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Henry ThreadgillSubject to Change ... LP
About Time, 1985. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Compelling compositions from the great Henry Threadgill – recorded here with a really like-minded batch of players who perfectly help him realize his musical vision! There's a nicely snakey feel to some of the tunes here – almost a journey in jazz expression from the left side of the spectrum – lead with a bit more strength than some of Threadgill's other contemporaries, but still allowing plenty of room for solo expression! Two percussionists drive the ensemble – Pheeroan Aklaff and John Betsch – and other players include Ray Anderson on trombone, Rasul Siddik on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Deidre Murray on cello – as well as Threadgill himself on flute, alto, tenor, and clarinet. Amina Claudine Myers contributes vocals on one number – "A Piece Of Software", which features lyrics by Cassandra Wilson – and other titles include "Just Trinity The Man", "Homeostasis", "Higher Places", "Subject To Change", and "This". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Subject to Change ... LP 7.99
 
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Quincy JonesThis Is How I Feel About Jazz ... LP
ABC, 1956. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Fantastic – and an important early album from Quincy Jones! Q's working here in some of his hippest settings of the 50s – scoring longish versions of jazz tunes for groups that include players like Lucky Thompson on tenor, Herbie Mann on flute, Art Farmer on trumpet, Phil Woods and Gene Quill on alto sax, Hank Jones on piano, and even Charles Mingus on bass! As with most Jones albums of the time, Quincy has a way of making a bigger group sound nice and lean – hitting some especially nice edges along with the rhythms, and really showing the way towards a new soulful sound for a bigger band. Titles include a sublime 10 minute version of "Walkin" that kicks off the album with a great soulful groove – plus original tunes "Evening In Paris", "Stockholm Sweetnin", and "Boo's Blues", as well as a version of Cannonball Adderley's "Sermonette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Junior ManceHappy Time ... LP
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good ... $9.99
There's nothing hokey about this one – despite a "happy time" title that might make you think so – as the album's one of the first great statements from pianist Junior Mance, a player who was really coming into his own at the time! Rhythm here is by the team of Ron Carter on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and as with other Mance records from the time, there's a style that's certainly soul jazz directed, but which also comes off with a bit more sensitivity at times – in modes that occasionally recall Red Garland or Tommy Flanagan. Titles include the original numbers "Taggie's Tune", "Happy Time", and "Out South" – plus versions of "Azure Te", "Simple Waltz", and "Tin Tin Deo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNewk's Time ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
About as classic as you can get for Sonny Rollins during the 50s – from the cover right down to the incredible solos on the set! The album's got Rollins really stretching out – still not finding the freer trio mode of his Vanguard session, but still bringing in plenty of fresh ideas in both his phrasing and the construction of his tunes – way more than just the roots of his (still excellent) years as a boppish player. The group's nice and loose – with Wynton Kelly on soulful piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all able to snap into a groove when needed, but also letting Rollins really lay back into a solo too. Titles include the sublime "Asiatic Raes", plus "Namely You", "Tune Up", "Wonderful Wonderful", and "Blues For Philly Joe". If you've ever needed a record to convince you how great Rollins is, this might just be the one! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on Applause.)

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✨✧ Woody ShawTime Is Right ... LP
Red (Italy), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The time is always right for Woody Shaw – as just about every album from the trumpeter's a gem, and this set's no exception to that rule! The set's an overlooked live date from the early 80s – one that features four long songs, just the sort of extended numbers that demonstrate Woody's wonderful talents on the trumpet – that soulful, soaring, exploratory style that really transformed the use of the instrument during Shaw's all-too-short time on this planet. The rhythm section is great – with Mulgrew Miller on long spiraling piano lines, Stafford James on bass, and Tony Reedus on drums – and Steve Turre's also in the group, blowing both trombone and that unique shell of his. Titles include "From Moment To Moment", "Time Is Right", "We'll Be Together Again", and "You & The Night & The Music". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mose Allison TrioBack Country Suite ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country Suite" – an extended piece of shorter numbers, composed by Allison with a wonderfully evocative feel. The depth of the work is wonderful, and shows that even at an early point, Allison was forging a unique voice in jazz that went far beyond simple work on piano as an accompanist. Other players on the set include bassist Taylor La Fargue and drummer Frank Isola – and side two features the tunes "Blueberry Hill", "I Thought About You", "In Salah", and "One Room Country Shack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing on Doxy.)

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Gene AmmonsNothin' But Soul (Up Front) ... LP
Winley/Up Front, Early 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Very nice record, and one of the rarer sides by Gene Ammons. We can't remember the exact story behind this, but we know that the material was recorded by Jug during the early 60's, when he was violating his contractual agreements with a number of labels, and recording sessions for just about everybody. Paul Winley caught him then, and put him in the studio with Howard McGhee and guitarist Jake Fisher, for this cool laidback soul jazz session that's probably one of Jug's most open-ended from the time. The tracks are all long, with a lot of room for solo space, and a round mellow tone. Winley has his name on all of the writing credits, which is probably false (the lying bastard!), and titles include "Housewarmin", "Nothin' But Soul", and "Jug & McGhee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Clifford BrownParis Collection Vol 1 ... LP
Inner City, 1953. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Clifford Brown in Paris – working here with some great help from Gigi Gryce! The first half of the album features material recorded with a largeish group led by Gryce – a really strong modernist ensemble that's a perfect showcase for the sparkling sort of arrangements that Gigi was penning at the time. Brown's trumpet is in the lead on most numbers – alongside other trumpeters who include Art Farmer and Quincy Jones – and players in the group also include Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Gryce and Anthony Ortega on altos, Henri Bernard on tenor, and Henri Renaud on piano – on titles that include two takes of "Brown Skins" and "Keeping Up With Jonesy" – plus "Deltitnu". Remaining material is from a small group, a sextet co-led by Gryce and Brown – with Henri Renaud on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, Jean-Louis Viale on drums, and guitarist Jimmy Gourley on about half the tracks. Titles include two takes on "Conception" and "All The Things You Are" – plus "I Cover The Waterfront" and "Goofin With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jazz Legacy pressing.)

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John ColtraneMy Favorite Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1961. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful work from the legendary John Coltrane – and even though it's probably one of his best-selling albums of all time, it's still a treasure – and has an essential place in just about any jazz collection! We've heard the original title version of "My Favorite Things" a million times – but it still blows our mind the way Coltrane hits this incredibly soulful modal groove, twisting and turning on soprano sax, always keeping things interesting, so that we're surprised that the cut's 13 minutes have gone by so quickly! The rest of the record's equally great – and the 3 other long cuts are "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "Summertime" and "But Not for Me". As great today as when it was cut, and still one of Coltrane's most revelatory albums! With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram EU pressing, still in the shrink.)

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Jacques CoursilBlack Suite (BYG pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $28.99
Jacques Coursil's "Black Suite" is an album-length composition played by a group that includes Anthony Braxton, Burton Greene, Bebe Guerin, and Arthur Jones. The piece moves along in a way that's similar to some of the extended AACM pieces of the time – with spare free moments, and moody chromatic passages by the larger group. Written as a tribute to the struggles of blacks in America, the piece is a very emotional work that offers some excellent performance by all, especially Braxton, who opens up a bit more than usual here. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in nice shape overall – save for a mark that causes a bit of a click for about five minutes on side two.)

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Miles DavisPrince Of Darkness ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1969/1970. Very Good+ 2LP ... $59.99
A beautiful Japanese-only collection of Miles Davis work from the groundbreaking start of his electric years – packaged with an amazing cover and title! Tracks include "In A Silent Way/It's About That Time" with both Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes, and Wayne Shorter on soprano sax; "Bitches Brew" with Shorter, Benny Maupin on bass clarinet, and both Corea and Joe Zawinul on electric pianos; "Right Off" with Steve Grossman on soprano, John McLaughlin on guitar, and Herbie Hancock on organ and electric piano; and "Friday Miles" with Corea on electric keys, Keith Jarrett on organ, and Grossman on soprano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but includes original book, and vinyl is nice.)

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Joe FarrellPenny Arcade ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Killer CTI work from Joe Farrell – with grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – a combo that's got a harder, tighter feel than most CTI groups – a key reason why Joe's records of this time are so legendary! The album features a fantastic version of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" – one that breaks all over the beginning with these riffs by Farrell, then grooves into a CTI electric funk mode for about 13 minutes. All tracks are long – and other tracks include "Hurricane Jane", "Geo Blue", "Penny Arcade", and "Cloud Cream". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny FortuneSerengeti Minstrel ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Very Good ... $2.99
A great one from Sonny Fortune – done with the fusiony sound he was working so well with at the time, and still filled with a tight conception and an incredible group of musicians who bring depth and deliver some really great solos! The title track is an incredible 10 minute cut that breaks into a beautiful modal groove about 4 minutes into it – and that groove is completely wonderful. It's far from the only high point of a set filled with them. Players include Kenny Barron on Fender Rhodes, Woody Shaw on coronet & flugelhorn, Gary King on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Sammy Figueroa on congas, Rafael Cruz on percussion, and Sonny doing his thing on flute, piccolo and sax. Other tracks include "Bacchanal", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "There's Nothing Smart About Being Stupid" and "The Afro-Americans". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chico FreemanTradition In Transition ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A well-titled set from Chico Freeman – as the reedman definitely takes older modern modes into new territory here – moving in almost Monk-ish space, but with some sharper, bolder tones overall! The album's a surprising one for an early 80s major label release – a great reminder that some companies were still willing to take a chance on jazz at the time – and Chico's got a key assortment of players working with him on the date. In addition to his own tenor, flute, and bass clarinet, the record features Wallace Roney on trumpet, Clyde Criner on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Jack DeJohnette on either drums or piano – shifting about a bit from track to track. Titles include "Mys-Story", "At A Glance", "In Spirit", "The Trespasser", "A Prayer", and "Each One Teach One". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dick GriffinDream For Rahsaan ... LP
Ruby, 1979. Near Mint- ... $69.99
A warm tribute to the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and one that features Griffin's trombone in a group with Gary Bartz on alto sax, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and either Billy Hart or Idris Muhammad on drums – all wonderful players who really fit the soulful spirit of the session. The material is hardly a batch of easy covers of Kirk tunes, and instead features some really wonderful numbers penned by Griffin – tunes filled with all the sense of soul and joy that Rahsaan brought to his own music. Titles include "There Is A Time For Love", "Darkness Of Duke", "It's About That Time", "A Dream For Rahsaan", and "Come Dance With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Milt JacksonBe Bop ... LP
Atlantic/East West, 1988. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A surprisingly great record from Milt Jackson – and we're saying that after being plenty darn suspicious about a record titled Be Bop recorded in the late 80s! The set has Jackson returning to the sound of his earliest roots – the boppish material he first cut for Blue Note as a leader in the early 50s, before rising to greater fame in the Modern Jazz Quartet, and later on as a strong solo artist in his own right. The recording is modern, but the feel is pretty darn right – better recorded than the old days, but played in a style that's quite faithful to the roots by a group that features Milt on vibes, Jon Faddis on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, Jimmy Heath on tenor, and Cedar Walton on piano. Titles include "Now's The Time", "Au Privave", "Good Bait", "Woody N You", "Birk's Works", and "Salt Peanuts". LP, Vinyl record album

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Quincy JonesSlender Thread – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Sealed ... $24.99
Another killer from Quincy! Man, he just couldn't miss with these hip 60s soundtracks, and the grooviness of this one is a real testament to his genius. About half the album's straight jazz numbers – played with some wonderful elements like Hammond solos, vibes, electric harpsichord and even some weird sound effects. The other half is orchestral, and the overall style is as cool as any of Quincy's other work from the time, and the album's filled with loads of groovy gems waiting to be rediscovered! Titles include "Psychosis", "Threadbare", "Preludium", "Fox's Sugar", "Big Sir", and "Funny Farm". (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has a hole in one corner.)

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Steve Kuhn with Sheila JordanLast Year's Waltz ... LP
ECM, 1982. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the last great recordings of Steve Kuhn's vocal songs – done live at Fat Tuesday's with Sheila Jordan singing with Kuhn's trio! The sound here takes us back to classic 70s sets by Monica Zetterlund and Karin Krog that feature Kuhn's lyrics – wonderfully-crafted words that were some of the freshest songwriting in vocal jazz back in the 70s, but which hardly ever got their due at the time. The setting here is a bit more sparse than some of those earlier albums – just trio instrumentation with Kuhn playing some incredibly fluid piano alongside Bob Moses on drums and Harvie Swartz on bass – but Jordan fills in all the space with her vocal readings of the tunes, really letting loose beautifully with a soaring, straight-ahead groove. About half the tracks on the set are instrumental, and titles include "Last Year's Waltz", "Turn To Gold", "Drinking Song", "The Fruit Fly", "The Feeling Within", and a version of Steve Swallow's "City Of Dallas". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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Steve LacyStraight Horn Of Steve Lacy ... LP
Candid, 1960. Near Mint- ... $8.99
The only thing "straight" about Steve Lacy's horn is its shape – as the soprano sax here is used in some extremely inventive and modern ways, especially for the date of the session! We don't think we're going out on a limb to say Lacy is one of the foremost melodic improvisors of his time, and easily one of the most talented soprano players too – and his early date as a leader shows both his forward looking involvement with the avant garde (he'd played with Cecil Taylor just before this date and does a couple of his compositions here) and a career-long fascination with Thelonious Monk. Although the group here is piano-less – with Charles Davis on baritone sax, John Ore on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – there's a definite Monk-like edge to many of the numbers, carried off especially by the sharp turns in Lacy's horn! Titles include "Criss Cross", "Air", "Donna Lee", "Louise", "Played Twice", and "Inrospection". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Barnaby pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Ramsey LewisRamsey ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A sweet late 70s groover from Ramsey – not as all-out electric as some of his earlier work for Columbia, but done with some nice arrangements that have a full and soulful feel! There's a bit of Kalimba/Earth Wind & Fire soul to the mix – and some tracks have production by James Mack and soulful backing vocals by Kitty & The Heywoods – both elements of which serve to provide a nice platform for Ramsey to soar over the top on Steinway. A few cuts feature a bit of electric keys, but overall, the style's in that "acoustic solo instrument over electric backings – in the manner that 70s mainstream fusion was using heavily at the time. Titles include "Dancin", "I'll Always Dream About You", "Every Chance I Get", and "I Just Can't Give You Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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Les McCannTalk To The People ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good- ... $6.99
One of the best of Les McCann's 70s Atlantic recordings, and one that captures him with a lot of fire and funkiness – and none of the looser modes of other recordings from the time! Les sings on about half the cuts – but the focus is still quite strongly on his funky jazz, which makes even the vocal numbers work well here – giving them a punch that puts the lyrics in very nice formation. Includes a nice long version of "What's Going On", with backing vocals by The Persuasions; a funky instrumental called "Shamading" that has some excellent clavinet work; and a few other vocal tracks with backup vocals by Eugene McDaniels, like "Let It Lay", "Talk To The People", and Stevie Wonder's "Seems So Long". Also features the funky instrumental "North Carolina" – one of Les' best funky tracks from the 70s, with a really messed up keyboard sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway pressing. Cover has a small labelmaker sticker.)
Also available Talk To The People ... LP 11.99
 
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✨✧ Ray Brown/Milt JacksonMuch In Common ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the first albums in what was to become a very successful pairing – the bass of Ray Brown and the vibes of Milt Jackson, working here in a down-homier setting that was miles away from his work with the MJQ! The set's got a light jazzy backing on most tracks – with some guitar from Kenny Burrell, some piano by Hank Jones, and some organ by Wild Bill Davis – and about half the tracks on the set feature vocals by gospel singer Marion Williams, singing here in a jazz/gospel style that comes across with a lot less of the hoke than you'd expect. Titles include "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Nancy", "Much In Common", and "Gravy Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some light stains along the seams.)

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Terry GibbsPlays Jewish Melodies In Jazztime ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Very Good ... $9.99
A pretty unique record by Gibbs – a set of Jewish tunes set to jazz, played by a group that includes vibes, piano, trombone, and clarinet. The clarinet's the main influence here on the sound – as it's used in a snakey way that instantly invokes Klezmer music, yet still retains the fluidity you'd expect from a jazz album. About half the tunes on the album will be instantly familiar – as they're numbers with popularity that brought them out of the Jewish market into the mainstream in years past – and titles include "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon", "S & S", "Nyah Shere", "And The Angels Sing", "My Yiddishe Momme", and "Papirossen (Cigarettes)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Don EllisConnection ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Funky funky Don Ellis – a great set of electric groovers released at the same time that Don scored big with his soundtrack for The French Connection! As you'd guess from the title, the feel here is quite similar – funky electric big band jazz, with a very hip 70s action soundtrack feel – one that mixes acoustic sax and trumpet passages with some groovier keyboards and electronic bits – all wrapped up in production that's tight, but never too slick to be funky! The album features a great take on Don's excellent "Theme From The French Connection" – plus great electric jazz covers of "Alone Again Naturally", "Superstar", "I Feel The Earth Move", "Roundabout", and "Lean On Me" – as well as album originals "Chain Reaction" and "Train To Get There". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Vaughn Nark QuintetCutting Through ... LP
Lavenham, 1982. Very Good+ ... $4.99
With a name like "Nark", Vaughn must have gotten teased a lot in school – but he probably more than made up for that by coming back with a strong little indie jazz set like this! Vaughn plays trumpet, and the rest of the lineup includes sax/flute, bass, drums, and piano – the last of which is sometimes electric, bringing a sweeter, warmer sound to some of the best cuts. The album's mostly straight – with little funk or groove elements – but it's a well-played batch of work from some players we know little about. Titles include the originals "Alone" and "Cutting Through" – plus "Counting Down", "Blues In The Guts", "Somewhere In The Sun", and "Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pre-release copy, in a cover with plain text front, with call letters in marker.)

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✨✧ Sonny StittNow! ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tight swinger from Sonny Stitt – one of the standout 60s dates he recorded for the Impulse label, a place where he seemed to get even more care and focus in the studio! The record's got all the soulful swing of Stitt's classics for Roost, but also hits a slightly more lyrical groove at times too – and backing is by a trio that features Hank Jones on piano, Al Lucas on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Stitt himself plays a bit of alto alongside his tenor – and titles include "Lester Leaps In", "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", "Estralita", "My Mother's Eyes", "Never Sh!", "Touchy", and "Surfin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, ring & edge wear, and a bit of pen inside the gatefold.)
 
 
 



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