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Silje Nergaard: For You A Thousand Times (CD: Okeh)Silje Nergaard: For You A Thousand Times (CD: Okeh)
For You a Thousand Times is the inspirational new album from acclaimed Norwegian jazz singer Silje Nergaard. The album portrays people or scenes who inspired Silje and describes past encounters or personal experiences from images in her heart. Throughout this musical journey, Silje is accompanied by Andreas Ulvo (keyboard), Audun Erlien (bass), Sidiki Camara (percussion), Wetle Holte (drums and percussion), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Håkon Aase (violin) and Håkon Kornstad (saxophone). Receiving a Grammy nomination for her earlier album “A Thousand True Stories,” Silje Nergaard is without question Norway’s all-time best selling Jazz artist worldwide with 15 albums released over a career spanning 20 years. (Sony Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Cheek To Cheek- The Complete Duet Recordings (CD: Verve, 4 CDs- Import)
For the first time, all of Ella and Louis’s classic duets are in one place. This new, 4CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums – newly remastered versions Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – combining them with their eight Decca singles (both sides of their four releases, recorded 1946 and 1950); live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for the Ella and Louis album; plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humor, which were scattered on various releases in the past two decades. Cheek To Cheek also includes unreleased material: “The Memphis Blues,” with Bing Crosby, from his radio show, and several takes of Armstrong’s solo showcase, “Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess,” and a rare instrumental mix for “Red-Headed Woman.” The 4-CD collection includes an extensive essay by Ricky Riccardi, the world’s leading authority on Louis Armstrong, plus detailed annotations and rare images from the archives. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £47.99 

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Cheek To Cheek- The Complete Duet Recordings  (CD: Verve, 4 CDs- Import)


Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)
Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, alongside an all-star group of Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette plus special guests including John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Terry Lyne Carrington and others. 


Price:  £13.99 


Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (CD: ECM)
Recorded in New York’s Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Blue Maqams brings Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem together with three brilliant improvisers. For Anouar Brahem and Dave Holland the album marks a reunion: they first collaborated 20 years ago on the very widely-acclaimed Thimar album. Brahem meets Jack DeJohnette for the first time here, but Holland and DeJohnette have been frequent musical partners over the last half-century beginning with ground-breaking work with Miles Davis – their collaborations are legendary. British pianist Django Bates also rises superbly to the challenge of Brahem’s compositions. And Anouar in turn is inspired to some of his most outgoing playing. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (CD: ECM)


Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)

Double 180g audiophile vinyl release. 


Price:  £29.99 


Django Bates' Beloved: The Study Of Touch (CD: ECM)
British pianist Django Bates returns to ECM with one of his very finest constellations, the trio Belovèd, with Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun, and an aptly named album, The Study of Touch. All three musicians are highly individual players, subtly challenging the conventions of the jazz piano trio. The group came together a decade ago when Bates was teaching at Copenhagen’s Rhythmic Music Conservatory. The shared work has included inspired reconstructions of pieces associated with Charlie Parker – a formative influence for both Bates and bassist Eldh - and in this new album, Parker’s tune “Passport” is set amid Django originals, and played with respect, contemporary sensibility and joy. Some of Django’s own tunes here – such as “Senza Bitterness”, “Sadness All The Way Down” and “We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way” have become core pieces in Belovèd’s repertoire, continually remodeled by this trio of improvisers. Bates’ composing and arranging skills are much in evidence, along with his freewheeling, free-flowing virtuosic melodic sense. The terse, percussive edge of Petter Eldh’s bass provides momentum and drummer Peter Bruun details the music with an almost painterly touch. In the crowded world of the piano trio, Belovèd has developed a sound all its own. The Study of Touch was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Django Bates' Beloved: The Study Of Touch (CD: ECM)


Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream - The Orchestral Sessions (CD: Okeh)Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream - The Orchestral Sessions (CD: Okeh)
Okeh presents the brand new album, I Know I Dream by Grammy nominated superstar Stacey Kent. This is Stacey’s first ever full orchestral album of brand new material, including new original compositions by Jim Tomlinson and supreme cover versions of landmark songs. Joining Stacey on the album are Jim Tomlinson (saxophones, flutes & percussion), Graham Harvey (Piano and fender Rhodes), John Parricelli (guitars) and a host of other world class instrumentalists. (Sony Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)
Aki Rissanen delivers an all-encompassing, powerful new album with Another North, an album that explores new heights of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves and hypnotic loops. Aki Rissanen has reset his compass. This is their Another North. (Edition Records) 


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Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)


Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits (CD: Edition)Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits (CD: Edition)
Gary Husband has been at the forefront of the international jazz scene for many years. He is that rare breed: a musician equally fluent in expression, and internationally lauded, on two instruments, in this case, drums and keyboard. Even more singular is his ability to bring together the fruits of a career that have included classical training, improvisational versatility and long experience on the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits into a distinctive and influential musical personality.

Gary’s latest album, and his first for Edition, A Meeting of Spirits is an innovative re-interpretation of the music of legendary guitarist, bandleader and composer John McLaughlin that in many ways demonstrates the totality of Husband’s multifaceted talent. In “...dissecting, reforming and freshly presenting...” the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Husband - a long time collaborator with McLaughlin - pays personal and intimate homage to the iconic guitarist while showcasing his own highly distinctive creativity and personal expression. (Edition Records) 


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Eric Alexander: Song Of No Regrets (CD: Highnote)
 


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Eric Alexander: Song Of No Regrets (CD: Highnote)


Pat Martino: Formidable (CD: Highnote)Pat Martino: Formidable (CD: Highnote)
 



Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (CD: Sunnyside)
 


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Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (CD: Sunnyside)


Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)
 


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Booker Ervin: The Good Book - The Early Years 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
The terms “unsung hero” and “musicians' musician” were all too frequently appended to Ervin's name during his short lifetime, yet in spite of these inhibiting labels he recorded no fewer than fifteen albums as a leader, as well as appearing as a sideman on over a dozen others.

This new Acrobat anthology celebrates the early years of his recorded career at the dawn of the 1960s, a juncture in which Hard Bop, Soul Jazz and the Avant-Garde all jostled for primacy, and which found Ervin a player perfectly equipped for the times.

Featuring all three of his initial albums as a leader – The Book Cooks, Cookin' and That's it! - together with selected appearances with bands led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles, pianists Horace Parlan and Mal Waldron and fellow-tenor Bill Barron (the rare Hot Line album), this 4-CD retrospective is accompanied by an extensive booklet note by award-winning saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, carefully re-examining Ervin's work, and uncovering much hitherto unknown information about his early life, alongside period photographs. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 

Booker Ervin: The Good Book - The Early Years 1960-62 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)


Roger Guerin: Le Formidable - Paris Meetings (CD: Fresh Sound)Roger Guerin: Le Formidable - Paris Meetings (CD: Fresh Sound)
At the end of the 1940s, young French jazz musicians started flocking towards the two styles of modern jazz—bebop and cool. Paris was the capital of European jazz, and the talent of the local musicians playing in Parisian clubs was often comparable to that of their American colleagues. In that league, we found mostly French and some Belgian names, such as Bobby Jaspar, Martial Solal, Pierre Michelot, Maurice Vander, Jean-Louis Viale, Benoit Quersin, René Thomas, Barney Wilen, René Urtreger, and several others.

This album is dedicated to one of them in particular: trumpeter Roger Guérin (1926-2010). Despite having very few recordings under his name and spending most of his career as a sideman, Guérin was never underappreciated by jazz fans and critics: after all, he was chosen as the best French jazz trumpeter ten years in a row (1955-65) by the “Jazz-Hot” readers’ and critics’ poll. In these sessions we find him alongside great American jazzmen like James Moody, Jimmy Raney, Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons, but also in the company of his French comrades, giving his best in every performance.

• He was involved in many of the projects that pushed the evolution of modern jazz in France. An arranger of the stature of Billy Byers, who worked in Paris for a while in 1956, described him like this: “There are some very good musicians in France: Roger Guérin is a great jazzman.” (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Charles Lloyd & Chico Hamilton Quintet: The Complete 1960-1961 Sessions (CD: Phono, 2CDs)
This edition contains, for the first time on a single set, the complete 1960-61 sessions that marked the earliest collaborations of Charles Lloyd and Chico Hamilton. Presented here in chronological order and, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD IN THEIR STEREO VERSIONS, the dates originally appeared on the LPs The Chico Hamilton Special (Columbia CL1619/CS8419) and Selections from ‘Bye Bye Birdie’/ ‘Irma La Douce’ (Columbia CL1590/CS8390). The two 1961 tracks, which had never previously appeared on CD, were originally released on the rare compilation LPs Who’s Who in the Swinging Sixties (Columbia CS8565) and Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia CS8693).

The music here is particularly interesting in that Charles Lloyd is the only horn heard throughout these recordings, while on most of their other collaborations the cello was replaced by a trombone player. The complete 1962 Hamilton/Lloyd album Drumfusion (Columbia CS8607), featuring Garnett Brown on trombone, plus the only alternative take from that session (originally released on the LP compilation The Giants of Jazz (-CS 8770), have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 

Charles Lloyd & Chico Hamilton Quintet: The Complete 1960-1961 Sessions (CD: Phono, 2CDs)


Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Spirit Of Trane (CD: Fanfare)Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Spirit Of Trane (CD: Fanfare)
"Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, The Spirit of Trane is our attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid-fire improvisations, the advanced harmonic progressions, the sonic impact of the best jazz quartet ever or his lush interpretations of the most beautiful ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of Trane. But Coltrane is far greater than the sum of his outstanding musical achievements. He was a voice of a generation, an artistic revolutionary spirit, a man who transformed anger into love and plight into a humanist message. Coltrane is for us jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. Trane is for us, first and foremost, a spirit." (Gilad Atzmon) 


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John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension: Live At Ronmnie Scott's (CD: Abstract Logix)
'Live at Ronnie Scott's' offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. 


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John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension: Live At Ronmnie Scott's (CD: Abstract Logix)


Björn Meyer: Provenance (CD: ECM)Björn Meyer: Provenance (CD: ECM)
There is a distinguished tradition of solo bass albums on ECM, but Provenance is the first to be devoted to the electric bass guitar. Björn Meyer, Swedish-born and Swiss-based, has shaped a unique voice for his instrument inside the most diverse contexts, working alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi, Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem. For a decade he was a member of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, in which his bass guitar was frequently the lead instrument. His solo work is concerned with the experience of sound in acoustic spaces: “Even though the instrument is technically non-acoustic, the music is deeply influenced by the properties of the space where it is played. The many different ways in which acoustics affect my compositions and improvisations have always been sources of surprise and inspiration. There is definitely a second member in this solo project – the room!” The participating room on Provenance is the highly responsive Auditorio Stello Molo RSI in Lugano, its rich acoustics helping to bring out all the fine detail in Meyer’s subtle playing. (ECM Records) 


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Lizz Wright: Grace (CD: Concord)
 


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Lizz Wright: Grace (CD: Concord)


Danny Grissett: Remembrance (CD: Savant)Danny Grissett: Remembrance (CD: Savant)
 


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Steve Lacy: Free For A Minute, 1965-1972 (CD: Emanem, 2 CDs)
 


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Steve Lacy: Free For A Minute, 1965-1972 (CD: Emanem, 2 CDs)


Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times (CD: Emanem)Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times (CD: Emanem)
Four very different concert settings featuring sensational performances by trombonist Paul Rutherford: two festival solos – one from 1979 with electronics and the other from 2004 without; a 1988 duo with Paul Rogers (double bass) a few months before their Rogues CD; and from 2007 a trio with Veryan Weston (piano) and Marcio Mattos (cello & electronics) – a very promising group, except that this turned out to be Rutherford’s last public appearance. All previously unissued. 76 minutes. (Discovery Records) 


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Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59 (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)
4 CD Box Set including a 36-page booklet with comprehensive essay by Jordi Pujol, complete sessionography, extensive recording details, rare photos and original art covers.

Lucky Thompson (1924-2005) had never been accorded the praise he deserved in the United States, despite the fact that in the 40s many prominent critics and musicians considered him the finest tenor-saxophone player to appear in jazz since the emergence of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He never found work easily in his own country, maybe because he expressed his views too forcibly about the various rackets going on behind the glitteringfacade of the musical profession. It got so bad that by the 1950s Lucky was practically ignored by most record labels, which deliberately passed over his name time and time again rather than employ him.

This was the situation in 1956, when he decided to move to Paris—like Don Byas and several others before him—hoping for better things in Europe where his name meant something to jazz critics and collectors. In the months after his arrival in Paris, Lucky appeared on more record sessions than he had in the previous several years in his own country.

These Parisian recordings (1956-1959) went a long way towards proving Lucky Thompson’s stature in jazz; they show that his neglect was uncalled for, and that he was a superb fountain of finely-embroidered jazz improvisation. (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £41.99 

Lucky Thompson featuring Martial Solal: Complete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956-59  (CD: Fresh Sound, 4 CDs)


Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)Lucky Thompson: In Paris 1956 - The All Star Orchestra Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound)
In the months following his arrival in Paris in February 1956, American tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson appeared in more record sessions than he had in years in his own country. Although his recordings in France were mostly with small groups, he also recorded four sessions with medium-sized orchestras made up by some of the most relevant jazzmen of the Parisian scene.

For the first of these sessions, Lucky joined the Modern Jazz Group —a ten-piece band— to play a series of compositions written by pianist Henri Renaud, and newly arranged to highlight Thompson’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic imagination. For the remaining three, he had the backing of Dave Pochonet leading several all-star groups that played originals and well-conceived arrangements penned by Lucky. In addition to his writing, his splendid solos project some hard-driving swing, as well as lyricism in the Hawkins-Webster mood. Most of his charts also offer ample solo space for other band members, who don’t squander the chance and jump in with more than commendable musicianship.

Thompson’s effort to sustain a high, solid mood throughout these sessions is somewhat amazing, making it clear that he was not only a saxophonist of excellent control of tone and ideas, but also an imaginative composer and unpretentious arranger. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Charles Mingus: Complete Live At The Bohemia 1955 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This 2-CD set compiles all of the music recorded by the Charles Mingus Quintet with Max Roach as the guest star during a fruitful and extended evening in 1955. Most but not all of the material appeared on the LPs Mingus at the Bohemia (Debut Records DEB-123) and The Charles Mingus Quintet Plus Max Roach (Fantasy 6009), while the rest were issued on different compilations.

The concert presents Mingus at a time in which he had found his musical identity. His group is augmented by the great Max Roach as a special guest, and both masters play, among other tunes, an amazing duet titled “Percussion Discussion”. Mal Waldron’s piano is another of the highlights.

An extremely rare broadcast showcasing Mingus’ group also at the Bohemia the following year has been added as a bonus, including a version of “What Is This Thing Called Love” on which Phineas Newborn, Jr. replaces Waldron on piano. No other recordings of Newborn and Mingus together are known to exist! Studio versions of two of the tunes taped at the Bohemia, “Haitian Fight Song” and “A Foggy Day” complete this release. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £17.99 

Charles Mingus: Complete Live At The Bohemia 1955 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


WyntonKelly: Unissued In Boston (CD: Phono)WyntonKelly: Unissued In Boston (CD: Phono)
Known for his lively, blues-based playing and as one of the finest accompanists in jazz, pianist Wynton Kelly (1931-1971) garnered acclaim as part of Miles Davis’ 1959-61 band. After leaving Davis, Kelly played with his own trio, which recorded for several labels and toured the United States and internationally. However, his career did not develop much further, and he had difficulty finding enough work during his later years. Kelly, who was prone to epilepsy, died in a hotel room in Canada following a seizure, at the age of 39.

This set compiles two previously unreleased broadcasts recorded in Boston and featuring Kelly’s trios with Paul Chambers or Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. The great Roy Eldridge is added on trumpet on the last two tracks. (Discovery) 


Price:  £11.99 


Dudley Moore Trio: Today (CD: Cherry Red)
"Today" was recorded in 1971, during a hugely successful three-week tour of Australia involving concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Dudley was accompanied by stalwart drummer Chris Karan and his new permanent bass player Peter Morgan. It is the point at which the Trio found full expression, the sessions spawning a deliciously swinging 'Waterloo', the elegant 'Staircase', a seductive interpretation of Burt Bacharach's 'The Look of Love' and a Top 10 single, the irresistible scat-style 'Song for Suzy', dedicated to Dudley's first wife, the actress Suzy Kendall. (Warner Music) 


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Dudley Moore Trio: Today (CD: Cherry Red)


Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (CD: Blue Note)Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin' Thru (CD: Blue Note)
NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and musical truth-seeker Charles Lloyd reconvenes his remarkable New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland and takes us on another mystical journey with this live recording of Lloyd's original compositions. For his latest Blue Note offering, the passionate live recording Passin’ Thru, Lloyd reunites his enduring New Quartet featuring pianist Jason Moran, Rogers, and Harland, a simpatico unit that teems with intuition, contemplation and romping playfulness. Produced by Lloyd and Dorothy Darr, the album is a dynamic seven-song collection of Lloyd compositions that range from the swinging and gleeful title track (first recorded in 1963 when he was a member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet) to the sober and longing new piece, “Shiva Prayer,” written in commemoration of a dear friend, to whom the album is dedicated. (Universal Music) 


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Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
Roscoe Mitchell contrasts and – for the first time - combines the sounds and distinctive characters of his four trios in an exhilarating double album recorded at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mitchell had been invited to premiere new music at the museum, in the context of the exhibition The Freedom Principle, which celebrated the directions in music and art set in motion by the AACM on Chicago’s South Side. Starting out by exploring “Spatial Aspects of the Sound”, with the ensemble featuring both Craig Taborn and Tyshawn Sorey on pianos, Mitchell offers what amounts to a composer self-portrait in continually changing colours and textures, reflecting on his own history while looking toward the future. Two pieces - including the title composition – draw upon the full percussion instrumentarium of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a panorama of gongs, bells, rattles, sirens, hand drums and more. Along the way there are remarkable contributions by all participants, among them a lyrical bass guitar feature for Jaribu Shahid on “EP 7849”, a heart-dilating solo by Tani Tabbal on “Cards for Drums”, an extended trumpet feature for Hugh Ragin on “Bells for the South Side”, evocative and atmospheric electronics from Craig Taborn and James Fei on “Red Moon in the Sky”, and plenty of Mitchell’s powerhouse saxophones throughout, from the piercing sopranino down to the mighty bass sax. The performance is concluded with “Odwalla”, the Mitchell-composed theme song of the Art Ensemble. (ECM Records) 


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Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)


Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (CD: ECM)Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (CD: ECM)
Some of Gary Peacock’s finest music has been made in piano trios. Early in his musical life, Peacock established a fresh role for the bass as an independent melodic voice, a concept carried forward in the history-making groups he’s played with – from Paul Bley’s Bill Evans’s trios to Keith Jarrett’s. As a bandleader he has also been influential: Tangents is the second release from the great bassist’s trio with Marc Copland and Joey Baron and draws on years of shared playing in diverse contexts. All three band members contribute compositions, Peacock’s including “December Greenwings”, revisiting a piece Gary introduced on his ECM recording December Poems. Repertoire includes five tunes from Peacock, two from Baron, one from Copland, and an outstanding group improvisation, “Empty Forest”. The trio also plays Miles Davis’s “Blue In Green” and, perhaps surprisingly, Alex North’s theme for the film Spartacus, which also proves a fine vehicle for improvising. Tangents was recorded in Lugano in May 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer’s composition “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago,” the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his “Subconscious Lee,” and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme “Goldfinger.” (ECM Records) 


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Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan : Small Town (CD: ECM)


Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (CD: ECM)Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (CD: ECM)
Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call him “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists” and The New Yorker to describe him as “extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic.” Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive (“Down to the Wire,” “Good on the Ground”) to the cathartically elegiac (“For Amiri Baraka,” “Threnody”), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.” (ECM Records) 


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Fred Hersch: Open Book (CD: Palmetto)
 


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Fred Hersch: Open Book (CD: Palmetto)


DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)
‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).

In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson and Joni Mitchell. The music will have broad appeal beyond mainstream jazz confines. The project came together organically as a way to celebrate music legend Jack DeJohnette’s 75th birthday. (PIAS) 


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Bill Charlap Trio: Uptown, Downtown (CD: Impulse)
 


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Bill Charlap Trio: Uptown, Downtown (CD: Impulse)


Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying The Light - A Dedication To John Coltrane (CD: Spartacus)Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying The Light - A Dedication To John Coltrane (CD: Spartacus)
In April 2017, Smith and his new quartet went into the studio to record his first acoustic quartet album since 2005. Entitled 'Embodying the Light', the album will mark Smith's 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the death of one of his greatest inspirations, John Coltrane. It features Coltrane compositions including "Naima", "Dear Lord" and "Resolution" and music associated with Coltrane alongside Smith compositions written in homage to Coltrane. (Proper Music) 


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Dave O'Higgins: It's Always 9.30 In Zog (CD: JGV)
It’s always 9.30 in Zog is O’Higgins’ nineteenth album as leader and features eight original compositions, legendary South African Bheki Mseleku’s ‘Timelessness’, ‘Brixton’ written specially for O’Higgins by Brazilian accordion virtuoso, Chico Chagas, and two standards. Features Graham Harvey, Geoff Gasgoyne & Sebastiaan De Krom. 


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Dave O'Higgins: It's Always 9.30 In Zog (CD: JGV)


Liane Carroll: The Right To Love (CD: Quiet Money)Liane Carroll: The Right To Love (CD: Quiet Money)
 


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Malija: Instinct (CD: Edition)
 


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Malija: Instinct (CD: Edition)


Django Bates & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper (CD: Edition)Django Bates & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper (CD: Edition)
The totally irrepressible creativity and ever-unconventional spirit of Django Bates swings into a completely new and unpredicted sphere. In collaboration with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and Eggs Laid By Tigers, Django has reimagined the seminal Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most significant Rock album of all time.

With his overpoweringly creative spirit, his anarchic sense of humour and his incredible level of musicality, approaching the arrangement process with a manifesto of 'Freedom, not Licence', Django's work is typically inventive and visionary. Holding on to the original structures and keys, he gracefully folds his own colours, rhythms and sound into the music, resulting in a thoroughly kaleidoscopic examination of this iconic album. (Proper Music) 


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Rob Luft: Riser (CD: Edition)
Riser is the new album from London-born award-winning guitarist Rob Luft. A musician of incredible talent, depth and maturity, Rob Luft is set to become a name to remember. At only 23 years of age his proficiency as a guitarist and composer embodies a level of musicianship and vision well beyond his years. A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize as well as placing second in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Rob is already garnering praise from critics across Europe. The UK’s Jazzwise Magazine has highlighted his “obvious star quality” and Riser is an album that stands up to scrutiny as one of the finest debut records in many years in the burgeoning creative current UK Jazz scene.

“Riser marks the first occasion on which I’ve released a selection of my original songs. I have always considered myself as being primarily a performer and secondly a composer” says Rob “and feel more at home standing on the kind of “Riser” that can be found in London’s jazz clubs rather than sitting at home writing music.” (Edition Records) 


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Rob Luft: Riser (CD: Edition)


Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (CD: Edition)Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (CD: Edition)
The Late Trane is the powerful and commanding new album from British saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a giant of the UK jazz scene. Reimagining and reworking ten carefully chosen composition from John Coltrane's late music (from 1963 - 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, The Late Trane perfectly balances Denys Baptiste's unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane's late music.

After almost two decades experience at the forefront of the British and European Jazz scene, Denys Baptiste still brims with the confidence of a youthful spirit. With a stellar band that fires on all cylinders and a new home at Edition Records, Denys' career continues to grow and blossom. This is an album by an artist in total control of his vision, a bandleader flexing his muscles and a musician in his instrumental prime. The Late Trane will fulfil his potential at an international level and bring a new audience to one of the finest instrumentalists and composers on the UK scene - something of a sleeping giant in the last 3 decades, but a giant that is about to wake! (Proper Music) 


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Bill Evans: Another Time - The Hilversum Concert (CD: Resonance)
'Another Time: The Hilversum Concert' is a rare, never-before-issued recording of the legendary Bill Evans trio featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums, captured live at the Netherlands Radio Union Studios in Hilversum on June 22, 1968.

This is only the third known recording in existence of this particular trio, who only performed together as a trio for a six month period in 1968, and was originally recorded and broadcast on the radio program Jazz in Actie by Dutch producer Joop de Roo. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the then state of the art equipment of the NRU, and kept in pristine condition over the years.

On the heels of 2016's landmark Evans discovery, 'Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest', which was recorded a mere two days prior to this Hilversum date in 1968, Resonance has struck gold again with yet another unearthed gem from the iconic pianist Bill Evans.

This deluxe CD is being officially released in conjunction with the Bill Evans estate and the musicians, and features rare photos, essays by Dutch jazz journalist Bert Vuijsje, producer Zev Feldman, plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and more!

Personnel: Bill Evans (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums). (Proper Music) 


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Bill Evans: Another Time - The Hilversum Concert (CD: Resonance)


Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano: Compassion - The Music of John Coltrane (CD: Resonance)Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano: Compassion - The Music of John Coltrane (CD: Resonance)
Now approaching the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's passing, 'Compassion' is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Featuring an all-star band of long-time collaborators led by jazz legends Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart.

In spring of 2007, saxophonist Dave Liebman was contacted by the BBC asking to arrange a recording date commemorating the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing. Due to prior commitments, he could not get the whole Saxophone Summit group together, but with Summit-mates Joe Lovano, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz, supported by bassist Ron McClure they were able to do a recording session.

Coltrane compositions recorded cover the various periods of Trane's life with the early period represented by the altered blues "Locomotion," mid period ethnic-influenced "Olé" and "Equinox." The later years represented by the rarely heard "Reverend King" and "Compassion" from the epic Meditations album. With Joe Lovano featured on flute, tenor, aulachrome (a new saxophone innovation) and alto flute, along with Dave Liebman on soprano and flutes, the music explores Coltrane's legacy with a modern coloristic approach. (Proper Music) 


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John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (CD: Concord)
 


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John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (CD: Concord)


Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (CD: Pi Recordings)Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (CD: Pi Recordings)
 


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David S. Ware Trio: Live In New York, 2010 (CD: AUM Fidelity, 2 CDs)
'Live in New York, 2010' presents a tremendous one-night engagement by saxophone colossus David S. Ware and his latter day Trio in an intimate club setting - the Blue Note on October 4, 2010. Packaged in deluxe 8-panel digipak, with liner notes by producer Steven Joerg. (Proper Music) 


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David S. Ware Trio: Live In New York, 2010 (CD: AUM Fidelity, 2 CDs)


William Parker Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection (CD: AUM Fidelity, 2 CDs)William Parker Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection (CD: AUM Fidelity, 2 CDs)
'Meditation / Resurrection' is a double-album presenting a bounty of beautiful William Parker compositions performed by two of his flagship ensembles. Packaged in deluxe 8-panel digipak with extensive notes by William Parker. (Proper Music) 


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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (DVD: MVD Visual / Wienerworld)
Tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins has long been hailed as one of the most important artists in jazz history and still today he is viewed as the greatest living jazz improviser.

In 1986, filmmaker Robert Mugge produced SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS, a feature-length portrait of Rollins, named after one of his most celebrated albums. The project began in May of that year when Mugge and a small crew accompanied Sonny and Lucille Rollins to Tokyo, Japan where the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra premiered his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra with Heikki Sarmanto of Finland conducting and Rollins himself soloing throughout.

The next big shoot was in August, when Mugge and a larger crew filmed Rollins and his ensemble performing at sculpted rock quarry Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York. The most surprising part of the latter concert was that, midway through his performance, Rollins leaped from a 6-foot cliff, fell to his back on the ground and, in spite of suffering a broken heel, continued to play his saxophone.

Rounding out the production were interviews with Rollins in Japan, with Heikki Sarmanto in Japan, with Rollins and his wife Lucille in New York City, and with jazz critics Ira Gitler, Gary Giddins, and Francis Davis, also in New York City.

The film has been given 4K remastering, and an updated commentary by Mugge is included as a bonus feature. (Wienerworld)

NTSC format, 101 mins. 


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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (DVD: MVD Visual / Wienerworld)


Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio - BBC Sessions 1971 (Dusk Fire)Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio - BBC Sessions 1971 (Dusk Fire)
This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band's musical director. The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of its powers in a 'Jazz Club' session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London's Camden Theatre.

Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dave Greenslade, Dave Clempson Jeff Clyne, Jon Hiseman and Frank Ricotti .

Fast forward to September of that year, and we have Ardley's epic 'The Time Flowers' on 'Jazz in Britain'. Inspired by JG Ballard's sci-fi short story, 'The Garden of Time', he plays alongside Carr, Rendell, Ricotti, Barry Guy, the London Studio Strings with Keith Winter on electronics in a 30-minute set that declares Ardley's growing intentions toward the electronic media that were to become increasingly integral to his later recorded work.

Bearing faultless performances from the cream of modern British jazz, this latest Dusk Fire release is another essential purchase for connoisseurs of the genre. (Proper Music) 


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Wes Montgomery & The Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin' In Seattle- Live At The Penthouse 1966 (CD: Resonance)
'Smokin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)' presents previously unreleased live sets by jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery with the irrepressibly swinging pianist Wynton Kelly and his trio captured live at the Penthouse in Seattle, WA on April 14 and 21, 1966.

Recorded less than a year after Wes and Wynton's classic 1965 live album 'Smokin' at the Half Note', which guitarist Pet Metheny calls "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," 'Smokin' in Seattle' finds the dynamic duo joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson) and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

The CD package includes extensive liner note books featuring rare photos by Lee Tanner, Chuck Stewart, Tom Copi, Joe Alpert and others; essays by guitar icon Pat Metheny, Seattle Times writer Paul de Barros, producer Zev Feldman, original recording engineer and Seattle Radio DJ Jim Wilke; and an interviews with Ron McClure, Jimmy Cobb and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron. (Proper Music) 


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Wes Montgomery & The Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin' In Seattle- Live At The Penthouse 1966 (CD: Resonance)


Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC, The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC, The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
Resonance Records presents another previously unreleased gem from the NPR Music vaults, following 2016's critically acclaimed Sarah Vaughan release 'Live at Rosy's'. 'Truth, Liberty & Soul' captures the iconic bass innovator Jaco Pastorius leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New York scene at the time such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson and others, along with the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans as a special guest, 'Truth, Liberty & Soul' showcases Jaco's brilliant compositions for large ensembles with electrifying energy of a live performance.

A portion of the concert was previously broadcast on the NPR program Jazz Alive! in 1982, and has been available as unofficial bootlegs, but this is the first official release authorized by the Jaco Pastorius estate, Warner Music Group and NPR Music and contains an additional 40 minutes which never aired. Culled from the original NPR 24-track tape reels, this is the complete concert from start-to-finish, with the sound meticulously restored for release and mastered by the original, multi-Grammy award winning, recording engineer from the broadcast, Paul Blakemore.

'Truth, Liberty & Soul' will be available as a deluxe 2-CD package and includes a 100-page booklet, featuring rare photos by Tom Copi, Don Hunstein, Rene Perez and Donna Ranieri, essays by acclaimed jazz writer Bill Milkowski (author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius) and producer Zev Feldman, the original recording engineer Paul Blakemore, as well as interviews with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who produced the award-winning documentary JACO (2014), and musicians - drummer Peter Erskine, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Victor Wooten and more! (Proper Music) 


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Dick Morrissey: Live At The Bell 1972 (CD: Acrobat)
The early 1970s have long been regarded as the “dark ages” for acoustic modern jazz in the UK: jazz-rock and fusion were everywhere, monopolising whatever recording opportunities were available for British jazzmen, captivating the imagination of the music press and forcing some of the country's finest improvisers into an inglorious twilight. However, it wasn't all doom and gloom. A few players managed to straddle both camps, pleasing both purists and progressives alike, principle among them saxophonist Dick Morrissey, then riding high with jazz-rock icons 'If' but otherwise known as one of Britain's greatest straight-ahead jazz soloists. A musician who'd established an almost cult-like following on the grass roots circuit of provincial pubs that comprised much of the British jazz scene of the time, Morrissey hadn't recorded a pure jazz album since the mid-1960s (and wouldn't make an all-out return to his first love until the 1980s) but live on gigs it was a very different story, with his consistently swinging, blues-infused playing lighting the touch paper every time he took to the stand.

This 1972 session – only recently rediscovered and never before issued - captures one such night, featuring Morrissey in positively overflowing form in the company of vibraphonist Lennie Best's quartet, and serves not only as a souvenir from an evening which those present can still recall, but as a fitting memorial to Morrissey's no-holds-barred commitment to his bop roots. Packaged with an extensive booklet by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, including rare press clippings and the recollections of some of the musicians and fans on the gig, this release is an indispensable, candid document of an era all too often glossed over in the histories of British modern jazz. (Acrobat Music) 


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Dick Morrissey: Live At The Bell 1972 (CD: Acrobat)


Ella Fitzgerald: At Mister Kelly's 1958 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Ella Fitzgerald: At Mister Kelly's 1958 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This release presents Ella Fitzgerald’s 1958 performances at the iconic Chicago club Mister Kelly’s. For thirty years, before it closed on August 25, 1975, it was a springboard to fame for countless entertainers. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, “It was a supernova in the local and national nightlife firmament.”

Ella is backed on these sets by a trio consisting of Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. She performs a nice collection of well-known standards, as well as some tunes she rarely sang, such as the opening “Your Red Wagon” and “Across the Alley from the Alamo”.

Three rare radio broadcasts, which also showcase Ella singing at small clubs have been added here as a bonus. (Discovery Records) 


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Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete 1960-61 Ella In Berlin (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This release presents the complete original LP Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife (Verve MGV4041), as well as her comeback concert from the following year. It contains both of Ella Fitzgerald’s celebrated performances at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany, in their entireties. She is backed by all-star quartets featuring Jim Hall or Herb Ellis on guitar, and Paul Smith or Lou Levy on piano. The 1960 concert became one of Ella’s most popular albums ever, winning two Grammy awards in 1960. On both concerts she performs amazing readings of the Weill-Brecht classic “Mack the Knife”.

A complete rarely heard performance in Cannes that was taped in July 1959, and two 1956 tracks recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl, have been added here as a bonus. The latter two songs were mistakenly included on some issues of Ella in Berlin under the false belief that they formed part of the 1960 concert. This set also includes two rare versions of tunes from the second concert sung in German, which were recorded in Copenhagen in 1961 and originally issued as singles. (Discovery Records) 


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Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete 1960-61 Ella In Berlin (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Gigi Gryce And The Jazz Lab Quintet (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Gigi Gryce And The Jazz Lab Quintet (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

180d Vinyl Pressing. 


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Les McCann: The Truth (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


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Les McCann: The Truth (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Bud Shank Quintet: New Groove (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)Bud Shank Quintet: New Groove (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


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Clark Terry: Serenade To A Bus Seat (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


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Clark Terry: Serenade To A Bus Seat (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Gabor Szabo: Dreams (Vinyl LP: Blue Moon)Gabor Szabo: Dreams (Vinyl LP: Blue Moon)

180g Vinyl Pressing & Gatefold Sleeve. 


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Mike Westbrook: Live 1972 (CD: Hux)
 


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Mike Westbrook: Live 1972 (CD: Hux)


Dave Pike: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Dave Pike: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by Dave Pike, complete with original artwork and liner notes. "It's Time For Dave Pike"; "Pike's Peak"; "Bossa Nova Carnival" and "Limbo Carnival".

Perhaps not the first name that springs to mind when we think of jazz vibes players, nonetheless our latest (unsung) jazz hero, Dave Pike had an amazing career starting with his debut performance in 1958 with the Paul Bley Quartet. Our first two releases find Dave in a more traditional vibes mode, but take a look at the pianist on Pike's Peak and it will indicate how well he was thought of back then, none other than the legendary Bill Evans joins Dave at his "steamtable" for a fine set of almost "jamming session" intensity. "Besame Mucho" here points to the direction Pike was heading in for our final two albums, namely down South America way for a brace of the finest Latin flavoured jazz available! Artists Dave Pike has worked with include Herbie Mann, Kenny Clarke, Curtis Counce, Harold Land, Elmo Hope, Dexter Gordon, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Bley and of course, Bill Evans. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, complete with original artwork and liner notes. "Jazz Sahara"; "East Meets West"; "The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik" and "Sounds of Africa".

Born in Brooklyn to either Sudanese or Caribbean parents, (it seems unclear which??), Ahmed Abdul-Malik was born either with that name or changed it from Jonathan Tim? Given the musical route he was later to take, it would seem likely that the Sudanese parentage story may well be accurate! He began taking musical lessons from a very early age and was enrolled in the Vardi School of Music where he was taught violin, viola, piano, cello, bass and tuba. He began his professional musical career playing hard bop bass before recording a string of ground breaking Middle Eastern flavoured albums where he was featured playing the oud (a double stringed, unfretted Middle Eastern lute). This blend of jazz and Middle Eastern music became very popular at the time and the albums which we feature here on our 2CD set were critically lauded at the time and over the years have come to be appreciated as way ahead of their time in their blend of jazz and what we now call "world music". Artists Malik has played with include John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Artie Shaw: These Foolish Things: The Decca Years (CD: Sepia, 2 CDs)Artie Shaw: These Foolish Things: The Decca Years (CD: Sepia, 2 CDs)
This 2-CD set collects, for the first time all together and in great sound, 47 of the legendary clarinettist Artie Shaw's issued recordings for Decca, made between 1949 and 1955. Included are those made with his big band, Gramercy 5 and as an accompanist to vocalists. These recordings have never been available as a grouping on one CD set before. (Proper Music) 


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Diana Krall: Turn Up The Quiet (CD: Verve)
Diana Krall is first and always a jazz pianist. This time out she is most determinedly the bandleader. She has chosen the repertoire, conceived the ensemble arrangements and gathered three distinct bands for these sessions. "Turn Up The Quiet" is a co-production with Tommy LiPuma, producer of many of Krall's most acclaimed albums, including, "All For You", "The Look Of Love" and "Live In Paris".

Krall has always reached back into the riches of the past to animate and inhabit songs in the present moment but here on "Turn Up The Quiet", she shakes any remaining dust from some of the finest leaves in that greatest of songbooks. Themes of love and hope are to be found in her choices but this is no mere escapism. Turn Up The Quiet is the work and play of a woman in the best days and nights of her life. (Universal Music) 


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Diana Krall: Turn Up The Quiet (CD: Verve)


Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise- The Music Of Cedar Walton (CD: OA2)Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise- The Music Of Cedar Walton (CD: OA2)
 


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Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver (CD: ECM)
A year after his impressionistic, critically-lauded ECM debut Into The Silence, trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s Cross My Palm With Silver introduces a programme of new pieces which put the focus on the ensemble, on teamwork, with a quartet of the highest calibre. The adroit, almost telepathic interplay among the musicians allows Avishai Cohen to soar, making it clear why he is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene. “All of these people together are my dream team”, says the charismatic trumpeter of fellow players Yonathan Avishai, Barak Mori and Nasheet Waits, who share his sense for daring improvisation and his feeling for structure. “I feel we’re in a perfect place with the balance. It’s open and there’s so much room for the improvisation to take the music any place we can. At the same time the composition is very specific and the vibe is very direct and thought about.” As with Into The Silence, Cross My Palm With Silver was produced by Manfred Eicher at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France. (ECM Records) 


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Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver (CD: ECM)


Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (CD: ECM)Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (CD: ECM)
Four years after the landmark album Wislawa, the great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet returns with another masterful recording, December Avenue. Always an insightful bandleader, Stanko here encourages spirited improvisation to flower around his characteristically melancholic and soulful themes, and all players are presented to best advantage. New band member Reuben Rogers – originally from the Virgin Islands and perhaps best-known for his work with Charles Lloyd – is a splendid addition to the team, establishing a profound understanding with Cuban-born pianist David Virelles and Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver. JazzTimes, reviewing the band in concert, reflected on the strengths of the individual players: “Stanko has never had a piano player like Virelles. When his moments came, he configured his own lyrical domain within the world of a Stanko song. For that matter, Stanko has never had a bassist and drummer like Rogers and Cleaver, with their hard edges and their volatile energy.

December Avenue was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in June 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.(ECM Records) 


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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is The Dream (CD: ECM)

For his third ECM release as a leader, Chris Potter presents a new acoustic quartet that naturally blends melodic rhapsody with rhythmic muscle. The group includes superlative musicians well known to followers of ECM’s many recordings from New York over the past decade: keyboardist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who each shine in addition to the leader on multiple horns. The Dreamer Is the Dream features Potter on tenor saxophone – the instrument that has made him one of the most admired players of his generation – in the striking opener “Heart in Hand” and such album highlights as “Yasodhara,” as well as on soprano sax (“Memory and Desire”) and bass clarinet (the title track). Potter is an artist who “employs his considerable technique in service of music rather than spectacle,” says The New Yorker, and his composing develops in texture and atmosphere with every album. Along with his previous ECM releases, Imaginary Cities and The Sirens, he has appeared on some of the label’s most acclaimed discs, including Paul Motian’s classic Lost in a Dream and Dave Holland’s Grammy Award-winning What Goes Around. (ECM Records) 


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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is The Dream (CD: ECM)


Quercus: Nightfall (CD: ECM)Quercus: Nightfall (CD: ECM)
Quercus’s self-titled ECM debut won the album-of-the-year award of the German Record Critics in 2013, was widely praised by the international press, and especially celebrated in Britain where June Tabor has long reigned as “the dark voiced queen of English folk music” (to quote The Times). Folk and jazz and chamber music become one in Quercus’s world, where recontextualizing of material is part of the process, prompting listeners to pay heightened attention even to familiar songs. Nightfall opens with the most famous of farewells in “Auld Lang Syne”, and gently breathes new life into it, leading us into a programme that includes Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, the jazz standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and the West Side Story ballad “Somewhere”, as well as original compositions by Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy and songs from British folk tradition, in stark and moving new arrangements. (ECM Records) 


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Verneri Pohjola: Pekka (CD: Edition)
 


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Verneri Pohjola: Pekka (CD: Edition)


Phronesis, Julian Arguelles & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth (CD: Edition)Phronesis, Julian Arguelles & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth (CD: Edition)
Phronesis have built a formidable reputation over the last decade as one of the most powerful and energetic small ensembles on the European jazz scene. Known for their virtuosity, roller-coaster live performances and telepathic group interplay, the trio have commanded impressive media attention and established a substantial fanbase on a global level. Following six critically acclaimed trio albums, the band have now completed their most ambitious recording to date with the release of The Behemoth. Consisting of ten new arrangements of compositions from their back catalogue by Julian Argüelles, commissioned for their tenth anniversary, this remarkable, vibrant new album featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is rich in colour and bursting with spirit and creativity. (EDition Records) 


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Gilad Atzmon & Alan Barnes: The Lowest Common Denominator (CD: Woodville)
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain's most celebrated virtuoso reed players, join forces to promise the ultimate jazz night in British history. On the face of it this is a combination as likely as "Chalk and Cheese" or "Night and Day", as unlikely a mixture as "Oil and Water". But despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two men share a passion for performance and a firm belief that a jazz audience is there not to be educated but to be entertained. (Proper Music) 


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Gilad Atzmon & Alan Barnes: The Lowest Common Denominator  (CD: Woodville)


Mark Murphy: Wild And Free - Live At The Keystone Korner (CD: HighNote)Mark Murphy: Wild And Free - Live At The Keystone Korner (CD: HighNote)
Vocalist Mark Murphy was a consummate improviser, who never sang a song the same way twice. On 'Wild and Free' we encounter him at a historic engagement at the Keystone Korner, which was his only performance in the club. Familiar Murphy favourites are here along with a few surprises with Mark's voice alternately thundering and whispering through the inspired setlist. (Proper Music) 


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Cedar Walton: Charmed Circle - Live At The Keystone Korner (CD: HighNote)
 


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Cedar Walton: Charmed Circle - Live At The Keystone Korner (CD: HighNote)


Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Then And Now (CD: Trio Records)Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Then And Now (CD: Trio Records)
'Then and Now' with alto saxophonist Allison Neale and Chris Biscoe on baritone sax, is based on the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on 'Blues in Time' and 'Two of a Mind'.

The quartet is completed by bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Stu Butterfield. This is the group's first recording, joined on some tracks by guitarist Colin Oxley, and includes new original pieces by Chris and Allison. (Proper Music) 


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Julia Hülsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (CD: ECM)
Berlin-based pianist Julia Hülsmann returns to the trio format for Sooner And Later, an album which distils the experience of journeys to distant destinations. In the last couple of years Hülsmann, bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling have taken their music around the world, from Europe to the US, Canada, Peru, Central Asia and China, “where something special developed. It helped to open up new sonic territory for us”. The Central-Asian weeks find their most explicit echo in the form of “Biz Joluktuk”, a tune the band heard in performance from a 12 year old violinist in Kyrgyzstan and which was later re-harmonized by Julia. Once again all three members of the trio have contributed compositions to the album. The title of Hülsmann’s “Thatpujai” is an anagram of “Jutta Hipp”, and its theme is comprised of phrases from the late German jazz pianist’s solos. The program is rounded out by a cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” which, like the Hülsmann-penned tracks “J.J.”, “Soon” or “Mond” with their sometimes almost clubby grooves, emphasizes the subtle rhythmic aspects of the trio’s music. Sooner And Later was recorded in September 2016 in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Julia Hülsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (CD: ECM)


Eliane Elias: Dance Of Time (CD: Concord)Eliane Elias: Dance Of Time (CD: Concord)
Two years after seducing fans with her GRAMMY®-winning Made in Brazil (Best Latin Jazz Album), the internationally acclaimed pianist, singer, composer and arranger Eliane Elias returns with the ebullient Dance of Time. With the presence of extraordinary guests including pianist Amilton Godoy plus singer-songwriting guitarists João Bosco and Toquinho—from Brazil—along with trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and singer Mark Kibble—from the United States, Dance of Time celebrates certain people who were integral in Elias’ early artistic journey in both Brazil and the U.S. (Universal Music) 


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Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening (CD: Concord)
On A Monday Evening offers jazz fans a rare treat: a previously unreleased (and never bootlegged!) concert recording of The Bill Evans Trio, featuring Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund. Captured live at Madison, Wisconsin's Union Theater in 1976, this recording (which has been meticulously restored by Plangent Processes) finds Evans at the top of his game, performing both contemporary compositions from that era, as well as many of his longstanding signature tunes to a packed house. (Concord Music Group) 


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Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening (CD: Concord)


Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Effervescence (CD: Spartacus)Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra: Effervescence (CD: Spartacus)
The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra cuts loose on 'Effervescence', a delightfully irrepressible set of tunes brimming with bravura and charm. Featuring outstanding arrangements of Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Jerome Kern, alongside selections from Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Woody Herman and newcomer Sean Gibbs, it's a must for fans of spirited orchestral jazz. (Proper Music) 


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Evan Parker: As The Wind (CD: PSI)
A 2012 set of trio improvisations by Evan Parker playing soprano saxophone, Mark Nauseef playing metallophone based percussion and Toma Gouband playing lithophone based percussion. Recorded by genius engineer Adam Skeaping in the warm, natural acoustics of St Peters, Whitstable. Parker feels strongly that this is one of the best records he has ever made. (Discovery Records) 


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Evan Parker: As The Wind (CD: PSI)


Red Price, Ray Warleigh & Chris Pyne w/Johnny Burch Trio: Groovin' High  (CD: Acrobat)Red Price, Ray Warleigh & Chris Pyne w/Johnny Burch Trio: Groovin' High (CD: Acrobat)
London in the mid-Sixties was well acknowledged to be a musical crucible. As all manner of stylistic ingredients got thrown into the mix, it wasn't uncommon to find jazz musicians crossing the line to work in R&B bands and pop stars in turn embracing jazz. For open-eared players, it was a boom time, both inside the studio, where their session men skills propped up many a lesser talent’ and outside, gigging in the sprawl of the capital’s many suburban jazz clubs.

• This previously unreleased recording presents what is, in essence, a microcosm of those times. Taped at North Wembley's legendary jazz mecca, The Hopbine, and centred upon that most traditional of formats – the jam session – the featured cast list makes this set anything but a dull tread over old pub-jazz ground. Take the front-line; alto saxophonist Ray Warleigh and trombonist Chris Pyne, then both in their mid-twenties, were among the most exciting new voices on the UK jazz scene, then both broadening their outlooks in the bands of blues-guru Alexis Korner and avant-garde pioneer John Stevens. (DIscovery Records) 


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Keith Jarrett: The Survivors Suite (ECM: Vinyl LP)
The Survivors' Suite, recorded in 1976, is the crowning achievement of Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet" with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and one of the all-time enduring masterpieces in the ECM catalogue. It is now back in the catalogue on 180g vinyl, including a free download code. (Proper Music) 


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Keith Jarrett: The Survivors Suite (ECM: Vinyl LP)


Ralph Towner: Solstice (ECM: Vinyl LP)Ralph Towner: Solstice (ECM: Vinyl LP)
Solstice, recorded 1974, belongs to the great early production projects of ECM, with a new band formed in the studio. It's the first of Towner's recorded encounters with the European players, and this US-Norwegian-German quartet has a character all its own. A free download is included with this 180g vinyl re-issue. (Proper Music) 


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Jan Garbarek: Places (ECM: Vinyl LP)
Recorded in 1977 in Oslo, Places was an important album for Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and ? with its stellar line-up including Americans Jack DeJohnette and Bill Connors ? one that also drew significant attention in the US. A free download is offered with the album's re-issue on 180g vinyl. (Proper Music) 


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Jan Garbarek: Places (ECM: Vinyl LP)


Dave Holland Quartet: Conference Of The Birds (ECM: Vinyl LP)Dave Holland Quartet: Conference Of The Birds (ECM: Vinyl LP)
It had been preceded by ECM duo albums with Barre Phillips and with Derek Bailey as well as the cooperative band Circle's great Paris Concert, but Conference of the Birds, recorded in 1972, was Dave Holland's first album as a full-fledged leader. It is re-issued on 180g vinyl with a free download code. (Proper Music) 


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Gary Burton & Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (ECM: Vinyl LP)
The Corea/Burton duo was brought together by producer Manfred Eicher, and Crystal Silence (recorded in 1972) brought a new chamber music sensibility into jazz improvisation, distinguished by an effervescence of melody and countermelody, with synchronized cascades of sound in continually changing harmonic movement.

"It becomes a little magical," said Corea. Stereo: "Crystal Silence is an album of extraordinary musicianship and rare beauty. Rarely have two musicians been so perfectly matched and rarely do we hear an album of such consistent excellence and originality." This LP re-issue on 180g vinyl comes with a free download code. (Proper Music) 


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Gary Burton & Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (ECM: Vinyl LP)


Circle: Paris Concert (ECM: Vinyl LP, 2 LPs)Circle: Paris Concert (ECM: Vinyl LP, 2 LPs)
Part of ECM's vinyl re-issue programme on 180g vinyl of notable albums, Circle's Paris Concert 2-LP set is made available with a free download.

Circle was a band on fire with creativity. Chick Corea and Dave Holland had just left Miles Davis's band, keen to explore all parameters of new music in an improvised context. Anthony Braxton, equally inspired by Stockhausen and Coltrane, brought in new directions from the AACM. Barry Altschul's resumé included extensive work with Paul Bley. Together they were, for a while, matchless. Corea called the Paris Concert (recorded 1971) the realization of a dream. Melody Maker: "Paris Concert is evidence that here was one of the most excitingly talented bands of recent years, for these 94 minutes of music simply burst with vigorous invention." (Proper Music) 


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Al Haig: Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern (CD: Inner City)
Al Haig was one of the greatest pianists to emerge from the bop era. In fact, he was rated by many as number 2, only behind Bud Powell who originated bop piano, His renditions of Jerome Kern's songs from the late 1970s pay full respect to the melodies, following them closely. Such standards as "Dearly Beloved," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "The Song Is You" and "All The Things You Are" are among those that benefit from Al Haig's thoughtful renditions. This is beautiful music that serves as a double tribute to Jerome Kern and Al Haig. (DIscovery Records) 


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Al Haig: Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern (CD: Inner City)


Tommy Flanagan: Plays The Music Of Harold Arlen (CD: Inner City)Tommy Flanagan: Plays The Music Of Harold Arlen (CD: Inner City)
Whether it is "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea," a medium-tempo version of "Ill Wind" (which is usually taken as a ballad), "Get Happy" or "Over The Rainbow," this is a highly enjoyable outing that features Tommy Flanagan and Harold Arlen's music at its best. Tommy Flanagan was known as an accompanist par excellence in the jazz world, playing with Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and many others. Flanagan's brilliant yet subdued playing lent a distinct sound to those recordings, but this album is perhaps the clearest example of his fine musicianship. In this intimate trio setting, he is harmonically complex, melodically intricate, and musically sensitive. (Discovery Records) 


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Monica Zetterlund / Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra: It Only Happens Every Time (CD: Inner City)
Monica Zetterlund was a Swedish actress who loved jazz and sang in a pure and quietly expressive voice. Born in 1937, she started out as a jazz singer before she started an acting career that made her a household name in Sweden, appearing in films and on television. Zetterlund never gave up singing jazz and in 1964 she recorded with the Bill Evans Trio. Another highpoint of her jazz career was recording 'It Only Happens Every Time' with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1977. A jazz institution for over a decade at that time, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra is in fine form on this set, with the key solos being by cornetist Jones and baritone player Pepper Adams. Otherwise, Zetterlund is the main star, sounding at her best on Blossom Dearie’s “Long Daddy Green,” an emotional “He Was Too Good To Me” and Jerome Richardson's swinging “The Groove Merchant.” (Discovery Records) 


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Monica Zetterlund  / Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra: It Only Happens Every Time (CD: Inner City)


Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Tutankhamun (CD: Gonzo Media Group)Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Tutankhamun (CD: Gonzo Media Group)
 


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Bobby Jaspar: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Bobby Jaspar, complete with original artwork and liner notes.

"Bobby Jaspar All Stars "; "Tenor & Flute "; "Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors" plus the .E.P. "Bobby Jaspar & Sacha Distel" and two tracks from Chet Baker "I Got Chet".

Don't be fooled into thinking tenor saxophonist and flautist Bobby Jaspar was in the second league of jazz because he was born in Liege, Belgium! Don't forget this is the country that gave us Jacques Brel, Poirot and Tin Tin! And if you still don't believe us just take a look at some of the musicians playing alongside Bobby on our four fine selections: John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Elvin Jones, Mal Waldron, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, George Wallington and Sacha Distel (don't panic, he's playing superb jazz guitar, not singing!). (AVID Entertainment) 


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Bobby Jaspar: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Johnny Dankworth: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Johnny Dankworth: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Johnny Dankworth complete with original artwork and liner notes."The Vintage Years"; "Collaboration"; "England's Ambassador of Jazz" plus the 7" E.P. "The Criminal O.S.T". 


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Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this set, which comprises her complete Decca recordings, made at her musical zenith between 1944 and 1950. During her time with the label, Lady Day was accompanied by strings and studio orchestras for the first time in her career. Her voice was at its strongest in those years, and among the high points here are her original versions of songs which Billie would keep in her repertoire, such as “Lover Man” (Holiday’s biggest selling record), “Don’t Explain,” and “Good Morning Heartache”. This collection also contains two studio duets with Louis Armstrong. Three previously unissued alternate takes are presented here for the first time ever. (Discovery Records) 


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Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Mose Allison: <P>Complete 1957-62 Vocal Sides (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Mose Allison:

Complete 1957-62 Vocal Sides (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
 


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