Saxophonist Charles Lloyd draws on old and new blood, and 79-year-old pianist Dave Brubeck adds to his vast catalog to top the week's new releases.
The Water Is Wide (ECM) has Lloyd teaming with veterans Billy Higgins on drums and John Abercrombie on guitar, as well as up-and-comers Brad Mehldau on piano and Larry Grenadier on bass. This is the first of two releases from a recording session Lloyd held with the quintet in Los Angeles last year. The group plays some Lloyd originals, several Duke Ellington songs and a title track (RealAudio excerpt) that comes from 18th century Scottish folk music.
Brubeck's One Alone (Telarc) is his fifth solo album since he moved away from group recording in 1994. Most of the 13 tracks are standards, including "Over the Rainbow" and "Someone To Watch Over Me." Brubeck plays his composition "Summer Song" (RealAudio excerpt), which appeared on the soundtrack for the never-produced Broadway musical "The Real Ambassadors."
Also out this week is post-jazz reed specialist Ned Rothenberg's Ghost Stories (Tzadik). Known for his extended technique, Rothenberg plays clarinet, saxophone and shakuhachi on the four-track CD. Celloist Erik Friedlander, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, pipa player Min Xiao-Fen and shakuhachi player Riley Lee also appear on the album.
Pianist Benny Green forms a trio with bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone for his new CD Naturally (Telarc), and Brazilian singer Tania Maria uses eight band members for Viva Brazil (Concord). Session guitarist Louie Shelton releases his third solo album, Urban Culture (Nuance), and pianist Marian McPartland releases a live recording from the Maybeck Studio in Berkeley, Calif., titled Single Petal of a Rose The Essence of Duke Ellington (Concord).
Telarc releases an interesting compilation of pianist George Shearing's best work with the label. The 13-track anthology includes the bebop classic "Birdfeathers" and one of his most famous compositions, "Conception."
Marking Satchmo's 100th birthday, Columbia releases the four-disc set Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings. The 90-track set contains Armstrong's recording with the two groups during the 1920s and includes "Heebie Jeebies" as well as several versions of "Wild Man Blues."
Other New Releases This Week:
Tex Beneke Music in the Miller Mood (South Side Phunk)
Avishai Cohen Colors (Stretch)
Bill Douglas Eternity's Sunrise (Hearts Of Space)
The Drummonds When You Wish Upon a Star (32 Jazz)
Fourplay Yes, Please (Warner Brothers)
Satoko Fujii Toward to West (Enja)
Jon Gordon Possibilities (Double-Time)
James Johnson Carolina Shout (ASV/Living Era)
Babatunde Lea March of the Jazz Guerrillas (Ubiquity)
Dave Pike Peligroso (Cubop)
Alberto Shiroma Like a Goddess When She Walks
Javier Vazquez Javier (Sony International)
Rachel Z. On the Milkyway Express: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter (Tone Center)
John Zorn Big Gundown Plus (Tzadik)
Various artists Birth of Jazz (Music Club)
Various artists Charleston Era(ASV/Living Era)
Thelonious Monk Complete Prestige Records Verve
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Jazz Vocals (Concord Jazz)
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Jazz Saxophone (Concord Jazz)
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Jazz Guitar (Concord Jazz)
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Swing: (Concord Jazz)
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Soul Jazz: (Concord Jazz)
Various artists Jazz 101: Introduction to Latin Jazz
Various artists Jazz for When You're in Love (32 Jazz)
Various artists Masters of Classic Jazz: Dixieland (South Side Phunk)
Various artists Sundays Are for Jazz, Vol. 1 (Triloka)
Various artists Swing! Vol. 1 (Sony)
Various artists This Is Smooth Jazz, Vol. 2 (Instinct)
Cannonball Adderley Know What I Mean? (JVC)
Miles Davis Aura (Sony)
Mick Karn Polytown (Times Square)
Modern Jazz Quartet Django (JVC)
Shelly Manne My Fair Lady (JVC)
Wynton Marsalis Marciac Suite (Sony)
Wes Montgomery Full House (JVC)
Lee Morgan Here's Lee Morgan (Koch International)
Tito Puente Dos Idolos/Su Musica (Orfeon)
Ira Sullivan Bird Lives! (Koch International)
Various artists Big Bands of the Swinging Years (Pearl)