Worlds Around The Sun (Reissue) by Bayete (Todd Cochran)
Bayete (Todd Cochran)
Worlds Around The Sun (Reissue)
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Worlds Around The Sun (Reissue) by Bayete (Todd Cochran)

BAYETE (TODD COCHRAN)
Worlds Around The Sun (Reissue)
Released 03/11/14  Artist Site

Worlds Around The Sun was recorded by Todd Cochran (as Bayeté). Not only did the young protégé write all of the album's material, he also produced and played keyboards on it, along with other jazz greats - including a young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.

Over 40 years later, the album has become a holy grail of collectors, with copies fetching unbelievable prices. When copies can be found, that is...Cochran's playing would later appear on releases from artists as diverse as Automatic Man, Stanley Clarke and Peter Gabriel - the journey begins with Worlds Around The Sun.

The Invasion Parade by Alfredo Rodriguez
Alfredo Rodriguez
The Invasion Parade
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The Invasion Parade by Alfredo Rodriguez

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ
The Invasion Parade
Released 03/04/14  Artist Site

Co-Produced by Quincy Jones, Rodríguez' champion and mentor, and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martínez, and drummer and percussionist Henry Cole, The Invasion Parade comprises nine tracks including originals by Rodríguez as well as evergreens such as 'Guantanamera,' Maria Teresa Vera's 'Veinte Años,' and 'Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.'
Heroes + Misfits by Kris Bowers
Kris Bowers
Heroes + Misfits
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Heroes + Misfits by Kris Bowers

KRIS BOWERS
Heroes + Misfits
Released 03/04/14  Artist Site

24-year old pianist Kris Bowers and his music defy categorization. In the last several years, he has performed alongside a diverse array of musicians, from José James to Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis to Marcus Miller to Jay-Z to Kanye.

After winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk award at the end of 2011, he set out to create Heroes + Misfits, an ambitious debut album that positions him at the forefront of a talented sextet and showcases a musical and compositional style that - while clearly rooted in the jazz tradition - is also reflective of an eclectic musical age. The album features guest performances from Julia Easterlin, José James & Chris Turner.

Another Long Night Out by Brian Culbertson
Brian Culbertson
Another Long Night Out
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Another Long Night Out by Brian Culbertson

BRIAN CULBERTSON
Another Long Night Out
Released 02/25/14  Artist Site

Brian Culbertson was a 20-year-old student at DePaul University recording demos in his bedroom 'studio'. Those demos not only landed the then trombone player in DePaul's jazz ensemble a record deal, but they were released a year later - February 1994 - as part of his debut album, Long Night Out. Twenty years later, he's an award-winning hit recording artist, songwriter, and producer who is revisiting that first collection of songs in a brand-new album as Another Long Night Out, and this time he'll be accompanied by many of the contemporary jazz artists who influenced him when making the original.
Golden Age by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
Max Raabe &
Palast Orchester

Golden Age
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Golden Age by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER
Golden Age
Released 02/25/14  Artist Site

As the title suggests, Golden Age is a collection of classics from the Great American Songbook. Drawing from the era between World War I and II, with titles like 'These Foolish Things,' 'Singin' In the Rain,' 'Dream a Little Dream' and 'Cheek to Cheek,' Raabe mesmerizes a new generation with timeless tunes by Cole Porter, Noel Coward and others and celebrates an era when Josephine Baker danced dressed only a banana skirt, dance halls were thriving, every restaurant had an orchestra and the Charleston became the sensation.
Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
Beautiful Life
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Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves

DIANNE REEVES
Beautiful Life
Released 02/11/14  Artist Site

Four-time Grammy winner, and one of the preeminent female jazz vocalists in the world, Dianne Reeves, presents her Concord Records debut, Beautiful Life. The album showcases Reeves' sublime gifts by melding elements of R&B, Latin and pop within the framework of 21st Century jazz.

Beautiful Life comprises a journey of 12 songs which includes singularly memorable covers of Bob Marley's 'Waiting in Vain,' Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams,' Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You' and Ani DiFranco's self-empowering '32 Flavors.' Included in the rest of the tracks, which cover the spectrum from jazz to soul, are two new songs 'Cold' and 'Satiated' which are emotionally volcanic.

Panama 500 by Danilo P*eacute*rez
Danilo Pérez
Panama 500
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Panama 500 by Danilo P*eacute*rez

DANILO PÉREZ
Panama 500
Released 02/04/14  Artist Site

Panama 500 is Pérez's most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls 'three-dimensional music.' His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country's history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa's arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.
Solo Monk (180g Vinyl) by Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Solo Monk
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Solo Monk (180g Vinyl) by Thelonious Monk

THELONIOUS MONK
Solo Monk (180g Vinyl)
Released 01/28/14  Artist Site

Thelonious Monk's 1946 solo affair ranks among the pioneering pianist's most introspective, cerebral, and emotional outings. His trademark angularity informs a majority of the pieces, yet so does grand classicism and melodic rapture.

Monk's readings of the originals and standards practically stand the tunes on their collective ears. Solo Monk is simply amazing. And now, mastered from the original master tapes, this 180gram LP brings all the music closer, and into more transparent form, than ever before.

My Favorite Things (180g 2LP Vinyl) by John Coltrane
John Coltrane
My Favorite Things
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My Favorite Things (180g 2LP Vinyl) by John Coltrane

JOHN COLTRANE
My Favorite Things (180g 2LP Vinyl)
Released 01/21/14  Artist Site

Instantly recognized and forever celebrated, My Favorite Things is a landmark recording in every possible sense. The 1960 album is the first that introduced John Coltrane's legendary quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Steve Davis, and drummer Elvin Jones. It is also the first on which he played soprano saxophone.

It absolutely reimagined how a popular song could be interpreted and spun into a completely new, absorbingly beautiful piece of art. Mastered from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman, this 180g 45RPM 2LP set shines new light onto this seminal music marvel.

Weather Report (2LP 180g Vinyl) by Weather Report
Weather Report
Weather Report
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Weather Report (2LP 180g Vinyl) by Weather Report

WEATHER REPORT
Weather Report (2LP 180g Vinyl)
Released 01/07/14  Artist Site

Here we have the free-floating, abstract beginnings of Weather Report, which would define the state of the electronic jazz/rock art from its first note almost to its last. Their first album is a direct extension of the Miles Davis In a Silent Way/Bitches Brew period, more fluid in sound and more volatile in interplay. AllMusic calls it one of the most impressive debuts of all time by a jazz group.

Mastered from original tapes at 45rpm, and pressed on two 180 gram audiophile-grade vinyl; Weather Report is getting new life with this incredible pressing.

Plenty, Plenty Soul (180g Vinyl) by Milt Jackson
Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul
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Plenty, Plenty Soul (180g Vinyl) by Milt Jackson

MILT JACKSON
Plenty, Plenty Soul (180g Vinyl)
Released 12/03/13  Artist Site

This superior reissue combines together two sessions led by vibraphonist Milt Jackson. The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson.

With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later.

Mastered from original analog tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this is THE essential pressing of this classic LP.

Concierto (180g Vinyl) by Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Concierto
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Concierto (180g Vinyl) by Jim Hall

JIM HALL
Concierto (180g Vinyl)
Released 11/19/13  Artist Site

Concierto has remained in esteemed company ever since its original release in 1975. Issued by Creed Taylor's CTI imprint, it's among the most accomplished titles in the label's history.

This reissue, mastered from original tapes and pressed on 180gram vinyl, takes the prized record even further. Concierto features legendary players Chet Baker and Paul Desmond, supporting Jim Hall.

Soul Brothers (180g Vinyl) by Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Ray Charles &
Milt Jackson

Soul Brothers (180g LP)
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Soul Brothers (180g Vinyl) by Ray Charles & Milt Jackson

RAY CHARLES & MILT JACKSON
Soul Brothers (180g Vinyl)
Released 11/19/13  Artist Site

The rare opportunity to hear Milt Jackson step out from behind his familiar vibraphones to play piano, and partner Ray Charles, in addition to manning the 88s, blows on the alto saxophone for two numbers, shouldn't be missed. Particularly on this LP, which portrays the 1957 collaboration within a huge, naturally vibrant soundstage.

Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this edition lays bare the relaxed, bluesy, often-boppish jazz on display from these two giants. With stellar support, the two headliners treat this affair as a backroom woodshedding session.

Colors Of A Dream by Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
Colors Of A Dream
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Colors Of A Dream by Tom Harrell

TOM HARRELL
Colors Of A Dream
Released 10/22/13  Artist Site

After a full career which has spanned decades without a lull Tom Harrell is as busy as ever. Here he introduces a new, project which supplements his working quintet with two new additions - saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding.

Esperanza can be heard lending her voice to a number of Tom's impressive compositions, sometimes using it in a such way that it takes on the role of an instrument and also delivering a wonderfully unique version of his popular 'Sail Away' in Portuguese ('Velejar'). Colors Of A Dream is perhaps Harrell's most imaginative recording to date.

Alone by Bob James
Bob James
Alone
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Alone by Bob James

BOB JAMES
Alone
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

'Having had the good fortune over the years to make jazz recordings with many great collaborators, I felt a responsibility to express my innermost musical thoughts directly through the piano; with no production, rhythm section or electronics, just the piano. Making this music I felt a variety of emotions: power, freedom, fun, control, relaxed, nervous, lonely. Most of all I felt a burning desire to express myself in a direct way through the majestic instrument that I sat in front of my whole life. Sharing with you the sounds that inspire me when I'm Alone...at the piano.' - Bob James
Don't Be That Way by Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett
Don't Be That Way
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Don't Be That Way by Dave Bennett

DAVE BENNETT
Don't Be That Way
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

In the early days of jazz, the clarinet joined with trumpet and trombone to create the music's signature sound and it ruled the roost in the swing era, when jazz was America's popular music and dance-party soundtrack. If anyone can return the clarinet to its heyday, it's Dave Bennett.

On his Mack Avenue debut, Don't Be That Way, he shows that his skills make him perfectly suited for the job. He stays within the mainstream repertoire and even covers several of the most famous hit records of the 1930s.

In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2 by Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
In The Beginning
Volumes 1 & 2
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In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2 by Dr. Lonnie Smith

DR. LONNIE SMITH
In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

On In The Beginning, the second release on Pilgrimage Recording, his imprint label which he founded in 2012, Dr. Lonnie Smith revisits, recontextualizes, and reimagines a dozen songs culled from his first decade as a recording artist. The end product is a document as distinctive and accomplished as any within Smith's iconic canon.

Co-produced by Ian Hendrickson-Smith (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, Reverend Al Green), his arrangements are performed by a first call New York octet which capture the intense, creative spirit that animated the latter 60's milieu generating Smith's recordings like 'Finger Lickin' Good,' 'Think,' 'Turning Point' and 'Move Your Hand.'

Storm Warning by Hilary James
Hilary James
Storm Warning
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Storm Warning by Hilary James

HILARY JAMES
Storm Warning
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

With a voice that Billboard called, 'pure pop bliss,' Hilary James brings a highly personal and soulful collection of original songs to her first solo album, Storm Warning.

Originally recorded under the guidance of legendary producer Phil Ramone, this is the long awaited follow up to Flesh and Blood, her critically acclaimed father-daughter collaboration with Grammy award winning jazz pianist Bob James.

Come Today by Sadao Watanabe
Sadao Watanabe
Come Today
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Come Today by Sadao Watanabe

SADAO WATANABE
Come Today
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

The iconic, 80-year old Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe is joined by a trio of rising stars from New York for Come Today.
Outra Vez by Sadao Watanabe
Sadao Watanabe
Outra Vez
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Outra Vez by Sadao Watanabe

SADAO WATANABE
Outra Vez
Released 10/15/13  Artist Site

Sadao Watanabe returns to Brazil for the first time in 25 years for his new recording Outra Vez, featuring the prolific guitarist Swami Jr.
Brecker Brothers Band Reunion by Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
Brecker Brothers Band Reunion
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Brecker Brothers Band Reunion by Randy Brecker

RANDY BRECKER
Brecker Brothers Band Reunion
Released 10/08/13  Artist Site

In the annals of jazz history, the Brecker Brothers wrote a chapter all their own. Though Michael Brecker died in 2007, the sound they created spawned generations of imitators. Now Randy Brecker and former members of the Brothers' studio and touring band have reconvened to make new music.

The band on this album includes David Sanborn, Mike Stern, Will Lee, Dave Weckl, George Whitty, Ada Rovatti, and others. Features killer versions of 'Some Skunk Funk' and 'Straphangin'', as well as a host of new Randy Brecker originals in the Brecker Brothers Band style.

Merry Christmas To You by Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
Merry Christmas To You
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Merry Christmas To You by Jonathan Butler

JONATHAN BUTLER
Merry Christmas To You
Released 09/30/13  Artist Site

Santa Claus has a special treat to stuff in the stockings of all the good Jonathan Butler fans this Christmas: the first Christmas album by the two-time GrammyA®-nominated singer-songwriter-guitarist. Butler produced and arranged Merry Christmas To You. The album includes an instrumental take on 'Sleigh Ride' decorated with hallmarks from the South African native's homeland, and the album's title track, which is a retro-flavored R&B/adult contemporary ballad penned by Butler.
Songbook by Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint
Songbook
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Songbook by Allen Toussaint

ALLEN TOUSSAINT
Songbook
Released 09/24/13  Artist Site

Songbook presents Allen Toussaint as many of his fans have longed to hear him, in an intimate solo setting, performing many of his best-loved songs. His piano playing is a marvel, with its orchestral conception and effortless New Orleans syncopation. But what comes across most strongly is the warmth of Allen's performance. The gentle Creole lilt in his voice brings a resonance and a smile to his songs, rivaling the versions he produced for others.

Recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York, the deluxe edition of Songbook includes a DVD with backstage and studio interviews.

Adopted Highway by Dave King Trucking Company
Dave King Trucking Company
Adopted Highway
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Adopted Highway by Dave King Trucking Company

DAVE KING TRUCKING COMPANY
Adopted Highway
Released 09/24/13  Artist Site

Dave King has used the Trucking Company as a palette for mixing both musical styles and superior musical talents that are not of the mainstream. The band could be seen as a poster child for bands revolting against the academic leanings of mainstream jazz, preferring the slant towards the corporeal.

The new Trucking Company record, Adopted Highway, was recorded with earthly intentions. The ensemble features drummer Dave King, guitarist Erik Fratzke, bassist Adam Linz along with saxophonists Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak. The album was recorded onto to two-inch tape with only two takes per track.

Big Stuff: Afro Cuban Holiday by Venissa Santi
Venissa Santi
Big Stuff: Afro Cuban Holiday
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Big Stuff: Afro Cuban Holiday by Venissa Santi

VENISSA SANTI
Big Stuff: Afro Cuban Holiday
Released 09/24/13  Artist Site

Venissa's artistry stems from the necessity to express the many influences that have nourished her spirit as a Cuban America. She was born in Ithaca, NY and hails from a long line of Cuban artists. But it was her grandfather, Jacobo Ros Capabanca, a Cuban composer in her a lifelong passion for music.

Over time she has performed with a variety of Latin, jazz and world music groups. It was from the support and encouragement of this community that inspired Venissa to embark on the first of four visits to Cuba, where she conducted research and studied Afro-Cuban music.