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First-ever clearance sale at Eastwind Import!

by Hajime 9. October 2010 01:59
CLEARANCE SALE!

Eastwind Import's first-ever clearance sale is now on for a limited time! Go to the ON SALE section of our website and you'll find CDs and LPs up to 50% off! Supplies are limited so don't wait to take advantage of this very rare event!

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New Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 9. October 2010 01:30
New Releases

Marina Mårtensson / My Tribute To The King
Swedish singer/songwriter's second album is a collection of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, arranged and performed with sophisticated, jazzy sensibility! (Rec. 2010)

Vivian Buczek / Dedication To My Giants
In her latest release, Swedish jazz singer pays tribute to greta jazz musicians, including Clifford Brown, Benny Golson and Miles Davis by singing their tunes. A wonderful straight ahead jazz vocal album! (Rec. 2009)

Solveig Slettahjell / Slow Motion Orchestra
Norwegian singer's strong debut album is a collection of well-known standards, interpreted with a sharp, modern sensibility and rendered with stunning and sometimes daring arrangements. Reference vocal CD for many Japanese audiophiles! (Rec. 2001)

Solveig Slettahjell / Silver
Slettahjell's second album, this time with a superb Norwegian jazz quartet, became another huge hit with Japanese audiophiles when it was released! (Rec. 2004)

Roberto Gatto Quintet / Remembering Shelly #2
Italian drummer revives the arrangements and sounds of Shelly Manne and His Men in this live recording. This is a second set of recordings to be released from a week-long engagement in a jazz club in Rome. With Max Ionata on sax and Luca Mannutza on piano! (Rec. 2009)

Manabu Ohishi Trio / Wish
Japanese independent jazz label celebrates its 100th release with this excellent piano trio CD, featuring Japanee pianist Manabu Ohishi with renowned French bassist Jean-Philippe Viret and drummer Simon Goubert. (Rec. 2010)

Rare Reissues

Zoot Sims / On Ducretet Thomson [CD]
Zoot Sims / On Ducretet Thomson [10-inch LP]
Originally released by a minor French label with only 300 copies pressed, this album quickly became an ultimate collector's item. Now it's back in print both on CD and meticulously recreated 10-inch LP, this legendary album captures Zoot Sims at his creative peak in 1956. Many consider this to be THE BEST album he's ever recorded!

SHM-SACD Reissues: Universal Japan's ultimate audiophile format: Single-layer, 2-channel only SACD pressed on high quality SHM-CD polycarbonate.
Bill Evans Trio / Portrait In Jazz [SHM-SACD]
One of the few studio-recording albums by Bill Evans' classic trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian! (Rec. 1959)
Miles Davis Quintet / Relaxin' [SHM-SACD]
One of the four "marathon session" Riverside albums by the legendary Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane and Red Garland. A quintessential jazz album! (Rec. 1956)
Wes Montgomery / The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery [SHM-SACD]
An amazing straight ahead album by the incredible guitarist, with Tommy Flanagan, Percy Heath and Albert Heath. (Rec. 1960)

HQCD Reissues
Eliane Elias / Illusions [HQCD]
Eliane Elias Cross Currents [HQCD]
The talented pianist's first two leader albums, originally released in Japan from the Denon label. Long out of print, now available again on superior-sounding HQCD! (Rec. 1986 & 1987)

SHM-CD Reissues
Marty Paich / The Broadway Bit [SHM-CD]
Marty Paich I Get A Boot Out Of You [SHM-CD]
Now back in stock! Two great albums by Marty Paich and his West Coast all-star big band. Warner Music Japan decided to reprint these limited SHM-CD editions due to popular demand! (Rec. 1958 & 1959)

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New audio gear: Dynastrand relaunches audio cables!

by Hajime 29. September 2010 17:17
Dynastrand, a relative newcomer with many years of experience in its design team, has just relaunched its great-sounding and cost-effective audio cables with a new and improved design!

By sheer virtue of performance and design, Dynastrand is among the first audio cable manufacturers to be ecology driven through the use of cutting edge materials. Gone is the bulk and mass of traditional high-end over-engineered products. Open, detailed, flexible and easy to use, the Dynasty Challenge delivers a cost-performance ratio that is unmatched.

Dynasty Challenge Interconnects - Relaunched with new, improved design!

"A stunning achievement and a truly fascinating balancing act of sonic elements. It is very even in response at all frequencies and has loads of textural information. A fabulous choice for jazz and vocals, performance is system dependent in the all best ways. Out-performs the price point considerably."
--Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback Online
Read the full review here.

Features:
  • Ultra-thin pure oxigen-free copper conductors with a tolerance of .0002"
  • Unshielded design for open sound
  • Unique "cellular" insulation
  • Pearl essence white exterior jacket which eliminates unwanted interaction caused by carbon black and coloring dyes
  • Moisture proof polyester filler material to minimize shock and noise vibration
  • New design RCA connector with an exterior barrel made from a special non-resonant, non-metalic resin composite.
  • 100% made in USA
  • Only single-end interconnects with RCA connectors are available at this time.
Pricing:
RCA 1 meter pair: $895.95
RCA 1.5 meter pair: 995.95
RCA 2 meter pair: $1,095.95
Each additional meter: $200.00

Emperor Challenge Speaker Cables

"With über definition and fabulous ergonomics, the Dynastrand Dynasty and Emperor wires are a cost conscious audiophile's trip to musical nirvana with very possibly the best cost/performance ratio around. They scream bargain, bargain, and bargain!"
--Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback Online
Read the full review here

Features:
  • Ultra-thin pure oxigen-free copper conductors with a tolerance of .0002"
  • Unshielded design for open sound
  • Unique "cellular" insulation
  • Pearl essence white exterior jacket which eliminates unwanted interaction caused by carbon black and coloring dyes
  • Moisture proof polyester filler material to minimize shock and noise vibration
  • Terminated with gold-plated pure copper spade lugs (banana plugs available)
  • Solder-less, compression connection
  • 100% made in USA
  • Available in single wire only
Pricing:
6 feet pair: $675.95
8 feet pair: $875.95
10 feet pair: $1,075.95
12 feet pair: $1,275.95
Each additional foot: $100.00

Custom lengths available: If you need custom lengths not listed here, please call us at 714-334-0759.

Domestic shipping in US is absolutely FREE! (UPS Ground with insurance)
International shipping: USPS Express Mail with insurance.

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

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New arrival vinyl LPs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 29. September 2010 16:57
Bill Evans Trio / Waltz for Debby [180g LP]
Analogue Productions 180-gram vinyl reissue of the classic piano trio album.

Bill Evans Trio / Portrait In Jazz [180g LP]
Analogue Productions 180-gram vinyl reissue of the classic piano trio album.

Miles Davis / Kind Of Blue [180g LP]
European pressing, 180-gram vinyl reissue of the classic jazz album.

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane [180g LP]
Impulse! high-quality vinyl reissue series.

Lee Morgan Expoobident [180g LP]
European pressing, 180-gram vinyl reissue of this rare album: Lee Morgan (tp) with Clifford Jordan (ts), Eddie Higgins (p), Art Davis (b) and Art Blakey (ds)!

Frank Sinatra / Come Fly With Me [180g LP]
Capitol's own vinyl reissue of a classic Sinatra album. Excellent sound quality!

Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours [180g LP]
Capitol's own vinyl reissue of a classic Sinatra album. This is one of his best albums!

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington / Recording Together For The First Time [200g LP]
This Classic Records reissue LP is out of print! Just a few copies remain in stock!

Lee Morgan / The Sidewinder [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience! Analogue Productions' 180 gram, 45 rpm 2 LP reissue of a classic Blue Note album!

Diana Krall / When I Look In Your Eyes [180g 2LP]
ORG's excellent vinyl edition (2 LPs, 33 1/3 rpm) of a very popular Diana Krall album!

Miles Davis / Someday My Prince Will Come [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience! Analogue Productions' 180 gram, 45 rpm 2 LP reissue of a classic Miles Davis album!

Ella Fitzgerald / Sings The Rogers And Hart Song Book Volume 1 [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience! ORG's 180 gram, 45 rpm 2 LP reissue of a classic Ella Fitzgerald album!

Stan Getz / Getz Au Go Go [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Ultimate audiophile experience! ORG's 180 gram, 45 rpm 2 LP reissue of a classic Stan Getz live album featuring Astrud Gilberto!

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 29. September 2010 16:40
New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

Steve Kuhn Trio / I Will Wait For You - The Music Of Michel Legrand
The latest Venus Records release by veteran pianist is a swinging and lyrical interpretations of Michel Legrand's music. With George Mraz (b) and Billy Drummond (ds). (Rec. 2010)

Simone & Her Hawaiian Jazz Band Aromas Of Hawaii
Austrian singer Simone's latest is a collection of Hawaiian songs, interpreted and performed with sophisticated jazz sensibilities. The band includes top-notch American jazz musicians such as John di Martino (p) and Aaron Heick (fl)! (Rec. 2010)

Junko Onishi / Baroque
Japanese pianist returns to New York to record an ambitious album with the best American jazz musicians of her generation including Nicholas Payton (tp), James Carter (sax) and Wycliffe Gordon (tb)! (Rec. 2010)

Bill Mays Trio / Stuffy Turkey
Veteran pianist with firm roots in the jazz tradition and refreshing creativity, Bill Mays returns to Japanese label Five Stars Records with his superb trio with Mattias Svensson (b) and Joe La Barbera (ds)! (Rec. 2009)

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Oct. 24: Eastwind Import presents an audio show for the LAOCAS

by Hajime 15. September 2010 18:21
For those of you who can't come to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Eastwind Import will bring the high-end system from Denver to Los Angeles and have an exclusive show for the LA & OC Audio Society! It's Sunday, October 24, exactly a week after the RMAF, at Holiday Inn, Buena Park.

Featured gear includes Silicon Arts Design & Concert Fidelity's top-of-the-line electronics, Kaiwer Kawero loudspeakers and Echole Obsession cables.

We'll also feature more affordable, smaller system comprising of Silicon Arts Design's tiny Micro Integration Line comonents and mhi Evidence minimonitor speakers. Eastwind Import will also bring its entire software inventory for you to purchase!

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Oct. 15-17: Eastwind Import at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

by Hajime 15. September 2010 18:13
At this year's RMAF (October 15-17 at Denver Marriott Tech Center), Eastwind Import will partner again with the very special audio manufacturer from Japan, Silicon Arts Design & Concert Fidelity, in Room 550.

We will demonstrate a state-of-the-art high-end system featuring top of the line SA & CF gear, Kaiser Kawero loudspeakers and Echole Obsession cables. Eastwind Import will bring spectacular-sounding CDs and LPs and play DJ.

SA & CF will also be in Room 538 with Intuitive Design and Amber Wave Audio. If you are coming to the RMAF, please stop by at both rooms!

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Sept. 26: LA & OC Audio Society Software Swap Meet

by Hajime 15. September 2010 18:08
On Sunday, September 26, Eastwind Import will bring its entire software inventory to Holiday Inn Buena Park (CA) for the big software swap meet of the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society.

If you are in Southern California, come to this fun event to satisfy your software needs!

For details, go to the LAOCAS website.

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Pre-order Opportunity for the Fourth Set of SHM-SACDs!

by Hajime 15. September 2010 17:56

Universal Japan is releasing the fourth set (11 titles) of SHM-SACDs in Japan on November 24, 2010. SHM-SACDs stand for Super High Material Super-Audio CDs. They are single-layer, stereo-only SACDs pressed on special SHM discs utilizing high-quality polycarbonate material originally developed for LCD panels for the ultimate audiophile experience. They are NOT hybrid SACDs. They do NOT contain any multi-channel tracks. They require an SACD player and will NOT play on regular CD players.

This series of limited-edition SHM-SACDs will use the most recent DSD masters available to Universal Japan, and in some cases, brand-new DSD masters are created from analog master tapes.

Based on our past experience, this limited-edition series will quickly sell out, and once they are out of print, they will be available only at premium prices. So we are offering our valued customers a chance to secure their copies by pre-ordering. Eastwind Import has no plan to stock them, except for a few copies each of the jazz titles.

The price of the SHM-SACDs is $49.00 each. In addition, our regular shipping charge will apply:
 
Shipping and handling charges for US customers
$5.00 for the first CD
+$1.95 for each additional CD

Shipping and handling charges for Non-US customers including Canada
$9.00 for the first CD
+$2.50 for each additional CD

The cut-off date is Saturday, September 25, US California time. Please send an email to hajime@eastwindimport.com listing the titles you'd like to order, your name, shipping address and your PayPal email address if you have one. In return, we will send you a PayPal invoice via email which you can pay with your credit card.

Below is the list of the 11 titles to be released on November 24 in Japan:

Classical
UCGD-9006 BOHM, KARL/BRUCKNER:SYMPHONY NO.4 "ROMANTIC"/DECCA
UCGD-9007 SUWANAI, AKIKO/SIBELIUS & WALTON:VIOLIN CONCERTOS/DECCA
UCGG-9006 KLEIBER, CARLOS/BEETHOVEN:SYMPHONIS NO.5 & NO.7/DEUTSCHE

Jazz
UCGU-9006 KRALL, DIANA/WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES/VERVE
UCGU-9007 KRALL, DIANA/LOOK OF LOVE/VERVE
UCGU-9008 KRALL, DIANA/GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM/VERVE

Rock/Pops
UIGY-9048 FREE/FIRE AND WATER/ISLAND
UIGY-9049 TRAFFIC/JOHN BARLAYCORN MUST DIE/ISLAND
UIGY-9050 FAIRPORT CONVENTION/LIEGE & LIEF/ISLAND
UIGY-9051 STEWART, ROD/GASOLINE ALLEY/MERCURY
UIGY-9052 JOHN, ELTON/GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD/MERCURY

After the order is placed and payment received, we will place an order with our Japanese distributor. The SHM-SACDs will be released in Japan on November 24, and we expect to receive them shortly thereafter (a week or two). We will ship the CDs to you as soon as they arrive from Japan. In an unlikely event that we cannot fulfill this special order for some unforeseen reason, your prepayment will immediately be refunded in full.

To secure your copy from this historic and sure-to-be-sold-out series, please email us on or before Saturday, September 25! This is a FIRM deadline!

Happy listening to you all!

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 15. September 2010 17:47
Hank Jones / Jam At Basie (CD)
The late Hank Jones' last live recording, made at a jazz spot in Japan called "Basie" in August 2009, is a triumph! Jones, who had just turned 91, played with vigor, finesse and imagination with young and talented American musicians. Inspired performances captured with stunning sound quality!

Hank Jones / Jam At Basie (LP)
The vinyl LP version of Jam At Basie shines sonically even more than the spectacular-sounding CD edition partly because the performances were recorded in analog! (Currently out of stock and waiting for second pressings.)

Hank Jones The Great Jazz Trio / Last Recording (Hybrid SACD)
This is the very last recording by Hank Jones, made in Tokyo in February 2010, less than three months before his passing. The last edition of The Great Jazz Trio consisted of David Wong on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Special guests Roy Hargrove (trumpet) and Raymond McMorrin (tenor sax) appear on two tunes each. A historic CD and a must-have for fans of Hank Jones!

Kenny Barron Ron Carter Lenny White Super Premium Band / Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
From the mind of the producer who supported The Great Jazz Trio comes a new super-band, the Super Premium Band. Kenny Barron (p), Ron Carter (b) and Lenny White (ds) got together for the first time and recorded a wonderful set of standards and original compositions. (Currently out of stock and waiting for next shipment.)

Brian Bromberg / Plays Hendrix
Super-bassist Brian Bromberg's tribute CD to Jimi Hendrix is a technical marvel. Using an arsenal of different basses (5 string bass, tenor bass, piccolo bass, fretless bass, etc.), effects (distortion, wowwow), overdubs and only one more musician in drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bromberg managed to create astonishing sounds and music that one has to hear to believe it!

Dave Frishberg / Oklahoma Toad (2CD)
This is the long out-of-print debut album by Dave Frishberg, talented jazz pianist and singer-songwriter known for his wry sense of humor. This special 2CD Japanese reissue comes with one disc containing the original CTI release and a bonus CD containing the producers' original mix and one previously unreleased track. A rare reissue indeed!

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie / It Might As Well Be Swing (SHM-CD)
Released for the first time on superior-sounding SHM-CD (compatible with all CD players), this Japanese reissue brings back one of the best vocal-big band albums of all time! The superb singing by Frank Sinatra, the Count Basie Orchestra at its zenith, and the smart and cool arrangements by Quincy Jones combine to make a perfect record!

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