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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2018

A newly-discovered album by John Coltrane, a treasure trove of late-1930s radio broadcasts, a trumpeter’s ground-breaking 1960s big band, and one of early jazz’s hottest groups are just some of the recordings you’ll hear as the year draws to a close on Night Lights.

John Coltrane wasn’t the only artist to have a “lost” album released in 2018.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, right? Time to finally relax a bit after the hubbub of Christmas… and also time for Night Lights to provide a subjective survey of the past 12 months’ notable historic-jazz releases, some of it never heard before, some of it newly-reissued in pristine sound, some of it a mix of both. Artists featured on this year’s retrospective include John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Dodo Marmarosa, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Miles Davis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Erroll Garner, Don Ellis, Martial Solal, Count Basie, and Teddy Wilson. Here’s a list of my favorites that includes numerous titles not heard on the show–happy New Year, and I’d love to see some of your recommendations in the comments fold below the post:

The Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles
Alice Coltrane, Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Brothers Studio Recordings
John Coltrane, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Miles Davis and John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series V. 6
Don Ellis, Autumn/Shock Treatment
Grant Green, Funk In France: From Paris To Antibes and Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry’s
Herbie Hancock, Broadcast Collection 1973-1983
Elvin Jones, At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall Hamburg
Dodo Marmarosa, On The Coast 1945-1947, 1952
Charles Mingus, Jazz In Detroit
Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording
New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Complete Recordings 1922-1925
Woody Shaw, At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall Hamburg
Martial Solal, Solo Piano: Unreleased 1966 Los Angeles Session V. 2
Teddy Wilson, Classic Brunswick and Columbia Sessions 1934-1942
Various artists, Jazz Loves Bernstein
Various artists, The Savory Collection 1935-1940
Various artists, Spiritual Jazz 8: Japan

You can hear much more of Mosaic Records’ Savory set in the previous Night Lights program Savoring The Savory Collection

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