The Bebop Shop : New Releases
180g vinyl pressing. Price: £25.99
So, whilst not exactly a requests album, Summer Me, Winter Me is a response to that informal and unscientific sounding, a representative selection of some of these requests. - Stacey Kent (PIAS/Integral) Price: £13.99
180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve. Price: £28.99
180g virgin vinyl pressing, limited edition of 1000 copies only - the complete album + 3 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
The producer and owner of this recording was the late jazz promoter Marcel Romano, who brought Miles Davis to Paris. After more than 60 years in storage, Romanos nephew and heir discovered the tapes and sold them to Fresh Sound Records for a commercial release. The recording of this historic concert is presented in its entirety for the first time in this edition. The remastered original tapes have been used to produce this CD, ensuring excellent sound quality. (Fresh Sound Records) Price: £17.99
The tapes were recorded in April, 1959 at the Multnomah Jazz Club and Clark College, both in the Portland, Oregon area. On this recording you can hear the Quartets mastery of spontaneous counterpoint improvisation. Four months later, the Dave Brubeck Quartets focus shifted to polytonal and polyrhythmic approaches when the group recorded the legendary Time Out, and changed the course of jazz forever. (Wienerworld) Price: £15.99
Package includes reflections by Ahmad Jamal himself, interviews with fellow pianists Les McCann, Emmet Cohen, Monty Alexander, and Joe Alterman, and essays by producer Zev Feldman and journalist Eugene Holley, Jr., among others. The extensive booklet features rare photos by Don Bronstein, Chuck Stewart, and more. Transferred from the original tapes and mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman. The package has been produced by Feldman and supervised by Ahmad Jamal himself shortly before his passing in April 2023. (PIAS/Integral) Price: £29.99
The acoustics in the hall are magnificent. Produced by Kurt Rosenwinkel and Motémas Jana Herzen and dedicated to Geris memory, this album is truly a lovesome thing for fans of Geri, of Kurt, and of piano and guitar jazz fans at large. (PIAS/Integral) Price: £13.99
Including over two hours from the original radio broadcasts with host Alan Grant, the deluxe set is mastered by Matthew Lutthans and comes with a multi-page booklet containing previously unpublished photos taken at the Half Note by Raymond Ross. (PIAS/Integral) Price: £23.99
With a trio featuring Lighthouse All-Star alum Jimmy Rowles on piano and Michael Moore on bass, Kontiz called out old and familiar songs. The intention was to "let the tunes happen" as only finely tuned jazz musicians of certain experience can. Of note is "Lady Be Good" which finds Konitz and Rowles quoting Lester Young's solo from the 1936 recording with Count Basie.
From 1978, originally on the Choice label, this album has been remastered and is presented here as the artist intended, with its original title, track order and album artwork, for the first time since its original release. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
From 1973, originally on the Choice label, this album has been remastered and is being presented here as the artist intended, with its original title, track order and album artwork, for the first time since its original release. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Organized as a purely jazz session, the date here prominently features a young Joanne Brackeen on piano. It is perhaps Brackeen's presence that makes this set so interesting. As an avant-garde player she provides the vehicle for Thielemas to explore more advanced ideas. The album covers a wide range of material, including two originals by Brackeen, alongside standards by Coltrane, Ellington, Mercer and Mancini. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Both fans and critics have lauded this album as the pinnacle of his studio work. It has been described variously as it burst onto the US scene in 1960 like a benign hurricane, and it still sounds like a gale 50 years later and this established him as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era and eventually its most influential. The album remains one of the most revered in jazz circles and should be an essential addition to any jazz collection. (Universal Music) Price: £29.99
180g vinyl pressing. Price: £34.99
It was producer Orrin Keepnews's thought that recording eight slow numbers in a row might prove unduly enervating; accordingly, the total two-album repertoire was interspersed over three days of recording and the net result was two excellent additions to the Evans catalogue. (Universal Music) Price: £29.99
This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. (Blue Note Records) view larger image Price: £39.99
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) Price: £25.99
This Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) Price: £25.99
Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. Price: £33.99
Abandoning the established striding left-hand technique in favour of spacey irregular patterns of dissonant chords, while the right hand developed rapid free-flowing melodic lines effectively mimicking the saxophone style of Charlie Parker on the piano. It resulted at times in inspired, brilliant and breathtaking solos, with a daring attack and intensity, which greatly influenced artists of later years such as Bill Evans. Acrobats 2CD set, The Best Of Bud Powell 1944-62 Vol.1 (ADDCD3116), presented a selection of his most noted recordings, however there were many of equal quality and interest that could not be included.
Therefore, this additional 2CD collection covers a similar era, with pieces selected from a wide spectrum of the projects and periods which gave rise to some of his best-known performances. The regard in which he was held by his peers is underlined by the litany of jazz greats with whom he performs on many of these recordings, artists such as: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Percy Heath and Curly Russell. Its an absorbing and entertaining showcase for a fine jazz musician whose influence can be traced in the music of Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Andre Previn, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, and Chick Corea. (Trapeze Music) Price: £12.99
This collection comprises all hits with his orchestra and small bands during these years on the Melotone, Columbia and Victor labels. It features his No.1 hits from these years and includes: Moon Glow, Its Been So Long, Goody-Goody, The Glory of Love, These Foolish Things, You Turned The Tables On Me, Goodnight My Love, This Years Kisses, Dont Be That Way and I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart. It includes performances by featured vocalists Jack Teagarden, Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, Scrappy Lambert, Ann Graham, Helen Ward, Ray Hendricks, Margaret McCrae, Jimmy Rushing, Betty Van and Martha Tilton. Its a fascinating and enlightening overview of a key era of popular music when swing arrived on the scene, and a fine showcase for one of the most influential musicians of his times. (Trapeze Music) Price: £19.99
He continued to play swing, but he practiced and performed classical pieces and commissioned them for clarinet. Despite health problems, he continued to perform, his last concert being six days before his death on 13 June 1986, from a heart attack. Its a fascinating and enlightening showcase for one of the most influential musicians of his times. (Trapeze Music) Price: £16.99
This 42-track collection comprises selected recordings from these years of Hank Jones solo performances, plus recordings leading his own trios, quartets and quintets on the Clef, Savoy, Epic and Capitol labels. He played with many of the top names of the day, and this collection features performances with Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Ray Brown, Wendell Marshall, Kenny Clarke, Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones and others.
It includes titles from his albums Hank Jones Piano, Urbanity, The Jazz Trio Of Hank Jones, Hank Jones Quartet & Quintet, Blue Bird, The Rhythm Section, Have You Met Hank Jones, Relaxin At Camarillo, Swing Songs From Gigi, The Talented Touch and Porgy & Bess: Swinging Impressions. Its a varied and fascinating insight into his approach to music in different environments playing standards and originals, and an entertaining showcase for an often overlooked jazz luminary. (Trapeze Music) Price: £12.99
This 52-track collection comprises material drawn from singles and albums, featuring recordings with the orchestras of Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Carroll, George Williams, Norman Leyden, Perez Prado, Howard Biggs and Frank Hunter, plus the Errol Garner Trio. It includes selected titles from Regent/Savoy album Johnny Hartman Sings, and his albums on the Bethlehem label Songs From The Heart, All Of Me: The Debonair Mr. Hartman and And I Thought About You. He was a fine interpreter of the repertoire of the Great American Songbook, and this collection offers an insight into the talents of a performer who has not has the attention he merits, and is an entertaining showcase for his work. (Trapeze Music) Price: £12.99
Zoe's mastery of form creates visionary textures, as on the album opener, 'Dance of Time', where she utilises Rowland Sutherland on flute and sets the band off into sparks of fire. The magical timbre of her brother Idris Rahman's clarinet melds beautifully with the piano on 'Little Ones', the melody rising gorgeously, journeying in and out of different sensations and feelings. Zoe's music has an energy that makes you want to dance, like on 'Sweet Jasmine', with its joyful and gloriously irresistible South African funk rhythm and vibration. 'Roots' pushes the envelope of the trio format, whilst 'Peace Garden' gently charms and beguiles. 'Unity' showcases Zoe's compositional brilliance and intricacy, and the skill of her orchestration leaves you with the feeling that you've been listening to a much bigger band than just eight musicians.
Sensations and vibrations are a major element of Zoe Rahman's music. She reaches deep into the soul of the listener, conjuring sounds from a broad musical palette, drawing you into her mysterious and transparent, earthy and heavenly, contemporary and ancient worlds. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99
CD2 contains the Nightwalker suite played on the classic Fender Rhodes piano, sent through an equally classic Leslie that creates this almost ghostly intensity and a unique atmosphere which give the suite a totally different vibe. (Proper Music) Price: £27.99
The AMC Trio band has been around for about twenty years and consists of pianist Peter Adamkovic, bassist Martin Marincak and drummer Stanislav Cvanciger. It has its musical foundations in mainstream jazz but over the years has managed to develop its very own musical sound and style. The band incorporates many self-experienced stories and emotions in their compositions. Although their music is influenced by Slovak music, it goes beyond the usual jazz progressions and touches on a number of diverse genres. For example, the wide range of melodies is inspired by popular and classical music, melodies from Eastern Slovak folk music, nature, literature and spirituality. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99
The quartet comprises some of the finest musicians in Norwegian jazz today; Andreas Ulvo on piano, Trygve Waldemar Fiske on bass and Pal Hausken on drums. Together they treat these songs with the same love and creative spark that characterises jazz's handling of "the American Songbook". The whole project has the feeling of a kind of Scandinavian chamber jazz inspired by many who have gone before - Zetterlund, Johanson, Brockstedt, Rosseland - but with Slettahjell and the quartet's clear ownership and personal signature as the central element. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Written for a 12-piece ensemble - made up of an unusual instrumental combination of three saxophones, violin, viola, two cellos, tuba, percussion, piano and two bassoons - The New York Times described the performance as possessing "a galvanic sense of swing," and "in lock-step with his every surprise rhythmic feint - producing an obliquely danceable, straightforwardly joyous Threadgillian energy." (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Rendell went on to make numerous appearances at Klooks Kleek as he always drew a crowd. This date was recorded on 11th September, 1963 with a line-up of Don Rendell (tenor/soprano saxophone). Kenny Baker (trumpet), Glenn Hughes (Baritone Saxophone), Johnny Mealing (piano), Chick Andrews (drums) and Lennie Williams (bass). The band play covers like 'Billy's Bounce', 'Mean to Me' and 'Straight No Chaser' with the front line cutting loose with some amazing solos. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Guitarist Mick Goodrick also emerged as a player to watch with this album, shining in a well-conceived programme with compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Mike Gibbs and bandleader Burton.
Luminessence, ECM's new audiophile vinyl-reissue series, is a kaleidoscope, shedding light on the jewels of the label's deep catalogue in elegant, high-quality editions - audiophile vinyl pressing, high-grade tip-on gatefold sleeves that include new liner notes. (Proper Music) Price: £36.99
As well as superlative versions of Ornette's "Lonely Woman" and "Open or Close" this highly influential album, now regard as a classic of new jazz, includes pieces by Cherry and Blackwell inspired by African music, Redman's enigmatic "Orbit of La-Ba", and Haden's impressionistic "Song for the Whales". Recorded in Oslo in August 1979 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
This trio had been playing together for quite a while, and it really shows with the group turning on a dime, presenting a studio version of their continuous live performances of the period. Each of the four performances recorded here feature one of Rivers instruments, leading off his swirling, nasal soprano saxophone on 'Expectation', before moving into the wide open and free flute led improvisation on 'Vision'. With
Dave Holland & Barry Altschul. (Proper Music) Price: £15.99
Focused on experiments in Afro-Cuban fusion, Parker is joined by a dazzling array of jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Red Rodney, and others. The track listing matches the cast of musicians; 'Cherokee' and 'A Night in Tunisia' are captured in pristine form, while maintaining the live-ness and intimate jazz spontaneity of Parker's best recordings.
The package includes an essay by rock keyboardist Keith Emerson. While these tracks have previously appeared on other albums, this is the first time they have been gathered in this package. (Proper Music) Price: £15.99
Verves Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging. (Universal Music) Price: £39.99
This album compiles material from three studio sessions made during that European tour. Side A presents music recorded right after Twardzik's death, and Side B has tunes from the only two studio sessions recorded by Baker with Twardzik.
Limited edition 180g vinyl one-off high-definition audiophile pressing, with deluxe inner sleeve - the complete album + bonus track. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
180g pressing. Price: £22.99
Limited edition 180g vinyl audiophile pressing - gatefold sleeve, the complete album + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
Lateef began recording as a leader in 1957 for Savoy Records, a non-exclusive association that continued until 1959. The earliest of his albums for the Prestige subsidiary New Jazz overlap his Savoy Recordings. Cry! - Tender was one of these early albums for New Jazz, recorded during this initial period of Lateef's career and the only session he ever recorded with trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer.
180g vinyl - limited edition audiophile pressing - the complete LP + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £22.99
This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music) Price: £34.99
This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music)
Since the mid-1970s, after the great collective and utopian struggles, Charlie Haden has made a specialty of musical conversation, like a return to the essential. Here he is engaging in a loving and modest tête-à-tête with pianist Kenny Barron, full of sobriety and introspective lyricism. A music that is both seductive and audacious, gently nostalgic, between the deep and melancholic bass and the precious harmonies of a piano firmly anchored in the history of jazz.
This 140-gram vinyl is the first international vinyl reissue, pressed at Optimal, and is presented in a wide-spine, single-sleeve jacket. (Universal Music) Price: £35.99
Limited edition of 550 copies - 180g vinyl, the complete album + 2 bonus tracks. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
The aforementioned 10-inch album is complemented here with nine George Gershwin ballads taken from a brilliant series of 1957 sessions on which she is backed by such jazz luminaries as Milt Jackson, Herbie Mann, Joe Newman, Oscar Pettiford, and Mundell Lowe, among many others.
Limited edition of 550 copies - 180g vinyl. (Proper Music) Price: £25.99
This 58-track collection includes most of the titles he recorded for Granz at these sessions. The numbers are presented in the order and format they were released on the albums Flip Phillips Quartet, Flip Phillips Collates Vols.1 & 2, Jumping Moods, Flip Phillips & Buddy Rich Trio, Flip Phillips Quintet (Rock With Flip), and Flip Wails, Swingin With Flip Phillips and Flip. It features performances with some of the great names of the era, including: Oscar Peterson, Charlie Shavers, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Howard McGhee, Alvin Stoller, Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Freddie Green and Max Roach. Plus, as a bonus, it includes a live jam session version of Stompin At The Savoy Pt.1.
Phillips died in August 2001, in Florida, at the age of 86. This 3CD set offers a great showcase for Flip Phillips at probably the zenith of his career. (Trapeze Music) Price: £16.99
When Farmer Met Gryce; Last Night When We Were Young; Farmers Market and Art.
A pretty handy quintet from 1955 kicks off the first selection in our second Art Farmer foursome - When Farmer Met Gryce. Art himself on trumpet of course, Gigi Gryce on alto sax, writer of an amazing six out of the eight titles featured. Freddie Redd or Horace Silver at the piano, either Arts twin brother Addison on bass or the great Percy Heath and one of either Art Taylor or Kenny Clarke on drums. Some musicians get to make all the tough choices! Also recorded in New York a couple of years later in 1957 - Last Night When We Were Young finds Art in the company of the great arranger and conductor Quincy Jones for a somewhat different sounding album, Art with strings! Along for the ride include among others Hank Jones, Osie Johnson and Barry Galbraith. We hit the quintet trail again for album number three - Farmers Market from 1956, where Art is joined this time by the great tenor man Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew on piano, Addison Farmer again on bass and the incomparable Elvin Jones behind the drum kit. Down to a quartet for album number four with the increasingly difficult to find album - Art from 1960, not a bad bunch of guys turning up for this set. Art of course on trumpet joined by Tommy Flanagan on piano, Tommy Williams on bass and Albert Heath at the drums. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99
Kelly Great; Kelly At Midnite; Wynton Kelly! and Don Sleets All Members. Price: £8.99
On this recording, Gordon is accompanied by the accomplished and versatile pianist Kirk Lightsey, wonderful bass player David Eubanks and the master drummer Eddie Gladden. He proves that he hasn't lost a step, as he projects enormous authority on stage, being a fountain of sound and ideas, melodically as well as rhythmically. He generates a stunning energy, taking off on a flight that is able to captivate the audience with his tenacious be-bop, somewhere between Lester Young and Coltrane, with a bold, dry sound.
'Copenhagen Coda' is a celebration of and a tribute to Dexter Gordon's legacy in Copenhagen. The audience in the Danish capital loved the sophisticated giant "Copenhagen Slim" immensely, and their love was reciprocated - Copenhagen Coda is a testament to this intense year-long love affair! (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
This compilation is drawn from his seventeen solo albums recorded between 1954 and 1962, largely for the specialist Contemporary label. Two "bonus cuts" are included; Julie London's sumptuous 'Cry Me A River' from 1955, which is in essence a Barney Kessel guitar master-tutorial with vocal accompaniment, plus his own unlikely R&R hit, 'Honey Rock', which appeared on the flip of Ricky Nelson's million-selling 'You're My One And Only Love' in 1957. Kessel would go on to become one of the leading lights in LA's legendary Wrecking Crew, during the 60s, before resuming his love affair with Jazz in the late 70s. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99