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Latest News - T.H.E. Show Newport

by Hajime 16. June 2011 15:41
T.H.E. Show Newport Beach a big success!

The Home Entertainment Show (T.H.E. Show) Newport Beach, held at Irvine Hilton on June 3-5, 2011, was a smashing success! With 6,000 unique attendees, 100 exhibition rooms and 300 exhibitors, in its first year it became the BIGGEST consumer high end audio show in North America. Eastwind Import sold tons of CDs and LPs, and the Concert Fidelity room with Reference 3A loudspeakers and CRL cables received enthusiastic compliments from many visitors.

Those of you who came to T.H.E. Show, thank you! If you are thinking about coming next year, the date is already set (June 1-3, 2012) and it will be at the same location. It will be even bigger and more exciting, so save the date now!

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Jazz For Japan Charity CD now available!

by Hajime 16. June 2011 15:30
Jazz For Japan Charity CD is finally here!!

Various Artists / Jazz For Japan [2CD]

Steve Gadd, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Tom Scott, Billy Childs, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Alfonso Johnson, Larry Goldings, Chuck Berghofer, Bob James, Keiko Matsui, David T Walker... These and other top jazz musicians gathered at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood on March 23 and 24 to record a very special charity album. All of them have special appreciation for Japanese fans who have enthusiastically supported jazz, the uniquely American art form jazz.

Producer Larry Robinson of Avatar Records conceived the idea of a charity CD and in less than two weeks, the two-day recording session was in progress, thanks to the Capitol Studios and others who generously donated the studio time and volunteered their time. Nobody involved in this project, from recording engineers and caterers, made a dime, and the musicians played their hearts out, thinking about their Japanese friends and hoping to make a positive impact through music.

I was fortunate enough to be in the studio on March 24 to witness the recording (you can read my report here, and I am extremely happy now to make available the resulting album to my customers. I don't have to tell you the caliber and musicianship of those who participated in the recording. The 2-disc set includes 14 tracks, all great performances of jazz standards, both in straight ahead and contemporary flavors.

This is a great jazz album in and of itself. As a bonus, by purchasing this CD, you can make a difference in the lives of the earthquake victims in Japan. As a Japanese citizen living in the U.S., I THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity!

Various Artists / Jazz For Japan [2CD]

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New arrival CDs & SHM-SACDs at Eatwind Import

by Hajime 16. June 2011 15:24
Two New Releases from Atelier Sawano

Paolo Di Sabatino Trio with Horns / Luna Del Sud
New release from Atelier Sawano: Italian pianist Paolo Di Sabatino's latest CD features an ensemble consisting of his core piano trio plus two sax players and a trumpeter. Accessible, sophisticated, sunny and bright!

Nikoletta Szoke / Shape Of My Heart
New release from Atelier Sawano: Hungarian singer Nikoletta Szoke's latest CD features covers of Sting, Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Aretha Franklin and five original songs. Great Hungarian pianist Robert Lakatos' support is superb as always.

Warner Music Japan's SHM-SACD Jazz Reissues

Following Universal Japan's wildly successful SHM-SACD reissue series, Warner Music Japan began re-releasing its classic jazz titles, sourced from Warner and Atlantic labels. They are all world premier releases on SACD and feature brand-new, 2011 DSD remastering based on 24-bit, 192kHz digital masters sourced from the U.S. The single-layer SACDs are pressed on Super High Material (SHM) discs and a green coating is applied on the label surface. Ultimate digital sound for audiophiles! Requires an SACD player.

Modern Jazz Quartet / Plays No Sun In Venice [SHM-SACD, Mono]

Modern Jazz Quartet / The Last Concert [SHM-SACD]
Charles Mingus / Pithecanthropus Erectus [SHM-SACD, Mono]
Keith Jarrett Trio / Somewhere Before [SHM-SACD]
Ornette Coleman / The Shape of Jazz to Come [SHM-SACD]
John Coltrane Giant Steps [SHM-SACD, Mono]
John Coltrane My Favorite Things [SHM-SACD, Mono]
Bill Evans / You Must Believe In Spring [SHM-SACD]
Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans / Affinity [SHM-SACD]
Carmen McRae / The Great American Songbook [SHM-SACD]

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import: CDs, SACDs, Vinyl LPs!

by Hajime 18. May 2011 21:48
New Arrival CDs

Ron Carter's Great Big Band
Master bassist's first-ever big band album is a winner! Superb arrangements by Bob Freedman, wide-ranging materials and great playing by first-call New York musicians. One of the best big band albums in recent years! (Rec. 2010)

Steve Grossman / Homecoming
Legendary saxophonist comes back to New York and records his first album in over 10 years! Features Larry Willis (p), Joe Farnsworth (ds) and John Webber (b). (Rec. 2010)

Harvie S Trio / Too Late Now
Veteran bassist's never-before-released recording with Bill Charlap (p) and Todd Strait (ds). Recorded in 1988, these discovered tapes feature the then-22 years old Charlap in his first official recording!

Dizzy Reece & Tubby Hayes / Changing The Jazz At Buckingham Palace
A rare reissue CD! Swing Journal Jazz Disc Award Best Reissue/Compilation Award Winner! This charming album, originally released by Savoy, couples performances by two groups led by saxophonist Tubby Hayes and trumpeter Dizzy Reece, respectively. Great examples of British hard bop in the 1950s! (Rec. 1956)

Ann Burton / Laughing At Life - Luis van Dijk Sessions
Stunning discovery! Winner of 2010 Jazz Critique Magazine Lost & Found Award! This CD gives us access to the previously unreleased recordings of the great Dutch singer. Recorded for radio broadcasts, these tapes were found in the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This CD (Volume 1) combines three different recordings made between 1970 and 1984, all featuring the wonderful piano accompaniment by Louis van Dijk.

Universal Japan's single-layer SHM-SACD reissue series continues!

Bill Evans Trio / Explorations + 2 [SHM-SACD]
Miles Davis Quintet / Cookin' [SHM-SACD]
Sonny Rollins / Way Out West [SHM-SACD]

The latest vinyl LPs from Venus Records: 10 titles on superb-sounding 200 gram vinyl, Japanese pressing limited edition! Ultimate audiophile experience!

Nicki Parrott / Black Coffee [200g LP]
Bill Charlap / I'm Old Fashioned [200g LP]
Steve Kuhn Trio / I Will Wait For You - The Music Of Michel Legrand [200g LP]
Alexis Cole with One For All / You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To [200g LP]
Cedar Walton Trio / Song Of Delilah - The Music Of Victor Young [200g LP]
Fred Hersch Trio / Everybody’s Song But My Own [200g LP]
John di Martino Trio / Moliendo Cafe [200g LP]
Dan Nimmer Trio / Modern Day Blues [200g LP]
Simone & Her Hawaiian Jazz Band / Aromas Of Hawaii [200g LP]
Champian Fulton Trio / Sometimes I'm Happy [200g LP]

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Introducing Fono Acustica Armonico cables

by Hajime 17. May 2011 14:58
Eastwind Import proudly introduces Fono Acustica Armonico cables.

When was the last time you experienced the sensation of real music? Was it a live performance? Perhaps a symphony or a jazz jam... How attainable is this experience in your listening room? Is it close enough for the critical listener to abandon himself to the passion of music?

Now there is Fono Acustica
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Fono Acustica is a new, unique cable manufacturer based in Andalucia, Spain. Focused on high end performance with an artisanal aesthetic, their goal is to help audiophiles discover the true potential of their existing electronics. To overcome the performance limitations of existing designs, the principal designers of Fono Acustica spent years in their search for a better solution, and found one in the unique precious metal conductors and simple but labor-intensive, no-compromise construction.

Eastwind Import is proud to be one of their first US dealers and to present their exquisite Armonico audio cable line.

To Spanish vintners the term "Armonico" signifies harmonious balance: the maximum expression of quality. Discover in Armonico Audio Cables a harmony of musical expression and audio perfection, of high performance and the aesthetics of hand-crafted design. In revealing the source they reveal themselves.

Quality
Armonico cables are hand-crafted from the finest materials. The wire is manufactured specifically for Fono Acustica as a proprietary blend of silver, gold and palladium, in an optimal ratio determined through listening. These solid-core conductors are then hand-wrapped with teflon dielectric tapes and then put into a silicon tube for EMI/RFI shielding. They are terminated with Oyaide's best connectors and solder alloy approaching 100% pure silver content. Each cable requires 20 hours of assembly and test time. All cables are burned in at factory using specialized equipment.

Performance
Armonico cables have a superb resolving power and definition, and super-quiet, "black" background. They have a sense of astonishing openness and immediacy, exteremly wide bandwidth, neutral frequency balance and tonal purity--correct pitch and timbre that is critical to conveying nuance and realism. The music flows with tremendous dynamic energy, weight, and transient attack. All this is achieved without being analytical, hard or cold. Through Armonico cables, the music retains its organic expression.

Value
While expensive, Armonico cables consistently outperform top-of-the-line, super-expensive cables from thw world's top brands, including those costing much more. Armonico cables are perfect for audiophiles who want the best cables in the world to realize the full potential of their existing high end audio systems.

Features:
  • Solid core conductors made of a specially blended alloy of silver, gold and palladium
  • Teflon dielectric, silicone tube for RFI/EMI shielding
  • Oyaide's best connectors
  • Pure silver solder
  • African hardwood "block" for resonance control
  • Hand crafted in Spain
US Price List

Digital - RCA or BNC
1 meter: $3,400.00
Additional 0.5m: $530.00

Digital - XLR
1 meter: $3,950.00
Additional 0.5m: $600.00

Interconnects - RCA
1 meter pair: $6,850.00
Additional 0.5m: $1,300.00

Interconnects - XLR
1 meter pair: $8,100.00
Additional 0.5m: $1,500.00

Power Cord
1.5 meter: $7,300.00
Additional 0.5m: $1,300.00

Speaker Cable
2 meter x 4 legs: $18,500.00
Additional 0.5m: $4,700.00
Jumper 30 cm x 4 legs: $4,900.00

Phono Cable - RCA-RCA, DIN-RCA or 90 degrees DIN-RCA
1 meter: $9,000.00
Additional 0.5m: $2,600.00

Due to the nature of the product, we do not offer these cables for an online purchase. If you are interested, please call Hajime at 714-334-0759 or send an email to hajime@eastwindimport.com.

Domestic shipping in US is absolutely FREE! (UPS Ground with insurance)

For manufacturer's warranty and additional product information, go to Fono Acustica Website.


Reviews:

"The Armonico cables produced a warm, rich, physical sound... The midrange was vivid and harmonically saturated, while the top end was satin-smooth... [T]he Armonicos' richness and romance were so pronounced that I found it easy to imagine many listeners immediately falling in love with them, given the icy quality of so many contemporary recordings and audio components."
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile Vol. 34, No. 6 (June 2011)

"The Spanish-made Fono Acustica: Armonico's are musical to the max in any language... [T]he Armonico's are wonderful, and surely destined to be in some of the world's best systems.
"[T]hese cables undoubtedly perform near the top of the heap."

- Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback Online Issue 55

Here's what Robert H. Levi, the prominent reviewer for Positive Feedback Online, had to say about the Armonico cables: (Read the full review here.)

Power Cord
"extraordinary"
"a true sonic beauty"
"increased sense of realism"
"adds a bit of blood and guts to the mid-range performance"

Speaker Cables
"a top speaker cable and most wonderful even if you have ultra-fast diamond tweeters and ceramic drivers"
"Their musicality is undoubted. Their overall presentation of definition is outstanding."

Digital
"The mids filled out and warmed the lovely definition of my hi-res Alesis 24/96 discs. There just seems to be more there than my other digital cables could muster."
"another top choice for any music lover"

Interconnects
"super harmonious and nicely detailed"





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T.H.E. Show Newport Beach

by Hajime 1. May 2011 21:00

June 3-5, 2011: Eastwind Import will bring its entire inventory to The Home Entertainment Show (T.H.E. Show) Newport Beach, California, to be held at Irvine Hilton right across from the Orange County/John Wayne Airport. Co-sponsored by T.H.E. Show and the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society, this will be the biggest audio event in the history of Southern California!

In addition to audio exhibitions and panel discussions, we'll have a classic car show, wine tasting, a cigar show, and an international jazz festival! Japanese high-end audio manufacturer Concert Fidelity will also have a room with its no-compromise, super-high performance components, with partners Divergent Technologies (Reference 3A Grand Veena loudspeakers) and Cable Research Lab! For details, please go to www.theshownewport.

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Eastwind Import at Brooks Berdan

by Hajime 1. May 2011 20:58

Joining the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society's monthly meeting, Eastwind Import will be at Brooks Berdan Ltd. in Monrovia to sell digital software (CDs, SACDs, XRCDs, etc.) on Saturday, May 21 (4-8pm). If you are in the area, please come and join us! For details, please go to www.laocas.com.

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Jazz For Japan Update

by Hajime 1. May 2011 20:43
The charity album for the victims of Japanese earthquake/tsunami disasters, Jazz For Japan, recorded in March by top jazz musicians in Los Angeles, was released for download at iTunes on April 5.

The CD version, a two-disc set, will be released on June 1 in Japan. Eastwind Import will import and distribute it worldwide, so please look forward to it!

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 1. May 2011 20:36
New Arrivals

Audiophile new vinyl records: Still the best way to listen to music!

June Christy / Something Cool [180g LP]
Out of print, fabulous CISCO reissue of a classic vocal album! Limited supplies!

Herbie Hancock / Takin' Off [180g LP]
Out of print, fabulous CISCO reissue of a classic Blue Note album! Individually numbered limited edition!

Dexter Gordon One Flight Up [180g LP]
Out of print, fabulous CISCO reissue of a classic Blue Note album! Individually numbered limited edition!

Ilona Knopfler / Life The Life [180g LP]
Out of print, fabulous CISCO vinyl LP edition of a great vocal album by brilliant French singer Ilona Knopfler. This 2005 recording features the wonderful vocals and great American jazz musicians including Rufus Reed, Antonio Hart, Paquito D'rivera and Sean Jones! Limited supplies!

Milt Jacksin & Coleman Hawkins / Bean Bags [180g LP]
A wonderful sounding Rhino vinyl reissue of a classic 1958 album featuring Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Jones and Connie Kay! Limited to 2500 copies!

Tubby Hayes and The Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott [180g LP]
180-gram vinyl reissue of a rare and extremely desirable 1957 LP, originally released on legendary UK jazz label Tempo! Limited to only 500 copies!

An Evening With Tony Kinsey [180g LP]
180-gram vinyl reissue of a rare and extremely desirable 1961 LP, originally released on legendary UK jazz label Tempo! Features the leader/drummer Kinsey along with Tubby Hayes and Jimmy Deuchar. Limited to only 500 copies!

Oscar Peterson Trio / We Get Requests [180g LP]
One of the most popular Peterson albums ever, and a long-time audiophile favorite. Superb German pressing by Speakers Corner!

Duke Ellington / Festival Session [180g LP]
Hard-to-find Ellington stereo LP on Columbia from 1959. This European pressing reissue (Direct Metal Mastering on original George Neumann Cutting System) sounds fabulous and even contains two bonus tracks!

Marty Paich / The Broadway Bit [180g LP]
One of the greatest West Coast big band albums, originally released by Warner Bros. in 1959! European pressing reissue.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet / What Is There To Say? [180g LP]
European pressing reissue of a classic Mulligan album originally released by Columbia in 1959. The golden quartet includes Art Farmer, Bill Crow and Dave Bailey!

Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges [180g LP]
European pressing reissue of a classic Verve album, one of the "Mulligan Meets" series featuring the inimitable alto saxophonist from the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Anita O'Day / Anita Sings For Oscar [
European pressing reissue of a classic Verve album, featuring Anita O'Day with the Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis!

Stan Getz / West Coast Jazz [180g LP]
European pressing reissue of a classic Verve album, featuring Getz with Conte Candoli, Lou Levi, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne!

Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh [180g LP]
European pressing reissue of a classic Atlantic album, featuring two great saxophonists of the Lennie Tristano school!

Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan / Konitz Meets Mulligan [180g LP]
Pure Pleasure Records' vinyl limited-edition reissue of a classic jazz album, audiophile remastering by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray! Originally released by Pacific Jazz, this is a spontaneous and inventive album featuring the two leaders with Chet Baker, Larry Bunker, Carson Smith and Joe Mondragon!

Chet Baker & Crew [180g 2LP]
This very special Pure Pleasure reissue double album expands on the original Pacific Jazz release by adding six bonus tracks! Great music, great sound!

Sonny Stitt Sits In With The Oscar Peterson Trio [180g LP]
Pressed in Germany, thsi Speakers Corner reissue of a classic Verve album sounds fabulous! A wonderful "jam session" album recorded in 1959 in Paris during a Jazz at the Philharmonic tour!

John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio / Traneing In [LP]
Original Jazz Classics (OJC) vinyl reissue of a classic Prestige album, featuring the young Coltrane with the great Red Garland Trio with Paul Chambers and Art Taylor!

Keith Jarrett Trio / Still Live [180g 2LP]
ECM's anniversay vinyl reissue of one of the most celebrated trio recordings by Keith Jarrett! Audiophile high quality pressing, made in Germany. A superb live album!

Elvis Presley / 24 Karat Hits! [180g 45rpm 3LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience: 45 rpm, 180 gram 3 LP set, mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound! Elvis' 24 greatest recordings compiled and remastered from the original one-, two- and three-track master tapes!

Elvis Presley / Elvis Is Back! [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience: 45 rpm, 180 gram 2 LP set, mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound! Elvis' major come back album after his military service ended in 1960, including monumental worldwide hits "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "It's Now Or Never!"

Don Rendell / Meet Don Rendell [10-inch LP]
Rare vinyl reissue of a highly desirable first-ever 10-inch LP released by Tempo label in 1955. The elegant tenor of the Lester Young-school saxophonist is featured with a liltingly swinging trio. A true collector's item!

A newly discovered live recording by Zoot Sims, released by Marshmallow Records simultaneously on CD and vinyl LP!

Zoot Sims / Live In Yamagata Vol. 1 [CD]
Zoot Sims Live / In Yamagata Vol. 1 [180g LP]
A great-sounding, stereo recording of Zoot Sims in concert during his tour of Japan in 1977! Features Dave McKenna, Bucky Pizzarelli, Major Holley and Jake Hanna. Hand-numbered limited edition, only 999 copies pressed worldwide!

New Arrivals - CDs

Cedar Walton Trio / Song Of Delilah - The Music Of Victor Young
New release from Venus Records! A brand-new trio recording by the veteran pianist, with Buster Williams and Willie Jones III!

Fred Hersch Trio / Everybody’s Song But My Own
New release from Venus Records! One of the most creative and lyrical pianists of our time, Fred Hersch's debut recording for Venus Records is a truly impressive trio album!

Nicki Parrott and Ken Peplowski / Like A Lover
New release from Venus Records! Two of the most popular jazz musicians in the Venus Records' roster got together for a superb duo album! Multi-talented Nicki plays the bass and sings at the same time, while Ken provides great obligatos and wonderful solos on tenor sax and clarinet.

Barney Wilen Quintet / Passione
Venus Records' Masterpiece Collection Series: Limited-edition reissue CD in gate-fold paper sleeve. French saxophonist Barney Wilen's last recording from 1995 features Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava.

John Hicks Trio / Moanin' - Portrait of Art Blakey
Venus Records' Masterpiece Collection Series: Limited-edition reissue CD in gate-fold paper sleeve. A Jazz Messengers alum, pianist John Hicks' tribute to Art Blakey, recorded in 1992.

Luca Mannutza Sound Six / Tribute To Sextet 60
A new Italian jazz release by Albore Jazz: Pianist Luca Mannutza (Roma Trio, High Five) formed an all-star sextet with three horn players (including the great Max Ionata) to play his favorite jazz tunes from the 1960s. Brillinat!

Dario Carnovale Trio / Exit For Three
A new Italian jazz release by Albore Jazz: A stunning international debut CD by talented, young Sicilian pianist, featuring all-original compositions and outstanding Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev.

Naoko Sakata Trio / Kaleidoscope
New release from Atelier Sawano! A wonderful debut album by talented Japanese pianist with Swedish bandmates. A program of original compositions rewards listeners with moments of breathtaking beauty!

Wilton Gaynair / Blue Bogey [CD]
Eagerly awaited CD edition of Sawano's rare vinyl reissue: Jamaican sax player's one-horn leader album recorded in 1959 for UK's Tempo label!

Chris Minh Doky / Scenes From A dream
New release from Videoarts Music: A cinematic, lyrical and poetic album by the Danish bassist featuring Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings and the Metropole Orkest led by Vince Mendoza!

Giovanni Mirabassi Trio / Live At The Blue Note, Tokyo
New release from Videoarts Music: The latest from the Italian star pianist is a hot and swinging trio concert recorded at The Blue Note Tokyo! Features Gianluca Renzi on bass and Leon Parker on drums.

Carol Welsman / Memories Of You [HQCD]
Winner of the Gold Award (vocal category) in the 2009 Jazz Critique Mazagine Jazz Disc Award! Canadian singer/pianist's special project released by a Japanese label is a tribute to Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee! Features Ken Peplowski on clarinet and guest drummer Frank Capp.

Modern Jazz Quartet European Concert [SHM-CD] [2CD]
MJQ's legendary, first live album from 1960, reissued in its full sonic glory on limited-edition SHM-CD!

Sahib Shihab / Sahib's Jazz Party [HQCD]
A rare reissue of a highly sought after live album by Sahib Shihab, recorded for a Danish minor label in 1963. In the band is Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen who was 17 years old at the time!

Anthony Smith Quartet / Plays The Lady & The Queen [CD+DVD-ROM]
New release from BluePort Jazz! San Diego-based pianist's original compositions, written for a play about the lives of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, are performed by a group of wonderful young musicians! Stunning, pure audiophile recording is provided on a regular CD and a DVD-ROM disc containing 24 bit/96 kHz WAV files (playable on computer only)!

Diana Krall / All For You [XRCD24]
One of Diana Krall's early albums with her drum-less trio featuring the great Russell Malone on guitar is now available on superior-sounding XRCD!

Freddie Hubbard / Open Sesame [XRCD24]
Audio Wave's stunning Blue Note XRCD reissue series continues with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's first album as leader, recorded in 1960. With Tina Brooks and McCoy Tyner!

Jackie McLean / Bluesnik [XRCD24]
Audio Wave's stunning Blue Note XRCD reissue series continues with alto saxophonist's all-blues album, recorded in 1962. With Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Drew and Doug Watkins!

Anne Bisson / Blue Mind [CD]
Anne Bisson Blue Mind [180g LP]
Anne Bisson and Simaudio joined forces with legendary producer and arranger Guy St-Onge, along with René Laflamme of Fidelio Audio, bassist Normand Guilbault, and drummer Paul Brochu, to deliver an audiophile recording of exceptional vocal jazz. Simultaneously released on CD and LP!

Kellylee Evans / Nina
Canadian singer's appropritely daring, contemporary and soulful tribute to Nina Simone is a winner! Sparingly but creatively accompanied by Marvin Sewell on guitar, Francois Moutin on bass and Andre Ceccarelli on drums.

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Jazz For Japan recording sessions

by Hajime 25. March 2011 17:33

Yesterday, on March 24, I was invited to observe an all-star jazz recording project at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. This charity recording project, named "Jazz For Japan," was conceived by Larry Robinson, a former jazz drummer and now CEO of Avatar Records.

On March 17, Larry was having lunch with his staff and talking about the recent earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan, and how his friends and jazz musicians tour Japan all the time and appreciate Japanese jazz fan's support of their music. Then, an idea came -- to record an album, the jazz version of "We Are The World," if you will, by inviting all the jazz musicians he knew.

He and his staff began making phone calls, and in less than a week, a two-day recording session was scheduled at Capitol Studios, who very generously donated the precious studio time for the charity project. Everybody worked for free on this project, including the musicians, recording engineeer John Van Nest, several assistant engineers at Capitol Studios, Bruce Monical who volunteered his vintage mics and amps, the staff at Avatar Records, a filming crew with HD cameras, and even the caterer who provided snacks.

Every musician they called said "yes" except these who were out of town. The legendary musicians came and went, and groupings were decided on the spot. They picked a song from the list prepared by the producer, talked among themselves about how to go about it, and rehearsed for 10 to 15 minutes, and boom! The level of musicianship was so high that most tunes were recorded in just one take.

The musicians who came on the first day (March 23) included Steve Gadd, Tom Scott, Billy Childs, Nathan East, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Everette Harp, David T Walker, Clarence McDonald, Ricky Minor and the Tonight Show Band.

I was invited into Studio B on the second day, March 24. While I was there, first a quartet of Deron Johnson (piano), Larry Goldings (Hammond B-3), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Peter Erskine (drums) recorded an uptempo and swinging "Mr. PC." Then, Billy Childs took over the piano and Larry Goldings switched to Suzuki Melodion (aka melodica or pianica) to play the role of a horn player, and the group recorded a beautiful version of "Body and Soul." It was then followed by a piano trio version of the same song by Childs, Berghofer and Erskine.

Then, bassist Christian McBride arrived. He joined Childs and Erskine for a trio rendition of "Invitation" and recoreded "Sophisticated Lady" in a sublime duo with Childs.

Before I had to leave, a group consisting of Herman Jackson on piano, Clarence McDonald on Fender Rhodes, Alfonso Johnson on electric bass, and Alex Acuna on drums played a funky, fiery and Latin-infused version of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island."

The music they recorded was FANTASTIC! I was truly honored to be there and witness the creation of beautiful music by the greatest jazz musicians, all volunteering their time to help support the Japanese people.

According to Robinson, the music will be made available "within 10 days" for download on iTunes worldwide. He is also trying to release it on CD in Japan. They are also seeking to release the video contents (shot on HD) on DVD (Blu-ray?) and through broadcast in Japan and in the US through PBS. All proceeds will be donated to a Japanese relief organization. If and when the CD edition is released, Eastwind Import will surely try to distribute it worldwide!

To support the Japanese victims of the recent disaster, please support the "Jazz For Japan" project by buying their products and spreading the word.

Finally, I'd like to share the hand-written message given to me by Larry Goldings, the sentiment of which is shared by everyone involved in this project.

"I hope the power of music can have even a small positive effect on the tragedy that has taken place in Japan. Peace and Love!"

As a Japanese citizen living in the US, I'd like to thank Larry Robinson and everybody involved in this wonderful project. THANK YOU!!

For more information, follow "Jazz For Japan" on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JazzForJapan).


Larry Goldings on Hammond B-3


Billy Childs on piano


Peter Erskine on drums


Peter Erskine, Christian McBride, Chuck Berghofer with producer Larry Robinson (right) and engineer John Van Nest (front)



Alfonso Johnson


Alex Acuna


Studio B of Capital Studios, with Alex Acuna and Alfonso Johnson

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