Double vinyl LP pressing. Bitches Brew is a studio album by jazz musician, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis, originally released on March 30, 1970. It marked his continuing experimentation with electric instruments that he had previously featured on the critically acclaimed In a Silent Way (1969). With these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of loose, rock-influenced arrangements based on improvisation. In subsequent years, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians.
High-Quality Pressing of the Best-Selling Jazz Album in History
In 1958, after a string of critically acclaimed and successful albums,Miles Daviswas searching for a new direction to take the music, and signs were pointing him off the chordal highway into a new jazz style: modal. His innovations would open up the world for improvisers. He recruited key players with the potential to solidify his new approach, forming his famed sextet with rising jazz giantsJohn Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans & Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.Mileshired the little-knownEvansbecause he needed a pianist who was into the modal thing.Davis and Evansboth had developed personal voices characterized by a melodic flow that suggested, rather than defined, musical structure. It was his relationship withEvansthat created the spark that resulted in the albumKind of Blue.
In only two impromptu sessions in March and April of 1959,Davis’sextet created atour de force; five original tunes built on simple scales.Davisis committed to getting something spontaneous out of his musicians. The entire album was composed as a series of modal sketches and was conceived only hours before the recording dates. The outcome? Pure inspiration, and the stuff of legend, an album made up of the first full take of each tune, captured at the historic Columbia 30th Street Studio. The album was originally released onColumbia Recordsin 1959, stunning the jazz world by practically creating a new language of music. Its influence goes far beyond jazz.Kind of Blueis universally considered to be one of the best albums of all time, of any genre. More than fifty years later,Kind of Blue, the epitome of spontaneous invention, is still the best selling jazz album ever.
With such iconic tracks as "Christmas Time is Here" and "Linus and Lucy," the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas is the second-best-selling jazz title in history. Certified 4x Platinum and a perennial best-seller, the soundtrack reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts in 2020 and #2 on the Billboard Vinyl Charts. For this one-time only 2021 printing, the jacket has been wrapped in a silver foil while the embossed Peanuts characters and tree have never appeared more striking.
Gatefold 180-gram vinyl with bonus tracks! Art Blakey was present on both Thelonious Monk's first and last studio sessions, spanning a period of 24 years from the 1947 quintet and trio recordings to the last sets taped in London in 1971, when Blakey and Monk were touring with the groupcalled the "Giants of Jazz" (which also included Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Kai Winding and Al McKibbon). Although this album marks Monk's sole recording as a member of Art Blakey's celebrated Jazz Messengers, the pianist and drummer were very close friends who understood each other well on both a personal and musical level. In fact, With the exception of Johnny Griffi n's "Purple Shades," all of the compositions on this album are classic Thelonious Monk tunes.
Herbie HancockHead Hunterson Limited Edition 180g LP from Analogue Productions
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Herbie Hancockis a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Hancock. Herbie was originally discovered by trumpeter Donald Byrd in 1960. After two years of session work with Byrd as well as Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson, he signed with Blue Note as a solo artist. His 1963 debut album,Takin’ Offwas an immediate success, producing the hit “Watermelon Man.”
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Herbie to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend includingESP,NefertitiandSorcererand later on made appearances on Davis' groundbreakingIn a Silent WayandBitches Brew. Herbie's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums includingMaiden Voyage,Empyrean IslesandSpeak Like a Child. He also composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 filmBlow Up, which led to a successful career in feature film and television music.
After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band calledThe Headhuntersand, in 1973, recorded the genre-bending classic Head Hunters. With its crossover hit single "Chameleon," and standout cut "Watermelon Man," it became the first jazz album to go platinum and remains one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time. His groundbreaking work during this period also inspired and provided samples for generations of hip-hop and dance music artists that followed. By mid-decade, Herbie was playing for stadium-sized crowds all over the world!
A Tribute to Jack JohnsonCombines Electric Fusion, Slashing Rock, and Aggressive Funk: 1971 Miles Davis Set Features Guitarist John McLaughlin, Sounds Vibrant on Vinyl LP
Michael Hendersonlaunches into an enormous boogie groove withBilly CobhamandJohn McLaughlin. Miles immediately leaves the control room to join in with them. He achieved exactly what he wanted for the soundtrack of the documentary devoted to the black boxer Jack Johnson by creating the effect of a train going at full speed (which he compared to the force of a boxer). That's how side A of the 1971 LPA Tribute To Jack Johnsonbegins. By chance,Herbie Hancockhad arrived unexpectedly and started playing on a cheap keyboard that a sound engineer quickly connected. Later,Teo Macerotaped McLaughlin's riff on "Sing A Simple Song" by Sly Stone. Side B begins with a bass riff inspired by James Brown's "Say It Loud" and ends with "Willie Nelson," a piece recorded in a previous session. An a cappella improvisation by Miles, arranged in a variety of ways by Macero, was featured as a leitmotif throughout; a phrase spoken by Brock Peters was superimposed as a coda. Columbia didn't believe in this album and hastily released it. Today it is a cult record and strong seller.
Musicians: Miles Davis (trumpet) John McLaughlin (guitar) Herbie Hancock (keyboards) Michael Henderson (bass) Billy Cobham (drums) Steve Grossman (saxophone)
Double vinyl LP pressing. This newly discovered live-recording of a performance of the Love Supreme suite is a revelation. Recorded at The Penthouse in Seattle on October 2, 1965, this recording transports the listener to a prime seat for piece of musical history. While not studio-quality audio, the power of the performance shines through. This version is also of the full suite and features an expanded band that includes the same Classic Quartet and Pharoah Sanders in his first official gig as part of Coltrane's group.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Guitarist Kenny Burrell debuted on Blue Note Records in 1956 and over the following 7 years made a series of excellent albums for the label that culminated with his masterwork Midnight Blue. Recorded in 1963, the album waded deep into the blues, conjuring an alluring late-night vibe with a profoundly soulful cast including tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, Jr., drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on congas. Burrell originals including "Chitlins con Carne," "Midnight Blue," "Saturday Night Blues," and the stunning solo guitar piece "Soul Lament" set the tone for this timeless classic adorned by one of the all-time great Reid Miles cover designs.
Musicians: Kenny Burrell, guitar Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone Major Holley, Jr., bass Bill English, drums Ray Barretto, conga
The Montreux Jazz Festival takes place for two weeks every summer in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Created in 1967 by Claude Nobs, the Montreux Jazz Festival has become over the years an essential event, generating fantastic stories and legendary performances. In it's 50 year plus history, Montreux has hosted iconic performances by artists including Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. The High Priestess of Soul made five appearances at the Montreux Festival between 1968 and 1990. The essential 180g vinyl 2LP compilation The Montreux Years gathers material from all five of her storied performances (1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990) there and serves as one of Simone's definitive live collections!
Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series All-Analog 180g Vinyl LP Mastered by Kevin Gray Directly from the Original Master Tapes and Manufactured at Optimal in Germany
Blue Note Records is pleased to present theBlue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of their acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the label's 80th anniversary in 2019. TheClassic Serieswill once again featureall-analog 180g vinyl pressingsin standard packaging that aremastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany. The first 16 titles of theClassic Serieswill focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog. TheClassic Serieswill be on-going, running alongside the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series which is produced by Joe Harley.
Conrad Yeatis Clark, otherwise known asSonny Clark, was in many ways the quintessential hard bop pianist. Possessed of an enviable lyrical flow and a wealth of inventive melodic ideas that unfurled with clarity and without fuss, Clark had a deeply rooted feeling for the blues. After moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh to New York, Clark emerged as a ubiquitous presence on Blue Note starting in 1957. It was on his fifth Blue Note date as a leader that Clark arrived at his masterwork,Cool Struttin', recorded in January 1958 with a top-shelf quintet featuringArt Farmeron trumpet,Jackie McLeanon alto saxophone,Paul Chamberson bass, and‘Philly' Joe Joneson drums. The album has only grown in stature as a timeless hard bop classic since Clark's premature death at age 31 in 1963.
Musicians: Sonny Clark, piano Art Farmer, trumpet Jackie McLean, alto saxophone Paul Chambers, bass Philly Joe Jones, drums
Features: • Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series • All analog 180g vinyl LP • Mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes • Manufactured at Optimal in Germany • Standard packaging