February 2009 Jazz New Releases

Is 2009 going to produce the best jazz of this decade?

While still trying to take in four albums of sheer brilliance in January:

Ravi Coltrane "Blending Times" (Savoy Jazz)
Blue Note 7 "Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records" (Blue Note)
Joshua Redman "Compass" (Nonesuch)
Tom Harrell "Prana Dance" (HighNote)

February brings still more important releases.

Grant's First Stand cover One Step Beyond cover Watts cover Some Other Stuff cover Night Songs cover

February 3rd, Jeff "Tain" Watts releases "Watts" (Dark Key Music) featuring Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride and Jeff "Tain" Watts.

Also on February 3rd, Concord Records release the double album that topped the jazz charts in Japan for many months, Chick Corea and Hiromi "Duet" (Concord)

Tuesday February 17th, Criss Cross release four important albums:

Alex Sipiagin "Mirages" (Criss Cross)
David Kikoski Trio "Mostly Standards" (Criss Cross)
Jonathan Kreisberg "Night Songs" (Criss Cross)
Joe Cohn "Shared Contemplations" (Criss Cross)

But the highlight is undoubtedly the re-release of two seminal albums that unaccountably have been unavailable for many years:

February 10th, Jackie McLean "One Step Beyond" (Blue Note)
February 24th, Grachan Moncur III "Some Other Stuff" (Blue Note)

Blue Note will also be re-releasing two classic albums by Grant Green:

February 10th, Grant Green "Grant's First Stand" (Blue Note)
February 24th, Grant Green "Street of Dreams" (Blue Note) (Larry Young, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones)

Other Blue Note re-releases include:

February 10th:

Horace Parlan "Up And Down" (Blue Note)
Paul Chambers "Paul Chambers Quintet" (Blue Note)
Leo Parker "Rollin' With Leo" (Blue Note)
Stanley Turrentine "A Chip Off The Old Block" (Blue Note)

Fine stuff!

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