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Bob ThompsonSound Of Speed ... LP
Dot, 1960. Very Good+ ... $33.99
Jazzy orchestral sweep spiked with actual vehicular sounds – groovy, groovy sounds from San Francisco reared arranger Bob Thompson – his rare early easy listening conceptual gem Sound Of Speed cut outside after a few gems for RCA at the dawn of the 60s! RCA/Victor released some late 50s/early 60s Thompson efforts full of HiFi orchestral grooves, and this one, recorded in Italy by the Orchestra dei Concerti de Rom while Thompson was on temporary leave from RCA, buzzes along with a cheekier, groovier charm thanks to the transport theme – with soaring numbers dedicated to and including the sounds of diesel trains, motor scooters, ocean liners, jet planes, speed boats, roadsters and streetcars. Titles include "Super Chief", "Midnight Sailing", "La Vespa", "Three Wheeler Waltz", "Star Fire", "Surrey Serenade", "Early-Bird Whirly-Bird" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bob ThompsonOn The Rocks ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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John DankworthZodiac Variations ... LP
Fontana, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
One of Dankworth's greatest albums of the 60s – recorded in both New York and London, with a mix of American and British players that includes Ronnie Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Chuck Israel, Lucky Thompson, and Kenny Wheeler. The album's a suite of tracks based on the Zodiac – and, like other albums of this nature, it oddly rises to the occasional with some wonderfully creative playing, and some of the most solid writing that Dankworth did in the 60s. (Why is it that these records work so well? Is it because the 12 sides of the Zodiac inspire such a change of moods and personalities that the musicians really get into the spirit of things?) Tracks are shortish, but quite evocative – and the soloists all get enough space to express themselves well within the scope of the piece. Titles include "Aquarius", "Pisces", "Cancer", etc. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US mono pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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New Sergio Mendes/Quartette Tres BienGreat Arrival/Bully ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two sparkling jazzy albums from 1966! The Great Arrival is one of Sergio Mendes' most dreamy albums, and it's an all-instrumental batch of tracks. The format is easy Brazilian piano, over larger arrangements with a good jazz component – and the record features Mendes soloing over work by American arrangers Clare Fischer, Bob Florence, and Richard Hazard. The record's got bright horns, lush banks of strings, and cascading rhythms – all produced with exceptional sound, so that Sergio's piano goes gliding over the top in a manner that's similar to some of the Luis Eca albums in a similar format. Tracks include "Carnaval", "Boranda", "Nana", and "Bonita". Bully is the Quartette Tres Bien's only album for Atlantic, and it's a bit more of a straight jazz album than some of their sessions for Decca. The band's got their percussion/piano groove running hard – with Percy James on bongo and conga, Albert St James on drums, and Jeter Thompson on piano – and the playing has a strong focus on the piano work by Thompson, with a good mix of soul and lyrical styles. Includes the original track "Bully", plus versions of "Work Song", "Caravan", "Three O'Clock In The Morning", and "I Never Knew". CD

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New Lester Bowie's Brass FantasyTwilight Dreams ... CD
Virgin/Katalyst, 1988. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for creative projects like this – and the vibe's quite different than the Brass Fantasy records cut for ECM – with almost a bit more soul at the bottom, and a compact sort of energy that really sends the ideas home. Players include Bowie, Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, and Sasul Siddik on trumpets – plus Steve Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Phil Wilson on drums. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Thriller" – plus "Vibe Waltz", "I Am With You", "Duke's Fantasy", "Personality", and "Twilight Dreams". CD

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New Rosemary ClooneyClap Hands Here Comes Rosie ... LP
RCA, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully groovy album from Rosemary Clooney – done with arrangements from the great Bob Thompson, and some nice male harmony support in the backgrounds! The style's a bit like that used by Rosie on her album with The Hi-Los for Columbia, but there's a hipper, more finger-snapping sort of vibe going on here – that introduction of greater syncopation that showed up as the 60s vocal years approached, and which really allows Thompson a lot of room to make a bit of magic with his music! A few steps the wrong way, and the sound could be hokey – but Rosemary makes it all come off beautifully, thanks to a nice sense of jazz and swing – on titles that include "You Got", "Give Me The Simple Life", "Something's Gotta Give", "Hooray For Love", "Mean To Me", "It Could Happen To You", and "Too Marvelous For Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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New Duane EddyTwangy Guitar Silky Strings ... LP
RCA, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
Production supervised by Lee Hazlewood, with some great arrangements by Bob Thompson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 60s mono pressing – in great shape!)
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New Chico FreemanTangents ... LP
Elektra, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz freedoms and some newer 80s experimental moments – all in a lineup with Mark Thompson on piano, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Jay Hoggard on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Kenny Werner plays a bit of synth at times – in some dark-toned 80s modes – and although Bobby McFerrin is billed strongly on the cover, the album only seems to feature a bit of his vocalizations. Titles include "Sangoma & Nelly", "You Are The One", "Spook & Fade", "Tangents", "Ballad For Hakima", and "Sir Tashi & The Yeti". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp & some light wear.)