Kae is a hard-working ordinary university student girl. Although her friendships are favourable, her work leaves her somewhat insatisfied, however, she spends every day working hard at it. One day, she finds in the corner of her own closet, a notebook, which the previous tenant had apparently forgot and abandoned. Out of curiosity, Kae takes the notebook. As the "Closed Note" which was unopened…
… at the time spills its contents, her ordinary life starts changing at a massive scale.
–-Credits to Shiroguma for translation
Blue Note's French division released Stefano Di Battista's debut, A Prima Vista, in 1998, but this self-titled disc is the alto and soprano saxophonist's first offering to be made available in the U.S. It comes on the heels of a high-profile guest appearance on Jacky Terrasson's A Paris… and, fittingly, Di Battista hired his friend Terrasson to be the pianist on his own record. Also present for the session are bassist Rosario Bonaccorso and drum legend Elvin Jones, with trumpeter Flavio Boltro sitting in on three tracks. Di Battista evinces a true melodic gift on pieces such as "Elvin's Song" and "Your Romance," but he's also capable of burning it up in a manner reminiscent of Kenny Garrett on "Nico's Dream" and "Adderley." (For those who suspect Elvin Jones' chops have lessened with age, the two latter cuts ought to dispel such notions.)
Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24 bit remastering. Featuring the work of obscure composer/pianist Todd Cochrane, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's 1971 album Head On is a highly cerebral and atmospheric affair that is somewhat different than his other equally experimental '70s work. Although the album does feature more of the avant-garde jazz that Hutcherson was exploring during this period, Cochrane's material is heavily influenced by contemporary classical music, and accordingly Head On is more of an exercise in reflective, layered jazz than rambunctious freebop – though it does offer some of that, too.
Oxmo Puccino, cavalier solitaire du hip-hop français, revient avec Lipopette Bar. Cet album sort sur le label Blue Note, et Oxmo s'y présente accompagné d'une formation acoustique guitare/basse/batterie/piano, les Jazz Bastards.