GERRY MULLIGAN & THELONIOUS MONK: Reassessing Mulligan Meets Monk

The beauty of the Concord Music Group’s treasure trove of a catalog is that it will always provide material for the “Reassessing” column at All About Jazz and similar columns elsewhere. The newest round of re-releases celebrate the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records. Riverside Records was founded by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer in 1953, […]

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BUDDY BOLDEN: He ‘invents’ jazz

  Whether or not the cornetist Buddy Bolden invented jazz (Jelly Roll Morton is one of the best known other claimants to the title), he certainly created the enduring archetype of the jazz musician as doomed romantic hero when he suffered a mental breakdown in 1907, at the age of 30, and spent his remaining […]

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Tubby Hayes: Dancing in the Dark – review by John Fordham

  The Savage-Solveig label devotes itself to the archive of previously unreleased live material by the dazzling British sax star of the 50s and 60s, Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes. This session finds the bop virtuoso at Nottingham’s Dancing Slipper club (a favourite haunt of a jazz-loving teenager who would become Kenneth Clarke MP) on 12 […]

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Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio – BBC Sessions 1971 (CD)

This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band’s musical director. The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of its powers in a ‘Jazz Club’ session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London’s […]

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The Jazz Fiction Anthology – Review by Florence Wetzel

            This fine anthology of jazz fiction is a treasure trove of stories and characters that illuminate the multicolored world of jazz. The editors—Sascha Feinstein and David Rife—are to be commended for their impeccable judgment in selecting the short stories and two novellas that comprise the collection. In the introduction, […]

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The Bill Evans Trio – The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (4LP Box Set)

Ranked time after time as one of the best live jazz recording sessions in history, and yielding two of Evans’ most classic albums (Waltz for Debby, Sunday at the Village Vanguard), The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 represents the pinnacle of spontaneous musical communication: three men breathing as one on a tiny bandstand. The performances […]

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Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

From our extensive jazz archives: David La Rosa writes: According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music. Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical […]

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Georgie Fame – The Whole World’s Shaking (5CD+Book Box Set)

‘The Whole World’s Shaking’ The Complete Recordings 1963-66’ is a five-disc CD Box Set with expanded editions of the albums ‘Rhythm And Blues At The Flamingo’, ‘Fame At Last’, ‘Sweet Things’ and ‘Sound Venture’ – each featuring a multitude of extra tracks. The fifth disc entitled ‘Bend A Little’ Demos, Rarities, B-Sides And Outtakes’ is […]

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Miles Davis – The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years (8CD Box Set)

 In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia to Warner Bros.. He immediately started working on an album called ‘Perfect Way’ after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed ‘Tutu’ by producer Tommy LiPuma. When ‘Tutu’ (a tribute to Desmond Tutu) was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing […]

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Old 70’s vinyl – any point?

Just spend an evening trawling through some of my old vinyl I rescued from the loft. A lot of 70’s stuff that I found absolutely incredible to listen to; crackles and all. All analogue from master tape through to my speakers…wonderful. I think my ears have been ‘detuned’ by digital over the last 30 years […]

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Erik Satie and Friends (13CD Box Set)

  We are told …. A unique collection of 13CDs to celebrate Erik Satie’s 150th birthday A box set of captivatingly idiosyncratic piano pieces, songs and ballets by Satie and his friends such as Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc Features famous and popular pieces such as Vexation, a forerunner of Minimalism or the simple, haunting Gymnopédies […]

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SUN RA: Space Is The Place (Limited Colour Vinyl LP)

We are told: Available on vinyl for the first time ever is the soundtrack to the legendary Sun Ra film, Space Is The Place. Featuring some of Sun Ra’s most adventurous and uncompromising compositions ever, the soundtrack incorporates vocal chants, harsh synthesizer and organ blasts along with film dialogue, heavy percussion and just all around […]

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JOHN McLAUGHLIN: Where Fortune Smiles Re-mastered Edition (CD)

We are told: NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1970 ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY JOHN McLAUGHLIN, JOHN SURMAN, KARL BERGER, STU MARTIN & DAVE HOLLAND REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL DAWN RECORDS MASTER TAPES FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES BY SID SMITH REVIEWS IN “UNCUT”, “MOJO”, “RECORD COLLECTOR”, “CLASSIC ROCK” & “PROG” MAGAZINES Esoteric Recordings […]

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