• 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, ...
  • A Swingin' Affair

    A Swingin' Affair

    Gordon’s 1962 Blue Note release, recorded only a couple days after his classic Go! is one of the greatest jazz releases of all time. It’s Gordon at the height of his powers, playing in a ...

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