"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)
In mid-November 2006, Bruce Springsteen and the 18-member strong Sessions Band performed a three-night series of concerts at The Point in Dublin, Ireland. 'Live in Dublin' (which is being concurrently released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray) features a wide-ranging collection of the best performances from those three concerts, including a host of songs from Springsteen's latest album ("The Seeger Sessions"), some radical interpretations from The Boss' past songbook, plus a few songs that have never before been captured on a Springsteen release.
Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954.
On December 3, 1963, at age 62, when most folks are thinking about retirement, Louis Armstrong recorded the sprightly "Hello, Dolly!," the title song for a Broadway show. Thus began a six year-long series of recordings that brought arguably most important 20th Century musician back into the limelight and, in fact, gave him his greatest recording successes ever.
This seven-CD limited-edition box set from Mosaic is another mind-boggling collection. The masterful trombonist J.J. Johnson recorded steadily for Columbia during the 1956-61 period, heading groups that ranged from quartets to sextets that performed solid hard bop. Johnson is joined on various selections by tenors Bobby Jaspar (doubling on flute) and Clifford Jordan; cornetist Nat Adderley; the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard; pianists Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Cedar Walton, and Victor Feldman; bassists Percy Heath, Wilbur Little, Paul Chambers, Spanky DeBrest, Arthur Harper, and Sam Jones; and drummers Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Louis Hayes.
Pure and simple genius from trumpeter Charlie Shavers – a player with a sweet tone and a fluid groove – stepping out here with great accompaniment from pianist Ray Bryant! The CD brings together work from the albums Charlie Digs Paree and Charlie Digs Dixie – both originally recorded for MGM Records in the late 50s, and done in a clean, uncluttered style that really brought a strong focus to Shaver's solos, but also gave some excellent rhythmic support from Bryant – working here at the height of his early powers, in a mode that's clearly relaxed enough to get with the spirit of each different session.