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        The Finest in Jazz Since 1991

                                            We opened on 8/10/91


Retail Store: # 3, Level 4, 428 George Street  (Dymocks Building),  Sydney, NSW 2000. 

Phone : 02 9231 1188. 

New opening hours as of January 2015:


Tuesday 10am to 5.30pm

Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm

Thursday 10am to 5.30pm

Friday 10am to 5.30 pm

Saturday 9am to 4.30 pm.

Closed Sunday and Monday


The winner of the Top Ten things for BlackAbbott to bring back / introduce:

1. Fleas in undergarments.
2. Spotted Dick every Friday.
3. Torture by Celine Dion recitals.
4. Thatching courses at TAFE.
5. Reading Philip Larkin’s book on jazz.
6. National Service.
7. Sheep’s bladder condoms.
8. Gin for fractious children.
9. The hair shirt.
10. A ducking chair for Liberal PMs when they tell porkies.

thanks Putto. Very funny



Top Ten albums of 2014:


# 1  Keith Jarrett + Charlie Haden - Last Dance

# 2  Julien Wilson - This is Always

# 3  Jonathan Zwartz - The remembering & forgetting of the air

# 4  Soundgun  - Soundgun

# 5  Keith Jarrett + Charlie Haden + Paul Motian - Hamburg '72

# 6  Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin

# 7  Takuya Kuroda - Rising son

# 8  Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Spark of life

# 9  Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age

# 10 Tord Gustavsen Quartet - Extended Circle



By default ALL items listed on this website are CDs - compact discs.

If we have it on Vinyl LP we will list it something like this: Jeff Buckley - Grace / 2 LP 45RPM 180 gram vinyl.

If it is listed like this: Jeff Buckley - Grace then it is a cd not an LP.

All Vinyl stock is very limited - we only carry small numbers of each title. 

All cd / dvd orders are sent Express Post - $8 anywhere within Australia.

Postal charges for Box Sets, Vinyl LPs and other bulky items will be added when your order is dispatched - all items sent at cost price i.e whatever Australia Post charge us.

Australia Post charges have increased somewhat this year so please be aware that the post will NOT BE $8 for any overseas orders. You'll be charged whtever we are charged by Australia Post.

Recent releases include new albums from Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Aaron Goldberg, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, Mike Nock, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Snarky Puppy (we've got all their albums now),  Nels Cline and Julian Lage, James Farm, Jason Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Bill Frisell, Lars Danielsson, Leonard Cohen,  Gary Clark Jnr, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Jim Black Trio, Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, Charlie Haden and Jim Hall, Jason Moran, Otis Brown III, Herb Alpert, Kat Edmonson, Bobby Hutcherson, Dino Saluzzi, Hiromi, Phronesis, Ketil Bjornstad, Sonny Rollins, David Binney, Omar Hakim, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Ernst Reijseger, Cassandra Wilson (reissue), Pat Martino, Nils Petter Molvaer, Incognito, Ulf Wakenius, Helge Lein Trio, Jose James, Barb Junger, Brian Blade, Gregg Allman, Black Keys, Bobby Rush, Ray LaMontagne, Down to the Bone, Little Feat, Led Zeppelin, Benmont Tecnh, Keb Mo' , The Rippingtons, Joan Osbourne, Natalie Merchant, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Mia Dyson, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Stanton Moore, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Neil Young, Mary Gauthier, Jolie Holland, George Mraz, Jenny Scheinman, Thomas Dybdahl, Walter Trout, and heaps of stuff on Vinyl LP and then there is our ever expanding SACD section.

Pop in and check it all out.


Welcome to Birdland Records, we offer a huge range of jazz music cds from all around the world. We've probably got the most extensive range of Jazz Music cds in the country, if not the Southern Hemisphere. We also stock other music cds such as blues, soul, world and we have an extensive range of SACDs and we are probably the only shop outside of Japan to actually carry in stock a comprehensive range (ie nearly all) of the fantastic SHM SACDs releases. Audiophile heaven ! 

And most of the CDs, SACDS, LPs, DVDs listed on this site are actually in stock, not virtual. So, if you order we can usually dispatch within a day or so - not always, but most of the time.  3 or 4 weekly shipments  from overseas means it's a 4 day turn around for most orders.   Clicks and mortar as they say. 

We have the largest range of SACDs ( 700 + titles in stock) in Australia and we have heaps of audiophile Vinyl LPs and all the Blue Note / Audiowave XRCDs as well.

Three, four or more US shipments arrive every week so for the latest releases pop into the store or sign up to our weekly newsletter.




Our picks for 2013 - in no particular order:


Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil

Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost

John Abercrombie - 39 Steps

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit

June Tabor - Quercus

She & Him - Volume Three

Nat Bartsch Trio - To Sail, To Sing

Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils


Jonathan Zwartz - "The Remembering and Forgetting of The Air'

Julien Wilson - 'This Is Always'

Arve Henriksen - 'Places Of Worship'

Mark Dresser Quintet - 'Nourishments'

John Scofield - 'Uberjam Deux'

North Mississippi Allstars - 'World Boogie Is Coming'

Queens of the Stone Age - 'Like Clockwork'

Vampire Weekend -'Modern Vampires of the City'

Kacey Musgraves -"Same Trailer Different Park"

Valerie June - 'Pushin' Against A Stone'



John Scofield - Uberjam Deux

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind

Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective

Boz Scaggs - Memphis

Gov't Mule - Shout

Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering and Forgetting of The Air

Julien Wilson - Swailing

Mirror to the Soul: Music, Culture and Identity in the Caribbean 1920-72

Uri Caine - Rhapsody in Blue

Emmylou Harris + Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon


John Shands Top Ten:

1   Diego El Cigala - Romance de la Luna Tucumana - Cigala Music

2   John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions - Concord

3   Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden - Carta de Amor - ECM

4   Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla - Down Deep - W&W

5   Paul Motian - Paul Motian - ECM

6   Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall - Balkan Spirit - Alia Vox

7   Trio '03 - Poetry-Language-Thought - Feeling to Thought

8   Magnet - Magnet

9   Joseph Tawadros - Chameleons of the White Shadow - ABC

10 Edouard Bronson - Intimate


Gerry Kosters Top Ten ( in no particular order):

Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Shadow Man
Monash Art Ensemble - Monash Art Ensemble
Phil Treloar - Of Other Narratives Volume 5: Trio '03
The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata East Sessions
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Gamak
Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO - Occupy The World
The Necks - Open
Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Europe 1969/The Bootleg Series Volume 2
Mary Halvorson Septet - Illusionary Sea
Craig Taborn Trio - Chants


All of the SHM SACDs ARE LIMITED EDITION releases. Stock is very limited so be quick.


We have the largest selection of SUPER AUDIO cds in Australia.  Bar none.  Most titles on our site are in stock right now. New SACD releases arriving all the time - currently we'd have around 600 or so SACD titles in stock. The SACD section in the store is expanding all the time.

Interesting fact:

Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon sold over 800,000 copies by June 2004 in its SACD Surround Sound edition.

So much for SACD being a niche product !

We have the largest range of Japanese SHM SACD in the country , if not the Southern Hemisphere.  Generally we have ALL the Rock / Jazz / Soul / Blues etc SHM SACDs in stock most of the time. And a lot of the Classical SHM SACDs too.

All of the SHM SACDs ARE LIMITED EDITION releases.

So, don't wait to order as the titles you want could well be deleted. Deleted titles include "Tubular Bells", "Saxophone Colossus", "Sunday at the Village Vanguard", "Wheels of Fire", "Second Helping"

There's no point ordering a SHM SACD when it's deleted - buy it now when we have it !

 If you are looking for multichannel SACD simply type multichannel in our search (top right of this page) and it will bring up a list of all our multichannel SACDs.

And if you are looking for a super audio cd player:

"It's not often that I would personally recommend a piece of hi-fi gear. I recently got a new cd/sacd/blu ray etc player from OPPO. The Oppo BDP 105 is the most amazing cd player I have ever owned - bar none. Every single cd and sacd I have played on it sounds better than ever before - more detailed, better soundstage, everything. It's like the Oppo has removed a layer of dirt to reveal the picture underneath. Truly outstanding performance in every respect."  KS

you can buy them from Len Wallis Audio:



That's not all folks !


For at least a decade before Paul Motian's death last year, the great drummer-composer-bandleader was the beacon for what jazz could be in its post-free, post-fusion era, without falling back on neo-bop conservatism or needing an injection of world-music influences. To Motian, the answer was elementary: play with simplicity, truth, instinct, playfulness, passion and imagination. Tell stories and weave dreams. Spurn virtuosity and prescriptive thinking. Play from the heart in the moment and all will fall into place. It does. Across five albums of go-anywhere adventuring anchored to a repertoire of Broadway standards.

Read more:

We are now shipping twice or three times a week from the USA, so the turnaround for new releases, stock and special orders is generally 4 days. Orders placed on Friday arrive Monday !!! Short of building another Concorde that's as fast as it gets !!


* We are a record shop (remember those ?) and sometimes a record label too.

And it's a shop with a decent sound system - Marantz sacd, Meridian amp, Rogers LS4 speakers.

Music not crappy compressed stuff.


If you can't find something on our site it does not necessarily mean that we don't have it, so please call or email if you are looking for something that's not listed here. Chances are we can get it or it might even be in stock.  Finding hard-to-get albums has been our speciality for almost 20 years now so if you don't see it here, please ask us


 To search our site - just type SHM SACD in the search field and it will bring up a complete list. Most are in stock or on the way.


As all SHM SACDs are limited editions don't delay in ordering. 

They'll be twice as expensive on ebay next year !


SHM-SACD (Super High Material Super Audio Compact Disc) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution.

These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully.  What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD offers even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format that is SHM SACD.

- Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file.
- Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection.
- Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes.


Contact us if you have any queries. Our friendly staff  are always happy to assist.


Pricing:  Prices are subject to change without notice. Our website prices change constantly, usually, but not always, downwards. In stock items will ship at the advertised price but if an item is out of stock the price may change due to fluctuations in the exchange rates or wholesale prices. We will contact you if the price increases.

Stock: Whilst we try to stock everything on this site some titles aren't always available. We might have sold out, it might have been deleted by the record label, or we may have not re-ordered it. So, just like every other website we don't always have everything in stock all the time. However,we get orders from all over on a regular basis, so it usually only takes about a week to fill orders for out of stock items. We always endeavour to let you know what's going with your order.


the crew

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