Concord Music Group releases three new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Enhanced with 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, bonus tracks on each release (some previously unissued), and new liner notes to provide historical context to the originally released material, the series showcases pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on the jazz tradition continues to reverberate among jazz musicians and audiences well into the 21st Century.
The three new titles in the series are:
The Bill Evans Trio: Moonbeams Thelonious Monk: Misterioso Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Charles Mingus: The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall
The new reissues focus on some of the best jazz recorded between the early 1950s and the early 1960s - by three of the most creative and influential figures in the history of the genre.
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Charles Mingus: The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall
As the title clearly states, this album was recorded live at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, in May 1953. This summit of modern jazz titans - held in a concert hall three-quarters empty - is considered by many to be the greatest jazz concert ever. The music survives thanks to the foresight of Charles Mingus, who, along with Max Roach, taped the performance and subsequently issued it on Mingus's own new label, Debut.
"Whether you are familiar or not with these performances, rest assured that one does not need to dig for moments that remain impressive and fresh, or that reveal the personality of each player in their prime," says jazz journalist Ashley Khan in his new liner notes to the reissue. "It seems all worlds of music - rock, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop and others - are able to point to impromptu get-togethers as proud moments in their timelines, encounters that were recorded and created music of lasting impression. In the jazz tradition, there are a few, but none that has been revered for as long as Jazz at Massey Hall."
Phillips notes the importance of remembering that the Massey Hall date captured in this recording was not a rehearsed gathering, but rather a one-time-only concert event. "It's a perfect example of what can happen when musicians of this caliber come together and just play! It's the very definition of an all-time classic, and each and every musician on this recording is a true legend of jazz."