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Harry BabasinJazz In Hollywood Series (10 inch LP) ... LP
Nocturne, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $44.99
Rare work from one of the coolest cats on the LA scene of the 50s – bassist Harry Babasin, who also plays a bit of cello here – in work that's very much in the territory of Fred Katz with Chico Hamilton! The group is very cool – with Larry Bunker on vibes, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, and Roy Harte on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a very nice copy.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used ... $5.99 7.99
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", "Moon Love", "Happy Little Sunbeam", "No Ties", and "Band Aid". CD
(1998 West Coast Classics pressing – lots of bonus tracks!)

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Chet BakerThis Time the Dream's On Me – Chet Baker Quartet Live Volume 1 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1953/1954. Used ... $12.99
Excellent lost jazz work from Chet Baker! The CD combines 5 tracks from a never-before-heard live set recorded in 1953 at the Curran Theatre in LA, plus 9 more cuts from 1954 session that was issued on the long out-of-print LP Jazz At Ann Arbor. Both sessions feature Chet playing with pianist Russ Freeman, an amazingly understated player whose graceful darkness perfectly matches young Chet's sound on the trumpet. The pair are backed by Carson Smith on bass and either Larry Bunker or Bob Neel on drums – and the extended set's a wonderfully no-nonsense batch of jazz tunes that really sparkles in comparison with some of Baker's later live work. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Maid In Mexico", "Lover Man", "My Funny Valentine", "Stella By Starlight", and "Russ Job". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gary BurtonSomething's Coming ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The excitement on the cover here is very well-placed – and RCA clearly knows they've got something special on their hands – the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making waves as a session player on the Nashville scene – where RCA had some especially strong ears – but he's launched here in a mode that's quite far from those roots, and already filled with those modern, chromatic modes that would have Burton pushing the sound of the vibes forward strongly throughout his career – even on an early record like this! The group is very like-minded, and well-chosen – players who are spacious and modern, but never too much so – a quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Melanie", "Careful", "Six Improvisatory Sketches", "Something's Coming", and "Little Girl Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary BurtonSomething's Coming/Groovy Sound Of Music/Time Machine ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1964/1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of excellent Gary Burton albums from the 60s – collected together in a single set! Something's Coming is the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making waves as a session player on the Nashville scene – where RCA had some especially strong ears – but he's launched here in a mode that's quite far from those roots, and already filled with those modern, chromatic modes that would have Burton pushing the sound of the vibes forward strongly throughout his career – even on an early record like this! The group is very like-minded, and well-chosen – players who are spacious and modern, but never too much so – a quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Melanie", "Careful", "Six Improvisatory Sketches", "Something's Coming", and "Little Girl Blue". Next up is a very cool take on the music of Sound Of Music – handled with some help from arranger Gary McFarland, in a way that really unlocks the modal potentials of the tunes! As you might expect from the revolutionary vibist Gary Burton, the approach here is quite different than the usual jazz album of Broadway material – and instead, both Burton and McFarland do a heck of a lot to open up the coolest potential of the songs – as they bring in other hip players who include Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Phil Woods on alto, Joe Puma on guitar, and Steve Swallow on bass. Titles include "An Ordinary Couple", "Sixteen Going On Seventeen", "Do Re Mi", "Edelweiss", and a great take on "My Favorite Things". Time Machine is filled with beautiful sounds from Gary Burton – a seminal 60s session that really has the vibist coming into his own, and finding that new path towards musical expression that would flower even more strongly in the 70s! The album has Burton really strengthening up his sense of chrome – matching the boldness of other important 60s vibes players on the rise – like Karel Velebny or Bobby Hutcherson – but also working this really special magic in the way he lets each note resonate in the air – often with a much longer decay on the sound than the actual moment of its creation! Burton also plays a bit of piano on the record, overdubbed with his vibes – but in a way that's quite different than the vibes/piano combo of earlier acts – like the MJQ, or George Shearing Quintet – thanks to work from Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Bunker on percussion. Tracks include "Six Nix Quix Flix", "The Sunset Bell", "Deluge", "Chega De Saudade", and "Falling Grace". CD

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Gary BurtonTime Machine ... LP
RCA, 1966. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Beautiful sounds from Gary Burton – a seminal 60s session that really has the vibist coming into his own, and finding that new path towards musical expression that would flower even more strongly in the 70s! The album has Burton really strengthening up his sense of chrome – matching the boldness of other important 60s vibes players on the rise – like Karel Velebny or Bobby Hutcherson – but also working this really special magic in the way he lets each note resonate in the air – often with a much longer decay on the sound than the actual moment of its creation! Burton also plays a bit of piano on the record, overdubbed with his vibes – but in a way that's quite different than the vibes/piano combo of earlier acts – like the MJQ, or George Shearing Quintet – thanks to work from Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Bunker on percussion. Tracks include "Six Nix Quix Flix", "The Sunset Bell", "Deluge", "Chega De Saudade", and "Falling Grace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later orange label pressing. Cover has bumped corners and some wear at the spine.)

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✨✧ Buddy ColletteMan Of Many Parts ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
Buddy Collette's definitely a man of many parts here – and many talents too, considering the reedwork on the set! Buddy plays alto, tenor, clarinet, and flute – using the horns with wonderful invention that really showcases his unique style of the time – that mix of modern and playful modes you'd hear in the Chico Hamilton group when Collette was around! The album features a few different groups, too – with players who include Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Ernie Freeman or Gerald Wiggins on piano, Red Callender on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Ruby", "Cycle", "Cheryl Ann", "Jazz City Blues", "Zan", and "Jungle Pipe". CD

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Plays Benny Goodman ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Not just a Benny Goodman tribute record – but instead a sweet west coast jazz reworking of older themes – with Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, Larry Bunker and Victor Feldman on vibes, George Auld on tenor, and Carl Perkins on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s Japanese pressing. A nice copy!)

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✨✧ Bob EnevoldsenSmorgasbord ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums as a leader by Bob Enevoldsen – a tremendously capable player who's working here on trombone, tenor, and bass! Enevoldsen's talents graced a number of key 50s sessions on the LA scene, but his vision here is even more incredible – and really sparkles throughout, thanks to some inventive arrangements played by a combo that includes accordion and piano from Marty Paich, drums and vibes from Larry Bunker, and guitar from a young Howard Roberts. Bunker's vibes are especially great, and often ring out with a colder tone that underscores the modernism of some of the tunes – but which is also offset by some warmer notes from Enevoldsen. The set features a number of great original tunes, and titles include "Mr Know It All", "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead", "John's Jumble", "You're In Love", "Bob's Boy", and "Swinger's Dream". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight" and the bonus track "All The Things You Are". CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole ... LP
Riverside, 1963. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s Japanese Victor pressing – SMJ-6197 – with insert.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole (24bit remaster – with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC/ZYX (Germany), 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight" and the bonus track "All The Things You Are". CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole (XRCD pressing) ... CD
Riverside/JVC, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight" and the bonus track "All The Things You Are". CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio Live ... LP
Verve, 1964. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Warmly wonderful live work from Bill Evans' mid 60s run for Verve – a record that was originally recorded in 1964, but sat in the can until the early 70s – then just quietly issued on the market with a bit less fanfare! That somewhat subtle history shouldn't mark the album, though – as it's a wonderful demonstration of Evans at his lyrical best – working perfectly in a trio with Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – both players who really share Bill's sense of sound on the set. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "What Kind Of Fool Am I?", "Round Midnight", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Nardis", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "How My Heart Sings", and "The Boy Next Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese Polydor pressing – 23MJ 3034 – with obi and insert. Cover has some aging.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansTrio '65 ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic Verve Records material from Bill Evans – a set that follows the no-nonsense trio style of his Riverside material, but which definitely shows the evolving Evans style of the 60s! The group here is a nicely mellow one – bassist Chuck Israels, whose sound is tremendous – and drummer Larry Bunker – a player you might know from percussion work on other albums, which seems to give him a very sensitive touch on the drum kit here! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far beyond strict rhythmic timekeeping – and this approach opens up Evans' solos in to a freer mode than on some of his early 60s sets. The result is a wonderful album that really transforms the tunes – as you'll hear on the set of tracks that include "Round Midnight", "Israel", "Elsa", and "How My Heart Sings". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Trio '65 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ Bill EvansTrio '65 ... LP
Verve, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic Verve Records material from Bill Evans – a set that follows the no-nonsense trio style of his Riverside material, but which definitely shows the evolving Evans style of the 60s! The group here is a nicely mellow one – bassist Chuck Israels, whose sound is tremendous – and drummer Larry Bunker – a player you might know from percussion work on other albums, which seems to give him a very sensitive touch on the drum kit here! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far beyond strict rhythmic timekeeping – and this approach opens up Evans' solos in to a freer mode than on some of his early 60s sets. The result is a wonderful album that really transforms the tunes – as you'll hear on the set of tracks that include "Round Midnight", "Israel", "Elsa", and "How My Heart Sings". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp, in a stereo cover with light wear.)
Also available Trio '65 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ Bill EvansTrio '65 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Verve, 1965. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 38.99
Fantastic Verve Records material from Bill Evans – a set that follows the no-nonsense trio style of his Riverside material, but which definitely shows the evolving Evans style of the 60s! The group here is a nicely mellow one – bassist Chuck Israels, whose sound is tremendous – and drummer Larry Bunker – a player you might know from percussion work on other albums, which seems to give him a very sensitive touch on the drum kit here! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far beyond strict rhythmic timekeeping – and this approach opens up Evans' solos in to a freer mode than on some of his early 60s sets. The result is a wonderful album that really transforms the tunes – as you'll hear on the set of tracks that include "Round Midnight", "Israel", "Elsa", and "How My Heart Sings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series – heavy cover and vinyl!)

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✨✧ Bill EvansTrio '65 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic Verve Records material from Bill Evans – a set that follows the no-nonsense trio style of his Riverside material, but which definitely shows the evolving Evans style of the 60s! The group here is a nicely mellow one – bassist Chuck Israels, whose sound is tremendous – and drummer Larry Bunker – a player you might know from percussion work on other albums, which seems to give him a very sensitive touch on the drum kit here! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far beyond strict rhythmic timekeeping – and this approach opens up Evans' solos in to a freer mode than on some of his early 60s sets. The result is a wonderful album that really transforms the tunes – as you'll hear on the set of tracks that include "Round Midnight", "Israel", "Elsa", and "How My Heart Sings". CD
Also available Trio '65 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ Hampton Hawes/Freddie ReddPiano East West ... LP
Prestige, 1952/1955. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A classic split album of bop piano from both coasts – kind of a double-header in jazz, and one that really packs a punch! Hamp Hawes represents the west coast – and unlike his cool jazz contemporaries, he's grooving hard in a quartet that includes Larry Bunker on vibes, Larry Marable on drums, and Clarence Jones on bass. Hawes' playing on the record is some of his best of the 50s – and titles include "Terrible T", "Move", "Fanfare", "Hamp's Paws", and "Buzzy". The east coast side of the set is laid down by Freddie Redd – grooving hard in a rare early set, with a trio that includes John Ore on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. Redd's titles include "Reddy Freddie", "Lady J Blues", and "Debut". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonBig Mouth ... LP
Pablo, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Milt plays in a variety of settings – with a larger group that includes Michel Lang on keyboards, Dennis Budimir on guitar, John Guerin on drums, and Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro, and Roger Bethelmy on percussion; a quartet with Ron Eschete on guitar, Carlos Vega on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion; and a trio with Oscar Castro Neves on guitar and Nick Ceroli on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese Polydor pressing – 28MJ 3098 – with obi and insert.)

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Gerry MulliganLee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet ... LP
World Pacific, 1953. Good ... Out Of Stock
A set that's noteworthy not just for the presence of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and for the leadership of baritonist Gerry Mulligan – but a record that also features the great Chet Baker on trumpet, working here as part of a trio of musicians who were really helping transform the sound of jazz in the early 50s! And maybe most noteworthy in the set is the lack of any piano at all – a strategy of Mulligan's at the time, but used in a way that also echoes some of Lee's sublime quartet sessions of the mid 50s too – and a nice setting for Chet, as he has plenty of space to open up and craft those magical notes of his youth! The rest of the group features Larry Bunker on drums, and either Carson Smith or Joe Mondragon on bass – and material was recorded partly live, and partly in the studio – with titles that include "Broadway", "Sextet", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Lover Man", "I'll Remember April", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Gerry MulliganLee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (180 gram pressing) ... LP
World Pacific/Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A set that's noteworthy not just for the presence of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and for the leadership of baritonist Gerry Mulligan – but a record that also features the great Chet Baker on trumpet, working here as part of a trio of musicians who were really helping transform the sound of jazz in the early 50s! And maybe most noteworthy in the set is the lack of any piano at all – a strategy of Mulligan's at the time, but used in a way that also echoes some of Lee's sublime quartet sessions of the mid 50s too – and a nice setting for Chet, as he has plenty of space to open up and craft those magical notes of his youth! The rest of the group features Larry Bunker on drums, and either Carson Smith or Joe Mondragon on bass – and material was recorded partly live, and partly in the studio – with titles that include "Broadway", "Sextet", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Lover Man", "I'll Remember April", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lou LevyJazz In Four Colors ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the best records we've ever heard from pianist Lou Levy – a record that steps past the simple format of earlier records, into a style that's slightly modern, and very cool – thanks to the addition of vibes to his usual trio format. Larry Bunker plays vibes on the record, and rhythm's by Stan Levy and Leroy Vinnegar – both of whom hip things up nicely, and give the album a soulful bottom that offsets Levy's sprightly piano lines in a wonderful way. A real delight, even on the familiar tunes – and titles include "Gray Fox", "Tune Up", "Without You", "Wail Street", "Star Eyes", "Imagination", and "Indiana". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michael Melvoin & RedeyeRedeye ... LP
Discwasher, 1979. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
With Mike Boddiker on synthesizers, Gary Coleman and Larry Bunker on percussion, Harvey Mason on drums, Jim Hughart on bass, Tim May and Danny Ferguson on guitars, Jerry Hey and Chuck Findley on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dick Hyde on trombones and flugelhorn, Lew McRary on trombones and bass trumpet, Pete Christlieb on saxophones, flute, and clarinet, Ray Pizzi on saxophones, bassoon, and flute, and Jim Horn on saxophones and flutes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganCalifornia Concerts Vol 2 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
Volume 2 of a classic live album by Gerry – expanded to include the entire concert recorded in December of 1954 in San Diego. The group's a great one – and features Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Bunker, Red Mitchell, and Jon Eardley – and this version is expanded a lot from the original album, with 14 titles that include "Nights At The Turntable", "Blues For Tiny", "Frenesi", "Limelight", "The Red Door", "Western Reunion", and "I Know Don't Know Why". CD

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $24.99 29.99
A full LP that collects together earlier recordings by Mulligan – done in the years 1952 and 1953, with a quartet that features Chet Baker, and bass by either Carson Smith or Bob Whitlock, and drums by either Larry Bunker or Chico Hamilton. Both Mulligan and Baker recorded together a number of times after this, in a "reunion" style that hearkened back to the fame of these sides – but the originals are still the best, and feature a magical pairing of two gentle jazz talents in a laidback piano-less setting. Titles include "Frenesi", "Swinghouse", "I May Be Wrong", "Tea For Two", and "Jeru". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, partial split on the bottom seam, light surface wear.)

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Gerry Mulligan QuartetGerry Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz – PJLP 5) (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/EMI (Japan), 1953. Used ... $11.99
A seminal session from Gerry Mulligan – one of his 50s quartet recordings with Chet Baker, in a group that also includes Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums. The pianoless quartet grooves nicely in a twin-horn frontline – gliding effortlessly through tunes that include "I May Be Wrong", "Jeru", "Swinghouse", "Darn That Dream", and "Love Me Or Leave Me". Japanese version features lots of bonus tracks – 20 titles in all! CD
(2001 Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Anita O'DayEvening With Anita O'Day ... LP
Norgran/Verve, 1955. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit misleading – as "evening with" makes you think the record's going to be a concert. But instead, it's just some great studio work from Anita O'Day – recorded during her initial years for Verve Records! The album was recorded in the company of 3 small groups – one with Arnold Ross, Barney Kessell, Monty Budwig, and Jackie Mills – on tracks that include "Gypsy In My Soul", "The Man I Love", and "Just One Of Those Things". The next features Bud Lavin, Budwig, and John Poole – on tracks that include "Anita's Blues", "Let's Fall In Love", and "I Cover The Waterfront". The last is the best, and features Jimmy Rowles, Tal Farlow, Leroy Vinnegar, and Larry Bunker – on 5 tracks that include "From This Moment On", "Just Friends", and "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me". (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe PassCatch Me! ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice, mellow, and very groovy! Joe Pass plays here with the piano and organ of Clare Fischer, who's always one of our favorites – a player who manages to turn any session into something more than it appears at face value – thanks to a strong sense of craft and cleverness! Clare's touch here is a bit gentler than on some of his later sides – but it's a very welcome one nonetheless – and provides a perfect setting for Joe's lean lines on guitar – strung out with a near-perfect tone, and backed by either Albert Stinson or Ralph Pena on bass, and Colin Bailey or Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Catch Me", "Walkin Up", "No Cover No Minimum", "Summertime", and "Just Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a name in pen.)
Also available Catch Me! (Japanese pressing) ... CD 18.99

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Joe PassCatch Me! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1963. Used ... $18.99
Nice, mellow, and very groovy! Joe Pass plays here with the piano and organ of Clare Fischer, who's always one of our favorites – a player who manages to turn any session into something more than it appears at face value – thanks to a strong sense of craft and cleverness! Clare's touch here is a bit gentler than on some of his later sides – but it's a very welcome one nonetheless – and provides a perfect setting for Joe's lean lines on guitar – strung out with a near-perfect tone, and backed by either Albert Stinson or Ralph Pena on bass, and Colin Bailey or Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Catch Me", "Walkin Up", "No Cover No Minimum", "Summertime", and "Just Friends". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper Quintet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Discovery, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the great Art Pepper – the original issue of material that would later show up on Savoy albums, including Surf Ride – but presented here in a beautiful 10" package! Art's tone is amazing – clear and clean, but with a rawness that makes this material some of our favorite from the time – with accompaniment from Jack Montrose on tenor, Claude Williamson on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", "Art's Oregano", "Thyme Time", and "Nutmeg". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very clean copy! Cover has light wear, and a small name on back, but no splits – very nice.)

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✨✧ Art PepperComplete TV Studio Recordings ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1957/1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rare work from Art Pepper – originally recorded for TV shows in 1957 and 1964, and featuring some surprisingly great performances! The first half of the set features tracks done by Pepper for the LA-based Stars Of Jazz and Steve Allen Show – all of which feature Pepper in quartet formation with players that include Larry Bunker, Victor Feldman, Carl Perkins, Ben Tucker, and Chuck Flores – and one of which features vocalist Pam Russell singing with the group. The sound quality is wonderful – especially given the TV recording nature of the tunes – and Pepper's tone is incredible throughout, a real delight, with that sharp edge and soulful undercurrent that made his late 50s recordings so great. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Over The Rainbow", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Stormy Weather", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Cherokee". Added to these are 3 more tracks from the Jazz Casual Show in 1964 – a bit looser than the 1957 numbers, and longer as well – with original numbers that include "The Trip", "D Section", and "Junior Cat". The CD is rounded out by 3 more rare numbers – alternate takes from one of the Omegatape sessions in 1957 – with titles that include "Webb City", "Begin The Beguine", and "Fascinating Rhythm". CD

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✨✧ Art PepperNight At The Surf Club Vol 1 ... CD
Xanadu/EPM (France), 1952. Used ... Out Of Stock
A quartet date with Art Pepper on alto and clarinet, Hampton Hawes on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums and vibes. Tracks include "How High The Moon", "Easy Steppin", "Surf Ride", "Don't Blame Me", and "Patty Cake". CD

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✨✧ Art PepperSurf Ride ... CD
Savoy/Jazz Heritage, 1952/1954. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bill PerkinsQuietly There ... LP
Riverside/ABC, 1966/1970. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from west coast saxophonist Bill Perkins – playing here in a mode that's quite different than his more famous 50s recordings! The style here is almost one you'd hear on late 60s A&M Records – definitely "quietly there", with a blend of Perkins' reeds and light organ, piano, guitar, and percussion. The style is very subtle, and often very spare – mixed differently on each number, and shaded nicely with an equal focus on sound shapes as on jazz. There's a bit of a late 60s Paul Desmond feel here, but even more restrained – and other players include Victor Feldman on piano and organ, John Pisano on guitars, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Emily", "Quietly There", "Time For Love", "Just A Child", and "Shining Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging, a small cutout hole, some light stained spots, and a name in pen in front.)

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✨✧ Pete RugoloMusic For Hi Fi Bugs ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
The title makes this one sound like a batch of bachelor pad tunes, but the album itself is easily one of Pete Rugolo's best of the 50s – a really tremendous big band outing that's filled with all-star players – all in a groove that breaks Pete very firmly past his Kenton heritage! The tracks are bold and strong voiced – often a bit longer than usual, which allows for even more focus on the album's solos from players who include Larry Bunker, Pete Candoli, Ronny Lang, Russ Freeman, and Dave Pell. There's a wonderful quality to the record – one in which all elements gell together perfectly, but in a way that still makes you aware of the presence of each player in the larger group – and titles include "Fawncy Meeting You Here", "For Hi Fi Bugs", "These Foolish Things", "Dream Of You", "Snowfall", and "Later Team". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pete Rugolo & His All StarsOut On A Limb ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Lots of familiar names in Rugolo's All Stars – with Shelley Manne on drums, Russ Freeman on piano, Larry Bunker on vibes, Barney Kessel on guitar; plus Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson and Pete Condoli. Most of the tracks on this record are Rugolo originals, with "Don't Play The Melody", "In A Modal Tone", "Early Duke", "Cha-Lito Linda", "Ballade For Drums", and "Repetitious Riff". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsJazz Rolls Royce (Omega pressing) ... LP
Omega, 1957. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A great little record – and one that gets past the over-used "Howard Rumsey Lighthouse" name, to move into a set of 50s west coast jazz at its best! The core group features Bob Cooper, Frank Rosolino, Stu Williamson, Stan Levy, Victor Feldman, and Rumsey – and for the session, they're joined by 10 additional players, including Larry Bunker, Red Callender, Milt Bernhart, and Pete Candoli. The sound is a bit like Shorty Rogers larger group sides with The Giants – but the tunes are all pretty long, 5 minutes or more, and there's a bit more room for open solos from the best players in the group. Williamson frankly sounds better than we even remember hearing on his own albums, and Bunker adds in some great work on vibes. Titles include "Mambo Del Quado", "The Clown's Dance", "Prelude To The Queen", and "Bruinville My Bruinville". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bud Shank & Clare FischerBossa Nova Jazz Samba ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1962. Used ... $24.99
A sublime little set all the way through – an early 60s date from the west coast scene – and one that was almost as important to that side of the country as the Verve bossa records were to New York! Bud Shank's in the lead on alto sax – no flute at all this time around – blowing sharp and soulfully, in a way that's even more deft than most of his other albums! But the equal star here is the young Clare Fischer – who plays piano in the group, and also contributed a host of original tunes to the set – fresh numbers that are way different than the usual "bossa-ized" standards, or American remakes of Brazilian classics. Ralph Pena is a key member of the group on bass – and Larry Bunker plays some vibes as well. Titles include "Joao", "Pensativa", "Samba Guapo", "Samba Da Borboleta", and "Que Mais?". CD
(Out of print 2013 pressing, includes obi!)

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Lew Tabackin/Warne MarshTenor Gladness ... CD
Discomate/Crown (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
A great little session that features some of the best 70s work from these two tenorists – a great little record that has Warn Marsh and Lew Tabackin really opening up next to each other! Toshiko Akiyoshi produced the album for the pair – and although she plays piano on one track, most of the set is piano-less – and opens with this great reed interplay over rhythms from Larry Bunker on drums and John Heard on bass – a very cool setting that's kind of an update of older west coast modes, but with more 70s edges overall! Titles include "Basic #2", "Easy", "March Of The Tadpoles", and "Hangin Loose". CD

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✨✧ VariousMoods In Jazz/Reflections In Jazz ... CD
Tampa/VSOP, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great reissue that pairs together 2 obscure west coast sides from the 50s – both of them featuring some of the scene's best players, caught in a very different setting! The first 6 tracks on the set are from a 10" LP that originally appeared on the Skylark label under the leadership of drummer George Redman. Redman's playing and leadership are fine, but the real strength of the set is its work by Bob Gordon on tenor sax and Herbie Harper on trombone – coming together here beautifully in the deft style used often on the Nocturne recordings by both players. Titles include "Babette", "Sonny Boy", "Moer Blues", "Slow Mood", and "Just George". The remaining 5 tracks on the set are from Reflections In Jazz – an even hipper set led by Bob Enevoldsen on both valve trombone and tenor – and featuring Marty Paich on piano and accordion, Larry Bunker on vibes, and Red Mitchell on bass. Enevoldsen's work on the valve trombone is really great here – as well-spaced and timed as that of Bob Brookmeyer in the period – but also given some interesting inflections, due to the use of vibes and accordion, which seem to bring out even more harmonics in the session. Titles include "Topsy", "Loaded With Bass", "Iron Works", "Blues & Rhythm", and "Don't Be That Way". CD
 
 
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