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  1. Sun Ra - The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

    I am really looking forward to this. It should sound great - AAA all analogue cut by Kevin Gray (who does the Blue Note Classic and Tone Poet series, among lots of other work). I have over 60 Sun Ra albums but have never had this one on vinyl. Also, the Sun Ra cover art book looks very cool. I currently have that in my Amazon cart and will order it around the October release date. The owner of a local used vinyl store told me that the author/editor of the book is a long-time Sun Ra collector who lives an hour or two away in upstate NY. It is a golden time to be a Sun Ra fan due to the many quality reissues on CD and vinyl in the past 10 or 15 years.
  2. Jazz LPs For Sale

    pm sent on sam rivers Involution
  3. Blue Note's TONE POET series.

    I was not assuming anything but, like you, I was just sharing my personal experience with the Tone Poet Series. I am sorry that you have had bad experiences with some Tone Poets. However, my experience has been just the opposite. With the exception of Andrew Hill's Black Fire, I have had nothing but positive experiences with this series. I do have Andrew Hill's Passing Ships and it plays perfectly and is perhaps my favorite Tone Poet (that one and the Sam Rivers and Chick Corea are my top 3 Tone Poets). I believe you when you say you have had problem pressings. That is a shame and I can understand your frustration. But I have had nothing but good luck with the Tone Poet series. I received the Sonny Clark's "My Conception" Tone Poet this past Friday. The pressing and sound quality were excellent but the music left me a little disappointed (I was not familiar with that album previously). Not bad at all but it just seemed more of the same BN hard bop. I much preferred the music on Sonny Clark's Cool Struttin' (in the Blue Note Classic series, which btw, is also a great pressing and sound quality). That is just a personal preference, or it it may be that I have been listening to too many BN hard bop records lately (although I did listen to Sun Ra and Roy Brooks yesterday).
  4. Blue Note's TONE POET series.

    I have about 20 Tone Poets and all, with the exception of the Andrew Hill Black Fire, have been perfect. I think the Tone Poet series is the best quality and value for new vinyl: great pressings, AAA all analogue mastering, incredible sound quality, beautiful tipped-on gatefold jackets with nice b/w Francis Wolff photos in the inner gatefold. It is a bargain nowadays to get audiphiile vinyl for $26 (list price is $34 each but Amazon always has the price at $26). The issue with the Andrew Hill Black Fire (ptich and wow and flutter isssues) has been well documented at the Hoffman forum and that is the only one I returned due to those very noticeable issues. All of the other Tone Poets I have were perfect in every sense. I know some others have had a few issues with perhaps some non-fill or an occasional pop here and there but I think those are isolated incidents that may happen with any new vinyl, regardles of label or series. I wholly recommend the Tone Poet series. I just received McCoy Tyner's Expansions yesterday (one of only 2 Tone Poets that is not a gatefold) and it was again a perfect copy. I was not very familiar with that album and the music is wonderful.
  5. A new Bill Evans 5 CD box set - "Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans" - was recently announced. Release date is June 25. It looks like the first 4 CDs cover tracks from his entire career, while the 5th CD is a complete unreleased concert from 1975. I have already placed my pre-order via Amazon ($59 currently on Amazon). Below are more details from the announcement:: Craft Recordings celebrates the legacy of Bill Evans with the first-ever career-spanning collection spanning 1956-1980, "Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans." The 5-CD deluxe set spotlights the legendary jazz pianist's work as a leader and co-leader with over 60 choice cuts, including an entire, previously unreleased Bill Evans Trio live concert from 1975, also available as a stand-alone breakout titled “On A Friday Evening” in 2-LP, CD and digital formats. Also available across digital and streaming platforms, “Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans” includes newly remastered audio by GRAMMY®-winning engineer, Paul Blakemore. Both titles will be released on June 25th and are available for pre-order today. Bill Evans - Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans (5-CD Box Set) The first-ever career-spanning collection of music from pioneering jazz pianist Bill Evans. The five-disc deluxe edition features over 60 tracks that spotlight Evans' Riverside, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Warner Bros., and Elektra/Musiciancatalogs, plus a previously unreleased Bill Evans Trio live concert from 1975. The set comes housed in a superbly designed portfolio-style hard-cover 48-page book containing ephemera, photos, and extensive liner notes by GRAMMY®-winning writer Neil Tesser.
  6. I agree. I received this box a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. The music is great and the sound quality is fantastic. The only things I had from this box were copies of Una Mas and In 'N Out from the recent Blue Note 80 lp reissue series so most of this music was new to me. It has already become one of my favorite Mosaic box sets and one to which I will frequently return.
  7. Just saw this and just ordered. Thanks. This was an easy decision for me as I did not have any of this material in any other format. The only Joe Henderson I have is The Milestone Years CD box and a few of the recent Blue Note 80 or Blue Note Classic reissue lps so this will make a nice addition to my Joe Henderson collection.
  8. Thanks. PM replied to and pics of set sent via email. Set is on hold for Desert Vibe.
  9. Nice! I received an an email from Mosaic an hour ago informing me that my set has been forwarded to their warehouse (not shipped yet but hopefully soon).
  10. Record Store Day 2021

    No Sun Ra? I think every RSD has had at least one (and sometimes 2) Sun Ra records. I have all of them except for the Sun Ra Standards RSD release of a couple of years ago (RSD 2018, iirc). The Grateful Dead Olympia Theatre, Paris, is a great show and the vinyl would be enticing but I already have the Europe '72 Complete Recordings box set and I wonder how much of a sonic upgrade (if at all) the new vinyl release will be compared to the CD (which sounds excellent). The Roland Kirk is one I'll have to get.
  11. Price reduced to $155 (plus $10 media mail w/postal insurance). Payment by pay pal friends/family. Thelonious Monk: Complete Riverside Recordings (15 CD). 15 CDs in 4 fat jewel cases housed in a large 12x12 box with large booklet. All is in Mint, like new, condition (large 12 x 12 box, booklet, CDs, jewel cases). Thanks.
  12. Sinatra In Vegas With Sun Ra Discovery

    I can’t wait to hear the Sinatra and June Tyson duet of New York, New York, ha
  13. No offense taken. All the best.