New Jazz Reissues for a New Year

Happy New Year! Our two most recent vinyl reissues, Weather Report’s self-titled debut and Thelonious Monk’s Solo Monk are available now. We have more great reissues in store for you in 2014, with titles from Wynton MarsalisFreddie Hubbard, and John Coltrane coming in the next two months…

Originally released in 1960, and on the heels of Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz came in the midst of the saxophonist’s peak Atlantic period. The album is among several recordings that Coltrane issued from 1959-1961, and which, ultimately, forever changed the face of music. Not surprisingly, Miles Davis’ influence is felt throughout; his rhythm section is used on all but one selection. Our upcoming reissue is mastered from the original master tapes at 45rpm with meticulous care, pressed on two 180gram LPs, and is housed in an old school tip-on style gatefold jacket. The essential edition of Coltrane Jazz. It’s limited to 2,000 units, and is coming in February.

Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay has received our audiophile treatment already as a 180gram LP 33rpm LP. Later this month, Hubbard’s finest moment as a leader will be available as a 45rpm 2LP set. Limited to just 1,000 units.

With his brother Branford (who doubles here on tenor and soprano) often closely emulating Wayne Shorter, and the rhythm section (pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Jeff Watts) sounding a bit like the famous Herbie Hancock-Ron Carter-Tony Williams trio, Wynton is heard at the head of what was essentially an updated version of the mid- to late-’60s Miles Davis Quintet. The music is brilliantly played and displays what the “Young Lions” movement was really about: young musicians choosing to explore acoustic jazz and to extend the innovations of the pre-fusion modern mainstream style. This 1985 release has been remastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180gram audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany. Limited to 2,000 units.

And in case you missed the records that just hit the shelves…

Weather Report’s first album is a direct extension of the Miles Davis In a Silent Way/Bitches Brew period, more fluid in sound and more volatile in interplay. All Music calls it one of the most impressive debuts of all time by a jazz group. Our reissue was mastered from original tapes at 45rpm by Bernie Grundman, pressed on two 180 gram audiophile-grade LPs, and housed in an old school tip-on gatefold jacket. It’s available for order here.

Solo Monk ranks among the pioneering pianist’s most introspective, cerebral, and emotional outings. Monk’s readings of the originals and standards practically stand the tunes on their collective ears. This edition is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180gram LP, bringing all the music closer, and into more transparent form, than ever before. You can order it here.