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Jim Hall and Ron Carter - Concierto Jim Hall and Ron Carter - Concierto Jim Hall's Concierto was arguably the greatest LP in the history of CTI and possibly a masterpiece. With two legendary players in the frontline, trumpeter Chet Baker and Paul Desmond, Hall interprets standards and engaging originals. A master of melody who never wastes notes, the centerpiece for this release is Hall's interpretation of one movement from Rodrigo's "Guitar Concerto," arranged by Don Sebesky. New tracks include alternate takes of "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" and "Rock Skippin'," plus "Unfinished Business," an incomplete track that fades following Desmond's solo just as Hall starts to play. (2 LPs)
Joe Pass - Sounds of Synanon Joe Pass - Sounds of Synanon "A significant recording, as this is Joe Pass' debut on vinyl. It was recorded while Pass was still a patient at the Synanon Drug Center in California. Made with fellow patients, Pass proved to be a star. It is interesting to note that Pass played an electric solid body Rock guitar, as he did not even own a guitar at this time. His legendary chops are especially evident on 'Projections' and 'Hang Tough,' featuring some of his cleanest playing ever recorded." – All Music Guide
John Lewis - Grand Encounter John Lewis - Grand Encounter This classic session is the ultimate in cool jazz. Bill Perkins' mellow tone matches quite well with the quiet but inwardly passionate playing of pianist John Lewis, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Chico Hamilton. Lewis is featured with the rhythm section on "I Can't Get Started," Hall is added for "Skylark," and the full group plays three standards plus Lewis' memorable and atmospheric "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West."
Konitz & Mulligan - Konitz Meets Mulligan Konitz & Mulligan - Konitz Meets Mulligan With the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. A simply wonderful pairing of idiosyncratic talents.
Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry Remastered by Ray Staff from analogue tapes. Dirt and grit, sweetness and sorrow, this is New York Tendaberry, Laura Nyro's masterpiece. This tapestry of great beauty and painful images is not for the pop-oriented crowd who only are familiar with the aurally digestible versions of "Save The Country" and "Time And Love" sung by other people. Laura herself had a voice both comforting and full of despair, and both those songs are woven into this complex journey.
Laurindo Almeida Quartet featuring Bud Shank - Brazilliance Laurindo Almeida Quartet featuring Bud Shank - Brazilliance More than seven years before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd introduced the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim to American audiences, guitarist Laurindo Almeida and altoist Bud Shank (in a quartet with bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Roy Harte) recorded the intriguing music heard on this LP. The performances are very close to bossa nova in their combination of cool-toned jazz and Brazilian rhythms; in fact, these are arguably the first bossa nova recordings, long before even Jobim and Joao Gilberto initially recorded.
Louis Armstrong - Satch Plays Fats Louis Armstrong - Satch Plays Fats In 1955, Louis Armstrong, along with vocalist Velma Middleton, got into the studio to pay tribute to the late Fats Waller. All the standards are here: "Honeysuckle Rose," "Squeeze Me," "Ain't Misbehavin," rendered in fine and mellow but gently, genially swinging fashion. Armstrong's trumpet is superb and his voice carries the good-time spirit of Waller's music.
Louis Armstrong All Stars - Plays W.C. Handy Louis Armstrong All Stars - Plays W.C. Handy "The excellence of Louis' band is so high and so consistent that every man deserves commendation for his part in making this remarkably fine record. Trummy Young particularly should be singled out for his driving solos and for the way his 'boots' Louis in the final ensembles. The way I fell about this record can be summed up in this way. When I die, I want people to say, 'That's the guy that if it hadn't been for him and Louis Armstrong and W.C. Handy, there wouldn't have been that great record, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy.'" – excerpt from the sleeve notes by George Avakian "Pure Pleasure has remastered one of my desert island discs – my favorite Armstrong recording and one that shows him at his best musically and sonically…How does this new release stack up against the original maroon label Columbia vinyl? Almost from the moment that the stylus first touched down, I heard subtle and not so subtle details that I had never noticed before, and I have listened to this recording in various incarnations hundreds of times. Add to that fact that the harmonic texture is captured spot on, and this new re-issue is an instant candidate for my Record of the Year…don't miss it!" Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 – Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45 (2 x LPs)
Louis Prima with Keely Smith, Sam Butera & the Witnesses - The Wildest Louis Prima with Keely Smith, Sam Butera & the Witnesses - The Wildest A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Normally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock and roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence. A veritable greatest-hits album, The Wildest! is a gem of Louis Prima's catalog.
Machito & His Afro Cuban Orchestra - Kenya Machito & His Afro Cuban Orchestra - Kenya Outstanding Afro-Cuban jazz reissue featuring greats like "Doc" Cheatham on trumpet and Cannonball Adderley on alto sax. The music is about deep feeling. Afro-Cuban jazz is, in its performance, the marriage of Afro-Cuban rhythm and jazz soloists.
Max Roach - We Insist - Freedom Now Suite Max Roach - We Insist - Freedom Now Suite "This is a classic. At a time when the civil rights movement was starting to heat up, drummer Max Roach performed and recorded a seven-part suite dealing with black history (particularly slavery) and racism. 'Driva' Man' has a powerful statement by veteran tenor Coleman Hawkins and there is valuable solo space elsewhere for trumpeter Booker Little and trombonist Julian Priester, but it is the overall performance of Abbey Lincoln that is most notable. Formerly a nightclub singer, Lincoln really came into her own under Roach's tutelage and she is a strong force throughout this intense set. On 'Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace,' Lincoln is heard in duets with the drummer and her wrenching screams of rage are quite memorable. This timeless protest record is a gem." – Scott Yanow
Nancy Harrow - Wild Women Don't Have the Blues Nancy Harrow - Wild Women Don't Have the Blues "Although singer Nancy Harrow made a strong impression with this debut recording, she did not lead another record date until 1978 other than a lesser-known effort for Atlantic in 1966. Obviously the years of obscurity were not deserved, for this set is a near-classic. Harrow is heard in her early prime singing such veteran songs as 'All Too Soon,' 'On The Sunny Side Of The Street,' the seven-minute 'Blues For Yesterday,' and the title cut (originally done by Ida Cox in the 1920s)." – All Music Guide
Nancy Wilson - Son of a Preacher Man Nancy Wilson - Son of a Preacher Man
You might consider buying this one just for the title track. Wow!

Nancy Wilson is ballads with an emotional finesse that bridges a complexity of human temperaments. Nancy Wilson is rhythms which move in a variety of propelling directions. Nancy is a completeness of contemporary popular excellenc
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray. A highly successful and respected jazz and soul singer, Nancy Wilson bridges the gap between the classic pop vocal era of Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and the belting R&B divas of today. Though Nancy Wilson has always cited the emotionally naked, androgynous vocal style of Jimmy Scott as her primary influence, her voice carries definite echoes of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. Yet Wilson also has always had a strong feeling for post-Sam Cooke soul and the tartness of her delivery carries more than an echo of the sometimes-icy Lena Horne. Catapulted to the pop stratosphere, Wilson was the best-selling artist on Capitol Records' roster (beating out everyone from Nat King Cole to the Beach Boys) until the Beatles crossed the pond and eclipsed everything and everybody in their culture-changing wake. A fine album from this '60s period, But Beautiful is a jazz ballad set led by pianist Hank Jones.
Nat "King" Cole - After Midnight Nat Nat "King" Cole's music is the perfect combination of romantic charm and musical invention. Cole is renowned for his big production numbers and pop hits such as "Stardust," but he was also an accomplished and unique jazz pianist and excelled in a small-group setting. After Midnight's album cover states that this is a "trio" release. However, Cole is actually paired up with his trio plus five guest soloists (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, percussion and violin). The dubious credits don't matter much though. This is precious music and, without a doubt, one of Cole's best records. Included here are wonderful and intimate renditions of Cole favorites like"Sweet Lorraine," "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" and many others. Trombonist Juan Tizol performs a beautiful version of his Afro-Cuban tune "Caravan," and Cole and violinist Stuff Smith trade some hot licks on the up-tempo "I Know That You Know." For anybody looking to understand the depth and breadth of Cole's jazz roots, this disc is an excellent point of departure.
Nat "King" Cole - Penthouse Serenade Nat "The year after he formally disbanded his trio to turn his attention to vocal pop music, Nat "King" Cole reversed himself and went into the studio with guitarist John Collins, bassist Charlie Harris, and drummer Bunny Shawker and recorded Penthouse Serenade, a quiet, reflective set of standards like "Somebody Loves Me" and "Laura" that he performed instrumentally at the piano. The album confirmed that, whatever success he might be having as a singer, he hadn't lost his touch." – All Music Guide
Nat King Cole - The Piano Style of Nat King Cole Nat King Cole - The Piano Style of Nat King Cole Although Nat King Cole owes much of his success to his silky smooth baritone voice, he is also an accomplished jazz pianist. His elegant piano playing helped to further the popularity of jazz without sacrificing the integrity of the music.
Paul Clarvis & Liam Noble - Starry Starry Night Paul Clarvis & Liam Noble - Starry Starry Night Starry Starry Night is a collection of cover versions of mainly familiar material by drummer Paul Clarvis and pianist Liam Noble, two characterful lights of the British jazz scene. The tunes range from classic standards like Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," the Gershwins' "Embraceable You" and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," through to more recent treasures like Gillian Welch's "Dear Someone," Don Maclean's "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" and Moondog's "Paris." The album is as intimate and seductive as the source material and instrumentation promise - Clarvis and Noble are respectful of the composers' original intentions, rarely straying far from the top-lines or basic changes - but the duo bring fresh fascination to even the most well-worn item.
Pee Wee Russel Quartet - New Groove The Pee Wee Russel Quartet - New Groove Clarinetist Pee Wee Russell's career on record stretched all the way from the 1920s, when he played with musicians such as Jack Teagarden and Bix Beiderbecke, to the 1960s, when he appeared with Thelonious Monk at Newport and made albums that included compositions by modernists such as Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Although he was pegged as being Dixieland by some and trumpeted as an elder hero of the '60s avant-garde by others, Russell remained a school unto himself. Jazz writer Whitney Balliett said that Russell played with an incomparable "daring and nakedness and intuition. He had discovered some of the secrets of life and his improvisations were generally successful attempts to tell those secrets in a new, funny, gentle way."
Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins - Jazz Reunion Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins - Jazz Reunion The reunion that took place in this 1961 session was between Russell and tenor-great Coleman Hawkins; they had first recorded one of the songs, ("If I Could Be with You") back in 1929. Both Hawk and Russell had remained modern soloists and on this unusual but very satisfying date (which also features trumpeter Emmett Berry and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer) they explore such numers as a pair of Ellington classics ("All Too Soon" and "What Am I Here For?"), two Russell originals, and even the boppish "Tin Tin Deo." - All Music Guide "…Beautifully recorded, this stereo release sounds much fresher than the mono original I've been listening to for years. There's no artificial left-right separation, and the instrumental solos are beautifully presented – there is an enormous amount of air surrounding the vibration of the reed sound on the solos, resulting in a startling facsimile of these legends standing between the speakers, replaying these tunes…Pure Pleasure has done a great job in improving on an old master." Recording = 10/10; Music = 9/10 – Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45
Peggy Lee - I Like Men Mono Peggy Lee - I Like Men Great songs and intimate moments with Peggy Lee in this extremely enjoyable album. Recorded and released in 1959, I Like Men is one of Peggy Lee's most fun albums. With hits from Gus Kahn, Eubie Blake and Cole Porter, Peggy Lee is at her best. (Mono)
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk A tenor saxophonist who distinguished himself as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers on the 1972 long player Child’s Dance, Morris made this one strong album as a leader for Groove Merchant. This is spicy soul jazz.
Randy Weston - Little Niles Randy Weston - Little Niles Starting with the gospel and bop according to Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston gradually absorbed the letter and spirit of African and Caribbean rhythms and tunes, welding everything together into a searching, energizing, often celebratory blend. His piano work ranges across a profusion of styles from boogie-woogie through bop into dissonance marked by a stabbing quality reminiscent of, but not totally indebted to Monk. This album combines Weston’s rhythmically intriguing explorations with the Ellington-like arrangements of Melba Liston and represented a high point in his career at the time. All of the tunes written by Weston were inspired by his children Niles and Pamela. The innocence, excitement, anticipation and tension of childhood are all displayed here in these warm vinyl grooves.
Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' With Jug Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' With Jug This album finds Gene Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo that also includes guitarist Gene Edwards and drummer Leroy Henderson. The quartet is heard in two settings on August 15, 1961 – three of the selections were produced by Richard Bock in a Los Angeles studio in the afternoon, while the other five were recorded several hours later in an L.A. club called the Black Orchid. Ammons and Holmes prove to be a strong combination in both settings, although their playing is somewhat looser at the Orchid.
Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington - Blue Rose Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington - Blue Rose Mastered from the original mono analog master tapes by Ray Staff and pressed on 180-gram vinyl by Pallas.

One of the classiest vocal albums of the '50s, Rosemary Clooney collaborates with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Blue Rose is likely Clooney's best album, but it is also a great Duke Ellington record. Clooney offers heartfelt interpretations of classics like "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mood Indigo."

Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Sings Soulfully Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Sings Soulfully Sassy's years on the Roulette label (1960-64) have been called the legendary singer's finest hour, a time when Vaughan's musicality merged exquisitely with her unbridled vocal ardor to achieve the sublime. Sarah Sings Soulfully, recorded at the close of that period, stands as a stunning testament to this claim - a divine collection of tracks that reveals an artist staking her soul on the rendering of each and every note, as well as the silences between them. Seductively spare, luxuriously poignant, and achingly honest all at the same time, Vaughan's vocals careen incandescently through the 12 standards presented here, swooping, sighing and soaring with an intensity that remains unparalleled to this day.
Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi This 1949 session from one of the all-time jazz greats (female or otherwise) features fellow heavyweights Miles Davis, Freddie Green and Budd Johnson among others. Vaughan recorded for Columbia between 1949 and 1952, yet only two LPs were ever released from the many tracks she produced during that period: the strings-only Afterhours and the present Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi, which is a more jazz-oriented collection. These are, without question, some of Vaughan's finest recordings. Hear her in her prime. (2 LPs)
Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis made several fabulous singles, had a booming, terrific voice and received the same great backing and support that defined the city's R&B sound. But Lewis' records seldom made it outside New Orleans, even though they were frequently brilliant. This great anthology contains the four that did make the charts, among them the signature song "I Hear You Knocking." (mono)
Sonny Rollins - What's New Sonny Rollins - What's New Sonny Rollins' mid-sixties experiment with bossa nova was completely different than was Stan Getz' Jazz Samba. Rollins stayed true to his bop and avant-garde roots, using bossa nova as a surgeon uses a scalpel, to dissect and deconstruct familiar melodies and turn them into something new. This hip reinterpretation of standards is Sonny's trademark, and in this album it's uncompromising. The whole album is interesting and highly original.
Stacey Kent - Dreamsville Stacey Kent - Dreamsville Vocalist Stacy Kent is an exceptional ballad interpreter, and she puts a unique sound and delivery to this collection of covers. She makes each song her own, and is backed here by a tight-knit group of professionals, including her husband, Jim Tomlinson, who contributes clarinet and tenor sax. Dreamsville hit the Swedish Pop Charts in 1999 and won the Gold Award in Japan's Swing Journal that same year.
Stacey Kent - In Love Again - The Music of Richard Rodgers Stacey Kent - In Love Again - The Music of Richard Rodgers Stacey Kent is back, with her regular combo, for an engaging tribute to Richard Rodgers. In addition to routinely covered songs like "It Never Entered My Mind" and "Bewitched", the Britain-based vocalist looks to the South Pacific book and comes up with two items seldom performed in a jazz context — "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i". Happily, these are two of the best cuts; the former, with its burlesque-ish 6/8 middle section, works amazingly well. The sound is strong, highlighting the nicely varied arrangements and the innate charm of Kent's puckish voice. Recording: July and September 2001 at Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly, UK, by Curtis Schwartz Production: Jim Tomlinson
Steve Lacy - The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy Steve Lacy - The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy Some of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's most interesting recordings are his earliest ones. After spending periods of time playing with Dixieland groups and then with Cecil Taylor (which was quite a jump), Lacy made several recordings that displayed his love of Thelonious Monk's music plus his varied experiences. On this particular set, Lacy's soprano contrasts well with Charles Davis' baritone on three of the most difficult Monk tunes ("Introspection," "Played Twice" and "Criss Cross") plus two Cecil Taylor compositions and Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee."
Thelonious Monk - Something In Blue Thelonious Monk - Something In Blue Alan Bates took Thelonious Monk into the studio for his first trio recording in 15 years with his old sidekick Art Blakey. It has been said often enough that Blakey is the ideal drummer for Monk, and one has only to hear them together again after all this time to realize the truth of the statement. If Blakey at times seems to push the pianist almost too hard, that is in fact the nature of their musical relationship. And, throughout the session, Blakey appeared to be vying with the producer in alternately cajoling and coercing Monk into fulfilling various requests from the small invited audience. 1. Blue Sphere 2. Hackensack 3. Nice Work If You Can Get It 4. Criss Cross 5. Something in Blue 6. Evidence 7. Jackie-ing 8. Nutty Be the first to write a review for this item OR just rate it

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