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  • The Big Beat The Big Beat Quick View

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    The Big Beat

    Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Art Blakey was one of the greatest of all jazz drummers, a masterful talent scout and the inspiring leader of the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years (1955-90), the Jazz Messengers featured brilliant young talent who were pushed by Blakey to write new music and play at their very best. One certainly could not coast with Blakey's explosive drumming constantly egging on the players. The who's who of jazz passed through Blakey's band for several generations, with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis to Benny Golson and Horace Silver benefiting from the hard-swinging experience. But few lineups could compete with the 1960 edition of the Jazz Messengers featured on The Big Beat. Blakey, the old man of the band at 30, is joined by bassist Jymie Merritt and three brilliant stylists who were not only exciting soloists but very skilled songwriters: trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Bobby Timmons. The Big Beat introduces Timmons' Dat Dere (which practically defines soul jazz) and Shorter's Lester Left Town (a tribute to Lester Young) and includes an inventive version of It's Only A Paper Moon along with a few other lesser-known but colorful pieces. This is hard bop at its finest from one of the most immortal jazz groups of all time.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


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    Art Blakey
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    Caravan

    Caravan is the legendary jazz album originally released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey's first album for Riverside
    Records and was produced by Orrin Keepnews. The album is described as a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest." (BBC)


    The album has been newly reissued on vinyl for all classic jazz and vinyl collectors alike.

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet N Sour
    3. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
    4. This Is For Albert
    5. Skylark
    6. Thermo
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
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  • Mosaic Mosaic Quick View

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    Mosaic

    Originally released by Blue Note Records in 1961, "Mosaic" by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Performing with Blakey, "Mosiac" features critically-acclaimed jazz greats like Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller. This version of The Jazz Messengers performed together from 1961 through 1964.
    1. Mosaic
    2. Down Under
    3. Children of the Night
    4. Aarbia
    5. Crisis
    Art Blakey
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  • The Gigolo The Gigolo Quick View

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    The Gigolo


    Limited Edition!


    Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!


    The Definitive issue of this classic Blue Note title!


    THE SOUND:

    Mono or Stereo? Rudy Van Gelder first began recording Blue Note sessions in stereo in March of 1957. From then until an October 30, 1958 Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo session tapes. The stereo presentation revealed more air, more detail and more sheer life than the mono. The mono playback was a wonderful remembrance of the old LP we all knew and loved. The stereo playback from the original masters was eerie. It was like going back in time to that day in Rudy's studio. Quite simply, the stereo masters revealed more of what it was like to be there that day.


    Why 45rpm? Simply...Because it sounds better! 180 gram pressings versus 200 gram? Music Matters, Lt. uses 180 gram pressings for the simple reason that they believe 180 gram weight is more than sufficient to provide a near perfect pressing. When Music Matters asked their friends at Record Technology Inc. for their recommendation to achieve the highest possible quality pressings their answer was unequivocal... go with 180 gram!


    Upgrading Connections at Acoustech! It goes without saying that there are many controversies and debates in the perfectionist audio/LP collector market. But one area of near universal agreement is the quality of mastering that emerges from Kevin Gray's custom-built AcousTech Mastering studio in Camarillo, CA. Kevin, along with Steve Hoffman, has provided many of the best sounding new and reissued albums on LP during the last 5 or 6 years working outs of AcousTech.


    THE JACKETS:

    Music Matters Exclusive! Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. The Music Matters Definitive 45RPM Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious lamination... quality you'll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums. In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos.


    THE REVIEWS:

    Hear what Michael Fremer, Wayne Garcia and others are saying about the Blue Note Definitive 45rpm Reissue Series from Music Matters, Ltd:

    They're BIG and open and definitely work in stereo because they're not hard left/right stereo. The cymbals are so chimey and the skins so open! Even Rudy's typical boxy piano isn't too bad. These are going to be really good....!!!! (Real time reaction after hearing his first test pressing of Horace Parlan's Speakin' My Piece LP.) - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine


    I've heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, none-and I mean none-convey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matter's Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing. - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound


    Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers "The Big Beat" and Horace Parlan, "Speakin' My Piece." And if this is any indication of what's to come, I advise you to get on the list now, before this collection is sold out. - Albert Porter, www.positive-feedback.com


    The Music Matters 45s have all immediacy and add a free-flowing naturalness that is surprising at first but very easy to get used to. - Marc Mickelson, www.soundstage.com


    There is no real explanation for Lee Morgan's greatness. He emerged in 1956 as a precocious 18-year old already recording for Blue Note and performing as one of the stars of the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. He continued to grow during his years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and in the 1960s was jazz's leading trumpeter. In 1965 when he recorded The Gigolo, Morgan was still only 27 yet had already created a lifetime of exciting music. On The Gigolo, he builds upon his earlier successes and plays with a brilliance only reached by the most immortal of jazz musicians. His four originals include the original version of his memorable blues Speed Ball, and he really digs into You Go To My Head. Hearing The Gigolo with its phenomenal sound and brilliant playing is a thrill that all jazz fans need to experience.


    Features:

    • Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    • Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech

    • Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!

    • Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    • Limited Edition

    • Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    • Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan, trumpet

    Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone

    Harold Mabern, Jr., piano

    Bob Cranshaw, bass

    Billy Higgins, drums


    The albums are being cut at 45 RPM for maximum quality by Kevin Gray and me using our full ANALOG disk cutting system; most studios cannot even cut vinyl in 100% true analog anymore (they convert to digital first) but we can. The original Rudy Van Gelder engineered stereophonic session tapes are used when we master these gems. The sound quality is amazing on our test cuts. Like from heaven. First totally uncompressed versions of these jazz classics that I've ever heard and trust me, you will be impressed; they sound like no other releases of this music.


    The sound is lifelike, the horns are in the room with you. Our non-invasive mastering insures the true breath of life on these original Van Gelder session tapes is transferred to the virgin vinyl with absolute authenticity. It is like hearing these BLUE NOTE masterpieces for the first time and that is NO exaggeration. When we heard the first lacquer acetate playback from our first mastering session I thought Joe Harley was going to pee in his pants he was so excited. Actually we all were; after 50 years of many lackluster and some downright bad sounding versions of these albums, hearing the real deal is a humbling experience, even for us hardened music veterans. You will be able to listen to the music exactly like we did...
    - Steve Hoffman

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    1. Yes I Can, No You Can't
    2. Trapped
    3. Speed Ball
    4. The Gigolo
    5. You Go To My Head
    Lee Morgan
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  • Undercurrent (Kenny Drew) Undercurrent (Kenny Drew) Quick View

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    Undercurrent (Kenny Drew)

    Cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging with Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Kenny Drew was an unsung master of bebop. A brilliant pianist who started with the example of Bud Powell and then developed his own sound within the style, in the '50s Drew worked with some of the most important innovators of all time including Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Buddy DeFranco, Dinah Washington and Art Blakey. By 1960 when he recorded Undercurrent, Drew had already led ten albums of his own, mostly with duos and trios. Oddly enough he only had the opportunity to lead two albums in his life for Blue Note, an early effort from 1953 and the classic Undercurrent. Joined in a quintet by the young firebrand trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, the always-stimulating tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, the 32-year old pianist shows that he was ready to truly make his mark on the jazz world. All six compositions are his, and in his accompaniment of the passionate horn men and also in his soulful solos, Drew shows that he was one of the major hard bop stylists. This high energy album, which finds Hubbard, Mobley and Drew consistently inspiring each other to come up with heated statements, has many of the pianist's finest compositions including the roaring "Undercurrent," the bluesy "Funk-Cosity," the gospellish "The Pot's On," the well titled "Groovin' The Blues" and the beautiful "Ballade." Kenny Drew, who would move permanently to Europe in 1964 and would not lead another album until 1973, is heard throughout at the peak of his powers, creating his finest recording.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies!

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


    Musicians:

    Kenny Drew, piano

    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

    Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone

    Sam Jones, bass

    Louis Hayes, drums


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    1. Undercurrent
    2. Funk-cosity
    3. Lion's Den
    4. The Pot's On
    5. Groovin' The Blues
    6. Ballade
    Kenny Drew
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  • Art Blakey!!!!!Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!!Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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    Art Blakey!!!!!Jazz Messengers!!!!!

    Import


    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele

    1. Alamode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear A Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
    Art Blakey
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  • The Time Is Right The Time Is Right Quick View

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    The Time Is Right

    A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker. All About Jazz


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    1. The Nearness Of You
    2. Mack the Knife
    3. Lou's Blues
    4. Be My Love
    5. Tangerine
    6. Crosstown Shuffle
    7. Idaho
    Lou Donaldson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Memorial Album Memorial Album Quick View

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    Memorial Album


    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Clifford Brown emerged fully formed in 1953, a trumpeter gifted with an ebullient swing and technical skills that added polish and precision to fresh invention. Foregoing both the manic pyrotechnics of Dizzy Gillespie and the laconic introversion of Miles Davis, he also provided a stylistic model for jazz trumpeters that has never gone out of style. This album combines Brown's first two recording dates as leader, placing him in quintet and sextet settings with some of the core musicians of the New York bop scene. The first nine tracks have Brown in an inspired quintet, prodded by the twisting, off-kilter solos and comping of the brilliant and underrated pianist Elmo Hope and the sparkling complexity of drummer Philly Joe Jones. While altoist Lou Donaldson is deeply in the sway of Charlie Parker, Brown sets his own course, whether it's the boppish Cookin' or the standard You Go to My Head. The final nine tracks have Art Blakey's drums driving the sextet, while altoist Gigi Gryce's understated concentration acts as an effective foil to Brown's joyous, dancing lines. Taken at a medium up-tempo, Cherokee is one of Brown's most effective vehicles. The alternate takes from each session highlight Brown's spontaneous creativity, while Rudy Van Gelder's remastering adds fresh focus to both his gorgeous tone and the explosive drumming. --Stuart Broomer

    1. Hymn Of The Orient
    2. Easy Living
    3. Minor Mood
    4. Cherokee
    5. Wail Bait
    6. Brownie Speaks
    7. De-Dah
    8. Cookin'
    9. You Go To My Head
    10. Carving The Rock
    Clifford Brown
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  • Live In Tokyo Live In Tokyo Quick View

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    Live In Tokyo


    First Time On Vinyl In North America


    The Hard To Find Vinyl Masterwork 1972's Live In Toyko


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso


    Pressed On 2 LP Limited Edition Translucent Red Vinyl At R.T.I.


    The legendary Weather Report set the music world on fire back in the early seventies with their hypnotic blend of progressive-fused jazz with funk, prog-rock and soul, augmented with the brilliant and skillful musicianship of their superstar founders Wayne Shorter on saxophone and various electronic reeds and the late great Joe Zawinul on a stunning array of keyboards and electronic instruments.


    Both of these legendary musicians/composers worked with Miles Davis on his classics like Bitches Brew, plus solid tenures with legends like Cannonball Adderley (Zawinul) and Art Blakey (Shorter) all of which would prove to become the huge catalyst for things to come.


    Throughout the seventies and beyond, Weather Report's fine arsenal of recordings would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts. The 1972 fusion live masterpiece Live In Toyko would go on to yield one of the most important albums of their career as it hit the top rungs of the jazz charts, plus major showings in the pop and r&b charts.


    No stone is left unturned, as this masterwork is loaded with stellar classics and long extensive live workouts on smashes like Wayne Shorter's Eurydice and Tears, the Shorter/Zawinul collaroration Umbrellas and Joe Zawinul favorite Orange Lady.


    As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, Live In Toyko in its original vinyl form took their fans by storm, paying hundreds of dollars for the original Japanese import if they were lucky to find one.


    Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on audiophile vinyl Live In Toyko by Weather Report. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this amazing classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain. Pressed at R.T.I., this brilliant masterwork truly resonates as you remember from years ago.


    To enhance your limited anniversary edition album experience, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being offered on translucent red audiophile vinyl in a first time gatefold cover presentation, featuring the rare original album cover design.


    Welcome back and celebrate the music of Weather Report with their amazing Live In Toyko ... an audiophile first time vinyl release, only from your friends at Friday Music

    LP 1
    1. Medley: Vertical Invader, Seventh Arrow, T.H. , Doctor Honoris Causa
    2. Medley: Surucucu, Lost, Early Minor, Direction


    LP 2
    1. Orange Lady
    2. Medley: Eurydice, The Moors
    3. Medley: Tears, Umbrellas

    Weather Report
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  • Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Quick View

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    Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk

    Limited Edition Audiophile Pressing


    Mastered From The Original Tapes And Cut By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio.


    180-Gram LP Plated And Pressed At RTI


    Housed In An Old-style Tip-on Jacket.


    Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk, recorded in 1957, is an album that was the result of a collaboration of Thelonious Monk with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

    1. Evidence
    2. In Walked Bud
    3. Blue Monk
    4. I Mean You
    5. Rhythm-A-Ning
    6. Purple Shades
    Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
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  • Moanin' Moanin' Quick View

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    Moanin'

    Limited Direct Metal Mastered 180 gram vinyl LP pressing of this classic album. Wax Time.


    Moanin' includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. There are three tracks that are immortal and will always stand the test of time. The title selection is a pure tuneful melody stewed in a bluesy shuffle penned by pianist Bobby Timmons, while tenor saxophonist Benny Golson's classy, slowed Along Came Betty and the static, militaristic Blues March will always have a home in the repertoire of every student or professional jazz band.

    1. Moanin'
    2. Are You Real
    3. Along Came Betty
    4. The Drum Thunder Suite
    5. Blues March
    6. Come Rain or Come Shine
    Art Blakey
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  • Tough! (On Sale) Tough! (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Tough! (On Sale)

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Includes Bonus Track

    1. Scotch Blues
    2. Flight to Jordu
    3. Transfiguration
    4. Exhibit A
    5. Gershwin Medley
    6. Gershwin Medley (First Version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Art Blakey
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  • Somethin' Else (Stereo) Somethin' Else (Stereo) Quick View

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    Somethin' Else (Stereo)

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    One of the best known record dates in the history of modern jazz, the chemistry among Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey is amazing. Their reworkings of Autumn Leaves and Love For Sale are masterpieces. Miles' title tune and Nat Adderley's One For Daddy-O are classics.


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    Autumn Leaves
    Love For Sale
    Somethin' Else
    One For Daddy-O
    Dancing In the Dark
    Cannonball Adderley
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Backlash (Speakers Corner) (On Sale) Backlash (Speakers Corner) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Backlash (Speakers Corner) (On Sale)

    After his great success as a new discovery through playing on tour and in the studio with Art Blakey's creative and inspirational group, the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard made a dozen LPs over 16 years for Blue Note and Impulse under his own direction.
    It was no wonder then that a big record company made him a lucrative offer in autumn 1966. All in all, Atlantic Records released six LPs and the very first, entitled Backlash, is still until today the best of the bunch.


    Three numbers by Freddie Hubbard, one by Bob Cunningham, and two by friends, provide the basis for a successful transition between hard bop and soul beat. Hubbard made high demands on his fellow musicians James Spaulding, Albert Dailey and especially the bass player Bob Cunningham and the drummer Ray Appleton because they had to cope with the ever-changing beat. Right from the very first note, it is obvious that Freddie Hubbard had Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown in his heart and fingers. All the titles are excellent. Of special note, however, is Little Sunflower. The sound colouring of the flute harmonizes particularly well with Hubbard's brass, and Ray Barretto's contribution is more than mere decoration. You're certainly on the right track with this LP, no matter whether it's the beginning of a Freddie Hubbard collection or a further contribution to a large jazz collection.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:



    • Freddie Hubbard (fluegel horn, trumpet)
    • James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute)
    • Albert Dailey (piano)
    • Bob Cunningham (bass)
    • Ray Appleton (drums)
    • Ray Barretto (percussion)



    Recording: 1967 by Tom Dowd, Phil Jehle and Adrian Barber

    Production: Arif Mardin




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Backlash
    2. The Return Of The Prodigal Son
    3. Little Sunflower
    4. On The Que-Tee
    5. Up Jumped Spring
    6. Echoes Of Blue
    Freddie Hubbard
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 Quick View

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    A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign


    A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell.

    1. Split Kick (with Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette)
    2. Once In A While
    3. Quicksilver
    4. A Night In Tunisia
    5. Mayreh
    Art Blakey
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  • The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure) The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure)

    The very first edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers was unfortunately short-lived, and as excellent as they were collectively, it was the beginning of a trend for the members of this group to come and go. Unbeknown to Blakey at the time, he would become a champion for bringing talent from the high minor leagues to full-blown jazz-star status, starting with this band featuring Detroit trumpeter Donald Byrd, East coast tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and pianist Horace Silver, a jazz legend ever after. It's evident that although there is much cohesion in the group, Byrd's star was on the rise the fastest, and he would leave in a short period, replaced briefly by Clifford Brown, then Kenny Dorham. What is most remarkable in this first recording for the band is how several of these selections have become classic hard bop vehicles, revered and replayed by thousands of bands over time worldwide. Nica's Dream is the best known of them all, typical of the calypso beats Blakey favored at the time, with a singsong, hummable melody led by Byrd that is pure soul personified, and drenched in unrequited blues.


    Musicians:



    • Donald Byrd (trumpet)

    • Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)

    • Horace Silver (piano)

    • Doug Watkins (bass)

    • Art Blakey (drums)




    Recording: April and May 1956 by Tony Janick at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City

    Production: George Avakiandeutsch




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Side A
    1. Infra-Rae

    2. Nica's Dream

    3. It's You or No One


    Side B
    4. Ecaroh

    5. Carol's Interlude

    6. The End of a Love Affair

    7. Hank's Symphony



    Side C
    8. Weird-O*
    9. Ill Wind*
    10. Late Show*


    Side D
    11. Deciphering The Message*
    12. Carol's Interlude


    *Bonus tracks not on original LP.

    Art Blakey
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  • Des Femmes Disparaissent + Les Liaisons Dangereuses Des Femmes Disparaissent + Les Liaisons Dangereuses Quick View

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    Des Femmes Disparaissent + Les Liaisons Dangereuses

    Two Original Soundtrack Albums + Bonus Tracks
    LP1
    1. GÉnÉrique
    2. Pierre Et BÉatrice
    3. Nasol
    4. Tom
    5. Poursuite Dans La Ruelle
    6. Ne Chuchote Pas
    7. Mambo Dans La Voiture
    8. Merlin
    9. Juste Pour Eux Seuls
    10. Blues Pour Doudou
    11. Blues Pour Marcel
    12. Blues Pour Vava
    13. Pasquier
    14. Quaglio
    15. La DivorcÉe De LÉo Fall
    16. Suspense, Tom Et Nasol
    17. Des Femmes Disparaissent
    18. Final Pour Pierre Et BÉatrice (From The Album "Olympia Concert")
    19. I Remember Clifford *
    20. Moanin' (B. Timmons) *


    LP2
    1. No Problem (1st Version)
    2. No Hay Problema
    3. Prelude In Blue
    4. Valmontana (1st Version)
    5. Miguel's Party
    6. Prelude In Blue (Chez Miguel)
    7. No Problem (2nd Version)
    8. Weehawken Mad Pad
    9. Valmontana (2nd Version)


    * Bonus Tracks

    Art Blakey
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    Caravan

    Includes 1 Bonus Track


    By the time that jazz icon/bandleader/percussionist Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers began recording for Riverside in the fall of 1962, Blakey had already been the spiritual center of the group for nearly 15 years. The unprecedented caliber of performers who had already passed through the revolving-door personnel reads like a who's who of 20th century jazz. On Caravan -- his first of several notable sides for the venerable label -- he is joined by a quintet of concurrent and future all-stars. Likewise, it could be argued that each has never again been presented in such a fresh or inspired setting as on these recordings. In order to establish with any authority just how heavy (even for purveyors of hard bop) the players in this band are, they need only to be named: Curtis Fuller (trombone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), and Reggie Workman (bass). With Blakey (drums) firmly at the helm, these Jazz Messengers deliver a scintillating synergy that doesn't sacrifice intensity for the sake of cadence. The trademark give-and-take that graces the laid-back and sophisticated pop and jazz standards Skylark and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning likewise is responsible for the palpable energy brought to the sizeable contributions from Shorter and Hubbard -- which make up half of the album's material. The title and leadoff track liquefies Duke Ellington's original arrangement and ignites it, fueling this extended fiery interpretation. Hubbard's first solo harks back to his own recording of Caravan, which can be heard on the Impulse release Artistry of Freddie Hubbard and was recorded earlier the same year. Coincidentally, that disc also features Curtis Fuller as well as a rare non-Sun Ra-related appearance from John Gilmore (tenor sax). Blow for blow, however, this reading has more than just an edge -- it possesses the entire blade. The melody snakes in and out of Blakey's strident flurry of syncopation. Another highlight is Shorter's interjectory solo, recalling his ability to succeed John Coltrane in Miles Davis' coterie. Among the original compositions, Shorter's upbeat Sweet 'n' Sour stands out as the most cohesive and ensemble-driven, although the singular group dynamic is well applied to the lively This Is for Albert as well. By contrast, Hubbard's Thermo is more angular -- taking full advantage of the musicians' aggressive chops. The 2001 20-bit remaster from Fantasy contains two bonus tracks: take four of Sweet 'n' Sour and take two of Thermo. This release can be considered definitive Blakey, bop, and Jazz Messengers.

    - Lindsay Planer (All Music)

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet 'n' Sour
    3. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    4. Sweet 'n' Sour [Alternate Take] *
    5. This Is For Albert
    6. Skylark
    7. Thermo


    *Bonus Track (From The Same Sessions. Not On The Original LP)

    Art Blakey
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    Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. À la Mode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear a Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    Art Blakey
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    Jackie's Pal (Mono)

    In the case of this 1956 Prestige release, Jackie's Pal is none other than trumpeter Bill Hardman who McLean champions justifiably here after the pair left the Charles Mingus workshop and before they both joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The excellent date finds the jazz greats in a quintet rounded out by Mal Walldron (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums).


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Sweet Doll
    2. Just For Marty
    3. Dee's Dilemma
    4. Sublues
    5. Steeplechase
    6. It Could Happen To You
    Jackie McLean
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    Ugetsu

    1963's Ugetsu was recorded at the legendary Birdland club, when the New York post-bop era was still very much in progress. Featuring both a young Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, Ugetsu remains a reaffirmation of the belief that this kind of on-the-scene adventure can create some of the most effective recorded jazz. With Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman.
    1. One By One
    2. Ugetsu
    3. Time Off
    4. Ping-Pong
    5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    6. On the Ginza
    7. Eva
    8. The High Priest
    9. The Theme
    Art Blakey
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    Kyoto

    This album finds Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers paying tribute to Japan (where they had toured to great acclaim) on two selections, featuring Art Blakey's cousin as a vocalist on Wellington's Blues (a real rarity in The Jazz Messengers' discography) and debuting Curtis Fuller's The High Priest. With trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenorman Wayne Shorter and trombonist Fuller in fine form, this is one of literally dozens of recommended Jazz Messengers recordings.
    Lotus Blossom
    My Ideal
    blue Friday
    Alone Together
    Blue Spring Shuffle
    I Had The Craziest Dream
    Old Folks
    Mack the Knife
    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
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    Drum Suite

    Strictly Limited To 2,500


    All-Analog Mastering By Kevin Gray


    Pressed At RTI


    "Recorded in 1956, Art Blakey's Drum Suite is a wonderful hybrid of African, Latin, and hard bop rhythms that prefigures the concept of Afro-beat by at least a decade, and the sheer energy, not to mention its very special and fresh-sounding intimacy, make it especially astounding. Even more amazing is that the three parts of the suite -- Blakey's The Sacrifice, Ray Bryant's Cubano Chant, and Oscar Pettiford's Oscalypso -- were recorded straight through live, and were only intended to be a pre-take run-through, but as is obvious here, Blakey and company nailed the whole thing right out of the box. The original LP was issued by Columbia with the drum suite on one side, and three tracks recorded by a 1956 version of the Jazz Messengers (Bill Hardman, Jackie McLean, Sam Dockery, and Spanky DeBrest) for Blakey's first Columbia album, Hard Bop, on the other side. Groundbreaking for its time, and still sounding vital, powerful, and visionary, the Drum Suite album is somewhat of a lost masterpiece that deserves a fresh audience.

    - Steve Leggett (All Music Guide)

    1. The Sacrifice

    2. Cubano Chant

    3. Oscalypso

    4. Nica's Tempo

    5. D's Dilemma

    6. Just for Marty
    Art Blakey
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    Sweet Sister Funk (Pure Pleasure)

    From the mid to late 60's the producer Sonny Lester was at the helm of some of the period's most significant jazz music (Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington's 70th birthday concert) and also some of the genre's biggest hits (mostly from organist Jimmy Mcgriff). With the folding of the Solid State label in 1971 Sonny Lester formed the aptly named Groove Merchant label (named after the tune Jerome Richardson wrote for the Jones-Lewis Orchestra). He then produced some of the periods most notable soul/jazz, jazz/fusion from the likes of McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes, Reuben Wilson, Lonnie Smith to name but a few.



    This gem of an album from Ramon Morris, and one of the hardest to find on Groove Merchant, was recorded during what many people would consider to be the classic period for this particular brand of jazz/funk/soul/fusion. It was recorded not long after he'd spent time with Art Blakey as a Jazz Messenger appearing on his 1972 Prestige album Child's Dance along with Stanley Clarke and Woody Shaw. He then also recorded on the Woody Shaw album, also from 1972, Song Of Songs.



    He now teaches at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.



    Musicians:



    • Ramon Morris (tenor saxophone)

    • Albert Dailey (electric piano)

    • Mickey Bass (bass)

    • Mickey Roker (drums)

    • Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet)

    • Lloyd Davis (guitar)

    • Tony Waters (conga)




    Recording: 1972

    Production: Sonny Lester



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. First Come, First Serve
    2. Wijinia
    3. Sweet Sister Funk

    4. Sweat
    5. Don't Ask Me
    6. Lord Sideways
    7. People Make the World Go Round
    Ramon Morris
    $34.99
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