Come Back To Me Love by Freda Payne
Freda Payne
Come Back To Me Love
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Come Back To Me Love by Freda Payne

FREDA PAYNE
Come Back To Me Love
Released 07/22/14  Artist Site

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and stage appeal as she is for her artistic versatility, Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors.

Her latest album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for the Artistry Music imprint) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse! but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming.

im*bull*pro*bull*vise never before seen by Sean Jones Quartet
Sean Jones Quartet
im•pro•vise
never before seen
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im*bull*pro*bull*vise never before seen by Sean Jones Quartet

SEAN JONES QUARTET
im•pro•vise never before seen
Released 07/22/14  Artist Site

Celebrating his 10th anniversary with Mack Avenue Records, internationally acclaimed composer/trumpeter Sean Jones views his 7th album, im•pro•vise never before seen, as 'a reintroduction of who I am.'

Although he has clearly established himself as a formidable leader through recordings and live performances, this album reflects his 'conscious decision to approach this latest step in my artistic evolution as a trumpet player, a composer and a leader.'

Lip Service by Richard Elliot
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Lip Service
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Lip Service by Richard Elliot

RICHARD ELLIOT
Lip Service
Released 07/15/14  Artist Site

With Lip Service, Richard Elliot has come full circle as one of the reigning merchants of soul jazz and cementing his role as one of the great contemporary sax players in the world.

While working on Summer Horns in 2013, he had the opportunity to revisit his roots as a member of Tower of Power by performing 'So Very Hard To Go' and working alongside arranger Greg Adams again. This led to Greg Adams' arrangement for the Grammy-nominated 'Shining Star' on Lip Service.

The Next Chapter by Tom Braxton
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The Next Chapter by Tom Braxton

TOM BRAXTON
The Next Chapter
Released 07/08/14  Artist Site

The Next Chapter presents Tom Braxton at his best from up-tempo grooves to reflective ballads. When listening to the record, it's easy to feel the love, joy and positive energy that is inherent in the music.

The CD features guitarist Peter White and Grammy winners Bob James, Earl Klugh and Ricky Lawson. Tom is showcased on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, as well as flute and keyboards. In addition to serving as producer on the project, Braxton has written and arranged most of the material.

Living My Dream by Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
Living My Dream
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Living My Dream by Jonathan Butler

JONATHAN BUTLER
Living My Dream
Released 06/24/14  Artist Site

'Each album is a page of your life and this is... the season of me. It took years for me to be able to use the term 'living my dream.' I had to grow in my confidence and comfort and security first,' says Butler.

He continues, 'It's one of those albums that I really didn't think I had in me. I had been struggling, going through this emotional period. Last year was a transitional period. Once I got my wind and got back to a place of focus, it turned out to be the best experience for me.'

Forever Young by Jacob Young
Jacob Young
Forever Young
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Forever Young by Jacob Young

JACOB YOUNG
Forever Young
Released 06/17/14  Artist Site

Forever Young features melodically inventive, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically alert jazz, composed by Norwegian-American guitarist Jacob Young and played by a spirited team of contemporaries.

Young and saxophonist Trygve Seim have been friends since school days and have been heard on the Norwegian jazz scene in numerous combinations and contexts over the years.

They are joined on this album by the Polish pianist, bassist and drummer widely known as the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, a group with its own 20 years playing history.

Last Dance by Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden
Keith Jarrett &
Charlie Haden

Last Dance
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Last Dance by Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

KEITH JARRETT & CHARLIE HADEN
Last Dance
Released 06/17/14  Artist Site

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden broaden the scope of their duo project to showcase jazz classics like Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight' and Bud Powell's spritely 'Dance Of The Infidels.'

Love songs, however, are to the fore in this selection, with tender versions of 'My Old Flame,' 'My Ship,' 'It Might As Well Be Spring,' 'Everything Happens To Me,' and 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' as well as versions of 'Where Can I Go Without You' and 'Goodbye' which are every bit as touching as the Jasmine renditions.

Blow by Louis Prima Jr.
Louis Prima Jr.
Blow
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Blow by Louis Prima Jr.

LOUIS PRIMA JR.
Blow
Released 06/10/14  Artist Site

An American vocalist/songwriter, Louis Prima Jr.'s second album offering, Blow is a raucous roller coaster ride of tail-shakin', foot-stampin', horn-driven smiles.

Breakthru Media notes, 'The album is an impressive effort by an ensemble that respectfully pays homage to its namesake, yet is not afraid to step out of its comfort zone and innovate,' while TomHull.com says, 'A chip off the old block, Prima sings, blows trumpet, and leads a band much like his namesake father did... gets the old sound basically right, but this isn't a ghost band or oldies act.'

Fantas*iacute*a by Kathy Sanborn
Kathy Sanborn
Fantasía
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Fantas*iacute*a by Kathy Sanborn

KATHY SANBORN
Fantasía
Released 06/03/14  Artist Site

Renowned jazz singer and composer Kathy Sanborn pays homage to her Latin heritage with Fantasía, the sultry vocalist's sixth album. Fantasía reflects Sanborn's South American roots and Latin musical sensibilities.

Spain's NoSoloSmoothJazz.com says: 'Kathy Sanborn is one of the most original vocalists in the American musical landscape.'

Fuel your Latin fires with this album of ten irresistible melodies, all composed by the velvet-voiced Sanborn.

Te Llevo Bajo La Piel with Special Guest Arturo Sandoval by Yolanda Duke
Yolanda Duke
'Te Llevo Bajo La Piel' with Arturo Sandoval
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Te Llevo Bajo La Piel with Special Guest Arturo Sandoval by Yolanda Duke

YOLANDA DUKE
Te Llevo Bajo La Piel with Special Guest Arturo Sandoval
Released 06/03/14  Artist Site

Yolanda Duke seems to weave a magic spell on the repertoire of The Great American Songbook, making them her own. She sings them with unabashed, almost naked emotion, in her majestic contralto.

Every once and a while Ms. Duke takes flight into ranges that she would not normally venture, where she is absolutely and devastatingly beautiful. 'Luna Azul,' performed as a cha cha cha seems to exist in a rarefied realm. The haunting beauty of 'Medley Myrta Silva' is a most spine chilling bolero, especially as Ms. Duke reaches for those high notes as if she were singing an aria.

Jazz Gems: The Best Of Nils by Nils
Nils
Jazz Gems:
The Best Of Nils
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Jazz Gems: The Best Of Nils by Nils

NILS
Jazz Gems: The Best Of Nils
Released 05/19/14  Artist Site

Nils' new album Jazz Gems: The Best Of Nils is a compilation of hits by the chart topping artist. Fifteen tracks in all including three Billboard # 1 singles 'Pacific Coast Highway' and 'Jump Start' - both of which were the most played songs at smooth jazz radio in 2005 and 2011 respectively - and the # 1 hit 'Summer Nights.'

Add to this lineup ten more charted gems and one of Nils most downloaded album tracks 'Red Wine & Sunsets.' Rounding out the album is his new single 'After The Storm.'

Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Life In The Bubble
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Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

GORDON GOODWIN'S BIG PHAT BAND
Life In The Bubble
Released 05/13/14  Artist Site

The preeminent Grammy-winning big band leader, Gordon Goodwin, and his Big Phat Band return with another dose of impeccable arrangements and big band fun on this new release. The album features this year's Grammy-winning 'On Green Dolphin Street' arrangement, his own take on the Get Smart theme and more.
Chameleon by Harvey Mason
Harvey Mason
Chameleon
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Chameleon by Harvey Mason

HARVEY MASON
Chameleon
Released 04/29/14  Artist Site

The lead composition, 'Chameleon,' from Herbie Hancock's 1973 landmark Head Hunters serves, in part, as the signifying reference for Harvey Mason's new CD. Not only did Mason provide the rhythmic spank for the jazz-funk staple, he co-wrote it with Hancock along with several other bandmates - Paul Jackson and reedist Bennie Maupin.

Chameleon features some of the brightest young jazz talents on the scene today: NEXT Collective alumni such as trumpeter Christian Scott, bassist Ben Williams, pianist/keyboardist Kris Bowers, guitarist Matthew Stevens, trombonist/vocalist Corey 'CK' King, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, vocalist Chris Turner, and keyboardist/electronica producer, Mark de Clive-Lowe.

Macroscope by Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline Singers
Macroscope
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Macroscope by Nels Cline Singers

NELS CLINE SINGERS
Macroscope
Released 04/29/14  Artist Site

Macroscope, the fifth album and Mack Avenue debut by his adventurous trio the Nels Cline Singers, provides a measure of the long-running group's staggering range.

Captivating and continually surprising, the album finds the instrumental trio with the slyly deceptive name veering in one off-kilter direction only to suddenly be overwhelmed by another drastic stylistic shift, often within the space of a single tune. Serrated psychedelia becomes consumed by soulful Brasiliana, blissed-out electronica overwhelmed by garage-rock skronk.

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
(180g Vinyl)
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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
(2LP 180g Vinyl)
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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.