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.