The Bebop Shop : Compilation Albums : General Jazz Compilations
The first in a series of jazz compilations from the historical catalog of Resonance Records. Featuring fourteen selections of rare finds from some of the most iconic jazz figures of all time, such as Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Larry Young and more!
With striking artwork gracing the cover by designer Burton Yount, this specially-priced compilation is packed with over 78 minutes of music that celebrates Resonance's ongoing dedication to unearthing lost treasures from the jazz clubs and tape vaults all around the world. Jazz Haunts even includes 3 tracks from not-yet-released projects from Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris, and the legendary Wes Montgomery. (Proper Music) Price: £9.99
The catalogue tracks on Detroit Jazz City represent not only well-known Detroit-born jazz artists like Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd and Elvin Jones who left Detroit to become pacesetters on the New York City jazz scene, but also less famous musicians like the pianist Kenny Cox, who after spending several years in NYC in the mid-1960s returned home to Detroit where he remained a fixture of the local scene as a performer, professor, WDET radio personality and founder of Strata Records. (Universal Music) Price: £12.99
Jazz, New Orleans style is the order of the day on these four classic albums of the genre. The difference being these albums were all recorded in 1961 by a bunch a disparate musicians who had had musical careers of varying success over the previous thirty years. On these albums you will meet some of the characters who populated the New Orleans of the 30s, 40s and 50s and who maybe never quite made it, in the sense of becoming worldwide familiar names in their chosen field of jazz and blues. Say "Hi" to Percy Humphrey, Albert Burbank and Emmanuel Sayles. Meet the lady with the bells down her legs, Sweet Emma Barrett, and trombonist Jim Robinson who pops up on two of our four albums including his own album with his New Orleans Band. Then there is Billie and Dede Pierce performing some of the oldest forms of New Orleans music with their blues in the classic tradition. That tradition being the singing of the blues to the accompaniment of cornet and piano, one of the earliest forms of negro jazz when it was first recoded in the 1920s. Billie was 54 when this album was made but she could boast about how she had played piano for Bessie Smith when she was only 15!! They could also both boast that they had been chosen by none other than Ida Cox to support her on her final tour of the south!
All four albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality! (AVID Entertainment)
Representative "classic" tracks from Tempo's British modern jazz recordings -- 1954-1960. A major label for emerging modernism in Britain, Tempo showcased the cream of new jazzmen: saxists Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Don Rendell and Harry Klein, vibesman Victor Feldman, trumpeters Dizzy Reece and Jimmy Deuchar, and a team of very competent rhythm men. This is lively jazz of the 50s (based largely around the London club scene) and suggests British jazz was in rude good health. Excellent value for money (though some tracks are faded), with full personnel details and a strong invite to "sample" Jasmine's reissues. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) Price: £3.49
Keen to introduce his roster of artists to as wider audience as possible, Hall however did something Blue Note's bosses never tried: during 1957 and '58 he released three multi-artist anthologies, each with the aim of drawing in new listeners via specific thematic angles, sometimes spicing the mix with material not available elsewhere in Tempo's output. Cool Music For A Hot Night promised a programme of ballad performances: Speak Low delivered a sequence of largely grooving medium-tempo material and Swingin' The Blues found Tempo's stars tackling funky, blues-related themes by the likes of Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Horace Silver.
Each album also had the considerable bonus of striking cover art featuring the then young-starlet-cum-model Jackie Collins, later to become a celebrated author. Since their initial release, all three albums have gone on to become rare collectors items, prized as much for their sleeve imagery as their musical contents.
This new Acrobat 4-CD contains all three LPs in their original running order, restoring material that was sometimes edited out in order to fit the original playing time. Featuring the collectable cover art, rare photographs of many of the participating musicians, reminiscences by Tony Hall and a detailed booklet note by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, this release makes an ideal introduction to a record label once dubbed the Blue Note of British jazz.
A further bonus CD assembles a similar mood music programme from Tempo's later 1957-60 catalogue, including performances by Tommy Whittle, Eddie Thompson and Tony Crombie. (Proper Music) Price: £19.99
July 1998 marked the 40th Anniversary of the filming of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival which resulted in arguably the greatest Jazz feature film ever made, 'Jazz On A Summer's Day'. Directed by Bert Stern and released to rave reviews in 1959, the film brilliantly captured the festive atmosphere of that festival's four days. This CD-reissue of musical highlights from the film's soundtrack comprises sixteen superb performances from some of the greatest jazz players and singers of the era, including Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Gerry Mulligan. It also features the peerless gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the then-controversial appearance of Chuck Berry, performing his huge hit from 1958, 'Sweet Little Sixteen'. This re-issue will be welcomed by the film's many fans and jazz lovers alike, as well as by newcomers who wish to hear for themselves these legendary performances. (Snapper Music) Price: £9.99