Elemental Music is a new label that specializes in releasing newly discovered archival or our-of-print jazz recordings, as well as other classic music genres, and was founded in 2012 as a partnership between the American producer Zev Feldman and Spanish producer Jordi Soley.
In June 2014, Elemental released a set of newly discovered 1965 concerts by the late clarinetist and saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre The Jimmy Giuffre 3&4. A 2-CD set offering a rare and revelatory glimpse into what we consider Giuffre’s “discographical dark period,” the decade between 1962 and 1971, which went largely undocumented.
The beginning of 2015 brought Elemental’s second archival discovery, Red Garland’s Swingin’ on the Korner. This was a release from an artist that is too rarely mentioned in the pantheon of jazz greats, and most of his recordings are currently out-of-print in the United States. With this release, Elemental Music aims to remedy those oversights with over 150 minutes of previously unheard live Red Garland performances. Presented in a 2- CD set or 3-LP set, these recordings were made in 1977 at San Francisco’s landmark Keystone Korner jazz club with a once-in-a-lifetime trio of bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Philly Joe Jones. None of this material has ever been released in any format.
At the end of June 2015, Elemental Music, in partnership with The Orchard, will launch the Xanadu Master Edition Series – a resurrection of one of the great jazz record labels of the 1970s and early 1980s. Producers Zev Feldman and Jordi Soley have selected 25 of the best albums to reissue from the Xanadu catalog in consultation with label founder Don Schlitten, many of which have never before been released on CD before.
In other reissue news, Elemental signed an agreement in March 2013 to begin reissuing and distributing 16 Blue Note titles on vinyl, and during that same year also started a collection of Progressive Rock gems licensed by Parlophone Records in the UK . The company is currently working on various different projects that will bring back to light other out-of-print catalog classics, always staying focused on the collector market.
Elemental Music is dedicated to getting out-of-print albums and new archival discoveries into the hands and ears of jazz lovers around the world, and each release will feature deluxe packaging, newly-remastered recordings, and well documented notes with essays from the most recognized jazz journalists in the world, such as Nat Hentoff, Ira Gitler, Ashley Kahn, and Bob Blumenthal.