The Bebop Shop
Info Search View Cart Checkout Send Mail

The Bebop Shop : Changes: Post-Bop Modernists : Village Rhythm: Joe Lovano & Post-Bop America

Larry Willis: I Fall In Love Too Easily (CD: Highnote)Larry Willis: I Fall In Love Too Easily (CD: Highnote)
It may be somewhat ironic, yet ultimately fitting that this, the final recording by Larry Willis, brought the veteran pianist/composer right back to the Rudy Van Gelder Studio where he first began his impressive career as recording artist that spanned over a period of six decades.

The Harlem, New York born Willis first entered the hallowed halls of Rudy Van Gelder's legendary Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio as a twenty-two year old graduate of the Manhattan School of Music on January 29, 1965 to record with Jackie McLean for Blue Note Records. Willis's expansive resume includes entries with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stan Getz, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McRae, David "Fathead" Newman, Woody Shaw, and many more. He appeared on hundreds of albums as a sideman and dozens more as a leader of his own impressive bands.

The music played here with long-time friends Victor Lewis and Joe Ford, and his relatively new colleague Jeremy Pelt shows Larry Willis displaying the intense creativity and impeccable taste which made him one of the most respected keyboard artists in jazz. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


David Hazeltine: The Time Is Now (CD: Smoke Sessions)
 


Price:  £14.99 

David Hazeltine: The Time Is Now (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Harold Mabern: The Iron Man - Live At Smoke (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)Harold Mabern: The Iron Man - Live At Smoke (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)
While it was captured over the course a single night, there’s a rich lifetime’s worth of music packed into The Iron Man: Live at Smoke. If it’s a slight overstatement to say that the album represents an autobiography in song, that’s only because 82-year-old jazz master Harold Mabern tells his story in every note that he plays. That’s as true of the melodies he’s been interpreting for more then half a century - as many of the tunes on The Iron Man are - as it is of the always inspired music that flows spontaneously from the great pianist’s fingers.

The Iron Man: Live at Smoke was recorded on the final night of a remarkable three-week residency, an annual holiday tradition at the renowned New York City club. Most of that 2017/18 run was dedicated to the music of John Coltrane and featured a host of invited guests to the bandstand. For this magical final performance, however, Mabern and his gifted, longstanding quartet - tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth - went it alone, vigorously swinging through well-loved tunes from throughout Mabern’s storied career. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Harold Mabern's second release on Smoke Sessions Records, Afro Blue, is a very special recording featuring guest vocalists Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, and Alexis Cole. The chemistry of these artists with Harold—the sound of his piano voicings combined with their voices—is extraordinary. Well-known in jazz circles as a consummate accompanist for instrumental soloists, The Mabe also has a special gift for sensitive and supportive playing behind singers. It’s something he takes pride in and has been doing since he first hit the stage at Birdland half a century ago with Betty Carter. (Smoke Sessions) 


Price:  £14.99 

Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (CD: Smoke Sessions)Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (CD: Smoke Sessions)
"Mabern Plays Mabern" is pianist Harold Mabern at his absolute best--playing his favorite original compositions with a sextet of close friends and associates in front of a live audience at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City. Mabern is joined by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, trombonist Steve Davis, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth on an energetic and romp through his catalog. The music on this release is now more highly anticipated and important to Mabern's fans as he passed away suddenly in September 2019. Nat Chinen of WBGO described him then as "a pianist of percussive fire and boundless soul, with a language that pulled from hard bop, post-bop, Memphis soul and the blues." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt, The Artist (CD: Highnote)
Composing music inspired by painting dates back as far as the 12th century (Hildegard of Bingen) and, in Jazz, Duke Ellington's "Degas Suite" comes to mind along with Branford Marsalis's "Romare Bearden Revealed." But on his new album, Jeremy Pelt may be the first jazz artist to examine the relationship between music and sculpture. The five-movement "Rodin Suite" muses not only on works the French sculptor August Rodin left us, but how his art might have evolved if he were still with us today. Added to Victor Gould, Vicente Archer and a few other of his "regs," Pelt has added the guitar of Alex Wintz, the vibes and marimba of Chien Chien Lu and the exotic percussion of Ismel Wignall for an ensemble sound capable of delicacy and color as well as full-on modern jazz shouts. A thoughtful and thought-provoking recording from, you guessed it, Jeremy Pelt, the artist. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt, The Artist (CD: Highnote)


Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge - Live In Paris (CD: Highnote)Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge - Live In Paris (CD: Highnote)
Recorded live in Paris at the famed Sunside / Sunset Jazz Club, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his colleagues deliver a set of searing intensity and unparalleled musicianship.

Pelt's group is that rarest of all things in jazz, a working band, and the communication that comes from extensive time spent playing together is evident. All the players are among the foremost 30-something neo-bop players in jazz today giving the group an all-star-type reputation with a well-rehearsed sound that comes only with familiarity and countless gigs.

Pelt's own playing has earned accolades for his staggering virtuosity, which has elicited comparisons to trumpet icons like Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, as well as for his studious, cerebral approach to the music. On this particular night in Paris, Pelt focused all his attention on creating the perfect phrase to fit each musical moment, sculpting long lines that let the music breathe and while building spontaneous ideas into finely-crafted miniatures.(Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Jeremy Pelt: The Art Of Intimacy, Vol.1 (CD: Highnote)
Jeremy Pelt's unquenchable curiosity has made him one of the most multi-faceted of jazz artists. Whether it be as a leader, a sideman, an accompanist or a composer, Pelt has investigated nearly every aspect and genre in jazz - from electric to eclectic, from Be-Bop to Free-Bop. Here Pelt joins forces with the legendary George Cables on piano and Peter Washington laying down the bass lines.

All but one tune on the setlist are slow numbers but this is not your father's ballad record. Each member of the trio is able to pour some old wine into new bottles, aware of and perhaps shaped by the past but operating very much in the moment. Together with Cables' lush voicings and solid tone and Washinton's always-inspired bass lines and solos, Pelt's new recording sets a high bar for all trio recordings that follow in the remainder of 2020. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Jeremy Pelt: The Art Of Intimacy, Vol.1 (CD: Highnote)


Billy Hart Quartet: One Is The Other (CD: ECM)Billy Hart Quartet: One Is The Other (CD: ECM)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (CD: Enja)
Drum maestro Billy Hart's original music from the 1970s-1990s is arranged for the first time for a big band. But not just any big band -- Germany's most renowned ensemble, the WDR Big Band Cologne. The arranger and instigator of the project is a former student of Hart's -- a Swiss trombonist, composer and arranger named Christophe Schweizer, who took a strong interest in Hart's music after the drummer had such a profound impact on him as a teacher and a player." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (CD: Enja)


Richie Beirach: Inborn (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)Richie Beirach: Inborn (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)
This all-star combo was assembled under the leadership of pianist Richie Beirach (born 1947), it included the Brecker Brothers - the late tenor saxophonist Michael and the trumpeter Randy, the guitarist John Scofield, bassist George Mraz and the drummer Adam Nussbaum. At the time of recording all six of them were internationally recognised names in jazz, with the Brecker Brothers, who were fast becoming "superstars" of modern jazz, leading the way.

The setting for the recording was quite exceptional and is worth mentioning. On the first day of their recording session in mid-April of 1989 the six jazz musicians performed the pieces highly focused and without disturbance at the Clinton Studios in New York. However, on the second day they invited friends and acquaintances and played some of the same pieces as the day before, but now under more difficult conditions, live on stage in front of an audience. The result is a double album of historical significance for the world of jazz. A must-have for your collection! (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 


George Adams: Sound Suggestions (CD: ECM Touchstones)
George Adams made only one ECM recording, but it’s a beauty, placing his powerful tenor sax at the front of a talent-packed group, with Adams, Kenny Wheeler and Heinz Sauer all contributing compositions to the programme. “The spirit of Mingus hovers watchfully nearby; Adams is an original, though. His solos roil beneath the restraints of bebop structure, then sail wildly through the roof with a committed passion,” wrote Chicago Magazine. The tenor exchanges between Adams and Heinz Sauer are exciting, and George also delivers a very spirited vocal on “Got Something Good For You.” Recorded 1979. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

George Adams: Sound Suggestions (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Joe Bonner Trio: Parade (CD: Steeplechase)Joe Bonner Trio: Parade (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Steve Coleman & Five Elements (CD: Pi Recordings)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Steve Coleman & Five Elements (CD: Pi Recordings)


Steve Coleman & The Council Of Balance: Synovial Joints (CD: Pi Recordings)Steve Coleman & The Council Of Balance: Synovial Joints (CD: Pi Recordings)
Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman is widely considered to be among the most influential artists in jazz. He was recipient in 2014 of three prestigious awards: a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and Doris Duke Performing Artist Grant. This comes at a time when Coleman is at a creative peak, incorporating a lifetime of research into African diasporic culture and cycles found in nature and astronomy into his musical methods. His influence among young artists, particularly in his approach to rhythm, has never been stronger.

Synovial Joints is the most ambitious project in Coleman s 30-year career as a bandleader. The music is written for 21 musicians, encompassing his core Five Elements group, augmented by musicians from jazz, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and contemporary classical circles. The music was based on ideas that reflect the processes, functions and rhythms of the human body - to model individual elements of the musical composition on the physiological movements within the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, and exocrine systems. The overall musical structure of the composition is held together based on the musculoskeletal system, hence the title. (Harmonia Mundi) 


Price:  £13.99 


Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (CD: Pi Recordings)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (CD: Pi Recordings)


Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1, The Embedded Sets (CD: PI Recordings) Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1, The Embedded Sets (CD: PI Recordings)
Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's 'Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets)' is his first live release in over 15 years. It captures his band Five Elements in two joyous sets at the historic New York venue.  


Price:  £19.99 


The Cookers: Warriors (CD: Jazz Legacy)
Jazz veterans and kindred spirits Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart forge a world-class union on “Warriors” their auspicious debut for Jazz Legacy. Along with David Weiss and Craig Handy, they

are collectively known as The Cookers and their first recording is a potent collection of expansive post bop originals. Amongst the tracks is a dynamic rendition of Freddie Hubbards “The Core”, two relaxed offerings from Cecil McBee and Billy Harper’s signature piece “Priestess” which the saxophonist performed numerous times with The Gil Evans Orchestra. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

The Cookers: Warriors (CD: Jazz Legacy)


Saxophone Summit: Seraphic Light (CD: Telarc)Saxophone Summit: Seraphic Light (CD: Telarc)
Saxophone Summit re-convene, this time with saxophonists Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano being joined by tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane who takes the place of the late saxophonist Michael Brecker. Once again they pay tribute to the legendary John Coltrane, this time with their own arrangements of three late period Coltrane compositions, ‘Cosmos’, Seraphic Light’ and ‘Expression’. Trumpeter Randy Brecker joins them on two tracks, including his own composition “Message To Mike” that’s dedicated to the memory of his brother. (New Note) 


Price:  £9.99 


Saxophone Summit: Street Talk (CD: Enja)
Saxophone Summit's fourth album since sax giants Michael Brecker, David Liebman and Joe Lovano first joined forces in 1999 to celebrate John Coltranes epochal late-career musical production. And Street Talk is the first Saxophone Summit album that includes alto saxophone icon Greg Osby, who joined the group for the summer tour that preceded this August 30, 2017 studio date. Osby replaces Ravi Coltrane, who had assumed the third tenor saxophone chair on the albums Seraphic Light (2008) and Visitation (2011) after Breckers death in 2007. As on each of Saxophone Summits aforementioned albums, pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart form an extraordinarily sensitive rhythm section that at once propels, coheres and complements the inspired flow of the three saxophonists, each an instantly recognizable voice. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Saxophone Summit: Street Talk (CD: Enja)


Joe Lovano: From The Soul (CD: Blue Note)Joe Lovano: From The Soul (CD: Blue Note)
With From The Soul, Joe Lovano heads a lineup with pianist Michel Petrucciani, bassist Dave Holland, and the late drummer Ed Blackwell. (Blue Note) 


Price:  £8.99 


Joe Lovano: Rush Hour (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Joe Lovano: Rush Hour (CD: Blue Note)


Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter (CD: Blue Note)Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Joe Lovano & Hank Jones: Kids- Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Joe Lovano & Hank Jones: Kids- Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (CD: Blue Note)


Joe Lovano: Symphonica (CD: Blue Note)Joe Lovano: Symphonica (CD: Blue Note)
Saxophone maestro Joe Lovano has enjoyed a stellar career recording for Blue Note Records, launching into new territory with different sized ensembles from album to album while rarely retreading the steps of his past musical adventures. Whether he’s been in a trio fascination, a quartet marvel, or a killer nonet setting, Lovano has upped the ante with each album, not only furthering his reputation as one of the world’s premiere saxophonists but also forwarding jazz expression with imaginative might.

With his 20th album for Blue Note, Lovano delivers a milestone recording with Symphonica, a bold and beautiful orchestral project recorded largely in concert with the WDR Radio Big Band and Orchestra from Cologne, Germany. With music arranged and conducted by the big band musical director, Michael Abene, Symphonica marks the first time in Lovano’s career that he has recorded an entire album with a full symphony. All of the music consists of Lovano compositions save for one piece (Charles Mingus’s “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love,” where Lovano sustains his tenor saxophone lines to hover over the haunting melody). In that sense, Symphonica stands as a full-sound, best-of collection that traces the breadth and plumbs the depth of Lovano’s career. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Joe Lovano US Five: Bird Songs (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Joe Lovano US Five: Bird Songs (CD: Blue Note- US Import)


Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Scandal (CD: Greenleaf Music)Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Scandal (CD: Greenleaf Music)
'Scandal' marks the first time that trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano have recorded a full studio album of material together, revealing a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits.

As on their live debut recording, Sound Prints features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. The super group heads off into swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory inspired by saxophonist giant Wayne Shorter. Two of Shorter's pieces receive special treatment. A truly fantastic and original group playing new originals and music by Shorter. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (CD: ECM)
The great saxophonist Joe Lovano has appeared on a number of ECM recordings over the last four decades, including much-loved albums with Paul Motian, Steve Kuhn and John Abercrombie. Trio Tapestry is his first as a leader for the label, introducing a wonderful new group and music of flowing lyricism, delicate texture, and inspired interplay. Lovano and pianist Marilyn Crispell are in accord at an advanced level inside its structures. “Marilyn has such a beautiful sound and touch and vocabulary,” Joe enthuses. Drummer Carmen Castaldi, a Lovano associate of long-standing, also responds to the trio environment with sensitivity, subtly embellishing and detailing the pieces. Lovano: “We play together like an orchestra, creating an amazing tapestry. I brought in the material, but there’s an equal weight of contribution, creating music within the music, and harmonizing it in a really special way.” Trio Tapestry was recorded at New York’s Sear Sound studio in March 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (CD: ECM)


Joe Locke & David Hazeltine Quartet: Mutual Appreciation Society 2 (CD: Sharp Nine)Joe Locke & David Hazeltine Quartet: Mutual Appreciation Society 2 (CD: Sharp Nine)
 


Price:  £15.49 


Joe Locke: Love Is A Pendulum (CD: Motema)
Inspired by a poem by Barbara Sfraga, 'Love Is A Pendulum' is the most personal, most compositional and most emotive work of Locke's career and features a hand-picked cast of outstanding musicians that bring his vision to life in spectacular fashion: special guests Rosario Giuliani, Donny McCaslin (saxophones), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Victor Provost (steel pan) and Theo Bleckmann (voice), with Locke's core working quartet, featuring Robert Rodriguez (piano), Terreon Gully (drums and co-producer) and Ricardo Rodriguez (basses).

Locke comments in the liner notes about the musicians featured on the album : "as tightly composed as much of this music is, it would not have risen off the page without the creative contributions of the musicians here." Just over an hour in length, the album has taken a lifetime to make, as it encompasses all of Locke's joys and sorrows, and utilises all of his slings and arrows. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Joe Locke: Love Is A Pendulum (CD: Motema)


Mickey Bass & The Co-Operation: Sentimental Mood (CD: Early Bird- US Import)Mickey Bass & The Co-Operation: Sentimental Mood (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
Here, on this premiere album with Mickey as Leader, composer, arranger, conductor and featured artist we find him surrounded by some very old and dear, tried and true friends both socially and in this case, most importantly, professionally. This Album is dedicated to Duke Ellington and Bobby Timmons. One gentleman, an extremely profound influence both Musically and Orchestrally, and the other an equally profound Artist and 'stablemate'. (Early Bird Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Mickey Bass Quartet: Another Way Out (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Mickey Bass Quartet: Another Way Out (CD: Early Bird- US Import)


The Timeless All Stars: Time For The Timeless All Stars (CD: Early Bird- US Import) The Timeless All Stars: Time For The Timeless All Stars (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
Featuring Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Steve Turre, Buster Williams, Cedar Walton & Billy Higgins. 


Price:  £13.99 


Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble: Live At The Jazz Corner Of The World (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
This is a no-fooling-around album. Bassist and Pittsburgh native Mickey Bass leads his quintet through a four-number set recorded at 'The Jazz Corner of The World', in New York City in 2001. The tunes, all by Bass, range from 16 minutes to 23 minutes in length. The band features Bass, Antonio Hart on alto sax, Craig Handy on tenor, Eric Allen on drums and, especially, pianist John Hicks. The pianist, who died in 2006, stands out particularly with his energetic backup work. The tunes include Bass's Arrangement of the well known "Soul Eyes," which provides the two saxophonists a great ballad opportunity, far from the driving "One for Trane." This is an album that captures the sizzle of a well done set (Early Bird Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble: Live At The Jazz Corner Of The World (CD: Early Bird- US Import)


The Reunion Legacy Band: The Legacy (CD: Early Bird- US Import)The Reunion Legacy Band: The Legacy (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
When Early Bird Records Executive Producer Mickey Bass was asked to record a group of his favorite Musicians in a sextet format for the labels' debut release; he merely smiled and said "Consider it done!" Within the space of half an hour he had assembled a line-up of some of the most formidable and respected Musicians on the scene. Features Charles Tolliver, Grachan Moncur III, John Hicks & Billy Hart. (Early Bird Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


John Hicks: Sweet Love Of Mine (CD: HighNote)
 


Price:  £13.99 

John Hicks: Sweet Love Of Mine (CD: HighNote)


John Hicks: Fatha's Day (CD: HighNote)John Hicks: Fatha's Day (CD: HighNote)
It has been said that it was Earl Hines who freed the piano from the bass - chord, bass - chord left hand of his stride predecessors and became the first 'modern' jazz pianist. Who better to pay tribute to this pivotal musician than John Hicks, one of the preeminent keyboard artists in jazz today. At this stage in his career, John Hicks is not only producing his finest work but is doing so in such a consistent manner both in studio and in concert. Hick's usage of Hines' accomplishments as a point of departure is captured exquisitely throughout his new recording, which represents another stepping stone in an already well documented career. On hand are John's rhythm section of choice, Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Cecil Brooks III on drums, reminding us that this was the ensemble favored by Hines himself for the last twenty years of his life. (HighNote Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Stanley Cowell Trio: Sienna (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Stanley Cowell Trio: Sienna (CD: Steeplechase)


Stanley Cowell Trio: Departure #2 (CD: Steeplechase)Stanley Cowell Trio: Departure #2 (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Stanley Cowell: Angel Eyes (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Stanley Cowell: Angel Eyes (CD: Steeplechase)


Stanley Cowell Sextet: Setup (CD: Steeplechase)Stanley Cowell Sextet: Setup (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Stanley Cowell: No Illusions (CD: Steeplechase)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Stanley Cowell: No Illusions (CD: Steeplechase)


Stanley Cowell: Live At Keystone Korner Baltimore (CD: Steepelchase)Stanley Cowell: Live At Keystone Korner Baltimore (CD: Steepelchase)
Distinguished pianist/composer Stanley Cowell embarked on his jazz career in the mid-60s. Ensuing his rapid raise to the prominence Stanley Cowell made indelible contribution to jazz over the next 60 years. Even though he's been dedicating more time in educating younger generation and composing for classically oriented larger ensembles since the 80's, he stayed close to jazz releasing 15 albums for SteepleChase.

This album recorded October 2019 finds this stately Professor Emeritus cutting loose at the famed Keystone Korner in Baltimore with his handpicked two-horn quintet plus guest vocalist Sunny Cowell. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Uri Caine Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard (CD: Winter & Winter)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Uri Caine Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard (CD: Winter & Winter)


Dave Douglas, Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille: Devotion (CD: Greenleaf Music)Dave Douglas, Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille: Devotion (CD: Greenleaf Music)
Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine continue their long-time musical association with a new album featuring master drummer Andrew Cyrille. Devotion features new original compositions by Douglas in devotion to many of todays greatest composers including Carla Bley and Franco DAndrea. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)
The newest addition to ECM's popular Old and New Masters Series is a box set reprising the four albums made by Peter Erskine's American-British-Swedish trio with John Taylor and Palle Danielsson between 1992 and 1997: You Never Know, As It Is, Time Being and Juni.

If its core concept - a piano trio led by a drummer - was unorthodox, the group was nonetheless influential, and the recordings provide an excellent environment for appreciating the distinctive writing and playing of the late John Taylor. The British pianist was the Erskine Trio's primary composer, with the drummer-leader and bassist Danielsson also contributing pieces and the repertoire topped up with tunes by Vince Mendoza and Kenny Wheeler as well as Cole Porter, Peter Warlock, William Walton and others.

Of his trio mates Erskine says, "We drew out our most explorative and interesting playing from each other. Without trying to be, we were a truly unique group. I've heard nothing like it before or since." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £34.99 

Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)


Peter Erskine Trio: Juni (CD: ECM Touchstones)Peter Erskine Trio: Juni (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recorded in 1997, Juni was the fourth and final ECM album of the Peter Erskine Trio. A piano trio led by a drummer was an unusual proposal and one that initially surprised listeners who had followed Erskine through louder adventures with Weather Report and the Stan Kenton Big Band. But this alliance with pianist John Taylor, the trio’s primary composer, and bassist Palle Danielsson soon found its own following. Down Beat described the music as “Zen-like” implying that much of its power resided in the not-played. “If such a thing as virtuosic understatement is possible, Peter Erskine's band makes it real,” the Ottawa Citizen agreed. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Ralph Alessi & Fred Hersch: Only Many (CD: Cam Jazz)
The second work by Ralph Alessi on CAM Jazz, after the successful debut of “Cognitive Dissonance”. This time the trumpet player shares the honor of appearing on the cover with Fred Hersch, a pianist of great class, who is in perfect accord with his partner in adventure. “Only Many” is prevalently a CD for four hands, proof of the great complicity created in the studio at the time of the recording.

The brief, intense introduction, “Ride”, seems to be almost a warning to the listener, a call to concentrate on what will happen during the 60 minutes of the album. The velvety “Hands”, composed by Alessi alone, is the prelude to one of the two “cover” pieces on the CD, the wonderful “San Francisco Holiday” by a Thelonious Monk, who can never be mentioned and reinterpreted enough. We have to wait until almost the end of “Only Many” to hear the other virtual guest, Paul Motian, with “Blue Midnight”. (Cam Jazz) 


Price:  £13.99 

Ralph Alessi & Fred Hersch: Only Many (CD: Cam Jazz)


Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis & Steve Davis: Sugar Blade (CD: Babel)Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis & Steve Davis: Sugar Blade (CD: Babel)
Sugar Blade is the result of five hours of freedom in a Brooklyn studio - a crucible of invention where three disparate voices combine in the moment to create cohesive musical statements.

Listen to how the opening track, 'Let's Go Knitting,' combines Kris Davis's fidgety, nervous piano with Alessi's aloof trumpet commentary, riding an information-rich undertow of dense snare work, with Stephen Davis throwing out swift blurs and trills and punctuating rim-shots. Or how, in 'Broken Light,' a plangent trumpet calls out across a throbbing piano pulse while the drums imply a groove that never quite fully manifests. Or how, in 'Red Velvet Bun/I Want You Back,' a hint of swing in the cymbals combines with a prim and strident horn and ominous, low piano rumblings to build an unlikely and counter-intuitive toe-tapper.

As Stephen Davis suggests, these are pieces that continually toy with the border where improvisation and composition meet, creating compositions that zing with freshness and spontaneity, and improvisations that follow unbreakable rules of logic. Only in the sprightly groove of 'Cemetary Sleep' do we hear a hint of playful regimentation, with trumpet and piano locked into a tight unison hook over spiky drums. You can almost hear the trio smiling. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


James Carter: Gardenias For Lady Day (SACD: Sony Jazz)
 


Price:  £14.99 

James Carter: Gardenias For Lady Day (SACD: Sony Jazz)


James Carter: Live At Baker's Keyboard Lounge (CD: Warner Bros)James Carter: Live At Baker's Keyboard Lounge (CD: Warner Bros)
 


Price:  £13.99 


James Carter: Present Tense (CD: EmArcy)
 


Price:  £13.99 

James Carter: Present Tense (CD: EmArcy)


James Carter Organ Trio: At The Crossroads (CD: EmArcy)James Carter Organ Trio: At The Crossroads (CD: EmArcy)
 


Price:  £13.99 


James Carter Organ Trio: Live From Newport Jazz (CD: Blue Note)
Saxophone master James Carter makes his Blue Note debut with James Carter Organ Trio: Live From Newport Jazz, his first new release since 2011. A soulfully robust dispatch from America’s most storied jazz festival. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

James Carter Organ Trio: Live From Newport Jazz (CD: Blue Note)


Renee Rosnes: Written In The Rocks (CD: Smoke Sessions)Renee Rosnes: Written In The Rocks (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Pianist/composer Renee Rosnes takes an intimate look at the wondrous sweep of the natural world on Written In The Rocks, her new album built around an ambitious new suite inspired by the evolution of life on Earth. A sense of discovery lies at the core of “The Galapagos Suite,” which makes up the bulk of the recording and is named for the island chain that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Discovery is also a key element of the music created by Rosnes and her bandmates. Saxophonist and flutist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Stewart excavate the riches and mysteries from the pianist’s gorgeous, densely layered compositions. “All of us have personal and musical relationships that have been growing for decades,” Rosnes says. “As a band, we’ve developed a focused sound with a wide and nuanced palette of colors and rhythms. We play off of each other.” (Harmonia Mundi) 


Price:  £14.99 


Renee Rosnes: Beloved Of The Sky (CD: Smoke Sessions)
A major artistic statement from renowned pianist Renee Rosnes featuring seven new original compositions performed with saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and legendary drummer Lenny White. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Renee Rosnes: Beloved Of The Sky (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Bill Stewart: Think Before You Think (CD: Evidence- US Import)Bill Stewart: Think Before You Think (CD: Evidence- US Import)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Bill Carrothers: Duets With Bill Stewart (CD: Dreyfus- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.49 

Bill Carrothers: Duets With Bill Stewart (CD: Dreyfus- US Import)


Bill Carrothers: Shine Ball (CD: Fresh Sound New Talent)Bill Carrothers: Shine Ball (CD: Fresh Sound New Talent)
 


Price:  £12.99 


David Liebman/ Gunner Mossblad Ensemble: The Seasons Reflected (CD: Soul Note)
 


Price:  £12.99 

David Liebman/ Gunner Mossblad Ensemble: The Seasons Reflected (CD: Soul Note)


Dave Liebman: Homage To John Coltrane (CD: Owl)Dave Liebman: Homage To John Coltrane (CD: Owl)
 


Price:  £11.99 


David Liebman: Colors (CD: hatOLOGY)
 


Price:  £15.99 

David Liebman: Colors (CD: hatOLOGY)


David Liebman Quartet: Setting The Standard (CD: RED)David Liebman Quartet: Setting The Standard (CD: RED)
with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Rufus Reid (bass) & Victor Lewis (drums). 


Price:  £9.99 


David Liebman: Lieb Plays The Blues A La Trane (CD: Daybreak)
This is the latest CD from one of today’s leading saxophonists and focuses on the music of one of his major influences, John Coltrane. With a few exceptions David Liebman has largely avoided covering Coltrane tunes in recent times so his fresh take on the repertoire is all the more memorable for this. Of additional interest is that it’s an all blues programme including three of Trane’s own compositions together with one each by Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. (Proper Note) 


Price:  £13.99 

David Liebman: Lieb Plays The Blues A La Trane (CD: Daybreak)


Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: Balladscapes (CD: Intuition)Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: Balladscapes (CD: Intuition)
Two real jazz legends - saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach - join forces in this duet, playing ballads in the smallest possible band constellation.

Over the years, these two have used ballads in their performances and recordings, but this is the first all-ballad album they've done. And it's quite unusual in its approach. The program offers some originals (new and old), but includes far-ranging material from Bach, Weill, Jobim, Strayhorn, Shorter and Coltrane. Beirach and Liebman take fewer liberties with the material that one might expect and the music is better off for that restraint. This is a gorgeous, mesmerising chamber music recital. And like all great music, it bears fruit with every repeated listening. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano: Compassion - The Music of John Coltrane (CD: Resonance)
Now approaching the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's passing, 'Compassion' is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Featuring an all-star band of long-time collaborators led by jazz legends Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart.

In spring of 2007, saxophonist Dave Liebman was contacted by the BBC asking to arrange a recording date commemorating the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing. Due to prior commitments, he could not get the whole Saxophone Summit group together, but with Summit-mates Joe Lovano, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz, supported by bassist Ron McClure they were able to do a recording session.

Coltrane compositions recorded cover the various periods of Trane's life with the early period represented by the altered blues "Locomotion," mid period ethnic-influenced "Olé" and "Equinox." The later years represented by the rarely heard "Reverend King" and "Compassion" from the epic Meditations album. With Joe Lovano featured on flute, tenor, aulachrome (a new saxophone innovation) and alto flute, along with Dave Liebman on soprano and flutes, the music explores Coltrane's legacy with a modern coloristic approach. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano: Compassion - The Music of John Coltrane (CD: Resonance)


Dave Liebman & John Stowell: Petite Fleur- The Music Of Sidney Bechet (CD: Origin)Dave Liebman & John Stowell: Petite Fleur- The Music Of Sidney Bechet (CD: Origin)
Though a legendary figure from his monumental contributions to the clarinet and soprano saxophone's role in jazz, it was the compositions of Sidney Bechet that inspired master saxophonist David Liebman and guitarist John Stowell to dig deep into his catalogue to compile and explore this set of rarely heard gems. Each possessing singular voices themselves that have inspired generations of other performers, Liebman & Stowell have created a very personal and intimate duo project celebrating another giant's work, their conversations making for compelling listening. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Jon Hassell: Power Spot (CD: ECM Touchstones)
American trumpeter Jon Hassell’s “Fourth World” music drew on Minimalism, Asian and African traditions, and electronics to create new, and very influential, dreamscapes.

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) 


Price:  £11.99 

Jon Hassell: Power Spot (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Anthony Ortega: Afternoon In Paris (CD: hatOLOGY)Anthony Ortega: Afternoon In Paris (CD: hatOLOGY)
On first glimpse this recording might seem to be a sequel to the 1966 alto saxophone and acoustic bass duo session which formed one-half of Anthony Ortega's critically acclaimed "New Dance". But for Ortega to try and recreate that once-upon-a-time, now legendary date would be folly. He has not changed his approach to the duo (or solo for that matter) format all that much in the years between then and now. But significant differences occur in the details. Remarkably, we have the previously unreleased performance of «Ornithology» from the earlier session, not for comparison, but like a snapshot of an earlier time which provides us with a renewed perspective on the Ortega of today—the same person with some new ideas, a complementary partner, and an improvisational integrity undiminished over time. (Outthere Music) 


Price:  £15.99 


Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree (CD: hatOLOGY, 2 CDs)
One of the most sought after classics in the Hat catalogue is available again at last! Recorded live in Hollywood on 14-17 December, 1989, it features the unsung and under-recorded piano genius in a quartet with John Carter (clarinet), Cecil McBee (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums). 


Price:  £22.99 

Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree (CD: hatOLOGY, 2 CDs)


Arthur Blythe: Da Da & Basic Blythe (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)Arthur Blythe: Da Da & Basic Blythe (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
The late Arthur Blythe’s last two albums for Columbia, dating from 1986 and 1988. Digitally remastered and slipcased. 


Price:  £14.99 


Joe Maneri, Joe Morris & Mat Maneri: Three Men Walking (CD: ECM)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Joe Maneri, Joe Morris & Mat Maneri: Three Men Walking (CD: ECM)


Joe Maneri Quartet: In Full Cry (CD: ECM)Joe Maneri Quartet: In Full Cry (CD: ECM)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Mat Maneri: Trinity (CD: ECM)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Mat Maneri: Trinity (CD: ECM)


John Zorn: Cobra (CD: hatOLOGY, 2 CDs)John Zorn: Cobra (CD: hatOLOGY, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £22.99 


Chico Freeman & Mal Waldron: Up And Down (CD: Black Saint)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Chico Freeman & Mal Waldron: Up And Down (CD: Black Saint)


Ralph Peterson Quintet: Tests Of Time (CD: Criss Cross)Ralph Peterson Quintet: Tests Of Time (CD: Criss Cross)
For his third Criss Cross release with his quintet of up-and-coming stars - trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Orrin Evans, and bassist Eric Revis - Ralph Peterson offers his most mature and accomplished album yet. (Criss Cross) 


Price:  £13.99 


Marc Copland/ David Liebman Quartet: Lunar (CD: hatOLOGY)
 


Price:  £15.99 

Marc Copland/ David Liebman Quartet: Lunar (CD: hatOLOGY)


Marc Copland: Time Within Time (CD: hatOLOGY)Marc Copland: Time Within Time (CD: hatOLOGY)
 


Price:  £15.99 


Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Bill Stewart: Modinha- New York Trio Recordings Vol.1 (CD: Pirouet)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Bill Stewart: Modinha- New York Trio Recordings Vol.1 (CD: Pirouet)


Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian: Voices- New York Trio Recordings Vol.2 (CD: Pirouet)Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian: Voices- New York Trio Recordings Vol.2 (CD: Pirouet)
A trio with a finely-tuned sensibility - and very big ears. Superlative chamber jazz displaying a fascinating combination of individual textures and tightly woven group interplay. With its continually intertwining conversations, it is a musical correspondence punctuated by pleasure and surprise. "Voices" is the second part of the "New York Trio Recordings", a project that has already garnered enthusiastic praise from the critics. (Pirouet Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Marc Copland with Drew Gress & Bill Stewart: Night Whispers- New York Trio Recordings Vol.3 (CD: Pirouet)
"Night Whispers", part three of the much-acclaimed New York Trio Recordings, is a highlight of the subtle art of the piano trio: three sophisticated virtuosos on an exquisite flight of sizzlingly joyful musical discourse. To follow this highly-refined three-way conversation is an experience that can take your breath away. (Pirouet Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Marc Copland with Drew Gress & Bill Stewart: Night Whispers- New York Trio Recordings Vol.3 (CD: Pirouet)


Marc Copland: Some Love Songs (CD: Pirouet)Marc Copland: Some Love Songs (CD: Pirouet)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Don Byron: You Are #6 (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Don Byron: You Are #6 (CD: Blue Note)


Greg Osby: The Invisible Hand (CD: Blue Note)Greg Osby: The Invisible Hand (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Greg Osby: Inner Circle (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Greg Osby: Inner Circle (CD: Blue Note)


Greg Osby: Public (CD: Blue Note)Greg Osby: Public (CD: Blue Note)
Saxophonist Greg Osby has gathered an amazing all-star cast of musicians including vocalist Joan Osborne and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Public represents what today’s music is missing – spontaneous creation and improvisation without thinking too much. This ensemble has collectively produced an album of stunning standards and originals to keep you on your toes and for all to enjoy. Unbelievable group interaction with an incredibly cohesive sound, Greg and the band deliver remarkable intensity on every track. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Jimmy Rowles: Trio '77 / '78 (CD: Jazz Ball)
First time ever on CD for 1977 Jimmy Rowles Trio with a set of tunes originally played by the Miles Davis "Birth of the Cool" nonet. With Rowles on piano, Rufus Reid (bass) & Mickey Roker (drums). Coupled with this is the trio session from the following year (George Mraz, bass & Leroy Williams, drums). The repertoire is a mix of standard tunes plus an unusual arrangement of "Stars and Stripes Forever". (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 

Jimmy Rowles: Trio '77 / '78 (CD: Jazz Ball)


Jimmy Rowles: The Chess Players (CD: Candid)Jimmy Rowles: The Chess Players (CD: Candid)
With Buster Williams (Bass) & Billy Hart (drums). 


Price:  £10.99 

The Bebop Shop : Changes: Post-Bop Modernists : Village Rhythm: Joe Lovano & Post-Bop America
Info Search View Cart Checkout Send Mail

Can't find the item you're looking for? We'll search it out for you. Call us on +44(0)116 288 5788