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Holiday-New Year Audio Gear Sale!

by Hajime 18. December 2009 13:39
Holiday-New Year Sale!

From now until January 15, 2010, all CRL cables are 10% OFF, and MHI Evidence loudspeakers are $50 OFF plus free domestic shipping!

All sale items can be found here. Take advantage of this limited-time offer and give yourself or a loved one a gift of great sound!

All of us at Eastwind Import wish you happy holidays and an even happier new year!

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New CD Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 18. December 2009 13:33
Graham Dechter / Right On Time
A promising young guitarist's fabulous debut CD, recorded with an all-star rhythm secction - Tamir Hendelman on piano, John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums! (Rec. 2008)

Jeff Hamilton Trio / Symbiosis
Highly anticipated brand-new recording by one of the best jazz trios in the world - Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman and Christoph Luty. Straight ahead jazz doesn't get much better than this! (Rec. 2009)

Jan Lundgren with Orchestra / Something To Live For
Japanese label Spice of Life recently reissued four of long out-of-print Jan Lundgren albums originally released by Sittel in Sweden. This is Lundgren's first collaboration with an orchestra and a wonderful Ellington-Strayhorn songbook. (Rec. 1998)

Jan Lundgren Trio / Plays The Music Of Victor Young
Lundgren and his regular trio with bassist Mattias Svensson and drummer Rasmus Kihlberg recorded more than a few albums for Sittel. This is a colorful Victor Young songbook with half of the tunes featuring guest singers Deborah Brown, Stacey Kent and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. (Rec. 2000)

Jan Lundgren Trio / For Listeners Only
A straight-ahead and gutsy album by the Jan Lundgren Trio entirely consisting of the leader's original compositions (except one tune written by bassist Mattias Svensson). (Rec. 2000)

Jan Lundgren Trio / Plays The Music Of Jule Styne
Another songbook by the Jan Lundgren Trio (with fabulous new drummer Morten Lund), this time of Jule Styne. Strong guests (Eric Alexander, Mark Murphy and Danish singer Cæcilie Norby adds excitement to the proceedings. (Rec. 2002)

Jan Lundgren Trio / Landscapes
Lundgren's last CD released by Sittel, Landscapes features his golden trio performing Swedish traditional melodies. A truly wonderful album that signifies the universality of jazz! (Rec. 2003)

Kazumi Watanabe / Acoustic Flakes (Blu-spec CD)
Genre-blurring Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe has been exploring the possibilities of solo acoustic guitar in recent years. This eclectic collection presents the best of his (mostly) solo work with tunes taken from previously released albums and unreleased materials. Released on superior-sounding Blu-spec CD (compatible with all CD players). (Rec. 2003-09)

Kazumi Watanabe / Jazz Impression (Hybrid SACD)
A brand-new, pure DSD recording of jazz released on hybrid SACD is a cause to celebrate and of itself. Top guitarist Kazumi Watanabe formed a strong trio and decided to do a pure jazz album. With several guest musicians, the trio covers a wide range of jazz styles, from bebop and standards to fusion and free improvisation. An exciting and rewarding jazz guitar album! (Rec. 2009)

André Previn / My Fair Lady
In late 2009, Sony Music Japan reissued several of Andr&eacut; Previn's Columbia albums. They were released on CD for the first time either in the world or in Japan. My Fair Lady was recorded in 1964 after Previn arranged for the film version of the musical (for which he would receive an Academy Award), with a stellar and swingin' quartet with Red Mitchell, Herb ellis and Frank Capp. (Rec. 1964)

André Previn / Misty
Originally released in the early 1960s, this is a compilation album with materials taken from Previn's recordings with an orchestra. It features Previn's piano and his gorgeous and romantic orchestral arrangements. (Rec. 1960-62)

André Previn & J.J. Johnson / Play Mack The Knife
A world premier release on CD, this rare album is an interesting Kurt Weill songbook album, co-led by Previn and J.J. Johnson. With Previn's trusted rhythm section (Red Mitchell and Frank Capp), they form a formidable quartet. An important CD for fans of Previn and J.J. Johnson!

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Special Sale Event: Saturday, December 5 in Buena Park, CA

by Hajime 15. November 2009 21:03
Eastwind Import will bring its entire inventory to sell at the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society's 16th Annual Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 5 at Holiday Inn Buena Park (11am - 4pm) in California! CDs, SACDs, XRCDs, SHM-CDs, HQCDs, Blu-spec CDs and tons of vinyl records! If you are a member or a friend of the Society, you MUST come to this fabulous event! Delicious lunch, award ceremony, speeches from industry luminaries and raffle prizes! For details, please go to www.laocas.com.

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New Arrivals at Eastwind Import - Jazz CDs from Japan

by Hajime 15. November 2009 20:58
Cheryl Bentyne / The Cole Porter Songbook
Swing Journal Gold Disc! The latest solo release by Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne is a sophisticated and cool Cole Porter songbook! With Corey Allen, Kevin Axt, Larry Koonse, Dave Tull, Doug Webb and guest soloist James Moody! (Rec. 2009)

Oscar Castro-Neves / Live At Blue Note Tokyo
Guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves gathered a super-group for a very special Bossa Nova celebration: Airto Moreira, Leila Pinheiro, Marco Bosco, Paulo Calasans and Marcelo Mariano! From classic Jobim tunes to contemporary compositions, the Dream Band presents a snapshot of a still evolving, dynamic music! (Rec. 2009)

Mattias Svensson Trio / Head Up High
Out of print! Only a few copies available! Swedish bassist Mattias Svensson formed a powerful trio with American pianist Bill Mays and drummer Joe LaBarbera. This is exciting, modern piano trio music! (Rec. 2008)

Roberto Tarenzi Trio / One Day I'll Fly Away (HQCD)
A strong debut album by Italian pianist Roberto Tarenzi's new trio! They know how to swing and add new and exciting ideas. Another rising Italian star to watch! With Roberto P8istolesi and Francesco Puglisi. (Rec. 2009)

Christian Sands / Furioso
Born in 1989, Christian Sands is one of the youngest American jazz pianists to burst onto the scene. In his second release from M&I, Sands shows surprising maturity by arranging for and leading a band of superb musicians -- Randy Brecker, Craig Hardy, Ogonna Okegwo and Louis Hayes. A very nice modern hard bop album! (Rec. 2008)

Yoshio Suzuki / My Dear Pianists
World-famous bassist Yoshio Suzuki celebrated his 40 years in the music business by recording a duet album with six of the top Japanese pianists including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Makoto Ozone, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and Kei Akagi! A gorgeous bass-piano duet album with beautiful sound. (Rec. 2009)

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New CD Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 11. November 2009 23:34
Various Artists / Yasukuni Terashima Presents: For Jazz Audio Fans Only Vol. 2
Japanese jazz and audio guru Yasukuni Terashima follows up his hugely successful Volume 1 (which sold out very quickly) with another fabulous and eclectic compilation of recent jazz recordings. This limited CD edition will go fast! Order yours today!

Derek Smith / To Love Again [HQCD]
A brand-new release from Venus Records! Veteran pianist Derek Smith's second release from Venus is a beautiful collection of solo piano performances. Elegant, swinging and dynamic!

Gene DiNovi / Platanus Road
A brand-new release from Marshmallow Records! The 81-years-old poet of jazz piano recorded this relaxed, swinging session during his tour with a Japanese rhythm section. With guest clarinetist Masahiro Takigawa. (Rec. 2008)

Henrik Gunde Trio / Dark Eyes
A brand-new release from Marshmallow Records! Danish pianist and rising star Henrik Gunde's sophomore release from Marshmallow is another winning trio date with superb bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund! (Rec. 2008)

Robert Lakatos Trio / But Not For Me
A brand-new release from Atelier Sawano! The popular Hungarian pianist's latest release is a collection of lyrical and joyous trio performances, striking a fine balance between accessibility and sophisticated artistry. (Rec. 2008)

Georges Arvanitas Quintet Soul Jazz
A rare reissue from Atelier Sawano! A giant in the history of French jazz, pianist Georges Arvanitas recorded this fiery, swinging hard-bop album in 1960 with top French jazz musicians including Daniel Humair on drums. (Rec. 1960)

Grant Stewart / Plays Jazz Ballads
The eagerly awaited new recording by the star tenorist is a romantic collection of jazz ballads. Stellar supporting musicians include David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Peter Washington on bass! (Rec. 2009)

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Temporary store closure: Nov. 16-28

by Hajime 9. November 2009 16:32
Eastwind Import will be temporarily closed from Noon, November 16 until midnight, November 28. You still can browse our products, but our shopping cart will be disabled and you will not be able to place an order during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Special Sale Event: Saturday, November 14 in Covina, CA

by Hajime 9. November 2009 16:29
Eastwind Import will be selling vinyl LPs on Saturday, November 14 at Sunny's Audio Video in Covina, CA before a fabulous meeting of the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society. Demos will feature Wilson Audio loudspeakers, Boulder electronics, Spiral Groove and Rega turntables, among others. For more info, go to the LA & OC Audio Society's website (www.laocas.com) or Sunny's Audio Video's website (www.sunnycomp.com/theater.php).

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New Arrivals: More vinyl LPs!

by Hajime 7. November 2009 18:24
Jimmy Deuchar Quintet & Sextet / Pal Jimmy [180g LP]
World premier reissue on vinyl! Atelier Sawano's third title in the Tempo reissue series, Pal Jimmy features British trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar in swinging hard-bop session with Tubby Hayes, et al. (Rec. 1958)

Tubby Hayes Quartet / Tubby's Groove [180g LP
Atelier Sawano's sixth title in the Tempo reissue series showcases the star saxophnist/vibraphonist Tubby Hayes in a one-horn quartet. Hayes blows his Rollins-Griffin-Mobley inspired horn with relaxed intensity. (Rec. 1959)

Various Artists / Yasukuni Terashima Presents: For Jazz Audio Fans Only Vol. 2 [180g 2LP]
Japanese jazz and audio guru Yasukuni Terashima follows up his hugely successful Volume 1 (which sold out very quickly) with another fabulous and eclectic compilation of recent jazz recordings. This one will go fast! Order yours today!

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New Arrivals - More vinyl LPs!

by Hajime 3. November 2009 00:18

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New Arrivals: Vinyl LPs!

by Hajime 31. October 2009 03:41
Harry Connick, Jr. / Your Songs [180g 2LP]
Harry Connick, Jr.'s latest album released as a gorgeous 180-gram, 2-LP set! The multiple award-winning singer/pianist/arranger sings iconic songs of our time with a big band and string orchestra, with guest soloists Branford and Wynton Marsalis!

Bassface Swing Trio & Barbara Bürkle / Tribute To Cole Porter [180g LP+Hybrid SACD]
A second helping of an ultimate audiophile experience! Following the formula of their Plays Gershwin, the German piano trio recorded this Cole Porter tribute album in the Stockfisch studio, concurrently running a direct-to-metal-master cutting lathe and a DSD recorder. The resultant product is a package that includes BOTH an 180-gram LP and a hybrid SACD! Guest singer Barbara Bürkle is featured on six of the eitht cuts. Hand-numbered limited edition with only 500 copies available worldwide!

Julie London / Julie Is Her Name [180g 45rpm 2LP]
This BoxStar reissue is the dream-come-true for jazz vocal fans and audiophiles! Recorded in 1955 in state-of-the-art mono sound, London's debut LP captured her sultry voice with simple but brilliant backing by Barney Kessel's guitar and Ray Leatherwood's bass. Mastered by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube disc cutting system and pressed by RTI on high quality 180-gram vinyl, this individually numbered limited edition sounds perfect -- open, warm and intimate!

Two World premier LP releases of singer Beverly Kenney's previously unreleased materials!
Beverly Kenney was a talented up-and-coming singer but she only left six official albums behind. These two LPs, made by the people at SSJ Records in Japan, are true collector's items for devoted fans.

Beverly Kenney / Snuggled on Your Shoulder [180g LP]
A collection of demo recordings made circa 1954.

Beverly Kenney / Lonely and Blue [180g LP]
Kenney's earliest recordings from around 1952, with a band led by Eddie Safranski.

Analogue Productions - Impulse 45rpm Reissue Series!
This highly anticipated series gives us the legendary jazz albums from the golden age in the best possible format: 45rpm, 180-gram 2-LP set! Individually numbered limited edition: only 2500 copies available worldwide!

Gil Evans / Out Of The Cool [180g 45rpm 2LP]
A groundbreaking jazz recording by the longtime Miles Davis collaborator Gil Evans highlights the latter's supreme and influential skills as a jazz orchestrator. Widely known as one of the best-sounding Impulse album recorded by the legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder!

John Coltrane / Coltrane [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Recorded over the course of three months in 1962, Coltrane was John Coltrane's third album for Impulse, but his first for the label devoted entirely to his regular working group with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones -- what came to be known as the classic John Coltrane Quartet. An essential album for fans of John Coltrane!

Charles Mingus / Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Produced by Impulse! A&R director Bob Thiele in 1963, this recording is a major showcase of the talented Charles Mingus as a bassist, writer and band leader. This glorious album captures his wild, powerful and ferocious big band.

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