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New Arrivals - CDs

by Hajime 26. March 2010 23:24
Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Jackie Ryan / Hottest Live 2009 in Tokyo [2CD]
A 2CD set that contains entire two sets of live performances that took place in a small jazz club in Tokyo in July 2009. Chestnut is brilliant and so is guest singer Jackie Ryan who joins the trio on six tunes. More than 2 hours of hot and exciting jazz!

Videoarts Music 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Reissue Series
To celebrate its 25th anniversay, Japan's Videoarts Music label re-released its hit jazz CDs as an attractively priced, limited edition "Hear The Music" series.

Manhattan Jazz Quintet / Take The A Train
20th anniversary album by the all-star jazz group led by pianist/arranger David Matthews. Great arrangements and inspired performances by Lew Soloff, Andy Snitzer, Charnett Moffett and Victor Lewis!

Manhattan Jazz Quintet / Come Together
A powerful and swinging Beatles tribute album by the all-star group Manhattan Jazz Quintet!

Ryan Kisor-Grant Stewart Quintet / A Night In Tunisia
Swing Journal Gold Disc! This unique "concept" album features a very special group led by trumpeter Ryan Kisor and tenorist Grant Stewart (and includes Sam Yahel, James Genus and Victor Lewis) performing some of the tunes recorded 50 years ago for the classic live album A Night At Birdland by the Art Blakey Quintet.

McCoy Tyner / Prelude And Sonata
This 1994 recording features jazz giant McCoy Tyner with an all-star band of a younger generation, including Christian McBride, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Joshua Redman. Brilliant!

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Trio featuring Renee Rosnes / Friends Forever - In Memory of Kenny Drew
A beautiful album made in 1995 by super-bassist Pedersen in memory of pianist Kenny Drew who had passed away two years before. The music is full of Pedersen's affection and respect for Drew, and Renee Rosnes does a beautiful job as well.

Duke Jordan / Beauty of Scandinavia
Featuring great Danish bassist Jesper Lundgaard and American expat drummer Ed Thigpen, veteran pianist Duke Jordan made this beautiful trio album inspired by the region he called home for the latter half of his life. (Rec. 1995)

Bud Shank / Meets The Rhythm Section By Request
Inspired by the classic album by Art Pepper, this project put Bud Shank, the prominent West Coast alto saxophonist, together with a first-rate rhythm section from East Coast, which, in this case, consisted of Cyrus Chestnut, George Mraz and Lewis Nash, to play well-known standards with great verve. It doesn't get much better than this! (Rec. 1996)

Ryan Kisor / Kisor
Ryan Kisor, the winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition in 1990, has firmly established his position as one of the premier jazz trumpeters of his generation. This debut album from Videoarts Music was recorded in 1999, paying hommage to the great Clifford Brown.

Ryan Kisor / Kisor II
The follow-up to his successful first album finds Ryan Kisor playing well-known standards and tunes associated with Miles Davis as well as a few original compositions. His performance is brilliant and beautiful! (Rec. 2000)

Ryan Kisor / The Sidewinder
In this tribute album to Lee Morgan, Ryan Kisor explores the funky soundscape of an organ and guitar-based quartet. With Sam Yahel on organ and Peter Bernstein on guitar. (Rec. 2002)

Ryan Kisor / Donna Lee
Ryan Kisor called back Sam Yahel and Peter Bernstein to continue his musical exploration. The program includes funky jazz anthems "Song For My Father" and "Work Song" and a breathtaking trumpet-drum duo performance of "Donna Lee." (Rec. 2003)

Ryan Kisor Quintet / This Is Ryan
Joined by a strong frontline partner Grant Stewart on tenor sax, Ryan Kisor shows his skills as band leader and composer in this ambitious album. The program consists of Kisor's originals and tunes written by trumpeters Kenny Dorham, Don Cherry and Dizzy Gillespie. (Rec. 2005)

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Two new CD releases from Venus Records!

by Hajime 26. February 2010 00:49
John di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio / The Beatles In Jazz
Swing Journal Gold Disc! Elegant and soulful jazz renditions of The Beatles' classic tunes from "Blackbird" to "Norwegian Wood." Very nice!

Eric Alexander Quartet / Chim Chim Cheree
A powerful and inspired John Coltrane tribute album by one of the top tenor saxophonists of our time. Exciting and profound!

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2009 Swing Journal Jazz Disc Awards

by Hajime 22. February 2010 22:31
The most respected jazz magazine in Japan, Swing Journal, announced its 2009 Jazz Disc Awards in its February 2010 issue, and some of the CDs we carry at Eastwind Import received honors. Congradulations to the musicians and labels!

2009 Jazz Disc Gold Award (Best Album of the Year)
Eddie Higgins Trio / Portraits of Love

2009 Jazz Disc Silver Award (Runner-up, Best Album of the Year)
Manhattan Jazz Quintet / 25 - Tribute to Art Blakey

2009 Vocal Award (Best Vocal Album of the Year)
Nicki Parrott / Fly Me To The Moon
Also available on LP

2009 Best Production Award
Miki Hayama / Wide Angle

2009 Best Engineering Award
Eddie Higgins Quintet featuring Scott Hamilton & Ken Peplowski A Handful Of Stars
Also available on LP

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New arrival CDs at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 22. February 2010 22:14
Paolo Di Sabatino Trio / The Sweetest Love
A brand-new release by Japanese label Atelier Sawano: A sweet, gentle and refreshing piano jazz from a nice Italian trio!

Vladimir Shafranov Trio / I'll Close My Eyes
One of my favorite pianists in the world, Russian-born Shafranov teamed up with the Danish super-bassist Jesper Lundgaard for his latest release from Atelier Sawano!

After The Rain / Gaea Schell
Los Angeles-based pianist/vocalist's third CD is a collection of standards (with impressive arrangements) and attractive originals. Her piano trio is augmented by guest saxophonist Chuck Manning and guest bassist Chris Colangelo. Swinging and lyrica!

Fabrizio Bosso / Black Spirit
Top Italian trumpeter's brand-new release, paying tribute to his heroes Freddie Hubbard, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Hot!

Roberto Gatto Quintet / Remembering Shelly
A very special live album celebrating the music of Shelly Manne and His Men! Veteran drummer Roberto Gatto enlisted the best Italian musicians belonging to a younger generation.

Toshiko Akiyoshi / Solo Live 2004
This CD captures Toshiko Akihoshi shortly after she disbanded her big band after 30years and began concentrating on her piano playing. The fourth solo album in her 60+-year career is undoubtedly the best!

Najponk-George Mraz-Margin Sulk / Night Lights
A wonderfully straight-ahead, swinging and bluesy trio album from the Czech Republic! Najponk (his name "Jan Knop" spelled backwards) shines with great support from bass master George Mraz!

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New arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 9. February 2010 18:19
Frank Sinatra Reprise Classics SHM-CD Reissue Series!

Released for the first time on superior-sounding SHM-CD. Limited paper sleeve edition with faithful reproduction of the original LP jecket!
Already out of print! We managed to secure just several copies of brand-new & sealed CDs. Order yours before it is gone forever!

In December 2009, Universal Music Japan re-released a series of Frank Sinatra's classic Reprise albums on SHM-CD, a new CD formulation with superior sound quality and playable on all regular CD players. Supervised lovingly by Sinatra Society of Japan, the reissue promises the best possible sound quality and a faithrul reproduction of the original LP's jacket design on their gorgeous paper sleeves.

Frank Sinatra / Ring-A-Ding Ding! [SHM-CD]
Frank Sinatra / Swing Along With Me [SHM-CD]
Frank Sinatra / Sinatra-Basie [SHM-CD]
Frank Sinatra / The Concert Sinatra [SHM-CD]

Two Jim Hall reissues on superior-sounding SHM-CD and HQCD!

Jim Hall / Concierto [SHM-CD]
One of the most celebrated jazz albums of all time, featuring the inimitable guitarist Jim Hall and an all-star band that includes Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Roland Hanna, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd. Merging the gentle yet sophisticated style of jazz with a famous classical composition. It is also an audiophile favorite, having been re-released in various formats. Enjoy this iconic album on superior-sounding SHM-CD!

Jim Hall Trio Featuring Tom Harrell / These Rooms [HQCD]
A hard-to-find album recorded for and released by a Japanese label. It features the first substantial meeting of the great guitar master Jim Hall and the genious trumpet/flugelhorn player Tom Harrell. With Joey Barron on drums and Steve LaSpina on bass, they play sensitive, sophisticated, sometimes passionate, sometimes cool, always swinging jazz that is both stimulating and relaxing. This HQCD reissue realizes the full potential of Denon's famous "live to 2 track digital" recording technique, showcasing these wonderful performances with excellent sound!

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New CD Arrivals at Eastwind Import

by Hajime 27. January 2010 01:36
Aaron Heick & Romantic Jazz Trio / Europe
Swing Journal Gold Disc! Brand-new recording from Venus Records! New York's first-call alto saxophonist Aaron Heick teams up with John di Martino and his Romantic Jazz Trio for an emotionally charged and powerful album!

Bill Ware / Played Right
Vibraphonist/marimba player Bill Ware's new recording revisits hip tunes recorded for Blue Note and Prestige in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cor Bakker & Jesse van Ruller / Elettra
Dutch pianist Corr Bakker took his trio and the star guitarist Jesse van Ruller to a quiet studio in Umbria, Italy, to record a collection of original compositions. Intelligent, sophisticated, powerful and lyrical!

Rickey Woodard / Pineapple Delight
Los Angeles-based saxophonist Rickey Woodard's sunny, delightful, swinging straight ahead album, the kind that makes your feet tap and puts a smile on your face!

Georges Paczynski Trio / Présences
Veteran French drummer Georges Paczynski's live recording with his trio shows the magic of spontaneous musical creation. Naturalistic recording gives this CD audiophile-quality sound!

Jan Lundgren Trio / Swedish Standards
One of my favorite jazz albums of all time is finally reissued! Originally released in 1997 by Sweden's Sittel label, it captures Jan Lundgren at his best, transforming traditional Swedish melodies into swinging jazz!

Gene DiNovi & Neil Swainson / Smile
A Japanese private label established by a devoted jazz fan, Five Stars Records came into existence by releaseing this wonderful duo album in 2003. The master pianist and bassist made elegant, tasteful and swinging music together.

Bill Mays / The Best Is Yet To Come
The latest release from Five Stars Records captured American piano master Bill Mays live in concert in Yokohama, Japan, with legendary drummer Joe LaBarbera and young but talented Japanese bassist Ryu Kawamura. A very strong piano trio album!

Mathias Algotsson Trio / New Traditions
Swedish pianist Mathias Algotsson's third release from the Japanese Spice of Life label is a collection of traditional Swedish melodies and his own compositions. Like Lundgren, Algotsson has completely internalized the jazz idioms, and his melding of the two worlds is attractive and intriguinig.

Karin Hammer Quartet / Everyday Magic
Swedish trombonist Karin Hammer's second solo album showcases her beautiful tone and amazing technique in a one-horn quartet setting. The all-original program highlights her compositional talents as well.

Richie Kamuca & Buddy Tate / Back To The Ballroom [HQCD]
World Premier Release! Newly discovered tapes of a historic (and unlikely) meeting between two tenor giants are now released for the first time!

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New releases from Marshmallow Records!

by Hajime 17. January 2010 00:35
These albums are simultaneously released on CD and LP, and only 999 copies are available on each format. Each copy is hand-numbered, and the LP is pressed on 180-gram high quality vinyl!

Zoot Sims / Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 2 [CD]
Zoot Sims / Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 2 [180g LP]
Eagerly awaited second volume of the previously unreleased live recording of Zoot Sims from a concert in Japan in 1977. A swinging set with Dave McKenna, Bucky Pizzarelli, Major Holley and Jake Hanna! (Rec. 1977)

Eric Dolphy / The Uppsala Concert Vol. 2 [CD]
Eric Dolphy / The Uppsala Concert Vol. 2 [Picture LP]
Highly anticipated second volume of Eric Dolphy's live date from 1961, playing with a local piano trio in Uppsala, Sweden. Includes an insightful and never-before-released interview of Dolphy conducted by Claes Dahlgren in 1962! (Rec. 1961)

Herbie Steward / Herbie's Here [CD]
Herbie Steward / Herbie's Here [180g LP]
One of the few leader albums by one of the pioneers of the modern tenor, this live date finds Herbie Steward in fine form with a piano trio led by Gene DiNovi! (Rec. 1992)

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New Arrivals - New & Recent Vinyl Releases!

by Hajime 14. January 2010 18:42
Happy New Year! We have just added to our catalog wonderful new arrivals for vinyl fans!

Diana Krall / All For You [180g 2LP]

The latest Diana Krall vinyl release from ORG. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed in Germany. My favorite Diana Krall album finally on fabulous-sounding vinyl! (Rec. 2005)

Diana Krall / From This Moment On [200g LP]
Diana Krall's gorgeous collaboration with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is now available on Classic Records' newest 200g Clarity SV-P II Clear Vinyl! Cut by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system.

John Coltrane / Giant Steps [45rpm 180g 2LP]
Recent Atlantic/Rhino reissue, mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at RTI. This 45rpm 2LP set is an ultimate analogue version of this classic album. Limited to 2500 sets worldwide!(Rec. )

Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster [180g 45rpm 2LP]
New 45rpm release from ORG: A classic Verve album by Mulligan and Webster with the West Coast's great rhythm section (Jimmy Rowles, Leroy Vinnegar and Mel Lewis). Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed in Germany for great sound quality! (Rec. 1959)

Oscar Peterson Trio / Night Train [180g 45rpm 2LP]
New 45rpm release from ORG: A classic Verve album by the golden trio of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed in Germany for great sound quality! (Rec. 1962)

Oliver Nelson / The Blues And The Abstract Truth [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Highly anticipated 45rpm Impulse! reissue from Analogue Productions! A classic album by Oliver Nelson, with Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Paul Chambers. Individually numbered limited edition: only 2500 copies available worldwide! (Rec. 1961)

Ben Webster / See You At The Fair [180g 45rpm 2LP]
Highly anticipated 45rpm Impulse! reissue from Analogue Productions! A classic album by Ben Webster supported by Hank Jones and Roger Kellaway on piano. Individually numbered limited edition: only 2500 copies available worldwide! (Rec. 1964)

Joe Henderson / Page One [180g 45rpm 2LP]
New from Analogue Productions' 45rpm Blue Note reissue series is Joe Henderson's debut album as a leader, a classic Blue Note recording with Kenny Dorham and McCoy Tyner. Remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray. Individually numbered limited edition: only 2500 copies available worldwide! (Rec. 1963)

Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe [180g 4LP Box Set]
Reissued for the first time in any format, this 4LP set chronicles one of the last JATP tours in Europe. Recorded live on a day in Stockholm, this set finds Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and many other stars performing on the same stage. A fabulous reissue by Germany's Speakers Corner! (Rec. 1960)

Stacey Kent / In Love Again [180g LP]
The latest Pure Pleasure vinyl release of Stacey Kent's wonderful Richard Rodgers songbook. Audiophile quality! (Rec. 2001)

Bill Frisell / Good Dog, Happy Man [180g 2LP+CD]
Nonesuch's recent vinyl release of Bill Frisell's most successful album from 1999, a highly individual sonic landscape combining jazz, bluegrass and country! Audiophile pressing at Pallas in Germany. This 2LP set contains a bonus CD of the entire album! (Rec. 1999)

Joshua Redman Quartet / MoodSwing [180g 2LP+CD]
Warner Bros/Rhino vinyl reissue of one of the best jazz records of the 1990s by the young lion Joshua Redman, supported by Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade! Audiophile pressing at Pallas in Germany. This 2LP set contains a bonus CD of the entire album! (Rec. 1994)

Ben Webster / King Of The Tenors [180g LP]
Ben Webster's fabulous all-star session with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Benny Carter and Oscar Peterson! This Direct Metal Mastering, European pressed LP gives us glorious mono sounds! (Rec. 1953)

Dave Brubeck Quartet / Time Out [200g LP]
An all-time classic jazz album, cut by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system and pressed on Classic Records' 200g QUIEX SV-P super vinyl profile!

Chet Baker / Chet [180g LP]
One of the most popular Riverside recordings by the legendary Chet Baker and an all-star cast including Bill Evans and Kenny Burrell. Mastered by Doug Sax, this Analogue Productions LP is of a true audiophile quality! (Rec. 1958-59)

Holly Cole Trio / Don't Smoke In Bed [200g LP]
An all-time audiophile favorite! Cut by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system and pressed on Classic Records' 200g Quiex Super Vinyl Profile. (Rec. 1993)

Holly Cole / Temptation [200g 2LP]
Canadian singer Holly Cole's unique musical tribute to the writings of Tom Waits! Cut by Bernie Grundman on his all-tube cutting system and pressed on Classic Records' 200g Quiex Super Vinyl Profile. (Rec. 1995)

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New Arrivals - Brand-new jazz CDs from Japan!

by Hajime 28. December 2009 02:14
Margareta Bengtson / Where The Midnight Sun Never Sets
The Swedish singer's latest features her beautiful voice, gorgeous arrangements and audiophile-quality sound. One of the best vocal albums of 2009! (Rec. 2009)

Ron Carter / The World Of Ron Carter
Swing Journal Gold Disc! The brand-new recording of bass master Ron Carter celebrates his 50 years in music business. Instead of an all-star project, he chose to record this wonderful album with his regular group. Subtle harmonic shifts, dynamic shadings and thrilling group improvisations! The sound quality is also exceptional! (Rec. 2009)

Quartetto Trevi featuring Max Ionata / Night Walk [HQCD]
A rising star tenor saxophonist from Italy, Max Ionata explores the hard bop and modal jazz with a very strong quartet including a wonderful pianist Roberto Tarenzi. Hot and exciting! (Rec. 2009)

Emil Viklicky Trio / Sinfonietta - The Janacek Of Jazz [HQCD]
A brand-new recording from Venus Records! The prominent Czech pianist teams up with his countryman and virtuoso bassist George Mraz and top drummer Lewis Nash to record a brilliant program that melds Moravian folk melodies (some of them collected/composed by Leos Janacek) with jazz. Unusual, beautiful and exciting! (Rec. 2008)

Alexis Cole / Someday My Prince Will Come [HQCD]
A brand-new recording from Venus Records! Swing Journal Gold Disc! A wonderful Venus Records debut of a talented singer with a voice praised as "a deep contralto as smooth and dark as the richest espresso." She sings an interesting collection of Disney love songs with top-notch New York musicians including Fred Hersch, Matt Wilson and Don Braden! (Rec. 2009)

Rachel Z / I Will Possess Your Heart
Talented pianist who received a GRAMMY Award for Wayne Shorter's comeback album in 1995, Rachel Z continues her unique artistic path of playing contemporary rock tunes (from Coldplay to Depeche Mode) in an acoustic piano trio format. With Maeve Royce, Omar Hakim and Marcus Gilmore. (Rec. 2009)

Tiffany / Yesterday & Yesterdays [Hybrid SACD]
Brand-new DSD recording on Hybrid SACD! American singer who lives in Japan, Tiffany released her fourth album from Eighty-Eight's. A collection of standards from the eras of "Yesterdays" and "Yesterday," it showcases her tremendous vocal talent! (Rec. 2009)

Mariëlle Koeman & Jos Van Beest Trio / Speaking Of Love
The Dutch singer Mariëlle Koeman's latest collaboration with her husband and talented pianist Jos Van Beest Trio features well-known standards and a breezy, gentle kind of swing. (Rec. 2009)

Maya Hatch / My Foolish Heart
Young singer Maya Hatch's stunning debut album is a program of well-known standards, very nicely executed. She is backed by the top jazz musicians of her generation--GRAMMY nominee Gerald Clayton, Ben Williams and Quincy Davis! (Rec. 2009)

Peter Bernstein + 3 / Stranger In Paradise [HQCD]
An HQCD reissue of an important album by guitarist Peter Bernstein, which put him in the studio with Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier and Bill Stewart! An excellent jazz guitar album! (Rec. 2003)

Ron Carter / All Blues [SHM-CD]
An important album Ron Carter recorded in the 1970s for Creed Taylor's CTI label. This 2009 SHM-CD reissue was supervised by Taylor and remastered by the original engineer, Rudy Van Gelder! With Roland Hanna, Richard Tee, Billy Cobham and Joe Henderson. (Rec. 1974)

Ron Carter / Spanish Blue [SHM-CD]
An important album Ron Carter recorded in the 1970s for Creed Taylor's CTI label. This 2009 SHM-CD reissue was supervised by Taylor and remastered by the original engineer, Rudy Van Gelder! The sound quality of this SHM-CD is amazing! With Roland Hanna, Jay Berliner, Billy Cobham and Ralph MacDonald. (Rec. 1973)

Analogue Production's definitive digital verson of classic Blue Note albums, released on Hybrid SACDs (compatible with all CD players), are finally available at Eastwind Import!

John Coltrane / Blue Train [Hybrid SACD]
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers / Moanin' [Hybrid SACD]
Lee Morgan / Leeway [Hybrid SACD]
Jackie McLean / Capuchin Swing [Hybrid SACD]
Art Taylor / A.T.'s Delight [Hybrid SACD]
Kenny Dorham / Whistle Stop [Hybrid SACD]
Dexter Gordon / Dexter Calling [Hybrid SACD]
Ike Quebec / Bossa Nova Soul Samba [Hybrid SACD]
Joe Henderson / Page One [Hybrid SACD]
Hank Mobley / A Caddy For Daddy [Hybrid SACD]

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Eastwind Import at CES 2010!

by Hajime 18. December 2009 13:53
Eastwind Import will be at CES 2010 (January 7-10, Las Vegas), showcasing CRL cables and MHI loudspeakers in partnership with Silicon Arts Design.

Hajime will be the DJ in the Venetian Suite 30-201, playing the best selections from Eastwind's software inventory. If you are coming to CES, please stop by and say hello!

For this reason, Eastwind Import will be closed and we won't be able to take any online orders from noon January 5th until 1am January 10th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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