- Analogue Productions continues its indispensable SACD reissue series of some of Nat King Cole’s finest releases on the Capitol label with the September 13 arrival of Just One of Those Things (1957) and St. Louis Blues (1958). Billy May handles the orchestrations for Just One of Those Things, which is playable as follows: a three-channel SACD section and Stereo SACD section include all songs except for the alternate take of “Just For The Fun Of It,” which was recorded in mono. There is a Mono SACD section with all songs included. The Stereo CD section includes the same content as the SACD Stereo section and the Mono CD section includes all songs. Nelson Riddle arranges and conducts St. Louis Blues, a collection of W.C. Handy’s greatest songs. All tracks are playable as Three-Channel, Stereo and Mono on the SACD layer and playable as Stereo and Mono on the CD layer. “Overture/Hesitating Blues” has been restored to its original length on both the mono and stereo versions. These beautifully-remastered discs come highly recommended!
- 1987’s Still Life (Talking) by the Pat Metheny Group is coming on September 20 in a new reissue from Nonesuch. The album contains the popular “Last Train Home” as well as elements of fusion, Brazilian jazz-influenced harmonies and even folk and pop sounds. Metheny on guitar is joined by Mark Ledford and David Blamires (vocals), Lyle Mays (piano/keyboards), Steve Rodby (acoustic and electric bass), Paul Wertico (drums) and Armando Marcal (percussion/vocals). Metheny fans are urged to check out his latest, 2011’s What’s It All About featuring radical reinventions of pop classics like “Alfie,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Would Be” and “Cherish.”
- On September 13, U.K. label Sepia will release four titles (available due to copyright law in the U.K.) sure to interest jazz and vocal fans. Tony Mottola’s Roman Guitar and Mr. Big joins together those two albums by the accomplished guitarist for the first time on CD. Felicia Sanders’ 1958 That Certain Feeling and 1960 I Wish You Love show that there was more to the singer than just her chart-topping “Song from Moulin Rouge.” Sepia’s ongoing series of Jane Morgan reissues continues with The Ballads of Lady Jane and The Second Time Around LPs plus bonus tracks on one CD. Finally, Betty Madigan’s Am I Blue? and The Jerome Kern Songbook LPs receive the two-on-one treatment plus four pop singles as bonus tracks.