While jazz records seem fewer and far between on this year’s Record Store Day 2018 set of releases, we here at The Analog Vault are particularly excited about the following albums being released this RSD.
2 official previously unissued recordings of jazz-funk guitarist Grant Green in over 10 years:
Grant Green - Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LPs | Resonance Records
Grant Green - Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP | Resonance Records
The vinyl release of Hudson, by jazz-meets-rock supergroup, consisting of multi-generational quartet drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield | Motéma Music
A previously unheard EP by Miles Davis called Rubberband, featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan | Warner Bros/Rhino
An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music
Thelonious Monk – Monk (Remastered) | Columbia / Legacy
We will be stocking a limited number of these albums to be sold at our store on Record Store Day 2018, 21st April 2018 Saturday, onwards.
More details on each of the titles below.
Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
- Remastered audio transferred directly from the original tape reels.
- Includes extensive booklet with rare photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir and Christian Rose; essays by noted jazz producer Michael Cuscuna, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Ina's Pascal Rozat; interviews with organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), organist Clarence Palmer & more
Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
- Remastered audio transferred directly from the original 10" tape reels.
- Includes exhaustive booklet with rare photos taken at the club by Gerry Nairn; essays by acclaimed writer A. Scott Galloway, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Vancouver DJ Gary Barclay; interviews with Detroit guitar legend Perry Hughes, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams; plus words from Grant Green and keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins in 1975
“Resonance Records is proud to announce the first official previously unissued recordings of Grant Green in over 10 years, capturing the jazz-funk guitar icon during what's believed to have been his only performances in France and Vancouver.Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is being released in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (Ina) with remastered high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tapes of the Office of French Radio and Television (ORTF). This is also Resonance's third album released in partnership with INA in a series of ORTF recordings, following 2016's critically acclaimed Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings and 2017's Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording.
In tandem with Funk in France, Resonance will also release a never-before-issued recording called Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's captured live on September 5, 1975 at a popular club in Vancouver, BC Canada called Oil Can Harry's. Taped 3 years after the classic Live at the Lighthouse album released on Blue Note in 1972, this marks the latest known official live Grant Green recording on CD and LP.
Both albums will be available exclusively for Record Store Day on April 21, 2018, followed by CD and digital releases on May 25, 2018. Funk in France is being released as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 3LP gatefold set, mastered at the legendary Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). This collection of recordings from the ORTF studios in Paris on October 26, 1969 features the legendary guitarist with bassist Larry Ridley and drummerDon Lamond, with jazz guitar icon Barney Kessel accompanying Green on "I Wish You Love"; plus full concert recordings from the Antibes Jazz Festival on June 18 and 20, 1970 with saxophonist Claude Bartee and organist Clarence Palmer, who both played on Green's classic 1969 Blue Note album Carryin' On, and drummer Billy Wilson. The ORTF studio session was taped for a radio broadcast produced by legendary French producer André Francis. The Antibes recording was taped less than a month before Green's first live release Alive! on Blue Note Records.
The companion album Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's is also being released on Record Store Day as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 2LP gatefold set, mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). Featuring a primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, this recording was originally broadcast on CHQM-FM in Vancouver by the DJ Gary Barclay and has been transferred from his original 10" reels to reveal a sterling sonic experience.
Producer Zev Feldman says about these projects, "I wanted to create a really special event celebrating Grant Green and thought that putting out 2 separate albums at once would make a stronger statement than just one. And in fact, Funk in France is actually 2-albums-in-1, with the Paris and Antibes recordings being combined together in one 3LP and 2CD set. Fans will note that the Paris material recorded at the ORTF studio has been previously leaked to YouTube, so we could have just released Antibes on its own, but we thought both recordings deserved the official Resonance treatment. We're also proud to have the family's involvement on these recordings, including the eldest son Greg, who is also an incredible jazz guitarist like his father. These albums showcase what I call Green's "evolution of the funk," and I think these albums will excite longtime Grant Green fans and hopefully bring new fans along for the ride too."” – Press release
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield - Hudson | Motéma Music
“Music giants Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield, join forces in the electrifying new jazz-meets-rock supergroup, Hudson. Inspired by the beauty and spirit of their home region, New York’s Hudson River Valley, these famed improvisers bring fresh dimensions to Woodstock associated classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band and as well as compelling original compositions.” – Record Store Day website
“On their own, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist/organist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield can each boast careers that are stunning in their diversity and reach, building impressive audiences across a wide range of genres and styles from jazz to rock and beyond. Together they comprise the rare supergroup worthy of the name. What’s brought them together is not just their similarly adventurous and virtuosic music, but a shared love for the scenery and spirit of the Hudson River Valley, which all four call home. ...
The group’s extraordinary self-titled debut, Hudson strikingly captures the atmosphere and beauty of the region while celebrating the extraordinary music that has emerged from it. Mixing original music with thrilling renditions of world-famous songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Hudson has created an album as spectacular and breathtaking as the Hudson Valley itself.” – Press Release
“Too often, musicians of this caliber who come together under the particular umbrella of a "project" find the end result muddied by any number of difficulties, from individual egos to production excesses. Thankfully, none of that is the case with Hudson, the collective recording by the all-star, multi-generational quartet of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. ...
Hudson is a modern update that harkens back -- in feel -- to the great Blue Note sessions of the '60s, when a group of jazz masters could come together to play good music and let off some steam. We need more records like this.” – AllMusic
Mile Davis – Rubberband EP | Warner Bros/Rhino
“In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. Records and started recording Rubberband. This album marked a radical departure for him, with funk and soul grooves, and was to include vocals by Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. The album was subsequently shelved and Davis went on to record Tutu.
Rubberband’s title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B / jazz singer Ledisi. Randy Hall and Zane Giles also finished the original version for this exclusive 4-track Record Store Day EP. The cover artwork is a painting by Davis.” – Record Store Day website
“A previously unheard Miles Davis recording is set to be released for the first time. A project called ‘Rubberband of Life’ featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan was shelved by Warner records in 1985; Miles ended up recording his Tutu album with Marcus Miller instead.
The music remained unfinished until a few months ago when the original producers (Randy Hall and Zane Giles) recruited Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. and Grammy-winning singer Ledisi to complete the EP. A whole album release is on the cards for later this year.
“It was fat grooves, really funky, Miles talking. It was street and funky and dirty. We didn’t go after writing a great jazz song, Miles wanted the street thing; he wanted the chord changes he wanted to play. The basis was to take it to the street like ‘On The Corner’, it was Miles taking more chances,” said Hall. Giles added, “Miles kept saying ‘I don’t wanna do my usual stuff. I wanna do something different.’”
The EP set to be released on Record Store Day – April 21, with an album sleeve featuring a painting by Miles Davis himself:” – JazzFM
An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music
“An Evening With Ornette Coleman (Part 2) is taken from a 1965 concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. This album captures Coleman during a transitional period that showcases his experimentation with contemporary classical forms. The recordings have been released in various forms over the years, though the last US vinyl pressing is now over 40 years old. Presented as the second in a two part series, this reissue shines a new light on the fantastic recording from a world-renowned jazz great. Pressed on 180gram color vinyl at Pallas in Germany, this limited edition release features new artwork and is exclusive to Record Store Day 2018.” – Record Store Day website
Thelonious Monk – Monk | Columbia
“Thelonious Monk's fourth studio album for Columbia Records, released in 1964, featured a sprightly mix of standards ("Just You, Just Me", "April In Paris") and originals ("Teo", a unique arrangement of "Children's Song (This Old Man)"). Monk would use this lineup (himself on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gates on bass and Ben Riley on drums) in the studio and in concert for the next four years. To close Monk's centennial year, rediscover this overlooked gem in his discography, newly remastered at high resolution from the original master tapes.” – Record Store Day website