XANADU REACTIVATES WITH PETER BERNSTEIN’S MONK PLUS FIVE CLASSIC CATALOG TITLES FEATURING BUD POWELL, DEXTER GORDON, CHARLIE PARKER, CLIFFORD BROWN, BILLIE HOLIDAY, AND OTHER JAZZ GREATS
Greg Scholl, president and chief executive of The Orchard, announced Xanadu’s return, stating, “Xanadu is a label that was born of passion and both looked to the future through trailblazing releases by contemporary artists, and to the past through its selective acquisition of historic titles by titans of the genre. As fans of and believers in the genre, our stewardship of the Xanadu legacy is something we take seriously. By bringing this label back to the public eye, and investing selectively in new releases by artists in which we believe, we are proud to serve fans of America’s unique contribution to global culture.”
January 19th sees the first new Xanadu title in several years, with the release of Monk, by the Peter Bernstein Trio. Bernstein, a critical favorite and prolific, sought-after session player, leads a trio backed by Doug Weiss (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums) on 12 Thelonious Monk tunes including “Let’s Cool One,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Well You Needn’t,” and “In Walked Bud”. Three of the tunes are solo guitar pieces arranged by Bernstein. Bernstein, who has performed on over 60 recordings and has worked with Larry Goldings, Lou Donaldson, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, among many others has an abiding passion for Monk’s music. In the iconic Ira Gitler’s Monk liner notes, Bernstein comments, “Monk has his own musical universe. There’s lots of space in Monk’s music but you don’t have to fill up all the space. And in his music the rhythmic element is already there--it’s already swinging.”
In addition to the new offering from Bernstein, five newly-remastered Xanadu catalog albums will be released on that same day, featuring recordings by Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday, Jack Teagarden, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Bud Powell, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Clarke and others. The selections include:
Bebop Revisited, Vol. 1 with original performances by Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Chubby Jackson, Conte Candoli, Melba Liston, Terry Gibbs, Max Roach and Earl Coleman that were recorded in 1947 and 1948.
International Jam Sessions includes recordings from 1950, 1953 and 1957 features the work of Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Phil Woods, Frank Socolow, Cecil Payne, Duke Jordan, and Arthur Taylor while Harlem Odyssey, recorded in 1940 and 1941, brings offerings from Billie Holiday, Tab Smith, Buddy Tate, Jack Teagarden, Art Tatum, Joe Guy, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke.
At The Village Vanguard presents original 1965 recordings by Earl Hines & Roy Eldridge with George Tucker and Oliver Jackson, as well as the legendary title Bud In Paris by Bud Powell with Johnny Griffin, Barney Wilen and Kenny Clarke, recorded in 1959 and 1960.
Xanadu is the legendary jazz label founded by veteran producer Don Schlitten who was also associated with such groundbreaking imprints as Signal, Prestige, Cobblestone, Muse and Onyx. During its initial run in the 1970s and 1980s, Xanadu was actively involved in issuing new recordings by such artists as Barry Harris, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Criss, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Raney, Ted Dunbar and others. The label’s “Gold Series” focused on reissuing classic bebop works that included historic performances by Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Heath, Billie Holliday, Clifford Brown, Jack Teagarden, Art Tatum and many more. The Xanadu catalog, including thousands of sides, was acquired by The Orchard, and has been reactivated in an ambitious reissue program. At the same time, The Orchard will investing in new Xanadu recordings that remain true to the pure bebop jazz ethos of Xanadu. The first Xanadu title issued in almost two decades is Monk, by the Peter Bernstein Trio, which streets on January 19, 2009.
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