The Vinyl Post

THE VINYL POST

Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948

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So it is no secret that the entertainment industry is floundering these days and that record companies are doing just about anything to snatch some bucks away from the pirates and casual listeners. Perhaps this is why vinyl has become such a hot commodity. Blue Note spent the past two years reissuing classic titles on black wax and word on the street is that Impulse will be doing the same shortly. There was a minor hint that Savoy ...

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The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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So the story goes, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans first met each other at The White House back in 1962. President Kennedy was throwing a jazz party and the singer and pianist crossed paths backstage. Fast forward some thirteen years later and the pair would come together for the first of two albums to highlight their ways with a standard. Billed simply as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and released by Fantasy Records back in 1975, the pair's debut has ...

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Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra

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Come this December, the world will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. In a recording career that spanned well over fifty years, Sinatra's iconic voice managed to speak to generations of fans across the globe. To mark this special centennial, Universal Music has opted to put together several configurations of a compilation simply entitled Ultimate Sinatra. For those wanting the royal treatment, you have available the 4-CD set that spans some 101 tracks and also ...

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Music Matters and Blue Note's 75th: Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch

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Those deep collectors of classic Blue Note titles are already well aware of Music Matters' impressive catalog of reissue titles going back to 2007. Aside from a vintage era release with Van Gelder in the dead wax, these reissues have been the gold standard for hearing Blue Note's iconic classics in their best light. Joe Harley and Ron Rambach, the masterminds behind Music Matters, both have a firm commitment to presenting this music in the best possible light.

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Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961

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Those of us who are diehard jazz collectors often loathe answering questions from neophytes as to a good starting place for building a jazz collection. Nonetheless, a short go-to list would probably include the iconic live sessions of Bill Evans and his trio captured on tape by Riverside Records back in June of 1961. For sheer improvisational genius and telepathic group interplay, these recordings can't be beat. Furthermore, the sonic magic that teleports you to your own personal table at ...

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Louis Armstrong & The All Stars: Complete Newport 1956 & 1958

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It's interesting how time seems to serve an artist when offering a better perspective of a particular time period or body of work. Such is the case with Louis Armstrong. Critics often cite his earliest recordings as the be all and end all, as if he had never recorded another note past 1950. In fact, Armstrong was still a few years away from his 60th birthday when he was captured on tape at Newport doing what he did best-interacting with ...

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Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver

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If you are a Blue Note fan, you undoubtedly know that over the course of their 75th anniversary year Blue Note has been reissuing important titles from the catalog at a rate of about five albums per month. It is really a fast-paced program that will appeal to folks on many levels. Some might be starting out and looking for their first copies of these iconic albums, while more seasoned collectors might be looking to fill in gaps in their ...

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Something Smoky and Something Blue

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With Vincent Herring's alto providing the clarion call that ushers in the troops for a quicksilver performance entitled “Elation," it became clear that the analog warmth of this particular vinyl release possessed a tangible charm that was undeniable. So while this reviewer had previously reviewed Herring's The Uptown Shuffle as heard in the CD format and found the overall set quite enjoyable, there seemed to be a more visceral punch to the performance on vinyl that somehow managed to form ...


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