06/17/13

Concord to Reissue Five Classic Riverside Albums

Monk & Mulligan, Evans, Baker, Montgomery, Adderley & Jackson titles due July 23

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on July 23, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records. Some of the new releases will contain several bonus tracks (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes. Riverside was a New York-based label that showcased some of the most influential jazz artists and recordings of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Orrin Keepnews and Cannonball Adderley
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Chet Baker
By Richard Dumas
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Wes Montgomery

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The five titles are:

Thelonious Monk & Gerry Mulligan: Mulligan Meets Monk (1957)
Bonus tracks are alternate takes of the Mulligan composition “Decidedly” and Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser,” along with two alternate takes of the Monk/Coleman Hawkins piece “I Mean You.”

Bill Evans Trio: How My Heart Sings! (1962)
Includes three bonus tracks: an alternate take of “In Your Own Sweet Way” and previously unreleased renditions of “34 Skidoo” and “Ev’rything I Love.”

Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar! (1961)
The bonus tracks here, according to a press release, “essentially make up an entire second album, capturing eight songs recorded earlier in 1961 at the Cellar, a club in Vancouver, British Columbia.”

Cannonball Adderley & Milt Jackson: Things Are Getting Better (1958)
Includes two bonus tracks: alternate takes of Buddy Johnson’s “Serves Me Right” and Lawlor and Blake’s “Sidewalks of New York” (the latter arranged by Adderley).

Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe (1959)
No bonus tracks.

All five Riverside titles in the current round of reissues were originally produced by Orrin Keepnews and include his original liner notes.

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