Percy Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy - Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin (2008) {Reference Recordings RR-117}

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Percy Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy - Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin (2008) {Reference Recordings RR-117}

Percy Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy - Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin (2008) {Reference Recordings RR-117}
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© 2008 Reference Recordings | RR-117
Classical / Early 20th Century / Brass Band

"If you are any kind of fan of concert band music, you must get this disc." Another audiophile spectacular from Reference Recordings! This album showcases the wind band music of Percy Grainger, including favorites "Lincolnshire Posy" and "Danny Boy." Grainger's gems are performed to perfection by America's only full-time professional wind band, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Grainger specified many unusual, optional instruments, and this recording has them all. Hear these "original instrument" performances in the spectacular sonics captured by Reference Recordings' world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson.

Gary Peacock - Voices (1971) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 37}

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Gary Peacock - Voices (1971) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 37}

Gary Peacock - Voices (1971) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 37}
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© 1971, 2015 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 37
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Bass / Piano Trio

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. One of the hippest albums ever recorded by bassist Gary Peacock – one of his rare Japanese-only sessions, and a date that beautifully mixes his bass with acoustic and electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi! The sound is often somewhat dark – building up slowly from the bottom on long, contemplative lines from Peacock's bass – as Kikuchi fills things in with some slightly sharp edges, but never too much so. The rest of the group features twin drums from Masahiko Togashi and Hiroshi Murakami – although each player drops out for a number apiece. Titles are all originals by Gary – and include "Hollows", "Bonsho", "Ishi", "Voice From The Past", "Requiem", and "Ae Ay".

Red Norvo - The Second Time Around (2019) {2XHDJA1156 rec 1975}

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Red Norvo - The Second Time Around (2019) {2XHDJA1156 rec 1975}

Red Norvo - The Second Time Around (2019) {2XHDJA1156 rec 1975}
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© 1975, 2019 Famous Door / 2xHD Fusion | 2XHDJA115
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Vibes / Marimba

As the title notes, this is the Red Norvo Combo's second DSD release from 2xHD, taken from the archives of Jazzology Records. The initial Red Norvo Combo album, Vibes a la Red, is also available from NativeDSD Music (see link below). This album was the direct result of the Odessa Jazz Party in Texas in which vibraharpist Red Norvo participated, joined by saxophonist Kenny Davern, pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Mousey Alexander. Spread over six days, the Odessa Jazz Party brings together twenty or so musicians to play in various contexts. Red brought down the house with assistance by Davern and McKenna, who realized he was tired of making solo records.

Mulgrew Miller Trio - From Day To Day (1990) {Landmark LCD-1525-2}

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Mulgrew Miller Trio - From Day To Day (1990) {Landmark LCD-1525-2}

Mulgrew Miller Trio - From Day To Day (1990) {Landmark LCD-1525-2}
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© 1990 Landmark Records | LCD-1525-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Jazz Piano Trio

Mulgrew Miller's fifth CD as a leader is a potent trio affair with bassist Robert Hurst and the highly in-demand drummer Kenny Washington, focusing mostly on the pianist's strong originals. All of Miller's compositions hold interest, especially the soft waltz "From Day to Day" and cooking hard bop vehicle "Playthang." The leisurely "What a Difference a Day Made" is a soulful throwback to the early '60s, while his solo interpretation of "More Than You Know" is spacious, delicate, and lyrical. His romp through Miles Davis' "Four" is another gem, though it is inexplicably omitted from the CD booklet, evidently overlooked, as it was not present in the LP edition of this release. Sadly, with Fantasy's sale of the Landmark catalog, this enjoyable CD lapsed from print.

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956) {Prestige Japan, VDJ-1501, Early Press}

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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956) {Prestige Japan, VDJ-1501, Early Press}

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956) {Prestige Japan, VDJ-1501, Early Press}
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© 1956, 1985 Prestige / Victor Japan | VDJ-1501 | Prestige CD Masterpiece Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Tenor Saxophone

Quite possibly THE greatest Sonny Rollins album of the early years – or at least the one that has received the most accolades over the years! The record is a brilliant batch of quartet tracks that reinvents bop through Sonny's complicated, yet seemingly automatic solos – an excellent showcase for his razor-sharp talents for improvisation and invention, played with effortless ease, yet still one of the great bar-setting performances of 50s jazz. The group features Tommy Flanagan, Max Roach, and Doug Watkins – and tunes include an original reading of the perennial Rollins' standard "St. Thomas", plus a great version of "Moritat (Mack The Knife)", and the cuts "Strode Rode" and "Blue 7".

Iconili - Quintais (2019) {YB Music YB2019}

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Iconili - Quintais (2019) {YB Music YB2019}

Iconili - Quintais (2019) {YB Music YB2019}
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© 2019 YB Music | YB2019
Jazz Funk / Psychedelic / Soul / Afrobeat / World Music / Brazilian

"Quintais" is definitely the most expansive and striking album in the 12-year career of mining group Iconili. The work is the first to record the arrival of singer Josi Lopes and percussionist Chaya Vazquez. Created in an immersion in the small district of André do Mato Dentro, in Santa Bárbara, in the Serra da Gandarela region, in the interior of Mines - contemplates the band's trajectory, playing unpretentiously in their initial progressive rock, reinventing the afrobeat that emerged in the following works, but, above all, multiplying the group's tracks in plural sounds.

Yusef Lateef - Autophysiopsychic (1977) {CTI-Epic 512795 rel 2003} (with Art Farmer)

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Yusef Lateef - Autophysiopsychic (1977) {CTI-Epic 512795 rel 2003} (with Art Farmer)

Yusef Lateef - Autophysiopsychic (1977) {CTI-Epic 512795 rel 2003} (with Art Farmer)
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© 1977, 2003 CTI / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music | 512795
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone / Flute

Autophysiopsychic is probably the single album that many Yusef Lateef fans either love or hate the most. Along with guest soloist Art Farmer on flugelhorn, guitarist Eric Gale, keyboardist Cliff Carter, drummer Jim Madison and bassist Gary King (except for "Sister Mamie," which features Steve Gadd and Alex Blake respectively), "Teefski" romps through five fat slices of original funk that have far more in common with the sounds of Chocolate City than with the bop sounds of 52nd Street. Autophysiopsychic is awash in the soft soul-funk-jazz sound typical of Creed Taylor's (CTI) productions in the 1970s.

Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}

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Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}

Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}
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© 2004 Winter & Winter | 910 097-2
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Chamber Music

2004 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Arditti String Quartet, which once again demonstrates its commitment to the advancement of New Music–this time by the young German Matthias Pintscher (b. 1971). For the discerning listener of New Music, this disc offers both substance and style. Winter & Winter's packaging is exquisite and attractive (although I haven't figured out why the booklet offers nine blank pages followed by two pages of track and publisher information, when brief liner notes or at least some biographical information–especially in the case of a young composer–would be helpful not only in giving context to the works performed but also in establishing a base listenership).

Gary Peacock Trio - Eastward (1970) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 36}

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Gary Peacock Trio - Eastward (1970) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 36}

Gary Peacock Trio - Eastward (1970) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 36}
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© 1970, 2015 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 36
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Bass / Piano Trio

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. One of Gary Peacock's rare Japanese-only albums for Columbia – really dynamic trio work that's a lot more powerful than the bassist's later sides for ECM! Gary's working here with Masabumi Kikuchi on piano and Hiroshi Murakami on drums – in a mode that's got the open-ended, long flowing energy that would emerge most strongly in Japanese trio sessions a few years later – a style that's exploratory, but never too free – and perfectly suited to the tonal colors that Peacock's always brought to his work on bass. The set is sophisticated, yet never full of itself – with a great juxtaposition of lyrical and modern moments, carved out here with a heck of a lot of power!

Steve Jansen - Slope (2014) {3CD Set Burning Shed Digisleeve Edition bshed 1305} (ft. David Sylvian)

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Steve Jansen - Slope (2014) {3CD Set Burning Shed Digisleeve Edition bshed 1305} (ft. David Sylvian)

Steve Jansen - Slope (2014) {3CD Set Burning Shed Digisleeve Edition bshed 1305} (ft. David Sylvian)
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© 2013-2014 Burning Shed / Steve Jansen | bshed 1305
Experimental / Experimental Electronic / Avant-Garde / Ambient / Alternative

Released to highly positive reviews in 2007, Slope was the debut album from Steve Jansen (Japan / Rain Tree Crow). Exhibiting a bold combination of inventive rhythms, intricate programming and emotive vocal performances, the album features guest contributions from an impressive line-up including David Sylvian, Tim Elsenburg (Sweet Billy Pilgrim), Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman), Thomas Feiner, Anja Garbarek, Nina Kinert, and Theo Travis. As Jansen explains, "With Slope, I approached composition attempting to avoid chord and song structures and the usual familiar building blocks. Instead, in an attempt to deviate from my own trappings as a musician, I wanted to piece together unrelated sounds, music samples, rhythms and 'events'."

Chet Baker - Quartet with Russ Freeman (1956) {Pacific Jazz}

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Chet Baker - Quartet with Russ Freeman (1956) {Pacific Jazz}

Chet Baker - Quartet with Russ Freeman (1956) {Pacific Jazz}
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© 1956, 1997 Pacific Jazz / Capitol | CDP 7243 8 55453 2 0
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet / Piano

Quartet: Russ Freeman & Chet Baker brings together tracks that pianist Russ Freeman recorded with trumpeter Chet Baker during their time as bandmates in the 1950s. Freeman was a regularly gigging, bop-oriented player in Los Angeles when he joined forces with rising jazz star Baker in 1953. Baker, who had just parted ways with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan after making a splash with their legendary pianoless quartet, was looking for a musical director to help chart his own course.

Earl Coleman featuring Billy Taylor - Love Songs (1967) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series WPCR-27394}

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Earl Coleman featuring Billy Taylor - Love Songs (1967) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series WPCR-27394}

Earl Coleman featuring Billy Taylor - Love Songs (1967) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series WPCR-27394}
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© 1967, 2013 Atlantic / Rhino / WEA / Warner Japan | WPCR-27394 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Soul Jazz / Piano

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. A great return to form for vocalist Earl Coleman – a singer who'd recorded earlier in the bop years, but who makes a rare 60s appearance here on a soulful set for Atlantic Records! Coleman's got a rich voice that's somewhere between Johnny Hartman and Billy Eckstine – with a great range that really goes deep when it wants, yet still has a fluid sensibility that's definitely jazz more than anything else. Billy Taylor's on the record on piano, and leads the combo on most numbers – but the set also features some nice arrangements from Frank Foster and Tom McIntosh, both of whom really keep things interesting. Titles include "Charade", "When Did You Leave Heaven", "I Wish I Knew", "Day In the Life Of a Fool", and "I Won't Tell A Soul".

Three Monks - The Legend of the Holy Circle (2013) {Black Widow BWRCD159-2}

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Three Monks - The Legend of the Holy Circle (2013) {Black Widow BWRCD159-2}

Three Monks - The Legend of the Holy Circle (2013) {Black Widow BWRCD159-2}
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© 2013 Black Widow Records | BWRCD159-2
Rock / Progressive Rock / Symphonic Rock

After their impressive debut in 2010 'Neo Gothic Progressive Toccatas' comes another slice of pipe organ heaven from this Italian band. Its strictly a trio format (although two different drummers are used) and all 'instrumental' over its 7 tracks and running time of 50 odd minutes. I'm not a classical music lover so this is as close to actually listening to that genre I will ever get. For those familiar with the debut this is not quite as 'raw'. I think they have tried to make the sound a bit softer and introduced synths into the mix which if I recollect correctly were not present on the debut. At times it reminds me of the Japanese trio Ars Nova especially on the more energetic sections.

Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich - Krupa and Rich (1955) {Verve 521 643-2 rel 1994}

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Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich - Krupa and Rich (1955) {Verve 521 643-2 rel 1994}

Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich - Krupa and Rich (1955) {Verve 521 643-2 rel 1994}
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© 1955, 1994 Verve / PolyGram Records | 521 643-2
Jazz / Bop / Swing / Mainstream Jazz / Drums

On this CD reissue, drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich only actually play together on one of the seven songs, a lengthy rendition of "Bernie's Tune" that has a six-minute "drum battle." Krupa and Rich do perform two songs apiece with a remarkable all-star band consisting of trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, tenors Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. Each of the principals get some solo space, giving this release more variety than one might expect. In addition there are two bonus cuts from a Buddy Rich date that feature the drummer with trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman, tenors Ben Webster and Frank Wess, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and rhythm guitarist Freddie Green. Excellent music overall if not quite essential.

ABBA - Waterloo (1974) {2014, 40th Anniversary Polar Remaster, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition 00602537645374}

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ABBA - Waterloo (1974) {2014, 40th Anniversary Polar Remaster, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition 00602537645374}

ABBA - Waterloo (1974) {2014, 40th Anniversary Polar Remaster, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition 00602537645374}
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Subs: Svenska, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Portugues
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© 1974, 2014 Polar Music / Universal | 00602537645374
Pop / Euro-Pop

ABBA‘s deluxe edition reissue series continues with a CD+DVD 40th Anniversary Edition of 1974’s Waterloo. The format will be very familiar to fans who have bought previous deluxe editions. The eight bonus tracks on the CD include the usual foreign language versions of singles and this Waterloo deluxe adds a few single remixes. The DVD looks reasonably good with 13 TV appearances, most of them previously unreleased. As you would expect the Eurovision Song Contest performance of Waterloo is included and there is also an interview. The rather dull ‘International Sleeve Gallery’ contains to be a feature all of the ABBA deluxe editions. The booklet will contain an essay on the making of the album, with new insights from Björn and Benny.