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Charlie ChristianComplete Studio Recordings – Columbia, RCA Victor, Vocalion & Blue Note Master Takes (4CD set) ... CD
Disconforme (Spain), 1939/1940/1941. Used 4CD ... $42.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Sonny ClarkSonny Clark Trio (Blue Note) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $3.99
Sublime trio material from Sonny – recorded with Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, and a crackling full-on approach that makes the album one of the best straight trio sessions ever cut for Blue Note! Tracks are longish, with a very hardbop groove – complicated in that way that Clark's modern edge could often bring to the piano, but never failing to swing, and always sticking right in the pocket! Titles include "Be Bop", "Two Bass Hit", "Tadd's Delight", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" – and the CD features 3 bonus alternate takes! CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Dexter GordonClassic Blue Note Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonComplete Blue Note Sixties Sessions (6CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used 6CD ... $69.99
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(Out of print.)

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Herbie HancockBest Of Herbie Hancock – The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
Titles include "King Cobra", "Riot", "Maiden Voyage", "Watermelon Man", "Driftin", "Dolphin Dance", "One Finger Snap", "Cantaloupe Island" and "Speak Like A Child". CD

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Andrew HillComplete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions 1963 to 1966 (7CD set) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, 1960s. Used 7CD ... $209.99
Remarkable modern jazz, from one of the most unique voices in the genre! Hill's piano work and compositions fall into a category of their own, working outside the limits of predominant bop sound, but not quite falling into the world of free jazz that rules the avant scene. This outstanding Mosaic box collects his seminal 60s recordings, comprising of the LPs Black Fire, Smokestack, Judgment, Point Of Departure, Andrew!, One For One, and Compulsion, plus plenty of alternate takes and some material that was issued under Sam Rivers name on the LP Involution. Sidemen include Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Dorham, Eric Dolphy, John Gilmore, Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Richard Davis, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Joe Chambers. There's 52 tracks in all, spread out over 7 CDs, with titles that include "Land Of Nod", "Black Fire", "McNeil Island", "Tired Trade",Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Smokestack", "Ode To Von", "The Day After", "Verne", "Not So", "Flea Flop", "Siete Ocho", "Yokada, Yokada", "Reconciliation", "New Monastary", "Flight 19", "Spectrum", "Symmetry", "The Griots", "Duplicity", "Le Serpenmt Qui Danse", "Euterpe", "Erato", "Roots 'n Herbs", "Compulsion", "Premonition", "Violence" and "Desire". CD
(Out of print. In nice shape – save for one bit of aging on one corner of the booklet.)

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Jackie McLeanJackie McLean Quintet (Blue Note) (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. Used ... $16.99
A great little session by Jackie McLean – recorded in 1962 by Blue Note, but not issued until years later, only initially in Japan! The album's one of Jackie's last pure hardbop sides – recorded in the pivotal year of 1962, when he was just beginning to dip his toe into modernist ideas – and inflect his straighter work with some beautiful shifts, twists, and turns that skirted the fringes of modern jazz wonderfully. There's a vibe here that's totally great – one that has McLean breaking away from the pack and working in one of the freshest voices in jazz at the time. Players include Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Sonny Clark on piano – and tracks include "Three Minors", "Marilyn's Dilemma", "Iddy Bitty", and "Blues For Jackie". CD
(Out of print original Japanese pressing. Includes obi.)

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Herbie NicholsComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Herbie Nichols (3CD set – Blue Note) ... CD
Blue Note, Mid 50s. Used 3CD ... $44.99
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde forefather. This killer box set features all of Nichols' recordings for Blue Note – including loads of unissued and alternate tracks, packaged with a discographical booklet with writings and photos. Tracks include "Third World", "Step Tempest", "Dance Line", "Shuffle Montgomery", "The Spinning Song", "Riff Primitif", "Query", "Chit Chatting", "Hangover Triangle", "2300 Skidoo", and "Blue Chopsticks". CD
(Out of print. Slipcase has some wear.)

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New Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (non-RVG Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $4.99
The rarest of all the Sonny Rollins Blue Note sessions – and possibly the best! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation. He's playing here in a quintet with Wynton Kelly, Donald Byrd, Gene Ramey, and Max Roach – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "Sonnysphere", and "Decision". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Sonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) ... LP 11.99

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VariousYule Be Boppin' – A Blue Note Christmas Compilation ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $5.99
A later Blue Note take on the Holiday sound – but one that features some surprisingly nice numbers by artists who were on the label's roster during the 90s! There's a spirit here that takes us back to older Holiday jazz albums – a feel that's never too slick or gimmicky, and which shows a genuine feel for the music without tricking it out too much. Titles include "Christmastime Is Here" by Charlie Hunter, "Peace On Earth" by Rachelle Ferrell, "Cristo Redentor" by Bobby Watson, "Carol Of The Bells" by Joe Lovano, "Blue X-Mas" by Bob Dorough, "Zat You Santa Claus" by Benny Green, "Santa Baby" by Javon Jackson, and "Cool Yule" by Kurt Elling. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark and the booklet has a promotional sticker.)

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New Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of a few "memorial albums" that pulled together material recorded in the early 50s by Clifford Brown, and issued in a new format after his untimely death in 1956. The album is a superb blend of bop and modern lyricism – with accompaniment by Gigi Gryce, Lou Donaldson, and Elmo Hope. The version of Gryce's "Hymn to the Orient" is worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks are equally great, with titles that include "Minor Mood", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Easy Living". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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New Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson & othersOne Night With Blue Note Preserved Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark concert from the mid 80s – one held to honor the resurrection of the Blue Note label, featuring a wealth of some of the best players for the label – from the 80s back to the 50s bebop years. This first volume in the 4 LP series features centered around Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson, with appearances by Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and James Newton. Side one features the group nicely stretching out on a quintet take of "Canteloupe Island" and a sextet reading of "Record A Me", and side two has a quintet take of "Little B's Poem", a trio take of "Bouquet" and a quartet take of "Hat & Beard". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Bob BeldenTapestry – The Blue Note Cover Series ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Miles DavisTake Off – The Complete Blue Note Albums (Young Man With A Horn/Vol 2/Vol 3/Alternate Takes) ... CD
Blue Note, 1952/1953/1954. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Mark through barcode.)

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New Hank MobleyHank Mobley Quintet (Blue Note 1550) (RVG remaster edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure late 50s set from the mighty Hank Mobley – and like all of the tenorist's sides for Blue Note, an essential gem that tops most work by the rest of his contemporaries! The setting here is a really warm and lyrical one – as Mobley's playing with Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and the great Art Farmer on trumpet – making one of his rare (and appreciated!) Blue Note appearances on the set! The tracks have a good mixture of hardbop and more lyrical overtones – in a manner that's similar to Silver's work, but with a little more gutbucket soloing on tenor from Mobley. Titles include "Base On Balls", "Fin De L'Affaire", "Funk In Deep Freeze", and "Startin From Scratch". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Funk In Deep Freeze" and "Wham & They're Off". CD

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New Three SoundsThree Sounds (Blue Note 1600) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work by the Three Sounds, before they'd lapsed a bit too much into their formulaic trio style on Blue Note – and when they were adding some excellent little flourishes to the music to distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd. Drummer Bill Dowdy's in great shape here, working his way across the kit with the ferocity of a bossa drummer – adding in lots of great fills that bring out the best in Gene Harris sharp piano work. Plus, the album even features a bit of Harris on the celeste – creating a cool vibes-y sound on the track "Blue Bells". Other titles include "O Sole Mio", "Goin Home", "It's Nice", and "Both Sides". CD features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Charles Tolliver Big BandEmperor March – Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Large group live work from Charles Tolliver – a concert performance that has all the depth of his recent comeback album on Mosaic! The approach here is similar to some of the ensemble work that Tolliver cut back in the 70s, but a bit more complicated too – lots of shifting horn passages that top the charts, really filled with soul and imagination – providing a perfect backdrop for breakout solos from players who include Billy Harper and Bill Saxton on tenor sax, Jason Jackson and Mike Dease on trombone, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Tolliver himself on trumpet. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "On The Nile", "Emperor March", "In The Trenches", "Toughin", and "Chedlike". CD
 
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Geri AllenEyes In The Back Of Your Head ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $2.99
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(Promotional stamp on booklet cover & CD.)

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Anita BakerChristmas Fantasy ... CD
Blue Note, 2005. Used ... $4.99
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Bob BeldenBlack Dahlia ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... $2.99
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(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Bob BeldenStraight To My Heart – The Music Of Sting ... CD
Blue Note, 1991. Used ... $0.99
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Bob Belden & othersBob Belden's Shades Of Blue ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $2.99
Beatles covers with Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Greg Osby, Penny Ford & others. CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyLike Someone In Love (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $14.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey albums for Blue Note – back from the days when the Jazz Messengers lineup included Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons! The whole set's a perfect example of the blend of lyricism and fire that Blakey and this group could craft – from the magical poetry of their interpretation of "Like Someone In Love", to the wealth of original tunes like "Noise In The Attic", "Giantis", "Johnny's Blue", and "Sleeping Dancer Sleep On" – all of which went onto be the blueprint for the sound of the second wave of hardbop at Blue Note! Pure magic – and one of the greats! CD features one bonus alternate track, too! CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Art BlakeyMoanin' (Non-RVG remastered edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $2.99
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his power at this point. The record really shines in ways that few Blakey albums shone since his days with Horace Silver – in that it's a forum for fresh new writing, most importantly Golson's landmark compositions "Blues March" and "Along Came Betty", and Timmons' instant classic "Moanin". The whole album's wonderful, though, and Golson's edgey modernism adds a strong dimension to the group's usual soulful romping groove! (And in fact, as a tribute to the group's success, the album was initially named Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but quickly retitled Moanin in this version, after the big hit single!) CD
(Note – artwork is wrinkled from some water damage.)

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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Witch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD 18.99

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New Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersAt The Cafe Bohemia Volume 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $2.99
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include "Sportin Crowd", "Avila & Tequila", "I Waited For You", and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Ron CarterDear Miles ... CD
Blue Note/EMI, 2006. Used ... $8.99
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New Ron Carter TrioSo What ... CD
Blue Note, 1998. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Paul ChambersBass On Top ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $7.99
One of the most obscure of the Paul Chambers albums on Blue Note – and one of the most interesting as well! Although best known for his solid rhythm work on late 50s hardbop recordings, Chambers breaks out here with a more introspective, more exploratory style on the bass – using the instrument "on top", as a lead solo force in a group with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, and Art Taylor on drums. The sound is surprisingly soulful, and modern yet swinging – in the manner of Oscar Pettiford's best sides of this style. Titles include "Yesterdays", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Confessin", and "The Theme". CD
(Small cutout hole through case.)

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Paul ChambersChambers' Music – A Jazz Delegation From The East ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
Great early work from one of the hippest bassists of his generation! Paul Chambers cut this obscure little album in LA, featuring a "jazz delegation from the east" that included Philly Joe Jones on drums and John Coltrane on tenor – plus pianist Kenny Drew, who had already been working on the west coast – all in a style that's much more relaxed and stretched-out than most other jazz recorded in LA at the time! The album is one of the earliest small group sessions with Coltrane, and it's a very spare batch of tracks that lead off with Chambers' amazing work on bass – but which also feature some incredible early work from Trane – very raw and loud in the mix, with a lot more bluesiness than you'd expect – and we mean that in a good way! Titles include "Dexterity", "Visitation", "John Paul Jones", and "Eastbound". Plus, the CD also seems to include a few bonus titles from an additional 1956 session with Coltrane! CD

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New Chick CoreaNow He Sings, Now He Sobs ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. Used ... $2.99
Excellent early trio material from Chick – and proof that he could really be a fantastic player when he wanted to be! The album's filled with wonderful lyrical playing, and some of the best compositions of Corea's early career – all sparkling and bright, filled with creativity and imagination, and not crippled by overindulgence. Titles include "Now He Sings – Now He Sobs", "Steps – What Was", "Matrix", and "The Law Of Falling & Catching Up". CD features bonus tracks and 24 bit remastering! CD
(Out of print.)

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Chano DominguezFlamenco Sketches ... CD
Blue Note, 2012. Used ... $4.99
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(Punch through barcode.)

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New Kenny DorhamRound About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $3.99
One of our favorite albums ever by Kenny Dorham – and a really different session than his usual studio work! The album captures Kenny in a relaxed live setting, with a bit more dirt on his horn than usual – blowing with a tone that's much more open and a bit less poised – in the company of a really great group that features JR Monterose on tenor, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Bobby Timmons on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Arthur Edgehill on drums. The album features a really wonderful take on Dorham's boppish "Mexico City", plus other enigmatic compositions like "Monaco" and "Hill's Edge" – and versions of "Round Midnight" and "Autumn In New York". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Bob DoroughRight On My Way Home ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $4.99
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(Barcod has a cutout mark. Booklet has a promotional sticker.)

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Eliane EliasBest Of Eliane Elias Vol 1 – The Originals ... CD
Blue Note, Late 80s/1990s. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark, CD has a promo stamp.)

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Eliane EliasThree Americas ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark. Booklet has a promotional sticker.)

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New Sonny FortuneFrom Now On ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Curtis FullerOpener (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $5.99
An obscure little groover from Curtis Fuller – and one of his hardest blowing sessions for Blue Note! Unlike some of the other Fuller sessions, which can have a slightly softer, rounder sound overall – this one's a much more in-the-pocket sort of Blue Note hardbop date – one that really cooks magically with contributions from Hank Mobley on tenor, Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Fuller's trombone is very hard-edged in this setting – in the same territory of his work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, but with some slightly lyrical overtones too. Titles include a great reading of Oscar Pettiford's "Oscarlypso", plus Fuller's own "Lizzy's Bounce" and "Hugore" – and the tunes "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening" and "Here's To My Lady". CD

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New Robert GlasperBlack Radio ... CD
Blue Note, 2012. Used ... $8.99
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – matched here with guest vocals from a host of key talents – including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco! The blend is surprisingly wonderful – not a sell out at all, but a way for Glaspar's music to reach a rich new level of expression – as the vocals really help the instrumental elements come alive – and unlock this side of Robert's potential that was always lurking in the background. One of the best musical moments we've heard from Blue Note in years – with titles that include "Always Shine", "Move Love", "Ah Yeah", "Lift Off", "Afro Blue", "Cherish The Day", "Black Radio", and "Letter To Hermione". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, CD has a promo stamp.)

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New Robert GlasperCanvas ... CD
Blue Note, 2005. Used ... $7.99
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New Robert GlasperIn My Element ... CD
Blue Note, 2007. Used ... $6.99
Amazing sounds from Robert Glasper – easily one of our favorite fresh jazz talents of the past decade or so! There's really nobody like Glasper, and you'll hear that from the very first notes of this CD – a flurry of marvelously blocky chords – wrapped together in these waves of sound that are completely seductive – complex at one point, but perfectly organic at another – almost to the piano what Coltrane was to the tenor – although Glasper's sound is nothing like Coltrane – if that won't confuse you enough! The rhythms leap along with Robert's piano in an equally joyous way – stretching out, finding new space, and taking the music into rich new territory – more than enough to make this record one of Blue Note's best so far of the 21st Century. Titles include "G & B", "Of Dreams To Come", "FTB", "One For Grew", "Tribute", and "Maiden Voyage/Everything Is In The Right Place". CD

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Dexter GordonDexter Calling (RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
Don't take the cover the wrong way – because this isn't one of those "phoned in" sessions that seem to turn up way too much in contemporary jazz! The album's a real classic from Dexter's first big "comeback" period – and represents the strength of his Blue Note years at their best! Gordon's rich, full tone isn't diminished a bit here – and his inventive blowing is given free reign on a set of quartet numbers recorded with Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The album's got a few strong originals from Gordon – "Soul Sister", "Ernie's Tune", and "I Want More – plus the very sweet Kenny Drew tracks "Modal Mood" and "Clear The Dex"! CD also features the bonus track "Landslide". CD

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Bennie Green45 Session (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... $24.99
Rare material originally recorded for 45rpm singles! Some of Bennie Green's hardest-hitting work for Blue Note – recorded with Sonny Clark on piano, Eddy Williams on tenor, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jerry Segal on drums. Babs Gonzalez sings on one cut too! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Tim Hagans & Bob BeldenRe-animation Live ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... $1.99
Recorded live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and a special set featuring the acoustic talents of trumpeter Tim Hagan and soprano saxist Bob Belden, mixed with electronics by Scott Kinsey, and turtablism by DJ Kingsize. Most of the material is fairly out – with off-kilter solos draped over loud junglist rhythms – and the album reminds us more of Derek Bailey's drum n bass album of a few years back, than it does some of the more recent new funky work on Blue Note. Titles include "Big Moment", "Dans La Ville Sombre", "Love's Lullaby", "Are You Threatening Me?", and "Trumpet Sandwich". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark, CD has a promo stamp.)

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New Herbie HancockInventions & Dimensions (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $5.99
A really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez. Herbie only wrote simple sketches for the songs on the album, and most of the work on the tracks was done live, spontaneously, in the studio – creating a very free groove that never goes too far out, but which is far more adventurous than usual. All tracks are long, and titles include "Succotash", "Triangle", and "Mimosa". CD features the bonus track "Mimosa", in an alternate take! CD

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Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $4.99
A brilliant album – and real turning point for Herbie Hancock! After first coming onto the scene as the soul jazz hero between Blue Note funky classics like "Watermelon Man" or "Blind Man, Blind Man" – Herbie emerges here as a concerned modernist with a strand of spirituality that runs deeper than previously expressed. The key track in this vision is his brilliant modal number "Maiden Voyage" – one of those tunes that sounded totally fresh immediately, and which was picked up by many others as a jazz anthem during the 60s. The rest of the album's equally great – and features George Coleman on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all making for a very hip lineup that really lets Herbie open up stylistically! Other titles include "Dolphin Dance", "Little One", and an original version of "Survival Of The Fittest". CD

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New Herbie HancockPrisoner (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $5.99
A nice late Blue Note change from Herbie Hancock – a very different album than his previous sets for the label – in that it features a slightly larger group, and a sound that really points the way towards his directions in the 70s! There's a slightly ambitious feel to some of these cuts – not in a way that's over-arranged, but just a new sort of thinking for Herbie's kind of groove – a mode that's partially informed by the seriousness of 60s jazz soundtracks, but which also has the beginnings of some more righteous modes of expression too. Players are all great – and include Joe Henderson on tenor and flute, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, Hubert Laws on flute, Jerome Richardson on bass clarinet, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums. Herbie plays both acoustic and electric piano – using the latter here in one of his first recordings on the instrument – and titles include "Firewater", "I Have A Dream", "The Prisoner", and "He Who Lives In Fear". CD includes bonus alternate takes of "The Prisoner" & "Firewater". CD

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Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... $8.99
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this second volume features the tracks "Boo Boo's Birthday", "Cheryl", "Y Ya La Quiero", "Soulville", and "The Bead Game". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Andrew HillAndrew – The Music Of Andrew Hill ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $14.99
Quite possibly our favorite album ever from pianist Andrew Hill – a really unique outing that features the vibes of Bobby Hutcherson and a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore! The presence of Hutcherson brings a real "new thing" energy to the album – a feel that's similar to Bobby's classic Dialogue album, of which Hill was such an important part. But the searching tenor of Gilmore also brings a striking new level to the session as well – and his solos open up with a raw, earthy quality that really shades in the album with a great deal of feeling. Gilmore's role here is a bit like that of Joe Henderson on his freer Blue Note material – but his sound still undeniably unique, at a level that really makes us wish he'd recorded more albums like this at the time. The tracks are all originals by Hill, and include the titles "Duplicity", "Black Monday", "The Griots", and "Le Serpent Qui Danse". CD features 2 bonus alternate takes too! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Andrew HillTime Lines ... CD
Blue Note, 2006. Used ... $4.99
A bold return to Blue Note for pianist Andrew Hill – his first record for the label in over 15 years, and a record that echoes with the modern tones of Hill's legendary Blue Note run in the 60s! The sound here is a bit more starkly modern and obtuse – done with more of a sense of space than Hill's tenser 60s recordings, in a way that's almost a more contemplative reflection of the "new thing" ideal. All tracks are originals, and Andrew is working with a quintet that includes Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Greg Tardy on tenor and bass clarinet, John Hebert on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. Hill and Tolliver seem to dominate the record, though – musing gently, but starkly on their respective instruments – on a set of tracks that includes "Malachi", "Time Lines", "Smooth", "Whitsuntide", and "For Emilio". CD
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Terumasa HinoSpark ... CD
Blue Note, 1994. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp, barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Derrick HodgeLive Today ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $9.99
An amazing debut from bassist Derrick Hodge – an artist we've loved for his work in the Robert Glaper Experiment, and his previous performances with Terence Blanchard, Common, and Maxwell! Hodge has a deep, round sound that really bridges different worlds of jazz and soul – and while his resume of previous work is very impressive, his sound here is something new altogether – a spacious groove that often puts the bass right out in front, sometimes loping gently alongside keyboards, sometimes finding this special space that's airy, yet never too ethereal – a really fresh, soulful sort of style! Hod plays a bit of keyboards on the record too – and other musicians include both Robert Glasper and James Poyser on keyboards, Chris Dave on drums and percussion, Keyon Harold on trumpet, and Common on guest vocals on one track. Titles include "Live Today", "Dances With Ancestors", "Anthem In 7", "Still The One", "The Real", and "Table Jawn". CD
Also available Live Today ... CD 13.99

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New Billie HolidayBillie's Blues ... CD
Blue Note, Mid 50s-1960s. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Elmo HopeIntroducing The Elmo Hope Trio/Elmo Hope Quintet (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953/1954/1957. Used ... $9.99
A pretty great little set that combines both of the rare early Elmo Hope 10" LPs for Blue Note – plus some additional material! Introducing The Elmo Hope Trio is seminal early work from Hope – and one of the 10" LP releases that was part of Blue Note's "New Faces – New Sounds" series during the early 50s. Hope's working here with Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones – and the trio go to town on numbers that include complicated bop tunes like "Carving The Rock" and "Hot Sauce", plus more melodic tunes like "Freffie" and "Mo Is On". As always, Hope proves himself to be one of the greatest pianists in jazz history – right up there with Monk, Herbie Nichols, and Bud Powell, bristling with excitement that few of his contemporaries (save those three) could match! The Elmo Hope Quintet session has Hope grooving in a very modernist approach to bop, working perfectly with a tight little quintet. Frank Foster wails on tenor, Freeman Lee soars on trumpet, and Percy Heath and Art Blakey keep the whole thing going on rhythm – while Hope plays madly on piano, adding in rich tones and colors to a set that might have otherwise been a straighter bop outing. Titles include "Chips", "Crazy", "Abdullah", and "Low Tide". The CD also adds in 2 tracks from the 40 Years Of Jazz collection in 1979 – "It's A Lovely Day Today" and "Crazy (alternate)" – plus 3 from the Art Blakey/Elmo Hope album – "So Nice", "St Elmo's Fire", and "Vaun Ex". CD
(Out of print.)

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Freddie HubbardBlue Spirits (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. Used ... $13.99
Quite an unusual session for Freddie Hubbard – one of his most modernist albums for Blue Note, recorded with a larger group that includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson (or Hank Mobley) on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and the surprising inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium! The presence of that instrument gives the album a real "bottom" sound – taking the overall mood much more into the depths than on some of Freddie's previous sets – really earning the album its "blue spirits" tag. Big Black also plays a bit of percussion on a few tracks, and titles include "Cunga Black", "Soul Surge", and "Outer Forces". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Freddie HubbardGoin' Up (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. Used ... $26.99
A real burner from Freddie Hubbard's early years at Blue Note – filled with rich hues, colors, and tones! The group's a quintet – supported by lyrical rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – working alongside Freddie's trumpet and the tenor of Hank Mobley – to craft tunes that sparkle with slight exotic touches, and which offer the perfect blend of modern and soulful that Blue Note was cutting in the early 60s! The whole album's great, and titles include the classic modal number "Asiatic Raes", plus "Karioka", "The Changing Scene", and "A Pec A Sec". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New Freddie HubbardHub-Tones ... CD
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Used ... $7.99
Searing work by Freddie Hubbard – an instant classic that has him playing with a heck of a lot more fire than on his later recordings! The album's got a really sharp modern edge – one that's extremely bracing, especially considering the mellow soul of later Freddie – done in a tight Blue Note style that's carried perfectly by a group that includes James Spaulding, Reggie Workman, and Herbie Hancock. Cuts include "Lament for Booker", "Prophet Jennings", and "You're My Everything". Darn hard to find on vinyl, too! CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Freddie HubbardOpen Sesame (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. Used ... $12.99
Seminal work from Freddie Hubbard – an early hardbop session that features some great work by Tina Brooks on tenor, piano by McCoy Tyner, and rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass Clifford Jarvis on drums! And although Freddie's great at this early point in his career – playing with a brash, urgent tone that's totally compelling – we're even bigger fans of the Tina Brooks work on this record! Brooks' tone is amazing – right up there with the style he used on his own rare few Blue Note sides, full of fresh fire and a really edgey approach to the tenor – and together with Hubbard, he helps craft a tight little set that's one of Hubbard's best-ever straight sides from the 60s. Titles include "But Beautiful", "One Mint Julep", "Hub's Nub", "Open Sesame", and "Gypsy Blue". CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Bobby HutchersonHappenings (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working with Bobby in cool, blocky chords, with a sound that lies somewhere on the road to "out", but has more of a swing than Hutcherson's "new thing" recordings! The balance is a perfect one – exciting and fresh, but still always soulfully grooving – and titles include a sublime version of Herbie's "Maiden Voyage" – plus originals by Hutcherson that include "The Omen", "Aquarian Moon", "Rojo", and "Head Start". CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancescoEnjoy The View ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. Used ... $8.99
Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note – on a set that's got a surprisingly fresh sound! The format's different both from Bobby's previous work for the label, and from his more recent albums on other imprints – in that it mixes his masterful vibes with Hammond from Joey DeFrancesco – a blend that makes for a different side of Hutcherson's talents than before, and great placement for the shifting sound of his instrument in these later years. Bobby's a bit more subtle than we remember, but still has this wonderful sense of flow and tone – soft sheets of electric sound that get sharper bite from Joey's Hammond and the alto sax of David Sanborn – who both really balance things out, and demonstrate the quadruple-leadership of the date. Billy Hart completes the groups on drums – with a laidback, spacious sensibility – and the album features a great remake of "Montara", plus "You", "Teddy", "Hey Harold", "Little Flower", and "Delia". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available
Enjoy The View ... CD 11.99
Enjoy The View (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP 24.99

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Solomon Ilori & His Afro Drum EnsembleAfrican High Life (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $12.99
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African tracks, with heavy percussion, and touches of highlife grooves. The record features guitar by Jay Berliner, bass by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and flute by Hosea Taylor – plus work by Montego Joe, Garvin Masseux, Chief Bey, and Robert Crowder, who often show up on other 60s sessions of this nature. Titles include "Follow Me To Africa", "Tolani", and "Ise Oluwa". Plus, the CD also features 3 very long bonus tracks – much more stretched out and open-ended, but also with more of a jazz component as well – thanks to trumpet from Donald Byrd, tenor and flute from Hubert Laws, and piano from Coleridge Perkinson – who was the musical director of both sessions! These tracks are all previously unreleased – and all are numbers that run on for more than 11 minutes, with titles that include "Gbogbo Omo Ibile", "Agbamurrero", and "Igbsei Aiye". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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Jose JamesNo Beginning No End ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $7.99
A great new chapter in the career of Jose James – and a record that really seems to take his already-amazing vocals to a whole new level! In a relatively short career, Jose's already been turning a lot of heads with his work on other projects, his jazz-based recordings, and his debut for Gilles Peterson's album – yet this Blue Note set may well be his best record to date – and a set that definitely seems to find just the right place for his classic-styled approach to soul music vocals! Backings are mostly live, with a cool small funk group feel – but a bit more laidback too, almost with the jazzy touches you'd hear on some of Gil Scott-Heron's best 70s work, inflected with hipper changes with a 21st Century vibe. The whole thing's great – as important to Blue Note's move into soul as the Robert Glasper Experiment album – and titles include "Vanguard", "Heaven On The Ground", "Come To My Door", "Trouble", "Sword & Gun", and "It's All Over Your Body". CD
Also available No Beginning No End ... CD 10.99

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Norah JonesFall ... CD
Blue Note, 2009. Used ... $5.99
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New Geoff KeezerHere & Now ... CD
Blue Note, 1991. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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Joe LovanoJoe Lovano Quartets – Live At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Blue Note, 1994/1995. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Bobby McFerrinBeyond Words ... CD
Angel/Blue Note, 2002. Used ... $1.99
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Bobby McFerrinSpontaneous Inventions ... CD
Blue Note, 1986. Used ... $1.99
McFerrin's vocal pyrotechnics on a host of tunes that include "Bwee-Dop", "Walkin", "Blackbird", "Manana Iguana", "I Got The Feelin", "Opportunity", "Drive", and "Cara Mia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Medeski, Martin & WoodCombustication Remix EP ... CD
Blue Note, 1998. Used ... $1.99
As the title implies, the set's filled with remixes from MM&W's smoking Combustication LP – a classic 90s set for Blue Note, reworked here with a hip hop style on most of the tracks! 6 tracks in all – with titles that include "Hey Hee Hi Ho (Illyb rmx)", "Whatever Happened To Gus (Guru rmx)", "Start Stop (DJ Logic rmx)", "Nocturne (Automator rmx)", "Sugar Craft (Yuka Honda rmx)", and "Satan's Church Of Hypnotized Logic (Bill Laswell rmx)". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Charles MingusComplete Town Hall Concert ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A legendary work – featuring Charles Mingus' great and chaotic Town Hall concert, one of those special events that achieved legendary status before it even started – not just because of the range of great musicians involved, but because the whole set was barely off the ground by the time it began! The set features a brilliant set of arrangements that Mingus barely copied and handed around before the show started – but that hardly stopped the music from being great, because everyone plays magnificently, especially Jerome Richardson and Charles McPherson, who was hitting a really great period here with Mingus. Tracks include "Epitaph", "Clark in the Dark", "Freedom", and "My Search". The CD also features the first full version of the concert – with many previously unissued tracks! CD

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Charles Mingus with Eric DolphyCornell 1964 ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A real musical discovery – not just for the fact that the CD represents a previously-unreleased concert by Charlies Mingus – but also because the sounds and styles here offer up a version of Mingus that's almost more adventurous than some of his other albums of the time! The sextet features some key work by Eric Dolphy on alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet – but all other players are wonderful too, and include Johnny Coles on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard on piano, and Dannie Richmond on bass – all coming together with a sense of power and presence that matches that of a group double their size! The long tracks on the set allow plenty of space for individual expression – some stretched-out solos that really push the limits of the music, sometimes going farther outside than we might expect – almost in the manner of some of Coltrane's important live dates of the same year. Titles include "ATFW You", "Fables Of Faubus", "Take The A Train", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress", "Meditations", "So Long Eric", "Jitterbug Waltz", and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". CD

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Hank MobleyDippin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $7.99
One of Hank's most solid sessions from the mid 60's – recorded with a hard-biting lineup that has Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern, and Larry Ridley – coming together under Mobley's expansive style of the time! The record's a key turning point in his career – as Hank moves from a straight hard bop sound closer to the modally-inflected soul jazz styles he was turning out at the end of his career – emerging as an extremely talented writer with hip original tunes like "Ballin", "The Vamp", "The Dip", and "The Break Through". One of his best! CD
(Out of print. Pre-RVG version.)

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Hank MobleyReach Out! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. Used ... $14.99
An excellent Hank Mobley session – with an unusual twist that takes it past his earlier work! The lineup's great all the way through – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the addition of Benson's guitar gives the tracks a groovily swinging edge that really makes them dance nicely! The set's got 4 originals – "Good Pickins", "Up Over & Out", "Beverly", and "Lookin East" – and 2 soul covers – "Reach Out" and "Goin' Out Of My Head" – and Mobley never misses a beat. Mobley was so great during this period, and we always mourn the fact that he hardly recorded much afterward! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Reach Out! ... LP 24.99

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New Hank MobleySoul Station (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. Used ... $34.99
Simply astounding! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing – in a way that makes for some of Mobley's best solos on record! The tracks here are all relatively basic in construction, but this territory allows all players to really relax and open up – especially Mobley, who really dominates the proceedings with some well-blown lines on tenor. Blakey's work is great too – nicely restrained, and the date marks one of his last sessions ever as a sideman. Titles include "Soul Station", "Split Feelin's", "Dig Dis", and "This I Dig Of You". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)
Also available Soul Station ... LP 19.99

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New Thelonious MonkGenius Of Modern Music Vol 1 (Non-RVG remastered edition) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
A great collection of Monk's 10" recordings for Blue Note – seminal not only for the label's commitment to a modernist bop ideal, but also for Monk's integration in the growing collection of top-level jazz players on the New York scene. The work's notable also for the fact that Monk's playing in group settings – not trio ones – and here, his early writing for and interplay with saxes and trumpet would certainly have a strong effect on the development of modern jazz in the 50s. Titles on this first volume include "Round Midnight", "In Walked Bud", "Thelonious", "Well You Needn't", and "Off Minor". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Genius Of Modern Music Vol 1 (75th anniversary edition) ... LP 16.99

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Lee MorganBest Of Lee Morgan ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... $1.99
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Lee MorganBest Of Lee Morgan ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... $1.99
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New Lee MorganCandy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. Used ... $11.99
A very different album for Lee Morgan – especially in comparison with his other early sessions! The record is a gentle batch of ballads and standards, played by Morgan with a quartet that includes Sonny Clark on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all beautifully poised to help Lee hit just the right notes in the set. The album's a crucial one, in that it gives Lee Morgan a chance to show off a warmer, mellower, and more introspective style – after first coming onto the scene as a stormer on his first few sessions. The whole thing's great, and a really important part of Morgan's catalog – and an album that was sadly "lost" in the Blue Note catalog for years, due to a too-short initial release! Titles include "Candy", "Who Do You Love, I Hope", "All The Way", and "Since I Fell For You". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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Lee MorganRumproller (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $7.99
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan to be one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 60s. The set starts off with the title cut, "The Rumproller" – hard-wailing soul bop, in the manner of Lee's most popular work – but then it easily flows into more sensitive material that has a freer, lyrical feel – like the great original tune "Eclipso" and Wayne Shorter's "Edda" – both of which are superb. Lee is astounding, as always, on trumpet – and the rest of the group includes the great Ronnie Matthews on piano, plus Joe Henderson, Victor Sproles, and Billy Higgins. Plus, this CD reissue features a bonus track – Shorter's "Venus Di Mildew", a great composition! CD

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New Lee MorganSonic Boom (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1967/1969. Used ... $9.99
Lost genius from trumpeter Lee Morgan – a session recorded for Blue Note in 1967, but not issued until the late 70s – and even then, only for a very short time! The session has Morgan moving into that wonderful last stage of his career – working in tight formation towards a sound that still had that groovier hardbop styles of earlier recordings, but which also unfolds towards a more ambitious spiritual jazz mode. The writing on the session is superb – original tunes that crackle with energy in a surge of dark notes and shadowy moods, inspiring the soloists to express themselves at levels that rank with their best work of the time! The group features David Newman on tenor – sounding completely different, and far more righteous, than on his Atlantic sides of the 60s – plus Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. A great sound overall – right up there with Tom Cat or The Gigolo for lyrical modernism – and with titles that include "Sneaky Pete", "The Mercenary", "Sonic Boom", and "Mumbo Jumbo". Plus, the album is expanded here by 6 more tracks – all recorded in 1969, and only briefly issued on a 2LP late 70s album called The Procrastinator. These tunes have a slightly different, almost sadder feel – with a group that includes Julian Priester, George Coleman, and Harold Mabern – on more wonderful originals that include "Cla Til Da", "Uncle Rough", "Mr Johnson", and "The Stroker". CD

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Junko OnishiCruisin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $4.99
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Junko OnishiLive At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Blue Note, 1994. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark. Booklet and CD have promotional stamps.)

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Greg OsbyInvisible Hand ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... $2.99
One of the most sophisticated albums to come from the funky reed talents of Greg Osby – one of Blue Note's biggest hopes of the past 10 years. Osby's moving way past the simple riffing of early days, and is working here with a sextet that includes the great Andrew Hill on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, and west coast reed legend Gary Foster on flute and alto. The overall sound is much different than some of Osby's other work, and the young player emerges as a strong and sensitive soloist, especially in the moments in which he's matching lines with Foster. Titles include "With Son", "The Watcher", "Ashes", "Sanctus", "Tough Love", and the lovely 60s soundtrack theme "Who Needs Forever". CD

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New John PattonLet 'Em Roll ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $13.99
A wonderfully wicked meeting of the minds – and a legendary bit of soul jazz from organist Big John Patton! The core of the record features the usual Patton groove – with John on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Otis Finch on drums – but added to that mix is Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, making a rare appearance on an organ jazz session, with some wonderful results! The combination of vibes and organ is especially haunting – jangling a groove with a really modal feel, and creating a sound that instantly made this one stand out from the pack! The whole thing's great, and tracks include "The Turnaround", "Let Em Roll", "Latona", and "One Step Ahead". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Let 'Em Roll (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 26.99

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John PattonLet 'Em Roll (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. Used ... $26.99
A wonderfully wicked meeting of the minds – and a legendary bit of soul jazz from organist Big John Patton! The core of the record features the usual Patton groove – with John on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Otis Finch on drums – but added to that mix is Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, making a rare appearance on an organ jazz session, with some wonderful results! The combination of vibes and organ is especially haunting – jangling a groove with a really modal feel, and creating a sound that instantly made this one stand out from the pack! The whole thing's great, and tracks include "The Turnaround", "Let Em Roll", "Latona", and "One Step Ahead". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Let 'Em Roll ... CD 13.99

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New John PattonMemphis To New York Spirit ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $19.99
A great lost album by John Patton – recorded in 1970, but not ever issued until 1995! The record was most likely held back because it's one of the funky organist's most far-reaching – a stunning batch of modal tracks that moves way past the usual organ sound, and much more into Larry Young-ish territory. A young James Blood Ulmer is on guitar, and the great (and underrecorded) Marvin Cabell plays flute, soprano, and tenor sax. Really great stuff – and most likely material that will disappear again for another 25 years! Titles include "The Mandingo", "Bloodyun", "Memphis", "Steno", and a cover of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperArt Of Pepper – The Complete Aladdin Recordings Vol 3 ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $9.99
Great stuff by Art Pepper – originally issued only on tape, and kind of lost in his catalog – and like many albums of his 50s work released after the fact, this one almost blows away some of his best known records! The material was recorded in 1957, and was only ever issued on pre-recorded tape by the Omega Tape Company, so it's one of the rarest 50s sessions by Pepper. The set's got a harder groove than most of his record on Contemporary – which is great with us, because we can finally hear the emotion and tone that Pepper is always credited with, but which doesn't always show up on record. The group's a small one, with Ben Tucker on bass, Chuck Flores on drums, and the late LA bopper Carl Perkins on piano. Titles include "Surf Ride", "Begin The Beguine", "Holiday Flight", "Webb City", and "Too Close For Comfort". CD
(Out of print. Cover image is yellow.)

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Art PepperModern Art ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
One of the greatest West Coast jazz LPs of all time! Art Pepper plays beautiful spiralling alto lines with a tight quartet that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Chuck Flores on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. The whole thing swings in a way that's tough to find on some of Pepper's other albums from the time, and the track list includes "Dianne's Dilemma", "Blues In", "Blues Out", and "Cool Bunny". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Michel PetruccianiBest Of Michel Petrucciani ... CD
Blue Note, 1980s/Early 90s. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Pieces Of A DreamPieces ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print. Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Ike QuebecHeavy Soul (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $11.99
Heavy soul from Ike Quebec – one of Blue Note's greatest players of the 78 era in the 40s, stepping out here on one of his brilliant comeback sets from the early 60s! The set features Ike blowing in an all soul jazz mode – working with a quartet that includes some great work from organist Freddie Roach – swinging here in a great straight ahead mode, and really pushing Ike to lay out some of the best solos of his later Blue Note years. There's a few tracks on the set that step out in a tight modal jazz groove – organ vamping as Ike blows away – and titles include "Heavy Soul", "Que's Dilemma", "Acquitted", and a very spooky version of "Nature Boy". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Ike QuebecSoul Samba (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $5.99
One of the few Blue Note albums with a bossa groove – and a great one too! The record features soulful tenor star Ike Quebec blowing in front of Brazilian-styled rhythms laid out by a combo that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a duo of Latin percussionists! Willie Bobo plays drums on the session, and the cuts have a short groovy feel, with a sax-heavy lead, in a similar style to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – but much more soulful overall, and with a nicely rougher feel on the rhythms. Really great stuff, and with titles that include "Loie", "Goin Home", "Favela", "Blue Samba", and "Shu Shu". Features 3 bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba TrioDiz ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $6.99
A wonderful tribute to Dizzy Gillespie – featuring songs penned by Diz, or played by him famously – presented by the fluid fingers of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who takes Gillespie's inspiration into a whole new realm with his trio! Rubalcaba's got lots of sharp notes on hand – able to create these little corners of sound while still moving forward – spurred on by the deft drum work of Julio Barreto, who's work on the album is mighty nice too. Ron Carter's bass rounds out the set, and brings in some sensitive moments that really balance the record nicely – and titles include "Hot House", "Night In Tunisia", "I Remember Clifford", "Smooch", "Con Alma", and "Woody N You". CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark, CD has a promo stamp.)

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St GermainTourist ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... $3.99
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a very deep deep deep groove! The result is some of the best jazzy house that we've heard in years – and the record is the kind of album designed to put Blue Note back on the map as one of the most groove-committed jazz majors in the world. Killer stuff all around – and with the tracks "So Flute", "Latin Note", "Rose Rouge", "Pont Des Arts", "Sure Thing", and "What Do You Think About . . ." CD

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Wayne ShorterBest Of Wayne Shorter ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
Titles include "Speak No Evil", "Tom Thumb", "Lost", "Adam's Apple", "Footprints", and "Infant Eyes". CD

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Wayne ShorterSuper Nova ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $7.99
A bit of a hint of the 70's work by Shorter – as he plays here with a slightly larger group, and a bit of an electric sound. Sonny Sharrock and John McLaughlin play guitar, Airto plays percussion, and Maria Booker sings vocals on a rendition of "Dindi" – and this complicted larger group gives Shorter a quite different sound than some of his earlier Blue Note quartet and quintet sides. The session's got a great spiritual soul jazz undercurrent – pointing the way towards aspects of jazz in the 70s – and titles include "Super Nova", "Swee Pea", "Water Babies", and "Capricorn". CD

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Jimmy SmithBack At The Chicken Shack (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $3.99
A partner album of sorts to Jimmy Smith's classic Midnight Special album – recorded during the same sessions as that one, and also featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Kenny Burrell on guitar! The sound here is almost even more open and stretched out – with only 4 long tracks on the album, 2 on each side – all offering up plenty of room for Jimmy to hit the Hammond with that keenly imaginative approach to a solo he was showing at this time – a style that proved that the instrument could do a lot more than just make weird noises or pump up the rhythm. Turrentine's tenor more than matches Jimmy's solos for imagination – and titles include "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", "Messy Bessie", "Minor Chant", and "Back At The Chicken Shack". CD also contains one bonus track – "On The Sunny Side Of The Street". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing.)
Also available Back At The Chicken Shack (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP 17.99

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New Jimmy SmithCool Blues (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $3.99
Proof that at his start, Jimmy Smith had a greatness that knew no bounds – as the album's one of a few that Blue Note recorded in the late 50s, but never issued until many years later – even though they had already released so many amazing records from this period! The set has Jimmy really cooking away – playing live at Small's Paradise, in a group that has Lou Donaldson's alto on just about every track, and tenor from Tina Brooks on most of the others too. Tunes are tighter and shorter than on the more jam session albums, which makes for a nice change – and titles include "Groovin At Smalls", "Dark Eyes", "Cool Blues", and "A Night In Tunisia" – which begins with an announcement from Babs Gonzales! 8 tracks in all – 4 more than on the 1980 album – with better sound than before as well! CD

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Jimmy SmithGo For Whatcha Know ... CD
Blue Note, 1986. Used ... $11.99
With Kenny Burrell on guitar and Stanley Turrentine on tenor! CD
(Out of print first pressing. Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith At The Organ Vol 3 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $5.99
A real stormer from Jimmy Smith – done in his first year at Blue Note, but with a sense of power and imagination that cannot be denied! It might be easy to pass up this album, because many of the tunes are standards, done in a simple trio format – but back at the time of this session, Jimmy had a real penchant for unusual phrasings and complicated rhythms – of a sort that rarely showed up on his later Blue Notes, but which made for some incredible sounds overall on a set like this! A key moment here is the crazy cut "Judo Mambo" – which has this wild "chop chop" organ sound that certainly fits with the "judo" theme, and which is followed up by some great raspy guitar work by Thornel Schwartz. Donald Bailey is on drums, doing an excellent job as usual – and other nice moments are the track "Fiddlin' The Minors", plus Jimmy's nice Monkish take on "Well You Needn't" – plus the tracks "Willow Weep For Me" and "Autumn Leaves". If you've ever doubted what a genius Jimmy Smith was on the organ in the early days, check out this one, and prepare to have your mind blown! CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Slightly Monkish", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "My Funny Valentine", and "Jamey". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy SmithMaster – Recorded Live At Kirin Plaza Osaka ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $6.99
A great return to form for Hammond giant Jimmy Smith – heard here on an early 90s date for Blue Note, done in the same style as Jimmy's classic work for the label! The set's a live one, recorded in Japan – and the tracks have this open flow that's mighty nice – proof that Smith's talents on the keys hadn't dimmed at all over the years, recorded alongside some tremendous guitar work from Kenny Burrell – who's got that same sense of wide tone with a lean groove that made earlier collaborations with Jimmy so great. The similarly-named Jimmie Smith is on drums in the trio – and tracks include "The Cat", "The Preacher", "All Day Long", "Chittlins Con Carne", and "The Organ Grinder's Swing". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark. Booklet has a promotional sticker.)
 
 
 



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