LA bebop jam session material, featuring two long tracks recorded live in the city of angels! The sides give us a great picture of the kind of lively cutting jam sessions that were ripping through the Central Ave scene of the old days. Players include Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-ever documents of the young genius of tenorist Wardell Gray – exactly the kind of music that shows why he was one of the biggest and best of the bop saxophonists – before he was taken away from us all too soon! The material here was originally issued on 78s or 45s, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, with small splits on the top and bottom seams.)
The amazing debut of RB Greaves – a soul singer with a difference! RB struck big with this album on late 60s Atlantic Records – yet despite production at Muscle Shoals, and arrangements from Arif Mardin, the sound here is quite different than most of his contemporaries – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly soul doesn't get any more heavenly than this! Al's at the height of his powers here, and even though there aren't as many hits on the record, it's still got plenty of nice moments, and the usual stone cold Hi Records soul groove that works beautifully with Green's warmly compressed vocals. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar! Of course, he gets a bit of help – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot from an old sticker and a cutout hole.)
Beautiful early work by Al! The record is a haunting mix of tender soul tracks filled with love, warmth, and Al's sexy soul. It's hard to distinguish this one from other records of his at the time, because they're all so good – but we can tell you that the album features Al's stone classic ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Walkin, Talkin, and Wailin – one of Bennie Green's most soulful sessions, and a monster groover that shows that Blue Note could cook with the best when they wanted to! Bennie's working here with a great little group – featuring core rhythms by the Gildo Mahones trio, plus some great ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from an alto player with a very unique conception – a player who was unlike Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, or some of his precursors on the instrument – and instead really took off in bold new directions, like Lou Donaldson or fellow Chicagoan Sonny Cox in the mid 60s! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, minor staining and a cutout hole.)
A really great little record – and one that goes way past the hokey soul jazz reference you might guess from the title! Bunky Green's definitely "testifyin" on the set – but he's really moving past 60s soul jazz cliches, and never falling into some of the too-gospelly notes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing.)
Chris Green/Roberto Bellatalla/Paul Hession —
Plain Speaking ... LP Prime (UK), 1985. Very Good+ ...
An excellent lost funky soundtrack on Blue Note – their only one for years, and Grant Green's entry into the blacksploitation genre! The whole thing bristles with the kind of chunky, thumping percussive feel as the best funky soundtracks of the era – informed by the work of Curtis ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner.)
This one was recorded in 1968, issued briefly on a small label, and then finally pressed for the larger masses during the early 70s by the Cobblestone label. Despite this checkered history, though, the album's one of Green's best small group recordings – and features a classic jazz organ ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Cobblestone pressing. Cover has some wear. Bottom seam has a strip of tape.)
Quite an unusual album from Grant Green – a record that's quite different than his earlier records for Blue Note, but still pretty darn great overall! Grant's working here in a large group – Kudu style – with arrangements by David Matthews, but a sound that's still pretty lean ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stellar album from Grant Green – very different than most of his other work for Blue Note, and a sly electric groover recorded with vibist Billy Wooten! The sound here is a bit more spacious than some of Grant's earlier albums, yet no less funky – thanks to a hip undercurrent of soul ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German Liberty pressing. Side 2 has marks that click on tracks one and four. Cover has some wear, a half-split top seam, and a rip with some separation on along the bottom of the back paste-on.)
A classic set from Jessie Green – the singer's biggest album ever, and a great blend of 70s soul with deeper Caribbean roots! Jessie hails from Jamaica, and got his start in reggae – but by the time of this record, he was reaching out with a wider, global sort of style – one that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few records ever cut by George "Stardust" Green – a big figure on the Chicago club scene of the 50s and 60s, with a long run of popular nightspots to his credit! George works with a trio here, in a really crowd-pleasing style that shares some of the modes of Ramsey Lewis ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the seams.)
One of the more obscure sessions on BYG/Actuel – recorded in the heyday of 1969, with a free spirit and a transatlantic sense of energy from the mixture of French players and American expatriots. Burton Greene leads the group on piano, and the other players include Arthur Jones, Jacques ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese white label promo pressing. Cover has a small sticker in one corner on the front, and a several stains on the back.)
Excellent work from Brit easy bandleader John Gregory – an assortment of 70s police and crime themes, played by a big band with a nice soundtrack-y finish! Nearly all the tunes are uptempo, and the feel of the record is very much in the same vein as Henry Mancini's Cop Show Themes album ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although he's made many snoozy records in his time, the early Al Grey albums for Argo are pretty hard swingin', and have a lot of nice surprises. This one's got a very young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, and the great Dave Burns on trumpet. Tracks are short, with a hard swingin' groove that's still ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beige label Argo pressing, with deep groove.)
Al Grey & Wild Bill Davis —
Keybone ... LP Classic Jazz, 1972. Near Mint- ...
A great little debut album from the team of Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey – songwriters who'd scored earlier in the 70s with tracks for Jerry Butler and LTD, but who also strike up a pretty strong groove on their own! The pair are from Chicago, but are recording in LA – and their sound ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great team of Griffin and Davis turn their tough tenor talents towards a sharp set of angular compositions by Monk, including "Epistrophy", "Stickball", "In Walked Bud", "Well, You Needn't", and "Rhythm-a-ning". The added modernism of the Monk ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has pieces of masking tape on the corners.)
Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Tough Tenors ... LP Jazzland, 1960. Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Another one of the great Griffin/Davis collaborations from the early 60's, and a tight bit of work with the added appearance of Junior Mance on piano. The two of them manage to ride a groove that straddles the hardbop and soul jazz camps, and they groove along nicely, with well delivered solos ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley —
Blowin' Sessions ... LP Blue Note, Late 50s/1975. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent 2-fer that brings together 2 of the hardest hardbop albums ever to be recorded for Blue Note! The set includes Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, and Hank Mobley jamming together on the classic Blowing Session LP (also known as Johnny Griffin, BN 1559); and it's also got John Gilmore and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw work from the great Tiny Grimes – in a space between jazz and R&B! The set includes 14 tracks, several of which have never been previously released, that Tiny Grimes recorded when his band included such folks as Screamin Jay Hawkins and Benny Golson. There are lots of bluesy tracks ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All Out ... LP Columbia, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ...
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(Spindizzy/Columbia pressing, with gatefold mouth flap. Cover has some wear, several stains, and a bit of seam splitting.)
Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Lo Dice Todo ... LP Salsoul/Mericana, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The rare second album by this groundbreaking New York Latin group! Artists like Ruben Blades, Manny Oquendo, Jerry Gonzalez, Virgilio Marti, and Chocolate Armenteros join forces in an blend of modern and traditional explorations of the Latin groove – all with a good raw sound, and a hard New ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty hip one from a young Dave Grusin – working here as an already-accomplished pianist, in a swinging trio with Milt Hinton on bass and Don Lamond on drums. The basis of the material is the score to the obscure but delightful Broadway show Subways Are For Sleeping – one of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label mono pressing. Cover has minor splitting on the bottom seam and some wear, with a promo sticker and some pencil on the back. Label has some sticker residue.)
A killer set from one of the most-overlooked talents of the 50s – the great Gigi Gryce, a fantastic arranger and player whose talents get more forgotten as every year passes by! This set features Gryce working in a well-fitting quintet with the great Richard Williams on trumpet – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Vinyl has a short click on one track.)
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in marker.)
A beautiful record of light, lyrical piano jazz – and one of the best-selling jazz albums ever on Fantasy Records! Vince Guaraldi started the set as a tribute to the film Black Orpheus – and some of the album features his nice renditions of Jobim/Bonfa tunes like "Manha De ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Vinyl has a few marks that click. Cover has some wear, marker on the back, a 4 inch split in the top seam, and center split in the bottom seam.)
One of the most ambitious recordings ever undertaken by Vince Guaraldi – a set recorded at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, and one that augments Vince's usual trio format with a choir of voices – in a way that gives the whole album a wonderfully spiritual sound! The approach is a bit ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy vocal work from Bonnie Guitar – a singer with a bit of a country tinge, but a jazzy feel as well! The album's got a laidback and mellow feel that fits perfectly with the title – moonlight, with just a hint of shadow – a blue undercurrent that comes from Bonnie's nice deep-t ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear, a center split in the top seam and a sticker in one corner.)
A wonderful session, with a strong MPS/Saba vibe! Players include Benny Bailey on trumpet, Erich Kleinschuster on trombone, Sahib Shihab on baritone and alto, and Jimmy Woode on bass! Titles include the 3-part "Music For Piano & Band", plus "The Veiled Old Land". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, some tape on the spine, and a bit of pen on back.)
One of Gulda's more out efforts, and one that features mostly solo work, apart from a few other tracks with additional percussion by Klauss Weiss. The set includes a hilarious "Variations On Light My Fire", which Gulda had recorded earlier in a funkier version – plus other ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful albums Friedrich Gulda ever recorded for MPS – a wonderful session that features key solo work from players who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax! The work has a somewhat serious feel, but isn't ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album by one of the greatest American songwriters and interpreters who ever lived – the one and only Merle Haggard! Here you get his huge early 70s live album Fighting Side Of Me, best known for the reactionary title tune, quite unfortunately, since it's a really amazing document of ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lime green label pressing. Cover has some wear, a small split on the spine, a bit of sticker residue, and some small stains on the back.)
Merle Haggard —
Hag ... LP Capitol, 1971. Very Good ...
One of Merle's stronger albums of mostly original material – Merle has always been as strong of an interpreter as he is a writer – and the title is appropriate for the record, featuring only three covers. Tracks include "Soldier's Last Letter", "I Can't Be Myself", ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small piece of masking tape on front, and a small center split on the bottom seam.)
One of Hag's stellar early 70s efforts for Capitol – with the prolific Merle dividing the set between his own numbers, a handful of traditional pieces and some nice tracks by other writers. Hag also strays from the straight honky tonk he pioneered in the late 60s into some gospel and ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Merle Haggard's affectionate 1969 tribute to the genius of Jimmie Rodgers. For all of his rough, outlaw ways and reactionary moods – particularly in the immediate years after Okie from Muskogee – Merle was also deeply sensitive and respectful of his influences. His voice was never ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hooo-boy! What a great record! The soundtrack's an obscure one – for an AIP film that was written and produced by Dick Clark, who stars as one of the film's three killers, pictured here on the front cover looking a bit like Waylon Smithers with a machine gun! Merle Haggard turned out a 5 ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? These guys are one of our guiltiest pleasures from the early 80s – a sweet little new romantic group, with touches of the jazziness that was showing up in some of the post-punk Rough Trade groups of the time. Nik Heyward's on lead vocals, not nearly as cloying as he was in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Top left corner is bent with some creasing.)
Corky Hale/Jimmy Jones/Paul Smith —
Escape ... LP GNP, Mid 50s. Very Good ...
West coast piano from the trios of three different players! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some stains, a split top seam, a small split on the bottom seam, and a sticker over the opening.)
One of Jim Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best partners from earlier years! Chet Baker is on trumpet, Paul Desmond is on alto sax – and the rest of the group includes Ron Carter bass, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from the sublime Artists House series of the 70s – a rare chance to hear Jim Hall in a really stripped-down setting! The record features spare duets between Hall's guitar and the acoustic bass of Red Mitchell – both players who worked together on the LA scene of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet grooving from Lani Hall – a record that's a long way from her roots in Brasil 66, but which has some surprisingly nice touches at times! Herb Alpert produced – and handled arrangements along with Lani and Michel Colombier – and it may well be Colombier's highly rhythmic ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Hall & Oates —
H2O ... LP RCA, 1982. Near Mint- ...
One that we heard way too much when it was out, but which we kind of love now! The album's part of H&O's great comeback years in the early 80s – a time when they were mixing their white boy soul with some nice 80s groove and electro touches, often going for a spare mix of groove and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare trio material – with Bengt on piano, Lars Pettersson on bass, and Sture Kallin on drums. Includes original Hallberg tunes "Gyllene Cirkeln", "Rubato Blues", and "Morning Party". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An archetypal record from the west coast scene of the 50s – a sublime batch of lightly grooving numbers from Chico Hamilton's famous early Quintet! The power here really comes from a triad of three players – reedman Buddy Collette, mentioned in the title and playing flute, alto, tenor, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, with splitting and tape on the seams. Label has a name sticker.)
One of Chico's earliest albums for Pacific Jazz – a set of tightly arranged tracks with a cool chamber feel to them – featuring a lineup that includes Buddy Collette on reeds, Fred Katz on cello, Jim Hall on guitar, and Carson Smith on bass. Collette, Katz, and Hall are at the height ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
Chico didn't cut too many sides for Epic – but there was a short period, between his stints with Pacific Jazz and Impulse were he did a few sessions with the label. The quintet here is the group with a cellist, in this case Nate Gershman, plus guitar, bass and Charles Lloyd on flute and alto ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of marker on front.)
Massively groovy work from Chico Hamilton – one of his standout swingers for Impulse Records in the 60s, and a set that really showcases all the changes in music he'd made for the decade! The set features some wonderful reed work from Jerome Richardson and Charlie Mariano, plus some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label mono pressing. Cover has a lgiht stain and wrinkling on the bottom 4 inches.)