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Xanadu Master Edition Series Continues In 2016!

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Available June 17, 2016

BROOKLYN BROTHERS is truly a meeting of kindred spirits in perfect harmony. CECIL PAYNE and DUKE JORDAN are self-effacing people, but their music is strong and it takes on an extra richness when they are together. This is perhaps the most wholly satisfying session they have put down in an association which spans four decades.” – Mark Gardner, from the original LP liner notes.

This 1973 recording was Payne and Jordan’s seventh together, and was the first in the previous 11 years. Deluxe CD includes 16-page book with original liner notes essay by Mark Gardner and new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. The first US reissue in 10 years!


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Available June 17, 2016

Bassist SAM JONES’ second Xanadu release as a leader, CHANGES & THINGS, features an all-star sextet with Blue Mitchell, Slide Hampton, Bob Berg, Barry Harris & Louis Hayes. This is a swinging, feel good session with burning solos all along the way. Deluxe CD includes 16-page book with original liner notes essay by Chris Sheridan and new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First US reissue on CD since the original LP release in 1978.

“Sam adds something to a session which is subtle and difficult to put your finger on. You’d miss it if he wasn’t there because he’s one of the great bassists.” – Sonny Rollins


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Available June 17, 2016

THE INIMITABLE TEDDY EDWARDS with Duke Jordan, Larry Ridley and Freddie Waits is a stellar outing by one of the most individual and resourceful tenor saxophonists in jazz, Teddy Edwards. His second release on Xanadu Records, The Inimitable was only his second release over the previous nine years and a rare New York recording for the Los Angeles-based saxophonist. Deluxe CD includes 16-page book with original liner notes essay by Mark Gardner and new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First US reissue since the original LP release in 1976.


Available May 6, 2016

BEAUTIFUL! is alto saxophonist CHARLES McPHERSON’s tenth album as a leader, and the first dedicated entirely to popular songs. Featuring Duke Jordan on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Leroy Williams on drums, this 1975 session is classic, straight-ahead bebop at its finest. Deluxe CD includes 16-page book with essays by jazz writer Ted Panken and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First CD reissue in over 20 years.


Available May 6, 2016
Available May 6, 2016

HOME IS WHERE THE SOUL IS is one of only two albums bop pianist KENNY DREW recorded in the states after moving permanently to Copenhagen in 1961. Producer Don Schlitten says in the liner notes, “The concept was to bring Kenny home to ‘the cats’ and home to that ‘hip’ style of comping that only a bassist like Leroy Vinnegar can set you up for. And for some of that real Bebop time, who could ask for a better drummer than Frank Butler. Deluxe CD includes 16-page book with essays by jazz writer Ted Panken and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First CD reissue in over 20 years.


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Available April 22, 2016

Alto saxophonist SONNY CRISS emerged in the late 1960s from a six-year period of soul-searching and self-examination and recorded 7 albums over 3 years with producer Don Schlitten for Prestige Records. SATURDAY MORNING was his first album released under his own name in the 1970s, and features pianist Barry Harris, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Lenny McBrowne. “When you hear Sonny Criss play you hear a tone like no other –a piercing, passionate sound from the heart. It sears the listener. Catch just a couple of bars of his playing and you know right away who is handling that saxophone with such consummate skill.” – Mark Gardner, from the original liner notes. This deluxe CD contains the original liner notes by Mark Gardner, and new essays by Ted Panken and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First CD reissue in over 10 years

“Sonny Criss was like the Shadow. He was a master saxophonist. He played very, very beautifully.” — Ornette Coleman


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Available April 22, 2016

BOB BERG, the young tenor burner from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, blew with the kind of Coltrane-like urgency and technique that his Philadelphia born colleague Michael Brecker also possessed. Along with former Horace Silver Quintet bandmates Tom Harrell on trumpet and Mike Richmond on bass, Berg is joined by his mentor Cedar Walton on piano, veteran drummer Al Foster and percussionist Sammy Figueroa on NEW BIRTH, his debut as a leader. Together they cut a wide stylistic swath on four originals and two well-chosen cover tunes. The first US reissue since the original LP release, this deluxe CD contains the original liner notes with words by Bob Berg himself, and new essays by Bill Milkowski and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. First US reissue since the original LP release in 1978

“Tenor saxophonist Bob Berg channeled the bold dynamics of hard bop to emerge as one of contemporary jazz’s most expressive and resourceful improvisers, honing a richly articulated sound bolstered by flawless technical command.”Jason Ankeny, AllMusic.com


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Available April 22, 2016

Following a long sabbatical after battling addiction, Xanadu Records producer Don Schlittlen welcomed FRANK BUTLER back to the scene by offering the veteran drummer his long-overdue debut as a leader, which resulted in 1977’s THE STEPPER. This stellar session, featuring Xanadu house pianist Dolo Coker, bassist Monty Budwig and tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose (the West Coast Montrose, not to be confused with the East Coast tenor player J.R. Montrose), reestablished Butler’s reputation and added immeasurably to his recorded legacy. The first reissue since the original LP release, this deluxe CD contains original liner notes by Pete Welding with new essays by Bill Milkowski and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos and session notes. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten. Papa Jo Jones once called Butler “the greatest drummer in the world!” First US reissue since the original LP release in 1977.


Please contact Zev Feldman (feldman.zev@gmail.com) for more information.