Singer Kevin Mahogany takes on Charles Mingus, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim revisits Cape Town, South Africa, and trumpeter Lew Soloff crosses over to rock and funk in CDs that are being released this week.
Ever since Joni Mitchell recorded Mingus in 1979, jazz singers have taken stabs at the complex originals of the legendary bassist. However, for his new CD Pussycat Dues (Enja), Mahogany gets help from former Mingus sidemen Charles McPherson on saxophone and Jimmy Knepper on trombone.
Ibrahim, on the other hand, plays 15 of his own songs live for his new album Cape Town Revisited (Enja). The disc documents the South African's performance in Cape Town during his 1997 tour through his home country.
Soloff's Rainbow Mountain (32 Records) includes vintage rock tunes such as "Stairway to Heaven," "Born on the Bayou" and "Suzie Q."
Topping the list of reissues this week is trumpeter Booker Little's 1961 Out Front (Candid-Navarre). Before his premature death at age 23, Little recorded this postbop album with drummer Max Roach, bassist Ron Carter and saxophonist Eric Dolphy. Also from 1961, pianist Paul Bley's first ESP session, Barrage, (Calibre) comes out again this week. The high-energy recording features saxophonist Marshall Allen from Sun Ra's band and vocalist Carla Bley.
Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's reissued When Colors Play is among the six releases this week from Knitting Factory records. The 1986 album features a lineup of bassist John Moody and saxophonists Eric Person and Zane Massey.
Other Releases For The Week:
Karl Berger, No Man Is an Island (Knitting Factory) Re-release of pianist/vibraphonist's 1997 album featuring trumpeter Enrico Rava. Contains nine movements.
Art Blakey, Live at Ronnie Scott's (BBC Legend) a digital remastering of the legendary drummer and his Jazz Messengers performing live at the famed London Jazz club in 1985.
Clifford Brown, Complete Paris Sessions, Vol. 2 (Vogue) Re-release of 1998 compilation of hard-bop trumpeter's years in Paris. Includes several recordings of "Minority," "Bum's Rush" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Quick Step."
Marc Cary, Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 1 (Jazzateria) Pianist Cary uses programmed beats, Moog synthesizers and a Fender Rhodes electric piano to merge jazz melodies with electronica sounds.
Tadd Dameron, 19471949 (Melodie Jazz Classics) Reissue of pianist's bebop originals. Features trumpeter Fats Navarro and saxophonists Wardell Gray and Ernie Henry.
Pete Escovedo, E Music (Tent) (Concord Picante) Bay Area percussionist gets help from his percussionist daughter, Sheila E.
Charles Earland, Almighty Burner (32 Records) Compilation of organist's best work from 1976 to 1991. Includes solos by saxophonist George Coleman.
Bob James, Explosions Re-release of pianist's 1965 recording with bassist Barre Phillips and drummer Robert Pozar couldn't be farther away from James' current smooth-jazz output.
Jazz Loft Sessions (Knitting Factory) Reissue of Knitting Factory's 1997 compilation. Features saxophonist Anthony Braxton, drummer Barry Altschul and guitarist Billy Patterson, among others.
Andy Laster, Soft Shell (Knitting Factory) Saxophonist releases the follow-up to his 1997 CD Interpretations of Lessness.
Fats Navarro, 19471949 (Melodie Jazz Classics) Best-of CD from the legendary bop trumpeter just before he died in 1950.
Oscar Peterson, Live at the Barbican (BBC Legends) Digital remastering of pianist Peterson's 1984 performance at the Barbican in London. Includes the songs "Satin Doll" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Falling in Love With Love."
Enrico Rava, Live at Birdland Neuburg (Challenge) Italian trumpeter Rava and the Michael Flugel Quartet give a live performance at the German jazz club.
Cedar Walton, Maestro (32 Records) Reissue of hard-bop pianist's 1980 album. Co-stars drummer Billy Higgins and trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
Ben Webster, Gone With the Wind (1201 Music) Reissue of the great saxophonist's 1965 recording. Co-stars pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson and drummer Alex Riel.
Cootie Williams, 19461949 (Melodie Jazz Classics) Compilation of trumpeter's top work in the post-World War II blues and swing scene.
Noel Akchote, Rien (Winter & Winter)
Louis Armstrong, Body & Soul (Columbia River)
Willie Atkins, Alima
Lavern Baker, Precious Memories/Lavern Sings (Collectibles Records/Palmetto)
Bruce Barth, Somehow It's True (Double-Time)
Walter Beasley, Won't You Let Me Love You (Shanachie)
David Berkman, Communication Theory
Bill Carlsen, Bill Carlsen (Jazz Oracle)
Dorsey Brothers, Sentimental (Columbia River)
Pierre Dudan, Pierre Dudan (EPM Musique)
Geoffrey Eales, Mountains of Fire (Black Box Jazz)
Peter Eigenmann, Something Special (TCB)
Toufic Farroukh, Little Secrets (Silex)
Herbie Fields, Live at the Flame Club, St. Paul 1949 (IAJRC)
Flying Pisanos, Ensemble (String Jazz)
Frank Gambale, Light Beyond (Tone Center)
Tim Garland, Made by Walking (Stretch)
Herb Geller, Hollywood Portraits (Hep)
Dizzy Gillespie, Live at the Royal Festival Hall (1987) (BBC Legends)
Dizzy Gillespie, Live: Chester, Pennsylvania; June 14, 1957 (Storyville)
Wycliffe Gordon, Blues of Summer (Nagel-Heyer)
Woody Herman, Nearness of You (Columbia River)
Jango, Closer To Home (Samson)
JM Rhythm Four Plus One, Lazy Afternoon (TCB)
Stan Kenton, One Night Stand (Magic)
Stan Kenton, At the Arcadia Theatre 1974 (Magic)
Stan Kenton, Festival (Status)
Carol Kidd, Linn Box Two (Linn)
Madala Kunene, Madamax (M.E.L.T. 2000)
Lester Lanin, Dancing Theatre Party/High Society Country Style (Collectibles)
Lester Lanin, Twistin' in High Society!/More Twistin' in High Society (Collectibles)
Jason Lindner, Premonition (Stretch)
George Masso, C'Est Magnifique (Nagel-Heyer)
Nilson Matta, Encontros (Meetings) (Malandro)
Jack McDuff, Tobacco Road/Do It Now! (Collectibles)
Glenn Miller, Swinging Mood (Columbia River)
Glenn Miller, Legend Lives On, Vol. 2 (Ember)
Gerry Mulligan, Pleyel Jazz Concert, Vol. 2 (Vogue)
Sam Newsome, Collective Identity: The Mass (Palmetto)
Ben Pollack, Volume 1 (Jazz Oracle)
Gary Potter, Minor Swing (String Jazz)
Tito Puente, Party with Tito! (Concord Jazz)
Boyd Raeburn, March of the Boyds (Hep)
Della Reese, And That Reminds Me/A Date With Della Reese (Collectibles)
Della Reese, Story of the Blues/Melancholy Baby (Collectibles)
Rollerball, Bathing Music (Road Cone)
Ricardo Scales, Doin' It Right (Bay Sound)
Arvell Shaw, Arvell Shaw & the Swing Legacy All-Stars
Nina Simone, Platinum Series
Roger Smith, Consider This (Miramer)
Bryon Stripling, Trumpetblowingly Yours (Nagel-Heyer)
Billy Stritch, Jazz Live (Sindrome)
Swing Set, C'est la Vie (Hepcat Records)
Martin Taylor, Linn Box One (Linn)
Kid Thomas, Live in Denmark, Vol. 4 (Storyville)
Claude Thornhill, Autumn Nocturne (Hep)
Vibes, Vibes 3 (Knitting Factory)
Clarence Williams, New Orleans Pioneer: Great Original Performances 1 (Louisiana Red Hot)
Yalloppin Hounds, Ghetto Swing Extreme
Patrick Zimmerli, Expansion (Songlines)
Crusaders, Best of the Crusaders
Count Basie, 19471949 (Melodie Jazz Classics)
Miles Davis, Jazz Poem (Dressed To Kill)
Erroll Garner, 19471949 (Melodie Jazz Classics)
Jelly Roll Morton, New York, 19281930: Great Original Performances (Louisiana Red Hot)
Country Club Jazz (Columbia River)
Last Call (Columbia River)
Masters of Classic Jazz: Swing Greats (South Side Phunk)
Open Road Jazz (Columbia River)
Platinum Jazz, Vol. 1 (Artists Only)
Sentimental Jazz (Columbia River)
Silent Poets: To Come ... (Import)
This Is Jazz Steppin' (Instinct)
Rashied Ali, Moon Flight (Knitting Factory)
Albert Ayler, Spirits Rejoice
Chris Barber, Essential (BMG International)
Count Basie, Jumpin' (Columbia River)
Count Basie, Lang-Worth Transcriptions (South Side Phunk)
Nat King Cole, Anatomy of a Jam Session (1201 Music)
Lowell Davidson, Lowell Davidson Trio (Knitting Factory)
Dizzy Gillespie, Pleyel Jazz Concert 1953 (Vogue)
Dizzy Gillespie, Plays in Paris (Vogue)
Lionel Hampton, Lionel Hampton's Paris All Stars (Vogue)
Roland Hanna, Swing Me No Waltzes (Storyville)
Stan Kenton, At the Rendezvous, Vol. 1 (Status)
Stan Kenton, Mellophonium Magic (Status)
Stan Kenton, In New Jersey (Status)
Giuseppi Logan, Giuseppi Logan Quartet
Zoot Sims, Quartet & Sextet (Vogue)
Billy Stritch, Waters of March (Sindrome)
Klaus Suonsaari, Music of Tom Harrell (Storyville)
Shirley Witherspoon, Magic & Love (Summit)