The Bebop Shop : Compilation Albums : More General Jazz Compilations
The lush orchestrations and jazz rhythms make this set a great way to sit back and relax. The music herein should be classified as (and several can now be) the very roots of what would later become known as chill out music. (Jasmine Records) Price: £11.99
This new Acrobat collection tells the fascinating story of this brave A&R initiative and rescues twenty tracks originally released on 45rpm and EP formats between 1960 and 1962 featuring such celebrated jazz names as Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Shake Keane, Dudley Moore and Tony Kinsey. Six of these tracks are collectors items which have never been released on CD before.
Not only is the range of styles on offer remarkably broad, covering everything from Latin and soul jazz through to scat-vocals and film and TV soundtrack themes, the list of star musicians participating in these records makes for a veritable whos who of British jazz including Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Harold McNair, Gordon Beck, Allan Ganley, Bobby Wellins, Ronnie Ross, Tommy Whittle and many more. Complete with a fact-packed booklet note by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett and rare press clippings, this release reveals the remarkable story of a forgotten chapter in British Jazz. (Acrobat Music) Price: £11.99
Tracks: Mike Taylor Quintet "Phrygie" / Henry Lowther - Lyn Dobson Quintet "Scarpo" / John Stevens Seven "Number Three" / Mike Osborne - John Surman Quartet "An Idea" / Joe Harriott Quintet "Shadow" / Amancio D'Silva & Don Rendell - Ian Carr Quintet "Joyce County" / Gary Windo's Symbiosis "Standfast" / Elton Dean's Just Us "Beer Garden" / Lol Coxhill & Steve Miller "For Those Who Prefer It Mid-Tempo" / Graham Collier Group & Norma Winstone "The Small Change" (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
He seemed to be able to effortlessly show a completely new connection between classic jazz recordings through the way they were chosen, assorted, and sequenced. Thus, every single title was imbued with a new energy, freshness, and, above all, timelessness, always with an eye on whether the chosen recordings would possibly be compatible with the needs of clubs. This present MPS compilation is an especially good example of Gilles Peterson's amazing talent. It delivers only a small, yet carefully chosen section out of the depths of the MPS archives. (Universal Music) Price: £14.99