Dizzy & Brubeck remasters to be released

Previously unreleased Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Stephane Grappelli recordings will be issued this autumn

Studio and concert recordings from the archives of German radio and television broadcaster NDR are to be released this autumn, including previously unreleased sessions from Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Stephane Grappelli, Oscar Peterson and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

NDR are releasing the recordings on Mooscius Records (distributed by Proper Note) to celebrate 60 years of broadcasting the best of international jazz. The station has amassed over 2,000 concert and studio recordings over the years, from which it will launch its “NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition” series.

The first CDs to be released in this series on the 9 September will be the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet with the Hans Koller New Jazz Stars at the NDR Studio, Hamburg (1953), and the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover (1958).

The Gillespie studio recordings comprise five tracks with the trumpeter’s band at the time (Bill Graham - baritone saxophone, Wade Legge - piano, Lou Hackney - bass and Al Jones - drums): three standards and two Latin numbers, Manteca and Tin Tin Deo. Brubeck’s double CD of recordings from a 1958 concert in Hannover feature Paul Desmond on alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums. The tracks include songbook standards as well as original compositions from the band, including Drums Along The Thames, One Moment Worth Years and The Duke.

The remainder of the titles in the series will be released in October and November: the Stephane Grappelli Ensemble at the NDR Studio, Hamburg (1957), the Modern Jazz Quartet at the NDR Studio, Hamburg and a concert recording of the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Sally Evans-Darby

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