The Bebop Shop : New Releases
The recording is centred mostly around cutting edge originals by Hobbs encompassing modern mainstream examples of post-bop, Latin, Funk, Calypso, and more, arranged and performed with the typical creative and hard edged energy you are used to hearing on his past New York Recordings. Hobbs centered the music around marimba, dedicating the recording to his mentor and late friend Bobby Hutcherson. Price: £14.99
Now we can finally hear them in two CD volumes. They show Martial Solal at his best, his incontestable talent, dazzling virtuosity and invention, but also his good taste and sense of humor in the execution. The originality of his conception, paired with his elegant control and technique, put him on a par with the great American pianists. (Fresh Sound Records) Price: £12.99
Drawing equal inspiration from both the recent innovations of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and the energy of his new, young and adventurous sidemen, Hayes was to turn these to-all-intents-and-purposes typical provincial club nights into definitive manifesto statements of his contemporary musical ambitions.
Luckily, excerpts from both these performances were captured on tape. Occasionally bootlegged, the recordings made on these two gigs half a century ago illustrate everything the saxophonist had learned, experienced and pioneered up to that moment; from the blistering paint-off-the-walls bebop of Walkin, a solo to rank alongside any of John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins extended forays from the Sixties, through to the astonishing emotional denouement of a seventeen-minute deconstruction of Dear Johnny B. - this isn't Hayes merely on form; this is him on fire!
This new Acrobat CD is the first ever release of these recordings and comes packaged with rare, hitherto unpublished photographs and a fascinating booklet note by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett author of The Long Shadow of The Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
She made her recording debut in 1958, and the next few years were among the most prolific of her career, encompassing both studio and live recordings as she recorded first for the Bethlehem label and then for Colpix, marking her down as a pianist and singer who was a versatile and unique interpreter of songs from across the jazz, blues and pop spectrum.
This great-value 78-track 4-CD set comprises just about every recording which she released during the formative years of her career and which established her reputation, featuring the tracks from the albums Little Girl Blue, Nina Simone & her Friends, The Amazing Nina Simone, Nina Simone at Town Hall, Nina Simone at Newport, Forbidden Fruit, Nina at the Village Gate and Nina Simone Sings Ellington.
It also includes tracks released on singles which were not otherwise included on albums, naturally featuring the chart hits I Loves You Porgy, Nobody Knows You When Youre Down And Out and Trouble In Mind. Its a comprehensive overview of the early career of a very special artist. (Discovery Records) Price: £19.99
These two albums comprise the contents of three 10 discs: the original Night in Manhattan, and the Youmans and Berlin song books, which were first issued individually with eight tracks each (on the latter two Wiley is backed by the piano duet of Stan Freeman and Cy Walter). In order to fit all of this material onto two 12 LPs, four tunes from the song books were added to the 12 version of Night in Manhattan (with the remaining 12 tracks from the song books released on the 12 album Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin). This edition also includes two rare bonus tracks originally issued on the 1956 Columbia LP The Wide, Wide World of Jazz (RCA Victor LPM-1325), which was an anthology featuring various artists. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project.
The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. (Wienerworld) Price: £14.99
180g Vinyl Pressing. Price: £18.99
Only one song with Roach was included on Mingus at the Bohemia: a unique duet between the drummer and the bassist titled Percussion Discussion. Their other two collaborations from the date (Drums and Ill Remember April) appeared on the LP presented here. An alternate take of Drums has been added as a bonus. (Discovery Records)
Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. Price: £22.99
Double 180g audiophile vinyl release. Price: £29.99
Garys latest album, and his first for Edition, A Meeting of Spirits is an innovative re-interpretation of the music of legendary guitarist, bandleader and composer John McLaughlin that in many ways demonstrates the totality of Husbands multifaceted talent. In ...dissecting, reforming and freshly presenting... the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Husband - a long time collaborator with McLaughlin - pays personal and intimate homage to the iconic guitarist while showcasing his own highly distinctive creativity and personal expression. (Edition Records) Price: £13.99
This new Acrobat anthology celebrates the early years of his recorded career at the dawn of the 1960s, a juncture in which Hard Bop, Soul Jazz and the Avant-Garde all jostled for primacy, and which found Ervin a player perfectly equipped for the times.
Featuring all three of his initial albums as a leader The Book Cooks, Cookin' and That's it! - together with selected appearances with bands led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles, pianists Horace Parlan and Mal Waldron and fellow-tenor Bill Barron (the rare Hot Line album), this 4-CD retrospective is accompanied by an extensive booklet note by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, carefully re-examining Ervin's work, and uncovering much hitherto unknown information about his early life, alongside period photographs. (Discovery Records) Price: £19.99
This album is dedicated to one of them in particular: trumpeter Roger Guérin (1926-2010). Despite having very few recordings under his name and spending most of his career as a sideman, Guérin was never underappreciated by jazz fans and critics: after all, he was chosen as the best French jazz trumpeter ten years in a row (1955-65) by the Jazz-Hot readers and critics poll. In these sessions we find him alongside great American jazzmen like James Moody, Jimmy Raney, Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons, but also in the company of his French comrades, giving his best in every performance.
He was involved in many of the projects that pushed the evolution of modern jazz in France. An arranger of the stature of Billy Byers, who worked in Paris for a while in 1956, described him like this: There are some very good musicians in France: Roger Guérin is a great jazzman. (Discovery Records) Price: £12.99
The music here is particularly interesting in that Charles Lloyd is the only horn heard throughout these recordings, while on most of their other collaborations the cello was replaced by a trombone player. The complete 1962 Hamilton/Lloyd album Drumfusion (Columbia CS8607), featuring Garnett Brown on trombone, plus the only alternative take from that session (originally released on the LP compilation The Giants of Jazz (-CS 8770), have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) had never been accorded the praise he deserved in the United States, despite the fact that in the 40s many prominent critics and musicians considered him the finest tenor-saxophone player to appear in jazz since the emergence of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He never found work easily in his own country, maybe because he expressed his views too forcibly about the various rackets going on behind the glitteringfacade of the musical profession. It got so bad that by the 1950s Lucky was practically ignored by most record labels, which deliberately passed over his name time and time again rather than employ him.
This was the situation in 1956, when he decided to move to Parislike Don Byas and several others before himhoping for better things in Europe where his name meant something to jazz critics and collectors. In the months after his arrival in Paris, Lucky appeared on more record sessions than he had in the previous several years in his own country.
These Parisian recordings (1956-1959) went a long way towards proving Lucky Thompsons stature in jazz; they show that his neglect was uncalled for, and that he was a superb fountain of finely-embroidered jazz improvisation. (Fresh Sound Records) Price: £41.99
For the first of these sessions, Lucky joined the Modern Jazz Group a ten-piece band to play a series of compositions written by pianist Henri Renaud, and newly arranged to highlight Thompsons rhythmic, melodic and harmonic imagination. For the remaining three, he had the backing of Dave Pochonet leading several all-star groups that played originals and well-conceived arrangements penned by Lucky. In addition to his writing, his splendid solos project some hard-driving swing, as well as lyricism in the Hawkins-Webster mood. Most of his charts also offer ample solo space for other band members, who dont squander the chance and jump in with more than commendable musicianship.
Thompsons effort to sustain a high, solid mood throughout these sessions is somewhat amazing, making it clear that he was not only a saxophonist of excellent control of tone and ideas, but also an imaginative composer and unpretentious arranger. (Fresh Sound Records) Price: £12.99
The concert presents Mingus at a time in which he had found his musical identity. His group is augmented by the great Max Roach as a special guest, and both masters play, among other tunes, an amazing duet titled Percussion Discussion. Mal Waldrons piano is another of the highlights.
An extremely rare broadcast showcasing Mingus group also at the Bohemia the following year has been added as a bonus, including a version of What Is This Thing Called Love on which Phineas Newborn, Jr. replaces Waldron on piano. No other recordings of Newborn and Mingus together are known to exist! Studio versions of two of the tunes taped at the Bohemia, Haitian Fight Song and A Foggy Day complete this release. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
This set compiles two previously unreleased broadcasts recorded in Boston and featuring Kellys trios with Paul Chambers or Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. The great Roy Eldridge is added on trumpet on the last two tracks. (Discovery) Price: £11.99
In addition to original compositions, Hudson features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson and Joni Mitchell. The music will have broad appeal beyond mainstream jazz confines. The project came together organically as a way to celebrate music legend Jack DeJohnettes 75th birthday. (PIAS) Price: £13.99
With his overpoweringly creative spirit, his anarchic sense of humour and his incredible level of musicality, approaching the arrangement process with a manifesto of 'Freedom, not Licence', Django's work is typically inventive and visionary. Holding on to the original structures and keys, he gracefully folds his own colours, rhythms and sound into the music, resulting in a thoroughly kaleidoscopic examination of this iconic album. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Riser marks the first occasion on which Ive released a selection of my original songs. I have always considered myself as being primarily a performer and secondly a composer says Rob and feel more at home standing on the kind of Riser that can be found in Londons jazz clubs rather than sitting at home writing music. (Edition Records) Price: £13.99
After almost two decades experience at the forefront of the British and European Jazz scene, Denys Baptiste still brims with the confidence of a youthful spirit. With a stellar band that fires on all cylinders and a new home at Edition Records, Denys' career continues to grow and blossom. This is an album by an artist in total control of his vision, a bandleader flexing his muscles and a musician in his instrumental prime. The Late Trane will fulfil his potential at an international level and bring a new audience to one of the finest instrumentalists and composers on the UK scene - something of a sleeping giant in the last 3 decades, but a giant that is about to wake! (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
This is only the third known recording in existence of this particular trio, who only performed together as a trio for a six month period in 1968, and was originally recorded and broadcast on the radio program Jazz in Actie by Dutch producer Joop de Roo. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the then state of the art equipment of the NRU, and kept in pristine condition over the years.
On the heels of 2016's landmark Evans discovery, 'Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest', which was recorded a mere two days prior to this Hilversum date in 1968, Resonance has struck gold again with yet another unearthed gem from the iconic pianist Bill Evans.
This deluxe CD is being officially released in conjunction with the Bill Evans estate and the musicians, and features rare photos, essays by Dutch jazz journalist Bert Vuijsje, producer Zev Feldman, plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and more!
Personnel: Bill Evans (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums). (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
In spring of 2007, saxophonist Dave Liebman was contacted by the BBC asking to arrange a recording date commemorating the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing. Due to prior commitments, he could not get the whole Saxophone Summit group together, but with Summit-mates Joe Lovano, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz, supported by bassist Ron McClure they were able to do a recording session.
Coltrane compositions recorded cover the various periods of Trane's life with the early period represented by the altered blues "Locomotion," mid period ethnic-influenced "Olé" and "Equinox." The later years represented by the rarely heard "Reverend King" and "Compassion" from the epic Meditations album. With Joe Lovano featured on flute, tenor, aulachrome (a new saxophone innovation) and alto flute, along with Dave Liebman on soprano and flutes, the music explores Coltrane's legacy with a modern coloristic approach. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
In 1986, filmmaker Robert Mugge produced SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS, a feature-length portrait of Rollins, named after one of his most celebrated albums. The project began in May of that year when Mugge and a small crew accompanied Sonny and Lucille Rollins to Tokyo, Japan where the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra premiered his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra with Heikki Sarmanto of Finland conducting and Rollins himself soloing throughout.
The next big shoot was in August, when Mugge and a larger crew filmed Rollins and his ensemble performing at sculpted rock quarry Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York. The most surprising part of the latter concert was that, midway through his performance, Rollins leaped from a 6-foot cliff, fell to his back on the ground and, in spite of suffering a broken heel, continued to play his saxophone.
Rounding out the production were interviews with Rollins in Japan, with Heikki Sarmanto in Japan, with Rollins and his wife Lucille in New York City, and with jazz critics Ira Gitler, Gary Giddins, and Francis Davis, also in New York City.
The film has been given 4K remastering, and an updated commentary by Mugge is included as a bonus feature. (Wienerworld)
NTSC format, 101 mins. Price: £15.99
Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dave Greenslade, Dave Clempson Jeff Clyne, Jon Hiseman and Frank Ricotti .
Fast forward to September of that year, and we have Ardley's epic 'The Time Flowers' on 'Jazz in Britain'. Inspired by JG Ballard's sci-fi short story, 'The Garden of Time', he plays alongside Carr, Rendell, Ricotti, Barry Guy, the London Studio Strings with Keith Winter on electronics in a 30-minute set that declares Ardley's growing intentions toward the electronic media that were to become increasingly integral to his later recorded work.
Bearing faultless performances from the cream of modern British jazz, this latest Dusk Fire release is another essential purchase for connoisseurs of the genre. (Proper Music) Price: £12.99
Recorded less than a year after Wes and Wynton's classic 1965 live album 'Smokin' at the Half Note', which guitarist Pet Metheny calls "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," 'Smokin' in Seattle' finds the dynamic duo joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson) and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.
The CD package includes extensive liner note books featuring rare photos by Lee Tanner, Chuck Stewart, Tom Copi, Joe Alpert and others; essays by guitar icon Pat Metheny, Seattle Times writer Paul de Barros, producer Zev Feldman, original recording engineer and Seattle Radio DJ Jim Wilke; and an interviews with Ron McClure, Jimmy Cobb and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New York scene at the time such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson and others, along with the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans as a special guest, 'Truth, Liberty & Soul' showcases Jaco's brilliant compositions for large ensembles with electrifying energy of a live performance.
A portion of the concert was previously broadcast on the NPR program Jazz Alive! in 1982, and has been available as unofficial bootlegs, but this is the first official release authorized by the Jaco Pastorius estate, Warner Music Group and NPR Music and contains an additional 40 minutes which never aired. Culled from the original NPR 24-track tape reels, this is the complete concert from start-to-finish, with the sound meticulously restored for release and mastered by the original, multi-Grammy award winning, recording engineer from the broadcast, Paul Blakemore.
'Truth, Liberty & Soul' will be available as a deluxe 2-CD package and includes a 100-page booklet, featuring rare photos by Tom Copi, Don Hunstein, Rene Perez and Donna Ranieri, essays by acclaimed jazz writer Bill Milkowski (author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius) and producer Zev Feldman, the original recording engineer Paul Blakemore, as well as interviews with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who produced the award-winning documentary JACO (2014), and musicians - drummer Peter Erskine, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Victor Wooten and more! (Proper Music) Price: £23.99
This 1972 session only recently rediscovered and never before issued - captures one such night, featuring Morrissey in positively overflowing form in the company of vibraphonist Lennie Best's quartet, and serves not only as a souvenir from an evening which those present can still recall, but as a fitting memorial to Morrissey's no-holds-barred commitment to his bop roots. Packaged with an extensive booklet by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, including rare press clippings and the recollections of some of the musicians and fans on the gig, this release is an indispensable, candid document of an era all too often glossed over in the histories of British modern jazz. (Acrobat Music) Price: £11.99
Ella is backed on these sets by a trio consisting of Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. She performs a nice collection of well-known standards, as well as some tunes she rarely sang, such as the opening Your Red Wagon and Across the Alley from the Alamo.
Three rare radio broadcasts, which also showcase Ella singing at small clubs have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
A complete rarely heard performance in Cannes that was taped in July 1959, and two 1956 tracks recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl, have been added here as a bonus. The latter two songs were mistakenly included on some issues of Ella in Berlin under the false belief that they formed part of the 1960 concert. This set also includes two rare versions of tunes from the second concert sung in German, which were recorded in Copenhagen in 1961 and originally issued as singles. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
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Perhaps not the first name that springs to mind when we think of jazz vibes players, nonetheless our latest (unsung) jazz hero, Dave Pike had an amazing career starting with his debut performance in 1958 with the Paul Bley Quartet. Our first two releases find Dave in a more traditional vibes mode, but take a look at the pianist on Pike's Peak and it will indicate how well he was thought of back then, none other than the legendary Bill Evans joins Dave at his "steamtable" for a fine set of almost "jamming session" intensity. "Besame Mucho" here points to the direction Pike was heading in for our final two albums, namely down South America way for a brace of the finest Latin flavoured jazz available! Artists Dave Pike has worked with include Herbie Mann, Kenny Clarke, Curtis Counce, Harold Land, Elmo Hope, Dexter Gordon, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Bley and of course, Bill Evans. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99
Born in Brooklyn to either Sudanese or Caribbean parents, (it seems unclear which??), Ahmed Abdul-Malik was born either with that name or changed it from Jonathan Tim? Given the musical route he was later to take, it would seem likely that the Sudanese parentage story may well be accurate! He began taking musical lessons from a very early age and was enrolled in the Vardi School of Music where he was taught violin, viola, piano, cello, bass and tuba. He began his professional musical career playing hard bop bass before recording a string of ground breaking Middle Eastern flavoured albums where he was featured playing the oud (a double stringed, unfretted Middle Eastern lute). This blend of jazz and Middle Eastern music became very popular at the time and the albums which we feature here on our 2CD set were critically lauded at the time and over the years have come to be appreciated as way ahead of their time in their blend of jazz and what we now call "world music". Artists Malik has played with include John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99