Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Steve Gorn Tony Levin Jerry Marotta - From the Caves of the Iron Mountains 1997

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, World Fusion
Original Release Date: 1997
Label: Papa Bear Records

Once in a while, an idea grabs hold of an artist, or group of musicians, and compels them to create a work that takes in more than their music. FROM THE CAVES OF THE IRON MOUNTAIN is such a special project, in that it encompasses an atmosphere, a place so special that its presence is felt in every note....

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Al Jarreau - Glow (1976)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Original Release Date: 1976
Label: Reprise Records

by Dave Van Der Spank
"Why should I work at 100% when I sell only 10% of the records with it" Jarreau once asked himself. Still, we are lucky he once did, proven by records like "Glow". The nicest track is the title song, which shows his most velvet style of jazz singing. "Aqua De Beber" adds some latin, "Hold on me" is a superb a-capella bit, while "Rainbow In Your Eyes", "Have You Seen The Child" and "Milwaukee" give the Funk it's full space. Unlike most of his later records this one is consistent, warm, even with the song Milwaukee, and made just for the sake of good music. His later records still feature highlights, though they are accompanied by loads of fillers. "Tenderness" is almost on par with this one though...