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✨✧ James Blood UlmerFreelancing ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to come! Ulmer plays with a real frenzy at points – deep currents that reflect the bluesy touches of his early work in jazz organ combos, but given a skittish energy that reflects his association with the downtown crowd – and which was very fitting for his record with Rough Trade! The core group here features James, bassist Amin Ali, and drummer G Calvin Weston – and some tracks feature work from David Murray on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Olu Dara on trumpet. Titles include "Timeless", "Pleasure Control", "Night Lover", "Happy Time", "Rush Hour", "Stand Up To Yourself", and "High Time". CD

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Eric AlexanderSummit Meeting ... CD
Milestone, 2002. Used ... $5.99
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor solos on this set stand up to some of our favorite older work by players like Clifford Jordan or Sonny Rollins, and if anything, the backing may be some of the best he's ever received on record. Alexander's playing here with longtime friend and musical partner Harold Mabern – who's as sympathetic to Alexander's sound as he once was to that of Frank Strozier – and the other players in the group include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth. Titles include "Andre's Turn", "After The Rain", "This Girl's In Love With You", "A House Is Not A Home", and "Summit Meeting". CD

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Richard Davis with Junior ManceBlue Monk ... CD
King (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $18.99
Bassist Richard Davis has always been a genius – and even in his later years, he continues to create these magical sounds that nobody else can touch! Davis steps out here in so many unusual, sublime styles that we're newly impressed with his talents – has he bows the bass on some numbers, plucks it on others, and even plays a bit of piano – sometimes in collaboration with Junior Mance, who accompanies the bass on some tracks – although the album clearly gives Davis plenty of space to move freely on his own! The recording quality is superb, so that all the subtle elements of Richard's playing come through right away – although the album's got a power that's far from subtle, too – even in some of it's mellower moments. Titles include "Summertime", "Blue Bossa", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Blue Monk", and "On The Trail" – but all in versions that are quite striking and original! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Jimmy GiuffreTrav'lin' Light ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most sublime Jimmy Giuffre albums of all time – and a perfect realization of his piano-less/bass-less trio style! The approach here is really revolutionary, especially for the time – as the group simply features Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Jim Hall on guitar, and Giuffre on reeds – working with no other rhythm at all, and coming up with this incredible approach to music that's as breathtaking as it is groundbreaking! Notes hang in mid-air, slowly sliding around one another, flying freely from the players, yet still managing to swing in a beautiful way. The titles are a mix of standards and originals – but all tracks sound completely unique, with a sound unlike anything else we can describe – and titles include "Swamp People", "Lonely Time", "Green Country", and "Travelin Light". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Tiny GrimesCallin' The Blues (blue cover) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Good+ ... $11.99
A seminal bit of early soul jazz guitar work from Tiny Grimes – a player better known for his work in an R&B vein, but an excellent jazz-based talent on this tasty session! Tiny's working here with a group that includes Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor and Ray Bryant on piano, in a mode that opens up the album's 4 long tracks into freely flowing vehicles for improvisation. Trombonist JC Higginbotham brings a nice "bottom" sound to the record, making for a slightly unusual frontline – and titles include "Blue Tiny", "Callin The Blues", "Grimes Times", and "Airmail Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some wear and staining. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Joe McPhee & Raymond BoniLive From The Magic City ... CD
Trost (Austria), 1985. New Copy ... $16.99
A lost duet between Joe McPhee and Raymond Boni – done at a time when both musicians were making some incredible contributions to the early Hat Art Records catalog! The sound here is maybe sharper and starker than either of their studio sets from the time – improvised freely in two different sets, with Joe on soprano sax, electronics, and a bit of voice – and Boni on electric guitar and electronics, the latter of which sometimes seem to be processing his sounds on guitar. On the back cover photo, McPhee also appears to be electrifying his soprano – and together, the pair definitely hit some more abstract sonic passages as they improvise. The original concert was inspired by a quote by Eric Dolphy – "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air, you can never capture it again" – but fortunately, we have this album to help with that! CD

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Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound (French pressing) ... LP
Goody (France), 1966. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 70s pressing.)

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Quintetto Lo GrecoRight Spirit ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2007. Used ... $6.99
A solid jazzy groover from Quintetto Lo Greco – a straight ahead acoustic combo on the mighty Schema label – and one who really have their roots in a classic 60s Italian sound! The combo's led by drummer Gianni Lo Greco and bassist Enzo Lo Greco – and it features sublime tenor/trumpet interplay in the frontline – very much in the spirit of the legendary Basso/Valdambrini group, especially given the modal nature of most of the grooves! Piano dances warmly around the bass and drums – and the horns lock tightly on the leads, setting up a pattern of changing colors and tones – which then give way to some freely soulful solos. The whole thing's great – and is key proof that the Schema sound is always rooted in classic jazz! Titles include "Soft Blowing", "Over Power", "The Right Spirit", "From Time To Time", "Steppin To Bop", "Blues Inflected", "Updated Sound", and "Legend Generation". (New Grooves, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Max RoachSpeak, Brother, Speak ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Solidly righteous jazz from the Max Roach of the 60s – recorded at a time when the player was really breaking away from his straighter hardbop roots, and delving deeper into more freely soulful jazz expression! The record only features 2 long tracks – each a side apiece – played by Max with a quartet that includes Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eddie Khan on bass, and Mal Waldron on piano. Jordan really takes off on the album – demonstrating a great ability for long blowing and creative exploration that was only hinted at on his other studio sessions at the time, and which really points the way towards some of his freer-thinking records of the 70s. Waldron is great too – bringing in some nicely darker colors that really help to round out the sound. Titles include "Speak Brother Speak" and "A Variation". CD

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David SanciousTrue Stories/Just As I Thought ... CD
Arista/Beat Goes On (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of albums from David Sancious – back to back on a single CD! First up is True Stories – a heavy blend of soul, jazz, and rock influences – all jamming together freely in this late 70s set from David Sancious and his Tone group! The style here is probably more appealing to rock fans looking for a bit of fusion than it is to fans of keyboard jazz from the 70s – but as with other Sancious albums from the period, there's enough of a range of modes going on that if you don't hear something you like at first, you're bound to hear something you do later! Other members of the group include Alex Lighterwood, Gail Boggs, Gerald Carboy, and Brenda Madison – all of whom seem to sing together on some of the fuller vocal numbers. Titles include "Sound Of Love", "On The Inside", "Matter Of Time", "Ever The Same", and "Fade Away". On Just As I Thought, David Sancious is working as a solo act – without the billing of the Tone group on his previous albums – but the overall sound is still very much in the same wonderful blend of fusion, funk, and soul! David's keyboards are maybe a bit more at the forefront than before – and the album has him stretching out wonderfully on a variety of keys – polymoog, prophet, minimoog, Hammond, and both electric and acoustic piano – crafting lines that are never too overdone, and which always have a nice sense of hook – but which also deliver a lot more bite than sounds by smoother fusion artists. There's a fair bit of instrumental numbers on the set – but the record also features Kabir Ghani singing on "Again" and "Suite For The End Of An Age". Other titles include "The Naked I", "Run", "Just As I Thought", and "Valley Of The Shadow". CD

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Ronnie ScottLive At The Jazz Club ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1952/1953. New Copy ... $15.99
Early live material from British tenor giant Ronnie Scott – sides not recorded at his own famous club, but by the BBC for broadcast – which maybe makes them some of Scott's first recordings of this nature, and certainly some of the best from the time! The first large chunk of material features Ronnie heading up an octet – not only blowing freely, in some of his best bop modes of the time – but also really showing off his talent as an arranger – in front of musicians who include Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Derek Humble on alto, Benny Green on baritone sax, and Norman Stenfalt on piano. The same group plays on the rest of the tracks, with the addition of Peter King on tenor sax – and titles include "All The Things You Are", "The Champ", "Popo", "Pantagrulian", "Mullenium", "The Nearness Of You", and "Nemo". CD

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Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection ... CD
BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2CD ... $15.99
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg HolmResistance ... LP
Bocian (Poland), 2015. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The Chicago sound in all of its power and glory – as these two frequent musical partners find a way to set fire one minute, then move into careful sonic textures the next – all while improvising freely at breakneck creative speed! Ken Vandermark plays a range of reeds, and Fred Lonberg Holm sometimes does this amazing job of matching his tones and energy with either cello or electronics – then also steps out into sonic space of his own, into which Vandermark seems equally able to follow! The performance – for those who might have been there – was a benefit for the late Malachi Ritscher, at Heaven Gallery – and the duo perform five different improvisations together. LP, Vinyl record album

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Claude WilliamsonRound Midnight ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. Used ... $3.99
One of the greatest albums ever from west coast pianist Claude Williamson – from the cool image on the cover, right down to the freely swinging grooves on the vinyl! Williamson's working here in trio formation with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – mostly on familiar tunes, but done in ways that have a really personal sort of approach. The album often has Claude taking his time on the intros to the tunes – setting things up in broad flourishes in a near-solo mode, before letting the bass and drums come into play – and this style creates a nicely moody feel that matches the late nite image of the cover. Titles include "Hippy", "Stella By Starlight", "I'll Know", "Tea For Two", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "The Song Is You". CD
Also available Round Midnight ... CD 3.99

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Claude WilliamsonRound Midnight ... CD
Bethlehem/Avenue, 1956. Used ... $3.99
One of the greatest albums ever from west coast pianist Claude Williamson – from the cool image on the cover, right down to the freely swinging grooves on the vinyl! Williamson's working here in trio formation with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – mostly on familiar tunes, but done in ways that have a really personal sort of approach. The album often has Claude taking his time on the intros to the tunes – setting things up in broad flourishes in a near-solo mode, before letting the bass and drums come into play – and this style creates a nicely moody feel that matches the late nite image of the cover. Titles include "Hippy", "Stella By Starlight", "I'll Know", "Tea For Two", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "The Song Is You". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Round Midnight ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Tiny GrimesCallin' The Blues ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of early soul jazz guitar work from Tiny Grimes – a player better known for his work in an R&B vein, but an excellent jazz-based talent on this tasty session! Tiny's working here with a group that includes Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor and Ray Bryant on piano, in a mode that opens up the album's 4 long tracks into freely flowing vehicles for improvisation. Trombonist JC Higginbotham brings a nice "bottom" sound to the record, making for a slightly unusual frontline – and titles include "Blue Tiny", "Callin The Blues", "Grimes Times", and "Airmail Special". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Callin' The Blues (blue cover) ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Leroy Jenkins with Muhal Richard AbramsLifelong Ambitions ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We always love Muhal Richard Abrams in a duet setting – and this album's no exception, as it features the pianist playing in very spare formation with violinist Leroy Jenkins – improvising freely in a concert performance from 1977! Abrams tone is often very dark and earthy, which seems to bring out similar qualities in Jenkins' instrument – almost a tautness, or tenseness, that's slightly unusual – ready for action in response to Muhal's music – sometimes a bit cowed by it, but rising strongly to state its own identity too. Tracks include "Greetings & Salutations", "Meditation", "Happiness", "The Blues", "The Weird World", and "The Father The Son The Holy Ghost". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rodney JonesArticulation ... LP
Timeless, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, Wallace Roney on trumpet, Bob Mintzer on tenor, and Arthur Blythe on alto – all blowing together beautifully with a freely-soaring spiritual energy that reminds us a lot of some of Gary Bartz' more jazz-based albums of the time. And while Jones is the leader, his guitar work often takes second seat next to the well-crafted horn patterns in the set – very well-conceived, and always with a searching sort of post-Coltrane energy. Titles include "Articulation", "1978", "Hard New York Swing", "Blues For Wes", and "Nereda". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ MJT+3MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best-kept secrets of the hardbop era! This amazing group – formed in Chicago in the late 50's by ex-Memphis players Walter Perkins on drums, Harold Mabern on piano, and Frank Strozier on alto – has always been one of the best groups ever to sum up the meaning of the phrase "hard bop" – as they play with tight bop lines, but mix in longer, more relaxed playing, and some very soulful phrasing. Strozier especially is amazing, and Mabern's piano lines are as warmly lyrical and richly complicated as on his later work on Prestige – and the group also features the great Willie Thomas on trumpet and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The team of Cranshaw and Perkins is amazing – MJT, Modern Jazz Two, who really make the album cook – freely grooving with incredible rhythms, which makes Strozier sound almost better than on any other sessions from the time. Titles include "Branching Out", "Lil' Abner", "Raggity Man", and "To Sheila". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove.)
 
 
 



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