Friday, February 3, 2012

What's New on My Shelf?

Product DetailsA quick one today. I have had a nice week picking up a bunch of new releases, all of which I can recommend:

  • Chick Corea, The Continents -- Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon):  A nice classical/jazz mix, some with orchestra, some solo, some quintet.
  • Product DetailsChick Corea and Nicolas Economou, On Two Pianos (Deutsche Grammophon): Some jazz, some classical -- Bartok, Corea, and pure improvisation. Think Corea/Bollani, Jarrett, Mehldau/Hays
  • Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando (advance copy) (ACT): more "advanced" jazz trio music following on "Historicity"
  • Tord Gustavsen Quartet, The Well (ECM): Another wonderful, deeply expressive quartet -- Brunborg on tenor sax is wonderfully soothing on his pieces
  • Tim Berne, Snake Oil (ECM): An interesting turn by Berne, a great partnership with Manfred Eicher, but still out there on the edge of avant garde. Definitely pushes the envelope of free jazz play and sounds, especially in the high register, so it is not for everyone.
  • Product DetailsSteve Turre, Woody's Delight (High Note): Straight ahead fun with a host of well known associates mixing it up in tribute to Woody Shaw.
  • Jeremy Pelt, Soul (High Note): Every January, a new masterwork. Grissett shines on piano. Muted and soulful music.
  • Stefano diBattista, Woman's Land (Alice): Lesser known Italian alto sax player in a nice setting. Modern post bop, with all songs named for women. More advanced than straight ahead
  • Product DetailsZoe Rahman, Kindred Spirits (Manushi): See my blog from earlier in the week. I love her music and this is no exception. Her brother shines on clarinet and bass clarinet again
  • Stan Getz, At Nalen with Jan Johansson (Riverside): Pretty nice sound despite its age(1959), with Johansson, a Swedish piano master who tragically died young.
  • Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, Alma (Ota): Mellow pairing of piano and trumpet sounds paints a nice picture
And one for the ages:

Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas: He never gets old in my book
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