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✨✧ Miles DavisAura ... CD
Columbia, 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Miles Davis' last albums – and a swirling batch of "color" tracks that's almost a blending of his Gil Evans work with the early electric years! The album's one long extended suite – and it's got a moody feel that's really great – a shifting, shimmering sound that takes us back to the Evans years – but also with some of the colder, more modern moments of the late 60s. The set was recorded in Denmark, and is written and produced by Palle Mikkelborg – and it features a host of players, both American and European, including John McLaughlin on guitar, Bo Steif on bass, Jesper Thilo on reeds, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, and Thomas Clausen on keyboards. Miles' solos are the primary focus over the large group setting – and each of the individual movements is named after a color: "White", "Yellow", "Orange", "Red", "Green", "Blue", "Electric Red", "Indigo", and "Violet". CD
 
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George BraithMusart ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different – very far-reaching, and almost spiritual at points – with the blend of jazz and other modes that you might find on the Cadet/Concept sessions in late 60s Chicago! Braith plays a wide assortment of saxes – c-melody, alto and soprano – but his playing here is a bit different than the Roland Kirk-like vibe of before – sometimes more stretched-out and exploratory, in a Nathan Davis sort of vibe – sometimes wrapped up in some larger explorations from the whole group. There's moments of raw percussion with echoey production, others with wordless vocals floating alongside the lead soloist, and still others that have that catchy blend of soul jazz and exoticism you'd find in the music of Eddie Harris or Yusef Lateef – even though Braith here is completely his own artist too! The set features Jane Getz on piano, Jay Carter and Eddie Diehl on guitar, and Ben Dixon on drums – but there's also a lot of percussion, both Latin and otherwise, from a shifting lineup of players. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Del's Theme", "Musart", "Evelyn Anita", "Our Blessing", "Laura", and "Splashes Of Love". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Smith-Glamann QuartetPoinciana ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the most unusual groups to ever record for Bethlehem Records in the 50s – a special combo that's led by Betty Glamann on harp and Rufus Smith on bass – and who work here with an airy sound that's pretty darn nice! Glamann beats Dorothy Ashby on the jazz harp by a few years, and uses the instrument in a great style that's plucked one minute, strummed the next – creating these waves of sound that ring out wonderfully next to Smith's careful work on bass. Other instrumentation includes guitar from Barry Galbraith, drums from Frank Garisto, and accordion from Nick Perito – but the main focus is often on Glamann's instrument, which gets plenty of room for solo space. The overall sound is pretty cool, as the stringed instruments intertwine with the accordion lines, making for a dream mix of melodies – and titles include "Poinciana", "Liza", "Laura", "Now Get Out", "Lotus Land", and "Pulling Strings". CD

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Lew SoloffMy Romance ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $12.99
Not just the set of standards you might guess from the title – although trumpeter Lew Soloff does take on a few jazz classics – and instead a nicely spacious batch of fusion work that features keyboards from Gil Goldstein and Peter Levin, percussion from Airto, bass from Mark Egan, and drums from Danny Gotlieb – all in a way that echoes all the best work of the time from those musicians! The arrangements are sharp, and always a bit spacious – possibly a result of the album's dedication to Gil Evans – and Janis Siegel sings on a few tracks, with this sparkling quality that reminds us how great she can be in just the right setting. Titles include the Brazilian-styled "Samba Dee's Days" – plus "Orgone", "Time Shifter", "Laura & Lena", "Face In The Mirror", and "Cavatina". CD

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✨✧ Cannonball Adderley/Benny CarterLive In Cologne 1961 ... CD
Delta (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two never-heard jazz performances – both recorded in German at the start of the 60s! Cannonball Adderley really shines on the first half of the set – working at a level that rivals his tremendous Riverside albums of the time – especially the live dates, which really showed his combo at their best! These tracks follow strongly in very much the same way – impeccable recording quality, long drawn-out performances, and brilliant sounds from Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – on titles that include "New Delhi", "This Here", and "Lisa". Alto giant Benny Carter follows on three more tracks – working with a European group that includes the mighty Carl Drewo on tenor, plus Raymond Droz on trombone and Francis Coppierters on piano – on titles that include "Laura", "It's Wonderful", and "Rose Room". CD

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✨✧ Michael NauraCall ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter – another relatively obscure player, but one who really resonates with the sound of the keyboard strongly – as both players spin out these warm, soulful sounds that are almost like the best Roy Ayers instrumental moments of the late 60s and early 70s. There's a few moments that get slightly funky, but even the laidback passages are great – and the rest of the group includes Eberhard Weber on bass and Joe Nay on drums. Titles include "Take Us Down To The River", "Soledad De Murcia", "MOC", "Why Is Mary So Nervous?", "Don't Stop", and "The Call". Great stuff – and pure MPS! CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Presents ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus on the best horn soloists in the group, yet which also really hangs together perfectly from the slow-moving and eerie tone of the rest of the group. Jimmy Grissom sings a bit on the set, and other players include Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance – on tracks that include "Day Dream", "Blues", "Frustration", "My Funny Valentine", and "Laura". CD

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✨✧ Larry Gelb TrioLove Songs Of Ian Ops ... CD
I Am, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from pianist Larry Gelb – and a set that's as evocative as its title! Gelb balances his own great compositions with a host of well-chosen older numbers – standards, but tunes that are reworked here to fit in alongside the personal voice he brings to his own music – that lyrical sense of feeling that Larry is able to illuminate in these wonderfully understated ways. The trio's nicely balanced with bass from Cameron Brown and drums from Michael Stephens – and titles include the Gelb originals "The Love Song Of Ian Ops", "Fried Cicadas", "Laura Morante", and "Persipitation" – plus versions of "Monica", "Hush A Bye", "Love Walked In", and "Luiza". CD

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✨✧ Volker KriegelHouse Boat ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other excellent sessions for the MPS label in the 70s – almost with more of a sense of color, ala John Abercrombie – but still the kind of punch we know from his powerful talents on the guitar. Schulter's a lesser-known player, but a great one – an artist we love on the electric album by Michael Naura, The Call – and working here in equally warm company next to Kriegel. Titles include "House Boat", "Are You Really Living Next To Me", "In Your Way", "Your Face Your Voice", and "Chateau Sentimental". CD
 
 
 



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