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Xanadu Records

About Xanadu

Xanadu, the legendary jazz label founded by veteran producer Don Schlitten who was also associated with such groundbreaking imprints as Signal, Prestige, Cobblestone, Muse and Onyx, will once again be breaking new ground, starting January 13, 2009! During its initial run in the 1970s and 1980s, Xanadu was actively involved in issuing new recordings by such artists as Barry Harris, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Criss, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Raney, Ted Dunbar and others. The label’s “Gold Series” focused on reissuing classic bebop works that included historic performances by Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Heath, Billie Holliday, Clifford Brown, Jack Teagarden, Art Tatum and many more.  In the 1990s, while still selling its existing catalog, Xanadu stopped creating new recordings.  In 1999, the catalog was acquired by eMusic, which continued to sell the catalog under the Xanadu imprint but did not create any new recordings.  In 2007, The Orchard acquired the Xanadu catalog, which comrpised thousands of sides. Not only is The Orchard continuing to sell the catalog,  but The Orchard is investing in new Xanadu recordings that remain true to the pure bebop jazz ethos of Xanadu. The first new Xanadu title issued in almost two decades is Monk, by the Peter Bernstein Trio, which streeted on January 13, 2009.

Upcoming Releases

Monk - Peter Bernstein Trio
Acclaimed guitarist Peter Bernstein performs Thelonious Monk compositions like "Brilliant Corners," "Monk's Mood," "Pannonica." First new release in a quarter century from legendary US jazz label Xanadu. LA Daily News has praised Bernstein's "feather-light touch, an encyclopedic knowledge of chords and the ability to play standards like he's inventing them on the spot."

Bebop Revisited, Vol. 1 - various artists
DIGITAL DEBUT: First in a series of 6 volumes documenting rare bop sessions recorded 1945-1955. Includes contributions from Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Max Roach, Chubby Jackson, Conte Candoli, Melba Liston, Terry Gibbs and Earl Coleman. "There are many exciting moments on this LP; bop collectors will want the whole series." [Allmusic]

At The Village Vanguard - Earl Hines and Jimmy Raney
DIGITAL DEBUT: Live recordings from pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines, trumpeter  Roy Eldridge and a quartet that includes bassist Gene Ramey, drummer Eddie Locke and, on 5 of the 9 selections, saxophonist Budd Johnson. "Most of Hines's post-1964 output is quite enjoyable and this LP is no exception" [Allmusic]

Bud In Paris - bud powell
DIGITAL DEBUT: Private recordings made by hugely influential be-bop pianist, Bud Powell after his move to Paris in 1959. Features trio and quartet recordings with bassist Pierre Michelot, drummer Kenny Clarke, and tenor saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Barney Wilen. "Powell's fans will want to search for this one." [Allmusic]

Harlem Odyssey - various artists
DIGITAL DEBUT: A compilation of live performances recorded at a variety of Harlem clubs during the titular years. Includes rare recordings by Billie Holiday, Tab Smith, Jack Teagarden, Art Tatum [in a unique duo version of "All the Things You Are" with Murray McEachern], Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke.

International Jam Sessions - various artists
DIGITAL DEBUT: Rare recordings from 1950, 1953 and 1957. Features four selections featuring Charlie Parker, plus contributions from Clifford Brown, Phil Woods, Cecil Payne, Duke Jordan and others.