(JazzTimes Critic's Pick Best New Release 2014) When a musician is featured in a solo or duo context, their true artistry unfolds. Since 2012, jazz masters Kenny Barron and Dave Holland ... (Read More)
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Kris Bowers, piano. Julia Easterlin, José James & Chris Turner, vocals.
Label: Concord Jazz. Format: CD.
UPC: 888072343535. Daedalus Item Code: 59131
When he took first place in 2011's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Kris Bowers wowed a panel of judges that included the elite pianists Ellis Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Jason ... (Read More)
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Lea DeLaria, vocals. Gil Goldstein, piano & accordion. Christian McBride, bass. Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone. Bill Stewart, drums, & others.
Label: Telarc. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 089408550928. Daedalus Item Code: 57818
Although now well-known for her role as "Big Boo" on the Netflix program Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria has long cultivated a side career as a jazz singer. On this album of eclectic ... (Read More)
This set collects rare studio tracks and radio show airchecks from the early 40s, most of them featuring Lena Horne in front of a full orchestra. She sounds fabulous, and the song choices are both ... (Read More)
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A jazz-pop duo with a big, warm sound—thanks in part to their savoir faire in the studio—vocalist Mary Ford and guitarist/vocalist Les Paul starred in their own TV show and recorded a string ... (Read More)
Spike Jones & His City Slickers, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller & Stan Kenton & their Orchestras, & others.
Label: Quality Audio. Format: 4 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 779836429629. Daedalus Item Code: 46346
This swinging, jiving, and gliding collection of dance tunes and songs about dance spans four decades—from the Cakewalk, the Charleston and the Black Bottom of the 1920s up through the 1950s, the era ... (Read More)
Louis Armstrong, trumpet & vocals. Milt Yaner, alto saxophone. Billy Kyle, piano. Bobby Donaldson, drums, & others.
Label: Naxos Jazz. Format: CD.
UPC: 636943281826. Daedalus Item Code: 57745
Already established as the definitive jazz trumpeter, Louis Armstrong fashioned a second career as a vocalist in the decade after World War II. Arranged chronologically, this release collects ... (Read More)
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Melody Gardot, piano, guitar & vocals. Irwin Hall, alto saxophone. Gary Grant, trumpet. Pete Korpela, percussion, & others.
Label: Verve. Format: CD.
UPC: 602547246820. Daedalus Item Code: 59681
Embracing jazz, blues, soul, and R&B, Currency of Man is a creative milestone by Philadelphia's Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling native daughter, Melody Gardot. "After spending time in LA, ... (Read More)
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Fine and Mel-low is how we'd describe these 20 tracks from one of the best singers in the business. Tormé's lush tones made gals swoon, and who can blame them? He's abetted by the Mel-Tones and ... (Read More)
Michael Feinstein, vocals. George Shearing, piano.
Label: Concord. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 013431215226. Daedalus Item Code: 57783
George Shearing is a jazz eminence known for his legendary quartet as well as for his vocal collaborations with Nat Cole, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Mel Tormé. Michael Feinstein is a popular ... (Read More)
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Miles Davis, trumpet. Charlie Parker, alto saxophone, & others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: 3 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 779836515421. Daedalus Item Code: 57252
A trumpeter of genius who boldly experimented with the possibilities of jazz, Miles Davis was never content to repeat himself. This three-disc anthology features 30 songs from the first half of ... (Read More)