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 A Great Day in Harlem. (Image Entertainment). This 2 DVD set is Jean Bach's 1994 documentary plus over 5 hours of bonus material on Art Kane's 1958 photograph for Esquire magazine that brought together 57 jazz musicians
From Intak Records:
Barry Guy & the London Jazz Composers Orchestra Study II/Stringer. Recorded in February of 1981 and originally released as Irene Schweizer, Trevor Watts & many others.
Irene Schweizer Portrait. This package celebrates 20 years of recording by this pianist and contains an 88 page booklet.
10 January 2006
From Various Labels:
Nina Simone Definitive Collection (Hip-O Records)
Albert Ayler The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings. (ESP-Disk). This package contains 4 CDs.
Martin Taylor Sketches (A Tribute to Art Tatum) (P3 Music)
From Hep Jazz Records:
Buddy DeFranco and his Orchestra 1949-'52 Studio Performances. This collection of 25 tracks contains performances by Bunny Berigan, Bud Freeman, Wingy Manone and Benny Goodman.
The Paul Whiteman Swing Wing & The Modernaires Hooray for Spinach!. Featured on this disc are Jack Teagarden, Miff Mole, Paul Whiteman and The Modernaires.
Various Artists New York Jazz Combos 1935/37. This collection of 25 tracks contains performances by Bunny Berigan, Bud Freeman, Wingy Manone and Benny Goodman.
Movie Reissues from 20th Century Fox:
Stormy Weather. This movie stars Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Eddie Anderson, Cab Calloway, Johnny Lee, Bill Robinson, Ernest Whitman and Dooley Wilson plus bonus material.
Cabin in the Sky . This movie features Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
17 January 2006
From RCA / Legacy:
Nina Simone Silk and Soul
Nina Simone Sings The Blues
Nina Simone Forever Young, Gifted and Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit . This new collection compiles recordings from her years at RCA, 1966-1974.
From Shout! Factory:
Johnny "Guitar" Watson What The Hell Is This?. From 1979; includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Love Jones . From 1980; includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Johnny "Guitar Watson and the Family Clone (Shout! Factory). From 1981; includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks
From Fruit Tree Records:
Ornette Coleman Rock The Clock. This Berlin radio broadcast is from 1971 and features Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, and Ed Blackwell.
Eric Dolphy Quintet with Herbie Hancock Left Alone This album was recorded in 1962 at the Gaslight in New York City with Eric Dolphy and Herbie Hancock.
DVDs From Image Entertainment:
Chick Corea & Gary Burton Duet (from Rendezvous in New York box set)
Chick Corea Remembering Bud Powell (from Rendezvous in New York box set)
Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band In St. Lucia
From Wounded Bird:
Paul Butterfield North South
Paul Butterfield Put It In Your Ear
Benny Carter & His Orchestra 1950
Meade Lux Lewis 1946-54
Louis Armstrong 1954
Bobby Hackett 1948-54
Ella Fitzgerald 1953-54
Tommy Ridgley 1949-55
Johnny Otis 1951
Johnny Sparrow 1949-55
From Sounds of Yesteryear:
Charlie Barnet & Woody Herman Orchestras with Stan Kenton Battle Royal Compiled from a 1949 "battle of the bands" with Maynard Ferguson, Eddie Safranski, Al Porcino, Shorty Rogers, Earl Swope, Bill Harris, Gene Ammons, Jimmy Giuffre, Oscar Pettiford, Terry Gibbs, Serge Chaloff, Bart Varsalona, Shelley Manne and June Christy
Tex Beneke & His Orchestra Memories From 1947 & 1949.
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra Jiving the Blues From a 1954 Graz, Austria, concert.
Gene Krupa & His Big Band Starburst From 1947.
From Various Labels:
Eddie Harris Come On Down!/The Reason Why I'm Talking St(Collectables). This two-fer of releases are from 1970 & 1976.
Adrian Rollini Adrian Rollini .- (Jazz Oracle 8050) The recordings on this disc were made in February 1933 and May 1934 with Al Duffy, Tommy Felline, Stan King, Charlie Butterfield, Ben Selvin, Arthur Schutt, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Carl Kress and Pee Wee Russell.
Paulo Bellinati Paulo Bellinati Plays Antonio Carlos Jobim. (Mel Bay / Guitar Sessions). This DVD was recorded Oct. 7, 1962 at the Gaslight in New York City.
Rypdal/Vitous/Gurtu Trio Live in Stuttgart.(TDK DVD)
Yma Sumac Queen Of Exotica (Universe). This two-fer contains four albums (Exotica: Voice Of Xtabay, Inca Taqui (Chants Of The Incans), Legend Of The Sun Virgin and Mambo.
Don Ellis The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground (Wounded Bird Records). Originally released in 1969.
From Mosaic Select:
Sidney Bechet Mosaic Select These 3 CDs will include his first recordings with the Clarence Williams Blue Five; the Bechet-led studio sessions from the 30s on Vocalion and the Noble Sissle sides for Variety; the Bechet Quartet Columbia dates from the late 40s; and a session with Bob Wilber, who will be writing the liner notes; includes 14 previously unissued takes.
Gerry Mulligan Mosaic Select. These 3 CDs from 4 albums are from 1957 sessions recorded for Pacific Jazz in NYC: The Gerry Mulligan Songbook, Reunion, Annie Ross Sings A Song Of Mulligan and Stringtime.
From Verve Records:
Herb Ellis Ellis in Wonderland. From 1956 and features Harry "Sweets" Edison, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis and Ray Brown.
Eddie Fisher Eddie Fisher and The Next One Hundred Years. A 1970 Cadet release; recorded in St. Louis
Howard Roberts Good Pickin's
Jimmy Raney Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer From 1956.
From Eagle Vision Entertainment:
Count Basie Big Band Live in Montreux '77
Ella Fitzgerald with the Tommy Flanagan Trio Jazz in Montreux '77
From Koch Entertainment:
Bob James BJ4 From 1974 and features performances by Art Farmer, Eddie Daniels and Steve Gadd (drums).
Bob James & Earl Klugh One On One From 1979 and featuring Ron Carter, Gary King, Neil Jason, Eric Gale and Harvey Mason.
From Proper Box:
Thelonious Monk Monk's Moods This package contains 4 CDs.
Chick Webb & his Orchestra Stomping at the Savoy This package contains 4 CDs.
From Table of Elements:
Loren Connors Sails . Features John Fahey.
Tony Conrad Fantastic Glissando. From 1969.