both parts of “the prophetic herbie nichols” (blp5068 & blp5069) on one 12 inch vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve. an audiophile blue note classic vinyl reissue, remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
lock yourself into the beat, but don’t become prisoner to it. the techno pioneer jeff mills understands that only too well. in his quest to liberate himself from the tyranny of the sequencer, mills couldn’t wish for a better partner than the father of afrobeat.
josé james is reborn as a powerful voice in contemporary r&b on “love in a time of madness”. even for an artist as creatively restless as james, “love in a time of madness” is something new: an r&b focused foray into moody soul, electronic pop, and trap-addled beats, with the occasional influence of african folk, american gospel and minneapolitan funk. and though james’ voice is no less agile and his ear no less adventurous, this is also his most relatable, daresay sexiest work yet, detailing love’s ups and downs without holding back an ounce of emotion.
norah jones has come full circle with day breaks, her remarkable sixth album which finds her returning to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential american artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of american music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. day breaks is a kindred spirit to come away with me, though it is unquestionably the work of a mature artist who has lived life and grown immensely in her craft. the album features jazz luminaries including shorter, smith, and blade, who played drums on norah’s debut and became the backbone (and backbeat) of the new album.
the vinyl lp comes in a gefold sleeve with download code included.
liquid spirit marks gregory porters blue note records debut, which arrives on the heels of two critically acclaimed indie label albums that quickly propelled porter to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers and earned him two grammy nominations. don was, president of blue note, encouraged porter to stay true to his artistic vision.
*i firmly consider myself a jazz singer but i enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel,* porter says, *those elements make their way inside my music. and i ve always heard them in jazz.*
FIRST FLIGHT TO TOKYO: THE LOST 1961 RECORDINGS (180G 2LP)
a previously unreleased live recording of art blakey & the jazz messengers captured at hibiya public hall in tokyo on january 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of japan. mastered by bernie grundman, pressed on 180 gram double vinyl at optimal, housed in a gatefold slveeve with 16-page insert and 6 collector postcards included.
gregory porter’s sixth studio album “all rise” marks a return to his beloved original songwriting. the limited half-speed mastered triple vinyl with 2 bonus tracks is housed in a tri-fold sleeve, signed by the artist.