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Jai & KaiThis LP Reissue of the Classic 1954 Savoy Mating as Co-Leaders Trombonists and Jazz Luminaries J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding surrounded by a stellar cast including Wally Cirillo, piano; Charles Mingus, Bass; Billy Bauer, guitar; Kenny Clarke, drums.1. Bernie's Tune
3. Blues For Trombone
4. The Major
8. Blues in Two's
9. What, Is This Thing Called Love?
10. The Boy Next Door$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Our Man In Paris
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Recorded in 1963, Dexter Gordon's Our Man In Paris features Gordon on tenor sax, Bud Powell on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on
drums. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Our Man In Paris 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. Scrapple From The Apple
2. Willow Weep For Me
4. Stairway To The Stars
5. A Night In Tunisia$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DjangoOriginally released on Prestige in 1955, but actually recorded during three disparate sessions that occurred sporadically from 1953-1955, Django features some of the earliest recorded output from the Modern Jazz Quartet which includes Milt Jackson (vibraphone), John Lewis (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums).
The warm, sophisticated nature of the material here is readily apparent from the get go courtesy of opener and album namesake, Django, a fine dedication to the memory of guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. The set is rounded out by graceful takes on Gillespie's One Bass, the Gershwin's But Not For Me, Vernon Duke's Autumn In New York and a handful of accomplished Lewis originals.1. Django
2. One Bass Hit
3. La Ronde Suite/Piano
4. La Ronde Suite/Bass
5. La Ronde Suite/Vibes
6. La Ronde Suite/Drums
7. The Queen's Fancy
8. Delaunay's Dilemma
9. Autumn In New York
10. But Not For Me
11. Milano$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (2LP)Import
Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud is a 1958 French film directed by Louis Malle. It was released as Lift to the Scaffold in the UK. The film was nothing special, but it did accomplish one thing: it proposed a new ideal of cinematic realism, a new way to look at a woman. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's Soundtrack. He showed Davis a screening of the movie, and afterwards Miles knew exactly how to portray the smoky hazed or frantic scenes through sonic imagery. On December 4 1957, he brought four French Jazzmen (Barney Wilen / tenor saxophone, RenÉ Urtreger / piano, Pierre Michelot bass and Kenny Clarke drums) to the recording studio Le Poste Parisien Studio without having them prepare anything. Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room. Eventually Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud has become a great achievement of artistic excellence.
For the first time since its original release in 1958, Music On Vinyl combined the original soundtrack and the additional recordings and created an essential 2LP set with the original artwork.Side 1 (ORIGINAL 1958 A-SIDE)
2. L'Assassinat De Carala
3. Sur L'Autoroute
4. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysees
Side 2 (ORIGINAL 1958 B-SIDE)
1. Dîner Au Motel
2. Évasion De Julien
3. Visite Du Vigile
4. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
5. Chez Le Photographe Du Mot
1. Nuit Sur Les Champs-ÉlysÉes (TAKE 1)
2. Nuit Sur Les Champs-ÉlysÉes (TAKE 2)
3. Nuit Sur Les Champs-ÉlysÉes (TAKE 3)
4. Nuit Sur Les Champs Elysees (TAKE 4)
5. Assassinat Visite Du Vigil
6. Assassinat Julien Dans L'ascenseur
7. Assassinat L'Assassinat De Carala
1. Final (TAKE 1)
2. Final (TAKE 2)
3. Final (TAKE 3)
5. Le Petit Bal (TAKE 1)
6. Le Petit Bal (TAKE 2)
7. SÉquence Voiture (TAKE 1)
8. Sequence Voiture Sur L'Aut (TAKE 2)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fontessa (Speakers Corner)The famous critic and jazz expert Ralph J. Gleason quite rightly mentioned two highly distinctive men in his liner notes - John Donne and Pablo Picasso. Almost four hundred years and a great deal of seawater separate the two exceptional artists from England and Spain. Nevertheless the four black US-Americans who make up the Modern Jazz Quartet bridge the gap between time and continents effortlessly.
And what's more, blues is also to be heard - and bebop! And evergreens from the Broadway shows of the Thirties too!
In contrast to some of the other rather more dawdling and laid-back MJQ LPs, Fontessa offers diversified and intense music. Nothing is routine, perhaps because the drummer Connie Kay had replaced Kenny Clark just one year previously. But maybe too because Milt Jackson's blues influence inspired John Lewis perceptibly to forget all about discipline. All seven numbers are true gems. But if you want a special hint, just listen to Bluesology. Well, perhaps the present author is too much of a Milt Jackson fan. Be that as it may, the music magazine Rolling Stone gave this LP a five-star rating!
- John Lewis (piano)
- Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
- Percy Heath (bass)
- Connie Kay (drums)
Recording: January and February 1956 by Rudy Van Gelder 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. Versailles (Porte de Versailles)
2. Angel Eyes
4. Over the Rainbow
6. Willow Weep for Me
7. Woody 'N You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
- John Lewis (piano)
My Favorite Picture Of YouAs one of the most revered songwriters of his generation, Clark embodies the term "songwriter's songwriter." The simplicity of the recording shines brightly while capturing Clark's beautifully understated and road worn vocals. Clark co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks on My Favorite Picture Of You and dug very deep for each performance on this truly inspired collection.
The album's heartfelt title track was written for Susanna Clark, Guy's wife of 40 years, and a successful songwriter in her own right, who passed away in 2012. If a picture says a thousand words, then the cover photo of My Favorite Picture Of You declares an entire life. The cover depicts Clark, slightly blurred in the background, holding up an old photo of his beloved from the 1970s. According to Clark, Susanna walked in and found he and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt drunk, again. She stormed out of the house, which is when the Polaroid was taken.
The song is a loving tribute that melts your heart while making you smile. As a master songwriter, Guy Clark has always made us smile by infusing his wry wit into thoughtful storytelling.
Clark's vocals on My Favorite Picture Of You exude truth, wisdom and warmth, only touching on the insight he has gained from an extraordinary life. From the delicate sweetness of "Cornmeal Waltz" to the poignant story of the veteran returned a changed man in "Heroes" to the determined "Hell Bent On A Heartache," Clark delivers a standout album in a four-decade career overflowing with high points.
In 2004, Guy Clark was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and in 2013, he received the Academy of Country Music's Poet's Award, along with Hank Williams. However, Clark's multiple Grammy Award nominations and accolades merely hint at the immeasurable impact his songs and recordings have had. He has been a mentor to artists such as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell and his songs have been covered by a multitude of artists, including Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, David Allen Coe, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet, Asleep At The Wheel and many others. After 40 years of songwriting, Guy Clark continues to be lauded and admired by his peers, critics and artists young and old from different genres...and he is not done yet.1. Cornmeal Waltz
2. My Favorite Picture Of You
3. Hell Bent On A Heartache
4. El Coyote
6. Rain In Durango
7. Good Advice
8. The Death Of Sis Draper
9. The Waltzing Fool
10. The High Price Of Inspiration
11. I'll Show Me$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dublin BluesAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Dublin Blues is an album by American singer-songwriter Guy Clark, originally released in 1995.
A mere three years after Boats to Build, Guy Clark offered Dublin Blues, a record filled with sizzle, inspiration, and his
best batch of songs in years. Teaming with Miles Wilkinson for the third time and using in the studio for the first time
his road band -- which included Über guitarist and singer Darrell Scott -- Clark delivered a batch of searing portraits,
intimate observations, first-person narratives, and one dumb throwaway cut ("Baby Took A Limo to Memphis").
As usual, some old friends return to the fold -- Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Verlon Thompson, Kenny
Malone, and Suzy Ragsdale -- but there were new faces at the time that joined in like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Nanci
Griffith, and Kathy Mattea.
The magic begins with the title track. Haunted Celtic melodies played on the fiddle and a mandolin with an acoustic
guitar usher in a country song that could be from the countryside of Ireland. With Mattea on the backing vocals,
the listener is transported between worlds in time and space. "Black Diamond Strings" is a friendly little number
about what else: guitar strings! Its catchy hook and singalong chorus make it a Clark winner. "Shut Up and Talk to
Me" features Scott playing the swinging blues as Clark counts off the music like a fierce memory. "Stuff That Works"
is another of Clark's quiet observation tunes, where his words speak volumes and the instruments underline their
meanings. It's a workingman's anthem sung seemingly from the workshop bench. But "Hank Williams Said It Best,"
"Tryin' to Try," "Cape," and "Hangin' Your Life on the Wall" are all tremendous in their scope and intimacy. They are
full of dimension and depth, and Wilkinson gives them textures.
The set ends with a re-recording of the spooky yet shattering elegy "The Randall Knife" Clark cut on Better Days. The
difference here is age. The view Clark sings from is one of distance and age. "The Randall Knife" doesn't feel quite
so spooky this time out, but it does resonate with empathy and even tenderness. As it winds to a close, the listener
is left not in bewildered silence but in awe that such a bond exists at all.1. Dublin Blues
2. Black Diamond Strings
3. Shut Up And Talk To Me
4. Stuff That Works
5. Hank Williams Said It Best
6. The Cape
7. Baby Took a Limo to Memphis
8. Tryin' To Try
9. Hangin' Your Life On The Wall
10. The Randall Knife$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jazz Composers WorkshopImport
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
8. Rose Geranium
9. Getting Together
10. Body & Soul$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now