Louis Armstrong: The Legacy collection

Recently Dot Time Records reached an agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to release four albums of previously unreleased music from the Louis Armstrong archive.

Catherine Russell: I Want To Talk About You

Proceeds benefit the Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund.

Catherine Russell – vocals
Mark Shane – piano
Brian Grice – drums
Lee Hudson – bass

Produced by Paul Kahn
Executive Producer: Catherine Russell
Recorded October, 2009
Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY, USA
Engineered and Mixed by Katherine Miller
Mastered by Alan Silverman for Arf Mastering, NY, NY
Photos and Video by Stefan Falke

Billy Eckstine, the famed vocalist and orchestra leader, wrote music and lyrics to “I Want To Talk About You.” Eckstine’s orchestra first recorded the tune on December 5, 1944. His 17 piece orchestra on the recording included such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Dexter Gordon, arranged by Tadd Dameron and released as a single in 1945.

The melody and harmonic changes of “I Want To Talk About You” held great appeal as a bed for improvisation, for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. John Coltrane recorded and performed the tune, which was also covered by Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Ella Fitzgerald. A love ballad with such a pedigree held great appeal for Catherine Russell, who’s sensual reading of “I Want To Talk About You,” joins the ranks of notable interpretations by jazz greats.

Lizzie Thomas: Love For Sale (feat. Helio Alves)

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern Brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the ‘90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Sadao Watanabe, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Paquito D’Rivera, Joyce, and Rosa Passos to name a few.

Helio has also released four albums under his own name: “Trios” (1998), “Portrait in Black & White” (2004), “It’s Clear” (2009) and most recently,”Musica” featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.

Lizzie Thomas: My Foolish Heart (feat. Russell Malone)

Russell Malone one of the signature guitar players of his generation. The leader of ten albums since 1992, Malone is as well-known on the international circuit for helming a world-class quartet and trio as he is for his long-standing participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio.
A master of all tempos, a relentless swinger, he spins his stories —in idioms ranging from the urban and downhome blues, country, gospel, various corners of the American Songbook, and hardcore jazz—with a soulful, instantly recognizable instrumental voice, and seasons them with sophisticated harmonies that are never “too hip for the room.” “I take pride on being open enough to play with anybody,” says Malone, citing encounters with such diverse artists as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Andy Williams, James “Blood” Ulmer, and Ornette Coleman.