Kohji Matsubayashi

Universal “Jazz The Best” LP Collection

Universal Music Japan が,(旧日本ポリドール,旧日本フォノグラムの頃から) 久しぶりに LP 再発 を行います.2004年12月22日リリース,全20タイトルです.

Universal Music Japan will release 20 famous Jazz titles in LP format on December 22, 2004. It will be a long time since Nippon Polydor and Nippon Phonogram (both labels were the predecessors of Universal Music Japan) released LPs last.

今回の再発の目玉は,そのタイトル群ではなく (もちろん,どれも Impulse, Verve, EmArcy, Philips レーベルなどの著名な人気盤であることは間違いないです),オリジナル・アナログ・カッティング・マスターを使用してニューヨークにて現地カッティング という点でしょう.カッティングエンジニアは Joseph M. Palamaccio さんだそうです.さる有力筋からの情報によると,音質的にもかなり期待できるとのこと.

The most remarkable point is not each title itself (of course all titles in the series include very famous masterpieces from Impulse, Verve, EmArcy, Philips labels), but that all titles were cut in the US using original analogue master tapes. The cutting engineer for this reissue series is Joseph M. Palamaccio. According to a certain influential person’s note, this series will provide very nice sounds which will surely convince audiophiles.

2004.12.18 追記:
下記 web ページによると、製造上の事情により一部発売日が変更されたそうです。

Addendum (Dec. 18, 2004):
According to the below web page, some titles’ release date will be delayed due to a manufacturing process.

2004.12.22 追記:
22日発売分のうち 2枚を購入しました。感想は こちら をご覧ください。

Addendum (Dec. 22, 2004):
I bought 2 LPs from 10 LP reissues just out today. Take a look at here for my brief impression of the LPs.



RELEASED ON DEC. 22, 2004
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UCJU-9005    We Get Requests / Oscar Peterson (Verve)
UCJU-9007    Ella And Louis / Ella Fitsgerald & Louis Armstrong (Verve)
UCJU-9008    Mack The Knife - Ella In Berlin / Ella Fitsgerald (Verve)
UCJU-9010    Now's The Time - The Genius Of Charlie Parker #3 (Verve)
UCJU-9011    Study In Brown / Clifford Brown & Max Roach (EmArcy)
UCJU-9012    Clifford Brown With Strings (EmArcy)
UCJU-9014    Stan Getz Plays (Verve)
UCJU-9016    Smokin' At The Half Note Cafe / Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly (Verve)
UCJU-9018    John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (Impulse!)
UCJU-9020    April In Paris / Count Basie Orchestra (Verve)
RELEASED ON DEC. 29, 2004
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UCJU-9001    Ballads / John Coltrane (Impulse!)
UCJU-9002    Getz / Gilbert (Verve)
UCJU-9003    Helen Merrill (EmArcy)
UCJU-9004    A Love Supreme / John Coltrane (Impulse!)
UCJU-9006    Bill Evans At The Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve)
UCJU-9009    Sarah Vaughan (EmArcy)
UCJU-9015    What's New / Bill Evans & Jeremy Steig (Verve)
UCJU-9017    Death And The Flower / Keith Jarrett (MCA Impulse!)
UCJU-9019    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Impulse!)
RELEASED ON JAN. 21, 2005
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UCJU-9013    Night Lights / Gerry Mulligan (Philips)