Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart (1979) {ECM 1150}

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Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart (1979) {ECM 1150}

Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart (1979) {ECM 1150}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

With Eyes Of The Heart, musician’s musician Keith Jarrett landed one of his last American Quartet flights. This live performance, recorded just one month after The Survivors’ Suite, is a journey of a rather different stripe. Jarrett whoops with delight as he opens Part One in a delicate congregation of drums. The kalimba-like bass of Charlie Haden hops from one foot to another as Jarrett looses a soprano sax into the prevailing winds. Only later does the expected piano shine through his fingertips. Writ somehow large with modest articulations, his right hand brings gradual insistence until the melody and the moment become one, each frame sped into a single moving image. Part Two begins with more lovely pianism, this time with grittier chording and the added sheen of Paul Motian’s kit work. An insistent vamp unravels Dewey Redman’s dazzling alto, and cushions the applause that follow.

Avishai Cohen - Into The Silence (2016) {ECM 2482}

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Avishai Cohen - Into The Silence (2016) {ECM 2482}

Avishai Cohen - Into The Silence (2016) {ECM 2482}
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Genre: Jazz

Avishai Cohen impressed a lot of listeners with his soulful contributions to Mark Turner’s Lathe of Heaven album in 2014. Now the charismatic Tel Aviv-born trumpeter has his ECM leader debut in a programme of expansive and impressionistic compositions for jazz quartet (trumpet, piano, bass, drums), augmented by tenor saxophone on a few pieces. Into The Silence is dedicated to the memory of Avishai’s father David, reflecting upon the last days of his life with grace and restraint. Avishai’s tender muted trumpet sets the emotional tone of the music in the album’s opening moments and his gifted cast of musicians explore its implications. Israeli pianist Yonathan Avishai has played with Cohen in many settings and solos creatively inside the trumpeter’s haunting compositions, sometimes illuminating them with the phraseology of the blues.

Keith Jarrett - Bridge Of Light (1994) {ECM 1450}

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Keith Jarrett - Bridge Of Light (1994) {ECM 1450}

Keith Jarrett - Bridge Of Light (1994) {ECM 1450}
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Genre: Contemporary Classical

This is Keith Jarrett's most accomplished collection of classical compositions yet, seated squarely in the American East Coast neo-classical tradition of Samuel Barber, David Diamond, Irving Fine, etc. Jarrett's writing for strings is masterful here; the lines move and interweave instead of being shoveled on as in some pieces of the '70s, and the compositions have shape and direction. Most of all, they share a common feeling of reflection and an unabashed willingness to let the instrumental soloists sing.

T Lavitz - Mood Swing (1991) {Nova}

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T Lavitz - Mood Swing (1991) {Nova}

T Lavitz - Mood Swing (1991) {Nova}
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Genre: Fusion

This CD is actually a combination of two different T. Lavitz projects. The Bad Habitz and also Players. The original Players band consisted of some fusion heavyweights whose credintials would blow you away. This CD is partly the reformed unit of that band and partly the Bad Habitz band. Both units play great. The players unit on this disc includes Dave Samuels, Rod Morgenstein, and Danny Gottlieb.

Terje Rypdal - Bleak House (1968) {Polydor}

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Terje Rypdal - Bleak House (1968) {Polydor}

Terje Rypdal - Bleak House (1968) {Polydor}
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Genre: Fusion, Jazz Rock

Despite the title, this is some very warm and friendly early jazz-rock work from the brilliant Norwegian guitarist/composer. (This album originates from prior to Rypdal joining ECM, and is on Polydor Norway.) Recorded in 1968 with longtime collaborator Jan Garberek on sax & flute, this music features a large horn section, excellent bass work, and lots of rich/tasteful Hammond playing. Though only 21 at the time, Rypdal was already making incredibly mature, smooth and sophisticated music which - though sounding very 60's - still plays well today. Light-Latin and blues influences are heard; along with big-band arrangements that are by turns tightly arranged and charmingly loose.

Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}

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Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}

Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Post Bop

While still a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Keith Jarrett did some occasional moonlighting with a trio, anchored by two future members of Jarrett's classic quartet, Charlie Haden (bass) and Paul Motian (drums). On this CD, Jarrett turns in a very eclectic set at Shelly's Manne-Hole in Hollywood, careening through a variety of idioms where his emerging individuality comes through in flashes. He covers Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" – which actually came out as a single on the Vortex label – in an attractive, semi-funky style reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi. "Pretty Ballad" delivers a strong reflective dose of Bill Evans, while "Moving Soon" is chaotic free jazz. By the time we reach "New Rag," we begin to hear the distinctive Jarrett idiom of the later trios, but then, "Old Rag" is knockabout stride without the stride. As an example of early, unfocused Jarrett, this is fascinating material.

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro - Alegria Da Casa (2016) {Anzic}

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Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro - Alegria Da Casa (2016) {Anzic}

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro - Alegria Da Casa (2016) {Anzic}
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Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Latin, Fusion

One of the most difficult things to achieve in the art of musical performance is simplicity. The balance between technical skills and the spirit of the music is an elusive goal. I am very pleased to hear that Anat Cohen, Dudu Maia, Douglas Lora and Alexandre Lora have brilliantly achieved that goal in Alegria da Casa, the recording that I am listening to right now.

Amina Alaoui - Arco Iris (2011) {ECM 2180}

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Amina Alaoui - Arco Iris (2011) {ECM 2180}

Amina Alaoui - Arco Iris (2011) {ECM 2180}
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Genre: World Music, Fado, Flamenco

Following her outstanding performance in collaborative work with Jon Balke and Jon Hassell on the “Siwan” recording of 2007/8, Moroccan-born singer Amina Alaoui presents her own border-transcending project. When Alaoui sings there is “no need to discuss the origins of fado, flamenco or Al Andalusi” for the music itself explores the common crucible of the styles, and Amina’s delivery makes the interconnections impossible to miss. She is superbly accompanied by her outstanding ensemble in which violin often echoes the voice, and oud, flamenco guitar and sparkling mandolin surround it. Guitarist Jose Luis Montуn from Barcelona has a strong following amongst flamenco adherents worldwide.

Keith Jarrett - Fort Yawuh (1973) {Impulse!}

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Keith Jarrett - Fort Yawuh (1973) {Impulse!}

Keith Jarrett - Fort Yawuh (1973) {Impulse!}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Post Bop

On Fort Yawuh, Keith Jarrett is joined by Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums), and Danny Johnson (percussion) to produce this set recorded live at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City on February 24, 1973. About two minutes into "Fort Yawuh," Jarrett prepares the listener for a piano solo by announcing himself with quick and sharp keyboard jabs that evolve into spared and beautiful crescendos that before too long involve the soulful wails of Redman on the sax. The following song, "De Drums," is the one track that really swings on this album. Another long one, at 12 minutes in length, "De Drums" is much more focused on a steady and consistent rhythm that is established immediately by a smooth five-note bassline accented by the piano and shakers.

Jakob Bro - Streams (2016) {ECM 2499} [Repost]

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Jakob Bro - Streams (2016) {ECM 2499} [Repost]

Jakob Bro - Streams (2016) {ECM 2499}
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Genre: Jazz

On his second leader album for ECM - following on from the prizewinning Gefion - Danish guitarist Jakob Bro continues to refine his trio project, with its emphases on melody, sound, space, layered textures and interaction. The rapport between Bro and Thomas Morgan (Bro calls him "my musical soul mate") has become something extraordinary, and often guitarist and bassist develop improvisational ideas in parallel. There's an historical aptness, too, in the choice of Joey Baron as the band's new drummer, for Bro first encountered Morgan when the bassist was playing in Baron's band a decade ago… On Streams Joey Baron dives into the music's detail with obvious pleasure. This recording features five new Bro pieces: "Opal", "Full Moon Europa", "Shell Pink", "Sisimiut" and "Heroines" (heard in both a trio version and a particularly lovely solo version).

Keith Jarrett - Treasure Island (1974) {Impulse!}

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Keith Jarrett - Treasure Island (1974) {Impulse!}

Keith Jarrett - Treasure Island (1974) {Impulse!}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Treasure Island, released in early 1974, was the second of two albums pianist and composer Keith Jarrett recorded for Impulse Records – the first was Fort Yawuh, issued a year earlier. Cut at Generation Sound Studios in New York City, the band consisted of Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. And though he would more than likely disagree, this was the best band he ever led. In addition to the quartet, guitarist Sam Brown contributes to a pair of cuts here as Guilherme Franco and Danny Johnson add percussion to the mix. The set kicks off with the beautiful "The Rich (And the Poor)," a folkish melody of the type Jarrett was exploring on ECM at the time, with some stellar African undertones – it's easy to hear the majesty of Abdullah Ibrahim's South African musical sphere in this mix, and earthy deep, sparer work by Redman and Haden.

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home (Live In Marciac) (2015) {Harmonia Mundi}

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Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home (Live In Marciac) (2015) {Harmonia Mundi}

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home (Live In Marciac) (2015) {Harmonia Mundi}
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Genre: Afro-Cuban Jazz

A while ago, the Afro-Cuban die was cast when certain musicians from Cuba and northern Africa felt as if they grooved to a similar drummer. The traditions of that subgenre thrive today as more and more musicians like Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and Malian guitarist/vocalist Fatoumata Diawara feel inclined to bridge the Altantic through the power of music. Their chance meeting led to a 45 day tour of Europe as a seven-piece band and At Home: Live in Marciac is the resulting album. Right from its opening bars, this album crackles. Fonseca’s clavinet lays down a funky foundation, the crowd begins to clap along on the second and fourth beats, and the entire band are off and running. “Sowa” quickly becomes an Afro-Cuban call to worship. And for her part, Diawara is just getting warmed up.

Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {Sanyo Japan for MCA}

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Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {Sanyo Japan for MCA}

Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {Sanyo Japan for MCA}
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Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Smooth Jazz

One of the many jazzmen who started out playing hard bop but went electric during the fusion era, Joe Sample was, in the late '50s, a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders along with trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxman Wilton Felder, and drummer Stix Hooper. The Crusaders' debt to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers wasn't hard to miss - except that the L.A.-based unit had no trumpeter, and became known for its unique tenor/trombone front line. Sample, a hard-swinging player who could handle chordal and modal/scalar improvisation equally well, stuck to the acoustic piano during The Crusaders' early years - but would place greater emphasis on electric keyboards when the band turned to jazz-funk in the early '70s and dropped "Jazz" from its name.

David Sanborn - Only Everything (2010) {Decca}

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David Sanborn - Only Everything (2010) {Decca}

David Sanborn - Only Everything (2010) {Decca}
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Genre: Jazz

Only Everything, David Sanborn’s second album for Decca, feels like part two of his debut for the label, 2008’s Here & Gone. That set was a tribute to Ray Charles and Hank Crawford – the alto saxophonist who played with Charles in the '50s and early '60s, and influenced Sanborn tremendously. That set featured loads of vocals and tightly arranged tunes that were indicative of the performances of Charles' bands. Only Everything delves into more of that territory, but this time, Sanborn reflects more heavily on Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman, another legendary Charles ace from roughly the same period.

David Sanborn - Timeagain (2003) {Verve}

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David Sanborn - Timeagain (2003) {Verve}

David Sanborn - Timeagain (2003) {Verve}
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Genre: Smooth Jazz

Master saxophonist David Sanborn makes an astounding label debut with Time Again, and once again reminds his fans that he is firmly established as one of jazz's best alto saxophonists. Joined by an all-star ensemble of master musicians that includes Russell Malone on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, Christian McBride on bass, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone, and Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn, among others, David Sanborn delves deep into his seemingly never-ending repertoire to bring his distinctive sound to a variety of pop and jazz standards. Opening with a super-funky rendition of "Comin' Home," Sanborn reveals the culmination of hard work and staying power with a powerful statement of the melody which seamlessly segues into awesome solos taken by Mainieri and McBride.