HERBIE HANCOCK / WILLIE BOBO / MICHAEL BRECKER / ROY HARGROVE – INVENTIONS & DIMENSIONS
Wax Love present a reissue of Herbie Hancock's Inventions & Dimensions, originally released in 1964. Inventions & Dimensions is the third album Herbie Hancock ever released as a leader and proof that he was not an artist who was willing to be pigeonholed. Featuring a quartet made up of a bassist and two Latin percussionists, Inventions & Dimensions explores the possibility of Latin percussion outside the context of a Latin jazz album. Comprised of post-bop and modal compositions all from the pen of Hancock, this is a beautiful album that shows the promise of a young and confident pianist and composer who would blossom into one of the most celebrated talents in jazz history.
MARIO BIONDI & THE HIGH FIVE QUINTET – HANDFUL OF SOUL (Special Edition w/Bonus CD)
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club jazz mode of the contemporary European scene – with all-acoustic instrumentation, and rhythms that move along at a really great dancefloor pace! Mario's vocals are really unique too – with a little rasp that catches slightly, and really brings a timeless quality to his voice – mixing personal feeling into the lively numbers on the album, with an unexpected depth that really makes the album stand out from similar sessions of this type! There's echoes of hip vocal jazz work from years past by artists like The Peddlers, Bobby Cole, or Mark Murphy – and titles include "A Child Runs Free", "No Mercy For Me", "This Is What You Are", "I Can't Keep From Cryin Sometimes", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "Handful Of Soul", "On A Clear Day", "Never Die", "No Trouble On The Mountain", "Slow Hot Wind", and "Gig". (Includes bonus CD of the full album!) ~ Dusty Groove
The legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman featured alongside the celebrated B-3 organist Brian Charette. George Coleman is the recipient of 2015 NEA (The National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters Awards, the highest honour USA gives to jazz musician. For the B-3's most adventurous and talented practitioner, Brian Charette, who has known the Coleman father and son (junior plays drums here) for more than a couple of decades, this recording is something of a musical homecoming. "Both B-3 stylist and student, serious jazz scholar and glitzy entertainer, Charette is a burning soloist who understands the tradition of the Hammond B-3 as well its future - just as certainly as he understands his place in that lineage." - Ken Micallef, Downbeat