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  • Exultation! Exultation! Quick View

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    Exultation!

    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 Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


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


    Intensity marked everything that Booker Ervin played. In his harmonic concept, slashing attack, and broad Texas sound, Ervin demanded attention and constantly built improvisations of searing drama and epic sweep. His primary legacy is a series of albums recorded for Prestige in the 1960s, of which this was his first, a riveting quintet recital where the alto saxophone of Frank Strozier supplies an urgent complement and the rhythm section is piloted by Horace Parlan, Ervin's longtime compatriot from their days together in the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop and in a cooperative quartet that worked at Minton's Playhouse. In addition to four inspiring originals by Ervin and drummer Walter Perkins, the session features an eloquent reading of Fats Waller's immortal Black and Blue and an exploration of the show tune Just in Time. Both the latter and No Land's Man are included in two versions, the shorter of which were cut for release as a 45 single.


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    1. Mooche Mooche
    2. Black and Blue
    3. Tune In
    Booker Ervin
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  • The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner) The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner)

    As a soloist, Al Cohn was not such an inspired tenor sax player as his colleague Zoot Sims. But he was a superb arranger, an unprofitable yet highly important function when it comes to such workshops. And though Manny Albam also played the baritone sax, his real instrument was the pen. He arranged not only jazz, but also film music and musicals. His arrangements were multi-faceted and tailor-made to suit the accomplishments of the individual instrumentalists.

    For this particular Jazz Workshop, the record company RCA-Victor could afford the services of excellent session musicians: Joe Newman and Freddie Green came from the Basie Band, Al Cohn, Bernie Glow, and Nick Travis from the Woody Herman Band, and the studio musicians Dick Katz, Buddy Jones, and Osie Johnson were present at all times of day and night anyway.

    As long as you don't expect fierce battles between five tenors, or six tweeters on the trumpet, then you will enjoy this LP with its swinging, relaxed improvisations on such works as Rosetta, Linger Awhile, and I'm Coming Virginia - and you will realise that Lester Young's sound has been heard, cultivated and further developed by these musicians.

    Four trumpets, a tenor sax, and then a piano, guitar, bass, and drums into the bargain - that's certainly no common ensemble, but it certainly is a good reason to purchase this LP. And for certain, this album has been missing in your collection to this day.

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:
    Al Cohn (tenor saxophone, arranger)
    Manny Albam (arranger)
    Joe Newman, Bart Valve, Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Phil Sunkel (trumpet)
    Nick Travis (trumper, trombone)
    Dick Katz (piano)
    Freddie Green (guitar)
    Buddy Jones (bass)
    Osie Johnson (drums)

    Recording: May 1955 in Webster Hall, New York City, in mono
    Production: Jack Lewis

    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. Rosetta
    2. The Song Is Ended
    3. Linger Awhile
    4. Every Time
    5. Haroosh
    6. Just Plain Sam
    7. I'm Coming Virginia
    8. Cohn Not Cohen
    9. Foggy Water
    11. Sugar Cohn
    12. Alone Together
    Al Cohn
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jazz Composers Workshop Jazz Composers Workshop Quick View

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    Jazz Composers Workshop

    Import


    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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  • Workshop Workshop Quick View

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    Workshop

    The wildly eclectic New Rhythm & Blues Quintet, better known to its worldwide legion of adoring fans as NRBQ (or just the Q!), is the only band on the planet that can play rockabilly, bar-band blooze, Beatles sound-alikes and Sun Ra-style free jazz in the same set and remain standing.


    The Q immediately followed Scraps with 1973s equally terrific Workshop. Gadler had departed, reducing the Quintet to its customary foursome (natch!), but the band never missed a beat with an album that featured the hypnotically chugging Come On If Youre Coming, the mouth-watering RC Cola and a Moon Pie and the ultra-prophetic Get That Gasoline Blues.

    1. C'mon If You're Comin'
    2. RC Cola and a Moon Pie
    3. Blues Stay Away from Me
    4. Mona
    5. Just to Hold My Hand
    6. Get That Gasoline Blues
    7. Deaf, Dumb, and Blind
    8. Miss Moses
    9. I Got a Little Secret
    10. Hearts of Stone
    11. Misunderstanding
    12. Four Million B.C.
    NRBQ
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  • The Sorcerer The Sorcerer Quick View

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    The Sorcerer

    Gabor Szabo's quintet featuring Jimmy Stewart was one of the guitarist's very best units. Live performances like this, recorded at Boston's Jazz Workshop, document some of the excitement the group stirred in 1967-1968. The playing seems inspired, and the interplay within the group is something to behold -- even when performing lightweight tunes like The Beat Goes On.
    1. The Beat Goes On
    2 .Little Boat

    3 .Lou-ise
    4. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    5. Space
    6. Stronger Than Us
    7. Mizrab
    8. Comin' Back
    Gabor Szabo
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  • Bird At St. Nick's Bird At St. Nick's Quick View

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    Bird At St. Nick's

    Charlie Parker attracted young musicians like a magnet. Among them was trombonist Jimmy Knepper, who, at a time when tape recording was a brand-new thing, captured Bird in flight one winter night in Manhattan. He soared, and when Charles Mingus heard the music years later, he issued it as the first release on his new Jazz Workshop label. Since then, many private recordings of Parker have been made public. This was one of the first, and remains one of the best, a precious musical document.
    1. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    2. Ornithology
    3. Embraceble You
    4. Visa
    5. I Cover The Waterfront
    6. Scrapple From The Apple
    7. Star Eyes/52nd Street Theme
    8. Confirmation
    9. Out Of Nowhere
    10. Hot House
    11. What's New?
    12. Now's The Time
    13. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/52nd Street Theme
    Charlie Parker
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  • Jackie's Pal (Mono) Jackie's Pal (Mono) Quick View

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    Jackie's Pal (Mono)

    In the case of this 1956 Prestige release, Jackie's Pal is none other than trumpeter Bill Hardman who McLean champions justifiably here after the pair left the Charles Mingus workshop and before they both joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The excellent date finds the jazz greats in a quintet rounded out by Mal Walldron (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums).


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    1. Sweet Doll
    2. Just For Marty
    3. Dee's Dilemma
    4. Sublues
    5. Steeplechase
    6. It Could Happen To You
    Jackie McLean
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Pithecanthropus Erectus (Speakers Corner) Pithecanthropus Erectus (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Pithecanthropus Erectus (Speakers Corner)

    It was a fairly ordinary quintet that entered the Audio-Video Studios in New York City on 30 January 1956: one tenor saxophone, one alto saxophone, a pianist, a drummer and ... you guessed: an extraordinary man on the double bass! Not just an instrumentalist, but also an imaginative composer, wayfarer between all kinds of jazz, arranger and enfant terrible.


    The Suite Pithecanthropus Erectus is - among other things - programme music. Having learned to walk upright, having achieved alleged superiority over animals, and having caused devastation, the destruction of mankind's natural resources follows. The composer Mingus gives his fellow mankind/musicians the widest possible freedom, which all exploit to the full both in interplay and in the solos. Bedded down in noise and sound collages, the piece is the result of an experimental workshop. The Gershwin classic A Foggy Day takes on the role of intermediary between the jazz styles of the 1930s and free jazz. And in Profile Of Jackie and Love Chant the arranger calls for his soloists to go to the very limits of their artistic improvisation.


    Charles Mingus was certainly not an easy person to deal with for his family, friends and fellow musicians. But that fades into the background when it comes to such outstanding music. Luckily, we outsiders can once again enjoy the music of this genius 60 years after the studio recording, in its original format.


    Musicians:


    • Jackie McLean (alto saxophone)
    • J.R. Monterose (tenor saxophone)
    • Mal Waldron (piano)
    • Charlie Mingus (bass)
    • Willie Jones (drums)


    Recording: January 1956 at Audio-Video Studios, New York City by Tom Dowd & Hal Lustig in mono

    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun


    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. Pithecanthropus Erectus
    2. A Foggy Day
    3. Profile Of Jackie
    4. Love Chant
    Charles Mingus
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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