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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A sweet 70s collection of late 60s work from George Benson – tracks recorded in 1968 for Verve, originally from the albums Giblet Gravy and Goodies! The set list here really does a great job of picking out the best numbers – the kind of clean, lean tunes that were pushing Benson from his soul jazz roots towards a much bigger audience – yet still without any of the commerciality of later years to come. Players on the tracks include Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Johnny Pacheco on percussion – and arrangements are by Horace Ott and Tom McIntosh. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Low Down & Dirty", "Thunder Walk", "Doobie Doobie Blues", "What's New", and "I Remember Wes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a sticker in the top right corner.)

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Marion BrownPorto Novo (red vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Polydor/ORG, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Genius early work from reedman Marion Brown – an album that was originally only issued overseas, where it was recorded – as part of that legacy that's always had Brown getting a lot more attention in Europe than back at home! Yet the record's a monster that stands equally with Marion's seminal sides for Impulse and ESP – and is maybe even bolder than both of them, as Brown blows alto in a loose trio – with Maarten Van Altena on bass and Han Bennink on drums – in a mode that definitely puts the "free" in free jazz – recorded before the start of both FMP and BYG! Yet there's also that sensitive, soulful quality that makes Brown so great – that element in the music that's always had recordings like these as key pointers forwards to the loft jazz years on the NYC scene – a brilliant blend of freedom and inner spirit – on titles that include "Sound Structure", "QBIC", "Porto Novo", and "Similar Limits". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on transparent red vinyl!)

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Chick Corea & Herbie HancockEvening With Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock ... CD
Columbia/Polydor, 1978. Used ... $2.99
Tracks include "Ostinato", "Homecoming", "The Hook", "Bouquet", "Maiden Voyage", and "La Fiesta". CD

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✨✧ Max GregerChristmas Wonderland ... CD
Polydor/Jazzclub (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Christmas magic from German reedman Max Greger – served up in a richly sentimental mode that's just right for the Holiday – yet with a few groovy touches too! Most tracks have the sparkling polish you'd guess from Greger's image on the cover – rooted in jazz, but given lots of German easy instrumental touches – especially that smooth approach that was used heavily in the economic boom of the 70s – a nice way to serve up the sentiment without ever getting too cloying. Titles include "Silent Night", "Sleigh Ride", "Snowfall", "Winter Dancing", "Ave Marie", "O Tannebaum", "Jingle Bells", and a number of medly tracks too! (Holiday Music, Jazz) CD

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Max GregerNight Club Dancing 3 ... LP
Polydor (Germany), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Features the tracks "After You've Gone", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Perlita", "Moon River" & more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with a short click on the first track.)

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John McLaughlin TrioLive At The Royal Festival Hall ... CD
JMT/Polydor (Japan), 1990. Used ... $9.99
John McLaughlin plays acoustic guitar and Photon guitar synthesizer – other players include Kai Eckhardt on bass, and Trilok Gurtu on percussion. CD
(Out of print, 1996 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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Shuichi Ponta MurakamiIntroducing Ponta Murakami ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1976. Used ... $19.99
The first album as a leader from Japanese drummer Shuichi Ponta Murakami – a set done in close collaboration with Jun Fukamachi – who not only produced and arranged, but also adds in a lot of keyboards too! Some of the best cuts here have that sense of angular interplay and whimsy that you'll know from Fukamachi's own recordings – but they're also driven at a higher speed, too – thanks to Ponta's talents on the drums, which are already pretty darn great – showing the young drummer as a fusion force to be reckoned with! There's lots of energy here – and the whole thing maybe lives up to the dynamic energy of the cover, with a different vibe than some of the more soulful Japanese fusion albums of the time. Titles include "Contact Point", "Absolute Space", "Symptom Angel", "Song For Nabi", "Triaxial Development", and "Dance Of The Paranois". CD
(2018 pressing, includes obi.)

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Oscar Peterson & Joe PassPorgy & Bess (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pablo/Polydor (Japan), 1976. Used ... $6.99
A sweet laidback take on Gershwin – handled with only piano from Peterson and guitar from Pass! CD
(Out of print, early Japanese pressing.)

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Sammy Price with Lucky ThompsonSammy Price Avec Lucky Thompson ... LP
Polydor (France), 1957. Very Good ... $19.99
A very unique session that features the often-modern tenor sax of Lucky Thompson in the company of bluesman Sammy Price, who plays piano and sings on a number of the tracks on the record. Amazingly, Thompson's raspy tenor tone is a perfect fit with the style of the recording – laying down lean blusey licks that really work nicely with Price's barrelhouse piano style, and which also give it a bit more of a jazz-oriented style than usual. The rest of the group features Pierre Michelot on bass, Jean-Pierre Sasson on guitar, and Gerard Pochonet on drums. Titles include "Lucky T", "Minor Blues", "Paris Blues", "Embassy Boogie", and "Up Above My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear on the spine, which has a few small rips.)

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Strata InstituteCipher Syntax ... CD
Polydor/JMT, 1989. Used ... $4.99
Features Steve Coleman on alto, Greg Osby on soprano and alto, Bob Hurst on bass, Tani Tabbal on drums, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums and percussion – plus guitar from David Gilmore. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Randy WestonTanjah ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of Weston's many "comeback" albums – which he seems to make about every 10 years or so – but still a great one! Randy's playing cool electric piano, and he's backed by a tight larger ensemble arranged by Melba Liston. The record retains a lot of the best elements of his earlier ones, while giving Randy a cool 70's sound that sit surprisingly well with his style. Tracks are all by Randy, with updates of classics like "Hi Fly" and "Little Niles", plus others like "Sweet Meat" and "Tanjah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has a cut corner.)
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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoParis Session ... LP
Arista, 1969/1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Nice 2LP set that brought the US some of the great recordings cut by the Art Ensemble while they were in Paris (some of which have also come out under the Black Lion imprint). All of the material was recorded in the Polydor Studios in Paris in 1969, and the tracks include "The Spiritual", "Tutankhamun", "Toro", "Tthintthedalen", and "Lori Song". The feel of the tracks is very laidback, spare, and similar to the material on People in Sorrow, which was recorded during the same period. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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✨✧ Count Basie & Joe WilliamsCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings ... LP
Clef, 1955. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the tracks include Williams' "My Baby Upsets Me", "Ev'ry Day", "April In Paris", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV-2591. Cover has an index sticker on the spine and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... LP
Verve, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on Polydor– UMV 2540. Cover has light wear.)

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Coleman Hawkins & Ben WebsterColeman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A classic set in the best Verve Records mode – as these two mature giants of the tenor sax get lots of room to open up and solo with a great rhythm section at the core! Both Hawkins and Webster have a fantastic sense of tone and timing – and the space of the record really lets you hear the charms of both in equal measure – with backing from Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums. The best tracks have lots of room – plenty of space so that the tenors aren't "encountering" each other in too close of quarters, with space to express themselves freely – and titles include "Blues For Yolande", "Rosita", "Shine On Harvest Moon", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV 2532. Cover has a cutout notch, an index label with clear tape on the spine, and initials in marker on back.)

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicJazz At The Philharmonic In Europe (brick cover) ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and Candido for this tasty set of three long tracks: "Kush", "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Bop 'N' Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese Polydor pressing from the early 80s, with insert. Cover has a cutout notch and an index sticker on the spine.)

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Teruo NakamuraTeruo Nakamura Rising Sun Big Band At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Agharta (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A cooking American set from Japanese bassist Teruo Nakamura – recorded live at Carnegie Hall, right around the time of his classic fusion albums for Polydor! The set features Nakamura at the head of a host of American players – Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Steve Grossman on tenor and soprano sax, Kenny Landrum on keyboards, Bob Mintzer on tenor, and Bill Washer on guitar – plus a bit of trumpet from Randy Brecker and percussion from Dom Um Romao! With a lineup like that, you can definitely guess the sound – a top-shelf batch of fusion, played with plenty of soulful undercurrents, and an occasional bit of funk as well. Tracks are long, and titles include "Wiggle Worm", "Steppin With The Lord", "Manhattan Special", and "Rising Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some light wear.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson At The Concertgebouw ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An unusual live date for Oscar Peterson – in that it wasn't actually officially recorded by Verve, but done by a fan and handed over to Norman Granz at a later date! Given that origin, though, the material is quite strong – recorded with an edge that's slightly earthier than usual for Verve at the time, but with a clarity that still beautifully displays Peterson's dynamic work on the keys – as well as the gentle guitar backing of Herb Ellis and the always-great bass tones of Ray Brown. Titles include "Daahoud", "Bluesology", "Budo", "Evrev", and "We'll Be Together Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing on Polydor, including the insert. Cover has light edge wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Trio At The Stratford Shakespearean Festival ... LP
Verve, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A near-lost gem in Oscar Peterson's mid-50s catalog for Verve – and a sparkling set of trio numbers recorded at the Shakespeare Festival in Ontario! Despite the literate setting of the recording, the work's never stuffy or academic – and Peterson swings things mightily with his trio that includes Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass. The recording quality is wonderful – deep, rich, and luminous – at a level that almost makes us say "why didn't they stop here, since Oscar sounds so perfect?" Titles include "Love You Madly", "52nd Street Theme", "Flamingo", "How About You", and "Noreen's Nocturne". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s mono Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV 2502.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonSound Of The Trio ... LP
Verve, 1961. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sound of the trio is loud and clear on this set – captured before a very appreciative crowd at the London House in Chicago, and featuring Peterson at his inventive best! The tracks on the set stretch out longer than most of the group's studio sessions from the time, and the album's recorded in a great way that also includes Oscar's mumbling at the keys – that humming and grunting style that isn't always caught on record, but which adds a great deal of grit and humanity to the record – especially considering his fluid grace on the piano! As usual, Ray Brown is on bass and Ed Thigpen's on drums – and titles include "Tricotism", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Thag's Dance", and "Kadota's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV 2078, includes the insert and obi. Back cover has some aging.)

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