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Frank WrightComplete ESP Recordings (Frank Wright Trio/Your Prayer) ... CD CD format
ESP, 1965/1967. Used 2CD ... $11.99
A 2CD collection that features both of Frank Wright's albums for ESP, plus a selection of additional interview material! 1965's Frank Wright Trio is a freewheeling workout in the classic ESP mode – tenor saxophonist Wright's first album as a leader, and a majestic little session that easily stands alongside the best from Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp at the time! The format here is a bit like that of Ayler's ESP work – as Wright's hard tenor is set against the bass of Henry Grimes and the drums of Tom Price – but the difference here is that Wright's sharply-bitten, angular lines on tenor are at the forefront of the record – leaping ahead from the rest of the group and almost standing on their own as if Frank were recording solo! Titles include "The Moon", "Jerry", and "The Earth". Your Prayer is a bit more of a group effort than his first – recorded with an expanded lineup that points the way towards some of the French scene on BYG a few years later – with Jacques Coursil on trumpet, Arthur Jones on alto, Steve Tintweiss on bass, and Muhammad Ali on drums. There's a tight formation at the head of some of the tracks, with freer breakout solos as the tunes go on – very much in the BYG/Actuel mode. Titles include "Fire of Spirits", "No End", and "Your Prayer". CD
 
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New Albert AylerHilversum Session ... CD CD format
Osmosis/ESP, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A beautifully packaged reissue of this rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out – especially when playing overseas – but recorded with the clarity of some of his studio albums for ESP – that sharp-edged sound that really highlights the groundbreaking style of his playing! The rest of the group here is equally great – and the quartet features Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums – the latter of whom is almost completely freed up from rhythm at some points. Titles include "Angels", "CAC", "Infant Happiness", and "No Name". Also includes a bonus fold-out poster with a painting of Ayler! CD
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Albert AylerNew York Eye & Ear Control ... CD CD format
ESP, 1964. Used ... $7.99
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums. At times, the record's got a bit of a "new thing" vibe – a bit more spacious and sonic than some of Ayler's other material – but at other times, it burns with an intensity that's almost harder and freer than any of Albert's trio dates of the 60s. The album features 2 long tracks – "AY" and "ITT" – plus the shorter "Don's Dawn". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Albert AylerSpiritual Unity ... CD CD format
ESP, 1964. Used ... $6.99
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". CD

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Ronnie BoykinsWill Come Is Now (aka Ronnie Boykins) ... CD CD format
ESP, 1975. Used ... $5.99
A rare non-Sun Ra session from bassist Ronnie Boykins! Boykins was one of Ra's most long-term players – a key part of the Arkestra for many years – but on this album, he hits a totally different sound –and one that's somewhat spiritual as well! The group's got a great sax-heavy sound that comes from a trio of reedmen – Monty Waters, Joe Ferguson, and James Vass – handling alto, tenor, soprano, and flute between them – often in a tight line at the head, then breaking out into some wonderfully personal solos – played with such feeling that almost makes us think that Boykins was a much more sensitive musician than he ever got the chance to be with Sun Ra. The tunes have a really beautiful sense of structure and soul – and the reedmen explode beautifully with their work, alongside a remaining lineup that features Daoud Haroom on trombone, Art Lewis on percussion, and George Avaloz on congas. Titles include "Tipping On Heels", "The Third I", "The Will Come, Is Now", "Starlight At The Wonder Inn", and "Demon's Dance". CD
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Flow TrioRejuvention ... CD CD format
ESP, 2009. Used ... $6.99
A recent recording, but one that really lives up to the classic spirit of the ESP label – especially given the raw trio sound of the group! The lineup features Louie Belogenis on tenor, Joe Morris on bass, and Charles Downs on drums – a player who was also known as Rashid Bakr, and who brings a deeply introspective approach to his percussion work here. Belogenis' tenor has a raw, bracing quality at points – almost echoing an Ayler tradition – and Morris' bass work really holds things together beautifully, and is featured quite strongly in the well-recorded mix here. Titles include "Reflection", "Slow Cab", "Pick Up Sticks", "Succor", "Unfolding", "Rejuvenation", and "Two Acts". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Burton GreeneBloom In The Commune (aka Burton Greene Quartet) ... CD CD format
ESP, 1966. Used ... $8.99
The first ESP session from pianist Burton Greene – and arguably the best, thanks to some killer work from an assortment of sidemen! Despite the "Quartet" title of the record, the group here actually features more players than four – an array that includes Marion Brown on alto, Frank Smith on tenor, Henry Grimes on bass, and both Dave Grant and Tom Price on percussion. The horns alone are worth the price of admission – and Brown especially gives the record some sharp edges that really stand out nicely. Greene himself plays piano, piano harp,a nd a bit of percussion – and tracks are all long, with titles that include "Bloom In The Commune", "Taking It Out Of The Ground", and "Cluster Quartet". This expanded version also features lots of bonus interview bits with Greene as well! CD

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New Burton GreeneBurton Greene Quartet ... LP LP format
ESP, 1966. Sealed ... $58.99
The first ESP session from pianist Burton Greene – and arguably the best, thanks to some killer work from an assortment of sidemen! Despite the "Quartet" title of the record, the group here actually features more players than four – an array that includes Marion Brown on alto, Frank Smith on tenor, Henry Grimes on bass, and both Dave Grant and Tom Price on percussion. The horns alone are worth the price of admission – and Brown especially gives the record some sharp edges that really stand out nicely. Greene himself plays piano, piano harp,a nd a bit of percussion – and tracks are all long, with titles that include "Bloom In The Commune", "Taking It Out Of The Ground", and "Cluster Quartet". LP, Vinyl record album
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Giuseppi LoganGiuseppi Logan Quartet ... CD CD format
ESP, 1964. Used ... $7.99
Freely improvised work from a very unusual group – one that features multi-instrumentalist Giuseppi Logan on a host of reeds, Milford Graves on drums and tabla, Don Pullen on piano, and Eddie Gomez on bass – stepping out here in a rare avant session! The album's a real standout in the ESP catalog – not only because it marks the recording debut of both Logan and Pullen, and the rare appearance of Gomez on such a session – but also because it's got a freewheeling quality that's even more outside and open-ended than some of the other work on the label! Logan plays alto, tenor, Pakistani oboe, bass clarinet, and flute – all with sounds that often veer towards the East, and which show a bit of an Indian music influence in the way the tunes are put together. Titles include "Dance of Satan", "Tabla Suite", "Dialogue", "Bleecker Partita", and "Taneous". CD

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Giuseppi LoganMore Giuseppi Logan ... LP LP format
ESP, 1965. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A much-needed second slice of work from reedman Giuseppi Logan from the 60s – especially since his talents were hardly ever recorded apart from two albums for ESP! This set may well be the most compelling of the pair – as side one features tracks from a landmark Town Hall concert in the early days of the label – a 1965 performance in which Logan shared the bill with Albert Ayler. Logan's group here features Don Pullen on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Milford Graves on drums during the long live tracks – "Mantu" and "Shebar" – on which Logan plays alto, flute, and bass clarinet. The set then moves to feature Giuseppi on an extended solo piano piece titled "Curve Eleven" – then brings back a trio with Don Pullen on piano and Eddie Gomez on bass, for the track "Wretched Saturday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy green label pressing! Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

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Sunny MurraySunny Murray (with bonus interview) ... CD CD format
ESP, 1966. Used ... $8.99
One of the greatest albums on ESP – and a darkly-tinged document that points strongly towards the future of jazz at the end of the 60s! The album's one of the most focused of the early ESP years – and it features drummer Sunny Murray stepping out strongly as a leader – working with players who include Jacques Coursil on trumpet, Byard Lancaster and Jack Graham on alto saxes, and Alan Silva on bass – all with an intensity that prefaces some of the players' later freedoms on the French scene at the end of the decade, and modes to come during the loft jazz years of the 70s! The horns are never too free, and they come together in a flurry of sharp edges that reminds us a bit of sound structures in Archie Shepp's work at the time – but almost more organic and open overall. Titles include "Phase 1234", "Hilariously", "Angels & Devils", and "Giblet". Plus, the CD also features over 30 minutes of bonus interview material! CD

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New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... LP LP format
ESP, 1965. Very Good+ ... $48.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist Milford Graves – but their legacy in this one album is almost greater than that of other combos who recorded more frequently at the time. The sound is similar to the best "spacious" groups of the new thing years – such as the Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon work, or some of the looser sides by the New York Contemporary Five – a group that featured Shepp and Tchicai. Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) makes a key guest appearance on the title "Black Dada Nihilismus" – reciting his writings alongside the group's somber instrumental musings – and other titles include "Short", "Rosmosis", and "No 6". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label 60s pressing. Back cover has images of ESP titles through 1028. Cover has a bit of seam splitting and some light wear.)

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Alan SondheimCutting Board ... CD CD format
ESP, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
A great return to form for Alan Sondheim – returning to the ESP label, where he'd cut some famous material in the 60s – seeming here as if he hasn't lost any of his creative fire or imagination at all! The album's a trio set – with Sondheim playing an insane range of instruments – including chromatic harmonica, cura, chichak, Saz, classical guitar, flute, sarangi, cura cumbas, and lots of other elements from global sources – which are used to improvise freely alongside reed players Christopher Diasparra on tenor and baritone, and Edward Schneider on alto. The odd mix of strings with sharp, soulful saxophone lines really recalls an old school ESP flavor from the 60s – and titles include "Helium", "Carbon", "Argon", "Neon", "Xenon", "Iridium", "Cobalt", and "Nitrogen". CD

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Charles Tyler EnsembleCharles Tyler Ensemble ... LP LP format
ESP, 1966. Sealed ... $69.99
One of the best ESP sessions from the mid 60s – and a startling album of avant tracks from Charles Tyler, and his group that included Henry Grimes, Charles Moffet, Joe Friedman, and a young Ronald Jackson. Moffet plays vibes on the session, and combines with Friedman's cello and Grimes' bass, the overall sound is extremely dark and compelling. Titles include "Lacy's Out East", "Three Spirits", "Black Mysticism", and "Strange Uhuru". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s pressing, with a back cover that has images of albums up to ESP 1028. Sealed, but shrinkwrap is open a bit on the bottom.)

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Karel VelebnySHQ ... CD CD format
ESP, 1968. Used ... $5.99
One of the only American releases from Eastern European jazzman Karel Valebny – the force behind some great albums on MPS and other overseas labels, sounding equally great here on a late 60s set for ESP! The music is as bizarre as the cover – modern jazz overall, but done with a great deal of sensitivity – a very poetic approach to the performance that's quite different than the usual ESP bag, and which really shows some of the best steps forward the European scene was taking at the time. There's echoes here of mid 60s "new thing" jazz – especially in the way Velebny's vibes come into play – and instrumentation on the record include vibes, tenor, and bass clarinet from Karel, plus alto and flute from Jiri Stivin, piano from Ludek Svabensky, bass from Karel Vejvoda, and drums from Josef Vejvoda. Titles include "The Uhu Sleeps Only During The Day", "Andulko Safarova", "Beetles On The Head", and "Joachim Is Our Friend". CD

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New Albert AylerSpirits Rejoice ... CD CD format
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back together with searing intensity throughout. The group features Ayler on tenor, brother Don on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto, Sunny Murray on drums, and both Henry Grimes and Gary Peacock on basses – using a unique two-bass approach that only further emphasizes the unique qualities of the record. Call Cobbs plays a bit of harpsichord too – and tracks include "Sprits Rejoice", "Holy Family", "Angels", and "Prophet". CD
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New Albert AylerLive On The Riviera ... CD CD format
ESP, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A previously unreleased live performance by Albert Ayler – recorded in France in 1970 for the Maeght Foundation, but not the same material that was issued on the better-known Shandar albums! This concert predates those, and is a unique later outing that's strongly in the spirit of some of Ayler's earliest work for ESP – with longer tracks that serve mostly as a vehicle for Albert's own exploratory passages on tenor and soprano sax! The group's a quartet, with Steve Tintweiss on bass, Allen Blairman on drums, and Mary Maria on soprano sax and a bit of voice – but the way the concert's recorded, Ayler's tone is most strongly upfront in the mix, and seems to dominate most numbers. Titles include "Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe", "Birth Of Mirth", "Masonic Inborn", "Oh Love Of Life", "Heart Love", and "Island Harvest". CD

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New Albert AylerProphecy ... CD CD format
ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Albert Ayler, recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after his untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Albert AylerComplete Live At Slug's Saloon Recordings ... CD CD format
Lonehill/ESP (Spain), 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
The complete recordings from Albert Ayler's 1966 ESP set at Slugs Nightclub – located in his home turf of the East Village, a very fervent setting for avant jazz at the time! The material has a feel that's a lot like Ayler's studio recordings for ESP, but the tracks are longer overall, and feature a bit more interplay between the group members at times – individual solo space that's occasionally a bit more pronounced, running back into some tighter energies from the rest of the group. Ayler's blowing with a lineup that includes his brother Donald Ayler on trumpet, Lewis Worrell on bass, Michel Sampson on violin, and a very young Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums and percussion – and titles include "Truth Is Marching On", "Bells", "Ghosts", and "Our Prayer". CD

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New Bud PowellBirdland 1953 (3CD set) ... CD CD format
ESP, 1953. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A comprehensive set of live recordings by Bud Powell – recorded in that magical year of 1953, on location at the Birdland nightclub! This set's the biggest and best we've ever seen of these performances – and not only includes a wealth of trio tracks, but also some cuts with Charlie Parker on alto or Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Bud's piano alone is worth the price of admission, though – and these radio broadcasts capture him at the height of his bop powers – working with shifting lineups that include either Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Franklin Skeetes, or George Duvivier on bass – and either Art Taylor, Roy Haynes, or Sonny Payne on drums. Candido joins in on the Charlie Parker cuts, giving things a bit of a cubop swing – and the set features 49 tracks in all on 3CDs! CD

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New Bud PowellLive At The Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961 ... CD CD format
ESP, 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A greatly expanded version of ESP's classic album of live Bud Powell material – one that adds in an extra batch of long tracks that features Zoot Sims blowing tenor with the trio! The core album here 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". But almost even better is the material with Zoot Sims – 3 long tracks that all hit the 10 minute mark, and which not only show Powell's trio in the same great shape as on the other tracks – but which also let us hear how Zoot could really open up in the freedom of a live setting. Sims tracks include "Groovin High", "Taking A Chance On Love", and "Bud's Blues/52nd Street Theme". CD
 
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Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD CD format
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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AtomicHere Comes Everybody ... CD CD format
Jazzland (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
Quite possibly the greatest album to date from Atomic – a set that steps out with a bold, rich sound right from the start – giving the whole thing the feel of some lost classic slice of avant jazz, but with a freshness that definitely marks the set with plenty of Atomic energy too! The horns are amazing – fierce interplay between the trumpet of Magnus Broo and reeds of Fredrik Ljungvist – locking together at times with these raging lines that have almost an ESP sort of feel – then breaking out with soul-drenching solos on their own – especially when Ljungvist handles the tenor. Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are on fire throughout – Havard Wilk barrels away on piano – and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten rolls things along strongly on bass. Titles include "Morphemes", "HCE", "Milano", "Kreuzberg Variations", "Panama", and "Unity Toccata". CD

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Albert AylerImpulse Story ... CD CD format
Impulse, Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Our favorite work by Albert Ayler – material we love even more than his better-known sides for ESP! Although Ayler at ESP definitely set a new level in 60s jazz, we actually really treasure his later sides for Impulse – records that are sometimes not as focused, often a bit failed, but extremely compelling in their use of new modes to explore avant garde jazz! The Ayler heard here is one that's definitely searching – a player who starts out in the bold energy of free solos and limitless expression, but who reigns things in to try to reach new ears – blending influences from soul, rock, and early fusion with his horn – often hitting tones and notes that were never present on sessions for other labels. In a way, the searching quality here is even stronger than in the work of John Coltrane or Archie Shepp from the time – and the 10 track CD is a great introduction to this really compelling chapter of Ayler's career. Titles include "Love Cry", "Bells", "Truth Is Marching In", "Angels", "New Grass/Message From Albert", "Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe", "Free At Last", and "Water Music". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Albert AylerLove Cry ... CD CD format
Impulse, 1968. Used ... $3.99
Brilliant late work from Ayler – one of his last truly great albums! The session has none of the jazz-meets-other music feel of some of the other Impulse albums – and is more in the straight expressive style of the ESP recordings. Tracks are more reined in here – with some short themes that are almost a distillation of the freedom Ayler had been expressing for a few years, summed up beautifully in tunes that have a plaintive cry, filled with as much soul and love as Ayler could muster into his horn! Players include Don Ayler, Cal Cobbs, Alan Silva, and Milford Graves – and titles include "Zion Hill", "Love Flower", "Love Cry", "Ghosts", "Omega", and "Dancing Flowers". CD also includes some extra bonus material! CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a cutout hole.)

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Albert AylerMy Name Is Albert Ayler ... CD CD format
Debut/Muzak (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $21.99
A key early album by Albert Ayler – a mindblowing record even all these many years later, and a key introduction of Ayler's music to the rest of the world! The set begins with a compelling spoken introduction from Albert – really taking the time to introduce himself and his new approach to jazz – then rolls into searing sounds on tenor and soprano sax, played with accompaniment from a European trio that has Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, Niels Bronsted on piano, and Ronnie Gardier on drums. A number of the tunes are standards – used by Ayler here in ways that are similar to some of Cecil Taylor's initial recordings – as a way of marking his own different in jazz, before setting out on his own compositions in years to come. Given the quartet setting, there's less of the locked horns and rhythms of some of Ayler's ESP recordings to come – but the difference in format also makes the album a real standout in his catalog, too. Titles include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Summertime", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "CT". CD
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Albert AylerWitches & Devils ... CD CD format
Arista Freedom/1201 Music, 1964/1975. Used ... $9.99
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP recordings. In fact, the album stands as a key record that's as essential as Spiritual Unity or Spirits Rejoice – and has a very similar feel to both of those sets. Titles include "Spirits", "Witches & Devils", "Holy, Holy", and "Saints". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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David BoykinVictory Honor & Glory – David Boykin Live In Concert ... CD CD format
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2001. New Copy ... $6.99
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in an open-ended trio with Josh Abrams on bass and Andre Beasley on drums. The tracks are all quite longish and free – but never sloppy or overindulgent – held together with a tremendous focus and presence in Boykin's horn! Titles include "Victory Honor & Glory", "Conundrum", "Big & Fine", "The King", and "Meditation For Momma Long". CD

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Peter Brotzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/NobleMental Shake (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $23.99
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – the latter of whom we know for his fantastic rhythms in Rip Rig & Panic! Noble's drums have these earthy tones that are quite different from the usual drummer on a free improv gig – and the vibes of Adasiewicz ring out strongly with this inspiration. Brotzmann's got a real fire, but also a focus too – blowing strongly and soulfully on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – and Edwards works in an understated by powerful way to keep the energy moving forward. One long improvisation – worthy of old school classic status – more ESP than FMP! LP, Vinyl record album

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Eric DolphyVintage Dolphy ... CD CD format
GM, 1962/1963. Used ... $10.99
Some of the most striking Eric Dolphy work we've ever heard – a set of live performances from the years 1962 and 1963 that feature Dolphy in a free-thinking mode that surpasses even the modernism of his classic studio sides! The recordings feature Dolphy amidst a variety of players – including a number of unlikely suspects like Barry Galbraith, Eddie Costa, and Jim Hall – and although some of the tracks have a moody and introspective third stream quality (3 of the numbers are written by Gunther Schuller), others are quite open, and almost have an ESP-like intensity. One longer title is a jam session take on Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" – recorded with a lineup that includes Phil Woods, Nick Travis, Benny Golson, Don Ellis, and Lalo Schifrin! Other titles include "Iron Man", "Half Note Triplets", "Densities", and "Night Music". CD
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Giuseppi LoganGiuseppi Logan Quintet ... CD CD format
Tompkins Square, 2010. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic return to form for Giuseppi Logan – a contemporary record, but one that grabs us with just as much force as his famous 60s album for ESP! The sound here is equally raw, although slightly more soulful too – kind of a nice aspect of age folded into Logan's solos, which colors them with a good degree of humanity, especially on some of the more laidback numbers. Logan plays saxes and a bit of piano – although Dave Burrell handles most of the piano on the record, in a group that also features Matt Lavelle on trumpet and bass clarinet, Francois Grillot on bass, and Warren Smith on drums. Titles include "Modes", "Around", "Steppin", "Bop Dues", "Love Me Tonight", "Blue Moon", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD

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Joe Maneri & Peter DolgerPeace Concert 1964 ... CD CD format
Unheard Music Series, 1964. Used ... $8.99
Very free work from the duo of Joe Maneri and Peter Dolger – playing here in open, unstructured format that predates later experiments on labels like ESP and Impulse! Maneri's playing alto sax for the date, and Dolger's on drums – and the performance of "Peace Concert" runs for almost 25 minutes – a very spare, evocative improvisation between both players, recorded before an audience of 6 members at 2am! Although shorter than the usual CD of this nature, the music is well worth seeking out – a really haunting performance that hangs beautifully in space, almost a link between the late 50s experiments of Jimmy Giuffre and some of the bolder sounds of the new thing generation. The CD also features some good notes on Maneri's career, as well as a bonus interview from 2006 – 26 more minutes of material that captures Joe's recollections from the old days! CD

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Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP LP format
Delmark, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe MorrisWildlife ... CD CD format
Aum Fidelity, 2009. Used ... $6.99
A great collaboration between bassist Joe Morris, drummer Luther Gray, and reedman Peter Cancura – all coming together here in searing trio formation that reminds us a lot of the energy of the ESP avant generation! Gray's drums have a nice degree of focus and force – never as loose as might be by another player in such a setting – and Cancura blows both tenor and alto, the former with a hauntingly soulful sound that echoes out nicely in the spare format of the record. Morris' brooding bass is a constant presence throughout – and the album features four long tracks, "Geomantic", "Thicket", "Crow", and "Nettle". CD

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Archie SheppLive In San Francisco ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A great counterpart to some of Archie Shepp's studio albums for Impulse – a live date recorded in San Francisco, with a slightly freer, sharper edge! The sound is almost free at times, but always with that strong sense of focus that Archie brought to his brilliant work of the time – and the group's a well-honed ensemble who really understand each others motivations and inspirations – Roswell Rudd on trombone, Donald Garrett and Lewis Worrell on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums – all almost working at an ESP level together. Shepp plays a bit of piano on the record – in sharply angular tones that are almost more modern than his tenor – and titles include "The Wedding", "Wherever June Bugs Go", and "Keep Your Heart Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing in a heavy glossy cover!)

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Albert AylerGoing Home ... CD CD format
Black Lion (Germany), 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". CD
(Out of print 90s pressing. Booklet has a cut corner.)

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Peter Brotzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/NobleMental Shake ... CD CD format
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – the latter of whom we know for his fantastic rhythms in Rip Rig & Panic! Noble's drums have these earthy tones that are quite different from the usual drummer on a free improv gig – and the vibes of Adasiewicz ring out strongly with this inspiration. Brotzmann's got a real fire, but also a focus too – blowing strongly and soulfully on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – and Edwards works in an understated by powerful way to keep the energy moving forward. One long improvisation – worthy of old school classic status – more ESP than FMP! CD
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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve NobleSoulfood Available ... CD CD format
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The title's a very apt one – as saxophonist Peter Brotzmann somehow sounds even more soulful than ever – almost at a level that evokes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler with his searing, searching tones on the album's very long title track! "Soulful Available" is worth the price of admission alone – as Brotzmann blows this very spiritual tenor over bass from John Edwards and drums from Steve Noble – as all three players build intensity and resonate together, almost with a 60s ESP sort of vibe – quite different than usual for Peter, but really appreciated as well! Some of the more familiar Brotzmann sense of tone and timing come through on the album's two shorter tracks, both of which are great too – "Nail Dogs By Ears" and "Don't Fly Away". CD

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New Jason AdasiewiczFrom The Region ... LP LP format
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from one of the greatest jazz musicians working today – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! It's been years since we've been this excited about anyone on the vibes – and Adasiewicz not only returns the instrument to the prominence in avant jazz that it had during Bobby Hutcherson's "new thing" years, but also pushes the instrument forward in this incredible flurry of tones, sounds, and timings! And while these qualities have always been showcased in all of his albums as a leader – and his great dates with other players too – they really come to the forefront in this sublime trio session – a date that only features Jason on vibes, Mike Reed on drums, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass. The trio are incredible throughout – and the record's a modern jazz treasure that you could easily stack next to your most forward-thinking classics on ESP, MPS, or even Blue Note in the mid 60s. Titles include "Two Comes One", "Mae Flowers", "Classic Route", "Leeza", and "I Forgot The Words". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Albert AylerAlbert Ayler In Greenwich Village ... CD CD format
Impulse, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first big moments of Albert Ayler's work in the jazz mainstream – and a record that doesn't dim his greatness at all from the earlier sides recorded for ESP! The album's got a sharply angular sound that more than lives up to its vibrant cover image – a well-honed approach to improvisation, showcased by Ayler in a set of recordings done upon his return from work on the European scene. The material was recorded on two different dates – featuring two different groups: one with Alan Silva, Beaver Harris, and Joel Friedman; the other with Donald Ayler, Henry Grimes, and Michel Sampson. Titles are long, with the searing emotional sound that Ayler was peaking at during this time – and titles include "For John Coltrane", "Change Has Come", and "Truth is Marching In". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Albert AylerAlbert Ayler In Greenwich Village ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first big moments of Albert Ayler's work in the jazz mainstream – and a record that doesn't dim his greatness at all from the earlier sides recorded for ESP! The album's got a sharply angular sound that more than lives up to its vibrant cover image – a well-honed approach to improvisation, showcased by Ayler in a set of recordings done upon his return from work on the European scene. The material was recorded on two different dates – featuring two different groups: one with Alan Silva, Beaver Harris, and Joel Friedman; the other with Donald Ayler, Henry Grimes, and Michel Sampson. Titles are long, with the searing emotional sound that Ayler was peaking at during this time – and titles include "For John Coltrane", "Change Has Come", and "Truth is Marching On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing – in wonderful shape!)
 
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Jan Akkerman & Kaz LuxEli ... CD CD format
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Jan Akkerman did plenty of unusual projects in the 70s, and this album may well be the best of them – an outing with vocalist Kaz Lux, whose unique phrasing really helps give the music a lot of focus! Akkerman's still hanging nicely between rock, funk, and jazz – but the use of vocals means that some of his guitar lines are a bit more spaciousin ways that we really love, especially when they mix in these cool cosmic passages with the MPS-like keyboards of Jasper Van't Hof. The album's hardly a straight fusion album, but it's also not really a rock one either – more like a fusion set with vocals in all the right places – on titles that include "Guardian Angel", "Tranquilizer", "Can't Fake A Good Time", "Naked Actress", "Wings Of Strings", and "Strindberg". CD

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

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD CD format
Prestige (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD

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Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William ParkerBlue Winter ... CD CD format
Eremite, 2005. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap forth with a power that's even more incredible when all three musicians fall into step! Anderson's tenor gets lots of rich open space to roam around – with these deep tones that strongly echo a Coltrane legacy, almost more soulfully than other albums of this vintage – and Parker's bass is wonderful, as always, in a setting like this – and Drake's drums are a masterpiece of understatement. The set features four long improvisations – recorded live in a very warm space. CD

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Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, K Jordan & W Parker2 Days In April ... CD CD format
Eremite, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99 29.99
Two great days in April – each featuring some very free improvisation from a group that includes Fred Anderson and Kidd Jordan on tenors, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – a quartet with boundless energy, and a really rich sense of each other's place within the sound! The first day features a performance from Amherst, and a relatively fiery one at that – with these unbridled sounds from all players, and some especially tremendous saxophone lines from Anderson and Jordan – often soaring out together, but with a very individual sense of space. The second day is slightly more measured – a Cambridge performance that has some nice solo spots for each player. Both dates are very well-recorded – and packaged in the usual high Eremite standard! CD

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Louis ArmstrongSatchmo At Pasadena ... LP LP format
Decca, 1951. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A cool California concert from Louis Armstrong – surprisingly intimate, despite the setting – and recorded with a less-polished feel than some of his other 50s live dates! There's a relatively spontaneous quality to the music, and the album really helps keep the spirit of the concert intact – offering up snippits of Louis' commentary, and some strong audience response as well. Players include Armstrong on trumpet, Jack Teagarden on trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Earl Hines on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Cozy Cole on drums – and Armstrong sings, and is occasionally joined by Velma Middleton on vocals. Titles include "My Monday Date", "Baby It's Cold Outside", "Star Dust", "The Hucklebuck", "That's A Plenty", and "Just You Just Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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AtomicThere's A Hole In The Mountain ... LP LP format
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – but what's really amazing is the way they come together as one for the record – wrapping their strong identities together, and forging out with this focused sound that has a lot more power than ever before! All the musicians know the open space of freedom, but have found a territory that can hold them all – where they can respectfully create this wonderful new sound together – in a mix of modern jazz and avant expression that seems to echo some of the best recent work from Chicago. Titles include "There's A Hole In The Mountain", "Civilon", "Wolf Cage", "Accidentals", "Labyrinths", and "Available Exits". LP, Vinyl record album

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Georgie AuldGeorgie Auld In The Land Of HI-FI ... LP LP format
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A real cooker from Georgie Auld's years on Mercury – a record that comes across with some "hi fi" dynamics, but which also features a strongly swinging group overall! Auld's playing here with Frank Rosolino, Ray Linn, and Maynard Ferguson – and the mode's a bit like some of Ferguson's albums for Mercury in the same stretch – shorter tracks but with strongly voiced solos, especially on Auld's saxophone – which hangs nicely here between two eras of jazz in its phrasing. Titles include "In The Land Of Hi Fi", "Dinah", "Tippin In", "I May Be Wrong", "Swingin In The Moore Park", and "For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging, light wear, and a small center split on the bottom seam.)

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Derek Bailey/George Lewis/John ZornYankees ... CD CD format
Celluloid, 1983. Used ... $9.99
Spare improvisations from this transatlantic trio of avant jazzers – Derek Bailey on guitar, George Lewis on trombone, and John Zorn on alto, soprano sax, and clarinets! Despite the avant-rock stylings of other work on Celluloid at the time, this one's got a spare, free sound that's very much in keeping with the best work by the players on other labels at the time – coming across more like a record on Parachute or Incus than some of the sloppier crossovers that usually hit the decks on Celluloid. Surprisingly strong all the way through, with titles that include "City City City", "The Warning Track", "On Golden Pond", and "The Legend Of Enos Slaughter". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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New Buddy Banks & Bobby JasparJazz In Paris – Jazz de Chambre ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1954/1956. Used ... $6.99
Pretty hip stuff – recorded in Paris, but featuring some leading lights of American bohemia! The first half of the CD features work by a quartet led by bassist Buddy Banks, and featuring work by American players Bob Dorough on piano and Roy Haynes on drums, as well as the French musician Jimmy Gourley on guitar. Gourley's tone is excellent on the session, and he really dominates the proceedings over piano work by Dorough – especially on the tracks "I Love You", "Line For Lyons", "Night In Tunisia", and "Buddy Bank's Blues". The second half of the CD features a quartet with Bobby Jaspar on flute and the enigmatic Blossom Dearie on piano. Blossom doesn't sing on the set, but she works in a lovely way with Jaspar – providing some light lyrical backing that gives the tracks a nice little kick. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Flamingo", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD

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Kenny Barron & Dave HollandArt Of Conversation ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A great title for this sublime set of duo material – work that features Kenny Barron on piano and Dave Holland on bass – with no other instrumentation at all! Barron's a player who's always expansive, no matter what the setting – but hearing him in spare formation like this, we really fall in love with his work all over again – his wonderfully rich command of the keyboard, inherent sense of rhythm, and strong ability to paint in musical colors that never fail to delight! Holland's a revelation, too – with well-crafted, yet spare basslines – able to deliver more with less, at a level that's quite different than Dave's earlier work, and really shows so much growth – especially on the mellower moments, where he really shapes the sound of the record. Titles include "The Oracle", "Waltz For Wheeler", "The Only One", "Rain", and "Seascape". CD

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Gary BartzMusic Is My Sanctuary ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional keyboards, percussion, and often a sweet bank of chorus vocals to give the tracks an extra soulful sound! By the time of this album, Larry had already worked to great fame with Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond – and the record has him turning his talents towards Gary Bartz to unlock a whole hidden side of soulful expression that would never be matched again! The title cut – "Music Is My Sanctuary" – is a jazz fusion classic in anyone's book, and it features characteristic Mizell keyboards alongside Gary's soulful sax, augmented by a deep vocal chorus that's simply fantastic. Other highlights include "Carnaval De L'Esprit" and "Macaroni" – and the whole album's nice! CD
(On demand CDr pressing.)

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Gary BartzSingerella – A Ghetto Fairy Tale ... CD CD format
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit without smoothing them out – cutting down on the longer jams in favor of a more focused approach, and singing himself on many cuts, taking on the quirky lyrical role that used to be held by Andy Bey! Bartz also produced the record himself, but Larry Mizell handled the final mix – giving the record a slightly spacier Mizell-inflected groove, but one that's not as full as on other Bartz/Mizell collaborations. The vocals here are all pretty great, and the album's filled with oddly-grooving tunes that really have a heck of a lot of charm – including the call-response track "Dozens", plus "I Don't Care", "Lady Love", "St Felix Street", "Nation Time", and "Blind Man". CD
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Gary BartzSingerella – A Ghetto Fairy Tale ... CD CD format
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1974. Used ... $8.99
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit without smoothing them out – cutting down on the longer jams in favor of a more focused approach, and singing himself on many cuts, taking on the quirky lyrical role that used to be held by Andy Bey! Bartz also produced the record himself, but Larry Mizell handled the final mix – giving the record a slightly spacier Mizell-inflected groove, but one that's not as full as on other Bartz/Mizell collaborations. The vocals here are all pretty great, and the album's filled with oddly-grooving tunes that really have a heck of a lot of charm – including the call-response track "Dozens", plus "I Don't Care", "Lady Love", "St Felix Street", "Nation Time", and "Blind Man". CD
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Gary BartzSingerella – A Ghetto Fairy Tale ... LP LP format
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit without smoothing them out – cutting down on the longer jams in favor of a more focused approach, and singing himself on many cuts, taking on the quirky lyrical role that used to be held by Andy Bey! Bartz also produced the record himself, but Larry Mizell handled the final mix – giving the record a slightly spacier Mizell-inflected groove, but one that's not as full as on other Bartz/Mizell collaborations. The vocals here are all pretty great, and the album's filled with oddly-grooving tunes that really have a heck of a lot of charm – including the call-response track "Dozens", plus "I Don't Care", "Lady Love", "St Felix Street", "Nation Time", and "Blind Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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Count BasieBand Of Distinction ... LP LP format
Clef, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Certainly was the band of distinction – especially at this point, when the group featured players like Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green. And hey, let's not forget Basie himself! Titles include "Two Franks", "Ska Di Didle Dee Bee Doo", "Rails", "Blues Backstage", and "Perdido" – and there's a very strong focus on the best soloists in the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, aging, a split spine and partially split top seam.)

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George BensonGive Me The Night ... LP LP format
Qwest/Warner, 1980. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Yipes! This one made everyone a bucket of money – especially Quincy Jones, whose new Qwest imprint the record was one of the first to grace. George has come a long way from his roots with Jack McDuff here – but in a way that kind of has us impressed, as he's grooving away slickly on guitar, laying down some smooth vocals that we never would have imagined from his mid 60s recordings. Includes the massive hit "Give Me The Night", a cover of "Moody's Mood", and the tracks "Star Of A Story (X)", "Midnight Love Affair", "What's On Your Mind", and "Dinorah, Dinorah". The sound of a million supermarkets and elevators during the 80s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a bit of pen on back.)

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Walter Bishop JrSoliloquy ... LP LP format
Sea Breeze, 1977. Very Good ... $11.99
Solo piano work by Bishop – recorded with an introspective quality that you don't often hear in his work from the time, especially since he was always such a strong group leader. The record's very different than most of Bishop's other work – and it features him playing spare slightly-modern versions of jazz standards like "A Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Up Jumped Spring", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a clipped portrait of the artist taped to the front, and some writing in marker on back.)

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New Walter Bishop, Jr.Keeper Of My Soul ... CD CD format
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players who include Ronnie Laws on reeds, Gerald Brown on bass, Woody Murray on vibes, and Shakur M Abdulla on percussion – a beautiful mix of cats who help Walter carry off some of his hippest recordings of the time! The use of vibes is especially nice alongside the electric piano – and titles include a great take on Bishop's classic "Soul Village", done here in a nice funky version – plus a version of "Summertime" with Bishop on organ, and the titles "Sweet Rosa", "Those Who Chant", and "N'Dugu's Prayer". CD

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Cindy BlackmanOracle ... CD CD format
Muse, 1995. New Copy ... $4.99
Cindy Blackman's one of those players who always surprises us with her music – coming across with a lot more to offer than just her unique role as a girl drummer in jazz – sounds so bold, we instantly forget her gender and pretty image on the cover, and always just let ourselves get swept away by the power of her music! This set is possibly one of Blackman's best from the Muse Records years – thanks to a top-shelf quartet that includes Gary Bartz on alto and soprano sax, Kenny Barron on piano, and Ron Carter on bass – a great trio even on their own, but given a nice sense of focus through Blackman's drums. As usual, Blackman penned some great originals for the date – and the setting is an especially nice one for Bartz, who's really given a lot of space for great solo work on the set. Titles include "The Oracle", "AJ", "Beatrice", "Traffic", "Why", "Our Blues", and "Who Needs Forever". CD
 
 
 



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