Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters – Omaha Civic Auditorium 17th November 1975 (CD)

We are told ….. This superlative set was taped for FM broadcast soon after the release of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Man-Child album, and finds the great keyboardist backed by the awesomely tight combo of DeWayne ‘Blackbyrd’ McKnight (guitar), Bennie Maupin (reeds), Paul Jackson (bass), Bill Summers (percussion) and Michael Clarke (drums) on a selection of […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set

We are told …. 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 […]

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5 Original Albums – Herbie Hancock (5CD) by Herbie Hancock for £11.99 total

We are told ….. Blue Note is proud to present a new batch of six “5 original albums” in one box sets celebrating legendary jazz artists from the Blue Note catalogue. These continue on from the successful Verve and Concord titles released earlier in the year. This run includes Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, […]

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GERSHWIN: An intriguing investigation into the extraordinary life of his classic composition, Summertime.

One of the most covered songs in the world, it has been recorded in almost every style of music – from jazz to opera, rock to reggae, soul to samba. Its musical adaptability is breathtaking, but Summertime also resonates on a deep emotional level too. This visually and sonically engaging film explores the composition’s magical […]

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Chick Corea & Bela Fleck –Two (CD)

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet once again in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet, combine Corea and Fleck’s classic tunes with the music from their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment! With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from […]

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JOHN COLTRANE: European Tour 1961 (7CD Box Set)

From our archives To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, theFrench Le Chant du Monde label release the mostcomplete set so far of the much-bootlegged 1961European Tour. The box set contains all extant material from the shows in Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm and also includes (unlike other sets onthe market) the 27th November […]

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Our Man In Paris (Numbered 140g Clear Vinyl LP) by Dexter Gordon

We are told …. This 1963 date is titled for Dexter Gordon’s living in self-imposed Parisian exile and recording there with two other expatriates and a French native. Along with Gordon, pianist Bud Powell and Kenny “Klook” Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. […]

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Mahalia Jackson’s Gospel Book by Mahalia Jackson

Considered by many to be as the greatest gospel singer ever to live, Mahalia Jackson’s popularity extended across racial divides, she was gospel’s first superstar, and even decades after her death she remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music’s transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations […]

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Right Now (Numbered 140g Clear Vinyl LP) by Charles Mingus

With Clifford Jordan on tenor, John Handy on alto, Jane Getz on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums, Charles Mingus went into San Francisco and whipped up a storm. This LP contains two compositions over 23-minutes each: “New Fables” and “Meditation (For A Pair Of Wire Cutters).” “New Fables” features a ten-minute solo from Jordan, […]

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THE DUDLEY MOORE TRIO: Today (CD)

We are told: • Regardless of the brilliance of Dudley Moore’s celebrated comic partnership with Peter Cook, his marriages and abundant romantic assignations, the relationship which was surely most dear to him was with music. He could pull hilarious classical pastiches – like Beethoven ‘variations on Colonel Bogey’, and Britten’s ‘Little Miss Muffett’ – out of […]

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JOHN COLTRANE: European Tour 1962 (10 CD Box Set)

We are told: Le Chant du Monde present the second volume of JohnColtrane live in Europe, here compiling together sixconcerts from the 1962 tour – Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki,Copenhagen, Graz and Milan. A superb opportunity for the listener to fully immersethemselves in the work of this greatest of jazz icons, overnumerous versions of the core body […]

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The Complete Thelonious Monk Quartet Columbia Studio Recordings (6CD) by Thelonious Monk

After nearly a decade of historic, career-defining LPs for top jazz independent labels Blue Note, Prestige and Riverside from 1952 to 1961, piano colossus Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) arrived in 1962 at Columbia, the first and only major record label affiliation of his career. There he released six masterful, distinctive albums (all produced by Teo Macero) […]

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Night Mood – Paul Klinefelter

Dan McClenaghan writes: “Connoisseurs of jazz trios led by pianists may be familiar with bassist Paul Klinefelter’s contribution to Ron Thomas’s superb Music in Three Parts (Art of Life Records, 2006). That particular piano trio outing, one of that year’s finest, featured Klinefelter’s big bass sound interacting in a three-way Zen dance with pianist Thomas […]

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CONCEPTUAL JAZZ: A revealing insight

Frank Caruso writes: I wrote an article some months ago about chromaticism in harmony. In that article I did a reharmonization of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” The focus of that reharmonization was to demonstrate that a I-V7-I progression may be converted into a progression using all twelve tonalities of the chromatic scale while leaving […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON: M.F. Horns 4 and 5: Live At Jimmy’s (CD)

We are told ….. Ferguson’s Big Band was playing a residency at New York’s Jimmy’s Club where this album was recorded live one lunchtime CBS were keen to catch the vibrancy of the band hence the rush to record it The material is a mixture with Jimmy Webb’s ‘MacArthur Park’ being one of the standouts […]

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Beats & Pieces Big Band make a splash at Ronnie Scott’s, review

Ivan Hewett, Chief Classical Music and Jazz Critic 3 January 2018 • 12:06pm Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s ★★★★☆ Few sounds are as instantly recognisable as a big band. And that’s its problem. Those choirs of trumpets and horns raised in ecstatic harmony carry one irresistibly back to a different, more glamorous age. It […]

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