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Oct. 28: Greater Orange County Record Show

by Hajime 26. October 2007 23:17
Latest news from Eastwind Import:

This Sunday, Oct. 28: Eastwind Import will be selling CDs at the Greater Orange County Monthly Record Show in Buena Park, CA! Other vendors have lots of vinyl records. If you're in the area and love music, you've got to come to this great event! For more info, go to the Show's website. Hope to see you there!

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 26. October 2007 23:15
The Greatest Hits of Standards by Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio
The three compilation CDs recently released by Pony Canyon consist of great standards recorded by the fourth edition of the GJT, which was formed in 1998 and included drummer Billy Hart and Danish bassist Mads Vinding. An epitome of elegant, tasteful swing!
Vol. 1 - Prelude to a Kiss
Vol. 2 - Stardust
Vol. 3 - My Funny Valentine

Junior Mance Trio / The Shadow of Your Smile
This is a compilation of two recordings made by one of my favorite pianists, Junior Mance, in 1982 and 1983, for drummer Alvin Queen's Nilva label. A jubilant, soulful trio date!

Fabrizio Bosso / Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
The up-and-coming Italian trumpeter dazzles with his romantic, song-like playing in this gorgeous "with strings" disc. Diane Reeves and Italian stars such as Stefano Di Battista and Bebo Ferra contribute as special guests. One of the year's best! [Rec. 2007]

Grant Stewart / The Shadow of Your Smile
Tronto-born, New York resident tenor saxophonist's superb quintet (Peter Bernstein, Tardo Hammer, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash) turns in a fabulous, straight-ahead hard bop album. The inaugural release by a new Japanese independent label Birds Records, headed by Grammy-winning producer Shigeyuki Kawashima. [Rec. 2007]

Chick Corea's Five Trios Series Legendary pianist Chick Corea launched an ambitious project: Issuing five piano trio albums with different rhythm sections (all incredible musicians) almost simultaneously. The first three are now available at Eastwind. Completists may want to wait for the December release of the all-inclusive boxed set, but if you want to pick and choose, here's your chance!
No. 1 - With John Patitucci & Antonio Sanchez / Dr. Joe [Rec. 2007]
No. 2 - With Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnette / From Miles [Live: Rec. 2006]
No. 3 - With Christian McBride & Jeff Ballard / Chillin' in Chelan [Live: Rec. 2005]

Coming soon...
  • Swedish singer Lovisa's debut CD from Spice of Life!
  • Fusion reissues, anyone? Stuff, More Stuff, and the legendary Jaco Pastorius Big Band Live in Japan 1982!
  • Three specially-priced reissues of RCA Victor vocal albums from the 1950s and 1960s: Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore and Teddi King!
  • An array of great-sounding XRCDs including the impossible-to-find XRCD24 edition of Diana Krall's The Look of Love!

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New arrivals

by Hajime 16. October 2007 18:26
Two from 55 Records

Roberta Gambarini & Hank Jones / Lush Life
Eagerly awaited second CD by the brightest new star of jazz singing today is an intimate duo album with the piano master Hank Jones. If you liked her Grammy-nominated debut CD Easy to Love, you'll love this one! [Rec. 2005 & 2006]

Jesse van Ruller / In Pursuit
The latest from the talented Dutch guitarist is a beautiful, exciting and swinging duo album with pianist Bert van den Brink. In my opinion, this is a superior, and more exciting, piano-guitar duo album than the recent release by Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny! [Rec. 2006]

Ron Carter's new recording!

Ron Carter / It's the Time
The veteran bassist's latest release is a wonderful trio album with formidable partners: Mulgrew Miller on piano and Russell Malone on guitar! This is a group to watch, and the CD is even better than the trio's 2003 release Golden Striker! [Rec. 2007]

Three from SwingBros

Ray Kennedy / Soft Winds
Best known as the pianist of the John Pizzarelli Trio, Ray Kennedy showed his many talents with his third release from SwingBros. With Tom Kennedy and Lewis Nash! [Rec. 2007]

NY4 / What's New
John Bunch, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart and Warren Vache's second CD from SwingBros. Wonderful comfort food for all jazz fans. Tastefully swinging jazz, beautifully recorded! [Rec. 2007]

Harry Allen Meets Trio da Paz
Harry Allen's latest output from the Japanese label is a bossa nova album with Trio da Paz, a New York-based group of Brazilian musicians. Excellent bossa nova arrangements of American standard songs! [Rec. 2007]

Coming soon...
  • Reissues of Hank Jones' Great Jazz Trio recordings in the late 1980s!
  • Reissue of Junior Mance Trio's sessions from 1982 and 1983!
  • Beautiful "with strings" album by Italian trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso!
  • Premier release by the newly launched Birds Records: Shadow of Your Smile by Grant Stewart!
  • Chick Corea's brand-new trio recording with John Patitucci and Antonio Sanchez!

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Latest News

by Hajime 16. October 2007 18:24
The special sale event at the Big Band Showcase (October 4-7) was a great success! It was a pleasure meeting the fans and musicians, and of course, our valued customers. We'd like to thank The Los Angeles Jazz Institute for inviting us to this wonderful event!

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Selected reissue CDs on sale!

by Hajime 27. September 2007 17:33
Selected vocal and instrumental jazz reissues ON SALE!

For a limited time, the hard-to-find CDs by Sue Raney, Beverly Kenney, Annie Ross, Monica Lewis, Helen Merrill, Jim Hall, Bud Shank, Ray Bryant, Al Cohn & Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Criss, Kenny Drew, Doug Watkins, Chico Hamilton and Milt Jackson are available for $15 each (regular price $18)!

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 27. September 2007 17:31
Five newly reissued Three Blind Mice hybrid SACDs

The third batch of classic TBM album reissued by Sony Music. The original analog tapes were remastered using the latest DSD technology, resulting in stunningly vivid sound. Special limited paper sleeve edition.

Kosuke Mine Quintet / Mine
A stunning debut album by a young and progressive saxophonist, and the very first LP released in 1970 by the TBM.

Masaru Imada Quartet / Now!!
The second album released by the fledgling TBM, and the pianist's first leader album for the label. Imada's original compositions show his lyrical, "quiet but emotional" qualities.

Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke Mine Quartet / Yellow Carcass in the Blue
Considered as an important album by the talented singer, where she really began to show her original qualities. It also showcases the Kosuke Mine Quartet, who play two tunes on their own.

Kanai Hideto Group / Q
The sixth album released by TBM turned the spotlight on the veteran bassist who had been pursuing a very progressive, unique and uncompromising kind of jazz since the early 1960s.

Isao Suzuki Trio / Black Orpheus
Isao Suzuki, the international star bassist who gave us Blow Up! and Blue City is joined by another star player of the TBM label, the soulful pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto. A great album!

A new arrival from Atelier Sawano!

Vladimir Shafranov Trio / Kids Are Pretty People
My favorite Russian pianist's 2005 recording with his regular trio. A delightful collections of eclectic tunes!

Two new arrivals from M&I!

Eric Reed Trio / Blue Monk
Pianist Eric Reed's fourth leader album for the Japanese M&I label is a collection of tunes with the word "blue" or "blues" in their titles. His super trio, with Ron Carter and Carl Allen, explores many shades of blue.

Dominick Farinacci / Sounds in My Life
The SIXTH leader album of a talented, young American trumpet player (and student of Wynton Marsalis) released by M&I. The cool opening tune is a killer!

Two CDs by Japanese Hammond B-3 organist Atsuko Hashimoto!

Atsuko Hashimoto / Full Organ
A quintessential organ trio album, with Yutaka Hashimoto, her husband, on guitar and the veteran Jimmie Smith on drums. Atsuko's astonishing technique, and her jubilant energy and sense of humor are in full display. Groovy!

Atsuko Hashimoto Organ Trio and Voices / Songs We Love
Atsuko's latest release adds a twist to the usual trio format in the form of three singers. A very satisfying album with a great selection of songs, nicely executed!

Coming soon...
  • New arrivals from 55 Records: Jesse Van Ruler's guitar-piano duo and Roberta Gambarini's duo with Hank Jones!
  • Ron Carter's latest trio release with Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone!
  • New arrivals from SwingBros: Harry Allen, Ray Kennedy and NY4!
  • Three reissues of Hank Jones' Great Jazz Trio recordings in the late 1980s!

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New arrivals: Jazz at the Pawnshop SACD Box Set and Great Sounding XRCDs!

by Hajime 17. September 2007 23:53
Jazz at the Pawnshop / 30th Anniversary SACD Box Set
If you are an audiophile, you probably have heard about these sessions recorded at the jazz club Stampen (Pawnshop) in Stockholm in 1976 by Gert Palmcrantz. They have an extraordinary presence and a genuine live feeling, and has been regarded as the best jazz recording of the century.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary, this exciting new release comes in an exclusive three-SACD box set with bonus DVD video interviews with the musicians and engineers. This limited numbered edition includes twenty minutes of previously unreleased music, and all tracks have been digitally remastered. Only 3000 copies were made world wide and we only have a few copies left. If you want to own a piece of audiophile history, don't put it off!

Eight great sounding XRCDs now available!

I recently had a pleasure of meeting Mr. Akira Taguchi, the legendary, Grammy-winning producer who created the great-sounding XRCD at JVC. After learning the special mastering and manufacturing processes and the talent, energy and passion that go into their production, I have a renewed respect for these very special products. They represent a pinnacle of audiophile dedication and pursuit of excellence in today's sea of mediocre sounding CDs.

I have made a commitment to myself to acquire as many of these rare XRCDs as possible and offer them to my customers who care about good sound. In this Newsletter we feature eight XRCDs that feature wonderful jazz music and invariably sound great. Look forward to see many more XRCDs in our catalog in the future!

Hiroko Kokubu / Bridge [XRCD]
This is a "fusion" style album by Hiroko Kokubu, a talented Japanese pianist and composer. The 1996 recording boasts a cast of top-notch fusion musicians on the West Coast including Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel, Ramon Stagnaro and Tommy Coster, Jr. A sonic triumph for Mr. Taguchi!

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio / Girl Talk [XRCD24]
This is Tsuyoshi Yamamoto's sixth leader album released by the audiophile Three Blind Mice label. With bluesy and soulful style influenced by Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, Yamamoto and his trio tackled well-known jazz standards in this great-sounding session. Winner of Swing Journal's Best Engineered Jazz Disc Award in 1976!

Ella Fitzgerald Joe Pass / Take Love Easy [XRCD]
This "duologue" album with Joe Pass is considered by many as one of the best albums by the great Ella Fitzgerald, and possibly one of the best jazz vocal albums ever made! The exceptional recording sounds very warm and intimate. [Rec. 1973]

Sarah Vaughan / How Long Has This Been Going On? [XRCD]
For this special session that took 30 years in the making, the great singer was paired with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson. An essential jazz vocal album. [Rec. 1978]

John Coltrane Settin' the Pace [XRCD2]
Following the successful albums Traneing In and Soultrane, this is another masterpiece by Coltrane and the Red Garland Trio that should belong to every jazz lover's collection. Wow! [Rec. 1958]

Blue Mitchell / Blue's Moods [XRCD]
This is considered by many as the best album made by Mitchell, a talented hard-bop trumpeter with a beautiful tone and a relaxed, calm and cool persona. [Rec. 1960]

Stan Getz with Cal Tjader [XRCD2]
This 1958 encounter between the two jazz greats was very special. The wonderful collaboration also features very young Scot LaFaro and Billy Higgins.

Oscar Peterson & Dizzy Gillespie [XRCD2]
When Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie went into a studio in London in 1974, they made history. A rare duo album featuring "Caravan" and "Dizzy's Atmosphere."

Coming soon…
  • Newly reissued Three Blind Mice hybrid SACDs!
  • New arrivals from Atelier Sawano (Vladimir Shafranov) and M&I (Eric Reed, Dominick Farinacci)!
  • Two CDs from Atsuko Hashimoto, a petite and demure Japanese lady who plays the Hammond B-3 organ like there’s no tomorrow!

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9 new arrivals from Venus Records!

by Hajime 12. September 2007 01:40
New arrivals at Eastwind Import:
Nine new arrivals from Venus Records including four brand-new releases!


Ken Peplowski Quartet / When You Wish Upon a Star
One of the very few who can play both tenor sax and clarinet really well, Ken Peplowski did something special for this eagerly awaited new release: He played each tune twice, once with tenor sax and once with clarinet! Specially priced 2CD set. Wonderful music, great sound. [Rec. 2006]

George Garzone & Trio Da Paz / Night of My Beloved
Great tenor sax player and highly respected educator, George Garzone was paired with Trio da Paz, a superb Brazilian trio led by the great guitarist Romero Lubambo. And, as if this was not enough, piano master Kenny Werner lent his sensitive hands. Beautiful, romantic bossa nova, masterfully played. [Rec. 2006]

Bob Kindred Quartet / Nights of Boleros and Blues
Underexposed but great tenor saxophonist, Bob Kindred released his second CD from Venus; a collection of boleros and other Latin tunes. Romantic, mysterious and seductive. [Rec. 2006]

Roma Trio / Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
The specialty of this youngish Italian trio led by pianist Luca Mannutza (b. 1968) is time. They shift tempi organically and unexpectedly in mid-tune, and frequently employ odd meter rhythm arrangements to well-known jazz standards. Fresh new talent! [Rec. 2006]

Dan Nimmer Trio / Tea for Two
Dan Nimmer is a brilliant young pianist from Milwaukee who is currently a member of Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Jazz Orchestra. In this auspicious debut album, he shows youthful enthusiasm, beautiful touch, impeccable technique and an uncanny sense of swing. Delightful! [Rec. 2005]

David Hazeltine Trio / Cleopatra's Dream
One of the great pianists and arrangers of our time, David Hazeltine reimagined and reconstructed Bud Powell's compositions; not an easy task. Hazeltine succeeded brilliantly by not imitating Powell's breathlessly intense style, but instead bringing out the inner beauty -- elegant melodies and even tenderness -- of his compositions. Impressive! [Rec. 2005]

Steve Kuhn Trio / Pavane for a Dead Princess
With this hit CD, talented pianist Steve Kuhn surprised Japanese audience by turning compositions by Chopin, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Faure and Brahms into swinging jazz. An adventurous, ultimately successful project. You have to listen to believe that it works! [Rec. 2005]

Steve Kuhn Trio / Waltz - Blue Side
Steve Kuhn Trio / Waltz - Red Side
This two-CD project had a very interesting concept: Kuhn selected an all-waltz program and played them twice with two different bassists -- Gary Peacock on the "Blue Side" and Eddie Gomez on the "Red Side." With Billy Drummond holding the drum chair on both trios, the two sets of performances could not be more different from each other. They provide a fascinating insight into the spontaneity of music creation and how jazz musicians react to each other. [Rec. 2002]

Coming soon…
  • More great-sounding XRCDs!
  • Newly reissued Three Blind Mice hybrid SACDs!
  • New arrivals from Atelier Sawano (Vladimir Shafranov) and M&I (Eric Reed, Dominick Farinacci)!
  • Two CDs from Atsuko Hashimoto, a petite and demure Japanese lady who plays the Hammond B-3 organ like there’s no tomorrow!

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 7. September 2007 15:11
Two excellent CDs from BluePort Jazz!

Nancy Marano / Sure Thing
Nancy Marano is a world-class jazz singer with a beautiful voice and spectacular chops. In this "bi-coastal" album, she gathered two brilliant groups both in New York and Los Angeles and created a very successful, satisfying album. [Rec. 2000]

Joe Diorio Trio / Live
A brilliant guitarist and highly respected educator, Joe Diorio performed this stunning set in front of a small audience at a hotel lounge. No rehearsals, no arrangements. Magical music created on the spot by three master musicians. [Rec. 1991]

Two great-sounding Hybrid SACDs from Eighty-Eight's

The Great Jazz Trio / Speak Low
A brilliant trio album by Hank Jones, John Pattitucci and Jack DeJohnette. Pure DSD recording. Winner of 2005 Swing Journal Best Engineered Jazz Disc Award. Wow! [Rec. 2005]

Count Basie Orchestra / Basie Is Back
The first ever recording of the greatest legacy big band under the direction of Bill Hughes took place in 2005 in Sendai, Japan, and features the great Butch Miles on drums. The exciting, fun, swinging performance was captured perfectly by DSD recording. Nice!

Five reissues of Japanese jazz: Hybrid SACDs from Sony Music!

Sadao Watanabe / Sadao Watanabe
Japanese jazz legend Sadao Watanabe went to Africa for the first time shortly before this album was recorded. He was deeply inspired by what he saw and heard in Kenya, both musically and as a human being, and he went into the studio while this inspiration was fresh and his memories vivid. [Rec. 1972]

Gary Peacock / Voices
Gary Peacock, perhaps best known as the bassist of the Keith Jarrett Trio, lived in Japan for two years from 1970 until 1972. While immersing himself in oriental philosophies and culture, he created an impressive album with the top Japanese musicians. With its Zen-like austerity, free form and spirituality, many consider this album a towering achievement by Peacock and a masterpiece of that era. [Rec. 1971]

Kimiko Kasai with Gil Evans Orchestra / Satin Doll
An important collaboration between Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai and the "magician of the sound" Gil Evans. His arrangements support Kasai beautifully: they are musical, unobtrusive, sympathetic and very effective. With this wonderful backing, Kasai gives an inspired, swinging and soulful vocal performance. [Rec. 1972]

Yoshio Suzuki / Friends
The first leader album by the renowned bassist Yoshio "Chin" Suzuki with top-tier Japanese musicians. Listening to this album together with his latest, 2007 CD For You (FNCJ-1001), one understands that his strengths as a bassist are his rock-solid beat and warm, big tone. [Rec. 1973]

Kimiko Itoh / Follow Me
A gorgeous contemporary jazz vocal album produced by Steve Gadd and strings arranged by Richard Tee. (They both perform as well.) The title song -- a vocal adaptation of Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" -- climbed to No. 16 in the US Contemporary Jazz Chart when the original album was released in 1989. [Rec. 1988]

Coming soon…
  • New arrivals from Venus Records, Atelier Sawano and more XRCDs!
  • Newly reissued Three Blind Mice hybrid SACDs!

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Big Band Shoecase: Oct 4-7 in Los Angeles

by Hajime 7. September 2007 15:09
Latest news from Eastwind Import

For those of us who came to the West Coast Jazz Party in Irvine, CA, thank you! The sale event was a huge success, and I had a great time talking to our customers and wonderful musicians.

Eastwind Import is now invited to the Big Band Showcase (October 4-7), an event hosted by the Los Angeles Jazz Institute. All the great American big bands will be there, including the Bill Holman Band, Terry Gibbs Dream Band, Bob Florence Limited Edition and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz tra! We'll bring special big band CDs to Four Points Sheraton LAX. For more info, go to the website of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute.

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