. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
9. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
10. Ill Wind
11. Sweet Sue
12. Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Cal Collins Quartet: 
Cal Collins (guitar), Jerry Van Blair (flugelhorn), Lou Lausche (bass), Tony Sweet (drums).

Ed Bickert ‎– Bye Bye Baby (Concord Jazz ‎– CJ-232 )(1984 vinyl rip)


A1 You’re In Love With Someone
Written-By – James Van Heusen*, Johnny Burke

A2 Bye Bye Baby
Written-By – Jule Styne, Leo Robin

A3 Barbados
Written-By – Charlie Parker

A4 It's Time
Written-By – Horace Silver

A5 Nobody Else But Me
Written-By – Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein*

B1 Things Are Getting Better
Written-By – Cannonball Adderley

B2 A Flower Is A Lonesome Thing
Written-By – Billy Strayhorn

B3 Pensativa
Written-By – Clare Fischer

B4 Keeping Myself For You
Written-By – Sidney Clare, Vincent Youmans

    Bass – Steve Wallace
    Drums – Jake Hanna
    Engineer [Recording & Remix Engineer] – Phil Edwards
      Mastered By – George Horn
       Piano – Dave McKenna

big tks to original ripper.


Sunao Wada / Ushio Sakai / George Otsuka - Blues For Bird (TBM Limited Edition)(1974)

Sunao Wada / Ushio Sakai / George Otsuka - Blues For Bird (TBM Limited Edition)(1974)
(TBM Japan, issued 2000)
Three Blind Mice is a Japanese jazz record label founded in June 1970 as a showcase for Japan's emerging jazz performers. It has produced more than 130 albums have been released since. So far they have won the Jazz Disc Award five times in Japan. Produced by Takeshi Fujii and often recorded by the Yoshihiko Kannari, TBM created jazz records by Japanese players since the 1970s and became known for its audiophile sound quality. TBM's records captured a very important, vibrant era in the development of Japanese jazz. Stars like Isao Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, George Kawaguchi, Terumasa Hino and Mari Nakamoto recorded their very first albums with the label. Artists also include Shuko Mizuno's "Jazz Orchestra '73", Toshiyuko Miyama and Masaru Imada...

1, Now's The Time
2, Moss
3, Blue Bird
4, Now's The Time

03/26 & 05/26/1974
live at the Nihon-Toshi Center Hall

池野実 Minoru Ikeno (as), 和田直 Sunao Wada (g), 中山静男 Shizuo Nakayama (p), 山本一昭 Kazuaki Yamamoto (b), 山田幸治 Koji Yamada (ds), 植田日登美k Hitomi Ueda (vo), 酒井潮 Ushio Sakai (org), 幾美雅博 Masahiro Ikumi (g), 楠本卓也Takuji Kusumoto (ds), 大友義雄 Yoshio Otomo (as), 森剣治 Kenji Mori (as), 植松孝夫 Takao Uematsu (ts), 山口真文 Mabumi Yamaguchi (ts), 大徳俊幸 Yoshiyuki Daitoku (p), 古野光昭 Mitsuaki Furuno (b), ジョージ大塚 George Otsuka (ds)

Aug 25, 2016

George Shearing, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Louis Stewart - The MPS Trio Sessions (4 cd set)(2007)

For those fortunate enough to hear and own the immaculately produced Germany/Black Forest based MPS recordings, distributed as imported pristine virgin vinyl LPs that were pressed in the '70s, you already know the quality of this four-CD set of George Shearing's trio. With the peerless Dane Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Ireland's genius guitarist Louis Stewart, they can hardly do anything wrong musically. The first three CDs have Shearing playing standards, occasionally contemporizing his repertoire on Chick Corea's "Windows" and "500 Miles High," doing NHOP's "Cowboy Santa" and "My Little Anna," and offering two of his own originals, "The Fourth Deuce" and "G & G." The final CD has the threesome accompanied by strings, arranged and conducted by the brilliant Robert Farnon, and while a bit syrupy, lend pleasant late-night contrast at the end of a long day to the proceedings. This is a welcome addition to Shearing's collections discography, and a reminder of how good, in a short time period, MPS and producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer were. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Disc 1
  1. Tricotism
  2. Windows
  3. No Moon At All
  4. Some Other Spring
  5. Wait Till You See Her
  6. Tune Up
  7. The Party's Over
  8. The Lamp Is Low
  9. Lazy Afternoon
  10. Cowboy Samba
  11. Cheryl
  12. Miles High
  13. I Wished On The Moon
  14. Old Folks
Disc 2
  1. Jordu
  2. P.S. I Love You
  3. Everything Happens To Me
  4. Here's That Rainy Day
  5. Invitation
  6. In Your Own Sweet Way
  7. Alice In Wonderland
  8. All This And Heaven Too
  9. No Greater Love
  10. Con Alma
Disc 3
  1. The Fourth Deuce
  2. The Wine Of May
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  4. Consternation
  5. Sweet And Lovely
  6. My Little Anna
  7. Sweet Lorraine
  8. Lois Ann
  9. G & G
  10. Poinciana
  11. This Can't Be Love
Disc 4
  1. Fjärlins Vingor
  2. Last Night When We Were Young
  3. Amaryllis
  4. Strange Enchantement
  5. Look At That Face
  6. Portrait Of Jennie
  7. Song Bird
  8. This Is All I Ask
  9. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
George Shearing (piano); Louis Stewart (guitar); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass).

Aug 23, 2016

Louis Stewart - Overdrive: Live At The Tron, Edinburgh (1993)

There is no doubt that Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart is one of the all-time greats, and it is obvious from the first notes he plays on any occasion. Quick witted, clean and clear, original, inventive, steeped in tradition, astonishing at most turns and only remarkable on the others, the only reason most of you don't know him is that he works in Europe, barely visiting the continental America's during his five decades of performing. This live club date at the Tron Jazz Cellar in Edinburgh, Scotland shows Stewart at the height of his powers during a set of well-worn standards, brought to life by this brilliant plectrist. As most use energy as a fuel for the others, or as a flashy pyrotechnical show, Stewart has no problem playing quickly. In fact, for him it all seems so effortless when he plays a straight melody on the well-worn "All the Things You Are," the rousing "Oleo" with its tricky changes played perfectly, or the very fast, never flustered "Stompin' at the Savoy," where he seems really in his element. Did it take any time for him to warm up? In contrast to the fleet fingered display of virtuosity, Stewart also likes to change things up a bit. He strips down the melody of "Lady Be Good," extrapolates slightly on the basic theme, and then stretches out the song in his solo spotlight, swings the normally balladic "Body and Soul," and fattens the tempo for the usually relaxed "Walkin'." Ronnie Rae is the bassist, and the Edinburgh native and regular accompanist for vocalist Fionna Duncan acquits himself well on this recording, especially taking the lead for "Walkin." The appropriate closer "My Shining Hour" closes this set of music that showcases Stewart wonderfully, and is likely the best, certainly most accessible recording of his relatively small discography. ~ Michael G. Nastos

    1    All the Things You Are        
    2    Lady Be Good, (Oh)           
    3    Polka Dots and Moonbeams        
    4    Oleo            
    5    Yesterdays            
    6    Stomping At The Savoy        
    7    Body And Soul            
    8    Walkin'            
    9    My Shining Hour

Personnel: Louis Stewart (guitar); Ronnie Rae (bass); Tony McLennan (drums).

Aug 22, 2016

Sunao Wada - Blues Blues Blues (TBM West Germany Edition)(1977)

Sunao Wada - Blues Blues Blues (TBM West Germany Edition)(1977)
(TBM Japan, issued 2000)


Louis Stewart & Peter Ind - Baubles, Bangles and Beads (1976, vinyl rip)

'Beyond Baubles, Bangles And Beads' is a 1975 session from bassist Peter Ind and the world renowned Irish guitarist Louis Stewart, the latter having achieved international recognition through his work with the likes of Tubby Hayes, Benny Goodman and, from 1975 onwards, Ronnie Scott's Quartet.

1. Body and Soul 
2. Everything Happens to Me  
3. Free for Two
4. Baubles, Bangles and Beads 
5. Lover Man  
6. Gone With the Wind 
7. Autumn Leaves  
8. Angel Eyes

Louis Stewart - (guitar), Peter Ind - (double bass)

Big tks to "moha" for this excellent share.

Takayuki Kato Trio (加藤崇之) - Guitar Music (TBM West Germany Edition)(1989)

Takayuki Kato Trio (加藤崇之)- Guitar Music (TBM West Germany Edition)(1989)
(TBM , issued 2000)
TBM created jazz records by Japanese players since the 1970s and became known for its audiophile sound quality. TBM's records captured a very important, vibrant era in the development of Japanese jazz.
Track Listings
1. What Was
2. For Evans
3. Straight No Chaser
4. My One And Only Love
5. Is It Autumn Now
6. Lifeforce
7. My Sanctuary

Takayuki Kato - Guitar
Norikatsu Koreyasu - Bass
Nobuo Fujii - Drum

Aug 8, 2016

Larry Carlton - MR.335 Live In Japan (1978)(Vinyl Rip)

LARRY CARLTON Mr. 335 Live In Japan (1979 Japanese 7-track Warner Pioneer white title label promo sample vinyl LP album recorded live at Yubinchokin Hall in Tokyo Japan on the 1st November 1978, housed in a picture sleeve with lyric insert and obi-strip P-10643W).

1. I'm A Fool
2. Mellow Out
3. Tight Squeeze
4. I'm Home
5. Rio Samba
6. (It Was) Only Yesterday
7. Point It Up

Recorded live 1st November 1978 at Yubinchokin Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

Guitar [Electric], Vocals - Larry Carlton
Keyboards - Greg Mathieson

Bass [Electric] - Neil Stubenhaus
Drums - John Ferraro
Percussion - Paulinho Da Costa 
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