Perhaps our most famous and long-enduring street musician, Doreen Ketchens embodies what hot New Orleans jazz is to thousands of visitors from around the world. She is an almost-unmatched clarinet player and her band comprises some of the finest musicians in the city. Not to be missed! ---Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans
Brooklyn duo Talibam!'s first ESP-Disk' release is a narrative earful as warped and wonderful as spicy pasta, fresh grapes, and caramel crunch. The ensemble record joins 2008 Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute winner Jon Irabagon (tenor sax); Peter Evans of Sparks (trumpet); guitarists Chris Forsyth (Peeesseye), Anders Nilson, and Chin Chin's Jeremy Wilms with Mostly Other People Do The Killing's Moppa Elliot on upright bass. It is ensemble playing that goes beyond personal choice to capture a mood, and the deep anthropology of the strange beauty of contemporary opposing and debt-maxed-out stimuli.
Born at the end of the 60s, Acid Jazz is one of the most distinguished and seductive styles of all times. With its mix of soul, jazz, hip hop, funk and house, Acid Jazz attracts the attention of dance culture and those who likes good songs, well played, with fascinating arrangements. Acid Jazz Trilogy is a magnificent summary of this culture as it travels through the origins of the genre, with Joe Bataan and Cal Tjader, to the absolute classics (such as the Brand New Heavies, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Incognito and many others) and the evolution of the genre, where Acid Jazz combines with electronic music. Acid Jazz Trilogy is an album out of series, a very valuable piece to collect and enjoy.
Latin American After Dark / Starlit Hour: Music of
Manufacturer: Dutton Vocalion UK
Brand: Ambrose & His Orchestra
Venerable British dance-band leader Bert Ambrose evinced his love for Latin music on the first of these mid-'50s LPs, and honored the songs of composer Peter de Rose on the second. So classics like Deep Purple; Autumn Serenade , and Starlit Hour are heard here along with Mama, Yo Quiero; Oye Negra; Volvere; Bim Bam Boom , and more!
Mel Torme ~ Cocktail Hour: Mel Torme The man whose voice earned him the nickname "Velvet Fog" had a long and productive career, not only as a consummate jazz crooner, but as writer and arranger as well. Much of the material featured on this budget-priced two-CD set is from Torme's earlier period, specifically the 1940s and early '50s. His voice is smooth and flexible, containing more honey than fog and has a boyish, romantic quality. Couple that with the lush strings and brassy, Vegas-like backgrounds, and you have the perfect prescription for those after-work blahs. Torme's way with "Little White Lies" and "You're Driving Me Crazy" is insouciantly sassy, but he shifts gears easily to heartfelt yearning on "Blue Moon" and "Born to Be Blue" and then to some upbeat, finger-snapping on "Three Little Words." Plus, the album contains his No. 1 hit from 1949, "Careless Hands." Much of the second disc finds Mel in a mellow mood--need we suggest, say, champagne on ice? As with the other Cocktail Hour sets, this one comes with an abundance of music but a paucity of information about it. The set lets the music do the talking. --Wally Shoup