Concord Releases Five New Titles in ‘Very Best Of’ Series

Include Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans Trio, Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley

Orrin Keepnews and Cannonball Adderley
Producer Orrin Keepnews, Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans and Paul Motian (from left) make jazz history at the Village Vanguard in 1961
Vince Guaraldi
Dave Brubeck

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Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Very Best Of jazz series, highlighting the work of Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, the Bill Evans Trio, Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley. The release is set for Aug. 7. Details follow:

The Very Best of Dave Brubeck- The Fantasy Era is a 15-track portrait of the legendary pianist in his early days on the Fantasy label between 1949 and 1953. The recordings in this collection document those days, starting with Brubeck’s first trio, which comprised the rhythm section from his octet: bassist Ron Crotty and drummer Cal Tjader, who would later achieve fame as a Latin-jazz vibraphonist.

The Very Best of Vince Guaraldi-This set contains 14 tracks from Fantasy sessions between 1957 and 1966, including Guaraldi’s 1962 Grammy winning hit, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus.

The Very Best of The Bill Evans Trio-This collection captures the celebrated pianist at the front of his most influential trio, which included bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Recorded in three sessions between December 1959 and June 1961 and produced by Orrin Keepnews, the 11 tracks in this collection are culled from the trio’s four Riverside albums, Portrait in Jazz, Explorations, Waltz for Debby, and Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

The Very Best of Thelonious Monk-This title includes 10 tracks recorded between 1954 and 1957, mostly for Prestige and Riverside, but with one track from Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, a 1957 album on Jazzland, a Riverside subsidiary label.

The Very Best of Cannonball Adderley-The fifth new title in the series encompasses a broad swath of the saxophonist’s career, from the Portrait of Cannonball and Things Are Getting Better sessions in 1958 to the Inside Straight and Phenix sessions in 1973 and 1975, respectively.