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  • Speak No Evil (Pre-Order) Speak No Evil (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Speak No Evil (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


    Wayne Shorter made a major impact on the Jazz world during 1963-64. He left Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to become a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, and he recorded Night Dreamer and Juju as a leader for Blue Note. Speak No Evil is even notable than those two gems, for Shorter had developed into not only one of the most original tenor-saxophonists of the 1960?s but also one of its most vital composers. With superb playing by Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones, Shorter introduces six unique compositions including Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Speak No Evil and Infant Eyes. Hubbard and Hancock consistently raise the temperature with fiery solos. Shorter's playing and writing are both beyond description, utilizing a logic all his own which, over time, has become a major influence in Modern Jazz. Throughout Speak No Evil, Shorter creates brilliant new music like no one else.


    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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    Wayne Shorter
    $39.99
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  • In A Silent Way In A Silent Way Quick View

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    In A Silent Way

    Float Into the Ether: Gorgeous 1969 Experimental Treasure Among the Most Atmospheric Jazz Albums Ever Recorded


    Delicate, Immersing, Dynamic: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Magnifies the Bold Textures, Soothing Ambience, and Transcendent Moods


    Davis First Fusion Album Features John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and Four & More Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Shhh. The command to be quiet is no just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. Its also an apt metaphor for the relaxed hypnotism and spaced-out atmosphere that define In a Silent Way, a record that pushes the boundaries of studio possibilities, artist-producer relationships, and rock-jazz chasms. Recognized as Miles Davis first full-on fusion effort and part of his electric era, the 1969 landmark claims a Whos Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, In a Silent Way now immerses the listener in lineolate landscapes starlit by the intuition, suspension, and paradoxes wrought by a once-in-a-lifetime collective. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition lifts the veil on the cutting-edge assembly process that created the pair of lengthy suites. Helmed by three electric instruments, the beveled compositions melt away all preconceived notions of jazz, rock, and ambience, following a loose theory Davis dubbed New Directions.


    Few albums are so delicately textured. And on Mobile Fidelitys meticulous analog reissue, such sulcate elements pour over ink-black backgrounds on a canyon-wide soundstage. In particular, Tony Williams inventive percussive touchhe causes the cymbals to shimmer as a pieces of silver tend to do when exposed to sunlightis broadcast with lifelike three-dimensional qualities, the panoramic view extending to Davis nocturnal trumpet, Wayne Shorters ribbon-unfurling saxophone, Dave Hollands extrapolative bass, and the mosaic of keys.


    If the records only accomplishment is its introduction of guitarist John McLaughlin to the world, it alone would be enough. Yet In a Silent Way continues to bedazzle, puzzle, and inspire for myriad reasonsnot the least of which is the seemingly telepathic communicative methods employed by the groups members. The lineup is great on paper, but, if its even possible, the octet sounds even better in practice, with the instruments and tonalities conjoining in avant-garde communion like hyper-sensitive tentacles exploring the stippled landscapes of an undiscovered planet.


    Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Ellipsoidal solos provide hesitant guidance, ranging from Chick Coreas Fender Rhodes phrases to Davis decorative spirals. And as color is the primary unit of currency on Davis Sketches of Spain, laidback episodes, geometric spaces, and quiet sensuality reign here, with the sets maverick reputation attained via musings on solitude rather than explosions of noise.


    Controversial for the period, the heavily edited production of In a Silent Way blew open the once-locked doors on what producers could attemptand how artists could assist them. Knitted together as one would construct a cross-hatched quilt, songs contain grafts of repeat passages that provide unifying structure and experimental continuity. What a statement.


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    1. Shhh/Peaceful
    2. In a Silent Way/Its About That Time
    Miles Davis
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  • Mosaic Mosaic Quick View

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    Mosaic

    Originally released by Blue Note Records in 1961, "Mosaic" by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Performing with Blakey, "Mosiac" features critically-acclaimed jazz greats like Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller. This version of The Jazz Messengers performed together from 1961 through 1964.
    1. Mosaic
    2. Down Under
    3. Children of the Night
    4. Aarbia
    5. Crisis
    Art Blakey
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  • Speak No Evil Speak No Evil Quick View

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    Speak No Evil


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


    Speak No Evil is recent Grammy®-winner, Wayne Shorter's sixth album. Recorded in 1964 and released on Blue Note in 1965 the album features Shorter
    on tenor sax with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Speak No Evil combines
    elements of hard bop and modal jazz on the album's six tracks: "Witch Hunt," "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum," "Dance Cadaverous," "Speak No Evil," "Infant Eyes" and
    "Wild Flower". Celebrating 50 years since its recording, Speak No Evil was newly-remastered for vinyl by Alan Yoshida at Dunning-Kruger in Los Angeles
    as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Witch Hunt
    2. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
    3. Dance Cadaverous
    4. Speak No Evil
    5. Infant Eyes
    6. Wild Flower
    Wayne Shorter
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  • Juju Juju Quick View

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    Juju


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


    Originally released in 1964, JuJu is Grammy®-winner Wayne Shorter's fifth album. Celebrating its 50th anniversary JuJu will be reissued as part of the overall Blue
    Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Juju
    2. Deluge
    3. House Of Jade
    4. Mahjong

    5. Yes Or No

    6. Twelve More Bars to Go
    Wayne Shorter
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  • Africaine Africaine Quick View

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    Africaine

    Africaine includes 1959 recordings by jazz artist Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. These recordings were not released until over 20 years after it was recorded. This album features tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter in his first recording with The Jazz Messengers, the great trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Walter Davis, Jr. and bassist Jymie Merritt.


    Musicians:

    Art Blakey - Drums

    Lee Morgan - Trumpet

    Jymie Merritt - Bass

    Walter Davis, Jr. - Piano

    Wayne Shorter - Tenor Sax

    Dizzy Reece - Congas (Tracks 1 and 4)

    1. Africaine
    2. Lester Left Town
    3. Splendid
    4. Haina
    5. The Midget
    6. Celine
    Art Blakey
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  • The Young Lions The Young Lions Quick View

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    The Young Lions

    Featuring:


    Lee Morgan, Trumpet

    Wayne Shorter, Tenor

    Frank Strozier, Alto

    Bob Cranshaw, Bass

    Bobby Timmons, Piano

    Louis Hayes and Albert Tuttie Heath, Drums

    1. Seeds Of Sin
    2. Scourn'
    3. Fat Lady
    4. Peaches And Cream
    5. Blues
    Young Lions, The
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  • Miles Smiles (Speakers Corner) Miles Smiles (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Miles Smiles (Speakers Corner)

    Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Davis's discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP Miles Smiles! How strange when one considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties.



    The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miles's 'number one' in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath's Gingerbread Boy.



    Every second of the nine-minute-long Footprints by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in Freedom Jazz Dance is full of vitality, with a quick pulse, and even described as threatening in the liner notes. This music is neither 'new stream' nor 'old guard' but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. That's exactly what Miles Smiles was upon its release 40 years ago - and that's what it is to this day! And that Miles Davis smiled for once thanks to the great musical relationship between the five individualists is certainly no mere rumour.



    Musicians:



    • Miles Davis

    • Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    • Herbie Hancock (piano)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Tony Williams (drums)




    Recording: October 1966 at Columbia RecordsStudios, New York, by Frank Laico

    Production: Teo Macero




    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. Orbits
    2. Circle
    3. Footprints
    4. Dolores
    5. Freedom Jazz Dance
    6. Ginger Bread Boy
    Miles Davis
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  • The Soothsayer The Soothsayer Quick View

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    The Soothsayer

    Part of an explosion of solo albums Wayne Shorter recorded just after he joined Miles Davis' band, The Soothsayer wasn't released until the late '70s. Listening to the album, it is hard to believe because it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period. Shorter has been called Davis' idea man, and the creativity and thoughtfulness that earned him that moniker are quite evident here. The album's five originals and one arrangement (of Sibelius' Valse Triste) show a multi-layered complexity that seems effortless even as it weaves together contributions from a very strong, stylistic sextet. Of particular interest is the interplay of the three horn players, including altoist James Spaulding and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. As a performer, Shorter also shows a lot of strength, with fluid, at times subtly evocative, solos that bloom with energy without ever seeming frantic or harsh. The title track shows Shorter at his most forceful and is one of the most passionate moments on the album, but even here, beauty seems to come first, while his low-key standard Lady Day embodies grace and calmness in every moment. [The CD version of this album also contains an alternate take of Angola that features some crisp playing by McCoy Tyner, as well as an energetic solo by Shorter.


    The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 4½ stars stating it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period.

    1. Lost
    2. Angola
    3. The Big Push
    4. The Soothsayer
    5. Lady Day
    6. Valse Triste
    Wayne Shorter
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  • Miles Smiles Miles Smiles Quick View

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    Miles Smiles

    Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Davis's discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP Miles Smiles! How strange when one considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties.



    The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miles's 'number one' in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath's Gingerbread Boy.



    Every second of the nine-minute-long Footprints by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in Freedom Jazz Dance is full of vitality, with a quick pulse, and even described as threatening in the liner notes. This music is neither 'new stream' nor 'old guard' but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. That's exactly what Miles Smiles was upon its release 40 years ago - and that's what it is to this day! And that Miles Davis smiled for once thanks to the great musical relationship between the five individualists is certainly no mere rumour.



    Musicians:



    • Miles Davis

    • Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    • Herbie Hancock (piano)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Tony Williams (drums)




    Recording: October 1966 at Columbia Records Studios, New York, by Frank Laico

    Production: Teo Macero


    1. Orbits
    2. Circle
    3. Footprints
    4. Dolores
    5. Freedom Jazz Dance
    6. Ginger Bread Boy
    Miles Davis
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  • Ready For Freddie Ready For Freddie Quick View

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    Ready For Freddie


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Ready For Freddie by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard features Grammy®-winner Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Art Davis on bass,
    Elvin Jones on drums and Bernard McKinney on euphonium. Released in 1961, Ready For Freddie, Hubbard's fourth album includes his most well-known
    compositions, "Birdlike" and "Crisis." This hard bop essential will be re-released as part of the overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Arietis
    2. Weaver Of Dreams
    3. Marie Antoinette
    4. Birdlike
    5. Crisis
    Freddie Hubbard
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  • E.S.P. E.S.P. Quick View

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    E.S.P.


    Available For The First Time On 180 Gram Vinyl


    All-Tube/All-Analog Mastering By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman Mastering


    Faithfully Reproduced Jacket And Labels


    Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited To 3,000


    ESP marks the beginning of a revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet -- saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams -- gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz's avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn't take as many risks as Coltrane or Ornette Coleman's recordings of the mid-'60s, but by borrowing some of the same theories -- a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation, elastic definitions of tonality -- they created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant. On ESP, they tilt a bit toward conventional hard bop (something that's apparent toward the end of the record), largely because this is their first effort, but the fact is, this difference between this album and hard bop from the early '60s is remarkable. This is exploratory music, whether it's rushing by in a flurry of notes or elegantly reclining in Hancock's calm yet complex chords. The compositions are brilliantly structured as well, encouraging such free-form exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains one of their very best albums.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. E.S.P.
    2. Eighty-One
    3. Little One
    4. R.J.
    5. Agitation
    6. Iris
    7. Mood
    Miles Davis
    $32.99
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  • A Caddy for Daddy A Caddy for Daddy Quick View

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    A Caddy for Daddy

    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


    Hank Mobley was a perfect artist for Blue Note in the 1960s. On this LP, which is a straight reissue of the 1965 session, Mobley is joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins (a typically remarkable Blue Note lineup) for the infectious title cut, three other lesser-known but superior originals, plus Wayne Shorter's Venus Di Mildew.


    A Caddy For Daddy
    The Morning After
    Venus Di Mildew
    Ace Deuce Trey
    3rd Time Around
    Hank Mobley
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  • Introducing Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter Quick View

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    Introducing Wayne Shorter

    1. BLUES A LA CARTE (W. Shorter)
    2. HARRYS LAST STAND (W. Shorter)
    3. DOWN IN THE DEPTHS (W. Shorter)
    4. PUG NOSE (W. Shorter)
    5. BLACK DIAMOND (W. Shorter)
    6. MACK THE KNIFE (Weill-Blitzstein)
    Wayne Shorter
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  • Night Dreamer Night Dreamer Quick View

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    Night Dreamer

    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter's Blue Note debut found him well prepared to enter the big time. With an impressive quintet that includes trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Elvin Jones, Shorter performed a well-rounded program consisting of five of his originals, plus an adaptation of an Oriental Folk Song. Whether it be the brooding title cut, the Coltranish ballad Virgo or the jams on Black Nile and Charcoal Blues this is a memorable set of high-quality and still fresh music.

    Night Dreamer
    Oriental Folk Song
    Virgo
    Black Nile
    Charcoal Blues
    Armageddon
    Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Reginald Workman
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  • Levin Brothers Levin Brothers Quick View

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    Levin Brothers

    Gold With Smoke Colored 150 Gram Vinyl


    Signed By Tony Levin & Pete Levin


    Numbered/Limited To 1000


    Tony Levin, (bassist with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), has for the first time, joined up with his brother, keyboardist Pete Levin (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter) to make an album of the music they loved listening to when they were kids - the 'cool jazz' of the 1950s. Tony's cello and bass share the lead voice with Pete's organ and piano, and they're joined by notable players on drums, guitar and sax. Don't expect abstruse songs or long-winded solos - this album is all about great, melodic songs with high level performances by all the players.

    1. Bassics
    2. Brothers
    3. Mysterioso
    4. Not So Square Dance
    5. Jumpin Jammies
    6. Cello in the Night
    7. Havana
    8. Special Delivery
    9. I Got Your Bach
    10. Matte Kudasai (King Crimson cover)
    11. Ostropolya
    12. Gimme Some Scratch
    13. I Remember
    14. When Sasha Gets the Blues
    Levin Brothers
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  • Nefertiti Nefertiti Quick View

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    Nefertiti

    Recorded in two days in the summer of 1967 Nefertiti is Miles Davis' last fully acoustic album, with no compositions from Miles himself. Most tracks are written by Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock.


    Best known for its unusual title track, where the horns keep repeating the melody and the rhythm section improvises (in stead of the other way around).


    Whilst an acoustic album, it does signals Miles' transition from bop to jazz fusion; a hint at the next albums Miles in the Sky and the critically acclaimed In A Silent Way.


    Rhythm section: Tony Williams & Ron Carter

    Side A

    1 Nefertiti

    2 Fall

    3 Hand Jive


     


    Side B

    1 Madness

    2 Riot

    3 Pinocchio

    Miles Davis
    $34.99
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  • River: The Joni Letters River: The Joni Letters Quick View

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    River: The Joni Letters

    On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones (Court and Spark), Tina Turner (Edith and the Kingpin), Corinne Bailey Rae (River), Luciana Souza (Amelia), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of The Jungle Line), even Joni Mitchell herself (Tea Leaf Prophecy). The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan's giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out.

    1. Court and Spark featuring Norah Jones
    2. Edith and the Kingpin featuring Tina Turner
    3. Both Sides Now
    4. River featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
    5. Sweet Bird Listen Listen
    6. Tea Leaf Prophecy featuring Joni Mitchell
    7. Solitude
    8. Amelia featuring Luciana Souza
    9. Nefertiti
    10. The Jungle Line featuring Leonard Cohen
    Herbie Hancock
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  • The Big Beat The Big Beat Quick View

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    The Big Beat

    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


    Art Blakey was one of the greatest of all jazz drummers, a masterful talent scout and the inspiring leader of the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years (1955-90), the Jazz Messengers featured brilliant young talent who were pushed by Blakey to write new music and play at their very best. One certainly could not coast with Blakey's explosive drumming constantly egging on the players. The who's who of jazz passed through Blakey's band for several generations, with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis to Benny Golson and Horace Silver benefiting from the hard-swinging experience. But few lineups could compete with the 1960 edition of the Jazz Messengers featured on The Big Beat. Blakey, the old man of the band at 30, is joined by bassist Jymie Merritt and three brilliant stylists who were not only exciting soloists but very skilled songwriters: trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Bobby Timmons. The Big Beat introduces Timmons' Dat Dere (which practically defines soul jazz) and Shorter's Lester Left Town (a tribute to Lester Young) and includes an inventive version of It's Only A Paper Moon along with a few other lesser-known but colorful pieces. This is hard bop at its finest from one of the most immortal jazz groups of all time.


    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.

    Art Blakey
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Adam's Apple Adam's Apple Quick View

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    Adam's Apple

    "Adam's Apple" by Grammy®-award winner, Wayne Shorter will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Recorded in 1966, this is Shorter's tenth album. This album includes the first recording of Shorter's composition "Footprints" which was later recorded by the Miles Davis Quintet.
    1. Adam's Apple
    2. 502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin')
    3. El Gaucho
    4. Footprints
    5. Teru
    6. Chief Crazy Horse
    Wayne Shorter
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  • 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
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    Black Market


    The Weather Report/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!


    The Original 1976 Jazz Rock Fusion Classic Black Market Album


    Featuring Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Chester Thompson, Alex Acuna And The Debut Of Jaco Pastorius


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured By R.T.I.


    The legendary Weather Report set the music world on fire back in the early seventies with their hypnotic blend
    of progressive-fused jazz with funk, prog-rock and soul, augmented with the brilliant and skillful musicianship of their
    superstar founders Wayne Shorter on saxophone and various electronic reeds and the late great Joe Zawinul on a
    stunning array of keyboards and electronic instruments. Both of these legendary musicians/composers worked with
    Miles Davis on his classics like Bitches Brew, plus solid tenures with legends like Cannonball Adderley (Zawinul) and
    Art Blakey (Shorter) all of which would prove to become the huge catalyst for things to come.


    Throughout the remainder of the late seventies and beyond, Weather Report's fine arsenal of recordings would
    take the band to the top of all the popular music charts. The 1976 fusion classic Black Market would go on to yield
    one of the biggest albums of their career as it hit the top rungs of the jazz charts, plus major showings in the pop and
    R&B charts. Black Market also introduced the world to the late great bassist legend Jaco Pastorius.


    No stone is left unturned, as this masterpiece is loaded with hit after hit with smashes like Joe Zawinul's title
    track Black Market, the powerful Elegant People by Wayne Shorter and of course Zawinul's tribute to his recently
    deceased bandleader Cannonball Adderley with Cannon Ball.


    As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, Black Market also features the all-star
    line-up of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius (bass), Chester Thompson (drums) and Alex Acuna (percussion).
    Friends likes Michael Narada Walden and Alphonso Johnson also contribute to the amazing recording sessions. All in
    all, Black Market took the fans by storm, forever retaining the title superstars to the Weather Report franchise.


    Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on audiophile vinyl Black Market by Weather Report.
    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this amazing classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl
    domain. Pressed at R.T.I., this brilliant masterwork truly resonates as you remember from years ago.


    To enhance your limited anniversary edition album experience, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for
    a very short time being offered in a first time gatefold cover presentation, featuring the original album cover design,
    plus the inner sleeve artwork now displayed beautifully inside the gatefold cover.


    Welcome back and celebrate the music of Weather Report with their amazing Black Market an audiophile first
    time vinyl release, only from your friends at Friday Music. Cannon Ball!

    1. Black Market
    2. Cannon Ball
    3. Gibraltar
    4. Elegant People
    5. Three Clowns
    6. Barbary Coast
    7. Herandnu
    Weather Report
    $29.99
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    Heavy Weather

    Weather Report's Heavy Weather was the ideal release, a popular and artistic success and for the same reasons. Released in 1977 just as the jazz-rock movement began to run out of steam, this landmark album proved that there was plenty of creative life left in the idiom. The powerhouse supergroup comprised of Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna and Manolo Badrena delivered their only certified-Platinum release with this killer collection.


    Legacy Recordings has gone to great lengths to present this classic album exactly the way it was originally intended, with all the warmth and nuance that only vinyl can offer!

    1. Birdland
    2. A Remark You Made
    3. Teen Town
    4. Harlequin
    5. Rumba Mama
    6. Palladium
    7. The Juggler
    8. Havona
    Weather Report
    $19.99
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    Ugetsu

    1963's Ugetsu was recorded at the legendary Birdland club, when the New York post-bop era was still very much in progress. Featuring both a young Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, Ugetsu remains a reaffirmation of the belief that this kind of on-the-scene adventure can create some of the most effective recorded jazz. With Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman.
    1. One By One
    2. Ugetsu
    3. Time Off
    4. Ping-Pong
    5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    6. On the Ginza
    7. Eva
    8. The High Priest
    9. The Theme
    Art Blakey
    $21.99
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