Archive | May, 2010

Hank Jones (July 31, 1918 – May 16, 2010)

21 May

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (601-620)

8 May

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 601 through 620.

601. Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1955)

602. Sacred Music – Duke Ellington (Status, 1966)

603. In the World – Clifford Jordan (P-Vine Records, 1969)

604. Stellar Regions – John Coltrane (GRP Records, 1967 recording date)

605. The Free Slave – Roy Brooks (32 Jazz, 1970)

606. Miles Smiles – Miles Davis (Sony Music Distribution, 1966)

607. The Tree – Dave Liebman (Soul Note, 1990)

608. Blues in Thirds – Earl Hines (Black Lion, 1965)

609. I Feel Like a Newman – Joe Newman (Black Lion, 1956)

610. East Broadway Run Down – Sonny Rollins (GRP Records, 1966)

611. Chicago Sound – Wilbur Ware (Original Jazz Classics, 1957)

612. F-Stops – Craig Harris (Soul Note, 1993)

613. Air Mail Special – Lionel Hampton (West Wind Jazz, 1983)

614. Stratusphunk – George Russell (Original Jazz Classics, 1960)

615. The Magic Touch of Tadd Dameron – Tadd Dameron (Riverside Records, 1962)

616. Unit Structures – Cecil Taylor (Blue Note, 1966)

617. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco – Cannonball Adderley (Riverside/OJC, 1959)

618. Largo – Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros., 2002)

619. Freddie Freeloader – Jon Hendricks (Denon Records, 1990)

620. Take Two – Emily Remler (Concord Jazz, 1982)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The First 500

“Now in Stores” – 5/2/2010 to 5/8/2010

8 May

Each Friday, I will post five new jazz albums that were released over the past week that are worth giving a listen to.

Here are this weeks five, released between May 2nd and May 8th, 2010.

1. Together Again by Juan Pablo Torres (Timba, 5/4/2010)

Recorded in New York, New York, Abdala Studio, Habana, Cuba and Turi’s Music Recording Studio, Miami, Florida. Personnel includes all stars like: J.P. Torres (trombone), Arturo Sandoval (trumpet, flugelhorn),  Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre (trombone), John Di Martino, Chucho Valdes, and David Virelles (piano); Peter Smith (guitar); Nicolas Walker, Jorge Reyes, Andy Gonzalez (acoustic bass); Charles Flores (electric bass); Enrique Pla, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (drums); Ariyons Vozguy, Giovanni Hidalgo, Roberto Vizcaino (congas); Michel Aldomer, Alfonso Aldomer, Barbaro Valdes (bata drums).

2. Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Cocord, 5/4/2010)

For the first time in over three decades, the Frank Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim recordings are now together in The Complete Reprise Recordings, the most comprehensive compilation of the Sinatra/Jobim sessions yet. The re-mastered classics of the two late musical legends include “Dindi,” “How Insensitive,” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” and of course, “The Girl from Ipanema,” a Jobim masterpiece covered by numerous colleagues such as pianist Vince Guaraldi. In addition to those, there are three new bonus tracks on this reprise that allow for a new compositional spark that perfectly compliment the jazz standards that Jobim arranges in his distinct Brazilian bossa nova style. The Complete Reprise Recordings are a must-have for any collector, and a new lifestyle for dedicated Sinatra/Jobim fans. Sinatra’s voice has been heard around the world, and as it is matched flawlessly with the compositional genius of Antonio Carlos Jobim, his fame will continue to grow more than a decade after his passing.

3. My Funny Valentine: The Best of Chet Baker by Chet Baker (Phantasm Imports, 5/4/2010)

4. Mess Around by Robin McKelle (E1, 5/4/2010)

On her third album, the bold, sassy and sexy youing chanteuse Robin McKelle comes into her own. “Mess Around” marks a significant stylistic change for the irrepressible Ms. McKelle as she fully embraces her love for R&B, delivering a program that brings in the influences of Etta James, Ray Charles, and early Bette Midler to shape a driving horn-driven sound that sets off Robin’s dynamic voice in a whole new way. To underscore this natural but fresh progression of direction, Robin enlists funk legend Fred Wesley as arranger of a couple of cuts: an unexpected take of the Bee Gees’ “Lonely Nights” , “I Can’t See Nobody” and Doc Pomus’ blues evergreen “Lonely Avenue”. McKelle is already well-known for her creative choices of cover tunes, bringing the contemporary songbook into jazz focus, and “Mess Around” doesn’t disappoint in this respect. In addition to Pomus and the Brothers Gibb, Leonard Cohen, Willie Dixon and Lennon/McCartney all get selected tunes transformed into the new McKelle sound. Add in a vintage standard (“Cry me A River”) and four originals of striking maturity, and you have an 11-track collection that rocks, rolls, flirts and seduces with maximum impact.

5. Improvise One by Paquito D’ Rivera and the WDR Big Band (Connector, 5/4/2010)

Now in Stores” – 4/25/2010 to 5/1/2010

“Now in Stores” – 4/18/2010 t0 4/24/2010

“Now In Stores” – 5 Noteworthy Jazz Albums Released this Week (4/11/2010-4/17/10)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (581-600)

1 May

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 581 through 600.

581. Platinum Glenn Miller (compilation) – Glenn Miller (RCA, 2003 compilation release date, 1939-1942 recording dates)

582. Deeds, Not Words – Max Roach (Original Jazz Classics, 1958)

583. The Essential Benny Goodman (compilation) – Benny Goodman (Sony Music Distribution, 2007 compilation date, 1934-1945 release date)

584. Greg Osby and Sound Theater – Greg Osby (Jmt, 1987)

585. The Definitive Black and Blue Sessions – Charlie Shavers (Black & Blue, 2002 compilation release date)

586. Et Cetera – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1965)

587. Nothing But the Blues – Herb Ellis (Polygram, 1958)

588. The Atomic Mr. Basie – Count Basie (Jazz Track, 1957)

589. Killer Bees – Airto Moreira (Melt 2000, 1989)

590. Drop Me Off in Harlem (compilation) – Charlie Barnet (Decca, 1992 compilation date, 1942 to 1946 recording dates)

591. Haunted Heart – Charlie Haden (Verve, 1992)

592. Re-Birth of the Cool – Gerry Mulligan (GRP Records, 1992)

593. Swingin’ Stuff – Stuff Smith (Storyville, 2005 release date, 1965 recording date)

594. On the Town with the Oscar Peterson Trio – Oscar Peterson (Verve, 1958)

595. Blues for Lady Day – Mal Waldron (Black Lion, 1972)

596. Open, to Love – Paul Bley (ECM Records, 1972)

597. Jimmy Raney: A – Jimmy Raney (Prestige/OJC, 1955)

598. West 42nd Street – Gary Bartz (Candid, 1990)

599. Time Being – Buddy Rich (Bluebird RCA, 1972)

600. Jive at Five – Buddy Tate (Storyville, 1975)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (561-580)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (541-560)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (521-540)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (501-520)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The First 500

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