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Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

Read "The In Sound & Soft Samba" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the same. McFarland, thankfully, managed to walk more on the jazz side, recording a series of albums for Verve and Impulse before his untimely death ...

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The New Don Rendell Quintet: Roarin'

Read "Roarin'" reviewed by Chris May

A fascinating snapshot of the British jazz and rhythm & blues interzone of the early '60s, Roarin' --unavailable for decades and here released on CD for the first time--is well titled. It's a raucous, sweaty, at times honking and screaming ruckus of hard bop, laced with jump jive and blues roots--and it's as enjoyable today as it must have been forty something years ago.

Recorded in '61, the album catches Don Rendell, aged 35, returning to the scene ...