Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker | Some Skunk Funk

Unfortunately, this otherwise predictable (but still enjoyable) Breckers run out may take on a significance for all the wrong reasons in that it was one of Michael’s last recordings before his medical condition rendered him too poorly to play.

Chick Corea | The Ultimate Adventure

The spirit of the original acoustic Return to Forever is writ large on these sessions, which despite the revolving cast of musicians on each track, were all recorded live at the Mad Hatter Studios in California with a minimum of overdubs. They reveal Corea’s love of Spanish and Latin rhythms which are far more explicit than the delicate Brazilian feel of the original band.

Zoë Rahman | Melting Point

  
Although, pianist Zoë Rahman’s debut The Cynic showed promise, the follow-up proves this artist has truly arrived. Since 2001, the pianist has played in Clark Tracey’s hard bop outfit and matured not only technically but conceptually. Mostly played as a trio with woody-toned bassist Oli Hayhurst and drum whiz Gene Calderazzo, Melting Pot brims with top-notch composition, interaction and soloing.

Michael Garrick & Jazz Britannia Orchestra (with Norma Winstone) - Children of Time

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Michael Garrick (p, comp), Norma Winstone (v), Martin Shaw, Steve Waterman, Mark Armstrong, Gabriel Garrick (t), Mark da Silva, Alistair White, Dave Eaglestone (tb), Martin Hathaway (as, cl), Matt Wates (as, ss), Bob McKay (bs, bcl), Jamie Anderson (ts), Mick Foster (ts, cl), Dominic Ashworth (g), Paul Moylan (b) and Alan Jackson (d). Rec. April-May 2005

Miles Davi - The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (Box Set)


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Miles Davis (t), Gary Bartz (as, ss), Keith Jarrett (el p, org), Michael Henderson (b), John McLaughlin (g), Jack DeJohnette (d) and Airto Moreira (perc, CDs 2, 6 only). Rec. 1970

This is the eighth Davis box set, and comes up to the remarkably high standards of the previous sets in terms of packaging (albeit no trade mark metal spine), liner notes (Bob Belden and Adam Holzman with additional essays by all the six sidemen above who played with Davis on these historic sessions) and the music, a good representation of dynamic, at times exciting and highly creative jazz-rock featuring Keith Jarrett on electric keyboards and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

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