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The Last Dance Volumes 1 and 2Dominic Duval (Bass), Cecil Taylor (Piano)Recorded live in performance, this is arguably the definitive collaboration between Dominic Duval and Cecil Taylor during their 10-year tenure together. And for those who think they know all Cecil Taylor, this is something else; Cecil Taylor like you've never heard before. Additionally, it's a budget priced 2-fer in a soft pack. ForwardBrian Landrus (Saxophone), George Garzone (Saxophone), Allan Chase (Saxophone), Jason Palmer (Trumpet), Michael Cain (Piano), John Lockwood (Bass), Rakalam Bob Moses (Drums), Rupac Mantilla (Percussion)There's a new baritone sax voice in town–Brian Landrus, who impresses also on bass clarinet, alto flute, and as a composer of the majority of this program's compositions. Joining him are a few veterans including George Garzone, John Lockwood, Allan Chase, and Bob Moses; each known not only by his past body of work but also for the select company each chooses to keep. Live at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Fest 1981Bob Szajner (Piano), Ed Pickens (Bass), Frank Isola (Drums)Live at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Fest 1981
CADENCE JAZZ 1215: Bob Szajner is a bopster and prolific composer. He's been in and out of the Detroit Jazz scene since the 1950's. This release documents one of his last concerts and gives ample evidence of his talents and abilities. Complementing this package are extensive notes by the pianist along with perspectives by Michael Nastos and Bob Rusch. This nicely fills in a gap in Detroit's Jazz history and is the complete package. Ride Of Your LifeGeorge Dulin Disband (Primary), Danny Zanker (Bass), Take Toriyama (Drums), Jordan Perlson (Drums), George Dulin (Piano)This is George Dulin’s first release and what a wondrous debut. Cadence Jazz suspects he may be a new stylist—but with only one release it’s hard to tell. What is certain: he is assured and mature in his original workings based, basically, on some great old standards.
For those who think inside can no longer challenge direction and performance, this will test that assumption. The liners say he’s “an alchemy of Bud Powell and Don Pullen” while George Garzone calls him unique. We just call it wonderful listening. My Fingers Will Be Your TearsAndrew Drury (Primary), Briggan Krauss (Saxophone), Myra Melford (Piano)Andrew Drury, as evidenced on this fine recording, is obviously a drummer with both a secure rhythmic sense and the ability to mess with metronomic time (yet still hold the flow of the music). Andrew brings together Myra Melford's directional piano and Briggan Krauss' distinctive sax approach/sound to form a power trio that fearlessly throws itself into edgy compositions and constructions. ... Untying the StandardJoel Press (Primary), Kyle Aho (Piano)Counterpoint and harmony are in nice relief on this duo recording. In the past, veteran Joel Press' recordings have garnered serious critical praise. Not one who records frequently, any release by Press is an occasion of note. Here he is joined once again by Kyle Aho's most inventive piano on a program that offers a fresh approach, primarily to standards. Stylistically there are elements from ... For The ChildrenMichael Jefry Stevens (Piano), David Schnitter (Saxophone), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jay Rosen (Drums)This recording is part of the Cadence Jazz Historical Series. This was outstanding music back when it was recorded in the mid 1990s; and it remains so today. The only difference now is the significance and early placement in the discographies of the individual artists who are now leaders in the field of creative improvised music. Exciting, demanding, and rewarding listening. PandemoniumBarry Wallenstien (Primary), John Hicks (Piano), Curtis Lundy (Bass), Vincent Chancey (French Horn), Daniel Carter (Saxophone), Serge Pesce (Guitar), Barry Wallenstein (Vocals)Barry Wallenstein is both a poet (he wrote the text on these fifteen cuts), a voice (his is the distinctive and warm voice heard here), and a player (dig how his texts, delivery, and coloring integrate within the septet). This is the second issue on Cadence Jazz Records for this much-honored poet whose other recorded collaborations over the past 30 years have included Stanley Cowell, Charles Tyler, and Arthur Blythe. Barry's poetry speaks warmly of hard things and over the course of the program conveys a range of emotions, all very human, all very believable. A 20-page booklet with full text accompanies this exceptional work. Easily accessible to both those who appreciate unhackneyed prose and poetry as well as those who appreciate uncompromised improvised music. Don't Count On GloryLindsey Horner (Bass), Jeff Berman (Percussion), Uri Caine (Piano), Jim DiSpirito (Percussion), Marty Ehrlich (Saxophone), Colter Harper (Guitar), Neal Kirkwood (Piano), Brian Lynch (Trumpet), Pete McCann (Guitar), Allison Miller (Drums), Ben Opie (Saxophone), Bobby Previte (Drums), Lou tellute (Saxophone), Eric Susoeff (Guitar), Dave Throckmorton (Drums), Lieven Venken (Drums)Lindsey Horner is best known as a bassist (though his reeds make an appearance on this date) who's been one of the players in the thick of the post '70s New York improvising scene. But for those who have followed his own releases, it's clear that his is a rather distinct color from most of his colleagues. This recording was a few years in the making, but as Bob Rusch says in the program notes, "...this is the logical point Lindsey‚Äôs music has been moving toward...and is his most idiomatically realized to date." Emotional and intellectual depth unite here, making good music great music. In FinlandJoe McPhee (Soprano Saxophone), Matthew Shipp (Piano), Dominic Duval (Bass)Wow! What a trio. If nothing else, on paper it looks interesting, albeit problematic. Well, that's what we thought. Much to our surprise we were bowled over by the music this improbable grouping produced. Three giants of uncompromised creative improvising music come together and in every way justify their reputations and then go on to produce a musical program that exceeds the sum of its illustrious parts. This is a very special result from an unexpected occasion. How's The Horn Treating You?Joel Press (Tenor Saxophone), Kyle Aho (Piano), Jeremy Allen (Bass), Richie Barshay (Drums)Joel Press is a rarely recorded veteran of the creative music scene. Even so, he is equal to the best. Here he deconstructs a Lestorian nuance combined with a Websterian matter-of-fact-ness. Joel Press is an absolute master of the emotive understatement. He joins the Kyle Aho trio (Press has previously worked in duo with Aho), a group quite solid in its own right. Reflective and evocative. For Sale: Five Million CashDavid Haney (Piano), Julian Priester (Trombone)Here is a collaboration that, for a number of years, has been active‚and it shows. There is an intuitive interplay between these two as they present a live recording of 10 unhurried improvisations in a moving display of statement, tension, and space, all combining to make beautiful music sure to calm and inspire deeply. GenesisMat Marucci (Drums), Markus Burger (Piano), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Doug Webb (Tenor Saxophone), Adam Lane (Bass), Steve Gundhi (Alto Saxophone), Tony Passarell (Baritone Saxophone), Steve Roach (Trumpet), John Allen (Percussion), Fred Randolph (Bass)Mat Marucci and Markus Burger began collaborating in 2002. Their concepts are wide and full as this varied, but whole, work proves. Solid playing and complete compositions manage to make the 11 parts of the CD hang together as a satisfying complete suite. With Don Messina & Bill ChattinJon Easton (Piano), Don Messina (Bass), Bill Chattin (Drums)Pianist Jon Easton is a former student of Lennie Tristano and subsequently worked for ten years with Sal Mosca. Jon met drummer Bill Chattin in the 1970's, when Bill was also a student of Tristano. Bassist Don Messina began working with Jon and Bill in 1985. Over the past two decades this trio has assimilated the freedom of the Tristano abstraction into an intuitive unit which enables it to extend lines and imagination without losing touch with a more traditional structure as evidenced by the giving of new life, energy, and challenge to the nine standards found on this release. SegmentsJohn Hagen (Tenor Saxophones), Denman Maroney (Piano), Mark Dresser (Bass), Shanir Blumenkranz (Bass), Gerry Hemingway (Drums), Todd Capp (Drums)A professional musician since the early 1970s and a former student of a number of people, ranging from Jimmy Cheatham and Randy Sandke to Warne Marsh and Bill Dixon, it's surprising that this is Mr. Hagen's first release under his own leadership in 54 years. And in listening to the 15 little gems that make up this work, the surprises keep coming. This is a saxophonist who will draw in the listener with his emotive, logically constructed, and powerful statements. Fifteen cuts: a marvel in concise statements and, while unknown, not undeserving of your attention. Art‚Äînot hype. All The NotesCecil Taylor (Piano), Dominic Duval (Bass), Jackson Krall (Drums)All the notes here are in the music, not in the liners. This is the concert that Minnesotans have been speaking about since 2000. This massive 3 part improvisations featuring Mr. Taylor with his trio of the past 10 years finds them at the top of their game. An important document and a memorable night.
Improvisation I - Improvisation II - Improvisation III. Focus on Stan GetzErnie Krivda (Tenor Saxophone), Rufus Reid (Bass), Andy LaVerne (Piano), Adam Nussbaum (Drums)Ernie Krivda, one of the most distinctive tenor sax stylists in Jazz today, takes on one of the most distinctive tenor sax stylists of the past with respect and admiration in this historic revisit of Eddie Sauter's Stan Getz Collaboration, Focus. Never recorded after the original 1961 sessions, Ernie sought out Andrew Holmzy who tracked down the original score. Then in 1998, Ernie, The Quartet, and a 20-piece orchestra conducted by John Russo, presented Live in Severance Hall - a concert of the work. A recording of this historic occasion has surfaced and the world can now experience the brilliance of Krivda, Sauter & the Getz legacy. This is a moving and hip experience. You Must Believe In SwingMarc Pompe (Vocals), Joey Defrancesco (Hammond B-3), Henry Johnson (Guitar), Byron Landham (Drums), Curt Warren (Guitar), Judy Roberts (Piano)Marc Pompe is a distinct and memorable singer. he's been at it for over 50 years, but had scarce documentation. More concerned with the art than the commerce, Mr. Pompe, Cadence Records, and CIMP Records have set about to rectify the situation with a series of 3 recordings to be released over the next handful of months.
You Must Believe in Swing is simply a great recording. And if you're a fan of the art of the Jazz singer - give this a try. With 2 more releases to follow, you know we stand behind Marc Pompe's artistry. Foward EnergyJim Ryan (Saxophone), Alicia Mangan (Tenor Saxophone), Scott R. Looney (Piano), Adam Lane (Contrabass), Marshall Trammell (Drums)Jim Ryan is a creative and catalytic force in the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has a passion and, yes, a forward energy which would put artists a third his age to shame. Here he brings his energized group together to stretch out for 5 tracks on what is arguably his finest and fullest recorded display of his music. This is intense music and unrelenting interplay. It‚Äôs a lot of listening here‚Äîover 70 minutes that will take you hours to absorb and with wonderful features from all. In, Thru, and OutHiro Honshuku (Flute), Jim Hobbs (Alto Saxophone), Jeff Hudgins (Alto Saxophone), Phil Scarff (Tenor Saxophone), Hans Indigo (Baritone Saxophone), Mike Peipman (Trumpet), Keiichi Hashimoto (Trumpet), Jim Mosher (French Horn), Bob Pilkington (Trombone), David Harris (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba), Rebecca Shrimpton (Voice), Art Bailey (Piano), Norm Zocher (Guitar), Rick McLaughlin (Acoustic Bass), Rich Greenblatt (Vibraphone), Harvey Wirht (Drums), Taki Masuko (Percussion), Darrell Katz (Composer), Laura Andel (Composer), Warren Senders (Composer)The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra outdoes itself on this release, creating large music carefully detailed and with climaxes worthy of the talents of this 18-piece ensemble. Included in the program is the tribute, “Hemphill,” a 4-part opus celebrating the spirit of Julius Hemphill. A big band with big concepts executed by big talents. Trips Jobs and JourneysNoah Rosen (Piano), Didier Levallet (Bass), Makoto Sato (Drums)You could say this recording has been about 25 years in the making. Now in his 40s, this is Mr. Rosen's recorded debut - after all those years of playing in the States and Europe. This is more than just another piano trio outing; this is a focused, thoughtful, creative improvised excursion by a voice that is forceful in executing a concert of original statement. As Andrew Hill says in his liner notes, "Noah has made...the freshest material I have heard in twenty years or more." One Eyed JackJoseph Scianni (Piano), Blaise Siwula (Alto Saxophone), Ken Filiano (Bass), Hal Onserud (Bass)that Joseph Scianni is a phenomenal pianist can be shown by the first 5 records he has made over his 73 years. "One-Eyed Jack" is his 6th recording and has him in solo, duo, and trio settings with Blaise Siwula and Ken Filiano over a program of originals and standards. Both lyrical and demanding, this is music to engage both the mind and heart and gives us the added bonus of Siwula, Onserud, and Filiano: creative masters equal to the task. EnarrePaul Murphy (Drums), Joel Futterman (Piano), Kash Killion (Cello)After too many years of relative obscurity, Paul Murphy is beginning to re-emerge as a profound voice in new music. Here he unites with Joel Futterman and Kash Killion for riveting interplay over 5 tracks. This is the beginning of an association between Paul Murphy's uncompromised music and Cadence/CIMP Records with more extraordinary developments to come. In The SunlightBob Magnuson (Soprano Saxophone), Tom DeSteno (Drums), Cameron Brown (Bass), Jason Hwang (Violin), Rolf Sturm (Guitar), Ed Neumeister (Trombone), Scott Healy (Piano), Gary Guzio (Trumpet), Eric Goletz (Trombone)This is an odd one for Cadence Jazz and the Magnuson-Desteno duo. Electronics, synthesizers, even a suggestion of fusion. But musically it has integrity and all the parts hang together (tracks range from under a minute to over 17 minutes) to produce a haunting whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Let ItPandelis Karayorgis (Piano), Nate McBride (Bass)By the time these “Living Room” sessions were recorded, this duo had been playing together for some 9 years. Using various strategies in approaching composition, rhythm, etc., they fashioned a fine program of, as they say, playing “our own kind of music that swings.” CrossingsMatthew Goodheart (Piano), Dominic Duval (Bass)Matthew Goodheart recorded a beautiful duo with Leo Smith (CJR 1100). This time his duo work goes inside with the bassist Dominic Duval. It’s all so normal and so engaging it just goes to prove it’s not the notes but how you play them. Hollywood WeddingAdam Lane (Bass), Lynn Johnston (Reeds), Brian McFadin (Tenor Saxophone), Eddie Felix (Reeds), James King (Reeds), Todd M. Simon (Trumpet), Josef Leimberg (Trumpet), Mark Chung (Violin), Art Hirahara (Piano), Scott Ray (Trombone), Wadada Leo Smith (Trumpet)Quite simply one of the more impressive recording debuts. This was Adam’s first release in any manner: leader or sideman. His recording legacy began here and subsequent events have proved it was no fluke A Sandole TrilogyDennis Sandole (Guitar), Al DelGovernatore (Piano), Wendell Marshall (Bass), Frank Young (Drums), Michael Grossman (Piano), John Stubblefield (Tenor Saxophone), Tony Garnier (Bass), Mike Clark (Drums)Dennis Sandole was a legendary Philadelphia-based guitarist, teacher, and guru to a host of eventual East Coast Jazz giants. These recordings were recovered from the dustbin of Mr. Sandole’s archives and cover his work between 1958 to 1991, and sadly, account for a good percentage of his available recorded legacy. As an added bonus, one track features the Michael Grossman-John Stubblefield-Tony Garnier-Mike Clark 4tet playing a Sandole composition. Shades of GreeneNarada Burton Greene (Piano)Burton Greene—solo. One of the many Greene recordings on Cadence Jazz and CIMP. This is an exceptional solo outing from Holland with two extended tracks from Toronto’s Music Gallery. This was Burton’s first solo production in 15 years and 9 years later he did one for CIMP (#355), both exceptional efforts. Bottoms OutScott Miller (Composer), Joe Fonda (Bass), Kevin Norton (Drums), Michael J. Stevens (Piano), Mark Whitecage (Alto Saxophone), David Bindman (Clarinet), David Schumacher (Baritone Saxophone), Robert DeBellis (Baritone Saxophone), Sam Furnace (Baritone Saxophone), Steve Swell (Trombone), Jim Leff (Trombone)Scott Miller and Joe Fonda brought together this potent ensemble, sort of a musicians’ workshop with, “A premise of the group that, in our music, there is an equal assertion of written composition and improvisation: The writing and the improvising are continuous and simultaneous throughout.” And “Though every member of Bottoms Out is a formidable soloist, the band is ultimately about a sense of ensemble.” The ensemble existed for a couple of years and was obviously an engaging unit, as witnessed by this sole issued document. Orkestra Kith 'n KinHans Reichel (Guitar), Thomas Borgmann (Soprano Saxophone), Lol Coxhill (Soprano Saxophone), Erik Balke (Sopraino Saxophone), Dietmar Diesner (Soprano Saxophone), Jonas Akerblom (Bass Saxophone), Martin Mayes (French Horn), Pat Thomas (Piano), Christoph Winckel (Bass), Mark Sanders (Drums)Wow. Big group, powerful personalities, led by the powerhouse, Mr. Borgmann. Perhaps it’s led by “Turning Loose”—contained within the structure of this extended work is fiery unrestrained playing. The CD concludes with some prime Lol Coxhill humor creations. Encounters With MyselfAlvaro Is Rojas (Piano)The third recording (CJR 1048, 1061) by the tasteful but probing Mr. Rojas. Here he is mostly about standards. If you have no reference to this singular pianist, do yourself a favor and try it. Music that will please both the listener looking for the familiar and one looking for challenge. Velvet HeatPieter Ostrander (Tenor Saxophone), Mike Schiffer (Piano), Ram Miles (Bass), Theresa Mango (Harp), Randy Kaye (Drums)Another of those quirky and singular documents often found on Cadence Jazz Records, and other independent labels that allow artistry to trump bottom line costs. This was the late Pieter Ostrander’s only recording—and it’s homegrown at that. He and Mike Schiffer play with great emotive joy and sorrow. If you enjoy the pathos evoked by artists like Lester Young, you’ll enjoy this slice of the creative muse. Tom Cohen TrioTom Cohen (Drums), Ron Thomas (Piano), Mike Richmond (Bass), Bill Zinno (Bass)(reissue) Tom Cohen (drums) Mike Richmond (bass) Ron Thomas (piano) Bill Zinno (bass on 1 track)
Tom Cohen with Ron Thomas and Mike Richmond, a trio of unexpected invention and turns, prove that mining the Bopstream need not be the same old same old.
Things You Were - Turn Out The Stars - The Red Carpet - Sarabande - Time Remembered - Lyons Waltz - Groove for Andy - Passacaglia - Two Lonely People - The Free Of Us - Untitled Ballad - Motion Potion
48 MotivesGeoff Brady (Percussion), Marilyn Grispell (Piano), Vincent Davis (Percussion), Stephen Dembski (Conductor), Scott Fields (Guitar), Joseph Jarman (Alto Saxophone), John Padden (Double Bass), Hans Sturm (Double Bass), Matt Turner (Cello)Scott Fields works in highly disciplined forms. Here it’s a modern day bolero. When we first heard this we were puzzled, but, by the end, pulled in and subdued by its subtle combinations of repetition and improvisation. The Bitten MoonJon Hazilla (Drums), Ray Drummond (Bass), James Williams (Piano)(reissue) This is Jon Hazilla’s second leadership date and, like his first (CJR 1035), it’s an understated trio recording that packs a punch both in the choice of material and in the absolute focus of artistic brilliance. A standard but uncommonly good Bop trio outing. As for the leader (and believe us he is the leader), the Hazilla quality is all evident. Special note should be made of his brush work. DreamlandDarrell Katz (Conductor), Julius Hemphill (Alto Saxophone), John Carlson (Trumpet), Rob Scheps (Tenor Saxophone), Bob Pilkington (Trombone), Doug Johnson (Piano), David Harris (Trombone), W. Marshall Sealy (French Horn), Douglas Yate (Alto Saxophone), Mike Peipman (Trumpet), Rick Peckham (Guitar), Diana Herold (vibraphone), Andrew D'Angelo (Alto Saxophone), John Dirac (Guitar)Darrell Katz is an enigma to those who know him. Obsessed and driven by his musical visions, he’s managed to squeeze out a handful of recordings over the years while somehow maintaining a stable group in the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. If you like music that’s engaging of both mind and pulse, this is—as are all of his recordings—a feast. Anyone who has played or come in contact with this too overlooked aggregation will agree it is a distinct occurrence. Home On The RangeChuck Florence (Tenor Saxophone), Jaki Byard (Piano), Alan Dawson (Percussion), Clipper Anderson (Bass)Chuck Florence lives in Montana. In fact, his first recording (with a little known but outstanding group that included Jack Walrath, Bob Nell, and Kelly Roberts) was called U. Home on the Range is Mr. Florence’s debut as a leader and it’s a refreshing Bop outing as expansive in its approach and directness as the Big Sky Country itself. Special note to the featured work of Jaki Byard who, though not the leader, lays down some of his most classic work. Seeking SpiritBobby Zankel (Alto Saxophone), Odean Pope (Tenor Saxophone), Johnny Coles (Trumpet), Ray Wright (Baritone Saxophone), Tyrone Brown (Bass), Stan Slotter (Trumpet), Sumi Tonooka (Piano), Craig McIver (Drums), Uri Caine (Piano), David Gibson (Drums)A distinctive orchestrater, composer, and instrumentalist Bobby Zankel over the years has remained a Philadelphia musicians’ musician. This is his debut recording and it remains one of his finest. If you’re not familiar with this notable musician’s work, start here and we think you’ll be impressed enough to move through other documents of his body of work Ernie Krivda JazzErnie Krivda (Tenor Sax), Bob Fraser (Guitar), Jeff Halsey (Bass), Gary Aprile (Bass), Roger Hines (Bass), Chris Berger (Bass), Pat Hallaran (Trombone), Pete Selvaggio (Accordion), Joe Hunter (Piano), Paul Samuels (Drums), Scott Davis (Drums), Dennis Reynolds (Trumpet), Mike Hazlett (Trumpet) Searching For HarmonyAlvaro Is (Piano)Alvaro Is Rojas is a beautifully lyrical, abstract, and evocative pianist. His profound handling of standards gives them an unexpected freshness and depth. He says, “It allows me to express my deepest feelings and emotions.” To our frustration he remains discovered by too few. Yet he remains a stylist of great ability and depth. Sonic ExplorationsRob Brown (Alto Saxophone), Matthew Shipp (Piano)These are the first recordings of both Mr. Shipp and Mr. Brown. It’s a strong debut and the root of vast recording careers over the next few decades. Originally issued on LP, this CD issue retains the original 1988 interview with the players and supplies additional takes of “Oleo” and “Blue in Green.” Wonderful music and a historical document to boot.
ImpasseGlenn Wilson (Baritone Saxophone), Harold Danko (Piano), Dennis Irwin (Bass), Adam Nussbaum (Drums)This was Glenn Wilson’s leadership debut. Of the nicely crafted and purposeful handful of recordings this thinking man’s bari has led (since 1984), this remains one of his best. Originally released on LP, this CD issues additional takes which maintain the original integrity of the LP and give added insight into Glenn’s musicianship. The notes contain the original 1984 interview along with updated notes by both Glenn Wilson and Bob Rusch.