Excellent French three CD compilation from the Jazz legend. This is a set that any self-respecting Jazz fans will want to own. They may already have all of these recordings on other releases, but never have they been put together before in such luxurious packaging. Of all the Parker sets on the market, this is definitely one to be put at the top of the list. Disc One features 24 tracks spanning the years 1940-47. Disc Two also features 24 tracks that cover the 1947-51 time period. Disc Three contains an additional 14 tracks that were recorded between the years 1947 and 1953. Includes tracks recorded for the Decca, Savoy, Dial, Comet, Musicraft and Guild labels. Also included in this package is a beautifully illustrated 80 page plus booklet with tons of archival photos. 62 tracks total. Saga Jazz.
When Malaco Records started out in the late 1960s, the label that small Southern R&B companies looked up to was Stax. The Jackson, MS-based Malaco, like the Memphis-based Stax, focused mainly on deep-fried Southern soul in the beginning – only in 1968 and 1969, Malaco was a struggling young operation that was fighting to stay afloat. But ironically, Malaco would still be in business long after Stax's 1975 demise, and it would continue to favor classic soul long after most labels had moved away from it. When other black-oriented independents were putting out urban contemporary, rap and house music in the 1980s and 1990s.
This elegantly packaged 10 disc retrospective surveys four decades of work by Philip Glass, from his earliest solo pieces to his world-renowned operas to his Oscar-nominated film scores. In music, words and pictures, it traces the evolution, as critic Tim Page puts it in his liner notes essay, of 'the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music-simultaneously.' The long-awaited release of this set follows this past spring's triumphal new staging of Glass's 1980 Satyagraha at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Despite the fact that 2008’ Leucocyte, would be the Esbjörn Svensson Trio's final album due to the tragic scuba diving accident that killed Svensson, this was a band that had traversed such wide musical territory they deserved a retrospective treatment simply to sum up what had transpired between the release of 1993’s When Everyone Has Gone and that premature finale. While this 70-minute single disc doesn’t contain any unreleased material, or pre-1999 material (in favor of presenting the trio’s fully developed aesthetic), it is beautifully compiled.