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Anat FortAnd If ... CD
ECM, 2010. Used ... $9.99
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(Includes original slipcase.)

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Horizon Trio (Steven Kamperman/G Dumitriu/S Kalfa)Catch It If You Can ... CD
Zennez (Holland), 2013. Used ... $6.99
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Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Cedar Walton/Mickey RokerIt Don't Mean A Thing If You Can't Tap Your Foot To It ... LP
Pablo, 1984. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Zoot SimsIf I'm Lucky – Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An overlooked gem from Zoot Sims – a session that has him working in very laidback company with Jimmy Rowles on piano, who tipples the keys of the piano with a really timeless late nite kind of sound! The style here is a bit like that of the Rowles/Getz album The Peacocks – although a bit more straightforward overall, with a main focus on the talents of both soloists, coming together beautifully in a relatively spare setting. Bass is by George Mraz and drums are by Mousie Alexander – and the real surprise here is almost Sims, who blows with this open-ended, laidback tone that's really great – a bit languid, but never weary – and somehow with a lot more warmth than on many of his other too-tight records from the 70s. Titles include "Legs", "Shadow Waltz", "I Hear A Rhapsody", "Gypsy Sweetheart", and "Where Our Love Has Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jimmy McGriffIf You're Ready Come Go With Me – The Super Funk Collection ... CD
Groove Merchant/Unidisc (Canada), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky early 70s work by Jimmy McGriff – a mix of tight groovers and more open soul jazz numbers – all of which represent some of his best moments for the Groove Merchant label! Jimmy's got a lean, mean sound on these tracks – and even when the backings are full, they've got the tightness of a 70s soundtrack – nice and jazzy, and with a great funky punch on the bottom! The McGriff keyboard sound has plenty of room to roam around, even when the cuts are short – and titles include a great cover of "Ain't It Funky Now", plus "Super Funk", "Fat Cakes", "Dig On It", "Bug Out", "If You're Ready Come Go With Me", "Let's Stay Together", "The Bird", "Plain Brown Bag", "Jumpin' The Blues", "Tiki", and "Shuckin & Jivin". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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New Billy HarperIf Our Hearts Could Only See ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A recent recording by tenorist Billy Harper – but one that follows strongly in the tradition of his 70s classics recorded in Japan! Like those records, this one was done for the Japanese label DIW – and features Harper in a free sort of setting that really lets him unfold with spiritual majesty! Tracks are a bit shorter than some of the side-long classics from the 70s – but no less great – and feature that tremendous Harper tone and hard-burning, soul-searching energy that always grabs us within the first few notes of any track. The group's a well-honed lineup that features pulsing rhythms from Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – and Eddie Henderson also joins the group on 3 tracks. Billy sings a bit on the record – in a beautifully spiritual way that's very much in keeping with his tenor work, and which is a whole new dimension of his talents – and titles include "Egypt", "Speak To Me Of Love Speak To Me Of Truth", "The Seventh Day", "World Without End", and "The One Who Makes The Rain Stop". CD
 
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Chet BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker (plus bonus track) (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... $5.99
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". CD features 1 bonus track – "Early Morning Mood". CD

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Chet BakerMost Important Jazz Album Of 1964/65 ... LP
Colpix, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Well, we're not sure if this was really the most important album of the time – as it had a lot of heavy-hitters to contend with – but it sure is a nice batch of tracks from Chet, playing in a straight simple style that recalls his classic work, and working with a tight soulful quintet that includes Phil Urso, Hal Galper, and Jymie Merritt. Arrangements are by Galper, Tadd Dameron, and Jimmy Mundy – and titles include "Soultrane", "Mating Call", "Flight To Jordan", "Retsim B", "Walkin", and "Gnid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a touch of marker on the back.)

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Charlie BarnetCharlie Barnet – The Everest Years (Cherokee/More) ... CD
Everest/Empire, 1958. Used ... $13.99
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet – but every bit as tight as his classics! Don't be put off by the silly cover image of Charlie in an Indian head dress – as the costume's only a reference to Barnet's big hit "Cherokee", and doesn't imply any sort of cheesy musical gimmick on the set. And in fact, if anything, the style here is even more sophisticated than before – as the Barnet groove is updated with some nice 50s arrangements from Billy May, Bill Holman, and Andy Gibson. CD brings together the full tracks from the albums Cherokee and More – a total of 23 numbers that include "Blue Juice", "Charleston Alley", "Smiles", "Moten Swing", "Flying Home", "Early Autumn", "Midnight Sun", "Darn That Dream", and "Redskin Rhumba". CD
(Out of print.)

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Count BasieCount Basie & The Kansas City Three – For The Second Time ... LP
Pablo/OJC, 1975. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A Count Basie trio set – the second meeting of the Kansas City Three, a combo that features Ray Brown on bass an Louis Bellson on drums! Basie's really great here – out front, and moving with modes that are quite different than his fuller group sessions – surprisingly sensitive at points, even though still imbued with all of his trademark swing! Bellson's touch on the kit really helps – punctuating things, while never going too far at all – a nice punch, right when needed – and Ray Brown proves once again that he's just the right fit for just about any combo. Titles include "Racehorse", "Blues For Eric", "Draw", "Sandman", "If I Could Be With You For One Hour Tonight", and "I Surrender Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersAt The Cafe Bohemia Vol 1 (Non RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1955. Used ... $3.99
A classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham – one of the earliest and purest versions of Blakey's hardbop vision, touched with the slightly exotic lyricism of Silver, which gives the tracks a wonderful edge. The playing is excellent throughout – and the album's the kind of live stormer that shows why the group were such a huge draw right out of the box, and why they performed as well (if not better) in a live setting than they did ain a studio one! Tracks include "Minor's Holiday", "The Theme", "Prince Albert", and "Deciphering The Message" – and the CD features 3 bonus tracks, all long, plus great remastering! CD
(Out of print.)

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TK BlueLatinbird ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... $5.99
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead, taking the whole thing into the rich colors and joyous rhythms of the contemporary Latin jazz scene – far more involved and complicated than the old days! The album's got a lot more to offer than you might expect – a soulful acoustic vibe that's mighty nice – not just from TK's work on alto and flute, but from piano by Theo Hill, percussion by Willie Martinez and Roland Guerrero, guest trombone from Steve Turre, and even a bit of drums from Lewis Nash. Titles include "Chi Chi", "Si Si", "Blue Bird", "Visa", "Buzzy", "He Flew Away Too Soon", and "Moods Of Parker". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Rocky BoydEase It – Introducing The Rocky Boyd Quintet ... LP
Jazztime, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The only full album ever issued by tenor player Rocky Boyd – but a set so great, it's definitely made a name for him over the years! Boyd's got a wonderful tone on the set – sharp and soulful, with an approach to the tenor that almost reminds us of early 60s Jackie McLean – particularly in the way that Jackie could hit dark corners with raspy, personal tone. The rest of the group's no slouch either – and features Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – a lineup so great, they give the album a real Blue Note sort of polish – and the album's definitely one that would have been a better-known date, if it hadn't died quickly on the short-lived Jazztime label. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "West 42nd Street", "Avars", "Ease It", "Samba De Orfeu", and "Why Not". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joanne BrackeenPrism ... LP
Choice, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep that has the notes cascading wonderfully – in rich melodies with a very deep sound, but still lots of sharp edges, and this sense of freedom that makes you think she's always just about to go outside – before pulling it back a bit. Gomez is sublime, as always – and his bass work adapts perfectly to each individual moment – stating itself strongly, but never in a way that's gimmicky at all – and always balanced between a sense of melody and timekeeping too. Titles include "Lost Or Found", "International Festival", "Evanescent", "If You Dare", and "Prism". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Ray BryantAlone At Montreux ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Solo Ray Bryant – recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1972, and featuring versions of a number of his classics, plus a few other odd numbers. Ray's no stranger to the solo piano format – having first recorded this way in the early 60s – and his work in the style is surprisingly great, far more exploratory and open-ended than you might expect if you know his regular soul jazz work. Titles include "Cubano Chant", "Gotta Travel On", "Little Susie", "Blues #2", "Libestraum Boogie", "Slow Freight", and "Blues #3". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny BurrellTender Gender ... CD
Cadet/Passion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Straight, strong, and soulful sounds from guitarist Kenny Burrell – quite possibly one of his best albums of the 60s, thanks to a really well-focused sound throughout! The groove here is nice and tight – a cooking little rhythm section that features Richard Wyands on piano, Martin Rivera on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – snapping away on the kit on some of the best tracks, and really helping Burrell to hit this groove that's mighty nice! Kenny seems to have a bit more bite than usual too – and even the laidback tunes have plenty going on to keep our ears happy. Titles include "La Petite Mambo", "Suzy", "The Tender Gender", "Girl Talk", "Isabella", "If Someone Had Told Me", and "Hot Bossa". CD

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Chris ByarsMusic Of Duke Jordan ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
The music of Duke Jordan, but in a really fresh setting – handled here by altoist Chris Byars, who's brought together a compelling lineup for the set! Many of these tracks are numbers you'll either know as bop standards, or from Jordan's trio recordings – but the approach here is quite inventive, and makes the record way more than just a tribute – in the creative style of Byars' previous projects dedicated to Gigi Gryce or Lucky Thompson. Chris opens up the tunes with instrumentation that includes bass clarinet from Stefano Doglioni, trombone from John Mosca, and guitar from Pasquale Grasso – as well as vocals from singer Yaala Ballin, who composed lyrics for two Jordan tracks – "If I Did Would You" and "Lesson In Love" – which are nestled nicely next to instrumentals that include "Jordanish", "Undecided Lady", "There's A Star For You", "Glad I Met Pat", and "The Bullet". CD

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Michael CarvinFlash Forward ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Michael Carvin flashes backwards here – using a quartet of young talent to make magic with a host of older jazz standards – but all at a level that really reflects the freshness of his music in recent years! Carvin's been a favorite of ours for decades, but it seems as if his recent larger recognition has brought about a whole new fire in his music – similar to the rise Roy Haynes experienced in the 90s, with a similar sense of renewed purpose and direction! Here, Michael works with Keith Loftis on tenor, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, and Jansen Cinco on bass – on work by Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, and others – tracks that take an especially great cue from the tenor lines in the lead. Tracks include "Sayonara Blues", "In Walked Bud", "Same Shame", "You Go To My Head", and "So What". CD

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Teddy CharlesOn Campus – Ivy League Jazz Concert ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A great Bethlehem Records date from vibes man Teddy Charles – stepping out here in a set that's one of his most openly swinging of the time! The record still has some of the modern currents of Teddy's other work, but also makes great use of Zoot Sims on tenor – really pushing him out front for some bold solos on most numbers – in a great group that also includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Sam Most on flute, and Dave McKenna on piano. There's a bit of audience noise at times, but we can't tell for sure if this is an actual live album – given the clarity of the performances throughout. Titles include "Nigerian Walk", "Rifftide", "Yesterdays", "That Old Black Magic", and "Yale Blue". CD

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New John ColtraneLush Life ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957/1958. Used ... $1.99
Strong work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – even if the album is sort of a collection of tracks that Trane recorded for Prestige, instead of a discreetly separate session! Side one features Coltrane's tenor in a spare setting with Earl May on bass and Art Taylor on drums – playing mellow tunes like "I Love You" and "Like Someone In Love", as well as the original "Trane's Slow Blues". Side two features a blowing session mode – with Donald Byrd, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes – on the cuts "Lush Life" and "I Hear A Rhapsody". CD
Also available Lush Life (SACD) ... CD 16.99

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John ColtraneLush Life (SACD) ... CD
Prestige, 1957/1958. Used ... $16.99
Strong work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – even if the album is sort of a collection of tracks that Trane recorded for Prestige, instead of a discreetly separate session! Side one features Coltrane's tenor in a spare setting with Earl May on bass and Art Taylor on drums – playing mellow tunes like "I Love You" and "Like Someone In Love", as well as the original "Trane's Slow Blues". Side two features a blowing session mode – with Donald Byrd, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes – on the cuts "Lush Life" and "I Hear A Rhapsody". CD
(Out of print Super Audio CD.)
Also available Lush Life ... CD 1.99

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New John ColtraneSettin' The Pace ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... $1.99
4 long tracks with plenty of room to roam around – a perfect setting for a young John Coltrane to demonstrate his distinctly different approach to the tenor sax! The album's one of Trane's key classics for Prestige – a quartet side that features backing by the trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – very open, and uniquely creative – especially in some of the more surprising moments! Titles include a great version of Jackie McLean's "Little Melonae", plus "Rise N Shine", "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You", and "I See Your Face Before Me". CD

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New Chick CoreaMad Hatter ... LP
Polydor, 1977. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A goofy cover, and a tribute to Alice In Wonderland, but a nice little record – one that has Chick Corea playing a wide variety of keyboards next to acoustic piano – coming up with a sound that's sometimes cosmic, sometimes spacious, but always a lot more creative than most of his contemporaries! The album's got a bit of a high concept feel – as strings and larger arrangements sometimes slide into the mix – and all compositions, arrangements, and production were handled by Chick. And just when things seem as if they might get a bit too arty, tunes slide back into a more straightforward jazzy mode – keeping some of the best Corea elements in place over the course of the record. Other players include Herbie Hancock, John Thomas, Harvey Mason, and Joe Farrell – and Gayle Moran sings a bit on the record. Titles include "Dear Alice", "The Woods", "Rhapsody", "The Mad Hatter", "Falling Alice", and "Humpty Dumpty". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Chick CoreaMy Spanish Heart ... CD
Polydor (Germany), 1976. Used ... $6.99
Given that Chick Corea first got his start working in the New York Latin scene back in the 60s, the album's a bit of a return to his roots – even if the general theme here is Spanish, and not Afro-Cuban! The Corea Spanish Heart here is cast in some darker, more contemplative tones than more traditional Latin sides – but it borrows a wonderful array of modes from genres past – including bits of strings, percussion, and an overall more ambitious approach that sometimes shows up in Chick's piano work, or in the general construction of the tunes. The double-length set features a wide variety of Spanish-influenced numbers – played by Corea on acoustic piano and a variety of keyboards, with other players who include Don Alias, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, and Steve Gadd. Titles include "Love Castle", "The Gardens", "Night Streets", "The Hilltop", "Armando's Rhumba", "Prelude To El Bozo", "Spanish Fantasy", and "My Spanish Heart". CD
Also available My Spanish Heart ... LP 6.99

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New Chick CoreaMy Spanish Heart ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Given that Chick Corea first got his start working in the New York Latin scene back in the 60s, the album's a bit of a return to his roots – even if the general theme here is Spanish, and not Afro-Cuban! The Corea Spanish Heart here is cast in some darker, more contemplative tones than more traditional Latin sides – but it borrows a wonderful array of modes from genres past – including bits of strings, percussion, and an overall more ambitious approach that sometimes shows up in Chick's piano work, or in the general construction of the tunes. The double-length set features a wide variety of Spanish-influenced numbers – played by Corea on acoustic piano and a variety of keyboards, with other players who include Don Alias, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, and Steve Gadd. Titles inclu de "Love Castle", "The Gardens", "Night Streets", "The Hilltop", "Armando's Rhumba", "Prelude To El Bozo", "Spanish Fantasy", and "My Spanish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover.)
Also available My Spanish Heart ... CD 6.99

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Chick CoreaMy Spanish Heart (plus bonus track) ... CD
Verve, 1976. Used ... $6.99
Given that Chick Corea first got his start working in the New York Latin scene back in the 60s, the album's a bit of a return to his roots – even if the general theme here is Spanish, and not Afro-Cuban! The Corea Spanish Heart here is cast in some darker, more contemplative tones than more traditional Latin sides – but it borrows a wonderful array of modes from genres past – including bits of strings, percussion, and an overall more ambitious approach that sometimes shows up in Chick's piano work, or in the general construction of the tunes. The double-length set features a wide variety of Spanish-influenced numbers – played by Corea on acoustic piano and a variety of keyboards, with other players who include Don Alias, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, and Steve Gadd. Titles include "Love Castle", "The Gardens", "Night Streets", "The Hilltop", "Armando's Rhumba", "Prelude To El Bozo", "Spanish Fantasy", and "My Spanish Heart". CD includes the bonus track, "The Clouds". CD
(Verve Master Edition.)

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Correction with Mats GustafssonShift ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... $28.99
Nothing needs correction here – as the set's one of the most compelling settings we've heard for reedman Mats Gustafsson in a while – a record that really bubbles over with a wonderful sense of energy and musicality, and which shows a really fresh side of Gustafsson's talents! Mats plays baritone sax throughout – sometimes with a frenzy that drives bold sounds out of the instrument, as if it's an engine for generating fast tones – sometimes with a rich, soulful sense of tone that evokes an older jazz baritone scene, gone avant. But the Correction trio is very much part of the special nature of the record, too – a wonderful balance of piano from Sebstian Bergstrom, bass from Joacim Nyberg, and drums from Emil Astrand Melin – working in a way that's very different than some of the other trio modes you'd get on the sorts of power dates to usually feature a player like Mats. Titles include "Winters Within", "Personal Note 3", "Four Is A Sufficient Condition For Amendment", and "Correct This". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Henri CrollaJazz In Paris – Begin The Beguine ... CD
Universal (France), 1955. Used ... $6.99
Short swing based tracks recorded by French guitarist Henri Crolla in the mid 50s – originally issued on one LP and 2 45 rpm eps, and lovingly repackaged here with full notes, in a set that includes 16 tracks in all. About half the tracks feature vibes work by George Daly and piano by Georges Arvanitas – and some of the other tracks feature a young Martial Solal on piano, recording under the nom-de-date of Lalos Bing. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "Begin The Beguine", "If I Loved You", "Alembert's", "The Continental", "If I Had You", "Stardust", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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Miles DavisJazz At The Plaza Vol 1 ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... $1.99
A great lost live set – recorded in 1958 during that pivotal time when Miles was working with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The whole thing's a great example of how the group could hold up the perfection of Kind Of Blue in a live setting – and the long tracks include "Jazz At The Plaza", "If I Were A Bell", and "Oleo". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Miles DavisRelaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – and although the tracks are mostly ballads and standards, they're all nicely given the Davis treatment on the set, turned into beautiful new vehicles for jazz imagination and improvisation! Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "I Could Write A Book", "Oleo", and "Woody'n You". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lou DonaldsonCosmos ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Very Good+ ... $16.99
An overlooked funky gem from Lou Donaldson – a later date for Blue Note, done in a style that's a bit expanded from his small combo sets of the 60s – but still filled with plenty of soul and groove! The lineup features core key players Leon Spencer on Hammond, Melvin Sparks on guitar, and Idris Muhammad on drums – but there's also some added percussion, trumpet from Ed Williams, and a bit of vocals from the group Essence – who slide in with this slinky soul groove that's mighty nice! Lou plays alto sax – both electric and acoustic – and the tunes include the great originals "The Caterpillar" and "Caracas" – plus a sublime remake of Curtis Mayfield's "If There's A Hell Below (We're All Going To Go)", and a sweet take on "I'll Be There". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Cover has a cut corner and a large name in red marker on front.)

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Lou DonaldsonPretty Things ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good- ... $19.99
A massive classic from Lou Donaldson's funky years with Idris Muhammad on drums – an album that's filled with lots of bottom-heavy grooves, plus some great work on alto, guitar, and organ! Muhammad's drums are in fine fine form here – right up there with his other LD Blue Note work, if not even better – and the rest of the lineup features Leon Spencer and Lonnie Smith on organ, Ted Dunbar and Melvin Sparks on guitar, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – all top-shelf players who really make the album kick nicely. Titles include the classic cut "Pot Belly", which was sampled by Tribe Called Quest and about a hundred others – plus "Curtis Song", "Sassie Lassie", "Love", and a version of "Tennessee Waltz" that's even a nice one too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has some wear and seam splitting, with some stains and pen on the back.)

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Lou DonaldsonSweet Lou ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good ... $3.99
Sweet Lou, but funky Lou too – a perfect blend of modes that makes for one of Donaldson's last great albums for Blue Note! The set's got some fuller arrangements from Horace Ott – but given Ott's work in the indie soul world during the 60s, there's still a nice edge to the record too – a mode that blends Lou's alto sax with some electric grooves in the CTI/Kudu mode – yet still with plenty of respect for the soloist at the helm! There's a bit of female chorus vocals on the record – used in a hip way to underscore the chorus bits on some of the more soulful tunes – and Donaldson almost does a Stanley Turrentine bit on the ballads, by blowing these soulful lines that sound surprisingly great in the modern setting. Rhythm features Pretty Purdie on drums, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Horace Ott on keyboards – and titles include the funky classic "Peepin", a remake of the earlier "Herman's Mambo", and a sweet take on Bobby Womack's "You're Welcome Stop On By" – as well as the cuts "Hip Trip", "Lost Love", and "if You Can't Handle It Give It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Kenny DorhamUna Mas ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $5.99
An excellent groover from Kenny Dorham – possibly one of his best ever albums for Blue Note – a record that shows how much he was pushing past his bop roots in his later years! The tracks are extremely long, and done with a complexity in rhythms that mixes Latin elements with hardbop modes – all set up in a style that really stretches out, and drives Dorham's trumpet with a fire he'd hardly had before. The rest of the group is super-sharp – key young players who really help keep an edge the the whole thing – with Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Henderson on tenor, Butch Warren on bass and Tony Williams drums. Tracks are all long, incredible Dorham originals – "Una Mas" fills up side one, and "Straight Ahead" and "Sao Paulo" cover the flip. Also includes a bonus track, a sweet warm take of "If Ever I Would Leave You". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Bob Downes Open MusicYou're Funkin' Good ... CD
Bob Downes Music, 2001. Used ... $4.99
A clunky title, a so-so cover, a later recording date – and yet, the record's wonderful overall – a surprisingly funky effort from British reedman Bob Downes! The album is Bob's tribute to funky sounds oif the 60s and 70s – and although it includes a few tracks penned by Downes back in the day, the music was recorded in the past decade or so – yet done with a surprisingly classic feel overall – one that really serves the funky style of the music very well! The group is very stripped-down – just a trio with electric bass and keyboards, plus Downes on tenor, alto, flute, soprano sax, and even a bit of vocals – the kind of shouted, James Brown-chorus type – which are processed here to give them a really offbeat sound. The whole thing's pretty great – and you can bet that if this was a small label pressing from the US scene of a few decades back, it would be changing hands for a pretty penny. Titles include "Afro Swing", "Happy Funk", "A Man Without A Woman", "Pow Wow", "Funky Groove", "Hottin Up", "C'Mon Baby", and "You're Funkin Good". CD

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Charles EarlandBlack Talk! ... CD
OJC, 1970. Used ... $6.99
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his unique sound on the organ. But with this record, Earland really broke out wide – and hit a huge audience that made him one of the most in-demand players of the early 70s! The Earland touch is summed up perfectly here – a really fluid approach to the keys that shakes loose the clunkier styles of older Hammond players, and goes for a tightened-up groove that puts equal emphasis on rhythm and melodic improvisation – in a way that's always made Charles' records some of the best jazz dancers to come out of Prestige. Earland has an amazing way of completely transforming a tune – taking a familiar melody, but riffing on it extensively – slowly expanding it through almost modal progressions – until the tune opens up into a long extended jazzy groove! Proof of this is the album's sublime 11 minute version of "More Today Than Yesterday" – a solid stepper that never gets old – and other tunes include "Black Talk", "The Mighty Burner", "Here Comes Charlie", and "Aquarius". Oh, and players include Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, and Idris Muhammed – an all-star lineup, but tightly guided by Charles as if they were his own working group! CD

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Eliane EliasCross Currents ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1987. Used ... $6.99
Lovely work from Eliane Elias – and exactly the set you should turn to if you ever doubted her chops on the piano! Elias starts with a quick rendition of Bud Powell's "Hallucinations", played with a deftness that Toshiko Akiyoshi would appreciate – and the set then runs into a batch of tunes that includes some charming originals from Eliane – those fully-formed numbers that always made her a well-rounded talent right from the start! The blend of sensitivity and swing on the record is really impressive – and made even better by a set of players that includes Eddie Gomez on bass, Barry Finnerty on guitar, and Jack DeJohnette and Peter Erskine on drums. Titles include "One Side Of You", "Impulsive", "Cross Current", "Campari & Soda", and "Peggy's Blue Skylight". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Bill EvansHow My Heart Sings ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $5.99
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is completely at home on the record, working with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian – both players who helped to re-invent the role of rhythm in the piano combo of the time! Titles include a sublime reading of "How My Heart Sings", plus "Walking Up", "Show Type Tune", "Summertime", "34 Skidoo", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". CD

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Bill EvansMoonbeams ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the promise of genius made by Bill on his first few albums – a bold step forward that really makes this album one of Evans' standout sets of the early 60s! Titles include an early reading of Evans' wonderful tune "Re: Person I Knew", plus "Very Early", "In Love In Vain", "Stairway To The Stars", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD

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Art FarmerBrass Shout ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good ... $29.99
A great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black/rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear, with some pen on the back.)

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Art FarmerOut Of The Past ... CD
GRP/Argo, 1960/1961. Used ... $9.99
A great CD that combines most of the material on Art's two albums for Argo – Art (1960) and Perception (1961). Art is a beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, an easily blown batch of trumpet tracks played with trio backing by Tommy Flanagan, Tommy Williams, and Albert Heath. The tracks are all in the four to five minute range, with Art crafting lyrically soulful lines over the top. Titles include "Who Cares", "Out Of The Past", "Younger Than Springtime", "That Ole Devil Called Love", and "Goodbye Old Girl". Perception is similar, an amazingly beautiful set of tracks from Art – playing with superb accompaniment from a young Harold Mabern, in a laidback quartet format that really lets Art open up! Art's playing is fresh and creative throughout – never over the top, with that subtle genius that he was bringing to his work in the 60s – and the choice of material includes Tom McIntosh's great composition "The Day After", plus Art's "Punsu" and "Kayin". One track from each album has been omitted to fit the material on one CD (which is BS, by the way, as the CD is only 64 minutes long!) – but if you can stand having the incomplete versions of the albums, this is a great deal for some rare material! CD
(Out of print.)

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Victor FeldmanSwinging On A Star ... CD
Candid (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Sharp-edged live work from Victor Feldman – a set that features both vibes and piano, often with a bit more bite than usual for Vic! The material was recorded live at Ronnie Scotts in 1964 – and the group's a trio on all numbers – with Feldman on vibes and piano, plus Rick Laird on bass and Ronnie Stephenson on drums. Tracks are of moderate length, but stretch out nicely – almost recalling some of Feldman's best London recordings of the late 50s – and certainly with that open, swinging sense of rhythm that made those sides so great. Overall, the album's a great revelation if you've only thought of Victor as a more staid player – and titles include "Alley Blues", "Liebestraum", "Azul Serape", "Swinging On A Star", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Too Blue". CD

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Greg Foat GroupGirl & Robot With Flowers Remix EP (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99
A great addendum to Greg Foat's excellent Girl & Robots album – a set that's billed as a remix album, but which actually offers up much much more! The set's got less the feel of reworked material from another record, then a vibe that feels like a continuation of the great trippy jazz that Greg cooked up in the studio – almost as if the label uncovered more tapes that have the group jamming on alternate versions that sound even sweeter than the originals! Loads of keyboards, vibes, and spacey drums – and titles include "Girl & Robot With Flowers Part 5 (with Lumiarja)", "Have Spacesuit Will Travel Part 2 (Linkwood rmx)", "Clear Skies Select Stick (Vakula rmx)", "For A Breath I Tarry (Francis Dosoo's borrowed breath)", and "Girl & Robot With Flowers Part 4 (Cherrystones rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on very cool lime green vinyl!)

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George Freeman/Charlie EarlandIntroducing George Freeman Live With Charlie Earland Sitting In ... LP
Giant Step, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Rare album featuring a live recording of Freeman and Charles Earland – recorded in Philadelphia by Sonny Hopson (according to George, it was done without his permission). The song list is fairly standard for a live lounge set, but George manages to get some crazy solos in (if you've ever seen him live, you'll know what we're talking about). It's not Franticdiagnosis, but it's a nice document of a certain moment, and one we hardly ever see. Includes "Stormy Monday Blues", "Funky Walk" and a number of standards and pop tunes,lik "Let It Be" and "Wine & Roses". LP, Vinyl record album

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Red GarlandPC Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), Late 50s/1970. Used ... $11.99
PC here refers to Paul Chambers – who's touted in the liner notes as if he was the leader of the set, although it's just a regular Red Garland trio set from the late 50s! Chambers had died the year before, so it made sense that the session was packaged as sort of a tribute to him for this 1970 release – especially because it includes the nice long groover "PC Blues". Art Taylor's on drums for most of the tracks, but Philly Joe Jones sits in on one tune – and Red Garland, of course, is magnificent on piano. Titles include "Ahmad's Blues", "Lost April", "Tweedle Dee Dee", and "Why Was I Born?". CD

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New Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from some of the Garland accompaniment on horn-based sessions – a style that's introspective, but always spirited – sprightly, but never flowery – that magical style that allowed Garland to bridge different worlds of jazz piano in the 50s. Paul Chambers is a perfect accompaniment here on bass, Art Taylor's work on drums is a masterpiece of understatement, and although the titles are all familiar, they're certainly given a special Garland touch! Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "If I Were A Bell", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "I Know Why", and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Red Garland's Piano ... LP 15.99

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Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from some of the Garland accompaniment on horn-based sessions – a style that's introspective, but always spirited – sprightly, but never flowery – that magical style that allowed Garland to bridge different worlds of jazz piano in the 50s. Paul Chambers is a perfect accompaniment here on bass, Art Taylor's work on drums is a masterpiece of understatement, and although the titles are all familiar, they're certainly given a special Garland touch! Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "If I Were A Bell", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "I Know Why", and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Red Garland's Piano ... CD 4.99

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Erroll GarnerConcert By The Sea (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1955/1963. Used ... $13.99
One of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong focus on his amazing work on the keys of the piano – filled with rhythmic invention at every turn, in a way that can only be described as Garner-esque, and which still leaves us breathless after all these years. Despite the oft-heard power of the record, it's still a great one – worthy of discovery even if it wasn't a hit. Rhythm is by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Denzil Best on drums – on tracks that include "Teach Me Tonight", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", "Red Top", "April In Paris", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Erroll's Theme", and "Where Or When". CD also features another bonus live date – a 1963 performance at the Seattle World's Fair, with Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums – equally well-recorded, on titles that include "Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe", "Sweet & Lovely", "Mack The Knife", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Dancing Tambourine", and "Thanks For The Memory". CD also features one more bonus track – a 1954 recording of "Misty" with Wyatt Ruther on bass and Eugene Heard on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Erroll GarnerSoliloquy ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Very Good ... $3.99
A very personal album from Erroll Garner, as you might guess from the title – a set of solo piano numbers delivered with an even deeper sense of lyricism than usual! Garner's still got a bit of his trademark sense of rhythm here, but he also works with a more powerful sense of flow – as he mixes tuneful melodies with his own sublime improvisations, often in a way that's surprisingly gentle, and completely sublime. A few numbers still have that bouncing, cutting groove that made Garner stand out from the start – but the mellower numbers are the real winners here, in a completely different way. Titles include "No More Time", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "I Surrender Dear", "If I Had You", and "Don't Take Your Love From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 2.)

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Jef Gilson & OthersChansons De Jazz (10" LP pressing) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Some of the coolest, grooviest work we've ever heard from French jazz arranger Jef Gilson – a whole host of tunes he performed in collaboration with different singers – a few of which are previously unreleased, and appear here for the first time! The music is a great change from the pop of the "yeh yeh" generation in France – and shows that if you know where to look, you can find some really great vocal work in the Parisian scene – music that bristles with all the best modern touches of Gilson's instrumental inclinations, and which almost points the way towards the hip mix of styles to come from the Saravah Records generation. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and very jazzy – and vocals are either in French, or wordless and scatting. Titles include "Yada Nouga" by Tshura, "Le Blanc Coton" by Celia, "J'En Ai Assez" by Beatrice Amy, "Modo Azul" by Anna Maria Bondi, "Dans La Niege Et Le Vent" by Grazilella, and a few more great tunes by unknown singers! LP, Vinyl record album

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John GrayNew Wave ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A really great little album – one of the few sessions recorded during Capitol's "Dimensions In Jazz" years, and one that features a twin-guitar lineup that's very cool! Guitarist John Gray's in the lead, handling all solos, and he's backed by a trio that features Herb Ellis on rhythm guitar, plus bass and drums. Gray's got a raspy, almost rock-like tone that's a strong contrast to Ellis' smoother lines – which makes for a sparkling groove that's almost a bit like what you'd hear if Santo & Johnny cut some jazz! Titles include "Caravan", "Comme Ci, Comme Ca", "One Note Samba", "Memphis In June", and "Witchcraft". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Grant GreenShades Of Green ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Very Good+ ... $22.99
A stellar album from Grant Green – very different than most of his other work for Blue Note, and a sly electric groover recorded with vibist Billy Wooten! The sound here is a bit more spacious than some of Grant's earlier albums, yet no less funky – thanks to a hip undercurrent of soul in the drums, and arrangements from Wade Marcus that keep things fluid throughout. Wooten's vibes are wonderful, a ringing counterpoint to Green's great lines on guitar – and even the more familiar tunes on the record turn out to be really unique readings here – thanks to the arrangements and overall conception. Mellow moments are dripping with plenty of soul, and the funky ones are pretty great too – and titles include a killer medley of James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing" and "Cold Sweat", a heavy version of his instrumental groover "In The Middle", and a great original called "California Green" – plus "Never My Love", "Sunrise Sunset", "Got To Be There", and "If You Really Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing, with some pen on the label. Cover has edge wear and a name in pen on both sides.)

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Lionel HamptonFlying Home ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
If you ask us, Hamp from this time is a lot more exciting than he was in the early days! Here, Hampton's working with his very popular mid 50s orchestra – in an open-ended Verve setting that lets the group play long and open-ended versions of the sorts of material that they'd do in a live setting. Given that they were one of the hardest working bands in the country at the time, they're all quite juiced in the setting – and you'll hear them wail on an album-side reading of "Flying Home", plus 2 other long tracks, "Dinah" and "This Can't Be Love". Hamp's vibes are best of all – nice and hard, a real precursor to the tone that Bobby Hutcherson used early on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Trumpeter logo Clef pressing with a deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Herbie HarperFive Brothers (aka Herbie Harper Quintet) ... LP
Tampa, 1955. Very Good ... $11.99
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 HarrisTender Storm ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 60s. Used ... $7.99
A warm set of soulful 60s numbers from Eddie Harris – almost a ballad album at times, but with a groovier feel overall! The album features a great group that has Harris on acoustic tenor or Varitone sax – warmed up by the piano of Cedar Walton, bass of Ron Carter, and drums of Bobby Thomas. Walton's presence here is especially strong – a nice pairing with Eddie, given the inherently lyrical lines in both players. Titles are familiar, but come off with a very personal vibe – and tunes include "My Funny Valentine", "If Ever I Would Leave You", "The Tender Storm", and "On A Clear Day". Great stuff – with a very solid vibe! CD

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Coleman HawkinsTimeless Jazz ... CD
Jazztone/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... $19.99
Obscure recordings that Hawk did for the Jazztone label in the mid 50s – sides that were not well packaged at the time, and often get confused with other work recorded for different labels. The tracks capture Hawkins at a wonderful period in his career – almost lost between eras, but playing with a sound and tone that demand immediate attention – and which have a timeless quality that we love even more than his earlier work. There's some slight touches of the modern edge that Hawk would pick up more at the end of the 50s – but mostly, the dominant approach is one that features lush and soulful tenor work – almost perfect, with nary a note out of place! Players include Billy Taylor, Milt Hinton, and Joe Jones on the core group – plus Emmett Berry and Eddie Bert – and titles include "Blue Love", "If I Had You", "Get Happy", "Just You Just Me", "Cheek To Cheek", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tubby HayesNight & Day ... CD
Candid (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
Pretty great work from Tubby Hayes – even if the sound quality is sometimes a bit "live"! Tubby's one of our favorite tenor players ever, and he really shines in this set of live recordings from the years 1963 to 1965 – cut when Tubby was really opening up his sound a lot, past the Sonny Rollins-influenced bop mode of the late 50s, into a yearning searching tone that's hardly been matched on the instrument. The 5 tracks in the set all feature small groups of Brit players – including Terry Shannon, Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Seamen, and Allan Ganley, all frequent partners of Hayes – and although the fidelity isn't as great as you might get in the studio, Hayes' solos are excellent throughout, going on for a very long time, and at a quality level to match his classic Fontana recordings from the same era. Titles include "Night & Day", "The Simple Waltz", "Half A Sawbuck", and "I'm Old Fashioned". CD

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New Richard Groove HolmesSpicy ... LP
Prestige, 1967. Very Good ... $5.99
Plenty of groove, and plenty of spice – a set that has the heavy Holmes taking off in his best 60s soul jazz formation! The tracks are extremely tight – a bit shorter than usual, but in a really good way – almost to show that Grove Holmes could pack plenty of niceness into a tune, with less room than other players needed! Rhythms are great – tightly snapping throughout, and definitely in a "Misty" vibe – and the session features great guitar work from both Gene Edwards and Boogaloo Joe Jones, plus drums from George Randall, and some especially nice congas from Richard Landrum – which gives many numbers a sweetly skipping groove. Loads of fantastic covers here, that really transform the tunes – and titles include "If I Had A Hammer", "Old Folks", "123", "Never On A Sunday", "Boo D Doo", "Work Song", and "Day In The Life Of A Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of aging.)

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IPABubble ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $18.99
A brilliant bubble of sounds from IPA – much more searing than you'd guess from the album's title – served up here in a sharp brace of trumpet, tenor, and vibes! The group's overflowing with that modernist Moserobie label energy we love so much – tight in construction, but still able to really stretch out freely with individual voices throughout – really wonderful sounds from Magnus Broo on trumpet, Mattias Stahl on vibes, Atle Nymo on tenor, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Hakon Mjaset Johansen on drums! The vibes are especially great – stark in sound, but surprisingly soulful too – and ringing out with a power that's hard to deny – on titles that include "Dolphy", "If A Waltz", "Bubble", "Boomerang", "Ting", and "Kanshibari". CD

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Milt JacksonAin't But A Few Of Us Left (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pablo (Japan), 1982. Used ... $6.99
The title's a bit self-pitying, but the music certainly isn't – and even at this late point in his career, the sound of Milt Jackson is coming across loud and clear – possibly more so, because Milt's firmly shaken off the mellower modes of his years with the MJQ! The record has Jackson working with the Oscar Peterson trio with Ray Brown on bass and Grady Tate on drums – and the overall structure of the tunes is definitely dictated by Peterson, but very strongly touched by Jackson once his vibes ring into the mix. Titles include "Stuffy", "Body & Soul", "What Am I Here For", "If I Should Lose You", "A Time For Love", and "Ain't But A Few Of Us Left". CD
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Milt JacksonBig Bags – Milt Jackson Orchestra ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging charts that have a nice touch of modern, but lots of straightforward grooving too! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums – plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Titles include renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD

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Milt JacksonBig Band Bags (Big Bags/For Someone I Love – Milt Jackson & Big Brass) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1962. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Two excellent early 60s sides from Bags, both casting him in a larger setting than the smaller, tighter ensembles he typically worked in. On Big Bags Jackson takes on a set of 10 standards (mostly) with some help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones, Ron Carter and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums, plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Includes renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". The second album of this set is also a surprisingly nice pairing – the vibes of Milt Jackson and some larger horn backings that fall heavy on the trumpet and trombone side of the spectrum! The sound's not nearly as heavy or hokey as you'd expect – thanks to arrangements by Melba Liston – and the horns do a nice job of setting a scene that lets Milt's vibes sneak in and out with effortless ease – coloring things with a great one, and a very rhythmic feel. The album's worth it for one track alone – the really great "Bossa Bags", which grooves with a sound that's everything you'd expect from the title! Other tracks include "Extraordinary Blues", "Save Your Love For Me", "For Someone I Love", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "Just Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Keith JarrettConcerts – Bregenz/Munchen (3CD set) ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1981. New Copy 3 CDs ... $24.99 29.98
A wonderful presentation of this incredible live material from Keith Jarrett – some of his most important solo piano recordings ever, on a par with the classic Koln Concert album, or his performances in the Sun Bear box set! Jarrett's at his warmest and most lyrical here – spinning out these amazing long lines on piano with an incredible sense of vision – never too self-indulgent, nor too noodling – and always with an ear for tuneful moments that appear quite often along his musical journey! Much of the work is untitled – save for "part 1" or "part 2" – indicating that it was created on the spot, in a really magical moment of improvisation – and even the few tunes with titles feel as if they're just being written then – discovered by Jarrett deep in the musical heart that informs his best moments. 3CD set features the two part Bregenz performance, with encores of "Untitled" and "Heartland" – and the four part "Munchen", with the additon of "Heartland" and "Mon Coeur Est Rouge". CD

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Jan Johansson & Rune GustafssonWhen The Sun Comes Out ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
An insanely big amount of music from these two key Swedish jazz talents of the 60s – a 2CD package that features loads of trio material from pianist Jan Johansson, plus sides done in collaboration with guitarist Rune Gustafsson, and a few more tracks by Rune on his own! CD1 is overflowing with Johansson – a mix of standards, modern numbers, and even some of his famous jazz and folklore experiments – on titles that include "Premiar", "Prisma", "Rebus", "When The Sun Comes Out", "The Nearness Of You", "Inverfju Med Ett Piano", "Skobonka", and "Vallat Fran Jamtland". CD2 is even cooler – as it features the whole album Young Guitar – very hip early work from guitarist Rune Gustafsson – maybe his greatest album ever! The set's got Rune in some really great company – lots of modern piano lines from the great Jan Johansson – plus a shifting lineup of other players that includes Gosta Nilsson on trumpet, Bjarne Nerem on tenor, Aken Persson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass! Tunes are a nice mix of tight arrangements and bold lead lines from Gustafson and Johansson – both of whom really step out in strong, but compact ways – with a vibe that's both different than Jan's trio work, and some of Rune's softer later albums. Titles include "Blowin The Blues Away", "Thursday's Theme", "If You Life", "Haitian Fight Song", "Two Pieces", and "Killer Joe". CD also features four tracks by The Runestones – more rocking material that includes "Walking To New Orleans", "Exodus", and "Hjalmar & Hulda" – plus duets between Johansson and Gustafsson on titles that include "In The Night", "Two Little Pearls", and "Johan Gustafssons Vals". CD also features three bonus tracks that have Johansson with Stan Getz or Oscar Pettiford. CD

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New Hank JonesTalented Touch (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1958. Used ... $19.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Clifford Jordan & OthersComplete Strata East Sessions (In The World/Izipho Zam/Rhythm X/Glass Bead Games/Zodiac/Super Bass) (6CD set) ... CD
Strata East/Mosaic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 6CDs ... $94.99
A really amazing set of work from tenorist Clifford Jordan – a player who first rose to fame in the hardbop scene of the late 50s, but who moved into tremendous new territory with these Strata East recordings of the late 60s and early 70s! Jordan was a Chicago contemporary of players like Johnny Griffin and Von Freeman, but he was never content to rest on his laurels – and stretched out on these records with a spiritual vibe that he'd never expressed before – and which would go onto inspire countless other musicians in years to come! This set brings together all the Dolphy Series recordings that Jordan recorded – either as an artist or producer – two of which were never issued on record at the time. Jordan's own albums for the label are wonderful enough – the double-length Glass Bead Games, one of our favorite records ever – and the killer In The World, which is great too. But this set also adds in other Strata East albums that really help illustrate the scene in which Jordan was working – including the excellent Pharoah Sanders non-Impulse session, Izipho Zam; the modern music of Charles Brackeen on Rhythm X, with Don Cherry on trumpet and Brackeen on tenor; and the great Cecil Payne album Zodiac, which has some of the last trumpet work ever from Kenny Dorham. Plus, the set also features two extremely rare albums – the never-issued Shades Of Edward Blackwell – led by the drummer, with Don Cherry on trumpet and Luqman Lateef on tenor, plus a bit of log drum from Jordan – and the obscure Super Bass album from Wilbur Ware, which features Jordan on tenor, in a quartet with Ware on bass, Don Cherry on trumpet, and Ed Blackwell on drums! These two albums are worth the price of the package alone – even if you have other Strata East albums in your collection – and the whole thing features the usual sublime Mosaic package and booklet. CD
(In great shape!)

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Stan KentonKenton Showcase – The Music of Bill Holman and Bill Russo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $4.99
One of the best Kenton LPs ever, and one that really shows the band's beautiful blend of avant garde playing with a swinging jazz sensibility. A CD reissue of two 10" albums – one showcasing the arranging style of Bill Russo, the other of Bill Holman. Both sides are excellent, and filled with fantastic material played by Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, and other Kenton modernists. If you've ever wondered why the Kenton band was so great, check this one out. Tracks include "A Study For Bass", "Solo For Buddy", "Hav-A-Ana", and "Kingfish". The CD includes four bonus tracks – "Of All Things", "Lover Man", "My Funny Valentine", and an alternate version of "Bags"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan KentonKenton Showcase - The Music of Bill Holman and Bill Russo ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $6.99
One of the best Kenton LPs ever, and one that really shows the band's beautiful blend of avant garde playing with a swinging jazz sensibility. A CD reissue of two 10" albums – one showcasing the arranging style of Bill Russo, the other of Bill Holman. Both sides are excellent, and filled with fantastic material played by Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, and other Kenton modernists. If you've ever wondered why the Kenton band was so great, check this one out. Tracks include "A Study For Bass", "Solo For Buddy", "Hav-A-Ana", and "Kingfish". The CD includes four bonus tracks – "Of All Things", "Lover Man", "My Funny Valentine", and an alternate version of "Bags"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan KentonNew Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, 1952. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Beautiful modernist work from Kenton – one of the first albums to cull his genius together as a whole, filled with the kind of tracks that perfectly sum up his unique approach at the time! If you've ever wondered what makes Kenton so great, this is the album to begin with – as it's filled with fantastic original tunes that provide a shimmering solo showcase for work of players like Lee Konitz, Frank Rosolino, and Bill Holman. Titles include "23 N - 82 W", "Young Blood", "Improvisation", and the haunting "Invention For Guitar And Trumpet", which features Sal Salvador and a young Maynard Ferguson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained on the bottom 3 inches.)

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Ryan KisorLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2008. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Trumpeter Ryan Kisor's got a great partner in the frontline here – alto player Sherman Irby, whose angular tones really give the record an edge! As we love in Irby's own sessions, there's a mix here of soulful and modern that's really wonderful – kind of an open flow on the horns, but this off-kilter edge, too – as if Kisor and Irby are carefully choosing never to get too sweet in their choice of notes, and doing a good job of avoiding cliches in the process. Other players include Peter Zak on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums – and tracks are quite long and open – a really great setting for a group like this! Titles include "Con Alma", "Enigma", "Blues For Worm", and "Cool & Hot". CD

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Jimmy KnepperSwinging Introduction To Jimmy Knepper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), 1957. Used ... $6.99
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The album is one of the rarest Bethlehem sides – and it features Knepper leading a crack group that includes Bill Evans, Gene Quill and drummer Dannie Richmond, making a rare non-Mingus appearance here! The tracks are shortish, and a number of them are standards, but the group swings nicely, and Knepper's tone is nice and edgey on most tracks. Titles include "Avid Admirer", "Close As Pages In A Book", "Ogling Ogre", and "Idol Of The Flies". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Azar LawrenceSeeker ... CD
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Tremendous work from Azar Lawrence – part of a great return to form the reedman has had in recent years – and, if anything, a run of music that's maybe even greater than his legendary sides from the 70s! Lawrence is razor-sharp throughout – spinning out bold, soulful lines on tenor and soprano sax – with a quintet that includes Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Benito Gonzalez on piano, Essiet Okon Essiet on bass, and Jeff Tain Watts on drums! Payton's got a fire that may well surpass his own recent albums – and Lawrence provides a set of original compositions that soar to the stars from the very first note – really wonderful tunes that include "Venus Rising", "Gandhi", "Lost Tribes Of Lemuria", "The Seeker", "One More Time", and "Rain Ballad". CD

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Hubert LawsLaw's Cause ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. Used ... $16.99
A wicked mix of Latin influences, mod sounds, and 60s soul jazz – all set up beautifully to showcase the flute of a young Hubert Laws! The album's got a nice little bounce right from the start – with some traces of Atlantic soul elements – but it soon moves into some of the more sophisticated territory that you'd hear on Laws albums in the 70s – that wonderful tone, and great sense of space. Chick Corea handled the arrangements, and comes up with some really groovy sounds – and the album includes the tune "No More", with vocals by Melba Moore – plus "Windows", "Shades of Light", "If You Knew", and "Please Let Go". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Lou LevyYa Know ... CD
Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ... $12.99
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the latter of whom also plays a bit of cello as well – making for a mix of plucked and bowed bass sounds that really deepen the bottom colors of the record. Yet Levy's also the clear star here, and if anything his work on piano here is far greater than even his better-known earlier sides – soulfully flowing, yet never sleepy – always with a sense of grace and exploration that really amazes us – an ability to digest modern ideals, but make them come out as warmly personal expressions that you'd never hear so perfectly from other younger players. Titles include "Lunartique", "Davana", "Quarte's Fever", "The Hymn", "Paradise", and "Ya Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Lewis & Svend AsmussenEuropean Encounter (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Near Mint- ... $0.99
A uniquely European Encounter between pianist John Lewis and violinist Svend Asmussen – and one that makes for a different blend of instrumentation than you'd get on some of John Lewis' other albums as a leader! The pair are supported by Jimmy Woode on bass and Sture Kalin on drums – for a 50/50 mix of American and European – in a style that's wonderfully spare, and which brings out some of the best dark tones of both players – and which also has Asmussen's instrument inflecting some nice color into Lewis' tones. The album sports a wonderful version of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" – plus a set of Lewis originals that include "If I Were Eve", "Winter Tale", "Slater's Theme", and "New York 19". LP, Vinyl record album
(Atlantic Jazzlore pressing.)

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Junior ManceJubilation ... CD
Sackville (Canada), 1994. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Wonderful late work from Junior Mance – a solo piano session, and one that really shows the great range of growth he'd experienced over the decades! Mance was always great, no matter what the setting – from lyrical trio dates of the early years, to soul-drenched sides of the 60s – but this album has him moving with a wonderfully sensitive vibe, as well – amazing right hand touches that flow with boundless energy over the keys of the piano, as Junior paints these sublime pictures in sound, while still keeping an overall sense of soul as well. A really revelatory album, especially if you only know Junior from the 60s and 70s – and titles include "All The Things You Are", "The Single Petal Of A Rose", "Autumn Leaves", "Atlanta Blues", and "Old Folks". CD

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Herbie MannWindows Opened ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Herbie Mann's opening plenty of windows with this one – and plenty of doors too – really letting some new influences come to his music, thanks to the presence of Sonny Sharrock on guitar and Roy Ayers on vibes! The album's one of Herbie's wildest from the 60s – and the mix of vibes, flute, and guitar is very very nice – a great blend that really gives a strong showcase to both younger players. Ayers' vibes are especially wonderful – similar to his own soulful Atlantic albums of the period – and Sharrock's guitar isn't as crazy as in later years, but has this sharp edge that's really different than usual for most of his jazz contemporaries. The album features great covers of "There Is A Mountain" and "If I Were A Carpenter" – plus surprisingly bold tunes that include Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", Charles Tolliver's "Paper Man", and Ayers' own "Windows Opened". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the corners and some discoloration on back.)

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Herbie Mann with MachitoAfro-Jazziac ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great little LP – even if it is a discographer's nightmare! The record was most likely recorded originally under Machito's name, and only featured Mann as a soloist – but it's not the album Kenya, so we're not sure which one it is, although it does look like a repackaging job designed to cash in on Herbie's fame at other labels. Whatever the case, though, the record is a crack bit of New York Latin Jazz – with loads of short driving tracks very much in the mood of Machito's Kenya album. Herbie's credited with writing all the numbers – and titles include "Afternoon Death", "Brazilian Soft Shoe", "African Flute", "The Davis Cup", and "Carabunta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Spine is lined with tape.)

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Warne MarshNe Plus Ultra ... CD
Hatology/Revelation (Switzerland), 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A masterpiece by Warne Marsh – and proof that there was always a committed modernist lurking behind some of his more straightforward playing! The session has sort of a post-Tristano underground west coast feel (if we can make up such a heavy handed term!), and it features a piano-less quartet with Marsh on tenor, Gary Foster on alto, Dave Parlato on bass, and Terry Tirabasso on drums. Foster's playing at this point in his career is wonderful, with lots of crisy icy tones that remind us of the best Konitz recordings of the mid 50s. Tracks are long and introspective, and titles include Tristano's "Lennies Pennies" and "317 E 32nd", Konitz's "Subconscious-Lee", and the original improvisation "Touch & Go". CD

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Harvey MasonChameleon ... CD
Concord, 2014. Used ... $6.99
A great step backwards for Harvey Mason – a sweet little record that really takes us back to Harvey's wonderful work in the 70s! The album's a great blend of funky fusion and soul – and although most tracks are instrumental, there's also some key vocal moments too – which help give the set that balance that we love on Mason's classic albums for Arista! A number of the tracks are older cuts, too – but redone in nicely different versions here – not just retro 70s funk reworkings, but informed with both the changes that Mason's gone through in previous decades, and the newer flavors of the 21st Century underground. Titles include "Black Frost", "Places & Spaces", "Montara", "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Mase's Theme", "Chameleon", and "Looking Forward". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Hidehiko MatsumotoModern Jazz ... CD
Teichiku/Think (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
An early gem from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto – easily one of the greatest players on the Japanese scene of the postwar years, and a tenorist who we might easily compare to the great Hank Mobley! This album's got the same sort of soulful subtlety of Mobley's classic Soul Station – an easygoing blend of strong tenor leads, piano, bass, and drums – plus a bit of guitar that mostly sits back in the rhythms and complicates them slightly. Hidehiko's tone is wonderful – bold, strong, and deep, but extremely personal too – very much at home with the familiar standards of the set, yet not in a way that has him sleepwalking through them. Titles and players are all in Japanese, so we can't tell you much more – but take it from us, this album's a cooker, especially if you dig the laidback Blue Note work of Hank Mobley or Ike Quebec! CD

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Marian McPartlandAfter Dark ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Very Good ... $11.99
An excellent album by Marian McPartland – a bit "high concept", but that's what makes it work! Marian's usually sleepy trio is augmented by cello and harp – and instead of turning the record into a snooze fest, the added strings actually give it a slightly darker quality than usual, keeping us awake through a strange other-wordly mix of sounds that's given a bright jazz finish and a nice sad undertone. Tracks include "Chelsea Bridge", "If I Love Again", "Sand In My Shoes", "For All We Know", and "Easy Come Easy Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Charles MingusCharles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus ... LP
Candid, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The title's an apt one, because after frustrations experienced working for Columbia and other labels, Mingus is finally allowed the freedom here to present his own ideas in all their unfettered glory – working with a bracingly tight quartet that features Eric Dolphy on alto and bass clarinet and Ted Curson on trumpet! A number of the tracks here are familiar in their titles from other records, but the versions here stretch out far longer – moving past 10 minutes on 2 of the album's 4 tracks, and approaching that limit on others. But even more noticeable is the spareness of the sound – as the smaller group versions allow for a tremendous amount of solo space, really letting the focus fall on the two horn players, with the bass of Mingus and drums of Dannie Richmond shading in the space behind and beyond. Titles include "Folk Forms No. 1", "All the Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother", and the original uncensored version of "Faubus Fables". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles MingusPithecanthropus Erectus ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $4.99
An amazing record – quite possibly one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, and a session that has Charles Mingus stepping boldly forward in a whole new direction! The album shakes loose the sometimes too-academic modern tones of Mingus albums from the previous year or two – and unleashes the bold, raw emotion that would drive him firmly into the 60s – a new sense of freedom in music, filled with poetry, anger, joy, and life! The tracks are all quite long – and played by a sharp quintet with Mingus on bass, Jackie McLean on alto sax, JR Monterose on tenor, Mal Waldron on piano, and Willie Jones on drums. Titles include "Pithecantrhopus Erectus", "A Foggy Day", "Love Chant", and "Profile of Jackie". The whole thing bubbles over with an anger and intensity that you hardly find in other Mingus albums, and if you've ever heard a weak Mingus album, and wondered what all the fuss was about, you owe it to yourself to own this one! We promise that it will never ever let you down. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Red MitchellWhat I Am ... CD
Caprice (Sweden), 1979. Used ... $7.99
A funny thing happened to Red Mitchell in the 70s – he moved to Sweden and got very very hip! This album's great proof of that change – as Red steps out from being just a jazz bassist, and sings a bit, plays piano, and generally works in a mode that would really surprise you if you heard him during the 50s. The vocal tunes have a style that's halfway between Bob Dorough and Mose Allison – a bit rootsy, a bit tongue in cheek, and often with very nice lyrics by Red himself – and they're set up amidst a shifting lineup that also features Bosse Broberg on trumpet, Nisse Sandstrom on tenor, and Goran Strandberg on additional piano. Overall, the album's mostly mellow – but there's one or two tracks that groove nicely with some warm, round bass tones. Titles include "Talking", "Tango Magnolia", "Micro Thought Number Two", "Now What Are We Gonna Do", "Envy", "You're Me", and "Avsked". CD

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Red MitchellWhat I Am ... LP
Caprice (Sweden), 1979. Sealed ... $9.99
A funny thing happened to Red Mitchell in the 70s – he moved to Sweden and got very very hip! This album's great proof of that change – as Red steps out from being just a jazz bassist, and sings a bit, plays piano, and generally works in a mode that would really surprise you if you heard him during the 50s. The vocal tunes have a style that's halfway between Bob Dorough and Mose Allison – a bit rootsy, a bit tongue in cheek, and often with very nice lyrics by Red himself – and they're set up amidst a shifting lineup that also features Bosse Broberg on trumpet, Nisse Sandstrom on tenor, and Goran Strandberg on additional piano. Overall, the album's mostly mellow – but there's one or two tracks that groove nicely with some warm, round bass tones. Titles include "Talking", "Tango Magnolia", "Micro Thought Number Two", "Now What Are We Gonna Do", "Envy", "You're Me", and "Avsked". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Thelonious MonkMonk's Music (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $1.99
A landmark in jazz – easily one of Thelonious Monk's greatest albums ever, and a magical crossroads of talents that brings together a variety of jazz traditions! The work is performed by an ambitious Monk septet that includes both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane on tenor – and if you've ever doubted the brilliance of Hawk, this is the record to change your mind. The rest of the group is equally great – with Ray Copeland on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – all coming together with Monk to craft a perfect set of tunes that are virtually the definition of "modern jazz". Titles include "Abide With Me", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule With Nellie", and "Epistrophy". CD features 2 bonus tracks – alternates of "Off Minor" and "Crepuscule With Nellie". CD

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New Lee MorganSidewinder ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Good+ ... $34.99
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really open up past that groover, into a realm of lyrical, soulful playing that's simply tremendous! The group on the record features Joe Henderson on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Crenshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the album rolls along with a sense of perfect power that is every bit Blue Note at its best! Titles include "Sidewinder", "Gary's Notebook", "Hocus-Pocus", and "Totem Pole". LP, Vinyl record album
( New York mono pressing with Van Gelder stamp and "ear". Cover has half split seams.)
Also available
Sidewinder (non-RVG edition) ... CD 5.99
Sidewinder (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 1.99

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New Lee MorganSidewinder (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $5.99
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really open up past that groover, into a realm of lyrical, soulful playing that's simply tremendous! The group on the record features Joe Henderson on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Crenshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the album rolls along with a sense of perfect power that is every bit Blue Note at its best! Titles include "Sidewinder", "Gary's Notebook", "Hocus-Pocus", and "Totem Pole". CD
(CD case has a cutout notch.)
Also available
Sidewinder ... LP 34.99
Sidewinder (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 1.99

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John ColtraneSettin The Pace ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Around January 20, 2015
4 long tracks with plenty of room to roam around – a perfect setting for a young John Coltrane to demonstrate his distinctly different approach to the tenor sax! The album's one of Trane's key classics for Prestige – a quartet side that features backing by the trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – very open, and uniquely creative – especially in some of the more surprising moments! Titles include a great version of Jackie McLean's "Little Melonae", plus "Rise N Shine", "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You", and "I See Your Face Before Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Settin' The Pace ... CD 1.99

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Josh BermanOld Idea ... CD
Delmark, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Old Idea, maybe, but a fresh, engrossing and straight up excellent set of modern jazz with an ear for classic avant garde – coronet player Josh Berman's debut as a leader! We're not sure if Berman has shown admirable patience and restraint in waiting until he felt ready to get put out marquee record of his own as leader, or if he's just been so swept up in being such a dynamic part of so many other exceptional improvisational projects (Exploding Star Orchestra, Rolldown, etc), but it's a really strong record, and we hope he stays active in this capacity! It's a quartet setting, with Rolldown leader Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and bringing some excellent atmosphere to the record, Keefe Jackson on tenor sax, Anton Hatwich on bass and Nori Tanaka on drums. Kinetic, unpredictable, but very, connectively textured and grooving. Josh handles all of the compositions, and the titles include "On Account Of A Hat", "Next Year" (Parts A, B & C), "Let's Pretend", "Nori", "What Can?", "Db" and "Almost Late". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Wynton KellyComin' In The Back Door ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A real cooker of a set – and one that features Wynton's piano over some great larger backings from Claus Ogerman! The style of the set is really wonderful – as Wynton plays with a core smaller group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, plus regulars Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all of whom make more than ample space for Ogerman to come into the mix and fill up the tunes with some sweetly grooving 60s backings – often using electric bass to punch up the bottom, and rollick things around in a stepping style that's a nice mainstream take on the soul jazz groove that Kelly virtually helped invent! A few tracks are more in a small combo mode, but even those manage a pretty darn smoking groove – and overall, the album's got a lot more depth than even some of Kelly's best for the Vee Jay label from previous years! Titles include the bossa groover "Cesar & Cleopatra" – plus "Quiet Village", "If That's The Way You Want It", "Comin' In The Back Door", and "Theme From Burke's Law". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a factory sticker and staining on back.)

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New Victor LewisKnow It Today, Know It Tomorrow ... CD
Red (Italy), 1992. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Beautifully soulful work from drummer Victor Lewis – and a record that introduced the world to the tremendous tenor talents of Seamus Blake! The set's got a relaxed, flowing vibe that reminds us a lot of some of Lewis' collaborations with Bobby Watson – although Blake's tenor tone gives the record a deeper twist overall – set up beautifully alongside piano from Eduardo Simon and bass from Christian McBride, and also featuring a bit of trumpet and flugelhorn from Eddie Henderson – although honestly, Blake's the real standout horn talent on this date. Lewis wrote most of the tunes himself – somewhat poetic numbers, but with a lot of soul and swing – and titles include "The Loss Of A Moment", "Know It Today Know It Tomorrow", "Between Two Worlds", "The Truce", and "If You Only Knew Me". CD

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New Pat MethenyFirst Circle ... LP
ECM, 1984. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Arguably the last great album to come from the classic Pat Metheny collaboration with Lyle Mays – a record that's tightened up considerably from some of the group's earlier efforts, but which gives as its reward some wonderfully compelling tunes! Pat's still very much influenced here by a Brazilian fusion style – but he takes that approach, dismantles it, pulls out the best elements – and extrapolates them into a sound that's uniquely his own. Wordless vocals slide out on a few numbers, while guitar and keys sing alongside earthier percussion – in a style that's extremely evocative, and shows that even riding the top of his own success, Metheny was still more than willing to bring in new modes. Titles include "If I Could", "Forward March", "Yolanda, You Learn", "End Of The Game", and "Mas Alla". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Charles MingusPithecanthropus Erectus ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing record – quite possibly one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, and a session that has Charles Mingus stepping boldly forward in a whole new direction! The album shakes loose the sometimes too-academic modern tones of Mingus albums from the previous year or two – and unleashes the bold, raw emotion that would drive him firmly into the 60s – a new sense of freedom in music, filled with poetry, anger, joy, and life! The tracks are all quite long – and played by a sharp quintet with Mingus on bass, Jackie McLean on alto sax, JR Monterose on tenor, Mal Waldron on piano, and Willie Jones on drums. Titles include "Pithecantrhopus Erectus", "A Foggy Day", "Love Chant", and "Profile of Jackie". The whole thing bubbles over with an anger and intensity that you hardly find in other Mingus albums, and if you've ever heard a weak Mingus album, and wondered what all the fuss was about, you owe it to yourself to own this one! We promise that it will never ever let you down. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing – nice and clean, and heavy cover is great!)
 
 
 



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