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This is it – the classic stormer by Bill Doggett that made his group a hit with all the kids! The album features the original two-part version of "Honky Tonk", plus the rarer "Honky Tonk Number Three", which as a wailing bit of vocals next to the chorus. Other tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pettiford's second album of big band tracks for ABC during the 50s – a more open-ended set than the previous one, with modernist touches that really make the set sparkle nicely. Part of these are due to Gigi Gryce, who plays alto on the record, and probably had a bit of a hand in ... LP, Vinyl record album
We love this record – and for the keyboards as much as for the guitar! Although Howard Roberts has always been known around here as a great funky guitarist who's made some pretty sweet records, this record is totally unlike anything else he did in the early days, and it will blow your mind! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mellow and wonderful work from Billy Taylor – caught here in a setting that feels much more relaxed and unrestrained than some of his other 50s outings! The group's his classic trio with Percy Brice on drums and Earl May on bass – and Billy's incredibly inventive on the keys, working ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from west coast saxophonist Bill Perkins – playing here in a mode that's quite different than his more famous 50s recordings! The style here is almost one you'd hear on late 60s A&M Records – definitely "quietly there", with a blend of Perkins' reeds and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous little record from bassist Whitey Mitchell – one of his few dates ever as a leader, and a session that features important early work from Steve Lacy on soprano sax! The set's got a slightly traditional feel, but also a fair bit more modern tones too – and Neal Hefti ... LP, Vinyl record album
Recorded and released by Saturn in 1959, then remastered and repackaged by Impulse in 1974, this early Arkestra recording is a stellar example of Ra's genius at work. John Gilmore and Marshall Allen hold down the reed solos, and Ra's piano is out front, with plenty of space for crazy solos, ... LP, Vinyl record album