A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific Jazz, but it's got a sound that's much more in the hardbop mode of the New York scene – all the fire and intensity that Blakey first cooked up for Blue Note, cast out with a slight sense of openness here in the less iconic setting. Players include Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the album's right up there with Vik/RCA, Savoy, and Chess material they cut at the time.
Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing unadorned confessionals in softly stylized studio noir created with the assistance of producer Danger Mouse, who collaborated with her the year before on the collective Rome. Seeming opposites – the classicist meets the futurist – Jones and Danger Mouse are well matched, as both artists are not as set in their ways as their individual reputations would suggest…
These two Maze albums slapped onto one disc will command a permanent slot in your CD changer. Features some of Beverly's most inspiring compositions ("Timin'" and "Lovely Inspiration"), his most romantic ("Call on Me" and "The Look In Your Eyes"), as well as up-tempo show openers and closers ("Feel That You're Feelin'"), and the one that made the band a favorite with ladies where they shop for groceries at Piggly Wiggly's, "Southern Girl."
Award-winning singer Göran Edman is one of the premier vocal talents coming out of Scandinavia, with a carrier spanning over 30 years. His unique vocal style has been embraced by numerous genres including neoclassic metal, progressive rock and AOR just to name a few. His vocals can be found on records from John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, Glory among others. Cry Of Dawn is Goran Edman’s latest child: a straight ahead AOR / Melodic Rock album which highlights his amazing abilities on some superb songs written for him by Michael Palace, Steve Newman, Alessandro Del Vecchio Sören Kronkvist, Daniel Palmqvist and Robert Säll. The result is a true feast for all lovers of this music with hints to the sounds of giants like Night Ranger, Journey, Bad English and Starship!