Archival Recordings from Jazzhaus

This decade is looking to be an important one for unearthing of landmark vintage jazz recordings. Resonance has unearthed an early Wes Montgomery set and a pair of amazing Bill Evans shows, and I’m anxiously awaiting news about what they’ll release next. And when I first learned of the launching of the German-based Jazzhaus label,

Treasures From the Vaults: The Jazzhaus Series, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Jazzhaus project curator Ulli Pfau has discovered – to his delight – that the SWR tape archive has been remarkably well preserved and cared for. However, the documentation of those tapes is less reliable. “I mistrust the archive documentation,” he says. “because it has been changed in five or six decades

Treasures From the Vaults: The Jazzhaus Series, Part One

Very recently, I spoke with Ulli Pfau, curator of a new series of archival jazz recordings on the German SWR Music label. These releases – under the Jazzhaus imprint – bring previously-unreleased live-in-the-studio (or concert hall) performances from a long list of jazz legends. The initial release schedule in March 2012 included three titles: a

Seven Jazz Archival/Reissue Releases

Monty Alexander – Here Comes the Sun (MPS) Jamaican pianist Alexander has a bright, flowing and lyrical approach to his instrument. Originally released in 1971, Here Comes the Sun was Alexander’s sixth album. Working with three other musicians (bass, drums and percussion), the pianist is at the center of the arrangements on all seven of

Hundred-word Reviews for September 2016, Part 3

Cutting a swath through the pile of CDs in my inbox, here I present five more quick reviews. Maynard Ferguson – Complete High Voltage The 1980s aren’t generally thought of as a fertile period in the jazz idiom. Fusion had had its moment, and what most people though of jazz in the 80s was a

Six Years of Musoscribe: Jazz

Other than a copy of Weather Report‘s Heavy Weather purchased back in the 80s, I never paid attention to jazz until the last couple of decades. And even then, my interest in (and knowledge of) the genre was pretty limited. Arguably it still is, but I know what I like. In addition to many album

November Hundred-word Reviews, Part 4

Once again, it’s time for a run of hundred-word reviews. My inbox has been overflowing of late, and even after removing the material that I deem not worth my time (nor yours), I’m left with far too many discs to cover in my customary manner (500-800 word reviews). So herewith are twenty-five –count ’em, twenty-five

Hundred Word Reviews: February 2014, Part Four: Jazz

I’m still working through an enormous backlog of CDs in my must-be-reviewed pile. You should see the rejects pile: a lot of pretty good music didn’t make the cut, owing to a simple lack of time and space (though I’ve spared you from coverage of some dreadful stuff as well). Today I’ll take a quick

Album Review: Volker Kriegel — Mainz 1963-1969

Consider yourself forgiven if you find yourself unfamiliar with the name Volker Kriegel, and even more forgiven if you’re unfamiliar with his work as pioneering artist in the soul-jazz genre. I mean, who would expect a mild-mannered German guitarist born in 1943 – the same year as George Harrison, for goodness’ sake – to make

Best of 2013: Reissues/Archival Releases

It’s that time, again: the time of year when I coast to the New Year’s finish line and post a string of best-of lists. It’s not simply a place-holding exercise; I really do recommend these albums etc. and sincerely believe they deserve a look (or a second look). So forthwith… 2013 has seen a number