Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy…
Vinyl is back! Each month on “Vinyl Watch,” we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases — including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.
Oliver Nelson, The Blues and the Abstract Truth / Sonny Rollins, On Impulse! (Verve/UMe)
This Friday, June 25, Verve/UMe continues its celebration of the 60th anniversary of Impulse! Records via its ongoing monthly Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series. This month's releases are Oliver Nelson's 1961 post-bop classic, The Blues and the Abstract Truth, and Sonny Rollins' first of three albums recorded for the iconic orange label, On Impulse!, originally released in 1965. All Acoustic Sounds reissues are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets.
Miriam Makeba, Keep Me in Mind (Strut)
Strut released Miriam Makeba's 1970 album, Keep Me In Your Mind, her final studio session for Reprise Records. The album features soul arrangements of rock hits by Van Morrison, Stephen Stills, the Beatles and John Fogerty, as well as her own compositions and "Lumumba," composed by Miriam's daughter Bongi Makeba. This new vinyl edition comes with remastered audio, full original artwork and a booklet with extensive new liner notes and rare session photos. Order it here.
Miles Davis, Merci Miles! Jazz à Vienne (Rhino)
Rhino releases this Friday Merci Miles! Live at Vienne, a recording of one of the trumpet legend's final live performances. Recorded at the Jazz à Vienne festival in France in July 1991, this electrifying and previously unreleased set also includes two songs written by Prince, “Penetration” and “Jailbait,” and is out as part of Rhino’s Black Music Month celebration. The vinyl set features liner notes from music historian/journalist/producer Ashley Kahn, with art designed by Bruno Tilley. Order it here.
Nina Simone, The Montreux Years / Etta James, The Montreux Years (BMG)
New albums of previously unreleased Nina Simone and Etta James live recordings from their many performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival are out this Friday, May 28. Both double-LPs are released as part of The Montreux Years series, which draws on the fabled Swiss festival's 55-year-history and its extensive collection of audio-visual material. Each collection is accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography and is also available on CD/digital. Pre-order them here.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, The Witch Doctor / Curtis Amy and Dupree Bolton, Katanga! (Blue Note)
Two more "underrated" gems from Blue Note's archive as part of its acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Series, launched in 2019 as part of its 80th-anniversary celebration. The Witch Doctor features one of the all-time great Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers lineups with Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. While it was recorded in 1961, it remained unreleased until 1967. Katanga! was saxophonist Curtis Amy's last of six albums recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early '60s. Originally issued in 1963, it also includes some brilliant playing by Dupree Bolton on trumpet.Like this article? Get more when you subscribe.