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Art BlakeyGolden Boy ... CD
EMI/Warner (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $14.99
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". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Larry CoryellBarefoot Boy ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Jeff MackevichBoy Toy ... CD
Jeff Mackevich, 2006. Used ... $1.99

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✨✧ Wynton Marsalis/Jazz At The Lincoln Center OrchestGod Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/Little Drummer Boy (Christmas tree shaped vinyl – with bonus download) (2016 Black Friday Release) ... 12-inch
Blue Engine, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
Two great Christmas jazz performances – both done by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – and pressed up here on an ultra-cool, Christmas tree-shaped, picture disc single! (Holiday Music, Jazz) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Joe BeckNature Boy ... LP
Verve/Forecast, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Vince GuaraldiBoy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack ... CD
Fantasy, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(BMG Direct pressing.)
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✨✧ Larry FullerEasy Walker ... CD
Pony Boy, 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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Dollar BrandAfrican Portraits ... LP
Sackville, 1973. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A solo piano set, with Ibrahim running through a number of motifs, all colored with his great African township feel. Rolling basslines and wonderful chromatic melodies weave in and out of pieces like "Cherry", "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro", "Kippie", "Little Boy" and "Jabulani". LP, Vinyl record album
(Label has some marker. Cover has light tape marks along the opening on back.)

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Teddy CharlesTeddy Charles Tentet ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... $33.99
Sublime modern jazz from Teddy – right up there with the best mid 50s work of other groundbreakers like Charles Mingus or George Russell, to whom Charles acknowledges more than a bit of inspiration! Charles plays vibes like no one else – especially at this point in his career, when he's moving into offbeat chromatic ranges that wouldn't be duplicated for another decade, in the work of players like Bobby Hutcherson or Gary Burton. His players on this set include Art Farmer, JR Monterose, Gigi Gryce, and Mal Waldron – and the album includes the original tracks "Green Blues", "The Emperor", and "Vibrations", plus a great version of "Nature Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing with deep groove. Cover is stained, mostly visible on back.)

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Teddy CharlesTeddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Sublime modern jazz from Teddy – right up there with the best mid 50s work of other groundbreakers like Charles Mingus or George Russell, to whom Charles acknowledges more than a bit of inspiration! Charles plays vibes like no one else – especially at this point in his career, when he's moving into offbeat chromatic ranges that wouldn't be duplicated for another decade, in the work of players like Bobby Hutcherson or Gary Burton. His players on this set include Art Farmer, JR Monterose, Gigi Gryce, and Mal Waldron – and the album includes the original tracks "Green Blues", "The Emperor", and "Vibrations", plus a great version of "Nature Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane Quartet Plays ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Good+ ... $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
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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CreationSuper Rock In The Highest Voltage ... LP
EMI (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Despite the title of the album, the group's a sharp-edged fusion combo – one that hails from late 70s Japan, and who works here in the best mainstream fusion mode of the time! The tunes are mostly jazz funk with a bit of polish – heavy on guitars from Kazuo Takeda, who also takes off on some pretty nice solos – and also featuring keyboards from Hisao Sakurai and tenor from Mitsuru Kanekuni. The record is never too jamming, nor too smooth – but one number does feature some unfortunate blues vocals from Takeda. Titles include "Spinning Toe Hold No 2", "No Problem", "Wild Cat", "Swamp Boy", and "Fou Fou Gun Gun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Rita DaCosta with Cedar WaltonRita DaCosta Meets The Cedar Walton Trio ... CD
Finite/Miles Ahead, Early 70s. New Copy ... About March 20, 2016 (delayed)
A sweet mix of jazz and bossa elements from this groovy little singer – with backing from the Cedar Walton Trio! Titles include "Boy From Ipanema", "Quiet Nights", and "On A Clear Day". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Miles DavisBlue Moods ... LP
OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm section – plus Teddy Charles' vibes where you might expect a piano. As you might guess from the title and instrumentation, the set has more to do with Miles' more contemplative explorations of the time – his "blue moods" – than his more upbeat boppish styles, but that's where Charles' vibes come in and really make the set a great one. The group runs through a nice set of laidback, cool renditions of the tunes "Nature Boy", "Alone Together", "There's No You" and "Easy Living" – all done in nice longer takes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisFreedom Jazz Dance – The Bootleg Series Vol 5 (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $36.99 39.98
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 two takes of "Freedom Jazz Dance", three versions of "Circle", two of "Dolores", "Orbits", "Footprints", "Gingerbread Boy", "Nefertiti", "Fall", and "Water Babies" – plus the tracks "Play Your Eight", "Blues In F", "Country Son", and "Masqualero". CD

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✨✧ Walt DickersonSense Of Direction ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ... $24.99
A fantastic bit of work by one of the most unique players in jazz! Dickerson's got an amazing tone on the vibes, and he's working here with pianist Austin Crowe, who creates beautiful spiralling piano lines that ring out in glorious tones next to Dickerson's darker metallic ones. The album's comprised of almost all original material, and has a fresh sound that's very different from any other jazz vibes albums from the time (except for Dickerson's other LPs). Titles include "Ode To Boy", "The Good Earth", "Sense Of Direction", and "Why". Very nice! CD
(Out of print, small pinch through spine.)

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Bill EvansConception (New Jazz Conceptions plus bonus tracks) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1956/1958/1962. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
An expanded version of Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The core session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic – fluid, but never flowery – pure genius of economy and understatement, while also at the same time opening bold new worlds in sound. The trio features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, and titles include the classics "Five" and "Waltz For Debby", the latter of which is performed solo by Evans – plus tracks that include "Displacement", "I Love You", "My Romance", "No Cover, No Minimum", and "Our Delight". Added to the original album is a full record of (then) previously unissued tunes – mostly solo piano numbers recorded in 1958 and 1962 – on titles that include "Easy To Love", "Some Other Time", "Danny Boy", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chris ForemanNow Is The Time ... CD
Sirens, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 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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Herb & Lorraine GellerTwo Of A Kind – The Complete Recordings 1954 to 1955 (Sensational Saxophone Of Herb Geller/Herb Geller Plays/Herb Geller Sextette/Gellers) ... CD
Mercury/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Some of the earliest genius of alto saxophonist Herb Geller – one of our favorite players of the mid 50s LA scene, heard here on some key sessions cut with his pianist wife Lorraine! The bulk of the set comes from 3 classic albums for Mercury – Herb Geller Plays, Herb Geller Sextette, and The Gellers – plus a bit more from the rare Imperial EP Sensational Saxophone Of Herb Geller – all tremendous records that strongly showcase Geller's amazingly dexterous approach to the alto sax – in a style that has some of the sharpness and modernist elements of Lee Konitz from the same time, but which also comes across with the deeper sense of soul that you might find in work by Charlie Mariano or Art Pepper. Lorraine's work on piano is great too – fast, fluid, and often quite boppish – not at all what you might expect from the cooler LA scene of the 50s. Other players here include Curtis Counce or Red Mitchell on bass, Lawrence Marable or Mel Lewis on drums, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Ziggy Vines on tenor sax. 2CD set features 37 tracks in all – all completely sublime – with titles that include "It's Swell Of You", "Mad About The Boy", "A Room With A View", "Happy Go Lucky", "Breaking Through The Sound Barrier", "Silver Rain", "Patterns", "Arapahoe", "Love", "Two Of A Kind", "Outpost Incident", "Tardi At Zardi's", "Vone Mae", and "Owl Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonHomecoming ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Dex's famous return to New York in the mid 70s – recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1977, and featuring some of his best group-heavy playing of the decade! The quintet is fantastic – and includes Woody Shaw, Ronnie Matthews, Stafford James, and Louis Hayes. Features versions of Shaw's "Little Red's Fantasy" and "In Case You Haven't Heard", Matthews' "Let's Get Down", Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy", and Gordon's own "Fenja" and "Backstairs". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tubby HayesSyndicate – Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol 1 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download code) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $24.99
A very very cool live set from the great tenorist Tubby Hayes – one that has him working in an unusual quartet with Louis Stewart on guitar – a setting that makes a really nice change for Hayes! The track are all very long and open – three of the four are past the ten minute mark – and Stewart's guitar often provides this rhythmic comping while Tubby solos – creating blocks of chromatic sound that make for a wonderful counterpart to the sharper, soulful lines from Hayes as he creates with the sort of non-stop energy we love in his live performances. The rest of the group includes Kenny Baldock on bass and Spike Wells on drums – and titles include "The Syndicate", "Gingerbread Boy", "The Inner Splurge", and "The Gentle Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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Terumasa HinoDaydream ... CD
Flying Disk/Victor (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $26.99
A great fusion set from this legendary Japanese trumpeter – one that has Terumas Hino stepping over to work in America – with a sound that's almost as if he'd decided to record an album for the CTI label at the time! Arrangements here are by keyboardist Leon Pendervis – who heads up an all-star lineup that includes Bob James on more keyboards, John Tropea on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and both Michael Brecker and Dave Liebman on reeds – all working in a warmly soulful groove that even includes a bit of occasional vocals from Lani Groves and Luther Vandross! Hino was great in his 60s soul years, and during his spiritual moments of the early 70s – and he's equally wonderful here, in a nicely different setting – on titles that include "Still Be Bop", "Goin For The Gold", "La Hora Azul", "Sweeter & Sweeter", "Late Summer", and "Antigua Boy". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... About December 15, 2016
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – thanks in part to Hipp's forceful, angular approach to the keys of the piano – and also to some great accompaniment from Peter Ind on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums! As usual, Thigpen takes things past any expectations you might have for the trio format – with a great lively touch on the drum kit that keeps the whole proceedings moving nicely. Tracks on this first volume include "These Foolish Things", "Mad About The Boy", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Billie's Bounce", and "Lady Bird". CD

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✨✧ Joe HoustonCornbread & Cabbage Greens ... CD
Specialty, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
Essential work from one of the heaviest tenors on the west coast in the 50s – the mighty Joe Houston, heard here on a set of rare material recorded for the legendary John Dolphin! The set brings together rare 78s, unissued tracks, and even a cool radio ad from the time – all graced by Houston's hard-wailing tenor – schooled in jazz, but rooted in blues – and blowing with tremendous power on these mostly-instrumental grooves! The style's definitely R&B, but there's plenty of swing too – and titles include "All Night Long", "Walkin Home", "Lester Leaps In", "I Cover The Waterfront", "Gordon's Know", "Anything", "Richie's Roll", "Thom's Tune", "Mambo", "Shake It Up", "Midnight", "Coastin", "Cornbread & Cabbage Greens", and "Huggy Boy Radio Ad". CD

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Joe HoustonRockin' At The Drive In ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Classic 50s tenor work from the mighty Joe Houston – west coast tenor star galore, and one of the strongest players to cross the line between jazz and R&B! The set features Joe blowing in a relatively uncomplicated mode overall – hitting some nice upbeat groovers, but also chilling out on a few more late nite tracks – all served up on a total of 24 tracks that includes some previously unissued numbers! There's a very raw, nice and hearty R&B sax groove throughout – and a few tracks feature vocals, but most of the CD is instrumental – with a really strong focus on the kind of searing performances that have made Houston one of our favorites over the years. Titles include "Chicano Hop", "Joe's Hot House", "Rockin At The Drive In", "Bean Hop", "Shuckin & A Jivin", "Houston Shuffle", "Slip N Out", "Home Boy", "Hush Your Mouth", and "Deep Freeze". CD

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Milt JacksonJazz N Samba ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
This may not be Milt Jackson's purest album – but oh how we love it! Milt's working here more in a Verve pop jazz mode than a highbrow third stream one – with bossa backings on about half the album, and good small combo work on the rest. The first half features Jimmy Heath on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – all grooving nicely next to Milt's vibes on tracks like "Blues For Juanita", "Gingerbread Boy", and "Big George". The real charmer, though, is the second half – which has Milt playing with the same group, minus Flanagan, plus 2 guitarists for that bossa sound. Lillian Clark sings vocals on 2 cuts – "Jazz N Samba" and "Kiss & Run" – and the side also features the great groover "Jazz Bossa Nova", and the incredible "The Oo-Oo Bossa Nova", which features Joe E Ross from Car 54 going "Oo Oo!" on the breakdowns! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s green label pressing, in a glossy gatefold cover. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Ahmad JamalCross Country Tour 1958 to 1961 ... CD
Chess/Universal, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $4.99
Excellent live work by Ahmad Jamal – recorded during his classic years, when he was wowing audiences all over the US! The set features 2 CDs, with material recorded at the Pershing Lounge and Alhambra in Chicago, The Spotlite Club in Washington DC, and the Black Hawk in San Francisco. On the 2 CDs, you're getting a huge amount of material – 32 tracks that made up some of Jamal's best-selling albums of the early 60s, all recorded with the classic trio of Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier. Titles include "Moonlight In Vermont", "Woody N You", "Poinciana", "Cherokee", "Tater Pie", "Billy Boy", "Snowfall", "Sweet & Lovely", and "Darn That Dream". CD

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