Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol 3: Venezia CD review – a joyous celebration of the composer’s range

Andrew Clements writes ….. After discs devoted to the madrigals that Monteverdi wrote in Cremona and Mantua, the final part of Les Arts Florissants’ anthology includes pieces from the Seventh and Eighth books. Published in Venice in 1619 and 1638 respectively, they were the last such collections to appear in the composer’s lifetime, and the […]

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Eddie Boyd – 7936 South Rhodes (Vinyl 180g LP)

Blues pianist Eddie Boyd’s 7936 South Rhodes was recorded in London in January 1968 with three members of the early lineup of Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green (guitar), John McVie (bass), and Mick Fleetwood(drums). It’s a tantalizing setting for Boyd’s straight up Chicago piano Blues, going heavier on the slow-to-mid-tempo numbers than the high-spirited ones. Eddie […]

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THE BILL EVANS TRIO: On A Monday Evening (Vinyl LP)

We are told: UNRELEASED 1976 BILL EVANS TRIO CONCERT on VINYL. On A Monday Evening features eight songs performed in the Madison Union Theater at the University of Wisconsinon Monday, November 15, 1976 and exists thanks to two college-age deejays that recorded and archived the concert. Larry Goldberg and James Farber had interviewed Bill Evans […]

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100 Years Of Jazz: A Celebration Through Ten Masterpieces (10CD Box Set)

  100 years from the first commercial Jazz recording. Jazz as a great metaphor for American Culture in the 20th Century! Jazz as one of the most influential art forms of today! An essential box set including ten masterpieces everyone should own. Each CD includes a beautiful reproduction of the original and iconic album covers. […]

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Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven SACD

Reissue of 1963 Columbia LP /Sony Music/Analogue Productions Miles in hi-res 3-channel audio! Seven Steps to Heaven SACD Miles Davis, trumpet; Victor Feldman, piano; Herbie Hancock, piano; George Coleman, tenor sax; Frank Butler, drums; Anthony Williams, drums; Ron Carter, bass) This is the classic Miles session when he was still being fairly tonal and straightforward. […]

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Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles Collection – by Aaron Cohen

This limited-edition disc features many previously unreleased singles that Lena Horne sang in the late 1940s, just as her star in the movies was ascending. These records affirmed that she was much more than a photogenic face. No matter what’s going on in the world today, it’s impossible to not get swept into her vocal […]

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Mr. B.B. King (10CD) by B.B. King

We are informed …. This multi-format career retrospective is being released to celebrate his 50th Anniversary signing to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962. Leading the way with a 10 CD, 194 track collection chronicling his entire career from his first recordings in 1949 through to his most recent studio album. Housed in a beautiful deluxe box […]

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ELLA FITZGERALD: Sings Duke Ellington (2CD)

  This release contains Ella Fitzgerald’s complete small group studio sides from her celebratedalbum devoted to the music of Duke Ellington. Complementing them, CD2 of this set presents a selection of small-group live performancesshowcasing Ella singing Ellington tunes at a wide variety of venues between 1950 and 1961. Includes 16-page booklet with memorabilia and the […]

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A Shot In The Dark – Nashville Jumps – Blues & Rhythm On Nashville’s Independent Labels (8CD+Book Boxset)

Early blues and R&B recorded in Nashville, Music City USA. Original recordings made for BULLET RECORDS, TENNESSEE and REPUBLIC RECORDS, EXCELLO and NASHBORO RECORDS, a.o. Members of Nashville’s vibrant black music scene including Cecil Gant, Wynonie Harris, B.B. King, Christine Kittrell, Don Q. Pullen, and Louis Brooks, a.m.o. are all presented here. In the accompanying book, […]

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HERBIE MANN: Live At The Whisky 1969 – The Unreleased Masters (2CD)

  While Jazz Flautist Herbie Mann Is Often Remembered as a Pop-Jazz Player, He Was Actually a Pioneer in Popularizing World Music and Even Prog-Rock with Recordings Released on His Own Embryo Imprint In the Late ‘60s, He Was Fronting One of the Most Progressive and Electrifying Bands in the World: Guitarist Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav […]

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Big Man — The Legend of John Henry (CD) by Cannonball Adderley

    Tenor Saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley Is One of the Greatest Ever to Play the Instrument His Final Project Was Big Man, a Musical Play Based on the Legend of John Henry Released as a 2-LP Set with a Libretto, BigMan Featured Music from Adderley and His Then-Current Musical Associates Including Brother Nat Adderley, […]

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Lee Konitz – Live At Birdland

Lee Konitz – Alto saxophone Brad Mehldau – Piano Charlie Haden – Bass Paul Motian – Drums Expectations can run high when veteran musicians of consistently high caliber come up with a new recording. The four jazz masters on Live at Birdland do not disappoint. The disc documents an impromptu jam session over two nights––December […]

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CHARLIE PARKER: Unheard Bird – The Unissued Takes (Deluxe 2CD)

  USM are pleased to announce the latest addition to our Verve 60 campaign, “Unheard Bird”; a comprehensive two-disc set featuring previously unknown music – 58 never listed studio takes from Charlie Parker. Originally issued on Mercury and Clef, but ultimately housed on Verve, the Parker/Granz studio collaborations were well-designed and thoughtfully conceived to display […]

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I’ve Always Wanted To Do This (CD) by Jack Bruce & Friends

    Classic JACK BRUCE album from 1980, the result of a unique collaboration between Bruce andmusicians BILLY COBHAM, CLEM CLEMPSON and DAVID SANCIOUS. A wonderful album of diversity, it saw JACK truly on form with such wonderful songs as ‘Hit And Run’, ‘Livin’ Without Ja’, ‘Dancing on Air’ and ‘Bird Alone’, all written with […]

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Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island (CD) by Canned Heat

Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island’s Parr Meadows to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later […]

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