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Randy CrawfordDon't Say It's Over ... CD
Warner, 1993. Used .... $5.99
A great mix of jazz and soul from Randy Crawford – and a 90s set that almost takes us back to the best sounds of her early career in the 70s! The work here is nicely relaxed – not trying for a hit, even when things are smooth or a bit uptempo – especially given the mis-steps that Randy might have made with some of the mainstream genres of the time. A few cuts feature nicely restrained instrumentation – especially Crawford's leadoff duet with pianist Lou Levy on a version of "I'm Glad There Is You". Other tracks include "In My Life", "Why Can't We Take A Chance", "Year After Year", "Mad Over You", "Don't Say It's Over", and "Can We Bring It Back". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In Hollywood ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good .... $1.99
A nice little Verve session that breaks from the usual format – especially the "Songbooks" one – and features Ella in LA with small group backing by Jim Hall, Lou Levy, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. The set was recorded live at the Crescendo – in a jazzily swinging mode that's a bit looser than some of Ella's other Verve sessions, but which still demonstrates some nice control on the vocals. Titles include "Mr Paganini", "Stairway To The Stars", "Air Mail Special", "Blue Moon", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", and "Just In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Shorty RogersClickin With Clax ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $14.99
A gem of a record from Shorty Rogers – a set recorded in the mid 50s for Atlantic, but never issued at the time – making it not only a hell of an album, but a great discovery too! Shorty's in wonderful form here – working with some of the best modes learned on his RCA sides, served up with the tighter focus that we love in his other Atlantic recordings of the 50s – and graced with a great group of players who include Herb Geller on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet and tenor, Bud Shank on alto and baritone, Bill Holman on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Ralph Pena on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. With a lineup like that, you can bet things are on the money throughout – especially since all tunes are originals by Shorty, with great arrangements that really let all the solo voices come through strongly! Titles include "I Dig Ed", "Adam In New York", "Clickin With Clax", "Put The Goodies On", and "Pete's Meat". CD

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Shorty RogersWherever The Five Winds Blow ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good .... $6.99
Arguably one of the greatest albums that Shorty Rogers ever cut – and one of the few to feature him in a small group setting! Although he's best known for his work with larger combos, Shorty is excellent in this set – a quintet recording, done with Jimmy Giuffre, Lou Levy, Ralph Pena, and Larry Bunker – with tracks that run a lot longer than the usual short RCA standards at the time. All this means that the players get plenty of room to solo – and Giuffre's cut loose on tenor and baritone, while Rogers grooves nicely on trumpet and flugelhorn. Shorty wrote all the tunes – and titles include "Hurricane Carol", "The Chinook That Melted My Heart", "Breezin Along In The Trades", and "Marooned In A Monsoon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has thick tape on the spine, seam splitting held with clear tape, and a sticker on back.)

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Sonny StittSaxophone Supremacy ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... $13.99
Classic Sonny Stitt for Verve – one of those masterful albums he cut for the label in the 50s – all in a format that's misleadingly simple on paper, but surprisingly complex in execution! Stitt's backed by a trio that includes Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – but all players seem to hit a more deeply soulful groove than usual – just the right sound to match Sonny's sharper-edge groove, and near-perfect execution of his solos. Stitt's tone is right out front in the mix – beautifully recorded by Norman Granz, with as much respect to his sound as Sonny brings to his own renditions of the tunes. Titles include "Two Bad Days Blues", "Blue Smile", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "Just Friends". CD

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New Shorty RogersMartians Come Back! ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1955. Used .... Just Sold Out!
One of Shorty Rogers' greatest records – and a very nice set of tight west coast arrangements that really shows off the Rogers sense of sparkle and swing – a vibe that definitely comes through in the famous cover image too! Shorty wrote nearly all of the tracks, and the writing's a great example of the good side of the west coast style – when the tightness of arranging is used to bring out the best elements in the players, and bend them around in some nice twists and turns, with good solos, and lots of nice little surprising bits. And in this case, the players are all great – with Jimmy Giuffre and Bud Shank on reeds, Pete Candoli and Don Fagerquist on trumpets, and Lou Levy on piano. Titles include "Lotus Bud", "Martians Come Back", "Chant Of The Cosmos", and "Astral Alley". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Stan LeveyThis Time The Drum's On Me ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman – and the frontline of the sextet also features Conte Candoli on trumpet and Frank Rosolino on trombone – both well-matched players, especially at this point in their careers. The group's completed by Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lou Levy on piano – and there's a bit more bite on some tracks than the usual Bethlehem set. Titles include "Diggin For Diz", "Ruby My Dear", "Tune Up", "Stanley The Steamer", and "This Time The Drum's On Me". CD

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New Sonny StittSonny Stitt Swings The Most ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's no argument from us – because Sonny Stitt really does swing the most – but even more than that, what really matters to us is his amazing sense of tone, timing, and execution! The album's a near perfect example of a saxophone master at his height – a set that features Sonny blowing alongside the LA trio of Mel Lewis on drums, Lou Levy on piano, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass – but hitting all the tunes with a powerful, professional approach that makes us know he'd sound this great, no matter what the setting. The tunes are wonderfully understated, but offer up a casebook example of just how great jazz soloing can be when it's handled this well – never overdone or overblown, with notes that are improvised, but fall into place magically – as if they always knew where to belong in the first place! Titles include "Jaunty", "The Lonesome Road", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Blue Sunday", and "That's The Way To Be", with a tiny bit of vocal by Stitt! CD

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New Conte CandoliConte Candoli (Bethlehem) (aka Powerhouse Trumpet) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of the best 50s albums from trumpeter Conte Candoli – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how often Conte recorded during the decade! The set's got an edge you don't always find on other Candoli sessions – especially some of the large group material – and the group's nice and small, and very tight – with Bill Holman on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Larry Marable on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. The quintet cooks wonderfully – with very sharp, soulful solos from both Holman and Candoli – at a level that's got more of the Mode Records bite than some other Bethlehem sides from the west coast at the time. Obviously, the rhythm section's a great one – and really helps the record cook – on titles that include "Full Count", "Four", "Groovin Higher", and "Jazz City Blues". CD

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New Terry Gibbs, Vic Feldman & Larry BunkerJazz Band Ball – Second Set ... LP
Mode, 1957. Used .... Out Of Stock
Jazz vibes galore – and a classic Mode session from 50s LA, featuring the talents of Terry Gibbs, Victor Feldman, and Larry Bunker on vibes – aided on rhythm by the trio of Lou Levy piano, Maz Bennett bass, and Mel Lewis on drums! The sound is cool, mellow, and very easy-going – really ringing out with a wonderfully colorful tone – in a way that takes best advantage of the chromatic hues of the instrument, and which also offsets some of the vibes by work on xylophone and marimba. And although the "jazz band ball" title might make you think that the whole thing's a hokey dance-based set, the sound of the record is every bit as cool as the William Box sketch on the cover! Titles include "The Dipsy Doodle", "Just Friends", "Allen's Alley", "Tangerine", and "Hollywood Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small mark from an old sticker in one corner, and a bit of splitting on the top seam – but is nice overall.)

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New Shorty RogersMartians Come Back! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1955. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of Shorty Rogers' greatest records – and a very nice set of tight west coast arrangements that really shows off the Rogers sense of sparkle and swing – a vibe that definitely comes through in the famous cover image too! Shorty wrote nearly all of the tracks, and the writing's a great example of the good side of the west coast style – when the tightness of arranging is used to bring out the best elements in the players, and bend them around in some nice twists and turns, with good solos, and lots of nice little surprising bits. And in this case, the players are all great – with Jimmy Giuffre and Bud Shank on reeds, Pete Candoli and Don Fagerquist on trumpets, and Lou Levy on piano. Titles include "Lotus Bud", "Martians Come Back", "Chant Of The Cosmos", and "Astral Alley". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Vito PriceSwinging The Loop ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Rare work from obscure Chicago tenor player Vito Price – recorded back in the days when there actually used to be a jazz scene in the city's center – also known as The Loop! Price was a New Yorker by birth, but worked in Chicago clubs, TV, and radio in the 50s – and was most likely brought to Argo for this session by Chubby Jackson – with whom he'd worked on a previous date for the label. Price has a strong, bold tone in his horn – swing-based, but with a fluid sense of movement that's absorbed plenty of bop – and on the album, he's playing in two different settings. Side one features a largeish group with two more trumpets and two trombones, and side two features a quintet with a slightly more intimate sound. Lou Levy plays piano in both groups, and titles include "Credo", "Eye Strain", "Swingin The Loop", "Mousey's Tune", and "Duddy". CD
 
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Frank RosolinoFrank Rosolino Quintet ... LP
Mode, 1957. Very Good .... $29.99
One of the best albums on the rare Mode label – and a great quintet side by trombonist Frank Rosolino! The group here features Vince Guaraldi on piano, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Monty Budwig on bass, and Stan Levy on drums – and the sound's a lot harder than you'd expect from the combo. Guraldi's especially rough-edged – with a soulful sound that's quite different than his 60s recordings, one that sounds great next to Rosolino's horn. Titles include "Tuffy", "Fine Shape", "Cherry", "Let's Make It", "Fallout", "Thou Swell", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "They Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove! Cover has a bit of aging on back, but is great on the front – and vinyl is nice and clean.)
 
 
 



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