Friday, December 28, 2007

Chris Potter Underground - Follow The Red Line - Live At The Village Vanguard

Universal / Sunny Side RecordsRelease date: August 28th 2007Availability: CD, iTunes, MP3 download The Village Vanguard has been the venue for the recording of some legendary albums – John Coltrane and Bill Evans amongst them - so it was always going to be a good idea for Chris Potter to take his funk/jazz vehicle there and seek to capture that unique combination of recording studio sound

Bobby Hutcherson- For Sentimental Reasons

Kind Of BlueRelease date: June 19th 2007Availability: CDAs Bobby Hutcherson told Todd Barkan for the album liner notes: "One of the hardest things in the world to do is to play simple, to give the listener room to become part of the creative possibilities of the experience." And this very much sums up the rationale of this excellent album. Think Bobby Hutcherson's "Bouquet" on his outstanding

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tom Harrell - Form


Original release date: November 20th, 1990

Availability: MP3

Possibly one of the greatest but least known albums, "Form" was Tom Harrell's fifth album as leader following his work with Art Farmer and with Phil Woods.

The band has extraordinary quality and depth – Tom Harrell (flugelhorn), Joe Lovano (tenor and soprano sax), Danilo Perez (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul

John Coltrane - John Coltrane Live In '60, '61 & '65

Jazz Icons

Release date: September 4th, 2007

Recorded: Dusseldorf, Germany, March 28th 1960; Baden-Baden, Germany, December 4th 1961 and Comblain-La-Tour, Belgium, August 1st 1965


Dusseldorf, Germany, March 28th 1960

John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Wynton Kelly (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Stan Getz (tenor sax – on "Moonlight In Vermont" and "Hackensack")

Saturday, November 24, 2007

David Berkman - Communication Theory

Palmetto RecordsRelease date: June 13th 2000Availability: amazon MP3, iTunes, CD Released in 2000, "Communication Theory" is another fine album made available again via MP3 download and iTunes. Pianist and leader David Berkman has penned twelve compositions varying from the subtle to the angular and all displaying an intelligence and wit that marks this out as great jazz.The ever brilliant Brian

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Christian Scott - Anthem

ConcordRelease date: September 18th 2007Availability: CD, MP3, iTunes 24 year old New Orleans born and Berklee College trained Christian Scott has authored this complex and demanding homage to the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane that devastated his home town and the much of surrounding north central Gulf coast. A multi-instrumentalist (he plays cornet, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, soprano

Art Farmer - Silk Road

Arabesque Recordings Original release date: June 11th, 1996Availabilty: MP3 download, iTunes Amazon's launch of MP3 downloads is effectively a re-release of over 5,000 hard bop/mainstream jazz albums, many of which have been previously unavailable or at the least difficult to obtain. Add to this the fact that the cost of each MP3 download album is normally less than half the CD album cost and

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra

CryptogramophoneRelease date: May 9th 2006Availability: amazon MP3, iTunes, physical CD This magnificent album, released on the tiny Cryptogramophone label, appeared in 2006 and was underappreciated. It is now widely available again on direct download MP3 and on iTunes.Bennie Maupin played on many of the seminal Miles Davis sessions that led the way to jazz fusion ("Bitches Brew", "The Jack

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Jonathan Kreisberg - The South Of Everywhere

Mel Bay RecordsRelease date: September 18th 2007 Currently touring with the Joe Locke Quartet, this is Brooklyn based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's sixth album as leader. Featuring a tight band (Jonathan Kreisberg (guitar); Will Vinson (alto saxophone); Gary Versace (piano); Matt Penman (bass guitar); Mark Ferber (drums)), the album rewards repeated listening as the subtle straight ahead bop of

Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness

Original Jazz Classics

Release date May 1956


Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone);
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone, track 1 only);
Red Garland (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass);
Philly Joe Jones (drums).


Tenor Madness; When Your Lover Has Gone; Paul's Pal; My Reverie, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World


Employing the same rhythm section from the great

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Miles Davis Quintet - Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

Concord / Monterey Jazz festival

Release date: August 21st 2007

Just when you thought there would be nothing new of quality to be released from the 'forgotten' Miles Davis Quintet (the one featuring George Coleman) along comes this live recording from the Monterey Jazz festival in 1963. Forget low fidelity near bootleg quality tapes of unreleased Miles Davis material; this is a beautifully

Oliver Nelson - The Blues And The Abstract Truth


Re-release date : October 9th 2007

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April February 23rd, 1961

Original release date: 1961

"Stolen Moments", the opening track, is a modal masterpiece that stands comparison with anything on "Kind Of Blue". The band (Oliver Nelson (alto and tenor saxophone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone and flute),

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Weather Report - Night Passage


Release date: 1980


Joe Zawinul (synthesizers, electric piano, Fender Rhodes)
Wayne Shorter (soprano and tenor saxophones)
Jaco Pastorius (bass guitar)
Peter Erskine (drums)
Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion)

1.Night Passage; 2 Dream Clock; 3 Port Of Entry; 4. Forlorn; 5. Rockin' In Rhythm; 6. Fast City; 7. Three Views Of A Secret; 8. Madagascar



Thursday, September 27, 2007

Forthcoming jazz CD new releases and jazz CD re-releases

The best of the forthcoming top jazz new releases and the best jazz re-releases, regularly updated.

January 2012

The New Year kicks of with some strong releases - Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Hank Jones, Aaron Goldberg, Gary Smuylan, Jimmy Owens......

Release date: Tuesday January 10th 2012

Eddie Daniels / Roger Kellaway - Live at the Library of Congress (Ipo)

amazon CD

Release date:

Lee Morgan - Delightfulee Morgan

Blue Note

Re-release date (RVG Remaster): September 18th 2007

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 8th and May 27th 1966

Original release date: 1966

Blue Note's continuing re-release of its Lee Morgan catalogue has produced a major find. Four of the tracks, recorded at the later May 27th session, had the following line up: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Joe Henderson (

Saturday, September 15, 2007

John Scofield - This Meets That

Emarcy / Universal Music Group

Release date: September 18th, 2007

A new John Scofield album always brings thoughts of: what next? The excellent "Saudades" was a homage to Tony Williams'"Lifetime" while the equally challenging "Out Louder" continued the trance jazz collaboration with Medeski, Martin and Wood".

The new album, "This Meets That" is altogether more mellow, more reflective.

Tom Harrell - Light On

High Note

Release date: June 26th 2007

It is good to have Tom Harrell back after a four year break as leader with this album which presents nine original compositions.

"Light On" adds to the remarkable run of fine jazz started in 1988 with "Stories" and continued up to 1991 with the beautiful albums "Form", "Visions" and "Passages". In a very clear sense "Light On" returns to the clarity

Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet - Clifford Brown and Max Roach

Universal Classics and Jazz

Release date: 1954

Remastered re-release date: February 19th, 2000


Clifford Brown (trumpet)
Harold Land (tenor saxophone)
Richie Powell (piano)
George Morrow (bass)
Max Roach (drums)


1 Delilah ; 2 Parisian Thoroughfare; 3 The Blues Walk; 4 Daahoud; 5 Joy Spring; 6 Jordu; 7 What Am I Here For; plus alternate takes of Tracks 3, 4 and

David Hazeltine - The Inspiration Suite

Sharp Nine

Release date: September 18th, 2007

The Sharp Nine "house band" represented here (David Hazeltine (piano), Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Joe Locke (vibes), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)) is gaining a growing reputation for inventive straight ahead mainstream jazz.

Supplemented by Daniel Sadownick on additional percussion on three tracks, the core of the album is

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Top 100 Jazz New Releases

Based on Amazon sales rankings, updated hourlyAmazon Top 100 Hard Bop new release chartAmazon Top 100 BeBop album new release chart var addthis_pub = 'kgw'; Visit the 100 Greatest Jazz Albums Store What is this?RETURN TO: Main Page

Saturday, September 1, 2007

George Russell - Ezz-Thetics

RiversideRe-release date: September 11th 2007Original release date: May 1961 "Ezz-Thetics" is the most approachable of pianist George Russell's run of jazz albums from 1956 – 1962 that promised a whole redefinition of what is possible in jazz. While he is known now as the educator and theorist who pioneered modal jazz, it is often forgotten that in this period before he left to live and work in

Lee Morgan - Volume 3

Blue Note

Re-release date: August 28th 2007

Original release date: March 24th 1957

Like Lee Morgan's second album for Blue Note, "Volume 3", released later the same year, is tight hard bop played by a gifted sextet, this time featuring Lee Morgan (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone, flute), Benny Golson (tenor saxophone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass guitar) and Charlie

Lee Morgan Sextet - Volume 2

Blue Note

Re-release date: August 28th 2007

Original release date: 1957


Starting at age just 18, trumpet prodigy Lee Morgan produced five albums as leader for Blue Note in just two years (as well as at this time appearing as sideman on such great albums for the label as John Coltrane's "Blue Train" and Jimmy Smith's "The Sermon!"). Many of Lee Morgan's early Blue Notes have been

Monday, August 27, 2007

Charles Mingus / Eric Dolphy - Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy: Cornell 1964

Blue NoteRelease date: July 17th 2007Recording date: March 18th 1964 These tapes made at Cornell University in March 1964 have been made available for the first time by Sue Mingus, Charles Mingus' widow and continuing champion. While the sound quality is not exemplary by any means and while similar material from this time has been available ("Town Hall Concert 1964", "Mingus In Europe Vols 1 and

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Marian McPartland / Brad Mehldau - Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz: Brad Mehldau

Jazz Alliance

Re-release date March 6th 2007

Back in 1996 Brad Mehldau was one of the rising new generation of jazz pianists and just coming to serious attention. He had made a big impact with his contribution to the 1994 Joshua Redman album "Moodswing" and had toured with the band, key members of whom (Christian McBride, Brian Blade) had featured on Brad Mehldau's 1995 Warnerdebut "

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Trio Of Doom - Trio Of Doom Live

Sony LegacyRelease date June 26th 2007Nothing about this Sony Legacy release should have worked. The "Trio Of Doom" band (the mouthwatering prospect of John McGlaughlin(guitar), Jaco Pastorius (bass) and Tony Williams (drums)) was so short lived it hardly had time to be formed. There was a 25 minute "live" set in Havana in 1979 (as part of "Havana Jam", a US State Department sponsored concert)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

John Coltrane - The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings


Recording dates: 1st – 5th November 1961

Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder

20 Bit remastering: 1997


John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones)
Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet)
Garvin Bushell (oboe, contrabassoon)
Ahmed Abdul-Malik (oud)
McCoy Tyner (piano);
Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison (bass)
Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes (drums)