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Rufus HarleyBagpipe Blues ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy .... $14.99
An amazing record, from an amazing player – the mighty Rufus Harley, heard here on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – as well as bagpipes, his "trademark" instrument! Don't be put off by the bagpipes, though, because Harley plays in a righteous soul jazz groove, and uses the instrument more like a Coltrane-ish reed soloing vehicle, with sheets of hard blown sound, than he does as a corny Scottish sounding one. His playing is great, and he's recorded here with a great group of obscure Detroit musicians who play with a style that hints at the later stuff to come on the Tribe label – Oliver Collins on piano, James Glenn on bass, and Billy Abner on drums. The LP includes the cuts "Bagpipe Blues", "Sportin", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Chim Chim Cheree", "Kerry Dancers", and "More". CD
Also available Bagpipe Blues ... LP 9.99

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Rufus HarleyBagpipe Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
An amazing record, from an amazing player – the mighty Rufus Harley, heard here on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – as well as bagpipes, his "trademark" instrument! Don't be put off by the bagpipes, though, because Harley plays in a righteous soul jazz groove, and uses the instrument more like a Coltrane-ish reed soloing vehicle, with sheets of hard blown sound, than he does as a corny Scottish sounding one. His playing is great, and he's recorded here with a great group of obscure Detroit musicians who play with a style that hints at the later stuff to come on the Tribe label – Oliver Collins on piano, James Glenn on bass, and Billy Abner on drums. The LP includes the cuts "Bagpipe Blues", "Sportin", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Chim Chim Cheree", "Kerry Dancers", and "More". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bagpipe Blues ... CD 14.99

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Rufus HarleyKing/Queens ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
One of Rufus Harley's beautiful albums for Atlantic, and a record that shouldn't work at all – but it does, and does so wonderfully! Harley plays bagpipes throughout the album – but in a way that sounds nothing like any of the snoozy Scottish assumptions you may have about the instrument – and instead draws from a rich tradition of African reed work, and creates these amazing off-kilter tones with a deeply spiritual feel! The rhythms help Rufus realize this goal quite strongly – with players who include Richard Tee on piano, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Eric Gale on guitar – plus some other added African instrumentation on a few cuts, which widens the groove nicely. Tracks include "Kings", "Queens", and surprisingly wonderful covers of "8 Miles High" and "Windy". CD

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Rufus HarleyTribute To Courage ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a bit gimmicky – but this later set is a soul jazz masterpiece, infused with rich Coltrane-like modes of expression, as Harley plays both soprano sax and bagpipes over some long modal original compositions! The group is a great one – with Oliver Collins playing some fantastic spiraling lines on piano, and great bass and drum work by James Glenn & Billy Abner. Titles include "Ali", "X", "About Trane", "Tribute To Courage", and a great version of "Sunny"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Herbie Mann with Rufus HarleyWailing Dervishes ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 60s. Very Good- .... $4.99
One of the coolest albums ever from Herbie Mann – and a set that's definitely got the vibrant sound you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's a live one, and pretty open at times – and the great Rufus Harley joins Mann's group for one track – in a really mad mix of sounds that also includes lots of other exotic instrumentation too! Roy Ayers plays vibes on about half the set – and other instrumentation includes oud, dumbek, and zither – set over modal rhythms that have a very strong Eastern vibe! Titles include "Wailing Dervishes", "Flute Bag", "In the Medina", and "Armenian Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Side 2 has marks that click on tracks two and three. Cover has a small cutout hole and a bit of splitting on the bottom seam. Back paste-on is slightly off-center.)

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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD

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New Rufus HarleyKing/Queens ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Rufus Harley's beautiful albums for Atlantic, and a record that shouldn't work at all – but it does, and does so wonderfully! Harley plays bagpipes throughout the album – but in a way that sounds nothing like any of the snoozy Scottish assumptions you may have about the instrument – and instead draws from a rich tradition of African reed work, and creates these amazing off-kilter tones with a deeply spiritual feel! The rhythms help Rufus realize this goal quite strongly – with players who include Richard Tee on piano, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Eric Gale on guitar – plus some other added African instrumentation on a few cuts, which widens the groove nicely. Tracks include "Kings", "Queens", and surprisingly wonderful covers of "8 Miles High" and "Windy". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rufus HarleyScotch & Soul ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A gimmicky cover, a gimmick title, but one heck of a soulful set of jazz! The legendary Rufus Harley is a true original – a saxophonist who also plays bagpipes, but can wail on that instrument – along with tenor and soprano sax – in a mode that's strongly influenced by the best work of John Coltrane, Yusef, Lateef, and Eric Dolphy! This early set for Atlantic features Rufus in a kilt – but actually does a deeply righteous thing by returning the bagpipes to their African origin (supposedly the instrument was brought up to the British Isles during the Crusades) – and laying them out here in a sweet mix of modal moments and heavier soul jazz. The mix of modes is a lot like the best work of Yusef Lateef – and like Lateef, Harley hails from the Detroit jazz underground –a nd works here with a hip group of players from that scene – including Oliver Collins on piano, James Glenn on bass, and Billy Abner on drums. Robert Gossett adds in a bit of congas, to give the tunes even more groove than usual – and the whole thing's an important early expression of spiritual modes that would flourish even more strongly in the 70s. Titles include "Passing The Cup Around", "Taurus The 20th", "Sufur", and "Scotch & Soul". CD

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New Eddie Higgins with Kevin Eubanks & Rufus ReidThose Quiet Days ... CD
Sunnyside, 1990. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Rufus HarleyTribute To Courage ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Used .... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a bit gimmicky – but this later set is a soul jazz masterpiece, infused with rich Coltrane-like modes of expression, as Harley plays both soprano sax and bagpipes over some long modal original compositions! The group is a great one – with Oliver Collins playing some fantastic spiraling lines on piano, and great bass and drum work by James Glenn & Billy Abner. Titles include "Ali", "X", "About Trane", "Tribute To Courage", and a great version of "Sunny"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Back cover has a name in pen.)
Also available Tribute To Courage ... LP 9.99
 
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Bernie McGannBundeena ... CD
Rufus (Australia), 2000. Used .... $9.99
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Ron CarterAll Blues (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. New Copy Gatefold .... $9.99 10.98
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily – blowing with that dark edge that we totally love, and taking the record in much different directions than some of Carter's other albums. Richard Tee also plays electric piano on the title "117 Special" – and other tunes include "A Feeling", "All Blues", "Rufus", and "Will You Still Be Mine". This CTI 40th Anniversary edition was remastered using the original analog tapes. CD

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John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used .... $4.99
An essential piece of 60s avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds two additional long tracks to the album, the lively "One Down One Up" and "My Favorite Things". A great set, and one not to pass up! CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)
Also available New Thing At Newport ... CD 3.99

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New John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used .... $3.99
An essential piece of 60s avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds one additional long track to the album, the lively "One Down One Up". A great set, and one not to pass up! CD
Also available New Thing At Newport ... CD 4.99

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Kahil El'Zabar with Dwight TribleFollow The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, and the group provides Trible with some of the sharpest musical accompaniment he's had in years – a really dynamic setting that's filled with soul and spirituality, thanks to work from Ari Brown on tenor and piano, Junius Paul on bass, and Kahil himself on drums, kalimba, and earth drum. The album also features another excellent guest – the Chicago legend Duke Payne, who worked famously in the 60s with Odell Brown & The Organizers – heard here on second tenor, and on some ultra-cool bagpipes too – played in a mode that's like Rufus Harley! Two titles feature El'Zabar vocally duetting with Trible – "Great Black Music" and the coolest version of "Grandma's Hands" you'll ever hear, done with deep acoustic basslines and percussion – and other titles include "Inner Heart", "Follow The Sun", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Our Journey", and "Up Your Mind". CD

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Art FarmerYou Make Me Smile ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Used .... $8.99
Art Farmer really found a great home for his music on the Soul Note label in the 80s – a place where he could continue to grow strongly, in ways that almost let him find a new sort of edge in his horn! This album's a wonderful example of the strengths that Farmer found at the label – as the album's got an easygoing feel, but a bit more bit than some of Art's work of the 80s – a crisp tone in his own flugelhorn, which he'd mastered even more at the time, and some great support from the mighty Clifford Jordan on tenor, whose playing really adds a lot of depth to the session. Remaining players include Fred Hersh on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Akira Tana on drums – a pretty hip rhythm section – and titles include "You Make Me Smile", "Prelude No 1", "Nostalgia", "Flashback", "Souvenir", and "Have You Met Miss Jones". CD

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Dexter GordonManhattan Symphonie ... CD
Columbia, 1978. Used .... $9.99
Later genius from Dexter Gordon – an album recorded upon his return to the US in 1976, and done in a style that breaks the bounds of some of his sessions in Europe! Gordon seems to take new life in the recording – moving past the simple role of main soloist on familiar tunes, and stepping into a much more strongly group-minded leader – one who grooves easily with the piano of George Cables, bass of Rufus Reid, and drums of Eddie Gladden – in a session that's overflowing with soulful invention. Even older tunes take on a new spark of life in these arrangements – and Gordon's phrasing has this "bite" that comes through beautifully, even in the mellower moments. Titles include "Tanya", "I Told You So", "LTD", "Moment's Notice", and "As Time Goes By". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie HarrisInstant Death ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $13.99
Damn great work from the amazing Eddie Harris – a record that's got a perfect blend of jazz and funk, but still holds onto more righteous elements too! Eddie's using his electric sax in a really great way – not as a gimmick at all, but as a way of linking both the soulful and progressive sides of the Chicago jazz scene – much like the way his old bassist Melvin Jackson did on the classic Funky Skull record! The group here is a small one, but features some really surprising work from players who include Muhal Richard Abrams on electric piano, Rufus Reid on electric and acoustic bass, Billy James on drums and Kalimba, Ronald Muldrow on guitar, and Henry Gibson on some mighty nice percussion. Eddie himself is a stunner – working not just on electric tenor, but also trumpet with a reed mouthpiece, and some weird way of vocalizing through a horn as well. The whole thing's got a vibe that matches the hippest, coolest electric jazz of the Cadet/Concept years – and titles include the great groover "Zambezi Dance", plus "Nightcap", "Tampion", "Instant Death", and "Superfluous". CD

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New Joe HendersonStandard Joe ... CD
Red (Italy), 1991. New Copy .... $15.99 18.99
There's nothing standard about this set – as Joe Henderson always brings something special to a recording session – especially at this point in his career! The album has a wonderful format – Joe's unique tenor tone set up beautifully alongside the bass of Rufus Reid and drums of Al Foster – no piano or other horns at all, just an open, swinging combo with a really great sense of energy! Joe's bold lead really sets the tone for most numbers – and a few tracks are compositions that Henderson recorded famously early in his career, recast here with a whole new sound and heightened sense of maturity. Titles include "Blues In F (aka In N Out)", "Blue Bossa", "Inner Urge", "Body & Soul", and "Take The A Train". Also features a bonus alternate of "Body & Soul". CD

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Archie SheppFour For Trane (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $14.99
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank WessMagic 201 ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 15.99
Definite magic from the mighty Frank Wess – an even-better follow-up to his previous album of a similar title – and really proof that in these later years, Frank is something very special indeed! We've always loved Wess' work on tenor and flute – a legacy that stretches back to key sides of the 50s – but there's something really unique on this album – a different way of blowing and phrasing that add in a level of humanity that we never heard this strongly from Frank – especially in his work of the 90s. The group's very balanced to hit just the right sort of mood for each tune – sensitive stylists who include Kenny Barron on piano, Russell Malone on guitar, Rufus Reid on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – and titles include "After Paris", "Blues For Ruby", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", "If You Can't Call Don't Come", and "The Summer Knows". CD

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Claude WilliamsonBlue Minor – Dedicated To Sonny Clark ... LP
Bopland (Japan), 1985. Near Mint- .... $34.99
A unique quintet recording from Claude Williamson – who so often recorded in a trio at this point. Features James Zollar on trumpet, Skip Thomas on alto and tenor, Richard (Rufus?) Reid on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. Japanese-only session, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Eddie AllenRemembrance ... CD
Venus (Japan), 1994. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eddie Allen was a relatively young trumpeter at the time of this date – but he's got some very solid grounding from a mature trio that features Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Carl Allen on drums! On another label, like Muse, the set might have a rougher sort of feel – but here, on Venus, it comes across with a nice degree of focus and class – never too overly thought-out, but still with a direction that really works well for Allen's soulful trumpet and flugelhorn lines. Titles include "Remembrance", "Baptized In The Fire", "It's The Nights I Like", "Nudge", and "The Spoiler". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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New Kahil El'Zabar with Dwight TribleFollow The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, and the group provides Trible with some of the sharpest musical accompaniment he's had in years – a really dynamic setting that's filled with soul and spirituality, thanks to work from Ari Brown on tenor and piano, Junius Paul on bass, and Kahil himself on drums, kalimba, and earth drum. The album also features another excellent guest – the Chicago legend Duke Payne, who worked famously in the 60s with Odell Brown & The Organizers – heard here on second tenor, and on some ultra-cool bagpipes too – played in a mode that's like Rufus Harley! Two titles feature El'Zabar vocally duetting with Trible – "Great Black Music" and the coolest version of "Grandma's Hands" you'll ever hear, done with deep acoustic basslines and percussion – and other titles include "Inner Heart", "Follow The Sun", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Our Journey", and "Up Your Mind". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Follow The Sun ... CD 11.99

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New Art FarmerLive At Stanford Jazz Workshop ... CD
Monarch, 1996. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art Farmer really opens up nicely here – stretching out with a sweet, soulful style that reminds us a lot of his classic Time & The Place live date from the 60s! The tunes are all nice and long, and Harold Land plays some great tenor next to Art's "flumpet" – with tight support from Bill Bell on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! There's a nice swing to all numbers – compressed beautifully with that unique Farmer aesthetic – and coming out with a sparkling tone every time. Titles include "I Mean You", "Blue Bossa", "Straight No Chaser", "Born To Be Blue", and "Rapture". CD

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New Al GreyShades Of Grey ... LP
Tangerine, Early 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little Al Grey set – recorded for Ray Charles' Tangerine label, and done in a style that's different than Al's better-known sets for Argo! The sound here has some nice bluesy touches – and the overall sound is a bit more relaxed and laidback than on Argo – as Al's working with a swing-based group that includes Harry Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Rufus Jones, and the great Vi Redd on alto sax. A few tracks are longish, and done with some good room for soloing – and the shorter tracks are taken at that nice little snapping groove that Grey always did so well. Titles include "Toin Me Loose", "Put It On Mellow", "I Know You Want Me", "Dinnertime", and "Jilly's Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few spots of clear tape & some light wear.)

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New Andrew HillEternal Spirit ... LP
Blue Note, 1989. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful comeback from the great Andrew Hill – a sweet return to the Blue Note label, after dropping off the recording scene a bit at the end of the 70s! Hill first rose to greatness on the label, and returns to the same here too – in a mode that echoes the edges of his "new thing" years, but also has a warmer feel too – one that's different than the style of his Grass Roots album, but also much stronger than most of the other records he'd done in the years in between too. The group's a very sympathetic quintet – with mighty vibes from Bobby Hutcherson, plus alto sax from Greg Osby, bass from Rufus Reid, and drums from Ben Riley. Titles include "Pinnacle", "Golden Sunset", "Samba Rasta", "Tail Feather", "Spiritual Lover", and "Bobby's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Andrew HillEternal Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1989. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful comeback from the great Andrew Hill – a sweet return to the Blue Note label, after dropping off the recording scene a bit at the end of the 70s! Hill first rose to greatness on the label, and returns to the same here too – in a mode that echoes the edges of his "new thing" years, but also has a warmer feel too – one that's different than the style of his Grass Roots album, but also much stronger than most of the other records he'd done in the years in between too. The group's a very sympathetic quintet – with mighty vibes from Bobby Hutcherson, plus alto sax from Greg Osby, bass from Rufus Reid, and drums from Ben Riley. Titles include "Pinnacle", "Golden Sunset", "Samba Rasta", "Tail Feather", "Spiritual Lover", and "Bobby's Tune". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Pinnacle (alt take)", "Golden Sunset (alt take)", and "Spiritual Lover (alt take)". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Michele RosewomanOccasion To Rise ... CD
Evidence, 1993. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Rufus Reid on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums! CD

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New Archie SheppFour For Trane ... CD
Impulse, 1964. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". CD
Also available Four For Trane (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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New Donald ByrdHarlem Blues ... LP
Landmark, 1988. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene of the time – Byrd blowing strong and soulfully in the company of a key combo that features Kenny Garrett on alto, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums – all players who really bring a lot of fire to the record, and almost push Byrd back to his pre-electric 60s years on Blue Note. Mike Daugherty plays synth on two tracks – using the instrument in gentle, string-like ways – but overall the record is proudly acoustic at most moments. Titles include "Harlem Blues", "Fly Little Byrd", "Voyage A Deux", "Sir Master Kool Guy", and "Blue Monk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)

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New Smith-Glamann QuartetPoinciana ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual groups to ever record for Bethlehem Records in the 50s – a special combo that's led by Betty Glamann on harp and Rufus Smith on bass – and who work here with an airy sound that's pretty darn nice! Glamann beats Dorothy Ashby on the jazz harp by a few years, and uses the instrument in a great style that's plucked one minute, strummed the next – creating these waves of sound that ring out wonderfully next to Smith's careful work on bass. Other instrumentation includes guitar from Barry Galbraith, drums from Frank Garisto, and accordion from Nick Perito – but the main focus is often on Glamann's instrument, which gets plenty of room for solo space. The overall sound is pretty cool, as the stringed instruments intertwine with the accordion lines, making for a dream mix of melodies – and titles include "Poinciana", "Liza", "Laura", "Now Get Out", "Lotus Land", and "Pulling Strings". CD

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New World Bass Violin EnsembleBassically Yours ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1984. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Don't think "violin", just think "bass" – as the group's made up of some great jazz bass players – all working together to use their instruments in a richly expressive way! The group is almost to jazz bass what the Piano Choir was a few years before – using the instrument for rhythm, melody, and a range of sounds that really makes the music sound wonderful – no surprise given that the group's led by bassist Fred Hopkins, and also features Rufus Reid, Brian Smith, Bob Cunningham, Phil Bowler, and Greg Maker – plus just a bit of guest percussion from Thurman Barker. Tracks have that great soulful approach we loved from the early, optimistic days of the Black Saint label – the loft jazz mode taken to even greater freedoms – and titles include "Dr Norma", "Oppeizm", "Mwanga Rag", "And We Thought We Were So Different", and "Moody's Mood For Love". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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New AwakeningMirage ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns with lots of complicated touches, played out over funky rhythms that are completely mindblowing! The great Ken Chaney plays keyboards, and in addition to Brown's reeds, the set also features trumpet from Frank Gordon, trombone from Steve Galloway, and bass from Rufus Reid – plus cool percussion from Arlington Davis and Drasheer Khalid. Most cuts are instrumental, and recorded beautifully – but one number, "The Ultimate Frontier", also features vocals from Anita Jefferies. Other cuts include "Slinky", "Mirage", "Just a Little Peace", and "March On". CD

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New Bobby HutchersonCruisin The Bird ... LP
Landmark, 1988. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Bobby Hutcherson – easily one of his best of the 80s, and with some great touches that recall his best 70s work! The album title might fool you into thinking that Bobby's working in Charlier Parker territory here – but he's not, and is instead grooving in a mellow and soulful west coast mode – working with a totally great group that includes Ralph Moore on tenor and soprano sax, Buddy Montgomery on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The whole album's a magical picture of tone, color, and light – but the especially standout track is "Sierra" – a totally killer number that has these arch angles and edges that rival the best sounds heard on Hutcherson's Montara album! Other titles include "On The Delta", "Crusisin The Bird", "Imminent Treasures", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)

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New Dexter GordonManhattan Symphonie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1978. Used .... Out Of Stock
Later genius from Dexter Gordon – an album recorded upon his return to the US in 1976, and done in a style that breaks the bounds of some of his sessions in Europe! Gordon seems to take new life in the recording – moving past the simple role of main soloist on familiar tunes, and stepping into a much more strongly group-minded leader – one who grooves easily with the piano of George Cables, bass of Rufus Reid, and drums of Eddie Gladden – in a session that's overflowing with soulful invention. Even older tunes take on a new spark of life in these arrangements – and Gordon's phrasing has this "bite" that comes through beautifully, even in the mellower moments. Titles include "Tanya", "I Told You So", "LTD", "Moment's Notice", and "As Time Goes By". Plus, CD features 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks – "Ruby My Dear" and "Secret Love". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Manhattan Symphonie ... CD 9.99
 
 
 



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