Exactly one year ago (yes I was late to the game) I picked up my copy of Astral Progressions by Josef Leimberg. Part of LA’s thriving Jazz scene and contributing to many other artists work before unleashing his debut Leimberg is certainly one of the great Jazz musicians and writers today.
Since last year this record has been on constant rotation. If you like your Jazz with more spirituality and soul but with modern breaks and beats to accompany it then this LP is for you.
Currently the AT95EX pulling groove duty because I’m an clumsy sod.
However it’s warming nicely and the sibilance has all but gone.
Shown here playing the last track on Wolf by the very talented Code Elektro.
While listening to music this morning I’ve been flicking through one of my favourite coffee table books. The Akira Club published by Titan Books. This is a first press and is a lovely book chock full of Otomo’s work and with insights about his choices from Inception of the serialised Manga through to its conclusion. If you love his illustrations, Manga or the Anime then you’ll love this.
Start the day as you mean to go on. Pumping out some Afrobeat / Free Jazz first thing is something everyone should do and it really gets your perspective in order to tackle the day.
Everyone I know who has been spinning this LP since release has nothing but great things to say about it.
Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile
One for @ne1_records a little Japan to edge me into my Sunday evening. This is the only Japan LP I own as after seeing Ne1’s post I realised I didn’t own any on wax and that had to be remedied.
The outer sleeve has some blight due to price sticker enthusiasm by previous shops. However the record is in really great shape. At £6 it’s a bargain, considering the Abby Road Half Speed Masters which are coming later this year will carry a premium price tag.
Just thought I’d share this to all you Jazz people out there, especially those who live in Yorkshire or UK if prepared to travel. Hit up Wall Of Sound Records on Facebook or head to the shop located in the basement below Crash Records on the Headrow in Leeds.
A quick video of the current setup playing some Ornette Coleman - Tomorrow Is The Question. A fantastic LP on Contemporary Records.
The track is Lorraine and was recorded January 16 1959. The cats on this record are: -Ornette Coleman - Alto Sax
-Don Cherry - Trumpet
-Percy Heath & Red Mitchell - Bass
-Shelly Manne - Drums
It’s Adam Ant time. This is a record picked up for my fiancée. She has a healthy crush on the younger Adam Ant and we seemingly need his records in the collection. This was a decent copy despite the price lable being taken off and leaving some sleeve blight. It has its original Hype Sticker which is nice and also has the original poster in ex condition. Hope you all have a great day and spin some Adam or Adam & The Ants.
Well this record blew me away. It’s not often I put a record on expecting to hear an average sound with minimal mixing skills used etc (RVG) Records being one of the exceptions. However this record floored me.
The sonics and spacial organisation and quality of of mixing and cutting is really good. To top it off Coleman is a wizard song writer and player and this shows all the way through song after song.
Well, with all the packing, moving, unpacking, building flat pack & paying bills etc. I haven’t had time to really get my teeth into some new releases and buys. As you’ve seen over the last few days I’m now starting to get there.
Another two arrivals from the guys out in Switzerland who are famous for their re-issues are WRWTFWW Records. They have turned their gaze to Jazz and they have started their catalogue off with two exceptional albums. Both are half speed pressings and come in quality poly inners complete with nice quality card outer sleeves and Obi Strips. WRJ001 & WRJ002.
I can’t say how these pressings compare to the OG copies or the Japanese Pressings (which may or may not use the same new Masters). However I’m super happy to have these adorning the shelves.
Ryo Fukui - Scenery (1976)
& Mellow Dream (1977)
Every so often someone surprises you with an amazing gesture. Well the LP before you was such a gesture from Alan aka Wah Wah Records. What we have here is an early pressing of a very sort after album. The best thing about this is it was given to my partner and I as a housewarming gift. My fiancée was stoked to get this and her face was brill. Cheers Alan your the best record store owner I know. 👍🏻
Something very special arrived. I was absolutely gutted when I thought I’d missed this Dub Plate from Tenesha The Wordsmith put out by On The Corner Records. A powerful two tracks of spoken words. My paltry description here wouldn’t do it justice. Just head to OTCs Bandcamp Page and listen for yourselves. If you missed this you’ll be able to catch Tenesha’s skills on the up and coming LP by DJ Khalab also through OTC.
BTW I’m not sure who’s spelt Tenesha’s name incorrectly.
I’d like to take a minute and remember this Ortofon 2M Red Stylus whose steadfast service over the last 3 years or so have been stoic.
Today was the last piece of the puzzle a TT on the new setup. Unfortunately while packing things away the stylus got knocked back and is virtually snapped. 🤬😭 Things being as they are it’s time to move on and look forward. In the meantime I’ve had to rope in an Audio Technica at95EX cartridge which is a simblance happy chap but it means I get to spin some stuff for a while.
Any recommendations which are pocket friendly and good for most types of music? I was thinking of just a new stylus on the Ortofon.
So some bits on the new rack. Nothing special but it serves a purpose. Missing one vital item... turntable!! I need to go pick this up but it’s slowly getting back to something resembling a HiFi.
BnW 685S2 powdered by the Yamaha amp (needed for TV so not the best choice for high end music) my digital source is a Marantz UD7007 for Bluray, SACD, CD, DVD & BD Audio and I also run a HDD with FLAC / WAV straight into the Amp. The turntable will go through a Graham Slee Communicator Gram Amp 2. The Apple TV will be used for a PLEX portal (TV isn’t capable). All this is wired using Chord Cables.
Speakers are fed by Chord Rumour 2 which is currently burning in. The rest of HDMIs and interconnects are Chord also.
So the construction begins! New HiFi rack. The Evoque Eco 60-40 from the guys over at Atacama. I was going to go for the SE version with suspension in the legs and waveguide routed in the bottom of the shelves. Funds being what they are though wouldn’t permit. For those wanting to know, the rug is a Next one and the coffee table is from Laura Ashley.
Huge thanks to my manager at work who got me 4 bottles (2 Chocolate Stout, 1 Cherry Beer & 1 Raspberry Beer) from Samual Smiths Brewery and two glasses as a house-warming gift. Cheers @debsbowman123
Some record related stuff coming in the next week folks so don’t think this account has died off.