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Run Out Groove

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Run Out Groove

Formed in 2017, Run Out Groove is a vinyl-only and fan-engaged music label. Each month music lovers vote to decide which title will become the next limited edition one-time pressing. An imprint of Warner Music Group, Run Out Groove has access to recordings going back several decades—in other words, a treasure trove of music. As a result, the label is free to wander far and wide stylistically, with genres as diverse as garage/punk (MC5, The Stooges), alternative rock (Morphine, Luna), folk (Judee Sill), soul (Betty LaVette, Solomon Burke), and jazz (Bill Frisell).… Read the full article

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Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 Albums charts the beginning of the solo career Murphy launched after the collapse of that band; stylishly packaged to resemble a hardback book, the 5-CD set includes all his LPs on the Beggars Banquet label along with alternate takes and mixes at the end of each disc.… Read the full article

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy: Let Your Light Shine On

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy: Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte is an Italian musician known for his seductive mix of acid jazz and bossa nova. Available in vinyl, CD, or download form, his latest release finds him performing groove-oriented spiritual jazz (think Lonnie Liston Smith or the Strata East label) in the company of African, European, and American musicians. With song titles like “Cosmic Peace,” “Mystic Revelation of the Gods,” “Space Dimensions,” and “Essence of the Sun,” you might expect the record to sound cosmic—and while the music does have a mystical vibe, it will also engage your lower chakras thanks to a rhythm section that includes, along …… Read the full article

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Baby Huey: The Living Legend

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Baby Huey: The Living Legend

When music labels search for unreleased tapes connected with memorable albums, the results can be less than scintillating: an inferior take here, a poorly-recorded demo there, perhaps some performances that should have stayed on the shelves. However, Run Out Groove’s release of Baby Huey’s The Living Legend plus a disc of extras tells a much different story, confirming why an obscure but classic-sounding soul title from 1971 was a hit, but also affirming that the vault-digging was well worth the effort.… Read the full article

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Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

The notion that time flies definitely applies to Newvelle Records, a subscription-based vinyl-only jazz label. It seems we’d just discovered a new record company that stood out for its high production standards musically, sonically, and visually, and now Season Three is upon us. And while this year’s six new releases will be our main focus here, assessing Newvelle’s discography to date makes some sense as box sets for Seasons One and Two remain on sale. With sessions led by Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, and Don Friedman, Newvelle has sometimes featured players who first made their mark on the jazz world …… Read the full article

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Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories and warehouses, highlighting what was once a concentration of industry, with new urban redevelopment looking to reconnect with those roots. Located on Spring Grove Avenue, and emblematic of its past and present, Queen City Albums (QCA) is a business that has for almost 70 years manufactured recorded music in formats including LPs, cassettes, and CDs.… Read the full article

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Edition Records

By | July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Edition Records

Like Newvelle and SmallsLive, Edition Records is an artist-based jazz label. In this case the now ten-year-old pairing of pianist and composer David Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson has resulted in over 90 recordings. Located in the United Kingdom, Edition helps document the British jazz scene, with releases by such well-known artists as saxophonist Tim Garland and pianist Django Bates. There’s also a strong Scandinavian presence, and readers with an affinity for ECM or Rune Grammofon should make Edition’s acquaintance. With musicians from Switzerland, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the UK, and elsewhere, Edition is justified in describing itself as “a …… Read the full article

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Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

By | June 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

When Kip Hanrahan released Desire Develops an Edge in 1983, listeners in its orbit were quick to recognize a masterpiece, and that album significantly increased his visibility. Like his debut LP (1981’s Coup de téte) and every record since, Desire Develops an Edge features a dense mixture of rhythms, different styles of jazz, and both Latin American and African music…for starters. Hanrahan’s quintessentially urban music especially evokes New York City, where different races and cultures mash up against each other every day on crowded, restless streets.… Read the full article

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ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

Please see ECM’s Spring 2018 vinyl catalog with all the ECM vinyl LPs currently in print. The catalog includes new recordings (“New Albums on Vinyl”), reissues of classic ECM titles (“From Analog Masters”), titles from the 80s and 90s (“Also Available”), and classical music (“ECM New Series”). Derk Richardson reviewed some recent ECM vinyl releases in Issue 280 of TAS, and Jeff Wilson will cover some even newer titles in Issue 285. You can purchase new ECM vinyl online or at record stores that sell new vinyl.… Read the full article

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Donald Fagen’s Cheap Xmas

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

During their first go-round, a period bookended by 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill and 1980’s Gaucho, Steely Dan released a string of silver, gold, and platinum albums yet differed markedly from other best-selling artists from that period. If you consider that teen fluff like “Rock & Roll All Nite” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” was more in tune with the times and then compare those songs to Steely Dan’s “Show-Biz Kids”—a none-too-subtle jab at privileged brats who, it turns out, “got their Steely Dan t-shirts”—you recognize that rare 70s band who disdained glitzy, self-enamored party animals and recognized that …… Read the full article

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