New releases from pianist Jason Moran, bassist Steve Swallow and trombonist Steve Turre, and reissues from Louis Armstrong and Stanley Turrentine will be among the CDs hitting stores Tuesday (June 27).
(Click here for a select list of the week's new releases.)
Facing Left, produced by alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, is Moran's second record as a leader for Blue Note. His band consists of Tarus Mateen on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, and contains tunes such as Moran's "Gangsterism on Wood" and a cover of pop singer Björk's "Joga" (RealAudio excerpt).
Swallow's Always Pack Your Uniform on Top (ECM) is a live record taped at Ronnie Scott's club in London. The band includes guitarist Mick Goodrick, drummer Adam Nussbaum and saxophonist Chris Potter.
Turre's In the Spur of the Moment (Telarc) features the leader with three groups. On tunes such as "The Way You Look Tonight," the trombonist is joined by Ray Charles on piano. On a medley of Duke Ellington tunes the rhythm section comprises drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist Stephen Scott and bassist Buster Williams. To round out the disc, the trombonist dips into the Latin bag on "Claudia" with help from Chucho Valdès on piano, Andy Gonzalez on bass and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez on drums and percussion.
Saxophonist and composer John Zorn's Tzadik label has a release from the New Klezmer Trio, Short for Something, and the label also is putting out Wadada Leo Smith's Reflectativity, an updated version of a record the great trumpeter released in the early '70s.
On the reissue front, Blue Note continues its Connoisseur Series with three double-CD collections from guitarist Kenny Burrell and saxophonists Sonny Criss and Turrentine. Introducing Kenny Burrell includes three Blue Note records: Introducing Kenny Burrell, Kenny Burrell Volume Two and K.B. Blues. Joining the guitarist on tunes such as "But Not for Me" and "Get Happy" are pianists Horace Silver and Tommy Flanagan, drummers Kenny Clarke and Louis Hayes, and bassists Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers.
Sonny Criss The Complete Imperial Sessions spotlights the alto-saxophonist's work in 1956. Criss plays tunes like "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "Summertime," accompanied by a band that includes guitarist Barney Kessel and pianist Kenny Drew.
Blue Hour The Complete Sessions is a re-release of Blue Hour, a record Turrentine made with the 3 Sounds pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. Disc 1 is the original record, and disc 2 is a set of alternate takes of tunes including "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You."
Satchmo the Great, Satch Plays Fats and Ambassador Satch from the great Louis Armstrong are due from Sony/Legacy. Satchmo the Great was a documentary film about Armstrong that was narrated by CBS News' Edward R. Murrow. The film followed the trumpeter on his world tours in 1955 and '56. Tunes such as "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" are featured. Satch Plays Fats is a tribute from Pops to pianist and composer Fats Waller. Armstrong performs tunes including "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin," both Waller classics. The album, originally released in 1955 comprises performances from the late 1920s and early '30s. Ambassador Satch comes from a European concert tour Armstrong made in 1955, with additional cuts from a 1956 studio date. Standout performances include "West End Blues," "Tiger Rag" and "Muskrat Ramble."
Other Tuesday releases include In and Out, a new record from saxophonist Johnny Griffin and pianist Martial Solal on Dreyfus. PolyGram is releasing more of its Finest Hour series with collections from guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter and composer Quincy Jones and vocalist Dinah Washington. Blue Note is re-releasing Nat King Cole's Songs from the Heart, Try Not to Cry and Rockin' Boppin' and Blues.