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Al Blake's XXL Bag Of Blues Volume 1
Al Blake's XXL Bag Of Blues Volume 1Al Blake

Al Blake's XXL Bag of Blues - Volume 1 is a 29 track retrospective collection of Blake's acoustic recordings over the past 20+ years. It features Blake singing, playing guitar and harmonica, joined by blues pianist Fred Kaplan, with blues harmonica master Kim Wilson on several tracks and country blues guitarist Nathan James on one tune. Of the 29 tracks, 15 are originals and 26 of the tracks are previously unreleased commercially. 

Ballades
BalladesAhmad Jamal

At the age of 88, legendary jazz musician Ahmad Jamal presents an album that sees him returning to his roots in a transcendent journey. Jamal comes from the closely-knit club of the great masters of jazz. At its heart, this is a solo piano album, something Jamal has never done before. The music is art in its purest form, ranging from the iconic Poinciana to the symbolic Marseille.

Blue World
Blue WorldJohn Coltrane

John Coltrane's involvement in creating music for the film Le chat dans le sac received little fanfare. He went and re-recorded new versions of five of his compositions. Now these newly discovered recordings are available on CD.

Common Practice
Common PracticeEthan Iverson Quartet With Tom Harrell

Former Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson heads his own quartet in a program of standards and blues, recorded live at Manhattan's famed Village Vanguard. Tom Harrell whom Iverson extols for his quality of poetic 'vulnerability' provides the prime melodic voice but the album courses with an effervescent swing, thanks to the top-flight rhythm team. 

The Dance Band Years: The 1940s
The Dance Band Years: The 1940sVarious Artists

It has been said that nothing reflects the mood of the times like their popular songs and that a certain tune can transport you back to a particular time in your life. Surely both adages are true of the songs of World War II. The 'feel' of the 1940s, can be gleaned from this collection, which includes several live recordings at the Locarno Ballroom, Streatham, London. This collection has not been copied from any issued 78's and not a single track has been issued on CD before.

Eleven
ElevenMike Stern & Jeff Lorber Fusion

Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer Jeff Lorber teams up Guitar Player magazine's Certified Legend, Mike Stern for a new collaboration that brings together their two unique musical worlds.

First Spring
First SpringFlorian Hoefner Group

The new album from pianist Florian Hoefner reinterprets traditional folk and bluegrass music through a jazz lens. Drummer Nick Fraser and bassist Andrew Downing round out the group and sound for the album.

Getz At The Gate
Getz At The GateStan Getz Quartet

Recorded in 1961 at New York City's historic Village Gate, this previously unreleased live set features a rarely heard all-star quartet with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves, and drummer Roy Haynes. 

Sinatra Sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Sinatra Sings Alan & Marilyn BergmanFrank Sinatra

Alan & Marilyn Bergman's professional collaboration produced memorable lyrics cherished by superstars from Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis, to Sting, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. This collection highlights their great songs as sung by Sinatra. It includes Nice ‘n’ Easy, Love Looks So Well On You, Sleep Warm, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, The Summer Knows, and Summer Me, Winter Me.

Soul Doctor
Soul DoctorJimmy Carpenter

The fourth solo album from blues saxophonist, guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Carpenter features guitarist Chris Tofield and others on songs such as Love So Much, Wrong Turn and Need Your Love So Bad.

Spectrum
SpectrumHiromi

When she recorded her solo piano debut, Place to Be, in 2009, Hiromi was on the eve of her 30th birthday. She realized that the album would offer a snapshot of the chapter just ending, the ways in which her experiences and personal growth had shaped her sound over the course of her 20s. She decided then that she would revisit the solo format at least once a decade, building a sonic portrait of her evolution and artistry. Ten years later, the prolific pianist goes it alone once again. 

Trane's Delight
Trane's DelightPancho Sanchez

On his first new album in seven years, Grammy Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez celebrates the life and music of the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane. This is a love letter from one musical pioneer to another, as the Latin Jazz legend pays homage to one of his earliest and most indelible influences.

Trilogy 2
Trilogy 2Chick Corea

The latest collaboration between Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade is a collection from their second tour in 2016, which resulted in the twelve formidable tracks on this two-disc set that raises the bar even higher. 

Vinyl Tap
Vinyl TapSpyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra's first album of new material since 2013's The Rhinebeck Sessions, features an entire album of inventive jazz covers of pop favorites from the vinyl era. But these versions of familiar tunes will surprise the listener as well as entertain them.