JAZZ: A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob […]

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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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DJANGO REINHARDT: Essential Original Albums (3CD)

  Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was not only the first truly influential European jazz player, he was also one of the best jazz guitarists of all time. • This release presents his last studio sessions, including the complete original LP The Immortal Guitar (Reprise Records R-6075), which consisted of recordings from a series of 1947 […]

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Bob Stanley’s 10 best music histories

Bob Stanley writes: One of the reasons I wanted to write Yeah Yeah Yeah is because it didn’t already exist. There wasn’t a book that followed pop music’s development from the start of the 1950s, when the introduction of vinyl records, the “hit parade”, the weekly music press and the Dansette – the first portable […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: (4CD Book Set)

A 4CD, 34-track career retrospective set that examines the totality of Hancock’s work on the Columbia label, presented in a hardback book format case. CD1 and CD2 draw on the late 70s/early 80s work done with V.S.O.P, CD3 focuses more heavily on Hancock’s electric work and the final disc is represents the music of Hancock […]

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SOFT MACHINE: Burden Of Proof CD (FIRST 2000 as DIGIPAK)

Previously published here THE BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM SOFT MACHINE LEGACY FEATURING JOHN ETHERIDGE, JOHN MARSHALL, THEO TRAVIS & ROY BABBINGTON FEATURES IN “PROG” & “JAZZWISE” This wonderful new studio album was recorded in Italy in the closing months of 2012 and features JOHN ETHERIDGE (Electric Guitar), THEO TRAVIS (Tenor Sax, Flute, Fender Rhodes), ROY BABBINGTON (Bass Guitar) and […]

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STEVE REICH: ‘Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead’

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music. “I grew up in the Forties with the hit parade, broadway shows and even Rhapsody in Blue. I took piano lessons like most middle-class kids but I never played or heard anything before Haydn or after Wagner. It wasn’t […]

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

“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 Tracks 1. DJ […]

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MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Live in Europe 1969 aka 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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SATIE: 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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SIDNEY BECHET: The Essential Original Albums (3CD)

We are told …. This release presents some of the best recordings made by the legendary soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. All of the tracks included here are studio recordings with excellent sound quality, and showcase Bechet at his best both during his early years in the United States and in his final decade in Europe. […]

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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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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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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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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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ERIC GALE: The Definitive Collection (2CD)

We are told: This Definitive Double CD Collection is the first-time Eric Gale’s CTI, Columbia & Warner Brothers repertoire has compiled together on one package. . Eric Gale has put his stamp on over 500 recordings, working with a who’s who of Pop, Soul & Jazz from Jimi Hendrix to Aretha Franklin. . Eric Gale […]

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