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Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

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Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)
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© 1971, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81098
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Hard Bop / Organ

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest 24bit 192kHz remastering. One of the most hard-hitting Jimmy McGriff albums of the 70s – a raw live date recorded in Newark – and a set that's a perfect bridge between the sharp soul of his Sue Records sessions and his later funk to come! The whole thing's got a gritty vibe the really recalls the sound of a Hammond combo in a small club back in the day – a sense of recording that's different than the usual Blue Note record, and we mean that in a good way! Future Groove Merchants Fats Theus and O'Donel Levy are both on the record – the former on tenor, the latter on guitar – and Jimmy gets plenty of room to really open up and soar on the Hammond. The group also features the lesser-known Ronald White on trumpet and Joseph Morris on alto – and titles include "In A Mellow Tone", "Groove Alley" and "Man From Bad" – and a nice cover of "Ode to Billie Joe"!

Sadao Watanabe - Live At The Junk (1969) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 63}

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Sadao Watanabe - Live At The Junk (1969) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 63}

Sadao Watanabe - Live At The Junk (1969) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 63}
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© 1969, 2015 Columbia / Sony Music Japan / CBS | SICJ 63
Jazz / Post Bop / Neo Bop / Saxopohone

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. One of the more obscure albums by this great reedman – recorded live, and with a loose feel that really points towards his changes to come in the 70s! The album's got a lively vibe that's quite a change from some of Watanabe's albums from a few years before – longer tracks, lots of new ideas, and a style that's really stretching out – yet never too far outside too.

Carmen McRae - Live At Century Plaza (1968) {Atlantic Japan, WPCR-25041, 24-bit rel 2005)

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Carmen McRae - Live At Century Plaza (1968) {Atlantic Japan, WPCR-25041, 24-bit rel 2005)

Carmen McRae - Live At Century Plaza (1968) {Atlantic Japan, WPCR-25041, 24-bit rel 2005)
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© 1968, 2005 Atlantic / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-25041 | 24bit remastering
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Bop / Ballads / Standards

24bit digitally remastered release of Carmen Mcrae's performance at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The inimitable jazz vocalist Carmen McRae toplined this live set at the Los Angeles Century Plaza Hotel's Hong Kong Bar in late December 1968. The concert took place not long after McRae recorded two excellent, underrated LPs for Atlantic Records – Portrait of Carmen (1967) and Sound of Silence (1968). Atlantic set up and contractually licensed the rights to the Century Plaza show, but inexplicably waited years to do anything with the material, until label executive Nesuhi Ertegun finally produced a truncated version in 1975.

John Coltrane - Selflessness featuring My Favorite Things (1969) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-585, Early Press}

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John Coltrane - Selflessness featuring My Favorite Things (1969) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-585, Early Press}

John Coltrane - Selflessness featuring My Favorite Things (1969) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-585, Early Press}
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© 1963, 1965, 1987 Impulse! / MCA Records / Warner-Pioneer Japan | 32XD-585
Jazz / Free Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Saxophone

In the context of the decades since his passing and the legacy that's continued to grow, John Coltrane's Selflessness album bears an odd similarity to Bob Dylan's autobiographical book Chronicles. In Chronicles, Dylan tells the tale of his beginnings, jumping abruptly and confoundingly from his early years to life and work after his 1966 motorcycle accident, omitting any mention of his most popular and curious electric era. The contrast between these two eras becomes more vivid with the deletion of the years and events that bridged them. Released in 1965, Selflessness presents long-form pieces, likewise from two very distinct and separate eras of Coltrane's development.

Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Relaxes (1961) {2006 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}

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Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Relaxes (1961) {2006 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}

Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Relaxes (1961) {2006 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}
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© 1961, 2006 Concord / Prestige / Moodsville | 0025218810623 | Prestige RVG Remasters Series | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Saxophone

“I was the engineer on the recording sessions and I also made the masters for the original LP issues of these albums. Since the advent of the CD, other people have been making the masters. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating the sound of the finished product. Now, thanks to the folks at the Concord Music Group who have given me the opportunity to remaster these albums, I can present my versions of the music on CD using modern technology. I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.” —Rudy Van Gelder

Dexter Gordon - Take The 'A' Train (1967) {Black Lion BLCD760133 rel 1989}

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Dexter Gordon - Take The 'A' Train (1967) {Black Lion BLCD760133 rel 1989}

Dexter Gordon - Take The 'A' Train (1967) {Black Lion BLCD760133 rel 1989}
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© 1967, 1989 Black Lion Records / Phonoco | BLCD760133
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone

During a two-day period (July 20-21, 1967) tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon and his quartet (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pederson and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath) recorded enough music to fill up three CDs, all of which have been released by the English Black Lion label. Four of the six standards on this hard-swinging set ("But Not for me," "Take the 'A' Train," "Blues Walk" and "Love for Sale") are over ten minutes long while the other two ("For All We Know" and "I Guess I'll Have to Hang My Tears out to Dry" are a little more concise). Throughout, Dexter Gordon is in consistently creative form, making this CD well worth getting by his fans.

Carlos Garnett - Journey To Enlightenment (1974) {Soul Brother Records CDSBCS68 rel 2014}

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Carlos Garnett - Journey To Enlightenment (1974) {Soul Brother Records CDSBCS68 rel 2014}

Carlos Garnett - Journey To Enlightenment (1974) {Soul Brother Records CDSBCS68 rel 2014}
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© 1974, 2014 Muse / Soul Brother Records / Passion Music | CD SBCS 68
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Spiritual Jazz / Jazz Funk / Modal Music / Reeds

Saxophonist Carlos Garnett’s second album was recorded from the Muse label in 1974. ‘Journey To Enlightenment’ is a strong 10 min long spiritual jazz track, that begins with chant like vocals and then progresses into an instrumental piece featuring a blistering sax solo from Carlos, and lovely melodic keyboard solo from Hubert Eaves, before returning to the vocal chants again towards the end. ‘Love Flower’ a very funky spiritual jazz song featuring Ayodele Jenkins mesmerising powerful vocals. ‘Chana’ is the album’s best known track, a highly rhythmic bustling instrumental jazz dancer, which has been a popular floor filler on the UK jazz scene for many years.

Tete Montoliu - Yellow Dolphin Street (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6336}

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Tete Montoliu - Yellow Dolphin Street (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6336}

Tete Montoliu - Yellow Dolphin Street (1977) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6336}
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© 1977, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6336
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Piano

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. That's yellow dolphin street, not "Green Dolphin Street" – a very special place where Tete Montoliu unfurls a beautiful selection of solo piano numbers! Tete's really at the height of his powers here – and spins out wonderfully without any bass or drums, yet with all the complex, fluid feel that you might expect from a trio. The range of tonal colors is wonderful – and always delivered with a rhythmic impulse, even when Montoliu is flying free – on titles that include "Yellow Dolphin Street", "Napoleon", "Where Are You", "Waltz For Nicolien", and "I Hate You".

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-587, Early Press}

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-587, Early Press}

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962) {Impulse! Japan, 32XD-587, Early Press}
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© 1962, 1987 Impulse! / MCA Records / Warner-Pioneer Japan | 32XD-587
Jazz / Cool Jazz / Post Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Piano / Saxophone

Digitally remastered from the original stereo master tapes. A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players.

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings 1938-1955 (1996) {4CD Set GRP 46482}

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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings 1938-1955 (1996) {4CD Set GRP 46482}

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings 1938-1955 (1996) {4CD Set GRP 46482}
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© 1938-55, 1996 GRP Records / Decca / MCA | GRP 46482
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Bop / Standards / Swing

The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald's two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-'50s was her talent given full rein. Divided into four sections, the collection began with "The Very Best of Ella," not exactly a greatest-hits set, though it started with her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and included such chart successes as "Undecided," "Cow-Cow Boogie," and "Stone Cold Dead in the Market."

Scott Hamilton Quartet - Live In London (2003) {Concord Jazz CCD-2172-2}

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Scott Hamilton Quartet - Live In London (2003) {Concord Jazz CCD-2172-2}

Scott Hamilton Quartet - Live In London (2003) {Concord Jazz CCD-2172-2}
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© 2003 Concord Jazz | CCD-2172-2
Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Saxophone / Jazz Piano Trio

Scott Hamilton is in top form during this live date recorded at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club. Hamilton is always a masterful improviser who logically builds upon the foundation of each piece. Accompanied by a swinging English rhythm section consisting of pianist John Pearce, bassist Dave Green, and drummer Steve Brown, the veteran tenor saxophonist offers a diverse set, beginning with Tadd Dameron's snappy "The Squirrel."

Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Flies High (1957) {2008 Riverside} [Keepnews Collection Complete Series] (Item #19of27)

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Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Flies High (1957) {2008 Riverside} [Keepnews Collection Complete Series] (Item #19of27)

Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Flies High (1957) {2008 Riverside} [Keepnews Collection Complete Series] (Item #19of27)
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© 1957, 2008 Concord / Riverside | 0888072305052
Jazz / Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Saxophone

Orrin's commentary (from his new liner notes): "Before [Coleman] Hawkins, the tenor saxophone-which has come to be one of the basic instruments of jazz-simply did not exist, a fact that would be disputed by neither Lester Young nor Ben Webster-his most prominent immediate successors-nor by Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane or anyone you might choose to put near the head of the line thereafter…This was not my only studio experience with Hawkins, although it was the only opportunity to deal with him strictly on his own terms, which is certainly the only appropriate way to approach a great artist."

Clark Terry & Ernie Wilkins - Live at Montmartre 1975 (2003) {Storyville 101 8358}

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Clark Terry & Ernie Wilkins - Live at Montmartre 1975 (2003) {Storyville 101 8358}

Clark Terry & Ernie Wilkins - Live at Montmartre 1975 (2003) {Storyville 101 8358}
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© 1975, 2003 Storyville Records | 101 8358
Jazz / Bop / Trumpet / Saxophone

Clark Terry is joined by his old Count Basie bandmate Ernie Wilkins for this 1975 concert at the Montmartre in Copenhagen, though it was not released until 2003. The terrific rhythm section consists of expatriate pianist Horace Parlan, bassist Mads Vinding, and drummer Bjarne Rostvold. Terry steals the show in the lengthy workout of "Bye Bye Blackbird" with his trademark solos in which he alternates between flügelhorn and muted trumpet.

Charlie Christian - After Hours (1941) {Fantasy Records OJCCD-1932-2 rel 2000}

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Charlie Christian - After Hours (1941) {Fantasy Records OJCCD-1932-2 rel 2000}

Charlie Christian - After Hours (1941) {Fantasy Records OJCCD-1932-2 rel 2000}
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© 1941, 2000 Esoteric / Fantasy / Original Jazz Classics | OJCCD-1932-2
Jazz / Bebop / Swing / Guitar

AFTER HOURS is an excellent live document of the early roots of bebop, capturing this exciting music in the process of being built by its pioneering architects. Recorded live in New York City at jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse and Monroe's Uptown House in 1941, these tapes feature young modernists Charlie Christian, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and Don Byas as they pushed the structural materials of swing toward something new and intense.

Pharoah Sanders - Moon Child (1989) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6337}

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Pharoah Sanders - Moon Child (1989) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6337}

Pharoah Sanders - Moon Child (1989) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6337}
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© 1989, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6337
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. By this point in his career, Sanders had largely withdrawn from the kind of screeching avant-gardism on which he at first staked his reputation. The opening "Moon Child," with its attractively spacy vocals, is reminiscent of the days of "The Creator Has a Master Plan," but this version sounds too contrived to rival the classic earlier recording. The mood is subdued throughout and the choice of tunes definitely on the conservative side ("All or Nothing at All" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," among the six tracks).