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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released June 7, 1991 | Warner Records

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

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

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

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

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released November 5, 1999 | Warner Records

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

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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 April 28, 2017 | Jube Legends

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

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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 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 September 10, 1987 | Columbia

These sides from 1950-51 were the first Garner recorded for Columbia, and like the later Body And Soul reissue from the same label, this disc includes a sophisticated and highly enjoyable program of classic standards. In his inimitable keyboard style -­ a seamless mixture of swing's bounce, pianist Art Tatum's mammoth facility, and some of bebop's mercurial twists -­ Garner glides through fine ballad readings of "Spring Is Here" and "Long Ago and Far Away," as well as compact, medium to fast tempo swingers like "When You're Smiling" and "Lover." Garner's burgeoning knack for abstract song preludes are plentiful too, with his two minute (half the song's length) impressionistic reworking of the chords to "My Heart Stood Still" standing out in particular. Extending the process further, Garner plays cat and mouse with the chords over the entirety of both "It Could Happen to You" and "Laura," creating spectral -- some might say overly florid -- interpretations in the process. The pianist's soft, almost strumming touch endeared him to a millions of fans in the late '40s and early '50s, and made the complex improvisational embellishments almost seem like part of the original composition. A great disc for newcomers and fans alike ­- nicely remastered, too. © Stephen Cook /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 24, 2020 | Moosicus

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released February 12, 2008 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Taken literally, the title of Fremeaux's Quintessence series promises that listeners will encounter the concentrated, unadulterated, essence of the musical legacies documented therein. Released in 2007, this label's double-disc anthology of recordings made by virtuoso clarinetist Benny Goodman in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Stockholm between July 1935 and November 1954 lives up to this heady assignment by presenting a well-chosen array of 36 outstanding studio, live, and radio broadcast performances, with the big band featured on disc one and a dazzling series of small groups lined up across disc two. The Benny Goodman Orchestra essentially defined big-band swing music for the U.S. and the world during the 1930s and early '40s. Beginning with the classic 1935 realization of Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp," 18 examples of Goodman's mastery of the large jazz ensemble unfold chronologically. Goodman's star soloists in this realm included trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Cootie Williams and Charlie Shavers, trombonist Kai Winding, saxophonists Georgie Auld, Don Byas and Stan Getz, pianist Jess Stacy and drummer Gene Krupa. Vocalist Peggy Lee is featured on Irving Berlin's "I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean." Goodman's arrangers as represented here spell out the grand tradition of big-band arranging. They include Fletcher and Horace Henderson, Gordon Jenkins, Edgar Sampson, Eddie Sauter, Buster Harding, Toots Camarata, Buck Clayton, Mary Lou Williams and Chico O'Farrill. Disc two is a fascinating survey of Goodman's experiments with the duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet and septet formulae. It presents the historic 1935 Goodman/Teddy Wilson/ Krupa combination, the marvelous addition of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 1936, singer Martha Tilton's superb rendering of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" backed by the quartet in 1937, and subsequent interactions with pianists Count Basie, Mel Powell and Johnny Guarnieri; guitarists Charlie Christian and Billy Bauer (who was closely associated with Lennie Tristano at that time); trumpeter Fats Navarro and saxophonist Wardell Gray; bassist Slam Stewart, drummer Dave Tough, vibraphonist Red Norvo and jazz accordionist Ernie Felice (on "I'll Always Be in Love with You"). Don't miss the lovely version of "Lazy River," rendered as a duet with pianist Jimmy Rowles. This delightful collection concludes with an extended jam by a seven-piece ensemble on "Air Mail Special," air-checked off of a live radio broadcast from Stockholm, Sweden on April 4, 1950. With Goodman on this occasion were trumpeter Roy Eldridge and saxophonist Zoot Sims. Cumulatively, the players and their music add up to what the producers intended for us to have: an excellent mini-history of Benny Goodman containing some of the best swing and bop recordings that ever appeared under his name. There are almost too many Benny Goodman collections on the market -- let it be known that this one ranks with the best. © arwulf arwulf /TiVo
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released May 23, 2014 | Herzog Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released February 21, 2020 | La Forge Cir - Label Forge

Inspired by the singular story revealed in Theodora Kroeber's book Ishi in 2 worlds (1961) based on the work of her husband, anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber, the music on this album is entirely dedicated to Ishi, the last survivor of the Yahi tribe, thought to have been exterminated and extinct since 1872, who, in 1911, resolved to march towards the white world. At the Anthropology Museum of the University of California he attempted, despite the barrier of a language of which he was now the sole repository, to transmit the know-how and culture of his original community. In 1916 he retired to the distant Land of the Dead to find the shadows of the ancient Yahis with the discretion so well illustrated by his favourite farewell expression: "Stay, I'm leaving". This album presents the music alone without the reading of excerpts from Theodora Kroeber's book that punctuated the initial project. Drawing on a variety of 20th-century influences to be rooted primarily in jazz and North American roots, the music is played by three remarkable and totally committed musicians whose sincerity touches the heart.
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released September 20, 2011 | Fonè Records

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 10, 2020 | Paradox Interactive

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