Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jeff Resnick... nine minute sample of a holy grail record

That's a nine minute taste of one of my favourite albums "ever".

I have to thank Reza's post for letting me discover it.

That's how Jazzy Jeff Resnick (who recently joined The Growing Bin: thank you Jeff!) describes his Holy Grail record:

In 1978, I scored the music for a promotional film about the School of American Craftsmen and School of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My challenge was to create “tone poems” as an emotional connection to each department within the schools. Thus, the song titles on this CD! The first 5 tracks were recorded and mixed in four hours, thanks to very talented musicians from the Eastman School of Music. When the money ran out (rather quickly), I was asked what I could do for Side 2 of a promotional LP to be pressed as a hand-out to prospective students nationwide. I fired up my 4-track reel-to-reel deck and entered the bizarre world of the “one-man-band” for the first time. That process is much easier today with computers and MIDI, but in 1978 I was way ahead of the curve! The final four selections were layered, track upon track, using a metronome for tempo. That was the last I heard about the project until 30 years later, when the “last sealed copies” of the LP were sold on the Internet for more money than I remember being paid in 1978 to produce the entire project! Since then, music from the film has been heard worldwide, leading me to produce this “Collector Limited Edition.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working (and playing) on it. And Thanks to Gianni for "finding me."
Jeff Resnick

So, you have three options:

1) keep searching on ebay another copy of 1978 original vinyl
(I suggest you to start saving a lot of money: check here or here)

2) buy a personalized (thank you Jeff!) 14,99 $ CD copy here!

3) buy mp3s here or here.

What can I say more?
I agree with Reza's comment:
great to see the cd "Collector Limited Edition" is available to purchase on your website, hope your receiving some just rewards, think the whole thing would be worthy of a proper vinyl reissue, up in my top ten fave albums, thank you

Holy Grail territory.
All Killer No Filler.


the jazzstronaut said...

Well done Gianni (and,ofcourse, my man Reza). This ia exactly the type of good blogs like yours are capable of doing. Best of luck to Mr Resnick, I hope he finally makes some dividends for all his efforts and creativity. Whilst continuing to look-out for the original copy, I shall be purchasing the limited edition. Once again, well done Gianni for making it happen.

basso said...

Thank you Cesare, Reza and of course JEFF for that wonderful music!
gonna order that CD immediately. Cheers!


G R A Z I E !!!

Jazzy Jeff said...

You guys are great. Thank you! It's so nice to know that other people enjoy my "work." Actually, I've never called it work. For me, it's "play!" Maybe I'll make it (back) beautiful Italy someday. Last time my wife and I were there, we visited Rome, Florence, and, of course, Switzerland, including Montreaux and Zurich. Speaking of my wife, please visit my blog ( and see the latest post: "Stories of Love." Click the link to the right page on my web site and enjoy my anniversary present to her!
Best to all of you...
Jazzy Jeff


yeah this is fantastic, thanks!! cd ordered. I

Jazzy Jeff said...

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basso said...

Thanks a lot Jeff!

Zeroy said...

Ordered the disc. Any plans for vinyl? I believe this music is worthy of vinyl . . . again

Jazzy Jeff said...
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Jazzy Jeff said...

No plan for a vinyl re-release . . . yet. Never say never. In the meantime, I have a lead on an unopened ORIGINAL vinyl that I'm tracking!!! I'll keep you in the loop with the scoop...
Jazzy Jeff

Jazzy Jeff said...

For anyone interested, an LP has just been listed for auction on eBay! Visit my blog (jeffresnick.blogspot) for details.
Jazzy Jeff