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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (CD: Impulse)John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (CD: Impulse)
On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet- McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones -recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is finally released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.

The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now. On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album's worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.

At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found-Rudy Van Gelder wasn't one for clutter-the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.

As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid." The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a major addition to the Coltrane catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory. (Universal Music)  


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
 


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (CD: Impulse, 2CDs)John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (CD: Impulse, 2CDs)
Deluxe version of the lost album, including all existing additional takes.

On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. "Untitled Original 11383" and "Untitled Original 11386," both played on soprano sax. "11383" features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and "11386" marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet's repertoire (heard in additional takes on this deluxe edition).

In addition to the two unheard originals, "One Up, One Down" - released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland - is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane.

"Impressions", one of Coltrane's most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It's one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time (also heard in additional takes on this deluxe edition).

This studio session also yielded Coltrane's first recording of "Nature Boy," which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. The one we know is exploratory, meandering. This version is tight, solo-less and clocking in at just over three minutes. The other non-original composition on the album is "Vilia," from Franz Lehár's operetta "The Merry Widow". The soprano version on the Deluxe Edition is the only track from this session to have been previously released.

This incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discovery reveals a number of creative balances at work, like developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards. Like trying out some tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano. Using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his "sheets of sound" while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds. This session was pivotal, though to call it such overlooks the fact Coltrane was ever on pivot, always pushing the pedal down while still calling on older, tested ideas and devices. (Universal Music) 


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (Vinyl LP: Impulse, 2 LPs)
 


Price:  £34.99 

John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (Vinyl LP: Impulse, 2 LPs)


Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (CD: Nonesuch)Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (CD: Nonesuch)
Saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles for Still Dreaming, an album inspired by his father Dewey Redman's 1976-1987 band, Old and New Dreams. Along with the senior Redman, Old and New Dreams featured an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators - cornetist Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Ed Blackwell - who continued pushing musical boundaries as they had with Coleman even after their former bandleader moved in a new direction.

The Still Dreaming ensemble performed a series of critically praised international dates in 2017. The Columbus Dispatch said, 'Whether exploring the limits of improvisation or establishing an emotional tone, the group… relied on a dialogue based on listening, respect, and generosity… Its emotional travel was the result of the intuition shared by all four musicians. That dialogue, after all, was at the center of Coleman's innovations.' (Warner Music) 


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Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (CD: Blue Note)


Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective: Live (CD: Blue Note)Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective: Live (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution (CD: Nonesuch)
Nonesuch Records releases the Brad Mehldau Trio's Seymour Reads The Constitution!. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's 'Almost Like Being in Love'). (Warner Music) 


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Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution (CD: Nonesuch)


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) 


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Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)
This is guitar master Bill Frisell’s first solo album since Ghost Town was released on Nonesuch 20 years ago. “Playing ‘solo’ is always a challenge,” Frisell says. “For me, music has all along been so much about playing with other people. Having a conversation. Call and response. Playing all by myself is a trip. I really have to change the way I think. In preparation for this recording I played for a week at The Stone in New York. Each night I attempted new music that I'd never played before. I was purposely trying to keep myself a little off balance. Uncomfortable. Unsure. I didn't want to fall back on things that I knew were safe. My hope was to continue this process right on into the studio. I didn't want to have things be all planned out beforehand.”

All the compositions on Music IS were composed by Frisell, some are brand-new - Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky - others are solo adaptions of now classic original compositions Frisell has previously recorded - In Line, Rambler, Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. The focus of Music IS is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell’s original and inimitable perspective. The end result is Frisell at his most distilled and fully realised. (Sony Music) 


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Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)


Kurt Elling: The Questions (CD: Okeh)Kurt Elling: The Questions (CD: Okeh)
This album includes interpretations of songs by some of music’s most in-fluential composers including Bob Dylan and Leonard Bernstein. It also includes arrangements of instrumental compositions with Elling’s original lyrics. The album is rounded off with Carmichael’s classic Skylark. The album includes acclaimed guest performers such as Branford Mar-salis (soprano and tenor saxophones), Joey Calderazzo (piano), Mar-quis Hill (flugelhorn) and Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums). (Sony Music) 


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Eliane Elias: Music From Man From La Mancha (CD: Concord)
Eliane Elias returns with Music from Man of La Mancha. Recorded with two different trios—one that finds the piano virtuoso accompanied by bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette and the other featuring Marc Johnson on bass with Satoshi Takeishi on drums, with Manolo Badrenajoining on percussion—the nine-track collection is a unique all-instrumental reinterpretation of songs from the legendary Broadway musical. (Universal Music) 


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Eliane Elias: Music From Man From La Mancha (CD: Concord)


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


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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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Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (CD: Smoke Sessions)


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) 


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Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe (CD: Palmetto)
'Live in Europe' crowns what was a momentous year for pianist Fred Hersch. Capturing his trio - with longtime associates, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson - in peak form, the new album signals a high level mark for an ensemble that has been garnering critical and popular praise for nearly a decade.

Consisting of six Hersch originals and two significant compositions apiece from Thelonious Monk ("We See," "Blue Monk") and Wayne Shorter ("Miyako," "Black Nile"), Live in Europe demonstrates how a working trio breathes as one. Live in Europe finds the trio in near telepathic communion. While each band member is a virtuoso player, individual bravura is always subordinate to group interplay. Lyricism, open-eared interaction and a respect for the power of space are all invaluable components of the trio's identity. In such performances as the frisky "Skipping," the affecting ballad, "Bristol Fog" (dedicated to the late British pianist John Taylor), the joyous "Newklypso (dedicated to Hersch's hero Sonny Rollins) and the bluesy tribute to New Orleans "The Big Easy," Hersch, Hébert and McPherson give a master class in ensemble communication, uniting as one yet allowing each other to freely react with spontaneous invention. A masterful solo encore of "Blue Monk" spotlights the depth of Hersch's undiminished improvisational skills and expressive powers. (Proper Music) 


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Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe (CD: Palmetto)


Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)
 


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Dave Holland feat. Evan Parker: Unchartered Territories (CD: Dare 2)
Uncharted Territories reunites Dave Holland with saxophonist Evan Parker, a longtime friend from their early days in London. They're joined by Craig Taborn, on piano and electronics, and Ches Smith on percussion. In addition to quartet improvisations, they also broke off into every possible subset of duo and trio configurations. The group also recorded two compositions by Smith and one by Holland. A resulting 23 tracks present a series of deep, multi-layered conversations between the musicians, some of whom were interacting for the first time. (Proper Music) 


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Dave Holland feat. Evan Parker: Unchartered Territories (CD: Dare 2)


George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)
Mostly in Blue’ is the 5th album by George Cotsirilos on ORIGIN Records. A fixture of San Francisco’s jazz scene for 40 years, guitarist George Cotsirilos presents a new album of original compositions, along with a Warren/ Gordon gem, “I Wish I Knew.” Taking advantage of his decades long performing relationship with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, Cotsirilos creates a warmly swinging, instantly classic recording. (Proper Music) 


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Karen Sharp: The Sun, The Moon And You (CD: Trio Records)
Saxophonist Karen Sharp returns with a long awaited second album on Trio Records featuring her now well established British Jazz Award "All Winners" quartet of Dave Green (bass), Niki Iles (piano), and Steve Brown (drums) - a stella line-up indeed. 


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Karen Sharp: The Sun, The Moon And You (CD: Trio Records)


Ivo Neame: Moksha (CD: Edition)Ivo Neame: Moksha (CD: Edition)
Moksha draws on more than 10 years of extensive touring, writing and musical discovery, revealing Ivo's true brilliance and status as a world-class performer, bandleader and composer. Every note counts. This is an album that's honest and perfectly crafted. Reminiscent of the subtle and shimmering grooves we have come to expect from the likes of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Moksha is driven by multi-layered rhythmic textures and grooves and brilliantly fluid lines animated by Ivo's own exploratory voice.

Taking its title from Hindu philosophy, the Sanskrit Moksha refers to emancipation from the cycle of death and rebirth - to ultimate freedom from earthbound cares and ignorance leading to self-realization and self-knowledge - a form of release recognisable in great music too.

Ivo's own music has been somewhat in the shade of his other successful and better known projects. Moksha allows him to step into the full sun with a bright and beautiful new work. Ivo's sound is contemporary and modern and undeniably his. With Moksha, he has produced an album of sheer brilliance and class. (Edition Records) 


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Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (CD: Steeplechase)


John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)
 


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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Awase (CD: ECM)


“Awase”, a term from martial arts, means “moving together” in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. Six years have passed since the last release from the Swiss group. In the interim, trimmed from quintet to quartet size and with new bassist Thomy Jordi fully integrated, Ronin has become a subtly different band. Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with “greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance”. The freedom here extends to revisiting early Bärtsch modules alongside new compositions including, for the first time on a Ronin record, a piece by reedman Sha. Awase was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Arild Andersen: In-House Science (CD: ECM)Arild Andersen: In-House Science (CD: ECM)
Norwegian master bassist Arild Andersen’s trio with big-toned tenorist Tommy Smith and powerhouse drummer Paolo Vinaccia is one of the most viscerally exciting jazz small groups of the present moment. Its energies are arguably best captured in a live context, and here the three musicians deliver a characteristically smoking performance at the Villa Rothstein in Bad Ischl, Austria, recorded in September 2016. Their earlier concert recording Live At Belleville, was issued a decade ago to rave reviews and a shower of awards. “Absolutely and unreservedly marvellous” said the BBC Music Magazine. “How often do just three musicians produce music as vast and panoramic in its scale and vision?” asked Jazzwise, amazed. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
The group colloquially known as “the Standards trio” has made many outstanding recordings, and After The Fall must rank with the very best of them. “I was amazed to hear how well the music worked,” writes Keith Jarrett in his liner note. “For me, it’s not only a historical document, but a truly great concert.” This performance – in Newark, New Jersey in November 1998 – marked Jarrett’s return to the concert stage after a two year hiatus. Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, he glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook including “The Masquerade Is Over”, “Autumn Leaves”, “When I Fall In Love” and “I’ll See You Again”. There are also breath-taking accounts of hallowed bebop tunes including Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple From The Apple”, Bud Powell’s “Bouncin’ With Bud” and Sonny Rollins’s “Doxy”. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)


Mathias Eick: Ravensburg (CD: ECM)Mathias Eick: Ravensburg (CD: ECM)
One of the pleasures of Mathias Eick’s Midwest album was hearing his vaulting trumpet supported by violin, an instrumental combination further developed on Ravensburg. The new violinist in Eick’s ensemble is Håkon Aase, one of the up-and-coming players of the new Norwegian scene, whom attentive ECM listeners will already know from his work with Thomas Strønen’s group. The core Eick road band is further shored up by the addition of Helge Andreas Norbakken, who interacts excitingly with fellow drummer Torstein Lofthus. Eick is in great form as a writer on this showing, deploying driving rhythm at the bottom end of his music and soaring melody at the top in this series of pieces which add up to a kind of collective family portrait. Ravensburg was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Shirley Horn: With Friends (CD: Verve, 2 CDs)
Shirley Horn collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing, something described by arranger Johnny Mandel as "like having two heads", and for her rich, lush voice, a smoky contralto, which was described by noted producer and arranger Quincy Jones as "like clothing, as she seduces you with her voice". (Universal Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Shirley Horn: With Friends (CD: Verve, 2 CDs)


Rita Reys: 5 Original Albums (CD: Mercury, 5 CDs)Rita Reys: 5 Original Albums (CD: Mercury, 5 CDs)
Featuring the albums Meets Oliver Nelson, Rita A Go Go, Today, Relax With Rita & Pim & Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim. 


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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) 


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Richie Beirach: Inborn (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)


Ray Bryant Trio (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Ray Bryant Trio (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 


Bud Shank: Plays Tenor (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

Bud Shank: Plays Tenor (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Tubby Hayes: What Is This Thing Called Love? - Live at The Hopbine 1969 (Vinyl LP: Acrobat)Tubby Hayes: What Is This Thing Called Love? - Live at The Hopbine 1969 (Vinyl LP: Acrobat)
This is the first vinyl LP release from the Acrobat label, and it features, appropriately, a recording from the vinyl era which has long been unavailable since its 1986 LP release. It is a ‘live’ recording from 1969 by one of the greatest of all British jazzmen, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes, performing at one of London’s most popular jazz venues, the Hopbine pub in Wembley, where Tubby’s fellow tenor player Tommy Whittle used to run a weekly jazz night. He was playing there with his regular quartet comprising Mike Pyne (piano); Ron Mathewson (bass); Spike Wells (drums), and the LP features two extended pieces, one on each side of the LP.

After hitting a career low point in 1968 as a result of his heroin addiction, he was rebuilding his health and career and had thrown himself into a punishing round of ‘live’ work and recording, and was looking for new musical challenges, as the music landscape was evolving rapidly around him, and contemporary musicians were pushing boundaries of their own with psychedelia and progressive rock. He was still in vibrant form and still a master of the kind of hard bop tear-up exhibited in parts of these performances, and still able top find a new way of approaching a standard like “What Is This Thing Called Love?”, as well as introduce his own compositions like “For Members Only”. However, this was one of the final performances of this kind by the quartet, as it was only a month later that he collapsed was hospitalised – the beginning of the health issues which would bring about his demise in 1973. As such it is an important musical landmark, as he saw out the ‘60s in typical style. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Paul Horn: Something Blue (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

Paul Horn: Something Blue (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Daryl Runswick Quartet: Playdreaming (CD: ASC)Daryl Runswick Quartet: Playdreaming (CD: ASC)
'Playdreaming' by the Daryl Runswick Quartet was recorded at Wavendon in 1981. The release on ASC Records continues the label's promotion of Runswick, who is regarded as one of the finest Jazz musicians of the 70s and 80s both as a composer and player. (Proper Music) 


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Gordon Beck Trio: Gyroscope (CD: Secret Records)
 


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Gordon Beck Trio: Gyroscope (CD: Secret Records)


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. 


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Don Ellis: Autumn & Shock Treatment (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
From 1968 and 1969, two albums by acclaimed trumpet player, arranger and bandleader Don Ellis. The Big Band sound of Ellis was part of a jazz rock scene which was pioneered by the likes of Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears.

Digitally remastered and slipcased with extensive new liner notes. (Proper Music) 


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Don Ellis: Autumn & Shock Treatment (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)


Miles Davis: Original Album Classics - A Tribute to Jack Johnson, On The Corner, Big Fun & Water Babies (CD: Columbia, 5 CDs)Miles Davis: Original Album Classics - A Tribute to Jack Johnson, On The Corner, Big Fun & Water Babies (CD: Columbia, 5 CDs)
 


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Coleman Hawkins: The Middle Years- Essential Cuts 1939-1949 (CD: JSP, 4 CDs)
In 1939, after 5 years in Europe, the Hawk returned to the US, not as a faded star, but as a soaring monarch. This was a classic period for the tenor legend Coleman Hawkins. After he returned form Europe in 1939 he embarked on a stunningly creative and successful recording career both under his own name and with other bandleaders.

The recording of Body & Soul was a particular milestone as well-a true gold plated jazz classic which is of course included here. This collection charts his progress through the decade, when he dazzled audiences and fellow musicians alike. This set is superbly remastered and packaged. (Proper Music) 


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Coleman Hawkins: The Middle Years- Essential Cuts 1939-1949 (CD: JSP, 4 CDs)


Jeri Southern: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Jeri Southern: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Jeri Southern, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details 'The Southern Style'; 'A Prelude To A Kiss'; 'Southern Breeze' and 'Coffee, Cigarettes & Memories'.

Jeri Southern started her musical career as a pianist having been classically trained from an early age. During her musical training she had become interested in jazz and during the 1940s duly took off to begin her musical life playing the clubs. It was in these clubs that she began singing and was eventually signed to Decca in 1951. During the 1950s Jeri made a string of outstanding albums of which we have chosen what we consider to be four of her best. Her singing style was quintessentially what became known as the 'torch' style of jazz singing, world weary and somewhat downbeat, it was perhaps overlooked by some listeners because of it. However we think she was fabulous, as did many of the great names in jazz who had the privilege of accompanying her. That list would include the following... Marty Paich, Herb Geller, Georgie Auld, Don Fagerquist, Bud Clark and Mel Lewis. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Peggy Lee: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2 CD release from Peggy Lee, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details 'Dream Street'; 'The Man I Love'; 'Jump For Joy' and 'Blues Cross Country'.

At last, the wait is over, we hear you cry! AVID have finally inducted Miss Peggy Lee into the 4 Classic Albums 'hall of fame'! Ok so we have taken our time in paying tribute to the great lady, but we wanted to get it right, we wanted to select the best albums that truly captured Miss Lee's huge vocal talents. Peggy Lee spent most of her recording career at Capitol Records which she joined in 1947. She had a short break between 1952-56 where she recorded for Decca, and ironically made one of her greatest albums 'Black Coffee' (AVC876). We feature three albums for her Capitol years, a couple of classics arranged by the legendary Nelson Riddle, 'Jump For Joy' and 'The Man I Love' which also features conducting duties by that other rather famous Capitol Records artist, Mr Frank Sinatra! These two are joined by another classic 'concept' album 'Blues Cross Country' arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones. To round off our selections we feature the extraordinarily intimate 'Dream Street' recorded by Peggy for Decca in 1956. And if you need any further proof of the regard Peggy Lee was held in by the jazz fraternity, take a look at some of the names that appear on our selections. Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Pete Condoli, Mel Lewis, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Bill Perkins, Lou Levy, Max Bennett, Benny Carter and Buddy Collette. Oh and did we mention Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones?! (AVID Entertainment) 


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Peggy Lee: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Della Reese: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Della Reese: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Della Reese, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “The Story of the Blues”; “The Classic Della”; “Della By Starlight’” and “What Do You Know About Love”. 


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Norma Winstone: Descansado- Songs For Films (CD: ECM)
A creative journey into the world of cinema with new arrangements - by Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier - of music by Nino Rota, Michel Legrand, William Walton, Bernard Herrmann, and Ennio Morricone for the movies of Scorsese, Godard, Wenders, Jewison, Zeffirelli, Olivier and more. Several of the arrangements incorporate new words by Norma Winstone who, in addition to being one of the great jazz singers, has long been a sensitive lyricist. For this project her acclaimed trio with Gesing and Venier is augmented by two special guests: Norwegian improvising percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and Italian classical cellist Mario Brunello. Norbakken is well-known to ECM listeners for his recordings with Jon Balke, Mathias Eick and Jon Hassell, while Brunello is highly regarded in classical and contemporary music circles for his interpretive versatility. ”Descansado – Music for Films” was recorded at ArteSuono Studio in Udine, Italy, in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Norma Winstone: Descansado- Songs For Films (CD: ECM)


Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria (CD: ECM)Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria (CD: ECM)
Andy Sheppard’s quartet extends the musical explorations begun on the 2015 release Surrounded By Sea, an album praised by Télérama for its “poignant serenity.” In this new programme of compositions by Sheppard (plus the title track by Brazilian singer-songwriter Ranato Teixeira), the drones and washes of Eivind Aarset’s guitar and electronics – aided by the generous acoustics of Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI – help to establish a climate in which improvisation can take place. There’s a highly atmospheric, ambient drift to the music which Sheppard clearly finds liberating, as do Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, free to move in and out of conventional rhythm section roles and to make impassioned statements of their own. Romaria was recorded in April 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Invisible Threads (CD: ECM)
Saxophonist and clarinettist John Surman is often characterized as a quintessentially English improviser and composer, and hints of folk music and a pastoral ambience are attributes of his music on well-loved albums like “The Road to Saint Ives” or “Saltash Bells.” Yet he also has a long history of working with musicians from other countries and cultures, players united by such invisible threads as a shared feeling for melody that transcends the idioms. John Surman met pianist Nelson Ayres – known to aficionados of Brazilian jazz for his work with Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento and Banda Pau Brasil – while on tour in South America. In Oslo, Surman came to know and appreciate the playing of Rob Waring, expatriate US vibraphonist (recently heard on ECM with Mats Eilertsen). The three musicians come together to play a new programme of Surman originals – plus Nelson Ayres’s “Summer Song” – in a session recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow studio in July 2017, produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Invisible Threads (CD: ECM)


Bobo Stenson Trio: Contra La Indecisión (CD: ECM)Bobo Stenson Trio: Contra La Indecisión (CD: ECM)
The great Swedish trio of Bobo Stenson takes a stand against indecision in a decisively beautiful new album. As ever, the trio draws upon a wide range of source materials. A yearning title song by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, Bartók’s adaptation of a Slovak folk song, a piece from Mompou’s Cançons I Danses collection, and Erik Satie’s Elégie are integrated into the programme, alongside original compositions by Stenson and Anders Jormin and group improvising. So strong is the group’s character and the musical identity of each of its members that the integration of this material always feels organic and logical. Stenson’s lyrical touch, Jormin’s folk-flavoured arco bass and Jon Fält’s flickering, textural drumming are all well-displayed on Contra la indecision, the trio’s first new recording in six years. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the album was recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in May 2017. (ECM Records) 


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Kit Downes: Obsidian (CD: ECM)
 


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Kit Downes: Obsidian (CD: ECM)


Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista (CD: Whirlwind)Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista (CD: Whirlwind)
Featuring Liam Noble (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass), & Gene Calderazzo (drums) 


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Solveig Slettahjell: Live At Victoria (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Solveig Slettahjell: Live At Victoria (CD: Jazzland)


Steve Hobbs: Tribute To Bobby (CD: Challenge)Steve Hobbs: Tribute To Bobby (CD: Challenge)
This album by Steve Hobbs is a beautiful tribute to Bobby Hutcherson."Steve Hobbs has long been one of the most talented, if underrated vibraphonists around" Scott Yanow, Jazz Times Hobbs is joined on the album by an all-star group consisting of Adam Kolker (saxophones), Bill O'Connell (piano), Peter Washington (bass) and John Riley (drums).

The recording is centred mostly around cutting edge originals by Hobbs encompassing modern mainstream examples of post-bop, Latin, Funk, Calypso, and more, arranged and performed with the typical creative and hard edged energy you are used to hearing on his past New York Recordings. Hobbs centered the music around marimba, dedicating the recording to his mentor and late friend Bobby Hutcherson. 


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Martial Solal: Solo Piano - Unreleased 1966 L.A. Sessions, Vol.1 (CD: Fresh Sound)
In June 1966, invited by the shrewd American producer and author Ross Russell, Martial Solal traveled to Los Angeles to record these forgotten and unreleased solo piano sessions. Russell, who had launched the legendary label Dial Records back in 1946 to record Charlie Parker, had spent several years away from the jazz scene after shutting Dial down in 1949. When he decided to return to the jazz record business, he organized a series of recordings at Glendale’s Whitney Studio, which had a wonderful Steinway. Unfortunately, Russell’s new project didn’t come to fruition, and so Solal’s recordings never saw the light.

Now we can finally hear them in two CD volumes. They show Martial Solal at his best, his incontestable talent, dazzling virtuosity and invention, but also his good taste and sense of humor in the execution. The originality of his conception, paired with his elegant control and technique, put him on a par with the great American pianists. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Martial Solal: Solo Piano - Unreleased 1966 L.A. Sessions, Vol.1 (CD: Fresh Sound)


Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1960 (CD: Fresh Sound)Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1960 (CD: Fresh Sound)
Lucky Thompson was still just 35 when these TV broadcasts heard on this CD were recorded in 1960. Thompson is not only heard on tenor but on soprano-sax, an instrument that Lucky had taken up the previous year. The first eight titles were performed at the Club Saint-Germain on May 28, and on five of the eight numbers, Thompson leads an eight-piece orchestra comprised of top French jazzmen (other than expatriates Nat Peck and Kenny Clarke). Pianist Martial Solal (an original even then), and bassist Pierre Michelot, became major attractions. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Tubby Hayes Quartet: A Little Workout - 'Live' At The Little Theatre (CD: Acrobat)
When the Tubby Hayes and his new quartet alighted on the Little Theatre in Rochester, Kent for two evenings' worth of performances during the winter/spring of 1966/67 both the leader and the band’s music were in a period of transition.

Drawing equal inspiration from both the recent innovations of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and the energy of his new, young and adventurous sidemen, Hayes was to turn these to-all-intents-and-purposes typical provincial club nights into definitive manifesto statements of his contemporary musical ambitions.

Luckily, excerpts from both these performances were captured on tape. Occasionally bootlegged, the recordings made on these two gigs half a century ago illustrate everything the saxophonist had learned, experienced and pioneered up to that moment; from the blistering paint-off-the-walls bebop of “Walkin’”, a solo to rank alongside any of John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins’ extended forays from the Sixties, through to the astonishing emotional denouement of a seventeen-minute deconstruction of “Dear Johnny B.” - this isn't Hayes merely on form; this is him on fire!

This new Acrobat CD is the first ever release of these recordings and comes packaged with rare, hitherto unpublished photographs and a fascinating booklet note by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett – author of The Long Shadow of The Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes. (Discovery Records) 


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Tubby Hayes Quartet: A Little Workout - 'Live' At The Little Theatre (CD: Acrobat)


Nina Simone: The Definitive Collection 1958-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)Nina Simone: The Definitive Collection 1958-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
Nina Simone was one of the most distinctive, individual and complex musical personalities of the second half of the 20th century, her music starting out from the base of the classical music she aspired to perform and compose throughout her career, but which encompassed other influences and styles as she became a commercial performer, recording artist and later a political activist, so that she could never be clearly categorized as a jazz, pop, gospel, R&B, folk or any other genre of artist.

She made her recording debut in 1958, and the next few years were among the most prolific of her career, encompassing both studio and ‘live’ recordings as she recorded first for the Bethlehem label and then for Colpix, marking her down as a pianist and singer who was a versatile and unique interpreter of songs from across the jazz, blues and pop spectrum.

This great-value 78-track 4-CD set comprises just about every recording which she released during the formative years of her career and which established her reputation, featuring the tracks from the albums “Little Girl Blue”, “Nina Simone & her Friends”, “The Amazing Nina Simone”, “Nina Simone at Town Hall”, “Nina Simone at Newport”, “Forbidden Fruit”, “Nina at the Village Gate” and “Nina Simone Sings Ellington”.

It also includes tracks released on singles which were not otherwise included on albums, naturally featuring the chart hits “I Loves You Porgy”, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” and “Trouble In Mind”. It’s a comprehensive overview of the early career of a very special artist. (Discovery Records) 


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Lee Wiley: Night In Manhattan (CD: Jackpot)
Celebrated singer Lee Wiley (1908-1975) was extremely popular from the 1930s to the 1950s, during which time she recorded with some of the most important jazz names from the period. Presented in their entireties on this set are Wiley’s splendid LPs Night in Manhattan (Columbia CL-656) and Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin (Columbia CL-6215/16).

These two albums comprise the contents of three 10” discs: the original Night in Manhattan, and the Youmans and Berlin song books, which were first issued individually with eight tracks each (on the latter two Wiley is backed by the piano duet of Stan Freeman and Cy Walter). In order to fit all of this material onto two 12” LPs, four tunes from the song books were added to the 12” version of Night in Manhattan (with the remaining 12 tracks from the song books released on the 12” album Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin). This edition also includes two rare bonus tracks originally issued on the 1956 Columbia LP The Wide, Wide World of Jazz (RCA Victor LPM-1325), which was an anthology featuring various artists. (Discovery Records) 


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Lee Wiley: Night In Manhattan (CD: Jackpot)


Paul Gonsalves: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (CD: Phono)Paul Gonsalves: Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick (CD: Phono)
The complete, long-unavailable Paul Gonsalves LP Boom-Jackie- Boom-Chick (Vocalion LAE-587), which finds him as the only horn in a quartet format backed by English players. It is coupled with the LP Gettin’ Together! (Jazzland JLP936S), which features the saxophonist in a quintet setting with Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb, and has been added in its entirety as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes (CD: Wienerworld)
In April 1985 - two years before his untimely passing - Buddy Rich and his band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions’ King Street Studio in San Francisco.

Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project.

The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. (Wienerworld) 


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Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes (CD: Wienerworld)


Oscar Peterson: Plays The Jerome Kern Songbook (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)Oscar Peterson: Plays The Jerome Kern Songbook (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


Price:  £18.99 


Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
The Charles Mingus Quintet Plus Max Roach fixed a moment in time where Mingus found his musical identity. The concert was recorded at New York’s Café Bohemia on December 23, 1955, and Mingus’ group featured the great Max Roach as a special guest. Further recordings from the long date were released under the title Mingus at the Bohemia, while some others appeared on compilation sets.

• Only one song with Roach was included on Mingus at the Bohemia: a unique duet between the drummer and the bassist titled “Percussion Discussion.” Their other two collaborations from the date (“Drums” and “I’ll Remember April”) appeared on the LP presented here. An alternate take of “Drums” has been added as a bonus. (Discovery Records)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


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Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Harold Land: Grooveyard (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Harold Land: Grooveyard (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)
Other than four titles from 1949, this set has tenor saxophonist Harold Land's first sessions as a leader. Teamed up on the West Coast with trumpeter Rolf Ericson, pianist Carl Perkins, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Frank Butler. Land shows that hard bop was very much alive in Los Angeles in the late '50s. His tone is cooler and softer than it would become later on, but it was already pretty distinctive. Land performs three of his swinging originals, the original version of Perkins' "Grooveyard" (which became a minor standard), an obscurity by Elmo Hope, and the standards "Speak Low" and "You Don't Know What Love Is." This reissue also adds "Promised Land" to the original program. Fine straight-ahead music. (Discovery Records)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


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Ernie Henry: Presenting (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)
Altoist Ernie Henry's first of three sessions as a leader, all of which were made within 16 months of his premature death, served as a strong debut. Joined by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Art Taylor, Henry - who always had a distinctive tone - performs five bop originals, plus "Gone With the Wind" and "I Should Care." Throughout the date, Henry hints strongly at the great potential he had. (Discovery Records)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


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Ernie Henry: Presenting (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Frank Strozier: Fantastic (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Frank Strozier: Fantastic (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)
Altoist Frank Strozier's first session as a leader has been reissued here with the original six selections joined by two additional and previously unreleased performances. The altoist's quintet consists of Miles Davis' rhythm section of the time (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb), along with the late, great trumpeter Booker Little. The music, mostly comprised of Strozier originals, is advanced hard bop, and the music is both enjoyable and (due to Little's presence) somewhat historic. (Discovery Records)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


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Silje Nergaard: For You A Thousand Times (CD: Okeh)
For You a Thousand Times is the inspirational new album from acclaimed Norwegian jazz singer Silje Nergaard. The album portrays people or scenes who inspired Silje and describes past encounters or personal experiences from images in her heart. Throughout this musical journey, Silje is accompanied by Andreas Ulvo (keyboard), Audun Erlien (bass), Sidiki Camara (percussion), Wetle Holte (drums and percussion), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Håkon Aase (violin) and Håkon Kornstad (saxophone). Receiving a Grammy nomination for her earlier album “A Thousand True Stories,” Silje Nergaard is without question Norway’s all-time best selling Jazz artist worldwide with 15 albums released over a career spanning 20 years. (Sony Music) 


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Silje Nergaard: For You A Thousand Times (CD: Okeh)


Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Cheek To Cheek- The Complete Duet Recordings  (CD: Verve, 4 CDs- Import)Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Cheek To Cheek- The Complete Duet Recordings (CD: Verve, 4 CDs- Import)
For the first time, all of Ella and Louis’s classic duets are in one place. This new, 4CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums – newly remastered versions Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – combining them with their eight Decca singles (both sides of their four releases, recorded 1946 and 1950); live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for the Ella and Louis album; plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humor, which were scattered on various releases in the past two decades. Cheek To Cheek also includes unreleased material: “The Memphis Blues,” with Bing Crosby, from his radio show, and several takes of Armstrong’s solo showcase, “Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess,” and a rare instrumental mix for “Red-Headed Woman.” The 4-CD collection includes an extensive essay by Ricky Riccardi, the world’s leading authority on Louis Armstrong, plus detailed annotations and rare images from the archives. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £47.99 


Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)
Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, alongside an all-star group of Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette plus special guests including John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Terry Lyne Carrington and others. 


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Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)


Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (CD: ECM)Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (CD: ECM)
Recorded in New York’s Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Blue Maqams brings Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem together with three brilliant improvisers. For Anouar Brahem and Dave Holland the album marks a reunion: they first collaborated 20 years ago on the very widely-acclaimed Thimar album. Brahem meets Jack DeJohnette for the first time here, but Holland and DeJohnette have been frequent musical partners over the last half-century beginning with ground-breaking work with Miles Davis – their collaborations are legendary. British pianist Django Bates also rises superbly to the challenge of Brahem’s compositions. And Anouar in turn is inspired to some of his most outgoing playing. (ECM Records) 


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Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)

Double 180g audiophile vinyl release. 


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Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)


Django Bates' Beloved: The Study Of Touch (CD: ECM)Django Bates' Beloved: The Study Of Touch (CD: ECM)
British pianist Django Bates returns to ECM with one of his very finest constellations, the trio Belovèd, with Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun, and an aptly named album, The Study of Touch. All three musicians are highly individual players, subtly challenging the conventions of the jazz piano trio. The group came together a decade ago when Bates was teaching at Copenhagen’s Rhythmic Music Conservatory. The shared work has included inspired reconstructions of pieces associated with Charlie Parker – a formative influence for both Bates and bassist Eldh - and in this new album, Parker’s tune “Passport” is set amid Django originals, and played with respect, contemporary sensibility and joy. Some of Django’s own tunes here – such as “Senza Bitterness”, “Sadness All The Way Down” and “We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way” have become core pieces in Belovèd’s repertoire, continually remodeled by this trio of improvisers. Bates’ composing and arranging skills are much in evidence, along with his freewheeling, free-flowing virtuosic melodic sense. The terse, percussive edge of Petter Eldh’s bass provides momentum and drummer Peter Bruun details the music with an almost painterly touch. In the crowded world of the piano trio, Belovèd has developed a sound all its own. The Study of Touch was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream - The Orchestral Sessions (CD: Okeh)
Okeh presents the brand new album, I Know I Dream by Grammy nominated superstar Stacey Kent. This is Stacey’s first ever full orchestral album of brand new material, including new original compositions by Jim Tomlinson and supreme cover versions of landmark songs. Joining Stacey on the album are Jim Tomlinson (saxophones, flutes & percussion), Graham Harvey (Piano and fender Rhodes), John Parricelli (guitars) and a host of other world class instrumentalists. (Sony Music) 


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Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream - The Orchestral Sessions (CD: Okeh)


Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)
Aki Rissanen delivers an all-encompassing, powerful new album with Another North, an album that explores new heights of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves and hypnotic loops. Aki Rissanen has reset his compass. This is their Another North. (Edition Records) 


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Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits (CD: Edition)
Gary Husband has been at the forefront of the international jazz scene for many years. He is that rare breed: a musician equally fluent in expression, and internationally lauded, on two instruments, in this case, drums and keyboard. Even more singular is his ability to bring together the fruits of a career that have included classical training, improvisational versatility and long experience on the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits into a distinctive and influential musical personality.

Gary’s latest album, and his first for Edition, A Meeting of Spirits is an innovative re-interpretation of the music of legendary guitarist, bandleader and composer John McLaughlin that in many ways demonstrates the totality of Husband’s multifaceted talent. In “...dissecting, reforming and freshly presenting...” the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Husband - a long time collaborator with McLaughlin - pays personal and intimate homage to the iconic guitarist while showcasing his own highly distinctive creativity and personal expression. (Edition Records) 


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Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits (CD: Edition)


Eric Alexander: Song Of No Regrets (CD: Highnote)Eric Alexander: Song Of No Regrets (CD: Highnote)
 


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Pat Martino: Formidable (CD: Highnote)
 


Pat Martino: Formidable (CD: Highnote)


Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (CD: Sunnyside)Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (CD: Sunnyside)
 


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Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)
 


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Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)


Booker Ervin: The Good Book - The Early Years 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)Booker Ervin: The Good Book - The Early Years 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
The terms “unsung hero” and “musicians' musician” were all too frequently appended to Ervin's name during his short lifetime, yet in spite of these inhibiting labels he recorded no fewer than fifteen albums as a leader, as well as appearing as a sideman on over a dozen others.

This new Acrobat anthology celebrates the early years of his recorded career at the dawn of the 1960s, a juncture in which Hard Bop, Soul Jazz and the Avant-Garde all jostled for primacy, and which found Ervin a player perfectly equipped for the times.

Featuring all three of his initial albums as a leader – The Book Cooks, Cookin' and That's it! - together with selected appearances with bands led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles, pianists Horace Parlan and Mal Waldron and fellow-tenor Bill Barron (the rare Hot Line album), this 4-CD retrospective is accompanied by an extensive booklet note by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, carefully re-examining Ervin's work, and uncovering much hitherto unknown information about his early life, alongside period photographs. (Discovery Records) 


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Roger Guerin: Le Formidable - Paris Meetings (CD: Fresh Sound)
At the end of the 1940s, young French jazz musicians started flocking towards the two styles of modern jazz—bebop and cool. Paris was the capital of European jazz, and the talent of the local musicians playing in Parisian clubs was often comparable to that of their American colleagues. In that league, we found mostly French and some Belgian names, such as Bobby Jaspar, Martial Solal, Pierre Michelot, Maurice Vander, Jean-Louis Viale, Benoit Quersin, René Thomas, Barney Wilen, René Urtreger, and several others.

This album is dedicated to one of them in particular: trumpeter Roger Guérin (1926-2010). Despite having very few recordings under his name and spending most of his career as a sideman, Guérin was never underappreciated by jazz fans and critics: after all, he was chosen as the best French jazz trumpeter ten years in a row (1955-65) by the “Jazz-Hot” readers’ and critics’ poll. In these sessions we find him alongside great American jazzmen like James Moody, Jimmy Raney, Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons, but also in the company of his French comrades, giving his best in every performance.

• He was involved in many of the projects that pushed the evolution of modern jazz in France. An arranger of the stature of Billy Byers, who worked in Paris for a while in 1956, described him like this: “There are some very good musicians in France: Roger Guérin is a great jazzman.” (Discovery Records) 


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Roger Guerin: Le Formidable - Paris Meetings (CD: Fresh Sound)


Charles Lloyd & Chico Hamilton Quintet: The Complete 1960-1961 Sessions (CD: Phono, 2CDs)Charles Lloyd & Chico Hamilton Quintet: The Complete 1960-1961 Sessions (CD: Phono, 2CDs)
This edition contains, for the first time on a single set, the complete 1960-61 sessions that marked the earliest collaborations of Charles Lloyd and Chico Hamilton. Presented here in chronological order and, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD IN THEIR STEREO VERSIONS, the dates originally appeared on the LPs The Chico Hamilton Special (Columbia CL1619/CS8419) and Selections from ‘Bye Bye Birdie’/ ‘Irma La Douce’ (Columbia CL1590/CS8390). The two 1961 tracks, which had never previously appeared on CD, were originally released on the rare compilation LPs Who’s Who in the Swinging Sixties (Columbia CS8565) and Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia CS8693).

The music here is particularly interesting in that Charles Lloyd is the only horn heard throughout these recordings, while on most of their other collaborations the cello was replaced by a trombone player. The complete 1962 Hamilton/Lloyd album Drumfusion (Columbia CS8607), featuring Garnett Brown on trombone, plus the only alternative take from that session (originally released on the LP compilation The Giants of Jazz (-CS 8770), have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Spirit Of Trane (CD: Fanfare)
"Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, The Spirit of Trane is our attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid-fire improvisations, the advanced harmonic progressions, the sonic impact of the best jazz quartet ever or his lush interpretations of the most beautiful ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of Trane. But Coltrane is far greater than the sum of his outstanding musical achievements. He was a voice of a generation, an artistic revolutionary spirit, a man who transformed anger into love and plight into a humanist message. Coltrane is for us jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. Trane is for us, first and foremost, a spirit." (Gilad Atzmon) 


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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Spirit Of Trane (CD: Fanfare)


John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension: Live At Ronmnie Scott's (CD: Abstract Logix)John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension: Live At Ronmnie Scott's (CD: Abstract Logix)
'Live at Ronnie Scott's' offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. 


Price:  £13.99 


Björn Meyer: Provenance (CD: ECM)
There is a distinguished tradition of solo bass albums on ECM, but Provenance is the first to be devoted to the electric bass guitar. Björn Meyer, Swedish-born and Swiss-based, has shaped a unique voice for his instrument inside the most diverse contexts, working alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi, Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem. For a decade he was a member of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, in which his bass guitar was frequently the lead instrument. His solo work is concerned with the experience of sound in acoustic spaces: “Even though the instrument is technically non-acoustic, the music is deeply influenced by the properties of the space where it is played. The many different ways in which acoustics affect my compositions and improvisations have always been sources of surprise and inspiration. There is definitely a second member in this solo project – the room!” The participating room on Provenance is the highly responsive Auditorio Stello Molo RSI in Lugano, its rich acoustics helping to bring out all the fine detail in Meyer’s subtle playing. (ECM Records) 


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Björn Meyer: Provenance (CD: ECM)


Lizz Wright: Grace (CD: Concord)Lizz Wright: Grace (CD: Concord)
 


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Danny Grissett: Remembrance (CD: Savant)
 


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Danny Grissett: Remembrance (CD: Savant)


Steve Lacy: Free For A Minute, 1965-1972 (CD: Emanem, 2 CDs)Steve Lacy: Free For A Minute, 1965-1972 (CD: Emanem, 2 CDs)
 


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Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times (CD: Emanem)
Four very different concert settings featuring sensational performances by trombonist Paul Rutherford: two festival solos – one from 1979 with electronics and the other from 2004 without; a 1988 duo with Paul Rogers (double bass) a few months before their Rogues CD; and from 2007 a trio with Veryan Weston (piano) and Marcio Mattos (cello & electronics) – a very promising group, except that this turned out to be Rutherford’s last public appearance. All previously unissued. 76 minutes. (Discovery Records) 


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Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times (CD: Emanem)


Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59  (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59 (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)
4 CD Box Set including a 36-page booklet with comprehensive essay by Jordi Pujol, complete sessionography, extensive recording details, rare photos and original art covers.

Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) had never been accorded the praise he deserved in the United States, despite the fact that in the 40s many prominent critics and musicians considered him the finest tenor-saxophone player to appear in jazz since the emergence of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He never found work easily in his own country, maybe because he expressed his views too forcibly about the various rackets going on behind the glitteringfacade of the musical profession. It got so bad that by the 1950s Lucky was practically ignored by most record labels, which deliberately passed over his name time and time again rather than employ him.

This was the situation in 1956, when he decided to move to Paris—like Don Byas and several others before him—hoping for better things in Europe where his name meant something to jazz critics and collectors. In the months after his arrival in Paris, Lucky appeared on more record sessions than he had in the previous several years in his own country.

These Parisian recordings (1956-1959) went a long way towards proving Lucky Thompson’s stature in jazz; they show that his neglect was uncalled for, and that he was a superb fountain of finely-embroidered jazz improvisation. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)
In the months following his arrival in Paris in February 1956, American tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson appeared in more record sessions than he had in years in his own country. Although his recordings in France were mostly with small groups, he also recorded four sessions with medium-sized orchestras made up by some of the most relevant jazzmen of the Parisian scene.

For the first of these sessions, Lucky joined the Modern Jazz Group —a ten-piece band— to play a series of compositions written by pianist Henri Renaud, and newly arranged to highlight Thompson’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic imagination. For the remaining three, he had the backing of Dave Pochonet leading several all-star groups that played originals and well-conceived arrangements penned by Lucky. In addition to his writing, his splendid solos project some hard-driving swing, as well as lyricism in the Hawkins-Webster mood. Most of his charts also offer ample solo space for other band members, who don’t squander the chance and jump in with more than commendable musicianship.

Thompson’s effort to sustain a high, solid mood throughout these sessions is somewhat amazing, making it clear that he was not only a saxophonist of excellent control of tone and ideas, but also an imaginative composer and unpretentious arranger. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)


Charles Mingus: Complete Live At The Bohemia 1955 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Charles Mingus: Complete Live At The Bohemia 1955 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This 2-CD set compiles all of the music recorded by the Charles Mingus Quintet with Max Roach as the guest star during a fruitful and extended evening in 1955. Most but not all of the material appeared on the LPs Mingus at the Bohemia (Debut Records DEB-123) and The Charles Mingus Quintet Plus Max Roach (Fantasy 6009), while the rest were issued on different compilations.

The concert presents Mingus at a time in which he had found his musical identity. His group is augmented by the great Max Roach as a special guest, and both masters play, among other tunes, an amazing duet titled “Percussion Discussion”. Mal Waldron’s piano is another of the highlights.

An extremely rare broadcast showcasing Mingus’ group also at the Bohemia the following year has been added as a bonus, including a version of “What Is This Thing Called Love” on which Phineas Newborn, Jr. replaces Waldron on piano. No other recordings of Newborn and Mingus together are known to exist! Studio versions of two of the tunes taped at the Bohemia, “Haitian Fight Song” and “A Foggy Day” complete this release. (Discovery Records) 


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WyntonKelly: Unissued In Boston (CD: Phono)
Known for his lively, blues-based playing and as one of the finest accompanists in jazz, pianist Wynton Kelly (1931-1971) garnered acclaim as part of Miles Davis’ 1959-61 band. After leaving Davis, Kelly played with his own trio, which recorded for several labels and toured the United States and internationally. However, his career did not develop much further, and he had difficulty finding enough work during his later years. Kelly, who was prone to epilepsy, died in a hotel room in Canada following a seizure, at the age of 39.

This set compiles two previously unreleased broadcasts recorded in Boston and featuring Kelly’s trios with Paul Chambers or Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. The great Roy Eldridge is added on trumpet on the last two tracks. (Discovery) 


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WyntonKelly: Unissued In Boston (CD: Phono)


Dudley Moore Trio: Today (CD: Cherry Red)Dudley Moore Trio: Today (CD: Cherry Red)
"Today" was recorded in 1971, during a hugely successful three-week tour of Australia involving concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Dudley was accompanied by stalwart drummer Chris Karan and his new permanent bass player Peter Morgan. It is the point at which the Trio found full expression, the sessions spawning a deliciously swinging 'Waterloo', the elegant 'Staircase', a seductive interpretation of Burt Bacharach's 'The Look of Love' and a Top 10 single, the irresistible scat-style 'Song for Suzy', dedicated to Dudley's first wife, the actress Suzy Kendall. (Warner Music) 


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Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (CD: Blue Note)
NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and musical truth-seeker Charles Lloyd reconvenes his remarkable New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland and takes us on another mystical journey with this live recording of Lloyd's original compositions. For his latest Blue Note offering, the passionate live recording Passin’ Thru, Lloyd reunites his enduring New Quartet featuring pianist Jason Moran, Rogers, and Harland, a simpatico unit that teems with intuition, contemplation and romping playfulness. Produced by Lloyd and Dorothy Darr, the album is a dynamic seven-song collection of Lloyd compositions that range from the swinging and gleeful title track (first recorded in 1963 when he was a member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet) to the sober and longing new piece, “Shiva Prayer,” written in commemoration of a dear friend, to whom the album is dedicated. (Universal Music) 


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Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (CD: Blue Note)


Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
Roscoe Mitchell contrasts and – for the first time - combines the sounds and distinctive characters of his four trios in an exhilarating double album recorded at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mitchell had been invited to premiere new music at the museum, in the context of the exhibition The Freedom Principle, which celebrated the directions in music and art set in motion by the AACM on Chicago’s South Side. Starting out by exploring “Spatial Aspects of the Sound”, with the ensemble featuring both Craig Taborn and Tyshawn Sorey on pianos, Mitchell offers what amounts to a composer self-portrait in continually changing colours and textures, reflecting on his own history while looking toward the future. Two pieces - including the title composition – draw upon the full percussion instrumentarium of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a panorama of gongs, bells, rattles, sirens, hand drums and more. Along the way there are remarkable contributions by all participants, among them a lyrical bass guitar feature for Jaribu Shahid on “EP 7849”, a heart-dilating solo by Tani Tabbal on “Cards for Drums”, an extended trumpet feature for Hugh Ragin on “Bells for the South Side”, evocative and atmospheric electronics from Craig Taborn and James Fei on “Red Moon in the Sky”, and plenty of Mitchell’s powerhouse saxophones throughout, from the piercing sopranino down to the mighty bass sax. The performance is concluded with “Odwalla”, the Mitchell-composed theme song of the Art Ensemble. (ECM Records) 


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Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (CD: ECM)
Some of Gary Peacock’s finest music has been made in piano trios. Early in his musical life, Peacock established a fresh role for the bass as an independent melodic voice, a concept carried forward in the history-making groups he’s played with – from Paul Bley’s Bill Evans’s trios to Keith Jarrett’s. As a bandleader he has also been influential: Tangents is the second release from the great bassist’s trio with Marc Copland and Joey Baron and draws on years of shared playing in diverse contexts. All three band members contribute compositions, Peacock’s including “December Greenwings”, revisiting a piece Gary introduced on his ECM recording December Poems. Repertoire includes five tunes from Peacock, two from Baron, one from Copland, and an outstanding group improvisation, “Empty Forest”. The trio also plays Miles Davis’s “Blue In Green” and, perhaps surprisingly, Alex North’s theme for the film Spartacus, which also proves a fine vehicle for improvising. Tangents was recorded in Lugano in May 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (CD: ECM)


Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer’s composition “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago,” the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his “Subconscious Lee,” and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme “Goldfinger.” (ECM Records) 


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Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (CD: ECM)
Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call him “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists” and The New Yorker to describe him as “extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic.” Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive (“Down to the Wire,” “Good on the Ground”) to the cathartically elegiac (“For Amiri Baraka,” “Threnody”), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.” (ECM Records) 


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Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (CD: ECM)


Fred Hersch: Open Book (CD: Palmetto)Fred Hersch: Open Book (CD: Palmetto)
 


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DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)
‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).

In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson and Joni Mitchell. The music will have broad appeal beyond mainstream jazz confines. The project came together organically as a way to celebrate music legend Jack DeJohnette’s 75th birthday. (PIAS) 


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DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)


Bill Charlap Trio: Uptown, Downtown (CD: Impulse)Bill Charlap Trio: Uptown, Downtown (CD: Impulse)
 


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Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying The Light - A Dedication To John Coltrane (CD: Spartacus)
In April 2017, Smith and his new quartet went into the studio to record his first acoustic quartet album since 2005. Entitled 'Embodying the Light', the album will mark Smith's 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the death of one of his greatest inspirations, John Coltrane. It features Coltrane compositions including "Naima", "Dear Lord" and "Resolution" and music associated with Coltrane alongside Smith compositions written in homage to Coltrane. (Proper Music) 


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Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying The Light - A Dedication To John Coltrane (CD: Spartacus)


Dave O'Higgins: It's Always 9.30 In Zog (CD: JGV)Dave O'Higgins: It's Always 9.30 In Zog (CD: JGV)
It’s always 9.30 in Zog is O’Higgins’ nineteenth album as leader and features eight original compositions, legendary South African Bheki Mseleku’s ‘Timelessness’, ‘Brixton’ written specially for O’Higgins by Brazilian accordion virtuoso, Chico Chagas, and two standards. Features Graham Harvey, Geoff Gasgoyne & Sebastiaan De Krom. 


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Liane Carroll: The Right To Love (CD: Quiet Money)
 


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Liane Carroll: The Right To Love (CD: Quiet Money)

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