JAZZ DISPENSARY ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH VINYL ME, PLEASE

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Here come the goods. We’re very excited to announce a partnership with Vinyl Me, Please to offer a series of five heavyweight digs from our secret stash of the finest, funkiest, dankest grooves on the planet.

 

Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) is a subscription service that brings its members monthly installments of curated vinyl packages of the utmost quality, both in form and musical content—storytellers via wax who aim to connect with their customers via personalized musical travelogues. As such they’re a perfect pairing with Jazz Dispensary, whose blunted dives into the catalogs of the premier funky jazz recordings of the hazed out ’60s and ’70s are legend. It’s a realm of sound that contains an Arabian Nights’ worth of twists and turns, backroads and epic journeys. All releases in the series will be pressed on highest-quality 180-gram vinyl with exact replicas of the original cover artwork on heavy stock tip-on jackets. Limited to 1,000 pieces per title, the numbered releases will each have their own uniquely colored vinyl, matched to the theme of the release. The series will kick off with David Axelrod’s cult classic groove journey Heavy Axe, followed by a rhythm trip by the great Jack DeJohnette, and will conclude with a triple-threat of albums from Bernard Purdie, Idris Muhammad and Leon Spencer on November 20th. VMP will also be offering a very limited-edition beanie celebrating the partnership as a free gift to those who purchase the full bundle of albums.

 

David Axelrod – Heavy Axe on “Timber” vinyl (Street Date: 10/14)

For the dusty-fingered deep diggers who have a sixth sense for sample-worthy sounds and unique headnodders, the name David Axelrod is gospel. An arranger with A-List credits a mile long, Axelrod had carte blanche to do what he wanted on his own solo releases, and after calling a gaggle of his high-profile studio mates (including Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Cannonball Adderley and George Duke) he turned his 1974 release Heavy Axe into a referendum on the jazz-rock sound of the era. Funky covers of “You’re So Vain” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” give way to the porn-funk of “Mucho Chupar” and the moody, moogy “Everything Counts,” all anchored with the full, round low end and majestic orchestral flourishes that has made Axelrod a favorite with hip hop beat makers from the ‘90s til today.

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Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery on “Sorcerer’s Stone Swirl” vinyl (Street date: 11/13)

Sorcery is our trippiest and heaviest entry so far. The album finds DeJohnette teamed up with a tight crew of badass bandmates, including veterans of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew sessions (bassist Dave Holland) and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band (Bennie Maupin). Discursive, meditative, trippy but grounded in tasty grooves (the deep digger drum break “Epilog”) and laced with flurries of Hendrix-on-jazz-steroids guitar from 6-string heroes John Abercrombie and Mick Goodrick plus the ahead-of-its-time electronic processing of DeJohnette, this band would never be mistakenly filed under Smooth Jazz. 

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Bernard Purdie – Purdie Good! on “Purdie Purple” vinyl (Street date: 11/20)

In between being one of the most recorded studio drummers of all time (the “Purdie Shuffle” graced everything from Aretha to Steely Dan), Bernard Purdie squeezed in a few sessions of his own. Purdie Good! was recorded early in 1971 by legendary engineer and audio obsessive Rudy Van Gelder at his bespoke studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and has all the quality hallmarks of that esteemed locale. Three Purdie-penned originals are balanced by three covers of hits du jour, utmost among them an absolutely blazing romp through James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.”

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Idris Muhammad – Black Rhythm Revolution! on “Revolution Blue Swirl” vinyl (Street date: 11/20)

The fourth entry in the Jazz Dispensary/Vinyl Me Please series dives deeper into the masters of the jazz-funk drum kit, this time with the debut release from Idris Muhammad, a New Orleans-bred rhythm king who successfully made the leap from the finest soulful jazz records of the ’60s to the nastiest fusion funk of the ’70s. Here we catch him literally on the cusp of the two in 1970, with one good foot in the get-down of “Express Yourself” and “Super Bad,” and the other in his own heady excursions into modal rhythm and melody. The two moods are neatly divided into sides A and B, a beautiful example of the sequencing and listening experience only vinyl can provide.

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Leon Spencer – Where I’m Coming From on “Red Cloud” vinyl (Street date: 11/20)

The very definition of ‘70s soulful jazz, Where I’m Coming From has all the hallmarks of Prestige Records at its finest, with an all-star cast of sidemen (Welcome back, Idris Muhammed! Hello to Madlib’s uncle, Jon Faddis! Greetings to the funky flute of Hubert Laws!) recorded at Van Gelder’s studio and packed with down and dirty grooves top to bottom. From the opening cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” through to the low-slung original headnodder “Where I’m Coming From,” with stops along the way for dips into the catalogs of Curtis Mayfield (“Give Me Your Love”), Marvin Gaye (“Trouble Man”) and the Four Tops (“Keeper Of The Castle”), Leon Spencer’s rippling organ lines sear this prime example of groove jazz.

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