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Jazz - Verschenen op 20 november 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Jazz - Verschenen op 6 december 2019 | Craft Recordings

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In just three sessions between November 1955 and October 1956, Miles Davis and his first quintet recorded enough material for the release of five albums under the label Prestige. With the great Rudy Van Gelder in his studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, this creative marathon produced some of the most iconic albums in the trumpeter’s discography, such as Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet (1956), Cookin’ (1957), Relaxin’ (1958), Workin (1959) and Steamin’ (1961). Joining him are pianist Red Garland, double bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Philly Joe Jonas and saxophonist John Coltrane (before he became famous as a musical God). Throughout these 32 tracks which are chronologically sequenced and remastered in Hi-Res 24-Bit, the quintet essentially writes the birth certificate for hard bop, defining the genre. Although it often seems to be Miles David’s second quintet (1965-1968 with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter) which has pride of place in the jazz history hall of fame, it shouldn’t overshadow this earlier group from the mid-fifties which was equally as influential. Miles’ pared-down style, the originality of Coltrane and his intricate keys and the great precision of Garland’s playing make for some stunning versions of these compositions, which include both popular music and more unconventional and innovative pieces. A must-listen! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 6 december 2019 | Craft Recordings

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Soul - Verschenen op 6 december 2019 | Craft Recordings

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Soul - Verschenen op 6 december 2019 | Craft Recordings

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Jazz - Verschenen op 29 november 2019 | Craft Recordings

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Jazz - Verschenen op 22 november 2019 | Craft Recordings

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In 1954, Chet Baker was named trumpeter of the year by the American jazz press. Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography, “I think he knew he didn’t deserve it over Dizzy and a lot of other trumpet players. [...] Both him and me knew that he had copied a lot of sh*t from me”. Whatever Miles may have said or written, Chet Baker’s name was certainly on everyone’s lips in the 1950’s. Even when he played alongside some of the best musicians in the business like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Russ Freeman, Baker still held his own. The angel-faced musician based in Los Angeles played a pivotal role in the development of cool/West Coast jazz and in 1958 he signed a four-album contract with Riverside Records, a New York label who was captivated by his music. The complete collection of The Legendary Riverside Albums, released in autumn 2019, is a compilation of essential tracks showcasing a musician far more versatile than he may at first appear, who glamorized California’s cool jazz but was also able to work alongside hard bop heavyweights from the East Coast. In addition to these four re-mastered albums in Hi-Res 24-Bit, he compiled a number of alternative takes from these sessions into a fifth album.The first of these four albums (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen to You, released in October 1958, shows his originality as he has a modern take on standards such as How Long Has This Been Going On? and Old Devil Moon. Unlike his business partner Bill Grauer, producer Orrin Keepnews was initially reluctant to welcome Chet Baker to his label and therefore didn’t produce this first album. But as it happens, after hearing Chet’s singing accompanied by Kenny Drew on piano, George Morrow and Sam Jones on double bass and Philly Joe Jones and Dannie Richmond on drums, Keepnews ended up being seriously impressed. Compared with the great singers of the time Chet Baker was just as innovative with his vocals as he was when playing his instrument. He stayed true to himself and his own style – which is a real testament to his character.One month later he was back in the studio working on Chet Baker in New York, which was released in 1959 featuring Johnny Griffin on saxophone, Al Haig on piano and Paul Chambers on double bass. This album really raised the bar as the musicians take on some exquisite solos in ballads such as Polka Dots and Moonbeams and much more up-tempo hits such as the lively Hotel 49. Perhaps the most impressive of the lot is the album Chet, recorded on December 30 th 1959 and 19 th January 1959, featuring pianist Bill Evans, guitarist Kenny Burrell, flutist Herbie Mann and saxophonist Pepper Adams. You can hear the languor of Chet’s playing more than ever as the music takes on an all-new impressionistic feel and Evans’ wonderful phrases on piano are completely in sync.From the first few seconds of the opening track of this masterpiece, Alone Together, with its stunning cover (Chet with model Rosemary “Wally” Coover, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky), the sensual and minimalist style give the album a more modern style. Later in July of that same year (1959), he recorded Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner & Loewe to round off his brief episode with Riverside Records. It covers Broadway hits from musicals such as My Fair Lady, Gigi, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. Chet is once again joined by Bill Evans, Pepper Adams and Herbie Mann here, as well as saxophonist Zoot Sims. His repertoire is just as distinctive as ever as he makes an esthetic sleight of hand when covering these tracks by adding his melancholic phrasing. Great music. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 29 maart 2019 | Craft Recordings

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In April 1957, John Coltrane signed a two-year contract with Prestige Records. The saxophone player recorded many sessions in the studio, both formal and informal, and often stood in as a sideman. Coltrane then released his first records as a band leader under Prestige and the label gave him a green light to record the mythical Blue Train with Blue Note. Coltrane ’58 – The Prestige Recordings box set gathers together, in chronological order, thirty-seven recordings made by Coltrane in 1958 with Kenny Burrell on guitar; Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and Wilbur Harden on trumpet; Tommy Flanagan and Red Garland on piano; Paul Chambers on double bass; and Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes and Art Taylor on drums. At that time, Coltrane was hardly a novice. He was already past 30 and was fighting a drug addiction (the new contract encouraging him to double down on his efforts to quit his bad habits). Coltrane’s style was also going through heavy changes. While not quite reaching the formal revolution of the Atlantic or Impulse! recordings, Trane is nevertheless already deploying his distinct sound, recognizable from miles away, with a controlled and accessible virtuosity. Trane played with a frenetic energy and the music sounds like no other.In this 1958 session recorded in Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, Trane fought his legendary shyness. He created new harmonic progressions while improving his solos. The boxed set features definite versions of Lush Life, Lover Come Back to Me, Stardust, Good Bait and Little Melonae, as well as the first recordings of Nakatani Serenade, The Believer, Black Pearls and Theme for Ernie. Russian Lullaby, Sweet Sapphire Blues and I Want to Talk About You are tenor sax masterpieces. An absolute essential, the recordings have been remastered from their original analogical tapes. John Coltrane’s love story with Prestige ended in April 1959, whereupon he was then ready to embark on a new revolution, the one that would lead him to Atlantic Records. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Craft Recordings

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Dance - Verschenen op 24 augustus 2018 | Craft Recordings

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Jazz - Verschenen op 13 juli 2018 | Craft Recordings

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Craft Recordings

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Country - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2005 | Craft Recordings

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Disco - Verschenen op 1 januari 1982 | Craft Recordings

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Disco - Verschenen op 1 januari 1981 | Craft Recordings

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