Hard to believe it will be twenty years ago next year that the hard bop ensemble One For All debuted with Too Soon To Tell on the fledgling Sharp Nine label. Formed as a group that regularly played together at an uptown Broadway club called Augie's, each member was just at the start of their own budding careers. Even today, it continues to be a surprise that these gentlemen still find the time to assemble for the occasional record date or live appearance. Over the course of The Third Decade's eleven generous tracks, we get to hear a well-honed machine operating at peak power. Even though distances often keep these six gentlemen apart, one can only hope their new home at Smoke Sessions will provide for further releases and the we won't have to wait another five years before the next one.
One for All is a 1999 album by Kazumi Watanabe. It was recorded live in New York, at the Bottom Line, on March 31, 1999 between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, according to the album's booklet. It features many famous musicians from all over the world such as Akiko Yano, John Patitucci and Larry Coryell.
Speaking eloquently to the benefits of keeping a working band together, One For All continues to add some distinctive flair to the mainstream tradition while building a singular book of originals and uniquely arranged standards. Blueslike, their fifth effort for Criss Cross, finds John Coltrane firmly in mind with an uptempo romp through Giant Steps, and a bossa-inflected Naima. Rounding out this program of jazz standards are a few band originals and an updated arrangement of the Bacharach trinket In Between the Heartaches.
The Very Best Of The Bee Gees Live, from the band's One For All tour, marks the brother's triumphant live return after a 10-years absence from the concert stage. This stunning, digitally recorded concert was lit by award-winning designer, Alen Branton, and was shot with more than 16 cameras. Recorded live at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne, Australia, the show is a joyfulelebration of 27 multi-platinum Bee Gees hits spanning more than 20 years. Additional materials in the DVD include a Bee Gees discography and a career timeline.