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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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Stephan Wittwer, Martin Schutz & Paul LovensChoice Chase ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 1995. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ramsey Lewis TrioChoice! – The Best Of The Ramsey Lewis Trio ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sparkling collection of the soul jazz groovers churned out by Ramsey's famous first trio – the groundbreaking ensemble that featured Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums. The set does a good job of pushing past obvious hits, and includes some tasty little groovers like "Travel On", "Somethin You Got", "Look A Here", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", "Hello, Cello", and the classic "Blues For Night Owls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Chubby Jackson/Toots Thielemans/Arnold Ross/GeorgeChoice Cuts ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Zoot SimsChoice ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954/1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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Pepper AdamsCritics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... CD
World Pacific/Mighty Quinn, 1957. Used ... $12.99
A real lost treasure from Pacific Jazz – a rare late 50s west coast session from Pepper Adams, featuring the amazing baritonist in a group with Lee Katzman on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums! The sound is incredible – on a par with that rare few of Adams' other magnificent albums as a leader – modern, yet soulful, and with a fluid feel that makes it hard to believe that Pepper's working with a baritone sax. Adams' work is always top-shelf, but this album's an even further cut above – and its proof that Pepper was one of the strongest talents burning in jazz in the late 50s! Tracks are all longish, and feature some nice unusual numbers that include "Minor Mishap", "Blackout Blues", "High Step", "5021", and "Zec". CD also features the bonus track "Four Funky People". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Critics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... LP 39.99

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Pepper AdamsCritics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... LP
World Pacific, 1957. Near Mint- ... $39.99
A real lost treasure from Pacific Jazz – a rare late 50s west coast session from Pepper Adams, featuring the amazing baritonist in a group with Lee Katzman on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums! The sound is incredible – on a par with that rare few of Adams' other magnificent albums as a leader – modern, yet soulful, and with a fluid feel that makes it hard to believe that Pepper's working with a baritone sax. Tracks are all longish, and feature some nice unusual numbers that include "Minor Mishap", "Blackout Blues", "High Step", "5021", and "Zec". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with insert.)
Also available Critics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... CD 12.99
 
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Joanne Brackeen with Michael BreckerTring A Ling ... CD
Choice (UK), 1977. Used ... $6.99
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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Sal MoscaFor You ... LP
Choice, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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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Count BasieFrankly Basie – Count Basie Plays The Hits Of Frank Sinatra (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Basie hits the hits of the 50s and early 60s – working here with some tight Billy Byers arrangements that really help transform the tunes! The groove is upbeat, bright, and brilliantly soulful – that punctuated Basie groove first formed when Neal Hefti was with the group, still carried off here wonderfully by a lineup that includes Frank Wess and Frank Foster on saxes, Snooky Young and Al Aarons on trumpets, Benny Powell and Henry Coker on trombones, and Freddie Green on guitar. Titles include "The Second Time Around", "Hey Jealous Lover", "All Of Me", "This Love Of Mine", "Saturday Night", "Come Fly With Me", and "South Of The Border" – almost a Sinatra album in spirit, given the choice of tunes like these! Includes bonus tracks too. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Jerry BergonziLineage ... CD
Red (Italy), 1989. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Low-burning tenor from Jerry Bergonzi – a player we grow to appreciate more and more as the years go by! Jerry starts this set off with a great reading of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" – which is a very apt choice, as Bergonzi's tenor has all the deep soul and modern edges we loved in Henderson's early Blue Note work – a real breath of fresh air when Jerry first came on the scene, and still holding up beautifully over the years! Mulgrew Miller's piano provides some great support here, too – supporting Bergonzi's vibe beautifully with lots of dark, thoughtful lines – even on the ballad numbers – and the rest of the group features Adam Nussbaum on drums and Dave Santoro on bass. In addition to "Inner Urge", other titles include "Jones", "Red's Blues", "On The Brink", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD

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Sonny CrissJazz USA (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Imperial/EMI (Japan), 1956. Used ... $16.99
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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✨✧ Miles Davis with John Coltrane & Sonny StittIn Stockholm 1960 Complete (4CD set) ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1960. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99 51.98
The complete recordings of a legendary live cycle of shows in Stockholm from 1960 – material that was previously issued on two different 2LP sets during the album era, now brought together here with bonus tracks too! The first third of the set features incredible work from the team of Miles Davis and John Coltrane – working together in space that's very open, and far more exploratory than their studio work of the late 50s – maybe at a level that really shows the impact that Coltrane's growth was having on the solo approach of Davis! The key rhythm trio keeps things swinging – Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – which almost seems to allow the horn players even more freedom. The second two thirds of the set are equally striking, but in a very different way – as they feature the great Sonny Stitt, blowing both alto and tenor with Miles' group – a choice that's maybe a bit surprising, but equally wonderful too – a Stitt brings the sound maybe back to a bop core, but also seems to really get a chance to show off some of those modern currents that he had to soft-pedal on his albums for Roost. Titles with Coltrane include "So What", "On Green Dolphin Street", "All Blues/Theme", "Walkin/Theme", and "Fran Dance" – and titles with Stitt include "Autumn Leaves/Theme", "Walkin", "All Of You", "June Night", "Stardust", "Lover Man", "If I Were A Bell", "No Blues/Theme", "Softly As In A Mornin Sunrise", and "So What". CD

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Bill EvansBill Evans Album (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (France), 1971. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
A pretty sublime album from Bill Evans – one that has him playing both Fender Rhodes and Steinway, overdubbed together, for an effect that's laidback and completely wonderful! The Fender Rhodes was a natural choice for Evans – given his fluid lyrical style, and on this set (and on his equally great record for MGM) Bill opens up with an approach that really suits him well. Each track features him shifting back and forth between electric and acoustic modes, dancing from one to the other in a way that makes the instruments come together beautifully – supported by some incredibly soulful bass work by Eddie Gomez, and drums by Marty Morrell. Titles include "Sugar Plum", "Funkallero", "Waltz for Debby", "TTT", "Re: Person I Knew", and "Comrade Conrad". CD features 3 bonus alternate tracks, too! CD

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Heath BrothersJazz Family ... CD
Concord, 1998. Used ... $2.99
The Heath Brothers groove is nicely expanded by a set of added horns – all of whom bring a nice sense of fullness to the tracks, in a way that recalls some of Jimmy Heath's best arranging styles from years back! Jimmy's in the frontline on tenor and soprano sax, joined by Percy Heath on acoustic bass and cello, and Albert Heath on drums and percussion – and the rest of the combo features piano by Jeb Patton, trombone from Benny Powell, and 5 other brass players who deepen the tones and colors of the tunes quite nicely. There's a great choice of songs here too – a fair bit of Heath-penned tracks that show the thoughtful writing of Jimmy and his brothers – on tracks that include "A Harmonic Future", "I'm Lost", "13th House", "Move To The Groove", and "Three At Last" – plus a great take on Kenny Dorham's "None Shall Wander". CD

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Marquis HillWay We Play ... CD
Concord, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Perhaps the best to date from trumpeter Marquis Hill – still a young player, but he plays with a depth of Chicago soul jazz history in his musical DNA, even as he brings in profoundly modern touches! Marquis was splitting his time between Chicago and NYC by the time The Way We Play was recorded, but he's really showing a deep love for Chicago here, from the cover art to the choice of material, in which he's invigorating classic numbers with fresh, youthful urgency. Core players include Makaya McCraven on drums, Christian McBride on alto, Justin "Justefan" Thomas on vibes and Joshua Ramos on bass – with guest vocalists Christie Dashiell and Meagan McNeal, poet Harold Green III, percussionist Jan Pastor and trombonist Vincent Gardner. Includes "The Way We Play/Minority", "Moon Rays", "Polka Dots And Moonbeams", a truly fresh, slowed down and moodier take on the Herbie Hancock classic "Maiden Voyage" with some emotive wordless vocals, "Fly Little Bird Fly", "Beep Durple", "Straight, No Chaser", "My Foolish Heart" and "Smile". CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesPuttin' It Together ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been biding his time with Coltrane – waiting for the chance to try out his own new ideas in music, and finding the perfect accompanists here in a trio that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and a young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The lack of a piano in the group really makes for a sense of new freedom that's totally great – not dreamy, melodic piano-less work, as in some of the LA groups of earlier years – but a searing, soaring intensity that Farrell was a perfect choice to head up. And while the format might serve to be an excuse for Coltrane-styled blowing, the approach here is decidedly not – a more focused, energy driven approach that really makes strong use of Jones' work on the drum kit, throbs with soulful undercurrents from Garrison's bass, and is topped off by angular, effortlessly-blown lines from Farrell – clearly pointing the way towards a generation of players that would emerge in his wake during the 70s. Tracks include "Village Greene", "Reza", "Kei Ko's Birthday March", and "Sweet Little Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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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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Ramsey LewisCountry Meets The Blues ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good+ ... $9.99
No blues, and only a little bit of country – mostly in the song choice for the set, and in the way the whole thing is put together! The core stylings here are still the Ramsey Lewis Trio at their early 60s best – but the record does feature a slight country-meets-soul sort of style in the production – a vibe that's similar to some of Ray Charles' ABC work of the time, although taken to an instrumental jazz sound here! Arrangements are by Oliver Nelson and Lew Douglas – the latter of whom uses more strings and a bit of voice, the former who keeps things more in a soul jazz mode overall. Titles include "St Louis Blues", "High Noon", "I Need You So", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Tangleweed Round My Heart", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", and "Your Cheatin Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some staining.)

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Manhattan Jazz QuintetSidewinder ... CD
King/Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1987. Used ... $6.99
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 MitchellBrasses & Strings (aka Smooth As The Wind) (record plays from the INSIDE OUT) ... LP
Fortissimo/Riverside, 1961. Very Good Gatefold ... $59.99
A rare one from Blue Mitchell – issued on the Riverside offshoot label Fortissimo – and a record that plays from the INSIDE OUT – starting at the inner label and playing through to the outer groove – backwards from conventional albums! The re-titled set features music from Blue's Riverside date Smooth As The Wind – 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". As noted above, this record plays opposite from most of the records you own – from the INSIDE OUT. To start play you must drop the needle on what would normally be the runout groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear red vinyl pressing. PLEASE NOTE: THIS RECORD PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! Cover has a split top seam.)

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Blue MitchellSmooth As The Wind ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good- ... $7.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has split seams, held with tape at the bottom.)

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Paul MotianConception Vessel ... LP
ECM, 1973. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Paul Motian didn't always record that much as a leader, but the dates under his own name are always compelling ones – and quite a change from his more famous work with Bill Evans! This set is a sparkling showcase of original tunes by Motian – played by a shifting array of players that includes Charlie Haden on bass, Sam Brown on guitar, Keith Jarrett on piano and flute, and Leroy Jenkins on violin – all with a much freer, more out sound than you might expect to hear on ECM in later years. The set's one of the standouts from the time when the label was nodding more in the free jazz directions of some of their European contemporaries – and Motion proves to be a surprisingly great choice for the session. Titles include "Georgian Bay", "Ch'I Energy", "Rebica", "Conception Vessel", and "American Indian Song Of Sitting Bull". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Art PepperSmack Up ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $5.99
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features some edgey work that really pushes Art away from the sweeter sounds of a few years before. There's some slightly off-kilter tracks on the set that really make it sparkle, including Duane Tatro's "Maybe Next Year", Ornette's "Tears Inside", and Harold Land's "Smack Up" – the irony of which, we're sure, was not lost on Art Pepper! Also includes Pepper's own "Las Cuevas De Mario" – and players include Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond, and Frank Butler. CD
(Out of print.)

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Hannibal Marvin PetersonOne With The Wind ... CD
Muse, 1993. New Copy ... $4.99
Hannibal made some mighty wonderful music in the 70s – and he really carries that tradition strongly forward on this overlooked gem from the early 90s! The album's not as boldly righteous as some of Peterson's dates for MPS, but it's still got a hell of a lot of soul – a well-blown trumpet line right out in front, and a soaring, spiritual undercurrent that makes even familiar tunes sparkle with a subtle sense of power. As always with Hannibal's records, the choice of players is great – Joe Ford on alto and tenor, Michael Cochrane on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Cecil Brooks III on drums, and Jeff Haynes on percussion – players that fit the Muse Records setting of the date, but seem to rise to new levels in Peterson's company. Titles include "Echoes", "Revelation", "Nile's Song", "One With The Wind", "Change Is Going To Come", and "Glow". CD

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Bud Powell62 (aka Live At The Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961) ... LP
CY (France), 1961. Very Good ... $16.99
Rare sides recorded during Bud Powell's lost years in Paris! The set features Powell's piano in that famous Paris trio with Kenny Clarke on drums and Pierre Michelot on bass – working in a batch of tracks that features a fair bit of compositions by Thelonious Monk – a somewhat surprising choice, but one that Powell handles beautifully – with plenty of angular edges and sharp tones that show that he's still very much on top of his game at this point! Other numbers are a bit more in the bop standard mode, but still pretty great – and titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Thelonious", "Monk's Mood", "Round Midnight", "Shaw Nuff", and "Lover Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Joe PumaJoe Puma – Quartet & Trio – Jazz ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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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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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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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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David FriesenStar Dance ... LP
Inner City, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of the more compelling sessions from the left side of the Inner City jazz label of the 70s – work that's partly fusion, but with plenty of aspects that push it far from the mainstream! Leader David Friesen plays acoustic bass on the set, but he's in a group with John Stowell on electric guitar, and the mighty Steve Gadd on drums – whose propulsive approach really drives the sound of the record strongly on some of the group numbers. Reedman Paul McCandless plays oboe and English horn, both unusual choices, but instruments that work well here – with an angularity that matches soprano sax usage in fusion during the 70s, although a bit warmer at times. Tracks are somewhat short, and include some really compelling solo numbers – recorded with a wonderfully round, soulful sound. Titles include "Winter's Fall", "Duet & Dialogue", "Mountain Streams", "A Little Child's Poem", "1 Rue Brey", "Star Dance", and "Children Of The Kingdom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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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
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)

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✨✧ Eric AlexanderUp, Over & Out ... CD
Delmark, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Clear, clean, and tremendous tenor work from a young Eric Alexander – working here in one of his early partnerships with pianist Harold Mabern – in a way that really helps to re-direct Mabern's energy, and take him back to the glory days of his recordings in the 60s! Alexander's tenor has a classic sound here that's wonderful – focused and very sure of itself, and able to roll out on longer numbers with a great sense of imagination that avoids any too-easy notes or hackneyed choices. Mabern follows suit strongly – sounding better than on any of his trio records from the same period, and matching Alexander's youthful energy with some soaring lines of his own – often in a modal mode that seems to bring out the best in both players. Drums are by the rock-solid Joe Farnsworth, and bass is by John Ore – on tracks that include "Up Over & Out", "Eronel", "Flying Fish", "Blues For Mabe", "I Remember Clifford", and "Bewitched". CD

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonYou Better Know It !!! ... CD
Impulse/GRP, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A warm and wonderful 60s session from Lionel Hampton – recorded in a personal and intimate way, one that even surpasses his great small combo sides of the 50s! There's a relaxed feel here that you don't always get with Hamp – a gently grooving quality that we really like a lot, and which is traditional, but never too staid or too "easy" in its choices. The set benefits from some really strong horn work from Clark Terry on trumpet and Ben Webster on tenor – the latter of whom really crackles out with a great sound here. Other players include Milt Hinton on bass, Hank Jones on piano, and Osie Johnson on drums – and there's also a very slight bit of vocalizing on the record as well. Titles include "Tempo's Birthday", "Vibraphone Blues", "Trick Or Treat", "Cute", "Swingle Jingle", and "Taste Of Honey". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mel TormeTorme – A New Album ... CD
Gryphon/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Nels ClineLovers ... CD
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Lovers (180 gram pressing) ... LP 31.99
 
 
 



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