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✨✧ Pepper AdamsCritics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... CD
World Pacific/Mighty Quinn, 1957. Used ... $11.99
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.)

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Les BrownDancer's Choice ... LP
Capitol, 1956. Very Good ... $0.99
A sparkling set from Les Brown & His Band Of Reknown! A mid 50s session that features mostly older numbers from the 30s and 40s, retooled a bit for the new decade, yet still very much in a swing-based mode! There's some hip instrumental touches in the charts that definitely update the music nicely – horn flourishes that you'd never hear a decade before, recorded with high quality Hollywood fidelity for the date. Titles include "Stardust", "Sleepy Time Gal", "Swingin Down The Lane", "My Blue Heaven", "I Never Knew", and "Cecilia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has some wear, some stains, partially split top and bottom seams, and a sitcker on the back.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisArtist's Choice – The Eddie Harris Anthology ... CD
Rhino/Atlantic, 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print. Slipcase has some light edge wear.)
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Woody HermanOne Night Stand ... CD
Choice/Candid (UK), 1951. Used ... $1.99

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Lee KonitzTenorlee ... CD
Choice/Candid (UK), 1978. Used ... $12.99
Lovely, laidback, but spontaneous trio jazz from sax great Lee Konitz on tenor – backed by the impeccable piano of Jimmy Rowles, and Michael Moore on bass. This late 70s session finds the group in a spare, graceful, loose elegance and a glowing warmth. Nothing fancy, just a light, but impassioned set of timeless trio jazz. Titles include "I Remember You","Skylark", "Thanks For The Memory", You Are To Beautiful", "Handful Of Stars", "Autumn Nocturne", and "Tenorlee", which segues to "Lady Be Good", plus "The Gypsy" and "Tis Autumn". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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✨✧ Joanne BrackeenTring-A-Ling ... LP
Choice, 1978. 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cut corner and remnants of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ Ahmad Jamal & Gary BurtonIn Concert – Live At Midem January 26 1981 ... CD
Who's Who/Personal Choice, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "Morning Of The Carnival", "One", "Bogota", "Tones For Joan's Bones", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Out of print.)
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Henry CainFunky Organ-ization Of Henry Cain ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Sweet and funky organ work from the great Henry Cain – a little known player who recorded on some excellent sides for Capitol in the 60s, including some of the albums by Howard Roberts! This set is Cain's one full album for the label – and it's a tight and jumpy set of instrumentals, produced by David Axelrod with a nice sharp edge. Arrangements are by HB Barnum and Oliver Nelson – both of whom really hit the right sound for Cain's clean approach to the Hammond keys – setting up enough space for him to groove freely, yet still keeping the band tightly reigned into the rhythm of the cuts. Titles include "Horror Scope", "Shake A Lady", "Dead End Street", "Why", "Sunny", "The Way I Feel", and "Critic's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al HaigChelsea Bridge ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Bop legend Al Haig gets a wonderful setting here – a beautifully-recorded trio date done for the Japanese market – with sensitive backing that really shows the development in Haig's sound and style over the years! Bassist Jamil Nasser is a wonderful choice for the group – playing with these round, well-shaped lines that seem to unlock a whole new lyrical side in Al's music – and drummer Billy Higgins fits in perfectly, able to work this subtle magic behind Haig, similar to his stellar sessions with Cedar Walton. The set list is great – material that also shows a side of Al that you might not expect – and titles include Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive", Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance", and Wayne Shorter's "Maoco" – plus "Sweet and Lovely", "Chelsea Bridge", "Love Will Find A Way", "Lush Life", and "We'll Be Together". CD

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonSouth Pacific In Hi Fi ... LP
World Pacific, 1958. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Chico and his group perform tunes from the Rodgers & Hammerstein score to South Pacific – a surprisingly good choice, actually, as the Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes have a great exotic bent to them, working well with the off-beat rhythms and melodies of the combo. Players include Paul Horn on alto and flute, Fred Katz on cello, and John Pisano on guitar – and tunes include "Bali Hai", "Honey Bun", "Cockeyed Optimist", "Younger Than Springtime", and "Happy Talk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label World Pacific pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and minor splitting.)

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✨✧ Louis HayesReturn Of The Jazz Communicators ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Drummer Louis Hayes always finds a way of working with great groups – and here he's got an especially well-chosen lineup with Abraham Burton on tenor and Steve Nelson on vibes! Both players ring out with this strongly soulful vibe that's clearly inspired by the leader – Burton's very deep tones a perfect complement to some of the sharper, more modern lines from Nelson – driven strongly by the work of David Bryant on piano and the excellent Dezron Douglas on bass. Hayes' power can be felt strongly, even in mellower moments – and Nelson's oft-percussive approach to his tones makes for an excellent choice for the group. Titles include "Shape Shifting", "Groovin For Nat", "Soul Leo", "Simple Pleasures", "Vagabond Ron", and "Lou's Idea". CD

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ... $24.99
An odd choice for material, but a surprisingly nice record – and just the kind of session needed to break Barney Kessel out of some of his too-familiar trio modes of the 50s! The record here features jazz takes on tunes from the opera Carmen – in case you didn't figure that out from the title – all adapted by Barney himself, on charts that feature Buddy Collette on flute, Ray Linn on trumpet, Victor Feldman on vibes, and Andre Previn on piano – a lineup that helps keep things creative and playful without sounding too gimmicky. Titles include "Free As A Bird", "If You Dig Me", "A Pad On The Edge Of Town", "The Gypsy's Hip", and "Carmen's Cool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy stereo pressing. Cover has light wear & notes in pen.)

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Ramsey LewisCountry Meets The Blues ... LP
Argo, 1962. Good+ ... $1.99
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
(Grey label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)

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Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels ClineGowanus Session ... CD
Porter, 2012. Used ... $9.99
A rich array of tones and sounds from the trio of Thollem McDonas on piano, William Parker on bass, and Nels Cline on guitar – all served up in a heady brew that grabs us right from the very first note! Some of the sharper tones of McDonas and Cline are warmed up nicely by Parker's bass – a great choice for the trio, as it helps ground the more experimental modes of the other two players, yet still give them plenty of freedom to shift and shimmer as much as they want. At times, there's almost a trembling sort of quality to the music – which really makes the set sound unique – and titles include "There Are", "As Many Worlds", "In A Life", "As There Are", "Lives", "In The World". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Charles MingusTrio (aka Mingus Three) ... CD
Roulette, 1957. Used ... $4.99
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really helps bring in some of the energy of some of the larger group recordings from Mingus! Hawes' incredible piano lines really fly over the top, and Mingus' bass comes to the forefront as well – getting plenty of room for personal elements that Charles never got as strongly in the larger sessions. The set list includes a mix of originals and standards, with "Back Home Blues", "Hamp's New Blues", "Dizzy Moods", and "Laura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Phineas NewbornNewborn Touch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... $8.99
The Newborn Touch is always a great one, but it sounds especially nice on this record – a set that seems to go even farther than any of Phineas' earlier trio sessions! There's an almost-ambitious sound to the record that we really like a lot – one that possibly comes from Newborn's choice of compositions for the set, a great bag of non-standard tunes from some of his west coast contemporaries – tracks penned by Ornette Coleman, Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Woods, and others – some of which are decidedly more modern than the material that Newborn usually plays! There's a complexity here that's great – but one that still doesn't forget Newborn's down-home roots – and titles include "A Walkin Thing", "Be Deedle Dee Do", "The Blessing", "Diane", "Pazmuerte", "Hard To Find", and "Blue Daniel". CD

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Horace ParlanHappy Frame Of Mind (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1963. Used ... $22.99
Wicked work by pianist Horace Parlan – and one of his most stunning Blue Note sessions ever! The album was first recorded in 1963, but then kept on the shelf for years – seeing only brief release as part of a Booker Ervin package in the late 70s, and finally coming out with the proper cover and lineup at some point in the 80s! Why Blue Note waited so long is a mystery, because the album's a gem throughout – almost more important, and more starkly modern than any of Parlan's other work for the label. Booker Ervin leads the frontline on tenor, alongside Johnny Coles on trumpet, Grant Green on guitar, and the rhythm section of Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. Parlan's choice of material is fantastic – with a number of Africanist tracks that feature unique rhythmic patterns that really push the soloists! Titles include "A Tune For Richard", "Dexi", "Home Is Africa", "Kucheza Blues", and "Back From The Gig". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which is slightly rippled.)

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Bud Powell/Don ByasTribute To Cannonball (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1961. Used ... $13.99
A gem of a session from the European expatriot scene of the postwar years – not really a tribute to Cannonball Adderley, but a rare meeting of Bud Powell and Don Byas in the studio, produced by Cannonball in Paris in 1961! The record has a tremendous amount of fire and focus – especially on the part of Powell, who could sometimes falter in a European setting – and although Byas' horn might seem a contrasting choice for Bud, he really burns with a lot of energy here – arcing, soaring, and turning with lines that show that his talents hadn't dimmed at all out of the American limelight. As always with his few productions from the time, Cannonball shows a great deal of sensitivity and patience with the players – probably a key factor of the success of the set. Also noteworthy is the rest of the group – which includes Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Jeannine", "Just One Of Those Things", "All The Things You Are", "I Remember Clifford", and "Jackie My Little Cat". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jason RoebkeHigh Red Center ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's overloaded with heavyweights – including Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, and Mike Reed on drums – all players very familiar with Roebke's sound and style, and a great choice to carry out his mission in the music. There's definitely a compositional structure to the record, but many sounds are quite free, too – individual voices soaring out strongly in this flurry of notes and tones. Titles include "High Red Center", "Slow", "Dirt Cheap", "No Passengers", "Ten Nights", "Shadow", and "Ballin". CD

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Cal TjaderCal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach ... LP
Skye, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $29.99
Fantastic – and about as great as you'd imagine! The cool Latiny vibes of Cal Tjader meet the great compositions of Burt Bacharach, and the result is a shimmering set of tracks that forever defines the sound of groovy 60s! Cal's the perfect choice for music like this – as his sense of space, time, and rhythm jibe perfectly with Burt's magical tunes – making for incredible instrumental readings of tracks that include "My Little Red Book", "Moneypenny Goes For Broke", "Don't Make Me Over", and "I Say A Little Prayer". Instrumentation includes organ and guitar next to the vibes – and production is by Gary McFarland, with the same gentle groove as his own best work! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, some light wear, and a bumped corner.)

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Gus ViseurJazz In Paris – De Clichy A Broadway ... CD
Universal (France), 1955. Used ... $6.99
Is there any instrument more suited to the sound of Paris than the accordion? Most likely not – which is why this entry into the Jazz In Paris series is one of its surprising gems! The CD features material recorded by accordionist Gus Viseur in the mid 50s – 12 tracks with larger backing that includes Boulou Ferre on guitar, and 4 more with just Gus on his instrument of choice! The material's all lovingly remastered and repackaged – and titles include "46eme Ave", "Ballade Rabouine", "5 Juin", "Nuages", "Jeannette", "Le Bal Du P'Tit Jardin", and "Revoir Paris". CD

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Randy WestonJazz A La Bohemia ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Key early work from the great Randy Weston – a live performance from Cafe Bohemia, featuring an unusual group that includes Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Cecil Payne on baritone sax! The presence of Payne makes the record more than just an angular piano trio outing, and allows Weston to begin to display some of his talents for unusual horn passages – in a way that features Payne's baritone alongside some rhythmic piano lines, showcasing a mode that would come out even more strongly in larger group sessions a few years later. But at another level, the choice of the tunes also showcase the changing role of the pianist in jazz – as the set almost allows you to hear Weston changing from a barroom tinkler of the ivories to a more prominent artist in the spotlight. 2 tracks feature Payne stepping aside for more intimate explorations by the Weston trio – and titles include "Solemn Meditation", "Just A Riff", "Once In Awhile", "Hold Em Joe", and "Chessman's Delight". CD

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Curtis FullerBone & Bari ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... On July 1, 2015
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". CD

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✨✧ Henry CainFunky Organ-ization Of Henry Cain ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet and funky organ work from the great Henry Cain – a little known player who recorded on some excellent sides for Capitol in the 60s, including some of the albums by Howard Roberts! This set is Cain's one full album for the label – and it's a tight and jumpy set of instrumentals, produced by David Axelrod with a nice sharp edge. Arrangements are by HB Barnum and Oliver Nelson – both of whom really hit the right sound for Cain's clean approach to the Hammond keys – setting up enough space for him to groove freely, yet still keeping the band tightly reigned into the rhythm of the cuts. Titles include "Horror Scope", "Shake A Lady", "Dead End Street", "Why", "Sunny", "The Way I Feel", and "Critic's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Organ-ization Of Henry Cain ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Paul HornVisions ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but here we get a more grounded approach with more soul and bits of funk in the bass, keys & percussion. The players include Larry Carlton, Joe Sample and Tom Scott. Includes a nice takes on a trio of Stevie Wonder numbers: "Too High", "Visions" and "Living For The City", Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Chelsea Morning" (the former featuring some vocals and keyboards by Joni), plus "High Tide"., "Long Time Gone", "Song With No Words" and "Dida". 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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ John LewisJohn Lewis Piano ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the "Long Playing Unbreakable" logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and light peeling on the spine and some marking in pen and marker on the back.)
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Steve LacyComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings – Quartet, Quintet, Sextet, Octet (10CD box set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 10CD ... $58.99
A wonderful run of music from the great Steve Lacy – all of the larger group recordings done for the Black Saint/Soul Note label – nearly 20 years of really inventive albums! Lacy's solo and smaller group material were already collected in another excellent box in this series – but this collection shows Steve stepping out in a mode that's not nearly as well-represented on other labels – some of his more intense, complicated efforts – done with both familiar associates, and some surprising choices from the European scene! Players include Roswell Rudd on trombone, Steve Potts on alto, Misha Mengelberg on piano, George Lewis on trombone, Bobby Few on piano, Ricky Ford on tenor, and Han Bennink on drums – and the package, like others in this great series, features all records with original artwork, in cool little sleeves like mini albums. Records include Trickles, Revenue, Troubles, Regeneration, Change Of Season, Dutch Masters, The Condor, The Cry, and Vespers. CD

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Hank MobleyThird Season (Japanese pressing – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1980. New Copy ... $11.99
One of those rare treasures that was recorded by Blue Note in the 60s, but not issued at the time – a great late Hank Mobley set from 1967 that only saw the light of day in 1980! The album's got Hank really opening things up – using some of those more inventive rhythms and articulate phrasing that really graced his late years at Blue Note – a bold step forward, given his already-great run of material for the label! The core group is a quintet – with Lee Morgan on trumpet and Cedar Walton on piano – both of whom add to the lyrical edge of the playing – and most tracks feature additional work from James Spaulding on alto and flute, and the wonderful Sonny Greenwich on guitar – a player whose unique phrasing really helps shape the record's sound! Rhythms are from Walter Booker on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – again both great choices for the sometimes-modal qualities of the record – and titles include "Don't Cry Just Sigh", "Steppin Stone", "Third Season", "Boss Bossa", and "An Apertif". CD features one bonus track – an alternate of "Don't Cry Just Sigh". CD

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Spike Wilner TrioLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
Beautiful work from pianist Spike Wilner – an artist we already respect for his tireless work running the Live At Smalls series – and one that we've grown to love even more for the fresh new sound of this wonderful record! Spike's always had a way of linking styles and generations with his piano – sometimes very traditional, sometimes very personal – yet here, he finds this really wonderful groove that's somewhere in between, but very unique as well – a trio format that has the guitar of Yotam Silberstein and bass of Paul Gill often dancing alongside his own lines on piano – so that all three instruments resonate out strongly in the melody, and find new ways to spiral out together! The approach is very individual, and especially well-tuned to the wide range of material here – which includes Wilner compositions, and some other surprising choices. Titles include "Blues For The Common Man", "Pathetique", "Variations On A Popular Theme #1", "Magnetic Rag", and "Hopscotch". CD

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✨✧ George WallingtonPrestidigator (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
East West/Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest albums ever from bop pianist George Wallington – a quintet session recorded for Atlantic's short-lived East/West subsidiary, right around the same time as his better-known group dates for Prestige! The core trio features Wallington alongside Teddy Kotick on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums – and the sharp-edged and imaginative tenor of JR Monterose appears on all tracks but one – a few of which also feature incredible bass trumpet from Jerry Lloyd! The sound is often more modern and inventive than Wallington's other non-trio dates of the 50s – somewhat playful, but also dominated by a deeper sense of soul – heard especially strongly on the Monterose compositions "The Prestidigitator" and "Jouons", as well as the Mose Allison numbers "In Salah", "Promised Land", and "Rural Route" – all slightly unusual choices for Wallington! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Herbie HarperHerbie Harper ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Kidd Jordan/Peter Kowald/Alvin FielderTrio & Duo In New Orleans ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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 first half of 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 – and sparks off some strong energy at some points – even more so on the second half of the package, which just features duo tracks between Fielder and Jordan recorded in the studio. Live trio titles include six trio passages and both a solo drum and bass number – and duo titles include "Nameless Sound Duo", "Tempest Nola 2005", "Liftoff", and "Duo Flight". CD

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonYou Better Know It !!! ... CD
Impulse/GRP, 1964. Used ... 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. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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