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New Clark TerryAin't Misbehavin' ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Very Good+ ... $3.99
With some guest vocals from Johnny Hartman, alto and flute from Chris Woods, and a piano from Oscar Peterson! LP, Vinyl record album

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Clark TerryClark Terry & His Jolly Giants ... LP
Vanguard, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
A better album than you might think – although it certainly has a few silly moments! The tracks are short and kind of groovy – and there's a pretty good group on the record, one that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, Emmanuel Rahim on percussion, and Ernie Wilkins on tenor and soprano sax. Includes "Samba De Gumz", "Top N Bottom", "Never", "Bobby A", "The Hymn", and a version of "The Flinstones Theme"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a cut corner, and a couple of light stains.)

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Clark TerryDuke With A Difference ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Hmmm . . . Don't know what the "difference" is here, given that the set was one of a number of Duke-inspired sessions of the late 50s, but given that Terry was a big force in the best ones, and that he's working here with some of Duke's best players, we'll give the set a thumbs up! The album features Terry in lead on trumpet, plus alto by Johnny Hodges, tenor by Paul Gonsalves, piano by Billy Strayhorn, vibes by Tyree Glenn, and trombone by Quentin Jackson – and arrangements are by either Mercer Ellington or Terry. Marian Bruce sings lead vocals on "In A Sentimental Mood", and the other, instrumental, tunes include "Cottontail", "Just Squeeze Me", "Mood Indigo", and "Come Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Clark TerryEverything's Mellow ... LP
Prestige/Moodsville, 1961. Very Good ... $19.99
Everything's Mellow indeed – and that fact makes the record one of Terry's greatest from the 60s! The obscure session features Clark blowing in the laidback style of Prestige's Moodsville imprint – almost a swing-based, Verve-styled mode that makes for some really great tunes. Terry plays both trumpet and flugelhorn on the session – working through really restrained readings of tunes that include "The Simple Waltz", "Out In The Cold Again", "Among My Souvenirs", and "In The Alley" – and the rest of the players on the session include Junior Mance on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy green label Moodsville pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a small split on the spine, a bumped corner, and a lightly stained corner, with some stains, some marker, and an ink stamp on the back.)
Also available Everything's Mellow/Plays The Jazz Version Of All American ... CD 9.99

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Clark TerryEverything's Mellow/Plays The Jazz Version Of All American ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Germany), 1961/1962. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of overlooked gems from trumpeter Clark Terry – back to back on a single CD! On Everything's Mellow, things are mellow indeed – and that fact makes the record one of Terry's greatest from the 60s! The obscure session features Clark blowing in the laidback style of Prestige's Moodsville imprint – almost a swing-based, Verve-styled mode that makes for some really great tunes. Terry plays both trumpet and flugelhorn on the session – working through really restrained readings of tunes that include "The Simple Waltz", "Out In The Cold Again", "Among My Souvenirs", and "In The Alley" – and the rest of the players on the session include Junior Mance on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. All American is a surprisingly nice little set from Clark Terry – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and a pretty nice little group that includes Budd Johnson on tenor and Eddie Costa on vibes and piano. The material appears to be lifted from the musical All American – by the team of Charles Strouse & Lee Adams – although the notes, and certainly not the title, don't do much to indicate this. The best part of the set is Nelson – who manages to, here as always, take any sort of material and give it a really strong swingin – bouncing it up with a lot of soul, and creating plenty of space for some strong breakout solos. Titles include "What A Country", "Same Language", "The Fight Song", "Nightlife", and "It's Fun To Think". CD
Also available Everything's Mellow ... LP 19.99

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Clark TerryFunk Dumplin's ... LP
Matrix (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Cover has some light wear.)

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Clark TerryGlobetrotter ... LP
Vanguard, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The title's a right one, as Terry was one of the world's biggest-selling jazz acts at the time – playing a variety of settings during the 70s, and making a lot more penny than some of his contemporaries. Fortunately, that fame didn't mean that he sold out his talent – because he still sounds quite strong here, working with a group that includes Vic Sproles, Ronnie Mathews, and Ernie Wilkins – plus some guest work by Roland Prince and Walter Bishop Jr. Tracks are swinging and sometimes playful – with a lot more strident soul than you might expect, given the cover. Titles include "Zip Co-Ed", "Globetrotter", "Autumn Leaves", and a reprise of the old Dave Bailey-recorded tune "One Foot In The Gutter". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clark TerryLive In Belgrade ... LP
RTB (Macedonia), 1982. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A rare overseas date from this excellent trumpeter – recorded with a sextet led by tenorist Markovic, with the great Bosko Petrovic on vibes! Titles include "Mister CT", "Intro Blues", "Body & Limbs", "Stemi", and "Monsieur Cou Cou". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Clark TerryMumbler Strikes Again/Big Spender ... 7-inch
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(Label has a sticker.)

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New Clark TerryTop & Bottom Brass ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Clark Terry's breezy trumpet is paired with Don Butterfield's tuba for a real "top and bottom" session of brassy jazz. The two of them are backed by a sharp rhythm section that includes Jimmy Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The set's got a lot of nice originals, and despite what you might think, this is actually one of Terry's harder sessions. Cuts include "Top N Bottom", "Mardi Gras Waltz", "Blues For Etta", and "Mili-Terry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with a microphone logo. Cover has a small stain on one corner.)

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Clark Terry & Bob BrookmeyerGingerbread Men ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
The team of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer shouldn't work so well together – but although Terry's always been an optimist, and Brookmeyer's had a history as a modernist, the pair cut some great records together! This set's one of the best of a short run the Terry/Brookmeyer group cut for Mainstream in the mid 60s – a quintet session with Hank Jones on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – all players creative enough to match the playful spirit of the leaders, muting their rhythms one minute, and grooving them up the next! The mix of Terry's flugelhorn and Brookmeyer's trombone is especially great – a breathy approach to the horn parts that still swings hard, but with a fluid grace that's more pulsating than punctuating. Titles include a great version of Gary McFarland's "Milo's Other Samba", Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy", and the titles "Haig & Haig", "My Gal", "Naptown", and "Morning Mist". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a sticker on the front and a bumped corner. Label has a sticker.)

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Clark Terry & Chico O'FarrillSpanish Rice ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts – letting Terry solo over the top with sweet trumpety licks, while Chico sets up a crack ensemble that features lots of horns, Latin percussion, and some tasty guitar! The mix of modes is plenty nice – not authentically Latin, but extremely groovy – and titles include "Joonji", "Que Sera", "Tin Tin Deo", "Spanish Rice", "Angelitos Negros", and "Happiness Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Vinyl has a few short clicks.)

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Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, Joe Gordon, & Art MadJazz School ... LP
Mercury/EmArcy, 1956. Very Good- ... $14.99
A compilation of Joe Gordon, Art Mardigan, Paul Gonsalves and Clark Terry each leading their own bands on a couple of tracks. All of the players and songs are too numerous to mention here but, for instance, the record features Art Mardigan on drums and he is joined by such performers as Milt Gold on trombone for a couple of songs which include "I've Found A New Baby". Paul Gonsalves plays tenor sax with Junior Mance on piano and plays such tunes as"It Don't Mean A Thing". Joe Gordon plays trumpet with Charlie Rouse on tenor and they play "Evening Lights", just to name a few of the performers and tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury/EmArcy pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some splotches from the removal of the gloss finish on the front, a split top seam, some splitting on the bottom seam, two small pieces of tape, some aging, and a stain in one corner.)

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Clark Terry/Bob BrookmeyerPower Of Positive Swinging ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Wonderful work from one of Clark Terry's best periods – and the kind of stripped-down swinging 60s set that really let him show his most soulful side! The group features Terry on both trumpet and flugelhorn – working in co-leadership with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone – supported by the rhythm combo of Roger Kellaway, Bill Crow, and Dave Bailey. Bailey's drums are nice and tight – arguably a good reason the best Terry records from this time are so good – and titles include a lot of playful originals like "Dancing On The Grave", "Ode To A Flugelhorn", "Green Stamps", "Hawg Jawz", and "Simple Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clark Terry/Kenny DorhamTop Trumpets ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good ... $13.99
A strange little album that combines tracks from 2 different earlier Riverside LPs – Serenade To A Bus Set by Clark Terry, and another session that features Kenny Dorham and Ernie Henry, possibly issued under Henry's name as Seven Standards & A Blues. The Terry set features Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – on tracks that include "Boomerang", "Digits", and "Donna Lee". The Dorham set features Henry, Wilbur Ware, and GT Hogan – on the tracks "Soon", "Sposin", and "Lotus Blossom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Smaller orange label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a split top seam with some tape residue, some splitting on the other seams, and some stains and an ink stamp on the back.)

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Jesper Thilo & Clark TerryTribute To Frog ... LP
Storyville, 1982. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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(Cover has some wear.)

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New Gary McFarland & Clark TerryTijuana Jazz ... LP
Impulse, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very groooooovy set! This one has Gary working with his "& Co" ensemble – including here the 2 guitars of Barry Galbraith and Toots Thielemans, the fender bass of Bob Brookmeyer, and the trumpet work of Clark Terry and Joe Newman. The groove is jazzy Mexican – kind of a way hipper take on the Tijuana sound than Herb Albert could ever hope for – and with Gary on organ, vibes, and marimba, the core groove is really great all the way through. Very hip stuff – and with tracks that include "Fantastic, That's You", "South Of The Border", "Tijuana", "Mary Jane", "Granny's Samba", "Soul Bird", and "Ira Schwartz's Golden Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a bubble in the gloss, near the spine.)

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New Clark TerrySerenade To A Bus Seat ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great early date as a leader from trumpeter Clark Terry – one cut during the stretch when he was keeping company with players like Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin! The latter player is a key member of Terry's group here – as Johnny's tenor adds a nice sharp edge to Clark's trumpet – mixing modern and bop inflections wonderfully in a solid quintet setting that also features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Titles include "Serenade To A Bus Seat", "That Old Black Magic", "Cruising", "Boardwalk", "Boomerang", and "Digits". CD
(Out of print OJC version.)

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New Clark TerrySerenade To A Bus Seat (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Riverside, 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great early date as a leader from trumpeter Clark Terry – one cut during the stretch when he was keeping company with players like Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin! The latter player is a key member of Terry's group here – as Johnny's tenor adds a nice sharp edge to Clark's trumpet – mixing modern and bop inflections wonderfully in a solid quintet setting that also features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Titles include "Serenade To A Bus Seat", "That Old Black Magic", "Cruising", "Boardwalk", "Boomerang", and "Digits". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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New Gary Burton, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry3 In Jazz ... LP
RCA, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great record that features work not on any other album! The set's a compilation of sorts – but it's really more of a "showcase", one that features the work of three of RCA's brightest jazz stars at the time. A young Gary Burton plays "Hello Young Lovers", "Gentle Wind & Falling Tear", "Blue Comedy", and "Stella By Starlight" with a group that includes Jack Sheldon on trumpet. Sonny Rollins blows on "You Are My Lucky Star", "I Could Write A Book", and "There Will Never Be Another You" with the great group that included Don Cherry, Henry Grimes, and Billy Higgins. And Clark Terry rounds out the set with "Blues Tonight", "Sounds Of The Night", and "Cielito Lindo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)
 
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Gene Ammons, Etta Jones, & Jack McDuffSoul Summit Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and half split spine.)

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Charlie BarnetFor Dancing Lovers ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $13.99
Features a few trumpet solos from Clark Terry – and guitar from Barney Kessel! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover is nice!)

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Gary BurtonWho Is Gary Burton ... LP
RCA, 1963. Near Mint- ... $18.99
A gem of an album from the young Gary Burton – his second date for RCA, and a perfectly-pitched session that's got plenty of modern edges, but none of the too-experimental modes that sometimes bogged Gary down in later years! The date's especially noteworthy for the presence of two great horn players – Clark Terry on trumpet and Phil Woods on alto – both of whom flesh out Burton's lyrical approach to vibes with some deeply soulful solos of their own – opening up the record with a range of sounds that's simply breathtaking, and which represents some of the freshest work from both players in the early 60s. The rest of the group features Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Neves on bass, and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Storm", "I've Just Seen Her", "Fly Time Fly", "Conception", "Get Away Blues", and "One Note". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove – in great shape!)

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John CampbellTurning Point ... LP
Contemporary, 1990. Near Mint- ... $1.99
With Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Duke EllingtonAnatomy Of A Murder ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
A beautiful jazzy score by Duke Ellington – and a fitting companion to this classic Otto Preminger film! The record captures Ellington at a perfect moment – right during his Indigos period of increased sophistication, when his band was at an all-time level of perfection – and really shaking free of the too-familiar modes of the past. Ellington's music has a wonderful range of feeling here – even more so than usual, given the shifting scenes of the film – and the players are an all star lineup that includes Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet. Titles include "Upper & Outest", "Almost Cried", "Sunswept Sunday", "Happy Anatomy", "Flirtibird", and "Low Key Lightly". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has tape on the top seam.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... CD
Columbia, 1952. Used ... $3.99
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". CD
(Out of print. Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... LP
Columbia, 1952. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label 6 eye Masterworks pressing with deep groove.)

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Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder ... CD
Columbia (France), 1957. Used ... $2.99
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but forget the Bard-inspired roots of the tracks, because the shimmering moods of the pieces is pure Ellington – with a richness of feeling that's totally great, and a sound that's wonderfully fresh, given that most of these numbers aren't overplayed Ellington compositions! Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpets, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Johnny Hodges on alto – and titles include "The Telecasters", "Circle Of Fourths", "Sonnet For Caesar", "Sonnet To Hank Cinq", and "Such Sweet Thunder". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Such Sweet Thunder (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99

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Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1957. Used ... $3.99
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but forget the Bard-inspired roots of the tracks, because the shimmering moods of the pieces is pure Ellington – with a richness of feeling that's totally great, and a sound that's wonderfully fresh, given that most of these numbers aren't overplayed Ellington compositions! Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpets, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Johnny Hodges on alto – and titles include "The Telecasters", "Circle Of Fourths", "Sonnet For Caesar", "Sonnet To Hank Cinq", and "Such Sweet Thunder". CD also features 3 previously unissued tracks, and a bunch of alternate takes and outtakes – for a total of 22 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Such Sweet Thunder ... CD 2.99

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

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New Duke Ellington's SpacemenCosmic Scene (plus bonus track) ... CD
Sony (France), 1958. Used ... $6.99
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more flashy than the usual presentation for the Ellington group! The record's not nearly as trippy as you'd expect – but it's still a prime set of Ellingtonia from those key late 50s years – material played by a smaller group of "Spacemen" than Duke's fuller orchestra – with a bit more room for small group interaction, almost in a Verve mode. Players include Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonzalves on tenor, Quentin Jackson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass – and titles include "Avalon", "Midnight Sun", "Spacemen", "Bass-ment", "Early Autumn", and "Jones". CD also features a bonus alternate take of "Jones". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chico HamiltonFurther Adventures Of El Chico ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
Massively groovy work from Chico Hamilton – one of his standout swingers for Impulse Records in the 60s, and a set that really showcases all the changes in music he'd made for the decade! The set features some wonderful reed work from Jerome Richardson and Charlie Mariano, plus some especially great guitar from Gabor Szabo – a player who was rising to fame in Hamilton's group, but also stands out here with lots of the breezy grooves he'd bring to his own dates for Impulse. Tracks are short, but in a good way that really keeps them focused – and other players who complete the groove include Clark Terry on trumpet and Ron Carter on bass – both of whom nicely pick up Chico's sense of adventure and humor. Titles include "Monday Monday", "Daydream", "Stella By Starlight", "Evil Eye", "Manila", "That Boy With The Long Hair", and "Monday Monday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label mono pressing. Cover has a lgiht stain and wrinkling on the bottom 4 inches.)

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Lambert, Hendricks & BavanAt Newport '63 ... LP
RCA, 1963. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross tradition lives on – in a smoking live set that features Indian singer Yolanda Bavan joining the group in place of recently-departed Ross! Bavan's ability to groove and improvise is every bit as great as that of Annie Ross – and she fits in nicely next to the warm lyrics of John Hendricks, and the sweetly crackling bop vocals of Dave Lambert. Plus, the live setting seems to open the whole group up even more – as they're working with a great combo that features Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry sitting in with the Gildo Mahones trio that includes George Tucker on bass and Jimmie Smith on drums. The tunes are all very soulful and swinging – and the album easily sits with the best Columbia work by the older version of the group! Titles include "Watermelon Man", "Sack o Woe", "Deedle-Lee Deedle-Lum", and "Walkin", taken in a nice long stretch1 LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners (20 bit mastering) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... $8.99
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Hodges, etcLeonard Feather's Encyclopedia Of Jazz In The 60s Vol 1 – The Blues ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $4.99
Looks like a compilation, but a set that features some great material! Side one features Oliver Nelson directing a special group with JJ Johnson on trombone, Nat Adderley and Clark Terry on trumpets, Phil Woods and Jerome Richardson on reeds, and Hank Jones on piano – on titles that include "St Louis Blues", "I Remember Bird", and "John Brown's Blues". Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery jam on "OGD", Johnny Hodges and Earl Hines play "C Jam Blues", and Count Basie swings "Blues For Eileen". LP, Vinyl record album

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Newport Jazz Festival House Band/Newport All StarsNewport Jazz Festivals All-Stars (aka That Newport Jazz) ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
Features one set by a Newport House Band – with Clark Terry and Howard McGhee on trumpets, and Coleman Hawkins and Zoot Sims on tenor – plus another set by Newport All-Stars who include Al Grey on trombone, Bud Freeman on tenor, and Ruby Braff on trumpet. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Jazz Odyssey pressing. Cover has some small seam splits.)

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Grassella OliphantGrass Is Greener ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as Grasella leads a totally great group with John Patton on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Harold Ousley on tenor – making a really great appearance here, and having us wish he did more dates like this! Clark Terry's also on the set to punch things up on trumpet and flugelhorn – and titles include a killer break version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman", with some very tasty drums – plus "Cantaloupe Woman, "The Yodel", "The Latter Days", "Rapid Shave", and "Soul Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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Teri ThorntonDevil May Care (aka Lullaby Of The Leaves) ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $13.99
An obscure batch of soul jazz vocals – featuring singer Teri Thornton fronting a cool group arranged by pianist Norman Simmons. Players include Clark Terry, Earl Warren, Seldon Powell, and Freddie Green – and the rhythm section's comprised of Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones, who give most of the material a good swing. Teri's a bit "high concept" in her vocals, but there's more than enough good material – including a version of Bob Dorough's "Devil May Care", plus dark takes on "My Old Flame", "Dancing In The Dark", and "Lullaby Of The Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has seam splitting.)

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VariousTabu Records Box Set (6CD/DVD/7" single) ... CD
Tabu (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 6CD/DVD/7" ... $89.99
The classic funk and soul sounds of the Tabu label – in a fantastic box set, compiled by Ralph Tee – with an incredible assortment of Tabu treasures by Brainstorm, SOS Band, Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle, Demetrius Perry, Rhonda Clark, Kathy Mathis, Mary Davis, Anacostia, Lalo Shifrin and more! The 6CDs of standout cuts are very smartly compiled, beginning with the earliest Tabu material, and continuing with early peak dancefloor soul, the mellower tunes and slow jams, the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis sessions, and gems from the label's oft-overlooked later releases. It's got more than 90 tracks on the 6CDs, includes a bonus DVD with videos and interviews with Clarence Avant, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and more, plus a 60 page booklet by Ralph Tee. Last, but not least, it also comes with a bonus 7" single featuring Sharon Ridley's "Changin" and Manfredo Fest's jazz funk classic "Jungle Kitten". CD
(Set includes 6 CDs, a DVD, and a 7inch single. DVD is NTSC format, Region 0.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 1959 ... CD
EmArcy, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A rare slice of Duke Ellington at Newport in the 50s – recorded live at the festival in 1959, but unlike other sessions of the time, never issued on record! The set remained unissued until Duke's 90th birthday, and it's a great discovery that easily matches the strength of Ellington's larger live recordings for Columbia at the same time. As is usual for this type of outing, there's a number of shorter tracks that reprise Ellington favorites for the crowd – but those are offset by longer, more serious works that are deeply complex, the highlight of which is "Idiom 59", a great lost composition done especially for the Festival! The full performance runs for over an hour – with players that include Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges – and other tunes include "Cop Out", "Rockin In Rhythm", "Skin Deep", "Jam With Sam", "Perdido", and "Jones". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Dave Bailey SextetGetting' Into Somethin' ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy duty hardbop – and one of three amazing Epic sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! The set grooves as massively as his One and Two Feet In The Gutter albums – and is recorded with a similar lineup that includes Horace Parlan on piano, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Charlie Rouse on tenor, and Clark Terry on trumpet. Dave's drumming is mighty and soulful, and the set smokes with a lively rolling groove that mixes hardbop and soul jazz into a raw early 60s sound! Includes the 17 minute long jam "Blues For JP", plus "Slop Jah", "Little Old Mongoose", and "Evad Smurd". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray Bryant TrioGotta Travel On ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone groover from the great Ray Bryant – one of his brilliant albums for Cadet from the 60s! Ray's soul jazz trio (with Freddie Waits on drums) is augmented by the 2-horn trumpet section he used on some of his other Cadet recordings from the time – trumpet from Snookie Young and flugelhorn from Clark Terry, both of whom really help the album open up from the usual standard soul jazz trio side! The sound is really unique, and the "bottom" of the brass gives his piano a nice deep sound that you wouldn't necessarily expect from the arrangement – almost a bit of a bounce at the bottom, always helping the groove. The record includes a number of nice originals, like "Little Soul Sister", "All Things Are Possible", "Erewhon", and "Monkey Business" – plus versions of "Gotta Travel On" and "Bag's Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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New Rosemary Clooney with Duke EllingtonBlue Rose (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington standards, reworked with bold vocal lines from Clooney – in a way that's right up there with any of the usual singers with Ellington's band! Players include Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney – and titles include "I'm Checkin Out", "Mood Indigo", "Blue Rose", "Grieving", "Hey Baby", and "Passion Flower". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "If You Were In My Place" and "Just A Sittin & A Rockin". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Duke EllingtonDrum Is A Woman ... CD
Columbia (France), 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hokey cover and title, but a hip little record from Duke Ellington – kind of a story of percussion and jazz, all wrapped together with some great vocals and narration! The format is kind of far-reaching, but never too stuffy – and in a way, the album offers a great opportunity to hear some of the Ellington players stepping out in a slightly different vibe than the usual Columbia date from the decade. Duke does a bit of narration himself – and singers include Margaret Tynes, Joya Sherrill, and Ozzie Bailey – who beautifully illustrate the shifting passages of the longer suite. Solos are by Johnny Hodges on alto, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Paul Gonsalves on tenor – and titles include "Congo Square", "Madam Zajj", "Drum is A Woman", "You Better Know It", "Rhythm Pum Te Dum", and "Rhumbop". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Duke EllingtonDrum Is A Woman ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hokey cover and title, but a hip little record from Duke Ellington – kind of a story of percussion and jazz, all wrapped together with some great vocals and narration! The format is kind of far-reaching, but never too stuffy – and in a way, the album offers a great opportunity to hear some of the Ellington players stepping out in a slightly different vibe than the usual Columbia date from the decade. Duke does a bit of narration himself – and singers include Margaret Tynes, Joya Sherrill, and Ozzie Bailey – who beautifully illustrate the shifting passages of the longer suite. Solos are by Johnny Hodges on alto, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Paul Gonsalves on tenor – and titles include "Congo Square", "Madam Zajj", "Drum is A Woman", "You Better Know It", "Rhythm Pum Te Dum", and "Rhumbop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot from price sticker removal, and some edge wear.)

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New Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". CD
Also available Ellington Uptown ... LP 4.99

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New Duke EllingtonHi Fi Ellington Uptown ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus "The Controversial Suite". CD

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New Duke EllingtonHistorically Speaking ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The album's a bit less "historical" than you might guess from the title – at least at the time it was issued in the mid 50s! The material is from Chicago sessions recorded in 1956 – unusual non-Columbia material for the period, featuring the Ellington group working in a slightly older-styled mode. Much of the material is from the earlier songbook of the orchestra – but it's done here with some slight modern touches that show the 50s impulses of the group firmly in place. Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpet, Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Harry Carney on baritone sax – and titles include "Midriff", "Ko Ko", "Lonesome Lullaby", "Upper Manhattan Medical Group", "Jack The Bear", "Stompy Jones", and "Creole Love Call". CD

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New Art FarmerInteraction ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A magnificent set from the team of Art Farmer and Jim Hall – one of those rare pairings in jazz that somehow comes off sounding even way better than the sum of its parts – and that's saying a lot, given that the parts here are already pretty darn great! Farmer's flugelhorn and Hall's guitar create these wonderful shapes in sound – softly coming together with a vibe that's very modern, yet also soulful – gently swinging while still experimenting – with a combination that's completely wonderful! Think of Bob Brookmeyer and Clark Terry, or Bill Evans and Jim Hall – and you'll be somewhere in the territory of these magically unique sounds – augmented with some gentle rhythm work by Steve Swallow on bass and Walter Perkins on drums. Titles include "By Myself", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Sometime Ago", and "My Kinda Love". CD

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New Marty GoldClassic Bossa Nova – The World's Great Classic Melodies Blended With The New Beat ... LP
RCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groovy batch of tracks played by a small combo that includes Phil Bodner, Dick Hyman, and Clark Terry – plus Lois Winter on vocals. As the title implies, the tracks are groovy bossa versoins of classics, like material by Ravel, Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, and others. The cuts have a nice romantic swell to them, punctuated nicely by Bodner's tight tenor, and Hyman's lively piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Johnny HodgesCreamy ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Swing session with small group backing by Billy Strayhorn, Jimmy Woode, Sonny Greer, and Clark Terry – and which features Johnny's warm tones soloing nicely on comfortable standards. All of side one is a "ballad medley", with a very Creamy sound, and titles that include "But Not For Me", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Whispering", and "Tenderly". The flipside's got a bit more kick, and titles that include "Honey Bunny", "Passion", and "No Use Kicking". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful deep groove Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo! Cover is very nice, but printed sideways – and has a very small split on top seam. A great copy, though!)

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New Milt JacksonBig Bags – Milt Jackson Orchestra ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging charts that have a nice touch of modern, but lots of straightforward grooving too! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums – plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Titles include renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD

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New Elvin JonesSummit Meeting ... LP
Vanguard, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty nice album overall – one that's cut as an "all leaders" session that features the five big jazz stars from the mid 70s at the Vanguard label: Elvin Jones, James Moody, Bunky Green, Roland Prince, and Clark Terry. The album was produced by Ed Bland – who'd done so much great work at the Perception label – and while it's not as funky as some of his projects there, it's got a similar respect for the artists, and a much more solid jazz basis than you'd expect from the hokey cover. Titles include "Moody Magic", "Summit Song", "Jones", and "Blues For Clark". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a small crease on one corner.)

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New Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Brilliant Corners (20 bit mastering) ... CD 8.99

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New Oliver NelsonFull Nelson ... LP
Verve, 1963. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work from one of our favorite arrangers! Nelson was a super-hip super-soulful genius who crafted some of the best charts in the 60s. He managed to work in a great amount of jazz where other arrangers would leave things cold – and on a record like this he manages to make a large group swing really nicely in a very confined space. His own work on alto dominates the record, but the groups backing him up include Phil Woods, Jerome Richardson, Clark Terry, Romeo Penque, and Jimmy Raney – many of whom manage to sneak in some nice sharp solo moments. Titles include "Back Woods", "Full Nelson", "Skokiaan", "Majorca", "Miss Fine", "Paris Blues", and "Lilia's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Oscar PettifordBasically Duke ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Basically Duke, but a whole lot more too – a beautiful set from Oscar Pettiford, and ostensibly a session of Ellington material – but one that features some great arrangements that really go past the obvious! Tunes are partially penned by Duke, and material is played by a hip octet with a fair bit of Ellington players – trumpeters Clark Terry and Joe Wilder, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, and alto saxophonist Dave Schildkraut – with Earl Knight on piano, taking Ellington's place in the arrangements. Yet the tunes also have a distinct Pettiford feel, too – given Oscar's inventive modern way of putting things together – as you'll hear on titles that include "Tamalpais", "Swing Until The Girls Come Home", "Chuckles", "Time On My Hands", "Mood Indigo", "Jack The Bear". CD

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New Dinah WashingtonAfter Hours With Miss D ... LP
EmArcy, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dinah's in a perfect setting here – one that gets more jazz out of her style than other records at the time! The "after hours" setting has Dinah singing with a relaxed jazz combo – one that features Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Paul Quinichette on tenor, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Junior Mance on piano – as well as some other nice touches, like congas from Candido, and a bit of organ work from Jackie Davis! The tunes still have the slightly bluesy feel of Dinah's other work, but are more jazz-based in their phrasing and presentation – and titles include "A Foggy Day", "Bye Bye Blues", "Am I Blue", "Blue Skies", and "Love For Sale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label EmArcy pressing. Cover is worn, with some oxidation under the gloss.)

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New Dinah WashingtonFor Those In Love ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent small group jazz work from Dinah – of the sort that's often quite tough to find on vinyl, and which represents some of her best work of all time! The album's got a good group of Mercury jazz players – like Clark Terry, Paul Quinichette, Cecil Payne, Wynton Kelly, and Jimmy Cobb – all playing in a laidback intimate setting which works very nicely for Dinah's soulful vocals. Titles include "Blue Gardenia", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "I Could Write A Book", and "Easy Living". A bit Billie Holiday-ish, sure – but nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label EmArcy pressing, with a drummer logo and a deep groove. Vinyl has some oxidation that causes surface noise. Cover has half-split top & bottom seams, and moderate aging on the back.)

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New Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Duke EllingtonAnd His Mother Called Him Bill (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/BMG/Bluebird, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Aaron Bell, and Jimmy Hamilton. The recording quality is great, and the sound of the album really makes old classics sparkle nicely once again! Titles include "UMMG", "Blood Count", "Boo Dah", "Rain Check", "Day Dream", "All Day Long", and "Lotus Blossom", done in a haunting solo piano version by Duke!. Includes the bonus tracks "Raincheck (take 4)", Smada (takes 3 & 4)", "Midriff", "My Little Brown Book" & "Lotus Blossom (trio version)'. CD

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New Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Prestige (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD

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New Dave PikeBossa Nova Carnival/Limbo Carnival ... CD
New Jazz/Fantasy (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of killers from Dave Pike – early work in a tremendous career in music! First up is Bossa Nova Carnival – a sublime set of bossa nova numbers, all written by the bossa pianist Joao Donato! Joao doesn't actually play on the record, but his compositions here are enough – as they help Pike find a new sense of space and pulse in his music – rhythms that really unlock his vibes towards their grooviest ends for the first time ever on record. Most numbers are heavily modal – a great mix with the bossa setting – and the album also features key work from Clark Terry on flugelhorn, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Chris White on bass – whose loping lines really help shape the overall sound of the record. Also features lots of nice percussion – and titles include "Ginha", "Samba Lero", "Sono", "Carnival Samba", "Sausalito", and "Melvalita". Limbo Carnival isn't some early 60s gimmick session, designed to cash in on a dance craze – and instead, it's a wonderful early Latin set from the great vibist Dave Pike! In fact, given the strength of the grooves here, it would be plenty darn hard to do any limbo action to this one – because the rhythms are bouncy, modal, and very very groovy – served up by Pike on vibes, in a lineup that includes Ray Barretto on conga, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Leo Wright on flute and alto – plus a few other straight jazz players like Jimmy Raney on guitar and Tommy Flanagan on piano. Tracks include "Mambo Bounce", "Matilda", "Cattin Latin", "St. Thomas", and a strange groovy version of "La Bamba". CD

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New Dave PikeJazz For The Jet Set ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic little album that's every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set's a standout early American date that predates Pike's later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some tighter Atlantic Records influences – all served up by a hip group of players that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Clark Terry and Marty Sheller on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums – plus Herbie Hancock making a rare appearance on organ! There's a great little bounce to most numbers – not really funk, but a blend of soul instrumental and more contemporary jazz styles – in a way that takes a Blue Note groove more towards the jukebox audience. Titles include "When I'm Gone", "Devilette", "Sweet Tater Pie", "Blind Man Blind Man", and "Sunny". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rhonda ClarkBetween Friends (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great set of modern soul Rhonda Clark – one that really should have catapulted to super-stardom in the late 80s! Rhonda has the goods here – crisp, modern productions that are as strong as any R&B circa '89 – a diverse, attractive voice and a bunch of great songs. We can't fathom why it didn't top the charts at the time, but it's really strong stuff! Between Friends has production on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the masterful single "State Of Attraction"– and their on board as musicians on some other tracks, too – with production by Randy Ran, Chuck Howard and Jellybean Johnson. Titles include "Does That Make A Man", "I Love Your Body", "Sugar", "Stay Here, Stay Near", "Now Matter How", "Sugar" and "Between Friends". This top notch CD version comes with deluxe packaging and booklet – it includes 6 alternate mixes of the classic "State Of Attraction" – 12" club mix, dub version, jazz version and more. CD

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New Grassella OliphantGrass Is Greener ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as Grasella leads a totally great group with John Patton on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Harold Ousley on tenor – making a really great appearance here, and having us wish he did more dates like this! Clark Terry's also on the set to punch things up on trumpet and flugelhorn – and titles include a killer break version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman", with some very tasty drums – plus "Cantaloupe Woman, "The Yodel", "The Latter Days", "Rapid Shave", and "Soul Woman". CD
Also available Grass Is Greener ... LP 9.99
 
 
 



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