A beautiful album of subtle, soulful jazz, recorded with the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, and featuring the amazing (and amazingly underrated) tenor of Billy Mitchell. The writing on here's excellent, and the tracks are long, meandering, and beautiful (and a little bit like Bailey's European recordings, if you know them). The monster highlight is "Perpetual Stroll", which has great, catchy changes, and some wonderful thoughtful solos. Other tracks include "B&B", "Prompt", and "De Lawd's Blues".
Unique! That is how the CD-box ‘Orgels in Nederland | Dutch organs’ can be described. An extensive project containing a book and some CDs, put together by Okke Dijkhuizen who participated in the organ recordings for EO radio many years. One hundred recordings of monumental big organs and also of some smaller and less known instruments. The book (both in Dutch and English) contains a general introduction of the organs, as well as some historical facts and the disposition of the recorded instruments. The editor has aimed at a diversity of organ-builders as big as possible and a balanced regional representation. The result is a fascinating selection, for lovers of organs a ‘partner for life’. Book (Dutch and English), 288 pages incl. 20 CDs.
In 'De Profundis', fast rising jazz singer Natalia Mateo combines the worlds of jazz, Polish folk, and singer-songwriting into a mesmerizing game of illusion. The album is inspired by Mateo s Polish origins, by the influences of her adoptive city of Berlin, and by artists who defy convention like Björk and Joni Mitchell. Mateo captivates the listener with her intensity as much as her restraint. Judiciously sparse instrumentation creates a sense of intimacy and a unique sound. Through originals and covers, singing that can be both gentle/lyrical and angular/punchy, 'De Profundis' reveals Natalia Mateo s individuality in full.
With Kent's Songwriter Series well established as a regular feature of the Ace catalogue, they felt it was time to salute more great tunesmiths whose success as writers has been largely confined to the soul/R&B market. Few are more deserving than Phillip Mitchell a cult hero to many soul fans as a writer and a singer, and a man whose catalogue of songs is as consistently good as it is prolific. His songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in soul particularly during the 1970s, when his name appeared under the title of many high-profile 45s. A quick perusal of the artists featured here will demonstrate how highly Phillip's songs were rated by his peers. It was not easy to whittle the mountain of great versions of Mitchell songs down to a representative 23 and there s plenty of scope for a follow up if this one sells as well as Kent expect. In-depth annotation, copious illustrations and a value-for-money, near 80 minutes worth of music will make this a must for every serious soul enthusiast.