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✨✧ Boy's Big BandReturn – Live Recordings 1965 to 1966 ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), 1965/1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic group from the Dutch scene of the 60s – one that's crucially overlooked, but has the same rich sound as the Clark Boland Big Band of the time – and which also features great guest solo work from American trumpeters Benny Bailey and Ted Curson! The CD brings together live material from three different performances in 1965 – and the quality here rivals the best MPS/Saba large ensemble albums of the period – ultra-hip arrangements that really bring in complex tones and colors, while the group also grooves with lots of modern elements in the rhythms – with long tracks than enough space for soloists to really stretch out on their own. In addition to Bailey and Curson, who each appear on two tracks apiece, the group also includes work by Theo Loevendie on soprano and alto, Harry Verbecke and Toon Van Vliet on tenor, Piet Noordijk on alo, Erik Van Lier on bass trombone, Cees Small on trumpet, Rudy Bosch and Marcel Thielemans on trombone, and Cees Slinger on piano – and rhythm is by either Jacques Schols or Dick Van Der Capellen on bass, and John Engels on drums. The group is led by Boy Edgar – hence their unusual name – and titles include "Blue Boy", "Finch Eye", "Play The Game Now", "Now", "Return", "Blues Minor", and "Solitude". CD

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✨✧ Joe BeckNature Boy ... CD
Verve/Long Hair (Germany), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast imprint. There's a few funk tunes on here, but the best numbers are stretched out trippy ones that bring together jazz and folk, in a floating "folk funk experience" sound that we totally love, perfect for the generation of Tim Hardin and Nick Drake. Beck sings on some cuts, and others are instrumental. Titles include "Ain't No Use Talkin", "Goodbye LA", "Please Believe Me", "Let Me Go", "Come Back: Visions Without You", and "Spoon's Caress". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyGolden Boy ... LP
Colpix, 1963. Very Good ... $7.99
An obscure Jazz Messengers session – but a great one! The album is ostensibly a set of jazz versions of tunes from the musical Golden Boy, and the group this time is a larger one than usual – a total of 10 players, led by Blakey – and playing beautifully over arrangements from Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, and Cedar Walton! The style's not any sort of clunky "jazz meets Broadway" mode, though – as the care taken by the artists involved help elevate the tunes, and the performance, to a whole new soulful level – hardly what you'd expect! The group features trumpet work from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, tenor from Wayne Shorter, alto from James Spaulding, trombone from Curtis Fuller, baritone from Charles Davis, piano from Cedar Walton, and bass from Reggie Workman – all very hip cats, working here with the same sort of large group textures you might hear on Freddie Hubbard's Body & Soul album from the same time, mixed with some more traditionally Blakey-led moments. Titles include "Yes I Can", "Theme From Golden Boy", "Lorna's Here", "This is The Life", and "There's A Party". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove.)

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Don CherryHome Boy – Sister Out ... LP
Barclay (France), 1985. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The connection between the spacey jazz trumpet of Don Cherry, and the later urban funk of his daughter Nenah, always seems a bit weak – until you hear this 1985 effort, which has Cherry working in a strange mix of contemporary rhythms and his older funkier styles. Cherry actually lays down vocals on a number of tracks, in a self conscious bluesy sort of way that's almost in a pomo kitschy style. The effect doesn't always work, but there's more than a few interesting moments on the LP. Titles include "Art Deco", "Call Me", "Rappin Recipie", and "Treat Your Lady Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original foil embossed cover.)

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Vince GuaraldiBoy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack ... CD
Fantasy, Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
Vince Guaraldi's wonderful music for the first-ever cartoon to feature the Peanuts characters in animated form – a sublime batch of jazz instrumentals that forever changed the face of music in shows of this nature! Vince steps out with an amazing sound right from the start – even different than his previous jazz records from the San Francisco scene – with a more careful balance of swing and sadness, lyricism and soul – always played in a subtle, understated way that really makes the music come through with a lasting degree of power. Core sounds are from the trio of Guaraldi on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums – and titles include key early versions of the "Charlie Brown Theme" and "Linus & Lucy" – plus "Oh Good Grief", Pebble Beach", "Schroeder", and "Blue Charlie Brown". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Vince Guaraldi/Rod McKuen/John Scott TrotterBoy Named Charlie Brown – Complete Score (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fantasy/Kritzerland, 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible addition to the world of Charlie Brown soundtracks – and a record that's different both from the jazz album of Vince Guaraldi tunes issued by Fantasy, and the album of Rod McKuen and other instrumental tunes issued by Columbia! Instead, this one goes right to the source tapes for the original cartoon, instead of featuring later re-recordings – and the result is a batch of music that's wonderfully fresh, and which offers up a sublime mixing of both Guaraldi and McKuen modes! There's certainly lots of jazzy tunes by Vince – those cool piano cuts that he did so famously for Peanuts shows – but served up here in versions that are different than the ones on record, and interspersed with some larger orchestrations from John Scott Trotter – and the McKuen tunes are different than those recorded for Columbia – as they sometimes feature vocals by the characters, mixed with a few sung by Rod – and also a few instrumentals too. Plus, the whole thing comes with 10 more bonus tracks – a whopping 32 titles in all – with alternate and unused versions. Titles include "Percussion Swinger/Baseball Theme", "Blue Charlie Brown", "I Before E", "Champion Charlie Brown", "Linus & Lucy (Big City)", "Charlie Brown & His All Stars", "Bus Wheel Blues", and "Failure Face". CD
(Limited edition of 1000!)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanNature Boy ... CD
Blue Note, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very nice recent album by Jackie, featuring a stripped-down lineup that includes Cedar Walton on piano and Billy Higgins on drums, joining Jackie in a haunting set of mellow ballads. After years of playing, Jackie's tone is impeccable, and it's great to hear him work through a set of standards like the ones on this album – "Star Eyes", "Nature Boy", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". Sure, the album's not as groundbreaking as some of Jackie's 60s new thing records, or 70s spiritual sessions, but it's still a nice treat, and has a surprisingly compelling edge to it. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Larry CoryellBarefoot Boy ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Larry Coryell's greatest albums ever! Barefoot Boy is a much more expansive session than some of Coryell's others, fueled in part by the spiritual intensity of the Impulse Records generation. It's got a momentum that's pretty darn exciting throughout – but the compositions are nice and long, which gives the players plenty of space to explore. Personnel includes Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano sax, Mike Mandel on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and Larry Killian on congas – working with Coryell on long trippy tracks that remind us a bit of 60s work by Chico Hamilton, Charles Lloyd, and Gabor Szabo. Titles include "Call To The Higher Consciousness", "The Great Escape", and "Gypsy Queen". CD
 
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FattburgerOne Of A Kind ... CD
Golden Boy/Optimism, 1986. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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George BensonInspiration – A Tribute To Nat King Cole (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Concord, 2013. Used ... $4.99
A great old school session from George Benson – and maybe one of his best albums in years! The setting of the album is just what you'd expect from the title – a tribute to the late, great Nat King Cole – with vocals by George that have an uncanny way of matching Cole's phrasing, yet which also have that warm, raspy sound we love so much from Benson – and some of his excellent scat work too! Arrangements are by Randy Waldman and Nelson Riddle – and have this classic blend of strings and jazz that works perfectly for the set – and Benson gets help from guests who include Wynton Marsalis and Til Bronner on trumpets, plus Indina Menzel and Judith Hill too. Titles include "Route 66", "Nature Boy", "Ballerina", "Smile", "Walkin My Baby Back Home", "Unforgettable", "Too Young", and "Straighten Up & Fly Right". Also includes 2 bonus tracks "That Sunday, That Summer" and "Ramblin' Rose". CD

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Milt BernhartHorns – His Octet And His Brass Ensemble (Milt Bernhart & His Orchestra/Modern Brass) ... CD
RCA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used ... $9.99
Rare work as a leader from trombonist Milt Bernhart – a great player from the west coast scene of the 50s, but one with a tone that's a bit sweeter than that of some of his contemporaries! The CD brings together an LP and EP recorded for RCA in the mid 50s – with arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Candoli, Pete Rugolo, Andre Previn, and Shorty Rogers! The first 4 tracks in the set are all octet tracks with Bernhart as the main soloist – sweetly-crafted tunes that have him arcing his trombone in warm lines that really glisten wonderfully. Titles include Jimmy Guiffre originals "Scarf Dance", "Ballade", and "Safari" – plus a version of "Lover Man". These are followed by 13 more from an album titled Modern Brass – a record that has some of the more modern echoes of Milt's work with Stan Kenton, but which also shows the warmer sound of his horn too – making for a nice interplay between modes that goes deeper than the usual RCA set from the time. Other players include Pete Candoli, Red Mitchell, Jack Marshall, Shorty Rogers, John Graas, and Ray Linn – and titles include "Southern Comfort", "Hillside", "Looking For A Boy", "London In July", "Amor Flamenco", and "Lavender". CD

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Joe BonnerLifesaver ... LP
Muse, 1975. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Wonderfully moody piano work from Joe Bonner – working here in spare solo space on one of his most evocative albums of the 70s! The album's filled with swirling piano lines, played in the usual sensitive Bonner style – stark single-note melodies standing out, couched by fuller chords that are dripping with color. The piano's acoustic throughout, but as with Kenny Barron at this time, there's a slight hint of electricity in the phrasing – and titles include "Tattoo", "Little Chocolate Boy", "Native Son", "The Lifesaver", and "The Observer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Dollar BrandBlack Lightning ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as one side of the record features work from Kippie Moketsi on alto, Basil Manenberg on tenor and flute, and Duku Makasi on tenor – and the flipside features a quartet with Manenberg again – a player whose deep tones really make for a perfect combination with Dollar Brand's snakey piano lines. Moketsi is great, as always – with that offbeat reed sound that always makes his performances so unique. Side one includes the extended groover "Black Lightning", and side 2 features a rendition of "Blue Monk", plus "Little Boy", and "Black & Brown Cherries". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willem Breuker KollektiefWillem Breuker Kollektief ... LP
About Time, 1984. Sealed ... $9.99
American greatness from this seminal Dutch ensemble – a set recorded in the US when the group were really hitting on all burners – linking together rich strains of modern jazz in the course of a single performance! There's a great blend of tight concepts and freer solos going on here – and reedman Breuker is still very might at his most inventive – playing with a rich, feeling sort of tone, and moving through lots of new ideas – and never falling into some of the easier or more gimmicky modes that might normally hamper a project like this. Other musicians include Andre Goudbeek on alto, Maarten Van Norden on tenor, Andy Altenfelder and Boy Raaymakers on trumpet, and Bernard Hunnekink on trombone – and titles include "Women's Voting Rights", "Sylvia's Proposal", "Benares", "Kontrafunkt", "Song Of Mandalay", and "Amsterdam Rhapsody Overture". LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BrownComplete Song Books (Jazz Song Book/Swing Song Book) ... CD
Coral/Lonehill (Spain), 1959. Used ... $1.99
2 great little albums from Les Brown – a real return to greatness at the end of the 50s! Jazz Song Book is a sublime set that's built strongly around solo contributions from players that include Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, Don Fagerquist, and Ronnie Lang – all players who are quite comfortable in a large group setting, but really know how to make the most of their solo space when it comes around! Brown put the album together in a way that shifts the focus between soloists from track to track – and the different voicings really give each number a great sense of mood, even when the tunes themselves are familiar ones. Arrangements are by Bill Holman, and titles include "Pizza Boy", "The Claw", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Chelsea Bridge", "Willow Weep For Me", "King Phillip Stomp", and "Let's Get Away From It All". Swing Song Book offers up some great modern interpretations of jazz numbers from an earlier age – arranged tightly by Billy May, for a set of players that includes Dick Collins, Abe Most, Stumpy Brown, Billy Usselton, and Howard Roberts. The sound is strongly ensemble-based – with beautiful horn parts that are filled with deep tones, yet still manage to swing – a bit like Stan Kenton before he'd gone too modern at the start of the 50s. Titles include "Lean Baby", "Pick Yourself Up", "Early Autumn", "Moten Swing", "Take The A Train", and "I Want To Be Happy". CD
(Note: There seem to be a few very short moments in which the sound is slightly distored – but these are minor, possibly from the master tapes.)

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane Quartet Plays ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Modal Coltrane at its finest – a record that almost returns the great one to the territory explored at the end of his years at Atlantic Records, but which still incorporates all of the new ideas learned afterwards! The album's actually one of the straightest that John Coltrane cut after 1964 – and it features 4 long, beautiful tracks that soar with rhythms from McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones – topped with searing, searching work on tenor and soprano sax from Coltrane! Titles include one of the greatest readings of "Chim Chim Cheree" we've ever heard – a version that remakes the tune almost as a part 2 of "My Favorite Things" – and other titles include "Song of Praise", the classic "Nature Boy" and "Brazilia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has some wear, with stickers on the spine and back.)

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Miles DavisFreedom Jazz Dance – The Bootleg Series Vol 5 (3LP set) ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $44.99 48.99
One of the coolest entries so far in this excellent series of rare material from legendary trumpeter Miles Davis – a set that brings together unheard studio sessions from the years 1966 to 1968 – some tracks from the recordings that gave the world the Miles Smiles, Nefertiti, and Water Babies albums! The group here is that legendary lineup that includes Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – a group who, by this point, was quite comfortable with both each other, and the new ideas that Miles was bringing to his music – very ready to step out with the rich sense of imagination they brought to music like this. There's definitely a new current of darkness here – that brooding quality that Davis had on some of his pre-electric dates – and it's wonderful to hear his ideas develop over a few performances of some tunes, and also through some of the studio chatter too. Titles include a long session reel performance of "Freedom Jazz Dance", three versions of "Circle", session reel takes of "Dolores", "Orbits", "Footprints", "Gingerbread Boy", "Nefertiti", "Fall", and "Water Babies" – plus the tracks "Play Your Eight (Miles speaks)", "Blues In F", "Country Son (rhythm section rehearsal)", and "Masqualero (alt take – take 3)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Inlcudes download!)

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Miles DavisMiles Smiles (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1966. Used ... $9.99
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to jazz – a style that's touched with some of the light lyricism of the late 50s, but which has much sharper edges overall – and really approaches some of the best "new thing" modes that were going down at labels like Blue Note or Impulse! Many tunes have a subtly spare quality, but nonetheless work with a tremendous amount of power – and titles include a classic version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", a haunting take on Shorter's "Footprints", and the titles "Orbits", "Circle", "Dolores", and "Gingerbread Boy". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Pee Wee EllisHome In The Country ... LP
Savoy, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
James Brown's old funky reed player hits wax in this groovy solo set of his own – playing here with a sound that's a bit more produced than usual, and with more of a 70's groove than you're used to hearing him in. His tone is perfect, as always, and the record is arranged and conducted by him in a way that brings his sax solos right up front. Tracks include a funky version of "Nature Boy", plus "Big Daddy", "Gotcha!", "For Apache", and "Pistachio". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Chris ForemanNow Is The Time ... CD
Sirens, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
The first-ever album from organist Chris Foreman as a leader – a Hammond hero who's been making great music for a number of years, and really steps out strongly here on his debut! The album's got a fresh approach from the usual organ jazz outing – in that Foreman plays solo on a number of tracks, but really stuns us with the simultaneous deftness of both his work on the pedals and the keys of the Hammond, and throws us a nice curve ball when he also plays a bit of piano alongside the organ too. Andy Brown joins in on guitar for four of the album's eight tracks – and the last number features alto sax from Diane Ellis. Titles include "Lil Darlin", "Shake A Hand", "Lonely Avenue", "Doggone", "Cotton Boy Blues", and "The Peeper". CD

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Stan Getz/James MoodyTenor Contrasts ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1949/1951. New Copy ... $15.99
Two rare sets of work by American tenor giants – both recorded overseas, and presented here back to back – in an album that certainly offers up the tenor contrasts promised in the title! Stan Getz kicks off the set with 8 tracks recorded in Stockholm in 1951 – working comfortably with a Swedish set of musicians, as part of the great legacy of work that Stan would do over there in the decade – players who include Bent Hallberg on piano. Gunner Johnson on bass, and a bit of baritone from Lars Gullin – on titles that include "S'Cool Boy", "Night & Day", "Don't Be Afraid", "I Only Have Eyes For You", and "Dear Old Stockholm". The remaining 8 tracks feature the beautifully raspy tone of James Moody – also recorded in Stockholm, but two years before – with musicians who include Leppe Sundewall on trumpet, Arne Domnerus on alto, and Gosta Theselius on piano. There's a bit more horn complexity on the Moody sides – and he also plays a bit of alto, too – and titles include "Out Of Nowhere", "Body & Soul", "Lester Leaps In", "The Flight Of The Bopple Be", and "I'm In The Mood For Bop". CD

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonEl Chico/Further Adventures Of El Chico ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used ... $9.99
Amazing sounds throughout – 2 killers from Chico Hamilton! El Chico is light years ahead of the staid sounds that Chico Hamilton was cutting in the 50s! Hamilton's one of those players who has an amazing range to his music – almost all of it really incredible, as Chico always shifts things up over time – continually trying new things, and new modes of expression – even though, given his popularity, he could have just kept recording the same things year after year. This album is true testament to that propensity for growth in Hamilton's music – a wonderfully unbridled set that's filled with unusual rhythms, odd instrumentation, and even some of the first touches of psychedelic jazz to appear in the 60s! Players include Sadao Watanabe on alto and flute, Gabor Szabo on guitar, Jimmy Cheatham on trombone, and Willie Bobo and Victor Pantoja on percussion – all working together in a really wonderful range of modes from track to track – always groovy, but also pretty far-reaching and exploratory too! Titles include "El Moors", "Helena", "Strange", "Marcheta", "El Chico", and "Conquistadores". Further Adventures is 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 especially great guitar from Gabor Szabo – a player who was rising to fame in Hamilton's group, but also stands out here with lots of the breezy grooves he'd bring to his own dates for Impulse. Tracks are short, but in a good way that really keeps them focused – and other players who complete the groove include Clark Terry on trumpet and Ron Carter on bass – both of whom nicely pick up Chico's sense of adventure and humor. Titles include "Monday Monday", "Daydream", "Stella By Starlight", "Evil Eye", "Manila", "That Boy With The Long Hair", and "Monday Monday". CD

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Chico HamiltonFurther Adventures Of El Chico ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1966. Used ... $16.99
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 especially great guitar from Gabor Szabo – a player who was rising to fame in Hamilton's group, but also stands out here with lots of the breezy grooves he'd bring to his own dates for Impulse. Tracks are short, but in a good way that really keeps them focused – and other players who complete the groove include Clark Terry on trumpet and Ron Carter on bass – both of whom nicely pick up Chico's sense of adventure and humor. Titles include "Monday Monday", "Daydream", "Stella By Starlight", "Evil Eye", "Manila", "That Boy With The Long Hair", and "Monday Monday". CD
(Out of print.)

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Harper BrothersHarper Brothers ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The crack first LP from the team of Winard Harper on drums and Philip Harper on trumpet – recording in a quintet with Justin Robinson on alto, Stephen Scott on piano, and Michael Bowie on bass! Includes a version of Lee Morgan's "Mogie", plus "Pentagram", "Sonny Boy", "The Real Boys", and "Haitian March". CD

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Shirley HornShirley Horn Live At The Four Queens ... CD
Resonance, 1988. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Unissued live work from the great Shirley Horn – recorded in Las Vegas right before her big comeback recordings of the 90s – at a time when Shirley was hardly getting a chance to make an album! That lack of attention hardly matters to Horn, though – as she faces this performance with all of the class, charm, and undeniable soul of her bigger label material – both singing and playing piano with that unique sense of phrasing that made her a standout from the 60s onward – easily one of the coolest jazz talents of her generation – and an artist that we'd rank up there with Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and a rare few others. The album's got a few especially nice long tracks – which have Shirley stretching out with great long solos on piano, too – in a trio that features Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums. Titles include "Meditation", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Hi Fly", "Just For A Thrill", "Blues For Big Scotia", "Lover Man", and "Isn't It Romantic". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalPiano Scene Of Ahmad Jamal ... LP
Epic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Early work by Jamal, recorded back when he was really turning heads with his sophisticated approach to the piano. The album's all trio material – played in Jamal's piano/bass/guitar drumless format, which leaves the notes just floating in air, swirling around in smoky clouds of imagination. Titles include an early reading of "Poinciana", plus "Ahmad's Blues", "Aki & Ukthay", "Billy Boy", and "Pavanne". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Barney Kessel/Shelly Manne/Ray BrownStraight Ahead ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1975. Used ... $9.99
A rare 70s reunion for the Poll Winners trio of Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, and Shelly Manne – one that has them all looking a bit shaggy on the cover, but still plenty darn tight in the grooves of the record! There's a really nice change here from the earlier sound of the group – longer tracks than before, played with a bit more sense of freedom by all players involved – but still with that tight comraderie that made the trio so great in the first place. Manne's rhythms are showing some of the looser modes of his later years – and that space is filled nicely by Kessel's still firm guitar lines and Brown's increasingly warm bass. Titles include "Blue Boy", "Caravan", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Two Cents", and "One Foot Off The Curb". CD

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Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth SevenLover & His Lass ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – very fluid in the changes between the notes, without any sharp steps at all – set to beautifully modern sounds from life partner John Dankworth! Players include Bill Le Sage on vibes and piano, and Anllan Ganley on drums – and the first half of the set is vocal, the second all instrumental by Dankworth. Vocal titles include "It Was A Lover & His Lass", "Mad About The Boy", "You're Blase", "A Love Like Ours", "I'm On A See Saw", and "Spread A Little Happiness". Instrumental tunes include "Allen's Alley", "Webb City", "Bopscotch", "Our Delight", and "Perhaps". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Howard McGheeLife Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way past just sleepy orchestrations – into a realm of playful passages that help coax some quite unfamiliar sounds from Howard's horn! The approach is quite different than some of McGhee's more seminal sides, but is also a great illustration of this under-acknowledge side of his talents – and a voice that definitely seems to echo some of his personal struggles at the time. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "The Thrill Is Gone", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", and "My Sin". CD
 
 
 



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