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Japanese Label Denon Releases Major Jazz Recordings from Archive of Classic Content

United States
Select recordings will be available worldwide for the first time on all digital services

LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2010 – Japanese label Denon, a sub-label of Columbia Music Entertainment (CME), the oldest recording company in Japan, has released select albums from their archives to be available for the first time digitally throughout the world. BFM Digital, a leading digital distributor of independent music, will be distributing the content.

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Denon released a plethora of recordings by world-renowned jazz artists to the Japanese market. These recordings, from artists such as McCoy Tyner, Sonny Stitt, Elvin Jones, Eliane Elias and Bob Berg quickly became known within the jazz community and abroad, receiving critical acclaim.

These recordings include:

• Moonlight in Vermont, Sonny Stitt
• Our Man, Papa Jo!, Jo Jones
• Alone Too Long, Tommy Flanagan
• Manhattan Fever, Frank Foster And The Loud Minority
• Shiny Stockings, Frank Foster And The Loud Minority
• Soul Train, Elvin Jones – Jazz Machine
• Double Trois, McCoy Tyner
• In The Idiom, Randy Brecker
• Illusions, Eliane
• Cross Currents, Eliane
• Short Stories, Bob Berg
• In The Shadows, Bob Berg
• These Rooms, Jim Hall Trio
• Motion Poet, Peter Erskine
• The Art Of The Saxophone, Bennie Wallace
• Gratitude, Phil Woods Quintet
• On Green Dolphin Street, Archie Shepp
• Loverhood, Billy Harper
• Anthem For The New Nations, Dollar Brand
• The Legend, The Legacy, The Count Basie Orchestra

Until now, these albums have only been available in Japan or as imports elsewhere. On March 23rd, they will be available for the first time on digital services worldwide through a strategic partnership between CME and BFM Digital.

“It’s well known by jazz fans everywhere that Japan has a treasure trove of these classic recordings. Their availability to the world market has been long anticipated, and fans can look forward to more as we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of these archives,” says Michele Ito, VP of Label Relations at BFM Digital.

BFM Digital, Inc.

BFM Digital is a global digital music company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worldwide. Representing a diverse catalog of indie labels, artists and publishers, BFM distributes to all of the major music services including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, Walmart, Nokia and many more. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized service, BFM works closely with their content providers from around the world to ensure maximum exposure of their catalog by customizing marketing efforts and building strong relationships with BFM’s digital store partners.

Columbia Music Entertainment

Columbia Music Entertainment (CME), Japan’s first record label, was established on October 1, 1910. After 2002, its core content centered on j-pop, while also including animation, music for traditional Japanese theater (enka), children’s programming, and teaching materials for music schools. CME also operates Denon and PCM Digital Recording, manufacturing and selling sound equipment.
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