Although I don’t have all the details yet, I have learned that Frederiksberg Records, a small, eclectic label from New York, is in the process of reissuing the hard to find (and even harder to pay for) jazz obscurity, Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum. You can find out more by keeping tabs on Frederiksberg’s Bandcamp page, https://frederiksbergrecords.bandcamp.com
I’m told there is a bootleg out there so be careful. Frederiksberg is doing this project with the participation of the family of Milt Ward, which is to be applauded. Hopefully, this will give more access to a great jazz record at a reasonable price. The Roots album reissue from Frederiksberg (which is sold out on vinyl on the Frederiksberg Records bandcamp site) still appears to be available through some online retailers as a pre-order, so that’s another one to jump on now if you can find it– the original is extremely pricey and it is a fantastic mix of jazz, soul and funk. (I think I was wrong about a forthcoming repress but further details to come). I’ve bought a few of the Frederiksberg OOP releases on vinyl from third party sources already but hopefully, more sales demand could justify another pressing run of some of these. Supporting these small labels is just as important as supporting the artists– since they are the mostly likely sources for reissues of private label and offbeat material. Really looking forward to the Milt Ward reissue and the opportunity to share with readers whatever Frederiksberg has learned along the way. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the record, I reviewed it in some depth a while ago: Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum: Obscure Grail.
I did receive a bundle of the new Black Jazz reissues which I plan to review soon. The price of originals of these has skyrocketed lately.