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Harold AlexanderAre You Ready? ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the few albums ever cut by saxophonist Harold Alexander – and a nice little live date that has the leader really stretching out on soprano sax and flute! The tracks are super-long – and in addition to great read work from Alexander, the set also features smoking piano from Neal Creque – on loan from Pucho & The Soul Brothers – plus guitar from Cornell Dupree! Titles include the great funky track "Quick City Revisited", plus a sweet cover of "Watermelon Man", and a ten minute jamming take on "High Heel Sneakers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl on Side 2 looks a bit foggy and plays with light noise. Cover has ringwear, a cutout notch, and a few stains.)

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New Fred Anderson & Hamid DrakeFrom The River To The Ocean ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2007. Used ... $5.99
A fresh album from one of the stronger partnerships in avant garde jazz – sax titan Fred Anderson and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake – joined by some of the finest Chicago based players for set of slowbuilding, generously spacious material that might be even better their previous album for Thrill Jockey! Anderson's sax and Drake's drumming are as intuitive to each other as ever, and some bits of the record have a dual bass sound that really pulls us in! Josh Abrams and Harrison Bankhead bring the bass, with a great cello part by Bankhead on one track, and Jeff Parker plays some nice guitar. A masterful record with more of an ensemble approach than its predecessor! 5 long (or longish), languorously gripping tracks: "Planet E", "Strut Time", "For Brother Thompson", "From The River To The Ocean" and "Sakti/Shiva". CD

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New Albert AylerSpirits Rejoice ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1965. Used ... $4.99
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back together with searing intensity throughout. The group features Ayler on tenor, brother Don on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto, Sunny Murray on drums, and both Henry Grimes and Gary Peacock on basses – using a unique two-bass approach that only further emphasizes the unique qualities of the record. Call Cobbs plays a bit of harpsichord too – and tracks include "Sprits Rejoice", "Holy Family", "Angels", and "Prophet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Count Basie & Mills BrothersAnnual Report ... LP
Dot, 1968. Sealed ... $1.99
A surprisingly nice later session by The Mills Brothers – working here with Count Basie, in a set of tracks that's certainly groovier than some of their early work. The feel here is much more 60s than you'd expect – with some arrangements by Chico O'Farrill, and performances by Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Eric Dixon, and a few tracks that are original to the album. Titles include "Glow Worm", "Cielito Lind", "Every Day", "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today", "Gentle On My Mind", and "You Never Miss The Water Till The Well Runs Dry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing!)

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George BensonI Got A Woman & Some Blues ... LP
A&M/CTI, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Quite a rare one from George Benson – a set recorded during his late 60s run during the CTI/A&M years – but one that wasn't formally issued until the mid 80s! The style here is a great link between some of Benson's fuller work of the time, and some of the leaner grooves he'd cut with Creed Taylor once CTI broke ranks with A&M – the funkier Benson that really sparkled nicely in the early 70s. George actually does an early bit of singing here – sometimes scatting with his guitar, sometimes singing the lyrics more directly – all in a really unique way that's a bit different than his more polished vocals on Warner Brothers. Other cuts are a bit grittier, and almost show a link to funky jazz on Blue Note or Prestige at the time – with some especially heavy percussion on the bottom that really makes things groove. Titles include "Bluesadelic", "Durham's Turn", "Out Of The Blue", "Good Morning Blues", "I Worry Bout You", and "Without Her". LP, Vinyl record album

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George BensonIn Your Eyes ... LP
Warner, 1983. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Sweetly jazzy soul from George Benson – a key classic from his great run at Warner Brothers Records, and the kind of record that George did better than anyone else at the time! Back in the 60s, we'd never have guessed that Benson's sweetly crackling vocals would dominate popular jazz more than his great guitar work – but hearing George here, it's clear that his soul work could easily outshine his guitar, especially when set up in a package like this! Atlantic soul maestro Arif Mardin produced, and as with his Chaka Khan productions for Warner at the time, he gives Benson a clean, clear modern style that's certainly pop, but also a lot less cluttered and clunky than modes used with other artists at the time. George is mostly on the vocal tip for the set, and Kashif helps out on one track – no surprise, given that Kashif was soon to walk down the path that Benson had started with his first few vocal albums in the 70s. Titles include "Love Will Come Again", "Use Me", "Late At Night", "In Search Of A Dream", "Lady Love Me", "In Your Eyes", and "Never Too Far To Fall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a tiny bit of paper residue.)

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Walter Bishop Jr.Soul Village ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – and like those gems, this set features Bishop working on Fender Rhodes – hitting a groove we never would have expected in the old days, and really going for a style that's at the hippest end of the soul jazz spectrum of the 70s! Tunes are a mix of funky fusion and modal, spiritual styles – and other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute, and George Young on soprano and alto sax – and the horns are all arranged tightly by Mitch Farber, in a way that adds an extra edge to the record, but still leaves plenty of space for Bishop's solo flights on the keys. Titles include great versions of "Soul Village", "Coral Keys", and "Soul Turnaround" – plus the cuts "Philadelphia Bright", "Sweet Rosa", and "Valerie". CD

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Randy BreckerScore ... LP
Solid State, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
A very cool early Randy Brecker album – recorded years before he was working in tighter, R&B-inflected styles – and was instead an up-and-coming player with a surprisingly sharp edge! The set's produced by Duke Pearson, and has a groovy sound that's similar to Blue Note dates of the late 60s – jazz at the core, but a willingness to bring in some other pre-fusion elements – most notably the electric piano of Hal Galper, which sounds great next to drums from Bernard Purdie and bass from Eddie Gomez! Brother Michael plays tenor, and Galper wrote a lot of the tracks – with that good groovy electric funk sound that he did so well at this time. Titles include "The Vamp", "The Weasel Goes Out To Lunch", "Pipe Dream", "The Marble Sea", and "Bangalore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Peter BrotzmannChicago Octet/Tentet (3CD set) ... CD
Okka Disk, 1998. Used 3CD ... $66.99
Very cool box set of 3 CDs' worth of material recorded by Peter Brotzmann and his amazing group of players on 2 trips to Chicago in the late 90s! The set – which is limited and numbered – features both live and studio performances by the Chicago Octet and Tentet, two provisional groups set up by Brotzmann comprised of Chicago mainstays – like Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, and Hamid Drake – plus outsiders with ties to the Chicago avant scene – like Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson. The 3 CDs have an amazing amount of material, and are packaged in a handsomely crafted slipcase with a nice graphic. More excellent jazz from one of our favorite labels on the planet! Disc 1 ( live) includes long octet working of "Burning Spirit (For Kazuka Shiraishi)" plus tentet runs of "Other Brothers", "Old Bottles, No Wine" and "Aziz". Disc 2 features live tentet tracks "Divide By Zero" and "Foolish Infinity", and studio tentet tracks "Immediate Music" and "Makapoor". Disc 3 is all studio tentet material, with "Foolish Infinity", "Old Bottles, No Wine", "Other Brothers" and "Divide By Zero". CD
(Out of print – and hand numbered, limited edition! Slipcase has some light edge wear.)

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Brunies BrothersBrunies Brothers Dixieland Jazz Band ... LP
American, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
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New Donald ByrdI'm Tryin' To Get Home ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Donald Byrd's second foray into the "with voices" genre – done with the same arranging talents of Coleridge Perkinson, the lyrical modernist who made Donald's A New Perspective such a success! The group that plays with Byrd is excellent, and includes Freddie Roach, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, and Grant Green – all of whom blend beautifully with the choir, and know when to lay back, and when to come out strong with hard rhythm playing and good solos. Donald Byrd and Duke Pearson wrote all of the tunes, and the set's got some beautiful shimmering solos by Byrd which just float dreamily over the album's gorgeous orchestrations. With the tracks "Pearly Gates", "March Children", "Brother Isaac", and "I'm Tryin' To Get Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing.)

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Cyrus ChestnutSoul Brother Cool ... CD
WJ3, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A really hard-hitting set from pianist Cyrus Chestnut – wrapped up here in a cover that's an homage to Max Roach in the 60s, and served up with a groove that definitely evokes the best jazz of that decade too! The group's a very sharp quartet – with Chestnut handling piano, plus Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Willie Jones II on drums – and also acting here as producer, given that the set's issued on his own label! The team of Douglas and Jones is mighty deft – and really adds a bristle to the rhythms right from the start – providing a perfect place for Hendrix to show off his tight skills on trumpet, while Chestnut mixes things up with lyrical moments and some harder punch on his piano. All tunes are originals by Cyrus, which furthers the fresh feeling of the record – and titles include "The Raven", "Stripes", "Soul Brother Cool", "Piscean Thought", "Spicey Honey", and "Dawn Of The Sunset". CD

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New Kenny ClarkeBohemia After Dark ... CD
Savoy, 1955. Used ... $4.99
An excellent hardbop session from the glory days of the Savoy label – easily one of the label's key 50s classics! Drummer Kenny Clarke's at the front of the group – but all players are great, and the set features work by Cannonball Adderley on alto, Jerome Richardson on tenor, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Hank Jones or Horace Silver on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass. The Adderley brothers sound especially great – and the young Cannonball has a quality here that's more soulful and sharp-edged than his work on Mercury – much more in a Prestige blowing session style! Titles include "Late Entry", "Chasm", "Bohemia After Dark", and "Hear Me Talkin To Ya". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Jack DaughertyJack Daugherty & The Class Of Nineteen Hundred & Seventy One ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
A lost treasure from A&M – a very hip set of big band jazz from LA, played by a group that's stuffed with great underground players. Hal Blaine is on drums, as is Paul Humphrey, and other players include Joe Pass, Dennis Budimir, Don Menza, Larry Carlton, and other likely suspects from the studio jazz scene. Tracks are all tightly strung, in an A&M style – with great production, a soaring approach to the mellow numbers, and some really tight playing on some of the album's funkier tracks. Titles include "Number Nine", "You Got It", "La Costa Drive", "Brothers & Sisters", "Feel So Good", "Getting Up", and "Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some seam splitting, a stained corner, marker on the back, and some pen and stickers on the back.)

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Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud! ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic – not just in the snap-funk mode of some of his oft-sampled Blue Note classics, but also hitting these nicely changed-up rhythms that dance along with a free sense of joy, love, and life – one that seems to open Lou up even more than before! Other players on the set are great too – and include a young Charles Earland on organ, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – cooking up some incredible licks that fill in the spaces between the grooves with a wash of soulful colors! Titles include a great version of the James Brown Classic "Say It Loud", plus the originals "Snake Bone" and "Brother Soul" – and surprisingly great takes on "Summertime" and "Caravan"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Cover has some wear with stains down the inside of the gatefold.)

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New DreamsDreams ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A nice little funky fusion set by Dreams – who were basically the Brecker Brothers, before they stepped out on their own and started calling themselves by that name! The fusion super group actually hews a little closer to the rock side of the fusion game at times, but there's no shortage of jazzy chord structures and some nice riffing and soloing going one – not unlike Chase or some of the other groups that were grooving in a similar jazz rock vein at the time! Billy Cobham joins the Breckers on the set – and titles include "Devil Lady", "15 Miles To Provo", 'The Maryanne", "Holli Be Home", "try Me", "Dream Suite" and "New York". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD

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Art FarmerModern Art ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session was recorded at a time when he was making a fair bit of appearances in various rhythm sections for horn players (like Miles Davis) – and although this role in Evans' career was a short one, it yielded some amazingly beautiful moments, as you'll hear on this album. Art's brother Addison plays bass, and Dave Bailey rounds out the group on drums. Tracks include "Cold Breeze", "Mox Nix", "Jubilation", and "Fair Weather". CD
Also available Modern Art ... LP 11.99

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Art FarmerModern Art ... LP
United Artists, 1958. Good ... $11.99
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session was recorded at a time when he was making a fair bit of appearances in various rhythm sections for horn players (like Miles Davis) – and although this role in Evans' career was a short one, it yielded some amazingly beautiful moments, as you'll hear on this album. Art's brother Addison plays bass, and Dave Bailey rounds out the group on drums. Tracks include "Cold Breeze", "Mox Nix", "Jubilation", and "Fair Weather". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy rainbow label pressing with deep groove! Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with some noise.)
Also available Modern Art ... CD 13.99

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New Art FarmerModern Art (PA USA pressing) ... LP
United Artists/PA USA, 1958. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session was recorded at a time when he was making a fair bit of appearances in various rhythm sections for horn players (like Miles Davis) – and although this role in Evans' career was a short one, it yielded some amazingly beautiful moments, as you'll hear on this album. Art's brother Addison plays bass, and Dave Bailey rounds out the group on drums. Tracks include "Cold Breeze", "Mox Nix", "Jubilation", and "Fair Weather". LP, Vinyl record album
(1983 pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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Hal GalperReach Out ... LP
Inner City, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
One of the few 70s sessions that features Hal Galper working with horns – in this case the Brecker Brothers, who really add a nice degree of fire to the set! Rhythm is by Wayne Dockery on bass and Billy Hart on drums – and Hal's playing acoustic piano, giving the album lots of warm tones and a sweet mellow feel overall. Titles include "Waiting For Chet", "Children Of The Night", "Spidit", and "Reach Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Carlos GarnettLet This Melody Ring On ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the post-Coltrane generation – mixing electric and acoustic instrumentation with compelling rhythmic changes – and often letting in a bit of vocals as well. Most of the music here is instrumental – with Garnett on tenor and baritone sax, plus the great Hubert Eaves on keyboards and Reggie Lucas on guitar – but some tracks also feature very nice vocals from Prema, a female singer who takes up the same sort of role you might find Dee Dee Bridgewater doing with Connors, or Jean Carn with husband Doug. The blend is wonderful, and the vocals really help give the musical message some weight when the come into the mix – and titles include "Panama Roots", "Senor Trane", "Samba Serenade", and "Ghetto Jungle". CD
Also available Let This Melody Ring On ... LP 49.99

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Herb GellerGypsy ... LP
Atco, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A familiar concept, but an incredibly hip album – versions of tunes from the musical Gypsy, all played by an incredible group led by altoist Herb Geller! Geller could be a fantastically modern player when he wanted to be – and this album pushes him distinctly in that direction, as it has him working with a strong group of young players that includes Scott LaFaro on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Hank Jones on piano, and Thad Jones on trumpet – kind of a "Jones Brothers Plus" album! The basic premise is that Geller and his group play tunes from the hit musical Gypsy – but they take those tunes and turn them on their head, creating tight little modern jazz gems, sparkling with creativity, and polished by some exceptional work by Geller and LaFaro! Barbara Long sings vocals on a few numbers, but the rest of the album's instrumental – and titles include "Cow Song", "Together", "Little Lamb", "Small World", and "Some People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing!)

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Jimmy GiuffreFour Brothers Sound ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $39.99
An amazing record by Jimmy Giuffre – one that he uses to replicate the "4 Brothers Sound" of the years when he played with Woody Herman as one of a group of four saxophonists blowing together – but done here by Jimmy himself on all 4 horns, using early overdubbing techniques that let him play four tenor sax parts at once! The sound is wonderful – filled with complex colors, tones, and changes you won't find on Giuffre's other albums of the time – and Jimmy's backed by usual trio-mates Brookmeyer and Jim Hall – with Brookmeyer on piano, swinging things a bit more than usual next to Hall's guitar. The 4-tenor frontline is wonderful, and titles include "Four Brothers", "Ode To Switzerland", "Space", "Blues In The Barn", and "Memphis In June". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Dick GriffinNow Is The Time ... LP
Trident, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A tremendous bit of 70s soul jazz – a rare post-Strata East session by trombonist Dick Griffin, recorded with a super hip group and a very righteous sound! The album grooves with a great mix of modal and electric styles – strong solos out front, and some incredibly wonderful rhythms driving the whole set along. Players include Clifford Jordan on tenor, Donald Smith on flute and piano, Hubert Eaves on piano, Billy Hart and Freddie Waits on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – and one track features some great vocals by Donald Smith, who sung on some of the best 70s albums by his brother Lonnie Liston Smith! Great all the way through – and a massive record that's up there with the best on Black Jazz and Strata East at the time. Titles include "Waltz My Son", "The Queen", "Now Is The Time", and "Madrid". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herbie HancockFat Albert Rotunda ... CD
Warner (UK), 1969. Used ... $7.99
The start of funky funky Herbie Hancock! This album's the first to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's got a harder, heavier sound than some of his straight electric ones – and it features a larger group with soloists that include Johnny Coles on trumpet and Joe Henderson on tenor – plus some sweet basslines from Buster Williams – all led by Herbie into a tight soul jazz flurry of excellent tracks! Includes the cuts "Fat Mama" and "Wiggle Waggle", both sample favorites, plus "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" and "Lil Brother". Classic stuff, and one of his best records ever! CD

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Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock – The Warner Brothers Years 1969 to 1972 (Fat Albert Rotunda/Crossings/Mwandishi/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Warner, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $27.99 29.99
A trio of great albums from Herbie Hancock – funky, spiritual, and plenty soulful – and presented here with bonus tracks too! First up is Fat Albert Rotunda – the first album to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's got a harder, heavier sound than some of his straight electric ones – and it features a larger group with soloists that include Johnny Coles on trumpet and Joe Henderson on tenor – plus some sweet basslines from Buster Williams! Includes the cuts "Fat Mama" and "Wiggle Waggle", both sample favorites, plus "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" and "Lil Brother". CD also features bonus mono mixes of "Wiggle Waggle" and "Fat Mama". Next is Mwandishi – an excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of players that includes Benny Maupin on bass clarinet and flute, Buster Williams on bass, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, and Julian Priester on trombone – plus percussion from Jose Areas and Ndugu Chancler. The roots of later classics like Sextet and Flood all start with this session – and the album contains 3 long tracks – "You'll Know When You Get There", "Ostinato", and "Wandering Sprit Song". CD features bonus promo edits of "Ostinato" and "You'll Know When You Get There". Crossings is a record that really steps up Herbie's range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The whole thing is wonderful – very open and flowing, and even more organic than Hancock's later work on Columbia – especially given the length of the tracks on the set. In addition to Gleeson, other players include Benny Maupin on reeds, Julian Priester on trombone, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – and titles include the 3 long tracks "Quasar", "Sleeping Giant", and "Water Torture" – all good ones! CD features bonus single mixes of "Crossings" and "Water Torture". CD

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Herbie HancockMwandishi – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings ... CD
Warner, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Essential set that brings together all of Herbie's key transitional recordings for Warner Brothers! Herbie started his years for the label playing in a more straight-ahead funky style – with perennial sample fave recordings like "Wiggle Waggle", "Fat Mama", and "Tell Me A Bedtime Story". Soon, however, he moved into more spacey territory – of the sort that he would later examine fully on his Columbia recordings of the early 70s. Tracks in this vein include "Sleeping Giant", "Water Torture", and "Wandering Spirit Song". The whole set features 3 full albums – Fat Mama, Crossings, and Mwandishi – and it's a great 2CD set filled with hard to find jazz funk classics! CD
(Out of print.)

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John HandyHard Work ... CD
ABC (Japan), 1976. Used ... $21.99
The biggest moment ever for saxophonist John Handy – an album that crossed over big, thanks to a tremendously funky title cut! Handy first rose to fame back in the 60s – playing modernist jazz with Charlies Mingus, and opening up on his own in a stretch of great albums that evolved from hardbop, to modal jazz, to some even freer world jazz experiments in the 70s. Here, though, he's back in very soulful territory – working in a combo that has keyboards and guitar, and plenty of grooves that are somewhere in a space between early 70s CTI/Kudu and similar dates on Cadet or Prestige Records! The style's a great balance of modes – and although electric, the album's never too smooth – thanks to relatively small instrumentation on most numbers, and an approach that still lets most of the energy come from the interaction of the core group members. Players include Hotep Cecil Barnard on keyboards, Mike Hoffman on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, and James Gadson on drums – and Handy plays both alto and tenor, and even sings a bit on a few cuts. Titles include the JBs-styled "Hard Work", plus "Afro Wiggle", "Didn't I Tell You", "Love For Brother Jack", "You Don't Know", and "Young Enough To Dream". CD
(Out of print.)

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Herbie HarperFive Brothers (aka Herbie Harper Quintet) ... LP
Tampa, 1955. Very Good ... $14.99
Arguably the greatest session ever cut by trombonist Herbie Harper as a leader – and if not that, then certainly the one that has the most edge! Herbie's working here in a mode that's still as fluid as some of his other sessions from the 50s, but which also has a bit more of a "rasp" in the tone overall – an approach that's a bit more down-n-dirty than some of his more measured records – and which has some especially nice phrasing from Harper on trombone and Bob Enevoldsen on tenor sax. The rest of the group includes Red Mitchell on bass, Don Overburg on guitar, and Frank Capp on drums – and the whole thing's got a really nicely spontaneous and earthy quality. Titles include "Skull Cap", "Jim's Tune", "Juan Don", "Adios", "Godchild", "Don't Buck It", and "Alone Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pink label pressing with deep groove. Cover's in nice shape, save for a split top seam and a partially split bottom seam.)

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Eddie Harris & Les McCannSecond Movement ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A massive batch of funky soul jazz – the Second Movement (to the first album Swiss Movement) of the collaboration of Eddie Harris and Les McCann! The vibe here is even freer, and hipper, than on the first set – with a host of long tracks that have Les really working the Fender Rhodes into some great grooves, as Eddie blows along some mean, mad Varitone with equal charm! Players include Bernard Purdie, Buck Clarke, and Cornell Dupree – and titles include "Saima", "Carry On Brother", "Universal Prisoner", and the brilliant sample cut "Shorty Rides Again"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy HeathGap Sealer ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good- ... $9.99
Sublime early 70s work from Jimmy Heath – a record that shows that he was really stretching out with a new sound in the decade – even away from his better-known sides with The Heath Brothers! Jimmy plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax beautifully on the record – with a tone that's incredibly soulful, and even better-blown than his recordings of the 60s – a style that's got a new sense of spiritualism in the post-Coltrane years, one that really stretches out magnificently on the longer tracks in the set. The group's great too – and features Kenny Barron on both acoustic and electric piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Tootie Heath on drums, and Mtume on percussion. Heath plays flute, soprano, and tenor – with a group that includes Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, and Mtume. The group performs Mtume's "Alkebu-Lan (Land Of The Blacks)", plus "Heritage Hum", "Angel Man", "Sound For Sore Ears", and "Gap Sealer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a partially split top seam, waviness and light staining along the bottom three inches, and some stains and edge rips on the back paste-on.)

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New Kuumba-Toudie HeathKawaida ... LP
Obe, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath of the Heath Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath is joined by players that include Don Cherry, Buster Williams, Mtume, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, and Ed Blackwell – all coming together for a session that's nearly lost to the history books, but which is one of the strongest spiritual jazz sessions of the late 60s! Herbie plays all acoustic piano throughout, and the tracks are long, leaping, and loping – with stretched-out spiritual solos from Jimmy Heath and Don Cherry – and a proud and righteous sound that's extremely free-spirited without going too far out! Titles include "Baraka", "Maulana", "Dunia", and "Kamili". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Weldon IrvineCosmic Vortex (Justice Divine) ... LP
RCA, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A genius bit of work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – a mightily righteous effort that more than lives up to its heady title and cover! After turning out 2 great albums on his own indie Nodlew label, Weldon really steps into greatness with this set – using the bigger budget of his deal with RCA to expand out his musical vision in a number of different directions. Keyboards are still very much at the forefront of his sound – played with that heavily vamping left hand that makes his work so funky – but there's also a focus on lyrics here too – sung by Weldon with support form singers Ojuleba & Nalo, in a way that creates a righteous "many voiced" mode on the lyrical tracks! Things get plenty jazzy on side two, though – and a few key tracks really take off in a heavily jamming way, mixing Weldon's keys with additional reeds, guitar, and percussion. Titles include excellent track "Walk That Walk, Talk that Talk", plus other great ones like "Love Your Brother", "Let Yourself Be Free", "Quiet", "I'll Name It Tomorrow", and "Love Jones". LP, Vinyl record album

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Weldon IrvineLiberated Brother ... LP
Nodlew, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best titles on Black Jazz or Strata East at the time, but also filled with an even richer array of colors and musical ideas. Weldon's work on electric piano is worth the price of admission alone – often spare, spacious, and perfectly placed – especially on the funky classics "Homey", "Mr Clean", and "Sister Sanctified" – a tune later cut by Stanley Turrentine, but heard here in Weldon's original version! Other cuts include "Gloria", "Juggah Buggah", "Blues Wel-Don", and "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willis JacksonGator's Groove ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A great lost session from Willis Jackson – right up there with some of his best groovers of the 60s, and recorded with a nice little group of fresh players. The lesser-known organist Jackie Ivory is on the session, and Wild Bill Jennings makes a good reappearance on guitar. Richard Landrum plays conga behind the drums of Jerry Potter, which gives the set a nice kick, and a Gator Groove! Titles include "Brother Ray", "This Is The Way I Feel", "Blue Jays", "Stolen Sweets", and "Long Tall Dexter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout holes, otherwise in great shape.)

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Jazz CrusadersTough Talk (1963 – single LP) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great early Crusaders stuff,and like many of their 60s sides, filled with memorable soul jazz that would become the template for a sound that would become the face of popular jazz for decades. The songs are almost all short, hard-cracking originals, and they've all got that tight LA groove that the band virtually invented – with sharp, concise solos that ring out nicely by Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, and Joe Sample. 9 numbers in all including "Boopie", "Turkish Black", "Deacon Brown", "Tough Talk", "Lazy Canary", "Lonely Horn", "Brother Bernard" and "No Name Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Elvin JonesBrother John ... LP
Palo Alto, 1984. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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(Quicksilver pressing.)

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Jo JonesJo Jones – The Everest Years (Jo Jones Trio/Vamp Til Ready) ... CD
Everest/Empire, 1958/1960. Used ... $18.99
The complete Everest recordings of drummer Jo Jones – served up on one double-length CD! The first 12 tracks on the set are from 1958's Jo Jones Trio – a real classic from the legendary drummer, and the kind of a spare session that really lets his work on drums come to the forefront! Jo's working here with Ray Bryant on piano and brother Tommy Bryant on bass – in a mode that's got some of the soulful undercurrents of the Bryant recordings of the time, but which is also a bit more rhythmically-oriented – in a way that let's Jones' swinging skills dominate a bit more. Titles include "Jive At Five", "Greensleeves", "Philadelphia Bound", "I Got Rhythm", "Bebop Irishman", and "Little Susie". The remaining 12 tracks on the CD are from the album Vamp Til Ready – recorded in 1960, and featuring Jones in sextet formation with Harry Edison on trumpet, Bennie Green on trombone, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, and Tommy Flanagan on piano. There's a lively swinging feel to the set – one that's somewhere between the Verve sound of the mid 50s, and the Prestige/Swingville mode of the time. Jones' drums are a key part of the energy of the album – bristling along with a sharp-edged energy that makes even the mellow tunes relatively lively – and Jo lets the horn players get in plenty of nice licks on the set, a feature that we especially like when Forrest gets a chance to solo! Titles include "Should I", "Sandy's Body", "Show Time", "Liza", "Royal Garden Blues", "Mozelle's Alley", "Sox Trot", and "In The Forrest". Both albums produced by Raymond Scott, too! CD
(Out of print! Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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New John KlemmerMagic & Movement ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Excellent work by Klemmer – filled with the kind of fire and emotion that you don't get on many of his other records! The set was recorded live at two different venues – and it's a choppy slightly-funky batch of modal soul jazz tunes, with an approach that makes it feel like a lost album on Strata East. On side one, Mike Nock is on Fender Rhodes, Wilton Felder plays bass, and Eddie Marshall is on drums. Titles on that set include "Blood Of The Sun" and "How Cum Ya Got Ta Rip Off Your Brothers?". Side two was recorded live at Montreux, and features more Fender Rhodes, plus backing by Cecil McBee and Alphonze Mouzon. Klemmer plays tenor with echoplex processing, and titles include "Free Love" and "Tree Of Forbidden Fruit". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lee Konitz & Gerry MulliganLee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1953. Very Good- ... $29.99
A classic meeting – the icy alto of Lee Konitz, with the mellifluous sound of the Gerry Mulligan quartet that included Chet Baker, Larry Bunker, and Carson Smith. The material was recorded in 1953 at The Haig in LA – and tracks include "Broadway", "These Foolish Things", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Five Brothers","My Old Flame", and "I Can't Get Started". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a bit of seam splitting, and a bit of sticker residue.)

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New Yusef LateefJazz 'Round The World ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
Yusef Lateef explores a number of different world music rhythms on a mix of woodwind instruments that includes tenor, basoon, flute, oboe, and shanas. He's joined here by the great Richard Williams on trumpet, whose playing with Lateef is always excellent. The rest of the group's made up of some of Lateef's best early rhythm players, including Hugh Lawson, Ernie Barrows, and Lex Humphries. Tracks include "Abana", "India", "Yusef's French Brother", "Utopia", "Ringo Oiwake", and "The Good Old Roast Beef Of England", which is pretty goofy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some wear, a sticker, a few stains, and a small split on the top seam.)

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Mat MarucciExtensity ... LP
Marco, 1982. Near Mint- ... $13.99
An excellent small label set from drummer Mat Marucci – played with a heck of a lot more soul and feeling than you'd guess for a date recorded at a Supper Club! The group play a stretched-out, almost spiritual groove at points – lots of quick-stepping rhythms that are mighty nice – topped with tenor, flute, and soprano sax. Titles include "Who Do Voo Doo", "Dedication", "Extensity", "Brotherhood", and "Festival". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and a few creases.)

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New MastersoundsSwinging With The Mastersounds ... LP
Fantasy, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Buddy and Monk Montgomery (Wes' brothers) play vibes and bass in this groovy instrumental combo that also includes Richie Crabtree on piano and Bennie Barth on drums. The tracks are nothing special, but they are nicely light and groovy, with some good vibes-heavy moments. Titles include "Golden Earrings", "There Is No Greater Love", and "West Coast Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red vinyl pressing. Cover has a staple in one corner.)

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Mastersounds with Wes MontgomeryKismet – Jazz Milestone Series ... LP
World Pacific, Late 50s. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
The last session that The Mastersounds ever cut as a group – and a strangely compelling montage of tracks from the musical Kismet. Brothers Buddy and Monk Montgomery are joined here by brother Wes – then an emerging star on guitar, and a strong addition to the set, one who expands the sound past the usual exotic chamber groove laid down by the combo. Titles include "Fate", "Olive Tree", "This Is My Beloved", "Not Since Nineveh", and "Stranger In Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Les McCannLive At Montreux ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The 70s genius of Les McCann – opened up here wonderfully in the space of a double-length live performance! Tracks are all nice and long – and Les steps out strongly on Fender Rhodes and clavinet, ringing out with amazing tones that are really wonderful – kind of the electric depth of the Circles record, mixed with some of the sharper soul of other early 70s albums! The small group features great conga work from Buck Clarke, who kicks in some great elements to really drive the rhythms – and the open space of the record really gives Les plenty of room to sing alongside his keyboards. Titles include "Carry On Brother", "Home Again", "Get Yourself Together", "Compared To What", "Cochise", and "Price You Got To Pay To Be Free". CD

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Jack McDuffChange is Gonna Come ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A sweet Atlantic soul groover from Brother Jack McDuff – and a set that has him tightening up his Hammond sound from his earlier years at Prestige Records! The tunes here are short and punched-up – almost instrumental soul numbers in their construction, but still filled with plenty of jazz – thanks to Jack's mad solos on organ, and some killer drums from Joe Dukes and Bernard Purdie! Other players include George Coleman on tenor, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Buddy Lucas on baritone sax – and arrangements are by JJ Jackson and Jack himself. Titles include "Hotcha", "Down In the Valley", "Same Old Same Old", "No Tears", "What'd I Say", "Gonna Hang Me Up A Sign", and "Minha Saudade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack McDuffFourth Dimension ... LP
Cadet, 1974. Very Good- ... $14.99
An excellent album from Brother Jack – one that has him making a shift from organ to electric keyboards, but in a mode that loses none of his funkiness, none of his soul, and none of his wit! The album's got some wonderfully angular groovers – showing that McDuff was always growing his style, working into grooves that always pushed him past his earlier work. Includes the stellar tracks "The City Bump" and "Layin' Back" – plus "Show Casing", "Half Breed", and "Fourth Dimension". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ringwear and heavy edge wear with some splitting.)

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Jack McDuffHeatin' System ... LP
Cadet, 1972. Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
One of the most amazing, expansive albums ever recorded by Brother Jack McDuff – a session that we'd rank right up there with his classic Moon Rappin for Blue Note – and which has an equally stretched out feel! Although some of Jack's other albums for Cadet in the 70s have a bit more of a keyboard-centric feel, this album's heavy on Hammond all the way through – played by McDuff with sharp edges, soaring solos, and that amazing sense of timing that few other players could match! But possibly even more amazing is the group on the set – a hip batch of cats who include Phil Upchurch and Sam Jones on bass, Don Myrick and Dave Young on tenor and flute, Bobby Alston on trumpet, Marty Roberts on guitar, and Derf Reklaw on percussion – all working wonderfully with McDuff arrangements on some very long tunes! The double-length nature of the 2LP record really lets the group stretch out nicely – and there's a tremendous sense of energy throughout – almost a mode that matches Charles Earland's Leaving This Planet album. Titles include "Ain't No Sunshine", "Radiation", "The Prophet", "The Boiler", "Pressure Gauge", "The Heatin System", "Elmo Tucker", and "Lonesome Is The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, with split top seams, and center split bottom seams. Vinyl plays with some light clicks and crackles.)

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New Jack McDuffLive At The Jazz Workshop ... LP
Prestige, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A killer diller of a live set from Brother Jack McDuff – a cut that burns with energy that almost beats his studio 60s classics for Prestige! The group is one of Jack's best ever – a lineup that includes the twin tenors of Red Holloway and Harold Vick, plus incredibly sharp guitar from a young George Benson, and some of the most unique soul jazz drum work you'll ever hear – courtesy of the amazing Joe Dukes. Despite their individual strengths, which might make this whole thing an ego-fest – all players fit perfectly into place on the album's hard wailing batch of groovers, and groove together with a sympathetic energy that's simply amazing! Titles include a great remake of "Jive Samba", plus "Dink's Blues", "Grease Monkey", "Passing Through", and "Vas Dis". This is the kind of thing live recording equipment was made for! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 1.)

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New Jack McDuffPrelude ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good- ... $3.99
Soul jazz organ with big band? It's been done – and never better than on this set – which features Brother Jack's classic quartet – with George Benson, Red Hollway, and Joe Dukes – next to the the screamin' orchestrations of a hip Benny Golson! Golson leads a crack band through a set of arrangements that barely get in the way of the organ grooves, and instead give a nice loud sound to the whole set – really pushing the group, especially McDuff's organ, into some wonderfully open territory that's quite different from other work! The best numbers really swing like some of Jimmy Smith's organ/big band sides with Oliver Nelson – particularly Virginia Woolf – and Golson's always been an underrated arranger, and this is one of his best sets! Tracks include "Kettle of Fish", "Prelude", and "Dig Uncle Will". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear, some staining along the top, and a bit of splitting on the top seam.)

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Jack McDuffSilk & Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good ... $8.99
Brother Jack's organ is set amidst an amazing batch of orchestrations by Benny Golson, and the core of the group is Jack's combo with Red Hollway, George Benson, and Joe Dukes. Golson's arrangements are fantastic, and far from surpressing or overpowering the combo's funky jazz sound, they actually take it to a whole new level, and provide a beautiful platform from which Jack dives and screams on the Hammond B-3. Benson's guitar is amazing, and there's sections in here where he comps so hard and heavy that you won't believe they didn't use a sampler on the album! Cuts include "Scufflin", "Lexington Line", "What's Shakin", and "Silk & Soul". Great stuff, and don't be scared by the orchestrations, because this one's a killer! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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New Jack McDuffSophisticated Funk ... LP
Chess, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost electric groover from Brother Jack McDuff – sweet keyboards instead of his usual Hammond, but still plenty darn great! The record's got a slinky groove that's almost more CTI than Chess Records – with full arrangements by Billy Jones, who also plays guitar on the record – alongside plenty of great sax and flute from Joe Farrell. Sessions were done at the All Platinum Studios in New Jersey – no surprise, given that Chess was owned by that label by this point, and Jones himself was recording for them as part of the group Brother To Brother. The overall groove is somewhere between Bob James and Larry Mizell – although very much its own sort of bag as well – and titles include a great remake of "Theme From Electric Surfboard", plus "Dit Da Dit", "Ju Ju", "To Be Named Later", "Mini Pads", "Summer Dream", and "Mannix Theme". Gotta love the cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jack McDuffTobacco Road ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
A monster record by Brother Jack McDuff, and one of his best-ever – in our humble opinion! At first glance, the album appears to be just a bunch of jazz covers of standards and pop tracks – like "Tobacco Road", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "This Bitter Earth", and "Teardrops From My Eyes" – but Jack's got some help from JJ Jackson on the arrangements, and the outwardly simple tracks are twisted into these amazing grooves that have Jack wailing away in strange choppy funky ways on the organ! The whole album must be heard to be believed, and the version of "Shadow Of Your Smile", which starts with a nice break, is worth the price of the album alone! Plus, the whole thing's packaged in a very groovy cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some aging.)

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New Jack McDuff & David NewmanDouble Barrelled Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the more open-ended sessions that Brother Jack cut for Atlantic – with less of the tight larger soul arrangements that the label usually saddled him with. (Not that we mind those, though!) David Newman plays a variety of saxes, and the group also includes a young Melvin Sparks on guitar. Tracks are longish, and the album includes the originals "Duffin 'Round", "Esperanto", and "More Head" – as well as stunning versions of "Sunny" and "But It's Alright"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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Chris McGregorIn His Good Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Amazing sounds from the legendary Chris McGregor – a rare set of solo piano performances that shows a whole new side of his genius! The music here is still steeped in South African roots, yet has a style that's a bit more personal and intimate than some of Chris' better-known recordings with The Brotherhood Of Breath, or The Blue Notes – as McGregor here has to carry all the weight on his own – and does a tremendous job of spinning out these haunting melodies on piano – usually with a rhythmic pulse that's as compelling as the tune! The style's got echoes of previous Afro-inspired piano jazz from Randy Weston or Dollar Brand – but there's a deftness, and sense of feeling here that's completely McGregor's own – a really compelling quality that holds us rapt in ways that few other solo piano sets might do. This CD brings together lots more material than was on the original LP release – over 70s minutes of music, with track sthat include "Call", "Raincloud", "Umhome", "Mngqusho", "The Bride", "In His Good Time", "Ududu Nombambula", "Kwa Tebugo", and "Green Hymn". CD

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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathTravelling Somewhere ... CD
Cuneiform, 1973. Used ... $11.99
One of the few recordings available from the classic period of Chris McGregor's famous Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – the African-tinged jazz combo that grew out of the wreckage of the ex-patriation of South Africa's Blue Notes ensemble as it mixed with members of the London scene in the late 60s. The resultant group was one of the most compelling cross cultural moments in jazz history – a mix of players that included Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans, Harry Beckett, Harry Miller, Evan Parker, and Louis Moholo. This live set was recorded in Bremen, Germany in 1973 – and it easily ranks with the best of the group's studio work, and (dare way say it?) may be their most perfect realization of the idiom they always promise, yet sometimes didn't deliver. Titles include "Wood Fire", "The Bridge", "MRA", "Restless", and "Kongi's Theme". CD

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Blue MitchellBantu Village ... CD
Blue Note/Soul Brother (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean – fusing all elements together into a sharp, tight rhythm that steps along with some of the slight African touches you might guess from the title – a groove that's not really that authentic, but which resonates with some of the best inspirations that Hugh Masekela was bringing to American music at the time. And while the album might be an attempt to cash in on Masekela's groove, the feel here is really quite different overall – as tracks are nicely stretched out, with plenty of room for jazzy solo work – and a groove that's much harder overall, thanks to Higgins! Other players include Freddy Robinson on guitar, Wilton Felder on bass, Paul Humphrey on drums, and Plas Johnson on tenor – and titles include "HNIC", "Flat Backing", "Na Ta Ka", "Bantu Village", and "Blue Dashiki". CD
Also available Bantu Village ... LP 9.99

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New Buddy MontgomeryThis Rather Than That ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
Probably the best of Buddy's solo albums, with a tight little group that features Mel Rhyne, Jodie Christian, and his brother Monk – all coming together in a messed up style of funky jazz! Buddy plays piano and vibes on a number of tracks that sound similar to the Cliff Coulter stuff on Impulse at this time. Very groovy, and very California funky, with the tracks "Winding Up", "Rose Bud", "Willy Nilly Blues", and "This Rather Than That". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Wes MontgomeryWes & Friends ... LP
Milestone, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
One of numerous two-fers offered by Milestone in the early 70s, compiling recordings by artists that fell under the Fantasy records catalog umbrella at the time, in this case, the Riverside recordings of Wes Montgomery. There are two groups documented here, a quintet and sextet, the first featuring Milt Jackson, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones and the second his 2 brothers Buddy and Monk, plus George Shearing, Walter Perkins and Armando Peraza. 18 tracks in all, including "Stablemates", "Stairway To the Stars", "Sam Sack", "Jingles", "Delilah", "Love Walked In", "Love For Sale", "Enchanted", "Stranger In Paradise", "The Lamp Is Low", "Darn That Dream" and "Mambo In Chimes". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Montgomery BrothersMontgomery Brothers Plus Five Others ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1958. Very Good- ... $16.99
One of the best of the Montgomery Brothers albums for Pacific Jazz – mostly because it features the core trio of Buddy, Monk, and Wes joined by 5 additional players – as you've probably already guessed from the title! The additions include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and both Waymon Atkinson and Alonzo Johnson on tenor – both of whom give the album a bit more kick than usual, placing horns in the frontline to carve out quintet a nice groove. The set includes 4 originals by Buddy – "Sound Carrier", "Lois Ann", "Bud's Beaux Arts", and "Bock To Bock" – all of which are longish and nicely grooving – making good use of the core trio's vibes, guitar, and bass, while still allowing plenty of play for the horns! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, split top and bottom seams, some splitting on the spine, some small peeled marks near the top, and light stains on the back.)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan & His Quartet Live At The Olympia Theatre 1962 ... CD
RTE (France), 1962. Used ... $6.99
A great complement to the Gerry Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer albums of the 50s for Pacific Jazz – one that features the group performing live in Paris, with a very open-blowing sound! The tracks are long, and the setting fluid – as Gerry plays baritone on most tracks, but piano on a few; and Bob Brookmeyer does the same, taking a break from valve trombone to play piano for one track as well. Rhythm is by the team of Bill Crow on bass and Gus Johnson on drums – and titles include "Spring Is Sprung", "Five Brothers", "Subterranean Blues", "Blue Port", and "Utter Chaos". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerry MulliganParis Concert (Pacific Jazz) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good- ... $6.99
US issue of some of Gerry's classic Vogue recordings, done in Paris in 1954 with a quartet that featured Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Isola on drums. This is Gerry at the height of his powers, and playing classic piano-less material with supberb accompaniment by Brookmeyer. Tracks include a number of originals, including "Utter Chaos", "Five Brothers", and "Walkin' Shoes", plus others like "Bernies Tune", "Come Out Wherever You Are", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label World Pacific pressing. Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)

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Brothers Nash (Ted & Dick Nash)Brothers Nash ... LP
Liberty, 1955. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Features Ted Nash on a variety of saxes, and Dick on trombone – plus a group with Tony Rizzi on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Harry Babasin on bass, and Roy Harte on drums. Tracks are mostly familiar numbers, but inventively arranged by Frank Comstock and others – and Ted really increases his range of reed work here, blowing on tenor, alto, and soprano sax – plus flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, and bass clarinet! Titles include "Juntos", "We'll Be Together Again", "I Remember You", "Cuban Veranda", "You Are Too Beautiful", "For Heaven's Sake", and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Bottom seam has a small center split.)

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New Phineas NewbornPiano Artistry Of Phineas Newborn Jr (aka Here Is Phineas) ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Classic early work by Phineas Newborn – and a record cut right after his emergence from the great Memphis scene of the 1950s! Most of the album features trio material – cut with Kenny Clarke on drums and Oscar Pettiford on bass – but a few tracks also feature some very nice guitar work by Newborn's lesser-known brother, Calvin – who helps give the record some slight bluesy undercurrents you won't hear on other albums from Phineas at the time. The style is a mix of bop soloing and that lyrical approach to the keyboard that Newborn was forging along with a few other popular pianists of his generation – and titles include "Dahoud", "Celia", "Barbados", and "Newport Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Atlantic Jazzlore pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Marty Paich Big BandModern Touch (The Broadway Bit/I Get A Boot Out Of You) ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1959. Used ... $13.99
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! Marty's working here with a great lineup throughout – west coast players that include Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, and Victor Feldman – all of whom come together perfectly under the masterful hands of Paich! Marty's got a way with a group that few other arrangers can match – a style that has the instruments gliding together in a really fluid mode, yet which also lets individual soloists break out for solos that are dramatic and individual, but which never lose the flow of the tune! The work here is from 2 Warner Brothers albums from 1959 – both recorded in a very similar mode that features an array of tunes from different shows, plus standards, all transformed into soaring jazz vehicles given the Paich touch. Titles include "It's All Right With Me", "Too Close For Comfort", "If I Were A Bell", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Moanin", "Warm Valley", "Love For Sale", and "No More". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 6.99

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New Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good- ... $6.99
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label 70s pressing. Cover has some light wear, with a couple of stains and a name in pen on the back.)
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 15.99

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Buddy RichStick It ... LP
RCA, 1972. Very Good ... $2.99
Buddy takes on the grooves of the younger generation – and serves up one of his funkiest records of the time! Buddy's working here with arranger John LaBarbera – a youthful talent with a wonderful ability for bringing together horns in a freshly creative way – one that completely revitalizes the Buddy Rich sound for the 70s, and which gives some especially great solo space to John's brother Pat LaBarbera, whose work on reeds really makes the album great! There's a beautiful groove to the whole set – a sense of soul and lyrical imagination that goes way past the bombastic sound you might normally expect from Buddy. More proof that the RCA years are filled with under-discovered Rich gems – and featuring the tracks "Space Shuttle", "Best Coast", "Wave", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", and "Sassy Strut". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Max RoachSpeak, Brother, Speak ... LP
Fantasy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Solidly righteous jazz from the Max Roach of the 60s – recorded at a time when the player was really breaking away from his straighter hardbop roots, and delving deeper into more freely soulful jazz expression! The record only features 2 long tracks – each a side apiece – played by Max with a quartet that includes Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eddie Khan on bass, and Mal Waldron on piano. Jordan really takes off on the album – demonstrating a great ability for long blowing and creative exploration that was only hinted at on his other studio sessions at the time, and which really points the way towards some of his freer-thinking records of the 70s. Waldron is great too – bringing in some nicely darker colors that really help to round out the sound. Titles include "Speak Brother Speak" and "A Variation". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Fantasy pressing.)

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Max RoachSwiss Radio Days Vol 35 – Recorded Live In Lausanne Part 1 – 1960 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Previously-unissued work by one of our favorite groups ever from drummer Max Roach – a mighty lineup that included Turrentine brothers Stanley on tenor and Tommy on trumpet, plus the great Julius Priester on trombone! The horns are amazing – balanced between the modern impulses of Priester's past with Sun Ra, and Roach's own inclinations – and the tighter soul of Stan and Tom, who are both extremely sharp-edged, and at the height of their youthful powers here. The pair mix a Blue Note energy with some fo Max's more vibrant ideas – illustrated in a range of rhythms and colors that really open up over the course of these long, live tracks. Titles include a great version of the obscure Bill Lee tune, "Jodie's Cha Cha" – plus long takes on "Night In Tunisia" and "Lotus Blossom", and the track "Prelude", presented in an arrangement by Lee. CD

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Jim RotondiBlues For Brother Ray ... CD
Posi tone, 2009. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A tribute to Ray Charles, but played by a hard-swinging, and mighty soulful ensemble – one that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Mike LeDonne on Hammond B-3! Both players really give the album a nice bite – and hearing Alexander next to LeDonnne's organ, we're reminded of Eric's early gems with Charles Earland – that deep tenor vibe he first learned when coming up on the south side of Chicago – a quality that almost makes Rotondi sound even deeper than usual too! There's no hoke here – no overdone, overwrought Brother Ray modes – just solid, soulful swinging based around a set of tunes that Charles once made his own – but which these cats definitely take into new territory themselves. The group also features Joe Farnsworth on drums and Peter Bernstein on guitar – and titles include "Brother Ray", "What'd I Say", "One Mint Julep", "Cry Me A River", and "Lonely Avenue". CD

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New Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 3 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the first albums to ever bear the name of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars – a well-chosen monikker for a record to feature the talents of leading 50s west coasters like Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Shelly Manne, Milt Bernhardt, and Herb Geller. The format here is a bit more freewheeling than some other Lighthouse sessions – as the mood changes up from track to track – offering up some great Latin on a few tunes (one with Jack Costanzo and another with Carlos Vidal on percussion), a bit of R&B tenor wailing, and some more of the usual Four Brothers-styled horn lines. Titles include "Mambo Los Feliz", "Jazz Invention", "Witch Doctor", "Swing Shift", and "Viva Zapata No 1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker spot.)

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New Raymond ScottReckless Nights & Turkish Twilights – The Music Of Raymond Scott ... CD
Columbia, Late 30s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really brings the sounds together wonderfully, and gives Scott a long-overdue showcase as one of the budding modernists of the pre-war years – a composer who could match swing and whimsy, exoticism and jazz, playfulness and poise – all without every losing his beat! The instrumental is wonderful, the arrangements inventive, and the whole thing's got the same sort of audio appeal as an old Warner Brothers cartoon. Titles include "Twilight In Turkey", "The Penguin", "The Toy Trumpet", "Powerhouse", "New Years Eve In A Haunted House", "War Dance For Wooden Indians", "Peter Tambourine", and "At An Arabian House Party". CD

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George Shearing & The Montgomery BrothersGeorge Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Some of jazz's most sensitive artists get together in a lyrical set of light-handed ditties. Shearing's piano is a surprisingly nice complement to the vibes/bass/guitar sound of The Montgomery Brothers – and the group is augmented by some nice Latin percussion. Tracks are short, and titles include "Double Deal", "Mambo In Chimes", "Lois Ann", "And Then I Wrote", and "No Hard Feelings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)

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New Lonnie Liston SmithRenaissance ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good- Gatefold ... $5.99
A massively sweet groover from Lonnie and the Cosmic Echoes – smoother and warmer than some of his earlier albums, with a really soulful fusion vibe! Lonnie plays acoustic piano and "electric colorations" – working with a group that includes brother Donald on flute and vocals, Dave Hubbard on trumpet, and Leon Pendarvis on clavinet – and the whole thing's got a laidback, superdope feel that shows Lonnie totally at the top of his game! There's still a nice degree of spirituality to the set, and titles include "Renaissance", "Space Lady", "Between Here & There", "Mardis Gras", "Starlight & You", "Song Of Love", and "Mongotee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a partially split top seam, and some stains.)

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Stark RealityActing Thinking Feeling – The Complete Works 1968 to 1978 (6LP set – plus bonus 7-inch and download) ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 6LP & 7 Inch ... $58.99 69.99
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work recorded by the group in the late 60s and early 70s – a mindblowing assortment of funky and fuzzy jazz tracks – almost all of which are graced by the offbeat vibes work of Monty Stark! Stark often adds a bit of distortion into his instrument, which makes for a very tripped-out approach to vibes – one that blends perfectly with the heavy funk of some of the rhythms, and the freaky guitar lines added to most tracks by a young John Abercrombie. Yet at other times, things are very laidback and chilled-out – balanced beautifully from track to track, in a way that illustrates the larger picture the group were always going for in their music. This massive package brings together everything Stark Reality ever recorded – their famous Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop album, the Acting Thinking Feeling live performance, the Roller Coaster Ride/1969 album, and lots of rare singles too – more than enough music to please any fan of the group, and blow the minds of anyone who's just getting a first taste. Titles include "Roller Coaster Ride", "On Being Black", "New World Generation", "Theme To Say Brother", "Dreams", "Clouds", "All You Need To Make Music", "Rocket Ship", "Cooking", "The Old Prospector", and "Junkman's Song". 6LPs, in a massive box, with a bonus 7" single, a download card, and 16 page book! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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Arnold SterlingHere's Brother Sterling ... LP
Jam, Early 80s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Features Sterling on alto and soprano sax – with Virgil Jones on trumpet, Junior Mance on acoustic and electric piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ray Mantilla on percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom cover seam is unglued.)

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Jeff Sturges & UniverseJeff Sturges & Universe ... LP
MAM, Early 70s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $4.99
A full-on jazz rock spectacular – done with a style that's a lot like some of the best British projects of this type from the time, but recorded in Las Vegas, with a lineup of American players that includes guitarist Dean Parks, trumpeter Bobby Shew, and tenorist Don Menza! The album's got a really rumbling bassy feel – kicking ass with a rock-based bottom, but coming across with a surprisingly jazzy sound overall! There's strong solos on nearly every track, and the album (unlike many of its contemporaries) doesn't feature any vocals at all – which means that you can keep in the groove without getting sidetracked by any weak singing! Titles include "Acid West", "Keep On Burnin", "Never In My Life", "Clown", "Sin's A Good Man's Brother", and "Rice Pudding". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a split top seam with a piece of tape, and minor splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Ira SullivanCircumstantial (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
An overlooked later gem from Chicago trumpeter Ira Sullivan – maybe some of the greatest music he ever recorded, thanks to the freewheeling vibe and strong artist respect of the Nessa label! Sullivan's working here on a variety of horns – trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, and soprano sax – with all the kind of soulful undercurrents we love on his classic Atlantic album Horizons, but with an even richer, more exploratory sort of style overall – one that gets a lot from the group's lineup of Simon Salz on guitar and Jodie Christian on both acoustic and electric piano! Both players seem to ignite Sullivan's best impulses, and really push him into fresh territory – guided strongly by the work of Dan Shapera on bass and Wilbur Campbell on drums. Titles include a sublime version of "Girl From Ipanema" – very offbeat – plus "Monday's Dance", "Circumstantial", "Angel Eyes", and "That's Earl Brother". CD also features the previously unissued "Blues For Johnny Bratton". CD

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Stanley TurrentineJubilee Shout!!! ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. Used ... $29.99
One of Stanley Turrentine's best albums ever – but a record that was recorded in 1962, yet only released by Blue Note 20 years later! The set's a great example of the sheer raw power that Stan had in his tone before it got watered down by his pop-jazz recordings of the later 60s – a sharp edge and way of phrasing that's simply amazing – filled with soulful tradition, yet never prone to any of the cliches of contemporaries like David Newman or Don Wilkerson. The group here is a great one too – a sextet with the amazing Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, punching up some very sharp lines next to stan – plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles are a killer batch of spiritual-oriented soul jazz numbers like "Brother Tom", "Jubilee Shout", "My Ship", "Cotton Walk", and "You Said It". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New Stanley TurrentineJubilee Shouts (Comin Your Way/Jubilee Shout) ... LP
Blue Note, 1962/1978. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A pair of great unreleased Stanley Turrentine albums for Blue Note – issued here for the first time ever! First up is Comin Your Way – one of our favorite-ever albums from the great Stanley Turrentine – a really hard-burning session from his earliest days as a leader – and one of the key dates he cut with his brother Tommy Turrentine on trumpet! Both players are wonderful – a sharply soulful team coming off of work with the Max Roach group, but even more confident and powerful as soloists here on this Blue Note session, where they really get to shine! Horace Parlan plays piano, and blocks out grooves that are perfect for each brother to really take flight on their solos – and although the album was originally unissued at the time it was recorded, it's gone onto become a key building block in Stan's legendary catalog. Titles include "Fine Lil' Lass", "Stolen Sweets", "Thomasville", and "My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me". Next is Jubilee Shout – a great example of the sheer raw power that Stan had in his tone before it got watered down by his pop-jazz recordings of the later 60s – a sharp edge and way of phrasing that's simply amazing – filled with soulful tradition, yet never prone to any of the cliches of contemporaries like David Newman or Don Wilkerson. The group here is a great one too – a sextet with the amazing Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, punching up some very sharp lines next to stan – plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles are a killer batch of spiritual-oriented soul jazz numbers like "Brother Tom", "Jubilee Shout", "My Ship", "Cotton Walk", and "You Said It". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tommy TurrentineTommy Turrentine ... LP
Time, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the only record we've ever seen that features him as a leader – but the session's a monster, with the kind of razor-sharp hardbop playing we'd stack up there with must-have LPs like Art Blakey's Freedom Rider, Hank Mobley's Caddy For Daddy, or the legendary Young Lions session on Vee Jay. The group features a number of players who were working with Max Roach at the time – including Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Julian Priester on trombone – as well as Roach on drums, Horace Parlan on piano, and Bob Boswell on bass. Titles include "Gunga Din", "Too Clean", "Time's Up", "Long As You're Living", "Blues For JP", and "Webb City". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jacob YoungForever Young ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. Used ... $9.99
Guitarist Jacob Young is the leader here, but the player who's really grabbing our ears is pianist Marcin Wasilewski – who plays with these beautiful tones that really tie the whole album together, creating a sensitive flow and surprising undercurrent of soul! Young's own instrument is somewhat airy and light, but definitely a presence – but he also really shares the spotlight with Wasilewski's piano, and the tenor and soprano sax of Trygve Seim – another player who's new to us, but brings in some nice colors too – almost the warmer side of the Jan Garbarek side of the spectrum, especially in this ECM setting. The quintet's completed by Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass and Michal Miskiewicz on drums – and titles include "Bounce", "Therese's Gate", "Time Changes", "My Brother", "1970", and "I Lost My Heart To You". CD
(Includes original slipcase. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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VariousSiesta – Swedish Jazz 1949-1956 Vol 1 ... LP
Metronome (Sweden), Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99
Great collection of Swedish jazz from the 50s – with a set of tracks that moves way beyond the usual Lars Gullin material to show the full range of the country's rich jazz scene of the postwar years. The whole thing's put together with some great notes, and a stellar selection of material that does include a few numbers by Gullin's octet, but mostly rare stuff from other Swedish groups, such as those led by Bengt Hallberg., Hacke Bjorksten, Nisse Engstrom, Arne Domnerus, Reinhold Svensson, and Thore Swanerud. Also features 2 tracks by the Four Tenor Brothers, featuring Gullin, Domnerus, Gosta Theselius, and Rolf Blomquist. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Al HaigAl Haig Today – The Great Piano Of A Piano Great (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mint/SSJ (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Around December 1, 2014
A great little set from pianist Al Haig – recorded in the 60s, and showing a tremendous growth since his early years! The feel of the set is very different than the Al we knew back in the early 50s – much more lyrical and open-ended, a mixture of blue notes and bossa influences, gently gliding along with superb rhythmic accompaniment from bassist Ed DeHaas and drummer Jim Kappes – neither of whom we know, but both of whom really make the set a memorable one. Titles include "Bag's Groove", "Bluesette", "Saudade", "Thrio", "Brother Where Are You", and "The Good Life". CD

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John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – just like the rare original album!)

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New Gus MancusoGus Mancuso & Friends (Introducing Gus Mancuso/Music From New Faces) ... CD
Fantasy, 1956/1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Gus Mancuso was a 50s instrumentalist who made a brief but strong flash on the modern scene – playing one of the most unlikely jazz instruments ever, a euphonium, which he handled with surprising dexterity and grace, creating a bass-heavy sound that was not unlike some of the work done on baritone during the decade. This 18 track CD features tunes from two of Mancuso's earliest (and only) albums as a leader – Introducing Gus Mancuso and Music From New Faces. The first set features Mancuso blowing hard in a group with Cal Tjader, Richie Kamuca, Eddie Duran, and Vince Guaraldi – and the second set features him working through titles from the show New Faces. Tracks include "The Ruble & The Yen", "Brother Anitz", "Ev'ry Time", "How Do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning?", "A Hatful Of Dandruff", and "Scratch My Back". CD

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New Alan ShorterOrgasm ... CD
Verve, 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
This is the kind of reissue that floors us! For years, this lost out session by Wayne Shorter's brother Alan was impossibly hard to find – even though it's one of the late 60's best avant jazz recordings. The music is amazing, with an incredible mix of tightly crafted rhythm lines, blended with stark out solos by Shorter and Gato Barbieri. Charlie Haden and Reggie Johnson play bass, and drumming is held down by Muhammad and Rashied Ali. Includes the cuts "Parabola", "Straits Of Blagellan", "Outeroids", and "Orgasm". Simply fantastic, and part of Verve's tightly-limited series – so it may go quickly! CD
(Out of print. .)

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New Ralph Towner & Gary BurtonMatchbook ... LP
ECM, 1974. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Two of the greatest things going for ECM in the 70s – brought together on one record! The vibes of Gary Burton are a wonderful match for the careful guitar work of Ralph Towner – particularly his 12-string guitar, which is used in a space that's somewhere between folk and jazz, and which seems to evoke Gary Burton's Tennessee roots in a really poetic way! The style isn't entirely jazz, although that term is the best description for it – and instead, both players find this really magical space together – creating special sounds that resonate with sensitivity and a unique sort of soul. Titles include "Drifting Petals", "Icarus", "Brotherhood", "Song For A Friend", and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hate". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Cannonball AdderleyMercy, Mercy, Mercy! ... LP
Capitol, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long soulful groove, with gutbucket solos from the 3 above-mentioned players, and tight live production by a young David Axelrod. Titles include "Sticks", "Hippodelphia", "Sack O Woe", and the classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" – a jazz theme that you'll recognize instantly! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)
Also available Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! ... CD 3.99

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New Nat AdderleyYou, Baby ... LP
CTI/A&M, 1968. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nat Adderley demonstrates that he can be as funky as brother Cannonball in this nice set of short groovers recorded for CTI from the late 60s! The record is one of Nat's few funky ones, and he's got some nice backing by Joe Zawinul, Grady Tate, Ron Carter, and Jerome Richardson. Cuts have the tightly arranged style of the early CTI sessions – with Nat's solos bouncing over the top, and some nice tight grooving underneath. Titles include "Early Minor", "You Baby", "Denise", "Electric Eel", "Hang On In", and "Halftime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy original pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age.)

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New Joe BeckBeck ... LP
Kudu, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little Kudu set from guitarist Joe Beck – a player who's sounding a lot tighter here than some of his odd psychedelic experiments of the 60s – but still pretty darn great overall! The style is smooth, as you'd expect from Kudu, but Joe's still got plenty of edges in his guitar to stand out nicely – little riffs and rasps that crackle with a good sense of electricity amidst larger arrangements from Don Sebesky. The album also features some great alto from David Sanborn, and keyboards from Don Grolnick – on titles that include "Star Fire", "Cactus", "Texas Ann", "Brothers & Others", and "Red Eye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover's bottom three inches have wrinkling and separation due to moisture.)

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New George BensonTell It Like It Is ... LP
A&M/CTI, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early George Benson groover from the A&M years of CTI – a set that's quite different than his famous 70s sets, with a really unique sound overall! The arrangements here are by Latin Soul maestro Marty Sheller – who brings some of the vibe to the set that he brought to his 60s work with Mongo Santamaria – not a straight Latin sound overall, but one that comes through strongly in some of the percussion and horns! Players are all pretty hip – and keyboards are from Richard Tee on most of the best tracks – and drums are from Idris Muhammad throughout, working here under his original name of Leo Morris. Main solos are from Benson on guitar – although the record also features alto solos from Sonny Fortune and Bobby Porcelli – who'd both stepped out a bit with Santamaria too. Titles include "Water Brother", "Jama Joe", "Dontcha Hear Me Callin' To Ya", "Jackie All", "Soul Limbo", "Are You Happy", "Land Of 1000 Dances", and "Out in the Cold Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later A&M pressing in a gatefold cover, with a cutout notch.)

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New Dave BrubeckA La Mode ... LP
Fantasy, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual Dave Brubeck set from the start of the 60s – surprisingly on Fantasy, given his Columbia fame of the time – and with a slightly different lineup that features the great Bill Smith on clarinet! Smith's got a cool modern sound that's not unlike Jimmy Giuffre – icy but expressive too, and both a great fit for the band because and apart from their usual work with Paul Desmond! Eugene Wright's still on bass, and Joe Morello plays some wonderfully time-kept drums – on titles that include "The Piper", "Frisco Fog", "Lydian Line", "Ballade", "One For The Kids", "Catch Me If You Can", and "Peace Brother". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light edge wear.)

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New Ray BryantLonesome Traveler ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent example of the massive groove that Ray Bryant set up during his 60s years at Cadet – a simple soul jazz trio style, but augmented with dual horn backing – which makes for a tightly stepping sound that's all-soulful, all the way! Bryant's left hand is nice and hard on the keys – pumping out a strong rhythm, even on the solos – and the record's got a clean and tight groove that really sparkles with a mix of earthiness and sophistication that's totally great. Titles include the very hip "Lonesome Traveler", plus "Cubano Chant", "Brother This N Sister That", "Gettin' Loose", and "The Blue Scimitar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing. Cover has some wear & a cutout grommet.)

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New Rusty BryantFriday Night Funk For Saturday Night Brothers ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet sweet change for Rusty Bryant – as electric piano moves in on the usual Hammond heard on most of his funky sessions – with a resulting groove that's outta site! The change in keys makes for more of a soundtrack funk feel than a rough-edged one – not smooth at all, but more in a 70s class sort of area – partly CTI, but still with lots more of that loose energy that makes the Prestige jazz funk sessions so great. Unlike later dates of this nature, the group's still small, and very unified – with Khalid Kenneth Moss on electric piano and a bit of organ, Harold Young On guitar, Fred Masey on drums, and Norman Jones on percussion. Titles include "Friday Night Funk For Saturday Night Brothers", "Have You Seen Her", "Blues for a Brother", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Kenny BurrellNight Song ... LP
Verve, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – as the album's got a cool, laidback groove that's very much in a "night song" mode! Arrangements are by Don Sebesky – in that warm and fluid mode he was bringing to some of his best CTI sides at the time – and they push Kenny a bit more than usual, as he stretches out over the larger arrangements with some really great solo work that dips, turns, and rolls with incredibly warm hues of sound. Kenny plays solo on 2 tracks, and with a smaller quartet on a few more – and titles include "Night Song", "Love You Madly", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Brother Where Are You?", "Nighthawk", and "Teach Me Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo. Cover has a DJ sticker. Bottom right corner has some waviness & a small peeled spot.)

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New Stanley ClarkeTime Exposure ... LP
Epic, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice funky electric groover from Stanley Clarke's mid 80s R&B years! Time Exposure has a lot of period electro funk in the mix, particularly Clarke's impeccable bass lines, which are heavy throughout! A brilliant mix of 80s fusiony future funk with jazz precision – definitely a funky highlight from this period in Clarke's career – and those bass lines are just unreal! A pretty eclectic roster of guest musicians play on this one, including tenor sax player Ernie Watts, fellow bassist Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson, singer Howard Hewitt and rock guitar guru Jeff Beck. Titles include "Play The Bass 10", "Are You Ready (For The Future)", "Heaven Sent You", "Time Exposure", "Speedball", "Future Shock", "Spacerunner", "I Know Just How You Feel" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light stain on one corner.)
 
 
 



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