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Upcoming Verve Releases

While we all enjoy a good feature article about a musician, or a compelling and provocative column by a critic, the truth is that the only thing most of us care about is, “When will [INSERT NAME HERE]’s next CD come out?”

If you’re wondering about any discs by musicians, past and present, who are a part of the Verve Music Group, well do we have an update for you! Here’s the tentative release schedule (which, like the wind and weather, is subject to change) for the first half of 2003 for VMG. New releases are listed first; reissues and compilations a little further down. (Shown is the cover of Wayne Shorter’s upcoming CD, Alegria, which hits March 25.)

New Releases

February 25

Mindi Abair It Just Happens That Way (GRP)

March 4

The Crusaders Rural Renewal (Verve/PRA)

March 25

Wayne Shorter Alegria (Verve)

April 1

Richard Elliot Ricochet (GRP)

April 8

Various Artists It Runs in the Family soundtrack (Verve)

April 22

Regina Carter Paganini: After a Dream (Verve)

May 13

David Sanborn -Title TBD- (GRP)

Lizz Wright Salt (Verve)

May 20

Roy Hargrove Hard Groove (Verve)

John Scofield Up All Night (Verve)

June 10

Aaron Neville -Title TBD- (Verve)

June 24

Shirley Horn -Title TBD- (Verve)

Chiara Civello -Title TBD- (Verve)

Reissues & Compilations

(LPR = LP Reproductions, meaning they come in those mini LP sleeves.)

January 28

Ella Fitzgerald Ella for Lovers (Verve)

Sarah Vaughan Sarah for Lovers (Verve)

Various Artists Bossa Nova for Lovers (Verve)

Various Artists When Love Goes Wrong (Verve)

February 18

Stan Getz Café Montmartre (Verve)

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella & Louis Again (Verve Master Edition)

Ben Webster Soulville (Verve Master Edition)

March 11

Albert Ayler Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe (Impulse! LPR)

Earl Hines Once Upon a Time (Impulse LPR)

Pee Wee Russell Ask Me Now (Impulse LPR)

Archie Shepp Attica Blues (Impulse LPR)

Steve Kuhn & Gary McFarland October Suite (Impulse LPR)

March 25

Ray Brown Jazz Cello (Verve LPR)

Buddie Emmons Steel Guitar Jazz (Verve LPR)

Jim Hall Live! (A&M Jazz LPR)

Stuff Smith Sweet Swingin’ Stuff (Verve LPR)

Gabor Szabo High Contrast (Blue Thumb LPR)

April 8

Various Artists Finest Hour series (Verve)

May 6

Marc Antoine The Very Best of Marc Antoine (GRP)

Lee Ritenour The Very Best of Lee Ritenour (GRP)

May 20

Nina Simone Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings (Verve 4-CD set)

Charlie Parker The Complete Verve Master Takes (Verve 4-CD set)

June 10

Cannonball Adderley Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (Verve LPR)

Lee Konitz Motion (Verve LPR)

Billy Mitchell This Is Billy Mitchell (Verve LPR)

Sonny Stitt New York Jazz (Verve LPR)

Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus (Verve LPR)

June 24

Gerry Mulligan & Johnny Hodges Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges (Verve LPR)

Stan Getz Reflections (Verve LPR)

Jimmy Giuffre The Easy Way (Verve LPR)

James Moody The James Moody Story (Verve LPR)

Phil Woods Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve LPR)

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