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  1. Artists: Rob Ickes Record Label: ResoRevolution Genre: JazzAcoustic ALBUM CREDITS: Produced by Rob Ickes Rob Ickes - Dobro, Scheerhorn Acoustic Slide Michael Alvey - Piano Robinella - Vocal tracks (3, 5, 😎 Executive Producer - Betty Wheeler Recorded at Wildwood Recording Studio, Brentwood, TN Mixed at OTR Studios, Belmont, CA Recorded and Mixed by Cookie Marenco Mastered by Cookie Marenco at OTR Studios Photography - Michael Witcher; Adam Frehm (trio photo) Liner Notes - Rick Clark When you think of instruments that might accompany a jazz piano, your mind doesn't necessarily jump straight to the dobro. But that is Road Song in a nutshell; jazz for dobro and piano. In truth, Michael Alvey's piano is the accompaniment here. While it is an almost equal collaboration, the dobro is the focus of this album. The only other addition to the mix is the voice of another artist I'd not heard of until now, RobinElla, who sings on three of the ten tunes included here. Her roots are also in country and bluegrass, but she brings a subtle Billie Hollidaylike touch to the ballads on this release. The other seven tunes are strictly dobro and piano, and they work beautifully together. While this is still jazz, to be sure, it's crossover potential is ripe and it should have broad appeal outside the genre. 1 Song For My Father 6:09 2 Caravan 4:27 3 You Win Again 5:12 4 Road Song 5:09 5 If I Had You 4:35 6 I Can't Make You Love Me 7:11 7 West Coast Blues 4:59 8 The Nearness of You 4:34 9 Take The "A" Train 4:35 10 Hymn to Freedom 4:58 https://bluecoastmusic.com/rob-ickes/road-song#.XS70vubVI2w
  2. Artists: Devil Dub Record Label: Black Hole Records Genre: Dub,Electronica Available @bluecoastmusic.com ALBUM CREDITS: Buckethead: Guitar, Neuro-Pulse Guitar-Activated Larynx Modeler DJ Disk: Turntable, Orange Bear Brain: Beats M.I.R.V.: Broken Guitar Adrian Isabell: Percussion Dr. Ware: Keyboards, Programming Butthouse: Bass, Programming Dow W. Patten: Preacher Produced by Ben Wa Recorded at Tyrell Studio, Oakland CA Additional Recording at OTR, Belmont CA Mastered at OTR Artwork and Cover Illustration by M.I.R.V. Ben Wa was an American electronic band from Oakland, California comprising Anthony "House" Chaba (programming and bass guitar) and Eric Ware (programming and keyboards), who had worked together before in bands such as Limbomaniacs, Big Janitor, and MCM & the Monster. After releasing a four track EP 1 full of breaks and electro in 1998 they began recording their debut album Devil Dub featuring guest musicians such as guitarists Buckethead and M.I.R.V., drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia and turntablist DJ Disk, plus Scientist live on stage for the release party in January 1999. Chaba and Ware had met Scientist when opening for Bill Laswell's Praxis in San Francisco. This is cool, accessible music for every child of man and machine. This is remarkably pleasant stuff. Noah Wayne of online music magazine Splendid wrote: It's campy, it's twisted, it's dub! 1 Descent 0:35 2 Macrocardio Dub Infarction 6:59 3 Parastolic Dub 6:21 4 Dubasaurus Rex 6:17 5 Floridub 6:51 6 Interlude in Limbo 0:38 7 Ancient Chinese Secret (In Dub Sauce) 7:27 8 Soopfuh Beemuh 7:01 9 The Fall 0:41 10 Vampire (Slight Return) 6:36 11 Beelzebub Dub 5:10 12 White Russian Dub 6:36 13 Good 'n' Evil Dub 4:25 https://bluecoastmusic.com/devil-dub/devil-dub#.XSQsR-3VI2w
  3. Artists: Trio Palabras Record Label: Muxia Music Genre: World Music, Cuban,Traditional Mood Description: Cuban Trova Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com The album is simply beautiful music that has spectacular layered harmonies with Latin cadence and flowing melodies. Lo Que Dice Mi Cantar is been named as a winner in the 22nd annual Cubadisco festival. This is the most prestigious event in the Cuban music industry and an international showcase of exceptional musical talent and culture. The songs you hear on this album are pure, no editing, no overdubs, no autotune. Three takes were done and Jim Laurel and team chose the best one, imperfections and all. 1 El Vendedor de Agua 3:33 2 Tristezas 2:28 3 Yo Quisiera 3:47 4 Doble Inconciencia 5:15 5 Pensamiento 2:39 6 La Ausencia 3:39 7 Mujer Perjura 2:59 8 Esta Vez Tocó Perder 2:56 9 ¡Ay! Simón 3:10 10 El Soldado 6:09 11 Tentempié 4:14 https://bluecoastmusic.com/trio-palabras/lo-que-dice-mi-cantar#.XQ5Pz6_VI2w
  4. ALBUM CREDITS: Artists: Warren Wolf Record Label: Mack Avenue Genre: Jazz Producers: Christian McBride & Al Pryor Mixer: Todd Whitelock Available @ bluecoastmusic.com The rising star of multi-instrumentalist/composer Warren Wolf is surrounded on his album 'Convergence' by more top musicians. The rhythm section consists of Christian McBride and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. Brad Mehldau is present in five songs and guitarist John Scofield plays in two compositions and of course there is Warren Wolf himself on vibraphone, marimba, Fender Rhodes and piano. Neo-bopper Scofield became best known for the funk explorations with Miles Davis in his band in the early eighties. Since then, he is rightly at the top of the list of modern jazz guitarists. He has a unique sharp sound that fits both jazz and rock. In his playing he allows post-Coltrane harmonies to seamlessly connect with the blues. Christian McBride ensured that Warren could play with celebrities such as Mehldau and Scofield. CONVERGENCE is a Grammy nod! 1. Soul Sister 4:56 Warren Wolf 2. Four Stars From Heaven 11:06 Warren Wolf 3. King Of Two Fives 5:08 Warren Wolf 4. New Beginning 4:38 Warren Wolf 5. Cell Phone 6:46 Warren Wolf 6. Montara 4:36 Warren Wolf 7. Havoc 5:09 Warren Wolf 8. Tergiversation 5:04 Warren Wolf 9. Knocks Me Off Of My Feet 6:38 Warren Wolf 10. A Prayer For The Christian Man 8:38 Warren Wolf 11. Stardust/The Minute Waltz 5:09 Warren Wolf https://bluecoastmusic.com/warren-wolf/convergence#.XP5eh8TVI2w
  5. ALBUM CREDITS: Produced by Christian McBride Recorded and Mixed by Todd Whitelock Mastered by Mark Wilder Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com In addition to his own work, McBride also portrays his musical heroes and inspirations such as McCoy Tyners ’Sahara or jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery (Full House) or, with the help of vocalist Melissa Walker, takes a classic like Mr Bojangles. These illustrate his capacity as a big band leader to find suitable tunes and the right musicians to perform. His own work such as Used 'Ta Could should certainly not be inferior, yet the most notable passages are those in which the arrangements stand out such as In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning or the intimately beautiful closing piece Optimism, a composition by Steve Davis that may also be solo to shine. Strong and experienced band leader, good tunes, lots of variety. There are actually no reasons why you should not purchase this album. Artists: Christian McBride Record Label: Mack Avenue Genre: JazzBig Band 1 Gettin’ To It 6:37 2 Thermo 5:59 3 Youthful Bliss 6:59 4 I Thought About You 6:09 5 Sahara 10:09 6 Upside Down 4:43 7 Full House 6:25 8 Mr. Bojangles 6:16 9 Used ’ta Could 4:37 10 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 3:55 11 Optimism 7:06 https://bluecoastmusic.com/christian-mcbride/bringin-it#.XO_7kLfVI2w
  6. Artists: Aaron Diehl Record Label: Mack Avenue Genre: Jazz Available @ bluecoastmusic.com Aaron Diehl is one of the new breed of jazz pianists incorporating a reverence for the genre's musical past, into a more modern amalgamation of various styles-both instrumentally and vocally--that can be heard as a continuum of past jazz traditions. The basic group is Diehl-playing a Fazioli F-228 piano, Quincy Davis-drums, and David Wong-bass (bowed bass on "Santa Maria"), along with the great Benny Golson on tenor sax on two tunes, and Stephen Riley-tenor sax, Bruce Harris-trumpet, and on the title track (the Betty Carter influenced) vocals of Charanee Wade. The recording, engineering and mastering of this disc deserve special mention - the artists are in your room and the dynamics and subtle nuances of performance are fully revealed. 1. Uranus 6:16 2. The Steadfast Titan 4:55 3. Flux Capacitor 3:00 4. Organic Consequence 13:11 5. Kat's Dance 8:15 6. Santa Maria 7:40 7. Broadway Boogie Woogie 2:13 8. Space, Time, Continuum 10:03 https://bluecoastmusic.com/aaron-diehl/space-time-continuum#.XOg80LfVI2w
  7. Dreams and Daggers by Cécile McLorin Salvant Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com 2017 Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album! The best jazz singer to come along this century. You can hear the influence of the greats - especially Betty Carter - Cecile outshines any current jazz singer. This mostly live album also includes the very talented Aaron Diehl on piano. Excellent recording, beautiful songs, beautiful talent. I can't say anything that hasn't been said. Of course she is brilliant and may get bored and decide to become a brain surgeon or something equally boring. There is nothing not to like! ALBUM CREDITS: Cécile is accompanied by: Aaron Diehl – piano, Paul Sikivie – double bass, Lawrence Leathers – drums; on all selections except for the following: “And Yet,” “More,” “You’re My Thrill” and “The Worm” with trio and string quartet, “Red Instead” and “Fascination” with string quartet, “You’ve Got To Give Me Some” piano only with Sullivan Fortner; Catalyst Quartet: Karla Donehew Perez & Suliman Tekalli – violins, Paul Laraia – viola, Karlos Rodriguez – cello 1 And Yet 1:06 2 Devil May Care 6:56 3 Mad About The Boy 6:52 4 Sam Jones’ Blues 2:59 5 More 3:33 6 Never Will I Marry 4:02 7 Somehow I Never Could Believe 9:55 8 If A Girl Isn’t Pretty 2:55 9 Red Instead 0:34 10 Runnin’ Wild 1:39 11 The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me) 7:08 12 You’re My Thrill 4:34 13 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 6:29 14 Tell Me What They’re Saying Can’t Be True 5:29 15 Nothing Like You 3:49 16 You’ve Got To Give Me Some 6:11 17 The Worm 1:03 18 My Man’s Gone Now 6:27 19 Let’s Face The Music And Dance 6:55 20 Si J'étais Blanche 5:14 21 Fascination 1:27 22 Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues 6:50 23 You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me 9:53 https://bluecoastmusic.com/cecile-mclorin-salvant/dreams-and-daggers#.XNf3RLvVI2w
  8. Rebirth Billy Childs: Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album! Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com Stellar work from one of the finest pianists and composers around today. The back up musicians are outstanding as well in every way. I love that he's an ‘outside the box’ thinker and player. Everything he does surprises me and brings a smile to my face. Backwards Bop gets things rolling right out of the gate and it never lets up from there. Highly recommended! 1 Backwards Bop 6:37 2 Rebirth 7:38 3 Stay 5:58 4 Dance of Shiva 6:50 5 Tightrope 6:37 6 The Starry Night 8:09 7 The Windmills of Your Mind 7:09 8 Peace 7:28 ALBUM CREDITS: Billy Childs: piano Steve Wilson: alto and soprano saxophone Hans Glawischnig: acoustic bass Eric Harland: drums Claudia Acuña: vocals (on Rebirth) Alicia Olatuja: vocals (on Stay) Ido Meshulam: trombone (on Rebirth) Rogerio Boccato: percussion (on Rebirth) Record Label: Mack Avenue https://bluecoastmusic.com/billy-childs/rebirth#.XM23P7vVI2w
  9. ALBUM CREDITS: Geoff Hazelrigg - Bass George Hazelrigg - Piano John O'Reilly, Jr. - Drums Produced and recorded by George and Geoff Hazelrigg Mixed by Jon Castelli Mastered by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios 1 Living in the Past 4:48 2 Catch A Star 4:20 3 If 6 Was 9 4:09 4 Evening in the Country 3:37 5 Ten Years Gone 6:46 6 King of the World 4:46 7 Passacaglia, From the Daughters of Zeus, Urania 3:42 8 Spirits in the Material World 3:34 9 What Is and What Should Never Be 4:49 Best jazz piano trio album I’ve heard in years. Tasteful and jazzy, it is great to hear these well known/loved rock songs in such a stylish form. This album captures their live vibe perfectly. Highly recommended! https://bluecoastmusic.com/hazelrigg-brothers/songs-we-like#.XLv5rdjVI2w
  10. Duets Kevin Eubanks Stanley Jordan I listen a lot various kinds of music and this is exceptional. These artists are so adept at letting the music go where they will and have the skills to facilitate the music's flow. Haunting and beautiful, highly recommended, excellent album! Artists: Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan Record Label: Mack Avenue Genre: Jazz Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com 1. Morning Sun 4:08 2. Summertime 5:14 3. Nature Boy 5:42 4. Someone Like You 5:15 5. A Child Is Born 6:15 6. Old School Jam 4:33 7. Vibes 4:17 8. Blue In Green 3:13 9. Lights 5:05 10. Goin' On Home 4:32
  11. Cult of Beauty Gregory James Artists: Gregory James Record Label: Valence Records Genre: Jazz ALBUM CREDITS: Produced by Cookie Marenco & Gregory James Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Cookie Marenco at OTR Studios Avalaible @ https://bluecoastmusic.com High energy contemporary electric jazz, with Kai Eckhardt, Deszon Claiborne, and Osam Ezzeldin. Guitarist Gregory James displays a remarkable blend of influences and styles. He seamlessly blend Latin and flamenco styles with funk, trip-hop and jazz. The songs were completely improvised in the studio, and expect the unexpected. 1. Any Time You Call 6:19 Gregory James 2. Venus In Retrograde 9:59 Gregory James 3. Cult of Beauty 10:40 Gregory James 4. Sarasvati 4:49 Gregory James 5. Freedom Om 5:24 Gregory James 6. Siren Song 6:48 Gregory James 7. Alicia 5:08 Gregory James 8. Dance of the Wrathful Dakinis 3:13 Gregory James 9. As We Said 6:22 Gregory James 10. Alexandria 11:05 Gregory James 11. Sword of Karma 6:22 Gregory James
  12. Continuum One ALBUM CREDITS: Artists: Brain, Cookie Marenco @ Qua Continuum Record Label: Blue Coast Records Available @ https://bluecoastmusic.com Genre: Ambient, Relaxation / Soothing relaxation music inspired by Brian Eno 1 Continuum One 53:11 The project 'Continuum One' takes a meditative look at identity and memory through the lens of ambient, alternative, classical and electronic music. American contemporary rock drummer and composer Bryan Kei Mantia (Brain) and multi-instrumentalist Cookie Marenco (audio engineer, record producer, and composer) have consistently crafted elegant and deeply stirring music. This eponymous release delves into new, darker territories than seen before, beautifully communicating musical ideas through intimate instrumentation, powerful and brilliant.
  13. MATERIA PRIMA by Leo Z ALBUM CREDITS: Produced by Leo Z Recorded by Mike Tacci (most of the pianos), Dan Viafore (upright pianos) and Leo Z (all other instruments) Mixed by Leo Z Mastered & avalaible by Cookie Marenco @ https://bluecoastmusic.com Leo Z Grand and Upright Piano, Sound Design, Programming Molly Rogers Viola and Violin Gina Luciani Flutes Miles Jay Double Bass 1 Equus-Nox 3:04 2 Sfera 4:04 3 Twelve Drops 4:00 4 Rotation 3:54 5 Aether 3:24 6 Terrae 3:27 7 Enjoy The Silence 3:49 Materia Prima is Materia Perfecto! Bravo! I love Leo-Z's music. He is sooo creative. If I had to choose one word to describe this album it would be MAGICAL. It gives the feeling of being transported to a different time and place—almost a land of fantasy...it’s truly brilliant and, of course, I would expect nothing other than brilliant from LeoZ. My favorite pieces are ‘Twelve Drops’ and ‘Rotation’, but they each have some special harmonies happening.... These melodies transport one to the realms of nirvana; relaxing the body and tantalizing the senses. Leo's artistic genius incites a fascination to meld with the music and a longing for it not to end.
  14. John Moriarty Trio ‎– So Many Stars Remixed from the original 2" analog tapes to DSD128 Engineered by Cookie Marenco [email protected] 01. So Many Stars 02. Until I Met You 03. Get Here 04. Dindi 05. Avalon 06. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 07. Fever 08. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 09. How Dare You 10. Who Can I Turn To? 11. Rio De Janeiro Blue 12. My Funny Valentine I have been listening to this album, song after song, over and over. My opinion? The trio has never sounded better! And Bonet? Her voice wraps its arms around you and holds you so close! She hits EVERY nuance of EVERY song so perfectly! And so HOT!! But, be warned, this Album, it sizzles!
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