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    Sugar (Pure Pleasure)

    If ever there were a record that both fit perfectly and stood outside the CTI Records' stable sound, it is Sugar by Stanley Turrentine. Turrentine, a veteran of the soul-jazz scene since the '50s, was accompanied by a who's who of groove players, including guitarist George Benson, Lonnie Liston Smith on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, bassist Ron Carter, organist Butch Cornell, and drummer Billy Kaye, among others. The title track is a deep soul blues workout with a swinging backbeat and the rhythm section fluidly streaming through fours and eights as Benson, Hubbard, and Turrentine begin slowly and crank up the heat, making the pace and stride of the cut simmer then pop - especially in Hubbard's solo. This is truly midnight blue, and the party's at the point of getting really serious or about to break up. By the time Benson picks up his break, full of slick, shiny, warm arpeggios, the seams are bursting and couples are edging into corners. Butch Cornell's Sunshine Alley is a solid, funky groover, paced by organ and double fours by Kaye. Turrentine and Hubbard stride into the melody and keep the vamp in the pocket, riding out past the blues line into a tag that just revs the thing up even further. But the big surprise is in the final track, one of the most solidly swinging, from-the-gut emotional rides of John Coltrane's Impressions ever taken. Turrentine is deep inside his horn, ringing out in legato with everything he has - and it is considerable. Ron Carter's bass playing flows through the modal interludes, creating a basis for some beautifully intervallic invention by Benson and Smith by building a series of harmonic bridges through the mode to solos. It's hard to believe this is Turrentine, yet is could be no one else. If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period - and they should be - this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction.



    Musicians:



    • Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)

    • Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone)

    • Lonnie Liston Smith (electric piano)

    • Butch Cornell (organ)

    • George Benson (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Kaye (drums)

    • Richard Pablo Landrum (conga)




    Recording: November 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    Format: 1LP 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.



    1. Sugar
    2. Sunshine Alley
    3. Impressions
    4. Sugar (previously unreleased, live, bonus track)
    Stanley Turrentine
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  • Blue Hour (Awaiting Repress) Blue Hour (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Blue Hour (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 On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Blue Hour has such a logical match up that it is very surprising that it did not happen again. Stanley Turrentine, the most soulful of all tenor-saxophonists, teams up with Gene Harris and the Three Sounds, one of the most swinging soul jazz trios, a group that was at the height of its popularity. The results are magical and timeless. At the time of this Dec. 16, 1960 recording, Stanley Turrentine was 26 and on the verge of stardom in the jazz world and beyond. In the 1950s he had worked with Lowell Fulson, Earl Bostic and other r&b bands. Most significant were his 1959-60 stint with Max Roach and his recordings with Jimmy Smith which helped lead to his signing with Blue Note. From the start, Turrentine's fat tone, soulful style and ability to put a maximum amount of emotion into every single note made him instantly recognizable. Gene Harris was Turrentine's equivalent on piano. His gutsy and bluesy style mixed together Oscar Peterson with Junior Mance. He formed the Three Sounds with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy in 1956 and the group was such a hit that they recorded 12 albums for Blue Note during 1958-62 including four in 1960 alone. Blue Hour features the original "Blue Riff" plus four of the most beloved songs in blues and jazz history. No matter how many times one has heard such songs as "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You," "Willow Weep For Me" and "Since I Fell For You," these versions are still very special. Turrentine and Harris have similar approaches, being jazz masters who loved to play the blues. They constantly echo each other's ideas and put such feeling into these vintage songs that they make every moment count. Stanley Turrentine and Gene Harris may have only teamed up this one time but Blue Hour is a classic that will be loved by anyone who is lucky enough to hear it.


    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


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    Stanley Turrentine
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition) Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition) Quick View

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    Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition)

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    Duke Jordan established his credentials as a pianist during 1947-48 when he was Charlie Parkers pianist. His composing skills did not emerge until the arrival of hard bop in the mid fifties. His 1960 release Flight To Jordan was his first full album as a leader and features the distinctive front line of Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Reece. Added to the albums six great Jordan compositions are another original and a trio version of I Should Care.

    1. Flight To Jordan
    2. Star Bright
    3. Squawkin'
    4. Deacon Joe
    5. Split Quick
    6. Si-Joya
    7. Diamond Stud
    8. I Should Care
    Duke Jordan
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
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    Midnight Special

    Midnight Special is a perfect complement to Back at the Chicken Shack, which was recorded the same day. Organist Jimmy Smith, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and guitarist Kenny Burrell always make for a potent team, and with drummer Donald Bailey completing the group, the quartet digs soulfully into such numbers as the groovin' Midnight Special, Jumpin' the Blues, and One O'Clock Jump. Highly recommended.


    A Blue Note essential, Midnight Special by jazz organist Jimmy Smith is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign - featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances recorded in 1960.

    1. Midnight Special
    2. A Subtle One
    3. Jumpin' The Blues
    4. Why Was I Born?
    5. One O'Clock Jump
    Jimmy Smith
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  • Up at Minton's Volume 1 Up at Minton's Volume 1 Quick View

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    Up at Minton's Volume 1

    This is a perfectly solid record featuring tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, guitarist Grant Green, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood during a frequently exciting live set. Although recorded early in the careers of Turrentine and Green, both lead voices are easily recognizable with Green actually taking solo honors on several of the tracks. Standards and a couple of blues make up the repertoire, giving listeners a definitive look at the soulful Mr. T. near the beginning of his productive musical career.


    1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. Love for Sale
    3. Summertime
    Stanley Turrentine
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Back at the Chicken Shack Back at the Chicken Shack Quick View

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    Back at the Chicken Shack


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    This is the kind of nasty, back-alley music that makes you wince in ecstasy. With Stanley Turrentine's tenor and Kenny Burrell's guitar sharing solo space, the Hammond master digs in with a blues-drenched shovel. While certainly fluent in the bop idiom, Smith's organ work maintains a direct emotional peg that reflects the swing and jump blues of a previous generation. Turrentine, a relative newcomer at this point (1960), proves a perfect foil for Smith's funky ideas, forgoing flashy bop runs in favor of soulful, expressive passages. Even on chestnuts such as When I Grow Too Old to Dream and On the Sunny Side of the Street, the foursome boils the melodies down to their barest bluesy core. Back at the Chicken Shack is the prototypical soul-jazz recording. --Marc Greilsamer

    1. Back At The Chicken Shack
    2. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
    3. Minor Chant
    4. Messy Bessie
    Jimmy Smith
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  • Stan "The Man" Turrentine Stan "The Man" Turrentine Quick View

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    Stan "The Man" Turrentine

    1. Let's Groove
    2. Sheri
    3. Stolen Sweets
    4. Mild Is The Mood
    5. Minor Mood
    6. Time After Time
    7. My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me
    Stanley Turrentine
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  • A.T.'s Delight A.T.'s Delight Quick View

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    A.T.'s Delight

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Since his days with the Bud Powell Trio, drummer Art Taylor was an invaluable member of the Blue Note recording family. A.T.'s Delight is the only album made under his own name for the label and it is a remarkable one. Choosing great compositions by Coltrane, Monk, Denzil Best and Kenny Dorham, Taylor assembled a great quintet fronted by Dave Burns and Stanley Turrentine, often adding Patato's congas to the proceedings. The unique and varied arrangements and great playing pay tribute to the drummer's exceptional song selection.

    Syeeda's Song Flute
    Epistrophy
    Move
    High Seas
    Cookoo and Fungi
    Blue Interlude
    Art Taylor
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45rpm LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Midnight Special Midnight Special Quick View

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    Midnight Special

    Jimmy Smith's April 25, 1960 session with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey produced this classic album that is the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level.


    Jimmy Smith, organ
    Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
    Kenny Burrell, guitar
    Donald Bailey, drums

    Jimmy Smith
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  • Back at the Chicken Shack Back at the Chicken Shack Quick View

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    Back at the Chicken Shack

    Jimmy Smith's April 25, 1960 session with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey produced these two classic albums that are the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level. Not a bad day's work.


    Jimmy Smith, organ
    Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
    Kenny Burrell, guitar
    Donald Bailey, drums

    1. Back At The Chicken Shack

    2. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

    3. Minor Chant

    4. Messy Bessie

    5. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    Jimmy Smith
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  • Slammin And Jammin Slammin And Jammin Quick View

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    Slammin And Jammin

    Charles Earland was known as the Mighty Burner for the intense way he commanded the Hammond B-3. Earland was originally a saxophonist who taught himself the unwieldy organ during a sax stint in Jimmy McGriff's band. Right from the get go, Earland coaxed the most individual of sounds from the Hammond B-3, firing off machine-gun ostinatos balanced with a cavalcade of just-right cushioning from his left hand and, most notably, a string-bassist's command of the organ's difficult foot pedals.


    Earland's May 1997 recording of Slammin' & Jammin', now re-released by Savant as part of their 180-gram LP series, is among the Mighty Burner's very best. The six cookers here, not a ballad in the bunch, a collection of familiar and soulful covers, these grooves are ones Earland himself always admired. From Bill Doggett's Honky Tonk and Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy to Stanley Turrentine's Sugar and the late Grover Washington Jr.'s Mr. Magic, Earland shares his love of these tunes with some especially strong grooving. Guitarist Melvin Sparks, and funky drummer supreme, Bernard Purdie get loose and just play the way they were meant to play. Carlos Garnett adds his surprisingly warm tenor sax groove to Honky Tonk and Mr. Magic. These guys must have loved doing this date: playing the stuff they like, exactly the way they want. It cooks.

    1. Honky Tonk
    2. Sugar
    3. Mercy Mercy
    4. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    5. Blues For Sheila
    6. Mr. Magic
    Charles Earland
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    Bottom's Up

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were discovered by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.


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    Besame Mucho
    Angel Eyes
    Time After Time
    Love Walked In
    I Could Write a Book
    Jinne Lou
    Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
    Falling in Love With Love
    The 3 Sounds
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Tales From The Hudson (Awaiting Repress) Tales From The Hudson (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Tales From The Hudson (Awaiting Repress)


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 6-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a Vinyl LP project including masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea on LP for the first time and the heavyweight vinyl LP is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and precisely made the sleeves.


    Brecker's fourth album as a leader was recorded at the Power Station in New York City and was originally released in 1996 on CD only.


    Michael Brecker, a major influence on today's young saxophonists, shows off his own influences a bit throughout this fine modern straight-ahead set. Brecker sounds surprisingly like Stanley Turrentine on parts of Midnight Voyage, and otherwise displays his roots in Ernie Watts and John Coltrane. With the exception of Don Grolnick's Willie T., the music on the CD is comprised of group originals (five by the leader) and falls into the 1990s mainstream of jazz. While the tenor saxophonist has plenty of blowing space (really letting loose on the exciting closer, Cabin Fever), Pat Metheny is mostly pretty restrained (in a Jim Hall bag) except for his wild solo on guitar synth during Song for Bilbao. Pianist Joey Calderazzo starts out sounding a bit like McCoy Tyner on Slings and Arrows before his own musical personality is revealed. When Tyner himself plays on Song for Bilbao (one of two guest appearances), one can certainly tell the difference between master and pupil. All of Michael Brecker's recordings as a leader (as opposed to his cameos as a sideman on pop records) are easily recommended and show why he is considered a giant by many listeners.

    - Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone

    Pat Metheny: guitars, synth guitar

    Jack DeJohnette: drums

    Dave Holland: bass

    Joey Calderazzo: piano

    McCoy Tyner: piano

    Don Alias: percussion

    LP 1
    1. Slings and Arrows
    2. Midnight Voyage
    3. Song For Bilbao
    4. Beau Rivage


    LP 2
    1. African Skies
    2. Introduction to Naked Soul
    3. Naked Soul
    4. Willie T.
    5. Cabin Fever

    Michael Brecker
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock)

    Horace Parlan had a great knack in selecting musicians for his Blue Note sessions; some regular collaborators, other times - mix and match. This June 1961 date is no exception. The set showcases a fine balance of hard bop and soul-jazz with just the right amount of blues thrown in. Leading the charge in Booker Ervin's tenor and guitarist Grant Green. Filling it out are drummer Al Harewood, George Tucker's bass as well as Parlan's pianistics. Six new tunes including charts by Parlan (title tune), Ervin (The Book's Beat), Tucker (Fugee), Green (The Other Part Of Town) plus Light Blue by Stanley Turrentine, allow everyone plenty of time and space to have their say and then bring it home.
    1. The Book's Beat
    2. Up and Down
    3. Fugee
    4. The Other Part of Town
    5. Lonely One
    6. Light Blue
    Horace Parlan
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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