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

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New Art BlakeyArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vols 1 & 2 ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1959. Used 2CDs ... $19.99
Killer live material! Although the Jazz Messengers often recorded at Birdland (aka The Jazz Corner Of The World), the two albums on this disc are some of their best – and rarest – from that venue! The set features both volumes of these rare releases – which caught Blakey's group in an under-recorded transitional time when the lineup included new guard players Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons, plus old guard tenor giant Hank Mobley. The mix is beautiful, and has a lot more gutbucket soul than the later sessions with Wayne Shorter. Tracks are all pretty long – and filled with live fire and frenzy. Titles include "Hipsippy Blues", "Justice", "Just Coolin", "Art's Revelation", and "M&M". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD 13.99

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD CD format
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $13.99
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.)
Also available Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vols 1 & 2 ... CD 19.99

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Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Art BlakeyCaravan ... LP LP format
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 BlakeyFinest Of Art Blakey's Big Band ... LP LP format
Bethlehem, 1957. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Quite an unusual record from Art Blakey – a rare big band session, recorded with a lineup that's quite different than the usual Jazz Messengers! Turns out, Blakey's quite good in this setting – and has the same firey energy to direct a larger ensemble that he has when working with a smaller quintet. The added players here really help him express some new musical ideas with greater depth – almost like the added percussionists on some of his drum-heavy Blue Note dates of the late 50s. Members of the group include John Coltrane and Al Cohn on tenor, Sahib Shihab on alto, Donald Byrd and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Melba Liston on trombone, and Walter Bishop on piano – and titles include "Last Date", "The Outer World", "Midriff", "Tippin", and "Pristine". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a promo stamp and a small sticker.)

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

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Art BlakeyFreedom Rider (Japanese pressing) ... CD CD format
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $18.99
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.)

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Art BlakeyHard Drive ... CD CD format
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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New Art BlakeyMellow Blues (Italian pressing) ... CD CD format
Moon (Italy), 1969. Used ... $16.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Art BlakeyMidnight Session With The Jazz Messengers ... LP LP format
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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Art BlakeyParis Jam Session ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1960. New Copy ... $11.99
A fantastic live set from Art Blakey – recorded in Paris in 1960, with a version of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Walter Davis Jr on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass! Best of all, though, is that the group is joined by two Paris jazz giants on two tracks – the great saxophonist Barney Wilen on tenor, and American ex-patriot Bud Powell – who was doing some of his best work in Paris at the time, and sits in on the keys instead of Davis. Wilen's incredible tone sounds great next to Shorter's horn – and all the tracks are long enough to give all soloists plenty of room to move around. Titles include "The Midget", "Bouncing With Bud", and "Dance of The Infidels". CD

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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $9.99
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. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark. CD has a promo stamp.)
Also available Witch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD 18.99

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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD CD format
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
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!)
Also available Witch Doctor ... CD 9.99

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New Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum EnsembleAfrican Beat (Japanese pressing) ... CD CD format
Blue Note/Toshiba (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
A slammin' LP of "jazz meets percussion", hosted by the great Art Blakey, and featuring jazz players like Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik – plus a host of percussionists that include Solomon Ilori, Montego Joe, Chief Bey, and Garvin Masseaux. Blakey skirts nicely between the two camps, and although the record probably has more of an Afro-percussion feel than a jazz one, Lateef and Fuller blow through the mix with some nice nice solos. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBuhaina ... LP LP format
Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working with some great younger players – like Carter Jefferson, Woody Shaw, and Michael Howell – hitting a groove that reminds us of some of the best underground soul jazz on labels like Muse or Strata East. Includes the amazing long groovers "Mission Eternal" and "Chant For Bu", a famous Tribe Called Quest sample – plus new electric piano versions of "Moanin" and "Along Came Betty", both of which feature vocals by Jon Hendricks. LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Blakey QuintetNight At Birdland Vol 1 ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Historic material from the early days of the Jazz Messengers! This 1954 session was recorded at the legendary Birdland nightclub, and it features the first incarnation of the Jazz Messengers, when the group included Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver. Although this version of the band was not to last for long, it left an impression on jazz that shaped the music heavily for the next 10 years. Tracks include "Mayreh" and "Night in Tunisia", and the bonus tracks "Wee Dot" and "Blues". CD features 2 bonus tracks, and great remastering! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Art Blakey/Charlie Persip/Elvin Jones/Philly Joe JGretsch Drum Night At Birdland ... CD CD format
Roulette, 1960. Used ... $9.99
A drum-heavy spectacular – featuring four of the top hardbop drummers of the late 50s, all recorded live at Birdland, soloing back and forth in larger groups that really make the whole thing cook! Although the cover and title might make you think the record's a novelty, it's way more than that – and really fits nicely alongside some of Art Blakey's more experimental, percussion-heavy dates for Blue Note – although with a bit more of a bop feel overall! Blakey's on all the cuts – and side one features him playing with drummer Philly Joe Jones on the tunes "Wee Dot" and "Fours" – with lots of drum solo space, plus Sonny Red on alto and Charles Greenlee on trombone! Side two features Blakey, Charlie Persip, and Elvin Jones – on the cooker "El Sino", which has nice alto work by Sonny Red, plus more solo work along the "Fours" theme! CD
(Out of print.)

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New John ColtraneJohn Coltrane – The Bethlehem Years (Winner's Circle/Art Blakey Big Band) ... CD CD format
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1957. Used 2CD ... $5.99
The complete recordings done by John Coltrane for Bethlehem Records – mostly cut during December of 1957, and issued on the albums The Winner's Circle and Art Blakey Big Band! Both albums were a bit unusual for the label – in that The Winner's Circle was sort of a blowing/jam session type record, cut with some of the big poll winners of the year, but with shorter tracks than the usual Prestige-styled set of that nature. The lineup includes Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones – and Coltrane's a bit buried in the group, but gets out some nice licks from time to time. The second set of tracks was recorded for a unique big band session led by Art Blakey – featuring a core group with Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Walter Bishop Jr, and Wendell Marshall on some tracks – plus a larger lineup on a number of others. The CD brings together a whopping 27 tracks from these sessions, including some great alternate takes – and titles include "Midriff", "Tippin", "The Outer World", "The Kiss Of No Return", "Pristine", and "Oasis" – a previously unreleased track! CD

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New Art BlakeyAfricaine ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work from the classic late 50s years of the Jazz Messengers – and an album that Blue Note didn't choose to release until the end of the 70s! The record's a historic one – as it mark's Wayne Shorter's first session with the group, and the first time that they recorded his great composition "Lester Left Town" – a wonderful tune that sounds a bit different here than on the later Jazz Messengers recording of the composition. Shorter's talent is already burning brightly at this point – as is that of trumpeter Lee Morgan – and other group members include Walter Davis Jr on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, and Blakey on drums. Titles include "Lester Left Town", "Haina", "The Midget", "Celine", and "Africaine", which has a guest appearance by Dizzy Reece on congas! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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New Cannonball AdderleySomethin' Else ... LP LP format
Blue Note, 1958. Good+ ... $44.99
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 deep groove pressing, with RVG stamp. Cover has a light stain on the back, but otherwise is in great shape!)
Also available Somethin' Else (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD 6.99

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Cannonball AdderleySomethin' Else (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD CD format
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 44.99

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Clifford BrownBrownie Speaks – The Blue Note Albums (3CD set) ... CD CD format
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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New Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP LP format
Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with the modernist Gigi Gryce on flute and alto sax – plus Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – a lineup that has a strong sense of soul, balanced with a dose of modernism – on titles that include the classic "Hymn to the Orient" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Easy Living", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Minor Mood". Side two features an equally sharp group – with Lou Donaldson on some excellent alto, and the great Elmo Hope on piano – on titles that include "Brownie Speaks", "De Dah", "Cookin", "You Go To My Head", and "Carving The Rock". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael CarvinEach One Teach One ... CD CD format
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 DavisChronicle – The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951 to 1956 (8 CD set) ... CD CD format
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used 8CDs ... $59.99
Wow! An incredible collection of seminal recordings from one of the most important figures in modern music! All of Miles' recordings fro 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
(Includes original book and box. Box has a small spot of sticker remnants.)

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Miles DavisEnigma (10 inch EP) (2014 Black Friday Release) ... LP LP format
Blue Note, 1952/1953. New Copy ... $13.99
A real enigma from Miles Davis – rare material from the Blue Note vaults, issued here for the first time ever – and done as a totally sweet 10" album! The cover and package are great – and the music is even better – very much in the most sparkling spirit of Davis' early 10" albums for Blue Note – with a lineup that includes JJ Johnson on trombone, Jimmy Heath on tenor, Jackie McLean on alto sax, Gil Coggins on piano, Percy Heath or Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Art Blakey or Kenny Clarke on drums! Titles include "Enigma (alt take 1)", "Kelo (alt take 1)", "Chance It (alt take 3)", and "Chance It (alt take 4)". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Vol 1 (Blue Note 1501) ... LP LP format
Blue Note, Early 50s. Good+ ... $44.99
Brilliant early work by Miles Davis – some of his first truly important sessions to appear under his own name, recorded with players that include Jimmy Heath, JJ Johnson, Gil Coggins, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, and Oscar Pettiford. Tunes are shorter, and perhaps more boppish, than you might expect from some of Miles' other 50s work – but in a way that still allows for many moments of lyrical beauty, and that brilliantly cool sound of his which forever changed the sound of jazz trumpet. Titles include "Tempus Fugit", "Kelo", "Enigma", "Ray's Ida", and "CTA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lexington Ave pressing! Cover has a half split bottom seam, some wear, and some smudges on back.)

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Volume 3 (10 inch LP) ... LP LP format
Blue Note, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A stunning piece of jazz history from the young Miles Davis – and a record that's got maybe one of his coolest covers ever! The 10" release was Miles third for Blue Note – and fetaures a smoking quartet with Horace Silver on piano and Art Blakey on drums – giving Miles almost a Jazz Messengers sort of punch, which creates this beautiful groove underneath his well-phrased solos! And while some of this work was later issued in other Blue Note album formats, there's a punch and sharpness to this 10" format that can't be denied – on titles that include "Lazy Susan", "Take-Off", "The Leap", and "Weirdo". 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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Buddy DeFrancoBlues Bag – Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia Of Jazz Of The 60s Vol 2 ... LP LP format
Vee Jay, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
A real lost treasure – and an incredible session that offers a real meeting of minds that's far more than you'd expect from the simple cover and title! The set is a later one for Vee Jay, and it brings together half of the Jazz Messengers with a batch of west coast players – in a groove that wonderfully mixes together different traditions and rhythms in jazz – and which steps out with a sound that's far more than the sum of its parts! Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Curtis Fuller join a group headed by Buddy De Franco, and featuring Victor Feldman on piano and vibes, plus Victor Sproles on bass and Freddie Hill on trumpet. The sound of the group is quite unusual – and a lot lighter than you'd guess – giving Buddy plenty of room to solo in a breezy style that's grown tremendously since his 50s recordings – pushed along by some heavier soul from Art and the group. Titles include "Rain Dance", "Blues Bag", "Twelve Tone Blues", "Kush", and "Cousin Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has split seams held with clear tape, a small address sticker, and a promo ink stamp on back.)

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Takes You To The Stars (10 inch LP) ... LP LP format
GNP, Early 50s. Very Good ... $49.99
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 LP format
MGM, Early 50s. Very Good ... $29.99
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
(Vinyl is nice and clean – and cover is nice too.)

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Buddy DeFrancoMr Clarinet ... CD CD format
Norgran/Universal (Japan), 1953. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderful work from Buddy DeFranco – one of the few jazz musicians who can make us love the clarinet in the post-swing years! Buddy plays with a wonderful style that's got plenty of bop – a great hard edge in the group that you might not expect, but which comes through brilliantly once you hear the rhythm work from Kenny Drew on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Art Blakey on drums! Tracks have a nice open and easy going flow – and titles include "Show Eyes", "Left Field", "Ferdinando", and "Bass On Balls". CD

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Joe GordonIntroducing Joe Gordon (7 inch ep) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
EmArcy, Early 50s. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $14.99
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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New Billy HarperAwakening ... CD CD format
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 LP format
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 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
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.)

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Solomon Ilori & His Afro Drum EnsembleAfrican High Life (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $4.99
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African tracks, with heavy percussion, and touches of highlife grooves. The record features guitar by Jay Berliner, bass by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and flute by Hosea Taylor – plus work by Montego Joe, Garvin Masseux, Chief Bey, and Robert Crowder, who often show up on other 60s sessions of this nature. Titles include "Follow Me To Africa", "Tolani", and "Ise Oluwa". Plus, the CD also features 3 very long bonus tracks – much more stretched out and open-ended, but also with more of a jazz component as well – thanks to trumpet from Donald Byrd, tenor and flute from Hubert Laws, and piano from Coleridge Perkinson – who was the musical director of both sessions! These tracks are all previously unreleased – and all are numbers that run on for more than 11 minutes, with titles that include "Gbogbo Omo Ibile", "Agbamurrero", and "Igbsei Aiye". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
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
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Sabu Martinez & Sahib ShihabWinds & Skins – The Swedish Radio Recordings 1978 ... CD CD format
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
Also available Winds & Skins – The Swedish Radio Recordings 1978 ... LP 18.99
 
 
 



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