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GREAT JAZZ Selection

GREAT JAZZ Selection

Esoteric  ESSO-90173/78 (6 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Jazz


Wynton Kelly: Kelly Blue (ESSO-90173)
Wynton Kelly (piano), Nat Adderley (cornet), Bobby Jaspar (flute), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby (ESSO-90174)
Bill Evans (piano), Scott LaFaro (bass), Paul Motian (drums)

Wes Montgomery: Full House (ESSO-90175)
Wes Montgomery (guitar), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Bud Powell: The Scene Changes (ESSO-90176)
Bud Powell (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder (ESSO-90177)
Lee Morgan (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)

The Oscar Peterson Trio: We Get Requests (ESSO-90178)
Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)

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Comment by Mark Werlin - December 4, 2017 (1 of 1)

A puzzling selection of albums licensed from Concord and Universal. All but one – Wes Montgomery's "Full House" – have been previously released on SACD, some of them several times. Moreover, there seems to be no thematic or stylistic thread drawing the albums together, except, perhaps, the premature demise of several of the artists.

"Full House" is more than deserving of remastering for SACD. The performance was recorded live in Berkeley, California in 1962 by Wally Heider, and finds Wes and pianist Wynton Kelly at the peak of their creative powers. Earlier audiophile reissues, Acoustic Sounds 180-gm LP, DCC Gold compact disc and JVC XRCD compact disc, are long out of print. I hope this title eventually appears as a single and reasonably affordable SACD.