The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (Columbia Legacy Jazz, $49.98)
This three-disc collection takes the listener through a mere five months of Mr. Davis’ recordings, from September 24, 1968, to February 20, 1969. So why pick it up? For one, these sessions mark the artist’s move into new territory with multiple keyboard configurations created by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Following a chronological route, this set contains tons of previously unissued tunes.
Songs From The West Coast (Universal)
The latest album from Sir Elton finds him with 12 new songs and a stripped-down approach. Longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin lends his skills to a collection of trademark piano work and honest and open
lyrics found in “Dark Diamond,” “American Triangle,” and the gospel-blues of “The Wasteland.” The disc proves without a doubt that Elton’s still the man.
Italian Love Songs (EMI)
If you’re looking for the perfect background music for a romantic evening with that special someone, this is the disc to purchase. The crooning Dino does justice to “Return To Me,” “That’s Amore,” “On An Evening In Roma,” and 13 others to share with the one you love. Press “repeat” on your CD player, light the candles, and break out the bubbly.
— JAMES E. MAYFIELD