Japan Shm CD

John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81001}

John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81001}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 516 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 159 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 262 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit 192kHz remaster
© 1957, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note / Capitol | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81001
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24bit remastering. Includes an alternate take of "Blue Train" for the first time in the world. Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train – Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry – touching upon all forms in between.
Johnny Smith - Guitar & Strings (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29239}

Johnny Smith - Guitar & Strings (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29239}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 203 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 76 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 89 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1960, 2017 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29239
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. A very special album from Johnny Smith – one of the few to feature his sublime guitar sound amidst a larger string setting – which only seems to emphasize the moodier, darker tones of his instrument! The album's a lot like his My Dear Little Sweetheart set – and, like that one, it features help from conductor Irv Kostal, as well as violinist Gene Orloff – both artists with the right sort of subtle, understated approach to make sure that Johnny's six strings never get lost in the larger swirl! Most tunes are very slow-moving, which allows us to hear that Smith guitar magic in full relief – that special way that Johnny had of choosing just the right notes and colors, in just the right way.
Johnny Smith - My Dear Little Sweetheart (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29212}

Johnny Smith - My Dear Little Sweetheart (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29212}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 227 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 84 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1960, 2017 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29212
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. One of the most obscure Johnny Smith albums for Roost – and one of the most striking, too! The album takes the sound of Johnny's guitar and backs it with some larger arrangements from Irwin Kostal – very mellow, and very string-laden – with a dreamy late nite quality that's even moodier than that of Johnny's small combo records. There's an eerie mood to the set that really grabs us, and which seems to deepen even more on repeated listenings (probably enhanced by the painting of a child on the cover – as you'd expect a lady from the "sweetheart" title!)
Brian Eno - The Ship (2016) {Japan SHM-CD Collector's Edition BRC-505CE}

Brian Eno - The Ship (2016) {Japan SHM-CD Collector's Edition BRC-505CE}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 276 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 129 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 745 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Opal / Warp Records / Beat Records Japan | BRC-505CE
Electronic / Ambient / Avant-Garde / Experimental Ambient / Structured Improvisation

Brian Eno brings the first album in three and a half years. This Japanese edition features SHM-CD format, and includes four pieces of art prints and a 8-page booklet. Special packaging. Special Feature - a bonus track for Japan. The Ship marks Brian Eno's first ambient album since 2012's Lux. Work on the album began as a 3-D sound installation in Stockholm, but altered to stereo when Eno realized he could sing in a low C, The Ship's root note. The Ship contains two works, the 21-minute title track, and the three-part "Fickle Sun." The title piece, a reflection on the sinking of the Titanic, recalls a moment in his distant past: he released Gavin Bryars' Sinking of the Titanic on his Obscure Music label in 1975.
Johnny Smith Trio - Designed For You (1959) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29157}

Johnny Smith Trio - Designed For You (1959) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29157}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 195 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 80 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 67 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1959, 2017 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29157
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Johnny Smith really helped bring the sound of jazz guitar to a huge audience in the 50s – and an album like this is a perfect demonstration of his subtle genius on the instrument! At a time when so many others were working the guitar with a hard-edged sound, Smith moves into territory that's even more careful and precise – really making the most of the amplification on the strings, so that his touch can be gentle, but very pointed – allowing for lots of space between the notes, in a way that makes each of them mean even more than they might if strung together in a flurry. The group's a trio – with the bass and drums really giving Johnny a lot of room.
Johnny Smith - Plus The Trio (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29183}

Johnny Smith - Plus The Trio (1960) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29183}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 196 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 78 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 77 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1960, 2017 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29183
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Comes with a mini-description. A trio is helping out guitarist Johnny Smith – but, as with all of his other Roost Records of the time, the man himself is very far out in the lead – making real magic on the strings of his guitar, and playing with an effortless command of tone and color! Some moments of the record actually have a bit more of an uptempo swing than other of Johnny's albums of the period – but others are a masterpiece is gentle harmonics – those incredible notes that Smith almost seemed to invent for jazz guitar in the 50s – and which seem to come through even more beautifully in the sparest of settings. The trio features Bob Pancoast on piano, Mousie Alexander on drums, and George Roumanis on bass
Phil Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) {Geffen Records Japan SHM-CD Mini LP UICY-93418 rel 2008}

Phil Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) {Geffen Records Japan SHM-CD Mini LP UICY-93418 rel 2008}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (image)+CUE+LOG -> 499 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 161 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 39 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1972, 2008 Blue Thumb Records / Geffen Records / Universal Japan | UICY-93418
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz Blues / Jazz Funk / Guitar

Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Phil Upchurch featuring the latest remastering and the high-quality SHM-CD format. Recorded in 1971, shortly after he departed Cadet where he served as a house sideman-playing on dozens of records and a prefferred guitarist for Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, Phil Upchurch headed for the West Coast and Blue Thumb Records. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, Upchurch's Darkness, Darkness is his quintessential (double) album, full of laid-back funky grooves, elegant, mind-blowing guitar work, elegant string and horn arrangements, and fine Fender Rhodes work from Donny Hathaway with legendary session bassist Chuck Rainey and smooth jazz piano great Joe Sample in the house.
Jack Teagarden - Jack Teagarden At The Roundtable (1959) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29130}

Jack Teagarden - Jack Teagarden At The Roundtable (1959) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29130}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 183 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 96 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 192 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1959, 2016 Roulette / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29130
Jazz / Dixieland / Swing / Big Band / Mainstream Jazz / Trombone

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Comes with a mini-description. We love Jack Teagarden on Roulette Records – as the label's slightly broken-down, booze-drenched approach was perfect for the late life skills of the trombonist – and maybe a better setting for his talents than anywhere else! This fantastic set has Jack at all the height of those aging powers – playing trombone with a deftness that's way more than the trad modes in which he was schooled, and singing in this heartbreaking voice that's almost even more compelling – trying for blues, and full of pathos in its attempt to reach it – wonderfully human overall. The group features Don Ewell on piano, Don Goldie on trumpet, and Ronnie Greb on drums – and titles include "Big Noise From Winnetka", "When", "Stardust", "Honeysuckle Rose", and "South Rampart Street Parade".
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Backgammon (1976) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29102}

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Backgammon (1976) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29102}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 362 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 114 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 183 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1976, 2016 Roulette / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29102
Jazz / Hard Bop

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Comes with a mini-description. Killer work from this overlooked Art Blakey stretch of the mid 70s – a time when the drummer was getting back to basics, and re-igniting his music with help from some key younger players! This set sparkles with sharp tenor from the great David Schnitter – already a powerhouse out of the box, and driven onto new heights by Blakey! Also present is pianist Albert Dailey, whose conception helps bring in some fresh sounds to the Jazz Messengers universe – alongside flute player Ladji Camara, who also vocalizes on one cut. Yoshio Suzuki handles bass, and old line trumpeter Bill Hardman comes in to round out the group – on titles that include "Uranus", "Third World Blues", "Namfulay", and "Backgammon".
Bobby Hutcherson - Head On (1971) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81099}

Bobby Hutcherson - Head On (1971) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81099}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 508 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 186 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 250 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit 192kHz remaster
© 1971, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81099
Jazz / Post Bop / Vibraphone

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24 bit remastering. Featuring the work of obscure composer/pianist Todd Cochrane, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's 1971 album Head On is a highly cerebral and atmospheric affair that is somewhat different than his other equally experimental '70s work. Although the album does feature more of the avant-garde jazz that Hutcherson was exploring during this period, Cochrane's material is heavily influenced by contemporary classical music, and accordingly Head On is more of an exercise in reflective, layered jazz than rambunctious freebop – though it does offer some of that, too.