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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MILES DAVIS: Jazz Sur le Vif, Theatre St. Denis Montreal, Canada- 11th July 1982 (CD)

We are told: “Jazz Sur le Vif” FM broadcast. High quality recording broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a fascinating and breathtaking gig. Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards Bill Evans – tenor and soprano saxophones, piano, flute Marcus Miller – electric bass Mike Stern – guitar Al Foster – drums Mino Cinelu – percussion […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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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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 original, […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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, George Duke […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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 Bird’s […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: 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 and musicians 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 long-time […]

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Pat Metheny: Unity Band – review by John Fordham

“Pat Metheny’s Unity Band is a wave to his fine album 80/81, which featured the late Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman on saxes. Their roles are merged here on a batch of new Metheny pieces by the versatile Chris Potter, accompanied by regular drummer Antonio Sanchez and gifted bass newcomer Ben Williams.  The themes are typical Metheny: sensuous Latin […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72 (CD)

The legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg in July 1972, is captured at the very apex of its creativity on an album released for the first time by ECM. From the first notes, with its radiant piano, it is clear that something special is happening here. The trio with Charlie Haden […]

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Miles Davis – Sun Palace, Fukuoka, Japan October ‘81 (CD)

Explosive performance at the Sun Palace, Fukuoka, Japan on October 11th 1981 Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners Following a six-year absence from music while he rebuilt his health, Miles Davis erupted back onto the live scene in 1981 with a new, young band comprising Bill Evans (sax, […]

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MICAH GAUGH: Ahead of New Album, this NYC Avant-Pop Artist Presents Jazz-Infused Single ‘Remembering’

We are told: NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz. ‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern […]

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Essential listening: Miles Davis – Live at the Plugged Nickel, 22-23 December 1965 (5LP Vinyl Box)

Miles Davis Live at the Plugged Nickel, now available in a deluxe five LP box set with liner notes! This box represents the most complete version available on vinyl of the Miles Davis Quintet’s legendary Plugged Nickel performance! 20 tracks in all with almost 4 hours of music taken from the 7 sets Davis played […]

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The Return Of Dave Lombardo

My favourite rock drummer is, without question, Dave Lombardo. He is quite the versatile musician; collaborations with the outstanding composer and jazz artist John Zorn, the experimental group Fantomas and the 1999 album, ‘Vivaldi: The Meeting’ by Lorenzo Arruga, Dave Lombardo & Friends (Luca Avanzi (oboe), Mauro Scappini (flute) and Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord)) clearly showcase […]

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ART PEPPER: Neon Art – Volume Two (CD)

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 Art: Volume Two includes three tunes drawn from the unissued performances of his 1981 tour of Japan. […]

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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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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 years […]

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