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NEW ARRIVAL (Advance Copy)

Brad Mehldau Live In Tokyo (3LP)
Release Date: 9/13/19
VJQC Score: 97%
Get It On Vinyl –>> http://bit.ly/BradMehldauLiveJapan

Available for the first time on vinyl and limited to 3000 copies, this 15th anniversary edition includes the complete set recorded in 2003 at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo. 

·       Includes tracks previously only released in the Japanese market.

·       This 3LP set was mastered by Alex DeTurk, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and comes in a deluxe tri-fold jacket.

Biography

Bradford Alexander Mehldau is an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He studied music at the New School and was a member of Joshua Redman’s quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since the early 1990s. His first long-term trio featured bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer George Rossy, and later Jeff Ballard. Since the early 2000s Mehldau has incorporated other musical formats in addition to trio and solo piano. He’s recorded rock and classical repertoire and toured and recorded with guitarist Pat Metheny. Mehldau has absorbed aspects of pop, rock and classical music, including German Romanticism into his writing and playing. Mehldau won Down Beat’s Readers Poll piano award in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2012. He was the 2006 winner of the Miles Davis Prize awarded by the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards including Best Jazz Instrument Solo on “Blame it On My Youth” from the Art of the Trio Volume One in 1998, Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group for Art of the Trio: 4 Back at the Vanguard in 2000, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group for Brad Mehldau Trio Live in 2009, Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the title track of Ode in 2013, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Sleeping Giant” from Mehliana: Taming the Dragon in 2015. Mehldau’s debut album for Nonesuch was a solo piano performance recorded live at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo on February 15, 2003 but released in September of 2004. The album received universally favorable reviews. AllMusic awarded the album 4 ½ stars and called it an “intense, cerebral, and beautiful album.” The Guardian’s John Fordham identifies it as “Another bold step on Mehldau’s imperious way.” On All About Jazz, Doug Collete noted, “Mehldau plays beautifully on his own, his work is florid with detail, yet never just flowery. There is a deeply felt passion in all he plays, and that’s exactly why he is so engrossing to hear: in a solo setting Mehldau demonstrates how he selects his ideas altogether discriminatingly from what must be a veritable flood of variations that occur to him as he plays. It’s not long into listening to Live in Tokyo that you are reminded how skillfully he runs the gamut of emotion in his playing.” JazzTimes reviewer, Harvey Siders commented “Few pianists can match Brad Mehldau when it comes to cross-fertilizing jazz, classical and rock. The same applies for technique, taste and intellectual curiosity. All of those qualities are on display in Mehldau’s latest CD.” For the 15th anniversary of the album, Run Out Groove in conjunction with Nonesuch Records is releasing Live In Tokyo on vinyl for the first time and including the full set, that features tracks making their debut in the U.S. on any format for the first time.

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Brad Mehldau- Live In Tokyo

John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album |Vinyl Review:

VJQC Score : 92% – John Coltrane ‎– Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Get It On Vinyl – http://bit.ly/JohnColtraneLP

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a studio album recorded by saxophonist John Coltrane for Impulse! Records that was first released in 2018. The recordings were made in 1963 during Coltrane’s Classic Quartet period and lost for decades.

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John Coltrane ‎– Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

https://open.spotify.com/album/0NSRgubfAJoYv2kvVAcRKy?si=HVCAs_LyRjOG2o8Q_lNFHA

Yes – Yes (1969)
RSD 2019 Reissue (6500)

Coffee, Smoke, RSD Comedown
I really do love Record Store Day, complaints notwithstanding.  It boils down to a celebration of music that supports art and brings people together.  Gonna spend the day setting up new studio equipment while I spin the RSD pile I didn’t get to. Prior to just now, I’d never heard this debut album from Yes.  No rock radio hits but just as Yes as “Fragile” or any of the others.  Warner did a good job with this one, 6500 copies available. Remastered by Kevin Gray, Stoughton tip-on gatefold and everything.  
Happy Monday, Vinyl Junkies
Make music happen

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Yes – Yes (1969)
RSD 2019 Reissue (6500)

Coffee, Smoke, RSD Comedown
I really do love Record Store Day, complaints notwithstanding.  It boils down to a celebration of music that supports art and brings people together.  Gonna spend the day setting up new studio equipment while I spin the RSD pile I didn’t get to. Prior to just now, I’d never heard this debut album from Yes.  No rock radio hits but just as Yes as “Fragile” or any of the others.  Warner did a good job with this one, 6500 copies available. Remastered by Kevin Gray, Stoughton tip-on gatefold and everything.  
Happy Monday, Vinyl Junkies
Make music happen

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VJ Product Reviews Vinyl Me, Please Anthology | Blue Note Records – Initial Impressions: undefined

Sonny Rollins ‎– Sonny Rollins Volume 1
1957, Blue Note Records

Coffee, Smoke, All-Day Blue Note Sesh
Doing some early morning pre-game listening as I prepare to shoot the next vid. New video category: VJ Product Reviews
Vinyl Me, Please Anthology | Blue Note Records – Initial Impressions

I’m SUPER proud to be announce that Vinyl Junkies has been included on a very small small list of media partners, which include the NY Times and Rolling Stone magazine. Anyone who’s followed this blog for any amount of time know what this kind of thing means to me. If this goes like I think it will, it will be my extreme privilege to take you through what should be a unique musical journey.  I’m pretty certain I know what VMP is going for, with their inaugaral Anthology Series. I’ll tell you all about it at 5 PM EST, look for the vid here, Youtube and on all the regular social channels.
See you then

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NEW RELEASE

Karl Hector And The Malcouns ‎– Non Ex Orbis
Now Again Records (2019)

Blind pick, first needledrop, no prior knowledge. The hype sticker says Krautrock/Spacejazz so I immediately think it’s a reissue of an obscure krautrock lp.  Now Again are my vinyl guide to many amazing records and even more amazing stories, I assumed retro and the opening track sounded like the kind of krautrock my prog rock friends would dig.

This is new material.  Fourth spin happening right now.  There are far too many namedrops that could help describe this phenomenal, druggy musical stew.  I didn’t read too much into the history of the band but there’s a connection to the Poets Of Rhythm and bands like Can get mentioned. If you’re a fan of what I loosely describe as “70s drug music” and like exploring, this is a ride you’re gonna want to take.  This will stay regular rotation, enthusiastic recommend!

I don’t have a buy link for you (sorry) but it’s available at all of your better indie shops. RSD is next Friday, look for it and share your thoughts in the comments!

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Coffee, Smoke, De La

The VMP box arrived.  This sold out immediately, the vultures are doing their thing on Discogs.  I spent the morning doing a A/B shootout between this version and the 2013 Tommy Boy reissue I have.  Note form, ok?

Sound
Same, to my ears.  If that was the only determining factor, I’d be happy with either copy.

Vinyl
VMP are the clear winners here.  My original has dimples on the surface.  They don’t affect the sound but I don’t like buying physically flawed records.  The Vinyl Me, Please platters are well pressed, no defects.  If you like colors, they do that too.  

Packaging
The 2013 Tommy Boy album jacket is flimsier, too thin to really house 2 discs.  The VMP jacket is made of thicker cardboard stock, same deal with the inner sleeves.  Neither pressing has a polylined sleeve for the actual records, minus 1 for both sets.

Conclusion
If sound is all you care about, get the cheaper one.  Now that the VMP reissue has landed, I’m betting lotsa folks are gonna be willing to part with their reissue.  The VMP pressing sounds the same, but every aspect of the physical product is superior to the 2013.  If that upgrade holds value for you, then you go for the newer one.

No music link for this one.  As mentioned in  2 Minute  Vinyl Review #7.  The only way you can hear this album, in it’s entirety, is if you buy a physical copy.  

Ennio Morricone ‎– The Mission OST (1986)

Coffee, Smoke, Ennio

The Record Cave sounds downright angelic right now.  Maestro Morricone conducting the London Philharmonic and 2 vocal choirs will turn just about any room into a cinematic temple of worship; like The Exorcist but the opposite.  Morricone also scored the soundtrack to The Exorcist II so I’m already two steps into the morning rabbithole.

Be happy, spin your records.  Make humpday better; music never fails.

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