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Jimmy HamiltonIt's About Time ... LP
Swingville, 1961. Very Good ... $28.99
Great straight work from Duke's clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton – a set that features Jimmy in a slightly different setting than usual – without as much Ellington inflection, and a bit more small combo groove! Players here include frequent partner Clark Terry on trumpet, plus Tommy Flanagan on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – and tracks are nicely open, in that best Swingville way. Titles include "Nits & Wits", "Stupid But Not Crazy", "Gone With The Blues", "Two For One", and "Mr Good Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove! Cover is nice too.)
 
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Bobby BradfordLost In LA ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Nothing lost about this set, as Bobby Bradford's work is tight and focused throughout – and stands as a hip west coast contrast to early 80s avant jazz material from points east! There's a feel here that's a lot like some of the Nimbus Records albums of the time – material that's definitely towards the left side of the jazz spectrum, but which is usually never too far out – often tied together with a sense of spirit, or a bit of swing – and at the best moments, a nice little groove that really grabs our attention. Even back in the 60s, Bobby always brought a great sense of rhythm to his farther-out work – and that tradition definitely continues here, thanks to help from the Mark Dresser and Roberto Miguel Miranda on bass, and Sherman Ferguson on drums. Bradford plays cornet, James Kousakis plays alto sax, and titles include "You Known", "Dirty Rag", "Ashes", "Ornate", and "Sho Nuff Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gustav BromBrom Stream ... LP
Supraphon (Czech Republic), 1966. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Some of the most modern work we've ever heard from groundbreaking Eastern European bandleader Gustav Brom – a set that's filled with sharp edges and experimental moments – but which also shows some of the usual Brom swing we've come to love over the years! There's a Kenton-esque love of tone colors going on here – a great sense of placement for the horns, so that they shift over each other wonderfully to create new sounds and tensions, which are then relaxed as the players break into freer solos. The "stream" in the title might be a reference to third stream jazz, but Brom's approach is a lot less academic here – and his group on the album features trumpet, tenor, alto, vibes, baritone sax, and piano. Titles include "Suite About Water", "Study For A Quarter Tone Trumpet", "Silver Spider", "Black Tears", "Poseidon", "Conflicts", and "Hallelujah Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing – in great shape, save for some light wear on the cover.)

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✨✧ John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $79.99
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)
Also available Flight For Four (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Chosen FewMoments Of The Past ... LP
Phonograph, 1982. Very Good- ... $29.99
Don't know much about these guys – even though they apparently come from our hometown of Chicago – but the record's a great batch of fusion cuts, with a tightness that rivals the late 70s work of Steely Dan or The Crusaders. The group's got a really similar approach – as the tightness of the jazz playing is never too annoyingly hard-jamming fusion, but at the same time it's still really committed to stretching out at the right moments. A few tracks have some soulful vocals – and since Geraldine DeHaas is listed in the credits, we're figuring she's one of the singers. Titles include "City Life", "You Need Love", "Years Of Tears", "Moments Of The Past", and "Yes Efendi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear and a lightly stained corner.)

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Buddy DeFrancoCooking The Blues ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way – DeFranco always managed to keep things fresh and modern, drawing heavily on bop inspiration for a record like this, yet also remaining true to his roots too. Part of the strength of the record is the group, too – given that Sonny Clark is on piano, bringing in a mighty soulful undercurrent to the rhythm section, and even playing a bit of organ too! Tal Farlow brings in some nice guitar – and the group's completed by Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums – on titles that include "Indian Summer", "Cooking The Blues", "Stardust", and "How About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert!)

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Herbie HancockMagic Windows ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good- ... $7.99
A great little soul album from Herbie Hancock – but one that's often lost in the valleys between his bigger hits of the time! The record was cut in the space right before Herbie's big "Rockit" success – and it's a sweet bit of funky fusion that has a good dose of R&B in the mix – similar to other records from Hancock's Columbia label keyboardist contemporaries – like Rodney Franklin, Webster Lewis, or Charles Earland! All orchestrations are performed by Herbie on a host of keyboards and synthesizers, and just about every cut has vocals – from singers who include Sylvester, Gavin Christopher, and The Waters. But even with this soul component, Herbie still keeps things jazzy – using a good bit of keyboards to open up the tunes in the middle, and hitting hard on all numbers with that classic Hancock approach to funk! Titles include "Magic Number", "Tonight's The Night", "Everybody's Broke", "Help Yourself", and "Satisfied With Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rufus HarleyTribute To Courage ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a bit gimmicky – but this later set is a soul jazz masterpiece, infused with rich Coltrane-like modes of expression, as Harley plays both soprano sax and bagpipes over some long modal original compositions! The group is a great one – with Oliver Collins playing some fantastic spiraling lines on piano, and great bass and drum work by James Glenn & Billy Abner. Titles include "Ali", "X", "About Trane", "Tribute To Courage", and a great version of "Sunny"! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some edge wear, a promo sticker, anda name in marker on back.)

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Milt JacksonBe Bop ... LP
Atlantic/East West, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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
(Cover has a cutout notch and promo stamp.)

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Stan LeveyStan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1954. Very Good- ... $28.99
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really shakes the tunes free of any of the larger Kenton-esque qualities of the composers. Giuffre is on the record – playing baritone in the sextet along with Zoot Sims on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, and Max Bennett on bass – about as great of a Bethlehem lineup as you could hope for at the time. Sims brings in a really rich sense of soul tot he record – and titles include "Drum Sticks", "Lightnin' Bug", "Exaktamo", and "Extraversion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, tape residue and some splitting along the seams, some staining on the bottom half, and some peeling in the bottom corners of the back paste-on.)
Also available Stan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre ... CD 13.99

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Jack Millman All StarsShades Of Things To Come ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $12.99
A great lost treasure from the LA scene of the 50s – one of the few albums recorded by trumpeter Jack Millman as a leader, working here with a well-named set of "all stars" that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Buddy Collette, Harry Babasin, and Larry Bunker. The set's got a similar feel to other west coast work of the time, but the tracks are tighter, more composed, and a bit more swinging – sort of halfway between swing and the chamber jazz of some of the headier groups. Titles include "The Great Lie", "Along About F", "Butterfingers", "Thinking Of Russ", and "Da Bloosiest Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has some pressing flaws that cause a light click or two.)

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Sam MostEast Coast Jazz 9 – I'm Nuts About The Most – Sam That Is ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... $19.99
Sweet flute work from the great Sam Most – a player who really shone brightly during his 50s recordings for Bethlehem Records – of which this is one of the best! Sam's got a mean, lean quality to his solos – a mode that rivals that of Frank Wess on the instrument at the time, and may well beat Herbie Mann – able to step lively on more boppish numbers, but step back into these soulful lines at just the right moments. The rest of the group has a tight feel too – modern, but a bit playful too – with Marty Flax on baritone, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Billy Triglia on piano, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. Titles include "Deed I Do", "Broadway", "Smiles", "Don't Worry Bout Me", "How Deep Is The Ocean", and "Tea For Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Smiles".)

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Oscar PetersonSoul Espanol ... LP
Limelight, 1966. Near Mint- ... $11.99
About as close as you'll get to soul jazz with Oscar Peterson – and a very groovy set recorded with some good Latiny influences in the playing, and kind of a pop soul style in the arrangements! The core trio of Peterson on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums (a very soulful group already) is augmented by added timbales by Marshall Thompson and conga by Master Henry Gibson – great extra percussion that really makes the whole thing groove nicely! The album was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that's very much in the best Cadet Records style of the time – filled with soulful groovers that include "Mas Que Nada", "Samba Sensitive", "Amanha", "Soulville Samba", "Samba De Orfeu", and "Call Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Ike Quebec, Jimmy Hamilton, John HardeeSwing Hi Swing Lo ... LP
Blue Note, Late 40s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
Although most of the world knows Ike Quebec these days for his "comeback" recordings with Blue Note in the early 60s, back in the 40s, he recorded some totally smoking sides for the label that show him playing in a much younger, gutsier vein – nicely shifting between the camps of bop and swing, as a fierce young tenor master. Those recordings were mostly issued on 78s, but this 60s LP contains some of the best sides from that time – including "Indiana", "Blue Harlem", "Tiny's Exercise", "Mad About You", and "If I Had You". The album also features "Limehouse Blues" by Benny Morten's all stars, with Ben Webster; "River Edge Rock" by John Hardee, and "Blues In My Music Room" by Jimmy Hamilton – all from the same Blue Note 78rpm era. LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Johnny RichardsWide Range ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A killer album from Johnny Richards – possibly the best he ever cut! The album sparkles with all the intensity he brought to Stan Kenton's Cuban Fire album – with bits of Latin, jazz, and some of the modernist scoring that Kenton, Richards, and Pete Rugolo were using at the time. However, the main thing about this album is that it swings like a mo-fo – moving past any tricks and gags to hit a strong jazz mode, with excelelnt solo work by players like Frank Socolow, Gene Quill, and trumpeter Burt Collins. Willie Rodriguez brings some nice Latin percussion to the set – and titles include "Cimarron", "Eyes", "Nipigon", and "The Ballad Of Tappan Zee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label pressing. Cover has some wear, and clear tape along the top seam.)

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Kai Winding & JJ JohnsonK + JJ – East Coast Jazz Series No 7 ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
A cool quintet session from the great trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – one that really lets their twin horns soar free together – with only a bit of light backing to spur them on! The group's got a great rhythm section – with Dick Katz on piano, Al Harewood on drums, and either Milt Hinton or Wendell Marshall on bass – and the format is simple, but wonderful – as Kai and JJ step out tightly on the leads, then trade solo lines with effortless easy – almost in the way a jazz vocal harmony group might at the time! The pair recorded often together, but this set's still one of their greatest – and titles include "Stolen Bass", "Out Of This World", "Gong Rock", "Lope City", and "That's How I Feel About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the corners and top seam.)

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Leo WrightBlues Shout ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good ... $34.99
A beautiful record, and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by alto player Leo Wright! At the time of the set, Wright was really making some excellent records with Lalo Schifrin and in Dizzy Gillespie's group (where they both were working at the time) – and this set is a perfect example of the lyricism and Latin influences he'd picked up from Lalo, mixed with the soulful expression that was common for Dizzy's combos in the 60s. Leo plays flute on about half the record, and he's working with soulful modern players that include Richard Williams, Charlie Persip, Art Davis, and Junior Mance. Titles include "Two Moods", "Blues Shout", "Sigi", "Indian Summer", "Autumn Leaves", and "The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label pressing – very nice overall, and cover is in good shape.)

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonSoul Sound System ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The second album by The Freedom Sounds – a very cool west coast soul jazz collective, headed by Wayne Henderson, and featuring a great mix of jazz, soul, and Latin rhythms! This set's a little more ambitious than the group's first album – with a number of tracks that groove in a very strong Latin jazz mode, sounding a lot like some of the best work on Atlantic at the time by Mongo Santamaria, Hubert Laws, and others. Henderson's trombone is still a key solo instrument, but the album also features some incredible sax work from Willie Gresham – a player we know little about, but who makes the album cook in the same fantastic way that Hubert Laws and Sonny Fortune did for Mongo's best work of the 60s! The grooves are very right-on, with plenty of excellent percussion work – and titles include the originals "Love-Out", "Behold The Day", and "Soul Sound System", plus some groovy covers, like "All You Need is Love", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", and "Are You Sure?" – all done with a great Latiny groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppMagic Of Ju-Ju ... LP
Impulse, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Beautifully balanced 60s work from Archie Shepp – a record that mixes newer freedoms with sharper vision – all wrapped up with some wonderfully intense solo work! As with some of Shepp's other great dates for Impulse at the time, the group's a largeish one – a nonet of players who are arranged tightly at some moments, but set loose on their own at others – in a style that many other leaders would copy in years to come, but never really match as strongly! Trumpet is by Martin Banks and Michael Zwerin, the latter of whom also plays trombone – and other players include Reggie Workman on bass, Beaver Harris and Norman Connors on drums, and added percussion from Ed Blackwell, Frank Charles, and Dennis Charles. Shepp wrote all titles for the date – and there's a great mixture of soulful undercurrents and more angular modern edges in every tune. Titles include "The Magic Of Ju Ju", "You're What This Day Is All About", "Shazam", and "Sorry 'Bout That". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label mono pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole, and a small mono sticker.)

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✨✧ Pete Christlieb/Warne MarshApogee ... LP
Warner, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 – recording them along with Lou Levy on piano, Jim Hughart on bass, and Nick Ceroli on drums, in a setting that's got a warm, acoustic feel. There's no tricks or electricity on the set – just a tight, angular approach to modern jazz – crafted in the twin-sax mode that Marsh recorded in often during the 50s. Titles include "Magnatism", "317 E 32nd", "Rapunzel", and "Tenors Of The Time". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Lunarcy", "Love Me", and "How About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a Special sticker.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneMy Favorite Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Green & red label pressing. Cover has wear, fully split top seam, and mostly split bottom seam.)
 
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George BensonOther Side Of Abbey Road ... LP
CTI/A&M, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A wonderfully wicked album – one that sold so many copies that it's sometimes hard to remember how great it is! George takes on all of Abbey Road – or just about all of it – as he runs through some of the most beautiful tracks The Beatles ever wrote, like "Golden Slumbers", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "The End", "Because", and "You Never Give Me Your Money". The whole thing's set to some great baroque jazzy arrangements by Don Sebesky, and George digs the whole thing so much that he even sings a bit – vocalizing in a cool chromatic way that really works well with his guitar playing, and which would soon transform into a very popular style on his records of the 70s. Keyboards are by Bob James and Herbie Hancock – and there's plenty of other great jazz players in the mix! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Urbie GreenLyrical Language Of Urbie Green (aka East Coast Jazz Series #6) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the strongest albums ever cut by trombonist Urbie Green – a player who had a heck of a lot of talent, but who unfortunately could sometimes end up in some schmaltzy settings. Fortunately, this isn't one of them – as the group includes players like Jimmy Lyon on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, and Ike Horowitz on tenor – actually a nom-du-date for Al Cohn! The arrangements are tight, but never too much so – and there's a good degree of spirit in both the playing, and the compositions – some of which are by arranger Marion Evans. Titles include "Sneaky Pete", "Sassafras", "Melody In Bb", "How About You", and "Mutation". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Taft JordanTaft Jordan Plays Duke Ellington – Mood Indigo ... LP
Moodsville, 1961. Very Good ... $14.99
A great laidback set that shows trumpeter Taft Jordan in a completely different setting than the Ellington group – working here in a small combo with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Wyands on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. Tracks are shortish, but open and easy-going – lots of room for Jordan's trumpet to sparkle, plus some nice contributions from Burrell and Wyands as well. Titles include "Warm Valley", "Lost In Meditation", "In A Sentimental Mood", and "I Didn't Know About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Moodsville pressing with an RVG stamp. Cover has some clear tape on the spine and masking tape on the bottom seam.)

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Sonny StittNow! ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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 pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and light wear.)

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✨✧ Ray Brown/Milt JacksonMuch In Common ... LP
Verve, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has some marker on back.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious In Action ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic cooker from Thelonious Monk – recorded during his legendary run at the Five Spot in the late 50s, and featuring some especially great work on tenor from a young Johnny Griffin! Griffin's filling a role here that would be cemented a bit more firmly in the 60s by Charlie Rouse – but what we like about his playing here is that it's not as clearly codified "Monkish" as some of Rouse's work (even though that's all pretty darn great) – sometimes a bit more open, although still filled with angular tones and changes on this set of all-original compositions by Monk. Rhythm is by Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Roy Haynes on drums – and titles include "Evidence", "Epistrophy", "Blue Monk", "Rhythm-a-ning", "Light Blue", and "Coming on the Hudson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi and gatefold cover!)

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✨✧ Archie SheppI Know About The Life ... LP
Sackville (Canada), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite records from Archie Shepp's "new traditionalism" years – a set of understated brilliance and beauty, and proof that Shepp's tenor could sound every bit as great on the inside of jazz as it did on the out! The group here is a quartet – with Ken Werner on piano, Santie Debriano on bass, and John Betsch on drums – but the real star of the scene is Archie, blowing with a rough-edged tone that's dripping with soul and humanity – definitely "knowing about the life" in the title, and coming through with a timeless quality that makes him stand beautifully alongside older players like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, or Sonny Stitt! Titles include "Well You Needn't", "I Know About The Life", "Giant Steps", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithGot My Mojo Workin' ... LP
Verve, 1965. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although he was the consummate high-class hipster at the start of his career, for some reason Jimmy Smith seemed to hit a forced sort of rootsy style about halfway through his years at Verve. The style worked well for him, even if it sometimes languished in bluesy tones that seemed a bit forced – and on this album, his basic trio of Grady Tate and Kenny Burrell are augmented by arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Nelson keeps things from getting too hokey, and Jimmy's organ lines are free and sharp on the best cuts. Titles include "Mustard Greens", "Hobson's Hop", "Got My Mojo Workin", and "High Heel Sneakers". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Al HibblerMeeting Of The Times ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Roland makes a nod towards tradition – as he seemed to be doing often in the later years of his life – and he welcomes the great Al Hibbler into the studio for a true "meeting of the times". Hibbler's one of our favorite vocalists from the early 50s, but mixing him with Kirk is a strange approach. Oddly, though, the set works – thanks mostly to Hibbler's insistence on keeping things straight. Titles include "Something About Believing", "Daybreak", and "Carney & Begarnd Place". Plus, the album also features one track – "Dream" – which has Leon Thomas on vocals instead of Hibbler. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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