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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released January 27, 2003 | Saga

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In 2004, Saga Jazz poured two dozen Fats Waller recordings into a more or less chronologically arranged collection named after one of his very best compositions, The Alligator Crawl. This unusual Waller album concentrates almost exclusively upon his piano solos, beginning with "Handful of Keys" and "Numb Fumblin'," recorded on March 1, 1929, and closing with two solos punctuated by vocal outbursts recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label on September 23, 1943. Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January 1935. These are the salty "Because of Once Upon a Time" and the moody "Night Wind," a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ. He also sings on "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" and "Draggin' My Heart Around." These solo piano performances date from 1931, a year during which Waller also recorded with bands led by Ted Lewis and Jack Teagarden. The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller's musical world is presented without a lot of distractions. It provides an excellent opportunity for understanding the man's artistry on a deeper level than is often achieved or even hinted at by collections that focus upon his comedic talents. © arwulf arwulf /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released June 7, 1991 | Warner Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released January 15, 1993 | Columbia - Legacy

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released August 16, 2005 | Saga

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released August 21, 2006 | Saga

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released November 3, 2003 | Saga

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released December 12, 2006 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released September 17, 2021 | Umlaut Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released September 26, 2014 | Rap Nation Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released March 5, 2021 | Yolk

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released December 16, 2013 | Tronus Music Group

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released May 23, 2014 | Herzog Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released October 24, 1997 | Columbia - Legacy

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Columbia's Greatest Hits is a solid collection boasting the most familiar versions of such Benny Goodman hits as "Let's Dance," "Clarinet a La King," "Jersey Bounce," "Flying Home," "Slipped Disc," "Air Mail Special," "Benny Rides Again" and "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)." It's not a perfect collection, but it does offer a good introduction for the curious. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 9, 1987 | Columbia

Concert by the Sea is certainly one of the biggest albums in jazz history, selling over 225,000 copies in the first year after its 1956 release and turning into such a steady seller over the next few years, it reportedly brought Columbia Records a million dollars by 1958 -- a nice sum at any time but astronomical in the late '50s. It should've turned Erroll Garner into a full-fledged superstar and, in a way, it did, because it was a reliable catalog item and earned him plenty of fans, including Johnny Carson, who frequently invited the pianist onto The Tonight Show. Instead, Concert by the Sea turned into a pinnacle, with Garner and manager Martha Glaser sliding into contractual battles with Columbia that hampered his long-term growth. Glaser is the one who had the idea to turn the tapes of Garner's September 19, 1955 concert at the Sunset School in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California into a full-fledged album, taking tapes that may have otherwise wound up as a bootleg and turning them over to Columbia. The label whittled the 19-song concert into an 11-track single LP -- Columbia/Legacy's 2015 The Complete Concert by the Sea restores the entirety of the concert over the course of two CDs, adding the original LP as a third -- and, by doing so, they wound up distilling Garner's joyous appeal. Supported by bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Denzil Best, Garner seems at home skipping and swinging through a collection of bop and big-band standards, tunes that offer showcases for his sly skill of remaining melodic even when departing from the melody. Garner's playing is so robust and easy to enjoy that his flashier flourishes, such as the cloistered chords that call up "Caravan," almost seem camouflaged, but there are also subtler signatures, like how he slyly emphasizes staccato left-hand rhythms as much as the melody on "They Can't Take That Away from Me." These are distinctions that appear on close listening but the wonderful thing about Concert by the Sea is how it's so infectious and open-hearted, it almost defies inspection: it's the kind of warm, inviting music that seems born from joy and can't help but engender bliss in the listener. [The 2015 expansion offers simply more of a good thing: the rest of the concert is every bit as good as the selections that made the official LP.] © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released July 21, 2017 | Cool Green Recordings

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Galactic drummer Stanton Moore is a busy man. Besides working with NOLA's funky sons, he teaches, does a copious amount of TV and film work, and works on solo projects. One of the latter is his acclaimed trio with organist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton. The three had booked studio time in the fall of 2015 to cut a follow-up to the previous year's celebrated Conversations. That was put on hold when Crescent City icon Allen Toussaint died suddenly after a concert in Spain. Moore's trio didn't feel right proceeding on their own without acknowledging the artist's passing. Moore had done studio work with Toussaint, and the shadow of his influence on the trio looms large. Instead of cutting an original record, the three assembled a host of NOLA luminaries for this masterful presentation of Toussaint's multi-faceted compositions. Vocalist Cyril Neville fronts the band on half the set's tunes, including the raucous "Here Come the Girls" (with a burning solo by Trombone Shorty). Neville's also there on the syncopated, second-line funk of "Life," whose horn section boasts solos by trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonist Skerik, as well as a killer backing chorus comprised of Erica Falls and Jolynda Chapman. The latter of these two fronts the trio on the soulful ballad "All These Things." There are excellent instrumentals to boot. "Java," a famous Toussaint jazz tune synonymous with Al Hirt, is realized with Torkanowsky laying down his most "humid" piano lines amid a knotty, hard-swinging horn section comprised of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr., Payton, and Shorty, with Moore and Singleton driving the rhythm home. The altoist and trumpeter also join the trio on the bluesy, nocturnal "Riverboat," with its gospel overtones and shimmering atmospheric vibe adorned by gently rolling snare, tom-toms, and electric piano. On the deep funk tip, there's the eternal "Everything I Do Gon' Be Funky from Now On" that joins Moore's trio to sax players Maceo Parker and Skerik, trumpeter Eric Bloom and trombonist Mark Mullins. Neville and the backing vocalists emphasize the Mardi Gras Indian-styled chant in the refrain as the groove thunders. Toussaint was nothing if not a supreme melodist. In the title track, Singleton lays down a gorgeous solo before Moore and Torkanowsky follow to improvise on the harmony with grace and elegance. Actor Wendell Pierce guests on the classic "Southern Nights." He speaks the lyric with a jazzman's swing and a rapper's sense of time. Then Payton takes over the unmistakable sweet soul melody on a B-3 while Torkanowsky adds fills with an electric piano; Singleton and Moore frame it all with a laid-back groove. The icing on the cake is Payton's Louis Armstrong-inspired trumpet solo to carry it out. It's likely that other tributes to Toussaint's genius will follow, but it's just as likely that few will be as heartfelt and discerning as the Stanton Moore Trio's With You in Mind. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released September 6, 1996 | Warner Records

Live Art is a double-disc, 20-track anthology of live performances by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, spanning four years in the mid-'90s. The song selections cover the group's entire career, ranging from new arrangements of several of classics to covers and seven previously unrecorded originals. There are a couple of vocals on the record, but the core of the album is Fleck & the Flecktones' dynamite instrumental improvisations, where they can demonstrate the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Of special note are the songs that feature jams with Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Bruce Hornsby, who help spur the Flecktones to new heights. © Thom Owens /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 28, 2017 | Jube Legends

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