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Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (1962) {Riverside Japan, VDJ-1546, Early Press}

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Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (1962) {Riverside Japan, VDJ-1546, Early Press}

Bill Evans Quintet - Interplay (1962) {Riverside Japan, VDJ-1546, Early Press}
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© 1962, 1986 Riverside / Victor Japan | VDJ-1546
Jazz / Modal Music / Post Bop / Piano

A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents. In a way, the record's one of those sessions that Riverside would sometimes do – pairing a key new voice as a leader with others in an all-star group – but in another way, it's also a return to the sound that first brought Evans' to a wider audience in the 1957 and 1958 years – when he was working in non-trio groups with more famous players – adding his unique piano stylings to their (then) better-known solo modes.

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Sonny Stitt - Jaws & Stitt at Birdland (1954) {Roulette Jazz ‎CDP 7975072 rel 1991}

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Sonny Stitt - Jaws & Stitt at Birdland (1954) {Roulette Jazz ‎CDP 7975072 rel 1991}

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Sonny Stitt - Jaws & Stitt at Birdland (1954) {Roulette Jazz ‎CDP 7975072 rel 1991}
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© 1954, 1991 Roulette Jazz / EMI Records | ‎CDP 7975072
Jazz / Bebop / Saxophone

Sonny Stitt (sticking to tenor on this set) sat in with fellow tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' trio (which also includes organist Doc Bagby and drummer Charlie Rice) for a spirited and typically competitive jam session. Since Davis and Stitt had different sounds (one has little difficulty telling them apart) and were equally skilled, their collaboration is a draw. In addition to three standards, this CD has five basic originals. The original LP's four numbers are joined by four equally heated selections from the same date that were previously put out by the Phoenix label. Easily recommended to bebop collectors.

Grant Green - Blues for Lou (1963) {Blue Note Connoisseur CD Series}

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Grant Green - Blues for Lou (1963) {Blue Note Connoisseur CD Series}

Grant Green - Blues for Lou (1963) {Blue Note Connoisseur CD Series}
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© 1963, 1999 Blue Note / Capitol Records | 7243 5 21438 2 5
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Guitar

This pair of 1963 studio sessions by Grant Green remained under wraps until issued as a part of Blue Note's limited edition Jazz Connoisseur series. The guitarist is in fine form, accompanied by organist John Patton and drummer Ben Dixon, starting with a brilliant bop rendition of the popular standard from the Broadway show Oklahoma!, "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top." The soft but intense "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," and Ray Charles' gospel flavored "This Little Girl of Mine" (an obvious reworking of "This Little Light of Mine") are also highlights. Each member of the trio also contributed one original.

Milt Jackson - Live at the Village Gate (1963) {Riverside OJCCD-309-2 rel 2002}

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Milt Jackson - Live at the Village Gate (1963) {Riverside OJCCD-309-2 rel 2002}

Milt Jackson - Live at the Village Gate (1963) {Riverside OJCCD-309-2 rel 2002}
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© 1963, 2002 Riverside Records / Fantasy | OJCCD-309-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Vibes

Vibraphonist Milt Jackson's own sessions outside of The Modern Jazz Quartet tend to be hard-swinging jams through attractive chord changes, a mixture of boppish romps and thoughtful ballad statements. Jackson has frequently worked with tenors and Jimmy Heath, who is well-featured throughout this set (a CD reissue that brings back an earlier LP plus two "new" selections) became an occasional associate. With fine work by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Al "Tootie" Heath, Milt Jackson is in typically swinging form on some blues, standards, ballads and Jimmy Heath's "Gemini."

Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive (1972) {CTI--CBS Records ZK44171 rel 1988}

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Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive (1972) {CTI--CBS Records ZK44171 rel 1988}

Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive (1972) {CTI–CBS Records ZK44171 rel 1988}
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© 1972, 1988 CTI / CBS Records | ZK 44171
Jazz / Post Bop / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Groove / Trumpet

This Creed Taylor gem from the early 70's sounds even better now than it did then. Freddie Hubbard is, or at least was, a remarkable trumpet player - a genuine virtuoso with terrific tone, meldodic sense and emotional range. The songs are unusual, beautiful and in the groove. Ditto for everyone else on the album, which - I hadn't noticed this 30 years ago - includes Keith Jarrett. Ron Carter's bass is mesmerizing. Listening to his riff on the first song helped me appreciate the power of nuance and a subtle riff well placed.

The Super Premium Band - Sounds Of New York (2011) {Happinet Corp. Japan DSD HMCJ-1008}

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The Super Premium Band - Sounds Of New York (2011) {Happinet Corp. Japan DSD HMCJ-1008}

The Super Premium Band - Sounds Of New York (2011) {Happinet Corp. Japan DSD HMCJ-1008}
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© 2011 Happinet Corporation Japan | HMCJ-1008
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Post Bebop / Piano Trio

In 2010, The Super Premium Band was born from the mind of Yasohachi "88" Itoh, the Japanese producer who created numerous albums with the late Hank Jones and his Great Jazz Trio. Featuring Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Lenny White on drums, the band released its first album, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise to great critical acclaim and popularity. For the super-group's second album, the legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette replaces Lenny White, bringing a different set of rhythmic textures and sensibilities.

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 2: Zounds! (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1892-2 rel 1997}

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Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 2: Zounds! (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1892-2 rel 1997}

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 2: Zounds! (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1892-2 rel 1997}
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© 1954-56, 1997 Contemporary Records / Fantasy | OJCCD-1892-2
Jazz / Cool / Bop / West Coast Jazz / Saxophone

This formerly rare Contemporary set was reissued on a 1997 OJC CD. Lennie Niehaus, best known for his scores for Clint Eastwood films in the 1980s and '90s, was an excellent cool-toned bop altoist back in the '50s who spent time working with Stan Kenton. For this album, he is heard on two different occasions providing arrangements and alto solos for octets. With such fine players as either Jack Montrose or Bill Perkins on tenor, Bob Gordon or Pepper Adams on baritone, and other top West Coast jazz musicians, Niehaus primarily performs cool jazz. The inventive charts (which on the later date utilize a French horn and a tuba) and the superior, concise solos make this a set well worth acquiring by fans of the West Coast jazz sound of the '50s.

Sonny Stitt - I Remember Bird & A Tribute To Duke Ellington (1977) {Rhino--Collectables COL-CD-7258 rel 2002}

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Sonny Stitt - I Remember Bird & A Tribute To Duke Ellington (1977) {Rhino--Collectables COL-CD-7258 rel 2002}

Sonny Stitt - I Remember Bird & A Tribute To Duke Ellington (1977) {Rhino–Collectables COL-CD-7258 rel 2002}
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© 1977, 2002 Catalyst / Rhino / Collectables | COL-CD-7258
Jazz / Bop / Saxophone

I Remember Bird/A Tribute to Duke Ellington (originally released as Sonny Stitt With Strings) combines 14 tracks on one disc from Stitt's long-out-of-print Catalyst sessions from 1977. Saxophonist Sonny Stitt was a disciple of Charlie Parker, and throughout his career released several dates that portrayed that influence in a better light, especially 1963's Stitt Plays Bird. A Tribute to Duke Ellington is the stronger effort, with Stitt employing a string section. This format works especially well on "In a Sentimental Mood," "Take the 'A' Train," "Jeep's Blues," and "Cottontail." It's not surprising that Stitt maintained the same approach to strings as Charlie Parker did a decade prior – soaring above them rather than being held down by them. This two-fer should please both the collector and casual listener alike.

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

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VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)
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Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz, Modal | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7 96110 2 | Time: 01:11:59

Granted, a single-disc overview of Blue Note's finest recordings can't help but offer listeners more than a myopic view of the label's true scope, but for jazz neophytes, this nine-track collection will undoubtedly serve as a tantalizing taste of the company's riches. The song selection, though lacking few surprises, is consistently wonderful – how could a disc featuring John Coltrane's "Blue Train," Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" be anything but? – and purists' complaints aside, for new fans it's a solid introduction to the Blue Note magic.

Dizzy Gillespie - In Warsaw 1965 (2016) {Polskie Radio PRCD 2057}

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Dizzy Gillespie - In Warsaw 1965 (2016) {Polskie Radio PRCD 2057}

Dizzy Gillespie - In Warsaw 1965 (2016) {Polskie Radio PRCD 2057}
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© 1965, 2016 Polskie Radio S.A. | PRCD 2057
Jazz / Bop / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Trumpet

Polish Radio Jazz Archives Series, Volume 25. The twenty-fifth item in the Polish Radio Jazz Archives series is a CD entitled "Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Warsaw 1965". Recordings from the 8th Jazz Jamboree '65 Festival in Warsaw. Sensation, Gillespie's quintet are themselves world-class stars. Kenny Barron on the piano, Dizzy Gillespie on the trumpet, James Moody on the flute and alto sax, Chris White on the double bass and Rudy Collins on the drums. Almost 70 minutes of great music. Mostly compositions by the leader, and one each by James Moody and Antonio Carlos Jabim.

Miles Davis - The Complete Amsterdam Concert (1957) {Celluloid 668232}

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Miles Davis - The Complete Amsterdam Concert (1957) {Celluloid 668232}

Miles Davis - The Complete Amsterdam Concert (1957) {Celluloid 668232}
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© 1957 Celluloid France | 668232
Jazz / Cool / Hard Bop / Trumpet

This two-LP set is a real rarity, a performance by trumpeter Miles Davis while he was in Europe in late 1957. Joined by drummer Kenny Clarke and three excellent French players (tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen, pianist Rene Urtreger and bassist Pierre Michelot), the same unit with which Davis recorded a French soundtrack during this period, the quintet jams through ten songs from Davis's repertoire. Although all of this music (around 56 minutes worth) could have been put on one rather than two LPs, this hard-to-find set is recommended for the rare opportunity to hear Miles Davis stretching out with these musicians.

Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig - What's New (1969) {Verve Japan, J33J-25013, Early Press}

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Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig - What's New (1969) {Verve Japan, J33J-25013, Early Press}

Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig - What's New (1969) {Verve Japan, J33J-25013, Early Press}
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© 1969, 1986 Verve / Polydor K.K. Japan | J33J-25013
Jazz / Modal Music / Post Bop / Piano / Flute

One of Bill Evans' most beautiful albums from the time – and one that features the fantastic team of Jeremy Steig and Eddie Gomez, who were cutting some beautiful records for other labels at the time. Steig's flute later got very silly, but at this point, he's got a raw stripped-down sound that works perfectly with Gomez's warm, slightly funky basslines – making for a slightly soulful approach that really transforms the session. Evans is no slouch either – and the youthful company makes him play some of his best bits in years.

George Lewis - Jazz In Classic New Orleans Tradition (1995) {Riverside OJCCD-1736-2 rec 1951-1953}

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George Lewis - Jazz In Classic New Orleans Tradition (1995) {Riverside OJCCD-1736-2 rec 1951-1953}

George Lewis - Jazz In Classic New Orleans Tradition (1995) {Riverside OJCCD-1736-2 rec 1951-1953}
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© 1951-53, 1995 Riverside Records / Fantasy | OJCCD-1736-2
Jazz / New Orleans Jazz / Clarinet

This involves bandleader and drummer Paul Barbarin, a nearly exact New Orleans contemporary of Lewis and one of the great originals in the music. The band is familiar enough by now, and the ability to extract the maximum expression from the most minimal of settings has rarely been better documented than here, coupled to an above-average standard of recording. Heard side by side, Lewis and Barbarin underline many of the contradictions that underlay the revivalist movement.

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs
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Swing, Cool, Bop, Hard Bop, Bossa Nova, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Verve | # 847 430-2

This two-CD sampler is most highly recommended for listeners not familiar with Stan Getz's recordings of the 1950s and '60s. Starting with a version of "Stella by Starlight" that co-stars guitarist Jimmy Raney, this set matches Getz's cool tenor with such artists as trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Conte Candoli, trombonist J.J. Johnson, baritonist Gerry Mulligan, pianists Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and vibraphonist Gary Burton. Also included are his two main bossa nova hits "Desafinado" and "The Girl from Ipanema" along with a couple of tracks from Getz's highly-rated Focus album. It's a fine overview of the great tenor's middle years.

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall - Love Is Here To Stay (2018) {Deluxe Edition, Japan}

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Tony Bennett & Diana Krall - Love Is Here To Stay (2018) {Deluxe Edition, Japan}

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall - Love Is Here To Stay (2018) {Deluxe Edition, Japan}
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Covers Included | 00:43:30 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Standards | Verve Records / Universal Music #UCCV-9677

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall's partnership didn't begin with the 2018 duets album Love Is Here to Stay. Krall popped up on two prior duets albums from Bennett and the pair toured at the dawn of the 2000s, but Love Is Here to Stay marks their first full record together, and it's an elegant affair. Conceived as a tribute to George Gershwin, the album is filled with familiar tunes, but hints of imagination lurk around the edges, such as the revival of "Fascinating Rhythm," the tune Bennett recorded for his first single in 1949. Nearly 70 years separate that version of "Fascinating Rhythm" from this 2018 rendition, and while Bennett certainly sounds older – his voice is slightly raspy, he can't hit the high notes the way he used to, nor does he sing with quite as much force – he still sounds spry and commanding, happily dancing through these cozy melodies, singing with as much rhythm as lyricism.