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Chet BakerChet Baker & Crew ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on this tasty album. The session's got a great (and unlikely) batch of players accompanying Chet – like firey young soul jazz pianist Bobby Timmons, modal grooving bassist Jimmy Bond, and cool tenorist Phil Urso. The set's a great one, and pushes Chet's sound way past the usual stereotypes. Titles include "Medium Rock", "Lucius Lu", "Revelation", and "To Mickey's Memory". Plus, this excellent reissue CD also adds a number of bonus tracks recorded by the same group, but not issued with the original album. Added titles include "Chippyin", "Line For Lyons (vocal version!)", and "Jumpin Off A Clef". CD
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✨✧ George RussellThings New – Unissued Concerts 1960 & 1964 ... CD
RLR (Spain), 1960/1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really great live material from George Russell – tracks that might even have more of an edge than some of his Riverside albums from the same time! The set starts out with 5 tracks from a 1960 concert in Lennox, Massachusetts – one that features a great sextet with Russell on piano, Al Kiger on trumpet, Dave Young on tenor, Dave Baker on trombone, Chuck Israels on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums – all playing sharply angular numbers that delve even further into Russell's modal conception. Titles include "Things New", "Dance Class", "Potting Shed", and "Stratusphunk". Next up are 4 more tunes from 1964 – recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival with an even more memorable group that includes John Gilmore on tenor, Don Ellis on trumpet, Steve Swallow on bass, Pete LaRoca on drums, Dave Baker on trombone, and Sheila Jordan on vocals on one number. Jordan sings a very haunting version of "You Are My Sunshine", and instrumental tracks include "Volupte", "The Outer View", and "Stratusphunk". Russell introduces most numbers, and the recording quality is good (possibly for radio?) – and the CD features one more bonus track recorded in Europe in 1964, a version of "Round Midnight" by a group with Thad Jones on cornet, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Joe Farrell on sax. CD

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