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Jazz — LPs

XA wealth of jazz in many styles -- bop, hardbop, soul jazz, spiritual, rare groove, modal, improvised music, funk, free jazz, fusion, avant garde, and trad!



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✨✧ BlackbyrdsCity Life ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from this legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these years – and which is the perfect fusion of jazz and soul that was going down with the best groups in the mid 70s. The best example of this sound can be heard on the massive cut "Rock Creek Park" – which begins with a wonderful bass on the intro, a killer moogy keyboard bit, and a super-catchy chorus that goes "doin' it in the park," which you should recognize in about 30 seconds! The rest of the album is great too – and titles include the classic sample track "Love So Fine" – plus "Happy Music", "Hash and Eggs", "Thankful Bout Yourself", and "All I Ask". (Soul, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald Byrd, Charlie Rouse, Al Cohn, & OthersKnow Your Jazz ... LP
ABC, 1956. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An interesting little session from ABC – recorded as sort of an educational record about jazz, directed by Creed Taylor – but also a session that comes off well in the jam session mode of some of the Savoy sets of the same time! Players are a varied lot – and include Donald Byrd, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Mundell Lowe, Tony Scott, Billy Taylor, and Kenny Clarke – all working together in a set of tunes that showcases a different mode of jazz with each track, and which features a different soloist stepping out to take the lead with each new number. Titles include "In A Mellow Tone", "If I Love Again", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Laura", "But Not For Me", "How About You", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the seams.)

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Ornette ColemanSkies Of America ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $39.99
A brilliant large ensemble work from Ornette Coleman – ambitious material recorded with full orchestra, in a haunting sound that's light years from any of his smaller group recordings of the 60s and 70s! There's an incredible feel to the strings used here – played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Measham – all tied up and dark, with swirling sounds that run up beautifully from the bottom, then take off to the skies promised in the title – opening the door for Ornette to come in and solo freely over the top – in a magical mix that easily makes the record a standout in his long and mighty career! Harmolodic theory is definitely a part of Coleman's conception here – but in very different ways than his quartet or quintet recordings. Tracks include "The Men Who Live In The White House", "Sunday In America", "Dreams", "Native Americans", "Silver Screen", and "The Artist In America". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Tom CreekmoreShe Is It ... LP
Discovery, 1978. Sealed ... $4.99
Tom Creekmore plays tenor and alto, with Joe Felix on piano, Joe Diorio on guitar, Don Felix on bass, and Nick Martinis on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, but with a cutout hole and splitting in the spine.)

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Lou DonaldsonMidnight Creeper (Applause pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Applause, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
Funky genius from Lou Donaldson – one of his first funky albums for Blue Note, and a real killer all the way through! The album has a great young group working with Lou – players that include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Lonnie Smith on organ, Leo Morris (aka Idris Muhammed) on drums, and George Benson on guitar – grooving with that really soulful early sound of his! The album has that hard Lou Donaldson funky sound that still sounds fantastic today – and titles include "Dapper Dan", "Midnight Creeper", "Bag of Jewels", and "Love Power". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s issue. Vinyl appears slightly heated and plays with some crackles on Side Two. Cover has some wear and aging, yellowed tape at the corners, and a name in marker on back.)

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Don EllisHaiku (US pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1974. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the coolest albums ever cut by trumpeter Don Ellis – quite different from any of his American sessions of the time, and done with a really stretched-out, ambitious sort of feel! The record matches Ellis bold trumpet work with some hip arrangements that feature multiple guitars, keyboards from Milcho Leviev, a bit of harp, and some added strings to round out the sound nicely – a complex approach that gives the record some of the sophistication of the hipper Creed Taylor productions of the early 70s. The strings really bring in some arch-sounding notes at points, then slide into warmer passages at others – and Leviev's keyboards have a rich tone next to the sharper notes of Don's trumpet on some of the best cuts. The whole thing's about as poetic as you'd guess from the title, and from songs like "Dew", "Summer Rain", "Forest", "Cherry Petals", "Water Jewel", "Blossoming", "Mirror Pond Of Stars", and "Parting". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonBoy With Lots Of Brass ... LP
Mercury, 1957. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
There's definitely lots of brass here – as you might guess from the title – but never so much so that it gets in the way of individual soloing by Maynard Ferguson! The date features Maynard working with arrangements by Willie Maiden, Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins, and Bill Holman – all for a largeish group that's wonderfully hip – Bobby Timmons on piano, Anthony Ortega on alto, Jimmy Ford on alto and tenor, Willie Maiden on tenor, Tate Houston on baritone, Richard Evans on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums – plus some added trumpets and trombones! Maynard himself plays both instruments on the date, and the album also feature some surprising guest vocals by Irene Kral on 4 tracks – spicing up the instrumental blend with lyrics on "Moonlight In Vermont", "I Hadn't Anyone Till You", "Imagination", and "The Song Is You". Instrumental tracks include "Jeepers Creepers", "I Never Knew", "A Foggy Day", "Love Me Or Leave Me", and "The Lamp Is Low". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a trace of a price sticker.)

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Maynard FergusonIt's My Time ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Maynard kicks off the 80s with another in his run of successful albums for Columbia – blending together funky fusion and disco in a very sweet groove! He's actually got some soulful help on the session – working with Tom Tom 84 on some of the record's best tracks, which come across with a bit less schmaltz than you'd expect – and Nick Lane also brings some nice moments to a few of the album's mellower tracks too. Titles include "An Offering Of Love (part 1)", "It's My Time", "Dance To Your Heart", "Everybody Loves The Blues", "Red Creek", and "You Can Have Me Anytime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Henry FranklinSkipper ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill Henderson on electric piano, Charles Owens on tenor and soprano sax, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Kenny Climax on guitar, and Michael Carvin on drums – all coming together with a mix of spiritual vibes and soulful undercurrents, in ways that almost give the record a Strata East sort of vibe! The whole thing is certainly one of the most memorable sessions on the Black Jazz label – and titles include "Outbreak", "Little Miss Laurie", "Theme For Jojo", and "Plastic Creek Stomp". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Skipper ... CD 12.99

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Quincy JonesWalking In Space ... LP
CTI/A&M, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the greatest Quincy Jones albums of all time! The record's a spacey jazz masterpiece – and it combine's Quincy's soulful soundtrack vision with the excellent production talents of Creed Taylor, for a monster album of long drawn out cuts that mix soul jazz with more sophisticated arrangements! Bob James plays electric piano on a number of cuts, and in a way, the record's kind of a blueprint for some of James' later CTI albums. Titles include "Killer Joe", "Dead End", "Walking In Space", and "Love & Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, small seam splits, a peeled spot from sticker removal, and Gold Record Award sticker.)

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✨✧ Krzysztof KomedaMam Tu Swoj Dom ... LP
GAD (Poland), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very early soundtrack from legendary Polish modernist Krzystof Komeda – different than his 60s work for Roman Polanski, but equally striking overall! The work for Mam Tu Swoj Dom is performed on short tracks handled by different instrumental groupings – with piano, flute, and bass often dancing around in these really spare but lovely ways – melodic, but very blue-tinged too – on titles that have the instrumentation of chamber jazz, but a much more personal, very poetic sort of quality – very vivid, even without the images on the screen. The record features 27 tracks in all – a nice mix of short tunes that work very well together on vinyl! (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mam Tu Swoj Dom/Ubranie Prawie Nowe ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Hank MobleyNo Room For Squares (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
No room for squares with grooves this great – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm that really transforms the music from before – and lets Mobley reach out in a whole different way with his solos! The album features material from two different sessions – each of which have Mobley's tenor coming into play with other inventive artists on Blue Note at the time. One date features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, John Ore on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and the other features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Jones again on drums. Titles include "Up A Step", "Me N You", "Three Way Split", "Carolyn", and the classic "No Room For Squares". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available No Room For Squares (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 9.99

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Puccio RoelensResearch Of Sound ... LP
Sounds From The Screen (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $32.99
We're not sure how much research went into the album – but we can definitely say that's got the sound just right – this sublime variation on Italian studio funk, served up here with all the right elements! The record's got an electric slink that would be right at home on the CTI/Kudo labels – but the groove is also more compact, and understated – as befits the Italian sound library origins of the set – still the right kind of jazzy solos, but with a good sense of economy and strong adherence to rhythm throughout! There's loads of great keyboards on the set – used in many nice flavors – and titles include "Splash Down", "Intimate Conversation", "The Taste Of Repeat", "Smooth & Manly", "Rhythm Phasing Blues", and "Sweet Foolishness". (Sound Library, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400 copies!)

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✨✧ Chris Schlarb & Chad TaylorTime No Changes ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Chad Taylor is always one of the most adaptable players we know – and this beautiful record is yet another testaments to his many talents in many different settings! The album's a set of live improvisations with guitarist Chris Shlarb – who plays 6 and 12 stringed acoustic guitars, as well as a bit of moog and Hammond as well – on long tracks that flow out with the guitar in the lead, but given this beautiful support from Taylor on the drums, and a bit of mbira. There's a great criss-crossing of modes – acoustic music taken past any sort of simple genre – as on some of the great Vanguard and Takoma albums from the generation of Peter Walker, Robbie Basho, and Sandy Bull. Titles include "Time No Changes (parts 1 & 2)", "Sassafras", "Mother With Child", and "Creedmoor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 500!)

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ScreentonesHistory Of Kodokuno Gourmet – Season 1 to 8 ... LP
HMV (Japan), 2021. New Copy ... $49.99
A really great accompaniment to one of our favorite TV shows in recent years – Japan's great Solitary Gourmet – a program that has a weary businessman discovering special magic in tiny restaurants that he encounters in his travels! The work here is almost all instrumental, and moves between jazz and other small combo modes – sometimes with a whistle or a voice, but usually using acoustic guitar, soprano sax, keyboards, and drums – shifting in different arrays as the music stretches out here to cover the different settings and seasons of the show. We've always loved watching the program, but never realized how great the music is on its own – and if anything, the package has us wanting an even more complete collection from the many dozens of episodes broadcast over the years. 25 tracks in all – including "Ginza", "Swing 56", "Irish Spoon", "I Miss U", "Jiro's Title", "Stay Alone", and "12pm Next". (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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Creed Taylor OrchestraPing Pang Pong – The Swinging Ball ... LP
ABC, 1960. Very Good- ... $1.99
With arrangements by Kenyon Hopkins. (Now Sound, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Throttle Elevator Music feat Kamasi WashingtonRetrorespective ... LP
Wide Hive, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not a retrospective of the music of Throttle Elevator Music – as you might mistake from the title – but instead a fresh new album that features the group working tremendously with the mighty Kamasai Washington! Washington isn't just a guest, but a key member of the group – and he really helps to push forward that deepening sound they've developed since their first release – a huge evolution that only gets better when Kamasai's on board. Washington plays tenor on the record, and contributes songs and arrangements – and some of the vibe of the set is maybe a small combo take on territory he explored on The Epic album – proud and righteous, with a very uplifting spirit. Other group members include Erik Jekabson on flugelhorn and trumpet, Ava Mendoza on guitar, Matt Mongtomery on bass and piano, and Thomas McCree on drums – and producer Gregory Howe also contributes songs and arrangements. Titles include "Flux & Solder", "Liminality", "Playing The Alleyway", "February Drift", "Subtract Limited", and "Rapid Rotation". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Retrorespective ... CD 9.99

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