This Week's Releases: Christy Baron, Johnny Griffin And Martial Solal, Jason Moran ...

Reissues include a bumper crop of Louis Armstrong discs.

New releases:

  • Christy Baron, Steppin' (Chesky) — Sophomore album from the jazz singer-actress. Contains reinterpretations of pop standards such as the Zombies' "She's Not There" and Peter Gabriel's "Mercy Street."

  • Johnny Griffin and Martial Solal, In and Out (Dreyfus) — Legendary saxophonist Griffin and Algerian-born pianist Solal record their first album together after only three previous onstage duets.

  • Jason Moran, Facing Left (Blue Note) — Second Blue Note release for the 24-year-old pianist/composer. Bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits complete the trio.

  • New Klezmer Trio Short for Something (Tzadik) — The third album from the klezmer-jazz group consisting of clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassist Dan Seamans and percussionist Kenny Wollesen.

  • Wadada Leo Smith, Reflectativity (Tzadik) — Re-recording of the trumpeter's 1974 album. Tunes include "Reflectivity" and "Blue Flag."

  • Steve Swallow, Always Pack Your Uniform on Top (ECM) — New CD from electric bass specialist. Co-stars saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Barry Ries, guitarist Mick Goodrick and drummer Adam Nussbaum.

  • Steve Turre, In the Spur of the Moment (Telarc) — New CD from the former "Saturday-Night Live Band" trombonist guest stars Ray Charles, Chuhco Valdès and Jack DeJohnette.


  • Count Basie, Lang-Worth Transcriptions (South Side Phunk) — Disc from one of the premier big-band leaders includes "Basie Boogie" and "Swing Shift Swing."

  • Kenny Burrell, Introducing Kenny Burrell: The First Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note) — Puts together three of the guitarist's albums from the 1950s, when he was playing with saxophonist Horace Silver, pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummers Kenny Clarke and Louis Hayes.

  • Nat King Cole Songs From the Heart (Capitol) — One of the all-time great balladeers sings "Let There Be Love," "Fly Me to The Moon" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," among other tunes.

  • Nat King Cole, Rockin' Boppin' and Blues (Capitol) — Second Cole compilation this week features more upbeat songs such as "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Route 66."

  • Nat King Cole, Try Not To Cry (Capitol) — Yet another compilation includes melancholy tunes such as "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Where Did Everyone Go?"

  • Sonny Criss, Complete Imperial Sessions (Blue Note) — 1956 recordings from the great West Coast altoist, featuring pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Larance Marable and bassist Buddy Clark

  • Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones' Finest Hour (Polygram) — Greatest hits include "Blues in the Night" and "Soul Bossa Nova."

  • Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery's Finest Hour (Polygram) — Songs from the guitar innovator who played with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Smith and influenced dozens of today's guitarists.

  • Dinah Washington, Dinah Washington's Finest Hour (Polygram) — Pulls together the jazz-pop-blues vocalist's tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s. Contains "Unforgettable" and "Evil Gal Blues."


  • Louis Armstrong, Satchmo the Great (Sony/Legacy) — Soundtrack from 1957 documentary. Features comments from Edward R. Murrow, interviews with Armstrong and classics such as "Mack the Knife."

  • Louis Armstrong, Ambassador Satch (Sony/Legacy) — Outtakes from 1955 European Tour with Trummy Young on trombone. Includes "Faithful Hussar" and "Tin Roof Blues."

  • Louis Armstrong, Satch Play Fats: The Music of Fats Waller (Sony/Legacy) — "Pops" lets loose on some of the legendary pianist's best-known songs. Six of the nine tracks are alternate takes from the original Armstrong releases.

  • Stanley Turrentine, Blue Hour — The Complete Sessions — A double-disc reissue of the 1960 album with pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. Includes alternate takes on the second CD.

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