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Esbjörn Svensson: Home.S (CD: ACT)Esbjörn Svensson: Home.S (CD: ACT)
The release of HOME.S., the only existing, previously unreleased solo album by pianist Esbjörn Svensson, is nothing less than a sensation. The recordings were made in Svensson's Swedish home - just weeks before his tragic death on June 14, 2008, after which they rested undiscovered on a hard drive in his wife Eva Svensson's personal archive for nearly ten years. HOME.S. consists of nine piano songs, consisting of a combination of written-out fragments and Svensson's unique, melodic style of improvisation. Heartfelt, soulful and deeply personal. (ACT Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Esbjörn Svensson: Home.S (Vinyl LP: ACT)

180g vinyl pressing. 


Price:  £28.99 

Esbjörn Svensson: Home.S (Vinyl LP: ACT)


Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights - Live at the Penthouse 1963-1964, Vol.1 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights - Live at the Penthouse 1963-1964, Vol.1 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)
Emerald City Nights: Live at the Penthouse (1963-1964) and (1965-1966) brings forth a collection of previously unissued recordings of the iconic pianist Ahmad Jamal captured live at the hallowed Penthouse jazz club in Seattle, WA between 1963-1968 with trios featuring bassists Richard Evans and Jamil Nasser, and drummers Chuck Lampkin, Vernel Fournier and Frank Gant. Produced for release by “Jazz Detective” Zev Feldman and supervised by Ahmad Jamal himself, these recordings were transferred from the original tape reels and mastered for vinyl by the legendary Bernie Grundman. (Elemental Music) 


Price:  £29.99 


Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights - Live at the Penthouse 1965-1966, Vol.2 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)
 


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Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights - Live at the Penthouse 1965-1966, Vol.2 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)


Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano: Once Around The Room - A Tribute To Paul Motian (CD: ECM)Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano: Once Around The Room - A Tribute To Paul Motian (CD: ECM)
On Once Around The Room ECM recording artists and key jazz musicians from several generations unite in a small ensemble to celebrate the musical legacy of drum icon Paul Motian in a big way. Joe Lovano and Jakob Bro lead a party of seven through fiery originals that recall the idioms and idiosyncrasies which Motian brought to light over six influential decades behind the drums. Lovano and Motian had been intimate colleagues for many years with their most notable collaboration being the groundbreaking trio featuring Bill Frisell – the lineup released three albums on ECM. Jakob Bro on the other hand made his ECM debut on Paul’s album Garden of Eden (2006). On Once Around The Room, compositions by Joe and Jakob appear alongside collective improvisation and Motian’s own “Drum Music”, seamlessly tied together and developed by an accomplished musical collective with stalwarts Larry Grenadier, Thomas Morgan and Anders Christensen respectively on bass as well as drummers Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy. (ECM Records) 


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Arild Andersen Group: Affirmation (CD: ECM)
Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, an ECM musician for more than fifty years, is a masterful player who has always welcomed a challenge. His first recording with his new quartet – including rising stars Marius Neset and Helge Lien (both bandleaders in their own right)– is almost entirely improvised. The players make the leap of faith together and find and develop forms in the moment, an object lesson in spontaneous group creativity. Affirmation was recorded in November 2021 at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Arild Andersen Group: Affirmation (CD: ECM)


Arild Andersen, Vassilis Tsabropoulos & John Marshall: Achirana (CD: ECM)Arild Andersen, Vassilis Tsabropoulos & John Marshall: Achirana (CD: ECM)
2022 reissue of this 2000 album by Arild Andersen who introduced his new trio with the highly gifted Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos, who makes his ECM debut with 'Achirana'. They are joined by veteran British drummer John Marshall, previously a member of Eberhard Weber's 'Colours' band. Their programme of all original material casts new light on the post-Bill Evans idiom. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Benjamin Lackner: Last Decade (CD: ECM)
German-American pianist Benjamin Lackner makes his ECM debut with a star-studded quartet of Manu Katché on drums, trumpeter Mathias Eick and Jérôme Regard on bass. Mathias and Manu share a longstanding association with the label and their respectively unique instrumental signatures can be traced across this set of exclusively original material – eight pieces by Benjamin, one by Jérôme. The bassist and the leader’s partnership goes all the way back to 2006, when Jérôme joined Lackner’s trio, which remains active until today. Two decades of close collaboration have molded them into intimate colleagues, who complement each other’s lines intuitively. Mathias Eick and Manu Katché’s effortless musicianship enhances the quartet’s fluid interplay. Last Decade was recorded in Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-Les-Fontaines and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Benjamin Lackner: Last Decade (CD: ECM)


Bill Frisell: Four (CD: Blue Note)Bill Frisell: Four (CD: Blue Note)
Bill Frisell convenes a new line-up of musical friends on his third Blue Note album Four, which features the acclaimed guitarist with Greg Tardy on saxophone and clarinet, Gerald Clayton on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Together the foursome delve into intimate explorations of 13 Frisell originals both new and old to create this stunning new work that is a meditation on loss, renewal, and friendship. (Blue Note Records) 


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Marius Neset: Happy (CD: ACT)
It is no exaggeration to say: Norwegian tenor saxophonist Marius Neset plays in his own league. In addition, he is one of the most fascinating and versatile composers in jazz and far beyond - which, among other things, currently takes him as far as London's Royal Albert Hall. Downbeat states, "Marius Neset is not the future, but the present of European jazz."

The album "Happy" features Neset with a new, top-class quintet. The album is divided into two parts: In the first half, playful, intricate, energetic songs dominate. And in the second part, Neset & Band take the listeners into a calmer suite. What all pieces have in common: You can hear the musicians' pure joy of playing in every note. (ACT Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Marius Neset: Happy (CD: ACT)


Courtney Pine: Spirituality (CD: Destin-E)Courtney Pine: Spirituality (CD: Destin-E)
The ethos behind this latest project from Courtney Pine was to create an album that reflects humanity's experiences of recent years by incorporating through the jazz medium a body of work that gives hope to our unified future with a deep emphasis on spirituality.

Key component for the project is the award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman who previously worked on a duet album with Pine entitled 'Song' ( The Ballad Book), her playing here acting as an assured anchor to Pines' bass clarinet. Half of the tracks also feature a string quartet of two violas, violin, and cello.

The music here starts with an original composition 'Black Water' a gospel infused piece that sets the tone of the album. Pine's use of the bass clarinet as the lead voice throughout the album brings an alluring earthy flavour to the performances. Among the covers is the Welsh hymn 'Ayr Hod Y Nos' (All through the night) a song Pine first sung in school assembly as an 8-year-old at primary pupil. The arrangement came about after he performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival, during which he played a cadenza that incorporated the hymn, which unexpectedly, prompted male members of the audience to break out in song. It was then that Pine realised the significance of the song. Other covers include Irving Berlin's 'What'll I Do', Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', Michel Legrand's 'Windmills Of My Mind' and others, vehicles created for Pine and Rahman to improvise on.

The last track, 'Your Majesty', was composed by Pine in dedication to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2000 he received an OBE from the late Queen and during their brief conversation Pine asked if anyone had composed music in her honour recently. She replied no and Pine's quest to find the ideal composition began. (Proper Music) 


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Houston Person: Reminiscing At Rudy's (CD: HighNote)
Tenor saxophonist Houston Person's playing has a lot in common with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee: both are bold, satisfying, smooth, eye-opening and addictive once experienced.

Whether it be during smouldering blues-tinged numbers ("Please Send Me Someone to Love"), up-tempo takes on old favorites ("At Long Last Love," "Moon River"), or steamy, sultry, late-night ballads ("Put Your Head on My Shoulder"), Person never fails to deliver a performance where expressivity is the order of the day. The band is made up of a hand-picked group from Person's cadre of regular colleagues with guitar great Russell Malone adding his imaginative voicings and swinging rhythms to the mix.

The album's title is an homage to Houston's engineer of choice, the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. Person's very first recording as a leader, the 1967 'Underground Soul!', was done at Rudy's fabled Englewood Cliffs studio and they continued their friendship and working relationship until Van Gelder's passing in 2016. But this is a not a backward-looking memorial album. That is not Person's style. If you go by his busy performance schedule and his extensive discography, Houston Person is, like his fans, always looking forward to his next gig. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Houston Person: Reminiscing At Rudy's (CD: HighNote)


Chris Biscoe: Music Is - Plays Mike Westbrook (CD: Trio Records)Chris Biscoe: Music Is - Plays Mike Westbrook (CD: Trio Records)
The idea behind Chris Biscoe's 'Music Is' is a simple one: take some of these great pieces by Mike Westbrook out of their context and play them with a small jazz group as you might an Ellington, Monk or Gershwin song.

Mike Westbrook is one of the most important composers in jazz with a huge body of work from small band jazz through big bands, cabaret, fusion, chamber works, opera, settings of poetry, creative re-workings of Rossini and The Beatles' Abbey Road, while always retaining his unique character.

Chris Biscoe has worked with Mike and Kate Westbrook since 1979, from Mama Chicago and The Cortege through On Duke's Birthday, London Bridge is Broken Down, Bar Utopia, Art Wolf and many other shows. Their closest and most enduring collaboration is The Trio, which has toured extensively and produced four records.

Arrangements are simple, or even created in the studio in partnership with input from the members of the quintet. The title track, 'Music Is', appears twice, in its original ballad tempo, and in a spontaneous trio recasting as a medium tempo waltz. There are also two unaccompanied sax tracks, one of them a multitrack improvisation for alto sax, alto clarinets and field recording of street sounds. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


Elvin Jones: Revival - Live At Pookie's Pub (CD: Blue Note, 2 CDs)
Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub is a thrilling previously unissued live recording of Elvin Jones’ quartet that captures the legendary drummer’s emergence as a bandleader at a little-known club in New York City where he had a weekly residency after leaving John Coltrane's band in the late 1960s. Featuring Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone, Billy Greene on piano, and Wilbur Little on bass, Revival was recorded between July 28-30, 1967, just two weeks after Coltrane died on July 17. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £25.99 

Elvin Jones: Revival - Live At Pookie's Pub (CD: Blue Note, 2 CDs)


Oscar Peterson: On A Clear Day - Live in Zurich 1971 (CD: Mack Avenue)Oscar Peterson: On A Clear Day - Live in Zurich 1971 (CD: Mack Avenue)
Legendary pianist and composer Oscar Peterson led a storied career, spanning over half a century with new creative heights at every turn. 1971 saw Peterson touring the world once again, joined by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Louis Hayes. As heard in this never-before-released live recording from Zurich, Switzerland, the collaboration and artistry between these musicians is unmatched. (Proper Music) 


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Bobby Hutcherson: Stick-Up! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson had a profound influence over the sound of Blue Note Records in the 1960s, with his distinctive vibes elevating a wide range of all-time classics from Grant Green Idle Moments to Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch. His fifth Blue Note session as a leader, 1966’s album Stick-Up! found Hutcherson in the company of a new band line-up with Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The versatile quintet covers a vast expanse of post-bop territory on this excellent six-song set which opens with a spirited romp through Ornette Coleman’s “Una Muy Bonita.” Five Hutcherson originals follow including the hard driving “8/4 Beat,” the dreamy ballad “Summer Nights,” and the expansive “Verse.”

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


Price:  £36.99 

Bobby Hutcherson: Stick-Up! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
In Andrew Hill, Alfred Lion believed he had found another pianist and composer who had as unique and important a voice as Thelonious Monk. Hill debuted on Blue Note in 1963 with a staggering burst of creativity that produced four classic albums—Black Fire, Smoke Stack, Judgment!, and his masterpiece Point of Departure—over a period of just five months. Recorded in March 1964, Point of Departure expanded Hill’s palette with a 6-piece ensemble of diverse players that included the remarkable frontline of Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute, Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, and Kenny Dorham on trumpet, along with Richard Davis on bass and Tony Williams on drums. The robust sextet delivered thrilling performances of Hill’s extraordinary compositions including “Refuge,” “New Monastery,” “Flight 19,” and “Dedication.”

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


Price:  £23.99 


Grachan Moncur III: Evolution (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Though he first appeared on Herbie Hancock’s 1963 album My Point of View, trombonist Grachan Moncur III’s first true Blue Note introduction would come on two albums by saxophonist Jackie McLean that were recorded later that year: One Step Beyond and Destination… Out! These two great inside-out sessions presented a spacious new sound that moved fluidly between avant-garde and post-bop territory with McLean featuring Moncur’s singular compositions. Several months later Moncur returned to Van Gelder Studio to record his own remarkable debut album Evolution, which remains a marvel of the Blue Note catalog. For the date the trombonist assembled an exceptional ensemble that returned several musicians including McLean, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and drummer Tony Williams, with the addition of Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The band delivers dynamic performances of four expansive original pieces by Moncur: “Air Raid,” “Evolution,” “The Coaster,” and “Monk In Wonderland.”

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


Price:  £23.99 

Grachan Moncur III: Evolution (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Big John Patton: Oh Baby! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Big John Patton: Oh Baby! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Following the success of Jimmy Smith, Blue Note expanded its stable of Hammond B3 organ whizzes in the 1960s with several master practitioners of the instrument including the soulful Kansas City born dynamo Big John Patton who first appeared as a sideman on Lou Donaldson’s albums The Natural Soul and Good Gracious. Patton debuted as a leader on Blue Note in 1963 and went on to release a stellar run of soul jazz dates of his own throughout the decade including Oh Baby!, which was recorded in 1965. The dynamic quintet he assembled for the session packed a punch with a two-horn frontline of Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Harold Vick on tenor saxophone plus Grant Green on guitar and Ben Dixon on drums. The band keeps it firmly in the pocket on Patton originals like “Oh Baby,” “One to Twelve,” and “Good Juice,” and hits the ground swinging on Vick’s up-tempo burner “Night Flight.”

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


Price:  £23.99 


Stanley Turrentine: Common Touch (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
The great tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine imbued every single note he played with a depth of feeling and soulfulness that still reverberates today. Turrentine made his Blue Note debut in 1960 and had been a stalwart of the label for the better part of a decade when he entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in August 1968 to lay down his 21st session as a leader, the lesser-known classic Common Touch featuring his then-wife Shirley Scott on organ. The couple were joined by guitarist Jimmy Ponder, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Leo Morris (aka Idris Muhammad) for this easy-going but varied six song set which included groovy numbers like Turrentine’s “Buster Brown” and Scott’s “Boogaloo” in addition to the gently swinging title track, a slow burning version of Doc Pomus’ “Lonely Avenue,” and a highly-enjoyable take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind.”

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


Price:  £23.99 

Stanley Turrentine: Common Touch  (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Roy Brooks: Beat (Vinyl LP: Verve)Roy Brooks: Beat (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Recorded for Berry Gordy's short-lived Workshop Jazz imprint and recorded at the Hitsville USA studio, Roy Brooks (joined by fellow Detroit natives George Bohanon and Hugh Lawson, along with his Horace Silver Quintet bandmates Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, and Eugene Taylor) injects a Motor City soul-jazz groove into the hard bop root of this engaging 1964 album. Audio transferred from the analog tapes.

Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £29.99 


Alice Coltrane: Ptah, The El Daoud (Vinyl LP: Verve)
Recorded in the basement studio of the Coltrane family home in Dix Hills in 1970, Alice Coltrane’s fourth album is a transcendent masterpiece of spiritual jazz. The title track is an ode to the Egyptian God, Ptah (the El Daoud meaning “the beloved”). Many moments on the album reach what Coltrane herself defined the term Turiya as: “A state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life.”

Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.. (Universal Music) 


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Alice Coltrane: Ptah, The El Daoud (Vinyl LP: Verve)


John Surman / John Warren: Tales Of The Algonquin (Vinyl LP: Deram/Decca)John Surman / John Warren: Tales Of The Algonquin (Vinyl LP: Deram/Decca)
Continuing the 'British Jazz Explosion' vinyl reissue series is John Surman, John Warren / Tales of the Algonquin. This album was recently included in Jazzwise Magazine's "The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World" and they praised it with "The Big Beast of the Brit-Jazz golden age" & "The masterpiece that is". The jazz collectors' bible, The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album with a coveted crown and it was complemented further with "masterpiece, conceived on a grand scale, meticulously executed and marked by superb soloing… legendary status among British jazz fans". In 2005 for a CD review of the album, John Fordham at The Guardian wrote "This is a significant UK jazz document - but it's a richly colourful piece of large-scale jazz-making first and foremost" as well as giving it four stars.

Since the album's original release in 1971, it has continued to be on critics' radars and jazz fans' wants-lists. Featuring a 16-piece band with a 27 year old Surman, it's a rich sound full of twists and turns - some with Surman's heavy Coltrane influenced playing, helped along with John Taylor's beautiful piano, positioned artfully with Warren's band - sixteen members that also include Mike Osborne, Stan Sulzmann, Barre Phillips, Harry Miller, Alan Jackson, Stu Martin, John Taylor, Alan Skidmore, Harry Beckett and Kenny Wheeler, a.o.

Reissued on vinyl as a limited print run with thick card 'flip-back' laminated sleeve plus a 12x12 insert with new in-depth liner notes by Tony Higgins with interviews by Surman, Warren and the album producer Peter Eden. The audio has been lovingly remastered by Gearbox from the original master tapes and is pressed on 180grm vinyl by Optimal. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £36.99 


Harry Beckett: Flare Up (Vinyl LP: Decca)
Harry Beckett's Flare Up (1970) is a much talked about and sought-after album from an artist and composer who had a six-decade career in jazz. The album contains the funk driven track Third Road, which was featured on the critically acclaimed 2020 BJE compilation album Journeys In Modern Jazz; Britain 1965-1972. Beckett's choice of musicians on the album included John Surman, Alan Skidmore, John Taylor, amongst others, with Graham Collier as co-writter and co-arranger, along with Beckett and Surman.

A Barbadian by birth, Beckett learnt the trumpet with the Salvation Army in the early 1950s before embarking to London as a nineteen year old in 1954. He played with Charles Mingus on the 1962 film score All Night Long, and he was the go-to musician for so many key artists including Graham Collier, John Surman, Mike Westbrook, Chris McGregor, Mike Gibbs, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Stan Tracey, Jah Wobble, Ronnie Scott, and many others. Beckett played a big part of the early Jazz Warriors Big Band line up in the 1980s with Courtney Pine, Gary Crosby, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson, plus others, who achieved international success as a group and individually. Up until Beckett's death in 2010, he continued to teach trumpet and lecture extensively to the new generation of Jazz Warriors who have gone on to be part of today's UK jazz scene. His reputation is extended globally, especially across Europe and the US.

Continuing the 'British Jazz Explosion' vinyl series, reissued for the very first time on vinyl as a limited print run with thick card 'flip-back' laminated sleeve plus a 12x12 insert with new liner notes by Tony Higgins. The audio has been lovingly remastered by Gearbox from the original master tapes and is pressed on 180grm vinyl by Optimal. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £36.99 

Harry Beckett: Flare Up (Vinyl LP: Decca)


Stan Tracey Quartet & Kenny Wheeler: Under Milk Wood In Hamburg (CD: Resteamed)Stan Tracey Quartet & Kenny Wheeler: Under Milk Wood In Hamburg (CD: Resteamed)
Stan Tracey's masterpiece, Under Milk Wood, was released in late 1965 to the most acclaim of any previous British jazz release and to this day has remained the most recognised and in demand recording. Six months later, Stan was invited by NDR in Hamburg to record the suite at their renowned studios for 4 days in March, using the same personnel as the original recording but with the unusual addition of much acclaimed Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn.

What emerged was a remarkable piece of music but only broadcast in Germany. Resteamed producer and Stan's son, Clark, had been aware that NDR had released one of the tracks on their annual compilation of that year's various guests at the studio and decided to dig a little deeper. Fortuitously, he made contact with the relevant people and was able to secure the whole recording which had remained dormant in the German vaults until now.

The standard of recording excellence was typical of NDR so very little was altered by the masterful sonic engineer Derek Nash back in the UK. Resteamed Records are now delighted to offer this extraordinary recording which recaptures the essence of British jazz in the 1960s with the added bonus of the exceptional horn playing of Kenny Wheeler. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 


Alan Barnes: Copperfield - A Dickensian Jazz Suite (CD: Woodville)
This new suite of pieces from the esteemed jazz saxophonist/composer Alan Barnes, takes you through the characters and scenes of David Copperfield, alongside his octet made up the finest players on the UK scene, including Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Karen Sharp, David Newton and Clark Tracey.

The eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself. A cheery clarinet plays Copperfield, the lost orphan Little Em'ly is a lyrical tenor, Mr Dick flies his kite in the personage of a soaring flugelhorn and trombone, Mr Micawber expresses "Something will turn up!" on the piano and Uriah Heep writhes around on the bass clarinet. Just as we see David progress through the trials of his life, so the movements of this suite seem to develop along with him. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £13.99 

Alan Barnes: Copperfield - A Dickensian Jazz Suite (CD: Woodville)


Mike Westbrook: London Bridge - Live In Zurich 1990 (CD: Westbrook Records, 2 CDs)Mike Westbrook: London Bridge - Live In Zurich 1990 (CD: Westbrook Records, 2 CDs)
The first-ever release of this stunning 1990 recording of esteemed British jazz composer/pianist Mike Westbrook's two-and-a-half-hour composition for voice, jazz orchestra and chamber orchestra, "London Bridge is Broken Down". A collaboration between composer Mike Westbrook and vocalist/librettist Kate Westbrook, the work was inspired by travelling and performing in the mid 1980's through a Europe at that time divided by the Berlin Wall. It includes settings of poetry in French, German and English. Its five movements are entitled London Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Berlin Wall, Vienna and Picardie. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £19.99 


Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
Complete quartet studio sessions by Yusef Lateef that feature pianist Barry Harris plus 1 bonus track, two tracks appear for the first time ever on CD. Yusef Lateef (1920-2013) was one of the first Afro-American jazz musicians to embrace the Islamic faith. Although his main instruments were the tenor saxophone and the flute, he was known for his innovative blending of jazz with Asian music. His "Eastern"' influences are clearly audible on Eastern Sounds (Moodsville MVST- 22), which is presented here in its entirety along with all his other quartet recordings with iconic pianist Barry Harris. Among them are two tracks, "Cookin'" and "Marching Piper Blues", which were only issued on a hard to find single and appear here for the first time ever on CD. A rare studio reading of "Brother John", one of Lateef's best known compositions has been added as a further bonus. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Lennie Niehaus: Complete Fifties Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)Lennie Niehaus: Complete Fifties Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 4 CDs)
This wonderful 80-track edition compiles all existing recordings by Lennie Niehaus as a leader from his early years, originally issued on six Contemporary and one EmArcy LPs. The recordings here are presented for the very first time ever on a single set and in chronological order. After 1957, Niehaus didn't record another jazz album under his own name until 1989.

Born in 1929 and now 86 years old, Lennie Niehaus complemented his talents as an alto saxophonist with those of an arranger and composer, becoming a well-known figure on the West Coast jazz scene. After playing with the Stan Kenton big band, and various other jazz bands on the West Coast, Niehaus devoted himself to arranging and composing for motion pictures, including several produced by Clint Eastwood.

As a bonus, we have included three small group tracks that constitute Niehaus' only collaborations with Howard Rumsey, as well as a complete album by conductor and arranger Duane Tatro, again in a small group format that features Niehaus on alto on most tracks. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 


Ahmad Jamal: The Complete 1961 Alhambra Performances (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
This release compiles all known 1961 performances by the celebrated Ahmad Jamal Trio with Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier at the pianist's own club, the Alhambra in Chicago. The Alhambra performances were originally issued on two LPs, Ahmad Jamal's Alhambra (Argo LPS-685), and All of You (Argo LPS-691). Four extra tunes from the engagement that were not issued on the original LPs have been added as a bonus, along with two complete rarely heard sessions by the same trio recorded during the same period. 2CD set plus 12 bonus tracks, includes a comprehensive 12-page booklet with updated liner-notes. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £17.99 

Ahmad Jamal: The Complete 1961 Alhambra Performances (CD: American Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at The Village Gate 1962 (CD: Fingerpoppin, 6 CDs)Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at The Village Gate 1962 (CD: Fingerpoppin, 6 CDs)
The 1962 live engagement at the Village Gate marked Sonny Rollins' first recording ever with Don Cherry, as well as one of the earliest made by the saxophonist following his three-year long self-imposed musical exile. It was all recorded in a piano-less quartet format with Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums.

While only three tunes from the gig ("Dearly Beloved" in a highly edited form) were included on the famous LP Our Man in Paris (RCA Victor LPM 2612), this 6-CD collection adds all existing music taped during those live sessions, totalling more than three hours of previously unreleased material in brilliant stereo sound.

Among the many highlights here are the unedited "Dearly Beloved" (which is 10 minutes longer than the LP version), the issued "Oleo" with an extra minute at the beginning, Rollins' only known reading of "Alexander's Ragtime Band", and "Home Sweet Home", plus extended renditions of songs he only rarely recorded, such as "Solitude" and "Love Walked In". (Proper Music) 


Price:  £36.99 


Abbey Lincoln: Straight Ahead (CD: Candid)
Abbey Lincolns distinctive vocal style, thought-provoking writing, and spirited personality has secured her a place among the jazz greats. Though she made her first recording for Riverside, and later in life for Verve, it was with the young and audacious Candid Records that she made her biggest musical statement, 1961s Straight Ahead. Straight Ahead is one of Abbey Lincolns greatest and most important recordings. A testament to her credibility and talents, the section on this album includes saxophone giant Colman Hawkins, the great Eric Dolphy on flute alto, trumpeter Booker Little, pianist Mal Waldron and the iconic drummer Max Roach. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 

Abbey Lincoln: Straight Ahead (CD: Candid)


Charles Mingus: Presents Charles Mingus (CD: Candid)Charles Mingus: Presents Charles Mingus (CD: Candid)
Charles Mingus is considered one of the giants of jazz. Bassist, pianist, composer, band leader, his career spanned three decades. The combo here, referred to by Mingus as The Jazz Workshop, had been in residence at the Showplace on W. 4th St. in Greenwich Village for nearly a year when they entered the studio to record what became the album Charels Mingus Presents Charles Mingus in October of 1961. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums - Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents the latest release in our Four Classic Album series with a second re-mastered 2CD release from Donald Byrd, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.“Off To The Races”; “Byrd In Hand”; “The Cat Walk” and “Royal Flush”. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums - Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Bill Evans: New Jazz Conceptions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Bill Evans: New Jazz Conceptions (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
This release contains Bill Evans' debut album as a leader, New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside RLP-12-223), in its entirety, including an alternate version of "No Cover, No Minimum" that completes the session. The album primarily showcases Evans in a trio format, but also contains three solo piano tracks, one of which is Evans' earliest recording ever of his legendary composition "Waltz for Debby". A couple of rare sessions from the same period, which feature Evans as a sideman on dates for guitarists Dick García and Joe Puma, have been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) 


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Shelly Manne & His Men: Complete Live At The Black Hawk (CD: Fingerpoppin', 4 CDs)
This edition presents all known recordings by the legendary Shelly Manne Quintet with Joe Gordon and Richie Kamuca made at the Black Hawk, in San Francisco, in 1959. This was the first time the quintet recorded in a live setting. Richie Kamuca tenor sax, Joe Gordon trumpet, Victor Feldman piano, Monty Budwig bass, Shelly Manne drums. Recorded live at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, 1959. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £28.99 

Shelly Manne & His Men: Complete Live At The Black Hawk (CD: Fingerpoppin', 4 CDs)


Julie London: Julie Is Her Name- Complete Sessions (CD: American Jazz Classics)Julie London: Julie Is Her Name- Complete Sessions (CD: American Jazz Classics)
To summarise the career of the most sensual voice in the history of jazz, this thirty-four track CD contains Julie London's complete 'Julie Is Her Name' sessions (Vol 1 & Vol 2), backed only by guitar and bass.The first of these dates marked London's recording debut and included the first version ever released of the classic standard "Cry Me a River". Nine tracks, including some of London's finest recordings from the same period, have been added as a bonus. (Proper Music) 


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


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Redman, Mehldau, McBride & Blade : Long Gone (CD: Nonesuch)


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


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

Superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl. 


Price:  £33.99 

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


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


Price:  £13.99 


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


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Shorter, Carrington, Genovese & Spalding: Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival (CD: Candid)


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

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


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Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)

Double 180g audiophile vinyl release. 


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Keith Jarrett: Bordeaux Concert (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)


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


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Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song Is You (Vinyl LP: ECM)

180g vinyl pressing. 


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Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song Is You (Vinyl LP: ECM)


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


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Charles Lloyd: Trios - Sacred Thread (CD: Blue Note)
The third album in the series Trios: Sacred Thread features guitarist Julian Lage and percussionist Zakir Hussain, and was recorded in September 2020 at The Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, California as a livestream concert for a virtual audience. Past experiences often illuminate the present in Lloyd’ music, for example, the provenance of The Sacred Thread — and the encounters that helped inform it — originated in the late fifties: “When I was studying at the University of Southern California, Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha used to come around. That’s when I heard the call of Mother India,” he recalls. “Zakir and I played together in concert for the first time in 2001, and it was then I learned Alla Rakha was his father, so it has been like that… connections on a journey. You could call it Providence, I call it a Sacred Thread.” (Blue Note Records) 


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Charles Lloyd: Trios - Sacred Thread (CD: Blue Note)


Charles Lloyd: Trios - Sacred Thread (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Charles Lloyd: Trios - Sacred Thread (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. 


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

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


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Charles Lloyd: Trios - Chapel (CD: Blue Note)


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

Gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. 


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


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Charles Lloyd: Trios - Ocean (CD: Blue Note)


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

Gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP. 


Price:  £23.99 


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


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Julian Lage: View With A Room (CD: Blue Note)


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

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


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

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


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John Coltrane: Blue Train (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


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


Price:  £19.99 


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

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


Price:  £32.99 

Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan: The Complete Recordings 1952-1957 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 5 CDs)


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


Price:  £17.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £28.99 

Charlie Parker: Complete Dial Sessions (CD: Bird's Nest, 4 CDs)


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

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


Price:  £12.99 


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


Price:  £12.99 

Booker Ervin: That's It! (CD: Candid)


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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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


Price:  £12.99 

Clark Terry: Color Changes (CD: Candid)


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


Price:  £12.99 


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

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


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Mal Waldron: Searching In Grenoble - The 1978 Solo Piano Concert (CD: Tompkins Square, 2 CDs)


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

George Braith: Extension (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

Larry Young: Unity (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


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


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


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Sonny Rollins: On Impulse! (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


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


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


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John Coltrane: Coltrane (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


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


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


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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Vinyl LP: Impulse)


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

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

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


Price:  £17.99 


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

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


Price:  £12.99 

Anita O'Day: Cool Heat (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


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


Price:  £8.99 


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


Price:  £8.99 

Mark Murphy: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


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

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


Price:  £19.99 


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


Price:  £12.99 

Joe Harriott Quintet: At The BBC - The Rake's Progress  (CD: Rhythm & Blues)


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

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

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


Price:  £14.99 


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

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

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

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


Price:  £14.99 

Patty Lomuscio: Star Crossed Lovers (CD: Challenge)


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


Price:  £14.99 


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

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


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Carsten Dahl: A Beautiful Blue Moment (CD: Storyville)


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


Price:  £14.99 


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


Price:  £14.99 

John Scofield (CD: ECM)


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


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


Price:  £14.99 

Iiro Rantala: Potsdam (CD: ACT)


Iiro Rantala: Potsdam (Vinyl LP: ACT)Iiro Rantala: Potsdam (Vinyl LP: ACT)

180g high quality pressing. Includes download code. 


Price:  £26.99 


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


Price:  £29.99 

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


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

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

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


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


Price:  £13.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £19.99 


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

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


Price:  £36.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £36.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £27.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £23.99 


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

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


Price:  £23.99 

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


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

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


Price:  £13.99 


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

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

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


Price:  £19.99 

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


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


Price:  £14.99 


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

2 LP deluxe 180g edition.

 


Price:  £39.99 

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


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

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

 


Price:  £13.99 


Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Irving Berlin Songbook (Vinyl LP: Verve)
 


Price:  £23.99 

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At The Hollywood Bowl - The Irving Berlin Songbook (Vinyl LP: Verve)


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

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

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


Price:  £19.99 


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

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


Price:  £19.99 

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


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


Price:  £21.99 


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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