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At The Half Note Cafe Vol 1Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign
A Blue Note essential, At The Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1 is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary LP reissue campaign
Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. A live album originally recorded in 1960.$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The BlackbyrdsThe debut album by the American rhythm and blues/jazz-funk fusion group, The Blackbyrds, this eponymous release is the product of six full-time Howard
University students taking the direction of department head and jazz great Donald Byrd into the Fantasy Studios along with the aid of production wizard
Larry Mizell (Jackson 5, Gary Bartz). The end result is nothing less than stunning as the band lays down some of the tastiest groove-oriented jazz music
ever recorded. With Joe Hall on bass and Keith Killgo on drums, the rhythm section anchors a solid foundation capable of keeping the dancefloor full and
providing a base for the rest of the band's soulful explorations. Kevin Toney supplies supple keyboard work and Barney Perry keeps it funky on the guitar,
setting the pace for what would be a genre-defining LP and a breakthrough in jazz-funk crossover. Essential listening for all fans of jazz, funk, and feel good pop music.1. Do It, Fluid
2. Gut Level
4. The Runaway
5. Funky Junkie
6. Summer Love
7. Life Styles
8. A Hot Day Today$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A New Perspective
Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
This unusual set was one of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. Trumpeter Donald Byrd and a septet that also includes tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and pianist Herbie Hancock are joined by an eight-voice choir directed by Coleridge Perkinson. The arrangements by Duke Pearson are masterful and one song, Cristo Redentor, became a bit of a hit. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)1. Elijah
2. Beast Of Burden
3. Cristo Redentor
4. Black Disciple
5. Chant$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
No Room For Squares
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Originally released in 1963 by tenor saxophonist, Hank Mobley, No Room for Squares features Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd on trumpet, Andrew Hill and
Herbie Hancock on piano, John Ore and Butch Warren on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. No Room for Squares will be released as part of an
overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Three Way Split
3. Up A Step
4. No Room For Squares
5. Me 'N You
6. Old World, New Imports$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Modern Jazz PerspectiveFeatures:
Donald Byrd, Trumpet
Gigi Gryce, Alto Sax
Wynton Kelly, Piano
Wendell Marshall, Bass
Art Taylor, Drums
Jackie Paris, Banjo And Vocals1. Medley: Early Morning Blues / Now, Don't You Know
2. Early Bird
5. Steppin' Out
6. Social Call
7. An Evening In Casablanca
8. Satellite$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Room For SquaresOne of Mobley's best, this album features two 1963 all-star quintets: one with Lee Morgan and Andrew Hill, the other with Donald Byrd and Herbie Hancock. Philly Joe Jones is the driving force throughout.
Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone
Andrew Hill, piano
John Ore, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Herbie Hancock, piano
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Butch Warren, bass
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Three Way Split
3. Up A Step
4. No Room For Squares
5. Me 'N You
6. Old World, New Imports
7. Carolyn (Alternate Take)
8. No Room For Squares (Alternate Take)$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Jazz Messengers (Pure Pleasure)The very first edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers was unfortunately short-lived, and as excellent as they were collectively, it was the beginning of a trend for the members of this group to come and go. Unbeknown to Blakey at the time, he would become a champion for bringing talent from the high minor leagues to full-blown jazz-star status, starting with this band featuring Detroit trumpeter Donald Byrd, East coast tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and pianist Horace Silver, a jazz legend ever after. It's evident that although there is much cohesion in the group, Byrd's star was on the rise the fastest, and he would leave in a short period, replaced briefly by Clifford Brown, then Kenny Dorham. What is most remarkable in this first recording for the band is how several of these selections have become classic hard bop vehicles, revered and replayed by thousands of bands over time worldwide. Nica's Dream is the best known of them all, typical of the calypso beats Blakey favored at the time, with a singsong, hummable melody led by Byrd that is pure soul personified, and drenched in unrequited blues.
- Donald Byrd (trumpet)
- Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone)
- Horace Silver (piano)
- Doug Watkins (bass)
- Art Blakey (drums)
Recording: April and May 1956 by Tony Janick at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
Production: George Avakiandeutsch
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.Side A
2. Nica's Dream
3. It's You or No One
5. Carol's Interlude
6. The End of a Love Affair
7. Hank's Symphony
9. Ill Wind*
10. Late Show*
11. Deciphering The Message*
12. Carol's Interlude
*Bonus tracks not on original LP.$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-4018xWalter Davis Jr.
Davis CupAlthough a Blue Note regular at the time on sessions by Donald Byrd, Art Blakey and others, Walter Davis made only one album for the label. With Byrd, Jackie McLean, Sam Jones and Art Taylor, he explores six of his finest compositions. Davis possessed the ability to write music that was funky and catchy, but still progressive, which explains why he was one of Art Blakey's favorite pianists and composers. Minor Mind, Make It and Millie's Delight are among the album's highlights.
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Sam Jones, bass
Jackie McLean, alto saxophone
Art Taylor, drums
This title is not eligible for discount.1. 'Smake It
4. Rhumba Nhumba
5. Minor Mind
6. Millie's Delight$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-7080xPhil Woods & Donald Byrd
The Young Bloods (Mono)This 1956 hard bop Prestige release features Phil Woods and Donald Byrd co-leading a quintet rounded out by Al Haig (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass) and Charlie Persip (drums). The 6-song set is dominated by four strong originals from the prolific Woods including House of Chan and In Walked George which also see the alto saxophonist taking solo honors in style.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Dewey Square
3. Once More
4. House of Chan
5. In Walked George
6. Lover Man$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Mono Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
City LifeCity Life, arguably The Blackbyrds' best album, hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart upon its original release in 1975.
Produced by legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the album showcases The Blackbyrd's' unique jazz-funk crossover sound and includes the runaway
hits Happy Music and Rock Creek Park, which stand even today as pinnacles of the '70s jazz-funk movement. A testament to its lasting appeal, Rock
Creek Park from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A,
Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Loc and most recently, Wiz Khalifa. This often-sublime album
is primed for rediscovery by fans of '70s funk, soul, jazz and fusion.1. Rock Creek Park
2. Thankful 'Bout Yourself
3. City Life
4. All I Ask
5. Happy Music
6. Love So Fine
7. Flying High
8. Hash Aand Eggs$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Informal Jazz (Mono)Pianist/composer Elmo Hope is joined on 1956's Informal Jazz by a literal dream team of jazz giants including John Coltrane (tenor sax), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The 4-song hard bop set is anchored by the two Hope originals Weeja and On It which are featured here alongside the Jimmy Van Heusen penned Polka Dots and Moonbeams and the popular jazz standard Avalon. With a line-up like this, the title may be the only thing informal about it!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Weeja
2. Polka Dot and Moonbeams
3. On It
4. Avalon$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress)Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180-Gram Vinyl LP!
Limited To Only 3000 Numbered Copies!
Features Performances By John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Bill Evans & More!
In 1958, a young, successful French composer-arranger with a major infatuation on American jazz, worked his way to New York and convinced the very best players of the time to record an album of largely jazz standards. Michel Legrand would go on to win numerous prizes and accolades (3 Oscars, 5 Grammies, 2 Palmes D'or, etc.), but little of what followed matched the sheer brilliance of Legrand Jazz.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Phil Woods and practically every other session man in town signed up for sessions with Legrand to record his idiosyncratic arrangements of standards (Django, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Night in Tunisia, etc.). Instead of regurgitating then current bop styles, he reinvented the very nature of orchestral jazz band repertoire to make a unique and forward-looking statement on the genre.
The sound of Impex's all-analog LP preserves the wide soundstage of late 50's Columbia recordings while creating intimate spaces between players on the stage for maximum definition. This rare, highly-praised recording has never sounded as good as it does now. Go big with Legrand Jazz.
Legrand Jazz was greeted by an enthusiastic review in the magazine Down Beat. Dom Cerulli awarded it five stars out of a possible five.
Michel Legrand, Conductor, Arranger (All Songs)
For The Jitterbug Waltz, Django, Wild Man Blues & 'Round Midnight - Recorded June 25, 1958:
Paul Chambers (bass)
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Eddie Costa (vibes)
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Kenny Dennis (drums)
Bill Evans (piano)
Barry Galbraith (guitar)
Betty Glamann (harp)
Herbie Mann (flute)
Jerome Richardson (baritone sax, bass clarinet)
Phil Woods (alto sax)
For Nuages, Blue And Sentimental, Rosetta & Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Recorded June 27, 1958:
Eddie Bert (trombone)
Billy Byers (trombone)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
George Duvivier (bass)
Major Holly (bass, tuba)
Hank Jones (piano)
Don Lamond (drums)
Herbie Mann (flute)
Frank Rehak (trombone)
Ben Webster (tenor sax)
For Night In Tunisia, Stompin' At The Savoy & In A Mist - Recorded June 30, 1958:
James Buffington (french horns)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
Don Elliot (vibes)
Art Farmer (trumpet)
Milt Hinton (bass)
Osie Johnson (drums)
Teo Macero (baritone sax)
Nat Pierce (piano)
Seldon Powell (tenor sax)
Gene Quill (alto sax)
Frank Rehak (trombone)
Ernie Royal (trumpet)
Joe Wilder (trumpet)
Phil Woods (alto sax)
This title is not eligible for discount1. The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)
2. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
3. Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
4. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie)
5. Stompin' At the Savoy (Benny Goodman)
6. Django (John Lewis)
7. Wild Man Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
8. Rosetta (Earl Hines)
9. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
11. In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Unfinished BusinessProduced by legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd, Unfinished Business, originally released in 1976, features the core group of keyboardist Kevin Toney,
guitarist Orville Saunders, bassist Joe Hall and drummer Keith Kiligo, with saxophonist and flautist Wesley Jackson. A toe-tapping synthesis of all that
was happening in Black music in 1970s electronic jazz, funk and hard swinging R&B, Unfinished Business serves up more of the irresistible formula that
the band struck gold with on their previous album, City Life. A must-have for fans of classic '70s funk, soul, and danceable groove.1. Time Is Movin'
2. In Life
3. Enter In
4. You've Got That Something
5. Party Land
7. Unfinished Business$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whims of Chambers (Mono)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
Paul Chambers' first album features an amazing lineup of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Philly Joe Jones. A classic Blue Note session of what might be considered cerebral jazz.
This title is not eligible for discount.Omicron
Whims Of Chambers
Tale Of The Fingers
Just For The Love$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lights Out (Mono)1957's Lights Out finds an up and coming Jackie McLean in his second session as a leader with fine accompaniment from Donald Byrd (trumpet), Arthur Taylor (drums) and Doug (Watkins). Primarily hard bop in nature, the 6-song set also features blues undertones and the occasional shared improvisation by McLean and Byrd.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Lights Out
4. A Foggy Day
6. Inding$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
The TurnaroundThe Turnaround! is an album by jazz tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley recorded on March 7, 1963 and on February 5, 1965, and released on the Blue Note label. It features performances by Mobley with Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren and Philly Joe Jones from the earlier session and Freddie Hubbard, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers and Billy Higgins from the latter.1. The Turnaround
2. East of the Village
3. The Good Life
4. Straight Ahead
5. My Sin
6. Pat 'n' Chat$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-1257xRed Garland Quintet
Soul JunctionThough it was recorded in 1957 (on the same day as his All Mornin' Long LP), Soul Junction was not released until 1960 on the Prestige label.
Featuring the fine tenor work of his fellow Miles Davis Quintet alum, John Coltrane, and the blazing trumpet of Donald Byrd, Soul Junction is one
of Garland's finest releases as a band leader. The center piece is the 16-minute long title track which features a stunning, mellow and bluesy solo from Red himself.1. Soul Junction
2. Woody'n You
3. Birk's Works
4. I've Got It Bad
5. Hallelujah$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Last TraneThe Last Trane is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1965 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7378. It is assembled from unissued results of three separate recording sessions at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1957 and 1958.
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd - trumpet (tracks 1,4)
Red Garland - piano (tracks 1,3,4)
Paul Chambers - bass (tracks 1,3,4)
Earl May - bass (track 2)
Louis Hayes - drums (tracks 1,4)
Art Taylor - drums (tracks 2,3)Side A:
1. By The Numbers
2. Come Rain Or Shine$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-7032xGeorge Wallington Quintet
Jazz For The Carriage Trade (Mono)Recorded in 1956 when George Wallington was also musical director at the Cafe Bohemia in Greenwich Village, Jazz For The Carriage Trade finds the multi-faceted pianist leading a quintet with regular members Donald Byrd (trumpeter) and Phil Woods (alto saxophone) joined by Teddy Kotick (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). The 6-song set features a fine mix of standards such as Our Delight, Our Love Is Here to Stay and What's New alongside strong originals including Woods' own Together We Wail and But George.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Our Delight
2. Love Is Here to Stay
3. Foster Dulles
4. Together We Wail
5. What's New?
6. But George$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mobley's Message (Mono)Hank Mobley's 1956 Prestige release Mobley's Message features six recordings from the legendary tenor saxophonist in three different settings including one cut with a quartet, four with a quintet and one with a sextet. Players such as Donald Byrd (trumpet), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Barry Harris (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Art Taylor (drums) offer their support here in disparate incarnations. Contains a quintet reading of Charlie Parker's Au Privave and a quartet take on the Rodgers & Hart standard Little Girl Blue with Mobley being the sole horn.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Bouncing With Bud
2. 52nd Street Theme
3. Minor Disturbance
4. Au Privave
5. Little Girl Blue
6. Alternating Current$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
4, 5, And 6 (Mono)Jackie McLean's aptly titled 1956 release 4,5 and 6 features recordings from the innovative alto saxophonist in three different settings including tracks with a quartet, an expanded quintet and even a sextet. Supporting players such as Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Art Taylor (drums) join in on the proceedings in disparate incarnations, all with winning results. The dynamic 6-song set is highlighted by Waldron's own stirring ballad Abstraction and the sextet's sprawling version of Charlie Parkers Confirmation.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Sentimental Journey
2. Why Was I Born?
5. When I Fall in Love
6. Abstraction$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
JazzmatazzGuru's Jazzmafazz, Vol. 1, originally released in 1993, is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. Guru had a vision and brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old and new school; Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan (check out his solo on the track No Time To Play), Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers and vocalists like Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar have cooperated on this classic album.
Jazzmafazz proved to be a highly influential album and a huge commercial success.1. Introduction
3. When You're Near
4. Transit Ride
5. No Time To Play
6. Down The Backstreets
7. Respectful Dedications
8. Take A Look (At Yourself)
9. Trust Me
10. Slicker Than Most
11. Le Bien, Le Mal
12. Sights In The City$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New SoilNew Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimpses of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced, as they would be in just a few years' time, but as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp, Hip Strut, and pianist Walter Davis Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie Greasy. Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's Minor Apprehension, where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry.
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Paul Chambers, bass
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Pete LaRoca, drums
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Hip Strut
2. Minor Apprehension
4. Sweet Cakes
5. Davis Cup$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-ANA-7130xRed Garland Quintet
All Mornin' Long200-Gram Pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a Flat Edge Profile and Deep Groove Label, True to the Original LP, and a Deluxe High-Gloss Tip-on Album Jacket.
All-Star Musician Lineup of Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, George Joyner and Arthur Taylor. Originally Released in November 1957.
Some groups have existed only in the recording studio but have produced music of lasting value.
This quintet, under pianist Red Garland's leadership, actually did play some gigs around New York in the fall of 1957, but even if it hadn't, the rapport in the studio would still have been powerful. Beginning with the association of Garland and sax master John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet and continuing with Arthur Taylor's trio connection with Garland, and trumpeter Donald Byrd's having worked with all of them in one form or another, there was enough of a common spirit in the musical attitudes of all the participants. The title blues spans an entire side; the overleaf is shared by Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away from Me and Dameron's Our Delight.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. All Mornin' Long
2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
3. Our Delight$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now