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QUINCY JONES Go West Man GRP 828 $11.99 (CD only)

Quincy Jones' contributions to Go West Man were more organizational than musical. But though he doesn't play on or arrange any of the tunes here, he shows good taste and judgment in his choice of musicians and their combination. The three sessions here focus on particular instruments- a trumpet session with Harry Edison, Conte Candoli, and Pete Candoli; a four alto session with Benny Carter, Art Pepper, Herb Geller and Charlie Mariano; and a tenor/bari session with Bill Perkins, Buddy Collette, Walter Benton and Pepper Adams- backed by the top-notch rhythm section of Carl Perkins or Lou Levy, Red Mitchell or Leroy Vinnegar, and Mel Lewis or Shelly Manne.

RYAN KISOR Battle Cry Criss Cross 1145 $16.99 (CD only)
Trumpeter Ryan Kisor lost some visibility after being unceremoniously dropped by Colombia a few years back, but if Battle Cry is any indication, he hasn't stopped growing musically. The promise shown on those two (now out-of-print) Columbia records is fulfilled here, and then some. Kisor invests these five standards and two originals with a good deal of his own adventurous personality, suggesting a mature player who enjoys uncovering the unexpected hidden among familiar changes. With Sam Yahel, organ; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Brian Blade, drums. (Shameless plug for one of my favorite records which also happens to feature Ryan Kisor: Kisor, along with Chris Potter, Mick Goodrick and Adam Nussbaum burn through reconfigured versions of standard tunes on bassist Steve Swallow's Deconstructed, ECM 23209, $16.99).

JON WEBER It's Never Quite the Same Mood 1111 $22.99 (2 CDs)

Fans of solo piano and the golden age of American popular song will find a lot to like in the music of pianist Jon Weber. While certainly not a household name outside of Chicago, Weber's attracted the attention and earned the respect of pianists like Dick Hyman and Marian McPartland (he made a memorable appearance on McPartland's Piano Jazz program a couple of years back). Besides boasting a virtuoso technique and knowledge of harmony that would be the envy of any pianist, Weber is distinguished by his encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, both famous and obscure. (Go to his regular gig at the Season's Lounge in Chicago and request a song, and he'll not only play it; more than likely he'll tell you the composer and lyricist, the year it was first recorded, and the show or movie in which it first appeared). It's Never Quite the Same is dedicated to the music of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, writers of "To Each His Own", "Never Let Me Go", "Mona Lisa" and many others.

DON PATTERSON Boppin' and Burnin' OJC 983 $11.99 (CD only)

Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics reissue series continues with an impressive list of titles, including this 1968 date by underappreciated organist Don Patterson. Boppin' and Burnin' does indeed bop, with versions of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" and "Now's the Time", and Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy", but the most impressive performances come on the nearly 14 minute blues, "Pisces Soul", where trumpeter Howard McGhee, altoist Charles McPherson, and guitarist Pat Martino take turns outdoing themselves. Not just another organ record!

Other recent recommended OJC's include (all $11.99 ea., CD only):

Sonny Criss Up, Up and Away OJC 982

Jimmy Forrest Soul Street OJC 987

Phineas Newborn, Jr. Back Home OJC 971

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