Milt Jackson Sextet, Invitation. Riverside-Mobile Fidelity (180g LP, Gold CD).
Surrounded by a small group of superb players, Jackson and his vibes spin pure beauty.
Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Christian McBride, West of 5th. Chesky (multichannel hybrid SACD). Veterans Cobb (drums) and Jones (piano) team with a young bassist in another superb Chesky recording.
Jackie McLean, Jackie’s Bag. Blue Note-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs, hybrid SACD). McLean shows exceptional talents as composer, arranger, and soloist in a series of rhythmically complex tunes that leave you just a little off guard.
Gil Melle, Patterns in Jazz. Blue Note-Music Matters (two 180-gram 45rpm mono LPs)
The first 12-inch platter Rudy Van Gelder recorded for Blue Note is a musically delightful and little-known gem. The mono sound is focused, warm, and beautiful.
Charles Mingus, Ah Um. Columbia (180g rpm LP).
Columbia did a terrific job with this recent edition of one of Mingus’ finest and funkiest albums.
Charles Mingus, Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus. Impulse-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
Mingus gathers a 10-piece group to revisit some of his very best compositions—featuring the great Eric Dolphy.
Thelonious Monk Septet, Monk’s Music. Riverside-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
Yo! Monk, Coltrane, and Coleman Hawkins, in a superb set with astonishing sound.
Thelonious Monk Quartet with Johnny Griffin, Thelonious in Action. Riverside-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
Recorded at the Five Spot, one of the funkiest, fieriest, and most alive sounding of all jazz records.
The Wes Montgomery Trio, A Dynamic New Sound. Riverside-Analogue Productions (two 180g 45rpm LPs, hybrid SACD).
A terrific set with organ and drums, this legendary jazz guitarist captured in a rich sonic brew.
Lee Morgan, Candy. Blue Note-Music Matters (two 180g 45rpm LPs).
One of the great classic Blue Note LPs, Music Matters’ mono reissue sounds absolutely fabulous.