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Discs From Chick Corea, James Carter Highlight New Releases

Reissues dominate LPs hitting stores this week.

Pairs of CDs from piano master Chick Corea and saxophone firebrand James Carter are among the smattering of new releases and flood of reissues hitting stores Tuesday.

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Corea's CDs are coming out on his own Stretch Records. Solo Piano — Standards contains tunes such as "Monk's Dream" and "Round Midnight." Solo Piano — Originals has the pianist playing his own classics such as "Spain" and "Children's Song #6."

Atlantic records is releasing the new Carter albums. Chasin' the Gypsy (Atlantic) is a homage of sorts to guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France, and Layin' in the Cut is a fusion set that sounds like a cross between Ornette Coleman's Prime Time bands and Sonny Rollins' great '70s fusion album, Newkleus.

On Chasin' the Gypsy Carter plays not only tenor and soprano but also the seldom-heard bass and F mezzo saxophones, accompanied by a band including violinist Regina Carter, percussionist Cyro Baptista, guitarist Romero Lubambo, accordionist Charlie Giordano and drummer Joey Baron.

Layin' in the Cut features Marc Ribot on guitar and Coleman's erstwhile sidemen Jamaaladeen Tacuma on electric bass and Calvin Weston on drums.

John Coltrane's saxophone-playing son Ravi Coltrane makes his second record as a bandleader for RCA, From the Round Box, featuring pianist Geri Allen, drummer Eric Harland, bassist James Genus and trumpeter Ralph Alessi.

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson releases Serenity on ECM Tuesday, and two new-jack jazzers have CDs due. Trumpeter Russell Gunn releases Smokingunn on Highnote, and eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter's Charlie Hunter comes via Blue Note.

As far as reissues go, older masters such as John Coltrane and a younger generation of innovators such as bassist Dave Holland have back-catalogue gems seeing new life. RCA/Victor is releasing a collection of Satchmo on the Louis Armstrong 100th Birthday Celebration. The Verve Music Group is reissuing five records from Coltrane's later Impulse years: Kulu Se Mama, Ascension, New Thing at Newport, Impressions and Interstellar Space, which features the track "Mars" (RealAudio excerpt).

These records show Coltrane moving farther away from his postbop mastery and toward a more free-form approach. On New Thing at Newport, Coltrane is joined by saxophonist Archie Shepp for a powerful performance, including a reading of "My Favorite Things."

ECM, home to Holland for the past quarter-century, is rereleasing a string of his classics. Emerald Tears, Jumpin' In, Seeds of Time, Razor's Edge, and Triplicate will be in stores everywhere thanks to ECM's deal with a new distributor, Universal. Originally released in the '80s, these records show the brilliant bassist in a variety of settings. Emerald Tears is a solo bass performance, and Triplicate is a trio date made up of Holland, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Steve Coleman on alto saxophone.

Holland also appears on two other new ECM reissues, guitarist John Abercrombie's Gateway and Gateway 2. And Blue Note is rereleasing Jumpin' With Jonah, a mid-'50s date by the recently deceased trumpeter/singer Jonah Jones.

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