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Chubby Jackson/Toots Thielemans/Arnold Ross/GeorgeChoice Cuts ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99
An album with Chubby Jackson's name in big type, but a set that also features three other groups, in addition to some great small combo sides from Jackson! All material was recorded in Stockholm, in a setting that's clearly welcoming to the new ideas of this postwar generation – and Jackson's featured on the first six tracks – with a very cool small combo that features Conte Candoli on trumpet, Frank Socolow on tenor, Terry Gibbs on vibes, and Lou Levy on piano. The sound is every bit as sharp as on any of Jackson's American sides – and titles include "Crown PIlots", "Lemon Drop", "Crying Sands", "Boomsie", and "Dee Dee's Dance". Next up are two sweet tracks with Toots Thielemans on harmonica, in a quartet with Jimmy Woode on bass – on the titles "I Can't Get Started" and "How High The Moon". Pianist Arnold Ross folows – with a tight combo of British players that includes Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Ronnie Scott on tenor, and Derek Humble on alto – on the titles "The Champ", "Once In Awhile", "All the Things You Are", and "These Foolish Things". The set ends with two tracks that feature pianist George Wallington in a Swedish group – with Lars Gullin on baritone, Arne Domnerus on alto, and Ake Persson on trombone – on the titles "Blue Bird" and "Round Midnight". CD

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George MassoChoice NYC Bone (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Famous Door/Progressive, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A great old school trombone session – one that was recorded in the 70s, but has the laidback vibe of a Verve album from the 50s – maybe somewhere in the territory of some of the Bill Harris recordings of the time! George Masso's got a rich, full sound – but one that's never overstated in this setting – just used with a perfect sense of phrasing and economy, in a quintet that also features Al Klink on tenor, John Bunch on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Butch Miles on drums. Titles include "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else", "No Blues For Lou", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Don't Take Your Love From Me". CD features two bonus alternate takes. CD

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Zoot SimsChoice ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954/1959. Very Good- ... $11.99
A few great slices of work by Zoot Sims – material recorded over a variety of sessions for Pacific Jazz – but all of it pretty darn great! Sims wasn't as much of a west coast hornman as some of the other leaders on Pacific Jazz – so the array of tracks makes for some surprising moments, both in Zoot's career, and for the label. Side one of the album has Zoot playing with a Gerry Mulligan ensemble on titles that include "I'll Remember April", "Red Door", and "Flamingo". Side two features Zoot playing instrumentals that were cut at the same time as an Annie Ross vocal session – with a group that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, and Mel Lewis on drums. Titles on that one are "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Brushes", and "Choice Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Bill DoggettRight Choice ... CD
After Hours/Ichiban, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Adam MakowiczFrom My Window ... LP
Choice, 1980. Very Good ... $6.99
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(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sal MoscaFor You ... LP
Choice, 1979. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Beautiful solo work from pianist Sal Mosca – an under-acknowledged genius for mixing modern and lyrical modes! The set features many originals by Sal – including "For Myself", "The Jewel", "Tumbles", "For LT", "The Gift", and "For Joy Jump". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charles EarlandBoss Organ ... LP
Choice, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the best of the pre-Prestige albums from Charles Earland – a really smoking trio session, done in the soulful styles that Earland was putting down in the clubs at the time! The group here features a young Jimmy Ponder on guitar – playing in that totally tight, totally amazing way he used on his first few soul jazz sessions for bigger labels – a sound that's a far bit better than most of his mainstream work in years to come. The group really cooks nicely throughout, and the recording quality is great too – way better than some of those dodgy sessions that were issued after Charlie's bigger fame, and handled well by the Choice/Sound Of America label, which mostly did gospel sessions. Titles include the originals "Millology", "Mustang", "Six Twice", and "Wha's Happinin" – plus a wild remake of "Danny Boy"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a small bit of seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Joanne BrackeenPrism ... CD
Choice/AMJ (Japan), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep that has the notes cascading wonderfully – in rich melodies with a very deep sound, but still lots of sharp edges, and this sense of freedom that makes you think she's always just about to go outside – before pulling it back a bit. Gomez is sublime, as always – and his bass work adapts perfectly to each individual moment – stating itself strongly, but never in a way that's gimmicky at all – and always balanced between a sense of melody and timekeeping too. Titles include "Lost Or Found", "International Festival", "Evanescent", "If You Dare", and "Prism". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joanne Brackeen with Michael BreckerTring A Ling ... CD
Choice (UK), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
Pretty strong work from Joanne Brackeen – a great 70s trio set, with either Cecil McBee or Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – plus some guest tenor work by Michael Brecker, who's definitely at the sharper side of his spectrum! Brecker's tone here is raw and adventurous – much more so than on any of his own albums of the time – a perfect fit for Brackeen's strong work on the piano, which is very open and free flowing throughout. Titles include "New True Illusions", "Haiti B", "Echoes", "Fi Fi's Rock", and "Shadowbrook Aire". CD
 
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Ruby Braff, George Wein/Bob Brookmeyer & Al CohnJazz At Storyville 1 (Jazz At The Boston Arts Festival/Bob Brookmeyer Featuring Al Cohn) ... LP
Storyville/Trio (Japan), 1954. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A Japanese-only album – one that brings together two rare 10" jazz sessions for the Storyville label in Boston! First up is Jazz At The Boston Arts Festival – a great set of trad jazz grooves from the Boston scene of the 50s – recorded with an easygoing groove that's totally great, and put together by George Wein in the same spirit as some of his better-known live events of the time! Players include Ruby Braff on trumpet, Vic Dickenson and Dick Lefave on trombones, Al Drootin on clarinet, Sam Margolis on tenor, Buzzy Drootin on drums, and Wein himself on piano – and the tunes are open-ended swing-based numbers, with titles that include "High Society", "You Took Advantage Of Me", "Swinging The Blues", "At The Jazz Band Ball", and "After You've Gone". The second half of the album is even better – the great 10" session Bob Brookmeyer Featuring Al Cohn – a great early session from trombonist Bob Brookmeyer – recorded with a light easy swing that's similar to his mid 50s work with Stan Getz, and in a format that's possibly more relaxed overall! This time around, Bob's working with Al Cohn on tenor – a nice choice for the date, and a player who gives the record a different feel than the more famous Getz/Brookmeyer combination of the time. The rest of the group includes John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on bass, and Bill Anthony on drums – and there's some great interplay between Cohn's tenor and Bob's trombone – the latter of which has that trademark compressed sound throughout! Titles include "Jive At Five", "In The Mode", "Skylark", and "Open Country". LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi & insert.)

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Sonny CrissJazz USA (Japanese pressing) ... CD
EMI/Liberty (Japan), 1956. Used ... $12.99
One of Sonny Criss' classic albums for Imperial – a brilliant batch of LA bop from the 50s, with an impeccable sound throughout! Criss had a tone like nobody else on the alto – and here, he's at the height of his early powers – neither blowing too hard, nor going for boppish tricks – and instead settling into an amazing groove with a sense of power, confidence, and extreme "rightness" as to his choice of notes! The album's right on the money throughout – exactly the kind of set that lives up to our lifetime devotion to Sonny's music – and the whole thing's great, with tracks that include "West Coast Blues", "Criss Cross", "Ham's Blues", and "Blue Friday". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis FullerBone & Bari ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Very Good+ ... $799.99
One of the "bottomest" albums you'll ever hear – as trombonist Curtis Fuller meets baritone saxophonist Tate Houston – for a real session of "bone" and "bari" grooving that's one of the most striking Blue Notes of the time! The album features the pair working hard to push their instruments past conventional expectations – gliding with a fluid ease that you really wouldn't expect, yet still working out all the gutbuckety soul propensities that the instruments possess. Part of the strength of the session is the rhythm section – which features Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but another strong aspect is the choice of material, which includes some nice originals like "Again", "Pickup", "Nita's Waltz", and "Algonquin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing, with RVG stamp and 9M etch. Including the Blue Note inner sleeve. Cover looks great!)

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Fumio KarashimaMy Favorite Things ... CD
Pit Inn (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the most spiritual albums we've heard in years from pianist Fumio Karashima – a set that has the Japanese jazz legend working with a host of different guests, including some horn players who really give his music some depth! The choice of material is great – and Karashima eschews most of his own compositions for work by Herbie Hancock, Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Hutcherson, and others – given lively readings by an ensemble who really know how to burst out at the front, then soar with these very strong solos. The album features a great reading of "My Favorite Things", with a unique use of two bassists; a spare duet with trumpeter Terumasa Hino on "Black Orpheus"; guest work from guitarist Kazumi Watanabe on "Chan's Song"; and nice takes on "So Near So Far", "Gingerbread Boy", "Subtle Neptune", and "Jeannine". CD

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Leonard King & The Soul MessengersLeonard King & The Soul Messengers – Historic Recordings 1964 to 1971 ... CD
Uuquipleu, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Very cool work from Leonard King & The Soul Messengers – a Detroit combo who really kick things up here with some great work from the clubs and a few rare studio recordings as well! King's a drummer, and gives the group a mighty solid sound from the start – and the whole group are equally comfortable in a soul instrumental mode as they are when letting loose with jazzier solos – a bit like the Jazz Crusaders on the LA scene of the mid 60s, but even groovier overall! Instrumentation shifts a bit throughout – depending on the lineups – and includes alto from Gregory King, cornet from Atiba King, trumpet from Jimmy Nash, and organ, electric harpsichord, and piano from George Roundtree. The range of material varies in a really great way – showing not just an evolution of King and his combo, but also the changing tastes of the Detroit scene at the end of the 60s – and there's also a few soul vocal numbers mixed in with the jazz instrumentals. Titles include "Delen 1967", "Voice Your Choice", "The Barracuda", "I've Been Saved", "Lily The Fox", "Cold Sweat", "Psychedelic Pi", "Bumpy's Lament", "Hang Up", "Spinning Around/It's Too Late", and a "Jackson Five Medley". CD

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Karin Krog & Steve KuhnBreak Of Day ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
The already-great team of singer Karin Krog and pianist Steve Kuhn gets some extra special help here – thanks to the appearance of Eric Alexander on tenor and Lew Soloff on trumpet – each of whom guest on three different tracks apiece! The core of the record has Krog's dark, moody vocals alongside Kuhn's still-inventive piano lines – a match that has decades of work together, and which already makes the whole record exciting enough on its own – but the use of added horn soloists brings in this effective other voice to the proceedings, all without disturbing the gentle balance at the core. Alexander is especially great, but we like Soloff a lot too – and neither seeks to overwhelm, just bring a special voice to the tunes in which they appear. As always with Krog, the choice of tunes is perfect – and titles include "Scandia Skies", "Break Of Day In Molde", "How Do You Keep The Music Playing", "Love Came On Stealthy Fingers", "Time's Getting Tougher Than Tough", "Little Butterfly", and "Trane". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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John LewisJohn Lewis Piano ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the strongest sessions recorded by pianist John Lewis in the 50s – a date that shows depths of his talents that run even greater than his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, quite possibly because is work on piano is at the forefront of the record throughout! There's a sense of darkness here that really fits the image on the cover – a style that's stated clearly on piano lines that are often as spacious as they are gentle, but which also have a moodier undercurrent below, thanks to Lewis' careful choice of keys and notes. The backing is often quite spare – Lewis sometimes plays just with Connie Kay's drums, or the guitar of either Jim Hall or Barry Galbraith – and at its fullest, the record features 2 trio numbers with the bass of Percy Heath and drums of Connie Kay. Tracks are lyrically and thoughtfully composed – and titles include "Two Lyric Pieces", "Harlequin", "D&E", "Little Girl Blue", and "Warmeland". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Manhattan Jazz QuintetSidewinder ... CD
King/Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1987. Used ... $11.99
The album's titled after a classic song by trumpeter Lee Morgan – a great choice, given that the trumpet of Lew Soloff is such a strong force in the group – blowing bold, bright, and maybe more full of energy than on another setting we think we've heard him in! And the tenor of George Young is no slouch, either – an instrument that really comes into its own on albums like this – where it soars soulfully on some very long and wide open solos! The group's led by pianist David Matthews, who also did the arrangements – and features Eddie Gomez on bass and Steve Gadd on drums – on titles that include "Sidewinder", "Big Apple Jam", "Love For Sale", "Bed Time Eyes", and "Django". CD
(80s Japanese pressing.)

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Blue MitchellSmooth As The Wind ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
A slightly different record than usual for Blue – not as down-n-dirty and funky, but more "smooth as the wind" – with Blue blowing solos over larger arrangements by Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson, a small string group mixed with jazz and horn backings. Given the hipness of the arrangers, the session's still got a nice edge – and the choice of material takes it past the realm of stringy standards, into a more complex mode that shows a very different side of Blue. Titles include "Strollin", "A Blue Time", "For Heaven's Sake", "Peace", and "Smooth As The Wind". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe PumaJoe Puma – Quartet & Trio – Jazz ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... About January 25, 2017
Mellow modernism from Joe Puma – one of those guitarists who appeared on countless 50s sessions, then really seemed to disappear from records as the 60s wore on. This album's one of Puma's best – an easily swinging session that flows with warm group interplay, and which never seems to get bogged down in the traps that sometimes plagued sessions of this nature. Side one features a trio with Puma on guitar, Eddie Costa on vibes, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – a very good choice to accompany the other two – and side two features Puma and Pettiford, plus Bill Evans on piano and Paul Motian on drums. Titles include "Mother Of Earl", "Stablemates", "Ubas", and "Blues For Midge". CD

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Bernard Purdie (Pretty Purdie)Soul Drums (expanded edition with bonus material) ... CD
Date/Greenstreets, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 17.98
Massive work from one of the funkiest drummers of all time – the legendary Bernard Pretty Purdie, stepping out here in a batch of instrumentals that may well be his greatest album ever! Bernard's drums are right up front in the mix – leading off all tunes with a full, funky, echoey sort of approach that's unlike anything else we can think of – and certainly different from any other late 60s albums of this type! The production is totally great – and has a way of pulling out some of the weirdest aspects of the music – which itself features guitar from Billy Butler and Eric Gale, bass from Bob Bushnell, tenor and flute from Seldon Powell, and organ and piano from Richard Tee – who also handled all the arrangements on the set! The centerpiece is the hit single "Funky Donkey", but just about every track's a groover in its own way – and titles include "Soul Drums", "Bill's Groove", "Jimmy's Back", "Testifyin", "Modern Jive", "Blow Your Lid", "Bee N Tee", and "Soul Bossa Nova". This new edition includes 8 bonus tracks, with a couple rare 45 tracks and more that have never been released – all soulful & funk – well paired with the Soul Drums album! Bonus tracks are in stereo, and include "Alexander's Rag Time Band", "Genuine John", "Soul Clappin", "If You Never Cried", "Stop" and "Time Is Tight". Also comes with a nice booklet with new liner notes, and choice quotes from Purdie's peers and those he influenced, from Galt MacDermot to Large Professor. CD
(Please not that there is a small cutout hole through the case.)

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✨✧ Dizzy ReeceFrom In To Out ... CD
Futura (France), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
One of the boldest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Reece – a session recorded in Paris in 1970, with some amazing tenor sax from the great John Gilmore! The pairing of Reece and Gilmore is a bit of a surprise – a strikingly avant choice for the former, and a rare date away from Sun Ra for the latter – but the album really has the players coming together wonderfully, in ways that really spark a whole new sense of sound from Dizzy! The trumpeter's solos are filled with fire and imagination – really stretching out here in ways that aren't as totally free as the BYG/Actuel French work of the time, but which definitely leans that way in spirit. Other players include Siefried Kessler on piano, Patrice Caratini on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and the tracks are all long, and plenty darn driving! Titles include "Summit", "Krisis", "Communion", and "Contact". CD

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✨✧ Spike RobinsonGuv'Nor ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951. New Copy ... $15.99
That's a later photo of Spike Robinson on the cover, but the set features very early work by the British saxophonist – some great sessions that were originally done for 78rpm releases on the Esquire label! Spike's got a hell of a tone on the alto – never forced, and especially strong on the mellower material – where he's got the raspy fluidity of a young Stan Getz, and a sense of tone that almost seems influenced by the tenor of Lester Young! The first 8 tracks feature a group with Victor Feldman on vibes and Tommy Pollard on piano – the last 8 feature Feldman on drums with Ronnie Ball on piano. Each title features at least two takes – with nicely varied solos from Spike – and tunes include "East Of The Sun", "Just Friends", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Spike's Delight", "The Guv'Nor", "Spike's Choice", and "Lover Come Back To Me". CD

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✨✧ Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, et alRegeneration ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Used ... $8.99
A very hip little set – not just because of the players, but also because of the choice of material! Half the tracks are Monk compositions, and the other half by Herbie Nichols – so the record's filled with angular, modern tones that echo back to some key jazz moments of the postwar years, but which are also handled here with some of the newly creative elements that came in during this period's rediscovery of Monk's music. The front line of the group features Roswell Rudd on trombone and Steve Lacy on soprano – but almost best of all here is Misha Mengelberg, who's sharp tones on piano more than live up to the legacy of the two famous inspirations for the album – and also have a bit more warmth than on some of his usual dates. Other group members include Kent Carter on bass and Han Bennink on drums – and titles include "Twelve Bars", "Blue Chopsticks", "2300 Skidoo", "Monk's Mood", and "Epistrophy". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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Hal Stein & Warren FitzgeraldHal Stein/Warren Fitzgerald Quintet – The Classic Sessions (with bonus track) ... CD
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $10.99
Rare work from the east coast scene of the mid 50s – a sweet little quintet session from saxophonist Hal Stein and trumpeter Warren Fitzgerald! Both players were slightly lesser stars in the jazz world of the time, but come across here with a clarity of vision and tightness of execution that reminds us of some of our favorite RCA jazz sessions from the same period – sharp arrangements that set things up beautifully at the start – and short, well-executed solos that give both players a strong presence on the record. Stein blows both alto and tenor – and the record has a really compelling lineup – with Bob Dorough on piano, Alphonso Cotton on bass, and a young Paul Motian on drums! Not only that, the whole thing was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder – and titles include "Zounds", "The Sarong Is New", "Cattin", "Bee Dee's Blues", "Nan Do Mo Nai", "Choice Derby", and "This Love Of Mine". CD

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Jimi TenorSaxentric ... CD
Herakles (Finland), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it also showcases some of the soulful strands that have always been in his music, as Jimi finds a way to bring the cosmos down to earth with some really wonderful tunes that mix up a variety of different rhythmic and instrumental modes! The lineup shifts a bit on each track – and includes a great guest appearance from Tony Allen – but most cuts focus on core energy from Tenor, who not only plays tenor, percussion, keyboards, flute, moog, and more – but also sings with a style that's wonderfully soulful, and really holds the whole thing together. We always love Jimi's music, but this set's got a really special "something extra" – and a much deeper sound than you'd expect from the cover. Titles include "Magick Of Choice", "Polygonal", "Peaceful Maelstrom", "Four Corners Of The Earth", "Cap De Creus", "Vortex", "My Baby Is Coming", "Ursa Major", and "Baby Pharoah". CD
Also available Saxentric ... LP 22.99

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Jimi TenorSaxentric ... LP
Herakles (Finland), 2016. New Copy ... $22.99
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it also showcases some of the soulful strands that have always been in his music, as Jimi finds a way to bring the cosmos down to earth with some really wonderful tunes that mix up a variety of different rhythmic and instrumental modes! The lineup shifts a bit on each track – and includes a great guest appearance from Tony Allen – but most cuts focus on core energy from Tenor, who not only plays tenor, percussion, keyboards, flute, moog, and more – but also sings with a style that's wonderfully soulful, and really holds the whole thing together. We always love Jimi's music, but this set's got a really special "something extra" – and a much deeper sound than you'd expect from the cover. Titles include "Magick Of Choice", "Polygonal", "Peaceful Maelstrom", "Four Corners Of The Earth", "Cap De Creus", "Vortex", "My Baby Is Coming", "Ursa Major", and "Baby Pharoah". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Saxentric ... CD 16.99

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Mel Torme, Francis Faye, Johnny Hartman, & OthersGeorge Gershwin's Porgy & Bess ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1956. Used 2CD ... $4.99
One of our favorite recordings ever of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess – done by Bethlehem Records in the mid 50s, and featuring nearly every one of the label's great talents at the time! The choice of the lead characters is a bit odd – as Mel Torme plays Porgy and Francis Faye plays Bess – but both singers are actually pretty darn great for the set, and really bring a lot out of the tunes. Plus, the other artists on the set really keep things interesting – as the collection features vocal performances by Johnny Hartman, Frank Rosolino, Betty Roche, Bob Dorough, and Sallie Blair. Plus, the whole thing's presented as Gershwin wrote it – complete with narration by Al Jazzbo Collins, and a number of strong instrumental passages. Music is performed by groups led by Russ Garcia, Duke Ellington, Pat Moran, and Stan Levy – and players are an array of the best of both the New York and LA scenes at the time! Plus, this great reissue version features a full 29 minute bonus track – the "Porgy & Bess Suite", which is an extended instrumental performed by Russ Garcia. Also comes with a really great 48 page booklet too! (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
(Tray card and booklet have cutout holes.)

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VariousFeeling Good – Funk, Soul, & Deep Jazz Gems – The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad ... CD
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
The great Bob Shad is a hell of a fellow – a jazz producer who did amazing work for Mercury Records in the 50s, captured postwar blues on his own small label, set loose a run of excellent 60s jazz and vocal releases, then really found his strength as the 70s moved in – and his Mainstream Records label became a showcase for some of the hippest and most righteous artists of the time! This collection focuses on the best of the best of the cuts that crackled on Mainstream – mostly funky and spiritual jazz numbers, but mixed with a few vocal cuts too – often served up in that trademark blend of electric and acoustic that made Shad's productions so great – with a vibe that was so different than music coming from labels like Prestige, Fantasy, or CTI at the time. The choice of cuts is wonderful, and the set boasts liner notes by Judd Apatow – who turns out to be Bob's grandson! Titles include "Mask" by Shelly Manne, "Soulsides" by Art Farmer, "Magical Connection" by Sarah Vaughan, "Soul Village" by Blue Mitchell, "House Of The Rising Funk" by Afrique, "Abscretions" by Buddy Terry, "Right On" by Maxine Weldon, "Red Clay" by Jack Wilkins, "Scatbird" by Barry Miles, "Rum & Mumbles" by Clark Terry, "I Ain't Got Much" by Ellerine Harding, "Granite & Concrete" by Blue Mitchell, "Feelin Good" by Carmen McRae, and "Quadrivium" by Hadley Caliman. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) CD
Also available Feeling Good – Funk, Soul, & Deep Jazz Gems – The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad ... LP 26.99

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VariousInternational New Jazz Meeting – Burg Altena 1972 to 1973 (8CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1972/1973. New Copy 8CD ... $134.99 153.99
A double-whammy of a package – one that's like attending a totally hip festival of avant jazz, and finding a time machine to take you there in the process! This overstuffed box brings together recordings from two years' worth of the Burg Altena International New Jazz Meeting in Germany – 4CDs from 1972, and 4 from 1973 – packaged in a very cool box that features loads of photos, and reprints of pages from the programs to both festivals too! But the music here is what really matters – as the performances are all long, often freely improvised, and usually much more way-out than the material you'd hear from any of these players on record. Plus, the choice of musicians is quite unique – some familiar faces from the European underground, but also some real surprises, too – at a level that makes this collection a bit different than others of its nature. The 1972 discs features full sets by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath, a quintet led by keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner with guitarist Attila Zoller, reedman Phil Woods European Rhythm Machine with Gordon Beck on electric piano, a duet between Jan Frederyk Dobrowolski on piano and Jacec Bednarek on bass, a quintet led by reedman/violinist Michal Urbaniak with Urszula Dudziak on voice and Adam Makowicz on electric piano, a quartet led by vibist/pianist Karl Berger with Ingrid Berger on voice and Peter Kowald on bass, and the Scandinavia New Jazz Group – with Bobo Stenson on electric piano, Lennart Aberg on tenor, Kjell Westling on soprano sax, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Bengt Berger on drums. 1973 is equally exciting – a performance of the fantastic Anima trio with Paul Fuchs on reeds, Limpe Fuchs on drums and voice, and Friedrich Gulda on acoustic and electric piano; a quintet led by trumpeter Terumasa Hino with Mikio Masuda on piano and Motohiko Hino on drums; the Theo Loevendie Consort, with Theo on alto and soprano, Hans Dulfer on tenor and flute, Martin Altena on bass, and Leo Cuypers on piano; Tune For Bassclarinets with the named instrument played by the quartet of Gunter Hampel, Willem Breuker, Michel Pilz, and Jef Sicard; and the Reform Art Unit, which includes Franz Kogelmann on trumpet, Fritz Novotny on reeds, Sepp Mitterbauer on pocket and regular trumpet, and Giselherr Smekal on organ and piano. Hours of music – and a wonderful package overall! CD
 
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Nels ClineLovers ... CD
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 17.98
The Blue Note debut of Wilco guitarist Nels Cline – a player who's quite a talent in his own right, and who seems to reach a new sort of height on this album! The record's an ambitious one – and features sublime larger arrangements by Michael Leonhart – who provides a very different setting for some of Cline's moody work on the strings of the guitar – as woodwinds and strings support his sounds in a few different modes – sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric, with a bit of pedal steel and other effects too. Leonhart's work brings a warmth and humanity to the record that Cline doesn't always have – but at a level that doesn't take away Nels' presence, either – and the set mixes classic standards with a range of unique song choices, in a double-length batch of music that includes "Invitation", "Hairpin & Hatbox", "Beautiful Love", "Lady Gabor", "Why Was I Born", "Snare Girl", "The Bond", "The Search For Cat", "Secret Love", "You Noticed", and "I Have Dreamed". CD
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Nels ClineLovers (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99 35.98
The Blue Note debut of Wilco guitarist Nels Cline – a player who's quite a talent in his own right, and who seems to reach a new sort of height on this album! The record's an ambitious one – and features sublime larger arrangements by Michael Leonhart – who provides a very different setting for some of Cline's moody work on the strings of the guitar – as woodwinds and strings support his sounds in a few different modes – sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric, with a bit of pedal steel and other effects too. Leonhart's work brings a warmth and humanity to the record that Cline doesn't always have – but at a level that doesn't take away Nels' presence, either – and the set mixes classic standards with a range of unique song choices, in a double-length batch of music that includes "Invitation", "Hairpin & Hatbox", "Beautiful Love", "Lady Gabor", "Why Was I Born", "Snare Girl", "The Bond", "The Search For Cat", "Secret Love", "You Noticed", and "I Have Dreamed". LP, Vinyl record album
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Herbie HarperHerbie Harper ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $8.99
One of the most inventive albums we've ever heard from trombonist Herbie Harper – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other records! The group's an unusual one – with some key members that are likely – Jimmy Giuffre on tenor and baritone, Charlie Mariano on alto, and Jimmy Rowles on piano – mixed with other more compelling choices, such as Corky Hale on harp and Paul Sarmento on tuba – both instruments that really expand the sonic range of the session, in ways you might not expect to work this well! Harper was one of the more inventive leaders of the west coast scene at the time, and really does a great job of putting the whole thing together – managing both the unique group, and to find plenty of space for his own well-crafted solos too. Titles include "Topsy", "Angus", "Now You Know", "I'll Take Romance", and "Anything Goes". Nice goofy cover, with a picture of a dog, and the words "Please, no more shaggy dog stories! I'd rather listen to Herbie Harper!" CD

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Etta JonesEtta Jones Sings (Roulette) ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start – a bit offbeat, but in the best way possible – as Jones brings older bluesy inflections into play with more contemporary ideas – all set to wonderful instrumentation from a cool group that features Junior Mance on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor, and Mike Manieri on vibes. The song choices are great – and the balance between steppers and mellow cuts is perfect – on titles that include "Swinging Shepherd Blues", "All Right OK You Win", "Moon Man", "Did I Remember", "Lonely Crowd", and "I Was Telling Him About You". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
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✨✧ Kidd Jordan/Peter Kowald/Alvin FielderLive In New Orleans ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's powerful and bold, and never resorts to cliche or any easy tricks – often just built strongly out of these very individualistic choices that almost have a poetic quality – although certainly of the proud and righteous mode! The set features a live performance with some wonderful bass work from Peter Kowald – a player whose low tones resonate in this very unusual way, and bring further depth to the record. Alvin Fielder plays both drums and percussion – titles include six trio passages and both a solo drum and bass number. LP, Vinyl record album
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Charles LloydDream Weaver ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1966. Used ... $6.99
A classic set from reedman Charles Lloyd – a set that really pushes forward all the experiments he'd begun in the Chico Hamilton group – and shows a bold move forward for rhythms in 60s jazz! The tracks are long, and spiral out wonderfully – but in ways that are different than those used by other creators of the time – like Eric Dolphy or John Coltrane. Even though leading the group on tenor and flute, Lloyd's got a real sense of rhythm to his playing – echoes of the Hamilton group – but set loose with a stellar quartet of younger players – including Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all perfect choices for inventive music like this! The standout cut is the amazing "Sombrero Sam", a tight little groover that we never tire of – and one that has Jarrett sounding much more in the pocket than you'd ever imagine – and other tracks include "Dream Weaver", "Autumn Sequence", and "Bird Flight". CD
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✨✧ Mel TormeTorme – A New Album ... CD
Gryphon/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful mid-career set from Mel Torme – a real sophisticated standout recorded in the years before his later comeback albums on Cocord – with a hip vibe that's relatively unique! The album's one of the late efforts from the Skye Records imprint – recorded in London with full backings from Chris Gunning, who gives Mel some of the same mature charts that Skye brought to the vocals of Grady Tate at the start of the 70s – and like those albums, a balance between larger charts and jazzier moments – punctuated points in the instrumentation that sparkle from contributions by Phil Woods on alto, Barry Miles and Gordon Beck on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet. Mel's wonderful in the setting – a bit free of the cliche of his later years, and wrapped up in a perfect mode that fits his velvet fog sound like a glove – on titles that include some great 70s choices, and even a few Torme originals. Annie Ross provides a bit of guest vocals at one point – and tracks include "It's Too Late", "Never Look Back", "Charade", "Send In The Clowns", "What's This", "Like A Lover", "Ordinary Fool", "New York State Of Mind", and "All In Love Is Fair". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Brandon WrightJourneyman ... CD
Posi tone, 2012. Used ... $4.99
Deft tenor work from Brandon Wright – a younger player, but one who really takes off here in a quartet with David Kikoski on piano! Kikoski's full of sharp changes throughout – the kind of energetic bursts that make his playing such a treat, even on gentler tunes – and Wright really matches his energy for the set, by taking off in these bold lines that always have a strong sense of direction right from the start – finding their own space, then looping back to join the vibe of the rest of the group. Other players include Boris Kozlov on bass and Donald Edwards on drums – and titles include "Better Man", "Illusions Of Light", "Big Bully", "Choices", "Search For Truth", and "He'll Make Me Happy". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw DavisJohnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw Davis In Copenhagen ... CD
Storyville, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary team of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis are wonderfully reunited here – in a set of live recordings from Copenhagen – done in the mid 80s, but with all the tight energy of their classic sides from the 60s! As on those albums, the pairing of the two tenor titans only seems to make each artist play even more strongly – bring out their sharpest edges and most surprising choices, as they trade things back and forth nicely over a set a very extended tracks. The rest of the group features Harry Pickens on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – a great rhythm section to match the frontline players – and tracks include "Blues Up & Down", "Oh Gee", "Funky Fluke", "Hey Lock", "Lester Leaps In", and "Call It What You Wanna". CD

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✨✧ Gil MelleGil's Guests ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956/1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've got a long-standing love affair with the music of Gil Melle, and this CD's a perfect example of why we think he's so great! Melle was an enigmatic baritone player who recorded for Blue Note and Prestige in the 50's, and his recordings for both labels have a strange other-wordly quality that's very difficult to describe, and which sets him apart from any other practitioner of the instrument at the time. Far from the clunky sounds you might expect from such a giant instrument, Melle produces these amazingly light waves of sound, which are interpolated by the members of his quartet – guitarist Joe Cinderella, bassist Vinnie Burke, and drummer Ed Thigpen – in a tangled web of spooky delights. The group's augmented here by some famous guests that are perfect choices for Melle's sound – like Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Julius Watkins, and Don Butterfield – and the CD's filled with great compositions like "Soudan", "Block Island", "Funk For Star People", "Herbie", "Tomorrow", and "Ghengis". Also includes 3 bonus tracks, for a total of 9 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Charles LloydDream Weaver ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic set from reedman Charles Lloyd – a set that really pushes forward all the experiments he'd begun in the Chico Hamilton group – and shows a bold move forward for rhythms in 60s jazz! The tracks are long, and spiral out wonderfully – but in ways that are different than those used by other creators of the time – like Eric Dolphy or John Coltrane. Even though leading the group on tenor and flute, Lloyd's got a real sense of rhythm to his playing – echoes of the Hamilton group – but set loose with a stellar quartet of younger players – including Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all perfect choices for inventive music like this! The standout cut is the amazing "Sombrero Sam", a tight little groover that we never tire of – and one that has Jarrett sounding much more in the pocket than you'd ever imagine – and other tracks include "Dream Weaver", "Autumn Sequence", and "Bird Flight". CD
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✨✧ Debbie PoryesDebbie Poyres Trio ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Debbie Poryes works here with a Dutch trio formed right after her arrival on that scene – a nicely-balanced group that really respects Debbie's sensitive touch on the keys, and seems to make her subtle sounds come out even more than they might in the setting! Poryes has an approach that's on the mellower side of lyrical – kind of a post-Bill Evans approach, but even more subtle overall – yet one that's also very striking in its subtlety – as the lean choices of notes show just how far and free jazz piano had come by this time, but in ways that could still swing and stay inside. The group features Hein Van De Geyn on bass and Hans Eykenaar on drums – and titles include "For Brad", "Sweet Georgie Fame", "Holland", "Foolish Door", and "My Romance". CD
 
 
 



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