Straight No Chaser

£75.00

Available for the first time on 180-gram 2-LP with the full performances of the original tracks and including two bonus tracks

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Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser

This mid-period masterwork from jazz piano’s most uncommon voice finds Monk and his quartet (Charlie Rouse on tenor, Ben Riley on drums and Larry Gales on bass) exploring every texture, tone and melodic turn of seven expansive tracks.

This group was subtle, mature and confident, easily supporting Monk’s more idiosyncratic side-tracks (check out the solo on “Locomotive” or the restless exposition on “Japanese Folk Song”) while allowing listeners freedom to move through or contemplate all the sublime subtexts Monk conjures from the endless well of his inspiration.

This emphasis on laid back and mature presentation aided the recording as well.

These master tapes sound amazing and getting them to disc was a pure pleasure.

Subtle changes in atmosphere, tone and melody fill the space between the speakers, a wide soundstage and expansive dynamics the gift of music indelibly played.

This is one sonic powerhouse for the ages.

Available for the first time on 180-gram 2-LP with the full performances of the original tracks and including two bonus tracks, this new Impex release gets you closer to Monk’s genius than ever before.

Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus used analogue master tapes and minimal processing to great effect, while original session and jacket images were culled to create the deluxe gatefold jacket.

Add in the sound-of-silence pressings from RTI and you have a can’t miss jazz disc ready to delight and inspire every time it spins on your turntable.

Impex has pulled out all the stops on this mesmerising Monk classic. All you have to do is get one and enjoy before they’re all gone.

Track List: Straight No Chaser

LP 1 – Side A:
1. Locomotive
2. I Didn’t Know About You

LP 1 – Side B:
1. Green Chimneys
2. Straight, No Chaser

LP 2 – Side C:
1. Japanese Folk Song

LP 2 – Side D:
1. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
2. We See

Brand

Impex Records

Impex Records

What They Do

You live for this.

The anticipation of pulling open the heavy-plastic outer sleeve.

The sensation of removing the disc from its heavy-board, tip-on jacket.

The heft of the 180-gram vinyl disc sliding into your hand.

The satisfaction of the perfectly flat LP becoming one with the platter.

The astonishment at the record’s silence surface.

And then, that sound – the brilliant, vivid fidelity – and the euphoric emotion of being there at the creation: inside hallowed recording spaces such as Columbia’s 30th Street Studio, Capitol Studio A in Hollywood, or Abbey Road in London.

From the moment the stylus hits the groove, you’re enveloped by amazing performances captured in extraordinary, life-like sound. Music with unprecedented transparency, immediacy and richness of tone. Pristine sound that comes as close to the original analog master tape as is humanly possible.

Deep feelings abound as you experience the impeccable craftsmanship of an IMPEX RECORDS audio disc.

This is the reward you’ve earned for a deep-seated love of music, your commitment to superior sound and the countless hours and prodigious capital you’ve invested in building a playback system that can transport you to your musical Nirvana.

At IMPEX RECORDS, we make 180-gram LPs, 24K Gold CDs and Super Audio Compact Discs of uncompromising quality: exceptional products designed for discriminating listeners with a passion for music and sound. Our love for music, and respect for the art and science of sound recording, guides and informs every decision we make. Our dedication leads to obsessing over every detail of the craft for one purpose: to put you front-row center in the studio, club or concert hall to encounter great music exactly as it was recorded, with the highest of fidelity

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