Jef Lee Johnson – Jungle (2001)

It’s somewhat amazing that this bold, bizarrely eclectic CD by three guys from Minneapolis would come out on a French label. All three players on this CD are renowned session musicians who have played with everybody from Miles Davis to Billy Joel, but News From the Jungle is anything but the slick production you might expect from a trio of session men. The album starts … Continue reading Jef Lee Johnson – Jungle (2001)

Le Nimba De N’Zerekore – Kori Magnin (1980)

Kori Magnin is the second track on the album Le Nimba De N’Zerekore – Gön Bia Bia, released in 1980. Nimba de N’Zerekore is the name of a  market town in Guinea’s forested south east highlands, and the musicians is people from that city. Wild rhythms, spiky guitars and blasting saxes; the sound of West Africa 1980. Tracks: A1: Gon Biya Bia (7:50) / A2: Kori Magnin (4:25) / A3: … Continue reading Le Nimba De N’Zerekore – Kori Magnin (1980)

Chick Corea – Children’s Song No. 6 (1999)

Children’s Song No. 6 is recorded at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan, November 28, 1999. From the CD Chick Corea Solo Piano: Originals. While his chameleonic ways over the years have yielded some mixed results, this is Coreas “unplugged,” if you will, and at his very best. [source] Chick Corea – Piano                   [Dedicated all Children in the World. … Continue reading Chick Corea – Children’s Song No. 6 (1999)

Art Tatum & Ben Webster – My One And Only Love (1956)

 My One And Only Love is track number 7 on the album Art Tatum – Ben Webster: The Album. The only album-length collaboration between pianist Art Tatum and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster (accompanied by a rhythm section of Red Callender, bass, and Bill Douglass, drums) was this September 11, 1956, session under the auspices of Norman Granz’s Verve Records label. (It was also Tatum’s last recording session before … Continue reading Art Tatum & Ben Webster – My One And Only Love (1956)

The Revolutionary Ensemble – The People’s Republic (1975)

The People’s Republic is the fourth track on the album of same name by Revolutionary Ensemble, recorded in 1975. This record has a fearsome reputation that is completely undeserved. On the contrary, while the sound of strings seems strange to a jazz-trained ear, the music these people make on this record is beautiful, fragile, and — considering that it’s all completely improvised — astonishingly tight as … Continue reading The Revolutionary Ensemble – The People’s Republic (1975)