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VariousBunny Lee's Agro Sounds 101 Orange Street ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderful work from Bunny Lee's famous Agro Sounds studios – one of the smaller forces on the Kingston scene at the end of the 60s, but one of the most powerful as well! Bunny borrowed a fair bit of influence from the UK scene, and brought it back home to Jamaica – where he fused a uniquely sharp groove that definitely lived up to the "agro" promise of Lee's studio! The work is a seminal step forward in the development of reggae, and really showcases the short sharp shocks the genre could deliver in the right moments – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Wet Dream" by Max Romeo, "Seven Letters" by Derrick Morgan, "Bangarang" by Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole, "Cool Operator" by Delroy Wilson, "Everybody Needs Love" by Slim Smith, and "If It Don't Work Out" by Pat Kelly. CD

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New VariousBunny Lee's Agro Sounds 101 Orange Street ... LP
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Bunny Lee's famous Agro Sounds studios – one of the smaller forces on the Kingston scene at the end of the 60s, but one of the most powerful as well! Bunny borrowed a fair bit of influence from the UK scene, and brought it back home to Jamaica – where he fused a uniquely sharp groove that definitely lived up to the "agro" promise of Lee's studio! The work is a seminal step forward in the development of reggae, and really showcases the short sharp shocks the genre could deliver in the right moments – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Wet Dream" by Max Romeo, "Seven Letters" by Derrick Morgan, "Bangarang" by Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole, "Cool Operator" by Delroy Wilson, "Everybody Needs Love" by Slim Smith, and "If It Don't Work Out" by Pat Kelly. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bunny Lee's Agro Sounds 101 Orange Street ... CD 13.99
 
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Stuart BakerBlack Fire New Spirits – Images Of A Revolution – Radical Jazz In The USA 1960 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $36.99 49.95
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled with pictures of Duke, Louis, and Miles! In true Soul Jazz fashion, the volume shines the spotlight on key avant and spiritual jazz figures – like Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeil, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Max Roach, Larry Young, and many others – each of whom get at least one very vivid photo (some black and white, some color), and a short bit of text that introduces their music and placement in jazz. To be fair, there's also some shots of Miles, too – but shown in a very different context in this great book! 189 pages, oversize, with a great hardcover package. Book

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New Donald ByrdNew Perspective (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $3.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker LittleBooker Little & Friend (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the early 60s Blue Note generation – and which echoes some of the work that Little had done with Max Roach in the years before this date. The lineup's filled with great players to help Book realize his strongest musical vision – Julian Priester on trombone, George Coleman on tenor, Don Friedman on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and although the set's issued on the sometimes-staid Bethlehem label, it's got all the sharper edges of an early 60s date on a label like Impulse or Candid! Titles include "Matilde", "Booker's Blues", "Forward Flight", and "Victory and Sorrow". CD features two bonus tracks – alternate versions of "Looking Ahead". CD

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New Russell MaloneTriple Play ... CD
Maxjazz, 2010. Used ... $8.99
A very nice little trio set from jazz guitarist Russell Malone – a go-to player for a range of jazz players, but his own records are way too good to overlook – as is this one for the Maxjazz label! Malone produced and arranged the set, which features David Wong on bass and Montez Coleman on drums. Includes the originals "Honeybone", "Pecan Pie", "Pocketwatch" and "Sweet Georgia Peach", and sweet handling of material such as Oliver Nelson's "Butch And Butch", Quincy Jones's "The Witching Hour", Ron Carter's "Tailfeathers", CD

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Charles TolliverCharles Tolliver Big Band – Mosaic Select (Music Inc/Impact/previously unreleased) ... CD
Mosaic, 1970/1975/1979. New Copy 3CD ... $44.99
Early and mid 70s big band masterpieces from Charles Tolliver for Strata East – plus a brilliant batch of German recordings from 1979 with Hamburg's great NDR group that was never legitimately issued before now – in an amazing 3CD set from Mosaic! Disc One features the classic Impact – the first album by his legendary group on Strata East – a core quartet that features Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums and percussion – all augmented by some larger backings for the session! The core sound is amazing – with free lines that trade back and forth wonderfully, filled with life and a great lyrical sense of energy that Tolliver never had on some of his later sessions. The larger group hardly gets in the way at all – and they're mostly there just to shade in the background, but often drop out during the solos – giving full center stage exposure to Tolliver and Cowell! Tracks include "Ruthie's Heart", "Abscretions", "Household of Saud", and "On the Nile". Disc Two features Impact – an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Music Inc – with lots of strong lead action from Charles on trumpet, and Stanley Cowell on piano. But this time around, the larger group seems to be more fully integrated into the tunes – there not just to support the soloists, but to rise up with a full, proud sense of majesty that's really amazing. Other players include Cecil McBee and Reggie Workman on basses, Billy Parker and Warren Smith on percussion, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Owens on trumpets, John Gordon and Garnet Brown on trombones, and Charles McPherson, George Coleman, Harold Vick, and Charles Davis on saxes! Titles include great versions of the Tolliver classics "Plight" and "Impact" – plus "Mother Wit", "Lynnsome", and "Grand Max". Disc Three is a hidden gem from Tolliver's career – 1979 radio broadcast sessions with the NDR big band that includes Benny Bailey on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Lukas Lindholm on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. Here Tolliver plays some of the Strata material with these great European players who really seem to relish the opportunity – with each contributing brilliant solos. Includes "Ruthie's Heart", "Mother's Wit", Grand Max", "Impact" and more. CD
(Limited to 5000 copies.)

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New Max RoachWe Insist! – Freedom Now Suite ... CD
Candid (UK), 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most righteous albums that Max Roach ever cut – and a monumental jazz release from the heart of the Civil Rights era! As you can guess from the cover and title, there's a very political bent to the record – served up in righteous lyrics penned by Oscar Brand Jr, and sung by Abbey Lincoln at her most biting – really stepping out here in just a few short years from her previous role as a straight jazz singer, and firmly grabbing up territory no other female vocalists had touched! For this momentous event, Roach gathered together a really special group for the record – players who include regular partners Booker Little on trumpet and Julian Priester on trombone – alongside surprising guests like Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Olatunji on percussion, and Ray Mantilla on congas. There's no piano at all on the record, and the tracks are all long ones – stretching out with soaring horn passages next to the vocals, and plenty of percussion at the bottom to get things moving! Titles include "Driva' Man", "Tears for Johannesburg", "Freedom Day", "All Africa", and "Prayer/Protest/Peace". CD

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New Charlie ShaversHorn O Plenty (Horn O Plenty/The Complete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan/We Dig Cole) ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1954/1957/1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
3 very unusual slices of work by trumpeter Charlie Shavers – proof of his vitality and the range of his powers during the 50s! The first 4 tracks on the set are from the Horn Of Plenty 10" LP recorded for Bethlehem – a pretty weird little record for trumpeter Charlie, done as a "story of the jazz trumpet", and featuring narration by Al Jazzbo Collins! Collins talks his way through the set – providing some hipster speak that sets that stage for a variety of older tunes featuring Shavers on solo. The set list includes "Young Man With A Horn", "Salt Peanuts", "Desert Dawn", and "Moten Swing" – all done in pretty cool, swinging versions. The next 5 tracks on the set feature recordings from 1957 – 2 of which feature vocalist Maxine Sullivan, and all of which include Buster Bailey on clarinet, Russell Procope on alto, and Billy Kyle on piano – on tunes that include "Windy", "Rose Room", "If I Had A Ribbon Row", and "Molly Malone". The last 8 tracks on the set are from a swinging late 50s album called We Dig Cole – a batch of Cole Porter tunes performed by Shavers with a group that includes Urbie Green on trombone, Sol Yaged on clarinet, Buddy Weed on piano, Cozy Cole on drums, and Sam Taylor on tenor. Larry Clinton arranged, and the whole thing's got a highly swinging approach – and tunes include "Night & Day", "It's Delovely", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Just One Of Those Things", and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy". CD

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New Abbey LincolnTalking To The Sun ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Something of a comeback set for Abbey Lincoln – an extremely powerful set from the early 80s, and one that helped set the tone for some great albums to come! Abbey's working here in a bold style that includes a fair bit of original material – done in collaboration with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose edgey tone really adds a lot to the record! There's a sense of voice here that takes us back to Abbey's bold experiments with Max Roach in the early 60s – a righteous tone that effortlessly mixes politics and art, yet which never forgets its key mission of music. The set includes original compositions "The River", "Talking To The Sun", "People On The Street", and "Prelude/A Wedding Song" – plus a nice take on the Mercer/Mancini number "Whistling Away The Dark". CD

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New Max RoachComplete 1958/1959 Plus Four Sessions (Chicago Scene/Newport/Deeds Not Words/Booker Little 4/Many Sides Of Max/Award Winning/Live) (3CD set) ... CD
Jazz Connections (Spain), 1958/1959. Used 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of work from drummer Max Roach – captured here in a post-Clifford Brown period when he was really recording quite a bit of material! The tracks on the set are from a variety of different albums, on a variety of different labels – all brought together here for the first time ever, to showcase Roach's hugely creative talents at the time! The group here is Max's "Plus Four" Quintet – a group that features especially noteworthy contributions from George Coleman on tenor sax and Booker Little on trumpet – the latter of whom fills a space recently vacated by Clifford Brown, but takes Roach's music into much sharper-edged, modern-directed territory – bolder, stronger, and much more righteous than before! Coleman's tenor is great too – well-voiced, and drenched in soul – and other players include either Ray Draper on tuba or Eddie Baker on piano (some tracks have one or the other), and either Bob Cranshaw or Art Davis on bass. Material is from the albums Max On The Chicago Scene, Max Roach+4 At Newport, Deeds Not Words, Award Winning Drummer, The Many Sides Of Max, and Booker Little 4 & Max Roach – an album that was originally issued under Little's name. The set also features some bonus live tracks from the group – and includes a whopping 45 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and booklet.)

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New Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... CD
Mercury, 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". CD also features 4 bonus cuts – "Anthropology", "Tune Up", "This Time The Dream's On Me", and "Raoul". CD

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New Max RoachWe Insist! – Freedom Now Suite ... LP
Candid, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums that Max Roach ever cut – and a monumental jazz release from the heart of the Civil Rights era! As you can guess from the cover and title, there's a very political bent to the record – served up in righteous lyrics penned by Oscar Brand Jr, and sung by Abbey Lincoln at her most biting – really stepping out here in just a few short years from her previous role as a straight jazz singer, and firmly grabbing up territory no other female vocalists had touched! For this momentous event, Roach gathered together a really special group for the record – players who include regular partners Booker Little on trumpet and Julian Priester on trombone – alongside surprising guests like Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Olatunji on percussion, and Ray Mantilla on congas. There's no piano at all on the record, and the tracks are all long ones – stretching out with soaring horn passages next to the vocals, and plenty of percussion at the bottom to get things moving! Titles include "Driva' Man", "Tears for Johannesburg", "Freedom Day", "All Africa", and "Prayer/Protest/Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Candid pressing with deep groove! Cover has a small bit of tape in one corner, a promo stamp, and a bit of splitting on the spine. Label has a small sticker.)

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New Booker LittleBooker Little & Friend ... CD
Bethlehem/Avenue, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the early 60s Blue Note generation – and which echoes some of the work that Little had done with Max Roach in the years before this date. The lineup's filled with great players to help Book realize his strongest musical vision – Julian Priester on trombone, George Coleman on tenor, Don Friedman on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and although the set's issued on the sometimes-staid Bethlehem label, it's got all the sharper edges of an early 60s date on a label like Impulse or Candid! Titles include "Matilde", "Booker's Blues", "Forward Flight", and "Victory and Sorrow". This CD reissue contains 2 alternate takes, too – for a total of 9 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print 1994 pressing.)
Also available Booker Little & Friend (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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New Max RoachAward Winning Drummer ... LP
Time, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a cool piano-less group that hits some really unusual notes! Draper's horn provides a deep bottom to the record, mixing with Davis' exotic tones nicely – and the album represents Roach's increasing penchant for experimentation in the post Clifford Brown years – tunes with an offbeat edge that's really great. Titles include "Pies Of Quincy", "Tuba De Nod", "Milano", and "Sadiga". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sonny RollinsWorktime! (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Prestige, 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If worktime was like this for us, you'd catch us showing up on the job early every day – but sadly, nothing at our office can match the brilliance of early Sonny Rollins here – a sharp-edged genius that perfectly illustrates why he was one of the greatest players on his horn for many decades running! There's a depth of tone on the record that rivals Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young – but a quickness of pace and imagination that shows a clear influence from Charlie Parker, and a deftness that few were bringing to the tenor at the time. The rhythm section here is super tight – and features Ray Bryant on piano, George Morrow on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all supporting Rollins' bold lead with lines that bristle with electricity, but still often fall back to let the sound of the tenor envelop the whole group. Tracks are longish, and titles include "Raincheck", "There Are Such Things", "Paradox", and "It's All Right With Me". CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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New Max RoachDeeds Not Words ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the directions Max would explore fully on the Candid, Impulse, and Fantasy labels in the 60s – an approach to hardbop that often really pushes its limits – not content to simply set up solos for the players, and instead moving with a much more forceful energy overall! Group members include Booker Little on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Ray Draper on tuba, and Art Davis on bass – and the lack of a piano makes for a very exciting sound! The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha-Cha" and "Deeds Not Words" – plus Draper's classic "Filide", and the groundbreaking "Conversation" – a very cool solo by Roach on the drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousFree Soul – Classic Of Mainstream Records ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazz, soul, and a whole lot more – even a rare psychedelic track from the vaults of Mainstream Records – all brought together in one of the most dynamic entries we've ever seen in the Free Soul series! The cuts here go way past the obvious, and way past the familiar – and the genre-hopping approach is a great reminder that the Mainstream label had a heck of a lot more to offer than just some of its famous funky jazz classics. And as always, Free Soul compiler Toru Hashimoto does a great job of digging up and bringing the music together in ways that really sets unlocks its magic – a whole new way of looking at Mainstream, and one that's really helped us get a new sort of appreciation for the label! CD features 23 tracks, and nearly 80 minutes of music – titles that include "Four" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fuit Of The Desert" by Orient Express, "I Want You Back" by Bobby Shad & The Bad Men, "My Heart Said" by Emily Yancy, "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "Soul Makossa" by Afrique, "The Sweetest Sounds" by Carmen McRae, "Down Yonder" by David Young, "Sound Song" by Barry Miles, "I Just Want To Be There" by Jay Berliner, "Hard Hard Promises" by Alice Clark, "Make It With You" by Maxine Weldon, "Moonlight Serenade" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fly Me To The Moon" by Gloria Coleman, and "What's Going On" by Charles McPherson. CD

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New VariousReggae Golden Jubilee – Origins Of Jamaica Music – 50th Anniversary (4CD box set) ... CD
VP, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A sprawling set that commemorates the Reggae Golden Jubilee– one that's beautifully put together by VP – and featuring 100 pivotal tracks from the early 60s to the late 00s! Selector Mr. Seaga does a pretty terrific job on the tracklist – which focuses as much on tracks that proved to be among the most trailblazing as it does on big hits. It touches on the styles and subgenres from throughout reggae's history – from ska, to rocksteady, reggae, dub, deejay, dancehall and beyond – with bellwether material by Theophilus Beckford, Higgs & Wilson, Skatalites, U-Roy, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman, Third World, Dennis Brown, Maxi Priest, Sugar Minott, Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Shaggy and many, many more. "Dumplins" by Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, "They Got To Go" by Prince Buster, "Bring Home" by Justin Hines & The Dominoes, "Rough And Tough" by Stranger Cole, "Hypocrite" by The Heptones, "Occupation" by Don Drummond & The Skatalites, "Wear You To The Ball" by U-Roy & The Paragons, "The A Fi Get A Beatin'" by Peter Tosh, "Police And Thieves" by Junior Murvin, "Right Time" by Mighty Diamonds, "Uptown Ranking" by Althea & Donna, "Over Me" by Yellowman, "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth, "Try Jah Love" by Third World, "Wild World" by Maxie Priest, "One Blood" by Junior Reid, "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers, "Putting Up Resistance", by Beres Hammond, "You Don't Love Me (No No No)" by Dawn Penn, "Untold Stories" by Buju Banton, "Black Woman And Child" by Sizzla, "Gimme The Light" by Sean Paul, "Pon De River, Pon De Bank" by Elephant Man, "Welcome To Jamrock" by Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff and more. CD
(Limited edition version with a pretty great 64-page booklet of notes and vintage photos.)
 
 
 



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