• Star Bright

    Star Bright

    Dizzy Reece was born in Jamaica in 1931 and spent the 1950’s in Europe playing with the jazz greats who had moved there or were on tour. He moved to New York in 1959 and ...
  • Daddy Plays The Horn

    Daddy Plays The Horn

    Dexter Gordon is most famously known for his Blue Note recordings from the early 1960s. But Gordon (by then in his 40s) already had a well-established music career for 20 years before that. Dexter played ...
  • Silk & Soul

    Silk & Soul

    Nina Simone has been well treated in recent years by audiophile reissue labels with Pure Pleasure, Speakers Corner and 4 Men With Beards each having a handful of titles in their catalogues. Original Recordings Group ...
  • Live At The Sands (Before Frank)

    Live At The Sands (Before Frank)

    The somewhat graceless title of this release tells the story. This is Sinatra At The Sands without Sinatra. That outstanding release sold very well in its day, and in 1998, Reprise Records compiled 13 songs ...
  • Flight For Four

    Flight For Four

    The latest release from the Jonathan Horwich’s CD reissue imprint International Phonograph, Flight For Four is in essence a return by Horwich to his roots. He worked with Carter and Bradford in the 1960’s while ...
  • Carmen-Fantasie

    Carmen-Fantasie

    This is one of 10 new vinyl releases by Universal Music Group from popular classical CD releases from the DGG and Decca catalog. I was first impressed with this reissue at the Rocky Mountain Audio ...
  • Happy Frame of Mind

    Happy Frame of Mind

    The Music Matters series of 45-RPM releases keeps coming up with gems, such as this fifth addition to the Horace Parlan discography. By 1963, Parlan’s group had added the unique talents of Johnny Coles on ...
  • Woman Child

    Woman Child

    Salvant is the newest great promise of a female jazz vocalist to carry on the traditions of the greats. In this, her first release, she displays a deep, powerful voice with lots of athletic flexibility, ...
  • Travel Guide

    Travel Guide

    You don’t get many releases by guitar trios, the only one that sticks in my mind is Friday Night in San Francisco. This trio has been performing and recording together since 2005 but this is ...
  • The Vortex Sessions

    The Vortex Sessions

    Pianist Benjamin Taubkin and percussionist Adriano Adewale both come from São Paulo but met at the Vortex club in north London, where as the title infers, this recording was made. There’s nothing like meeting a ...
  • Standing at the Crossroads

    Standing at the Crossroads

    Johnny Shines was part of the second generation of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, born in 1915 his style was influenced by Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Howlin’ Wolf, but his claim to fame was that ...
  • Amigos

    Amigos

    Made in 1976, Amigos was Santana’s seventh album and found the guitarist looking for a change of direction, with quite a lot of proper songs and a mixture of styles. Today it’s an album that ...
  • Sleeper

    Sleeper

    This release has been ‘resting’ in the ECM vaults ever since it was recorded live in 1979 in Tokyo by Jarrett and his European quartet. This group recorded four albums between ’74 and ’79 but ...
  • Polska

    Polska

    Pianist Leszek Mozdzer plays to stadium sized crowds in his native Poland. Here he plays with Lars Danielsson on cello and bass, and percussionist/singer Zohar Fresco, a trio that has been together for ten years. ...
  • Cobra Fakir

    Cobra Fakir

    How do you make something new when you have been working together for over thirty years and are in a niche that has, in many ways been and gone, in terms of broad appeal? Miriodor ...

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