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Modern Jazz QuartetBest Of Modern Jazz Quartet ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetBlues At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
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(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some stains and a bit of light wear.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetBlues On Bach ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... $3.99
Titles include "Regret", "Precious Joy", "Blues In H", "Blues In C Minor", "Rise Up In The Morning", and "Blues In B Flat". CD

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New Modern Jazz QuartetComedy ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $8.99
A great early 60s set from Modern Jazz Quartet! This one marked the then growing sophistication in the sound of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a concept album based on themes and characters from the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte. The music is served up in gentle sound poems that have a haunting, timeless sort of feel – very spare and melancholy – with lots of tragic overtones, and hardly the comedic sound you'd expect from the title! Diahann Carroll sings on the track "La Cantatrice" – and other numbers include "Spanish Steps", "Columbine", "Piazza Navona", and "Harlequin". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetComplete Last Concert ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Summertime", "The Cylinder", "Blues In A Minor", and "One Never Knows". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Last Concert Vol 1 ... CD 13.99
Last Concert Vol 2 ... CD 13.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetConcert In Japan Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An excellent Japanese performance from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a set that was issued in a bit of a lull during their 60s American years for Atlantic Records – which makes it even more important as a key part of their catalog at the time! The 1966 date has the combo in fine form – and almost stepping out with a bit of added soulfulness, in ways that echo some of the styles that Milt Jackson was exploring on his own at the time, and which seem to be brought back to the group! Milt's vibes are wonderful – ringing out with a great sense of pride and presence that may well go beyond earlier MJQ material – and titles on this second volume include "Ralph's New Blues", "Pyramid", "Home", "Winter Tale", "Blues Milanese", and "Bag's Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetFontessa ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... $6.99
A classic set of high-class jazz from the MJQ – one that shows John Lewis' growing compositional skills, and the band's always tight ability to work in a compressed chamber format. Features the extended "Fontessa" suite, plus the tracks "Versailles", "Angel Eyes", "Bluesology", and "Woodyn You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert Vol 1 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Summertime", "The Cylinder", "Blues In A Minor", and "One Never Knows". CD
Also available
Complete Last Concert ... CD 9.99
Last Concert Vol 2 ... CD 13.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "Confirmation", "Round Midnight", "Night In Tunisia", "Golden Striker", and "Skating In Central Park". CD
Also available
Complete Last Concert ... CD 9.99
Last Concert Vol 1 ... CD 13.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLonely Woman ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Truly one of the Modern Jazz Quartet's greatest albums – and a set that has an edge and a darkness that's missing from some of their other Atlantic records! Part of the reason for this may be the group's fantastic reading of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" – a killer moody track that sounds great in the group's vibes/piano style – and which leads off the album with a chilling tone that's really unbelievable! The rest of the album's pretty great too – and there's a brooding intensity we don't normally hear in the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson. Other tracks include Gary McFarland's "Why Are You Blue" – plus John Lewi's "Belkis", "Animal Dance", "New York 19", and "Trieste". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetLost Tapes – Germany 1956 to 1958 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Jazz Haus (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 29.99
Beautiful live recordings from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Germany in the late 50s, and featuring some especially great vibes from Milt Jackson! The recording quality is great on most cuts – and there seems to be an especially strong focus on Milt's contribution to the group – those wonderfully shaped tones that almost have a bell-like quality at times, but which still swing better than most other cats on vibes. One track features Milt solo on a version of "Tenderly" – and other titles include "Ralph's New Blues", "Willow Weep For Me", "I'll Remember April", "I Can't Get Started", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "JB Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade things in with subtle strings and cascading colors that work perfectly with the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson – modes that echo their more modern elements, yet still retain the sense of warmth that always kept the MJQ from ever sounding too academic. In a way, the larger backdrops almost give the music a jazz soundtrack feel – maybe more so than some of the group's smaller lineup outings for film. Titles include "England's Carol", "Around The Blues", "Divertimento", and "Concertino For Jazz Quartet & Orchestra". CD
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... LP 3.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $3.99
An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade things in with subtle strings and cascading colors that work perfectly with the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson – modes that echo their more modern elements, yet still retain the sense of warmth that always kept the MJQ from ever sounding too academic. In a way, the larger backdrops almost give the music a jazz soundtrack feel – maybe more so than some of the group's smaller lineup outings for film. Titles include "England's Carol", "Around The Blues", "Divertimento", and "Concertino For Jazz Quartet & Orchestra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... CD 9.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Prestige LP 170) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good ... $59.99
Ah, the genius of the early Modern Jazz Quartet – summed up perfectly in two words: Kenny Clarke! At this early point in the group's history, Kenny was in the quartet on drums – and his magic touch on the kit makes for a style that's a bit harder, and a bit more swinging than some of the later albums from the MJQ, especially those on Atlantic. Additionally, Milt Jackson was coming off of his bop years at Blue Note – another good influence on these sides, as most of the tracks swing with that mix of bop and modern that you'd find on the the best Jackson 10" recordings from the time. This tasty early album is some of our favorite work by the group – and features tracks that include "La Ronde", "Milano", "One Bass Hit", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice clean copy! Cover has a bit of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
More material from the famous Last Concert record from the MJQ – not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "The Jasmine Tree", "Tears From The Children", "England's Carol", "Blues In H (b)", and "Really True Blues". CD
Also available More From The Last Concert ... LP 5.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $5.99
More material from the famous Last Concert record from the MJQ – not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "The Jasmine Tree", "Tears From The Children", "England's Carol", "Blues In H (b)", and "Really True Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available More From The Last Concert ... CD 9.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetPlastic Dreams ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1971. Used ... $7.99
One of the groovier albums the Modern Jazz Quartet ever recorded – as you might expect, given the cover and title! In addition to the group's usual cool sound from Milt Jackson's vibes, the set also features John Lewis playing a bit of harpsichord in addition to his usual piano – and the group's also augmented on a few tracks with some great horns from Snookie Young and Joe Newman on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, Jim Buffington on French horn, and Don Butterfield on tuba – a change that really gives the record a nicely different flavor from other MJQ albums. John Lewis composed all of the tracks – and titles include "Walkin Stomp", "Dancing", "Plastic Dreams", "Variations On A Christmas Theme", "Travlin", "Piazza Novona", and "England's Carol". CD

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New Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". CD
Also available Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 8.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. Used ... $8.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". CD
Also available Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 9.99

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $7.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. CD
(Atlantic Original Sound digipack version.)

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New Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A great addition to the Modern Jazz Quartet – as the clarinet of Jimmy Giuffre brings a sharp modern edge to the record! The album's similar to the other MJQ Music Inn date with Sonny Rollins – and shows how the addition of a reed player can really unlock new colors, tones, and possibilities in the sounds of the group. And in this case, given the Giuffre's at the height of his early powers – coming off some sublime trio dates for Atlantic – the pairing of players is completely sublime! Titles include "A Fugue At Music Inn", "Serenade", and "Fun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with the "long playing unbreakable" logo and deep groove. Cover is in great shape – and vinyl is very nice!)

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Modern Jazz QuartetSummertime – Live In Tokyo 1993 ... CD
King (Japan), New Copy ... Mid-July, 2014 (delayed)
CD

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New Modern Jazz Quartet40th Anniversary Celebration ... CD
Atlantic, 1992/1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetDedicated To Connie ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A previously-unreleased live set from the glory days of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a double-length concert recorded in Slovenia in 1960! CD

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLive At The Lighthouse ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked later gem from the Modern Jazz Quartet on Atlantic – a live set recorded at the Lighthouse, and one with a funkier tone than some of the group's earlier work for the label! Milt Jackson seems to be a bit more in charge of the sound on this set – as the tracks have that earthy quality he was bringing to his own solo albums of the time – yet still ring out with the sense of sound and space that's clearly directed by the John Lewis influence. The whole thing's wonderfully spare – with a sense of timing and grace that's impeccable, yet which also never fails to swing – and titles include "The Spiritual", "Baseball", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Intima", "Novamo", "For Someone I Love" and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great addition to the Modern Jazz Quartet – as the clarinet of Jimmy Giuffre brings a sharp modern edge to the record! The album's similar to the other MJQ Music Inn date with Sonny Rollins – and shows how the addition of a reed player can really unlock new colors, tones, and possibilities in the sounds of the group. And in this case, given the Giuffre's at the height of his early powers – coming off some sublime trio dates for Atlantic – the pairing of players is completely sublime! Titles include "A Fugue At Music Inn", "Serenade", and "Fun". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP 11.99

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New Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson QuintetMJQ ... LP
Prestige, 1952/1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
Nice stuff from the early days of the MJQ – recorded back when Kenny Clarke was still playing drums with the group, and giving them a bit more of a bottom! One side of the record features material recorded from one of the quartet's first sessions – in late 1952, with the tracks "La Ronde", "Vendome", and "Rose Of The Rio Grande". The rest of the record features material by Jackson's group with Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and the obscure Henry Boozier on trumpet. That material's a bit more bop-oriented, and titles include "Opus De Funk", "Buhania", and "Soma". LP, Vinyl record album
(NYC 50th street pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Nice and clean overall.)
 
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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A very cool quartet with a very unusual sound – one that mixes up reeds, piano, and vibes with a very fresh approach – one that's partly west coast cool, and partly east coast modern! Key players in the group include Bryce Rhode on piano and Errol Buddle on bassoon – both musicians who'd make bigger waves in the 60s back home in Australian – and the set also features excellent vibes by John (Jack) Brokensha, who'd stay on these shores and make some groovy records for the US, and Dick Healy on flute. The group's joined by Jimmy Gannon on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums – and titles include "Saxophone Pads", "Tune For Jaimey", "Spring Is Here", "Nostalgia", and "Thou Swell". CD

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet (10" pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good- ... $19.99
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual 10" pressing! Cover has a light mark in one corner, but is great overall.)

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New Australian Jazz QuintetAustralian Jazz Quintet At The Varsity Drag ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
Weird winds make this a mighty nice record – a blend of the tenor and bassoon of Errol Buddle and alto and flute of Dick Healy – all set to piano from Bryce Rhode, and vibes from the great Jack Brokensha! All players have a very strong sense of tone and color – and move together at a level that might be influence by the experiments of the Modern Jazz Quartet, but which also takes on a much more expressive feel with the presence of the reeds. Tracks are short and tightly arranged – and tunes include "So Nice", "Few Get It", "That Old Feeling", "Koala", and "Lover Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "So Nice". Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Dave BrubeckStardust (Brubeck Desmond/Dave Brubeck Quartet) ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond double header – two vintage albums in a single package! Stardust is great stuff from the early days of the Brubeck/Desmond alliance – when Dave's piano had first met up with Paul's alto, with incredible results that would soon transform the face of popular jazz. The set's mostly standards – but it does include 2 strong originals, "Crazy Chris" and "Lyons Busy", as well as some Brubeck-ized versions of tunes like "Frenesi", "Mamselle", and "At A Perfume Counter". Dave Brubeck Quartet is sublime early work from pianist Dave Brubeck – already recording here with the amazing Paul Desmond on alto sax – in the kind of magical blend that would bring both players great fame by the end of the 50s! Even at this early point, the subtle modern touches are perfectly in place – that blend of space, sound, color, and tone that made the Brubeck/Desmond team so unique – recorded here without any other gimmicks or trappings to get in the way. The set mostly features shorter versions of standards – including "Stardust", "Just One Of Those Things", "Alice In Wonderland", and "All The Things You Are" – but it also features an amazing 14 minute take on "At A Perfume Counter", with really extended solo lines from Desmond! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Nicola Conte & OthersModern Sound Of Nicola Conte – EP 02 (10" LP) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy ... $13.99
Stellar 10-inch EP featuring a quartet of the best tracks from Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte – Versions In Jazz Dub! The compilation is a long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a re-imaginer – and when he sets out to serve up his own version of a track, he often starts from scratch – using his own band, his own arrangements, and his own key elements – all of which turn any projects for other artists into grooves that are very Conte-directed – the kind of classic jazz-infused gems that Nicola's been laying down on his own Schema Records label for over a decade! EP 2 features "All Or Nothing At All" by Nicola Conte Jazz Combo feat Jose James, "Take Five (Nicola Conte remix)" by Roberto Roena, "So Danco Samba (Nicola Conte rework)" by Till Bronner and "Charade" by Nicola Conte. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte – Versions In Jazz-Dub ... CD 24.99

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Kenny CoxIntroducing Kenny Cox & the Contemporary Jazz Quartet ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. Very Good ... $19.99
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not just because the group was a little-known new signing to the label, but also because the work is quite far-reaching at times – some of the most free-thinking jazz recorded for Blue Note during the time, with a sense of boldness that almost stretches back to Jackie McLean's first few records of the new thing years, or a sense of lyrical invention that's a bit like Wayne Shorter when he made a shift towards the outside. Some numbers are awash in fast colors and changes, while others are a bit more in the pocket, with echoes of soul jazz – but the whole thing's incredibly fresh and free, a wonderful little record that only gets better and better over the years! The group features pianist Kenny Cox as the leader, plus Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, and Danny Spencer on drums. Titles include "Mystique", "You", "Trance Dance", "Eclipse", and "Number Four". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and a sticker in one corner.)

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Gilbert HolmstromTiden Ar Kort ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
A brilliant meeting of Swedish jazz generations – the older tenor modernist Gilbert Holmstrom, working here with a crack quartet of the best players on the mighty Moserobie label! Holmstrom's sound and style are vastly overlooked, but they burst forth freshly here with a really rich quality – pushed along with wonderful rhythms from the bass of Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass and Jonas Holgersson on drums – and lineup alongside the trumpet of Magnus Broo and the tenor, baritone, bass sax, and stritch of Jonas Kullhammar! The tunes have this darkly brooding approach to modalism at the bottom – one that really recalls key European modern moments of the 60s – and the solos are wonderfully expressive, and maybe even filled with more feeling than we've heard from Broo and Kullhammar in awhile. Titles include "1976", "Osaka", "Desert Walk", "Stars Fading Blue", "Dog Fight", and "Libero". CD

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Milt JacksonStatements (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse/MCA (Japan), 1961. Used ... $6.99
A great statement from vibist Milt Jackson – one of his key solo sessions in a great 60s run of recordings away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! Like the classics that followed this one, the vibe is much more soulful than any of Milt's records with the MJQ – kind of an extension of the groove he hit on 50s dates for Savoy and Prestige, swung with an even tighter feel here in the Impulse Records setting! The backing's from a trio that includes Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – and the tracks are short, but have some nice haunting themes that work well with the sensitive vibes of Jackson and piano of Jones. Titles include "Put Off", "Statement", "Slowly", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Thrill From The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Keith JarrettEl Juicio (The Judgement)/Life Between The Exit Signs ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968/1975. Used ... $7.99
2 obscure early sessions by Keith Jarrett – back to back on one CD! El Juicio is wild and wonderful work by Keith – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and turns for playful moments that come as an unexpected surprise. One of the best of these is the short percussion track "Pre Judgement Atmosphere", which almost sounds like a Moondog number – and another is the rollingly funky "Gypsy Moth", a tune that always seems to be careening out of control, but is never "outside", just percussively grooving. Side two features two longer jamming tracks that almost have a loft jazz feel – "El Juicio" and "Piece For Ornette" – and Keith plays alone on the track "Pardon My Rags". Life Between The Exit Signs is early trio work by Keith, a bit straighter than some of his 70s recordings – but in a good way, with kind of a New York modern groove that reminds us of early work by Paul Bley or Steve Kuhn! The trio's a very progressive group – with Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums, making for a really open-ended approach to the rhythms – and the album includes the original compositions "Church Dreams", "Margot", "Long Time Gone", and "Love No 1 & 2". CD

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicJazz At The Philharmonic Volume 11 ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
To our knowledge, this is the only 2LP set issued under the JATP series – and it's a nicely laid out batch of tracks that actually also features some discreet work by smaller combos, in addition to the usual jam session format. Disc one features "The Blues" – played by a group that includes Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, and Dizzy Gillespie; "The Modern Set", played by Diz and Lester Young, with the Oscar Peterson group, plus Buddy Rich, on rhythm; "The Swing Set", with Illinois Jacquet, Roy Eldridge, and Flip Phillips and the same rhythm combo; and "The Ballad Medley", with Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Jacquet, Diz, and Roy. Disc two features one side by the Oscar Peterson Trio, and another by the Gene Krupa Quartet with Eddie Shu. This side is great – with 2 long tracks, "Sleepy Lagoon" and "Sing Sing Sing". Album also features "Buddy Rich's Explosion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove – nice and clean overall, and cover is great, save for one small rip.)

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Antonio Carlos Jobim & OthersSongbook Instrumental ... CD
Lumiar (Brazil), 1995. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
An excellent batch of modern instrumental readings of some of Jobim's greatest compositions – put together with the usual respect and care of the Lumiar label, and featuring a huge number of great Brazilian jazz players, like Joao Donato, Nelson Ayres, Sivuca, Roberto Menescal, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Antonio Adolfo, Nico Assumpcao, Osmar Milito, and Jobim himself! The arrangements are haunting, and some tracks have wonderful instrumentation (trumpet/piano, cello quartet, etc) that really opens up these great tracks. Titles include "Surfboard", "Tema Para Ana", "Tema Jazz", "O Homem", "Stoneflower", "Radames Y Pele", and "Dialogo". 2 CDs, with lots of niceness! Note that a number of these tracks (if not all of them) are on the 5 volume Jobim series that we carry, also on Lumiar. CD
(Out of print.)

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Roland KirkComplete Limelight/Verve Albums (Slightly Latin/Now Please Don't You Cry/Spirits/Rip Rig & Panic) (180 gram 4LP set) ... LP
Universal/Mosaic, Mid 60s. New Copy 4LP ... $99.99 100.00
Some of the coolest, hippest albums Roland Kirk ever recorded – Slightly Latin, Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith, I Talk With The Spirits, and Rip Rig & Panic – each very different in their own way, and a key part of his great leap forward in the 60s! The box features four heavy vinyl albums, with detailed booklet with rare photos and notes – and the whole package is very limited too! Slightly Latin is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges – with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange – and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done. Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith is Roland Kirk's only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic. The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie Boykins on bass and Grady Tate on drums – all free-thinking talents that are enough to match the whimsy of Kirk's own playing on tenor, flute, stritch, and manzello – but also strong enough jazz players to hold tight during the straighter jazz moments of the set. I Talk With The Spirits is one of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s. The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of flute, which Kirk explores with a deeply personal tone – easing out gentle lines that really foreshadow the use of the instrument in the post-Coltrane generation. The record has a dark somber tone at times, and a sweetly redemptive one at others. Rip Rig & Panic is a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. LP, Vinyl record album

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Wolfgang LauthLauther ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 26.99
Rare small combo jazz from the German scene of the late 50s – all of it with a decidedly modern style as well! Pianis Wolfgang Lauth is great enough on his own – a player informed by some of the best changes in space and tone in the American modern scene of the time – but he also works often here with vibist Fritz Hartschuh – a player we don't know at all, but who makes these tunes ring out with a very individual style! The music has these really sharp, bold tones from the vibes – a perfect counterpoint for Lauth's creative sense of sound on the piano – mostly set up here on quartet selections with Wolfgang Wagner on bass and Joe Hackbarth on drums – but occasionally featuring a bit of tenor, flute, guitar, or trombone. The set features a stunning 23 tracks in all – none of which we've ever seen on original vinyl recordings – and titles include "Cool Cave", "Johnnie Walker", "Lauther", "Ich Nenne Alle Frauen Baby", "Pastels", "Lauthentic", "Jeb", "Goofy", "Chicken Feet", "Date On Wax", and "French Fries". CD

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New Helen Merrill & John LewisHelen Merrill/John Lewis (aka Django) ... LP
Mercury, 1976/1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A wonderfully moody album from singer Helen Merrill – recorded with backing by pianist John Lewis, in an overall feel that's got some of the styles that Lewis forged with the Modern Jazz Quartet! The tunes are familiar ones, mostly, but arranged in a style that's got wonderfully sad and somber touches – really bringing out the best of the dark qualities in Merrill's vocals. Backing is by a quartet with Lewis, Richard Davis, Hubert Laws, and Connie Kay – and titles include "Close Your Eyes", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "The Singer", "Yesterdays", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "Mad About The Boy", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a promo stamp.)

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Modern Jazz SextetModern Jazz Sextet ... LP
Norgran, 1956. Very Good+ ... $48.99
That's the Modern Jazz Sextet – not the Modern Jazz Quartet – although the group definitely borrows a bit of energy from the MJQ, and some personnel too! The group was only put together for this date – and combines the subtle touches of MJQ members John Lewis on piano and Percy Heath on bass, with some harder-edged, hardbop-driven sounds from Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Sonny Stitt on alto, Skeeter Best on guitar, and Charlie Persip on drums! The set's got an open, easygoing feel – that loose Verve studio mode of the time – which stems from their jam session modes, but is a bit tighter overall – in ways that really help the players find their energy together in the tunes. Titles include 2 standards, in the usual Verve style – "Mean To Me" and a ballad medley of "Old Folks", "What's New" and "How Deep Is The Ocean" – plus 3 originals – "Blues For Bird", "Tour De Force", and "Dizzy Meets Sonny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover is great, save for a bit of splitting on the top.)

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Mostly Other People Do The KillingMostly Other People Do The Killing ... CD
Hot Cup, 2004. Used ... $6.99
The self-titled debut of Mostly Other People Do The Killing – an exciting NYC quartet that manages to both celebrate and skewer jazz traditions, blending past traditions with modern experimentalism – and also making simply exciting records that are a joyful blast! These guys have chops, dexterity and smarts – but they somehow strip all pretenses down to the bone and make viscerally enjoyable compositions. Players include bassist Moppa Elliot, trumpet from Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon on sax, and drums by Kevin Shea. Titles include "Elliot Mills", "Between Panic And Desire", "Good Intent", "Moanin", the 13+ minute "Aspers" and more. CD

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet Recorded In Boston At Storyville ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Gerry Mulligan brings the piano back in nicely here – but in a way that still hangs onto all the best modern tones of his earlier Pacific Jazz sessions! The date's a live one – done at Storyville in Boston – but the sound is wonderfully intimate, with Gerry on baritone sax and piano, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums. The Crow/Bailey rhythm section is superb – nicely swinging throughout – and Gerry's work on piano has that airy, moody quality that would show up even more strongly in the 60s. Titles include "Bweebida Bwobbida", "Open Country", "Rustic Hop", "Bike Up The Strand", and "Storyville Story". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label World Pacific pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the top seam.)

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Oliver NelsonSound Pieces ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the most impressive albums ever from arranger Oliver Nelson – a set that really shows the full depth of his mighty talents! Side one features Nelson working with a larger orchestra – similar to the kind of ensemble he arranged for other artists in the 60s, but handled here with an open, searching sort of sound – really impressive modern jazz elements on the title track, then some sweeter, warmer soul sounds on a few shorter numbers too! Nelson plays soprano sax, and his use of the instrument is definitely Coltrane-informed at times – and a nice change from his more familiar alto. The flipside features just a quartet – Oliver again on soprano sax – plus Steve Kuhn on piano, Ron Carter bass, and Grady Tate on drums. With Kuhn on piano, bringing a nice modern edge that works perfectly with the soprano. Titles include "Sound Piece For Jazz Orchestra", "Patterns", "Flute Salad", "The Lady From Girl Talk", and "Elegy For A Duck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing.)

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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the CD, too!)

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins (2LP) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A bit different than the usual Prestige Records two-fer of this type – as the collection brings together tracks from a variety of different sessions by Sonny Rollins – instead of just combining two full LPs! Rollins recorded for Prestige in a variety of formats during the 50s, and this collection offers up a good deal of them – including work with the MaxRoach/Clifford Brown group, collaborations with the Red Garland Trio and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and numbers recorded with Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Elmo Hope, and others. The double-length package features 13 tracks in all – including "St Thomas", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Tenor Madness", "Valse Hot", "Count Your Blessings", "Mambo Bounce", "Newk's Fadeaway" and "No Moe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with some center splits in the top & bottom seams.)

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Russian Jazz QuartetHappiness ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the "Half-Russian Jazz Quartet"!) The strongest suit of the recording is Boris Midney, who plays alto sax and clarinet in a modern yet swinging style – following nicely on the heels of players like Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Horn, and Paul Winter. Like all three of the above, Midney also has a talent for writing – and contributed a few strong tunes to the set, numbers that have a bit of a modal groove and an undercurrent of sadness that makes them more compelling than you might think. Titles include "Composition In The Form Of Blues", "Waltz", "Remember", "Journey From Moscow", and "Dedication To MJQ". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Rudy Smith QuartetStill Around ... LP
S&P (Denmark), 1984. Very Good+ ... $43.99
A wonderful mix of modes here – steel drums and jazz, wrapped together in a sound that's quite different than most other work of its nature! Usually, we're not the biggest fans of steel drum records – because while they might have a few good moments, they've also got plenty of schlock. Not so here, though – as Rudy Smith (formerly of Modern Sound Quintet) steps out with a trio of players on this Swedish session from the 80s – using his steel pans with a dexterity that's amazing, and which sometimes has elements of guitar or saxophone in its sound! There's a depth to the tunes that goes way past simple stereotypes of the islands – and the Euro/Caribbean blend of the group really comes through in their free, soaring sense of rhythm. Smith plays alto steel drums, alongside piano from Ole Matthiessen, bass from Niels Prstholm, and drums from Gilbert Matthews. Titles include "El Vito", "Blues For Bradick", "Ursia", "Elise", "Still Around", and "Blues L'Armoise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lucky ThompsonModern Jazz Group ... CD
Universal (France), 1956. Used ... $7.99
Some of Lucky Thompson's rarest work from the 50s – and some of his best! The American tenorist is working here in two different French groups – one a quintet with Henri Renaud on piano, the other a tentet with the core quartet of Renaud, plus some additional local horn players. Unlike some of Thompson's other albums from the time, which can frequently be dominated by standards, this set's got some great original material – mostly written by Renaud, and infused with a sharp modernist swing. Tiltes include "Souscription", "Marcel Le Fourreur", "G&B", "Tight Squeeze", "Meet Quincy Jones", and "Influence". Lucky's tone is rich and soulful – and the session's gone to the top of our list of his work! CD

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Bobby TimmonsSoul Man! ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
A hard-to-find gem from funky pianist Bobby Timmons – a non-trio session recorded in the mid 60s for Prestige, and featuring some especially great work from Wayne Shorter on tenor! Shorter's appearance here is a real anomaly – especially since we can't recall another Prestige appearance from the time – but his presence really adds a lot to the record, bringing in some dark tones and sharp edges that are a perfect match for the growing complexity of Timmons' work on the keys of the piano! The sound's a bit soul jazz, but also has more of the modern edges you'd hear in Shorter's Blue Note sides – and the rest of the quartet features Ron Carter on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Titles include a great version of Shorter's "Tom Thumb", plus "Cut Me Loose Charlie", "Ein Bahn Strasse", "Tenaj", and "Damned If I Know". CD

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Erik TruffazDawn ... CD
Blue Note (France), 1998. Used ... $2.99
Excellent modern jazz funk from one of Europe's best young players! Erik Truffaz has a cool 70s spacey trumpet style – like Freddie Hubbard's best CTI work, or like the classic Eddie Henderson moments with the Herbie crew. He's playing here with a tight little quartet that includes Patrick Muller on piano and Fender Rhodes – and the overall sound is wonderfully bass heavy and mellow funky. Many of the tracks have a guest rapper named Nya – and he's not that bad, considering that we normally don't like European rappers, but we really still like the instrumental moments the best. Titles include "The Mask", "Bukowsky", "Wet In Paris", "Round Trip", "Yuri's Choice", and "Free Stylin". A great record to show the deep influence of 70s jazz funk on today's groove scene! CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry YoungMother Ship ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $16.99
Jazz organ explodes to the next level – on this brilliant and rare session by Larry Young from 1969! The record was Young's last recording for Blue Note, and was never issued at the time – only making a brief appearance in a short series at the end of the 70s – and its obscurity makes it all the more important, as it's the kind of record that would have transformed jazz tremendously if released at the time. On the set, Young delivers on all his 60s experimentation with modal grooves and Coltrane-styled playing – working with a quartet that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Herbert Morgan on tenor, and Eddie Gladden on drums – soaring to the skies on long tunes that push the Hammond farther than any organist had ever imagined! And while modern, and freer than before, Young is also playing here without some of the over-indulgent styles of his later jazz-rock work – still sticking to the Blue Note mode, while managing to record in a "new thing" mode long after the label had abandoned the "new thing" sound! Mindblowing – and with titles that include "Visions", "Love Drops", "Trip Merchant" and "Street Scene". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Larry YoungMother Ship ... LP
Blue Note, 1969/1980. Very Good ... $19.99
Jazz organ explodes to the next level – on this brilliant and rare session by Larry Young from 1969! The record was Young's last recording for Blue Note, and was never issued at the time – only making a brief appearance in a short series at the end of the 70s – and its obscurity makes it all the more important, as it's the kind of record that would have transformed jazz tremendously if released at the time. On the set, Young delivers on all his 60s experimentation with modal grooves and Coltrane-styled playing – working with a quartet that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Herbert Morgan on tenor, and Eddie Gladden on drums – soaring to the skies on long tunes that push the Hammond farther than any organist had ever imagined! And while modern, and freer than before, Young is also playing here without some of the over-indulgent styles of his later jazz-rock work – still sticking to the Blue Note mode, while managing to record in a "new thing" mode long after the label had abandoned the "new thing" sound! Mindblowing – and with titles that include "Visions", "Love Drops", "Trip Merchant" and "Street Scene". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, a bent corner, a cutout hole, a partially unglued bottom seam, and some small light stains.)

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VariousJazz On Film 3 – The New Wave (6CD set) ... CD
Moochin About, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6 CDs ... $37.99 39.99
A wonderful collection of work from the French scene of the late 50s – a special package that brings together a whole host of jazz-based soundtracks, all written for some of the best films of the nouvelle vague generation! The box features 6CDs, and a special 72 page book with notes on the music and a special essay – and the collection of music is mighty nice, and includes some classic favorites, and a few lesser-known gems that really add a lot to the collection! Includes the soundtracks for Les Cousins and God Created Woman by Paul Misraki, A Bout De Souffle by Martial Solal, Shoot The Pianist by Georges Delerue, Bob Le Flambeur by Eddie Barclay, Ascensceur Por L'Echafaud by Miles Davis, Un Temoin Dans La Ville by Barney Wilen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Des Femmes Disparaissent by Art Blakey, La Bride Sur La Cou by Georges Arvanitas, No Sun In Venice by Modern Jazz Quartet, Knife In Water by Krzystof Komeda, and Black Orpheus by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim. CD

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Gary BurtonLofty Fake Anagram ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
A standout classic from Gary Burton – the kind of fresh-voiced and angularly modern session that showed why his sound on the vibes was one of the most revolutionary in jazz at the time! The session features a quartet with Larry Coryell on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bob Moses on drums – all working in a style that's got touches of modal jazz, and fragments of the Walt Dickerson sound – yet which is also a bit looser, freer, and more spacious – all without going too far "out". Titles include "Lines", "I'm Your Pal", "Fleurette Africaine", "Feelings & Things", "June The 15th, 1967", and "Good Citizen Swallow". CD

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Arne Domnerus & His GroupSwedish Modern Jazz ... LP
RCA, 1958. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Recorded in Sweden this is a collection of original compositions and jazz standards led by alto sax and clarinet player Domnerus. The first side features the quartet of Domnerus, Gunnar Svensson on piano, Georg Riedel on bass and Egil Johansen on drums and includes several originals such as "Topsy Theme", "Relax", "Frenesi", and "For Dave" with a few standards thrown in like "Lady Be Good" and "Round About Midnight". A few more players are added to the line-up on side two, Bengt-Arne Wallin on trumpet, Rolf Blomqvist and Lennart Jansson on saxophones and tracks include "Blue Moon", "Creole Love Call" and "Don't You Know I Care", among others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some discoloration from age on back.)

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New Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet/Quintet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes – with added work from John Fawcett or Jimmy Gannon on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. Titles include "Loose Walk", "Like Someone In Love", "Music For Walkin", "Fascinating Rhythm", "A Foggy Day", and "Little Girl Blue". CD

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New Bob BrookmeyerModernity Of Bob Brookmeyer (plus Bob Brookmeyer Quartet) ... CD
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album from the man who virtually summed up the sound of modern on the trombone in the 50s – the mighty Bob Brookmeyer, stepping out here in a rare session for Verve! The date's a great small combo one – with Bob's valve trombone at the head of a quartet that includes Jimmy Rowles on piano, Buddy Clark on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – all working with Brookmeyer in a very easygoing way that makes for some of his most expressive solos on record at the time. Tracks are never that long – save for one – but Bob really packs plenty into the space, and clearly learns a lesson here from his time with Stan Getz. Titles include "The Bulldog Blues", "Jasmin", "What Is There To Say", "Sticks & Stems", and "He Ain't Got Rhythm". Remaining tracks on the CD are from an equally great 10" LP done for Pacific Jazz in 1954 – a set that features Bob also in quartet mode, working with John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and either Bill Anthony or Red Mitchell on bass. The group's got a very Getz-like approach – one that's clean and modern, but with a looseness that's different from the way a west coast combo might have handled the material. Bob's horn is great throughout – blowing cleanly, but with a good deal of feeling – miles from the more trad modes of other trombonists of the mainstream at the time, and really sparkling on a set of tunes that includes "Last Chance", "Red Devil", "Traditional Blues", "Doe Eyes", and "Liberty Belle". CD

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New Dave BrubeckTime Out ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the crowning moment of genius for the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet – the moment when all things came together magically, and the group somehow elevated themselves to a whole new level in jazz! At the time of the set, Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and the rest had already been making plenty of waves with their creative yet swinging approaches to modern jazz – heard on a number of successful albums for Fantasy and Columbia in the 50s. But with this record, they really knocked one out of the park – blending Desmond's cool alto, Brubeck's unusual piano phrasing, Joe Morello's melodic drum work, and Eugene Wright's pulsating bass into a waltzing, almost modal groove that crossed over to many camps at the time! The classics "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo Ala Turk" were both hits on their own – but all titles are great, and include "Kathy's Waltz", "Strange Medow Lark", "Everybody's Jumpin", and "Pick Up Sticks". CD

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New Dave BrubeckTime Out ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the crowning moment of genius for the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet – the moment when all things came together magically, and the group somehow elevated themselves to a whole new level in jazz! At the time of the set, Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and the rest had already been making plenty of waves with their creative yet swinging approaches to modern jazz – heard on a number of successful albums for Fantasy and Columbia in the 50s. But with this record, they really knocked one out of the park – blending Desmond's cool alto, Brubeck's unusual piano phrasing, Joe Morello's melodic drum work, and Eugene Wright's pulsating bass into a waltzing, almost modal groove that crossed over to many camps at the time! The classics "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo Ala Turk" were both hits on their own – but all titles are great, and include "Kathy's Waltz", "Strange Medow Lark", "Everybody's Jumpin", and "Pick Up Sticks". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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New John ColtraneClassic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings ... CD
Impulse, Early/Mid 60s. Used 8CD Box ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic quartet of John Coltrane, certainly the classic quartet of the 60s jazz scene and perhaps the classic jazz quartet of all time, compiled in one box set with all of their studio recordings! John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones set so many benchmarks for jazz with their envelope pushing style, recording and performances that it's impossible to overstate their importance in the modern musical oeuvre. This set features all of the LPs Coltrane, Ballads, Impressions, Live At Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, The John Coltrane Quartet Plays, Kulu Se Mama, Transition, Sunship, Infinity and First Meditations, plus a number of tracks issued on compilations. 66 tracks in all, spread out over 8 CDs, in a beautiful bookbound package with a metal slipcase and extensive liner notes. The titles are too numerous to list here, but the set includes "Big Nick", "Soul Eyes", "Miles' Mode", "Tunji", "After The rain", "Lonnie's Lament", "The Drum Thing", "Wise One", "Crescent", "A Love Supreme", "Nature Boy", "Brasilia", "Song Of Praise", "Dear Lord", "The Last Blues", "Living Space", "Dusk Dawn", "Dearly Beloved", "Attaining", "Ascent", "Amen", "Love", "Compassion", "Joy", "Consequences", and "Serenity". CD
(Out of print. In the very heavy original tin case!)

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New Bobby HutchersonHappenings ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working with Bobby in cool, blocky chords, with a sound that lies somewhere on the road to "out", but has more of a swing than Hutcherson's "new thing" recordings! The balance is a perfect one – exciting and fresh, but still always soulfully grooving – and titles include a sublime version of Herbie's "Maiden Voyage" – plus originals by Hutcherson that include "The Omen", "Aquarian Moon", "Rojo", and "Head Start". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some aging, a light one-inch rip at the opening, ringwear on the back, and a few stains. Labels have some light stains.)

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New Bobby HutchersonHappenings (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working with Bobby in cool, blocky chords, with a sound that lies somewhere on the road to "out", but has more of a swing than Hutcherson's "new thing" recordings! The balance is a perfect one – exciting and fresh, but still always soulfully grooving – and titles include a sublime version of Herbie's "Maiden Voyage" – plus originals by Hutcherson that include "The Omen", "Aquarian Moon", "Rojo", and "Head Start". CD

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New Milt JacksonBe Bop ... LP
Atlantic/East West, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great record from Milt Jackson – and we're saying that after being plenty darn suspicious about a record titled Be Bop recorded in the late 80s! The set has Jackson returning to the sound of his earliest roots – the boppish material he first cut for Blue Note as a leader in the early 50s, before rising to greater fame in the Modern Jazz Quartet, and later on as a strong solo artist in his own right. The recording is modern, but the feel is pretty darn right – better recorded than the old days, but played in a style that's quite faithful to the roots by a group that features Milt on vibes, Jon Faddis on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, Jimmy Heath on tenor, and Cedar Walton on piano. Titles include "Now's The Time", "Au Privave", "Good Bait", "Woody N You", "Birk's Works", and "Salt Peanuts". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Jackie McLeanMakin' the Changes ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet and to-the-point work from a young Jackie McLean – the kind of hard-burning yet slightly-modern work he recorded best for Prestige in the late 50s! The album's a bit of a blowing session outing – with 2 different groups, one a sextet with Curtis Fuller, Webster Young, and Gil Coggins; the other a quartet with Mal Waldron on piano – but thanks to the strong tone and vision of Jackie, there's a really unified feel to the set, and an edginess that makes the whole thing hang together nicely. The tracks are long and soulful, and recorded with a resonant quality that makes the tunes echo out even more. Titlesinclude "Bean & The Boys", "Jackie's Ghost", "I Never Knew", and "Chasin' The Bird". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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New Oliver NelsonSound Pieces ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most impressive albums ever from arranger Oliver Nelson – a set that really shows the full depth of his mighty talents! Side one features Nelson working with a larger orchestra – similar to the kind of ensemble he arranged for other artists in the 60s, but handled here with an open, searching sort of sound – really impressive modern jazz elements on the title track, then some sweeter, warmer soul sounds on a few shorter numbers too! Nelson plays soprano sax, and his use of the instrument is definitely Coltrane-informed at times – and a nice change from his more familiar alto. The flipside features just a quartet – Oliver again on soprano sax – plus Steve Kuhn on piano, Ron Carter bass, and Grady Tate on drums. With Kuhn on piano, bringing a nice modern edge that works perfectly with the soprano. Titles include "Sound Piece For Jazz Orchestra", "Patterns", "Flute Salad", "The Lady From Girl Talk", and "Elegy For A Duck". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Sound Pieces ... LP 14.99

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New Quarteto Em CyAleluia 1964 to 1966 (Som Definitivo plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elenco/El (UK), 1964/1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest collections of work we've ever seen from Quarteto Em Cy – a CD that features their entire Som Definitivo album from 1964, plus 18 more bonus tracks pulled from two other albums! Som Definitivo is an incredible album – one in which the Brazilian female harmony quartet meets up with their male counterparts, the Tamba Trio! The gals have most of the vocals on this set, but backings are in the sublimely modern mode that the Tamba combo was using at the time, set to arrangements by Luiz Eca, the group's pianist – and soaring with a great blend of jazz and bossa elements! The whole thing's a landmark in the Brazilian scene of the time – with edges that are dark and sweet at the same time – and a depth of sound that's really tremendous. Titles include "O Mar E Meu Chao", "Se Voce Pensar", "Imagem", "Zambi", "Arrastao", and "Vim Da Bahia". Bonus tracks on the set are pulled from the 1964 and 1966 albums titled Quarteto Em Cy – also issued on Elenco – and titles include "O Trem", "Barravento", "Nana", "Vida Ruim", "Mascarada", "Resolucao", "Caminho Do Mar", "Canto De Ossanha", "Samba Torto", "Ate Londres", and "Pedro Pedreiro". CD

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New Sam RiversFuchsia Swing Song (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Anthony Williams on drums – coming together in a sound that's got lots of sharp edges, yet which also beats with an undeniably swinging heart. Rivers blows incredibly on the session – held in check by the rhythm section, and never getting too free (or sloppy, as on some later sides) – and instead hitting these hard tones that really push the envelope of 60s jazz without rewriting the rules entirely. Brilliant all the way through, with tracks that include "Beatrice", "Ellipsis", "Cyclic Episode", and "Downstairs Blues Upstairs". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Australian Jazz QuintetAustralian Jazz Quintet At The Varsity Drag ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Weird winds make this a mighty nice record – a blend of the tenor and bassoon of Errol Buddle and alto and flute of Dick Healy – all set to piano from Bryce Rhode, and vibes from the great Jack Brokensha! All players have a very strong sense of tone and color – and move together at a level that might be influence by the experiments of the Modern Jazz Quartet, but which also takes on a much more expressive feel with the presence of the reeds. Tracks are short and tightly arranged – and tunes include "So Nice", "Few Get It", "That Old Feeling", "Koala", and "Lover Man". CD

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New Gary BurtonDuster/Country Roads & Other Places ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from the great Gary Burton – two sessions that forever established his place at the forefront of jazz! Duster is a really incredible record from the great Gary Burton – a key 60s set that definitely has him finding a musical voice that's all his own – a way of using the vibes that nobody else had ever attempted before! The instrument is a flurry of chromatic beauty – tones and light exploding at each new twist and turn – mixed here with superb work from a quartet that includes Larry Coryell on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! The names of the players alone might be enough to give you a picture of the sound – but let us go onto say that the overall approach is amazing – angular, jagged, and more rhythmic than melodic – but equally swinging, in sort of a modal way. Tracks include "Ballet", "One Two 1234", "Liturgy", "Response", "General Mojo's Well Laid Plan", and "Sweet Rain". Country Roads & Other Places has a title that might be a reference to Burton's Nashville roots, and the music does have a slightly pastoral vibe – but the overall execution is extremely modern, and filled with the kind of bold tones and sharp turns that always made Burton so wonderful at the start! The group includes Jerry Hahn on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – all very freewheeling, open players – with an equal balance between rhythm and melody. Burton, Swallow, and Hahn composed a good many of the tracks – and titles include "A Singing Song", "Wichita Breakdown", "Country Roads", "The Green Mountains", "True Or False", and "Gone But Forgotten". CD

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New Dick MorrisseyHave You Heard (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
77 Records/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Damn great work from one of the greatest British tenorists of the 60s – reedman Dick Morrissey, an artist who never cracked our shores as strongly as Tubby Hayes or Ronnie Scott – but whose work is equally wonderful! Like both Hayes and Scott, Morrissey's got a way of mixing solid swing with a touch of modern – really taking Brit jazz to the next level with a recording like this – a smoking studio cooker with a rock-solid rhythm section! Most tunes are originals – played with tight changes that really make the most of Dick's sharp line on tenor – by a quartet that also includes Harry South on piano, Phil Bates on bass, and Jackie Dougan on drums. Titles include "The Goblin", "Serenata", "Down Home", "Skatin", "On The Spot", "There & Back", and "The Celt". CD

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New Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "West Blues","Estate 58", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
Also available Quartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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New Reminiscence QuartetMore Psycodelico ... CD
Yellow (France), 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful stuff! Reminiscence Quartet were one of the first modern groups to mix Brazilian music and more progressive dancefloor rhythms, and they transformed the sound of mid 90s acid jazz with their great warm jazzy grooves! This new release appears to be a compilation of sorts – although some of the tracks seem to have a newly remixed quality to them, but we're not sure (liner notes always appreciated, thanks!) Whatever the case, though, the material is excellent – and the band grooves hard with lots of sweet Fender Rhodes keyboards, snapping lively Brazilians rhythms, and some great vocals by Salome De Bahia and Nancy Danino. Tracks include "Onde Anda Meu Amor", "Gannabara's Café", "Roda Mundo", "Peace of Mind", "Rua De Lisboa", and "Un Premier Jour Sans Toi". CD

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New Archie Shepp/Bill DixonArchie Shepp Bill Dixon Quartet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Savoy/In Crowd, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work from the duo of Archie Shepp and Bill Dixon – easily one of the greatest modern jazz pairings of the 60s! If you only know Shepp from his later work, you'll hear something very different here – as his tenor's often brought into tight focus with the trumpet of Dixon – in a blend of arrangement and freedom that's like that of Ted Curson and Bill Barron, but a lot more powerful overall! The tunes still have a sense of structure – and get great help from the bass of Don Moore and drums of Paul Cohen – but there's also some tremendously unbridled energy from the leaders, especially Dixon, who might not have sounded this great ever again. Titles include "Quartet", "Peace", and "Trio". This CD release includes 10 bonus tracks – three tracks are by Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five including "Consequences", and "Where Poppies Bloom". The remaining tracks are by the Bill Dixon septet, including "Winter Song 1964 Sections I-V" and "12th December". CD

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New Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The ArtsFree Form Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really compelling set from this important Japanese group of the 70s – a quartet headed up by guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi – but which features a very complex balance of work from all the individual members! The set initially begins with a traditional vibe, but then seems to step out with each new track – almost encompassing a history of modern jazz in the music, then moving past with its own sense of invention! Masayuki's guitar rings out on the spare "The Blues", which begins – but then moves aside for free flute work from Kenji Mori on a mindblowing take of "You Don't Know What Love Is" – almost handled with a late Dolphy vibe. "Sun In The East" has the ensemble moving boldly together – with double drums and percussion from Joe Mizuki and Hiroshi Yamazaki – and the set concludes with the extended "Free Form Suite" – a tune that definitely lives up to its name! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Bobby Watson & Curtis LundyBeatitudes ... CD
Evidence, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
A lost modern soul jazz classic! Altoist Bobby Watson is one of the most soulful players on his instrument in the past 20 years – and he never sounds better than when recording with bassist Curtis Lundy, a richly talented player who's best known to folks for his work with Betty Carter. This sublime session features Watson and Lundy playing in a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano and the great Kenny Washington on drums – grooving in a mode that's slightly modal, slightly spiritual – driven by an underground fire that makes the session a timeless one that we find ourselves returning to again and again. The spirit of the best 70s indie soul jazz sessions is alive and well on this one – and the album's filled with wonderful original compositions, including "Jewel", "ETA", "To See Her Face", "Minority", and "Orange Blossom". Plus, the CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "On The One", "Karita", and an alternate of "To See Her Face". CD

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New Max Ionata QuartetInspiration Live ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from saxophonist Max Ionata – one of our favorite musicians on the Italian scene in recent years – and a player who does a wonderful job of mixing the contemporary with the classic! The album's steeped in older hardbop modes – especially when Max is on tenor – but the overall phrasing and swing of the set picks up some modern elements too – some of the wonderful colors and richer lyricism that you'll find in the best Italian musicians – and just a touch of snapping rhythm at the right points, showing some of these players' link to the world of Schema. Ionata plays both tenor and soprano sax – and the quartet features Luca Mannutza on piano, Giuseppe Bassi on bass, and Nicola Angelucci on drums. Titles include the originals "I Hope I Wish", "Blue Art", "ESC", and "Aurora" – plus "Luiza" and "When Will The Blues Leave". CD
 
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Miles Davis/Thelonious MonkMiles & Monk At Newport (mono) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1958/1963. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A slightly misleading record – but a great one nonetheless! From the title and cover, you might imagine that Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis were sharing the stage together at the Newport Jazz Festival – but instead, the album actually features separate performances by each artist – actually even recorded 5 years apart! The Miles Davis recording is from 1958 – a great year that has John Coltrane working with the group, alongside Wynton Kelly on piano, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – performing lively versions of "Ah Leu Cha", "Straight No Chaser", "Fran Dance" and "Two Bass Hit". The Monk material is even more unique – recorded in 1963, with Monk's usual quartet of Charlie Rouse on tenor, Butch Warren on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums – joined by the legendary Pee Wee Russell on clarinet – recently revived in jazz at the time, and displaying surprisingly modernist tendencies! Both Monk tracks are long – and include versions of "Nutty" and "Blue Monk". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison SextetIllumination! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $12.99
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features McCoy Tyner from Coltrane's quartet – yet the real charm of the record comes from the reed men, who include Prince Lasha on flute and clarinet, Sonny Simmons on alto and English horn, and Charles Davis on baritone sax! All players are free-thinking modernists, with ties to some of the farther reaches of 60s jazz – yet they work here in a beautifully inside mode, similar to Lasha's excellent Insight album on CBS UK – a vibe that takes all the most wonderful aspects of the Coltrane generation, but pushes them even further with some deeply personal expressions. Tracks include the seminal "Half & Half" – plus "Aborigine Dance In Scotland", "Oriental Flower", and "Nuttin Out Jones", and "Gettin On Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter Kuhn QuartetKill ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1982. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Modernist clarinet at its best – handled deftly by Peter Kuhn, in a range of modes that moves between hard-swinging jazz and much more spacious, sonic textures! Kuhn plays both standard and bass clarinet – using the latter with an especially great sound that reminds us of some of the better European reedmen on the improv scene in recent years – but cast here with a New York group that's got an almost loft jazz sensibility overall – a quartet with Wayne Horvitz on piano and keyboards, William Parker on bass, and Dennis Charles on drums. The best tracks build very slowly, with an almost spiritual feel – one that comes from the efforts of Parker and Charles on the bottom – and titles include "Skeeter", "You", "Being Human", and "The Kill". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Pete La RocaTurkish Women At The Bath ... LP
Douglas, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. Gilmore's playing is fantastic, and quite different from that on some of his Ra albums – probably because the rest of the quartet features Chick Corea and Walter Booker, who groove in a very modal vein. The material's out, but not too out – and although Corea and Gilmore's solos are quite far-reaching, they also snap back nicely into the tight playing of the ensemble. And forget all of your biases against Corea – because at this young age, his playing is great! Very hard to find in this original form! Titles include "Sin Street", "Dancing Girls", "Love Planet", and "Bliss". LP, Vinyl record album

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Os CariocasReconquistar ... CD
WEA, 1991. Used ... $8.99
A real return to brilliance for this legendary Brazilian vocal group – a sweet set of harmony tracks that takes the best bits from earlier years, and gives them a smoother more modern spin. The production is great, and still really gets at the jazzy phrasing of the quartet – and the group's joined on the set by famous guests like Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, and Joao Bosco. Titles include "Terra Dourada", "Bebel", "Vagamente", "Tema Do Bill", "Travessia", "Sampa", and "Voo". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Quarteto NovoQuarteto Novo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album that changed a generation of Brazilian musicians – a sublime instrumental collaboration between Airto, Hermeto Pascoal, and 2 other great musicians of their generation! The sound is quite unique – almost a modern recasting of older rootsy modes – taken into the complicated jazzy territory of Airto and Pascoal's best work of the early 70s, but done in an even more stripped down mode! Airto plays percussion, Pascoal plays flute, Geraldo Vandre handles guitar, and Theo De Barros is also in the group – and there's a groove that's impossible to describe accurately, but which you'll instantly recognize as archetypal! Includes the legendary tracks "Misturada" and "Vim de Santana" – plus "Sintese", "Canta Maria", "Canto Geral", and "O Ovo". Japanese version contains 2 bonus tracks too – "O Cantador" and a killer version of "Ponteio"! CD

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Charlie RouseYeah! ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
Thelonious Monk's legendary tenorist steps out on his own in this fantastic (and rare) hardbop session from the early 60s! The album's quite different than some of the work Charlie Rouse cut with Monk's classic quartet at the time – more in a hardbop mode that takes us back to his late 50s sides for Prestige – but done with a new sense sharpness, and a bit more of a soul jazz influence overall! The group is great too – a quartet that includes Dave Bailey on drums, Billy Gardner on piano, and Peck Morrison on bass. The latter two were playing a lot with Lou Donaldson in the early 60s, and they bring a similar rhythmic flavor to this set as well – and although we've always loved Rouse's modernist tones with Monk, this session shows him as a true emotional genius, capable of laying down a tight solo that's right in the pocket! Titles include "Billy's Blues", "Lil Rousin", "Stella By Starlight", and "Rouse's Point". CD

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VariousFreedom Jazz Dance – Book 2 ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2005. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
An amazing little set – far greater even than the already-excellent first volume, and a treasure trove of modern dancefloor jazz that includes a fair bit of previously unissued numbers! The vibe here is very firmly in the Schema records old/new blend of jazz and grooves – but it's also expanded nicely to include work from key combos on the current global club jazz underground – that spreading scene that's finally getting around to playing real jazz with real soul, instead of just noodling around with samples of saxophones! The feel throughout is tremendous – a near-classic blend of acoustic instrumental approaches to jazz, with just the right electric augmentation to kick things up a notch or two without dampening the soul. Titles include "Lead The Way" by Soulstance, "1974" by Jukka Eskola, "My Love Samba" by Luis Ferri, "Solifer Lento" by Dalindeo, "Some Kind Of Blues (jazz mood inst)" by S-Tone Inc, "Heroes of The Conquest" by The Invisible Session, "Stars" by Paolo Fedreghini & Marco Bianchi, "Mr Bond" by Quartetto Moderno, and "Yes & No" by Quintetto Lo Greco. 9 tracks on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... LP
Fantasy/OJC, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Early September, 2014
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, showing just a slight dose of modernism, and lots more of that cool, icy alto sax work that made Desmond a standout right from the start. Rhythm is by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums – and titles include "Laura", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "For All We Know", "All The Things You Are", and "I'll Never Smile Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art Blakey/John HandyMessages – Echoes Of An Era (Cubop/Jazz – John Handy III) ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of great albums from Art Blakey and John Handy! First up is Cubop – a rare Jubilee Records album from Art Blakey – one of his non-Blue Note sets from the late 50s, cut during the year of 1957 – a time when the Jazz Messengers were hopping around a lot of different labels! This version of the group is searing and soulful – and features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Sam Dockery on piano, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – plus the unusual addition of Sabu Martinez on conga, rocking and rollicking alongside Blakey's drums in an amazing way! The set's quite different than some of Art's "with percussion" dates for Blue Note – as Sabu's congas kind of just set an extra fire to the hardbop groove – giving it a slight Latin flavor, but more than anything, just getting in a wicked edge that really cooks up the session. Griffin is great, as always, and the album features four long tracks "Woddyn You", "Sakeena", "Shorty", and "Dawn On The Desert". Next is Jazz John Handy III one of the few beautiful early albums cut by John Handy for Roulette – and an obscure session that has him playing alto with a quartet that includes a young Walter Bishop Jr. on piano. Handy here is fresh from his work with Mingus – and his alto is filled with fire and emotion, yet also touched by a great deal of warm soufulness. His work with Bishop on the album hearkens towards later directions in 70s soul jazz – but it's also firmly rooted in a modernist hardbop vein. Titles include "Strugglin", "No Smiles Please", "Blues For MF", and "Afternoon Outing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, and a cut corner.)

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New Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison SextetIllumination! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse/MCA (Japan), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features McCoy Tyner from Coltrane's quartet – yet the real charm of the record comes from the reed men, who include Prince Lasha on flute and clarinet, Sonny Simmons on alto and English horn, and Charles Davis on baritone sax! All players are free-thinking modernists, with ties to some of the farther reaches of 60s jazz – yet they work here in a beautifully inside mode, similar to Lasha's excellent Insight album on CBS UK – a vibe that takes all the most wonderful aspects of the Coltrane generation, but pushes them even further with some deeply personal expressions. Tracks include the seminal "Half & Half" – plus "Aborigine Dance In Scotland", "Oriental Flower", and "Nuttin Out Jones", and "Gettin On Way". CD
Also available Illumination! (180 gram pressing) ... LP 12.99

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New Zbigniew SeifertNora – Previously Unreleased Recordings 1969 to 1970 ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1969/1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Zbigniew Seifert is best known on these shores as a jazz violinist – for fusion records he made in the 70s – but back at the start, he was a hell of an alto saxophone player – as you'll hear on this set of rare early recordings! Seifert's got this very deep sense of tone on his alto – and blows the instrument with more of the introspective range of the tenorists of the Coltrane generation – quite a revelation if you've only ever heard his smoother sides from later years! This quartet performance is wonderfully bracing – with the same bold modernism of the other key figures of the Polish jazz scene of the 60s – like Kryzstof Komeda or Tomasz Stanko – and Zbigniew's group includes Jan Jarczyk on piano, Jan Gonciarczyk on bass, and Janusz Stefanski on drums. Titles include "Nora", "Meandry", "Zludzenie", "Taniec Garbusa", "East Of The Sun", "Reminiscencje", and "Blue In Green". CD

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New T ConnectionGame Of Life ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great lost work from T-Connection – recorded after their big early fame on TK Records, but with a groove that's maybe even better overall! The ensemble is much smaller this time around – not a large funky group, but just a quartet – and one with a tight focus and jazzy groove that really matches some of the best modern soul on Capitol Records at the time – music that's really a cut above most of the chart soul of the time, and a perfect fusion of all the best mainstream elements of late 70s funky soul – given a leaner push towards the new generation! Keyboards glide wonderfully alongside T Coakley's great lead vocals – and titles include "Tonight's The Night", "Time Is Short", "The Game Of Life", "Love Odyssey", "Is It Real", "Closer To Home", "Superstar", and "I've Got News For You". CD

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New Hod O'Brien & Jon Eardley QuartetYardbird Suite ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz (Netherlands), 1990. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare meeting of two great American talents overseas – the wonderful pianist Hod O'Brien, and trumpet modernist Jon Eardley! The pairing's a great one – as Hod's warmly soulful approach to the keys is offset by some of Eardley's sharper horn lines as the players stretch out over some very long live tunes on the set. All numbers are standards, and the group also features Hans Mantel on bass and Bram Wijland on drums – both players who seem to sit aside and let O'Brien and Eardley take over whenever they want – which is ok by us! One number features only the piano trio – and titles include "Crazy Rhythm", "Will You Still Be Mine", "Blue N Boogie", "Out Of Nowhere", "Yardbird Suite", and "What's New". CD

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New VariousModern Sounds From Italy 2 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A low price, but a really great package – one that's overflowing with some of the best recent work from the mighty Schema Records! If you read these pages at all, you'll know we think that Schema's one of the greatest things going these days – a modern label, but one that's committed to the real jazz grooves of earlier years – the bossa, modal, and soul jazz styles of the 60s and 70s – played in a mixture of real instrumentation and just a bit of dancefloor production, with a sound that's instant classic on nearly every release! This package is a great introduction to the Schema label's genius, and even if you've got some of the tracks here on other releases, the set is a really great way to hear all this music in one place – kind of a "best of the best" that's totally great! Titles include "Bluesanova" by Gerardo Frisina, "Moon Vision" by Soulstance, "I knew The Way" by Invisible Session, "On A Clear Day" by Was A Bee, "Emotional Dancing" by S-Tone, "Stay (In Mood)" by Paolo Fedreghini & Marco Bianchi, "Afrolicious" by Dining Rooms, "Esquema Da Bossa" by Quintetto X, "Today's Sound" by Intensive Jazz Sextet, and "Dreaming Of The Past" by Rosario Giuliani Quartetto. CD
 
 
 



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