When one of my favourite artists (Berlin's nu jazz kings Jazzanova
) chooses their favourite songs from one of my favourite labels(the classic and progressive Blue Note), the result is bound to be great. Even better, these are records they owned themselves, so they are spinning their own vinyl, not select discs supplied by the label.
What I hadn't been prepared for was that the majority of the pieces on here weren't ones I had in my collection (which is sizeable). Herbie Hancock
's classic Maiden Voyage
is present, but otherwise Jazzanova have selected under-appreciated gems. I expected that I already owned half the songs on here already, which is why I took so long to pick this up.
Well-represented are the great vibes of Bobby Hutcherson
(literally; he plays the vibraphone), Bobbi Humphrey
's prototypical smooth jazz and Horace Silver
, with good reason. Each supplies some of the great moments on the collection - especially Hello To The Wind
and I've Had a Little Talk