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Art BlakeyArt Blakey & His Jazz Messengers 1957 – Second Edition – Featuring Johnny Griffin ... CD
Bluebird, 1957. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Impulse) ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1961. Used ... $5.99
Killer stuff by Art Blakey – one of his few non-Blue Note sessions from the time, and a hard-wailing set that features the Jazz Messengers as a sextet! The format is one that flourished briefly in these early 60s years – and in this case, the already great lineup of Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano is joined by Curtis Fuller on trombone – a frontline that makes for some really amazing music, and which starts to bring in a lyrical energy to the group that's really amazing! The force of Fuller on the ensemble cannot be denied – and the group shift from straight hardbop with a soulful bent into an even more inspired mode – as you'll hear on the album's classic reading of Fuller's "Ala Mode" – nestled in alongside Jazz Messenger takes on standards like "Invitation", "I Hear A Rhapsody", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
One of the many albums that the Jazz Messengers recorded live at Birdland, and one that features a transitional lineup for the band that has new guard players Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, and old guard player Hank Mobley on tenor. Everyone grooves in a very hard fashion – and the set's an excellent link between the raw mid 50s version of the Messengers, and the groundbreaking 1960 edition. The set list of this first volume includes "Hipsippy Blues", "Justice", "Just Coolin", and a nice version of "Close Your Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyBlakey's Best ... CD
Jazztime/Capitol, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $2.99
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(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyCaravan ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
One of the best non-Blue Note sessions from Art Blakey in the 60s – a really searing set that features the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers – a group that's filled with legends who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Reggie Workman on bass, and Cedar Walton on piano! The sextet format really pushes the energy of the group – and allows for even more wonderful horn interplay than before – while still allowing for lots of solo space for individual voices. Tracks are long and open, with a bouncing lyrical groove that's more soaring than some of the heavy-hitting earlier albums from Blakey, but no less pleasing – and possibly even a bit more soulful! Titles include "Sweet N Sour", "This Is For Albert", "Skylark", and "Thermo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art BlakeyComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers (6CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1960. Used 6CDs ... $199.99
An incredible year for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a time when the group included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The work here is the stuff of legend – and this year's worth of material includes sessions that appeared on the albums Roots & Herbs, Witch Doctor, Like Someone In Love, Freedom Rider, The Big Beat, Night In Tunisia, Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vols 1 & 2, and the Japanese-only Pisces! CD
(Out of print. CDs are still sealed – and box and book are nice, save for light wear on one bottom edge.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyDay With Art Blakey 1961 Vol 1 ... CD
East Wind, 1961. Used ... $9.99
A rare Art Blakey performance from a tour in Tokyo – featuring a crack 1961 lineup with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all grooving together nicely! The set was recorded in Sankei Hall on January 2, 1961 – and titles include "The Summit", "Blues March", "Moanin", and "It's Only A Paper Moon". CD
(Out of print East Wind pressing.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyDay With Art Blakey 1961 Vol 2 ... CD
East Wind, 1961. Used ... $6.99
A rare Art Blakey performance from a tour in Tokyo – featuring a crack 1961 lineup with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all grooving together nicely! The set was recorded in Sankei Hall on January 2, 1961 – and titles include "Nelly Bly", "Dat Dere", "Night In Tunisia", and "Round Midnight". CD

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Art BlakeyFor Minors Only ... CD
West Wind, 1971. Used ... $12.99
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(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyFreedom Rider ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Very Good+ ... $99.99
Hard driving bop from the group that practically created "Hard Bop". This one features the Morgan/Shorter/Timmons/Merritt lineup, and classic "Freedom Rider" Blakey solo. Morgan and Shorter are at their boldest and baddest on cuts like "Tell It Like Is" and "Petty Larceny" and Bobby Timmons is, as always, funky and soulful. A monster session – and darn tough to find on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some edge wear, with small stickers and a few stains on back.)
Also available Freedom Rider (Japanese pressing) ... CD 14.99

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Art BlakeyFreedom Rider (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
Hard driving bop from the group that practically created "Hard Bop". This one features the Morgan/Shorter/Timmons/Merritt lineup, and classic "Freedom Rider" Blakey solo. Morgan and Shorter are at their boldest and baddest on cuts like "Tell It Like Is" and "Petty Larceny" and Bobby Timmons is, as always, funky and soulful. A monster session! CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Freedom Rider ... LP 99.99

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Art BlakeyGolden Boy ... LP
Colpix, 1963. Very Good+ ... $18.99
An obscure Jazz Messengers session – but a great one! The album is ostensibly a set of jazz versions of tunes from the musical Golden Boy, and the group this time is a larger one than usual – a total of 10 players, led by Blakey – and playing beautifully over arrangements from Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, and Cedar Walton! The style's not any sort of clunky "jazz meets Broadway" mode, though – as the care taken by the artists involved help elevate the tunes, and the performance, to a whole new soulful level – hardly what you'd expect! The group features trumpet work from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, tenor from Wayne Shorter, alto from James Spaulding, trombone from Curtis Fuller, baritone from Charles Davis, piano from Cedar Walton, and bass from Reggie Workman – all very hip cats, working here with the same sort of large group textures you might hear on Freddie Hubbard's Body & Soul album from the same time, mixed with some more traditionally Blakey-led moments. Titles include "Yes I Can", "Theme From Golden Boy", "Lorna's Here", "This is The Life", and "There's A Party". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Cover has a small sticker and a small stain.)

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Art BlakeyHard Drive ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on his famous sessions for that label! The players here are all great – and include Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Junior Mance on piano, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – all working with a style that's a bit loose and open, allowing plenty of space for solos! Griffin's horn has all the sharp edges you'd expect, and Hardman's great too – and Blakey himself seems to sit back a bit more than usual in his chair, letting the soloists lead the tracks, instead of kicking things into gear from the drums. Titles include "Deo X", "Sweet Sakeena", "Late Spring", "Krafty", and "For Miles & Miles". CD

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Art BlakeyHard Drive ... CD
Bethlehem/Avenue, 1957. Used ... $8.99
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on his famous sessions for that label! The players here are all great – and include Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Junior Mance on piano, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – all working with a style that's a bit loose and open, allowing plenty of space for solos! Griffin's horn has all the sharp edges you'd expect, and Hardman's great too – and Blakey himself seems to sit back a bit more than usual in his chair, letting the soloists lead the tracks, instead of kicking things into gear from the drums. Titles include "Deo X", "Sweet Sakeena", "Late Spring", "Krafty", and "For Miles & Miles". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has small tear in the corner.)

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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vol 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... $16.99
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles on this second volume include "Otinde", "Swingin Kilts", "Dinga", and "Reflection". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyIn This Korner (with bonus track) ... CD
Concord, 1978. Used ... $8.99
Art Blakey at the Keystone Korner – really rattling the rafters with a great lineup that includes Bobby Watson on alto sax, David Schnitter on tenor, and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet! Although the Shorter/Morgan lineup is always hailed as one of Blakey's best, we're also pretty partial to this great late 70s stretch of The Jazz Messengers – as it shows some wonderful early flowering of Watson's alto, and his songwriting abilities; Ponomarev's well-blown trumpet lines; and Schnitter's crisp, sharp lines on tenor – always carved out with a great depth of feeling. Add to the mix some great piano from James Williams, and bass from Dennis Irwin, and you've got a great lineup next to Blakey's drums – all working together in a rough-edged, hard soul space on tracks that include "Pamela", "Unlimited", "Dark Side Light Side", "Blues For Two", and "In This Korner". CD also features the bonus track "1977 AD". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyIndestructible (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his lyrical comping brings the band to new soulful heights. Tracks include "The Egyptian", "Sortie", "Calling Miss Khadija", and "Mr. Jin". CD features the bonus track "It's A Long Way Down", penned by Wayne Shorter. This is the newly remastered version, too – with additional notes and photos. CD

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Art BlakeyLive At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1972 ... CD
Monterey Jazz Festival/Concord, 1972. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
A rare live date from Art Blakey – recorded right around the same time as his Giants Of Jazz concert album for Atlantic in 1972! Like that set, this one features Blakey working with a group of bigger stars than his usual Jazz Messengers – a compelling assemblage of players that includes Thelonious Monk on piano, Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry on trumpets, Kai Winding on trombone, and Sonny Stitt on both alto and tenor sax! The feel is less Blakey-like than some of Art's other material – and more in a classic bop-styled approach overall – but that's no complaint, given the quality of the work, and the strength of the solo players. Titles include "Blue N Boogie", "Round Midnight", "Stardust", "Lover Man", "Perdido", "The Man I Love", and "Night In Tunisia". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyLive Messengers ... LP
Blue Note, 1954/1978. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Great Blue Note 2-fer that brings together a bunch of previously unreleased live sessions from Art Blakey and different incarnations of the Jazz Messengers. Sides 1 through 3 feature a stellar set of tracks recorded in 1961 and 1962 with the sextet lineup that included Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and Curtis Fuller, with the titles "Promised Land", "Arabia", "Mosaic", "Ping Pong", and "Up Jumped Spring". Side 4 has some older material, from 1954 – by the first incarnation of the group that included Lou Donaldson, Clifford Brown, and Horace Silver – and the titles "Wee Dot", "Blues", and "The Way You Look Tonight". Nice notes, and as usual, the Messengers shine in a good live setting. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on back.)

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Art BlakeyMidnight Session With The Jazz Messengers ... LP
Elektra, 1957. Very Good- ... $49.99
One of the rarest Art Blakey sessions of the late 50s – recorded during that brief time when the Jazz Messengers featured Jackie McLean on alto sax! The set's also unusual in that it's one of the few jazz dates for Elektra Records in the early years – recorded here with an edge that's perhaps a bit rougher than some of the other Blakey records during this "many labels" stretch – but in a way that seems to also bring out some especially great qualities in McLean's horn! Other members here include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the differences here make for a nice change from the usual Blakey! Titles include "Casino", "Potpourri", "The Biddie Griddies", "Ugh", and "Reflections Of Buhania". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original grey label pressing. Cover has some wear, splash stains across the top half, and a fully split top seam. Vinyl plays with some crackles.)
 
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Cannonball AdderleySomethin' Else ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Good ... $34.99
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect offset to Cannonball's more soulful style. The rest of the group includes Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey – and like John Coltrane's Blue Train, the record's more of an "special session" than the usual Blue Note album, but the strength of the players make it one of the more memorable records of its day! Titles include "Somethin' Else", "One For Daddy-O", and a nice moody take on "Dancing In The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing with deep groove, with RVG stamp. Cover has some wear and the back paste-on has some aging.)
Also available Somethin' Else (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD 6.99

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Cannonball AdderleySomethin' Else (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect offset to Cannonball's more soulful style. The rest of the group includes Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey – and like John Coltrane's Blue Train, the record's more of an "special session" than the usual Blue Note album, but the strength of the players make it one of the more memorable records of its day! Titles include "Somethin' Else", "One For Daddy-O", and a nice moody take on "Dancing In The Dark". CD
Also available Somethin' Else ... LP 34.99

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Clifford BrownBrownie Speaks – The Blue Note Albums (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 54.98
Seminal work from one of the greatest trumpeters of the 20th Century – and a musician who helped his instrument find a whole new voice in jazz during his short time on this planet! The set brings together all of Clifford Brown's classic work for Blue Note, but in their original format – the selection of 10" albums that came out in the early 50s, and opened up countless ears to his style on the trumpet – a mode that could be incredibly hard biting at times, but also soulful and sweet as well – balanced beautifully amidst the different settings offered here. Each set of tracks recaptures the original 10" track selection, with alternates or rare tracks added only at the end – and the package features all the material from the 10" albums Jay Jay Johnson With Clifford Brown, New Faces New Sounds, New Star On The Horizon, and all volumes of A Night At Birdland With Art Blakey Quintet. Musicians include Gigi Gryce on alto and flute, Jimmy Heath on tenor, JJ Johnson on trombone, Lou Donaldson on alto, Charlie Rouse on tenor, Horace Silver or Elmo Hope on piano, and Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Kenny Clarke on drums. 42 tracks, in a hardcover book-style package with lots of images and notes! CD

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Michael CarvinEach One Teach One ... CD
Muse, 1992. New Copy ... $4.99
Michael Carvin's one of those players who always makes us sit up and take notice – not just for his own dynamic work on drums, but also for the way that he manages to lead a group with such soulful fire! This album's a great example of that skill, as Carvin brings together a mix of players who really open up beautifully together – driven by his own direction with the same free-thinking, soul-searching energy that Art Blakey used to bring to the Jazz Messengers in years back. But Carvin's rhythms are hardly Jazz Messengers stuff – given that the tunes here step out in a nice range of modes, and really show a nice evolution of soulbop standards over the years. The group features Antoine Roney on tenor, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Carlton Holmes on piano, and David Williams on bass – and Houston Person plays guest tenor on one track, and also co-produced the album with Carvin. Titles include "Waltz For Gina", "Nails", "Recife's Blues", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "One By One", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisBlue Haze ... LP
Prestige, 1954. Poor ... $9.99
An early full-length album issued under Miles Davis' name – one that brings together some earlier 10" and single recordings for Prestige! The feel here is quite similar to Davis' work of the time for Blue Note – done with tracks that are short and tight, and very boppish – less of the glistening Davis style of later years, but still quite strongly voiced nonetheless. Players include Horace Silver on piano on most tracks, plus a bit of keys from John Lewis – and one track even features Charles Mingus on piano! Other players on the sessions include Art Blakey, Max Roach, or Kenny Clarke on drums – plus Percy Heath on bass, and a bit of alto from Davey Schildkraut. Titles include "I'll Remember April", "Old Devil Moon", "Tune Up", "Miles Ahead", "Four", and "Smooch". LP, Vinyl record album
(CONDITION NOTE: POOR. NYC 50th street pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp! Cover has moderate wear and aging.)

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Takes You To The Stars (10 inch LP) ... LP
GNP, Early 50s. Very Good ... $36.99
A really rare quartet date, on a par with Buddy's work for Verve and MGM – with Kenny Drew on piano, Eugene Wright on bass, and Art Blakey on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is nice and clean – and cover is nice too!)

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Buddy DeFrancoKing Of The Clarinet (10 inch LP) ... LP
MGM, Early 50s. Good+ ... $11.99
We can't say for sure that Buddy's actually the king of the clarinet, but this record is mighty nice work – and a crackling little set that catches DeFranco at a time when he was one of the strongest players on his instrument, and one of the few to equally absorb bop and swing influences. As with other DeFranco standouts from the time, the rhythm section is what really makes the record – and here he's working with Kenny Drew on piano throughout, plus either Art Blakey or Art Taylor on drums, Teddy Kotick or Curley Russell on bass, and a bit of guitar from Jimmy Raney. Titles include "Cairo", "Lover Come Back To Me", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Street Of Dreams", "Gone With The Wind", and "Sophisticated Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting.)

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Lou DonaldsonQuartet/Quintet/Sextet ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Great early material from Lou Donaldson – with a hard-hitting bop sound missing from his later work! The tracks are short, raw, and lively – and filled with the kind of pre-hardbop soul that Donaldson was infusing into jazz, along with other players on the material – like Horace Silver on piano, Art Blakey on drums, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – all of whom make key early appearances here. The material is from rare 10" LPs – originally recorded in the early 50s, but packaged in a full album by Blue Note for the legendary 1500 series! Titles include "Moe's Bluff", "Roccus", "Sweet Juice", "Down Home", and "The Stroller". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with insert! Cover has light wear, but vinyl is great.)

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Joe GordonIntroducing Joe Gordon (7 inch ep) ... 7-inch
EmArcy, Early 50s. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $11.99
Amazing work from bop trumpeter Joe Gordon! Gordon was a lost talent who only cut a handful of records before his untimely death in 1963 – but he was a heck of a trumpeter, with a rich talent that we'd rank up there with Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham. Joe plays here in a group that includes Art Blakey on drums and Charlie Rouse on tenor – and the overall sound is right up there with the best raw bop on Blue Note or Prestige during the same time. Titles include "Toll Bridge" and "Lady Bob"! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some discoloration from age.)

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Billy HarperAwakening ... CD
Marge (France), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
One of the first-ever albums to feature the tenor talents of Billy Harper as a leader – recorded at a time when the world was really awakening to his talents – thanks to work with Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Lee Morgan! The album features one of Harper's classic groups – with Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louis "Mbiki" Spears on bass, and Horacee Arnold on drums – stretching out with a sense of joy, power, and righteousness that perfectly sum up Harper's contribution to jazz at the time – a new sort of spiritualism allowed by the previous presence of John Coltrane – yet voiced in a mode that's all Billy's own! The set was recorded during a great burst of creative energy on the French Futura label – at a time when they were recording other excellent American players like Ted Curson, Mal Waldron, and Chris Woods – all with an approach that makes them just the right match to capture Harper's early voice at its best. The record features a great version of "Soran Bushi B.H." – a soulful spiritual number that's one of Harper's best compositions – plus "The Awakening", and the super-long "Cry Of Hunger". CD

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✨✧ Elmo HopeElmo Hope Quintet Volume 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
An excellent early album by pianist Elmo Hope – one that has him grooving in a very modernist approach to bop, working perfectly with a tight little quintet that offers an expanded vision of the sorts of sounds he'd previously cut in a trio setting! The group features some especially great tenor from Frank Foster – nice and raw here in the early days, just like on his own Blue Note 10" – and the obscure Freeman Lee is on trumpet, a player we're not sure we've ever heard elsewhere! Percy Heath and Art Blakey keep the whole thing going on rhythm – while Hope plays madly on piano, adding in rich tones and colors to a set that might have otherwise been a straighter bop outing. Titles include "Chips", "Crazy", "Abdullah", and "Low Tide". (2015 Blue Note Authorized Dealer pressing – in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary – and the indie retailers that support them!) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Elmo HopeIntroducing The Elmo Hope Trio/Elmo Hope Quintet ... LP
Blue Note (Japan), Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A pretty great album that combines both of the rare early Elmo Hope 10" LPs for Blue Note on one 14 track 12" album. Introducing The Elmo Hope Trio is seminal early work from Hope – and one of the 10" LP releases that was part of Blue Note's "New Faces – New Sounds" series during the early 50s. Hope's working here with Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones – and the trio go to town on numbers that include complicated bop tunes like "Carving The Rock" and "Hot Sauce", plus more melodic tunes like "Freffie" and "Mo Is On". As always, Hope proves himself to be one of the greatest pianists in jazz history – right up there with Monk, Herbie Nichols, and Bud Powell, bristling with excitement that few of his contemporaries (save those three) could match! Elmo Hope Quintet has Hope grooving in a very moderist approach to bop, working perfectly with a tight little quintet. Frank Foster wails on tenor, Freeman Lee soars on trumpet, and Percy Heath and Art Blakey keep the whole thing going on rhythm – while Hope plays madly on piano, adding in rich tones and colors to a set that might have otherwise been a straighter bop outing. Titles include "Chips", "Crazy", "Abdullah", and "Low Tide". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese-only album – long out of print!)

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Clifford Jordan & John GilmoreBlowing In From Chicago ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $7.99
A landmark session that features two of the greatest tenor talents to emerge from the rich Chicago scene of the 50s! Jordan was well-known to jazz fans, or would be within a few years – but Gilmore's rarely heard in this sort of setting, as most of his recording career was spent in the company of Sun Ra's Arkestra. The record features the duo in a twin-tenor frontline, with backing by Horace Silver, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey. Ostensibly a blowing session, but much tighter than you'd expect – and with a hard heavy Blue Note groove. Titles include "Evil Eye", "Status Quo", "Bo-Till", and "Blue Lights". CD features the bonus track "Let It Stand". CD
(Pre RVG version – out of print.)

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George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really gets the whole thing going – that big, round approach to the drums that was somewhere in a space between Art Blakey and Buddy Rich – and which was definitely hitting some of its hipper tones by the time of this 70s set. The group also features Takashi Mizuhashi on bass – and titles include "Invader 7", "Albatross", "Monday Samba", and "Sleepy's Funk". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. Used ... $26.99
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really gets the whole thing going – that big, round approach to the drums that was somewhere in a space between Art Blakey and Buddy Rich – and which was definitely hitting some of its hipper tones by the time of this 70s set. The group also features Takashi Mizuhashi on bass – and titles include "Invader 7", "Albatross", "Monday Samba", and "Sleepy's Funk". CD
(Blu Spec CD. Includes obi.)
Also available Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 28.99

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Sabu Martinez & Sahib ShihabWinds & Skins – The Swedish Radio Recordings 1978 ... CD
Mellotronen (Sweden), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare meeting between percussionist Sabu Martinez and reedman Sahib Shihab – both American players, but working here in a really unique European setting! The tracks are filled with great percussion from Sabu – that legendary groove he first laid down on Blue Note and Alegre albums years back – handled here in a more open, searching sort of way, with a range of great percussion effects in the mix – thanks to the presence of some additional percussionists as well. Sahib Shihab plays both sax and flute – blowing lines that fall into the more exotic side of his talents – quite different than his straighter jazz work, and a great reminder that he can really have a deep conception, when heard in the right setting. Overall, the sound is quite spare – heavy on percussion, with a bit of bass – then giving way to reeds from Shihab – and titles include "Nus", "A Memo To Art Blakey", "The Distorted Sioux Indian", "Ghandi's Candies", "Arroz Con Leche", and "Sondagsbladet" – which is a bonus trio track from 1967, featuring sax from Christer Boustedt instead of Shihab. CD
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Sabu Martinez & Sahib ShihabWinds & Skins – The Swedish Radio Recordings 1978 ... LP
Mellotronen (Sweden), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare meeting between percussionist Sabu Martinez and reedman Sahib Shihab – both American players, but working here in a really unique European setting! The tracks are filled with great percussion from Sabu – that legendary groove he first laid down on Blue Note and Alegre albums years back – handled here in a more open, searching sort of way, with a range of great percussion effects in the mix – thanks to the presence of some additional percussionists as well. Sahib Shihab plays both sax and flute – blowing lines that fall into the more exotic side of his talents – quite different than his straighter jazz work, and a great reminder that he can really have a deep conception, when heard in the right setting. Overall, the sound is quite spare – heavy on percussion, with a bit of bass – then giving way to reeds from Shihab – and titles include "Nus", "A Memo To Art Blakey", "The Distorted Sioux Indian", "Ghandi's Candies", "Arroz Con Leche", and "Sondagsbladet" – which is a bonus trio track from 1967, featuring sax from Christer Boustedt instead of Shihab. LP, Vinyl record album
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Metronome All-StarsMetronome All-Stars 1956 ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Features Ella Fitzgerald on vocal performances of "April In Paris", "Party Blues", and "Every Day I Have The Blues" – with Count Basie backing. Also features a jam session version of "Billie's Bounce" – with Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow, Zoot Sims, and others – and a solo piano take on "Lady Fair" by George Wallington. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Clef pressing, with a deep groove. Cover has a partially split top seam and a number in marker on the back.)

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Hank MobleyHank Mobley & His All Stars (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. Used ... $11.99
A very unique album from Hank Mobley – one that has him working alongside Milt Jackson, in an unusual format that mixes the soulful Mobley tenor with some well-crafted work on vibes! The "all star" title is certainly appropriate here – as Mobley and Jackson are joined in a quintet by Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – almost bringing in an early Jazz Messengers sensibility to the record, but also hitting more of a looser, laidback blowing session approach. There's less of the tightness of other Mobley sessions from the time, and the record has the players really feeling each other out in the studio – with the sort of spontaneity you might hear in a Prestige or Savoy album from the time. Tracks are long, and titles include "Ultramarine", "Don't Walk", "Lower Stratosphere", and "Mobley's Musings". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hank MobleySoul Station ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Simply astounding! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing – in a way that makes for some of Mobley's best solos on record! The tracks here are all relatively basic in construction, but this territory allows all players to really relax and open up – especially Mobley, who really dominates the proceedings with some well-blown lines on tenor. Blakey's work is great too – nicely restrained, and the date marks one of his last sessions ever as a sideman. Titles include "Soul Station", "Split Feelin's", "Dig Dis", and "This I Dig Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 90s pressing – on 180 gram vinyl.)
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