Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Rhapsody in Blue (1979)


“Sun Ra admired George Gershwin and paid musical tribute to the great composer’s legacy countless times over his 50-year performing and recording career. This digital-only release, spanning 38 years (1951–1989), compiles some of the best recorded examples of Ra’s idiosyncratic takes on the Gershwin catalog. These performances encompass a variety of styles and personnel — full Arkestra, trio with vocalist (Hattie Randolph), duo (Sun Ra and Wilbur Ware), and doo-wop (The Nu Sounds, arranged and accompanied by Sun Ra).”Source


Mulatu Astatke – Emnete (1970)


“Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music—as well as other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia’s Golden 1970s.”Source

Walter Smith III – Ask Me Now (2018)



Walter Smith III – tenor saxophone
Harish Raghaven – bass (1, 2, 6 & 7)
Eric Harland – drums

Special guests

Christian McBride – bass (3, 5, 8 & 9)
Joshua Redman – tenor saxophone (3 & 9)


Recorded at Sear Sound and GSI Studios by Chris Allen
Mixed by Chris Allen
Mastered by Paul Blakemore
Produced by Chris Dunn
Executive Producer for Whirlwind Recordings – Michael Janisch”

Florian Egli Weird Beard – Hanako (2018)


“The quartet Weird Beard was founded by Zurich based saxophonist Florian Egli. Following the debut album ‘Everything Moves’ on Intakt Records, they release a second studio album, recorded again in the Blackbox Studio in Brittany by the out­standing sound engineer David Odlum. ‘Orientation’ is a sophisticated record on which Weird Beard increasingly focus their attention on the creation of moods and atmospheres.”
Florian Egli: Saxophone, Clarinet
Dave Gisler: Guitar
Martina Berther: E-Bass
Rico Baumann: Drums