Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}

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Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}

Gil Evans - Gil Evans & Ten (1957) {Prestige OJCCD-346-2 rel 1999}
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© 1957, 1999 Prestige / Fantasy / Universal | OJCCD-346-2 / 00025218634625
Jazz / Cool / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz

Although arranger Gil Evans had been active in the major leagues of jazz ever since the mid-'40s and had participated in Miles Davis' famous Birth of the Cool recordings, Gil Evans & Ten was his first opportunity to record as a leader. The set features a typically unusual 11-piece unit consisting of two trumpets, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, Bart Varsalona on bass trombone, French horn player Willie Ruff, Steve Lacy on soprano, altoist Lee Konitz, Dave Kurtzer on bassoon, bassist Paul Chambers, and either Nick Stabulas or Jo Jones on drums, plus the leader's sparse piano.

Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues (1974) {Black Lion CD 877633-2 rel 2000, remastered}

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Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues (1974) {Black Lion CD 877633-2 rel 2000, remastered}

Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues (1974) {Black Lion CD 877633-2 rel 2000, remastered}
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© 1974, 2000 Black Lion / da music | CD 877633-2
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Modern Creative / Piano

This is a classic Cecil Taylor solo concert, performed at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. Taylor plays his five-movement work "Silent Tongues," along with a couple of brief encores. To simplify in explaining what he was doing at this point of time, it can be said that Taylor essentially plays the piano like a drum set, creating percussive and thunderous sounds that are otherworldly and full of an impressive amount of energy and atonal ideas. Many listeners will find these performances to be quite difficult but it is worth the struggle to open up one's perceptions as to what music can be.

Jordi Savall - Ramon Llull 1232-1316 (2016) {2CD Set, Alia Vox AVSA9917}

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Jordi Savall - Ramon Llull 1232-1316 (2016) {2CD Set, Alia Vox AVSA9917}

Jordi Savall - Ramon Llull 1232-1316 (2016) {2CD Set, Alia Vox AVSA9917}
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© 2016 Alia Vox | AVSA9917
Classical / Medieval

Born in Majorca c. 1232, three years after the Christian conquest of the island (1229), Ramon Llull had very close contact with Muslim culture. It was not until after he was thirty years old that he gave up his life at court and began to study theology and philosophy. Not long after that, he purchased a Moorish slave in order to learn Arabic. This proximity to the Muslim world gave him an exceptional insight into religion and culture which set him apart from all the intellectuals in the Europe of his day. A tireless traveller, he visited the principal courts of Christendom to rally support for his projects, and he did so while engaging in an intense missionary activity to convert Jewish and, above all, Muslim unbelievers.

Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}

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Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}

Harold Land - Take Aim (1960) {Blue Note Japan, BNLT Series TOCJ-50293 rel 2012}
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© 1960, 2012 Blue Note / EMI Music Japan | TOCJ-50293 | 24bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Saxophone

Originally recorded in 1960 for Blue Note but not released until 1980, Take Aim, like Harold Land himself, has undeservedly fallen through the cracks. Most famous for his association with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet of the '50s, Land is another unheralded West Coast giant who made a name for himself out here in California, but was under the radar of the jazz elitists. Take Aim, featuring an obscure group of musicians, is a pleasant surprise, and should be a welcome refresher for anyone looking for music similar to the tenorist's earlier and more famous exploits.

Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}

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Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}

Thelonious Monk featuring John Coltrane - Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! (1957) {Blue Note D110906 rel 1993}
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© 1957, 1993 Blue Note / Capitol Records | D 110906
Jazz / Bop / Piano / Saxophone

The urban mythology surrounding this non-professional recording – suggesting that Naima Coltrane (aka Mrs. John Coltrane) was running tape during this particular set – is fortunately true. Fortunate, that is, for lovers of bop or anyone who ever wished in vain that they could be transported to a legendary night such as the one captured during this short disc. The raw nature of this audience tape more accurately reveals the reality of experiencing a performance during the Five Spot's halcyon days. What can also be found beyond the sporadic chatter and general hubbub of a New York City Harlem nightclub is arguably the strongest aural evidence of the unique working rapport these two jazz icons shared.

Harry Chapin - Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) {Elektra ‎9 60549-2 rel 1995}

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Harry Chapin - Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) {Elektra ‎9 60549-2 rel 1995}

Harry Chapin - Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) {Elektra ‎9 60549-2 rel 1995}
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© 1977, 1995 Elektra / Warner | ‎9 60549-2
Rock / Soft Rock / Folk Rock / Pop Rock

Excellent reissue, sound quality is A1. Probably the rarest of any Harry Chapin CD reissue. Who would have figured, listening to the heart-on-his-sleeve sensibilities of Heads & Tales in 1972, that Harry Chapin would or could ever generate a wry, sly, sardonic double-LP (single CD) album like this? The diversity of this album is its strong point, the core of the record made up of straightforward, serious songs, most notably "We Grew up a Little Bit" and the gorgeous ballads "Mismatch" (arguably Chapin's prettiest song) and "I Do It for You, Jane" (of which the latter could have been a smash done countrypolitan style in Nashville), and there's one lean vignette into traditional music ("Bluesman").

Gary Glitter - The Leader (1974) {Epic WEK39299 rel 1984}

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Gary Glitter - The Leader (1974) {Epic WEK39299 rel 1984}

Gary Glitter - The Leader (1974) {Epic WEK39299 rel 1984}
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© 1974, 1984 Bell Records / Epic Records / CBS Music Canada | WEK 39299
Rock / Glam Rock / Glitter / Rock & Roll

A roundup of hits drawn from Gary Glitter's early-to-mid-'70s heyday, utterly unadventurous in its selection of titles, but breathtaking in its ability to remind the listener just how all-powerful the leader was in his prime. The early '80s saw Glitter firmly on the comeback trail, staging a succession of low-budget but high-thrill live shows for an audience of post-punkers who initially regarded him as little more than kitsch nostalgia, but swiftly took him deep to heart – indeed, it's a sign of just how highly this new generation regarded Glitter that, when promoter John Keenan formulated the Futurama festivals to showcase all that the new wave had to offer, Glitter was both a triumphant headliner and an undisputed one.

Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}

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Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}

Cannonball Adderley - Fiddler On The Roof (1964) {Capitol Jazz 724354230929 rel 2003}
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© 1964, 2003 Capitol Jazz / Blue Note | 7243 5 42309 2 9
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Saxophone

It is a bit strange that none of the eight songs performed on this LP found their way into Adderley's permanent repertoire for the altoist is quite inspired throughout this surprising set. With strong assists from cornetist Nat Adderley, Charles Lloyd on tenor and flute, pianist Joe Zawinul, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, Cannonball plays near his peak; this is certainly the finest album by this particular sextet.

Woody Herman - Mosaic Select 31 (2008) {3CD Box Set, Mosaic Records MS-031 rec 1963-1964}

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Woody Herman - Mosaic Select 31 (2008) {3CD Box Set, Mosaic Records MS-031 rec 1963-1964}

Woody Herman - Mosaic Select 31 (2008) {3CD Box Set, Mosaic Records MS-031 rec 1963-1964}
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© 1963-64, 2008 Philips / Mosaic Records | MS-031
Jazz / Cool / Clarinet

Woody Herman was dedicated to keeping his big band going and was focused more on music that satisfied him than focusing on making hits. Most of the selections in this three-CD set came from an overlooked period in the clarinetist's career, his early 1960s tenure on the Phillips label. At this point, Herman had recently welcomed new arrivals like trumpeter Bill Chase, tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, and trombonist Phil Wilson, while still talented veterans like pianist Nat Pierce, tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins, and drummer Jake Hanna.

Dorothy Ashby - The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby (1965) {Atlantic--Spellbound Music SPELL4001CD rel 2016}

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Dorothy Ashby - The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby (1965) {Atlantic--Spellbound Music SPELL4001CD rel 2016}

Dorothy Ashby - The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby (1965) {Atlantic–Spellbound Music SPELL4001CD rel 2016}
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© 1965, 2016 Atlantic / Spellbound Music | SPELL4001CD
Jazz / Cool / Hard Bop / Harp

Reprint of the 1965 Original. On 1965's The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby, the harpist is joined by bassist Richard Davis, drummer Grady Tate, percussionist Willie Bobo, and a sporadic horn section on four Ashby originals and six standards.

Bud Powell - Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 (2007) {ESP-Disk' ESP4036}

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Bud Powell - Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 (2007) {ESP-Disk' ESP4036}

Bud Powell - Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961 (2007) {ESP-Disk' ESP4036}
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© 1961, 2007 ESP-Disk' | ESP 4036
Jazz / Bop / Piano

After bop pianist Bud Powell died in 1966, ESP-Disk Records kept his name alive with a series of archival live recordings curated from the personal collection of his wife, Buttercup Powell. Unlike their higher-profile Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker series, which were of unfortunately varying (and quite often very low) quality, the Bud Powell sessions are uniformly fine, with the excellent Blue Note Café Paris 1961 a particular standout.

Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn - Colors (1996) {Verve 314 537 789-2}

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Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn - Colors (1996) {Verve 314 537 789-2}

Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn - Colors (1996) {Verve 314 537 789-2}
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© 1996 Harmolodic / Verve | 314 537 789-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Saxophone / Piano

Ornette Coleman is certainly full of surprises in his 60s, recording a duo album with – believe it or not – a pianist. For this project, he chose the German pianist Joachim Kühn, who gratefully claims that it was Ornette's example that originally led him down the road to free jazz, and they recorded eight Coleman compositions live in the opera house of Kühn's hometown, Leipzig. Yet their collaboration is not really a radical departure from Ornette's sound worlds in his acoustic groups or in the electric Prime Time. The two seem to exist on parallel planes, not interacting or reacting rhythmically or harmonically, but carving out their occasionally entwined melodic lines separately.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 (2006) {Reprise Records 44499-2}

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 (2006) {Reprise Records 44499-2}

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 (2006) {Reprise Records 44499-2}
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© 1970, 2006 Reprise Records | 44499-2
Rock / Folk Rock / Hard Rock / Southern Rock / Classic Rock

Ever since he started rumbling about releasing his archives some 20, 30 years ago – it's been so long, it's hard to keep track of the specifics – Neil Young talked about it as a mammoth box set, or perhaps a series of box sets each chronicling a different era in his career, comprised entirely of unreleased recordings, some live, some studio. It was an eagerly anticipated set, since everybody knew that he had scores of unreleased recordings in his vaults. Not just songs, but full albums that were scrapped at the last minute.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Rotterdam 1969 (2016) {Storyville Records 101 8440}

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Rotterdam 1969 (2016) {Storyville Records 101 8440}

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Rotterdam 1969 (2016) {Storyville Records 101 8440}
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© 1969, 2016 Storyville Records | 101 8440
Jazz / Big Band / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz

Duke Ellington’s status as a legend is well-merited. This new release presents the star and his whole orchestra in full vigor at a 1969 Rotterdam concert. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Duke was still at the top of his powers. It is a pleasure to be able to issue the whole of an excellent concert recorded in De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics. The ambience is remarkable on this live recording: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits influence the band: Duke Ellington and the orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh.

Blue Mitchell - Blue Soul (1959) {Riverside Japan, VICJ-41559, MiniLP JVC 20bit K2 rel 2006}

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Blue Mitchell - Blue Soul (1959) {Riverside Japan, VICJ-41559, MiniLP JVC 20bit K2 rel 2006}

Blue Mitchell - Blue Soul (1959) {Riverside Japan, VICJ-41559, MiniLP JVC 20bit K2 rel 2006}
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© 1959, 2006 Riverside / JVC Japan | VICJ-41559 | 20bit K2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Trumpet

A strong early winner from Blue – recorded with an all-star group that includes Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Mitchell's not necessarily the leader – Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath handled the arrangements – but the group overall is great, and the set has a nice mix of lyricality and hard bop groove. 9 numbers in all, including "Minor Vamp", "The Head", "Top Shelf", "Blue Soul", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Park Avenue Petite", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "Nica's Dream", and "Waverly Street".