Saxophonist John Irabagon, who helps to illuminate the new disc, will make the trip to Dazzle with bassist Thomas Kneeland Dec. 8-9. It’s three discs of rehearsals and studio alternate takes from the trumpeter’s most accomplished quintet, the ’60s band with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Records got scratched easily, they skipped…the artwork was always lovely, though, and anyone who collects LPs and admires this “defiant giant,” as she referred to herself in conversation with me shortly before her 2003 death, will be delighted with this package. Heretics who still like CDs can obtain the same material in that format for roughly a third of the $140 vinyl set retail price, by the way. Alternate suggestion: the just-released “Swiss Radio Days Vol. And Rudy Royston, who grew up in Denver but now calls New York home, returns to Colorado to promote his just-released, model trio recording, “Rise Of Orion” (Greenleaf Music). So you’re seeking holiday gift suggestions for that particular Jazz Obsessive in your life? 41 – Zurich 1961” (The Montreux Jazz Label), a perfectly recorded evening of the man at his peak. 5” (Columbia-Legacy): What have the Miles Davis Vault Gods at Sony placed before us this year? Clarinetist Don Byron and The Adam Bartczak Democracy are slated for Nocturne on Nov. 2. These ’60s recordings represent the cream of this singer-pianist’s massive discography. Get tickets at dazzlejazz.com. 29 and Dec. “Orion” is a stunning recording, with plenty of drama and virtuosity, and it should be a late entry for numerous 2016 top 10 lists. The accompanying booklet is authoritative, and the inventive music is of similar sound quality to the recordings Young made for Blue Note. These are, of course, hugely influential records from “The Genius,” cut between 1957 and 1961, melding blues, gospel and jazz, resulting in some of the most glorious soul music ever conceived. Louis Hayes, who powered innovative bands for Cannonball Adderley and Yusef Lateef, performs with the UNC Jazz Faculty ensemble for two sets on Dec. Ray Charles, “The Atlantic Years (In Mono)”: ¬†Another vinyl box set, this time available in an MP3 edition as well, but how exciting could MP3s possibly be as a gift? Nina Simone, “The Philips Years” (Verve): Speaking as someone who grew up with vinyl, I’ve never been as committed to the reinvigoration of the format as people a decade (or more) my junior. Hey, it’s my pleasure! It’s instructive to hear how these monumental recordings came together, and it works as a audio documentary, though it’s probably important to seek out the albums that were the result of these sessions first: “Miles Smiles,” “Nefertiti” and “Water Babies.” It’s worth mentioning that Denver-bred Don Cheadle’s Miles movie, “Miles Ahead,” would be a nice DVD or Blu-Ray gift for the Davis fan in your life as well. Larry Young, “In Paris – The ORTF Recordings” (Resonance Records): I’ll bet he or she doesn’t have this — one of the finest sets of 2016, showcasing nearly two hours of previously unreleased soaring majesty from the ridiculously neglected organist. Miles Davis Quintet, “Freedom Jazz Dance – The Bootleg Series Vol. 30…
 
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