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Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (CD: My Only Desire)Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (CD: My Only Desire)
The debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook's cult 70s jazz masterpiece 'Citadel/Room 315', recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout the album are the iconic ECM recording artist John Surman plus a crack team of top Scandi jazzers.

The original RCA recording of 'Citadel/Room 315' is an hour-long suite of eleven tracks, beautifully composed and arranged by Mike Westbrook that is rightly considered to be one of the high-points of Brit-jazz from that era. Mike was commissioned by Sveriges (Swedish) Radio to write the work with Surman as lead soloist. He then travelled to Sweden to perform and conduct it for the first time, live in concert. This recording has never been released until now and presents a wildly different recording to the later LP, the rawness and freedom of the playing contrasting strongly with the more polished studio album.

Surman - playing baritone and soprano saxophone, plus bass clarinet - is in sumptuously freewheeling form throughout, soaring between wild expression and wonderfully controlled playing, perfectly complimenting Mike's compositions that gracefully move from jazz-rock, ballads, to tightly composed orchestral themes and more avant-garde moments.

Backed by the 16-piece Swedish Radio Jazz Group led by saxophonist Arne Domnérus and Argentinian trumpeter Americo Bellotto, the group comprised the finest players on the Swedish scene, including trumpeters Jan Allan and Bertil Lövgren, guitarist Rune Gustafsson, pianist Bengt Hallberg and drummer Egil Johansen. Between them they had worked with everyone from George Russell and Stan Getz, to Monica Zetterlund and Jan Johansson. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (Vinyl LP: My Only Desire, 2 LPs)
Remastered by Caspar @ Gearbox Records from the original master tapes, 'Love and Understanding' is available on limited edition 2LP gatefold vinyl. 


Price:  £28.99 

Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (Vinyl LP: My Only Desire, 2 LPs)


John Scofield: Swallow Tales (CD: ECM)John Scofield: Swallow Tales (CD: ECM)
Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in a day in New York in March 2019 "old school" style as Scofield says, while acknowledging that more than forty years of preparation led up to it.

John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with the bassist, and they have continued ever since. "I love these songs", says Scofield of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here a broad range including classics such as "Hullo Bolinas", "Eiderdown", "Falling Grace" and "Radio", as well as lesser-known works. The rapport between Scofield and Swallow is evident in every moment. John: "Sometimes when we play it's like one big guitar, the bass part and my part together."

Behind the drum kit, Bill Stewart, a close associate of Scofield's since the early 90s, is alert to all the implications of the interaction. "What Bill does is more than 'playing the drums,'" Scofield says. "He's a melodic voice in the music, while also swinging really hard." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Jean-Louis Matinier & Kevin Seddiki: Rivages (CD: ECM)
Accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier has long been a creative presence on ECM recordings, heard with the groups of Anouar Brahem (on Le pas du chat noir and Le voyage de Sahar), Louis Sclavis (Dans la nuit) and François Couturier (Nostalghia, Tarkovsky Quartet), as well as in duo with Marco Ambrosini (Inventio).

Now comes the first documentation of a new endeavour, with guitarist Kevin Seddiki, whose far-reaching musical imagination matches Matinier's own. Sedikki, who makes his ECM debut here, studied classical guitar with Pablo Márquez and has also worked with many improvisers across the idioms, from jazz to transcultural projects. The range of music addressed on Rivages runs from the traditional "Greensleeves" to Gabriel Fauré's "Les Berceaux" to compositions and improvisations by both of the protagonists. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 

Jean-Louis Matinier & Kevin Seddiki: Rivages (CD: ECM)


Jon Balke: Discourses (CD: ECM)Jon Balke: Discourses (CD: ECM)
Jon Balke’s unique solo work blurs distinctions between composition, improvisation and sound design as Discourses further develops the methodology introduced with the Norwegian pianist’s Warp album. Integrated in the resonant sound of his piano music are “layered soundscapes” of processed material which Balke describes as “distorted reflections and reverberations from the world.” Underpinning the project are some thoughts about language, and the notion of discourse and dialogue as fading concepts in an era of confrontational rhetoric. Balke: “In this work I had the framework of language with me from the beginning. As the political climate hardened in 2019 with more and more polarized speech, the lack of dialogue pointed me towards the terms that constitute the titles for the tracks.” Discourses was recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo in December 2019, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Wolfgang Muthspiel: Angular Blues (CD: ECM)
Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called “a shining light” among today’s jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian’s fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut. Like Driftwood – the 2014 trio disc that JazzTimes dubbed “cinematic” and “haunting” – Angular Blues finds Muthspiel paired with longtime collaborator Brian Blade on drums; but instead of Larry Grenadier on bass, it’s Scott Colley, whose especially earthy sound helps give this trio its own dynamic. Muthspiel alternates between acoustic and electric guitar and, along with his characteristically melodic originals – including such highlights as the bucolic “Hüttengriffe” and pensive “Camino” – he essays the first standards of his ECM tenure (“Everything I Love” and “I’ll Remember April”), as well as his first-ever bebop rhythm-changes tune on record (“Ride”). Angular Blues also features a single guitar-only track, “Solo Kanon in 5/4,” with Muthspiel’s electronic delay imbuing the baroque-like rounds with a hypnotic glow. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Angular Blues (CD: ECM)


Byron Wallen: Portrait (CD: Twilight Jaguar)Byron Wallen: Portrait (CD: Twilight Jaguar)
'Portrait: Reflections on Belonging', is the much anticipated album from innovative and renowned British jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen - it is his first recorded release in 13 years, and overall his fifth solo publication following his previous album 'Meeting Ground' (2007) for which he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards

'Portrait' is a journey from Wallen's sumptuous experiences of decades of extensive travelling, studying contemporary and indigenous cultures and connecting with people from all over the world, to realigning himself with the colourful kaleidoscope that is his own local community. He explains: "This album is a meditation and reflection on the powerful impact that music has had on my life. It was conceived whilst sitting in the central square in Woolwich, an area of South East London. I was struck by the community around me with its mixture of cultures and nationalities, from Nepalese elders to young Nigerian men, Somali mothers with their children, a new Eastern European contingent and descendants of families who used to work in the docks and at the Arsenal. Music paved my way to travel and see the world, meeting people from all different cultures and walks of life. The study of music and the process of striving to become a better musician furnished me with a deeper knowledge of self and a gift I could share on so many different levels." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Connie Han: Iron Starlet (CD: Mack Avenue)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Connie Han: Iron Starlet (CD: Mack Avenue)


Kandace Springs:The Women Who Raised Me (CD: Blue Note)Kandace Springs:The Women Who Raised Me (CD: Blue Note)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Silje Nergaard (CD: Okeh, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £19.99 

Silje Nergaard (CD: Okeh, 2 CDs)


Toni Kofi: Another Kind Of Soul (Vinyl LP: The Last Music Company)Toni Kofi: Another Kind Of Soul (Vinyl LP: The Last Music Company)
BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi 's ANOTHER KIND OF SOUL traces the explosive music of Cannonball Adderley from his first session as leader in 1955 through his work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s. Recorded live at Luton's Bear Club in 2019, it also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. This is the distilled version of two very special nights, immortalised by Paul Riley's recordings. (Proper Music)

Limited edition 180g vinyl. 


Price:  £21.99 


Chiara Pancaldi: Precious (CD: Challenge)
For her latest album, 'Precious', Chiara Pancaldi is supported by the legendary Kirk Lightsey on piano and the grooving Darryl Hall on bass. 


Price:  £14.99 

Chiara Pancaldi: Precious (CD: Challenge)


Ben Markley Quartet: Slow Play (CD: OA2)Ben Markley Quartet: Slow Play (CD: OA2)
For Ben Markley's fourth recording, the fleet pianist/composer teams with New York tenor saxophone great Joel Frahm for a dynamic set of modern jazz originals. Though written specifically with the band of Frahm, drummer Jim White, and bassist Marty Kenny in mind, Markley continually finds inspiration from significant influences in his musical life, most notably Cedar Walton, Chick Corea and Bill Evans. With engaging and elevating support from Kenney and White, Markley and Frahm pop on the boogaloo "'Mon Back," strike a Jazz Messengers-esque pose on the grooving "Return of Catboy," and strut on the half-time funk of the title tune. "Frahm's playing bubbles over with ear-catching inventiveness and a robust, positive feeling." Ottawa Citizen. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (CD: Smoke Sessions)
"Mabern Plays Mabern" is pianist Harold Mabern at his absolute best--playing his favorite original compositions with a sextet of close friends and associates in front of a live audience at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City. Mabern is joined by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, trombonist Steve Davis, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth on an energetic and romp through his catalog. The music on this release is now more highly anticipated and important to Mabern's fans as he passed away suddenly in September 2019. Nat Chinen of WBGO described him then as "a pianist of percussive fire and boundless soul, with a language that pulled from hard bop, post-bop, Memphis soul and the blues." (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Hank Jones Trio: Live At Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2 (CD: Storyville)Hank Jones Trio: Live At Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2 (CD: Storyville)
Storyville releases Hank Jones 'Live at Slukefter Vol. 2' - the follow up to 2019's Vol. 1.

Whereas the first volume was recorded at the legendary Copenhagen Jazz Club Slukefter on June 6th 1983, this recording is from the day after, June 7th. As on the earlier release, Jones is joined by Mads Vinding who worked together on several other visits to Europe.

The chosen songs on these recordings are very diverse, and support image of Jones as a musician with a huge knowledge of songs, both from within the Jazz world as well as contemporary pop music. The result of the 1983 Slukefter session Vol. 2 is an enjoyable hour of music that, after sitting unheard for over 30 years, sounds as fresh as if it were recorded yesterday.. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Benny Carter Quartet: Summer Serenade (Vinyl LP: Storyville)
Summer Serenade, recorded in 1980, sees Benny Carter in the latter part of a pioneering and exceptionally long career return to Copenhagen for a session that documents his accumulated relationship with the alto saxophone and why he is remembered as one of the instrument's defining players. On a Sunday in August of 1980, Carter found a comfortable dynamic in a quartet finely tuned to his still obvious talents on the alto sax and who also managed to make their own mark on a series of Carter's own songs as well as those of a few others. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £21.99 

Benny Carter Quartet: Summer Serenade (Vinyl LP: Storyville)


Errol Garner: Feeling Is Believing (CD: Mack Avenue)Errol Garner: Feeling Is Believing (CD: Mack Avenue)
Remastered reissue of Erroll Garner's classic 1970 LP 'Feeling is Believing', which is appearing on CD here for the first time. Recorded at the tail end of 1969 with a cast of new collaborators, this album is a prime showcase of Erroll Garner's two greatest strengths: his ability to completely reinvent well known songs, and his endlessly creative facility as a composer of original music. From his sultry "The Loving Touch" to the Afrofuturistic "Mood Island," Garner's originality again proves boundless. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Errol Garner: The Classic Trio Recordings 1949 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Erroll Garner was one of the most distinctive jazz piano stylists of the post-war era, his approach transcending the emerging sub-genres of modern jazz, although his music was rooted in swing and he was a noted performer of ballads, his performances characterised by elaborate and eccentric introductions, often described as being almost orchestral in style. He was especially effective working in a trio format, playing with a variety of combinations of bass players and drummers over the years, and this great-value 50-track 2-CD collection focuses on a series of six sessions he recorded during 1949 for the Savoy, Atlantic, Portrait and 3 Deuces labels, with two different trio line-ups. One comprised John Simmons on bass and Alvin Stoller on drums, and the other featured Leonard Gaskin on bass and Charlie Smith on drums. The repertoire primarily comprises familiar Great American Songbook classics much-loved by the jazz community, and it makes for a very satisfying body of work which captures the great virtuoso pianist in fine flowing form in a favoured metier in which at that time he clearly felt particularly comfortable. It’s an entertaining showcase for his unique piano styling. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Errol Garner: The Classic Trio Recordings 1949 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)


Brecker Brothers: Live And Unreleased (CD: Leopard, 2 CDs)Brecker Brothers: Live And Unreleased (CD: Leopard, 2 CDs)
The return of a great band! The archival recording, 'Live and Unreleased', documents the Brecker Brothers at the peak of their powers during a European tour on a particularly happening night in Hamburg on July 2, 1980 at the legendary Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 


Barnes/Weller Band: Cannonball (CD: ASC)
Re-release of the award winning live album from 2000. Recorded at Wakefield Jazz Club, this is a band created by Alan Barnes and Don Weller to celebrate the music of the legendary Cannonball Adderley. Still sounding fresh and contemporary today this is Barnes and Weller at their very best, alongside an excellent band - a must for British Jazz fans. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Barnes/Weller Band: Cannonball (CD: ASC)


Ahmad Jamal: At The Pershing And Other Live Recordings 1958-59 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)Ahmad Jamal: At The Pershing And Other Live Recordings 1958-59 (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)
Ahmad Jamal is a modern jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in 1930, who has been active in the genre for 70 years. A Pittsburgh native, he started playing professionally in the mid-1940s at the age of 14 and was hailed by Art Tatum even at that stage of his life as “a coming great”. He converted to Islam in 1950 and formed his first trio in 1951, developing a minimalist, spacious style admired by the likes of Miles Davis, with his music prompting reviewer John Morthland to write that: “If you're looking for an argument that pleasurable mainstream art can assume radical status at the same time, Jamal is your guide”. By the mid-50s his recordings and performances had firmly established him on the scene, and during 1958 and 1959 his trio did a series of recorded ‘live’ performances which included the “At the Pershing: But Not for Me” LP, which was a big commercial success and the most highly-regarded and critically acclaimed album of his career, cementing his place in the jazz pantheon.

This great-value 57-track 3-CD set comprises recordings from The Pershing Lounge, Chicago in January 1958, The Spotlite Club in Washington DC in September 1958, Nola’s Penthouse Studio, New York, in February 1959 and the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1959. These recordings represent the complete contents of the albums “At The Pershing: But Not For Me”, “At The Pershing Vol. 2”, “Ahmad Jamal Trio Volume IV”, “Portfolio Of Ahmad Jamal” and “Jamal At The Penthouse”, along with selected titles from the Newport performance. It’s an entertaining collection of some of his most renowned recordings, and a great showcase for a highly distinctive jazz stylist. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Tommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell & Elvin Jones: Super Session (CD: Enja)
This CD reissues a session that teams together three "super" players: pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Elvin Jones. On two of Flanagan's better originals ("Minor Perhaps" and "Rachel's Rondo") and four jazz standards (including "Django" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"), the musicians communicate quite well (Flanagan and Jones had played together back in the mid-'50s in Detroit) and often think as one. Fine straight-ahead music. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £11.99 

Tommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell & Elvin Jones: Super Session (CD: Enja)


Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 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 set presents the complete master takes from his studio recording sessions for Herman Lubinsky's Savoy label. Included here are some of Bird's most admired sides, such as "Koko", "Parker's Mood", and "Donna Lee". One session presents him on tenor sax, an instrument on which he only rarely recorded. All other studio sessions originally recorded by other small labels during that period but later acquired and reissued by Savoy have also been included here.

As a bonus, this set presents two additional complete Charlie Parker sessions recorded for Guild in 1945, as well as an extremely rare date from that same year with trombonist Clyde Bernhardt and pianist Jay McShann from which only the original broken glass-based (and thus rather noisy) test pressings survive. Bird plays solos on all four sides. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 


Charlie Parker: The Complete Dial Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 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 set presents the complete master takes from his recording sessions for Ross Russell's Dial label. 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.

The masters from a 1945 Red Norvo date (Bird's only existing encounter with pianist Teddy Wilson, reissued on Dial) are also contained here. 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".

As a bonus, we have added two additional complete Charlie Parker sessions from the same period, which were originally issued under the names of Sir Charles Thompson and Sarah Vaughan. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Charlie Parker: The Complete Dial Masters (CD: Bird's Nest, 2 CDs)


Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (CD: Bird's Nest)Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bird And Diz (CD: Bird's Nest)
This set contains the complete original LP Bird and Diz (Verve MGV-8006), consisting of a quintet session which marked Parker and Gillespie's last studio date ever (although they would later be recorded together live on numerous occasions, including the celebrated 1953 Massey Hall concert). This session was also Parker's only studio encounter with the great Thelonious Monk. Two further quintet sessions recorded by Bird for Verve during the same period, one of them featuring Miles Davis on trumpet, have been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Coleman Hawkins: Blues Groove (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
Presented here is the complete Coleman Hawkins album Blues Groove (Prestige PRLP-7138), which pairs the great tenor saxophonist with pianist Ray Bryant and guitarist Tiny Grimes. It appears here with the addition of the song "Tiny Bean", that closed the session and wasn't included on the original LP. Three tracks from another session also featuring Hawkins, Bryant and Grimes (with Roy Eldridge on trumpet) have been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Coleman Hawkins: Blues Groove (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Art Tatum Trio: Presenting (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Art Tatum Trio: Presenting (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
This release contains the complete original LP The Art Tatum Trio (Verve MGV-8118), pairing the superb pianist with bassist Red Callender and the great swing drummer Jo Jones (this is the only existing studio collaboration between Tatum and Jones). It was among the last sessions recorded by Tatum, who would die soon after on November 5, 1956 at the age of 47. As a bonus to the ten tracks on the original album, we have included different versions by Tatum of seven of the LP's songs, which have been organized here in the same song order as on the Tatum-Callender-Jones date. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Dinah Washington: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Dinah Washington, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. 'After Hours With Miss D'; 'For Those In Love'; 'Dinah Jams' and 'The Swingin' Miss D'' (AVID Entertainment)

 


Price:  £8.99 

Dinah Washington: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Lester Young: Four Classic Albums 2 (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Lester Young: Four Classic Albums 2 (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD second release from Lester Young, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. Having released a fine set by Lester Young (AMSC1307) over two years ago, we thought it was high time to re-visit the great man’s catalogue. This time we have included not only a couple of classic Count Basie titles which heavily feature “Pres” at his absolute prime, but also the formidable classic “The Jazz Giants”.. “Count Basie Kansas City Seven & Lester Young Quartet”; “Blue Lester”; “The Jazz Giants ‘56” and “Count Basie At Newport’”. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Kenny Dorham: Trompeta Toccata (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Kenny Dorham’s 1964 album Trompeta Toccata would be the final album that the great underrated trumpeter and composer would record as a leader, and it stands as a fitting testament to his prodigious talent. The album featured a stellar quintet with Dorham and his frequent collaborator Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone along with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath. The brilliant album cover design by Reid Miles featured the bold typography that made his style so influential.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Kenny Dorham: Trompeta Toccata (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Larry Young: Into Somethin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Larry Young: Into Somethin' (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
On 1964’s Into Somethin’—his first album for Blue Note—Larry Young made it abundantly clear that he had his own unique approach to the Hammond B-3 organ. Rather than the tried-and-true soul jazz sound so strongly identified with the instrument, Young explored more modal territory over the course of his six Blue Note albums including this tremendous session featuring tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers, guitarist Grant Green, and drummer Elvin Jones. The remarkable album cover design by Reid Miles made excellent use of a memorable photograph by Francis Wolff.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Andrew Hill: Smokestack (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
On his second Blue Note album Smoke Stack, pianist and composer Andrew Hill used an unusual line-up of two bassists (Richard Davis and Eddie Khan) along with the masterful Roy Haynes on drums. Blue Note founder Alfred Lion considered Hill to have as distinct and important a compositional voice as Thelonious Monk, and the seven Hill compositions that the quartet explore here contain all the rare beauty to be found in his music. Designer Reid Miles photographed Hill himself for the striking album cover design.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Andrew Hill: Smokestack (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Lee Morgan: The Rumproller  (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Lee Morgan: The Rumproller (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
After trumpeter Lee Morgan set the music world on fire with the runaway success of his hit soul-jazz single “The Sidewinder” in 1964, many artists tried to duplicate his triumphant feat in search of another boogaloo sensation. Even Morgan himself cooked up funky follow-ups using “The Sidewinder” recipe including “The Rumproller,” which was recorded the next year. Beyond the groovy title tune (which was written by Andrew Hill) the quintet featuring Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Ronnie Mathews on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums traverses diverse territory from the post-bop of “Desert Moonlight” to the calypso of “Eclipso” to the mournful closing ballad “The Lady” dedicated to Billie Holiday. The ingenious album cover design by Reid Miles is a memorable example of the brilliant typography that made his style so influential.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Dexter Gordon: A Swingin' Affair (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Just 2 days after saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded his classic album GO! in August 1962 he brought the same quartet with pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins back into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio to record the equally sublime A Swingin’ Affair. All the joy and beauty of the great tenor man’s music can be found in the irrepressible opener “Soy Califa,” a Gordon original that moves deftly between Latin and swing rhythms as Dex holds forth with his commanding horn. The feeling of the music is reflected perfectly in Reid Miles’ masterful cover design featuring Francis Wolff’s incredible photo.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 

Dexter Gordon: A Swingin' Affair (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Jackie McLean: A Fickle Sonance (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Recorded in October 1961, A Fickle Sonance is a quintessential hard bop outing by Jackie McLean that also offered just a hint of the avant-garde explorations the alto saxophonist was about to embark on in the years to come with the dissonances of the title track’s intro. Otherwise the fantastic quintet—with McLean joined by Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums—kept it firmly in the pocket on this sterling set that kicks off with the playful “Five Will Get You Ten” (which legend has it Clark found in Thelonious Monk’s apartment). Reid Miles’ dramatic cropping of Francis Wolff’s photo of McLean on the cover makes the album cover utterly unforgettable.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £23.99 


Sun Ra: Celestial Love (CD: Sundazed)
True studio albums of Ra with the Arkestra are rare on this planet or beyond. This studio saucer is an interplanetary interpreter, here to convert even the faintest of heart to the sounds of Sun Ra. Recorded with Arkestra veterans at the same NY studio that hosted countless Sun Ra sessions since the late 60s, this first ever reissue of Celestial Love contains the only known recordings of the titular track and 'Blue Intensity,' plus a cut not on the original Saturn LP! (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Sun Ra: Celestial Love (CD: Sundazed)


Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings (CD: Verve)Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings (CD: Verve)
Recorded in 1982, not long after she moved to Paris, Fodder On My Wings was one of Nina Simone’s favorite albums yet has remained one of her most obscure. Originally recorded for a small French label and only sporadically available since its initial release, Fodder On My Wings will be reissued in a variety of formats including CD and LP, as well as widely available digitally for the first time, in both standard and hi-res audio, on April 3 via Verve/UMe. The original album is expanded with three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings (Vinyl LP: Verve)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £23.99 

Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings (Vinyl LP: Verve)


Peggy Lee: Ultimate (CD: Capitol)Peggy Lee: Ultimate (CD: Capitol)
2020 marks the centennial for the iconic Peggy Lee, with a year-long celebration to mark the occasion, including museum exhibits, tribute shows, and more, along with a selection of music releases.

Born May 26, 1920 in North Dakota, Peggy Lee went on to become one of the most revered and beloved entertainers of her age, selling millions of records, and winning a host of industry awards. As a salute to the music legend, and celebrating Peggy’s landmark 100th birthday, comes a brand new career-spanning collection, Ultimate Peggy Lee.

The album features hits and signature songs, including “Fever,” “It’s a Good Day,” “He’s A Tramp,” “Big Spender,” “I’m A Woman” and the previously unreleased “Try A Little Tenderness.” (Universal Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Peggy Lee: Ultimate (Vinyl LP: Capitol, 2 LPs)
 


Price:  £29.99 

Peggy Lee: Ultimate (Vinyl LP: Capitol, 2 LPs)


Peggy Lee: The Centenary Singles Collection 1945-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)Peggy Lee: The Centenary Singles Collection 1945-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
May 26th 2020 marks the centenary of the birth of the great jazz and pop singer Peggy Lee, and Acrobat is celebrating the occasion with two special releases, this singles collection and an anthology of selected titles from twenty-five of the albums “The Centenary Albums Collection 1948-62” (ACQCD7147).

Peggy Lee was one of the finest interpreters of popular songs, whether performing in the big band idiom, in small group jazz environments or with solo piano accompaniment, or in the sophisticated pop style which brought her many chart hits. Her repertoire ranged effortlessly from Great American Songbook classics to the latest pop songs, and included many of her own fine compositions. This great-value101-track 4-CD set comprises selected A and B sides from her single releases on the Capitol and Decca labels from the early years of her solo career through to 1962 (her recordings with the Benny Goodman Orchestra can be found on the Acrobat release “Peggy Lee With The Benny Goodman Orchestra 1941-47” (ADDCD3216). It features more than 40 US & UK chart hits, including the No. 1 “Manana” and the Top 10 classics “Fever”, “Mr. Wonderful”, “Golden Earrings”, “Waitin' for the Train to Come In”, “Riders In The Sky”, “I Don't Know Enough About You”, “It's All Over Now” and “Chi-Baba Chi-Baba”. It’s a substantial and hugely entertaining tribute to one of the most illustrious singers of her era and a marvellous showcase for her unique style and versatility. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Peggy Lee: The Centenary Albums Collection 1945-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
May 26th 2020 marks the centenary of the birth of the great jazz and pop singer Peggy Lee, and Acrobat is celebrating the occasion with two special releases, this collections of album tracks and an anthology of selected A and B sides from her singles “The Centenary Singles Collection 1945-62” (ACQCD7146).

Peggy Lee was one of the finest interpreters of popular songs, whether performing in the big band idiom, in small group jazz environments or with solo piano accompaniment, or in the sophisticated pop style which brought her many chart hits. Her repertoire ranged effortlessly from Great American Songbook classics to the latest pop songs, and included many of her own fine compositions. This great-value 109-track 4-CD set comprises selected titles from 25 of her albums released on Capitol and Decca during this era - “My Best To You”, “Rendezvous with Peggy Lee”, “Lover”, “Black Coffee”, “Songs In An Intimate Style”, “Songs from Pete Kelly's Blues”, “Dream Street”, “Songs from Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp”, “Sea Shells”, “Miss Wonderful”, “The Fabulous Peggy Lee”, “The Man I Love”, “Jump For Joy”, “Things Are Swingin'”, “I Like Men! ” ,“Beauty and the Beat!”, “Latin ala Lee!”, “All Aglow Again!”, “Pretty Eyes”, “Christmas Carousel”, “Olé ala Lee”, “Basin Street East Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee”, “If You Go”, “Blues Cross Country” and “Sugar 'N' Spice”. It features performances with Nelson Riddle, Billy May, George Shearing, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dave Barbour, Benny Carter, Gordon Jenkins, Hal Mooney, Victor Young, Sy Oliver, Joseph Lilley and Jack Marshall. It’s a marvellous showcase for her talent and versatility working across a range of musical styles and concepts. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

Peggy Lee: The Centenary Albums Collection 1945-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)


Helen Forrest: Hits Collection 1938-46 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Helen Forrest: Hits Collection 1938-46 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Along with the likes of Kitty Kallen, Helen O’Connell and June Christy, as well as, in their early careers, Peggy Lee and Doris Day, Helen Forrest was one of the striking coterie of female vocalists who graced the dance hall stages with the great names of the swing and big band era, and who appeared on many of their most successful recordings before forging a successful solo career. During the decade from the late 1930s through to the post-war years, Helen Forrest performed and recorded with the orchestras of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Harry James, and recorded notable duets with another former big band singer Dick Haymes, racking up a lengthy string of hits on records with those orchestras on which she provided the vocals.

This great-value 48-track 2-CD set consists entirely of such records, all of which featured in charts like the Your Hit Parade chart in the years before the Billboard record sales chart was introduced in 1940, or in one or other version of the Billboard charts after that, all of them reaching the Top 25 places. Alongside those “featured vocalist” and duet hits, pride of place goes to her 1944 solo No. 2 “Time Waits For No One”. It includes seven No. 1s - “They Say” and “Thanks For Ev'rything” with Artie Shaw, “I Don't Want To Walk Without You”, “Mister Five By Five”, “I Had The Craziest Dream” and “I've Heard That Song Before” with Harry James and “Taking A Chance On Love” with Benny Goodman. It also features a continuous run of seven Top 10 hits with Dick Haymes. It’s not only a fine and varied showcase for Helen’s talent and versatility as a popular performer with the top bands of the day, but it’s an evocative trawl across the popular music of a significant era in both music and what was going on in the wider world. (Acrobat Music) 


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Renée Raff & Pat Dahl:: Among The Stars + We Dig Pat Dahl (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Renée Raff & Pat Dahl:: Among The Stars + We Dig Pat Dahl (CD: Fresh Sound)


Cathi Hayes & Lu Ann Simms: It's All Right With Me + At Seperate Tables (CD: Fresh Sound)Cathi Hayes & Lu Ann Simms: It's All Right With Me + At Seperate Tables (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Crystal Joy & Althea Gibson: The Fabulous Crystal Joy + Althea Gibson Sings (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Crystal Joy & Althea Gibson: The Fabulous Crystal Joy + Althea Gibson Sings (CD: Fresh Sound)


Buddy Collette: The Complete 1961 Milano Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)Buddy Collette: The Complete 1961 Milano Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
In March 1961, Buddy Collette came to Italy to play at the 6th Sanremo Jazz Festival. His presence aroused much interest among Italian fans and promoters, and after the festival followed several concerts in Milan and Florence.

Buddy’s first stay in Europe is, fortunately, well-documented by his frequent visits to the recording studios in Milan. Ten sessions made between March 10 and March 25, 1961, present him in a number of different settings, featuring some of the pillars of the Italian jazz scene of the sixties, such as Gianni Basso, Oscar Valdambrini, Renato Sellani, Amadeo Tommasi, Sergio Fanni, as well as other well-known jazzmen, including Serbian Dusco Gojkovic, Belgian Jacques Pelzer, and Americans George Joyner and Jimmy Pratt.

These sessions resulted in three albums, initially released in Italy by the labels Music and Ricordi. The unissued tracks here were recorded in two sessions from March 23 and 25, organised by Collette’s friend George Moran, and except for Kelly and Jake, which appeared on two Ampex 8-track stereo cartridges, this is the first time they have been released. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Pat Metheny: From This Place (CD: Nonesuch)
"From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life," Metheny says. "It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand."

Metheny is joined on the album by drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda May Han Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock, the Hollywood Studio Symphony led by Joel McNeely, and special guests Meshell Ndegeocello, Gregoire Maret, and Luis Conte. (Nonesuch Records) 


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Pat Metheny: From This Place (CD: Nonesuch)


Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits (CD & DVD: Blue Note)Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits (CD & DVD: Blue Note)
The legendary saxophonist, composer, and jazz mystic Charles Lloyd celebrated his 80th birthday on March 15, 2018 at his hometown venue, Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre, with an unprecedented grouping of musical friends including guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, with special guests organist Booker T. Jones and bassist Don Was joining the ensemble midway. Lloyd’s magnificent new album 8: Kindred Spirits (Live from The Lobero) documents both the sights and sounds of that extraordinary concert. This 2-disc release features the concert’s first set. (Blue Note Records) 


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Kenny Barron, Dave Holland Trio & Jonathan Blake: Without Deception (CD: Dare 2)
Dare2 Records is thrilled to announce the release of Without Deception, the intimate and adventurous debut recording by the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio featuring Johnathan Blake. The album expands on the fruitful relationship forged by the two jazz icons over the course of more than three decades with the rejuvenating addition of the masterful young drummer. (Proper Music) 


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Kenny Barron, Dave Holland Trio & Jonathan Blake: Without Deception (CD: Dare 2)


Enrico Pieranunzi: Common View (CD: Challenge)Enrico Pieranunzi: Common View (CD: Challenge)
 


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Lynne Arriale Trio: Chimes Of Freedom (CD: Challenge)
'Chimes of Freedom' is Lynne Arriale's second album on Challenge Records and her 15th as a leader. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer Jasper Somsen, drummer, E.J. Strickland, and guest vocalist, K.J. Denhert. In Chimes, her most passionate artistic statement to date, Lynne reflects on freedom, cultural diversity, and her wish that all refugee families may reach an inclusive safe harbour among the democratic nations of the world. This remarkable collection features seven of Lynne's original, deeply personal works. (Proper Music) 


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Lynne Arriale Trio: Chimes Of Freedom (CD: Challenge)


Nick Walters: Active Imagination (CD: 22a)Nick Walters: Active Imagination (CD: 22a)
Trumpeter and composer Nick Walters returns to 22a with his second mini-album for the label - a free and spiritual journey of avant-garde leaning jazz. 'Active Imagination' is a result of the bringing together of musicians for a day in the studio, with minimal rehearsal, to collectively experiment and improvise in the moment - in contrast to the more composed and structured recordings of the Paradox Ensemble album 'Awakening' from January 2019. All musicians contributed their distinctive individual voices, creating a united force of spiritual, freeform jazz. (Proper Music) 


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Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited (CD: Mack Avenue)
The Movement, Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Cultural Icons is culminating documentation of a richly inspired piece - lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. Marshalling his ever-sharpening skills as a composer, arranger, conductor, musician and lyricist, McBride has created a historically and culturally illuminating five-part suite for an 18-piece big band, chorus and narrators that places the motivating forces as well as the goals of the Civil Rights Movement within a powerfully relevant artistic context. It is a one-from-the-heart project McBride was, apparently, destined to undertake. This recording of The Movement, Revisited marks the addition of a fifth movement, "Apotheosis," which acknowledges the election of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States. (Proper Music) 


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Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited (CD: Mack Avenue)


George Coleman: The Quartet (CD: Smoke Sessions)George Coleman: The Quartet (CD: Smoke Sessions)
"When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it's him within a few notes. That deep spark of a tone evokes a time and place" - DownBeat magazine Tenor saxophone legend George Coleman finally leads his longstanding group into the studio on his majestic new album, showcasing two decades of scintillating chemistry. NEA Jazz Master George Coleman has wielded his powerful tenor with notable bands throughout his remarkable career as both a leader and sideman alongside some of the most legendary artists in Jazz: Miles Davis, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Cedar Walton and B.B. King among many others. So when the saxophone giant christens an album 'The Quartet', those two simple words speak volumes about the esteem in which he holds the musicians that make up his band. Coleman's latest album more than backs up that typically understated compliment with a captivating session of bristling swing, lively interplay and deep communication. Coleman is joined by pianist Harold Mabern, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth to make up a quartet that has been sharing the bandstand for the better part of two decades, even though this release marks their debut recording as a unit! This fact alone lends considerable heft to that seemingly straightforward title. It captures a stellar band at the height of its powers and is a tantalising glimpse of an extraordinary quartet only previously enjoyed by those who have been awestruck by seeing them in person. 'The Quartet' is released as a deluxe 8-panel CD digipak. (Proper Music) 


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Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring & Gary Bartz: Bird At 100 (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Three of the most acclaimed voices of modern jazz Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz, an alto saxophone summit for the ages, celebrate the centennial of one of music’s most iconic figures, Charlie Parker. Along with a superb rhythm section, the three distinctive altoists pay tribute to Parker’s legacy in the most apt fashion for this ground-breaking pioneer: by carrying his innovations forward in their own utterly singular styles.

The soul-stirring Bird at 100 traces a direct lineage from Parker’s birthplace in Kansas City to the stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, where these three influential acolytes look back from the vantage point of jazz in 2019, with a combination of reverence, respect and adventure. The program offers a buoyant mix of classic Parker tunes, familiar standards once recorded by Bird (and the generations since) and new compositions written in honor of the master. (Smoke Sessions) 


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Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring & Gary Bartz: Bird At 100 (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Jeremy Pelt: The Art Of Intimacy, Vol.1 (CD: Highnote)Jeremy Pelt: The Art Of Intimacy, Vol.1 (CD: Highnote)
Jeremy Pelt's unquenchable curiosity has made him one of the most multi-faceted of jazz artists. Whether it be as a leader, a sideman, an accompanist or a composer, Pelt has investigated nearly every aspect and genre in jazz - from electric to eclectic, from Be-Bop to Free-Bop. Here Pelt joins forces with the legendary George Cables on piano and Peter Washington laying down the bass lines.

All but one tune on the setlist are slow numbers but this is not your father's ballad record. Each member of the trio is able to pour some old wine into new bottles, aware of and perhaps shaped by the past but operating very much in the moment. Together with Cables' lush voicings and solid tone and Washinton's always-inspired bass lines and solos, Pelt's new recording sets a high bar for all trio recordings that follow in the remainder of 2020. (Proper Music) 


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Nicholas Payton: Relaxin' With Nick (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)
Jazz iconoclast Nicholas Payton's new recording Relaxin’ With Nick brings the experience of witnessing Payton’s unparalleled live performances directly to the listener. Payton has evolved a singular approach to live performance, wedding his breathtaking voice on the trumpet to his own accompaniment on piano and Fender Rhodes. On this double album, he is joined by the renowned rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington for a stellar set captured at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. It features Payton’s original compositions and a few well-chosen standards, all highlighting the virtuosic musicianship and thrilling camaraderie discovered together on the club’s intimate stage in front of an enraptured audience. (Smoke Sessions) 


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Nicholas Payton: Relaxin' With Nick (CD: Smoke Sessions, 2 CDs)


Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (CD: ECM)Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (CD: ECM)
A striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year.

Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. So when Bley says "Life Goes On", a lot of life is alluded to. Following two other trio albums for ECM, Trios (2013) and Andando el Tiempo (2016), this recording, realized in the Auditorio Stelio Molo Studio in Lugano in May 2019, with Manfred Eicher producing, takes the form of three suites.

The title piece begins as a stoical blues, at first melancholic then hopeful. "Beautiful Telephones", inspired by a US president's first observation on entering the Oval Office, has plenty of Bley's dark wit. And "Copycat" explores the notion of call-and-response in fresh ways as the improvisers continue each other's thoughts. Throughout, Carla's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxes. This trio has a unique collective sound, reflecting - as The Telegraph recently noted "musical mastery of a rare order". (Proper Music) 


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John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain: Is That So? (CD: Abstract Logix)
Six years in the making, 'Is That So?' is one of legendary guitarist John McLaughlin's deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early '70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group. (Proper Music) 


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<P>John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain: Is That So? (CD: Abstract Logix)


Bill Evans: Smile With Your Heart - The Best Of Bill Evans On Resonance (Vinyl LP: Resonance)Bill Evans: Smile With Your Heart - The Best Of Bill Evans On Resonance (Vinyl LP: Resonance)
'Smile With Your Heart: The Best of Bill Evans on Resonance' takes listeners on a journey through the four official Bill Evans discoveries in the Resonance catalogue - Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (2012), Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (2016), Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017) & Evans In England (2019). (Proper Music) 


Price:  £23.99 


Wes Montgomery: Wes's Best - The Best Of Wes Montgomery On Resonance (Vinyl LP: Resonance)
'Wes's Best: The Best of Wes Montgomery on Resonance' explores five of the guitar legend Wes Montgomery's official releases of previously-unissued recordings on Resonance - Echoes of Indiana Avenue (2012), In the Beginning (2015), One Night in Indy (2016), Smokin' in Seattle (2017) and Back on Indiana Avenue (2019). (Proper Music) 


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Wes Montgomery: Wes's Best - The Best Of Wes Montgomery On Resonance (Vinyl LP: Resonance)


Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Vinyl LP: Savoy/ Universal, 4 LPs)Charlie Parker: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Vinyl LP: Savoy/ Universal, 4 LPs)
Sumptuous box set bringing together all of Parker’s classic bebop material recorded for Savoy Records between 1944 and 1948. Four 10” LPs in paper-wrapped jackets LPs, housed in a rigid slipcase. 12-page booklet featuring full recording information plus all-new liner notes by Grammy Award-winning American journalist, radio host, music critic and author Neil Tesser. Featuring some of the greatest musicians of the bebop era including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bud Powell and John Lewis. Compositions include ‘Billie’s Bounce’, ‘Ko-Ko’, ‘Parker’s Mood’, ‘Donna Lee’, ‘Constellation’, ‘Cheryl’, ‘Half Nelson’ and ‘Now’s The Time’. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £69.99 


Sarah Vaughan: The Complete Columbia Singles As & Bs (CD: Acrobat, 3 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.

This great value 69-track 3-CD collection follows directly on in her career from our earlier release “The Early Years 1944-48” Sarah Vaughan (Acrobat ADDCD3251), and comprises the A and B sides of her releases on Columbia during her time with the label from 1948 through to 1953.

It naturally includes all her eleven Billboard Top 30 entries in these years including the Top 10 hit “I Love The Guy”, and features performances with Miles Davis, Bennie Green, Jimmy Jones and Budd Johnson, and the orchestras of Joe Lippman, Hugo Winterhalter, Norman Leyden, Percy Faith, Paul Weston and George Treadwell. In addition, the collection includes bonus tracks comprising ‘live’ recordings from this era with Jimmy Jones, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie, plus her 1950 MGM singles with Billy Eckstine. It’s a comprehensive overview of this important period in her career and a thoroughly enjoyable showcase for her peerless talent as she effortlessly spans the world of jazz and commercial pop. (Discovery Records) 


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Sarah Vaughan: The Complete Columbia Singles As & Bs (CD: Acrobat, 3 CDs)


Hank Mobley: Reach Out! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note/ Elemental)Hank Mobley: Reach Out! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note/ Elemental)
Official repress of Hank Mobley's 1968 Blue Note LP 'Reach Out!' on Elemental Music, featuring an all-star sextet that includes guitarist George Benson, trumpeter Woody Shaw and drummer Billy Higgins. Limited edition - 180gram vinyl - Gatefold sleeve with alternative covers - original liner notes. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £25.99 


Brian Blade: Brian Blade Fellowship (Vinyl LP: Blue Note, 2 LPs)
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band is one of the most distinctive and long-running bands in Jazz in the 21st Century. The Fellowship first formed in 1997, helmed by drummer Brian Blade and defined by the tight bond among the musicians: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Chris Thomas, alto saxophonist Myron Walden, and tenor saxophonist Melvin Butler. Released in 1998, their Blue Note debut Brian Blade Fellowship was produced by Daniel Lanois, featured contributions by guitarist Jeff Parker and pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley, and introduced The Fellowship’s unique sound which threads elements of jazz, folk and gospel music together with an uplifting hymnal quality. (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Brian Blade: Brian Blade Fellowship (Vinyl LP: Blue Note, 2 LPs)


Elvin Jones: Mr Jones (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Elvin Jones: Mr Jones (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
After his six years with the seminal John Coltrane Quartet, the mighty drummer Elvin Jones signed with Blue Note Records in 1968 and made a series of 10 fantastic albums including 1972’s Mr. Jones, produced by Francis Wolff and George Butler, and featuring saxophonists Dave Liebman, Steve Grossman, and Pepper Adams, Thad Jones on flugelhorn, pianist Jan Hammer, bassist Gene Perla, and percussionists Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Frank Ippolito, and Albert Duffy. The music delves into expansive post-bop with Latin influences and includes an impassioned version of Tadd Dameron’s gorgeous ballad “Soultrane” in dedication to Coltrane. (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Art Taylor: A.T.'s Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Art Taylor was one of the greatest drummers in modern jazz who propelled the bands of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, and many more. As a leader Taylor only recorded a handful of albums including 1960’s A.T.’s Delight, which is a delightful and inventive set of hard bop that interprets the music of Coltrane, Monk, Davis, and Kenny Dorham with a stellar band featuring trumpeter Dave Burns, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and Carlos “Patato” Valdes on congas. (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Art Taylor: A.T.'s Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Buhaina's Delight (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
The line-up of drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers shifted in 1961 with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard replacing Lee Morgan, pianist Cedar Walton replacing Bobby Timmons, and the addition of Curtis Fuller on trombone who joined existing members Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone and Jymie Merritt on bass. This powerful new sextet line-up first recorded on the album Mosaic, and quickly returned to the studio the next month to begin recording Buhaina’s Delight. The album featured 3 compositions by Shorter (“Backstage Sally” “Contemplation” “Reincarnation Blues”) along with 1 each by Fuller (“Bu’s Delight”) and Walton (“Shaky Jake”), closing with an high-intensity arrangement of “Moon River.” (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Pete La Roca: Basra (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
By the time drummer Pete La Roca recorded his debut album Basra in 1965 he had already appeared on 9 Blue Note sessions as a sideman and spent time in bands led by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. But it was another tenor titan, Joe Henderson, that La Roca brought in as the sole horn voice to front a dynamic quartet that was completed by what liner note writer Ira Gitler called “one of the most attuned rhythm sections in jazz” featuring bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Steve Kuhn. The resulting album is one of the great underrated gems of the Blue Note catalog featuring an expansive 6-track set that includes 3 compositions by La Roca (“Basra” “Candu” “Tears Come from Heaven”), Swallow’s tune “Eiderdown,” “Malagueña” by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and a stunning ballad performance of the standard “Lazy Afternoon.” (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Pete La Roca: Basra (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Tony Williams: Foreign Intrigue (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Tony Williams: Foreign Intrigue (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Drummer Tony Williams had a long, fruitful relationship with Blue Note Records starting in the 1960s when he appeared on numerous post-bop classics (Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage, Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch, Andrew Hill Point of Departure) and made his first 2 albums as a leader: Life Time (1964) and Spring (1965). After Blue Note relaunched in 1984, Williams returned to the label eager to form a new acoustic band as a vehicle to perform his compositions. He headed into the studio in 1985 to record Foreign Intrigue, the first in a remarkable run of 6 brilliant late-career albums. The album featured a set of 7 Williams originals including “Sister Cheryl” and “Takin’ My Time” performed by trumpeter Wallace Roney, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and bassist Ron Carter. (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Jimmy Smith: Groovin' At Small's Paradise (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff once recalled: 'I first heard Jimmy Smith at Smalls' Paradise in January of 1956. It was his first gig in New York. He was a stunning sight. A man in convulsions, face contorted, crouched over in apparent agony, his fingers flying, his feet dancing over the pedals. The air was filled with waves of sound I had never heard before.' After discovering Smith, Alfred Lion recorded the Hammond B3 organ virtuoso no less than 14 times in 1956-57, including this tremendous live album captured at the legendary Harlem club that finds Smith in a trio setting with guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Donald Bailey stretching out on 3 standards ('After Hours,' 'My Funny Valentine' & 'Laura') plus Smith's Thelonious Monk tribute 'Slightly Monkish.' (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Jimmy Smith: Groovin' At Small's Paradise (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Lonnie Smith: Live At Club Mozambique (Vinyl LP: Blue Note, 2 LPs)Lonnie Smith: Live At Club Mozambique (Vinyl LP: Blue Note, 2 LPs)
Recorded in May 1970, this smoldering set of funky soul-jazz by the great organist Lonnie Smith went unreleased until 1995. Captured live at Club Mozambique in Detroit just 5 months after Smith recorded his excellent Blue Note album Drives, this live date featured a similar line-up with tenor saxophonist Dave Hubbard, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, and drummer Joe Dukes, with the notable difference being the presence of guitarist George Benson here. On this 2LP set the band stretches out on 6 Smith originals including “I Can’t Stand It” & “Play It Back” along with covers of the Sly Stone song “I Want To Thank You” & Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven.” (Blue Note Records)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave (Vinyl LP: CTI/ Elemental)
Limited edition, deluxe 180g-vinyl reissue with original artwork and a gatefold sleeve.

Reissue of the 5th studio album by Brazilian jazz legend Antônio Carlos Jobim. Considered one of Jobim's best albums, this masterpiece peaked at #5 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. It features a plethora of star sidemen, such as Dom Um Romão, Claudio Slon, Jerome Richardson, Ron Carter & Urbie Green, among others, as well as superb arrangements by Claus Ogerman. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios by Rudy Van Gelder and produced by Creed Taylor, CTI Records. May & June 1967. (Proper Music) 


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Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave (Vinyl LP: CTI/ Elemental)


Errol Garner: Up In Errol's Room (CD: Mack Avenue)Errol Garner: Up In Errol's Room (CD: Mack Avenue)
Remastered reissue of Erroll Garner's 1968 album 'Up in Erroll's Room', which is appearing here on CD for the first time. Over the course of two sessions in November 1967, Erroll Garner and his band recorded enough material for a handful of albums. What makes this collection truly unique is the addition of a brass section, expertly orchestrated over a selection of Garner's improvised arrangements. This style of collaboration was groundbreaking for the era and helps to make this one of the most musically thrilling of all Garner's albums.  


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Errol Garner: That's My Kick (CD: Mack Avenue)
'That's My Kick' was Erroll Garner's first traditional studio album in five years and perhaps his most ambitious album ever as a composer. The selections were surely inspired by the new array of musicians assembled for the sessions, including percussionist José Mangual, who would go on to play with Garner for rest of his career. The electric atmosphere captured on tape here is at times raucous and always palpably joyful. (Proper Music) 


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Errol Garner: That's My Kick (CD: Mack Avenue)


Dorothy Ashby: Hip Harp + In A Minor Mood (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Dorothy Ashby: Hip Harp + In A Minor Mood (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
Considered the most accomplished modern jazz harpist, Dorothy Ashby (1932-1986) established the harp as an improvising jazz instrument, beyond earlier use as a novelty or background orchestral instrument. She proved the harp could play bebop as adeptly as the instruments commonly associated with jazz. Presented here are two of Ashby's best albums, Hip Harp (Prestige LP7140) and In a Minor Groove (New Jazz LP8209), both presenting her in a quartet format backed by Frank Wess on flute, Herman Wright on bass, and Art Taylor or Roy Haynes on drums. Personnel: Dorothy Ashby - Harp; Frank Wess - Flute; Herman Wright - Bass; Art Taylor - Drums; Roy Haynes - Drums. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder & produced by Bob Weinstock, New Jersey, 1958. (Proper Music) 


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Various Artists: Jazz On A Summer's Day (CD & DVD: Charly)
'Jazz On A Summer's Day' is one of the greatest jazz movies ever made. Conceived by stills photographer Bert Stern (Vogue magazine, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn) and filmed over the four days of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, the movie not only captured inspired performances by some of the biggest names in jazz at the time, but also the style and fashions of late Fifties America. Interspersing footage of the crowds and the America's Cup yacht races with the artists live on stage and largely devoid of dialogue, Stern's fluid form perfectly echoes the jazz vibe tempering a fly-on-the-wall documentary style with surreal, dreamlike flourishes.

His photographer's eye for composition and subject matter is much in evidence in Stern's series of unforgettable images of the performers which include Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, George Shearing, Chuck Berry, Big Maybelle ,Gerry Mulligan and peerless gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, the audience and the picturesque setting of Rhode Island that 4th July week-end. In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Presented as a 2-disc brilliant jewel case set with a 16-page booklet. DVD extras include an interview with Bert Stern, an introduction to Jazz On A Summer's Day, artist biographies and photo gallery. This soundtrack CD was recently chosen as one of the all-time classic albums by Mojo magazine in its compendium, The Mojo Collection. (Proper Music) 


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Various Artists: Jazz On A Summer's Day (CD & DVD: Charly)

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