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Patricia Barber "Higher"
IMPEX
2 LP's 45rpm 180g
Gatefold with Booklet
Recorded by Jim Anderson
Cut from native DXD Master (352.8 kHz/32 bit) by Scott Hull at Masterdisk
Pressed at RTI in USA

This is a Digital Master Recording but the sound of this 45rpm double record is Incredible !!!

TAS (the absolute sound) Music 5/5 Sonics 5/5

One of jazz music's most celebrated and literate artists gets the deluxe Impex Treatment on her 2019 collection Higher, available on 2-LP 45-rpm HQ-180 vinyl pressed at RTI. This thoughtfully curated set features Barber's celebrated art song cycle "Higher" and four bonus tracks available on vinyl for the first time. Stereophile's Robert Baird describes Higher as an album that "continues Barber's logical artistic path toward becoming an artist whose only boundaries exist in the limits of her own prodigious imagination. Rather than just the completion of a long-held desire to create art songs, Higher, as its title suggest, is the answer to a calling, one Patricia Barber is gloriously answering."

After the success of the song-cycle EU tour version of Higher, Impex Records is proud to announce this exclusive complete version, featuring the original's ten songs, plus an alternate version of "The Opera Song", featuring lyric soprano Katherine Werbiansky, and three gorgeous new standards ("Early Autumn", "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Secret Love"). Legendary recording and mix engineer Jim Anderson's meticulous production provides masterly rendering of every detail, harmonic, and hushed background, while the delicate touch of mastering engineer Scott Hull helps to pull you into the wide-ranging space of this incredible work.

Impex's hushed surfaces and incredibly rendered soundstage are brilliantly served by these expressive tracks, bringing out both the core of Barber's hushed delivery and the dynamic interplay of her crack backing band. The package includes an expanded large-format booklet (featuring a new write up from Patricia Barber herself!) and deluxe finishing for a luxurious tactile experience that matches the audio. As with every record we make, our goal is to enhance the enveloping sound and emotional pull of singular works by one of our greatest talents. Higher is the amazing next chapter in our odyssey and a superb listening experience for fans and audiophiles alike.


Art Pepper
Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics
Acoustic Sounds Series/Contemporary
LP 180g 33rpm
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Original Analog Master Tapes
Pressed at QRP in USA

Released as part of the Acoustic Sounds Series celebrating 70 years of Contemporary Records, saxophonist Art Pepper's classic big band album, Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics, features modern jazz classics by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and more.
Released in 1960 and recorded by legendary engineers Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer this new edition features ALL-ANALOG mastering from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP in USA
Presented in a Stoughton old-style tip-on jacket



Eddie Higgins "You Don't Know What Love Is"
Venus Records
LP 33rpm 180g
Mixed and mastered by Tetsuo Hara
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo
with OBI, Japanese pressing

One Of Eddie Higgins' Best Recordings On 180g Vinyl LP!

Through his numerous releases from Venus Records, Eddie Higgins has firmly established his position as one of the most celebrated jazz pianists in Japan. He has also performed and recorded with many of the biggest names in jazz, including Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Shorter.

Eddie Higgins has been on the jazz scene for a long time, but he seems to be a best-kept secret by those able to track down his various releases for independent labels in the U.S. or Japanese titles, such as this one from Venus. This 2003 session features the veteran purely as a soloist, performing a dozen of his favorite ballads. While most of them are time-tested standards such as the elegant 'My Funny Valentine,' the shimmering 'Beautiful Love,' or 'Skylark' (with an Asian-sounding introduction that suggests the humor of its composer), there are some lesser-known gems as well...This is easily one of Eddie Higgins' best all-around recordings.
-Ken Dryden, AllMusic

Beautiful Music with Extraordinary Sound Quality !!!
Note: this record should be OUT OF PRINT soon and the price will sky rocket as our stock become less and less...



Kenny Dorham "Matador"
IMPEX
LP 33rpm 180g
LIMITED EDITION of 5000 NUMBERED
Mastered By Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
from the Original Analogue Master Tapes
Pressed at R.T.I. in U.S.A.

When you hear it, you'll scratch your head raw that this under-appreciated gem has been missing for so long.

Working with a soulful Jackie McLean on alto, a loose and swinging Bobby Timmons on piano, and the locked-in rhythm section of Teddy Smith on bass and J.C. Moses on drums, the playing is spontaneous, energetic and expressive.

Recorded in a single day in 1962, Matador contains the sprawling epic McLean-penned "Melanie" (a suite in three parts), as well as Dorham's smoldering "El Matador" and a stirring take on "Beautiful Love".

Emotional musical exploration ties to readily approachable post-bop structure that make for a snappy, yet heady, mix of tunes that put a tap in your foot while engaging your head and heart.

Chris Bellman cut Matador from the original analog master tape (one of the few that survived the Universal warehouse fire of 2008, lucky for us) and the sound is revelatory! Tight acoustics of the Soundmaker Studios provide tightened bass, crystal-clear drums and beautifully rounded tones from Dorham's and McLean's horns.

This is another fine example of Impex Records cutting through the fat of modern music-making to reveal the very essence of the music and the giant talents who created it.

We are elated to bring this sadly-neglected classic back for true believers to
add to their collection and (maybe more importantly) to a whole new generation to discover for the first time.


John Coltrane "Live" At The Village Vanguard
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A.

"Live" At The Village Vanguard was released in February 1962 on Impulse Records, the first album to feature the members of the classic quartet of Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, and the first Coltrane live album to be issued. Recorded live over four nights in November 1961, the album contains Reggie Workman's final recordings with the group on Side One, with Garrison taking over bass duties on Side Two. Eric Dolphy plays bass clarinet on the track "Spiritual".


John Coltrane "Crescent"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A.

With this 1964 album, John Coltrane firmly established himself as a most formative composer. The genius of John Coltrane literally rushes forth with his playing of these five compositions featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones.



The Isao Suzuki Trio/Quartet "Blow Up"
IMPEX
2 LP's  45rpm 180g
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed at R.T.I. in U.S.A.

Again in STOCK !!!

Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI, this 45rpm double LP will live up to and surpass your most demanding judgments. Blow Up is one of the most sough-after titles from the acclaimed Three Blind Mice catalog.

Isao Suzuki's Blow-Up is virtuosity and class all rolled up into one. A great combination of upbeat blues and mellow grooves! The album was awarded "Jazz of Japan" Award and the Jazz Disc Award of "Swing Journal" in 1973.


Charles Mingus "The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A.

Michael Fremer Rated 10/11 Music, 10/11 Sonics!

There's nothing else in jazz quite like this collection recorded - astonishingly - in just one session on January 20, 1963. The album uses ornate ensemble orchestration to produce a sound somewhere between jazz and folk.



Otis Redding "Otis Blue"
Analogue Productions
2 LP's 200g 45rpm, Gatefold
Remastered by Kevin Gray from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 178/500!

Otis Redding's third album presents his talent unfettered, his direction clear and his confidence emboldened, with fully half the songs representing a reach that extended his musical grasp.

More than a quarter of this album is given over to Redding's version of songs by Sam Cooke, his idol, who had died the previous December.

Otis Blue was Recorded in 1965 and considered to be Redding's first great album.

This great album receives the full Analogue Productions reissue treatment here, starting with Kevin Gray's remaster from the original analogue tapes. Then plating and pressing on super-silent 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A. Finally it's all housed in a tip-on Gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing. Deluxe all the way; you'll be estatic with the results!



Roy Orbison “In Dreams”
ORG/ORIGINAL RECORDINGS GROUP
2 LP's 45rpm 180g, Deluxe Laminated Gatefold
LIMITED EDITION of 2500 NUMBERED
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue masters
Pressed at Gotta Groove in U.S.A.

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - Rated 319/500!

Roy Orbison's 1963 album on the Monument label takes its name from the hit single which, in 2004, was named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. Besides the title track, the album also includes "Blue Bayou" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream."

In May 1963, and with the success of “In Dreams”, Wesley Rose eventually accepted an invitation for Roy to tour England on a bill with The Beatles, who meant nothing in the United States at that time. The tour was sold-out in one afternoon. On the first night, Roy did fourteen encores before The Beatles could get on stage.

A few things contributed to Roy Orbison’s success. The songs, the production, and the performance were key factors. The songs were completely original in structure, sound and style. Totally innovative compositions, that didn’t exist until then. It became a style. Fred Foster really went for quality instead of quantity. He was willing to splash money on a session without any guarantee of payback. He was also willing to take a chance on a sound that did not conform to accepted market norms.

Roy Orbison was one of the few hit-makers to hold his ground, and even to increase his popularity in the wake of the so-called British Invasion. He did it by maintaining a matchless quality of releases, with an original variety of content, structure, tempo and rhythm. He was also an extremely subtle song craftsman, making changes during the course of a session, or between sessions, adding the final commercial gloss to a song.



Gene Clark "White Light"
Intervention Records
LP 180g 33rpm
Remastered by Kevin Gray from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI in U.S.A.

Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Rated 49/100!

Classic 1971 Solo Album From Founding Member of The Byrds!
“White Light” is a bittersweet and knowing statement from a singer/songwriter at the peak of his creative powers. Having fronted The Byrds, Clark on his own here is stripped down in guitarist Jesse Ed Davis' stark production. The lyrics, singing and guitar playing are so powerful that less production here is immeasurably more musically.

White Light's 180-gram LP is 100% Analog Mastered by Kevin Gray from the phenomenal sounding 1/2" safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. The results are amazing! The beautiful guitar playing is full and rich, and listeners can hear the full body of the instruments, not just the strings. Gene's aching vocals have never been so emotive and immediate.
The album art is beautifully restored by Intervention Records Tom Vadakan and housed in a film-laminated, Old Style "Tip-On" jacket printed by Stoughton.



Eddie Higgins Quartet "My Foolish Heart"
Venus Records
LP 33rpm 180g
Featuring Scott Hamilton on Tenor Sax
Mixed and mastered by Tetsuo Hara
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo
with OBI, Japanese pressing

A wonderful album by the pianist extraordinaire Eddie Higgins with the great tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton.
They're joined by the great Phil Woods Rhythm Section which are Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. These veterans make gorgeous, romantic and beautiful music together. A classic!

“... This is excellent music that will provide a perfect backdrop for any jazz fan's romantic evening.” Ken Dryden, AllMusic

Beautiful Music with Extraordinary Sound Quality !!!
Note: this record should be OUT OF PRINT soon and the price will sky rocket as our stock become less and less...


Ella Fitzgerald "Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Verve
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A.

Ella's 1960 Verve holiday album - featuring "Frosty The Snow Man", "Winter Wonderland", "Sleigh Ride" and many more - has been a swingin' yuletide tradition for over 60 years. The album was recorded in the summer of 1960, with a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol. An ebullient Ella Fitzgerald exudes warmth, spirit and good cheer, as if to ask: Why not the peace and good will of Christmas the year 'round? These twelve happy, winter songs suggest that yours be a Swinging Christmas - anytime, all the time!


Charles Mingus "Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings in U.S.A.

Mingus's second Impulse! album, released in 1963, was another large-ensemble masterpiece featuring two of the bassist/bandleader's greatest compositions - "Celia" and "Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul" - plus a famous version of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo".



Wayne Shorter "The All Seeing Eye"
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
LP 33rpm 180g, Gatefold
All Analog Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from Original Master Tape
Supervised by Joe Harley
Made in R.T.I. U.S.A.

McCoy Tyner "Expansions"
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
LP 33rpm 180g
All Analog Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from Original Master Tape
Supervised by Joe Harley
Made in R.T.I. U.S.A.

Sonny Clark "My Conception"
Blue Note Tone Poet Series
LP 33rpm 180g, Gatefold
All Analog Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from Original Master Tape
Supervised by Joe Harley
Made in R.T.I. U.S.A.



Carol Kidd "Both Sides Now"
IMPEX
LP 33rpm 180g
LIMITED EDITION of 3000 NUMBERED
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed at R.T.I. in U.S.A.



Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "The Witch Doctor"

Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton "Katanga!"


Ray Charles "Genius + Soul = Jazz"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
from the Original Analog Tapes
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.




Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio
The Look Of Love - Live At Jazz Is (1st Set)
Venus Records
LP 33rpm 180g, with OBI and Insert
Recorded at Jazz Is in Yokohama on November 16, 2019
Engineered by Hiroshi Sato
Mixed and mastered by Tetsuo Hara
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo
Made In Japan

Since his stunning debut in 1974 with the now world-famous audiophile recordings for the Three Blind Mice label, Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto has built a career that now spans four decades.

This live set was recorded by the Yamamoto Trio at Jazz Is in Yokohama on November 16, 2019

Also in Stock the IMPEX's “Midnight Sugar” and “Misty” (2 LP’s 45rpm)


PATRICIA BARBER "CAFÉ BLUE"
IMPEX
2 LP's 45rpm 180g, 3-sleeve jacket in a slip case, Deluxe Booklet
LIMITED EDITION of 5000 NUMBERED
Cut From Original Analog Work Masters by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio
1STEP Process
VR900-Supreme Vinyl
Pressed at R.T.I. in U.S.A.



Various Artists "The Sound Of Jazz"
Analogue Productions
2 LP's 180g 45rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original 3-Track Tape
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.



Frank Sinatra "Sing And Dance With Frank Sinatra"
IMPEX
LP 33rpm 180g, Gatefold with Booklet
LIMITED EDITION of 5000 NUMBERED
Remastered by Andreas Meyer from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Lacquer Cutting by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Pressed at R.T.I. in U.S.A.



Mighty Sam McClain "Give It Up To Love"
Analogue Productions
2 LP's 200g 45rpm, Gatefold
Remastered by Kevin Gray
from the Original Analog Master Tapes
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.


John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
from the Original Analog Tapes
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.

John Coltrane "Ballads"
Acoustic Sounds Series/Impulse
LP 180g 33rpm, Gatefold
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
from the Original Analog Tapes
Made in Q.R.P. U.S.A.



Art Blakey & The New Jazzmen “Live in Paris ’65”
Sam Records
LP 33rpm 180g
Remastered from the Original Master Tapes
LIMITED EDITION of 2000
Deluxe high-gloss flipback album jacket
Essay written by Brian Priestley
Double insert using original photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir from the concert
Pressed by PALLAS in Germany

A never-before released Art Blakey 1965 live recording. First official release with the full permission and cooperation of the Art Blakey Estate & INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel).

This performance was recorded at Palais de la Mutualité, Paris, France, November 3, 1965.

Featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Nathan Davis on sax, and, of course, Blakey on drums. Freddie Hubbard's incendiary playing on "Blue Moon" and the blistering 24-minute version of his own "Crisis" shows that he was one of the most innovative trumpeters in jazz history.



Bruce Katz Band "Crescent Crawl"
sledgehammer blues 
LP 33rpm 180g, Gatefold
Mastered & Lacquers by Bernie Grundman
LIMITED EDITION 2nd PRESSING of 1000
Made in R.T.I. U.S.A.

Valley Entertainment is based in New York City and was founded in 1994 by Barney Cohen and Jon Birge. they acquired all the recordings of the famous Audiophile Record Label "AudioQuest Music" and changed the name of the label to "sledgehammer blues".

Out-of-print since the original 1992 AudioQuest Music release, the album has become the label's most sought-after record. Bernie Grundman also handled the recording's original mastering duties. A cherished album in the audiophile jazz/blues community; original copies of the vinyl release have been commanding hundreds of dollars across the internet.
"Amazing" is the only way to describe Bruce Katz's piano and Hammond B-3 organ playing. He has awesome technique along with that important "something extra" - soul.
This album blurred the line between blues and jazz thanks in part to the use of an upright bass.
Remember that all the great AudioQuest Music recordings were produced by Joe Harley (Music Matters co-producer and Blue Note Tone Poet producer).



The Yuko Mabuchi Trio "Volume 1"
Yarlung
LP 45rpm 180g
Mastering Engineers: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh
Vinyl Mastering: Bernie Grundman
Special LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Edition
Pressed at PALLAS
Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP's Worth Owning - Rated 33/100
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is joined by bassist Del Atkins and drummer Bobby Breton for this audiophile recording of four popular and jazz tunes recorded in The Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall, March 31, 2017.
If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed. The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity.