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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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    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.


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    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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  • Moanin' Moanin' Quick View

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    Moanin'

    A Blue Note Essential, Moanin' Is Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    One of the most beloved recordings of all time, Moanin' is one of the few albums where listeners actually remember where they were the first time they heard it. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers had been formed in 1955 when Blakey joined forces with Horace Silver. After Silver left to form his own successful quintet, Blakey's band struggled a bit. However this is the version of the group that made the Jazz Messengers immortal. In fact, the release of 1958's Moanin' is when the Jazz Messengers became a permanent jazz institution, a laboratory in swinging jazz.

    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 & The Jazz Messengers
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  • Africaine Africaine Quick View

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    Africaine

    Africaine includes 1959 recordings by jazz artist Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. These recordings were not released until over 20 years after it was recorded. This album features tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter in his first recording with The Jazz Messengers, the great trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Walter Davis, Jr. and bassist Jymie Merritt.


    Musicians:

    Art Blakey - Drums

    Lee Morgan - Trumpet

    Jymie Merritt - Bass

    Walter Davis, Jr. - Piano

    Wayne Shorter - Tenor Sax

    Dizzy Reece - Congas (Tracks 1 and 4)

    1. Africaine
    2. Lester Left Town
    3. Splendid
    4. Haina
    5. The Midget
    6. Celine
    Art Blakey
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  • Afro-Cuban Afro-Cuban Quick View

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    Afro-Cuban

    One of the truly great trumpeters, Kenny Dorham had his own sound, was a skilled songwriter and was a first-rate talent scout who is credited with discovering Joe Henderson. One of the early beboppers, he perfectly led the way to hard bop in both his playing and his writing. Dorham recorded a series of exciting albums for Blue Note. Afro-Cuban was the first and one of the most stirring. Dating from 1955, its mixture of Latin music and hard bop was ahead of its time. Using such notables as Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson and Art Blakey (whose drumming is dazzling throughout) plus percussionist Patato Valdes, Dorham contributes memorable originals, colorful arrangements that perfectly set up the solos, and his distinctive trumpet. Kenny Dorham, who plays with passion and intensity throughout this set, leads the all-star group through such numbers as "K.D.'s Motion," "Minor's Holiday" and the mambo of "Basheer's Dream." Even the set's only ballad, "Lotus Flower," is just barely restrained enough to keep the ensemble from exploding. This album will raise the temperature in any room by at least five degrees.



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    • 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:



    • Kenny Dorham, trumpet

    • Jay Jay Johnson, trombone (1-4)

    • Hank Mobley, tenor sax

    • Cecil Payne, baritone sax

    • Horace Silver, piano

    • Oscar Pettiford, bass (1-4)

    • Percy Heath, bass (5-7)

    • Carlos "Potato" Valdes, conga (1-4)

    • Art Blakey, drums 



     


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    1. Afrodisia
    2. Lotus Flower
    3. Minor's Holiday
    4. Basheer's Dream
    5. K.D.'s Motion
    6. The Villa
    7. Venita's Dance
    Kenny Dorham
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  • Ugetsu Ugetsu Quick View

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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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  • Drum Suite Drum Suite Quick View

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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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  • 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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  • Memorial Album Memorial Album Quick View

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    Memorial Album

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


    From the very beginning of his brief career, it was obvious that Clifford Brown was one of the greatest trumpeters of all time. The music on the Clifford Brown Memorial Album features Brownie in 1953 on his first jazz recordings. Even if he had only recorded the music on this release, Brown would have been considered an immortal. Five songs match him with Lou Donaldson and Elmo Hope and these not only include his brilliant solos on Brownie Speaks and Hope's catchy De-Dah but a mature ballad statement on You Go To My Head. Brown was building on the legacy of Fats Navarro while challenging Dizzy Gillespie's position as modern jazz's top trumpeter, and Brownie was only 22. The other half of this remarkable release has Brown in a sextet with Art Blakey and John Lewis, ripping into Cherokee (Charlie Parker would have been proud) and Wail Bait while caressing Easy Living. His large beautiful tone, mastery of bebop and remarkable technique made Brown a giant from the start. Listen to the Clifford Brown Memorial Album and hear where Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw came from.


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    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:

    Clifford Brown, trumpet

    Gigi Gryce, alto sax, flute (1-5)

    Lou Donaldson, alto sax (6-10)

    Charlie Rouse, tenor sax (1-5)

    John Lewis, piano (1-5)

    Elmo Hope, piano (6-10)

    Percy Heath, bass

    Art Blakey, drums (1-5)

    Philly Joe Jones, drums (6-10)


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Tracks 1-5 Recorded August 28, 1953. Tracks 6-10 Recorded June 9, 1953.


    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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  • 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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  • Tough! Tough! Quick View

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    Tough!

    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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  • Caravan Caravan Quick View

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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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  • 3 Blind Mice 3 Blind Mice Quick View

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    3 Blind Mice

    Three Blind Mice is a 1962 jazz album released by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for Blue Note Records. It features live material recorded in 1961.


    Musicians:

    Art Blakey, drums

    Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone

    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

    Curtis Fuller, trombone

    Cedar Walton, piano

    Jymie Merritt, bass

    1 Three Blind Mice
    2 Blue Moon
    3 That Old Feeling
    4 Plexis
    5 Up Jumped Spring
    6 Up Jumped Spring (alternate)
    7 When Lights Are Low
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Blowin' Session A Blowin' Session Quick View

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    A Blowin' Session

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


    The Definitive 45RPM Blue Note Reissue Series!


    This early Blue Note date from saxophonist Johnny Griffin features a who's who of personnel including Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and John Coltrane. Undoubtedly one of the most talented groups of the hard-bop era, their rapport here is incredible with plenty of fine interplay and invention on a set of two Griffin originals and two standards. This aptly titled classic is an absolute must have!



    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: 



    • Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone

    • John Coltrane, tenor saxophone

    • Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone

    • Lee Morgan, trumpet


     



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Way You Look Tonight

    2. Ball Bearing
    3. All The Things You Are
    4. Smoke Stack

    Johnny Griffin
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  • The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Emarcy Albums The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Emarcy Albums Quick View

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    The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Emarcy Albums

    Pioneers Of Hard Bop


    In 1954, months before the Jazz Messengers, spearheaded by Art Blakey and Horace Silver, formed serendipitously at a Blue Note recordings session, Max Roach was forming his own quintet with Clifford Brown in Los Angeles. It would become the first defining group in the music that would soon be known as hard bop.


    There was some trial and error in landing on the perfect combination of players. But by August, the group's line-up with Harold Land, Richie Powell and George Morrow and a major label deal with Emarcy Records were secured. Four marathon sessions that month yielded Brown And Roach Incorporated and most of the second album Clifford Brown And Max Roach.


    What was immediately striking was the fresh sound of the quintet. The remarkable empathy within the group, the careful selection of material and the exciting arrangements by Powell all contributed mightily to that sound. Clifford Brown had come into his own as composer as Sweet Clifford, Joy Spring and Daahoud demonstrate. It didn't hurt that Roach and Brown were complete originals and among the greatest performers on their instruments.


    Six months later, the ensemble went into the studio to cut 11 gems, two of which were used to complete Clifford Brown And Max Roach while the rest formed the third album Study In Brown. Their growth as a band is evident and, by this time, Powell and Land were also composing for the group.


    In late 1955, Harold Land left the quintet for personal reasons. Roach recruited Sonny Rollins, who was available and at the top of his game. The chemistry between Rollins and Brown was immediate. In January and February 1956, they cut the quintet's final album At Basin Street which was actually a studio album. On fact, it was stunning studio album from any point of view.


    On June 26, 1956, a car accident took the life of Brown and Powell, bringing this brilliant ensemble's legacy to a close. Brown had done many side projects for Emarcy in those two years, but it is the four albums by the quintet that have had the most enduring influence on successive generations of jazz artists. In the words of liner note writer Bob Blumenthal, the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet created one of the very greatest string of small-group recordings in jazz history, worthy of consideration alongside the Hot Fives and Sevens of Louis Armstrong and the quintets of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.


    Mosaic has returned to the original analog masters of these four seminal albums and remastered them and pressed them on 180-gram vinyl at the renowned Record Technology Inc. plant in Camarillo, California. The booklet boasted a great essay by Bob Blumenthal and a wealth of photographs by Chuck Stewart and Francis Wolff.

    LP1
    1. Sweet Clifford
    2. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance With You
    3. Stompin' At The Savoy
    4. I'll String Along With You
    5. Mildama
    6. Darn That Dream
    7. I Get A Kick Out Of You


    LP2
    1. Delilah
    2. Parisian Thoroughfare
    3. The Blues Walk
    4. Daahoud
    5. Joy Spring
    6. Jordu
    7. What Am I Here For?


    LP3
    1. Cherokee
    2. Jacqui
    3. Swingin'
    4. Land's End
    5. George's Dilemma
    6. Sandu
    7. Gerkin For Perkin
    8. If I Love Again
    9. Take The A Train


    LP4
    1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    2. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    3. I'll Remember April
    4. Powell's Prances
    5. Time
    6. The Scene Is Clean
    7. Gertrude's Bounce

    Clifford Brown & Max Roach
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  • Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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

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    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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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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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


    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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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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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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    Cornbread


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Recorded in 1965, Cornbread by Lee Morgan features Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Larry Ridley and Billy Higgins. Morgan was one of
    hard bop's greatest trumpeters who also performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Cornbread will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note
    75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Cornbread
    2. Our Man Higgins
    3. Ceora
    4. Ill Wind
    5. Most Like Lee
    Lee Morgan
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    Lee-Way

    Blue Note Reissue


    How do these new deluxe re-issues stack up to the alternatives? Not surprisingly, the big difference comes from the 45-RPM cutting. The faster cutting speed creates greater dynamic range and the sense of more air around the instruments, which stand out in better relief and give that you-are-there feel. The tradeoff requires you to flip the record twice as often, a small price to pay for this level of enhanced realism. These new issues maintain that timbral accuracy and at the same time bring out the piano sound like never before, for the first time Blue Note re-issues sound right. Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 57


    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 hands. Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent me. I 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


    ...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana. - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com


    This album is unique within Lee Morgan's vast and rich Blue Note discography. With then current employer Art Blakey, band mate Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, the trumpeter abandons time constraints and stretches out on four, soulful, hard-bop compositions (the first and the last are by Cal Massey). These hard bop masters are constantly inspired by Blakey's explosive grooves.

    These Are Soulful Days
    The Lion and the Wolf
    Midtown Blues
    Nakatini Suite
    Lee Morgan
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    Hard Bop

    Cut from the Original Analog Mono Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus & Pressed at RTI


    Numbered Limited Edition of Only 2500 Copies


    Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time have passed through Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter and Donald Byrd, among many others. However brief their stay, working with the demanding and full-throttle drummer not only increased their visibility, but also their chops and interpretive capacity. Blakey's ability to drum up the best players in the game may have even eclipsed his superhuman ability to play drums.


    Altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Bill Hardman, bassist Spanky deBrest, and pianist Sam Dockery join the fold here to along with Blakey deliver whole-bop goodness on five propulsive, fiery tracks. True to its title, this LP bops hard, with a ferocious swing, boundless energy and telepathic communication between players - especially Blakey and Hardman. Considering the rhythmic demands of Blakey's locomotive playing style, this was an incredible achievement.


    Impex Records has cut this gorgeous, limited edition (2,500 pressings) 180-gram LP with the original analog mono master tapes and without computer processing of any kind. You hear all the vivacious interplay that occurred on that weekend in 1957 when Blakey and crew forged a bold new vision of muscular, funky jazz. This is music that still resonates over 50 years later. Not to be missed!

    1. Cranky Spanky
    2. Stella By Starlight
    3. My Heart Stood Still
    4. Little Melonae
    5. Stanley's Stiff Chickens
    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
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