Chicago Jazz Festival 1987 (2CD) by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

We are told …. Art Blakey’s band was unofficially known as the ‘finishing school of jazz’, with celebrated players including Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis passing through its ranks over the decades. Blakey continued to play and tour right up to the end […]

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Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (4CD Box Set)

This repackaged 4CD/80 track set collects highlights from Billie Holiday’s 1933-1944 tenure on Columbia, housed within a hardback book case. The enclosed book includes an incisive essay by Village Voice critic Gary Giddins, which provides context to those unfamiliar with Holiday’s unique story. Disc: 1 1. I Wished On the Moon – Billie Holiday with […]

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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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TEEN JAZZ: Grown to be the largest Teen Jazz resource and networking website

In the last few months, Teen Jazz has grown to be the largest Teen Jazz resource and networking website online with Teen Jazz Artists Hosting and Features, interviews with professional musicians, Teen Jazz Influences, Teen Jazz Legends, saxophone reviews and articles, etc. At Teen Jazz, featured jazz musicians have earned different titles based on their […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Live At The Jazz Workshop, Boston, October 11th, 1971 (CD)

Following his relentless creativity in the 1950s and 60s, Charles Mingus was slowing down by the early 70s, having combated financial hardship and health issues in recent years. In 1971 he served as Slee Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo, New York, as well as performing intermittently. This superb set was taped at […]

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MIKE WESTBROOK: Live 1972 (CD)

We are told: Mike Westbrook was a key figure in the development of British jazz in the 1960s. He has released dozens of albums over the subsequent decades and is still working today. This album, now receiving a worldwide release for the first time, is being issued on Hux Records with the full approval of […]

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Dr. John – Ultrasonic Studios 11/6/73 (2CD)

  We are told ….. Originally broadcast by Hempstead, Long Island’s WLIR-FM, this superb set captures Dr. John at the height of his powers, as he transitioned from his psychedelic phase into a full embrace of New Orleans R&B. Backed by Sugar Bear Welch on guitar, Darrell Leonard and Jerry Jumonville on horns and John […]

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NICHOLAS PAYTON: In conversation

New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge him on his views, is hardly lost for words. His outspoken nature has allowed him […]

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DINAH WASHINGTON: Back to the Blues – Parlophone/ PurePleasure vinyl

Audiophile Audition / Jeff Krow writes ….. Towards the end of her career, songstress Dinah Washington was panned by some critics for recording weak pop music with overly commercial string backing. Washington’s inimitable voice overcame these limitations but her reputation still suffered. Recorded a little over a year before her tragic death at age 39, […]

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Then and Now (3CD) by Larry Carlton

    “This 3 CD set is the perfect introduction to the work of guitar maestro Larry Carlton who has been one of the most in-demand guitarists in the worlds of jazz, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, pop and rock since his earliest recordings in 1968. CD1 features tracks from 3 classic recordings – Larry Carlton […]

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The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (4CD)

We are told: Remastered in 2006, and with insightful liner notes by Bob Blumenthal, These Miles Davis Quintet Prestige recordings are a box set reissue of the 2006 release except the 4CDs and booklet are housed in a smaller CD sized package which is CD shelf friendly. Recorded in three sessions by the legendary engineer […]

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MILES DAVIS: The Cinema Of Miles Davis (CD)

We are told: . The Cinema of Miles Davis showcases superior examples of the use of the great jazz trumpeter’s music in film. This edition includes his first complete score, sultry and improvised, for Elevator To the Gallows – Louis Malle’s directorial debut starring the eternal Jeanne Moreau – which came in late 1957, a […]

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Jazz: How can you best appreciate it?

Jazz is notorious for being a difficult musical genre to appreciate. Many people believe they’re supposed to like it and that knowing about jazz impresses others. Despite this, most people still find it difficult to follow. Jazz experts say the key to appreciating jazz is to focus on how different musicians play off one another’s […]

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

We are told ….. 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 Tracks: DJ Introduction Back Seat […]

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The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of… (CD Mini-LP Replica)

We are told: Wes Montgomery (1925-1968) was one of the most revered guitarists in jazz history. ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ marked his third album as a leader, following ‘Montgomeryland’ (1958) and ‘The Wes Montgomery Trio’ (1959).‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ was widely praised on release and received a five-star rating […]

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The Complete Art Pepper at Ronnie Scott’s 1980′ (7xLP box set including 16 page booklet)

The Complete Art Pepper at Ronnie Scott’s 1980′  (7xLP box set including 16 page booklet) (Including seventeen performances previously unavailable along with all the tracks on the two Mole Jazz albums Blues For The Fisherman and True Blues) “Art Pepper was booked to appear at Ronnie Scott’s during the last two weeks of June 1980  […]

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