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HYENA Records was created in 2003 under the direction of record producer, Joel Dorn. The concept for the label was to build it with great music by one of a kind artists in a variety of genres, while combining both new recordings with a mix of stellar vault recordings. To date, HYENA has released music by the likes of Dr. John, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Don McLean, James Blood Ulmer, Bobby Darin, John Ellis, Thelonious Monk, Grayson Capps, Joe Williams w/ Ben Webster, Mocean Worker, Lafayette Gilchrist, IsWhat?! and that only begins to scratch the surface. It has quickly become one of the most fascinating indie labels in the U.S.

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Artist:   James Blood Ulmer  

No Escape From The Blues

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The album’s concept reflects the blues' migration from the rural south to the booming urban metropolis of New York City. Following up 2001's Grammy Award-nominated Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, James Blood Ulmer returns with No Escape From The Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions. Produced by Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and recorded at the fabled Electric Lady Studios, Ulmer’s latest effort continues in the spirit of its predecessor, reinventing the blues in Ulmer’s own incomparable style. The album’s concept reflects the blues' migration from the rural south to the booming urban metropolis of New York City; a journey paralleled in Ulmer's own life having grown up in the deep south, but staking his claim as a revered guitarist in NYC's downtown loft jazz scene. Throughout the date, Ulmer is down right sanctified, delivering career defining vocal performances on blues standards including "Ghetto Child," "Trouble In Mind" and "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)," while his guitar work is electrified, purely authentic and instantly recognizable. Special guests include Queen Esther and Olu Dara.

Artist:   James Blood Ulmer  

Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions

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Recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN - Hyena Records is happy to announce the return to print of the critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated album, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions by the celebrated James Blood Ulmer. Recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, and produced by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid in the Spring of 2001, the date finds Ulmer returning to his Southern roots to explore the blues. Interpreting 14 classics by the likes of Willie Dixon, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker and Son House, Blood delivers down-home, impassioned, soul-shaking versions of standards such as "I Just Want To Make Love To You," "Money," "Death Letter" and "Little Red Rooster" that encompass all that makes the blues among the most vital American art forms. Already considered a classic landmark recording, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions is a must have for all blues fans.

Artist:   James Blood Ulmer  

Birth Right

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James Blood Ulmer is in the midst of a career revival—an artistic renaissance if you will. A new generation of music fans have discovered his music, while simultaneously longtime fans from throughout his 40-year career have shown a renewed fascination with the iconoclastic genius. His previous two recordings, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions and No Escape From The Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions led to much recognition, including a Grammy Award nomination, Rolling Stone Magazine “Best Album” honors, a performance at Martin Scorsese blues celebration concert at Radio City Music Hall and high profile appearances with the likes of Government Mule, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. On Birthright, his latest studio album, Ulmer goes it alone. It’s just he and his guitar singing and playing 12 of the most stark, personal and spellbinding songs he’s ever recorded. The blues hasn’t sounded this fresh in a long, long time. It’s clearly the work of an American music legend continuing to reinvent himself, while remaining as relevant today as at any point in his long and distinguished career.

Artist:   Thelonious Monk  

Higher Ground

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Higher Ground is T.S. Monk’s first new album in over three years. And it’s a welcome return, bringing the venerable drummer back to jazz’s forefront. Additionally, it marks the debut of Monk’s own record label, Thelonious Records, which will work in conjunction with HYENA for future releases that include “live” concert recordings of his father Thelonious Monk. While it might seem as if T.S. has been away for far too long, he’s actually been hard at work wood-shedding his septet into one of the finest working bands in jazz. Higher Ground bears truth to that with its kinetic and infectious interplay, focusing on a variety of his bandmates compositions, including the beautiful and breezy “Ladera Heights” and the hard bop groove of “Craw-Daddy.” Guest vocalist Miles Griffith also contributes on the Cedar Walton compostion, “Mosaic,” for a brilliant slice of vocalese. One of jazz music’s most viable band leaders, as well as a previous Downbeat Reader’s Poll winner for “Drummer of the Year,” T.S. Monk is back and ready to reclaim his spot atop contemporary jazz’s illustrious hill.

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