New Music Releases: John Williams, Neil Young, Classic Jazz

Our picks this week. Click the links to order items from Amazon.

The most expansive set ever dedicated to JOHN WILLIAMS, the most famous American composer in the world, a monumental new collection as part of the "Écoutez le Cinéma" series. 

The 20-CD collection presents an overview of Maestro Williams' career, spanning over six decades, from his earliest works of the 1960s to the most recent works and collaborations, including original soundtracks for STEVEN SPIELBERG (Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List), GEORGE LUCAS (Star Wars), ALFRED HITCHCOCK, CLINT EASTWOOD, BRIAN DE PALMA, OLIVER STONE, MARK RYDELL, SYDNEY POLLACK, and RON HOWARD. 

Content CDs 1 & 2: BOSTON POPS HIGHLIGHTS Including music from: Star Wars; Superman; Close Encounters Of The Third Kind; The Mission Theme (NBC News); Jane Eyre; Liberty Fanfare; Olympic Fanfare and Theme; Home Alone CD 3: EARLY SCORES Checkmate; How To Steal A Million; Penelope; Not With My Wife, You Don't!; Fitzwilly; Heidi CD 4: MARK RYDELL Cinderella Liberty; The River CD 5: THE DISASTER MOVIE TRILOGY Earthquake; The Poseidon Adventure; The Towering Inferno CD 6: CLINT EASTWOOD + ROBERT ALTMAN The Eiger Sanction; The Long Goodbye; Images CD 7: WESTERN The Cowboys; The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing; The Missouri Breaks CD 8: JAWS I & II CD 9: STEVEN SPIELBERG: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL + ALWAYS + HOOK CD 10: STEVEN SPIELBERG: JURASSIC PARK + MINORITY REPORT CD 11: STEVEN SPIELBERG: SCHINDLER'S LIST CD 12: STEVEN SPIELBERG: INDIANA JONES Raiders Of The Lost Ark; Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom; Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade; Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull CD 13: THE OLIVER STONE AMERICAN TRIPTYCH Born On The Fourth Of July; JFK; Nixon CD 14: RON HOWARD Far And Away CD 15: SYDNEY POLLACK + MARTIN RITT Sabrina*; Pete 'n' Tillie; Stanley & Iris *w/ Sting CD 16: JOHN BADHAM + BRIAN DE PALMA Dracula; The Fury CD 17: SINGLE FILM COLLABORATIONS Family Plot; Black Sunday; Monsignor; Sleepers; Seven Years In Tibet; Angela's Ashes CD 18: ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER & JOHN WILLIAMS: ACROSS THE STARS w/ Anne-Sophie Mutter, The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, John Williams CD 19: CONCERT WORKS Prelude and Fuge; Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1; Elegy for Cello and Orchestra w/ The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra; Eastman Wind Ensemble; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Berliner Philharmoniker CD 20: SONGS, COVERS, & NEW READINGS w/ André Previn; Ella Fitzgerald; Count Basie; Frank Sinatra; Alan Bergman; Henry Mancini; Lou Donaldson; Luciano Pavarotti; and more.

Limited double vinyl LP pressing. Includes litho of the front cover. Dume is a 16-song album (2 LPs) by Neil Young with Crazy Horse from 1975, recorded during the Zuma recording sessions. It includes tracks and outtakes from Zuma. 

This album is included as CD #8 CD in Neil Young's Archives Volume II. This is the debut release on vinyl.
Stan Getz and Bill Evans are about as close as musicians can get in terms of artistry, musical philosophy and technique. 

These sessions, recorded in 1963 with drummer Elvin Jones and bassists Ron Carter (Side A) and Richard Davis (Side B), perfectly blend their strong individual styles and collaborative sensibilities, with both artists at the peak of their creative powers. 

Verve Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered on 180g vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Saxophonist Art Pepper was considered one of the best altos of his time, just behind Charlie Parker. 

This 1960 recording, whose album's title presages the addiction that would soon offline the self-taught musician's career, features compositions written by fellow saxophonists (including Ornette Coleman's "Tears Inside" and Buddy Collette's "A Bit of Basie"). 

Finding Pepper at his finest, most limber form, his own composition "Las Cuevas de Mario" is a particular standout in 5/4 time and would pop up on his set lists in subsequent years. 

This new edition is released as part of the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series on 180-gram vinyl pressed at QRP with (AAA) lacquers cut from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman and is presented in a Stoughton Printing tip-on jacket.

This 1960 album's inventive Richard Weiss arrangements combine with Carter's uniquely masterful - and modern - vocals for fresh takes on standards. Highlights include a lively run through "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", inspired scatting on "On The Alamo" and a beautifully tender take on "There's No You". The Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.

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