Jazz and Blues Releases Out Today

We have four great records hitting the shelves at record stores today! Read all about them below.



Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Live in 1960

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as “the original soul sister” and “the godmother of rock and roll”.  She is getting some long overdue recognition with a 2018 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


This live recording from 1960 had never been on vinyl until now, 57 years later. The set has plenty of variety, lots of sincere feeling, and high levels of musicianship from the unique performer. Highlights include “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “The Gospel Train” and “Down By the Riverside.”  The album was remastered for vinyl from analog tape and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.


Our first pressing of the album was a red and white swirl color vinyl, exclusively for the Vinyl Me, Please member store. A white vinyl edition is out today, December 15th, exclusively at independent record stores. A black vinyl edition will be widely available beginning January 5th, and is available for pre-order now in our online shop.


Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Volume 1: 1943

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra recorded multiple albums worth of material for this World Broadcasting Series between 1943 and 1945. The songs on this compilation include the best of two volumes which were originally released by Circle Records in 1985. All of the material was recorded on November 8 and 9 of 1943. The album was remastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering, and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany. 


Two different editions of the album are out today; a limited blue and white swirl color vinyl edition is available exclusively at independent record stores, and a black vinyl edition is widely available.


Doctor Ross – Memphis Breakdown

Doctor Ross, also known as “Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss,” made his reputation as a bluesman in Memphis before moving to Michigan. During the early 50s, Ross recorded his first sides, including “Chicago Breakdown,” with Sam Phillips at Sun Records. This compilation, Memphis Breakdown, compiles the best of those early Memphis sessions all in one place, remastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering. The album is out everywhere today on LP and CD, inlcuding in our online store.


Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Jazz is Back in Grand Rapids

This 1956 concert by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars is a historical gem, which is finally getting its vinyl debut with this double LP release. Recorded on March 26, 1956, at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI, it affords jazz fans a chance to hear what the barnstorming Armstrong’s shows were like in heartland America. Armstrong’s affable presence is pervasive, but not always center stage, as each member of the All-Stars gets his turn in the course of the revue. The release was remastered for vinyl and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany. The release is available everywhere today, including from our shop.