• Correspondances

    Correspondances

    Henri Dutilleux passed away in May this year aged 97. ‘Correspondences’ is a song-cycle based around the poems and letters of Mukherjee, Rilke, Solzhenitsyn and van Gogh, set to music. The disc also features ‘Tout ...
  • Bach Arias

    Bach Arias

    This disc of JS Bach Arias contains a beautiful melange of his works. The musicians clearly take their own interpretation on the musical directions; ‘Choral Schubler’ better known as Watchef Auf is a fine example, ...
  • 6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    These particular Bach violin sonatas are written (and commonly played) with harpsichord accompaniment, but here it’s a direct transposition to the piano. In fact, this harks back to recordings made before the trend for authenticity ...
  • Advent at Merton

    Advent at Merton

    It seems appropriate as Christmas approaches (at the time of writing) to listen to Advent music. Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas, both of whom have glittering musical backgrounds, lead the Choir of Merton College, Oxford. ...
  • Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra

    Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra

    One of the regular side projects of the Ellington Orchestra was to let the group back the Duke’s alto sax player Johnny Hodges. Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s collaborator in composition, leads the Ellington Orchestra in this ...
  • Third Dimension

    Third Dimension

    This Pure Pleasure reissue of a Bethlehem title has yet another distinction, because it’s a Bethlehem reissue of his first, and extremely rare session on King Records. Kirk is the best-known multi-instrumentalist in jazz, meaning ...
  • Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 1 & 2

    Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 1 & 2

    Performing together, Mulligan and Baker created one of the most unique sounds in jazz. Their live performances and quartet recordings in the early 1950s helped define West Coast Jazz. Over the years, the two reunited ...
  • Woodlore

    Woodlore

    Woodlore is Alto sax player Phil Woods’ second recording as a leader, is also the earliest title in Analogue Productions series of 25 Prestige mono reissues. Woods released dozens of albums over his long career, ...
  • 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 ...

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