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  • The Talented Touch The Talented Touch Quick View

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    The Talented Touch

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    Hank Jones worked together often with guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Osie Johnson in various recording sessions featuring many styles of music, backing singers, or anchoring larger ensembles, so it is no surprise they were featured as a working quartet on this 1958 Capitol LP. The dozen tracks mix standards (including Star Eyes, The Blue Room, and My One and Only Love), a few pop songs of the period, as well as a crisp interpretation of Gigi Gryce's Blue Light and the leader's one original, Let Me Know, which is a modified approach to boogie-woogie. The tracks are rather brief, running less than three and a half minutes each, though musicians the caliber of these four gentleman can say a lot more musically in that time frame than most can during a ten-minute performance.

    -All Music Guide

    1. If I Love Again
    2. My One And Only Love
    3. Don't Ever Leave Me
    4. It's Easy To Remember
    5. You Are My Love
    6. Blue Lights
    7. My Man's Gone Now
    8. The Blue Room
    9. A Sunday Kind Of Love
    10. Star Eyes
    11. Let Me Know
    12. Try A Little Tenderness
    13. Easy To Love
    14. Summertime
    Hank Jones
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  • The Voice That Is The Voice That Is Quick View

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    The Voice That Is

    Ballad singer Johnny Hartman's third and final Impulse session has several near-classic performances including My Ship, Waltz for Debby and It Never Entered My Mind, along with several songs from movies or shows such as Sunrise, Sunset. Hartman is in fine form throughout here whether backed by the Hank Jones quartet or accompanied by an octet arranged by pianist Bob Hammer.


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    1. My Ship
    2. More I See You, The
    3. These Foolish Things
    4. Waltz For Debbie
    5. It Never Entered My Mind
    6. The Day the World Stopped Turning, The
    7. A Slow Hot Wind
    8. Funny World
    9. Joey, Joey, Joey

    10. Let Me Love You
    11. Sunrise, Sunset
    Johnny Hartman
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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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  • Sings Hank Williams Sings Hank Williams Quick View

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    Sings Hank Williams

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    Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams, George Jones, and other classic country covers!

    LP1
    1. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
    2. You Win Again
    3. Hey, Good Lookin'
    4. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of YOU
    5. Cold, Cold Heart
    6. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle Blow
    7. I'm Just So Lonesome I Could Cry
    8. Just One More
    9. Accidentally On Purpose
    10. Seasons Of My Heart
    11. Honky Tonk Girl
    12. I Feel Better All Over
    13. Time Changes Everything
    14. Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)


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    1. Oh Lonesome Me
    2. I Love You Because
    3. Thanks A Lot
    4. Born To Lose
    5. You Tell Me
    6. I Couldn't Keep From Crying
    7. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
    8. In The Jailhouse Now
    9. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
    10. I Will Miss You When You Go
    11. Bonanza
    12. Delia's Gone
    13. The Great Speckled Bird
    14. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley

    Johnny Cash
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  • Bad! Bossa Nova (Awaiting Repress) Bad! Bossa Nova (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Bad! Bossa Nova (Awaiting Repress)

    Saxophonist Ammons is backed by guitarists Kenny Burrell and Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Norman Edge, drummer Oliver Jackson and percussionist Al Hayes on this 1962 release. Tracks: Pagan Love Song, Ca' Purange (Jungle Soul), Anna, Cae, Cae, Moito Mato Grosso, Yellow Bird.
    1. Pagan Love
    2. Ca'Purange (Jungle Soul)
    3. Anna
    4. Cae Cae
    5. Moito Moto Grosso
    6. Yellow Bird
    Gene Ammons
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  • So Much Guitar! So Much Guitar! Quick View

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    So Much Guitar!

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    Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl repressing of this Jazz classic. So Much Guitar marked Wes' first recording with pianist Hank Jones. So Much Guitar was the only session on which both musicians could really interact. It was also Wes' first recording session with Ron Carter, with whom he would collaborate on three more albums. Wax Time.

    Twisted Blues
    Cotton Tail
    I Wish I Knew
    I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    Repetition
    Somethin' Like Bags
    While We're Young
    One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
    'Round Midnight*


    *Bonus Track

    Wes Montgomery
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  • I Just Dropped By To Say Hello I Just Dropped By To Say Hello Quick View

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    I Just Dropped By To Say Hello

    The second Impulse session for ballad singer Johnny Hartman followed his classic collaboration with John Coltrane. Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces, which include In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Sleepin' Bee, Stairway to the Stars, & even Charade. Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is on five of the songs, guitarists Kenny Burrell & Jim Hall help out on a few tunes, & Hartman is accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, & drummer Elvin Jones.
    1. Charade
    2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    3. Sleepin' Bee
    4. Don't You Know I Care
    5. Kiss Run
    6. If I'm Lucky
    7. I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
    8. Stairway To The Stars
    9. Our Time
    10. Don't Call It Love
    11. How Sweet It Is To Be In Love
    Johnny Hartman
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  • Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress)

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    French composer and pianist Michel Legrand's album Legrand Jazz in its entirety, featuring his first recorded collaboration with Miles Davis.


    Legrand Jazz compiled three June 1958 New York sessions featuring many of the finest jazz musicians in the history of the genre. Featuring John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Herbie Mann, Ben Webster, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers & Max Roach, among others.


    One Pressing Limited Edition

    1. Wild Man Blues(Louis Armstrong-Jelly Roll Morton)
    2. Round Midnight(Thelonious Monk-Cootie Williams-Bernie Hanighen)

    3. The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)

    4. Django (John Lewis)

    5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)

    6. Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk-Cootie Williams-Bernie Hanighen)

    7. Rosetta (Earl Hines-William Henri Woode)

    8. Dont Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington-Sidney Keith Russell)

    9. Blue And Sentimental (Count Basie-Mack David-Jerry Livingston)

    10. Stompin At The Savoy (Benny Goodman-Chick Webb-Edgar M. Sampson)

    11. A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie-Frank Paparelli)

    12. In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)

    Michel Legrand & Miles Davis
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  • Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1 Quick View

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    Manny Albam And The Jazz Greats Of Our Time Volume 1

    In mid-1957, composer and arranger Manny Albam produced two albums under the title Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of Our Time, each of which reunited spectacular jazz stars. The first volume, presented here, included the likes of Art Farmer, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Hank Jones. The second volume presented Richie Kamuca, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Conte Candoli, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Lou Levy, and Harry Sweets Edison.
    1. Blues From Neither Coast
    2. Latined Fracture
    3. Poor Dr. Millmoss
    4. Minor Matters
    5. My Sweetie Went Away (He Didn't Say Where, When Or Why)(Roy Turk - Lou Handman)
    6. All Too Soon (Duke Ellington - Carl Sigman)
    7. See Here, Miss Bromley
    Manny Albam
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  • So Much Guitar! So Much Guitar! Quick View

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    So Much Guitar!

    Wes Montgomery appeared as leader or co-leader on a dozen Riverside albums, in a wide variety of formats
    ranging from organ trios to one with full string orchestra. Some of the most rewarding simply placed him in a studio with a superior rhythm section and let him deal with a mixture of ballads, blues, and swingers. This album, his fourth for the label, is a notable example of this straightforward approach. It features the flawless support of Ron Carter and Hank Jones.
    1. Twisted Blues
    2. Cotton Tail
    3. I Wish I Knew
    4. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
    5. Repetition
    6. Something Like Bags
    7. While We're Young
    8. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
    Wes Montgomery
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  • Bags & Trane (Mono Remaster) Bags & Trane (Mono Remaster) Quick View

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    Bags & Trane (Mono Remaster)

    Mono Remaster


    Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording. With fine backup by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, Bags and Trane stretch out on two of Jackson's originals (including The Late Late Blues) and three standards: a romping Three Little Words, The Night We Called It a Day, and the rapid Be-Bop.


    - Scott Yanow (AllMusic.com)

    1. Bags & Trane (Mono Version)
    2. Three Little Words (Mono Version)
    3. The Night We Called It A Day (Mono Version)
    4. Be-Bop (Mono Version)
    5. The Late Late Blues (Mono Version)
    John Coltrane & Milt Jackson
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  • Dear John C. Dear John C. Quick View

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    Dear John C.

    Elvin Jones was nearing the end of his long stay with John Coltrane when he led these sessions in 1965, and while the style is small-group post-bop, the music is very different from the thick textures of the Coltrane quartet. The core band is a trio with the Charlie Parker-influenced alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and the brilliant bassist Richard Davis. Mariano soars overhead on a series of lyrical standards, including Everything Happens to Me and This Love of Mine. Roland Hanna joins the group for the first three selections, and Elvin's brother, Hank for the last four. Of the Hanna tracks, Charles Mingus's Love Bird stands out, while Hank Jones' crisp and inventive lines shine on the classic bop of Anthropology and Ellington's Fantazm.


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    1. Dear John C.
    2. Ballade
    3. Love Bird
    4. Everything Happens to Me
    5. Smoke Rings
    6. This Love of Mine
    7. Anthropology
    8. Feeling Good
    9. Fantazm
    10. That Five-Four Bang
    Elvin Jones
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  • Somethin' Else Somethin' Else Quick View

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    Somethin' Else


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


    Recorded in March of 1958, Cannonball Adderley's Somethin' Else was recording during the era when Adderley was part of the Miles Davis Sextet.
    Featured on the album are Adderley on alto sax along with Miles Davis on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Art Blakey on drums.
    Of note, this is one of the few post-1955 appearances of Miles Davis as a sideman. Somethin' Else 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. Autumn Leaves
    2. Love For Sale
    3. Somethin' Else
    4. One For Daddy-O
    5. Dancing In The Dark
    Cannonball Adderley
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  • See You At The Fair See You At The Fair Quick View

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    See You At The Fair

    Ben Webster's final American recording was one of his greatest. At 55, the tenor saxophonist was still very much in his prime but considered out of style in the U.S. and would soon permanently move to Europe. Joining Webster on this fine quartet set is Hank Jones and Roger Kellaway on piano, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Osie Johnson. Webster's tone has rarely sounded more beautiful than on Someone to Watch Over Me and Our Love Is Here to Stay.


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    1. Someone to Watch Over Me
    2. In a Mellow Tone
    3. Over the Rainbow
    4. Our Love Is Here to Stay
    5. The Single Petal of a Rose
    6. See You at the Fair
    7. Stardust
    8. Fall of Love
    9. While We're Dancing
    10. Lullaby of Jazzland
    Ben Webster
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  • Bags And Trane Bags And Trane Quick View

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    Bags And Trane

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes


    The Only Full-Album Collaboration Between Iconic Vibraphonist and Definitive Saxophonist


    Featuring Pianist Hank Jones, Bassist Paul Chambers, and Drummer Connie Kay


    It's a shame more classic hard-boppers weren't unified for multiple collaborations. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophone virtuoso John Coltrane recorded just once together, and this 1959 date makes one wish they reunited for several return engagements. Lighthearted, upbeat, and joyously fluid, Bags & Trane plays like a private after-hours session of friends hanging back and toying with the music.


    In collaborating with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, the headliners go for broke, expanding the parameters of two Jackson originals as well as three standards, including Dizzy Gillespie's Be-Bop and the staple The Night We Called It a Day. Upbeat tempos and spirited interplay pulses throughout.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's reissue presents this heralded release in exacting sound, with the instruments given full range and true-to-life imaging that takes you right into New York City's Atlantic Recording Studios when the pieces were recorded in January 1959. What a delight!

    1. Bags & Trane
    2. Three Little Words
    3. The Night We Called It a Day
    4. Be-Bop
    5. The Late Blues
    Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
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  • 2, 3, 4 2, 3, 4 Quick View

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    2, 3, 4

    This unique session contains five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Shelly Manne. Both Take the 'A' Train and Cherokee find the group at times playing two tempos at once and showing that they had heard some of the avant-garde players. The most swinging piece, Avalon, was previously available only on a sampler while Me and Some Drums features Hawkins and Manne in a very effective duet with the veteran tenor making his only recorded appearance on piano during the first half. The set is rounded out by a pair of trio features for Eddie Costa (with Duvivier and Manne); one song apiece on vibes and drums. A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises.


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    1. Take the A Train
    2. The Sicks of Us
    3. Slowly
    4. Lean on Me
    5. Cherokee
    6. Me and Some Drums
    Shelly Manne
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  • No Room For Squares No Room For Squares Quick View

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    No Room For Squares

    One 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


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    1. Three Way Split
    2. Carolyn
    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)
    Hank Mobley
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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


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    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker Quick View

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    Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker


    First Time Available On Wide Release Vinyl


    Pristinely Restored 1980 Live Recording


    6 Of The Greatest Jazz Legends In Their Prime


    180 Gram Audiophile 2LP Vinyl With Gatefold


    On a cold November evening in 1980, 3000 jazz fans filled the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier Hall of Place des Arts
    in Montreal, Quebec to attend what promised to be, a swinging evening featuring six of the biggest names
    in bebop. Billed The Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker, and under the direction of
    Dizzy Gillespie - one of the best jazz trumpeters of all time - the event featured legendary performers:
    Hank Jones - piano, Ray Brown - bass, Milt Jackson - vibes, Philly Joe Jones - drums and James Moody
    on tenor sax and flute. Local club owner Roue Doudou Boicel, who produced the concert, had the foresight
    to record the concert in its entirety. A limited quantity bootleg LP of the concert soon appeared and then
    disappeared from the marketplace, those tapes lay dormant for over 30 years.


    This historic recording opens with rapturous applause that sets the tone with Dizzy's own "Blues 'N' Boogie.
    "Also featured are several classic standards - some more well known then others - including "Darben The
    Redd Foxx," "Time On My Hands," "Get Happy," "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Stardust." All the players are
    at the top of their game and having a blast, as evidenced by the banter and repartee between songs.


    Concert of the Century, pristinely restored and remastered, features two tracks that weren't on the original
    pressing from the early '80s - Ralph Rainger's "If I Should Lose You" and an incredible eight minute bass
    solo by Ray Brown.

    LP 1
    1. Blue 'n' Boogie
    2. If I Should Lose You
    3. Darben the Redd Foxx
    4. Time On My Hands


    LP 2
    1. Get Happy
    2. The Shadow of Your Smile
    3. Bass Solo/Manhã de Carnaval/Work Song (featuring Ray Brown)
    4. Stardust

    Dizzy Gillespie
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  • For Better, Or Worse For Better, Or Worse Quick View

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    For Better, Or Worse

    Oh Boy Records will release John Prine's latest, For Better, Or Worse, a duet album and follow up to the Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves. In this timeless album, produced by Jim Rooney, John sings with country sweethearts Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Prine, Amanda Shires, Morgane Stapleton, Susan Tedeschi, Holly Williams, and Lee Ann Womack.


    The classic songs on For Better, Or Worse, originally recorded by artists such as Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens and others, are in John's blood. "I cut my teeth on Hank Williams songs," he says. "When I sing these songs there is a small pipeline straight from my heart to my lips." The tracks take listeners through the universal cycle of love's pull, love's bend, love's life, and love's end.

    1. Who's Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)
    2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
    3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Alison Krauss)
    4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)
    5. I'm Telling You (feat. Holly Williams)
    6. Remember Me (feat. Kathy Mattea)
    7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)
    8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (feat. Amanda Shires)
    9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
    10. Cold Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)
    11. Dreaming My Dreams (feat. Kathy Mattea)
    12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
    13. Mr & Mrs Used To Be (feat. Iris Dement)
    14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)
    15. Just Waitin'
    John Prine
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  • The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure) The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Chase Is On (Pure Pleasure)

    The twin tenor sax tradition yielded grand pairings with the likes of Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon, Arnett Cobb and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. This one-shot teaming of Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette brought forth a union of two distinctly different mannerisms within the mainstream jazz continuum. Rouse, who would go on to prolific work with Thelonious Monk and was at this time working with French horn icon Julius Watkins, developed a fluid signature sound that came out of the more strident and chatty style heard here. By this time in 1957, Quinichette, nicknamed the Vice Prez for his similar approach to Lester Young, was well established in the short term with Count Basie. His liquid, full-bodied, soulful tone became an undeniable force, albeit briefly, before he dropped out of the scene shortly after this date to be an electrical engineer. The stereo split of the saxophonists in opposite channels, a technique endemic of the time, works well whether they play solos or melody lines together. It enables you to truly hear how different they are. Working with standards, there's a tendency for them to play the head arrangements in unison, but then one of them on occasion plays an off-the-cuff short phrase that strays from the established melodic path. They also seem to do a hard bop jam, then a ballad, and back to hard swinging.


    The title track is simply a killer, a perfect fun romp of battling duelists, and one that you'd like to hear in any nightclub setting. Some slight harmonic inserts set This Can't Be Love apart from the original and The Things I Love displays the two tenors at their conversational best, while the lone original, Knittin', is a fundamental 12-bar swing blues, straight up and simple but with some subtle harmonic nuances. The rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bass player Wendell Marshall, and drummer Ed Thigpen do their usual yeoman job. But on two tracks, pianist Hank Jones and rhythm guitarist Freddie Green take over, and the sound of the band changes dramatically to the more sensitive side on a low-down version of When The Blues Come On and the good-old basic vintage swinger You're Cheating Yourself. The combination of Rouse and Quinichette was a very satisfactory coupling of two talented and promising post-swing to bop individualists, who played to all of their strengths and differences on this worthy -- and now legendary -- session.


    Musicians:



    • Charlie Rouse, Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone)

    • Wynton Kelly, Hank Jones (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Wendell Marshall (bass)

    • Ed Thigpen (drums)



    Recording :August and September 1957 in New York




    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. The Chase Is On
    2. When The Blues Come On
    3. This Can't Be Love
    4. Last Time For Love
    5. You're Cheating Yourself
    6. Knittin'
    7. Tender Trap
    8. The Things I Love
    Paul Quinichette & Charlie Rouse
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Head Sounds

    Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn't categorize himself as anything but an artist. He advises younger musicians to do the same.
    You don't have to put yourself in a box...there's so many different ways to go, Riggins says. A student of late jazz bassist Ray Brown, he tours with another Brown protÉgÉ, Grammy Award winner Diana Krall. In 2011, he collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert and on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney's first studio release in five years. Names of some of the jazz artists he's backed reads like the genre's hall of fame - Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter.


    But on his solo debut Alone Together, set for an October 23 release on Stones Throw Records (Vinyl and digital will be released in two-parts over summer and fall 2012), Riggins plants himself firmly as a hip-hop producer with a 34-track instrumental odyssey through nearly every influence on his career thus far. The project was inspired by much of the music he was creating while living in Los Angeles, and also by the love of his son and family.


    Now residing in his native Detroit, Riggins is back where it all began. I feel like I can really breath and stay inspired here, and I have room to set up my lab and be creative, he says. This is the rationale behind the title Alone Together, taken from a jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz that begin with the words, Alone together, above the crowd.


    Coming back to the machines, I feel like I can really express myself, Riggins says. This is the way that I express my rhythms.


    Machines, however, are just one way he expresses his rhythms. Midway through the album, the track Water is interrupted by a vocal snippet where the speaker places Riggins right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz. Alone Together is that intersection; it's the jazz music he's played professionally since the age of 19, and it's crafting beats like Africa on an MPC5000 while touring throughout Eastern Europe and Russia.


    I need the balance, Riggins says, of working with the likes of Krall and McCartney, and also being able to go back to the studio and create hip-hop. Without that, I couldn't be who I am.


    Songs on Alone Together range from 14 seconds to a little over three minutes, and are the essence of man vs. machine. When Riggins channels Elvin Jones on the album's climax and tribute to his longtime friend, J Dilla the Greatest, his tools are a Gretsch drum kit, the Fender Rhodes and an MPC3000. As versed as he is in jazz and pop, the machines will always be at the root - until the next thing.


    There's always something new to figure out, he says. That's the blessing in it.

    1. Belle Isle Reprise
    2. daOOOOOH!!
    3. Tom Toms
    4. Because
    5. F-rd Jingle
    6. Boy Is Doin' It Right
    7. Summer Maddness S.A.
    8. Back In Brazil
    9. Live at Bert's
    10. No Way
    11. 6-4
    12. I Need Love
    13. K. Riffins
    14. Voyager/5000
    15. Bring That Beat Back (next time)
    16. Matador
    17. J Dilla The Greatest
    Karriem Riggins
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    Alone

    Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn't categorize himself as anything but an artist. He advises younger musicians to do the same.


    You don't have to put yourself in a box...there's so many different ways to go, Riggins says. A student of late jazz bassist Ray Brown, he tours with another Brown protÉgÉ, Grammy Award winner Diana Krall. In 2011, he collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert and on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney's first studio release in five years. Names of some of the jazz artists he's backed reads like the genre's hall of fame - Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter.


    But on his solo debut Alone Together, set for an October 23 release on Stones Throw Records (Vinyl and digital will be released in two-parts over summer and fall 2012), Riggins plants himself firmly as a hip-hop producer with a 34-track instrumental odyssey through nearly every influence on his career thus far. The project was inspired by much of the music he was creating while living in Los Angeles, and also by the love of his son and family.


    Now residing in his native Detroit, Riggins is back where it all began. I feel like I can really breath and stay inspired here, and I have room to set up my lab and be creative, he says. This is the rationale behind the title Alone Together, taken from a jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz that begin with the words, Alone together, above the crowd.


    Coming back to the machines, I feel like I can really express myself, Riggins says. This is the way that I express my rhythms.


    Machines, however, are just one way he expresses his rhythms. Midway through the album, the track Water is interrupted by a vocal snippet where the speaker places Riggins right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz. Alone Together is that intersection; it's the jazz music he's played professionally since the age of 19, and it's crafting beats like Africa on an MPC5000 while touring throughout Eastern Europe and Russia.


    I need the balance, Riggins says, of working with the likes of Krall and McCartney, and also being able to go back to the studio and create hip-hop. Without that, I couldn't be who I am.


    Songs on Alone Together range from 14 seconds to a little over three minutes, and are the essence of man vs. machine. When Riggins channels Elvin Jones on the album's climax and tribute to his longtime friend, J Dilla the Greatest, his tools are a Gretsch drum kit, the Fender Rhodes and an MPC3000. As versed as he is in jazz and pop, the machines will always be at the root - until the next thing.


    There's always something new to figure out, he says. That's the blessing in it.

    1. Intro
    2. Round The Outside
    3. From Detroit/Belle Isle
    4. Moogy Foog It
    5. OOOOOAAAAA
    6. Stadium Rock
    7. Alto Flute
    8. Orbitz
    9. Up
    10. Forward Motion
    11. Esperanza
    12. Africa
    13. Harpsichord Session
    14. Water
    15. Double Trouble
    16. A7 Mix
    17. Ding Dong Bells
    Karriem Riggins
    $16.99
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    Almost Blue

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Elvis Costello's impressive album of country covers is now available on 180-gram vinyl re-mastered from the original master tapes. This unique album includes "What A Good Year For The Roses" and country covers of classics from the likes Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and more.


    Elvis Costello was so enamored with American country music when he finally discovered it, he was motivated to record Almost Blue. Renowned as one of the most passionate and enthusiastic covers albums ever made, the 12-song set finds the iconic singer/songwriter interpreting standards by the likes of Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and other legends. Replete with heartbreak, lonesomeness, boozing, cheating, and dreaming, it's laden with country and westerns customary themes and dignified by one of the finest performances of Costello and the Attractions peerless career.


    1. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)? (Hank Williams)
    2. Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson)
    3. Success (Johnny Mullins)
    4. Hot Burrito #1 (Gram Parsons, Chris Ethridge)
    5. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard)
    6. Brown to Blue (George Jones, Virginia Franks)
    7. A Good Year for the Roses (Jerry Chesnut)
    8. Sittin' and Thinkin' (Charlie Rich)
    9. Colour of the Blues (Lawton Williams, George Jones)
    10. Too Far Gone (Billy Sherrill)
    11. Honey Hush (Lou Willie Turner)
    12. How Much I Lied (Gram Parsons, Pam Rifkin)
    Elvis Costello
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