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  • Something In Blue (Pure Pleasure) Something In Blue (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Something In Blue (Pure Pleasure)

    Alan Bates took Thelonious Monk into the studio for his first trio recording in fifteen years with his old sidekick Art Blakey. It has been said often enough that Blakey is the ideal drummer for Monk, and one has only to hear them together again after all this time to realize the truth of the statement. If Blakey at times seems to push the pianist almost too hard, that is in fact the nature of their musical relationship. And, throughout the session, Blakey appeared to be vying with the producer in alternately cajoling and coercing Monk into fulfilling various requests from the small invited audience.



    Musicians:



    • Thelonious Monk (piano)

    • Al McKibbon (bass)

    • Art Blakey (drums)




    Recording: November 1971 at Chappell Studios, London, by John Timperley

    Production: Alan Bates



    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. Blue Sphere
    2. Hackensack
    3. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    4. Criss Cross
    5. Something in Blue
    6. Evidence
    7. Jackie-ing
    8. Nutty
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Thelonious Monk Trio Thelonious Monk Trio Quick View

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    Thelonious Monk Trio

    Backed alternately by bassists Percy Heath and Gary Mapp and drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, Monk pours forth his idiosyncratic virtuosity in this
    set of tunes recorded by the inimitable Rudy Van Gelder. Beautifully rendered, "Blue Monk" is the highlight of the album, adventurously combining
    disharmonic riffs within a melodic and very memorable structure. Monk's explorations conjure up images of a mathematician working out geometric
    patterns on the keyboard and evoke a sublime beauty as they build order out of chaos. Intimate, intense, and inspired, Thelonious Monk Trio is a must-have for those ready to dive into the genius of Monk.
    1. Blue Monk
    2. Just A Gigolo
    3. Bemsha Swing
    4. Reflections
    5. Little Rootie Tootie
    6. Sweet And Lovely
    7. Bye-Ya
    8. Monk's Dream
    9. Trinkle, Tinkle
    10. These Foolish Things
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Monk's Dream Monk's Dream Quick View

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    Monk's Dream

    Import

    Monk's Dream is the first album jazz musician Thelonious Monk released on Columbia Records. It was recorded in 4 days in autumn 1962 and issued a year later. The Thelonious Monk Quartet consisted of Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equaled in any genre.


    On tracks such as Five Spot Blues and Bolivar Blues, Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: Just a Gigolo and Body and Soul. Most notable about Monk's solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late '40s.

    1. Monk 's Dream
    2. Body And Soul
    3. Sweet Georgia Brown
    4. Five Spot Blues
    5. Bolivar Blues
    6. Just A Gigolo
    7. Bye-Ya
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    Thelonious Monk Quartet
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  • Downtown Blues Downtown Blues Quick View

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    Downtown Blues

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    African American singer and guitar player who got his start playing on the streets of Memphis around the turn of the century. His enormous repertoire of early folk, blues, old time country and popular music, along with his influence on local musicians has made many point to him as the true father of Memphis blues. He began touring the South with a black face Medicine Show comedian in the 1910s where it is said he met and influenced Jimmie Rodgers, among others. He then moved to Tennessee where he began playing with musician Dan Sane with whom he made his first recordings as the Beale Street Sheiks for Paramount in 1927. Throughout this period Stokes recorded a number of sides for Paramount and Victor until his old time style began to lose popularity with the record buying public.

    1. Downtown Blues
    2. Bedtime Blues
    3. Whats the Matter Blues
    4. Mistreatin Blues
    5. It Wont Be Long Now
    6. Nehi Mamma Blues
    7. I Got Mine
    8. Stomp That Thing
    9. 'Taint Nobodys Business If I Do
    10. Take Me Back
    11. How Long
    12. South Memphis Blues
    13. Bunker Hill Blues
    14. Right Now Blues
    15. Shiney Town Blues
    16. Frank Stokes' Dream
    17. Memphis Rounders Blues
    Frank Stokes
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  • Scarey Day Blues Scarey Day Blues Quick View

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    Scarey Day Blues

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    William Samuel McTier was born in Georgia in 1898 (according to some sources), and despite his blindness was a talented musician since early childhood. He began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records in Atlanta and is credited with having created an entire blues sub genre by mixing the hard roots of the Delta style with the more refined East Coast style (Piedmont Blues). His unique country blues can be heard on the grooves of this double LP collection brought to you by Monk records.

    1. Writing Paper Blues
    2. Stole Rider Blues
    3. Mamma, Tain't Long Fo' Day
    4. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (Take 1)
    5. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (take 2)
    6. Three Women Blues
    7. Dark Night Blues
    8. Statesboro Blues
    9. Loving Talking Blues
    10. Atlanta Strut
    11. Travelin' Blues
    12. Come On Around To My House Mama
    13. Kind Mama
    14. Teasing Brown
    15. Drive Away Blues
    16. This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
    17. Love Changing Blues
    18. Talkin' To Myself
    19. Razor Ball
    20. Southern Can Is Mine
    21. Broke Down Engine Blues
    22. Stomp Down Rider
    23. Scary Day Blues
    24. Rough Alley Blues
    25. Experience Blues
    26. Painful Blues
    Blind Willie McTell
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  • Paris 1969 Paris 1969 Quick View

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    Paris 1969

    Blue Note Records has announced Thelonious Monk Paris 1969, a fascinating and important late-career document of the legendary jazz pianist and composer in performance with his Quartet at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, France on December 15, 1969. Beautifully captured on B&W film, the concert also featured a surprise guest appearance from renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. Also included is a rare on-camera interview with Monk that was conducted by the French bassist Jacques Hess after the concert.


    "The 1969 Paris concert captures the power and the undiminished beauty of Monk's music, reminding us that even as his body aged his musical imagination knew no limits," writes Monk scholar Robin Kelley in his liner notes essay. However, Kelley also illuminates what a peculiar and challenging moment 1969 was for the 52-year-old pianist. Monk hadn't achieved true success until the late-50s with his legendary run at the Five Spot CafÉ in New York City with John Coltrane (a band that was brilliantly captured on the lost recording Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall from 1957 which was discovered and released on Blue Note in 2005). By the early-60s Monk's success had peaked when he signed with Columbia Records and was eventually featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1964.


    However, by 1969, in addition to health issues, Monk's success was beginning to wane with the emergence of rock and the resulting jazz fusion movement. His recording contract with Columbia had just come to end after an ill-advised attempt at marketing him to a younger rock audience. That disappointment was followed by the departure of drummer Ben Riley and bassist Larry Gales from his band which left Monk with two chairs to fill on short notice before his European tour.


    Monk eventually found two young musicians - bassist Nate Hygelund and drummer Paris Wright - to fill out the Quartet with his longtime tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Luckily the inexperienced rhythm section had some time to gel before hitting the stage in Paris with a lengthy engagement in London followed by stops in Germany and Italy. By the time they reached the Pleyel the band was in fine form, which made for a triumphant return for Monk to the very stage he had made his Parisian debut on in 1954 in front of a hostile audience who felt that Monk was too avant-garde. 15 years later the situation could not have been more different with an enthusiastic audience and the concert being broadcast on television.


    In addition to rollicking Quartet versions of Monk classics such as "I Mean You," "Straight No Chaser," and "Blue Monk," the set also includes three stunning solo piano performances on "Don't Blame Me," "I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams," and "Crepuscule With Nellie." However, an undeniable highlight of the concert was when the veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones who was an expat living in Paris at the time comes from backstage to borrow the sticks from the 17-year-old Wright, providing a palpable spark on Monk's "Nutty."

    1. I Mean You
    2. Ruby My Dear
    3. Straight No Chaser
    4. Bright Mississippi
    5. Light Blue
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Don't Blame Me
    8. I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams
    9. Crepuscule With Nellie
    10. Bright Mississippi
    11. Nutty
    12. Blue Monk
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music Volume One


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Belonging in every jazz collection, volume one of Thelonious Monk's 1947 10" Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Monk recorded as a
    leader. In 1956 Blue Note reissued this iconic album as a 12" and added previously unissued tracks. It is impossible to overstate the importance of these
    sessions as they include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards, including "Round Midnight" which is now one of the most
    popular jazz compositions ever recorded. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Round About Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. April In Paris
    6. In Walked Bud
    7. Thelonious
    8. Epistrophy
    9. Mysterioso
    10. Well You Needn't
    11. Introspection
    12. Humph
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Brilliant Corners Brilliant Corners Quick View

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    Brilliant Corners

    Import


    Two superb piano trio albums of covers had set the stage for Monk the composer to re-emerge with horns, and the pianist responded with BRILLIANT CORNERS, one of his greatest recordings, featuring three classic new tunes and two formidable studio bands. The Sonny Rollins featured on BRILLIANT CORNERS is a far more imposing presence than the young acolyte of previous Monk sessions--just witness the title tune. With its multiple themes, quirky intervallic leaps, idiomatic rhythmic changes and tricky transitions in tempo, it is one of Monk's masterpieces--a miniature symphony. So daunting were its technical challenges, that the final ending was edited on from another take. Rollins begins his solo with swaggering composure, boldly paraphrasing Monk's vinegary intervals and trademark trills, before navigating the swift rapids of the double-time chorus with deft syncopations. Monk plies dissonance upon dissonance in his first chorus, playing rhythmic tag with Max Roach on the out chorus. Ernie Henry's slip-sliding bluesiness is followed by a brilliant rhythmic edifice from Roach, who maintains melodic coherence at a drowsy tempo, then explodes into the final chorus.Elsewhere, Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are is a soulful, easygoing blues, and Monk's solo is a compendium of pithy rhythmic devices, bent notes and calculated melodic abstractions, played with enormous relaxation and swing. He concludes with heckling big-band figures that form the basis for Rollins' expressive rhythmic testimonies. Monk employs the bell-like timbre of a celeste to stunning effect on Pannonica, one of his loveliest melodies and improvisations. And in closing, Bemsha Swing is a hard-swinging, conversational performance, with fine contributions from trumpeter Clark Terry, bassist Paul Chambers and Roach on drums and timpani.

    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing
    6. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)(Alt. Take)*


    *Bonus Track

    Thelonious Monk
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  • Thelonious Himself Thelonious Himself Quick View

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    Thelonious Himself

    Because Thelonious Monk's artistic vision was so personal and peculiar, hearing him in a solo setting is perhaps the best way to begin to understand him.


    This 1957 album was his first to consist of exclusively solo material. His lines are fractured, his ideas are deliberate, his mood is introspective, and the end result is an album of both stunning beauty and jarring surprise, often at once. The three originals included are all significant: Functional shows how Monk's irregularities translate into a blues format. 'Round Midnight, his most famous composition, is boiled down to its very core. The finale Monk's Mood is a fragile ballad that eventually adds color from tenor John Coltrane and bassist Wilbur Ware--the only spot on the record with accompaniment.


    That said, it's equally as fascinating to hear Monk reinvent the five timeless standards in his own image.


    -Marc Greilsamer

    1. April In Paris
    2. Ghost Of A Chance
    3. Functional
    4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
    5. I Should Care
    6. 'Round Midnight
    7. All Alone
    8. Monk's Mood
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser Quick View

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    Straight No Chaser

    Import

    A few years after recording Straight, No Chaser, Thelonious Monk disappeared from the public eye. But as the years passed, more people became aware of the seminal role he played in the development in jazz as both pianist and composer, creating a standard of excellence that many musicians after him aspire to.


    Produced by Teo Macero, who was also responsible for legendary albums such as Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue and Dave Brubeck's Time Out!, Monk's Straight, No Chaser is a classic in its own right. It's the last album the talented pianist and composer recorded with his quartet consisting of Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley on drums and his musical soul mate Charlie Rouse on tenor sax. It includes a light yet mature version of one of his standards; Straight, No Chaser is one idea played again and again, each time in a different part of the measure and with a different ending, and highlights some stellar action between Monk and Rouse.

    1. Locomotive
    2. I Didn't Know About You
    3. Straight, No Chaser
    4. Japanese Folk Song
    5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
    6. We See
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2

    A Blue Note essential, this album is part of the Blue Note vinyl reissue campaign.
    Thelonious Monk
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  • London Collection, Volume 1 London Collection, Volume 1 Quick View

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    London Collection, Volume 1

    The First Installment of Monk's Final Recording Sessions as a Leader


    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


    Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany


    11/11 Music & Sound (Michael Fremer / Analog Planet)


    What if you could be a fly on the wall at Thelonious
    Monk's final recording sessions as leader? Now you
    can. Offering tremendous late-period performances,
    The London Collection Volume 1 is nothing but Monk,
    improvisational, unhinged, and unrestrained.


    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint
    that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz
    and blues legends, The London Collection Volume 1
    marks what are indisputably Monk's final significant
    contributions and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors
    and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music.
    The album was mastered from the original analog tapes
    at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180gram
    vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.


    "The sound here is so transparent, the pressing quality
    so superb, the vinyl so quiet, if you set the level just so,
    I think you'll agree with me that the title of this review is
    not hyperbole: turn out the lights and Monk has been
    brought back to life to play just for you!"
    - Michael Fremer / Analog Planet

    1. Trinkle, Tinkle [Take 3]
    2. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]
    3. Darn That Dream
    4. Little Rootie Tootie
    5. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
    6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    7. My Melancholy Baby
    8. Jackie-Ing
    9. Lover Man
    10. Blue Sphere
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1 Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1 Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1

    Volume one of Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader in 1947.
    These sessions include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards including "Round
    Midnight" which is now one of the most popular jazz compositions ever. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music belongs in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative.
    1. 'Round Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. Thelonious
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Well You Needn't
    8. Misterioso
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2 Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2 Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2

    Volume two of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music exemplifies Thelonious Monk as a full band leader and
    consists almost entirely of original compositions. Sidemen include trumpeter Kenny Dorham, bassist Al McKibbon,
    saxophonist Sahib Shihab as well as Art Blakey and Max Roach. Both volumes of Genius of Modern Music belong
    in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue
    Note vinyl initiative.
    1. Four In One
    2. Who Knows?
    3. Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
    4. In Walked Bud
    5. Humph
    6. Straight No Chaser
    7. Suburban Eyes
    8. Ask Me Now
    Thelonious Monk
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  • New York Is Now! New York Is Now! Quick View

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    New York Is Now!


    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Recorded during the same session that resulted in the Love Call album (in late April and early May of 1968), New York Is Now is one of the true curiosity pieces in Ornette's catalog. With a rhythm section comprised of ex-Coltrane sidemen Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones as well as tenorist Dewey Redman, Ornette is, in some sense, at odds with himself here. This particular rhythm section is a lot more modally than harmonically propelled -- especially Jones, who sounds here like he doesn't know what to do with himself in the restrictive tempos -- and creates a complex set of issues for Coleman and Redman to contend with. That said, on The Garden of Souls, which opens the album, Coleman makes the most of this sprightly, energetic rhythm team and moves through quotations of Moon River, Danny Boy, and even Paul Muriat's Love Is Blue during his solo, before shifting the harmonics around and anchoring them somewhere between E flat 7 and E major. On Broadway Blues, Coleman uses Monk liberally in his melodic conception, and he and Redman have a go at turning a seven-note vamp into all sorts of knotty material for soloing -- and you can almost feel Jones smile as the tempo reaches triple time as the saxophonists race each other through it. And while this date is of only marginal interest on some level (for true hardcore Ornette-ophiles), it is pleasant and amusing if not amazing -- with the exception of For a Commercial, which features Ornette's fine violin playing above the rest of the band in the mix (what a downer). ~ Thom Jurek

    1. The Garden Of Souls

    2. Toy Dance

    3. We Now Interrupt For A Commercial

    4. Broad Way Blues

    5. Round Trip
    Ornette Coleman
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  • At Carnegie Hall At Carnegie Hall Quick View

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    At Carnegie Hall

    This never-before-heard jazz classic documents one of the most historically important working bands in all of Jazz history, a band that was both short-lived and, until now, thought to be frustratingly under-recorded. The concert, which took place at the famed New York hall on November 29, 1957, was preserved on newly-discovered tapes made by Voice of America for a later radio broadcast that were located at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2005.
    1. Monk's Mood
    2. Evidence
    3. Crepescule With Nellie
    4. Nutty
    5. Epistrophy
    6. Bye-Ya
    7. Sweet And Lovely
    8. Blue Monk
    9. Epistrophy
    Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane
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  • Straight Ahead (Pure Pleasure) Straight Ahead (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Straight Ahead (Pure Pleasure)

    This is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest recordings. It is a testament to the credibility of her very honest music (and her talents) that Lincoln's sidemen on this date include the immortal tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins who takes a memorable solo on Blue Monk), Eric Dolphy on flute and alto, trumpeter Booker Little (whose melancholy tone is very important in the ensembles), pianist Mal Waldron , and drummer Max Roach. Highpoints include When Malindy Sings, Blue Monk, Billie Holiday's Left Alone, and African Lady.



    Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach were married in 1962, an association that lasted until 1970. They worked together for a while but Lincoln (who found it harder to get work in jazz due to the political nature of some of her music) became involved in acting and did not record as a leader during 1962-1972. She finally recorded for Inner City in 1973 and gradually became more active in jazz. Her two Billie Holiday tribute albums for Enja (1987) showed listeners that the singer was still in her prime and she has recorded several excellent sets for Verve in the 1990s. Because she puts so much thought into each of her recordings, it is not an understatement to say that every Abbey Lincoln set is well worth owning.




    Musicians:



    • Abbey Lincoln (vocal)

    • Eric Dolphy (piccolo-flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone)

    • Walter Benton, Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Booker Little (trumpet)

    • Julian Priester (trombone)

    • Mal Waldron (piano)

    • Art Davis (bass)

    • Max Roach (drums)

    • Roger Sanders, Robert Whiteley (conga)




    Recording: February 1961 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City




    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.


    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Straight Ahead
    2. When Malinda Sings
    3. In the Red
    4. Blue Monk
    5. Left Alone
    6. African Lady
    7. Retribution
    Abbey Lincoln
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  • Wizard Of The Vibes Wizard Of The Vibes Quick View

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    Wizard Of The Vibes

    Wizard of the Vibes was originally released in 1952 by premiere jazz vibraphonist, Milt "Bags" Jackson. The
    Thelonious Monk Quintet and The Modern Jazz Quartet plus Lou Donaldson are featured on this recording. Wizard of the Vibes will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
    1. Tahiti
    2. Lillie
    3. Criss Cross
    4. Willow Weep For Me
    5. What's New
    6. Bags' Groove
    7. On The Scene
    8. Eronel
    Milt Jackson
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    How The Spark Loves The Tinder

    Monk Parker releases his debut solo record "How The Spark Loves The Tinder" on the Bronze Rat label (London/Berlin - home to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gemma Ray, Solex and more). Featuring over 30 musicians, it was recorded over a two-year period of illness & dislocation following the breakup of his previous band The Low Lows and Parker's subsequent move to Austin TX.
    1. Sadly Yes
    2. I Am A Gun
    3. The Happy Hours
    4. Wanna Be Forgotten
    5. Idle In Idlewild
    6. Black Bees
    7. Raining In Eva
    8. The Great Fires
    Monk Parker
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    Few composers or improvisers can match the originality of pianist Thelonious Monk. Quirky yet rigorously logical, Monk's playful but always purposeful choice of skewed melodies and interrupted rhythm patterns gave the bebop movement, and jazz in total, a new sound that was totally modern. Although he created a surprisingly limited body of compositions, his impact on the vocabulary and canon of jazz is second to none, including such prolific giants as Duke Ellington. Brilliant Corners is a triumph of both performance and conception: the two small-group sessions, anchored by Monk, drummer Max Roach, and the bass work of either Oscar Pettiford or Paul Chambers, feature superb front-line performances by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and the tragically under-recorded Ernie Henry, as well as trumpeter Clark Terry. The title track, which centers the collection, is one of Monk's most unconventional pieces, skirting whole-tone, chromatic and Lydian scales; a version of Pannonica finds Monk doubling on celeste, while the band stretches out on Bemsha Swing and the blues Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are. - Fred Goodman
    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender, Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing
    Thelonious Monk
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    Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet and he made every moment count. Joined by Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but created a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances that are among the most explosive of his distinguished career in the process.


    Due to its position between the more famous 'Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic. Every song here is a highlight, whether it's the influential title track, the bravado of "No Jackle," the blues themed "Sid's Ahead," or the definitive rendition of Thelonious Monk's signature piece "Straight, No Chaser," this 1958 release is a milestone indeed!

    1. Dr. Jackle
    2. Sid's Ahead
    3. Two Bass Hit
    4. Milestones
    5. Billy Boy
    6. Straight, No Chaser
    Miles Davis
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    Out to Lunch (Awaiting Repress)


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


    Out To Lunch! was Eric Dolphy's only recording for Blue Note Records as a leader and today is considered one of the premiere albums in the label's
    history as well as one of the top avant garde jazz albums of the 1960s. Featuring five Dolphy originals - including the Thelonious Monk tribute "Hat and
    Beard," Out To Lunch! includes the artistry of Dolphy on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet along with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on
    vibes, Richard Davis on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. Out To Lunch 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. Hat And Beard

    2. Something Sweet, Something Tender
    3. Gazzellioni
    4. Out To Lunch
    5. Straight Up And Down
    Eric Dolphy
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    Volume 2

    A Blue Note essential, Sonny Rollins' Volume 2 is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign -
    featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances
    recorded in 1960.


    Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis's bassist at this time, all of the other players on these April 1957 RVG Hackensack dates were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with J.J. Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and alternating pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, who both play on the now-famous version of Misterioso, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave.


    The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of Poor Butterfly and You Stepped Out Of a Dream elevate this record to monumental status.

    1. Why Don't I?
    2. Wail March
    3. Misterioso
    4. Reflections
    5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
    6. Poor Butterfly
    Sonny Rollins
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    Robert Glasper is a man of many talents. Certainly, he's both an inarguably accomplished jazz pianist and a first-rate composer. But what Glasper does best is pick drummers. With 2007's In My Element, he provided Damion Reid with a platform to record nothing less than the drum performance of the year. For this album, Glasper teams up with Chris Dave, and the results are astonishing. It's a concept album, sort of. The first half features the Trio (Glasper, Dave, and bassist Vicente Archer) on a handful of originals and a take on Thelonius Monk's Think of One. Throughout, the piano and drums intertwine with a complex integrity that sounds deceptively effortless. Then comes the Experiment: Derrick Hodge replaces Archer with an electric bass; Casey Benjamin adds saxes and vocoder; Bilal and Mos Def drop in for vocal cameos. The Experiment's five tracks differ in texture and depth from the Trio's set, but the adventurousness of the performances and the gorgeous lyricism of Dave's drumming fuse the album's halves into a single musical statement that makes for the year's best jazz album so far. --Jason Kirk
    1. No Worries
    2. Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
    3. Downtime
    4. 59 South
    5. Think of One
    6. 4eva
    7. Butterfly
    8. Festival
    9. For You
    10. All Matter
    11. Open Mind
    Robert Glasper Experiment
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