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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 ... $129.99
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 ... $0.99
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Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with the modernist Gigi Gryce on flute and alto sax – plus Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – a lineup that has a strong sense of soul, balanced with a dose of modernism – on titles that include the classic "Hymn to the Orient" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Easy Living", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Minor Mood". Side two features an equally sharp group – with Lou Donaldson on some excellent alto, and the great Elmo Hope on piano – on titles that include "Brownie Speaks", "De Dah", "Cookin", "You Go To My Head", and "Carving The Rock". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny ClarkSonny Clark Trio (Blue Note RVG pressing) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $6.99
Sublime trio material from Sonny – recorded with Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, and a crackling full-on approach that makes the album one of the best straight trio sessions ever cut for Blue Note! Tracks are longish, with a very hardbop groove – complicated in that way that Clark's modern edge could often bring to the piano, but never failing to swing, and always sticking right in the pocket! Titles include "Be Bop", "Two Bass Hit", "Tadd's Delight", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" – and the CD features 3 bonus alternate takes! CD

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Ronnie CuberLive At The Blue Note ... CD
Intersound/Pro Jazz, 1986. Used ... $12.99
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(Out of print.)

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Frank FosterManhattan Fever (Blue Note) ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse – with a quality that's even darker, even deeper, even more advanced from his earlier years with Basie. There's a rolling, joyous groove to many numbers – that late 60s take on soul jazz that made for so many great tracks on albums by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan near the end of the decade. Foster keeps things tight, but he's also got an expansive vision too – an edge in the horns that points the way towards some of the chances he'd take in the 70s, but which is still wrapped around a leanly leaping soul jazz groove! Foster wrote 5 of the 6 tracks on the album, and he's working here with a sextet that includes Garnett Brown on trombone, Marvin Stamm on trumpet, and Richard Wyands on piano, who brings in some offbeat notes and colors throughout. Rhythm is by the excellent team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Seventh Avenue Bill", "Stammpede", "Little Miss No Nose", "Manhattan Fever", and "Loneliness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover is nice!)

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Curtis FullerComplete Blue Note/UA Curtis Fuller Sessions (3CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CDs ... $79.99
A wealth of great albums from this groundbreaking trombonist – including Sliding Easy, The Opener, Bone & Bari, Curtis Fuller/Art Farmer, and Two Bones – an album only ever issued in Japan! CD
(Out of print – and in great shape!)

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Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock – Blue Note Reissue Series ... LP
Blue Note, 1960s/1975. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A 2LP set that brings together some of the more tasty groovers from Herbie's years at Blue Note – plus a few more obscure numbers that show his strength in modal and freer modes. Titles include hits like "Cantalope Island", "Blind Man, Blind Man" and "Maiden Voyage". 12 tracks in all, also includes "Empty Pockets", "Speak Like A Child", "Toys", "Three Bags Full", "Triangle", "And What If I Don't", "Drifitin", "Goodbye To Childhood", and "The Prisoner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonMilt Jackson (Blue Note 1509 aka Wizard Of The Vibes) ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
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
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a light stain on the bottom 2 inches.)

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Thad JonesComplete Blue Note/UA/Roulette Recordings Of Thad Jones (3CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CDs ... $138.99
A monster set from Mosaic, encompassing a great batch of Thad Jones' sought after smaller group work from the 50s and 60s! The set includes the hard to get Detroit New York Junction, The Magnificent Thad Jones, and The Magnificent Thad Jones, Vol 3 LPs on Blue Note, Motor City Scene on United Artists, and tracks from The Birdland Story and Minor Strain on Roulette. Loads of crack sidemen are on board, including Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Pettiford, Shadow Wilson, Billy Mitchell, Eddie Jones, Elvin Jones, Barry Harris, Percy Heath, Max Roach, Benny Powell, Gigi Gryce, George Duvivier, Al Grey, Paul Chambers, Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Richard Davis, and Osie Johnson. 28 tracks in all, with titles that include "Tariff", "blue room", "Scratch", "Zec", 'Thedia", "Billie Doo", "Slipped Again", "Going Off Stage", "Let's", "No Refill", "Subtel Revuttal", "Tip Toe", "H & T Blues" and "Friday The 13th". CD
(Out of print. In great shape!)

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Jackie Mclean, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner & OthersOne Night With Blue Note Preserved Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A landmark concert from the mid 80s – one held to honor the resurrection of the Blue Note label, featuring a wealth of some of the best players for the label – from the 80s back to the 50s bebop years. This is the second of 4 LPs, issued both separately and in a box set format, and features a nicely snapping hard bop quintet on side one, with Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette running through "Sweet & Lovely", "Appointment In Ghana", "Passion Dance" and "Blues On The Corner". Side two shows two different sides of Blue Note, with Cecil Taylor appearing in a solo setting, performing the lengthy "Pontos Cantados" and the then contemporary Blue Note artist Bennie Wallace leading a Newk-inspired pianoless trio, with McBee and DeJohnette reprising their rhythm section role on "Broadside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and small stickers on front.)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyHank (Blue Note 1560) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Hank Mobley's greatest sides from the hardbop years of the late 50s – a searing sextet session with a 3-horn frontline! The group features Mobley on tenor, John Jenkins on alto, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – plus a crackling rhythm group with Bobby Timmons, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones. It's great to hear Timmons and Ware together, especially as both of them were at the height of their powers at this point in their careers – and Jenkins' soulful alto work is a key part of the set, and makes us wish he'd gotten in the studio more after this time. Great throughout, with 2 long titles that include "Fit For A Hanker" and "Hi Groove, Low Feedback", plus a nice take of Bud Powell's "Dance Of The Infidels". CD

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✨✧ Hank MobleyHank Mobley (Blue Note 1568) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
We put the catalog number in the title of this one because it seemed that Blue Note was putting out too many title-less Hank Mobley albums during the late 50s. Who cares, though? This album's a great batch of hardbop tracks that show Mobley at his finest, and which hardly need a title to hang them together. The group's a sextet, with little-known reed player Curtis Porter on alto and tenor, plus Sonny Clark on piano and Bill Hardman on trumpet. Titles include "Mighty Moe & Joe" and "News" (both written by Porter), plus Mobley's "Double Exposure". Prime hardbop material, and with a great cover that has Mobley looking like an alien behind a microphone! CD

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Hank MobleyHank Mobley Quintet (Blue Note 1550) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
An obscure late 50s set from the mighty Hank Mobley – and like all of the tenorist's sides for Blue Note, an essential gem that tops most work by the rest of his contemporaries! The setting here is a really warm and lyrical one – as Mobley's playing with Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and the great Art Farmer on trumpet – making one of his rare (and appreciated!) Blue Note appearances on the set! The tracks have a good mixture of hardbop and more lyrical overtones – in a manner that's similar to Silver's work, but with a little more gutbucket soloing on tenor from Mobley. Titles include "Base On Balls", "Fin De L'Affaire", "Funk In Deep Freeze", and "Startin From Scratch". CD

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Hank MobleyHank Mobley With Donald Byrd & Lee Morgan (Blue Note 1540) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
A real hardbop treasure from Hank Mobley – one of the hardest to find albums from the legendary Blue Note 1500 series, and a title that's hardly ever been reissued over the yers! The session is a monstrous meeting of Mobley with two of the great young trumpet talents of the late 50's – Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd – really blowing in this open-ended way, but with a lot more focus than you'd find on a record that was just strictly a blowing session too! There's only 4 tracks, and all of them are great, long drawn-out hard bop classics. Horace Silver's on piano, so you know it's got a great groove – and the rest of the group features Paul Chambers on bass and Charlie Persip on drums. Titles include "Double Whammy", "Barrel Of Funk", "Touch & Go", and "Mobleymania". CD

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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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Lee MorganLee Morgan Sextet – Lee Morgan Vol 2 (Blue Note 1541) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Lee Morgan's beautiful early sets for Blue Note – and proof that he was emerging as a youthful lyricist even in his hardbop days! The group on the session is a sextet – with rock-solid Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Charlie Persip on drums – plus the highly obscure Kenny Rodgers on alto – making his only Blue Note appearance ever! As on Morgan's third album for Blue Note, most of the tracks are composed by Benny Golson – perfectly penned numbers that maintain a hardbop swing, but which let Morgan explore things with a bit more depth than on some of his sessions for Savoy! Titles include "Slightly Hep", "D's Fink", "Whisper Not", and "Latin Hangover". CD

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Fats Navarro & Tadd DameronComplete Blue Note & Capitol Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
A great set of early modern bop material – 37 tracks that bring together the complete Blue Note recordings of Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro – about half of them featuring Navarro in Dameron's group, the other half featuring Fats on his own, working with Bud Powell, Howard McGhee, and Benny Goodman. The set includes a few alternate takes, and titles include "Stealin Apples", "Focus", "John's Delight", "The Squirrel", "The Chase", "Our Delight", "The Skunk", "Double Talk", "Boperation", and "Wail". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnnie PateJohnnie Pate At The Blue Note ... LP
Salem, 1957. Good ... $11.99
Rare early work by Johnny Pate – the great jazz bassist who later went onto great fame as an arranger at ABC, where he handled all of the classic work by the Impressions! This album features a tight Chicago piano combo, ala the Ahmad Jamal group, with Pate on bass, Wilbur Wynne on guitar, and Floyd Morris on piano. (Obviously, Floyd's a lot funkier than Jamal, but you get the idea.) Pate contributed a few originals to the set – like "All The Time", "Carmen's Chaser", and "Yvonne" – and the rest of the tracks are standards. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top & bottom seams. Vinyl has one mark that causes a skip on side 2, track 2, but is VG- otherwise.)

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✨✧ Ike Quebec & John HardeeComplete Blue Note Forties Recordings Of Ike Quebec & John Hardee (DISC 2 ONLY) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, Late 40s. Used ... $8.99
Some of the first great tenor material on Blue Note – originally recorded for 78rpm discs, with lots of unissued and alternate tracks! CD
(Out of print, DISC 2 ONLY.)
 
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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker Sings & Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings (with bonus track) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note (UK), 1955. Used ... $5.99
A classic album of vocal tracks from Chet Baker – working here with a core group that features piano by Russ Freeman and flute by Bud Shank – plus additional arrangements on some tracks by the likes of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, and Frank Campo. The album's classic Chet all the way through – cool but fragile – summed up in the set's perfect take on the stone classic "Lets Get Lost" – plus titles that include "Just Friends", "Grey December", "I Remember You", "Long Ago & Far Away", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "I Wish I Knew", and "Daybreak". CD
(CD is copy protected.)

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Chet BakerPicture Of Heath ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $11.99
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a well-blown session recorded here with a group that includes Art Pepper on alto, Phil Urso on tenor, Carl Perkins on piano, and Lawrence Marable on drums. The presence of Urso is especially appreciated – as his sharper, deeper tone really brings a wider sound to the album than some of Chet's other dates of the time – especially when combined with the excellent sound of Pepper! Titles include "CTA", "For Minors Only", "For Miles & Miles", and "Resonant Emotions". CD
(Out of print. SBM pressing.)

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Sidney BechetFabulous Sidney Bechet ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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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Sidney BechetSidney Bechet Jazz Classics Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 40s/Late 50s. Good ... $11.99
Blue Note LP that compiles a bunch of Sidney Bechet's classic 78rpm sides for the label – most of which were recorded during the mid 40s, in a variety of different settings. Titles include "Blue Horizon", "Weary Blues", "Salty Dog", "Dear Old Southland", and "Days Beyond Recall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lexington Ave pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Sidney BechetSidney Bechet Jazz Classics Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 40s/Late 50s. Good+ ... $15.99
Blue Note LP that compiles a bunch of Sidney Bechet's classic 78rpm sides for the label – most of which were recorded during the mid 40s, in a variety of different settings. Titles include "Up In Sidney's Flat", "High Society", "Jackass Blues", "Old Stack O'Lee Blues", "St Louis Blues", "Lord Let Me In The Lifeboat", "Pounding Heart Blues", "Changes Made", "Jazz Me Blues" and "Blues For Tommy Ladiner". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp and ear. Cover has some wear, a mostly split spine and fully split top seam.)

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Art BlakeyAfricaine ... LP
Blue Note, 1959/1981. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Killer work from the classic late 50s years of the Jazz Messengers – and an album that Blue Note didn't choose to release until the end of the 70s! The record's a historic one – as it mark's Wayne Shorter's first session with the group, and the first time that they recorded his great composition "Lester Left Town" – a wonderful tune that sounds a bit different here than on the later Jazz Messengers recording of the composition. Shorter's talent is already burning brightly at this point – as is that of trumpeter Lee Morgan – and other group members include Walter Davis Jr on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, and Blakey on drums. Titles include "Lester Left Town", "Haina", "The Midget", "Celine", and "Africaine", which has a guest appearance by Dizzy Reece on congas! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyBig Beat (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
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 features a bonus take on "It's Only A Paper Moon". CD

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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 mono pressing, with deep groove, Van Gelder stamp and "ear". Cover is nice overall, with some minor peeling on the top seam, light aging, two pen marks and a very small spot of torn paper on the back. Even includes original inner sleeve!)

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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vol 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... $11.99
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles on this second volume include "Otinde", "Swingin Kilts", "Dinga", and "Reflection". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyIndestructible (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his lyrical comping brings the band to new soulful heights. Tracks include "The Egyptian", "Sortie", "Calling Miss Khadija", and "Mr. Jin". CD features the bonus track "It's A Long Way Down", penned by Wayne Shorter. This is the newly remastered version, too – with additional notes and photos. CD

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Art BlakeyMosaic (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense of poise, focus, and vision that's not just driven by Blakey's drum kit alone – but by the kind of unique magic that only happens during rare groupings in classic jazz. A key part of the energy here comes from pianist Cedar Walton – who's replacing the Bobby Timmons soul jazz mode with a sound that's a bit more expansive and visionary. But equally important is the three horn lineup of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Wayne Shorter on tenor – a two-brass frontline that's used far differently than other groups – bold one minute, but personal and sensitive the next. There's a mixture of warmth and driving energy here that's simply incredible – a prime example of Blakey taking things to the next level, when it would have been easy enough for him to sit on his laurels and keep doing the same thing over and over again! Includes classic readings of Cedar Walton's "Mosaic", Freddie Hubbard's "Crisis", and Curtis Fuller's "Arabia" – as well as Shorter's excellent "Children Of The Night". CD

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Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 1 (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Split Kick", "Quicksilver", "Mayreh", and "A Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $23.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Wee Dot", "Quicksilver" (alternate), "Now's The Time", and "Confirmation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King – very nice! Back cover has some very light aging, but rest is nice.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyThree Blind Mice Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $9.99
Phenomenal live material from the sextet-era version of the Jazz Messengers! This 2-volume CD series takes a small amount of live material that was originally issued under the 3 Blind Mice title, and adds a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks to expand both CDs into a whopping batch of hardbop killers. The group includes Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, and Cedar Walton – and the live setting shows the band at their finest, able to trade lines and invent solos with amazing dexterity. This first volume includes the version of "Three Blind Mice" that was sampled years ago by Gang Starr, plus the cuts "Plexis", "Children Of The Night", "Up Jumped Spring", and "Blue Moon". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Tina BrooksTrue Blue ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Otis Brown IIIThought Of You ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $15.99 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

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Kenny BurrellKB Blues ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $16.99
A real hard-burner from Kenny Burrell – a set that was recorded for Blue Note in the guitarist's early career, but not issued by the label until the 70s – and even then only in Japan! Kenny's got the sharp edge and strong sense of leadership you'll hear on his classic Midnight Blue – and the lineup features strong tenor work from Hank Mobley, who seems to underscore the best elements in Burrell's tone – plus work from Horace Silver on piano – who plays with lots of soulful undercurrents, alongside Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The record's got some slightly raspy edges, which may be why Blue Note originally held it back – but it's a real treasure for the deeper side of Kenny's tones – and titles include "Out For Blood", "Nica's Dream", "KB Blues", and "DB Blues". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Kenny BurrellKenny Burrell At The Five Spot Cafe ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the great guitarist Kenny Burrell – a smoking live session, and one that's got a bit more of an edge than some of his other records from the time! Kenny's guitar still has that impeccable tone throughout – but it's also matched by some wonderful tenor from the great Tina Brooks – making one of his few key Blue Note appearances here – in a massively cooking group that also features some piano from Bobby Timmons on three of the album's five tracks (Roland Hanna plays on the two others) – plus drums from Art Blakey, and bass from Ben Tucker – a pair wo work together wonderfully to create some really great grooves. Kenny himself seems to pick up great energy in the setting – and titles include "Lady Be Good", "Birk's Works", "36-23-36", and "Hallelujah". CD

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✨✧ Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
Simply one of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever! This crackling 2 part live set is perhaps one of the best realizations ever of the tight soul jazz sound put forth by the group that included Byrd, Pepper Adams, and Duke Pearson – and the whole thing's a hard-swinging live set that's marked with the group's fantastic mix of soulful playing and lyrical soloing. This first volume includes nice long versions of "Soulful Kiddy", "My Girl Shirl", and "Cecile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has a small rip in one corner.)

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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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