Riverside Ojccd

Don Friedman Quartet - Dreams And Explorations (1964) {Riverside OJCCD-1907-2 rel 1998}

Don Friedman Quartet - Dreams And Explorations (1964) {Riverside OJCCD-1907-2 rel 1998}
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© 1964, 1998 Riverside / Fantasy / OJC | OJCCD-1907-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Piano / Guitar

Pianist Don Friedman first collaborated with Hungarian guitarist Attila Zoller as part of Herbie Mann's 1964-66 rhythm section. But the pair first explored the depths of their musical relationship in this excellent and aptly titled quartet session. Recorded in 1964, the same year Zoller won Down Beat's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition award, Dreams and Explorations is a challenging, evocative program of creative, improvised music that is never as predictable as traditional bop nor as ponderous, pretentious or piercing as free jazz.
Jimmy Heath Quintet - On The Trail (1964) {Riverside OJCCD-1854-2 rel 1994}

Jimmy Heath Quintet - On The Trail (1964) {Riverside OJCCD-1854-2 rel 1994}
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© 1964, 1994 Riverside / OJC / Fantasy | OJCCD-1854-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Unlike some of his other Riverside recordings, the accent on this Jimmy Heath CD reissue is very much on his tenor playing (rather than his arrangements). Heath is in excellent form with a quintet that also includes pianist Wynton Kelly, guitarist Kenny Burrell, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. The instantly recognizable hard bop saxophonist performs four standards and three of his own compositions, including the original versions of "Gingerbread Boy" and "Project S." It's a good example of his playing talents.
George Lewis and His Ragtime Band - Jazz At Vespers (1954) {Riverside OJCCD-1721-2 rel 1992}

George Lewis and His Ragtime Band - Jazz At Vespers (1954) {Riverside OJCCD-1721-2 rel 1992}
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© 1954, 1992 Riverside / Fantasy / OJC | OJCCD-1721-2
Jazz / Ragtime / New Orleans Jazz / Clarinet

The recording captures Lewis's ensemble perhaps at zenith. "Jazz at Vespers" is one of the key albums in the George Lewis canon. It was recorded during a Vespers service in 1954 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford Ohio. This was the church of Rev. Alvin Kershaw, a jazz enthusiast who was one of the first to use jazz bands as part of a service. George Lewis was at his best playing spirituals, his clarinet gentle and introspective, weaving inside the melodies like a white dove. The band backed him sensitively.Highly recommended. Clean, clear recordings.
Matthew Gee All-Stars - Jazz By Gee! (1956) {Riverside OJCCD-1884-2}

Matthew Gee All-Stars - Jazz By Gee! (1956) {Riverside OJCCD-1884-2}
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© 1956, 1996 Riverside / Fantasy / OJC | OJCCD-1884-2
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Trombone

Trombonist Matthew Gee was primarily a section player and a valuable sideman, but as this CD reissue shows, he could have been a significant soloist too. The two sessions (Gee's only two as a leader) feature him in an unusual quintet with altoist Ernie Henry (the trombone-alto blend has a unique sound) and at the head of a septet also including trumpeter Kenny Dorham, tenorman Frank Foster, and baritonist Cecil Payne. The music is quite bop-oriented and mixes together standards with three swinging Gee originals. An underrated and generally overlooked gem by a forgotten trombonist.
Don Wilkerson - The Texas Twister (1960) {Riverside OJCCD-1950-2 rel 2001}

Don Wilkerson - The Texas Twister (1960) {Riverside OJCCD-1950-2 rel 2001}
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© 1960, 2001 Riverside / Fantasy / OJC | OJCCD-1950-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Saxophone

Don Wilkerson was among the unsung heroes of the tenor sax. Although he backed heavyweights like B.B. King and Ray Charles, the improviser's own albums aren't nearly as well known as they should be. But those who were hip to Wilkerson swore by him, and one of his allies was alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. It was in 1960 that Adderley produced The Texas Twister, Wilkerson's first album as a leader. The tenor man (who was 27 at the time) shows a lot of promise on this album, embracing standards as well as bop-oriented material by Adderley, pianist Barry Harris, and obscure Texas musician Jim Martin.
Freddie Redd Trio - San Francisco Suite For Jazz Trio (1957) {Riverside OJCCD-1748-2}

Freddie Redd Trio - San Francisco Suite For Jazz Trio (1957) {Riverside OJCCD-1748-2}
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© 1957, 1990 Riverside / Fantasy | OJCCD-1748-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Piano Trio

This early recording by pianist Freddie Redd (a straight CD reissue of the original Riverside LP) features Redd's trio of the time, with bassist George Tucker and drummer All Dreares. The CD reissue is highlighted by the 13½-minute title piece, a suite that in its five melodies depicts the jazz life in San Francisco during the era. Redd shows potential both in his writing and his boppish playing. The remainder of the fine set has the group's interpretations of three other Redd originals and a trio of standards. An excellent effort.
Blue Mitchell - A Sure Thing (1962) {Riverside OJCCD-837-2 rel 1994}

Blue Mitchell - A Sure Thing (1962) {Riverside OJCCD-837-2 rel 1994}
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© 1962, 1994 Riverside / Fantasy | OJCCD-837-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Trumpet

A hip session from Blue – one that points the way towards some of his later work on Blue Note, and which features a larger than usual group arranged by Jimmy Heath. As on some of Heath's other projects from the time, the groove is tight and soulful, but never so dominant as to overwhelm the soloists. Mitchell's the main player, of course – but the rest of the group features work by Heath, Pat Patrick, Jerome Richardson, and Wynton Kelly. Tracks include "A Sure Thing", "West Coast Blues", "Hootie Blues", and "Hip To It".

Jimmy Heath - The Quota (1961) {Riverside OJCCD-1871-2}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Sept. 5, 2015
Jimmy Heath - The Quota (1961) {Riverside OJCCD-1871-2}

Jimmy Heath - The Quota (1961) {Riverside OJCCD-1871-2}
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© 1995 Riverside / Fantasy / OJC | OJCCD-1871-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

For The Quota, Jimmy Heath gathered his older brother, Percy, and his younger one, Tootie, into the Riverside studios along with three young lions of the New York jazz scene. In Julius Watkins, Heath selected a musician who had made himself a mainstay of the New York scene despite the fact that he played French horn, an instrument almost impossibly difficult for improvisation. In a short time in New York, Cedar Walton had become sought after as a versatile pianist who soloed with rare conviction and beauty.
Ernie Henry - Last Chorus (1957) {Riverside-OJC} (ft. Lee Morgan)

Ernie Henry - Last Chorus (1957) {Riverside-OJC} (ft. Lee Morgan)
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© 1998 Riverside / OJC / Fantasy | OJCCD-1906-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Ernie Henry was one of Riverside's earliest "discoveries." He recorded for the label, as a leader and as a sideman with Thelonious Monk and Kenny Dorham, for little more than a year before his sudden death at the end of 1957. The brilliant and unrealized promise of the young alto saxophonist, which was just beginning to be recognized (he was with Dizzy Gillespie's big band when he died), was dramatically exhibited on this final collection, one side of which is from an unfinished album featuring good friends and colleagues like Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.

Blue Mitchell - Out Of The Blue (1958) {Riverside} [re-up]  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 17, 2014
Blue Mitchell - Out Of The Blue (1958) {Riverside} [re-up]

Blue Mitchell - Out Of The Blue (1958) {Riverside}
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© 1991 Riverside / OJC | OJCCD-667-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Trumpet

This early recording by Blue Mitchell finds the distinctive trumpeter in excellent form in a quintet also featuring tenor saxophonist Benny Golson (who contributed "Blues on My Mind"), either Wynton Kelly or Cedar Walton on piano, Paul Chambers or Sam Jones on bass and drummer Art Blakey. The consistently swinging repertoire includes a surprisingly effective version of "When the Saints Go Marching In." "Studio B," recorded in the same period but formerly available only in a sampler, has been added to the program. It's an enjoyable date of high-quality hard bop.