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Anne Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 45rpm Box Set
Hands down one of the greatest festival recordings ever! Out of circulation for nearly twenty years, this great two-record set from 1973 was made available once again by Classic Records. It’s a document of an incredible three days (Sept. 8-10, 1972) of powerful music, attended by more than 15,000 fans at Otis Spann Memorial Field in Ann Arbor Michigan. Hopefully, future re-examination of the Ann Arbor Festival 1972 will yield full sets by each of the participants, including those not represented on this LP, such as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Lightin’ Slim! Classic Records approached this obscure and rare release with the idea that it deserved the best sonic treatment ever. As such, the decision was made by Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records, to cut the original two record set at 45 rpm** and issue it as 8 single sided 180g LP's.
Hindemith – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra / Mozart – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major (K.216)
An important contribution to twentieth century concerto literature for the violin and a beguiling masterpiece from the eighteenth century are coupled here in magnificent performances by one of America's leading violinists, assisted by an eminent British conductor and orchestra. Everest has clothed these performances in some of the most stunning sound to be heard on disc or tape.
Jimmy Rushing – “Five feet of Soul”
Jimmy sings everything with soulful expression, including his own compositions which have become blues standards. His warm style always has a persistent and infectious vigor. His voice, if possible, gets better with each year, and, certainly, it grows younger. The (and anything else that he sings) gains new dimension when being rendered by Jimmy Rushing. Rushing was a powerful singer who had a range from baritone to tenor. He could project his voice so that it soared over the horn and reed sections in a big-band setting. Basie claimed that Rushing "never had an equal" as a blues vocalist, though Rushing "really thought of himself as a ballad singer." George Frazier, author of Harvard Blues, called Rushing's distinctive voice "a magnificent gargle". Dave Brubeck defined Rushing's status among blues singers as "the daddy of them all." Late in his life Rushing said of his singing style, "I don't know what kind of blues singer you'd call me. I just sing 'em"
Respighi – The Fountains of Rome
These recordings from 1960 feature Sir Malcolm Sargent (RCA Heifetz Scottish Fantasy) conducting the fabulous London Symphony on these Bert Whyte recordings at Walthamstow Assembly Hall in London – the same hall used extensively by the Decca and Kenneth Wilkinson. The performance is slower and more deliberate in tempo than the RCA Reiner performance yet every bit as powerful. The 35mm sound has a textural richness in the strings that is much more realistic than any other and bass that is woofer busting in its power and detail.
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 Opus 47
Shostakovich and his remarkable Fifth Symphony is not to be found in any books or annotations. It must be learned from the music itself. It is only by the impact of this work on our own sensibilities that we can truly say of its creator , "Ecce homo!"
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Sonny Criss : Cris Plays Cole Porter
Porters music breathes originality, spunk, intelligence, a bit of Huck Finn; all of which are realistically exposed in love song, comedy, or the seldom written situation material. Another in the Classic Sonny Criss Imperial series features Cole Porter tunes such as “I Love You,” “Anything Goes,”
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Sonny Criss : Go Man
This hard-to-find collection is a must-have for fans of pianist Sonny Clark, heard in fine form (a bit more aggressive and "on top of the beat" than usual) along with the very coherent team of bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Lawrence Marable.