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Special joint promotion with Summit AV: Earn a credit for an OPPO Blu-ray player!

by Hajime 1. September 2010 23:23
Eastwind Import and Summit Audio Video are launching a special joint promotion program. You can simply purchase software at Eastwind Import and accumulate CREDIT towards one of two GREAT Universal Disc Players!

Those Players are:

1) OPPO BDP-83SE $899 msrp

2) OPPO BDP-83 NuFORCE EDITION $1295 msrp

Here is how it works:

STEP ONE: Visit the Eastwind Import website and purchase $50, $100, or $150 worth of software (excluding shipping and taxes).

STEP TWO: Eastwind will e-mail you a CREDIT e-mail in the amount of $50, $100, or $150 that corresponds to the purchase price of your items.

STEP THREE: Contact John Casler at SUMMIT AV either via e-mail (bioforce.inc@gte.net) or phone (310-446-0138) and redeem your credits toward the players.

You can apply up to $100 credit maximum toward the BDP-83SE

You can apply up to $150 credit maximum toward the BDP-83 NuFORCE EDITION

Regional Restrictions:
1) OPPO BDP-83SE - Limited to US and Canada only
2) OPPO BDP-83 NuFORCE EDITION  - All countries and regions except France, Japan, Russia and Sweden

We hope this promotion will help you get some great music and one of these great players at the same time.

Please contact either Eastwind Import or SUMMIT AV if you have any questions.

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Pre-order opportunity for 3rd batch of Universal Japan's SHM-SACDs!

by Hajime 11. August 2010 00:09

This just in:

Universal Japan is releasing the third set (17 titles) of SHM-SACDs in Japan on October 27, 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. 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 have decided to offer 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, except for UIGY-9036 (Rock SHM-SACD sampler that comes with an SHM-SACD and a hybrid SACD for comparison) which is $25.00. 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, August 21, 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 17 titles to be released on October 27 in Japan:

Classical
UCGD-9005 OZAWA, SEIJI/BEETHOVEN:SYMPHONY NO.9/CLASSIC/DECCA
UCGG-9004 SALONEN, ESA-PEKKA/STRAVINSKY:LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS/CLASSIC/DEUTSCHE
UCGG-9005 HAHN, HILARY/J.S.BACH:VIOLIN CONCERTOS/CLASSIC/DEUTSCHE

Jazz
UCGO-9004 EVANS, BILL/WALTZ FOR DEBBY/JAZZ/RIVERSIDE/W/4 BONUS TRACKS
UCGO-9005 ROLLINS, SONNY/SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS/JAZZ/PRESTIGE
UCGO-9006 PEPPER, ART/MEETS THE RHYTHM SECTION/JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY/W/1 BONUS TRACK

Rock/Pops
UIGY-9036 VARIOUS/SA-CD SHM SAMPLER/ROCK/UNIVERSAL/SHM-SACD+HYBRID-SACD
UIGY-9038 ROLLING STONES, THE/BEGGARS BANQUET/ROCK/ABKCO
UIGY-9039 STEELY DAN/GAUCHO/ROCK/GEFFEN
UIGY-9040 RAINBOW/LONG LIVE ROCK'N'ROLL/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9041 ASIA/ASIA/ROCK/GEFFEN
UIGY-9042 CREAM/WHEELS OF FIRE/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9043 MAYALL, JOHN/JOHN MAYALL & BLUES BREAKERS WITH ER/ROCK/DERAM
UIGY-9044 HUMBLE PIE/SMOKIN'/ROCK/A&M/
UIGY-9045 POLICE, THE/OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR/ROCK/A&M
UIGY-9046 WISHBONE ASH/ARGUS/ROCK/GEFFEN
UIGY-9047 CARAVAN/IN THE LAND OF GREY AND PINK/ROCK/DERAM

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 October 27, and we expect to receive them shortly thereafter. 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, August 21! This is a FIRM deadline!

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New arrival LP at Eastwind Import: Jan Lundgren / When Love Comes Around

by Hajime 7. August 2010 18:18
Jan Lundgren / When Love Comes Around

An ultimate collector's item!
Only 300 copies made available to record shops around the world!
Order yours before they are gone forever!


A strong supporter of Swedish jazz pianist Jan Lundgren, Marshmallow Record's producer Mitsuo Johfu recently adopted Japanese audio manufacturer Sun Valley's tube-based mastering equipment which helped realize warm and organic sound in his CDs.

So an idea was hatched between Marshmallow and Sun Valley to jointly release a limited-edition vinyl LP of Jan Lundgren's best recordings. They pressed a total of just 600 LPs, 300 to be distributed by each company. This is Lundgren's first-ever vinyl LP!

These tracks were recorded at the famous Sun Studio in Copenhagen (often used by ECM) by legendary engineer Bjarne Hansen between 2002 and 2007. The piano was Hamburg Steinway's Model C. They used two B&K microphones for the piano, the same microphone covered in urethane foam for the bass, and several mics (mainly Neumann's condenser mics) for the drums. The 24-bit, 192kHz digital master was remastered using Sun Valley's tube D/A converter without any additional effects.

While being sourced from a digital recording, the sound quality of this analog disc is open, warm and magical. The performances by Lundgren and his "golden Scandinavian trio" with Jesper Lundgaard on bass and Alex Riel on drums are superb throughout. As a bonus, the producer gave us a previously unreleased take of "The Shadow of Your Smile."

Strongly recommended to fans of Jan Lundgren, vinyl collectors and audiophiles who love the sound of vinyl!

Recorded at Sun Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2002, December 2003, March 2006 and February 2007. Recorded by Bjarne Hansen. Remastered by Makoto Ohashi using Sun Valley 192S. Contains materials previously released on Marshmallow CDs.

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 6. August 2010 19:42
Bob Mintzer / Canyon Cove
Premier tenor saxophonist's latest studio recording is a swinging and sophisticated organ trio outing with Peter Erskine (ds) and Larry Goldings (Hammond B-3)! Released by Teruo Nakamura's Cheetah Records. (Rec. 2009)

Lisa Wahlandt / Stay A While
German jazz singer's first CD from the esteemed Enja Records is full of surprising jazz treatments of rock and pop tunes including "Kiss" (Prince) and "Light My Fire" (The Doors). Tastefully backed by Trio ELF led by pianist Walter Lang! (Rec. 2009)

Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone / Virtuosi [SHM-CD]
Superior-sounding SHM-CD reissue of an important duo album which was nominated for the 2002 GRAMMY Best Classical Crossover Album! Vibraphonist Burton and pianist Ozone interpret classical music pieces with flair and imagination! (Rec. 2001)

Natsuki Kido & Daisuke Suzuki - The Duo / Seasons
An unlikely acoustic guitar duo of Japanese jazz and classical guitarists takes you to a journey through the four seasons, performing well-known songs and attractive originals. A beautiful album especially for fans of acoustic guitars! (Rec. 2009)

Jack Lee & Bob James / Botero
East and West meets Fourplay! Korean guitarst Jack Lee and American superstar keyboardist create a wonderful fusion of sophisticated and urban, contemporary jazz! With Nathan East (b) and Lewis Pragasam (ds). (Rec. 2009)

Erena Terakubo / North Bird
Swing Journal Gold Disc! A stunning debut CD of a 17-years-old Japanese alto saxophonist, recorded in New York with Kenny Barron (p), Christian McBride (b), Lee Pearson (ds) and Peter Bernstein (g). This is by far the best new-release jazz CD I've heard so far in 2010!! (Rec. 2010)

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 2. August 2010 17:58
Dan Nimmer Trio / Modern Day Blues
Young and talented pianist's 4th CD from Venus Records is full of swinging interpretations of the jazz composers' songbook and standards. With David Wang and Pete van Nostrand. (Rec. 2009)

Bill Charlap / I'm Old Fashioned
Swing Journal Gold Disc! One of the best jazz pianists of our time, Bill Charlap's latest release from Venus Records is a drum-less trio date with Peter Bernstein (g) and Peter Washington (b)! (Rec. 2009)

Grant Stewart / St. Thomas - Plays Sonny Rollins
The tenor saxophonist who carries on the great tradition pays tribute to his most influential idol in this great album, which is undoubtedly Stewart's best recorded efforts in his career! With David Hazeltine (p), Peter Washington (b) and Phil Stewart (ds). (Rec. 2010)

Tizian Jost Trio / We Will Meet Again
German pianist's fourth release from Atelier Sawano showcases his uplifting sense of swing and stylistic versatility, featuring many compositions by great jazz pianists. (Rec. 2009)

Tonu Naissoo Trio / Blue Pearl
Estonia's star jazz pianist's seventh release from Atelier Sawano is another winning trio recording, featuring attractive compositions by Kenny Barron, Michel Petrucciani and Keith Jarrett! (Rec. 2009)

Thomas Savy / French Suite
Young French bass clarinet player Thomas Savy went to New York and recorded this thrilling piano-less trio album with Bill Stewart (ds) and Scott Colley (b). A gutsy masterpiece! (Rec. 2009)

Keisuke Ohta & Bill Mays / Blue Rondo a la Turk
Japanese violinist and American jazz pianist join forces to create spontaneous, swinging and inspired music. Their chemistry and joy of making music together is palpable! (Rec. 2009)

Jesse van Ruller / Chamber Tones
One of the best jazz guitarists in Europe, the Netherlands' Jesse van Ruller's first leader album in more than 3 years is an intimate and surprisingly "quiet" musical conversation with clarinetist Joris Roelofs and bassist Clemens van der Feen. (Rec. 2009)

Dena DeRose The December 2nd Quartet / Stars
The all-star band consisting of Dena DeRose (p, vo), Dominick Farinacci (tp), Ray Drummond (b) and Akira Tana (ds) welcomed special guest Benny Green (p) to record this wonderful collection of songs with a theme of stars, the moon and the future. Great romantic jazz elevated by superb musicianship! (Rel. 2010)

Benny Green KBS Trio / What Am I Here For [HQCD]
Swing Journal Gold Disc! Pianist Benny Green's brand-new trio with Satoshi Inoue (g) and Ken Kaneko (b) swings hard with lots of flair, reminding us of the great Oscar Peterson Trio. Sound quality of this HQCD is also superb!

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World's first SHM-SACDs are here!

by Hajime 26. July 2010 15:15
SHM-SACD stands for Super High Material Super-Audio CDs. This is a single-layer, stereo-only SACD pressed on special SHM discs utilizing high-quality polycarbonate material originally developed for LCD panels. SHM-SACD is the best digital format yet and provides no-compromise, ultimate digital sound that is tantalizingly analog-like.

Among the first 20 SHM-SACD titles released by Universal Japan, Eastwind Import is offering seven titles -- five jazz classics and two rock titles. Recommended for serious audiophiles who owns an SACD player! We have a few copies only so order yours before they are gone!

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 18. July 2010 01:33
Naoko Terai / My Song
Japanese jazz violinist Naoko Terai's latest album is a collection of standards performed with her regular quartet plus guest guitarist Hiroki Miyano. Emotional and beautiful music! (Rec. 2009 & 2010)

Hiromi Masuda / Maybe September
Japanese alto saxophonis Hiromi Masuda's debut CD showcases her great talent - assured technique and style influenced by Charlie Parker and Lee Konitz with creative energy and a sense of adventure. With Gene DiNovi (p), Neil Swainson (b) and Ernesto Cervini (ds). (Rec. 2009)

Chet Baker Trio with Duke Jordan / September Song
Chet Baker's rare trio performance with Duke Jordan (p) and Jesper Lundgaard (b), caught live on tape in Paris in 1983. A must-have item for fans of Chet Baker!

Serge Delaite Trio / Time After Time
French pianist Serge Delaite's latest release from Atelier Sawano features great bassist George Mraz and drummer Jean-Marc Lajudie. A collection of standards with a couple of classical/jazz tunes, played with lightness and sunny feeling!

John di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio / Chopin Jazz
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth, pianist/arranger John di Martino and his Romantic Jazz Trio (George Mraz on bass and Richard De Rosa on drums) recorded a collection of reimagined jazz performances based on the beautiful Chopin melodies. Thrilling, gorgeious and majestic!

Nicki Parrott / Black Coffee
Swing Journal Gold Disc! Australian-born and New York-based bassist and singer Nicki Parrott's latest release from Venus Records is a tribute album to Peggy Lee and Julie London. Parrott sings and performs very effectively with a top-notch band that includes Harry Allen (ts), Lisa Parrott (bs, ss, bc) and John di Martino (p). Great sonics, too!

Makiko Hirabayashi / Hide And Seek
Winner of Jazz Critique Magazine's 2009 Best Engineered Jazz Disc Award! Japanese-born and Copenhagen-based pianist Makiko Hirabayashi's second trio album with super-drummer/percussionist Marilyn Mazur and bassist Klavs Hovman is really amazing in terms of composition, performance and the quality of the recorded sound. A masterpiece!

Renee Rosnes / Manhattan Rain
Pianist Renee Rosnes made this album for a Japanese label with a great band featuring Steve Nelson (vib), Rich Perry (ts), Peter Washington (b) and Bill Stewart (ds). This great CD highlights her formidable compositional and arranging skills in addition to her superb piano performance!

Manhattan Jazz Orchestra / Sing Sing Sing 2010 - Tribute To Benny Goodman
Swing Journal Gold Disc! To my ears, the 16th album by this big band with a 20-year history is the best so far! The leader and supremely talented arranger David Matthews reinvents Benny Goodman's classic tunes to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the jazz giant's birth. Superb arrangements, impeccable ensemble playing and great solos by star players such as Lew Soloff, Chris Hunter and Andy Snitzer! Wonderful sonics, too!

Mizuho and Tiger Okoshi / Stars And A Moon
Japanese singer Mizuho has a great mentor and believer in Tiger Okoshi, legendary trumpeter and respected professor at Berklee School of Music. Together they recorded this wonderous album in Boston with young American musicians. Mizuho's pure and soulful voice soars on well-known standards, creatively arranged by Okoshi. A strong vocal album filled with pleasant surprises!

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 2. July 2010 09:19
Magnus Hjorth Trio / Someday - Live In Japan
Talented Swedish pianist Hjorth and bassist Peter Eldh visit Japan, meet Japanese drummer Kazumi Ikenaga and recorded this live album over three nights in Tokyo. Imaginative and creative piano trio music, recorded with purist one-point-mic technique for fabulous sound!

Harry Allen Quartet / I'll Remember April
Tenor saxophonist's latest album features shows his maturity and confidence at age 44, evincing influences from Ben Webster, Paul Gonzalves and Coleman Hawkins. A relaxed, unhurried and tasteful execution of modern swing with his regular quartet that includes wonderful, Italian-born pianist Rossano Sportiello!

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw featuring Peter Beets / Blues For The Date
A fabulous big band album featuring Dutch pianist and composer Peter Beets! The most celebrated big band in Europe plays Beets' originals with power, finesse and precision. Solos by Beets are awe-inspiring!

Tomoko Miyata with Romero Lubambo / Secret Of Life
Swing Journal Gold Disc! A stunning debut album by talanted Japanese singer based in New York featuring great Brazillian and American musicians including Romero Lubambo, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Scott Colley! A gentle and tender mix of jazz, folk and Brazillian music!

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Latest news on SHM-SACDs from Universal Japan

by Hajime 22. June 2010 17:44

Release of Universal Japan's First Set of SHM-SACDs Delayed

To those who placed a pre-order with us:
The release date of the first 20 titles of the Universal Japan's SHM-SACD reissues has been pushed back. The originally planned release date was June 23. The newly revised release dates are:

  • UIGY-9022 The Who / Who's Next: August 25
  • All other 19 titles: June 30

We will ship the SHM-SACDs as they become available. If you've ordered "Who's Next" with another title, we will ship them separately with no additional shipping charge. If you'd like to cancel any part of your order because of this delay, please contact us for partial refund.

Pre-order Opportunity for the Second Set of SHM-SACDs

Universal Japan is releasing the second set (12 titles) of SHM-SACDs in Japan on August 25, 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. 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 will be 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 have decided to offer 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 Sunday, June 27, US California time. Please send an email to hajime@eastwindimport.com listing the titles you'd like to order, your name, shipping address, and a PayPal email address if different from your usual email address. 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 12 titles to be released on August 25 in Japan:

Rock/Pops

  • UIGY-9022 The Who / Who's Next (delayed from the 1st set)
  • UIGY-9031 Blind Faith / Blind Faith
  • UIGY-9032 Dire Straits / Dire Straits
  • UIGY-9033 10CC / The Original Soundtrack
  • UIGY-9034 Black Sabbath / Paranoid
  • UIGY-9035 Kiss / Destroyer

Jazz

  • UCGO-9001 Bill Evans / Portrait In Jazz +1
  • UCGO-9002 Miles Davis / Relaxin'
  • UCGO-9003 Wes Montgomery / Incredible Jazz Guitar

Classical

  • UCGD-9003 R.Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra.etc. / KARAJAN,HERBERT VON / WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
  • UCGD-9004 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / DAVIS,SIR COLIN / ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA
  • UCGG-9003 Mozart: Requiem / BOHM,KARL / WIENER PHILHARMONIKER

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 August 25, and we expect to receive them shortly thereafter. 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 Sunday, June 27! This is a FIRM deadline!

Happy listening to you all!

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Temporary store closure: June 11-21

by Hajime 7. June 2010 00:21
Eastwind Import will be temporarily closed from 9am, June 11 until 1am, June 21. You still will be able to browse our products, but our shopping cart will be disabled and you will not be able to place an order during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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