Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek (2014) {Deluxe Edition} [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek (2014) [Deluxe]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:36 minutes | 970 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Streamline/Columbia/Interscope

Three years after the release of their first collaboration “The Lady Is A Tramp”, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are back with a brand new collaboration – a full album of classic jazz standards: Cheek To Cheek. Tony & Gaga became fast friends after meeting backstage at a charity gala in early 2011, and the start of their musical love affair was captured in the rousing and vibrant rendition of “Tramp” that appeared on Tony’s Grammy Award-winning album Duets II.

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Riot Jazz Brass Band – Sousamaphone (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/44,1]

Riot Jazz Brass Band – Sousamaphone (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:04 minutes | 426 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © First Word Records

Riot Jazz’s brass-heavy jazz combo pack a hefty punch. Following on from their storming debut single in May, Riot Jazz Brass Band are back with a full-length album of horn-fuelled dancefloor heaters. The Manchester-based group have been making waves for 5 years now, blowing away audiences across Europe with their infectious live shows. Based around the creative nucleus of Nick Walters (Trumpet) and Steve Pycroft (Drums) they take their influences from the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, adding an unmistakably Mancunian twist.

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Natalia M. King – Soulblazz (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/44,1]

Natalia M. King – Soulblazz (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:17 minutes | 580 MB | Genre: Jazz, Blues
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | Label: Harmonia Mundi/Jazzvillage

The American Francophile, Natalia M. King, is an artist of great integrity, one who carries the heritage of black music in her soul, its rhythmical groove as well as its strong sense of identity and passionate commitment. After a recording pause, King has decided to break her silence. She returns with an album of blazing new tracks, most of which are self-composed.

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Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/44,1]

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:38 minutes | 608 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © Concord Jazz

Jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana is set to release her first record for Concord Jazz on June 24, 2014. The self-titled album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio is the first recording of the three band mates together – Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. Recorded at Sear Sound Recording Studio in New York, the album consists of originals written by all three band members and includes two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now”.

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Karl Seglem – (2009) [LINN FLAC 24/44,1]

Karl Seglem – (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:38 minutes | 487 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © Ozella

The traditional music of Norway is a springboard for the improvisations of tenor saxophone and ram’s horn player Karl Segrum. While Dirty Linen praised him for his “atonally jazzy meanderings (that) bring traditional Norwegian folk music squarely into the 21st century”, Cadence explained, “at the heart is passionate yet restrained blowing”, and Listen to Norway Magazine proclaimed “we are witnessing the devil fiddler’s answer to John Coltrane”. With his 25th album, ‘’, Karl Seglem presents us with an amazing jazz record in a class all of its own.

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Joe Farrell – Outback (1971/2013) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24/192]

Joe Farrell – Outback (1971/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:40 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © CTI Records

Outback is the second and finest of Joe Farrell’s dates for Creed Taylor’s CTI label. Recorded in a quartet setting in 1970, with Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, Farrell pushes the envelope not only of his own previous jazz conceptualism, but CTI’s envelope, as well. Outback is not a commercially oriented funk or fusion date, but an adventurous, spacy, tightrope-walking exercise between open-ended composition and improvisation. That said, there is plenty of soul in the playing. Four compositions, all arranged by Farrell, make up the album. The mysterious title track by John Scott opens the set. Staged in a series of minor-key signatures, Farrell primarily uses winds — flutes and piccolos — to weave a spellbinding series of ascending melodies over the extended, contrasting chord voicings by Corea. Jones skitters on his cymbals while playing the snare and tom-toms far more softly than his signature style usually attests. Airto rubs and shimmers on hand drums, going through the beat, climbing on top of it, and playing accents in tandem with Farrell in the solo sections. “Sound Down” is a bit more uptempo and features Farrell playing wonderfully on the soprano. Buster Williams lays down a short staccato bassline that keeps Jones’ bass drum pumping. As Farrell moves from theme/variation/melody to improvisation, he brings in Corea, who vamps off the melody before offering a series of ostinati responses. Corea’s “Bleeding Orchid” is a ballad played with augmented modes and continually shifting intervals, mapped beautifully by Williams’ adherence to the changes, with a series of contrasting pizzicato fills. Farrell’s trills and arpeggiatic exercises combine both jazz classicism and Middle Eastern folk music. On Farrell’s “November 68th,” he invokes John Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things” as he digs deep into the tenor’s middle register for a song-like voicing, played with a gorgeously bluesy sophistication. The other players rally around him and push his sonic flight to near manic intensity. Outback is a stunner, as inspired as anything — and perhaps more so — that Farrell ever recorded.

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Herbie Mann – Caminho de Casa (1990/2004) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Herbie Mann – Caminho de Casa (1990/2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:45 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Jazz,Latin Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Caminho De Casa was flutist Herbie Mann’s third album with his group Jasil Brazz and his first for Chesky Records. Re-issued for the first time in Hybrid Multi-Channel SACD, this 1990 recording from the legendary RCA Studio A in New York City features a rich repertoire including compositions from prominent Brazilian composers of the time including Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Nelson Ayres and Roberto Carlos.

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Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/88,2]

Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © ECM

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere.

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Vera Kappeler & Peter Conradin Zumthor – Babylon-Suite (2014) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/88,2]

Vera Kappeler & Peter Conradin Zumthor – Babylon-Suite (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 808 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet | © ECM

The ECM debut of the duo of Vera Kappeler and Peter Conradin Zumthor presents music commissioned for the Origen Cultural Festival. It is music dominated by low registers, dark hues. The Babylon referenced in the title is the Babylon of the Book of Daniel, the lion’s den, the young men singing in the fiery furnace, a place of perdition, a labyrinth… The inspirational starting point launches creative composing and improvising and the shaping of strange and poetic material which is much more than ‘programme music’ The “Babylon-Suite” is self-contained, autonomous. The piano and drums duo leaves spaces and ellipses for the imagination to fill. Kappeler’s pianistic touch and phrasing, most subtly detailed and underpinned by Zumthor’s melody-and-texture conscious drumming, draw the listener in, deeper into the dream.

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Trichotomy – The Gentle War (2010) [Naim FLAC 24/88,2]

Trichotomy – The Gentle War (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:32 minutes | 990 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: NAIM | Digital booklet

The Gentle War, is the superb new album from Australian piano trio Trichotomy and the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed Naim Jazz debut Variations.

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