||Ray Reed Hollywood Bebop Quintet - "Plays Ray Reed"
Only In Spring
Carl's Bad Tavern
I Wished For A Waltz
Steal This Song
This all-star bebop jazz quintet with Don Menza (alto sax), Ron Stout (trumpet), Tom Garvin (piano), Jim Hughart or Putter Smith (bass), and Roy McCurdy (drums) premiers eight fresh new original straight ahead compositions written and arranged by Ray Reed, jazz master instrumentalist, composer, artist and author.
Each tune features soaring solos as accompanied by this rock solid in-the-pocket rhythm section and produces a sound reminiscent of the great quintets led by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson and others during the 50's, 60's and 70's.
These compositions cleverly incorporate send-offs and smooth
transitions between Latin and swing times, breaktime
solos and other techniques seldom found in today's
The listener will find themselves singing and humming
these tunes after hearing them for the very first time.
A must-own collector's album for the true jazz connoisseur.
Gene Stone / Vince Wallace / Kent Glenn Musical Ensemble
with the Great Ray Reed
- "Vintage Stonejazz"
Ballad of Belmont
Tilton Turns Left
| "Vintage Stonejazz"
was originally produced and recorded during early January 1980
by drummer Gene Stone with a jazz ensemble under the musical
direction of pianist/composer Kent Glenn. The ensemble was comprised
of some of the finest and most-in-demand jazz musicians on the
west coast; including Ray Reed - alto sax, Vince Wallace - tenor
sax, Bob Maize - bass, Al Mahafee - bass, and Johnny Conga -
After the music was allowed to age like fine wine for over
20 years, the original tapes were converted to .WAV files
and subsequently re-mixed and re-mastered in order to preserve
this great music and to prepare the CD for commercial issue
"Vintage Stonejazz" provides the listener with
eight original, straight-ahead, classic jazz tunes performed
by world-class musicians that have totally dedicated their
lives to this great American art form.
The creative and powerful music by these jazz artists make
"Vintage Stonejazz" a must-own collector's item
for the true Jazz connoisseur.
Mostert - "Midnite Breeze"
On the Street
Lie to Me
Hit & Run
Con el Viento
Eyes for You
West coast sax player/composer Christiaan Mostert, member
of the touring bands of the Eagles, Glen Frey, and Don Henley,
steps out front as a leader for his first solo CD, "Midnite
Breeze" for Rhombus Records.
Christiaan has performed or recorded with: The Joe Walsh
Band, Peter Cetera, Smokey Robinson, Dr. John, Ray Charles,
Michael Bolton, Greg Allman and Bruce Willis, to name a few,
as well as numerous TV commercials and soundtracks. "Midnite
Breeze" is Christiaan's first solo effort into Jazz,
Smooth Jazz, and R&B Instrumentals.
This all-original set of tunes features some of the best
musicians in L.A. including guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter,
organist Mike Flannigan, drummers Rick Marotta and Burleigh
Drummond, percussionist Michito Sanchez, along with additional
drum and percussion tracks on "On The Street" and
"Tease", courtesy of Steve Gadd.
"Midnite Breeze" is radio-friendly and coming to
a radio station near you. If you are not familiar with Christiaan
Mostert, you will be soon.
Rivers Trio - "Celebration"
Live at the Jazz Bakery in LA
Few, if any, free jazz saxophonists have approached music
with the same degree of intellectual rigor as Sam Rivers;
just as few have managed to maintain a high level of creativity
over a long life. Rivers plays with remarkable technical precision
and a manifest knowledge of his materials. His sound is hard
and extraordinarily well-centered, his articulation sharp,
and his command of the tenor saxophone complete.
Celebration is the title of the latest release by
the Sam Rivers Trio, consisting of master musician Sam Rivers,
bassist & bass clarinetist Doug Matthews and drummer,
pianist & saxophonist Anthony Cole. This 2004 release
was recorded before an audience during a two night stint at
the Jazz Bakery (Culver City, CA) in 2003.
Each member of the Sam Rivers Trio is fluent on multiple
instruments which makes for a broad canvas for Rivers to paint
his compositions. The music is pure Rivers - abstract and
angular, sometimes funky and sometimes swinging. A particular
highlight is the song "Glimpse" with Rivers on piano,
backed by bass and drums: starting off with spikey solo piano
it grows into a Cecil Taylor-esque torrent of notes and drumbeats,
then breaks into a beautiful melody built around McCoy Tyner-type
block chords backed by a intensely-swinging rhythm section.
Holland-Kerry Strayer Quartet -
3625 Central/Out of Nowhere
Three and One
In a Sentimental Mood
Trumpeter Rick Holland and baritone saxophonist Kerry Strayer
team up in the tradition of the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker
quartet on Speak Low.
Rick is the Professor of Jazz Studies at the State University
of New York in Oswego, New York. Kerry is a professional saxophonist,
composer/arranger and band leader from Kansas City, Missouri.
The two met while teaching at the annual Great Plains Jazz
Camp at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas several
years ago and have been making music together ever since.
The five piano-less tracks feature Mulligan/Baker staples
Bernie's Tune and Swing House, Count's Place
by Count Basie, Mr. Jones - a minor blues by Keiko
Jones (the wife of legendary drummer Elvis Jones), and a Kerry
Strayer original, 3625 Central. The band is at its
best on the closer, Swing House, taken at breakneck
Frank Mantooth joins the quartet on four numbers including
the title track, a Latin version of the Kurt Weill standard,
Speak Low - which alternates between 6/4 and 4/4 time
signatures, the Kerry Strayer original, KAS's Blues,
Duke Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood, and Three
and One by Thad Jones.
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Kerry Strayer Septet - "Mentor"
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
Me Va Bien
Don't Ask Why
In Your Own Sweet Way
I Hadn't Anyone Til You
| Mentor is the
fourth self-produced CD release for Kansas City-based baritone
saxophonist, composer/arranger, band leader Kerry Strayer and
his first effort for Rhombus Records. Further documenting Kerry's
exploration and expansion of the septet sound that he established
with Why Not Now? and the acclaimed Jeru Blue: A Tribute
to Gerry Mulligan (Palmetto Records), this recording satisfies
Kerry's long standing ambition to record with his mentor, first
call Los Angeles studio musician and jazz soloist extraordinaire
Gary Foster, with whom Kerry studied while earning a
Master's degree at the University of Missouri's Kansas City
Conservatory of Music.
Tracks include three Foster originals: Saturday 10 AM
(an up-tempo blues), Sweet Lips (featuring Gary Foster
on clarinet), and Warne-ing (Gary's tribute to Warne
Marsh). Other highlights are Gaviota (a Latin tune
by Clare Fischer featuring Gary on flute), Billy Strayhorn's
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing (featuring Kerry on baritone
sax), the Charlie Parker bebop standard Yardbird Suite,
and Alan Broadbent's Don't Ask Why (featuring Gary
on alto sax with an acappella opening featuring the horn section).
All arrangements are by Kerry Strayer.
The band also features Barry Springer on trumpet and flugelhorn,
Earlie Braggs on trombone, Frank Mantooth on piano, Bob Bowman
on bass, and Todd Strait on drums.
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