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Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2 (Awaiting Repress)
Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double album features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard recorded ten months apart. Other than the leader, the pair of quartets are completely different and they bring out two sides of Lovano. The earlier session features the leader in a stimulating piano-less quartet, matching wits and creativity with flÜgelhornist Tom Harrell. While the music is closer to Ornette Coleman than to Gerry Mulligan (to name two famous pianoless groups), Harrell's tone more closely resembles Chuck Mangione than Don Cherry although fortunately he is much more inventive. The four Lovano originals are adventurous and all of the musicians sound as if they are stretching themselves. The second disc showcases Lovano in a more conventional quartet. The repertoire (just one original this time) covers John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Gordon Jenkins and finds the tenorman displaying his roots in Sonny Rollins. The rhythm section on the later date (pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash) is excellent at accompanying (rather than challenging) Lovano. In both cases, Joe Lovano is heard in prime form, making this an easily recommended two-fer.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)1. Lonnie's Lament
3. Little Willie Leaps
4. This Is All I Ask
6. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love
7. Sounds Of Joy$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Remember (Pure Pleasure)Jazz singer Dianne Reeves was born into a family rich in musical background. Her uncle, Charles Burrell, a bass player with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, introduced her to the music of jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and, especially impressive to Reeves, Sarah Vaughan.
Her musical career includes a tour with Eduardo del Barrio's group Caldera; singing with Billy Childs' jazz band Night Flight; touring with Sergio Mendes; from 1983-86 touring with Harry Belafonte as a lead singer. She also sang at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Reeves has been awarded four Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Performances for the albums In the Moment - Live In Concert (2001), The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (2002), A Little Moonlight (2003), and Good Night and Good Luck (soundtrack) (2006).
Recorded at Madhatter Studios, Los Angeles, California on September 10-11, 1990 and The Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 27-28 and May 9, 1988.
- 180g Vinyl
- Re-mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios
- Dianne Reeves, vocals
- Kevin Eubanks, acoustic guitar
- Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
- Greg Osby, alto saxophone
- Justo Almario, saxophone
- Charles Mims, piano
- Billy Childs, piano
- Donald Brown, piano
- Mulgrew Miller, piano
- Chris Severin, bass
- Charnett Moffett, bass
- Billy Kilson, drums
- Marvin Smitty Smith, drums
- Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
- Ron Powell, percussion, wind chimes
- Bill Summers, percussion
- Luis Conte, percussion
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Afro Blue
2. The Nearness Of You / Misty
3. I Remember Sky
4. Love For Sale
5. Softly As In The Morning Sunrise
6. Like A Lover
7. How High The Moon
8. You Taught My Heart To Sing
9. For All We Know$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tokyo '81Elemental Music presents a complete previously unissued quintet performance in Japan by the great Woody Shaw. This remarkable concert features Shaw's classic group with trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Stafford James, and drummer Tony Reedus. The album includes a booklet containing special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and Shaw's son Woody Shaw III. The LP is 180g.1. Rosewood
2. 'Round Midnight
4. From Moment To Moment
5. Song Of Songs
6. Theme For Maxine
7. Sweet Love Of Mine$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now