jazzhaus Archive

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

Album Review: Benny Goodman Orchestra Featuring Anita O’Day

I write often of Jazzhaus releases. Drawing upon the vast unreleased archives of German radio and television, the label presents unheard (or rarely-heard) jazz performances, mostly by venerated American artists. Clearly annotated and impressively packaged, these releases are almost without exception essential purchases for the aficionado of 1950s and ’60s jazz. The label’s “Lost Tapes”

Album Review: Chet Baker — Early Chet

If you’re inclined that way, you can take issue with the title of Early Chet: Chet Baker in Germany 1955-1959. By ’55, the renowned trumpeter had already risen to some level of fame in his native USA. He played with Charlie Parker in 1952, and by 1955 he had a tidy stack of releases under

What’s Old is New Again in November 2013, Part Two

Three more capsule reviews of new-to-you live albums, continuing from yesterday’s blog entry. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Lost Tapes: Germany 1956-1958 Where modern jazz is concerned, taste and restraint need not be synonymous. And there’s no better exemplar of the first without the second than The Modern Jazz Quartet. Throughout its forty-plus year history,

August Jazz Roundup #1

In my occasional series of capsule reviews, I arbitrarily limit myself to a specific word-count; as much as anything else, it’s to keep the editor in me amused. Anyway, today I take a look at four jazz reissues and one archival jazz release, each in the space of 150 words. Chet Baker – Plays the

A Quick Jazz Vinyl Update

Three titles released on the Jazzhaus label last fall are now available on vinyl as well: Legends Live: Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – Liederhalle Stuttgart November 29, 1961 Legends Live: Albert Mangelsdorff Quintett – Audimax Freiburg June 22, 1964 Lost Tapes: Zoot Sims – Baden-Baden June 23, 1958 All three are worth your time; reviews of

Album Review: Oscar Pettiford — Baden-Baden 1958/1959

Not for the first time, Music Hound: Jazz has let me down. Jazz novitiate that I am, I was unfamiliar with the name Oscar Pettiford. So to that weighty tome I went, in hopes of gathering a bit of background to assist in my understanding of another in Jazzhaus‘ Lost Tapes series, Baden-Baden 1958/1959. Seeing

Album Review: Jutta Hipp – The German Recordings 1952-1955

Had the life and career of Jutta Hipp not happened, pop culture might have had to fabricate them. Hers is such a unique, compelling, mystifying and ultimately frustrating story that it begs for a Hollywood treatment (one wonders why this hasn’t happened). In the 1950s, there were precious few female jazz pianists. Even fewer of