Monday, June 18, 2018

Bill Evans

Artist:  Bill Evans
Birth Name:  William John Evans
Born:  August 16, 1929.  Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
Died:  September 15, 1980 (Aged 51).  New York City, New York, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Modal Jazz, Cool Jazz, Post Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Occupation:  Musician, Composer, Arranger
Instruments:  Piano

Bill Evans was an American Jazz Pianist and Composer who mostly worked in a Trio setting.  He worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell.  In 1958, he joined Miles Davis's sextet, and recorded Kind Of Blue, the best-selling Jazz Album of All Time.  In 1959, he left the Miles Davis band and began his career as a leader with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian.  In 1961, recording the highly acclaimed Sunday At The Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debby.  In 1963, he recorded Conversations With Myself, an innovative solo album.  He has become standards and has been played and recorded by many artists.  He was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards, and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall Of Fame.

Title:  Sunday At The Village Vanguard  (2018)
Genre:  Jazz, Modal Jazz, Cool Jazz, Post Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Label:  Jazz Images
Rating:  *****


 1.  Gloria's Step  (6:07)
 2.  My Man's Gone Now  (6:21)
 3.  Solar  (8:48)
 4.  Alice In Wonderland  (8:32)
 5.  All Of You   (8:32)

Bonus Tracks:

 6.  Jade Visions  (4:06)
 7.  My Foolish Heart  (4:53)
 8.  Waltz For Debby  (6:53)
 9.  My Romance  (7:04)
10. Some Other Time  (4:58)
11. Milestones  (6:26)


Bill Evans:  Piano
Scott LaFaro:  Bass
Paul Motian:  Drums

Sunday At The Village Vanguard is the 1961 album by Bill Evans, originally released on October 1961 by Riverside Records, remastered and reissued on May 25, 2018 by Jazz Images, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, June 25, 1961, featuring Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian.

Cannonball Adderley

Artist:  Cannonball Adderley
Birth Name:  Julian Edwin Adderley
Born:  September 15, 1928.  Tampa, Florida, USA
Died:  August 8, 1975 (Aged 46).  Gary, Indiana, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Modal Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Occupation:  Teacher, Saxophonist
Instruments: Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

Cannonball Adderley was an American Jazz Saxophonist of the Hard Bop Era of the 1950s and 1960s.  He worked with Miles Davis on album King Of Blue (1959).  In 1966, his single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" a crossover hit on the Pop Charts.  He was with his brother Nat Adderley, a long time member of his band.

Title:  At The Lighthouse  (2018)
Genre:  Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Modal Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Label:  Jazz Images
Rating:   *****


 1  Sack O' Woe  (10:45)
 2.  Big 'P"  (5:49)
 3.  Blue Daniel  (7:24)
 4.  Azule Serape  (9:23)
 5.  Exodus  (7:35)
 6.  What Is This Thing Called Love  (4:47)

Bonus Tracks:

 7.  Blue Daniel #2 (7:19)
 8.  Azule Serape #2 (Studio Version)  (6:30)
 9.  Big "P" #2 (Studio Version)  (3:55)


Cannonball Adderley:  Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley:  Cornet
Victor Feldman;  Piano
Sam Jones:  Bass
Louis Hayes:  Drums

At The Lighthouse is a live album by Cannonball Adderley, originally released in 1960 by Riverside Records, remastered and reissued on May 25, 2018 by Jazz Images, recorded at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California, October 16, 1960, featuring Nat Adderley, Victor Feldman, Sam Jones and Louis Hays.

Donald Byrd

Artist:  Donald Byrd
Birth Name:  Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II
Born:  December 9, 1932.  Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died:  February 4, 2013 (Aged 80).  Dover, Delaware, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop, Trumpet Jazz 
Occupation:  Musician
Instruments:  Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals

Donald Byrd was an American Jazz Trumpet.  He was best known as one of the only Bebop Jazz Musicians who successfully pioneered the Funk and Soul Genres while remaining a Jazz Artist.  He was a sideman for many other Jazz Musicians of his generation, also as a Bandleader.

Title:  Byrd's Word (Limited Edition) (2018)
Genre:  Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop, Trumpet Jazz 
Label:  Jazz Images
Rating:   *****


 1.  Winterset  (7:15)
 2.  Gotcha Goin' 'N' Comin'  (9:54)
 3.  Long Green  (4:32)
 4.  Star Eyes  (7:49)
 5.  Someone To Watch Over Me  (7:38)

Bonus Tracks:

 6.  If I Love Again (Quintet Version)  (5:48)
 7.  Little Rock Getaway  (7:03)
 8.  Polka Dots And Moonbeams  (7:19)
 9.  If I Love Again (Quartet Version)  (4:39)
10. Stella By Starlight  (3:44)


Tracks:  1-6:  New York, September 29, 1955:

Donald Byrd:  Trumpet
Frank Foster:  Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones:  Piano
Paul Chamber:  Bass
Kenny Clarke:  Drums

Tracks:  7-10:  New York, May 7, 1956:

Donald Byrd:  Trumpet
Ray Santisi:    Piano
Doug Watkins:  Bass
Jimmy Zitano:  Drums

Byrd's Word is an early album recorded in 1955 by Donald Byrd, originally released in 1956 by Savoy Records, remastered and reissued on May 25, 2018  by Jazz Images, featuring Frank Foster, Hank Jones, Paul Chamber and Kenny Clarke.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Glenn Frey

Artist:  Glenn Frey
Birth Name:  Glenn Lewis Frey
Born:  November 6, 1948.  Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died:  January 18, 2016 (Aged 67).  Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Genre:  Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Country Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop
Occupation:  Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Instruments:  Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Glenn Frey was an American Singer, Songwriter and Actor, best known as a founding member of the Rock Band The Eagles.  He was born Longbranch Pennywhistle with J.D. Souther, a Country Rock Group and the group's self-titled album, which included Doug Kershaw (Fiddle, Guitar, Accordion), as well as Ry Cooder (Guitar)and the renowed L.A. Session men James Burton (Guitar), Larry Knechtel (Piano),  Joe Osborn (Bass), Buddy Emmons (Steel Guitar), and Jim Gordon (Drums).  He was soon playing in Linda Ronstadt's Band that Don Henley (Drums), Randy Meisner (Bass) and Bernie Leadon (Guitar, Banjo, Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro) were hired as a backing band, before 4 of them forming The Eagles and became one of the world's best-selling group of all time.  He san the lead vocals on a number of The Eagles Hits including, "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling', "Already Gone", "Tequila Sunrise", "James Dean", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid In Town", and "Heartache Tonight".  After The breakup of The Eagle in 1980, he went to solo career, with successful on Top 40 Hits such as "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong To The City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'" and "Livin' Right".  As a member of The Eagles, he won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards.  The Eagles were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988.

Title:  Above The Clouds - The Collection (CD+DVD)  (2018)
Genre:  Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Country Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop
Label:  Geffen Records
Rating:   *****


Disc 1:  CD

 1.  The Heat Is On  (3:48)
 2.  Call On Me  (4:13)
 3.  Part Of Me, Part Of You  (5:59)
 4.  You Belong To The City  (5:53)
 5.  Smuggler's Blues  (4:20)
 6.  Sexy Girl  (3:31)
 7.  The Allnighter  (4:24)
 8.  Soul Searchin '  (5:36)
 9.  Same Girl  (3:07)
10. The One You Love  (4:35)
11. Strange Weather  (5:06)
12. I've Got Mine  (5:38)
13. River Of Dreams  (6:10)
14. Love In The 21st Century  (6:14)
15. Medley:  Lyin' Eyes/Take It Easy (Medley:  Live recorded September 15, 1992 at the National Stadium Dublin, Ireland  (5:56)

Disc 2:  CD

 1.  Let's Go Home  (5:01)
 2.  I Got Love  (3:51)
 3.  This Way To Happiness  (3:29)
 4.  Common Ground  (4:45)
 5.  After Hours  (3:59)
 6.  Rising Sun  (0:41)
 7.  The Shadow Of Your Smile  (4:30)
 8.  Better In The U.S.A.  (3:03)
 9.  Brave New World  (6:23)
10. Caroline, No  (4:03)
11. For Sentimental Reasons  (3:06)
12. It's Too Soon To Know  (2:45)
13. Worried Mind  (2:51)
14. Lover's Moon  (4:12)
15. Route 66  (3:01)
16. True Love  (4:39)

Disc 3:  CD:  Longbranch Pennywhistle:

 1.  Jubilee Anne  (3:04)
 2.  Run Boy, Run  (2:52)
 3.  Rebecca  (2:48)
 4.  Lucky Love  (2:27)
 5.  Kite Woman  (2:29)
 6.  Bring Back Funky Women  (2:23)
 7.  Star-Spangled Bus  (3:14)
 8.  Mister, Mister  (4:06)
 9.  Don't Talk Now  (3:23)
10. Never Have Enough  (3:51)

Disc 4:  DVD:  Strange Weather/Live In Dublin recorded September 15, 1992 at the National Stadium Dublin, Ireland:

 1.  Long Hot Summer
 2.  Peaceful Easy Feeling
 3.  New Kid In Town
 4.  The One You Love
 5.  Strange Weather
 6.  I've Got Mine
 7.  Lyin' Eyes/Take It Easy (Medley)
 8.  Wild Mountain Thyme  
 9.  River Of Dreams
10. True Love  
11. Love In The 21st Century
12. Livin' Right
13. Smuggler's Blues
14. The Heat Is On
15. Heartche Tonight
16. Party Town
17. Desperado

Above The Clouds - The Collection is the collection Box Set by Glenn Frey, released on May 11, 2018 by Geffen Records.  The first disc is the very best of Glenn Frey.  The second disc explores his beyond the charts.  The third disc highlight the early output of the Duo formed by longtime friends with J.D. Souther known as Longbrach/Pennywhistle.   And the final disc, a live DVD recorded live at the National Stadium in Dublin, Irleand, on September 15, 1992.

Mike Bloomfield

Artist:  Mike Bloomfield
Birth Name:  Michael Bernard Bloomfield
Born:  July 28, 1943.  Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Died:  February 15, 1981.  San Francisco, California, USA.
Genre:   Blues, Blues Rock
Occupations:  Musician
Instruments:  Guitar, Piano

Mike Bloomfield was one of America's First Great White Blues Guitarist, he became one of the first popular music Superstars of the 1960s who earn the reputation on his instrumental and became the Chicago's Blues Legends and in 2003 he was ranked at No. 22 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time.

His early supporters were B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Buddy Guy, later he joined with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, Al Kooper, Nick Gravenites, Dr. John, John Hammond.

He also made an impact through his work with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills on the album Super Session in 1968, became the best-selling album and Masterpiece.

Title:  Bloomfield:  A Retrospective   (2017)
Genre:   Blues, Blues Rock
Label:  Floating World
Rating:   *****


Disc 1:

 1.  I've Got My Mojo Workin'  (2:29)
 2.  Interview Segment ('71-1)   (0:40)
 3.  Born In Chicago  (5:18)
 4.  Texas  (4:47)
 5.  Interview Segment ('71-2)  (4:31)
 6.  Killing Floor  (5:00)
 7.  You Don't Realize  (5:00)
 8.  Wine  (3:15)
 9.  Interview Segment ('81-1)  (0:41)
10. Albert's Shuffle  (6:55)
11. I've Got You In The Palm Of My Hand  (2:28)
12. Going Down Slow (by The Electric Flag)  (4:46)
13. Really (by Al Kooper & Michael Bloomfield) (5:26)

Disc 2:  

 1.  Stop  (4:18)
 2.  I Wonder Who  (6:09)
 3.  Interview Segment  (0:22)
 4.  You're Killing My Love  (5:11)
 5.  Goofers  (1:50)
 6.  It Hurts Me Too  (3:47)
 7.  Relaxin' Blues:  Blues For Jimmy Yancey's  (5:42)
 8.  Woodyard Street  (3:13)
 9.  Midnight On My Road  (2:56)
10. Why, Oh Lord Why  (2:47)
11. Easy Rider  (0:54)
12. Been Treated Wrong  (5:13)
13. Sammy Knows How To Party  (2:16)
14. Tell Me Partner  (5:20)

Bloomfield:  A Retrospective is the compilation album by Michael Bloomfield, was released on February 24, 2017 by Floating World.  This two CD Set comes complete with interview segment where he talks about his life and his works both as a solo artist, his time with The Electric Flag, and his collaborations with Al Kooper, in his career covering his work from 1964 to 1974, including unreleased  material.