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Zoe's mastery of form creates visionary textures, as on the album opener, 'Dance of Time', where she utilises Rowland Sutherland on flute and sets the band off into sparks of fire. The magical timbre of her brother Idris Rahman's clarinet melds beautifully with the piano on 'Little Ones', the melody rising gorgeously, journeying in and out of different sensations and feelings. Zoe's music has an energy that makes you want to dance, like on 'Sweet Jasmine', with its joyful and gloriously irresistible South African funk rhythm and vibration. 'Roots' pushes the envelope of the trio format, whilst 'Peace Garden' gently charms and beguiles. 'Unity' showcases Zoe's compositional brilliance and intricacy, and the skill of her orchestration leaves you with the feeling that you've been listening to a much bigger band than just eight musicians.
Sensations and vibrations are a major element of Zoe Rahman's music. She reaches deep into the soul of the listener, conjuring sounds from a broad musical palette, drawing you into her mysterious and transparent, earthy and heavenly, contemporary and ancient worlds. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99
CD2 contains the Nightwalker suite played on the classic Fender Rhodes piano, sent through an equally classic Leslie that creates this almost ghostly intensity and a unique atmosphere which give the suite a totally different vibe. (Proper Music) Price: £24.99
The AMC Trio band has been around for about twenty years and consists of pianist Peter Adamkovic, bassist Martin Marincak and drummer Stanislav Cvanciger. It has its musical foundations in mainstream jazz but over the years has managed to develop its very own musical sound and style. The band incorporates many self-experienced stories and emotions in their compositions. Although their music is influenced by Slovak music, it goes beyond the usual jazz progressions and touches on a number of diverse genres. For example, the wide range of melodies is inspired by popular and classical music, melodies from Eastern Slovak folk music, nature, literature and spirituality. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99
The quartet comprises some of the finest musicians in Norwegian jazz today; Andreas Ulvo on piano, Trygve Waldemar Fiske on bass and Pal Hausken on drums. Together they treat these songs with the same love and creative spark that characterises jazz's handling of "the American Songbook". The whole project has the feeling of a kind of Scandinavian chamber jazz inspired by many who have gone before - Zetterlund, Johanson, Brockstedt, Rosseland - but with Slettahjell and the quartet's clear ownership and personal signature as the central element. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Written for a 12-piece ensemble - made up of an unusual instrumental combination of three saxophones, violin, viola, two cellos, tuba, percussion, piano and two bassoons - The New York Times described the performance as possessing "a galvanic sense of swing," and "in lock-step with his every surprise rhythmic feint - producing an obliquely danceable, straightforwardly joyous Threadgillian energy." (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Rendell went on to make numerous appearances at Klooks Kleek as he always drew a crowd. This date was recorded on 11th September, 1963 with a line-up of Don Rendell (tenor/soprano saxophone). Kenny Baker (trumpet), Glenn Hughes (Baritone Saxophone), Johnny Mealing (piano), Chick Andrews (drums) and Lennie Williams (bass). The band play covers like 'Billy's Bounce', 'Mean to Me' and 'Straight No Chaser' with the front line cutting loose with some amazing solos. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Guitarist Mick Goodrick also emerged as a player to watch with this album, shining in a well-conceived programme with compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Mike Gibbs and bandleader Burton.
Luminessence, ECM's new audiophile vinyl-reissue series, is a kaleidoscope, shedding light on the jewels of the label's deep catalogue in elegant, high-quality editions - audiophile vinyl pressing, high-grade tip-on gatefold sleeves that include new liner notes. (Proper Music) Price: £36.99
As well as superlative versions of Ornette's "Lonely Woman" and "Open or Close" this highly influential album, now regard as a classic of new jazz, includes pieces by Cherry and Blackwell inspired by African music, Redman's enigmatic "Orbit of La-Ba", and Haden's impressionistic "Song for the Whales". Recorded in Oslo in August 1979 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
This trio had been playing together for quite a while, and it really shows with the group turning on a dime, presenting a studio version of their continuous live performances of the period. Each of the four performances recorded here feature one of Rivers instruments, leading off his swirling, nasal soprano saxophone on 'Expectation', before moving into the wide open and free flute led improvisation on 'Vision'. With
Dave Holland & Barry Altschul. (Proper Music) Price: £15.99
Focused on experiments in Afro-Cuban fusion, Parker is joined by a dazzling array of jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Red Rodney, and others. The track listing matches the cast of musicians; 'Cherokee' and 'A Night in Tunisia' are captured in pristine form, while maintaining the live-ness and intimate jazz spontaneity of Parker's best recordings.
The package includes an essay by rock keyboardist Keith Emerson. While these tracks have previously appeared on other albums, this is the first time they have been gathered in this package. (Proper Music) Price: £15.99
Verves Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging. (Universal Music) Price: £39.99
This album compiles material from three studio sessions made during that European tour. Side A presents music recorded right after Twardzik's death, and Side B has tunes from the only two studio sessions recorded by Baker with Twardzik.
Limited edition 180g vinyl one-off high-definition audiophile pressing, with deluxe inner sleeve - the complete album + bonus track. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
Limited edition 180g vinyl audiophile pressing - the complete album + bonus track. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
180g pressing. Price: £22.99
Limited edition 180g vinyl audiophile pressing - gatefold sleeve, the complete album + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
Lateef began recording as a leader in 1957 for Savoy Records, a non-exclusive association that continued until 1959. The earliest of his albums for the Prestige subsidiary New Jazz overlap his Savoy Recordings. Cry! - Tender was one of these early albums for New Jazz, recorded during this initial period of Lateef's career and the only session he ever recorded with trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer.
180g vinyl - limited edition audiophile pressing - the complete LP + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music) Price: £34.99
This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music)
Since the mid-1970s, after the great collective and utopian struggles, Charlie Haden has made a specialty of musical conversation, like a return to the essential. Here he is engaging in a loving and modest tête-à-tête with pianist Kenny Barron, full of sobriety and introspective lyricism. A music that is both seductive and audacious, gently nostalgic, between the deep and melancholic bass and the precious harmonies of a piano firmly anchored in the history of jazz.
This 140-gram vinyl is the first international vinyl reissue, pressed at Optimal, and is presented in a wide-spine, single-sleeve jacket. (Universal Music) Price: £35.99
Limited edition of 550 copies - 180g vinyl, the complete album + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
The aforementioned 10-inch album is complemented here with nine George Gershwin ballads taken from a brilliant series of 1957 sessions on which she is backed by such jazz luminaries as Milt Jackson, Herbie Mann, Joe Newman, Oscar Pettiford, and Mundell Lowe, among many others.
Limited edition of 550 copies - 180g vinyl. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) Price: £25.99
This 58-track collection includes most of the titles he recorded for Granz at these sessions. The numbers are presented in the order and format they were released on the albums Flip Phillips Quartet, Flip Phillips Collates Vols.1 & 2, Jumping Moods, Flip Phillips & Buddy Rich Trio, Flip Phillips Quintet (Rock With Flip), and Flip Wails, Swingin With Flip Phillips and Flip. It features performances with some of the great names of the era, including: Oscar Peterson, Charlie Shavers, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Howard McGhee, Alvin Stoller, Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Freddie Green and Max Roach. Plus, as a bonus, it includes a live jam session version of Stompin At The Savoy Pt.1.
Phillips died in August 2001, in Florida, at the age of 86. This 3CD set offers a great showcase for Flip Phillips at probably the zenith of his career. (Trapeze Music) Price: £16.99
When Farmer Met Gryce; Last Night When We Were Young; Farmers Market and Art.
A pretty handy quintet from 1955 kicks off the first selection in our second Art Farmer foursome - When Farmer Met Gryce. Art himself on trumpet of course, Gigi Gryce on alto sax, writer of an amazing six out of the eight titles featured. Freddie Redd or Horace Silver at the piano, either Arts twin brother Addison on bass or the great Percy Heath and one of either Art Taylor or Kenny Clarke on drums. Some musicians get to make all the tough choices! Also recorded in New York a couple of years later in 1957 - Last Night When We Were Young finds Art in the company of the great arranger and conductor Quincy Jones for a somewhat different sounding album, Art with strings! Along for the ride include among others Hank Jones, Osie Johnson and Barry Galbraith. We hit the quintet trail again for album number three - Farmers Market from 1956, where Art is joined this time by the great tenor man Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew on piano, Addison Farmer again on bass and the incomparable Elvin Jones behind the drum kit. Down to a quartet for album number four with the increasingly difficult to find album - Art from 1960, not a bad bunch of guys turning up for this set. Art of course on trumpet joined by Tommy Flanagan on piano, Tommy Williams on bass and Albert Heath at the drums. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99
Kelly Great; Kelly At Midnite; Wynton Kelly! and Don Sleets All Members. Price: £8.99
On this recording, Gordon is accompanied by the accomplished and versatile pianist Kirk Lightsey, wonderful bass player David Eubanks and the master drummer Eddie Gladden. He proves that he hasn't lost a step, as he projects enormous authority on stage, being a fountain of sound and ideas, melodically as well as rhythmically. He generates a stunning energy, taking off on a flight that is able to captivate the audience with his tenacious be-bop, somewhere between Lester Young and Coltrane, with a bold, dry sound.
'Copenhagen Coda' is a celebration of and a tribute to Dexter Gordon's legacy in Copenhagen. The audience in the Danish capital loved the sophisticated giant "Copenhagen Slim" immensely, and their love was reciprocated - Copenhagen Coda is a testament to this intense year-long love affair! (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
This compilation is drawn from his seventeen solo albums recorded between 1954 and 1962, largely for the specialist Contemporary label. Two "bonus cuts" are included; Julie London's sumptuous 'Cry Me A River' from 1955, which is in essence a Barney Kessel guitar master-tutorial with vocal accompaniment, plus his own unlikely R&R hit, 'Honey Rock', which appeared on the flip of Ricky Nelson's million-selling 'You're My One And Only Love' in 1957. Kessel would go on to become one of the leading lights in LA's legendary Wrecking Crew, during the 60s, before resuming his love affair with Jazz in the late 70s. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
While on tour this past year (2022), I discovered a forgotten folder on my drive. I often make quick recordings of things; a new tune, a new (or old) guitar, a standard tune, or just to try something out. I have a folder where I stash these things, truthfully, usually never to be heard again. The only time I listen to my own stuff is while on the road. I often say I live on output, with little or no time for input. That changes on tour, where suddenly there seems to be more free hours in the day, albeit on a bus or in some far-flung hotel room. Occasionally, those moments offer a chance to rummage around in the files to see if anything interesting may lie there. This past year was a particularly busy travel year for me, with about 160 performances worldwide. In the course of all that travel, I found myself returning to that discovered folder again and again. From those listening sessions, I was surprised to find this program emerging as a coherent whole. I found that I had unintentionally gotten to a destination I had not planned for, and I am excited to share what I found there.
These nine tracks were my favorites and added up to something unique for me. I never played anything more than once. These are really moments in time, and in fact, I have almost no memory of having recorded most of them. They just kind of showed up. Music exists for me in an elusive state, often at its best when discovered apart from any particular intention. I hope folks might find some dreams of their own in this music." (Warner Music) Price: £13.99
This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. (Blue Note Records) view larger image Price: £39.99
Limited one-off pressing of 1000 copies worldwide. Lacquers cut by Caspar Sutton-Jones @ Gearbox Studios. Includes new sleeve note by Stan Tracey's son Clark Tracey. (Proper Music) Price: £29.99
To help bring her concept to life, McKelle enlists a brand new trio of venerated jazz players: Kenny Washington on drums, bassist Peter Washington, and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano. "I wasn't intimidated to make music with them, but [their] résumés were like, 'Wow!' [Am I] going to be good enough? Are we going to connect? The exciting thing was having the opportunity to sing over them as a trio; that was such a huge joy." The bond between a vocalist and an accompanist is perhaps one of music's most profound and extraordinary unions. Barron, a living jazz piano virtuoso, keenly understands this more than most. Cutting his teeth as a sideman for Philly Joe Jones and Dizzy Gillespie, Barron has recorded more than 50 albums, spanning over five decades, as leader. With Impressions of Ella, she doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel or limit her potential for creative expression. While it lauds our "First Lady of Song," the album also marks an inevitable coming of age for McKelle's career in jazz, as the fruits of her hard work and years of training finally ripen and bear fruit. (PIAS/Integral) Price: £13.99
Our Daily Bread was recorded at Luganos Auditorio Stelio Molo in May 2022 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) Price: £14.99
A live concert in Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, near Bordeaux, France, this collection of jazz standards he has played innumerable times over his long and illustrious career finds the 75-year-old pianist plumbing new depths of emotion and heights of expression in a highly exploratory program. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99
"But with the dearth of opportunities to play during the pandemic, I started to work on it," he confesses. After successfully pitching the idea of using his second saxophone-with-strings project as a debut on alto, the present recording is quite simply astounding. Working with his regular rhythm section and adding ace string arrangements, this altoist delivers one revelatory performance after another. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
An official Elemental Music release in collaboration with the Bill Evans Estate, 'Treasures' is a 'holy grail' discovery culled from the private collection of Norwegian jazz musician Ole Matthiessenand released for the very first time as a 2CD limited-edition in deluxe packaging. (Proper Music) Price: £29.99
The alto saxophonist Marion Brown (1931), who grew up in Atlanta, moved to New York in 1965, and almost immediately, while still an unknown, played on John Coltrane's seminal album "Ascension" and Archie Shepp's "Fire Music," quickly became one of the most radical yet romantic of free improvisers. (Proper Music) Price: £21.99
2023 repress with new packaging. (Proper Music) Price: £21.99
This Verve By Request LP features transfers from analog tapes and remastered on 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music) Price: £29.99
During the first three decades of his career, before rock n roll changed the pop landscape irrevocably, he had more than 70 records that were credited as chart hits and this 4CD set includes all those 77 recordings which are listed in recognised sources as hits. Alongside them, a further 20 or so numbers appear which are now regarded as significant compositions that became standards, or were hits for other artists.
It features his celebrated No.1s Three Little Words, Cocktails For Two, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, and the Billboard R&B No.1s Dont Get Around Much Anymore, Sentimental Lady, Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me and Main Stem. Also included are classics like Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Solitude, Caravan, Take The A Train and I Got It Bad And That Aint Good.
This comprehensive overview showcases his most successful output during the primary era of his career, and stands as a great showcase for the artistry which made the Duke such a celebrated artist. (Trapeze Music) Price: £19.99
Formed circa 1952, after Basies brief hiatus from the full orchestra as he was working with a small group of six to seven pieces during the industry imposed recording ban that began in 1948, the new approach was captured on recordings which were done at sessions covering a period of around four years. Many of the titles were issued on Norman Granzs Clef and Verve labels during the mid-1950s.
This 63-track collection comprises just about all the recordings which were released on the albums The Count, Basie Jazz, Basie Rides Again, The Swinging Count, Dance Session, Dance Session No.2, and Basie. The orchestra began to set standards of musical achievement that have been emulated by every jazz orchestra since that time. One of the things that set Basies collective apart from all others was the fact the Basie allowed and encouraged his musicians to compose and arrange. As one would expect, the performances featured here include some notable jazz names, including vocalist Al Hibbler, as well as renowned arrangers like Neal Hefti, Buster Harding and Manny Albam.
Its a collection which offers an enlightening, entertaining and substantial snapshot of Basies music at a key moment in his career. (Trapeze Music) Price: £16.99
Recorded by Left Bank founder Vernon Welsh, Boppin In Baltimore is an official release in cooperation with the Sonny Stitt Estate and features Stitt with an all-star rhythm section consisting of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes. The deluxe 2-CD edition includes an extensive booklet with rare photos by Christian Rose, Raymond Ross, Tom Copi, Burt Goldblatt and others; liner notes by acclaimed jazz critic Bob Blumenthal; and interviews with Kenny Barron, Louis Hayes and saxophone icon Charles McPherson, Muse Records founder and producer Don Schlitten, and an archival interview with Sonny Stitt himself from the early 1970s conducted by Marc Vasey in Canada. (PIAS/Integral) Price: £23.99
Since 1955, Brubeck had composed and performed pieces originating from influences outside of the European musical tradition, in which this album, released during the bossa nova craze in the United States of the late 1950s and early 1960s, can be best categorized as "impressionistic" of "the cool wave from Brazil. Recorded through most of 1962, and released early in 1963, the album was designed to be effective on the pop charts. (Proper Music) Price: £11.99
An original song by Bobby Troup, "Lonely in Paris," is included among well-known standards like Thelonious Monk's celebrated "'Round Midnight," Erroll Garner's "Misty," George & Ira Gershwin's "But Not for Me," and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life."
Limited edition 180g vinyl audiophile pressing, the complete album + bonus track. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
'The Boy Next Door' became Kent's breakthrough and her biggest hit to date when it was released in 2003, establishing her as a household name in France and the UK.Remastered By Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Here Candid Records is proud to present the album as it was originally released, with original album title, original track running order and original album artwork. The recording has been remastered by legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Recorded at the famed Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in 1991 by Rudy Van Gelder, and remastered in 2022 by legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
180g vinyl pressing. Price: £26.99
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) Price: £25.99
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is mono, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original masters, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) Price: £25.99
This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music) Price: £29.99
Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging. (Universal Music)
Acoustic Sounds Series mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes & manufactured at Quality Record Pressings (QRP) on 180 gram vinyl. Tip on gatefold sleeve. (Universal Music) Price: £39.99