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  • 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
  • Emergency Ward Emergency Ward Quick View

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    Emergency Ward

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    Emergency Ward! (1972) is Nina Simone's statement on the Vietnam War, and by dealing with matters more spiritual than political, this album aptly reflect the events of the day.


    The entire first side consists of a 18-minute medley of George Harrison's My Sweet Lord and a poem by David Nelson called Today Is a Killer, set to music by Simone. This is a very strong, gospel-like performance, sometimes resembling the Capitols' Cool Jerk with a call-and-response vocal arrangement - one of Simone's finest moments. It was performed together with the Bethany Baptist Church Junior Choir of South Jamaica, New York.


    Side two consists of the Lennie BleecherJeremy Wind song Poppies and George Harrison's Isn't It A Pity. Tracks 1 and 4 were recorded november 18, 1971 at Fort Dix, and tracks 2-3 were recorded at the RCA Studio in New York City.

    1. My Sweet Lord
    2. Today Is A Killer
    3. Poppies
    4. Isn't It A Pity
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Gigolo The Gigolo Quick View

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    The Gigolo


    Limited Edition!


    Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!


    The Definitive issue of this classic Blue Note title!


    THE SOUND:

    Mono or Stereo? Rudy Van Gelder first began recording Blue Note sessions in stereo in March of 1957. From then until an October 30, 1958 Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo session tapes. The stereo presentation revealed more air, more detail and more sheer life than the mono. The mono playback was a wonderful remembrance of the old LP we all knew and loved. The stereo playback from the original masters was eerie. It was like going back in time to that day in Rudy's studio. Quite simply, the stereo masters revealed more of what it was like to be there that day.


    Why 45rpm? Simply...Because it sounds better! 180 gram pressings versus 200 gram? Music Matters, Lt. uses 180 gram pressings for the simple reason that they believe 180 gram weight is more than sufficient to provide a near perfect pressing. When Music Matters asked their friends at Record Technology Inc. for their recommendation to achieve the highest possible quality pressings their answer was unequivocal... go with 180 gram!


    Upgrading Connections at Acoustech! It goes without saying that there are many controversies and debates in the perfectionist audio/LP collector market. But one area of near universal agreement is the quality of mastering that emerges from Kevin Gray's custom-built AcousTech Mastering studio in Camarillo, CA. Kevin, along with Steve Hoffman, has provided many of the best sounding new and reissued albums on LP during the last 5 or 6 years working outs of AcousTech.


    THE JACKETS:

    Music Matters Exclusive! Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. The Music Matters Definitive 45RPM Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious lamination... quality you'll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums. In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos.


    THE REVIEWS:

    Hear what Michael Fremer, Wayne Garcia and others are saying about the Blue Note Definitive 45rpm Reissue Series from Music Matters, Ltd:

    They're BIG and open and definitely work in stereo because they're not hard left/right stereo. The cymbals are so chimey and the skins so open! Even Rudy's typical boxy piano isn't too bad. These are going to be really good....!!!! (Real time reaction after hearing his first test pressing of Horace Parlan's Speakin' My Piece LP.) - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine


    I've heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, none-and I mean none-convey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matter's Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing. - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound


    Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers "The Big Beat" and Horace Parlan, "Speakin' My Piece." And if this is any indication of what's to come, I advise you to get on the list now, before this collection is sold out. - Albert Porter, www.positive-feedback.com


    The Music Matters 45s have all immediacy and add a free-flowing naturalness that is surprising at first but very easy to get used to. - Marc Mickelson, www.soundstage.com


    There is no real explanation for Lee Morgan's greatness. He emerged in 1956 as a precocious 18-year old already recording for Blue Note and performing as one of the stars of the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. He continued to grow during his years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and in the 1960s was jazz's leading trumpeter. In 1965 when he recorded The Gigolo, Morgan was still only 27 yet had already created a lifetime of exciting music. On The Gigolo, he builds upon his earlier successes and plays with a brilliance only reached by the most immortal of jazz musicians. His four originals include the original version of his memorable blues Speed Ball, and he really digs into You Go To My Head. Hearing The Gigolo with its phenomenal sound and brilliant playing is a thrill that all jazz fans need to experience.


    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:

    Lee Morgan, trumpet

    Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone

    Harold Mabern, Jr., piano

    Bob Cranshaw, bass

    Billy Higgins, drums


    The albums are being cut at 45 RPM for maximum quality by Kevin Gray and me using our full ANALOG disk cutting system; most studios cannot even cut vinyl in 100% true analog anymore (they convert to digital first) but we can. The original Rudy Van Gelder engineered stereophonic session tapes are used when we master these gems. The sound quality is amazing on our test cuts. Like from heaven. First totally uncompressed versions of these jazz classics that I've ever heard and trust me, you will be impressed; they sound like no other releases of this music.


    The sound is lifelike, the horns are in the room with you. Our non-invasive mastering insures the true breath of life on these original Van Gelder session tapes is transferred to the virgin vinyl with absolute authenticity. It is like hearing these BLUE NOTE masterpieces for the first time and that is NO exaggeration. When we heard the first lacquer acetate playback from our first mastering session I thought Joe Harley was going to pee in his pants he was so excited. Actually we all were; after 50 years of many lackluster and some downright bad sounding versions of these albums, hearing the real deal is a humbling experience, even for us hardened music veterans. You will be able to listen to the music exactly like we did...
    - Steve Hoffman

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Yes I Can, No You Can't
    2. Trapped
    3. Speed Ball
    4. The Gigolo
    5. You Go To My Head
    Lee Morgan
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Point Of Departure Point Of Departure Quick View

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    Point Of Departure

    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


    Point Of Departure is not only one of the greatest jazz recordings of 1964, but of all time. The stellar lineup (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis and a teen aged Tony Williams) was given a set of challenging compositions by the brilliant pianist and composer Andrew Hill. This group created the album known as Point of Departure, an acknowledged modern day classic and one of Blue Notes most extraordinary recordings. Andrew Hill was a quiet revolutionary, but he was every bit as original in his conception as Thelonious Monk. Hill extended, twisted and turned hard bop into his own very fresh and personal music. Like Eric Dolphy, Hill spawned few imitators. His conception was so pure, and so unique, both as a player and as an arranger-composer that nearly a half century later, Point Of Departure remains a brilliant touchstone of modern jazz.


    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.

    Andrew Hill
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    Country Joe & The Fish full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era, the band's swirl of distorted guitar and organ at its most inventive. In contrast to Jefferson Airplane, who were at their best working within conventional song structures, and the Grateful Dead, who hadn't quite yet figured out how to transpose their music to the recording studio, Country Joe & the Fish delivered a fully formed, uncompromising, and yet utterly accessible - in fact, often delightfully witty - body of psychedelic music the first time out. Ranging in mood from good-timey to downright apocalyptic, it embraced all of the facets of the band's music, which were startling in their diversity: soaring guitar and keyboard excursions (Flying High, Section 43, Bass Strings, The Masked Marauder), the group's folk roots (Sad and Lonely Times), McDonald's personal ode to Grace Slick (Grace), and their in-your-face politics (Superbird). Hardly any band since the Beatles had ever come up with such a perfect and perfectly bold introduction to who and what they were, and the results - given the prodigious talents and wide-ranging orientation of this group - might've scared off most major record labels. Additionally, this is one of the best-performed records of its period, most of it so bracing and exciting that one gets some of the intensity of a live performance. One of Vanguard Records' classic albums, with startlingly vivid stereo separation and a close, intimate sound.




    Musicians:



    • Country Joe McDonald (guitar, harmonica, tambourine, vocal)

    • David Cohen (guitar, organ, vocal)

    • Barry Melton (guitar, vocal)

    • Bruce Barthol (bass, harmonium)

    • Chicken Hirsh (drums)




    Recording at Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, CA, USA, by Robert di Souza

    Production: Samuel Charters




    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.



    Country Joe & The Fish
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Green Street Green Street Quick View

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    Green Street

    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


    As the most prolific guitarist on Blue Note's roster, Grant Green was very busy during 1960-65, appearing in all types of settings with his fellow all-stars. However Green Street is quite unique for it showcases Green in a trio with bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Dave Bailey. Because Green rarely played chords, instead concentrating on single-note lines, hearing him in this sparse setting is similar to hearing a brilliant tenor-saxophonist such as Sonny Rollins in a piano less trio. Recorded April 1, 1961, Green Street features the guitarist stretching out on three originals, Round Midnight and Alone Together. With Tucker and Bailey hanging on every Green phrase and reacting immediately to his musical thoughts, the focus is almost entirely on the guitarist. Grant Green comes up with consistently surprising and rewarding ideas, taking these songs on unexpected trips and creating music for the ages. Few other guitarists or saxophonists of the time could have excelled in this setting on the level of Green. Heard in brilliant sound, Green Street is one of the most essential recordings of Grant Green.


    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.

    Grant Green
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure) Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)

    Charles Mingus has a fascinating way of offering music that is grounded in tradition while remaining startlingly original. The freshness of a piece like Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, has the effect of rendering much of what passes for jazz as tedious. The band is small for Mingus, and includes Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Dannie Richmond on drums. It would be one of Dolphy and Curson's last recording dates with the artist, and they seem determined to go all out for it. The leader's bass line kicks off Folk Forms No. 1, followed by Dolphy outlining the melody, and then joined by Curson. A simple riff develops into a lively New Orleans funeral march that's developed for 12 minutes. Original Faubus Fables is serious in intent - a political attack on segregation governor Faubus - but Mingus and Richmond's singing is difficult to listen to with a straight face. Still, this doesn't distract from the wonderful music. Again and again, the elasticity of the sound is fascinating, at once spacious with the bass and drums balanced against the brass and then noisy, with the horns wailing and crying. The last two pieces, What Love? and the outrageously titled All the Things You Could Be by Now if Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother, are much looser, bordering on free jazz. The album accomplishes what the best of Mingus accomplishes: the perfect tension between jazz played as an ensemble and jazz played as totally free.




    Musicians:



    • Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet)

    • Ted Curson (trumpet)

    • Charles Mingus (bass)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)




    Recording: October 1960 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans

    Production: Nat Hentoff




    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. Folk Forms, No. 1

    2. Original Faubus Fables

    3. What Love

    4. All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother

    Charles Mingus
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner) The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner)

    As a soloist, Al Cohn was not such an inspired tenor sax player as his colleague Zoot Sims. But he was a superb arranger, an unprofitable yet highly important function when it comes to such workshops. And though Manny Albam also played the baritone sax, his real instrument was the pen. He arranged not only jazz, but also film music and musicals. His arrangements were multi-faceted and tailor-made to suit the accomplishments of the individual instrumentalists.

    For this particular Jazz Workshop, the record company RCA-Victor could afford the services of excellent session musicians: Joe Newman and Freddie Green came from the Basie Band, Al Cohn, Bernie Glow, and Nick Travis from the Woody Herman Band, and the studio musicians Dick Katz, Buddy Jones, and Osie Johnson were present at all times of day and night anyway.

    As long as you don't expect fierce battles between five tenors, or six tweeters on the trumpet, then you will enjoy this LP with its swinging, relaxed improvisations on such works as Rosetta, Linger Awhile, and I'm Coming Virginia - and you will realise that Lester Young's sound has been heard, cultivated and further developed by these musicians.

    Four trumpets, a tenor sax, and then a piano, guitar, bass, and drums into the bargain - that's certainly no common ensemble, but it certainly is a good reason to purchase this LP. And for certain, this album has been missing in your collection to this day.

    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.

    Musicians:
    Al Cohn (tenor saxophone, arranger)
    Manny Albam (arranger)
    Joe Newman, Bart Valve, Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Phil Sunkel (trumpet)
    Nick Travis (trumper, trombone)
    Dick Katz (piano)
    Freddie Green (guitar)
    Buddy Jones (bass)
    Osie Johnson (drums)

    Recording: May 1955 in Webster Hall, New York City, in mono
    Production: Jack Lewis

    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. Rosetta
    2. The Song Is Ended
    3. Linger Awhile
    4. Every Time
    5. Haroosh
    6. Just Plain Sam
    7. I'm Coming Virginia
    8. Cohn Not Cohen
    9. Foggy Water
    11. Sugar Cohn
    12. Alone Together
    Al Cohn
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    The Sound Of Jazz is a 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts, and was one of the first major programmes featuring jazz to air on American network television.
    The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, live from CBS Studio 58, the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were the primary music consultants.
    The Sound Of Jazz brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry 'Red' Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger 'modernist' musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on Fine and Mellow.
    The show's performance of Fine and Mellow reunited Billie Holiday with her estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in the group with Holiday.




    Musicians:



    • Red Allen Stars

    • Billie Holiday & Band

    • Count Basie All Stars

    • The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    • Mal Waldron

    • Pee Wee Russell




    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. Wild Man Blues - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars

    2. Rosetta -  Henry Allen And His Orchestra

    3. Fine And Mellow - Billie Holiday with Mal Waldron & The All Stars

    4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre;Pee Wee Russell

    5. I Left My Baby - Count Basie with All-Stars featuring Jimmy Rushing

    6. The Train And The River -  The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    7. Nervous - Mal Waldron

    8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie with All-Stars

    9. Wild Man Blues (Alternate Take) - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
    Various Artists
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Wonderful World Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) The Wonderful World Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Wonderful World Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    There is nothing hurried about this disc. That said, the music is focused and will stretch your mind. Lewis employed masterful melodic improvisers here: Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dolphy, Jim Hall among others. Listen to Body And Soul as it builds powerfully and the soloists explore every possible melodic theme, where the quiet power of these master musicians is almost too much to take. Listen to I Remember Clifford where the players are essentially the MJQ with Jim Hall replacing Milt Jackson. This set swings, but oh-so-elegantly. Just like Mr. Lewis. - S.C.Berry


    Whether you're an old-time jazz afficionado or new to the genre, this album is essential. In my opinion, Lewis' lovely solo on Body & Soul makes his version virtually definitive - 15 minutes of bliss. The rest of the album, particularly Afternoon In Paris, is at the same level. Wonderful is the perfect title for this record. - E Barrios

    Musicians:



    • John Lewis (piano)

    • Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone)

    • James Rivers (bassoon)

    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Herb Pomeroy (trumpet)

    • Gunther Schuller (french horn)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • George Duvivier (bass)

    • Connie Kay (drums)



    Recording: July and September 1960

    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun & Tom Dowd



    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. Body And Soul
    2. I Should Care
    3. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
    4. Afternoon In Paris
    5. I Remember Clifford
    John Lewis
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure) The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    The premier jazz vocal act of all time, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross revolutionized vocal music during the late '50s and early '60s by turning away from the increasingly crossover slant of the pop world to embrace the sheer musicianship inherent in vocal jazz. Applying the concepts of bop harmonies to swinging vocal music, the trio transformed dozens of instrumental jazz classics into their own songs, taking scat solos and trading off licks and riffs in precisely the same fashion as their favorite improvising musicians. Vocal arranger Dave Lambert wrote dense clusters of vocal lines for each voice that, while only distantly related, came together splendidly. Jon Hendricks wrote clever, witty lyrics to jazz standards like Summertime, Moanin', and Twisted, and Annie Ross proved to be one of the strongest, most dexterous female voices in the history of jazz vocals. Together Lambert, Hendricks & Ross paved the way for vocal groups like Manhattan Transfer while earning respect from vocalists and jazz musicians alike.



    Musicians:



    • Dave Lambert (vocals)

    • Joe Hendricks (vocals)

    • Annie Ross (vocals)

    • Harry Edison (trumpet)

    • Gildo Mahones (piano)

    • Ike Isaacs (bass)

    • Jimmy Wormworth (drums)



    Recording: 1959



    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. Charleston Alley
    2. Moanin'
    3. Twisted
    4. Bijou
    5. Cloudburst
    6. Centerpiece
    7. Gimme That Wine
    8. Sermonette
    9. Summertime
    10. Everybody's Boppin'
    Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
    $34.99
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    Jazz Winds From A New Direction (Speakers Corner)


    Hank Garland wasn't the first Country and Western guitarist to discover jazz as a new way of playing. Mundell Lowe (who knows him these days?) and Tal Farlow (whose Verve recordings have long become classics) are just two such musicians who are better known to jazz fans.


    Garland's shining example Charlie Christian was his inspiration when he was invited to participate in a super session, and the LP Jazz Winds From A New Direction became a smash hit. With Joe Morello, the drummer responsible for the tricky, odd meter and Joe Benjamin, who had been instructed by Gerry Mulligan and performs harmonic magic even without a piano, and then Gary Burton, a newcomer (only 17 years old and completely unknown at the time!) on the vibraphone, these six numbers are a real phenomenon with regard to musicality, style and recording technique.


    Unfortunately it was to remain a unique jazz session, for Hank Garland could never aspire to such heights again after his tragic car accident. That's why jazz fans should snap at the chance to grab this newly mastered LP: it enriched the musical horizon of the musicians during the recording, and is guaranteed to bewitch the listener of today.



    Musicians:



    • Hank Garland (guitar)

    • Gary Burton (vibraphone)

    • Joe Benjamin (bass)

    • Joe Morello (drums)




    Recording: 1961



    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. All The Things You Are
    2. Three-Four, The Blues
    3. Move
    4. Always
    5. Riot-vhous
    6. Relaxing
    Hank Garland
    $34.99
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    The Music From Peter Gunn (Speakers Corner)

    This is not only a great LP but a key piece of jazz and pop music history. Back in 1958, Peter Gunn was one of the unexpected hits of the new television season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye action with a jazz setting. Composer Henry Mancini was more than fluent in jazz, and his music nailed down the popularity of the series. With the main title theme, a driving, ominous, exciting piece of music to lead off the album, The Music from Peter Gunn became a huge hit, charting extraordinarily high for a television soundtrack and doing so well that RCA Victor came back the next year asking for a second helping (More Music From Peter Gunn) from Mancini.



    The music holds up: Session At Pete's Pad is a superb workout for the trumpets of Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, and Frank Beach, while Barney Kessel's electric guitar gets the spotlight during Dreamsville; and Sorta Blue and Fallout are full-ensemble pieces that constitute quintessential 'cool' West Coast jazz of the period. In other words, it's all virtuoso orchestral jazz, presented in its optimum form.





    Musicians:



    • Henry Mancini (arranger, conductor)

    • Ted Nash, Ronnie Lang (alto saxophone)

    • Dick Nash, Milt Bernhart (trombone)

    • Pete Candoli (trumpet)

    • Johnny T. Williams (piano)

    • Larry Bunker (vibraphone)

    • Rolly Bundock (bass)

    • Jack Sperling (drums)




    Recording: August and September 1958 in Hollywood, CA.

    Production: Simon Rady




    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. Peter Gunn
    2. Sorta Blue
    3. The Brothers Go to Mother's
    4. Dreamsville
    5. Session at Pete's Pad
    6. Soft Sounds
    7. Fallout!
    8. The Floater
    9. SLow and Easy
    10. A Profound Gass
    11. Brief and Breezy
    12. Not from Dixie

    Henry Mancini
    $34.99
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    Let My Children Hear The Music (Pure Pleasure)

    On the original LP issued by Columbia, Mingus thanked producer Teo Macero for his »untiring efforts in producing the best album I have ever made.« From his deathbed in Mexico in 1979 he sent a message to Sy Johnson (who was responsible for many of the arrangements on the album), saying that Let My Children Hear Music was the record he liked most from his career. Although Mingus' small-group recordings are the ones most often cited as his premier works, this album does, in fact, rank at the top of his oeuvre and compares favorably with the finest large-ensemble jazz recordings by anyone, including Ellington. The pieces had been brewing over the years, one from as far back as 1939, and had been given more or less threadbare performances on occasion, but this was his first chance to record them with a sizable, well-rehearsed orchestra.





    Musicians:



    • Snooky Young (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Knepper (trombone)

    • Julius Watkins (fruegel horn)

    • Charles McPherson (alto saxophone)

    • Jaki Byard (piano)

    • Charles McCracken (cello)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Charles Mingus (bass, composer, arranger)

    • Dannie Richmond (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.



    1. Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
    2. Adagio ma Non Troppo
    3. Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid Too
    4. Hobo Ho
    5. Chill of Death
    6. The I of Hurricane Sue
    Charles Mingus
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure)

    A session from 1960 with Basie and his Orchestra on absolute top form. It's hardly surprising when you see the line up of star players and also the fact that every single selection was written by Benny Carter.



    The Kansas City that Count Basie found himself in had become the hard core of vital new jazz. It was a place where the musicians who expressed this new jazz could, from night through morning, and on again the next night, sit in on numerous jam sessions.It was a place where musicians like Walter Page, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and many more, could be found working, experimenting and living their music. This was Count Basie's Kansas City, and this is the Kansas City that Benny Carter has dedicated this music to. He has written an original modern jazz suite that is flavored with the elements of Kansas City stomp jazz, and tailored for the big brash sound of the Basie band of today. To Benny Carter, the different streets and places in Kansas City, where so many of these jazz greats lived and worked, and where so much of jazz history was written, evokes a mood, a rememberance of things past. He has, for this reason, titled the selections of this suite after these very same streets and places. The Kansas City of the '20s and 30s is now a legend, and the music that saw it's beginnings there has since developed and moved into the mainstream of today's jazz. It has reached its full maturity and greatness in the music of Benny Carter, and through the dynamic force of the great Basie band!




    Musicians:



    • Sonny Cohn (trumpet)

    • Thad Jones (trumpet)

    • Henry Coker (trombone)

    • Benny Powell (trombone)

    • Marshall Royal (alto saxophone,clarinet)

    • Billy Mitcheel (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Charles Fowlkes (bassoon, bass clarinet, flute)

    • Count Basie (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Eddie Jones (bass)

    • Sonny Payne (drums)




    Recording: September 1960 at United Recorders, Los Angeles, by Wally Heider

    Production: Teddy Reig



    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. Vine Street Rumble
    2. Katy-Do
    3. Miss Missouri
    4. Jackson County Jubilee
    5. Sunset Glow
    6. The Wiggle Walk
    7. Meetin' Time
    8. Paseo Promenade
    9. Blue Five Jive
    10. Rompin' At The Reno
    Count Basie And His Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 3 - Stephane Grappelli Ensemble NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 3 - Stephane Grappelli Ensemble Quick View

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    NDR 60 Years Jazz Edition No. 3 - Stephane Grappelli Ensemble

    Mono


    On the 17th of May 1957 StÉphane Grappelli came to Hamburg for a recording session with a quartet in Studio 1 of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk radio broadcaster. From today's perspective the trip was a rare event for the then 49-year-old jazz musician, because from the end of the 1940s until the mid-1960s he was rarely to be found in a recording studio anywhere, even though he was already one of the world's best jazz violinists. His studio absence is particularly puzzling given that up to his death on the 1st of December 1997 he was probably one of the most recorded violinists in the history of music of the 20th century. But from this roughly 15-year period there is actually just a handful of released recordings by and with StÉphane Grappelli.


    For the jazz violinist the years before making his trip to Hamburg in 1957 were a time of upheaval and change which left a "gap" in Grappelli's CV and discography. There are several reasons for this. One of them lies in the technical developments of the time. Music became louder. Electric guitars, improved microphones and the voluminous sound, in particular of the brass section, also led to a broadening of the dynamic spectrum in jazz. With its delicate acoustics it was difficult for a violin to assert itself against the other instruments without amplification. Before coming to Hamburg, Grappelli had already started experimenting with various pick-up systems. But he was generally dissatisfied with the results because the electrification of his instrument had an excessively alienating effect on the unique timbre of the violin and the ambience was lost. This is why he often preferred a chamber music setting in the recording studio, as this gave him the best acoustic results with just a simple microphone.


    Another reason was of a personal nature. On the 16th of May 1953 the Manouche guitarist "Django" Reinhardt died. The death of his long-time friend and musical companion had deeply wounded StÉphane Grappelli. He rarely spoke about this loss. When he did, then he spoke about the years between 1934 and 1939, when they both fronted the now legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. It was the countless recordings with this band that earned Grappelli and Reinhardt their reputation as "legends" of early European jazz. Here and in the USA: with the then so popular Hot Jazz which the pair mixed from the very beginning of their percussionless band with the Musette waltzes typical of French dance music and the music of the Manouches, the French Gypsies.


    When the Second World War broke out on the 1st of September 1939, the Quintette du Hot Club de France was on tour in England. While one, Reinhardt, returned to his homeland of France, the other, Grappelli, remained in London. In his English exile the violinist became acquainted with George Shearing. An encounter with consequences. Because Grappelli - who had taught himself to play the violin as a youth before going to study classical violin at the venerable Conservatoire de Paris, after which, like many musicians of the time, he earned his livelihood playing with dance orchestras in the French capital - was always interested in being part of new musical developments. With the blind pianist who was more than ten years younger and his concept of block chords, Grappelli was given the opportunity to learn what was for him an unknown harmonic language in jazz.


    But above all, up to the late 1950s Grappelli was still working on perfecting his instrumental skills. While his solo choruses on the violin with the Quintette du Hot Club de France mainly involved intensifying ornamentations, tension-escalating vibrati, glissandi and tremoli, short fill-ups and improvised melodic phrases, in the years after the end of the war he expanded the range of forms of expression on his instrument. He was inspired, for example, by the "Bel Canto" playing of the classical violin virtuosos, taught himself different type of bow strokes, and learned an unusual grip technique for the violin in order to be able to fly over the strings with the minimum of pressure. But above all he emotionalised his sound using a technique with which he preceded the played notes with a glissando from below.


    StÉphane Grappelli's visit to Studio 1 at the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg in 1957 was then indeed a stroke of luck. Because on this day he had for the first time the complete repertoire of forms of expression on the violin which made him the style-forming jazz musician who earned the admiration even of instrumentalists in other genres such as the great classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin. At the same time, his tone and phrasing still had the vitality and virility of his younger years with the Quintette du Hot de France in the 1930s. And even more: In 1957 he was able to build a bridge with his violin between the swinging grandezza of the US jazz musicians and the great tradition of European music.


    A major factor in making the recording session in Studio 1 of the NDR a field of experimentation for Grappelli was his rhythm group. This included his twenty-years-younger compatriot, the pianist Maurice Vander, and the two Germans Hans Last on the contra bass (yes, you've read it correctly: years later "Hans" was to become "James" Last) and Rolf Ahrens on percussion. With delicate harmony and colourful melody the three musicians cleared the ground for their leader to experiment with his violin: with his soft and broad legato bowing technique, for example, which allowed him to achieve such naturally swinging phrasing, particularly in the ballads and mid-tempo numbers, as the great US saxophonists at the time, with his sharp pizzicato which gave his solo choruses a dynamically differentiated energy level, or with his sensational flageolet tones in preparation for the climaxes of his improvisations.


    Even though at first glance the repertoire recorded in Hamburg with its mixture of songs from the "Great American Songbook" ("St. Louis Blues" for example, or "Lady Be Good" and "The Lady Is A Tramp") and pieces, for example, by Django Reinhardt (in particular "Manoir De Mes Rêves" and "Nuages") appeared to offer little spectacular, in its natural and self-evident way this studio session was an illustration of what was to be Grappelli's life-long guiding principle: "Jazz is all about feeling: It is a matter of the heart", as he once summarised it in simple words "It is only when you have the feeling that the music happens as if by itself."

    LP1
    1. Autumn In New York
    2. Jeepers Creepers
    3. These Foolish Things
    4. She's Funny That Way
    5. Nuages/Swing
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring
    7. Hambourg Souvenir
    8. Vours qui passez sans me voir
    9. Lady Be Good
    10. A Flower Is A Love-Some Thing


    LP2
    1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
    2. Manoir de mes reves
    3. How About You?
    4. The Lady Is A Tramp
    5. St. Louis Blues
    6. A Girl In Calico
    7. I'll Remember April
    8. Blue Moon
    9. How High The Moon
    10. Pennies From Heaven

    Stephane Grappelli
    $37.99
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    The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (Speakers Corner)

    Critics find this album rather difficult to evaluate. Their judgement ranges from a colourful mixture to a successful cover album to a masterly fusion and an homage to an artist whose life came to an end far too soon - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi had long been gone when this album was recorded in 1974. But it is almost superfluous to look back to the legendary Hendrix if you focus on the great Gil Evans. After such milestones as Birth Of The Cool and Sketches Of Spain it isn't difficult to regard these late audiophile masterpieces as a logical development of Evans's exceptional skill as an arranger.
    When you listen - or rather experience - how the crystal-clear sound in Angel is heightened to an emphatic ballad on the saxophone, or how rich soulful vocals storm ahead in a funky style (Crosstown Traffic), or fluffy, cloud-like sounds are built up on the flutes in Castles Made From Sand, then it is no longer of importance who thought out the music. It is sufficient that it exists and is pleasing to all who hear it. It is also unimportant whether one reveres Hendrix's immemorable melodies or whether one pays homage to Evans's visionary soundworld: a recording such as this could only be born of the two.




    Musicians:



    • Gil Evans (arranger, conductor, piano)

    • David Sanborn, Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)

    • Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)

    • Lewis Soloff (trumpet)

    • Tom Malone (synthesizer, trombone, flute, bass)

    • David Horowitz (electric piano, synthesizer)

    • John Abercrombie (guitar)

    • Don Pate (bass)

    • Warren Smith, Jr. (chimes, percussion, vibraphone)

    • Bruce Ditmas (drums)



    Recording: 1974 at RCA's Studio B, New York City, by Bob Simpson
    Production: Mike Lipskin




    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. Angel
    2. Crosstown Traffic/ Little Miss Lover
    3. Castles Made of Sand/Foxey Lady
    4. Up From the Skies
    5. 1983 - A Merman I Should Turn to Be
    6. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    7. Gypsy Eyes
    8. Angel
    9. Castles Made of Sand
    10. Up From the Skies
    11. Gypsy Eyes
    Gil Evans Orchestra
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  • Judgment! Judgment! Quick View

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    Judgment!

    This 1964 post-bop Blue Note date from Andrew Hill follows-up 1963's Smokestack and finds the pianist/composer in a quartet setting with Elvin Jones on drums, Richard Davis on bass and rounded out by world class vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Jones' fiery drumming and Hutcherson's inventive coloring serve as the near perfect foils for Hill's abstract tendencies here, enriching his complex and provocative compositions with a stellar interplay!


    Musicians:



    • Andrew Hill (piano)

    • Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone)

    • Elvin Jones (drums)

    • Richard Davis (bass)


    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

    • Numbered, Limited Edition

    • Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    • Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution


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    1. Siete Ocho
    2. Flee Flop
    3. Yokada Yokada
    4. Alfred
    5. Judgment
    6. Reconciliation
    Andrew Hill
    $49.99
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  • Liberation Liberation Quick View

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    Liberation

    Following the critical success of their Road Cone debut Fig. 5 in 2000, Jackie-O Motherfucker released their seventh album, Liberation, in October 2001. This CD showcases the group's most experimental free-form side. The 12 musicians involved in these recordings stomp over any distinctions between rock, jazz, folk, or any other musical idiom for that matter. They jam. When a structure arises, either spontaneously or not, the general feel of the music tends to get closer to psychedelic rock and post-rock, something like a freer Godspeed You Black Emperor! or Mushroom, or a more drug-induced Trummerflora Collective. The 12-headed beast is in a constant state of metamorphosis. When you think you've got it figured out, it throws something unexpected at you, like the slow-paced, sensuous Dino Valenti song Something on Your Mind. Liberation features percussion, electric guitar, vibes, saxophone, violin, some electronics, even a bit of non-intrusive turntablism. Fans of trippy space rock will be in heaven during The Pigeon and Peace on Earth. At all times the music remains calm, paced, introspective in a sense, but all the while cathartic, liberating. These people can amass a whole lot of noise but keep it gentle. Some passages are overlong, but not many, which is unusual in this kind of records. As hodgepodgy, confused, and eclectic their blend may seem, they master it and make it exciting.
    1. Peace On Earth
    2. Ray-O-Graph
    3. Northern Line
    4. In Between
    5. Something On Your Mind
    6. Tea Party
    7. The Pigeon
    8. Pray
    Jackie-O Motherfucker
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  • Dead To The World Dead To The World Quick View

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    Dead To The World

    Helmet's First Studio Album In 7 Years


    Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede and John Stanier. They have had a large impact on many heavy metal, hard rock, nu metal, post-hardcore and metalcore acts, with bands such as Tool, Pantera, Mastodon, Converge, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Queens of the Stone Age, Sepultura, At the Drive In, System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Silverchair, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Staind and many others crediting Helmet as an influence.


    The group released their first full length album Strap It On, in 1991. The band found mainstream success with their follow up album Meantime which debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits Unsung and In the Meantime. In 1994, Helmet explored new sonic territories with the fan favorite and critically acclaimed Betty, which incorporated elements of jazz and blues into their thinking man's metal. Following an additional album, Helmet broke up in 1998, while Hamilton explored other projects, including various collaborations and film scores.


    In 2004, Hamilton reformed Helmet with a new lineup, releasing the album Size Matters that same year. In 2006, they released Monochrome and then released their most recent album, Seeing Eye Dog, via in 2010.


    Since the 2004 revival, Helmet has toured extensively all over the world. In 2012, they toured Europe in light of the 20th anniversary of Meantime and, most recently, embarked on a similar tour for the 20th anniversary of Betty.


    Dead to the World is the first studio album in 7 years by HELMET and is available on VINYL.

    1. Life Or Death
    2. I <3 My Guru
    3. Bad News
    4. Red Scare
    5. Dead To The World
    6. Green Shirt
    7. Expect The World
    8. Die Alone
    9. Drunk In The Afternoon
    10. Look Alive
    11. Life Or Death (Slow)
    12. Move On
    Helmet
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  • Solid Air (Half-Speed Master) Solid Air (Half-Speed Master) Quick View

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    Solid Air (Half-Speed Master)

    HALF-SPEED MASTER : 2016 reissue of 1973 album, mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original tapes & pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl!


    Unlike previous re-issues the album has been cut at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios. This technique results in the very highest quality sound reproduction.


    The process involves the original 1/4 inch studio master tape being played back at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at half the desired playback speed. This allows the cutting head twice the time to cut the intricate groove, affording considerably more accuracy with important matters such as frequency extremes and micro-dynamic contrasts. The resulting cuts have excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images.


    The superb vinyl is accompanied by a high quality reproduction of the original gatefold album sleeve.


    Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio in Chelsea during 1972, John Martyn's seminal album Solid Air was released in February 1973.


    Emotionally intense and hauntingly beautiful Solid Air encapsulates almost every musical genre with ease and accomplishment. The songs are exquisitely crafted fusions of blues, country, folk, jazz and rock, with dazzling guitar, musicianship and outstanding vocals.

    1. Solid Air
    2. Over the Hill
    3. Don't Want to Know
    4. I'd Rather Be the Devil
    5. Go Down Easy
    6. Dreams by the Sea
    7. May You Never
    8. The Man in the Station
    9. The Easy Blues/Gentle Blues
    John Martyn
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    Misterioso

    Originally released in 1965 and produced by Jazz great Teo Macero, this Hard Bop album by Thelonious Monk is an essential part of Monk fans, and rightfully belongs in any Jazz collection for that matter.


    Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) contains 8 powerful live performances at venues such as Brandeis University, Lincoln Center and The Village Gate in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival during the early Sixties, when Jazz was pushed into further directions.


    This album features Thelonious Monk on piano, Larry Gales and Butch Warren on double bass, Ben Riley and Frankie Dunlop on drums and longtime Monk band member Charlie Rouse on tenor sax.

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. Misterioso
    3. Light Blue
    4. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
    5. All The Things You Are
    6. Honeysuckle Rose
    7. Bemsha Swing
    8. Evidence
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Idle Moments (Awaiting Repress) Idle Moments (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Idle Moments (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


    Grant Green was, along with Wes Montgomery, the top new jazz guitarist to become prominent in the early 1960s. Due to his single-note style (Green rarely every played a chord) and his ability to create fast lines on the spot, Green was in some ways the Charlie Parker of the guitar. He gained experience playing in St. Louis in the 1950s including with Jimmy Forrest, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Lou Donaldson, moved to New York, and immediately became Blue Note's house guitarist. When it came to playing soul jazz with organ combos, jamming bebop with a quartet, caressing ballads or coming up with fresh approaches to Latin jazz and spirituals, the versatile Green was at the top of his field. But among his many recordings, Grant Green's most vital and adventurous was Idle Moments. With such inspiring sidemen as Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Duke Pearson, Green is heard at the absolute apex of his creativity throughout this stunning set. He builds up statements like a masterful speaker, sounds both passionate and thoughtful at every tempo, and never runs out of brilliant and personal ideas to express. Every phrase leads to the next one yet all of his solos are spontaneous. While the other musicians are inspired and in top form, Idle Moments is particularly notable as the height of Grant Green's musical genius.


    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:

    Joe Henderson, tenor sax

    Bobby Hutcherson, vibes

    Grant Green, guitar

    Duke Pearson, piano

    Bob Cranshaw, bass

    Al Harewood, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Idle Moments
    2. Jean De Fleur
    3. Django
    4. Nomad
    Grant Green
    $39.99
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  • Us Three (Pre-Order) Us Three (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Us Three (Pre-Order)

    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


    Us Three, featuring pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood, is one of Blue Note's greatest trio albums. The piano-bass-drums trio has long been the most compact of all jazz combos, a complete orchestra with just three pieces. Some trios have been completely dominated by its pianist including the Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum Trios. The trio on Us Three is a bit different for it features three superior jazz men who constantly play off of each other, communicating immediately and telepathically in sensitive yet funky interactions. Horace Parlan, already well known at 29 and a member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet, was perfect for the trio format in 1960. His soulful chordal style matches very well with the subtle contributions of George Tucker and Al Harewood. There are some very memorable originals and the trio makes some superior standards sound as if they were written for them. The members of Us Three seem to think as one and the resulting music, which has sonics never before realized, is fantastic.


    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.

    Horace Parlan
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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