Bird Reissues, Discs From David Hazeltine, David Kikoski Top Week's Releases

New material from baritone sax man Gary Smulyan and singer Karen Gallinger also are of note.

Reissues of important but lesser-known jazz legends, a few solid introductions to some giants of jazz and a pair of discs by two young pianists lead the new releases due in stores Tuesday.

The Holland label Criss-Cross has put out pianist David Hazeltine's Blues Quarters Vol. 1 and pianist David Kikoski's Almost Twilight. Kikoski, a longtime member of drummer Roy Haynes' group, is joined by Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums and John Pattitucci on bass.

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan also has a new one on Criss-Cross: Blues Suite. Sea Breeze is releasing vocalist Karen Gallinger's Remembering Bill Evans. She and her quintet visit Evans tunes such as "Waltz for Debby" and "Turn Out the Stars."

On the reissue front, Polygram is putting out four discs well worth checking out. Vice-Pres is a small group date from tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette. The leader earned the moniker "Vice-Pres" for his tonal and stylistic similarities to Lester Young, known as "Prez."

George Russell at the Five Spot is a live gig from composer and pianist George Russell, the man who taught Miles Davis about modes. Guitarist Billy Bauer's Plectrist features the ex-Lennie Tristano banjoist and guitarist playing both of those instruments. Introducing Jimmy Cleveland is the debut recording of the virtuoso trombonist.

For a solid introduction to one of the all-time jazz icons, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, try Charlie Parker: The Best of the Dial Years on Cleopatra Records. There are so many records out bearing Bird's name that good, basic Parker records with the classics are to be relished. Highlights include such Parker staples as "Ornithology" and "Yardbird Suite."

Ember Records, a lesser-known label, is releasing Charlie Parker: Live at Birdland, Vol.2. Legend Records has two introductions to giants of the musical world. Vocalist Billie Holiday and bandleader Glenn Miller are each presented in self-titled collections of their classics.

Jasmine Records is releasing a record from the rarely heard about trumpeter and crooner Wingy Manone, Wingy Sings Manone Plays: Great Hits. Manone's 1929 tune, "Tar Paper Stomp" was the first version of what became known as Glenn Miller's "In the Mood."

Below is a complete list of this week's jazz releases:

  • Mildred Bailey, Squeeze Me: Big Hits from a Great Lady (Jasmine)

  • Bob Baldwin, Bobbaldwin.Com (Town Sound)

  • Graeme Bell, Graeme Bell & His Australian Jazz Band: 1948 (Harlequin)

  • D.C. Bellamy, Water to Wind (Rooster Blues)

  • Hamiet Bluiett, With Eyes Wide Open (Justin Time)

  • Bob Crosby, Big Band Dixieland (Jasmine)

  • Barry Douglas, Reflections of Green (Halogen)

  • John Faddis, Platinum Series (D3 Entertainment)

  • Karen Gallinger, Remembering Bill Evans (Sea Breeze)

  • David Hazeltine, Blues Quarters, Vol. 1 (Criss-Cross)

  • Warren Hill, Love Life (Narada)

  • Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday the Legend (Legend)

  • Ahmad Jamal, Live at Midem (Starburst)

  • David Kikoski, Almost Twilight (Criss-Cross)

  • Wingy Manone, Wingy Sings, Manone Plays: Great Hits (Jasmine)

  • Glenn Miller, Time Alone Will Tell (Jazz Band)

  • Glenn Miller, In the Mood (Legend)

  • Ben Pollack, Ben Pollack Orchestras: 1928-1938 (Jazz Band)

  • Billy Ross, Shore Street (Greentrax)

  • Arkady Shilkloper, Brass Complot (Boheme)

  • Gary Smulyan, Blues Suite (Criss-Cross)

  • McCoy Tyner, At the Warsaw Jamboree (Starburst)

  • Walt Weiskopf, Siren (Criss Cross)

  • Dickey Whit, Big Top (Wobbly Rail)

    Re-Issues and compilations:

  • Billy Bauer, Plectrist (Polygram)

  • Jimmy Cleveland, Introducing Jimmy Cleveland and His All Stars (Polygram)

  • Nat King Cole, Cole, Christmas & Kids (Capitol)

  • Latin Beat Magazine: Brass, Horns and Winds, Latin Beat Magazine: Brass, Horns and Winds (Capitol)

  • Latin Beat Magazine: Percussion, Piano and Strings, Latin Beat Magazine: Percussion, Piano and Strings (Capitol)

  • Paul Quinichette, Vice-Pres (Polygram)

  • George Russell, George Russell at the Five Spot (Polygram)