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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 ... CD
Fantasy, Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
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
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Boy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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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
Also available Boy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack ... CD 6.99

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Jackie McLeanNature Boy ... CD
Blue Note, 1999. Used ... $12.99
A very nice recent album by Jackie, featuring a stripped-down lineup that includes Cedar Walton on piano and Billy Higgins on drums, joining Jackie in a haunting set of mellow ballads. After years of playing, Jackie's tone is impeccable, and it's great to hear him work through a set of standards like the ones on this album – "Star Eyes", "Nature Boy", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". Sure, the album's not as groundbreaking as some of Jackie's 60s new thing records, or 70s spiritual sessions, but it's still a nice treat, and has a surprisingly compelling edge to it. CD
(Out of print.)

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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)... Temporarily 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 Darius JonesMan'ish Boy – A Raw & Beautiful Thing ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Raw trio jazz from Darius Jones – who has this invigorating, just rough enough tone on alto sax that's pretty wonderful! His trio includes Rakalam Bob Moses on drums and Cooper-Moore on piano and diddley-bo. The set blends free jazz expression with some bluesier touches very impressively. Excellent, unpredictable and fresh. Titles include "Roosevelt", "Cry Out", "We Are Unicorns", "Meekness", "Salty", "Chasing The Ghost", "Big Train Rollin" and "Forgive Me". CD
 
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Count BasieCount Basie & The Kansas City Seven ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Stripped-down Count Basie from the start of the 60s – a great little set that has the Count working with some of the best players from his larger group, in a session of even more intimate small combo material! The sounds here echo the Basie groove of the earlier years, but the overall presentation is a fair bit more modern – nicely syncopated with that sense of space discovered by Basie in the 50s – and perfectly interpreted by players who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Frank Wess on flute, Frank Foster on tenor, Freddie Green on guitar, Eric Dixon on flute, and Basie himself on both piano and organ – the latter of which is quite a treat! Titles include "Secrets", "Count's Place", "I Want A Little Girl", "Tally Ho Mr Basie", "Senator Whitehead", "Whatcha Talkin", and "Shoe Shine Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s non-gatefold pressing, with liner notes on the inner sleeve.)

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Chicago Underground DuoLocus (with download) ... LP
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
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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Steve Davis with Larry WillisLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
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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Don ElliottDon Elliott Sings ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Chico HamiltonFurther Adventures Of El Chico ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
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. Cover has a lgiht stain and wrinkling on the bottom 4 inches.)

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Motohiko HinoMotohiko Hino First Album ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $21.99
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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New Clifford JordanRemembering Me Me ... LP
Muse, 1977. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Pretty darn hip stuff from Clifford – in that righteous soul jazz mode that he was using at Strata East, although perhaps a bit less focused than on those records. The record's actually got vocals on a number of tracks – scatting in a kind of hip Bill Lee sort of approach, singing righteous 70s lyrics that sound a bit dated, but which also have a real appeal to fans of hipper soul jazz, sort of in the mode of work by Billy Gault or Joe Lee Wilson. Players include Chris Anderson on piano and electric piano, Roy Burrowes on trumpet, Wilbur Ware on bass – and vocalists Boo Boo Mark, Donna Jordan, and Terri Plair. Titles include "Me Me", "Ole Funny Columbine", "Mama's Little Boy Thinks He's A Man", "Powerful Paul Robeson", and "It's Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Manhattan Graffiti FourMG4 ... CD
Why Not (UK), 1987. Used ... $6.99
A New York group, but recorded here for the Japanese Why Not label – an imprint best known for its spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s, making a nice later impression here with this under-recorded combo! The group features some key alto lines from Kenny Garrett – young and full of fresh ideas here – working alongside Peter Madsen on piano, Kiyoto Fujiwara on bass, and Shunsuke Fuke on drums. Many of the tunes are originals by Fujiwara, with a very angular, almost tentative feel at times – and titles include "Vives", "Passion Dance", "Boy & Beauty", "Da Niro", "Donna Iness", "Kenny's Gallop", and "The Theme Song". 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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New 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 ... $16.99
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
(SHMCD.)

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Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $48.99
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 ring & edge wear, stains on the back and a few spots of clear tape holding splitting seams.)

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New Ike QuebecHeavy Soul (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $13.99
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
(Includes obi.)

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Bernie SenenskyNew Life ... LP
PM, 1975. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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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Clark Terry & Bob BrookmeyerGingerbread Men ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
The team of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer shouldn't work so well together – but although Terry's always been an optimist, and Brookmeyer's had a history as a modernist, the pair cut some great records together! This set's one of the best of a short run the Terry/Brookmeyer group cut for Mainstream in the mid 60s – a quintet session with Hank Jones on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – all players creative enough to match the playful spirit of the leaders, muting their rhythms one minute, and grooving them up the next! The mix of Terry's flugelhorn and Brookmeyer's trombone is especially great – a breathy approach to the horn parts that still swings hard, but with a fluid grace that's more pulsating than punctuating. Titles include a great version of Gary McFarland's "Milo's Other Samba", Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy", and the titles "Haig & Haig", "My Gal", "Naptown", and "Morning Mist". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a sticker on the front and a bumped corner. Label has a sticker.)

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Lucky ThompsonLucky Moments ... CD
Ocium (Spain), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $13.99
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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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $12.99
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+ ... $1.99
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 Memorial Album ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
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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Miles DavisBlue Moods ... LP
OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 14, 2014
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm section – plus Teddy Charles' vibes where you might expect a piano. As you might guess from the title and instrumentation, the set has more to do with Miles' more contemplative explorations of the time – his "blue moods" – than his more upbeat boppish styles, but that's where Charles' vibes come in and really make the set a great one. The group runs through a nice set of laidback, cool renditions of the tunes "Nature Boy", "Alone Together", "There's No You" and "Easy Living" – all done in nice longer takes! LP, Vinyl record album

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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 Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – thanks in part to Hipp's forceful, angular approach to the keys of the piano – and also to some great accompaniment from Peter Ind on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums! As usual, Thigpen takes things past any expectations you might have for the trio format – with a great lively touch on the drum kit that keeps the whole proceedings moving nicely. Tracks include "These Foolish Things", "Mad About The Boy", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Billie's Bounce", and "Lady Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing – very nice! Cover has one small cutout mark.)

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New JJ Johnson & Al GreyThings Are Getting Better All The Time ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1983. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A lesser-known later album from JJ Johnson – but a surprisingly great one too, recorded with a sense of fire and inspiration that's no doubt driven by the mighty Al Grey! At the time of this set, Johnson was hardly recording much jazz at all – but Grey was still burning strong, and managed to hold onto the soulful modes of his 60s years. Johnson produced the record, and most likely handled the charts – and the record shows his strong work in the studio through the late 60s into the 70s, with a tightness that's different than some of the other Pablo albums of the era. Other players include Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Barron on acoustic and electric piano, Mickey Roker on drums, and Dave Carey on percussion – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Let Me See", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "Boy Meets Horn", "Doncha Hear Me Callin To Ya", and "Things Are Getting Better All The Time". CD

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New Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Live! ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 John ColtraneClassic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings ... CD
Impulse, Early/Mid 60s. Used 8CD Box ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic quartet of John Coltrane, certainly the classic quartet of the 60s jazz scene and perhaps the classic jazz quartet of all time, compiled in one box set with all of their studio recordings! John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones set so many benchmarks for jazz with their envelope pushing style, recording and performances that it's impossible to overstate their importance in the modern musical oeuvre. This set features all of the LPs Coltrane, Ballads, Impressions, Live At Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, The John Coltrane Quartet Plays, Kulu Se Mama, Transition, Sunship, Infinity and First Meditations, plus a number of tracks issued on compilations. 66 tracks in all, spread out over 8 CDs, in a beautiful bookbound package with a metal slipcase and extensive liner notes. The titles are too numerous to list here, but the set includes "Big Nick", "Soul Eyes", "Miles' Mode", "Tunji", "After The rain", "Lonnie's Lament", "The Drum Thing", "Wise One", "Crescent", "A Love Supreme", "Nature Boy", "Brasilia", "Song Of Praise", "Dear Lord", "The Last Blues", "Living Space", "Dusk Dawn", "Dearly Beloved", "Attaining", "Ascent", "Amen", "Love", "Compassion", "Joy", "Consequences", and "Serenity". CD
(Out of print. In the very heavy original tin case!)

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Live In Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol 1 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 1967. Used 3CDs/DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing live documents of Miles Davis and his incredible mid-to-late 60s quintet – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – complete concert recordings from Antwerp, Copenhagen and Paris on 3CDs seeing release for the first time ever, plus a DVD featuring the only known video footage of this group from the period! CD 1 features material from 10/28/68 in Antwerp, CD 2 on 11/2/67 in Copenhagen and 11/6/67 in Paris, with the latter concert continued on CD 3. This is landmark stuff here – a surprisingly rare opportunity to hear first rate live recordings of legendary material from the ESP, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Nefertiti albums – as well as brilliant revisits of vital earlier material. Includes live takes on "Agitation", "Foot Prints", "No Blues", "Gingerbread Boy", "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Theme", "Footprints", "Masqualero", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Walkin'" and more. The DVD starts with five numbers recorded on 11/7/67 in Karlzruhe, Germany: "Agitation", "Footprints", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Gingerbread Boy" and "The Theme". It concludes with material in Stockholm on 10/31/67: "Agitation", "Footprints", "'Round Midnight", "Gingerbread Boy" and "The Theme". CD

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New Miles DavisMiles Smiles ... CD
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". CD

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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 mono pressing – sealed inside inner sleeve!)

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New Bill DoggettEverybody Dance The Honky Tonk ... LP
King, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Bill EvansBest Of Bill Evans ... LP
Verve, 1960s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice collection of side Evans cut for Verve, featuring the introspective pianist in a variety of settings. "Beautiful Love" and "My Foolish Heart" were recorded live at Town Hall in a trio setting with Chuck Israels and Arnie Wise. "Spartacus Love Theme" and "How About You?" feature Evans accompanying himself on overdubbed pianos from the Conversations With Myself LP, while "Bemsha Swing" is a similar recording that was previously unissued at the time of this collection. "I Believe In You" and "Danny Boy" were recorded with the Monty Budwig and Shelly Manne trio lineup and issued originally on Empathy. "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a duet with Jim Hall off Intermodulation, and "Valse" features the trio of Evans, Chuck Israels and Grady Tate accompanied by a symphony orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Stan GetzCool Velvet – Stan Getz & Strings ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily 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
(MGM pressing. Cover has an X imprint on one corner.)

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New Dexter GordonHomecoming ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dex's famous return to New York in the mid 70s – recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1977, and featuring some of his best group-heavy playing of the decade! The quintet is fantastic – and includes Woody Shaw, Ronnie Matthews, Stafford James, and Louis Hayes. Features versions of Shaw's "Little Red's Fantasy" and "In Case You Haven't Heard", Matthews' "Let's Get Down", Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy", and Gordon's own "Fenja" and "Backstairs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Ahmad JamalJamal At The Pershing Vol 2 ... LP
Argo, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. Cover has a few light bubbles in the gloss at the spine.)

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New Stan KentonStan Kenton Conducts The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton ... CD
Capitol, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest Stan Kenton albums of the 60s – a set of original compositions by Dee Barton – Stan's drummer at the time, and a composer to rival the great ones who contributed to the Kenton group of the 40s and 50s! Barton's work here is totally great – modern, but never too academically so – that perfect balance of swinging and thinking that marks some of the best Kenton albums over the years. All numbers are awash in those great Kenton tones and colors we love so much – and the group here features Mike Price on trumpet, Dick Shearer on trombone, Ray Reed on alto & flute, Mike Altschul on tenor, and Don Bagley on bass – as well as Kenton on piano and Barton on drums. Titles include "Man", "Lonely Boy", "Singing Oyster", "Dilemma", "Three Thoughts", "A New Day", and "Woman". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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New Gerry MulliganJeru ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 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". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New John PattonMemphis To New York Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Oscar PetersonTrio – Live From Chicago ... LP
Verve, 1961. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Ike QuebecHeavy Soul ... LP
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing.)

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New Arthur TaylorMr AT ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from a player who never fails to surprise us – recorded later in the years of drummer Art Taylor's life, but bristling with the same kind of energy we first came to love in his 50s recordings! The set's got a really unified feel – with Taylor masterfully leading the group on drums, working through an assortment of like-minded tunes with a Blakey-like sense of equal power for strongly soulful numbers, and gentle guidance for mellower and more introspective tunes. The group's got a tremendous two-horn frontline in the tenor of Willie Williams and alto of Abraham Burton, and the rest of the lineup includes Marc Cary on piano and Tyler Mitchell on bass. The album's got one very short "out" track entitled "It Doesn't Matter", alongside a number of longer soulful explorations that include "Mr AT", "Soul Eyes", "Bullet Train", "Ahmad's Blues", and "Gingerbread Boy". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford Vol 1 ... LP
ABC, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Pee Wee EllisHome In The Country ... LP
Savoy, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
James Brown's old funky reed player hits wax in this groovy solo set of his own – playing here with a sound that's a bit more produced than usual, and with more of a 70's groove than you're used to hearing him in. His tone is perfect, as always, and the record is arranged and conducted by him in a way that brings his sax solos right up front. Tracks include a funky version of "Nature Boy", plus "Big Daddy", "Gotcha!", "For Apache", and "Pistachio". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Gerry MulliganJeru ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Used ... 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.)

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New Romano MussoliniJazz Allo Studio 7 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ricordi/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
His father was a dictator, but we can hardly hold that against him – because with records like this, Romano Mussolini's made his family name stand as much for jazz as it has for European conquest! The set's a killer from some of Romano's greatest years – a trio set at the core, handled with a sound that's decidedly soulful – thanks to killer rhythms from Carlo Loffredo on bass and Franco Tonani on drums – augmented by some wonderful work on most tracks from Italian jazz all-stars, including Cicci Santucci on trumpet, Enzo Scoppa on tenor, Dino Piana on trombone, and Gianni Sanjust on clarinet! Mussolini leads the group with a great sense of energy – the tightness of the bop generation, but the more spacious swing of the soul jazz scene as well – and titles include "Nice Day", "Yes Boy", "Jordu", "Full Di Dame", "Ella Red Blues", "That's All", and "Moanin". CD

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New Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows ... CD
Columbia, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from reedman Grover Washington – 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". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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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 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 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 Earl HinesHere Comes Earl Fatha Hines ... CD
Contact/Sony (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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