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.
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 This 2-CD edition contains a 20-page booklet with rare and previously unpublished photographs from the tour courtesy of Oliver Hutman, and special annotations by Hutman, Gilles Naturel, Patrick Wilen (Barney's son) and jazz journalist Bruno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.
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.