Jazz Black Friday 2017 Vinyl Record Releases

Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler & Don Cherry, Sonny Clark Trio (with Max Roach), Sun Ra, Wes Montgomery and Preservation Hall Jazz Band are among the jazz artists releasing vinyl records on November 24, 2017. There’s also a reissue of jazz/blues violinist Papa John Creech’s 1971 solo album featuring Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana and many others; Southside Johnny’s tribute to Lady Day and more.

The full list of Black Friday record releases is here.  A guide to live records out Black Friday is here; click these links for hip-hop, metal and classic rock guides. Click here for Black Friday’s top vinyl releases with full details and photos of each. Below is a round-up of the jazz and jazz-related vinyl out Black Friday. Follow twitter/TheFutureHeart and facebook/TheFutureHeart for updates.

Sun Ra – Exotica

  • Triple LP on colored vinyl form Modern Harmonic
  • Limited edition of 1000 RSD Limited Run
  • Gatefold packaging with Chesley Bonestell cover art, restored and adapted by Laura Lindgren
  • Features rare photos and two sets of liner notes including commentary by Brother Cleve
  • Recorded at various locations in Chicago and New York, 1956–1968
  • Recordings produced by Sun Ra for Saturn Records, under the business aegis of Alton Abraham
  • This compilation produced by Irwin Chusid under the project Management of Jay Millar
  • Audio transfers by Michael D. Anderson, Sun Ra Music Archive
  • Mastered by Bob Irwin
  • Will also be available as a 2-CD set and digitally on Bandcamp
  • Full tracklist and streams of three cuts at Bandcamp

Wynonie Harris with Sun Ra

– “Dig This Boogie”

  • 7″ Vinyl Single on Modern Harmonic
  • Limited edition of 1000 RSD Limited Run
  • Sun Ra’s very first release, playing with Wynonie Harris and The Jimmie Jackson Band
  • “Dig This Boogie” backed with “Lightnin’ Struck The Poor House” on red vinyl
  • Stream both tracks on Spotify
  • Recorded May 14, 1946 at WSM Studio in Nashville, TN
  • First ever vinyl reissue of 78 rpm vinyl single on Nashville’s Bullet Records from 1946
  • Packaged in a space-age envelope style picture sleeve with cover art by Cal Schenkel (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart)
  • See the above image of the reissue enlarged (and read the back sleeve notes) here

Wes Montgomery – In Paris:
The Definitive O.R.T.F.

  • Double LP on 180-gm black vinyl from Resonance Records
  • RSD Exclusive Release
  • First official issue of Wes Montgomery’s only concert in Paris
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman
  • 8-page insert includes never-before-published photos from the actual concert by Jean-Pierre Leloir, and exclusive essays and interviews
  • Recorded March 27, 1965 with Harold Mabern (piano), Arthur Harper (bass) and Jimmy Lovelace (drums)
  • Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone) guests on “Full House,” “‘Round Midnight” and “Blue ‘N Boogie/West Coast Blues”
  • Full tracklist, more details on packaging and liner notes and the official press release are here
  • Watch official trailer above
  • Deluxe CD edition to follow January 26, 2018

Sonny Clark Trio – My Conception

1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach

  • Double LP reissue on Tompkins Square
  • Limited edition of RSD Exclusive Release
  • Reissue of Sonny Clark Trio’s 1960 album on Time Records, the first album of compositions written solely by Clark
  • Newly remastered with a reconfigured tracklist: Minor Meeting, Nica, Sonny’s Crip and Blues Mambo Side on the A-side; Blues Blue, Junka, My Conception and Sonia Side on the B-side
  • Includes a second LP of outakes: Nica (take 2), Sonia (take 3) and Minor Meeting (take 10) on the A-side; Junka (take 1), Nica (take 4) and Minor Meeting (take 9) on the B-side
  • Recorded at Bell Sound Studios in NYC in January, 1960
  • Package features previously unseen photographs from the session, original liner notes by Nat Hentoff and new notes by Ben Ratliff
  • The backstory of this new reissue (involving Judd Apatow) can be read in this article
  • Stream the CD edition on Spotify
  • Stream ‘Nica (take 4)” above

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry



  • LP reissue on 180 gram colored vinyl from ORG Music
  • Limited edition of 1500 worldwide RSD Exclusive Release
  • Second album by Albert Ayler’s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray, originally issued by the Freedom label and by the Dutch label Debut under the title Ghosts
  • Out of print for decades
  • Recorded in Copenhagen in September 1964
  • Remastered for audiophile-grade reissue
  • Pressed on blue and white swirl color vinyl in Pallas, Germany
  • Full tracklist and more information on Wikipedia 
  • Stream the full album on YouTube above or here

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins on Impulse!

  •  LP reissue on 180g black vinyl from Elemental Music
  • RSD Exclusive Release
  • Sonny Rollins’ debut album on Impulse! Records reissued with all the original artwork and liner note content, including an essay by Nat Hentoff
  • Features pianist Ray Bryant (his only recording with Rollins), bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker
  • Mastered from the original tapes recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio
  • Pressed at United Pressing
  • Full tracklist and more information at Wikipedia 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Run Stop & Drop!!

  • 12″ Vinyl on Legacy Records
  • Limited edition of 2000 RSD Exclusive Release
  • Recorded August 2017 at a party hosted by Record Store Day in New Orleans

Papa John Creech

Papa John Creech

  • LP reissue on Culture Factory USA
  • Limited edition of 1200 RSD Exclusive Release
  • 1971 debut solo album by blues and jazz violinist (who earlier in his career performed with Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Nat King Cole)
  • Guests include Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia; Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Dave Brown, Pete Sears and Carlos himself; Jefferson Airplane’s Joey Covington, Paul Kanter, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick; Quick Silver Messenger Service’s John Cipollina; and Tower of Power horns
  • Full personal, full tracklist and more details at Wikipedia 
  • Reissued on translucent blue vinyl
  • Includes original label, a printed inner sleeve, cardboard jacket and LP spine folder

Panduranga Henderson

Ocean of Love

  • LP reissue on Luaka Bop
  • Limited edition of 1250 RSD Exclusive Release
  • Sideman pianist for Ray Charles, Arnett Cobb and Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson’ that moved to Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’s California ashram in the early 1980s
  • Their subsequent improvisations and compositions led to the obscure 1993 album Ocean Of Love
  • Panduranga Henderson plays all instruments and sings all the vocal parts
  • Side-A includes Hari Nameste (Greetings) and Hari Haraya; Side-B includes Rama Rama, Sri Bhagwan and Om Namah Shivaya.
  • More information in this article by The Vinyl Factory

Southside Johnny – Detour Ahead:

The Music of Billie Holiday

  • LP on Leroy Records
  • Limited edition of 1400 RSD Exclusive Release
  • Recorded over two days in January of 2017
  • Arranged, produced and mixed by Asbury Jukes saxophonist John Isley
  • Side-A includes Ain’t Nobody’s Business, Detour Ahead, Don’t Explain, Billie’s Blues and You Don’t Know What Love Is; Side-B includes Lover Man, Do Nothin Till Ya Hear From Me, In My Solitude, These Foolish Things and Crazy He Calls Me


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