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NEVER BEFORE HEARD PERFORMANCE BY THE GREAT FRENCH SAXOPHONIST

WILEN

Born in Nice, Barney Wilen’s (1937-1996) career was boosted in 1957 when he worked with Miles Davis on the soundtrack Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. In 1959, Wilen wrote his two soundtracks Un témoin dans la ville and Jazz sur scène with Kenny Clarke. He also wrote a soundtrack for Roger Vadim’s film Les liaisons dangereuses two years later, working with Thelonious Monk. Wilen toured in Japan for the first time in 1990 and returned the following year when this concert was taped. He died of cancer in Paris at the age of 59.

This fine concert was recorded directly from the console to my father’s SONY DAT. Thanks to his farsightedness and passion for technology we are now able to enjoy what went down almost 30 years ago at the Keystone Korner in Tokyo. My special thanks to Elemental Music. Patrick Wilen, March 2019 Playing with Barney Wilen has been one of the highlights of my career as a jazz pianist. Many thanks to Elemental Music for releasing this very unexpected recording almost 30 years after it was made! Olivier Hutman, February 2019. With these previously unreleased 1991 tapes at Tokyo’s Keystone Korner, Barney is back, amazing us again with his
talent. Listen to him. For pleasure. Bruno Pfeiffer

MORE BRAZILIAN JEWELS

 

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Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain, is proud to present the best selection of ‘60s & ‘70s classic bossa nova & MPB albums from the vaults of legendary labels such as Philips, Elenco, Verve and Odeon, among others.

Elemental Music Presents Two Newly Discovered Historical Recordings By Dexter Gordon & Woody Shaw

Elemental Music presents a complete previously unissued quartet performance by the great Dexter Gordon. This fascinating concert finds Gordon at the Subway jazz club in Köln, Germany, on September 11, 1973, playing along Irv Rochlin on piano, Henk Haverhoek on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums. This edition contains a 16-page booklet with rare photographs, and special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and by Dexter s widow, Maxine Gordon. The set also includes four bonus tracks, also previously unreleased, consisting of 1965 and 1971 performances by Gordon respectively in Stuttgart and Den Haag. This Gatefold edition contains rare photographs and special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and by Dexter´s widow, Maxine Gordon. Recorded live at the Subway Club, Koln, Germany, on September 11, 1973.

Dexter Gordon Quartet - At The Subway Club 1973 - LP 180 gr. & CD
Dexter Gordon Quartet – At The Subway Club 1973 – LP 180 gr. & CD

Celebrating The 75Th Anniversary of the Life And Legacy of Woody Shaw,  Elemental Music presents a complete previously unissued quintet performance by the great Woody Shaw recorded live at the Foyer Stadttheater, in Basel, Switzerland, on January 16, 1980. This outstanding concert features Shaw in the company of saxophonist Carter Jefferson, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Stafford James, and drummer Victor Lewis. This gatefold edition includes rare photographs and special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and by Shaw’s son Woody Shaw III.

Woody Shaw Quintet - Basel 1980 - LP 180 gr. & CD
Woody Shaw Quintet – Basel 1980 – LP 180 gr. & CD

“The Last Great Trumpet Innovator” -Npr Music & Elemental Music proudly presents WOODY SHAW at Basel 1980.

Recently discovered and previously unreleased two new live recordings !

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.

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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.

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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.

Long Unavailable Brazilian Popular Music

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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.

 

 

Steve Miller Band – Recall The Beginning…A Journey From Eden

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Steve Miller Band – Recall The Begginig Of A Journey from Eden – CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Claudine Longet – Colours

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Claudine Longet – Colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

John Mayall – Jazz Blues Fusion

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John Mayall – Jazz Blues Fusion – LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 – The North Wind Blew South

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Philamore Lincoln – The North Wind Blew South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Temptations

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.