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New Arrivals - M&I

by Hajime 29. June 2008 18:08
New Arrivals

Two New Released from M&I!

European Jazz Trio / Best Of Classics II [2CD]
A wonderful 2-disc compilation of jazz interpretations of the classical music repertoire! EJT is a special group from The Netherlands consisting of pianist Marc van Roon, bassist Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Roy Dackus. Beautiful, romantic and sophisticated music. The sound quality is also superb.

Masahiko Osaka / Hommage
A very hot, exciting and inspired live set of a Japanese all-star group led by drummer Masahiko Osaka. Up-and-coming pianist Tadataka Unno dazzles the audience with his amazing performance! Wonderful sonics, too!

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New Arrivals - SteepleChase

by Hajime 28. June 2008 16:30
New Arrivals

Five More Reissues from the SteepleChase Classics Paper Sleeve Limited Edtion Series!

Kenny Drew Trio / Dark Beauty
Kenny Drew Trio If You Could See Me Now
Two classic Kenny Drew albums culled from the same two-day recording session in May 1974 with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Albert "Tootie" Heath. Powerful, swinging and lyrical!

Tete Montoliu Trio / Tete!
Tete Montoliu Trio Tête à Tete
Utilizing the SteepleChase house rhythm section of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Albert "Tootie" Heath, the incredible pianist from Barcelona created his best recordings in 1974 and 1976, respectively. Passionate and dazzling!

Jackie McLean featuring Dexter Gordon / The Meeting
Swing Journal Gold Disc. Jackie McLean's historic meeting with Dexter Gordon was captured live on stage at Montmartre Jazzhus in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973. With Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Alex Riel, the performances are inspired, exciting and very hot!

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Latest News and New Arrivals

by Hajime 28. June 2008 16:09
Latest News

We've added quite a few CDs and several new labels to our catalog, and we are as excited as ever! Also, look forward to our July 4th Clearance Sale. Selected items will be available for low prices only on July 1 through July 6!

New Arrivals

Rare vocal collections from SSJ
Diane Hubka / I Like It Here - Live In Japan
Charming singer and talented guitarist Diane Hubka's wonderful live recording in Japan! [Rec. 2007]

Pinky Winters / Speak Low
LA-based veteran singer's live recording with the wonderful West Coast pianist Lou Levy! [Rec. 1983]

Carole Creveling / Here Comes Carole Creveling
World Premier Release on CD! A super-rare, sole album of a teenage singer from Laguna Beach, CA is now available on CD. [Rec. 1955]

Flo Bennett / Half Past Lonely
World Premier General Release! This rare album of singer and actress Flo Bennett was only available in private circulation. [Rec. 1962]

Dick Noel / A Time For Love
World Premier Release on CD! This is supremely talented but relatively unknown crooner Dick Noel's sole album as leader. This piano duo program rivals in quality that of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans! [Rec. 1978]

Two from German Label Nagel Heyer!
Ken Peplowski & Jesper Thilo / Happy Together
A happy meeting of two clarinet/tenor sax players captured live in Hamburg! [Rec. 2002]

Carolyn Leonhart & Wayne Escoffery / If Dreams Come True
Real-life partners Carolyn Leonhart (voice) and Wayne Escoffery (sax) created a beautiful album together! Their collaborative vision is deeply informed by the jazz tradition and future-focused. [Rec. 2006]

New Release from 55 Records/One Label!
Shunzo Ohno / Sakura
Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno has lived in NYC since 1974 and performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Gil Evans and Roy Haynes. The two-time GRAMMY winner's latest leader album is a collection of well-known melodies from many cultures. Romantic and beautiful!

Four Premier Releases from a Brand-New Jazz Label!
It's an exciting event when a new jazz label is launched by an experienced producer with a vision of presenting first-rate talent with state-of-the-art production values. George Klabin launched Resonance Records in March 2008 with four releases. Eastwind Import wholeheartedly supports the label and the talented musicians in its roster!

Andreas Öberg / My Favorite Guitars
CD + DVD Special Package! Young and talented Swedish guitarist pays tribute to his guitar heroes including Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Pat Martino and Toninho Horta! [Rec. 2006]

John Beasley / Letter To Herbie
LA-based jazz pianist John Beasley surrounded himself with an impressive group of musicians including Christian McBride, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Roy Hargrove for this sincere tribute to Herbie Hancock!

Mike Garson / Conversations With My Family
CD + DVD Special Package! Classically trained, and having worked as David Bowie's pianist, Mike Garson is also a rising jazz star! His virtuosity and imaginative compositions are amazing!

Gene Harris Quartet / Live In London
Based on previously unreleased tapes provided by his widow Janie Harris, Live in London is also the only available recording of Gene Harris in action with his British quartet. Bluesy, funky and exuberant! [Rec. 1996]

Other New Arrivals

Ray Kennedy Trio / Beethoven In Jazz
Pianist Ray Kennedy returns with the fourth installment of his classical-meets-jazz series, and this time it's Beethoven! The band swings, and the sound quality is exceptionally good, too! [Rec. 2008]

Ryan Kisor / Conception - Cool and Hot
Swing Journal Gold Disc! NYC-based trumpeter Ryan Kisor's debut album from the young label Birds Records. With alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, Kisor forms a two-horn frontline to put his own spin on the straight ahead bebop. The band swings cool and hot! [Rec. 2007]

Tadataka Unno / My Romance
One of my favorite Japanese jazz pianists and a rising star, Tadataka Unno went to New York and recorded his first leader album from a major label with George Mraz and Jimmy Cobb! Wow!

Eric Legnini Trio / Big Boogaloo
Eric Legnini Trio Trippin'
Belgian pianist of Italian heritage, Eric Legnini created a unique style that is drenched in gospel and R&B feel but also informed by sophisticated improvisation and backed up by phenomenal jazz chops. An interesting mix you've never heard before! [Rec. 2006 & 2007]

Philippe Saisse / Piano Man
Versatile keyboardist, composer and arranger Philippe Saisse proved himself as a first-rate jazz pianist in this exciting CD. International casts include bassist Ugonna Okegwo and harmonica player Gregoire Maret (Pat Metheny Group)! [Rec. 2006]

Franco Ambrosetti / The Wind
The Wind presents the veteran Swiss trumpeter with the current trio of pianist Uri Caine which includes Drew Gress and Clarence Penn. An exciting and very satisfying quartet album! [Rec. 2007]

Lee Konitz and Trio Minsarah / Deep Lee
Veteran alto saxophonist Lee Konitz teamed with an innovative, young and international trio led by German pianist Florian Weber. The result is thrilling music that is pregnant with infinite possibilities. It is by turns mysterious, exhilarating and beautiful -- spontaneous music-making at its best! [Rec. 2007]

New Arrivals - CLASSICAL

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Lev Markiz / Mendelssohn - The Complete Concertos [SACD]
All 10 concertos composed by Mendelssohn between 1822 and 1844 - over 4 hours of music - on one disc! This is made possible by using the huge storage capacity of SACD exclusively for stereo content. Note: This recording can only be played on a machine with SACD capability.

Freddy Kempf Plays Mussorgsky, Ravel & Balakirev [Hybrid SACD]
Freddy Kempf returns to present a program featuring three central works in the great virtuoso repertoire for solo piano - Pictures from an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel and Islamey by Balakirev. Explosive performance, great sonics!

Brautigam, Parrott, Norrköping Symphony / Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 [Hybrid SACD]
Known for his Beethoven recordings on fortepiano, Ronald Brautigam starts a new cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos on a modern piano and with a modern instrument orchestra, but with a unique, chamber music-like setting where the piano is placed in the middle of the orchestra. The performance is magnificent and the recorded sound is extraordinary!

Coming Soon...
  • New releases from M&I: Masahiko Osaka's live recording and best-of compilation of the European Jazz Trio!
  • Jacintha's latest XRCD24 reissue Jacintha Is Her Name!
  • More SteepleChase reissues: Kenny Drew, Tete Montoliu, Jackie McLean and Dexter Gordon!
  • New released from Venus Records: Dan Nimmer, Laura Ann, Renato Sellani and Francesco Cafiso!
  • Rare reissues of Japanese label Discomate, featuring West Coast jazz recordings from the 1970s and 1980s; Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Knepper and Dick Spencer!

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Latest News and New Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 12. May 2008 00:39
Latest News

We have a new phone number! If you have any questions or special requests, please call us at (+1) 714-334-0759 (US Pacific Time).

Effective on Monday, May 12, there will be a change in our US domestic shipping and handling charges. The S&H will remain unchanged for the first CD remains at $4.00, but the S&H for each additional CD will increase from $1.00 to $1.25. (There will be no change for international orders.) This increase is in response to the official rate increase of the United States Postal Service, but also to upgrade our domestic shipping services. On May 12 and thereafter, we will ship every order through either USPS First Class Mail (up to 12 oz) or Priority Mail (over 12 oz). We will no longer use slow-moving Media Mail.

Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's four-day, smash hit event "THE STAGE DOOR SWINGS" - Jazz and Big Band Interpretations of classic Broadway Musicals and all-star celebration of the Great American Songbook: May 22-25, 2008 at Four Points Sheraton at LAX, Los Angeles. For details, go to the LA Jazz Institute's website.

Selected jazz CDs by Japanese musicians including Sadao Watanabe, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Yoshiko Kishino and Eric Miyashiro are ON SALE for a limited time! Please check the ON SALE category on our website.

New Arrivals

Jazz

Introducing a New European Label: Pirouet Records

Eastwind Import is proud to present Pirouet Records, a young jazz label based in Munich, Germany. The label has its own production and its own studio, and concentrates on the modern international jazz in the tradition of the 20th century. With a modern and progressive aesthetics, their production values including the sound quality and package design are superb. Once you listen to some of their wonderful CDs, I'm sure you'll be a fan!

Marc Copland New York Trio Recordings Vol. 1 - Modinha
An especially intense musical triangle - spellbinding masterpieces full of clarity and sure-fire elasticity, by the imaginative pianist Marc Copland with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart!

Taiko Sato & Niko Meinhold / Koko
A serene, beautiful duo recording by Japanese vibraphone/marimba player Taiko Sato and German pianist Niko Meinhold. Their music is nuanced and impressionistic, masterly and mystifying: something you've never heard before!

Thomas Rückert / Blue In Green
Thomas Rückert, Matthias Pichler, and Jochen Rückert are three Germans who are among the hip elite of the international jazz scene. Thrilling and adventurous piano trio jazz rooted in the trasition!

Bill Carrothers / Keep Your Sunny Side Up
Music from an original thinker! Bill Carrother's approach to music is uniquely infectious, alluring, and fizzing with funk. His music is filled with the potential for the unexpected!

Marc Copland New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2 - Voices
Second installment in the three-part series is another masterpiece! A fascinating combination of individual textures and tightly woven group interplay. With Gary Peacock and Paul Motian.

Claus Raible / Don't Blame Me
German pianist Claus Raible has so immersed himself in bebop that it is now an integral part of his nervous system. Perhaps the most straight-ahead of the Pirouet catalog and eminently swinging!

Bill Stewart / Incandescence
One of the most talented drummers of our time, Bill Stewart surprises us with a unique trio setting with Larry Goldings on Hammond B-3 organ and Kevin Hays on piano. This collection of Stewart's original compositions is fascinating and groovy!

Four New Releases from Venus Records

Renato Sellani Trio My Foolish Heart
Italian jazz piano legend Renato Sellani recorded this debut CD for Venus at age 80, with his trio of 25 years. His piano is adventurous, passionate and breathtakingly beautiful. Wow!

Roma Trio / Ciao Ciao Bambina
A sophomore release from the youthful and forward-thinking Italian group led by pianist Luca Mannutza is a collection of jazz standards and Italian melodies. The Italian jazz scene is really hot right now!

Steve Kuhn Trio / Baubles, Bangles And Beads
One of the most exciting American jazz pianists gives us a follow-up to the 2005 hit CD Pavane For A Dead Princess, a second set of energetically swinging, smartly "jazzified" classical tunes. I don't know how he does it, but this is another winner!

Ken Peplowski Gypsy Jazz Band / Gypsy Lamento
After a couple of smash hits with his own quartet, clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Peplowski gives us something different - a tribute to Django Reinhardt and the music he represented. In addition to the leader, two master guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden are absolutely brilliant!

A New Release from Atelier Sawano

Thomas Fink Trio / Time To Smile
The latest release from Atelier Sawano features a veteran German pianist Thomas Fink, whose light touch and sprightly swing reminds the listener of a brightly colored pastel painting, a cityscape with lots of sunshine!

Two New Releases from M&I

TMD / September Song
TMD is a trio of Japanese top musicians dedicated to playing the standards with a stripped-down, bare-bones approach: Tetsuro Kawashima on sax and flute, Yoshiaki Okayasu on guitar and Shin Uemura on bass rely on their sounds, expressions and improvisations to move the listener in a deep, direct way. Beautiful and powerful jazz!

Various Artists / Spring Jazz Collection
This special compilation is in effect a parade of the stars of the M&I label. Great American and European pianists in the roster include Walter Lang, Eric Reed, Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Cyrus Chestnut, Llew Matthews, Luis van Dijk, Karel Boehlee and George Cables. A wonderful collection of uplifting, swinging piano jazz!

XRCD New Arrivals

Various Artists Best Audiophile Voices [XRCD2]
A great gift to audiophiles! This special XRCD compilation of female vocal performances will serve well as the reference disc for purposes of setting up your system or showing it off to your guests. Includes great cuts from Jane Monheit, Eva Cassidy and Alison Krauss!

Doug MacLeod / Come To Find [XRCD]
A masterpiece of the acoustic blues! Beautifully recorded and mastered: One will have a hard time finding a blues CD that sounds better than this one.

Robert Lucas / Luke And The Locomotives [XRCD]
With a mix of originals and cover versions, Robert Lucas goes out to show what the blues is all about, and you'd be hard pressed to find a better display than this one. Another famous CD originally released by the revered AudioQuest Music!

Classical - Three New SACD Releases from BIS

Sharon Bezaly / Mozart - Complete Works for Flute & Orchestra [Hybrid SACD]
The hit CD by the talented flutist from 2005 is augmented with a 2007 recording of the Concerto for Flute and Harp, remastered in DSD and reissued as a great-sounding hybrid SACD.

Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Thomas Dausgaard / Schumann - Symphony No. 1, Overtures [Hybrid SACD]
This disc includes Schumann's very first endeavours in the symphonic genre, and the program is completed by two overtures: one composed for Genoveva (Schumann's only opera) and the other for Schiller's tragedy The Bride of Messina.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Lev Markiz / Mendelssohn - The Complete String Symphonies [SACD]
All 13 string symphonies composed by the young Mendelssohn between 1821 and 1824 - over 4 hours of music - on one disc! This is made possible by using the huge storage capacity of SACD exclusively for stereo content. Note: This recording can only be played on a machine with SACD capability.

Coming Soon...
  • Charming vocal CDs from SSJ Records: Diane Hubka's brand-new Live in Japan; World premier CD releases of rare vocal gems by Carol Creveling, Flo Bennett and Dick Noel!
Happy listening to you all!

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Latest News & New Arrivals

by Hajime 3. May 2008 02:11
Latest News

Selected jazz CDs by Japanese musicians including Sadao Watanabe, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Yoshiko Kishino and Eric Miyashiro are ON SALE for a limited time! Please check the ON SALE category on our website.

Prices are reduced on hybrid SACDs from two classical labels, BIS and 2L! These great-sounding discs are now offered for only $21 each!

Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's four-day, smash hit event "THE STAGE DOOR SWINGS" - Jazz and Big Band Interpretations of classic Broadway Musicals and all-star celebration of the Great American Songbook: May 22-25, 2008 at Four Points Sheraton at LAX, Los Angeles. For details, go to the LA Jazz Institute's website.

New Arrivals

Classical

Tor Espen Aspaas / Mirror Canon
Brand-new release from Norway's 2L label! Talented pianist Tor Espen Aspaas plays piano sonatas of Beethoven, Schönberg, Webern and Alban Berg, seeking to explore points of tension between the First and Second Viennese Schools. Vivid and natural sound made possible by the cutting-edge DXD technology!

Jazz

Joe Wilder - Marshall Royal Quintet / Mostly Ellington [CD+DVD]
A brand-new release from BluePort is the live recording of the first and only live performance of two legends: trumpeter Joe Wilder and saxophonist Marshall Royal, supported by an all-star trio led by pianist Mike Wofford. This wonderful, swinging program is offered in two formats: regular CD and DVD which offers superior, 24 bit/96kHz sound! (No live footage is included in the DVD.)

Jackie Ryan / For Heaven's Sake
This is not a new release but we've decided to stock this BluePort CD due to popular demand. Singer Jackie Ryan's fabulous live recording from 1999 with the Mike Wofford Trio. A hard-to-find, yet essential CD for fans of Jackie Ryan!

No Name Horses / II
This is the exciting, swinging second album by a Japanese all-star big band called No Name Horses. Led by pianist Makoto Ozone, the cracking band includes star players like Eric Miyashiro, Eijiro Nakagawa and Kengo Nakamura. A great disc for fans of the modern big band sound!

Yoshiko Kishino / Face
My favorite Japanese pianist's first new recording in two years offers beautiful piano trio sounds, with some tracks augmented by a cello, a string quartet, or a large string section. It will take you to the unique musical world of Kishino, which is full of simple beauty, gentle nostalgia and quiet but intense emotions.

Polly Gibbons / Moanin'
The 24-years-old, British jazz/soul singer Polly Gibbons is a real deal! This MOJO Records release features her with young and talented Italian jazz musicians, an idea of a Japanese producer. She has a powerful voice and serious singing talent.

Yosuke Yamashita New York Trio / Triple Cats
The Japanese pianist known for his free-form improvisation and fierce performance celebrates the 20th anniversary of his New York Trio with Cecil McBee and Pheeron akLaff. Top-notch piano trio music by three masters.

Chihiro Yamanaka / After Hours
Fiercely original and progressive jazz pianist Chihiro Yamanaka went into the studio merely days after Oscar Peterson's death to record this swinging tribute album.

Herb Geller / Birdland Stomp
Beyond his contributions to the West Coast jazz scene in the 1950s, Herb Geller has been actively performing and recording in Europe for decades now. This is a very valuable record of Geller's live performance from 1986, with Red Mitchell on bass. World premier CD reissue!

SteepleChase Classics - Limited Paper Sleeve Edition

SteepleChase is a legendary Danish jazz label which, since 1972, has been recording notable international artists. Some of their early recordings of American musicians who were either living or visiting Copenhagen are now considered classics; an important part of jazz history. Japanese label Videoarts Music has recently released a series of these classic recordings as limited edition, paper sleeve CDs.

Duke Jordan / Flight To Denmark
Duke Jordan Trio Two Loves
Two quintessential albums by the legendary bop pianist Duke Jordan, culled from two recording sessions in 1977 with Mads Vinding and Ed Thigpen.

Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen / Duo
This 1973 recording showcases the intimate and sublime musical conversations by the two masters. Pedersen, who was still in his 20s at the time, is especially impressive.

Dexter Gordon / Boncin' With Dex
Another jazz giant who lived in Copenhagen for an extended time, Gordon recorded this masterpiece in 1975 with international all-stars: Tete Montoliu, Billy Higgins and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. There is not a single moment of weakness in this hot, swinging set!

Stan Getz Quartet / Live At Montmartre [2CD]
The giant of lyrical tenor saxophone, Stan Getz returned to the famed Jazzhus Montmartre in 1977 to celebrate his 50th birthday with new, exciting material. Joanne Brackeen, Billy Hart and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen ignites creative fire in Getz, who sounds absolutely inspired throughout the set.

Coming Soon...
  • New releases from Venus Records: Renato Sellani Trio, Roma Trio, Steve Kuhn and Ken Peplowski!
  • New release from Atelier Sawano: Thomas Fink Trio from Germany!
  • New label to join the Eastwind Import family: Pirouet Records of Germany. Look forward to exciting CDs by Marc Copland and Bill Stewart!
  • Charming vocal CDs from SSJ Records: Diane Hubka's brand-new Live in Japan; World premier CD releases of rare vocal gems by Carol Creveling, Flo Bennett and Dick Noel!
  • New classical SACD released from BIS: Mendelssohn Complete String Symphonies, Shumann Symphony No. 1, Beethoven Symphony Nos. 1 and 6, and Mozart Complete Works for Flute and Orchestra!
Happy listening to you all!

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Latest News & New Arrivals

by Hajime 18. April 2008 01:52
Latest News

Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's four-day, smash hit event "THE STAGE DOOR SWINGS" - Jazz and Big Band Interpretations of classic Broadway Musicals and all-star celebration of the Great American Songbook: May 22-25, 2008 at Four Points Sheraton at LAX, Los Angeles. For details, go to the LA Jazz Institute's website.

New Arrivals

Classical

Since our last newsletter, we've added a few discs to our classical catalog, including hybrid SACDs from RCO Live! and great-sounding XRCDs. Please go to the New Arrivals - Classical section to find out!

Jazz

New York Trio / Always
New release from Venus! The newest recording of Bill Charlap's great New York Trio with Jay Leonhart and Bill Stewart

Marilyn Scott / Every Time We Say Goodbye
New release from Venus! The Queen of West Coast AOR had a jazzy date with Cyrus Chestnut and Paul Bollenback. Ken Peplowski guests on tenor sax and clarinet.

Tsuyoshi Tomioka / Five Spot After Dark
The talented Japanese trombonist went to New York and recorded his debut album with the best musicians, including Wycliffe Gordon, VIctor Goines and a Hammond B-3 sensation Akiko Tsuruga!

Franco Ambrosetti / Movies, Too
The unique trumpet player from Switzerland recorded this cutting-edge jazz album in 1988 with John Scofield, Greg Soby and Geri Allen. Great Enja record reissued by Ward Records of Japan!

Atsuko Hashimoto Organ Trio Featuring Jeff Hamilton / Time After Time
The soulful organist from Osaka, Japan recorded this wonderful trio album with Jeff Hamilton and Yutaka Hashimoto (guitarist and her husband) in Los Angeles. Groovy!

Jos van Beest Trio / Exclusively For You
New release from Sawano! The elegant and swinging Dutch pianist's heartfelt tribute to the late Oscar Peterson.

Serge Delaite Trio / Swingin' Three
New release from Sawano! The latest recording by the veteran French pianist and his trio is a delightful collection of memorable performances.

Triosence When You Come Home
One of the most successful new-generation jazz bands in Germany, Triosence, led by pianist/composer Bernhard Schüler, creates music that is at once new and nostalgic, cutting-edge and idyllic.

XRCD New Arrivals - Great sound, great music!

Carmen Lundy / Self Portrait
Carmen Lundy / Old Devil Moon
The multi-talented singer's two XRCD releases are full of wonderful singing, both in straight-ahead and contemporary jazz styles.

Hiroko Kokubu / Pure Heart
My favorite Japanese pianist's sunny and uplifting album, recorded with LA's top musicians.

Mighty Sam McClain / Give It Up To Love
The legendary "blue"s singer's acclaimed audiophile recording with AudioQuest Music is remastered with cutting-edge XRCD2 technology. A must-have CD for audiophiles who dig the blues!

The Bill Holman Band / Brilliant Corners
The second collaboration with the talented arranger and XRCD producer Akira Taguchi is another triumpth that brought the second GRAMMY Award to Holman. A masterpiece!

Gerry Mulligan Thelonious Monk / Mulligan Meets Monk
The legendary meeting of the two giants, with two distinct styles, remastered with high fidelity using the XRCD technology.

Karel Boehlee - Five Earlier Releases from M&I

When I first heard the Dutch pianist's latest CD, Midnight Blue, I immediately fell in love with his beautiful piano sound, his minimalist approach to improvisation that effectively utilizes the "spaces" between notes, and the awe-inspiring sound quality of the recording. I eagerly got hold of all the five previous CDs released from M&I, recorded with the same personnel, same studio, and even the same recording engineer! They are all wonderful and highly recommended!
Romeo and Juliet
Dear Old Stockholm
Silent Nocturne
Blue Prelude
Last Tango In Paris

Andy Snitzer / Cool Struttin'
New release from Birds Records! The versatile saxophonist went to the studio to record a collection of "blue"s numbers with his brilliant regular quartet. Soulful!

Hakuei Kim Trio / Shadow Of Time
The young pianist, born in Japan and educated in Australia, brings fresh concepts to the piano trio format, with unique, progressive sensibilities. Highly recommended!

Paris Jazz Big Band / Paris 24H
A wonderful album by a cutting-edge big band with urban and contemporary sensibilities takes you on a tour of Paris in 24 hours. Wow!

Blossom Dearie / Sings Rootin' Songs
Paper-sleeve reissue of a rare album by the beloved singer, released in 1963 as a premium item to go with a case of root beer. As it turns out, this is one of the best albums the distinctive song stylist recorded!

Carmen McRae / The Great American Songbook
The complete, two-disc edition of the legendary live performance recorded in 1971. With her spoken introductions and bonus tracks, this is the most complete version of McRae's towering achievement as a jazz singer. An essential album for a fan of jazz singing!

Coming Soon...
  • New releases from Venus Records: Renato Sellani Trio, Roma Trio, Steve Kuhn and Ken Peplowski!
  • New release from "blue"Port: Live recording of the first-ever meeting of Joe Wilder and Marshal Royal! CD+DVD-Audio 2-disc set! Also, a great recording by the beloved singer, Jackie Ryan!
  • New release from Atelier Sawano: Thomas Fink Trio from Germany!
Happy listening to you all!

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by Hajime 18. March 2008 01:15
On Sunday, April 6 (1-4pm), Eastwind Import will be selling CDs, SACDs and XRCDs at the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society's meeting at Holiday Inn, Buena Park, California. If you are in the area, come join us for an afternoon of great hi-fi. For details, go to LAOCAS's website.

Two premier, influential jazz magazines in Japan announced their 2007 disc awards, and I'm happy to tell you that many CDs featured in our web store were among the winners. We'd like to congratulate all the artists, producers and labels for their great achievements!

1. Swing Journal 2007 Jazz Disc Awards

Jazz Disc Silver Award
Best Engineering Award (New Recording Category)

Eric Alexander / My Favorite Things
Best Reissue Award
Ken Peplowski Quartet/ Memories Of You (Complete Edition)
Eddie Higgins Quintet Featuring Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski / It's Magic (Complete Edition)
RCA Female Vocal Selection Series
Dinah Shore / Bouquet Of Blues
Rosemary Clooney / Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie!
Teddi King / To You From Teddi King

Best Production Award
Grant Stewart / Shadow Of Your Smile

New Star Award (Foreign Artist)
Fabrizio Bosso / Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

New Star Award (Domestic Artist)
Akiko Tsuruga / St. Louis Blues

Best Engineering Award (Remastering Category)
Three Blind Mice Hybrid SACD Reissue Series
Hidehiko Matsumoto Quartet / Sleepy
George Kawaguchi / The Big 4
Hideto Kanai Quintet / Concierto de Aranjuez
Isao Suzuki Quartet + 1 / Blue City
Hiroshi Fukumura Quartet
Terumasa Hino Quintet Live!
Shoji Yokouchi Quartet featuring Toru Konishi / Blonde on the Rocks
Yoshiko Goto / Day Dream
Kosuke Mine Quintet / Mine
Masaru Imada Quartet / Now!!
Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke Mine Quartet / Yellow Carcass in the Blue
Kanai Hideto Group / Q

2. Jazz Critique Magazine 2007 Jazz Disc Awards

Best Engineering Awards (Instrumental Category)
"Silver" Award

Robert Lakatos Trio / Never Let Me Go
"Bronze" Award
Grant Stewart / Shadow Of Your Smile
Honorable Mention
Ken Peplowski Quartet / When You Wish Upon A Star
Ray Kennedy / Soft Winds
Eric Alexander / My Favorite Things
Will Bouleware / Summertime

Best Engineering Award (Vocal Category)
"Gold" Award

Emilie-Claire Barlow / The Very Thought Of You
Honorable Mention
Margareta Bengtson / I'm Old Fashioned
Lovisa / That Girl!
Simone / Taking A Chance On Love

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New Arrivals

by Hajime 18. March 2008 01:14
Classical

Since our last newsletter, we've added quite a few discs to our classical catalog, including hybrid SACDs from BIS and great-sounding XRCDs. Please go to the New Arrivals - Classical section to find out!

Jazz

Introducing a New Label: Touché Music

Touché Music is a small Swedish label which chooses its projects with impeccable taste. They tap into the wonderful talent pool of Swedish jazz musicians including Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding, Palle Danielsson and Bobo Stenson. Their lovingly prepared CDs have great production values, most notable of which is the sound quality. We have selected seven titles for their debut at Eastwind Import.

Ulf Adåker Quintet / Monk By Five
Ulf Adåker Quintet / Mingus By Five
This all-star quintet is led by trumpeter Ulf Adåker and includes star players such as Bobo Stenson (piano) and Palle Danielsson (bass). They pay tribute to great jazz composers -- Monk and Mingus -- and put their own spins on the straight-ahead, hard-bop tradition!

Jesper Lundgaard and Mads Vinding / Two Basses
Jesper Lundgaard and Mads Vinding / Bassments
It's not easy to make a good, bass duo album. How many can you think of? These two master bassists did it not only once, but twice. Their technical facility and musicianship are simply astonishing. These superbly recorded CDs will also be excellent to test the bass reproduction capabilities of your audio system!

Anders Persson / Lonely Fungus
Pianist Persson, in company with the seasoned bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Terje Sundby, has made a fabulously absorbing and very beautiful record!

Jesper Lundgaard Trio / Plays Cornelis
With an interesting instrumental combination of bass, sax and guitar, the trio explores the music of Cornelis Vreeswijk, a revered, Swedish singer-songwriter.

Max Schultz / Plays Coltrane
Guitarist Max Schultz, together with three of his equally outstanding colleagues, plays the music of John Coltrane with their unique, relatively cool sensibilities that brings out the beauty of the compositions.

Three New Releases from M&I

Sachiko Yasui / Enamorada
A talented Japanese pianist/composer's exciting New York recording with David Williams and Neal Smith.

Karel Boehlee Trio / Midnight Blue
Understated but profoundly beautiful and gently swinging trio music by the Dutch pianist. Impressive!

Cyrus Chestnut / Black Nile
Chestnut's straight ahead outing featuring jazz composer's songbook and original compositions. With Buster Williams and Al Foster.

Three New Reissues from Pony Canyon

West Coast All Stars / Siciliano
Elegant, sophisticated and swinging jazz featuring two flutists -- Buddy Collette and Hubert Laws -- with Llew Mathews, Stan Gilbert and Harvey Mason. Excellent! [Rec. 1997]

Kenny Drew Trio with Almost Big Band / Sophisticated Lady
An exciting live recording at the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, of a meeting of fellow expats Kenny Drew and Ernie Wilkins. Features Mads Vinding, Ed Thigpen and Tim Hagans. [Rec. 1981]

Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers Heat Wave
A rare document of Blakey and his "hard bop school," recorded live in 1977. The red hot band includes Bobby Watson and George Cables. [Rec. 1977]

Coming Soon...
  • Two new releases from Venus Records: Marilyn Scott and Bill Charlap!
  • Reissue from the Enja label: Franco Ambrosetti with John Scofield and Geri Allen!
  • Second release from the brand-new MOJO Records: Japanese trombonist Tommy’s New York recording debut!
  • New release from BluePort: Live recording of the first-ever meeting of Joe Wilder and Marshal Royal! CD+DVD-Audio 2-disc set!
  • Hammond B-3 organist Atsuko Hashimoto’s brand-new release with her husband on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums!

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New Arrivals

by Hajime 29. February 2008 03:09
Since our last entry, we have been frantically adding new CDs to our website. We can hardly keep up because there are so many interesting jazz CDs coming out of Japan. It’s hard work for us, but we are excited. We hope you’ll feel the same after reading this!

The Most Exciting New Release of the Month!

Chick Corea and Hiromi Uehara / Duet [2 CD]
Spontaneous improvisation and telepathic interaction between two, superbly talented pianists. Wow! This 2-CD set will be remembered as one of the best, if not the best, release of 2008!

Four New Releases from Spice of Life

Hitomi Nishiyama Trio / Many Seasons
A talented Japanese pianist's fresh trio with a Swedish rhythm section. Lyrical and driving!

The Real Group and Eric Ericson / Stämning
The versatile Swedish chorus group invites the world-famous conductor and sings Swedish hymns and traditional melodies. Breathtakingly beautiful!

Mathias Algotsson Trio / In Copenhagen
Young and intelligent Swedish pianist goes to Denmark and records a swinging trio date with Ed Thigpen and Jesper Bodilsen!

In the Spirit of Oscar / Easy Does It
The second CD by the super guitarist Ulf Wakenius and his Oscar Peterson tribute band is another swinging winner!

Two New Released from Birds Records

Super Trombone / Take The A Train - Plays Duke Ellington
Four superb trombone players including Jim Pugh, Dave Bargeron and Japanese star Eijiro Nakagawa play the dynamic arrangements of David Matthews with a rhythm section including Victor Lewis. Powerful stuff!

Manhattan Jazz Orchestra / In The Mood - Plays Glenn Miller
David Matthews and his all-star big band boldly reimagine the well-known melodies popularized by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra!

Two New Released from Venus Records

Ted Rosenthal Trio / My Funny Valentine
For his second release from Venus, pianist Rosenthal played standard songs strongly associated with Helen Merrill, whom he accompanied for more than 10 years. Another winner from Rosenthal with George Mraz and Al Foster!

Richie Beirach Trio / Summer Night
The latest reunion between Beirach, George Mraz and Billy Hart produced a very lively, vigorously swinging album. Should not be missed by fans of Richie Beirach!

Three Limited Edition CDs from Marshmallow Records

Only 1,000 copies printed for each title, and each copy is individually numbered. A collector's item! We only managed to secure just a few copies for each title, so order soon!

Zoot Sims / 5658
Previously unreleased private recordings of Zoot Sims from 1956 and 1958, with Jack Sheldon, Kenny Drew, Red Garland, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke!

Swingin' With Allen Eager
First-time-on-CD reissue of a very rare LP, containing rare live performances by the elusive tenorman with Terry Gibbs and Howard McGhee! Recorded in 1951 and 1953.

Herbie Steward / One Morning In May
Previously unreleased recording by the last surviving member of the famous "Four Brothers," accompanied by Gene DiNovi. Recorded in Japan in 1992.

A New Release from Atelier Sawano

Kiyoshi Kitagawa Trio / Live In Japan
A bassist with big, soulful tone, Kitagawa took his colleagues Kenny Barron and Brian Blade to Japan and performed in front of an ecstatic audience. This is hot!

A New Release from SwingBros

Mitsuaki Kishi / Feel Of Joy
The latest from the Japanese "contemporary swing" pianist is a joyful session with a drum-less trio, with Howard Alden on guitar and George Mraz on bass. Feel the joy!

A New Release from 55 Records

Yoshio Suzuki BASS TALK / Love Letter
The second premier release from ONE, a branch label of 55 Records, is a collection of unabashedly sweet and romantic compositions by the revered Japanese bassist, Yoshio "Chin" Suzuki. Recommended for the romantic at heart!

Other New Releases

Hiroko Kokubu / Hola!
The theme of the first new full album by the Japanese pianist in four years is Spain. A very powerful hello from Hiroko and her amazing trio!

Akiko Tsuruga / St. Louis Blues
Osaka-born organist and now a resident in Harlem, NY, Akiko Tsuruga can really play the funky stuff! With Houston Person on tenor sax and Eric Johnson on guitar.

Emilie-Claire Barlow / The Very Thought Of You
The lovely singer from Toronto is also a talented arranger -- she arranged all the tunes and conducted the string section for this gorgeous CD. Recognized by the Japanese Jazz Critique Magazine as the best-sounding jazz vocal CD of 2007!

Anita O'Day / Live At Basie
Previously unreleased live performance by Ms. O'Day with her trio led by John Poole, recorded at a legendary "jazz coffee shop" in Japan in 1978.

Coming Soon...
  • Great-sounding classical XRCDs and SACDs!
  • Introducing a wonderful Swedish label called Touché Music!
  • Jazz from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s: Kenny Drew Trio, West Coast
  • All Stars and Art Blakey!
  • New releases from M&I: Cyrus Chestnut, Carel Boehlee and Sachiko Yasui!
  • New releases from Venus: Bill Charlap and his New York Trio, and Marilyn Scott!

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LA&OC Audio Society Meeting on March 9

by Hajime 29. February 2008 02:59
On March 4, The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society will have a meeting at Upscale Audio, Upland, CA, and as a member, I’ll be there for sure. If you are coming to the meeting and want me to bring you some CDs, just shoot me an email and save on shipping!

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