Saturday, November 19, 2016

Jazz Haunts and Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Vol. 1

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Resonance Records Presents
The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Vol. 1
CD, Digital Download & Streaming
Available October 7, 2016 First Collection Selected from the Acclaimed Historic Releases of Resonance Records
Includes A Not-Yet-Released 1950s Track by Wes Montgomery, Plus Selections
from Upcoming Releases by Motown Guitar Icon Dennis Coffey (1968)
and The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris (1960s)
Features 14 Selections of Rare Finds from Jazz Icons such as
Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard,
Charles Lloyd, Sarah Vaughan, Larry Young & more!

As regular visitors to these pages may have noticed, the editorial staff at JazzProfiles is a big fan of the work that George Klabin, Zev Feldman and their team at Resonance Records are doing to advance the cause of recorded Jazz, particularly in the area of releasing previously overlooked gems by artists from what many consider to be the Golden Era in the modern history of the music.

The latest iteration in this “lost classic” quest was the Resonance Record’s first compilation CD took place in September 2016  with the issuance of Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Volume 1.

The media release that accompanied the preview copy described the CD as follows:

“With striking artwork gracing the cover (photo by John Drysdale) designed by longtime Resonance designer Burton Yount, this specially-priced compilation is packed with over 78 minutes of music that celebrates Resonance's ongoing dedication to unearthing lost treasures from the jazz clubs and tape vaults from all around the world.

2016 has been a truly watershed year in the history of Resonance Records, bringing to light no less than 10 new historical releases of never-before-issued material (this compilation making it 11) from legendary artists Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Larry Young, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Dennis Coffey and The Three Sounds. Resonance has taken the reins as one of the premier labels dedicated to discovering and releasing important archival jazz music to the world.

Guided by label president George Klabin's philosophy that "we are curators, and we are building a museum," label EVP/GM and producer Zev Feldman has been leading the charge to track down these unheard gems and give them the royal treatment with deluxe packaging that includes extensive liner note books full of newly commissioned historical essays; interviews with musicians on the albums, as well as colleagues and contemporaries with a connection to the artist; memoirs; and rare, often previously unpublished, photos from noted photo archives around the world. "It's all the work of jazz detective Zev Feldman who, like protagonist Robert Langdon of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, discovered the undiscoverable.” (Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite)

Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults includes 3 tracks from not-yet-released projects. Two of the tracks are taken from Record Store Day's highly anticipated Black Friday Event on November 25th (followed by CD/Digital releases on January 13, 2017). A slight departure from the other solidly 'jazz' tracks on the compilation, "Fuzz" is an original psychedelic soul-funk jam by the legendary Motor City guitarist Dennis Coffey, featuring organist Lym'an Woodard (former musical director for Martha and the Vandellas) and drummer Melvin Davis (Smokey Robinson, Wayne Kramer), recorded live in Detroit in 1968. Hot Coffey in the D: Bumin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge is raw and unfiltered jazz-funk, housed in a package that features eye-catching original cover art by acclaimed cartoonist and Metro Detroit native, Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), plus rare photos from photographer and activist Leni Sinclair and others, essays by producer Zev Feldman and veteran music journalist and album co-producer Kevin Coins, as well as interviews with music executive icon Clarence Avant and Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette.

"Blue Genes" a romping blues original by groove master Gene Harris with The Three Sounds captured live in Seattle, will appear on Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse (1964-1968). This is the first in a series of "Live at The Penthouse" releases that will come out on Resonance in the coming years. The package will include rare photos and memorabilia from the club, plus essays by journalist Ted Panken, producer Zev Feldman and Seattle Jazz DJ Jim Wilke. Featuring longtime bassist Andrew Simpkins with drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, Groovin' Hard opens with the eloquent burner "Girl Talk" and includes other standards like "The Shadow Of Your Smile," which was never released on any other Three Sounds' albums.

The third not-yet-released track on Jazz Haunts is by jazz guitar god Wes Montgomery performing "The End of a Love Affair" by composer Edward Redding. Recorded in Indianapolis in the mid-1950s, this swinging track is part of a multi-volume series from the archives of Indianapolis composer and arranger Carroll DeCamp that will be released in 2017. These tapes present the earliest known recordings of Montgomery as a leader, pre-dating his auspicious 1958 debut on Riverside Records Fingerpickin'. Following 2012's Echoes of Indiana Avenue and 2015's In The Beginning releases, this upcoming collection will delve even deeper, showcasing Montgomery in performance at nightclubs in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. Pre-order Jazz Haunts on iTunes and receive "The End of a Love Affair" instantly.

This 78-minute sampler of historic jazz discoveries will take listeners on a memorable journey, from San Francisco's famed Keystone Korner with Freddie Hubbard, Jaki Byard & Tommy Flanagan, and Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto in the 1970s and 80s — to organ icon Larry Young at Le Chat Qui Peche in Paris, France in the 1960s.

The first Resonance release ever to make it to the #1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Charts in April 2016, Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest appears on Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults with the track "How About You?" from the only studio album to feature the Bill Evans with jazz greats Jack DeJohnette on drums and Eddie Gomez on bass from June 20, 1968.

"Low Down" by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra from All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard marks the first official release of these opening night recordings captured by Resonance label owner George Klabin when he was a 19 year-old self-taught sound engineer.

Jazz Haunts is rounded out by 2 of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time: "The Divine One" Sarah Vaughan was twice-celebrated in March of 2016 — first being honored by the USPS with a commemorative forever stamp, followed by Live at Rosy's, a previously unreleased recording from New Orleans in 1978 featuring pianist Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb; and Shirley Horn's classic rendition of "Something Happens to Me" is taken from the album Live at the 4 Queens (2016), which was just released on September 16, 2016, and was recorded on May 2, 1988 with Horn's longtime trio of over 20 years - bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams.

1.    Low Down — Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard)
2.    Blue Genes — The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris (Groovin’ Hard: Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968)
3.    Something Happens To Me — Shirley Horn (Live at the 4 Queens)
4.    Happiness Is Now — Freddie Hubbard (Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased at Keystone Korner)
5.    Fuzz — Dennis Coffey (Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge)
6.    How Can I Tell You — Charles Lloyd (Manhattan Stories)
7.    How About You? — Bill Evans (Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest)
8.    Luny Tune — Larry Young (In Paris: The ORTF Recordings)
9.    Aguas de Margo — Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto (Getz/Gilberto 76)
10.  Our Delight — Tommy Flanagan & Jaki Byard (The Magic of 2: Live at Keystone Korner)
11.  Fascinating Rhythm — Sarah Vaughan (Live at Rosy's)
12.  Woody'n You — Scott LaFaro with Don Friedman & Pete La Roca (Pieces of Jade)
13.  The End of A Love Affair — Wes Montgomery (Recordings from the Carroll DeCamp archives)
14.  Peace — Stan Getz Quartet (Moments in Time)

Resonance Records continues to bring archival recordings to light. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Resonance Records is a division of Rising Jazz Stars, Inc. a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation created to discover the next jazz stars and advance the cause of jazz. Current Resonance Artists include Richard Galliano, Polly Gibbons, Tamir Hendelman, Christian Howes and Donald Vega.

For more information please contact:
Heidi T. Kalison and Zak Shelby-Szyszko at Resonance Records
Ph: 323-556-0500

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