Here’s some holiday cheer for classic-jazz fans around the world: Mosaic Records is going to put out a multi-disc anthology drawn from the recordings that engineer Bill Savory made of jazz greats in the 1930s and 40s. The Savory Collection has been on jazz fans’ radar ever since it surfaced in 2010, and though three volumes of music have come out on iTunes, with a fourth on the way, this will mark the first appearance of the Savory Collection in a physical format.
The six-CD set will include all of the material released on iTunes so far (including the latest, volume 4), plus an additional two CDs featuring more music from Count Basie and Lester Young, pianist Joe Sullivan, singer Mildred Bailey, and other artists. Loren Schoenberg, who shepherded the Savory collection to the National Museum of Jazz in Harlem and who wrote notes for the iTunes volumes, will be annotating this set as well. Mosaic is aiming for a February 2018 release. (UPDATE: Mosaic’s Savory set is now available for pre-order)
As for the several CDs of Benny Goodman material that could also make for a compelling set? That material remains in indefinite limbo.
Also in the works: a Louis Armstrong set for 2019, focusing on Armstrong’s 1950s-era Columbia recordings produced by George Avakian,including previously unreleased music from those sessions. The booklet for that set will be written by Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi (What A Wonderful World: The Magic Of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years).