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WBGO’s Guide to Record Store Day

Cover of Miles Davis album "Turnaround"
Cover of Miles Davis album "Turnaround"

Since the creation of Record Store Day back in 2007, a coalition of independent record stores have organized a full-scale effort to promote the sales of vinyl albums of all genres. The first Record Store Day took place April 19, 2008 and the band Metallica spent hours that day meeting fans (and record buyers) in Rasputin Music in San Francisco, Calif. Since that inaugural edition, many notable artists have served as the Record Store Day Ambassador. It’s now common for artists and bands to make cameo appearances at their local record store. In addition, labels have taken to releasing limited edition vinyl albums on that day.

Here are some jazz or jazz-leaning albums that are being released on April 22:

Roy Ayers Stoned Soul Picnic (Nature Sounds)

Chet Baker Chet (Craft)

Chet Baker Blue Room: The 1979 Vara Studio Sessions in Holland (Jazz Detective)

Walter Bishop, Jr. Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore (Reel to Real)

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Live at Jazz Workshop 1970 (Gearbox)

Butcher Brown & Bruce Hornsby Secret House (Concord Jazz)

Miles Davis TURNAROUND: Unreleased Rare Vinyl from On the Corner (Legacy/Columbia)

Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)

Bill Evans Treasures: Solo, Trio and Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969) (Elemental)

William Hooker with Thurston Moore and Elliott Sharp Shamballa (ORG Music)

Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts: Live at Allaire Studios (Blue Note)

M.E.B. (Miles Electric Band) That You Dare Not to Forget (Legacy/Columbia)

Charlie Parker Afro Cuban Bop: The Long Lost Bird Live Recordings (Liberation Hall)

Sun Ra Haverford College, January 25, 1980 (Modern Harmonic)

Shirley Scott Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank (Reel to Real)

Sonny Stitt Boppin’ in Baltimore (Jazz Detective)

Sonny Stitt The Bubba’s Sessions (Who’s Who in Jazz)

There's a complete list of the new releases across all genres here. But you don’t have to buy a new release. Any vintage vinyl works just as well. To find a participating record store near you, consult this very thorough listing of stores here. However, there are stores beyond that list that participate on their own. Consult your local listings for used record stores. Just because they sell used records doesn’t mean that they don’t sell new releases. It’s just that the former constitutes the bulk of their sales.

For over 27 years, Lee Mergner served as an editor and publisher of JazzTimes until his resignation in January 2018. Thereafter, Mergner continued to regularly contribute features, profiles and interviews to the publication as a contributing editor for the next 4+ years. JazzTimes, which has won numerous ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards for music journalism, was founded in 1970 and was described by the All Music Guide, as “arguably the finest jazz magazine in the world.”