Archive for April, 2014

Dave Douglas & Uri Caine Release “Present Joys” July 16th on Greenleaf Music

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Longtime Collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine,
Record First Duo Album, Present Joys,
A Special Collection of Songs, Hymns & Improvisations
Inspired by The Sacred Harp & The Shape Note Tradition


The tradition of shape-note singing has been passed down for centuries in tunebooks like The Sacred Harp and Ye Olde New England Psalm-Tunes, allowing groups of untrained and unrehearsed singers to participate in gorgeous four-part harmonies. A uniquely American art form that’s deceptively simple, emotionally moving, and profoundly communal; it’s no wonder these songs were so attractive as the source for a duo project by longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine(more…)

John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University, A Long-Awaited Recording of An Historic 1966 Performance Features Coltrane in Rare Form, Exhorting Through The Saxophone & Vocal Chants

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Trane with Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali, Sonny Johnson & Percussion
In High-Fidelity Audio Taken From Recently Discovered Tapes

To Be Released September 23, 2014,
Coltrane’s 88th Birthday
via Impulse!/Resonance Records

Resonance Records and UME are proud to present Offering: Live At Temple University, documenting a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1966, six weeks after his fortieth birthday and nine months before his untimely death.

Offering, available in both 2-CD and 2-LP vinyl sets on September 23, 2014, is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered complete Coltrane performance since 2005, when Impulse! Records put out the 1965 radio broadcasts comprising One Down, One Up: Live At the Half Note and Blue Note Records issued Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall, from 1957. It captures Coltrane in exemplary form, navigating the language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and pellucid logic.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane, was instrumental in the assembling of this historical release, celebrating a performance thought to be evidence of his father’s frustration with the limitations of his instrument. To Ravi, the recording is instead proof of his enduring mastery. “For me, the Temple recording is an affirmation that no, he didn’t exhaust the saxophone. The saxophone was just a tool—one over which he had a master’s command. His voice was an extension of the saxophone, as the saxophone was an extension of his voice. When you hear that transition on ‘Leo,’ it’s totally seamless in energy, vibe and intention.”


Newly Discovered New York Concerts From 1965 By Iconic Reedman Jimmy Giuffre’s 3 & 4 Featuring Joe Chambers, Richard Davis, Don Friedman & Barre Phillips To Be Released June 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

New York Concerts Marks First Release of New Label Elemental Music,
A Partnership Between American Producer Zev Feldman
And Barcelona-Based Distributor Distrijazz,
Dedicated to Releasing Newly Discovered Archival or Out of Print Jazz


The years between the release of Jimmy Giuffre‘s ground-breaking 1962 albumFree Fall and his return to the studio in 1971 with Night Dance have become known as the legendary clarinetist and saxophonist’s “lost decade,” a key period in his and jazz’s musical evolution which sadly went undocumented. The two-disc set is available June 10th, 2014 on Elemental Music, distributed in the U.S. by INgrooves/Universal Music Distribution.

The release of the two remarkable 1965 performances on New York Concerts, unheard for nearly 50 years, offer a rare and revelatory glimpse into that discographical dark period. This captivating two-disc set, would be valuable solely for the brilliant music, which finds Giuffre leading otherwise undocumented trio and quartet line-ups that advance his experiments in counterpoint and abstraction from the chamber-like Free Fall into even more adventurous avant-garde territory. But it also offers much-needed insight into one of jazz’s most innovative thinkers at a key moment in his development.


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