That Time of Year by Bill Cunliffe

That Time of Year by Bill Cunliffe

  1. Angels from the realms of glory Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  2. God rest ye merry, gentlemen Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  3. On Christmas day Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  4. Dance of the sugar plum fairy Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  5. Lo, how a rose e’er blooming Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  6. O little town of Bethlehem Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  7. O Christmas tree Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  8. We three kings Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  9. ‘Tis the season Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  10. Coventry carol Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  11. Jingle bells Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  12. Silent night Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  13. Carol of the bells Bill Cunliffe 0:30
  14. I’ll be home for Christmas Bill Cunliffe 0:30

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That Time of Year – Bill Cunliffe

Following review from All About Jazz

There’s always the danger of getting all schmaltzy with Christmas music, but jazz people are hipper than average and can usually come up with something appropriately cool to spin around holiday time. That’s exactly what pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe has done with That Time of Year.

Cunliffe is a versatile artist who is comfortable in any size ensemble—from his Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2 (Resonance Records, 2008) to his Grammy-winning arrangement on Resonance Big Band’s Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson (Resonance, 2009)—but the Christmas mood finds him going it alone, showcasing his considerable piano chops on a set that opens with a contemplative and tranquil turn on “Angels From the Realms of Glory” which, rather than sounding hip, has a feeling of deep reverence.

It’s the second cut, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that announces the jazz tinge to the music, with a bluesy, rollicking take on this familiar tune. “On a Christmas Day” brings in a stately atmosphere, a religious hue to the sound, leading into the crisp and jaunty “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

Cunliffe opens up that most familiar of Christmas tunes, “Jingle Bells,” as a ballad, before shifting into a jazzier gear, a high-RPM workout as cool as the Bill Evans Trio’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Trio 64 (Verve Records, 1964). “Silent Night” is simply beautiful in Cunliffe’s hands, at a slower tempo that allows the savoring of every resonant note, while “Carol of the Bells” is edgy and dark-toned, until it slips into a bouncy stride piano groove.

The set closes with vocalist Denise Donatelli sitting in on “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” It is a wistful, soulful and hopeful late night close to an excellent Christmas set.

The Only One by Kenny Barron

The Only One by Kenny Barron

  1. 1 the Only One Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 Surrey with the Fringe on Top Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 the Courtship Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 Blueswatch Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 on the Sunny Side of the Street Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 Warm Valley Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 Manilla Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 Tone for Joan_s Bones Buy Track 0:30
  9. 9 Love for Sale Buy Track 0:30
  10. 10 Dolores St Buy Track 0:30
  11. 11 All God_s Children Got Rhythm Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 115
Kenny Barron
The Only One

Kenny Barron
Piano

Ray Drummond
Bass

Ben Riley
Drums


Digital Recording June 6, 1990 at VanGelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

©®1990 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
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Raincheck by Nick Brignola

RAINCHECK BY NICK BRIGNOLA

  1. 1 Raincheck Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 Tenderly Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Hurricane Connie Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 My Ship Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 I Wish I Knew Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 The Hesitation Blues Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 North Star Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 Joy Spring Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  9. 9 Darn That Dream Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  10. 10 Jitterbug Waltz Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30
  11. 11 Baubles, Bangles & Beads Nick Brignola Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 108
Nick Brignola
Raincheck

Nick Brignola
Baritone, Soprano,
Tenor Saxophones; Clarinet

Kenny Barron
Piano

George Mraz
Bass

Billy Hart
Drums


Digital Recording at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. September 12 & 13, 1988

©®1988 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
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Portrait in Black and White by Helio Alves

Portrait in Black and White by Helio Alves

  1. 1 Frenzy Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 Sambetinho Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Angel Eyes Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 Portrait in Black and White Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 Falling Grace Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 You Must Believe in Spring Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 Loose Samba Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 Song for Anna Buy Track 0:30
  9. 9 Loro Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 176
Helio Alves
Portrait In Black And White

Helio Alves
piano

Santi Debriano
bass

Matt Wilson
drums


Recorded February 24, 2003 at Avatar Studios, NYC

Recording engineer: Jim Anderson
Assistant engineer: Peter Doris
Mastering by Allan Tucker at Foothill Digital, NYC
Photography (Helio Alves): Abigail Feldman
Design & session photography: B.RobertJohnson
Producer: Mark Feldman
Executive Producer: Kayla Feldman

©®2003 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
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One By One by Dick Berk

One By One by Dick Berk

  1. 1 One by One Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 Vinnie P Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Moanin Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 Lotus Blossom Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 Guantanamo Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 Lester Left Town Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 Blues for Dogs Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 Sail Away Buy Track 0:30
  9. 9 Revenge for Clarence Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 143
Dick Berk
One By One

Dick Berk
drums

Andy Martin
slide trombone

Mike Fahn
valve trombone

Dan Faehnle
guitar

Tad Weed
piano

Phil Baker
bass


Digital recording October 26th, 1995, at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

©®1995 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
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Nightscape by Jon Mayer

NIGHT SCAPE BY JON MAYER

  1. 1 the Touch of Your Lips Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 Blues Junction Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Day by Day Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 Nightscape Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 Rapture Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 Room 608 Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 Dancing in the Dark Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 Bohemia After Dark Buy Track 0:30
  9. 10 Once I Loved Buy Track 0:30
  10. 11 So in Love Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 197
Jon Mayer
Nightscape

Jon Mayer
piano

Rufus Reid
bass

Roy McCurdy
drums


Recorded September 28, 2008 at Avatar Studios, NYC

Recording engineer: Jim Anderson

Assistant engineer: Akihiro Nishimura

Mastering: Allan Tucker, Tucker Sound at Foothill Digital, NYC

Photography: Abigail Feldman

Design & session photography: B.Robert Johnson

Producer: Mark Feldman

Executive Producer: Kayla Feldman

©®2009 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
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Night Is Alive’s First Christmas by the NIA All-Stars

NIGHT IS ALIVE’S
FIRST CHRISTMAS
THE NEW ALBUM BY
THE NIGHT IS ALIVE ALL-STARS
AVAILABLE NOW

HELLO, CHRISTMAS!

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – 01 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  2. What Child Is This – 02 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas – 03 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  4. The Christmas Song – 04 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  5. Merry Christmas Baby – 05 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  6. Let it Snow – 06 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – 07 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  8. All Ye Faithful – 09 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30
  9. Have Yourself A Very Merry Chsitmas – 08 – Night is Alives First Christmas 0:30

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WHERE TO BUY

Colors of Jazz will be available THIS SPRING on Night is Alive’s website as well as all major online music platforms.

MEET THE BAND

Lover and Love Songs by the WJ3 All-Stars

LOVERS & LOVE SONGS
THE NEW ALBUM FROM
WILLIE JONES III

LOVERS AND LOVE SONGS: THE ONES YOUR FORGOT

THE NEW ALBUM FROM THE WJ3 ALL-STARS – AVAILABLE NOW!

NEW MUSIC FROM THE LEGENDARY WJ3 ALL-STARS

Lovers and Love Songs is a distinguished collaboration written and performed by several of the jazz industry’s top musicians. This collection of heartwarming melodies is the soundtrack to a modern-age love story that swept the web prior to the album’s release. Though you may have forgotten about these iconic tunes before now, they have been brought back to life in a new and inspiring way by Willie Jones III and his All-Stars. Join these world-class artists on a romantic journey through the ages and discover your own personal love story, the music a backdrop to your imagination.
"Lovers and Love Songs by the WJ3 All-Stars is one of my favorites!"
John Arvish
Personality
  1. I’ve Never Been In Love Before – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  2. First Time I Saw Your Face – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  3. I’m An Old Cow Hand – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  4. Gee Baby Aint I Good To You- 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  5. From This Moment On – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  6. Here’s That Rainy Day – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  7. Cry Me A River – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30
  8. Jitterbug Waltz – 30Secs WJ3 All_Stars Buy Track 0:30

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THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC

Lovers and Love Songs is the soundtrack to a love story for the modern age. Two people with a long and stormy relationship that takes them from the deserts of the Rio Grande, to the fictitious river banks of the Cry Me A River, to the very real, jazzy streets of New York City. With a history of passing and colliding, will their ships ever set sail together for a final voyage, or are they locked in a spiral that will never culminate? The story is for you to tell, and the music is the backdrop to your imagination. 

THE ARTISTS

THE GAME

It all started with an obscure card found in many strange places across many different locations; bar tops, tables, bathroom sinks, bus stops, and hotels, from California to New York, this little card traveled endlessly and found it’s way into people hands. The little note on the back? Well, that was up to you to figure that out, and boy did you ever. 

For those who did decide to go down the rabbit hole, their first stop was at an obscure website for The Rio Grande Diner, who boasted, “The Best Food In The Middle Of Nowhere.”

Not much is known about the RGD other than it was a place two young lovers would frequent. 

If you waited long enough, a small hint would appear on the Rio Grande website that lead you to our female protagonist’s Instagram: Neverbeeninlovebefore.

Here is where we got to know our first actor a little better. Roberta is a young, vibrant woman who has ever known only one true, great love in her life. A man named Colin, who loved her the same. For whatever reason, however, their romance never seemed to coalesce.

 

After following the Instagram account for several weeks, you would have been filled in with some of the backstory which would culminate in a new revelation: a hotel confirmation. What exactly did this mean? Those who studied the image closely would be able to discern a new web address and that address led them to the Cry Me A River Hotel. Here users could even sign in and watch some of the events unfold as the check in date grew closer. 

Our last step sent users trekking through forests, investigating audio files and decoding binary and base64 snippets. The end result would lead them to the twitter profile of our Male protagonist. Colin, a young man from the west with commitment issues, would soon regret his decision to leave our stranded at the Cry Me A River Hotel. Inundated with his own second guessing, he goes back online to locate the woman he stood-up.

Following Colin’s trail, the user ends up in the music forum, “From This Moment On.” This is a place where industry insiders and newbies discuss all things songful. Colin reaches out to the folks on the forum to see if they know the where-a-bouts of the lady he left behind. It’s not long before someone recognizes the person he’s looking for and point him in the right direction. 

Connected again through social media, Colin and Roberta, attempt to work things out. One more chance is given and a date is set. The question is, how does it end? Is love eternal without bonds, or can it be forgotten and left to history?

The one thing that is certain is the music, the sound track to our love story, is very real. Crafted by truly legendary jazz musicians, the WJ3 All-Stars, the album Lovers and Love Songs provides the perfect backdrop for any evening when romance is either within arm’s reach, or a million miles away.

You can buy the album directly at the Night is Alive Online Shop. The new album is also available on streaming and online retail services such as Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Spotify, and many more!

Like Old Times by Nick Brignola

Like Old Times by Nick Brignola

  1. 1 Like Old Times Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 When Lights Are Low Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Lambari Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 More Than You Know Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 the Night Has a Thousand Eyes Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 Y_s Way Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 You Go to My Head Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 133
Nick Brignola
Like Old Times

Nick Brignola
Baritone, Soprano Saxophones;
Clarinet

Claudio Roditi
Trumpet, Flugelhorn

John Hicks
Piano

George Mraz
Bass

Dick Berk
Drums


Digital Recording at Van Gelder Recording Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. on May 19, 1994.

©®1994 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine by Gary Smulyan

High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine by Gary Smulyan

  1. 1 Id Give My Life Buy Track 0:30
  2. 2 High Noon Buy Track 0:30
  3. 3 Torchin Buy Track 0:30
  4. 4 It Only Happens Once Buy Track 0:30
  5. 5 Baby, Baby All the Time Buy Track 0:30
  6. 6 When You_re in Love Buy Track 0:30
  7. 7 Put Yourself in My Place, Baby Buy Track 0:30
  8. 8 A Man Ain_t Suppose to Cry Buy Track 0:30
  9. 9 That Lucky Old Sun Buy Track 0:30
  10. 10 We_ll Be Together Again Buy Track 0:30

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RSR CD 195
Gary Smulyan
High Noon

Gary Smulyan
baritone saxophone

Arrangements by
Mark Masters

Joe Magnarelli
trumpet

John Fedchock
trombone

John Clark
french horn

Dick Oatts
alto saxophone

Scott Robinson
tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet

Pete Malinverni
piano

Andy McKee
bass

Steve Johns
drums

 


 

Recorded at Avatar Studios, NYC on April 19, 2008

Recording engineer: Jim Anderson

Assistant Engineers: Brian Montgomery & Akihiro Nishimua (recording session)
Justin Gerrish (mixing session)

Mastering: Allan Tucker at Foothill Digital, NYC

Design: B. Robert Johnson

Photography: Ron Teeples

Producer: Mark Feldman

Executive Producer: Kayla Feldman

Special thank you to Bertrand Uberall

Mr. Smulyan uses Vandoren Reeds exclusively

©®2008 Reservoir Music. All rights reserved.

Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.