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Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock
Crossings
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the 1970s, Herbie Hancock’s "Crossings" was to be found on every IKEA record shelf in the student pads of jazz-fusion fans. The cover, with its psychedelic touch, also contributed significantly to its popularity – although it was unclear where the crossing was going to take us …Nevertheless, the excellent trumpeter Eddie Henderson – often underestimated as an improviser and composer, and Benny Maupin – who like Hancock had grown up under Miles Davis’s wing, present a wide range of sound-generating instruments – as was all the rage in those days. Synthesizer and Mellotron (a polyphonic tape replay keyboard and as such practically the prototype of the sampler) were permanent members of the group – and even produce here melodic arches of sound! Whether Bennie Maupin’s "Quasar" launches the group and us into extraterrestrial territory (as stated in one review) is a moot point.This LP is a contemporary historical document, though it certainly doesn’t sound antiquated. That’s why younger listeners too will find pleasure in this experiment from the previous millennium.This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.Recording: February 1972 at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA., by Patrick GleasonProduction: David Rubinson
Freddie Hubbard - Backlash
Freddie Hubbard
Backlash
LP | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
After his great success as a new discovery through playing on tour and in the studio with Art Blakey’s creative and inspirational group, the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard made a dozen LPs over 16 years for Blue Note and Impulse under his own direction.It was no wonder then that a big record company made him a lucrative offer in autumn 1966. All in all, Atlantic Records released six LPs and the very first, entitled "Backlash", is still until today the best of the bunch.Three numbers by Freddie Hubbard, one by Bob Cunningham, and two by friends, provide the basis for a successful transition between hard bop and soul beat. Hubbard made high demands on his fellow musicians James Spaulding, Albert Dailey and especially the bass player Bob Cunningham and the drummer Ray Appleton because they had to cope with the ever-changing beat. Right from the very first note, it is obvious that Freddie Hubbard had Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown in his heart and fingers. All the titles are excellent. Of special note, however, is "Little Sunflower". The sound colouring of the flute harmonizes particularly well with Hubbard’s brass, and Ray Barretto’s contribution is more than mere decoration. You’re certainly on the right track with this LP, no matter whether it’s the beginning of a Freddie Hubbard collection or a further contribution to a large jazz collection.This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.Recording: 1967 by Tom Dowd, Phil Jehle and Adrian BarberProduction: Arif Mardin
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Stone Flower
LP | 1970 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the “new trend”. First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song "Desafinado" and the genial "One Note Samba" were heard all over the globe.That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim’s creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' "Tereza My Love" so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic "Brazil".With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There’s no more to be said!
Charlers Mingus - The Clown
Charlers Mingus
The Clown
LP | 1957 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1957 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Who hasn't got an ancient, worn-out copy of "The Clown" on his shelf, with a tatty cover and torn inner sleeve? Or maybe one of the rare re-releases made of cheap, thin vinyl with dreadful graphic art? And if you haven't heard this gem for a long time, despite the flood of Mingus LPs, CDs and downloads on the market, then you really should seize this opportunity to do so. "The Clown" was, and still is, an absolute must-have for every jazz collector. The small ensemble, only five musicians, came into the New York Atlantic Records studio in March 1957 to record music exclusively composed by the double bassist. Over the next 15 years, three of them were to be heard in numerous concerts with other ensembles. But the original recordings on this LP were the most deeply concentrated, the most versatile, and quite simply the best of all. The more so because the label attached great importance to optimal studio conditions and allowed the instrumentalists plenty of time to make the recordings.In the present new release, "The Clown" can be enjoyed to the full from the very first note of "Haitian Fight Song" up until the words »William Morris Sends Regrets« in the title work.Recording: Februay and March 1957 in New York City by Tom Dowd and Larry Hiller in monoProduction: Nesuhi Ertegün
Ray Charles - The Genius After Hours
Herbie Hancock - Flood
Herbie Hancock
Flood
2LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
49,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the summer of 1975, the Herbie Hancock Sextet made a hugely successful tour of Japan, which made people aware of a 'new' Hancock. The last LP that the keyboard virtuoso had recorded, "Thrust", was already one year old, and the film music for the Charles Bronson classic "Death Wish" was received negatively by his fans. At his concerts in Tokyo, Herbie Hancock reached back to his hits: "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the famous, soulful "Watermelon Man" made the fans at his concert hall and open-air appearances go wild with enthusiasm. Forty years later I have the courage to confess that I couldn’t have cared less about this music at the time; in Europe there was enough that was new and exciting to see and listen to. However, this re-release in its original format has given me the opportunity to check out whether this music has withstood the test of time. And I must say: it has passed the test! Just listen to Herbie at his best!Dr. Michael Frohne
Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges - In Atlantic City
Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges
In Atlantic City
LP | 1966 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1966 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the Sixties, the two befriended musicians Wild Bill Davis and Johnny Hodges often met up for jam sessions, at galas with Duke Ellington, and in various studios to make recordings for several record companies. However, their live concerts in Grace’s Little Belmont in Atlantic City in 1966 were the declared highlights for critics, the public and musicians alike. This is not only proved by the masses of people who swarmed to the club, which was always jam-packed, it is also reflected in the sales figures of their recordings.On the present recording, the listener is offered a first-class programme of own compositions, Duke Ellington hits, and head arrangements. "Good Queen Bess" and "Rockville" are quite exceptional, and the other titles are hardly less enthralling. The rhythm group is hotter than hot with Lionel Hampton’s Bobby Durham on the drums, and the two grand old men of swing really let themselves go. The trombonist Lawrence Brown, musical buddy from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, grooves in the background and we can be happy (thanks to the producer Rad McCuen!) that we can still thoroughly enjoy this great disc almost 50 years later.
Hank Garland - Jazz Winds From A New Direction
Hank Garland
Jazz Winds From A New Direction
LP | 1961 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1961 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hank Garland wasn’t the first Country and Western guitarist to discover jazz as a new way of playing. Mundell Lowe (who knows him these days?) and Tal Farlow (whose Verve recordings have long become classics) are just two such musicians who are better known to jazz fans.Garland’s shining example Charlie Christian was his inspiration when he was invited to participate in a super session, and the LP "Jazz Winds From A New Direction" became a smash hit. With Joe Morello, the drummer responsible for the tricky, odd meter and Joe Benjamin, who had been instructed by Gerry Mulligan and performs harmonic magic even without a piano, and then Gary Burton, a newcomer (only 17 years old and completely unknown at the time!) on the vibraphone, these six numbers are a real phenomenon with regard to musicality, style and recording technique. Unfortunately it was to remain a unique jazz session, for Hank Garland could never aspire to such heights again after his tragic car accident. That’s why jazz fans should snap at the chance to grab this newly mastered LP: it enriched the musical horizon of the musicians during the recording, and is guaranteed to bewitch the listener of today.
Harry Belafonte - Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
Harry Belafonte
Belafonte At Carnegie Hall
2LP | 1959 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
49,99 €*
Release:1959 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
To perform in Carnegie Hall must surely be the greatest ambition of every artist, regardless of his or her style of music. But it also presents an enormous challenge, because on such an evening 'good' isn’t good enough. The artist is not merely expected to perform to his or her usual high standard – the evening must be exceptional. Harry Belafonte, the charismatic and highly experienced performer, certainly managed to fulfil such expectations, as is testified to by the present double album, which has retained its place as a best-seller at the top of the charts over many years.This performance contains three acts, as it were: Afro-American moods, Caribbean songs and excursions into music of the world. Belafonte is in top form and celebrates an exciting, sparkling festival of song, including spontaneous comic interludes, which arise from direct interaction with his enthralled and enthusiastic audience. He is brilliantly supported by Bob Corman and his 47-man orchestra, an ensemble which is reduced to a small combo when the maestro raises his husky voice. It goes without saying that all the favourites are there such as "Jamaica Farewell", "Day-O" and "Mama Look A Boo Boo", making this Carnegie Hall event one of the most mesmerizing live performances of all time, which captures the essence of the performer in his prime (All Music Guide). With this double album you too can sit in the audience and enjoy this great event.Recording: April 1959 live at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Bob SimpsonProduction: Bob Bollard
Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties
Blue Öyster Cult
Secret Treaties
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Back in the days of hard rock and surrounded by fierce competitors with such great names as the Doors, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones, a band had to attract attention with far more than histrionic pathos, biker boogie, an adept lead guitarist and a sharp-tongued singer. The band Blue Öyster Cult, founded on Long Island in 1971, possessed all this and much more, relating short scenarios in their lyrics, which conjured up people’s imagination. Rolling Stone magazine enthused that it was »like listenin’ to Hitchcock and Kubrick swap stories about their wet dreams«, and that the group »mix aesthetics and ass-kicking rock to such good advantage«.In their third studio album "Secret Treaties", BÖC reached the pinnacle of their musical evolution with such memorable songs as "Career Of Evil", "Subhuman" and "Astronomy". The lyrics have literary value but are certainly not intended for sensitive souls – the phrases are direct and intentionally drily articulated. The music is as blatant and extroverted as the lyrics: the guitar sound is steely and straightforward, occasionally padded out with a see-sawing Hammond groove, and topped again and again by wonderfully rough string solos that speak the language of hard, merciless and full-bodied rock.
Earth, Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World
Miles Davis Quintet, The - Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Quintet, The
Miles Smiles
LP | DE | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:DE – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Special hi-quality 180 gram limited edition. Audiophile mastering and pressing!
Sonny Stitt - Stitt Plays Bird
Sonny Stitt
Stitt Plays Bird
LP | 1964 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1964 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
It is widely known that Sonny Stitt didn’t want to be taken for Charlie 'Bird' Parker and changed from playing the alto to the tenor saxophone. Although false rumours pop up every now and then, the truth is that at the beginning of the 1940s Stitt independently developed the same be-bop licks as Parker without ever having heard him.For "Stitt Plays Bird" Sonny had to unearth his old instrument and insert a new mouthpiece because Atlantic Records and their entrepreneurial president Ahmet Ertegun hoped for big sales figures. Which actually proved true.One half of the modern jazz quartet provided the melodic and rhythmic basis for improvisations on eight 'hits' by Charlie Parker and one composition by his first employer Jay McShann. Added to this are the subtle, sensitive scatterings from Jim Hall and the emphatic beat from Richard Davis, both of which lend delicacy and pulse to the numbers. It’s hard to recommend a special track, but "Scrapple From The Apple" is just awesome! All the numbers are based on standards – just which they are can be found in the informative liner notes by the be-bop expert Ira Gitler. Atlantic’s logo “Full Dynamic Frequency Spectrum” is no longer a swindle in this new pressing and at last one can enjoy all nine titles in all their sonic glory.This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Earth, Wind & Fire - Spirit
Earth, Wind & Fire
Spirit
LP | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The wise saying »spiritus ubi vult spirat« (»the spirit blows where it wills«) is interpreted by Earth, Wind & Fire with impressive clarity. Gentle sounds and modest gestures are foreign to the colourful Afro group, who in their live performances welded together ancient Egyptian Pharaonic mysticism with urban street life. That this spirit, which is found in the LP title and blows all the way through it, was guaranteed not only by the exuberant wind section in the group’s early years. With regard to rhythm, too, the band rolls out almost everything to pave the floor with powerful disco patterns, not forgetting the elegant and finely controlled falsetto, which adds further pep. Out of all this came the highly cultivated and expressive vocals as in "Imagine", carefully balanced ballads ("Burnin’ Bush"), as well as a powerful sound that is so good for dancing to, as in the memorable number "Saturday Nite". An extremely wide range of musical genres was brought together by Earth, Wind & Fire in a big-band sound that is »innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing« (Rolling Stone Magazine). This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.Recording: 1976 at Wally Heider Studio 3, Burbank Studios, Hollywood Sound Recorders and Westlake Audio by George MassenburgProduction: Maurice White & Charles Stepney
Harry Nilsson - Aerial Ballet
Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Pop
To define in a nutshell the music of Harry Nilsson in accordance with his personality can easily become a fiasco. The American singer-songwriter might well share his reputation as a multi-talented eccentric with a number of other musicians. However, his highly unusual style and his »satirical catchy pop songs [composed] with the sparkling eye of a cynic and the tearful eye of a nostalgic« (rororo Rock Lexicon) cannot be pigeonholed. Nilsson packaged derisive lines, spiced with a pinch of self-irony, in suspiciously pleasing yet carefully selected tunes. His cultivated and astonishingly supple voice basked to the full in bittersweet phrases, aided by elaborate, melting, slushy arrangements with strings and winds. Several of the wonderfully fresh numbers from "Aerial Ballet" reached top places in the charts. "Everybody’s Talkin’" became world-famous through its use in the film "Asphalt Cowboy" and brought Nilsson his first Grammy award. The song "One" soared to the top ten of the charts. The other light and airy songs now invite you to create your very own hit list. Every single number makes great listening!This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.Recording: 1967 and 1968 in RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, HollywoodProduction: Rick Jarrad
Donovan - Wear Your Love Like Heaven
Donovan
Wear Your Love Like Heaven
LP | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Pop
Donovan Philip Leitch may well share a proletarian origin with several of the folk bards of his time. But comparisons with the top dog Dylan have worn thin and are not worth the effort since Donovan never was neither vocally nor thematically brusque – and moreover he created his own standards. He quickly converted the pacifist message of "The Universal Soldier" into positive thoughts and his poetry was concerned with history, sagas, myths and magic. »Lord, kiss me once more, fill me with song« he prays in "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", and if this makes you sentimental then you are on the right wavelength. However, the »seller of hope« (Donovan on Donovan) triggers off a few psychedelic nerve tracts: whether it be a personal experience in echo form ("Sun") or the 'sprechgesang' and whistling of a vocal group ("Little Boy In Corduroy") – light, gentle but perceptibly formed. That Donovan set far more than cheerful texts to the guitar is proven by the use of sawing stationary sound of the organ, low-register string passages and subtle rhythms, which raises his song repertoire miles above routine. A nice 'folksy guy' who merely loves the sun, moon and stars just cannot exist in times of war.This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.Recording: October 1967 at CBS Studios London by Michael Ross TrevorProduction: Ashley Kozak
Elvis Presley - Elvis Golden Records No. 1
Elvis Presley
Elvis Golden Records No. 1
LP | 1958 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1958 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
»Have we got the lot?« The King of Rock’n’Roll certainly didn't need to ask whether his entourage had collected together all their favourite hits. They had gathered them all together - a collection of "Golden Records", rather like a selection box of favourite chocolates, greedily swallowed down and enjoyed to the full. And how they loved them all - whether 'complete works' collectors or fans. To this very day, this collection from 1958 is quite set apart from the normal 'best of' collections. It shines out like a precious jewel among mere pebbles. This was the first of four Gold volumes, and it set the standard for those to come. Before any of the immemorable songs came to be included, they had to have sold at least a million copies and won an undeniable and unforgettable reputation as a heart-string plucker. To name a title is more than superfluous. It's quite enough just to listen and enjoy. Whoever wants the ultimate basic Elvis collection can’t go wrong here.Recording: January 1956 - September 1957 in Hollywood, New York and Nashville in monoProduction: Steve Sholes
Ry Cooder - Paradise & Lunch
Ry Cooder
Paradise & Lunch
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba – the Buena Vista Social Club – took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP "Paradise And Lunch" is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song "Jesus On The Mainline" and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could ("If Walls Could Talk"). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of "It’s All Over Now" and the clip-clop of "Mexican Divorce". This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley’s "Ditty Wah Ditty". Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee HerschbergProduction: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman
Thelonious Monk Quintet, The - Monk In Tokyo
Thelonious Monk Quintet, The
Monk In Tokyo
2LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
49,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When this double album appeared on the shelves in the jazz section in the 1970s, the 'Monk' had all but disappeared from the scene. Concerts? Far from it! Something new from the studio? No way! All attempts by various managers, festival organisers and club owners to entice Monk away from the tv set in his living room to perform old or new works on the world’s stages fell on deaf ears.The 1963 tour with appearances in Japan and the resulting album offered the same old works, but the solidly played favourites such as "Just A Gigolo" or "I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You" made the audience and record collectors alike sit up and listen. And weren’t "Blue Monk", "Epistrophy" and "Bemsha Swing" old favourites too - often played and often heard?Happy memories, then, for those Japanese fans who were in Tokyo’s Sankei Hall on 21 May 1963! And happy listeners in 2016 too, when they add this LP to their collection. What more does a Monk fan (and who isn’t) want?Recording: May 1963 live in Sankei Hall, Tokyo
Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny And Mutation
Airto - Free
Airto
Free
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
At a time when mainstream music was being amalgamated with intellectual, experiment sounds, harmonies and rhythms to create underground fusion, astute readers of the DownBeat magazine observed in 1972 that drummers were creating their own category: Percussion.Following Mahavishnu’s electrifying, magical sound, the demonic hubble-bubble of "Bitches Brew", and also Santana’s lengthy improvised Latin raves, drumming was taken to new heights.For his first big project with the noncommittal yet promising title "Free", the drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira gathered together several innovative jazz musicians - first and foremost Chick Corea. Chick steps into the limelight in "Return To Forever", with its mystical, genial introductory melody, which plants itself deep down in the convolutions of the brain, rather like a siren’s fusion song. Moreira is totally concentrated on his own thing in "Free", an awesome improvisation with innumerable rhythms and both brilliant and subdued sound-colouring whereby time is tautened and then stretched again and again. Alongside this closely-knit performance we find intense pieces such as "Flora’s Song", a light and airy Latin number ("Lucky Southern"), and a bebop Brasilian mood ("Creek"). This is music created by free thinkers who are masters of their craft.
Mongo Santamaria - Stone Soul
Mongo Santamaria
Stone Soul
LP | 1969 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
With all the exultation about the reconciliation between the capitalistic USA and the socialistic island state of Cuba, it is easy to oversee that the musical fusion between the two countries took place decades ago. Afro Cuban jazz, in which the interpretation and rhythms of swing and bebop are united with all imaginable rhythms from Brazil and the Caribbean, was label enough to describe a peaceful yet exciting and revolutionary music.At first glance it appears that in his album "Stone Soul" the Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria just took a handful of popular songs from pop and soul and 'translated' them into his own musical language. So far so good: but the enthusiasm and joy with which the band performs is anything but ordinary. Once the threshold for a potent Latin combo has been overcome with meaty winds ("See Saw"), Sonny Fortune on the alto sax storms ahead along rhythm & blues tracks and breaks out with hectic cleft licks on his own headstrong path. Incited by crisp percussion, one can experience how traditional music is combined with a musician’s own ideas to create completely new music.
Charles Lloyd - Forest Flower
Charles Lloyd
Forest Flower
LP | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
It was a clever move by George Avakian, producer at Atlantic Records, to record live the Charles Lloyd Quartet during their appearance in Monterey, and to release the LP under the title "Forest Flower". Although the hippy flower-power movement tended towards a rather different musical genre at the end of the Sixties, they were blown away by this music. The four artists attracted masses of people and ensured that every seat was taken and all standing room filled at jazz festivals such as Newport, Molde (Norway), Antibes (France) and the Fillmore East and West. The super group also appeared in Monterey, 120 Km south of San Francisco, the centre of the hippy movement, on 18 September 1966.On the LP we have the almost 18-minute-long title piece and the standard work "East Of The Sun", which were recorded at the festival. The disc is complemented by a Keith Jarrett composition and one by Cecil McBee, both of which were recorded in the studio ten days before the festival.Of particular note is the rich interplay, the energy that is palpable throughout, the perfect harmony in each and every change of mood, and the intensity. Even 50 years later, it is quite clear that Charles Lloyd managed to break down the barriers between pop and jazz.Charles Lloyd is committed to this objective to this very day! All four musicians are still active, although they no longer appear together as a group. Such a special treat for the ears is offered by this newly mastered disc only.
Chet Atkins - In Hollywood
Chet Atkins
In Hollywood
LP | 1991 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1991 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
When stringed instruments are employed, it is often an indication that the protagonist is somewhat mature. It is an unwritten law that sooner or later every rock, jazz or folk musician will bathe in soft tones for once. Chet Atkins, however, was light years away from his artistic zenith, came up with a wealth of ideas and was in a great position with regards to recording facilities when he set down his Hollywood album in 1959. Two years earlier, “Mister Guitar” had become boss of the newly founded RCA Studio in Nashville. Here he recorded several records, which reflected his ideas of an appealing, catchy Nashville Sound as an answer to the declining rock and roll.The Hollywood numbers were by no means dynamite movie tracks or showstoppers. Dennis Farnon’s delicate, lush arrangements rather more pay homage to the maestro with his no-frills art of playing. The gentle Italo evergreen "Santa Lucia", Chaplin’s beautiful "Limelight" with its violins and the time-honoured "Greensleeves" – all of them flawlessly performed – are a real pleasure for the ears. Atkins greatly admired the superb string orchestra and two years later he re-recorded the album using the tapes from the Hollywood session to create this new version.
Thelonious Monk - Bag Band And Quartet In Concert
Thelonious Monk
Bag Band And Quartet In Concert
LP | 1963 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Thelonious Monk could walk from his flat to New York’s famous Philharmonic Hall on the corner of 64th Street and Broadway when he made his very first appearance there with his Big Band in December 1963. And the other musicians could get there on the underground: Phil Woods, Steve Lacy, Thad Jones – all of them were members of Monk’s closest circle of collaborators. It is no wonder then that the well-known themes were highly agreeable and harmonious. "I Mean You", "Four In One" and "Epistrophy" resounded through the auditorium, the audience was thrilled, Thelonious laughed and danced and a short while later fans could listen to parts of the concert on a recording released by Columbia Records. In a break for a smoke, Monk sat himself down at the piano and played "Darkness On The Delta" – nocturnal atmosphere pure.Does it bear the patina of times long past? Absolutely not! Thelonious Monk is as red-hot as he ever was.
Tony Bennett - The Beat Of My Heart
Tony Bennett
The Beat Of My Heart
LP | 1957 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1957 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The crooner Tony Bennett fulfilled a lifetime dream with this percussion jazz formation: at last he could go into the studio with the greatest drummers and top-notch jazz musicians and just swing to his heart’s content.Chico Hamilton, Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Candido and Sabu were responsible for the beat while Kai Winding, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderley and Al Cohn took care of the background amongst other things, and such great musicians as Milt Hinton and Eddie Safranski and John Pisano tied the whole thing together. The twelve numbers, recorded in four sessions, were arranged by pianist Ralph Sharon in a laid-back and diversified manner and allowed Tony Bennett plenty of room to swing along serenely. Should one recommend a particular title? If the answer is yes, then the 'pure' numbers with Chico Hamilton. And the rest? Yes, the good old jazz evergreens – which, however, sound quite new here. Really one could practically recommend all of them! To be sure: this is no LP for narrow-minded jazz purists, and certainly not for lovers of the soothing crooner – but why not one for both camps?
Al Di Meola - Splendid Hotel
Al Di Meola
Splendid Hotel
2LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
49,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Just how much creative gunpowder had Al Di Meola ignited in his early career? First of all there was the flamenco firework in the best-seller "Elegant Gypsy", and secondly his mega-successful live album resulting from a summit meeting in San Francisco with Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. After this great start it was no wonder that such prominent colleagues as Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson and Les Paul were eager to participate in the present album "Splendido Hotel". This great line-up of musicians produce a rich, saturated sound and create numerous 'flavours' in this cocktail of sounds, which - as a double LP - can be likened to a fantastic long drink, as it were. Di Meola's idea of fusion starts off in the opening number as a slow, sluggish oriental-like melody, which develops to take on a rock rhythm. High-speed and lovingly detailed flamenco such as is found in "Splendido Sundance" alternates with subtle rhythms ("Two To Tango") and good-humoured lighter numbers with an electronic undertone such as "Roller Jubilee" and a funky version of Bert Kaempfert's "Spanish Eyes". With this great mix, the musicians create a wonderful atmosphere in which every Latin aficionado will feel at home.
Bill Evans - The Bill Evans Album
Bill Evans
The Bill Evans Album
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The global corporation Columbia recorded and released only two LPs with pianist Bill Evans. A meagre result when one considers the numerous concerts that the new trio undertook between 1969 and 1974. Together with Eddie Gomez, a phenomenon on the bass, and drummer Marty Mortell, the three established a firm – and ever better – trio. Evans became interested in the possibilities offered by the Fender Rhodes piano and used it for the first time in "The Bill Evans Album".The LP is remarkable in that only Evans’s own compositions were recorded – three previously recorded pieces and four brand-new works. Of particular note is the melancholy "Two Lonely People", Evans’s musical interpretation of a poem by Carol Hall. "Sugar Plum" and "T.T.T." were to remain in his repertoire right up until his very last recordings. Unusual but very commendable because it begins with an ad hoc introductory improvisation is the electric piano version of Evans’s most well-known composition – "Waltz For Debby".The excellent technical facilities at the Columbia Studio were used to the full by Bill Evans, even though they were only recording a small ensemble. And that is why the seven numbers sound far better than most of the trio’s live recordings. And as Bill Evans once said, it was with this trio that he could fulfil his musical ambitions.
Willie Nelson - Yesterday's Wine
Willie Nelson
Yesterday's Wine
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Willie Nelson was down on his luck around 1970. No country idyll for him: with his wife gone, his ranch burned down, and his songs only ranking in the middle of the charts, Nelson withdrew from the world. He wrote a few new songs and combined them with several older, successful numbers to create the present concept album. "Yesterday's Wine" describes life's path from the cradle to the grave. Nelson questions human existence and what life is all about - without resorting to swift or loud tones. His picture of an 'Imperfect Man', which is partly a reflection of himself, remains peaceful and meditative throughout all the songs.Nelsons's music is equally as complex as the theme itself. As soon as the listener feels at home with the regular beat of the guitar chords and the floating waves of a steel guitar in this steady flow of familiar Tennessee sound, a metrical knock-knocking and a rough voice or an unexpected change of harmony interrupts the idyllic atmosphere. "Yesterday's Wine" expresses in sound crisis management, a psychogramme, and trust in God - all rolled into one. And yes - those who are looking for country hits will find their luck here as well.
V.A. - Chamber Music From Marlboro
V.A.
Chamber Music From Marlboro
LP | 1960 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,09 €* 28,99 € -10%
Release:1960 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Klassik
The waltz was perhaps the most important thing that the rather level-headed and conservative Johannes Brahms from Hamburg brought back with him from his sojourn in Vienna. In addition to his purely instrumental waltzes for the piano, he also composed the "Liebeslieder Waltzes" – uniquely folk like and highly original vocal joyfulness in ¾ time. The lyrics are taken from real life and tell of love, longing, desire, and suffering but also of anger and derision.Just how ideally this music fits in with the workshop atmosphere of the Marlboro Summer Music Festival is fully evident here. The musicians gathered around Rudolf Serkin sing the very finest Brahms – joyous, inspired yet completely relaxed – and reflect light upon all aspects of earthly existence. An excellent choice to complement these emotions is Schubert’s penultimate composition "The Shepherd On The Rock" D 965. This great and far-too-seldom performed lied is based on three poems, which are performed impressively and with brilliant musicality by the soloist Benita Valente. And last but not least, the addition of the clarinet, which functions both as a soloist as well as imitating the voice, lends the work its particular charm.
Wayne Shorter - Native Dancer
Wayne Shorter
Native Dancer
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The record company Columbia must be given credit for providing Wayne Shorter with a studio and the finances to realise such an expensive and elaborate production in 1974. Whether the costs were covered by the sales is certainly a matter for conjecture. But there were, however, other super-selling pop giants on their roster in the Seventies...For the present LP Wayne Shorter took a chance with five compositions by Milton Nascimento, wrote three pieces himself, and one was contributed by Herbie Hancock. Apart from Herbie Hancock and Airto Moreira, the musicians were relatively unknown, yet they were all capable of integrating themselves and making a personal contribution. What is truly fascinating in this music is the beauty of the themes, and the affinity to Brazilian folk music. In the liner notes, Wayne Shorter emphasizes the authenticity and the seriousness with which the studio was filled during the recording session. This is absolutely palpable and audible in every second of the music – even after almost half a century. What better reason for including "Native Dancer" in your collection, alongside "Speak No Evil" and "Supernova". And by the way, with Wayne Shorter you can’t go wrong; you can buy his records without any ifs and buts.
Edgar Winter's White Trash - Edgar Winter's White Trash
Edgar Winter's White Trash
Edgar Winter's White Trash
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Question: What is whiter than white? There's only one answer: Winter – Edgar Winter. While his equally pale-faced brother Johnny turned towards black music with a country-blues touch (Columbia KCS 9949 and CS 9826), Edgar was inspired by the traditional big-band sound. The brotherly link paid off, for it freed the talented Edgar from having to make strenuous appearances at night in clubs and gave him the chance to join his older brother in the recording studio.After his successful debut release "Entrance", Winter gathered an all-star band around him and entered the studio to record "White Trash", which landed a smash hit on the US charts. And no wonder – for these soul rockers give everything in a unique mixture of funk, blues and rock 'n' roll. Right from the first number "Give It Everything You Got", a broadly striding rock title with brass, the whole album is bursting with energy and a great atmosphere. Wiry blues with meaty vocals enough to make your hair curl ("I've Got News For You") is followed by the demand – in meaty, snapped phrases – for cheerful rock 'n' roll ("Keep Playin' That Rock And Roll"). And let's not forget the sometimes madly intertwined solo parts, where the musicians really let off steam. A true celebration of rock 'n' roll.
Jeff Beck Group - Rough And Ready
Jeff Beck Group
Rough And Ready
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Great talent and low morals well describes the groupie-loving and colleague-killing Jeff Beck - and no fear of denial! But this fast-paced life demanded its toll, which came in the form of a life-threatening car accident. The ace on the guitar was forced to retire for two years but returned to the scene full of vigour and with new musicians to launch the second Jeff Beck Group."Rough And Ready" doesn't offer what might be expected from Brit Rock as far as a heavy sound or the boss's egomaniacal leaps on the guitar strings are concerned. Bob Tench opens the album with a surprisingly soulful sound and soaring falsetto in "Get The Feeling". But then in the next number, "Situation", we have crackling fire from the lead guitar and inventive solos - all easy-going and down-to-earth. Beck wouldn't tolerate routine rock: this is obvious from "Max's Tune", in which developing melodies are hacked to pieces by the clash of cymbals. To round off the album, the band sings about "Jody" with constantly varying rhythms and fascinating harmonic twists, which genially and firmly find their way along the narrow path between sentiment and testosterone. So much roughness is a must!
Liza Minelli - Liza With A
Liza Minelli
Liza With A "Z"
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Liza With A 'Z'" is a multi-media production that has been showered with superlatives. It won numerous awards, including those for Choreography and Direction. However, a further award for the music composed by John Kander and Fred Ebb is probably the main reason for the show being released on a record, i.e. just for the ears. But the plan bore fruit, and the LP rocketed onto the Billboard 200. It was to be Liza Minnelli’s best chart hit ever – and it could even be called the soundtrack of her life.Great favourites such as "Ring Them Bells" and "Bye Bye Blackbird" are set alongside sharp rhythm and blues numbers ("Son Of A Preacher Man", "I Gotcha"). Taking centre stage is a 10-minute medley from the film adaptation of the musical "Cabaret" that was shown in the cinemas also in 1972 and which brought Minnelli her international breakthrough.All that remains of this costly and glamorous television event, which was only broadcast a few times on US television after the premiere, is the original music on record. Here it is once again in all its glory and with a new freshness.
George Duke - Follow The Rainbow
George Duke
Follow The Rainbow
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove ("Say That You Will") we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos ("Sunrise"), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as "Party Down", which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.In "Follow The Rainbow", genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.
Elvis Presley - Gold Records Volume 4
Elvis Presley
Gold Records Volume 4
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
At first sight, it does not look as though Elvis's 31st album was destined to be a hit. But if you take a look at his artistic biography in the year of its release - 1968 - then you will recognise the clever gimmicks that his wide-awake management employed to captivate rock 'n' roll fans when Elvis was somewhat 'stiff in the hips'. In this fourth Gold Edition, a tried and tested method was used to create a new LP: namely, a compilation of single hits from the years 1961 to 1967. The result was just what fans wanted! Alongside sentimental songs such as "Love Letters", the tearjerker "Lonely Man" and the sobbing, heartstring tugging ballad "It Hurts Me", we find spirited rock 'n' roll ("Witchcraft", "Ain't That Loving You Baby") and honky-tonk blues ("A Mess Of Blues") in a toned-down 12-beat measure. In contrast, "Don't Drag That String Around" is cheerful, light and springy and, - for a change - not a blues number.Then we have the country song "Devil In Disguise" with its angry lyrics, and the soul title "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles with an electric sound that is lent by the Rhodes piano. All in all, this LP is a great collection from the grand old days of rock 'n' roll. Recordings: Juyl 1960 - June 1966 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, RCA Studios and Radio Recorders in HollywoodProduction: Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, George Stoll, Felton Jarvis, a.o.
Lena Horne - Lovely And Alive
Lena Horne
Lovely And Alive
LP | 1962 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
19,99 €* 24,99 € -20%
Release:1962 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Singing actors and actresses do not always cut a good figure on the silver screen; play-acting singers, however, are all the better when they draw attention to themselves with great vocals. As did Lena Horne in the days of the black-and-white film, who, with her sultry, versatile voice, was constantly employed by Hollywood. Although she occasionally ventured into the world of jazz, and made music with Teddy Wilson and Benny Carter, she never forayed into the wide world of improvisation. Her musical home was in the American Songbook, which she approached with a natural and entertaining manner. A good example of this is the first number here – the Cole Porter classic "I Concentrate On You", which swings along to the perfectly recorded big-band sound of the Marty Paich Orchestra. A surprise element is the extensive palette of vocal sound-colouring with which the diva enhances her voice to achieve the drama of a Shirley Bassey or the dusky depths of a Dinah Washington. Each and every number on this Grammy-worthy album has been thought out in great detail and guarantees sophisticated entertainment, and a hint of West Coast jazz is perceptible when Jack Sheldon treats us to the sound of his warm and dark trumpet solos.
Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan - Compadres
Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan
Compadres
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
25,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
To this day, the typical sound colouring of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is quite distinctive and unmistakable thanks to Paul Desmond’s tenor saxophone. But Gerry Mulligan’s low-pitched horn and his restrained swing also offers enough appeal to make one want to listen to these somewhat less popular but – for all that – very worthwhile recording by the Quartet.The Quartet’s concert tour of Mexico’s major cities in 1968 was a great success and so Dave Brubeck’s recording company had no qualms in making live recordings of the group – complemented by bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Themes from indigenous folk music were skilfully coupled with new compositions with the result that the LP Compadres with its concert excerpts was in great demand and became a top hit.This carefully remastered new pressing will certainly contribute to the popularity of Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan long after their demise.
George Benson - Body Talk
George Benson
Body Talk
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
25,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Just listen to the first thirty seconds of this LP and you know that it’s all about the 'Godfather of Soul' – the unique James Brown.But it’s just as obvious that such a great artist as George Benson doesn’t just present “Greatest Hits” in a new guise. Six of his own compositions plus one by Donny Hathaway/Gene McDaniels provide the guitarist and singer with a great platform to launch from. He shoots off into orbit, accompanied by first-class guest soloists such as Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Earl Klugh and Jack DeJohnnette. Ron Carter’s bass doesn’t boom in the low register but offers a light and airy, yet solid, base."Body Talk" is by no means the declaration of a world-shaking, new and avant-garde jazz. It is, however, a successful blend of jazz, soul and fusion. And when such a superb arranger as Pee Wee Ellis has his finger in the pie – or rather: his pen on the manuscript paper – then one can be sure that the almost 50-minute-long LP is a great success from beginning to end. Finally, one shouldn’t forget the helping hand of the producer Creed Taylor, who made a significant contribution to this milestone on the CTI label.
Santana - Borboletta
Santana
Borboletta
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
After some hot live performances and subversive jaunts made in the aftershock of Woodstock, Santana and his band entered the calm atmosphere of the recording studio to make their sixth album. Taking a look at the blue butterfly on the LP cover, it wasn’t surprising that purist Santana fans scented that the music in this particular garden would be more gentle and cultivated than the previous hard-rock sound. But one thing after another: in attune with semi natural sounds, the 'Canto De Los Flores' swings along to dabbed figures on the Rhodes piano and waves of multi-cultural drumming.The drama continues with "Life Is Anew" – a powerfully arranged ballad, followed by a highly emotional rock number ("Give And Take"). This takes us to where Santana feels most at home – "Promise Of A Fisherman" with its velvety, wonderfully expansive guitar sound. By now, at the latest, the listener joins the sensitive outdoorsman on his chase after the butterfly named "Boborletta" with a wealth of gorgeous sounds. Don’t hesitate to capture this rare specimen for your collection!Recording: 1974 by Glen KolotkinProduction: Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve & Tom Coster
Johnny Cash - Orange Blossom Special
Johnny Cash
Orange Blossom Special
LP | 1964 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1964 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Just like the often sung-about fellow locomotives ‘Midnight Special’ and the ‘Chattenooga Choo Choo’, the ‘Orange Blossom Special’ finds itself bathed in the very best tradition of American long-distance trains and memorable journeys. Puffing steam trains symbolise an atmosphere of departure, endurance and the mechanical pulse beat of profit-oriented industrialisation, while also conjuring up the spirit of down-and-outs who tramp from one end of the country to the other along the railtracks, dodging train fares.Almost guilelessly at first, the album number 20 forged ahead into the hearts and hips of Cash fans with old favourites and climbed to number three in the Country charts. If you listen carefully, you will notice that three top Bob Dylan songs have crept in – "It Ain’t Me Babe", "Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind" and "Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right". Dylan, who in his early years was far from enjoying cult status and was condemned a godless troublemaker, communist and traitor to folk music, found a perspicacious patron in Cash. In no uncertain terms, Cash demanded that Dylan’s critics should »Shut up! ... and let him sing!« and even sang Dylan himself. This present LP is not merely a perfectly produced Country album by the Man In Black, but a traction engine for the work of his spiritual brother.Recording: 1964Production: Don Law, Frank Jones
J.J. Johnson Sextet, The - J.J. Inc.
J.J. Johnson Sextet, The
J.J. Inc.
LP | 1960 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1960 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
He was a shining example for many European modern-jazz trombonists: J. J. Johnson, the man from Indianapolis, and the swinging half of the pair Jay and Kai. (Kai Winding was the white guy with the “cool” sound.) On this Columbia LP, recorded in August 1960, we can experience J. J. in three ways – as a soloist, composer, and arranger. To this is added a superbly well-rehearsed combo consisting of Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Jordan and one of the very best rhythm groups of late hard bop: Cedar Walton, Arthur Harper, and Albert Heath on the drums.Thanks to having performed the works over the previous eight months in concerts before the recording, all the works sound wonderfully homogeneous, and the improvisations never once become stereotyped. The theme tune of "In Walked Horace" well illustrates Jay Jay’s musical background, which lies somewhere between Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Horace Silver.On the reverse side of the LP cover, J. J. Johnson describes his feelings during the recording session: »Wow! What a pleasure!« And the listener will certainly go along with that for the whole length of the LP!Recording: August 1960 in New YorkProduction: Teo Macero
Deodato - Deodato 2
Deodato
Deodato 2
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
27,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In his early years, Deodato, 'the gift of God', cultivated a highly original art of give and take in his music. His score for Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction film "A Space Odyssey 2001" – a funky, jazzed-up adaptation of Richard Strauss’s bombastic orchestral work "Also sprach Zarathustra" – opened the ears of innumerable cinema-goers to classical music. On the present album Deodato again rocks and grooves with works from past eras: Gershwin’s "Rhapsody In Blue" is reworked rhythmically and enriched, while Ravel’s "Pavane" unfolds hesitatingly over a velvety carpet of sound. And why not win new fans for major musical works? Deodato, the master, and his complex musical apparatus impart a true Latin feeling to these covered works.The 'new' classic "Nights In White Satin" too, one of the most congenial gigantic hits from the 60s, is staged by Deodato as a miniature slow rock drama just as perfectly as he cultivates his own very pure funky style ("Super Strut"). In Deodato’s arrangements, the powerful instrumental forces open out almost effortlessly and evolve into a gentle flow of sheer pleasure. Everything appears to be simple, although nothing is simple! And therein lies the uniqueness of 'the gift of God'.
Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements
Shakti with John McLaughlin
Natural Elements
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
?In the western world, the word shakti is taken to mean creative intelligence, beauty and strength. Guitar marvel John McLaughlin, who collaborated with the unique Mahavishnu Orchestra to tell the world of his conversion to Hinduism, created music past comparison with Shakti. Despite the frenzy of mass oriental pilgrimages, it was still unusual that McLaughlin’s ensemble was made up totally of musicians from India.As the title of the third and last album – "Natural Elements" – suggests, all the participants work with body and soul and make no use of electronic equipment that was so popular in the Seventies. The very real natural energy, which emanates from the flow of melodies and rhythms from both western and eastern musical sources, fires all the musicians. And it is completely intentional that a cheerful fiddle tune, which might well be heard in the Emerald Isle, is joined by plopping volleys of sound on the tabla, inviting one to dance, or that dampened mariachi jubilation appears to be enveloped in the meditative atmosphere of a temple.The short, light and cheerful pieces on this LP provide easy listening and offer an ideal insight into the world of Shakti. These natural sounds, far from time and space, are still enjoyed today – as is proved by the presence of a large audience at the concert "Remember Shakti", in which John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrated their 40-year spiritual ties.Pressed to 180g audiophile vinyl.
Ahmad Jamal - The Piano Scene Of Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
The Piano Scene Of Ahmad Jamal
LP | 1959 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1959 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The early recordings made by Ahmad Jamal for the Epic label have disappeared into the annals of jazz history. His trio with bass and drums, however, was certainly a whole lot more famous in clubs, at festivals and in TV shows in the Fifties.The present LP contains twelve numbers performed by a trio composed of a guitar and bass or drums – Ray Crawford, Eddie Calhoun, Walter Perkins only being known to a handful of jazz fans – and only a few compositions of his own, most titles are favourites from musicals of the day. Ahmad Jamal reveals the influence of Art Tatum and Nat King Cole in his performance, whereby his masterly art and independent style is already recognizable. The trios are quite unique in themselves, although the hierarchy is unchangeable: Ahmad Jamal is and remains the boss; he performs the majority of the solos.A special highlight is surely the first version of "Billy Boy". And not only Miles Davis praised the pianist for his technical prowess and wealth of ideas. "Aki And Ukthay" (Brother and Sister) also offers the possibility to admire Jamal’s pianistic proficiency.What a good idea to bring out these early recordings once more for jazz lovers! Especially because the Epic label is truly underestimated in the record market. The recording quality is absolutely impeccable – a true listener’s gem.
Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan - Two Of A Mind
Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind
LP | 1962 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Although the beautiful sound, mutual understanding and harmonic balance mostly predominate, the music of alto saxophonist Paul Desmond performing together with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan is far from what one calls 'easy listening'. For many, it is even difficult to identify the melody of evergreens such as "Stardust" and "The Way You Look Tonight". (And what theme is tucked away in "Two Of A Mind"????)The recording in the RCA Victor Studio took place over several days in 1962, and this is why different bass players and percussionists are heard – Wendell Marshall, Joe Benjamin and John Beal each take their turn on the bass, while Connie Kay and Mel Lewis change places behind the drum set. These musicians form a brilliant team, and that there is no piano is both deliberate and inevitable for Gerry Mulligan recordings of the day. By the way, the second saxophonist in "The Way You Look Tonight" is Paul Desmond – by means of over-dubbing in the middle of the stereo recording!The present LP could certainly take a rightful place in a 'Best Of' collection alongside the other recordings by Gerry Mulligan with Ben Webster and Stan Getz.Pressed to 180g audiophile vinyl.
Aretha Franklin - Live At Fillmore West
Aretha Franklin
Live At Fillmore West
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
26,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Live recordings come up with extremely different results: most of them land in the rubbish bin, some of them are available as bootleg copies when a star’s career has ended and are passed on conspiratorially from one excited collector to another. Only a very few conserve real spirit and sheer enthusiasm, which no arranger or sound mixer can conjure up in the studio. But even more sensational was Aretha Franklin’s guest appearance at the Fillmore West, the legendary concert hall in San Francisco, which closed down shortly afterwards. Everyone knew who was going to perform, and yet everything was quite different on these three nights in the spring of 1971: her usual show band was left behind in Detroit and she appeared with King Curtis And The Kingpins – one of the most impressive bands around – accompanied by the trailblazers Cornel Dupree (g) and Bernard Purdie (dr). The Memphis Horns, a fantastic horn section, blast away in the background, their keen as a razor backings rising up to soaring heights. From Billy Preston’s fingertips on the organ flows an aura of spiritual energy and Ray Charles, who by chance (but how fortuitous!) was among the audience also got his appearance in the telling title "Spirit In The Dark". No words need be lost about the queen on the cover. For without the superb albums of the late Sixties, Aretha Franklin would never have become the USA’s first sister of soul nor would she have appeared in the Fillmore West.
George Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris
George Gershwin
Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris
LP | 1959 | EU | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1959 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Klassik
This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New World in the short space of around 15 minutes. In his "Rhapsody In Blue" Gershwin wanted to »paint a musical kaleidoscope of America – our enormous melting pot, our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life«. With this in mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this present version with the Columbia Orchestra, from 1959, is especially of note. Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and manoeuvres his way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiselled solo playing. In Gershwin’s freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.Most fittingly, on the B side there is another freely composed work – the autobiographical sketch entitled An American In Paris. The superb New York musicians paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital city – that too is the sound of America.
Santana - Amigos
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles - Live!
Dave Brubeck Quartet, The - At Carnegie Hall
Miles Davis Quintet, The - Round About Midnight
Miles Davis Quintet, The
Round About Midnight
LP | DE | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:DE – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Special hi-quality 180 gram limited edition. Audiophile mastering and pressing!
Baden Powell - Solitude On Guitar
Baden Powell
Solitude On Guitar
LP | DE | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:DE – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Special hi-quality 180 gram limited edition. Audiophile mastering and pressing!
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