The holiday season is here, and Black Friday is imminent. While you compile your shopping list, be sure to spare a thought (and some budget) for these special jazz records released just for Record Store Day (RSD) Black Friday.
RSD takes place every April with a veritable avalanche of vinyl exclusives, but they also observe Black Friday, releasing about a third of the number of records typically put out for the big event.
“Independently owned stores, especially record stores, are fantastic places to shop for gifts, and we see our Black Friday efforts to promote these places in the face of a shopping frenzy as part of our overall mission to bring record stores to the spotlight,” the site’s FAQ explains.
RSD’s jazz offerings this Black Friday are nothing to sniff at. Among the exclusive records—that is, records that will only be sold in independent stores—are releases by Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. There are “RSD First” releases from Ella Fitzgerald and Sun Ra that will be released to indie stores first and possibly other retailers after; and finally, limited regional runs of Etta Jones and Robert Johnson records.
Here are some titles to have your eye on:
- Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967), Cannonball Adderley
- Musical Prophet: The Expanded NY Studio Sessions (1962-1963), Eric Dolphy
- Duke Ellington Plays with the Original Motion Picture Score Mary Poppins, Duke Ellington
- Selects from Both Directions at Once, John Coltrane
- Flood, Herbie Hancock
- Ella at the Shrine, Ella Fitzgerald
- Crystal Spears, Sun Ra
- A Soulful Sunday: Live at the Left Bank, Etta Jones
- Cross Road Blues/Ramblin’ on My Mind, Robert Johnson