This release contains two complete original LPs by Clare Fisher. First Time Out (Pacific Jazz PJ52) received the maximum five-star rating in Down Beat magazine and presents Fischer in a trio format with the splendid Gary Peacock on bass. Our companion LP, Clare FischerJazz (RCA Victor Mexicana MKL-1433) marks Fischer’s debut album as a leader. It is a true rarity and appears here ON CD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. The album was recorded in 1961 during Fischer’s visit to Mexico, and showcases him backed by competent local musicians. All but three of the eight tracks from this LP feature the pianist in a trio format!. The repertoire consists of a selection of jazz standards and compositions by Fisher, who arranged all of the tracks. With the exception of “Fascinating Rhythm”, which he has previously recorded with the Hi-Lo’s in 1958, Fisher never recorded any of the tunes from the Mexican album again!!
Robert "Bob" Hurst's 2013 album Bob: A Palindrome follows up the bassist's 2010 studio album Bob Ya Head. Recorded in 2001, the album's release was delayed by 9/11, as well as Hurst's own busy career as a highly sought-after sideman and professor of music at the University of Michigan. Joining Hurst here are such longtime associates as saxophonist Branford Marsalis, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, flutist and bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin, pianist Robert Glasper, and percussionist Adam Rudolph. With all the songs composed and arranged by Hurst, including the epic mid-album Duke Ellington-style three-part "Middle Passage Suite," Bob: A Palindrome is a superb showcase for Hurst's improvisational skill, songwriting ability, and talent for assembling an all-star band. This is urbane, highly creative, and straight-ahead modern jazz at its finest.
Ef was formed in 2003 and made a strong debut in the post rock scene with their debut album "Give Me Beauty… Or Give Me Death!" (2006). Their first embrace - filled with emotions, explosions and energy that got highly appreciated by media and fans worldwide. This might be the album that put Swedish post rock music on the map and features the track "Hello Scotland" that was played on television, featured on compilations and later on was remixed by some of the worlds greatest artists like Isan (UK-Morr music), Stafrænn Hákon (IS-Resonant) and Uzi & Ari (US)…
Hardly have we savoured the full taste of “Rhythm ’n’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou” than here comes another bucketful of steaming South Louisiana gumbo and this time it’s “Bluesin’ By The Bayou” – a spicy mix of guitars, harmonicas, and even the occasional accordion, accompanying those tales of despair or machismo that are the recipe for the blues. All the tracks stem from the studios of J.D. Miller in Crowley and Eddie Shuler in Lake Charles. These two men were wonders at spotting talent and getting the best out of the performers, as illustrated on the 28 tracks on this CD.
Fifty years ago in the Central Pacific, marines and soldiers fought the Japanese in one of the most bloody battles in WWII, yet thiscombat has been all but forgotten. This documentary sees a former US Tank Commander and Platoon Leader return to the island to meet their former Japanese enemies. Now in their 80’s, the men relive their painful stories as they trek into the jungle and witness how time has enabled them to forgive.