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✨✧ Bobby Bradford with John Stevens & The SpontaneousBobby Bradford With John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Vol 1 ... LP
Nessa, 1971/1980. Sealed ... $19.99
An unlikely, but amazing meeting of the avant jazz minds – a classic set that has LA trumpeter Bobby Bradford coming into play with the UK Spontaneous Music Ensemble, led by drummer John Stevens! The material was recorded, almost spontaneously, on a holiday trip Bradford made to London in 1971 – but the record's become an enduring classic, thanks to the creative energy of the players involved, and the dynamic quality of the improvisations in the studio! Bradford's trumpet sounds quite different here than in his better-known work of the time with reedman John Carter – much more outside and forceful, really set loose in the company of Stevens' group – which, in this incarnation, includes Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Bob Norden on trombone, Ron Herman on bass, and Julie Tippetts on guitar and a bit of voice. Titles include "His Majesty Louis", "Bridget's Mother", and "Room 408". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chick Corea/David Holland/Barry AltschulARC ... LP
ECM, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Some of the most outside work ever recorded by Chick Corea – a great session from the post-Circle trio that included Barry Altschul on percussion and Dave Holland on bass! The sound here is in a vast space of dark corners, sharp edges, and some slightly warmer moments – similar to some of Chick's other work as a leader before this album, but a bit more stark overall. Although listed with writing credits, most titles have a strongly improvised feel – quite free, especially the piano parts! Titles include "Ballad For Tillie", "Nefertitti", "Vedana", "Thanatos", and "Games". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and some wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing, with all French titles. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ John SurmanWestering Home ... LP
Island, 1972. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of the most beautifully melodic albums ever from British reedman John Surman – a session that's almost cut in the same mode as Lol Coxhill's early 70s sides for Virgin, with Surman soloing strongly in the lead on a variety of saxes, while sparer sounds and notes echo out in the background! Surman's work on any chosen horn on the record is brilliant – free, but never too out – and wonderfully concerned with tone and sound. There's a really exploratory nature to the record – but one that's never mis-directed or lost. Surman's got a personal presence that's really amazing, and almost a level of soul that's made the record a favorite of ours for years! Titles include "Walrus", "The Druid", "Outside The Scorpion", "Mock Orange", and "Whirligig". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Horace TapscottTapscott Sessions Vol 4 ... LP
Nimbus, 1982. Sealed ... $19.99
A magical set of solo piano work by Horace Tapscott – one of the few players who can hold our ear so strongly in such a setting! The album features original tunes by Tapscott, Arthur Blythe, and Louis Spears – spun out in a soulfully elliptical style that manages to be exploratory without ever needing to go too far outside. As with others in this series, the recording quality is excellent – and really resonates with the strength of the piano work! Titles include "A Dress For Renee", "Shades Of Soweto", "Whit", "The Hero's Last Dance", and "Toward The Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jukka TolonenTolonen ... LP
Janus, 1971. Very Good ... $9.99
Heavy jamming fusion from Finnish guitarist Jukka Tolonen – long tracks with mostly that hard full-on sound that European players were pretty big on at the time, touched with a few lighter tracks that have a more spacious approach! The album was Tolonen's first as a leader, and it's a really strong debut that got him a fair bit of attention – even on this side of the Atlantic – and although later efforts never crossed over as big outside his native Finland, there's a real promise here, and a sound that's tight without being smooth or slick – a mode that should have made Tolonen one of the guitar jazz heroes of the 70s. Jukka's got a pretty rhythmic sound overall – keeping things choppy, although not necessarily that funky – and jamming with instrumentation that includes soprano sax, bass, and drums. Titles include "Mountains", "Wanderland", "Last Night", "Ramblin", and "Elements – Earth Fire Water Air". LP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy, with tape on all seams, some peeling and a sticker on the spine.)

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29th Street Saxophone QuartetWatch Your Step ... LP
New Note, 1985. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A great set by one of the lesser-known sax quartets of the 80s – an ensemble that featured Bobby Watson and Ed Jackson on alto sax, Rich Rothenberg on tenor, and Jim Hartog on baritone – all blowing in a mix of modern and soulful styles, very much in the spirit of the more famous World Sax Quartet. The overall approach here is a bit looser, and freer – but still a good mix of inside and outside playing, in a style that shows that the group was taking seriously the full range of the jazz group, including rhythm, when playing with all saxes. Titles include "KCQ", "Hotel De Funk", "Lafiya", and "TPT". LP, Vinyl record album

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George WallingtonJazz For The Carriage Trade ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Sublime work from pianist George Wallington – and one of his best albums ever! The set's also one of the few he ever recorded as a leader outside the trio format, and has him working with a very hip quintet that features Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Teddy Kotick, and Art Taylor – all players that help push the record with a tremendous amount of hardbop and modern jazz energy! Byrd and Woods are at their best youthful prime on the set – and the longish tracks really give both artists room to stretch out and show off their talents! Titles include "Foster Dulles", "Together We Wail", "Our Delight", and "But George". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Michael WhiteLand Of Spirit & Light ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
Beautiful work from Michael White – one of the few musicians who can actually make us love the sound of the violin in jazz! White's working here in a style that's very much in line with some of the post-Coltrane spiritual soul jazz in Impulse in the early 70s – an approach that's free-thinking, yet never as far outside as some of the avant work on the label during the 60s. Instead, there's a gentle, almost contemplative groove here – one that has echoes of some of Alice Coltrane's more meditative recordings, yet which also breaks out with some of the more modal jazz of Michael White's roots. Players on the album include Prince Lasha on reeds, Ed Kelly on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Kenneth Nash on percussion – and the album's filled with organic textures and beautifully flowing grooves! Titles include the beautiful "Land Of Spirit & Light" suite in three parts, plus "Fatima's Garden", "Fiesta Dominical", "O Ancient One" and "Lament (Mankind)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Stan Tracey & Keith TippettTNT ... LP
Emanem, 1976. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Pretty free stuff from the team of Stan Tracey and Keith Tippett – both stretching out in their new freedoms of the 70s! The players are a lot more outside and experimental than in previous studio work – especially their initial modernist moments from the 60s – and the tracks here are quite long and open, with a fair bit of interplay between the keyboards. Titles include "Skipover", "Dance 1", "TNT", and "Two Way Stretch". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art BlakeyParis Concert ... LP
Epic, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent live set by the Jazz Messengers – recorded in Paris in 1958, but with a hard heavy groove that's right up there with their best Blue Note work. The group at this time – Blakey, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Jymie Merritt – plays hard, heavy, and straight ahead, with no other interference from outside players – and the track list is a batch of classic Jazz Messenger standards, stretched out a bit longer than usual, with plenty of solo space! Titles include "Moanin", "Justice", "Are You Real", and "I Remember Clifford". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has moderate aging.)

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✨✧ Don PullenMontreux Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Don Pullen's best-known albums, and for good reason too – a well-recorded document of a Montreux performance that helped put Don's piano talents in the spotlight for the rest of the 70s! The record's got a sense of freedom that's quite unusual for Atlantic Records at the time – as each side features one long track, played at a level that's very spontaneous, and often quite outside – at least at some points. Side one features an extended version of Muhal Richard Abrams' "Richard's Tune", done with a trio that features electric bass by Jeff Berlin and drums by Steve Jordan – and side two features the even more beautiful Pullen original, "Dialogue Between Malcolm & Betty" – which adds in some great Latin percussion to the trio! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Sun RaNight Of The Purple Moon ... LP
Saturn, Early 70s. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic spooky bit of wild keyboard jazz from Ra! Night Of The Purple Moon was recorded in 1972 and Ra playing two different moogs, and his classic rocksichord – likely put to its most mind alteringly great use on this LP! John Gilmore, surprisingly enough, plays percussion, except on the track "Impromptu Festival", which features him on tenor. The group is small, and features Danny Davis and Stafford James, besides Ra and Gilmore. The cuts are short, with kind of a spooky feel – really led by the keyboards in odd, but soulful and melodic way! Titles include "Sun-Earth Rock", "Impromptu", "Blue Soul", "Outside The Time Zone", "Night Of The Purple Moon", "Dance Of The Living Image", "Love In Outer Space" and more. Amazing, work from the mythical Ra! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersKarma ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it's a beautiful extended suite of tracks that flows with a sense of grace, power, and majesty that's simply breathtaking – a new level of expression in spiritual jazz – and virtually the blueprint for an entire generation to come! The album features the classic track "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – spanning a tremendous amount of space and time – and featuring Leon Thomas' classic vocals on the lyrics! Thomas also returns on the cut "Colors", which is a bit more outside, and quite free overall – and other players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, James Spaulding on flute, Julius Watkins on French horn, Ron Carter and Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Cover has a center split in the bottom seam, which is closed by some tape.)

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✨✧ Frank TusaFather Time ... LP
Enja, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the only albums we've ever seen from bassist Frank Tusa – a strangely organic studio session that's filled with lots of space and sound textures! Players on the album include Dave Liebman on saxes, Richie Beirach on piano, and Badal Roy on tabla – and the best tracks have a spontaneous feel, but also one that's not overly jamming, nor too outside. The set includes a great roughly funky number called "Doin It" – which mixes percussion and bass into a spare warmly breaking groove – and other tracks include "Cameo", "String Beans", and "Kristie's Spirit". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Charles LloydForest Flower ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A famous album – but for good reason! The set's something of a landmark in spiritual jazz from the 60s – and it features a classic live performance from Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival – almost as a distillation and popularization of ideas that were brewing in the music of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and others! The group here features a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all flowing magnificently with Lloyd's work on tenor and flute – in an open-ended groove that draws on modal rhythms for inspiration, and which features solos that stretch out, but never go "outside"! The classic performances of "Forest Flower" takes up all of side one – with a dreamy drifting quality that has Jarrett at his best – and side two features a version of his "Sorcery", plus McBee's "Song Of Her", and a version of "East Of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersJewels Of Thought ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah" – a title that has much of the same grace and power as "The Creator Has A Master Plan. The rest of the players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Richard Davis and Cecil McBee on basses, and Idris Muhammad and Roy Haynes on drums – and unusually enough, each of the double bassists and drummers gets their own channel of sound to work with! The other long track on the album is the extended "Sun In Aquarius" – which is a bit more outside, but still pretty great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC pressing. Cover has a split top seam & some wear.)

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