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March is insaneit 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.
From Blue Note Records: RVG Series: Art BlakeyLike Someone in Love. From 1960, this reissue contains a bonus alternate take and features Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons. Herbie HancockSpeak Like a Child. This 1968 release includes three bonus tracks and performances by Thad Jones and Ron Carter. Wayne ShorterNight Dreamer. Originally released in 1964, this set features Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones plus one alternate take Sonny ClarkDial S for Sonny. Released in 1957, this reissue contains one bonus track and performances by Art Farmer, Hank Mobley, and Curtis Fuller. Grant GreenNight Dreamer. Herbie Hancock and Butch Warren are featured on this 1962 album with one bonus track. Horace SilverAnd The Jazz Messengers. This 1955 album features Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham and Art Blakey.
From Lonehill Jazz: J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding QuintetComplete Fifties Studio Recordings. This two CD set features the four albums "Trombone for Two,"? "Nuf Said,"? "Jay and Kai Quintet"? and "Jay and Kai."? Booker Little featuring George ColemanComplete Recordings. Features these two albums: "Booker Little 4 and Max Roach"? from 1958 and "Booker Little and Friend"? from 1961. Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes MontgomeryComplete Live at the Half Note. This is a double CD. Oscar PettifordComplete 1959 & 1963 United Artists Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. This two for one release features Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Benny Golson and Kenny Dorham. Tony Scott & The Three DicksComplete Milt Hinton & Ossie Johnson Quartet. George RussellComplete Bluebird Recordings. Bill PottsPorgy & Bess and Bye Bye Birdie. Sal Salvador & Eddie Costa Quartet .
From Other Labels: Dexter GordanJazz at Magleas High School (Storyville). Recorded live as a jazz clinic at a Swedish high school in 1967. Solomon BurkeMake Do with What You Got (Shout! Factory). This is a recording from a golden oldieI just had to mention it.
From Living Era: McKinney's Cotton PickersZonky. This all star ensemble features Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Fats Waller and Benny Carter Josh WhiteWanderings. Sidney Bechet makes an appearance on one track. Johnny DesmondAll Those Wonderful Years.
From Just Jazz / Black Label: Ella FitzgeraldLive: Lady Be Good. Sarah VaughanIncomparable. Billie HolidayThe Original Authentic Recordings.
From Proper Box Jack TeagardenBig T. This collection contains four CDs. Lonnie JohnsonThe Original Guitar Wizard. This collection culminates recordings from 1928-52. VariousJazz at the Philharmonic. This 4 CD collection features live performances from Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter and Buddy Rich.
From Hip Bop: Essence All StarsJackie's Blues Bag: A Tribute to Jackie McLean. This 1996 release features Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Idris Muhammad. Essence of FunkEssence of Funk. This 1995 album features Billy Childs and Ron Carter. Primal BluePrimal Blue.
From Shanachie Entertainment: Johnny Cash & Roscoe HolcombeRainbow Quest. DVD Braden King, Bettina Richards and Alberta HunterJazz Masters. DVD Washington PhillipsThe Key to the Kingdom. This CD is from their Yazoo affiliate.
From Passport Records: Freddie HubbardLive. From 1981 with the Billy Childs Trio. Duke EllingtonWest Coast Swing. From 1952 with Clark Terry and Lou Bellson. John ColtraneQuintet with Eric Dolphy. Dizzy GillespieGroovin' with Diz & Co. This recording features Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. Blue MitchellLive. Ella FitzgeraldLive Lady Be Good. Ahmad JamalLive. Irene KralLive.
From Storyville: Paul WhitemanAnd the Experiments in Modern American Music. Art TatumLive, vol. 8: 1955-56. Rolf BillbergRare Danish Recordings (1956-66).
From Other Labels: John Zorn's Naked CityThe Complete Studio Recordings (Tzadik). This is a complete remastered 7 CD boxset with a 100 page book. Sidney BechetVive La France (EPM). This is a four CD collection. Billie HolidayThe Billie Holiday Story (USD). This is a four CD collection. Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom & His Octo-Pussycats (Arbors). Toots ThielemansDo Not Leave Me (Milan). From 1986. Stan GetzTempus Fugit (Recall).
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.