This is truly a "lost" album that's a jazz holy grail on par with Tubby Hayes' 1968 albums Mexican Green and 100% Proof. Cut with a smoking new band with whom he was trying to re-establish himself as a viable musician after two years of health problems, arrests, and other mishaps, this amounts to his last great album.
After his stint in Europe between 1933 and 1935, Armstrong return to the continent only in 1948 to play at the Nice International Jazz Festival and later in 1952 to play in Berlin on a memorable concert that was broadcast on RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) in beautiful sound quality. This lost treasure by the legendary Satchmo contains recordings of both concerts.
Recorded at New Jersey’s Van Gelder Studios, the 37-minute session was made at the request of Canadian filmmaker Gilles Groulx, who had asked Coltrane to soundtrack his film Le chat dans le sac. (In the end, 10 minutes of the session appeared in the film.) The release was mastered from the original analog tape, according to a Universal press release.
Previously unreleased lost recordings of Miles Davis and his Quintet. Recorded on 11th May 1969 in Rotterdam, the recordings were lost for years and now available brilliantly remastered as a CD and soon on vinyl too. Re-Mastered to an amazing powerful sound, the album includes alternate versions of tracks found on Miles globally successful album Bitches Brew.
From his first visit in 1939 to a concert a few months before his death in 1973, Duke Ellington took special pleasure in visiting Sweden. This album, recorded at a concert in the great hall of Uppsala University on November 9, 1971, was found in what Ellington called "The Stockpile," his private tape collection.
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.
On their debut recording as a duo Live In Healdsburg, Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch, two of most prolific and celebrated artists in jazz today display qualities they have in abundance: empathy, open hearts, big ears, quick instincts, and an ego-less approach to the music. These two expert collaborators combine virtuosity and beauty, which permeates every note they play.