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Blue Note, 2005. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
A real standout from trumpeter Terence Blanchard – and a record that arguably helped set the tone for lots of Blue Note albums in years to come by a variety of younger artists! The album's produced by Herbie Hancock – who still really lets Blanchard's horn and musical vision take the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Joy In Spite Of Everything
ECM, 2014. New Copy
The "joy" in the title is certainly well-placed – as the music here has a buoyant, ebullient quality that's unlike most we're used to hearing from the artists on the record – and from ECM in recent years! The group's led by pianist Stefano Bollini, whose light tones ring out ... CD
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Takt (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the greatest Japanese jazz drummers breaks out in his first album as a leader! Hino had played drums in the modernist bop group of (brother?) Terumasa Hino during the late 60s – but this set is the first that really lets his unique vision shine through. The album features Hino ... CD
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Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... CD
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Drum Method
Columbia (Japan), 1972. New Copy
The drum method here is often hard and heavy – a very funky style that makes the album one of the grooviest ever recorded by Japanese drummer Takeshi Inomata! The group here is his Sound Ltd ensemble – a bigger lineup directed by Norio Maeda with plenty of funky styles – almost a ... CD
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Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Genius, pure genius! Like all of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note sessions from the mid 60s, this album's a beautiful blend of hard bop ideas with a modern spiritual soulful consciousness – as important in its own way as Coltrane's work of the time – an incredible precursor for sounds from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)
The first 12" LP to compile Bud Powell sides for Blue Note – nearly all of which were some of his best work of the 50s! The incredible pianist is caught here in the company of a few different trios – with drummers like Roy Haynes or Max Roach – and there's also a few nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
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America/Verve, 1972. Used
A great idea for a session – and one of our favorite albums from the legendary America free jazz series! Mal Waldron is working here with the legendary Steve Lacy French quintet of the 70s – the ensemble that featured Steve Potts on alto, Kent Carter on bass, Noel McGhee on drums, and ... CD
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Verve (Japan), 1964. Used
A key example of the popularity of the Peterson trio in the mid 60s – an album of tracks that listeners wanted to hear done in the group's familiar style! The tunes are simple ones, mostly standards and 60s covers – but they're done by Oscar, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen in a mode that ... CD
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Verve (Japan), 1956. Used
The title's certainly right on this one – as Teddy Wilson's approach to the keys is as impeccable as his look on the cover of the record! The tunes are short, but they're filled with plenty of bright notes – a masterful illustration of economy on the keys of the piano – but one ... CD
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Blue Note (Japan), 1955. Used
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde forefather. ... CD
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Verve (Japan), 1956. Used
The title may be a bit strangely put – as "Steamer" isn't a word that we'd necessarily think to use with the gently flowing tenor tone of Stan Getz – but that doesn't stop the album from being a great one, and perhaps in Getz-like terms, it might well have a bit more steam ... CD
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Yasmina, A Black Woman
Actuel/Sunspots (Italy), 1969. Used Gatefold
Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from ... CD
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Venus (Japan), 1997. Used
Part of the late 90s rise to genius from pianist Eddie Higgins – a set of simple, lyrical beauty that really holds up well over the years – one of those classics that were cut away from the age of the classics – the sort of record that Eddie should have been making many decades ... CD
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Venus (Japan), 1998. Used Gatefold
The rhythms here are great – Ray Drummond on bass and Ben Riley on drums – a pair who bring a slightly different flavor to a trio date from pianist Eddie Higgins – a subtle groove that we really like a lot! Eddie's later lyrical keys are in perfect form here – and Riley's ... CD
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Bass Is
Enja (Germany), 1970. Near Mint-
This is a bass quartet with other parts on baritone sax ,piano and drums. The bass players are Dave Holland, Jaime Faunt, Glen Moore and Peter Warren and they are joined by John Surman on baritone sax, Barry Altschul, Steve Hauss and Stu Martin on drums and Chick Corea on piano. The record is ... LP, Vinyl record album
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GRP, 1989. Very Good
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Chet Baker & Lee Konitz In Concert
India Navigation, 1982. Near Mint-
A late concert from Chet, reunited here with Lee Konitz for a live set that's a lot more free-thinking than some of their classic recordings in the 50s! The pair are supported by Michael Moore on bass and Beaver Harris on drums – but the overall style of the recording is quite spare, with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Smile
Carnival (Japan), 1980. Near Mint-
The Trinity here are a hip group of Japanese jazz musicians – working in a style that's a fair bit like some of the best early 70s sides on the Three Blind Mice label – all sessions in which these guys participated! Although ostensibly a piano trio, we're tempted to call the group ... LP, Vinyl record album
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ECM (Germany), 1963/1968. Very Good
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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MCA, Late 30s/1940s. Near Mint-
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Jazz A La Carte
Crown, Early 60s. Very Good+
One of the more obscure jazz sessions on the Crown label – led by pianist Bob Harrington, and featuring Jimmy Wymble on guitar, Red Wooten on bass, and either John Markham or Lloyd Morales on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ (reissue)
A good collection of work from Miles' early days at Columbia working with Coltrane, up through the pre-Bitches Brew years with the classic Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams lineup. Titles include "Walkin (live)", "All Blues (live)", "Someday My ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Concert Hall (France), 1956. Very Good+
Features Lucky Thompson on tenor, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Ray Copeland on trumpet, and the great Oscar Dennard on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
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Our Delight (aka 12!)
Muse/Vedette (Italy), 1972. Very Good+
Features Stitt on alto and tenor – plus Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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Concert In Japan Vol 2
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bethlehem, 1954. Very Good
The album definitely lives up to the title, and features the mighty Jack Teagarden in a number of small group settings – all with a straight ahead punch that gets away from some of the gimmicks of his other 50s sessions! Teagarden's trombone is still one of the sharpest instruments of his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Crazed Women
Reference Recordings, 1998. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Walter Beasley
Verve, 1987. Very Good+
The first album from Walter Beasley – a tight, clean and lovely record that's really unique in Beasley's tripled effort as singer, songwriter and saxophonist! If that's not enough, Beasley also contributes flute, keyboards and backing vocals – but the smooth, soulful songcraft is what ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Light & Lively
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. Very Good+
Not too light – but plenty lively – as Louis Hayes cooks things up with a great group that includes Bobby Watson on alto, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Kenny Barron on piano, and Clint Houston on bass! The core trio of Hayes, Barron, and Houston is a great one – skipping along ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Jazzbrazz
Ries, 1987. Near Mint-
Sweet funky big band work – with a very creepy cover image! LP, Vinyl record album
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Hi Fi Land Of Jazz (aka Message From Garcia)
Seeco, Late 50s. Near Mint-
A repackaged version of Message From Garcia – one of the few sides ever cut as a leader by guitarist Dick Garcia – a hipper than usual batch of tracks done with the same concern for freshness that graced most of the best jazz sides on the Dawn label during the 50s. Garcia's the lead ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Albert Nicholas In Milan
Odeon (Italy), Early 60s. Near Mint-
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Alternance
Achille Scotti (Switzerland), 1987. Near Mint-
Mostly just twin piano duets, with occasional bass and drums – on titles that include "Dolphin Dance", "A Child Is Born", "Ode To Billie Joe", and "500 Miles High". LP, Vinyl record album
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Society (UK), 1963. Very Good+
An obscure larger format album from the great John Dankworth – kind of an extension of his 60s work in both jazz and soundtrack formats! The performance features Dankworth and Pete King on alto, Art Ellefson on tenor, Kennh Wheeler and Dickie Hawdon on trumpet, Tony Russell on trombone, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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MFP (UK), Early 60s. Very Good-
A bit of a cheesy title, but work by the great French saxophonist Guy Lafitte – doing what he does best, blowing mellowly and deeply into the night! The tracks include a number of standards, plus a few originals – and titles include "Porquoi Partir", "J'Ai Compris Trop ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blues Of Stockholm
Polar (Sweden), 1974. Very Good
Not really blues – although there is one vocal track – and instead more of a big band soul jazz set! LP, Vinyl record album
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HLO Productions, 1965. Very Good
An obscure small trio set from Frank Hinton – an obscure pianist on the DC scene of the 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
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Redondel (Argentina), 1971. Very Good Gatefold
Rare work from the combo of Argentine reedman Jorge Anders – who you may know from his later work in Quinteplus! Anders plays some soulful tenor here, in the company of a larger group that's heavy on horns, with a bit of organ too! LP, Vinyl record album
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Norgran, Early 50s. Good+
A gem of an album by Farlow – and one of the rarest sessions by this groundbreaking jazz guitarist! The tracks are long, and the record's cut in an easily grooving style with west coast players that include Lawrence Marable, Bill Perkins, Bob Gordon, and Monty Budwig. Farlow's tone is ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fantasy, Mid 50s. Very Good+
Brubeck is reunited with tenorist David Van Kriedt, a key member of his early quintet, which first started making waves in San Francisco during the late 40s. The rest of the group includes Paul Desmond on alto, Joe Morello on drums, and Norm Bates on bass – and it's interesting to hear ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Today On Earth
Aum Fidelity, 2009. Used
A mighty impressive quartet set led by guitarist Joe Morris – who really does his thing with a proficient intensity – ratcheting up the tension as it goes along. There's a melodicism at the core that somehow keeps it all in a sweet spot, but Morris and his players aren't resting in it, ... CD
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Night Gone By
Alfa (Japan), 1996. Used
No description available. CD
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Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. Used
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the ... CD
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Manhattan Sunrise
Alliance, 1994. Used
No description available. CD
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Nagel Heyer (Germany), 1999. Used
No description available. CD
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Blues Of Summer
Nagel Heyer (Germany), 2000. Used
No description available. CD
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Dan Perz, 1993. Used
No description available. CD
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Blue Note, 1961. Near Mint-
One of those great "never was" Blue Note sessions – recorded in the 60s, but never issued until years later – even though the label had assigned it a cover, title, and catalog number! The album was the last session by baritone sax player Leo Parker – a bop and R&B ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 28, 2014


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