A very unusual repackaging of Cannonball's Lush Side album for Mercury – served up here in a late 60s package for the Power Records label. The original's a wonderfully mellow set of ballads recorded by Cannonball, with orchestral backings by Richard Hayman. The album's typical of the kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)
Nat Adderley —
Hummin' ... LP Little David, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A really brilliant little record from Nat Adderley – one that shows him shaking off the groove gotten from brother Cannonball, and finding some great space all on his own! The setting here is tight and funky – at a level that's a bit more arranged than a small combo soul jazz session, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monty Alexander's first album – "presented by" Les McCann, and one that features McCann's core rhythm team of Victor Gaskin on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The tracks are short and uncomplicated, played in a soul jazz mode that's quite similar to McCann's albums from the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a partially split top seam and a bumped corner.)
Henry Red Allen with JC Higginbotham & Edmond Hall —
Very Great ... LP Rarities (Denmark), 1974. Near Mint- ...
Steve Allen tickles the ivories in a pretty nice small combo set – recorded with a group that includes Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Milt Hinton on bass, Urbie Green on trombone, and George Barnes on guitar. Tunes are mostly swing and sweet – and are recorded in a subdued style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover's a bit hokey, but the album's a rock-solid session from Steve Allen – proof that he could be a very capable jazzman when needed! The recording's a live one – which makes for more spontaneous energy than some of Allen's more fully-arranged dates of the 50s – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original color bar pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with pieces of clear tape, some overall wear, and a sticker spot on one corner.)
Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, seam spllitting, and staining, with some splitting and tape on the top and bottom seams.)
One of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minor splitting.)
Louis Armstrong —
Louis ... LP Mercury, 1966. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
Plenty of dancing here – romping rhythms that are a nice change for Georgie Auld, and which make for a perfect foil for his deeper sounds on the tenor! The record's got a bit of Mercury Records rock in the mix – almost a Red Prysock approach at points, mixed with some of the sweeter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing. Cover has some peeling of the gloss.)
One of the coolest records ever from this unique 50s group – not just for the presence of drummer Osie Johnson, who's the "plus one" in the title – but also for the range of interesting material in the set! Side one features the extended "Jazz In D Minor" suite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear & aging. Back cover has some light staining near the edges.)
Mid-70's compilation of his earlier jazz recordings for Atlantic – but with some unreleased cuts too! Two of the cuts here never appeared on any album, and one is presented without the edits that graced the original. Nice straight jazz stuff, with Roy's vibes ringing out in a cool modal way. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as freewheeling as Nick's Montreal Scene album, but a record that has some nice solos over slinky rhythms – including a few that sound oddly exotic with Ayoub's phrasing! Some tracks have a jerk or soul instrumental vibe – but the set also features a sublime take on "Misirlou&q ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a name in pen, and a mark from an old sticker.)
A classic set of post-New Orleans Chicago trad jazz, recorded at the windy city's famous Jazz Ltd club, and featuring differing groupings of famous players like Bechet, Mole, Spanier, Doc Evans, Don Ewell, Wally Gordon, and others. Most tracks are short, but there's a few that are nice and long, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a few stains, a radio station stamp, and a small edge rip on the back paste-on.)
One of Louie's hippest records – a hard grooving set of tracks recorded live, with a swinging off-beat edge that's very different than some of his other straighter work. The players include Conte Candoli on trumpet, Joe Maini on alto, Willie Green on tenor, and Bill Perkins on baritone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, a partially split bottom seam, a name in pen on the front and some light pen on the back.)
Pretty mellow stuff from George Benson, but with some nice moments! Don Sebesky handled the arrangements for this set of larger backings – but Benson's guitar is right out front, hitting some super-dope lines at the best moments, stretching out from the warm Fender Rhodes or horn heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small bubbles on the corners.)
George Benson —
Space ... LP CTI, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A collection of George Benson material from other CTI sessions – but that's ok with us, because the material's great, with that spare spaced-out funk sound of the label's best early 70s work! Players include Hubert Laws, Ronnie Cuber, Fred Wesley, Steve Gadd, and Bad Bascomb – and Dave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing. Cover has light wear and a small crease on one corner.)
One of the moodiest sessions on CTI from the early days – and a landmark album that took George Benson from the funky jazz scene into the upper reaches of 70s jazz. The record was put together by Don Sebesky, and it's a lot more high concept than some of George's earlier work – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
Well, it's not really bossa nova . . . it's more kind of Latiny backgrounds with a percussive and guitar sound, over which Earl Bostic solos in his beautifully raw style. Who cares about the true bossa-ness, though? We always love Bostic, and his alto sound is impeccable. Titles include "Cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear and minor splitting.)
Soulful fusion from The Brecker Brothers – a set that's one of their standout efforts from the 70s – and a record that went onto influence a whole generation of jazz musicians too! The album features the twin horns of Randy & Michael Brecker, along with alto by David Sanborn, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sparkling set from Les Brown & His Band Of Reknown! A mid 50s session that features mostly older numbers from the 30s and 40s, retooled a bit for the new decade, yet still very much in a swing-based mode! There's some hip instrumental touches in the charts that definitely update the music ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has some wear, some stains, partially split top and bottom seams, and a sitcker on the back.)
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has light wear, a bit of aging, and some light stains.)
Brian Browne —
Letter ... LP Capitol (Canada), Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
A rare one from this Canadian pianist! Trio piano grooving with some larger arrangments – worth it alone for the 10 minute "The Letter" – which stomps and grooves like some hip Don Randi kind of cut! A great funky number – with great drums and bass – and a real ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice little album from Brubeck – one that's mostly comprised of old-fashioned type tunes, but which all take on a hip new light in the hands of his classic quartet! As usual, Paul Desmond's one of the main assets of the set – working with Brubeck to forge a slightly off-b ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, with red label. Cover has some wear.)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet goes to college – a pretty good place for the combo, considering how many fans they had on campus in the 50s! The sound here is never too academic for the setting, though – just the same sort of Brubeck groove first forged in the small clubs in San Francisco ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a few spots of clear tape on the seams & some wear.)
Dave Brubeck with Gerry Mulligan —
Blues Roots ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
An overlooked Dave Brubeck from the 60s – and one of his most striking sessions at the time! The album steps a bit into the Blues Roots promised in the title – but overall, it's more of a unique meeting between Brubeck's piano and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan – coming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has moderate wear. Vinyl has a short click on 1 track.)
Kind of a meeting of two different generations of Dave Brubeck – as the group here features Paul Desmond's alto sax, a key force in Dave's early recordings – and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan, a player who'd worked often with Brubeck in the late 60s and early 70s! The blend of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio set from Charlie Byrd – with Keter Bets on bass and Butty Deppenschmidt on drums – with titles that include "Fantasia On What Side Are You On", "Just Squeeze Me", and "Why Was I Born". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Artistry is a word that's not used lightly here – as the album gives Charlie Byrd plenty of space to show off his deepest talents on the acoustic guitar – in a spare trio setting with Keter Betts on bass and the lesser-known Buddy Deppenschmidt on drums! The format is one that was rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover has some wear and a sticker remnant in one corner.)
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session cut during a stretch when the Candoli/Rosolino team were doing some of their best work – playing in Europe with a number of hip backup groups. This set features an Italian trio of Franco D'Andrea on piano, Giovanni Tomasso on bass, and Gege Munari on drums. Tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a Best Entertainment Value sticker over a promo stamp on back.)
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)
Dona plays acoustic and electric piano – and Bill plays tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Ron Carter —
Pastels ... LP Milestone, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Ron Carter plays here with pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Harvey Mason, and guitarist Hugh McCracken, in a setting that is augmented by an off-kilter string section, and which has that sort of bright sound that characterized some of Carter's recordings from the time. Many of the tracks have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a few albums recorded by pianist Joe Castro for Atlantic – an overlooked player with a nice light touch on the keys! The "mood jazz" in the title is very fitting, as the record's got some nice touches from track to track – like wordless chorus vocals on a few numbers, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with the "Long Playing Unbreakable" logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear, a mark from sticker removal, and some stains.)
Pete Christlieb/Warne Marsh —
Apogee ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A brilliant set of post-post-post Konitz jazz – a late 70s Warne Marsh session, produced by Donald Fagan and Walter Becker of Steely Dan! Despite the smooth jazz feeling of Becker & Fagan's own work, the pair are completely respectful to Marsh and his twin-tenor frontman Pete Christlieb ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a gold promo stamp and a small peeled spot from an old sticker.)
A groundbreaking ensemble – akin to the World Saxophone Quartet, and no doubt inspired by their experiments at the same time. The difference, though, is the range of experience of the players – as the group features David Murray, Jimmy Hamilton, Alvin Batiste, and John Carter, all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second set from the Clarke Duke Project – and arguably even more soulful than the first! The tunes here are still rooted in jazz, but strongly move into crossover soul territory too – with vocals from both Stanley Clarke and George Duke – and grooves that really make the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The trad side of the Newport Jazz Festival – a wonderfully open little set with a lineup that includes trumpeter Buck Clayton, tenorist Bud Freeman, trombonist Vick Dickenson, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, and pianist George Wein! Clayton, Freeman, Russell, Dickenson, and Wein are joined by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has some wear, a half split top seam with a small tear, a mark from sticker removal, and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
It's always Party Time when Arnett Cobb's around – given the strength of his tenor sound, and the overall lively groove of his albums for Prestige! This one's a great follow-up to the first Party Time album – and like that one, it's got some great use of conga at the bottom of an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. NOTE: Cover scribbles in pen, wear & staining, and tape along the top seam, spine, and bottom 3 inches.)
Billy Cobham's always got something funky going on in his music – and this 70s classic for Atlantic Records has the drummer at the height of his powers – really mixing together jazz, rock, and funk impulses – all without some of the overindulgence of his more jamming records of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a piece of tape on the spine.)