This unusual session consists of a complex six-movement suite by J.J. Johnson featuring Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet over a brass choir (six trumpets, two trombones, two bass trombones, four French horns and two tubas), bass, drums, percussion and two harps. Often reminiscent of classical music, Johnson's writing allows plenty of room for Gillespie to improvise. The result is a rather unique set of music that is well worth searching for.
Album released in Spain performed by Cuban musician and singer Reinaldo Creagh Verane (Santiago de Cuba, 1918). Reinaldo, an inveterate and quiet cigar smoker worked during his lifein many jobs (carpenter, baker, railroad employee) and was integrated into the musical group 'Estudiantina Invasora' before its ultimate success, once retired, joined the 'Vieja Trova Santiaguera' (1993-2002), a team of five retired musicians who wanted to continue playing Cuban music. Being in the group Reinaldo recorded this solo album dedicated to boleros. He has himself selected the songs performed with her mature voice and recovering arrangements felt that once made musicians like Dizzie Gillespie, Ketama, Juan Enrique Morente or Dog among others.
An epic 100 CD chronological documentation of the history of jazz music from 1898 to 1959, housed in four boxed sets. Each box contains 25 slipcase CDs, a booklet (up to 186 pages) and an index. The booklets contain extensive notes (Eng/Fr) with recording dates and line-ups. 31 hours of music in each box, totalling 1677 tracks Each track has been restored and mastered from original sources.
On toward the mid-'70s, it dawned on the powers-that-were at Capitol/EMI that millions of listeners had come of age since the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and, thus, had never experienced the group except in a historical context. (This notion was aided by true tales of younger Wings fans discovering – to their amazement – that Paul McCartney had been "a member of another group"). All of the Beatles' albums were still in print and easily available (and routinely stocked by most record stores), but it was thought that some new excitement was needed, some fresh exposure, to re-introduce their work to these younger listeners…