09 fevereiro, 2017


When asked about his most important influences, the first two names he mentions are not other guitar players; Frank Sinatra heads the list and then Bill Evans. Perhaps this explains why John Basile is one of a select group of jazz instrumentalists who doesn’t sound like everyone else. He particularly likes to play in the duo and trio formats to exploit the intimacy those settings present for both player and listener.

Musically, his guitar style utilizes a finger-style technique that approaches the guitar like a piano. For John, the challenge of comping harmonic chord fragments and playing melodies simultaneously provides a backdrop for a more open style of playing and improvising.

His labels, Underhill Jazz and now StringTime Jazz, have produced five innovative and critically distinguished releases: "Amplitudes" - solo guitar improvisations; "No Apologies" - featuring Pat Bianchi on organ and Carmen Intorre on drums for a soulful organ trio with a modern approach to unique standards; "Time Will Reveal" - featuring Joe Locke on vibes and Bassist David Finck showcasing a modern jazz guitar approach to pop tunes;  "Animations" – with John Ambercrombie in duo with Basile exploring the essence of string improvisations of standards and originals; and "It Was A Very Good Year" – an eclectic exploration of jazz, folk, and pop tunes featuring two trios.

Summer 2015 saw the release of "Penny Lane" a jazz guitar collection of Beatles tunes on StringTime Jazz and John's latest is a collection of eclectic originals entitled "Outside/In" available now on iTunes and CD Baby.

Guitar icon Jim Hall said “John Basile’s playing has the essence of great jazz guitar: beautiful tone, marvelous swing, terrific technique, and excellent phrasing.

You can’t ask for more!” Legendary guitarist, John Abercrombie when referring to John's "No Apologies" organ trio project exclaimed, “John’s new CD has one of the most appropriate titles! Great Playing, Great Tunes, Great Sound…"No Apologies" needed!”

John Basile is a formidable, sought after educator and clinician, offering a variety of educational outreach programs to colleges and universities here and around the world. He also works in the field of radiology and manages a large Medical Group in the NY area and is professional boxing judge with the NYS Athletic Commision. John has judged championship fights at Madison Square Garden, the Barclay center in NY, and in Mexico.

  •  Very Early (Seabreeze 2024) w/ Eddie Gomez.
  •  Quiet Passage (ProJazz 627) w/ Tom Harrel, Joey Barron, George Mraz.
  •  Sunnyside Up (ProJazz 641) w/ Terry Clarke, Paul Socolow, Tom Harrell, Byron Olsen.
  •  John Basile/Brad Terry Duo (Musicmasters 51244A)
  •  For All Time (Philology 214W103-2) w/ David Finck, Peter Grant.
  •  Frankly Speaking: A Jazz Portrait of Sinatra (King Records - Japan) w/ Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Grady Tate.
  • The Desmond Project (Chesky 165) A tribute to the music and legacy of saxophonist Paul Desmond.
  •  It Was A Very Good Year (UnderhillJazz 001)  Trios.
  • Animations (UnderhillJazz 002) w/ John Abercrombie.  Jazz Guitar Duets.
  •  Time Will Reveal (UnderhillJazz 003) w/ David Finck, Clint de Ganon , Joe Locke, Roger Squitero.
  •  No Apologies (Stringtime Jazz 001) w/ Pat Bianchi , Carmen Intorre.
  •  Amplitudes (Stringtime Jazz 002) Solo Guitar Conversations.
  •  Undercover (Stringtime Jazz 003) Pop/Jazz from the 80's.
  •  Penny Lane (Stringtime Jazz 004) A jazz guitar Beatles collection.
  •  Outside/In (Stringtime Jazz 005) An eclectic collection of original compositions.

The album this posting was launched in United States in 2015. 


1. Eleanor rigby;
2. A fool on the hill;
3. Penny lane;
4. And I love her;
5. A day in the life;
6. While my guitar gently weeps;
7. Here, there and everywhere;
8. I want to hold your hand;
9. Can't buy me love;
10. Norwegian wood;
11. In my life;



A direct descendant of Crazy Horse, the Indian Sioux warrior, Joan Shaw (Salena’s birth name) was born in Newport News, Virginia, and began singing in church and school before making her debut on life’s bigger stages. 

As a very young girl, Joan Shaw`s career began in New York at Manhattan clubs and going on to Harlem’s Apollo Theater, when she won the amateur night singing “September Song”. 

Joan grew up in New York in the company of musicians who would become the legends: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Bud Powell, Wes Montgomery, Chico Hamilton and Stan Getz, she met all these people, jamming with some of them and began making demonstration records for artists like Peggy Lee, Brenda Lee and Lena Horne, before getting her own recording contract.
Based in New York, with her own “Blues Express Orchestra”, Joan toured widely across the US with “King” Curtis in her band (whom she named), also working with Johnnie Ray, Laverne Baker, Arthur Prysock, and Frankie Lyman. 

This rhythm ‘n’ blues period was the forerunner to rock ‘n’ roll and it is evident that Joan Shaw is revered today by afficionados of that important era, making 15 singles by the time she was fifteen years old (the first being released at the age of eleven), many can be heard today through You Tube by the wonder of the Internet). 

Joan then worked regularly at the famous venues of the Village Vanguard, Minton’s Playhouse and Wells Supper Club. Leonard Feather, the noted jazz critic for “Downbeat” magazine, named Joan Shaw as one of his choices as “most promising newcomers”, together with “Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme”.

Glamorous and beautiful, with her distinctive voice and relaxed style, by then she had met and sung with a array of great jazz names. Her photo album shows her arm in arm with everyone from Betty Carter to Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, Vic Damone and Lena Horne. 

However, wanting to expand her horizons, and concerned at racism in her native country, Joan Shaw bought a one way ticket to Madrid where, having sung one song at the “Whiskey and Jazz Club”, on the same night as her arrival in Spain, she was immediately engaged to sing nightly with Dexter Gordon. But London called, and arriving in 1965, her management recommended a name-change and Salena Jones was born!
She was soon booked to appear for the first time at Ronnie Scott`s for two weeks but, such was the audience reaction that she was held over for another week, and then another: eventually appearing for seven consecutive weeks – still a record after all this time for one of the most famous clubs in the world. 

Salena opened her own jazz club in London in 2001. Over the last five decades, Salena Jones has been a central figure on the British jazz scene and from her base here she has conquered the world. Salena has played everywhere, from Canada, throughout Europe, South Africa, South America, to the US and Asia, where she is a well-loved artiste (and has appeared in Japan at least annually since 1978).
Salena has sung with Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Mark Murphy, Lionel Hampton, Kenny Burrell, Dudley Moore, Roy Budd, and Toots Thielemans, Tom Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the BBC Big Band and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Salena’s recording career has reflected her ability to choose both varied repertoire and also to move beyond jazz boundaries. She has made 43 solo albums and 22 singles over a period of 50 years in the business.
The Lp album this posting was launched in Japan in 1988 by JVC Records.


1. Let it be;
2. Norwegian wood;
3. Here comes the sun;
4. The long and winding road;
5. Got to get you into my life;
6. If a fell;
7. Something;
8. Get back;
9. Hey Jude;
10.Don't let me down;
11. The fool on the hill;
12. Here, there and everywhere.


17 janeiro, 2017


In this post, we present the album The Torero Band - Lennon & McCartney Tijuana Style, released in England in 1969, by the label MFP, EMI Records.

Unfortunately, there is little information about this group. The songs on the disc are as follows:

1. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da;
2. Yesterday;
3. From me to you;
4. With A Little Help From My Friends;
5. All my loving;
6. Yellow submarine;
7. Please, please;
8. Hey Jude,
9. Can't buy me love;
10. I Want To Hold Your Hand;
11. She loves you;
12. Eleanor rigby.