"When The Saints Go Marching In" is Bradley Sowash's follow-up to 2001's "We Gather Together". Aptly subtitled "Hymns & Spirituals for Solo Jazz Piano", Sowash combines traditional gospel and jazz stylings with his own contemporary flavor, creating a collection that is fun, inspiring, and uplifting. A pianist with impeccable chops, Sowash's playing always sounds effortless and spontaneous. Some of the tracks really cook, like "Down By the Riverside" and the title track. Others are more reflective ("Come Ye Disconsolate", "America", "Beach Spring", "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need") and some are bluesy ("He Never Said a Mumblin' Word", "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" and the medley of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Michael Row the Boat Ashore"). "Jesu, Jesu" doesn't really fit any of those categories, but has a beautiful, swirling effect that is full of joy and life. I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Bradley Sowash's albums, but this one may be my favorite. "When the Saints Go Marching In" is strong and exciting from start to finish. Even the cover art and liner notes are exceptionally good. Highly recommended!(Kathy Parsons, amazon.com)
40 CD box set. Artists include John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie, John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Williams and many more. 725 tracks all digitally remastered to enhance the original recordings without manipulating the character of the music. Recordings made between 1923 and 1948. 20 double slimline jewel cases housed together in a cardboard box.
Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Comes with a mini-description. We love Jack Teagarden on Roulette Records – as the label's slightly broken-down, booze-drenched approach was perfect for the late life skills of the trombonist – and maybe a better setting for his talents than anywhere else! This fantastic set has Jack at all the height of those aging powers – playing trombone with a deftness that's way more than the trad modes in which he was schooled, and singing in this heartbreaking voice that's almost even more compelling – trying for blues, and full of pathos in its attempt to reach it – wonderfully human overall. The group features Don Ewell on piano, Don Goldie on trumpet, and Ronnie Greb on drums – and titles include "Big Noise From Winnetka", "When", "Stardust", "Honeysuckle Rose", and "South Rampart Street Parade".
Trombonist J.J. Johnson, 64 at the time of Quintergy, is heard in top form on this Live at the Village Vanguard set. His quintet, which includes Ralph Moore on tenor and soprano, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis, is perfectly suited to interpret the spirited set of advanced bop. Highlights include Johnson's feature on "You've Changed," "Coppin' the Bop," "Lament" and his unaccompanied playing on "It's All Right with Me." Excellent music. Another Antilles CD, Standards, comes from the same sessions.
The recording captures Lewis's ensemble perhaps at zenith. "Jazz at Vespers" is one of the key albums in the George Lewis canon. It was recorded during a Vespers service in 1954 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford Ohio. This was the church of Rev. Alvin Kershaw, a jazz enthusiast who was one of the first to use jazz bands as part of a service. George Lewis was at his best playing spirituals, his clarinet gentle and introspective, weaving inside the melodies like a white dove. The band backed him sensitively.Highly recommended. Clean, clear recordings.