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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.
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.