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eMusic Makes Black Saint and Soul Note Catalogs Available for Download

eMusic (eMusic) has announced that complete catalogs from the Black Saint and Soul Note jazz labels are now, for the first time ever, available for digital download. Available exclusively on eMusic for the critical two months of holiday retail, the catalogs include approximately 580 essential and rare recordings from some of the most acclaimed and innovative jazz musicians of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s such as Andrew Hill (pictured), Cecil Taylor, Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton and the World Saxophone Quartet.

Established in Italy in 1975 by jazz aficionado Giacomo Pelliciotti, Black Saint and its sister label Soul Note rose to prominence for their commitment to emerging avant-garde jazz artists. Over the course of their 30-year history, with Giovanni Bonandrini at the helm, the two labels have accumulated an extensive collection of recordings by era-defining artists. In 2008 both catalogs and the Italian imprint DDQ were acquired by CAM Jazz, a label formed in 2000 in Rome.

The Black Saint and Soul Note catalogs include such titles s Parallel Worlds performed by Dave Douglas; Etudes by Charlie Haden with Paul Motian; For Olim by Cecil Taylor; To Them-To Us by Jaki Byard; Eugene 1989 by Anthony Braxton and Trickles by Lacey, Rudd, Carter and Harris.

eMusic has put together a comprehensive editorial guide to the catalogs, including commentary from eMusic jazz contributors such as National Public Radio’s Kevin Whitehead, New York Times contributors Steve Smith and Dylan Hicks and Downbeat‘s Peter Margasak. The guide can be found here: Catalog.

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