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Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar! (1961; 2013 reissue)

Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar! (1961; 2013 reissue)

Though it’s always existed in the shadow of Wes Montgomery’s earlier Incredible Jazz Guitar, there is much to recommend about this easy-swinging 1961 follow up for Riverside — beginning with his able young sideman Ron Carter.

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet – In New York (1962)

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet – In New York (1962)

by Nick DeRiso Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, a spirited, bluesy and always fun performer, seemed to burst out from a series of early live recordings during a period when that was rare. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were just too many logistical nightmares, from getting good takes in the smoky, raucous atmosphere of a nightclub, to finding aRead More

Bill Evans Trio – Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Keepnews Collection) (1961)

Bill Evans Trio – Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Keepnews Collection) (1961)

Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans and Paul Motian (photo: Steve Schapiro)What can be said about Bill Evans’ classic Sunday At The Village Vanguard that hadn’t already been said so many times over? If you’re new to jazz, here’s what you need to know: it is the beginning and the end of piano-bass-drums music. It’s one of the five or six mostRead More

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes (1961)

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes (1961)

There was, for a pairing of musicians so closely associated with other forms, an irrepressible blues feel to 1961’s “Bags Meets Wes,” reissued this year as part of the Keepnews Collection. That makes a chance meeting between Milt Jackson (longtime member of the complex, often formal Modern Jazz Quartet) and Wes Montgomery (who was just years away from turning hisRead More

Nat Adderley – Work Song (Remastered) (1960)

Nat Adderley – Work Song (Remastered) (1960)

It must be tough to make a name for yourself as the little brother of such a towering figure in jazz as alto sax great Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. Nat Adderley never did quite reach the legend status that his elder sibling did, but did manage to gain acclaim as a composer, cornet player and important cog in Cannonball’s band. NatRead More

Blue Mitchell – Blue Soul (1959)

Richard “Blue” Mitchell may not have been the best trumpeter in straight-ahead jazz but he’s among the best who didn’t become a household name. Mitchell didn’t display the the sharp timbre and fanciful trips up and down scales like contemporaries such as Freddie Hubbard or Booker Little. He never developed Miles Davis’ affecting, melancholy cadence. But as Orrin Keepnews putRead More

Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz (1959)

The story of one of jazz’s most important pianists continues… Last year brought the reissue of Bill Evans’ second album, the delightful but overlooked Everybody Digs Bill Evans, remastered with updated liner notes from original producer Orrin Keepnews. Last month, Evans’ follow-up album has also been released again as part of the Keepnews Collection re-issue project. Like virtually any newRead More

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Caravan (1962)

NICK DERISO: Art Blakey demanded bravado from his bands, and this one was perhaps his most intense and adventurous. Debuting here on Riverside, “Caravan” opens with Blakey’s audacious drum solo — then moves quickly into an assertive and simply awe-inspiring take on a track once defined by Duke Ellington. A muscular trio of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bone player Curtis FullerRead More

Bill Evans, Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958)

by S. Victor Aaron The classic record showcasing the masterful piano of a just-maturing Bill Evans is back. More to the point, it returns in 24-bit remastered form as part of Orrin Keepnews’currently running “Keepnews Collection” reissue campaign, straight from the original producer of such notable jazz records by Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson (which was recently covered here),Read More

Joe Henderson – Power To The People (1969)

It’s hard to delve too much into 1960s jazz without coming across tenorman’s Joe Henderson’s name both as a leader and a sideman. And although I’ve managed to avoid devoting this space for a full fledged review of a selection out his rich catalog until now, he’s gotten plenty of mention from me. He was there on pivotal jazz releasesRead More

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