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Art BlakeyAlbum Of The Year ... CD
Timeless (Netherlands), 1981. Used ... $9.99
Well, "album of the year" might be a hard claim to live up to – but this is a heck of a great record! The album's one of Blakey's real sleepers – cut years away from his time at Blue Note, with a fluid soulful approach that steps off his work at Prestige quite nicely. The real strength of the set is the group – as even at this point, Blakey's got an insanely perfect ear for picking young talent. Every player's a star, and the group features work by Bobby Watson, James Williams, Bill Pierce, Charles Fambrough, and even a young Wynton Marsalis, who still sounds pretty nice at this point. The set list include some great tracks, too, originals by group members that include "Soulful Mister Timmons", "Little Man", "In Case You Missed It", and "Ms BC". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $14.99
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 BlakeyAurex Jazz Festival 83 – Art Blakey & The All Star Jazz Messengers (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Baystate (Japan), 1983. Very Good+ ... $29.99
With Wynton Marsalis or Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Benny Golson on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi and insert.)

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Art BlakeyCaravan (bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $5.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyChippin In ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $9.99
Late Art Blakey – but great Blakey too, as Art never faltered a minute in the later years of his life, and continued to work with some of the best younger players he could find! Here, Art's leading a lineup that includes Brian Lynch on trumpet, Frank Lacy and Steve Davis on trombone, Javon Jackson and Dale Barlow on tenor, and Geoff Keezer on piano – all coming together with a tight, round sound that takes us back to some of Blakey's sublime mid 70s recordings – a masterpiece in soulful economy! Titles include "Byrdflight", "Brain Stormin", "Kay Pea", "Chippin In", "Aquarius Rising", "Chandek's Den", and "Kenji's Walk". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyHard Champion ... CD
King, 1988. Used ... $5.99
Tracks include "Scenic Route", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Theme Of Hard Champion" and "Witch Hunt". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyHeat Wave ... CD
Pony Canyon (Japan), 1977. Used ... $29.99
A rare live set from a great late 70s lineup of the Jazz Messengers – the group that featured Bobby Watson on alto sax, David Schnitter on tenor, and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet – a very cooking combo that was one of Art Blakey's best since the Blue Note years! The tunes here are mostly classics from the old days – tunes that Blakey first recorded at the end of the 50s – but they're done here with a new sort of energy, thanks to the younger solo players – and many of the performances are quite long and open-ended. Titles include "Jody", "Along Came Betty", "Moanin", "Blues March", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyJazz Message ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Art Blakey, without any Jazz Messengers – but still coming through loud and clear, thanks to help from a unique group that features Sonny Stitt on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Art Davis on bass! The album's still got all the hardbop charm of Blakey's best Blue Note dates, but also feels a bit more spontaneous too – and the basslines of Davis are a wonderful change from the usual – beautiful sounds that drive the record quite strongly up from the bottom! Titles include the killer "Cafe", plus "Blues Back", "Just Knock On My Door", "Summertime", and "The Song Is You" – and the album features fantastic blowing from Stitt! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing in an alternate non-gatefold cover.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyLive At Sweet Basil ... CD
King (Japan), 1985. Used ... $18.99
The Jazz Messengers spirit is alive and well on this crackling session from the 80s – a great live date that's features lots of tremendous work on drums from the great Art Blakey, in a stunning sextet of younger players with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! All these names have risen to great fame as leaders on their own, but they really seem to hit something special here in the company of Blakey – this strongly focused sense of energy that has the group coming across with a great deal of power, before each of the members serve up some tremendous solos on their own! Tunes fresh readings of Messenger classics "Blues March" and "Moanin", both with a very individual vibe, given the soloists – plus the tracks "Jodi" and "Mr Babe". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyMoanin' (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his power at this point. The record really shines in ways that few Blakey albums shone since his days with Horace Silver – in that it's a forum for fresh new writing, most importantly Golson's landmark compositions "Blues March" and "Along Came Betty", and Timmons' instant classic "Moanin". The whole album's wonderful, though, and Golson's edgey modernism adds a strong dimension to the group's usual soulful romping groove! (And in fact, as a tribute to the group's success, the album was initially named Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but quickly retitled Moanin in this version, after the big hit single!) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Moanin' (Non-RVG edition) ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Art BlakeyMoanin' (Non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $2.99
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his power at this point. The record really shines in ways that few Blakey albums shone since his days with Horace Silver – in that it's a forum for fresh new writing, most importantly Golson's landmark compositions "Blues March" and "Along Came Betty", and Timmons' instant classic "Moanin". The whole album's wonderful, though, and Golson's edgey modernism adds a strong dimension to the group's usual soulful romping groove! (And in fact, as a tribute to the group's success, the album was initially named Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but quickly retitled Moanin in this version, after the big hit single!) CD
(Out of print. Back tray card has a crease and a small stain.)
Also available Moanin' (75th anniversary edition) ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. Very Good ... $119.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Split Kick", "Quicksilver", "Mayreh", and "A Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing, with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Wee Dot", "Quicksilver" (alternate), "Now's The Time", and "Confirmation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing. Cover has a small bit of light aging.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight In Tunisia (RCA) (French pressing) ... LP
RCA (France), 1958. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
One of Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides from the time – and a killer album that sports a late 50's lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to the group, and they wail their way through a 13 minute long reading of "Night In Tunisia", with excellent solos all around, and the other long cuts "Theory Of Art", "Couldn't It Be You?", "Evans", and "Off The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later French pressing, in the RCA Masters series.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNot Yet ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Used ... $8.99
Art Blakey in the 80s has just as much magic as in the 60s and 70s – and an album like this is key proof of that fact! The album's got a flowing, easygoing groove that's really great – kind of an extension of modes that Blakey first started hitting during the Prestige years – when he was moving past his tight control of the heads, and would often let the bass and piano lead off even more strongly, igniting the horn players with an even greater range of lyricism and warmth. All those elements come into play strongly here – as Art's drums groove with the bass of Peter Washington and piano of Benny Green – underneath a three-horn frontline that features Phil Harper on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, and Javon Jackson on tenor. Blakey proves yet again that he's a hell of a leader of young talent – getting work from these musicians that rivals, if not beats, any of their own early dates as leaders – on titles that include "Uranus", "Kelo", "Not Yet", "For Heaven's Sake", and "Kenji's Mood". CD

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Art BlakeyOlympia Concert (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Fontana (Japan), 1958. Very Good- ... $19.99
An excellent live set by the Jazz Messengers – recorded in Paris in 1958, but with a hard heavy groove that's right up there with their best Blue Note work. The group at this time – Blakey, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Jymie Merritt – plays hard, heavy, and straight ahead, with no other interference from outside players – and the track list is a batch of classic Jazz Messenger standards, stretched out a bit longer than usual, with plenty of solo space! Titles include "Moanin", "Justice", "Whisper Not", "Blues March", and "I Remember Clifford". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing!)

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Art BlakeyOrgy In Rhythm Volumes 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $15.99
A true orgy in rhythm from Art Blakey – a set that not only features his drums next to the kit of Art Taylor, but which also adds in a bevy of other percussionists – including Sabu Martinez, Patato Valdez, and Jose Valentine! Joe Jones and Specs Wright also bring in additional jazz drums – making for more drummers than you might even find in a high school band – all working together with amazing qualities in sound, sometimes even melodic amidst all of the rhythms. Lighter lyrical touches are provided by Herbie Mann's flute, and Ray Bryant throws in some great lines on piano – underscoring the grooves in a nice way. Both original volumes are super-tough to find on LP, and this cool CD brings them both together as a single release, for a total of 8 long tracks that includes "Elephant Walk", "Amuck", "Ya Ya", "Abdallah's Delight", "Split Skins", "Buhania Chant", and "Toffi". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyThree Blind Mice Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Phenomenal live material from the sextet-era version of the Jazz Messengers! This 2-volume CD series takes a small amount of live material that was originally issued under the 3 Blind Mice title, and adds a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks to expand both CDs into a whopping batch of hardbop killers. The group includes Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, and Cedar Walton – and the live setting shows the band at their finest, able to trade lines and invent solos with amazing dexterity. This first volume includes the version of "Three Blind Mice" that was sampled years ago by Gang Starr, plus the cuts "Plexis", "Children Of The Night", "Up Jumped Spring", and "Blue Moon". CD
(Out of print first pressing, slight crease through traycard artwork,)

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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. Features a bonus alternate take of "The Witch Doctor" too. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersArt Blakey With The Original Jazz Messengers (aka Jazz Messengers – Columbia) ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – with Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins, and Hank Mobley all hitting it hard on all burners! The record's got a groove that never misses, and a dark edge that always keeps us coming back to it over the years. Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver standard "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony". 70s pressing of the 50s album titled Jazz Messengers, for Columbia. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Art Farmer/Benny GolsonMeet The Jazztet ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, though, they turned that approach towards a heavier sounding style of jazz – tightly stepping soul jazz, in the manner that was being explored at the time by Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, and others – presented by Farmer and Golson with a bit more groove and a wonderful kick at the bottom! This album's the first the group cut together – and apart from trumpet by Farmer and tenor by Golson, it also features Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Addison Farmer (brother of Art) on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums. Includes the massive original recording of "Killer Joe", which went onto become one of the most recorded jazz standards ever, plus the tracks "Blues March", "Mox Nix", "Park Avenue Petite", and "I Remember Clifford". Perfect tone, perfect groove, and a perfect sound all the way through! CD
(Out of print original CD pressing. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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✨✧ Art Farmer/Benny GolsonMeet The Jazztet ... LP
Argo, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, though, they turned that approach towards a heavier sounding style of jazz – tightly stepping soul jazz, in the manner that was being explored at the time by Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, and others – presented by Farmer and Golson with a bit more groove and a wonderful kick at the bottom! This album's the first the group cut together – and apart from trumpet by Farmer and tenor by Golson, it also features Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Addison Farmer (brother of Art) on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums. Includes the massive original recording of "Killer Joe", which went onto become one of the most recorded jazz standards ever, plus the tracks "Blues March", "Mox Nix", "Park Avenue Petite", and "I Remember Clifford". Perfect tone, perfect groove, and a perfect sound all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear with tape along the seams.)

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellBlue Lights Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $7.99
Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s – one used also with Jimmy Smith, and which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons piano, Junior Cook and Tina Brooks tenor, Louis Smith trumpet, and Art Blakey on Drums. The cuts have a very open-ended blowing session feel, and Kenny comes through surprisingly well, really picking up steam on a way you don't always hear in more restrained recordings. Titles on this volume include "Yes Baby", "Scotch Blues", and "Phinupi". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellBlue Lights Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $8.99
Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s – which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons piano, Junior Cook and Tina Brooks tenor, Louis Smith trumpet, and Art Blakey on Drums. The cuts have a very open-ended blowing session feel, and Kenny comes through surprisingly well, really picking up steam on a way you don't always hear in more restrained recordings. Titles on this volume include "Rock Salt", "Chuckin", and "Caravan". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisChronicle – The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951 to 1956 (8 CD set) ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used 8 CDs ... $43.99
Wow! An incredible collection of seminal recordings from one of the most important figures in modern music! All of Miles' recordings from the Prestige label in one place, bound up in a well annotated box, and given a complete discography and lots of excellent photos. It's almost too much astounding jazz in one place! The list of sidemen and great LPs is almost too long to go over, but in addition to Miles' remarkable Cookin'/Relaxin'/Walkin'/Workin' sessions, there's all of the material issued as Bags' Groove, with the Modern Jazz Giants and loads more, and some of the stellar accompanists includes John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Red Garland, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Milt Jackson, Paul Chambers, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Max Roach, just to name a few. There's far too many tracks to list here, but there's takes of "Blue Room", "Conception", "Compulsion", "Miles Ahead", "Blue Haze", "Airegin", "Bag's Groove", "The Man I Love", "Green Haze", "Dr Jackle", "The Theme", "Trane's Blues", "'Round About Midnight", "Half Nelson", "My Funny Valentine" and loads more! CD
(Out of print. Includes original book, box and CDs in their cases – all in great shape!)

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Miles DavisDig ... LP
Prestige, 1951. Very Good ... $9.99
A key early appearance on record by Sonny Rollins – recorded here with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean in the landmark Dig session! The album's the stuff that 50s bop dreams are made of – a session that has up-and-coming modernists working in the new freedom of the long playing record, in a way that allows them to break past the shorter, more urgent sound of the 78rpm single! Rollins is young, but a surprisingly strong voice on the set – and Jackie McLean's alto is incredibly sharp at this point, with strong hints of the genius to come later in the decade. The rest of the lineup includes Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – and tracks include Miles' classic version of "It's Only A Paper Moon", plus "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Dig", and "Bluing". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, including obi.)

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Miles DavisMiles Davis Vol 2 (aka Young Man With A Horn Vol 2) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1952. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 19.99
Brilliant early work by Miles Davis – some of his first truly important sessions to appear under his own name, and material that's awash with new ideas and bold inspirations! The Miles heard here is a bit more straight bop than Davis a few years later on Prestige – but that's not a problem at all, because the whole thing leaves us breathless with his ability to create in close company – and all the stunning new sounds he brings to the trumpet – already groundbreaking, even at this early point in his career! There's less of the muted, moody moments – and a bit more of the bold, brash lines – and the players also include a stunning young Jimmy Heath on tenor – plus JJ Johnson on trombone, Gil Coggins on piano, and Art Blakey on drums. Titles include "Tempus Fugit", "Kelo", "Enigma", "Ray's Ida", "Enigma", and "CTA". 2014 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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Lou DonaldsonQuartet/Quintet/Sextet ... CD
Blue Note, 1952/1954. Used ... $13.99
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". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing.)

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Billy EckstineMister B & The Band ... LP
Savoy, 1945/1946. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Amazing work from the early, legendary years of Billy Eckstine – that time when he was fronting one of the hippest backing groups a vocalist could hope to have! Eckstine's voice was already becoming the stuff of legend by the time of these recordings – but thanks to contributions from a host of famous boppers, his band was getting equal fame, too – a really legendary lineup that includes such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,Kenny Dorham, and Fats Navarro on trumpets; Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, and Gene Ammons on tenor; Leo Parker on baritone; Art Blakey on drums; and many other huge names too! The band was virtually a school for a whole generation of jazzmen to come – allowing them to play together, get to know each other, and spin off in important small groups – much in the way the Kenton group a few years later allowed so much development on the west coast. And amidst all this great music, Billy's vocals have never sounded better – much bolder and hard-swinging than in later years! LP, Vinyl record album

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Alain Goraguer/Andre Hodeir/Daniel Humair SoultetJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 3 – Les Loups Dans La Bergerie/Les Tripes Au Soleil/The Connection ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1959/1961. New Copy ... $9.99
3 rare French jazz soundtracks on one CD! First up is the music from the film Les Loups Dans La Bergerie, written by Serge Gainsbourg, and performed by Serge's arranger Alain Goraguer – in a hip modern mode that recalls some of the best soundtrack work by Barney Wilen, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey from the same period. Next up are 5 tracks from Les Tripes Au Soleil, written and performed by Andre Hodier – with a feel that's similar to that of Gourager's work, but perhaps a bit more modern. Hodier's tunes feature solos by Roger Guerin on trumpet and Pierre Gossez on alto, plus some performances by Christine Legrand. Last up are tracks from the Freddie Redd's score for The Connection – played by the Daniel Humair Soultet, a very cool group that features Humair on drums, Eddy Louiss on piano, Sonny Grey on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on tenor, and Rene Urtreger doing the arrangements. The work on the set's a wonderful variation on the American recording of the work – done by Redd and Jackie McLean – with a very different kind of energy that opens up the compositions nicely. Titles include "Wigglin", "Overdose", "Danse", "Le Desert", "Rhythm & Blues No 1", "Les Loups Dans La Bergerie", and "Cha Cha Cha Du Loup". CD

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Bennie GreenBennie Green – Mosaic Select (Back On The Scene/Soul Stirrin/45 Session/Walkin & Talkin/Congo Lament) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CD ... $49.99
5 of the best records ever by trombonist Bennie Green – a hell of a soulful player who cut some killer late 50s albums for Blue Note! The set features 3 albums issued under Green's own name – Walkin & Talkin, Back On The Scene, and Soul Stirrin – plus one more album's worth of material that was only issued on 45s (45 Session), and the quite rare Congo Lament – originally recorded in 1962, but not issued until 1980, and even then only briefly, under the name of Ike Quebec. Together, the 5 albums give a fantastic picture of Green's genius – really driving tunes that crackle with energy, and which feature trombone work that's tighter than that of most trumpeters of the time – and which really brings together the best uses of bass and brass that the instrument allows. Players on the sessions include Sonny Clark, Charlie Rouse, Billy Root, Gene Ammons, Elvin Jones, Gildo Mahones, and Art Blakey – and Babs Gonzales even sings on a few tracks! Titles include "Soul Stirrin", "We Wanna Cook", "BG Mambo", "Que's Pill", "IQ Shuffle", "Encore", "It's Groovy", "Green Leaves", and "The Shouter". 33 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition of 5000. Includes original book and slipcase.)

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Elmo HopeIntroducing The Elmo Hope Trio/Elmo Hope Quintet (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953/1954/1957. Used ... $14.99
A pretty great little set that combines both of the rare early Elmo Hope 10" LPs for Blue Note – plus some additional material! 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! The Elmo Hope Quintet session has Hope grooving in a very modernist 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". The CD also adds in 2 tracks from the 40 Years Of Jazz collection in 1979 – "It's A Lovely Day Today" and "Crazy (alternate)" – plus 3 from the Art Blakey/Elmo Hope album – "So Nice", "St Elmo's Fire", and "Vaun Ex". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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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
(Out of print pre-RVG version.)

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Duke JordanDuke Jordan – Trio/Quintet (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Signal/Savoy (Japan), 1955. Used ... $14.99
Crucial early work from pianist Duke Jordan – just the sort of set to show what a budding modernist he was at the time! Side one is trio material – a bit straighter bop, almost like some of the Blue Note trio 10" albums – with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums! Side two features an ultra-cool quintet – with the same core trio, but the addition of Cecil Payne on baritone and Eddie Bert on trombone – coming together in a sublimely sonic way! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Metronome All-StarsMetronome All-Stars 1956 ... LP
Verve, 1956. Near Mint- ... $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
(Clef pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove – in beautiful shape!)

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✨✧ Hank MobleySoul Station (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkComplete Black Lion & Vogue Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (3CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1954/1971. Used 3CDs ... $69.99
Seminal lost work by Monk! This great set brings together 11 rare French solo recordings from 1954, and a whopping batch of trio material from 1971, recordings that were some of the last great ones that Monk did in his all-too-short life. Record one of the set features material that was originally issued on Vogue records in Paris, and titles include "Jackie-ing", "Well, You Needn't", "Round Midnight", "Off Minor", "Eronel", "Manganese", and the previously unissued "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland". The other three albums feature late Black Lion recordings from 1971 – seminal stuff, as Monk was hardly being taken seriously by other labels at the time, and had walked away from his relationship with Columbia after they were pushing him to do more pop material. The sessions feature Monk solo on about half the tracks, then in a trio with Art Blakey on drums and Al McKibbon on bass (basically the core group of the legendary Giants Of Jazz recording on Atlantic, also done in London around the same time.) Way too many cuts to mention, but we can say that those sessions also include a number of unissued tracks. CD
(Out of print, limited edition pressing! Includes original book, box and CD's in their cases!)

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Thelonious MonkLes Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 ... CD
Sam Records/Saga, 1959. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
A rare and unused soundtrack recording by Thelonious Monk – and a set of music that would be a standout in his catalog, even if it wasn't planned for a film! You probably know the Art Blakey soundtrack for the movie – which was the used and released version – and you might even know the Duke Jordan recording, too – but this batch of material is equally wonderful, and features an unusual quintet that has Monk's piano alongside the twin tenors of both Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen – the latter of whom was such a key part of the French scene that gave the world the film in the late 50s. Other group members include Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and most numbers are reworkings of other Monk compositions, but done especially for the film – with titles that include "Six In One", "Light Blue", "Bye & Bye", "Ba Lue Bolivar Ba Lues Are", "Pannonica", "Well You Needn't", and "Rhythm-A-Ning" – all presented here in differing versions and mixes. Great package – 2CDs, with a bonus 60 page color book with photos and essays! CD

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Thelonious Monk & John ColtraneComplete 1957 Riverside Recordings ... CD
Riverside/Concord, 1957. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A massively expanded package of music – filled with previously unreleased gems! The 2CD set features a landmark collaboration between John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk – two generations of jazz modern, working here to create some really incredible music! The core of this material is from the pair's work issued on the amazing Monk's Music album for Riverside – but the expanded collection also features lots of additional work from the same period too – including some unusual and alternate studio moments too! Other players vary from track to track – and include Gigi Gryce on alto sax, Ray Copeland on trumpet, Coleman Hawkins on additional tenor, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Titles wonderful versions of "Ruby My Dear", "Trinkle Tinkle", "Nutty", "Well You Needn't", "Crepescule With Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – plus some alternate versions, false starts, and more – all wrapped up with notes and reflections from original producer Orrin Keepnews. CD

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Lee MorganLee Morgan 1938 to 1972 ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
A collection of work from Lee Morgan's years at Vee Jay Records – featuring tracks from two different records, Expoobident and Here's Lee Morgan! The first batch features Morgan's youthful trumpet working perfectly in a real Jazz Messengers-styled lineup – with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – on titles that include "Bess", "Terrible T", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". Next are three more tracks by another great group with Blakey on drums – plus Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eddie Higgins on piano, and Art Davis on bass – on the cuts "Expoobident", "Easy Living", and "Fire". Really great stuff – heavy hardbop, with a righteous Blue Note sort of energy! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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