Looking back on a three-decade career of interpreting the classics in her own way, Carmen McRae still sounds forceful and inspired on this late-career performance with her trio at the 1982 Montreux ... (Read More)
Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals. Aaron Diehl, piano. Paul Sikivie, bass. Lawrence Leathers, drums. Catalyst Quartet.
Label: Mack Avenue. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 673203112025. Daedalus Item Code: 79729
Following up her Grammy-winning 2015 For One to Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant honors a jazz tradition by recording this pair of albums live at Greenwich Village's Village Vanguard. The whole ... (Read More)
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Count Basie, piano. Jimmy Rushing & Ann Moore, vocals, & others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: CD.
UPC: 779836357526. Daedalus Item Code: 67240
With quite a few songs penned by Count Basie and his band members, this disc is full of swing classics. The golden voice of Basie veteran Jimmy Rushing is featured on "Harvard Blues," "Brand New ... (Read More)
Praised by Count Basie as "the best piano player in the world," Earl Hines (1903–83) upheld the standards of swing during jazz's bebop and experimental years. Collecting eight of "Fatha's" 1950s–60s ... (Read More)
During the 1940s, big bands were all the rage, and trumpeter Erskine Hawkins (1914–93) was at the helm of one of the very best. Hearing these 20 selections, it's easy to tell why Hawkins and his band ... (Read More)
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone. Ben Webster, tenor saxophone. Jimmy Rowles, piano. Leroy Vinnegar, bass. Mel Lewis, drums.
Label: Verve. Format: CD.
UPC: 042284166126. Daedalus Item Code: 69212
"Known for the classical restraint of his playing as well as his inspired improvisation" (National Review), Ben Webster had a brilliant yet troubled career that spanned nearly half a century. ... (Read More)
Jackie McLean, alto saxophone. Donald Byrd, trumpet. Mal Waldron, piano. Doug Watkins, bass, & others.
Label: Enlightenment. Format: 4 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 823564686622. Daedalus Item Code: 79091
Emerging as one of jazz's premiere alto saxophonists during the 1950s, Jackie McLean (1931–2006) was equally at home as a bandleader or as a collaborator with such exacting bandleaders as Miles ... (Read More)
A young lady with a vintage voice, Jazzmeia Horn (b. 1991) won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, and on her debut she sounds like a seasoned veteran. Backed by a ... (Read More)
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By the time of these 1957–62 recordings, John Lewis had been at the helm of the Modern Jazz Quartet for nearly a decade, but he always left the door open for other musical explorations. On these ... (Read More)
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)
Lizz Wright, vocals. Chris Bruce, guitar. Kenny Banks, piano & organ. Jay Bellerose, drums, & others.
Label: Concord. Format: CD.
UPC: 888072028654. Daedalus Item Code: 79731
Before Lizz Wright was an international jazz star, she was a minister's daughter from Georgia, and this uplifting disc hews close to home with ten gospel-tinged numbers. With simple arrangements ... (Read More)
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Mary Lou Williams, piano. Mundell Lowe, guitar. George Duvivier, bass. Ben Thigpen, drums, & others.
Label: Acrobat Music. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 824046204624. Daedalus Item Code: 79463
One of jazz's pioneering female composers, Mary Lou Williams (1910–81) also ranks as one of the genre's most formidable pianists. Surveying the first half of Williams's career, this two-disc set ... (Read More)