Over ten years ago I started a Listening to Jazz group for South Leicestershire U3A, meeting monthly in what my wife calls the sitting room and I just think of as the large room in our house, capable to sitting 16/17 people comfortably. Over the years we’ve probably listened to more than thousand tracks, but we have not been able to listen together to any since the outbreak of Covid19 and subsequent restrictions from last March. Feeling the need to keep my group vaguely together during what I hoped would be a short period without meetings, I started listening to two l.p.s and a cd every day, making some notes to go towards producing a weekly newsletter for the group. We are rapidly approaching something like the 25th edition now!
On learning about the existence of this newsletter, Harborough Jazz website manager and committee member Larry Goodyer suggested I provided a monthly equivalent for the website, drawing out the best examples of music I had been listening to over the previous month. What follows is the first such selectin, which I hope will prove of interest. They are present in no order of importance or quality, though occasionally I do suggest a particular disc is worth seeking out. Please note that the dates given are the date of recording where it is given, which is not necessarily the date of issue
Most of these recording are available at Jazz House Records. Quote 'HJ' to receive a 10% discount on order.
- Jim Hall/Ron Carter: Alone Together 1972.
- Shirley Horn: I Love You Paris 1992.
- Gerry Mulligan Concert Band: Zurich 1960.
- Charlie Haden and Hank Jones: Steal Away 1994.
- Ken Peplowski/Howard Alden: Live At Maybeck 1992.
- Duke Ellington: Cotton Club Stomp 1927-1931.
- Roland Kirk: Three For the Festival 1970.
- Jim Hart Quartet: Words and Music 2008.
- Lee Konitz/Martial Solal: Star Eyes, Hamburg 1983.
- Evan Iverson Quartet: Common Practice 2017.