Elemental Music is pleased to announce the release of two new recently discovered, previously unreleased live recordings: Dexter Gordon Quartet, Espace Cardin 1977 and Woody Shaw Quartet, Live in Bremen 1983.
Not forsaking Europe entirely, after his return home from to the U.S. in 1977, Gordon returned for gigs like the inspired set captured here at the Espace Pierre Cardin (Théâtre de la Ville) in Paris in September 25, 1977. Sharing the stage with him that night are the well-known rhythm section of French bassist Pierre Michelot and American drummer Kenny Clarke. What makes this performance unique is that it is the only known recording of Gordon playing with one of the stalwarts of bebop piano, Al Haig. A constant presence on 52nd street during the embryonic days of bebop in the late 1940s, Haig’s career had gone fallow by the 1960s. At the time of this performance, he was experiencing a much-deserved rediscovery.
Woody Shaw Quartet’s Live in Bremen 1983 was recorded live at Post Aula, in Bremen Germany on January 18, 1983. It’s a rare and satisfying snapshot of trumpeter Shaw’s second great quintet, formed in 1980 with pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Stafford James, and drummer Tony Reedus. Like all Elemental releases, this set was produced by Cuscuna, who was a close friend of the late trumpeter during the last 15 years of his life.
Elemental Music in partnership with Universal Music
Group has issued to date more than 20 titles of
Brazilian music with of the most crucial and admired
figures in Brazilian pop.The list englobes such great
titles as Jorge Ben’s A Tabua de Esmeralda or Big Ben,
Caetano Veloso’s Qualquier Coisa, or the magnificent
and very much sought after album Transa as well as
albums by Quarteto em Cy, Gal Costa or Marcos Valle’s
superb Mustang Cor de Sangue.
Some of these artists went on to spearhead the Tropicalia
o Tropicalismo, an artistic movement that arose in the
late 1960s that encompassed art forms such as theatre,
poetry, and music. This movement is also represented here
by flagship albums like Catenano Veloso AKA Tropicalia,
Gal Costa’s Le Gal or Jorge Ben’s Self tilted album.
Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain proudly
presents a new CD reissue of the long unavailable Steve Miller Band’s masterpiece Recall the Beginning… A Journey from Eden.
This 1972 album, originally released by Capitol Records, was Miller’s seventh and last as a cult artist before the commercial breakthrough of 1973’s The Joker. “Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson and Junior Parker, it is split into two distinct sections.
Side one dips into ‘50s doo wop (‘Enter Maurice’), acoustic folk-blues (‘High on You Mama’), upbeat down-home pop (‘The Sun Is Going Down’), and good-time R&B blues-rocking with horns (‘Somebody Somewhere Help Me’) predating Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes’ similar style by about five years. Side two, on the other hand, is where Miller really hits his stride, with beautiful, somewhat psychedelic folk-rockers that add his blues and rock roots to the string-enhanced acoustic ballad ‘Nothing Lasts,’ the Haunting ‘Love’s Riddle,’ and the shimmering closing title track, certainly one of his most endearing compositions. Nick De Caro’s string arrangements are beautifully and expertly integrated into these songs and previous Steve Miller Band member Ben Sidran’s production is sympathetic and spacious, as is veteran Bruce Botnick’s (The Doors) engineering.” (Hal Horowitz, AllMusic)
Elemental Music together with Universal Music Spain proudly present a new CD reissue of Colours, the fourth studio album by French chanteuse CLAUDINE LONGET, originally released by A&M records in 1968.
Although probably best known for her implication in the 1976 murder of boyfriend and Olympic skier Spider Sabich, Longet released a string of sophisticated pop albums in the late 60’s which have long been cult favorites among fans of the genre. Colours is considered her best album by true connoisseurs, and includes arrangements by the great Nick DeCaro and production by the now legendary Tommy LiPuma. Among the songs are silver-tongued versions of pop classics by Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Joni Mitchell,Gordon Lightfoot and Randy Newman.
This Elemental Music release presents a new LP reissue of the long unavailable JAZZ BLUES FUSION: a live album by John Mayall recorded at the Boston Music Hall on 18 November 1971, and a Hunter College, New York, on 3 and 4 December 1971. This blues masterpiece was originally released by Polydor in 1972.
Acknowledged as one of the godfathers of the British blues scene, John Mayall began making his mark during the ‘60s British Blues Boom with his Bluesbreakers, an electric blues band that at different times included such future guitar greats as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, and Harvey Mandel.
On Jazz Blues Fusion, Mayall joined forces with jazz stalwarts Blue Mitchell and Clifford Solomon to effectively fuse the successful elements of his Bluesbreakers style with the smooth be bop of the aforementioned jazzers. Guitarist Freddy Robinson is the real
anchor here, a fuse master with one of the cleanest and tasteful style on those days, possessing a rich, silky R&B tone with crystal clear speed to match. On the album, Mayall doesn’t neglect his hardcore blues fans as demonstrated on the opening cut, “Country Road,” providing a dose of the harmonica playing, lazy blues boogie of which he became famous. “Change your Ways,” another great tune, belts out of the box with some great opening bars
from trumpeter Mitchell who has played with various jazz greats. Mayall then takes it out from here, admonishing his fictional lady character in no uncertain tunes in classic style to
“change her ways”.
For Mayall fans, this album could be considered a must in its own and quite frankly one of his best efforts at the time. This newly
remastered album represents a different facet of jazz/rock fusion,
retaining a down to earth blues element which was later neglected whether intentionally or not by Miles, Corea, Johnny Mac, Hancock, and the likes.
Philamore Lincoln has always been something of a shadowy figure in the psych pop universe, even among hardcore collectors. Elemental Music together with Sony Music Entertainment Spain proudly present a newly remastered edition of his lone album, The North Wind Blew South, originally released by the Epiclabel in 1970.
This masterpiece is a late 60’s lost classic of the U.K. soft-psych scene, the nearest touchstone being Donovan, but there are also touches of bubblegum pop and R&B. Robert Cromwell Anson, also known by his other stage names as Phil Kinorra, Julian Covey, Julien Covey and Philamore Lincoln, is a British drummer and singer who
performed with Brian Auger & the Trinity, Graham Bond and Don Rendell, as well as with his own band, Julian Covey & The Machine for which he sang and played drums and put out a Northern Soul hit, “A Little Bit Hurt”, in 1967 (Island Records). With his band
The Machine he also backed John Lee Hooker on a UK tour and he was the replacement drummer for The Who’s Keith Moon in 1967. As a jazz drummer he played in the early 60’s with such jazzmen as Ronnie Scott, Peter King, Johnny Griffin, Leo Wright, Herb Geller,
Freddy Redd and Jackie McLean, among others.
Having decided to go solo and change his musical direction, in
1968 he adopted the pseudonym Philamore Lincoln and was signed
in the UK to Brian Epstein’s NEMS label, where he issued one single,
“Running by the River” b/w “Rainy Day”, before NEMS folded onto the CBS label. Two years later American producer Chesley Millican signed him to the US label Epic Records.
His only solo album, The North Wind Blew South was released in 1970 in the US, Canada and Japan only, and includes his song “Temma Harbour”, which was a hit when re-recorded as a single
by Mary Hopkin that same year. All of the album’s songs were penned by Philamore himself, backed by a host of who’s-who of the London music scene of that time, including Jack Bruce (Cream),
Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Keith Webb (Donovan), John McLaughlin, Pete Wingfield (The Hollies),Herbie Flowers (David Bowie, Lou Reed), Graham Bond (Ginger Baker’s Air Force), and the one and
only Led Zeppelin front man, Jimmy Page.
Between January and March 2018 Elemental Music released
five titles originally produced by Norman Whitfield one
of the 20th century finest pop composers. Almost 60 years
since their foundation The Temptations are still going strong
as per their upcoming ‘Together Again
– One more Time’November 2018 UK tour.
All these titles reissued here have been unavailable
for some time and are a testament to their cultural
importance in the history of soul music. While the
group’s on-stage tuxedos and suave choreography may
not have aged quite so gracefully, the music now
sounds more mind-blowing than ever.
Elemental Music Launches Ambitious Series of Previously unreleased Historic Recordings from Jazz Giants of the Golden Age
In life, trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist Dexter Gordon – two instrumental giants of the jazz idiom – were often connected. They both lived in Europe, (Gordon for 14 years in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and Shaw briefly in 1964), they were friends and frequent collaborators, and their respective recording careers were re-fashioned at Columbia Records by producer Michael Cuscuna. Gordon and Shaw became key voices in the rejuvenation of that label’s jazz division, and yet again both men reunited with ex-Columbia Records president Bruce Lundvall and Cuscuna at the newly reactivated Blue Note label in the mid-‘80s. Among Gordon’s late career highlights is his Oscar-nominated role in the film Round Midnight and the film’s pair of soundtrack albums, Round Midnight and The Other Side of Round Midnight. Shaw, who served as Blue Note’s house trumpeter in the ‘60s, collaborated with Freddie Hubbard on two seminal ‘80s recordings for the storied imprint.
Now this pair of jazz giants, in peak form and backed by crack working bands, can be heard again, on two newly discovered, previously unreleased live performances from Japan: Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975and Woody Shaw Tokyo 1981, released in deluxe-CD and LP editions by Elemental Music.
Gordon and Shaw thrived personally and artistically during their time in Europe. Woody Shaw played with and learned from the great saxophonist Eric Dolphy. During his time in Copenhagen, Dexter Gordon formed a fruitful musical connection with pianist Kenny Drew. At the heart ofDexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975is that almost telepathic interplay with Drew who moved to the Danish capital in 1964. On this recording, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, the Danish bass prodigy, equally adept at both walking bass-lines and solos, holds down the bass chair. Drew, Pedersen and drummer Alex Riel were the house band at Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, with Riel later replaced by another American ex-pat Albert “Tootie” Heath. It is this lineup that’s heard on Dexter GordonQuartetTokyo 1975. Whatever the lineup, the Jazzhus house band played live and on record many times with not only Gordon but Ben Webster, Johnny Griffin and others.
As famed jazz producer and Elemental Music Consultant Michael Cuscuna states in his liner notes for this package: “Having suffered the perils of being a single on the road for so many decades where out-of-tune pianos and tone-deaf pianists lurk around every corner, Dexter was lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of this great rhythm section for years in Copenhagen.”
One of the most distinctive and underrated trumpeters in jazz history, Woody Shaw began on the trumpet in high school, reputedly the same month that one of his heroes, Clifford Brown, died in a tragic car accident. First gaining fame as a sideman with Willie Bobo and Eric Dolphy, with whom he made his recording debut on Dolphy’s Iron Man, Shaw moved to Paris in the mid-‘60s, where he crossed paths with Gordon, who he later helped reintroduce to the stateside jazz scene in the mid-‘70s. After returning to the U.S. to play with Horace Silver’s Quintet, Shaw recorded for a variety of labels including Blue Note, Contemporary, Muse and finally Columbia, where in 1978 he recorded Rosewood, an album widely acknowledged as his masterpiece.
Shaw was also a key member of Gordon’s Homecoming album which captured Gordon’s first gig at the Village Vanguard after returning to the U.S. in 1977. Active on the jazz scene and as an international ambassador for the music until his untimely death in 1989 at 44, Shaw brought vital new energies to the language of jazz improvisation and uncompromising expression. On Woody ShawTokyo 1981, Shaw is joined by his working quintet which was notable for having the unusual textures and tonality of a frontline of Shaw and trombonist Steve Turre, backed by the considerable talents of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Stafford James and drummer Tony Reedus.
Instantly essential, these two sets document two of the towering figures in jazz history playing at their peak, and as such Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 and Woody Shaw Tokyo 1981 are invaluable additions to the recorded legacies of both these irreplaceable jazz visionaries. Maxine Gordon summarizes in her liner note to the Gordon package:
“Jazz fans the world over love discoveries of previously unreleased gems, hidden in storage rooms and vaults, unmarked and covered with dust. Elemental is finding a way to share these treasures with us. They are remastering often overlooked musical events and repackaging them to look as beautiful as the music sounds.”
Elemental Music has just released on a 180g LP a newly remastered reissue of Teenage Head, the second album recorded by San Francisco band Flaming Groovies in 1971 under the label Kama Sutra.
This album is probably the most acclaimed album of the band, and it is the last album with singer Roy Loney who left the band over differences in opinion with co-founder Cyril Jordan about the
band’s future musical direction. Teenage Headis an angst-ridden, highly influential cult classic, with unforgettable tunes like the title track and “High Flyin’ Baby”. Released the same year as
The Rolling Stones’ classic album Sticky Fingers, Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the albums and thought the Flamin’ Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock ‘n roll revisited in a modern context.
Elemental Music has just released a newly remastered LP
reissue of Masterpiece, the acclaimed 1973 album by
The Temptations originally issued by the Gordy (Motown)label
and produced by Norman Whitfield.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman,this 180g, black vinyl LP features
original album artwork and is the first vinyl reissue of the album
in 20 years. Masterpiecewas the last Temptations album recorded
for Gordy (Motown) Records in Detroit’s Hitsville U.S.A. studio
before the label moved to Hollywood,CA.The album includes top 40
hits such as “Plastic Man” and “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)”
and the title track “Masterpiece” that reached #1 on the Billboard
R&B singles chart. This LP is the first of a series of The Temptations
releases from Elemental Music that is due to release in March a set
of 5 CD releases with albums such as “Masterpiece”, “Solid Rock”,
“Psychedelic Shack”, “Sky’s the Limit”, and “Puzzle People”, all
with its original tracklistings and timings.
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