Reviews of five reissues from the Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters series

By Patrick Prince

Here’s a quick assessment of five reissued jazz albums from the Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters series featuring Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans Trio, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk and Wes Montgomery.

Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson things Are Getting BetterCannonball Adderley With Milt Jackson
“Things Are Getting Better”
Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters (CD)
Genre: Jazz
Highlights: “Just One of Those Things”
Summary: Too much of Milt Jackson’s vibes and not enough Cannonball sax. If you want the full Cannonball Adderley experience, do it without the accompaniment of xylophones.
OUR TAKE: BORROW

Bill Evans Trio How My Heart SingsThe Bill Evans Trio
“How My Heart Sings!”
Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters (CD)
Genre: Jazz
Highlights: “I Should Care,” “In Your Own Sweet Way,” “Walking Up”
Summary: A year after the tragic loss of close friend and collaborator Scott LaFaro, Evans releases an album of beautiful melancholy heard through his piano keys.
OUR TAKE: BUY

Chet Baker Lerner and LoeweChet Baker
“Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe”
Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters (CD)
Genre: Jazz
Highlights: “On the Street Where You Live”
Summary: ”Baker’s Holiday” is the Chet Baker album to buy. Chet Baker performing sappy, show tune renditions a la “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” … not so much.
OUR TAKE: BORROW

Mulligan meets MonkThelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan
“Mulligan Meets Monk”
Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters (CD)
Genre: Jazz
Highlights: “Decidedly (Take 4 & 5),” “Rhythm-A-Ning,” “’Round Midnight”
Summary: Mulligan’s sax is the a perfect companion for the master piano man Monk. A wonderful reissue with four extra takes. And Monk never disappoints.
OUR TAKE: BUY

Wes Montgomery So Much GuitarWes Montgomery
“So Much Guitar!”
Concord Original Jazz Classics Remasters (CD)
Genre: Jazz
Highlights: While We’re Young,” “Twisted Blues”
Summary: Eight extras don’t add much to “Guitar!” And there are better Montgomery albums, but this one has something for everyone. Montgomery soothes, whether solo or with a full band.
OUR TAKE: BUY

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