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Various: Head Jazz

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Slap on your big ol' '70s headphones and get ready for a ride. Cozying up with Eddie Harris's “Silver Cycles," Head Jazz takes your ears (and whatever may be between them) on a hairpinned tour of contemporary jazz. A combination of a Magritte painting and Fellini film, Head Jazz leads listeners down path after crooked path ...

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Stan Getz: My Foolish Heart

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Opening with a snappy “Invitation," this newly-found home recording shows off what producer Joel Dorn calls “prime Getz." Rodgers and Hart’s “Spring is Here" wafts and splashes through a fragrant rain chilled by Jack DeJohnette’s shivery brush work, but DeJohnette sharpens the tempo for Chick Corea’s “Litha," sparking Stan and Richie Beirach to burning life.

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Sonny Stitt: Just the Way It Was: Live at the Left Bank

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To inaugurate his latest musical milestone--the starting of Label M--one of jazz’s most underrated production legends, Joel Dorn, has taken a set by his musical counterpart, the electrifying saxophonist Sonny Stitt, from the vaults of the Left Bank Jazz Society and put it back on vinyl (er- plastic). In doing so, he helps sustain the Society’s ...

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Eugene McDaniels: Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse

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This is soul. Not Al Green soul. Not Isaac Hayes soul (but perhaps a bit closer to that). This is the soul of the black man. It is the soul of a student of history who is sick and tired of force-feeding and ready to spit back. This is the soul of a man tired of ...

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James Blood Ulmer: Memphis Blood

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Memphis Blood could very possibly be as historic a recording as Howlin' Wolf's Evil .

Everything about this release is Romantic. The music ranges from some of the earliest recorded blues for the 1920s to novelty tunes from the '50s and '60s. The recording venue is perhaps the most famous ever, the home of seminal recordings ...

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Gary Burton and Stephane Grappelli: Paris Encounter

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The old guard meets the new. Here is the phenomenon Gary Burton, before he became an institution.

In 1969, Gary Burton was blazing jazz trails that could not exactly be described as traditional. He teams up with Le Hot Club of France Stephane Grappelli, conservative stalwart in the European tradition, for a little stroll around the ...

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Sonny Stitt: Just the Way It Was: "Live" at the Left Bank

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To inaugurate his latest musical milestone, the starting of Label M, one of Jazz’s most underrated production legends, Joel Dorn, has taken a set of his musical counterpart, the electrifying saxophonist Sonny Stitt, from the vaults of the Left Bank Jazz Society and puts it back on vinyl (er... plastic) to sustain the Society’s mission of ...

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Laurindo Almeida: Collaboration

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In the CD jacket notes, Label M founder Joel Dorn informally, as is his wont, tells the buyers of Collaboration that it is one of his two favorite Modern Jazz Quartet recordings. The other is European Concert.

Now, both albums have been re-released, and Dorn's perseverance and dedication to the highest level of jazz ...

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Illinois Jacquet and His Big Band: Jacquet's Got It

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Illinois Jacquet has a rocking good time.

Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet is one of the last of the big tenors. LabelM's re-release of Jacquet's big band Atlantic Recording Jacquet's Got It is more than welcome. The majority of big band music being made today is experimental and progressive. While the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Pierre Dorge ...

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Paul Desmond: Lemme Tell Ya 'Bout Desmond: the Music of Paul Desmond

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An alto saxophone tone as dry and bright as a martini with the sun shining through it.

I have been listening to this disc over and over and over. My knowledge of Desmond is admitted limited. Sure he penned “Take Five" and was a mainstay with Brubeck in the '50s and '60s. And sure he has ...