Saturday, May 30, 2009

Jazz New Releases - June 2009 - Recently released and recommended jazz albums

New releases and re-releases for June and July

June 2nd 2009

Dave Holland "The Monterey Jazz Quartet" (Concord)
Sonny Rollins "Reel Life" (Fantasy)
Freddie Hubbard "Without A Song" (Blue Note)
John Coltrane "Coltrane" (Prestige)
Charlie Parker "Complete Live At Birdland" (Rare Live Recordings)
Art Tatum / Ben Webster "The Album" (Essential Jazz)
Yotam Silberstein "

Friday, May 29, 2009

June 2009 - Focus on Brad Mehldau

The most distinctive jazz pianist of his generation, Brad Mehldau has developed his own definitive take on jazz standards and established a growing reputation for his own compositions.

Here is a summary of where his work appears in our reviews:

"Brad Mehldau Trio - Live"

"House on Hill"

Metheny-Mehldau "Quartet"

"Metheny -Mehldau"

Brad Mehldau podcasts
Podcast series by the

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez - Quartet Live

album review

Concord Jazz

Recording date: June 10th and 11th, 2007 at Yoshi's, Oakland, California

Release date: May 26th 2009

Availability: CD, MP3 Download

When Pat Metheny suggested for the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2006 a one-off revival of the Gary Burton Quartet to recreate the music he used to play in the band when he was just starting out, he had no idea that three years later

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Miles Davis - Complete Bitches Brew Sessions

album reviewSony/ Columbia Original release date: June 1970Re-release date (with many additional tracks) May 11th 2004Recording dates: Columbia Studio B, NYC, August 19,20,21, 1969; Columbia Studio E, NYC, November 19 and 28, 1969; Columbia Studio B, NYC, January 27,28, and February 6 1970 Personnel: August 19,20,21: Miles Davis (trumpet), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Wayne Shorter (soprano

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Steve Davis - Outlook

album review

Rhombus / Posi-tone

Release date: September 30th 2008 / March 24th 2009

Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes

Steve Davis has been making great ensemble jazz in live performance, with the sextet 'One For All' and with a sequence of albums as leader with the seemingly obscurantist Criss Cross label. So, it is good to see that Posi-tone have released "Outlook" and that this

Saturday, May 2, 2009

David Binney / Alan Ferber - In The Paint

album review


Release date: April 21st 2009

Availability: CD, MP3 Download, iTunes

David Binney's excellent work with David Simon ("Afinidad", "Fiestas De Agosto", "Oceanos") produced landmarks in intelligent, immersive jazz. The relatively new partnership with Alan Ferber returns to that productive vein after the 2006 departure with Bill Frisell on "Out Of Airplanes".


Chick Corea and John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band Live

album review

Concord Records

Release date: April 28th 2009

Availability: CD, MP3 Download

Recorded during a tour of Europe in 2008, this double album delivers over one and three quarter hours of high value jazz.

Chick Corea has said that he does not want to label the music - "I decline to attempt to describe this music or give it a name….".

Nonetheless, the meeting with John

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Jazz New Releases - May 2009 - Recently released and recommended jazz albums

New releases and re-releases for May and a look ahead to June and July Tuesday May 5th 2009 David 'Fathead' Newman "The Blessing" (Highnote)Pat Metheny "One Quiet Night" (Nonesuch) Tuesday May 12th 2009 Eastern Rebellion "Mosaic" (Nimbus) Bill Evans "Turn Out The Stars: Final Village Vanguard Recordings" (6CD Box Set)" (Nonesuch)Stanley Clarke Trio with Hiromi & Lenny White "

May 2009 - Focus on Wayne Shorter

Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Weather Report followed by an illustrious solo career; Wayne Shorter is one of the greatest ever jazz performers and, while largely under-recognised for his compositional ability, almost certainly the greatest living American composer.

Here is a summary of where his work appears in our reviews:

"Speak No Evil"



"Night Passage"