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James Brown

Soul On Top - Verve By Request Series

    In the liner notes to this grooving 1969 album, featuring a big band led by drummer Louis Bellson and arranged by Impulse! star Oliver Nelson, the Godfather of Soul explains that he is a “jazz man at heart.” Brown’s soul consigliere, saxophonist Maceo Parker, helps make this a swinging, spirited and satisfying set of standards and JB hits.

    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)

    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)

      Pharoah Sanders

      Karma (Acoustic Sounds Series)

        Pharoah Sanders’ third Impulse! album, 1969’s Karma, is a milestone of the Spiritual Jazz movement and a natural progression in the sonic exploration that Sanders, along with John and Alice Coltrane, had spearheaded over the previous five years. "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is as close as Spiritual Jazz comes to having its own anthem.

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

        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

          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)

            Alice Coltrane

            Ptah, The El Daoud - Verve By Request Series

              Recorded in the basement studio of the Coltrane family home in Dix Hills in 1970, Alice Coltrane’s fourth album is a transcendent masterpiece of spiritual jazz. The title track is an ode to the Egyptian God, Ptah (the El Daoud meaning “the beloved”). Many moments on the album reach what Coltrane herself defined the term Turiya as: “A state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life.”

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

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Ptah, The El Daoud (Side A)
              2. Turiya & Ramakrishna (Side A)
              3. Blue Nile (Side B)
              4. Mantra (Side B)

              The Comet Is Coming

              HYPER-DIMENSIONAL EXPANSION BEAM

                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

                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)

                      Billie Holiday

                      Lady Sings The Blues

                        Almost 45 years have passed since the death of 'Lady Day'. About 50 years ago she could be seen and heard in just a few rare concerts outside the USA. Alcohol, drugs, affairs and racial discrimination in the USA had all left their mark on her and only her voice served as a reminder of her great successes. It is thanks to Norman Granz that Billie Holiday signed a new, lucrative contract with Verve / Clef in the early Fifties. He drew the very best musicians into the studio and paid for excellent arrangers so that Billie had an opportunity to sing her old songs once again and record them for posterity in the very best sound quality. Recorded between 1954 and 1956, "Lady Sings The Blues" features some of her best-loved jazz-blues numbers, including a never-bettered version of "Strange Fruit", "Good Morning Heartache", "Trav'lin' Light", "I Must Have That Man", "God Bless the Child" and the fantastic title track of course. Holiday is at her heart-rending best here, her voice cracking with emotion and pain at times, which only adds to the brilliance of this set, and the amazing remastering means we get to hear every drum brush stroke and every horn note as well. Wonderful.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1 Lady Sings The Blues 3:44
                        2 Trav'lin' Light 3:13
                        3 I Must Have That Man 3:07
                        4 Some Other Spring 3:38
                        5 Strange Fruit 3:09
                        6 No Good Man 3:26
                        7 God Bless The Child 3:59
                        8 Good Morning Heartache 3:32
                        9 Love Me Or Leave Me 2:36
                        10 Too Marvelous For Words 2:18
                        11 Willow Weep For Me 3:15
                        12 I Thought About You 2:52

                        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

                            Salt

                              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.

                              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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