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Newvelle is a new kind of record label with a curated selection of musicians released only on vinyl.  Now launching our second season.
Newvelle is a new kind of record label with a curated selection of musicians released only on vinyl. Now launching our second season.
90 backers pledged €24,420 to help bring this project to life.

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                                    WHAT A YEAR!   

We feel blessed and lucky to be launching our second season of Newvelle on Kickstarter. Newvelle Records was created in Paris in 2014 when pianist Elan Mehler had an impromptu lunch with business-executive Jean-Christophe Morisseau after a piano lesson. Since that very eventful meal, we've been fortunate to go in to the studio with some of the best musicians in the world.  We’ve collaborated with some of the finest artists on the globe and we've had amazing interactions with music lovers, vinyl enthusiasts, journalists, radio DJ's, music agents, photographers, directors, graphic artists, art enthusiasts, videographers, podcasters, poets, and writers.  

The Indefatigable Brian Blade ©Jordan Kleinman
The Indefatigable Brian Blade ©Jordan Kleinman

                        We're a new type of label  

dedicated to quality and where musicians' rights are protected.  Each year we record and release 6 records, exclusively on vinyl and with curated artwork and literature.  In our second season we're not only featuring a roster of incredible artists, but best-selling author Douglas Kennedy is writing original content and we're presenting photography from the astonishing French collective Tendance Floue.

The JP3: Rogerio Boccato, John Patitucci and Yotam Silberstien             ©Jordan Kleinman
The JP3: Rogerio Boccato, John Patitucci and Yotam Silberstien ©Jordan Kleinman

We are very proud to present our second series of records including:

  • John Patitucci Trio Featuring Yotam Silberstein and Rogerio Boccato
  •  Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke Duo 
  • Jon Cowherd Quartet featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Sher and Brian Blade
  •  Chris Tordini Trio featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio 
  •  Aruán Ortiz solo piano revisiting the music of the great Cuban classical composer Ignacio Cervantes 
  • Rufus Reid Trio with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca and featuring the Sirius String Quartet

These vinyl records will only be available to members of Newvelle. Members receive one record sent to their door every two months.

Lionel Loueke and Kevin Hays ©Jordan Kleinman
Lionel Loueke and Kevin Hays ©Jordan Kleinman

                                     

We set out to build a series of records, of all new music, that cut no corners sonically or artistically.  That was built on a model that treated musicians right and that used the full available canvas of vinyl to make something unique and beautiful.  And with your help and the incredible, generous artistic contributions of photographer Bernard Plossu and poet Tracy K. Smith we've produced our first series of vinyls that we are very, very proud of.  

Season One
Season One

By pre-ordering these records and supporting this model, you are creating a space where music can be recorded at this level. Musicians grant us a window of a few years when the music is available only at Newvelle and only on vinyl. Our model is based on building an exclusive community interested in hearing this music in the best possible presentation.  

Check out this little teaser of the JP3 recording the great Dominguinhos' compostion "Nilopolitano."  Our first release of 2017!

 

John Patitucci's "Irmãos de Fé" available now.
John Patitucci's "Irmãos de Fé" available now.

If you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for the music enthusiast, we've got you covered.  Box sets of the first season will ship out on December 6th from our plant.  If you want to give a subscription to the second season as a gift we'll send out this beautiful card taken by Tendance Floue artist Olivier Culmann.  Leave this under the tree and we'll ship a new record to them every two months, all year long...

Here's some of what people are saying about us...

"The sound is beautifully crisp, and the packaging — with work by the French photographer Bernard Plossu and the American poet Tracy K. Smith — is elegant and spare."

--Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"If you’re a Newvelle Records subscriber, you know what to expect from each new release. If you’re not, get out that checkbook and sign up. This music is too urgent to be missed."

 --Guy Lemcoe, The Audio Beat

"Listeners will feel and experience the breath on the tenor reed, the woody timbre of the bass, and the snap of the drum stick on the snare. You are there with a front and center seat."

--Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

"With this all-star band in tow, Preminger does what he does best—he tells a compelling story without frills, relying on raw talent and he does it better than he has ever done before."

 --Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

"This is surely among the best recorded albums I have heard, but not in a clinical way. Turn it up, close your eyes, and the band is in the room, such is the dynamic range, accuracy and richness of the sound."

 --John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Rufus Reid ©Jordan Kleinman
Rufus Reid ©Jordan Kleinman

Here's a presentation of our first season on Newvelle:

Our First Season Features: 

  • Frank Kimbrough Quintet featuring Andrew Zimmerman, Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, RJ Miller and Riley Mulherkar 
  • Jack DeJohnette Solo Piano 
  • Noah Preminger featuring Ben Monder, John Patitucci and Billy Hart 
  • Don Friedman Trio featuring Phil Palombi and Shinnosuke Takahashi 
  • Ben Allison Trio featuring Ted Nash and Steve Cardenas 
  • Leo Genovese Trio featuring Esperanza Spalding and Jack DeJohnette
All of our records are recorded and mixed by multiple grammy winning engineer Marc Urselli at East Side Sound in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Mastering helmed by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisc New York and pressing are done at legendary plant MPO outside of Paris.  Our Designer is Antoine Leroux.
Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kennedy

 This year, the acclaimed novelist Douglas Kennedy is writing original work reflecting on the 2017 series and building a text that ties the entire series into one piece. Mr. Kennedy is the author of twelve novels, including the international bestsellers Leaving the World and The Moment. His work has been translated into 22 languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Tendance Floue
Tendance Floue

We are enormously excited to be collaborating with Tendance Floue for the 2017 season of Newvelle Records.  Tendance Floue is a Paris based collective of fourteen photographers formed in 1991.  Forever exploring the world against the grain of a westernized image, revealing the hidden side of exposed issues, capturing unique moments.  Beyond their individual approaches, the fourteen photographers, in a collective spirit, have launched into a photographic adventure of a different order, all-encompassing and akin to performance. 

Photographers : Pascal Aimar, Thierry Ardouin, Denis Bourges, Jérôme Brézillon, Gilles Coulon, Olivier Culmann, Grégoire Eloy, Mat Jacob, Caty Jan, Philippe Lopparelli, Meyer, Bertrand Meunier, Flore-Aël Surun, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume.

Becca Stevens ©Jordan Kleinman
Becca Stevens ©Jordan Kleinman

 All pianos played on Season 2 were Steinways supplied by Sujatri Reisinger and Klavierhaus Pianos. Thank You Sujatri!

Aruán Ortiz at a KlavierHaus Steinway ©Jordan Kleinman
Aruán Ortiz at a KlavierHaus Steinway ©Jordan Kleinman

All videos shot by Jim Hoppin and Sarah Enid Hagey and edited by Ben Chace

Promotional photos by LS Photo

Risks and challenges

Pressing Vinyl can be tricky but we're working with the best at MPO. We're confident in our timeframe with them but there could always be pressing delays. There is a €25 charge for full season purchases to backers located in the E.U. in order to stay in line with our VAT protocols.

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    Digital Download of Scheme For Thought

    --Digital Download of Elan Mehler's 2007 release Scheme For Thought
    This is not a Newvelle release (and it's NOT on vinyl). Elan Mehler, co-founder of Newvelle, met our engineer, Marc Urselli, when he recorded this record at East Side Sound for Brownswood in 2007. including a couple of unreleased tracks from The After Suite featuring Becca Stevens who just recorded on Chris Tordini's Newvelle release! (included with all reward tiers)
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    "Scheme For Thought" was called “disorienting and fascinating” by MOJO magazine, "a work of mellow magnificence" by Time Out London, "radically calming" by BBC Music, "wistful, dreamy, beautifully executed music" by The Guardian. It was also listed in Stephen Graham's top ten list for 2007 in Jazzwise Magazine.

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    Postcard Set, Signed by Douglas Kennedy

    Six beautifully printed premium postcards, featuring photography from Tendance Floue that comprises the interior gatefold of our second season. Including quotes from Douglas Kennedy and signed by the author!

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    Jack DeJohnette's "Return"

    One Vinyl Record

    We are offering a limited number of Jack DeJohnette's solo piano debut "Return" released last April as part of our first season. We're enormously grateful and proud to play a part of this historic recording.

    "'Return,' is a beautiful record in every sense, and, in DeJohnette's words, 'one of the best musical endeavours I've ever done.'" --Geoff Winston, London Jazz News

    180-gram vinyl with cover and gatefold prints from legendary photographer Bernard Plossu. Sleeve featuring a printed poem from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith. Set by our designer Antoine Leroux.

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    John Patitucci's "Irmãos de Fé"

    One Vinyl Album - First Release of 2017

    " Irmãos de Fé" our first release of 2017 on 180-gram vinyl with cover and gatefold prints from the extraordinary photography group Tendance Floue. Sleeve featuring text from best-selling author Douglas Kennedy set by our designer Antoine Leroux. A set of Brazilian masterpieces, recorded by a masterful trio and led by perhaps the pre-eminent bassist of our time. We feel extremely lucky to be able to share this music with the world.

    This is a unique opportunity to buy a Newvelle release individually from the 2017 season.

    Featuring:
    John Patitucci on Bass
    Yotam Silberstein on Guitar
    Rogerio Boccato on Drums and Percussion

    Keep your eye out for a video at the bottom of the page to hear an exclusive cut from the record.

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    2nd Season of Newvelle

    This is what Newvelle Records is all about. Our second series of records features artwork by the incredible French photo collective Tendance Floue with original text written by international bestselling author Douglas Kennedy. These albums are recorded and mixed and ready to press. One limited edition and individually numbered record will be sent every two months starting in February. A welcome gift card from Tendance Floue will be sent in time for the Holidays Includes box set designed by Antoine Leroux.
    --John Patitucci Trio featuring Yotam Silberstein and Rogerio Boccato
    --Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke Duo
    --Jon Cowherd Quartet, featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Sher and Brian Blade
    --Chris Tordini Trio, featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio
    --Aruan Ortiz Solo Piano, revisiting the music of great Cuban Classical composers.
    --Rufus Reid Trio with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca, featuring the Sirius String Quartet

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    1st Season of Newvelle Box Set

    Our first series of records with artwork by Bernard Plossu and text by Tracy K. Smith. Presented in a beautiful box set designed by Antoine Leroux.

    - Frank Kimbrough Quintet
    - Jack Dejohnette Solo Piano
    - Noah Preminger Quartet, featuring Ben Monder, John Patitucci and Billy Hart
    - Don Friedman Trio, featuring the music of Booker Little with Phil Palombi on bass and Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums
    - Ben Allison Trio, featuring Ted Nash on saxophone and clarinet and Steve Cardenas on guitar
    - Leo Genovese Trio, featuring Esperanza Spalding on bass and vocals and Jack DeJohnette on drums

    "This music is too urgent to be missed" --The Audio Beat

    First 250 orders will be shipped before Christmas

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    FIRST TWO SEASONS of Newvelle

    12 original, exclusive, vinyl records

    Get the entire ouvre from Newvelle Records. You will receive our first Box Set from Newvelle Records this December plus one record every two months in 2017 from the second series. 2nd season poster and box set included.

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    Home Cooked Meal (your home)

    Home Cooked Meal (your home)

    Did you know that co-founder Jean-Christophe Morisseau is an accomplished French Chef? Its true! Kind of. But what is undoubtedly true is that if you live near Paris, JC will come to your house and cook you a meal that will knock your socks off. Hear some unreleased selections from Newvelle's catalogue on your stereo while Jean-Christophe cooks you up something special! Up to six people. Three courses. Two selections from JC's cellar included.

    ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO 2017 OR FULL BOX SET OF 2016 INCLUDED

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    Duo House Performance

    Did you know that before he became a swashbuckling, jazz record executive, cofounder Elan Mehler was a pianist of minor repute? Now, for the mere price of €1,250 he will come to your house, dragging Newvelle Recording artist and acclaimed saxophone superstar Noah Preminger. They’ll play a little music and schmooze and join you for a good time (no guarantee that Noah will either schmooze or have a good time).

    Travel to be discussed if outside of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, or New York Metropolitan Areas Piano recommended!

    ALSO! If you live in the Chicago area, Elan Mehler will make the trip to Chicago to play with Newvelle Recording Artist, saxophonist Andrew Zimmerman. Featured on “Scheme For Thought,” Elan and Andrew have a long history of playing together, and it's about damn time they met each other’s children.

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    Produce a Series with us

    Come be involved as we choose artists for our next series, curate the artwork, and cut tracks. Visit East Side Sound during a session of your choice, plus we'll take you out on the town in the Big Apple to eat at one of Elan's favorite spots and we'll catch a show at the Vanguard or the Standard or the Stone or Barbés or ShapeShifter Lab or...

    Two-year membership included and your name on the credits to the Season 3 records!

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