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Rufus HarleyKing/Queens ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of Rufus Harley's beautiful albums for Atlantic, and a record that shouldn't work at all – but it does, and does so wonderfully! Harley plays bagpipes throughout the album – but in a way that sounds nothing like any of the snoozy Scottish assumptions you may have about the instrument – and instead draws from a rich tradition of African reed work, and creates these amazing off-kilter tones with a deeply spiritual feel! The rhythms help Rufus realize this goal quite strongly – with players who include Richard Tee on piano, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Eric Gale on guitar – plus some other added African instrumentation on a few cuts, which widens the groove nicely. Tracks include "Kings", "Queens", and surprisingly wonderful covers of "8 Miles High" and "Windy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wrinklines in the gloss, a promo sticker, a bumped corner with a small rip, and some light stains on the back. Label has a peeled mark.)

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Rufus HarleyTribute To Courage ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a bit gimmicky – but this later set is a soul jazz masterpiece, infused with rich Coltrane-like modes of expression, as Harley plays both soprano sax and bagpipes over some long modal original compositions! The group is a great one – with Oliver Collins playing some fantastic spiraling lines on piano, and great bass and drum work by James Glenn & Billy Abner. Titles include "Ali", "X", "About Trane", "Tribute To Courage", and a great version of "Sunny"! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some edge wear, a promo sticker, anda name in marker on back.)

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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD
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Ron CarterAll Blues (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 10.98
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily – blowing with that dark edge that we totally love, and taking the record in much different directions than some of Carter's other albums. Richard Tee also plays electric piano on the title "117 Special" – and other tunes include "A Feeling", "All Blues", "Rufus", and "Will You Still Be Mine". This CTI 40th Anniversary edition was remastered using the original analog tapes. CD

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Jack DeJohnette's Special EditionAlbum Album ... LP
ECM, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A record that really dives deep with a rich mix of creative rhythms and inventive horn lines! The album still has Jack DeJohnette staying true to his more avant roots – working with tenor from David Murray, alto and soprano sax from John Purcell, baritone and tuba from Howard Johnson, and bass from Rufus Reid – a lineup that's a bit bigger than on other Special Edition albums, and which is used to fill in even more colors and deeper elements than before. Some of the tunes are wonderfully vivid in approach – and titles include "Festival", "Third World Anthem", "Zoot Suite", "Ahmad The Terrible", and "New Orleans Strut". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maynard FergusonMaynard '61 ... LP
Roulette, 1961. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Incredible work from Maynard Ferguson – the kind of record that will blow you away, and make you forget all the cliches you've ever had about him! The album's a completely hip batch of big band work – grooving in a fresh, modern style that takes bits of Kenton and Evans, but also infuses the work with a deeper sense of soul – heard to great effect on the really standout solo work on the set! Maynard's got a heck of a great group for the record – one that includes Jacki Byard on piano, Slide Hampton on trombone, Rufus Jones on drums, and a young Joe Farrell on saxes – sounding incredible with some really searing work! The set some incredible Hampton originals – including the amazing exotic tracks "Ole" and "The Pharoah", both of which are worth the price of the record alone! Other tunes include "New Blue", "Ultimate Rejection", and "Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label pressing.)

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Dave Liebman QuartetSetting The Standard ... CD
Red (Italy), 1992. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Dave Liebman takes on a host of standards – but all with the very hip sound you'd expect from his previous work – and a tight soulful groove that comes from the strong rhythm trio of Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! These three really set things up with a captivating vibe right from the start – while Dave soars out on soprano sax throughout, and really crafts some free-thinking standards for otherwise more familiar tunes. Given that some of the work is from the John Coltrane or Miles Davis songbooks, the overall setting isn't nearly as evergreen as other records of this nature – and titles include "Without You", "Milestones", "Invitation", "Nica's Dream", "Grand Central Station", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". CD

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Archie SheppFour For Trane (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Smith-Glamann QuartetPoinciana ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most unusual groups to ever record for Bethlehem Records in the 50s – a special combo that's led by Betty Glamann on harp and Rufus Smith on bass – and who work here with an airy sound that's pretty darn nice! Glamann beats Dorothy Ashby on the jazz harp by a few years, and uses the instrument in a great style that's plucked one minute, strummed the next – creating these waves of sound that ring out wonderfully next to Smith's careful work on bass. Other instrumentation includes guitar from Barry Galbraith, drums from Frank Garisto, and accordion from Nick Perito – but the main focus is often on Glamann's instrument, which gets plenty of room for solo space. The overall sound is pretty cool, as the stringed instruments intertwine with the accordion lines, making for a dream mix of melodies – and titles include "Poinciana", "Liza", "Laura", "Now Get Out", "Lotus Land", and "Pulling Strings". CD

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✨✧ Sonny StittDeuces Wild ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... $3.99
A great little Sonny Stitt album – very different than any of his other sets from the 60s! The album has a number of interesting aspects – from hard-wailing organ by Wilmer Mosby (who we think is Don Patterson under a fake name), to some screaming guest work by Rufus Harley and Robin Kenyatta. Sonny and Kenyatta sound especially great together, and on the track "In The Bag" Stitt's alto blends right in with Kenyattas, for an hard-wailing sound that's enough to shatter your windows, glasses, and contact lenses. Harley's work is equally great on the cut "Pipin The Blues", and with Sitt playing the sax parts, Rufus is free to really work those jazz bagpipes! Other tracks include "Deuces Wild", "Blues Ahead", and "Sittin In With Stitt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some aging & a wavy corner.)

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Lee KonitzFigure & Spirit ... CD
Progressive, 1976. New Copy ... Early April, 2015
A wonderful mid 70s side from Konitz, joined here by a lithe quintet that features Ted Brown on tenor, and Rufus Rei, Albert Dailey and Joe Chambers in the rhythm section. Konitz plays both soprano and alto here, his coolly lyrical playing and warm tone sounding as great as ever on a set of originals by Konitz and Brown, with one Tristano number, too: "Figure & Spirit", "Dream Stepper", "Smog Eyes", 'April", "Featherbed" and "Dig It". CD

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✨✧ Muhal Richard AbramsThings To Come From Those Now Gone ... LP
Delmark, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous step forward for the young Muhal Richard Abrams – a set that still shows his early roots in the AACM, but which also blossoms with some of his more serious compositional efforts to come! There's a sensitivity here that really stands out – even among Abrams' contemporaries – a striving for a wider range of expression – some as bold as before, some much more deeply personal and intimate. The tracks feature a shifting array of players – working alongside Abrams piano, and building up the sound in a number of different ways. Players include Wallace McMillan on flute and sax, Edwin Daugherty on sax, Richard Brown on sax, Emanuel Cranshaw on vibes, Rufus Reid on bass, and Steve McCall and Wilbur Campbell on drums. Ella Jackson provides vocals on "How Are You?" – and other titles include "Ballad For New Souls", "Things To Come From Those Now Gone", "In Retrospect", "Ballad For Old Souls", "1 & 4 Plus 2 & 7", and "March Of The Transients". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ AwakeningMirage ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns with lots of complicated touches, played out over funky rhythms that are completely mindblowing! The great Ken Chaney plays keyboards, and in addition to Brown's reeds, the set also features trumpet from Frank Gordon, trombone from Steve Galloway, and bass from Rufus Reid – plus cool percussion from Arlington Davis and Drasheer Khalid. Most cuts are instrumental, and recorded beautifully – but one number, "The Ultimate Frontier", also features vocals from Anita Jefferies. Other cuts include "Slinky", "Mirage", "Just a Little Peace", and "March On". CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonSeven Standards 1985 – Vol 1 ... LP
Magenta/A&M, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you've never heard Anthony Braxton play straight jazz, you owe it to yourself to check out this performance – it's a delight, like some of his few straight sets! With Hank Jones on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Titles include "Joy Spring", "You Go To My Head", "Old Folks", and "Background Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an old price sticker.)

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✨✧ Ron CarterEtudes ... LP
Elektra, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A warmly acoustic set from Ron Carter – an early 80s album for Elektra that continues the great run of work as a leader he first began in the 70s! The format here is quite laidback and unassuming – a piano-less group that has Ron's work on bass right out front in the mix – supported with drums from Tony Williams, who certainly shows off his freer roots, but with that "back to the inside" quality that made some of his work from the time so compelling. Saxophonist Bill Evans punctuates some of the tunes with a nice sense of sharpness, and Art Farmer's flugelhorn completes the quartet with a warmly searching sort of feel. Titles include "Rufus", "Echoes", "Doctor's Row", "Last Resort", and "Bottoms Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a spot of price sticker residue.)

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✨✧ Frank Foster & Frank WessTwo For The Blues ... LP
Pablo, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful reunion of the team of Frank Foster and Frank Wess – caught here in an easy-going and laidback style that's miles away from their work with Count Basie! The youthful rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, and Marvin Smitty Smith really adds a lot to the set – giving the record a later sort of soul jazz vibe, one that's perfect for the pair to solo over in open-ended lines. Both Franks play tenor sax, and Wess plays flute and alto as well – while Foster does some excellent work on soprano sax. Titles include "Bay Street", "Two For The Blues", "But For The Likes Of You", "Nancy", "Your Beauty Is A Song Of Love", and "A Time For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner. Shrink has a few holes.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisThad Jones/Mel Lewis Quartet (Arists House) ... LP
Artists House, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Surprisingly great quartet tracks from two cats we're normally used to hearing in a big band – Thad Jones on cornet and Mel Lewis on drums – joined by Harold Danko on piano and Rufus Reid on bass. Tracks are long, and titles include "But Not For Me", "Autumn Leaves", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonCruisin The Bird ... LP
Landmark, 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Bobby Hutcherson – easily one of his best of the 80s, and with some great touches that recall his best 70s work! The album title might fool you into thinking that Bobby's working in Charlier Parker territory here – but he's not, and is instead grooving in a mellow and soulful west coast mode – working with a totally great group that includes Ralph Moore on tenor and soprano sax, Buddy Montgomery on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The whole album's a magical picture of tone, color, and light – but the especially standout track is "Sierra" – a totally killer number that has these arch angles and edges that rival the best sounds heard on Hutcherson's Montara album! Other titles include "On The Delta", "Crusisin The Bird", "Imminent Treasures", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdHarlem Blues ... LP
Landmark, 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene of the time – Byrd blowing strong and soulfully in the company of a key combo that features Kenny Garrett on alto, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums – all players who really bring a lot of fire to the record, and almost push Byrd back to his pre-electric 60s years on Blue Note. Mike Daugherty plays synth on two tracks – using the instrument in gentle, string-like ways – but overall the record is proudly acoustic at most moments. Titles include "Harlem Blues", "Fly Little Byrd", "Voyage A Deux", "Sir Master Kool Guy", and "Blue Monk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)

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✨✧ Kahil El'Zabar with Dwight TribleFollow The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, and the group provides Trible with some of the sharpest musical accompaniment he's had in years – a really dynamic setting that's filled with soul and spirituality, thanks to work from Ari Brown on tenor and piano, Junius Paul on bass, and Kahil himself on drums, kalimba, and earth drum. The album also features another excellent guest – the Chicago legend Duke Payne, who worked famously in the 60s with Odell Brown & The Organizers – heard here on second tenor, and on some ultra-cool bagpipes too – played in a mode that's like Rufus Harley! Two titles feature El'Zabar vocally duetting with Trible – "Great Black Music" and the coolest version of "Grandma's Hands" you'll ever hear, done with deep acoustic basslines and percussion – and other titles include "Inner Heart", "Follow The Sun", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Our Journey", and "Up Your Mind". CD

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✨✧ John StubblefieldConfessin' ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
John Stubblefield at his 80s best – playing tenor and soprano sax in a group with Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums! Ttiles include the originals "Waltz For Duke Pearson", "Spiral Dance", "More Fun", "Confessin", and "Dusk To Dawn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Frank WessMagic 201 ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Definite magic from the mighty Frank Wess – an even-better follow-up to his previous album of a similar title – and really proof that in these later years, Frank is something very special indeed! We've always loved Wess' work on tenor and flute – a legacy that stretches back to key sides of the 50s – but there's something really unique on this album – a different way of blowing and phrasing that add in a level of humanity that we never heard this strongly from Frank – especially in his work of the 90s. The group's very balanced to hit just the right sort of mood for each tune – sensitive stylists who include Kenny Barron on piano, Russell Malone on guitar, Rufus Reid on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – and titles include "After Paris", "Blues For Ruby", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", "If You Can't Call Don't Come", and "The Summer Knows". CD

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