Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Billy Cobham - Shabazz (1974)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Rock
Original Release Date: 1974
Label: Atlantic

Recorded live in Europe. Taurian Matador was recorded at the Montreux Music Festival, Switzerland, on July 4, 1974. All other compositions recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, England on July 13, 1974.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Mercan Dede - Seyahatname 2001

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Sufi, Ethno
Original Release Date: 2001
Label: Doublemoon

"I can't explain in words,"
says a voice a couple of times, in one of the songs. I think the same thing is valid for the satisfaction one gets from the whole albume. Mercan Dede uses the rhythms and the moods present in sufi music, and creates an above-all-feelings music that just becomes an eternal delight to listen. It's important to note that Mercan Dede believes in sufi philosophy and shows his appreciation throughout his original electronic style. For those, who are trying to choose which of his albumes to purchase, I'd recommend 'Seyahatname'. Mercan Dede made two more albumes after 'Seyahatname', 'Nar' and 'Su', released lately. 'Nar' is also recommended highly.

By Burak Kilic

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Return To Forever - Light As A Feather (1972)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Original Release Date: 1972
Label: Verve

Review by Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)
The 1998 re-release of Return to Forever's Light As a Feather -- the second, final, and most popular album of the band's first edition -- as a two-CD set had the effect of nearly doubling the band's released output. The first disc contains the original album as sequenced, while the second contains over an hour of outtakes, including some new titles and tracks that were reconstructed from a number of takes. The actual album as originally released was a splendidly light, fluid, fleeting exercise in electric jazz with a strong whiff of Brazil, featuring Corea's lyrical, probing work on Rhodes electric piano and containing a number of Corea tunes -- especially the Rodrigo-based "Spain" -- that became standards. Airto Moreira was a whirlwind on trap drums and overdubbed percussion, Flora Purim's vocals gave the band some commercial appeal; Stanley Clarke made his first astounding impact on electric and stand-up basses; Joe Farrell contributed superb wind solos. The outtakes are of uniformly high quality, all but one unmarked by post-production, with excellent solos all around. The major surprise is four takes of a tune previously released on Corea's 1972 ECM album Return to Forever. "What Games Shall We Play Today?" is a great little Chick Corea boogaloo with a delicate wah-wah pedal applied to the Rhodes. It was heartening to see the jazz industry finally starting to document its electric music heritage with the same thoroughness once reserved only for acoustic jazz landmarks.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Cozy Powell - Over The Top (1979)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Rock
Original Release Date: 1979
Label: Polydor

In 1979, Cozy recorded the first of his five solo albums, Over The Top. On this record he was able to work with some of the musicians he had long admired, such as Jack Bruce, virtuoso bassist from super-group Cream, Irish guitarist Gary Moore, and also old mate Clem Clempson, with whom he had eventually made peace after the Strange Brew episode.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Al Di Meola - World Sinfonia (1990)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz
Original Release Date: 1990
Label: Inak

Review by Alex Henderson
Comparing early Al di Meola dates like Land of the Midnight Sun and Casino to his albums of the 1990s, it's clear how much his playing has softened. The exceptional World Sinfonia, an entirely acoustic CD, makes it clear that what hasn't changed is his unpredictable, spontaneous nature. Di Meola's right-hand man throughout this highly introspective date is the soulful bandonean player Dino Saluzzi, with whom he enjoys an undeniably strong rapport. A long-time lover of world music, di Meola incorporates South American, Spanish, and Middle Eastern elements, and makes Argentine tango a very high priority. The improvisor's reverence for Argentina's musical heritage is especially evident on Astor Piazzola's haunting "Tango Suite" and di Meola's soul-bearing ode to the tango legend, "Last Tango for Astor." But World Sinfonia's standout track and most pleasant surprise of all is a 12-minute interpretation of Chick Corea's 1975 Return to Forever classic "No Mystery," which works quite well in an acoustic setting.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Brian Bromberg - BASSically Speaking 1990

Format: APE + cue + log
Genre: Bass virtuoso, Jazz-Fusion, Smooth Jazz
Original Release Date: 1990
Label: Nova Records

Brian Bromberg "Bassically Speaking" This cd is Brian's first record "A New Day" in CD form. Some new tracks were added and some original tracks have some new additions. This disc features the likes of: Alex Acuna, Joe Farrell, Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts and Brian's first top 5 single "You and I" This cd has the original recording of the quasi cult classic bass solo "Bassically Speaking"....