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Franco AmbrosettiLive At The Blue Note (plus bonus track) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, he's just a great jazz musician in an old school mode – one who's interacting here wonderfully with a group that includes Seamus Blake on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! The rhythm section is especially great – and really seems to set the right tone for the set – and the tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Phantoms", "Voyage", "Blues N Dues Et Cetera", and "Just Friends". CD features the bonus track "Franco's Delight". CD

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Art BlakeyComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers (6CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1960. Used 6CDs ... $199.99
An incredible year for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a time when the group included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The work here is the stuff of legend – and this year's worth of material includes sessions that appeared on the albums Roots & Herbs, Witch Doctor, Like Someone In Love, Freedom Rider, The Big Beat, Night In Tunisia, Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vols 1 & 2, and the Japanese-only Pisces! CD
(Out of print. CDs are still sealed – and box and book are nice, save for light wear on one bottom edge.)

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Clifford BrownBest Of Clifford Brown – The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
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Clifford BrownBrownie Speaks – The Blue Note Albums (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 54.98
Seminal work from one of the greatest trumpeters of the 20th Century – and a musician who helped his instrument find a whole new voice in jazz during his short time on this planet! The set brings together all of Clifford Brown's classic work for Blue Note, but in their original format – the selection of 10" albums that came out in the early 50s, and opened up countless ears to his style on the trumpet – a mode that could be incredibly hard biting at times, but also soulful and sweet as well – balanced beautifully amidst the different settings offered here. Each set of tracks recaptures the original 10" track selection, with alternates or rare tracks added only at the end – and the package features all the material from the 10" albums Jay Jay Johnson With Clifford Brown, New Faces New Sounds, New Star On The Horizon, and all volumes of A Night At Birdland With Art Blakey Quintet. Musicians include Gigi Gryce on alto and flute, Jimmy Heath on tenor, JJ Johnson on trombone, Lou Donaldson on alto, Charlie Rouse on tenor, Horace Silver or Elmo Hope on piano, and Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Kenny Clarke on drums. 42 tracks, in a hardcover book-style package with lots of images and notes! CD

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✨✧ James Carter Organ TrioOut Of Nowhere –Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2004. Used ... $14.99
With Hamiet Bluiett & James Blood Ulmer. CD
(Out of print.)

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Charlie ChristianComplete Studio Recordings – Columbia, RCA Victor, Vocalion & Blue Note Master Takes (4CD set) ... CD
Disconforme (Spain), 1939/1940/1941. Used 4CD ... $19.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisBest Of Miles Davis – The Capitol & Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
Includes "Move", "Godchild", "Budo", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Donna", "Yesterdays", "Tempus Fugit", "Enigma", "CTA", "Well You Needn't", "It Never Entered My Mind", "Weirdo", "Somethin Else" and "Autumn Leaves". CD

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Fareed HaqueDeja Vu – The Blue Note Cover Series ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print, booklet has a promo sticker and stamp on CD.)

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Milt JacksonMilt Jackson (Blue Note 1509 aka Wizard Of The Vibes) ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Sealed ... $19.99
Wicked early work from Milt Jackson – a record that's got a lot more of an edge than some of his later work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – a near-perfect modernist bop sound that's every bit the best side of Blue Note in the early 50s! The package brings together material from a few different sessions – some originally on 10" LPs – and the core of the material features Jackson in the company of pianist Thelonious Monk, on some tracks that also feature Sahib Shihab on alto sax! John Lewis plays piano on another batch of tracks that are essentially the early MJQ lineup, but with Lou Donaldson on alto too – so they swing with a bit more soul than you might expect. Titles include "Bag's Groove", "On The Scene", "Willow Weep For Me", "Criss Cross", "Evidence", "Tahiti", "Misterioso", "Four In One", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing, sealed! Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Elvin Jones Jazz MachineTruth – Heard Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 1999. Used ... $9.99
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Jackie McLeanJackie McLean Quintet (Blue Note) ... LP
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. Near Mint- ... $36.99
A great little session by Jackie McLean – recorded in 1962 by Blue Note, but not issued until years later, only initially in Japan! The album's one of Jackie's last pure hardbop sides – recorded in the pivotal year of 1962, when he was just beginning to dip his toe into modernist ideas – and inflect his straighter work with some beautiful shifts, twists, and turns that skirted the fringes of modern jazz wonderfully. There's a vibe here that's totally great – one that has McLean breaking away from the pack and working in one of the freshest voices in jazz at the time. Players include Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Sonny Clark on piano – and tracks include "Three Minors", "Marilyn's Dilemma", "Iddy Bitty", and "Blues For Jackie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Thelonious MonkComplete Blue Note Singles 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 29.98
The genius of modern music – expanded – in a set that features all the original recordings done by Thelonious Monk for Blue Note, in the order of their original release as 78rpm singles – in a great package that also features alternate takes and other variations! The core of the collection is 29 numbers that comprise a huge moment for Monk – groundbreaking trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet sides that were recorded with all the freedom and respect that Blue Note had to offer – allowing Monk to not only present his unique compositions in all their modern glory, but also refine his groundbreaking style on the piano as well. The package then features 18 more titles that were the alternate and other takes that appeared on later reissues and CD collections – making for a total of 47 numbers in all, packed in a very cool book-style cover with images and notes. Titles include the rare vocal tracks with Kenny Pancho Hagood – "All The Things You Are" and "I Should Care" – plus "Skippy", "Carolina Moon", "Hornin In", "Thelonious", "Suburban Eyes", "Round About Midnight", "Who Knows", "Monk's Mood", "Humph", "Evidence", "Ask Me Now", "Four In One", "Evonce", and lots more! CD

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Amazing early work from Sonny Rollins – the first of his tremendous Blue Note albums – and a record that really shows him taking off at the time! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation – not as far out as in a few years to come, but already awash in imagination and creativity. The group here includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Max Roach on drums – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "Sonnysphere", and "Decision". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (RVG Edition) ... CD 5.99

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (RVG Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $5.99
Amazing early work from Sonny Rollins – the first of his tremendous Blue Note albums – and a record that really shows him taking off at the time! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation – not as far out as in a few years to come, but already awash in imagination and creativity. The group here includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Max Roach on drums – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "Sonnysphere", and "Decision". This newly remastered edition features additional notes and photos! CD
(BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Sonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Horace SilverBest Of Horace Silver – The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1950s. Used ... $4.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Three SoundsThree Sounds (Blue Note 1600) ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Fair ... $4.99
Great early work by the Three Sounds, before they'd lapsed a bit too much into their formulaic trio style on Blue Note – and when they were adding some excellent little flourishes to the music to distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd. Drummer Bill Dowdy's in great shape here, working his way across the kit with the ferocity of a bossa drummer – adding in lots of great fills that bring out the best in Gene Harris sharp piano work. Plus, the album even features a bit of Harris on the celeste – creating a cool vibes-y sound on the track "Blue Bells". Other titles include "O Sole Mio", "Goin Home", "It's Nice", and "Both Sides". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and "ear". Cover has moderate wear, spliting and has aging, stains and peeling due to moisture on the back, along the spine.)

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✨✧ Jeff Tain WattsDetained At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2004. Used ... $4.99
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VariousBest Of Blue Note ... LP
Blue Note, 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
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VariousLate Night At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2000. Used ... $1.99
Includes tracks by Irvin Mayfield, Roberta Piket, Bill Watrous, David Morgan and more. CD

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VariousUncompromising Expression – The Story Of Blue Note In 75 Singles (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 5CD ... $62.99 69.99
A surprisingly cool package from Blue Note Records – especially given its unassuming cover! The 5CD set looks at a really overlooked side of the Blue Note legacy – the label's strong line of 78 and 45 rpm singles over the years – many of which featured different mixes or performances than the better-known album recordings from the time! The set begins with the earliest years of Blue Note – and goes right up to the present, to include some rare promo or download-only tracks too – but the core focus is on the legendary Blue Note years of the 50s, 60s, and early 70s – with a tremendous amount of hard-to-find gems that were originally only issued as 7" records. The package features 75 tracks in all, with a sweet little book on all the material too – which includes all the session/lineup details for each cut – and titles include "The Thin Man" by Art Blakey, "Born To Be Blue" by Wynton Kelly, "Oop Pop A Da" by Bab's 3 Bips & A Bop, "Topsy" by Ike Quebec Swing Seven, "Summertime" by Sidney Bechet, "Safari" by Horace Silver, "Roccus" by Lou Donaldson, "Senor Blues" by Bill Henderson, "Blue Train (part 1)" by John Coltrane, "Oscalypso" by Curtis Fuller, "DB Blues" by Kenny Burrell, "The High & The Mighty" by Jimmy Smith, "Message From Kenya" by Art Blakey & Sabu, "Ain't No Use" by Jimmy Smith & Bill Henderson, "The Rake" by Dizzy Reece, "True Blue" by Tina Brooks, "One Mint Julep" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ernie's Tune" by Dexter Gordon, "Our Miss Brooks" by Harold Vick, "Miss Ann's Tempo" by Grant Green, "Change" by Donald Byrd, "Chicago Damn" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Theme From Electric Surfboard" by Jack McDuff, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Robert Glasper, "Holding Onto You" by Derric Hodge, and "I Can't Stand The Rain" by Cassandra Wilson. CD
 
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Albert AmmonsBoogie Woogie Stomp/Boogie Woogie Blues (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Blue Note, 1939. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.98
One of the first records on Blue Note – a sweet single from the days when the label was dedicated to recording the best trad jazz players in the best possible setting! Albert Ammons really stretches out on both tracks here – and the 12" reissue presents the music in a format similar to the original heavy 78rpm release! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Sidney BechetFabulous Sidney Bechet ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Trad tracks from Sidney – recorded for Blue Note during the years 1951 and 1953, and originally issued on 10" LPs. Players include Sidney De Paris, Pops Foster, Don Kirkpatrick, and Jimmy Archey – and titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me", "That's A Plenty", "Ballin The Jack", and "Avalon". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DDM pressing.)

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Brian Blade FellowshipPerceptual (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1999. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 24.99
Drummer Brian Blade can be a hell of a percussive force when he wants to, but over the years he's maybe made even more of a contribution with records like this – sets that have him acting as a key creative force with a number of other great musicians – all at a richly collaborative level that definitely earns the "Fellowship" name of the group! The album's got an especially great way of mixing together guitar lines and reed passages – in a style that almost evokes older ECM, but with more direction too – thanks to some of Blade's subtle but effectively rootsy rhythms. Musicians include Melvin Butler on tenor and soprano sax, Jon Cowherd on Fender Rhodes and piano, Dave Easley on pedal steel, Kurt Rosenwinkel on electric and acoustic guitar, and Myron Walden on alto sax and bass clarinet – and the record also features guest vocals from Joni Mitchell on the track "Steadfast", and contributions from Daniel Lanois as well. Titles include "Trembling", "Crooked Creek", "Patron Saint Of Girls", and "Evinrude Fifty". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Art BlakeyFreedom Rider ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Very Good+ ... $99.99
Hard driving bop from the group that practically created "Hard Bop". This one features the Morgan/Shorter/Timmons/Merritt lineup, and classic "Freedom Rider" Blakey solo. Morgan and Shorter are at their boldest and baddest on cuts like "Tell It Like Is" and "Petty Larceny" and Bobby Timmons is, as always, funky and soulful. A monster session – and darn tough to find on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some edge wear, with small stickers and a few stains on back.)
Also available Freedom Rider (Japanese pressing) ... CD 14.99

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Art BlakeyFreedom Rider (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
Hard driving bop from the group that practically created "Hard Bop". This one features the Morgan/Shorter/Timmons/Merritt lineup, and classic "Freedom Rider" Blakey solo. Morgan and Shorter are at their boldest and baddest on cuts like "Tell It Like Is" and "Petty Larceny" and Bobby Timmons is, as always, funky and soulful. A monster session! CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Freedom Rider ... LP 99.99

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersAt The Cafe Bohemia Volume 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $2.99
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include "Sportin Crowd", "Avila & Tequila", "I Waited For You", and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey QuintetNight At Birdland Vol 1 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Historic material from the early days of the Jazz Messengers! This 1954 session was recorded at the legendary Birdland nightclub, and it features the first incarnation of the Jazz Messengers, when the group included Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver. Although this version of the band was not to last for long, it left an impression on jazz that shaped the music heavily for the next 10 years. Tracks include "Mayreh" and "Night in Tunisia", and the bonus tracks "Wee Dot" and "Blues". CD features 2 bonus tracks, and great remastering! CD

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George BraithTwo Souls In One (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1963. Used ... $21.99
One of the most wonderful albums by one of our favorite jazz artists of all time! For this unique session, George Braith offers up "two souls in one" – by playing both soprano sax and "stritch" simultaneously – in a two-reed mode that recalls the work of Roland Kirk during the 60s! The sound is incredible – as soulful as it is exotic – and matched here by some excellent backing that includes Grant Green on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Billy Gardner on organ! Gardner's work on the set is especially nice – with a Larry Young-ish free approach to the organ, one that makes for lots of modal grooves that really work perfectly with Braith's sound! Titles include "Braith-A-Way", "Mary Ann", and "Home Street". CD
(Out of print Japanese pressing. Includes obi.)

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Tina BrooksTrue Blue (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest albums ever for Blue Note – and the only album recorded by tenor player Tina Brooks that was issued during his lifetime! The album's nearly perfect – and features Brooks' edgey tenor set in an all star group that includes Duke Jordan on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Brooks had blown on other Blue Note sessions before, but here, working as a leader, his sound is tremendous – vaguely to the left of center of some of his other tenor counterparts on the label, but with an equally impeccable approach to soul and rhythm. Titles include "Miss Hazel", "Good Old Soul", "Up Tight's Creek", and "Theme For Doris". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Good Old Soul" and "True Blue"! CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Otis Brown IIIThought Of You ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and Glasper himself is a key player on the record, playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – helping create those waves of soul and sound that make his own recordings so great! But the vision here is definitely Brown's own – more open and freewheeling at times, and with these side trips that open up into space for other talents like John Ellis on tenor, Keyon Harrold on trumpet, and Shedrick Mitchell on Hammond. There's a bit of vocals at times – on about a third of the tracks, with great guest work from Nikki Ross, Gretchen Parlato, and Bilal – and titles include "The Way", "The Thought Of You", "Stages Of Thought", "Two Become One", "I Am Your Song", and "You're Still The One". CD
Also available
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Thought Of You ... CD 7.99

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Otis Brown IIIThought Of You ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. Used ... $7.99
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and Glasper himself is a key player on the record, playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – helping create those waves of soul and sound that make his own recordings so great! But the vision here is definitely Brown's own – more open and freewheeling at times, and with these side trips that open up into space for other talents like John Ellis on tenor, Keyon Harrold on trumpet, and Shedrick Mitchell on Hammond. There's a bit of vocals at times – on about a third of the tracks, with great guest work from Nikki Ross, Gretchen Parlato, and Bilal – and titles include "The Way", "The Thought Of You", "Stages Of Thought", "Two Become One", "I Am Your Song", and "You're Still The One". CD
Also available
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Otis Brown IIIThought Of You ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and Glasper himself is a key player on the record, playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – helping create those waves of soul and sound that make his own recordings so great! But the vision here is definitely Brown's own – more open and freewheeling at times, and with these side trips that open up into space for other talents like John Ellis on tenor, Keyon Harrold on trumpet, and Shedrick Mitchell on Hammond. There's a bit of vocals at times – on about a third of the tracks, with great guest work from Nikki Ross, Gretchen Parlato, and Bilal – and titles include "The Way", "The Thought Of You", "Stages Of Thought", "Two Become One", "I Am Your Song", and "You're Still The One". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Thought Of You ... CD 13.99
Thought Of You ... CD 7.99

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Henry Butler & the Steven Bernstein Hot 9Viper's Drag ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of the hippest records that Henry Butler has cut in a long long time – and a set that really takes us back to the most inventive sounds he gave us during his first few years of recording! The album's a collaboration with trumpeter Steven Bernstein – who brings a lot of modern inflections to an older New Orleans groove – with a style that's hardly trad jazz, despite the group's name and song selection – and which instead bristles with a rich sound that's constantly reinventing itself! There's definitely some older Nola elements in the music, but the overall structure of the songs is quite unique – and brings out the best in performances by artists who include Peter Apfelbaum and Michael Blake on tenor and soprano sax, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Matthew Munisteri on guitar, and Doug Wieselman on clarinet. Bernstein handled most of the arrangements – and also plays slide trumpet next to a conventional version of the instrument – and titles include "I Left My Baby", "Some Iko", "Gimme A Pigfoot", "Viper's Drag", "Dixie Walker", and "Henry's Boogie". CD
Also available Viper's Drag ... CD 7.99

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Donald ByrdBlack Byrd ... CD
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here that would carry him for many many years. The album's a masterpiece of soul – heavy production with great keyboards, creating a nice set of grooves that let Byrd solo over the top, sounding better than he had in years! Great all the way through, and with tracks that include "Flight Time", "Sky High", "Black Byrd", "Slop Jar Blues", "Mr Thomas", and the prophetically-titled "Where Are We Going?" CD

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✨✧ Donald ByrdEthiopian Knights ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style! Before Donald Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70's, he recorded this gem – kind of a "lost" album that has Donald working in an open-ended electric sound – one that's clearly inspired by the experiments of Miles Davis, but which has a generally funkier feel overall! The tracks are very long – with lots of spiralling keyboard and trumpet solos – and the hip players on the set include Bobby Hutcherson, David T Walker, Wilton Felder, and Harold Land. We love the tracks on this set – especially "The Emperor" and "The Little Rasti", which are both over 15 minutes long, and have a haunting spacey sound that's a departure from Donald's usual work! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdFancy Free ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the coolest, grooviest 60s albums from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one that has him really reaching out for a hip new sound, but in ways that are different than most of his other material at the time! Key on the date is the placement of electric piano from Duke Pearson – played in this open, flowing style that has all the best hallmarks of Pearson's own work on the instrument for his sessions – yet balanced nicely with the bolder punch of Byrd's trumpet as well. Donald's quite far from any Miles Davis cliches on this one – no too-dark electric modes at all – and instead, the album's got this sense of lyrical soulfulness that we've maybe never heard this strongly again on any of Byrd's other albums. Other players include Frank Foster on tenor, Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin on flute, Julian Priester on trombone, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and either Idris Muhammad or Joe Chambers on drums. All tracks are nice and long, and very fresh – and include "Weasil", "I Love the Girl", "Fancy Free", and "The Uptowner". CD
(SHMCD.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdKofi (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donald ByrdMustang! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
One of Donald Byrd's most fantastic records for Blue Note – and one of three gems that he recorded with the great Sonny Red on alto sax! Byrd and Red work magnificently together – and the two of them play with a tightness and funkiness that's missing from a lot of their other records as leaders – this really sharp edge that makes Sonny sound even better than ever, and a slight funkiness in Byrd's trumpet – which really seems to point the way towards his groove of the 70s! Hank Mobley joins the group on tenor, Walter Booker is on bass, McCoy Tyner's on piano, and Freddie Waits is on drums – and the groove is tight and funky, with a mix of hard bop soloing and funkier Blue Note rhythm playing. Red burns throughout, especially on his own "Mustang", and on the cut "Dixie Lee". Other tracks include "Fly Little Bird Fly", "On The Trail", and "I'm So Excited By You". Plus, this CD reissue also includes 2 non-LP bonus cuts – "Gingerbread Boy" and "I'm So Excited By You". CD
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Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces ... CD
Blue Note, 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the smooth jazz funk sound that the team were aiming at. Every track is a winner – and the album glides along with a slippery sinewy groove, never pausing for a weak moment or a misplaced note, shimmering with pride in its own genius. Byrd's trumpet soars over the top, banking gracefully over waves of funky drums, spacey keyboards, and extremely well-placed vocals – all brought together perfectly by Mizell, with a tightly fused style that few people have ever been able to match in the studio since! Tracks include "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Places & Spaces", and "Night Whistler". CD
 
 
 



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