We do have plenty of CDs here for review, and in an effort to lessen the pile, our CD reviews for the next two months will forgo all categories (including vocal/instrumental) so we can include as many discs as possible. (Our "2016 Summation" publishes next month, and we'd like to include several of these albums on the JHO best-of list). This month's CD reviews feature Richie Cole, Brandi Disterheft, Monika Herzig and Catherine Russell. As an addendum to last month's feature on politics and big bands, our Sidetracks column spotlights the latest recording by the Liberation Music Orchestra. It is both a tribute to the group's founder, Charlie Haden (who plays on two tracks) and a statement on the world environmental crisis.
This month's issue also includes a Retro Review of the eagerly anticipated "Savory Collection, Volume 1" from Loren Schoenberg and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. This album features radio broadcasts of Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Shavers, Herschel Evans, Milt Hinton, Cozy Cole, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and Emilio Caceres. Remastering engineer Doug Pomeroy has done wonders with this archival material, and the music is spectacular. Our Book Review is of "Pressed for all Time", an oral history of jazz producers, and our Concert Review features a Vocal Summit concert by Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
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Our next issue will publish December 31. We wish you a happy holiday season.