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


Price:  £27.99 


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)  


Price:  £12.99 

Cannonball Adderley: Swingin' In Seattle- Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967 (CD: Reel to Real/ Wienerworld)


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


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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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Steve Kuhn Trio: To And From The Heart (CD: Sunnyside)


Jeremy Pelt: Jeremy Pelt, The Artist (CD: Highnote)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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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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Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners (CD: ECM)


Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (CD: ECM)Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (CD: ECM)
 


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David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)
 


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David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger (CD: ECM)


Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (CD: ECM)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 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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Joe Locke: Subtle Disguise (CD: Origin)


Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert (CD: Enodoc)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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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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Paul Bley: Ballads (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Chick Corea: Piano Improvisations Vol. 1 (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Ralph Towner & Gary Burton: Matchbook (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Eberhard Weber: The Following Morning (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Pat Metheny: Watercolours (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (CD: ECM Touchstones)


George Adams: Sound Suggestions (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Leo Smith: Divine Love (CD: ECM Touchstones)


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


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


John Abercrombie: Night (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Dave Holland Quintet: Seeds Of Time (CD: ECM Touchstones)


David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Terje Rypdal & The Chasers: Blue (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Dino Saluzzi: Andina (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Louis Sclavis Quintet: Rouge (CD: ECM Touchstones)


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

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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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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John Surman/ John Warren: The Brass Project (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Bobo Stenson Trio: War Orphans (CD: ECM Touchstones)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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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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Peter Erskine Trio: Juni (CD: ECM Touchstones)


June Christy & Stan Kenton: The Collection 1945-55 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)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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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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Dudley Moore Trio: Have Some Moore! (CD: Harkit, 2 CDs)


Clifford Jordan: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)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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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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Stanley Turrentine: Cherry, Don't Mess With Mr T. & The Sugarman (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)


Hubert Laws: In The Beginning / George Benson & Hubert Laws: In Concert- Carnegie Hall (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)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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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: Songs For Distingue Lovers (Vinyl LP: Verve)


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

High quality 180g pressing. 


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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)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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Ella Fitzgerald: Mack The Knife- Ella In Berlin (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Wes Montgomery: California Dreaming (Vinyl LP: Verve)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)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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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)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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Jimmy Smith: The Cat (Vinyl LP: Verve)


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

High quality 180g pressing. 


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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)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Vinyl LP: Verve)


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

High quality 180g pressing. 


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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)

High quality 180g pressing. 


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Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Composer Of Desafinado Plays Jobim (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (CD: Elemental)Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (CD: Elemental)
Not forsaking Europe entirely, after his return home to the U.S. in 1977, Gordon returned for gigs like the inspired set captured here at the Espace Pierre Cardin (Théâtre de la Ville) in Paris in September 25, 1977. Sharing the stage with him that night are the well-known rhythm section of French bassist Pierre Michelot and American drummer Kenny Clarke. What makes this performance unique is that it is the only known recording of Gordon playing with one of the stalwarts of bebop piano, Al Haig. A constant presence on 52nd street during the embryonic days of bebop in the late 1940s, Haig’s career had gone fallow by the 1960s. At the time of this performance, he was experiencing a much-deserved rediscovery. (Elemental Music) 


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Woody Shaw Quartet: Live in Bremen 1983 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)
Woody Shaw Quartet’s Live in Bremen 1983 was recorded live at Post Aula, in Bremen Germany on January 18, 1983. It’s a rare and satisfying snapshot of trumpeter Shaw’s second great quintet, formed in 1980 with pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Stafford James, and drummer Tony Reedus. Like all Elemental releases, this set was produced by Michael Cuscuna, who was a close friend of the late trumpeter during the last 15 years of his life. (Elemental Music) 


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Woody Shaw Quartet: Live in Bremen 1983 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)


Marcus Strickland: People Of The Sun (CD: Blue Note)Marcus Strickland: People Of The Sun (CD: Blue Note)
On his thrilling new LP, People of the Sun, Marcus Strickland blazes a trail fully at the helm of his music—performing, writing, and producing with his outrageously able Twi-Life band on deck—even as he sonically and socially traces the African diaspora from present to past in an effort to unpack his identity. The result is an album that's busy and beautiful, inventive and contemplative, an amalgam of influences from West Africa (griot culture, Afrobeat, percussion) and America (post-bop, funk-soul, beat music) performed in the key of revelation. (Blue Note Records) 


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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice (CD: ECM, 2CDs)
This recording of Keith Jarrett's extraordinary solo performance at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice in July 2006 finds the pianist entering one of Italy's most famous classical venues and channelling the flow of inspiration to shape something new. In this case, a suite of eight spontaneously created pieces referencing everything from the blues to atonality to heart-touching ballads. (Proper Music) 


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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice (CD: ECM, 2CDs)


Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (CD: ECM)Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (CD: ECM)
Andrew Cyrille’s title Lebroba is a contraction of Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, birthplaces of the protagonists of an album bringing together three of creative music’s independent thinkers. Each of them made his first ECM appearance long ago: drummer Andrew Cyrille on Marion Brown’s Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970), trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on his own classic Divine Love (1978), and guitarist Bill Frisell on Eberhard Weber’s Fluid Rustle (1979); these are, of course, players of enduring influence. Frisell contributed to Cyrille’s previous ECM disc The Declaration of Musical Independence, but Lebroba marks a first-time meeting for the guitarist and Wadada Leo Smith. A generous leader, Cyrille gives plenty of room to his cohorts, and all three musicians bring in compositions, with “Turiya”, Wadada’s elegant dedication to Alice Coltrane, unfurling slowly over its 17-minute duration. In his own pieces, including the title track and the closing “Pretty Beauty”, Cyrille rarely puts the focus on the drums, preferring to play melodically and interactively, sensitive to pitch and to space. There are references to West African music and the blues as well as the history of jazz drumming, but Cyrille’s priority today is an elliptical style in which meter is implied rather than stated. (ECM Records) 


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Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw & Dr. Lonnie Smith: I Didn't Know What Time It Was (CD: JOC Records)
'I Didn't Know What Time It Was' is a unique live album recorded at a sold out Bimhuis concert in 2010 with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and living legend Dr. Lonnie Smith. (Proper Music) 


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Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw & Dr. Lonnie Smith: I Didn't Know What Time It Was (CD: JOC Records)


David S. Ware Trio: The Balance (CD: AUM Fidelity)David S. Ware Trio: The Balance (CD: AUM Fidelity)
'The Balance' presents an outstanding and incendiary David S. Ware concert, in trio with William Parker and Warren Smith. A tenor sax / bass / drums excursion of full-on intensity from the first note, this is a non-stop suite of spontaneous form created at NYC's Vision Festival in 2010.

Also included here are four exceptional out-takes from the Onecept session - all of which had been completed & considered for inclusion at that time. This new release, together with 'Onecept' and 'Live in New York, 2010' (rel. 2017) present the complete (and fully illuminated) work which this group created. (Proper Music) 


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Harold Mabern: The Iron Man - Live At Smoke (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)
While it was captured over the course a single night, there’s a rich lifetime’s worth of music packed into The Iron Man: Live at Smoke. If it’s a slight overstatement to say that the album represents an autobiography in song, that’s only because 82-year-old jazz master Harold Mabern tells his story in every note that he plays. That’s as true of the melodies he’s been interpreting for more then half a century - as many of the tunes on The Iron Man are - as it is of the always inspired music that flows spontaneously from the great pianist’s fingers.

The Iron Man: Live at Smoke was recorded on the final night of a remarkable three-week residency, an annual holiday tradition at the renowned New York City club. Most of that 2017/18 run was dedicated to the music of John Coltrane and featured a host of invited guests to the bandstand. For this magical final performance, however, Mabern and his gifted, longstanding quartet - tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth - went it alone, vigorously swinging through well-loved tunes from throughout Mabern’s storied career. (Proper Music) 


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Harold Mabern: The Iron Man - Live At Smoke (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)


David Hazeltine: The Time Is Now (CD: Smoke Sessions)David Hazeltine: The Time Is Now (CD: Smoke Sessions)
 


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Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (CD: OA2)
As the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Big Band recording, "Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton," pianist Ben Markley presents this spirited and thoroughly modern quartet session of original compositions, featuring alto saxophone great Greg Osby. (Proper Music) 


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Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (CD: OA2)


Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (CD: OA2)Jarod Bufe: New Spaces (CD: OA2)
'New Spaces' is saxophonist Jarod Bufe's Quartet's debut album on OA2 Records. The album features all original material, composed by Bufe. With an ongoing residency at Chicago's famed Fitzgerald's over the last 5 years, saxophonist Jarod Bufe took the opportunity to develop a body of new compositions while honing an intuitive group aesthetic with this band of top-flight Chicago artists. Written during a period of life changes, Bufe's tunes convey all the emotions that implies, but through the creative rhythmic vitality generated by drummer Jon Deitemyer and bassist Matt Ulery, the feeling of hope and of the ongoing search is never lost. Guitarist Tim Stine's improvisatory approach with surprising, unfurling lines, beside his understated chordal accompanying of Bufe's tradition-rich lyricism, defines this very personal and conversational session. (Proper Music) 


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Karl Strømme Quintet: Dynalyd (CD: Riverboat)
Being at the very heart of the vibrant Nordic jazz scene, what sets the Karl Strømme Quintet apart from their contemporaries is the way their respect for the modern melodic jazz tradition is mixed with references and experiences from other musical styles, giving their music a fresh and exciting edge. Inspired by the likes of Chet Baker, Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler, band leader and trumpeter Karl Strømme gives the music a unique flavour with the use of an analog synthesizerr which he plays in tandem with the trumpet, and in his words ‘gives simpler but stronger melodic lines when improvising - like painting with a broader paintbrush’.

Strømme’s beautiful compositions are inspired by the Norwegian landscape and the band’s respect for the modern jazz tradition is mixed with references and influences from other musical styles. A must-have album for fans of Tord Gustavsen Trio, Jan Garbarek, Esbjörn Svensson Trio and Lars Danielsson. (Proper Music) 


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Karl Strømme Quintet: Dynalyd (CD: Riverboat)


Peter Evans & Barry Guy: Syllogistic Moments (CD: Maya)Peter Evans & Barry Guy: Syllogistic Moments (CD: Maya)
This release on Maya Recordings documents a duo collaboration of avant-garde jazz bass legend Barry Guy together with the sensational American trumpet player Peter Evans. (Proper Music) 


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John Coltrane: 1963: New Directions (CD: Impulse, 3 CDs)
In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself. That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz.

John Coltrane 1963: New Directions collects all of John Coltrane’s 1963 Impulse recordings in the order in which they were recorded. Music comes from the original albums “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album”, “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”, “Dear Old Stockholm” (released after Coltrane’s death), “Newport ‘63” and “Live at Birdland”. (Universal Music) 


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John Coltrane: 1963: New Directions (CD: Impulse, 3 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: Plays The Blues (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Sonny Rollins: Plays The Blues (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
 


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Ronnie Scott Trio: On A Clear Day - Live 1974 (CD: Acrobat)
The UK, 1974: the 3-Day Week, snap-general elections and Glam Rock: rocked as much by strikes and IRA bomb blasts as by Abba and Mud: where Sixties optimism was finally giving way to crisis-driven Seventies reality. The same could be said of Ronnie Scott that year too. Indeed, when he took to the stage of a pub in the backwaters of Wiltshire in spring 1974, a one-night stop on an exhaustive nationwide tour, he was in the midst of perhaps the most turbulent time of his life. Amid fractious personal relationships and an ongoing battle with depression, and surrounded by a jazz scene whose fabric had changed unrecognisably in a few short years, Scott remained one of the UK's great jazz catalysts – a central figure around whom much of what was considered newsworthy within the idiom still concentrated.

At 47, the saxophonist was no longer chasing the music’s cutting edge; instead he had forged a style very much his own, one which tipped its hat to many of the good and the great who'd graced his own Soho club, but which now boasted even greater authority, maturity and individuality than ever before. And, despite his off-stage tribulations, he was happy with his band, a rare instance of a Scott-led line-up lasting more than a few years.

Supported by organist Mike Carr and drummer Bobby Gein, he tore the roof off the White Hart, whose 'Jazz at The Icebox' presentations were a magnet for West Country jazz fans. Issued here for the first time, this recording captures Scott doing what he did best: playing no holds-barred jazz, minus the pressures that came from being a frontman for his own club, or acting as 'support act' to his many American guests.• As such, it reveals a Ronnie Scott rarely heard on record, an instrumentalist in full-flow, sounding relaxed yet forthright, and making a mockery of the notion that art must mirror life. Scott may have been sailing stormy waters elsewhere but On A Clear Day finds him at the eye of a creative hurricane. “Ronnie is one of our finest jazz musicians and saxophonists – period”, wrote one Melody Maker reviewer that same year, a declaration fully born out on this album. (DIscovery Records) 


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Ronnie Scott Trio: On A Clear Day - Live 1974 (CD: Acrobat)


Jazz On A Summer's Day (DVD, CD & Vinyl LP: Charly, 4 Discs)Jazz On A Summer's Day (DVD, CD & Vinyl LP: Charly, 4 Discs)
'Jazz On A Summer's Day' is one of the greatest concert movies ever made, a timeless record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, with some of the most stunning images of live music ever brought to the cinema screen.

Complete film DVD + bonus documentary + extras. Newly-remastered 60th anniversary box set of the soundtrack on CD plus 2x 10-inch LP's mastered half-speed on audiophile vinyl and a 40-page lavishly illustrated hardback book. The special edition comes housed in a lavish, blue-foil blocked fully-illustrated 40-page hardback book complete with new, definitive sleeve notes by Mojo's Fred Dellar, including artist and track-by-track details. (Proper Music) view larger image


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Frank Sinatra: Only The Lonely - 60th Anniversary (CD: Capitol, 2 CDs)
60th anniversary edition of the incredible album Only The Lonely. An emotionally charged collection of torch songs, 1958’s Only The Lonely saw a forlorn Frank bring tales of love, pain and loss, furthering the form he’d previously shown on In The Wee Small Hours (1955), across such timeless songs such as ‘One For My Baby (And One More For The Road’, ‘Angel Eyes’ and ‘Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry’, with Grammy Award-winning cover artwork by artist Nicholas Volpe painting Frank as a sad clown. Now reissued across multiple formats, Only The Lonely: 60th Anniversary features the original 1958 mono mix as well as a brand new 2018 stereo mix alongside two previously unreleased tracks in the form of alternative takes of ‘Angel Eyes’ and ‘Lush Life’. (Universal Music) 


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Frank Sinatra: Only The Lonely - 60th Anniversary (CD: Capitol, 2 CDs)


Kenny Burrell: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Kenny Burrell: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD second set release from Kenny Burrell, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Kenny Burrell”; “Introducing Kenny Burrell”; “Blue Lights Vol 1” and “Blue Lights Vol 2”. 


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Curtis Fuller: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD second set release from Curtis Fuller, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “The Opener”; “New Trombone”; “Blues-ette” and “Soul Trombone”. 


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Curtis Fuller: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Paul Chambers: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Paul Chambers: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Paul Chambers, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.“Whims of Chambers”; “Paul Chambers Quintet; “Bass on Top” and “Go...”. 


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Carmen McRae: Diva Of Jazz - New York State Of Mind (CD: Wienerworld)
12 original recordings from the jazz diva Carmen McRae, spanning her career. This Greatest Hits collection includes Come In From the Rain and New York State of Mind. 


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Carmen McRae: Diva Of Jazz - New York State Of Mind (CD: Wienerworld)


Steve Turre: The Very Thought Of You (CD: Smoke Sessions)Steve Turre: The Very Thought Of You (CD: Smoke Sessions)
On The Very Thought Of You, Turre shows off a less celebrated side of his brilliant artistry: his moving, heartfelt way with a ballad. Luxuriating in timeless melodies and swathed in lush strings, Turre makes his horn sing with delicate lyricism and subtle beauty. Of course, the irrepressible trombonist can't help but unleash his fiercely swinging side, peppering his ballad set with a few pulse-quickeners here and there.

The Very Thought Of You features a stellar quartet ideal for a session that calls for a light touch combined with the soul-stirring depth of feeling that Turre brings to everything that he plays. Turre is joined by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Willie Jones III, supplemented on four of the pieces by a string octet conducted by veteran arranger Marty Sheller. An outstanding pair of guests, legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman and guitar great Russell Malone, both lend their breathtaking mastery to the music as well. (Proper Music) 


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John Scofield: Combo 66 (CD: Verve)
Iconic Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. (Universal Music) 


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John Scofield: Combo 66 (CD: Verve)


Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay (CD: Verve)Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay (CD: Verve)
 


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Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay (Vinyl LP: Verve)
 


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Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (CD: Highnote)Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (CD: Highnote)
Over twenty-five years ago, this duo began their first collaboration with an album entitled 'Something In Common'. Six releases later they remain committed to the format. In this session of standards, the tunes have been culled from the American Songbook with the intention of providing an unabashed look at life, love, youth and beauty.

Houston Person's tenor tone is smooth, warm and easy-going, and the duo format brings out his romantic side. Ron Carter, meanwhile, is in complete charge of the music's harmony and rhythm, well aware of the manifold accompaniment possibilities each tune presents, and able to move seamlessly between an astounding number of those possibilities. So if you want to hear two masters at work, playing off and for each other, this is the place to be. (Proper Music) 


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Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (CD: Highnote)
For this recording Cyrus Chestnut has arranged eight compositions by the classical composers W.A. Mozart, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Eric Satie, taking the classical themes through a series of rhythmic and harmonic turns and twists and subjecting them to a wildly innovative series of transformations.

The jazz piano trio, a specialism with its own lineage and admirers, is currently alive and well thanks to the artists such as those here on 'Kaleidoscope'. A keyboard master such as Cyrus Chestnut can imbue this tried-and-true format - whose practitioners range from Jelly Roll Morton to Robert Glasper - with a relevance for today's listeners and expand its parameters without losing sight of its historic past.

Through it all Cyrus Chestnut emerges as a multi-faceted artist who, using the venerable jazz piano trio format, can refract the past through his own imagination and create something new which is always fresh and exciting. (Proper Music) 


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Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (CD: Highnote)


Clark Tracey Quintet: No Doubt (CD: Tentoten)Clark Tracey Quintet: No Doubt (CD: Tentoten)
Formed in January 2018, this group is the latest in a succession led by drummer Clark Tracey since the early '80s, which showcases emerging, young and exceptionally talented jazz musicians. 'No Doubt' marks Clark's 40th year in jazz as he turned professional in 1978 when he joined his father Stan Tracey CBE's band.

Trumpeter Alex Ridout is already making heads turn, winning the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award in 2016 when just 17 years old. 18 year old alto player Sean Payne was a finalist in the first of those awards when he was 14. Both musicians were heard by Clark at the Purcell School of Music some years ago and are currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. On piano is Elliott Sansom, who recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire where Clark regularly teaches and he was also a finalist in the BBC jazz awards. Bassist James Owston is still studying at Birmingham where he is tutored by Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson.

Recorded in April of 2018, this recording, which is Clark's 15th under his own name, has two original tunes by the horn players and three tunes which allow the musicians to stretch out. In their first year, under Clark's guidance, the quintet have performed at a number of major venues including Ronnie Scott's Club and the Pizza Express, along with festivals such as Swanage and the South Coast Jazz Festival. (Proper Music) 


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Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1, The Embedded Sets (CD: PI Recordings)
Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's 'Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets)' is his first live release in over 15 years. It captures his band Five Elements in two joyous sets at the historic New York venue.  


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Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1, The Embedded Sets (CD: PI Recordings)


Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Other Side (CD: ECM)Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Other Side (CD: ECM)

“This is the chill-out as a state of grace, and it can go as deep as you like. Sublime,” wrote the Independent on Sunday of the Gustavsen’s trio’s Being There, released in 2007. Over the last decade Tord has explored other ensemble forms and formats, but on The Other Side - recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in January 2018 – he opens a new chapter in his piano trio story, with faithful drummer Jarle Vespestad, and excellent new bassist Sigurd Hole. Hole’s approach to his instrument, drawing on folk influences as well as modern jazz, is ideally suited to Gustavsen’s slowly-developing, deeply melodic pieces. (ECM Records) 


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Barre Phillips: End To End (CD: ECM)
Barre Phillips was the first musician to record an album of solo double bass, back in 1968, and he has always been an absolute master of the solo idiom. In March 2017, Barre recorded what he says will be his last solo album, the final chapter of his “Journal Violone”: it is a beautiful and moving musical statement. All the qualities we associate with Barre’s playing are here in abundance – questing adventurousness, melodic invention, textural richness, developmental logic, and deep soulfulness. End to End was recorded at Studios-La-Buissonne in the south of France, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Barre Phillips: End To End (CD: ECM)


Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live (CD: ECM)Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live (CD: ECM)
For years, fans of Poland’s Marcin Wasilewski Trio have been asking for a live album. Here it is. Recorded at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, in August 2016, it captures the trio in energetic, extroverted mode, fanning the flames of their Spark of Life repertoire and drawing on the deep understanding Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz have established in the course of a quarter century of shared musical endeavour. As UK magazine Jazz Journal has noted, “Wasilewski’s music celebrates a vast dynamic range, from the most deftly struck pianistic delicacies to gloriously intense emotional exuberance, the chords pounded with unrestrained joy, yet always within a marvellously melodic concept.” (ECM Records) 


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Fay Claassen & WDR Big Band: Dutch Songbook (CD: Challenge)
This album is a live recording of vocalist Fay Claassen and the WDR Big Band conducted by Torsten Maass with its fantastic soloists at the "Jazz-Schmiede" Düsseldorf on November 28th, 2015. In November 2015, Fay was asked by the management of the WDR Big Band to put together a programme with music from the Netherlands. Fay had carte blanche to choose all the music and have it arranged for her and the WDR Big Band. The music is a selection of Fay's favourite songs by Dutch composers such as Herman van Veen, Benjamin Herman and Cor Bakker. (Proper Music) 


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Fay Claassen & WDR Big Band: Dutch Songbook (CD: Challenge)


Dave Liebman & John Stowell: Petite Fleur- The Music Of Sidney Bechet (CD: Origin)Dave Liebman & John Stowell: Petite Fleur- The Music Of Sidney Bechet (CD: Origin)
Though a legendary figure from his monumental contributions to the clarinet and soprano saxophone's role in jazz, it was the compositions of Sidney Bechet that inspired master saxophonist David Liebman and guitarist John Stowell to dig deep into his catalogue to compile and explore this set of rarely heard gems. Each possessing singular voices themselves that have inspired generations of other performers, Liebman & Stowell have created a very personal and intimate duo project celebrating another giant's work, their conversations making for compelling listening. (Proper Music) 


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Lynne Arriale Trio: Give Us These Days (CD: Challenge)
 


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Lynne Arriale Trio: Give Us These Days (CD: Challenge)


Toni Kofi And The Organisation: Point Blank (CD: The Last Music Company)Toni Kofi And The Organisation: Point Blank (CD: The Last Music Company)
 


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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Sweet Sister Suite by Kenny Wheeler (CD: Spartacus)
"Sweet Sister Sweet", commissioned by Tommy Smith in 1995, was written by the late trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler over a two-year period and completed in 1997. It was premiered in performance by the SNJO in 1998 and it remains a wonderful example of his signature style. This performance features trumpeter Laura Jurd and vocalist Irini Arabatzi.

The suite is a textured, measured and deeply layered work for trumpet and vocal that also features SNJO improvisers stepping out from the orchestra to take the spotlight. It quickly develops from an understated introduction into an expansive essay in complex jazz, and it epitomizes Wheeler's mastery of harmonic contrast, rhythmic changes and melodic clarity.

Wheeler often composed by noting down ideas and fragments whenever and wherever they occurred to him; a method that he was seen to employ while recording and touring with Tommy Smith and his group. These fragments grew into interconnecting pieces, lovingly shaped into layers of light, colour, tone and texture. If there is any stitching in the unhurried arrangement then it is nevertheless quite invisible to the naked ear.

There is a subtle sense adventure in Wheeler's writing, and Laura Jurd is a gifted player who brings her own compass to this reading of Kenny Wheeler's sonic map. The piece also features voice parts, which featured prominently throughout Wheeler's long composing career. Irini Arabatzi fully embraces the sympathetic, almost reassuring intent in Wheeler's writing. It is soul searching without bitterness or melancholy, and there is, if anything, the suggestion of a certain kind of joi de vivre that is often inwardly, yet intensely felt by quiet people. (Proper Music) 


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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Sweet Sister Suite by Kenny Wheeler (CD: Spartacus)


Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace (CD: Origin)Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace (CD: Origin)
'Without a Trace', the new album from Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, features Steve Wilson & Carolyn Leonhart.

New York composer, trombonist & alto flugelhornist Scott Reeves' Jazz Orchestra has been hard at work since 2008, but it was only in 2016 with the release of the group's debut recording, "Portraits and Places," that a wider audience was offered a peek at Reeves' broad and sophisticated talents. With outstanding New York musicians, including saxophonists Steve Wilson and Tim Armacost, pianist Jim Ridl and vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, Scott's music offers an inspired approach to big band writing, combining a contemporary harmonic palette and non-traditional forms with infectious, swinging grooves and great soloing by world-class jazz artists. "Without a Trace" features arrangements of standards such as Kurt Weill's "Speak Low," and "All or Nothing At All," along with Wayne Shorter's "Juju", and then four Reeves originals, including "Something for Thad," a tribute to the great Thad Jones.

"...a keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint...his compositions are sophisticated yet accessible, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ. (Proper Music) 


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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (CD: Blue Note)
At 80 years old, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd remains an intrepid musical pioneer, entering his ninth decade at a creative peak in what now stands as a mountainous and formidable career. With his newest band The Marvels—a guitar-driven group featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland—Lloyd released the 2016 album I Long To See You which NPR called “music that evokes an uncommon state of grace.” Now on Vanished Gardens, The Marvels add a new dimension by collaborating with revered singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams to pioneer a new genre of Americana Jazz that draws on the musicians' many influences and experiences with reimagined versions of Williams favorites, new Lloyd originals, and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, and more. (Blue Note Records) 


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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens (CD: Blue Note)


Esbjorn Svensson Trio: Live In London (CD: ACT, 2 CDs)Esbjorn Svensson Trio: Live In London (CD: ACT, 2 CDs)
The release of this album marks a poignant moment: the tenth anniversary of the tragic and premature death of Esbjorn Svensson on 14 June 2008. It was recorded at a completely sold-out Barbican Centre in 2005, during a hugely successful and highly popular UK tour. It is e.s.t. at the peak of their creativity touring after the release of their to-date best selling album “Viaticum”. (ACT) 


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Ben Webster: Valentine's Day 1964 Live (CD: Dot Time)
with Dave Frishberg, Richard Davis & Grady Tate. 


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Ben Webster: Valentine's Day 1964 Live (CD: Dot Time)


Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At Zardi's (CD: Verve)Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At Zardi's (CD: Verve)
Recorded on February 2, 1956 at Zardi's Jazzland in Hollywood and previously unreleased, Ella At Zardi's features the entirety of the evening's two-set, 21-song performance, which captures an inspired Fitzgerald, backed by a stellar trio comprised of pianist Don Abney, bassist Vernon Alley and drummer Frank Capp, singing and swinging in front of an animated, adoring crowd, just days before she’d go on to record the album that would catapult her to stardom. The concert was originally recorded to celebrate the creation of, and Fitzgerald’s signing to, Verve Records, created by veteran jazz impresario Norman Granz, and was planned as the label’s inaugural release but shelved in favor of the now-classic studio album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book. (Universal Music) 


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Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nations Orchestra: Live At The Royal Festival Hall (CD & DVD: Wienerworld)
Jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie’s final recorded performance, filmed live at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1989 with the United Nations Orchestra The United Nations Orchestra was created by Dizzy Gillespie to "showcase the varied influences that he considered valuable to the development of jazz". The 15 member ensemble on Live at Royal Festival Hall, London, was a true all-star orchestra, 10 of its members being bandleaders in their own right.

On this recording, the orchestra was on its last date of a European tour and it pulled out all the stops in a fiery big-band blowout. This is extroverted, aggressively confident big band music, meant to dazzle and delight. The driving rhythm section was given centre stage on Gillespie's "Tanga" whereby a lengthy section of solos by drummer Ignacio Berroa, master percussionist Airto Moreira and ace conga man Giovanni Hidalgo brought the house down once again. This CD/DVD digipack includes a booklet with detailed liner notes of the concert. (Wienerworld) 


Price:  £13.99 

Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nations Orchestra: Live At The Royal Festival Hall (CD & DVD: Wienerworld)


Various Artists: Learnin' The Blues- The Jazz Stars Play The Sinatra Songbook (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Various Artists: Learnin' The Blues- The Jazz Stars Play The Sinatra Songbook (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Great-value 25-track 2-CD set comprising performances of songs associated with Sinatra by some of the biggest jazz artists of the post-war era. Features Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans and many more. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Duke Ellington: In Coventry 1966 (CD: Storyville)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Duke Ellington: In Coventry 1966 (CD: Storyville)


Alice Coltrane: Spriritual Eternal- The Complete Warner Bros Studio  Recordings (CD: Real Gone Music, 2 CDs- US Import)Alice Coltrane: Spriritual Eternal- The Complete Warner Bros Studio Recordings (CD: Real Gone Music, 2 CDs- US Import)
Now, Real Gone Music, with the full cooperation of the Coltrane estate, is proud to present Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings, a collection that offers all of Alice Coltrane’s groundbreaking studio sides for the label in one sumptuously annotated and packaged 2-CD set. Inside the 6-panel digipak is a beautiful booklet boasting notes by noted Coltrane scholar Ashley Kahn based on interviews with Coltrane producer Ed Michel and engineer Baker Bigsby, along with rare photos and the original (quite lengthy!) album credits. Produced by Real Gone’s own Gordon Anderson and acclaimed jazz reissue producer Zev Feldman—who helmed the widely hailed John Coltrane release, Offering—Live at Temple University—and featuring a fresh remastering by Mike Milchner, Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings provides a new, immersive opportunity to assess and appreciate one of the most dazzling bodies of work to emerge from the ‘70s. (Real Gone Music) 


Price:  £29.99 


Henry Threadgill: Dirt...And More Dirt (CD: PI Recordings)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Henry Threadgill: Dirt...And More Dirt (CD: PI Recordings)


Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (CD: PI Recordings)Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (CD: PI Recordings)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall Birmingham 1991 (CD: Dusk Fire, 2 CDs)
Another unique Dusk Fire celebration of British jazz heritage on this first ever release of recordings taken from composer Mike Gibbs and guitarist John Scofield's 1991 band tour. Featuring the talents of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, Tony Coe, Julian Arguelles, Chris Pyne, amongst others.

Over a quarter of a century later, 'Symphony Hall, Birmingham 1991' offers up music still astonishingly fresh and contemporary, full of rich colours and textures, vibrant rhythms and inspired solos. This double album represents an essential addition to the catalogues of both Mike Gibbs and John Scofield.

1000 copies limited edition pressing. High quality digipack packaging, including an 8-page booklet with notes by Ian Mann and archive images. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £15.99 

Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall Birmingham 1991 (CD: Dusk Fire, 2 CDs)


Mike Gibbs Band & Gary Burton Quintet: Festival '69 (Turtle Records, 3 CDs)Mike Gibbs Band & Gary Burton Quintet: Festival '69 (Turtle Records, 3 CDs)
Michael Gibbs is a composer, conductor, arranger and producer as well as a trombonist and keyboardist, known for his collaborations with Gary Burton, and for his ability to utilise rock elements in orchestral jazz..Festival '69 is an historic concert performance, previously unreleased, providing unique insight into Gibbs' artistry prior to his recording career proper (debut album released in 1970). Assembling a big band boasting the cream of contemporary British Jazz, Gibbs connected for this one concert with pioneering vibraphonist Gary Burton and his Quartet.

The concert recording, over 90 minutes long, captures the Gary Burton Quartet performing classic original compositions by Gibbs, Burton and the Quartet's Steve Swallow at the mainstream music festival held in Belfast, November 1969 (1967's headliner was Jimi Hendrix)..Gibbs' band for the festival featured Chris Pyne, Kenny Wheeler, Trevor Barber, Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh, Tony Roberts and Chris Spedding..As a bonus Turtle Records is able to offer from Gibbs' own archive a 55 - minute recording of his Big Band earlier the same year at Lancaster University. Here, the band line-up comprised John Surman , Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Roderick Toal, Chris Pyne, Dick Hart, Frank Ricotti, Mike Pyne, Phillip Lee, Jack Bruce and John Marshall..While the Lancaster recording circulated online in MP3 form in the 90s, this audio has been carefully mastered from non-compressed files and restored for the first time, under Mike Gibbs' supervision, to its original speed and at the original pitch..This package further boasts a major essay on Gibbs' early career, by John McLaughlin biographer Colin Harper, with fresh interview material from Gibbs enhanced with photos from Gibbs' own archive and contemporary cuttings. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


George Russell Sextet: Ezz-thetics (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

George Russell Sextet: Ezz-thetics (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Ernie Henry: Seven Standards And A Blues (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Ernie Henry: Seven Standards And A Blues (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 


Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

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