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 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 4th November 2021

Recent releases and additions to the Presto Music jazz catalogue include an unreleased live set from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, a selection of ACT Music’s best bits from the past year, and solo guitar pieces from Matthew Stevens.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

A previously unreleased recording taken from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger’s first Japanese tour - The Jazz Messengers being one of the first modern jazz groups to tour the country. Blakey is joined here by Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt, and this release includes a booklet featuring photography by Shunji Okura and Hozumi Nakadaira, as well as interviews with members of the band and Japanese music journalists.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Available Format: 2 Vinyl Records

Gregory Porter

The first ‘greatest hits’ CD from celebrated American vocalist Gregory Porter features not only favourites from throughout his 10-year career, but also previously unreleased tracks and bonus material.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The fourteenth in this series of ACT Music compilations features cuts from some of the label’s best recent releases, including XXXX by Wollny/Parisien/Lefebvre/Lillinger, Cloudland by Lars Danielsson, and Touch the Light by Joachim Kühn.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Matthew Stevens

Born out of a daily songwriting practice, Pittsburgh features guitarist Matthew Stevens taking up his acoustic for several short solo pieces, making for a nice bitesize release from Whirlwind Recordings.

Available Format: CD

Kathrine Windfield & Bohuslän Big Band

Danish jazz composer Kathrine Windfeld is joined by the Swedish Bohuslän Big Band to realise her compositions, for a modern take on contemporary big band music.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Anthony Ferrara

Up-and-coming New York saxophonist Anthony Ferrara makes his studio debut on SteepleChase with Early Spring. Originally planned to be recorded in April 2020, Ferrara used his time in the pandemic to further polish up his material for a confident first release.

Available Format: CD

Dino Govoni

Saxophonist Dino Govoni’s third release for Whaling City Sound is also his first in 10 years, focussing his efforts more on session work and work at the Berklee College of Music. An understated musician by nature but an excellent player nonetheless, well-suited to educating the next generation of jazz players.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC