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Straight From The Vault

April 17, 2009

April 2009: From Sarah Vaughan to Little Richard

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

After a short hiatus, The Vault has reopened to review the latest in jazz and blues reissues, DVDs, books and other irresistible items. This month, we have books on the jazz age and Atlantic Records, CDs from Sarah Vaughan and Buddy Guy, and DVDs of Little Richard and Muddy Waters. Hazen Schumacher and John Stevens have put together a two-CD music set and an accompanying book for this NPP Books/Voice Of Lyrics Records package. The CDs contain 49 tracks, sampling some of the best big band music recorded during its era of peak popularity. Included are recordings ...

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January 18, 2006

January 2006

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Welcome to a new year of great music!

It's time to whip out those gift cards or return credits that you have and start building up your music collection for 2006. Here's a great place to start and the line-ups for the subsequent months look to be quite bountiful.

Here are this month's new crop of reissues and special event records.

January 3, 2006 From Various Labels: Various Artists All Star Swing Festival. (RED) This DVD features Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington Various Artists ...

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January 8, 2006

The Vault Top Ten: 2005

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

The Vault would like to highlight the ten releases we enjoyed in 2005. 1. Gillespie and Parker Town Hall New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown)

Despite the substandard sound quality and hiss in the beginning, I found myself blasting this recording in the car when I got it. The tone is set when Symphony Sid wonders aloud where Charlie Parker is and within 30 seconds of the band kicking into “Be Bop" a member of the audience shouts “Go Dizzy." Two greats, two innovators, together during their peak in a live setting ...

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November 2, 2005

November 1st Through The 29th

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Christmas is right around the corner and what better gift than super jazz from the past. Here is this month's new crop of reissues and special event records. Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Visit our Upcoming Release Center to see an up to date release guide to recordings that are out and those that are on their way.

November 1st: From Lonehill Jazz: Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery with the Billy Taylor Trio Miles Davis Quartet ...

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October 5, 2005

October 4th - 25th

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Leaves are changing and falling from the sky as record labels begin to drop reissues into the marketplace in time for the holiday season. Here are just a few of the top reissues for the month of October.Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Visit our Upcoming Release Center to see all up to date release guide to recordings that are out and those that are on their way.

October 4th From Blue Note Connoisseur: Don Cherry Where is Brooklyn?. ...

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September 18, 2005

Reissue Round-Up

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Quite a few new reissues hit the market in the past few months, here is a round up of a few we here at the vault feel deserve your attention.Shout! Factory's Bethlehem Reissue Series: Mel Torme, The Bethlehem Years. Continuing in their efforts to bring you the gems of the Bethlehem label, Shout Factory presents the transitional period of Torme's career from pop star to swinging jazz vocalist. Culminated from several of his 1950's releases, including It's a Blue World from 1956, Lulu's Back in Town from 1957, Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire from 1956 ...

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May 6, 2005

May 2nd - June 28th 2005

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

I would love feedback from the readers of this column about what you like or dislike about it and what you would like to see more or less of. Please e-mail me. Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Visit our Upcoming Release Center to see all up to date release guide to recordings that are out and those that are on their way.

May 2nd From Shout! Factory: Soloman Burke Soul of the Blues. This is a reissue ...

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March 1, 2005

March 1st - March 29th

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

March is insane--it is the month of FIVE release dates. So without further adieu, here is your month of March reissues, compilations and special event recordings. Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Please go to our Upcoming Release Center at All About Jazz to see all up to date release guide to recordings that are out and those that are on their way.

MARCH 1st From Blue Note Records: RVG Series: Art Blakey Like Someone in Love. From ...

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January 24, 2005

February 8th - February 22nd

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Even though February is short on days (only three release day Tuesdays!), we here at The Vault are excited about the reissue, special package and collection line-up. Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Please go to our Upcoming Release Center at All About Jazz to see all up to date release guide to recordings that are out and those that are on their way.

February 8th From Shout! Factory: Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass The Lonely Bull. From ...

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January 19, 2005

New Orleans Style

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

As the snow falls outside the windows at The Vault , there is one thing on our minds: New Orleans. In a matter of a few weeks, two great events occur, Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka JazzFest). With these two events on the horizon, new musical product begins to hit the shelves aimed at one of two groups of people; the first being those lucky enough to visit the Big Easy and want to bring home a souvenir of some of the great music they heard and second, like me, those that can't make ...

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November 24, 2004

Fall Edition

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

In this edition of The Vault, we highlight the best reissues, special releases and collection from October through December. Be on the lookout for our year-end awards for best reissues in December. We hope both of these articles help you in your collection building efforts. Please go to our Upcoming Release page at All About Jazz to see all the releases that are out and those that are on their way. (See the Upcoming Release Center ). Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

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October 30, 2004

Bunch of New Blues

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

It is time for the Vault to clear off its desk of some of the fine blues releases (both new and reissues) we have received. Lightning Hopkins Collector's Classics: Lightnin's Boogie Just a Memory 2004

Culminated from a live set at Montreal's The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club, this 1977 set works through much of Hopkins classic repertoire and with a capable backing band. The set opens with a straight-ahead blues “Trouble in Mind." This song showcases the elements of Hopkins playing and performance that made him the legend he was. ...

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September 6, 2004

Summer 2004 Edition

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Hope everyone has enjoyed their summers. We have experienced a cold and rainy three month here in the Northeast, but the great new packages have added a ray of sunshine. Here are some of the Vault's summer faves: Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.

Vault's Record of the Summer (Year?!?!?) Ray Charles Genius Love Company (Concord) It was long overdue to celebrate Brother Ray's career like this and quite sad that he won't be around to enjoy it, but he ...

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June 4, 2004

Highlights: April - June 2004

By CHARLIE B. DAHAN

Though the Straight from the Vault calendar information will be moved to our new Upcoming Releases section, I intend to update the list several times a week to keep you well informed of the plethora of reissues and special projects that will be hitting the stores soon. In addition, there will still be a highlight column, where the best of the best will be spotlighted. Speaking of the best of the best... Best Overall Reissue Package

Contemporary Records Story (Contemporary / Fantasy) There is a huge difference between a good ...

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