Tom Schnabel’s Article about our new Legrand Jazz 180-Gram LP

Our friend Tom Schnabel, fan and scholar of great music from all over the globe, has posted a fan-tastically informative article about our new Legrand Jazz 180-gram LP on KCRW’s blog (read below). His anecdotes really put into context the importance of these recording dates, the happenstance, and grit that made them happen, and the influence American’s major art form (and some of it’s greatest musicians) had on the legendary Parisian composer. Check it out (along with all of Tom’s thoughtful elucidations) on the blog, then check out the LP at Elusive Disc or your local audiophile dealer.

COMING SOON: We are excited to announce the December 2017 release of our all-new, all-analog, 33-rpm pressing of the classic “nuevo flamenco” record Friday Night in San Francisco! Fusion greats Al Dimeola (Return To Forever) and John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra), along with flamenco master Paco DeLucia, are captured in incredibly life-like recordings that recreate a moment where three giant talents came together in perfect musical synchronicity. Mastered from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman and our own Bob Donnelly, this is a rare 33.3 rpm reissue of a seminal audiophile title. Limited to 3,000 individually numbered copies, so you’ll want to preorder yours here as fast as DiMeola, Laughlin, and DeLucia play.

Legrand Jazz is a must for any jazz fan’s music library, but its provenance is like Ancestry.com on steroids. When searching for the original recording, one encounters 32 different versions, multiple album covers, and different labels! Which begs the question: “Will the real Legrand Jazz please stand up?”

Finally, it has. Los Angeles-based audiophile label Impex Records recently reissued the original album. Sourced from the original master tapes, it’s been cut on the all-tube Bernie Grundmanmastering and cutting system, and put on whisper-silent 180-gram vinyl by RTI’s Rick Hashimoto. The album comes packaged as a gatefold LP with photos on the inside that show Legrand at work. Kudos to Impex’s Robert Sliger for the album art and Robert Donnelly, who oversaw production. This Impex reissue of Legrand Jazz is a dream come true for both jazz fans and audiophiles. It is truly the ne plus ultra of jazz reissue, so don’t let this one slip by you.

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