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Joe BeckNature Boy ... LP
Verve/Forecast, Late 60s. Very Good ... $13.99
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast imprint. There's a few funk tunes on here, but the best numbers are stretched out trippy ones that bring together jazz and folk, in a floating "folk funk experience" sound that we totally love, perfect for the generation of Tim Hardin and Nick Drake. Beck sings on some cuts, and others are instrumental. Titles include "Ain't No Use Talkin", "Goodbye LA", "Please Believe Me", "Let Me Go", "Come Back: Visions Without You", and "Spoon's Caress". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a split bottom seam.)

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Larry CoryellBarefoot Boy ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
One of Larry Coryell's greatest albums ever! Barefoot Boy is a much more expansive session than some of Coryell's others, fueled in part by the spiritual intensity of the Impulse Records generation. It's got a momentum that's pretty darn exciting throughout – but the compositions are nice and long, which gives the players plenty of space to explore. Personnel includes Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano sax, Mike Mandel on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and Larry Killian on congas – working with Coryell on long trippy tracks that remind us a bit of 60s work by Chico Hamilton, Charles Lloyd, and Gabor Szabo. Titles include "Call To The Higher Consciousness", "The Great Escape", and "Gypsy Queen". CD

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Vince GuaraldiBoy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fantasy, 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Vince Guaraldi's wonderful music for the first-ever cartoon to feature the Peanuts characters in animated form – a sublime batch of jazz instrumentals that forever changed the face of music in shows of this nature! Vince steps out with an amazing sound right from the start – even different than his previous jazz records from the San Francisco scene – with a more careful balance of swing and sadness, lyricism and soul – always played in a subtle, understated way that really makes the music come through with a lasting degree of power. Core sounds are from the trio of Guaraldi on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums – and titles include key early versions of the "Charlie Brown Theme" and "Linus & Lucy" – plus "Oh Good Grief", Pebble Beach", "Schroeder", and "Blue Charlie Brown". CD features two bonus tracks – "Baseball Theme (alt)" and "Fly Me To The Moon". CD

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New Quincy JonesGolden Boy ... LP
Mercury, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet bridge between Quincy's big band recordings and his groovier soundtrack work of the mid 60s – as the record combines straight jazzy grooving with some of the cooler elements of Quincy's soundtrack scores, like stepping strings, wordless voices, and a breathy mellow groove that floats across the disc in a wonderful way! Aiding Quincy in the album are a host of top-line jazz players – including Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jerome Richardson, and Phil Woods on saxes – plus Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Al Grey on trombone, and Jim Hall on guitar! Although titled after the show Golden Boy, only a few cuts here are from that musical – and the rest include Quincy Jones originals and some cool covers, given the Q twist. Titles include "Seaweed", "The Witching Hour", "Hard Day's Night", "The Sidewinder", and "Theme From Golden Boy", done in 2 versions, both great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pink label promo. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam, a spot of tape on the spine, and a promo stamp on the back.)

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New Art BlakeyGolden Boy ... CD
Colpix/EMI (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An obscure Jazz Messengers session – but a great one! The album is ostensibly a set of jazz versions of tunes from the musical Golden Boy, and the group this time is a larger one than usual – a total of 10 players, led by Blakey – and playing beautifully over arrangements from Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, and Cedar Walton! The style's not any sort of clunky "jazz meets Broadway" mode, though – as the care taken by the artists involved help elevate the tunes, and the performance, to a whole new soulful level – hardly what you'd expect! The group features trumpet work from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, tenor from Wayne Shorter, alto from James Spaulding, trombone from Curtis Fuller, baritone from Charles Davis, piano from Cedar Walton, and bass from Reggie Workman – all very hip cats, working here with the same sort of large group textures you might hear on Freddie Hubbard's Body & Soul album from the same time, mixed with some more traditionally Blakey-led moments. Titles include "Yes I Can", "Theme From Golden Boy", "Lorna's Here", "This is The Life", and "There's A Party". CD

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New Vince GuaraldiJazz Impressions Of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (orange vinyl pressing – with lithograph prints) ... LP
Fantasy, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The original album release of Vince Guaraldi's wonderful music for the first-ever cartoon to feature the Peanuts characters in animated form – a sublime batch of jazz instrumentals that forever changed the face of music in shows of this nature! Vince steps out with an amazing sound right from the start – even different than his previous jazz records from the San Francisco scene – with a more careful balance of swing and sadness, lyricism and soul – always played in a subtle, understated way that really makes the music come through with a lasting degree of power. Core sounds are from the trio of Guaraldi on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums – and titles include key early versions of the "Charlie Brown Theme" and "Linus & Lucy" – plus "Oh Good Grief", Pebble Beach", "Schroeder", and "Blue Charlie Brown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool pressing – limited, on orange vinyl, with the 12 lithographs that were in the original vinyl release!)

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New Charlie HadenRambling Boy ... CD
Decca, 2008. Used ... Out Of Stock
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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Live! ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Very Good ... $6.99
Cannonball Adderley with David Axelrod production – a combination that couldn't miss back in the 60s! In keeping with the success of the Mercy Mercy Mercy album done with Axelrod, Capitol did everything they could to catch Cannonball in a live setting – a great move, given the open, soulful energy his group had in the format – crowd-pleasing, but always plenty darn creative too! Added to the mix here is some nice production by David Axelrod, capturing all the right moments in all the right ways – especially when Joe Zawinul steps up to take some sweet solos on the keys – and the great Charles Lloyd serves up some mighty nice work on flute and tenor sax. Other players include Nat Adderley on cornet, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and titles include "The Song My Lady Sings", "Little Boy With The Sad Eyes", "Work Song", and "Sweet Georgia Bright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Bill DoggettEverybody Dance The Honky Tonk ... LP
King, Late 50s. Good ... $3.99
This is it – the classic stormer by Bill Doggett that made his group a hit with all the kids! The album features the original two-part version of "Honky Tonk", plus the rarer "Honky Tonk Number Three", which as a wailing bit of vocals next to the chorus. Other tracks have that raw raw groove that Doggett forged, with great guitar by Billy Butler and searing tenor by Clifford Scott – and titles include "Leaps & Bounds", "Nothin Yet", "Big Boy", "Slow Walk", and "Afternoon Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has wide clear tape on the top seam and spine.)

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Don ElliottDon Elliott Sings ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Don Elliott puts down his mellophone and starts to sing – and the results are a surprisingly strong set that's one of his standouts of the 50s! Don's got a limited range, but more than makes up for it with his sense of personality – a mode that's a bit like Jackie Paris or Matt Dennis at the time, with qualities that are quite far from mainstream male pop vocals of the period! Backing is by a core cool combo that includes Billy Byers on trombone and Hal McKusick on alto and flute – and the tunes have a sweet modern quality that's mighty fresh. Titles include "Ooh Baby It Scares Me", "I Hadn't Anyone Til You", "Every Time", "Let's Fall In Love", "Whatever Happened To You", and "Looking For A Boy". CD

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Jimmy ForrestMost Much! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. New Copy ... $5.99 11.98
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and it's a tightly-crafted combo effort that features Hugh Lawson on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Clarendon Johnson on drums – plus a bit of added conga from Ray Barretto, bringing in that extra "kick" that pushed off other great soul jazz sessions from the time! Tracks are short, and have a good focus on Forrest's wonderful tone – and titles include "Sonny Boy", "Annie Laurie", "I Love You", "Most Much", "Soft Winds", "Matilda", and "Autumn Leaves". CD

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Earl HinesHere Comes Earl Fatha Hines ... CD
Contact/Sony (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
Earl Hines has a very cool trio here – a unique group that features Richard Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – both younger modern players who provide a surprising match for his lead work on piano! Hines really seems to step up to the setting, and although his phrasing and tone echo his older years in jazz, there's also a fresh crackle to the record too – one that may also partly come from the way in which Earl was really being rediscovered and re-exposed at the time of the album's recording. Davis and Jones definitely never try to overdo things, but you can definitely feel their presence at work – particularly Jones, whose percussion on the record is a real delight. Titles include "Stanley Steamer", "Shoe Shine Boy", "Smoke Rings", "Save It Pretty Mama", and "Bernie's Tune". CD

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Ahmad JamalJamal At The Pershing Vol 2 ... LP
Argo, 1958. Very Good ... $6.99
The part 2 to Jamal's classic Pershing set – But Not For Me – featuring more material from the same date, one of the most successful live piano recordings of the time! Jamal is quite at home in the setting – grooving with his trio of Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – on a set of tracks that includes "Billy Boy", "Too Late Now", "All The Things You Are", "My Funny Valentine", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dark blue label Argo pressing.)

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Jo JonesJo Jones Special (Jazztone pressing) ... LP
Jazztone, 1955. Very Good ... $6.99
A really classic set from drummer Jo Jones – really more of a small group Count Basie outing – given that Basie himself guests on piano, and other players here include Freddie Green on guitar, Lucky Thompson on tenor, Emmet Berry on trumpet, and Bennie Green on trombone! The style is swing-based and very tight – but the record also has that easy, open-ended Vanguard jazz groove – recorded here by John Hammond with a good sense of tradition and respect for the players. Titles include 2 takes on "Shoe Shine Boy", plus "Caravan", "Georgia Mae", "Lover Man", "Lincoln Heights", and "Embraceable You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track three. Cover has some wear, staining along the bottom and on the back, and some splitting on the spine and bottom seam.)

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Earl KlughLate Nite Guitar/Two Of A Kind/Nightsongs ... CD
BGO (UK), 1980/1982/1984. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
A trio of albums from guitarist Earl Klugh – presented here in a single set! First up is Late Night Guitar – a beautiful set that really lives up to its title – a record that matches Earl's wonderful work on guitar with some sublime orchestral charts from Dave Matthews! The approach is definitely different than some of Klugh's previous work, and makes the album a very unique one – a set that's got a really personal, expressive vibe – but in ways that are never too cheesy or sentimental – a balance that, we think, really comes from Dave's handling of the backings. Titles include "Nice To Be Around", "Like A Lover", "Tenderly", "Mona Lisa", "Triste", and "A Time For Love". Two Of A Kind is a classic pairing of the guitar of Earl Klugh and the keyboards of Bob James – and a set that really makes some great steps forward out of a blend of the acoustic and electric sounds from each player! Earl's strings sound especially nice over James' Fender Rhodes – but even cuts with acoustic piano or other keyboards come off sounding great – with a warm Tappan Zee vibe that's mighty nice throughout! Titles include "The Falcon", "Whiplash", "Ingenue", "Wes", and "Sandstorm". On Nightsongs, Earl Klugh's guitar gets plenty of rich colors to work with – some deeper backdrops from arrangers Don Sebesky and Dave Matthews – each of whom bring a different mood to the set! Sebesky's got those lush, full charts that we love so much from his classic orchestral charts of the 60s and 70s – while Matthews is a bit tighter and more swinging, but still farther from his funky work of the 70s than you might expect. Klugh's guitar hits loads of those classic colorful tones throughout – and titles include "Theme From The Pawnbroker", "The Ook Of Love", "Nature Boy", "A Certain Smile", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and "Stay Gold". CD

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Howard McGheeLife Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way past just sleepy orchestrations – into a realm of playful passages that help coax some quite unfamiliar sounds from Howard's horn! The approach is quite different than some of McGhee's more seminal sides, but is also a great illustration of this under-acknowledge side of his talents – and a voice that definitely seems to echo some of his personal struggles at the time. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "The Thrill Is Gone", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", and "My Sin". CD

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Blue MitchellBring It Home To Me ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
Genius work from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – one of his most solid sides as a leader from the 60s, and a well-deserved treasure in the Blue Note catalog! The album's quite different than the straight soul jazz of Blue's early days on Riverside – or the more arranged dates of the late 60s – and it features him moving in a soulful, lyrical, modal style – quite similar to Horace Silver in conception, but with a fresh execution that's mighty nice – and which marks Mitchell as one of the fresher trumpet voices of his generation! The whole group's great, too – and the lineup includes Junior Cook on tenor, Blue's old bandmate from Horace Silver's group – plus Harold Mabern on piano, who really helps shape the sound of the record, Gene Taylor on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Tracks include gems from Mitchell, Jimmy Heath, and Tom McIntosh – titles that include "Bring It Home To Me", "Blues 3 For 1", "Port Rico Rock", and "Ginger Bread Boy". CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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Shigeharu MukaiJaponesia (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Better Days (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet second set from the Orissa group of trombonist Shigeharu Mukai – a combo that mixes funky fusion with some island and exotic touches – but all in a way that still maintains and electric groove! The trombone of Mukai is equally matches by the keyboards of Hiromichi Tsugaki and guitar of Takayuki Kato – and the group brings in a fair bit of extra percussion players to the session too – not only giving the rhythms a bit more punch, but also adding in lots of rootsy fills and other acoustic elements in the mix. Titles include "Neija", "Bone Papa", "In The Mist", and "Eternal Boy". CD

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Junko OnishiWow ... CD
Somethin Else/Blue Note (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... $22.99
The title definitely gets it right – as the set's an exclamatory surprise from pianist Junko Onishi – just the right sort of set to launch a long career in music! Many of the tunes are originals, played with a fierce finish that comes through right away – a heavier left hand than you might expect, which gives the music a nicely punctuated feel and a strong rhythmic pulse – even without the efforts of Tomoyuki Shima on bass and Dariki Hara on drums! Titles include "Point Counterpoint", "Prospect Park West", "B-Rush", "The Jungular", "Broadway Blues", and "Nature Boy". CD

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John PattonMemphis To New York Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
A great lost album by John Patton – recorded in 1970, but not ever issued until 1995! The record was most likely held back because it's one of the funky organist's most far-reaching – a stunning batch of modal tracks that moves way past the usual organ sound, and much more into Larry Young-ish territory. A young James Blood Ulmer is on guitar, and the great (and underrecorded) Marvin Cabell plays flute, soprano, and tenor sax. Really great stuff – and most likely material that will disappear again for another 25 years! Titles include "The Mandingo", "Bloodyun", "Memphis", "Steno", and a cover of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints". Includes the bonus tracks "Man From Tanganyika", "Cissy Strut", "Dragon Slayer", "Buddy Boy", "2J" & "Sweet Pea". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Bernie SenenskyNew Life ... LP
PM, 1975. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A wonderful little record from Canadian pianist Bernie Senensky – his first as a leader, and an incredibly strong debut that's filled with life, love, and a keen sense of imagination! The tracks are all originals penned by Bernie, and the set's recorded in a spacious, open style that's very much in keeping with other jazz work at the time on the PM label – but done in a mode that's gentler and sweeter than some of the heavier-hitting jams that PM was known for. Senensky's got a wonderful ear for a lyrical tune – and many of the numbers on the set leap along in a lively mode that gives the album a few great jazz dancers. Bass is by Michel Donato, drums are by Marty Morell – and titles include "Poochie", "Lolito's Theme", "Little Waltz For A Little Boy", "BB", and "Another Gift". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear near one spot on the opening edge, but is nice overall.)

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Jack SheldonWarm World Of Jack Sheldon ... LP
Dot, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A great one by Jack Sheldon – very different than some of his earlier jazz work, done in a hip LA easy style that has slight touches of later work on labels like CTI. Don Sebesky scored the arrangements for the set, giving the music a dark easy edge that's a perfect backdrop for Sheldon's airy trumpet solos and occasional raspy vocals. Think of this one as easy jazz gets the A&M touch, and you'll find that you love it as much as we do! Includes versions of "The Look Of Love", "More & More Amor", "Nature Boy", "Emily", "Holiday", "Odd Couple", and "Grazin In the Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lucky ThompsonLucky Moments ... CD
Ocium (Spain), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $15.99
A great selection of "moments" from the early years of Lucky Thompson's career – tracks that capture the tenor giant at his best, working in a swing-based mode early on, but opening up to many new ideas as the CD progresses. Tracks are listed chronologically – and start with a 1945 date with Basie for Colubmia, moving into a Duke 78 with Freddie Green & The Kansas City 7, then into a series of tracks recorded under Lucky's own leadership – for the Excelsior label (1945), the Down Beat label (1946), Victor (1947), Triumph (1950), and Decca (1953/54). The set really moves past the over-collected Thompson moments, and brings to light a great amount of 78rpm material – all packaged very nicely, and with a good set of notes! 25 tracks in all, with titles that include "Avenue C", "Stay In There", "Boppin The Blues", "Boulevard Bounce", "Commercial Eyes", "Bunny", "Little Boy Blow", "The Scene Is Clean", "Schuffle That Ruff", and "Slam's Mishap". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford Vol 1 ... LP
ABC, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $14.99
Really standout material from Lucky – an excellent set of small group sessions that features Oscar Pettiford on bass! The format's a bit like the small combo mode that Americans from larger touring ensembles were recording in Europe – a bit more laidback, and with more solo focus for players who were sometimes eclipsed in larger groups. One side has Lucky playing with Hank Jones, Pettiford, and Osie Johnson in the rhythm section – plus "Jim Whatsmyname" on trombone, clearly another player working here against contractual rules. The flip is just trio material – spare and beautiful, with Lucky's tenor set against Pettiford's bass and the guitar of Skeeter Best. Titles include "Tricotism", "Bo Bi My Boy", "Op Meets LT", "Tom Kattin", and "Translation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and the remnants of a sticker. Label has a light stain.)

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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $19.99
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". Breath Of Heaven is a holiday record from Grover Washington – but one that's got a fair bit more to offer than just the usual Christmas tunes! The set mixes older favorites and lesser-known numbers – all done in that soulful fusion style that Washington brought to his records from other seasons of the years – set up here with the leader on alto, tenor, and soprano sax – amidst arrangements from vibist Joe Lock, and keyboardist Donald Robinson, and guitarist Hiram Bullock – all of whom play on the record. Lisa Fischer sings on one number, but most of the record is instrumental – and titles include "Breath Of Heaven", "The Magi's Song/A Child Is Born", "I Wonder As I Wonder", "Christmas Time Is Here", "The Love In His Infant Eyes", and "Christmas Day Chant". CD

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Grover Washington JrInner City Blues ... LP
Kudu, 1972. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Sweet funky jazz from Grover Washington – an early standout session from his classic years on Kudu Records, put together with hip arrangements from the mighty Bob James! The record's got the same spacious sense of grooving as James' first few for CTI – a style that's funky fusion, but a bit more laidback than most – not nearly as jamming, and with almost as much focus on lean rhythms as on key solos from the players in the group! Most tracks have a long, open sort of feel – and in addition to alto and tenor from Grover, other instrumentation includes organ from Richard Tee, guitar from Eric Gale, drums from Idris Muhammad, percussion from Airto, and electric piano from Bob James himself. Titles include versions of "Mercy Mercy Me", "Ain't No Sunshine/Theme From Man & Boy", "Until It's Time For You To Go", and "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Label has some marker.)

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Lester YoungLester Young Sextet/Septet Complete Studio Master Takes (Pres & Sweets/Jazz Giants '56/Going For Myself/Laughin' To Keep From Cryin) ... CD
Verve/Lonehill (Spain), Late 50s. Used 2CD ... $19.99
Tremendous later work from Lester Young – pulled from a flurry of excellent Verve albums of the late 50s! The format here is great – as it lays out the sessions in progression from 1955 through 1958 – showing Young in the company of players that include Harry Edison, Vic Dickenson, Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, and Herb Ellis – all swinging in a gently spacious way that gives ample solo space to all key players. If you ever needed a definition of the Verve "swing" sound of the 50s, this 2CD package could well be it – as the 22 tracks on the set are a perfect example of the way the label could create a perfect setting for a player like Young. Titles include "Mean To Me", "Red Boy Blues", "She's Funny That Way", "St Tropez", "Flic", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Waldorf Blues", "Sunday", "Romping", and "Salute To Benny". CD
(Out of print.)

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Motohiko HinoMotohiko Hino First Album ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Around August 20, 2014
One of the greatest Japanese jazz drummers breaks out in his first album as a leader! Hino had played drums in the modernist bop group of (brother?) Terumasa Hino during the late 60s – but this set is the first that really lets his unique vision shine through. The album features Hino leading a sextet of young Japanese avant players that includes Takao Uematsu on tenor, Kosuke Mine on alto, and Hideo Ichikawa on piano and electric piano. The set begins with a rolling Ornette-ish take on "Gingerbread Boy", moves into a moody reading of "Into The Heaven", done more famously by Terumasa, but handled here in a dark spare manner that features some excellent cello work by Yshio Ikeda. The last track in the set is the 20 minute "Mine Tune", a free jazz workout on a par with work being recorded at the same time in Paris or Berlin. CD

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Yuji OhnoMy Little Angel ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes of 60s American players, but which soon takes off in a more spacious, more fluid style that's every bit the best legacy that Japanese players grew from the influence of Bill Evans. The trio here is often nicely rhythmic – with pulsating bass from Yoshio Ikeda and drums that snap then stop when needed from Kazuyoshi Okayama. Titles include the beautiful original numbers "My Little Angel" and "Mr Happy-Gon" – both tunes that should have become standards – plus versions of "A Boy On A Dolphin", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Togther", and "My Foolish Heart". CD

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New Bob Dorough/Clark Terry/Tyree GlennOliver (aka Excursion Through Oliver) ... CD
Classic Jazz, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A very quirky little record – filled with the kind of offbeat tones we've always loved in the music of Bob Dorough! Bob doesn't sing on this set, but he does a wonderful job as a leader – helping rework tunes from the musical Oliver into creative vehicles for jazz-based expression – really changing them around a lot as instrumentals, and almost unlocking an even more playful side of their grooves. Other players include Clark Terry on trumpet, Tyree Glenn on trombone, Al Schackman on guitar, Ben Tucker on bass, and Bobby Thomas and Paul Motian on drums. Includes a great reading of "Food Glorious Food" – plus "It's a Fine Life", "Where Is Love", "Who Will Buy", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Consider Yourself", "Boy For Sale", and "Pick A Pocket Or Two". CD

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New Chico HamiltonFurther Adventures Of El Chico ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Massively groovy work from Chico Hamilton – one of his standout swingers for Impulse Records in the 60s, and a set that really showcases all the changes in music he'd made for the decade! The set features some wonderful reed work from Jerome Richardson and Charlie Mariano, plus some especially great guitar from Gabor Szabo – a player who was rising to fame in Hamilton's group, but also stands out here with lots of the breezy grooves he'd bring to his own dates for Impulse. Tracks are short, but in a good way that really keeps them focused – and other players who complete the groove include Clark Terry on trumpet and Ron Carter on bass – both of whom nicely pick up Chico's sense of adventure and humor. Titles include "Monday Monday", "Daydream", "Stella By Starlight", "Evil Eye", "Manila", "That Boy With The Long Hair", and "Monday Monday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label mono pressing.)

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New Oscar PetersonTrio – Live From Chicago ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Strong work from the Peterson Trio's London House gig in Chicago in 1961 – material that offers some slightly longer than usual takes on the group's sound, especially on a few numbers that really let Oscar open up on the keys! The group here is the legendary combo with Ed Thigpen on drums and Ray Brown on bass – but on the album's long versions of "Sometimes I'm Happy", "In The Wee Small Hours" and "Chicago", it's Oscar's inventive work on the keys that really dominates the nearly 10 minute run of each track. Other shorter tunes include "Billy Boy", "Whisper Not", and "The Night We Called It A Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing.)

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New Chicago Underground DuoLocus (with download) ... LP
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty electric sounds from the Chicago Underground Duo – a set that has Rob Mazurek adding in lots of electronics (even a Game Boy!) to his usual cornet lines, plus some other acoustic elements that work really well with the drums, mbira, and balaphone of Chad Taylor! The record shows an earlier spirit of the Chicago scene alive and well – that genre-crossing, generation-spanning love of so many different sounds and styles at once – a mode that first burst forth on the scene two decades back, often in the hands of John McEntire, who produced this album – and which still stands strong in the hands of its best purveyors like this. Titles include "Yaa Yaa Kole", "Blink Out", "Kabuki", "Dante", "House Of The Axe", "Borrow & Bury", and "Locus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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New Miles DavisMiles Smiles ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to jazz – a style that's touched with some of the light lyricism of the late 50s, but which has much sharper edges overall – and really approaches some of the best "new thing" modes that were going down at labels like Blue Note or Impulse! Many tunes have a subtly spare quality, but nonetheless work with a tremendous amount of power – and titles include a classic version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", a haunting take on Shorter's "Footprints", and the titles "Orbits", "Circle", "Dolores", and "Gingerbread Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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New Steve Davis with Larry WillisLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite records ever from trombonist Steve Davis – a live date recorded at Smalls, and one that lets him stretch out a lot more than most of his studio albums! The setting is wonderful – an open-ended, easygoing quintet with great piano from Larry Willis – and a groove that is a nice change from some of the tighter modes that Davis often hits with his One For All compadres. As a result, Steve really takes some nice chances on the solos – and shows a range of his horn that impresses us even more than usual – and heck, we already think he's a great player! Altoist Mike DiRubbo brings a nice edge to the proceedings with some great solo work of his own – and the rest of the group features Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Titles include "Spirit Waltz", "Nature Boy/To Wisdom The Prize", and "Daydream/Outro". CD

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New Bill EvansTime Remembered (2LP Bill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1963. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! This later pressing features a full LP of previously unreleased muci from the concert, and titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", "Who Cares", "Everything Happens To Me", "Time Remembered", "Lover Man", "Blues In F/Five" and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Johnny GriffinIntroducing Johnny Griffin ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you've ever needed a definition of hardbop, this is it! The set's a crack quartet session for Blue Note, recorded in the mid 50s by a young Johnny Griffin – fresh in from Chicago, and playing with tons of fire and loads of imagination! Wynton Kelly's on piano and Max Roach is on drums – and the excitement never stops as the group rolls their way through the tightly-crafted tunes on the set. And don't mistake the session as just a head-blowing album with no creativity – because the whole thing's incredibly precise, and the real charm is the way in which the razor-sharp group manages to twist and turn so deftly – yet still always plays with creative imagination and thoughtful solos! Cuts include "Mil Dew", "Chicago Calling", "These Foolish Things", The Boy Next Door", "Lover Man" and "It's Alright With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing.)

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New Ahmad JamalComplete Live At The Pershing Lounge 1958 (But Not For Me/Jamal At The Pershing Vol 2) ... CD
Argo/Gambit (Spain), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where Jamal was clearly wowing the crowd with his amazing talents on the piano. The groove here is sublimely fluid and soulful – clearly the next wave of expression on the piano in the 50s, and as important to the Chicago scene as Bill Evans was to that of New York at the time. The recording quality is wonderful – clear enough to capture the subtleties of Crosby's amazing bass, and the lightly tippling sound of Fournier's drums – and the CD features both volumes of this historic set, a total of 20 tracks in all. Titles include a classic extended reading of "Poinciana", plus "What's New", "But Not For Me", "Billy Boy", "All The Things You Are", "Woody N You", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's You Or No One", and "No Greater Love". Also features the bonus single version of "Poinciana". CD

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New Bob JamesExplosions ... LP
ESP, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Bob James – recorded way before he became one of the funky talents of the 70s, when he was a budding young modernist on the New York scene, with clear influences from the work of Paul Bley. This set is a trio recording – and it features James playing with Barre Phillips on bass and Robert Pozar on drums. Phillips' work is especially amazing, as he gets sounds out of the bass that are just incredible – working the whole instrument into wild tones and sounds that far surpass conventional work on the strings. The whole session's amazingly dark – and it makes us love James' funky work even more to know that he started out this way! Titles include "Explosions", "An On", "Wolfman", and "Peasant Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing, with "ear". Vinyl is great, but has some light marks from the old paper sleeve.)

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New Gerry MulliganJeru ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty great little album – and very different than Gerry Mulligan's regular sides from the time! The session was originally produced as part of the sessions for the short-lived Jazztime label in the early 60s – and was produced by Dave Bailey with a soulful undercurrent that's quite similar to his own sessions from the period. Gerry's really shaking free of the "cool" cliches for the record – working with a deeply grooving rhythm section that includes Bailey on drums, Ben Tucker on bass, and Tommy Flanagan on piano – making a key return of piano to a Gerry Mulligan session! Alec Dorsey's also in the group on conga – adding a nice little extra kick to a few of the best tunes on the set – and Gerry himself is playing baritone with a style that's as fluid as on his freer-floating 50s recordings, but which also hits more of a rolling sort of tenor groove! Titles include "Get Out Of Town", "Blue Boy", "Capricious", "Here I'll Stay", and "Inside Impromptu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing – sealed! Most likely from the late 60s.)

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New Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Johnnie Pate's early albums – with a more complicated style than his other piano trio outings. This one features Johnnie's group with Ronnell Bright on piano and Charles Walton on drums, plus some vocals by Gwen Stevens on one track, and harmony vocalizing by the trio on another. Bright's piano is more complex than before, with an edgey sound that brings surprising emotion to tracks like "Danny Boy", "The Real McCoy", and "Mood For Milt". Other tracks include "I Was A Fool", written by Johnnie and sung by Stevens, plus "Nancy", "Jeff", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover some splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)

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New Ike QuebecHeavy Soul (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy soul from Ike Quebec – one of Blue Note's greatest players of the 78 era in the 40s, stepping out here on one of his brilliant comeback sets from the early 60s! The set features Ike blowing in an all soul jazz mode – working with a quartet that includes some great work from organist Freddie Roach – swinging here in a great straight ahead mode, and really pushing Ike to lay out some of the best solos of his later Blue Note years. There's a few tracks on the set that step out in a tight modal jazz groove – organ vamping as Ike blows away – and titles include "Heavy Soul", "Que's Dilemma", "Acquitted", and a very spooky version of "Nature Boy". CD features the bonus track "Blues For Ike". CD
(BMG Record Club pressing.)

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New Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty wild album – one in which Sonny Stitt meets the funky electric sound of Flying Dutchman! The album's not the all-out funk affair you might expect from the date, the label, and the cartoony image of a lady on the front cover – but it does have some very nice moments, and good playing by sidemen like Mike Wofford, Frank Strozier, and Pee Wee Ellis. There's a few standards done up in new clothes – like "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben" – but the real highlight is "Dumpy Mama", which runs for about 10 minutes, and which has a nice groove to it. The original track "Jason" is also pretty nice too, and features Latin percussion from Ray Armando. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cutout notch.)

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New Donald ByrdMustang! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Donald Byrd's most fantastic records for Blue Note – and one of three gems that he recorded with the great Sonny Red on alto sax! Byrd and Red work magnificently together – and the two of them play with a tightness and funkiness that's missing from a lot of their other records as leaders – this really sharp edge that makes Sonny sound even better than ever, and a slight funkiness in Byrd's trumpet – which really seems to point the way towards his groove of the 70s! Hank Mobley joins the group on tenor, Walter Booker is on bass, McCoy Tyner's on piano, and Freddie Waits is on drums – and the groove is tight and funky, with a mix of hard bop soloing and funkier Blue Note rhythm playing. Red burns throughout, especially on his own "Mustang", and on the cut "Dixie Lee". Other tracks include "Fly Little Bird Fly", "On The Trail", and "I'm So Excited By You". Plus, this CD reissue also includes 2 non-LP bonus cuts – "Gingerbread Boy" and "I'm So Excited By You". CD
(SHMCD pressing!)

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New Stan GetzCool Velvet – Stan Getz & Strings ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredibly haunting session that has Stan's edgey alto fronting some of Russ Garcia's arch-modernist string arrangements – similar to those that he contributed to other Verve albums of the same style. Getz maintains a wonderfully breathy tone that floats above the orchestrations, and the album's a real winner that shows a side of Stan that wasn't always captured by Verve. Titles include "Round Midnight", "Nature Boy", "It Never Entered My Mind", and "Early Autumn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a half split top seam and a center split in the bottom seam.)

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New Modern Jazz GangModern Jazz Gang Vol 1 – The Milestrane Years 1959 to 1964 ... CD
Black Cat/Il Giaguaro (Italy), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest combos on the Italian scene of the early 60s – a group we'd rank right up there with the classic sound of the Basso-Valdambrini Quintet! These guys have a sense of care and class in their arrangements – a style that's modern and very thoughtful, and which links them a bit to the Swedish scene of the same stretch. But they also have more of a sense of breakout spirit, too – especially as the work moves on – so that the solo voices get even stronger, and the individual sense of vision more distinct – making for some really great sounds throughout! The real genius of the group is alto player Sandro Brugnolini – who also wrote and arranged most of the material – but the Modern Jazz Gang also features key work from later sound library heroes Francesco Santucci on trumpet and Enzo Scoppa on tenor. This set brings together 24 tracks from the group's best years – including some rare 45rpm EP titles too – with tracks that include "Train Up", "Smog Time", "My Lady In The Night", "A Trumpet For Veronique", "Blue Sinanthropus", "Big Concert Blues", "Leopoldville", "Flying Boy", and "Blue Mirria". CD

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New Organ ExplosionOrgan Explosion ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the group's got a nicely explosive sound on Hammond – a groove that's rooted in old school soul jazz, but which takes on all these funky twists and turns as well! Yet Organ Explosion are definitely more jazz than funk – and really have a fresh feel that's different than the usual retro combo – a groove that's not content to just hang back in classic modes, but which instead draws all their best influences and creates this new fusion of organ, bass, and drums! There's an appeal here that reminds us of the first time we ever heard Medeski Martin & Wood – but without any of the clunkiness that quickly came later – and although a few tracks have guest instrumentation, most of the core grooves come from the trio. Titles include "Dark Heaven", "Kung Fu Funk", "Momi Likes Her Boy", "Organ Explosion Supershow", "Kase", and "Gear Down". CD

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New John PattonAccent On The Blues ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the last John Patton albums for Blue Note, and one of the best! A young James "Blood" Ulmer's on guitar, and Marvin Cabell (who we only know from Patton LPs) is on tenor and flute. The sound is deep and soulful, and despite the "accent on the blues" of the title, the feel's more Blue Note soul than it actually is bluesy. Ulmer's guitar is great, with this raspy edge that gives a nice depth to the album – and titles include reat versions of Harold Mabern's "Rakin' & Scrapin" and Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance", plus some excellent originals by Cabell like "Captain Nasty" and "Village Lee". Plus, this CD reissue also features 4 other tracks, 3 of which are unreleased titles like "Sweet Pea", "2 J", and "Buddy Boy". CD

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New Lester YoungLester Young Memorial Album ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of Lester Young's first great moments of prominence – his late 30s recordings with the Count Basie Band, offered here in a well-done collection issued as a memorial after his death in 1959! The sets are all led by Basie, but most feature strong saxophone lead by Young – solos that helped define the tenor sax sound of a generation, nestled in alongside other top-shelf players who include Buddy Tate on tenor, Freddie Green on guitar, and Harry Edison and Buck Clayton on trumpets. The set features a hefty 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Broadway", "Blow Top", "Dickie's Dream", "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie", "Pound Cake", "Rock A Bye Basie", "Riff Interlude", "Easy Does It", "Jump For Me", "Hollywood Jump", "Tickle Toe", "12th Street Rag", "I Left My Baby", and "Shoe Shine Boy". CD

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New Gene AmmonsStranger In Town ... CD
Prestige, 1954/Early 60s/1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic mellow Jug – from a time when Prestige discovered that Gene Ammons would sell equally well to the mellow jazz crowd as to the jukebox jumpers! This set brings together tracks from 3 Gene Ammons 60s albums – 2 of which were best sellers, Velvet Soul and Sock, the last of which, Night Lights, was a lesser known number cut at the end of the 60s. Tracks are with a number of different groups – a few with a larger one, and others with smaller combo that features either organ or piano. There's a total of 13 tracks in all – and titles include "Calypso Blues", "Nature Boy", "Blue Coolade", "Scam", "Cara Mia", "Night Lights", "Salome's Tune", "Velvet Soul", "Stranger In Town", and "Light N Up". CD

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New Chicago Underground DuoLocus ... CD
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pretty electric sounds from the Chicago Underground Duo – a set that has Rob Mazurek adding in lots of electronics (even a Game Boy!) to his usual cornet lines, plus some other acoustic elements that work really well with the drums, mbira, and balaphone of Chad Taylor! The record shows an earlier spirit of the Chicago scene alive and well – that genre-crossing, generation-spanning love of so many different sounds and styles at once – a mode that first burst forth on the scene two decades back, often in the hands of John McEntire, who produced this album – and which still stands strong in the hands of its best purveyors like this. Titles include "Yaa Yaa Kole", "Blink Out", "Kabuki", "Dante", "House Of The Axe", "Borrow & Bury", and "Locus". CD

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New Tonu NaissooTonu Naissoo Trio (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzaggression (Finland), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest work from legendary Estonian pianist Tonu Naissoo – an artist who's only gotten his due on the global scene in the past decade or two, but who was a hell of a visionary right from the start! Tonu's got this way of balancing lyrical elements and darker corners – qualities that really come out strongly in all the original songs he penned for the record, which have a feel that's quite different than most other piano trio material from the period. There's a fresh, inventive quality that we'd compare to the best late 60s work on MPS/Saba – but Tonu's also got a really personal vibe that's all his own – this way of being restless on the keys, while still being relaxed – searching out, while still holding to himself as well. Most numbers feature just a trio – but two tracks have these lovely flute lines from Avo Joala, and one more has vocals from Els Himma. Titles include "The Opening", "Boy & Girl", "Haapsalu Town", "Two Old Women", "Journey Into The Unknown", and "Come Ever Up To My Love". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including an instrumental version of "Come Ever Up To My Love" – plus "Little Monica", "Misty Bay", "Repetito", "Kadriorg", "Vortex", and "Rhythmograms". CD

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New Tal FarlowTal Farlow Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous guitar work from the great Tal Farlow – easily one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever, and a player with a wonderful sense of tone and timing! This early album has Tal declaring himself loudly and firmly – using a style that's got some slightly raspy edges, and which is a nice change from some of the too-clean modes of other 50s guitarists. The album features a core original 10" album session with a group that includes Oscar Pettiford on bass, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Gibson Boy", "My Old Flame", "Love Nest", "Blues In The Closet", "You & The Night & The Music", and "With The Wind & The Rain In Your Hair". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Terumasa HinoTrans-Blue ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Terumasa Hino's looking a bit cheesy on the cover of this one – but the record's hardly the slick 80s affair you might expect – and instead is a great session of ballads and more gentle numbers, recorded in the US with full string backings and a warmly sensitive approach to the music! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of Hino's other work of the decade – an approach to the tunes that reminds us a bit of Art Farmer or Freddie Hubbard in a similar setting – with warmly lyrical lines undercut with a slight hint of sadness – that "blue" reference in the title and cover image. Hino plays cornet with a core group that includes Jim Hall on guitar, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – plus a bit of vocals – and strings are arranged by David Nadian. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Black Orpheus", "Alone Alone & Alone", "Nature Boy", and "Lush Life". CD
(Blue Spec CD2.)

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New Dawan MuhammadConsider The Source ... CD
Life Force Jazz, 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Bay Area reedman Dawan Muhammad – an overlooked spiritual jazz player who really sparkles strongly on this set! The album from the early 90s, but has a vibe that feels like material from the glory days of the 70s indie scene – especially the hip sound of the Oakland side of the Bay Area. Muhammad mostly plays tenor, with these bold, free-thinking solos – but also handles soprano and flute as well. Other players include Kevin Tony and Greg Kirsten on piano, Ron Stout on trumpet, and James Mahone on alto sax – and titles include versions of Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy" and Thelonious Monk's "Eronel" – plus the original tracks "Consider The Source", "Gumbo", "Art Of End", and "Chase". CD