Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Releases: John Coltrane & Friends - Sideman: Trane's Blue Note Sessions; Wolfgang Muthspiel - Driftwood; Matt Marshak - Lifestyle


Blue Note Records, the world's most respected and longest-running Jazz label, is being commemorated for its 75th Anniversary throughout 2014 and beyond with a broad range of special releases and events. Blue Note is pleased to announce a new Blue Note Select collection entitled Sideman: Trane's Blue Note Sessions. A collection of the legendary saxophonist's sideman sessions for Blue Note Records from 1956-1957, when Coltrane was a regular member of the Miles Davis Quintet and played with pianist Thelonious Monk. This set, conceived by former Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall, marks the first time Coltrane's sideman sessions for Blue Note have been collected in one place; albums include recordings led by Paul Chambers (Chambers' Music, a.k.a. High Step, and Whims of Chambers), Johnny Griffin (A Blowing Session) and Sonny Clark (Sonny's Crib). The entire set will be in original Blue Note mono, with the mono version of Clark's album on CD for the first time. The book-style package includes a 34-page booklet with an essay by author and educator Ashley Kahn, and other elements as noted. ~


Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel makes his ECM leader debut with Driftwood, a trio album of subtlety and depth featuring renowned US jazz players Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade. Muthspiel who recently made his first ECM appearance on Travel Guide as a member of a cooperative trio with fellow guitarists Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan has enjoyed long, productive musical friendships live and on record with both Grenadier and Blade, leading to a sense of telepathic interplay on Driftwood. The trio creates a ravishing sound, captured with fidelity at Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Muthspiel has been praised by The Times of London for his restless musical imagination. Lyrical, grooving, and atmospheric by turns, the guitarist s compositions on Driftwood include tributes to his heroes Joe Zawinul and Michael Brecker. ~


Lifestyle brings forth Matt Marshak's most honest writing to date. Funky, soulful, and organic live production make this cd truly stand out. Gerald Veasley is on bass, Benjie Porecki on keys, and Carl Anderson on drums. The urban groove of Lifestyle will have your head bopping, Dreamin' in Dubai brings a hypnotic jazzy groove, Mandela captures a rare acoustic performance, and One Happy Guy delivers an unforgettable melody. This is the true musical lifestyle of guitarist Matt Marshak. ~

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