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Kind Of Blue (Mono)180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Listed as one of the four most influential Jazz albums that happened to be released in 1959 (Dave Brubeck - Time Out & Charles Mingus - Ah Um among them), so much has been said and written about Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, it's virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this page. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why it's the best Jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you.
As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised. The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during 2 sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come.1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
MilestonesOnly Record to Feature Davis Original Sextet, Including Rhythm Section of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones
Title Track Stands as First-Ever Modal Composition Even as Blues and Hard-Bop Flavors Make LP One of Davis Most Explosive Affairs
Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career. Due to its sandwiched position between the more famous Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic.1. Dr. Jekyll
2. Sid's Ahead
3. Two Bass Hit
5. Billy Boy
6. Straight, No Chaser$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Milestones (Mono)Masterwork is Oft-Overlooked Link Between Round About Midnight and Kind of Blue
Vanguard Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Presents The 1958 Standard with Unparalleled Sound Quality
In MONO You Will Not Hear a Better Analog Edition
Only Record to Feature Davis Original Sextet, Including Rhythm Section of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones
Title Track Stands as First-Ever Modal Composition Even as Blues and Hard-Bop Flavors Make LP One of Davis Most Explosive Affairs
Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Round About Midnight, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career. Due to its sandwiched position between the more famous Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic.
Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Milestones has been restored to mono for the first time as to expose the records standing as one of the all-time great jazz efforts.Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g mono LP edition grants each musician their own space in a well-defined, broadened soundstage. Colors, shapes, and dimensions appear in the manner they do when beheld from behind a studio-control rooms window.
Davis burnished trumpet? Rendered in three-dimensional perspective, coaxing his mates out to play with unburdened zest and commotion. Coltranes trademark saxophone? Witness it in life-size proportion, his solos working in tandem with and against the driving rhythms. Garlands swaggering piano lines? Visualize the 88 keys as he hits full stride, the chords and fills slithering around skeletal frameworks.
If anything, Milestones is as famous for its title track as the players that produced it. The launching pad for many of Davis (and later, his contemporaries) improvisational flights, the singular piece invites the tessellated explorations Coltrane would forever chase as well as the headliners argyle solo work, who broaches territories that far exceed what he had done with his bop-rooted past. Every song is a highlight, whether its the bravado No Jackle, featuring a hot-foot pace and bebop strains, or Sids Ahead, which continues the albums blues theme while tossing around edgy harmonics and inside-out structures.
Then theres Straight, No Chaser, the absolutely definitive rendition of Thelonious Monks signature piece. Coltranes marbled playing pulls at the tunes lobed borders, Adderley takes liberty with solos, and Davis dances around his mates, at one point quoting When the Saints Go Marching In while demonstrating his knowledge of tradition and eye towards the future. A milestone if there ever was. And now, in resplendent mono.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Dr. Jackle
2. Sids Ahead
3. Two Bass Hit
5. Billy Boy
6. Straight, No Chaser$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Porgy And BessMono Pressing!
Limited Edition, Individually Numbered!
On their second conceptual album together, Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans offered up a profound reinterpretation of George Gershwin's famed opera Porgy and Bess. A landmark release in orchestral jazz and arguably the best of their many collaborations, Evans' adaptation of Gershwin's score here is a veritable tour de force and although the outing features strong performances from Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums), Davis' poignant trumpet playing is the unequivocal star. Transcendent material like Summertime and I Love You Porgy display the true beauty of Miles Davis and Gil Evans' collective genius, their ability to reach the listener on not only a musical level but an emotional one as well.1. The Buzzard Song
2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
4. Gone, Gone, Gone
6. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
7. Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
8. Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab
9. My Man's Gone Now
10. It Ain't Necessarily So
11. Here Come De Honey Man
12. I Loves You Porgy
13. There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Sketches of SpainRanked 356/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Limited individually Numbered Edition!
The conception of ''Sketches of Spain'' in 1960, can be placed in the ''most melodic era'' of Miles Davis. It is one of his most accessible and less improvisational albums, some even outclassed it from the reigns of Jazz.
This is one of the four albums where Miles and Gil Evans (arranger & conductor) were together with a small orchestra of horns and percussion, and it was fueled by Spanish melodies that fascinated Davis to the point he needed to get into them and go beyond: El Concierto de Arajuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.1. Concierto de Aranjuez
2. Will O the Wisp
3. The Pan Piper
5. Solea$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-LEG-0018xMiles Davis & Thelonious Monk
Miles & Monk At NewportMiles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.1. Ah-Leu-Cha - Miles Davis
2. Straight, No Chaser - Miles Davis
3. Fran-Dance - Miles Davis
4. Two Bass Hit - Miles Davis
5. Nutty - Thelonious Monk Quartet
6. Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk Quartet$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Jazz TrackA reissue of two underrated Miles Davis sessions on one mono LP; Side One is the Miles Davis Quintet's soundtrack for the French film L'Ascenseuer Pour l'Echafaud while highlights from the Miles Davis Sextet's session on May 26, 1958 (Davis' 32nd birthday).1. GÉnÉrique
2. L'Assassinat De Carala
3. Sur L'Autoroute
4. Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
5. Florence Sur Les Champs-ÉlysÉes
6. Dîner Au Motel
7. Évasion De Julien
8. Visite Du Vigile
9. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
10. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel
11. On Green Dolphin Street
13. Stella By Starlight$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Young Man With A HornYoung Man with a Horn is a mono recording by the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis which was recorded and
released by Blue Note in 1952. All songs were originally released as singles, with the exception of the track "How
Deep Is the Ocean." Young Man with a Horn will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Dear Old Stockholm
2. Would'n You [Remastered]
3. Yesterdays [Remastered]
4. Chance It
6. How Deep Is The Ocean$19.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kind of Blue (Mono)Ranked 12/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Best-Selling Jazz Album Of All Time
A Cornerstone Of Recorded Music
So much has been said and written about Miles Davis Kind Of Blue, its virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this note. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why its the best jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you. As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised.1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. Flamenco Sketches
5. All Blues$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane (Mono)After establishing himself as a star on the rise with the Miles Davis quintet, the Thelonious Monk quartet, and various Prestige recordings with Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, and Tadd Dameron, John Coltrane made his debut as a leader on this excellent self-titled 1957 release. The 6-song set finds the tenor sax giant joined by John Splawn (trumpet), Sahib Shihab (baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Al Heath (drums) on a pair of Trane's own compositions in Straight Street and Chronic Blues, alongside Cal Massey's Bakai and pop fare such as Violets for Your Furs, While My Lady Sleeps and Time Was.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Bakai
2. Violets For Your Furs
3. Time Was
4. Straight Street
5. While My Lady Sleeps
6. Chronic Blues$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Avant-Garde (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
This album is rightfully co-credited to Don Cherry (trumpet), who ably trades blows with John Coltrane (tenor/soprano sax) throughout. The Avant-Garde also boasts the debut studio recording of Coltrane playing soprano sax -- on The Blessing -- in addition to his continuing advancements on tenor.
Although these tracks were recorded during the summer of 1960, they remained shelved for nearly six years.
Joining Coltrane and Cherry are essentially the rest of the members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Ed Blackwell (drums) and Charlie Haden (bass) on Cherryco and The Blessing, as well as Percy Heath (bass) on the remaining three selections. This is fitting, as over half of the album consists of early Coleman compositions. Coltrane's integration into this band works with some extraordinarily fresh results. Neither Cherry nor Coltrane makes any radical departures on this album; however, it's the ability of each to complement the other both in terms of modal style and -- perhaps more importantly -- texture that lends heavily to the success of these sides. Cherry's brisk and somewhat nasal intonations on The Blessing mimic those of Miles Davis, albeit with shorter flourishes and heavily improvised lines. When combined with Coltrane's well-placed -- if not somewhat reserved -- solos, the mutual value of both is dramatically increased. Blackwell -- the only other musician besides Cherry and Coltrane to be featured on every track -- provides some non-conventional percussive accompaniment. His contributions to The Blessing and workout on the aptly titled Focus on Sanity are primal.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Cherryco (Mono Version)
2. Focus On Sanity (Mono Version)
3. The Blessing (Mono Version)
4. The Invisible (Mono Version)
5. Bemsha Swing (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Miles Ahead (Out Of Stock)Mono pressing!
Limited Individually Numbered!
Miles Ahead is an album by Miles Davis that was released in 1957 as Columbia CL 1041. This was Davis' first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans following the groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions. Davis and Evans would go on to record the Columbia albums Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain and Quiet Nights, all considered masterpieces of orchestral jazz.
Evans combined the ten pieces that make up the album into a suite, each flowing into the next without interruption; the only exception to this rule was on the title track since it was placed last on side A. Davis is the only soloist on Miles Ahead, which features a large ensemble consisting of sixteen woodwind and brass players. Art Taylor played drums on the sessions and the then current Miles Davis Quintet member Paul Chambers was the bassist.
A fifth recording date involved Davis alone (re-)recording material to cover or patch mistakes or omissions in his solos using overdubbing.1. Springsville
2. The Maids of Cadiz
3. The Duke
4. My Ship
5. Miles Ahead
6. Blues for Pablo
7. New Rhumba
8. The Meaning of the Blues
10. I Don't Wanna Be Kissed$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Giant Steps (Mono Remaster) (Out Of Stock)Mono Remaster
History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.
Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.
Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers -- who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated -- replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course.
At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane's tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos -- the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed sheets of sound. Coltrane's polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre -- turning it into the equivalent of easy listening.
He wastes no time as the disc's title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of Countdown does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral Naima was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Giant Steps (Mono Version)
2. Cousin Mary (Mono Version)
3. Countdown (Mono Version)
4. Spiral (Mono Version)
5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono Version)
6. Naima (Mono Version)
7. Mr. P.C. (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Relaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (Mono) (Out Of Stock)Relaxin' is the second classic album to be issued from the famed extended 1956 recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). The set is notable for Miles' mastery with a mute as he he only plays open here on Dizzy Gillespie's Woody'n You, the emerging talent of a young John Coltrane and the strength and subtlety of the Red Garland led rhythm section. One of Davis' brightest outings featuring such memorable numbers as If I Were A Bell, It Could Happen To You and I Could Write A Book among others.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. If I Were A Bell
2. You're My Everything
3. I Could Write A Book
5. It Could Happen To You
6. Woody'n You$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Mono Vinyl - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (Mono) (Out Of Stock)Cookin' was the first classic album to be released from the famed extended recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones) in 1956, wherein they taped the band's basic repertoire in the manner of nightclub sets rather than the repetition of the usual studio takes. From the muted eloquence of My Funny Valentine, to the finger-poppin' Blues By Five, and the urgent swing of Airegin and Tune Up, Cookin' has the ability to thrill the listener no matter how many times it is played, the mark of an all-time great performance. Davis is quoted as saying he called this album Cookin because thats what we did, came in and cooked.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Airegin
2. Tune Up
3. Blues By Five
4. My Funny Valentine$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Mono Vinyl - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Tenor Madness (Mono) (Out Of Stock)1956's Tenor Madness was officially the recording that established Sonny Rollins as one of jazz's elite tenor saxophonists and it stands alongside Saxophone Collossus as one of his masterworks. The fact that he enlists the talents of Miles Davis' then rhythm section of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones for the date certainly doesn't hurt matters either. John Coltrane, who was also in Davis' group at the time, is notably featured here on the legendary title track, his only recording with Rollins.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. My Reverie
2. Paul's Pal
3. The Most Beautiful Girl In the World
4. When Your Lover Has Gone
5. Tenor Madness$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Ole Coltrane (Mono Remaster) (Out Of Stock)Mono Remaster
The complicated rhythm patterns and diverse sonic textures on OlÉ Coltrane are evidence that John Coltrane was once again charting his own course. His sheer ability as a maverick -- beyond his appreciable musical skills -- guides works such as this to new levels, ultimately advancing the entire art form.
Historically, it's worth noting that recording had already commenced two days prior to this session on Africa/Brass, Coltrane's debut for the burgeoning Impulse! label. The two sets complement each other, suggesting a shift in the larger scheme of Coltrane's musical motifs. The assembled musicians worked within a basic quartet setting, featuring Coltrane on soprano and tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums, with double-bass chores held down by Art Davis and Reggie Workman. Added to that are significant contributions and interactions with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Eric Dolphy on flute and alto sax (although Dolphy's contract with another record label prevented him from being properly credited on initial pressings of the album).
The title track is striking in its resemblance to the Spanish influence heard on Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain. This is taken a bit further as Coltrane's combo stretches out with inspired improvisations from Dolphy, Hubbard, Tyner, and Coltrane, respectively. OlÉ likewise sports some amazing double-bass interaction. The combination of a bowed upright bass played in tandem with the same instrument that is being plucked has a sinister permeation that undoubtedly excited Coltrane, who was perpetually searching for sounds outside the norm. The haunting beauty of Aisha stands as one of the finest collaborative efforts between Tyner, the song's author, and Coltrane. The solos from Hubbard, Dolphy, and an uncredited Tyner gleam from within the context of a single facet in a multi-dimensional jewel.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)>1. Ole (Mono Version)
2. Dahomey Dance (Mono Version)
3. Aisha (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Smokin' At The Half Note (Out Of Stock)Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011
A Tremendously Important Historic Jazz Record That Pairs Guitar Virtuoso Wes Montgomery With Miles Davis' Rhythm Section - Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb
This is timeless music that has inspired innumerable jazz guitarists and aficionados. In fact, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny has said, I learned to play listening to Wes Montgomery's Smokin' At The Half Note. Metheny additionally said that the solo on If You Could See Me Now is his favorite of all time.
This legendary session was recorded at a New York nightclub. It captures Montgomery at the height of his improvisational powers. Many consider it the best performance on record by one of the most inventive guitarists in jazz history.
Highlights include the Miles Davis opener, No Blues and the following track, Tadd Dameron's If You Could See Me Now. And the album's versions of Unit 7 and Four On Six have helped to establish these songs as jazz standards.
Wynton Kelly, piano
Wes Montgomery, guitar
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
This title is not eligible for discount.1. No Blues
2. If You Could See Me Now
3. Unit 7
4. Four On Six
5. What's New$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock