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Vol. 2 (Mono)Blue Note Reissue
As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008
J.J. Johnson shared the front line with his tenor master for an exceptional session that features a unique reworking of Poor Butterfly and a great original Why Don't I. Horace Silver is the pianist, but Thelonious Monk replaces him on Reflections and both pianists alternate throughout a stunning version of Misterioso.
This title is not eligible for discount.Why Don't I
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Poor Butterfly$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)1956's Rollins Plays For Bird was recorded within a year of Charlie Parker's death and features a 7-song, 27-minute medley of material associated with the jazz legend along with the independent numbers I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face and Kids Know. Accompanying Rollins on the session are Wade Legge (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums) and Kenny Dorham (trumpet).
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Medley: I Remember You/My Melancholy Baby/Old Folks/They Can't Take That Away From Me/Just Friends/My Little Suede Shoes/Star Eyes
2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
3. Kids Know$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saxophone ColossusSaxophone Colossus is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It was recorded on June 22, 1956, with producers Bob Weinstock and Rudy Van Gelder at the latter's studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Rollins led a quartet on the album that included pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach. Saxophone Colossus was released later that year by Prestige Records to critical success and helped establish Rollins as a prominent jazz artist.1. Saint Thomas
2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
3. Strode Rode
5. Blue 7$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Night at the Village Vanguard
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
A Night At The Village Vangaurd was recorded in 1957 by jazz great Sonny Rollins. The album features Rollins on tenor sax, Wilbur Ware on bass, Elvin
Jones on drums, Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering this album 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. Old Devil Moon
2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
3. Striver's Row
4. Sonnymoon For Two
5. A Night In Tunisia
6. I Can't Get Started$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.
Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.
This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.
- Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
- Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)
- Paul Bley (piano)
- Henry Grimes (bass)
- Bob Cranshaw (bass)
- Roy McCurdy (drums)
Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman
Production: George Avakian
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. Yesterdays
2. All the Things You Are
4. Just Friends
5. Lover Man
6. At McKie's$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Way Out West (Deluxe Edition)Deluxe Edition Celebrating The 60th Anniversary Of This Landmark Album In Rollins' Career
Features A Full Second Lp Of Rare And Previously Unreleased Bonus Material
Deluxe Gatefold Packaging
Includes New Liner Notes And Previously Unseen Photos
Way Out West, originally recorded for the Contemporary label in 1957, qualifies as an all-time Sonny Rollins classic.
Culled from a 3 A.M. session with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne. This deluxe edition celebrates
the 60th anniversary of this landmark album in Rollins' career with a full second LP of rare and previously
unreleased bonus material, deluxe gatefold packaging, new liner notes and previously unseen photos.LP 1
1. I'm An Old Cowhand
3. Come, Gone
4. Wagon Wheels
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Way Out West
1. Monologue: You Gotta Dig The Lyrics
2. I'm An Old Cowhand (Alternate Version)
3. Dialogue: Titling "Come, Gone"
4. Come, Gone (Alternate Version)
5. There Is No Greater Love (Alternate Version)
6. Way Out West (Take 1)
7. Way Out West (Alternate Version)$79.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins, his first effort for the Blue Note label.1. Decision
3. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
4. Plain Jane
5. Sonnysphere$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Bridge (Awaiting Repress)180 Gram LP Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
This 1962 Record Marks Rollins' Return After Taking a Voluntary Break to Refine His Playing
How badly did Sonny Rollins want to refine his playing? The saxophonist shocked the world in 1959 and took a break, returning in 1962 with this splendiferous set, named after the Williamsburg Bridge, where he practiced by himself. He's paired here with guitarist Jim Hall, whose communicative lines, along with Rollins' esteemed solos and melancholy patterns, gives The Bridge lofty status. The quartet tackles both originals and standards such as Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child and Cole Porter's You Do Something to Me, turning up aces every time.
Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's 180 gram LP presents this Bluebird/RCA classic in the finest analog sound it's ever known. Everything from each of Rollins' dip-and-dive patterns to the patter of Ben Riley's drums is heard with extreme detail and range.1. Without a Song
2. Where Are You?
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless the Child
6. You Do Something to Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
What's New?180 Gram Reissue
One of the most underrated albums in Sonny Rollins' extensive catalog, What's New? is his second recording for the RCA Victor label, featuring performances with Jim Hall, Bob Cranshaw, Ben Riley, Dennis Charles, Frank Charles, Willie Rodriguez and Candido. Many of these songs find Rollins utilizing the Latin rhythms of Candido and, on the calypso Brownskin Girl, a vocal chorus interacts with the group. Mastered from original analog tapes by Grammy Award winner Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180gram audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas in Germany, this reissue shines a new light on Rollins' 1962 masterpiece.1. If Ever I Would Leave You
4. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
5. Brown Skin Girl$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Way Out WestImport1. I'm An Old Cowhand
3. Come, Gone
4. Wagon Wheels
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Way Out West$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The music on this 1962 LP has been reissued many times, including in the Bluebird series. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including Without a Song and God Bless the Child) plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this LP a near-classic and a very successful comeback.
- All Music Guide1. Without a Song
2. Where Are You?
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless the Child
6. You Do Something to Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Vinyl
Direct Metal Mastering
Sonny Rollins' 1956 masterpiece Saxophone Colossus was the tenor saxophonist's career defining release, officially elevating his status to that of the jazz elite. The iconic 5-song set finds Rollins in a quartet setting with Tommy Flanagan (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Max Roach (drums) performing a trio of essential originals and two equally as impressive standards. Hands down one of the greatest albums ever issued on the Prestige label!1. Saint Thomas
2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
3. Strode Rode
5. Blue 7$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Volume 2A Blue Note essential, Sonny Rollins' Volume 2 is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign -
featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances
recorded in 1960.
Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis's bassist at this time, all of the other players on these April 1957 RVG Hackensack dates were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with J.J. Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and alternating pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, who both play on the now-famous version of Misterioso, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave.
The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of Poor Butterfly and You Stepped Out Of a Dream elevate this record to monumental status.1. Why Don't I?
2. Wail March
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Poor Butterfly$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 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$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
With The Modern Jazz Quartet1. The Stopper
2. In A Sentimental Mood
3. No Moe
4. Almost Like Being In Love$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saxophone ColossusStrode Rode
You Don't Know What Love Is$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Two superb piano trio albums of covers had set the stage for Monk the composer to re-emerge with horns, and the pianist responded with BRILLIANT CORNERS, one of his greatest recordings, featuring three classic new tunes and two formidable studio bands. The Sonny Rollins featured on BRILLIANT CORNERS is a far more imposing presence than the young acolyte of previous Monk sessions--just witness the title tune. With its multiple themes, quirky intervallic leaps, idiomatic rhythmic changes and tricky transitions in tempo, it is one of Monk's masterpieces--a miniature symphony. So daunting were its technical challenges, that the final ending was edited on from another take. Rollins begins his solo with swaggering composure, boldly paraphrasing Monk's vinegary intervals and trademark trills, before navigating the swift rapids of the double-time chorus with deft syncopations. Monk plies dissonance upon dissonance in his first chorus, playing rhythmic tag with Max Roach on the out chorus. Ernie Henry's slip-sliding bluesiness is followed by a brilliant rhythmic edifice from Roach, who maintains melodic coherence at a drowsy tempo, then explodes into the final chorus.Elsewhere, Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are is a soulful, easygoing blues, and Monk's solo is a compendium of pithy rhythmic devices, bent notes and calculated melodic abstractions, played with enormous relaxation and swing. He concludes with heckling big-band figures that form the basis for Rollins' expressive rhythmic testimonies. Monk employs the bell-like timbre of a celeste to stunning effect on Pannonica, one of his loveliest melodies and improvisations. And in closing, Bemsha Swing is a hard-swinging, conversational performance, with fine contributions from trumpeter Clark Terry, bassist Paul Chambers and Roach on drums and timpani.1. Brilliant Corners
2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
4. I Surrender Dear
5. Bemsha Swing
6. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)(Alt. Take)*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom SuiteA successful combination of swinging boogaloo rhythms and sincere, soulful soloing, Soul Message is an enduring good-time record and a true gem in
organist Richard "Groove" Holmes' illustrious career. Recorded in 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, this set more than lives up to
"Groove's" middle name as the combo of Holmes, guitarist Gene Edwards, and drummer Jimmie Smith swing with carefree ease through two originals
and four jazz standbys, including a smash hit version of "Misty." Jazz fans in search of some seriously swinging organ jazz need look no further than Soul
Message - now available on vinyl.
With 15 albums under his belt, Sonny Rollins was poised to make a bold statement with 1958's Freedom Suite. Sporting a Mohawk haircut on the inside
cover, Rollins was driven by the political climate at the time, acknowledging and questioning his place in society as an African American in the midst of the
Civil Rights Movement. In the nearly 20-minute long title track, comprised of five movements, Rollins and his longtime collaborators - drummer Max
Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford - were able to dig deep and explore the melodic structure. Side B is comprised of four Broadway showtunes and
standards, which Rollins, Roach and Pettiford make their own. An inspired and vibrant boundary-pushing album.1. The Freedom Suite
2. Someday I'll Find You
3. Will You Still Be Mine?
4. Till There Was You (Take 4)
5. Shadow Waltz$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plus FourA 150 gram vinyl reissue of the famed jazz album by Sonny Rollins, released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album Rollins plays with the Clifford
Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter
Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later.
-Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
-Clifford Brown - trumpet
-Max Roach - drums
-Richie Powell - piano
-George Morrow - bass1. Valse Hot
2. Kiss and Run
3. I Feel a Song Coming On
4. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
5. Pent-Up House$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection (Awaiting Repress)Deluxe Vinyl Box Set Includes Five 10-Inch LPs
Audio Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes
Jackets And LP Labels Faithfully Reproduced From The Originals
8-Page Booklet Includes New Liner Notes And Session Info
Includes A Collective Personnel Of: Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Gary Mapp, Julius Watkins, Percy Heath, Willie Jones, Ray Copeland, Frank Foster, Curly Russell, Tommy Potter And Art Taylor
Celebrating 100 years of Thelonious Monk, this limited-edition vinyl box set includes all five of the 10" LPs which the legendary pianist recorded for the jazz label, spanning 1952 to 1954. Each album has been faithfully reproduced - from the jacket design to the LP labels, while the audio has been carefully restored and remastered by Joe Tarantino from the original analog tapes, with lacquer cutting by George Horn and Anne-Marie Seunram. Rounding out the collection is a booklet with new liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.
Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982) remains one of the most highly regarded jazz artists in history, known for his unique style on and off the piano. Monk was a rule-breaker, pushing the limits of his genre, with his dissonant chords, unconventional melodies and progressive rhythms. Initially dismissed an eccentric by the musical elite, Monk stood his ground and came to be celebrated for his complexities, considered by many to be a genius.LP 1: Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious
1. Little Rootie Tootie
2. Sweet And Lovely
4. Monk's Dream
5. Trinkle, Tinkle
6. These Foolish Things
7. Bemsha Swing
LP 2: Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP Featuring Sonny Rollins
1. Let's Call This
2. Think Of One
3. Friday The Thirteenth
LP 3: Thelonious Monk Quintet
1. We See
2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
LP 4: Thelonious Monk Plays
3. Blue Monk
4. Just A Gigolo
LP 5: Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk
1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. I Want To Be Happy
3. More Than You Know$79.9910 Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
UNIM-OJC-059xThelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins
Thelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsCollected from three separate recording sessions held between November of 1953 and October of 1954, this Prestige release does indeed feature the pairing of the two jazz giants Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, but only on three of the album's five tracks. Monk is the mainstay throughout however, presented here in trio, quartet and quintet settings. It is the quintet numbers with Rollins, that both open (The Way You Look Tonight, I Want To Be Happy) and close (Friday the 13th) the album, that shine the brightest though, the distinct nuances of Rollins' tenor wonderfully contrasting Monk's artful piano lines!1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. I Want To Be Happy
5. Friday The 13th$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tenor MadnessBy the time this LP was released, Sonny Rollins already had such albums under his name as Worktime (OJCCD-007-2) and Sonny Rollins Plus 4 (OJCCD-243-2), in addition to his sideman exploits with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Tenor Madness, in which he was joined by the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet, further substantiated and underlined his rapidly rising stature. The material is an effective mixture of Rollins' playing attitudes with an intriguing original, Paul's Pal, and the mining of unusual material such as My Reverie and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. And, of course, there is the celebrated title track featuring the two titans to emerge in the '50s, Rollins and his guest, visiting in the studio that day, John Coltrane.1. Tenor Madness
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. Paul's Pal
4. My Reverie
5. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Of SonnyThe Sound Of Sonny marks a new phase in Sonny Rollins' career. At the time of the album's recording in 1957, the tenor saxophone legend was reaching
the height of his powers, having been proclaimed Down-Beat Magazine Critics' Poll New Star of the tenor saxophone that very same year. Joined by a
variety of accompaniment (Sonny liked to shake it up!), including pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Roy Haynes and bassists Percy Heath and Paul
Chambers, Rollins attains a level of freedom in his soloing and rhythmic interplay that only serves to underscore his melodic brilliance. A landmark
recording in the development of one of Jazz's true giants of the tenor saxophone, The Sound Of Sonny is a canonical smooth bop LP and an underrated
gem in Sonny Rollins' brilliant catalog.1. The Last Time I Saw Paris
2. Just In Time
3. Toot, Toot, Tootsie
4. What Is There To Say
5. Dearly Beloved
6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
8. It Could Happen To You
9. Mangoes$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary LeadersWhat Would You Do?
Fast Livin' Blues
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Do You Call That A Buddy
I'll Die Happy
Another Get Together
Stop and Go Blues
I Never Get Enough Of You$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now