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Duke PearsonBaltimore 1969 ... CD
Uptown, 1969. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
A much-needed recording of the late 60s big band of pianist Duke Pearson – an amazing ensemble who only recorded just a bit for Blue Note – and who really shine here in this rare concert performance! The set was recorded as part of the legendary late 60s run of concerts for Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society – but it's got an approach that's a lot tighter and more focused than some of those mostly-freewheeling dates – thanks to some really sharp charts from Duke, who was by this time turning out to be one of the 60s most creative jazz arrangers! There's a sense of vibrancy to the music that's really tremendous – not the flashy flourishes of other big bands on the American scene, but a deep understanding of tone and color – mixed with a sense of rhythm that really brings plenty of soul to the set too. The lineup's filled with great players whose solos make the whole thing sparkle – including Donald Byrd and Burt Collins on trumpets, Julian Priester and Eddie Bert on trombone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Frank Foster and Lew Tabackin on tneor, and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. Pearson's piano is a key part of the sound – nestled wonderfully in the crack rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Ready When You Are CB", "Eldorado", "New Girl", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Straight Up & Down", and "Night Song". CD

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Duke PearsonIt Could Only Happen With You ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on the set, in addition to acoustic piano – and there's some other wonderful instrumentation in the mix too – including flute and guitar from Hermeto Pascoal, making a rare Blue Note appearance – plus sweet flutes from Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin, both blowing in kind of a CTI-ish way – as well as tenor from Frank Foster, trumpets from Collins/Shepley, and wonderful drums from Mickey Roker – whose inventive rhythms here really helps set fire to Duke's new ideas. Flora Purim sings on a few tracks – pre-Fantasy Records, and turning in some of her greatest vocals ever – and titles include a wonderful version of "Stormy", plus "Book's Bossa", "Gira, Girou", "Hermeto", "Emily", and "It Could Only Happen With You". CD

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New Duke PearsonNow Hear This ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $18.99
Duke Pearson knocks it out of the park with this one – perfectly summing up all the new ideas in jazz arranging and large ensemble work he'd been exploring at Blue Note – and pushing things way way past his previous small group material as well! The album's quite different than most other 60s iterations of big band jazz – as Pearson's got a way of making all instruments come together on the rhythms, then exploding with subtle colors and soulful tones – yet all at a level that's never forced or gimmicky at all. It helps that he's got a tremendous lineup of players here – both Lew Tabackin and Frank Foster on tenor (the latter of whom does some arranging for the record) – plus Pepper Adams on baritone, Marvin Stamm and Randy Brecker on trumpets, Garnett Brown and Jimmy Cleveland on trombones, Jerry Dodgion and Al Gibbons on alto, and the rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums. Duke plays superb piano with a really sophisticated touch, but it's really his strength as an arranger that makes the whole thing come together beautifully. Andy Bey sings on a version of "I'm Tired Cryin Over You" – and other titles include "Amanda", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Dad Digs Mom", "Disapproachment", and "Make It Good". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Duke PearsonPhantom (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1969. New Copy .... $26.99
Incredible work from pianist Duke Pearson – a darkly-tinged album of grooves that surpasses all his other gems for Blue Note! The record showcases some great work from Bobby Hutcherson – slid into the mix in a really sly way, so that his jazzy vibes color all the tunes with an edgey feeling that's missing from most of Duke's other albums. The group's slightly largeish – with Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto, Sam Brown and Al Gafa on guitar, plus added Latin percussion on a number of tracks – but although the larger group format often made for softer edges on other Pearson sessions from the time, the mix here is quite different – at a level that works in complicated rhythms, rich colors and tones, and warm harmonics that have a slightly unsettling undercurrent. The album's worth it alone for the mighty title cut "The Phantom" – but the whole thing's great, and other tracks include "Bunda Amerela", "Say You're Mine" and "Blues for Alvina". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke PearsonPrairie Dog ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy .... $14.99
Dark genius from Duke Pearson – quite possibly one of his hippest records ever, and an album that's filled with surprising twists and turns! At one level, the set seems to be a simple batch of soul jazz tunes – in the mode of Pearson's mid-60s classics on Blue Note – but at another, it opens up into unusual phrasings, timings, shades, and tones – all of which are years ahead of their time, and serve to keep the album full of complexity throughout! Many tracks groove here – but in a very subtle way that often moves a bit towards modal jazz. And the players on the set shade things in unconventionally – sometimes using understatement and space as their strongest tools – clearly directed by Pearson's budding talents as an arranger. Players include James Spaulding on flute and alto sax, Harold Vick on soprano sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, and Gene Bertoncini on guitar – and Pearson himself plays a bit of celeste in addition to his regular piano. Titles include a great version of Joe Henderson's "Soulin", plus Ron Carter's "Little Waltz", and Pearson's own "The Fakir", one of the best tracks he ever wrote! Other titles include "Hush A Bye", "Prairie Dog", and "Angel Eyes". CD

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Duke PearsonSweet Honey Bee ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A classic Blue Note groover – the funkiest album by Duke Pearson, and a killer batch of piano-heavy soul jazz tunes! Duke really blew out the box for this one – not only coming up with a great batch of original tunes, and playing them with an incredibly soulful touch – but also working with a top-shelf batch of players that includes Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and James Spaulding! The great Mickey Roker is on drums, playing away with a nice scatter-shot modal mode that grooves in all the right parts – and titles include "Big Bertha", "Sweet Honey Bee", "Sudel", "Ready Rudy?", and "Empathy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke PearsonWahoo! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1964. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
Wahoo is right – as Duke Pearson sets up one of his hippest sessions of the 60s, a lyrical batch of soul jazz tracks, with that slight edge of darkness that he was putting into his best work as the decade progressed! Players include James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson on tenor, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – and the overall feel is perhaps a bit like some of those Byrd sessions that were heavily influenced by Pearson, but also with a bit of the later expansive style of writing for horns that you'd find on albums like Pearson's Prarie Dog or Bobby Hutcherson's The Phantom. Titles include "ESP", "Fly Little Bird Fly", "Farewell Machelle", "Bedouin", and "Amanda". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Duke PearsonPhantom ... CD
Blue Note/Water, 1969. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from pianist Duke Pearson – a darkly-tinged album of grooves that surpasses all his other gems for Blue Note! The record showcases some great work from Bobby Hutcherson – slid into the mix in a really sly way, so that his jazzy vibes color all the tunes with an edgey feeling that's missing from most of Duke's other albums. The group's slightly largeish – with Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto, Sam Brown and Al Gafa on guitar, plus added Latin percussion on a number of tracks – but although the larger group format often made for softer edges on other Pearson sessions from the time, the mix here is quite different – at a level that works in complicated rhythms, rich colors and tones, and warm harmonics that have a slightly unsettling undercurrent. The album's worth it alone for the mighty title cut "The Phantom" – but the whole thing's great, and other tracks include "Bunda Amerela", "Say You're Mine" and "Blues for Alvina". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Phantom (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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New Duke PearsonTender Feelin's (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure sessions by Duke Pearson, and one of his first for Blue Note too! The album features Duke hitting a laidback and lyrical groove – working in a trio with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – overall pretty much in a soul jazz mode, but with more of Pearson's wonderful touches on the keys to open things up. The album's a nice counterpoint to Duke's later work for the label – much more intimate than his bigger band sides, but still put together with the depth that he'd later show more famously with his fuller arrangements. Titles include "3 AM", "On Green Dolphin Street", "I Love You", and "The Golden Striker". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New Duke PearsonSweet Honey Bee ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. Used .... Out Of Stock
A classic Blue Note groover – the funkiest album by Duke Pearson, and a killer batch of piano-heavy soul jazz tunes! Duke really blew out the box for this one – not only coming up with a great batch of original tunes, and playing them with an incredibly soulful touch – but also working with a top-shelf batch of players that includes Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and James Spaulding! The great Mickey Roker is on drums, playing away with a nice scatter-shot modal mode that grooves in all the right parts – and titles include "Big Bertha", "Sweet Honey Bee", "Sudel", "Ready Rudy?", and "Empathy". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available Sweet Honey Bee ... LP 9.99
 
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New Donald ByrdElectric Byrd ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Donald Byrd in a sweet electric mode – as you'd guess from the title! The set was recorded right before Byrd's legendary run with Larry Mizell in the early 70s – and the electric approach is a bit different here – a style that blends Byrd's wonderful trumpet lines with the larger ensemble mode Blue Note sometimes used in the late 60s, but with a spacey, stretched-out feel that's mighty nice! The album's somewhat similar to Byrd's Kofi set – but possibly a bit more open overall – and players here include Duke Pearson on electric piano, Jerry Dodgion on alto and sopranos ax, Frank Foster on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Hermeto Pascoal on flute, Wally Richardson on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Airto on percussion. Pearson produced, and probably arranged too – given a slight Brazilian undercurrent to the grooves – and titles include "Estavanico", "Essence", "The Dude", and "Xibaba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donald ByrdFancy Free ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... $18.99
One of the coolest, grooviest 60s albums from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one that has him really reaching out for a hip new sound, but in ways that are different than most of his other material at the time! Key on the date is the placement of electric piano from Duke Pearson – played in this open, flowing style that has all the best hallmarks of Pearson's own work on the instrument for his sessions – yet balanced nicely with the bolder punch of Byrd's trumpet as well. Donald's quite far from any Miles Davis cliches on this one – no too-dark electric modes at all – and instead, the album's got this sense of lyrical soulfulness that we've maybe never heard this strongly again on any of Byrd's other albums. Other players include Frank Foster on tenor, Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin on flute, Julian Priester on trombone, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and either Idris Muhammad or Joe Chambers on drums. All tracks are nice and long, and very fresh – and include "Weasil", "I Love the Girl", "Fancy Free", and "The Uptowner". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Donald ByrdKofi (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lou DonaldsonLush Life (Applause version) ... LP
Blue Note/Applause, 1967. Near Mint- .... $5.99
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene HarrisTone Tantrum ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $15.99
Sweet sweet keyboards from the amazing Gene Harris – one of his seminal electric sides for Blue Note in the 70s – recorded between his earliest fame in the Three Sounds, and his later return to acoustic styles in the 80s! The sound here is equal parts jazz and soul – as Gene's working with vocalist/arranger Jerry Peters, who brings in a good deal of his own groove to the tracks – giving them a strong focus that's sometimes missing from other solo Harris sets. Both Peters and Harris play Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on the album – alongside a variety of players that include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Harvey Mason on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. Tracks include the Peters tunes "If You Can't Find Love" and "A Minor", a two-part remake of Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor", the sweet stepper "Peace Of Mind", and a strong vocal take on Stevie Wonder's "As". CD

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Terumasa Hino & His GroupFeelin' Good ... CD
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $24.99
An early hardbop gem from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – quite different than you might think from his more famous work of the 70s – with a rolling, soulful groove that would almost be at home on 60s Blue Note! Given Hino's chosen instrument, we'd probably link this one best to some of the more creative late 60s sides from Lee Morgan – still with an ear for a hard-edge groove, but also stepping out a bit too – with work from Takeru Muraoka on tenor, Hiroshi Suzuiki on trombone, and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano. Cuts include a nice cover of Duke Pearson's "The Magilla", a groovy version of "Feelin' Good", and a trippy take on "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" – plus the tracks "And Satisfy" and "Mississippi Dip". CD
(Special on-demand CD from Sony Japan – done in very limited quantities, as a way of reissuing these rare jazz gems – and still with full color artwork!)

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New Bobby HutchersonKicker (previously unreleased material) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used .... $13.99
One of the greatest lost sessions ever! Legendary vibist Bobby Hutcherson recorded this set of tracks in his early days with Blue Note – but the set's never come out until now, and its release is cause for rejoicing! The material shows Hutcherson playing in a straight-ahead format, tinged with some of the modernist new thing elements of other recordings from the time, but mostly filled with a soulfulness not always heard on his Blue Note albums at the time. The group includes Duke Pearson on piano, whose lovely lyrical approach works perfectly with Hutcherson's vibes. Joe Henderson plays some great hard-edged tenor, cutting nicely through all the tracks – and Grant Green sits in on half of the material, playing some nice spiralling modal lines on guitar. Many of these titles have been recorded in other versions on later Blue Note albums – but they're all in fantastic versions here, including "Bedouin", "The Kicker", "Step Lightly", and "Mirrors". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur CD Series pressing.)

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Jazz IncorporatedLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. New Copy .... $9.99 14.99
The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt really makes this album sparkle – blown with a mixture of lyrical tones and sharper edges, and getting great support from a lineup that features Anthony Wonsey on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The solo horn in the lead also gives the record a definite trumpet focus in its execution, and choice of tunes – which include excellent numbers like Art Farmer's "Punsu", Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody N You", and Duke Pearson's sublime "Is That So" – offered up here in homage to Lee Morgan's wonderful reading of the track on his Rajah album. Pelt also contributed the original "Shout" – alongside Wonsey's "Hey Jimmy" – and like most albums in this great series, the tracks are quite long – with loads of room for solo space! CD

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New Blue MitchellHeads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $19.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". CD featuers bonus alternate takes of "Togetherness" and "Good Humor Man". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Hank MobleyFlip ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... $18.99
Late work by tenor giant Hank Mobley – and a really unique session that stands out from his other Blue Note work of the time! The set was recorded in Paris with an ultra-hip lineup – one that features Dizzy Reece on trumpet and Slide Hampton on trombone – both fresh players alongside Hank's work on tenor sax, making for really wonderful phrasing and timing in the front line! The bottom's pretty great, too – with wicked rhythms from Philly Joe Jones on drums, at a level that bounces around with a growing sense of soul – yet still has all the complex colors of Mobley's classic work. The balance is beautiful – as fresh as the image on the cover – and the album's one that we'd rank right up there with The Phantom by Duke Pearson and Slow Drag by Donald Byrd – overlooked gems that show some great Blue Note growth in the late 60s. Titles include "The Flip", "Feelin' Folksy", and "Snappin' Out". CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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New Stanley TurrentineLook Of Love ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $18.99
Stanley Turrentine's a hell of a soloist in a large ensemble setting – and there's possibly no better place to hear that talent at work than on this classic 60s date for Blue Note! The format's a bit different than other Turrentine records of the time – no small group romping, nor larger band soul jazz – and instead this laidback and classy mode that's handled with a heck of a lot of soul by arrangers Thad Jones and Duke Pearson – with this sophisticated vibe that almost points the way towards some of Stan's ballad work of the 70s. Strings are balanced nicely with jazz inflections from players who include Hank Jones, Roland Hanna, and Duke Pearson on piano – plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, Benny Powell on trombone, and both Snooky Young and Jimmy Nottingham on flugelhorn. Titles include "The Look Of Love", "Emily", "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", "MacArthur Park", "Blues For Stan", "This Guy's In Love With You", and "Here There & Everywhere". CD
(SHMCD.)

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VariousBlue Bossa – Cool Cuts From The Tropics ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1991. New Copy .... $13.99
Not really sounds from the tropics – but instead a great reworking of bossa and Latin modes – all done by the best 60s artists at Blue Note Records! The rhythms are what really make the set swing – as they have this hard edge that retains all the initial soulful inspiration of the American players – while also picking up some more complicated elements that really open up the groove – and pave the way for great solo work on trumpet, tenor, piano, and Hammond! Additionally, the set's got the pedigree of being one of the early Blue Note comps hand-picked for the hip London scene – and tracks include "Congalere" by Horace Parlan, "Back Down To The Tropics" by Charlie Rouse, "You're Everything" by Carmen McRae, "Afrodisia" by Kenny Dorham, "Sandalia Dela" by Duke Pearson, "Mambo Inn" by Grant Green, and "Latona" by John Patton. CD

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VariousRighteousness ... CD
Blue Note (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD .... $9.99
The headier sound of Blue Note Records – served up in a batch of tracks that focus on that late 60s period when the label started to open up into a much more righteous groove! The styles here are very much in step with the most progressive cultural movements in the US at the time – and traditional soul jazz and hardbop modes are broken down and recast with a new sense of positive energy and spirituality – all served up in styles that Blue Note hardly would have recorded a few short years before! Most of these tracks are instrumental – done in grooves that range from funky, to modal, to soaring and searching – but a few other great numbers have vocals by singers like Andy Bey or Eugene McDaniels, both artists who helped really hip things up nicely! 2CD package features a total of 18 tracks in all – including "Psychedelic Pi" by Lonnie Smith, "Hey Hey" by Andrew Hill, "The Emperor" by Donald Byrd, "Black Rhythm Happening" by Eddie Gale, "The Phantom" by Duke Pearson, "I Have A Dream" by Herbie Hancock, "Peace" by Horace Silver, "Slow Drag" by Donald Byrd, "Fulton Street" by Eddie Gale, "Message From The Nile" by McCoy Tyner, "Slow Change" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Soul Soul Soul" by Jackie McLean. CD

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VariousSharp Shades & Finger Snaps ... CD
Blue Note (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD .... $9.99
A great introduction to the amazing hardbop work recorded by Blue Note in the late 50s and 1960s – served up as a massive 2CD set filled with some of the label's most cooking classics! The sound here is always tight, right, and to the point – a key illustration of the care and focus that Blue Note brought to the studio when recording jazz work of this nature, which always helped them get the best work out of all players on the session. The 19 track collection is beautifully packaged with full notes and album cover images for each track – and a set of music that goes way past the hits, to feature real gems that include "The African Queen" by Horace Silver, "After The Rain" by Duke Pearson, "No Room For Squares" by Hank Mobley, "Mosaic" by Art Blakey, "Nite Flite" by Lee Morgan, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "Easterly Winds" by Jack Wilson, "A Little Busy" by Art Blakey, "The Black Disciple" by Donald Byrd, "Una Muy Bonita" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Hootnan" by Jackie McLean, and "Hobo Joe" by Johhny Coles. CD

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Grant GreenIdle Moments (180 gram gatefold pressing) ... LP
Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Around February 5, 2014 (delayed)
A warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single-note work on guitar – and wonderfully supported by a lineup that includes Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Duke Pearson. Hutcherson and Pearson are always a treat together – bringing out the best exotic side of each other, and crafting a set of spiritually soulful grooves that are really great! The album's got 4 long tracks – exploratory and open, in the best manner of Green's mid 60s work – and titles include "Nomad", "Idle Moments", and "Jean De Fleur". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Donald ByrdNew Perspective ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Sealed .... Just Sold Out!
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke Pearson. The sound is beautiful and spiritual, with a sound that mixes Blue Note hardbop with a style that would later show up on labels like Strata East, or in the experiments of Max Roach and Billy Harper. The tracks are long and moody, and the vocal group never gets in the way, but instead backs Byrd in a way that lets him hit new heights, and which gives him a stronger sense of voice. Includes the classic "Christo Redentor", plus "Chant", "The Black Disciple", and "Elijah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed – and most likely a 70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Grant GreenIdle Moments ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
A warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single-note work on guitar – and wonderfully supported by a lineup that includes Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Duke Pearson. Hutcherson and Pearson are always a treat together – bringing out the best exotic side of each other, and crafting a set of spiritually soulful grooves that are really great! The album's got 4 long tracks – exploratory and open, in the best manner of Green's mid 60s work – and titles include "Nomad", "Idle Moments", "Django" and "Jean De Fleur". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley TurrentineRough & Tumble ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good+ .... Just Sold Out!
A great album – with a really swinging groove! Stanley's soulful horn is set in a slightly larger group, in the style that would dominate his later years for the Blue Note label. Duke Pearson arranged the set, and players include James Spaulding, Blue Mitchell, Grant Green, Pepper Adams, and McCoy Tyner. Tracks are of medium length, with Stan blowing some nicely-pinched solos on titles like "Shake", "Walk On By", and "And Satisfy" – all with tight arrangements by Pearson. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Cannonball AdderleyThem Dirty Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The quintet forged a sound that made them an immediate hit – and which had their tight, jagged, soul-drenched sound getting copied by everyone. The record features some amazing soul jazz standards – like Nat's original version of "Work Song", the first-ever record of Timmons' amazing "Dat Dere", Cannon's slinky "Them Dirty Blues", and the jaunty groover "Jeannine", a wonderful cut by Duke Pearson that never sounded better! The CD features alternates of "Work Song" and "Dat Dere" – for a total of 9 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove! Cover has some wear.)

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New Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Vols 1 & 2 (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Simply one of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever! This crackling live set, originally released as two separate albums, is perhaps one of the best realizations ever of the tight soul jazz sound put forth by the group that included Byrd, Pepper Adams, and Duke Pearson – and the whole thing's a hard-swinging live set that's marked with the group's fantastic mix of soulful playing and lyrical soloing. The whole thing's great – and this 2 CD set features both volumes of the albums, plus a lot of extra material that wasn't on the vinyl versions! Titles include "My Girl Shirl", "Jeannine", "Pure D Funk", "Kimyas", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Mr Lucky", "Chant", and "Child's Play". CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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New Donald ByrdElectric Byrd ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Donald Byrd in a sweet electric mode – as you'd guess from the title! The set was recorded right before Byrd's legendary run with Larry Mizell in the early 70s – and the electric approach is a bit different here – a style that blends Byrd's wonderful trumpet lines with the larger ensemble mode Blue Note sometimes used in the late 60s, but with a spacey, stretched-out feel that's mighty nice! The album's somewhat similar to Byrd's Kofi set – but possibly a bit more open overall – and players here include Duke Pearson on electric piano, Jerry Dodgion on alto and sopranos ax, Frank Foster on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Hermeto Pascoal on flute, Wally Richardson on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Airto on percussion. Pearson produced, and probably arranged too – given a slight Brazilian undercurrent to the grooves – and titles include "Estavanico", "Essence", "The Dude", and "Xibaba". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Electric Byrd ... LP 9.99

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New Donald ByrdKofi ... CD
Blue Note, 1969/1970. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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New Luis GascaLittle Giant ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare album by the great west coast Latin trumpeter Luis Gasca, and argubly the best album he ever recorded! The set was recorded in New York during the late 60's, and features a great lineup of musicians that includes Paul Griffin on piano, Joe Henderson on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Mongo santamaria on conga, and Bernard Purdie on drums. The style's a mix of soul jazz, Latin, and bits of modal riffing – and the record features some beautiful large arrangements by Gasca and Mark Levine, in a style that's a bit like some of Duke Pearson's work from the late 60s, but handled with a bit more of an edge. Tracks include "Coisa No. 2", "Afro Blue", "Joy Ride", and "Sweet Pea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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New Nikki GiovanniLike A Ripple On A Pond ... LP
Niktom/Atlantic, 1973. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful righteousness from poet Nikki Giovanni – a wonderfully put together session that features her reading her own poetry over musical backings, plus some added choral bits from the New York Community Choir! The sound is completely right on – never too over the top, and never too cliched – and the backings are often lifted from older jazz and gospel tunes, but feature Nikki's own words over the top. Titles include "Conversation", "Prison Poem", "Mothers", "Straight Talk", and the great "Scrapbook", set to Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back over has a name in pen.)

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New Grant GreenIdle Moments (non RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single-note work on guitar – and wonderfully supported by a lineup that includes Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Duke Pearson. Hutcherson and Pearson are always a treat together – bringing out the best exotic side of each other, and crafting a set of spiritually soulful grooves that are really great! The album's got 4 long tracks – exploratory and open, in the best manner of Green's mid 60s work – and titles include "Nomad", "Idle Moments", and "Jean De Fleur". Also includes bonus tracks that are alternate takes of some of the cuts on the album! CD

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New Joe HendersonInner Urge ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic session of 60s "new thing" jazz – and one of our favorite early records by Joe Henderson! The album features some incredibly hard playing from Joe – with a very dark edge to his solos that's nicely offset by McCoy Tyner's lyrical piano, and the supple rhythms of Bob Cranshaw and Elvin Jones. It's hard to look at the lineup and not feel this group is approaching the tunes in a very post-Coltrane mode, but Henderson's voice on the tenor is completely singular, and puts that short-sighted theory to rest with his first bold note of the session. The album features 5 numbers in all – 3 originals showcasing Henderson's strong songwriting "Inner Urge", "Isotope" and "El Barrio" – plus the great Duke Pearson ballad "You Know I Care" and the standard "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Hi Fly OrchestraMo Slow/Sweet Honey Bee ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2006. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Leave it to Tramp Records to make our turntable happy – because both cuts here are totally great! "Mo Slow" is a snapping little jazz number that feels like it was lifted from a mid 60s Lee Morgan album – less the deep funk that the label first gave us years back – and more a soul jazz tune with a great sense of rhythm, and wonderful interplay between trumpet and tenor sax! Not surprisingly, the flipside is a great remake of Duke Pearson's "Sweet Honey Bee" – penned around the same stretch – and done here with a slow-loping flute line that's really great! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Jazz IncorporatedLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt really makes this album sparkle – blown with a mixture of lyrical tones and sharper edges, and getting great support from a lineup that features Anthony Wonsey on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The solo horn in the lead also gives the record a definite trumpet focus in its execution, and choice of tunes – which include excellent numbers like Art Farmer's "Punsu", Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody N You", and Duke Pearson's sublime "Is That So" – offered up here in homage to Lee Morgan's wonderful reading of the track on his Rajah album. Pelt also contributed the original "Shout" – alongside Wonsey's "Hey Jimmy" – and like most albums in this great series, the tracks are quite long – with loads of room for solo space! CD
Also available Live At Smalls ... CD 9.99

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New Blue MitchellHeads Up! ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed – and not a reissue!)
Also available Heads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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New Donald ByrdThank You For FUML (Funkin Up My Life) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves that have more of a heavy slap bass sound, punchier horns and guitars! There are lotes nice moments that are a bit more restrained than the comparably full-on funk approach – and these have a spacey fusiony soul quality that reminds us of similar work that Byrd was doing with The Blackbyrds at the time. One of the best cuts is "Your Life Is My Ecstasy", which has some great bubbling Moog behind it, which creates a sound that you've heard sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest. Other nice ones are "Loving You", which features vocals by Jim Gilstrap, and a remake of Duke Pearson's "Cristo Redentor", a big hit for Don in the 60s, which is redone here in an excellent slow funk mode that feels like Bob James' work on CTI. Others include "Have You Heard The News", "In Love With Love" and "Close Your Eyes And Look Within". CD

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New Luca Mannutza Sound SixTributo Al Sestetti Anno 60 ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The Italian sound of the 60s lives again – in this fresh set of work from pianist Luca Mannutza, and his ultra-hip Sound Six combo! The sextet has a wonderful way of reaching back into the past, grabbing up the best elements of Italian jazz, and moving it forward strongly into the 21st Century – almost a summation of the excellent work heard on other titles on the Albore label, served up to perfection here by a lineup that also includes Andy Gravish on trumpet, Max Ionata on tenor, Paolo Recchia on alto, Renato Gattone on bass, and Andrea Nunzi on drums! There's a fluid feel, solid soul, and modern swing that takes us right back to the classic days of Blue Note – no surprise, given that the set includes versions of Wayne Shorter's "On The Ginza" and "The Big Push", Kenny Dorham's "Short Story", and Duke Pearson's "You Know I Care" – plus great takes on Chick Corea's "Litha" and Mulgrew Miller's "Grew's Tune". CD

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New Wayne ShorterOdyssey Of Iska ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A very unusual album for Wayne Shorter – recorded right around that 1970 point when Duke Pearson was exploring formats for Blue Note artists that included larger, often electric arrangements, pointing the way towards some of the later 70s soul jazz work on labels like Kudu or CTI! This set, produced by Pearson, features Shorter as the main soloist on tenor and soprano sax – in a very hip group that includes Dave Friedman on vibes, Gene Bertoncini on guitar, Ron Carter and Cecil McBee on bass, and both Billy Hart and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks are long and complicated, with searching soulful arrangements that are part post-Miles fusion, part early 70s indie soul jazz – but balanced nicely without any sense of overindulgence at all. Shorter's soprano work is very nice, and much more angular than his playing on tenor – and titles include "Wind", "Joy", "Storm", and "Calm". CD
(SHMCD.)

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New Stanley TurrentineNew Time Shuffle (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Obscure material by Stanley Turrentine – recorded in 1967, but not issued until 1979, and then only briefly! The album's got Stan working strongly in the Joyride style of his previous Blue Note hit – with larger arrangements from Duke Pearson, in a groove that sets Turrentine's tenor up with plenty of soulful rhythms! Pearson brings a nice sense of lyricism to the session, even a hint of bossa at times – and the sharp-edged Turrentine tone is a welcome one throughout – setting sparks and illuminating corners of the music with a deeply personal feel. Titles include "Blues For Del", "Manha De Carnaval", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Return of The Prodigal Son". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – including "Bonita", "Pres Delight", "Better Luck Next Time", and "Samba De Aviao". CD
(Packaged here with the original 70s cover art too!)

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New VariousBlack Roots – Funky & Abstract Directions In Jazz 1965-1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Some of the hippest jazz tracks ever recorded by Atlantic Records – a great blend of numbers that mixes together modal groovers, funky jams, and hard-hitting soul jazz tracks. The set was compiled by London DJ Russ Dewbury – and he did an excellent job of dipping into all the right parts of the Atlantic catalog, and timed out the set so that the cuts fit together extremely well. Titles include "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Dr John, "Jagger The Dagger" by Eugene McDaniels, "It's Your Thing" by Shirley Scott, "See Line Woman" by Yusef Lateef, "Mean Greens" by Eddie Harris, "The Windjammer" by Mongo Santamaria, "Black Root" by Roland Kirk, "The Fakir" by Duke Pearson, "Witchi Tai To" by Jim Pepper, "Sufur" by Rufus Harley, and "Foxy Brown" by David Newman. CD

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New Hank MobleyFlip ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used .... Out Of Stock
Late work by tenor giant Hank Mobley – and a really unique session that stands out from his other Blue Note work of the time! The set was recorded in Paris with an ultra-hip lineup – one that features Dizzy Reece on trumpet and Slide Hampton on trombone – both fresh players alongside Hank's work on tenor sax, making for really wonderful phrasing and timing in the front line! The bottom's pretty great, too – with wicked rhythms from Philly Joe Jones on drums, at a level that bounces around with a growing sense of soul – yet still has all the complex colors of Mobley's classic work. The balance is beautiful – as fresh as the image on the cover – and the album's one that we'd rank right up there with The Phantom by Duke Pearson and Slow Drag by Donald Byrd – overlooked gems that show some great Blue Note growth in the late 60s. Titles include "The Flip", "Feelin' Folksy", and "Snappin' Out". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Flip ... CD 18.99
 
 
 



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