Try It Out Tuesdays – Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin is a Russian composer and jazz artist. He’s got quite a resume that includes being a leader in the Russian music industry and a composer in television and film. Learn more about him at the MusicDish Network or on MySpace.

I received three MP3s of Shulgin’s work and there is a diversity in writing and performance. Click the play button to hear his “Brazilian Summer.”

Brazilian Summer

Try It Out Tuesdays – Groove Thing

This Is No Time... from Bill Ware and Groove ThingTry It Out Tuesdays offers a free full MP3 of an artist. Today’s track is from Groove Thing, the acid jazz effort from vibraphonist Bill Ware. This track, “On the Sand,” came on my iPod while driving home today. As I wrote about last summer, This Is No Time… is a favorite of mine. Vibes and flute are two of my top five favorites instruments. Of the number of Groove Thing tracks I could pick, “On the Sand” wins because it puts another of my faves in – trombone. Where else are you gonna hear vibes, flute, trombone, guitar, and the acid jazz vibe? This track is also a regular on ContemporaryJazz.com Radio.

Click the play button to hear “On the Sand.” If you like what you hear, click the Shopping Cart icon to buy This Is No Time… from Amazon.com. It’s been out of print for a long time but you can still get a new copy for less than $7.

The Pure compilation with JEN meets CAN7Groove Thing – This Is No Time…

Try It Out Tuesdays – Bobbi Humphrey

Blue Note Salutes Motown compilationIt’s Black History Month. It’s Motown’s 50th Anniversary. It’s Blue Note’s 70th Anniversary. Here’s one track to acknowledge all three. From the Blue Note Salutes Motown compilation (originally on her Dig This! release), here’s Bobbi Humphrey covering the Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong composition “Smiling Faces Sometimes.” Bobbi had success during her recording tenure with Blue Note in the 1970s. I’ve been buying some of those memorable recordings recently.

Click the play button below to hear Ms. Humphrey’s rendition of the song made famous by The Undisputed Truth.

Smiling Faces Sometimes from Bobbi HumphreyBlue Note Salutes Motown

Try It Out Tuesdays – JEN meets CAN7

JEN meets CAN7 from The Pure compilationTry It Out Tuesdays offers a free full MP3 of an artist. Today’s artist is JEN meets CAN7. This composition, “Temptation & Seduction,”…it’s erotic. It is to be listened to only late at night. I’m entranced by the lyrics and voice. The jazz vibe is perfect.

Click the play button to experience “Temptation & Seduction.” If you like what you hear, click the Shopping Cart icon to buy the MP3 from Amazon.com.

The Pure compilation with JEN meets CAN7JEN meets CAN7 – “Temptation & Seduction”

Try It Out Tuesdays – Jazz Juice

52nd Street from Jazz JuiceTry It Out Tuesdays offers a free full MP3 of an artist. Today’s artist is Jazz Juice. I don’t represent enough of the style of jazz I enjoy the most on this site – acid jazz. Jazz Juice originally started when producer duo DJ Graham B & Alain Eskinasi set out to create futuristic dancefloor jazz. They got some live guys (like Praful on sax/flute) and released 52nd Street. This track, “Atravessar,” will always be on the ContemporaryJazz.com Radio rotation because it’s got that vibe I like.

According to the Jazz Juice MySpace page, DJ Graham B has “changed the formula of JAZZ JUICE from the loose collective into permanent all-ladies line-up.” That should be interesting.

Click the play button to hear “Atravessar.” If you like what you hear, hit the Shopping Cart icon to buy it from Amazon.com.

52nd Street from Jazz JuiceJazz Juice – 52nd Street – “Atravessar”