Compositions by Duke written between 1925 to 1955 including "Parisian Suite", "Romance", "Sonata: Souvenir De Venice", "Three Caprices", "Surrealist Suite", and "Divertissements Des Muses: Themes & Variations" from the ballet Zephyr Et ... (Classical) read moreCD
A wonderful jazzy soundtrack from the end of the 50s – written for the ultra-cool film Bell, Book, & Candle – which starred Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart in a comedy about beatnik witches in New York! Much of the soundtrack has a cool beat jazz sort of feel to it – and many ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The first album as a leader by guitarist Cornell Dupree – but one that was recorded after years of jazz, soul, and rock session and sideman work during the 60s and 70s! It's great to finally hear Cornell get out in front of the mix – hitting those lean, stretched-out lines that always ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most complicated albums from bassist Johnny Dyani, and one of the most compelling too – an octet session from the mid 80s, and one that's filled with wonderfully imaginative moments! The work's quite different than some of Dyani's more improvised sessions, but it's got an organic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dying Ground (Kato Hideki/Eyvind Kang/GC Weston) —
Dying Ground ... CD Avant (Japan), 1996. Used ...
Great early work from trumpeter Jon Eardley – captured here at a point when he was a budding young modernist in the 50s! The album features 2 early 10" LPs – Jon Eardley in Hollywood and Hey There Jon Eardley – both recorded for Prestige within a few months in the mid 50s. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare session as a leader for trumpeter Jon Eardley – a strong 50s player in Gerry Mulligan's group, one with a tone that is both cool and modern, but also able to move deftly in bop circles! This set features a septet (as might be expected by the title) – with players that include ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff! Although a live album, Gratitude is one of Earth Wind & Fire's greatest from the mid 70s – a very tight batch of grooves that proves that Maurice White & Co. could play just as well on stage as they could in the studio – and the noise of the crowd going wild is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent work by this oft-overlooked east coast harmony group! Like a rare few groups at the time, The Ebonys had a sound that mixed male and female harmonies – in a sweetly mellow sound that was a lot hipper than more famous groups that used the style, and which had all the best elements ... (Soul) read moreCD
3 LPs, Harry Edison's 1958 album, Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton & Vice Versa, Red Allen' Red Allen Plays King Oliver from 1960, and Roy Eldride's 1956 release, Swing Goes Dixie. All on 2CDs. (Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)
Harry Edison & His Orchestra —
Sweets ... CD Verve, 1956. Used ...
Easy-going Verve swing at its best – the kind of small group session that let a player like Harry "Sweets" Edison shine in a way that he didn't always get to do in a larger group! For this set, Edison's joined by Ben Webster on tenor sax, Barney Kessel on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
23 tracks by John Edwards – cut during the years before he sang with The Spinners, and had a much rootsier sound. The set combines tracks from the Careful Man LP with a bunch of the singles he cut for the Aware label, plus a whole bunch of previously unissued tracks. The titles are a mix of ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums by Teddy Edwards – and one with some organ in the group! This obscure quartet side has Gerry Wiggins playing a rare bit of Hammond – grooving the group with a lean and open-ended soul jazz approach that really has Edwards blowing at his best! The style sits ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a record that's archly modern, yet soaringly soulful too – a really wonderful combination of modes in the hands of pianist Berndt Egerbladh! The title's a bit strange – as Berndt's hardly the kind of guy that would make us laugh, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Andreas Eklof —
NOR ... CD Compunctio (Sweden), 2008. Used ...
Beautifully minimal work from Andreas Eklof – a Swedish composer with a great ear for the more sensitive sides of the sonic spectrum! Much of the work here is keyboard-based and the album begins with some especially striking compositions for three pianos – two different numbers that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Beautiful package, too – kind of a matchbook-styled cover, with inserts!)
Farid El Atrache —
Operettas ... CD Voice Of Lebanon (United Arab Emirates), 1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used ...
A triple-trumpet session with a really wonderful sound – the kind of all-star date that only a label like Verve could have done so well! As you'll guess from the title, the record's a showcase for the three trumpeters in the lead – and the tracks are long, with plenty of space for each ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy work from this Columbian duo – two female singers who work with some surprisingly cool arrangements that are often a mix of Sunshine Pop and subtle funk – a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 at their best! Arranger Jimmy Salcedo handled the backings, and they've got ... (Latin) read moreCD
Early genius from Kurt Elling – one of Blue Note's best vocal signings of the 90s, and a richly talented singer who's still not well understood by many audiences! The set's got Kurt doing a bit of everything he does great – completely transforming old standards like "Nature ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
2 great albums from Duke Ellington – both recorded for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in the 60s, with an approach that's different than most of Duke's other work! Afro Bossa is the real winner here – a very groovy album that's certainly Ellington's best for Reprise from the 60s, and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An important larger work from Duke Ellington – a suite of tracks that encompasses a range of styles and emotions in African-American expression! The work features some key guest work from Mahalia Jackson – singing here in a way that's different than other vocalists who worked with Duke ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Recorded in January of 1943 – with Ellington on piano, Ray Nance on trumpet and violin, Rex Stewart and Harold Baker on trumpets, Juan Tizol and Lawrence Brown on trombones, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Ben Webster on tenor. (Jazz) CD
A rare slice of Duke Ellington at Newport in the 50s – recorded live at the festival in 1959, but unlike other sessions of the time, never issued on record! The set remained unissued until Duke's 90th birthday, and it's a great discovery that easily matches the strength of Ellington's larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD