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  1. The idea for this thread comes from the discussions that we have been having recently in relation to British jazz, as a result of the Decca reissue series, the release of the new Modern Jazz: Britain comp, and the recent discussions surrounding Simon Spillett's excellent blog and the Jazz Britannia series. Plus the interesting recollections of some of the members based in Europe about the scenes there in past decades. It seems to me that there is very little coverage of the modernist/progressive jazz scenes that blossomed outside of America in the years prior to 1969/70. (By "modernist" and "progressive" jazz, I mean jazz that sought to respond to the musics of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and mid-period John Coltrane, i.e., roughly bebop, cool, hard bop and post bop in US terms (I understand that in England at least the terms used were "modernist" or "progressive").) The fact is that most of what we regard as the major "jazz hubs" outside of the States (i.e., France, the UK, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, to name a few (for the purposes of this thread let's ignore South America, South Africa, West African and the Caribbean, which had their own unique scenes too, but of a quite different type)) had domestic jazz scenes that were domestically popular, often in competition with some more traditionalist dancehall type jazz scene. Looking back at the UK scene (and I wasn't there, so this is second hand) it seems striking the extent to which these scenes developed in isolation and in a world of (from today's perspective) extreme information scarcity. Despite this, they had their own hierarchies of local heroes (e.g. Tubby Hayes or pre-vanguard Albert Mangelsdorff) and their own "classic" albums. Not all of this stuff was strictly competitive, and, for the most part, these scenes have not survived to make it into the history books. Most histories of jazz, to the extent that they cover the European and East Asian scenes at all, start in the late 60s, at precisely the point that international touring opened up, and the more distinctive local Avant Garde and Fusion scenes began to grow. The result of this neglect is that someone from England (to take the example that I know best) is far more likely to hear about Derek Bailey, Soft Machine or Evan Parker than Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott (other than as a club owner) or Don Rendell, who remain largely unaccessible and whose albums are unknown to anyone who wasn't there at the time. The fact is, however, that these pre-avant garde/fusion "modernist" scenes that existed in Europe and East Asia between 1945 and 1969 were fruitful and did produce interesting artists and good records. Given the concentration of knowledge and expertise on this board, I would be interested to hear from forum members with their views on these local scenes; any memories that people have of them; and favourite artists. Most importantly, what are your favourite or recommended records from Europe or East Asia between 1945 and 1969? Famous or unjustly buried by time.
  2. Hey Everyone! I haven't been active on here in A WHILE, but this whole Blue Note 80th Anniversary has kind of drawn me out of the woodwork. Good to see so many familiar folks still around. I hope to be active again and stick around for a while, as I've started collecting vinyl recently and now a whole other world has opened up for me... Anyway, I've been searching around for info re: BN80 reissue campaigns and came across some info today regarding a reissue program in Japan. Apparently it's called The 80 Works and includes titles reissued on UHQCDs. There's some available now on dustygroove.com and I found some info on cdjapan about what's in each batch. I'm guessing 4 batches of 20 titles each. The 80 Works Batch 1 The 80 Works Batch 2 The 80 Works Batch 3 The 80 Works Batch 4 I didn't see this info in another thread, but if it is I apologize. There's also another series of reissues called Blue Note LA Revivals - I'm not sure how new these are, but I'd say its of interest nonetheless.
  3. I think these releases were posted here before but I cannot see any dedicated thread. Should we order? :-) Two batches : 29 November and 6 December 2017; with 2017 DSD mastering, the usual suspects: http://store.universal-music.co.jp/feature/sacd/?s18=SA-CD%EF%BD%9ESHM%E4%BB%95%E6%A7%98+BLUE+NOTE%E5%90%8D%E7%9B%A4&stock=0 http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/products?term.prodkey=UCGQ-9007,UCGQ-9008,UCGQ-9009,UCGQ-9010,UCGQ-9011,UCGQ-9012,UCGQ-9013,UCGQ-9014,UCGQ-9015,UCGQ-9016,UCGQ-9017,UCGQ-9018,UCGQ-9019,UCGQ-9020,UCGQ-9021,UCGQ-9022 http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/products?term.prodkey=UCGQ-9026,UCGQ-9023,UCGQ-9025,UCGQ-9024
  4. From June to September 2016, dozens of cds. All releases can be found at the following Universal Japan link - just go the relevant tag to browse per label: http://www.universal-music.co.jp/jazz/jazz-hyakkaten/cat/201606/ Since these are remasters/transfers from previous releases, your recommendations are more than welcomed! NB: New liner notes are included... Alex
  5. Here we go again: Blue Note Records Premium Mini LP Reissue Series Vol.1] Cardboard sleeve reissue with Platinum SHM-CD format and 24-bit remastering. Comes with liner notes. This series features the products with the following product numbers: UCCU-40020 through UCCU-40029. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/products?term.prodkey=UCCU-40020,UCCU-40021,UCCU-40022,UCCU-40023,UCCU-40024,UCCU-40025,UCCU-40026,UCCU-40027,UCCU-40028,UCCU-40029 Somethin' Else [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Blue Train [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] John Coltrane Soul Station [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Hank Mobley Sonny Clark Trio [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Candy [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Lee Morgan Us Three [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Horace Parlan A Night At The Village Vanguard [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Sonny Rollins Midnight Blue [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Kenny Burrell Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Kenny Dorham Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Platinum SHM-CD] [Limited Release] Release date: 10 February 2016 Price: 3,700 yen/ $30 / €28 Alex.-
  6. I went for Basie/Beatles and Standing Ovation, Gil Evans/Priestess and Kikuchi, Bley/77, and Buddy Rich/Mercy mercy (hoping for a better remastering than in the current release). This is the listing auto-translated: ◇ Count Basie / Basie picks The Winners (UCCU-90118) ◇ Count Basie / Basie At Newport 57 (UCCU-90119) ◇ Count Basie / standing ovation (UCCU-90120) ◇ Count Basie / Ella and Basie (UCCU-90121) ◇ Count Basie / Beishizu Beetle bag (UCCU-90122) ◇ Thad Jones = Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra / New Life (UCCU-90123) ◇ Thad Jones = Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra / Central Park North (UCCU-90124) ◇ Thad Jones = Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra / Live At The Village Vanguard (UCCU-90125) ◇ Mel Lewis / Mel Lewis & Friends (UCCU-90126) ◇ Gil Evans / Kikuchi Masaaki WITH Gil Evans (UCCU-90127) ◇ Gil Evans / out-of-cool (UCCU-90128) ◇ Gil Evans / Into The hot (UCCU-90129) ◇ Gil Evans / individuality and development (UCCU-90130) ◇ Gil Evans / Purisutisu (UCCU-90131) ◇ Quincy Jones / I think of jazz (UCCU-90132) ◇ Quincy Jones / Walking-in-a-space (UCCU-90133) ◇ Quincy Jones / The Quintessence (UCCU-90134) ◇ Quincy Jones / Quincy Jones At Newport '61 (UCCU-90135) ◇ Quincy Jones / Great Wide World of Quincy Jones (UCCU-90136) ◇ Buddy Rich / THIS ONES FOR Basie (UCCU-90137) ◇ Buddy Rich / Mercy, Mercy - Live At Shizasu Palace 1968 (UCCU-90138) ◇ Oliver Nelson / Live From Los Angeles (UCCU-90139) ◇ Carla Bley / Live (UCCU-90140) ◇ Carla Bley / European Tour 1977 (UCCU-90141) ◇ Benny Carter / Father di Fini Schons (UCCU-90142) ◇ Benny Carter / Addition-to-Father Definishonzu (UCCU-90143) ◇ Dizzy Gillespie / At Newport (UCCU-90144) ◇ Duke Ellington / Soul Call (UCCU-90145) ◇ Count Basie / Montreux '77 (UCCO-90391) ◇ Woody Herman / Giant Steps (UCCO-90392) http://www.universal-music.co.jp/jazz/big-band?productPage=1 Enjoy Alex
  7. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/products?term.list_id=ecm_shmcd_20150213 What would be your recommendations to somebody not really into the ECM's jazz output? I do not see any new remastering info. Thanks Alex
  8. It seems a Japan only release: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/UCCM-1229 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlie-Haden-Jim-Hall/dp/B00LIFI64I/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE Google translate: "1990, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, work that was live recording a duo performance that became for the first time in the companionship of up to 50 years is finally released!" Very nice!
  9. Cdjapan lists the new CD by Ron Carter apparently initially planned to be a duo recording with Jim Hall who in the meatime passed. Featuring Larry Coryell and Peter Bernstein on guitar, rec. live at the Blue Note Tokyo 1/14 http://www.bluenote.co.jp/jp/reports/2014/01/19/jim-hall-tribute-featuring-ron-carter-with-larry-coryell-peter-bernstein.html http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/UCCQ-1007 From Bing translator: "In memory of Jim (provisional) [SHM-CD] / Ron Carter Touching live tribute to ally Jim Hall! The new jazz-based legend, Ron Carter. Recorded live at the Blue Note Tokyo at 1/2014. Duo live and ally together produced the album alone together (Milestone), including at the outset guitarist = Jim Hall was planned, but suddenly Jim 12/2013. Suddenly, became a tribute concert to the gym. Jim's dying wishes to inherit and 2 guitar Larry Coryell, Peter Bernstein trio formation at. Famous standard was a Duet with Jim alone together, St. Thomas, such as the repertoire performed. Carefully the best take from performance exudes atmosphere and gravely dedicates gym heaven! Japan pre-sale. [Personnel] Ron Carter (b) / Larry Coryell, Peter Bernstein (g)" Enjoy Alex