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


Price:  £15.99 


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


Price:  £19.99 

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


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


Price:  £13.99 


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


Price:  £22.99 

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


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


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


Price:  £13.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £13.99 


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

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


Price:  £17.99 

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


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


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


Price:  £14.99 

Ben Markley Quartet: Basic Economy (CD: OA2)


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


Price:  £14.99 


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

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


Price:  £12.99 

Karl Strømme Quintet: Dynalyd (CD: Riverboat)


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


Price:  £13.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

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


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


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

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

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


Price:  £11.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £48.99 


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


Price:  £19.99 

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


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


Price:  £8.99 


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


Price:  £8.99 

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


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


Price:  £8.99 


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


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


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

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


Price:  £17.99 


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


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John Scofield: Combo 66 (CD: Verve)


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope (CD: Highnote)


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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Barre Phillips: End To End (CD: ECM)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


Price:  £19.99 


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


Price:  £13.99 

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


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


Price:  £13.99 


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

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


Price:  £13.99 

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


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


Price:  £12.99 


Duke Ellington: In Coventry 1966 (CD: Storyville)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Duke Ellington: In Coventry 1966 (CD: Storyville)


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


Price:  £29.99 


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


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


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


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

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

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


Price:  £15.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £19.99 


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

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

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


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

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 


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

Audiophile grade 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £22.99 

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


David "Fathead" Newman: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)David "Fathead" Newman: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from David "Fathead" Newman, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. "Ray Charles Presents David Newman"; "The Sound of Wide Open Spaces" (with James Clay); "Straight Ahead" and "Fathead Comes On".

It feels like AVID Jazz are moving into the modern era with our latest release by David "Fathead" Newman. Don't let the nickname fool you, it was given to him while messing about at school and stuck ever since! He was a great jazz musician with a beautiful bluesy tone. Newman began his musical career primarily as a sideman in rhythm and blues bands in the 1950s. His playing style comes from the Texas tenor school of big bluesy toned blowing similar to Don Wilkerson (AMSC 1285 Classic Tenors). It was when Wilkerson left the Lowell Fulson band in which Newman was playing baritone sax, that he took up the tenor. Newman also met his long-time friend and major collaborator Ray Charles (AMSC798, 1233 and 1276) in 1951 while the two men were playing with Fulson. David Newman's solos can be heard all over the work of Ray Charles during the 1950s and early 1960s, in fact he became crucial to the Ray Charles sound. Although maybe not as innovative a player as some others, our four selections show off the fabulous blues rich sound of the Newman tenor. He can be heard with many great names from the era including Ray Charles himself on piano, James Clay, Hank Crawford, Marcus Belgrave, Milton Turner, Wynton Kelly, Arthur Taylor, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Curtis Amy: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
"The Blues Message"; "Groovin' Blue"; "Meetin' Here" and "Way Down". We like our Texan tenors here at AVID and Curtis Amy was one of the best! Starting his musical life on the clarinet, Curtis soon switched to the tenor sax and made his mark on the US west coast during the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Our featured albums find Curtis in collaboration with the likes of Paul Bryant on organ for "Meetin' Here" and "Blues Message", Frank Butler on drums with an early outing for the fabulous vibist Bobby Hutcherson on "Groovin' Blue", and for "Way Down", he is joined by the wonderful Victor Feldman on piano and two up and coming future stars Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and Roy Ayers on vibes. Oh and just for added interest, Curtis Amy also went on to play on albums by The Doors, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and he is all over Carole King's masterpiece Tapestry. He was also married to the dynamic singer Merry Clayton! Fine, fiery jazz indeed! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

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


Lester Young: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Lester Young: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Lester Young, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. "Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio"; "The Lester Young and Buddy Rich Trio"; "Pres & Sweets" and "Pres & Teddy'".

Finally and not before time (you might say), AVID welcomes one of the true giants of jazz to its catalogue, Mr Lester Young, or "Pres" (as named by his long-time friend and musical collaborator, Billie Holiday), as he was known to fellow musicians and fans alike. There is not much to say about Lester Young that has not been said before, he was certainly one of the most influential jazz musicians who ever lived and he really did exemplify the image of the cool jazz musician with his heavy lidded appearance, his famed pork pie hat and the ever present, fag smoke wafting into view. His playing was cool and mellow and brilliant and we have chosen to highlight it in our four albums where he can be heard in collaboration with other great musicians including Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Nat King Cole, Teddy Wilson and Harry "Sweets" Edison. The list of players he has influenced would have to include Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Al Cohn and Paul Quinichette.(AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


June Christy: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from June Christy, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. "Something Cool"; "Misty Miss Christy"; "Gone For The Day" and "Ballads For Night People'".

Shirley Luster, Sharon Leslie and finally using the name that would bring her world-wide renown, June Christy, began her singing career at age just thirteen when she joined the local Illinois orchestra of Bill Oetzel. In 1945 after hearing that Anita O'Day would be leaving the Stan Kenton Orchestra she auditioned and successfully got the gig that would lead her to jazz stardom. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s she played, toured and recorded with the Kenton orchestra and it was while she was still with the outfit that she began her solo recording career. The high regard she was held in can be seen by the incredible line up of jazz musicians who are featured on our four fine selections. The first three are arranged and conducted by her long-time collaborator, the mighty Pete Rugolo (AMSC1176) and the fourth "Ballads For Night People" by her husband Bob Cooper (AMSC1180) who is also heard playing tenor sax and clarinet. Perhaps not surprisingly after her classic album "Something Cool" became a great success, June Christy became known as the singer from the "cool school" which was taking hold on the U.S. West Coast. Musicians you will hear on our selections include the following... Pete Rugolo, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Conte Candoli, Russ Freeman, Shelly Manne, Buddy Collette, Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, John Graas, Red Callender, Stan Levey and Mel Lewis. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

June Christy: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Mel Torme: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Mel Torme: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
"Mel Torme With The Marty Paich Dek-tette"; "Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley"; "Torme" and "I Dig The Duke, I Dig The Count". What a great voice this guy had! Don't let the square looks fool you, this fellow was cool. Mel had been a child prodigy and went on to write his first hit at the age of sixteen when his song "Lament In Love" was recorded by Harry James. In the early 1940s he drummed for the Chico Marx band and later formed a vocal group, The Mel -Tones which would become an influence on later jazz vocal groups such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Four Freshmen and Manhattan Transfer. By 1947 he had begun his solo career as a jazz singer and in the mid 1950s began a highly successful collaboration with Marty Paich. We feature three of his classics on our fine set. Our final selection features Mel paying tribute to jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie, how could he go wrong. Settle back and be astonished by the fabulous singing style of Mr Mel Torme. Oh and did you know he wrote over 250 songs and one of them was the famous Christmas hit "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" which he always said was his annuity! (AVID Entertainment) 


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Cal Tjader: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD set release from Cal Tjader, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. "Tjader Plays Tjazz"; "San Francisco Moods"; "Concert By The Sea Volumes 1 & 2."

We love the sound of the vibes here at AVID Acres! There is a very small and very elite list of classic vibes players and Cal Tjader is certainly high up on that list. Primarily known as a Latin jazz musician, Cal was however a fine straight ahead cool jazz musician as our four fine selections will show. Take a listen to Tjader Plays Tjazz where the great man switches from vibes to drums on a cooled out straight ahead jazz set. For more cool, fun sounds try San Francisco Moods where Cal and gang capture the special atmosphere of his adopted city, San Francisco on an excellent, mostly Tjader composed set. And live, he was something else, as the double album set Concert By The Sea Volumes 1 & 2, considerd by many to be one of the high points of Cal's career will show. Here Cal returns to his Latin influenced jazz to fabulously exhilarating effect, alongside such fine Latin musicians as Eddie Duran, Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Cal Tjader: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Howard Roberts: The Swingin' Groove Of (CD: Fresh Sound)Howard Roberts: The Swingin' Groove Of (CD: Fresh Sound)
Howard Roberts was a skilled guitarist with a fondness for direct and unencumbered jazz playing, his tone always bright and penetrating, never twangy. A fine technician, he was able to execute difficult passages cleanly and forcefully. He forged a sound of his own, fiery and hard-swinging, creative and unpretentious. These sessions are an example of his jazz work, as a sideman and as a leader. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Rene Urteger: Early Trios (CD: Fresh Sound)
René Urtreger (Paris 1934-) has always been an extraordinarily gifted pianist, an assured player who delivers his unhurried flow of ideas with swing and clean improvisations. By the age of eighteen he already stood out as a jazzman. The way he understood the conventions of bop piano even at a young age, playing the style as if he were born into it, soon made him one of the essential figures in the development of modern French jazz.This CD compilation contains all of his early trio recordings, starting with two tracks performed during a live concert at the Apollo Théâtre in May 1954. He was ably backed by bassist Benoît Quersin and drummer Jean-Louis Viale, who became his first regular rhythm section. With them, he recorded his debut album for Barclay a year later, an effort dedicated to the music of his main influence, master bebop pianist Bud Powell. By then René was in his twenties, and although he had not fully matured yet as an artist, his musical character was more than enough to turn emotions. He had impressed pianist John Lewis of MJQ fame, with his work for Miles Davis and Lester Young in 1956. So when René put together a new trio with Paul Rovère on bass and Al Levitt on drums, Lewis decided to cut four tracks for an Atlantic album he produced called Jazz Piano International, intended for the American market.

This, in turn, piqued the interest of the Versailles label, which asked René to record a new trio album, which he led with hard swinging imagination. There is a free-wheeling, coasting sort of feeling to his playing that is, still today, truly exhilarating. He was described by André Hodeir as “one of the European musicians who swings the best.” Listening to these recordings, there’s little doubt why René Urtreger was the favorite accompanist of most of the American stars who visited Paris in the prolific jazz scene of the Fifties and early Sixties. A true living legend. (Discovery Records) 


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Rene Urteger: Early Trios (CD: Fresh Sound)


Sarah Vaughan: The Early Years 1944-48 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Sarah Vaughan: The Early Years 1944-48 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Sarah Vaughan was one of the illustrious coterie of female vocalists who spanned the genres of jazz, big band music and sophisticated pop during the post-war era to provide some of the finest music of their times, not only interpreting the Great American Songbook and putting their own individual stamp on it, but continuing to perform top class new material through the musical upheavals of subsequent decades. Described by renowned music critic Scott Yanow as the “possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century” she performed and recorded consistently through to her demise in 1990.

This great-value 49-track collection focuses on her early years as she established her reputation performing with various orchestras and bandleaders, as well as making her first solo recordings and having her first chart successes, before she joined Columbia Records in early 1949.

It features performances with some of the greats of the era, including Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Dickie Wells Tadd Dameron, Lester Young and others, as she recorded for several different labels – Continental, Guild, Musicraft, Crown, Gotham and Hot Record Society – plus ‘live’ recordings. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra: Monday Night & Central Park North (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra: Monday Night & Central Park North (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)


Stanley Turrentine: Sugar, Gilberto With Turrentine & Salt Song (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)Stanley Turrentine: Sugar, Gilberto With Turrentine & Salt Song (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Joe Farrell: Quartet, Outback & Moon Germs (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
Jazz saxophonist Farrell's first three albums for CTI, dating from 1970, 1972 and 1973. 


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Joe Farrell: Quartet, Outback & Moon Germs (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)


Joe Farrell: Penny Arcade, Upon This Rock & Canned Funk (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)Joe Farrell: Penny Arcade, Upon This Rock & Canned Funk (CD: BGO, 2 CDs)
Jazz saxophonist and flute player's fourth, fifth and sixth albums for CTI, dating from 1974 and 1975. 


Price:  £14.99 


Erroll Garner: Night Concert (CD: Mack Avenue)
'Nightconcert' (from the Dutch Nachtconcert) is a midnight jazz performance held at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, one of the premiere concert halls in the world. Recorded on November 7, 1964, it features Garner with his classic trio (bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin) performing to a packed house of 2,000 enraptured fans. The audience witnessed a blistering set featuring the group's unique take on classics from The Great American Songbook, as well as three originals by Garner: "Theme From A New Kind of Love (All Yours)," "No More Shadows" and a new composition titled "That Amsterdam Swing." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Erroll Garner: Night Concert (CD: Mack Avenue)


Grant Green: Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry's (CD: Resonance)Grant Green: Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry's (CD: Resonance)
'Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's' is a never-before-released recording from jazz guitar icon Grant Green captured live on September 5, 1975 at Oil Can Harry's, a popular club in Vancouver, BC Canada. Featuring a primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, 'Slick!'s centerpiece is the 30-plus minute funk exploration medley of Stanley Clarke's "Vulcan Princess," "Skin Tight" by the Ohio Players, Bobby Womack's "Woman's Gotta Have It," "Boogie On Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder and "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays.

This recording was originally broadcast on CHQM-FM and has been transferred from the original 10" reels to reveal a sterling sonic experience. Aside from Resonance's companion piece, Funk in France, being released simultaneously with this recording, this is only the 4th live recording released of the under-appreciated jazz guitar hero. Captured 3 years after the classic Live at the Lighthouse album released on Blue Note in 1972, this also marks the latest known official live Grant Green recording available. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (CD: Impulse)
On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet- McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones -recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is finally released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.

The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now. On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album's worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.

At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found-Rudy Van Gelder wasn't one for clutter-the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.

As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, "This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid." The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a major addition to the Coltrane catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory. (Universal Music)  


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (CD: Impulse)


John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (Vinyl LP: Impulse)John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album (Vinyl LP: Impulse)
 


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (CD: Impulse, 2CDs)
Deluxe version of the lost album, including all existing additional takes.

On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. "Untitled Original 11383" and "Untitled Original 11386," both played on soprano sax. "11383" features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and "11386" marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet's repertoire (heard in additional takes on this deluxe edition).

In addition to the two unheard originals, "One Up, One Down" - released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland - is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane.

"Impressions", one of Coltrane's most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It's one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time (also heard in additional takes on this deluxe edition).

This studio session also yielded Coltrane's first recording of "Nature Boy," which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. The one we know is exploratory, meandering. This version is tight, solo-less and clocking in at just over three minutes. The other non-original composition on the album is "Vilia," from Franz Lehár's operetta "The Merry Widow". The soprano version on the Deluxe Edition is the only track from this session to have been previously released.

This incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discovery reveals a number of creative balances at work, like developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards. Like trying out some tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano. Using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his "sheets of sound" while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds. This session was pivotal, though to call it such overlooks the fact Coltrane was ever on pivot, always pushing the pedal down while still calling on older, tested ideas and devices. (Universal Music) 


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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (CD: Impulse, 2CDs)


John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (Vinyl LP: Impulse, 2 LPs)John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once- The Lost Album, Deluxe Edition (Vinyl LP: Impulse, 2 LPs)
 


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Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (CD: Nonesuch)
Saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles for Still Dreaming, an album inspired by his father Dewey Redman's 1976-1987 band, Old and New Dreams. Along with the senior Redman, Old and New Dreams featured an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators - cornetist Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Ed Blackwell - who continued pushing musical boundaries as they had with Coleman even after their former bandleader moved in a new direction.

The Still Dreaming ensemble performed a series of critically praised international dates in 2017. The Columbus Dispatch said, 'Whether exploring the limits of improvisation or establishing an emotional tone, the group… relied on a dialogue based on listening, respect, and generosity… Its emotional travel was the result of the intuition shared by all four musicians. That dialogue, after all, was at the center of Coleman's innovations.' (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (CD: Nonesuch)


Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (CD: Blue Note)Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective: Live (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective: Live (CD: Blue Note)


Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution (CD: Nonesuch)Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution (CD: Nonesuch)
Nonesuch Records releases the Brad Mehldau Trio's Seymour Reads The Constitution!. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's 'Almost Like Being in Love'). (Warner Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Scandal (CD: Greenleaf Music)
'Scandal' marks the first time that trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano have recorded a full studio album of material together, revealing a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits.

As on their live debut recording, Sound Prints features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. The super group heads off into swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory inspired by saxophonist giant Wayne Shorter. Two of Shorter's pieces receive special treatment. A truly fantastic and original group playing new originals and music by Shorter. (Proper Music) 


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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Scandal (CD: Greenleaf Music)


Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)Bill Frisell: Music IS (CD: Okeh)
This is guitar master Bill Frisell’s first solo album since Ghost Town was released on Nonesuch 20 years ago. “Playing ‘solo’ is always a challenge,” Frisell says. “For me, music has all along been so much about playing with other people. Having a conversation. Call and response. Playing all by myself is a trip. I really have to change the way I think. In preparation for this recording I played for a week at The Stone in New York. Each night I attempted new music that I'd never played before. I was purposely trying to keep myself a little off balance. Uncomfortable. Unsure. I didn't want to fall back on things that I knew were safe. My hope was to continue this process right on into the studio. I didn't want to have things be all planned out beforehand.”

All the compositions on Music IS were composed by Frisell, some are brand-new - Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky - others are solo adaptions of now classic original compositions Frisell has previously recorded - In Line, Rambler, Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. The focus of Music IS is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell’s original and inimitable perspective. The end result is Frisell at his most distilled and fully realised. (Sony Music) 


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Kurt Elling: The Questions (CD: Okeh)
This album includes interpretations of songs by some of music’s most in-fluential composers including Bob Dylan and Leonard Bernstein. It also includes arrangements of instrumental compositions with Elling’s original lyrics. The album is rounded off with Carmichael’s classic Skylark. The album includes acclaimed guest performers such as Branford Mar-salis (soprano and tenor saxophones), Joey Calderazzo (piano), Mar-quis Hill (flugelhorn) and Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums). (Sony Music) 


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Kurt Elling: The Questions (CD: Okeh)


Eliane Elias: Music From Man From La Mancha (CD: Concord)Eliane Elias: Music From Man From La Mancha (CD: Concord)
Eliane Elias returns with Music from Man of La Mancha. Recorded with two different trios—one that finds the piano virtuoso accompanied by bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette and the other featuring Marc Johnson on bass with Satoshi Takeishi on drums, with Manolo Badrenajoining on percussion—the nine-track collection is a unique all-instrumental reinterpretation of songs from the legendary Broadway musical. (Universal Music) 


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Renee Rosnes: Beloved Of The Sky (CD: Smoke Sessions)
A major artistic statement from renowned pianist Renee Rosnes featuring seven new original compositions performed with saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and legendary drummer Lenny White. (Proper Music) 


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Renee Rosnes: Beloved Of The Sky (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (CD: Smoke Sessions)Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (CD: Smoke Sessions)
"Be Cool" captures legendary trumpeter Eddie Henderson in peak form on perhaps his best recording yet. An expansive set of music by 77-year-old jazz trumpeter Dr. Eddie Henderson encompassing jazz, funk, boogaloo, blues, ballads, modal, tin pan alley and more. Surrounded by a stellar ensemble with pianist and NEA jazz master Kenny Barron, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Mike Clark, Henderson delivers an album of transcendent performances. (Proper Music) 


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Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge - Live In Paris (CD: Highnote)
Recorded live in Paris at the famed Sunside / Sunset Jazz Club, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his colleagues deliver a set of searing intensity and unparalleled musicianship.

Pelt's group is that rarest of all things in jazz, a working band, and the communication that comes from extensive time spent playing together is evident. All the players are among the foremost 30-something neo-bop players in jazz today giving the group an all-star-type reputation with a well-rehearsed sound that comes only with familiarity and countless gigs.

Pelt's own playing has earned accolades for his staggering virtuosity, which has elicited comparisons to trumpet icons like Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, as well as for his studious, cerebral approach to the music. On this particular night in Paris, Pelt focused all his attention on creating the perfect phrase to fit each musical moment, sculpting long lines that let the music breathe and while building spontaneous ideas into finely-crafted miniatures.(Proper Music) 


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Jeremy Pelt: Noir En Rouge - Live In Paris (CD: Highnote)


Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe (CD: Palmetto)Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe (CD: Palmetto)
'Live in Europe' crowns what was a momentous year for pianist Fred Hersch. Capturing his trio - with longtime associates, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson - in peak form, the new album signals a high level mark for an ensemble that has been garnering critical and popular praise for nearly a decade.

Consisting of six Hersch originals and two significant compositions apiece from Thelonious Monk ("We See," "Blue Monk") and Wayne Shorter ("Miyako," "Black Nile"), Live in Europe demonstrates how a working trio breathes as one. Live in Europe finds the trio in near telepathic communion. While each band member is a virtuoso player, individual bravura is always subordinate to group interplay. Lyricism, open-eared interaction and a respect for the power of space are all invaluable components of the trio's identity. In such performances as the frisky "Skipping," the affecting ballad, "Bristol Fog" (dedicated to the late British pianist John Taylor), the joyous "Newklypso (dedicated to Hersch's hero Sonny Rollins) and the bluesy tribute to New Orleans "The Big Easy," Hersch, Hébert and McPherson give a master class in ensemble communication, uniting as one yet allowing each other to freely react with spontaneous invention. A masterful solo encore of "Blue Monk" spotlights the depth of Hersch's undiminished improvisational skills and expressive powers. (Proper Music) 


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Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)
 


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Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)


Dave Holland feat. Evan Parker: Unchartered Territories (CD: Dare 2)Dave Holland feat. Evan Parker: Unchartered Territories (CD: Dare 2)
Uncharted Territories reunites Dave Holland with saxophonist Evan Parker, a longtime friend from their early days in London. They're joined by Craig Taborn, on piano and electronics, and Ches Smith on percussion. In addition to quartet improvisations, they also broke off into every possible subset of duo and trio configurations. The group also recorded two compositions by Smith and one by Holland. A resulting 23 tracks present a series of deep, multi-layered conversations between the musicians, some of whom were interacting for the first time. (Proper Music) 


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George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)
Mostly in Blue’ is the 5th album by George Cotsirilos on ORIGIN Records. A fixture of San Francisco’s jazz scene for 40 years, guitarist George Cotsirilos presents a new album of original compositions, along with a Warren/ Gordon gem, “I Wish I Knew.” Taking advantage of his decades long performing relationship with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, Cotsirilos creates a warmly swinging, instantly classic recording. (Proper Music) 


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George Cotsirilos Quartet: Mostly In Blue (CD: OA2)


Karen Sharp: The Sun, The Moon And You (CD: Trio Records)Karen Sharp: The Sun, The Moon And You (CD: Trio Records)
Saxophonist Karen Sharp returns with a long awaited second album on Trio Records featuring her now well established British Jazz Award "All Winners" quartet of Dave Green (bass), Niki Iles (piano), and Steve Brown (drums) - a stella line-up indeed. 


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Ivo Neame: Moksha (CD: Edition)
Moksha draws on more than 10 years of extensive touring, writing and musical discovery, revealing Ivo's true brilliance and status as a world-class performer, bandleader and composer. Every note counts. This is an album that's honest and perfectly crafted. Reminiscent of the subtle and shimmering grooves we have come to expect from the likes of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Moksha is driven by multi-layered rhythmic textures and grooves and brilliantly fluid lines animated by Ivo's own exploratory voice.

Taking its title from Hindu philosophy, the Sanskrit Moksha refers to emancipation from the cycle of death and rebirth - to ultimate freedom from earthbound cares and ignorance leading to self-realization and self-knowledge - a form of release recognisable in great music too.

Ivo's own music has been somewhat in the shade of his other successful and better known projects. Moksha allows him to step into the full sun with a bright and beautiful new work. Ivo's sound is contemporary and modern and undeniably his. With Moksha, he has produced an album of sheer brilliance and class. (Edition Records) 


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Ivo Neame: Moksha (CD: Edition)


Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (CD: Steeplechase)Greg Burk: The Detroit Songbook (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)
 


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John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)

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