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  • Smack Up Smack Up Quick View

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    Smack Up

    Art Pepper left a legacy of innumerable appearances on records, but his sessions for Contemporary always seemed to find him in the best company and in the best shape. Here his impassioned alto sax is appropriately applied to the compositions of six saxophonists, among them Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Pepper himself. The presence of Jack Sheldon in a rare performance as a small-group trumpeter was another important factor in the album's success.


    The soundstage is spacious and the imaging precise. Pepper is almost in the room (separated by only the thinnest of curtains); you can practically see the air swirling through his alto sax. Pete Jolly's piano is a bit closed-off (as if the lid were shut), but Jimmy Bond's bass thumps and Frank Butler's drumset smacks and sizzles. -- Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, March 2006


    Art Pepper's 'Las Cuevas De Mario' is a wonderfully subtle and convoluted track, built entirely on a subtly insistent rhythm motif that's set up by the bass and piano, before the drums start to add accent and prompts. Against the background foundation Pepper's sax and Jack Sheldon's trumpet play beautiful chorus and call and response melodies. Superbly understated, there's a lot going at once yet the instrumentation stays sparse. A longtime collectible record -- Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45

    1. Smack Up
    2. Las Cuevas De Mario
    3. A Bit Of Basie
    4. How Can You Lose
    5. Maybe Next Year
    6. Tears Inside
    Art Pepper Quintet
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  • Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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

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



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




    Musicians:



    • Sonny Cohn (trumpet)

    • Thad Jones (trumpet)

    • Henry Coker (trombone)

    • Benny Powell (trombone)

    • Marshall Royal (alto saxophone,clarinet)

    • Billy Mitcheel (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Charles Fowlkes (bassoon, bass clarinet, flute)

    • Count Basie (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Eddie Jones (bass)

    • Sonny Payne (drums)




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

    Production: Teddy Reig



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Vine Street Rumble
    2. Katy-Do
    3. Miss Missouri
    4. Jackson County Jubilee
    5. Sunset Glow
    6. The Wiggle Walk
    7. Meetin' Time
    8. Paseo Promenade
    9. Blue Five Jive
    10. Rompin' At The Reno
    Count Basie And His Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Like Men! (Pure Pleasure) I Like Men! (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    I Like Men! (Pure Pleasure)

    Great songs and intimate moments with Peggy Lee in this extremely enjoyable album. Released in 1959, I Like Men is one of Peggy Lee's most fun albums. With hits from Gus Kahn, Eubie Blake and Cole Porter.



    Peggy Lee at her best!




    Musicians:



    • Peggy Lee (vocal)

    • Jack Marshall (arranger, conductor)

    • Benny Carter (alto saxophone)

    • Pete Candoli (trumpet)

    • Frank Rosolino (trombone)

    • Jimmy Rowles (piano)

    • Barney Kessel (guitar)

    • Shelly Manne (drums)



    Recording: October 1958 Capitol Tower, Los Angeles

    Production: David Cavanaugh




    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. Charley,My Boy
    2. Good For Nothin' Joe
    3. I Love To Love
    4. When A Woman Loves A Man
    5. I Like Men!
    6. I'm Just Wild About Harry
    7. My Man
    8. Bill
    9. So In Love
    10. Jim
    11. It's Nice To Have A Man Around The House
    12. Oh Johnny,Oh Johnny, Oh!
    Peggy Lee
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Lovely And Alive (Speakers Corner)

    Singing actors and actresses do not always cut a good figure on the silver screen; play-acting singers, however, are all the better when they draw attention to themselves with great vocals. As did Lena Horne in the days of the black-and-white film, who, with her sultry, versatile voice, was constantly employed by Hollywood. Although she occasionally ventured into the world of jazz, and made music with Teddy Wilson and Benny Carter, she never forayed into the wide world of improvisation. Her musical home was in the American Songbook, which she approached with a natural and entertaining manner. A good example of this is the first number here - the Cole Porter classic I Concentrate On You, which swings along to the perfectly recorded big-band sound of the Marty Paich Orchestra. A surprise element is the extensive palette of vocal sound-colouring with which the diva enhances her voice to achieve the drama of a Shirley Bassey or the dusky depths of a Dinah Washington. Each and every number on this Grammy-worthy album has been thought out in great detail and guarantees sophisticated entertainment, and a hint of West Coast jazz is perceptible when Jack Sheldon treats us to the sound of his warm and dark trumpet solos.



    Recording: 1962

    Production: Dick Peirce



    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. I Concentrate On You
    2. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
    4. I Got Rhythm
    5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
    6. I Want To Be Happy
    7. I Surrender, Dear
    8. I Found A New Baby
    9. I Understand
    10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Head
    11. I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
    12. I Only Have Eyes For You
    Lena Horne
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
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