Eric Dolphy, Out To Lunch! Blue Note-Music Matters (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
The great multi-instrumentalist shines in his own compositions, beautifully recorded months before his death.
Duke Ellington, Ellington Jazz Party in Stereo. Columbia-Classic (180g LP).
The title says it all: superbly detailed sound, playful big band jazz, great soloists, and Ellington.
Duke Ellington and Ray Brown, This One’s for Blanton. Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
A remarkable duet presented in “you-are-there” sound.
Bill Evans, Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Riverside-Analogue Productions (180g LP and hybrid SACD), JVC (XRCD).
The classic jazz piano trio disc, captured in a superb live recording.
Gil Evans, Out of the Cool. Impulse-Analogue Productions (two 180-gram 45rpm LPs, hybrid SACD). Showcasing Gil Evans’ brilliance as a writer and arranger, a set of lovely, cerebral jazz meditations in excellent sound.
Ella Fitzgerald, Sings Songs From Let No Man Write My Epitaph. Verve-Classic (200g LP).
This intimate and excellent recording pairs the great singer with only a piano accompanist. “Black Coffee,” “Angel Eyes,” and more never sounded so good.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella and Louis. Verve-Speakers Corner (180g vinyl).
Ella and Louis live again in vivid sound—‘nuff said!
Dexter Gordon, Dexter Calling. Blue Note-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs, hybrid SACD). One of this great tenor’s finest sessions, the sound really pops on this modal-themed outing.
Dexter Gordon, One Flight Up. Blue Note-Cisco (180g LP).
With Donald Bryd on trumpet, a gorgeous session in sumptuous sound.
Billie Holiday, Songs for Distingué Lovers. Verve-Classic (200g LP).
A rare stereo Holiday album, this late recording finds her in great form with a small group and superb sound.
Dick Hyman, Dick Hyman Plays Duke Ellington. Reference Recordings (CD).
Presented in knockout sound, a fine pianist interprets a slew of Ellington classics.