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.
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.
According to jazz lore, on the morning of January 19, 1957, esteemed alto saxophonist Art Pepper woke up to learn that he was booked for a session, just hours later, with Miles Davis’ highly respected rhythm section (pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones), where the landmark title, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, was recorded. Produced by Contemporary Records’ Lester Koenig and recorded by engineer Roy DuNann, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section has been praised as “a diamond of recorded jazz history” by AllMusic. Housed in a tip-on jacket, this special mono edition features all-analog mastering from the original mono tapes by Bernie Grundman and is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl at QRP. As part of the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series, this release celebrates 70 years of the venerable jazz record label.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Lee Morgan's magnum opus comeback, The Sidewinder, was a coronation. The prodigious trumpeter debuted on Blue Note in 1956 at the age of 18, but personal problems in the early-60s forced him off the scene temporarily. His rebound recording was an assured, energetic set of 5 indelible originals with Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).
Herbie HancockHead Hunterson Limited Edition 180g LP from Analogue Productions
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith / Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
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)
With such iconic tracks as "Christmas Time is Here" and the instantly recognizable "Linus and Lucy", the Vince Guaraldi Trio's soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the second-best-selling jazz title in history, and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016. Released in December 1965, Bay Area pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to Charles Schulz's iconic Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Christmas is among the most beloved holiday albums of all time. The session was voted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2007 and was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry's list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American recordings.
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 Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) [LP]
Described by Mingus himself as “ethnic folk-dance music,” The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady is a single song cycle rather than a traditional jazz album of separate tracks. The intricate arrangements and raw emotional swings of the piece make it a highlight of Mingus’ career, and one of the most compelling listens in jazz.
- Disc 1 -
1 Solo Dancer (Stop! and Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!)
2 Duet Solo Dancers (Heart's Beat and Shades in Physical Embraces)
3 Group Dancers ([Soul Fusion] Freewoman and Oh This Freedom's Slave Cries)
- Disc 2 -
1 Trio and Group Dancers (Stop! Look! and Sing Songs of Revolutions!)
2 Single Solos and Group Dance (Saint and Sinner Join in Merriment on Battle Front)
3 Group and Solo Dance (Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt, Then Farewell, My Beloved, 'Til It's Freedom Day)
Vince Guaraldi - "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" Previously thought to be lost to time: this album contains the original analog session reels for It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. What you will hear on most tracks of this new and improved "best" version of the soundtrack are the musical cues as recorded by Vince and crew before they were edited for the television special, in show order, as well as a selection of alternate takes. Mastered at 45 RPM for optimum sound with new expanded liner notes.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. On February 7, 1960, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Blakey, laid down what would become his masterpiece: Soul Station. The crystalline six-song set was a showcase for Mobley's lyrical flow from the breezy opening take on Irving Berlin's "Remember" through bluesy originals like "Dig Dis", & the swinging up-tempo number "Split Feelin's." Soul Station endures as a jazz classic for the ages.