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Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (CD: Smoke Sessions)Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (CD: Smoke Sessions)
"Be Cool" captures legendary trumpeter Eddie Henderson in peak form on perhaps his best recording yet. An expansive set of music by 77-year-old jazz trumpeter Dr. Eddie Henderson encompassing jazz, funk, boogaloo, blues, ballads, modal, tin pan alley and more. Surrounded by a stellar ensemble with pianist and NEA jazz master Kenny Barron, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Mike Clark, Henderson delivers an album of transcendent performances. (Proper Music) 


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Donald Brown: Born To Be Blue (CD: Space Time)
Donald Brown’s ‘Born to Be Blue’, sees the pianist/composer team up with Kenny Garrett and Wallace Roney for the first time since they were all members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s. This occasion would be illustrious enough in itself but when these titans of today’s jazz scene are joined in the front line by a musician of the stature of Ravi Coltrane, then this recording becomes a special event indeed. (Proper Note) 


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Donald Brown: Born To Be Blue (CD: Space Time)


Steve Turre: Spiritman (CD: Smoke Sessions)Steve Turre: Spiritman (CD: Smoke Sessions)
 


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Steve Turre: Colors For The Masters (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Trombonist and composer Steve Turre shows off his full spectrum of sounds on his latest album, Colors for the Masters. The album s ten songs, evenly split between jazz standards and original tunes that carry the torch for the tradition, offer a dazzling array of hues played in tribute to and alongside some of the elders that have inspired Turre. The leader s own trombone virtuosity is only one color in a palette that also includes a variety of mutes and his wholly original conch shell artistry.

Colors for the Masters teams Turre with a rhythm section of legendary elders, each of whom shaped the trombonist s distinctive voice: pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jimmy Cobb. On four tunes the band is joined by saxophonist Javon Jackson, like Turre an alumni of Art Blakey s Jazz Messengers; and for the album s final tune, a stirring rendition of Jobim s 'Corcovado' on which Turre shows off his innovative shell playing, virtuoso percussionist Cyro Baptista also joins in. Together, they pay electrifying homage to other, departed luminaries like John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson, and Thelonious Monk. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Steve Turre: Colors For The Masters (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Ralph Sutton: The Bedroom Sessions (CD: Soliloquy) Ralph Sutton: The Bedroom Sessions (CD: Soliloquy)
The Bedroom Sessions came about when Ralph Sutton was touring the UK In 1994. I hadn't met Ralph before but approached him after a concert to ask if he would accept a commission to make some private recordings on a Yamaha upright Disklavier I keep in the bedroom of my London flat. Perhaps he was intrigued, but to my delight he said yes and a few days later, accompanied by friends, Ralph was making music in my bedroom: a memorable afternoon of great piano and hilarious reminiscences. We did exactly the same when Ralph returned the following year. I doubt if my neighbours realized they were being serenaded by one of the world's greatest jazz pianists on those afternoons.

Many people who have listened to the recordings feel they deserve a wider audience. It was the question of finding a Yamaha grand Disklavier on which to play back the disks acoustically and make a recording from them, as though Ralph were playing live. I am extremely grateful to Simon Markson of Markson Pianos in London who had a Yamaha grand Disklavier in stock and allowed us free run of his showroom to make the recordings, and to Dave Bennett who used state-of-the-art portable equipment and his legendary expertise to produce the unique sound on this CD. The result is Ralph Sutton as never heard before. (Nick Campailla, Soliloquy Productions) 


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Warren Vache & Bill Charlap: 2Gether (CD: Nagel Heyer)
'One of the great discs of the CD era.' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz) 


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Warren Vache & Bill Charlap: 2Gether (CD: Nagel Heyer)


Ruby Braff: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Ruby Braff: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Ruby Braff albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Hi Fi Salute To Bunny", "Easy Now", "You’re Getting To Be A Habit To Me" and the plus the previously unavailable "Jimmy Rushing And The Newport All-Stars" recorded in 1959.

Our latest release in the AVID Jazz series features a man who once said that he "attended the University of Louis Armstrong from which you never graduate". In fact our host, Ruby Braff was often irritated as a result of recording one of our featured albums, as he was forever after cited as a Berigan disciple, whereas our earlier quote firmly places him in the Armstrong camp! Ruby Braff was born in Boston in 1927 and did indeed learn his music by listening to Louis Arnstrong but along with many other great musicians like Lester Young, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby and Bessie Smith, with whom he had in common being "discovered" by Columbia’s John Hammond! On the Newport sessions liner notes Ruby is described as a "friendly, clean cut little guy with a great sense of humour and a powerful love for jazz"….."His is a traditional style trumpet played in a modern style……he has the tone, warmth and heart…even the majesty of an Armstrong". Settle back and listen while Ruby is joined by among others Roy Eldridge, Benny Morton, Pee Wee Russell, Mundell Lowe, Hank Jones, Vic Dickinson, Bob Wilbur and Jimmy Rushing and we think you may well agree! All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


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Ruby Braff: You Brought A New Kind Of Love (CD: Arbors)
 


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Ruby Braff: You Brought A New Kind Of Love (CD: Arbors)


Ken Peplowski: Last Swing Of The Century (CD: Concord- US Import)Ken Peplowski: Last Swing Of The Century (CD: Concord- US Import)
 


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Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes: Happy Reunion (CD: Woodville)
American reedsman Ken Peplowski’s second appearance on Woodville Records features him with UK saxophonist/ clarinettist Alan Barnes and an all-star octet. The music is beautifully orchestrated and features these superb players performing the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Hodges.

Happy Reunion’ is actually the third time that Barnes has embraced a similar repertoire as two previous Woodville releases – ‘Harlem Airshaft’ (the music of Ellington and Strayhorn) and ‘Hi-Ya’ (the music of Johnny Hodges) – have explored these themes. The soloists on this new recording are some of the finest in mainstream jazz and they respond brilliantly to the challenge of these wonderful tunes. The result is a tight, swinging session with a distinct “after-hours” feel to it. (Proper Music) 


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Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes: Happy Reunion (CD: Woodville)


Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes: At The Watermill (CD: Woodville)Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes: At The Watermill (CD: Woodville)
‘At the Watermill’ is a joyful, straightahead session which sees top American saxophonist / clarinettist Ken Peplowski collaborate with award winning UK reedsman Alan Barnes. As withmost releases on the label, the album features un-hackneyed material and, in this instance, arefreshing variety of instrumental combinations.

Amongst these are two compositions by Horace Silver, a tune each from Al Cohn and Pee Wee Russell, two Brazilian flavoured pieces and the Ellingtonian flagwaver, “Perdido”. Also on board is the superb rhythm section of John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (double bass) and Steve Brown (drums), best known for their long association with another fine saxophonist, Scott Hamilton. (Proper Note) 


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Michael Moore Trio: The History Of Jazz, Vol.1 (CD: Arbors)
 


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Michael Moore Trio: The History Of Jazz, Vol.1 (CD: Arbors)


Michael Moore Trio: The History Of Jazz, Vol.2 (CD: Arbors)

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Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis: Trio (CD: Concord- US Import)Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis: Trio (CD: Concord- US Import)
 


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Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis: Straight Ahead (CD: Concord- US Import)
 


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Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis: Straight Ahead (CD: Concord- US Import)


Monty Alexander Trio: Impressions In Blue (CD: Telarc Jazz)Monty Alexander Trio: Impressions In Blue (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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Monty Alexander: Live At The Iridium (CD: Telarc Jazz)
Alexander brings this rich history to bear on his new Telarc recording, Live at the Iridium, an album that culls some of the finest compositions from his own vast catalog and merges them with a few numbers from composers he has long admired. Recorded in May 2004 at the New York City jazz club, Live at the Iridium showcases Alexander’s vast musical prowess—not just as a musician or a jazz man, but as the consummate entertainer, one whose experience spans nearly a half-century, and whose emotional range reaches far beyond the notes on a page or the keys on his piano. Backed by bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Mark Taylor (with occasional assistance from Robert Thomas, Jr., on percussion), Alexander once again maximizes the versatile trio setting that has stood him in good stead for much of his career. (Telarc Jazz) 


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Monty Alexander: Live At The Iridium (CD: Telarc Jazz)


Monty Alexander: Calypso Blues- The Songs Of Nat King Cole (SACD: Chesky)Monty Alexander: Calypso Blues- The Songs Of Nat King Cole (SACD: Chesky)
Legendary pianist Monty Alexander follows up his tribute to Tony Bennett with a homage to another classic jazz singer, Nat King Cole. Also recorded in New York City at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with the same trio of Chicagoans Lorin Cohen on bass and drummer George Fludas, the veteran pianist seems in his element with this artist's repertoire, one that sharply defined his own sound and thinking about popular jazz. Though all of the tunes selected are not so closely linked to Cole's hit parade songbook, the way Alexander plays them with subtlety and depth does reflect what made Cole the king in the late '50s and early '60s. With the immaculate sound and performance by this fine trio hard to fault the effort, heart, and soul behind a concept album that should delight many jazz listeners. (Proper Music) 


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Monty Alexander: Uplift (CD: Jazz Legacy)
 


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Monty Alexander: Uplift (CD: Jazz Legacy)


Ray Brown Trio: Some Of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players (CD: Telarc Jazz)Ray Brown Trio: Some Of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players (CD: Telarc Jazz)
The Ray Brown Trio performs a collection of twelve favorites on the Telarc Jazz album, Some of My Best Friends Are...The Sax Players, a unique second recording in the series. Brown's favorite soloists are among the top echelon of saxophonists working today and fueled by the tight-playing, enlightened Ray Brown Trio, they offer sensational solos that showcase each player's distinctive style. (Telarc Jazz) 


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Ray Brown: Walk On (CD: Telarc Jazz, 2 CDs)
The final Ray Brown Trio recording. Specially priced two-CD set includes bonus disc with previously unreleased material!  


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Ray Brown: Walk On (CD: Telarc Jazz, 2 CDs)


Joe Pass: A Sign Of The Times / Simplicity (CD: BGO)Joe Pass: A Sign Of The Times / Simplicity (CD: BGO)
From 1966 and 1967, two Pass albums originally released for World Pacific Records. Both albums feature a mixture of standards and new material performed in the immaculate Pass way. Chet Baker features on ‘A Sign Of The Times’. Digitally remastered and slipcased and with new notes. (Proper Music) 


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Joe Pass & J. J. Johnson: We'll Be Together Again (CD: Pablo- US Import)
 


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Joe Pass & J. J. Johnson: We'll Be Together Again (CD: Pablo- US Import)


Joe Pass & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: Chops (CD: Pablo)Joe Pass & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: Chops (CD: Pablo)
 


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Joe Pass Trio: Eximious (CD: Pablo- US Import)
with Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson (Bass) & Martin Drew (Drums). 


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Joe Pass Trio: Eximious (CD: Pablo- US Import)


Joe Pass: Virtuoso (CD: Pablo)Joe Pass: Virtuoso (CD: Pablo)
This original Virtuoso album remains definitive; Pass never sounded sharper or warmer on a set of standards, played with all the expertise the title suggests (The Penguin Guide To Jazz)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Joe Pass, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown & Mickey Roker: Quadrant (CD: Pablo)
 


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Joe Pass, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown & Mickey Roker: Quadrant (CD: Pablo)


Joe Pass: Appassionato (CD: Pablo)Joe Pass: Appassionato (CD: Pablo)
 


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Herb Ellis: Meets Getz, Eldridge, Pepper & Giuffre (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
 


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Herb Ellis: Meets Getz, Eldridge, Pepper & Giuffre (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)


Herb Ellis: Ellis In Wonderland (CD: Norgran/ Verve)Herb Ellis: Ellis In Wonderland (CD: Norgran/ Verve)
 


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Herb Ellis: Concord Jazz Heritage Series (CD: Concord- US Import)
 


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Herb Ellis: Concord Jazz Heritage Series (CD: Concord- US Import)


Herb Ellis / Ray Brown Sextet: In The Pocket (CD: Concord, 2 CDs)Herb Ellis / Ray Brown Sextet: In The Pocket (CD: Concord, 2 CDs)
Amongst the first dozen recordings issued by the then -fledgling Concord Jazz label, these two inspired sextet sessions virtually defined the early Concord Jazz sound. Disc One – ‘After You've Gone’ - captured this amalgamation of all-star jazzmen an unbridled jam, live at the Concord Jazz Festival. Disc Two – ‘Hot Tracks’, with Mike Melvoin replacing George Duke in the lineup - documents the hard-swinging stalwarts jamming in an encore session in the recording studio. These two Concord Jazz classics are a must for anyone who likes fun-loving, swinging jazz. (Proper Music) 


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Herb Ellis & Joe Pass: Two For The Road (CD: Pablo)
 


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Herb Ellis & Joe Pass: Two For The Road (CD: Pablo)


Ted Greene: Solo Guitar (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)Ted Greene: Solo Guitar (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)
Originally released in 1977 on PMP Records and now available on CD for the first time ever! Digitally remastered for compact disc from the original analog master tapes by John Strother at Penguin Recording in Los Angeles, California and supervised by Ted Greene himself. Includes the original album cover artwork and liner notes from both pressings of the original LP release. Ted is also the author of several excellent books on the subject of guitar chords, "Chord Chemistry", and chord progressions, "Modern Chord Progressions", as well as Jazz guitar soloing, "Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing, Volume 1 & 2". This is the only recording Ted Greene has ever released as a leader; a true solo guitar masterpiece in every sense of the word. Many people all over the world have been anxiously awaiting the CD reissue of Ted's "Solo Guitar" album. Art of Life Records is proud to make this long out-of-print recording available to the world once again. (Art Of Life Records) 


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Ruby Braff: Plays Wimbledon- The First Set (CD: Zephyr)
 


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Ruby Braff: Plays Wimbledon- The First Set (CD: Zephyr)


Benny Green: Naturally (CD: Telarc Jazz)Benny Green: Naturally (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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Brian Trainor Quartet: Tranquillo (CD: Harkit)
 


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Brian Trainor Quartet: Tranquillo (CD: Harkit)


John Pizzarelli: Kisses In The Rain (CD: Telarc Jazz)John Pizzarelli: Kisses In The Rain (CD: Telarc Jazz)
Mixing a solid collection of traditional greats with a handful of originals that are every bit as polished and perfect, Pizzarelli and his Trio—gifted pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist brother Martin Pizzarelli—turn Kisses in the Rain into a special, private nightclub performance for each listener. The Trio takes advantage of their eight years together; playing off one another and tacitly communicating like only a group as tight-knit as this can. The result is an album played nearly to perfection, but with heart and soul to spare. (Telarc Jazz) 


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John Pizzarelli: Knowing You (CD: Telarc Jazz)
Vocalist/guitarist John Pizzarelli is well-known for his interpretations of the great American songbook. ‘Knowing You’ captures him in a classic jazz setting performing the work of composers and lyricists who Pizzarelli has come to know and admire, including songwriters Alan Bergman, Dave Frishberg, Dan Barrett, Johnny Mandel, Jimmy McHugh, Saul Chaplin and Arthur Schwartz. (New Note) 


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John Pizzarelli: Knowing You (CD: Telarc Jazz)


John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney (CD: Concord)John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney (CD: Concord)
World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli performs repertoire from Paul McCartney's rich musical catalogue.  


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John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (CD: Concord)
 


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John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (CD: Concord)


Harry Allen: New York State Of Mind (CD: Challenge)Harry Allen: New York State Of Mind (CD: Challenge)
A wonderful collection of mostly ballads from saxophonist Henry Allen, who gives us his own personal portrait of New York, reminiscent of the master of ballad Ben Webster. 


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Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton: Round Midnight (CD: Challenge)
 


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Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton: Round Midnight (CD: Challenge)


Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (CD: Stunt)Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (CD: Stunt)
Harry Allen devotes his airy tenor sound to the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim accompanied by Brazilian star Joyce’s backing trio. Joyce herself sings on three tracks. 


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Davy Mooney & John Pizzarelli: Last Train Home (CD: Challenge)
 


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Davy Mooney & John Pizzarelli: Last Train Home (CD: Challenge)


Jessica Williams: I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (CD: Hep)Jessica Williams: I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (CD: Hep)
 


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George Cables Trio: A Letter To Dexter (CD: Kind Of Blue)
 


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George Cables Trio: A Letter To Dexter (CD: Kind Of Blue)


Bill Mays Trio: Live At Jazz Standard (CD: Palmetto)Bill Mays Trio: Live At Jazz Standard (CD: Palmetto)
In his long career, pianist and composer Bill Mays has always strived for a sense of freedom in his playing and has kept his ears open to many musical influences. On his 3rd release for Palmetto Records, Live At Jazz Standard, Mays taps into these influences and swings hard and free with his trio of six years - Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums – producing perhaps the most adventurous CD he’s ever recorded.

Recorded at New York City’s Jazz Standard in December of 2004, Mays’ goal with the live CD was to try to capture the moments when the trio lets loose and creates great music on the fly. Mays and his trio played with few set arrangements, preferring to walk the proverbial tight rope without a net rather than confine themselves. Each player brought an arranger’s sensibility to the bandstand and nothing was the same from night to night. The resulting recording is a stunning collection of original and reworked standard tunes, some of which the trio had never performed before. (Palmetto Records) 


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