Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ken_McAlinden, Apr 27, 2015.
Kenny Burrell - Live At The Downtown Room
Happy birthday to trumpeter and composer, Lee Morgan — born July 10, 1938.
Spinning two of his classic albums in celebration, both recent Music Matters SRX pressings . . .
1964/2020 (SRX) Blue Note – ST-84157, Music Matters Ltd. – MMBST-84157
Blue Note The Definitive Vinyl Reissue Series – KPG&RR@CA
1966/2020 (SRX) Blue Note – ST-84169, Music Matters Ltd. – MMBST 84169
Blue Note The Definitive Vinyl Reissue Series – KPG&RR@CA
Thelonious Monk - Don't Blame Me (Live)
Jovino Santos Neto "Current"
Every time I hear one of his albums I get lost in the music. He's a great pianist and writer imo.
News of upcoming Black Jazz Records reissues from Zev Feldman's Facebook page:
'BLACK JAZZ RECORDS' VINYL REISSUE SERIES! I'm excited and honored to be a co-producer with my good friend
Real Gone Music
on a vinyl reissue series from the underappreciated Black Jazz Records catalog. The first 3 releases (by
, The Awakening and
Walter Bishop Jr.
) are due out August 28th (plus Gene Russell's "New Direction" to be released on August 29th for
Record Store Day
) drop #1. Read the full press release below.
Black Jazz is considered to be the first black-owned jazz label since the 1920s and its mission statement was "to promote the talents of young African American jazz musicians and singers." Gordon and I first started talking about this project back in 2017 when we were thinking about labels to reissue that are deserving of wider recognition. Black Jazz seemed like an obvious choice for many reasons, but tracking down information about who had the rights was an adventure. Luckily things came together eventually last year and I'm thrilled to be rolling these out now. Each LP and CD includes liner notes by the acclaimed author
("Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975") and is remastered by Mike Milchner at
Sonic Vision Mastering
, and pressed on black vinyl at
Gotta Groove Records, Inc.
with lacquer cutting by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music. Also, with each Black Jazz album release, Real Gone Music will donate $500 to the
Equal Justice Initiative
. Video by A.J. Dickerson.
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
Black Jazz Records
Highly sought-after Oakland based jazz label that ran from 1971-1975 founded by pianist Gene Russell and percussionist Dick Schory
Three vinyl releases from the catalog available August 28 on Real Gone Music
Featuring the work of keyboardist/composer Doug Carn, Chicago group The Awakening and pianist Walter Bishop Jr.
Plus Gene Russell’s New Direction will be released on August 29 for RSD
In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the art form we call jazz exploded into endless permutations, including free jazz, spiritual jazz, soul jazz, fusion, and funk. At that time, a number of black-run collectives organically sprang up across America. In Chicago, there was the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), which spawned among many other artists the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In Watts, Horace Tapscott founded UGMAA (Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension). In Brooklyn, the CBA (Collective Black Artists) included Reggie Workman, Donald Byrd, and Stanley Cowell (co-founder of the Strata East Record label) among its members. In Detroit, Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, and others formed a collective called The Tribe.
And from Oakland came Black Jazz Records, founded by pianist Gene Russell and percussionist Dick Schory. Reputed to be the first jazz record label started by an African-American since 1921, its mission statement was "to promote the talents of young African American jazz musicians and singers." Under Russell’s artistic direction, the label only put out about 20 albums during its short, 4-year (1971-1975) tenure; and then, due to ownership issues and general neglect, the label went underground. Way underground, in fact…but not so far down that a new generation of crate diggers and DJ’s weren’t able to discover the label’s incredible array of modal, soul, funk, and free jazz, much of it imbued with the political and spiritual concerns of the day (and selling for a pretty penny online). Finally, in the ‘90s and early ‘oughts, the Black Jazz catalog emerged on CD in Japan; but for the most part, the entire label’s output was never reissued on vinyl anywhere.
Real Gone Music first began tracking down the rights to the Black Jazz label back in 2017. Finally, after a couple of leads went cold, we were able to connect with the rights-holders in early 2020…right before quarantine and the subsequent events that triggered worldwide protests for racial equality. But this music succeeds on a deeper level than just a reminder that the struggle against prejudice continues unabated 50 years later. It offers manifold moments of beauty that remind all of us of our common humanity and the love that, if we let it, binds us all.
Real Gone is proud to present the Black Jazz catalog on LP, remastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision Mastering, and pressed on black vinyl at Gotta Groove Records with lacquer cutting by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at Well Made Music. Produced by Real Gone Music’s Gordon Anderson and decorated jazz archivist Zev Feldman, each vinyl reissue features the original black-and-white Black Jazz album artwork, which, on early releases, featured an identical front and back cover, with the back cover turned “upside down.” And, both our vinyl and CD releases will feature added liner notes by Pat Thomas, author of Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 that draw a straight line between what was happening then…and what is happening right now. With each Black Jazz album release, Real Gone Music will donate $500 to the Equal Justice Initiative.
DOUG CARN Featuring the Voice of Jean Carn
Spirit of the New Land
Of All the Artists Who Recorded for the Black Jazz Label, Keyboardist and Composer Doug Carn Was the Most Prolific, Releasing Four Albums for the Imprint
1972’s Spirit of the New Land Was Recorded When Carn Was Also Working with Earth, Wind & Fire
Was His Second Black Jazz Release, but the First One (of Two) Co-Billed to His Wife, Vocalist Jean Carn
Spirit of the New Land Is Arguably the Most Collectible LP in Carn’s Catalog
Features His Knack (as on Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green”) of Adding Lyrics to Modern Jazz Standards, Set to Jean Carn’s Soaring, Five-Octave Range
Star-Studded Cast of Musicians Includes Trumpeter Charles Tolliver, Saxophonist George Harper, Trombonist Garnett Brown, Tuba Player Earl McIntyre, and Drummer Alphonse Mouzon
A Deeply Spiritual and Uplifting Album
Pat Thomas’ Liner Notes Include Excerpts from a Freewheeling Interview with Doug Carn Himself
Hear, Sense and Feel
Chicago-Based The Awakening Were the Only “Group” Recorded by Black Jazz and Released Two of the Most Sought-After Albums in the Label’s Entire Catalog
The Awakening’s Roots Were in the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) Collective That Claimed The Art Ensemble of Chicago Among Its Most Esteemed Artists
Both Bassist Reggie Willis and Tenor Saxman/Flautist Ari Brown Were AACM Members
Other Members of The Awakening Hailed from the City’s Thriving Soul Jazz Scene
Co-Leaders Trumpeter Frank Gordon and Keyboardist Ken Chaney Played for Young-Holt Unlimited
Trombonist Steve Galloway Appeared on Melvin Jackson’s Soul Jazz Classic Funky Skull
Hear, Sense and Feel Inhabits That Sweet Spot Between the Free Jazz and Afrocentric Explorations of the Art Ensemble and the Rhythm-Heavy Soul Jazz Sound of Such Chicago-based Labels as Brunswick and Cadet
Original Copies Sell for Hundreds of Dollars Online if You Can Find Them at All
WALTER BISHOP JR.
Pianist Walter Bishop, Jr.’s Coral Keys Was the Second Album Released by Black Jazz (the First, Gene Russell’s New Direction, Will Be Released a Day Later on the First RSD Drop August 29)
Bishop Had Led Earlier Dates with Such Legends as Bassist Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane) and Drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis)
With Such a Formidable Resume, Bishop Assembled an All-Star Line-Up Featuring Woody Shaw on Trumpet, Reggie Jackson on Bass, Idris Muhammad on Drums, and Harold Vick on Flute, Tenor, and Soprano Sax
All Songs Composed by Bishop, Highlighted by “Soul Turn Around,” Which Later Turned Up on Freddie Hubbard’s 1969 LP A Soul Experiment
Think Herbie Hancock’s ‘60s Blue Note Recordings Gently Polished with a Soul Jazz Sheen
Highly Collectible and Eminently Tasteful
New Direction Was the Black Jazz Label’s First Release, from the Label’s Producer, Pianist and Composer Gene Russell
Features Sidemen Henry “The Skipper” Franklin and Steve Clover
The Jazz Piano Trio Setting Is More Straight-Ahead Than Later Black Jazz Releases but Hints at the Soul and Modal Jazz to Come
Clear with Heavy Black Swirl Vinyl Pressing
Limited to 1500 Copies
Exclusive to Record Store Day and Coming Out on the First RSD Drop, Saturday, August 29
For Press Inquiries Contact: email@example.com
Happy birthday to Philadelphia's finest son.
Picked up a few of the more recent Speakers Corner Atlantic Jazz pressings. My Friday night is set!
That Phineas Newborn is top shelf.
Jack DeJohnette's Directions ~ New Rags
ECM Germany, 1977
Larry Coryell ~ Lady Coryell
After a too long break from the forum, it's great to see this thread continuing
Billy Drummond Quartet--Dubai
Billy Drummond (d); Chris Potter (ts, ss, bass cl); Walt Weiskopf (ts); Peter Washington (b)
I was intrigued by the lineup with Potter and Weiskopf and wound up enjoying the interplay between them:
The title track:
The chamber music-oriented pieces ("Fountain In The Circle") complement the Gil Scott Heron-like feel of the other tracks ("Home Rule"):
The Lloyd McNeill Quartet--Washington Suite
Lloyd McNeill (flute); Eugene Rush (keyboards); Marshal Hawkins (b); Eric Gravatt (d);
Orrin Olson (fr hrn); Andrew White (oboe); Keneth Pasmanick (bassoon); William Huntington (cl)
"Just 71% Moor":
READY TAKE ONE - ERROLL GARNER (Octive/Legacy) CD
14 tracks recorded between 1967-1971. First issued (2016) in triple gatefold digipak with 20 page booklet. Also issued on 2xLP.
CD mastered by Vic Anesini giving top notch sound quality on an unexpectedly tasty compliation of previously unreleased tracks.
A lot of nice stuff, here.
But... wow 1721 pages to read...
I am afraid .. putting some albums....
There could be some "doubles"...
Monday Miles — I always play these back-to-back masterpieces together . . .
1967/2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – MFSL 2-435, Columbia – 88883731591
1968/2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – MFSL 2-436, Columbia – 88883731631
Charlie Parker - Jazz at the Philharmonic 1946. First jazz cd I bought. Mid 90's on Thayer Street in Prov. First time I've listened to it in at least 10 or 15 years. Loving it all over again
*guess I do not know how to post pic
These are 2 milestones!
First track just began
Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade – RoundAgain
Nonesuch – 075597921069
CD, Album, Stereo
10 Jul 2020
Jimmy Smith - Keep On Comin'
My delivery date got moved to August
RCA Victor LJM - 1027 [FSR 1983] - Dick Collins and his Orchestra " King Richard the Swing Hearted" - rec. 1954
Feat. Al Cohn (ts) / Bill Perkins (ts) / Richie Kamuca (ts)
Mose Allison ~ Back Country Suite
For Piano, Bass and Drums
Prestige RVG, 1957
Lenny McBrowne and the 4 Souls
Pacific Jazz, 1960
Phineas Newborn ~ Phineas' Rainbow
Nat Adderley ~ Work Song
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