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1. Blow Top Blues

Blow Top Blues

BARBARA MORRISON I Love You, Yes I Do Savant Records SCD 2136 Barbara Morrison, vocals With Houston Person, tenor saxophone Stuart Elster, piano • Richard Simon, bass • Lee Spath, drums Track Listing: Save Your Love For Me • Canadian Sunset • I Had a Talk With My Man Last Night • Trust in Me • I Didn't Know What Time It Was • Who Can I Turn To? • If It's the Last Thing I Do • Black Eyed Blues • I Love You, Yes I Do • And I Love Him • For the Love of You • Blow Top Blues Barbara Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings choosing her repertoire from a wide array of genres from traditional jazz and blues to gospel and pop. Her powerful voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, allows Ms. Morrison to belt out down-home, soul-stirring blues in a manner which places her firmly in the tradition of Etta Jones, Helen Humes, Irene Reid, and Dinah Washington. Her impassioned renditions of favorite torch songs reveal a consummate musicianship and a firm grasp of a song’s deepest meaning. Over the years, Ms. Morrison has performed with legends such as Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Esther Phillips, Jimmy Smith, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Tony Bennett, and Keb’ Mo. On “I Love You, Yes I Do,” Ms. Morrison is once again partnered by the soulful tenor saxophone of Houston Person who brings his own unique brand of bluesy exuberance to the proceedings.

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2. Wonder Why from ALAN BROADBENT TRIO - Trio in Motion

Wonder Why from ALAN BROADBENT TRIO - Trio in Motion

ALAN BROADBENT TRIO - Trio in Motion • Savant Records SCD 2188 Alan Broadbent - piano Harvie S - acoustic bass Billy Mintz - drums TRACKS: Wonder Why • I Hear You • Lennie's Pennies • Struttin' With Some Barbecue • Late Lament • Relaxin' at Camarillo • Morning in May • I Love You • Lady Bird • Like Sonny • The Hymn • Moonstones The Alan Broadbent Trio's previous Savant release, New York Notes (SCD 2166), received rave reviews in the international press. The Guardian (UK) wrote, “The bubbling stream of notes is both unpredictable and inevitable, and following its twists and turns is a joy.” Couleurs Jazz (France) proclaimed, “Behold! A precious gem of a jazz recording.” “Trio in Motion” finds Broadbent, Billy Mintz and Harvie S reunited in the pianist's New York apartment-studio recording music that is spontaneous, surprising, possessing a sly humor and emotionally involving. Broadbent received two Grammy awards and has collaborated with Natalie Cole (Unforgettable), Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall and Paul McCartney. Each tune on the setlist is imbued with a warm intimacy and the refreshing, slightly piquant glow of intensity which warms both the listener's heart and mind.

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3. Song For My Father from Conrad Herwig's "The Latin Side of Horace Silver"

Song For My Father from Conrad Herwig's

CONRAD HERWIG The Latin Side of Horace Silver Savant Records SCD 2187 Conrad Herwig, trombone Special Guest Michel Camilo, piano Igor Butman, tenor saxophone • Craig Handy, alto saxophone & flute Alex Sipiagin, trumpet & flugelhorn • Bill O'Connell, piano Ruben Rodriguez, bass • Robby Ameen, drums • Richie Flores, congas TRACKS: Nica's Dream • Song for My Father • The Gods of the Yoruba • Peace • The Cape Verdean Blues • Filthy McNasty • Silver's Serenade • Nutville In 1996 trombonist Conrad Herwig unveiled the first installment in the popular “Latin Side of” series with the Grammy-nominated The Latin Side of John Coltrane. Since that time other volumes have followed with the current release, The Latin Side of Horace Silver being the latest addition to the franchise. Herwig has assembled an all-star band of his favorite colleagues including tenor sax great Igor Butman along with special guest, the Grammy-winning Dominican pianist, Michel Camilo. “The great thing about jazz is that nothing is so sacred that it can’t be recomposed and reinvented and rediscovered,” said Herwig, who goes on to prove it by refracting the music of the legendary Horace Silver through his own love of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

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4. The G Thing from JD Allen's "Toys / Die Dreaming" Savant SCD 2184

The G Thing from JD Allen's

JD ALLEN - Toys / Die Dreaming Savant Records SCD 2184 JD Allen, tenor saxophone Ian Kenselaar, bass Nic Cacioppo, drums TRACKS: You're My Thrill • The G Thing • Die Dreaming • Red Label • Toys • I Should Care • Elegua (the trickster) Of JD Allen, Giovanni Russonello in The New York Times said, “Mr. Allen has become one of today's most exciting tenor saxophonists not by trying to spotlight his own virtuosity… but by defining a new way of playing in a group.” Allen's current release, “Toys / Die Dreaming,” is his 14th as a leader and builds on his already rich recorded legacy. His compositions exhibit his philosophy of providing short melodies as the basis of both solo and group improvisation; “Get in and get out,” as Allen likes to say. This gives his music a remarkable ever-transforming feel, as if the improvisation was actually part of the composition itself. To bring his music to life, Allen requires players of the utmost talent and creativity and he has certainly found them in bassist, Ian Kenselaar and drummer, Nic Cacioppo. “I found the bad boys of this generation, as far as I'm concerned,” says Allen, “guys who are not afraid to dip their toe in the avant-garde a little bit, and then turn around and play the tradition.” But tradition to Allen is a development, an unending arc of creativity which begins at the dawn of jazz and to which he is the latest contributor to the music's evolution.

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5. Luck Be A Lady from RICHARD BARATTA - Music in Film: The Reel Deal

Luck Be A Lady from RICHARD BARATTA - Music in Film: The Reel Deal

RICHARD BARATTA Music in Film: The Reel Deal Savant Records SCD 2188 Richard Baratta - drums, leader Bill O'Connell - piano, arranger Vincent Herring - alto sax, soprano sax & flute Paul Bollenback - guitar • Michael Goetz - upright bass Paul Rossman - percussion • Carroll Scott - vocal (track 6) TRACKS: Luck be a Lady • Everybody's Talkin’ • Alfie • Chopsticks • Theme from “The Godfather” • Seasons of Love • Come Together • If I Only Had a Brain • Peter Gunn • Maria • The Sound of Music • Let the River Run “I always knew Richie was a great producer of films. When I got to sing some jazz numbers with him and his group I learned something else. The man is a fantastic jazz drummer and an incredible Latin Jazz musician. Enjoy this great music!” – Joe Pesci Music in Film: The Reel Deal marks film producer and drummer Richard Baratta's triumphant return to jazz after a 30+ year diversion, during which time Baratta became a celebrated film producer of Hollywood hits such as The Irishman, Joker and The Wolf of Wall Street. A impromptu gig at a New York jazz club rekindled Baratta's interest in performing and before he knew it he had assembled the band heard here and put plenty of dates on the calendar. Featuring alto saxophone phenom Vincent Herring, guitarist Paul Bollenback and pianist / arranger Bill O'Connell the band burns, boils and cooks over a low flame on 12 tunes from classic soundtracks composed by Nino Rota, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini and others.

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6. Martinez From Ray Mantilla's "Rebirth" on Savant Records

Martinez From Ray Mantilla's

RAY MANTILLA – Rebirth Savant Records SCD 2181 Ray Mantilla - leader, percussion Ivan Renta – soprano & tenor saxophones Jorge Castro – baritone saxophone & flute Guido Gonzalez – trumpet & flugelhorn • Mike Freeman – vibes Edy Martinez – piano & Fender Rhodes Reuben Rodriguez – bass • Diego Lopez – drums 1. Moondance 6:12 2. Dat Dere 5:21 3. Hit the Road 5:25 4. Mia 7:30 5. Philly Mambo 5:31 6. Cumbia Jazz Fusion Experimental 5:48 7. Yuyo 4:37 8. Preciosa 5:48 9. Martinez 4:05 10. Rebirth Bata Rumba Experimental 6:30 Ray Mantilla was one of the true conga giants during the 1950s, 60s and 70s recording hundreds of album sessions and pioneering the use of unique combinations of percussion instruments. Among his most famous collaborations were with Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann and Max Roach. In 1977, Mantilla was selected by the great jazz ambassador Dizzy Gillespie to accompany him to Cuba as the first US band to visit the island since the travel embargo of 1962. Their joint concerts with Cuba's indigenous bands made musical and political history. For Rebirth, Mantilla surrounded himself with his long-time colleagues Edy Martinez, Ivan Renta, Guido Gonzalez, Diego Lopez and others, once again proving that the music he made came from his heart as well as from his lifetime of experience. Ray Mantilla was very insistent on titling this recording Rebirth. After a long illness the irrepressible Ray Mantilla passed away a few short months after completing the sessions for this CD. The music contained here is a fitting tribute to the man and the musician beloved by so many.

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7. Dena DeRose - Cross Me Off Your List from "Ode to the Road"

Dena DeRose - Cross Me Off Your List from

DENA DEROSE - ODE TO THE ROAD HighNote Records HCD 7323 Dena DeRose, vocals and piano Martin Wind, bass • Matt Wilson, drums with Sheila Jordan, vocal • Jeremy Pelt, trumpet Houston Person, tenor saxophone Dena DeRose’s music is like a cool breeze; she’s wry, wise, impeccably musical, no-nonsense, and fun. After her three decades as a pianist-singer, DeRose’s voice and her fingers are on the most harmonious of terms. She’s not afraid of simplicity; DeRose has no time for hollow sentiment, nor does she feel a compulsion to outsmart the makers of the Great American Songbook. Her approach to jazz resides mainly in her swinging rhythm and pianistic phrasing. Her eleventh album as a leader takes its name from a breezy tune, full of hip changes, that was composed by Alan Broadbent. The lyrics, provided by the legendary Mark Murphy, resonated deeply with DeRose since when she’s not teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, she’s frequently on tour. Appropriately enough she is joined by three other HighNote artists—singer Sheila Jordan, saxophonist Houston Person, and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt—all of whom have appeared with DeRose on her global travels. With her long-time rhythm section of Martin Wind and Matt Wilson DeRose delivers recording that celebrates the life of the jazz artist and the friendships they make.

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8. Iron Man from Black Art Jazz Collective's "Ascension"

Iron Man from Black Art Jazz Collective's

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Ascension HighNote Records HCD 7329 Wayne Escoffery – tenor saxophone • Jeremy Pelt – trumpet James Burton III – trombone • Victor Gould – piano Rashaan Carter – bass • Mark Whitfield Jr. – drums 1. Ascension 5:36 2. Mr. Willis 4:16 3. Involuntary Servitude 6:45 4. Twin Towers 6:28 5. No Words Needed 1:54 6. Tulsa 6:32 7. Iron Man 6:31 8. For the Kids 5:33 9. Birdie’s Bounce 4:27 The Black Art Jazz Collective was founded in 2012 by Wayne Escoffery and Jeremy Pelt with the aim of honoring and preserving the art of some of the progenitors of jazz who inspired them, hired them and mentored them first hand. And while the band does pay homage to the greats of the past they also continue the evolving tradition of jazz with a body of work that remains firmly entrenched in the modernism of today. From the angular melody of Escoffery's “Involuntary Servitude,” to the ingratiating groove of Pelt's “For the Kids,” the ensemble extends the range and potential established by their illustrious predecessors with innovative original compositions, solos that run the gamut from thoughtful to virtuosic and a shared sense of purpose that is unique on today's jazz landscape.

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9. Always On My Mind

Always On My Mind

JEREMY PELT – The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 1 HighNote Records HCD 7334 JEREMY PELT, trumpet GEORGE CABLES, piano PETER WASHINGTON, bass Track Listing 1. Love is Simple 5:54 2. Little Girl Blue 7:18 3. Always On My Mind 6:02 4. I've Just Seen Her 4:01 5. Then I'll Be Tired of You 4:36 6. Ebony Moonbeams 6:49 7. While You Are Gone 5:53 8. Ab-o-lutely 8:02 9. I'll Never Stop Loving You 3:48 Jeremy Pelt's unquenchable curiosity has made him one of the most multi-faceted of jazz artists. Whether it be as a leader, a sideman, an accompanist or a composer, Pelt has investigated nearly every aspect and genre in jazz from electric to ecletic, Be-Bop to Free-Bop. Here Pelt joins forces with the legendary George Cables on piano and Peter Washington laying down the bass lines. All but one tune on the setlist are slow-ish numbers but this is not your father's ballad record. Each member of the trio is able to pour some old wine into new bottles, aware of and perhaps shaped by the past but operating very much in the moment. Together with Cables' lush voicings and solid tone and Washinton's always-inspired bass lines and solos, Pelt's new recording sets a high bar for all trio recordings that follow in the remainder of 2020.

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10. Larry Willis - Heavy Blue from "I Fall in Love Too Easily"

Larry Willis - Heavy Blue from

LARRY WILLIS - I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY The Final Session at Rudy Van Gelder's Larry Willis, piano Jeremy Pelt, trumpet • Joe Ford, alto saxophone Blake Meister, bass • Victor Lewis, drums It may be somewhat ironic, yet ultimately fitting that this, the final recording by Larry Willis, brought the veteran pianist/composer right back to the place where he first began his impressive career as recording artist that spanned over a period of six decades. The Harlem, New York born Willis first entered the hallowed halls of Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio as a twenty-two year old graduate of the Manhattan School of Music on January 29, 1965 to record with Jackie McLean for Blue Note Records. Willis’s expansive resume includes entries with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stan Getz, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McRae, David “Fathead” Newman, Woody Shaw, and many more. He appeared on hundreds of albums as a sideman and dozens more as a leader of his own impressive bands. The music played here with long-time friends Victor Lewis and Joe Ford, and his relatively new colleague Jeremy Pelt shows Larry Willis displaying the intense creativity and impeccable taste which made him once of the most respected keyboard artists in jazz.

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11. Savant - How I Roll - Tezla Rmx

Savant - How I Roll - Tezla Rmx

my entry for the "Savant - How I Roll" rmx competition. and guess what, im one of the lucky winners!! thanks alot to Savant and SectionZ Records... full version will be available soon on sectionZ, stay tuned folks! FOLLOW ME: https://www.facebook.com/tezlaelectricmusic FOLLOW SAVANT: https://www.facebook.com/SavantOfficial

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13. Savant Face Off

Savant Face Off

Savant Face Off Savant Face Off

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14. Savant Record's Podcast Episode 2 - Reviewing Futures "High Life"

Savant Record's Podcast Episode 2  - Reviewing Futures

Welcome back to Savant Records Podcast. On todays episode we review Futures brand new album "High Life". Let us know what you thought about the album in the comments! enjoy

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