Category: jazz

JOHN COLTRANE Golden Album. Limited Edition 19…

JOHN COLTRANE Golden Album. Limited Edition 1967 Japanese-only 4-track stereo LP compilation, housed in a unique silk laminated gatefold sleeve with obi-strip. The cover shows very little of its age (a spot of mild foxing inside & a tiny 1cm split in the obi] & the vinyl is near mint. This collector’s edition comes complete with a one-sided promotional blue 7" flexi-disc (P-91) with custom ‘Not For Sale’ label print. The flexi-disc contains an interview recorded onJuly 18, 1966 at Tokyo Prince Hotel for TBS Television Inc, & is housed in a unique flipback picture sleeve. Both the sleeve & flexi appear near mint.

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Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins, Ernie He…

Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins, Ernie Henry and Clark Terry ‎– Brilliant Corners
WaxTime ‎– 771714
Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, , Remastered, Mono, 180 gram
Released:1956 (2011 Reissue)

Coffee, Smoke, Monk.  Was at a buddy’s house watching some UFC and started in on a Jaco conversation that got me thinking of these deep-ish jazz stacks that haven’t been fucked with in awhile.  Brilliant Corners is a special kind of excellent, arguably the crowning achievement from a man who helped invent the language of jazz piano by taking it where no one else did.  Monk’s piano is a weird lyrical journey, easy to follow along the path but wonderfully cracked and twisted in ways that challenge the journey without overwhelming it.  This mono Spanish pressing contains an alternate take of “Pannonica” not found on most (any?) other pressings I’ve come across.  Oh, and Paul Chambers on bass, Roach behind the kit.In other words, essential jazz catalog.
I’ll be telling the amazing back story to “Pannonica” during today’s VJ Ep. 46. See you in a few hours
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LISTEN: Pannonica

Cannonball Adderly – Inside Straight (Fantasy)…

Cannonball Adderly – Inside Straight (Fantasy) – Some nasty funk jazz to light up your day

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JACO PASTORIUS The 60th Anniversary Collection…

JACO PASTORIUS The 60th Anniversary Collection. 2011 Japanese promotional sample issue of the limited edition 6-CD box set, issued to radio stations and reviewers ahead of the actual release. Featuring the remastered five original albums ‘Word ofMouth’, ‘Twins I’, ‘Twins II’, ‘Invitation’ and ‘The Birthday Concert’ plus the bonus disc with unreleased tracks compiled by Peter Erskine. Also comes with a one-eighth scale miniature Jaco Pastorius model bass guitar which is manufacturedand authenticated by Fender USA plus a 72-page booklet with liner notes by Peter Erskine with unreleased photos and more, each album comes in a mini replica LP style gatefold card picture sleeve all housed in a 5½" x 5½" x 2½" promo stickered box.

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Joni Mitchell ‎– The Hissing Of Summer Lawns…

Joni Mitchell ‎– The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Rhino  ‎– R1 1051, Asylum Records ‎– R1 1051
Remastered from original analog tapes, 180g, gatefold
Released:1975 (2010 Reissue)

This Rhino reissue is from the same reissue series as the “Ladies Of The Canyon” lp I just posted, gatefold and all,  but the difference could not be more blatant.  Much cheaper jacket sleeve and the record is warped, right out of the shrinkwrap. Same label, same reissue series, radically different product offering.  I just wanna know why; maybe it’ll help me to better understand why Rhino pressings are so inconsistent. I can’t be the only consumer who’s frustrated by this; I just want to know what standard I should expect, so I can know to keep away from the releases that don’t cut it, from a quality standpoint.  Will talk about it more during Sunday’s live broadcast, VJ Ep. 45.  Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts and experiences, maybe I’m missing something.

LISTEN: Joni Mitchell ‎– The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

The JuJu Exchange ‎– ExchangeVinyl Me, Pleas…

The JuJu Exchange ‎– Exchange
Vinyl Me, Please ‎– VMP-017
Vinyl LP, 45 RPM, Ltd Ed #0023/1000, Blue wax, Gatefold
Released:Oct 2017

Coffee, Smoke, Juju.  I’ve been listening to this at the wrong speed, all along.  It works well at both speeds, 33 RPM for downtempo jazz, 45 RPM for a more hip hop feel.  They shoulda marketed it as such, it’d have been a legit little perk to have 2 vibes properly repped. The package is pretty neat as well.  Gatefold jacket, embossed cover with spot varnish on the color parts, to make it pop more.  Full vinyl immersion achieved.


LISTEN: The JuJu Exchange ‎– Exchange

Harold Alexander ‎– Sunshine ManTidal Waves …

Harold Alexander ‎– Sunshine Man
Tidal Waves Music ‎– TWM12
Ltd 500 copies, Gatefold
Released:23 Feb 2018

Highest level jazz-funksmanship! Featuring Bernard Purdie on drums, originally released in ‘71 on the Flying Dutchman label. The opening title track would fit perfectly in an episode of Sanford & Sons.  Old guys know.

LISTEN: 

Sunshine Man – Harold Alexander (full album) 1971

ADVANCE COPY (Reissue) Sun Ra ‎– JanusORG…

ADVANCE COPY (Reissue)


Sun Ra ‎– Janus
ORG Music ‎– ORGM-2091

AVAILABLE June 29th, 2018


Previously released as a 2017 RSD title.

Curious about Sun Ra but don’t know where to start? The material on this comp was recorded between 63-72, previously never issued on wax or only pressed on rare, hand made Saturn pressings that you will never find.  A variety of genres are well repped here, from breezy tropical jazz and tradional hard bop all the way to the spaciest, freest jazz one could hope for.  Very good starter lp, for those willing to have their ears taken in a few different directions.  

LISTEN: 

Sun Ra and his Arkestra – The Invisible Shield / Janus

The Handy Dandy Boys / Janet Klein with John R…

The Handy Dandy Boys / Janet Klein with John Reynolds – Super Mario Bros. BGM / Bye Bue Blues | MOGA Records | 2014 | Black