Chiaroscuro announces re-releases of Gil Goldstein’s Pure as Rain and Kenny Davern & Flip Phillips album John & Joe

PITTSTON, Pa. – Chiaroscuro records is proud to announce the re-releases of Grammy-winning composer Gil Goldstein’s Pure as Rain and Kenny Davern and Flip Phillips’ John & Joe, which features the talented reed men joining forces on two sessions separated by 18 years. Both albums will be re-released on Friday, May 7th, 2021. 

About Gil Goldstein’s Pure as Rain

Chiaroscuro presents the long out-of-print 1977 debut album by influential three-time Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and arranger Gil Goldstein, released on CD and digital for the first time. This wide-ranging session includes duo, trio and fusion arrangements of Goldstein’s original compositions. Produced by Fred Miller, “Pure as Rain” features an all-star lineup that includes bassist Jeff Berlin, drummers Bob Moses and Steve Smith, percussionist Ray Barretto and harmonica great Toots Thielemans, plus cameo appearances by vocalist Mary Eiland and producer Miller in a duo on English horn.

Goldstein’s many collaborations over the years have included Pat Metheny (“Map of the World” and “From This Place”), Michael Brecker, and Gil Evans. His film composer credits include “Radio Inside” (1994) and “Simply Irresistible” (1999).

The CD includes the original LP artwork, plus all-new liner notes from Gil Goldstein and from Chiaroscuro founder Hank O’Neal. It was newly remastered from the original analog recordings.

To pre-order Gil Goldstein’s Pure as Rain (CRD 201) click here.

About Kenny Davern & Flip Phillips John & Joe

Two great reed men are spotlighted in a pair of swinging sessions, one from the studio, and the other from a jazz cruise aboard ship, recorded 18 years apart. John Kenneth “Kenny” Davern and Joseph Edward Filipetti, better known as Flip Phillips are the John & Joe in question. Separated by about 20 years in age, both were steeped in the great swing traditions, and had a long musical friendship.

The first disc features an all-star 1977 New York studio session which has been out of print for decades, featuring pianist Dave McKenna, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Bobby Rosengarden, performing both standards and a joint original. Both reed men “triple” with Davern on clarinet, soprano and C-Melody saxes, with Phillips on sax, clarinet and bass clarinet. With the blue-chip rhythm section, the swinging never stops. 

Disc 2 is a 1995 live performance from the Floating Jazz Festival with a sextet featuring Derek Smith on piano, Howard Alden on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass and Joe Ascione on drums, with special guest Phil Woods joining for a “burning” version of “Lover Come Back to Me.”

The 12-page booklet contains the original liner notes from both Dan Morganstern and Gene Lees.

To pre-order Kenny Davern & Flip Phillips John & Joe (CRD 199) click here.

Distribution for each album is provided by MVD Entertainment Group:

To learn more about Chiaroscuro Records and the re-releases, visit the all-new The new website features the entire Chiaroscuro jazz album catalog, artist listings, the Chiaroscuro channel live radio stream, Chiaroscuro blog, podcast, history and even educational curriculum for the classroom.


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