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Billy HarperDestiny Is Yours ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. Used ... $13.99
An incredible return to form for Billy Harper – and a landmark album recorded at the end of the 80s, when we'd all but given up on him! The session returns Billy to the majesty of his 70s work – placing him in the setting of long tracks, modal rhythms, and spiritual motivation – the uniquely Harper territory first forged with Lee Morgan and Max Roach, sounding better than ever here, with all the confidence of his youth. The group's a quintet – with Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – working perfectly as a unit, with a power level that's simply amazing. Harper's the main star, reaching towards the heavens with some incredible solos – but he also clearly knows that he wouldn't be able to do what he does without the great level of support he's getting from the rest of the group. Tracks include "Destiny Is Yours", "If One Could Only See", "Groove From Heaven", and "East West Exodus". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Dance In The Question" and "My Funny Valentine". CD

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✨✧ Randy Weston & Billy HarperRoots Of The Blues ... CD
Sunnyside, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collaboration between pianist Randy Weston and tenorist Billy Harper – two players who haven't worked together in years, but who find a really great space together in this album of spare duets! Randy spins out the kind of longform piano lines he's always done so well – and Harper stretches out his tenor in a style that's still as spiritual as on his own recordings, but which gets a different sort of energy from the rhythmic impulses of Weston's keys – a different vibe that really lets us hear Billy in a whole new light! We love work by both players on their own – or as leaders – but there's something really special going on here as they work together – one of those rare musical meetings that's a joy to behold (or behear!) Titles include "Blues To Africa", "If One Could Only See", "Congolese Children Song", "Berkshire Blues", "Carnival", "The Healers", and "Roots Of The Nile". CD contains the bonus track "African Lady". CD
 
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✨✧ Donald ByrdNew Perspective (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke Pearson. The sound is beautiful and spiritual, with a sound that mixes Blue Note hardbop with a style that would later show up on labels like Strata East, or in the experiments of Max Roach and Billy Harper. The tracks are long and moody, and the vocal group never gets in the way, but instead backs Byrd in a way that lets him hit new heights, and which gives him a stronger sense of voice. Includes the classic "Christo Redentor", plus "Chant", "The Black Disciple", and "Elijah". CD

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✨✧ CookersTime & Time Again ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest groups going in recent years – a strong revival of key soulful jazz talents from previous years, all working under the leadership of trumpeter David Weiss – who's really helped them come together and find a whole new sort of energy! The lineup features tremendous tenor from Billy Harper – sounding at his classic best with The Cookers – especially when the rhythms spin out majestically from George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – often with these dark undercurrents that make the music wonderfully powerful! And in addition to Weiss on trumpet, the frontline also includes Eddie Henderson's trumpet as well, plus the alto of Donald Harrison – and the horns have a great way of folding together and interweaving, before breaking out in these very personal solos. Titles include tracks by almost all members of the group – and tunes include "Slippin & Slidin", "Renada", "Sir Galahad", "Time & Time Again", "Dance Of The Invisible Nymph", "Dance Eternal Spirits Dance", and "Three Fall". CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandFunk Fantastique (Charles III plus bonus material) ... CD
Prestige, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Charles Earland – really stretching things out, and sounding great in the process! The album's an important one, as it shows that Earland wasn't just a funky Hammond player leading a small group – but a visionary player who could put together a session with a larger, cosmic concept. The album features an expanded horn section on most cuts, with players that include Houston Person, Richard Williams, Billy Harper, and Lee Morgan. Other players are all funky favorites from the Prestige years too, and even the familiar numbers take on a whole new sound in this setting! Titles include "Charles III", "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind", "Auburn Delight", and "My Favorite Things". The CD brings together tracks from the album Charles III, plus other previously unissued tunes from the same period – for a 9 track session that includes the cuts "Funk Fantastique", "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", and "Grab Hole A Dis". CD
(2004 pressing.)

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic (Germany), 1973. Used ... $6.99
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players – as Gil's working with a group of younger soul jazz and spiritual soloists that include Ted Dunbar, Billy Harper, and Hannibal Marvin Peterson – as well as the older soul modernist Richard Williams. But there's also some other specifically Evans-like touches to the record that stand out – like Gil's stark notes on acoustic piano and his lighter work on the electric keys – plus a bit of inventive synthesizer from David Horowitz, who makes a few tracks really crackle with energy. Tracks include "Zee Zee", "Blues In Orbit", "Cry Of Hunger", and "Thoroughbred" – the latter two of which are lovely compositions by Billy Harper! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Svengali ... CD 6.99

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1973. Used ... $6.99
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players – as Gil's working with a group of younger soul jazz and spiritual soloists that include Ted Dunbar, Billy Harper, and Hannibal Marvin Peterson – as well as the older soul modernist Richard Williams. But there's also some other specifically Evans-like touches to the record that stand out – like Gil's stark notes on acoustic piano and his lighter work on the electric keys – plus a bit of inventive synthesizer from David Horowitz, who makes a few tracks really crackle with energy. Tracks include "Zee Zee", "Blues In Orbit", "Cry Of Hunger", and "Thoroughbred" – the latter two of which are lovely compositions by Billy Harper! CD
(Out of print)
Also available Svengali ... CD 6.99

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Andrew HillLift Every Voice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $11.99
A rare and beautiful Andrew Hill session, and one of the classic Blue Note entries into the "jazz and voices" sound that the label pioneered with Donald Byrd and Eddie Gale. Hill leads a core jazz group that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Carlos Garnett on tenor, Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and the group is backed by a vocal ensemble with a very spiritual vibe – a chorus who soar out soulfully, and really augment the jazz instrumentation of the album! The sound is a lot more hip than the Donald Byrd & Voices albums, and the playing of the core jazz group is very very soulful – along the lines of Hill's Grass Roots album, which was also from the same period. The record's similar to the Max Roach/Billy Harper vocal work around the same time, and titles include "Ghetto Lights", "Hey Hey", "Two Lullabies", and "Love Chant". CD reissue features 6 unissued bonus tracks, including "Blue Spark", "Drew's Tune", "Mother Mercy", "Natural Spirit", and "Such It Is". CD
(Out of print)

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisDedication ... CD
Laser Light, Late 60s. Used ... $4.99
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis had one of the hippest bands around – and their best work was sort of an American equivalent to the 60s genius of the Clarke-Boland Big Band. On these classic recordings cut for Solid State, the Jones/Lewis group features a host of excellent players – like Billy Harper, Jerome Richardson, Richard Davis, Roland Hanna, Richard Williams, and Richie Kamuca – and the band has a tight, hard rolling format that keeps the rhythm nice and hard, and which lets the better players in the band stretch out on nice solos. Titles include "Tow Away Zone", "Central Park North", "Big Dipper", "Groove Merchant", "A Child Is Born", and a nice version of "Jive Samba". 10 cuts in all! CD

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✨✧ Barney McAllWidening Circles ... CD
Jazzhead (Australia), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Vincent Herring on alto, Josh Roseman on trombone, Ben Monder on guitar – and Billy Harper on tenor! CD
(2005 Jazzhead reissue.)

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Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD
Blue Note, 1971. Used ... $16.99
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". CD
(Original 1998 US pressing.)

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Max RoachLift Every Voice and Sing ... CD
Koch/Atlantic, 1971. Used ... $9.99
A beautiful blend of jazz, voices, and soul – a landmark record in Max Roach's vocal experimental tradition, and a fitting companion piece to Billy Harper's classic Capra Black album – an equally soulful blend of styles! Like Capra Black, this set features Harper's sharp and soulful tenor up against a choir of voices – blowing on hard-hitting soul jazz arrangements handled by Max Roach, of the style he used on some of his classic early 60s sides for Impulse and Candid. The tracks are long, Harper's in top form, and the group also includes Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and George Cables on piano – ultra hip cats, always! Cuts include "Motherless Child", "Let Thy People Go", and "Troubled Waters. CD
(Out of print.)

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Malachi ThompsonFreebop Now ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... $2.99 6.99
With Billy Harper on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Harrison Bankhead on bass. Amiri Baraka recites on one track, and the legendary Sonny Seals plays tenor on another. CD
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✨✧ Charles Tolliver Big BandEmperor March – Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Large group live work from Charles Tolliver – a concert performance that has all the depth of his recent comeback album on Mosaic! The approach here is similar to some of the ensemble work that Tolliver cut back in the 70s, but a bit more complicated too – lots of shifting horn passages that top the charts, really filled with soul and imagination – providing a perfect backdrop for breakout solos from players who include Billy Harper and Bill Saxton on tenor sax, Jason Jackson and Mike Dease on trombone, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Tolliver himself on trumpet. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "On The Nile", "Emperor March", "In The Trenches", "Toughin", and "Chedlike". CD
(Out of print.)

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Randy WestonCarnival ... CD
Freedom (Germany), 1974. Used ... $18.99
An unusual record for Randy Weston – a freewheeling live set recorded at Montreux in 1974, with Billy Harper joining Weston's group on tenor and flute, playing long spiritual solos that work wonderfully next to Weston's spiralling piano lines! Harper's searching quality really opens up the set, and Weston's rhythmic pulse keeps him from overly blowing, as on some of his own albums from the time – and the rough edges of the group give the session a nice degree of bite! The rest of the group features William Allen on bass, Don Moye on drums, and Steve Berrios on percussion and tracks include "Mystery Of Love", "Tribute To Duke Ellington", and "Carnival". CD
(Late 80s West German pressing!)

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Randy WestonSaga ... CD
Universal (France), 1995. Used ... $9.99
Quite possibly our favorite of the wonderful 90s comeback sessions by Randy Weston – thanks in large part to the great players on the set! The album's a smaller group outing than some of Weston's others from the time – played by a septet that includes Billy Harper on tenor sax, Talib Kibwe on flute and alto, Benny Powell on trombone, and Billy Higgins on drums. Neil Clarke adds in a lot of additional percussion to the tunes – expanding the rhythms to match Weston's fluid work on piano – and the set features a great assortment of original tunes with all the evocative power of Weston's classic work. Titles include "Loose Wig", "Tangier Bay", "FEW Blues", "Uncle Neemo", "Lagos", "Night In Mbari", "Casbah Kids", and "Jahjuka". CD

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Randy WestonSpirits Of Our Ancestors ... CD
Antilles, 1991. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
A great lineup – with Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Benny Powell on trombone, Billy Harper on tenor, Talib Kibwe on alto, Dewey Redman on tenor, Idris Muhammad on drums, and Big Black on percussion – plus guest work from Pharoah Sanders and Dizzy Gillespie! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Billy Drummond & Freedom Of IdeasValse Sinistre ... CD
Cellar Live, 2022. Used ... Out Of Stock
A roaring quartet session from drummer Billy Drummond – one that starts with a great take on one of our favorite Jackie McLean tunes of all time, then continues to soar through a fantastic batch of material! Drummond is perfectly matched with drummer Dezron Douglas, and the two seem to pulsate as one – with Douglas' warmth bringing even more to Billy's drums than usual – cut through by the sharper saxophone lines of Dayna Stephens, as he mixes fire and soul – and punctuated in all the right ways by pianist Micah Thomas. This isn't a standard quartet session at all, and we mean that in the best way possible – as the group makes their way through tunes that include "Little Melonae", "Reconfirmed", "Clara's Room", "Valse Sinestre", "Never Ends", "Frankenstein", and "Changes For Trane & Monk". CD
Also available Valse Sinistre ... CD 11.99

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Vincent HerringEarly On – Evidence/Dawnbird ... CD
32 Jazz, 1991/1992. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99 9.99
Evidence is an early moment of brilliance from Vincent Herring – and just the sort of set to make him one of the strongest young talents to emerge in jazz during the 90s! There's a rock-solid feel to the set – an approach that's steeped in classic hardbop modes, but which has traces of modernism too – never too overstated, but some sharper undercurrents that mark Herring's playing nicely as a bit deeper than the usual altoist. The rest of the group should get a good deal of credit, too – as players like Wallace Roney on trumpet and Mulgrew Miller on piano really share this sensibility with Herring. Titles include "I Sing A Song", "Never Forget", "Soul Leo", "Mr Wizard", "Voyage", and "Evidence". Dawnbird is a solid, soulful work from Vincent Herring – blowing here wonderfully on alto and soprano sax, with a sense of feeling and creative energy that really makes him one of the key players of his generation! The proceedings are relatively straight, but they're also totally great – open, honest expression that's a nice update of 70s indie jazz modes – held together tightly by a rhythm section that includes Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums on most of the records – or Keven Hays, Dwayne Burno, and Carl Allen on a few remaining selections. Wallace Roney plays trumpet on the first set of tracks – Scott Wendholt on the others – and the whole album has a sharp-edged quintet format with an occasional bite, often rolling out in the kind of upbeat lines that usually make Herring sound best. Titles include "Sound Check", "August Afternoon", "Dawnbird", "Dr Jamie", "Toku Do", and "The Dark Side Of Dewey". CD
(Out of print, penmark through slipcover barcode.)

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✨✧ Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancescoEnjoy The View ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. Used ... $8.99
Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note – on a set that's got a surprisingly fresh sound! The format's different both from Bobby's previous work for the label, and from his more recent albums on other imprints – in that it mixes his masterful vibes with Hammond from Joey DeFrancesco – a blend that makes for a different side of Hutcherson's talents than before, and great placement for the shifting sound of his instrument in these later years. Bobby's a bit more subtle than we remember, but still has this wonderful sense of flow and tone – soft sheets of electric sound that get sharper bite from Joey's Hammond and the alto sax of David Sanborn – who both really balance things out, and demonstrate the quadruple-leadership of the date. Billy Hart completes the groups on drums – with a laidback, spacious sensibility – and the album features a great remake of "Montara", plus "You", "Teddy", "Hey Harold", "Little Flower", and "Delia". CD

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Stanley TurrentineCherry ... CD
CBS, 1972. Used ... $5.99
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some tight changes and more pronounced rhythms that really give the best cuts a great groove! The group's a sextet – with Bob James on electric piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums – and titles include a monster version of Weldon Irvine's "Sister Sanctified" – a great funk tune that's probably best known as the sample for "My Philosophy" by BDP! Other tracks include "Speedball", "Cherry", and "The Revs". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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