‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band In Concert’ (rec. 1960) – London Jazz News

‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band In Concert’(SteepleChase SCCD 36502. Album review by Len Weinreich) Sometime during the late 1940s, jazz hipsters first clocked in Gerry Mulligan as a fledgling composer and arranger slyly inserting bebop flavoring into charts for the Elliot Lawrence, Claude Thornhill and Gene Krupa big bands. In 1949, his reputation increased through … Read more

Chet Baker Trio – ‘Live in Paris’ (rec. 1983/4) – London Jazz News

Chet Baker Trio – Live in Paris (Elemental 5990541. 3 LPs. Review by Andrew Cartmel) On the labels of this handsome triple vinyl set, the font makes the artist credit look rather like “Chet Baker Brio”. Which is appropriate because these are spirited and enriching sessions by the trumpeter from the autumn of his career, … Read more

Pepper Adams with The Tommy Banks Trio – ‘Live at Room at the Top’ (rec. 1972) – London Jazz News

Pepper Adams with The Tommy Banks Trio – Live at Room at the Top (Cellar Music Group/Reel to Real Recordings. Album review by Sebastian Scotney) Did the great baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams succeed in transforming the small jazz gig into an art form all his own? Listening to this painstakingly restored and meticulously annotated issue … Read more

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Deluxe Edition (rec. 1957) – London Jazz News

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Deluxe Edition (Atlantic R2 670841/RHINO 603497842384, released May 20. Album review by Leonard Weinreich)When some empty head on TV exclaims “I’m going to raise my performance up to another level”, wave this album vigorously at the screen. More than any other, it defines the real meaning of ‘another … Read more

Charles Mingus – ‘Mingus Three’ (rec. 1957, expanded reissue) – London Jazz News

Charles Mingus – Mingus Three (expanded reissue) (Rhino 603497841035 – album review by Mark McKergow) Friday 22 April 2022 marks the centenary of the birth of Charles Mingus, Double bassist, composer, pianist, band leader, activist and one of the most important figures in jazz. He and his music are not only key in developing the … Read more