Record Store Day returns April 23 with celebrations, great jazz vinyl

Cooperative Record Store Day celebrations will resume their pre-pandemic schedule this year.

For two years, vinyl collectors have had a few “RSD Drops” to celebrate. They marked important release dates but did not include the traditional gatherings at local record stores that were the origin of Record Store Day.

Record stores are places to hang out, chat about music, meet new friends, and support artists and vital small businesses in our communities.

Vinyl pressing plants are still facing massive backlogs due to the pandemic, so a June 18 “Drop” date has been set for albums that will not be able to meet the April deadline. These will include the first US vinyl of the 1991 Paquito D’Rivera Meeting album with Arturo Sandoval, a reissue of the rare 1972 album queen of dreams from The Bobby Hamilton Quintet Unlimited, and the exclusive double vinyl pressing of another from Miles Davis’ bootleg series – What is: Montreal 7/7/83.

Album cover courtesy of Legacy-Columbia Records


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The vinyl release of Miles Davis live in 1983 in Montreal does not arrive until June 18th.

Of course, every day is a great day to visit a record store. Here’s a list of jazz and blues vinyl worth lining up for April 23:

Pepper Adams – Living at the Hall at the Top
The latest addition to Cory Weeds’ archival label, Reel to Real, features baritone saxophone great Pepper Adams performing in Alberta in 1972 with Canadian pianist Tommy Banks’ Trio. The deluxe 2-LP set spreads out four long performances on each side of the disc, with a short fifth song as the coda.

Roy Ayers- Virgo vibes
A direct reissue of Ayers’ second album as a frontman, and his first for Atlantic Records. The funky hard bop band includes saxophonist Joe Henderson, trumpeter Charles Tolliver and Herbie Hancock on piano – credited as “Ronnie Clark”.

Albert Ayler- Elementary 5xLP set
This huge collection of unreleased recordings by the avant-garde sax icon is among the last before Ayler’s death in 1970. The five discs come in a double sleeve and a trifold sleeve, with a booklet rare photos, essays and interviews. with Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp and more

Chet Baker - Live in Paris 1983-1984 album cover

Cover photo courtesy of Elemental Records


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Chet Baker’s end-of-career concerts are coming up for Record Store Day on April 23.

Chet Baker- Live in Paris 3xLP set
Two concerts from the early 80s make up these unpublished stereo recordings from Radio France. The luxury packaging includes rare photographs as well as interviews with two members of Baker’s Parisian band.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – In my first 2xLP
Jazz fans know that legendary drummer Art Blakey spent decades in his musical “prime”. This 1977 merger of two original “volumes” shows his band featuring young saxophonists Bobby Watson and David Schnitter, trombone veteran Curtis Fuller, recent Russian addition Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, with James Williams and Dennis Irwin on piano and the bass. South Bronx percussion master Ray Mantilla adds his Latin groove to this catchy reissue.

Trio by Dave Brubeck – Live from Vienna 1967
When Paul Desmond missed a flight, Vienna audiences were treated to a rare concert by Brubeck’s jazz trio, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello. Together for nearly a decade in that time, the trio had no problem playing a man on lesser-known songs “One Moment Worth Years” and “La Paloma Azul,” as well as standards like “St. Louis Blues” and their “Take the Finale from “Train A”.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Original Lost Elektra Sessions 3xLP
Originally released on CD in the 90s, these early Butterfield Blues Band recordings find guitarists Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield in fiery early form. This first vinyl is expanded to include early demos and alternate tracks that have just been unearthed from the Warner vaults.

Larry Coryell - Fairyland album cover

Album cover painted by Gage Taylor


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Larry Coryell’s fusion trio album is getting a colored vinyl reissue for Record Store Day on April 23.

Ray Charles- Genius loves company 2xLP
Ray Charles’ latest album won 8 Grammys and featured duets with a wide variety of his friends young and old. Cheerful collaborations with Norah Jones, BB King, Elton John, Willie Nelson and more are available on vinyl for the first time since the 2004 release.

Larry Coryell- Fairyland
Pressed on vinyl for the first time in 40 years, Larry Coryell’s Fairyland was recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971. This dynamic trio with Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie on bass and drums was at the height of early jazz fusion. This new pressing arrives on a spectacular pink and white marbled vinyl.

Bill Evans- Morning Glory: 1973 Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires 2xLP
The first of two concert recordings just released from the piano legend features bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell on two discs each of Evans’ favorites. New performances of “Who Can I Turn To?”, “Up With the Lark” and “Waltz for Debby” are accompanied by rare photos from the concert, essays and interviews.

Bill Evans - Morning Glory album cover

Album cover courtesy of Resonance Records


Record Store Day on April 23 brings two new collections of trios from Bill Evans live in Argentina.

Bill Evans- Inner Spirit: 1979 Teatro General San Martin, Buenos Aires 2xLP
The last of two unreleased concerts in Argentina scheduled for this year, Bill Evans teams up with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera on bass and drums. This release constitutes their first official album together, again featuring photos, essays and artist interviews.

Kenny Garret- MD Sketches: Live at Iridium
A member of Miles Davis’ later bands, saxophonist Kenny Garrett honored the trumpet legend in 2008 at New York’s Iridium club. The set list, however, is all of Garrett’s compositions. Special guest Pharoah Sanders added his tenor saxophone to Garrett’s quartet on this colorful vinyl debut.

Trio by Vince Guaraldi – baseball theme 7″
As baseball season begins, jazz fans can celebrate with this first-ever 7″ single of Guaraldi’s music for the 1964 TV special. Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown. Inside the peanut-themed cover is a “baseball-white” vinyl edition with an alternate version of the B-side.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - album cover for Live in Loveland

Album cover courtesy of Colemine Records


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Recorded on Record Store Day 2018, DLO3’s Live in Loveland is released for RSD on April 23.

Trio for organ Delvon Lamarr – Live in Loveland! 2×12″
Now one of the hottest organ trios in the world, Record Store Day brings the release of a recording of DLO3’s original lineup. Drummer David McGraw and guitarist Jimmy James recorded a few songs with Lamarr at Plaid Room Records in Loveland, Ohio for Record Store Day 2018. “Tacoma Black Party” and the single “Love Land” feature Seattle groovers in the hometown of their label, Colemine, on two “bubblegum pink” extended play records.

Christian McBride- Conversations with Christian
Jazz’s finest bassist presents this 2011 album on vinyl for the first time this year. His tenth release as a frontman is a duet showcase with a range of world-class singers and instrumentalists like Sting, Roy Hargrove, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Hank Jones and more, offered on color-coded vinyl numbered in limited edition.

Charles Mingus- Ronnie Scott’s Lost Album 3xLP
The great bassist, composer and bandleader’s debut release at a 1972 gig at London’s legendary jazz club is also coming in limited quantities. The Mingus band at the time included saxophonists Charles McPherson and Bobby Jones, trumpeter Jon Faddis, pianist John Foster and drummer Roy Brooks. The insert features photos and essays, plus interviews with McPherson, writer (and friend of Mingus) Fran Lebowitz, and bass icons Eddie Gomez and Christian McBride.

Max Roach album cover for We Insist!  Suite Freedom Now

Album cover photo by Hugh Bell, courtesy of Candid Records.


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Max Roach’s historic civil rights-themed album is available again for Record Store Day on April 23.

Art Pepper – Meet the Rhythm Section
This oft-reissued late ’50s classic finds Pepper literally meeting Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones (Miles Davis’ trio of the era) unprepared and playing with a damaged sax. The results are always amazing. This 180 gram pressing is the original mono recording.

Max Roach- We insist! The Freedom Suite Now
Jazz great Max Roach collaborated with singer Abbey Lincoln on this 1963 recording inspired by the civil rights movement. Incorporating a non-piano ensemble, spoken word, collective improvisation and passionate shouting, We insist! has gone from controversial to a crucial landmark in the meeting of jazz and politics.

Jazz Dispensary: ​​Super Skunk (various artists)
The Jazz Dispensary series of soul jazz hits and hidden gems returns with a great selection of ’70s singles from Cannonball Adderley (“Pyramid” 1974) and Houston Person (“The Houston Express” 1971), to The Bar-Kays ( “Feelin’ Allright” 1975) and Woody Herman playing Herbie Hancock (“Fat Mama” 1973). This year’s compilation is pressed on opaque red vinyl with a cover by Grammy-winning art director Masaki Koike.

Here is the full list April 23 Record Store Day releases and June 18 drop albums. Most record stores will open early that day, with online sales for special releases a day or two later.

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