With a backstory as exhilarating as the music itself, a Thelonious Monk concert recorded at a California high school in 1968 is a rare treat for jazz fans.
With Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings, 37 tracks from one of the most important phases of the late jazz great's career are presented in a gorgeous new deluxe package.
Head Hunters, spanning one or two lifetimes since its release, remains utterly applicable to the contemporary soundscape, encompassing the sensuality of gutbucket funk as well as airy confines of so-called jazz.
Roxy Coss has just released a new album of all-original music, and she has recently founded the Women in Jazz Organization, a community and activist group. She can improvise and she can organize.
The musical conflict and explorations of these jazz legends made for a stunning series of concerts that remain sharp nearly 60 years later.
The delightful hard-bop pianist died at 31, and this is a reissue of his trio date with George Duvivier and Max Roach, somewhat overlooked in favor of his Blue Notes recordings. This should right that wrong.