From elegant double album Day After Day by guitarist Ben Monder to be released in April... the work includes a version of Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer’s ‘Emily’ and Quincy Jones’ ‘The Midnight Sun Will Never Set.’

The great jazz writer Ira Gitler has died. He was 90. More via WBGO.

Stunning first time on vinyl for early-1990s album Ask The Ages, free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock’s final album featuring Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and Elvin Jones, on drums — with Bill Laswell producing.

Solo bass records are not everyday events. That is not to say this is not welcome and is a chance to absorb yourself inside the technique and huge warm sound Grenadier has been producing for years but never as up close and personal as here. Overdubs are kept to a minimum and the tracks all have a certain sense to them, veering away from atmospherics more towards a strong rhythmic jolt and sense of momentum. Above all Grenadier knows how to harness tone in his cause.

A handsome record, the sound production is excellent, it has a rootsy flair as well as serious intent and is a must for all students of jazz bass.