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Dick Katz, Derek Smith, Rene Urtreger - Jazz Piano International (1957) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit}

Dick Katz, Derek Smith, Rene Urtreger - Jazz Piano International (1957) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27217}
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© 1957, 2013 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27217 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Piano Trio

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. An unusual global session for Atlantic Records – an album that has John Lewis presenting work by three other musicians that he feels are ripe for wider discovery! The set's got some killer work from Rene Utreger – a key Parisian player in the postwar years, working here with dexterity that's almost at a Bud Powell level! Dick Katz is also featured on the set – with some nice colors and tones in the mix, similar to some of the work he'd go onto do for Atlantic and other labels. And perhaps the least known here is the British player Derek Smith – stepping out with a lyrical style that's captured surprisingly well here – and which makes the record a key addition to Smith's catalog.
Fred Kaz - Eastern Exposure (1960) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27218}

Fred Kaz - Eastern Exposure (1960) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27218}
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© 1960, 2013 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27218 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Post Bebop / Piano Trio

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed by Fred as "Turkish experiments" in the liner notes – and a compelling blend of Eastern modes and modern jazz piano – maybe not as all-out as later experiments of the type on MPS/Saba, but still pretty darn great!
Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley - The Jazz Makers (1959) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27286}

Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley - The Jazz Makers (1959) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27286}
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© 1959, 2013 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27286 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Bebop / Bop / Saxophone / Drums

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. The Jazz Makers: Art Ellefson (tenor saxophone), Ronnie Ross (alto and baritone saxophones), Stan Jones (piano), Stan Wasser (bass), Allan Ganley (drums) recorded in New York, September 23, 1959. What ever happened to The Jazz Makers? In 1959, the British jazz quintet The Jazz Makers came second in the British Melody Maker journal reader’s poll small jazz combo section, beating even the Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Couriers. They first established a US presence in 1958, appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival, and subsequently touring on the same bill as Thelonious Monk, where they caught the ear of Atlantic boss Nesuhi Ertegan. He brought them into a New York studio to record this album, The Swinging Sounds of The Jazz Makers, Atlantic 1333. Ronnie Ross went on to receive a Downbeat magazine New Star award.
Red Mitchell & Harold Land Quintet - Hear Ye!!!! Hear Ye!!!! (1961) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series WPCR-27070}

The Red Mitchell & Harold Land Quintet - Hear Ye!!!! Hear Ye!!!! (1961) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series WPCR-27070}
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© 1961, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27070 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone / Bass

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. In the early '60s, bassist Red Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Harold Land co-led a quintet in Los Angeles. The group did not catch on but they did record one Atlantic set that has been reissued on CD. In addition to the co-leaders, the quintet included trumpeter Carmell Jones, pianist Frank Strazzeri, and drummer Leon Pettis, and, although their original program of six songs was comprised entirely of group originals, the music falls easily into the hard bop area with plenty of fine solos and swinging ensembles. This is a fine effort from a group that deserved greater recognition at the time.
Gary Burton - Alone At Last (1971) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27085}

Gary Burton - Alone At Last (1971) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27085}
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© 1971, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27085 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Post Bop / Vibes

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Because Gary Burton uses four mallets simultaneously, he has long been able to sound like two or three players at once. This remarkable solo set has three selections in which Burton overdubs vibes with piano, electric piano, and organ, but those are far overshadowed by three unaccompanied vibes showcased from the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival and a slightly later (and very memorable) studio rendition of "Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)." The latter is one of the high points of Gary Burton's career. Wondrous music.
The Duke Pearson Nonet - Honeybuns (1965) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27121}

The Duke Pearson Nonet - Honeybuns (1965) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27121}
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© 1965, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27121 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Piano

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Other than "Our Love" (a familiar classical theme adapted to American pop music by Larry Clinton), all six selections are originals by the pianist. Utilizing a nonet that includes trumpeter Johnny Coles (who does his best to be soulful on "Honeybuns"), trombonist Garnett Brown, flutist Les Spann, altoist James Spaulding, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, baritonist Pepper Adams, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker, Pearson performs music in a style that would have fit in quite well on Blue Note. Most memorable among his originals is "Is That So." This is not an essential date, but it is nice to have this rarity back in print again.
Charlie Mariano & Jerry Dodgion - Beauties Of 1918 (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series TOCJ-50186}

Charlie Mariano & Jerry Dodgion - Beauties Of 1918 (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series TOCJ-50186}
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© 1957, 2011 World Pacific / EMI Music Japan | TOCJ-50186 | Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series
Jazz / Bop / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Saxophone

Pianist Russ Freeman, who produced this record, related it this way : “The last time we were (with Shelly Manne’s quintet) in San Francisco, we went to blow at some motel on the outskirts of town one afternoon. There were some other musicians there; we took turns playing. Jerry (Dodgion) was there. The afternoon wound up with Charlie and Jerry playing the blues with a rhythm section for about twenty minutes. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had, and I wasn’t even playing!
Charles Lloyd - Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd At Monterey (1966) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27053}

Charles Lloyd - Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd At Monterey (1966) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27053}
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© 1966, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27053 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Saxophone

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. When Charles Lloyd brought his new band to Monterey in 1966, a band that included Keith Jarrett on piano, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and the inimitable – though young – Cecil McBee on bass, no one knew what to expect. But they all left floored and this LP is the document of that set. It is difficult to believe that, with players so young (and having been together under a year), Lloyd was able to muster a progressive jazz that was so far-reaching and so undeniably sophisticated, yet so rich and accessible. For starters, the opening two title tracks, which form a kind of suite (one is "Forest Flower-Sunrise," the other "Sunset"), showcased the already fully developed imagination of Jarrett as a pianist.
Lee Konitz - Stereokonitz (1968) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4215}

Lee Konitz - Stereokonitz (1968) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4215}
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© 1968, 2014 RCA / Sony Music Japan | SICP 4215
Jazz / Cool / Post Bop /Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. Lee Konitz has had many opportunities to record with European artists over the decades, but this session is a bit unusual, in that all the compositions are by bassist Giovanni Tommaso and Konitz doesn't stick strictly to alto saxophone. Joining them are pianist Franco D'Andrea (with whom Konitz worked on a number of Philology CDs decades later), trumpeter Enrico Rava and drummer Gegé Munari.
Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack (1968) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27158}

Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack (1968) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27158}
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© 1968, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27158 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Saxophone

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Late in 1967, bassist Cecil McBee left Charles Lloyd's band and was replaced by Ron McClure. The jazz critics and public alike all held their breaths, since Lloyd's band had taken the entire world by storm on the festival circuit; playing Town Hall would surely be an acid test not only of McClure's ability to fill such a big space, but the band's as well – to see if the fire would continue to burn as it had previously. They needn't have worried. The gig, which is presented here as Soundtrack, stomps with all the fury of a live gospel choir trying to claim Saturday night for God instead of the other guy.