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Redman, Mehldau, McBride & Blade : Long Gone (CD: Nonesuch)Redman, Mehldau, McBride & Blade : Long Gone (CD: Nonesuch)
The members of the legendary original 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet - Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums) - reunited after twenty-six years for 2020's RoundAgain; they return now with LongGone, featuring six original songs by Redman. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)
A collection of the finest Chick Corea performances from 6 legendary performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, spanning 21 years from 1988 to 2010. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)


Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (Vinyl LP: BMG, 2 LPs)Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (Vinyl LP: BMG, 2 LPs)

Superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl. 


Price:  £33.99 


Monty Alexander: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)
A showcase of Monty Alexander's iconic Montreux Jazz Festival live performances between 1993 to 2016. (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Monty Alexander: The Montreux Years (CD: BMG)


Shorter, Carrington, Genovese & Spalding: Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival (CD: Candid)Shorter, Carrington, Genovese & Spalding: Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival (CD: Candid)
Wayne Shorter is arguably the greatest living jazz composer and a key participant in some of the most iconic jazz recordings of all time, here he is joined on stage by an all star band - each of the musicians leaders and jazz icons in their own right. The record also pays tribute to the late Geri Allen, who composed some of the material. Recorded Live At The 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival. Wayne Shorter: tenor & soprano saxophone Terri Lyne Carrington: drums Leo Genovese: piano & keyboards Esperanza Spalding: bass & vocal. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert (CD: ECM)
Bordeaux Concert is a special document from Keith Jarrett's last European tour, each of Jarrett's 2016 solo piano concerts had its own strikingly distinct character, and in Bordeaux the lyrical impulse is to the fore. In the course of this improvised suite, many quiet discoveries are made, and there is a touching freshness to the music as a whole, a feeling of intimate communication. Reviewing the July 2016 performance, the French press spoke of hints of the Köln Concert and Bremen-Lausanne in the flow of things, and extended sections of Bordeaux are beguilingly beautiful.

Tender songs are pulled from the air, "rousing a community of listening at the edge of silence", as Le Monde put it, "an awareness of time out from the noise and weariness of the world." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert (CD: ECM)


Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song Is You (CD: ECM)Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song Is You (CD: ECM)
Their collaboration has been hailed as a summit meeting of two jazz masters. Enrico Rava, trumpeter from Trieste, and Fred Hersch, pianist from Cincinatti, share a deep affection for the tradition and a profound sense for melodic invention. In this recording, with flugelhorn and piano glowing in the superb acoustic of the Lugano studio, Rava and Hersch explore some much-loved standards: Jerome Kern’s “The Song Is You”, Thelonious Monk’s “Mysterioso” and “’Round Midnight”, Jobim’s “Retrato em Branco e Preto”, and George Bassman’s “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”. They also play their own tunes, Fred’s “Child’s Song” and Enrico’s “The Trial”, and improvise freely together. Enrico Rava has been an ECM artist for almost fifty years. The Song Is You is Fred Hersch’s first for the label. The album was recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in November 2021, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Julia Hülsmann Quartet: The Next Door (CD: ECM)
On The Next Door Julia Hülsmann returns with the quartet from 2019’s Not Far From Here, and presents her unique pianistic voice in a varied programme of almost exclusively original music, composed by herself and her colleagues – tenor saxophonist Uli Kempendorff, Marc Muellbauer on double bass and drummer Heinrich Köbberling. A deep respect for the jazz tradition, as cultivated in the post-bop and modal jazz of the 60s, permeates this session and, with the quartet’s modern twist, sets the stage for highly expressive soloing and profound interplay. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Julia Hülsmann Quartet: The Next Door (CD: ECM)


Charles Lloyd: Trios - Chapel (CD: Blue Note)Charles Lloyd: Trios - Chapel (CD: Blue Note)
Charles Lloyd has long been a free spirit, master musician, and visionary. For more than 6 decades the legendary saxophonist and composer has loomed large over the music world, and at 84 years old he remains at the height of his powers and as prolific as ever. As a sound seeker, Lloyd’s restless creativity has perhaps found no greater manifestation than on his latest masterwork Trio of Trios, an expansive project that encompasses three albums, each a deft change of musical context that presents him in a different trio setting.

The first album in the series Trios: Chapel features guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan. The Chapel Trio was named after the group’s inaugural performance in December 2018 at Coates Chapel in San Antonio. Frisell had already cemented his relationship with Lloyd as a charter member of The Marvels when he was invited by Lloyd to join him in a special concert at Coates Chapel on the Southwest School of Arts campus in San Antonio. Lloyd was already familiar with the acoustic properties of the chapel and knew it would not support drums or percussion. He was also aware that Frisell had recorded in a duo context with Morgan, with whom he had developed a close musical rapport, and suggested they might all come together as a trio. The Coates concert left an indelible impression on Lloyd, who later said, “Our first performance has always had a magical place in my memory bank.” (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Charles Lloyd: Trios - Chapel (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. 


Price:  £23.99 

Charles Lloyd: Trios - Chapel (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Charles Lloyd: Trios - Ocean (CD: Blue Note)Charles Lloyd: Trios - Ocean (CD: Blue Note)
The second album in the series Trios: Ocean was recorded in the 150-year-old Lobero Theater in Lloyd’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California. It was live streamed without an audience on September 9, 2020, during the first year of the global pandemic. Lloyd was joined by Gerald Clayton on piano and Anthony Wilson on guitar, both sons of famous musician fathers — Gerald is the son of West Coast bass legend John Clayton, while Anthony is the son of celebrated bandleader, trumpeter, and composer Gerald Wilson, in whose big band Lloyd once played when he moved from Memphis to study at the University of Southern California when in his teens. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Charles Lloyd: Trios - Ocean (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. 


Price:  £23.99 

Charles Lloyd: Trios - Ocean (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Julian Lage: View With A Room (CD: Blue Note)Julian Lage: View With A Room (CD: Blue Note)
Guitarist Julian Lage expands his horizons on View With A Room, a collection of 10 compelling original compositions that marks his second release for Blue Note Records. Having established a home base with his brilliant and deeply attuned trio of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King-most recently heard on the guitarist's acclaimed 2021 Blue Note debut Squint-Lage casts his gaze outward to discover new orchestrational possibilities with the addition of six-string icon Bill Frisell, who adds his inimitable voice to this absolutely stunning album. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Art Themen & Dave Barry Quartet: Hanky Panky (CD: Trio Records)
Dave Barry and Art Themen have been musical partners on the London Jazz Scene for decades, Art is one of the real distinctive and unmistakable jazz 'voices' that defines his generation along with Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Ronnie Scott and a few notable others.

Instantly recognisable Art Themen's freewheeling and wholly inclusive improvisational approach is the very essence of the jazz soloist. Dave Barry, equally, is unmistakably defined by his own unique voice on his instrument and open and instantly reactive approach to playing. Together they form an indominable team which, completed by Gareth Williams and Dave Green can only create music of the highest order. This album does not disappoint - a tour de force through some familiar jazz themes that is brimming with sparks and inspirational playing. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Art Themen & Dave Barry Quartet: Hanky Panky (CD: Trio Records)


John Coltrane: Blue Train (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)John Coltrane: Blue Train (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train. It would be the legendary saxophonist’s sole album as a leader for Blue Note, a locomotive 5-track album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic 6-piece band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

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


Price:  £44.99 


John Coltrane: Blue Train - The Complete Masters (CD: Blue Note, 2 CDs)
The 2-CD set of Blue Train: The Complete Masters includes a 2nd disc of alternate and incomplete takes, 4 of which have never been released before. It comes with a booklet featuring session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

John Coltrane: Blue Train - The Complete Masters (CD: Blue Note, 2 CDs)


Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 5 CDs)Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 5 CDs)
The complete recorded collaborations of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan between 1952 and 1957, originally issued by Pacific Jazz, Capitol, Fantasy and GNP. All of their piano-less quartets are here, including both their classic 1952-53 sessions and their 1957 Reunion LP, plus their recordings from the same 1957 sessions with the addition of singer Annie Ross. We have also included their quintets with Lee Konitz, and the two Mulligan-Baker tentet sessions.

An interesting Mulligan trio session from the same period, and all of Baker and Mulligan's known performances from the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival complete this once in a lifetime package. 5CD set that includes a 32-page booklet with new and original liner notes plus rare photographs and memorabilia. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £32.99 


Ahmad Jamal: The Complete Ahmad Jamal At The Blackhawk 1962 (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This release compiles all known 1962 performances by the celebrated Ahmad Jamal Trio with Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier at the Blackhawk club in San Francisco. This material was originally issued on the LP, Ahmad Jamal at the Blackhawk (Argo LPS-703). Nine extra tunes from the engagement, that were not issued on the original LP, have been added. This formation of Jamal's trio, so admired by Miles Davis, ended midway through 1962 following the death of its bassist, Israel Crosby. 2CD set + 9 bonus tracks, includes a comprehensive 12-page booklet. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Ahmad Jamal: The Complete Ahmad Jamal At The Blackhawk 1962 (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Charlie Parker: Complete Dial Sessions (CD: Bird's Nest, 4 CDs)Charlie Parker: Complete Dial Sessions (CD: Bird's Nest, 4 CDs)
Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was among the most influential jazz artists ever, and one of the few indisputable geniuses of his time. This spectacular 106-track set presents his complete recording sessions for Ross Russell's Dial label presented on a deluxe 4-CD set.

Included here are some of Bird's most admired sides, such as "A Night in Tunisia", "Cool Blues" and "All the Things You Are", as well as the troubled "Lover Man" session, after which the saxophonist suffered a mental breakdown. Also issued on Dial was the so-called "Home-Cooking" date, an amateur recording made right after Bird left the Camarillo psychiatric hospital (the session is presented here in its entirety, including the complete version of "I Got Rhythm" for the first time ever).

As a bonus, Bird's Nest have added three additional complete Charlie Parker sessions from the same period, which were originally issued under the names of Sarah Vaughan (including a vocal version of "Lover Man" that predates the instrumental one), a legendary date with Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Clyde Hart and singer Rubberlegs Williams, and an extremely rare (and now newly remastered) studio date recorded on test glass acetates but never commercially issued, featuring Bird with trombonist/singer Clyde Bernhardt, and pianist Jay McShann. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 


Booker Little: Out Front (CD: Candid)
'Out Front' is the greatest realisation of trumpeter Booker Little's scope as a musician and composer. It is also one of only five sessions led by Little as a band leader before his premature death at the age of 23 in 1961. Arguably, the seven original compositions here might be more widely known today had his life not been so tragically cut short. Little is mostly known for his work with Max Roach, who he began playing with as early as 1955. The sextet on these dates include the great Max Roach on drums, Eric Dolphy on reeds, and Julian Priester on drums.

This brand new reissue has been remastered from the original Candid master tapes by Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Booker Little: Out Front (CD: Candid)


Booker Ervin: That's It! (CD: Candid)Booker Ervin: That's It! (CD: Candid)
Associated with Charles Mingus - with whom he recorded 10 albums between 1958 and 1961 - Booker Ervin is one of the great saxophone players of his generation. That's It! is Ervin's third outing as a band leader. The sessions are influenced by Ervin's time with Mingus' Jazz Workshop, and indeed Mingus is quoted extensively in the album's liner notes with singular praise for the saxophonist. This brand new reissue of the 1961 album has been remastered from the original Candid Records master tapes by Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Cecil Taylor: The World Of (CD: Candid)
The World Of Cecil Taylor is the fifth studio album by radical, free jazz pianist pioneer, Cecil Taylor. Taylor's music is often described as ahead of its time. And its easy to imagine what the reaction of the average jazz fan was to this 1961 recording. It is arguably a tremendous departure from what jazz was widely considered to be at the time. At once a modern approach to standard material and a genre pushing exploration, it is a document of an artist pushing the boundaries of what jazz meant and where it was capable of going. This brand new reissue has been remastered from the original Candid Records master tapes by Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Cecil Taylor: The World Of (CD: Candid)


Clark Terry: Color Changes (CD: Candid)Clark Terry: Color Changes (CD: Candid)
'Color Changes' is considered by many to be one of the finest albums by trumpeter and pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, Clark Terry. Rather than the usual jam session, Terry utilised specific arrangements by Yusef Lateef, Budd Johnson, and Al Cohn for this 1960 date. At the time of this recording, he had recently finished a stint with Charles Mingus' group and one can hear the subtle influence that association had on these sessions. The result is an album which ranges through many moods and many textures, which is why the album was titled, 'Color Changes'.

This brand new reissue has been remastered from the original Candid Records master tapes by Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins: Jazz Reunion (CD: Candid)
This superb recording features a reunion of two of jazz's finest - tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. At the time of this session, the two had not been on a recording date together in 32 years. Here they revisit "If Could Be With You One Hour", a song they first recorded in a classic version back in 1929. Pee Wee Russell, though often mistakenly associated only with Dixieland jazz, defied classification. His unorthodox playing and highly individualistic and spontaneous clarinet style pushed boundaries. Coleman Hawkins is almost unanimously considered to be one of the first prominent saxophonists of jazz, and he had a crucial role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. This brand new reissue of the 1961 album has been remastered from the original Candid Records master tapes by Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins: Jazz Reunion (CD: Candid)


Mal Waldron: Searching In Grenoble - The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (CD: Tompkins Square, 2 CDs)Mal Waldron: Searching In Grenoble - The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (CD: Tompkins Square, 2 CDs)
Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert is a previously unissued recording of jazz icon Mal Waldron's mesmerizing performance at the "Five Days of Jazz" series in Grenoble, France on March 23, 1978.

Originally produced by the legendary André Francís and transferred from the original Radio France tapes, this is the first official release of this music in cooperation with the Mal Waldron Estate and Ina (The Institut national de l'audiovisuel). The beautifully designed, deluxe 2-CD set includes photos by K. Abe, Brian McMillen and Raymond Ross; an extensive 24-page booklet with a heartfelt statement by Mal's daughter Mala Waldron, plus essays by producer/"Jazz Detective" Zev Feldman, journalist Adam Shatz and Ina's Pascal Rozat; and interviews with modern jazz piano luminaries Ran Blake and Matthew Shipp. (Cargo Records) 


Price:  £28.99 


Don Wilkerson: Preach Brother! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
The deeply soulful Louisiana-born tenor saxophonist Don Wilkerson made his Blue Note debut in 1962 with Preach Brother!, an under-recognized soul jazz classic and a hidden gem of the Blue Note catalog. Wilkerson had joined Ray Charles’ band in the mid-1950s and played on several of the soul legend’s classic Atlantic sides, the feeling of which carries over into this exuberant 6-song set of Wilkerson originals. Joined by Grant Green on guitar, Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums, Wilkerson is an absolute powerhouse from the opening flourishes of the jump blues “Jeanie-Weenie” to the swaggering closer “Pigeon Peas.” In between, Wilkerson takes his listeners to church on the irrepressible shouters “Dem Tambourines” and “Camp Meetin’,” downshifts for the expressive “Homesick Blues,” and carries on an animated conversation with Green’s soul-drenched guitar on “The Eldorado Shuffle.”

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


Price:  £23.99 

Don Wilkerson: Preach Brother! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


George Braith: Extension (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)George Braith: Extension (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Between September 1963 and March 1964, the singular New York City-born saxophonist George Braith recorded three Blue Note sessions that introduced an utterly unique creative viewpoint. Perhaps best-known for his predilection for performing multiple instruments at the same time, à la Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Braith eventually invented a double horn he named the Braithophone. On Extension, the last of his Blue Note albums and arguably his finest, Braith can be heard on tenor, soprano, and alto saxophone, joined by Grant Green on guitar, Billy Gardner on organ, and Clarence Johnston on drums. The album was rooted in soul jazz, but Braith’s adventurous spirit led the music into unexpected realms on distinctive originals like “Nut City,” “Out Here,” and “Extension.” The album offered more reflective moments as well, such as on the expressive ballad “Ethlyn’s Love,” dedicated to his mother, and the laid-back “Sweetville.” Braith’s personality shines through on the closer, a madcap romp through Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.”

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


Price:  £23.99 


Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Wayne Shorter had already set a high bar over the course of his first several Blue Note albums, which included all-time jazz classics including Night Dreamer, JuJu, and Speak No Evil, but 1966’s Adam’s Apple featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums immediately joined the ranks of the saxophonist’s greatest recordings and remains a pinnacle artistic statement of Blue Note’s fertile post-bop era. Shorter composed 5 of the session’s 6 tracks including the grooving title track, which surely had producer Alfred Lion dancing around Rudy Van Gelder’s studio. Other highlights of this sublime set include Jimmy Rowles’ arresting “502 Blues (Drinkin’ And Drivin’),” Shorter’s bossa-inflected “El Gaucho,” the tender ballad “Teru,” and the first recording of his timeless composition “Footprints,” which Shorter would record again later that year with the Miles Davis Quintet for the album Miles Smiles. The album closes with the evocative composition “Chief Crazy Horse” featuring Shorter’s trademark harmonic twists and a churning solo spotlight by Chambers.

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


Price:  £23.99 

Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Larry Young: Unity (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Larry Young: Unity (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Until the emergence of Larry Young, Blue Note’s Hammond B3 organ tradition was firmly rooted in Soul Jazz, having been established by B3 trailblazer Jimmy Smith and soulful players the likes of Big John Patton and Baby Face Willette. However, Young brought an entirely new perspective to the instrument by placing it in a more adventurous post-bop context, an innovative approach that recontextualized its possibilities. Young had introduced these inclinations on his excellent 1964 Blue Note debut Into Somethin’, but with his 1965 album Unity he created a singular masterpiece with a cast of modernist jazz visionaries: trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, and drummer Elvin Jones. The apt album title expressed the undeniable synergy this unique quartet achieved. “Although everybody on the date is very much an individualist, they were all in the same frame of mood. It was evident from the start that everything was fitting together,” Young stated in the album’s liner notes. The program consisted of 3 distinctive originals by Shaw (“Zoltan,” “The Moontrane,” and “Beyond All Limits”), Henderson’s bluesy, hard-swinging “If,” and memorable versions of “Monk’s Dream” by Thelonious Monk and the standard “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise.”

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


Price:  £23.99 


Count Basie: April In Paris (Vinyl LP: Verve)
April In Paris was one of the earliest albums to be released on Norman Granz’s new label, Verve Records. Basie plays organ and piano, and the rhythm section of Eddie Jones on bass, Sonny Payne on drums and Freddie Green on rhythm guitar drive the whole album with restrained intensity. The album helped reconnect jazz lovers with one of the finest bands of the swing era, yet there is nothing retrospective about April in Paris; it is alive with vitality, elegance, sophistication, and modernity. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 

Count Basie: April In Paris (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Sonny Rollins: On Impulse! (Vinyl LP: Impulse)Sonny Rollins: On Impulse! (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
The first of Sonny’s albums for Impulse!, this 1965 collection was arguably the tenor hero’s best for the label, an intense, freewheeling set with the tenor sax master attacking five standards and in the process producing some of his most intense performances on record. Taped at the Van Gelder Studio in one marathon session on July 8th 1965, this electrifying Impulse! Records debut also featured Ray Bryant on piano and Mickey Roker on drums. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 


Keith Jarrett: Treasure Island (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
Treasure Island, released in early 1974, was the second of two albums pianist and composer Keith Jarrett recorded for Impulse Records. The band consisted of Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. In addition to the quartet, guitarist Sam Brown contributes to a pair of cuts here as Guilherme Franco and Danny Johnson add percussion to the mix. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 

Keith Jarrett: Treasure Island (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


John Coltrane: Coltrane (Vinyl LP: Impulse)John Coltrane: Coltrane (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 


John Coltrane: Ballads (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
Ballads is a special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent best-seller, recorded in December 1961 with Coltrane’s classic quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. Coltrane was one of jazz's greatest ballad players, and his lyrical gifts are in sharp relief here. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 

John Coltrane: Ballads (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Vinyl LP: Impulse)John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £23.99 


Stan Getz Quartet: At Large - The Complete Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This 2CD release contains all the recordings made by the great Stan Getz during the 1960 sessions that produced the double LP Stan Getz at Large (Verve Records MG V-8393-2) plus 9 bonus tracks.

The album was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the saxophonist is accompanied on all tracks by the same rhythm section, consisting of Jan Johansson on piano, Dan Jordan on bass, and William Schiopffe on drums.

As a bonus, this release presents three additional complete sets by Getz and Johansson in a quartet from the same period, including an extremely rare Swedish Radio broadcast from May 1960, which includes a beautiful rendition of "Ack Värmeland du Sköna," a traditional Swedish folk song which Getz had arranged and introduced to the jazz world as "Dear Old Stockholm" in 1951. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Stan Getz Quartet: At Large - The Complete Sessions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Anita O'Day: Cool Heat (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Anita O'Day: Cool Heat (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
This release presents the complete original album Cool Heat (Verve MGVS-6046), which showcases the superlative Anita O'Day singing tailor-made arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre, with support from a variety of all-star combos featuring Frank Rosolino, Art Pepper, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Jim Hall, and of course, Giuffre himself.

As a bonus, we have added the complete album Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May (Verve MGVS-6059), recorded that same week, as well as the only track featuring O'Day from the soundtrack of the film The Gene Krupa Story. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Hampton Hawes: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents the latest release in our Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered second, 2CD release from Hampton Hawes, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. “Four!!!”; “This Is Hampton Hawes: The Trio Vol. 2”; “For Real!” plus eight tracks from “Everybody Loves Hampton Hawes-The Trio Vol.3” (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Hampton Hawes: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Mark Murphy: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Mark Murphy: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Mark Murphy, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.“Meet Mark Murphy... The Singing M”; “Let Yourself Go”; “Hip Parade”; and “Rah”.(AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Blossom Dearie: The Early Years Collection 1948-60 (CD: Acrobat, 4CDs)
Blossom Dearie was a stylish jazz pianist and singer with a style and technique which skilfully interwove her piano and “light and girlish” vocal as she accompanied herself. Her approach to piano was distinctive, using chord voicings which inspired the likes of Bill Evans who named her as one of his models of piano playing, while her voice was also highly personal, with a light and airy flavour. Throughout her career, Dearie was thought of as a “musician’s musician”. She learned piano from the age of five, initially focusing on classical music, before moving to jazz. Born in 1924, she spent some of her early career in France during the early ‘50s, which helped shape her style, before returning to the US in 1957.

This 96-track collection features early recordings with Dave Lambert, Stan Getz & Kai Winding and King Pleasure, plus recordings in France with Les Blue Stars, who became The Swingle Singers. Also included here is her album Jazz Sweet for Barclay in France, followed by the records she made with Verve between 1956 and 1962: Blossom Dearie, Give Him The Ooh-La-La, Once Upon A Summertime, Sings Comden And Green, My Gentleman Friend and Soubrette - Blossom Dearie Sings Broadway Hit Songs. Among the top musicians of the day who appear are: Ray Brown, Jo Jones, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Ed Thigpen, Cy Coleman Kenny Burrell, Bobby Jaspar, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke. Dearie passed away, from natural causes in her sleep, in 2009. (Trapeze Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Blossom Dearie: The Early Years Collection 1948-60 (CD: Acrobat, 4CDs)


Joe Harriott Quintet: At The BBC - The Rake's Progress  (CD: Rhythm & Blues)Joe Harriott Quintet: At The BBC - The Rake's Progress (CD: Rhythm & Blues)
Controversial, creative and captivating, Joe Harriott’s music was among the finest to emerge from the dynamic British jazz scene of the early to late ‘60s. Freeform and Abstract, the two albums the Jamaican saxophonist recorded in that period are recognized as landmarks, and these BBC sessions from 1964 and 1966, which see him lead bands that include fellow prime movers such as trumpeters Ian Carr and Shake Keane, and pianists Pat Smythe and Michael Garrick are an invaluable record of the development of an artist who found his own innovative path way ahead of his time. (Rhythm & Blues Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £14.99 

Jessica De Boer: Grow (CD: Challenge)


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

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

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

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


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


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Lynne Arriale Trio: The Lights Are Always On (CD: Challenge)


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

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


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


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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening (CD: ECM)


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


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


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Oded Tzur: Isabela (CD: ECM)


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


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


Price:  £29.99 

Ketil Bjørnstad: New Morning (CD & DVD: Grappa)


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

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

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


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


Price:  £13.99 

Trish Clowes: A View With a Room (CD: Greenleaf Music)


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

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


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

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


Price:  £36.99 

Jackie McLean: Tippin' The Scales (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


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

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


Price:  £36.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £27.99 

Charles Mingus: The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's (CD: Resonance, 3 CDs)


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

Bill Evans: Morning Glory (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)


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

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


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

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

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


Price:  £19.99 

Bill Evans Trio: The Legendary (CD: Cherry Red, 3 CDs)


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


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

2 LP deluxe 180g edition.

 


Price:  £39.99 

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


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

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

 


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


Price:  £23.99 

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


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

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

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


Price:  £19.99 


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

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


Price:  £19.99 

John Coltrane: My Favourite Things (CD: Atlantic/ Rhino, 2 CDs)


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


Price:  £21.99 


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

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


Price:  £25.99 

McCoy Tyner / Freddie Hubbard Quartet: Live At Fabrik, Hamburg 1986 (CD: Jazzline, 2 CDs)


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

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

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


Price:  £25.99 


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

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


Price:  £22.99 

Ornette Coleman: Gensis Of Genius - The Contemporary Albums (CD: Craft Recordings, 2 CDs)


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

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

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

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


Price:  £13.99 


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


Price:  £28.99 

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


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

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

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


Price:  £64.99 


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

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


Price:  £29.99 

Chet Baker: Live In Paris - The Radio France Recordings 1983-1984 (CD Elemental, 2 CDs)


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


Price:  £28.99 


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


Price:  £17.99 

Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore Recordings (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


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

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


Price:  £28.99 


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


Price:  £28.99 

Paul Desmond & Jim Hall: Complete Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)


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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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


Price:  £16.99 

Dexter Gordon: Soul Sister (CD: Steeplechase)


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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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

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

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


Price:  £12.99 

Count Basie Orchestra: High Voltage (CD: MPS)


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

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

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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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


Price:  £12.99 

Jim Hall: It's Nice To Be With You - Jim Hall In Berlin (CD: MPS)


Jim Hall: It's Nice To Be With You - Jim Hall In Berlin (Vinyl LP: MPS)Jim Hall: It's Nice To Be With You - Jim Hall In Berlin (Vinyl LP: MPS)

High quality 180g vinyl pressing.  


Price:  £24.99 


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


Price:  £12.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £35.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £17.99 

Dave Burns: 1962 Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)


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


Price:  £17.99 


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


Price:  £33.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £12.99 


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


Price:  £8.99 

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


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


Price:  £8.99 


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


Price:  £8.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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

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

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


Price:  £16.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £28.99 

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