From The Jazz Collector Newsroom

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHere are some news items that have come into my mailbox that may be of interest to loyal readers of Jazz Collector.

You know those cool, inexpensive record shelves produced by Ikea, the Expedit line? Well, if you want any, you better stock up now. They are discontinued, which apparently has caused something of a brouhaha among record collectors. A spokesman for the company says there is a new line in place to replace Expedit, called Kallax. For its part, Ikea is stating that it is updating and improving the Expedit line, but record collectors don’t seem appeased, judging by the outcry. I took a look at the Kallax line, here, and, frankly, I don’t see what the fuss is about. I own one large Expedit unit and if I had to replace it with a Kallax I think I would survive.

There’s a lot of Blue Note activity going on. The company is launching what it calls a 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative by which it is

reissuing newly mastered vinyl editions of classic records (and others, apparently) from its catalogue. The first five issues come out March 25 and consist of John Coltrane, Blue Train; Art Blakey, Free For All; Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil; Eric Dolphy, Out To Lunch, and Larry Young Unity. The plan is to release five titles every month, perhaps for as long as they have records in the catalogue. It’ll be interesting to see how these records sound and how they compare to the originals. We’ll see if we can somehow get copies to review and let you know what we discover. Otherwise, I’m sure there will be those among you who will venture voluntarily down the reissue path.

Also on March 25, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will launch a new exhibit called Blue Note Records: The Finest in  Jazz. It actually sounds pretty cool, with a baby grand piano that belonged to Thelonious Monk, photos, original concert posters, etc., and, I’m sure, more than a sprinkling of classic album covers. Hopefully one of our readers in L.A. will give us a report. If not, I’m hoping to make it out to the West Coast this summer and I will certainly put this on my agenda.


  • From the BN website. One of these things is not like the other . . .
    Available May 27, 2014
    Horace Silver Song For My Father
    McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy
    Grant Green Idle Moments
    Hank Mobley Soul Station
    Madlib Shades Of Blue

  • The Kallax seems to be entirely based on cost-cutting and the use of less wood. I have five 2×4 Expedits and I doubt I will need another. And if I do, Kallax seems like it will be fine.

  • The Madlib album is obviously the “outsider” Joe L’s referring to, but for those unfamiliar, he’s one of the most innovative and respected hip-hop producers over the past decade. His “Shades of Blue” album (2003) is a re-working of some of Blue Note’s “funkier” albums in the late 60s/70s.

  • My point was not to diminish Madlib; rather to highlight that he in included early in a remaster series that is touted as covering “the jewels of the Blue Note catalog.” Good on Madlib, but his album is not a “jewel” of the greatest jazz catalog of all time! It’s just a way to get the brand out. Which is fine, truly. In fact, I’m happy to see New Moon Daughter included, and only hope they will eventually include Kurt Elling – Live in Chicago. But it’s such an annoying marketing effort to try and create a non-existent equivalent between new product and classic, already-beloved product. But, small price to pay if the reissues sound any good1

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