The Bebop Shop : A Swingin' Affair: Blue Notes & Hard Bop Classics : True Blue: Other Blue Notes & Minor Classics
Paris based label Heavenly Sweetness are proud to present this collection of rare gems from the Blue Note / United Artists vault. All the LPs are high quality reissues: Quality sound taken directly from the original master tapes, 180g vinyl, heavy cardboard sleeve and original artwork. (Proper Music) Price: £20.99
"Bobby Jaspar All Stars "; "Tenor & Flute "; "Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors" plus the .E.P. "Bobby Jaspar & Sacha Distel" and two tracks from Chet Baker "I Got Chet".
Don't be fooled into thinking tenor saxophonist and flautist Bobby Jaspar was in the second league of jazz because he was born in Liege, Belgium! Don't forget this is the country that gave us Jacques Brel, Poirot and Tin Tin! And if you still don't believe us just take a look at some of the musicians playing alongside Bobby on our four fine selections: John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Elvin Jones, Mal Waldron, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, George Wallington and Sacha Distel (don't panic, he's playing superb jazz guitar, not singing!). (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99
After playing alto saxophone with Luther Henderson and Fletcher Hendersons bands, he tuned into the new music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Despite his association with stars such as Roy Eldridge, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Tadd Dameron, Lucky Thompson, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, he remains greatly underrated.
While with Gillespie in 1951 he started to play baritone sax and since then alternated in both instruments, although the big horn became his main voice. In 1956 and 1957, before he went to Europe, he madealong with several outstanding sidemensome great sextet recordings on baritone, as a leader, mostly for Savoy Records, except one early alto session for Epic Records. Here, for the first time on CD, are all these sextet sides plus two swinging dates he recorded with Mort Herberts group, also for Savoy. This collection surely will put him in the place he deserves in the jazz field. (Discovery Records) Price: £19.99
Personnel : J.R. Monterose, tenor sax on all tracks, plus musicians including : Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Garrison, Pete La Roca, Ira Sullivan, Horace Silver, Philly Jo Jones, Wilber Ware, Teddy Kotick, etc. This set collates all the studio recordings made by J.R. in quartet and quintet format under his own name, during the 1950s and 60s. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
Recordings from both sides of the Atlantic include a whole phalanx of modern jazz talent notably Hank Mobley, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Donald Byrd, Wynton Kelly, Art Taylor and Phil Seamen. This five CD set covers every recording Reece made under his own name during this period together with performances made in collaboration with Victor Feldman and as a member of the New Jazz Group. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
Cookin the Blues, the first album here, features his septet recorded live at the Jazz Workshop in June 1961, during his tour on the West Coast. Moody, wonderfully relaxed and in good form, fronts a band (with trumpeter Howard McGhee in his come back to the coast) offering inspired performances and more musical content than groups with a bigger name. Eddie Jefferson was also was one of the moving forces behind the whole show, with his humorous, and happily frantic singing.
All seven songs in Another Bagthe second album of this compilationare excellent originals. Tom McIntosh, arranger on the date, contributed five, with his craftsmanship throughout distinguished by skillful voicings, interesting harmonic structures and beautiful melodies, somewhat reminiscent of the writing of Tadd Dameron and Gigi Gryce. Besides a forceful and driving Moody, the group features the consistently effective Paul Serrano on trumpet and the excellent solo and comping of pianist Kenny Barron. (Fresh Sound Records) Price: £12.99
Jenkins (from Chicago) and Red and Fuller (from Detroit) were newly arrived in New York in 1957, the year this session was taped. The fresh combination helped revitalize Quinichette, whose career was flagging at the time. Pianist Mal Waldron supplied three originals on which everyone plays and the number from which the album derives its title--Jimmy McHugh's "On the Sunny Side of the Street"--is mellowed out by Quinichette and Jenkins as the only horns. Jenkins is not currently active and Quinichette and Sonny Red are dead. On this jam their music is very much alive. (Fantasy, Inc.) Price: £15.49
Quinichette - a musician heavily influenced by Pres (and nick-named Vice-Pres) - plays here mostly a la Young on these two albums which fully capture the soul and swing of the Basie style. (Discovery Records) Price: £10.99
Sometimes known as the "human instrument," Don Elliott was a musician of many parts. He started the life of a musician playing trumpet but went on to play vibraphone, mellophone, trombone, flugelhorn as well as singing. He made over 60 albums during his long career which also included writing and performing over 5000 advertising jingles, pioneering the art of multi-tracking, owning his own studios in New York and Weston, Connecticut. He was also involved in film and theatre scores. On our four selections Don can be heard with the likes of Rusty Dedrick, Hal McKusick, Milt Hinton, Mundell Lowe, Dick Hyman and Jimmy Campbell. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99
Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl LP. Price: £18.99
"Introducing Kenny Drew"; "This Is New"; Talkin & Walkin" and "Jazz Impressions of Rodgers & Hart - Pal Joey"
Perhaps unfairly overlooked in a crowded field of great jazz pianists around during his time from Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver to Wynton Kelly, Kenny Drew finally got to record this his first album in 1953. Having established himself at last through playing with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and Lester Young he and his fine quartet were finally on their way and touring through 1952 and 1953. Here he is joined on "Introducing Kenny Drew" by Curly Russell on bass and the inimitable powerhouse Art Blakey on drums. For "This Is New" recorded through March and April 1957, Kennys reputation was now reflected in the band members he was attracting. Here we find him in the company of Donald Byrd on trumpet , Hank Mobley on tenor, Wilbur Ware on bass and G.T.Hogan on drums. This is current jazz, played by young musicians with considerable experience in the post or hard bop school coming up via the influence of Bird, Dizzy and Monk. "Talkin& Walkin" features the Kenny Drew Quartet from 1955 with Joe Maini on alto and tenor, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums. The message here is one of simplicity
keep it relaxed and natural, honest and unselfconscious. Finally "Jazz Impressions of Rodgers & Harts Pal Joey" a trio recording from New York in 1957 with Wilbur Ware on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Here Drew takes five selections from the original Broadway show and adds three more Rodgers & Hart classics from the movie version to create "extremely meaty and rewarding material to work with". All four albums are plus have been digitally re-mastered. Some are also currently hard to find or expensive, so Avid are pleased to be able to make them available once again. (AVID Entertainment) Price: £8.99