From the Vaults of Columbia Records, rising like
the Phoenix are a series of reissues from three different time
periods featuring some of the major names in jazz.|
Slim and Slam - The Groove
early 1938 to 1942, twenty tracks of exquisite Slim Gaillard and
Slam Stewart material, some taken from the original 78 recordings,
and others never before released. This is happy, sometimes crazy
(listen to the lyrics) music that has an infectious swing to it
and leaves the listener with a good feeling. Apart from the remarkable
guitar work of Gaillard and the exceptional bowing and picking
of Stewart (who incidentally carved quite a name for himself in
the jazz world with the likes of Art Tatum, Benny Goodman and
Erroll Garner) there is always, on every track, some outstanding
musicians, most of whom never did get to become famous.
Columbia/Legacy label CK 64898 To Order
Charles Mingus and Friends in
in Concert at the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center in New York
City on February 4th, 1972 this is an all star assemblage of the
highest order. Mingus who had been ill for some long time, had
just written a book "Beneath the Underdog" and it was
getting great publicity, a perfect time to get back into the studios,
or, in this case, thanks to producer/conductor Teo Macero, on
stage. Having comedian Bill Cosby, an ardent fan of jazz and
Mingus, to act as host was an extra delight, his comments throughout
the concert give that humerous edge so often lost at concerts.
With the centrepiece of the concert "Little Royal Suite"
featuring Roy Eldridge, there are many other moments of extreme
pleasure featuring Gene Ammons, Charles McPherson, Joe Chambers,
Milt Hinton, Howard Johnson, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Gerry Mulligan,
Randy Weston, Lee Konitz, Lonnie Hillyer, and oh, yes, Dizzy Gillespie,
who was backstage without his horn, but could not resist making
an impromptu entrance at one point, scatting. On the original
release this was a two LP set, now on double CD format there is
an additional and very welcome 40 minutes of new music.
Columbia label C2K 64975 To Order
Oscar Brown Jr - "Sin &
recorded in 1960 this was Brown's debut album for Columbia and
became somewhat of a classic. His previous claim to fame was
a recording he did with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln "We Insist!
Freedom Now Suite". The collective personnel on the seventeen
tracks work well within the charts set out by Brown, whose voice
is, as the title implies, soulful. Taking such tunes as Bobby
Timmon's "Dat Dere", "Work Song" a collaboration
he did with Nat Adderley, and "Afro-Blue" another collaboration
with Mongo Santamaria, he turns them around much in the same fashion
as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross have done with jazz standards.
The balance of the tunes are all original compositions by Brown
and with the exception of a couple from the five tunes added here
on this CD they are all meaningful stories done in a highly artistic
Columbia label CK 64994 To Order
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
- "The Hottest New Group in Jazz" |
One of the "Hottest" groups around
in the late 50's/early 60's, this enchanting unit ran the gamut
from paying tributes to one artist to a mixture of original material
by Jon Hendricks or Dave Lambert intended for many of their favourite
musicians at that time including John Coltrane ("Mr P.C."),
Art Farmer ("Farmer's Market"), Horace Silver ("Come
on Home"), Randy Weston ("Hi-Fly"), Dizzy Gillespie
("A Night in Tunisia"), and, well...... you get the
idea. This particular release is on two CD's and features three
previously released LP's: "The Hottest New Group In Jazz",
"Lambert,Hendricks & Ross sing Ellington", and "High
Flying with L,H&R. Musicians backing L.H.R. include the Ike
Isaacs Trio, Harry Edison, Ron Carter, Pony Poindexter and Stu
Martin.For the lovers of Vocalese, this is a must, one of the
precursors of modern jazz singing by three of the most talented
people in the business.
Columbia label C2K 64933 To Order
Dave Brubeck - "Time Further
One of a series of
recordings done in odd meters by the Dave Brubeck Quartet this
1961 recording features a Blues Suite written by Brubeck and
featuring the Quartet of Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Eugene
Wright. Nine of the tracks are from the original release, a new
title never before released is added "Slow and Easy"
(a.k.a. Lawless Mike) and a live recording from the 1963 Carnegie
Hall Concert "It's a Raggy Waltz". Desmond is fluid
and is always probing and searching in his solos, Brubeck is quite
venturesome, sometimes aggressive in his attack of the keyboard.
Morello is the impeccable time keeper injecting fire into the
rhythm and Wright the ever strong anchor on bass keeps the Quartet
on track regardless of the time changes. Time to replace your
worn out LP, add this to your list of CD purchases.
Columbia label CK 64668 To Order
Joe Henderson - "Big Band"
time. At long last we get to hear one of the world's most important
voices on the tenor saxophone in a big band setting. Here he is
featured as leader, arranger and soloist and rises to the occasion
with aplomb. There are nine examples of superb playing here on
this CD, one standard tune written by Vincent Youmans-Billy Rose-Edward
Eliscu "Without a Song" (This is the opening roaring
track on the CD, and sets the mood perfectly), one by Billy Strayhorn
"Chelsea Bridge" (Henderson produces one of his greatest
ballad performances on this inducing in its pathos without ever
remotely approaching the sentimental), and the rest are Henderson
originals, "Isotope" featuring Chick Corea, Christian
McBride and Henderson. "Inner Urge" Corea/Henderson,
this one arranged by Slide Hampton, "Black Narcissus"
Corea/Henderson again, "A Shade of Jade" with Freddie
Hubbard sounding muscular and fiery. "Step Lightly"
Henderson and Nicholas Payton, "Serenity" Corea/Henderson,
and "Recordame" with Henderson, Payton and Helio Alves
featured. Throughout Henderson's playing is brilliant, full of
fleet ideas, lyrical and energetic. Kudos to the conductors too:
Don Sickler, Slide Hampton, Bob Belden, and Michael Philip Mossman
and to the excellent choice of musicians in the band.
Verve 314 533 451-2 To Order
Nick Brignola - "The Flight
of the Eagle" |
Baritone saxophonist Brignola's seventh release
for the Reservoir label is further proof that he is a voice that
should be recognized by a larger audience. With a rhythm section
comprising of Kenny Barron - piano, Rufuis Reid - bass and Victor
Lewis - drums Brignola turns in some impressive performances
on originals "Gerrylike", "The Flight of the Eagle",
"Rollerblades", and "The Last of Moe Hegan",
and standards such as "A Pretty Girl is like a Melody",
"Body and Soul", and "My Foolish Heart" plus
a Billy Taylor tune called "Diz". The combination of
Brignola's highly experienced virtuosity with this great rhythm
section makes for jazz on an unusally sophisticated level.
Reservoir label RSR CD 145 To Order
Don Byron - "Bug Music"
known for his outstanding clarinet playing is here featured on
both clarinet and baritone along with an impressive lineup of
musicians in a tribute to Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Orchestra,
John Kirby and his Orchestra and The Raymond Scott Quintettet.We
are transported back to the 30's and 40's to engage in some reflections
of music that at the time was considered somewhat commercial.
The musicians interact well with the charts and bring them to
life with the reading and the solos. Another venture for Byron
in his quest for understanding and performing in his favoured
Nonsuch label 79438-2 To Order