BILL EVANS: The Quiet Passion Of Bill Evans (3CD)

We are told ….. The Quiet Passion of Bill Evans is a three-disc box set anthology of collaborations, guest sessions and classic trio recordings made during the meteoric first seven years of the career of this extraordinary, internationally renowned, pianist. Throughout the set, and in an eclectic range of musical contexts, we hear the sensitive, […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: The Replacements – The Complete Studio Albums: 1981-1990 (8CD Box Set)

Between the free-jazz compositions and their forthcoming North American tour (their first in 25 years, natch), the Replacements have been staying active lately. Since reuniting in 2013, they’ve played a handful of shows, fueling rumors of a new album in the process. Today, the Replacments have revealed that a different release in the works: an eight-disc box set comprising the band’s seven-album discography, […]

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William Parker: Wood Flute Songs: Anthology Live 2006-12 – review

Originally published November 2013 John Fordham writes ….. William Parker, the former Cecil Taylor sideman, exhibits a fearlessness, double-bass virtuosity and tough lyricism that perhaps makes him the closest bassist/composer equivalent to the late Charles Mingus. With this eight-disc limited edition (also a six-part download), AUM Fidelity documents Parker’s midlife work with his core quartet and […]

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DAVE BRUBECK: Time Was (4CD)

Selection of work by one of the only household names in jazz. Covers his work from the late 40s through to the mid-50s when Brubeck was one of the most visible musicians in jazz Dave Brubeck has long served as proof that creative jazz and popular success can go together. Although critics who had championed […]

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Jonathan Gee Trio: Chez Auguste CD review by Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews, our contributing editor (jazz) writes: I firmly believe that UK jazz fans are getting more and more paranoid about musicians from anywhere other than the UK; that in some way, they are better musically or more inventive. This is especially so with musicians from The US where Jazz is thought to have been […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set. Track list shown here

The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire mid-’50s to early ’60s […]

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On The Radio – BBC Sessions 1971 (CD) by Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra

We are informed ….. 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 […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Art Pepper– Neon Art: Volume Two (CD)

Jazz Saxophone legend Art Pepper’s Neon Art LP series coming to CD for first time on Omnivore Recordings. In 2012, Omnivore Recordings issued a series of unreleased music from jazz legend Art Pepper on colored vinyl. Now Omnivore, in conjunction with Laurie Pepper and Widow’s Taste Music, proudly offer these landmark recordings on CD and digital. Neon […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Miles Davis – Nefertiti (Vinyl 180g Limited 45RPM 2LP)

Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity Final All-Acoustic Outing from Davis’ Classic Second Quintet Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Record’s Tonal Shadings, Gradations, and Textures Come Alive Confident 1967 Effort Steeped in Inquisitive Interplay and Subconscious Impressionism Nefertiti will always be known as the final all-acoustic record made by Miles Davis’ classic second […]

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VAN MORRISON: Moondance (Deluxe Edition 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Box)

We are told: Warner Bros. Records celebrate Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album in 1-CD, 2-CD and 4-CD/1-BD configurations.  The latter expanded versions comprehensively explore the album’s sessions via outtakes, alternate takes and previously unheard mixes. Following one 1967 album for Bert Berns’ Bang Records, Van Morrison made his debut at the famous Burbank label in […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series 2 (Vinyl Deluxe 180g 4LP)

  180 gram audiophile vinyl Insert Printed innersleeves Special 10 mm sleeve   Follows critically-acclaimed, award-winning box set of 2011, Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1, starring ‘second great quintet’ of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams   Columbia/Legacy again pays tribute to musical legend Miles Davis with the release […]

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Roy Budd – Get Carter main theme

I don’t just pick these at random. They are carefully selected!  Neil. MORE —//— Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Acoustic Reflections (CD) by Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell, solo acoustic, Little Center, Clark University, Worchester MA June 23, 1976. By 1976 Larry Coryell was firmly established as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative electric guitarists, and a pioneer of jazz-rock / fusion. However, he was equally talented on the acoustic guitar, as this superb solo live set indicates. Taped for […]

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Oscar Peterson – Exclusively For My Friends (6LP 180 gram virgin vinyl Box)

Featuring friends such as: Ray Brown, Sam Jones bass Bob Durham, Ed Thigpen, Louis Hayes drums. The purchase of the legendary German label MPS Edel strengthens its jazz catalogue. For the first time the entire JazzPortfolio of MPS will be digitalized and simultaneously made available on a wide range of selected CD and Vinyl releases. Following the claim […]

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BILL EVANS: Original Album Series (Bill Evans) (5CD)

After three years and over one million sales worldwide, the ‘Original Album Series’ continues to offer music lovers the easiest way to get their hands on the catalogue of the world’s biggest artists. Each one houses five albums all with their original artwork and music in slipcase form. With near 100 artists available and covering all […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Box Set) by Ray Charles

A 7-disc box set covering Ray Charles’ entire Atlantic Records repertoire, with an entire disc of unreleased rarities. A bonus DVD features Ray live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 and an exclusive interview with Ahmet Ertegun by Ray director Taylor Hackford! 7 CDs plus a bonus DVD! Ray Charles is a music legend […]

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