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Yusef Lateef: Atlantis Lullaby

Reflecting the times, this 1972 concert from Avignon has the woodwind maverick playing soul-jazz, a wall of sound jam and extended standards

Fire!: Testament

Electric bass and drums play simple, stolid rock ostinati with the saxophone atop variously echoing Brötzmann, Ayler and Mike Osborne

Elmore James: Blues After Hours

The seminal blues guitarist's 1955 debut album, including Dust My Broom, Crossroads and Moneymaker, is reissued with bonus tracks

Rachel Z: Sensual 

Although renowned for her electronic and fusion work, Z here plays mostly standard piano in trios featuring her husband Omar Hakim

JJ 05/64: George Russell – The Stratus Seekers

Sixty years ago Mark Gardner feared neurotic music of the Russell variety would have jazz clubs empty and unsold albums gathering dust

JJ 05/64: Stan Getz – and closing night at the Marquee

Sixty years ago Michael Shera attended the last gig at the Marquee club at 165 Oxford Street and saw why US jazz beat the UK variety

JJ 05/64: The Bird Speaks

Sixty years ago Mark Gardner provided a shrewd 1950 interview with Charlie Parker, apparently never before published

JJ 05/64: In My Opinion – Gus Johnson

Sixty years ago the Kansas City big-band drummer reflected on Jay McShann, Hines, Ellington, Basie and more

Jonny Mansfield Quartet: Live At Pizza Express

The swinging post-bop music produced by vibist Mansfield and his quartet might have pleased Bobby Hutcherson

Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini: Guinga

American trombonist and nylon-string guitarist pay tribute to Brazilian composer Guinga, who himself appears on the album

Boreal Sun, Ronnie Scott’s, London

The new London-based band brought virtuosity and invention to a set reminding of the power of 70s jazz-funk and 90s acid jazz

Tommy Flanagan’s Super Jazz Trio: Condado Beach

The former Rollins and Coltrane pianist, said to have developed a style beyond style, is heard in trio in the mid-70s

Chief Keegan: The Piles High Club

Dublin-based band knocks out tight, dynamic funk inspired by such as Vulfpeck, The Meters, Lettuce and Galactic

At The Vanguard Of Vinyl

The language may challenge comprehension, but the book has good detail on Ellington, Gillespie, Adderley and Mingus

The Jazz Defenders at Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny

The tight West Country quintet featuring Nick Malcolm and Jake McMurchie played a set of hard-bop and soul-jazz originals

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson: Space Guitar Master – The 1952-1960 Recordings

Watson is well-known for his 70s funk albums but in the 1950s he played blues, making the most of reverb and feedback

Ben Webster: Ballads

First noted for his bustling solos on uptempo numbers such as Cotton Tail, in mid-career the tenor man became a widely admired ballad player

Jay Jay Johnson: The Quintessence

The bebop trombone pioneer is heard between 1946 and 1961 with leading lights of the swing to modernist persuasion

Ron Carter with Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron: Where?

Three post-beboppers incorporate something of Ornette Coleman's 'new thing' in a 1961 set including George Duvivier and Charles Persip

Art Farmer & Bill Evans: Modern Art

A point of interest in this 1958 session is hearing Bill Evans playing soul jazz and hard bop, styles he's not usually associated with

Steve Lacy: Evidence + Reflections

Pairing of 1958 and 1961 sets features the soprano saxophonist with Don Cherry, Mal Waldron, Wynton Kelly and others

Jeremy Rose & The Earshift Orchestra: Discordia

Glowering Australian 18-piece plays a largely atonal set that's sometimes free, often reflective, occasionally rocking

John Gamba: Mr. Counterpoint / Claude Williamson: The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio

Seventy-minute CD collecting two LPs offers insights into two perfectly competent but little remarked pianists from the early 1960s

Marco Marzola Trio at Spike’s Place, Beckenham

Graham Thomas saw the London-based Italian bassist lead his trio on tunes including Satin Doll, Caravan, Estate and My Little Suede Shoes

Michaël Attias: Quartet Music Vol. I – LuMiSong

New York altoist variously reminds of M-Base and Eric Dolphy in a set of originals mixing modalism and abstraction

Charles Lloyd: The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow

The breathy, octagenarian tenor legend follows his Blue Note trio sets with a quartet featuring Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade

Mike Stern Band at Ronnie Scott’s, London

In a group with wife Leni, Dennis Chambers, Hadrien Feraud and Bob Franceschini, Stern again proved that he doesn't always turn it up to 11

A Couple Of Swells: Liza Pulman & Joe Stilgoe at Cadogan Hall, London

The piano and vocal duo were as polished as a Brylcreem ad in Picture Post as they gave entertaining readings of classic show tunes

Sun Ra: Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC

In 1986 the wacky pianist and bandleader had his music translated into fractal light which was projected onstage

Kevin Figes: Wallpaper Music II 

British woodwind man recalls Matching Mole, Henry Cow, Egg, Hatfield And The North, National Health and Frank Zappa

Sun Ra: At The Showcase, Live In Chicago, 1976-1977

Previously unreleased Sun Ra set mixes swing and avant-garde and includes solos from John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Michael Ray

Arve Henriksen, Harmen Fraanje: Touch Of Time

Norwegian trumpeter and Dutch pianist wander through breathy, impressionistic duets with a little electronic colouring

Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley: Journey To Where

British saxophonist and pianist duet on originals, improvisations and arrangements dedicated to Wayne Shorter and John Taylor

Art Pepper: Art Of Art

Despite road fatigue the saxophone warrior was in good form in Genoa in 1981, alongside George Cables, David Williams and Carl Burnett

David Sanborn dies

The American alto saxophonist, whose highly charged sound came to define soul-jazz in the 1980s, has died aged 78

Grace Kelly With Strings: At The Movies

Inspired by Charlie Parker With Strings, the American saxophonist plays music from films as various as High Society and E.T.