Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has carved out a fine niche for himself on the mainstream jazz scene as an educator at Rutgers University, and as a recording artist. This is a fine mainstream jazz hard-bop recording where Bowen is performing with Jared Gold on organ, Mike Moreno on guitar and Rudy Royston on durms. Switching to the organ format makes for an interesting album, focusing the music on meat and potatoes mainstream jazz is the order of the day here, and straight-ahead jazz fans should be quite satisfied by this offering. Fellow Posi-Tone recording artist Jared gold keeps the organ bubbling and purring and under-rated guitarist Moreno plays very well. Royston keeps the beat moving throughout, keeping everybody on track and pushing and pulling at will. Bowen has a patient and reverent sound on tenor making for a very impressive performance. Fans of solid mainstream jazz will enjoy this quite a bit, Bowen has an excellent pedigree as a leader and a sideman with the like of Horace Silver and many others, and this is another fine addition to his discography.
mp3 VBR~243 kbps | 110 MB | UL
The soundtrack to Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film Babel — which takes place on two continents and in three countries — is a whopping double disc of cues with original score cuts by the venerable — and prolific — Gustavo Santaolalla, with other material including beautiful folk songs by Chavela Vargas, ambient cuts by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, original compositions by the great oud master Hamza el Din, urban/soul/funk by Earth, Wind & Fire, house music by Fatboy Slim, Japanese pop by Susumu Yokata, and Mexican popular music by Los Tucanes de Tijuana, El Chapo, Nortec Collective, and others — a truly international mixed bag. This said, other than the tune by Hamza, it was left to Santaolalla to capture many of the other Moroccan moods and themes in his cues — he did a tremendous job. But this is also where the problem lies. These two discs are such a sprawling mass with moods and textures that compete and clash, without the storyline to tie them together, that they don’t always work as a stand-alone soundtrack. Some will have no trouble with great leaps in style over two discs, and for the engaged listener, Babel’s soundtrack is a true delight. A case must be made, however, for a separate recording of Santaolalla’s haunting and deeply moving score, accomplished with a minimum of instrumentation, immediate and intimate production, and plenty of space. This takes nothing away from the rest of the music here; it’s just that the original score comprises 19 different cues in a total of 36 and deserves to be heard as a complete piece. If there’s any doubt, try recording his own cuts to your iPod and hearing the result for yourself. For those who have seen the film, it is true that this set does not carry or reflect the gut-tightening tension inherent within it — and yes, that’s a very good thing. It does serve as a pleasurable listen over one disc at a time. Cautiously recommended.
mp3 VBR~215 kbps | 211 MB | UL
Vinicius Cantuaria – guitars, vocals, drums, keyboards, percussion
Bill Frisell – electric guitar
Ryuichi Sakamoto – piano
Norah Jones – piano
Jesse Harris – vocals
Mario Laginha – keyboards
Liminha – electric bass
Dadi – electric guitar
Olivier Glissant – electric piano
Dan Bern—guitar and vocals Adam Busch—harmonica, drums, autoharp, saxophone, glockenspiel, vocals Jordan Katz—trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, banjo, electric banjo, vocals Eric Kufs—dobro, guitar, vocals Jon Flaugher—upright and electric bass Bill Titus—electric guitar Julie Wolf—piano, organ, accordion, glockenspiel, vocals mp3 320 kbps | 159 MB | UL | TB
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