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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.
From Shout! Factory: Herb Alpert & Tijuana BrassThe Lonely Bull. From 1962. Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass South of the Border. From 1964 Herb AlpertLost Treasures. This collection culminates tracks of previously unissued and hard to find rarities that Herb Alpert picked himself.
From Concord Records: Charlie ByrdHomage to Jobim: Live at the Fujitsu-Concord 26th Jazz Festival. This live recording features Ken Peplowski on clarinet and Allen Farnham on piano. Various ArtistsHarold Arlen Centennial Celebration. This release is a two CD anthology.
From Fresh Sound: Max Roach & Clifford BrownHistoric California Concerts 1954 Pony PoindexterPony Poindexter in Barcelona. From 1972 Various ArtistsJazz in Mexico: The Legendary 1954 Sessions, vol. 1 Various ArtistsJazz in Mexico: The Legendary 1954 Sessions, vol. 2
From Savoy Jazz: Charlie ParkerThe Genius of Charlie. This release features two discs of Parkers work while on Savoy. Various ArtistsHarlem Nocturne 1944-47: Stompin' at the Savoy Various ArtistsRed Hot Blues 1948-51: Stompin' at the Savoy
From Lonehill Jazz: Al Cohn & Zoot SimmsHoagy Carmichael Sessions & More. This release features Milt Hinton on bass and arrangements by Bill Elton. Bill Evans TrioWaltz from Debbie: The Complete 1969 Pescara Festival. Trio features Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell. Frank Rosolini Quartet featuring Sonny ClarkComplete Recordings
Single Releases from Other Labels: Charlie Palmieri QuartetEasy Does It (Blue Moon). This recording was originally released in 1959. Clifton ChenierLouisiana Zydeco and Blues (Arhoolie). A great collection from some the King of Zydeco's greatest works. Mal WaldronOn Steinway (Fuel 2000). This was originally released in 1972. Art FarmerJazz Masters DVD (Shanachie Home Video) Pops Foster with Tom StoddardThe Autobiography of Pops Foster: New Orleans Jazz Man (Backbeat Books). This book was originally released in 1971 and is being re-released as a paperback.
From Blue Note Records / RVG Series: Various ArtistsBlue Note Perfect Takes. Rudy Van Gelder picks his favorite tunes from the RVG reissue series and includes a DVD with an interview with Van Gelder. Art BlakelyA Night in Tunisia. From 1960 and includes two bonus tracks. Hank MobleyHi Voltage. From 1967 and features Jackie McLean and Blue Mitchell. Ike QuebecHeavy Soul. From 1961 and features Milt Hinton and Freddie Roach. Pete La RocaBasra. From 1965 and features Steve Swallow, Joe Henderson and Steve Kuhn. Tina BrooksTrue Blue. This 1960 recording features two bonus tracks and performances by Freddie Hubbard and Duke Jordan. Johnny ColesLittle Johnny C. This 1963 release features Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson.
From Mosaic Select: Dexter GordonMosaic Select. This 3 CD boxset includes the two Pullen / Adams and Don Pullen records. Don PullenMosaic Select. This CD collection was recorded live at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco, CA in 1979.
From CTI / Legacy Stanley TurrentineDon't Mess with Mister T. Features three previously unreleased tracks. Nina SimoneBaltimore Idris MuhammadHouse of the Rising Sun. Features two previously unreleased recordings. Deadato - AirtoIn Concert. Features two previously unreleased recordings. Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine. Features two previously unreleased recordings. Gabor SzaboMacho. Features three previously unreleased tracks. Various ArtistsCTI: The Soul Jazz Legacy. This two CD is culminated from tracks chosen by DJ Peter Young, who is a DJ in London's The Soul Cellar.
From Universal Music: Charlie ParkerLiveology Ella FitzgeraldSings the Jerome Kern Songbook Wes MontgomerySmokin' at the Half Note Cal BennettLive at the Blue Note in Las Vegas
From Water Records: Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud. This reissue is the remastered version of the 1968 Blue Note album. Jack McDuffWho Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring. This remastered reissue is from the 1970 Blue Note release.
Single Releases from Other Labels:
Benny GoodmanBenny's Girls: Benny Goodman's Rare Songbirds (Collector's Choice) Stephane Grappelli & Yehudi MenuhinPlays Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Porter and Rodgers (EMI Classics) Bill Bruford & Michiel BorstlapEvery Step A Dance, Every Word A Song (Summerfold). This two CD is from a 2002 recording.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.