This Week's Releases: Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Eric Mingus ...

Reissues feature John Coltrane, Bob Dorough, Don Ellis.

  • Louis Armstrong Katanga Concert — Satchmo gets loose in a live performance with "Perdido," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Blueberry Hill" and other classics.

  • Chet Baker and Bud Shank, James Dean Story (Blue Note) — Soundtrack from the Robert Altman–George W. George documentary on the rebellious heartthrob. Baker (trumpet) and Shank (saxophone) co-wrote the songs.

  • Jeff Golub, Dangerous Curves (Polygram) — Sophomore album from the smooth jazz guitarist. Includes Smash Mouth's "Walking on the Sun" and King Curtis' "Soul Serenade."

  • Michael Lington, Vivid (Samson Music) — Follow-up to the saxophonist's self-titled debut. Features vocalists Randy Crawford and John Pagano.

  • Eric Mingus, Um...Er...Uh (Some Records) — The debut album from the vocalist son of legendary bassist Charles Mingus.

  • William Parker, Painter's Spring (Thirsty Ear) — Pianist Matthew Shipp–produced this album from the New York City bassist and founder of the Improvisers Collective.

  • Jean-Luc Ponty, Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty (Rhino) — A 16-track compilation of the French violinist's greatest hits. Tracks include "Egocentric Molecules" and "Bowing-Bowing."

  • Rippingtons, Live! Across America (Windham Hill) — A compilation of live recordings from guitarist Russ Freeman's band on their Topaz tour. Contains the Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."

  • Marlon Simon, Rumaba a la Patato (Cubop) — Second album from the Venezuelan-born percussionist who has performed with pianist Chucho Valdez and saxophonist Bobby Watson.

  • Vol. 1: Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Vol. 1 (Cubop) — Compilation of 14 Latin-themed songs from 1951 to 1986. Features trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist John Coltrane, clarinetist Woody Herman and guitarist Kenny Burrell.


  • Art Blakey, Reflections of Buhaina (Savoy Jazz) — First CD Release of drum legend's 1957 recording with saxophonist Jackie McLean. Songs include "Potpourri" and "Capers."

  • John Coltrane, The Avant-Garde (Rhino) — Re-release of the 1960 album with trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Ed Blackwell and bassists Charlie Haden and Percy Heath. Songs include "Cherryco" and Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing."

  • John Coltrane, Coltrane Jazz (Rhino) — Reissue of the 1959 recording with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Additional tracks include "Like Sonny" and I'll Wait and Pray."

  • Bob Dorough, Devil May Care (Rhino) — Pianist/singer's first record as bandleader in 1956. Features "Yardbird Suite" and "Old Devil Moon."

  • Don Ellis, Live in 3/4 Time (Blue Note) — The re-release of the 1967 album from the trumpeter and orchestra leader. Saxophonist David Sanchez and percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes highlight the 21-member band.

  • Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley, Birth of Hard Bop (Savoy Jazz) — Double-CD reissue with previously unreleased tracks and alternate takes of several songs.

  • Tito Puente, Dance Mania (RCA) — Reissue of the recently deceased Latin-jazz legend's hit album from 1958. Co-stars percussionist Ray Barretto and vocalist Santitos Colon.

  • Buddy Rich Buddy & Soul (Blue Note) — Re-release of the big band leader's live 1969 album. Includes two Doors tunes: "Soul Kitchen" and "Hello I Love You."

  • Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson, Nuf Said (Rhino) — A reissue of the legendary trombone duo's 1955 album. Includes "Out of This World" and "Thou Swell."

  • The Young Lions (Collectibles) — Originally released in 1960, the first "Young Lions" show off their hard-boppin' abilities. Features drummer Louis Hayes, trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

    (For a full report on this week's jazz releases, click here.)