When Lenny McBrowne and the 4 Souls began gigging in Sacramento and San Francisco clubs they were critically hailed as the greatest promise for the future of West Coast jazz. The leader had gained much of his experience working with Harold Land and playing engagements with Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller. His renowned finesse as a drummer was acquired while mastering the subtleties of his mentor, Max Roach. In these sessions for Pacific Jazz and Riverside, he showed he had become one of the top drummers on the jazz scene, and his young musicians—average age 25—swing hard as a unit. Terry Trotter, Don Sleet and Daniel Jackson are here on top of the demands he placed on them.
Joyce Collins (1930-2010) was an assertive two-handed pianist who listed Erroll Garner and Bud Powell as major influences—incidentally, she was also the first woman jazz pianist to serve on the board of directors of Los Angeles, Local 47, American Federation of Musicians.
When 26-year-old Carmell Jones left his native Kansas for California in August 1960, he made an immediate impact on the high-calibre West Coast jazz scene. Snapped up exclusively by Pacific Jazz, he recorded his first album as a leader, “The Remarkable Carmell Jones,” the following June.
In Memoriam. RIP Mr.Wess. There’s no Count Basie here, but his spirit pervades these relaxed, swinging sessions, not least because five Basie alumni – Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Benny Powell, Henry Coker and Eddie Jones – splendidly lead the way. Aided by guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Kenny Clarke, with arrangements that offer plenty of space for soloists, this is a typically accomplished, unpretentious Basie-type small group blowing session. The piano-less rhythm section is buttressed by the solid bass of Eddie Jones and a cooking Kenny Clarke, while Kenny Burrell proves a fine comper and a down-home blues player.
Of Miles Davis's many bands, none was more influential and popular than the quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Davis's muted ballads and medium-tempo standards endeared him to the public. The horns' searing exposition of classics like "Salt Peanuts" and "Well, You Needn't" captivated musicians. The searching, restless improvisations of Coltrane intrigued listeners who had a taste for adventure. The flawless rhythm section became a model for bands everywhere. Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet is, in many respects representative of the total work of the quintet, it affords an excellent opportunity to examine just what this remarkable music was and how it was made. Such chemistry is inexplicable, and so, apparently, is the personality of the man who generated it.
“She is really the great new voice of Jazz“ this is what Quincy Jones said to Sarah Lancman when she won the Grand Prix of the International Competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. 17 gold Records, Music awards, Django d’or, Grand Prix de l’Académie du Jazz Django Reinhardt, no need to introduce the italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi. They are now accomplices of their new album “Inspiring Love” released since November 18 whose 10 original compositions were recorded in New York, high place of this music…
One OK Rock is a Japanese power pop/alt-rock band that draws on the sound of blink-182 and Foo Fighters. Named for the time of the band's scheduled practice and pronounced the same as "one OK rock" in a Japanese accent, the group was established in 2005 by high schooler Toru (guitar), who teamed with bassist Ryota, vocalist Taka (formerly of the boy band NEWS), and another guitarist, the San Francisco-born Alex Onizawa, who had previously worked as a fashion model. After a string of successful shows around Tokyo, the band debuted with the EP One OK Rock in mid-2006, followed by another mini-album, Keep It Real, by the end of the same year. In 2006, One OK Rock finally found a permanent drummer in Tomoya, who played on their first single…
Japanese quartet One OK Rock blast into the Western market with their eighth album, Ambitions. After signing with Fueled by Ramen in late 2016, One OK Rock – led by Takahiro Moriuchi, who sings in impeccable English – take their songwriting and production quality to a new level, encompassing a full Warped Tour scope that incorporates pop-punk, alt-emo, and even a little atmospheric post-hardcore energy akin to That's the Spirit-era Bring Me the Horizon. Ambitions includes highlights like "Bombs Away" and "Taking Off," as well as singles "Bedroom Warfare" and the sparkling Hands Like Houses-esque "We Are." All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth appears on "Jaded," while 5 Seconds of Summer join "Take What You Want." The album debuted in the Billboard 200 and topped the Japanese charts upon release.
Under the theme of "Coexistence of music and life", DJ OKAWARI expresses the things he feels in life through sound. The tranquility that comes right before falling asleep, the dignified feeling when opening a book… He creates sounds that underscore the connection between settings and emotions. The name DJ OKAWARI comes from the Japanese word "okawari", or "seconds", because he is never satisfied with just one helping. He is always seeking something new to challenge. Besides his work on his own albums, DJ OKAWARI has also participated in many works within Japan and outside of it. His warm and gentle hiphop tracks have a worldwide appeal.
Both sets of Chopin's etudes can be as fiendishly difficult for the performer as they are mesmerizing for the listener, yet Maurizio Pollini makes them sound as if they pose no problems whatsoever for him in this 1972 recording. Every one of the etudes is played with easy precision, energy, and an entirely enjoyable musicality that demonstrates why Chopin's etudes are no mere exercises and are as suited to the recital hall as to the practice room. The Op. 25 No. 5 Etude in E minor has some tricky finger acrobatics in it, but Pollini brings out a singing melody all the same in the middle section, while adding a bit of dancing animation to the outer sections…