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Newport Beach Jazz Party

by Hajime 29. February 2008 02:57
The 8th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party was a great success! Thank you to all those who came to the wonderful event, bought CDs from us, or simply stopped by to say hello. See you next time at the West Coast Jazz Party in August!



Latest news and new arrivals: Feb. 14, 2008

by Hajime 14. February 2008 00:16
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Latest News

Newport Beach Jazz Party
Between February 15 and 17, Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the 8th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, to be held at Marriott Newport Beach. If you live in Southern California, we strongly encourage you to come to this wonderful jazz event. For more info, go to their official website.

LA&OC Audio Society
On February 24, The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society will have a meeting at Digital Ear, Tustin, 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!

Nine additional XRCD titles!

GRAMMY-winning producer Akira Taguchi's brainchild, XRCD achieves the highest sound quality possible within the limits of the Red Book CD format. All these titles, ranging from a remastered 1977 recording to a brand-new recording, give you the ultimate listening experience with glorious, vivid, detailed sound!

Sadao Watanabe with The Great Jazz Trio / Bird Of Paradise [XRCD24]
Japanese alto saxophonist's second recording with Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams in 1977 and a lively tribute to Charlie Parker!

Nakagawa / Poesy [XRCD]
Japanese flutist Masami Nakagawa's encounter with Richie Beirach, George Mraz and Lewis Nash! [Rec. 1991]

Ernie Watts / Classic Moods [XRCD]
Classic Watts in great form, supported by Mulgrew Miller, George Mraz and Jimmy Cobb. [Rec. 1997]

JVC XRCD2 Sampler [XRCD2]
This sampler showcases the imporoved, second-generation XRCD technology with 10 tracks, two each by the GRAMMY-winning Bill Holman Band, Ernie Watts, Tiger Okoshi, Carmen Lundy and Hiroko Kokubu!

Tiger Okoshi / Color Of Soil [XRCD2]
Arguably the best recorded work of the Japanese trumpeter and Berklee professor! Intense and varied soundscapes created with Kenny Barron, Jay Anderson, Mino Cinelu (percussion) and Hank Roberts (cello).

Jacintha / Here's To Ben [XRCD2]
Audiophiles' darling, Singaporian singer Jacintha's breakout hit is remastered for XRCD2. A perfect demo disc to show off your system!

Jacintha / The Girl From Bossa Nova [XRCD24]
Jacintha's bossa nova album gets the ultimate XRCD24 treatment! With Bill Cunliffe, Harry Allen, Paulinho Da Costa, John Pisano and Darek Oles!

Eden Atwood Waves [XRCD24]
Another Groove Note songbird, Eden Atwood created a wonderful bossa nova album with the help of Bill Cunliffe, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, Anthony Wilson and Pete Christlieb. This newest XRCD24 version sounds fantasitic!

Eden Atwood This Is Always [XRCD24]
Atwood's second Groove Note release gets an XRCD24 treatment! Her seductive vocal is augmented by the haunting trumpet of Tom Harrell.

Chick Corea's Five Trios Box Set is finally here!

Chick Corea / Five Trios Box Set [Limited Edition]
Extensive collection of Chick's latest piano trio works with five different bassists and drummers. A must-have for his fans! Only 3 copies left in stock!

Three new Hybrid SACDs from Eighty-Eight's!

Hank Jones Solo Piano / My Funny Valentine [Hybrid SACD]
Hank Jones Solo Piano / 'Round Midnight [Hybrid SACD]
The piano master's elegant solo performances, superbly recorded with pure DSD technology! The sound of the piano is gorgeous and intoxicating!

Will Boulware / Summertime [Hybrid SACD]
The versatile pianist brings his contemporary sensibilities to this jazz outing with a young and talented Richard Bona (electric bass) and Billy Kilson (drums). The sound - recorded onto analog tape and mixed and mastered with DSD technology - is fabulous, too!

Four new arrivals from SwingBros!

Harry Allen Quintet / Down For The Count
The latest from the traditionalist tenorman is a tribute to Count Basie! Superbly supported by his regular group with Joe Cohn on guitar and Ray Kennedy on piano.

Ray Kennedy Trio's three classically-inspired CDs!
Baroque In Jazz
Bach In Jazz
Mozart In Jazz
Remember Jacques Loussier? Eugen Cicero? With these three cleverly arranged, well-executed CDs, Ray Kennedy established himself as the foremost "jazzifier," if you will, of classical music in our time. And yes, this music swings!!

Coming Soon...
  • New releases from Spice of Life: Hitomi Nishiyama, In The Spirit of Oscar (Ulf Wakenius), Mathius Algotsson and The Real Group!
  • New releases from Birds Records: Super Trombone and Manhattan Jazz Orchestra!
  • Other new releases: Akiko Tsuruga, Hiroko Kokubu and Emilie-Claire Barlow!

Happy listening to you all!



New Arrivals - Classical Special!

by Hajime 6. February 2008 19:32
Eastwind Import is expanding out catalog by introducing select classical CDs and SACDs with a special focus on sound quality. We are proud to represent some unique independent labels who not only produce wonderful music but also take great care in delivering it to the listener with high fidelity.

On our top page, we've created several new categories so that you can find classical titles easily: "New Arrivals-Classical," "Classical-Labels" and "SACD-Classical" in addition to the existing "XRCD-Classical" category.

We realize that most of our customers are avid jazz fans, but if you also like classical music, and good sound, we encourage you to check them out! The discs below are all hybrid SACDs and will play on all standard CD players, SACD players and universal players.

Mirrored Nature Records
"Music Made Not Manufactured" is the motto of this independent classical label based in Ontario, Canada. Led by producer Joseph Paterson, their goal is to "bring the listener the highest fidelity in both the music and in the recording of the music." The three discs of chamber music are released in a two-channel-only hybrid SACD format.

Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio In A Minor Op. 50
The lovely piano trio dedicated to the great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein.

Beethoven - Sonata for Violin & Piano #5 'Spring'; Franck - Sonata for Violin & Piano In A Major
The famous 'Spring' sonata is paired with Cesar Franck's surprisingly modern violin sonata from 1886.

Beethoven - Sonata for Violoncello & Piano #5, Trio for Violin, Piano & Violoncello #7
Beethoven's unique sonata and the famous 'Archduke' trio, wonderfully played and brilliantly recorded.

2L is a Norwegian label that produces invariably great-sounding CDs and hybrid SACDs in a variety of acoustic landscape -- with the contours of classical, contemporary, jazz, pop and folk music. As an introductory offer, first 20 customers who order one or more 2L hybrid SACDs will receive a FREE sampler CD!

Ensemble 96 / Immortal Nystedt
Ethereal, otherworldly choral works of the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt are utterly stunning! GRAMMY-nominated for 2006 Best Surround Sound Album and Best Choral Performance.

Marianne Thorsen / Mozart - Violin Concertos
Selected as a 2008 Stereophile Record To Die For by Kalman Robinson!

Dena Piano Duo / Mozart-Grieg, Piano Sonatas
A Norwegian piano duo plays Mozart's piano sonatas arranged for two pianos by Grieg.

Steffen Horn / Konsert
The young Norwegian pianist's solo recital includes works of Dusik, Rachmaninov and Grieg.

Grex Vocalis / Edvard Grieg - Choral Music
Grieg's choral music celebrated by the Norwegian choir.

Established in 1973, BIS is a widely recognized, Swedish classical label. Among audiophiles, BIS is also known for its excellent sound. Their embrace of the DSD recording technology and high quality hybrid SACDs delight music fans all over the world.

Miah Persson / Mozart - Opera and Concert Arias
Swedish soprano Miah Persson's first solo disc with orchestra is a collection of Mozartian gems!

Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä / Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Editor's Choice, Gramophone: 'fiery, elegant, bristling with character.'

Minnesota Orchestra / Vänskä Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8
The eagerly awaited second instalment of Vänskä-Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphony cycle.

Minnesota Orchestra / Vänskä Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 'Choral'
Nominated for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards in the category Best Orchestral Performance (Classical)!

RCO Live
RCO Live is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s own in-house label, under which it produces CD, SACD and DVD releases of live concerts given at the Concertgebouw under the direction of Mariss Jansons and leading guest conductors.

Dvorák - Symphony No. 9 'From The New World'
Beethoven - Symphony No. 2, Brahms - Symphony No. 2
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8
Stravinsky - Petrushka; Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances
Mahler - Symphony 6; Henze - Sebastian im Traum
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'
Mahler - Symphony No. 1
Mahler - Symphony No. 4



New arrivals

by Hajime 28. January 2008 23:58

Four New Releases from Venus Records

Eric Alexander Quartet / My Favorite Things
One of the best tenor saxophonists today, Eric Alexander and his Quartet went to Tokyo and recorded a special program consisting of requests from Japanese fans. Find out how he tackled materials made famous by Stanley Turrentine, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins!

One For All / What's Going On?
The New York-based all-star group led by Eric Alexander and David Hazeltine plays a straight ahead, hard-bop arrangements of soul music hit songs!

Nicki Parrott / Moon River
Australian-born bassist and singer Nicki Parrott proves that it's not impossible to sing and play the bass at the same time! Wonderful support by pianist John di Martino and guest appearances by Harry Allen.

Eddie Higgins Trio / You Are Too Beautiful
The fourth and final installment of the two-day, 50-tunes marathon session by the great Eddie Higgins Trio is an epitome of sophistication and elegance!

Two New Releases from Atelier Sawano

Kiyoshi Kitagawa Trio / I'm Still Here
My favorite Japanese bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa's latest is a collection of his lyrical and strong original compositions. He is accompanied by the master drummer Brian Blade and up-and-coming pianist Danny Grissett.

Tonu Naissoo Trio / Estonian Wind
Estonian pianist Tonu Naissoo is a brilliant pianist with prestine touch and contemporary sensibilities. His latest is a collection of attractive covers and original compositions. As with his previous releases (AS-046, AS-061), the sound quality is also superb!

Two New Releases from Eighty-Eight’s

Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio / July 5th - Live At Birdland [Hybrid SACD]
Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio / July 6th - Live At Birdland [Hybrid SACD]
Master pianist Hank Jones' wonderful live performances with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Omar Hakim were captured with amazing resolution and realism by the latest DSD technology and brought to you in the form of two excellent hybrid SACDs! (They play on any CD player and SACD player).

Three Rare Reissues

Roland Hanna / Sir Elf
Originally released by Choice Records in 1973, this was Hanna's first solo album and is considered to be one of his best recordings.

Roland Hanna with George Mraz / Sir Elf Plus 1
Originally released in 1978, this is a follow-up to his first, brilliant solo album. In addition to Hanna's solo performances, bassist George Mraz joined him in a duo setting for about half of the material.

Al Haig Jimmy Raney / Strings Attached
Recorded shortly after their 1974 reunion concert at Carnegie Hall, this record captured the two veteran musicians engaging in masterful and joyful musical conversation.

Other New Releases

Jan Lundgren / Lonely One
Jan Lundgren's debut CD from Marshmallow, recorded and originally released in 2001 and long out of print, is remastered and reissued! A swinging and beautiful affair with Scandinavian bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer Alex Riel.

Chick Corea Eddie Gomez Airto Moreira / The Boston Three Party
The fourth installment of the "Five Trios" series is an energetic live recording of this formidable trio, with tunes associated with Bill Evans and Return To Forever.

Llew Matthews Trio / When You Wish Upon A Star
Llew Matthews is a a somewhat underexposed but wonderful pianist who has worked with Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson. This Japanese release from M&I is a sweet and romantic collection of songs associated with the moon and stars. His ballad interpretations are breathtakingly beautiful!

Steve Watson Quartet / Comfort Zone
Led by accomplished guitarist and composer Steve Watson, the genre-bending jazz group from Meridian, Mississippi, performs an attractive and varied program of contemporary and straight ahead jazz.

Coming Soon...

  • Great-sounding hybrid SACDs from independent classical labels: Mirrored Nature Records (Canada), 2L (Norway) and BIS (Sweden)!
  • Additional XRCD titles: Tiger Okoshi, Jacintha, Eden Atwood, Sadao Watanabe, Ernie Watts, Nakagawa and more!
  • Chick Corea's Five Trios box set!
  • New and recent releases from Eighty-Eight's: Hank Jones and Will Bouleware!
  • New and recent releases from Swing Bros: Harry Allen and Ray Kennedy!
  • New releases from Spice of Life: Hitomi Nishiyama, In The Spirit of Oscar (Ulf Wakenius), Mathius Algotsson and The Real Group!
  • New releases from Birds Records: Super Trombone and Manhattan Jazz Orchestra!
  • Other new releases: Akiko Tsuruga, Hiroko Kokubu and Emilie-Claire Barlow!



New arrivals at Eatwind Import

by Hajime 10. January 2008 22:33

New Arrivals - Big Band Special

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
If you are a fan of big bands, you know the historical importance of the Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band. The Los Angeles-based band not only kept the big band tradition alive in the 1970s and 1980s (tough years for jazz musicians in general), but changed the landscape of large jazz ensembles by bringing innovations. (Akiyoshi and Tabackin moved to New York in 1982 and formed a new band called Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra Featuring Lew Tabackin.)

The band was very unique in that they only played the original compositions or arrangements by Toshiko Akiyoshi. It was an amazing achievement, considering that even Duke Ellington's band sometimes played "standards" or someone else's arrangements. It also had a very strong soloist in Lew Tabackin, the co-leader and life partner of Akiyoshi.

With many other brilliant musicians such as Bobby Shew, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Foster and Bill Perkins, their technical skills and tight ensemble work were second to none. Recently remastered, and some of them being the world premier releases on CD, the series of reissue CDs is a worthy addition to the collection of all big band fans!

Kogun [Rec. 1974; Swing Journal Jazz Disc Silver Award]
Long Yellow Road [Rec. 1974 & 1975]
Tales Of A Courtesan (Oirantan) [Rec. 1975]
Insights [Rec. 1976; Swing Journal Jazz Disc Gold Award]
March Of The Tadpoles [Rec. 1977]
Salted Gingko Nuts [Rec. 1978; Swing Journal Jazz Disc Silver Award]
Farewell [Rec. 1980]
From Toshiko With Love [Rec. 1981]
European Memoirs [Rec. 1982]
Live At Newport '77 [Rec. 1977; First time on CD, limited paper sleeve edition]
Live At Newport II [Rec. 1977; First time on CD, limited paper sleeve edition]
Ten Gallon Shuffle [Rec. 1984; First time on CD, limited paper sleeve edition]
Four Seasons [Rec. 1996; Swing Journal Gold Disc]

Eric Miyashiro
Eric Miyashiro is a Hawaii-born trupmeter who's worked with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and countless other groups. His techniques, brilliant tone, and ability to hit the high notes cleanly and effortlessly are well known.

Miyashiro moved to Japan more than 10 years ago, and gathered a top-notch Japanese studio musicians to form the EM Band. Known for superb execution, contemporary sensibilities, tight ensemble work and wild and festive live performances, the EM Band has steadily been gaining recognition in Japan.

Eastwind Import is proud to present the band's two CDs. They are fast, tight, fun, and full of surprises! If you are a fan of big bands, you must check them out!

Kick Up [Rel. 2000]
Times Square - Live at STB139 [Hybrid SACD][Rec. 2006; DSD recording]

Coming Soon...

  • New releases from Venus: Eric Alexander and One For All!
  • New released from Sawano: Tonu Naissoo and Kiyoshi Kitagawa!
  • New from M&I: Llew Matthews Trio!
  • Hank Jones and the Great Jazz Trio: Two Hybrid SACDs - wonderful sounding DSD recording of live performances in NY, with John Patitucci and Omar Hakim!
  • Chick Corea's fourth trio CD in the "Five Trios" series, with Eddie Gomez and Airto Moreira!



Latest News

by Hajime 10. January 2008 22:29

A Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for all your support, Eastwind Importhad a great first full year of operation. This year we plan to make it grow, adding to our catalog more of Hajime’s favorite jazz musicians as well as some classical XRCDs and SACDs! We hope 2008 will be a groovin’, swingin’ year for all of you!!

Latest News

LAOCAS Software Swap Meet
On January 27, Eastwind Import will bring its entire inventory to the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society's Annual Software Swap Meet at Holiday Inn, Buena Park. Come and buy direct, and save shipping charges! For details, go to the LAOCAS website.

Newport Beach Jazz Party
From February 15 to 17, Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the 8th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, to be held at Marriott Newport Beach. The Party itself begins on Feb. 14. For more info, go to their official website.

Price Increase on Feb. 1
We've been offering the CDs of some Japanese labels (Marshmallow, Venus, Atelier Sawano, and 55 Records) for an exceptionally low price of $22 USD each. We are doing our best to keep costs down, but due to the recent weakening of the US Dollar against Japanese Yen and other changes, unfortunately we are unable to maintain this special price. On February 1, 2008, the price of all CDs from these labels will be increased to $25 USD each. If you have some of these CDs in your wishlist, the time to act is NOW: Take advantage of the special low price before it goes up on Feb. 1!



First Anniversary and Holiday Sale!!

by Hajime 14. December 2007 17:18
A full year has passed since we opened our virtual door on the Internet in late November, 2006. As a token of our appreciation for our friends and customers who supported us during our first year, Eastwind Import is having a special anniversary and holiday sale from December 15 until January 5. Selected items will go on sale on December 15 at this link. Surprise items will be added periodically, so come back and check the ON SALE section often!



New Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 14. December 2007 17:16
Introducing SSJ Records

SSJ Records is a new Japanese jazz label. Mr. Yasuo Sangu has been running the Sinatra Society of Japan -- one of the largest official Frank Sinatra fan club in the world -- for a long time, but he could not contain his love of jazz and decided to launch his own label. Mr. Sangu licenses existing American jazz albums (many of them self-produced), excavates historical gems and produces new recordings.

Eastwind Import welcomes SSJ Records to its family of independent labels, and is proud to introduce some of their best CDs to the international market.

Greg Fishman / Indian Summer
A delightful duo recording of the Chicago-based tenorman and veteran pianist Eddie Higgins. Warm and elegant! [Rec. 1999]

Pinky Winters / World On A String
The Los Angeles-based singer was invited by SSJ to tour Japan and make this wonderful live recording. If you are a jazz vocal fan and haven't heard of Ms. Winters, you're missing out! [Rec. 2006]

Pinky Winters / Rain Sometimes
Ms. Winters' superb studio recording with pianist Richard Rodney Bennett. Bassist Bob Maze joins on four tunes. [Rec. 2001]

Hiroshi Hata / Blues Walk!
The third leader album by the Japanese guitarist, with his long-time partners Peter Washington (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums), is a joy to listen to! [Rec. 2006]

Jackie Paris / The Jackie Paris Sound
One of the definitive works of the song stylist, originally released by East-West Records and long out of print, is finally released on CD for the first time ever! [Rec. 1957-58]

Beverly Kenney / Lonely and Blue
The talented singer left only six official albums in her short life time, but SSJ found an unlikely source material: transcription records made for radio stations. Another world premier release for fans of Beverly Kenney! [Rec. circa 1952]

Also available:
Beverly Kenney / Snuggled on Your Shoulder

Five Recent Releases from Atelier Sawano

Atelier Sawano continues to release wonderful piano trio albums by talented Euroepan artists. If you like piano jazz music, you can't ignore this little special little label!

Tizian Jost Trio / Plays Jobim
A rare piano trio album dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim's beautiful compositions. The German trio's vigor and youthful enthusiasm is contageous! [Rec. 2006]

Arnold Klos Trio / Beautiful Love
A sweet and beautiful hommage to Bill Evans by the veteran Dutch pianist. [Rec. 2007]

Georges Paczynski Trio / Levin' Song
A veteran French drummer recognized for his work both in jazz and classical music, Georges Paczynski recorded this great album with a stellar pianist Jean-Christophe Levinson, who also composed all tunes, and wonderful bassist Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark. A stand-out! [Rec. 1994]

Jack van Poll Trio / Blues and Ballads
Veteran Dutch pianist Jack van Poll's trio date with his German colleagues, Thomas Stabenow on bass and Klaus Weiss on drums. He infuses joy and energy into every tune he plays, and it's infectious! [Rec. 2007]

Vladimir Shafranov Trio / Easy to Love
Fans of the Russian-born pianist, rejoice! His latest release consists materials from the "New York reunion session" with George Mratz and Billy Hart that produced the wonderful New York Revisited (AS-062). [Rec. 2006]

Eight New Arrivals from Venus Records

Bob Kindred Quartet / Blue Moon
The tenor saxophonist's debut CD from Venus is a swinging and romantic collection of standards. With John di Martino, George Mraz and Ben Riley. [Rec. 2004]

Eric Alexander Quartet / Sunday In New York
The tenor titan's second release from Venus was a relaxed and uplifting, swinging straight-ahead session. With John Hicks, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth. [Rec. 2005]

Cedar Walton Trio / Midnight Waltz
The veteran pianist's album impresses with his performance as well as his great compositions like "Bolivia" and "Ugetsu." With David Williams and Jimmy Cobb. [Rec. 2005]

Eddie Higgins Trio / A Fine Romance
Eddie Higgins Trio / A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Eddie Higgins Trio / Secret Love
The veteran pianist with elegant touch went into a studio in October 2006 and recorded 50 love songs in four days. The 50 tunes are slated to be released in four CDs, and the first three are here. Under the tasteful hands of Higgins, with Jay Leonhart and Mark Taylor, these well-known songs are turned into beautiful gems. [Rec. 2006]

John di Martino Trio / Magical Mystery
My personal favorite this month is the Philadelphia-native pianist's Thelonious Monk tribute album. Mr. di Martino and his incredible rhythm section fiercely reimagine the unique Monk compositions and turn them into something very modern and exciting. Highly recommended! [Rec. 2007]

Coming soon...
  • An entire collection of Toshiko Akiyoshi Lew Tabackin Big Band CDs!
  • Eric Miyashiro and other exciting big band CDs!
  • Wonderful CDs by my friends Greg Fishman and Judy Roberts!
  • Chick Corea's new Five Trios series continue!
  • Hank Jones' new live recordings on hybrid SACDs!
  • Hard-to-find reissues of albums by Sir Roland Hanna, Al Haig and Shelly Manne!



New Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 26. November 2007 17:46
Lovisa Lindkvist / That Girl
A debut CD of a talented, young Swedish singer, produced by her father and famous pianist, Bengt Lindkvist. A charming, fresh voice! [Rec. 2006]

Stuff / Stuff
Stuff / More Stuff
Two Japanese reissue CDs of a legendary fusion group with R&B and soul music twist. Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale, Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Steve Gadd and Christopher Parker. [Rec. 1976, 1977]

Jaco Pastrius Big Band / Twins I & II - Live in Japan 1982
Magical, explosive live recording of the legendary "Word of Mouth" Big Band which included Don Alias, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer and Toots Thielemans. If you are a fan of Jaco, this is a must-own 2-CD set! [Rec. 1982]

RCA Female Vocal Series
In 2007, BMG Japan released a collection of specially-priced CDs called the "RCA Female Vocal Series." Ranging from well-known to really obscure, those CDs showcase the golden age of American popular music. Only $13 each!

Dinah Shore / Bouquet of Blues
An all-blues collection of singles by the popular singer with different orchestras and conductors: Harry Zimmerman, Henri Rene and Frank de Vol. [Rec. 1956]

Rosemary Clooney / Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie!
Clooney's first solo album issued from RCA is playful and really swinging! Bob Thompson's orchestra includes star players such as Jimmy Rowles, Pete Candoli and Bud Shank. [Rec. 1960]

Teddi King / To You from Teddi King
Backed by George Siravo and his orchestra, the song stylist shows off her assured techniques, influences from Mildred Bailey and Lee Wiley, and her own charming, honest style of singing. [Rec. 1955]

Great-Sounding XRCDs

Diana Krall / The Look of Love [XRCD24]
Krall's "with strings" album arranged for and conducted by Claus Ogerman gets the audiophile XRCD treatment! Her voice is fuller and the strings more beautiful than on the regular CD. The difference is not subtle! A highly sought after CD that is already out of print. [Rec. 2001]

Dave Grusin / Mountain Dance [XRCD24]
Dave Grusin's early fusion album features Marcus Miller and Harvey Mason. [Rec. 1979]

A perfect sampler CD sought after by audiophiles! This is a superb compilation of new recordings produced by Akira Taguchi. Ranging from a big band to small jazz combos, from a female singer with strings to blues and fusion bands, all tracks are recorded with stunning sound quality.

The Bill Holman Band / A View from the Side [XRCD]
A Grammy winner and one of the best sounding big band albums ever recorded. Highly recommended! [Rec. 1995]

Ernie Watts / Unity [XRCD]
The versatile saxophone player's superb straight ahead date with Geri Allen, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez and Steve Swallow. [Rec. 1994]

John Coltrane / Black Pearls [XRCD]
The classic Coltrane album recorded for Riverside features, Donald Byrd, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. [Rec. 1958]

The Montgomery Brothers Groove Yard [XRCD]
The incredible brothers Wes, Monk and Buddy swings tightly in this very groovy album. Earned a five-star rating from DownBeat. [Rec. 1961]

The Poll Winners [XRCD]
Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne and Ray Brown swing nicely with impeccable technique and taste in this classic album. Beautifully recorded by Roy DuNann.

Bill Evans / Everybody Digs Bill Evans [XRCD]
Aided by Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones, Evans set down some of the most swinging trio sides and three unaccompanies solo performances in his second album as a leader.

Also back in stock:
Hiroko Kokubu / New York Uncovered [XRCD24]
In my opinion, this is one of the best-sounding piano trio recordings ever made. The Japanese pianist/composer is assisted by super bassist Christian McBride and Brazilian percussionist Mino Cinelu. [Rec. 2004]

Carmen McRae As Time Goes By / Carmen McRae Alone Live at the Dug [XRCD24]
A very rare occasion when McRae agreed to do an entire stage with just herself on the piano. A great performance by a great artist. [Rec. 1977]

Two Audiophile quality CDs by Ondekoza

Ondekoza / Fujiyama
A ground-breaking, great-sounding CD by the Japanese Taiko drum group.Using a unique mixture of studio and hall recording, Ondekoza and people at JVC created a truly astonishing sonic marvel. [Rec. 1997]

Ondekoza / Dotou Banri (Direct Cutting Edition)
Ondekoza followed the huge success of Fujiyama with even more ambitious CD: A 100% live-in-performance recording in a concert hall. This limited edition CDs were pressed from a glass master that was directly made cut the analog master tape, eliminating the usual step of creating a digital master. A must-own CD for audiophiles!

Coming soon...
  • A new Japanese label SSJ joins Eastwind Import with their unique CDs by Greg Fishman, Pinky Winters, Jackie Paris, and another previously unreleased material by Beverly Kenney!
  • A set of new releases from Atelier Sawano, including the latest from Vladimir Shafranov, Arnold Klos, Jack Van Poll, Tizian Jost and Jean-Christophe Levinson!
  • New releases from Venus: CDs by Eddie Higgins, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Cedar Walton and John Di Martino!
  • An entire collection of Toshiko Akiyoshi Lew Tabackin Big Band CDs!



Disc Reviews

by Hajime 26. November 2007 17:31
There have been several published reviews of jazz CDs and SACDs that we carry at Eastwind Import!

Read Jim Merod's reviews on Jan Lundgren Trio and Carsten Dahl Trio on Positive Feedback Online!

A wonderful review of FIVE CDs and SACDs we carry, written by Desi Day, is published on Tone Audio Online Vol. 12! Download it and go straight to page 79!




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