RESONANCE RECORDS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF
GREAT JAZZ WITH LABEL SAMPLERS
Distinctively Designed Takao Fujioka Collection Samplers of Pianists and Vocalists Arrive on June 7
Los Angeles, May 2019: Resonance Records, one of the most highly acclaimed independent label in jazz today, is celebrating 10 years in business with the June 7 launch of two new 12-track collections drawn from the Resonance archives: Sing a Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance, devoted to the label’s vocalists, and Jazz Piano Panorama: The Best of Piano Jazz on Resonance, offering a range of keyboard stylings. (Complete track listings appear below.)
The company’s summer anniversary campaign will center on these new mid-priced sampler packages, the Takao Fujioka Collection, which will feature the distinctive graphic work of the widely admired Japanese artist, editor, and jazz authority.
On June 7, Resonance will issue two more Fujioka Collection packages featuring the cream of the label’s bestselling sets devoted to unheard works by pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Resonance co-president Zev Feldman notes that the label’s entry into the world of online streaming opens an exciting new chapter for the vibrant jazz imprint.
“We’ve been one of the last jazz label holdouts on streaming,” Feldman says, “but we can no longer deny that streaming our back catalog will allow us the opportunity to reach a whole new audience. We’re still as dedicated and committed as ever to putting out our deluxe physical releases on LP and CD, but we’re going to make the leap on this streaming opportunity and see what kind of difference it can make for us.
“I think some people may be surprised by how much great stuff we’ve put out over the past decade, and these compilations will serve as a nice entry way for people to get to know our catalog.”
George Klabin, Resonance’s founder and co-president, and the producer of the label’s many contemporary jazz recordings, notes that the company’s new compilations afford a deep look into the breadth of its catalog’s offerings, from its modern signings to the giants whose hitherto unreleased music it has unearthed.
“I’m proud to have recorded a number of incredible musicians and vocalists whom I believe are some of the most talented artists in the world,” Klabin says. “Pianists like Marian Petrescu and Dado Maroni may not be household names, but they are absolute virtuosos and deserve a much wider audience. The same can be said of vocalists like Polly Gibbons and Cathy Rocco.
“I’m hopeful these compilations will give people the opportunity to discover or rediscover some of these amazing artists that I’ve recorded, as well as all the jazz legends from our catalog, like Sarah Vaughan and João Gilberto, and Tommy Flanagan and Gene Harris.”
Resonance’s new collections mate a wealth of brilliant music to some of the most dynamic and eye-popping jazz visuals in recent memory. Artist Takao Fujioka is a jazz connoisseur and the editor of the Osaka-based monthly Way Out West (named in homage to Sonny Rollins’ classic 1957 album).
Fred Cohen, owner of the storied Jazz Record Center in New York, calls Fujioka “the most distinctive artist in jazz since David Stone Martin. He’s created a style which is strange, in that with a minimal amount of line he’s able to capture the musician in a way that is all his own.”
Says Feldman, “Collaborating with him seemed like a dream.”
The Takao Fujioka Collection compilations are produced for release by Zev Feldman and executive produced by George Klabin.
Tracks on Jazz Piano Panorama: The Best of Piano Jazz on Resonance:
- Dado Maroni, “Ghanian Village” (from Live in Beverly Hills)
- Donald Vega, “You Never Tell Me Anything!” (from Spiritual Nature)
- Bill Evans, “Come Rain or Come Shine” (from Evans in England)
- Marian Petrescu, “Cakewalk” (from Thrivin’ – Live at Jazz Standard)
- Tommy Flanagan, “Something to Live For” (from The Magic of 2)
- The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris, “Girl Talk” (from Groovin’ Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968)
- John Beasley, “Positootly!” (from Positootly!)
- Gene Harris, “There is No Greater Love” (from Live in London)
- Jaki Byard, “Send One Your Love” (from The Magic of 2)
- Mike Garson, “Jenny’s Waltz” (from Conversations with My Family)
- Tamir Hendelman, “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” (from Destinations)
- Marian Petrescu, “A Little Jazz Exercise” (from Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson)
Tracks on Sing a Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance:
- Sarah Vaughan, “The Man I Love” (from Live at Rosy’s)
- Polly Gibbons, “Ability to Swing” (from Is It Me?)
- Stan Getz/João Gilberto, “É Preciso Perdoar” (from Getz/Gilberto ’76)
- Shirley Horn, “Just For a Thrill” (from Live at the Four Queens)
- Angela Hagenbach, “Slow Hot Wind” (from The Way They Make Me Feel)
- Cathy Rocco, “Daydreaming” (from You’re Gonna Hear from Me)
- Aubrey Logan, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (from Your Mom’s Favorite Songs)
- Greta Matassa, “Chan’s Song” (from I Wanna Be Loved)
- Wes Montgomery featuring Debbie Andrews, “I Should Care” (from In the Beginning)
- Kathy Kosins, “November Twilight” (from To the Ladies of Cool)
- Polly Gibbons, “So Good” (from Many Faces of Love)
- Claudio Roditi, “Ligia” (from Bons Amigos)
The first in a series of jazz compilations from the historical catalog of Resonance Records, Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Volume 1 features 14 selections of rare finds from some of the most iconic jazz figures of all time such as Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Larry Young and more! With striking artwork gracing the cover by designer Burton Yount, this specially-priced compilation is packed with over 78 minutes of music that celebrates Resonance’s ongoing dedication to unearthing lost treasures from the jazz clubs and tape vaults all around the world. Jazz Haunts even includes 3 tracks from not-yet-released projects from Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris, and the legendary Wes Montgomery.
Resonance Records is pleased to announce the release of their first ever compilation culled entirely from their acclaimed historical releases catalog Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Volume 1. With striking artwork gracing the cover (photo by John Drysdale) designed by longtime Resonance designer Burton Yount, this specially-priced compilation is packed with over 78 minutes of music that celebrates Resonance’s ongoing dedication to unearthing lost treasures from the jazz clubs and tape vaults from all around the world.
2016 has been a truly watershed year in the history of Resonance Records, bringing to light no less than 10 new historical releases of never-before-issued material (this compilation making it 11) from legendary artists Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Larry Young, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Dennis Coffey and The Three Sounds. Resonance has taken the reins as one of the premier labels dedicated to discovering and releasing important archival jazz music to the world.
Guided by label president George Klabin‘s philosophy that “we are curators, and we are building a museum,” label EVP/GM and producer Zev Feldman has been leading the charge to track down these unheard gems and give them the royal treatment with deluxe packaging that includes extensive liner note books full of newly commissioned historical essays; interviews with musicians on the albums, as well as colleagues and contemporaries with a connection to the artist; memoirs; and rare, often previously unpublished, photos from noted photo archives around the world. “It’s all the work of jazz detective Zev Feldman who, like protagonist Robert Langdon of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, discovered the undiscoverable.” (Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite)
Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults includes 3 tracks from not-yet-released projects. Two of the tracks are taken from Record Store Day’s highly anticipated Black Friday Event on November 25th (followed by CD/Digital releases on January 13, 2017). A slight departure from the other solidly ‘jazz’ tracks on the compilation, “Fuzz” is an original psychedelic soul-funk jam by the legendary Motor City guitarist Dennis Coffey, featuring organist Lyman Woodard (former musical director for Martha and the Vandellas) and drummer Melvin Davis (Smokey Robinson, Wayne Kramer), recorded live in Detroit in 1968. Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin at Morey Bakers Showplace Lounge is raw and unfiltered jazz-funk, housed in a package that features eye-catching original cover art by acclaimed cartoonist and Metro Detroit native, Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), plus rare photos from photographer and activist Leni Sinclair and others, essays by producer Zev Feldman and veteran music journalist and album co-producer Kevin Goins, as well as interviews with music executive icon Clarence Avant and Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette.
“Blue Genes” a romping blues original by groove master Gene Harris with The Three Sounds captured live in Seattle, will appear on Groovin’ Hard: Live at the Penthouse (1964-1968). This is the first in a series of “Live at The Penthouse” releases that will come out on Resonance in the coming years. The package will include rare photos and memorabilia from the club, plus essays by journalist Ted Panken, producer Zev Feldman and Seattle Jazz DJ Jim Wilke. Featuring longtime bassist Andrew Simpkins with drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, Groovin’ Hard opens with the eloquent burner “Girl Talk” and includes other standards like “The Shadow Of Your Smile,” which was never released on any other Three Sounds’ albums.
The third not-yet-released track on Jazz Haunts is by jazz guitar god Wes Montgomery performing “The End of a Love Affair” by composer Edward Redding. Recorded in Indianapolis in the mid-1950s, this swinging track is part of a multi-volume series from the archives of Indianapolis composer and arranger Carroll DeCamp that will be released in 2017. These tapes present the earliest known recordings of Montgomery as a leader, pre-dating his auspicious 1958 debut on Riverside Records Fingerpickin’. Following 2012’s Echoes of Indiana Avenue and 2015’s In The Beginning releases, this upcoming collection will delve even deeper, showcasing Montgomery in performance at nightclubs in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.
This 78-minute sampler of historic jazz discoveries will take listeners on a memorable journey, from San Franciscos famed Keystone Korner with Freddie Hubbard, Jaki Byard & Tommy Flanagan, and Stan Getz & João Gilberto in the 1970s and 80s to organ icon Larry Young at Le Chat Qui Pêche in Paris, France in the 1960s.
The first Resonance release ever to make it to the #1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Charts in April 2016, Bill Evans Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest appears on Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults with the track “How About You?” from the only studio album to feature the Bill Evans with jazz greats Jack DeJohnette on drums and Eddie Gomez on bass from June 20, 1968.
“Low Down” by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra from All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard marks the first official release of these opening night recordings captured by Resonance label owner George Klabin when he was a 19 year-old self-taught sound engineer.
Jazz Haunts is rounded out by 2 of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time: The Divine One Sarah Vaughan was twice-celebrated in March of 2016 first being honored by the USPS with a commemorative forever stamp, followed by Live at Rosys, a previously unreleased recording from New Orleans in 1978 featuring pianist Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb; and Shirley Horns classic rendition of “Something Happens to Me” is taken from the album Live at the 4 Queens (2016), which was just released on September 16, 2016, and was recorded on May 2, 1988 with Horns longtime trio of over 20 years bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams.
1. Low Down – Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard)
2. Blue Genes – The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris (Groovin’ Hard: Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968)
3. Something Happens To Me – Shirley Horn (Live at the Four Queens)
4. Happiness Is Now – Freddie Hubbard (Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased at Keystone Korner)
5. Fuzz – Dennis Coffey (Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin’ At Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge)
6. How Can I Tell You – Charles Lloyd (Manhattan Stories)
7. How About You? – Bill Evans (Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest)
8. Luny Tune – Larry Young (In Paris: The ORTF Recordings)
9. Águas de Março – Stan Getz/João Gilberto (Getz/Gilberto ’76)
10. Our Delight – Tommy Flanagan & Jaki Byard (The Magic of 2: Live at Keystone Korner)
11. Fascinating Rhythm – Sarah Vaughan (Live at Rosy’s)
12. Woody’n You – Scott LaFaro with Don Friedman & Pete La Roca (Pieces of Jade)
13. The End of A Love Affair – Wes Montgomery (Recordings from the Carroll DeCamp archives)
14. Peace – Stan Getz Quartet (Moments in Time)