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A mere selection of the new releases notified to JJ early summer 2021. The descriptive texts are edited from those supplied by promoters or musicians. See all new release lists.

Aarset, Eivind: Phantasmagoria (Jazzland Recordings) The Eivind Aarset 4-Tet are augmented by Jan Bang, Derek Bishop and Arve Henriksen. By turns straightforward, rhapsodic, quasi-ambient, expressionistic and improvisisational.

Allison, Mose: The Complete Atlantic / Elektra Albums 1962-1983 (Cherry Red) Strawberry Records are proud to present the 12 albums that Mose Allison issued on Atlantic Records and Elektra Musician between 1962 and 1982 on 6CDs.

Altschul, Barry: Long Tall Sunshine (Not Two Records) New live performance by The 3Dom Factor, the trio led for the last decade by legendary drummer/improviser Barry Altschul. All three voices are vitally important in the band: Altschul’s powerful, ever-inquisitive drumming, the tirelessly venturesome saxophone playing of Jon Irabagon and the acrobatic muscularity of bass great Joe Fonda.

Antoine, Marc: Something About Her (Shanachie Entertainment) Guitarist Marc Antoine’s new recording is a musical love letter to his wife featuring original material. All-star line up with David Benoit, Brian Simpson, Philippe Saisse and Marion Meadows.

Baker, Jalen: This Is Me, This Is Us (Outside In Music) This Is Me, This Is Us is the debut album from vibraphonist Jalen Baker. The Houston-based talent introduces nine original compositions, and one reimagined Stevie Wonder classic. Baker’s passionate lyrical improvisation presents a substantive, original album centred around themes of spirituality, trauma, and healing.

Bartz, Gary NTU Troop: Live In Bremen 1975 (Moosicus Records / M1315-2) Legendary saxophonist Gary Bartz (Art Blakey, Miles Davis etc.). On this live recording Bartz was joined by drummer Howard King, bassist Curtis Robertson and pianist Charles Mims. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, because quite soon after this performance, the members of the NTU Troop went their own ways again.

Cables, George: Too Close for Comfort (HighNote Records HCD7335) Many will recall George Cables stalwart service with Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper and others. As a musician, he possesses endless creativity, clearly in evidence on “Too Close for Comfort” where George’s prowess as composer is also to the fore. Recorded September 2020, the pianist is joined by bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis.

Calvaire, Obed; Franceschini, Bob; Hays, Kevin; Le Fleming, Orlando: Whole Lotta Love: The Music of Led Zeppelin (Chesky Records JD467) Obed Calvaire, Bob Franceschini, Kevin Hays, and Orlando Le Fleming will be releasing their album, Whole Lotta Love: The Music of Led Zeppelin with Chesky Records this summer. The album features the quartet playing jazz arrangements of some of Led Zeppelin’s most famous tracks like “Immigrant Song,” “Kashmir,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

Colón, Willie & Blades, Rubén: Siembra (Craft Latino CR00406) Craft Latino presents an all-analog remastered vinyl reissue of ‘Siembra,’ the transcendental album that caused a revolution in Latin music. Out August 6th, the new edition was remastered from its original analog master tapes by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

Coryell, Larry: Last Swing in Ireland (Angel Air Records Cat. No. SJPCD641) ‘Last Swing In Ireland’, a previously unreleased studio album from the late great American Jazz Guitarist Larry Coryell, is issued on CD through Angel Air Worldwide, 2021.

Davis, Miles: Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (20th Century Masterworks 350228) No details given.

Davis, Miles: Kind Of Blue (Glamourama Records 660161) No details given.

Davis, Maxwell: A Tribute to the Big Bands. Duke Ellington and Count Basie (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1051) Tribute album. Orchestras arranged and conducted by Maxwell Davis with members from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie ensembles.

Ellis, Don: ‘Lost Tapes Vol. 3’ (Sleepy Night Records) Comprising entirely of previously unreleased material, based upon a treasure trove of recordings, photos, letters, video, scores and music supplied to Sleepy Night Records by the late Ken Orton.

Feldman, Victor: Four Classic Albums (On Vibes / Suite Sixteen / Latinsville! / Merry Olde Soul) (Avid Jazz) No details given.

Galper, Hal: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (Origin Records ORIGIN82810) Captured during a pivotal period of his five decade career, “Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977” finds pianist Hal Galper with Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Wayne Dockery (bass) and Bob Moses (drums). From the outset their mission is defined – jazz giants pushed to the limits by Galper’s facility and fertile imagination.

Ganelin – Kruglov – Yudanov: Access Point (Losen Records LOS 258-2) The Russian keyboard master Slava Ganelin who was in the forefront of Russian Jazz in the 60s and 70s (The Ganelin Trio) and the bass player Oleg Yudanov that played with The Jazz Group Arkhangelsk that were big in the 60s and the 70s as well, and the younger sax player Alexey Kruglov.

Garcia, Nubya: Source = Our Dance (6/21, remixes) No details given.

Gibbs, Mike: Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes (Jazz In Britain JIB-24-S-CD) Strictly limited to 500 copies. Digipak with extensive liner notes by Duncan Heining and bonus track ‘Country Roads’.

Gordon, Dexter: Dexter Gordon Quartet Willisau 1978 (TCB The Montreux Jazz Label TCB02452) Tenor giant Dexter Gordon’s return to the United States in 1976 was famously documented on the album Homecoming. This previously unreleased recording is from the triumphant period that followed and also features pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Eddie Gladden – a band exquisitely road tight and brimming with a desire to play. 

Gourley, Jimmy: The Cool Guitar of Jimmy Gourley (Fresh Sound Records (FSRCD 1101) A retrospective of his Quartet & Trio French recordings from 1953-1961.

Green, Grant: Gooden’s Corner (American Jazz Classics 90301) No details given.

Hagans, Tim and the NDR Bigband: A Conversation (Waiting Moon Records ) An all-new, original multi-movement concerto performed by the NDR Bigband. On A Conversation, trumpeter Hagans introduces a musical narrative that is meant to explore, to illuminate, and perhaps, to resolve an exchange of ideas. A Conversation is Hagans’ 17th recording as a leader, and his fourth recorded collaboration with the NDR Bigband.

Harrison, Joel: Guitar Talk (AGS Recordings/ AGSR-001) One of AGS [Alternative Guitar Summit] Recordings’ two debut releases. Joel Harris’s Guitar Talk is a collection of intimate guitar duet recordings featuring some of the finest jazz players on the planet. Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, Pete McCann, David Gilmore, and bassist Steve Swallow join Harrison on his original compositions. 

Hodges, Johnny: Live in Paris 18 mars 1961 (Frémeaux & Associés FA5790) The Live in Paris collection by Michel Brillié allows listeners to hear previously unreleased recordings (made at concerts and private- or radio-sessions). These “live” takes, and the artists’ rapport with their audiences, gives these performances an additional soul and sensibility in counterpoint to the rigorous demands of studio recordings.

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