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A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... CD
Recorded in 1965, but not released until 1977, this is an earlier version of Trane's extended Meditations suite played by the quartet that included McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones – without the extra accompaniment that graced the later version. Beautiful stuff, with a sound that' ... CD
The title's exploding with Mingus, and the album is too – a completely classic effort for Impulse Records that's easily one of Charles' best of the 60s! Things are reigned in somewhat from the Mingus years at Atlantic or Candid, but the sound is still great – almost more focused than ... CD
A surprisingly enchanting album of piano work by Mingus – and very different than the other album of piano material he cut for Atlantic. This record's a very laidback session of solo work, featuring Mingus sitting at the keys, working out his ideas in a very unhampered fashion. Tracks are a ... CD
Beautiful quartet recording that unites Dexter with two other Americans in exile – Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke – plus the great French bassist Pierre Michelot. Includes a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and ... CD
A beautiful jazzy score by Duke Ellington – and a fitting companion to this classic Otto Preminger film! The record captures Ellington at a perfect moment – right during his Indigos period of increased sophistication, when his band was at an all-time level of perfection – and ... CD