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✨✧ Abbey Lincoln with Archie SheppGolden Lady ... CD
Inner City, 1981. Used ... $9.99
A wonderfully moody album from Abbey Lincoln – one that's a bit more laidback than some of her other efforts, but no less soulful! There's kind of a broken, jagged sound to the record – a late nite vibe that's blue and melancholy, and which gets some great support from the tenor sax of Archie Shepp – which often gets a chance to solo on most tracks! The rhythms are gentle, often a bit spare – and handled by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Jack Gregg on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and the set also features work from trumpeter Roy Burroughs. Tracks include three original compositions, "Painted Lady", "Throw It Away", and "Caged Bird", plus a sublime version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady". Also includes Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", and Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life". CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppBallads For Trane (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1977. Used ... $29.99
One of Archie Shepp's most fragile and most beautiful albums – a set of mellower tunes dedicated to John Coltrane, played on tenor and soprano sax with support from a trio that includes Albert Dailey on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! The album's a real standout in Shepp's aging stretch – a session that's much more straight ahead than his earlier work, but which also benefits from his years of more exploratory blowing – experience that echoes out here in powerful notes and phrasings that he brings into the tunes at delightfully unexpected moments. As with Shepp's earlier Four For Trane album for Impulse, the sound here is not a copycat of Coltrane at all – but a fresh new vision that takes inspiration from the creativity of the master, and works with the same sense of soul and striving. Titles include "Soul Eyes", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Wise One", "Where Are You", and "Theme For Ernie". CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie SheppBird Fire – A Tribute To Charlie Parker ... CD
Impro (France), 1979. Used ... $8.99
The set's billed as a "tribute to Charlie Parker", but it's got a heck of a lot more to offer than that – as the album's one of the best of Archie Shepp's late 70s efforts, and has a gentle soulfulness that goes way beyond just duplicating Bird! The tunes are all numbers associated with Charlie Parker, to be sure – but Archie's working here in a mode that's often less boppish than it is searingly soulful – in that great later Shepp way of hitting the reed of the tenor with a nice degree of "rasp", voicing things with a bit more dirt than Parker ever would have – and eschewing deftly cutting lines for more personally introspective modes. The group features Everett Hollins on trumpet, Siefried Kessler on piano, Bob Cunningham on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums – and titles include "Now's The Time", "Lover Man", "Au Privave", and "Parker's Mood" – all in nice long versions. CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie SheppBlase/Live At The Pan-African Festival ... CD
BYG/Fuel 2000, 1969. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
2 landmark Archie Shepp albums in one package! Blase is filled with long, spiritual tracks that comprise some of his best European recordings of the decade, and the titles include "There is a Balm in Gilead", "Touareg", and "My Angel". The group includes Jeanne Lee on vocals, plus Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Philly Joe Jones – and the whole thing has that great Paris spiritual free jazz party feel to it! Live At The Pan-African Festival was recorded in Algiers during the Pan-African Festival in 1969. The recording is a very unique one, and features Shepp's group with Grachan Moncur, Clifford Thorton, and Dave Burrell – plus lots of Algerian musicians! The sound is haunting, and the record really stands apart from Shepp's other BYG albums. Titles include "We Have Come Back" and "Brotherhood at Ketchaoua". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppFor Losers ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
One of the grooviest albums from Archie Shepp's post-new thing years for Impulse – a nicely grooving session that mixes soul-based tracks with more righteous spiritual jazz moments! The approach here is a nicely varied – a laidback, collaborative spirit that's even quite different from Shepp's work in France at the time, or even from some of his other sessions for Impulse. At one moment, Archie's playing in a gently spare and soulful mode – foreshadowing his late 70s sides – but at another, he'll be opening up with intensity, egged on by a group of well-matched players who include Woody Shaw, Grachan Moncur III, James Spaulding, and Cedar Walton. Side 2 features the extended "Un Croque Monsieur" – a modally building number with some free post-Coltrane energy, and a righteous poem from Chinalin Sharpe. Sharpe returns in a completely different spirit on "I Got It Bad" – singing the lyrics in a Billie Holiday mode alongside Shepp's solo – and Leon Thomas sings on the soul-based number "Stick Em Up", again very different than usual! Titles also include a great version of Cal Massey's "What Would It Be Without You" and the funky groover "Abstract". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light staining along the top seam.)

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Archie SheppFour For Trane ... CD
Impulse, 1964. Used ... $6.99
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Four For Trane ... CD 19.99

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Archie SheppFour For Trane ... CD
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $19.99
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Four For Trane ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Archie SheppKwanza ... CD
Impulse, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant little album from Archie Shepp – material recorded on a variety of dates at the end of the 60s, but packaged together as an extremely soulful set in the mid 70s! There's a feel here that rivals some of the best moments of the Attica Blues years – a mix of spiritual soul jazz and bolder modern moments – reigned in nicely from the freer Shepp sound of a few years before, and given a really righteous focus by the addition of vocals on some tracks. Archie sings a bit himself, and one number features Leon Thomas singing with Tasha Thomas and Doris Troy – a very odd meeting in the studio! Players include Woody Shaw, Jimmy Owens, Dave Burrell, Grachan Moncur III, and Wally Richardson – and the tracks even get a bit funky at times! Titles include an excellent version of "New Africa", which was recorded later in Paris by Grachan Moncur III – plus "Back Back", "Spoo Pee Doo", "Slow Drag", and Cal Massey's "Bakai". CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie SheppLife At The Donaueschingen Music Festival ... LP
MPS, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Some of Archie Shepp's most freewheeling material of the 60s – a long, extended, single-song album recorded at the Donaueschingen festival a few years before his classic work for BYG/Actuel – and very much in the same bold spirit as his recordings for that label! The single tune – "One For The Trane" – is opened up, stretched out, and run freely by Shepp on tenor, Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur on trombones, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums – a very unique lineup that benefits not just from the presence of two trombones, which gives the record a very deep, rich sound – but also from the creative rhythms of Garrison and Harris, a really great team for a session like this! Shepp is wonderful – still with this inherent sense of soul that also ties the performance to some of his brightest moments for Impulse Records – this structure, even when blowing free, that creates an amazing sense of swing somewhere back in the music. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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Archie SheppLittle Red Moon ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A nice small group set – with Shepp on tenor and vocal, plus Enrico Rava on trumpet, Siefried Kessler on piano and keyboards, Wilbur Little on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. Includes the long title track "Little Red Moon", and a version of "Naima". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie SheppMy Man – Tribute To Sidney Bechet ... CD
Impro (France), 1981. Used ... $9.99
Leave it to Archie Shepp to deliver a tribute to Sidney Bechet with amazing results – a deeply spiritual session that's quite different than the trad jazz outing you might expect! Sure, a few of the tunes are Sidney's – but Shepp's renditions here are completely unique – stretched out and soulful, with the same sort of rich sounds you'd expect from his late 70s European work – a touch of jazz traditionalism, but mixed with all the openly-expressive modes that Archie helped bring to jazz from the 60s onwards. Shepp plays soprano sax, flute, and a bit of piano – and other players on the date include Charles McGee on trumpet, Charles Eubanks on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and John Betsch on drums. Michelle Wiley sings on two great numbers – "My Man" and "Blues For Bechet", both done with that all-soul Shepp approach – and other titles include "Premier Bal", "Passport To Paradise", and "Petite Fleur". CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie SheppOn Green Dolphin Street ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1977. Used ... $18.99
A wonderful album for all those folks who ever crabbed about Shepp going back "inside" during the late 70s! The record is straight jazz – not as righteous as Attica Blues or some of the other Impulse albums, yet done with a wonderfully soulful quality that shows that even without a large group backing him up, Shepp could blow wonderfully on the sax. Most tunes feature him on soprano, and the album also features a bit of tenor – and the group is a quartet with Walter Bishop on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums. Tracks are all long, and Shepp's got this great laidback and mellowly searching tone. Titles include "In A Mellow Blues", "Enough", "The Scene Is Clean", and "On Green Dolphin Street". CD
(Out of print, HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppPoem For Malcolm (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Beautiful work from Archie Shepp – a record that's filled with meaning and power, and which really stands out as a freer expression of his ideals while working on the European scene! The players here are an array of other BYG/Actuel luminaries – including Burton Green on piano, Grachan Moncur on trombone, Malachi Favors and Alan Silva on bass, and Philly Joe Jones and Claude Delcloo on drums. Hank Mobley makes a surprising appearance on a version of "Oleo" – joining Shepp's tenor after the first half of the track, which is titled "Rain Forrest". That side-long track is complemented by another long number on the flip – "Mamarose/Poem For Malcolm" – a very spiritual track with some nice vocalizations too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Archie SheppRound About Midnight – Live At The Totem Vol 2 ... CD
Marge (France), 1979. Used ... $11.99
A brilliant second volume to this classic series of live recordings from Archie Shepp – and a record that shows both ways he could really shine in the 70s! The record's got a wonderful 28 minute take on Archie's classic "Blues For Brother George Jackson" – an Attica Blues-era number that's possibly the closest thing that Shepp ever wrote to a groover – played here in a really open, free way that has a lot more edges than the famous studio version – including some amazing sharp lines from Shepp on tenor sax – over rhythms from Siegfried Kessler on piano, Bob Cunningham on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. The rest of the album showcases Shepp's return to tradition – a new love of bop that he didn't actually even show in his earliest recordings in the US – but which marked Archie's reinvention of himself as an equally straight tenorist at the time – on titles here that include long takes of "Donna Lee" and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie SheppSoul Song ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An overlooked treasure from Archie Shepp – a set recorded for the Enja label with a profile that's not as bold as some of his other albums, but a great later session that has some surprisingly wonderful moments! Perhaps the best of these is the album's long workout on "Mama Rose" – done here as a free-flowing modal number with some great soprano sax lines from Archie – blown beautifully over soaring rhythms from Kenny Werner on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and the great Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. The track really cooks wonderfully – and is followed by the more sensitive "Soul Song", the hard-blown tenor cut "Geechee", and a laidback take on "My Romance". Both "Geechee" and "Mama Rose" dominate the record – and are perfect examples of the later soulful sound of Shepp in the post-Impulse years! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Archie SheppYasmina, A Black Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from Pharoah Sanders than Shepp himself. Next up is "Sonny's Back", a wonderful straight jazz groover with Archie and Hank Mobley on twin tenors upfront – making a rare and memorable recorded appearance together! The set's capped off by a mellow version of "Body & Soul", one that points towards the more soulful side of Shepp's work in the 70s. LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie SheppYasmina, A Black Woman/Poem For Malcolm ... CD
BYG/Charly (UK), 1969. Used ... $7.99
A tremendous bit of jazz history – 2 classic Archie Shepp albums on 1 CD! Yasmina features Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from Pharoah Sanders than Shepp himself. Next up is "Sonny's Back", a wonderful straight jazz groover with Archie and Hank Mobley on twin tenors upfront – making a rare and memorable recorded appearance together! The set's capped off by a mellow version of "Body & Soul", one that points towards the more soulful side of Shepp's work in the 70s. Poem For Malcolm is one of Shepp's most memorable LPs for BYG. Side one has him playing with Burton Greene, Alan Silva, Philly Joe Jones, and Claude Delcloo on the extended Mamarose/Poem For Malcolm. The track starts out with very free playing, then moves into a more subdued passage, with Shepp's recitation of his "Poem For Malcolm". Side two has a great lineup that includes Grachan Moncour III, Malachi Favors, and Hank Mobley, who gives one of the wildest performances of his life! The group runs through the 20 minute track Rain Forest/Oleo, and begins with a dark, spare performance, then leaps into a reading of "Oleo" that's filled with fire. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Archie Shepp QuartetParisian Concert Volume 1 ... CD
Impro/Sun Records (France), 1977. Used ... $11.99
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for Shepp's exploration of the straighter side of jazz at this point in his career, but one who's also able to dip back to some sharper, more modern tones as well. The first side of the album features Mal Waldron's "Hoo Ray For Herbie" – played in an extended 24 minute version that really lets Archie stretch out on tenor –and side two contains one of versions of Tadd Dameron's "Clean Is The Scene", Charlie Parker's "Confirmation", and two Grachan Moncur compositions, "Blues Free" and "Sonny's Back". CD
(Out of print.)

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Archie Shepp QuartetParisian Concert Volume 2 (with bonus track) ... CD
Impro/Sun Records (France), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for Shepp's exploration of the straighter side of jazz at this point in his career, but one who's also able to dip back to some sharper, more modern tones as well. Tracks include Shepp's classic "U-Jaama", a nice reading of Cal Massey's "What Would It Be Without You" – and the titles "Baimbu", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Straight Street". CD also features the unissued bonus track "Un Pot D'Eau Trop Chaud" – which runs for almost 20 minutes! CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppFire Music ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff – easily one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums, and certainly one of the pivotal points of 60s avant garde jazz! The album features Shepp leading a crack "new thing" line up that includes Ted Curson on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto, Joe Chambers on drums, Reggie Johnson on bass, and the lesser-known Joseph Orange on trombone – all playing in a beautifully poised manner, never too far out and free, but with all the dynamic energy of the best jazz changes of the 60s! There's a vibe here that's similar to some of the Blue Note "new thing" work by players like Grachan Moncur, Jackie McLean, and Tony Williams from the time – but there's a vision that's also wider and deeper, too, given the size of the group and the way they interact. Titles include "Hambone", "Los Olvidados", "Malcolm Malcolm–Semper Malcolm", and an insane cover of "Girl From Ipanema". You can't go wrong with this one – trust us! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Marion BrownThree For Shepp ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful playing that goes out, but never too far – like Shepp in his best sixties moments – and Brown's working with a great lineup of players that includes Grachan Moncur on trombone, Beaver Harris on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano! The tunes include three Marion Brown originals on side one, plus three tracks by Shepp on side two. "Spooks" alone will leave you loving this album for years to come – and other tracks include "West India", "Delicado", "New Blue", and "Fortunato". A brilliant blend of 60s "new thing" playing and 70s underground jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, a bit of pen, and clear tape on the bottom seam.)

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Albert AylerNew Grass/Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $8.99
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring backing by "the Soul Singers" – at others, he plays solo, with some of the most plaintive tones he ever laid down on wax! The record features an incredibly haunting "Message From Albert", plus the tracks "New Generation", "Sun Watcher", "New Ghosts", and "Free At Last". Completely fascinating, and a record that really makes you wonder what would have happened had he not died a mysterious young death! Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe is a really mind-expanding album that's unlike anything else he ever did! By the time of the record, Ayler had made a full round trip between the New York and European jazz scenes – leaving important influences wherever he went, and trying desperately to pick up new ones the further he moved on. Here, he's working in a style that's a bit like that of Archie Shepp at the time – still steeped in free jazz and new thing ideals, but infused with a free-thinking approach to the music that allows for bold new styles and sounds. In addition to his own stunning work on tenor, Ayler's also blowing bagpipes and vocalizing a bit next to singer Mary Maria, who does a great recitation on one track of the record. Rhythm is by the two-bass team of Stafford James and Bill Folwell, next to drums by Muhammad Ali – and the whole thing's capped off by guitarist Henry Vestine, who plays in modes that range from bluesy to free. At the time, this one was kind of dismissed as a messed-up mistake that occurred at the end of Ayler's too-short life – but honestly, over the years, this record really really opens itself to us more and more, and we have to say that we think it's one of his most groundbreaking albums! Titles include "Island Harvest", "Drudgery", "Oh Love Of Life", "Masonic Inborn (part 1)", and "A Man Is Like A Tree". CD

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John ColtraneAscension (Edition II) ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $49.99
One of the freest, most exploratory albums ever recorded by John Coltrane – and a unique session done with an expanded group of some of the most important avant jazz players of his generation! The format here is similar to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album – in that the music is freely improvised, and spans the entire LP as a non-stop performance – one that has Coltrane in the lead, but which also features alto from Marion Brown and John Tchicai, tenor from Archie Shepp and Pharaoh Sanders, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard and Dewey Johnson – and core rhythms from McCoy Tyner on piano, drums from Elvin Jones, and double basses from Art Davis and Jimmy Garrison. The record set the format for larger improvisatory groups in years to come – but is still one of the best examples of the form! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing, Edition II, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some corner wear.)

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Norman ConnorsDance Of Magic ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown and Archie Shepp. For this initial set, Norman's in incredible company – working with players that include Herbie Hancock on both electric and acoustic keys, plus Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Gary Bartz and Carlos Garnett on saxes, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Billy Hart and Airto on percussion – plus a chorus of vocalists on the album's mighty title cut! Tracks are all long, spiritual, and freely exploratory – but never in a style that goes too far outside, or that forgets the joy and love that can spring forth in a forward-thinking session like this one! Titles include "Dance Of Magic", "Give The Drummer Some", "Morning Change", and "Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dance Of Magic (Cobblestone pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Norman ConnorsDance Of Magic (Cobblestone pressing) ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good ... $14.99
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown and Archie Shepp. For this initial set, Norman's in incredible company – working with players that include Herbie Hancock on both electric and acoustic keys, plus Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Gary Bartz and Carlos Garnett on saxes, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Billy Hart and Airto on percussion – plus a chorus of vocalists on the album's mighty title cut! Tracks are all long, spiritual, and freely exploratory – but never in a style that goes too far outside, or that forgets the joy and love that can spring forth in a forward-thinking session like this one! Titles include "Dance Of Magic", "Give The Drummer Some", "Morning Change", and "Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dance Of Magic ... LP 9.99

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Abbey LincolnPainted Lady (aka Golden Lady) ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A wonderfully moody album from Abbey Lincoln – one that's a bit more laidback than some of her other efforts, but no less soulful! There's kind of a broken, jagged sound to the record – a late nite vibe that's blue and melancholy, and which gets some great support from the tenor sax of Archie Shepp – which often gets a chance to solo on most tracks! The rhythms are gentle, often a bit spare – and handled by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Jack Gregg on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and the set also features work from trumpeter Roy Burroughs. Tracks include three original compositions, "Painted Lady On The Stage", "Throw It Away", and "Caged Bird", plus a sublime version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady". Also includes Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", and Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life". CD

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Sunny MurrayHommage To Africa ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1969. Used ... $15.99
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, it moves into a slow rhythmic pulse that pulls along all players in a moving ensemble passge that sparkles with feeling and spirituality. Side 2 has two shorter pieces entitled "R.I.P.", which is more intense, and "Unity", which again moves into a mellower ensemble space. Certainly one of our favorite albums on BYG, and one that we find ourselves returning to more than others on the label! CD
(Out of print. Comes in a cool 5" gatefold reissue package just like the original LP.)
Also available Hommage To Africa (180 gram pressing) ... LP 9.99

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Sunny MurrayHommage To Africa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, it moves into a slow rhythmic pulse that pulls along all players in a moving ensemble passge that sparkles with feeling and spirituality. Side 2 has two shorter pieces entitled "R.I.P.", which is more intense, and "Unity", which again moves into a mellower ensemble space. Certainly one of our favorite albums on BYG, and one that we find ourselves returning to more than others on the label! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hommage To Africa ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Sunny MurraySunshine (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
One of the most ambitious albums that Sunny Murray ever recorded – a set of large ideas and long explorations – performed here by a group of all-star avant players from the time! Murray's vision is wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his work for ESP – and realized by a mighty lineup of players that includes Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Jones and Roscoe Mitchell on alto saxes, Archie Shepp and Kenneth Terrode on tenors, Dave Burrell on piano, and Alan Silva and Malachi Favors on bass! The strong influence of the AACM can definitely be felt on the set – but Murray's presence really changes things up – taking the mood in a different direction than heard on the BYG albums that Mitchell, Bowie, and Favors recorded with the Art Ensemble. Side one features the extended "Flower Trane", and side two contains "Real" and "Red Cross". LP, Vinyl record album

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New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... CD
ESP, 1965. Used ... $5.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist Milford Graves – but their legacy in this one album is almost greater than that of other combos who recorded more frequently at the time. The sound is similar to the best "spacious" groups of the new thing years – such as the Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon work, or some of the looser sides by the New York Contemporary Five – a group that featured Shepp and Tchicai. Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) makes a key guest appearance on the title "Black Dada Nihilismus" – reciting his writings alongside the group's somber instrumental musings – and other titles include "Short", "Rosmosis", and "No 6". CD

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New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... LP
ESP, 1965. Very Good ... $39.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist Milford Graves – but their legacy in this one album is almost greater than that of other combos who recorded more frequently at the time. The sound is similar to the best "spacious" groups of the new thing years – such as the Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon work, or some of the looser sides by the New York Contemporary Five – a group that featured Shepp and Tchicai. Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) makes a key guest appearance on the title "Black Dada Nihilismus" – reciting his writings alongside the group's somber instrumental musings – and other titles include "Short", "Rosmosis", and "No 6". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing, in the textured cover with wrap-around paste-on. Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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Quintetto XNovo Esquema Da Bossa ... CD
Right Tempo (Italy), 1995. Used ... $7.99
One of the very first records that hipped our ears to the bossa sound of the Italian scene – a seminal mid 90s session from the lovely Quintetto X! In a world where few had figured out how to make modern bossa grooves without putting in too many beats, or heading into smooth jazz territory, Quintetto X had it all figured out – and emerged out of nowhere with a perfectly-formed sound that was one of the best modern takes on the older Brazilian sound at the time! And even now, a decade after the original album, the whole thing still sounds wonderful – bristling with a core bossa jazz energy that easily steps back and forth between 60s jazz and 70s electric takes on the style – all topped off by some great vocals from singer Rosalia De Douza! The set features a wonderful remake of Archie Shepp's "Blues for B.G. Jackson", a funky version of Horace Silver's "The Jody Grind", and a nice reworking of Marcos Valle's "Freio Aerodinamico". CD
(Out of print non-remastered original version.)

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Roswell RuddEverywhere ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever from trombonist Roswell Rudd – an early Impulse Records session, cut right at a time when Rudd was a crucial part of the New York "new thing" scene in the 60s! The album's almost more of an ESP session from its lineup – which includes Giuseppi Logan on flute and bass clarinet, Robin Kenyatta on alto sax, Charlie Haden and Lewis Worrell on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums – yet the overall feel of the record has more of the control and sense of vision we've come to love on Impulse – the mix of structure and freedom you might find in crucial 60s recordings by Marion Brown or Archie Shepp on the label – particularly the latter's Fire Music generation! Titles include "Respects", "Satan's Dance", "Everywhere", and "Yankee No How". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. NOTE: Cover has moderate moisture staining with waviness, peeling, staining, and splitting along the bottom half.)

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Clifford ThorntonKetchaoua ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $29.99
An early gem from the great Clifford Thornton – maybe his best-known album over the years, thanks to its placement on the post-68 series of French free jazz releases on the BYG/Actuel label – but a set that's got a much more New York vibe overall, and stands as a key precursor to so many loft jazz recordings of the 70s! The style is very open and organic – not nearly as bombastic as some of the other Actuel sets of the period – with an earthy energy that really allows the players to come together naturally, collaboratively, and not combatively. The lineup of players shifts from track to track – again echoing some loftish modes – and the lineup includes Thornton on cornet and percussion, with Grachan Moncur on trombone, Archie Shepp on soprano sax, Arthur Jones on alto, Beb Guerin and Earl Freeman on bass, Sunny Murray on drums, and Dave Burrell on piano. Titles include "Pan African Festival", "Brotherhood", and "Ketchaoua" – plus "Speak With Your Echo", a cool track that has Clifford's cornet playing in a spare setting with only 2 basses! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has a small press flaw that clicks a bit on "Speak With Your Echo". Cover has about an inch of fraying on the opening.)

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Bennie WallaceFree Will ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1980. Used ... $8.99
An early set as a leader from tenorist Bennie Wallace – and one of his most heartfelt albums ever! Wallace has a tone that hearkens back to the warm raspiness of the Ben Webster/Lester Young generation – yet he also blows with a freer, more open quality that's quite contemporary too – mixing free moments and swinging passages together easily, almost a bit like Archie Shepp during his return to tradition in the late 70s! The group here really stretch strongly to move with Wallace's vision – a quartet that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – sometimes playing a lot more out than you might expect. Titles include "Star Eyes", "The Free Will", "Back Door Beauty", "Paslom", and "Walter". CD
(Early 90s pressing.)

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VariousColossal Saxophone Sessions ... CD
Evidence, 1992. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Tracks by Frank Morgan, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Houston Person, John Zorn and more. CD

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✨✧ Roy Brooks & The Artistic TruthBlack Survival ... LP
Im-Hotep, 1974. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the righteous Roy Brooks – a drummer who worked strongly in the soul jazz mainstream of the 60s, then stepped out into even headier territory here in the 70s! The album's a spiritual masterpiece all the way through – an album on par with early 70s Impulse sides from Pharoah Sanders or Archie Shepp, or the best from Strata East – cut with a similar blend of righteous rhythmic undercurrents, freewheeling solos, and vocalizations that really help underscore the message in the music! The lineup is filled with players as powerful as Brooks – Joe Bonner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on tenor and soprano saxes, and John Stubblefield on oboe – plus vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater, who's easily at her most righteous here. The album features the long "Black Survival" suite – with passages that include "Here & Now", "Prologue", "Sahel", and "Relief". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has very light surface and corner wear.)

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✨✧ Marion BrownBack To Paris ... LP
Free Lance (France), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Marion Brown – easily one of his best albums from the time, and a set that matches all the soulful, spiritual energy of his classic Impulse and ESP sessions! The album's got a freewheeling, open tone – lots of loose rhythms that have a nice sense of swing, and which push Brown's alto sax nicely – blown sometimes with the grittiness you might hear from Archie Shepp in Paris, but also getting some of the warmer, deeper tones that mark Marion's "Sweet Earth" sound too. The group features Hilton Ruiz on piano, Jack Gregg on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and tracks are nice and long – with titles that include "November Cotton Flower", "Body & Soul", "Sweet Earth Flying", and "La Placita". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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✨✧ Dave BurrellEcho (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very heavy duty stuff from Dave Burrell – and perhaps his most "out" session. The record features one long track – a full-on attack of free playing by a group that includes Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, Grachan Moncur, Clifford Thornton, and Arthur Jones. One of the most unbridled of all the BYG sessions – and fiercer stuff than we've heard from Burrell on other LPs. CD
(Out of print limited edition of 1500.)

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✨✧ Beaver HarrisBeautiful Africa ... CD
Soul Note, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Beaver Harris' albums with his 360 Sound Ensemble – and one of the few to capture the energy that he and some of the other players had during the Archie Shepp/New Thing generation of the mid/late 60s! The group features Ron Burton on piano, Grachan Moncur on trombone, Ken McIntyre on saxes, and Cameron Brown on bass – and the album's got some long stretched out tracks that still retain a soulful tightness, without some of the noodling that hurts other records. Titles include "Love & Hate", "African Drums", "Aladdin's Carpet", and "Baby Suite". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)
 
 
 



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