Fresh CDs from bassist William Parker and guitarist Jeff Golub, plus reissues from jazz giants John Coltrane and drummer Art Blakey, highlight the week's new releases.
(Click here for a select list of this week's releases.)
Parker, best known for his work with pianists Cecil Taylor and Matthew Shipp and saxophonist David S. Ware, has a new CD. Painter's Spring, released by Thirsty Ear Records, is the second of four discs produced by Shipp for his "Blue Series." On Painter's Spring Parker is joined by Daniel Carter on reeds and Hamid Drake on drums.
Golub's Dangerous Curves is the guitarist's first record for Verve.
Smooth-jazz stars the Rippingtons also have a new disc, Live Across America, on BMG/Windham Hill. The group is captured playing its hits, in addition to a version of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."
Cubop, the Latin-jazz imprint of Ubiquity Records, has two new discs this week. Percussionist Marlon Simon's debut record, Rumba à la Patato, features alto saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter Brian Lynch.
Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars Vol. 1 showcases 28 of the best Latin jazz musicians in the world. Artists such as percussionists Alex Acuna, Poncho Sanchez and members of rock band Los Lobos were recorded live in January for the disc.
On the reissue front, Rhino Records keeps the Coltrane ball rolling with Coltrane Jazz and The Avant Garde, two albums originally recorded for the Atlantic label in 1960 and 1967, respectively. Coltrane Jazz features alternate takes of "Like Sonny," "I'll Wait and Pray" and "Village Blues" (RealAudio excerpt). The Avant Garde features Coltrane with trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Ed Blackwell on tunes such as Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing."
Savoy Jazz/Denon releases Blakey's Reflections of Buhaina. The 1957 date originally released on Elektra Records features Blakey propelling a front line of saxophonist Jackie McLean and trumpeter Bill Hardman. The band swings through tunes such as composer and saxophonist Gigi Gryce's "Casino."
RCA's international division reissues Dance Mania, the highly influential record from the recently passed timbales master Tito Puente. Recorded in 1958, this record includes such tunes as the title cut and "Mambo Gozon."
Blue Note Records has a couple of reissues hitting stores Tuesday: late trumpeter Chet Baker's James Dean Story and late drummer Buddy Rich's Body and Soul.
Savoy Jazz/Denon is reissuing trumpeter Lee Morgan's Birth of Hard Bop and Rhino is bringing back pianist Bob Dorough's Devil May Care. Rhino also is releasing The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty, a collection of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty's work, and is reissuing trombonist Kai Winding's 'Nuff Said.