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Quincy Jones

Big Band Bossa Nova - 2024 Reissue

    Bossa nova was in vogue in 1962 and following the release of the Stan Getz/ Charlie Byrd LP Jazz Samba, jazz record producers were anxious to get their signed artists to jump on the "jazz bossa nova" craze.

    As Mercury Records' musical director at that time, Quincy Jones was his own producer and decided to take advantage of the opportunity with his Big Band Bossa Nova, which put together some Antonio Carlos Jobim classics, along with some original compositions, including the international hit single 'Soul Bossa Nova'. All wonderfully arranged by Jones and performed by his incredible all-star big band.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Soul Bossa Nova
    2. Boogie Bossa Nova
    3. Desafinado
    4. Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)
    5. Se E Tarde, Me Perdoa (Forgive Me If I'm Late)
    6. On The Street Where You Live
    7. Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba)
    8. Lalo Bossa Nova
    9. Serenata
    10. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
    11. A Taste Of Honey

    Miles Davis

    Sketches Of Spain - 2024 Repress

      Sketches of Spain was Miles Davis and Gil Evans' third conceptual album, the first being "Miles Ahead" in 1957, followed by their adaptation of George Gershwin's music for "Porgy and Bess"in 1958. On Sketches of Spain, Miles stated in his autobiography that the whole concept came out of listening to Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez".

      TRACK LISTING

      Concierto De Aranjuez
      Will O' The Wisp
      The Pan Piper
      Saeta
      Solea 
      Song Of Our Country

      Billie Holiday

      All Or Nothing At All - 2024 Reissue

        All or Nothing at All is a studio album from 1958 on Norman Granz's Verve Records label

        Featuring twelve songs taken from five different recording sessions that took place in 1956 and 1957, a period when some thought Billie Holiday was in vocal decline, a thought not shared by Mile Davis it must be said:

        "I'd rather hear [Billie Holiday] now. She's become more mature. Sometimes you can sing words every night for five years, and all of a sudden it dawns on you what the song means.... So with Billie, you know she's not thinking now what she was in 1937, and she's probably learned more about different things. And she still has control, probably more control now than she did back then. No, I don't think she's in decline."-- MILES DAVIS, 1958.

        "For these sessions, Granz assembled a wonderful group of musicians who shined as much when backing Holiday as they did on their solos. The front line was covered by Harry Edison and Ben Webster, both longtime friends of Holiday and each a specialist in accompanying vocalists. Holiday's pianist was the exceptionally sensitive Jimmy Rowles, who had rehearsed the songs with Holiday before the sessions. Barney Kessel provided both harmonic and melodic support on guitar, and the rhythm section was filled out with Red Mitchell and Joe Mondragon alternating on bass, and Al Stoller and Larry Bunker swapping duties on drums. All of these musicians were based in LA at the time and had all worked together, so the fine ensemble playing was a given, and the group easily put together all of the arrangements on the recording dates." - AllMusic: Jim Lennon May 6, 2022

        TRACK LISTING

        Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
        Cheek To Cheek
        Ill Wind
        Speak Low
        I Wished On The Moon
        But Not For Me
        All Or Nothing At All
        We'll Be Together Again
        Sophisticated Lady
        April In Paris
        Say It Isn't So
        Love Is Here To Stay
        Moonlight In Vermont

        Julie London

        Your Number Please - 2024 Reissue

          Arranged and conducted by Andre Previn, "Your Number, Please" is Julie London's tribute to famous male singers, musicians, and entertainment personalities of the 1950's Thirteen evergreen love songs for all those romantic occasions! The original out of print album is expensive and hard to fnd, so it's a collector's treat to have it readily available again - and with all the original artwork and liner notes included. Fans of Julie London's icily sexy but emotionally downbeat style will be thrilled by this collection.

          TRACK LISTING

          Makin' Whoopee
          It Could Happen To You
          When I Fall In Love
          It's A Blue World
          They Can't Take That Away From Me
          One For My Baby
          Angel Eyes
          Love Is Here To Stay
          The More I See You
          A Stranger In Town
          Two Sleepy People
          Learnin' The Blues
          But Not For Me

          Miles Davis

          The Musing Of Miles - 2023 Reissue

            Charlie Parker had just died (March 1955) and Miles Davis was in the process of forming his first classic quintet when he recorded this quartet session with celebrated bassist Oscar Pettiford, pianist Red Garland, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, both of whom would also form part of the quintet with John Coltrane on tenor sax and Paul Chambers on bass.

            The program consisted of four standards, a blues, 'Green Haze', and the original tune 'I Didn't', which was Miles' humorous answer to Thelonious Monk's 'Well, You Needn't'. The interpretations are lyrical and melodic, and even 'A Night In Tunisia' sounds mellow.

            A version of 'How Deep Is the Ocean?' from Miles' only other studio session with Oscar Pettiford is include here as a bonus track.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Will You Still Be Mine?
            2. I See Your Face Before Me
            3. I Didn't
            4. A Gal In Calico
            5. A Night In Tunisia
            6. Green Haze
            7. How Deep Is The Ocean?

            John Coltrane

            Ballads - 2023 Reissue

              Presented here in its entirety, the celebrated 1962 LP 'Ballads' album (Impulse AS-32) was the last word in John Coltrane's ballad playing and became an instant hit. One of the most revolutionary saxophonists in jazz history, Coltrane was also a superb ballad player, capable of creating a very personal and intimate sound. This album features the leader backed by the members of his classic quartet: McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
              2. You Don't Know What Love Is
              3. Too Young
              4. To Go Steady
              5. All Or Nothing At All
              6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
              7. I Wish I Knew / What's New?
              8. It's Easy To Remember
              9. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
              10. Greensleeves
              11. Naima

              John Coltrane

              Plays The Blues - 2023 Reissue

                Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for 'My Favorite Things', 'Coltrane Plays the Blues', and 'Coltrane's Sound'. 'My Favorite Things' was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session.

                As for the phrase "plays the blues" in the title, it's not so much an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues, but more indicative of a bluesy sensibility.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Blues To Elvin
                2. Blues To Bechet
                3. Blues To You
                4. Blues To Elvin [Alternative Take]
                5. Mr. Day
                6. Mr. Syms
                7. Mr. Knight
                8. Blues To You [Alternative Take]

                Thelonious Monk Quartet

                Monk's Dream - 2023 Reissue

                  'Monk's Dream' was the first album Thelonious Monk released on Columbia Records after his less than amicable departure from Riverside Records. Even though Monk had already recorded all the tracks on the album before (apart from Bright Mississippi), in a variety of settings, the powerful cohesion of the quartet this Columbia session produced a first-rate work worthy of the praises it received when released, and which it still receives today. It was Monk's best-selling album ever.

                  "This important album, Monk's first after a long absence from the recording studio, is a stunning reaffirmation of his power as a performer and composer. It is a brilliant and absorbing program of five Monk originals and three standards (and they might just as well be originals, so startling is their transformation at his hands). This is a beautiful album in every respect, completely stimulating in each second of its more than 47 minutes" - ***** Pete Welding, DownBeat

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Monk's Dream
                  2. Body And Soul
                  3. Bright Mississippi
                  4. Five Spot Blues 
                  5. Monk's Dream [original Trio Version]
                  6. Blue Bolivar Blues
                  7. Just A Gigolo
                  8. Bye-Ya
                  9. Sweet And Lovely
                  10. Just A Gigolo [1954 Version]

                  Chet Baker

                  Chet Is Back - 2023 Reissue

                    Recorded in Italy in 1962, 'Chet Is Back!' highlights the iconic trumpeter cutting loose on such bop-oriented workouts as "Pent-Up House" and "Well, You Needn't." Backed skilfully by a young cadre of up- and- coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar and guitarist Rene Thomas, Baker sounds marvellous in both ballads and up-tempo tunes. It includes a stellar Baker version of the immortal "Over the Rainbow."

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Blues In The Closet
                    Ballata In Forma Di Blues
                    Pent- UP House
                    Over The Rainbow
                    Star Eyes
                    Barbados
                    These Foolish Things
                    Well, You Needn't

                    Bill Evans

                    Dig It! - 2023 Reissue

                      This LP comprises highlights from Bill Evans' earliest studio recording sessions. By September 1956, at nearly 27- years old, Evans already had many studio recordings under his belt, and a lot of playing experience. However, that month marked the making of his first recordings to be issued under his own name. Included here are unaccompanied piano tracks, but also wonderful selections by the Bill Evans Trio featuring such amazing partners as bassists Sam Jones, Scott LaFaro or Teddy Kotick, or drummers Paul Motian and Philly Joe Jones.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      I Love You
                      Easy Living
                      Displacement
                      Waltz For Debby
                      Autumn Leaves
                      Spring Is Here
                      Someday My Prince Will Come
                      Tenderly
                      What Is There To Say?
                      Oleo
                      Witchcraft

                      Bill Evans

                      New Jazz Conceptions - 2023 Reissue

                        New Jazz Conceptions was Bill Evans' first studio album recorded under his own name

                        The album primarily showcases Evans in a trio format (with Teddy Kotick on bass, and Paul Motian on drums), but also contains three solo piano tracks, one of which is Evans' earliest recording ever of his legendary composition 'Waltz for Debby'.

                        BILL EVANS piano
                        TEDDY KOTICK bass
                        PAUL MOTIAN drums

                        New York, September 18, 1956 & September 27, 1956. Original sessions produced by Orrin Keepnews.

                        BONUS TRACK: Joe Puma (guitar), Bill Evans (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Paul Motian (drums). New York, late summer 1957.

                        "This is an important first LP- as- leader, and on any count, is one of the more creative modern jazz piano albums in a number of months." - Nat Hentoff, Down Beat

                        "Even in 1956 (more than a year before he joined the Miles Davis Sextet), Evans had his own chord voicings and a lyrical yet swinging style. A strong start to a significant career."- Scott Yanow, AllMusic.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good [quartet Version]
                        No Cover, No Minimum
                        My Romance
                        Our Delight
                        Waltz For Debby
                        Speak Low
                        Displacement
                        Easy Living
                        Conception
                        I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
                        Five
                        I Love You

                        Miles Davis

                        Cookin' - 2023 Reissue

                          Miles Davis' quintet was formed in 1955 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest combos in jazz history. Each of its members was an individual creative force that could have easily been a leader. Besides Miles on trumpet, it featured John Coltrane on tenor sax, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Cookin' (Prestige 7094) was the first in a series of four albums (its followers were Steamin', Workin' and Relaxin' taped during two massively productive recording sessions during May and October of 1956.

                          "There are many moments of pure music and emotional joy on this album. As to Miles, his peculiar blend of pure melody and acidulous accents never has sounded better. This is one of the best LPs of the year."- ***** Ralph J. Gleason, DownBeat

                          TRACK LISTING

                          My Funny Valentine
                          Blues By Five
                          When Lights Are Low
                          Airegin
                          Tune Up
                          When Lights Are Low

                          Chet Baker

                          In New York - 2023 Reissue

                            Chet Baker in New York has Chet Baker playing with great East Coast musicians: Philly Joe Jones on drums, Al Haig on piano, the great Paul Chambers on bass, and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin added on three tracks.

                            Recorded in December 1958, Baker didn't sing on any of the tracks on the LP. "Soft Winds" was recorded during the same session as the rest of the tracks, but it wasn't initially included on the Chet Baker in New York LP, as it was originally going to be issued on a compilation LP by various trumpet players titled New Blue Horns. It has been added here in order to complete the original session.

                            The Complete Album + 1 Bonus Track.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Fair Weather 6:56
                            2. Hotel 49 9:52
                            3. Blue Thoughts 7:37
                            4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 7:57
                            5. Solar 5:51
                            6. When Lights Are Low 6:54
                            7. Soft Winds 6:29
                            8. The Heather On The Hill 5:05*
                            9. I Ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face 4:14*
                            10. On The Street Where You Live 8:37*

                            Julie London

                            Around Midnight

                              One of the most sensual singers in the history of jazz and popular music, Julie London was known both for her sultry and husky vocals and for her risqu? album covers. Presented here is one of her best thematic LPs, Around Midnight, a magnificent collection of songs evoking night-time. An original song by Bobby Troup, "Lonely in Paris," is included among well-known standards like Thelonious Monk's celebrated "'Round Midnight," Erroll Garner's "Misty," George & Ira Gershwin's "But Not for Me," and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life."

                              TRACK LISTING

                              'round Midnight
                              Lonely In Paris
                              Misty
                              Black Coffee
                              Lush Life
                              In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
                              Don't Smoke In Bed
                              You And The Night And The Music
                              Something Cool
                              How About Me?
                              But Not For Me
                              The Party's Over
                              A Foggy Day *

                              Max Roach

                              We Insist! Freedom Now Suite - 2023 Reissue

                                In addition to being one of the best jazz drummers of all time, Max Roach was a long-time civil rights activist. The cover art for the 1961 LP, 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite', shows a photo of three black men at a lunch counter with a white man in a soda jerk's uniform attending them. It was an incendiary image directed at a still-segregated country. But the album does not stop at its cover. The music is superb, and includes an array of jazz stars, including singer Abbey Lincoln, tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Walter Benton, trumpeter Booker Little, trombonist Julian Priester, and conguero Michael Babatunde Olatunji. This was (and still is) both a brilliant piece of music, and a political and social statement, which received a crown in the Penguin Guide to Jazzand a 5-star rating in Down Beat. Max Roach, drums & leader Booker Little, trumpet Julian Priester, trombone Walter Benton, tenor sax Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax James Schenck, bass Michael Olatunji, congas Ray Mantilla, percussion Tomas Duvall, percussion Abbey Lincoln, vocals New York, August 31 & September 6, 1960.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Driva' Man
                                2. Freedom Day
                                3. Triptych: Prayer/ Protest/Peace
                                4. All Africa
                                5. Tears For Johannesburg
                                6. Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah

                                Miles Davis

                                Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants - 2023 Reissue

                                  Miles Davis and Milt Jackson only recorded together on a few occasions, but those collaborations always produced superb music. Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giantsincludes one such collaborative effort - a unique 1954 quintet session that also features the great Thelonious Monk on piano. These are the only existing studio recordings presenting Miles and Monk together.

                                  Miles Davis, trumpet
                                  Milt Jackson, vibes
                                  Thelonious Monk, piano
                                  Percy Heath, bass
                                  Kenny Clarke, drums

                                  Original session recorded by Rudy Van Gelder & produced by Bob Weinstock.

                                  Hackensack, New Jersey, December 24, 1954.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Swing Spring
                                  The Man I Love [take 2]
                                  The Man I Love [take 1]
                                  Bemsha Swing
                                  Bags Groove [take 2]
                                  Bags Groove [take 1]


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