Music News 4/25/24



Zev Feldman is known as the Jazz Detecive for the many historic tapes he has found in archives and personal collections. The resulting albums, with the best sound restoration, are all never-before-issued material. They all come with exclusive photos and extensive liner notes from scholars, participants, and musicians from many generations who’ve been influenced by these masters.

This week sees the release of a musical treasure trove:



Sonny Rollins, FREEDOM WEAVER: The 1959 European Tour Recordings (Resonance, 3 CDs, $33.98) – Barnstorming through Europe in March of 1959, Sonny Rollins made stops in Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and France—and some of these powerful performances were preserved! Mr. Rollins has now sanctioned the official release of these trio recordings, with bassist Henry Grimes, and (depending on the dates) drummers Pete La Roca, Kenny Clarke, and Joe Harris. The 3-CD set comes a packed 56- page booklet featuring an essay by Bob Blumenthal, and new interviews with Mr. Rollins himself, and saxophonists from many generations: Branford Marsalis, James Carter, Joe Lovano, James Brandon Lewis, and the late Peter Brötzmann.


Art Tatum, JEWELS IN THE TREASURE BOX: The 1953 Chicago Blue Note Jazz Club (Resonance, 3 CDs, $33.98) – The piano giant Art Tatum, recorded live at Chicago’s Blue Note in March, 1953, with his long-time trio with guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart. There’s almost three hours of unreleased Art Tatum, and the booklet has words by Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Monty Alexander.


Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy, THE MIGHTY WARRIORS: Live in Antwerp (Elemental, 2 CDs, $25.98) – Pianist Mal Waldron and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy were long-time collaborators. Here they’re part of a dynamic quartet with Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille, recorded in 1995

. Two Monk tunes (“Epistrophy” and “Monk’s Dream”) are part of the sets along with originals by Waldron, Lacy, and Workman. The booklet has an essay by Adam Shatz and producer Zev Feldman, and testimonies by Mr. Cyrille and Mr. Workman, Jane Bunnett, Dave Liebman, Vijay Iyer, Evan Parker, David Virelles, and Hiromi Waldron. 



Sun Ra, AT THE SHOWCASE: Live in Chicago 1976 – 1977 (Jazz Detective/Deep Digs/Elemental, 2 CDs, $25.98) – Sun Ra and his Arkestra, live from Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase, recorded in February, 1976, and November, 1977

There are booklet notes by Sun Ra scholar John Corbett, and testimonials from among others, Arkestra members Marshall Allen, plus David Murray, Matthew Ship, Amina Claudine Myers, Reggie Workman, and Jack DeJohnette.



Yusef Lateef, ATLANTIS LULLABY: The Concert from Avignon (Elemental/INA, 2 CDs, $25.98) – Recorded on July 19, 1972 by French radio, the concert features a fantastic group Mr. Lateef on soprano, tenor saxes, and flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass, and Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums (Mr. Heath just died this month). The booklet has rare photos, and testimonials from Ayesha Lateef, Mr. Barron and Mr. Heath, Adam Rudolph, Reggie Workman, Joe Lovano, Tia Fuller, Bennie Maupin, James Carter, and Sonny Rollins.


And two from alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley:


Cannonball Adderley, BURNIN’ IN BORDEAUX: Live in France 1969 (Elemental/INA, 2 CDs, $25.98) – Recorded on March 14, 1969, with Cannonball’s classic group with Nat Adderley, cornet; Joe Zawinul, piano and electric piano; Victor Gaskin, bass; and Roy McCurdy, drums. There are testimonials from Mr. McCurdy, Hal Galper, Chris Potter, and Michael Wolff.


Cannonball Adderley, POPPIN’ IN PARIS: Live at L’Olympia 1972 (Elemental/INA, $18.98)- We move forward three year and a half years to October 25, 1972, with Cannonball group, with now George Duke taking over the piano/electric piano chair, and now Walter Booker on bass. In the booklet, there’s a newly published interview with Nat Adderley, and testimonials from Mr. McCurdy, Tia Fuller, Lou Donaldson, and Vincent Herring.





Tomeka Reid Quartet, 3 + 3 (Cuneiform Records, $16.98) – Cellist / composer / bandleader Tomeka Reid was at the Kennedy Center this past Tuesday as part of the Ellington 125 commemorative programs.

Ms. Reid has a dynamic quartet with Mary Halvorson on electric guitar, Jason Roebke on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. After the group’s second album, Old New (2021), Ms. Reid has written three extended tunes and medleys for the group’s latest.



NOTE: Cuneiform Records (located in Silver Spring) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Support our local labels!