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Roland HannaRound Midnight ... CD
Town Crier, 1987. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Roland HannaApres Un Reve ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Shame about the cover, but cheescake nudie image aside, the album's got all the poise, class, and grace you'd expect in some other classics from pianist Roland Hanna – a player who already attained majesty in his music, long before he started adding "Sir" to his name! There's a fair bit of classical numbers here, used as surprising vehicles for jazz expression by Hanna – not the usual "jazz meets classical" vibe that stays very faithful to the structure of the original compositions – but more just a basic inspiration for improvisational melodies, played by the trio in a way that has Roland's piano strongly out in the lead, with subtle accompaniment from Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Titles include "Prelude", "Like Grains Of Sand", "Serenade", "Apres Un Reve", "Based On Gustav", and "Going Home". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roland Hanna with George MrazSir Elf Plus 1 ... CD
Choice (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really great setting for pianist Roland Hanna – a player who always sparkles in a solo setting, but works here with just a bit of bass on the side! The record features duets between Hanna's piano and the bass of George Mraz – but most tracks feature Roland really leading things off, with those flowing lines that are filled with creative imagination – in a style that could only be dubbed Hanna-like, as so few players could ever handle it so well! The addition of bass makes for some nice subtle touches that shape the tunes in gentle ways – and titles include "Majorca", "Yesterdays", "Meeting Of The Minds", "What Does It Matter", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". CD

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New Carol Sloane with Roland Hanna & George MrazSpring Is Here (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
All Art/Muzak (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Carol Sloane works here with just the piano of Roland Hanna and the bass of George Mraz – a very open setting that really lets her open up on vocals! The album's relatively understated, but at a level that allows Sloane to show a deeply skilled approach to the material – a level of inflection on the lyrics that rivals the best of Sarah Vaughn in a similar small group mode – really pushing each individual word and phrase with a highly jazzy sensibility! If you've never heard Sloane's powers as a singer, this is the record to really win you over – as it's one of her most expressive. Titles include "Summertime", "When I Fall In Love/Body & Soul", "Teach Me Tonight", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Love Is Here To Say", "Spring Is Here", and "Just In Time". CD
 
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New Elvin JonesDear John C ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the more unusual albums on Impulse – and a beautiful session that's filled with surprises you wouldn't expect! Elvin Jones leads a group of well-chosen bandmates in a hip set of tracks that's sort of a "letter" to Coltrane – with groupings that include either Roland Hanna or Hank Jones on piano, plus Richard Davis bass, and Charlie Mariano on alto sax! Mariano is the real highlight of the album, and his sparkling alto playing on the disc is some of his finest work from the 60s – really standing out in one of his few American sessions from the middle part of the decade – soulful, but searching too – very well presented in an album of Coltrane-ness. Titles include "Love Bird", "Fantazm", "Ballade", "Dear John C", and "Smoke Rings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label 70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music/Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99
A pair of 70s giants from Charles Mingus – some of his best material of the decade! First up is Let My Children Hear Music – one of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert is a wonderful set – a double-length album that's great all the way through! Mingus live is always a treat – especially in these later years, when the fire seemed to go out of most of his studio recordings. Live, though, he always managed to kick it hard - with the sort of emotion that graced his strong early albums. And despite the fact that this one's conducted by Teo Macero, and features some remarks from Bill Cosby – the affair's still pretty hip, and the soloists go to town nicely – with those stretched-out performances that always made for the best individual moments in a Mingus record! The record features great work from Gene Ammons and Bobby Jones on tenor, Lee Konitz and Charles McPherson on alto, James Moody on flute, Randy Weston on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Eddie Bert on trombone – and Honey Gordon sings a lovely vocal on the track "Eclipse". Other titles include "Jump Monk", "Us Is Two", "ESP", and "Ecclusiastics". CD

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Charles MingusMingus Dynasty (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1960. Used ... $5.99
Brilliant work by Mingus – recorded right around the same time as his legendary Mingus Ah Um album for Columbia! The group features some of Mingus' best sidemen – like Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, and Roland Hanna – and the tracks have that wild mix of emotion, tight composition, and freewheeling soloing that made Mingus' late 50's output so compelling. Includes "Diane", "Song With Orange", "Gunslinging Bird", and "Far Wells, Mill Valley". Plus the CD includes the bonus track "Strollin" and unedited versions of "Slop", "Song With Orange", "Gunslinging Bird", and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" – all of which were originallly shaved down for release on the original album, now here in their proper form for the first time! CD

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

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New Joe WilliamsPresenting Joe Williams And Thad Jones Mel Lewis ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman" that's been sampled often over the years. (Actually, hasn't every version of it been sampled by someone?) The other tracks are pretty funky, too, with nice soul groovers like "Night Time Is The Right Time", "Woman's Got Soul", and "How Sweet It Is". Players include Pepper Adams, Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, and Roland Hanna – and the Jones/Lewis group is at the height of its hipness here! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ron CarterAll Blues ... LP
CTI, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily – blowing with that dark edge that we totally love, and taking the record in much different directions than some of Carter's other albums. Richard Tee also plays electric piano on the title "117 Special" – and other tunes include "A Feeling", "All Blues", "Rufus", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of sticker residue on the front and a factory sticker on the back.)

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New Lionel HamptonLionel Hampton Recorded Live On Tour ... LP
Glad Hamp, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lionel Hampton with a very hip group – featuring Eddie Pazant on tenor, Virgil Jones on trumpet, Roland Hanna on piano, and Calvin Newborn on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of pen on the front, and some marker on the back.)

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New Thad Jones & Mel LewisConsummation ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever cut by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – way way more than a big band jazz session, and a fantastically hip batch of grooves that encompasses a wealth of styles! The Jones/Lewis group could sometimes sound a bit clunky and overhashed – but on this set, they've got a surprisingly lyrical approach – free-thinking and easily grooving, but with room for complicated solos and complex rhythms. All tracks are originals by Thad Jones – and players include Roland Hanna on electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, and a host of great talents on reeds and brass. Titles include the sweetly funky cuts "Us" and "Ahunk Ahunk", plus the tracks "Dedication", "Consummation", "Tiptoe", and "Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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New Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". CD features the bonus track "Taurus In The Arena Of Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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New Ron CarterAll Blues (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily – blowing with that dark edge that we totally love, and taking the record in much different directions than some of Carter's other albums. Richard Tee also plays electric piano on the title "117 Special" – and other tunes include "A Feeling", "All Blues", "Rufus", and "Will You Still Be Mine". This CTI 40th Anniversary edition was remastered using the original analog tapes. CD

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New Thad Jones & Mel LewisConsummation ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever cut by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – way way more than a big band jazz session, and a fantastically hip batch of grooves that encompasses a wealth of styles! The Jones/Lewis group could sometimes sound a bit clunky and overhashed – but on this set, they've got a surprisingly lyrical approach – free-thinking and easily grooving, but with room for complicated solos and complex rhythms. All tracks are originals by Thad Jones – and players include Roland Hanna on electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, and a host of great talents on reeds and brass. Titles include the sweetly funky cuts "Us" and "Ahunk Ahunk", plus the tracks "Dedication", "Consummation", "Tiptoe", and "Fingers". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Carol SloaneSophisticated Lady (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
All Art/Muzak (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Carol Sloane's always been a sophisticated lady in the way she approaches jazz vocals – but this set takes things even further, by giving the singer a set of classic Ellington tunes to work with! The approach is great – way different than usual bigger group Ellington vocal records, as backing is by a modern trio that features Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Richie Pratt on drums – a group who've got a nice loose swing, which leaves Carol plenty of room for extrapolation and expression! There's an understated feel to the record, but a great one too – as Sloane stretches out at a level that easily matches any of her contemporaries – a few classic singers as well. Titles include "Solitude", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Sophisticated Lady", "Come Sunday", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Jump For Joy". CD

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New Sonny StittMr Bojangles ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s work from Sonny Stitt – quite different than his bop years, but with a smooth funky finish that puts it in the same territory as CTI or Kudu Records in the 70s! Sonny's getting full backing here – arrangements by Don Sebesky, who crafts some elegant and slinky sounds for the album's gently grooving tracks – and although the set's not a hard-edged funk effort, it's got the same mix of soul and jazz that you'd find in some of Stanley Turrentine's work of the time. Sonny Plays both alto and tenor, and Roland Hanna handles the electric piano. Highlights include the bouncy "Blue Monsoon", a nice mellow version of "The World Is A Ghetto", and the tracks "Got To Be There", "Fifty Per Cent", and "Ben". CD
 
 
 



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