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New Modern Jazz QuartetBest Of The Modern Jazz Quartet ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/1966. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetBlues At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
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(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some wear on the spine.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetComedy ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $6.99
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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Modern Jazz QuartetComplete Last Concert ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
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

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Modern Jazz QuartetConcert In Japan Vol 1 ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Near Mint- ... $18.99
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 first volume include "Really True Blues", "The Cylinder", "Midsommer", "Animal Dance", and "For Someone I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetConcert In Japan Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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 QuartetConcorde ... LP
Prestige, 1955. Very Good- ... $9.99
Even at this early point in their career, the Modern Jazz Quartet were plenty proud of their relation to and reception in Paris – almost rubbing their international fame in the faces of other American combos with the title and cover of this record! The set's still got the quartet at their crisp early best – before any of the sometimes too academic or too serious tones of later sides – and tracks are mostly shortish, ringing out with especially nice vibes from Milt Jackson. Titles include an early reading of the title cut "Concorde", plus an extended "Gershwin Medley", and the tracks "All Of You", "I'll Remember April", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Ralph's New Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG etching. Cover has some seam splitting, light wear, some aging, an ink stamp on the front, and some stains on the back.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetLonely Woman ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $5.99
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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New Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... $21.99
One of the first Modern Jazz Quartet albums on Atlantic – a 1957 set that finds the crew in one of their freshest periods – laying down their soon-to-be trademark style in a fashion that warrants the self-titled tag! The set kicks off with a stellar medley of standards, all given the tight MJQ touch! The crew strolls through "They Say It's Wonderful", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Body And Soul" and more in that 10 minute stretch. Other album highlights include the drum-heavy "La Ronde", a sweet reading of "Night In Tunisia", "Baden Baden", "Bag's Groove" and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Prestige LP 170) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good ... $43.99
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 QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Savoy) ... CD
Savoy/Nippon (Japan), 1951/1952. Used ... $5.99
Some of the earliest material ever recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet – early 50s sides that were originally issued as 78rpm singles, then brought together in this self-titled LP! Some of the material was first released under the name of the Milt Jackson Quartet – but featured the lineup of Jackson on vibes, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Yet other tracks on the set have bassist Ray Brown in for Heath and drummer Al Jones in for Clarke – both players who make for a slightly different groove in the company of Jackson and Lewis. Tunes are short, but already show that Lewis love of chromatic tones – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Love Me Pretty Baby", "Milt Meets Sid", "Moving Nicely", "D&E", "True Blues", and "Autumn Breeze". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet Plays Porgy & Bess ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... $3.99
An extremely haunting version of the score to Porgy & Bess – recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet at the height of their powers, in a gently soulful version that really takes off from the original. The group have a very free approach here – one that uses Gershwin's originals as a set of loose guidelines to work from – shading in the spaces with their own tones and colors on vibes, piano, bass, and drums. The album features some great modern takes on "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" – and other tracks include "O Bess, Where's My Bess", "I Love You Porgy", "My Man's Gone Now", and "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & brown label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetMusic From Odds Against Tomorrow ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
A brilliant album through and through – not just a standout from the late 50s years of the Modern Jazz Quartet, but also a compelling soundtrack composed entirely by pianist John Lewis! Lewis' writing was always a key part of the group's sound, but here it really comes into its own – shaping out these dark, moody little scenes for the movies – which work equally well as little sound pieces on their own – still jazz, yet often moving towards something deeper and more evocative too! The vibes of Milt Jackson are a masterpiece in economy – ringing out gently and filling up the space with each movement they make – and titles include "Skating In Central Park", "A Social Call", "A Cold Wind Is Blowing", and "Cue #9". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear, a small split on the top seam, some aging, and a small ink stamp on the back.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetQuartet (second cover) ... LP
Savoy, Mid 50s. Good+ ... $9.99
Early and brilliant work by the MJQ – recorded at a time when the combo's idea was quite unique, and when its execution was still filled with a lot of creative energy! The group, of course, features the core duo of Milt Jackson and John Lewis – and bass chores are handled by either Percy Heath, or Ray Brown – the latter of whom dominates the album surprisingly. Drums are mostly by Kenny Clarke, whose harder touch gave the group an edge on a lot more of these early recordings – and on a few numbers, Al Jones sits in instead of Kenny. Titles include "Love Me Pretty Baby", "D&E", "True Blues", "Yesterdays", "Round About Midnight", and "Milt Meets Sid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove, in a cover with red text. Cover has small seam splits and some light stains on back.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetThree Windows ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A set that shows that none of the group's imagination or talent had dimmed over the years – and the core quartet of John Lewis on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums are joined by The New York Chamber Symphony, who are a small string-based group who slide in and out of the jazz-based grooves with an inventive range of colors and sounds! The album's hardly a "jazz with strings" sort of date – and instead, the strings are nicely integrated with a fluidly creative approach – in the mode of some of the more experimental string quartets that were showing up at the time. Titles include "Kansas City Breaks", "Three Windows", "Encounter In Cagnes", and the "Day In Dubrovnik" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(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 ... LP 7.99
Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 6.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. Used ... $6.99
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 ... LP 7.99
Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 9.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... LP
Apple, 1968. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' label, and the record's one of their most interesting in years! 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)
Also available
Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 9.99
Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 6.99

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Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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!)
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 21.99

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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 ... $21.99
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". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP 9.99

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New Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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
(80s Jazzlore pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson QuintetMJQ ... LP
Prestige, 1952/1954. Very Good- ... $19.99
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! Cover has some light wear, some light stains, a tiny split on the bottom seam, and a very small peeled mark at the opening.)

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet ... LP
Prestige, 1951/1953. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Early Sonny Rollins work for Prestige – recorded in the years 1951 and 1953, in a variety of settings! 4 tracks on the album features Rollins blowing with the MJQ, one more has him working with a Miles Davis group, and the last 8 feature a quartet with Kenny Drew, Percy Heath, and Art Blakey. The tunes are shorter than you might be used to hearing Rollins, but there's still plenty of power and imagination in the grooves – very economical solos, crafted with a great deal of imagination. Titles include "Scoops", "Shadrack", "Mambo Bounce", "The Stopper", "I Know", and "No Moe". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, with original OJC obi. Cover has some light aging.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetSummertime – Live In Tokyo 1993 ... CD
King (Japan), New Copy ... Mid-July, 2014 (delayed)
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New Milt Jackson (Modern Jazz Quartet)First Q (aka Modern Jazz Quartet) ... LP
Savoy, 1951/1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest material ever recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet – early 50s sides that were originally issued as 78rpm singles! Some of the material was first released under the name of the Milt Jackson Quartet – but featured the lineup of Jackson on vibes, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Yet other tracks on the set have bassist Ray Brown in for Heath and drummer Al Jones in for Clarke – both players who make for a slightly different groove in the company of Jackson and Lewis. Tunes are short, but already show that Lewis love of chromatic tones – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Love Me Pretty Baby", "Milt Meets Sid", "Moving Nicely", "D&E", "True Blues", and "Autumn Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(1977 pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Complete Last Concert ... CD 8.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert Vol 1 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 8.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 8.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLost Tapes – Germany 1956 to 1958 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Jazz Haus (Germany), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Sealed – and still contains download!)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet Plays For Lovers ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Yipes! The MJQ must have freaked out when they saw the title to this one – especially since the record doesn't feature them playing especially for lovers, it's just a collection of their excellent early work for Prestige. The album features some of the group's great work with Kenny Clarke on drums – and titles include "All The Things You Are", "All Of You", "But Not For Me", "Rose Of The Rio Grande", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Side 1 has marks that click a bit on tracks two and four. Cover has a peeled gloss finish, a bumped corner, and some stains on the back.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Modern Jazz QuartetOn Tour (aka Patterns) ... LP
Solid State/United Artists, 1960. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice moody stuff from the MJQ – featuring a number of longish tracks with kind of a haunting soundtrack quality to them. In fact, most of these cuts (we think) appeared on the soundtrack to the film Odds Against Tomorrow, but are redone here by the band in new versions. Titles include "Skating In Central Park", "A Social Call", "Cold Wind Is Blowing", and "Cue #9". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. Used 2CD Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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
(Includes obi.)
Also available Complete Last Concert ... CD 8.99

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New Modern Jazz QuartetLost Tapes – Germany 1956 to 1958 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Jazz Haus (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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New Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
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Australian Jazz QuintetAustralian Jazz Quintet At The Varsity Drag ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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Josh BermanOld Idea ... CD
Delmark, 2009. Used ... $5.99
Old Idea, maybe, but a fresh, engrossing and straight up excellent set of modern jazz with an ear for classic avant garde – coronet player Josh Berman's debut as a leader! We're not sure if Berman has shown admirable patience and restraint in waiting until he felt ready to get put out marquee record of his own as leader, or if he's just been so swept up in being such a dynamic part of so many other exceptional improvisational projects (Exploding Star Orchestra, Rolldown, etc), but it's a really strong record, and we hope he stays active in this capacity! It's a quartet setting, with Rolldown leader Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and bringing some excellent atmosphere to the record, Keefe Jackson on tenor sax, Anton Hatwich on bass and Nori Tanaka on drums. Kinetic, unpredictable, but very, connectively textured and grooving. Josh handles all of the compositions, and the titles include "On Account Of A Hat", "Next Year" (Parts A, B & C), "Let's Pretend", "Nori", "What Can?", "Db" and "Almost Late". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Dave BrubeckTime Out ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $0.99
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
(Out of print Columbia Jazz Materpieces pressing with a purple border. )
Also available Time Out ... LP 43.99

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Dave BrubeckTime Out ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Very Good+ ... $43.99
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
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has a bit of marker on back.)
Also available Time Out ... CD 0.99

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Gary BurtonLofty Fake Anagram ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Hawkins/Lash/EisenstadtSlow & Steady ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. Used ... $13.99
The sounds are definitely convergent here – very individual strands from all the musicians, but each finding space to come together in a really beautiful way! The album's got a great balance between improvised moments and more compositional impulses – a balance that's not unlike that moment when modern jazz was reaching for new freedoms in the 60s, yet still able to come back to the idea of unified group energy – perhaps a bit like Ornette Coleman in his post-Atlantic years, or the work of the west coast underground. The players really have a great feel for each other – and the quartet features Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Alexander Hawkins on piano, Dominic Lash on bass, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums – on titles that include "Assemble/Melancholy", "Remember Raoul", "The Taff End", "Slow & Steady", and "Oat Roe + Three By Three". CD

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Mel HenkeDig Mel Henke ... LP
Contemporary, 1954. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Vaguely modern, always entertaining – Mel Henke was one of those LA luminaries who sparkled in the scene in tinseltown, yet never really made it out of the west coast jazz universe. This early album for Contemporary is a great little set – playful, pyrotechnic, yet handled with a swinging jazz approach that makes it more appealing than some of Henke's later work for other labels. The group's a quartet with guitar, bass, and drums next to Henke's piano – and the album features some wonderful arrangements of tunes that include "Where Or When", "Nola", "Four Deuces", "The Man I Love", "Liza", and "Dream A Little Dream On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and a small mark from sticker removal.)

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New Bobby HutchersonHappenings (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $6.99
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
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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New Milt JacksonMilt Jackson – Wizard Of The Vibes (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
Wicked early work from Milt Jackson – a record that's got a lot more of an edge than some of his later work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – a near-perfect modernist bop sound that's every bit the best side of Blue Note in the early 50s! The groups here are really great – one a quintet that features Jackson's partners in the MJQ – John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums (who was in the first rendition of the quartet) – the group's also joined by Lou Donaldson on alto sax, who blows with this boppish edge that really deepens the sound! And the other quintet is even better – with Thelonious Monk on piano and Sahib Shihab on alto sax. Milt's vibes ring out in this boldly chromatic way – clearly a sense of discovery in process during the session – and titles include "Bag's Groove", "On The Scene", "Willow Weep For Me", "Criss Cross", "Eronel", "Tahiti", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(2014 Blue Note Authorized Dealer pressing – in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary – and the indie retailers that support them!)

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New Milt Jackson & John ColtraneBags & Trane (2LP 180 gram 45 RPM pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/ORG, 1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
An incredible collaboration from John Coltrane and Milt Jackson – and one that gives Milt one of his sharpest records ever! The setting is relatively straight – tenor from Coltrane, vibes from Jackson – plus rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. Yet there's also a sense of openness here that you'd hardly ever expect on other records by Jackson – especially his contemporaneous sides with the Modern Jazz Quartet – and Coltrane's tenor gets as much room to roam here as it did on Prestige – really cutting some beautifully soulful, open, and flowing lines throughout! Titles include "Bags & Trane", "Three Little Words", "Be-Bop", "Late Late Blues", and "The Night We Called It a Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Keith JarrettEl Juicio (The Judgement)/Life Between The Exit Signs ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968/1975. Used ... $3.99
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 ... $14.99
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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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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New Koichi MatsukazeGood Nature (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $24.99
We've never heard from Japanese saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze before, but he's really won us over with this inventive little session – an understated mix of modern moments and lyrical touches, done with some especially nice vibes from Hiroshi Hatsuyama! The group's just a quartet with bass and drums, so there's lots of interplay between Matsukaze and Hatsuyama – the vibes ringing out with soulful undercurrents that balance the leader's sharper lines on alto, tenor, and flute. Titles include "What Masa Is She Is Out To Lunch", "Good Nature", "Under Construction", "Yellow Sands", and "Warm Pack". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)

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New Modern Jazz SextetModern Jazz Sextet ... LP
Norgran, 1956. Good+ ... $14.99
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 has some wear, a small stain, some tape residue, a split top seam, some splitting on the other seams, and some pen on the back.)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet Recorded In Boston At Storyville ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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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Art PepperModern Art ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
One of the greatest West Coast jazz LPs of all time! Art Pepper plays beautiful spiralling alto lines with a tight quartet that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Chuck Flores on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. The whole thing swings in a way that's tough to find on some of Pepper's other albums from the time, and the track list includes "Dianne's Dilemma", "Blues In", "Blues Out", and "Cool Bunny". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Quarteto Em CyAleluia 1964 to 1966 (Som Definitivo plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elenco/El (UK), 1964/1966. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy ... $19.99
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". 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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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!)
Also available Quartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Jimmy RaneyJimmy Raney Quartet Visits Paris Vol 1 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Vogue/Sony (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
A classic French session from one of the greatest American jazz guitarists of the 50s – the legendary Jimmy Raney, a player who mixed his hard-edge tone with a magically fluid groove! Jimmy's playing here on some great single-note lines – alongside a set of players that includes Bobby White on drums, Red Mitchell on bass, and Sonny Clark on piano – coming together in a relaxed, intimate format – one that lets Jimmy's guitar get ample space to stretch out on the set. Raney was one of the first great modern jazz players of the guitar – and this set really shows him at his best! Titles include "Once In A While", "Body & Soul", "Stella By Starlight", and "You Go To My Head", along with alternate takes. CD

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New Reminiscence QuartetRitmo Brasileiro ... CD
Yellow (France), 1994. Used ... $14.99
Classic bossa material from this great Parisian combo! The album's a great batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves, recorded in France, and given a nice modern twist – but which still gets the sound right enough to sound authentic! There's loads of good groovy cuts with a nice clubby feel that resembles material by other modern bossa groups, like Soul Bossa Trio. Tracks include "Jazz Thing", "Numero Um", "After Hour", "Gannabara's Cafe", "Rua De Lisboa", and a cover of "Listen Here". CD
(Out of print.)

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Russian Jazz QuartetHappiness ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good- Gatefold ... $6.99
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 some moisture staining, flaking, and 3 inch tear in the bottom seam.)

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Tony ScottTouch Of Tony Scott ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Early work from reedman Tony Scott – recorded in the years when he was much more of a regular on the New York scene – before he started working in trippier styles for the 60s! The album features Scott in a host of different settings – from quartet, to tentet, to orchestra grooving – in a mix of modes that embraces both modern jazz inventions and some of the previous styles of the swing generation – both of which Scott handles very well on clarinet, with the same sort of generation-spanning confidence you'd get from Buddy DeFranco at the same time. Bill Evans plays piano on most tracks – a notable early date as a sideman, and one of his excellent pairings with Scott – and Gigi Gryce plays alto on some of the large group tracks. Originals mix with standards in the lineup – and titles include "Vanilla Frosting On A Beef Pie", "Poinciana", "Walkin On Air", "Round Midnight", "My Old Flame", "Moon Walks", and "Rock Me But Don't Roll Me". CD

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Larry YoungMother Ship ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $13.99
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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VariousBrazil's Super Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 60s/1968. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Very nice compilation of Brazilian tracks from the early and mid 60 – most of which were issued earlier on Atlantic, but which go together nicely on this lively compilation. Titles include Baden Powell and Herbie Mann doing "Consolacao", Modern Jazz Quartet & Laurindo Almeida playing "One Note Samba", Sergio Mendes and Brasil 65 doing a medley of tracks from Black Orpheus, Sergio and Art Farmer playing "Girl From Ipanema", Joao Gilberto singing "Chega De Saudade", and Luiz Bonfa soloing on "Brasilia". 11 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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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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New Dave BrubeckTime Changes ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure of Brubeck's Columbia modern sessions – and one of the best! Side one features more "time" oriented tunes played with the Quartet that included Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello – but side two features the extended "Elementals" work, written for the quartet with jazz orchestra conducted by Rayburn Wright. Desmond's alto is fantastic on that track – floating, eerie, and quite sophisticatedly swinging – and the others ("Cable Car", "Iberia", "Shim Wha", and "Unisphere") are all strong examples of the quartet's simple genius. LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a few spots of clear tape on the corners.)

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New Nicola Conte & OthersModern Sound Of Nicola Conte – EP 02 (10" LP) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Walt DickersonRelativity ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure genius from one of our favorite players ever – and proof that some of the freshest modern jazz of the 60s was being recorded on vibes! Dickerson's tone, timing, and sense of composition alone are enough to make the set a great one – but he's also working here with a really great quartet – one that includes Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and the excellent Austin Crowe on piano – a player with a really edgey tone, and one who we only know from Dickerson's early recordings. Tracks are freely arranged, but never too far out – and titles include "Sugar Lump", "The Unknown", "Steppin Out", and "Relativity". CD

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New Milt JacksonStatements ... LP
Impulse, Early 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo A-14 pressing with RVG etch.)

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New Milt Jackson & Ray CharlesSoul Brothers ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great jazz sessions that Ray Charles cut towards the end of his years at Atlantic Records – a surprisingly great little album with vibist Milt Jackson! The set really shows a side of Milt that didn't always surface in the Modern Jazz Quartet – and Charles is surprisingly great on piano (and even a bit of alto sax, which is mighty nice) – especially on the long tracks, which really let the players stretch out! Other players include the great Billy Mitchell on tenor sax, Skeeter Best on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – and titles include "Blue Funk", "Cosmic Ray", "Soul Brothers", and "How Long Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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New Jonas KullhammarGentlemen – Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a record from saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar – a batch of work that was originally done for the film Gentlemen, but a set that you'll be listening to long after the film has faded from the screens! The set may well be one of Jonas' most traditional jazz records – a set that really gets to show off his tremendous talents in a straight jazz setting – with a richness of tone, and overall sense of presentation that makes us feel like Kullhammar would have been a great addition to the Blue Note catalog in the 60s. Yet the music also has a very contemporary sense of vibrancy too – as Jonas works here with key modern partners Tobjorn Zetterberg on bass, Carl Bagge on piano, and Johan Holmegard on drums – plus tremendous work on half the record from musicians who include Swedish jazz giant Bernt Rosengren on tenor, as well as Goran Kajfes on cornet and Mattias Stahl on vibes. Kulhammar plays tenor, baritone, stritch, and saxello – and titles include "Le Boulevardier", "Montmartre", "Paris Art Ensemble", "The Bear Quartet", "So Long Henry", "Danish Blow", and "Gazell". CD

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New Jonas KullhammarGentlemen – Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a record from saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar – a batch of work that was originally done for the film Gentlemen, but a set that you'll be listening to long after the film has faded from the screens! The set may well be one of Jonas' most traditional jazz records – a set that really gets to show off his tremendous talents in a straight jazz setting – with a richness of tone, and overall sense of presentation that makes us feel like Kullhammar would have been a great addition to the Blue Note catalog in the 60s. Yet the music also has a very contemporary sense of vibrancy too – as Jonas works here with key modern partners Tobjorn Zetterberg on bass, Carl Bagge on piano, and Johan Holmegard on drums – plus tremendous work on half the record from musicians who include Swedish jazz giant Bernt Rosengren on tenor, as well as Goran Kajfes on cornet and Mattias Stahl on vibes. Kulhammar plays tenor, baritone, stritch, and saxello – and titles include "Le Boulevardier", "Montmartre", "Paris Art Ensemble", "The Bear Quartet", "So Long Henry", "Danish Blow", and "Gazell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 250 copies!)

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New Charlie Munro QuartetEastern Horizons ... CD
Philips/Votary (Australia), 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groovy Eastern tsyled jazz and exotica from Charlie Munro and his adventurous quartet – originally released by Philips in 1967 – a 60s modernist masterpiece from the Australian scene! Eastern Horizons balances sharp, groovy modernist jazz and the diverse, swirling influences of Eastern strings, swing and moods – and they cover a lot of terrain, too, with influences from Indian Ragas, to early Jewish music, spare Japanese instrumental balladry, and well beyond – and quite seamlessly bring in lots of hip modern jazz from points west. Charlie plays bass clarinet, alto and tenor sax, flute and cello on the set – with percussionist Mark Bowden on drums, vibraharp and marimba, Neville Whitehead on bass and Bob McIvor on trombone. Great stuff! Titles include "Islamic Suite", "Arch's Groove", "Malahari Raga", "David", "Japanese Love Song", "Minimum", "When I Look At You" and "Raised Eyebrows". CD

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New John ColtraneClassic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings ... CD
Impulse, Early/Mid 60s. Used 8CD Box ... 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 metal case!)

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New Sam RiversFuchsia Swing Song (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... 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 Max RoachIn The Light ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
Max Roach continues the fine line of work with his fresh-voiced quartet of the early 80s – a very hip group that features a young Odeon Pope on tenor, plus Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Calvin Hill on bass! The work's similar to Roach's quartet sessions of the late 70s, although perhaps a bit more introspective – not as bouncing and joyous as when Billy Harper was with the group, but still freshly modern, and a good indication that Max continued to grow strongly as a player during the time – never content to just rest on his good name from the old days, and always forging forward into fresh jazz territory. Titles include "In The Light", "Good Bait", "Tricotism", "Henry Street Blues", and "Ruby My Dear". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet/Quintet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... 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 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 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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New Wolfgang LauthLauther ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Gilbert HolmstromTiden Ar Kort ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Rudy Smith QuartetStill Around ... LP
S&P (Denmark), 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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New Joe ZawinulConcerto Retitled ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s/1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early recordings by Joe Zawinul as a leader – mostly tracks from the 60s, but issued by Atlantic in the mid 70s to work off Joe's growing fame in Weather Report! The set's got a sound that's a fair bit different than some of the more dynamic work that Joe was doing in the 70s – and many numbers are somewhat mellow, or somewhat modern – played with definite third stream jazz influences that show Zawinul's more serious side after years working as Cannonball Adderley's famous sideman. Together, the tracks actually create a wonderful tapestry of sound – one that's hardly a mis-matched batch of tunes from a variety of records, and which works surprisingly well as a whole! Titles include 2 numbers from his Rise & Fall Of The Third Stream album, combining motifs and an overall approach taken from contemporary classical composition with jazzy improvisation with a string quartet augmenting Zawinul's group – "From Vienna With Love" and "Concerto Retitled". Then there's 4 tracks from his hard to get soul jazz/hard bop side Money In The Pocket, "Del Sasser", "Sharon's Waltz", "My One & Only Love", and "Riverbed". And finally there's 2 numbers pulled from the spacious electric album Zawinul, "His Last Journey", and "In A Silent Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
 
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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... LP
Fantasy/OJC, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.99
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
Also available Jazz At The College Of The Pacific (10 inch LP) ... LP 19.99

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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific (10 inch LP) ... LP
Fantasy, 1953. Very Good ... $19.99
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
(Red vinyl pressing, with red label. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Jazz At The College Of The Pacific ... LP 15.99

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New Dave Brubeck & Jimmy RushingBrubeck & Rushing ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the coolest collaborations of Dave Brubeck's years at Columbia Records – and one of the greatest jazz sessions from vocalist Jimmy Rushing too! On paper, the modernist Brubeck and Kansas City roots singer Rushing would seem to be a very unlikely pair – but by this time in his career, Jimmy had gotten extremely inventive and was very open to new ideas – and manages to lend his amazing vocals to some sublime instrumental backdrops from the Brubeck quartet! Dave unlocks a whole host of bluesy tones for the session, and really matches Rushing's energy – and Paul Desmond's alto sounds somewhat unusual in that setting, but with a real appeal too – a very unusual sound for a record like this. Titles include "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "My Melancholy Baby", "Blues In The Dark", "I Never Knew", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Evenin", "All By Myself", "River Stay Way From My Door", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Am I Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has seam splitting and some smudges on back.)
Also available Brubeck & Rushing (with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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New Dave Brubeck & Jimmy RushingBrubeck & Rushing (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1960. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
One of the coolest collaborations of Dave Brubeck's years at Columbia Records – and one of the greatest jazz sessions from vocalist Jimmy Rushing too! On paper, the modernist Brubeck and Kansas City roots singer Rushing would seem to be a very unlikely pair – but by this time in his career, Jimmy had gotten extremely inventive and was very open to new ideas – and manages to lend his amazing vocals to some sublime instrumental backdrops from the Brubeck quartet! Dave unlocks a whole host of bluesy tones for the session, and really matches Rushing's energy – and Paul Desmond's alto sounds somewhat unusual in that setting, but with a real appeal too – a very unusual sound for a record like this. Titles include "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "My Melancholy Baby", "Blues In The Dark", "I Never Knew", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Evenin", "All By Myself", "River Stay Way From My Door", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Am I Blue". CD features the previously unreleased bonus track "Shine On Harvest Moon". CD
Also available Brubeck & Rushing ... LP 4.99

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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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John Lewis & Albert Mangelsdorff/Zagreb Jazz QuartAnimal Dance ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
One of the hippest albums that John Lewis ever recorded – and a set that's noteworthy for the presence of two European modernists! Most of the record features Lewis in a wonderful group with trobmonist Albert Mangelsdorff – who gets plenty of space here to play in his stepping, stuttering style – one of the more angular approaches to trombone in the 60s, and a nice contrast to the piano of Lewis. The group shared by both features Karl Theodor Geier on bass and Silvije Glojarnic on drums – and titles include "Animal Dance", "Set Em Up", "Monday In Milan", and "Why Are You Blue". But possibly even better than these sides is the album's one track by the amazing Zagreb Jazz Quartet – a group that features Bosko Petrovic on vibes, in a style that's somewhat inspired by the MJQ, but a fair bit darker too! The group play the wonderful "Ornaments" – awash in blue tones and richly chromatic vibes. CD
(Includes obi.)

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Charles MingusJazz Composers Workshop (French pressing) ... LP
BYG (France), 1954. Very Good ... $7.99
A classic session of modernist jazz – and some of Mingus most groundbreaking early work! The album was recorded for Savoy with 2 different groups – one's got Mingus leading John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor, and Mal Waldron on piano, and the other group's a quartet with Macero, Kenny Clarke, and Wally Cirillo. The set marks a strong shift for Mingus – into tightly composed tracks that arc out in complex lines, hinting at the ferocity of later years – and it offers a showcase for a strong set of soloists carefully picked to match Mingus' rich vision. Titles include "Gregarian Chant", "Rose Geranium", "Purple Heart", "Transeason", "Smog L.A.", and "Level Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with some surface noise. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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New Os CariocasReconquistar ... CD
WEA, 1991. Used ... $4.99
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.)

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T ConnectionGame Of Life ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... $18.99
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 Walt DickersonThis Is Walt Dickerson! ... CD
New Jazz, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing batch of tracks that will convince you that Walt Dickerson is one of the greatest jazz musicians ever to touch a set of vibes! The record was Dickerson's first for Prestige, and (like most of his albums on the label) it features a quartet lineup that includes the enigmatic Austin Crowe on piano, a very young Andrew Cyrille on drums, and little-known bassist Bob Lewis – whose pulsating work here really makes the album move! There's a strong sense of modernism to the music – those sharper tones that set Dickerson apart from most of his contemporaries on the vibes – but there's also a great sense of soul and warmth as well, more so than on some of Walt's other albums. Titles include the classic "Death & Taxes" – a massive modal groover – plus the beautiful "Evelyn", the haunting "Time", and other titles that include "Infinite You" and "Elizabeth". CD

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New Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison SextetIllumination! ... CD
Impulse, 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
(Out of print.)

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New Side EffectAfter The Rain ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album by this jazzy soul harmony quartet! The record is their first on Elektra, and has a slightly more modern sound than earlier years – but it retains all the best parts of their Fantasy recordings – and is perhaps even better than them, because it has less tracks in which the group is goofing around, and more in which they're going for a straight soulful sound! Augie Johnson of At-Home Productions produced, so the record still has that Wayne Henderson jazzed-up groove – and the group features female vocals by Miki Howard, plus the usual three male harmony sound – a wonderful blend that's unlike anything else we can think of. Includes their nice version of "Superwoman", plus the tracks "Close To Me", "Georgy Porgy", "Black Beauty", and "I Feel It's Real". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and store sticker on front.)

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New Chick CoreaBliss (aka Turkish Women At The Bath) ... LP
Muse, 1967/1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Seventies reissue of this session that was originally held under the leadership of Pete LaRoca, and released on Douglas records under the title Turkish Women at the Bath. 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! Titles include "Sin Street", "Dancing Girls", "Love Planet", and "Bliss". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Miles Davis/Thelonious MonkMiles & Monk At Newport (mono) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1958/1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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New Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison SextetIllumination! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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