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  • One Flight Up One Flight Up Quick View

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    One Flight Up

    One Flight Up is an album by American jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded in 1964 in Paris and released on the Blue Note label.
    1. Tanya
    2. Coppin' the Haven
    3. Darn That Dream
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Dexter Calling Dexter Calling Quick View

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    Dexter Calling

    Blue Note Reissue




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



    I have my two new Blue Note LPs here and as I sit writing this I am listening to the Dexter Gordon, WOW!sitting here listening to this wonderful music, just clean, no background noise, a black background, like the studio that they recorded this in, it is wonderful. The instruments coming out of the sound stage positioned as they were recorded, this is a real treat. Miller Steel, Acoustic Sounds customer


    ...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana. - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com


    I have just listened, in succession, to my mono and early stereo versions of each LP. I have purchased other similar reissues over the years, but find the engineering and pressing of this 45rpm/180 series to be superior to all to others. This is particularly since I find many new releases to be of inferior quality or handling during manufacture, despite being re-engineered and of heavier vinyl. Barry Paulson, Acoustic Sounds customer


    Dexter Gordon connects immediately with the sublime rhythm section of Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones on this, his second Blue Note album. The material ranges from Drew originals to pieces from Gordon's score for the Los Angeles production of The Connection to stunning performances of the standards The End Of A Love Affair and Smile.


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    Soul Sister
    Modal Mood
    I Want More
    The End of a Love Affair
    Clear the Dex
    Ernie's Tune
    Smile
    Landslide
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Dexter Blows Hot & Cool Dexter Blows Hot & Cool Quick View

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    Dexter Blows Hot & Cool

    An American jazz institution, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, shines on this gorgeous reissue of the 1955 masterpiece featuring young pianist Carl Perkins!
    1. Silver Plated
    2. Cry Me A River
    3. Rhythm Mad
    4. Don't Worry About Me
    5. I Hear Music
    6. Bonna Rue
    7. I Should Care
    8. Blowin' For Dootsie
    9. Tenderly
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Go Go Quick View

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    Go

    Dexter Gordon presents Go. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Cheese Cake
    2. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
    3. Second Balcony Jump
    4. Love For Sale
    5. Where Are You
    6. Three O'Clock In The Morning
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Tokyo 1975 (Pre-Order) Tokyo 1975 (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Tokyo 1975 (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 13, 2018*


    Elemental Music presents a complete previously unissued quartet performance by the great Dexter Gordon. This astonishing concert marked Gordon's first appearance ever in Japan, backed by an all-star rhythm section consisting of Kenny Drew on piano, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. The album includes a booklet containing special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna & Dexter's widow, Maxine Gordon. LP is 180g.


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Fried Bananas
    2. Days of Wine and Roses
    3. Misty
    4. Jelly, Jelly, Jelly
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Soy Califa Soy Califa Quick View

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    Soy Califa


    Curated, Analogue Mastered And Cut At Gearbox Studio


    This record is a Danish TV performance recorded on August 5 1967 that has never released on vinyl until now. Dexter Gordon is heard at his best and most powerful on these three tracks of the hardest bop, the swingingest Afro-inspired music and the most tender of ballads recorded on a hot Summer's day at Magleaas High School in front of an audience of young musicians.


    Personnel:

    Dexter Gordon - tenor saxophone, Kenny Drew - piano,

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Petersen - double bass, Albert 'Tootie' Heath - drums.

    1. Soy Califa
    2. The Shadow Of Your Smile
    3. The Blues Up And Down
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Our Man In Paris Our Man In Paris Quick View

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    Our Man In Paris


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


    Recorded in 1963, Dexter Gordon's Our Man In Paris features Gordon on tenor sax, Bud Powell on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on
    drums. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Our Man In Paris will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue
    campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Scrapple From The Apple
    2. Willow Weep For Me
    3. Broadway
    4. Stairway To The Stars
    5. A Night In Tunisia
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Go Go Quick View

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    Go


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


    Recorded and released in 1962, Go! is Dexter Gordon's tenth studio album. Go! features Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on
    drums and Gordon himself on tenor sax. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Go! will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl
    reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Cheese Cake
    2. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
    3. Second Balcony Jump
    4. Love For Sale
    5. Where Are You
    6. Three O'Clock In The Morning
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Body & Soul Body & Soul Quick View

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    Body & Soul


    Recorded At Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus Montmartre In 1967


    Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Previously Out Of Press For Almost Three Decades


    Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon was in peak form
    when recording at Copenhagen's Legendary Jazzhus
    Montmartre in 1967. A portion of that recording would
    later become Body & Soul, an album originally released
    by Black Lion Records, which has been out of press
    on vinyl for almost three decades. Now, just shy of fifty
    years after the performance was recorded, the album
    finally receives the audiophile treatment it deserves with
    this 180gram vinyl reissue, pressed at Pallas in Germany

    1. Like Someone In Love
    2. There Will Never Be Another You
    3. Body And Soul
    4. Blues Walk
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Take The 'A' Train Take The 'A' Train Quick View

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    Take The 'A' Train

    Never Before Released On Vinyl


    Recorded Live In 1967 At The Legendary Jazzhus Montmartre In Copenhagen


    Remastered And Pressed On Audiophile-Grade 180-Gram Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Recorded live in July of 1967 at the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, this selection finds tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon and his quartet (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert Tootie Heath) in top form. Two of the standards on this hard-swinging set (But Not for Me & Take the 'A' Train) are over ten minutes long, allowing Gordon to stretch out creatively. The historic recording finally gets its vinyl debut with this 180-gram audiophile-grade Pallas pressing.

    1. But Not For Me
    2. Take The 'A' Train
    3. For All We Know
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Both Sides Of Midnight Both Sides Of Midnight Quick View

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    Both Sides Of Midnight


    Mastered From Original Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At
    Pallas Group In Germany


    Recorded In 1967 At Jazzhus Montmartre In
    Copenhagen


    Dexter Gordon recorded dozens of albums and played
    hundreds of live shows, but none better than what's
    captured on this 1967 date at Jazzhus Montmartre
    in Copenhagen. The hard-bop saxophonist blows
    nothing less than a 28-chorus solo without referencing
    one standard tune on an epic 12-bar rendition of
    "Sonnymoon for Two" and, for good measure, sails
    through an extended, calypso-themed version of Ben
    Tucker's "Devilette." Want sentimentality? No problem.
    Get lost on "Misty," on which pianist Kenny Drew and
    drummer Al Heath add their own signature strokes.
    What a set!


    Both Sides of Midnight marks Gordon's peak live
    recorded document and a can't-miss opportunity for
    collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and
    his music.

    1. Devilette
    2. For All We Know
    3. Doxy
    4. Sonnymoon For Two
    Dexter Gordon
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  • Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure) Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Daddy Plays The Horn (Pure Pleasure)

    During a period of Dexter Gordon's (tenor sax) life -- when he was deep in the throws of chronic drug addiction -- the artist was miraculously able to reignite his career during the latter part of 1955. After several years of being out of the spotlight, Gordon resurfaced on the Big Apple-based indie Bethlehem imprint with the half-dozen sides that comprise Daddy Plays The Horn (1956).


    While the support team provides Gordon top-notch contributions throughout, it is unquestionably Drew who offers the most in terms of active interaction and his prominence can not be overstated. Nowhere is that as noticeable as the good-natured interaction heard on the disc's opener, the Gordon-penned title composition Daddy Plays The Horn. In fact it could be argued that Drew enhances the tenor to the point of practically being a co-leader. The update of Charlie 'Bird' Parker's bop standard Confirmation is taken at a steady mid-tempo pace, allowing plenty of room for the participants to have their say and not get in the way of the melody. Gordon seems considerably more relaxed and comfortable as he spreads line upon line of inspired improvisation. Drew is once again a real treat to hear briefly taking charge of the rhythm section. The pair of ballads on Daddy Plays The Horn are nothing short of stellar and stand as simple, emotive expressions unto themselves. Darn That Dream embraces the warmth of Gordon's tenor as his sensual phrasing leaves just enough space for Drew to sonically bridge the gap with his own unhurried and stylish chords. The generically monikered Number Four is anything but ordinary. The Gordon original jumps right from the opening and the ensemble lets loose with equally solid licks beneath his cool tone. Drew gets in the driver's seat missing nary a measure to reveal what could easily be his most tasteful contributions to date. The same can be said of bassist Vinnegar, who is briefly spotlighted on an efficient (if not somewhat sparse) solo. Autumn in New York -- the album's other essential ballad -- is proof that despite Gordon's addiction, he had retained his singular and precious sense of lyricism. Indeed, the Great American Songbook entry has rarely been permeated in such a meaningful way. The seamless transitions between Gordon and Drew are further evidence of their undeniable bond. Saving what may be the best example of the gathered instrumentalists flexing their respective be-bop muscle, You Can Depend On Me rounds out the platter with a bang.

    Musicians:



    • Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone)

    • Kenny Drew (piano)

    • Leroy Vinnegar (bass)

    • Larry Marable (drums)



    Recording: September 1955 in Hollywood, CA.



    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. Number Four
    2. Autumn In New York
    3. You Can Depend On Me
    4. Daddy Plays The Horn
    5. Confirmation
    6. Darn That Dream
    Dexter Gordon
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • A Quiet Darkness A Quiet Darkness Quick View

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    A Quiet Darkness

    The album, due for release through Downtown Records on 16 April marks a huge departure for the group sonically. Founder and songwriter Dexter Tortoriello told us last year that it's very much a record that tells a story: "I had this idea to do a concept album about this guy walking across the country to find his wife after a nuclear disaster occurs. The idea is that everyone in the western part of the country has been exposed to a great deal of radiation and is dying off, some more slowly than others. The man is trying to find his wife, not so they can survive together, but so they can die together."


    Although built up of many samples, most of which were recorded "inside abandoned houses and along the deserted highways and ghost towns of the Mojave Desert", fans can expect a more explorative and fully formed 'band' sound than previous material.

    1 Beginnings
    2 Beauty Surrounds
    3 Big Light

    4 Tired Moon

    5 Peasants

    6 Carrion
    7 What We Lost

    8 Smoke Signals

    9 Tenderly

    10 Bloom
    11 Quiet Darkness
    Houses
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  • Double Down Double Down Quick View

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    Double Down

    A vibrant slice of pure pop perfection, Double Down showcases Darwin Deez's dexterity for experimentation with
    different sonic textures, genres and lyrical allegories. It is Darwin's finest record in his rich and varied catalog to date.
    1. Last Cigarette
    2. The Mess She Made
    3. Lover
    4. Time Machine
    5. Bag Of Tricks
    6. Rated R
    7. Melange Mining Co.
    8. Kill Your Attitude
    9. The Other Side
    10. Right When It Rains
    11. The Missing I Wanna Do
    Darwin Deez
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  • Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Still Life Still Life Quick View

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    Still Life

    Dawn Golden is the work of Los Angeles-based producer Dexter Tortoriello. He gained exposure in 2010 when his other (much more serene) project, Houses began getting wide spread attention. Dawn Golden is it's opposite. Influenced by everything from doom metal bands like Neurosis to avant noise artists such as Xiu Xiu, the songs pound with a calm, but dire urgency. The project began in Tortoriello's bedroom as an experiment in different recording techniques, and quickly escalated as vocals were added and ideas rounded out. Dawn Golden released his first EP, Blow, in April 2011. The effort, which featured standouts like "Blacks" and "White Sun," received critical acclaim from NPR and Pitchfork. Post-Blow, Tortoriello started recording albums for both Dawn Golden and Houses, releasing Houses' A Quiet Darkness in May 2013. During this period, he continued working on the songs for what would become Dawn Golden's debut LP, Still Life. The album was recorded over the last three years at the Mad Decent studios in Los Angeles.


    Still Life is built around stream-of-conscious craft that explores the doleful voids of addiction, love, and death. Led by its first single "All I Want," Still Life gains its stark emotional perspective through some of the most unique production you're likely to hear this year. There's heavy exploration of sonic texture, and Tortoriello uses frozen cut-ups and creative vocal editing to flip a traditionally-futuristic sound into something that oozes feeling.

    1. Discoloration
    2. All I Want
    3. Sleight Orchestra
    4. I Won't Bend
    5. Swing
    6. The Beekeeper
    7. Still Life
    8. Chevrotain
    9. Last Train
    10. Brief Encounter
    Dawn Golden
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  • Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure) Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure)

    Leadbelly's last recording sessions for a commercial record label, held in the early fall of 1944, yielded a dazzling 12 songs, embracing virtuoso guitar blues (Grasshoppers In My Pillow), pounding piano-driven scatting (The Eagle Rocks, with Leadbelly himself at the ivories, a talent for which he wasn't usually recognized), and familiar standards done in some startlingly different ways, including Goodnight, Irene, Rock Island Line, and Ella Speed, done with the understated accompaniment of a zither (courtesy of Paul Mason Howard) as well as his own guitar. Leadbelly was in excellent voice and top form on guitar and piano - having gone to California to test the commercial waters, he met Tex Ritter, an old friend, who arranged for Leadbelly to come to his house and, with Merle Travis playing as well and Capitol executive Lee Gillette present, auditioned then and there for the label; he was energized by the experience, and Capitol's recording caught the brightest as well as the deepest tones in his playing, thus making this record one of the very best showcases for acoustic 12-string guitar of the period. Sadly, only a handful of these tracks were issued during the man's own lifetime, thus convincing him that they were another career dead end - in 1956 (and again in 1962) they emerged with an impassioned annotation by Dave Dexter Jr., imploring people to buy these last commercial sides by one of the most celebrated bluesmen of the century.



    Production notes: Whilst this album has been mastered and produced to the highest possible standards it is NOT upto what would be considered audiophile standards. This would be impossible bearing in mind the standards of recording and mastering at the time.




    Musicians:



    • Leadbelly (guitar, piano)

    • Paul Mason Howard (zither)




    Recording: October 1944 in Hollywood, USA

    Production: Dave Dexter Jr. and Lee Gilette



    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.


    Goodnight Irene
    Grasshoppers In My Pillow

    The Eagle Rocks
    Rock Island Line

    Ella Speed
    Backwater Blues
    Take This Hammer
    Tell Me, Baby
    Eagle Rock Rag

    Western Plain
    Sweet Mary Blues
    On A Christmas Day
    Huddie Ledbetter
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Whistle Stop Whistle Stop Quick View

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    Whistle Stop

    Blue Note Reissue


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


    ...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana. - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com


    Rightfully considered one of Kenny Dorham's best, this album features great originals and great trumpet playing. The superb cast consists of Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. The title tune and Philly Twist are often heard, but the entire album represents a great composing achievement for KD.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    'Philly' Twist
    Buffalo
    Sunset
    Whistle Stop
    Sunrise In Mexico
    Windmill
    Dorham's Epitaph
    Kenny Dorham
    $49.99
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    Jackie's Bag

    Blue Note Reissue



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


    ...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana. - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com


    In terms of composition, leadership and playing, this is probably Jackie McLean's greatest album, culled from two different sessions, separated by 20 months. A sextet session with Tina Brooks and Blue Mitchell.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Quadrangle
    Blues Inn
    Fidel
    Appointment in Ghana
    A Ballad for Doll
    Isle of Java
    Street Singer
    Melonae's Dance
    Medina [*]
    Jackie McLean
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Arms & Hands

    Cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is one of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing. On his latest album, Arms & Hands, he assembles the ideal trio to bridge that divide. Joined by bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bill Goodwin, along with special guests Brian Drye (trombone), Daniel Carter (alto saxophone), and Jeff Lederer (soprano/tenor saxophone), Knuffke creates a set of music that is both engaging and inventive.


    Helias is best known for his work with jazz experimentalists like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway, his band BassDrumBone with Hemingway and Ray Anderson, and his trio Open Loose with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey. Goodwin, on the other hand, is recognized as a premiere straight-ahead drummer, through his decades-long relationship with saxophonist Phil Woods and credits that include such giants as Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Gary Burton, and Art Pepper.
    The chemistry between the trio is irrefutable on Arms & Hands, which is a showcase for the immense creativity of all three musicians. Knuffke intentionally wrote compositions that took advantage of Goodwin's gift for groove and swing while remaining open enough to allow the improvisations to wander however far afield the moment might call for.


    Kirk Knuffke is a prolific composer and improviser who has worked with a host of incredible musicians including Roswell Rudd, William Parker, Uri Caine, Myra Melford, Allison Miller, Steve Swell, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Steven Bernstein, and Mary Halvorson. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in Saalfeldan Austria, Willisau Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, The Moers festival as well as festival dates in Canada, Mexico, Italy and France. He is currently a member of the Matt Wilson Quartet. Knuffke is also a member of the Mark Helias Quartet, the Andrew D'angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman's Extended Constellations, Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic and Allison Miller's Boom tic Boom. Knuffke's leader debut, Big Wig, was released by Clean Feed in 2008, followed by the trio recordings Chew Your Food and Amnesia Brown and the quartet album Chorale. He has also recorded several duo CDs with pianist Jesse Stacken and one with percussionist Mike Pride, and co-led the collaborative trio Sifter with Mary Halvorson and Matt Wilson and a quartet with saxophonist Ted Brown.

    1. Safety Shoes
    2. Bright Light
    3. Pepper
    4. Chirp
    5. Umbrella
    6. Next
    7. Arms & Hands
    8. Bonderizer
    9. Atessa
    10. Thanks A Lot
    Kirk Knuffke
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Lee-Way

    Blue Note Reissue


    How do these new deluxe re-issues stack up to the alternatives? Not surprisingly, the big difference comes from the 45-RPM cutting. The faster cutting speed creates greater dynamic range and the sense of more air around the instruments, which stand out in better relief and give that you-are-there feel. The tradeoff requires you to flip the record twice as often, a small price to pay for this level of enhanced realism. These new issues maintain that timbral accuracy and at the same time bring out the piano sound like never before, for the first time Blue Note re-issues sound right. Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 57


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


    ...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana. - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com


    This album is unique within Lee Morgan's vast and rich Blue Note discography. With then current employer Art Blakey, band mate Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, the trumpeter abandons time constraints and stretches out on four, soulful, hard-bop compositions (the first and the last are by Cal Massey). These hard bop masters are constantly inspired by Blakey's explosive grooves.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    These Are Soulful Days
    The Lion and the Wolf
    Midtown Blues
    Nakatini Suite
    Lee Morgan
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Astral Weeks

    Ranked 19/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech and Pressed on 180g RTI vinyl! True Audiophile-Quality!


    Van Morrison's 1968 release, Astral Weeks remains not only his masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made. The haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk styled epics was recorded with an all star jazz backing unit that included bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie May and its absolutely awash in overwhelming emotional beauty. The poetic complexity of the material combined with Morrison's vocal dexterity and passion make it one of those rare albums for which the word timeless is not only appropriate but inescapable.

    1. Astral Weeks
    2. Beside You
    3. Sweet Thing
    4. Cyprus Avenue
    5. The Way Young Lovers Do
    6. Madame George
    7. Ballerina
    8. Slim Slow Slider
    Van Morrison
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    Whokill

    Whokill is the second album from New England native Merrill Garbus' Tune-Yards. The release was recorded shortly after Garbus transplanted herself from Montreal to sunny Oakland, California. Whokill retains the honesty of the lonely bedroom confessionals of her early work, but with the addition of the fangs, claws and dented metal of her new surroundings.


    Indeed, Oaklands particular landscapes serve as primer for what you hear on Whokill, with the citys unique vitality fuelling the album's brightness. By applying the Tune-Yards live approach to her studio work for the first time, Garbus added more buttons and joints to those already being used, one essential new joint is dexterous bass member Nate Brenner, who co-wrote a few songs.


    Produced by Garbus herself and working with engineer Eli Crews, they show theres no substitute for a good microphone, and the sonic nuances that can only be achieved through masterful recording techniques.

    1. My Country

    2. Es-So

    3. Gangsta

    4. Powa

    5. Riotriot

    6. Bizness

    7. Doorstep

    8. You Yes You

    9. Wooly Wolly Gong

    10. Killa

    Tune-Yards
    $22.99
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    Down Home (Pure Pleasure)

    Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's formed by Gus Wildi with an impressive roster of artists including singers Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner & Mel Torme, to name a few; arrangers: Marty Paich, Russ Garcia, Frank Hunter; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Errol Garner, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, J.J. Johnson and many, many others. The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish, Bethlehem actively helped create and not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music.
    1960, when this album was recorded, was one of Zoot Sims' most productive years. The performances here are recognised as being the masterpieces of Sims' middle period.



    Musicians:



    • Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)

    • Dave McKenna (piano)

    • George Tucker (bass)

    • Dannie Richmond (drums)



    Recording: June 1960 in New York City by Peter Ind

    Production: Teddy Charles



    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. Jive At Five
    2. Doggin' Around
    3. Avalon
    4. I Cried For You
    5. Bill Bailey
    6. Goodnight Sweetheart
    7. There'll Be Some Changes Made
    8. I've Heard That Blues Before
    Zoot Sims
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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