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  • You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce! You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce! Quick View

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    You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

    A busy bassist on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Curtis Counce performed with many of the greats: Stan Kenton, Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Al Perkins, and Frank Butler, and could be heard on recordings with Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, and Chet Baker, displaying his fine technique and admirable sense of time.
    On one of his few albums as a leader, Counce is presented in the kind of buoyant company that was not often associated with the phrase West Coast Jazz. The album features two originals, "Counceltation" and "Complete" as well as a handful of standards. With Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and Frank Butler.
    1. Complete
    2. How Deep Is the Ocean?
    3. Too Close for Comfort
    4. Mean to Me
    5. Stranger in Paradise
    6. Counceltation
    7. Big Foot
    Curtis Counce
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  • Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 (On Sale) Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 (On Sale)

    In mid-1957, composer and arranger Manny Albam produced two albums under the title Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of Our Time, each of which reunited spectacular jazz stars. The first volume, presented here, included the likes of Art Farmer, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Hank Jones. The second volume presented Richie Kamuca, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Conte Candoli, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Lou Levy, and Harry Sweets Edison.
    1. Blues From Neither Coast
    2. Latined Fracture
    3. Poor Dr. Millmoss
    4. Minor Matters
    5. My Sweetie Went Away (He Didn't Say Where, When Or Why)(Roy Turk - Lou Handman)
    6. All Too Soon (Duke Ellington - Carl Sigman)
    7. See Here, Miss Bromley
    Manny Albam
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Smack Up Smack Up Quick View

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    Smack Up

    Art Pepper left a legacy of innumerable appearances on records, but his sessions for Contemporary always seemed to find him in the best company and in the best shape. Here his impassioned alto sax is appropriately applied to the compositions of six saxophonists, among them Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Pepper himself. The presence of Jack Sheldon in a rare performance as a small-group trumpeter was another important factor in the album's success.


    The soundstage is spacious and the imaging precise. Pepper is almost in the room (separated by only the thinnest of curtains); you can practically see the air swirling through his alto sax. Pete Jolly's piano is a bit closed-off (as if the lid were shut), but Jimmy Bond's bass thumps and Frank Butler's drumset smacks and sizzles. -- Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, March 2006


    Art Pepper's 'Las Cuevas De Mario' is a wonderfully subtle and convoluted track, built entirely on a subtly insistent rhythm motif that's set up by the bass and piano, before the drums start to add accent and prompts. Against the background foundation Pepper's sax and Jack Sheldon's trumpet play beautiful chorus and call and response melodies. Superbly understated, there's a lot going at once yet the instrumentation stays sparse. A longtime collectible record -- Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45

    1. Smack Up
    2. Las Cuevas De Mario
    3. A Bit Of Basie
    4. How Can You Lose
    5. Maybe Next Year
    6. Tears Inside
    Art Pepper Quintet
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  • Plus Eleven Plus Eleven Quick View

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    Plus Eleven

    This is a true classic. Altoist Art Pepper is joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon has a few solos, but the focus is very much on the altoist who is in peak form for this period. The reissue adds two additional versions of Walkin' and one of Donna Lee to the original program. Throughout, Pepper sounds quite inspired by Paich's charts which feature the band as an active part of the music rather than just in the background. Highlights of this highly enjoyable set include Move, Four Brothers, Shaw Nuff, Anthropology, and Donna Lee, but there is not a single throwaway track to be heard. Essential music for all serious jazz collections.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Move
    2. Groovin' High
    3. Opus de Funk
    4. 'Round Midnight
    5. Four Brothers
    6. Shaw 'Nuff
    7. Bernie's Tune
    8. Walkin' Shoes
    9. Anthropology
    10. Airegin
    11. Walkin'
    12. Donna Lee
    13. Donna Lee (Alt)*


    *Bonus Track

    Art Pepper
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  • Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics Quick View

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    Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics

    A true classic, Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics finds altoist Art Pepper joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a
    dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon takes a few choice solos, but the focus is very much on Pepper who is in
    peak form, sounding quite inspired by Paich's charts- which feature the band as an active part of the music rather than just in the background. Highlights
    of this thoroughly enjoyable set include Move, Four Brothers, Shaw 'Nuff, Anthropology, and Donna Lee, but there is not a single clunker to be
    heard. This special vinyl reissue is essential music for all serious jazz collections.
    1. Move
    2. Groovin' High
    3. Opus De Funk
    4. 'Round Midnight
    5. Four Brothers
    6. Shaw 'Nuff
    7. Bernie's Tune
    8. Walkin' Shoes
    9. Anthropology
    10. Airegin
    11. Walkin' (Original Take)
    12. Donna Lee (Original Take)
    Art Pepper
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  • Arabesque Soundtrack Arabesque Soundtrack Quick View

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    Arabesque Soundtrack

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

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    Music Composed By Henry Mancini

    Henry Mancini composed and conducted the score for the 1966 film Arabesque, starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. The soundtrack album contains nine instrumental pieces, including The Zoo Chase in three parts and a vocal version of We've Loved Before performed by a mixed chorus.

    As you might expect from music written to serve a film about international intrigue, the moods vary from exotic with Arabesque, and Facade to whimsical in Ascot to what can only be described as spy music in The Zoo Chase, Pt. 3.

    Something for Sophia is a jazzy, rhythmic composition that features the guest trumpet of Jack Sheldon. The most compelling piece is the spooky Dream Street, written to accompany a bizarre murder scene, which is nearly as ambient and odd as Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. The first two parts of The Zoo Chase, too, find Mancini working in this otherworldly realm of tense, atmospheric music.

    Arabesque is an intriguing instrumental work of many moods and styles that can be enjoyed on its own merits.

    1. Arabesque
    2. We've Loved Before (Instrumental) [Yasmin's Theme]
    3. Ascot
    4. Dream Street

    5. Facade

    6. Something For Sophia

    7. We've Loved Before (Vocal)

    8. Shower Of Paradise

    9. The Zoo Chase

    - Pt. 1: Arabesque Theme
    - Pt. 2: Aquarium Scene
    - Pt. 3: Arabesque Theme
    10. Bagdad On Thames
    Henry Mancini
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  • Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner)

    Singing actors and actresses do not always cut a good figure on the silver screen; play-acting singers, however, are all the better when they draw attention to themselves with great vocals. As did Lena Horne in the days of the black-and-white film, who, with her sultry, versatile voice, was constantly employed by Hollywood. Although she occasionally ventured into the world of jazz, and made music with Teddy Wilson and Benny Carter, she never forayed into the wide world of improvisation. Her musical home was in the American Songbook, which she approached with a natural and entertaining manner. A good example of this is the first number here - the Cole Porter classic I Concentrate On You, which swings along to the perfectly recorded big-band sound of the Marty Paich Orchestra. A surprise element is the extensive palette of vocal sound-colouring with which the diva enhances her voice to achieve the drama of a Shirley Bassey or the dusky depths of a Dinah Washington. Each and every number on this Grammy-worthy album has been thought out in great detail and guarantees sophisticated entertainment, and a hint of West Coast jazz is perceptible when Jack Sheldon treats us to the sound of his warm and dark trumpet solos.



    Recording: 1962

    Production: Dick Peirce



    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. I Concentrate On You
    2. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
    4. I Got Rhythm
    5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
    6. I Want To Be Happy
    7. I Surrender, Dear
    8. I Found A New Baby
    9. I Understand
    10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Head
    11. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
    12. I Only Have Eyes For You
    Lena Horne
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
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