April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished due in part to being participants in the events. As always, there are several jazz releases in each RSD drop, and this is a list of the albums coming out in April 2022.
Pepper Adams with the Tommy Banks Trio Live at Room at the Top
Reel to Real
Real to Reel Records has become a Record Store Day staple with its archival jazz releases. All of the releases so far have been exceptional, and this Pepper Adams
recording will surely be no exception. The previously-unreleased concert recording features baritone saxophonist Adams with the Tommy Banks
Trio, including Banks on piano, Bobby Cairns
on bass, and Tom Doran
on drums. With the exception of Side Four, there's only one song per side, averaging close to twenty minutes each. So there should be plenty of improvisational goodness here.
Roy Ayers Virgo Vibes
Nature Sounds Roy Ayers
is probably best known for his funky, acid jazz recordings. However, in his earlier days, he was a more traditional jazz vibraphonist. Originally released in 1967, Virgo Vibes
features an impressive lineup of musicians such as Joe Henderson
and Harold Land
on tenor saxophone, Charles Tolliver
on trumpet, Reggie Workman
on bass, and Herbie Hancock
, using the pseudonym of Ronnie Clark, on piano.
Albert Ayler Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings
Elemental Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings
is the first official release of these legendary recordings by saxophonist Albert Ayler
. This beautifully-packaged set features five albums, each presented in uniquely-designed album sleeves. Also included is a booklet with photographs, essays, and extensive notes. These concert performances were some of the last recordings Ayler made before his death in 1970. The album is released in collaboration with INA France and should be an important addition to Ayler's catalog.
Chet Baker Live in Paris
This three-album set of Chet Baker
recordings from 1983 and 1984 is available for the first time anywhere. These recordings feature Baker along with bassists Riccardo Del Fra
and Dominique LeMerle
, and pianist Michel Graillier
. The album also includes interviews with musicians who worked with Baker, and an essay by French journalist Franck Bergerot, along with many previously-unreleased photos.
Dave Brubeck Trio Live From Vienna 1967
This recording has a rather infamous backstory. In 1967, The Dave Brubeck
Quartet was touring Europe, and they traveled to Vienna after playing a concert in Hamburg. Everything was going as planned, but Paul Desmond
missed the flight to Vienna. Apparently, Desmond met a friend in Hamburg and spent too much time celebrating, and he never made it to his scheduled destination. As a result, the band went on as a trio. In spite of the setback, they delivered an outstanding performance with Brubeck on piano, Joe Morello
on drums, and Gene Wright
on bass. As the press release claims, "this is a thrilling set! The sound is wonderful and listening to this album will make you feel as if you were sitting in the audience that historic night."
Larry Coryell Fairyland
The past two Record Store Day drops have featured Larry Coryell reissues. For this drop, Culture Factory is reissuing the 1971 album Fairyland
, which was recorded at the Montreux Jazz festival with Coryell on guitar, Bernard Purdie
on drums, and Chuck Rainey
on bass. This is jazz fusion at its best, and this album will be released on pink and white vinyl.
Kenny Garrett Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium
This recording, originally recorded in 2008, sees its first vinyl release with RSD 2022. The MD in the title is a reference to Garretts's former bandleader, Miles Davis. This recording includes Garrett on alto saxophone, Pharoah Sanders
on tenor saxophone, Nat Reeves
on bass, Benito Gonzalez
on piano, and Jamire Williams
on drums. This will be a limited, colored vinyl edition.
Bill Evans Morning Glory
Resonance Records has been another important label for Record Store Day jazz releases, and they have featured Bill Evans
releases frequently. This year, however, Resonance is doing something a little different by releasing two Bill Evans recordings simultaneously. So far, each of the previous Evans Resonance recordings has been outstanding, and these surely won't be an exception. Inner Spirit
is a 1979 recording of a concert in Bueno Aires, featuring Evans on piano along with Marc Johnson
on bass and Joe La Barbera
on drums. Morning Glory
is another concert recording from Buenos Aires in 1973, featuring Evans along with Eddie Gomez
on bass, and Marty Morell
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Live in Loveland!
Since 2018, The Delvon Lamarr
Trio has been producing some excellent organ trio jazz albums. Their music is inspired by artists like Jimmy Smith
, Big John Patton
, and Baby Face Willette
, but they definitely have their own unique sound. The album features Lamarr on Organ, Jimmy James
on guitar, and David McGraw
on drums Live in Loveland!
was recorded at a Record Store Day event in 2018 and is now being released for RSD 2022 on pink vinyl.
Christian McBride Conversations With Christian
Mack Avenue Conversations With Christian
was originally released on CD and digital formats in 2011, but this is its first-time vinyl release. This recording features bassist Christian McBride
performing duets with and impressive lineup of talent, including Angelique Kidjo
, Regina Carter
, Eddie Palmieri
, Roy Hargrove
, Billy Taylor
, Dee Dee Bridgewater
, Hank Jones
, George Duke
, Chick Corea
, Russell Malone
, Ron Blake
, and Gina Gershon. The album is a limited edition, colored vinyl, numbered edition.
Charles Mingus The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's
Resonance The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's
is a never-before-released live recording of legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus
performing live at Ronnie Scott
's famous jazz club in London in 1972. The recording features alto saxophonist Charles McPherson
, tenor saxophonist Bobby Jones
, trumpeter Jon Faddis
, pianist John Foster
, and drummer Roy Brooks
. The three-album set Includes an extensive insert with rare photos and interviews, along with an essay by British jazz author Brian Priestley who saw the band perform at the time.
Art Pepper Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
This classic 1957 recording, originally released on Contemporary Records, sees a newly-remastered mono version taken from original analog tapes. The album features Art Pepper
on alto saxophone playing with Miles Davis
' rhythm section at the time, which included pianist Red Garland
, bassist Paul Chambers
, and drummer Philly Joe Jones
. AllMusic called this album "a diamond of recorded jazz history." Early mono recordings of this album are highly desirable, which is not surprising. The recording was originally produced in mono and the sound quality is considered much better than the "stereo" versions, which were essentially remixes of the mono recording. Overall, the stereo mix is generally considered disappointing. As the London Jazz Collector site mentions, "Pepper is exclusively on the far leftin one channel only, and the right channel contains all the other instruments." This mono reissue should make this version worth snagging.
Max Roach We Insist!
This classic album, originally released in 1960, by legendary drummer Max Roach
is considered to be an avant-garde masterpiece. The music here addresses the racial and political climate in America at the time. This groundbreaking jazz album also proved to be an important statement of the Civil Rights movement. After this, Roach dedicated himself to making socially-relevant music. As he explained in an interview with DownBeat Magazine, "We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we're master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we've been through."
Various Artists Jazz Dispensary: Super Skunk
Jazz Dispensary specializes in reissuing hard-to-find soul-jazz recordings from the sixties and seventies. Jazz Dispensary: Super Skunk
features recordings by Cannonball Adderley
, Gary Bartz
, Houston Person
, Woody Herman
, and more. This compilation will be released on opaque red vinyl.