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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 7. June 2010 00:11
New Arrival CDs

Elmar Brass Trio / Night Dreamer
Debut CD from Atelier Sawano by an up-and-coming jazz pianist from Germany. Refreshing, swinging and beautifully recorded. Enthusiastically recommended to fans of modern jazz piano trios! (Rec. 2008)

Jeanette Lindström / Attitude & Orbit Control
One of the top Swedish jazz singers, Jeanette Lindstrom's latest album is an intriguing and hypnotic mixture of pop and electronica, blended with a jazzy sophistication. Winner of the 2010 Swedish Grammy Awards! (Rec. 2009)

Ken Peplowski / Noir Blue
My favorite clarinetist and tenor saxophonist, Ken Peplowski's latest release from Capri Records is a straight-ahead affair with Shelly Berg (p), Jay Leonhart (b) and Joe La Barbera (d)! (Rec. 2009)

Holly Hofmann & Bill Cunliffe / Three's Company
My favorite flutist, Holly Hofmann's famous duo with pianist Bill Cunliffe released their thrid album together. This time they expanded the duo setting by inviting guests Regina Carter (vln), Ken Peplowski (cl), Terell Stafford (tp) and Alvester Garnett (ds) to join them on one tune each. (Rec. 2010)

Bob Magnusson Quintet / Liquid Lines
Premier bassist and our treasure in Southern California, Bob Magnusson's first leader album in 25 years is a collection of surfing-themed compositions, performed with his bandmates (some of whom are his surfing friends as well) including Peter and Tripp Sprague, Duncan Moore and Randy Porter. (Rec. 2005)

A New Arrival Vinyl LP

The Jazz Couriers In Concert (180g LP)
The seventh in Atelier Sawano's series of rare vinyl reissues of classic British jazz albums originally released by the Tempo label. This is a red hot live recording of The Jazz Couriers, the pioneering hard bop group that included Ronnie Scott (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts, vibes) and Terry Shannon (p). (Rec. 1958. mono)

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Second review of Silicon Arts Design Si2 Micro Integration Line

by Hajime 29. May 2010 01:31
A second review of Silicon Arts Design Si2 Micro Integration Line audio components, by Dave Clark, the Editor of Positive Feedback Online, is up!

"a grain-free presentation..."
"a wonderful sense of purity and natural-ness to the music..."
"They play way bigger than one would expect based on what one sees..."

Read the entire article here: http://positive-feedback.com/Issue49/q.htm

It is an interesting article covering not just our products but also other 'tiny' components. Big things can come in small packages!

If you are interested in these tiny but high-quality components, please go to the website of Eastwind Import (http://www.eastwindimport.com), the exclusive US distributor of Si2 Micro Integration Line.

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New Arrivals: Impulse! Rare Treasure Reissue Series

by Hajime 29. May 2010 01:09
Impulse! Rare Treasure Reissue Series

In February 2010, Universal Japan reissued a series of Impulse! classic jazz records on CDs on a limited time basis. As of now (May 2010), they are already out of print and no longer available from the manufacturer. Eastwind Import managed to score a few copies each of the rarest and musically significant titles from this series. These titles are difficult to find on CD anywhere. Remember, we only have a few copies each in stock, and when they are gone we can't restock! Order yours before they are gone!

Elvin Jones-Jimmy Garrison Sextet / Illumination!
A lively and adventurous set by the rhythm section of the John Coltrane Quartet at the time, featuring three horn players. (Rec. 1963)

Milt Jackson Quartet / Statements
The premier vibraphonist's tasteful and relaxed session with Hank Jones, Paul Chambers and Connie Kay. (Rec. 1961)

Sonny Stitt / Now!
The supreme bebopper's great one-horn recording (playing tenor and alto) with an excellent rhythm section led by Hank Jones. (Rec. 1963)

Coleman Hawkins Quartet / Today And Now
A smooth and swinging one-horn set by one of the fathers of the modern tenor saxophone, featuring another wonderful rhythm section led by Tommy Flanagan. (Rec. 1962)

Ahmad Jamal / Poinciana Revisited
Innovative pianist who influenced Miles Davis with his cool approach, Jamal revisits his biggest hit tune "Poinciana" in this live trio date. (Rec. 1969)

Terry Gibbs Quartet / Take It From Me
The most swinging and energetic vibraphonist recorded this definitive small combo album with Kenny burrell, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes. (Rec. 1964)

J.J. Johnson / Proof Positive
The supreme trombonist's definitive one-horn album with a piano trio led by Harold Mabern. On one exciting tune he performs with a guest rhythm section borrowed from John Coltrane (McCoy Tyner, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones) plus Toots Thielemans on guitar. (Rec. 1964)

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 21. May 2010 19:00
New arrival CDs

Various Artists / Best Audiophile Voices III [XRCD2]
A fabulous-sounding compilation of beautiful tracks by female singers. A great gift to audiophiles and music lovers!

Joel Frahm Quartet / Caminhos Cruzados
New York's first-call tenor saxophonist's debut album for Venus Records features romantic and tender renditions of various bossa nova songs and jazz standards! With Cyrus Chestnut on piano. (Rec. 2009)

New arrival LPs: Venus Records' latest 200-gram vinyl LP releases!

Newly recorded jazz by top-notch American and European musicians released on the best-sounding medium! The pressed-in-Japan, 200-gram vinyl is astonishingly quiet, reflecting the best-in-the-world quality control!

Kenny Barron Trio / Minor Blues
Eric Alexander Quartet / Chim Chim Cheree
John di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio / The Beatles In Jazz
Aaron Heick & Romantic Jazz Trio / Europe
Joel Frahm Quartet / Caminhos Cruzados
Emil Viklicky Trio / Sinfonietta - The Janacek Of Jazz
Alexis Cole / Someday My Prince Will Come
Francesco Cafiso Sicilian Quartet / Portrait In Black And White
Derek Smith / To Love Again
Richie Beirach / Jazz Adagio

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Your chance to preorder the first-ever SHM-SACDs!

by Hajime 4. May 2010 02:57
Your chance to preorder the first-ever SHM-SACDs!

Universal Japan is releasing 20 titles of the world's first SHM-SACDs in Japan on June 23, 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 a special 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 (ranging from 2002 to 2008), and in some cases (titles with "*" after the catalog number), 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 five jazz titles (see below).

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, May 9, US California time.. Please send an email to hajime@eastwindimport.com listing the titles you'd like to order, your name and 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 first 20 titles to be released on June 23 in Japan (5 classical, 5 jazz and 10 rock and popular music titles):

UCGA-9001 RICHTER, KARL/J.S.BACH:ORCHESTRAL SUITES NO.1 & 2/CLASSIC/DEUTSCHE
UCGD-9001 SOLTI, GEORG/BARTOK:CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA/DANCE/CLASSIC/DECCA
UCGD-9002 ARRAU, CLAUDIO/LISZT:SONATA IN B MINOR/CLASSIC/DECCA
UCGG-9001 KARAJAN, HERBERT VON/BRAHMS:EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM/CLASSIC/DEUTSCHE
UCGG-9002 BARENBOIM, DANIEL/SAINT-SAENS:SYMPHONY NO.3 'ORGAN'/CLASSIC/DEUTSCHE
UCGU-9001 GETZ, STAN/GETZ/GILBERTO(& JOAO GILBERTO)/JAZZ/VERVE
UCGU-9002 COLTRANE, JOHN/JOHN COLTRANE AND JOHNNY HARTMAN/JAZZ/IMPULSE
UCGU-9003 COLTRANE, JOHN/A LOVE SUPREME/JAZZ/IMPULSE
UCGU-9004 FITZGERALD, ELLA/ELLA AND LOUIS(& LOUIS ARMSTRONG)/JAZZ/UNIVERSAL
UCGU-9005 VAUGHAN, SARAH/SARAH VAUGHAN/JAZZ/EMARCY
UIGY-9021 ROLLING STONES, THE/LET IT BLEED/ROCK/ABKCO/
UIGY-9022* WHO, THE/ WHO'S NEXT/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9023* DEREK & THE DOMINOS/LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9024* CLAPTON, ERIC/461 OCEAN BOULEVARD/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9025* MOODY BLUES, THE/EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR/ROCK/DERAM
UIGY-9026 STEELY DAN/AJA/ROCK/GEFFEN
UIGY-9027 POLICE, THE/SYNCHRONICITY/ROCK/A&M
UIGY-9028* VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE/VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO/ROCK/POLYDOR
UIGY-9029* ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, THE/AT FILLMORE EAST/ROCK/MERCURY
UIGY-9030 GAYE, MARVIN/WHAT'S GOING ON/R&B/MOTOWN

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 June 23, 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, May 9, 2010!

 

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import - Three brand-new piano trio CDs!

by Hajime 29. April 2010 04:41
Three wonderful piano trio CDs - brand-new recordings!

Niels Lan Doky / Return To Denmark
Danish pianist's beautiful trio album with Alex Riel and Morten Ramsbol. A fascinating musical journey!

Karel Boehlee Trio / Secret Life
Dutch pianist's latest trio album is a luscious tapestry of subtle harmonies and quiet intensity. Beautiful and profound!

Rossano Sportiello Trio / Chopin In Jazz
Italian-born, NY-based pianist applies his masterful skills at stride/swing/bebop styles to transform Chopin's lovely melodies into swinging, mainstream jazz!

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 20. April 2010 21:32
Junko Moriya Trio / Three And Four
Japanese composer/pianist's sixth leader album and her first piano trio recording, with stellar rhythm section Bill Stewart on drums and Sean Smith on bass. A great trio album!

Nikoletta Szoke / My Song
Hungarian singer's third album is a collection of popular songs, standards, and interesting jazz instrumentals with added lyrics, plus a lovely original. She is backed by a trio led by superb pianist Robert Lakatos!

Carlo Bernardinello featuring Lars Jansson / Artist's Dreams
Carlo Bernardinello featuring Lars Jansson / Romantic
First two leader albums by Italian drummer/composer Carlo Bernardinello are the fruit of beautiful collaborations with the legendary Swedish pianist Lars Jansson. Their music is romantic, tasteful, and simply beautiful!

John McAll / Black Money
Australian pianist/keyboardist/composer's first album as leader features unique and original compositions. Cool and hip jazz with a bad boy attitude!

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New audio gear: Silicon Arts Design Micro Integration Line

by Hajime 20. April 2010 21:11


Silicon Arts Design Si2 Next Class Micro Integration Line products
(DAC, linestage preamplifier and stereo power amplifier) are now on sale at Eastwind Import, the exclusive US retailer!

These tiny components are hand-built in Japan and features simple but sophisticated circuitry. Transparent, detailed, uncolored and pure-sounding, they are perfect for desktop/computer audio, near field listening, and even big systems with high efficiency loudspeakers!

Check them out at Eastwind Import, the exclusive US retailer!

The first review of these products is in!

"Silicon Arts has successfully brought the sound of their top-of-the line components down to a price point an order of magnitude lower. This feat is amazing! ... The Silicon Arts/Concert Fidelity house sound is clear, fast, dynamic, and transparent with outstanding timbral accuracy and spatial perspective."
- Michael Wechsberg, Positive Feedback Online, Issue 48

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 11. April 2010 03:34
A brand-new CD from a rising star!

Champian Fulton / The Breeze And I
Young and talented pianist/singer's brand-new third album is a swinging mixture of vocals and instrumentals! With Neal Miner (b) and Fukushi Tainaka (ds). (Rec. 2009)

Two wonderful new arrivals from Five Stars Records!

Mikio Ishida Trio / Turkish Mambo
Young Japanese pianist Mikio Ishida's de facto debut CD is an adventurous and fabulous trio outing with Mattias Svensson (b) and Tamaya Honda (ds)! (Rec. 2007)

Kazuhiko Tsumura / Olé
Veteran guitarist's second leader album in over 30 years, Olé features an all-star cast of Bill Mays (p), Mattias Svensson (b), Joe La Barbera (ds) and guest violinist Keisuke Ohta! (Rec. 2008)

Four more Blue Note reissue SACDs from Analogue Productions!
Remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, these are the definitive digital version of the classic Blue Note albums!

Cannonball Adderley / Somethin' Else [Hybrid SACD]

John Patton / Along Came John [Hybrid SACD]

Lou Donaldson / Here 'Tis [Hybrid SACD]

Lou Donaldson / Blues Walk [Hybrid SACD]

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New Arrivals - Vinyl LPs

by Hajime 27. March 2010 13:27
Diana Krall / Love Scenes [180g 2LP]
Swing Journal Gold Disc, 1997 Swing Journal Jazz Disc Award Best Vocal Album, 1997 GRAMMY nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Performande! One of the best albums of Diana Krall is now available on high quality vinyl! Mastered by Bernie Grundman!

Various Artists / Jazz Bar 2009 [180g 2LP]
A true collector's item! Japanese jazz and audio guru Yasukuni Terashima's annual compilation on audiophile, 180g vinyl! Includes fascinating new recordings by contemporary jazz artists from Europe, US and Japan. Grab this Japanese-pressing, limited edition 2LP set before it's gone!

Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond / Blues In Time [180g LP]
2009 European reissue of a classic Verve album from 1957, featuring the wonderful encounter between Mulligan and Desmond in a piano-less quartet setting. With Joe Benjamin and Dave Bailey.

Ben Webster / Soulville [180g LP]
2009 European reissue. One of the most popular albums by the tenor giant, also featuring Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Stan Levey! (Rec. 1957)

Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet / Brown And Roach, Inc. [180g LP]
2009 European reissue. One of the few albums recorded by the superb quintet co-led by brilliant trumpeter Clifford Brown and master drummer Max Roach, with Harold Land, Richie Powell and George Morrow. Hot and fiery jazz at its best! (Rec. 1954)

Art Pepper + Eleven [LP]
2008 European reissue of a classic Contemporary album featuring legendary alto saxophonist Art Pepper in a small-big band, brilliantly arranged and conducted by Marty Paich! (Rec. 1959)

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