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MemorialWhen Brownie stood up and took his first solo on 'Philly J J,' I nearly fell off my seat in the control room. The power, range and brilliance together with the
warmth and invention was something that I hadn't heard since Fats Navarro, stated famed jazz historian Ira Gitler, who happened to be supervising the
1953 session that yielded part of Memorial. Indeed, trumpeter Clifford Brown is heard here in fine form in two unrelated sessions. On four selections,
Brown coasts effortlessly along with Tadd Dameron's Orchestra, sharing the solo spotlight with Benny Golson on tenor and Gigi Gryce on alto. On the
remainder of the album, composed from material cut in Sweden the same year, Brown is joined by fellow trumpeter Art Farmer for four Quincy Jones
arrangements with a Swedish group that includes altoist Arne DomnÉrus, baritonist Lars Gullin, and pianist Bengt Hallberg. On whole, this is classic,
sophisticated material that deserves a place in every jazz vinyl collection.1. Stockholm Sweetnin'
2. 'Scuse These Blues
3. Falling In Love With Me
4. Lover, Come Back To Me
5. Philly J. J.
6. Dial "B" For Beauty
7. Theme Of No Repeat
8. Choose Now (#1)
9. Choose Now (#2)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fats BlowsSide A
1. The Chase
2. The Squirrel
3. Our Delight
5. The Tadd Walk
6. Bouncing With Bud
7. Dance Of The Infidels
1. Barry's Bop
2. Bebop Romp
3. Fats Blows
6. The Skunk
7. Sid's Delight
8. Casbah$7.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Amazing Bud Powell
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Originally released in 1951, The Amazing Bud Powell is considered one of pianist, Bud Powell's most important recordings. Featuring the likes of Fats Navarro,
Sonny Rollins and Max Roach, The Amazing Bud Powell will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Includes the composition "Un Poco Loco" ("A Little Crazy").1. Un Poco Loco
2. Over The Rainbow
5. A Night In Tunisia
6. It Could Happen To You [Remastered]
7. You Go To My Head
8. Bouncin' With Bud [Rudy Van Gelder Edition/1998 Digital Remaster]$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Fats Navarro Memorial AlbumTheodore "Fats" Navarro was an American jazz trumpeter who was a pioneer of bebop in the '40s. A celebrated
musician, Navarro performed with legends like Bud Powell, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus.
Navarro's last performance was with Charlie Parker on July 1, 1950 at Birdland; he passed six days later at just 26.The Fats Navarro Memorial Album is a celebration of Navarro's talent and will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative.1. The Squirrel
2. 52nd Street Theme
3. Lady Bird
4. The Chase
5. Double Talk
7. Our Delight$19.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Backlash (Speakers Corner)After his great success as a new discovery through playing on tour and in the studio with Art Blakey's creative and inspirational group, the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard made a dozen LPs over 16 years for Blue Note and Impulse under his own direction.
It was no wonder then that a big record company made him a lucrative offer in autumn 1966. All in all, Atlantic Records released six LPs and the very first, entitled Backlash, is still until today the best of the bunch.
Three numbers by Freddie Hubbard, one by Bob Cunningham, and two by friends, provide the basis for a successful transition between hard bop and soul beat. Hubbard made high demands on his fellow musicians James Spaulding, Albert Dailey and especially the bass player Bob Cunningham and the drummer Ray Appleton because they had to cope with the ever-changing beat. Right from the very first note, it is obvious that Freddie Hubbard had Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown in his heart and fingers. All the titles are excellent. Of special note, however, is Little Sunflower. The sound colouring of the flute harmonizes particularly well with Hubbard's brass, and Ray Barretto's contribution is more than mere decoration. You're certainly on the right track with this LP, no matter whether it's the beginning of a Freddie Hubbard collection or a further contribution to a large jazz collection.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Freddie Hubbard (fluegel horn, trumpet)
- James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute)
- Albert Dailey (piano)
- Bob Cunningham (bass)
- Ray Appleton (drums)
- Ray Barretto (percussion)
Recording: 1967 by Tom Dowd, Phil Jehle and Adrian Barber
Production: Arif Mardin
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Backlash
2. The Return Of The Prodigal Son
3. Little Sunflower
4. On The Que-Tee
5. Up Jumped Spring
6. Echoes Of Blue$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
- Freddie Hubbard (fluegel horn, trumpet)