Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence – much like Ray Charles – to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records.
This disc features music by cousins Horneman and Hamerik, both of who were never appreciated in their native Denmark during their lifetimes. The Arild Quartet is formed of leading musicians from the Royal Danish Orchestra and are one of the leading chamber ensembles in Denmark. This is the Arild Quartet’s first recording with Dacapo.
Thelonious Monk's 1963 Newport Jazz Festival set has been released in whole or part on several different Columbia releases, but this 2002 reissue is the best version yet. One finally gets to hear nothing but Monk on this edition, with the added bonus of a previously unreleased and undocumented appearance from the 1965 festival. The earlier material, with Charlie Rouse, Butch Warren, and Frankie Dunlop, is already very familiar to serious Monk devotees, particularly the inspired addition (due to the suggestion of festival producer George Wein) of clarinetist Pee Wee Russell on two songs.
This 2 CD set is comprised of the complete 1954, 1956 and 1957 Capitol and Bethlehem albums 'Kenton Jazz Presents Sal Salvador', 'Frivolous Sal', 'Shades Of Sal Salvador' 'Tribute To The Greats' & 'Sounds By Socolow' (1 session). Also included as bonus tracks is the complete session under the saxophonist Frank Socolow leadership, and featuring legendary westcoaster trombonist Eddie Bert in addition to the Salvador-Costa quartet.
In 1961, Thelonious Monk and his quartet toured Europe, producing a series of live albums for various labels. The First European Concert, as well as recordings of Monk in Paris, Italy, Bern, Copenhagen, and Stockholm all date from that year. The performances drew almost exclusively from a body of the pianist’s best-loved original material, and Monk in France is no exception. While his playing here is less energized than it can be, Monk’s singular philosophy is well intact. The pianist’s lines are sparse and fluid. Characteristically, he maps out only the necessary notes in his off-kilter melodies, building solos from perfectly balanced melodic/rhythmic motifs. ~ AllMusic