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Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 (CD: Fontana)Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 (CD: Fontana)
Newly discovered studio album From legendary British jazz star Tubby Hayes. Thought to be either lost or destroyed until their recent rediscovery, the sessions are being hailed as among the very best work in the Hayes discography. "Sometimes when tapes than have been lost or rumoured to exist finally surface there is a touch of anti-climax or the need to 'spin' them in a way that makes them more important than they are" explains Hayes' biographer and award-winning British jazz saxophonist Simon Spillett. "These sessions, on the other hand, are absolute classics in every regard. It's an album that can sit equally alongside the best Coltrane, Rollins or Dexter Gordon LPs. It really is a lost masterpiece, make no mistake."

At the time the 'Grits, Beans and Greens' sessions were recorded, Hayes was also working on a more commercial project, 'The Orchestra', which found him aiming for the pop and easy-listening markets by covering The Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Nancy Sinatra. Ironically, sales of 'The Orchestra' were poor by the standards of his previous albums and as Hayes' health began to falter in the early 1970s, no further recordings took place, leaving the 'Grits, Beans and Greens' reels forgotten and unreleased. After his tragic death following open-heart surgery, aged just 38, in 1973, the tapes were simply filed away, eventually becoming mislaid as the label's archives went through a series of corporate buy-outs.

The tapes were discovered when the late jazz writer and Polygram Catalogue Manager Richard Cook came across Hayes' diary and noticed entries detailing a number of recording sessions. He subsequently trawled through the Polygram archives and made what was to be one of the most significant discoveries in jazz history when he came across the never-before-heard 1969 tapes. Cook left the company before the tapes were released and it wasn't until last year that knowledge of their existence resurfaced.

The audio have also gone through MQA [Master Quality Authenticated] technology, MQA-CD plays back on all CD players. When a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device, the CD will reveal the original master quality. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 - Deluxe Edition (CD: Fontana, 2 CDs)
Two-CD deluxe edition complete with 18 tracks, in date & master tape running order which includes studio chatter, alternative takes and false starts.  


Price:  £17.99 

Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 - Deluxe Edition (CD: Fontana, 2 CDs)


Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 (Vinyl LP: Fontana)Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans And Greens - The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969 (Vinyl LP: Fontana)
Upon discovery of the tapes, Decca hired high-end vinyl specialists Gearbox Studios to master the sessions for the first time. They created a 180-gram vinyl edition employing an original 1960s-era Studer C37 tape machine and a Scully Lathe (the same model employed by jazz record engineering god Rudy Van Gelder). (Universal Music) 


Price:  £24.99 


Claire Martin: Believin' It (CD: Linn)
Claire Martin is joined by her all-Swedish trio as she celebrates another career milestone: recording her twentieth album for Linn Records. Uppsala-born pianist/arranger Martin Sjöstedt leads the trio comprising bassist Niklas Fernqvist and drummer Daniel Fredriksson. Sjöstedt, one of Sweden’s most gifted and talked about jazz musicians, has created imaginative new arrangements of contemporary material exclusively for Claire.

Encompassing a century’s worth of tunes, tracks include ‘Broken Wings’ by Mr. Mister and ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 10cc, as well as favourites by Joe Locke, Joni Mitchell, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny. Claire remembers legendary singer Lena Horne with her own arrangement of ‘Come Runnin’’ and pays tribute to Norway’s Karin Krog with ‘Cherry Tree Song’. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Claire Martin: Believin' It (CD: Linn)


Fred Hersch And The WDR Big Band: Begin Again (CD: Palmetto)Fred Hersch And The WDR Big Band: Begin Again (CD: Palmetto)
Begin Again, Hersch's new Palmetto release featuring the Cologne-based WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, serves as both an expertly curated overview of the pianist's oeuvre and a singular new entry in his expansive discography. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Avishai Cohen: Arvoles (CD: Razdaz)
The long awaited new musical statement from Avishai Cohen the Bassist and Composer delivers nine freshly executed, original compositions, and one delicately distinctive arrangement. ‚Arvoles', which means 'Trees' in Ladino (the ancient language spoken by the Sephardic people of the diaspora), showcases Cohen own unique DNA and heartbeat. Whilst being deeply rooted in trio music, 'Arvoles' delivers crafted stories enriched by an outstanding horn section, a sublime working unit, giving life and spirit. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Avishai Cohen: Arvoles (CD: Razdaz)


Ron Carter & Danny Simmons: The Brown Beatnik Tomes (CD: Blue Note)Ron Carter & Danny Simmons: The Brown Beatnik Tomes (CD: Blue Note)
A unique and powerful collaboration between the artist and poet Danny Simmons and legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter. This live recording from BRIC House in Brooklyn captured Simmons reading poetry from his collection of prose The Brown Beatnik Tomes with projections of his own striking Abstract Expressionist paintings providing the stage backdrop while Carter performed solo accompaniment along with instrumental interludes from his fleet trio. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Keith Jarrett: The Melody At Night, With You (Vinyl LP: ECM)
Tender is the night on what is, perhaps, Keith Jarrett’s most intimate album. It is comprised of solo piano renderings of jazz ballads and folk songs, recorded at home and played with unmistakable affection. Jarrett dispenses with the jazz soloist’s emphasis on flamboyancy, the “clever” phrase, the virtuosic sleight-of-hand. Instead he strips these songs to their melodic essence and, gently, lays bare their emotional core. A quiet, glowing album, for quiet moments. Released for the first time on vinyl. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £21.99 

Keith Jarrett: The Melody At Night, With You (Vinyl LP: ECM)


Manu Katché: Neighbourhood (Vinyl LP: ECM)Manu Katché: Neighbourhood (Vinyl LP: ECM)
Neighbourhood is a thoughtful, feelgood jazz album that harks back to the traditions of modern jazz while remaining contemporary - thanks to Katché‘s inventive drumming.” - John L Walters, The Guardian. Released for the first time on vinyl. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £21.99 


Jan Garbarek: In Praise Of Dreams (Vinyl LP: ECM)
”In Praise of Dreams” issued for the first time on vinyl, features two musicians with whom the great Norwegian saxophonist shares some history - American-Armenian violist Kim Kashkashian and African-French drummer Manu Katché. Released for the first time on vinyl. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £21.99 

Jan Garbarek: In Praise Of Dreams (Vinyl LP: ECM)


Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard burst upon the Blue Note scene in June 1960 with his auspicious debut album Open Sesame. Within 6 months Hubbard had already recorded a follow-up (Goin’ Up) and appeared as a sideman on sessions with Tina Brooks (True Blue), Hank Mobley (Roll Call), Kenny Drew (Undercurrent), and Jackie McLean (Bluesnik). Hubbard’s bravado style was already fully formed on Open Sesame with his brilliant tone and jaw-dropping technical prowess at the helm of sterling quintet with tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor. Highlights of the set include the hard-charging title track, a stunning ballad performance on “But Beautiful,” and a grooving version of “One Mint Julep.”

This Blue Note 80 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 Griffin: Introducing (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R&B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was "introduced" was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monk's quartet.

This Blue Note 80 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 Griffin: Introducing (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Grant Green: Grant's First Stand (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Grant Green: Grant's First Stand (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Grant Green's debut album, Grant's First Stand, still ranks as one of his greatest pure soul-jazz outings, a set of killer grooves laid down by a hard-swinging organ trio. For having such a small lineup, just organist Baby Face Willette and drummer Ben Dixon -- the group cooks up quite a bit of power, really sinking its teeth into the storming up-tempo numbers, and swinging loose and easy on the ballads. From the first note of "Miss Ann's Tempo," they establish a groove, and swing like hell through two standards and four originals. This may have been Grant Green's debut album, but all three of these musicians share equal responsibility in this magnificent January 28, 1961 date, remastered by original recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder from the original analog masters.

This Blue Note 80 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 


Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Though he first recorded in the late-1940s, Dexter Gordon’s Blue Note debut Doin’ Allright—recorded and released in 1961—marked a rebirth for the great tenor saxophonist after a decade in which drug addiction and legal troubles limited his output. But his Blue Note years put him back on top with a run of essential albums that stand as classics of the jazz canon. Doin’ Allright featured a top flight quintet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood on a set that presented bluesy hard bop originals like “Society Red” and highlighted Gordon’s stunning balladry on the standard “You’ve Changed.

This Blue Note 80 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 

Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Herbie Hancock: Takin' Off (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Herbie Hancock: Takin' Off (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
On his debut album Takin’ Off—recorded and released in 1962—jazz legend Herbie Hancock arrived fully formed at the helm of an impressive quintet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins. Though rooted firmly in hard bop, the brilliant pianist and composer presented his own strikingly original voice on this 6-song album consisting entirely of his own compositions from the funky hit “Watermelon Man” to the timeless ballad “Alone and I.”

This Blue Note 80 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 


George Cables: I'm All Smiles (CD: Savant)
 


Price:  £13.99 

George Cables: I'm All Smiles (CD: Savant)


Brad Mehldau: Finding Gabriel (CD: Nonesuch)Brad Mehldau: Finding Gabriel (CD: Nonesuch)
Brad Mehldau's Finding Gabriel comprises nine thematically related songs by Mehldau and features performances by him on piano, synthesizers, percussion, and Fender Rhodes, as well as vocals. Guest musicians include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens, among others. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Dave Douglas, Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille: Devotion (CD: Greenleaf Music)
Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine continue their long-time musical association with a new album featuring master drummer Andrew Cyrille. Devotion features new original compositions by Douglas in devotion to many of todays greatest composers including Carla Bley and Franco DAndrea. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Dave Douglas, Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille: Devotion (CD: Greenleaf Music)


Ketil Bjørnstad: Rainbow Sessions (CD: Grappa, 4 CDs)Ketil Bjørnstad: Rainbow Sessions (CD: Grappa, 4 CDs)
Presented in a new design, accompanied by newly written liner notes by Bjornstad, this special 4CD boxset of The Rainbow Sessions celebrates Ketil Bjornstad's 50 years as a musician and artist.

At 16 years old Ketil Bjornstad debuted as a pianist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in the University ceremonial hall, the Aula. The acclaimed writer and musician celebrates 50 years as a musician and artist in 2019. Bjornstad's 50th anniversary as an artist kicks off with a reissue of "Rainbow Sessions", earlier released as a limited edition in 2006. This is Ketil Bjornstad's homage to the world known Rainbow Studios and the Steinway grand piano. When studio owner and sound guru Jan Erik Kongshaug in 2004 was moving the studio to a new location, the idea to make the last to record in the old studio and the first to play in the new, was born. Two solo piano albums were planned, at the time it turned into three, and for this release evolves into four. This celebratory edition consists of five different Rainbow sessions recorded in the period 2013-2017, which Bjornstad has put together into a fourth bonus CD. Everything is presented in a new, wonderful design, accompanied by newly written liner notes by Bjornstad. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £32.99 


Alan Broadbent Trio: New York Notes (CD: Savant)
Justly famous for his gorgeous compositions and arrangements for a long list of singers including Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Paul McCartney, Alan Broadbent is also a pianist's pianist: possessed of fierce technique; exquisitely emotional, when the moment calls for it; and as hard-swinging as they come.

Throughout these performances - recorded for all intents and purposes "live" in his private recording studio, unrestricted by the confines of time - there is a remarkable polish and sense of order while maintaining the unmistakable sound of the classic piano trios, live and off-the-cuff. With his long-time associates Harvie S and Billy Mintz on hand it is little surprise that their almost telepathic communication gives the entire session an extremely wide emotional range encompassing, graceful delicacy, earthiness, soulfulness and just a little hint of the blues. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Alan Broadbent Trio: New York Notes (CD: Savant)


Tom Harrell: Infinity (CD: Highnote)Tom Harrell: Infinity (CD: Highnote)
For this HighNote release, featuring a razor-sharp quintet with saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Charles Altura, Tom Harrell & company combine complex compositions, seductive rhythms, advanced harmonic concepts, vibrant solos and sheer inspiration in an album which transcends the jazz idiom. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Joshua Redman Quartet: Come What May (CD: Nonesuch)
Mr. Redman's place is secure as one of the most effusive and engaging tenor saxophonists in straight-ahead jazz. He appears here with three longtime compatriots- the pianist Aaron Goldberg, the bassist Reuben Rogers and the drummer Gregory Hutchinson - all well attuned to his language of elastic tenacity. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Joshua Redman Quartet: Come What May (CD: Nonesuch)


Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (CD: ECM)Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (CD: ECM)

Like their acclaimed ECM release Small Town of 2017 – which The Guardian called “wistful and mesmerizing… tonally ingenious and haunting” – Epistrophy by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City’s Village Vanguard. The new album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo’s Americana songbook (“All in Fun,” “Red River Valley,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”), as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), an artist whom both the guitarist and bassist knew well. Frisell and Morgan communicate the essence of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and the Frank Sinatra hit “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. At the center of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular “Epistrophy” and the ruminative ballad “Pannonica.” And as with “Goldfinger” on Small Town, Frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody-rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film – “You Only Live Twice.” (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra: Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College (CD: Wide Hive)
Roscoe Mitchell's 25-piece orchestra returns with an outstanding follow up to its 2017 release Discussions. The Penguin Guide to Jazz described Roscoe as "one of the key figures" in avant-garde jazz and is known for co-founding the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).The album was recorded last year in the Littlefield Auditorium at Mills College in Oakland, California, where the saxophonist has taught since 2007. Encompassing intriguing instrumentation with full written orchestrations by Mitchell, this recording contains performances by many notable musicians and is of the highest quality. (Discovery Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra: Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College (CD: Wide Hive)


Huw Warren & Mark Lockheart: New Day - Live At Livio Felluga Winery (CD: Cam Jazz)Huw Warren & Mark Lockheart: New Day - Live At Livio Felluga Winery (CD: Cam Jazz)
Pianist Huw Warren and saxophonist Mark Lockheart have been friends and associates since they formed the influential British jazz group Perfect Houseplants more than two decades ago. Warren and Lockheart always give off a sense of quiet delight and New Day catches the duo performing live at the Livio Felluga winery in Brazzano di Cormòns, Italy, as part of CamJazz’s ongoing series of live recordings where “vintage” has a double meaning. Playing original material, mostly by Warren, but also a couple of compositions by the John Taylor, their improvisations bespeak deep understanding of each others’ musical personality. (DIscovery Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Huw Warren Trio: Everything In Between (CD: Cam Jazz)
Huw Warren's new trio album Everything In Between takes the piano, bass, drum formula as a given, a known aspect of a shared musical language, and makes something quite magical from it. Supported by the wildly underrated Dudley Phillips on bass and electric bass and by son Zoot Warren on drums, Warren shapes a set of original themes and Brazilian classics into a record of deceptively quiet textures, outwardly undramatic themes that conceal rich harmonic surprises, and a perfect integration of voices that yields fresh insights with every listening. Warren’s mastery has never been more completely and more imaginatively demonstrated.Everything In Between has 'gentle modern classic' written all over it. (Discovery Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Huw Warren Trio: Everything In Between (CD: Cam Jazz)


Stan Getz Quartet: At The Gate (Verve, 2 CDs)Stan Getz Quartet: At The Gate (Verve, 2 CDs)
Previously unreleased 1961 live recording from the historic Village Gate in New York City. Features an all-star, rarely heard quartet with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves and drummer Roy Haynes. Extensive liner notes by Boston jazz historian Bob Blumenthal. (Universal Music)

 


Price:  £14.99 


John Coltrane: '58 - The Prestige Recordings (CD: Craft, 5 CDs)
37 tracks on 5CDs, this fabulous set covers Coltrane’s entire 1958 Prestige output. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his illustrious output for the legendary New York-based indie jazz label. Booklet featuring original liner notes, historical photos, documents and extensive essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. All music mastered from the latest and best-available official sources and includes a 40-page booklet featuring rare photos, recording dates/locations and discographies; Featuring a superb coterie of musicians including Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Art Taylor, Jimmy Cobb and Paul Chambers; Produced by Bob Weinstock and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder at his famous studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Pulling in material from classic Coltrane albums Soultrane, Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane, Lush Life and Bahia Featuring a rich repertoire including famous interpretations of ‘Lush Life’, ‘Spring Is Here’, ‘Lover’, ‘Good Bait’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Love Thy Neighbour’. (Universal Music) view larger image


Price:  £84.99 

John Coltrane: '58 - The Prestige Recordings (CD: Craft, 5 CDs)


Bill Evans: Evans In England (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)Bill Evans: Evans In England (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
'Evans in England' is a newly-discovered recording of the Bill Evans Trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell captured live at the legendary Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, England in December of 1969. The deluxe 2CD set includes an elaborate booklet with rare photos by photographers Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir and Jan Persson; essays by acclaimed jazz writer and author Marc Myers and producer Zev Feldman; plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell and filmmaker Leon Terjanian. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £23.99 


Art Ensemble Of Chicago: We Are On The Edge - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (CD: PI Recordings, 2 CDs)
Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI, 'We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration' is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making.

The greatness of The Art Ensemble of Chicago has always been the shared commitment of it's original members - Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye - to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have long-termed Great Black Music - Ancient to the Future. Also important are the group's disparate musical and artistic personalities, comprised of jazz, advanced compositional techniques, theatrical performance, poetry, Pan-African percussion, all tied together with improvisational flair and the exploration of pure sound. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Art Ensemble Of Chicago: We Are On The Edge - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (CD: PI Recordings, 2 CDs)


Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Dortmund) 1976 (CD: hatOLOGY)Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Dortmund) 1976 (CD: hatOLOGY)
It was at the first Dortmund Jazz Festival in Germany on October 31, 1976 that this group hit a magic peak. ... The Braxton/Lewis/Holland/Alt schul line-up lasted for barely six months. They played their first concert together in Boston in May 1976 and their last in Berlin on November 4. ... For me, the special attraction of the Dortmund concert is its air of celebration. There's a palpable sense of fun to this music, attributable in part (I suspect) to the presence of George Lewis, who had just replaced trumpeter Kenny Wheeler in the quartet. The empathy between the two Chicagoans fairly fizzes from the speakers: Lewis romps through these tunes with a snorting, rumbustious glee that elicits a brilliantly bravura and playful response from Braxton. (RSK Entertainment) 


Price:  £15.99 


Wes Montgomery: Back On Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
'Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings' is a collection of previously-unissued recordings from jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery captured live and in studio in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana in the mid-to-late 1950s by renowned arranger/pianist Carroll DeCamp (Stan Kenton, Les Elgart).

The deluxe 2CD set includes an extensive booklet with rare photos, essays by jazz scholar Lewis Porter and producer Zev Feldman, interviews with guitar icons George Benson and John Scofield, plus guitarist and Carroll DeCamp's nephew Royce Campbell and saxophonist/educator/publisher Jamey Aebersold. This is the sixth official Resonance release of previously-unissued Wes Montgomery recordings and fills in an important early piece of the jazz great's story. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £23.99 

Wes Montgomery: Back On Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)


Paul Bley, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian: When Will The Blues Leave (CD: ECM)Paul Bley, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian: When Will The Blues Leave (CD: ECM)
When Will The Blues Leave, a previously unreleased recording rescued from the archives, bears testimony to the special musical understanding shared by three great improvisers. Long acknowledged by creative musicians as one of the influential groups of the ‘free’ era, Paul Bley’s pioneering trio with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian has been under-represented on record.

In 1999, a year after recording the splendid reunion album Not Two, Not One, Paul Bley’s highly innovative trio with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian took to the road with concerts on both sides of the Atlantic. When Will The Blues Leave documents a terrific performance at the Aula Magna, Trevano in Switzerland. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Gary Burton & Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Crystal Silence launched one of jazz’s most long-lasting small groups, whose history would extend over more than 40 years. On this 1972 recording Gary Burton and Chick Corea, brought together by producer Manfred Eicher, raised the bar for the art of the duo. As Billboard perceptively noted, “The lyrical qualities of both men are displayed to maximum advantage, while the material at hand includes some of Corea’s most durable compositions. Recorded in Oslo, the album may prove a classic, for its revelation of the more delicate, contemplative strengths of these men.” (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Gary Burton & Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Gary Burton: The New Quartet (CD: ECM Touchstones)Gary Burton: The New Quartet (CD: ECM Touchstones)
As well as being the great vibes innovator of the era, Gary Burton has been a most astute talent scout. In 1973, The New Quartet introduced Abraham Laboriel: this was the first recording of the bassist who would shortly become one of the most in-demand session players across all genres. “It must be emphasised that Laboriel sounds like a major artist in the making with his astonishing bass work,” wrote Melody Maker. Guitarist Mick Goodrick also emerged as a player to watch with this album, shining in a well-conceived programme with compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Mike Gibbs and bandleader Burton. (ECM Records) 


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Ralph Towner: Diary (CD: ECM Touchstones)
As the title implies, Diary, the first entirely solo recording from Ralph Towner, is an intimate album. Its quiet reflections get to the heart of some outstanding Towner compositions including ”Icarus” and ”The Silence of a Candle” which receive definitive interpretations here, conveying the impression of ”an acoustic wonderworld” as Die Zeit wrote. The magic includes subtle overdubbing, allowing Towner to accompany his guitar with piano. In these diary entries the convergence of influences from jazz (Bill Evans above all), classical music and Brazilian music is fully realized in a very natural synthesis. Recorded 1973. (ECM Records) 


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Ralph Towner: Diary (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Art Lande & Jan Garbarek: Red Lanta (CD: ECM Touchstones)Art Lande & Jan Garbarek: Red Lanta (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The album title is anagram of Art Lande, the idiosyncratic US pianist making his ECM debut in a set of his own tunes, very ably partnered by Jan Garbarek on a recording described by Down Beat as “one of the finest albums ECM has yet released…It is the interplay of the two artists that elicits the full richness of the music. Lande and Garbarek have intelligently channelled their virtuosity, forging a uniquely inspired vision. The result is enthralling.” Recorded 1973. (ECM Records) 


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Jan Garbarek & Bobo Stenson Quartet: Witchi-Tai-To (CD: ECM Touchstones)
In the mid-1970s there was no European jazz group more popular than the Garbarek-Stenson Quartet, and Witchi-Tai-To was voted ‘Record of the Year 1974/75’ in Jazz Forum’s poll. Down Beat gave the album a five-star review: “Those who think that contemporary music from Europe lacks soul-fire are hereby advised to listen to Witchi-Tai-To.” Bobo Stenson: “The quartet had a chemistry that I’ve very rarely known, and I look back at the whole period as a happy and creative time.” The wide-open programme includes tunes by Carla Bley and Don Cherry as well as the title track composed by Jim Pepper. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Jan Garbarek & Bobo Stenson Quartet: Witchi-Tai-To (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Bennie Maupin: The Jewel In The Lotus (CD: ECM Touchstones)Bennie Maupin: The Jewel In The Lotus (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Bennie Maupin has been an inventive contributor to iconic records including Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi and Headhunters and Marion Brown’s Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun. His recordings under his own name have been infrequent but his leader debut, is indeed a jewel. “A more selfless album is hard to imagine”, said Down Beat in 1975. “On The Jewel In The Lotus, the sound is supreme, and all the players strive to achieve a thorough blending”. Recorded in New York in 1974, the disc’s personnel is drawn from the circle around Herbie Hancock in the period, but the music has a character all its own. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Julian Priester & Pepo Mtoto: Love, Love (CD: ECM Touchstones)
After leaving Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band trombonist Julian Priester and synthesizer pioneer Dr Patrick Gleeson put together this now-legendary album in two sessions in 1973. Extending the experiments of the Hancock sextet this music can also be related to Miles Davis’s robust Afro-funk-slanted electric group music of the period. Pumping bass ostinati, riffs and a big ‘tribal’ beat connect Love, Love to the music of Sly Stone and Funkadelic as well, while the shifting clouds of spacey improvising can also make a listener think of minimal music or Sun Ra. More than 40 years later this slice of proto-cyberfunk is still thoroughly enjoyable and timely. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Julian Priester & Pepo Mtoto: Love, Love (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Paul Motian: Tribute (CD: ECM Touchstones)Paul Motian: Tribute (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The combination of Paul Motian and Charlie Haden was always a guarantee for magical improvisational interaction, and there is much of it in this attractive line-up with the twinned guitars of Sam Brown and Paul Metzke and Carlos Ward’s alto sax. Motian and Haden had previously collaborated with Brown on Keith Jarrett’s Expectations album and on Carla Bley’s Escalator Over The Hill, and the bassist and drummer had also worked with Carlos Ward on Don Cherry’s Relativity Suite. Paul Metzke joined up with Motian after stints with Gato Barbieri’s band and Tony Wiliams’s Lifetime. The team moves sensitively through Motian’s tunes, Haden’s “Song for Che”, and Ornette Coleman’s ”War Orphans”. Down Beat: “A landmark in the career of an outstanding percussionist… 5 Stars”. Recorded 1974. (ECM Records) 


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Steve Kuhn: Trance (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Steve Kuhn was already a player of legendary repute by the time he came to ECM in 1975. Fifteen years earlier he had been the original pianist in Coltrane’s first quartet. Influential work with Art Farmer and Stan Getz followed, and Kuhn’s own October Suite collaboration with Gary McFarland had established benchmarks for an emergent “chamber jazz”. With Trance, Kuhn had rich experience to draw upon. “Trance is as unpredictable as it is compelling,” declared All About Jazz., while the BBC Music Magazine noted that “you could scarcely ask for a more powerful yet responsive support team” than Swallow, DeJohnette and Evans: “Kuhn is prompted into some of his most direct, open and lyrical playing.” (ECM Records) 


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Steve Kuhn: Trance (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Bill Connors: Of Mist And Melting (CD: ECM Touchstones)Bill Connors: Of Mist And Melting (CD: ECM Touchstones)
A guitarist’s guitarist, Bill Connors has always had the admiration of his peers. Steve Tibbetts recently praised Connors’s “left-hand vibrato, his sense of space, his liquid phrasing, the way he lingers on a note” – all qualities in evidence on 1977’s Of Mist and Melting. Jazz Journal: “The combination of Connors’s predominantly cool linearity and DeJohnette’s patented rolling and tumbling creates a very special blend of poetic contemplation and rhythmic vitality.” (ECM Records) 


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Jack DeJohnette: New Directions (CD: ECM Touchstones)
New Directions found drummer/pianist Jack DeJohnette reflecting on the multiple routes his musical life had taken and summarizing them in a single band. “My idea was to put together a cast of unlikely characters”. He’d worked with Eddie Gomez in the Bill Evans Trio, played extensively with John Abercrombie in the Gateway trio and a new alliance with Art Ensemble trumpeter Lester Bowie reconnected Jack to the experimental spirit of the early AACM. “With Lester added we had four strong and very different characters, could cover a lot of musical areas, and the chemistry was fantastic.” New Directions, recorded in 1978, won France’s Prix du Jazz Contemporain de L’Academie Charles Cros. (ECM Records) 


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Jack DeJohnette: New Directions (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Steve Swallow: Home - Music by Steve Swallow to poems by Robert Creeley (CD: ECM Touchstones)Steve Swallow: Home - Music by Steve Swallow to poems by Robert Creeley (CD: ECM Touchstones)
A recording of great charm, Home features bassist Steve Swallow’s settings of the poetry of Robert Creeley for an inspired band of friends, each of whom is also a strikingly original presence. Creeley was very supportive of the project and loved particularly Sheila Jordan’s singing. Swallow, whose feeling for verse is as profound as his understanding of jazz, gets right inside the meaning of the texts and illuminates them with his melodies. Recorded 1979. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: The Amazing Adventures Of Simon Simon (CD: ECM Touchstones)
John Surman and Jack DeJohnette first played together in 1968, but didn’t make a duo album together until The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon in 1981. Immediately recognised as a special album it won the Record of the Year Award in Jazz Forum’s Readers Poll. The press was equally enthusiastic. Down Beat: “Unrestrained delight! The stunning Adventures of Simon Simon shatters through several stylistic barriers in the most swingful of fashions – and goes right to the heart of modern musical artistry…5 stars.” (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: The Amazing Adventures Of Simon Simon (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell: El Corazon (CD: ECM Touchstones)Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell: El Corazon (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“The trumpeter sketches a succession of melodies and moods around and over the rich textural detail and earthy solidity of Mr Blackwell’s drumming,” noted Robert Palmer in The New York Times. “The melodies come from Spain, Africa, Jamaica and the modern jazz compositions of Thelonious Monk, but Mr Cherry and Mr Blackwell transform them into a personal music that is as urbane and international as they are. Together, they make El Corazón one of the most impressive duet albums of recent years.” This magical 1982 album, overflowing with character, has remained the reference recording for trumpet and drums duos. (ECM Records) 


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Miroslav Vitous: Journey's End (CD: ECM Touchstones)
This quartet was the primary context for the Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous’s creativity in the late 70s and early 80s. “Like Mingus, Vitous is a real leader from the bass, and the music is all the stronger for it” – Gramophone. With three excellent writers in the line-up (John Surman and John Taylor as well as the leader) the quartet had an abundance of material to draw upon. Journey’s End includes “U Dunaje U Prešpurka” which Miroslav had played with the Junior Trio with Jan Hammer, as well as Surman’s Thomas Hardy-inspired ballad “Tess”, and Taylor’s “Windfall”. Collective improving capacities are to the fore on “Carry On, No. 1” which builds on the template of Jon Christensen’s drum patterns. Recorded 1982. (ECM Records) 


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Miroslav Vitous: Journey's End (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Edward Vesala: Lumi (CD: ECM Touchstones)Edward Vesala: Lumi (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recipient of a rare 5-Star review from the Penguin Guide to Jazz, Lumi is one of the key items in the discography of Finnish drummer-composer Edward Vesala. It was the first of his ECM recordings to feature his Sound and Fury ensemble, with creative co-arranger Iro Haarla on piano and harp. “Each piece is full of melodic ideas, brilliantly scored”, wrote The Wire. A range of moods is explored, from the impressionist tone poem “The Wind” to the playful Finnish tango “Fingo,” and guitarist Raoul Björkenheim solos powerfully. (ECM Records) 


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Gary Peacock: Guamba (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Gary Peacock’s recordings of the 1980s are production projects on which great players convened to play the bassist’s tunes. And the bass is fully a lead voice here, with title piece Guamba a Peacock solo to open the proceedings. As Paul Bley once said, “Gary is one of those rare musicians you could always count on to play better than you.” Nonetheless, there are mighty contributions from saxophone, trumpet and drums, with Jan Garbarek in particularly strong form. Jazz Forum: “Garbarek plays with magisterial power here.” Recorded 1987. (ECM Records) 


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Gary Peacock: Guamba (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Dave Holland Trio: Triplicate (CD: ECM Touchstones)Dave Holland Trio: Triplicate (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“The phenomenal strength of Dave Holland’s bass pushes Steve Coleman and Jack DeJohnette into their most powerful work to date,” opined the Sydney Morning Herald. “The subtlety of Coleman’s inflections, the poise and complexity of his lines, are at the service of a very deep musical feeling. He is the best altoist to have emerged in a long time.” Recorded 1988. (ECM Records) 


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John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recorded live at Boston’s Nightstage club in 1988 this album found John Abercrombie both pushing sonic boundaries on guitar synthesizer and, on regular jazz guitar, deepening his relationship to the world of standards. In this trio he had exceptional improvisational support from bass and drums. Marc Johnson has said this band was the first that felt ”like home” to him after the final Bill Evans Trio. And Peter Erskine was rechannelling Weather Report ideas about soloing inside the structures in this more intimate context. (ECM Records) 


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John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine (CD: ECM Touchstones)


David Darling: Cello (CD: ECM Touchstones)David Darling: Cello (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The modestly titled Cello has a cover image by Jean-Luc Godard and much of the music featured here gradually made its way into the great director’s films. This music paints images in the mind. Blogger Tyran Grillo wrote that “David Darling’s Cello is one of the most stunning albums ever to be released on ECM in any genre. Its fluid paths feel like home. Darling plows the improvisatory depths of his soul, given free rein in the studio to paint the negative spaces in between those clouds on the album’s cover, ever deeper, ever truer to the core of something alive.” Recorded 1991 and 1992. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett: At The Blue Note, 3rd CD (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Previously released only in the US, this single disc drawn from the At The Blue Note box embodies all the characteristics that made Jarrett’s trio for many listeners the preeminent group in all of jazz. The qualities of respect for the material and the freedom to take liberties with it co-exist here as Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette play, with amazing gracefulness, the standards “Autumn Leaves”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “You Don’t Know what Love Is” and “When I Fall In Love”, plus Keith’s tunes “Bop-Be” and “Muezzin”. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett: At The Blue Note, 3rd CD (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Trygve Seim: Different Rivers (CD: ECM Touchstones)Trygve Seim: Different Rivers (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Trygve Seim’s ECM debut instantly established his reputation, winning the German Record Critics Prize as Album of the Year (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). In the International Herald Tribune, Mike Zwerin observed that “Different Rivers is melancholy, lonely, hypnotizing music – harder to escape from than to listen to. Like a fireplace in an ice palace, you get hooked on it; it's almost physical. ... Seim's version of the ECM sound presents a wind-instrument chamber ensemble, a sort of slow-floating, pianissimo little-big band with occasional understated kicks. The shadow of Gil Evans hovers. The horn-blowers finesse their personal, breathy, non-symphonic textures from behind the beat.” Recorded 1998 and 1999. (ECM Records) 


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Arild Andersen: The Triangle (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Arild Andersen's trio emphasises the writing and playing of Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos, whose melodic improvising and sense of form are influenced by his background as a classical musician. Tsabropoulos's tunes, and his arrangement of Ravel here, cast the jazz ‘piano trio’ genre in another light – as do his contributions to Andersen’s pieces and the collective improvisation “European Triangle'. Arild Andersen's driving bass and John Marshall's inventive drums give the music its sense of propulsion. Recorded 2003. (ECM Records) 


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Arild Andersen: The Triangle (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Enrico Rava: Easy Living (CD: ECM Touchstones)Enrico Rava: Easy Living (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“I’m extremely happy about this record”, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava told All About Jazz. “I think it’s by far the best record I ever made. Everybody on the record sounds beautiful.” The disc bears out the judgement of the Jazzpar Prize jury who had elected Rava Musician of the Year a few months prior to this 2003 recording. “Rava’s bittersweet music does not fit neatly into any one genre. He can play fiery and lyrical lines and he can generate romantic atmospheres. He may shift between abstraction and structure, but he mostly plays the trumpet with a warm, mellow sound – smooth and intoxicating.“ Enrico is also an insightful bandleader, and Easy Living alerted a wider audience to the talents of pianist Stefano Bollani and trombonist Gianluca Petrella. (ECM Records) 


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Susanne Abbuehl: Compass (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Compass is a voyage at many levels: through music and text, with images evoking the freshness of sea air and the colours of wildflowers. A voyage through polar extreme of jazz – from Chick Corea to Sun Ra, through folk song in the slipstream of Luciano Berio, through poetry of James Joyce and William Carlos Williams. Also a journey through subtly undulating chamber music, improvised and otherwise. Through it all, Susanne Abbuehl’s cool, undemonstrative-yet-strangely-mesmeric voice is the unifying factor. She sings and speaks and whispers directly into the listener’s ear: an intimate, ‘interior’ voice, singing like thinking aloud. Recorded 2003 and 2004. (ECM Records) 


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Susanne Abbuehl: Compass (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Blossom Dearie: The Adorable Blossom Dearie (CD: El, 3 CDs)Blossom Dearie: The Adorable Blossom Dearie (CD: El, 3 CDs)
The Verve album, Jazz Sweet, the EP with Bobby Jaspar, The Blue Stars recordings and the early sessions are included in this 3 CD box set presentation along with The Perfect Sound – The Jazz Flute of Bobby Jaspar. (Cherry Red Records) 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: The Early Years 1952-56 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
The Modern Jazz Quartet were one of the most innovative, distinctive and influential groups in jazz during the 1950s. Pioneering a classically influenced style of cool jazz, the music owed much to the interplay of John Lewis’ piano and Milt Jackson’s vibraphone seamlessly underpinned by Percy Heath’s bass. Kenny Clarke was the group’s original drummer, replaced when he left in 1955 by Connie Kay.

This great-value collection comprises recordings from their first four LP releases for Prestige and Atlantic. From their first studio session as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 through to 1955, this 2CD set is a comprehensive overview of their music and captures the group during their formative years. (Discovery Music) 


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Modern Jazz Quartet: The Early Years 1952-56 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Ramsey Lewis Trio: The Early Years 1956-59 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Ramsey Lewis Trio: The Early Years 1956-59 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader who was highly influential in popularising jazz through his crossover chart successes during the 1960s. This 37-track compilation focuses very much on his first recordings, when he was still in his early 20s, mas leader of his highly-regarded trio which stayed together for the first decade of his recording career. The trio, completed by Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums, enjoyed success with the LPs Gentlemen of Swing, Gentlemen of Jazz, Down To Earth and An Hour With The Ramsey Lewis Trio. The repertoire represents a cross-section of interpretations of standards and original compositions. (Discovery Music) 


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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Live At The Cafe Bohemia 1955 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were a major creative force in modern jazz. They were legendary as representing the archetypal hard bop school of jazz, with a driving blues-flavoured approach. These performances capture the Messengers when Blakey and pianist Horace Silver first formed the group with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, trumpeter Kenny Dorham and bassist Doug Watkins. This set comprises the performances which were subsequently released on the Blue Note label and showcases the full range of the group’s skill and style. Included is three studio tracks the line-up had recorded at their first session together in November 1954. (Discovery Music) 


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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Live At The Cafe Bohemia 1955 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Ben Webster: First Concert In Denmark (CD: Storyville)Ben Webster: First Concert In Denmark (CD: Storyville)
Ben Webster’s First Concert In Denmark could be called ‘a prelude to a love affair’. Why? Because it was the great tenor saxophonist’s first encounter with the country he decided to spend the rest of his life. Recorded in 1965, at the Danish Radio Concert Hall, this was a live concert for radio. His backing would be Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen and Alex Riel. Producer, Børge Roger Henrichsen, an esteemed bandleader and radio editor, wanted to ‘time’ the concert, so captured is Webster playing one chorus of In A Mellow Tone in two tempos for Henrichsen to get his timing in sync. Since it is live, we only get the first chorus of Cottontail at the end, before the broadcast switched to the news. (Discovery Music) 


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Milt Jackson: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Albums series with a re-mastered 2CD second set release from Milt Jackson, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Ballads & Blues”; “Soul Brothers” with Ray Charles; “Bags & Flutes” “and “The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson” 


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Milt Jackson: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Hank Crawford: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Hank Crawford: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Three Classic Album’s plus series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Hank Crawford, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details “More Soul”; “The Soul Clinic”; “From The Heart” and “Ray Charles In Person” (featuring Hank Crawford.). 


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Helen Merrill: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID jazz continues with its Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Helen Merrill, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Helen Merrill”; “Dream Of You”; “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues” and “The Nearness Of You”. 


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Helen Merrill: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Jon Hendricks /  Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Jon Hendricks / Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Albums series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Jon Hendricks (2 x solo albums) and Lambert Hendricks & Ross complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. Jon Hendricks - “A Good Git Together”; “Fast Livin’ Blues’” and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - “High Flying” and “Sing Ellington”. 


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Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet - The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (CD: Resonance, 3 CDs)
First official release of previously-unissued Eric Dolphy studio recordings in over 30 years, including 85-minutes never before released. Captured after leaving Prestige/New Jazz Records, and just before recording the timeless classic 'Out to Lunch!' album, 'Musical Prophet' is a 3CD set that contains the under-appreciated masterpieces 'Conversations' and 'Iron Man' recorded in New York City on July 1 and 3, 1963. Originally produced by Alan Douglas - most well-known for his association with Jimi Hendrix, but who also produced classic jazz albums such as 'Money Jungle' with Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach - the tapes had been stored in a suitcase with Dolphy's personal belongings and given to Dolphy's close friends Hale and Juanita Smith just before he embarked on his fateful European trip in 1964.

The 3-CD package is beautifully designed and includes an exhaustive booklet replete with rare and never-before-published photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Val Wilmer, Hans Harzheim, Lennart Steen, Roger Marshutz and many others, plus reproductions of the original album covers for Conversations and Iron Man.

Includes five essays that cover different aspects of Eric Dolphy and this music by jazz author/scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, Douglas label manager Michael Lemesre, Japanese Dolphy scholar Masakazu Sato, and co-producers Zev Feldman and James Newton, plus words by John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus. (Proper Music) 


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Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet - The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (CD: Resonance, 3 CDs)


Cannonball Adderley: Swingin' In Seattle- Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967 (CD: Reel to Real/ Wienerworld)Cannonball Adderley: Swingin' In Seattle- Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967 (CD: Reel to Real/ Wienerworld)
Swingin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967) is a collection of previously-unissued recordings by the Cannonball Adderley quintet captured live at the height of their powers over four nights at the famous Penthouse jazz club in Seattle, WA between 1966 and 1967. Just one week later, Adderley would record his classic Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Live at "The Club" album at the Capitol Records studio in Hollywood, CA.

This set features Cannonball Adderley on alto saxophone, Nat Adderley on coronet, Joe Zawinul on piano, Victor Gaskin on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums.

The extensive booklet includes rare photos by Tom Copi, Ray Avery, Lee Tanner and others; essays by music journalist Bill Kopp and original recording engineer/Seattle radio DJ Jim Wilke; interviews with drummer Roy McCurdy, Cannonball's widow Olga Adderley Chandler and saxophonist Vincent Herring; plus much more! Meticulous high-res transferred sound restoration from the original tapes.(Wienerworld)  


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Branford Marsalis Quintet: The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul (CD:Okeh)
 


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Branford Marsalis Quintet: The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul (CD:Okeh)


Steve Kuhn Trio: To And From The Heart (CD: Sunnyside)Steve Kuhn Trio: To And From The Heart (CD: Sunnyside)
Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, pianist Steve Kuhn continues to get to the heart of things with his long-standing trio of bass guitarist Steve Swallow and drummer Joey Baron. 


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Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt, The Artist (CD: Highnote)
Composing music inspired by painting dates back as far as the 12th century (Hildegard of Bingen) and, in Jazz, Duke Ellington's "Degas Suite" comes to mind along with Branford Marsalis's "Romare Bearden Revealed." But on his new album, Jeremy Pelt may be the first jazz artist to examine the relationship between music and sculpture. The five-movement "Rodin Suite" muses not only on works the French sculptor August Rodin left us, but how his art might have evolved if he were still with us today. Added to Victor Gould, Vicente Archer and a few other of his "regs," Pelt has added the guitar of Alex Wintz, the vibes and marimba of Chien Chien Lu and the exotic percussion of Ismel Wignall for an ensemble sound capable of delicacy and color as well as full-on modern jazz shouts. A thoughtful and thought-provoking recording from, you guessed it, Jeremy Pelt, the artist. (Proper Music) 


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Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt, The Artist (CD: Highnote)


Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners (CD: ECM)Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners (CD: ECM)
Larry Grenadier’s The Gleaners is a profound and highly creative album, harvesting influences from many sources, its title inspired by Agnès Varda’s film The Gleaners and I. In between his own pieces here, including a dedication to early hero Oscar Pettiford, Grenadier explores compositions by George Gershwin, John Coltrane, Paul Motian, Rebecca Martin and Wolfgang Muthspiel. “The process for making this record began with a look inward,” Larry writes in his liner note, “an excavation into the core elements of who I am as a bass player. It was a search for a center of sound and timbre, for the threads of harmony and rhythm that formulate the crux of a musical identity.” The result is an important addition to ECM’s series of distinguished solo bass albums. The Gleaners was recorded at New York’s Avatar Studios in December 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (CD: ECM)
 


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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (CD: ECM)


David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)
 


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Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (CD: ECM)
The great saxophonist Joe Lovano has appeared on a number of ECM recordings over the last four decades, including much-loved albums with Paul Motian, Steve Kuhn and John Abercrombie. Trio Tapestry is his first as a leader for the label, introducing a wonderful new group and music of flowing lyricism, delicate texture, and inspired interplay. Lovano and pianist Marilyn Crispell are in accord at an advanced level inside its structures. “Marilyn has such a beautiful sound and touch and vocabulary,” Joe enthuses. Drummer Carmen Castaldi, a Lovano associate of long-standing, also responds to the trio environment with sensitivity, subtly embellishing and detailing the pieces. Lovano: “We play together like an orchestra, creating an amazing tapestry. I brought in the material, but there’s an equal weight of contribution, creating music within the music, and harmonizing it in a really special way.” Trio Tapestry was recorded at New York’s Sear Sound studio in March 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (CD: ECM)


Joe Locke: Subtle Disguise (CD: Origin)Joe Locke: Subtle Disguise (CD: Origin)
For his 36th recording as a leader, world-renowned vibraphonist Joe Locke has assembled a tightly knit quartet which brings to life a set of diverse and emotionally powerful original compositions, laying the framework for stellar contributions from special guests Adam Rogers (guitar), Dave Binney (alto), and vocalists Raul Midón and Alina Engibaryan.

With Locke calling this recording "the total expression of who I am as a musician and human being," subjects of love, loss, history and social awareness are laid out in six new works from Joe's pen and two blues-imbued covers by Bob Dylan and Blind Willie Johnson. (Proper Music) 


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Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert (CD: Enodoc)
This duo recording of revered British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone and pianist John Taylor is appearing on CD for the first time. It was recorded August 1988 at the Guildhall School of Music, London. They perform music by Leonard Bernstein, Steve Swallow, Egberto Gismonti and Ralph Towner, amongst others, with lyrics by Norma herself, Johnny Mercer and Margaret Busby. (Proper Music) 


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Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert (CD: Enodoc)


Paul Bley: Ballads (CD: ECM Touchstones)Paul Bley: Ballads (CD: ECM Touchstones)
First released in the spring of 1971, these historic recordings from March and July 1967 capture the sound of a genre being born in the free ballads of Annette Peacock, played with extraordinary sensitivity by Paul Bley’s trio. Annette Peacock: “Critics introduced new terms, describing this music as sparse, understated, minimal, radically lyrical. The free ballad captured the imagination of listeners for ECM and became requisite for the transformation of accomplished players.” (ECM Records) 


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Chick Corea: Piano Improvisations Vol. 1 (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Chick Corea’s first unaccompanied album initiated the solo piano idiom at ECM, and proved to be extremely influential. Alongside music created in the moment, some powerful melodies are explored here, not least that of “Sometime Ago”, soon to be a theme song for the Return To Forever band. “I found it quite easy to select what I felt was the single best disc [of 1971]. Chick Corea’s Piano Improvisations Volume One is a true masterpiece of music and a very important album” - Michael Cuscuna, Record World. (ECM Records) 


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Chick Corea: Piano Improvisations Vol. 1 (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Ralph Towner & Gary Burton: Matchbook (CD: ECM Touchstones)Ralph Towner & Gary Burton: Matchbook (CD: ECM Touchstones)
An album-of-the-year in US magazine High Fidelity and recipient of a 5-star review in Down Beat, Towner and Burton’s Matchbook stands up today as a timeless instance of the art of the duo, its vibrant spontaneity still alluring. The wide-ranging repertoire includes Ralph Towner’s classic tune ”Icarus”, Charles Mingus’s farewell to Lester Young, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, and Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” (“a meticulously plotted melody that spurs some of the record’s loveliest interaction” – Down Beat). (ECM Records) 


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Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Barre Phillips’s Mountainscapes brings together strongly contrasting elements, the furious high-energy playing of the Surman/Phillips/Martin trio juxtaposed with spacious impressionistic pieces originally created for Carolyn Carlson’s ballet dancers. The integration of acoustic instruments and electronics (with three of the musicians playing synthesizers) is beautifully balanced in the production. John Abercrombie dropped by the studio to jam on the last track, raising the energy level still higher. Recorded in March 1976, Mountainscapes was described by Melody Maker as “vast, awesome and glorious” and “a starting point for the shape of jazz to come.” (ECM Records) 


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Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Eberhard Weber: The Following Morning (CD: ECM Touchstones)Eberhard Weber: The Following Morning (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The interaction of Eberhard Weber’s highly distinctive bass and Rainer Brüninghaus’ lyrical piano is at the heart of a number of popular ECM recordings, starting with Weber’s Colours of Chloë, and extending through the discographies of the Colours band and the Jan Garbarek Group. But the rapport of the two players was rarely better displayed than on 1976’s The Following Morning, where their dialogues are softly cushioned in attractive arrangements for strings, horns and woodwinds. (ECM Records) 


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Pat Metheny: Watercolours (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“Guitar wonder Metheny has made an astoundingly tasteful and free flowing record here” the Massachusetts Valley Advocate declared. “Metheny’s compositions are perfect vehicles for his guitar, which blends smoothly with the breathtaking ensemble work.” The recording is the first of Pat’s albums to feature Lyle Mays, an important partner for the work ahead: “You can hear them reaching toward the sound that would burst forth a year later on the Pat Metheny Group album”, Down Beat would later note. And with Danny Gottlieb on drums, three quarters of the Metheny Group is present here. The personnel of Watercolors is completed by Eberhard Weber, with whom Metheny had already collaborated creatively in Gary Burton’s band. (ECM Records) 


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Pat Metheny: Watercolours (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (CD: ECM Touchstones)Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (CD: ECM Touchstones)
In Pas(s)ing was Mick Goodrick’s recording debut as leader, after some years with Gary Burton and before that, a spell with Woody Herman. Never very tigerish about self-promotion, Goodrick has spent most of his life teaching in Boston: Jazz Times has called him “perhaps the most influential mentor in the history of jazz guitar.” This 1978 production emphasizes what a creative player he is in his own right, inspired by the great team of players assembled for the session. The playful album title, by the way, alludes to ECM’s first office address, which was, yes, in Pasing. (ECM Records) 


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George Adams: Sound Suggestions (CD: ECM Touchstones)
George Adams made only one ECM recording, but it’s a beauty, placing his powerful tenor sax at the front of a talent-packed group, with Adams, Kenny Wheeler and Heinz Sauer all contributing compositions to the programme. “The spirit of Mingus hovers watchfully nearby; Adams is an original, though. His solos roil beneath the restraints of bebop structure, then sail wildly through the roof with a committed passion,” wrote Chicago Magazine. The tenor exchanges between Adams and Heinz Sauer are exciting, and George also delivers a very spirited vocal on “Got Something Good For You.” Recorded 1979. (ECM Records) 


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George Adams: Sound Suggestions (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Leo Smith: Divine Love (CD: ECM Touchstones)Leo Smith: Divine Love (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recently described by Vijay Iyer as “one of the greatest recorded works of all time”, Wadada Leo Smith’s Divine Love counts as a classic by any definition. “His sound has strong resemblances to that of Miles Davis,” wrote John Fordham in a five-star Guardian review, “but Smith has absorbed the approaches of all the bebop trumpet heroes and redeployed them within a bold, vital and often ritualistic setting.” The composition “Tastalun” features three outstanding trumpet players, as Lester Bowie and Kenny Wheeler join Smith, and Charlie Haden plays soulfully on “Spirituals: The Language of Love.” Recorded 1978. (ECM Records) 


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Jan Garbarek /Kjell Johnsen: Aftenland (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recorded in a Stockholm church in 1979, Aftenland documents a fascinating encounter between Jan Garbarek, improviser par excellence, and classical organist Kjell Johnsen. “Preparing and realizing Aftenland was one of the most interesting experiences in my entire career,” Johnsen has said. “A major artistic achievement”, wrote Contemporary Keyboard. (ECM Records) 


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Jan Garbarek /Kjell Johnsen: Aftenland (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Mike Nock: Ondas (CD: ECM Touchstones)Mike Nock: Ondas (CD: ECM Touchstones)
New Zealand-born pianist Mike Nock made significant creative contributions to new jazz with the electric group The Fourth Way at the end of the 1960s. Ondas, his sole ECM date, recorded in 1981, finds him leading an acoustic piano trio with an adroit bassist and a free-thinking drummer. Nock’s very open compositions leave plenty of space for each of them to shine. Eddie Gomez’s elastic bass is often a second lead voice in these pieces, and Jon Christensen’s pulses are felt as a succession of waves. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: Standards, Vol.1 (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The protagonists had already recorded together on Gary Peacock’s Tales of Another in 1977, but Jarrett’s Standards project, with its dedication to the Great American Songbook, proposed a new sphere of operation, one that would make this trio among the best-loved bands in all of jazz. This New York Power Station recording from January 1983 established the simple blueprint: honour the standards as compositions and discover where the material can lead a creative improviser. There is fabulous playing here, including a wildly inventive “All The Things You Are”, and heart-rending versions of “Meaning of the Blues” and “It Never Entered My Mind”. (ECM Records) 


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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: Standards, Vol.1 (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Kenny Wheeler: Double, Double you (CD: ECM Touchstones)Kenny Wheeler: Double, Double you (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler was both a major jazz composer and a soloist given to free flights, thriving on the creative tension between lyricism and fiery interplay. Musicians loved the challenges implied in his writing, as is apparent in every minute of this 1983 session. Wheeler and Michael Brecker make a very fine, mutually-inspiring frontline, and Double, Double You also draws upon several long-established creative relationships. Wheeler and Holland had been close musical associates since the 1960s. Holland and DeJohnette established themselves as one of the great rhythm sections in Miles Davis’s band and on many ECM discs (including Kenny’s Gnu High and Deer Wan). And Wheeler and Taylor were forever in each other’s groups, at the time of this recording also playing in the trio Azimuth. (ECM Records) 


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John Abercrombie: Night (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Night reconvenes the guitar/keyboards/drums trio that made Abercrombie’s classic Timeless, and adds Mike Brecker on tenor sax for extra emphasis at strategic moments on an album described by the Penguin Guide to Jazz as “surprisingly funky”. All compositions are by Abercrombie apart from “Ethereggae”, the esoteric half-time shuffle tune by Jan Hammer, which opens the proceedings. Recorded 1984. (ECM Records) 


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John Abercrombie: Night (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Dave Holland Quintet: Seeds Of Time (CD: ECM Touchstones)Dave Holland Quintet: Seeds Of Time (CD: ECM Touchstones)
As well as being a mighty bassist, Dave Holland has long been a wise band leader, filling his groups with players of differing background and experience and drawing on their collected knowledge and energies. Holland recognised the individuality of Steve Coleman’s skills as soloist and composer early on and featured him in the quintet alongside veterans Kenny Wheeler and Julian Priester, who also brought in material - as did the leader, whose tune “Homecoming” is among the highlights. Between them, this team could reference the whole history of modern jazz. (ECM Records) 


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David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“Everything is in a state of transition,” David Torn explained. “Mercury is an element that captures the essence of change.” The changing soundscape of improvisation in the mid-1980s informs the textures and colours of Cloud About Mercury, whose sonorities are closely related to progressive rock (the rhythm section is half of one incarnation of King Crimson) and to the experimental end of ambient music. Drummer Bill Bruford’s affection for this album is undying: “To this day, Torn’s guitar on ‘Three Minutes of Pure Entertainment’ from Cloud About Mercury makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.” Recorded 1986. (ECM Records) 


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David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Terje Rypdal & The Chasers: Blue (CD: ECM Touchstones)Terje Rypdal & The Chasers: Blue (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“His sound is one of the most original and immediately recognizable on the planet,” Guitar Player magazine has noted, identified by “a majestic, echoed, singing tone with precisely articulated vibrato and nearly endless sustain, and a string-like attack via volume-pedal swells.” There is plenty of Rypdal’s signature sound on Blue in the stripped-down context of the Chasers, a band capable of being both a post-Hendrix power trio and an improvising chamber group, exploring Terje’s evocative themes. (ECM Records) 


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Dino Saluzzi: Andina (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Dino Saluzzi’s solo bandoneon breathes songs of Andean mountain villages, family histories, the changing seasons and more, and draws you into the player’s world of memory, where chorales and tangos and waltzes resound. Saluzzi epitomises the musician-as-storyteller and his compositions on this 1988 recording paint pictures in the mind. Jean-Luc Godard responded to the implied images of Andina and used its music in both Nouvelle Vague and Histoire(s) du Cinéma. (ECM Records) 


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Dino Saluzzi: Andina (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Louis Sclavis Quintet: Rouge (CD: ECM Touchstones)Louis Sclavis Quintet: Rouge (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Clarinettist/saxophonist Louis Sclavis’s first ECM album (recorded 1991) brims over with ideas, creating something fresh at the intersection of jazz and chamber music. Compositions and arrangements on Rouge twist and turn in unexpected ways, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats. With their inspired exchanges at the front of the highly disciplined band on this album, Sclavis and brilliant violinist Dominique Pifarély established themselves as two of the most strikingly original voices on the European improvising scene. (ECM Records) 


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Miroslav Vitous /Jan Garbarek: Atmos (CD: ECM Touchstones)
“Jan Garbarek is my favorite sax player,” Miroslav Vitous has said. “We have an incredible musical rapport and you can hear it. He understands my Slavic melodies and what I use for atmosphere because he’s European and his father was Polish, which is very close to me. I’m from Czechoslovakia. Our musical communication is astonishing: we each sense what the other is about to play.” Atmos, recorded 1992, features seven compositions by Vitous and two freely improvised pieces, yet sounds like the product of a shared mind, so well-matched are the expressive approaches of bassist and saxophonist. (ECM Records) 


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<P><P>Miroslav Vitous /Jan Garbarek: Atmos (CD: ECM Touchstones)


John Surman/ John Warren: The Brass Project (CD: ECM Touchstones)John Surman/ John Warren: The Brass Project (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The original conceptual idea for the Brass Project was to set John Surman’s improvising trio with bassist Chris Laurence and drummer John Marshall at the centre of a radiant brass choir of trumpets and trombones. With John Warren invited to contribute compositions and to conduct the group, the Brass Project quickly evolved into a more organic large ensemble, and by the time of this 1992 recording had become one of the most creative configurations in Britain. The elegant arrangements of Warren’s and Surman’s profoundly melodic music inspire many eloquent and touching solos. (ECM Records) 


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Bobo Stenson Trio: War Orphans (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Characteristically broad in its stylistic range, this 1997 recording begins with a tune by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez and ends with Duke Ellington’s “Melancholia”. In between are original contributions by Anders Jormin and Bobo Stenson and two pieces by Ornette Coleman, including the deeply-felt title track. “There is great freedom in Ornette’s melodies,” says Swedish pianist Stenson, a masterful player who subtly explores the emotional atmosphere of every tune. “In all tempos, in all keys, in all musical situations, his notes hang in the air like existential moments of coming into being.” -Jazz Times (ECM Records) 


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Bobo Stenson Trio: War Orphans (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Peter Erskine Trio: Juni (CD: ECM Touchstones)Peter Erskine Trio: Juni (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Recorded in 1997, Juni was the fourth and final ECM album of the Peter Erskine Trio. A piano trio led by a drummer was an unusual proposal and one that initially surprised listeners who had followed Erskine through louder adventures with Weather Report and the Stan Kenton Big Band. But this alliance with pianist John Taylor, the trio’s primary composer, and bassist Palle Danielsson soon found its own following. Down Beat described the music as “Zen-like” implying that much of its power resided in the not-played. “If such a thing as virtuosic understatement is possible, Peter Erskine's band makes it real,” the Ottawa Citizen agreed. (ECM Records) 


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June Christy & Stan Kenton: The Collection 1945-55 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
June Christy was one of elite coterie of singers during the post-war decade who readily spanned the big band, cool jazz, and sophisticated pop genres, becoming one of the most popular and admired female vocalists of the era, outshone only by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. Having sung with Boyd Raeburn's band in the early 1940s, she took over from Anita O'Day with Stan Kenton's ground-breaking orchestra in 1945, and over the next five years was named by Down Beat magazine as the "best female vocalist with a big band" in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1950.

Christy appeared as guest vocalist on a number of Kenton's albums including Artistry in Rhythm (1946), Encores (1947), Innovations in Modern Music (1950) and Stan Kenton Presents (1950). Known for her silky-smooth vocals, this 49-track 2CD set comprises a significant proportion of the studio and 'live' recordings she made with Kenton's orchestra through until 1950, by which time she had embarked on a successful solo career, and also includes some of the duet recordings she did with Kenton accompanying her on piano in 1955. It includes their 1945 No.2 hit with Tampico along with the Top 10 hits It's Been A Long Long Time and Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy and five other Billboard chart entries. It's a substantial overview of her work with Stan Kenton, and a great showcase for her distinctive talent. (Acrobat Music) 


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June Christy & Stan Kenton: The Collection 1945-55 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Dudley Moore Trio: Have Some Moore! (CD: Harkit, 2 CDs)Dudley Moore Trio: Have Some Moore! (CD: Harkit, 2 CDs)
With a new appreciation and insight into Dudley’s fascination with jazz by noted writer Simon Spillett, this selection features much of Dudley’s lesser-known material as well as a spirited rendition recorded “live” in Cambridge to an appreciative audience. (Harkit Records) 


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Clifford Jordan: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Clifford Jordan, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Cliff Jordan”; “Blowing In From Chicago”; “Cliff Craft” and “Bearcat”. 


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Clifford Jordan: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Stanley Turrentine: Cherry, Don't Mess With Mr T. & The Sugarman (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)Stanley Turrentine: Cherry, Don't Mess With Mr T. & The Sugarman (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Turrentine's CTI albums from 1971, 1973 and 1975. Musicians featured on these recordings include Milt Jackson, Billy Cobham, Bob James, Deodata, Airto and Eric Gale. All the albums were produced by Creed Taylor with the material being a mixture of Turrentine originals and from a host of respected jazz composers. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes. (Proper Music) 


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Hubert Laws: In The Beginning / George Benson & Hubert Laws: In Concert- Carnegie Hall (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
'In The Beginning' is flautist Laws' 1974 critically-acclaimed album for CTI. It features a host of superb sidesmen including Ronnie Laws, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd and Bob James, with material ranging from straight jazz to classical.

'In Concert - Carnegie Hall' is a 1976 CTI album featuring Hubert Laws and shows George Benson at his best as a jazz guitarist, only a year or two away from a complete change in his musical direction. Digitally remastered and slipcased with extensive new notes. (Proper Music) 


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Hubert Laws: In The Beginning / George Benson & Hubert Laws: In Concert- Carnegie Hall (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)


Billie Holiday: Songs For Distingue Lovers (Vinyl LP: Verve)Billie Holiday: Songs For Distingue Lovers (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Norman Granz brings together Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor sax and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison on trumpet to back up Billie on this 1956 classic. (Universal Music)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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Billie Holiday: Body And Soul (Vinyl LP: Verve)
A perfect companion piece to Songs For Distingué Lovers featuring classic versions of ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ and ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’. (Universal Music)

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Billie Holiday: Body And Soul (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Ella Fitzgerald: Mack The Knife- Ella In Berlin (Vinyl LP: Verve)Ella Fitzgerald: Mack The Knife- Ella In Berlin (Vinyl LP: Verve)
One of the great live jazz albums, this 1960 collection features the famous title track and a superb four-piece band including Jim Hall on guitar. (Universal Music)

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Wes Montgomery: California Dreaming (Vinyl LP: Verve)
A career highlight for the guitarist, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio during September 1966, this Creed Taylor-produced album was an artistic and commercial smash, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Jazz chart. (Universal Music)

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Wes Montgomery: California Dreaming (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Jimmy Smith: The Cat (Vinyl LP: Verve)Jimmy Smith: The Cat (Vinyl LP: Verve)
The Hammond Organ maestro’s bestknown album, featuring perennial favourites ‘Main Theme From The Carpetbaggers’ and the killer title track. (Universal Music)

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Coleman Hawkins: Encounters Ben Webster (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Two titans of the tenor collaborate on this landmark 1957 album, perfectly distilling their differing styles to produce a bona fide jazz classic. (Universal Music)

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Coleman Hawkins: Encounters Ben Webster (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Vinyl LP: Verve)Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Recorded in 1964 but not released until 1973, this classic doubleheader also features an all-star rhythm section of Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. (Universal Music)

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Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba (Vinyl LP: Verve)
This famous 1962 collaboration sounds as fresh today as it did when it was released, an all-time classic album including evergreen versions of ‘Desafinado’, ‘O Pato’ and ‘One Note Samba’. (Universal Music)

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Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Composer Of Desafinado Plays Jobim (Vinyl LP: Verve)Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Composer Of Desafinado Plays Jobim (Vinyl LP: Verve)
This Claus Ogerman-arranged masterpiece was the debut album from the legendary Brazilian composer/pianist, featuring landmark performances of ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, ‘Once I Loved’ and ‘Corcovado’. (Universal Music)

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