As I noted previously, I was in Barcelona on vacation and while the biggest store, Jazz Messengers was closed, I did find a number of small stores along with FNAC, that had some very nice jazz sections. I picked up a large number of CDs, some of which I talked about in the previous post, and of them eleven were from the Fresh Sound/ New Talent stable of Jordi Pujol, which while not impossible to get here in the U.S. were certainly cheaper (and had no shipping charge either) Of the eleven, several are from artists who have achieved greater notoriety since, and the remainder are truly the works of some fresh and wonderful new talent, in some cases fronting some better known sidemen.
I did well in my selecting and am enjoying all eleven entries, whether I knew the artists first or felt that the combination of players, instruments, and songs would probably appeal to me. A bit of guesswork is always fun an a great way to open the world of jazz even wider to my ears.
Without further ado, the discs:
Five more to come in another post, including a couple of familiar names. Fresh Sound/New Talent offers some first rate play by a lot of artists we all know, in some cases their early recordings but in other cases new recordings of folks who may not have a record deal, or are playing in unusual settings. Jordi Pujol was featured at jazzwax.com a while back and his interest in producing new sounds is clear, even as he is sometimes criticized for the reissues of old jazz on his Fresh Sounds label. Check it out, it is a first rate feature.