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GQ Style’s Vinyl Jazz Bundle

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2016 07:40pm | Post a Comment

In the Holiday issue of GQ Style (on newsstands now), photographer Christian Weber photographed ten of the greatest living jazz musicians for an epic portfolio. To celebrate, we’ve bundled this exclusive set of LPs representing every artist in the shoot. It’s 11 albums in total, all on speaker-melting vinyl. At checkout, enter the code GQSTYLE15 to receive 15 percent off the retail price of $305.78.

Chick Corea "Vigil" Chick Corea - Vigil (2013) [180 Gram Vinyl, 2 LP Set] - $36.98

With Flying Lotus and his ilk busy making fusion cool again, 2013 was a good time for Chick Corea to revive his flashy '70s aesthetic. The Vigil should've been a breakthrough that year: From its proggy, groove-driven themes right down to the unabashedly grandiose cover art—which depicts Corea as a questing knight much like the one that adorned Romantic Warrior, a 1976 album by his high-flying supergroup Return to Forever—the album feels like a rediscovered crate digger's treasure.
Roy Haynes "We Three" Roy Haynes - We Three (1959) - $24.98

By the late 1950s, Roy Haynes already boasted an absurd résumé, studded with names like Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis, which might explain why he sounds like he has exactly nothing to prove on this classic trio session. Teaming with pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. and bassist Paul Chambers, the drummer digs into a set of down-home hard-bop that brims with style and soul.
Cecil Taylor "Conquistador!" Cecil Taylor - Conquistador! (1967) - $19.98

Cecil Taylor spent the early part of his career as a jazz pariah, scorned by club owners, critics and fellow musicians alike. But by the mid-'60s, things were looking up: The modernist piano giant was recording for the elite Blue Note label and finally working with players who could realize his outlandish ideas. The 1966 consensus classic Unit Structures was a major breakthrough, yet Conquistador!, recorded just five months later, feels even more gripping and assured.

Wayne Shorter "Juju"
Wayne Shorter - Juju (1965) - $19.98

In August of '64, Wayne Shorter was just a month away from starting a dream gig with Miles Davis. But he had a little personal business to attend to first: making this post-bop landmark with future Davis bandmate Herbie Hancock and explosive John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. These six burning performances perfectly capture Shorter's steely tone and zen-like focus. No wonder he was on his way to the big time.
McCoy Tyner "The Real McCoy" McCoy Tyner - The Real Mccoy (1967) [Remastered] - $19.98

By the time the great pianist McCoy Tyner left John Coltrane’s famed quartet in 1965, he was getting obscured by the saxophonist’s increasingly wild and furious sound. So it’s not surprising that Tyner had something to prove on The Real McCoy, the next record he made as a leader. With help from Ron Carter, Trane drummer Elvin Jones, and edgy tenor giant Joe Henderson, Tyner tears into five dramatic originals—perfect tracks to reach for when you need an early-morning rush of aural adrenaline.
Herbie Hancock "Head Hunters" Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973) [180 Gram Vinyl] - $29.98

“I was tired of everything being heavy,” Herbie Hancock once explained of Head Hunters. He may have lifted the mood on this milestone, but the album’s fierce grooves are anything but soft. From the butt-moving synth strut of “Chameleon” to the remake of Hancock’s early-’60s track “Watermelon Man” (featuring an unforgettable whistle-like hook that percussionist Bill Summers achieved by blowing into a beer bottle), the platinum smash made jazz as danceable as mainstream funk.
Pharoah Sanders "Karma" Pharoah Sanders - Karma (1969) - $24.98

The pinnacle of the dashiki era in jazz, and the blueprint for new-school revivalists like Kamasi Washington, Karma is a heady blend of soothing and searing sounds. It seems somehow designed not to be heard so much as felt. On the half-hour album centerpiece “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” Sanders juxtaposes New Age atmospherics—think flutes, shakers, and gospel-ish lead vocals from the yodel-prone Leon Thomas—with volcanic climaxes that hark back to his time spent scandalizing the squares as a member of John Coltrane’s legendarily gritty late-period bands. Karma is where jazz went full Woodstock.
Miles Davis "Miles Smiles" Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1967) [180 Gram Vinyl] - $30.98

If the ultimate bandleader was smiling during the recording of this mid-career masterpiece, it’s because he was leading a crew staffed with young radicals, three of whom are in our portfolio—Carter, Hancock, and Shorter—plus the late drum prodigy Tony Williams, whose job description was to knock their boxing-obsessed middle-aged boss on his ass every chance they got. The otherworldly calm of 1959’s Kind of Blue is nowhere to be found here; on Shorter originals like “Orbits” and “Dolores,” the band sounds hungry, wired, and hell-bent on musical liberation.
Charles Lloyd "Forest Flower" Charles Lloyd - Forest Flower (1967) - $36.98

Forest Flower changed everything for Charles Lloyd. Before this live album became a surprise million-selling hit, he was a soulful jazz saxist following in Coltrane’s footsteps; afterward, he was sharing bills with Janis and Jimi and turning up on Doors and Beach Boys records. But there’s no pandering to pop here: On several lengthy tracks, Lloyd and his band of fellow future stars—including pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette—use breezy themes as launchpads into sky-kissing post-bop ecstasy.
Roy Ayers "Stone Soul Picnic" Roy Ayers - Stoned Soul Picnic (1968) [180 Gram Vinyl] - $30.98

Before he was playing full-on funk, providing mountains of raw material for sample-hungry beatmakers, Roy Ayers was making supremely fly chill-jazz soundtracks for the blissed-out and baked. Look past Stoned Soul Picnic’s poppy title track and you’ll find a gently trippy set, filled with fluttering flute, heavenly horn arrangements, and the leader’s sparkling vibraphone. When the party is in full swing, you’ll want later Ayers like Red, Black & Green. When it’s time for the comedown, have yourself a Picnic.
Ron Carter, A Tribe Called Quest "The Low End Theory" Ron Carter (by A Tribe Called Quest) - Low End Theory (1991) - $29.98

Ron Carter has played bass on so many classics by other artists, including a Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 track “Verses from the Abstract,” off the group’s jazzy and aptly titled landmark The Low End Theory. The song pairs Q-Tip’s unflappable rhymes with the bass master’s sinfully funky support: Yeah yeah yeah, this one goes out to my man, thanks a lot, Ron Carter on the bass, yes, my man Ron Carter is on the bass…
GQ Style's Vinyl Jazz Bundle Buy all eleven classic albums and save 15%! Get them HERE! Just enter the code GQSTYLE15 at checkout.

 

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