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Newvelle Records is a new kind of record label with a curated selection of world class musicians, released only on vinyl.
Newvelle Records is a new kind of record label with a curated selection of world class musicians, released only on vinyl.
Newvelle Records is a new kind of record label with a curated selection of world class musicians, released only on vinyl.
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We love the sound of vinyl...

but what really drew us to creating Newvelle is that we saw in the vinyl resurgence an opportunity for a new concept for releasing music. A musically and aesthetically uncompromising model, devoted to high quality, where musicians are paid upfront and keep their rights to the music and where a stable economic model is provided by a membership base, allowing the art to be paramount.  Sounds pretty good, right?

Billy Hart ©William Semeraro
Billy Hart ©William Semeraro

We are incredibly proud to present our first series of records including: 

  • Frank Kimbrough Quintet 
  • Jack Dejohnette Solo Piano  
  • Noah Preminger Quartet featuring Ben Monder, John Patitucci and Billy Hart 
  • Don Friedman Trio playing the music of Booker Little with Phil Palombi and Shinnosuke Takahashi 
  • Ben Allison Trio featuring Ted Nash and Steve Cardenas  
  • Leo Genovese Trio featuring Esperanza Spalding and Jack DeJohnette
These vinyl records will only be available to members of Newvelle.  Members receive one record sent to their door every two months.
Jack DeJohnette, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, Newvelle co-founder Elan Mehler and our brilliant engineer Marc Urselli ©Paul Yanshyshyn
Jack DeJohnette, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, Newvelle co-founder Elan Mehler and our brilliant engineer Marc Urselli ©Paul Yanshyshyn

Is there a place left for record companies in 2016?

We're dedicated to building a label that cuts no corners sonically and aesthetically and allows musicians to control their own rights over the music. 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.

Ted Nash ©William Semeraro
Ted Nash ©William Semeraro

We think this new model for releasing quality music has legs, however, we've taken this as far as we can without YOUR help. We want to prove that there's an audience out there for this music, presented exclusively and without compromise. When we meet our fundraising goals we'll not only be able to press our current series but we'll be back in the studio recording our next series for Newvelle.

Ben Monder ©WIlliam Semeraro
Ben Monder ©WIlliam Semeraro

It has been such an honor that the musicians and artists we are working with believe in us and this new concept and have come together to create Newvelle Records' first series of recordings. All six recordings are in the can, mixed and ready to press. We will be pressing 180 gram vinyl with Bernard Plossu's artwork on beautiful 400 gram matte gatefolds at the world renown MPO plant outside of Paris. Sleeves will be printed with poetry from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith, with design from eminent Parisian designer Antoine Leroux. 

Noah Preminger and John Patitucci ©William Semeraro
Noah Preminger and John Patitucci ©William Semeraro

We are offering lots of goodies for members of Newvelle; invitations to exclusive events, a look behind the scene, an online community of enthusiasts...but the essence of what we are doing is making a product that's unique and beautiful enough that YOU will want to join and support this growing community. Join us and make Newvelle Records a reality.

Here's a little preview of Jack DeJohnette's first ever solo piano recording. With your help, "Return" will be out on vinyl this April. 

 Video shot and edited by Jim Hoppin.

Ben Allison ©William Semeraro
Ben Allison ©William Semeraro

Bernard Plossu...

A legendary French photographer, Bernard has published 17 books of photography and has had expositions all over the world, including retrospectives at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderna de Valence and The Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg.  Among many other awards, Bernard is a recipient of the Grand Prix National de la Photographie, France.

Bernard is our first featured artist at Newvelle.  Thanks to some curating help from our friend Andrew Burke, Bernard Plossu's work will comprise the covers AND full size color gatefold interiors for our initial six records. Picture this in full 12" by 12" 400 gram matte...

Cover of Frank Kimbrough's "Meantime" photo by ©Bernard Plossu
Cover of Frank Kimbrough's "Meantime" photo by ©Bernard Plossu
Don Friedman ©William Semeraro
Don Friedman ©William Semeraro

 We believe vinyl is answering a question in the music industry that the industry didn't see coming; "How do I reconnect with recorded music?" We've recorded some phenomenal music and we're releasing it on what we think is the best sounding medium. We are above all music lovers and musicians.

Tracy K. Smith photo by Rachel Eliza Griffith
Tracy K. Smith photo by Rachel Eliza Griffith

We are very, very proud that the extraordinary American poet Tracy K. Smith has supported us by printing her works on the interior of sleeves of our first series of records. Finding these poems and the way we believe they harmonize with Bernard's and the musicians' work was a lightning strike.

Tracy is the author of the memoir Ordinary Light and three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is also the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award and a Whiting Award.

John Patitucci ©William Semeraro
John Patitucci ©William Semeraro

Our presentation video was shot by Jim Hoppin and Ben Chace and edited by Ben Chace.

Risks and challenges

All six recordings are already recorded and all but Leo's are mixed. We've already pressed a first run of Frank Kimbrough's record and Jack's is being pressed currently. We need to prove the model to have the funds to press the remaining albums. 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.

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    The next time someone starts pontificating about the woeful state of the music industry you can sport that secretive little smile that makes other people want to punch you in the face. Thank You!

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    One Vinyl Album - First Release

    "Meantime" Frank Kimbrough Record on 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. This record shows exactly what we're trying to do at Newvelle Records. It's impossible to overstate how proud we are of what these musicians have cut. Featuring new compositions from Frank Kimbrough as well as works by Kurt Weil, Andrew Hill.

    This is the only opportunity to buy a Newvelle release individually.

    Frank Kimbrough - Piano
    Andrew Zimmerman - Tenor Saxophone
    Chris Van Voorst Van Beest - Bass
    R.J. Miller - Drums
    Riley Mulherkar - Trumpet

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    1 Year Membership, Six Vinyl Albums

    This is what Newvelle is all about, offered at a Kickstarter-only price.
    One year subscription including 6 albums featuring:
    - 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

    These records are recorded mixed and ready to press! Records will be sent every two months with Frank's record being sent out in February.

    We will not be offering individual sales of these recordings.

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    Really want to support Newvelle? Lock in a low price for our second set of records! Second year program to be announced, but trust us, its going to be killer!

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    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 undoubtably 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 WITH ALL 6 VINYL RELEASES INCLUDED.

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    Duo House Performance

    Did you know Newvelle co-founder Elan Mehler is a pianist? Its true! For the mere price of 1,250 he will come to your house, dragging Newvelle Recording artist and acclaimed saxophone superstar Noah Preminger. We'll play stuff that will make you cry. In a good way. Or Noah will play stuff that will make Elan cry. Either way, you win! Travel to be discussed if outside of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, or New York Metropolitan Areas Piano recommended!

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    Produce a record 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.

    Two-year membership included and your name on the credits to the 2017 records!

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