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7 Pieces

Label: Essential Jazz Classics
Released: 2011
Track listing: Happy Man; Princess; Song of the Wind; Lovely Willow; The Little Melody; The Story; Time Machine; Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West; Four Brothers; Princess; Careful.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jimmy Giuffre 3: 7 Pieces

Read "7 Pieces" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Fame can be fickle, meaning that someone like Jimmy Giuffre can fade into relative obscurity, remembered and appreciated by fellow musicians and a few hardcore jazz fans, while never having reached into the broader public consciousness in any measurable way. As a multi-reed artist, Giuffre was certainly one of the most original and creative ...

The 1956 Trio

Label: Essential Jazz Classics
Released: 2010
Track listing: A Foggy Day; My Romance; What is This Thing Called Love?; Makin' Whoopee; September in the Rain; Little Girl Blue; Blue Red; Constellation; Willow, Weep for Me; If I Were a Bell; I Know Why; What Can I Say?; Ahmad's Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Red Garland: The 1956 Trio

Read "The 1956 Trio" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

By the time pianist Red Garland recorded the amalgam of tracks on this essential disc, he'd been playing with the Miles Davis Quintet for about a year. Although he had performed alongside big names before, including Charlie Parker and Lester Young), The Quintet (as it would come to be known) was truly an all-star lineup: Garland, ...

Complete Studio Recordings

Label: Essential Jazz Classics
Released: 2009
Track listing: Gertrude's Bounce; Step Lightly (Junior's Arrival); Powell's Prances; I'll Remember April; Times; The Scene Is Clean; Flossie Lou; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing; I Feel a Song Coming On; Pent-Up House; Valse Hot; Kiss and Run; Count Your Blessings.

Saxophone Colossus

Label: Essential Jazz Classics
Released: 2009
Track listing: Saint Thomas; You Don't Know What Love Is; Strode Rode; Moritat; Blue; There's No Business Like Show Business; Paradox; Raincheck; There Are Such Things; It's All Right with Me.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

Read "Saxophone Colossus" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Bass drum. High hat. A primal, hollow beat in triple succession. The sequence repeats, increasingly accentuated with quick rim shot bursts and precision hits to the tom. Then, stage set, the sax leaps in. A bright Caribbean calypso melody, its refrain only twelve notes long. Its vibrancy and simplicity give it an instantaneous appeal--fitting, given the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Clifford Brown / Sonny Rollins / Max Roach Quintet: Complete Studio Recordings

Read "Complete Studio Recordings" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Even now, fifty-three years after Clifford Brown's untimely death (a multiple tragedy that also took the lives of pianist Richie Powell and his wife), his recordings are still being mined for fresh--or rather, refreshed-- releases. Although it's not entirely clear why this particular lineup merits this particular release at this particular time, any Brownie is good ...


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