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  • The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner) The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Beat Of My Heart (Speakers Corner)

    The crooner Tony Bennett fulfilled a lifetime dream with this percussion jazz formation: At last he could go into the studio with the greatest drummers and top-notch jazz musicians and just swing to his heart's content.


    Chico Hamilton, Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Candido and Sabu were responsible for the beat while Kai Winding, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderley and Al Cohn took care of the background among other things, and such great musicians as Milt Hinton and Eddie Safranski and John Pisano tied the whole thing together.


    The 12 numbers, recorded in four sessions, were arranged by pianist Ralph Sharon in a laid-back and diversified manner and allowed Tony Bennett plenty of room to swing along serenely. Should one recommend a particular title? If the answer is yes, then the 'pure' numbers with Chico Hamilton. And the rest? Yes, the good old jazz evergreens - which, however, sound quite new here. Really one could practically recommend all of them!


    To be sure: this is no LP for narrow-minded jazz purists, and certainly not for lovers of the soothing crooner - but why not one for both camps?

    Musicians:



    • Tony Bennett (vocal)

    • Ralph Sharon (piano, arranger, conductor)

    • Kai Winding (trombone)

    • Al Cohn (tenor saxophone)

    • Nat Adderley (trumpet)

    • Herbie Mann (flute)

    • John Pisano (guitar)

    • James Bond, Eddie Safranski (bass)

    • Eddie Costa (vibraphone)

    • Jo Jones, Chico Hamilton, Art Blakey (drums)

    • Sabu (drums, percussion)




    Recording: October 1957 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York in mono

    Production: Mitch Miller



    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



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



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

    1. Let's Begin

    2. Lullaby Of Broadway

    3. Let There Be Love

    4. Love For Sale
    5. Army Air Corps Song
    6. Crazy Rhythm
    7. The Beat Of My Heart

    8. So Beats My Heart For You

    9. Blues In The Night
    10. Lazy Afternoon

    11. Let's Face The Music And Dance

    12. Just One Of Those Things
    Tony Bennett
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Down Home (Pure Pleasure) Down Home (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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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
  • I Remember Brother Ray I Remember Brother Ray Quick View

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    I Remember Brother Ray

    David 'Fathead' Newmanï's warm tone, occasionally terse phrasing, and always heartfelt delivery placed him in high demand by artists as diverse as B.B. King, Herbie Mann, Jane Monheit, and Gregg Allman. With over twenty recordings to his name, I Remember Brother Ray stands as an understated highlight, a record that doesn't so much jump out at you as it does gently sidle up beside you and ingratiates itself with its warmth and affability. Newman got his first big break with Ray Charles in the early '50s, playing in his band from '54 through '64 and subsequently making numerous guest appearances over the years. And so Newman entered the studio of another legend, engineer Rudy Van Gelder just two months after Charles' death to record I Remember Brother Ray, a tribute to the jazzier side of a man who regarded himself as a jazz singer anyway.


    The record evokes the ambience of a smoky bar in the early hours of the morning. Newman assembled a quintet as comfortable with the tender balladry of Georgia on My Mind as it is the soul-drenched blues of Drown in My Tears. Charles believed that the ability to play jazz permits the ability to cross over into other genres, and the playing on I Remember Brother Ray clearly supports his conviction.


    While there were quite a few Ray Charles tributes, few equaled I Remember Brother Ray for its grace, integrity, honesty, and pure connection to the true essence of Charles' legacy.

    1. Hit The Road Jack
    2. Georgia On My Mind
    3. Drown In My Tears
    4. When Your Lover Has Gone
    5. Deed I Do
    6. It Had To Be You
    7. Them That Got (I Ain't Got Nothing Yet)
    David Fathead Newman
    $18.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure) Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Infinite Search (Pure Pleasure)

    With John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette, this group rivaled the best fusion bands of the day. It must have been an intimidating challenge for a young Czech bassist to lead such a group on his debut album as a frontman, especially since he composed five of the six tracks. Recorded in late 1969, roughly the same time as the historic Bitches Brew, and the year before Vitous began a stint with the innovative Weather Report, this was trend-setting fusion. It's produced by Herbie Mann, for whom Vitous played on such albums as Memphis Underground and Stone Flute.


    -Mark Allan/AMG



    Miroslav's first album; superb even in the 21st century. If you are interested in finding out about the beginnings of 'jazz-rock fusion' this record is absolutely crucial. DeJohnette and Mclaughlin both had something to prove at the time and it shows. Vitous had won a scholarship to Boston's Berklee school of music but on this evidence, he didn't need it at all and probably scared the heck out of the teaching staff before he left to go with Herbie Mann, the occasional Miles gig, and the album sessions with Shorter and Zawinul that led to Weather Report. A brilliant and influential debut from a prodigious talent; buy this one!


    -J. Miller



    Musicians:



    • Miroslav Vitous (bass)

    • Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone)

    • John McLaughlin (guitar)

    • Herbie Hancock (piano)

    • Jack DeJohnette, Joe Chambers (drums)



    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. Freedom Jazz Dance
    2. Mountain In The Clouds
    3. When Face Gets Pale
    4. Infinite Search
    4. I Will Tell Him On You
    6. Epilogue
    Miroslav Vitous
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann Quick View

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    The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann's second American LP The Five Faces of Manfred Mann is a worthy follow-up, boasting a dozen notable tunes including the hits Sha La La and Come Tomorrow, plus some impressive originals and a distinctive version of the Herbie Hancock/Mongo Santamaria standard Watermelon Man that give the musicians a chance to demonstrate their considerable jazz chops.
    1. Sha La La
    2. Come Tomorrow
    3. She
    4. Can't Believe It
    5. John Hardy
    6. Did You Have To Do That
    7. Watermelon Man
    8. I'm Your Kingpin
    9. Hubble Bubble
    10. You've Got To Take It
    11. Groovin'
    12. Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Legrand Jazz (Awaiting Repress)

    Import


    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
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Little Girl Blue Remixed Little Girl Blue Remixed Quick View

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    Little Girl Blue Remixed

    Import


    Perhaps not as well known to the general public, Bethlehem Records earned its place in Jazz history with the release of debut albums from artists like Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Herbie Mann and Johnny Hartman. Besides that, check those early covers - pure art!


    Bethlehem's most famous release is the 1958 debut album by Nina Simone, Little Girl Blue. So when DJ Maestro got the chance to remix this album, he was thrilled. Soon he got the idea to ask some of his favorite producers to collaborate, like Mop Mop, Renegades of Jazz, Gramophonedzie, Fab Samperi, The Reflex and Mees Dierdorp.


    One thing they all had in common: excitement to work with the original recordings from this iconic album. The result is 14 remixes, each with a unique approach to the original song, and all with a contemporary feel.

    1. Plain Gold Ring (mop Mop Rework)

    2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (the Reflex Edit)

    3. Mood Indigo (renegades Of Jazz Remix)

    4. Little Girl Blue (maestro Remix)

    5. Love Me Or Leave Me (suonho Relove)

    6. African Mailman (the Rebel Remix)

    7. I Loves You Porgy (mees Dierdorp Remix)

    8. My Baby Just Cares For Me (gabriel & Castellon And Maestro Remix)

    9. African Mailman (opolopo Remix)

    10. Plain Gold Ring (fab Samperi Remix)

    11. He Needs Me (gramophonedzie Remix)

    12. Love Me Or Leave Me (gabriel & Castellon And Maestro Remix)

    13. African Mailman (smoove Remix)

    14. Central Park Blues (monte's Midnight Mix)
    Nina Simone / Dj Maestro
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • This Is Chris (Pure Pleasure) This Is Chris (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    This Is Chris (Pure Pleasure)

    During 1953-1955, singer Chris Connor recorded regularly for Bethlehem. This LP has her final recordings for the label (before moving to Atlantic) with such fine sidemen as Herbie Mann (doubling on flute and tenor), pianist Ralph Sharon, guitarist Joe Puma, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Osie Johnson. The two-trombone team of J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding (which had recently become very popular) is prominent on four of the ten selections. Connor's cool tone, subtle, emotional delivery and haunting voice were perfect for the music of the 1950s. Highlights of this superior set include The Thrill Is Gone, Blame It On My Youth, and I Concentrate On You, but all ten numbers are rewarding.



    Musicians:



    • Chris Connor (vocal)

    • J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (trombone)

    • Herbie Mann (flute, tenor saxophone)

    • Joe Puma (guitar)

    • Ralph Sharon (piano)

    • Milt Hinton (bass)

    • Osie Johnson (drums)




    Recording: April 1955 in New York City by Tom Dowd

    Production: Creed Taylor




    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. Blame It On My Youth
    2. It's All Right With Me
    3. Someone To Watch Over Me
    4. Trouble Is A Man
    5. All This And Heaven Too
    6. The Thrill Is Gone
    7. I Concentrate On You
    8. All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart
    9. From This Moment On
    10. Ridin' High
    Chris Connor
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Chet Chet Quick View

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    Chet

    Includes Bonus Track!


    Every musician has his area of expertise and for Chet Baker that area was the ballad. Therefore, this album dedicated entirely to ballads, gives listeners a chance to hear Baker doing what he does bestand when Chet Baker does what he does best, he does it better than any other trumpet player in the history of jazz. For this session, recorded on 30 December 1958 at NYCs Reeves Sound Studios, the poster child of West Coast cool jazz (who had just turned 29) assembled a superlative East Coast sextet that featured the unusual front-line combination of flute (Herbie Mann), trumpet (Baker) and baritone (Pepper Adams), departing occasionally from this format, however, to showcase the guitar playing of Kenny Burrell. Pianist Bill Evans, Philly Joe Jones (drums), Paul Chambers (bass), all well-known for their association with Miles Davis, and all some of the top names in jazz are also featured here, along with drummer Connie Kay of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This album represents some of the last studio work Baker did before emigrating permanently to Europe. It also includes one of Bakers own compositions, Early Morning Mood, recorded at the same studio and with the same line-up on 19 January 1959, as a bonus track.

    Side A:
    1. Alone Together
    2. How High The Moon
    3. It Never Entered My Mind
    4.Tis Autumn
    5. If You Could See Me Now


    Side B:

    1. September Song
    2. Youd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    3. Time On My Hands
    4. You And The Night And The Music
    5. Early Morning Good

    Chet Baker
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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