Shinji’s Vinyl Picks

Our vinyl collection is now live and available for borrowing and reserving! Come in to the Central library to browse the collection, or search our online

In the second half of the 70s, Shinji lived in Kyoto, Japan and spent a lot of time in jazz cafes where jazz records were always played with gigantic speakers (mostly JBL). Not many Jazz cafes exist now but vinyl brings back those old days.

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Took a breath and waited for Coltrane joining in Ellington’s piano in the opening tune ‘In a Sentimental Mood’. Deep and elegant.

Duke Ellington Such sweet thunder
Love the flow of the side-B featuring ‘The Star-Crossed Lovers’.

Charles Mingus Mingus ah um
One of the best and most accessible albums to the addictive Mingus world.

Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Cool, sophisticated Gil Evans arrangements take you on a magical Spanish tour.

Keith Jarrett The Köln concert
Although some jazz café didn’t play this album by claiming it’s not jazz, this was the most requested album when it came out. Jarrett’s one the highest points.

Donny Hathaway Live
What a performance. What a band. This landmark live album excited jazz fans as will especially the side-A, recorded at The Troubadour in Hollywood.

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