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Welcome to the Jazz bar, a collection of some of the finest Jazz musicians - from iconic legends to incredible pressings, this is the perfect winter warmer

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Your box will include a handpicked selection of two or three albums from this collection:

Ella and Louis

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Ella and Louis

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Ella and Louis is an inspired collaboration, masterminded by producer Norman Granz.

Both artists were riding high at this stage in their careers, and Granz assembled a stellar quartet of Oscar Peterson (piano), Buddy Rich (drums), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass). Equally inspired was the choice of material, with the gruffness of Armstrong's voice blending like magic with Fitzgerald's stunningly silky delivery. Outstanding are Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" and "Isn't This a Lovely Day," and everything else works like a dream, with the golden star going to the Gershwin brothers' "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Gentle and sincere, this is deserving of a place in every home.

Tracklist

A1 Can't We Be Friends 

A2 Isn't This A Lovely Day 

A3 Moonlight In Vermont 

A4 They Can't Take That Away From Me 

A5 Under A Blanket Of Blue 

A6 Tenderly 

B1 A Foggy Day 

B2 Stars Fell On Alabama

B3 Cheek To Cheek 

B4 The Nearness Of You 

B5 April In Paris

Escape the Flames

Binker and Moses

Escape the Flames

Binker and Moses

Saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd captured some magic one evening in June 2017 at London’s Total Refreshment Centre, running through the first half of their 2017 album Journey To The Mountain Of Forever.

So many of the compositions on Escape The Flames are opportunities for Boyd to find every impeccable beat to push behind Golding’s playing. Surprisingly, though, the reedist plays sparingly throughout the evening. This isn’t to say it’s not flashy, just precisely what’s called for. Golding’s more adventurous showing on “Trees On Fire” definitely can induce the stank face. But it’s Boyd’s drumming that’s unrelenting, always on beat yet always finds new ways to go beyond it. Things open up more on “The Shaman’s Chant,” where the pair explicitly prove their simpatico, weaving in unison and giving listeners a sense of their live performance as the album’s energy builds. There’s an arc here that happens organically, as opposed to the sequencing of their studio releases. It has more to do the open time a live performance might have granted them, as opposed to the fierce acuity of a studio session. Yet, Escape The Flames is one of those live performances that really merited a release, regardless of the pandemic. The album now could serve as a kind of consolation, providing a sense of connection and discovery—elements captured in their finest form on one summer night in London.

Tracklist

A1 - The Departure

B1 - Intoxication From The Jahvmonishi Leaves 

B2 - Fete By The River 

C1 - Trees On Fire 

D1 - The Shaman’s Chant 

D2 - Leaving The Now Behind 

Nitin Sawhney Live at Ronnie Scots

Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney Live at Ronnie Scots

Nitin Sawhney

Expertly melding flamenco, funk and Indian ragas while branching into primeval blues, tabla breakbeats, beatboxing and much more, Sawhney and his band weave a textural tapestry of treats to the sheer delight of the audience.

Nitin Sawhney’s many outstanding studio works, plus scores of soundtracks (including the forthcoming blockbuster Jungle Book), have spanned more than two decades and have seen him recognised with the 2017 Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award. This, his first live album, features highlights from his ten studio albums, including 1999’s Mercury Music Prize nominated Gold awarded Beyond Skin, the millennial epic Prophesy and his latest work Dystopian Dream. Recorded at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club, London in 2016, these re-imaginings of old and new favourites buzz with life and joy.

Tracklist

A1 - Sunset 

A2 - Dark Day 

A3 - Redshift 

A4 - Homelands 

A5 - Henricia Latina 

B1 - Tere Khyal 

B2 - The Conference 

B3 - Breathing Light 

B4 - Nadia 

B5 - Riverpulse

A Love Supreme

John Coltrane

More Trouble

John Coltrane

Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

Tracklist

A1 - Part 1 - Acknowledgement 

A2 - Part 2 - Resolution 

B - Part 3 - Persuance / Part 4 - Psalm

 

Foreign Intrigue

Tony Williams

Foreign Intrigue

Tony Williams

Classic 1985 solo album from the musician who wowed the jazz world as Miles Davis’s 17-year-old drummer.

Tony’s third Blue Note album and a key artefact in the label’s 1980s renaissance. Recorded at M&I Studios, New York City, in June 1985. Featuring Donald Harrison (alto sax), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) and Miles cohort Ron Carter (bass). The album showcased Tony’s newfound confidence as a composer, with seven memorable originals including the modern standard Sister Cheryl. Co-produced by Williams and Michael Cuscuna. Mastered at the Van Gelder Studios.

Tracklist

A1 - Foreign Intrigue 

A2 - My Michele 

A3 - Life Of The Party 

B1 - Takin' My Time 

B2 - Clearways 

B3 - Sister Cheryl

Blue Mode

Reuben Wilson

Blue Mode

Reuben Wilson

If Love Bug skirted the edges of free jazz and black power, Blue Mode embraces soul-jazz and Memphis funk in no uncertain terms.

Opening with the cinematic, stuttering "Bambu" and running through a set of relaxed, funky grooves -- including covers of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" and Edwin Starr's "Twenty-Five Miles" -- Blue Mode isn't strictly a jazz album, but its gritty, jazzy vamps and urban soul-blues make it highly enjoyable. Reuben Wilson has a laid-back, friendly style and his supporting band -- tenor saxophonist John Manning, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Tommy Derrick -- demonstrate a similarly warm sense of tone. While none of them break through with any improvisations that would satiate hardcore jazz purists, they know how to work a groove, and that's what makes Blue Mode a winner.

Tracklist

A1 - Bambu 

A2 - Knock On Wood 

A3 - Bus Ride 

B1 - Orange Peel 

B2 - Twenty Five Miles 

B3 - Blue Mode

Connect

Marvin Gaye

Connect

Charles Tolliver

Jazz Trumpet legend, founder of the uber-cool Strata East label that spawned Gil Scott Heron, is back with Connect, his first studio album in 13 years.

Recorded to tape at RAK Studios in London by Tony Platt (The Bad Plus, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bob Marley), the four-track album features the Charles Tolliver All-Stars, comprising some of the most experienced jazz musicians of New York : Jesse Davis on alto saxophone, Keith Brown on piano, Buster Williams on double bass, and Lenny White on drums. The album also bridges together New York and London by featuring leading British saxophonist Binker Golding on two tracks, (Binker and Moses, Moses Boyd Exodus, Zara McFarlane.) 

Tracklist

A1 - Blue Soul 

A2 - Emperor March 

B1 - Copasetic 

B2 - Suspicion

Frank Sinatra - Swing Easy

Frank Sinatra - Swing Easy

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