Solo Effort From Keyboardist Lyle Mays Leads Week's Releases

New work from Cecil Payne, Rodney Whitaker and lots of repackaged music hitting stores.

New CDs from keyboardist Lyle Mays, saxophonist Cecil Payne and bassist Rodney Whitaker, plus a bunch of "Finest Hour" best-of packages from Verve, highlight the week's new releases.

(Click here for a select list of the week's CD releases.)

Mays, best known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny, releases Solo Improvisations for Expanded Piano on Warner Bros. Records. It features the tune "This Moment" (RealAudio excerpt).

Payne's Brooklyn Bebop, on the Progressive label, features the reed man playing a set of standards including "Blue N' Boogie" and "Blue Monk." Whitaker, who is touring with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, releases Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on the Sirocco Jazz label.

Dizzy Gillespie: Live: Chester, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1957, is an import on the Storyville label, based in Denmark. The band on this disc was called the State Department band, because it toured the world under the auspices of the U.S government. The brass section included trumpeter and composer Quincy Jones, and the disc includes his composition, "Jessica's Day."

Storyville also is releasing records from two of the greatest jazz orchestras of all time — Fletcher Henderson: Live at the Grand Terrace Chicago 1938 and Woody Herman & His Orchestra: 1956.

The Knitting Factory's reissue imprint, Knit Classics, releases a rare session from saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Brazil features Rouse on tenor with a band including bassist Ron Carter, drummer Bernard Purdie and trumpeter Claudio Roditi. Knit Classics also releases N.Y. Ain't So Bad — Ali Plays the Blues, a 1976 date from drummer Rashied Ali, originally recorded on the Royal Blue label.

Three Sony Japan reissues of work by pianist Dave Brubeck also come out Tuesday. Bossa Nova USA is a straight reissue, My Favorite Things has a cardboard LP-style sleeve and Time Further Out has two tunes not included on his breakthrough 1959 album Time Out.

Verve's packages include Nina Simone's Finest Hour, Spyro Gyra's Finest Hour and other collections from organist Jimmy Smith, saxophonist Stan Getz, singer Sarah Vaughan and pianist Oscar Peterson.

Shanachie Records releases a smooth jazz compilation called Sexual Healing, with vocalist Kim Waters performing the title cut, originally a hit by Marvin Gaye. Other releases hitting stores this week include the Best of Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra on Collector's Choice Music. That label also has a double-CD release from pianist George Shearing, Shearing Spell/Velvet Carpet.

Melodie Classics, a European-based label, releases a collection of the great alto saxophonist's tunes, Charlie Parker: 1947–49, and a collection of the great pianist's tunes, Art Tatum: 1949.