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Original Jazz Classics Celebrates 60 Years of Riverside with Evans, Montgomery, Baker, More

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Mulligan Meets Monk

From its headquarters at 553 West 51st Street in New York, New York, the Riverside Records label presided over an impressive roster of jazz talent.  Founded in 1953 by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer, Riverside was home at one time or another to Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Alberta Hunter, Johnny Griffin, plus a number of artists currently being recognized with deluxe reissues from the Riverside catalogue: Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, Cannonball Adderley and Milt Jackson, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans.  That “Who’s Who” of jazz is represented via five new titles as part of Concord Records’ Original Jazz Classics series celebrating Riverside’s 60th anniversary:

  • Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, Mulligan Meets Monk (1957)
  • Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson, Things Are Getting Better (1958)
  • Chet Baker, Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe (1959)
  • Wes Montgomery, So Much Guitar! (1961)
  • The Bill Evans Trio, How My Heart Sings! (1964)

All five titles are available now, newly remastered by Joe Tarantino and expanded with bonus tracks and new liner notes by writers including Neil Tesser (Mulligan and Monk), Willard Jenkins (Adderley and Jackson), James Rozzi (Baker), Marc Myers (Montgomery) and Doug Ramsey (Evans).  Producer Orrin Keepnews’ original notes have been reprinted, as well.  After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at each of them! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 22, 2013 at 13:11