While the volume is low for the month of May in the reissue department, there are some high quality sets on the docket. Check it out!
Attention record labels! Please email me your reissue schedules so I can include them in future lists.
May’s Highlight Reissue:
Various Artists The Contemporary Story (Contemporary). A 4 CD boxset profiling this jazz label from it’s beginning in 1951.
Miles Davis/John Coltrane Complete Columbia Studio Recordings 1955-1961 (Sony). This six CD collection includes the entire recordings of 'Round About Midnight, Milestones, and Kind of Blue, plus selections from Someday My Prince Will Come, the live album Miles & Coltrane 57, and 18 unreleased tracks, all of which are alternate takes.
Wild Bill Davison with the Eddie Condon All StarsLive! Miami Beach 1955 (Storyville). This is the first release of this 70-minute concert featuring Pee Wee Russell.
Raymond Scott & Secret 7Unexpected (Basta).
Frank SinatraSinatra Sings His Greatest Hits/Swing and Dance/Sings Oscar and Hammerstein (Sony). This collection includes the above recordings (three total) for a nice budget price.
Nat King ColeEncore (Koch). This 50 minute DVD includes 18 performances by Cole.
From Concord Jazz:
Mel TormeInstant Party. This new compilation series features fun and festive party music
Mongo SantamariaInstant Party
Tito PuenteInstant Party
Various ArtistsLive at Montreux: Voices of Concord Jazz (Concord). This DVD collection and companion audio CD compiles live performance recording from artists such as Nnenna Freelon, Peter Cincotti, Diane Schuur, Curtis Stigers, Monica Mancini and Karrin Allyson
Hugh MasekelaStill Grazing
Keiko MatsuiThe Very Best of Keiko Matsui
Arturo SandovalThe Very Best of Arturo Sandoval
Woody HermanThe Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra and His Woodchoppers (Mosaic). This 7 CD collection covers 1945-1947 and includes both alternate takes and unreleased material.
Les PaulIsle of Golden Dreams: The Decca and Capitol Years (Universe). This release contains four CDs.
Teddy WilsonOne O’Clock Jump (Universe).
The Red HeadsComplete Recordings (Jazz Oracle). This collection contains three CDs of 74 tracks of Red Nichols various groups featuring JC Flippen and Cliff Edwards.
George Shearing QuintetLive at Birdland (Baldwin Street). This live recording is from 1952.
Haazz and CompanyPleasure (Atavistic). This reissue is from 1969 and features Kees Hazevoet, Kris Wanders, Louis Moholo and Arjen Gorter.
Mario SchianoOn the Waiting List (Atavistic). This recording is from 1973.
Big Mama Thornton1950-53
Mary Lou Williams1951-52
Willie “The Lion” Smith1950
Various ArtistsThe House of Urban (Concord / Peak). This jazz / hip-hop project was put together by the same producer who did the ‘Unwrapped’ series.
Other May Releases (dates TBA):
Dave BrubeckPrivate Brubeck Reporting for Duty, Sir! (Telarc). This collection contains Brubeck’s solo piano recordings of various GI themed songs while he served in World War 2 – packaging includes photos from the Brubeck archives.
Woody Herman and the Second HerdThe Road Band 1948 (Hep).
Duke EllingtonThe Treasury Shows, volume 9 (Storyville). This two CD collection features over 140 minutes of three 1945 radio broadcasts.
Grover MitchellBig Band (Storyville). This reissue features recordings from 1978 and 1980.
Coming in June:
John Fahey, Rashaan Roland Kirk, Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby, Illinois Jacquet, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakely, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Reuben Wilson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Condon, Max Roach, Tal Farlow 7 CD box, Gene Krupa, and Roy Brown, amongst others.
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.