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  • Wild Bill Davis And Johnny Hodges In Atlantic City (Speakers Corner) Wild Bill Davis And Johnny Hodges In Atlantic City (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Wild Bill Davis And Johnny Hodges In Atlantic City (Speakers Corner)

    In the Sixties, the two befriended musicians Wild Bill Davis and Johnny Hodges often met up for jam sessions, at galas with Duke Ellington, and in various studios to make recordings for several record companies. However, their live concerts in Grace's Little Belmont in Atlantic City in 1966 were the declared highlights for critics, the public and musicians alike. This is not only proved by the masses of people who swarmed to the club, which was always jam-packed, it is also reflected in the sales figures of their recordings.



    On the present recording, the listener is offered a first-class programme of own compositions, Duke Ellington hits, and head arrangements. Good Queen Bess and Rockville are quite exceptional, and the other titles are hardly less enthralling. The rhythm group is hotter than hot with Lionel Hampton's Bobby Durham on the drums, and the two grand old men of swing really let themselves go. The trombonist Lawrence Brown, musical buddy from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, grooves in the background and we can be happy (thanks to the producer Rad McCuen!) that we can still thoroughly enjoy this great disc almost 50 years later.



    Recording: August 1966 live at Grace's Little Belmont, Atlantic City (USA), by Ed Begley

    Production: Brad McCuen



    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. It's Only A Paper Moon
    2. Taffy
    3. Good Queen Bess
    4. L B Blues
    5. In A Mellotone
    6. Rockville
    7. I'll Always Love You
    8. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    9. Belle Of The Bellmount
    Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges
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    Side By Side

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry Sweets Edison.


    Originally released in 1959.


    Duke Ellington, piano

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Sweets Edison, trumpet

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Al Hall, bass

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Jo Jones, drums

    Wendell Marshall, bass

    Les Spann, flute, guitar

    Billy Strayhorn, piano

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    1. Stompy Jones
    2. Just Squeeze Me
    3. Big Shoe
    4. Going Up
    5. Just a Memory
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Ruint
    8. Bend One
    9. You Need to Rock
    Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
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  • Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Quick View

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    Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    Recorded during the last decade of his long tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this album finds the great alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges' musical gifts not only intact but stronger than ever. Featuring the Ellington band - with Jimmy Jones on piano and Billy Strayhorn as bandleader and arranger - it is a fascinating program of Ellington remakes, including tome of the orchestra's most familiar numbers, all of which have been given subtle new orchestrations by Strayhorn and melodious new interpretations by Hodges.


    Recorded in 1961.


    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Billy Strayhorn, arranger, conductor, performer

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Aaron Bell, bass

    Bill Berry, trumpet

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Carney, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone

    Chuck Conors, bass trombone

    Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Howard McGhee, trumpet

    Ed Mullens, trumpet

    Russell Procope, clarinet, alto saxophone

    Sam Woodyard, drums

    1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    2. I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    3. Gal From Joe's
    4. Your Love Has Faded
    5. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    6. Jeep's Blues
    7. Day Dream
    8. Juice a Plenty
    9. Azure
    10. Tailor Made
    11. Stardust
    Johnny Hodges
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  • Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit Quick View

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    Blues In Orbit

    Remastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tapes


    Gatefold Old-school Tip-On On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    It's tempting for Blues in Orbit to be overlooked when Duke Ellington's best albums are discussed, but truly it's an undisputed gem. There are 14 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites such as In a Mellotone and C Jam Blues as well as less often heard gems like Blues in Blueprint and Sweet and Pungent. It is also in stereo, and the arrangements are superb.


    The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnnie Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnnie, in particular is well showcased here, taking the lead not only in slow pieces like Brown Penny and Sentimental Lady, but also in the rousing, Smada.


    The full Analogue Productions reissue treatment is at work on this smashing LP - famed mastering engineer Bernie Grundman handled the remastering from the original analog tapes. The lacquers were plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly we've stashed each super-silent 200-gram disc in a premium Stoughton Printing gatefold jacket.


    All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Record's studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke's late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. - a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion.


    If you're just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection. The sound is incredible, with packaging to match. Another audiophile home run.

    1. Three J's Blues
    2. Smada
    3. Pie Eye's Blues
    4. Sweet and Pungent
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. In A Mellow Tone
    7. Blues In Blueprint
    8. The Swinger's Get The Blues Too
    9. The Swinger's Jump
    10. Blues In Orbit
    11. Villes Ville Is The Place, Man
    Duke Ellington
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  • Jazz Party Jazz Party Quick View

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    Jazz Party


    200-Gram LP


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape


    Housed In A Tip-On Gatefold Jacket (From Stoughton Printing) For The First Time!


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Ellington Soars To Unmatched Artistic Heights Alongside Impressive Jazz Stars Including Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges And Jimmy Rushing!


    The tremendously detailed audio effect achieved by Columbia's engineers is brought back to life on this 200-gram LP from Analogue Productions. You want Duke and his men at their best, this is it!


    Duke Ellington called his music American Music rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the 20th century's best known African American personalites. He received 13 Grammy Awards and was honored with the French Legion of Honor in 1973. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.


    Dizzy's spectacular trumpet blooms here amidst the Ellingtonian aggregate. The sometimes tender, sometimes shouting blues style of Jimmy Rushing provides nice contrast in one of the most varied and satisfying Ellington recordings ever. Originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, Jazz Party In Stereo contains a formidable gallery of jazz stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing, Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, and more!


    So what have we done to perfect this brilliant reissue? Mastering by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tape, for starters. Naturally we turned to our own Quality Record Pressings for the finest 200-gram, dead-silent background pressing. Top it off with a Stoughton Printing gatefold tip-on jacket with beautiful full-size inner pictures and you've got an audiophile's dream. A can't miss for your collection!


    This most unusual Duke Ellington record includes two selections featuring nine symphonic percussionists on timpani, vibes, marimbas, and xylophones. Dizzy Gillespie makes a historic appearance with Ellington's orchestra on 'U.M.M.G.' (a meeting that should have been repeated often but sadly never was), Jimmy Rushing (Count Basie's former vocalist) sings 'Hello Little Girl,' and both Johnny Hodges ('All of Me') and Paul Gonsalves ('Ready Go!') have chances to blow. - AllMusic

    1. Malletoba Spank (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
    2. Red Garter (Toot Suite, Pt. I)
    3. Red Shoes (Toot Suite, Pt. II)
    4. Red Carpet (Toot Suite, Pt. III)
    5. Ready, Go! (Toot Suite, Pt. IV)
    6. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    7. All of Me
    8. Tymperturbably Blue
    9. Hello Little Girl
    Duke Ellington
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  • Blues A Plenty Blues A Plenty Quick View

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    Blues A Plenty

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    One of the giants of the alto saxophone, Johnny Hodges was perhaps the most important soloist and sideman in Duke Ellington's orchestra from 1928 up to Hodges' death in 1970. The self-taught player made many solo forays during his long career - one of his '50s outfits included a young John Coltrane - but history remembers Hodges for his virtuosic sidemanship, particularly his sensitive rendering of ballads.


    Originally released in 1958.

    1. I Didn't Know About You
    2. Cool Your Motor
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Honey Hill
    5. Blues-A-Plenty
    6. Don't Take Your Love From Me
    7. Saturday Afternoon Blues
    8. Satin Doll
    9. Reeling and Rocking
    Johnny Hodges
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ellington Indigos (Bonus Track) Ellington Indigos (Bonus Track) Quick View

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    Ellington Indigos (Bonus Track)

    Import


    Heavyweight 180gm direct metal mastered vinyl LP pressing with deluxe inner sleeve. Includes one bonus track. Wax Time.


    Recorded in 1957 with a line-up that included Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves among the saxophones and a trumpet section of Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Harold Baker. An exceptional record with arrangements full of new twists, innovative voices and improvisations.

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. Night And Day *
    6. The Sky Fell Down
    7. Prelude To A Kiss
    8. Willow Weep For Me
    9. Tenderly
    10. Dancing In The Dark


    *Bonus Track. Not On The Original Lp Configuration

    Duke Ellington
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  • The Time Is Right The Time Is Right Quick View

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    The Time Is Right

    A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker. All About Jazz
    1. The Nearness Of You
    2. Mack the Knife
    3. Lou's Blues
    4. Be My Love
    5. Tangerine
    6. Crosstown Shuffle
    7. Idaho
    Lou Donaldson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Stablemates (Discontinued) (On Sale) Stablemates (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Stablemates (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    The second release by this magnificent, all-star repertory band features tributes to Benny Golson, Jimmy Forrest, Archie Shepp, George Adams, Johnny Hodges, and more!
    Cottontail
    Parker's Mood
    Impressions
    You Don't Know What Love Is
    The Panther
    Body And Soul
    St Thomas
    Red Top
    Lester Leaps In
    Roots (Repertory Band)
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  • Indigos Indigos Quick View

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    Indigos

    Impex Records makes your nights a little bit cooler with this Limited Edition, 180gram all-analog shot of pure Duke at his most soulfully nocturnal. From the cats who brought you Time Further Out and Friday and Saturday Nights At the Blackhawk. Mastered by Kevin Gray and limited to only 2500 pressings!


    Indigos features performances of jazz standards such as Mood Indigo, Autumn Leaves, Prelude To a Kiss and more!


    Recorded in 1957 with a line-up that included Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves among the saxophones and a trumpet section of Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Harold Baker. An exceptional record with arrangements full of new twists, innovative voices and improvisations.

    1. Solitude
    2. Where or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To a Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In the Dark
    Duke Ellington
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit Quick View

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    Blues In Orbit

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets!


    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Duke Ellington is joined by the likes of Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges and more for this recording from multiple sessions spreading from February 1958 to December 1959.


    ...(Blues In Orbit is) an album worth tracking down, if only to hear the band run through a lighter side of its sound -- indeed, it captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter. - Bruce Eder, Allmusic.com


    Features:

    • Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    • Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    • Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    • Double LP

    • Pressed at RTI

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Musicians:

    Duke Ellington, piano

    Billy Strayhorn, piano (2,7)

    Ray Nance, trumpet

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Clark Terry, trumpet

    Britt Woodman, trombone

    Matthew Gee, trombone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    John Sanders, valve trombone

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Russell Procope, alto saxophone, clarinet

    Harry Carney, baritone saxophone

    Jimmy Woode, bass

    Jimmy Johnson, drums

    Sam Woodyard, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Three J's Blues
    2. Smada
    3. Pie Eye's Blues
    4. Sweet and Pungent
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. In a Mellow Tone
    7. Blues In Blueprint
    8. The Swingers Get the Blues, Too
    9. The Swinger's Jump
    10. Blues In Orbit
    11. Villes Ville Is the Place, Man
    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Jazz Party In Stereo Jazz Party In Stereo Quick View

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    Jazz Party In Stereo

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, Jazz Party In Stereo contains a formidable gallery of jazz stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing, Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, and more!


    The sometimes tender, sometimes shouting blues style of Jimmy Rushing provides nice contrast in one of the most varied and satisfying Ellington recordings ever.


    Features:

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    Double LP

    Pressed at RTI


    Musicians:

    Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet

    Ray Nance, trumpet

    Clark Terry, trumpet

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Andres Ford, trumpet

    Johnny Hodges, saxophone

    Paul Gonzalves, saxophone

    Harry Carney, saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, saxophone

    Russell Procope, saxophone

    Britt Woodman, trombone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    John Sanders, trombone

    Duke Ellington, piano

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Jimmy Woode, bass

    Sam Woodyard, drums

    Jimmy Rushing, vocalist

    Morris Goldenberg, percussionist

    George Gaber, percussionist

    Elden C. Bailey, percussionist

    Chauncey Morehouse, percussionist

    Harry Breuer, percussionist

    Robert M. Rosengarden, percussionist

    Walter E. Rosenberger, percussionist

    Bradley Spinney, percussionist

    Milton Schlesinger, percussionist


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Malletoba Spank
    2. Toot Suite:
    Red Garter - Red Shoes - Red Carpet (Part 1)
    Red Carpet (Part 2)
    Red Carpet (Part 3)
    3. Satin Doll
    4. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    5. All Of Me
    6. Tymperturbably Blue
    7. Fillie Trillie
    8. Hello Little Girl
    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
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  • Indigos Indigos Quick View

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    Indigos

    Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.


    Behind Ellington on piano, you'll hear a marvelous band including Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Ray Nance on violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, all being put in the solo spotlight on every song of this record.


    This stereo reissue features the mono version of The Sky Fell Down, thus featuring the original 1958 track listing, exactly as it was intended more than half a century ago. A timeless classic!

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To A Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In The Dark
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Feeling Of Jazz The Feeling Of Jazz Quick View

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    The Feeling Of Jazz

    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


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


    Contains Never-Before-Heard Ellington Originals


    Features Exclusive Artwork and Packaging


    Recorded at four different sessions in 1962 at Bell Studio, The Feeling of Jazz is one of the rarest titles America's greatest composer ever released, containing both never-before-heard originals as well as reinterpretations of Ellington classics. Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which included players such as Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges, Harold Baker, and Jimmy Hamilton, the material contains a wealth of spot-on solos and stop-on-a-dime changes.


    The Feeling of Jazz represents a critical juncture in Ellington's career and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. The album was mastered from the original analog tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.

    1. Taffy Twist
    2. Flirtibird
    3. Smada
    4. What Am I Here For
    5. Take The 'A' Train
    6. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
    7. Boo-Dah
    8. Black And Tan Fantasy
    9. The Feeling Of Jazz
    10. Jump For Joy
    11. I Let A Song... / Don't Get Around...
    Duke Ellington
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  • Such Sweet Thunder (Pure Pleasure) Such Sweet Thunder (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Such Sweet Thunder (Pure Pleasure)

    This music counts among Ellington's most well-realized 'concept projects', all inspired by Shakespeare's work and filled with memorable melodies and ample opportunities for solos by Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Quentin Jackson. The Ellington-Strayhorn compositions treat their soloists like actors doing scenes and, in effect, playing parts, even quoting lines after a fashion - Clark Terry 'plays' Puck in Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down), and Johnny Hodges turns in one of the most sensuous performances of his career for Half the Fun, from Antony and Cleopatra.



    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Johnny Hodges

    • Russell Procope (saxophone)

    • John Sanders (trombone)

    • Britt Woodman (trombone)

    • Ray Nance (trumpet)

    • Clark Terry (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Wood (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)



    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.



    Side 1:
    1. Such Sweet Thunder
    2. Sonnet For Caesar
    3. Sonnet To Hank Cinq
    4. Lady Mac
    5. Sonnet In Search of A Moor
    6. The Telecasters

    Side 2:
    1. Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down)
    2. Sonnet For Sister Kate
    3. The Star-Crossed Lovers
    4. Madness In Great Ones
    5. Half The Fun
    6. Circle of Fourths

    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook Vol. 1 Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook Vol. 1 Quick View

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    Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook Vol. 1

    Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Shirley Scott set an enduring standard for tenor saxophone/organ groups, beginning with this their first recording together. Davis' authoritative, hard swinging style came through his seasoning as a key player in the Count Basie band. Scott, an accomplished pianist, took up the organ when she joined Davis in 1955, emerging with her distinctive, driving yet subtle style virtually fully formed. The music on this 1958 date holds few surprises; it's meat and potatoes all the way, but it's made using the choicest ingredients. The barbecue sauce is applied in moderation, as the band steers closer to Basie-style swing than to overt R&B riffing. Davis and his working band -- Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill -- are joined here by reed player Jerome Richardson and bassist George Duvivier. Richardson, playing flute on most tracks, provides a useful complement to Davis' tenor. Duvivier is indispensable in anchoring the music with a commanding walking bass. Edgehill's quick, light touch helps maintain the swinging, jazzy feel. The tracks comprise three strong Davis originals, two standards, including But Beautiful, which ranks as a master class in ballad playing, and the albums's centerpiece, the 12-minute plus In the Kitchen. This slow blues by Johnny Hodges has room for extended soloing all around in a performance that underlines the skill, passion and artistry that made the Davis and Scott partnership a potent and influential combination.


    - Jim Todd (All Music Guide)

    1. Have Horn, Will Blow

    2. The Chef

    3. But Beautiful

    4. In The Kitchen

    5. Three Deuces

    6. Avalon
    Eddie Lockjaw Davis
    $21.99
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    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

    Import


    For years Duke Ellington and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins promised each other that they would one day find a way to collaborate on an album. Finally, in 1962, they recorded at the famed Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey, with a small personnel from the Ellington band. The event was marked by the combination of the guest tenor's distinctive and expansive tones, the rich ensemble sound, and of course, the extraordinary Ellington compositions. Duke Ellington covered the piano and brought with him Aaron Bell, brass; Lawrence Brown, trombone; Sam Woodyard, drums; and Ray Nance, cornet and violin. What became obvious almost immediately was the interplay of Hawkin's tenor and Harry Carney on alto saxophone and the alto voicing of Johnny Hodges. Highlights include the infectious calypso-like opening of Limbo Jazz that moves from solos by Hodges, Ray Nance and Lawrence Brown to a solo by Coleman Hawkins. Ellington's classic Mood Indigo is the perfect vehicle for Hawkins with his rich, resonant phrasing. Wanderlust, which was first recorded in 1938, is revived here with Lawrence Brown and Ray Nance contributing to the blues mood of the piece. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins features two legendary masters of jazz in a meeting that remains as masterful and thrilling as it did when it first took place in 1962.

    1. Limbo Jazz
    2. Mood Indigo
    3. Ray Charles' Place
    4. Wanderlust
    5. You Dirty Dog
    6. Self Portrait (Of the Bean)
    7. The Jeep Is Jumpin'
    8. The Ricitic
    Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins
    $49.99
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    Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)

    One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.



    The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.



    The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.




    Musicians:



    • Rosemary Clooney (vocal)

    • Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)

    • Billy Strayhorn (arranger)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)

    • Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)

    • Gordon Jackson (trombone)

    • Jimmy Woode (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)




    Recording: January and February 1956




    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. Hey Baby
    2. Sophisticated Lady

    3. Me and You
    4. Passion Flower
    5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    6. Grievin
    7. Blue Rose
    8. Im Checkin OutGoombye

    9. I Got It Bad
    10. Mood Indigo
    Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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    The Great Paris Concert (Pure Pleasure)

    This set came about, in part, as a result of Ellington's signing to Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in November 1962, with the ending of his exclusive contract to Columbia. Six numbers from the three Paris dates were initially edited and released by Reprise as part of the ten-song Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits, but the bulk of the performances from those shows didn't surface until many years later as The Great Paris Concert on two LPs. This album "The Great Paris Concert" is raw and largely unedited, and depicts the full Ellington band in extraordinary form, oozing excitement -- from the saxophone showcase on the opener, Rockin' In Rhythm, the various sections of the band take flight at different points throughout this set, which includes such contemporary numbers as Ellington's theme music for an all but forgotten television series, The Asphalt Jungle, and excerpts from Such Sweet Thunder. Johnny Hodges is showcased in several solos, most notably on Suite Thursday, a work whose original studio incarnation he missed appearing on; Cootie Williams (Tutti for Cootie), Paul Gonsalves (Cop Out), Ray Nance (Bula), and Cat Anderson (Jam with Sam) get their own moments in the spotlight.



    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams (trumpet)

    • Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper (trombone)

    • Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges (saxophone)

    • Russell Procope (clarinet, saxophone)
    • Ernie Shephard (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)

    • Milt Grayson (vocal)



    Recording: February 1963 at The Olympia Theatre, Paris, France

    Production: Neshui Ertegun



    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.

    LP1
    1. Kinda Dukish/Rockin' In Rhythm
    2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
    3. The Star-Crossed Lovers
    4. All Of Me
    5. Theme From Asphalt Jungle
    6. Concerto For Cootie
    7. Tutti For Cootie
    8. Suite Thursday In Four Movements:
    Misfit Blues
    Schwiphti
    Zweet Zurzday
    Lay-By


    LP2
    1. Perdido
    2. The Eighth Veil
    3. Rose Of The Rio Grande
    4. Cop Out
    5. Bula
    6. Jam With Sam
    7. Happy-Go-Lucky Local
    8. Tone Parallel To Harlem

    Duke Ellington
    $49.99
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    Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (Pure Pleasure)

    This double LP ranks as one of Duke Ellington's finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band. Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of Rockin' in Rhythm and Take the 'A' Train (the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet), a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges, a tenor battle on In Triplicate, a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis, and a 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on Satin Doll that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet, and is in tune, too. This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.



    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (saxophone)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Lawrence Brown (trombone)

    • Wild Bill Davis (organ)

    • Victor Gaskin (bass)

    • Rufus "Speedy" Jones (drums)




    Recording: November 1969 live by Bob Auger

    Production: Noel Walker



    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.



    Side one:


    Rockin In Rhythm
    B.P.
    Take The A Train

    Tootie For Cootie


    Side Two:


    4:30 Blues
    El Gato
    Black Butterfly

    Things Aint What They Used To Be

    Laying On Mellow


    Side Three:


    Satin Doll
    Azure
    In Triplicate

    Perdido
    Fifi



    Side Four:


    Medley:
    Prelude To A Kiss

    Im Just A Lucky So And So

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    Do Nothin Til You Hear From Me
    Just Squeeze Me
    Dont Get Around Much Anymore

    Mood Indigo
    Sophisticated Lady

    Caravan
    Black Swan
    Final Ellington Speech

    Duke Ellington
    $44.99
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    The Feeling Of Jazz

    1962 Set from Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Contains New Material and Fresh Interpretations of Classics


    Spectacular 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


    Age never slowed Duke Ellington. Recorded at four different sessions in 1962 at Bell Studio in 1962, The Feeling of Jazz is one of the rarest titles America's greatest composer ever released, and contains both never-before-heard originals as well as reinterpretations of Ellington classics. Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which included players such as Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges, Harold Baker, and Jimmy Hamilton, the material contains a wealth of spot-on solos and stop-on-a-dime changes.


    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, The Feeling of Jazz represents a critical juncture in Ellington's career 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. This is what being a collector is all about. The title isn't widely known, but this reissue preserves historically significant music that will be enjoyed by generations to come.


    Jazz fans, audiophiles, and music fanatics, don't sleep on this extraordinary treasure.

    1. Taffy Twist
    2. Flirtibird
    3. Smada
    4. What Am I Here For
    5. Take the 'A' Train
    6. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
    7. Boo-Dah
    8. Black and Tan Fantasy
    9. The Feeling of Jazz
    10. Jump for Joy
    11. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Duke Ellington
    $29.99
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    The Nutcracker Suite (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    In 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arranged their own virtuosic adaptation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Featuring nine cleverly arranged movements (boasting equally smart titles like Toot Toot Tootie Toot and Sugar Rum Cherry), it's the quintessential Ellington blend of wit and sophistication. It's amazing how swinging and sexy the Nutcracker Suite can sound!




    Musicians:



    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Russell Procope (alto saxophone, flute)

    • Harry Carney (basson)

    • Ray Nance, Willie Cook (trumpet)

    • Juan Tizol (trombone, tambourine)

    • Lawrence Brown, Britt Woodman (trombone)

    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Aaron Bell (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)



    Recording: May and June 1960 in Los Angeles



    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. Overture
    2. Toot Toot Tootsie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Flutes)
    3. Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)
    4. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
    5. Entr'acte
    6. The Volga Vouty (Russian Trepak)
    7. Chinoiserie (Chinese Tea)
    8. Dance of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)
    9. Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Coffee)
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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    And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner)

    When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger's own compositions.



    The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.



    Full of informality and soulful verve, these recordings feel like they are an afterthought, an unwillingness to completely let go, a eulogy whose final words are questions, elegantly stated and met with only the echo of their last vibrations ringing in an empty room, full of wondering, longing, and helplessness, but above all the point of the questions themselves: "Is this enough?" or "Can there ever be enough to pay an adequate tribute to this man?"
    They are interesting questions, because only five years later we would all be saying the same thing about Ellington. For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments.






    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Clark Terry (fluegel horn)

    • Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors (trombone)

    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet)

    • Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Aaron Bell (bass)

    • Steve Little (drums)




    Recording: August and September 1967 in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City, by Ed Begley

    Production: Brad McCuen





    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. Boo-Dah
    2. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    3. Blood Count 9

    4. Smada
    5. Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note

    6. Rain Check
    7. Midriff
    8. My Little Brown Book
    9. Lotus Blossom
    10. Snibor
    11. After All
    12. All Day Long
    13. Lotus Blossom
    14. Day Dream
    15. The Intimacy of the Blues
    16. Charpoy
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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    First Time!: Count Meets The Duke (Pure Pleasure)

    The musical event which is presented in this album is without precedent in the history of jazz. History largely consists of chronicling momentous occasions, and it was such an occaision when the full orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie recorded together on 6th July 1961. The result is almost an embarrassment of riches. It is great in significance, great in musical content and, above all, great in demonstrating the two famous leaders' mutual appreciation and understanding of each other.



    At first glance this collaboration should not have worked. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras had already been competitors for 25 years but the leaders' mutual admiration (Ellington was one of Basie's main idols) and some brilliant planning made this a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter. On most selections Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing. Segue in C is the highpoint but versions of Until I Met You, Battle Royal and Jumpin' at the Woodside are not far behind.




    Musicians:



    • Count Basie, Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)

    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Thad Jones (trumpet)

    • Ray Nance (trumpet, violin)

    • Russell Procope (reeds, alto saxophone)

    • Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Billy Strayhorn (piano)

    • Eddie Jones (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)




    Recording: July 1961

    Production: Teo Macero



    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. Battle Royal
    2. To You
    3. Take the A Train
    4. Corner Pocker (aka Until I Met You)
    5. Wild Man (aka Moore)
    6. Seque in C
    7. Jumpin' at the Woodside
    8. One More Once
    9. Take the A Train
    10. Jumpin' at the Woodside
    11. B D B
    12. Blues in Hoss' Flat
    13. Wild Man
    14. Battle Royal
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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