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  • Take The 'A' Train Take The 'A' Train Quick View

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    Take The 'A' Train

    Never Before Released On Vinyl


    Recorded Live In 1967 At The Legendary Jazzhus Montmartre In Copenhagen


    Remastered And Pressed On Audiophile-Grade 180-Gram Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Recorded live in July of 1967 at the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, this selection finds tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon and his quartet (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert Tootie Heath) in top form. Two of the standards on this hard-swinging set (But Not for Me & Take the 'A' Train) are over ten minutes long, allowing Gordon to stretch out creatively. The historic recording finally gets its vinyl debut with this 180-gram audiophile-grade Pallas pressing.

    1. But Not For Me
    2. Take The 'A' Train
    3. For All We Know
    Dexter Gordon
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Our Man In Paris Our Man In Paris Quick View

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    Our Man In Paris

    In 1963, the year when Our Man In Paris was recorded, Dexter Gordon turned 40 and moved to Europe for what would be a 12-year stay. Gordon had been the first important bebop tenor-saxophonist and a giant of Jazz since 1945. After some time off the scene in the '50s, he was signed to Blue Note. He returned with full force, playing with power, wit and his trademark huge sound, creating one masterpiece after another. On Our Man In Paris, he is clearly inspired by the playing of the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, himself at the peak of his powers, bassist Pierre Michelot and the pioneering bop drummer Kenny Clarke. Gordon plays chorus after chorus of fresh, swinging ideas on such tunes as "Scrapple From The Apple," "Broadway" and "A Night In Tunisia," making these Jazz standards sound as if they were written for him. This blazing bebop date is a constant joy.



    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:



    • Dexter Gordon

    • Bud Powell

    • Pierre Michelot

    • Kenny Clarke


     

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Scrapple From The Apple
    Willow Weep For Me
    Broadway
    Stairway To The Stars
    A Night In Tunisia
    Our Love Is Here To Stay
    Like Someone In Love
    Dexter Gordon
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Dexter Calling Dexter Calling Quick View

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    Dexter Calling

    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



    I have my two new Blue Note LPs here and as I sit writing this I am listening to the Dexter Gordon, WOW!sitting here listening to this wonderful music, just clean, no background noise, a black background, like the studio that they recorded this in, it is wonderful. The instruments coming out of the sound stage positioned as they were recorded, this is a real treat. Miller Steel, Acoustic Sounds customer


    ...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


    I have just listened, in succession, to my mono and early stereo versions of each LP. I have purchased other similar reissues over the years, but find the engineering and pressing of this 45rpm/180 series to be superior to all to others. This is particularly since I find many new releases to be of inferior quality or handling during manufacture, despite being re-engineered and of heavier vinyl. Barry Paulson, Acoustic Sounds customer


    Dexter Gordon connects immediately with the sublime rhythm section of Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones on this, his second Blue Note album. The material ranges from Drew originals to pieces from Gordon's score for the Los Angeles production of The Connection to stunning performances of the standards The End Of A Love Affair and Smile.

    Soul Sister
    Modal Mood
    I Want More
    The End of a Love Affair
    Clear the Dex
    Ernie's Tune
    Smile
    Landslide
    Dexter Gordon
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45rpm LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • One Flight Up One Flight Up Quick View

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    One Flight Up

    One Flight Up is an album by American jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded in 1964 in Paris and released on the Blue Note label.
    1. Tanya
    2. Coppin' the Haven
    3. Darn That Dream
    Dexter Gordon
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    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure) The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure)

    The twin tenor sax tradition yielded grand pairings with the likes of Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon, Arnett Cobb and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. This one-shot teaming of Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette brought forth a union of two distinctly different mannerisms within the mainstream jazz continuum. Rouse, who would go on to prolific work with Thelonious Monk and was at this time working with French horn icon Julius Watkins, developed a fluid signature sound that came out of the more strident and chatty style heard here. By this time in 1957, Quinichette, nicknamed the Vice Prez for his similar approach to Lester Young, was well established in the short term with Count Basie. His liquid, full-bodied, soulful tone became an undeniable force, albeit briefly, before he dropped out of the scene shortly after this date to be an electrical engineer. The stereo split of the saxophonists in opposite channels, a technique endemic of the time, works well whether they play solos or melody lines together. It enables you to truly hear how different they are. Working with standards, there's a tendency for them to play the head arrangements in unison, but then one of them on occasion plays an off-the-cuff short phrase that strays from the established melodic path. They also seem to do a hard bop jam, then a ballad, and back to hard swinging.


    The title track is simply a killer, a perfect fun romp of battling duelists, and one that you'd like to hear in any nightclub setting. Some slight harmonic inserts set This Can't Be Love apart from the original and The Things I Love displays the two tenors at their conversational best, while the lone original, Knittin', is a fundamental 12-bar swing blues, straight up and simple but with some subtle harmonic nuances. The rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bass player Wendell Marshall, and drummer Ed Thigpen do their usual yeoman job. But on two tracks, pianist Hank Jones and rhythm guitarist Freddie Green take over, and the sound of the band changes dramatically to the more sensitive side on a low-down version of When The Blues Come On and the good-old basic vintage swinger You're Cheating Yourself. The combination of Rouse and Quinichette was a very satisfactory coupling of two talented and promising post-swing to bop individualists, who played to all of their strengths and differences on this worthy -- and now legendary -- session.


    Musicians:



    • Charlie Rouse, Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone)

    • Wynton Kelly, Hank Jones (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Wendell Marshall (bass)

    • Ed Thigpen (drums)



    Recording :August and September 1957 in New York




    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. The Chase Is On
    2. When The Blues Come On
    3. This Can't Be Love
    4. Last Time For Love
    5. You're Cheating Yourself
    6. Knittin'
    7. Tender Trap
    8. The Things I Love
    Paul Quinichette & Charlie Rouse
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Body & Soul Body & Soul Quick View

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    Body & Soul


    Recorded At Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus Montmartre In 1967


    Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Previously Out Of Press For Almost Three Decades


    Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon was in peak form
    when recording at Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus
    Montmartre in 1967. A portion of that recording would
    later become Body & Soul, an album originally released
    by Black Lion Records, which has been out of press
    on vinyl for almost three decades. Now, just shy of fifty
    years after the performance was recorded, the album
    finally receives the audiophile treatment it deserves with
    this 180gram vinyl reissue, pressed at Pallas in Germany

    1. Like Someone In Love
    2. There Will Never Be Another You
    3. Body And Soul
    4. Blues Walk
    Dexter Gordon
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Our Man In Paris Our Man In Paris Quick View

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    Our Man In Paris


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


    Recorded in 1963, Dexter Gordon's Our Man In Paris features Gordon on tenor sax, Bud Powell on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on
    drums. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Our Man In Paris 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. Scrapple From The Apple
    2. Willow Weep For Me
    3. Broadway
    4. Stairway To The Stars
    5. A Night In Tunisia
    Dexter Gordon
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Go (Pre-Order) Go (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Go (Pre-Order)

    Dexter Gordon presents Go. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Cheese Cake
    2. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
    3. Second Balcony Jump
    4. Love For Sale
    5. Where Are You
    6. Three O'Clock In The Morning
    Dexter Gordon
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Whistle Stop Whistle Stop Quick View

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    Whistle Stop

    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 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


    Rightfully considered one of Kenny Dorham's best, this album features great originals and great trumpet playing. The superb cast consists of Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. The title tune and Philly Twist are often heard, but the entire album represents a great composing achievement for KD.

    'Philly' Twist
    Buffalo
    Sunset
    Whistle Stop
    Sunrise In Mexico
    Windmill
    Dorham's Epitaph
    Kenny Dorham
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Our Man In Paris Our Man In Paris Quick View

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    Our Man In Paris

    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


    In 1963, the year when Our Man In Paris was recorded, Dexter Gordon turned 40 and moved to Europe for what would be a dozen-year stay. Gordon had been the first important bebop tenor-saxophonist and a giant of Jazz since 1945. After some time off the scene in the ?50s, he was signed to Blue Note. He returned with full force, playing with power, wit and his trademark huge sound, creating one masterpiece after another. On Our Man In Paris, he is clearly inspired by the playing of the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, himself at the peak of his powers, bassist Pierre Michelot and the pioneering bop drummer Kenny Clarke. Gordon plays chorus after chorus of fresh, swinging ideas on such tunes as Scrapple From The Apple, Broadway and A Night In Tunisia,? making these Jazz standards sound as if they were written for him. This blazing bebop date is a constant joy.


    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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Dexter Gordon
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Go (Awaiting Repress) Go (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Go (Awaiting Repress)

    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


    In 1962, when the 39-year old Dexter Gordon recorded Go, he had already lived a lifetime in jazz. After gaining experience playing with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong, in 1945, Gordon became the first tenor-saxophonist to not only master bebop but to develop his own distinctive sound in the new style. He recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and as a leader, and starred in late night jam sessions in Los Angeles with fellow tenors Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards. After a largely uneventful decade in the 1950s, Gordon made a major comeback in 1961 when he emerged in prime form on Blue Note, recording Dexter Calling. Its follow-up album Go! Was even better. Joined in his quartet by the great pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Butch Warren and drummer Billy Higgins, Gordon really digs into the colorful program. On such numbers as "Three O'Clock In The Morning" (a standard that was extinct after the early 1920s), "Love For Sale," his own "Cheesecake," and "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," Gordon plays chorus after chorus of outstanding ideas in his huge tone. He caresses the melodies, creates solos that are full of swing, wit, and inspiration, and makes every phrase sound personal, fresh and original. There was no mistaking Dexter Gordon for anyone else, and he always gave one the impression that he could play for hours without running out of inventive ideas or personality. Go! Is an album that grows in interest and power with each listen. It is Dexter Gordon at the height of his powers.


    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:

    Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone

    Sonny Clark, piano

    Butch Warren, drums

    Billy Higgins, bass


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Cheese Cake
    2. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
    3. Second Balcony Jump
    4. Love For Sale
    5. Where Are You
    6. Three O'Clock In The Morning
    Dexter Gordon
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Down Home (Pure Pleasure) Down Home (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Down Home (Pure Pleasure)

    Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's formed by Gus Wildi with an impressive roster of artists including singers Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner & Mel Torme, to name a few; arrangers: Marty Paich, Russ Garcia, Frank Hunter; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Errol Garner, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, J.J. Johnson and many, many others. The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish, Bethlehem actively helped create and not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music.
    1960, when this album was recorded, was one of Zoot Sims' most productive years. The performances here are recognised as being the masterpieces of Sims' middle period.



    Musicians:



    • Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)

    • Dave McKenna (piano)

    • George Tucker (bass)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)



    Recording: June 1960 in New York City by Peter Ind

    Production: Teddy Charles



    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. Jive At Five
    2. Doggin' Around
    3. Avalon
    4. I Cried For You
    5. Bill Bailey
    6. Goodnight Sweetheart
    7. There'll Be Some Changes Made
    8. I've Heard That Blues Before
    Zoot Sims
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Go Go Quick View

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    Go


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


    Recorded and released in 1962, Go! is Dexter Gordon's tenth studio album. Go! features Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on
    drums and Gordon himself on tenor sax. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Go! 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. Cheese Cake
    2. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
    3. Second Balcony Jump
    4. Love For Sale
    5. Where Are You
    6. Three O'Clock In The Morning
    Dexter Gordon
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Fried Bananas Fried Bananas Quick View

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    Fried Bananas


    Previously Unreleased From The Original Radio Broadcast Tapes


    Recorded on 3rd November 1972 for VPRO at Heemskerk Societeit Progress, The Netherlands.


    The great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon moved to Europe in 1962. Ten years later he was living in Copenhagen when he went on the road with a Dutch rhythm section consisting of pianist Rein de Graaf, double bassist Henk Haverhoek and drummer Eric Ineke. This was quite unusual, as Dexter mostly toured as a solo artist working with local musicians in each town.


    By the time their performance at the Societiet Progress in Heemskerk was recorded for broadcast by VPRO, the quartet had been playing together regularly for two months. Dexter and his "Dutch band" had developed a deep rapport and understanding that's clearly evident on the three extended tracks on this record. These are two of his signature compositions, "The Panther" and "Fried Bananas", plus the iconic Coleman Hawkins classic "Body and Soul".


    With sleeve notes by Dexter's wife Maxine Gordon that include reminiscences and insights from drummer Eric Ineke and pianist Rein de Graaf, Fried Bananas is an important new addition to the recorded legacy of Dexter Gordon's fourteen years in Europe.

    1. Fried Bananas
    2. The Panther
    3. Body And Soul
    Dexter Gordon
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure) Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure)

    During a period of Dexter Gordon's (tenor sax) life -- when he was deep in the throws of chronic drug addiction -- the artist was miraculously able to reignite his career during the latter part of 1955. After several years of being out of the spotlight, Gordon resurfaced on the Big Apple-based indie Bethlehem imprint with the half-dozen sides that comprise Daddy Plays The Horn (1956).


    While the support team provides Gordon top-notch contributions throughout, it is unquestionably Drew who offers the most in terms of active interaction and his prominence can not be overstated. Nowhere is that as noticeable as the good-natured interaction heard on the disc's opener, the Gordon-penned title composition Daddy Plays The Horn. In fact it could be argued that Drew enhances the tenor to the point of practically being a co-leader. The update of Charlie 'Bird' Parker's bop standard Confirmation is taken at a steady mid-tempo pace, allowing plenty of room for the participants to have their say and not get in the way of the melody. Gordon seems considerably more relaxed and comfortable as he spreads line upon line of inspired improvisation. Drew is once again a real treat to hear briefly taking charge of the rhythm section. The pair of ballads on Daddy Plays The Horn are nothing short of stellar and stand as simple, emotive expressions unto themselves. Darn That Dream embraces the warmth of Gordon's tenor as his sensual phrasing leaves just enough space for Drew to sonically bridge the gap with his own unhurried and stylish chords. The generically monikered Number Four is anything but ordinary. The Gordon original jumps right from the opening and the ensemble lets loose with equally solid licks beneath his cool tone. Drew gets in the driver's seat missing nary a measure to reveal what could easily be his most tasteful contributions to date. The same can be said of bassist Vinnegar, who is briefly spotlighted on an efficient (if not somewhat sparse) solo. Autumn in New York -- the album's other essential ballad -- is proof that despite Gordon's addiction, he had retained his singular and precious sense of lyricism. Indeed, the Great American Songbook entry has rarely been permeated in such a meaningful way. The seamless transitions between Gordon and Drew are further evidence of their undeniable bond. Saving what may be the best example of the gathered instrumentalists flexing their respective be-bop muscle, You Can Depend On Me rounds out the platter with a bang.

    Musicians:



    • Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone)

    • Kenny Drew (piano)

    • Leroy Vinnegar (bass)

    • Larry Marable (drums)



    Recording: September 1955 in Hollywood, CA.



    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. Number Four
    2. Autumn In New York
    3. You Can Depend On Me
    4. Daddy Plays The Horn
    5. Confirmation
    6. Darn That Dream
    Dexter Gordon
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    Dexter Blows Hot & Cool

    An American jazz institution, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, shines on this gorgeous reissue of the 1955 masterpiece featuring young pianist Carl Perkins!
    1. Silver Plated
    2. Cry Me A River
    3. Rhythm Mad
    4. Don't Worry About Me
    5. I Hear Music
    6. Bonna Rue
    7. I Should Care
    8. Blowin' For Dootsie
    9. Tenderly
    Dexter Gordon
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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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    Daddy Plays The Horn

    The lengthy, swinging tenor and rhythm formula that Dexter Gordon perfected coined him a major force in the emergence of modern tenor saxophone styles. The logical improvisations Gordon uses on Daddy Plays The Horn are no exception to this formula.


    During a period of Dexter Gordon's (tenor sax) life -- when he was deep in the throws of chronic drug addiction -- the artist was miraculously able to reignite his career during the latter part of 1955. After several years of being out of the spotlight, Gordon resurfaced on the Big Apple-based indie Bethlehem imprint with the half-dozen sides that comprise Daddy Plays The Horn (1956).


    While the support team provides Gordon top-notch contributions throughout, it is unquestionably Drew who offers the most in terms of active interaction and his prominence can not be overstated. Nowhere is that as noticeable as the good-natured interaction heard on the disc's opener, the Gordon-penned title composition Daddy Plays The Horn. In fact it could be argued that Drew enhances the tenor to the point of practically being a co-leader. The update of Charlie 'Bird' Parker's bop standard Confirmation is taken at a steady mid-tempo pace, allowing plenty of room for the participants to have their say and not get in the way of the melody. Gordon seems considerably more relaxed and comfortable as he spreads line upon line of inspired improvisation. Drew is once again a real treat to hear briefly taking charge of the rhythm section. The pair of ballads on Daddy Plays The Horn are nothing short of stellar and stand as simple, emotive expressions unto themselves. Darn That Dream embraces the warmth of Gordon's tenor as his sensual phrasing leaves just enough space for Drew to sonically bridge the gap with his own unhurried and stylish chords. The generically monikered Number Four is anything but ordinary. The Gordon original jumps right from the opening and the ensemble lets loose with equally solid licks beneath his cool tone. Drew gets in the driver's seat missing nary a measure to reveal what could easily be his most tasteful contributions to date. The same can be said of bassist Vinnegar, who is briefly spotlighted on an efficient (if not somewhat sparse) solo. Autumn in New York -- the album's other essential ballad -- is proof that despite Gordon's addiction, he had retained his singular and precious sense of lyricism. Indeed, the Great American Songbook entry has rarely been permeated in such a meaningful way. The seamless transitions between Gordon and Drew are further evidence of their undeniable bond. Saving what may be the best example of the gathered instrumentalists flexing their respective be-bop muscle, You Can Depend On Me rounds out the platter with a bang.

    1. Daddy Plays The Horn
    2. Confirmation
    3. Darn That Dream
    4. Number Four
    5. Autumn In New York
    6. You Can Depend On Me
    Dexter Gordon
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    Down Home

    Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's formed by Gus Wildi with an impressive roster of artists including singers Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner & Mel Torme, to name a few; arrangers: Marty Paich, Russ Garcia, Frank Hunter; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Errol Garner, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, J.J. Johnson and many, many others. The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish, Bethlehem actively helped create and not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music.
    1960, when this album was recorded, was one of Zoot Sims' most productive years. The performances here are recognised as being the masterpieces of Sims' middle period.



    Musicians:



    • Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)

    • Dave McKenna (piano)

    • George Tucker (bass)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)


    1. Jive At Five
    2. Doggin' Around
    3. Avalon
    4. I Cried For You
    5. Bill Bailey
    6. Goodnight, Sweetheart
    7. There'll Be Some Changes made
    8. I've Heard That Blues Before
    Zoot Sims
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    Jackie's Bag

    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


    ...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


    In terms of composition, leadership and playing, this is probably Jackie McLean's greatest album, culled from two different sessions, separated by 20 months. A sextet session with Tina Brooks and Blue Mitchell.


    Quadrangle
    Blues Inn
    Fidel
    Appointment in Ghana
    A Ballad for Doll
    Isle of Java
    Street Singer
    Melonae's Dance
    Medina [*]
    Jackie McLean
    $49.99
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    Both Sides Of Midnight

    Copenhagen Barnburner: Document of 1967 Club Date Stands as Gordon's Best-Ever Live Album


    Tantalizing Audiophile Restoration Series Resurrects UK Label Black Lion: Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and Pressed at Pallas


    EQ Notes and Curation Performed by Iconic Engineer Steve Hoffman; LPs EQ'd and Set Up by Bernie Grundman


    Conceived, Designed, and Manufactured for Collectors and Enthusiasts: Vinyl Jacket Features Exclusive Art


    Dexter Gordon recorded dozens of albums and played hundreds of live shows, but none better what's captured on this 1967 date from a club date in Copenhagen. The hard-bop saxophonist blows nothing less than a 28-chorus solo without referencing one standard tune on an epic 12-bar rendition of "Sonnymoon for Two" and, for good measure, sails through an extended, calypso-themed version of Ben Tucker's "Devilette." Want sentimentality? No problem. Get lost on "Misty," on which pianist Kenny Drew and drummer Al Heath add their own signature strokes. What a set!


    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, Both Sides of Midnight marks Gordon's peak live recorded document and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. Helmed by ORG, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's existence.


    Mastered from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and pressed at Pallas, the 180g LP was curated by legendary engineer Steve Hoffman and eq'd by Grundman himself. A better team you cannot find; every step involved serious quality-control measures to guarantee gorgeous sound. The superb vinyl jacket features exclusive artwork. Indeed, this is what being a collector is all about. The title may not be as widely known as some of Gordon's other works, but this reissue preserves vital music that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Consider it a buried treasure that, miraculously, has resurfaced in better condition than that when it was originally made.


    Jazz fans, Gordon devotees, audiophiles, and music fanatics, don't sleep on this collectable gem!

    1. Devillette
    2. For All We Know
    3. Doxy
    4. Sonnymoon for Two
    Dexter Gordon
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    Manhattan Symphonie (Pure Pleasure)

    During the autumn of his illustrious career, Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) was on a winning streak. In 1976, the sophisticated giant of the tenor saxophone had returned to America after 14 successful years in Europe (with occasional visits to his native country); when he played a homecoming engagement at New York's fabled Village Vanguard, the seats were filled each night with adoring fans and enraptured critics. Two years later, Gordon recorded Manhattan Symphonie, his third album for Columbia and the first with his exceptional working rhythm section of pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Eddie Gladden.



    From the opening notes of the classic ballad As Time Goes By, we are fully aware that we're in the presence of a master. The tone is luminous; the placement of the notes, impeccable; the feeling profoundly affecting. More than almost any other improviser of his caliber, Gordon understands exactly why »the fundamental things apply«. The rest of the set combines bright new material, such as Gordon's jauntily bopping blues LTD (which stands for Long Tall Dexter) and Cables' samba I Told You So with updates of two post-bop staples: Donald Byrd's Tanya (which Gordon had recorded for Blue Note in 1964) and John Coltrane's propulsive Moment's Notice. But the masterpiece herein - indeed one of Gordon's all-time surpassing performances - is Body and Soul, in which Gordon, an early crucial influence on Coltrane's approach to the tenor, returns the favour by taking a page out of Coltrane's (and McCoy Tyner's) harmonic book.



    This expanded issue of Manhattan Symphonie includes two bonus tracks, also from 1978: Thelonius Monk's lustrous "Ruby My Dear", and a previously unreleased on vinyl rendition of "Secret Love", a Dexter favourite. In addition to the acclaimed writer Pete Hamill's wonderful original liner notes, there is a lovely reminiscence from pianist George Cables.



    Musicians:



    • Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone)

    • George Cables (piano)

    • Rufus Reid (bass)

    • Eddie Gladden (drums)



    Format: 2LPs 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.



    As Time Goes By/ Moments Notice
    Tanya/ Body and Soul
    I Told You So / Ltd
    Ruby, My Dear/ Secret Love*
    Dexter Gordon
    $44.99
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    Soy Califa


    Curated, Analogue Mastered And Cut At Gearbox Studio


    This record is a Danish TV performance recorded on August 5 1967 that has never released on vinyl until now. Dexter Gordon is heard at his best and most powerful on these three tracks of the hardest bop, the swingingest Afro-inspired music and the most tender of ballads recorded on a hot Summer's day at Magleaas High School in front of an audience of young musicians.


    Personnel:

    Dexter Gordon - tenor saxophone, Kenny Drew - piano,

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Petersen - double bass, Albert 'Tootie' Heath - drums.

    1. Soy Califa
    2. The Shadow Of Your Smile
    3. The Blues Up And Down
    Dexter Gordon
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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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