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John Scofield: Live (CD: Enja)John Scofield: Live (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of 1977 live album by guitar great John Scofield, alongside pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz and drummer Joe LaBarbera. (Proper Music) 


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John Scofield: Time On My Hands (CD: Blue Note)
 


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John Scofield: Time On My Hands (CD: Blue Note)


John Scofield: Meant To Be (CD: Blue Note)John Scofield: Meant To Be (CD: Blue Note)
 


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John Scofield: Grace Under Pressure (CD: Blue Note)
 


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John Scofield: Grace Under Pressure (CD: Blue Note)


John Scofield: Hand Jive (CD: Blue Note)John Scofield: Hand Jive (CD: Blue Note)
 


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John Scofield: A Go Go (CD: Verve)
 


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John Scofield: A Go Go (CD: Verve)


John Scofield: Works For Me (CD: Verve)John Scofield: Works For Me (CD: Verve)
 


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John Scofield: Past Present (CD: Impulse)
 


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John Scofield: Past Present (CD: Impulse)


John Scofield: Country For Old Men (CD: Impulse)John Scofield: Country For Old Men (CD: Impulse)
Country For Old Men is Scofield’s homage to such greats as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams among others. This album has Scofield playing alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart, and was produced by Scofield himself. 


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John Scofield: Combo 66 (CD: Verve)
Iconic Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. (Universal Music) 


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John Scofield: Combo 66 (CD: Verve)


John Scofield (CD: ECM)John Scofield (CD: ECM)
John Scofield’s first guitar-solo-recording ever gives a résumé of all the influences and idioms he has cultivated over his career in performances on guitar, accompanied by his own rhythmic pulse and chordal backing using a loop machine. Besides jazz, John is known to have always also had a soft spot for the rock and roll and country music he grew up with, revealed here in unencumbered renditions of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and Hank Williams’ “You Win Again”. Between elegant and personal readings of standards, like “It Could Happen To You”, the traditional “Danny Boy” and Keith Jarret’s “Coral”, Scofield presents his own timeless compositions – some new, others known. For the guitarist, it’s all about “the way you get the sound out of the string and what you do with it after you attack it.” (ECM Records) 


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Julian Lage: View With A Room (CD: Blue Note)
Guitarist Julian Lage expands his horizons on View With A Room, a collection of 10 compelling original compositions that marks his second release for Blue Note Records. Having established a home base with his brilliant and deeply attuned trio of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King-most recently heard on the guitarist's acclaimed 2021 Blue Note debut Squint-Lage casts his gaze outward to discover new orchestrational possibilities with the addition of six-string icon Bill Frisell, who adds his inimitable voice to this absolutely stunning album. (Universal Music) 


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Julian Lage: View With A Room (CD: Blue Note)


Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (CD: Whirlwind)Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (CD: Whirlwind)
He may not have known it before, but Toronto-born, New York-based guitarist Matthew Stevens, prized for his forceful, distinctive electric sound was an ideal candidate to make an album fully devoted to solo acoustic guitar: the intimate, unadorned, straightforwardly titled 'Pittsburgh'.

September 2020, Stevens was hunkering down in his wife's family's hometown of Pittsburgh, while navigating his way through the crisis. He had with him a vintage Martin 00-17, a small-body mahogany guitar. Practicing daily on the Martin, he began generating a series of short song "starts" - ideas and sketches he thought might lead somewhere. Then one rainy Pittsburgh day, Stevens' bike slid out from under him and he broke his right elbow. Rather than getting derailed musically, he became immersed in a creative process that led straight to 'Pittsburgh': a document of those short song "starts" from the notebook, now hatched as completed compositions. "Playing this music became a big part of my rehab," Stevens recalls.

As the album took shape, it became clear to Stevens that he was headed in the direction of a wholly unaccompanied recital, with no overdubs or sound layering of any kind. Just him and this special Martin, two Neumann U89 mics and enough peace of mind across two separate sessions to make 'Pittsburgh' the triumph that it is. (Proper Music) 


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Adam Rogers Quintet: Allegory (CD: Criss Cross)
 


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Adam Rogers Quintet: Allegory (CD: Criss Cross)


Adam Rogers & David Binney: R & B (CD: Criss Cross)Adam Rogers & David Binney: R & B (CD: Criss Cross)
From his many Criss Cross dates as a leader to his extraordinary sideman work with Chris Potter, the late Michael Brecker and many more, Adam Rogers continues to blaze a path as one of jazz's most compelling guitarists. His longtime associate David Binney, alto saxophone great and an influential composer and producer, has also distinguished himself with numerous innovative sessions for Criss Cross and others.

On 'R&B', Rogers and Binney unite to co-lead a lean and hard-swinging quartet with bassist Reuben Rogers (no relation) and drummer Gerald Cleaver. In a departure from their usual focus on original material, Rogers and Binney aim straight for bebop, ballads and classics by Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, among others. The feel is rock-solid, the improvisations bracing. It's a fresh, unexpected take on the jazz tradition, viewed through a modern prism.

Personnel: Adam Rogers (guitar), David Binney (alto saxophone), Reuben Rogers (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums) (Proper Note) 


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Andre Fernandes: Dream Keeper (CD: Edition)
Dream Keeper is a high-class and innovative set of originals that marks the first major international release from Portuguese guitarist and composer Andre Fernandes. Since 2002 Lisbon-born Fernandes has generated a wave of glowing reviews for appearances with some of the finest international musicians. As a beacon of inspirational energy and determined spirit in his native Portugal, Fernandes has been described by Portuguese music critic, Rui Eduardo Paes, as one of the most important Portuguese jazz musicians today, with credits that largely surpass the field of jazz and a continuous ability to surprise us . Dream Keeper is a career defining album that draws together Andre s strengths as composer, player and bandleader, with the help of a stellar cast of musicians, into one coherent and well-executed album. Dream Keeper confirms Andre s promise and offers him an opportunity to approach a global audience and ignite a glowing international career. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Andre Fernandes: Dream Keeper (CD: Edition)


George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)
Mostly in Blue’ is the 5th album by George Cotsirilos on ORIGIN Records. A fixture of San Francisco’s jazz scene for 40 years, guitarist George Cotsirilos presents a new album of original compositions, along with a Warren/ Gordon gem, “I Wish I Knew.” Taking advantage of his decades long performing relationship with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, Cotsirilos creates a warmly swinging, instantly classic recording. (Proper Music) 


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Ben Monder: Amorphae (CD: ECM)
Guitarist Ben Monder first recorded for ECM as a member of the Paul Motian Band on 'Garden of Eden' in 2004, and 'Amorphae', his leader debut on the label, was originally conceived as a series of duets for Ben and Paul.

A first exploratory duo session was recorded in 2010. After Paul Motian's death the following year it was decided to expand and complete the project with another highly influential and innovative drummer, Andrew Cyrille, adding also Pete Rende on synthesizer on two pieces. So here we hear Monder solo, in duo with Motian, in duo with Cyrille, and in trio with Cyrille and Rende.

This range of expressive options casts light upon Monder's musical concepts and their adaptability. A guitarist's guitarist, Monder's also a master of texture and unusual voicings, creating what one reviewer has called "detailed sonic landscapes of mystery and power". All the music on 'Amorphae' is his, apart from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", the Rodgers & Hammerstein chestnut from the musical Oklahoma!, performed here by Monder and Motian. (Proper Music) 


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Ben Monder: Amorphae (CD: ECM)


David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (CD: ECM Touchstones)David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“Everything is in a state of transition,” David Torn explained. “Mercury is an element that captures the essence of change.” The changing soundscape of improvisation in the mid-1980s informs the textures and colours of Cloud About Mercury, whose sonorities are closely related to progressive rock (the rhythm section is half of one incarnation of King Crimson) and to the experimental end of ambient music. Drummer Bill Bruford’s affection for this album is undying: “To this day, Torn’s guitar on ‘Three Minutes of Pure Entertainment’ from Cloud About Mercury makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.” Recorded 1986. (ECM Records) 


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David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)
 


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David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)


Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (CD: ECM Touchstones)Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (CD: ECM Touchstones)
In Pas(s)ing was Mick Goodrick’s recording debut as leader, after some years with Gary Burton and before that, a spell with Woody Herman. Never very tigerish about self-promotion, Goodrick has spent most of his life teaching in Boston: Jazz Times has called him “perhaps the most influential mentor in the history of jazz guitar.” This 1978 production emphasizes what a creative player he is in his own right, inspired by the great team of players assembled for the session. The playful album title, by the way, alludes to ECM’s first office address, which was, yes, in Pasing. (ECM Records) 


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Bill Connors: Of Mist And Melting (CD: ECM Touchstones)
A guitarist’s guitarist, Bill Connors has always had the admiration of his peers. Steve Tibbetts recently praised Connors’s “left-hand vibrato, his sense of space, his liquid phrasing, the way he lingers on a note” – all qualities in evidence on 1977’s Of Mist and Melting. Jazz Journal: “The combination of Connors’s predominantly cool linearity and DeJohnette’s patented rolling and tumbling creates a very special blend of poetic contemplation and rhythmic vitality.” (ECM Records) 


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Bill Connors: Of Mist And Melting (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Bill Frisell: Rambler (CD: ECM Touchstones)Bill Frisell: Rambler (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Document of a unique 1984 session with the idiosyncratic guitarist. Frisell jousts with Kenny Wheeler in the front line, tuba man Bob Stewart and bass guitarist Jerome Harris take care of the deep tones, Paul Motian’s magic drumming holds the ensemble together.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell Band: Lookout For Hope (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Memo from the heyday of the Downtown scene, an album from Frisell’s first touring band, with cellist Hank Roberts, drummer Joey Baron and bassist Kermit Driscoll. All material by Frisell, except Thelonious Monk’s “Hackensack”.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell Band: Lookout For Hope (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Bill Frisell: Have A Little Faith (CD: Nonesuch- US Import)Bill Frisell: Have A Little Faith (CD: Nonesuch- US Import)
 


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Bill Frisell: Ghost Town (CD: Nonesuch- US Import)
 


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Bill Frisell: Ghost Town (CD: Nonesuch- US Import)


Bill Frisell with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones (CD: Nonesuch)Bill Frisell with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones (CD: Nonesuch)
 


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Bill Frisell: The Intercontinentals (CD: Nonesuch)
 


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Bill Frisell: The Intercontinentals (CD: Nonesuch)


Bill Frisell: Unspeakable (CD: Nonesuch)Bill Frisell: Unspeakable (CD: Nonesuch)
 


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Bill Frisell: East West (CD: Nonesuch, 2 CDs)
 


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Bill Frisell: East West (CD: Nonesuch, 2 CDs)


Bill Frisell: History Mystery (CD: Nonesuch, 2 CDs)Bill Frisell: History Mystery (CD: Nonesuch, 2 CDs)
 


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Bill Frisell, Ron Carter & Paul Motian (CD: Nonesuch)
 


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Bill Frisell, Ron Carter & Paul Motian (CD: Nonesuch)


Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamers (CD: Savoy Jazz)Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamers (CD: Savoy Jazz)
‘Beautiful Dreamers’ is a stunning recording consisting of original compositions and striking reinterpretations performed by guitarist and composer Bill Frisell along with Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, Frisell’s debut album for Savoy captures the musical magic that’s inhabited the performances of this ensemble since they first played live together as a trio in 2008. With ten originals and six covers of tunes by the likes of Blind Willie Johnson, Benny Goodman and Stephen Foster, Frisell has created one of his most personal musical statements working with Kang and Royston who engage him in seamless and stimulating musical dialogue. (Proper Note) 


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Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star (CD: Okeh)
 


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Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star (CD: Okeh)


Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer’s composition “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago,” the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his “Subconscious Lee,” and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme “Goldfinger.” (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)
This is guitar master Bill Frisell’s first solo album since Ghost Town was released on Nonesuch 20 years ago. “Playing ‘solo’ is always a challenge,” Frisell says. “For me, music has all along been so much about playing with other people. Having a conversation. Call and response. Playing all by myself is a trip. I really have to change the way I think. In preparation for this recording I played for a week at The Stone in New York. Each night I attempted new music that I'd never played before. I was purposely trying to keep myself a little off balance. Uncomfortable. Unsure. I didn't want to fall back on things that I knew were safe. My hope was to continue this process right on into the studio. I didn't want to have things be all planned out beforehand.”

All the compositions on Music IS were composed by Frisell, some are brand-new - Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky - others are solo adaptions of now classic original compositions Frisell has previously recorded - In Line, Rambler, Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. The focus of Music IS is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell’s original and inimitable perspective. The end result is Frisell at his most distilled and fully realised. (Sony Music) 


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Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)


Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (CD: ECM)Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (CD: ECM)

Like their acclaimed ECM release Small Town of 2017 – which The Guardian called “wistful and mesmerizing… tonally ingenious and haunting” – Epistrophy by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City’s Village Vanguard. The new album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo’s Americana songbook (“All in Fun,” “Red River Valley,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”), as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), an artist whom both the guitarist and bassist knew well. Frisell and Morgan communicate the essence of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and the Frank Sinatra hit “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. At the center of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular “Epistrophy” and the ruminative ballad “Pannonica.” And as with “Goldfinger” on Small Town, Frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody-rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film – “You Only Live Twice.” (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell: Harmony (CD: Blue Note)
Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell has signed with Blue Note and released his debut album for the label under his own name with Harmony, a gorgeous and evocative journey across the landscape of American music of the last century. The album features vocalist Petra Haden, cellist & vocalist Hank Roberts, and guitarist, bassist & vocalist Luke Bergman. (Blue Note Records) 


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Bill Frisell: Harmony (CD: Blue Note)


Bill Frisell: Valentine (CD: Blue Note)Bill Frisell: Valentine (CD: Blue Note)
The debut recording of guitarist Bill Frisell's trio with bassist Thomas Morgan & drummer Rudy Royston is a wide-ranging 13 song set that mixes Frisell originals new & old, jazz standards, traditional songs, and covers. Valentine explores the creative freedom of the trio format and the profound musical relationship between these three musicians after years of touring. (Blue Note Records) 


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John Parricelli: Alba (CD: Provocateur)
John Parricelli, one of Britain's leading jazz guitarists releases his debut album as leader on Provocateur Records. Alba reveals his outstanding work as a composer, and his intelligent, natural and intuitive use of melody, time and sound make this a powerful debut. The band he assembled for this album are a quartet of internationally renowned players - Dudley Phillips: bass, Mark Lockheart: saxophone and Martin France: drums/electronics. This band is a perfect home for his original and fresh style of contemporary guitar. (Provocateur Records) 


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John Parricelli: Alba (CD: Provocateur)

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