Gene Ammons, Nat Adderley, Frank Foster & Others —
Juggin' Around ... LP Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A hard-hitting blowing session, cut very much in the mode of Gene's late 50s sides for Prestige – and with a very accomplished group of soul jazzers that includes Nat Adderley, Frank Foster, Bennie Green, and Frank Wess. The groove has a nice raw late night sound – and tracks are ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "Juggin Around".)
A real lost treasure – and an incredible session that offers a real meeting of minds that's far more than you'd expect from the simple cover and title! The set is a later one for Vee Jay, and it brings together half of the Jazz Messengers with a batch of west coast players – in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stellar soul from Jerry Butler! The CD contains two of Jerry's rarest albums ever – his first two for the Vee Jay label (and in fact, Jerry Butler Esq was issued on the related Abner label in 1959) – and both records are landmark examples of the "Iceman" style of soul music ... (Soul) read moreCD
Very tight hardbop session that bassist Paul Chambers cut for Vee Jay with a sextet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Yusef Lateef on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on piano. Turrentine and Fuller are beautifully smoking, as they always seemed to be at this point in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has one bumped corner, a bent corner, a featuring sticker and light stains on the back.)
Paul Chambers —
Go ... LP Vee Jay, 1959. Fair ...
A rare non-Blue Note date as a leader from bassist Paul Chambers – and one of his hardest cooking dates in the studio! The session breaks out a bit from some of Chambers' more concept-based work of the time – and has him opening up strongly with an all-star group that includes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original maroon label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam, split bottom seam, a name in pen on front, and a large name in marker on back.)
One of the true hit jazz albums of the 60s, and a record that's still pretty darn incredible today! Who'd have thought that a jazz recording of the theme to the film "Exodus" could have been such a hit? It was, and the way Eddie handled it forever transformed the face of jazz. Eddie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some wear, with some light stains.)
Although Exodus to Jazz was probably the biggest album of Eddie's career, we've always been a bit more partial to the excellent LP Mighty Like A Rose, which is combined here with Exodus for a very nice 2-fer CD of Eddie's work from his early days on the Chicago jazz scene. Both CDs feature Eddie's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
These 2 LPs on one CD show not only the brilliance of the young Eddie Harris (a brilliance that was not easily matched later in his career), but also the brilliant way that the Chicago jazz scene of the 60's could absorb so many different influences and styles, and mix them up into a fantastic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early genius from Eddie Higgins – a pianist who was a big thing on the Chicago scene of the 60s, but is probably best known to most folks for his revival records of the past decade or two! The younger Higgins has more of an edge than the later one – and this self-titled debut is a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Lee Hooker takes a step or two into the bluesy soul sound of the early 60s on this sweet set on Vee Jay – while style flaunting his true blues pedigree really, really well! The grit of his voice is as heavily emotive and unshakable as ever – backed by a crack combo on drums, ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Lee Hooker —
Burnin' ... LP Vee Jay, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
Plenty of Burnin from John Lee Hooker, and about as classic as you can get for his Vee Jay years – especially considering that the album starts out with Hooker's killer cut "Boom Boom" – a number that may well have set fire to a whole generation of British and American rockers! ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stellar work by Jimmy Hughes – one of those southern soul talents whose name you've heard, but can't always find on record! Jimmy's best known for his classic Muscle Shoals tune "Steal Away" – and that great number, plus many other similar ones, are presented on this obscure ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Midnite is right – as the session's a moody, mellow late nite one – just spare trio material by Wynton, played in a group that features Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! The titles are all nice and long – and really let Kelly stretch out on the keys – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)
Wynton Kelly —
Kelly Great ... CD Vee Jay (Spain), 1960/1997. Used ...
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One of Wynton Kelly's greatest albums, and an all-star hardbop session that includes Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. With Philly Joe on drums, and Morgan and Shorter, the LP almost has the feel of a classic Art Blakey session for Blue Note, but Kelly's piano gives ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great live session from the glory days of the Chicago electric blues scene, originally released on Vee Jay, and lovingly repackaged here by Charly. Tracks include "Wish Me Well", "Messin Around", "Slim's Blues", "Steppin' Out", "Rockin The House" ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Windy City classic – from Vee Jay Records! The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass! Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Back cover has some pen.)
Seminal work from the legendary Jimmy Reed – spare and bluesy numbers that were some of the best work coming out of Chicago at the time! There's a snapping quality to the rhythms here that was a keen inspiration to generations of better-known artists – and in a way, it's amazing to go ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rollicking country-tinged blues from Jimmy Reed and an incredible group of backing musicians – actually not captured in the opulent grandeur of Carnegie Hall – and probably all the better for it! Prior to the original double LP release of Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall, Reed headlined a ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Exodus stereo pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, a split bottom seam, a mostly split top seam, and a couple of light stains inside the gatefold.)
Genius work from one of the strongest vocal groups to ever come out of the Chicago scene! The Spaniels burst upon the scene in the mid 50s recording for the Vee Jay label with a sophisticated harmony sound that was a lot stronger than some of their contemporaries on the east coast. The group had ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Staple Singers —
Swing Low ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
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Excellent early work from The Staple Singers – one of their first recordings, and an all-gospel album that's drenched in the same sort of soul that you'd hear on their big hits of later years – a key influence on the sound of the secular 60s, heard here in its best original format! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – with bonus booklet of notes!)
Staple Singers —
Uncloudy Day ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
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Hard to imagine a cloud in the sky with music this brilliant – early work from The Staple Singers, done in a bluesy blend of gospel and roots – with some pretty soulful undercurrents too! Most numbers are virtually acapella – but have this wonderful guitar from Roebuck staples ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – with booklet of notes, too.)
Ira Sullivan —
Bird Lives! ... CD Vee Jay/Koch, 1962. Used 2CD ...
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Way more than just a bop-heavy set – a landmark record that shows a side of the Chicago scene that hardly ever made it on record! In the years after Charlie Parker passed away, tributes to his greatness were a very common thing in local jazz scenes across the US. This is a prime example of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wickedly soulful session from bassist Leroy Vinnegar – one that carries the same "walker" theme used in the titles of his Contemporary albums, but one that comes across with an even groovier feel overall! Vinnegar's definitely walking some great lines on his bass – a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our top ten jazz albums of all time! Honest! This stunning session from 1960 not only coined the term "young lions" in jazz, but offers up a pack of them that any modern players would be hard-pressed to beat. Trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenorist Wayne Shorter, and pianist Bobby ... (Jazz) read moreCD