Nicki Parrott – Unforgettable (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Nicki Parrott
Album: Unforgettable
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 266 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Nicki Parrott plays bass and sings Nat King Cole’s songbook with the help of fellow jazzmates John Di Martino on piano, Frank Vignola on guitar and Lisa Parrott on saxophone and clarinet.

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she began to play with Australian musicians such as Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and Ten Part Invention. She also toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer and American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.

In June 2000, Nicki began performing on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club with the legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel. Since then she has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, just to name a few.

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Sylvia Bennett – For You (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Sylvia Bennett
Album: For You
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 274 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Sylvia Bennett continues her journey into smooth original music. “For You,” promises another successful set of contemporary, sensuous songs from the Grammy-nominated, vocalist and songwriter.

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Charlie Watts – Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Charlie Watts
Album: Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 336 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

A top European big band affiliated with national radio station of Denmark which has issued periodic recordings with top Danish musicians and occasional major guest stars like Thad Jones.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band – So It Is (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Album: So It Is
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 217 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Although New Orleans’ traditional jazz scene had many top players in the 1950s, there was no principal venue for the city’s veteran greats to play. In 1961, local art dealer Larry Borenstein opened a building in the French Quarter called Preservation Hall. The young tuba player Allan Jaffe ran the hall and organized tours for the musicians who often performed there, naming the band the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In the early days, the key musicians included, at various times, trumpeters Kid Thomas Valentine, Punch Miller, or De De Pierce; trombonists Louis Nelson or Jim Robinson; clarinetists George Lewis, Albert Burbank, or Willie Humphrey; and pianists Joseph Robichaux, Billie Pierce, or Sweet Emma Barrett. By the early ’70s, the front line usually comprised trumpeter Percy Humphrey, his brother Willie on clarinet, and trombonist Jim Robinson (who, after his death in 1976, was succeeded by Frank Demond). The deaths of the Humphreys and occasional fill-in Kid Sheik Colar in the mid-’90s signaled more lineup changes, with John Brunious and his son Wendell Brunious taking turns at the trumpet chair. Also around this time, bassist Ben Jaffe (son of founder Allan Jaffe and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music) took over as Preservation Hall’s creative director and the band’s main bassist/tuba player. Over a half century after the group’s genesis, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to honor the musical traditions of New Orleans, even as the ensemble’s lineup evolves. Although primarily known as a live band in its early days, the group recorded a handful of well-regarded albums under the leadership of Barrett and the Pierces, including 1964’s Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 1971’s New Orleans, Vol. 1, and 1982’s When the Saints Go Marchin’ In (New Orleans, Vol. 3). These are raw and joyous affairs that capture the vibrant, earthy atmosphere of Preservation Hall and its band. With the beginning of bassist Jaffe’s tenure as Preservation Hall’s creative director, the band began increasing its recorded output, releasing such well-received efforts as 1996’s gospel-themed In the Sweet Bye and Bye, 1998’s Because of You, and 2004’s Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Duke Dejan. While these albums showcased the group’s longstanding commitment to traditional New Orleans jazz, they also revealed a growing openness to the influence of later innovations, including bebop-inflected improvisations, funky R&B grooves, and various roots music traditions. Along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s increased creative output, their worldwide tours have resulted in a great deal of goodwill. Consequently, the band remained on the road throughout much of 2005 and early 2006, due to the temporary closure of Preservation Hall in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Although the hurricane devastated the city, it left some of the band’s archival recordings unscathed, resulting in the release of Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions in 2007. Three years later, they delivered the charity album Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, which featured guest appearances by an eclectic mix of artists including Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Anglique Kidjo, Terence Blanchard, and many others. A year later, they collaborated once again with McCoury on the jazz-meets-bluegrass album American Legacies. That’s It!, the band’s first album of all-original material in its entire 50-year career, was released in 2013. A high-profile tour followed, with the group performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as appearing at Coachella alongside Arcade Fire in 2014. They also guested on the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways album that year. In 2017, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band returned with yet another album of original, crossover-friendly material, So It Is. Produced by bassist and bandleader Jaffe along with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, it found the band combining its New Orleans jazz sound with Afro-Cuban and R&B influences. ~ Scott Yanow

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Marialy Pacheco – Duets (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Marialy Pacheco
Album: Duets
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 258 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

There are more names than Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Roberto Fonseca and Omar Sosa in the world of Cuban Jazz pianists! There is also Marialy Pacheco! For Duets, the Havana musician has assembled a fine team: Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke. She makes the reasoning behind her choices perfectly clearly: “The concept for the record, like the choice of pieces we would play, was quite clear to me. The guests I invited were not just artists whom I admire: they were also artists with a strong and well-defined musical identity. I came into their musical world and I chose a song which spoke to me and I arranged it to be interpreted as a duet, bearing in mind the artist’s authentic character. That way, every song has a very specific sound.” This makes for an album that offers real dialogues. Pacheco improvises her way through intense conversations with the virtuosity and inspiration which are her hallmarks. This is a record which will further enhance the aura of a pianist who is more than a match for her male compatriots and colleagues.

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Candy Dulfer – Together (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Candy Dulfer
Album: Together
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 453 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Dutch saxophonist/vocalist Candy Dulfer is a charismatic and gifted performer known for her funky, genre-bending take on smooth jazz, dance-pop, and instrumental R&B. Initially brought to the public’s attention via appearances with Prince, Dulfer (whose influences range from Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis to Maceo Parker and David Sanborn) went on to become a hugely successful crossover jazz star. Born in Amsterdam in 1969, Dulfer was raised in a musical family, the daughter of Hans Dulfer, a respected jazz tenor saxophonist. Starting out on drums at age five, she switched first to soprano saxophone and eventually settled on alto saxophone at age seven. While jazz was an early love, Dulfer also listened to a variety of genres while growing up, from AM pop and metal to hard rock and soul. Nonetheless, influenced by her tenor saxophone-playing father, she began studying the styles of artists like Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon. The rough, swaggering tenor style impacted how she approached playing the alto and helped her stand out early on. Later, she would incorporate the influence of similarly inclined alto luminaries like Earl Bostic, Cannonball Adderley, Maceo Parker, and David Sanborn. After spending her earlier years playing in local concert bands, by age ten Dulfer was good enough to be a featured soloist in her father’s group. Her first professional work came at age 12 when she joined American expatriate saxophonist/vocalist Rosa King’s band. While with King, she played the North Sea Jazz Festival where she first heard David Sanborn perform live. Inspired by the experience and taking King’s advice, Dulfer formed her own group, the R&B-influenced Funky Stuff. Though still in her teens, Dulfer and the Funky Stuff were to open for Madonna on several stops of the pop star’s Who’s That Girl Tour. During this time, she also caught the ear of Prince, who showcased her in a live concert and later, featured her in the video for his song “Partyman.” This led to other high-profile gigs for Dulfer, including session work with Eurythmics guitarist/producer Dave Stewart as well as live dates with Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, and Pink Floyd. In 1990, Dulfer made her solo recording debut with the Ulco Bed-produced Saxuality on RCA Records. A break-out success, the album charted well in Europe and the U.S. and eventually reached gold certification status with sales in excess of a half-million units worldwide. Critically, the album was also well-received, garnering Dulfer plaudits for her playful but organic take on smooth jazz, as well as earning her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Her follow-up, 1991’s Sax-a-Go-Go, was also a hit, spending a month on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Also produced by Bed, the album found Dulfer collaborating with a handful of her musical heroes, including the JB’s and the Tower of Power horns. Her third album, 1993’s Big Girl, was a similarly successful, stylistically varied effort that revealed her love of hip-hop and rap. Produced by Bed and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/arranger Thomas Bank (both of whom would remain regular collaborators with Dulfer), the album also featured a guest appearance by longtime Dulfer idol David Sanborn. Along with touring and appearing with other artists, Dulfer released several more equally successful, genre-crossing outings including 1997’s For the Love of You and 1999’s What Does It Take? which found her adding her own vocals to the mix. In 2002, she paired with her father for Dulfer and Dulfer, followed a year later by the electronic-tinged Right in My Soul. Electronic dance music, as well as funky R&B and Latin-flavored romantic balladry would all be on the table for her next two albums, 2007’s Candy Store and 2009’s Funked Up! For 2011’s Crazy, Dulfer moved even further into dance music, exploring dubstep textures with producer Printz Board (the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Macy Gray). Over the next several years she toured and continued to expand her profile, appearing as a celebrity judge & talent coach on the Dutch edition of The X Factor in 2013. She also formed the all-female R&B supergroup Ladies of Soul with longtime friends Trijntje Oosterhuis, Glennis Grace, Berget Lewis, and Edsilia Rombley. Together they headlined a handful of well-attended concerts at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, later released as live albums. In 2016, Dulfer delivered her 12th studio album, Together. ~ Matt Collar

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