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A Love SupremeRanked 47/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Right from the very first hearing, absolutely every single jazzcritic shared the same opinion - whether trained musicians or not, true or would-be jazz expert: "A Love Supreme" is John Coltrane's most important recording. And the rave reviews which appeared in the magazines Downbeat, Jazz Hot, Jazz Podium and Swingjournal reflected this: critics all over the world, in America, Europe and Japan recognized that Coltrane's deep religious belief had influenced both his approach to life and his music-making. It not only enabled him to express himself with great intensity but also lent him the necessary inner peace to conceive a work of almost 40 minutes in length and to lead his quartet along the same path as himself.
The first section, entitled "Acknowledgement", has a forceful bass line which runs throughout the whole work. The powerful sound increases in intensity, whereby the bass motif undergoes constant modulation, with John Coltrane's meditative singing creating immense tension.
In "Resolution" Coltrane's powerful, quasi hymnlike expression comes to the fore, with McCoy Tyner achieving equal intensity in his solo. "Pursuance", with its density, quick-as-lightning runs and block chords, gives us a taste of John Coltrane's later 'free' phase. "Psalm" is filled with the famous, almost static melodies rather like a fervent prayer which are so typical for John Coltrane. "A Love Supreme" has been a faithful companion and teacher of generations of saxophonists and its message goes way beyond Music and is still valid today.
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Jimmy Garrison (bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Recording: December 1964 in New York City by Rudy Van Gelder
Production: Bob ThielePart 1 - Acknowledgement
Part 2 - Resolution
Part 3 - Pursuance
Part 4 - Psalm$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Giant StepsRanked 102/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Giant Steps was recorded in 1959 by John Coltrane. This was the first album where all songs recorded were original compositions of Coltrane. The album showcases Coltrane's masterful improvisational style that is now known as sheets of sound. Giant Steps is often used as a practice piece because of its chord progression, and is seen by jazz musicians as the standard for modern jazz, also being used as a gauge of measuring a musician's improvisational skill. Soon after the release of Giant Steps, Coltrane ventured into modal jazz, so this album is often viewed as his farewell to bebop.1. Giant Steps
2. Cousin Mary
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
7. Mr. P.C.$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane Plays The Blues (Pre-Order)Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Master Tapes
Pressed At Gotta Groove
Limited Edition Of 2500 Numbered Copies Worldwide
Pressed On 180 Gram 45 RPM Vinyl &Housed In A Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jacket
Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase plays the blues in the title, that's not an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on Blues to Bechet and Mr. Syms, the more unusual sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as Blues to You and Mr. Day.
-Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)1. Blues to Elvin
2. Blues to Bechet
3. Blues to You
4. Mr. Day
5. Mr. Syms
6. Mr. Knight$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Giant Steps (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.
Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.
Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers -- who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated -- replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course.
At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane's tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos -- the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed sheets of sound. Coltrane's polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre -- turning it into the equivalent of easy listening.
He wastes no time as the disc's title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of Countdown does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral Naima was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Giant Steps (Mono Version)
2. Cousin Mary (Mono Version)
3. Countdown (Mono Version)
4. Spiral (Mono Version)
5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono Version)
6. Naima (Mono Version)
7. Mr. P.C. (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set)For just a few months in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history - Thelonious Monk (a seasoned master) and John Coltrane (a rising star) - recorded together in a studio. This deluxe 3-LP, 180-gram vinyl box set captures all of those sessions in chronological order. Originally released on CD, this edition features newly remastered audio from the original analog sources. An accompanying booklet offers an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who produced the original sessions.LP 1
1. Monk's Mood [False Start]
2. Monk's Mood
3. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 1]
4. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]
5. Crepuscule With Nellie [Breakdown]
6. Blues For Tomorrow [Stereo]
7. Crepuscule With Nellie [Edit / Retakes 4 & 5]
1. Crepuscule With Nellie [Retake 6]
2. Off Minor [Take 4]
3. Off Minor [Take 5]
4. Abide With Me [Take 1]
5. Abide With Me
6. Epistrophy [Short Version]
8. Well, You Needn't [Opening]
1. Well, You Needn't
2. Ruby, My Dear
3. Ruby, My Dear
5. Trinkle, Tinkle$89.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters
Ranked 47/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years.LP 1
1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
2. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
3. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance
4. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm
5. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance
6. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm
1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
2. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
3. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
4. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
5. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm
6. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
7. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
8. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
9. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
10. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
11. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
2. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement
3. A Love Supreme Pt. II - Resolution
4. A Love Supreme Pt. III - Pursuance
5. A Love Supreme Pt. IV - Psalm$45.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Giant StepsJohn Coltrane presents Giant Steps. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.1. Giant Steps
2. Cousin Mary
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
7. Mr. P.C.$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane JazzThe first album to hit the shelves after Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz was largely recorded in late 1959, although one of the eight songs ("Village Blues") was done in late 1960. On everything save the aforementioned "Village Blues," Coltrane used the Miles Davis rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. While not the groundbreaker that Giant Steps was, Coltrane Jazz was a good consolidation of his gains as he prepared to launch into his peak years of the 1960s. There are three standards aboard, but the group reaches their peak on Coltrane's original material, particularly "Harmonique" with its melodic leaps and upper-register saxophone strains and the winding, slightly Eastern-flavored principal riffs of "Like Sonny," dedicated to Sonny Rollins. The moody "Village Blues" features the lineup of McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Steve Davis on bass; with the substitution of Jimmy Garrison on bass, that personnel would play on Coltrane's most influential and beloved 1960s albums.
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums
McCoy Tyner - piano on "Village Blues"
Steve Davis - bass on "Village Blues"
Elvin Jones - drums on "Village Blues"
Cedar Walton - piano on "Like Sonny" alternate versions
Lex Humphries - drums on "Like Sonny" alternate versions1. Little Old Lady
2. Village Blues
3. My Shining Hour
4. Fifth House
6. Like Sonny
7. I'll Wait And Pray
8. Some Other Blues$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane (Mono)After establishing himself as a star on the rise with the Miles Davis quintet, the Thelonious Monk quartet, and various Prestige recordings with Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, and Tadd Dameron, John Coltrane made his debut as a leader on this excellent self-titled 1957 release. The 6-song set finds the tenor sax giant joined by John Splawn (trumpet), Sahib Shihab (baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Al Heath (drums) on a pair of Trane's own compositions in Straight Street and Chronic Blues, alongside Cal Massey's Bakai and pop fare such as Violets for Your Furs, While My Lady Sleeps and Time Was.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Bakai
2. Violets For Your Furs
3. Time Was
4. Straight Street
5. While My Lady Sleeps
6. Chronic Blues$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whims of Chambers (Mono)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
Paul Chambers' first album features an amazing lineup of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Philly Joe Jones. A classic Blue Note session of what might be considered cerebral jazz.Omicron
Whims Of Chambers
Tale Of The Fingers
Just For The Love$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Favorite Things + Africa/BrassOriginal Recordings Remastered
Two Full Length Albums on 180 Gram Vinyl
My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things is the seventh album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-1361. It was the first album to feature Coltrane's playing on soprano saxophone, and yielded a commercial breakthrough in the form of a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on radio, an edited version of the title song, My Favorite Things. In 1998, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.
Coltrane's 1961 album for the fledgling Impulse! label explores African rhythms along with some of the most unusual instrumentation in jazz (his classic quartet is backed here by a 15-piece brass band)! This expanded reissue also features Cal Massey's The Damned Don't Cry and Song Of The Underground Railroad, both recorded during the original sessions but not included on the album.LP1
1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
4. But Not For Me
3. Blues Minor$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lush Life (Mono)John Coltrane's essential 1958 Prestige release Lush Life finds the jazz great fronting a pianoless trio on three of the album's five tracks as well as helming both a quartet and quintet for a track a piece. The standard ballad Like Someone In Love and the Coltrane mid-tempo original Trane's Slo Blues wonderfully supplement the album's 14-minute title track, an unrivaled masterpiece of both style and grace.1. Like Someone In Love
2. I Love You
3. Trane's Slo Blues
4. Lush Life
5. I Hear a Rhapsody$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Outward BoundPart of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
Eric Dolphy has sometimes been described as an iconoclast, but in Outward Bound, he was not overturning his idol, Charlie Parker; he was building on Bird's legacy. So deep was Dolphy's musicianship, so free his imagination, that he enchanted trailblazers like John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. Partnering in this collection with the brilliant trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and a stunning rhythm section, Dolphy is at a peak of energy and creativity on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. He and Hubbard work with empathy reminiscent of the young Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Roy Haynes were ideal accompanists and co-conspirators in this widely influential work.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. G.W.
2. On Green Dolphin Street
5. Glad to Be Unhappy
6. Miss Toni$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BalladsBefore this ballad album was released, John Coltrane's critics and jazz fans classed him as an 'avant-gardist', a modernist, an angry, wild young man who made his tenor saxophone scream out. Tongues wagged that free jazz could be made by just anyone who hung a horn around his neck.
These eight ballads made people stop and listen with real pleasure. "Have you heard him? He can blow the notes properly, the pianist knows all the harmonies, and the drummer does far more than just bash!" These words were to be heard and read everywhere, in the specialist magazines, and in the jazz clubs from New York to Tokyo. All the themes are taken from the American Songbook, from musicals, and well-known numbers performed by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee among others. All of them have been performed time and time again and although the musicians played the themes for the very first time at the recording session, their interpretation was well structured while at the same time fresh and intense. With the exception of just one number, all the titles were a complete success at the very first take; but that is not merely that which underlines the high musical standard of the quartet. Fans and critics alike have continued to hold this early Impulse production in high esteem to this very day, which is certainly due to the producer Bob Thiele. But a great part of the album's success is also due to the excellent work of the recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who has captured the intimate atmosphere with his microphones.
- John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
- McCoy Tyner (piano)
- Jimmy Garrison (bass)
- Elvin Jones (drums)
Recording: December 1961, September and November 1962 at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, by Rudy Van Gelder
Production: Bob Thiele1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All Or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CrescentJohn Coltrane's 1964 release, Crescent brilliantly represents the musical values 'Trane' was reaching for at a very crucial time in the tenor legend's career. The album not only re-emphasizes Coltrane's expressive power as a composer, it further underlines the fact that his lyricism is as direct and as free of posturing as any in jazz history. In excellent support here are Jimmy Garrison on double bass, Elvin Jones on drums and McCoy Tyner on piano.1. Crescent
2. Wise One
3. Bessie's Blues
4. Lonnie's Lament
5. The Drum Thing$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, John Coltrane's Blue Train is a hard bob jazz album released on Blue Note in 1957. Certified
Gold, Blue Train is Coltrane's second solo album and the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader although he was never formally signed to the
label. Featured on the album are Coltrane on tenor sax with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on
bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Blue Train will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Blue Train
2. Moment's Notice
4. I'm Old Fashioned
5. Lazy Bird$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Ole Coltrane (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
The complicated rhythm patterns and diverse sonic textures on OlÉ Coltrane are evidence that John Coltrane was once again charting his own course. His sheer ability as a maverick -- beyond his appreciable musical skills -- guides works such as this to new levels, ultimately advancing the entire art form.
Historically, it's worth noting that recording had already commenced two days prior to this session on Africa/Brass, Coltrane's debut for the burgeoning Impulse! label. The two sets complement each other, suggesting a shift in the larger scheme of Coltrane's musical motifs. The assembled musicians worked within a basic quartet setting, featuring Coltrane on soprano and tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums, with double-bass chores held down by Art Davis and Reggie Workman. Added to that are significant contributions and interactions with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax (although Dolphy's contract with another record label prevented him from being properly credited on initial pressings of the album).
The title track is striking in its resemblance to the Spanish influence heard on Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain. This is taken a bit further as Coltrane's combo stretches out with inspired improvisations from Dolphy, Hubbard, Tyner, and Coltrane, respectively. OlÉ likewise sports some amazing double-bass interaction. The combination of a bowed upright bass played in tandem with the same instrument that is being plucked has a sinister permeation that undoubtedly excited Coltrane, who was perpetually searching for sounds outside the norm. The haunting beauty of Aisha stands as one of the finest collaborative efforts between Tyner, the song's author, and Coltrane. The solos from Hubbard, Dolphy, and an uncredited Tyner gleam from within the context of a single facet in a multi-dimensional jewel.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)>1. Ole (Mono Version)
2. Dahomey Dance (Mono Version)
3. Aisha (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bernie Grundman
Pressed At Pallas In Germany
Packaged In Old-school Case-wrapped Gatefold Jacket
John Coltrane's final album for Atlantic bookends the exploratory motifs he explores on his Impulse! debut, Africa/Brass, recorded concurrently, with each involving knotty rhythmic shifts and Spanish-derived textures. Bonding with an amazing band that includes pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and an uncredited Eric Dolphy (due to contractual reasons), Coltrane welcomes improvisations and ranging outside conventional parameters, all the while retaining melodic beauty.
Yet the biggest attraction on the 1961 effort comes via the double-bass interplay between Art Davis and Reggie Workman, whose back-and-forth exchanges produce heat and cause the leader to up his own game.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this dead-quiet 180g 45RPM 2LP set presents each pluck of the acoustic basses with tremendous body and decay. Long overdue for audiophile treatment, OlÉ Coltrane is ready for its closeup, and how.1. OlÉ
2. Dahomey Dance
4. To Her Ladyship Her Ladyship$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sugar (Pure Pleasure)If ever there were a record that both fit perfectly and stood outside the CTI Records' stable sound, it is Sugar by Stanley Turrentine. Turrentine, a veteran of the soul-jazz scene since the '50s, was accompanied by a who's who of groove players, including guitarist George Benson, Lonnie Liston Smith on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, bassist Ron Carter, organist Butch Cornell, and drummer Billy Kaye, among others. The title track is a deep soul blues workout with a swinging backbeat and the rhythm section fluidly streaming through fours and eights as Benson, Hubbard, and Turrentine begin slowly and crank up the heat, making the pace and stride of the cut simmer then pop - especially in Hubbard's solo. This is truly midnight blue, and the party's at the point of getting really serious or about to break up. By the time Benson picks up his break, full of slick, shiny, warm arpeggios, the seams are bursting and couples are edging into corners. Butch Cornell's Sunshine Alley is a solid, funky groover, paced by organ and double fours by Kaye. Turrentine and Hubbard stride into the melody and keep the vamp in the pocket, riding out past the blues line into a tag that just revs the thing up even further. But the big surprise is in the final track, one of the most solidly swinging, from-the-gut emotional rides of John Coltrane's Impressions ever taken. Turrentine is deep inside his horn, ringing out in legato with everything he has - and it is considerable. Ron Carter's bass playing flows through the modal interludes, creating a basis for some beautifully intervallic invention by Benson and Smith by building a series of harmonic bridges through the mode to solos. It's hard to believe this is Turrentine, yet is could be no one else. If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period - and they should be - this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction.
- Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
- Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone)
- Lonnie Liston Smith (electric piano)
- Butch Cornell (organ)
- George Benson (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Kaye (drums)
- Richard Pablo Landrum (conga)
Recording: November 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Production: Creed Taylor
Format: 1LP 33rpm / gatefold sleeve
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. Sugar
2. Sunshine Alley
4. Sugar (previously unreleased, live, bonus track)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Greenwich VillageThis LP is Ayler's first Impulse set. There are two selections a piece from a pair of live appearances with Ayler having a rare outing on alto on the emotional For John Coltrane and the more violent Change Has Come while backed by cellist Joel Friedman, both Alan Silva and Bill Folwell on basses and drummer Beaver Harris. The other set features trumpeter Donald Ayler, violinist Michel Sampson, Folwell and Henry Grimes on basses and Harris.1. For John Coltrane
2. Change Has Come
3. Truth Is Marching In
4. Our Prayer$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ColtraneConsidered by many to be his finest single album, Coltrane finds John Coltrane displaying all of the exciting elements that sparked brilliance and allowed his fully formed instrumental voice to shine through in the most illuminating manner. On tenor saxophone, he's simply masterful, offering the burgeoning sheets of sound philosophy into endless weavings of melodic and tuneful displays of inventive, thoughtful, driven phrases. Coltrane also plays a bit of soprano saxophone as a primer for his more exploratory work to follow. Meanwhile, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and especially the stellar McCoy Tyner have integrated their passionate dynamics into the inner whole of the quartet. The result is a most focused effort, a relatively popular session to both his fans or latecomers, with five selections that are brilliantly conceived and rendered. "Out of This World," at over 14 minutes in modal trim, is a powerful statement, stretched over Tyner's marvelous and deft chords, the churning rhythms conjured by Jones, and the vocal style Coltrane utilizes as he circles the wagons on this classic melody, including a nifty key change. "Tunji" is a mysterious, easily rendered piece in 4/4 which speaks to the spiritual path Coltrane tred, a bit riled up at times while Tyner remains serene. Hard bop is still in the back of their collective minds during "Miles' Mode," a sliver of a melody that jumps into jam mode in a free-for-all blowing session, while the converse is to be found in Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," the quintessential ballad and impressive here for the way Coltrane's holds notes, emotion, and expressive intellectuality. On soprano you can tell Coltrane is close to taking complete control of his newly found voicings, as a playful, jaunty "The Inch Worm" in 3/4 time is only slightly strained, but in which he finds complete communion with the others. Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording, it historically falls between the albums OlÉ Coltrane and Impressions -- completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime.--Michael G. Nastos
This Impulse Reissue Series vinyl features Audiophile Remastering, 180 gram Virgin Vinyl, Original Liner notes and deluxe gatefold packaging.
John Coltrane, trumpet
Elvin Jones, drums
Jimmy Garrison, bass
McCoy Tyner, piano1. Out Of This World
2. Soul Eyes
3. The Inch Worm
5. Miles' Mode
6. Big Nick
7. Up' Gainst The Wall$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Newport '61 (Awaiting Repress)Legendary jazz saxophonists' previously unreleased 4 track LP recorded at the 1961 Newport Jazz Festival1. Introduction
4. My Favourite Things$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Blue Train (Picture Disc)Doxy present a picture disc reissue of John Coltrane's Blue Train, originally released in 1957. Blue Train is Coltrane's third session as a leader and one of the most iconic jazz albums of all-time. Featuring Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan, Paul Chambers, Kenny Drew, and Philly Joe Jones, this is an absolutely essential jazz album and the title track is one of the most celebrated in jazz history, maybe matched only in recognition by Miles Davis's So What or Dave Brubeck's Take Five.1. Blue Train
2. Moment's Notice
4. I'm Old Fashioned
5. Lazy Bird$32.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
MUSD-ORG-0761xMilt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags And TraneMastered from the Original Master Tapes
The Only Full-Album Collaboration Between Iconic Vibraphonist and Definitive Saxophonist
Featuring Pianist Hank Jones, Bassist Paul Chambers, and Drummer Connie Kay
It's a shame more classic hard-boppers weren't unified for multiple collaborations. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophone virtuoso John Coltrane recorded just once together, and this 1959 date makes one wish they reunited for several return engagements. Lighthearted, upbeat, and joyously fluid, Bags & Trane plays like a private after-hours session of friends hanging back and toying with the music.
In collaborating with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, the headliners go for broke, expanding the parameters of two Jackson originals as well as three standards, including Dizzy Gillespie's Be-Bop and the staple The Night We Called It a Day. Upbeat tempos and spirited interplay pulses throughout.
Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's reissue presents this heralded release in exacting sound, with the instruments given full range and true-to-life imaging that takes you right into New York City's Atlantic Recording Studios when the pieces were recorded in January 1959. What a delight!1. Bags & Trane
2. Three Little Words
3. The Night We Called It a Day
5. The Late Blues$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now