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Jessica De Boer: Grow (CD: Challenge)Jessica De Boer: Grow (CD: Challenge)
The debut album by singer Jessica de Boer. Jessica de Boer "Grow - my first album. In a way, the release of this album is the fulfillment of the things I sing about, heralding a new season. I'm looking back, ahead and at the world around me. So it's not just about me, it's about all of us. An album about emerging, growing (up), trusting and longing. Longing for something that's certainly coming."

Jessica de Boer belongs to the newest generation of Dutch jazz singers. She stands out because of her disarming and narrative style. During her studies at Utrecht Conservatory - from which she graduated in 2019 with honors - she fell in love with the rich harmonies and freedom of jazz. Soon she started writing her own compositions; light, colorful jazz with flexible melody-lines and a hint of world music. Inspired by nature, people, sounds and faith, she is not afraid to tell her story. In a disarming way, her lyrics express important theme's, recognizable for everyone.

Jessica's musical career has led her to perform at a variety of places, including North Sea Jazz Festival and Middelheim Jazz (with Matthew Herbert Brexit Bigband Choir), and Tivoli de Helling. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Patty Lomuscio: Star Crossed Lovers (CD: Challenge)
Italian jazz singer Patty Lomuscio is joined by an all-star line-up including Kenny Barron, Peter Washington, Vincent Herring and Joe Farnsworth on her new album, 'Star Crossed Lovers', with songs by Gershwin, Mal Waldron, Duke Ellington and many others.

"My dream has finally come true, to make a record in NY with jazz legend, maestro Kenny Barron. I have always loved jazz and New York is its home. It all started by chance, thanks to the friendship that links me to Joe Farnsworth, the king of swing, caused by a situation that we never wanted or imagined we would have to face during the lockdown. After an exchange of music and emails, the much desired project came true and was realized in the most important jazz recording studio in the world, the Rudy Van Gelder Studio.

The common denominator for the songs is love and the sensations experienced during that forced isolation, being alone in the house, uncertainties, the desire to overcome everything through love. I am particularly attached to the only Italian song that I contributed, written by an extraordinary musician and friend, Mario Rosini, a song whose meaning is very close to my father.

The pieces we have chosen resonate beautifully thanks to the piano touch of Kenny Barron, the deep sound of Peter Washington, the poignant notes of Vince Herring and the pressing rhythm of Joe Farnsworth. I have added in my own emotions that I have tried to convey with my voice. I am amazed and happy at the results!" - Patty Lomuscio (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Patty Lomuscio: Star Crossed Lovers (CD: Challenge)


Lynne Arriale Trio: The Lights Are Always On (CD: Challenge)Lynne Arriale Trio: The Lights Are Always On (CD: Challenge)
The Lights Are Always On is pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's 16th album as leader, and her third recording on Challenge Records International. Lynne's original music is a suite of compositions that reflect the world-wide, life-changing events of the past two years. Several of the pieces are named in honor of heroes around the world, including those who served as caregivers on the front lines of the COVID pandemic and as defenders of democracy. On this session Lynne is joined by bassist/co-producer Jasper Somsen and drummer E.J. Strickland, both outstanding, in-demand musicians on the international jazz scene. The trio creates the sort of engrossing musical conversation that has become a trademark of Lynne's groups. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Carsten Dahl: A Beautiful Blue Moment (CD: Storyville)
The Danish piano auteur Carsten Dahl and the dynamic American trumpetist Tim Hagans meet the acclaimed Swedish double bass player Johnny Aman and the Finnish master drummer Jukkis Uotila on 'A Beautiful Blue Moment.'

The quartet had never played together, before they gathered at the scene of the historic jazz club Montmartre in Copenhagen and played the music of the moment at three sold out evenings in August 2021. After these concerts, where musical sparks flew in abundance, the four musicians went directly in the studio for a 6 hours spontaneous recording session. The result is a once in a lifetime jazz voyage. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Carsten Dahl: A Beautiful Blue Moment (CD: Storyville)


Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening (CD: ECM)Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening (CD: ECM)
On the album Opening, Tord Gustavsen reveals a fresh angle to his particularly unique trio investigations into Scandinavian folk hymns, gospel, chorale and jazz, as he introduces a different voice on bass. With a new fellow-traveller on board and its recording premiere in Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo, the trio discovers inspired new ways to interact with each other, using innovative approaches to sound and technique in the process. Made up in equal parts of intricately textured improvisations and understated melodic hooks, the group’s conversations bring an enticing unfamiliarity to the language the Norwegian pianist has developed over almost two decades of collaboration with ECM. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


John Scofield (CD: ECM)

John Scofield’s first guitar-solo-recording ever gives a résumé of all the influences and idioms he has cultivated over his career in performances on guitar, accompanied by his own rhythmic pulse and chordal backing using a loop machine. Besides jazz, John is known to have always also had a soft spot for the rock and roll and country music he grew up with, revealed here in unencumbered renditions of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and Hank Williams’ “You Win Again”. Between elegant and personal readings of standards, like “It Could Happen To You”, the traditional “Danny Boy” and Keith Jarret’s “Coral”, Scofield presents his own timeless compositions – some new, others known. For the guitarist, it’s all about “the way you get the sound out of the string and what you do with it after you attack it.” (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

John Scofield (CD: ECM)


Oded Tzur: Isabela (CD: ECM)Oded Tzur: Isabela (CD: ECM)
On his second release for ECM New York-based saxophonist Oded Tzur introduces a heightened sense of urgency and a conceptually augmented approach to his distinctive voice, weaving one underlying musical idea through a series of elaborate and impassioned designs. The quartet’s lineup is unchanged from 2020’s Here Be Dragons and the group’s interplay has grown even more expressive in the meantime. Throughout Isabela the saxophonist and his collaborators – pianist Nitai Hershkovits, Petros Klampanis on bass and rhythm conjurer Johnathan Blake – apply their subtle dialect in a more intense space, exploring the nuances and colors of Oded’s self-fashioned raga in a suite-like sequence of quiet meditations and powerful exclamations. The remarkable session was captured in Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo in September 2021 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Iiro Rantala: Potsdam (CD: ACT)
“Potsdam”, recorded live in concert at Nikolaisaal in Potsdam on 27 November 2021 is the first time that one of Rantala’s many live solo recitals has been released as an album by ACT. It is a very fine exposition indeed of the contrast and the continuity of which he is capable, not just in the shape of the recital as a whole, but also within individual tunes. (ACT) 


Price:  £14.99 

Iiro Rantala: Potsdam (CD: ACT)


Ketil Bjørnstad: New Morning (CD & DVD: Grappa)Ketil Bjørnstad: New Morning (CD & DVD: Grappa)
Ketil Bjornstad turns 70 this year (2022) and celebrates with a brand new album, 'New Morning', packaged as a CD with a DVD of the concert recorded in the Ivory hall (Marmorhallen) at Sentralen. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £29.99 


Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (CD: Whirlwind)
He may not have known it before, but Toronto-born, New York-based guitarist Matthew Stevens, prized for his forceful, distinctive electric sound was an ideal candidate to make an album fully devoted to solo acoustic guitar: the intimate, unadorned, straightforwardly titled 'Pittsburgh'.

September 2020, Stevens was hunkering down in his wife's family's hometown of Pittsburgh, while navigating his way through the crisis. He had with him a vintage Martin 00-17, a small-body mahogany guitar. Practicing daily on the Martin, he began generating a series of short song "starts" - ideas and sketches he thought might lead somewhere. Then one rainy Pittsburgh day, Stevens' bike slid out from under him and he broke his right elbow. Rather than getting derailed musically, he became immersed in a creative process that led straight to 'Pittsburgh': a document of those short song "starts" from the notebook, now hatched as completed compositions. "Playing this music became a big part of my rehab," Stevens recalls.

As the album took shape, it became clear to Stevens that he was headed in the direction of a wholly unaccompanied recital, with no overdubs or sound layering of any kind. Just him and this special Martin, two Neumann U89 mics and enough peace of mind across two separate sessions to make 'Pittsburgh' the triumph that it is. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Matthew Stevens: Pittsburgh (CD: Whirlwind)


Trish Clowes: A View With a Room (CD: Greenleaf Music)Trish Clowes: A View With a Room (CD: Greenleaf Music)
'A View with a Room' is the fourth release by saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes and her acclaimed band My Iris, an intense and thrilling quartet that represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes provides her bandmates Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums) with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes. Most of the repertoire came together during the pandemic for various livestream events, Clowes writing a new tune for each precious playing opportunity. Many of the tracks make direct reference to issues created and exacerbated by the global pandemic, commenting on personal loss and creativity as solace, the climate crisis, and the ever-growing migrant crisis. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Where Rivers Meet (CD: Spartacus, 2 CDs)
Leading Scottish jazz ensemble Scottish National Jazz Orchestra perform the music of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, and Albert Ayler, recorded in the heart of Edinburgh, 12th Century St. Giles Cathedral provides the unique canvas for this new collaboration between the SNJO and artist Maria Rud.

"This concert is all about expression, the deepest emotion of our inner voice. To reach that space where we summon heart and spirit, the soloists must bear their souls - that was the challenge and the achievement of much of the best of the free jazz of the 1960s and beyond. And that's what we're after here." - Tommy Smith (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Where Rivers Meet (CD: Spartacus, 2 CDs)


Jackie McLean: Tippin' The Scales (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Jackie McLean: Tippin' The Scales (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Jackie McLean’s 1960s Blue Note output is a fascinating body of work, especially viewed with the benefit of hindsight. In between recording 2 venturous modernist sessions—Let Freedom Ring and One Step Beyond—that would set the tone for the alto saxophonist’s future explorations, came the seemingly more conventional and relaxed quartet date Tippin’ The Scales. Recorded in September 1962 but not released until 1979, the date featured McLean with Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Art Taylor on drums delivering a swinging hard bop set that presented 2 originals by McLean (“Tippin’ the Scales” and “Rainy Blues”) along with 3 by Clark (“Nursery Blues,” “Nicely,” and “Two For One”), as well as a tender version of Vernon Duke’s “Cabin in the Sky.”

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. (Blue Note Records) view larger image


Price:  £36.99 


Hank Mobley: Curtain Call (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
It’s a sign of the sheer volume of top-notch hard bop that Blue Note was recording in the 1950s-60s that a supremely swinging date like Hank Mobley’s 1957 album Curtain Call would sit in the vaults unreleased until 1984. Mobley himself was in the middle of a particularly prolific streak that year with the tenor saxophonist recording 6 sessions for Blue Note in 1957 alone. This highly-enjoyable 6-song set includes 4 Mobley originals including the extended opener “Don’t Get To Hip,” the hard-charging title track, and the bright swing of “The Mobe” along with 2 standards (“Deep In A Dream” and “My Reverie”) performed by a quintet with Mobley joined by Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums.

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. (Blue Note Records) view larger image


Price:  £36.99 

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


Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Lou Donaldson had already been at the helm of seven Blue Note sessions by the time he made his undisputed masterpiece Blues Walk in 1958. The alto saxophonist quickly became a fixture on the Blue Note scene after he first played on a Milt Jackson date in 1952 with sideman appearance on sessions led by Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, and Jimmy Smith, as well as a co-led date with Clifford Brown. On Blues Walk, Donaldson reconvened the line-up from his 1957 album Swing and Soul with Herman Foster on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas. The excellent six-song set yielded one of his most memorable themes with the cool struttin’ title track, a laid-back minor blues that opens the album with a standout performance by the leader. Donaldson keeps it bluesy on his tune “Play Ray,” showcases his bop chops on uptempo numbers like "Denzil Best’s “Move” and his own “Callin’ All Cats,” and delivers stunning renditions of the standards “Autumn Nocturne” and “The Masquerade Is Over.”

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Sonny Clark: Dial S For Sonny (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
One of the finest pianists and composers of the hard bop era, Sonny Clark seemed to arrive fully formed on his supremely swinging debut album Dial “S” for Sonny recorded for Blue Note in 1957. Clark assembled a top-flight sextet for the occasion with Art Farmer on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Clark penned four of the album’s six tunes including the moody, minor title piece, the bright, fleet-footed “Bootin’ It,” the feel-good theme “Sonny’s Mood,” and the sprightly swinger “Shoutin’ on a Riff.” Rounding out the set are two standards: a stunning ballad performance of “It Could Happen To You” with Farmer delivering the opening theme and Fuller closing the piece, both with their warm, full-bodied tones, and the Gershwin tune “Love Walked In” which is a showpiece for Clark who opens with a solo intro before being joined by bass and drums for a trio performance that let’s his inventive style shine.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is mono, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Sonny Clark: Dial S For Sonny (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Charles Mingus: The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's (CD: Resonance, 3 CDs)Charles Mingus: The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's (CD: Resonance, 3 CDs)
A volcanic, never-before-heard 1972 club performance by bassist-composer Charles Mingus’ powerful sextet. The live set, comprising nearly two-and-a-half hours of music, was professionally recorded on eight-track tapes via a mobile recording truck on Aug. 14-15, 1972. However, the performance went unreleased, for Mingus – along with every other top jazz musician on the Columbia roster except for Miles Davis – was dropped by the label in the spring of 1973. The present release is completely authorized by Jazz Workshop, Inc., which controls Mingus’ music.

Resonance co-president Zev Feldman, who co-produced the Scott’s material for release with David Weiss, says, “This is a lost chapter in Mingus’s history, originally intended to be an official album release by Mingus that never materialized. Now, we’re thrilled to be able to bring this recording to light for the whole world to hear in all its musical and sonic glory. It’s especially exciting to be celebrating Mingus with this release in his centennial year.”

A statement in the Resonance collection from Jazz Workshop, Inc. says, “In Sue Mingus’s memoir, Tonight at Noon, she recalls receiving the extraordinary tapes [the band] had recorded; the reels remained in the Mingus vault, untouched until now. It is our honor, forty-nine years later, to present, with Resonance Records, this historic performance.” (Resonance Records) 


Price:  £27.99 


Bill Evans: Inner Spirit (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
'Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín Concert, Buenos Aires' is the first official release of pianist Bill Evans with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera captured live at the Teatro General San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 27, 1979.

This concert recording is available officially for the very first time. Remastered from the original tape reels and in cooperation with the Bill Evans Estate, this 2CD set includes an extensive 52-page booklet with rare photos from the actual concert by Tito Villalba. (PIAS/Integral) 


Price:  £23.99 

Bill Evans: Inner Spirit (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)


Bill Evans: Morning Glory (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)Bill Evans: Morning Glory (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
‘Morning Glory: The 1973 Concert at the Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires’ is the first official release of pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell captured live at the Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 24, 1973.

This concert recording is available officially for the very first time. Remastered from the original concert tape reels and in cooperation with the Bill Evans Estate, this deluxe 2CD set includes an extensive 44-page booklet booklet with rare photos from the actual concert by Tito Villalba. (PIAS/Integral) 


Price:  £23.99 


Bill Evans: You Must Belive In Spring (CD: Craft Recordings)
The celebrated 70th studio album from the pioneering jazz pianist Bill Evans. Recorded in 1977 and released in 1981, just months after Evans’ death, the album marks the artist’s final studio recording with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund and includes stunning performances of “We Will Meet Again (for Harry)” and “B Minor Waltz (for Ellaine).”

The CD edition includes three bonus tracks from the sessions, including the trio’s renditions of the Cole Porter classic “All of You” and the Vincent Youmans standard “Without a Song.” The jovial “Freddie Freeloader,” meanwhile, finds Evans revisiting his early years as a member of Miles Davis’ band. Interestingly, the selection not only features a rare performance by Evans on the electric piano, but also marks the only track on Davis’ Kind of Blue that the pianist did not appear on. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Bill Evans: You Must Belive In Spring (CD: Craft Recordings)


Bill Evans Trio: The Legendary (CD: Cherry Red, 3 CDs)Bill Evans Trio: The Legendary (CD: Cherry Red, 3 CDs)
"Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall." (Miles Davis).

Bill Evans co-wrote 'Kind Of Blue' with Miles Davis and is regarded by many as the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. The trio he formed in 1959 with the brilliant, ill-fated young bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motion is surely as fine as any in jazz history.

This three-disc box set edition comprises almost everything this Evans trio recorded; The two miraculous studio albums, 'Portrait In Jazz' and 'Explorations'; the intimate live sets recorded in New York in the summer of 1961, 'Sunday Night At The Village Vanguard' and 'Waltz For Debby'. These masterpieces are complimented by the Birdland sessions - an earlier musical document of the trio in an authentic club setting - with disc three completed by the their first recordings together, with the jazz clarinettist Tony Scott; for the album 'Sung Heroes', his homages to Billie Holiday and the trumpeter "Hot Lips" Page. (Cherry Red Records) 


Price:  £19.99 


Charles Mingus with Hampton Hawes & Dannie Richmond: Mingus Three (CD: Jubilee, 2 CDs)
Originally released in 1957 on the Jubilee label, Mingus Three is one of only two albums led by Mingus in a trio setting, featuring pianist Hampton Hawes and drummer Dannie Richmond. This remastered release includes a whole extra disc of previously unreleased outtakes, discovered by chance, from these sessions, as well as liner notes by Charles Mingus' friend and colleague Sy Johnson. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Charles Mingus with Hampton Hawes & Dannie Richmond: Mingus Three (CD: Jubilee, 2 CDs)


Charles Mingus with Hampton Hawes & Dannie Richmond: Mingus Three (Vinyl LP: Jubilee, 2 LPs)Charles Mingus with Hampton Hawes & Dannie Richmond: Mingus Three (Vinyl LP: Jubilee, 2 LPs)

2 LP deluxe 180g edition.

 


Price:  £39.99 


Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Cole Porter Songbook (CD: Verve)
Ella Fitzgerald "Songbook" records, with her peerless renditions of the best songs from iconic composers from Irving Berlin to Rodgers and Hart to Cole Porter to George and Ira Gershwin and more are the cornerstone of the Verve catalog and the veritable standard for jazz vocal recordings. As influential as these albums were on the history of jazz and American Popular Song, Ella Fitzgerald never released a live version of these Songbooks. This landmark record, discovered in the private collection of producer Norman Granz, will make the first time a live Songbook has been released from the first lady of song.

This album is a first in a number of other respects, as well: although she performed regularly at the Bowl, this is the first full-length concert by Ella from this iconic venue to be released. Furthermore, it documents the only time Ella worked in concert with Paul Weston, the gifted arranger-conductor of her Irving Berlin Songbook album. (Universal Music)

 


Price:  £13.99 

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Cole Porter Songbook (CD: Verve)


Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Cole Porter Songbook (Vinyl LP: Verve)Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Cole Porter Songbook (Vinyl LP: Verve)
 


Price:  £23.99 


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (CD: Atlantic/ Rhino, 2 CDs)
In May of 1957, Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers went into the studio with Thelonious Monk to record a one-off album for Atlantic. The Jazz Messengers were a loose collective of young Jazz musicians, with a constantly rotating lineup to keep the music fresh, and help launch new careers (akin to today's hip hop collectives.)

Blakey had recorded with Monk on various occasions, but this was the first time Monk sat in with the Jazz Messengers. The result is a true meeting of the minds, a beautiful union of Monk's melodies with Blakey's unshakable sense of swing, and Thelonious Monk's only appearance on Atlantic. This 65thanniversary deluxe edition includes an extra disc of previously unreleased outtakes, celebrating the most sensational jazz collaboration of the 1950s.

A Deluxe Edition fully Remastered with a whole extra Disc of Outtakes all but one previously unreleased, with liner notes by Grammy-winner writer Ashley Kahn, photos and Atlantic memorabilia. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (CD: Atlantic/ Rhino, 2 CDs)


John Coltrane: My Favourite Things (CD: Atlantic/ Rhino, 2 CDs)John Coltrane: My Favourite Things (CD: Atlantic/ Rhino, 2 CDs)
Released in 1961, My Favorite Things made John Coltrane a star with box-office pulling power previously preserved for the likes of Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, the MJQ, and Miles Davis. The dazzling quartet treatment of the Richard Rodgers hit song, features Coltrane on soprano saxophone for the first time on record, exercised a hypnotic effect on all sorts of music lovers and trend-spotters. The title track was a hit single, and the album became a major commercial success. In 1998, the album received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. It attained gold record status in 2018, having sold 500,000 copies.

The mono version of this album, believed lost, was recently found, and is included in this deluxe package, as well as the stereo version, both mastered from the original tapes. The packaging includes liner notes by award-winning writer Ben Ratliff, as well as photos and Atlantic Records ephemera. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Julian Nicholas Band: Rising (Vinyl LP: Cordial Recordings)
Cream of the crop UK Jazz recordings by the Julian Nicholas Band from the 1990s, now available on vinyl with a limited press of 300 units. The three albums sync together with the title of 'Rising Cost of Love'. The first album 'Rising' features 'Mountain People', 'The Food of Love', 'Lucky Star' and 'A Thousand Ships'. These recordings features some of the most gorgeous scintillating ethereal jazz that deserved to be released on vinyl. The players featured on these recordings include Mark Edwards, Mike Pickering, Thaddeus Kelly, John Bedford, David Wickins and Julian himself. We commissioned Margate based artist Kavel Rafferty to produce a piece of art that covers the three album sleeves in the form of an apex, with each of the three sleeves fitting together to work as one. (Ruler Promotions) 


Price:  £21.99 

Julian Nicholas Band: Rising (Vinyl LP: Cordial Recordings)


McCoy Tyner / Freddie Hubbard Quartet: Live At Fabrik, Hamburg 1986 (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)McCoy Tyner / Freddie Hubbard Quartet: Live At Fabrik, Hamburg 1986 (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)
The start of the new "Live At Fabrik Hamburg" series on Jazzline in cooperation with the legendary venue and NDR Kultur - is this previously unreleased concert from jazz greats Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner from 1986. In the Altonaer Fabrik in 1986, the master trumpeter Freddie Hubbard was a guest in the trio of one of the most important pianists of contemporary jazz: McCoy Tyner, whose extremely powerful attack always added percussive power of the most energetic kind to his virtuoso playing.

McCoy Tyner died in March 2020, the recording from 1986 (he was 58 years old at the time) show him at the height of the unmistakable jazz expression that defined him. His piano and the enormous radiance of the Hubbard trumpet (born in the same year as Tyner in 1938, but died in 2008) are the outstanding protagonists. But the recording also features bassist Avery Sharpe, born in 1954 and with excellent acoustic and electrical credentials, as well as Louis Hayes, still today the most indestructible of all modern drummers at well over 80 years of age. Together they refine the nine titles of this two-hour concert on this truly remarkable evening of music! (Proper Music) 


Price:  £25.99 


Gil Evans Orchestra: Live At Fabrik, Hamburg 1986 (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)
Second release of the new "Live At Fabrik Hamburg" series on Jazzline in cooperation with the legendary venue and NDR Kultur - is this previously unreleased concert from jazz great Gil Evans with a 16-strong all-star cast from 1986.

By the 1980s, the Gil Evans Orchestra's repertoire had developed into a distinctive blend of Jimi Hendrix melodies, the band members' own compositions and occasional references to Gil's older recordings. This concert in Hamburg contained four songs by Hendrix, with only one ("Up From The Skies") being part of an original studio album. The regular performances in Europe meant that the audience of the band was getting younger and was also well acquainted with rock music.

A year and a half after this performance, Gil Evans passed away. He will rightly be remembered forever for the brilliant albums he recorded with Miles Davis and under his own name. In reality, however, he lived three quite contrasting musical lives. As was the case with his Monday evening concerts in New York's Sweet Basil, this Hamburg performance is a reminder of the lively late phase of Gil Evans. Here a great all-star ensemble played an outstanding concert of eight pieces in over two hours. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £25.99 

Gil Evans Orchestra: Live At Fabrik, Hamburg 1986 (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)


Ornette Coleman: Gensis Of Genius - The Contemporary Albums (CD: Craft Recordings, 2 CDs)Ornette Coleman: Gensis Of Genius - The Contemporary Albums (CD: Craft Recordings, 2 CDs)
'Continuing Contemporary Records’ 70th anniversary celebration, Craft Recordings is proud to announce the release of the new box set, Ornette Coleman – Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums. The set feature two seminal releases, 1958’s Something Else!!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman and 1959’s Tomorrow Is the Question! The New Music of Ornette Coleman. These albums transformed an unknown jazz visionary from the hinterlands into the talk of the New York scene. Featuring Coleman’s working band with Don Cherry on trumpet, pianist Walter Norris, bassist Don Payne and drummer Billy Higgins, the album Something Else!!!! sounds less radical today than strikingly individual and steeped in the blues. With nine Coleman originals, the session introduced several tunes that became standards, including “The Blessing” and “When Will the Blues Leave?”

Featuring Cherry, Shelly Manne, and either Percy Heath or Red Mitchell on bass, the emphatic, pianoless follow up Tomorrow Is the Question! made it clear that Coleman’s concepts were both insistently innovative and tethered to bedrock African American idioms. Consisting entirely of Coleman originals, the album introduced several more tunes that became an essential part of the jazz canon, including “Tears Inside,” “Rejoicing” and “Turnaround.” (Universal Music) 


Price:  £22.99 


Various Artists: Boom! Italian Jazz Soundtracks At Their Finest (CD: Cam Sugar/ Decca)
For a whole decade, spanning between the second half of the '50s and the second half of the '60s, jazz took over the Italian screens. The Californian be-bop rhythms, filtered and reinterpreted in a typical Mediterranean key, became the perfect soundtrack to the Italy of the economic boom; the quintessential music for a country that was sailing through a moment of profound and exciting industrial, social and cultural renovation. A nation that was rapidly shedding its skin, changing its style, look and identity, but also its landscape, letting itself go to the inebriation of the economic miracle.

The compilation was conceived like a sonic stream, a journey of discovery carefully sequenced from hundreds of soundtracks from the golden age of Italian jazz contained in the CAM Sugar archive.

33 tracks that go beyond music, telling the story of Italian cinema, society and of its unmistakable style and charm. A genre that even when nodding to Californian be-bop, to crime jazz or bossa nova still sounds surprisingly original and Mediterranean, elegant, and seductive, either with joyous peaks (the scat of I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni or of I 4+4 di Nora Orlandi) or with enigmatic and nearly dramatic nuances (La strega in amore by Luis Bacalov, Il batticuore by Marcello Gigante).

The compilation also offers a precious insight into the Italian jazz scene of the times, with its string of formidable soloists like Gianni Basso (sax) and Oscar Valdambrini (trumpet), two Piedmontese men on duty for the RAI television orchestra conducted by Armando Trovajoli; like Nunzio Rotondo (trumpet) a legendary and elusive figure who had a special bond with Piero Piccioni; or like Enrico Rava (trumpet), Franco D'Andrea (piano) and Gegé Munari (drums) who often recorded with Piero Umiliani. Not to forget international stars like Chet Baker and Gato Barbieri, who were often fortuitously dragged into the recording sessions also thanks to Umiliani's never-ending curiosity. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Various Artists: Boom! Italian Jazz Soundtracks At Their Finest (CD: Cam Sugar/ Decca)


Various Artists: Boom! Italian Jazz Soundtracks At Their Finest (Vinyl LP: Cam Sugar/ Decca, 2 LPs)Various Artists: Boom! Italian Jazz Soundtracks At Their Finest (Vinyl LP: Cam Sugar/ Decca, 2 LPs)
 


Price:  £28.99 


Albert Ayler: Revelations - The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (CD: Elemental, 4 CDs)
The release is an important jazz event: While Ayler’s freewheeling performances at the Fondation Maeght on July 25 and 27, 1970, were excerpted on the albums Nuits de la Fondation Maeght (Shandar Records) and Live on the Riviera (ESP-Disc), presented in inferior sound, they have never been released in their entirety until now. (Elemental Music)

Deluxe digipak 4CD set, remastered audio by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, transferred directly from the original ORTF stereo tape reels, including over 2 hours of previously unreleased music. Released in partnership with the Albert Ayler Estate & Ina France.

Includes a massive 100-page booklet with previously-unpublished photos from the actual concerts; essays by jazz historian/radio host Ben Young, co-producers Zev Feldman and Jeffrey Lederer, and Pascal Rozat from Ina; plus words by Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Carlos Santana, Joe Lovano & Carla Bley, (Proper Music) 


Price:  £64.99 

Albert Ayler: Revelations - The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (CD: Elemental, 4 CDs)


Chet Baker: Live In Paris - The Radio France Recordings 1983-1984 (CD Elemental, 2 CDs)Chet Baker: Live In Paris - The Radio France Recordings 1983-1984 (CD Elemental, 2 CDs)
Chet Baker Trio 'Live In Paris', previously unissued live performances from 1983-84, available as a deluxe digipak 2CD set. The Radio France Recordings recorded in stereo by Radio France at La Esplanade de La Défense (July 17, 1983) and Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984). Both concerts are distinguished by the dazzling playing of the virtuosic pianist Michel Graillier, who performed regularly with Baker's combos from 1977 until Baker's death in 1988.

Deluxe booklet with essays by producer and "jazz detective" Zev Feldman, journalist-author Ashley Kahn (author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece), French journalist photographer Franck Bergerot, and Pascal Rozat of Ina France; and interviews with Riccardo Del Fra and Dominique Lemerle, the bassists on the '83 and '84 concert dates, respectively, and pianist Richie Beirach, also a former Baker sideman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £29.99 


Charlie Parker: Complete Carnegie Hall Performances (CD: Bird's Nest, 4 CDs)
Limited edition 4CD with 20-page booklet with updated liner notes. This release contains Charlie Parker's complete recordings at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York, including rare sessions, three previously unissued songs, plus bonus tracks. All tracks recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, between 1947 and 1954. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £25.99 

Charlie Parker: Complete Carnegie Hall Performances (CD: Bird's Nest, 4 CDs)


Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore Recordings (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore Recordings (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
Billie Holiday was probably the most lyrical and expressive female vocalist in jazz history; this set compiles her complete sessions for the legendary Commodore label. Made between Billie's contracts for Columbia/Okeh and Decca, these recordings present her in top form, backed by excellent small groups featuring such names as Frankie Newton, Freddie Webster, Tab Smith, Vic Dickenson, Eddie Heywood, and Sidney Catlett. Among the highlights of the set are Billie's first version of the shocking "Strange Fruit", which she used to conclude her stage performances, as well as readings of famous standards she would never record again, such as "As Time Goes By" and "I'll Be Seeing You". Two rare tracks, which constitute Billie's only recordings with the Artie Shaw and with the Paul Whiteman orchestras, have been added here as a bonus. Includes 20-page booklet. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 


Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: American Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
All the existing studio recordings, including outtakes, by the legendary Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet. Harold Land was the tenor saxophonist on half of the sessions, while Sonny Rollins replaced him on the other half. The quintet is completed by Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass.

This 4CD package contains the original contents of the albums Clifford Brown & Max Roach (EmArcy MG26036), Brown & Roach Inc. (EmArcy MG36008), Study in Brown (EmArcy MG36037), More Study in Brown (EmArcy Japan 195J-1), Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street (EmArcy MG36070) and Sonny Rollins Plus Four (Prestige PRLP7038). All these albums count among the most treasured gems in jazz history. The 24-page booklet includes the original liner notes, original Down Beat reviews, and the complete Clifford Brown Blindfold Test, conducted by Leonard Feather in Down Beat shortly before the trumpeter's tragic death. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 

Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: American Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)


Paul Desmond & Jim Hall: Complete Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)Paul Desmond & Jim Hall: Complete Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
Presented on this 4CD set are all the studio master takes cut by the Paul Desmond-Jim Hall Quartet between 1959 to 1965 and as a bonus, a session showcasing both musicians with a band conducted and arranged by Bob Prince has been added. Deluxe digipak presentation with 16-page booklet. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 


John Coltrane: The 1961 Newport Set (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
John Coltrane's never before released 1961 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. At the time, his group consisted of a quintet with Trane as the only horn, plus piano, two basses, and drums. As a bonus, Essential Jazz Classics have added another complete performance from the same year, recorded in Helsinki, Finland, during the tour on which Eric Dolphy joined the group. This is the first time this set is presented in the correct pitch. Includes four bonus tracks and eight-page booklet. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

John Coltrane: The 1961 Newport Set (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Dexter Gordon: Soul Sister (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon: Soul Sister (CD: Steeplechase)
Dexter Gordon's European period (1962-1976) was mostly based in his beloved Denmark, where he led an active professional career and enjoyed a harmonious private life, arriving in Europe after some turbulent times in the States he found new energy in performing and recording to build a large part of his discography at the top of his artistic strength.

The recording output, however, during 1962 and 1964 was scarce and this album recorded in Copenhagen (1962) and Oslo (1963) is an adept document of the fresh start by the towering master of the tenor saxophone. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton: A Day In Copenhagen (CD: MPS)
Reissue of Dexter Gordon's 1969 album 'A Day In Copenhagen', which features the great saxophonist alongside trombonist Slide Hampton and a host of fellow American stars, including Dizzy Reece and Kenny Drew. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton: A Day In Copenhagen (CD: MPS)


Count Basie Orchestra: High Voltage (CD: MPS)Count Basie Orchestra: High Voltage (CD: MPS)
Reissue of the Count Basie Orchestra's 1970 album 'High Voltage', arranged by Chico O'Farrill and featuring Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Cecil Payne, Joe Newman, Freddie Green and Harold Jones among others.

When in January, 1970 Count Basie entered the studio with his 17-piece big band to record 'High Voltage', he ushered in the last full decade as bandleader of his Orchestra. The Orchestra had left its imprint on the sixties by recording with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. There would be more great albums with star vocalists in the seventies, but the band's purely instrumental works, which had begun in 1965, would also continue. Back then Basie had engaged acclaimed Cuban composer/arranger Chico O'Farrill to arrange the music for such concept albums as "Basie Meets Bond" and "Basie's Beatle Bag", transforming them into crossover gems.

On 'High Voltage' O'Farrill demonstrates his affinity to Basie's big band sound, this time with a repertoire of standards. For this album, Basie specifically chose pieces the band had never recorded in their more than 30-year existence. This is saying something, since the band covers such an impressive span of jazz history, from the beginning of the swing era to the bop-influenced bands of the 50's on through to the present album.

The Count's new drummer Harold Jones propels Fred Fisher's "Chicago" with a tremendous drive. The Rogers and Hart classic "Have You Met Miss Jones" features beguilingly dense deep-register horn lines and an almost languorous piano, and Eric Dixon's tasty flute solo spices up "The Lady Is A Tramp". With its smoky sophistication, Eddie Lockjaw Davis' Tenor dominates "Bewitched", whereas guest trumpeter Joe Newman's muted tongue-in-cheek solo highlights "Day In Day Out". Of course, Basie himself also steps forward: for instance, on the Fats Waller-like intro to "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", and with the playful grace notes on "If I Were A Bell"." Reminiscent of the Las Vegas shows the band performed with Frank Sinatra, "Get Me To The Church On Time" is also a masterful dialogue between the horn sections. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Elvin Jones Jazz Machine: Remembrance (CD: MPS)
Reissue of a 1978 album by The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, featuring the star drummer alongside the saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Michael Stuart, guitarist Roland Prince and bassist Andy McCloud.

"Elvin is the beat of life itselfWhen I hear Elvin's music I hear the future." So said guitarist Carlos Santana in 2004 when he heard that drummer Elvin Jones had died. The rock star's comments signal Jones' importance. Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1927, Jones' playing lifted the drum set out of the rhythm section and into the frontline. He could control the pulse of a band while at the same time pepper the music with melodic accents, creating solos that were both strong and sensitive.

For his MPS recording in February 1978, he brought along his Elvin Jones Jazz Machine a quintet with the somewhat unusual line-up of two saxophones, guitar, bass, and drums. The band continued to be one of the most popular in jazz on into and through the 1990's. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine: Remembrance (CD: MPS)


Jim Hall: It's Nice To Be With You - Jim Hall In Berlin (CD: MPS)Jim Hall: It's Nice To Be With You - Jim Hall In Berlin (CD: MPS)
This intimate June 1969 musical get-together was due in large extent to the close friendship between Hall and legendary German writer/critic and producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt. As Hall, his wife and daughter were visiting him in Berlin, Berendt noticed that, although he had been recording extensively with a number of major jazz figures over the last years, including several collaborative get-togethers, Hall had not recorded an album solely under his own name in over a decade. Berendt immediately set up a trio recording for Hall that included two internationally renowned musicians with whom Hall had previously worked, the American expatriate bassist Jimmy Woode and Swiss-French drummer Daniel Humair.

In such a transparent setting, Hall unfurled his finest qualities. Humair perceptively summed it up: Hall played with "more clarity, more purity, more sensitivity" than any other guitarist of the period. It resulted in an album of intensely introspective music. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Lee Konitz & Martial Solal: Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980 (CD: MPS)
Reissue of a duo album of the highest calibre, which was originally released by MPS in 1982. This album, recorded at the Berlin Jazz Days 1980 was conceived in part as a "Lennie Tristano Memorial". Lee's studies and playing experience with the iconoclastic pianist left an indelible imprint on the saxophonist's concept and allowed him to develop a unique style that offered an alternate musical vision from that of his legendary contemporary, altoist Charlie Parker. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Lee Konitz & Martial Solal: Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980 (CD: MPS)


Various Artists: Cool Jazz From Holland - The First Dutch Modern Jazz Recordings 1955-57 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)Various Artists: Cool Jazz From Holland - The First Dutch Modern Jazz Recordings 1955-57 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
In the late 1940s, a new generation of jazz musicians emerged in the Netherlands. They had begun modeling their music on the bebop style, the “modern jazz” with which Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie had revolutionized the American scene. However, the general misunderstanding of the new style due to their limited access to the original recordings hindered its spread among jazz enthusiasts. These early alliances of local musicians with bebop rarely had enough support from local fans, and there wasn't much interest from record companies either. It took time for listeners to understand what the new style entailed, and bebop became a source of controversy, dividing the ranks of jazz fans into modernists and traditionalists.

Starting in 1954, as the flame of bebop slowly faded, modernists began to get caught up in the West Coast jazz craze. Suddenly the scene was activated and several engaging groups of different line-ups began to appear. They managed to deliver competent performances punctuated with notable solos to critical acclaim and good reception from fans. This new interest resulted in the first Dutch recordings of modern jazz in 1955, that saw the light in 1956 on the Columbia 10-inch album “Jazz from Holland”, an indisputable example of the level reached by Dutch musicians who favored the cool, more relaxed West Coast sound, relying more on composition and arrangements than bebop free style improvisation. This initial recording effort by Bovema's Gerry Oord inspired producer Michiel de Ruyter to record the best Dutch small groups and bands for a three-volume series of LPs titled “Jazz Behind the Dikes,” as well as several EP singles released between 1955 and 1957 by Philips. The Dutch magazine “Rhythme” boasted that thanks to their “top performances,” the featured combos received international praise from “jazz connoisseurs on all four continents of the world.” This 2-CD set contains all of these historic recordings for your listening pleasure. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £35.99 


Dave Burns: 1962 Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)
Dave Burns (1924-2009) was a vastly underrated trumpeter who was ignored by recording executives for years. In 1956, this veteran of Dizzy Gillespie's big band, Duke Ellington's band, and James Moody's group decided to give music a rest.

It was a short respite, and he was back in the scene four years later to great acclaim from a good deal of reviewers and fellow-musicians, mainly for his recordings as a sideman and for his performance with the Al Grey-Billy Mitchell Sextet in 1962, when he subbed for Donald Byrd. That summer, Vanguard became the label to finally recorded Burn's first album as a leader. At 38, Burns had turned into one of the more mature trumpeters in modern jazz. He played with fluency and authoritativeness in either open or muted context, and his solos were built with logic, strength and taste. There was another prominent musician present on this particular date: pianist Kenny Barron. Merely 18, Barron was already a consistent soloist who displayed depth and emotional maturity, and was able to project an air of honesty. Tenor saxophonist Herbert Morgan delivered some good solos, and Steve Davis and Edgar Bateman pair well together. This album itself is an impressive effort, especially when it comes to Burns and Barron.

On the remaining tracks (#8-13), we find Burns playing in two sessions as a sideman with his fellows from the Grey-Mitchell sextet, which include the hard swinging saxophonist Billy Mitchell, as well as the talented vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, another outstanding 21-old young man who had recently arrived in NYC from the West Coast. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £17.99 

Dave Burns: 1962 Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)


Herb Geller: European Rebirth - 1962 Paris Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)Herb Geller: European Rebirth - 1962 Paris Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)
During the spring and part of the summer of 1962, Herb was residing in Paris, where he performed in concert with groups led by the pianist Henri Renaud. Together, they also recorded music for commercials and short films. He also did radio work with All Star groups organized by fellow pianist Jack Dieval. The excellent recordings compiled here come from this period, and in them we can hear the altoist in his best form. The first examples of Herb Geller’s rebirth, playing with some of the best jazzmen on the French and European scene. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £17.99 


Shirley Horn: Embers And Ashes (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)
Reissue of the original Stere-O-Craft LP. 180g Newly Remastered Vinyl. Limited edition in Solid carton sleeve. 


Price:  £33.99 

Shirley Horn: Embers And Ashes (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Cleo Laine: You'll Answer To Me - A Selected Anthology (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)Cleo Laine: You'll Answer To Me - A Selected Anthology (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)
Dame Cleo Laine is arguably Britain's most all-time versatile singer. Although acknowledged as the U.K.'s finest Jazz export, Cleo is comfortable in almost any musical genre and is the only female vocalist to have received Grammy nominations in the Jazz, Popular and Classical music categories. Famous for her scat singing and extraordinary vocal range, although she is a natural contralto, Cleo can produce a G above high C, giving her an overall compass of four octaves.

This compilation traces the first twelve years of her career, beginning with her earliest sides as an uncredited ensemble vocalist in The Johnny Dankworth Seven, in 1951, through to her emergence as a major solo star at the turn of the 60s, when she registered an unlikely mainstream Pop hit, 'You'll Answer To Me'. Laine has been hugely prolific and this compilation is drawn from fourteen singles, five EPs and six LPs. The first comprehensive compilation of this body of her work, a number of these sides are notoriously hard to find elsewhere on CD. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Wardell Gray: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Wardell Gray, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details; “The Chase & The Steeplechase”; “Way Out Wardell”; “The Memorial Album Vol 1” and “The Memorial Album Volume 2” plus three bonus tracks. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Wardell Gray: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Johnny Hartman: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Johnny Hartman: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Johnny Hartman complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Just You, Just Me”; “All Of Me: The Debonair Mr. Hartman”; “Songs From The Heart” and “And I Thought About You” plus nine bonus tracks. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Sidney Bechet: Four Classic Albums - Third Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Jazz Album series with a re-mastered 2CD Third release set from Sidney Bechet, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details “Que Faites-Vous Samedi Soir?”; “Sidney Bechet With Sammy Price’s Bluesicians”; “Sidney Bechet With Andre Reweliotty & His Orchestra” and “Bravo! Sidney Bechet & Teddy Buckner”. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Sidney Bechet: Four Classic Albums  - Third Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Buddy DeFranco: The Bebop Years 1949-56 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Buddy DeFranco: The Bebop Years 1949-56 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Buddy DeFranco was one of the few jazz clarinettists to come to prominence in the post-war era when the instrument saw a decline in popularity. One of the only clarinettists to successfully find a role in the changing musical environment, brought about by the emergence of bebop, DeFranco enjoyed a long and fruitful career. His grounding was in the swing orchestras of Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and most notably Tommy Dorsey, but having left Dorsey in 1948, he led his own bands and performed with some of the leaders of the bebop era. In the 1960s and ‘70s he led the later incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, under the name, “The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Directed By Buddy DeFranco”.

This 2CD set selects recordings released on the Capitol, Columbia, MGM, Clef, Norgran, and Verve labels featuring DeFranco leading his bands and playing as a member of groups led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Oscar Peterson. Among the top musicians of the day, with whom he plays alongside on the tracks featured here, are Art Tatum, Clark Terry, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Kenny Drew, Curly Russell, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Eugene Wright, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Louis Bellson, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison and Barney Kessel. It’s an entertaining collection which not only provides a showcase for DeFranco’s underestimated virtuosity as a clarinettist, but presents him playing on some notable recordings with some of the finest musicians of the post-war decade. (Trapeze Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


John Lewis: Early Years Before The MJQ 1946-52 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)
John Lewis was a jazz pianist best-known for his work as founder member and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Famous for blending elements of classical music with individual and ensemble improvisation in a refined chamber style of jazz, the music of the MJQ was in many ways the culmination of the development of Lewis’ musical ideas during the five years of his professional career before that quartet came together. Working with some of the most influential and notable names in jazz during the bebop era, Lewis was classically-trained as a child.

While serving in World War Two he met drummer Kenny Clarke who suggested he moved to New York once their service was over. On moving to The Big Apple, Clarke introduced him to Dizzy Gillespie and Lewis successfully auditioned for the trumpeter’s band in 1945.

This 75-track set includes recordings made over the next six years or so with ensembles led by Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, J.J. Johnson, Lester Young, and Zoot Sims. It features many landmark sessions that are, without exaggeration, among the most significant in the entire history of modern jazz.

As well as those aforementioned leaders, it includes performances with the likes of Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Ray Brown, Sonny Rollins, Chano Pozo, Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt, Curly Russell, Lee Konitz, Jo Jones, Percy Heath and many more. (Trapeze Music) 


Price:  £16.99 

John Lewis: Early Years Before The MJQ 1946-52 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)


Cecil Taylor: The World Of Cecil Taylor (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Cecil Taylor: The World Of Cecil Taylor (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
This release presents the complete original LP 'The World of Cecil Taylor' (Candid 9006), which was the first album recorded by Cecil Taylor for the legendary Candid label. The group consists of the Cecil Taylor Trio, with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums, plus Archie Shepp on tenor sax joining them on two songs. An extra song and two alternate takes from the same sessions have been added as a bonus.

"This is a wonderful document from early in Taylor's career, when he was midway between modernist approaches to standard material and his own radical experiments that would come to full fruition a few years hence. A classic recording that belongs in anyone's collection." - Brian Olewnick, All Music Guide (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Cecil Taylor: The Complete Nat Hentoff Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
4CD set presenting all existing known recordings made by Cecil Taylor for the Candid Records label, plus 6 bonus tracks. Produced by jazz critic Nat Hentoff between 1960 and 1961, these recordings are essential to the history of modern jazz.

Featured are such star sidemen as Archie Shepp, Clark Terry, Steve Lacy, Billy Higgins, and bassist Buell Neidlinger, who was the original leader on half of these sessions. A complete 1961 Taylor septet session produced by Creed Taylor, and the pianist's entire 1957 quartet performance at Newport are included as a bonus. Package includes a comprehensive 24-page booklet. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 

Cecil Taylor: The Complete Nat Hentoff Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)


Tony Oxley: Unreleased 1974-2016 (CD: Discus)Tony Oxley: Unreleased 1974-2016 (CD: Discus)
Available for the first time on CD, this is a collection of essential pieces from one of the originators and masters of this style of improvisation, legendary free-jazz drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley. These recordings were selected from the personal collection of Tony Oxley and were mastered in superb sound for this release by Karsten Lehl under Tony's supervision. Some of the pieces were edited into their final composed form many years after the original recording was made. Performed by a who's who of European improvised music, this release is an essential addition to Tony's recorded legacy. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Anouar Brahem: Khomsa (CD: ECM)
Reissue of Anouar Brahems 1995 album Khomsa featuring Richard Galliano, Jean Marc Larché and Bechir Selmi, alongside ECM mainstays Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen. 


Price:  £11.99 

Anouar Brahem: Khomsa (CD: ECM)


Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth (CD: ECM)Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth (CD: ECM)
There is a searching, yearning quality to Naked Truth, and a raw beauty and vulnerability in Avishai Cohen’s trumpet sound on his most improvisational ECM recording to date. Very much music-of-the moment, found and shaped in the course of a remarkable recording session in the South of France, Naked Truth takes the form of an extemporaneous suite. For most of its length the Israeli trumpeter painstakingly leads the way, closely shadowed by his long-time comrades – pianist Yonathan Avishai, bassist Barak Mori and drummer Ziv Ravitz - who share an intuitive understanding, hyper alert to the music’s subtly-changing emphases. At the album’s conclusion, Cohen recites “Departure”, a poem by Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky, whose themes of renunciation, acceptance and letting go seem optimally-attuned to the mood of the music. Naked Truth was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in Pernes-les-Fontaines, in September 2021, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Kit Downes, Petter Eldh & James Maddren: Vermillion (CD: ECM)
Kit Downes joins forces with long-time collaborators Petter Eldh on bass and James Maddren on drums for a carefully assorted piano trio programme that treads gentle lyricism and bold creative outbursts in equal measures. Downes, whose prior ECM offering Dreamlife of Debris was termed a “work of otherworldly beauty” by BBC Music Magazine, carves out some of his most compendious pieces to date on Vermillion. Replete with subtle twists and turns, the trio offers its idiosyncratic take on the piano trio format, producing unexpected harmonic alterations and animate rhythmic flashes as they flesh out distinct musical forms. Recorded at the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, the three-piece outlines a unique design for this instrumentation in clear-cut interplay and creates a profound study of Kit Downes’ broad musical imagination in the process. (ECM Records) 


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Kit Downes, Petter Eldh & James Maddren: Vermillion (CD: ECM)


Bugge Wesselftoft: Be Am (CD: Jazzland)Bugge Wesselftoft: Be Am (CD: Jazzland)
In the 25 years since Norwegian pianist, composer and producer Bugge Wesseltoft founded Jazzland Recordings, he has engaged in numerous group projects and collaborations such as New Conception of Jazz, duos with the likes of Sidsel Endresen, Henning Kraggerud and Henrik Schwarz, one-off projects such as Trialogue, Bugge and Friends, and OKWorld! And of course, the super-trio Rymden. However, it is in his solo material that we can glimpse the true soul behind the effervescent and mercurial mind of one of the most influential and important Norwegian musicians of an entire generation.

On 'Be Am', Wesseltoft has allowed his creative impulses to wander where they may - no preset rules to govern the composition and production, no obligations to (not) use electronics, not even a will to be totally alone. This is pure playing and composition, where the music speaks freely by whatever means it will. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Dave Green Trio plus Evan Parker: Raise Four (CD: Trio Records)
The album, 'Raise Four', came about through an invitation by radio presenter and producer Jez Nelson to double bassist Dave Green to put a project together for BBC Radio 3's Jazz On 3. Typically, Dave went for the musical jugular, pairing his trio - featuring saxophonist Iain Dixon and drummer Gene Calderazzo - with the great improvising saxophonist Evan Parker.

The set draws from purely improvised free music through to the compositions of Thelonious Monk and an exquisite ballad by Billy Strayhorn. Although it would be hard to equate the music with the leadership of anyone other than Dave Green, the music successfully flows freely and inspiringly between all the participants, achieving a musical conversation of the highest order. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Dave Green Trio plus Evan Parker: Raise Four (CD: Trio Records)


David Murray & George Arvanitas: Tea For Two - The Ballad Artistry Of (CD: Fresh Sound)David Murray & George Arvanitas: Tea For Two - The Ballad Artistry Of (CD: Fresh Sound)
This relaxed duo performance presents a delightful challenge for the listener and features genuine musical sensitivity and an honest jazz approach to playing ballads. David Murray projects the more affectionate and sensitive side of his style with his distinctive full tenor soundwhich throbs deeply and slowly tears when playing this classic material. Georges Arvanitas displays the skill and feeling he had for playing behind a soloist as well as his emphasis on the melodic treatment of the tunes while never being superficial or merely tricky. His improvisations are tasteful, relaxed, subtle, essentially swinging, and genuinely bluesy on “Blues for Two.” It is this mature approach to jazz that sets Georges Arvanitas apart, and also one of the reasons why his piano is so enjoyable to listen to. The title “Tea for Two” couldn't be more descriptive of this excellent and unique session. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £17.99 


Tete Montoliu & Peter King Quintet: New Year's Morning '89 (CD: Fresh Sound)
Over the years, “Cova del Drac” in Barcelona was the scene of memorable concerts by some of the best jazz players who visited the city. The one that took place in the early morning of January 1, 1989 was especially remarkable. During the Christmas holidays, 17-year-old trumpeter Gerard Presencer had joined the Tete Montoliu Trio in concerts all over Barcelona. In the meanwhile, Peter King had flown in on December 29 to fulfill Tete's long-standing wish to perform with the kinetic English alto player. An inspired and totally spontaneous decision brought the two horn players together (for the first time!) and with Tete's magnificent trio, a dynamic quintet coalesced the night of the 31st.

Gerard had always been a huge fan of Peter King, and the good rapport between Gerard and Tete was obvious, so the circumstances seemed perfect. Everyone gave their best, showing an explosive collective spirit, with passionate performances and meaningful jazz improvisation in this splendid free-blowing date in the bebop mold. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Tete Montoliu & Peter King Quintet: New Year's Morning '89 (CD: Fresh Sound)


John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)
Curated and compiled by John McLaughlin; a collection of his finest performances from 5 legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival. (Warner Music) 


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Milt Jackson & Thelonious Monk Quintet (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Vibraphonist Milt Jackson appeared on a number of Blue Note sessions throughout the bebop era in the late 1940s and early 1950s including a 1952 date under his leadership which featured the original line-up of the Modern Jazz Quartet with John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums, plus Lou Donaldson on alto saxophone. That year Blue Note released the 10” LP Wizard of the Vibes which included Jackson’s memorable theme “Bag’s Groove.” In 1956, Blue Note transitioned to the 12” LP and began the fabled 1500 Series, releasing the expanded LP Milt Jackson and The Thelonious Monk Quintet—BLP 1509—with added tracks from 1948 and 1951 dates led by Monk, including a quartet date with John Simmons on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums, as well as a quintet date with Sahib Shihab on alto saxophone, Al McKibbon on bass, and Art Blakey on drums.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is mono, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original masters, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Milt Jackson & Thelonious Monk Quintet (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Bud Powell: Time Waits (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Bud Powell: Time Waits (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
In the late 1940s, Blue Note founder Alfred Lion became enthralled with the modern sounds of bebop and began recording several of the new music’s innovators including the brilliant pianist Bud Powell, who Lion dubbed The Amazing Bud Powell. Powell could be erratic, but as a producer Lion always seemed to draw the best out of the piano master, and cut numerous classic sides including “Un Poco Loco” and “Bouncing with Bud.” The fourth volume of The Amazing Bud Powell series, titled Time Waits, was recorded in 1958 and found Powell in particularly fine form on an ebullient set of his original tunes including “Buster Rides Again,” “Monopoly,” and “John’s Abbey.” Powell’s playing is endlessly inventive as he takes flight in a trio setting with bassist Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones, who elevates the session with some of his most inspired drumming on record.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


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Don Cherry: Where Is Brooklyn? (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Blue Note founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff had open ears and open minds, as they proved time and time again through the early-1960s as they documented some of the most adventurous players of the modern jazz scene like Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, and Tony Williams. But it wasn’t until they brought Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to Blue Note in 1965 that they dove headfirst into the avant-garde. Coleman and Cherry had of course made history together years prior as half of Coleman’s revolutionary quartet that put the NYC jazz world on notice that there was a new thing in town with their 1959 arrival at the Five Spot Café. Though Cherry co-led the album The Avant-Garde with John Coltrane in 1961, his career as a bandleader began with his bold Blue Note debut Complete Communion recorded in December 1965 (Coleman had documented his new trio live at the Golden Circle in Stockholm for his own Blue Note debut just weeks before). Cherry returned to Van Gelder Studio twice in the Fall of 1966, first to record his expansive Symphony for Improvisers and again for the fiery Where Is Brooklyn? The latter was a highly interactive quartet session featuring Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and piccolo, Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums that presented five Cherry originals including “Awake Nu” and “The Thing.”

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


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Don Cherry: Where Is Brooklyn? (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

At 27 years old, tenor saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson was already in his full artistic stride by the time he made Inner Urge, his 4th Blue Note album which was recorded in November 1964. His first 3 albums—Page One, Our Thing, and In ‘N Out—were quintet dates where Henderson had his frequent collaborator trumpeter Kenny Dorham by his side, but on Inner Urge, Henderson opted instead for a quartet setting with his the lone horn out in front.

The extraordinary line-up included two members of the trailblazing John Coltrane Quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones—as well as Blue Note stalwart Bob Cranshaw on bass. Side 1 consists of 2 timeless Henderson compositions of differing temperaments that would go on to become standards: the intense title track “Inner Urge” and the jovial blues “Isotope,” which was an homage to Thelonious Monk. Side 2 opens with a 3rd Henderson original, the evocation “El Barrio” which opens with Henderson’s plaintive cry. A stunningly gorgeous ballad performance of Duke Pearson’s piece “You Know I Care” follows before the album concludes with a brisk, up-tempo dash through the Cole Porter standard “Night and Day.”

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Lee Morgan: Caramba! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

In May 1968 when he entered Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to record his album ¡Caramba!, trumpeter Lee Morgan was still two months shy of his 30th birthday, which makes the fact that this was his 23rd Blue Note recording all the more astounding. Having cut his first Blue Note date as a precocious 18-year-old hot shot, Morgan was by now a full-fledged master, his technical prowess on his horn matched equally by the expressiveness and emotional depth of his playing. He had also continued to grow as a composer who could conjure myriad different moods and styles with his writing, as this diverse 5-song set of his original compositions attests.

¡Caramba! opens with the irrepressible groove of the title track, a lengthy performance that finds the remarkable quintet stretching out on vamp with creative solo flights by Morgan, tenor saxophonist Bennie Maupin, and pianist Cedar Walton, each given buoyant support by bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins. The program keeps moving from there through the intricate post-bop lines of “Suicide City” and “Cunning Lee” to the joyful “Soulita” and finally to the easy mid-tempo swing of “Helen’s Ritual,” a dedication to Morgan’s wife Helen.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Lee Morgan: Caramba! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Jackie McLean: Destination... Out! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Jackie McLean: Destination... Out! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
By the time Jackie McLean began recording for Blue Note in 1959, the alto saxophonist had already been a stalwart of the NYC jazz scene for nearly a decade having spent the entirety of the 1950s cutting his teeth alongside bebop legends like Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. As the early 1960s progressed, McLean’s innovative hard bop sound began to take on a harder edge and a more adventurous spirit. Inspired by the likes of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, McLean started to seek a greater freedom of expression in his music and began to introduce elements of the avant-garde, while never fully relinquishing a grounding in his soulful sense of swing and chordal structures. On his 1963 quintet album One Step Beyond, McLean teamed up with the unique trombonist and composer Grachan Moncur III and brought in vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson instead of a pianist, a move that gave the music a freer, more spacious feel. Inspired by this new musical direction and the tonal qualities of the band, McLean brought Moncur and Hutcherson back into the studio later that year with Larry Ridley on bass and Roy Haynes to record what would be his masterpiece of inside-out jazz: Destination… Out! On four original pieces—three by Moncur (“Love and Hate,” “Esoteric,” “Riff Raff”) and one of McLean’s (“Kahlil the Prophet”)—the quintet goes exploring, conjuring different moods and creating exciting new sounds that still sound fresh today.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Johnny Dyani: Song For Biko (Vinyl LP: Enja)
180g vinyl repress of Johnny Dyani's 1979 LP 'Song for Biko', recorded in the summer of 1978 with the powerful front line-up of Don Cherry and Dudu Pukwana, the album was dedicated to the martyred South African activist against apartheid Steve Biko (1946-1977). (Proper Music) 


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Johnny Dyani: Song For Biko (Vinyl LP: Enja)


Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin: Studio And ‘Live’ Collaborations 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin: Studio And ‘Live’ Collaborations 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Lalo Schifrin is an Argentinian pianist, composer, arranger and conductor who studied and played in France in the early 1950s before forming his own jazz orchestra in Argentina. He first met Dizzy Gillespie in 1956 and wrote the extended work Gillespiana for him. While in New York in 1960, he was offered the chance to join Gillespie’s Quintet as pianist, and over the next two years recorded a number of sessions with the jazz legend as well as performing with him at recorded concerts and club dates. Working alongside Gillespie certainly helped establish Schifrin’s reputation and formed the basis of his celebrated career composing film music in later years.

This 2CD set comprises studio and ‘live’ recordings from the albums Gillespiana, Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe, An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet and Dizzy On The French Riviera, along with selected other ‘live” performances. It includes performances with a number of noted jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Benny Carter, Cannonball Adderley, Leo Wright, Chuck Lampkin, Bob Cunningham, Candido Camero, Charlie Ventura, Mel Lewis and others. It’s a highly enlightening introduction to Schifrin’s early years on the US jazz scene, working with one of the pioneers and architects of bebop, on a range of repertoire that includes his own compositions, bebop classics and vibrant Latin jazz. (Trapeze Music) 


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John Handy: Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
Saxophonist John Handy's phenomenal 'Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival' plus 1 bonus track.

John Handy's performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was a sensation and arguably the high point of his career. Using a quintet that included violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson, and drummer Terry Clarke (all of whom were unknown young musicians at the time), he played two lengthy songs: the 27-minute "If Only We Knew", and the near 20-minute long "Spanish Lady". The two extended tracks are followed by another lengthy performance, "Tears of Ole Miss", which was recorded two years later at the Village Vanguard and features such stars as Pat Martino and Bobby Hutcherson. (Proper Music) 


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John Handy: Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Quincy Jones Big Band: Complete 1960 European Concerts (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)Quincy Jones Big Band: Complete 1960 European Concerts (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
All known live recordings by the fabulous Quincy Jones Big Band during its 1960 European tour, across 4CDs. By then, the orchestra included such stars as Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab, Quentin Jackson, Jimmy Cleveland, and Les Spann. Recorded with excellent sound quality, this is the first issue to include all these concert performances in a single collection. Includes a comprehensive 24-page booklet.. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 


Curtis Fuller: Bluesette (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
The widely-celebrated 'Blues-ette' album (1959) by trombonist Curtis Fuller in its entirety, plus alternate takes from the same session and three tracks from the 1957 album, 'Jazz! It's Magic'.Featuring an all-star quintet: Curtis Fuller (trombone), Benny Golson (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Al Harewood (drums). Hackensack, New Jersey, May 21, 1959. (Proper Music) 


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Curtis Fuller: Bluesette (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Various Artists: Soho Scene '58 - Jazz Goes Mod (CD: Rhythm & Blues, 2 CDs)<P>Various Artists: Soho Scene '58 - Jazz Goes Mod (CD: Rhythm & Blues, 2 CDs)


In a nation said to have ‘never had it so good’, Britain’s jazzmen were certainly proving this to be so during 1958. Not yet drowned by rock and roll, jazz was the youth culture music of the cognoscenti, those who, digging both modern American records and Continental fashion, were laying the groundwork of the first phase of ‘Mod.’ But there was more to 1958 than aping the mannerisms of others. London had its own scene and its own style – a Soho kind of sound – centred around clubs like the Flamingo and bands like the Jazz Couriers and there was seemingly no shortage of visiting US jazz giants, from Dizzy Gillespie to Dave Brubeck, queing up to give their approval for music they thought world class. Soho Scene ‘58 tells the story of this heady time; a Year Zero for Modernism in which London began to swing its way towards the 1960s, jazz setting the pace as never before.12 page booklet and liner notes by Simon Spillett. (Rhythm & Blues Records) 


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Michael Garrick Sextet: A New Serious Music (CD: Rhythm & Blues)
Pianist Michael Garrick was among the most boldly ambitious British jazz figures of the late-1960s, tirelessly pioneering various new fusions uniting his first love – straight-ahead jazz – with Indian music, liturgy and poetry. Featuring two previously unreleased sessions taped in 1967 and 1969, this album charts the course of his music from post-bop convention towards an indisputably ‘English’ jazz sound. Containing provocative live versions of several well-known Garrick compositions and an all-star cast, it truly captures the era in which UK jazz began to loosen its collar and let down its hair. (Rhythm & Blues Records) 


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Michael Garrick Sextet: A New Serious Music (CD: Rhythm & Blues)


Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet: BBC Jazz Club Sessions 1965-1966 Vol.2 (CD: Rhythm & Blues)Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet: BBC Jazz Club Sessions 1965-1966 Vol.2 (CD: Rhythm & Blues)
The Rendell/Carr Quintet has long been regarded as among the most iconic ensembles in 1960s British jazz, famed for its unique blend of musical personalities and the equally singular ‘style’ which resulted from its blend of experience, youth and creative ambition. This, the second R&B release of previously unissued material by the band, captures a moment of genuine jazz history with its inclusion of Michael Garrick’s debut broadcast with the quintet. Two further radio appearances find the band hitting its stride on material mixing themes familiar from its studio LPs with compositions not heard elsewhere in the Rendell/Carr discography. (Rhythm & Blues Records) 


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Tubby Hayes: Hip! The Untold Story Of Tubby Hayes 1965 (CD: Rhythm & Blues, 2 CDs)
In the high-profile, microscopically documented career of British jazz icon Tubby Hayes, 1965 appears the ‘year that never was’; no new Hayes’ LP appeared and for the first time in a decade the charismatic saxophonist no longer headed his own regular band. What was more, various critics had begun to openly wonder if his day had passed, dismissing Hayes’ powerful playing as ‘static’, ‘overlong’ and ‘blasé’. Combined with what was his most personally traumatic time to date, its trials ranging from physical collapse to escalating addictions, it appeared as if this once ubiquitous jazz force was fading from sight.

On live performances, however, it was a different story, Hayes galvanising his already formidable mastery of Hard Bop with a new found appetite for the work of John Coltrane as well as further sharpening his natural command of composition and arrangement. Fortunately, radio broadcasts documented these obsessions in full; BBC recordings from this year capturing both his informal quartet and his star-packed Commonwealth Big Band. This release includes three previously unreleased programmes in full, containing versions of classic Hayes’ themes ‘Change of Setting’ and ‘Don’t Fall Off The Bridge’ together with the first-ever UK performance of his big band showcase ‘100% Proof.’ Hayes’ then partner, US vocalist Joy Marshall, makes a cameo appearance here. An unmissable treat for all fans of vintage British modern jazz! Features an extensive booklet essay by Hayes’ biographer Simon Spillett. (Rhythm & Blues Records) 


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Tubby Hayes: Hip! The Untold Story Of Tubby Hayes 1965 (CD: Rhythm & Blues, 2 CDs)


Dick Morrissey Quartet: There And Then And Sounding Great  At The BBC 1967  (CD: Rhythm & Blues)Dick Morrissey Quartet: There And Then And Sounding Great At The BBC 1967 (CD: Rhythm & Blues)
Long before he carved his dual legend as both popular jazz-funkster and the ultimate peripatetic guest soloist, beloved by fusion and straight-ahead fans alike, tenor saxophonist Dick Morrissey had been one of the UK’s brightest and best modern jazzmen. During the 1960s his regular quartet explored very nearly every aspect of the jazz genre, from down home blues to the fringes of the avant-garde, as is displayed in these previously unreleased radio recordings from 1967. Over two fascinating sets drawing in compositions by fellow tenors Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson and Tubby Hayes, Morrissey is heard at his most daring, playing with a commitment and abandon that is frequently revelatory and always electrifying.(Rhythm & Blues Records) 


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Stan Tracey Trio: The 1959 Sessions (CD: Resteamed)
This collection of trio tunes by Stan Tracey date from June 1959 and were clearly intended as a follow up release to 'Little Klunk', issued a month earlier, but for some unknown reason they never left the vaults. Recently discovered purely by accident in a studio clear out, this amazing material has just come to light, and at a time when British jazz in the Fifties has become a much sought after commodity.

Recorded on two dates, the first four standards include Tony Crombie on drums, who had a residency with his own band at the Flamingo around this period. The other tracks feature legendary Phil Seaman on drums and showcase Stan's own material, a wonderful insight to jazz in London in 1959 and a great indication of what was to follow in the ensuing years. Kenny Napper was the bassist of Stan's choice back then and he appears on all tracks.

So, after more than sixty years hidden in a pile of inconspicuous 1/4 inch tapes, ReSteamed Records are delighted to present for the first time 'The 1959 Sessions' of the maestro, Stan Tracey and his musicians, in a timely reminder of the outstanding quality of early British Be-bop. (Proper Music) 


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Stan Tracey Trio: The 1959 Sessions (CD: Resteamed)


Gordon Beck: Sunbird (CD: JMS)Gordon Beck: Sunbird (CD: JMS)
‘Sunbird’ is a studio album by pianist Gordon Beck, released in the summer of 1979 through JMS.Guitarist Allan Holdsworth features, for a wild fusion album where Gordon Beck plays excellent acoustic piano and electric Rhodes throughout alongside Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark’s bass and Aldo Romano’s energetic drums. (Integral)

 


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Jessica Williams: And Then, There's This (CD: Timeless)

With John Wiitala, bass and Kenny Wollesen, drums. 


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Jessica Williams: And Then, There's This (CD: Timeless)


Alex Riel, Bo Stief & Carsten Dahl: Our Songs (CD: Storyville)Alex Riel, Bo Stief & Carsten Dahl: Our Songs (CD: Storyville)
Always curious and always looking for new challenges, Alex Riel has been an important innovator of modern drumming in Europe. He was among the very first to record a "free" solo on his debut album in 1965 and he was a founding member of the beat-group Savage Rose, while also playing with Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and being a member of Monica Zetterlund's quartet. From the last 20 years we know him for his work with Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Werner, Mads Vinding and many others.

On 'Our Songs', Alex Riel brings together two musical playmates: The legendary bassist Bo Stief, who like Riel, belongs to the generation of Danish musicians who started their professional careers at Montmartre in the 60s, and Carsten Dahl, one of Europe's most innovative piano players. (Proper Music) 


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Abbey Lincoln: Abbey Sings Billie (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of this 1987 album by star jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, paying tribute to Billie Holiday, featuring saxophonist Harold Vick, pianist James Weidman, bassist Tarik Shah and drummer Mark Johnson. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £11.99 

Abbey Lincoln: Abbey Sings Billie (CD: Enja)


Abdullah Ibrahim: Water From An Ancient Well (CD: Enja)Abdullah Ibrahim: Water From An Ancient Well (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of iconic album 'Water from an Ancient Well' by South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim that was first released in 1986. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 'Water From An Ancient Well' features the pianist/composer with a very strong septet, including tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford, altoist Carlos Ward, baritonist Charles Davis, and trombonist Dick Griffin, who are heard at their most creative and emotional on these eight Ibrahim originals. Many of the melodies (particularly "Mandela," "Song for Sathima," "Water From an Ancient Well," and the beautiful "The Wedding") are among Ibrahim's finest compositions. (Proper Music) 


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John Scofield: Live (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of 1977 live album by guitar great John Scofield, alongside pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz and drummer Joe LaBarbera. (Proper Music) 


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John Scofield: Live (CD: Enja)


Dusko Goykovich: Samba Do Mar (CD: Enja)Dusko Goykovich: Samba Do Mar (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of this 2003 album by trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, best known for his unmistakably melodic phrasing and his high-class ballad renditions on the trumpet, muted trumpet, and fluegelhorn.

On 'Samba Do Mar', Goykovich shows a fresh and sparkling approach to Brazilian music. Ranging from one of Villa-Lobos' Baroque-influenced compositions and a pair of Antonio Carlos Jobim's legendary bossa nova tunes to some wonderful originals by Argentinian artist Sergio Mihanovich and trumpeter Dusko Goykovich himself, the program opens up new spaces for his and his band's ever-soulful imagination. This album displays a rare kind of Brazilness - natural and relaxed but at the same time sophisticated and original.

Goykovich's counterpart on this album is Hungarian guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger who possesses one of the very few truly distinctive voices in the field of improvised classical guitar playing. Educated in jazz as well as classical music, Snétberger has integrated authentic Brazilian and Spanish techniques into his personal style. On this album he delivers great sounds and solos that radiate Brazilian moods touched by a free genius. Bassist Martin Gjakonovski is among Europe's best jazz bassists and previously recorded with such as Bob Berg and Michael Brecker. His dark and heavy tone brings a solid, earthy groove to this music. The youngster in the band, American drummer Jarrod Cagwin, is known for his extended studies in exotic drum languages. This time he mostly plays hand drums thus adding a taste of Afro-Brazilian heat. (Proper Music) 


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Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)
Mid-price reissue of this 1982 album by iconic trumpeter Chet Baker, alongside vibraphonist David Friedman, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers. (Proper Music) 


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Chet Baker: Peace (CD: Enja)


Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl LP: Bethlehem)Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl LP: Bethlehem)
The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus' is a compilation of some of the jazz bassist and composer's material for Period Records, initially presented as two 10-inch records then later merged into one release. Put together as one program, though, these pieces still connect together seamlessly, energetically. The band is simmering with intensity while also stretching out into savvy uses of space. It's another fine example of Mingus as band leader and composer. (Warner Music)

Reissue of 1955 classic on 180g Vinyl. 


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Dexter Gordon: Daddy Plays The Horn (Vinyl LP: Bethlehem)
Reissue of the 1955 Classic featuring "Confirmation," "Autumn In New York" & "You Can Depend On Me." Dexter Gordon wasn't quite THE Dexter Gordon when he made Daddy Plays The Horn, but his unique, obtuse way of playing the saxophone and hitting his rhythm section's playing at weird, swinging angles was already fully formed for this album. Recorded in between periods of tumult and distress--he was in and out of jail with a bear of a heroin addiction--Gordon is one of the finest men to ever put a reed in his mouth, and this album--particularly "Autumn in New York"--belongs in every discerning Jazzbo's collection. (Warner Music)

Reissue of 1955 classic on 180g Vinyl. 


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Dexter Gordon: Daddy Plays The Horn (Vinyl LP: Bethlehem)


Jimmy Smith: Home Cookin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Jimmy Smith: Home Cookin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
The Incredible Jimmy Smith was a self-taught keyboard virtuoso who gave up the piano in 1954 in favor of the Hammond B3 organ, setting up shop in a warehouse in Philadelphia and woodshedding for a year before emerging with a revolutionary approach to the instrument that immediately caught the ear Alfred Lion. The Blue Note founder recorded the B3 innovator as often as he could between 1956-1963 in a range of different settings and released a tremendous run of albums that laid the foundation for the Soul Jazz movement. Drawn from three different sessions recorded in 1958-1959, Home Cookin’ featured Smith in a quartet with tenor saxophonist Percy France, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and drummer Donald Bailey, and it stands as one of the most deeply soulful albums Smith ever made. The band gives a soul jazz symposium on this seven-song set that includes covers of tunes by Ma Rainey, Ray Charles, and Jimmy McGriff along with originals by Smith and Burrell.

This Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Reuben Wilson: Love Bug (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Following his 1968 Blue Note debut On Broadway, Hammond B3 organist Reuben Wilson returned to Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in March 1969 to record the follow-up Love Bug. This time out producer and Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff put Wilson at the helm of a dynamic quintet with Lee Morgan on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Grant Green on guitar, and Leo Morris (later known as Idris Muhammad) on drums. The result was one of the standout soul jazz dates of the late 60s, a funky six-song set that featured deep-grooved Wilson originals including “Hot Rod,” Back Out,” and the title track “Love Bug” alongside cover versions of some of the biggest R&B hits of the day like Gamble and Huff’s “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” (Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations), Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “I Say A Little Prayer” (Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin), and Isaac Hayes and David Porter’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’” (Sam & Dave).

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


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Reuben Wilson: Love Bug (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Kenny Cox: Introducing (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Kenny Cox: Introducing (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Many great Blue Note artists have hailed from the jazz hotbed of Detroit over the course of the label’s history including Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Thad Jones, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, and many more. Perhaps the only instance on an entire band coming out of Detroit was with Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, a fantastic but unsung combo led by pianist Kenny Cox which featured Joe Henderson’s brother Leon Henderson on tenor saxophone, Charles Moore on trumpet, Ron Brooks on bass, and Danny Spencer on drums. The quintet made two excellent albums in the late 1960s including their debut album Introducing Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, a hidden gem of the Blue Note catalog which was recorded in 1968. The band was certainly influenced by the post-bop explorations of the Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, but the CJQ exhibited its own unique sensibilities on memorable originals like “Mystique,” “Trance Dance,” “Diahnn,” and David Durrah’s beautiful piece “You.”

This Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Herbie Nichols: The Prophetic (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Herbie Nichols was one of the most highly original and under-recognized pianists and composers in Jazz history. Blue Note founder Alfred Lion consider him to be every bit as unique and important as Thelonious Monk, another singular talent who Lion was the first to record just a few years before he signed Nichols in 1955. Little-known during his lifetime, recognition has begun to grow in recent years for Nichols’ incredibly hip, angular compositions like “The Third World,” “2300 Skidoo,” “Step Tempest,” and “Dance Line,” each of which were miniature marvels built with their own sturdy inner logic. In May 1955, Nichols recorded two sessions with Al McKibbon on bass and Art Blakey on drums which were originally released as The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 and The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 2. The two 10” LPs are combined here onto a single 12” LP that’s presented in gatefold packaging with the two covers on the front and back with the liner notes on the inside.

This Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Herbie Nichols: The Prophetic (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

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