Record Store Day brings new albums from Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, Harold Land, Bill Evans


Expect the quarantine limitations to continue for the Record Store Day celebrations at your local store Saturday. Jazz and blues fans will once again find several new jazz and blues releases to encourage your support for independent record stores. Jazz host Abe Beeson reviews some of the highlights.

Record Store Day continues to focus on generating revenue for record stores, as well as artists, labels, distributors and everyone behind the scenes who continued to struggle during the pandemic. Special outings arrive in your local record stores on Saturday, and again on July 17th.

Land of Harold – To the west: Another entry from Jim Wilke’s live broadcast recordings at the Penthouse in the 1960s in Seattle, saxophonist Harold Land’s quintet line-up is expected to have jazz fans lining up at record stores on Saturday morning. Trumpeter Carmell Jones joins Land on the frontline through two LPs on three visits to Seattle with Hampton Hawes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery, and drummer Philly Joe Jones.

Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller – In harmony: Coming July 17, these unprecedented performances by these two great jazz masters in New York (2006) and Easton, Pennsylvania (2007) are improvisation master classes from Hargrove and Miller at their creative peak.

Bill Evans – Behind the Dikes, 1969 records in the Netherlands: The piano legend’s live recordings continue to be unearthed, and these three LPs (from July 17) of trio concerts include Evans’s only recorded version of Duke’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” Ellington and more rarities with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morrell.

Roland Kirk – Living with Ronnie Scott: July 17th also brings a collection of previously unavailable recordings by multi-instrumentalist (often at the same time!) Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the 1963 concerts in London. There are only four songs on this record collection, but Kirk packs every second with passion and exuberance.

Having dinner – Dessert: The modern jazz star quartet of Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and 9th Wonder follow their Having dinner album with a jazz-fusion hip-hop treat on July 17, featuring a number of special guests. There is always room for Snoop Dogg, Rapsody, Bilal and … Herbie Hancock too! (Also on July 17, Glasper offers a 7 inch single live collaborations with Denzel Curry.)

High pulp – Mutual Attraction Vol. 2: The Seattle jazz fusion collective has another cover EP coming out on Saturday, in progressive jazz mode to the music of Brazilian Arthur Verocai, French Cortex and Japanese band Casiopea. Green vinyl available for import with black copies for the American market.

Peggy Lee – World broadcast recordings 1955: Lee’s July release singing jazz standards for radio shows arrives on limited color vinyl, with the singer at the top of her game during her hit streak for the Decca label.

Charlie Parker – Bird in LA: Spread over four albums (two CDs) are mostly unreleased studio and live sessions from the Yardbird on four trips to the West Coast between 1946 and 1952, including three rare jams exceeding the 12-minute mark. Also look for these July 17th.

Some hard-to-find classics will be reissued for Record Store Day. Among the most interesting is that of Larry Coryell Living at the village gate, Kenny Dorham Kenny calm, Barney Wilen’s The Blue Note, and the Miles Davis collection Champions, the outputs of Jack johnson album in 1970.

Also of note, Record Store Day brings reissues by drummer Roy Brooks (Comprehension), Brad Mehldau / Mark Turner / Peter Bernstein (Consenting adults), and the Christian McBride Trio (Out there).

Strangely, Thelonious Monk’s album Palo Alto 1963, beautifully remastered for its very first release last year, will return in a “Custodian Mix”. This un-remastered audio gives the listener the original, low-fidelity sound of the original recordings made by the high school jazz-loving keeper Palo Alto and seems like a gimmick to me.

Blues fans should look for the three record compilation Chicago! The Blues! Today! from 1966, with Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Jimmy Cotton, Otis Spann and more. Other interesting blues reissues come from Aretha Franklin (Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972), Albert Collins (With the Barrellhouse Live), precious Bryant (Cheat on me), The Blind Boys of Alabama (I wish I knew what it would be like to be free), and three new compilations from World Music Network Approximate guide series.


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