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  • Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure) Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure)

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk's live club gigs were usually engaging, freewheeling affairs, full of good humor and a fantastically wide range of music. The double album Bright Moments is a near-definitive document of the Kirk live experience, and his greatest album of the '70s. The extroverted Kirk was in his element in front of an audience, always chatting, explaining his concepts, and recounting bits of jazz history. Even if some of his long, jive-talking intros can sound a little dated today, it's clear in the outcome of the music that Kirk fed voraciously off the energy of the room.


    Most of the tracks are long (seven minutes or more), demonstrating Kirk's wealth of soloing ideas in a variety of styles (and, naturally, on a variety of instruments). Pedal Up is a jaw-dropping demonstration of Kirk's never-duplicated three-horns-at-once technique, including plenty of unaccompanied passages that simply sound impossible. There's more quintessential Kirk weirdness on Fly Town Nose Blues, which heavily features an instrument called the nose flute, and the title track has a healthy dose of Kirk singing through his (traditional) flute.


    His repertoire is typically eclectic: Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss; a groovy Bacharach pop tune in You'll Never Get To Heaven; a lovely version of Fats Waller's Jitterbug Waltz; and a stomping, exultant New Orleans-style original, Dem Red Beans and Rice. Perhaps the best, however, is an impassioned rendition of the ballad standard If I Loved You, where Kirk's viscerally raw, honking tone hints in a roundabout way at the avant-garde without ever losing its melodic foundation. Bright Moments empties all the major items out of Kirk's bag of tricks, providing a neat microcosm of his talents and displaying a consummate and knowledgeable showman. In short, it's nothing less than a 'tour de force'.



    Musicians:



    • Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Ron Burton (piano)

    • Henry Pearson (bass)

    • Todd Barkan (synthesizer)

    • Joe Habao (percussion)

    • Robert Shy (drums)



    Recording: 1973 live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, by Biff Davies, Ed Barton & Jack Crymes

    Production: Joel Dorn



    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.

    LP 1
    1. Introduction
    2. Pedal Up
    3. You'll Never Get To Heaven
    4. Clackety Clack
    5. Prelude To A Kiss
    6. Talk (Electric Nose)
    7. Fly Town Nose Blues


    LP 2
    1. Talk (Bright Moments)
    2. Bright Moments Song
    3. Dem Red Beans And Rice
    4. If I Loved You
    5. Talk (Fats Waller)
    6. Jitterbug Waltz
    7. Second Line Jump

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Legrand Jazz Legrand Jazz Quick View

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    Legrand Jazz

    Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180-Gram Vinyl LP!

    Limited To Only 3000 Numbered Copies!

    Features Performances By John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Bill Evans & More!

    In 1958, a young, successful French composer-arranger with a major infatuation on American jazz, worked his way to New York and convinced the very best players of the time to record an album of largely jazz standards. Michel Legrand would go on to win numerous prizes and accolades (3 Oscars, 5 Grammies, 2 Palmes D'or, etc.), but little of what followed matched the sheer brilliance of Legrand Jazz.

    Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Phil Woods and practically every other session man in town signed up for sessions with Legrand to record his idiosyncratic arrangements of standards (Django, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Night in Tunisia, etc.). Instead of regurgitating then current bop styles, he reinvented the very nature of orchestral jazz band repertoire to make a unique and forward-looking statement on the genre.

    The sound of Impex's all-analog LP preserves the wide soundstage of late 50's Columbia recordings while creating intimate spaces between players on the stage for maximum definition. This rare, highly-praised recording has never sounded as good as it does now. Go big with Legrand Jazz.

    Legrand Jazz was greeted by an enthusiastic review in the magazine Down Beat. Dom Cerulli awarded it five stars out of a possible five.

    Musicians:
    Michel Legrand, Conductor, Arranger (All Songs)

    For The Jitterbug Waltz, Django, Wild Man Blues & 'Round Midnight - Recorded June 25, 1958:
    Paul Chambers (bass)
    John Coltrane (tenor sax)
    Eddie Costa (vibes)
    Miles Davis (trumpet)
    Kenny Dennis (drums)
    Bill Evans (piano)
    Barry Galbraith (guitar)
    Betty Glamann (harp)
    Herbie Mann (flute)
    Jerome Richardson (baritone sax, bass clarinet)
    Phil Woods (alto sax)

    For Nuages, Blue And Sentimental, Rosetta & Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Recorded June 27, 1958:
    Eddie Bert (trombone)
    Billy Byers (trombone)
    Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
    George Duvivier (bass)
    Major Holly (bass, tuba)
    Hank Jones (piano)
    Don Lamond (drums)
    Herbie Mann (flute)
    Frank Rehak (trombone)
    Ben Webster (tenor sax)

    For Night In Tunisia, Stompin' At The Savoy & In A Mist - Recorded June 30, 1958:
    James Buffington (french horns)
    Donald Byrd (trumpet)
    Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
    Don Elliot (vibes)
    Art Farmer (trumpet)
    Milt Hinton (bass)
    Osie Johnson (drums)
    Teo Macero (baritone sax)
    Nat Pierce (piano)
    Seldon Powell (tenor sax)
    Gene Quill (alto sax)
    Frank Rehak (trombone)
    Ernie Royal (trumpet)
    Joe Wilder (trumpet)
    Phil Woods (alto sax)

    1. The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)
    2. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
    3. Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
    4. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie)
    5. Stompin' At the Savoy (Benny Goodman)
    6. Django (John Lewis)
    7. Wild Man Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
    8. Rosetta (Earl Hines)
    9. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
    10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
    11. In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)
    Michel Legrand
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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