Friday, December 31, 2010

Jazz New Releases - January 2011



New releases and re-releases for January 2011. The best new jazz album releases this month. And some good hard bop re-releases

Some really good looking jazz new releases coming up this month. Look out for the second batch of releases in the excellent series 'Live At Smalls- Jimmy Greene, Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Woolfe, Spike Wilner, Omer Avital. And new albums from Mike DiRubbo and

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jazz Albums of the Year 2011

The Top 20 best jazz albums of the past year.
Some great new music makes this one of the best years in recent times for innovative jazz.

1.           Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden - Jasmine (ECM) Review

2.          Tom Harrell - Roman Nights (HighNote) Review

3.          Charles Lloyd - Mirror (ECM) Review


4.           Bobby Hutcherson-

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Chad McCullough / Michal Vanoucek - The Sky Cries

Album review. Trumpeter Chad McCullough teams up with Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek in a breakthrough album of innovative jazzOriginRecorded at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle WA on 23rd October 2009Release date: October 19th 2010Availability: CD, MP3 DownloadAs in last year's excellent 'Dark Wood, Dark Water', Chad McCullough teams up with saxophonist Mark Taylor – also featured on Randy

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jazz New Releases - December 2010



New releases and re-releases for December 2010. The best new jazz album releases this month. And some good hard bop re-releases

Not a great month for new jazz releases - the jazz labels put out what they were planning for the Holiday season in November. But there are some good hard bop re-releases which, if you don't know them, are a real treat. And Charlie Haden pops up with an interesting

Sunday, November 7, 2010

George Coleman - Amsterdam After Dark

Album review. The great jazz sax player George Coleman on the top of his game in an impressive live date from 1978

Timeless Jazz Legacy

Recording date: December 29th 1978 at Sound Ideas Studio, New York City

Re-release date: October 29th 2010

Availabilty: CD, MP3 download

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George Coleman came out on the wrong end of a misunderstanding with Tony Williams, according to Miles

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jazz New Releases - November 2010



New releases and re-releases for November 2010. Best jazz album releases this month with particular interest in Dave Brubeck (who is 90 this year)

A good month with some great jazz releases. The interest in Dave Brubeck (who is 90 this year) continues with a number of good value multi CD re-releases and repackages of his music. Elsewhere ECM continues to pursue excellence in European jazz with

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Forthcoming jazz CD new releases -Archive

Here is an archive of earlier Forthcoming Jazz CD new releases.......


May 2010

Re-release date: Tuesday May 11th 2010

Bobby Hutcherson "Total Eclipse" (Zoom)

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Release date: Tuesday May 11th 2010

Yotam "Resonance" (Jazz Legacy)

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Release date: Tuesday May 18th 2010

Jake Hertzog "Patterns" (Buckyball)

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Release date: Tuesday May 18th 2010

Alex

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Randy Halberstadt - Flash Point

Album review. Excellent jazz new release from Origin Records featuring a great line up and original compositions

Origin

Recorded at Avast Studios, Seattle on 30th / 31st January 2010

Release date: September 21st 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Seattle-based pianist Randy Halberstadt's second release for Origin offers three attractive dimensions to his music as performer and composer.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Jim Rotondi - 1000 Rainbows

Album review. Posi-Tone continues its run of great run of innovative straight ahead jazz jazz albums with this excellent line up.

Posi-Tone

Release date: August 3rd 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Jim Rotondi's third Posi-Tone release presents the best of the label's attempt to keep straight ahead mainstream jazz at the forefront. The band - Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Joe Locke (

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bill Frisell - Beautiful Dreamers

Album review. Bill Frisell's uniquely personal take on jazz continues with this fine new release.

Savoy Jazz

Release date: August 31st 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




On Bill Frisell's first album for Savoy Jazz he is joined by Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums), an unconventional line up that delivers. As he states:

'For a long time I'd had the dream of making a trio

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Charles Lloyd - Mirror

Album review. The great sax player returns in triumph with a breakthrough album of the best in expressive jazz

ECM

Release date: September 14th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




With the 2008 'live' album 'Rabo de Nube', Charles Lloyd emerged with a new band with a sensibility that could take his long journey in music forward again. 'Mirror', the band's first studio recording, is

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Jazz New Releases - October 2010



New releases and re-releases for October 2010. The best of the new jazz on release and a round up of key jazz re-releases.

No major blockbusters this month. Some interesting archive material from Timeless Jazz Legacy (George Coleman, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson). A live album from Cassandra Wilson. Oh, and Dave Holland goes flamenco....

More details on the above releases here

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nathan Eklund Group - Coin Flip

Album review. Nathan Eklund Group's fourth album and debut for OA2 records featuring nine original compositions.

OA2

Recorded November 6th 2009 at Charlestown Road Studios, Hampton, NJ

Release date: June 15th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Nathan Eklund Group's fourth album and debut for OA2 records features nine originals based on Nathgan Eklund compositions. Yet, as explained on

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Richard Sussman - Live At Sweet Rhythm

Album review. Twenty-five years after the much-admired album 'Free Fall', the group reforms for this live performance. Features Tom Harrell.

Origin

Recorded at Sweet Rhythm, New York City, June 20th and 21st, 2003

Release date: June 15th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Back in 1978 Richard Sussman led a quintet that produced the much-admired album 'Free Fall'. Twenty-five years

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Jazz New Releases - September 2010


New releases and re-releases for September 2010. The best of the new jazz and a selection of key re-releases.

Things are picking up after Summer. This month sees new releases from Criss Cross, ECM, Sharp Nine, Jazz Legacy, Concord, Songlines and Palmetto and budget 'best of' re-releases by Sony Masterworks

More details on the above releases here



Tuesday September 7th 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

August 2010 - Focus on Herbie Hancock


Possibly the greatest living American musician and composer - from Miles' second great quintet to the seminal 'Maiden Voyage', through fusion and on to his current solo projects.

Here is a listing of our reviews that feature Herbie Hancock:

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage / Empyrean Isles



Miles Davis Quintet - The Complete Concert, 1964



Miles Davis - Nefertiti



Grachan Moncur - Some

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jazz New Releases - August 2010


New releases and re-releases for August 2010. The best of the new jazz and a selection of key re-releases.

Better than July. The market for jazz new releases is still weak this summer.

But there are good looking new releases from Bill Frissell, Kenny Werner, Marty Ehrlich, Esperanza Spalding and a few more to look forward to ......

More details on the above releases here


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Jazz New Releases - July 2010


New releases and re-releases for July 2010. The best of the new jazz and a selection of key re-releases.

A quiet month, summed up by the message on the Blue Note web pages: 'There are currently no upcoming releases available. Please check back soon'.

However, there is a handful of interesting album releases...........

More details on the above releases here



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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project

Album review. Herbie Hancock, the most important living US musician, is celebrating his seventieth birthday with a gift to the world of music and to the world itself.

Sony

Release date: June 21st 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Herbie Hancock, the most important living US musician, is celebrating his seventieth birthday with a gift to the world of music and - depending on how far you

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes - Double Portrait

Album review. Fifty minutes of absorbing and thoughtful jazz played by two fine musicians.

Blue Note

Release date: June 8th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Pianist Renee Rosnes has established a strong reputation in jazz. Her early work with drummer Billy Drummond, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson - sadly, those Blue Note albums with Joe Henderson have still not been made available

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tom Harrell - Roman Nights

Album review. Tom Harrell's third album for HighNote shows the growth that comes from having a band that, over a five year period, has established itself as one of the best in jazz.

HighNote

Recorded on November 27th 2009 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ

Release date: March 23rd 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




'Roman Nights' is Tom Harrell's third album for HighNote and it shows

Monday, May 31, 2010

Jazz New Releases - June 2010


New releases and re-releases for June 2010. The best of the new jazz and a selection of key re-releases.

Some great new jazz and some key re-releases. Most notable - a new double album from trombone legend Curtis Fuller, new albums from guitar legends Kenny Burrell and Larry Coryell, new albums from Bill Charlap/Renee Rosnes, Jason Moran, Steve Coleman.......

More details on the above releases

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jake Hertzog - Patterns

Album review. His debut album, 'Chromatosphere', announced the arrival of a new distinctive voice on guitar. 'Patterns' consolidates that reputation.


Buckyball

Recorded November 2009 at Tallest Tree Studios, West Orange, NJ

Release date: May 8th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




At 24, Jake Hertzog is the latest Berklee Music School graduate to be making a burgeoning reputation. His

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden - Jasmine

Album review. An album of beautifully crafted love songs played in duet between Keith Jarrett (piano) and Charlie Haden (bass).

ECM

Release date: May 27th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




'Jasmine' is an album of beautifully crafted love songs played in duet between Keith Jarrett (piano) and Charlie Haden (bass). As Keith Jarrett says:

'Call your wife or husband or lover in late

Monday, May 24, 2010

FREE! Original Jazz Classics Remasters Sampler

Various Artists

Album review. This free OJC MP3 album presents ten jazz tracks of high quality from the immense Original Jazz Classics back catalogu

Original Jazz Classics / Concord

Release date: May 4th 2010

Availability: MP3 Download




This free OJC MP3 album presents ten jazz tracks of high quality from the immense Original Jazz Classics back catalogue of remastered albums.

There are

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 2010 - Focus on Chick Corea


A fine pianist and composer from mainstream jazz to fusion.

Here is a listing of our reviews that feature Chick Corea:

Gary Burton and Chick Corea - Crystal Silence - The ECM Recordings 1972-79



Chick Corea and Hiromi - Duet



Chick Corea and John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band Live



Chick Corea and Gary Burton - The New Crystal Silence



Return To Forever - The Anthology




Sunday, May 9, 2010

Joe Henderson – The Standard Joe

Album review. Joe Henderson explores the pianoless saxophone trio in depth. For six years from 1985 through to 1991 it was all that he released.

Red Records

Original release date: March 1991

Recorded in New York on March 16th 1991





Personnel:

Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Rufus Reid (bass), Al Foster (drums)

Tracks:

Blue Bossa, Inner Urge, Body And Soul (Take 1), Take The A

Monday, May 3, 2010

Jazz New Releases - May 2010


New releases and re-releases for May 2010

Some strong new jazz........



Tuesday May 11th 2010

Bobby Hutcherson "Total Eclipse" (Zoom)
Yotam "Resonance" (Jazz Legacy)

Tuesday May 18th 2010

Jake Hertzog "Patterns" (Buckyball)
Alex Sipiagin "Generations" (Criss Cross)
Tim Warfield "A Sentimental Journey" (Criss Cross)
David Hazeltine "Inversions" (Criss Cross)
Walt

Saturday, May 1, 2010

John McLaughlin & The Fourth Dimension- To The One

Album review. John McLaughlin returns to John Coltrane with six original compositions that are a meditation on the seminal album 'A Love Supreme'.

Abstract Logix

Release date: April 20th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




John McLaughlin has had a longstanding empathy with the music of John Coltrane as evidenced by critical points in a recording career that now spans five decades. The

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Paul Motian - Lost In A Dream

Album review. Recorded at the NY Village Vanguard, the venue for so many great jazz albums that combine the spontaneity of playing before a live audience with near studio recording quality.

ECM

Release date: March 9th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Recorded at the NY Village Vanguard, the venue for so many great jazz albums that combine the spontaneity of playing before a live

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tomasz Stanko - Dark Eyes

Album review. As inventive, meditative, thoughtful jazz, 'Dark Eyes' is a great achievement and is easy to recommend

ECM

Release date: March 30th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download





Is European jazz finally beginning to get the recognition that it deserves?

The presentation to ECM founder Manfred Eicher of the DownBeat Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2010 is testament to what the

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jazz New Releases - April 2010


New releases and re-releases for April 2010

A great month for new jazz........



Tuesday April 13th 2010

Vincent Herring "Morning Star" (Challenge)
Bill Frisell "Richter 858" (Songlines)
Jeff Beck "Emotion & Commotion" (Rhino)
Aaron Goldberg (Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers, Mark Turner) "Home" (Sunny Side)

Tuesday April 20th 2010

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension "To

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ralph Bowen - Due Reverence

Album review. Sax player Ralph Bowen with five well crafted pieces honoring musicians who have been a guiding influence.

Posi-Tone

Release date: February 23rd 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Following Chris Potter's excellent example on 'Gratitude', Ralph Bowen continues where he had begun with his first Posi-Tone release 'Dedicated' with five well crafted pieces honoring musicians

Monday, March 15, 2010

Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider

Album review. Brad Mehldau's second exploration of orchestral jazz and his most ambitious to date.>

Nonesuch

Release date: March 16th 2010

Recorded at Oceon Way Studios, LA

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




'Highway Rider' is Brad Mehldau's second exploration of orchestral jazz and his most ambitious to date.

The history of jazz meets classical orchestration is a checkered one at best.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jazz New Releases - March 2010


New releases and re-releases for March 2010



Tuesday March 2nd 2010

Miles Davis "Live in Rome & Copenhagen 1969" 2CD (Gambit)

Tuesday March 9th 2010

Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Jason Moran "Lost in a Dream" (ECM)
Anthony Braxton "News From The 70s" (Felmay)
Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune" (Sony Legacy)

Tuesday March 16th 2010

Ralph Towner "Chiaroscuro" (ECM)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dave Holland Octet - Pathways

Album review. The debut recording of Dave Holland's octet, based on his regular quintet with three added horns.

Dare2

Recorded live in 2009 at Birdland, NY.

Release date: March 23rd 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




'Pathways' is the debut recording of Dave Holland's octet. It is based on his regular quintet with three added horns.

As Dave Holland writes*:

'I had always loved the

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Christian Scott - Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Album review. Christian Scott's fourth album for Concord aims at taking his already impressive musical output a stage further.

Concord

Recorded: April 22nd – 25th 2009 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Release date: March 30th 2010 (February 1st 2010 in Europe)

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Christian Scott's fourth album for Concord aims at taking his already impressive

Saturday, February 6, 2010

March 2010 - Focus on Art Farmer


One of the finest trumpet /flugelghorn players in jazz, influence on Tom Harrell and many of today's musicians.

Here is a listing of our reviews that feature Art Farmer:

Art Farmer - The Meaning Of Art



Art Farmer - Silk Road



Art Farmer & Tom Harrell- The Company I Keep



Horace Silver - Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet



Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'



Hank

Saturday, January 30, 2010

February 2010 - Focus on Brian Blade


Brian Blade's drumming and the vibe that he brings to the many collaborations in jazz in which he has featured has that special quality that marks him out as one of the finest musicians on the scene today

Here is a listing of our reviews that feature Brian Blade:

Kenny Werner - Lawn Chair Society



David Berkman - Communication Theory



Joshua Redman - Back East



Joshua Redman -

Jazz New Releases - February 2010


New releases and re-releases for February 2010



Tuesday February 9th 2010

Tord Gustavsen "Restored, Returned" (ECM)
Christian WallumrĂžd "Fabula Suite Lugano" (ECM)

Tuesday February 16th 2010

David Binney "Aliso" (Criss Cross)
Lage Lund "Unlikely Stories" (Criss Cross)
Wycliffe Gordon "Cone and T-Staff" (Criss Cross)
Jim Rotondi "The Move" (Criss Cross)
Kenny Barron "

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Greg Reitan - Antibes

Album review. A major new talent that can take trio based jazz forward in the next twenty years

Sunnyside

Recorded: September/October 2009 at Concept II Studios, Los Angeles

Release date: January 12th 2010

Availability: CD, MP3 Download




Notable influences on Greg Reitan's piano laying are Danny Zeitlin and Keith Jarrett but here it is certainly necessary to add another – Bill Evans. In a

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pat Metheny - Orchestrion

Album review. Pat Metheny's unique experiment in performing with the backing of a programmable but very analogue backing band


Nonesuch

Release date: January 26th, 2010

Recorded at Legacy/MSR Studio NYC October 2009




Pat Metheny's unique experiment in performing with the backing of a programmable but very analogue backing band must be unique in jazz since the days that Scott Joplin

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bobby Hutcherson- Wise One

Album review. Based on new readings of John Coltrane's music from his middle (pre-free jazz) period, 'Wise One' is vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's most rewarding album for a decade.

Kind Of Blue

Release date: November 30th 2009

Availability: CD




Based on new readings of John Coltrane's music from his middle (pre-free jazz) period, 'Wise One' is vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's most

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 2010 - Focus On Christian McBride


Perhaps the most talented bass player on the jazz scene today, returning of late with great success to solid post bop roots.

Here is a listing of our reviews that feature Christian McBride:

Christian McBride - Kind Of Brown



Ron Blake - Shayari



Sonny Rollins - Road Shows Vol. 1



Chick Corea and John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band Live



Joshua Redman - Back East



Pat

Jazz New Releases – January 2010


New releases and re-releases for January 2010



Tuesday January 12th 2010

John Scofield "Shinola" (Enja)
Greg Reitan "Antibes" (Sunny Side)

Dee Dee Bridgewater - Major re-release of her work, including:

"Dear Ella"
"Live At Yoshi's"
"Victim Of Love"
"Keeping Tradition
"Live In Paris"
"Love And Peace"
"In Montreux"
"This Is New"

Tuesday January 19th 2010

Anthony Braxton