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61. OJC November 7 2015


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Nat King Cole - Stardust


The Modern Jazz Quartet - Blues in A Minor

The Modern Jazz Quartet broke up after the concert documented on this double CD. It would be nearly seven years before the group got back together again but it certainly went out on top. Mostly revisiting their greatest hits, the MJQ is heard on this two-fer playing inspired versions of such songs as "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," "Bags' Groove," "Skating in Central Park," "Confirmation," "The Golden Striker," and, of course, "Django." This set is a real gem (the music is essential for all serious jazz collections), featuring vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist John Lewis, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Connie Kay at their very best. —all music.com

Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Over the Rainbow


Oscar Peterson - Main Stem


Red Holloway - Snu-Fu


Ray Anthony - The Fox


Sammy Davis, Jr. - Too Close for Comfort

The Wham of Sam! brings together the prime cuts of the artist's early-'60s collaborations with arranger Marty Paich and his Dek-Tette. The combination of Davis' varied and rhythmically sophisticated vocal delivery and Paich's involved yet very swinging arrangements produce consistently high quality performances over the 12 tracks here. Unfortunately, these sessions would not set the pace for Davis' subsequent output, as he opted to satisfy the record industry's hunger for one-dimensional pop covers instead. On The Wham of Sam sessions, Paich was following up on his justly famous Dek-Tette recordings with a singer more successful at transcending pop trends, Mel TormeDavis, though, found his own voice by the late '50s, and Paich spotlights the mature style here by playing to his unerring sense of rhythm and fine ballad phrasing. On both "Too Close for Comfort" and "Falling in Love With Love," the artist deftly glides in and out of fast tempo changes without compromising his Torme-like elastic phrasing. —all music.com

George Benson - Song for My Father


Jim Hall - Up, Up and Away


Bill Evans - My Heart Stood Still

An obscure Bill Evans trio set (with bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones), On Green Dolphin Street went unissued until the mid-'70s, when the pianist decided that it was worth releasing as a fine example of Chambers' work. Very much a spontaneous set -- it was recorded after the rhythm section made part of a record accompanying trumpeter Chet Baker -- the group runs through a few standards such as "You and the Night and the Music," "Green Dolphin Street," and two versions of "Woody 'N You." Although lacking the magic of Evans' regular bands, the date has its strong moments, and the pianist's fans will be interested in getting this early sampling of his work. [Some reissues include a special bonus, the rare first take of "All of You" from the legendary Village Vanguard engagement by the 1961 Evans Trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian.] —all music.com

Woody Herman - Lullaby of Birdland


Kenny Burrell - Chitlins con Carne

This album is one of guitarist Kenny Burrell's best-known sessions for the Blue Note label. Burrell is matched with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on conga for a blues-oriented date highlighted by "Chitlins Con Carne," "Midnight Blue," "Saturday Night Blues," and the lone standard "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You.”

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