A pioneering percussionist, sultry songstress, Afro-Cuban innovator, blues legend, mainstream master and Latin impresario are featured in the second round of historic recordings released by Monterey Jazz Festival Records in collaboration with the Concord Music Group.
On Aug. 5, executives of the world's longest continuously running festival announced the issue of six never-before-released, archival live recordings: "Art Blakey and the Giants of Jazz/1972," Shirley Horn/1994," "Tito Puente and his Orchestra/1977," "Jimmy Witherspoon featuring Robben Ford/1972." "Dave Brubeck: 50 Years of Brubeck: Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival, 1958-2007" and "Cal Tjader: The Best of Cal Tjader, Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1958-1980."
The latter two releases are compilations. All six showcase legendary artists at the peak of their powers, according to festival marketing associate Tim Orr.
The festival record label released recordings of Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie and a compilation including selections by Joe Henderson, Brubeck and Pat Metheny when it premiered in 2007.
"The recordings represent the wide variety of classic performers in the mainstream jazz, Latin and blues genres that are featured at Monterey, ranging from piano trios and small combos to big bands," Orr noted.
"Adding to the legacy of the featured artists, the recordings also feature a cornucopia of legendary leaders as sidemen, including saxophonists Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Sonny Stitt, trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry, pianists John Lewis and Thelonious Monk and percussionists Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria," he added.
Other sizzling sidemen on the recordings include bassists Al McKibbon and Eugene Wright, drummers Willie Bobo, Mel Lewis and Joe Morello, clarinetists Woody Herman and Buddy DeFranco, pianists Vince Guaraldi, Earl "Fatha" Hines and Michael Wolff and tenor saxophonists Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins.
Jason Olaine, the label's general manager, said the label inaugurated its new festival recordings with "Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2007" with MJF 50th Anniversary All-Stars James Moody, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green and Nnenna Freelon.
"We're not going to be stuck in a jazz time warp," Olaine explained. "We're excited to deliver important historical music as well as assemble special projects and all-star ensembles to debut at the festival each year."
The 51st annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon new recordings will include Cuban flutist and singer Orlando "Maraca" Valle with special guests David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Ed Simon, Murray Low, John Benitez, Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. Future releases also include music by the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Information on the label and its recordings may be obtained at www.montereyjazzfestivalrecords.com and by contacting Matt Merewitz at DL Media, (610) 667-0501.
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