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Helen HumesTain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Helen Humes gets great small combo backing – from players who include Benny Carter on trumpet, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Teddy Edwards on tenor, Andre Previn on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and either Shelly Manne or Mel Lewis on drums. (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterburg/Hampus LinIf Nothing Else ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
A wonderful continuation of the spirit of the previous collaboration between trumpet and flugelhorn player Susana Santos Silva and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – but a record that also adds in a cool extra element with the organ of Hampus Lindwall too! The music has this spacious, open quality – these tonefull lines from Silva which flow out in space, but which also have a quality that's not nearly as cold as, say, an ECM session of this type – thanks to the always-amazing, always-soulful work of Zetterberg on bass – who gives the record an organic grounding, which is then supported by Lindwall's lines on organ. And we're not exactly sure what type of organ he's using, but at times it almost feels like a pipe organ – as the sounds have both a depth, and sense of presence that really makes the music unique – even at points when his contributions are very low on the sonic totem pole. Titles include "Stop Chords", "Fiddling", "Distance", "First Initiative", "Second Initiative", "One Note Each", and "One Note Song". CD

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Larry Willis & Hamiet BluiettIf Trees Could Talk ... CD
Mapleshade, 1993. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Rear tray card has a thin cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Joseph JarmanAs If It Were The Seasons ... CD
Delmark, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Delmark material from one of the core members of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Jarman leads a group that includes other AACM players like Fred Anderson, Thurman Barker, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Sherri Scott sings a bit, and the whole record has the spare feeling of some of the Art Ensemble material from the time, like People In Sorrow. 3 long tracks: "As If It Were The Seasons", "Song To Make The Sun Come Up", and "Song For Christopher". CD

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✨✧ Giovanna Pessi/Susanna Wallumrod/Marco Ambrosini/JIf Grief Could Wait ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Zoot SimsIf I'm Lucky – Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Zoot Sims – a session that has him working in very laidback company with Jimmy Rowles on piano, who tipples the keys of the piano with a really timeless late nite kind of sound! The style here is a bit like that of the Rowles/Getz album The Peacocks – although a bit more straightforward overall, with a main focus on the talents of both soloists, coming together beautifully in a relatively spare setting. Bass is by George Mraz and drums are by Mousie Alexander – and the real surprise here is almost Sims, who blows with this open-ended, laidback tone that's really great – a bit languid, but never weary – and somehow with a lot more warmth than on many of his other too-tight records from the 70s. Titles include "Legs", "Shadow Waltz", "I Hear A Rhapsody", "Gypsy Sweetheart", and "Where Our Love Has Gone". CD

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✨✧ Johnny AprilIf You Are Not Plucked You Die (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Apollo/SSJ (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure how many "roses" Johnny April plucked back in the day – but with patter like that, he sure must have gotten plenty of play in the dating scene! Yet cheesy lines aside, Johnny's a hell of a hipster – an obscure jazz singer, and one who also plays a mean piano – and works with a sense of wit that puts him right up there with Bobby Troup or Matt Dennis at the time! April doesn't compose his own songs, like those two – but he does work here strongly with songwriter Bix Reichner, who adds his own lyrics to songs by a host of hip 50s jazz composers – including Al Cohn, John Benson Brooks, and Elliot Lawrence – which makes for some really great unusual material on the record! The unique songs, matched with Johnny's cool presentation, really makes for a fresh sort of record – more in the nightclub mode of a singer like Bobby Cole than in the overstated territory of some of the bigger male singers of the period. Tunes include "Left In The Corner", "She Serves A Nice Cup Of Tea", "Cupcake", "Snapped Cap", "The Greatest Litle Girl In My Life", and "Got You Right Where I Want You". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
 
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Mose AllisonI'm Not Talkin – The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957 to 1972 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – and was able to mix his sharp jazz skills on piano with a gutbuckety style of singing that drew heavily from the sound of New Orleans – as did his sense of rhythm – but always with an approach that was more upbeat and jazzy overall, with a hip sophistication that few other artists could hope to touch! And while Mose recorded excellent sounds for decades, this collection focuses in on some of the most important work he ever cut – music done for Prestige, Columbia, and Atlantic Records from the late 50s through the early 70s – served up in the most amazing tribute to Allison we've ever seen. 24 tracks in all – with cuts that include "Foolkiller", "I'm Not Talking", "If You Only Knew", "The Seventh Son", "I'm Smashed", "Wild Man On The Loose", "Back On The Corner", "I Love The Life I Live", "Jus Like Livin", "If You Live", "V8 Ford Blues", "Parchman Farm", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Western Man", "Your Molecular Structure", "Hellow There Universe", and "Swingin Machine". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Mose AllisonMose Allison Sings ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $8.99
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a mode that would be copped by many other singers in both rock and soul for years to come – but which still sounds best, here at the source! The recordings feature Mose on piano alongside his vocals – with only bass and drum accompaniment on all numbers – and titles include the mod classics "Parchman Farm" and "Seventh Son", plus "I've Got A Right To Cry", "Young Man's Blues", "Eyesight To The Blind", "If You Live", "One Room Country Shack", and "That's Alright". (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing. Cover has some wear with taped seams.)

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Laurindo Almeida & Bud ShankBrazilliance Vol 1 ... CD
World Pacific, 1953. Used ... $3.99
Landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. The mix of alto and guitar, in a jazzy vein, but with Latiny rhythms, is very similar to the early bossa jazz recordings – and even more so to the later American ones by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. Supposedly, original 10" LPs of the material made their way to Brazil, and later influenced Jobim and Gilberto. Although we can't confirm that rumor entirely, you'll sure hear a similarity, and even if you don't, the stuff's still pretty darn great. Titles include "Terra Seca", "Amor Flamenco", "Atabaque", "No No", "Noctambulism", "Tocata", and "Carinoso". 15 cuts in all. (Brazil, Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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Gene AmmonsSock! ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good ... $4.99
A striking title – and a strong set of grooves, even if the tracks were pulled from a variety of different sessions, and not recorded as a unified album. Jug plays tenor on all cuts – working in formats that range from a Mal Waldron led trio to larger honking groups with horn players like Henderson Chambers, Cecil Payne, Nate Woodward, and Gene Easton. Tracks are short, and most are pretty rocking – with titles that include "Blue Coolade", "Short Stop", "Scam", "Sock", "What I Say", and "Rock Roll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has staining & light wear.)

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Gene Ammons & James MoodyChicago Concert ... LP
Prestige, 1971. Very Good ... $2.99
Late great work from Ammons – an album done at the time of his funk sides for Prestige, but recorded in the style of his earlier years in Chicago! The session's a laidback set of soulful solo-heavy work – recorded as part of a hip series of shows at the North Park Hotel, with a local rhythm trio that includes Jodie Christian on piano, Cleveland Eaton on bass, and Marshall Thompson on drums. James Moody joins Ammons in the frontline, and the set's got the best electric feel that you'd hear if you were lucky enough to catch either player in a small club date in the early 60s. Loads of very imaginative solo work in the best Chicago tenor tradition – with titles that include "Work Song", "Jim Jam Jug", "Have You Met Miss Jones", and "C Jam Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Angles 9Disappeared Behind The Sun ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
A really fantastic set from this Swedish nine piece ensemble – a record that's overflowing with brash performance and unbridled energy – adventurous, but never totally free – and always given the right sort of focus to make things come across with a tremendous amount of power! The feel is almost like a Moserobie Records take on a Charles Mingus style – and the lineup features Martin Kuchen on alto and tenor – who also composed the album's five long tracks – plus Magnus Broo on trumpet, Matthias Stahl on vibes, Goran Kajfes on cornet, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Eirik Hegdal on baritone, Alexander Zethson on piano, Johan Berthling on bass, and Andreas Werliin on drums. If you know any of those players at all, you can imagine the greatness of the group – on titles that include "Adror", "Equality & Death", "Pacemaker", "Disappeared Behind The Sun", and "Love Flee Thy House". CD

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AquilaAquila ... LP
Alba/Ascensionale (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $46.99
One of the sweetest sets we've ever heard from the Chilean scene of the 70s – great work by a group who are heavy on electric piano and vibes, and who also have a hell of an alto saxophonist in the mix too! The music is funky jazz, but with some deeper spiritual currents too – never slavishly trying to copy American work, and instead really set free to explore its own energy – which the group does wonderfully throughout the album! This isn't one of those rare records with one good track – and instead, the whole thing's massively deep, and the kind of set we can really sink our ears into – even if we know nothing about the group at all. Keyboards are by Guillermo Olivares, who also plays some organ – and other players include Guillermo Riffo on vibes, Sandro Salvati on alto, Sergio Meli on drums, and William Mino on bass. Riffo handled the arrangements – and titles include the originals "Providencia 12 Hrs", "Paquito", "Alba", and "Samba Costanera" – plus nice versions of Pharoah Sanders "Hum Allah" and Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" – both done in unique ways. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a die-cut sleeve – with cut corners to emphasize the cube-like graphics!)

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Neil ArdleySymphony Of Amaranths (with bonus track) ... CD
EMI/Dusk Fire (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the most creative albums ever from UK composer Neil Ardley – and that's saying a lot, given the complexity of his other work! The set's got a wonderful blend of jazz arrangements and some freer passages – scored by Ardley with some of his most sensitive, most beautiful music ever – almost as if the whole thing's an extended soundtrack for a passage in time – or at least a sonic journey that's filled with some wonderful twists and turns! There's definitely some jazz/rock elements in the music, but the main focus is jazz – and Ardley has that same strong sense of large charts and forward-moving rhythms that you'd find in the best early work of Mike Westbrook, particularly his albums for Deram. Players are a very familiar, and very top-shelf batch of British musicians – including Barbara Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and Don Rendell on reeds; Harry Beckett and Henry Lowther on trumpets; Derek Wadsworth on trombone, Frank Rocotti on vibes, and Stan Tracey on both piano and celeste. Ardley plays prepared piano, and Ivor Cutler makes a great guest appearance on one track – reciting "The Dong With A Luminous Nose" – and Norma Winstone sings on "Will You Walk A Little Faster". The title track – "A Symphony Of Amaranths" – is dedicated to Duke Ellington and Gil Evans – with a feel that more than lives up to both! CD features the bonus track "National Anthem & Tango". CD

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AtomicSix Easy Pieces ... CD
Odin (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from this avant jazz supergroup – their first album away from the Jazzland label, and a set that maybe seems to show a whole new direction for the quintet! Some of the music here has a stronger set of arrangement at the core – balanced between the completely incredible individual strengths of the members – a bit, maybe, like the way that Charles Mingus could strike that rare balance in his prime – even if there's nothing Mingus-like about this music at all! The interwoven spirits of the players is completely sublime – as much a lead feature as the breakout solos – which include work by Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and clarinet, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Hans Hulboekmo on drums. Titles include "Stuck In Stockholm", "Falt Strid", "Be Wafted", "Sinusoidal Arches", and "Ten Years". CD

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Chet BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $3.99
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerYou Can't Go Home Again/Best Thing For You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Verve, 1977. Used 2 CDs ... $28.99
2 CD set of the albums "You Can't Go Home Again" and "The Best Thing For You", as well as 9 bonus tracks! A surprisingly great electric session by Chet Baker from the 70s – and a record that's got a bit more force and power than most of his other sets at the time! The format here is a bit tighter and more focused than Baker's recordings for CTI from the period – with electric piano from Kenny Barron or Richie Beirach on all tracks, plus guitar on 3 of the album's 4 tracks, and a fair bit of other horns to flesh out the overall sound. The approach isn't exactly funky, but it's quite driving at times – and Baker's work on trumpet is more sharply pronounced in the setting – a bit bolder and less sorry for itself, with a majesty that rises above the potentially-cluttered feel of the set to take its own at the top. Titles are all long – and include "Love For Sale", "Un Poco Loco", "You Can't Go Home Again", and "El Morro". Lost material by Chet Baker – recorded for his late 70s album You Can't Go Home Again, and released in this special package after his untimely death in 1988. As with the album that did get released, there's a focus here that's a nice change from some of Baker's looser European material of later years – a sense of Chet's presence and phrasing that comes through quite strongly, and which is supported here by a sensitive group of top-shelf accompanists who include Paul Desmond, Kenny Barron, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. The set features a great 17 minute take on "El Morro" by arranger/producer Don Sebesky – plus the tracks "Oh You Crazy Moon", "If You Could See Me Now", "The Best Thing For You", and "You've Changed". CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy BangDa Bang ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2013. Used ... $11.99
One of the last sessions ever recorded by the legendary Billy Bang – but a set that still bristles with all the intensity that first made us fall in love with his music! If anything, the album's almost a back-to-basics effort for Billy – served up with the kind of soulful, searching sounds he first brought to his seminal albums on the Black Saint/Soul Note label – and quite different than some of his higher concept sessions in more recent years. The group's a great one, full of pulsating improvisational energy – as Billy's violin is joined by the trombone of Dick Griffin, piano of Andrew Bemkey, bass of Hilliar Greene, and drums of Newman Taylor Baker. Griffin's presence is especially great, and really helps deepen the sound – and titles include "All Blues", "Day Dreams", "Guinea", "Da Bang", and "Law Years". CD

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Bunny BeriganTake It Bunny (Dutch pressing) ... LP
Epic, Mid 30s/1955. Very Good- ... $4.99
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes with the frenzy of any of his competitors, but also an entertainer who was willing to step back and personalize (and vocalize) things when needed. Players on the tunes include many who would go onto lead their own groups – Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Claude Thornhill, and others – and titles include "I Can't Get Started With You", "Solo Hop", "Dixieland Shuffle", "It's Been So Long", "Let Yourself Go", "If I Had My Way", "I'd Rather Lead A Band", and "A Melody From The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing on Philips.)

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship BandBody & Shadow ... CD
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A record that's maybe a bit more moody than some of the previous efforts from Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band – as you might guess from the title and cover! The sound here is sometimes more textural overall – almost more ECM than Blue Note, with well-woven instrumentation from Blade on drums, Myron Walden on alto and bass clarinet, Melvin Butler on tenor, John Cowherd on piano and harmonium, Chris Thomas on bass, and Dave Devine on guitar. The guitar and piano sometimes feel as if they're defining the direction of the sound more than Blade's drums, or even the work of the horn soloists – although when they slide into the tunes, they really help give things a more personal sort of shape. The compositions here are by Blade and Cowherd – and almost seem to be reaching for a grander Americanist vision at times – but always abstracted a bit along the edges. Titles include "Duality", "Within Everything", "Traveling Mercies", "Have Thine Own Way Lord", and "Broken Leg Days". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyButtercorn Lady ... CD
Limelight/Elemental (Spain), 1966. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
An unusual little record from Art Blakey – a live set recorded at the Lighthouse in 1966, with a band that includes the surprising lineup of Keith Jarrett on piano and Chuck Mangione on trumpet! If you're surprised at the mix of players, and figure that they won't groove with Blakey's soulful approach – don't worry, as Art's still strongly at the helm, and manages to get incredibly tight performances out of both of them – really forging them strongly into a Jazz Messengers groove! The group also features Frank Mitchell on tenor and Reggie Johnson on bass – and Mangione wrote a number of the tracks for the album, including "Buttercorn Lady", a nice funky soul jazz groover, "Recuerdo", with a bit of a Latin feel, and "Between Races", a charger in typical Jazz Messengers style! CD

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Art BlakeyNot Yet ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Used ... $8.99
Art Blakey in the 80s has just as much magic as in the 60s and 70s – and an album like this is key proof of that fact! The album's got a flowing, easygoing groove that's really great – kind of an extension of modes that Blakey first started hitting during the Prestige years – when he was moving past his tight control of the heads, and would often let the bass and piano lead off even more strongly, igniting the horn players with an even greater range of lyricism and warmth. All those elements come into play strongly here – as Art's drums groove with the bass of Peter Washington and piano of Benny Green – underneath a three-horn frontline that features Phil Harper on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, and Javon Jackson on tenor. Blakey proves yet again that he's a hell of a leader of young talent – getting work from these musicians that rivals, if not beats, any of their own early dates as leaders – on titles that include "Uranus", "Kelo", "Not Yet", "For Heaven's Sake", and "Kenji's Mood". CD

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Paul BleyImprovisie ... LP
America/Bamboo (France), 1972. New Copy ... $23.99
Incredible work from Paul Bley – and a record that captures him in his excellent electric period, working in a different setting than we've heard him elsewhere! The group on the set is a trio – one that matches Bley's work on electric piano and synthesizer with percussion from Han Bennink and vocals, piano, bass, and additional synthesizer from a young Annette Peacock! Peacock is especially restrained on the record – especially if you only know her later, straighter work – and her contribution here is wonderfully subtle and extremely lovely. Side one features the track "Improvisie", a free improvisation with Bley on electric piano and synthesizer – and tonalities are as "out" as the playing, which is generally quite spacious and dynamic – though hardly quiet. The second side features a Peacock tune titled "Touching" that's a bit more intense – very much in the spirit of the work on the first side, and a unique slice of magic from this one-off session! LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe Bonner/Johnny DyaniSuburban Fantasies ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... About April 15, 2018 (delayed)
A sublime pairing of Joe Bonner's piano and the bass of Johnny Dyani – a player we always love, but who seems to hit a new sort of depth in this setting! Bonner is beautiful in a stripped-down setting like this – always full of rich imagination, even in a solo mode – but this record seems to bring out some even better tones than usual, as his piano lines are a perfect match for Dyani's bass – which is handled here with a soulful sensitivity that's breathtaking! And even if you're not a fan of duo recordings, or sometimes think they're too mellow – we ask you to think again with this one – because there's a richness and full sound that goes way past any expectations you might have. Titles are mostly Bonner-penned originals, including "The Walk Street", "Copenhagen Revisited" & "Soap Opera". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brecker BrothersDon't Stop The Music ... LP
Arista, 1977. Very Good ... $2.99
A stone classic from The Brecker Brothers – working here at a new level for 70s jazz fusion! Sure, it's as slick as it can be – with touches of club and disco grooves to give an even smoother edge to the jazz funk of the Brecker Brothers – but thanks to some solid soloing that's not afraid to go for the easy spots, the album's a lot more solid than an number of sound-a-like copycat LPs to come out at the time! There's more than enough interesting jazz funk numbers on here to keep you happy if you dig a soulful fusion groove, and with Steve Gadd and Lenny White on drums, the beats are heavy enough in the right places. Titles include "Tabula Rasa", "Finger Lickin Good", "Funky Sea, Funky Dew", "Squids", "Petals", and "As Long As I've Got Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an index sticker & a spot of marker.)

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✨✧ Gustav BromSwinging The Jazz ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1967. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Hard-swinging jazz from one of Europe's greatest talents of the 60s! East European bandleader Gustav Brom was one of the hippest guys in his field – and had a rich talent for mixing together many different strands of jazz into a tight hard sound that really packs a punch! The general groove is similar to some of the best work by the Clarke-Boland Big Band – with breakout solos on alto, tenor, trumpet, and baritone sax – but Brom's also got a great touch of his own, adding in some wordless scatting vocals on a few tracks, and really playing off the fast snapping sound of the snare drum to make the group crackle with electricity! This wonderful reissue features all the original gatefold cover art – and it's pressed on super-heavy vinyl that will make you happy to own this one, especially if you don't want to pay a fortune for the rare original. Titles include "Lypso", "Sumpf", "Abas", "Contraband", "Kater Peter", "Eigenartige Verwandte", and the Gilles P groover "Waldmadchen"! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram Speakers Corner pressing – long out of print!)

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Marion BrownThree For Shepp/Vista ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1967/1975. New Copy ... $12.99
Two wonderful albums from Marion Brown – back to back in a single set! Three For Shepp is an unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful playing that goes out, but never too far – like Shepp in his best sixties moments – and Brown's working with a great lineup of players that includes Grachan Moncur on trombone, Beaver Harris on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano! The tunes include three Marion Brown originals on side one, plus three tracks by Shepp on side two. "Spooks" alone will leave you loving this album for years to come – and other tracks include "West India", "Delicado", "New Blue", and "Fortunato". A brilliant blend of 60s "new thing" playing and 70s underground jazz! Vista is a strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with electric piano by Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell, percussion by Ed Blackwell and Jimmy Hopps, and bass by Reggie Workman. If you're expecting the angrier Brown from earlier years, you'll be disappointed – but if you're ready to hear a Brown that's gently crafting mellow lines in a soulful setting, then you're in for a treat. Tracks include Cowell's "Maimoun", Stevie Wonder's "Visions", Brown's "Vista", "Moment of Truth", "Bismillah Rrahimani Rrahim", and "Djinji". CD

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Milt BucknerMidnight Mood ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good ... $2.99
The liner notes describe this record as "music for squares, for hippies and for square hippies" and it has "mood pattern after mood pattern". Milt Buckner plays the organ and is joined by Johhny Pate on bass and Maurice Sinclaire on drums. Tracks include "Almost Lost My Mind", "If I Should Lose You", "Love Is The Thing", "Bouncing At Dawn", "Little White Lies", "One For My Baby", and "Baby Baby All The Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Dennis BudimirCreeper ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest albums ever from guitarist Dennis Budimir – a player who worked on countless sessions for other artists, but hardly ever got time in the spotlight in a setting like this! The album's nice and dynamic, and has Budimir playing with a great mix of tones – sometimes a cooler jazz mode, but other times with this slight element of fuzz – not what you'd expect if you even knew his few other albums as a leader for Revelation. His guitar rings out with a nice twang borrowed from the rock instrumental world, but tuned more towards jazz – in a cool LA group that features Lyle Ritz on bass, Chuck Britz on organ, and the mighty Hal Blaine on drums. Titles include "The Creeper", a nice sock-boogaloo number, plus "The Cobra", "Diamond Back", "The Python", "Cast Your Fate To The Wind", "Like A Rolling Stone", and "In". CD

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Jonas Cambien TrioWe Must Mustn't We ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that announces its difference right from the very first note – then keeps on setting itself apart with each new musical selection! The group's led by pianist Jonas Cambien – who can play both warmly and starkly – and the sound is balanced between the drums and percussion of Andreas Wildhagen, and the reed work of Andre Roligheten – who blows tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and flute – often with textural tones that fold in nicely alongside the piano and drums! Yet despite that statement, there's also no set style to the group – as they really explore different interpolations of their instruments on every track – often in ways that seem to have an inherent structure, but which are also strikingly new as well – maybe even more powerful because of their tuneful inclinations than if the musicians were more free-minded. Titles include "Creationism", "Swear Like A Bear", "Unlikely Friendship", "Long Long Long", "Sister You Proved Me Right", "Crib", and "Animalism". CD

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Eugene Chadbourne with Steve Beresford & Alex WardPleasures Of The Horror ... LP
Bisou (France), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A record that makes us feel as if no time has passed at all since the early records of Eugene Chadbourne and this more recent session – filled with sounds that have Chadbourne sounding as madly creative as ever – working alongside clarinet, alto, and guitar from Alex Ward – plus piano, organ, and even euphonium from Steve Beresford! Most songs have vocals, of that crazy variant that made Chadbourne one of the more hippy-styled talents of his generation – almost an extension of the Fugs' energy into the world of more serious improvisers – at a level that always had Eugene stirring the pot and really shaking things up. Titles include "Vampire Tiger Girl", "The Secret Of The Cooler", "Party House Part 3 In 3D", "Today's Experiment", "Haunted House", and "Ca Va Va Voom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley ClarkeStanley Clarke – The Definitive Collection ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $8.99
Stanley Clarke's a bassist who first got his start in the headier side of the jazz spectrum in the 70s – but by the second half of that decade, he'd transformed into something else completely – a fantastic musician who could effortlessly reach across soul, funk, and fusion – combining all the best elements into an incredible sound that was all his own! Clarke's part of a generation that might include artists like Norman Connors, George Duke, and Mtume – all artists who might have been straighter jazz had they worked in the 60s, but who really flowered in the new freedoms of the 70s – as they hit superstardom with music like this. Duke and Clarke often collaborated – and you'll hear a good deal of that work on this set – which also includes work with Howard Hewett, Herbie Hancock, and Fuse One – plus lots of Stanley Clarke solo tracks too. 2CD set features 32 tracks in all – and titles include "Concerto For Jazz Rock Orchestra", "Journey To Love", "Jamaican Boy", "Modern Man", "More Hot Fun", "The Dancer", "Silly Putty", "Heroes", "Straight To The Top", "Heaven Sent You", "We Supply", "Grand Prix", "Mothership Connection", "Funny How Time Flies", "Hideaway", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "What If I Should Fall In Love", "Time Exposure", "Sweet Baby", "Wild Dog", "Rocks Pebbles & Sand", and "Hot Fun". CD

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Rosemary Clooney/The Hi-Lo'sRing Around Rosie With the Hi-Lo's/Hollywood's Best With Harry James ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1955/1957. Used ... $6.99
Very groovy stuff – at least on the first album! Ring Around Rosie features 12 jazzy duets with The Hi-Lo's, one of the most magnificent male vocal groups of the 50s. If you dig the Hi-Lo's as much as we do, you'll find the album to be a key addition to their catalog – as it features some great vocal harmony numbers like "I Could Write A Book", "Everything Happens To Me", "Coquette", "Doncha Go Away Mad", and a wonderfully nutty reading of "How About You?" Backing is by Frank Comstock, who worked with the group on most of their best recordings – so the record's more a Hi-Lo's album than a Clooney one. The second album on the CD is a more swing-based set of tracks, one that features Rosie singing with Harry James' orchestra – on numbers like her big hit "Come On-A My House", plus "In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening", "On The Atchinson, Topeka & The Santa Fe", and "Ruby". 24 tracks in all. (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneFirst Meditations (plus bonus track) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... About July 6, 2018
Key 60s material from the great John Coltrane – even if the set wasn't ever released until the late 70s! The album's kind of a "prequel" to the later Meditations record, and it stands as a key bridge between Coltrane's modal years and his more spiritual sounds – delivered here by a core quartet, without the larger accompaniment that graced the later version! The classic quartet is at their best – McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the sound is slightly more inside than later, but no less filled with searching and yearning! CD version contains a 12 minute extended alternate take of "Joy", the centerpiece of the composition. CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneLush Life ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957/1958. Used ... $2.99
Strong work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – even if the album is sort of a collection of tracks that Trane recorded for Prestige, instead of a discreetly separate session! Side one features Coltrane's tenor in a spare setting with Earl May on bass and Art Taylor on drums – playing mellow tunes like "I Love You" and "Like Someone In Love", as well as the original "Trane's Slow Blues". Side two features a blowing session mode – with Donald Byrd, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes – on the cuts "Lush Life" and "I Hear A Rhapsody". CD

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Chris ConnorMisty ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... $9.99
An unusual set from the legendary vocalist Chris Connor – a record that's graced with a boozy later image of Chris on the front, but which features a host of rare gems from her late 50s years at Atlantic Records! There's some really wonderful work on the record that easily matches, if not beats Chris Connor gems on some of her bigger albums of the time – especially since some of the cuts show Connor trying out some new modes, and new ideas – elements that go past her usual vocal jazz styles, with some cool inflections that really open things up. Highlights include great versions of "Senor Blues", "Moon Ride", "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman", and "Invitation" – plus "Long Hot Summer", "Fortune Cookies", "Circus", and "Flying Home". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Eddie Daniels & Roger KellawayJust Friends – Live At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Resonance, 1988. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great performance from reedman Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway – both musicians who maybe made some softer sounds over the years, but who have plenty of bite in the live setting on this date! If you only know those other modes of either artist, especially Daniels, the set will come as quite a surprise – as it features very long tracks, with nicely extended solos – all driven on strongly by the hip rhythm duo of Buster Williams and Al Foster, whose talents here really make the whole thing hit home! Two tracks stretch past the 15 minute mark – and all numbers are nice and long, with titles that include "Wolfie's Samba", "The Spice Man", "Just Friends", "Some O This & Some O That", and "Reverie For A Rainy Day". Issued here for the first time ever – in the best spirit of the other Resonance live albums! CD

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John DankworthMovies N Me ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Totally groovy work from John Dankworth – a 70s album that features slightly electrified versions of some of his older film and TV themes! The approach is quite different than the originals at times – with horn passages that are even quirkier, and some cool use of electric piano by Tony Hymas, which really sets the mood of the best tracks. The album's best known for its funky break version of "Modesty Blaise" – made famous by a sample from Del – but the whole thing's pretty great, both if you dig soundtrack work, and if you like the cooler big band styles of the British scene. Titles include "Modesty Blaise", "Long John", "Look Stranger", "Whirly Birly", "Round Table Round", "Herbie Walks Again", "All Gone", and "Morgan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis Big BandTrane Whistle ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1960. Used ... $11.99
Don't pass this one up! Although lots of other albums by Eddie Lockjaw Davis are laidback quartet and quintet sessions, done in a soul jazz organ/tenor mode – this session features Eddie working with stunning bigger band backings, in a searingly soulful sound that's simply incredible! The leadoff track, "Trane Whistle", has Lockjaw really working new waves of sound into his tenor sax – screaming the horn in a way that you thought you'd never hear, and playing with tones that are a lot darker than usual! The set moves on from there in a nice batch of material that includes "Whole Nelson" and "Stolen Moments", two fantastic originals by Oliver Nelson, who also arranged the album – and takes a great deal of responsibility for the strength of the set. The record shows a whole new side of Davis' talents – one that was barely if ever recorded like this again – and which is made even better by the presence of freshly modern players that include Eric Dolphy, Richard Williams, Melba Liston, and Roy Haynes. Great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisComplete Jack Johnson (5 CD set) ... CD
Sony, 1971. Used 5 CDs ... $44.99
5 discs of Jack Johnson! Probably more Jack Johnson than most people could take, but for the few out there, like us, who can never get enough electric Miles (kind of like some of Miles own favorite diversions from that period) this box is a dream come true! Unlike the later live sides, the grooves here are pretty sparse, with a wide open approach that would later get replaced by frenzied multi-linear soloing, but still with the loose energy and funked up rhythms that would mark Miles work during the early 70s. Like the Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way boxes, this set really highlights Teo Macero's tape wizardry, when you compare the raw takes, of which most numbers get represented here in 3, 4 or 5 versions, to the edited versions that were finally released. If you want to utilize ye' olde program feature on your stereo, you can can arrange several different versions of the complete album, which is a pretty fantastic feature for obsessives such as ourselves! With "Willie Nelson", "Johnny Bratton", "Go Ahead John", "Duran", "Sugar Ray", "Right Off", "Yesternow", "Honky Tonk", "Ali", "Konda", "Nem Um Talvez", "Little High People", "Little Church" and "The Mask". CD
(Out of print – and in the beautiful metal-spine case.)

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Miles DavisMiles In Tokyo ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 7.99
Miles Davis' first-ever performance in Japan – a really unique concert that featured the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by a young Sam Rivers on tenor! The presence of Rivers really gives the set an edge – and although Miles is holding Sam a bit more in check than on some of his "new thing" albums from the time, there's an overall quality here that's different than the other Davis quintet albums of the time. The set was one of a number of important Miles Davis live sessions from the period – including albums from Berlin, Antibes, and Chicago – and titles include "If I Were A Bell", "My Funny Valentine", "So What", "Walkin'" and "All Of You". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisPanthalassa – Music Of Miles Davis 1969 to 1974 – Reconstruction & Mix Translation By Bill Laswell ... CD
Columbia, 1998. Used ... $2.99
"In A Silent Way /Shhh Peaceful/It's About That Time" (15:20), "Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub" (16:06), "Rated X/Billy Preston" (14:34), and "He Loved Him Madly" (13:38). CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisRelaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – and although the tracks are mostly ballads and standards, they're all nicely given the Davis treatment on the set, turned into beautiful new vehicles for jazz imagination and improvisation! Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "I Could Write A Book", "Oleo", and "Woody'n You". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)

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Miles Davis with John Coltrane & Sonny StittIn Stockholm 1960 Complete (4CD set) ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1960. New Copy 4CD ... $38.99 51.98
The complete recordings of a legendary live cycle of shows in Stockholm from 1960 – material that was previously issued on two different 2LP sets during the album era, now brought together here with bonus tracks too! The first third of the set features incredible work from the team of Miles Davis and John Coltrane – working together in space that's very open, and far more exploratory than their studio work of the late 50s – maybe at a level that really shows the impact that Coltrane's growth was having on the solo approach of Davis! The key rhythm trio keeps things swinging – Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – which almost seems to allow the horn players even more freedom. The second two thirds of the set are equally striking, but in a very different way – as they feature the great Sonny Stitt, blowing both alto and tenor with Miles' group – a choice that's maybe a bit surprising, but equally wonderful too – a Stitt brings the sound maybe back to a bop core, but also seems to really get a chance to show off some of those modern currents that he had to soft-pedal on his albums for Roost. Titles with Coltrane include "So What", "On Green Dolphin Street", "All Blues/Theme", "Walkin/Theme", and "Fran Dance" – and titles with Stitt include "Autumn Leaves/Theme", "Walkin", "All Of You", "June Night", "Stardust", "Lover Man", "If I Were A Bell", "No Blues/Theme", "Softly As In A Mornin Sunrise", and "So What". CD

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Jack DeJohnettePiano Album ... CD
Landmark, 1985. New Copy ... $4.99
Jack DeJohnette's best known as a drummer, but he's also played a bit of piano too – and this album focuses nicely on that side of his talents, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The trio lineup is a great one – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums – both players who'd make any keyboardist sound good, even if they didn't have the chops. Jack, though, definitely brings some skills to the session – playing both a bit inside at times, and also freewheeling and open, as you might expect from his work on drums. There's a bit of synth at points, but most of the record is acoustic and warmly soulful – with titles that include "Minority", "Lydia", "Countdown", "Spiral", "Milton", and "Ahmad The Terrible". CD
Also available Piano Album ... LP 2.99

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Jack DeJohnettePiano Album ... LP
Landmark, 1985. Very Good ... $2.99
Jack DeJohnette's best known as a drummer, but he's also played a bit of piano too – and this album focuses nicely on that side of his talents, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The trio lineup is a great one – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums – both players who'd make any keyboardist sound good, even if they didn't have the chops. Jack, though, definitely brings some skills to the session – playing both a bit inside at times, and also freewheeling and open, as you might expect from his work on drums. There's a bit of synth at points, but most of the record is acoustic and warmly soulful – with titles that include "Minority", "Lydia", "Countdown", "Spiral", "Milton", and "Ahmad The Terrible". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover Y label has some moisture stains.)
Also available Piano Album ... CD 4.99

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Delta Rhythm BoysDelta Rhythm Boys In Sweden ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $8.99
A very cool album from the Delta Rhythm Boys – one that has the vocal group working in Sweden, with great help from some of that scene's modern jazzmen at the time! There's a playful vibe to the record, and the modern currents of the musicians help break past some of the cliches that the vocal group could sometimes get packaged with – at a level that really allows them to take some chances with their interplay at times, and maybe make the record one of their best! Players include Arne Domnerus on alto, Rolf Berg on guitar, Bengt Arne Wallin on trumpet, and George Bjorklund on tenor – and arrangements from Gosta Theselius – on titles that include "Early Autumn", "It Had To Be You", "If I Knew Then", "Shadrak", "Midnight Sun", "Chloe", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew ShippVessel In Orbit ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Sharply angular sounds from this very hip trio – a record that really grabs you right at the start, then makes sure you're paying attention all the way through! The group's a particularly great setting for the piano of Matthew Shipp – who maybe reminds us here why we found him so great in the first place – and Whit Dickey's drums are sometimes a masterpiece of understatement, sometimes a bold force of power! Mat Maneri's viola might get lost in the mix, if things were balanced poorly – but there's some key contributions from his sliding sounds that really shape the performance. Titles include "Dark Matter", "Spaceship 9", "Space Strut", "Hyperspatial", "To A Lost Comerade", and "Turbulence". CD

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Lou DonaldsonCosmos ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
An overlooked funky gem from Lou Donaldson – a later date for Blue Note, done in a style that's a bit expanded from his small combo sets of the 60s – but still filled with plenty of soul and groove! The lineup features core key players Leon Spencer on Hammond, Melvin Sparks on guitar, and Idris Muhammad on drums – but there's also some added percussion, trumpet from Ed Williams, and a bit of vocals from the group Essence – who slide in with this slinky soul groove that's mighty nice! Lou plays alto sax – both electric and acoustic – and the tunes include the great originals "The Caterpillar" and "Caracas" – plus a sublime remake of Curtis Mayfield's "If There's A Hell Below (We're All Going To Go)", and a sweet take on "I'll Be There". CD
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Lou DonaldsonSweet Lou ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About July 25, 2018
Sweet Lou, but funky Lou too – a perfect blend of modes that makes for one of Donaldson's last great albums for Blue Note! The set's got some fuller arrangements from Horace Ott – but given Ott's work in the indie soul world during the 60s, there's still a nice edge to the record too – a mode that blends Lou's alto sax with some electric grooves in the CTI/Kudu mode – yet still with plenty of respect for the soloist at the helm! There's a bit of female chorus vocals on the record – used in a hip way to underscore the chorus bits on some of the more soulful tunes – and Donaldson almost does a Stanley Turrentine bit on the ballads, by blowing these soulful lines that sound surprisingly great in the modern setting. Rhythm features Pretty Purdie on drums, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Horace Ott on keyboards – and titles include the funky classic "Peepin", a remake of the earlier "Herman's Mambo", and a sweet take on Bobby Womack's "You're Welcome Stop On By" – as well as the cuts "Hip Trip", "Lost Love", and "if You Can't Handle It Give It To Me". CD

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Bob DownesBlast From The Past ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
British reedman Bob Downes at his most progressive – working here in a very hip trio that includes Denis Smith on drums and a young Barry Guy on bass! The tracks are all unreleased, and were recorded at various locations in the 70s – and will stand strongly as proof that Bob was one of the most creative British musicians of his generation – even if he sometimes gets wrongly lumped with the jazz rock crowd! That's definitely not the style here – as Downes blows flutes and saxes with this openly flowing, very spiritual quality – on spacious tracks that include "On The Wing", "Shadow Of Shadow", "Apparition", "Chain Reaction", and "Journey With The Blues". CD

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DzambleKazdy Marzy Kazdy Sni ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
Dzamble may not be a household name, but they're a tight fusion group from late 70s Poland – and one who also seem to have an ear for the best side of the AOR scene too! The group work here with a style that's nicely sharp, but never too smooth – tight, but fluid enough to let all the jazz currents come through in the music – especially the keyboards and tenor – while also making room for Polish language vocals on about half the album's tracks, delivered by a singer who's got a raspy style that's a nice contrast to the instrumentation. If you dig rare AOR or yacht rock, the set's a great illustration of the way those modes could flourish even in the farthest of scenes – and if you like tight 70s fusion, you'll also find something to love here too. Titles include "Przed Dniem", "Rzeko Plyn Szeroko", "Jak Zmienic Swiat", "Bezsennosc We Dwoje", and "Jeszcze W Sercu Radosc" – plus remakes of "Lady Love" and "Just The Way You Are". CD

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Charles EarlandBlack Talk! ... CD
OJC, 1970. Used ... $5.99
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his unique sound on the organ. But with this record, Earland really broke out wide – and hit a huge audience that made him one of the most in-demand players of the early 70s! The Earland touch is summed up perfectly here – a really fluid approach to the keys that shakes loose the clunkier styles of older Hammond players, and goes for a tightened-up groove that puts equal emphasis on rhythm and melodic improvisation – in a way that's always made Charles' records some of the best jazz dancers to come out of Prestige. Earland has an amazing way of completely transforming a tune – taking a familiar melody, but riffing on it extensively – slowly expanding it through almost modal progressions – until the tune opens up into a long extended jazzy groove! Proof of this is the album's sublime 11 minute version of "More Today Than Yesterday" – a solid stepper that never gets old – and other tunes include "Black Talk", "The Mighty Burner", "Here Comes Charlie", and "Aquarius". Oh, and players include Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, and Idris Muhammed – an all-star lineup, but tightly guided by Charles as if they were his own working group! CD
Also available Black Talk! ... LP 19.99

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Charles EarlandBlack Talk! ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Sealed ... $19.99
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his unique sound on the organ. But with this record, Earland really broke out wide – and hit a huge audience that made him one of the most in-demand players of the early 70s! The Earland touch is summed up perfectly here – a really fluid approach to the keys that shakes loose the clunkier styles of older Hammond players, and goes for a tightened-up groove that puts equal emphasis on rhythm and melodic improvisation – in a way that's always made Charles' records some of the best jazz dancers to come out of Prestige. Earland has an amazing way of completely transforming a tune – taking a familiar melody, but riffing on it extensively – slowly expanding it through almost modal progressions – until the tune opens up into a long extended jazzy groove! Proof of this is the album's sublime 11 minute version of "More Today Than Yesterday" – a solid stepper that never gets old – and other tunes include "Black Talk", "The Mighty Burner", "Here Comes Charlie", and "Aquarius". Oh, and players include Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, and Idris Muhammed – an all-star lineup, but tightly guided by Charles as if they were his own working group! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Fantasy pressing – sealed!)
Also available Black Talk! ... CD 5.99

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Charles EarlandLive ... CD
Cannonball, 1997. Used ... $6.99
Charles Earland always burns brightly in a live setting – and his fire is especially hot here, working on a Chicago date with tenor from Eric Alexander and trumpet from Jim Rotundi – playing together at the DuSable Museum on Earland's birthday! There's a nice degree of "room" in the mix, making the album a bit more raw-sounding than other Earland sessions of this period – almost recreating the sort of classic groove you'd hear if you caught Charles at one of those great southside gigs he was laying down in Chicago during the 90s. Titles include "Explosion", "The Burner's Magic", "If Only For One Night", "The Burning Spirit", and "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Kurt EllingClose Your Eyes ... CD
Blue Note, 1995. Used ... $2.99
We want to hate this guy! Why? Well, because years ago, when he was still just a divinity grad student at the University of Chicago, we used to catch him sitting in on sessions all over the south side. At the time, his vocal stylings used to make us wince – but those years in the trenches definitely did something right, as Elling has emerged to be one of the freshest male vocalists that jazz has seen in 25 years. Sure, he does have an unfortunate habit for doing this annoying "jazz hipster" monologues – some of which are on these record, and which are a bit unbearable – but when he sings, really sings, he's got a way of putting over a song that can match the best of the elite (and small) group of true male jazz vocalists of the past 25 years (like Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Cleveland Watkiss). This is his first album, and it's still our favorite. Well worth having if you're into jazz vocals, and with great readings of "Close Your Eyes", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "Wait Till You See Her" – plus Elling's own catchy composition "Never Say Goodbye". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Bill EvansHow My Heart Sings ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good ... $69.99
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is completely at home on the record, working with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian – both players who helped to re-invent the role of rhythm in the piano combo of the time! Titles include a sublime reading of "How My Heart Sings", plus "Walking Up", "Show Type Tune", "Summertime", "34 Skidoo", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has light wear.)

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Bill EvansMoonbeams ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $3.99
A very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the promise of genius made by Bill on his first few albums – a bold step forward that really makes this album one of Evans' standout sets of the early 60s! Titles include an early reading of Evans' wonderful tune "Re: Person I Knew", plus "Very Early", "In Love In Vain", "Stairway To The Stars", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD

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Maynard FergusonDancing Sessions (Plays Jazz For Dancing/Let's Face The Music & Dance) ... CD
Roulette/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ... $14.99
2 lesser-known gems from a young Maynard Ferguson – back to back on a single CD! First up is Plays Jazz For Dancing – a record that hones the usual Ferguson groove a bit more for the dancefloor, yet still keeps in plenty of room for the sorts of solo space that Maynard first forged earlier in the 50s! The lineup here features some great work from Willie Maiden on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, and Jimmy Ford on alto sax – as well as performances from Maynard himself on trumpet, valve trombone, and even a bit of euphonium. Titles include "Hey There", "Where's Teddy", "Soft Winds", "Tis Autumn", "Secret Love", "I'll Be Seeing You", and "If I Should Lose You". Let's Face The Music & Dance follows in very similar form – a well-crafted batch of big band numbers from Maynard Ferguson, with more than enough swing and sway for the dancefloor, but also that stronger sense of personality and power you'd expect from Maynard. As usual for the time, the lineup of players is totally great – a surprising batch of hipsters that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Slide Hampton on trombone, Joe Farrell on tenor and clarinet, and Willie Maiden on tenor and flute – plys some great drum work from Rufus Jones, who really keeps a nice punch in the rhythms. Titles include "Let's Do It", "Spring Is Here", "Teach Me Tonight", "Let's Face The Music & Dance", and "Mangos". CD
(Out of print.)

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Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson Sextet ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that will really open your ears to the talents of Maynard Ferguson – especially if you only think of the trumpeter in terms of a big band setting! Here, Maynard's trumpet is super-sharp – working in a killer group that manages to swing, while also opening to lots of modern colors too – this really special blend that comes from the horns of Lanny Morgan on alto and flute, and Willie Maiden on tenor and baritone – both the kind of players that Maynard seems to push to their full potential, which was always one of his strongest suits as a leader. The rest of the group features Mike Abene on piano and a bit of celeste, Ron McClure on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums – the last of whom will come as a surprise – given his later association with Ornette. The album's bursting with surprises, and has a lot more edge than you might expect – on titles that include "No More Wood", "To & Fro", "Between Races", "April Fool", "Mike's Mike", and "Slide By Slide". CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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Fire (Mats Gustafsson)Hands ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
Fire may well be on fire more than ever before here – which is saying a lot, given the trio's previous run of really amazing records! The set features lots of bold work on electric bass from Johan Berthling – who almost seems out to transform the avant jazz combo into some sort of heavy rock trio from the Brit scene of the early 70s – inspired clearly by all the fuzz and dark tones of that generation, which makes an amazing match for the reeds of Mats Gustafsson and drums of Anreas Werliin! There's this amazing freakout vibe here – almost as if the ESP generation of the late 60s had drunk deep from the brew of early Sabbath – then commenced to merge outside jazz and rock in ways that Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp never could have imagined. Mats blows tenor, baritone, and bass saxes – and also plays electronics – while Werliin controls some feedback on the performance, which certainly adds to its ferocity. Titles include "To Shave The Leaves In Red In Black", "Washing Your Heart In Filth", "Touches Me With The Tips Of Wonder", "The Hands", and "When Her Lips Collapsed". CD
Also available Hands (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Fire (Mats Gustafsson)Hands (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $26.99
Fire may well be on fire more than ever before here – which is saying a lot, given the trio's previous run of really amazing records! The set features lots of bold work on electric bass from Johan Berthling – who almost seems out to transform the avant jazz combo into some sort of heavy rock trio from the Brit scene of the early 70s – inspired clearly by all the fuzz and dark tones of that generation, which makes an amazing match for the reeds of Mats Gustafsson and drums of Anreas Werliin! There's this amazing freakout vibe here – almost as if the ESP generation of the late 60s had drunk deep from the brew of early Sabbath – then commenced to merge outside jazz and rock in ways that Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp never could have imagined. Mats blows tenor, baritone, and bass saxes – and also plays electronics – while Werliin controls some feedback on the performance, which certainly adds to its ferocity. Titles include "To Shave The Leaves In Red In Black", "Washing Your Heart In Filth", "Touches Me With The Tips Of Wonder", "The Hands", and "When Her Lips Collapsed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)
Also available Hands ... CD 14.99

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Clare Fischer with 2+2 PlusFree Fall ... LP
Discovery, 1986. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that has a similar sound to the Singers Unlimited – warm harmonies that have a sunny, breezy finish alongside Clare's keyboards and the grooves. The production of the tracks is similar to the smooth MPS mode used by that group and Fischer – and there's also electric west coast Latin backing from a Latin jazz group that features Fischer on keyboards. The sound is great if you dig Clare's later electric work – and titles include "Sextet", "Blues Bossa", "Novios", "Samba Claro", "The Quiet Side", and "Free Fall". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldSomeone To Watch Over Me ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A record that might have made Ella Fitzgerald turn over in her grave if it was handled the wrong way – but fortunately one that comes as a real surprise, with an organic quality that we never would have expected when we first heard about the project! The album features Ella's older vocals from the Verve years, recast over new orchestrations by the London Symphony Orchestra – who work here in a decidedly jazz-based mode, and maybe make the whole thing feel just like some "with strings" session from the classic Verve years, but with some slight modern arrangements. The presentation also features three "duets" of sorts – one with new vocals added by Gregory Porter, two others with trumpet and vocals pulled from her recordings with Louis Armstrong – but overall, the whole thing really seems to work best when it's just Ella in the spotlight. Titles include "Misty", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "People Will Say We're In Love", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "Let's Do It". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Von FreemanImprovisor ... CD
Premonition, 2002. Used ... $6.99
Von Freeman the way we like to hear him – live! Although Von's recorded output has been quite low until recent years, the fantastic tenorist has been playing around Chicago for the past 50 years – working in regular gigs that are still some of the best shows you could ever hope to catch in this city. The CD features tracks from two of Von's regular haunts – shows at the Green Mill and New Apartment Lounge – both of which have him working with strong regular players, in a very comfortable lineup that really lets him open up and show the kind of magic that only he can craft in this sort of setting. One track is also recorded at the Chicago Cultural Center. Jason Moran plays piano on two tracks. Titles include "If I Should Lose You", "Ski Wee", "Darn That Dream", "Blue Bossa", and "I Like The Sunrise". CD

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Curtis FullerBoss Of The Soul-Stream Trombone ... CD
Warwick/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1960. Used ... $11.99
We're not sure what "soul-stream" is as a genre – but given the strength of this record, we'd be more than willing to grant it onto Curtis Fuller all by himself! The record's a gem that's even more obscure than Fuller's already-rare dates for Blue Note at the end of the 50s – a crack set done for the Warwick label, and one that features an all-star group who've got a great blend of modern edges and soulful rhythms. Alongside Fuller's trombone, other players include Yusef Lateef on tenor and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Walter Bishop on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – making a rare early appearance here. Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "Do I Love You", "Chantized", "Flutie", "The Court", and "Mr L". CD

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Hal GalperIvory Forest ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1979. Used ... $9.99
Excellent work from pianist Hal Galper – and proof that he was one of the most electric keyboardists of his generation, even when working acoustically – as on this record! The only real electric element here is the presence of guitarist John Scofield in the quartet – but Galper seems to match his spirit in the way he approaches the keys of his acoustic piano – using them spaciously and flowingly, almost as if he were working working in a CTI-type setting! The rest of the group features Wayne Dockery on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums – and titles include "Yellow Days", "Ivory Forest", "Continuity", "My Dog Spot", and "Rapunzel's Luncheonette". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Hal GalperIvory Forest ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent work from pianist Hal Galper – and proof that he was one of the most electric keyboardists of his generation, even when working acoustically – as on this record! The only real electric element here is the presence of guitarist John Scofield in the quartet – but Galper seems to match his spirit in the way he approaches the keys of his acoustic piano – using them spaciously and flowingly, almost as if he were working working in a CTI-type setting! The rest of the group features Wayne Dockery on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums – and titles include "Yellow Days", "Ivory Forest", "Continuity", "My Dog Spot", and "Rapunzel's Luncheonette". CD
(Part of the Enja Jazz Master Works series!)

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Dick Garcia (Richie Garcia)Message From Garcia (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dawn/Modern Harmonic, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by guitarist Dick Garcia – and a record that's maybe as noteworthy for the work of its leader as it is for the presence of some very hip sidemen! The album's one of those late 50s outings that features Bill Evans on piano, from a time when he wasn't just leading his own groups – and other musicians include the great Gene Quill on alto sax, whose breathy talents always completely win us over – as well as pianist Terry Pollard, a female musician from Detroit who's most famously worked with Dorothy Ashby. Garcia gets plenty of space upfront to do his thing, and also contributed some nice originals to the record – which also features shifting instrumentation on just about every track. Titles include "The Deacon", "Potatoes", "Like Someone In Love", "If I'm Lucky", and "Kimona My House". LP, Vinyl record album
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Erroll GarnerConcert By The Sea ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good ... $5.99
One of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong focus on his amazing work on the keys of the piano – filled with rhythmic invention at every turn, in a way that can only be described as Garner-esque, and which still leaves us breathless after all these years. Despite the oft-heard power of the record, it's still a great one – worthy of discovery even if it wasn't a hit. Rhythm is by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Denzil Best on drums – on tracks that include "Teach Me Tonight", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", "Red Top", "April In Paris", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Erroll's Theme", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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Dizzy GillespieConcert Of The Century (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Justin Time, 1980. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
"Concert Of The Century" is a hell of a claim to make – but this is also a hell of a concert, too – one that features Dizzy Gillespie blowing with an all-star small group lineup – in really stretched-out takes on the tunes, at a level that rivals his best 70s material on the Pablo label! In addition to Gillespie on trumpet, players also include Milt Jackson on vibes, James Moody on tenor and flute, Hank Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all working together as seamlessly as you'd expect! Titles include "Darben The Redd Foxx", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Get Happy", "Blues N Boogie", "If I Should Lose You", and "Bass Solo/Manha De Carnaval/Work Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy Gillespie & Roy EldridgeSoul Mates ... LP
Verve/VSP, 1954. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Two top trumpets working together – on a set that features a few tracks from their jam on the Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol 10 album on the title "The Challenges" – plus more studio numbers that include "I'm Thru With Love", "If I Had You", "Limehouse Blues", and "I Found A New Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert Glasper ExperimentArtScience ... CD
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, instead of being sung by a rotating cast, they're mostly handled by Casey Benjamin – who plays saxes and additional keyboards on the set – and helps give the whole thing a nicely unified vibe. Glasper sings a bit, too – but mostly concentrates on giving us some incredible lines on Fender Rhodes – in those soulful shapes that have made his keyboard work a delight since day one – and which continue to open up into so many wonderful directions. Benjamin uses a vocoder at times, which slides in great next to the Rhodes – and the group also features wonderful bass from Derrick Hodge, who also sings on one track too. Really wonderful material – as if the Experiment side of Glasper's work was folded into his small combo ethos – with tracks that include "No One Like You", "Day To Day", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", "Find You", "This Is Not Fear", "In My Mind", "Hurry Slowly", "Written In Stone", "Human", and "Thinkin Bout You". CD

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Benny GolsonModern Touch ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $7.99
The modern touch indeed! You can't get any more classic Benny Golson than this – a sublime late 50s album that features Benny with a sextet, working out amazing versions of the sorts of material that set him apart from every other jazz arranger of the time! The tracks here are complicated, yet have a rootsy soulfulness that makes them instantly compelling – and Benny's tone on tenor sax is sharp and angular, yet also has a raspiness that gives it a degree of honesty you wouldn't expect from a budding young modernist. The rest of the players – Max Roach, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, JJ Johnson, and Kenny Dorham – are equally great, too – and amidst Benny's arrangements, they come together as if they'd been playing in this format for years! Titles include "Out Of The Past", "Venetian Breeze", "Reunion", "Hymn To The Orient", and "Blues On Down". CD

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Bennie GreenBennie Green Swings The Blues ... CD
Blue Moon (Spain), Late 50s. Used ... $18.99
A stone kicker from Bennie Green – arguably his hardest swinging session ever, and an obscure indie release that stands nicely next to his late 50s Blue Note work! The set's got Bennie grooving hard on trombone, working with a quintet that includes Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, George Tuker on bass, and Paul Gusman on drums. Tracks are short and heavy-duty – with a very in-the-pocket sort of sound – showing perfectly why Green was one of the most soulful trombonists of his generation, and the kind of player who could make you love jazz trombone, even if you weren't an overall fan of the instrument! Titles include "Been Walkin", "Love At Last", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Blue Mambo", and "Change Up Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Grant GreenBlues For Lou (previously unissued material) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $18.99
Firey guitar work from one of the all-time greats! Grant Green was one of the most incredible jazz guitarists of all time, and his early Blue Note work has always been some of the best guitar jazz ever recorded. With this great album, Blue Note has finally unearthed an amazing early session by Green – recorded in trio format with drummer Ben Dixon and organist John Patton. Both Patton and Green originally hailed from St. Louis, but were picked up on a tour by Lou Donaldson to join his band – and brought by Donaldson to Blue Note when the group hit New York. This set of tracks, dedicated to their boss, shows Patton and Green in sparkling interplay – trading lines with an ease, confidence, and rawness that would make most other organ/guitar teams weep with joy to achieve! The CD's a perfect one if you're a fan of Green's First Stand or Green Street albums – and it includes the tracks "Blues For Lou", "Big John", "Look At That Girl", and "This Little Girl Of Mine". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing.)

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Grupo UmUma Lenda Ao Vivo – Ao Vivo Na Fabrica ... CD
SESCSP (Brazil), 2016. Used ... $6.99
It's been many years since we heard from Grupo Um – that especially inventive Brazilian combo who gave us some really great records at the start of the 80s! Yet the passage of years hasn't dimmed them at all – and this recent performance almost feels as if it could have been recorded right after their classic first two albums, with a similar far-reaching approach to electric jazz! These are the guys who really set the spark for a new wave of fusion experiments in Brazilian jazz in the 80s – the lineup Lelo Nazario on keyboards, Ze Eduardo Nazario on drums and percussion, and Mauro Senise on saxes and flutes – and all these many years later, they're still sharper than most of the younger players they inspired. The quintet have a way of stretching out and getting complex, but never in the noodly way of other fusion players who go off the deep end – and throughout, they also never let the electric instruments leave the plane of core acoustic spontaneity – which makes for a wonderful performance all the way through. Frank Herzberg plays acoustic bass, and Felix Wagner is on bass clarinet and keyboards – and titles include "Marcha Sobre A Cidade", "A Porta Do Sem Nexo", "Dala", "54754-P(4)-D(3)-0", "Sonhos Esquecidos", "Velho Mundo Novo", and "Fragmentum". (Brazil, Jazz) CD

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GuneshGunesh ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $15.99
Gunesh might look a bit unusual on the cover – like some crazy mountain folk who've somehow gotten ahold of band instruments – but on the album, they've got this tight funky sound that's mighty nice – yet which is also still as unusual as their look! The instrumentation is jazz funk at the core – with lots of basslines and riffing guitar alongside the horns and heavy drums – but the phrasing, sound, and structure is quite unusual – maybe more influenced by their Russian roots, which also comes through in the occasional vocalizations! The sound is hard to peg in a few words, but if you dig funky fusion, you'll find plenty to love here – on titles that include "Parting", "Deceit", "Ballad Of Destiny", "Oriental Souvenir", "Girl", and "White Dove". CD

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Zu & Mats GustafssonHow To Raise An Ox ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2005. New Copy ... About April 25, 2018 (delayed)
A hard-driving collaboration between Zu and Mats Gustafsson – power jazz at its fiercest, with a pedal-to-the-metal sound that comes across with a definite punk-influenced approach to jazz, and at times a garagey quality that's a nice contrast to other recent avant jazz recordings! The presence of Mats is felt very strongly in the complicated and well-blown sax lines on the set – and if anything, the record's got more of a focus overall than some of Zu's other work. Titles include "How To Raise An Ox", "Palace Of Reptiles", "Beasts Only Die", "Meat Eater Solar Bird", "The King Devours His Sons", and "Over A Furnace". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie HadenLiberation Music Orchestra ... CD
Impulse, 1969. Used ... $7.99
One of the most beautiful albums that Charlie Haden ever recorded – and if he only ever appeared on one record in his life, we'd still love him tremendously for this one! The album has a feel that's very much in keeping with both the "liberation" and "orchestra" in the title – "liberation", in that the music is filled with inspiration from South American sources, and has a strongly political feel at times; and "orchestra" because the group here is somewhat large, and filled with a tremendous array of expressive players – including Gato Barbieri on tenor, Dewey Redman on alto and tenor, Don Cherry on cornet and flutes, Michael Mantler on trumpet, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Robert Northern on French horn, Paul Motian and Andrew Cyrille on percussion, Carla Bley on piano, and Perry Robinson on clarinet. Haden leads these disparate talents through a set of tremendously focused music – filled with as many ideas as it is with a sense of humanity and soul – all to brilliantly point the way forward for the new sound of Impulse Records in the years after Coltrane's death! Titles include the classic "Song For Che", plus Ornette's "War Orphans", Carla Bley's "The Interlude", and "Song Of The United Front", by Hans Eisler, and with words by Brecht! CD
(Out of print early edition, punch through booklet.)

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonStop! I Don't Need No Sympathy! ... LP
Brunswick, 1974. Near Mint- ... $8.99
An excellent album of tight little instrumentals – one that features the combination of Lionel Hampton's vibes with the groovy Chicago soul production of Brunswick Records! The tracks bounce along nicely, as if they were soul instrumental 45s for Brunswick – almost more along the line of the label's work with Young Holt Unlimited, but with vibes instead of piano – and Hampton maybe sounds better here than he had in years on previous recordings! The approach is very hip – a great blend of soul, jazz, and funk – and titles include "Stop, I Don't Need No Sympathy", "I Wish It Was Me", "It's Time For Peace", "You Wouldn't Believe", and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time". LP, Vinyl record album
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Roland HannaSir Elf ... CD
Choice (UK), 1973. Used ... $6.99
The first solo set from Roland Hanna – even though he had a long and varied career in dating back to the 50s – and a gem of a timeless solo piano jazz recorded from the early 70s. It's probably the best record to his name, with warmth to spare, a few recorded in a small recital hall at Nola Studios, and couple in the intimate confines of a home living room. Wonderful! Titles include "Yours Is My Heart Alone", "Night Of My Lights", "There Is No Greater Love" "Walkin", "This Is All I Ask", "If You Could See Me Now" and more, plus a solid pair of originals, Back Home In Indiana" and "Morning". CD

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Billy HarperDestiny Is Yours ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
An incredible return to form for Billy Harper – and a landmark album recorded at the end of the 80s, when we'd all but given up on him! The session returns Billy to the majesty of his 70s work – placing him in the setting of long tracks, modal rhythms, and spiritual motivation – the uniquely Harper territory first forged with Lee Morgan and Max Roach, sounding better than ever here, with all the confidence of his youth. The group's a quintet – with Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – working perfectly as a unit, with a power level that's simply amazing. Harper's the main star, reaching towards the heavens with some incredible solos – but he also clearly knows that he wouldn't be able to do what he does without the great level of support he's getting from the rest of the group. Tracks include "Destiny Is Yours", "If One Could Only See", "Groove From Heaven", and "East West Exodus". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Dance In The Question" and "My Funny Valentine". CD

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Janice HarperEmbers Of Love ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the few albums ever cut by vocalist Janice Harper – a vocalist with a style that's a bit more pronounced than some of her contemporaries on Capitol. At one level, Janice is singing here in a mode that's a bit like that of Kay Starr – but perhaps not as dramatic, nor as pop-oriented – and more just confident in both her phrasing and presence in the arrangements. There's less of the moodiness that you might guess from the cover, or the "embers of love" title – in that although the songs are mostly ballads, they're done by Janice with a forthcoming style that often adds a bit more warmth to what might otherwise be darker themes. Backings are by Stan Applebaum, and titles include "Cry Me A River", "The Thrill Is Gone", "I Believe", "For All We Know", "I'm Thru With Love", and "If You Love Me". (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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Barry HarrisLive At Dug – Complete Edition (2CD Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1995. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
Barry Harris recorded live in Tokyo – working at the intimate Dug nightclub, with backing from Japanese players Kunimitsuj Inaba on bass and Fumio Watanabe on drums! The style here is in the warmer side of the Harris spectrum – sometimes introspective, sometimes a bit more grooving – but always played with a strong degree of sensitivity on the keys of the piano, and recorded in a way that has Barry right out front in the mix. There's a great sense of maturity and grace going on here – and if anything, Harris has become an even more interesting pianist as the years have gone on – dropping some of his too-powerful styles from earlier years, in favor of well-placed notes and a greatly expanded sense of space that really comes through on this set. Titles include "Luminescence", "Somebody Loves Me", "No Name Blues", "Oblivion", "It Could Happen To You", "East Of The Sun", and "Nascimento". Note that this 2CD set is the full, complete version of the recordings that were only issued on one disc by Enja – a total of 15 tracks, and a great deal of music overall! CD

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Coleman HawkinsAccent On Tenor Sax (photo cover) ... LP
Urania, Late 50s. Very Good ... $48.99
Fantastic work from Hawkins – recorded for a small label at a time when his star had fallen a bit, but with some AMAZING tone that really makes the album cook! The group's a combo that features piano and organ by Earl Knight, trumpet by Ernie Royal, trombone by Eddie Bert, and guitar by Sidney Gross – and the whole thing has a laidback blowing feel that really lets Hawkins hit some of those fantastic notes he keeps pulling out at the end of his career. If you've ever doubted why folks think Hawk's a genius, check this one out, and prepare to have your ears cook! Titles include "My Own Blues", "What's New", "Running Wild", "Blue Room", and "I'll Never Be The Same". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a split top seam, light wear, and a name in pen.)

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Tubby HayesLate Spot At Scott's ... LP
Fontana, 1962. Near Mint- ... $59.99
A crackling hard batch of tracks from 60s sax giant Tubby Hayes – and the kind of record that will dispel any doubts you've ever had about British jazz scene! Hayes is at the prime of his form here, and he wails on tenor, soprano, and vibes – along with his great quintet that included Gordon Beck and Jimmy Deuchar. The set's fantastic, and the kind of album that you'd swear was on Blue Note, if you didn't hear a British voice announcing the tracks – and the energy and vitality of the group is apparent on every track – working with an intensity that rivals the best work on American labels at the time! Tracks include "Yeah!", "Half A Sawbuck", and "The Sausage Scraper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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HeadhuntersSurvival Of The Fittest ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark bit of jazz funk – from one of the greatest backup groups of the 70s! Herbie Hancock first brought The Headhunters to light – working with the San Francisco-based combo that included Bennie Maupin, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, and Bill Summers – using their sound to give his work the right dose of funk it needed to reach new audiences during the decade. This album's the first to feature the group on their own, without Herbie – and if we don't mind saying so, they sound even better without him! The whole thing's a wonderful mix of jazz funk grooves and very unusual rhythms – and the record contains the monster full length version of "God Make Me Funky", which is 9 minutes and 35 seconds of non stop funk, plus the cuts "If You've Got It, You'll Get It", "Magic", and "Here & Now". (Soul, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Joe HendersonKicker ... CD
Milestone/OJC, 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A key link between Joe Henderson's earlier years at Blue Note and his later, freer work for Milestone – recorded in a style that's got plenty of Blue Note hardbop touches, yet also done with a sense of freedom that you'd never expect from that label! Joe's grooving in a straight, yet angular mode – working with a sextet that include Mike Lawrence on trumpet, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – all in a mix of soulful, exotic, and slight Latin styles – a sound that's clearly influenced by the work of Horace Silver at times, but carried off beautifully by Joe in a bold, young tenor voice. Titles include the classic "Mamacit", plus "Mo Joe", "O Amor Em Paz", "The Kicker", "If", and "Nardis". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie HigginsDon't Smoke In Bed ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2000. Used ... $18.99
There's no harp on this record, despite the cover image – but the set does feature some great work on strings from guitarist John Pizzarelli, who makes a great addition to the Eddie Higgins trio! But in fact, it's not really a standard trio date at all – as Pizzarelli's guitar doesn't join the trio, so much as replace the drums – leaving Eddie's piano and the bass of Jay Leonhart to handle the rest of the music – rhythm between the two of them while John's playing a melody, and a bit vice-versa – if that makes any sense. The guitar/piano lines have none of the hoke you might find in the sort of session trying to recreate some Peterson/Ellis charm – as Eddie's very much his own man here, shaping the tunes with his mature, masterful touch on the piano. Titles include "Black Coffee", "Golden Earrings", "That Old Feeling", "Close Your Eyes", "Something Cool", "Where Or When", and "Too Marvelous For Words". CD
(Out of print.)

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Buck HillI'm Beginning To See The Light ... CD
Muse, 1991. New Copy ... $4.99
Beautiful tenor work from Buck Hill – an under-acknowledged genius who finally got his chance to reach a larger audience with a handful of Muse Records releases like this one! Hill's a player with a great deal of feeling – a tone that stretches back to Coleman Hawkins in his best later years, schooled with some of the soul of Stanley Turrentine, but delivered with a warm, rich sound that's all Buck's own – the kind of overlooked tenor talents that would grab your ears from the back of a bar, even if you weren't already hip to the player! Buck's working here with a familiar combo that includes Jon Ozmont on piano, Carroll Dashiell on bass, and Warren Schadd on drums – and he also delivers some surprisingly great original tunes on the set – the titles "Blue Hill", "Mitzi", "Lullaby Of Loosdrecht", "Bossa For Sax", and "Blues In Five For Four Or More". Other titles include "But Beautiful", "I Want To Be Happy", and "Warm Vally". CD

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✨✧ HiroshimaThird Generation/Another Place/Go ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A trio of albums from Hiroshima – collected together in one 2CD set! First up is Third Generation – a real breakout album for Hiroshima – and a set that seems to show up in just about every collection of vintage fusion albums we look at! The set's the group's third, as you might guess from the title – and it's got the Hiroshima quintet sliding together in a perfect groove – soulful fusion that's maybe got a strong Cali vibe, but which occasionally has a few exotic touches on the instrumentation – all handled in a style that's kind of an 80s update of the Japanese soul fusion mode of the late 70s. Rhythms are electric at a few points, but their offset by some koto, shamisen, and nice use of flutes and saxes by leader Dan Kuramoto – on titles that include "Heavenly Angel", "We Are", "Ren", "From The Heart", "Sukoshi Bit", "Long Walks", and "Distant Thoughts". Another Place is a record that definitely has Hiroshima taking their origins seriously – as although the album's still got the same fusion vibe as before, it almost seems to step up even more Japanese elements too! The rhythms are maybe a bit more programmed than in the past, but the album also makes use of wood flutes, koto, taiko, shamisen, and other Japanese instrumentation – and features some occasional vocals from June Kuramoto too – all in a slinky fusion style with a slight eastern current. Titles include "One Wish", "Save Yourself For Me", "I Do Remember", "The Game", "Undercover", and "What's It To Ya". On Go, Hiroshima are maybe moving a bit far from the fusion of their roots – but the overall sound here is still sweetly electric, and served up in a nice mix of eastern and western styles! If anything, the group seem even more focused on melody – not in a commercial way, but using more stripped-down instrumentation at times to focus on the special sweetness created in the compositions of leader/reedman Dan Kuramoto – who also plays keyboards and even a bit of shakuhachi on the album. There's vocals on the set – sung lead and soulfully by Barbara Long – but the main focus is instrumental, and titles include "Go", "I've Been Here Before", "311", "Obon", "No 9", "Why Can't I Love You", and "Hawaiian Electric". CD

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Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)Hudson ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A group who take their name from the Hudson River Valley – beautifully pictured here on the front cover – and a quartet who work in an equally expansive array of sounds – all sharp elements of tone and timing from a lineup that features Jack DeJohnette on drums, John Scofield on guitar, Larry Grenadier on bass, and John Medeski on piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond! The Hudson influence doesn't just stop at the name, though – because all these upstate New York musicians often pay tribute to other artists who left the city for points north – Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and The Band – each of whom gets a tribute track on the album. About half the set is originals by members of the group – and if we had to pick one instrument that seems to have the strongest voice in the group, it might be the guitar of Scofield – maybe in part because he can skirt the two different worlds so well. Titles include "Tony Then Jack", "Dirty Ground", "El Swing", "Hudson", "Lay Lady Lay", "Woodstock", "Wait Until Tomorrow", and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". CD
Also available Hudson (180 gram pressing – with poster & download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)Hudson (180 gram pressing – with poster & download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
A group who take their name from the Hudson River Valley – beautifully pictured here on the front cover – and a quartet who work in an equally expansive array of sounds – all sharp elements of tone and timing from a lineup that features Jack DeJohnette on drums, John Scofield on guitar, Larry Grenadier on bass, and John Medeski on piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond! The Hudson influence doesn't just stop at the name, though – because all these upstate New York musicians often pay tribute to other artists who left the city for points north – Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and The Band – each of whom gets a tribute track on the album. About half the set is originals by members of the group – and if we had to pick one instrument that seems to have the strongest voice in the group, it might be the guitar of Scofield – maybe in part because he can skirt the two different worlds so well. Titles include "Tony Then Jack", "Dirty Ground", "El Swing", "Hudson", "Lay Lady Lay", "Woodstock", "Wait Until Tomorrow", and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus track "Castles Made Of Sand"!)
Also available Hudson ... CD 8.99

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit of an influence from Minnie Riperton that really warms up the set. Arrangements are by Cleveland Eaton, with a bit of help from Art Jenkins – and production is by Ralph MacDonald, who clearly has a great ear for the blend of jazz and soul that Bobbi's going for on the set. And although Larry Mizell's not on board, some of the cuts here still have that stepping/sliding sort of groove from Bobby's Mizell-produced Blue Note years – a really wonderful sound that's a perfect showcase for her uniquely jazzy talents on the flute! Tracks include "Freestyle", "Home Made Jam", "Sunset Burgundy", "Good Times", "My Destiny", "I Could Love You More", and "If You Want It". CD

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Bobby JacksonDesiree Song (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ninth Note/Production Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
The kind of lost jazz album that makes collecting lost jazz albums so wonderful! The set's a completely obscure date by a completely obscure musician – yet it sparkles with a warmth and imagination that we'd rank right up there with some of the bigger-name records of the 70s – especially albums by other pianists of the period, like George Cables or Kenny Barron! Bobby Jackson plays electric piano throughout (we're not entirely sure if it's a Rhodes), and works with a very cool quintet that includes Bobby Hughes on alto, Enrique Reyes on trombone, John Howard on bass, and Tony Moreno on drums – a loose lineup that flows wonderfully throughout, on tunes that have a strong sense of spirit, but a relaxed way of sliding into the groove. All titles are hip originals – and tracks include "Pressure Funk", "Peepin", "Bunglers Twist", "Desiree Song", and "Modetique". CD

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Milt JacksonBig Bags – Milt Jackson Orchestra ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging charts that have a nice touch of modern, but lots of straightforward grooving too! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums – plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Titles include renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing.)

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Milt JacksonBig Bags – Milt Jackson Orchestra (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1962. Used ... $38.99
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging charts that have a nice touch of modern, but lots of straightforward grooving too! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums – plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Titles include renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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Milt JacksonTo Bags With Love – Memorial Album ... CD
Pablo, Late 50s/Early 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $3.99
A loving tribute to the late Milt Jackson – built out of work from two different points in his career! The first section of tunes here come from Milt's Riverside label recordings of the late 50s and early 60s – swinging tracks heavy on vibes, recorded at the time in ways that were quite different than his more famous sides with the MJQ. Other work here is from Milt's years as a leader at Pablo Records in the 70s and early 80s – a place where he was able to stretch out, try new ideas, and, most importantly, get the chance to record in a relaxed, open-ended setting that made for some mighty soulful music! Players on the dates include Benny Carter, Count Basie, Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, and others – and titles include "Mister Basie", "Blues For Edith", "Recado Bossa Nova", "SKJ", "If You Could See Me Now", "Bags Groove", "Yano", and "Corner Pocket". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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