JAZZ: 50 CD Japanese Warner Jazz Reissue Bundle (Very Limited 50CD)

The Modern Jazz Quartet Concert In Japan Vol.2 Ella Fitzgerald Things Ain’t What They Used To Be The Modern Jazz Quartet Concert In Japan Vol.1 Sarah Vaughan Songs Of The Beatles 90th Bday Of Artist Jaco Pastorius Big Band Twins Ii Jaco Pastorius Big Band Twins I Miles Davis Amandla 25th Anniversary Of Album Alice […]

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WILCO JOHNSON: Oil City Confidential

  Review by Vac Fagan, Pics by Andy Hall – “Julien Temple’s “Oil City Confidential” documentary of the rise of Dr. Feelgood launched across the UK with a ground breaking rock & roll cinema event as fans saw the film in their local cinemas, followed by the gig beamed live. Our crack team our Feelgood […]

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WES MONTGOMERY: 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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Buried Alive In The Blues (6CD Box)

Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring four FM broadcasts from 1973 to 1978 An Introductory pre-order price of £14.99 for first 100 orders. Disc 1. Record Plant, Sausalito – KSAN-FM, 22nd April 1973 1. (Better Stop Drinkin’ That Wine) Sonny Boy 2. (I Want You To) Love Me Woman 3. Swingin’ Time Woman 4. I’m […]

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BOB MINTZER: Amazing Reach – Interview by Bob Kenselaar

For about half of his four decade-long career in jazz, Bob Mintzer has been a member of the Yellowjackets, one of the most enduring, distinctive and creative bands in contemporary jazz. But, oddly enough, this association is a relatively small slice of Mintzer’s remarkably multifaceted life in music as a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, […]

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DICK HYMAN: The Beat Goes On

From the archives Chris M Slawecki: Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down. A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester […]

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LAUREN KINSELLA: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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JACK BRUCE and FRIENDS: Rockpalast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (3DVD+CD)

It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943 Jack Bruce greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Backer, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic […]

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ELLA FITZGERALD and LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Cheek to Cheek … The Complete Duet Recordings (4CD)

We are told: For the first time, all of Ella and Louis’s classic duets are in one place. This new, 4CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums – newly remastered versions Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – combining them with their eight Decca singles (both sides of their […]

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG / DUKE ELLINGTON; The Great Reunion (180g Vinyl LP) by Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are two of the main names in jazz.  Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved […]

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COUNT BASIE: Through his own eyes

Documentary, told in Count Basie’s own words, which reveals for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.  Until now, little was known about Basie’s private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre has found a treasure trove of home movies and photo albums that show Basie’s remarkable […]

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DUKE ELLINGTON: Money Jungle (CD)

We are told: There are a number of reasons why ‘Money Jungle’ is considered a unique jazz recording. First of all, the album stands out for its superb musical quality. It also marks a very rare trio session in the otherwise prolific discography of Duke Ellington. The album is best known, however, for being Duke’s […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG: His genius lives on

Louis Armstrong’s biographer John Chilton enjoys a new 10-CD boxset that showcases a musical master. Louis Armstrong’s reputation as the greatest of all jazz musicians will be consolidated by the issue of a ten-CD box set covering much of his recording career. The 165 racks range from his first recorded solo (Chimes Blues in 1923) […]

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BESSIE SMITH: Complete Columbia Recordings (10CD)

  When Columbia issued the first of the five volumes in Bessie Smith’s complete recordings series in 1991 — as a logical follow-up to 1990’s wildly successful Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings box — they were simply hoping for another hit. As the Smith series continued through to its conclusion in 1996, each volume was […]

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MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (3CD)

A 3CD box set collection chronicling Miles’ musical evolution in the studio from 1966-1968 working with his “second great quintet,” the latest edition in Columbia/Legacy’s acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series provides an unprecedented look into the artist’s creative process, drawing on full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more. […]

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BEN WEBSTER: Gentle Ben (200g Viny LP)

    We are told ….. That rich, humid, giant sax tone blooms like on few other Webster recordings Mastered by Kevin Gray at Coherent Audio 200-gram gatefold 45 RPM double LP pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Praise for our 33 1/3 version of Gentle Ben “The soundstage is intimate and inviting, Webster’s horn beautifully […]

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