Eric Alexander is in top form throughout this 2007 quartet session with some of his favorite bandmates, including David Hazeltine, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, all four of whom are members of the group One for All and regular participants on the Manhattan jazz scene in clubs and studios…
The art of transcription - of recasting music, more or less literally, from one performance medium into another - has been a common practice for a long time. A good transcription (or a paraphrase) tests the abilities and the imagination of the transcriber as much as the creation of an original composition. Trying to maintain the distinct characteristics of a given work, while meeting the demands of a new medium, are not always easily achieved. But in a world where the pursuit of stylistic authenticity has become the performance ideal, transcriptions and paraphrases have often been frowned upon by purists as tamperings or sacrilegious alterations with the purity of the composer’s original.
The Black-Man’s Burdon is a double LP by funk band Eric Burdon and War, released in December 1970 on MGM Records. It was the second of two albums by the group before Burdon left and the remaining band continued as War.
Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and traveled together since 1985 and have 19 albums to their credit. Eric Tingstad is a composer who plays fingerstyle guitar. Nancy Rumbel is one of the world's premier oboe and English horn players and a virtuoso of the double ocarina.
Tingstad and Rumbel's pastoral sound is a bit more aggressive on this album, due to a stronger rhythmic emphasis and the appearance of over a dozen guest artists. The overall effect, however, remains subtle, with snatches of oriental and South American influences mixed with the duo's usual fusion of classical and North American folk influences.
Swing XXL, obsessive groove, demonic virtuosity, Eric Legnini shapes a jazz in perpetual movement really impressive. From hard bop to pure funk, the Belgian pianist has established himself as a reference of his instrument. A student of Richie Beirach, a disciple of Phineas Newborn and Herbie Hancock, Legnini is above all the nuclear weapon of the swing. And when the groove of the soul sets fire to his hands, he approaches a Les McCann and his technique is engulfed in powerful rhythmic meanders. With Waxx Up, he signs a new high of pure groove, to celebrate once again his passion for the soul and the funk of the seventies. "The wax is my source! My culture is the vinyl, the sample, the 70s, "assures this patented digger, which never misses an opportunity to rummage an LP crate. An enraged groove in which he embarked Yael Naim, Hugh Coltman, Charles X, Mathieu Boogaerts, Anaëlle Potdevin, Ibrahim Maalouf and, for four titles, Michelle Willis.
The debut effort by Eric Burdon and War was an erratic effort that hinted at more potential than it actually delivered. Three of the five tunes are meandering blues-jazz-psychedelic jams, two of which, "Tobacco Road" and "Blues for Memphis Slim," chug along for nearly 15 minutes…
The music on this CD has been reissued many times, most recently in 1997. By 1970, pianist Ahmad Jamal's style had changed a bit since the 1950s, becoming denser and more adventurous while still retaining his musical identity. With bassist Jamil Nasser (whose doubletiming lines are sometimes furious) and drummer Frank Gant, Jamal performs two originals (playing over a vamp on "Patterns"), the obscure "I Love Music" and four jazz standards. Intriguing performances showing that Ahmad Jamal was continuing to evolve.
Laserlight's 2001 release With the Yardbirds & Jimmy Page, is another reissue that pairs early live Yardbirds recordings with the 1965 jam session credited to the Immediate All Stars (featuring Clapton, Jimmy Page, Bill Wyman, Ian Stuart, and Mick Jagger).