April showers bring April reissues, well something like that. April isn’t the strongest month so far this year on the reissue parade, but hopefully those showers will bring may ‘flowers.’ I hope to continue to expand this column to include not only jazz and blues reissues but special projects and packages, as well as expand into some other genres - this month ther is a nice selection of bluegrass for our fine readers to consider.
Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.
Albert KingWindy City Blues (Stax / Fantasy). This is an exploration of King’s little known recordings from the 1970 sessions with Willie Dixon that never materialized into a full length record, two tunes from 1960 for Prestige, eight tunes with King as a sideman for Sunnyland Slim, The Muddy Waters Band and Billy Boy Arnold and rounding out this collection are three alternate takes with Homesick James.
Various Artists”The Wedding Album: First Dance.” (Verve).
Jack McDuffThe Prestige Years (Prestige / Fantasy). This collection compiles both live and studio recordings, 14 in total, from 1960 and 1965. This collection features the performances of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Red Holloway, Gene Ammons, Harold Vick and Lem Winchester. Michael Rozek wrote liner notes.
From Jazz Legends:
Count BasieSwinging the Blues: 1930-39
The Boswell SistersShout Sisters Shout! 1925-36
Tommy DorseyThe Early Jazz Sides 1932-37
Various ArtistsIllustrious Clarinetists of Jazz: 1917 - 1949 ().
Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and OthersJazz Goes Hawaiian (Retrieval).
The Original Dixieland Jazz BandIn London 1919-1920 & The OkeH Sessions 1922-23 (Retrieval).
Anita O’DayAngel Eyes
Bunny BeriganThe Radio Years 1937-40 (Storyville Jazz Unlimited).
Artie ShawSpotlight Band (Storyville). Featuring Roy Eldridge and Barney Kessel of 32 tunes (71 minutes) culminated from five Armed Forces broadcasts in California recorded in 1945.
Christine AdlerChristine Adler (Silverwolf).
Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano Paul Motian in Tokio (Winter & Winter). A live recording from 1991.
Tangerine DreamBootleg Boxset, Vol. 2 (Castle / Sanctuary). A five CD remastered (Edgar Froese) box culminated from live performances in 1976-78, 1981 and 1983.
Louis ArmstrongGolden Jazz (Madacy Records).
Peggy LeeBest of Miss Peggy Lee. This is both a CD and a DVD.
Christy DoranCorporate Art (Winter & Winter).
James CarterLive at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Warner Brothers).
Peter HerbornSomething Personal (Winter & Winter).
Dill JonesDavenport Blues (Chiaroscuro).
Glenn Miller100 Anniversaire (EPM Musique).
Various ArtistsMore of the Most Relaxing Jazz Music (Denon Records).
Various ArtistsBest of Big Band (Madacy records).
Cal Tjader”Best of the Concord Years” (Concord Jazz). This is a double CD set. The legacy of acclaimed bandleader and vibraphonist Cal Tjader lives on through this latest release, The Best of the Concord Years. This two-CD collection celebrates the last four years of Tjader’s life (1979–82) and some of his most inspiring and renowned works as a legend in Latin jazz.
Gene Harris / Scott Hamilton”At Last” (Concord Jazz). This is a reissue on the SACD format.
Oscar PetersonExclusively for My Friends (Verve / MPS). This is a six volume series available separately.
James BrownSoul on Top (Verve).
Glenn MillerCentennial Collection (Bluebird RCA). This collection features four previously unreleased recordings and a DVD.
Various ArtistsKid’s Jazz (Verve).
From Chronological Classics:
Coleman Hawkins1950-53. Includes recordings from his JATP appearances.
Hot Lips Page1950-53. Includes some of the last instrumental and vocal performances by this under appreciated artist.
Valaida Snow1940-53. A lot of these recordings happened under the noses of the Nazi’s, as Snow inhabited Europe during WWII.
Billy Taylor1951-52. Includes sessions recorded for Brunswick and Atlantic Records.
Ruth Brown1951-53. Compiled from Brown’s chart dominating period and includes many of those successes.
Jimmy Rushing1946-53. Basie’s legendary front man performs his blend of Kansas City jazz and blues.
From Delmark Records:
Roosevelt SykesChicago Boogie. Recording released for the first time on CD (from his Regal recordings that appeared on 78s) from 1950 and 1951.
Byther SmithHold That Train. This is a reissue of the 1980 release that has been expanded with unissued material from this influential Chicago bluesman.
Jack Teagarden Father of Jazz Trombone (AVID). This is a 3 disc boxset of Teagarden’s recorded legacy spanning from 1928 to 1947. The bos has 72 tracks and features Benny Goodman, Joe Venuti, Coleman Hawkins, and Eddie Condon.
Django ReinhardtDjango in Rome 1949-1950 (JSP). This is a four CD collection.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.