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Albert Ayler

Love Cry - Verve By Request Edition

    1968’s Love Cry mixes Albert Ayler’s free jazz with a catchy combination of nursery rhythms and brass band marches, resulting in a peak example of experimental jazz of the period. This was Ayler’s last recording with his brother, Donald, who keeps the pace fiery along with the rhythm section of bassist Alan Silva and drummer Milford Graves, and harpsichordist Call Cobbs.

    This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.


    Side A
    1. Love Cry
    2. Ghosts
    3. Omega
    4. Dancing Flowers
    5. Bells
    6. Love Flower
    Side B
    7. Zion Hill
    8. Universal Indians

    Sun Ra

    Space Is The Place - Verve By Request Edition

      Space Is The Place – highlighted by the rousing 21-minute title track – is both an essential album and a great onramp for new listeners to travel the spaceways of Sun Ra’s other-worldly blend of avant-garde jazz, experimental rock, and Afrofuturism.

      This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit. 


      Side A
      1. Space Is The Place
      2. Images
      Side B
      3. Discipline 33
      4. Sea Of Sound
      5. Rocket Number Nine

      Nina Simone

      You've Got To Learn

        The Newport Jazz Festival had always brought the best out in Nina Simone. When she took to that famous stage on July 2, 1966, the audience was treated to the full range of her artistry—from the opener, a breathtaking version of “You’ve Got To Learn” to an electrifying performance of her signature protest anthem “Mississippi Goddam”. Unwilling to let her leave the stage, and after sustained applause, her fans were rewarded with the show-stopping encore, “Music For Lovers”. This previously-unknown and unreleased recording showcasing Nina’s exceptional performance makes it clear why hearing Nina Simone in concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Liner notes are by Shana L. Redmond, scholar and author. 


        You’ve Got To Learn
        I Loves You Porgy
        Intro To Blues For Mama
        Blues For Mama (hey Lawdy Mama)
        Be My Husband
        Mississippi Goddamn
        Music For Lovers

        Pharoah Sanders

        Black Unity (Verve By Request Series)

          For 1971’s Black Unity, Pharaoh Sanders added groove to foundation of spiritual and free jazz he had explored on his previous Impulse! albums. The result is a piercing and emotive 37-minute rhythm-driven title track exploration of African, Latin, aborigine and Native American sounds. This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.


          Side A
          1. Black Unity – Part 1
          Side B
          2. Black Unity – Part 2

          Yusef Lateef

          Psychicemotus (Verve By Request Series)

            This excellent 1965 album from the always versatile Yusef Lateef runs the gamut musically, from the Coltrane influenced “Semi-Octo” to soulful reads of standards from Hammerstein/Kern, Fats Waller and Erik Satie, and a beautifully rendered original ‘Bamboo Flute Blues’. This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Psychicemotus
            2. Flute Blues
            3. Semiocto
            4. Why Do I Love You?
            Side B
            5. First Gymnopedie
            6. Medula Sonata
            7. I’ll Always Be In Love With You
            8. Ain’t Misbehavin’

            Nina Simone

            Great Women Of Song

              Throughout her career, Nina’s music has inspired audiences of all ages, races, and nationalities. In recent years, social media savvy youth have taken a particular interest in the works of Miss Simone. From the evergreen, feel good track aptly named "Feeling Good" to the mysteriously romantic remake of "I Put A Spell On You" and so many more, Nina’s music is being used in everything from major brand commercials to the everyday user on social networks to convey a feeling and a mood.

              Created with the newest generation of Nina Simone fans in mind, Great Women of Song, features the best of the best. Miss Simone's most loved and notable hits assembled in one package. The album is the gift that will keep on giving.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Feeling Good (2:54)
              2. I Put A Spell On You (2:35)
              3. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (2:46)
              4. Ne Me Quitte Pas (3:34)
              5. Tell Me More And More And Then Some (3:07)
              6. Lilac Wine (4:13)
              7. Take Care Of Business (2:05)
              8. See-Line Woman (2:35)
              9. Four Women (4:24)
              10. Wild Is The Wind (6:56)
              11. I Loves You, Porgy (2:30)
              12. Mississippi Goddam (4:56)

              Alice Coltrane

              Journey In Satchidananda - Acoustic Sounds Series Edition

                One of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Alice Coltrane’s fourth Impulse! album finds her on piano and harp in the company of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. "Almost 50 years after [it] was released, the album remains a vision of universal healing, spiritual self-preservation in times of trouble and the god that appears when you seek her out." (NPR)

                Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A
                1. Journey In Satchidananda
                2. Shiva-Loka
                3. Stopover Bombay
                Side B
                1. Something About John Coltrane
                2. Isis And Osiris (rec. Live)

                Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily

                Love In Exile

                  Vocalist Arooj Aftab, the first Pakistani to win a Grammy, wows audiences worldwide with her mesmerizing live shows; MacArthur genius and Grammy nominee Vijay Iyer is one of today’s most influential pianists; multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily’s sensitivity and technical acumen has made him a legend among musicians like the late Lou Reed for whom he was a session player. Together the three players merge to create a singular, gorgeous sound. Their new collaborative album Love In Exile asks you to step inside its sense of time, to stretch out alongside these delightful and unhurriedly unfolding songs. Profound impact is achieved with minimal instrumentation: Vijay Iyer on pianos and electronics, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Moog synth, and Arooj Aftab’s exquisite Urdu vocals. Subtle musical interrelationships build into moments of deeply felt drama. Shimmering keyboard melodies and stirring vocals, earthy basslines, and hypnotic drones: together they create an album of stunning gravitas and beauty.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. To Remain/To Return (9:19)
                  2. Haseen Thi (12:09)
                  3. Shadow Forces (14:11)
                  4. Sajni (8:15)
                  5. Eyes Of The Endless (14:50)
                  6. Sharabi (13:42)

                  Mel Brown

                  Chicken Fat - Verve By Request Series

                    Guitarist Mel Brown’s 1967 Impulse! debut is possibly both the funkiest and most unique album ever released on the label. Brown’s clean blues picking style—honed while playing in John Lee Hooker’s and T-Bone Walker’s bands—marinates funkily with the swinging soul-jazz organ of Gerald Wiggins. Especially noteworthy are the title track, “Greasy Spoon” and the simmering lament of “I’m Goin’ to Jackson”. Audio transferred from the analog tapes.

                    Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Chicken Fat (Side A)
                    2. Greasy Spoon (Side A)
                    3. Home James (Side A)
                    4. Anacrusis (Side A)
                    5. Hobo Flats (Side B)
                    6. Shanty (Side B)
                    7. Sad But True (Side B)
                    8. I’m Goin’ To Jackson (Side B)
                    9. Slalom (Side B)

                    Roy Brooks

                    Beat - Verve By Request Series

                      Recorded for Berry Gordy's short-lived Workshop Jazz imprint and recorded at the Hitsville USA studio, Roy Brooks (joined by fellow Detroit natives George Bohanon and Hugh Lawson, along with his Horace Silver Quintet bandmates Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, and Eugene Taylor) injects a Motor City soul-jazz groove into the hard bop root of this engaging 1964 album. Audio transferred from the analog tapes.

                      Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Homestretch (Side A)
                      2. If You Could See Me Now (Side A)
                      3. Passin’ The Buck (Side A)
                      4. Soulin’ (Side B)
                      5. Soulsphere (Side B)
                      6. My Secret Passion (Side B)

                      The Comet Is Coming


                        The Comet is Coming returns with their second full length album on Impulse! Records. King Shabaka, Danalogue, and Betamax’s newest effort finds the Mercury Prize-nominated trio creating a musical landscape that is equally cerebral as it is physically enthralling. While containing elements of jazz throughout, this release leans further into heavy dance-hall themes, providing hypnotic, electronic soundscapes to dance to while keeping you intellectually stimulated.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Code
                        2. Technicolour
                        3. Lucid Dreamer
                        4. Tokyo Nights
                        5. Pyramids
                        6. Frequency Of Feeling Expansion
                        7. Angel Of Darkness
                        8. Aftermath
                        9. Atomic Wave Dance
                        10. The Hammer
                        11. Mystik

                        Samara Joy

                        Linger Awhile

                          “A young vocalist with a low alto as rich as custard…and a devotion, at least for now, to a classic cool-jazz sound” – The New York Times.

                          Samara Joy makes her Verve debut, with a voice, tone and phrasing that harkens back to the most iconic jazz vocalists of all time. At just 22 years old, Samara already belongs in the company of iconic label mates from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Billie Holiday, and is poised to become synonymous with timeless jazz music. Her stunningly timeless voice belies her youth and her approach to jazz feels reverent but also truly fresh and exciting.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
                          2. Guess Who I Saw Today
                          3. Nostalgia
                          4. Sweet Pumpkin
                          5. Misty
                          6. Social Call
                          7. I’m Confessin’
                          8. Linger Awhile
                          9. ‘Round Midnight
                          10. Someone To Watch Over Me

                          John Coltrane

                          Coltrane - 2022 Reissue

                            Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor sax; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass.

                            John Coltrane

                            A Love Supreme - 2022 Reissue

                              Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

                              Arooj Aftab

                              Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)

                                Deluxe offering of Grammy® Best New Artist nominee Arooj Aftab’s breakthrough album Vulture Prince, featuring Grammy® Best Global Music Performance-nominated track “Mohabbat”.

                                Aftab’s remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to the composer’s world. Intimate piano and swelling orchestral strings unveil mystical passage into Aftab’s emotionally gripping symphonic world - vast with colorful sounds and transcendent of genre.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Baghon Main (feat. Darian Donovan Thomas)
                                2. Diya Hai (feat. Badi Assad)
                                3. Inayaat
                                4. Last Night
                                5. Mohabbat
                                6. Saans Lo
                                7. Suroor
                                8. Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)

                                Various Artists

                                Verve Remixed 3

                                  A third installment of Verve's old meets new compilations arrives. To say that this collection is eclectic has to be one of the understatements of the year! With remixes by everyone from The Postal Service, Bent and The Album Leaf via RSL, RJD2, Danger Mouse, Junior Boys and Max Sedgley to Carl Craig, Lyrics Born and Adam Freeland, you know you're in for a diverse set of styles, including house, funky sh*t, hip hop, avant rock, deep techno and electronica.

                                  Aaron Neville

                                  Nature Boy -The Standards Album

                                    A deeply satisfying suite of standards sung with remarkable sensitivity reminiscent at times of Jimmy Scott, "Nature Boy" is both a hallmark and a revelation: Neville's feel for sweetly swinging jazz is pitch-perfect. Including songs from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ray Noble, Lionel Bart, Oscar Levant and others, "Nature Boy" is a swinging labour of love.

                                    Lizz Wright


                                      It's little wonder the music press have been going bananas over Lizz Wright. This Georgia-born vocalist and songwriter has an exceptional voice and "Salt" is an exceptional debut. Mojo described her as 'majestic' Blues & Soul as a 'jaw-dropping, spellbinding... sensationally soulful new talent'. She's all that and more. Judging by this release she's got quite a career in front of her.

                                      The Velvet Underground & Nico

                                      The Velvet Underground & Nico - 45th Anniversary Back To Black Vinyl Edition

                                        What can you say? Everything a rock and roll record should be? Sexy, dangerous, moody, poignant, poetic, arty. One of the most influential records ever. A music peopled with misfits, dreamers, musicians and magicians. A world created by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Moss and Mo Tucker for us to step into, for us to believe in. And to think in '67 no-one was listening! 

                                        45th Anniversary Edition includes remastered sound from the original tapes, original gatefold sleeve artwork with peelable banana sticker on front, 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Sunday Morning 2:53
                                        I'm Waiting For The Man 4:37
                                        Femme Fatale 2:35
                                        Venus In Furs 5:07
                                        Run, Run, Run 4:18
                                        All Tomorrow's Parties 5:55
                                        Heroin 7:05
                                        There She Goes Again 2:30
                                        I'll Be Your Mirror 2:01
                                        Black Angel's Death Song 3:10
                                        European Son To Delmore Schwartz 7:44

                                        Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove

                                        Directions In Music

                                          Revisiting some classic jazz compositions, Coltrane's "Naima" and "Transition" as well as Hancock's own "The Sorcerer" amongst them, Brecker, Hargrove and Hancock turn in a evocation of the spirit of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, recorded live in concert at Toronto's Massey Hall. Supported by a rhythm section of Brian Blade and John Patitucci, they have produced a remarkable homage to the 'new direction' in jazz led by Coltrane and Davis in the 50s and 60s.

                                          John Coltrane

                                          Ballads (Deluxe Edition)

                                            Coltrane's classic "Ballads" album now issued in a deluxe edition with a second CD of extra tracks. These late 1961 sessions are amongst his most beautiful and tender recordings and features the quartet that came to be regarded as the definitive Coltrane group, McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass. This is Coltrane on majestic, yet restrained form. There's an melodic ease and lyrical approach to these tracks which make it an all time favourite for late night / early morning sessions and the spakling remastered sound simply adds towards making this an essential jazz purchase.

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