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✨✧ Paul BleyIf We May ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $9.99

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Robert DickWorld Of If ... CD
Leo (UK), 1995. Used ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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Horizon Trio (Steven Kamperman/G Dumitriu/S Kalfa)Catch It If You Can ... CD
Zennez (Holland), 2013. Used ... $1.99

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffIf You're Ready Come Go With Me – The Super Funk Collection ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Funky early 70s work by Jimmy McGriff – a mix of tight groovers and more open soul jazz numbers – all of which represent some of his best moments for the Groove Merchant label! Jimmy's got a lean, mean sound on these tracks – and even when the backings are full, they've got the tightness of a 70s soundtrack – nice and jazzy, and with a great funky punch on the bottom! The McGriff keyboard sound has plenty of room to roam around, even when the cuts are short – and titles include a great cover of "Ain't It Funky Now", plus "Super Funk", "Fat Cakes", "Dig It On", "Bug Out", "If You're Ready Come Go With Me", "Let's Saty Together", "The Bird", "Plain Brown Bag", "Jumpin' The Blues", "Tiki", and "Shuckin & Jivin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in great shape! Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)

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Marcus RobertsIf I Could Be With You ... CD
BMG, 1993. Used ... $0.99
(Out of print Barcode has a sticker..)

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David LiebmanIf They Only Knew ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... On June 17, 2015
With Terumasa Hino on trumpet, John Scofield on guitar, Ron McClure on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – and titles include "Reunion", "Moontide", "Move On Some", "Autumn In New York", "If They Only Knew", and "Capitstrano". CD

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganIf You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em ... LP
Limelight, 1965. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Yipes! What a bitter title – especially when you consider that Gerry actually added a piano to the group for this session, and that he's playing versions of 60s pop hits like "King Of The Road", "Downtown", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Hard Day's Night", and "Can't Buy Me Love". However, the pianist is Pete Jolly, and he's backed by Jimmy Bond on bass and Hal Blaine on drums, both of whom give the album a groovy LA pop instrumental feel – one that has Gerry soloing over the top in some of the fastest, tightest baritone work he put on wax at the time. A bit odd – but worth it alone for the photo on the inside of the cover, which has Gerry shrugging his shoulders in defeat! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the extravagant gatefold cover. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Gosta Rundqvist/Andreaz HedenIf I Could Stop One Heart From Breaking ... CD
Compunctio (Sweden), 2006. Used 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A split double-CD set – one that features a solo performance apiece by pianists Gosta Rundqvist and Andreaz Heden! The set documents a magical night of music – one in which each player took the stage separately, and delivered spare, subtle, solo performances. Rundqvist's music has a great sense of shape – moving quite slowly on most numbers, almost with a style borrowed from the generation of Steve Kuhn and Paul Bley, but a bit warmer overall – on tunes that include "Prayer Of Faith", "Wedding March", "The Heart's Journey", and "Dinolog". Heden's music is often a bit more abstract, and even more tentative at points – equally beautiful, though, and a delight to hear unfolding over the course of the CD. Titles include "Chant", "Moments 1, 2, and 3", "Sinister In A State Of Hope", and "Stilla". CD
(Out of print.)
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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Prestige (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD

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Chet BakerMost Important Jazz Album Of 1964/65 ... LP
Colpix, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Well, we're not sure if this was really the most important album of the time – as it had a lot of heavy-hitters to contend with – but it sure is a nice batch of tracks from Chet, playing in a straight simple style that recalls his classic work, and working with a tight soulful quintet that includes Phil Urso, Hal Galper, and Jymie Merritt. Arrangements are by Galper, Tadd Dameron, and Jimmy Mundy – and titles include "Soultrane", "Mating Call", "Flight To Jordan", "Retsim B", "Walkin", and "Gnid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl is very nice overall, save for some light marks from the old paper inner sleeve. Cover has some very light wear.)

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Band XBest Of Band X ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
That's Band X, not Brand X – and they're a damn funky jazz combo from the 70s – one whose work is filled with plenty of sharp changes and wonderfully chromatic moments! Rhythms are at the core of the set – lots of choppy drum parts that are mighty nice, bumped along by sweet compressed basslines too – and other instrumentation includes lots of vibes, reeds, and a bit of keyboards from time to time – used in really creative ways! If we had to come up with a comparison, we might say these guys sound a bit like some of the best work by Steve Grossman and the PM Records crew in the 70s – but they've definitely got their own vibe too. Titles include "Home", "Black Hole", "Rip Van Winkle", "Red Cloud", "Trullion Alastor", "Afterthought", and "Picking Mushrooms With Rabbit". CD

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Walter BeasleyWalter Beasley ... LP
Verve, 1987. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The first album from Walter Beasley – a tight, clean and lovely record that's really unique in Beasley's tripled effort as singer, songwriter and saxophonist! If that's not enough, Beasley also contributes flute, keyboards and backing vocals – but the smooth, soulful songcraft is what really puts the album above and beyond. The tracks go back and forth from clean contemporary jazz to sophisticated soul – and it's free of cliches that sunk so many others in similar terrain. A really nice record! Tracks include "I'm So Happy", "On The Edge", "Call Me", "Jump On It", "Back In Love Again", "Tenderness", "Nothin' But A Thang", and "Where". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Gregg Bendian's InterzoneRequiem For Jack Kirby ... CD
Atavistic, 2001. Used ... $6.99
Here's one that takes us back to our comic book summers back in the 70s! Vibist Gregg Bendian composed a suite of tracks dedicated to the late, great Jack Kirby – passed since 1994, and a landmark comic artist for 40 years, with a slew of work at Marvel and DC, plus many smaller companies, to his credit. The album features Bendian on vibes, Nels Cline on guitar, Alex Cline on drums, and Joel Hamilton on bass – and the angular sound of the tracks is enough to forge an interstellar bridge between New Genesis and Earth! Titles include "Kirby's Fourth World", "New Gods", "The Mother Box", and "Primordial Ink". But if that's not enough, the whole thing comes in a great Kirby cover, with beautiful fold-out poster art! CD
(Front cover has a sticker.)

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✨✧ Carla BleyLive! ... CD
Watt (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Great sounds from the Carla Bley band of the 80s – and a record that still has all the modern elements of Bley's initial years in jazz, but also brings in some warmer elements too! If anything, these years unlocked a playfulness that we might not have expected from Carla years before – and also help focus on a soulful style that really comes through with the larger lineup here – one that's filled with modern players, but who seem to work together almost as a commentary on more mainstream modes of the time – familiar, yet still slightly offbeat at points too. The lineup features Michael Mantler on trumpet, Steve Slagle on alto and soprano sax, Tony Dagradi on tenor, Gary Valente on trombone, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bley on organ – and titles include "Blunt Object", "Still In The Room", "Song Sung Long", "Real Life Hits", and "Time & Us". CD

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✨✧ Paul BleyPaul Bley Synthesizer Show ... LP
Milestone, 1970. Very Good+ ... $26.99
A great record by Paul Bley – even if it is a bit gimmicky! Bley was certainly not one of the world's greatest synthesizer players, but this album from 1970 is a wonderful batch of tunes written by Annette Peacock, and they have Bley playing a lot more soulfully than on other records from the time. Backing is by acoustic drum and bass, and Bley plays a bit of acoustic piano on the record – but the real highlight are the choppy rhythmic chunks of electronics, played in a style that sounds very little like Bley's other work. Believe it or not, there's even a few nice groovers on here – although most of the record is in a downtempo mode. Titles include "Parks", "Mr Joy", "Archangel", "Snakes", Gary", and "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)

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Ruby BraffYou're Getting To Be A Habit With Me ... LP
Stereocraft, 1961. Very Good- ... $14.99
We're not normally the biggest fans of Ruby Braff – but this is a great little album, thanks to some strong instrumentation! The group on the set's a sextet – with Ruby leading on trumpet, plus Mundell Lowe on guitar, Don Elliott on vibes, Milt Hinton on bass, Don Lamond on drums, and either Hank Jones or Nat Pierce on piano. The use of vibes and guitar creates a sound that gets past the hoke of other Braff sessions – shading in the tunes with moody colors and tones that provide a good contrast to the sweetness of Braff's horn, creating a juxtaposition that gives the set more edge than you might expect. Titles include "Cabin In The Pines", "Lazy", "Someday Sweetheart", "If Dreams Come True", and "Let's Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Bell pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam and a bit of gloss peeling on the spine.)

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Ray BryantAlone At Montreux (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. Used ... $22.99
Solo Ray Bryant – recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1972, and featuring versions of a number of his classics, plus a few other odd numbers. Ray's no stranger to the solo piano format – having first recorded this way in the early 60s – and his work in the style is surprisingly great, far more exploratory and open-ended than you might expect if you know his regular soul jazz work. Titles include "Cubano Chant", "Gotta Travel On", "Little Susie", "Blues #2", "Libestraum Boogie", "Slow Freight", and "Blues #3". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Ray BryantLittle Susie ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
Hard-hitting trio work from Ray – one of his early albums for Columbia, and the record that gave him a surprisingly big hit! "Little Susie" is one of those early 60s soul jazz standards, the kind of catchy tune that got played all over the place on radio, and which forever put the artist at the top of the list for recording dates and live sets for a few years. Ray's riding high here – with a trio that features brother Tommy Bryant on bass, and either Eddie Locke or Gus Johnson on drums – and the album's got lots of other short tracks with a similar down-home soul jazz kind of approach. Titles include "Blues For Norrie", "Big Buddy", "Greensleeves", and "If I Can Just Make It". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Rusty BryantWild Fire ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $36.99
One of Rusty Bryant's classics! The record's a monster – very much in the style of his Fire Eater classic, as you might guess from the title! The tracks here are all long, open, and rock-solid – held firmly in place by some incredible drums from Idris Muhammad – and featuring a group that includes Jimmy Ponder on guitar, plus the little-heard Bill Mason on organ – a player who recorded briefly for the Eastbound label, and who also handled the Hammond chores on Rufus Harley's funky album! Rusty's tenor is great, as always – really opening up with this younger generation – and titles include "If You Really Love Me", "Wildfire", "Alobamo Kid", and a version of "Riders on the Storm", of all things! LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice original copy!)

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Kenny BurrellTender Gender ... CD
Cadet/Passion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $11.99
Straight, strong, and soulful sounds from guitarist Kenny Burrell – quite possibly one of his best albums of the 60s, thanks to a really well-focused sound throughout! The groove here is nice and tight – a cooking little rhythm section that features Richard Wyands on piano, Martin Rivera on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – snapping away on the kit on some of the best tracks, and really helping Burrell to hit this groove that's mighty nice! Kenny seems to have a bit more bite than usual too – and even the laidback tunes have plenty going on to keep our ears happy. Titles include "La Petite Mambo", "Suzy", "The Tender Gender", "Girl Talk", "Isabella", "If Someone Had Told Me", and "Hot Bossa". CD

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Chris ByarsMusic Of Duke Jordan ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
The music of Duke Jordan, but in a really fresh setting – handled here by altoist Chris Byars, who's brought together a compelling lineup for the set! Many of these tracks are numbers you'll either know as bop standards, or from Jordan's trio recordings – but the approach here is quite inventive, and makes the record way more than just a tribute – in the creative style of Byars' previous projects dedicated to Gigi Gryce or Lucky Thompson. Chris opens up the tunes with instrumentation that includes bass clarinet from Stefano Doglioni, trombone from John Mosca, and guitar from Pasquale Grasso – as well as vocals from singer Yaala Ballin, who composed lyrics for two Jordan tracks – "If I Did Would You" and "Lesson In Love" – which are nestled nicely next to instrumentals that include "Jordanish", "Undecided Lady", "There's A Star For You", "Glad I Met Pat", and "The Bullet". CD

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Don ByasJazz In Paris – Laura ... CD
Universal (France), 1950/1951/1952. Used ... $4.99
Tenorist Don Byas is one of those players who always seemed to get more recognition in Europe than the US – or if that's not entirely the case, he at least got more chances to record properly than he ever did over here! This excellent 18 track CD features tunes from 3 early 50s sessions that Byas recorded in Paris – all of them in a small group setting that really let him open up on tenor in a mellow soulful way. Most tracks are relatively short, but the quality of Byas' solos is wonderful – and the CD represents some of the finest work you could ever hope to find by him from the postwar years. Titles include "Summertime", "The Man I Love", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Riviera Blues", "Somebody Loves Me", and a sublime version of "Laura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Michel CamiloIn Trio ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $8.99
Michel Camilo plays acoustic piano here, but he's got a way of making the instrument leap along as if it's an electric one – thanks to a very free, fluid style throughout! The group's only a trio – as you'd guess from the title – but the electric bass of Anthony Jackson brings in these round, warm tones that really fill up the bottom – leaving Camilo to open up with these delightfully strong piano lines up top. Drums are by either Dave Weckl or Joel Rosenblaff – and titles include a great version of Airto's "Tomba In 7/4", plus "We Three", "Las Olas", and "Suntan". CD

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Michael CarvinFlash Forward ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... $6.99
Michael Carvin flashes backwards here – using a quartet of young talent to make magic with a host of older jazz standards – but all at a level that really reflects the freshness of his music in recent years! Carvin's been a favorite of ours for decades, but it seems as if his recent larger recognition has brought about a whole new fire in his music – similar to the rise Roy Haynes experienced in the 90s, with a similar sense of renewed purpose and direction! Here, Michael works with Keith Loftis on tenor, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, and Jansen Cinco on bass – on work by Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, and others – tracks that take an especially great cue from the tenor lines in the lead. Tracks include "Sayonara Blues", "In Walked Bud", "Same Shame", "You Go To My Head", and "So What". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Frank CatalanoLove Supreme Collective ... CD
Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 7.98
Frank Catalano really lets loose on this album – in a searing take on John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" that showcases a whole new era for the reedman! The notes describe a life-altering accident that Catalano was lucky to survive in 2011 – and during his recovery process, he rediscovered the music of Coltrane – and used that inspiration to unlock much harder, rawer sounds on his tenor than he'd been expressing in the past! The shift is stunning – especially if you only know Frank as more of an old school soul jazz saxophonist – and we're wonderfully surprised at the direction he's taking here – with a group that also features Adam Benjamin on electric piano, Chris Poland on guitar, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums, and Percy Jones on bass. Titles include "Acknowledgement Of Truth", "Resolution Of Purpose", "Pursuance & Persistence", and "Psalm For John". CD

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✨✧ Teddy CharlesOn Campus – Ivy League Jazz Concert ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
A great Bethlehem Records date from vibes man Teddy Charles – stepping out here in a set that's one of his most openly swinging of the time! The record still has some of the modern currents of Teddy's other work, but also makes great use of Zoot Sims on tenor – really pushing him out front for some bold solos on most numbers – in a great group that also includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Sam Most on flute, and Dave McKenna on piano. There's a bit of audience noise at times, but we can't tell for sure if this is an actual live album – given the clarity of the performances throughout. Titles include "Nigerian Walk", "Rifftide", "Yesterdays", "That Old Black Magic", and "Yale Blue". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Brian CharretteSquare One ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Damn tight Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player with a really deft touch on the keys, and able to really showcase his own voice on the instrument, but also dip back into some older soulful modes as well! Most of the tracks here are originals by Charette – although there's also a great Meters cover too – and his trio has all the right inflections to keep up with his soaring sense of energy – making for a mix of guitar and organ that's maybe even more balanced than most other organ combos. Charette's got a clean tone on most numbers – ala Jack McDuff at his mid 60s best – but also can open up with more flourish when needed, depending on the track. Titles include "Ease Back", "Time Changes", "Aaaight", "If", "Three For Martina", "People On Trains", and "Things You Don't Mean". CD

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Don CherryComplete Communion ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99
Arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just timekeepers – and deliver a lot of the melody of the session, yet still never lose their sense of swing. Barbieri's fragile raw tone proves to be a good one to work with Cherry, even if there are a few touches of Ornette in his playing. The album's divided up into 2 long suites – "Complete Communion" and "Elephantasy" – both of which are excellent. A real treat – with no sloppiness, lots of fresh ideas, and a good sense of both freedom and control! CD
(SHMCD pressing.)
Also available Complete Communion (75th anniversary edition) ... LP 16.99

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