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Allen Toussaint Life, Love And Faith – Speakers Corner 180g Vinyl

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
Allen Toussaint had it all around him – the voices and spirits of black music, rhythm ’n’ blues, funk and soul. He was born in New Orleans and grew up there, the birthplace of jazz. As from 1960, he worked as a record producer and an A&R man at Minit Records, an independent label, which was closely associated with the transformation of the New Orleans Sound. His compositions for fellow musicians landed them in the charts, he frequently participated by performing with them on the piano, and so became a connoisseur and master of all possible sounds.

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – Going Back To Acoustic – Pure Pleasure Records 180g Vinyl

“…These classic songs are matched by an impeccable re-master of the kind of recording which constantly reminds me exactly just why I own a turntable. Fantastic transparency, a jaw dropping presentation of rough hewed vocal dynamic shifts and the kind of inner details that scream ‘intimacy’ recreates the atmospheric roots of the Deep South – making this a must own record from a sonic perspective as well.” Recording = 9.5/10; Music = 9/10 – Reuben Parry, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45

Dave Brubeck Trio, Gerry Mulligan: Blues Roots – Pure Pleasure Records 180g Vinyl

Although this is a blues-oriented set, there is plenty of variety in tempos and grooves. The 1968 Quartet featured the leader/pianist, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. The repertoire on this LP ranges from “Limehouse Blues” (which is not really a blues) to “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” and several originals. These songs are average for 1968, but the soloing is remarkable and the musicians here are some of the best. “Journey” is a remarkably beautiful piano ballad, while “Blues Roots” narrowly rises above in it’s epic scope, and over-the-top ending. It’s probably my favourite song here. But, “Broke Blues” is also exceptional. This one, along with “Cross Ties” and “Blues Roots”, are fairly progressive, drawing as much from post bop as blues and traditional Jazz, pushing toward avante-garde. G. Skate/S. Yannow

Horace Tapscott Conducting The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Flight 17 – Pure Pleasure Records

"This is a must-have album. I think the first two tracks on their own make this release essential." Kevin Ward/UK Vibe/Boomkat

Horace Tapscott Conducting The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: The Call – Pure Pleasure Records

There are certain albums you hear something new every time you revisit the music and this is one of those albums. An important part of Afro-American history; the politics and art which surrounded the album. If you get a chance check out the film ‘Horace Tapscott, Musical Griot’, by filmmaker Barbara McCullough, or buy the book ‘Songs Of The Unsung’: The Musical & Social Journey of Horace Tapscott’ UK VIBE Mark Jones  

Horace Tapscott: Dial ‘B’ For Barbra – 2 x LP Pure Pleasure Vinyl

"The best of pianist Horace Tapscott's recordings for the tiny Nimbus label is this 1981 LP which features him in a sextet with trumpeter Reggie Bullen, altoist Gary Bias, tenor saxophonist Sabir Matteen, bassist Roberto Miranda and drummer Everett Brown, Jr. The group stretches out on a couple of Tapscott's originals plus a 19½-minute version of Linda Hill's"Dem Folks." Although the music could be called avant-garde, its use of rhythms and repetition keep the results from being forbidding and the performances have a momentum of their own."
Scott Yanow/AMG

Keb’ Mo’ – Keb’ Mo’ Pure Pleasure Records

Keb’ Mo’s self-titled debut is an edgy, ambitious collection of gritty country blues. Keb’ Mo’ pushes into new directions, trying to incorporate some of the sensibilites of the slacker revolution without losing touch of the tradition that makes the blues the breathing, vital art form it is. His attempts aren’t always successful, but his gutsy guitar playing and impassioned vocals, as well as his surprisingly accomplished songwriting, make Keb’ Mo’ a debut to cherish.  

Milt Jackson : Sunflower – Pure Pleasure Records 180g Vinyl

Recorded over two days in December of 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood, New Jersey home studio, vibraphonist Milt Jackson’s Sunflower is the first and best of his three albums for Creed Taylor’s CTI imprint. (And one of the finest offerings on the label.) With a core band consisting of Herbie Hancock (playing electric and acoustic piano), bassist Ron Carter, drummer Billy Cobham, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, drummer/percussionist Ralph McDonald, and guitarist Jay Berliner. A chamber orchestra exquisitely arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky adorns the session as well.

Otis Spann : The Biggest Thing Since Colossus – Pure Pleasure Records

During the sixties there was the British Blues boom, containing many blues bands, one of the fineat being Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
In January of 1969 Fleetwood Mac were at Chess Studios, Chicago, Jamming with the likes of Willie Dixson, S.P Leary, Honeyboy Edwards, J.T Brown and longtime Muddy Waters pianist Otist Spann. The end result being of those sessions was the classic double album "Blus Jam At Chess" The rapport between the Mac and Otis Spann was such that they recorded another whole album together...."Colossus".

Pharoah Sanders : Live – Pure Pleasure Records 180g 2 LP Vinyl

“This is a glorious, jubilant performance that reminds us that Sanders was at his most effective communicator when he had an audience, like a righteous preacher feeling the spirit with the faithful.” Kevin Le Gendre – Jazzwise March Issue

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Blacknuss

From its opening bars, with Bill Salter's bass and Rahsaan's flute passionately playing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", you know this isn't an ordinary Kirk album (were any of them?). As the string section, electric piano, percussion, and Cornel Dupree's guitar slip in the back door, one can feel the deep soul groove Kirk is bringing to the jazz fore here.

Wendell Harrison Tribe: Get Up Off Your Knees – Pure Pleasure Records 180g Vinyl

Saxophonist Wendell Harrison has lived by a standard philosophy for his 50-plus-year career: One must have complete self-autonomy. Both his music and business dealings reflect this. Besides being a legend on the Detroit jazz scene and mentoring up-and-coming musicians through his non-profit organization Rebirth Inc., he co-founded the Tribe Records label in the 1970s, which produced a magazine and many classic albums.