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Dave Brubeck: Lullabies

Read "Lullabies" reviewed by Doug Hall


Unlike other unearthed discoveries from seminal jazz musicians, pianist Dave Brubeck's Lullabies(Verve, 2020) is not an extension of studio material from his quartet years with alto saxophone master Paul Desmond or a bootlegged recording caught in a nightclub setting. In contrast, archival recordings uncovered since 2018 by other seminal artists such as John Coltrane on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album( Verve, 2018), Stan Getz on Getz at the Gate: The Stan Getz Quartet Live at the Village Gate, ...

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Dave Brubeck: Lullabies

Read "Lullabies" reviewed by Chris May


Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck's centenary falls in December 2020 and two albums are being released to coincide. One is the outstanding Time OutTakes (Brubeck Editions), consisting of out-takes from the sessions which produced Time Out (Columbia, 1959). The album includes vibrant alternative readings of “Blue Rondo A La Turk," “Kathy's Waltz" and “Time Out" itself among previously unheard versions of the first five tracks from the 1959 album. Unlike so many previously unheard (for good reason) collections of out-takes, ...

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Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


Often nicknamed “Little Bird," Jimmy Heath began on the alto saxophone acquiring this informal title by dedicating his studies to Charlie Parker and his wee stature. Although not a familiar name to many outside of the devoted jazz community, Heath would go on to pursue a remarkable 76-year career sadly passing away in January, 2020. A fabled musician to many tenor players, Heath presents us with his final testament, a collection of formative ballads. Enhancing the already prolific ...

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Jimmy Heath: Love Letter

Read "Love Letter" reviewed by Chris May


Love Letter is the final album to be made by saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who passed in January 2020 aged 93. It was completeted just a month earlier. The title is well chosen: the album is a love letter to jazz, a love letter to ballads, and a love letter to Heath's surviving family members, friends and audience. Soulful and luminous, it is everything one could hope for in the last will and testament of a jazz master. ...

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Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings

Read "Fodder On My Wings" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Nina Simone found success from the beginning of her recording career in 1959. With the release of Nina Simone at Town Hall (Colpix), her third album that year, she became a fixture on the downtown New York club scene. Her life and career took a different turn not long afterward. Simone's activism in the Civil Rights Movement deepened in the 1960s as a reaction to the assassination of Medgar Evers and the fatal bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church ...

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Jon Batiste: Anatomy of Angels

Read "Anatomy of Angels" reviewed by Chris May


As the bandleader and musical director on CBS TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, pianist Jon Batiste will be known to many AAJ readers in the US. Here on the other side of the pond his name rings fewer bells. So before discussing Batiste's piano trio + octet album Anatomy of Angels, some background for European readers. Batiste comes from a distinguished line of jny: New Orleans musicians which includes the late Harold Battiste, whose accomplishments ...

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John Scofield: Combo 66

Read "Combo 66" reviewed by Doug Collette


The dignified portraits of John Scofield on the front and back covers of Combo 66 are at once in keeping with the reference to his age in the album's name and at odds with the youthful vigor he and his bandmates exhibit in playing the music inside this subtly eye-catching package of all new material. No wonder there's no formal credit for production in the liner details. As on “Can't Dance," the musicianship no doubt flowed effortlessly and ...


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