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Karin Krog – I Remember You

 RFCCBH2/14/10 2:33 PMrfccbhfemale vocal bass Red Mitchell Karin Krog jazz Warne March vocal jazz

Label: Meantime
Styles: Vocal Jazz
Original Release Date: 1981
Quality/Bitrate: eac-flac.cue.log
Size: 311MB(recovery 5%)

Norway’s exceptional jazz singer Karin Krog accepts no limits to the use of her voice as a jazz instrument. With a highly personal style, she is equally at home with classic pop standards as well as exploring the depths of avant-garde and free jazz. This all-encompassing approach to the music has taken her into the studio with a wide gamut of artists representing different segments of the music, including John Surman and Archie Shepp on the free jazz side to bop players Dexter Gordon and Kenny Drew. Here she hooks up with cool tenor sax player Warne Marsh and consummate bass player Red Mitchell for a session that straddles both schools of jazz. The play list includes both jazz and pop standards. More to the point, regardless of the nature of the tunes, these three reconstruct them with a modern jazz feel. Marsh opens “I Remember You” on an improvisational line with virtually no reference to the melody. Krog rounds out the exploration of vocal jazz styles with vocalese on “Moody’s Mood for Love.” Further evidence that this is no ordinary vocal album is found in the length of several of the cuts. Some tracks run more than seven minutes as Krog, Marsh, and Mitchell delve deeply into the heart and soul of these tunes. The presence of Mitchell as one of the two instrumentalists is consistent with Krog’s partiality to top-flight bass players. She would later join Mitchell again on record in a duo session, and has collaborated with such other top bass players as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Arild Andersen, and Steve Swallow. I Remember You is another memorable chapter in the artistic life of a consummate jazz performer and is recommended.

I Remember You    5:39         
Trane    7:19         
Lester’S Happy    3:06         
Moody’S Mood For Love    4:47         
It’S You Or No-One     5:03         
Loverman    7:20         
Speak Low     5:38         
That Old Feeling     6:15         
It’S You Or No-One (Alternative Take)    5:05         
Speak Low (Alternative Take)    5:49         
That Old Feeling (Alternative Take)    6:07    

WARNE MARCH : Tenor sax
RED MITCHELL : double bass

  I Remember You  :  PART1 + PART2 + PART3 + PART4

Jorge Alberto Mussuto


Torun Eriksen – Prayers and Observations

 RFCCBH2/15/10 11:28 AMrfccbhfemale vocal jazz Torun Eriksen vocal jazz

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Styles: Vocal Jazz
Original Release Date: 2006
Quality/Bitrate: flac
Size: 270 MB(recovery 5%) 

1. Joy
2. My Boys
3. Way to Go (Live Video)
4. Song of Sadness
5. Featuring Youth
6. The Sky From Where I Live
7. Stories
8. This is Real
9. Tired
10. Saviour

“Prayers & Observations” (Jazzland 2006) is the second album by jazz composer and vocalist Torun Eriksen. In ten new songs written by Eriksen, she is once again joined by Kjetil Dalland (bass), Torstein Lofthus (drums), David Wallumrød (keyboards) and Frøydis Grorud (saxophone and flute), with the addition of Ole Jørn Myklebust (trumpet, Flugelhorn) and André Berg (guitar), as well as strings. As her first release “Glittercard” (Jazzland 2003) was produced by Bugge Wesseltoft, he again applies his trademark production to this album. The album has a sense of experimentation yet is presented in a clearly focused direction. “Prayers & Observations” is a search for Eriksen’s own personalized expression. She states: “Each song is (about)a story. My musical goal is to be a strong songwriter and an interpreter of interest. This album is about creating great songs that are good to have around.” Clearly we can hear the focus on songwriting in this new album, together with a sense of variation, which combines into something quite special, citing one reviewer to write, “The voice of the year in jazz.” (Dagsavisen). 
“The arrangements are more sophisticated, and we took much more time to consider all the finer details of the recording than we did previously,” says Eriksen. Many of the songs were written during her first pregnancy and after the process of birthing, all important influences on the lyrics. “The lyrics reflect this extra dimension in my life.”
”Shining” and ”An extraordinary vocal talent” are just some of the superlatives that Norwegian music critics have used to described the amber-voiced talent of Torun Eriksen’s first release. Her debut album ”Glittercard” garnered considerable accolades from the Norwegian press, and opened the door to the international performance stage. In the past two years she has extensively toured Europe and performed at the major festivals. “It’s been a fantastic experience performing for an international audience. Getting the feedback from different audiences in different countries has given me a new understanding, because each country tends to reacts slightly different. It’s given me a deeper understanding of my own music, and I feel privileged to experience this.”
Torun Eriksen began her musical talents as a music student in High School in Norway. Beginning at the age of six, she sang in various gospel choirs, and by the age of 19 became a featured soloist. A background steeped in soul, jazz and pop, it was through her choral experience that she began writing her first compositions, influenced by the world of jazz standards via the Real Book. After moving to Oslo in 1997, she enrolled into the Norwegian Institute for Stage and Studio (NISS). It was there she met other musicians and formed the band Licorice, primarily a cover band.
She also recorded with other bands, such as Palace of Pleasure on their ”Popoganda” (1999) album and as a guest vocalist on Mulens Portland Combo’s ”Mulens Femte” (2001), and with Knut Halmrast’s ”Little Pillow” (2003). With Mulens Portland Combo she also performed at festivals, the Salvation Army’s charity Christmas concert, and in various national television programs in Norway.
With the band Chipahua, she filled Sissel Endresen’s place as vocalist from 2002 to 2003, and appearing at various prestigious jazz festivals such as the Molde International Jazz Festival and Bergen Nattjazz. Sissel Endresen has been an integral source of guidance and support for Torun.
She is a favored vocalist for use on many other artist’s recordings, and it came as no surprise that her release concert for “Glittercard” at the club Blå was sold out. ”Torun Eriksen brings us a debut which in amazingly short time has established her as a force to be reckoned with”, wrote the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. 
”Norway gives birth to yet another exceptional vocal talent in jazz” wrote VG about her. PULS wrote, ”…her music is without exception melodic and beautiful”, and that Torun “most certainly has the potential for international success.” Indeed, 2003’s release of “Glittercard” dazzled listeners with Torun’s dark amber-like voice, sensual and with a hint of huskiness, and most certainly an enticing musicality.
Returning with “Prayers & Observations”, Torun Eriksen again further strengthens her stance as one of the most interesting singers to have emerged from Scandinavia in recent years. 
In ten lyrically contemplative songs, with an extended palette of influences and styles, Torun Eriksen opens her world of observations to us. “Song of Sadness” is dedicated to the deceased saxophonist Sigurd Køhn, written during Christmas of 2004, and features a duet with Paal Flaata (Midnight Choir). With country music flavorings, the song is a lament to a friend and fellow musician who lost his life to the tsunami in Thailand. It is an example of the musical influence added, but never overstepping Eriksen’s clearly established musical universe.
In widening the boundaries of vocal-based jazz, Torun Eriksen is now even more firmly geared towards an international audience. An album of nuances and colors, of shadings and understatement, we become privileged to join her prayers and observations. 

Prayers and Observations : PART1 * PART2 * PART3

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Carnival 2010

 The Big Picture2/15/10 10:05 AM
Once more, it is Carnival Season in many countries around the world with a Roman Catholic heritage. Celebrations and parades are put on just prior to the observance of Lent. Over the past few weeks parades and celebrations have taken place throughout Europe, the Caribbean and South America. An estimated 730,000 foreign tourists, many fleeing snowy winter conditions in Europe and the United States, traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for this year’s celebrations. Collected here are a handful of images from some of the elaborate celebrations of this Carnival season. (39 photos total)

A young woman participates in the Red Cross Children’s Carnival competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on February 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Andres De Silva)

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Libera espacio en tu Mac sin gastar ni borrar

 AppleWeblog2/15/10 11:00 AMDavid Lima CohenSoftware Disco Disco Duro espacio limpiar Limpieza Mac Mantenimiento

A medida que instalamos aplicaciones y descargamos contenidos en nuestra Mac, el espacio en disco se vuelve un recurso preciado. Muchas personas recurren a discos externos para poder mantener sus archivos sin tener que desinstalar ni borrar nada. Sin embargo existen variassoluciones que nos permiten liberar espacio en el disco de nuestra Mac, muy fácilmente y sin tener que resignar nada de lo que usamos habitualmente.

Identificando el problema

Antes de actuar es importante saber contra qué nos enfrentamos, osea en qué estamos ocupando la gran parte de nuestro espacio en disco. Existen varias aplicaciones dedicadas casi exclusivamente a esta tarea, entre las alternativas gratuitas se destacan Disk Inventory X,GrandPerspective y OmniDiskSweeper. También tenemos a DaiskyDisk que cuesta USD$19.95 y a cambio de ofrece una mejor interfaz que sus competidores.
Con esta información podremos tomar conciencia de cuánto nos cuesta tener determinada aplicación o colección de archivos, y enfocar nuestros esfuerzos donde más espacio se desperdicia.

Desinstalando sin desinstalar

Todos sabemos que desinstalar una aplicación en Mac OS es una tarea sencilla, con arrastrar el ícono de la misma a la papelera es suficiente para hacerla desaparecer. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las aplicaciones dejan además un rastro de archivos que no son borrados si utilizamos solamente este método. Para lograr desinstalar por completo una aplicación, incluyendo los archivos que deja desparramados en nuestro disco, debemos utilizar una utilidad específica para esta tarea como AppCleanerTrashApp, o alternativas pagas como AppZapper yAppDelete.

Perdido en la traducción

La mayoría de las aplicaciones para Mac pueden ser usadas en diferentes idiomas sin necesidad de descargar paquetes distintos. Sin embargo esta ventaja hacia la comodidad implica que cada aplicación puede contener en sí misma un gran número de idiomas que nunca vamos a utilizar, pero que aumentan el espacio que esta ocupa. Para resolver esto existen aplicaciones como Monolingual o Youpi Optimizer que nos permiten seleccionar los idiomas que queremos mantener, y eliminar el resto para ahorrar espacio. Advertencia: siempre es recomendable hacer una copia de seguridad de las aplicaciones que vayamos a modificar con este método.

Arriba lo nuevo, abajo el núcleo

Desde que Apple introdujo los procesadores Intel en sus líneas de computadoras allá por 2006, los desarrolladores empezaron a distribuir sus aplicaciones conteniendo código para ser utilizado en ambas arquitecturas, la nueva (Intel) y la vieja (PowerPC). Esta clase de aplicaciones fue catalogada como Universal Binary y gracias a esto, poseen un alto grado de compatibilidad frente a cualquier computadora de Apple. Sin embargo, desde el punto de vista del usuario, generalmente usaremos la aplicación sobre una sola arquitectura que dependerá del modelo de nuestra Mac, y el resto del código quedará sin utilidad, sólo ocupando espacio. Gracias aXslimmer (USD$14.95) o su alternativa gratuita XsTrimmer Lite podremos erradicar dicho código, dejando sólo lo que cada aplicación necesita para funcionar correctamente en nuestro sistema. Advertencia: nuevamente, este método modifica nuestras aplicaciones y se recomienda aplicarlo con discreción y realizando copias de seguridad antes.

Una imágen pesa más que mil palabras

Quizás no literalmente. Pero la mayoría de las imágenes que guardamos en nuestro disco sonfotos de gran tamaño que podrían ser optimizadas sin perder calidad, y así ganar más espacio libre. Para esto podemos recurrir a dos herramientas gratuitas: ImageOptim que nos servirá para archivos JPEG y PNG, y PNGenie que como su nombre lo indica nos servirá únicamente para PNG. Ambas son aplicaciones muy intuitivas y fáciles de usar.

Dos por uno

A veces por descuido o producto de alguna aplicación, terminamos con varios archivos iguales desparramados en todo nuestro disco. Para remediar la situación podemos recurrir aSingular, una aplicación dedicada exclusivamente a encontrar estos archivos idénticos y permitirnos eliminar las copias que no nos sirvan. Actualmente está en estado de Beta por lo que podremos usarla libremente, pero el sitio nos informa que luego habrá que pagar por la licencia.

Para los menos aventureros

También existen aplicaciones que se encargarán de hacerlo todo por nosotros, este es el caso de CleanMyMac por ejemplo, una aplicación que podrá realizar en conjunto casi todas las tareas que describimos anteriormente y más, ahorrándonos tiempo además de espacio en disco. Lo malo: no es gratis, la licencia cuesta USD$14.85 por 6 meses, pero también pueden usar la versión demostración que se limita a limpiar un máximo de 200MB. Una alternativa gratuita pero más compleja es Onyx, una excelente utilidad para mantener el sistema funcionando correctamente.

Fotos: i use this on os x

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Anthony Braxton – 2 Compositions – Ensemble Braxtonia (1996)

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Anthony Braxton – 2 Compositions – Ensemble Braxtonia (1996)
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | COVER+BOOK | RAR FILES (3% recovery)| 257 Mb
Classical | Leo Records LR233

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Diana Krall – A Night In Paris

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Diana Krall – A Night In Paris
Jazz | EAC | FLAC (Seperated Tracks), CUE, LOG, Bonus Video from CD, Rapidshare, 5 parts, 474 MB. total
Complete Scans: Unmodified (8,79 MB.) & Modified (19,0 MB.)
WinRar Archive with 5% recovery record included
Audio CD (January 7, 2003), Label: Universal Import, Original Release Date: May 20, 2003, 1 CD

Diana Krall (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes) with; Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums),
Alan Broadbent (music director & conductor), Orchestre Symphonique Europeen, John Pisano (acoustic guitar),
Paulinho Da Costa (percussion), Michael Brecker (tenor sax.), Rob Mounsey (additional keyboards), 
Christian McBride (bass), Lewis Nash (drums), Luis Quintero (percussion), Ron Eschete (guitar), 
and The Clayton – Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Stefano Battaglia & Michele Rabbia: Pastorale

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Stefano Battaglia & Michele Rabbia: Pastorale
Jazz | MP3 320k | 148 Mb | Time 61:17
Released 2010 | Label ECM 2120 | Full scan

In this beautiful duo album by two of Italy’s most creative musicians, roles are frequently overturned, as lyrical percussion shades into electronics and texture turns to melody. Stefano Battaglia reminds us that the piano is also a percussion instrument and Michele Rabbia is sensitive to all the tonal implications of drums and cymbals. The musicians play with and without scores in material that is variously open-form, tightly-controlled, inspired by folk idioms, by liturgical music and by art installations. Battaglia allows beautiful themes to ripple through the work, and sounds are given room to blossom. Duets for piano and percussion have long represented an important zone in the work of Stefano Battaglia (in the early 1990s, he collaborated with both Tony Oxley and Pierre Favre). Since 2000, Michele Rabbia has been Battaglia’s principal percussionist, appearing on both of his previous ECM releases – “Raccolto” and “Re: Pasolini” – as an ensemble member and fellow improviser. On “Pastorale” the musicians shape the music together.

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Il Vento E El Onde 25 Anni Di Jazzin’ Serdegna (2007)

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Il Vento E El Onde 25 Anni Di Jazzin’ Serdegna (2007)
DVD5 | PAL 4:3 720×576 | Italian MPEG1 48000Hz, 16 bit, 2 channels | duration: 1h 17min
DVD5 Image (.ISO) = 2.44 GB | 100MB RARs | RS

In 2007 the magazine “Musica Jazz” attached to its tenth number, a valuable DVD in which the organizers of “Jazz in Sardinia” retrace the efforts made over the years for the success of the event, giving way to understand the evolution over time of this appointment. The movie also tells the many stories that lurk behind every concert of jazz.

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Otomo Yoshihide & John Butcher, Barcelona, 2010-02-13

 rest in bits2/14/10 5:02 PMBernie2010 Otomo Yoshihide John Butcher

© Elena Márquez (from her flickr)

Auditorio Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
Festival Hurta Cordel

Otomo Yoshihide: Turntable, electro-acoustics, electronics, guitar
John Butcher: Tenor sax, Soprano sax & electronics

Sound quality: A

1) Improvisations (55:02)

Interesting links

Otomo Yoshihide Homepage.
John Butcher Homepage

Jorge Alberto Mussuto

Card Speaker

 Design Milk2/15/10 11:00 AMEleanorTechnology audio

Designed by IDEA International, this $75 portable speaker for your iPod or phone is the size of a credit card, and “as thick as a blister pack of chewing gum.” The speaker operates for approximately five hours on a two-hour charge, but the jury is still out on sound quality.

[via BLTD]

Jorge Alberto Mussuto