Hardly anything about the album Encounters hints at the fact that this is a Belgian production. The songs on ‘Encounters’ definitely sound a lot jazzier than the ones on their 2013 self-titled debut EP, tying in wonderfully with Sarah Devos’ sultry voice. We’ll gladly award ‘Encounters’ a spot in our top ten for 2015….
Miles Davis was best-known during the late '40s for offering an alternative approach to trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro, emphasizing his middle register, a softer tone and a more thoughtful approach. This concert performance, which was not released until nearly three decades later, shows that Davis was just as capable of playing hard-driving bebop as most of his contemporaries. In a quintet with tenor-saxophonist James Moody and pianist-composer Tadd Dameron, Davis confounded the French audience by playing very impressive high notes and displaying an extroverted personality. Never content to merely satisfy the expectations of his fans, he was already moving in surprising directions. This LP also gives one a very rare opportunity to hear Miles Davis verbally introducing songs in a voice not yet scarred.
The Hutcherson-Land Quintet has long been one of my favorite jazz groups. Great compositions, excellent soloing with everyone interacting as a cohesive unit. Always lots of sparks & fire in an open, relaxed feel. Never over-bearing or pretentious. This live date from 1969 is a great addition to their discography. Joe Chambers, the usual drummer, is here in even greater than usual form, one of the most outstanding (and under-recognized) drummers ever. Reggie Johnson contributes solidly on bass and the always stimulating Stanley Cowell on piano make this an especially interesting configuration. Four tunes well over 10 min. ea., exploring these pieces in a way much like Miles' '65-'68 quintet (and doing Hancock's "Maiden Voyage").
Elvin Jones may have established himself as one of the greatest drummers of all time, but equally important to him was his nurturing of young musicians. His Jazz Machine opened the door to several upcoming musicians, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Antoine Roney and Ravi Coltrane. He characteristically took delight in their playing, thus forging an emphatic bond. His attitude also served to enrich the music of the band.
Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Hasaan was an absolutely unbelievable piano player and composer. If you like Monk, if you know of Herbie Nichols, Hasaan was like Monk plus Nichols to the tenth power. He was a legend who made only one record!!! One of the great tragedies in record history. This is really a Hasaan record, his music and leadership. Max Roach lent his name to it to help it get out in the market. I met Roach in the 70's and asked him about Hasaan…he was immediately overwhelmed, and told me that Hasaan was in poor health. This is a unique recording in every sense.