A historic 12-album project featuring newly restored and expanded editions of classic Erroll Garner releases from the 1960s and 1970s.
Eliane Elias powerfully artistry with her naturally prodigious talent is even stronger as the years pass, as this new album asserts. A feat capable only by the true elites of the music world.
A previously unissued quartet performance in pristine sound quality by the great saxophonist Barney Wilen! This wonderful concert finds him playing at the Keystone Korner in Tokyo, Japan, on February 11th, 1991. This 2-CD edition contains a 20-page booklet with rare and previously unpublished photographs from the tour courtesy of Oliver Hutman, and special annotations by Hutman, Gilles Naturel, Patrick Wilen (Barney's son) and jazz journalist Bruno Pfeiffer.
Playing The Room bears testimony to the long musical friendship of Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai. As the album titles implies, they also invite the recording space, the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in Lugano, to be part of the sound, making full use of its resonant acoustic properties in a performance with the intimacy and focus of chamber music.
2019 marks 80 years since German immigrant Alfred Lion produced his first Blue Note recording session in NYC, and Universal Music is honoring that historic moment with several reissues and new release series unearthing the legacy of maybe the best jazz label of all time.
This fascinating unissued concert finds Gordon at the Subway jazz club in Köln, Germany, on September 11, 1973, playing along Irv Rochlin on piano, Henk Haverhoek on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums. This edition contains a 16-page booklet with rare photographs, and special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and by Dexter s widow, Maxine Gordon.
A highly gifted jazz soloist, Tom Harrell is generally considered one of the top trumpeters of his generation, known for a sophisticated harmonic approach that combines the power of Clifford Brown with the lyricism of Chet Baker and Art Farmer. Following his emergence in the early '70s with Horace Silver, he came into his own in the '80s and '90s, playing with Phil Woods and issuing a steady stream of acoustic post-bop albums. Harrell has continued to further hone his sophisticated style, often working with younger musicians and releasing quintet dates like 2007's Light On, as well as more pared-down sessions like 2013's piano-less Colors of a Dream with bassist Esperanza Spalding.
The Danish label based in Copenhagen has a deep, solid and impressive catalogue which had its origins in the 70s when founder, Nils Winther started recording many American expatriates which came to play in Europe were they found a new life. Many of these musicians lost contracts with major labels in the US with the shift from contemporary jazz into more free and avant-garde explorations. This was viewed as a musical, political and social backlash to the structure of jazz music and of American society at the time. All these players found new recognition and the possibility to keep making a living in Europe. Steeplechase capitalized on this at the time and have one of the strongest backcatalogues around with superb albums by Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Nat Adderley, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, Clifford Jordan among many more.
This is Sons of Kemet’s first release on Impulse!, the label that was home to Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders at their peaks. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble in the lines of the drum work here, and Hutchings masterfully uses his horn to conduct the proceedings.