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Friday, January 28th

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – The Alien Coast
Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy – Blind Date Party
Ornette Coleman – Round Trip Coleman shook the jazz world when he arrived at the Five Spot Café in New York City in 1959 and began his run of seminal albums on Atlantic that laid the foundation for the free jazz movement to come. After a period of disillusionment during which he withdrew from public music making, Coleman re-emerged on Blue Note in 1966 and began writing an intriguing new chapter of his legendary career.

“I have been an Ornette Coleman fanatic going back to the late-60s, in fact going back to the time the records in this set were originally recorded for Blue Note,” says Harley. “Turns out Don Was is as big an Ornette fan as me, so it was only a matter of time before we put our heads together to plan this boxset. I love those early records Ornette did for Atlantic… who doesn’t? But I feel that Ornette’s later recordings for Blue Note are every bit as vital and important to gain a more complete understanding

“It is true that the most shattering of his wails could wake the proverbial dead,” writes Conrad in his essay. “But something happened to Coleman’s tone while he was woodshedding those two years. In the Golden Circle it is still penetrating but more pure. His cries are even more vocal, more human. His control of microtones provides new resources of expression. He can now make the same note sound ecstatic or despairing or anywhere in between, through microtonal nuance.”

At The ‘Golden Circle’ Stockholm, Vol. 1 (1965)
At The ‘Golden Circle’ Stockholm, Vol. 2 (1965)

In late 1965, Coleman embarked on his first tour of Europe with a new trio featuring David Izenzon on bass and Charles Moffett on drums. Two nights of the trio’s two-week engagement at the Golden Circle (Gyllene Cirkeln) in Stockholm, Sweden were recorded and released across two volumes the following year. The freewheeling live sets were electrifying and found the saxophonist jumping off into sound explorations on the violin and trumpet as well.

The Empty Foxhole (1966)

Coleman’s first studio recording for Blue Note was his first studio album in four years and he once again confounded expectations by selecting his 10-year-old son Denardo Coleman to play drums on the date alongside bassist Charlie Haden. The music is raw and exploratory with solemn ruminations and bursts of unbridled joy. The striking album cover features a painting by Ornette himself.

New And Old Gospel (1967)

Coleman’s next appearance on a Blue Note album came in a rare sideman role on this explosive session led by alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. McLean had already waded into the avant-garde on prior Blue Note dates like One Step Beyond and Destination… Out!, but he went even deeper here with Coleman featured entirely on trumpet along with LaMont Johnson on piano, Scott Holt on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Following an extended suite by McLean on Side 1, the second half of the program featured two Coleman compositions.

New York Is Now! (1968)
Love Call (1968)

On April 29 and May 7, 1968, Coleman brought a dynamic quartet with tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones into the studio to record what would yield his final two albums for Blue Note. The alchemy of this group, which combined Coleman’s first-time two-saxophone pairing with a rhythm team deeply associated with John Coltrane, produced thrilling results.
Driving Stupid – Horror Asparagus Stories
Charles Mingus – Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus

Friday, January 21st

Bad Company – Rock N Roll Fantasy
Beechwood – Sleep Without Dreaming
Bomba Estereo – Deja
Johnny Cash – Johnny 99
Eva Cassidy – Live at Blues Alley
Don Cherry – Where Is Brooklyn?
Fujiya & Myagi – Lghtbulbs
Aimee Mann – Queens of the Summer Motel
Jackie McLean – Destination Out!

Ramones – Rocket To Russia
Todd Rundgren – The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
Stack Waddy – Stack Waddy
Thin Lizzy – Renegade
Peter Tosh – Live At My Father’s Place
Trees Speak – Vertigo of Flaws
Waterboys – Room To Roam
Soundtrack – $, music by Quincy Jones
Soundtrack – Blade Runner – Black Lotus
Soundtrack – Urban Cowboy
Various Artists – Studio One Groups Limited edition special color vinyl

Friday, January 14th

Big Thief – Mythological Beauty 7″
Buckcherry – Buckcherry Limited transparent red vinyl pressing
Donald Byrd – Motor City Scene with Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Hey Louis and Paul Chambers
Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968
Cat Power – Covers pressed on gold vinyl
Chicaon Batman Freedom Is Free
John Coltrane Quartet – Crescent Impulse Acoustic Sounds Series
John Coltrane – Live At The Village Vanguard Impulse Acoustic Sounds Series
Enuff Z’Nuff – Enuff Z’Nuff
Gang of Four – Entertainment
Steve Gunn & Kurt Vile – Gunn Vile pressed on purple vinyl
Halford – Resurrection
Fuzzy Haskins – A Whole Nother Thing
Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation Limited edition blue vinyl pressing
Milla Jovovich – The Divine Comedy
Lumineers – Bright Side Limited edition 180 gram vinyl on oceania wax
Osees – Levitation Sessions
Otis Redding – The Best of Otis Redding 16 tracks remastered from the mono masters and pressed on translucent blue vinyl
Twenty One Pilots – Vessel Limited edition silver vinyl
Wild Feathers – Alvarado
Soundtrack – Chelsea Wall, music by Jeff Tweedy
Soundtrack – Vanilla Sky
Various Artists – Trip Hop Vibes Volume 3
Book – The Early Days of Hip Hop

Friday, January 7th

A-Ha – Hunting High And Low
David Bowie – Toy Toy was recorded f ollowing David’s triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner, to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964-1971. David planned to record the album ‘old school’ with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the ‘surprise drop’ album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY, as the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new, which began with a handful of new songs from the same sessions and ultimately became the album HEATHEN, released in 2002 and now acknowledged as one of his finest moments. SIX 10″ VINYL LPs
John Carpenter / Chvrches – Turning The Bones 7″ Remix
Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend, 1951-1964
El Michels Affair – Stack the Deck 7″ featuring Bobby Oroza
Bill Fay – Still Some Light
Bill Fay / Kevin Morby – Dust Filled Room 7″ Bill sings it on the A side and Kevin does it on the B side
Bill Fay / Kevin Morby – I Hear You Calling 7″ Bill sings it on the A side and Kevin does it on the B side
Aretha Franklin – Sparkle On clear vinyl
L.A. Guns – Riot On Sunset, The Best of L.A. Guns
The Mam’Selles – It’s a Bubble Gum World
Thee Sinseers – It’s Only Love / What’s His Name 7″
Elliott Smith – Needle In The Hay 7″
Elliott Smith – Speed Trials 7″
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – LA Fachada / Step Down 7″
Vis-A-Vis – Best of Vis-A-Vis In A Congo Style
Soundtrack – Juno, music from the motion picture, neon green vinyl
Soundtrack – Lost in Translation, music from the motion picture soundtrack on classic black vinyl
Soundtrack – Monsters Inc. Pic Disc, music by Randy Newman

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