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  • Jazz Samba Jazz Samba Quick View

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    Jazz Samba

    Import


    Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of The Girl From Ipanema, Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But Jazz Samba is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in Desafinado. It was the true beginning of the bossa nova craze, and introduced several standards of the genre (including Ary Barroso's Bahia and Antonio Carlos Jobim's Desafinado and Samba de Uma Nota Só [aka One Note Samba]). But above all, Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced -- in harmony and rhythm -- as it is beautiful. Getz and his co-billed partner, guitarist Charlie Byrd -- who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova records to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style -- have the perfect touch for bossa nova's delicate, airy texture. For his part, Byrd was one of the first American musicians to master bossa nova's difficult, bubbling syncopations, and his solos are light and lilting. Meanwhile, Getz's playing is superb, simultaneously offering a warm, full tone and a cool control of dynamics; plus, Byrd's gently off-kilter harmonies seem to stimulate Getz's melodic inventiveness even more than usual. But beyond technique, Getz intuitively understands the romanticism and the undercurrent of melancholy inherent in the music, and that's what really made Jazz Samba such a revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection.

    -All Music Guide

    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo So
    7. Baia (A.K.A. Baia)
    8. Samba De Uma Nota So (Big Bang Version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Stan Getz
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  • The Stan Getz Bossa Nova Years The Stan Getz Bossa Nova Years Quick View

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    The Stan Getz Bossa Nova Years

    Part of the vinyl Verve collections, the Stan Getz boxed set contains a selection of each artist's best-loved albums
    on 180g vinyl in sleeves that replicate the original artwork. Stan Getz was an American jazz saxophonist. Getz
    performed in bebop and cool jazz groups. Influenced by João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim, he popularized
    bossa nova in America with the hit single The Girl from Ipanema (1964).
    Stan Getz
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  • Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Quick View

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    Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Frank Sinatra recorded this Bossa Nova album with the master, Carlos Jobim. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio
    Carlos Jobim sees Sinatra performing originals by Jobim, plus three American standards. In celebration of this
    classic album's 50th anniversary, the tracks have been remastered and now appears on 180 gram heavyweight
    vinyl.
    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Dindi
    3. Change Partners
    4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    5. Meditation (Meditaçao)
    6. If You Never Come to Me
    7. How Insensitive (Insensatez)
    8. I Concentrate on You
    9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
    10. Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz)
    Frank Sinatra
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  • Stone Flower Stone Flower Quick View

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    Stone Flower

    Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany


    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Recorded By Rudy Van Gelder And Produced By Creed Taylor


    Recorded in 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio under the production auspices of Creed Taylor, the arrangement and conducting skills of Deodato, and the engineering expertise of Van Gelder himself, Jobim's Stone Flower is quite simply one of his most quietly stunning works. The album is a simply brilliant, velvety, late-night snapshot of Jobim at his peak. This 180gram vinyl reissue was mastered from analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas in Germany.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
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  • Stone Flower (Speakers Corner) Stone Flower (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stone Flower (Speakers Corner)

    Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the "new trend". First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song Desafinado and the genial One Note Samba were heard all over the globe.
    That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim's creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' Tereza My Love so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic Brazil.



    With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There's no more to be said!



    Musicians:



    • Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, electric piano, violin, vocal, guitar)

    • Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone)

    • Urbie Green (trombone)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Eumir Deodato (guitar, arranger, conductor)

    • Harry Lookofsky (violin)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Airto Moreira, Everaldo Ferreira (percussion)

    • João Palma (drums)



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

    Production: Creed Taylor



    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. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $34.99
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  • Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi Quick View

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    Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi

    LP reissue of the 1997 classic debut album. When they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating
    their 1996 debut Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two
    decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa nova's intricate rhythms and lush textures.
    1. A Warning (Dub)
    2. 2001 Spliff Odyssey
    3. Shaolin Satellite
    4. Transcendence
    5. Universal Highness
    6. Incident at Gate 7
    7. Scene at the Open Air Market
    8. The Glass Bead Game
    9. Encounter in Bahia
    10. The Foundation
    11. Interlude
    12. The Oscillator
    13. Assault on Babylon
    14. .38.45 (A Thievery Number)
    15. One
    16. Sun, Moon & Stars
    17. The Sleeper Car
    Thievery Corporation
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  • Camino Del Sol Camino Del Sol Quick View

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    Camino Del Sol

    1982, Brussels: The former au pair for Rick Wakeman of Yes and two of her teenage friends are at the doorstep of Les Disques Du Crepuscule to make an album with Gilles Martin. They managed to make a contemporary bossanova record that provides the missing link between Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kraftwerk. AntenaÆs album would be issued and promptly forgotten, with Isabelle Antena moving toward jazz in Asia and the others returning to France. Twenty years later, it was findable only as a VG+LP. Intrigued by the striking coverÆs patio furniture at rest in the south of France, Numero Group scooped up Camino Del Sol immediately, giving it the distinction as the second record in their library.
    1. Camino del Sol
    2. To Climb the Cliff

    3. Silly Things
    4. Siss?xa
    5. Achilles
    6. Bye Bye Papaye
    7. No?lle ? Hawa?
    8. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (la Chanson Des Jumelles)
    9. Spiral Staircase

    10. Unable
    11. The Boy from Ipanema
    12. Seaside Weekend

    13. Frantz
    14. Ingenuous
    Antena
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  • Getz / Gilberto (Awaiting Repress) Getz / Gilberto (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Getz / Gilberto (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 447/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazz-bossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and internationally, becoming the first Grammy Award-winning album from non-American artists. It brought together Stan Getz, who had already performed the genre on his LP Jazz Samba, João Gilberto (one of the creators of the style), and Jobim, a celebrated Brazilian composer (and also one of the main creators of the genre), who wrote most of the songs in the album. It became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on the tracks The Girl from Ipanema and Corcovado, into an internationally celebrated musician. The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.

    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Doralice
    3. P'ra Muchucar
    4. Desafinado
    5. Corcovado
    6. So Dance Samba
    7. O Grande Amor
    8. Vivio Sonhando
    Getz Gilberto
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  • StereoType A StereoType A Quick View

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    StereoType A

    It wasn't so long ago that New York-based Japanese duo Cibo Matto (Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda) were simply a fun, gimmicky East Village outfit who performed on Casio keyboards and sang almost exclusively about their favorite foods. As such, the band's major-label debut album Viva! La Woman was sugary, but not really substantive--a clear-cut example of Eastern culture endearingly misinterpreting Western music.


    But Cibo Matto has come a long way since penning songs like Know Your Chicken, Beef Jerky, and Birthday Cake. Stereotype A is a mature, instrumentally rich album that sees the group break the novelty mold and achieve recognition for compelling songwriting and interesting arrangements. On Stereotype Cibo Matto incorporates such styles as electropop, bossa nova, soul, hip-hop, and butt-waggling funk, expressing a dizzying range of influences that include TLC, Ice Cube, Luscious Jackson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Isaac Hayes. --Jon Wiederhorn

    LP 1
    1. Working for Vacation
    2. Spoon
    3. Flowers
    4. Lint of Love
    5. Moonchild
    6. Sci-Fi Wasabi
    7. Clouds
    8. Speechless


    LP 2
    1. King of Silence
    2. Backseat
    3. Blue Train
    4. Sunday Part 1
    5. Sunday, Part 2
    6. Stone
    7. Mortming
    8. Country

    Cibo Matto
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  • Getz and Gilberto (45 RPM) Getz and Gilberto (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Getz and Gilberto (45 RPM)

    Ranked 447/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    The original master tapes for this title had not been used since 1980 previous to this reissue. Also, for this Analogue Productions reissue the decision was made to master and present this album as it was originally mixed to master tape. With very few exceptions all versions of this title to date, including the original, have had the channels incorrectly reversed. With this version, you'll hear this title as it was intended to be heard, without the channels reversed. And again, those reissues you've heard up until now - definitely still breathy, warm and rich - were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed.


    Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she could sing at the recording. Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz's wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud's presence over the others' objections. So who's right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known - each one who hears it goes Ahhh!


    Originally released in 1963.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Doralice
    3. P'ra Muchucar
    4. Desafinado
    5. Corcovado
    6. So Dance Samba
    7. O Grande Amor
    8. Vivio Sonhando
    Getz Gilberto
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Getz Au Go Go Getz Au Go Go Quick View

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    Getz Au Go Go

    Import


    Although the name Stan Getz (tenor sax) was initially synonymous with the West Coast cool scene during the mid-to-late 1950s, he likewise became a key component in the Bossa Nova craze of the early 1960s. Getz Au Go Go (1965) is Stan Getz in his prime, recorded with perhaps one of the best quartets of his career, featuring Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto.


    The album was recorded in 1964 during two concerts in the venerable Greenwich Village venue, the CafÉ Au Go Go, two months after Astrud Gilberto's Girl From Ipanema became a Top Five pop single. However, the focus of Getz Au Go Go steers away from the Brazilian flavored fare, bringing Gilberto into the realm of a decidedly more North American style.


    That said, there are a few Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions -- Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) and One Note Samba -- both of which would be considered as jazz standards in years to follow. The album boasts wonderful versions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's It Might as Well Be Spring, and the scintillating instrumental Summertime, from Porgy & Bess.


    The band features a young Gary Burton (vibraphone), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Gene Cherico (bass), and Joe Hunt (drums). There are a few personnel substitutions, with Helcio Milito (drums) and Chuck Israels (bass), respectively, filling in. Getz Au Go Go is highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts.

    1. Corcovado
    2. It Might As Well Be Spring
    3. Eu E Voce
    4. Summertime
    5. 6-nix-pix-flix
    6. Only Trust Your Heart
    7. The Singing Song
    8. The Telephone Song
    9. One Note Samba
    10. Here's That Rainy Day
    Stan Getz Quartet
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition Quick View

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    Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition


    Features The Original Duets And Duets II Pressed On 180-gram vinyl And Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    What was referred to as "The Recording Event of the Decade," Frank Sinatra's groundbreaking and highly successful album Duets was originally released in November 1993, bringing together an array of global superstars, including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross for an album of standards that included many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.


    The highly successful follow-up, Duets II, was released the following year and included Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra Jr., Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight. Once again, Sinatra enjoyed a multiplatinum Top 10 record on the charts with Duets II at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart.


    To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking, multi-platinum selling album, Capitol/UMe releases Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary, bringing together the original Duets and the follow-up Duets II, newly remastered, and together in one deluxe package.

    LP 1 (DUETS)
    1. The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross
    2. What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin
    3. I've Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand
    4. Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias
    5. Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan
    6. New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett
    7. They Can't Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole
    8. You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour
    9. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon
    10. I've Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli
    11. Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker
    12. I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono
    13. All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G


    LP 2 (DUETS II)
    1. For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
    2. Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel
    3. Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle
    4. The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada
    5. Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt
    6. Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim
    7. Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde
    8. A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson
    9. Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
    10. Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne
    11. Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett
    12. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? / My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan
    13. My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
    14. The House I Live In (That's America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond

    Frank Sinatra
    $34.99
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  • Saudade Saudade Quick View

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    Saudade

    Thievery Corporation, one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene, are pleased to announce their seventh studio album, Saudade, their first record devoted entirely to the Brazilian-born genre that first connected the duo.


    Saudade borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning "a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence." Drawing influence from classic Brazilian performers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá-along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena-Saudade achieves its delicate yet deeply sensuous sound with the help of more than a dozen guest musicians. With each track sung by one of five female vocalists (including longtime Thievery cohort LouLou Ghelichkhani, newcomer Elin Melgarejo, Nouvelle Vague singer Karina Zeviani, Argentine chanteuse Natalia Clavier, and former Bitter:Sweet singer/songwriter Shana Halligan), the endlessly mesmerizing album also features such guests as U.N.K.L.E. drummer Michael Lowery, Argentine singer/songwriter Federico Aubele, and master Brazilian percussionist Roberto Santos.


    "We always try to progress into something different and stretch our musical chops, and taking a whole album to dive into this one sound seemed like a really great way to do that," says Eric Hilton. Adds Rob Garza: "It's a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots, this is what brought us together. It's us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter."

    1. Decollage (feat Lou Lou Gleichkhani)
    2. Meu Nego (feat Karina Zeviani)
    3. Quem Me Leva (feat Elin Melgarejo)
    4. Firelight (feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)
    5. Sola In Citta (feat Elin Melgarejo)
    6. No More Disguise (feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)
    7. Saudade
    8. Claridad (feat Natalia Clavier)
    9. Nos Dois (feat Karina Zeviani)
    10. Para Sempre (feat Elin Melgarejo)
    11. Le Coeur (feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)
    12. Bateau Rouge (feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani)
    13. Depth Of My Soul (feat Shana Halligan)
    Thievery Corporation
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  • Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure) Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure)

    This 1976 album by the late saxophonist Stan Getz is a reunion of sorts with Joao Gilberto, the great Brazilian guitarist and singer, and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (or Tom Jobim), along with the stylish and nonintrusive arrangements of Oscar Carlos Neves. The most beautiful thing about this recording is that Jobim - whose song forms had reached such a degree of sophistication that he was untouchable - chose to write all of his lyrics in English (songwriter Gene Lees also wrote many in English). This is something that did not come naturally or effortlessly to Jobim, but sounds as if it did. Jobim's poetry on tracks such as Waters of March, accompanied by Getz's lushly romantic saxophones and Gilberto's crooning nylon-string guitar, are so sensuous they radiate heat and humidity.




    Musicians:



    • Stan Getz (tenor saxophone)

    • Joao Gilberto (vocal, guitar)

    • Oscar Castro Neves (arranger, guitar)

    • Heloisa (Miucha) Buarque de Hollanda (vocal)

    • Albert Dailey (piano)

    • Steve Swallow (bass)

    • Grady Tate (drums)

    • Airto Moreira, Ruben Bassini (percussion)




    Recording: 1976 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, by Stan Tonkel

    Production: Stan Getzdeutsch



    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. Double Rainbow
    2. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March)
    3. Ligia
    4. Falsa Baiana
    5. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Picture In Black And White)
    6. Isaura (You Know I Just Shouldnt Stay)
    7. Eu Vim Da Bahia
    8. Joao Marcelo
    9. E Preciso Perdoar
    10. Just One Of Those Things
    Stan Getz feat. Joao Gilberto
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Getz Au Go-Go Getz Au Go-Go Quick View

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    Getz Au Go-Go

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    It was one of those rare nights of absolute communication - the New York City opening of the New Stan Getz Quartet.


    Stan had chosen the Cafe Au Go Go for this occasion because of its fine acoustics and its intimacy. Atmosphere was paramount to the first New York presentation of the New Stan Getz Quartet and Astrud Gilberto because of the soft, easy quality of their music. Astrud had already won acclaim for her work with Getz in the album Getz/Gilberto (V/V 6-8548), which also stars Astrud's husband Joao Gilberto as well, and this threesome's single from the album The Girl From Ipanema was rapidly rising on the best-selling charts.


    This, is the stunning New Stan Getz Quartet with Astrud Gilberto at Cafe Au Go Go. Reflected here are the excitement, warmth and communication of that memorable engagement." -Gene Lees, from the liner notes of Getz Au Go Go


    Although the name Stan Getz (tenor sax) was initially synonymous with the West Coast cool scene during the mid-to-late 1950s, he likewise became a key component in the Bossa Nova craze of the early 1960s... Getz Au Go Go featuring Astrud Gilberto (1964) was the second-to-last album that he would issue during his self-proclaimed Bossa Nova Era- the final being Getz/Gilberto #2 [live] (1964) concert title from Carnegie Hall. ... the focus of Getz Au Go Go steers away from the Brazilian flavored fare, bringing Astrud Gilberto into the realm of a decidedly more North American style. That said, there are a few Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions - Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars); and One Note Samba - both of which would be considered as jazz standards in years to follow - as well as the lesser-circulated Eu E Voco.- All Music Guide


    Features:

    • Numbered, Limited Edition

    • 180g Vinyl

    • 45rpm

    • Double LP

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman


    Musicians:

    Stan Getz, tenor sax

    Astrud Gilberto, vocals

    Gary Burton, vibes

    Gene Cherico, bass (1-3, 5-8)

    Joe Hunt, drums (4-7, 9,10)

    Helcio Milito, drums (1-3, 8)

    Kenny Burrell, guitar (1-3, 8)

    Chuck Israels, bass (4, 9,10)


    1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
    2. It Might As Well Be Spring
    3. Eu E Voco
    4. Summertime
    5. 6-Nix-Quix-Flix
    6. Only Trust Your Heart
    7. The Singing Song
    8. The Telephone Song
    9. One Note Samba
    10. Here's That Rainy Day
    Stan Getz
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Brazilian Byrd (Pure Pleasure)

    The arrangements by Tommy Newsom for strings, brass, and woodwinds may be a bit sweet and the 12 performances may be overly concise (often under three minutes), but the resulting music is strangely pleasing. Acoustic guitarist Charlie Byrd always had a strong affinity for Brazilian jazz, and he sticks exclusively to Antonio Carlos Jobim songs during this tasteful and melodic effort. Truly beautiful music.



    Musicians:



    • Charlie Byrd (guitar) & with strings, brass & woodwinds




    Recording: 1965

    Production: Teo Macero



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Jazz 'n' Samba (So Danco Samba)
    2. Corcovado
    3. That Look You Wear (Este Seu Olhar)
    4. The Girl From Ipanema
    5. Samba do Aviao (Song of the Jet)
    6. Engano
    7. O Amor em Paz
    8. Dindi
    9. Cancao do Amor Demais
    10. As Praias Desertas
    11. Samba Torto
    12. Someone To Light Up My Life (Se Todo)
    13. Engano (alternate take)
    Charlie Byrd
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Duets: 20th Anniversary Edition Super Deluxe Box Set


    Duets And Duets II 180-Gram Vinyl Records In A Gatefold LP Jacket,


    Two CDs Including Duets And Duets II With Bonus And Unreleased Tracks


    Standard DVD Featuring Interviews, The Official EPK And A Promo Video Of "I've Got You Under My Skin" Duet With Bono


    20-Page LP Sized Booklet With Rare Photos And New Liner Notes


    An Embossed Lithograph With Envelope


    Housed In An Elegant 12"x12" Box Complete With A Gold Foil-stamped Title


    What was referred to as "The Recording Event of the Decade," Frank Sinatra's groundbreaking and highly successful album Duets was originally released in November 1993, bringing together an array of global superstars, including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross for an album of standards that included many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.


    The highly successful follow-up, Duets II, was released the following year and included Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra Jr., Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight. Once again, Sinatra enjoyed a multiplatinum Top 10 record on the charts with Duets II at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart.


    To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking, multi-platinum selling album, Capitol/UMe releases Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary, bringing together the original Duets and the follow-up Duets II, newly remastered, and together in one deluxe package.

    LP 1 (DUETS)
    1. The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross
    2. What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin
    3. I've Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand
    4. Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias
    5. Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan
    6. New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett
    7. They Can't Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole
    8. You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour
    9. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon
    10. I've Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli
    11. Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker
    12. I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono
    13. All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G


    LP 2 (DUETS II)
    1. For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
    2. Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel
    3. Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle
    4. The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada
    5. Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt
    6. Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim
    7. Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde
    8. A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson
    9. Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
    10. Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne
    11. Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett
    12. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? / My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan
    13. My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
    14. The House I Live In (That's America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond


    CD 1 (DUETS)
    1. The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross
    2. What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin
    3. I've Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand
    4. Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias
    5. Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan
    6. New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett
    7. They Can't Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole
    8. You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour
    9. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry / In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon
    10. I've Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli
    11. Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker
    12. I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono
    13. All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G
    14. My Way - duet with Luciano Pavarotti (Bonus Track)
    15. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Tom Scott (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased)


    CD 2 (DUETS II)
    1. For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
    2. Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel
    3. Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle
    4. The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada
    5. Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt
    6. Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim
    7. Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde
    8. A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson
    9. Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
    10. Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne
    11. Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett
    12. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? / My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan
    13. My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
    14. The House I Live In (That's America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond
    15. My Way - duet with Willie Nelson (Bonus Track)
    16. Embraceable You - duet with Tanya Tucker (Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased)
    17. Fly Me To The Moon - duet with George Strait (Bonus Track)


    DUETS DVD - 51:08
    1. Sinatra: Duets (Electronic Press Kit, 1993)
    2. I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono (Music Video)
    3. Bonus Interviews

    Frank Sinatra
    $149.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 CD + DVD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Brazilliance (Pure Pleasure) Brazilliance (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Brazilliance (Pure Pleasure)

    More than seven years before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd introduced the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim to American audiences, guitarist Laurindo Almeida and altoist Bud Shank (in a quartet with bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Roy Harte) recorded the intriguing music heard on this LP. The performances are very close to bossa nova in their combination of cool-toned jazz and Brazilian rhythms; in fact, these are arguably the first bossa nova recordings, long before even Jobim and Joao Gilberto initially recorded. Only four of the 14 tunes are not based on Brazilian folk songs, and many of the songs (particularly Carinoso) are quite memorable. This historically significant, very accessible, and highly recommended release is a gem.



    Musicians:



    • Laurindo Almeida (guitar)

    • Bud Shank (alto saxophone)

    • Harry Babasin (bass)

    • Roy Harte (drums)




    Recording: 1954

    Production: Richard Bock




    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. Atabaque
    2. Amor Flamengo
    3. Stairway To The Stars
    4. Acercate Mas
    5. Terra Seca
    6. Speak Low
    7. Inquietacao
    8. Baa-Too-Kee
    9. Carinoso
    10. Tocata
    11. Hazardous
    12. Nono
    13. Noctambulism
    14. Blue Baiao
    Laurindo Almeida Quartete
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player Quick View

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    H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player

    In the pantheon of under-the-radar American guitar heroes, Howard Roberts looms large. A remarkably versatile musician who was one of Los Angeles' most in-demand session players from the early 1950s through the 1970s, Roberts' career encompassed an incredible array of studio assignments. He recorded with a dizzying assortment of acts, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, the Jackson 5, Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, Chet Atkins and the Electric Prunes. He also played on countless film and television soundtracks; his guitar work is featured prominently in the iconic theme music of The Twilight Zone, The Munsters and I Dream of Jeannie.


    Roberts was also an accomplished musical educator, co-founding Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology, writing a regular instructional column on jazz improvisation for Guitar Player magazine, and penning several highly-regarded guitar instruction books. As a guitar teacher, one of his students was a teenaged Phil Spector, for whom Roberts would later work as a session man.


    Impressive as his session resume is, for many guitar aficionados, the real highlights of Howard Roberts' body of work are the instrumental albums he released under his own name throughout his career. One of his best-loved solo releases is the memorably titled H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, originally released by Capitol Records in 1963. Recorded at the legendary Studio A in the Capitol Tower, with a band that includes fellow studio legends Chuck Berghofer and Earl Palmer on bass and drums, H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player is a potent showcase for Roberts' fluid, swinging guitar work. The material offers ample opportunity for the artist to demonstrate his versatility, encompassing pop standards 9Lerner, Loewe If Ever I Would Leave You), bossa nova (Antonio Carlos Jobim's One Note Samba) and jazz (tunes by Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Duke Ellington), along with such Roberts originals as Smolderin', Turista, Deep Fry and Dirty Old Bossa Nova.


    Long unavailable in its original form, this vintage instrumental gem has been restored to its original vinyl glory by Sundazed Music. The album has been sourced from the original stereo masters and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.
    1.Watermelon Man
    2. Smolderin'
    3. Liâl Darlin'
    4. Turista
    5. If Ever I Would Leave You
    6. One O'Clock Jump
    7. Deep Fry
    8. Rough Ridin'
    9. Satin Doll
    10. Smokin'
    11. One Note Samba
    12. Dirty Old Bossa Nova
    Howard Roberts
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP- Sealed Buy Now
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    Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure)

    As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as My Funny Valentine, I've Got You Under My Skin, and Body and Soul, is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It's unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond's style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don't fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond's melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness. Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as My Funny Valentine, Late Lament, and Then I'll Be Tired of You. This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming Valentine, which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune I Should Care is »a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp,« according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Desmond (saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Prince (arranger, conductor & strings)



    Recording: 1962 at Webster Hall, New York City, by Ray Hall

    Production: George Aviakan



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Desmond Blue
    3. Then I'll Be Tired of You
    4. I've Got You Under My Skin
    5. Late Lament
    6. I Should Care
    7. Like Someone In Love
    8. Ill Wind
    9. Body and Soul
    Paul Desmond
    $34.99
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    Open Book

    Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.

    The seven pieces on Open Book (set for release via Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.

    For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I'm dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that's a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don't play in public all that much.

    The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist's meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year's Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.

    Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet's timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.

    The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.

    The creation of Through the Forest was as unplanned and spontaneous as the music itself. In Seoul for a pair of solo concerts during a break in a tour of Asia with his esteemed trio, Hersch overslept during an after-breakfast nap and rushed to take the stage at JCC Art Center Concert Hall for his afternoon performance. The titular forest is, in part, a jetlag and coffee-fueled dreamscape through which Hersch wanders, applying his vivid powers of observation to unusual terrain. I was a little groggy, my defenses were down, and rather than fight it I just gave in to it, Hersch recalls. I'd never really done anything of that length in public where I had no agenda and was able to stay in that zone for such an extended period of time. I realized it was something special, something different that might be the core of an album.

    Through the Forest became the leaping-off point for an album intended to be singularly divulgent and reflective. A few months later, Hersch returned to the same hall and recorded the remainder of Open Book alone in the empty venue (with the exception of Benny Golson's classic Whisper Not, taken from a concert during that return engagement).

    The album opens with the stark musings of The Orb, taken from Hersch's autobiographical music-theater piece My Coma Dreams. A love letter to Hersch's longtime partner, AIDS activist Scott Morgan, The Orb is the final dream depicted in the show, and in this solo rendition becomes a nakedly heartfelt outpouring of raw but tender emotion. The mood then takes a turn for the playful and swinging on Whisper Not, a longtime staple of Hersch's repertoire that here becomes a vibrant, virtuoso marathon of thematic exploration.

    The piece also serves as an ideal mirror to the album's other composition from the pen of a jazz icon, Thelonious Monk's Eronel. Hersch has long been recognized as one of the premier interpreters of the Monk songbook, but despite including one of the iconic composer's pieces in every one of his sets for most of his career, Hersch had never tackled this particular tune, co-written by pianist Sadik Hakim. Monk's original stride-inflected lines come in for a dizzying array of variations in Hersch's endlessly imaginative take.

    The music of Brazil has also been a constant in Hersch's career, in particular the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the subject of one of the pianist's earlier solo efforts, 2009's Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. Picture in Black and White is a new addition to that repertoire, majestically transformed from a bossa nova feel to a crystalline hybrid with Chopin's last nocturne. On the other side of Through the Forest in the album's symmetrical structure comes Hersch's own classical-flavored Plainsong, a spare, lyrical piece composed in the bucolic setting of the MacDowell Colony, the inspirational artists' retreat in rural New Hampshire.

    Open Book ends on a meaningful ellipsis, Billy Joel's moving And So It Goes. In title alone it's an apt conclusion, suggesting an embrace of life as lived and hinting at its open-ended continuation. The full lyrics, which Hersch has performed in duo settings with singers including frequent collaborator Kate McGarry, remain unspoken here but obviously deeply felt in every note. I connect with the sentiment of the words, Hersch says, and it felt like a good benediction to the whole album.

    1. The Orb
    2. Whisper Not
    3. Zingaro
    4. Through The Forest
    5. Plainsong
    6. Eronel
    7. And So It Goes
    Fred Hersch
    $18.99
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    Jazz Samba (Out Of Stock)

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    The words bossa nova are often synonymous with the name Stan Getz. But North Americans might not have ever known the bright sound of bossa nova had it not been for Charlie Byrd. In 1961 Byrd returned from a tour of South America, where bossa nova music was thriving. The style was the invention of singer Joao Gilberto and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim - an adaptation of infectious Brazilian samba rhythms with the harmonic structures and cool surface of West Coast jazz. Byrd brought back records for Getz to hear, they planned a session, and the result was Jazz Samba - the first album of true bossa nova music by jazz artists and the one that broke the bossa nova wave in 1960s America.


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


    Originally released in 1962.


    Stan Getz, tenor saxophone

    Charlie Byrd, guitar

    Keter Betts, bass

    Gene Byrd, bass, guitar

    Buddy Deppenschmidt, drums

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitar

    Bill Reichenbach, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo S6
    7. Behia (aka Baia)
    8. Desafinado
    Stan Getz
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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