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Lee Konitz: Frescalalto (CD: Impulse)Lee Konitz: Frescalalto (CD: Impulse)
At age 89, Lee Konitz still wields an astonishing command over the alto saxophone. His patented, streamlined approach of jazz improvisation continues to burst with vigor, underscored with simmering wisdom. With more than a half of century experience as a leader under his belt, it’s surprising that Konitz is only now making his Impulse! Records debut with the delightful Frescalalto, which finds the 2009 NEA Jazz Master in the superb company of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington.The quartet’s collective expertise and accord enlivens Frescalalto as Konitz revisits tunes, mostly of which are timeless jazz standards. It’s to his credit that he can instil new personal meanings, and uncover new facets into these songs without sounding rote. (Universal Music) 


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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up And Coming (CD: ECM)
Guitarist John Abercrombie - who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974 - returns with a second album by his quartet featuring Marc Copland on piano, along with longtime rhythm partners Drew Gress and Joey Baron.  


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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up And Coming (CD: ECM)


Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart (CD: ECM)Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart (CD: ECM)
After critically-lauded projects with trumpeter Paolo Fresu (Chiaroscuro) and with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan (Travel Guide), Ralph Towner returns to solo guitar for My Foolish Heart.

Whether on classical guitar or 12-string guitar Towner's touch is immediately identifiable. Solo music is an important thread through his rich discography and this new album - recorded at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in February 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher - follows in the great tradition of Diary, Solo Concert, Ana, Anthem, and Time Line.

It features finely-honed new compositions as well as a pair of tunes ("Shard" and "Rewind") from the songbook of Oregon, a dedication to the late Paul Bley ("Blue As In Bley") and a single standard - Victor Young's "My Foolish Heart" which Towner first came to love in Bill Evans's interpretation. (Proper Music) 


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Colin Vallon Trio: Danse (CD: ECM)
The Colin Vallon Trio has found its own space in the crowded world of the piano trio by quietly challenging its conventions. On its third ECM album Vallon again leads the group not with virtuosic solo display but by patient outlining of melody and establishing of frameworks in which layered group improvising can take place.

With this group, gentle but insistent rhythms can trigger seismic musical events. Although Vallon (recently nominated for the Swiss Music Prize) is the author of nine of the pieces here, the band members share equal responsibilities for the music's unfolding.

The gravitational pull of Patrice Moret's bass and the intense detail supplied by Julian Sartorius's drums and cymbals are crucial to the success of Vallon's artistic concept and the range of emotions the music can convey. (Proper Music) 


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Colin Vallon Trio: Danse (CD: ECM)


Trish Clowes: My Iris (CD: Basho)Trish Clowes: My Iris (CD: Basho)
'My Iris' is a new project from BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes. Following collaborations with string quartets and the BBC Concert Orchestra, My Iris shifts Clowes' perspective to the possibilities of a small ensemble. With Chris Montague on guitar, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond organ and James Maddren on drums, My Iris explores startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world that is both intimate and thrilling. (Proper Music) 


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Fay Claassen: Luck Child (CD: Challenge)
'Luck Child' by Dutch jazz singer Fay Claassen, is an ode to youth and beauty, with a mix of old and new songs. Mostly those she has been singing for many years but never recorded before. Famous and beloved songs by the likes of Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach and Ennio Morricone are presented alongside new compositions by Paul Heller.

Claassen has recorded her own albums together with many international jazz stars, such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner and Toots Thielemans. She was invited as a soloist for recordings by the WDR Big Band, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band.

She has also worked with well-known conductors and arrangers such as Jim Mc Neely, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene. Fay was awarded with The Golden Record for her double album 'Two Portraits of Chet Baker'. (Proper Music) 


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Fay Claassen: Luck Child (CD: Challenge)


Sarah McKenzie: Paris In The Rain (CD: Impulse)Sarah McKenzie: Paris In The Rain (CD: Impulse)
 


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Viktoria Tolstoy: Meet Me At The Movies (CD: ACT)
Three years on from recording 'A Moment Of Now', which placed the singer in the intimate setting of a duo with pianist Jacob Karlzon, Swedish chanteuse Viktoria Tolstoy now directs her attention to music from films. 'Meet Me At The Movies' is an emotional journey through the history of film and of film music. The singer's route takes her from Herman Hupfeld's 'As Time Goes By' from the Michael Curtiz film 'Casablanca' through to Björk's 'New World' from Lars von Trier's 'Dancer In The Dark.' It goes from 'Smile' from Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times' to Seal's 'Kiss From A Rose' from 'Batman Forever'. And it also takes in Michael & Lesley Gore's 'Out Here On My Own' from 'Fame' and Sarah McLachlan's 'Angel' from 'City of Angels' starring Nicolas Cage.

This is a selection of songs from films born of a passion. I know every one of the films that these songs come from,' says Tolstoy. 'And just about all of them are among my favourite films. Both 'Bagdad Café' and 'Dancer In The Dark' are at the top of my list - in each case I have a special connection to the music.' That closeness can be heard. She gives each song a personal resonance and its own character. When Viktoria Tolstoy invites you to meet her at the movies, the emotions will run high.... and it will be a pleasure and a privilege to accept. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Viktoria Tolstoy: Meet Me At The Movies (CD: ACT)


Egidijus Buozis: Pictures (CD: Charade)Egidijus Buozis: Pictures (CD: Charade)
On 'Pictures', a Scandinavian-Lithuanian-German all-star line-up presents soundscapes from the Baltic - jazz pianist Egidijus Buozis's first release for the Hamburg-based Charade label.

In addition to Cæcilie Norby (vocals) and Lars Danielsson (bass, percussion), Egidijus Buozis has succeeded in gathering several other outstanding musicians around him: bassist Mattias Grönroos and drummer Tommy Holmgren from Sweden, Vytautas Sondeckis (cello) from Lithuania, German violinist Stefan Pintev, and by no means least, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen.

With this jazz album, pianist Egidijus Buozis, presents himself to a wider audience beyond his native Lithuania for the first time. The very atmospheric soundscapes gathered together here make repeated direct and indirect references to the rich culture and distinctive beauty of the Baltic region, for example Buozis' arrangement of the Danish folk song 'Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag' ('I went out one summer's day'), or the composition 'Sutartine', named after a unique style of Lithuanian folksong which was recognised by UNESCO as 'intangible cultural heritage' in 2010. (Proper Music) 


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The Three Sounds & Gene Harris: Groovin' Hard - Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968 (CD: Resonance)
Groovin' Hard is a collection of previously unreleased live recordings of the legendary jazz trio, The Three Sounds, led by groove-master Gene Harris. Captured live at Seattle's Penthouse Jazz Club from 1964-1968, featuring bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, this set contains soulful originals like "Blue Genes" and standards like "The Shadow Of Your Smile," which was never released on any other Three Sounds' albums.

The group's song "Put On Train" was prominently sampled in the Beastie Boys song "What Comes Around" on the album Paul's Boutique. Deluxe package features rare photos and memorabilia - including the classic image on the cover of the trio performing at the club taken by photographer Egill Gustafson - plus essays by journalist Ted Panken, producer Zev Feldman, Seattle Jazz DJ Jim Wilke and others. The Three Sounds were one of the most popular artists on the iconic Blue Note label during the late 50s and early 60s, and you can hear why on these infectiously swinging recordings from The Penthouse. (Proper Music) 


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The Three Sounds & Gene Harris: Groovin' Hard - Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968 (CD: Resonance)


Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising (CD: Black Saint)Don Pullen featuring Sam Rivers: Capricorn Rising (CD: Black Saint)
 


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Archie Shepp: A Sea Of Faces (CD: Black Saint)
 


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Archie Shepp: A Sea Of Faces (CD: Black Saint)


Old And New Dreams (CD: Black Saint)Old And New Dreams (CD: Black Saint)
 


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Steve Lacy: Troubles (CD: Black Saint)
 


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Steve Lacy: Troubles (CD: Black Saint)


David Murray Octet: Home (CD: Black saint)David Murray Octet: Home (CD: Black saint)
 


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Rudd/Lacy/Mengelberg/Carter/Bennink: Regeneration (CD: Soul Note)
 


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Rudd/Lacy/Mengelberg/Carter/Bennink: Regeneration (CD: Soul Note)


Paul Bley, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian: Memoirs (CD: Soul Note)Paul Bley, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian: Memoirs (CD: Soul Note)
 


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John Taylor: In Two Minds (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor: In Two Minds (CD: Cam Jazz)


Sonny Stitt & Hank Jones Quartet/Quintet: Cherokee - Legendary Studio Sessions (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)Sonny Stitt & Hank Jones Quartet/Quintet: Cherokee - Legendary Studio Sessions (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)
Four complete sessions in their entirety featuring small groups showcasing saxophonist Sonny Stitt and pianist Hank Jones. All of the dates here are quartets with the exception of the final one in which fellow hornman Paul Gonsalves was added to the group. Albums included here are “Sonny Stitt with the New Yorkers”, “Now!”, “Salt and Pepper” & “Stitt in Orbit”. (Discovery Records) 


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Peggy Lee: Swingin' Brightly & Gently - Complete Recordings 1958-59 (CD: Blue Moon)
A newly remastered collection of Peggy Lee’s Capitol recordings, comprising the albums “Things Are Swingin’” and “I Like Men!” and 10 singles, including her biggest hit “Fever”. Collated for the first time the complete discography, dates and personnel for all the Peggy Lee/Jack Marshall sessions. Lee is in fine voice and spirit, backed by top West Coast sidemen. (Discovery Records) 


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Peggy Lee: Swingin' Brightly & Gently - Complete Recordings 1958-59 (CD: Blue Moon)


Bobby Hackett: With Strings - That Midnight Touch + A Time For Love (CD: Blue Moon)Bobby Hackett: With Strings - That Midnight Touch + A Time For Love (CD: Blue Moon)
The stereo sound of these recordings brings out the beauty of Bobby Hackett’s mellow cornet sound. Recorded in 1967, the two albums included here feature a subtle string orchestra with assistance from guitarists Tony Mottola and out Al Casamenti, pianists Dave McKenna and Stan Freeman with Bob Dougherty on bass and Don Lamond, drums. (Discovery Records) 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Wienerworld)
 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Wienerworld)


Elmo Hope Sextet: Homecoming! (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Elmo Hope Sextet: Homecoming! (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Limited edition 180 g vinyl stereo LP re-issue with original cover and liner notes. 


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Thelonious Monk: Alone in San Francisco (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition high definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


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Thelonious Monk: Alone in San Francisco (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


E.S.T Symphony (CD: ACT)E.S.T Symphony (CD: ACT)
An epic work in the spirit of Esbjörn Svensson. The music of the most important jazz band of the Noughties arranged for symphony orchestra and jazz soloists. Esbjörn Svensson had considered a symphonic setting for his music in the years before his tragic death in 2008. Eight years on and this striking new release E.S.T. SYMPHONY fulfils that wish.

The esteemed Swedish arranger-conductor Hans Ek has arranged an outstanding selection of Esbjörn s compositions from the band's rich 13 album catalogue for a widescreen orchestral canvas. Performed exquisitely by the 90-piece Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Ek s orchestrations integrate organically with solo contributions from a handful of Scandi-jazz superstars of today and tomorrow. Featured are the saxophonist Marius Neset, trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, pianist Iiro Rantala and the unique pedal steel guitarist Johan Lindström, a member of Tonbruket, a band led by the innovative ex-e.s.t. bassist Dan Berglund who s clearly the lynchpin of this project alongside his ex-bandmate/drummer Magnus Öström. By both imaginatively expanding upon and saluting the broad-based contemporary sonic universe created by e.s.t. in the first decade of the new millennium, Hans Ek has created on E.S.T. SYMPHONY an enduring and entirely fitting monument to a muchmissed and highly inspirational contemporary jazz trio. (ACT) 


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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude Of Angels (CD: ECM, 4CDs)
'A Multitude of Angels' is a 4-CD set of recordings from a series of solo concerts in Italy in October 1996, documenting the conclusion of Keith Jarrett's experiments with long-form improvisation in performances from Modena, Ferrara, Turin, and Genoa.

These discs fit into the chronology of Keith Jarrett's many live solo recordings after 1995's 'La Scala'. 'A Multitude of Angels' marks the end of the first period of the solo concerts, documented on ECM recordings from the 'Bremen-Lausanne' set to 'Sun Bear Concerts', an era in which Jarrett's spontaneously developmental, free-flowing music could lead the receptive improviser to many different places. (Proper Music) 


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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude Of Angels (CD: ECM, 4CDs)


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Bill Evans: Beauty & The Beast (CD: Spartacus)Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Bill Evans: Beauty & The Beast (CD: Spartacus)
Tommy Smith wrote the epic suite Beauty and the Beast specifically for the American saxophonist and ex Miles-Davis sideman Bill Evans, and this recording with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra fully captures the power, passion and majesty of breath-taking orchestral jazz. This fabulous live recording captures the colossal scale of the work, and marks the towering improvisational accomplishments of modern jazz musicians hitting peak form.

Bill Evans is one of the most dynamic saxophonists of his generation, and he brings all of his trademark energy and muscularity to a demanding piece of music. Not least of those demands is the requirement to contrast the seductive lyrical charms of 'Beauty', with the flashing fury of 'The Beast'.

Smith's Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale with teeth, and the SNJO guide the listener through its seven-part structure with fearless authority. The rhythm section of Steve Hamilton (piano), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums) are particularly commanding, and provide a rock-solid platform for Evans to solo freely and in uninhibited style. (Proper Music) 


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Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet: The Sound Of Soho (CD: Ronnie Scotts')
'The Sound of Soho' was recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club by The Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet. On this album the band pay tribute to some of the greats in the hard bop and soul jazz era. These legends of the music all performed at Ronnie Scott's and include Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Billy Strayhorn and Tubby Hayes.

The Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet features James Pearson on piano, Alex Garnett on saxophone, Sam Burgess on bass, Freddie Gavita on trumpet and Chris Higginbottom on drums. The final track of the album also includes Brandon Allen on saxophone. (Proper Music) 


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Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet: The Sound Of Soho (CD: Ronnie Scotts')


Wallace Roney: A Place In Time (CD: Highnote)Wallace Roney: A Place In Time (CD: Highnote)
With the Grammy-winning composer/pianist Patrice Rushen on hand with guest reedman Gary Bartz and Wallace Roney's sidemen of choice, Ben Solomon, tenor sax, Buster Williams, bass and Lenny White, drums, the musicians on 'A Place in Time' deliver a blisteringly accomplished and creative session. (Proper Music) 


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Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (CD: Enja)
Drum maestro Billy Hart's original music from the 1970s-1990s is arranged for the first time for a big band. But not just any big band -- Germany's most renowned ensemble, the WDR Big Band Cologne. The arranger and instigator of the project is a former student of Hart's -- a Swiss trombonist, composer and arranger named Christophe Schweizer, who took a strong interest in Hart's music after the drummer had such a profound impact on him as a teacher and a player." (Proper Music) 


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Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture (CD: Enja)


Kenny Burrell & The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited: Unlimited 1 (CD: Highnote)Kenny Burrell & The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited: Unlimited 1 (CD: Highnote)
On 'Unlimited 1' Kenny Burrell is captured live at the West-Coast jazz mecca, Catalina's, with a well-oiled big band, The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, which is made up of some of the West Coast's greatest jazz men and studio players. (Proper Music) 


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Herbie Mann: Peace Pieces (CD: Wienerworld)
Peace Pieces is a tribute album to the late pianist Bill Evans, one of Mann’s favourite musicians. Features renowned American trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker. The rhythm section comprises of guitarist Bruce Dunlap, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Louis Nash and percussionist Sammy Figueroa. (Wienerworld) 


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Herbie Mann: Peace Pieces (CD: Wienerworld)


Various Artists: The Song Is You - Woodstock Jazz Festival 1981 (CD: Wienerworld, 2 CDs)Various Artists: The Song Is You - Woodstock Jazz Festival 1981 (CD: Wienerworld, 2 CDs)
This performance by fusion pioneers Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitous, Chick Corea, experimental giant Anthony Braxton, Pat Metheny and one of the originators of cool jazz, Lee Konitz, is a recording of their 1981 concert at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio. (Wienerworld) 


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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (CD: ECM)
 


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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (CD: ECM)


Miroslav Vitous: Ziljabu Nights (CD: Intuition)Miroslav Vitous: Ziljabu Nights (CD: Intuition)
 


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Miroslav Vitous: The Bass (CD: BGO)
Czech double bassist's Herbie Mann-produced Atlantic album from 1972 featuring Joe Henderson, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette and Joe Chambers. 


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Miroslav Vitous: The Bass (CD: BGO)


Mike Westbrook: Paris (CD: ASC)Mike Westbrook: Paris (CD: ASC)
'Paris' was recorded by Jon Hiseman over two nights in July 2016 , presented by Hélène Aziza at her art gallery and music venue 19 rue Paul Fort near Porte d'Orleans. In an hour-long set, Mike Westbrook improvises themes from his own musical history, from his 1970s composition 'Citadel/Room 315' through to 'A Bigger Show' and his recent 'Paintbox Jane'. There are references to his Ellington tribute Duke's Birthday, to 'London Bridge is Broken Down', to his music theatre piece 'The Ass', and to his Beatles project 'Off Abbey Road'. The sequence contains songs written in collaboration with his wife, the artist, vocalist and librettist Kate Westbrook, along with popular songs, jazz classics and blues. (Proper Music) 


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Stan Tracey: Solo:Trio (CD: Cadillac)
 


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Stan Tracey: Solo:Trio (CD: Cadillac)


Jeroen van Vliet Moon Trio: Earth - Time (CD: Jazzhaus)Jeroen van Vliet Moon Trio: Earth - Time (CD: Jazzhaus)
"Those who love his lyrical style and clear piano sound will be pleased by this new release Jeroen van Vliet and his Moon Trio: Earth ? Time. Van Vliet's recognisable sound with simple (but strong) emotional melodies, enriched with electronic effects on both piano and on bass creates a groovy sound and rhythm due to a perfect understanding with Mark Schilder's drums and Cord Heineking's bass. A trio, coming from the Moon, looking for Earth. Jeroen van Vliet about his Moon Trio: wanted it to be groovy, but still to stay close to the acoustic piano sound; with simple, but emotional yet groovy pieces.

In 2014 Jeroen van Vliet was awarded The Boy Edgar Prize; the most important recognition in The Neth-erlands for jazz and improvised music. The jury called him one of the few great poets of Dutch improvised music, faithful to the beauty of sound. (Proper Music) 


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David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo: Live In Sant'Anna Arresi 2004 (CD: AUM Fidelity)
'Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004' is the 2nd volume in AUM Fidelity's David S. Ware Archive Series, and the first release of the saxophone master in rare duo performance with fellow master of music, pianist Matthew Shipp.

Though sharing seventeen years together in the legendary David S. Ware Quartet, Shipp recalls that he and Ware performed duo concerts perhaps six times at most in that period. Thankfully, on this latter-day occasion, their work together in this form was professionally recorded. (Proper Music) 


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David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo: Live In Sant'Anna Arresi 2004 (CD: AUM Fidelity)


Tubby Hayes Quartet: Invitation - Live at The Top Alex 1973 (CD: Acrobat)Tubby Hayes Quartet: Invitation - Live at The Top Alex 1973 (CD: Acrobat)
The United Kingdom, March 1973: Pink Floyd release ‘Dark Side of The Moon’: the provisional IRA detonate bombs at Whitehall and The Old Bailey; and saxophonist Tubby Hayes and his quartet perform one of their final engagements outside of London, taking to the stage of the Top Alex, Southend-on-Sea, as part of the pub's regular jazz presentations.

To Hayes and his band, who'd been together as a unit for over three years, it was hardly a gig to raise eyebrows; a typical, jazz club blow in a suburban pub backroom, the very thing that the saxophonist had begun his career doing twenty-three years earlier. But now, Hayes was no longer a star ascendant, or operating like the jazz dynamo he'd been in his mid-1960s heyday. He was, quite literally, running out of time. Three months after the Top Alex appearance, he was dead, aged just 38, finally halted by the heart problems that had plagued his final years.

While the press obituaries rightly accorded Hayes his deserved position as one of Britain's greatest ever jazz talents, they also noted the cruel irony that he and his band hadn't entered a recording studio since 1969. Indeed, how the Tubby Hayes Quartet - a group which one obituarist compared to the identical line-up led by John Coltrane – sounded in its final years became something of a mystery.

The discovery of privately recorded tapes of the Top Alex performance, issued for the first time on this Acrobat release, provides not only a valedictory souvenir of the quartet in its final phase, but also a lesson in its leader’s still deepening musical maturity; close to the end, Hayes draws on everything he'd learned, experienced and pioneered to date, as well as revealing clues as to where his music might have headed next.

Packaged with rare photographs and memorabilia from the night itself, featuring reminiscences by band member Spike Wells, and others who witnessed the gig, and including an in-depth booklet note by Hayes' biographer, saxophonist Simon Spillett, this album is a final, melancholy reminder of a truly gigantic musical legend. (Discovery Records) 


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Billie Holiday: The Last Albums (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
“Lady in Satin”, recorded with the Ray Ellis Orchestra in 1958, became a big hit. Although her voice wasn’t in top form at this point, the poignancy with which Billie Holiday performed the material produced a true classic. The following year they tried to repeat the formula when Holiday’s health had deteriorated further and she died before the album was released, hence the title “Last Recording”. Both LPs are presented here in their entireties and various concert broadcast recordings from the singer’s last two years have been added as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Billie Holiday: The Last Albums (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Dave Brubeck Quartet: Jazz At The College of The Pacific - Complete (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Dave Brubeck Quartet: Jazz At The College of The Pacific - Complete (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
A classic Brubeck Quartet concert recorded in December 1953 – the complete performance now presented here for the first time on a single set. Several rare radio broadcasts from the same period have been added as a bonus, including three tracks never previously released. (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonioius Monk: Complete 1954-1962 Studio Solo Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
All existing solo piano studio master takes recorded by Thelonious Monk from his very first ones in 1954 up to his debut album for Colombia in 1962. While the majority of Monk’s recordings are in a quartet format, his unaccompanied tracks are full of magic. To complete the set, bonus tracks including 2 rare solo piano pieces recorded at the home of Baroness Pannonica. (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonioius Monk: Complete 1954-1962 Studio Solo Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Jimmy Smith / Lou Donaldson Quartet: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)Jimmy Smith / Lou Donaldson Quartet: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)
Hammond organ maestro Jimmy Smith and alto sax master Lou Donaldson collaborated on various projects and this double CD compiles for the first time in a single set all the wonderful recordings they taped in the studio with Donaldson as the only horn. These are mostly quartet sessions with a couple of duets. Three tracks by the Jimmy Smith trio are included as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Charlie Parker: Bird In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat Boston 1953-1954 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Newly remastered CD with vastly improved sound quality. These are historic recordings of Charlie Parker broadcasting live from Boston’s Hi Hat club in 1953/54. Bird was hired as a ”single” for these dates, backed by local musicians. MC is none other than the legendary Symphony Sid, duplicating here his New York role from the control booth inside the Hi Hat for his nightly radio show on WCOP. (Discovery Records) 


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Charlie Parker: Bird In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat Boston 1953-1954 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Lee Konitz & Kenny Wheeler Quintet: Olden Times - Live At Birdland Neuberg (CD: Double Moon)Lee Konitz & Kenny Wheeler Quintet: Olden Times - Live At Birdland Neuberg (CD: Double Moon)
Reissue of a live recording from 1999 of two real jazz legends - saxophonist Lee Konitz and the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. It has been remastered and includes one bonus track, plus the original and new liner notes by the same author. (Proper Music) 


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Chet Baker & Dick Twardzik Quartet: Chet & Dick (CD: Jazz Images)
Chet Baker Quartet Vol.1 (Barclay 84009) was the first album recorded by Baker in Europe. Before that 1955 tour, he had never been to the Old Continent. Traveling with him was pianist Dick Twardzik, a highly talented player who had been praised by the likes of fellow pianist Russ Freeman (who encouraged him to record his only session as a leader) and Charlie Parker (who called Twardzik to back him during several Boston engagements). Twardzik would die in Paris at the age of 24 due to a heroin overdose a few days after recording the two sessions included on the present album. Further sessions recorded by Baker in Paris for Barclay and originally included on Chet Baker and His Quintet (Barclay BLP-84042) and on the Blue Star EP-74020 have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Chet Baker & Dick Twardzik Quartet: Chet & Dick (CD: Jazz Images)


Chet Baker: Live In London (CD: Ubuntu, 2 CDs)Chet Baker: Live In London (CD: Ubuntu, 2 CDs)
A stunning unreleased Chet Baker session from 1983 recorded with a great UK trio. Remastered and released with permission from the Chet Baker Estate.

For six evenings, from 28th March to 2nd April 1983, the John Horler Trio rhythm section supported the legendary trumpet player Chet Baker at The Canteen in London. For those who were fortunate enough to be there, these were magical shows. The rhythm section was tight and Chet was at the top of his game. The best of the six hours of music is presented here on 'Live in London' and has been restored and remastered to the highest quality. (Proper Music) 


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Toots Thielemans: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Toots Thielemans complete with original artwork. "Man Bites Harmonica"; "Blues Pour Flirter"; "Toots Thielemans" and "The Romantic Sounds Of Toots Thielemans".

 


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Toots Thielemans: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Archie Shepp: Doodlin' (CD: Inner City)Archie Shepp: Doodlin' (CD: Inner City)
'Doodlin' was recorded by Archie Shepp in Paris during November 1970 but not released on Inner City until 1976. The album features performances by Shepp, Alan Shorter, Bob Reid and Muhammad Ali. An interesting, sometimes challenging album with Shepp trying his hand at piano as well as his usual sax. (Discovery Records) 


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Abbey Lincoln: Golden Lady (CD: Inner City)
Abbey Lincoln's follow-up album to 'People in Me' retained her wise and somewhat defiant attitude, while expressing deep-seated feelings of womanhood, personal growth, and freedom. The band features saxophonist Archie Shepp, trumpeter Roy Burrowes, drummer Freddie Waits, bassist Jack Gregg, and the exceptional pianist Hilton Ruiz joining Shepp, Burrowes, and Lincoln. HJighlights include interpretations of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," a melancholy version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady", and a nearly ten-minute take of Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life"? During this late-'70s/early-'80s period, Lincoln-Moseka asserted herself in ways that made her stand out from the crowded arena of female jazz vocalists, and -- as always -- she had something to say to society. Golden Lady should be considered as one of her best albums. (Discovery Records) 


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Abbey Lincoln: Golden Lady (CD: Inner City)


Karin Krog: Gershwin With Karin Krog (Vinyl LP: Odin)Karin Krog: Gershwin With Karin Krog (Vinyl LP: Odin)
A classic Karin Krog album reissued on 180g LP, remastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in Rainbow Studio. By the time Karin Korg made 'Gershwin with Karin Krog', from late 1973 to mid-1974, she had been making records for ten years. Indeed, her very first session, from November 1963 included two of the musicians to be heard here; pianist Egil Kapstad and drummer Jon Christensen. We also hear tenor saxophonist Bjarne Nerem and ECM bass legend Arild Andersen. This album marks the earliest occasion on which Karin set out to make a complete album devoted to a single composer. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Karin Krog: You Must Believe In Spring (Vinyl LP: Odin)
An underrated gem from Karin Krog's discography, remastered on 180g LP by Jan Erik Kongshaug in Rainbow Studio. These six excellent settings of songs by Michel Legrand were recorded by Karin Korg in May 1974.

The arrangements were the work of trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. The immediate sense one gets from the album is of both singer and arranger trying out ways in which to escape from the established conventions of jazz vocal albums, and simultaneously aiming to incorporate some of the filmic qualities in Legrand's writing. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton. (Proper Music) 


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Karin Krog: You Must Believe In Spring (Vinyl LP: Odin)


Masqualero (Vinyl LP: Odin)Masqualero (Vinyl LP: Odin)
The 1983 debut album of the Norwegian supergroup Masqualero (Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Tore Brunborg and Nils Petter Molvaer) is a modern classic in Norwegian jazz history. The quintet Masqualero was an encounter between two generations of Norwegian jazz musicians, and was one of the Norwegian jazz community's most influential international representatives throughout the 1980s. The album was recorded in the course of three days: two days of studio recording and one of mixing with Jan Erik Kongshaug at Talent Studio. There and then they recorded the eight original tunes that, along with Shorter's title track, comprise the LP "Masqualero".

When 'Masqualero' was released in the autumn of 1983, the album was received with unanimous critical acclaim, and won the Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy) for best jazz record of the year. (Proper Music)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


Price:  £19.99 


Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


Price:  £21.99 

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Hank Mobley: Roll Call (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Hank Mobley: Roll Call (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


Price:  £21.99 


Hank Mobley: A Caddy For Daddy (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Hank Mobley: A Caddy For Daddy (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Donald Byrd: Free Form (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Donald Byrd: Free Form (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


Price:  £21.99 


Freddie Roach: Brown Sugar (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Freddie Roach: Brown Sugar (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Larry Young: Into Somethin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Larry Young: Into Somethin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland: Aziza (CD: Dare 2)
 


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Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland: Aziza (CD: Dare 2)


John Scofield: Country For Old Men (CD: Impulse)John Scofield: Country For Old Men (CD: Impulse)
Country For Old Men is Scofield’s homage to such greats as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams among others. This album has Scofield playing alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart, and was produced by Scofield himself. 


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Dinosaur: Together, As One (CD: Edition)
‘Together, As One’ is the third album as a leader from British award-winning trumpet player, composer and band-leader Laura Jurd and her debut with newly named band Dinosaur. Featuring Laura’s regular collaborators, friends and creative cohorts Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick, ‘Together, As One’ is a coherently powerful and bold album that not only confirms her promise as one of the most important young musicians to emerge from the UK jazz scene in recent years but is also a statement that will launch her music into the international jazz world stratosphere. (Edition Records) 


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Dinosaur: Together, As One (CD: Edition)


Egberto Gismonti: Danca Das Cabecas (Vinyl LP: ECM)Egberto Gismonti: Danca Das Cabecas (Vinyl LP: ECM)
Recorded in Oslo in 1976 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Danca Das Cabecas is reissued on 180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


Price:  £20.99 


John Abercrombie: Timeless (Vinyl LP: ECM)

180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


Price:  £20.99 

John Abercrombie: Timeless (Vinyl LP: ECM)


Terje Rypdal: Waves (Vinyl LP: ECM)Terje Rypdal: Waves (Vinyl LP: ECM)

180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


Price:  £20.99 


Kenny Wheeler: Deer Wan (Vinyl LP: ECM)
'Deer Wan' was recorded in July 1977 in Oslo and produced by Manfred Eicher. It's now reissued on 180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


Price:  £20.99 

Kenny Wheeler: Deer Wan (Vinyl LP: ECM)


Gary Peacock: Voice From The Past - Paradigm (Vinyl LP: ECM)Gary Peacock: Voice From The Past - Paradigm (Vinyl LP: ECM)

180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


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Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The Declaration of Musical Independence (CD: ECM)
The great avant-jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille - whose associations have ranged from a long, vintage collaboration with Cecil Taylor to co-leading current all-star collective Trio 3 with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman - makes his ECM leader debut with The Declaration of Musical Independence.

Featuring a quartet with guitar luminary Bill Frisell, keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum and bassist Ben Street, the album kicks off with an artfully oblique interpretation of John Coltrane's "Coltrane Time," led by Cyrille's solo drum intro. The disc then features a sequence of sonically arresting originals, including Street's luminous "Say..." and Frisell's deeply felt "Kaddish" and "Song for Andrew," with Frisell's guitar alternately cutting and billowing, the edge evoking some of his most illustrious past ECM performances. (Proper Music) 


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Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The Declaration of Musical Independence (CD: ECM)


Beady Belle: On My Own (CD: Jazzland)Beady Belle: On My Own (CD: Jazzland)
Recorded in New York City, 'On My Own' is the eighth album by Norwegian group Beady Belle. It features a strong - but not overpowering - undercurrent of 70s soul and vocal jazz, mixing intimacy and exuberance, and pulsations both urban and urbane. The musicians include Bugge Wesseltoft (who is also the producer) on keys, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass, saxophonist Joshua Redman, trumpeter Mathias Eick and vocalist Torun Eriksen.

Beady Belle is led by charismatic vocalist/composer Beate S. Lech, whose compositional and lyrical skills are showcased here as never before, weaving new tapestries through which her voice is the golden thread. Melodically gripping, harmonically intricate, lyrically intelligent (without pretentiousness), and underpinned by solid grooves. With each new release, her voice has become richer, more capable, and laced with nuance and subtle expressiveness. Simply put, there is no-one else like her. (Proper Music) 


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Paul Dunmall Quartet: Underground (CD: Slam Productions)
 


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Paul Dunmall Quartet: Underground (CD: Slam Productions)


Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine: How Long Is Now (CD: ACT)Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine: How Long Is Now (CD: ACT)
After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.

Rantala’s compositional horizons are mostly what defines “How Long Is Now?”, but he also has a conscious intention to take a jazz trio in a specific direction: “The basic concept,” he says, “is to avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and to make it more groovy, with simple melodies.” Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio, and three more are by others who, in their different ways, have helped to construct Rantala’s appealing musical personality - Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Barron and Johann Sebastian Bach. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Neil Cowley Trio: Spacebound Apes (CD: HideInside)
 


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Neil Cowley Trio: Spacebound Apes (CD: HideInside)


Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns (CD: Impulse)Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns (CD: Impulse)
Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating mélange of funk, blues and jazz. With her trio that had been touring together for two years—electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori—Peyroux set out to record in a live setting a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence. (Universal Music Group)  


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Joey Alexander: Countdown (CD: Motema)
The highly-anticipated sophomore album by twice Grammy-nominated piano prodigy Joey Alexander, showcases his remarkable development as a contemporary jazz bandleader and talent as a composer. Featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., saxophonist Chris Potter joins the trio for an extended exploration of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage". (Proper Music) 


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Joey Alexander: Countdown (CD: Motema)


Various Artists: Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults - The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Vol. 1 (CD: Resonance)Various Artists: Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults - The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Vol. 1 (CD: Resonance)

The first in a series of jazz compilations from the historical catalog of Resonance Records. Featuring fourteen selections of rare finds from some of the most iconic jazz figures of all time, such as Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Larry Young and more!

With striking artwork gracing the cover by designer Burton Yount, this specially-priced compilation is packed with over 78 minutes of music that celebrates Resonance's ongoing dedication to unearthing lost treasures from the jazz clubs and tape vaults all around the world. Jazz Haunts even includes 3 tracks from not-yet-released projects from Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris, and the legendary Wes Montgomery. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £9.99 


Bud Shank: California Dreamin' (CD: Elemental Music)
 


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Bud Shank: California Dreamin' (CD: Elemental Music)


Herb Geller: Four Classc Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Herb Geller: Four Classc Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Herb Geller, complete with original artwork and liner notes.

"Plays"; "Sextette"; "Fire In The West" and "Plays Selections From Gypsy"

Another musician lucky enough to be born into a musical family, Herb's mother played piano for silent movies in Hollywood. A friend of the family brought him his first alto sax at age 8 and two years later he was also playing the clarinet. At his school Dorsey High he played in the band alongside future sax and flute genius Eric Dolphy. By the age of 16 Herb began his professional career playing alto in the Joe Venuti band. By 21 he had heard the music of Charlie Parker and had moved to New York to play with, amongst others, Claude Thornhill and Paul Desmond. Herb was influenced by Charlie Parker, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges and would go on to play with countless great jazz men during his long and illustrious career. A few names to mention would be Chet Baker, Benny Goodman, Clifford Brown, Billy May, Shorty Rogers, Max Roach and Quincy Jones. Along the way Herb also learnt to play the piccolo, flute, oboe and English horn. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Blue Mitchell: Bring It Home To Me (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Originally released on the legendary Blue Note label in 1966, now re-issued with original artwork. Mitchell’s direct, lightly swinging, somewhat plain-wrapped tone fit right in with Blue Note’s hard bop ethos of the 1960s. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP.

 


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Blue Mitchell: Bring It Home To Me (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Kenny Dorham: Whistle Stop (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Kenny Dorham: Whistle Stop (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
A bluesy, swinging hard bop session featuring top-flight players recorded for the Blue Note label in 1961. Reissued with all the original artwork. All seven of the album’s compositions are by Dorham, and they allow the band to explore a variety of moods and rhythmic approaches, without ever failing to provide the toe-tapping grooves listeners were after. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Big John Patton: The Way I Feel (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Organist John Patton led this session for the legendary Blue Note label – re- issued here with all of the original artwork.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP.  


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Big John Patton: The Way I Feel (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Baby Face Willette: Face To Face (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Baby Face Willette: Face To Face (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
First released in 1961 by Blue Note, this re-issue features all the original artwork. This was the under recorded Willette’s debut album for the label and features his trademark, Hammond B3 style – more percussive than Jimmy Smith’s. A fine grooving soul-jazz outing. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Horace Silver Quintet: Further Explorations (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
1958 Blue Note LP, re-issued here with all the original artwork.This short lived quintet produced a significant milestone in the development of hard bop. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Horace Silver Quintet: Further Explorations (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Ike Quebec: Bossa Nova Soul Samba (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Ike Quebec: Bossa Nova Soul Samba (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Reissue with original artwork of an Ike Quebec quintet album released in 1962 by the legendary Blue Note label. A high-quality contribution to the jazz bossa nova style which was so popular at the time, this was his final recording.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


Price:  £21.99 


Stan Getz: In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat 1953 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Historically significant live performances recorded in 1953 during one of Stan Getz’ visits to the Hi Hat club in Boston. Apart from the sheer quality of the playing, these are the only available recordings that capture one of the first public appearances of the recently formed Getz quintet, with Bob Brookmeyer making his debut as a featured soloist. (Discovery Records) 


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Stan Getz: In Boston - Live at The Hi-Hat 1953 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


John Coltrane: Settin The Pace (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)John Coltrane: Settin The Pace (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


Price:  £18.99 


Miles Davis Sextet: At Newport 1958 (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
The complete set, including introduction, recorded by the Miles Davis sextet at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The group was one of the most revered in jazz history and would go on to record “Kind of Blue” a few months later. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. 


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Miles Davis Sextet: At Newport 1958 (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Dizzy Gillespie Octet: The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)Dizzy Gillespie Octet: The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
Recorded in 1957, this features the trumpeter’s group playing compositions by Gigi Gryce and Benny Golson, who also play alto and tenor sax respectively in the eight piece band. (Discovery Records)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


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Tommy Smith & The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Modern Jacobite (CD: Spartacus)
Leading European jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Tommy Smith boldly breaks new ground with the BBC/SSO on Modern Jacobite, an exceptional recording featuring his new symphonic work 'Jacobite', alongside personal re-imaginings of Rachmaninoff and Chick Corea. (Spartacus Records) 


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Tommy Smith & The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Modern Jacobite (CD: Spartacus)


Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness (CD: Nonesuch)Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness (CD: Nonesuch)
Nearness is a selection of duets from long-time friends and collaborators' Redman & Mehldau and their first duo album, recorded live during their recent European tour. Brad Mehldau first came to prominence as a member Joshua Redman's quartet in the 1990s before becoming a bandleader himself. The pair first reunited in 2010 when Redman was featured on Mehldau's album Highway Rider. In 2013, Mehldau was featured as a performer and producer on Redman's Walking Shadows. "It's like one of those friendships where you don't see someone for a long stretch and then you fall right back where you left off," Mehldau told the Ottawa Citizen when he and Redman performed at the city's jazz festival in 2011. According to the Citizen's Peter Hum, these two friends are 'among the most potent and influential jazz instrumentalists of their generation, and what Mehldau calls 'picking up' is in fact world-class improvising before rapt audiences.' 


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Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling: Upward Spiral (CD: Okeh)
 


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Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling: Upward Spiral (CD: Okeh)


Fred Hersch Trio: Sunday Night At The Vanguard (CD: Palmetto)Fred Hersch Trio: Sunday Night At The Vanguard (CD: Palmetto)
Hersch's new recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard stands as the most profound and enthralling trio statement yet by an improviser whose bands have embodied the enduring relevance of the piano-bass-and-drums format for three decades. Recorded at the storied venue that's become Hersch's second home, Sunday Night at the Vanguard unfolds with all the dramatic intensity and narrative drive that make his performances a revelatory experience. Ebulliently playful and ravishingly lyrical, rhythmically elastic and harmonically exploratory, the trio plays with an extraordinary level of trust, assurance, high-wire poise and musicality throughout the set. (Proper Music) 


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Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (CD: HighNote)
Jazz's premier tenor saxophone-bass duo is back! 'Chemistry' is certainly an apt title for this Houston Person-Ron Carter duo album. Every tune is imbued with a rare sense of intimacy and almost telepathic sense of communication.

Totally in their niche, the two men have selected a set list of favourite standards with which they are both amply familiar. But a good tune in the hands of artists such as Carter and Person is always a unique and special occasion. Person, in the glow of his artistic maturity, sounds completely relaxed with his burnished tone superbly caught by engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Ron Carter, carrying the responsibilities of time-keeper, harmonist and unaccompanied soloist relishes his role and responds with an easy virtuosity that only a master musician can supply. This is music-making of the highest order. (Proper Music) 


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Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (CD: HighNote)


The Power Quintet: High Art (CD: HighNote)The Power Quintet: High Art (CD: HighNote)
This post-bop supergroup, which has honed its rapport on tour in Europe, consists of the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the pianist Danny Grissett, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Bill Stewart.

What puts the POW in The Power Quintet is the fact that here we have like-minded, virtuoso musicians who have decided to collaborate and perform new and stimulating music. 'High Art' is a perfect example of what happens when artists with shared histories, a dedication towards performing creative music, and the willingness to be team players join forces.

The band cooks up a swinging brew of mostly original tunes with a decidedly post-hard-bop influence. Throughout the session the band delivered high energy, immaculate, yet often daring variations on the contemporary but 'feel good' compositions of Messrs Pelt, Grissett and Stewart. (Proper Music) 


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Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt (CD: ACT)
Marius Neset burst onto the scene with his first album as leader in 2011, and was instantly hailed as combining “Brecker's power and Garbarek's tonal delicacy and being “on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit” (Guardian). The album "Snowmelt" is his most ambitious, cherished and personal project to date. In these concentrated works, Neset has sought out chaos and dissonance, he has also been drawn to lyricism and tenderness, and then worked at finding a balance between the extremes, using compositional methods which subliminally bring out the continuities between them.

The three main compositions on “Snowmelt” are the fruit of intense work during the period from 2012 to 2015. Given Neset's long, considered process, the scale of the undertaking, and the sheer amount of work, time and thought that have gone into his compositions, it comes as no surprise that each listen brings seems to bring more revelations. There is always something more here for the listener to discover and unravel. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt (CD: ACT)


Jasper Hoiby: Fellow Creatures (CD: Edition)Jasper Hoiby: Fellow Creatures (CD: Edition)
Fellow Creatures is the first new venture for Jasper’s own music since his formation of Phronesis in 2005, and as such will be hugely anticipated in jazz circles. The music embodies a strong sense of groove and an optimistic and driving energy, which combines with atmospheric textures and contrapuntal rhythms, leading Jazzwise to describe the band as “masters of evolving melody”. (Edition Records) 


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Clark Tracey Quintet: Jubilation (CD: Tentoten)
2016's winner of "Best Drums" in the British Jazz Awards, Clark Tracey has worn many musical hats over his thirty-eight year career. Having long been regarded as the UK's most accomplished straight-ahead jazz drummer, alongside that considerable achievement he's also a composer, arranger, educator and talent-spotter par excellence. His latest quintet unites some of the brightest young stars currently working on the British jazz circuit.

The catalyst for the group's formation was Clark's in-house tenure as a tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, an establishment that boasts a formidable turn-out of notable jazz talent. Of the many students he's heard there over the past few years, three in particular piqued the drummer's interest: saxophonist Chris Maddock, pianist Harry Bolt and bassist Daniel Casimir. Around this nucleus the new Clark Tracey quintet began to take shape in 2013. Clark first encountered Henry Armburg Jennings, the band's trumpeter, when he called him to do a gig "and remarked that he was going to be in my next band! I couldn't turn down confidence like that!"

"This is our second album and I believe it documents our progress as a unit over the last two years very well. Each musician respectfully puts everything into the quintet's music and we've now reached a more intuitive level on gigs, which I hope has been successfully captured on this recording. It's a joy for me to watch these really talented musicians mature and develop, and as always it's a pleasure to be working in their company." - Clark Tracey, March 2016. (Proper Music) 


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Clark Tracey Quintet: Jubilation (CD: Tentoten)


Freddie Redd: With Due Respect (CD: Steeplechase)Freddie Redd: With Due Respect (CD: Steeplechase)
On 'With Due Respect' Freddie Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to render a remarkable reminder of jazz's longevity. Featuring saxophonist Chris Byars, trombonist John Mosca, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Drummond. (Proper Music) 


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Frederico Bonifazi: You'll See (CD: Steeplechase)
Pianist/composer Federico Bonifazi is considered one of the most outstanding talents of younger generation of Italy. He recorded this SteepleChase LookOut debut album with New York's leading artists, including saxophonist Eric Alexander and the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

After studying music in Paris and Turin, Bonifazi embarked on professional career as a jazz musician in Europe. His trip to NYC in 2014 enabled him to establish a network of friends in New York jazz scene. Bonifazi returned to NYC the following year with host of compositions of his own to record. (Proper Music) 


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Frederico Bonifazi: You'll See (CD: Steeplechase)


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

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


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Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon (CD: ECM)
Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen has been a strong and supportive presence on a dozen ECM sessions to date. With Rubicon he steps forward to present his own music, with an international cast. The album features compositions originally written in response to a commission from the Vossajazz Festival. All About Jazz reviewed the premiere performance: "Rubicon proved to be a very dynamic work. Eilertsen ensured that each of the instrumentalists took their share of the spotlight, brought together combinations of players that emphasized tonal variation, and created ensemble sections bursting with life."

After fine-tuning the material on tour, Mats brought his septet to Oslo's Rainbow Studio, where Manfred Eicher produced this definitive version of Rubicon in May 2015. (Proper Music) 


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Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon (CD: ECM)


Arild Andersen: The Rose Window (CD: Intuition)Arild Andersen: The Rose Window (CD: Intuition)
 


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Joe Chambers: Landscapes (CD: Savant)
Ever since Joe Chambers made his recording debut on Freddie Hubbard's classic LP, 'Breaking Point!' he's remained a nearly peerless jazz figure in terms of consummate musicianship. On 'Landscapes' Chambers reflects all of his well-honed talents as superb multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader in a pared down trio setting with bassist Ira Coleman and pianist Rick Germanson. (Proper Music) 


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Joe Chambers: Landscapes (CD: Savant)


Kenny Garrett: Do Your Dance (CD: Mack Avenue)Kenny Garrett: Do Your Dance (CD: Mack Avenue)
 


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Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)
The newest addition to ECM's popular Old and New Masters Series is a box set reprising the four albums made by Peter Erskine's American-British-Swedish trio with John Taylor and Palle Danielsson between 1992 and 1997: You Never Know, As It Is, Time Being and Juni.

If its core concept - a piano trio led by a drummer - was unorthodox, the group was nonetheless influential, and the recordings provide an excellent environment for appreciating the distinctive writing and playing of the late John Taylor. The British pianist was the Erskine Trio's primary composer, with the drummer-leader and bassist Danielsson also contributing pieces and the repertoire topped up with tunes by Vince Mendoza and Kenny Wheeler as well as Cole Porter, Peter Warlock, William Walton and others.

Of his trio mates Erskine says, "We drew out our most explorative and interesting playing from each other. Without trying to be, we were a truly unique group. I've heard nothing like it before or since." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £32.99 

Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)


Albert Ayler Quartet: European Radio Studio Recordings 1964  (CD: hatOLOGY)Albert Ayler Quartet: European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (CD: hatOLOGY)
1964 was Ayler's annus mirabilis. The epochal Spiritual Unity, featuring a trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray, instituted his connection with ESP-Disk, consolidated by New York Eye and Ear Control, Spirits Rejoice, and Bells. In summer 1964, trumpeter Don Cherry joined Ayler's group, and his dancing faux-naïve style provided an inspired contrast to the leader. In September, the new quartet was invited for a brief Scandinavian tour which extended to the Netherlands. It resulted in the two legendary sessions reissued here. (Harmonia Mundi) 


Price:  £14.99 


Anthony Braxton: Solo (Koln) 1978 (CD: Leo)
 


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Anthony Braxton: Solo (Koln) 1978 (CD: Leo)


Anthony Braxton / Ted Reichman: Duo (Leipzig) 1993 (CD: Music & Arts)Anthony Braxton / Ted Reichman: Duo (Leipzig) 1993 (CD: Music & Arts)
 


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Ellery Eskelin Trio Willisau: Live (CD: hatOLOGY)
New York free improv saxophonist Ellery Eskelin is no stranger to the Hatology label, which has been documenting his outpourings for many a year. This live recording follows on from the Trio New York albums, but with Gerry Hemingway replacing Gerald Cleaver on drums. When one third of a trio is changed, the entire group sound can change with it, hence the new trio is now identifiable as the Trio Willisau, the recording having taken place at the Swiss festival at Willisau last year. An exemplary album of spontaneously interactive music-making, inspired by the great jazz tradition. 'Gary s nearly telepathic musical mind along with Gerry Hemingway s absolutely unique approach to the drums infused the music this evening with a very special and rare chemistry. It was a great pleasure for me and I hope you enjoy listening.' - Ellery Eskelin, November 2015. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Ellery Eskelin Trio Willisau: Live (CD: hatOLOGY)


Bud Shank: Michelle (CD: Elemental)Bud Shank: Michelle (CD: Elemental)
 


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Audrey Morris: Bistro Ballads (CD: Fresh Sound)
From the early 1950s, Audrey Morris’ delicate piano and forceful voice were an asset to any intimate Chicago club, cultivating a repertoire of obscure, understated material, as she displayed in her two first albums

On the first, “Bistro Ballads”, she provides her own spare, sophisticated piano accompaniment, supported by the sensitive bass of Johnny Pate and the hushed cymbals of Charles Walton, as she brings her soulful style to bear on some untarnished ballads worthy of her skill and intelligence. On “The Voice of Audrey Morris,” she’s backed by a group of jazzmen plus a superb string section conducted and arranged by Marty Paich. (Discovery Records) 


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Audrey Morris: Bistro Ballads (CD: Fresh Sound)


Mitzi Gaynor: Mitzi Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (CD: Fresh Sound)Mitzi Gaynor: Mitzi Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (CD: Fresh Sound)
Two albums from talented all-rounder Mitzi Gaynor, whose starring film credits included “There’s No Business like Show Business” and “South Pacific”. Featuring an orchestra packed with top-notch jazz musicians, both records were beautifully crafted pieces of work clothed in the skilled arrangements of Pete King and Russell Garcia, who picked a very similar and polished instrumentation for each. (Discovery Records) 


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Carol Sloane: Sophisticated Lady (CD: Audiophile)
Recorded in Tokyo in 1977, this was the fine vocalist Carol Sloane’s first studio session for several years. Backed by Roland Hanna (piano), George Mraz (bass) and Richie Pratt(drums), she handles a set of Duke Ellington and Billie Strayhorn numbers with style, making well-known material sound surprisingly fresh. (Discovery Records) 


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Carol Sloane: Sophisticated Lady (CD: Audiophile)


Rene Thomas Quintet: Guitar Groove (CD: Fresh Sound)Rene Thomas Quintet: Guitar Groove (CD: Fresh Sound)
In 1960, Belgian guitarist René Thomas (1926-1975) had his much-anticipated leader debut in the US with the album “Guitar Groove”. He had appeared on record before, on Toshiko Akiyoshi’s “United Notions” which is included here as a bonus. With him, tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose—a robust, intensely focused swinger—shares the solo spot, and contributes three originals. (Discovery Records) 


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Stan Getz: Quartet 1960 Live in Amsterdam (CD: Fresh Sound)
Stan Getz, one of the most gifted and influential of American jazzmen of his time and a consistent favourite of the U.S. public, moved to Denmark in 1958 to start a new life and two years later was touring Europe, his playing more lyrical and forceful. It was a golden time for Getz, evident in these concert performances recorded in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Zurich. (Discovery Records) 


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Stan Getz: Quartet 1960 Live in Amsterdam (CD: Fresh Sound)


Marilyn Crispell Trio: Live In Zurich (CD: Leo)Marilyn Crispell Trio: Live In Zurich (CD: Leo)
 


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David Murray: London Concert (CD: Cadillac, 2 CDs)
David Murray’s band captured live in 1978 at the Collegiate Theatre, London at a concert presented by the Jazz Centre Society. An amazing torrent of music lasting almost 150 minutes, remastered on a double CD. 


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David Murray: London Concert (CD: Cadillac, 2 CDs)


Stan Tracey Quartet: For Heaven's Sake (CD: Cadillac)Stan Tracey Quartet: For Heaven's Sake (CD: Cadillac)
Legendary British pianist Stan Tracey’s quartet on this 1995 session featured the cream of young British jazz talent: Gerard Presencer, trumpet/flugelhorn; Andrew Cleyndert, double bass and Clark Tracey, drums. 


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Bobby Wellins Quartet: Don't Worry 'Bout Me (CD: Cadillac)
 


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Bobby Wellins Quartet: Don't Worry 'Bout Me (CD: Cadillac)


Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972 (CD: Savage Solweig)Tubby Hayes: Split Kick - Live In Sweden 1972 (CD: Savage Solweig)
Two radio sessions recorded during Tubby Hayes' 1972 visits to Sweden, featuring a mix of standards and original material, including newly discovered versions of his classic compositions "Off the Wagon" and "Trenton Place".

Packaged with rare photographs and an extensive booklet note by saxophonist Simon Spillett, the album has been taken from professionally recorded live tapes and is released in co-operation with Swedish Radio.

"Of the recent Tubby releases, this one is among the best musically and sonically," says Spillett. "It gives us an up-close opportunity to hear how he worked away from his regular line-ups, as well as showcasing some of his finest flute work, something previous albums haven't focused on too much." (Proper Music) 


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Cannonball Adderley Sextet with Joe Zawinul: Complete 1962 Live Performances (CD: Phono, 4 CDs)
This 4-CD set contains all known live recordings made in 1962 by the All-Star Cannonball Adderley Sextet, featuring Joe Zawinul on piano. It comprises the performances issued on the albums The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York (Riverside RLP 9404), Jazz Workshop Revisited (Riverside RLP 9444), and Cannonball in Europe! (Riverside RLP 9499). The set is completed by a batch of rare and hard to find broadcasts taped at Birdland, in New York, and the audio from a Los Angeles TV show.

These were among Cannonball Adderley’s strongest efforts of the early 1960s. The band also features Cannonball’s brother Nat, as well as reedman Yusef Lateef, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Among the many highlights are versions of Nat’s celebrated “The Jive Samba” and “Work Song”. A further Birdland broadcast taped in 1960 with the group minus Lateef and with Victor Feldman on piano has been added as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £24.99 

Cannonball Adderley Sextet with Joe Zawinul: Complete 1962 Live Performances (CD: Phono, 4 CDs)


Cannonball Adderley Quintet with Joe Zawinul: Complete 1961-62 Studio Recordings (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)Cannonball Adderley Quintet with Joe Zawinul: Complete 1961-62 Studio Recordings (CD: Phono, 2 CDs)
This 2-CD set presents all existing studio recordings made by the superb Cannonball Adderley Quintet featuring pianist Joe Zawinul during 1961-62. Compiled here are the complete contents of the albums Nancy Wilson with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (Capitol Records ST-1657), which contained both vocal and instrumental numbers, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s Back Door Blues (Riverside Records RLP 3502), as well as all of the extra material from those sessions not included on the original LPs.

This set also contains three long instrumental tunes from a session produced by renowned critic Ralph J. Gleason for his Jazz Casual TV series, and an ultra-rare date which showcases the quintet backing singer Bessie Watson on two standards. The latter two tunes have only previously appeared on an obscure 45rpm single and are presented here on CD for the first time ever. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 


Larry Young: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release of by or featuring Larry Young, complete with original artwork and liner notes. Jimmy Forrest "Forrest Fire"; "Groove Street"; "Testifying" and "Young Blues". 


Price:  £8.99 

Larry Young: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Herbie Nicholls: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Herbie Nicholls: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release of Four Classic Albums by Herbie Nichols, complete with original artwork and liner notes.

"Prophetic Vol. One"; "Trio"; "Prophetic Vol. Two"; and "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love"

When it comes to jazz pianists the name Herbie Nichols may not immediately spring to mind! You may have noted his name on the writing credits for the classic Billie Holiday number "Lady Sings The Blues" but probably nowhere else. Starting out learning piano at age nine, Herbie would serve in World War Two before going on to play with a number of groups where to pay the bills he would play in the Dixieland style. He was however good enough to be present at the beginning of the bebop movement. His Monk-ish style and unorthodox structures were too much for the jazz public at the time and he struggled to make his break-through. Eventually Herbie was signed to Blue Note and would produce the three fine Trio albums featured on our 2CD set as well as the classic "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" for the Bethlehem label, also featured here. Commercial success eluded him however and he began to slip back into obscurity until avant garde musicians began to pick up on his genius. Unfortunately it all came too late for Herbie who sadly died from Leukemia in 1963 at age 44. So here is your chance to judge for yourselves, the genius of Herbie Nichols, we think you will be impressed. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


John Coltrane: Stardust (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


Price:  £18.99 

John Coltrane: Stardust (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)


Sonny Rollins: Brass / Trio (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)Sonny Rollins: Brass / Trio (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)
Recorded in 1958 and originally titled “Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass”, this was one the few occasions when the saxophonist fronted a large band. This is featured on one side of the record while on the other was a completely different session in a trio format.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £18.99 

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