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New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

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New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)
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Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4961-2 | Time: 01:03:22
Vocal Jazz, Harmony Vocal Group, Mainstream Jazz

You have to admire New York Voices' diversity – this is a jazz vocal group that has embraced everything from modal post-bop and Brazilian jazz to Stevie Wonder pearls. And how many artists have devoted an entire album to jazz interpretations of Paul Simon tunes? Not everything the Voices have recorded is great, but more often than not, their sense of adventure and open-mindedness have served them well. After paying tribute to pop-rocker Simon in 1997, the Voices make big band music the main focus of Sing, Sing, Sing. This time, they are backed by a big band and turn their attention to gems associated with swing icons like Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing," "Don't Be That Way"), Duke Ellington ("In A Mellow Tone"), Woody Herman ("Early Autumn"), and Artie Shaw ("Stardust"). Although many of these classics came out of the Swing Era, Sing, Sing, Sing also has its share of post-World War II gems. Ralph Burns' lovely "Early Autumn" is a gem that Herman recorded in 1948, when he was exploring bop with his Second Herd and the Four Brothers. And "Orange Colored Sky," which was a major hit for Nat "King" Cole in 1950, is quite relevant to the CD's big band theme because Cole recorded it with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

Archie Shepp - True Blue (1998) {Venus Records VHCD-2023}

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Archie Shepp - True Blue (1998) {Venus Records VHCD-2023}

Archie Shepp - True Blue (1998) {Venus Records VHCD-2023}
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© 1998 Venus Records | VHCD-2023
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Saxophone

This 1998 studio recording by tenor sax legend Archie Shepp is a study in blues and ballads as the title might suggest, but it also marks the return of Shepp as a true bandleader. With pianist John Hicks, drummer Billy Drummond, and bassist George Mraz, Shepp sounds more inspired here than he has in literally decades. There is no crutch-like reliance on hard bop and blues stylings, nor is there any over-the-shoulder tosses at being the king of the avant-garde. Instead Shepp focuses on what he does best: being a fine stylist and one of the great blues phraseologists in the business. Opening with Coltrane's "Lonnie's Lament," Shepp goes one better than just saluting his old boss – he reharmonizes the tune and slows it down, making it a true elegy.

Charles Mingus - Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife (1959) {Columbia CK44050 rel 1988}

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Charles Mingus - Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife (1959) {Columbia CK44050 rel 1988}

Charles Mingus - Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife (1959) {Columbia CK44050 rel 1988}
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© 1959, 1988 CBS / Columbia | CK 44050
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz

It's too bad this one is so rare, it's quite good. Slop is probably the best known track, and is Get It In Yer Soul's little cousin. Song With Orange is underrated (the liner notes call it one of Mingus's less memorable tunes) and makes nice use of muted brass. Gunsling Bird, fully called, "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Lot of Dead Copycats", so you can guess it's a tribute piece. Things Ain't What They Used to Be and Mood Indigo are two lengthy Ellington covers, the former being my favorite Ellington piece. Far Wells, Mill Valley has an awesome title but is an okay song.

Lennie Tristano - Tristano (1955) {Atlantic Japan, 30XD-1036, Early Press}

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Lennie Tristano - Tristano (1955) {Atlantic Japan, 30XD-1036, Early Press}

Lennie Tristano - Tristano (1955) {Atlantic Japan, 30XD-1036, Early Press}
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© 1955, 1988 Atlantic / Warner Japan | 30XD-1036
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Piano

Lennie Tristano's Atlantic debut was a controversial album at the time of its release. Though Tristano was regarded as a stellar and innovative bebop pianist, he had been absent from recording for six years and had founded a jazz school where he focused instead on teaching. The first four tunes on this set shocked the jazz world at the time of their release (though not critic Barry Ulanov, who was Tristano's greatest champion and wrote the liner notes for the set). The reason was that on those four original tunes – "Line Up," "Requiem," "Turkish Mambo," and "East Thirty-Second" – Tristano actually overdubbed piano lines, and sped the tape up and down for effect.

Thelonious Monk - Live In Switzerland 1966 (1991) {2CD Set, Jazz Helvet JH06}

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Thelonious Monk - Live In Switzerland 1966 (1991) {2CD Set, Jazz Helvet JH06}

Thelonious Monk - Live In Switzerland 1966 (1991) {2CD Set, Jazz Helvet JH06}
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© 1966, 1991 Esoldun / Jazz Helvet | JH 06
Jazz / Bop / Post Bop / Piano

As all Thelonious Monk afficionados are aware, this incredibly inventive man improvises on his own standards in a new fashion every time he plays them. Thus the interest in listening to his live concerts as well as the studio albums. Indeed, one sometimes has the feeling of hearing Monk for the first time! Sparkling invention with an ever playful Charlie Rouse, Monk's less known shadow. And a fast and lively 11 minute version of "Blue Monk". Recommended to all of Thelonious Monk's fans!

Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games (1973) {Strata-East--Bellaphon 660-51-017 rel 1993}

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Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games (1973) {Strata-East--Bellaphon 660-51-017 rel 1993}

Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games (1973) {Strata-East–Bellaphon 660-51-017 rel 1993}
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© 1973, 1993 Strata-East / Bellaphon | 660-51-017
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Saxophone

Glass Bead Games is arguably the crown jewel of the Strata East movement, an amorphous genre that treads an unusual path between post-bop, 70's avant-garde and spiritual jazz, with a groove. Glass Bead Games is full of revelations at many levels. First, the decade of the 1970s did produce genuinely creative, "human" new music flowing from the jazz mainstream.

Frank Morgan - Listen To The Dawn (1994) {Antilles--Verve 314 518 979-2}

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Frank Morgan - Listen To The Dawn (1994) {Antilles--Verve 314 518 979-2}

Frank Morgan - Listen To The Dawn (1994) {Antilles–Verve 314 518 979-2}
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© 1994 Antilles / Verve / PolyGram | 314 518 979-2
Jazz / Bop / Post Bop / Saxophone

Listen to the Dawn is a rare example of Frank Morgan recording an entire album without a pianist. The veteran alto saxophonist, who was only two weeks away from his 60th birthday when this post-bop/be bop CD was recorded, evidently wanted to try something a bit different – and it was a move that paid off creatively. Whether he's forming an intimate duo with guitarist Kenny Burrell or forming a quartet with Burrell, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Grady Tate, Morgan fares quite well without a pianist. This isn't an album of fast tempos and high-speed aggression – from Burrell offerings like "Listen to the Dawn" and "Remembering" to highly personal interpretations of Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye," Duke Ellington's "I Didn't Know About You" (which becomes a sexy bossa nova), and the standard "It Might as Well Be Spring," Morgan is especially introspective and really takes time to reflect. This compelling CD should not be missed.

Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Breaking It Up (1953) {Columbia--Legacy CK65259 rel 1998}

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Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Breaking It Up (1953) {Columbia--Legacy CK65259 rel 1998}

Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Breaking It Up (1953) {Columbia–Legacy CK65259 rel 1998}
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© 1951-53, 1998 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | CK 65259
Jazz / Jump Blues / Swing / Big Band

In late 1951, Louis Prima was hot on the heels of a comeback success the year before with "Oh Babe!," and a record so big that it spawned numerous cover versions by everyone from Wynonie Harris and Lionel Hampton to Kay Starr and even a Spanish language version by Lalo Guerrero ("Chitas Patas Boogie" on Imperial and used in the movie Zoot Suit with Edward James Olmos). After three follow-ups went nowhere (one of which was the immortal "Zooma Zooma"), Prima came to Columbia Records and was handed over to A&R chief Mitch Miller. And here was part of the problem. Prima's audience liked a cruder Louis and were used to records cut on shoestring budgets with production values that were as raw as the music they framed, while Miller's production was state-of-the-art squeaky-clean.

Thelonious Monk featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 (2009) {2CD Set, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10360}

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Thelonious Monk featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 (2009) {2CD Set, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10360}

Thelonious Monk featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 (2009) {2CD Set, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10360}
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© 1958, 2009 Lone Hill Jazz | LHJ10360
Jazz / Bop / Post Bop / Piano

Just after John Coltrane left him and before the arrival of Charlie Rouse, Thelonious Monk formed a quartet with Johnny Griffin, which played at the Five Spot in New York in August & July, 1958. Half of this music was issued on two original Riverside albums: “In Action” and “Misterioso”. This edition contains all known music from these famous gigs plus as a bonus, a rare sextet selection by Monk including Griffin, Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams.

Miles Davis - Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016) {Columbia--Legacy 88985306672}

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Miles Davis - Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016) {Columbia--Legacy 88985306672}

Miles Davis - Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016) {Columbia–Legacy 88985306672}
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© 2016 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Pictures | 88985306672
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Fusion / Jazz Funk / Soundtrack / Trumpet

The release of the movie MILES AHEAD, Don Cheadle's wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, will be accompanied by this new soundtrack featuring musical highlights from Miles' career and new recordings overseen by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. This is a perfect primer on Davis' career for the new fan and a brilliant audio keepsake of the film for those who've studied his works inside and out. The album features 11 tracks from across Miles' catalogue from 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for MILES AHEAD by Robert Glasper. These cues include "What's Wrong with That?" a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Esperanza Spalding; plus "Gone 2015," an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch. Cheadle also pens new liner notes for the album discussing the selection and creation of the songs on the soundtrack.

Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (1961) {Capitol Jazz rel 1993}

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Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (1961) {Capitol Jazz rel 1993}

Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (1961) {Capitol Jazz rel 1993}
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© 1961, 1993 Capitol Jazz | CDP 0777 7 81204 2 1
Jazz / Standards / Vocal Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Saxophone

An excellent collaboration of Nancy Wilson's voice with Cannonball Adderley's alto sax from the early '60s. While this 1961 recording was the first time Wilson was with Adderley in the studio, it was not the first time they had worked together. After singing with Rusty Bryant's band, Wilson had worked with Adderley in Columbus, Ohio. (It was there that Adderley encouraged her to go to N.Y.C. to do some recording, eventually leading to this session.) Not entirely a vocal album, five of the 12 cuts are instrumentals.

Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}

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Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}

Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}
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© 1957, 1999 Prestige / Fantasy / Universal | OJCCD-346-2 / 00025218634625
Jazz / Cool / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz

Although arranger Gil Evans had been active in the major leagues of jazz ever since the mid-'40s and had participated in Miles Davis' famous Birth of the Cool recordings, Gil Evans & Ten was his first opportunity to record as a leader. The set features a typically unusual 11-piece unit consisting of two trumpets, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, Bart Varsalona on bass trombone, French horn player Willie Ruff, Steve Lacy on soprano, altoist Lee Konitz, Dave Kurtzer on bassoon, bassist Paul Chambers, and either Nick Stabulas or Jo Jones on drums, plus the leader's sparse piano.

Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}

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Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}

Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}
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© 1960, 2012 Blue Note / EMI Music Japan | TOCJ-50293 | 24bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Saxophone

Originally recorded in 1960 for Blue Note but not released until 1980, Take Aim, like Harold Land himself, has undeservedly fallen through the cracks. Most famous for his association with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet of the '50s, Land is another unheralded West Coast giant who made a name for himself out here in California, but was under the radar of the jazz elitists. Take Aim, featuring an obscure group of musicians, is a pleasant surprise, and should be a welcome refresher for anyone looking for music similar to the tenorist's earlier and more famous exploits.

Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}

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Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}

Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}
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© 1957, 1993 Blue Note / Capitol Records | D 110906
Jazz / Bop / Piano / Saxophone

The urban mythology surrounding this non-professional recording – suggesting that Naima Coltrane (aka Mrs. John Coltrane) was running tape during this particular set – is fortunately true. Fortunate, that is, for lovers of bop or anyone who ever wished in vain that they could be transported to a legendary night such as the one captured during this short disc. The raw nature of this audience tape more accurately reveals the reality of experiencing a performance during the Five Spot's halcyon days. What can also be found beyond the sporadic chatter and general hubbub of a New York City Harlem nightclub is arguably the strongest aural evidence of the unique working rapport these two jazz icons shared.

Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}

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Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}

Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}
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© 1964, 2003 Capitol Jazz / Blue Note | 7243 5 42309 2 9
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Saxophone

It is a bit strange that none of the eight songs performed on this LP found their way into Adderley's permanent repertoire for the altoist is quite inspired throughout this surprising set. With strong assists from cornetist Nat Adderley, Charles Lloyd on tenor and flute, pianist Joe Zawinul, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, Cannonball plays near his peak; this is certainly the finest album by this particular sextet.