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  • Jazz Composers Workshop #2 Jazz Composers Workshop #2 Quick View

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    Jazz Composers Workshop #2

    Originally released as two 10" albums called Jazzical Moods, Jazz Composers' Workshop #2, was the result of one of Mingus' famed Jazz Workshop sessions, held in December 1954 and featuring Thad Jones (trumpet), John LaPorta (clarinet, alto sax) Teo Macero (tenor / baritone sax), Jackson Wiley (cello), and Clem DeRosa (drums). Mingus intended the Workshop as an outlet for young jazz composers, who might otherwise not be given the opportunity to record their own material, including Mingus' own compositions which, along with one composition by Teo Macero, are given center stage here. This LP, also features Mingus' debut on piano.


    1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    2. Four Hands
    3. The Spur Of The Moment / Echonitus
    4. Stormy Weather
    5. Minor Intrusion
    6. Abstractions
    7. Thrice Upon A Theme
    Charles Mingus
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    Jazz Composers Workshop

    The Jazz Composers' Workshop album, originally released on Savoy in 1956, is made up of two sessions-recorded on 31 October 1954 (side A and tracks 5 & 6 on side B), and 30 January 1955 (tracks 1-4 on side B)-that were part of Mingus' influential "Jazz Composers' Workshop", a forum intended to give young jazz composers the opportunity to play and record their own compositions. The 1954 session-a sextet line-up featuring Charles Mingus (bass), John La Porta (clarinet & alto sax), Teo Macero (tenor & baritone sax), George Barrow (tenor & baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano) and Rudy Nichols (drums)-was made up entirely of Mingus originals, with the exception of the 1925 standard "Tea For Two". Mingus' "Body & Soul", found here, did not appear on the original LP. The 1955 date-a quartet session led by pianist Wally Cirillo, and featuring Mingus on bass, tenor-saxophonist Teo Macero, and drummer Kenny Clarke-was actually intended as a showcase for four compositions by Cirillo, and featured one of the first, if not THE first, jazz composition to be based on a 12-tone row, "Transeason".
    1. Purple Heart
    2. Gregarian Chant
    3. Eulogy For Rudy Williams
    4. Tea For Two
    5. Smog L.A.
    6. Level Seven
    7. Transeason
    8. Rose Geranium
    9. Getting Together
    10. Body & Soul
    Charles Mingus
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  • Jazz Reunion (Pure Pleasure) Jazz Reunion (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Jazz Reunion (Pure Pleasure)

    It is strange that two such individual musicians as Pee Wee Russell and Coleman Hawkins were kept apart for some 32 years but it is a fact that not since 1929 had they met in a recording studio. Pee Wee Russell's unique, and sometimes derided approach was praised as ahead of its time, and cited by some as an early example of free jazz. Coleman Hawkins, at the time of this 1961 Jazz Reunion record date dismissed any idea that Russell was now playing modern, claiming that he had always played that way. The greatly imaginative improvisations of Russell when at his best remain an inspiration to jazz clarinetists.



    On this album the whole group move with an elasticity which only comes when exactly the right mood is attained by all the musicians taking part. Pee Wee plays with deep passion throughout and Hawkins was never heard in better blowing form than this. His virile, robust solos are as forceful as anything he recorded in his long distinguished career. Emmett Berry's solos are models of tasteful improvisation. Brookmeyer displays a pretty turn of wit and builds his solos with ingenuity. With excellent arrangements by Nat Pierce and some lovely cymbal work from Jo Jones this really is a beauty.




    Musicians:



    • Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)

    • Emmett Berry (trumpet)

    • Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)

    • Nat Pierce (piano)

    • Milt Hinton (bass)

    • Jo Jones (drums)




    Recording: February 1961 at Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans
    Production: Nat Hentoff




    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.

    1. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

    2. Tin Tin Deo
    3. Mariooch
    4. All Too Soon
    5. 28th And 8th
    6. What Am I Here For
    Pee Wee Russell & Coleman Hawkins
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  • Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Great Jazz Standards (Pure Pleasure)

    Great Jazz Standards was recorded when Evans was red-hot from two successes with Miles Davis, Miles Ahead and Porgy And Bess.
    Evans' signature brass choir is in place - creatively voiced, spaciously arranged, a supple, multi-coloured, sonically surprising counterpoint to a succession of superb soloists. The added bonus, for Evans' projects, is the foregrounding of saxophone and clarinet soloists Steve Lacy and Budd Johnson.
    Lacy and the original swing-to-bop missing link, Johnson, are the ones who will make the hair on your neck curl. Lacy's solos on Monk's Straight No Chaser and John Lewis' Django must be some of the finest pre-free improvisations he recorded, already heading from quirky to out-there. Johnson's clarinet solo on Don Redman's spooky, swing-meets-whole tone classic, Chant Of The Weed, and slow-burning, stirring tenor solo on Evans' La Nevada are some of the finest the all-but-forgotten genius ever recorded. Trumpeter Johnny Coles, has the inevitable misfortune of being compared to Miles Davis and being found to be ... different. Sunny, open and extroverted, he may not be a stylist of Davis' proportions, but he's an enjoyable alternative foil for Evans' arrangements.
    A magnificent but neglected album, and still coming up fresh as daisies.




    Musicians:



    • Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone)

    • Al Block (woodwinds)

    • Johnny Coles, Allen Smith (trumpet)

    • Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)

    • Bill Barber (tuba)

    • Gil Evans (piano)

    • Chuck Wayne (guitar)

    • Dick Carter (bass)

    • Elvin Jones (drums)



    Recording: February 1959

    Production: Richard Bock




    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.

    Gil Evans
    $34.99
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  • Swing In The Films Of Woody Allen Swing In The Films Of Woody Allen Quick View

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    Swing In The Films Of Woody Allen

    Import


    This release presents the finest jazz performances featured in the soundtracks of Woody Allen's films.


    Screenwriter, director, actor, author, comedian, and jazz musician (clarinet), Allen has also played a fundamental role in expanding jazz culture by showcasing historical jazz recordings in the soundtracks to his movies. This album concentrates on this jazz legacy, and presents the exact historical recordings used by Allen in sixteen of his films

    1. Si Tu Vois Ma Mère - Sidney Bechet (from Midnight In Paris)
    2. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year - Red Garland Trio (from Whatever Works)
    3. Lil' Darlin' - Count Basie (from Mighty Aphrodite)
    4. My Ideal - Art Tatum (from September)
    5. If I Had You - Benny Goodman (from Hannah And Her Sisters)
    6. I Got Rhythm - Teddy Wilson (from Celebrity)
    7. Liebestraum #3 - Django Reinhardt (from Sweet And Lowdown)
    8. I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James (from Hannah And Her Sisters)
    9. Manhattan - Carmen Cavallaro (from Mighty Aphrodite)
    10. I Can't Get Started - Lester Young (from Anything Else)
    11. The Way You Look Tonight - Erroll Garner (from Deconstructing Harry)
    12. Take Five - Paul Desmond (from Mighty Aphrodite)
    Various Artists
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  • Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961 Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961 Quick View

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    Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961

    Musicians:

    Jimmy Giuffre clarinet

    Paul Bley piano

    Steve Swallow double-bass


    Recorded March and August 1961

    1. Jesus Maria
    2. Emphasis
    3. In The Mornings Out There
    4. Scootin' About
    5. Cry, Want
    6. Brief Hesitation
    7. Venture
    8. Afternoon
    9. Trudgin'
    10. Ictus
    11. Carla
    12. Sonic
    13. Whirrrr
    14. That's True, That's True
    15. Goodbye
    16. Flight
    17. The Gamut
    18. Me Too
    19. Temporarily
    20. Herb & Ictus
    Jimmy Giuffre
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  • The Dreamer Is The Dream The Dreamer Is The Dream Quick View

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    The Dreamer Is The Dream

    For his third ECM album as a leader, Chris Potter presents a new acoustic quartet that naturally blends melodic rhapsody with rhythmic muscle. The group includes superlative musicians well known to followers of ECM's many recordings from New York over the past decade: keyboardist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who each shine in addition to the leader on multiple horns. The Dreamer Is the Dream features Potter on tenor saxophone - the instrument that has made him one of the most admired players of his generation - in the striking opener Heart in Hand and such album highlights as Yasodhara, as well as on soprano sax (Memory and Desire) and bass clarinet (the title track).


    Potter is an artist who employs his considerable technique in service of music rather than spectacle, says The New Yorker, and his composing develops in texture and atmosphere with every album. Along with his previous ECM releases, Imaginary Cities and The Sirens, he has appeared on some of the label's most acclaimed discs, including Paul Motian's classic Lost in a Dream and Dave Holland's Grammy Award-winning What Goes Around.


    Musicians:

    Chris Potter (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, clarinet, ilimba, flute, samples)

    David Virelles (piano, celeste)

    Joe Martin (double bass)

    Marcus Gilmore (drums, percussion)

    1. Heart in Hand
    2. Ilimba
    3. The Dreamer Is the Dream
    4. Memory and Desire
    5. Yasodhara
    6. Sonic Anomaly
    Chris Potter / David Virelles / Joe Martin / Marcus Gilmore
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  • Screamin' The Blues Screamin' The Blues Quick View

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    Screamin' The Blues

    This album is one in a series of special 2014 releases commemorating the 65th anniversary of Prestige Records and the 90th birthday of legendary
    recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.


    Tenor and alto saxophonist Oliver Nelson meets Eric Dolphy (alto, bass clarinet and flute) on this exciting sextet session with trumpeter Richard Williams,
    pianist Richard Wyands, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes. Although Dolphy is too unique and skilled to be overshadowed, Nelson
    certainly hold his own effectively matching Dolphy's wit and creative ideas. Newly reissued on vinyl, Screamin' The Blues is a 'MUST HAVE' addition to
    all jazz collections.

    1. Screamin' the Blues
    2. March On, March On
    3. The Drive
    4. The Meetin'
    5. Three Seconds
    6. Alto-It is
    Oliver Nelson
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  • Western Suite (Pure Pleasure) Western Suite (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Western Suite (Pure Pleasure)

    In late 1957, jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and iconoclast Jimmy Giuffre broke up the original Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Ralph Pena and Jim Hall. In early 1958, for a recording session, he formed a new trio without a rhythm section. For the album Trav'lin' Light, his new trio included Hall on guitar and the underrated trombone giant Bob Brookmeyer.


    For a year, they gigged together up and down the West Coast and played summer festivals, recorded, and even played clubs in New York. They became a trio of adventurous musicians for whom form was not an obstacle to creativity. As the year wound down, Giuffre wanted to document the trio once more, sensing its life was coming to an end. He composed the four-movement Western Suite with the trio's strengths in mind, as a way of documenting how they had come together as a band during that year.


    The piece itself stands as a crowning achievement in a career that included discovering the talents of Steve Swallow and Paul Bley and making the truly revolutionary recording Free Fall for Columbia three years later. The roots of that thinking lie in this set. Jim Hall's playing was dark, funky, ambiguous, sounding like drums and voices all at the same time -- particularly in the fourth movement. Brookmeyer became the pace setter. His lines were played as stage settings for the other two players to dialogue and narrate against. Giuffre, ever the storyteller, advanced the improvisation angle and wrote his score so that each player had to stand on his own as part of the group; there were no comfort zones.


    ithout a rhythm section, notions of interval, extensions, interludes, and so on were out the window. He himself played some of his most restrained yet adventurous solos in the confines of this trio and within the form of this suite. It swung like West Coast jazz, but felt as ambitious as Copland's Billy The Kid. The record is filled out with two other tunes, one of Eddie Durham's, Topsy, and the final moment of mastery this band ever recorded, the already classic Blue Monk. The easy stroll of the front line with Brookmeyer's trombone strutting New Orleans' style is in sharp contrast to Giuffre's clarinet playing. Which carries the bluesy melody through three harmonic changes before he solos and then plays three more. Hall keeps it all on track, and somehow the piece sounds very natural this way, though unlike Monk, there are no edges here -- everything is rounded off. This is as solid as any of the earlier or later Jimmy Giuffre 3 records, and two notches above Trav'lin' Light in that it reveals a fully developed sense of the responsibilities, possibilities, and freedoms of reinventing jazz for the trio.


    Musicians:



    • Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor saxophone, bassoon)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)




    Recording: 1958 by Heinz Kubicka, Herb Kaplan, and Tom Dowd
    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun




    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.

    1. Pony Express
    2. Apaches
    3. Saturday Night Dance
    4. Big Pow Wow
    5. Topsy
    6. Blue Monk
    Jimmy Giuffre
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  • Timeline Timeline Quick View

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    Timeline

    Available For The First Time On 180 Gram 2-Disc Vinyl.


    Timeline is the Yellowjackets' 21st official recording, not including special side projects and guest spots. The band's background gleams with various honors, including 17 Grammy® nominations and 2 Grammy® awards to show for their efforts-so far.


    Nearly two generations of fans have enjoyed the lasting influence and jazz tradition of Yellowjackets - 30 years of continuous service to America's native art form have made them unique in a business known for faddishness, and important in that ever-changing world of music.


    Russell Ferrante - Jimmy Haslip - Will Kennedy - Bob Mintzer. All universally recognized innovators on their own and part of jazz history collectively as Yellowjackets mark this occasion with the appropriately titled Timeline. This is an essential chapter of a story that continues to be written.


    Russell Ferrante - piano, keyboards

    Jimmy Haslip - bass

    Bob Mintzer - tenor, soprano saxophones, bass clarinet

    Will Kennedy - drums, keyboards

    LP 1
    1. Why Is It
    2. Tenacity
    3. Rosemary
    4. Timeline
    5. Magnolia
    6. A Single Step


    LP 2
    1. Indivisible
    2. Like Elvin
    3. My Soliloquy
    4. Numerology
    5. I Do

    Yellowjackets
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  • Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1 Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1 Quick View

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    Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1

    A 150 gram vinyl re-issue of the classic jazz album, this is the first of three sets that document the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet's playing at the Five
    Spot. It features a group made up of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Ed Blackwell really stretching out during long versions of
    Little's Aggression and the standard Like Someone in Love. Dolphy's playing -- whether on alto, bass clarinet or flute -- always defied categorization,
    while Little (who passed away less than three months later) was the first new voice on the trumpet to emerge after Clifford Brown's death in 1956. An
    excellent set that records what may have been Dolphy's finest group ever, as well as one of that era's best working bands.
    1. Fire Waltz (Waldron)
    2. Bee Vamp (Little)
    3. The Prophet (Dolphy)
    Eric Dolphy
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  • Out to Lunch Out to Lunch Quick View

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    Out to Lunch


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


    Out To Lunch! was Eric Dolphy's only recording for Blue Note Records as a leader and today is considered one of the premiere albums in the label's
    history as well as one of the top avant garde jazz albums of the 1960s. Featuring five Dolphy originals - including the Thelonious Monk tribute "Hat and
    Beard," Out To Lunch! includes the artistry of Dolphy on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet along with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on
    vibes, Richard Davis on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. Out To Lunch was newly-remastered for vinyl by Alan Yoshida at Dunning-Kruger in Los
    Angeles as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Hat And Beard

    2. Something Sweet, Something Tender
    3. Gazzellioni
    4. Out To Lunch
    5. Straight Up And Down
    Eric Dolphy
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  • The Great Reunion The Great Reunion Quick View

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    The Great Reunion

    Originally released as a second volume of recordings by Roulette Records from a 1961 summit between two jazz icons, after hearing this collaboration you'll wish they had recorded ten volumes. And wit the musical talent and knowledge between them, they could have!


    Using Armstrong's regulars plus Ellington at the piano (who performs exceptionally well, comping understatedly behind the vocals), the duo romps through seven of the Duke's most famous and popular compositions. And when Satchmo decides to blow, he leaves the Dixie clich? at home and shapes his solos perfectly into the tasteful arrangements.


    With Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet plus a rhythm section of Mort Herbert on bass and Danny Barcelona on drums, these recordings are a once-in-a-lifetime dream summit meeting that thank God producer Bob Thiele was brilliantly astute enough to arrange and capture on tape.

    1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    2. Solitude
    3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    4. I'm Beginning To See The Light
    5. Just Squeeze Me
    6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) and Azalea
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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  • At The Five Spot, Vol. 1 At The Five Spot, Vol. 1 Quick View

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    At The Five Spot, Vol. 1

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    One night during a one-time, two-week engagement at the Five Spot produced enough music of lasting merit for three albums. When Rudy Van Gelder took his portable equipment down to the fabled Cooper Square jazz club on July 16, 1961, he captured the interaction of an extraordinary quintet.


    Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, Mal Waldron, Richard Davis and Ed Blackwell had formed a cooperative group and, if LIttle had not died in October 1961, there is no doubt that it would have been a potent force in the music of the 1960s and beyond. Dolphy himself died in June 1964, after establishing himself as one of the important contemporary reedmen. Here his alto saxophone and bass clarinet and Little's trumpet explore three originals: The Prophet by Dolphy, Bee Vamp by Little, and Fire Waltz by Waldron. It's time caught in a bottle - music for the ages.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Fire Waltz
    2. Bee Vamp
    3. The Prophet
    4. Bee Vamp (alternate take)
    Eric Dolphy
    $39.99
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  • So It Is So It Is Quick View

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    So It Is

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band have announced the release of their new album, So It Is, the septet's second release featuring all-new original music, releasing via Legacy Recordings. So It Is finds the classic PHJB sound invigorated by a number of fresh influences, not least among them the band's 2015 life-changing trip to Cuba.


    In Cuba, all of a sudden we were face to face with our musical counterparts, says bandleader/composer/bassist Ben Jaffe. There's been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one - we're family. A gigantic light bulb went off and we realized that New Orleans music is not just a thing by itself; it's part of something much bigger. It was almost like having a religious epiphany.


    Producer David Sitek, a founder of art rock innovators TV on the Radio who has helmed projects by Kelis, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Santigold among others, offered both a keen modern perspective and a profound respect for the band's storied history. Upon arriving in New Orleans to meet with the band, Sitek recalls he and Jaffe accidentally stumbling into one of the city's famed second-line parades. I was struck by the visceral energy of the live music all around, this spontaneous joy, everything so immediate, he says. I knew I had to make sure that feeling came out of the studio. It needed to be alive. It needed to sound dangerous.


    The music on So It Is, penned largely by Jaffe and 84 year-old saxophonist Charlie Gabriel in collaboration with the entire PHJB, stirs together that variety of influences like classic New Orleans cuisine. Longtime members Jaffe, Gabriel, Clint Maedgen and Ronell Johnson have been joined over the past 18 months by Walter Harris, Branden Lewis and Kyle Roussel, and the new blood has hastened the journey into new musical territory. Inspired by that journey and reinvigorated by the post-Katrina rebuilding of their beloved home city, PHJB are redefining what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city's Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.


    Preservation Hall Jazz Band:


    BEN JAFFE - Bass (upright), Tuba, Percussion

    CHARLIE GABRIEL - Saxophone (tenor), Clarinet

    CLINT MAEDGEN - Saxophone (tenor), Percussion

    RONELL JOHNSON - Trombone

    WALTER HARRIS - Drums, Percussion

    KYLE ROUSSEL - Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ

    BRANDEN LEWIS - Trumpet

    1. So It Is
    2. Santiago
    3. Innocence
    4. La Malanga
    5. Convergence
    6. One Hundred Fires
    7. Mad
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    $19.99
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  • Dreamsville (Pure Pleasure) Dreamsville (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Dreamsville (Pure Pleasure)

    Vocalist Stacey Kent may or may not be »the greatest ballad singer in half a century«, as her PR claims, but her straightforward renditions of these by-request ballads are not at all generic. What makes them consistently delightful is her unique sound and delivery. There's a certain brassiness, a trumpet-like pointedness, in her voice, as well as a host of endearing idiosyncrasies. Kent knows how to make every tune fit her own musical persona. Dreamsville includes a number of seldom-heard gems, particularly You Are There by Johnny Mandel and Dave Frishberg, You're Looking at Me by Bobby Troup, and the ever-stunning title track by Henry Mancini. She also presents perennial favorites like Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Thanks for the Memory (the latter not exactly a ballad). And although this is Kent's hour all the way, her band provides expert backing and more than a few surprises. The singer's husband, Jim Tomlinson, takes a break from tenor sax to play a sumptuous clarinet solo on Polka Dots. And in the midst of Rodgers & Hart's Little Girl Blue, pianist David Newton, bassist Simon Thorpe, and drummer Jasper Kviberg fall away, entering again only after Tomlinson and Colin Oxley perform a hushed tenor/guitar duet chorus.




    Musicians:



    • Stacey Kent (vocal)

    • Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute)

    • Colin Oxley (guitar)

    • David Newton (piano)

    • Simon Thorpe (bass)

    • Jasper Kviberg (drums)




    Recording: June 2000 at Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly, UK, by Curtis Schwartz

    Production: Jim Tomlinson



    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.

    1. I've Got A Crush On You
    2. When Your Lover Has Gone
    3. Isn't It A Pity?
    4. You Are There
    5. Under A Blanket Of Blue

    6. Dreamsville
    7. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

    8. Hushabye Mountain
    9. Little Girl Blue
    10. You're Looking At Me

    11. Violets For Your Furs

    12. Thanks For The Memory
    Stacey Kent
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Imaginary Cities Imaginary Cities Quick View

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    Imaginary Cities


    Chris Potter: tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet

    Adam Rogers: guitars

    Craig Taborn: piano

    Steve Nelson: vibraphone, marimba

    Fima Ephron: bass guitar

    Scott Colley: double bass

    Nate Smith: drums

    Mark Feldman: violin

    Joyce Hammann: violin

    Lois Martin: viola

    Dave Eggar: cello


    Imaginary Cities is the recording premiere of saxophonist Chris Potter s new Underground Orchestra. At the core of this larger ensemble is the personnel of his long-established Underground quartet with Adam Rogers, Craig Taborn and Nate Smith now joined by two bassists, a string quartet, and Potter s old comrade from Dave Holland Quintet days, vibes and marimba man Steve Nelson. The title composition is a suite, panoramic in its reach, with movements subtitled Compassion , Dualities , Disintegration and Rebuilding . The scope of the work, and its contrasting moods and thematic development, inspire some of Potter s finest playing. His saxes fly high above his idealized cityscapes or launch into dialogues or group improvising with its gifted inhabitants. Four further pieces Lament , Firefly , Sky and Shadow Self extend the feeling of the suite, successfully combining both tightly written material and very open areas involving all members of the orchestra. References are multi-idiomatic and multicultural, and Potter, who counts Charlie Parker with Strings amongst his formative enthusiasms, had Arabic and Indian string sections in mind, as well as contemporary composition, when shaping this material. Imaginary Cities was recorded in December 2013 in New York s Avatar Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher. Release of the album is followed by US performances with the Underground Orchestra in New York and San Francisco.

    1. Lament
    2. Imaginary Cities (Pt. 1, Compassion)
    3. Imaginary Cities (Pt. 2, Dualities)
    4. Imaginary Cities (Pt. 3, (Disintegration)
    5. Imaginary Cities (Pt. 4, Rebuilding)
    6. Firefly
    7. Shadow Self
    8. Sky
    Chris Potter, Underground Orchestra
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  • The Grand Master Of The Soprano Saxophone (Pure Pleasure) The Grand Master Of The Soprano Saxophone (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Grand Master Of The Soprano Saxophone (Pure Pleasure)

    Sidney Bechet's historic recordings for Blue Note and RCA Victor tend to overshadow some of his other work because they have been reissued more frequently, though there are lesser-known dates worth acquiring as well. This Columbia LP compiles three separate recording sessions made between 1938 and 1947. Bechet sticks almost exclusively to soprano sax throughout each of them and has ample space for his solos, full of his trademark heavy vibrato.


    The earliest set matches him with drummer Zutty Singleton, bassist Henry Turner, and guitarist Leonard Ware (all members of his working band at the time), along with pianist Dave Bowman and baritone saxophonist Ernie Caceres. The Bechet-Singleton collaboration Jungle Drums has delightful solos by the two reeds, along with Singleton's exotic tom-toms.


    Six tracks come from a 1947 quartet with pianist Lloyd Phillips, bassist Pops Foster, and either Freddie Moore or Arthur Herbert on drums. Bechet's swinging tribute to a legendary jazzman, Buddy Bolden Stomp, a romp through Just One Of Those Things, and a heartfelt arrangement of Laura are the highlights of this session.


    Another 1947 session gives a preview of the future of classic jazz, featuring a sextet led by Bechet's star pupil, a young Bob Wilber, along with Dick Wellstood, who would rise to fame as a master stride interpreter. Bechet plays soprano sax and Wilber sticks to clarinet on two numbers, though they switch roles on Kansas City Man Blues. While Wilber doesn't have Bechet's strong vibrato on soprano sax, they are harder to tell apart on clarinet.


    -Ken Dryden/AMG


    Musicians:



    • Sydney Bechet (soprano saxophone)

    • Ernie Caceras (bassoon)

    • Bob Mielke (trombone)

    • Bob Wilber (clarient)

    • Lloyd Phillips (piano)

    • Dave Bowman (piano)

    • Leonard Ware (electric guitar)

    • Henry Turner (bass)

    • George Pops" Foster (bass)

    • Zutty Singleton (drums)

    • Arthur Herbert (drums)




    Recording: November 1938 and July 1947




    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.

    1. Love For Sale
    2. I Had It, But It's All Gone Now
    3. Jungle Drums
    4. Buddy Bolden Stomp
    5. My Woman's Blues
    6. Polka Dot Stomp
    7. Laura
    8. Just One Of Those Things
    9. Kansas City Man Blues
    10. Shake 'em Up
    11. Chant In The Night
    12. The Song Of Songs
    13. What A Dream
    Sydney Bechet
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ellington At Newport Ellington At Newport Quick View

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    Ellington At Newport

    Numbered, Limited Edition Mono LP


    Pandemonium: Historic 1956 Live Set Triggered Spontaneous Audience Outburst That Fed Directly into Feel, Outcome of Performance


    Ellington's Legendary Comeback Punctuated by Paul Gonsalves' 27-Chorus Saxophone Solo


    Unrivaled Analog Transparency: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    One of the Most Riveting and Important Jazz Recordings Ever Made


    It spurred Duke Ellington's comeback into the mainstream. It captures a performance so energetic, wild, unexpected, and unprecedented that the music literally caused thousands of people to jump up and stand on their chairs, worrying officials that a riot might ensue. It is jazz of the highest order, played at an almost rock n' roll pace, and with an enthusiastic pep that confirms Ellington and his ensemble fed off the crowd's reaction as the collective lit into each new stanza. It is Ellington's best-selling album. It is Ellington at Newport.


    Like few records before or since, the 1956 set owes as much to context and circumstance as it does instrumental execution. Years prior to his appearance in Rhode Island, Ellington had suffered lackadaisical record sales and a falling out of the public eye, as bop and hard bop supplanted tradition big bands. Yet in preparation for the event, Ellington worked on experimental ideas and a reshaping of some of his standards.


    The iconic arranger/composer's foresight comes into fruition throughout the white-hot set, never more so than on "Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue," on which tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves erases all rules and outlays a 27-chorus solo that left everyone in awe-and prompted them to stand on chairs, dance feverishly, and hoot and holler to an extent that caused Ellington to ultimately cool things off. The improvisational flight epitomizes boldness, freedom, risk, and, to the bandleader, an assuredly loud response to the critics that had believed his well was tapped.


    The songs in advance of the climactic moment are no less exciting; Ellington and his 15-piece collective manhandle notes with ease, swinging and sliding through "Festival Junction" with a requisite balance of poise and panache, and kicking heels on Newport Up via Ellington's spry piano riffs, Jimmy Hamilton's spicy clarinet feeds, and Clark Terry's trumpet runs. In every way, Ellington at Newport is as quintessential as Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, and Way Out West.


    And now, the 1956 classic can be experienced in an analog fidelity never before as authentic or transparent on any pressing. Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America's best record plant), this numbered limited edition Silver Series LP of Ellington's triumph boasts tremendous separation, deeper low frequencies, clearer highs, and front-to-back dynamics. Horns blare with multi-hued color, the Duke's 88s ring out with treble finesse, and the rhythm section claims an added presence buried on previous editions. Musically and sonically, you need this LP. It's that simple.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Festival Junction
    2. Blues to Be There
    3. Newport Up
    4. Jeep's Blues
    5. Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue
    Duke Ellington
    $24.99
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  • Outward Bound Outward Bound Quick View

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    Outward Bound

    Eric Dolphy has sometimes been described as an iconoclast, but in Outward Bound, he was not overturning his idol, Charlie Parker; he was building on Bird's legacy. So deep was Dolphy's musicianship, so free his imagination, that he enchanted trailblazers like John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. Partnering in this collection with the brilliant trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and a stunning rhythm section, Dolphy is at a peak of energy and creativity on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. He and Hubbard work with empathy reminiscent of the young Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Roy Haynes were ideal accompanists and co-conspirators in this widely influential work.
    G.W.
    Green Dolphin Street
    Les
    245
    Glad To Be Unhappy
    Miss Toni
    Eric Dolphy
    $21.99
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  • Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1 Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1 Quick View

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    Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol. 1

    Import


    Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1961 recording. This live set contains, as a bonus, Dolphy's first version of Billie Holiday's 'God Bless The Child', which would soon become one of his favorite features on solo bass clarinet.

    1. Fire Waltz
    2. Bee Vamp
    3. The Prophet
    4. God Bless The Child *


    *Bonus Tracks

    Eric Dolphy
    $27.99
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  • A Broadway Bit A Broadway Bit Quick View

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    A Broadway Bit

    Art Pepper (Alto Sax)

    Bill Perkins (Tenor Sax)

    Jimmy Giuffre (Baritone Sax & Clarinet)

    Frank Beach (Trumpet)

    Stu Williamson (Trumpet & Valve Trombone)

    Vince DeRosa (French Horn)

    George Roberts (Trombone)

    Bob Enevoldsen (Valve Trombone & Tenor Sax)

    Victor Feldman (Vibraphone & Percussion)

    Marty Paich (Piano, Conductor & Arranger)

    Scott LaFaro (Bass)

    Mel Lewis (Drums)
    Side A:


    1. It's All Right With Me
    2. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
    3. I've Never Been In Love Before
    4. I Love Paris
    5. No More


    Side B:


    1. Too Close For Comfort
    2. Younger Than Springtime / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
    3. If I Were A Bell
    4. Lazy Afternoon
    5. Just In Time
    6. It Don't Mean A Thing

    Marty Paich
    $27.99
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  • Kin Kin Quick View

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    Kin


    Includes Two 140-Gram LPs Pressed At Pallas MFG In Diepholz, Germany, And A CD Of The Album


    Last year, for the first time since 1980, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added another musician, multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. The Group's first record, Kin (<-->), will be released in 2014 on Nonesuch.


    Metheny says of this new Group, The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio, and me played more than 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research. He continues, Simultaneously, I had been itching to write using more of a lush and orchestrated kind of concept that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight-ahead quartet might invoke. But I really didn't want to lose the energy, focus, and intensity of what this band had developed. I wanted to take it further. If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be-but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.


    Musicians:

    Pat Metheny (electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synth, electronics, orchestrionics, synths)

    Chris Potter (tenor sax, bass clarinet, soprano sax, clarinet, alto flute, bass flute)

    Antonio Sanchez (drums and cajon)

    Ben Williams (acoustic and electric basses)

    Guilio Carmassi (piano, trumpet, trombone, french horn, cello, vibes, clarinet, flute, recorded, alto sax, wurlitzer, whistling and vocals)

    LP 1
    1. On Day One
    2. Rise Up
    3. Adagia
    4. Sign of the Season


    LP 2
    1. Kin (<-->)
    2. Born
    3. Genealogy
    4. We Go On
    5. Kqu

    Pat Metheny
    $29.99
    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Dreamland Dreamland Quick View

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    Dreamland

    Dreamland (1996) is the first album by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Madeleine Peyroux. This wide-ranging set features Peyroux singing swing standards, originals and tunes that hint at country and folk music. Her supporting cast, which changes on each selection, includes a restrained James Carter on tenor and bass clarinet, Marc Ribot on dobro and guitar, trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, Vernon Reid on guitar and violinist Regina Carter, among others. Highlights include Walkin' After Midnight, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, La Vie En Rose and Muddy Water.
    1. Walkin' After Midnight
    2. Hey Sweet Man
    3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 3
    4. (Getting Some) Fun Out Of Life
    5. La Vie En Rose
    6. Always A Use
    7. A Prayer
    8. Muddy Water
    9. Was I?
    10. Dreamland
    11. Reckless Blues
    12. Lovesick Blues
    Madeleine Peyroux
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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