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Hamiet BluiettIf You Have To Ask – You Don't Need To Know ... CD
Tutu (Germany), 1991. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Nathan DavisIf ... LP
Tomorrow International/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. Near Mint- (reissue)... $16.99
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever recorded by saxophone legend Nathan Davis – a sweet little session with plenty of electric touches! The sound here differs greatly from Davis' 60s work on the European scene – his amazing albums for MPS and Polydor – and the record's awash in funky drum breaks, rolling basslines, keyboard solos, and plenty of searing work on soprano, tenor, alto, and flute by Nathan himself! There's a spare, stripped-down brilliance to this album that makes it one of our favorite indie jazz albums ever – a sense of groove that's apparent from the very first note, but also a righteous vision for arranging and composition that easily puts the set right up there with the best on the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! A few funky standouts on the record have been sampled heavily over the years, but the whole thing's great through and through – and titles include "Tragic Magic", "New Orleans", "African Boogie", "Stick Buddy", and "Bahia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy HarperIf Our Hearts Could Only See ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
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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Evan Parker & Joe McPheeWhat/If/They Both Could Fly (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Two masters of sound and texture coming together wonderfully – in a set of live duets that feature McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax, and Evan Parker on tenor! We haven't heard the players duet since their mid 00s release on Okka Disk – and this set shows an even more sympathetic meeting of minds – long tracks that slowly build and find a sonic space that's just perfect – rolling out with the kind of organic energy that Joe brought to his classic work of the late 70s, and which Parker has really reached in his own music of the past decade or two. The set features three long tracks, very improvised – with the titles "What", "If", and "They Both Could Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(First edition pressing of 500 copies includes CD.)

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New Marcus RobertsIf I Could Be With You ... CD
BMG, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New John BishopNothing If Not Something ... CD
Origin, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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New Evan Parker & Joe McPheeWhat/If/They Both Could Fly ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two masters of sound and texture coming together wonderfully – in a set of live duets that feature McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax, and Evan Parker on tenor! We haven't heard the players duet since their mid 00s release on Okka Disk – and this set shows an even more sympathetic meeting of minds – long tracks that slowly build and find a sonic space that's just perfect – rolling out with the kind of organic energy that Joe brought to his classic work of the late 70s, and which Parker has really reached in his own music of the past decade or two. The set features three long tracks, very improvised – with the titles "What", "If", and "They Both Could Fly". CD
Also available What/If/They Both Could Fly (with bonus CD) ... LP 16.99
 
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Gene AmmonsSock! ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A striking title – and a strong set of grooves, even if the tracks were pulled from a variety of different sessions, and not recorded as a unified album. Jug plays tenor on all cuts – working in formats that range from a Mal Waldron led trio to larger honking groups with horn players like Henderson Chambers, Cecil Payne, Nate Woodward, and Gene Easton. Tracks are short, and most are pretty rocking – with titles that include "Blue Coolade", "Short Stop", "Scam", "Sock", "What I Say", and "Rock Roll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Gene Ammons, Etta Jones, & Jack McDuffSoul Summit Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and half split spine.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNice Guys ... LP
ECM, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – but no less strong, as if anything, the AEC has mastered their musical vision so well, they're coming across here with an extremely cohesive sound. Instrumentation includes a wide range of percussion, plus the usual bass of Malachi Favors and the saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell – and tracks include "Ja", "Folkus 11", "597-59", and "Dreaming Of The Master". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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Bunny BeriganTake It Bunny ... CD
Epic (Japan), Mid 30s/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes with the frenzy of any of his competitors, but also an entertainer who was willing to step back and personalize (and vocalize) things when needed. Players on the tunes include many who would go onto lead their own groups – Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Claude Thornhill, and others – and titles include "I Can't Get Started With You", "Solo Hop", "Dixieland Shuffle", "It's Been So Long", "Let Yourself Go", "If I Had My Way", "I'd Rather Lead A Band", and "A Melody From The Sky". CD
Also available Take It Bunny ... LP 4.99

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New Bunny BeriganTake It Bunny ... LP
Epic, Mid 30s/1955. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes with the frenzy of any of his competitors, but also an entertainer who was willing to step back and personalize (and vocalize) things when needed. Players on the tunes include many who would go onto lead their own groups – Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Claude Thornhill, and others – and titles include "I Can't Get Started With You", "Solo Hop", "Dixieland Shuffle", "It's Been So Long", "Let Yourself Go", "If I Had My Way", "I'd Rather Lead A Band", and "A Melody From The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(CSP pressing.)
Also available Take It Bunny ... CD 13.99

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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 (with bonus track) ... CD
Choice (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
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". CD features a bonus alternate of "International Festival". CD

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Anthony BraxtonSeven Standards 1985 – Vol 1 ... LP
Magenta/A&M, 1985. Near Mint- ... $6.99
If you've never heard Anthony Braxton play straight jazz, you owe it to yourself to check out this performance – it's a delight, like some of his few straight sets! With Hank Jones on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Titles include "Joy Spring", "You Go To My Head", "Old Folks", and "Background Music". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brecker BrothersBack To Back (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Soulful fusion from The Brecker Brothers – a set that's one of their standout efforts from the 70s – and a record that went onto influence a whole generation of jazz musicians too! The album features the twin horns of Randy & Michael Brecker, along with alto by David Sanborn, keyboards by Don Grolnick, and guitar by Steve Khan – but one of the things that really makes the album great is the vocal arrangements, which were handled by Luther Vandross, who also sings on the album along with Patti Austin! The set's got a great soulful feel – with some wonderful mellow groovers that have a sweet 70s sound – titles that include "Lovely Lady", "Night Flight", "Slick Stuff", "What A Miracle Can Do", "I Love Wastin Time With You", "Keep It Steady", "Grease Piece", and "Dig A Little Deeper". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "If You Wanna Boogie (single version)", and "Slick Stuff (single version)". CD

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Pat BrittStarrsong ... LP
Catalyst, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Pat Britt's one of our favorite overlooked players, and this record is one of the best (and few) that he ever made. He's got a free spiritual sound on the alto and soprano that sounds like other players from his era – like Gary Bartz and Andrew White. The great Dwight Dickerson is on piano, and the rest of the group is in a very hip soul jazz bag as well. This one's a nice one if you've always liked Gary Bartz's early albums, like Libra and Another World, and the set's a great batch of original material by Britt with very tight writing and playing. Titles include "There's Always Hope", "Starrsong", "Message From Morrocco", and "To Whom It May Concern". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, and index label on front.)

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Ray BryantLittle Susie ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Hard-hitting trio work from Ray – one of his early albums for Columbia, and the record that gave him a surprisingly big hit! "Little Susie" is one of those early 60s soul jazz standards, the kind of catchy tune that got played all over the place on radio, and which forever put the artist at the top of the list for recording dates and live sets for a few years. Ray's riding high here – with a trio that features brother Tommy Bryant on bass, and either Eddie Locke or Gus Johnson on drums – and the album's got lots of other short tracks with a similar down-home soul jazz kind of approach. Titles include "Blues For Norrie", "Big Buddy", "Greensleeves", and "If I Can Just Make It". CD

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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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Donald Byrd & Doug WatkinsTransition Sessions (Byrd's Eye View/Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill/Watkins At Large) ... CD
Blue Note, 1955/1956. Used 2CD ... $31.99
3 rare hardbop sides – issued together as one great 2 CD set! The album features work from 3 records first issued by the short-lived Transition label from Boston – Byrd's Eye View and Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill, both by Donald Byrd (in case you couldn't guess!), and Watkins At Large, one of the few albums ever issued by hardbop bassist Doug Watkins. The feel of the material is great – totally on a par with the Blue Note hardbop work of the late 50s, and featuring many players in common with those recordings – Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Duke Jordan, and Art Taylor. The 2CD set features 17 tracks on all, and it's the first time the material's been made available to the US market at an affordable price! Titles include "Return To Paradise", "El Sino", "Doug's Blues", "Crazy Rhythm", "If I Love Again", "What's New", "More Of The Same", and "Phinupi". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout notch.)

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New Donald Byrd with Clare FischerDonald Byrd With Strings (aka September Afternoon) (plus Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill) ... CD
Discovery/Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used ... $11.99
A heck of a rare slice of Donald Byrd's career – a rare "with strings" session, recorded in 1957, but never issued until a brief 1982 LP on Discovery! The set also marks a rare early large set of arrangements by Clare Fischer – who backs up Byrd's shimmering trumpet lines with some great strings on the album – making for a moody session that's also got some nice modernist touches underneath. Given Byrd's Parisian recordings, and his work for a variety of labels at the time (this one was supposedly done for Warner Brothers), it's interesting to hear his more open style before it was clamped into the tighter Blue Note groove of the 60s. Titles include "Varmeland", "Lazy Afternoon", "Moon Mist", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Dearly Beloved", and "September Afternoon". Added to this session is a slightly unusual choice – a much harder-edged quartet session from 1956 – Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill. The hard-to-find recording was originally cut for the obscure Transition label, and features a very different side than some of Byrd's other early two-leader sessions – especially as he blows with a warmth and moodiness that we don't normally hear from him at this point. The rest of the group includes Ray Santisi piano, Doug Watkins bass, and Jim Zitano drums – and titles include "Little Rock Getaway", "If I Love Again", "What's New", and "Stella By Starlight". 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 Don CherryComplete Communion ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just timekeepers – and deliver a lot of the melody of the session, yet still never lose their sense of swing. Barbieri's fragile raw tone proves to be a good one to work with Cherry, even if there are a few touches of Ornette in his playing. The album's divided up into 2 long suites – "Complete Communion" and "Elephantasy" – both of which are excellent. A real treat – with no sloppiness, lots of fresh ideas, and a good sense of both freedom and control! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell, Jimmy Woode, & OthersAmericans In Europe Vol 1 ... CD
Impulse/GRD, 1963. Used ... $4.99
If you read these pages often enough, you'll know that we're big fans of recordings made by American expatriot players while living in Europe during the 60's. The European rhythm sections often bring out new elements of their playing, and the interaction with European soloists hits modes that we sometimes don't hear on American recordings by the same artists. This series of live recordings from Germany in 1963 brings together an array of players that includes Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell, Jimmy Woode, Lou Bennett, Jimmy Gourley, Joe Harris, and Herb Geller. The cd's got a nice organ version of Horace Silver's "No Smokin", plus 2 Bill Smith originals ("Freeway" and "Pyramid"), and a haunting version of "Round Midnight" with Bud Powell and trio. CD
(Out of print, barcode has a mark.)

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New John ColtraneSettin The Pace ... LP
Prestige, 1958. Very Good ... $59.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp.)

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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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Valerio CosiCollected Works ... CD
Porter, Mid 2000s. Used ... $6.99
An earthy blend of jazz and improvisation from multi-instrumentalist Valerio Cosi – a collection of tracks from some recent self-released records, pulled together as a really great introduction to his music! Valerio plays a fair bit of alto sax on the record, often in looped fashion – and also handles flutes, sitar, guitars, and a variety of percussion instruments – often overdubbed on the same track, and occasionally processed with a bit of electronics too, but always with a sound that's pretty organic overall – as if the work was being done by a collective of spiritual avant players. Titles include "I Wanna Be Free", "Making Love In Lhasa", "Silver Stars & Golden Moon", "Harmonia Raag", "Mozambico", and "Interstellar Trane" – plus "Love Is Everywhere", which features some abstractions of the original by Pharoah Sanders! CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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New Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Paul GonsalvesLove Calls ... LP
RCA, 1968. Sealed ... $16.99
A surprisingly great album! At the outset, the set appears to be a snoozy record of late night ballads and blues – but it's actually an incredibly haunting set of tracks that feature two older tenor masters with the youthful soulful genius of Roland Hanna on piano. And while the feel of the tracks is definitely "late night", the tenor interplay is amazing, and filled with subtle little crazy bits that prevent the listener from lapsing into any sort of bluesy reverie. Titles include "The Man With The Horn", "If I Ruled The World", "Don't Blame Me", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed stereo 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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Miles Davis with John ColtraneSwiss Radio Days Vol 31 – Recorded Live In Zurich 1960 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A classic Miles Davis group – captured here in 1960 with incredible sound! The format is wonderful – as the tracks are quite long, and allow for lots of space for long trumpet solos from Miles, and tenor from John Coltrane – both supported beautifully by the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums! Coltrane's definitely in fine form – and has this commanding way of playing that almost blows away Davis – especially since Miles usually starts out most numbers here on his own, then lets Coltrane come in second – a move that almost makes the trumpet dim by comparison. Titles include "Fran Dance", "So What", "All Blues/Bye Bye", and "If I Were A Bell". CD

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New Jack DeJohnettePiano Album ... CD
Landmark, 1985. Used ... $4.99
Jack DeJohnette's best known as a drummer, but he's also played a bit of piano too – and this album focuses nicely on that side of his talents, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The trio lineup is a great one – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums – both players who'd make any keyboardist sound good, even if they didn't have the chops. Jack, though, definitely brings some skills to the session – playing both a bit inside at times, and also freewheeling and open, as you might expect from his work on drums. There's a bit of synth at points, but most of the record is acoustic and warmly soulful – with titles that include "Minority", "Lydia", "Countdown", "Spiral", "Milton", and "Ahmad The Terrible". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lou DonaldsonCosmos ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
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". CD
(SHMCD.)
Also available Cosmos ... CD 16.99

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Lou DonaldsonCosmos ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. Used ... $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". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)
Also available Cosmos ... CD 19.99

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New Lou DonaldsonPretty Things ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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 a light stain on one corner.)

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New Charles EarlandBlack Talk! ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good- ... $7.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear, a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, and some small stains on the back.)

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Lefty EdwardsRight Side Of Lefty Edwards ... LP
Workshop Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $36.99
A wonderful lost album of jazz from the Detroit underground of the 60s! Tenorist Charles "Lefty" Edwards may have only recorded this one album – and it's one of the few rare treasures on Motown's Workshop Jazz subsidiary. Lefty plays here in a soul jazz-oriented group with Johnny Griffin on piano, Joe Messina on guitar, Vance Matlock on bass, and Ben Apling on drums. The album's got a great laidback quality – kind of if Lester Young was able to kick back in a small Chicago soul jazz lounge during the early 60s – and Edwards' tone and placement of the solos is filled with the kind of on-the-spot imagination that you'd only catch at a small intimate club. Titles include "Feeling", "I Lay Me Down", "Gliding Home", "Up N Adam", and "Fly Me To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is nice and clean overall. Cover has some light ringwear, a bit of splitting on the spine, and some DJ notes on the back.)

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Eliane EliasCross Currents ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1987. Used ... $11.99
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.)

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Eliane EliasCross Currents ... LP
Blue Note, 1988. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole , edge wear, and some creases.)

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New Duke EllingtonThis One's For Blanton ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1972. Used ... $6.99
A great tribute to the late bassist Jimmy Blanton – served up by his old boss Duke Ellington, working here on piano alongside the bass of Ray Brown! This spare piano/bass session is a rarity in Duke's catalog – and it's a real later gem that captures the warmth and imagination of the Ellington piano sound in a near-solo setting. Brown's tones are round and nicely soulful – always a treat, even if not entirely in Blanton's spirit – and titles include "Pitter Panther Patter", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", "Sophisticated Lady", "See See Rider", and "Fragmented Suite For Piano & Bass" – a great extended piece that takes up all of side two! CD

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New Duke Ellington's SpacemenCosmic Scene (plus bonus track) ... CD
CBS (Holland), 1958. Used ... $8.99
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more flashy than the usual presentation for the Ellington group! The record's not nearly as trippy as you'd expect – but it's still a prime set of Ellingtonia from those key late 50s years – material played by a smaller group of "Spacemen" than Duke's fuller orchestra – with a bit more room for small group interaction, almost in a Verve mode. Players include Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonzalves on tenor, Quentin Jackson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass – and titles include "Avalon", "Midnight Sun", "Spacemen", "Bass-ment", "Early Autumn", and "Jones". CD also features a bonus alternate take of "Jones". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art FarmerBrass Shout/Aztec Suite ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $9.99
An amazing 2-in-1 CD – filled with sublime work from the mighty Art Farmer! First up is Brass Shout – 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". Aztec Suite is a rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, and played by an all-star array of players conducted by Al Cohn! Side one of the record features the extended "Aztec Suite" – an ambitious number that begins with modern moments that are somewhere in a space between Stan Kenton and Ralph Burns' experiments of this nature, but which always has Farmer's trumpet as the center focus. Side two features tracks that are a bit more conventional Latin jazz – still played by the bigger group, but with an even stronger sense of swing! Titles include "Aztec Suite", "Heat Wave", "Drume Negrita", "Alone Together", "Woody N You", and "Delirio". CD

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Victor FeldmanSwinging On A Star ... CD
Candid (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $9.99 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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Fire Room (Ken Vandermark)Broken Music ... CD
Atavistic, 2008. Used ... $7.99
Nothing broken here – except maybe your speakers if you mistakenly play this one too loud! The group's a power trio that features the tenor and baritone sax of Ken Vandermark, the drums of Paal Nilssen-Love, and electronics of Lasse Marhaug – all used at a level that's quite searing at times, and a lot more intense than most other recent work we've heard from Vandermark! The drums are especially bombastic on the louder tracks – really booming out with a power that Ken matches on his reed work – and the electronics follow suit nicely, reminding us of some of the better European jazz/electronic dates of years back. Other tracks are a bit more spacious, but still have a sinister feel that keeps us on our toes – and titles include "When Water Burns Air", "Hand Lettered", "Dashboard Fire", "Line Of Lead", "broken Music", and "Slag". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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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. Near Mint- ... $34.99
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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Johnny Frigo SextetJazz Is Now ... LP
Orion, Late 60s. Very Good ... $29.99
Another enigmatic groover from Johnny Frigo – featuring a set of tracks written for jazz dance compositions by the great Gus Giordano. The material here is pre Frigo funk, but it's still nice and groovy, and there's some lively moments that make this rare record worth searching out, if you're into sound library-type albums. Titles include "Insensative", "Merry Go Rock", "Open A New Window", "The Sit In", and "Ye Olde Jazz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some small stains, and a bit of aging, with a small rip and a bit of pen on the back.)

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Erroll GarnerSoliloquy ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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Stan GetzMaster ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A gem of a session from Stan Getz – recorded in 1975, but unissued until the mid 80s! The set was probably lost amidst the flurry of more dramatic jazz recorded by CBS at the time – as it's a relatively understated session that has Stan blowing with acoustic accompaniment from Albert Dailey on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – a great return to basics amidst some of Stan's more concept-oriented sessions for the label at the time. Don't let that understated quality stop you, though, because the album's one of Stan's most far-reaching – with very long tracks that feature the kind of freer blowing that Getz brought to classics like Sweet Rain, Captain Marvel, and Dynasty – and if you dig any of those, you'll find a very similar energy here! Titles include "Invitation", "Summer Night", and "Raven's Wood". CD

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Dizzy GillespieAfro (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve, 1954. Used ... $9.99
One of Dizzy Gillespie's finest Afro-Cuban moments! The material on this album has been issued under a few different titles over the years, but this is the early Afro package – the one that features a beautiful David Stone Martin cover, and a title that really gets at the Latin influences in the material. The centerpiece of the record is a side-long workout on the "Manteca" theme, played by Diz and a group that includes Lucky Thompson, Wade Legge, Charlie Persip, and Jose Mangual – all grooving hard in a sound that virtually defines the term of cubop! The other tracks on the album are great too – versions of "Caravan", "Con Alma", and "Night In Tunisia" – all done in a Latin jazz mode, with some nice flute solos by Gilberto Valdes. And if that's not enough, the reissue features a tiny 5" record sleeve cover – just like the original! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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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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Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A playfully swinging set from trombonist Tyree Glenn – working here in a nicely offbeat style that also includes a bit of vocals as well! Glenn's got a great way with the muted trombone – working the end with a wah wah approach that's certainly got its roots in trad jazz, but which also comes across here with a classy swinging 50s style – thanks to strong small combo backing from Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Potter, and Jo Jones. The album should sound hokey, but it doesn't – thanks to a richly expressive style by Glenn, one that's got more than enough soul to get past the gimmicks. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Love For Sale", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "If I Should Lose You", "I've Got The World On A String", "If Winter Comes", "Yesterdays", and "Stairway To The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multicolor bar pressing with deep groove – in beautiful shape, save for a promo stamp on the back.)

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Grant GreenBorn To Be Blue ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $7.99
A rare one from Grant Green – recorded in 1962, but not issued until 1985. The set's one of Green's early classics recorded with pianist Sonny Clark – a deeply soulful player who really had the right feel for Green's more lyrical soul jazz numbers. The rest of the group includes Ike Quebec on tenor, plus Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. The tracks are laidback and introspective – but still have enough of a groove to fit with Green's best work at the time. Titles include "Count Every Star", "If I Should Lose You", "Born To Be Blue", and "My One And Only Love". CD

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Grant GreenShades Of Green ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Very Good- ... $14.99
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
(German Liberty pressing. Side 2 has marks that click on tracks one and four. Cover has some wear, a half-split top seam, and a rip with some separation on along the bottom of the back paste-on.)

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Lionel HamptonStop! I Don't Need No Sympathy! ... LP
Brunswick, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
An excellent album of jazzy instrumentals – one that features the combination of Lionel Hampton's vibes with the groovy Chicago soul production of Brunswick! The tracks bounce along nicely, as if they were soul instrumental 45s for Brunswick – which is sort of what they were recorded as – and Hamp sounds better than he's sounded in years on this format! Titles include "Stop, I Don't Need No Sympathy", "I Wish It Was Me", "It's Time For Peace", "You Wouldn't Believe", and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, waviness, and some wear.)

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Herbie HancockFuture 2 Future ... CD
Transparent, 2001. Used ... $1.99
Herbie reinvents himself for the 21st Century – and ends up turning out one of his most compelling albums in years! As with his Future Shock years, Herbie's working here with Bill Laswell – but if that scares you a bit (it did us!), don't worry, because Laswell's much more in the background than you'd think, and instead, Herbie relies on some strong work by guests that include Carl Craig, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Rob Swift, to help take the groove to a whole new level. Titles include "The Essence", "This Is Rob Swift", "Black Gravity", "Tony Williams", "Ionosphere", "Alphabeta", and "Virtual Hornets". CD
(Out of print.)

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Herbie HarperFive Brothers (aka Herbie Harper Quintet) ... LP
Tampa, 1955. Very Good ... $29.99
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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Coleman HawkinsHawk In Flight ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good Gatefold ... $28.99
A beautiful 50s "collector's issue" pressing of earlier work by Coleman Hawkins – material recorded between 1939 and 1947, and most of it in wonderful small group format that lets Hawkins' tenor really come to the forefront! There's a genuis here that would be immediately apparent, even if the gatefold package didn't look so great – but given that it does, the whole thing's an extra-nice way to get these key early sides! Other players on the sessions include Benny Carter, JC Higginbotham, Allen Eager, Peter Brown, and Budd Johnson – and titles include "Half Step Down Please", "Bouncing With Bean", "Meet Doctor Foo", "Spotlite", "Low Flame", and "Jumping For Jane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear on the spine, but is intact and quite nice overall – as is the vinyl!)

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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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Tubby HayesTubby's New Groove (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Candid/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $32.99 40.98
Not a new groove, but a great one – the sound of Tubby Hayes in the late 50s – a time when his tenor skills were easily at the top of the UK scene – if not the entire global jazz scene as well! The album's a quartet date that really lets Tubby open up – recorded in the same manner of some of his best records for the Tempo label – with a laidback studio feel that offers a perfect demonstration of his improvisational skills on the tenor – blown deeply, soulfully, and with a quality that's really outta sight! The rhythm section is rock-solid – with the mighty Phil Seamen on drums, plus Terry Shannon on piano and Jeff Clyne on bass. Titles include "Supper At Phil's", "Visa", "Hook's Way", "The Trolley Song", "Symphony", and an alternate take of "Tin Tin Deo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit of an influence from Minnie Riperton that really warms up the set. Arrangements are by Cleveland Eaton, with a bit of help from Art Jenkins – and production is by Ralph MacDonald, who clearly has a great ear for the blend of jazz and soul that Bobbi's going for on the set. And although Larry Mizell's not on board, some of the cuts here still have that stepping/sliding sort of groove from Bobby's Mizell-produced Blue Note years – a really wonderful sound that's a perfect showcase for her uniquely jazzy talents on the flute! Tracks include "Freestyle", "Home Made Jam", "Sunset Burgundy", "Good Times", "My Destiny", "I Could Love You More", and "If You Want It". This Soulmusic.com edition has 2 bonus tracks: "Home-Made Jam (Extended Version)" and "Sunset Burgundy (Single Version)". CD
Also available Freestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. Used ... $9.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit of an influence from Minnie Riperton that really warms up the set. Arrangements are by Cleveland Eaton, with a bit of help from Art Jenkins – and production is by Ralph MacDonald, who clearly has a great ear for the blend of jazz and soul that Bobbi's going for on the set. And although Larry Mizell's not on board, some of the cuts here still have that stepping/sliding sort of groove from Bobby's Mizell-produced Blue Note years – a really wonderful sound that's a perfect showcase for her uniquely jazzy talents on the flute! Tracks include "Freestyle", "Home Made Jam", "Sunset Burgundy", "Good Times", "My Destiny", "I Could Love You More", and "If You Want It". This Soulmusic.com edition has 2 bonus tracks: "Home-Made Jam (Extended Version)" and "Sunset Burgundy (Single Version)". CD
Also available Freestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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New Bobby HutchersonNatural Illusions (Applause version) ... CD
Blue Note/Applause, 1972. Used ... $7.99
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the time on Blue Note – a style that's clearly trying for the more sophisticated sounds of CTI, and which beautifully balances the modes of presentation – so that there's still plenty of soulful moments and slyly funky bits alongside the strings and woodwinds in the orchestrations – proof that a record like this can be really brilliant if scored properly! Some moments get a bit modern and dark – almost in a William S Fischer kind of way – and titles include the great track "Rain Every Thursday", which begins with an excellent break – plus "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "Sophisticated Ladies", "When You're Near", "Shirl", and "Lush Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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IPABubble ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. Used ... $13.99
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 ... $13.99
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
(Out of print.)

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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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Plas JohnsonThis Must Be The Plas! ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A gem of a session from tenorman Plas Johnson – recorded for Capitol with small group backing that includes organ, piano, vibes, and a bit of guitar – all grooving in a mode that's much more suited to Johnson's deeply riffing style than the easy arrangements of much of his other work. Plas responds to the freedom by playing tenor, baritone, and alto sax – and he really grooves nicely on the whole set! Titles include "Heart & Soul", "Too Close For Comfort", "If I Had You", "My Old Flame", and "S'Il Vous Plait". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label promo pressing. Cover has splitting and masking tape on the seams and a rip on the spine, with a tracklist sticker, some pen, and an ink stamp on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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Hank JonesTalented Touch ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Sealed ... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)

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New Thad JonesMagnificent Thad Jones (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $8.99
One of the most wonderfully lyrical records ever cut for Blue Note! The amazing Thad Jones is in impeccable form here, leading a beautiful little quintet that has his warm trumpet paired with the soulful tenor of Billy Mitchell. The pair are perfect together, and move seamlessly through the session, trading solos with incomparable ease – yet never getting too perfect, and never lacking the humanity that makes a record like this so great. Barry Harris plays some wonderful piano – and the tracks include "If I Love Again", "Thedia", "If Someone Had Told Me", and "April In Paris". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "I've Got A Crush On You" and "Something To Remember You By". CD
(Out of print.)

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Wynton KellyComin' In The Back Door ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good ... $5.99
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
(Labels have some marker. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes MontgomerySmokin' At The Half Note (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... $4.99
One of the greatest 60s recordings from the Wyton Kelly Trio – thanks to some wonderful guest work from guitarist Wes Montgomery! Montgomery's working here in a gusty, rootsy style that recalls his best soul jazz sides from the earlier years – and which have a feel that's quite different than his later, more largely-arranged work for Verve. The Kelly Trio is in perfect form – with Wynton's heavy left hand leading the group on the piano, and superb rhythm backing from the team of Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Tracks are longish, with some nice solos – and include the 13 minute original "No Blues", plus "If You Could See Me Now", "Unit 7", "Four On Six" and "What's New". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – including "Willow Weep For Me", "Portrait Of Jenny", "Misty", "Impressions", and "Oh You Crazy Moon". The bonus tracks make for an album that's almost twice as long as the original! CD
(Verve master edition.)

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New Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
An odd choice for material, but a surprisingly nice record – and just the kind of session needed to break Barney Kessel out of some of his too-familiar trio modes of the 50s! The record here features jazz takes on tunes from the opera Carmen – in case you didn't figure that out from the title – all adapted by Barney himself, on charts that feature Buddy Collette on flute, Ray Linn on trumpet, Victor Feldman on vibes, and Andre Previn on piano – a lineup that helps keep things creative and playful without sounding too gimmicky. Titles include "Free As A Bird", "If You Dig Me", "A Pad On The Edge Of Town", "The Gypsy's Hip", and "Carmen's Cool". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Barney Kessel Plays Carmen ... LP 19.99

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An odd choice for material, but a surprisingly nice record – and just the kind of session needed to break Barney Kessel out of some of his too-familiar trio modes of the 50s! The record here features jazz takes on tunes from the opera Carmen – in case you didn't figure that out from the title – all adapted by Barney himself, on charts that feature Buddy Collette on flute, Ray Linn on trumpet, Victor Feldman on vibes, and Andre Previn on piano – a lineup that helps keep things creative and playful without sounding too gimmicky. Titles include "Free As A Bird", "If You Dig Me", "A Pad On The Edge Of Town", "The Gypsy's Hip", and "Carmen's Cool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy mono pressing.)
Also available Barney Kessel Plays Carmen ... CD 5.99

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Barney KesselSome Like It Hot ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good- ... $19.99
A pretty nice jazz tribute to the Billy Wilder film of the same name – and one that reprises a number of tunes from the film, especially popular songs of the 20s – but brings them back in a way that's still got plenty of hip 50s jazz touches! The record's nicely without the hoke that came with a lot of the music in the movie – thanks to a lineup that includes Art Pepper (on tenor, alto, and clarinet!), Joe Gordon, Jimmy Rowles, and Jack Marshall – playing a bit of rhythm guitar in addition to Barney Kessel's main solo one! And if there ever was a record to illustrate the old jazz adage "it ain't the song, it's the singer", this record may be it – because Barney and crew really work some magic with old chestnuts like "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "Sugar Blues", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Runnin Wild", "By The Beautiful Sea", and "I'm Through With Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split spine, a partially split bottom seam, some wear, and a few stains.)

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New Roland KirkVolunteered Slavery ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful vocals and a straight-on approach that shows him trying to break out of the avant jazz underground, and reach a wider audience with a spiritual message on tracks like "Search For The Reason Why" and "Spirits Up Above". If this description sounds like a mess, it's not – because this side of the album is one of Kirk's most brilliant statements ever about jazz, soul, love and freedom! Side two has Roland in a straighter vein – running through a tight live set from Newport 1968, handled with fire and imagination, the kind of boundless energy he always brought to his public appearances. Tracks on that set include "One Ton", "Three For The Festival", "Afro Blue", and some great remarks by Roland! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Labels have some marker. Cover has some light wear & a cutout notch.)

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Guy LafitteJazz In Paris – Blue & Sentimental ... CD
Universal (France), 1954. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
One of the greatest tenor stars in postwar Europe was Guy Lafitte – a magnificent player whose genius rivalled Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, but also one who's been sadly underrecognized outside the French scene of which he was a part. Most of Lafitte's best work from the old days is extremely rare – and this long-overdue set is one of the first times his recordings from the 50s have been reissued properly. The set features tracks recorded in 1954 with a group that includes vibes (Geo Daly), piano (Raymond Fol), and guitar (Jean Bonal) behind Guy's wonderfully-toned tenor – and most of the material is in an easy swinging style that gives him the best room to roam around. The tracks are mostly standards – like "If I Had You", "Stardust", "Where Or When", and "I've Got The World On A String" – but the real genius is in Lafitte's playing, which will grab you from the first moment, and hold you all the way through! CD has a bonus track – "Boogie Blues". CD

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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 ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $3.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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New O'Donel LevyEverything I Do Gonna Be Funky ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles Covington on keyboards, and some great electric funk arrangements by Dave Matthews! The album's got a more full-on funk approach than some of Levy's more laidback efforts from the time – and the instrumentation's all very hard-grooving, with lots of sweet electric touches! Tracks include "Living For The City", "Sideshow", "Hey, Love", "Are You Foolin' Me", and "Marbles". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ramsey LewisAnother Voyage ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Sealed ... $9.99
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and jazz scene of the time – all coming together under the guidance of Lewis and Stepney, with a sound that points the way towards countless 70s recordings to come! Highlights include a bit of kalimba from drummer Maurice White, some great guitar from Phil Upchurch, and plenty of tasty electric keys from Ramsey himself – really laying back in a righteous kind of groove – hitting new heights on tunes that include "Bold and Black", "If You've Got it, Flaunt It", "Do What You Wanna", "Cecile", "Wanderin Rose", and "Opus #5". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Johnny LytleDone It Again ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $16.99
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a relaxed West Coast vibe – a beautiful blend that rivals, if not beats, the sound of Cal Tjader on late 60s Verve! Jimmy Foster grooves along on organ, and the interplay with Lytle is key to the classic sound – but the whole group is great here – Major Holley on bass, Peppy Hinant on drums and Don Alias on conga, which brings in plenty of Latin kick. 6 of the 10 numbers are Lytle originals, including "Done It Again", "Sleepy Dozier", "Zote", "Jungle Child" and "Happy Preacher" – plus "If Ever I Should Leave You", "People" and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harvey MasonChameleon ... CD
Concord, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
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

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Howard McGheeMaggie – The Savoy Sessions ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Howard McGhee had a bit of a checkered recording career over the years, but the material he cut for Savoy was some of his strongest – and showed the bop trumpter as one of the more innovative players of his generation, willing to experiment with more interesting arrangements and styles than some of his contemporaries. We're not sure if this 2LP set contains all of Maggie's work for Savoy, but it's got a heck of a lot of stuff, with great notes, and even some unissued material. Titles include "Bass C Jam", "Fiesta", "Belle From Bunnycock", "Royal Garden Blues", "Lady Be Good", "Harvest Time", "Short Life", and "Talk Of The Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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Joe McPheeUnderground Railroad ... LP
CJR/Bo Weavil (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Joe McPhee's first record – the start of an amazing legacy in jazz, even if the original pressing was only issued in a small number of copies! Even at this early stage, Joe's showing a strong musical vision – working in a style that moves off the New York avant scene of the 60s, but which also shows traces of the spiritual exploration to come in the 70s – a unique voice that's not only all his own, but also quite different than some of McPhee's more widely-circulated records of the late 70s. Joe plays trumpet, pocket cornet, and tenor – and the rest of the group features Reggie Marks on saxes and flute, Tyrone Crabb on bass, and Ernest Bostic on drums and vibes – the last of which are really wonderful. Titles include "Underground Railroad", "Harriet", and "Message From Denmark". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 Mingus, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, et alNewport Rebels ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A classic early 60s session for Candid Records – put together by a group that includes Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and a host of other musicians who were working here as "Newport Rebels" – by setting up the Jazz Artists Guild Festival as a protest against the increasingly commercialized Newport date! And for the record, the group definitely live up to their name – really shaking off the easier modes popularized at the Newport festival, and coming across with a style that's much more modern, firey, and righteous! Other artists include Abbey Lincoln on vocals, Booker Little on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eric Dolphy on saxophone, and Jimmy Knepper on trombone – and titles include a great rendition of "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do" – plus 2 other great originals, "Cliff Walk" by Booker Little and "Mysterious Blues" by Mingus. LP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby reissue pressing, from the 70s. Cover has some wear.)

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Roscoe MitchellRoscoe Mitchell Quartet – Live At A Space 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville, 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of Roscoe Mitchell's greatest albums from the 70s – a record that easily matches, if not beats, his classic recordings for Delmark and Nessa! Like those sets, there's a perfect sense of clarity here – the best essence of the AACM scene, taken to its most adventurous level by Roscoe – who's working way beyond music here, and is into a rich array of tones, textures, and sonic shapes – really amazing elements to come from a familiar alto, soprano, or tenor saxophone! He's got some great creative help on the project too – Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, and Spencer Barefield on guitar – the last of whom is darker here than on most of his later recordings. Obviously, the sensitivity that Lewis and Abrams bring to the record is a perfect match for Mitchell's direction – and the long tracks draw much from the spontaneous interplay between the three players. Titles include "Tnoona", "Music For Trombone & B Flat Soprano", "Cards", and "Olobo". Plus, this amazing new version features 4 great unissued tracks – including a beautiful version of "Naima", plus "Prelude To Naima", "Dastura", and "Nonaah". CD

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Thelonious MonkMonk's Music ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Monk's Music (Korean pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Thelonious MonkMonk's Music (Korean pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC (Korea), 1957. Used ... $11.99
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Monk's Music ... LP 15.99

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JR MonteroseStraight Ahead (aka The Message) ... LP
Xanadu, 1959. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A beautiful session cut by the obscure tenor player J.R. Monterose – a musician who never made it big by jazz standards, but who was always one of the most respected players amongst his jazz contemporaries. This rare session was originally cut for the short lived Jaro label, and on vinyl, it sells for well over $100 (if we ever see it!) The session's got Monterose's unique tenor in a setting with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and as you might expect from that cast, the set's a great mix of hardbop and modernism. Titles include "Straight Ahead", "Short Bridge", "Green Street Scene", and "Chafic". LP, Vinyl record album

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James MoodyHey It's James Moody ... LP
Argo, 1959. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A magnificent little album – one of James Moody's first collaborations with arranger Tom McIntosh – one of the most sensitive jazz voices of his time. McIntosh works in a world of many tones and colors – and he really pushes Moody past straighter solo approaches, into a mode where he's shaping sound into complex emotion – hitting a level of soulfulness that might never been expected in earlier years! Moody plays both tenor and flute on the session, and rhythm is by a piano-less trio that features John Gray on guitar, Eldee Young on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums. And if that's not enough, Eddie Jefferson joins in on vocals on 2 tracks – lending his own lyrics to Moody's great original "Last Train From Overbrook", and doing a great reading of "Summertime". Other tracks include "Stella By Starlight", "Indian Summer", "Please Say Yes", and "Blue Jubilee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing with the deep groove in the green cover, with a center split on the top seam.)

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New Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... Around August 25, 2014
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

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New Miles Davis & John ColtraneLegendary Stockholm Concert, March 22, 1960 ... CD
Dragon/Natasha, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic (and now out-of-print) double album set of a stunning live performance by Trane and Miles, recorded in Sweden in 1960. The tracks are all long, with backing by the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Highlights include "Green Dolphin Street", "Fran-Dance", "So What", "All Blues", and "Walkin/The Theme". Even if you've got most of the studio recordings with Miles and Trane, this session's a key addition to any collection of their work, and features stunning performances that are strikingly different from their studio work of the time. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Lou DonaldsonCosmos ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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 some wear and an index label on back.)
Also available
Cosmos ... CD 19.99
Cosmos ... CD 16.99

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Johnny LytleHappy Ground! (Jazzland LP – 1961) ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Happy Ground" and "Tag Along". Milt Harris plays organ, and Peppy Hinnant's on drums, giving the session the same great jumpy feel that he adds to all of Lytle's work. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Orphem pressing. Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track four. Cover has light wear, a bumped corner, and a sticker on the back.)

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Jimmy McGriffCherry ... LP
Solid State, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A great little album from Jimmy – even if it doesn't look it from the cover! Most of the tunes are standards, too – which doesn't make you think the record will be a slammer – but the quality of the playing is excellent, and Jimmy's got a 2-guitar combo with Eric Gale and Everett Barksdale on the electric strings, plus Milt Hinton on bass, and Grady Tate on drums. The real star is Jimmy himself, though – as he gives his work on Hammond a tight short punch that's not exactly funky, but which is getting ready to groove like his work from a few years later. Includes the vocal number "The Comback", written by Larry Frazier – plus "The Way You Look Tonight", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Tequila", "Watermelon Man", and "Blue Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small stain in one inside corner, but rest is nice.)

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New Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Album) ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner and a split on the top seam.)

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New Lee MorganSidewinder ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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
 
 
 



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