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by World Music Network October 24, 2011


New Vinyl Releases: Jazz and Blues Legends Series

Last week saw the release of three new vinyl editions of albums from the Rough Guide To Jazz And Blues Legends series: The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: John Lee Hooker: Birth Of A Legend, The Rough Guide To Jazz Legends: Miles Davis: Birth Of A Legend, and The Rough Guide To Jazz Legends: Ella Fitzgerald.

Don't miss the chance to hear the best of these musical giants on limited edition, high quality 180-gram vinyl. Each vinyl also comes with a free download card allowing you to download the album, delivering the perfect combination of audiophile LP quality and MP3 portability. In addition the download cards also give you extra tracks and a bonus album!

john lee hooker

John Lee Hooker was a true original, a musical colossus whose compelling and mysterious sound towered over the blues and echoed the very soul of African-American experience. Remastered for unparalleled audio clarity, this collection contains the dynamic early career of a truly unique blues legend.

The bonus disc of blues greats showcases some of Hooker’s worthy predecessors and colleagues in the blues trade. A host of well-known names grace the track list: Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf to name but a few.  

miles davis

Miles Davis was the most influential trumpet player in the history of jazz, at the forefront of almost every significant development, from bebop to fusion. This collection of meticulously remastered recordings explores the origins of a twentieth century jazz icon.

His playing could be introspective or dramatic; minimalist or voluble; melodic or hard-edged; full of lyrical precision or thrilling modal abstraction - all can be heard in this fantastic collection!

The bonus disc of 'Jazz Giants' features nearly all the greats of post World War II jazz were either associated with or influenced by Miles Davis. Jazz is not a solo form. It's all about ensemble playing and Davis only ever played with the very best. Presented here is a 'who's who' of 1940s and 1950s jazz giants, which illustrates how Miles' music intersected with just about every other great name in modern jazz. Saxophonists John Coltrane and Lee Konitz, pianist Horace Silver and composer Charles Mingus are just a few names on the bill.

ella fitzgeraldFrom her early career on the streets of Harlem, through her jazz, blues and bebop eras, Ella Fitzgerald enthralled the world with her stunning vocals and incredible range. This Rough Guide has been lovingly re-mastered to present one of the greatest legacies of recorded music and confirms, once again, why she was hailed as the First Lady of song.

For more than half a century, Ella Fitzgerald was the queen of American song. She began singing jazz and blues, and had enviable powers of improvisation that made her a wonderful scat singer (see below!). Then, in the 1950s, she turned her attention to the 'great American songbook', recording a series of seminal albums dedicated to the works of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, among others.