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✨✧ Art PepperArt Of Pepper – The Complete Aladdin Recordings Vol 3 ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Great stuff by Art Pepper – originally issued only on tape, and kind of lost in his catalog – and like many albums of his 50s work released after the fact, this one almost blows away some of his best known records! The material was recorded in 1957, and was only ever issued on pre-recorded tape by the Omega Tape Company, so it's one of the rarest 50s sessions by Pepper. The set's got a harder groove than most of his record on Contemporary – which is great with us, because we can finally hear the emotion and tone that Pepper is always credited with, but which doesn't always show up on record. The group's a small one, with Ben Tucker on bass, Chuck Flores on drums, and the late LA bopper Carl Perkins on piano. Titles include "Surf Ride", "Begin The Beguine", "Holiday Flight", "Webb City", and "Too Close For Comfort". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $3.99
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential East meets West jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Star Eyes". CD

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✨✧ Art PepperModern Art ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $8.99
One of the greatest West Coast jazz LPs of all time! Art Pepper plays beautiful spiralling alto lines with a tight quartet that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Chuck Flores on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. The whole thing swings in a way that's tough to find on some of Pepper's other albums from the time, and the track list includes "Dianne's Dilemma", "Blues In", "Blues Out", and "Cool Bunny". CD
(Out of print original pressing, not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Art PepperReturn Of Art Pepper – The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings Vol 1 ... CD
Jazz West/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Given that Pepper was on and off the LA scene a fair bit in the 50s – due to personal trouble and legal battles – this album's not so much "the return", as it is one of Pepper's many strong steps back into the studio, a place in which he demonstrated an uncanny ability to craft brilliant work, despite the turmoil going on around him. The set's as classic as you can get for Pepper – right down to the classic William Claxton photo on the cover (which has a chilling story that you'll find in Art's autobiography). Players include Jack Sheldon, Russ Freeman, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne – and titles include "Pepper Returns", "Funny Blues", "Angel Wings", "Walkin Out Blues", "Five More", "Minority", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperRoadgame (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1981. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Great late work from Art Pepper – a relaxed, open-ended live date that really shows off Pepper's mature blowing from these crucial years! The group's grounded by a great rhythm section – George Cables on piano, David Williams on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums – opening up these long grooves that Pepper really takes over with strong work on alto sax, and a bit of clarinet on one track – an instrument he uses with surprising charm! Titles include "Roadgame", "Road Waltz", "When You're Smiling", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD also features a bonus alternate of "Roadgame". CD

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Art PepperStraight Life ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1979. Used ... $6.99
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Art PepperSurf Ride ... CD
Savoy/Sony (Japan), 1952/1954. Used ... $5.99
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Surf Ride ... LP 16.99

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Art PepperSurf Ride ... LP
Savoy, 1952/1954. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Surf Ride ... CD 5.99

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Art PepperTokyo Encore ... CD
Dreyfus, 1979. Used ... $7.99
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(Out of print.)

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Art PepperWinter Moon ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1980. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful late "with strings" session from Art Pepper – with some piano by Stanley Cowell! CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper, John Klemmer, Johnny Griffin, Joe Farr5 Birds & A Monk ... LP
Galaxy, 1981. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Way more than just a bebop revival album – thanks to a hip array of reedmen that includes Art Pepper, John Klemmer, Johnny Griffin, Joe Farrell, Harold Land, and Joe Henderson – and rhythm by a trio with Stanley Cowell on piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe Farrell & Art PepperDarn That Dream – Recorded March 23 1982 At The Annex Hollywood California ... CD
Real Time, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What a great little record – and one that we hardly knew existed! The session's a late one for both Pepper and Farrell – but it's also a great one too – recorded in the freely blowing style of both players' best 70s work, with a group that includes George Cables on piano, John Dentz on drums, and Tony Dumas on bass. Titles include "Section 8 Blues", "Mode For Joe", "Darn That Dream", and "Who Can I Turn To". CD
(Out of print, small tear inside booklet – nothing major.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. 70s pressing, pre-OJC.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven (plus 3 bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". CD features 3 bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Art PepperComplete 1975 Garden State Jam Sessions ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1975. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title says "Garden State", but the material's from California – but we'll forgive the producers of the CD for that, given that they don't live in the US! Disc 1 features a really unusual 70s recording from Art Pepper – quite different than most of his better-known work from the time! The group alone is enough to indicate the unusual quality of the set – as it's larger than usual, with a great lineup that includes Harold Land and Buddy Collette on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Butch Lacy on electric piano – all coming together with a magically free-flowing and soulful sound – recorded in San Diego in 1975. The presence of the electric piano touches the set with a nice degree of electricity – but the real energy comes from the fantastic horn interplay, stretching out nicely over the album's 3 long tracks. Titles include "Blue's Blue", "Milestones", and "Over The Rainbow". Disc 2 features Art Pepper playing at a 1975 tribute to Charlie Parker, recorded in Pasadena with a lineup that includes Joe Albany on piano, Roy Porter on drums, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, and Harry Babasin on bass. That quintet of players is enough to get our interest on this one – and we've got to say that the blend of baritone and alto is really great – and handled here with an open-blowing spirit that really keeps our imagination up on the set's long interpretations of Parker classics. The sound quality is a bit "live", but the quality of the solos shines through tremendously – and titles include "Groovin High", "All The Things You Are", "Ornithology", and "Donna Lee" – all over 10 minutes in length! This material was previously available on 2 separate, expensive Japanese CDs – now out at a nice low price! CD

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✨✧ Art PepperComplete Small Group Studio Recordings 1947 to 1951 ... CD
Definitive, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperPlays Standards ... CD
Victor (Japan), Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Star Eyes", "Four Brothers", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Autumn Leaves", "What's New", "Groovin' High", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Art Pepper & George CablesGoin' Home ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great spare set from Art Pepper – a date that features Art on alto and clarinet, with piano from George Cables. CD

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✨✧ Art PepperSmack Up ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features some edgey work that really pushes Art away from the sweeter sounds of a few years before. There's some slightly off-kilter tracks on the set that really make it sparkle, including Duane Tatro's "Maybe Next Year", Ornette's "Tears Inside", and Harold Land's "Smack Up" – the irony of which, we're sure, was not lost on Art Pepper! Also includes Pepper's own "Las Cuevas De Mario" – and players include Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond, and Frank Butler. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear, writing in pen, and masking tape along the spine & seams.)

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Marty PaichMarty Paich Quartet Featuring Art Pepper ... LP
Tampa, 1956. Good+ ... $49.99
A fantastic Art Pepper album – from his best period! The album's one of those smaller-label, mid 50s gems that Art cut in LA during some of his "troubled years" – all sessions that are great musically, but which are often overshadowed by some of Pepper's more famous work for bigger, more enduring labels. If you're at all a fan of Pepper, though, don't pass this one up – because the album's got a razor-sharp edge that's really wonderful – a keen exploration of tone that we'd rank right up there with a rare few Pepper albums of the time – and which is carried off here with an approach that's disarmingly easy-going, but very carefully placed on every note. Marty Paich's the real leader of the group on piano – even though we think Art's the star of the set – and bass is by Buddy Clark, and drums by Frank Capp. Titles include "Abstract Art", "All The Things You Are", "Marty's Blues", and "Pitfall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black vinyl pressing, with a yellow-tinted cover. Cover has some wear with split top & bottom seams.)
 
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Gene AmmonsBlue Gene ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Good+ ... $9.99
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! Ammons' tenor is tremendous, but he's also a great collaborator here, too – working with Idrees Suliman on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga – in a mode that's maybe slightly tighter than some of the blowing sessions Prestige was doing at the time, but which still has that key longform creative energy that made the hardbop generation so great. Titles include "Blue Gene", "Scamperin", "Blue Greens n Beans", and "Hip Tip" – and all tracks are long, with plenty of focus on solos! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a split top seam held with pieces of clear tape, and a bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy Sings Carmichael ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $1.99
Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's filled with honest, personal charms – and which has a sometimes broken-down quality that's perfect for the gentle words of his tunes. This wonderful set features Carmichael working with sublime small combo backing – players who include Harry Edison, Jimmy Rowles, and Art Pepper – working with arrangements penned by Johnny Mandel. Titles include "Rocking Chair", "Georgia On My Mind", "Skylark", "Two Sleepy People", and "Baltimore Oriole". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Coltrane5 Original Albums (Soultrane/Lush Life/Dakar/Bahia/Last Trane) (5CD set) ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 5CD ... $24.99
5 early albums from John Coltrane – packaged together in mini LP-styled jackets! First up is Soultrane, a bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of longer tunes that really let the young Trane stretch out on his solos, unobstructed by any other horns in the lineup. There's a nice mix of hardbop ideals, gentle ballads, and personal soul to the set – and titles include Coltrane's classic reading of Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait", plus "I Want To Talk About You", "Russian Lullaby", and "Theme For Ernie". Lush Life is strong work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – even if the album is sort of a collection of tracks that Trane recorded for Prestige, instead of a discreetly separate session! Side one features Coltrane's tenor in a spare setting with Earl May on bass and Art Taylor on drums – playing mellow tunes like "I Love You" and "Like Someone In Love", as well as the original "Trane's Slow Blues". Side two features a blowing session mode – with Donald Byrd, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Louis Hayes – on the cuts "Lush Life" and "I Hear A Rhapsody". Dakar is a very unique little record that features twin baritone sax support from Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne! Both players are wonderfully hip here – more than enough to match Trane's unique musical vision for the group's format – and the sound of the session is much edgier than some of his other Prestige work – which may be why the label chose not to issue it until 1963, even though it was recorded back in '57. There's a nice roughness here – the same inspirational early sound you'll get on Coltrane's early sides for Savoy or Imperial – and other players include Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Cat Walk", "Dakar", "Route 4", "Velvet Scene", and "Witches Pit". Bahia is a set that includes some very compelling sounds from the early years, really showing the tenorist in a strongly spiritual transition! Coltrane plays tenor throughout, and the record also features the Red Garland trio, with Red on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and either Art Taylor or Jimmy Cobb on drums – but the set also features trumpet from the great Wilbur Harden on half the record – Coltrane's frequent partner over at Savoy Records, who comes into the music here with the sort of searching, open style that works so well with Trane's tenor! The music is partly in the Garland/Coltrane late 50s Prestige mode, but also has some of the deeper spiritual vibe of the Savoy years too – and titles include "I'm A Dreamer Aren't We All", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "Bahia", and "Goldsboro Express". The final CD is album's titled The Last Trane because it represents the last material that Prestige Records had in its vault from the time that John Coltrane was recording for the label in the late 50s. Titles were recorded on 3 different dates from 1957 and 1958 – mostly with Red Garland on piano, and also featuring some additional horn work by Donald Byrd on 2 tracks. The album's got a great spare track called "Slowtrane" – one that features Coltrane playing with only bass and drums for accompaniment – and which recalls the genius of some of his sessions for Transition or Imperial. Byrd's blowing alongside the tenor on versions of "Lover" and "Come Rain Or Come Shine" – and the set's rounded up by a nice open-ended track called "By The Numbers", which has a warm bluesy solo by Trane! CD

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John ColtraneDakar ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Darkly brooding work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader on Prestige – a very unique little record that features twin baritone sax support from Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne! Both players are wonderfully hip here – more than enough to match Trane's unique musical vision for the group's format – and the sound of the session is much edgier than some of his other Prestige work – which may be why the label chose not to issue it until 1963, even though it was recorded back in '57. There's a nice roughness here – the same inspirational early sound you'll get on Coltrane's early sides for Savoy or Imperial – and other players include Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Cat Walk", "Dakar", "Route 4", "Velvet Scene", and "Witches Pit". CD
(Out of print, CRC music club pressing.)
Also available Dakar ... LP 16.99

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John ColtraneDakar ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Darkly brooding work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader on Prestige – a very unique little record that features twin baritone sax support from Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne! Both players are wonderfully hip here – more than enough to match Trane's unique musical vision for the group's format – and the sound of the session is much edgier than some of his other Prestige work – which may be why the label chose not to issue it until 1963, even though it was recorded back in '57. There's a nice roughness here – the same inspirational early sound you'll get on Coltrane's early sides for Savoy or Imperial – and other players include Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Cat Walk", "Dakar", "Route 4", "Velvet Scene", and "Witches Pit". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a bumped corner and a name in marker on back.)

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Jerry FieldingGauntlet – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A wonderfully jazzy soundtrack – one of our favorite Jerry Fielding film scores of the 70s, thanks to key solo work from Art Pepper on alto and Jon Faddis on trumpet! The music is far deeper than you might expect for the Clint Eastwood action film setting – funky enough in the best parts, but also with a sensitivity that gets past the usual cop/crime grooves – making for a really rich record that's almost as pleasing from a jazz perspective as it is from a funk soundtrack perspective too! The album sports a great Frank Frazetta cover – and titles include "The Pickup", "Bleak Bad Big City Dawn", "The Box Car Incident", "The Delivery", "The Black Sedan", and "Manipulation On The Center Divider". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a mark from sticker removal.)

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Herb & Lorraine GellerTwo Of A Kind – The Complete Recordings 1954 to 1955 (Sensational Saxophone Of Herb Geller/Herb Geller Plays/Herb Geller Sextette/Gellers) ... CD
Mercury/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Some of the earliest genius of alto saxophonist Herb Geller – one of our favorite players of the mid 50s LA scene, heard here on some key sessions cut with his pianist wife Lorraine! The bulk of the set comes from 3 classic albums for Mercury – Herb Geller Plays, Herb Geller Sextette, and The Gellers – plus a bit more from the rare Imperial EP Sensational Saxophone Of Herb Geller – all tremendous records that strongly showcase Geller's amazingly dexterous approach to the alto sax – in a style that has some of the sharpness and modernist elements of Lee Konitz from the same time, but which also comes across with the deeper sense of soul that you might find in work by Charlie Mariano or Art Pepper. Lorraine's work on piano is great too – fast, fluid, and often quite boppish – not at all what you might expect from the cooler LA scene of the 50s. Other players here include Curtis Counce or Red Mitchell on bass, Lawrence Marable or Mel Lewis on drums, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Ziggy Vines on tenor sax. 2CD set features 37 tracks in all – all completely sublime – with titles that include "It's Swell Of You", "Mad About The Boy", "A Room With A View", "Happy Go Lucky", "Breaking Through The Sound Barrier", "Silver Rain", "Patterns", "Arapahoe", "Love", "Two Of A Kind", "Outpost Incident", "Tardi At Zardi's", "Vone Mae", and "Owl Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan KentonEasy Go ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A cool collection of Capitol material from Stan Kenton – mostly sides from his classic years of the early 50s! The work here shows a lively, more upbeat side of Kenton's music – one that still has some modern moments, but which is more in a west coast big band style overall. All tracks are from the years 1950 to 1952 – recorded after the financial failure of Stan's Innovations orchestra, and before his New Concepts group – all sessions that were supposedly "commercial" in nature, to help Kenton recoup some losses – but which still represent the forefront of jazz on the west coast at the time! Arrangers include Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, Bill Russo, and Johnny Richards – and soloists include Art Pepper on alto, Bud Shank on reeds, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Conte Candoli on trumpet. 20 tracks in all – including "Riff Raff", "Dynaflow", "Easy Go", "Viva Prado", "Francesca", "Soliloquy", "Lazy Daisy", "Beehive", "Cool Eyes", "Bill's Blues", "Night Watch", and "Jump For Joe". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 2 – The Octet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good ... $24.99
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Jack Montrose, Lou Levy, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen and Shelley Manne. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "How About You", "Figure 8", "Patti Cake", "The Way You Look Tonight", 'Have You Met Miss Jones?", "Night Life", "The Night We Called It A Day" and "Seaside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is nice and clean – and cover is nice!)

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Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Marty Paich Big BandI Get A Boot Out Of You ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! The album definitely gets a boot out of us – not just for its sexy, shower-situated cover on the front – but also for its great approach to the music, penned here by Paich in ways that really let some of the key players step out and do their thing! The group is large, but always swinging – and players include Art Pepper and Bill Perkins on saxes, Conte Candoli and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Bob Enevoldsen on trombone, and Victor Feldman on vibes – and tracks include "No More", "Moanin", "Warm Valley", "What Am I Here For", "Violets For Your Furs", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy Sings Carmichael ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's filled with honest, personal charms – and which has a sometimes broken-down quality that's perfect for the gentle words of his tunes. This wonderful set features Carmichael working with sublime small combo backing – players who include Harry Edison, Jimmy Rowles, and Art Pepper – working with arrangements penned by Johnny Mandel. Titles include "Rocking Chair", "Georgia On My Mind", "Skylark", "Two Sleepy People", and "Baltimore Oriole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jazztone pressing. Cover has split seams & some moderate wear.)
Also available Hoagy Sings Carmichael ... CD 1.99

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✨✧ Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 1 – The West Coast Sound ... LP
Contemporary, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work by players that include Joe Maini, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Enevoldsen, Art Pepper, and Bob Cooper. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Grasshopper", and "Afrodesia". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Shorty RogersCool & Crazy ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1953/1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD reissue of this classic West Coast session, long hailed by critics as one of the best to come out of the LA scene. Shorty Rogers leads a crack group of players (Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper) through a bunch of short swinging tracks that really have an edge to them. The tracks were originally recorded for a 10" LP, and they're combined here with a few more that were recorded during another Rogers session in 1956. Titles include "Coop The Graas", "Contours", "Tales Of An African Lobster", "Pink Squirrel", "Boar-Jibou", and "The Sweetheart Of Sigmund Freud". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shorty RogersModern Sounds (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, 1951. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal west coast work from the start of the 50s – a groundbreaking 10" album that showed the best early talents of trumpeter Shorty Rogers! The group here is Rogers at his hippest – before a bigger rise to 50s fame, and right at the start of a great run as a leader and arranger on his own. The Giants combo here features Art Pepper on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor, John Graas on French horn, and Hampton Hawes on piano – all playing with a style that's tight, yet still has plenty of swing, and a lot more room for individual group voices than other later arrangers who tried to cop Shorty's style! All tracks are extremely playful, but without sounding gimmicky – and tunes include "Four Mothers", "Didi", "Sam & The Lady", "Over The Rainbow", "Apropos" and "Popo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot on one corner and an address label on back. Label has an address label.)

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✨✧ VariousWest Coast Rock & Roll Vol 1 ... CD
Tampa/VSOP, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of rare R&B work from the LA scene of the 50s – pulled from a very unlikely source! The Tampa label was mostly known as a jazz outfit at the time – and issued some excellent work by players like Art Pepper, Marty Paich, and Paul Smith. But as with many labels in the period, Tampa also had a hand in the singles scene of the time – and managed to cut some excellent work in an R&B mode – featuring stormin vocal groups, hard-wailing instrumentalists, and a few very soulful singers! The set features 20 titles in all, and we'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard any of this material before – but would rank it right up there with the best from other LA indies at the time. Titles include "Blue Jean Shuffle" and "Dungaree Hop" by Plas Johnson, "My Love Is True" and "Trying" by The Saxons, "Cindy Lou" and "Sha Ba Da Ba Doo" by The Jac-O-Lacs, "I'll Hang My Dreams On A Rainbow" and "What A Way To Say Goodbye" by Lucy Campo, "Coquette" by Billy Devroe, "Run Little Sheba" by The Twisters, "Tell Me" by Tony Allen, "Dreamy Eyes" by The Sparklers, "Plasma" by Plas Johnson, and "So Shy" by The Flannels. CD

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✨✧ Manny AlbamManny Albam's Jazz Greats Of Our Time – Complete Recordings ... CD
Decca/Lonehill (Spain), 1957/1958. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of a unique showcase in 50s jazz – large group recordings by arranger Manny Albam, done to showcase some of the best players of the time from both the New York and LA scenes! The sessions were originally recorded for Decca – with volume 1 featuring mostly players from New York, and volume 2 featuring the cream of the crop of the west coast scene. The format was simple – in that Albam would pen arrangements for longish tracks that brought together the whole ensemble – then allowed plenty of space for players to break out in well-crafted solos. Artists include Art Farmer, Harry Edison, Conte Candoli, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Bill Holman, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Mariano, Milt Hinton, Lou Levy, Hank Jones, and Pepper Adams – and tracks include "See Here Miss Bromley", "Poor Dr Millmoss", "Blues From Neither Coast", "Home Brew", "Little Eye Opener", "Blues Over Easy (parts 1 & 2)", and "Afterthoughts". 2CD set features 20 tracks in all – seemingly a lot more than on the original albums! CD

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dolo CokerCalifornia Hard (with bonus track) ... CD
Xanadu/Elemental, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a record – and one that's not just noteworthy for being one of the rare few sessions as a leader from pianist Dolo Coker – but also for the sideman work by Art Pepper and Blue Mitchell! The pairing of Mitchell and Pepper is an unusual one, but it works wonderfully here – as Art's got a crisp, soulful tone on both alto and his newly-acquired tenor, and Mitchell blows in a real back-to-basics hardbop mode that's much more similar to his Blue Note work than his other electric sessions of the mid 70s! Yet Coker's also a cooker too – and his deft phrasing and soulful currents really make the session move – set fire by the work of Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Frank Butler on drums. Titles include "Roots 4FB", "Mr Yohe", "Tale Of Two Cities", "Jumping Jacks", and "Gone Again". CD features the bonus track "Round Midnight". CD
 
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Hugo MontenegroMoog Power ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good ... $6.99
A groovy moogy classic! This was one of the first records to apply the moog sound in a pop idiom in a major way – and boy, is it a resounding success with us! Hugo Montenegro scores a number of pop tracks and originals in the same cool jazzy style that he used on his best 60's soundtracks, then, he builds in a lot of groovy moog parts, and peppers the tracks with some vocals by male members of his chorus. The tracks have a lot of nice sharp bits that might be used as samples, with good quirky moog moments, and occasional heavy drums. Tracks include "Moog Power", "Dizzy", "You Showed Me", "More Today Than Yesterday", "Hair", and a very cool cover of "MacArthur Park". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has some pen, light wear, and an address sticker. Labels have an address sticker.)

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✨✧ Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine ... LP
Apple, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Apple pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Motohiko Hino Quartet + 1Ryuhyo – Sailing Ice (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About October 30, 2016 (delayed)
A record with a really beautiful title – and a sound that definitely lives up to the "Sailing Ice" on the cover! The music is very much in the best post-Coltrane mode – played by a group led by the great Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino, and featuring Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenor and Yasuaki Shimizu on soprano and tenor – two reed players who really express themselves with a great sense of spirituality, and lots of searching energy throughout. The tracks are mostly originals (save for a version of "Soultrane") – served up in freewheeling modal grooves, and peppered with sharp, soulful solos that search out bold new territory, but which never get too free and sloppy. The set was recorded live, but the recording quality is excellent – and titles include "Rio Rome", "Sailing Ice", "Milky Shade", and "New Moon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry Joseph with Luci Martin & Dee ScottYoung Giants Of Platinum Funk Vol 1 – You're The Best (vocal, extended mix)/Irresistible ... 12-inch
City Of Dreams, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... $18.99
A sweet 80s-styled groove from bassist Larry Joseph – one that's peppered with some tightly riffing guitar and great piano fills – and topped with soaring lead vocals from Luci Martin of Chic! The whole thing sounds like it might have been done right during the mid 80s run of Chic (there's no date on the record) – and the extended mix has some nice bassy bits too! Dee Scott sings on "Irresistible" – with a style that's a bit more in the higher range of the soul vocal spectrum, which suits the catchy hook of the track wonderfully! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Oton Kvartetti/Wasama Tuominen Trio/Pentti HietaneJazz Liisa 7 & 8 – Live In Studio 1974/1976 ... CD
Svart (Finland), 1973/1976. New Copy ... $18.99
A hip quartet of jazz performances – all recorded for Finnish radio in the 70s – presented here with beautiful sound as a stunning look at the under-tapped talent in that scene at the time! First up is a 19 minute track titled "Lydian Feeling" – performed by a quartet that includes Otto-Tapio Nevanlinna on violin, but featuring maybe even stronger Fender Rhodes work from Jukka Linkola – who dominates the tune in the beginning, then still continues to soar once the bass and drums kick in! Next up are two tracks by the Trio of Jukka Wasama on drums and Tapio Tuominen on tenor – working with bassist Olli Pekka Wasama on bass, on these fantastically spiritual tunes! Wasama's tone is great – almost more American loft jazz than European avant, a vibe that's especially carried on when Wasama adds in some inventive percussion work on the two long tracks – "Balladi 1" and "El Kabong". Next is a nicely moody duo – Pentti Hietanen on piano and Teppo Hauta-Aho on bass – working without any other instrumentation at all on these amazing tunes that are filled with light and imagination! The music's never sleepy or too tone-heavy – ala ECM – and instead, the pair have a lively energy that almost makes us feel like we're hearing a quartet or larger group. Titles include "Shades On The Snow", "April Moon", and "Pilvi". Last up is the Wasama Quartet – a group led by bassist Olli-Pekka Wasama and drummer Jukka Wasama, and who play with a nicely exotic sound! The instrumentation features 12 string acoustic guitar from Ilkka Niemelainen, who gives the music a very unusual quality at times – plus both violin and piano from Mikko Ville Luojan Mikkola – a musician whose sense of sound really fits the music. Titles include "Hickory", "Celene", and a nice take on Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To". CD

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Ozzie TorrensBoogaloo In Apartment 41 ... LP
Decca/El Sonido, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Monster Latin jazz and boogaloo – all the way through! The album's a rare gem from the short-lived Latin Soul years on Decca – cut by Ozzie Torrens, and featuring a great Latin lineup that includes Louie Ramirez on vibes, Charlie Palmieri on piano, and Manny Duran on trumpet – all swinging in very soulful formation, and going for the stripped-down small combo sound that the Spanish Harlem kids were using on the indie labels at the time! The tracks are all instrumentals – with heavy duty playing all the way through, and loads of rhythmic tracks that are peppered with some sock-solid jazzy solo work! The whole thing's a swinger – and titles include "Ozzaboo", "Boogaloo In Apt 41", "Way Out Mambo", "Cool Jerk", "Mia's Boogaloo", and "Tijuana Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRock 'N Roll Dance Party ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Not just Rock N Roll, but a classic collection of doo wop, R&B, and more – served up in a massive CD package that brings together all versions of this classic album on Crown Records! The original Rock N Roll Dance Party was a key collection in the late 50s – one that helped push the best R&B artists on the Modern/Kent label to a wider audience, thanks to a more mainstream cover. But as the 60s moved in, the title was re-vamped with new titles – and appeared in different versions that are finally getting sorted out and presented here. The CD features 26 tracks from all the albums – and even if you're not concerned with the discographical information, the whole thing still stands as a hard-rocking collection of grooves – as fresh today as it was nearly 50 years ago! Titles include "Cherry Pie" by Marvin & Johnny, "Don't Be Angry" by The Cadets, "Sunday Meetin Rock" by Johnny Allen, "All Night Long" by Joe Houston, "Dance With Me Henry" by Etta Jones, "Vido's Boogie" by Vido Musso, "Bye Bye Fare Thee Well" by Peppermint Harris, "Ay La Bah" by Dolly Cooper, "Cool Diggin" by Maxwell Davis, "I Want My Baby" by Jimmy Beasley, "Convicted" by Oscar McLollie, and "Have Mercy Miss Percy" by Long Tall Marvin. CD

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsPepper Adams Quintet ... CD
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure late 50s gem from Pepper – a stripped-down quartet session that has him blowing in a very open-ended mode – quite a difference from some of his more tightly arranged sets! The feel's a bit like Pepper's work with Donald Byrd, but even more openly swinging – played by a quintet that includes Stu Williamson on trumpet, Carl Perkins on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. Tracks are all long and fresh – and the record's almost got the feel of a great Prestige blowing session from the time. Pepper's work on baritone is jaw-dropping throughout – and titles include "Unforgettable", "Baubles Bangles & Beads", "Freddie Froo", and "Muezzin". CD

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✨✧ Pepper Adams with Ted CursonCalifornia Cookin ... CD
Interplay, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An exceptional set from baritonist Pepper Adams – one of those great moments that artists hit only at a few spots in their career, especially during later years like this! The album's a live date that cooks with any of Pepper's classics from years back – but it's also got a soulful complexity that takes it to rich new territory too – a quality that's no doubt due to the presence of trumpeter Ted Curson in the quintet, playing with bold, righteous notes that really transform the record! It's rare to hear Adams' horn in such a setting, and he really responds to Curson's presence – reaching out with long-blown and beautifully crafted solos that get a lot of energy from the rhythm trio of Victor Feldman on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. Titles include "Waltz For Celeste", "Summertime", "Last Resort", "Now In Our Lives", and "Oleo". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CashflowParty Freak (Latin Rascals edit, orig)/It's Just A Dream ... 12-inch
Atlanta, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lots of popping and breaking with this one – street beats mixed with warmer soul vocals – all peppered with some nervous keyboards too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Jackson In Your House (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's all-time classics! If you've ever bought an Art Ensemble album and said "Hmm, what's all the fuss about?", get this one. It'll change your mind. The band is in perfect form – and hits an incredible blend of free thinking modernism and soulful soloing, peppered with a healthy dose of humor. The tracks are shortish, and very tight – and titles include "Jackson In Your House", "Song For Charles", "The Waltz", and "Get In Line". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pepper AdamsJulian ... CD
Enja, 1975. Used ... $24.99
A great quartet date – nice and laidback, with plenty of room for Pepper Adams to open up on his deep-toned baritone sax! The group features Walter Norris on piano – and titles include "Ad Astra", "Jirge", "Spacemaker", and "Three & One". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Barry/Shirley BasseyGoldfinger ... LP
United Artists, 1964. Very Good ... $5.99
The soundtrack that put John Barry over the top – and to many, THE James Bond soundtrack! The album chills from the first notes of the haunting title theme – the majestic "Goldfinger", sung by Shirley Bassey with a tone that's as dangerous as a razor-sharp hat spinning through the air! Barry then takes over with some wonderful instrumentals – a blend of crime jazz, mood pieces, chase themes, and more – all peppered with that dark dark Bond theme that we love so much! Titles include "Into Miami", "Teasing The Korean", "Alpine Drive", "Bond Back In Action", "Gassing The Gangsters", and "Death Of Goldfinger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Scott BradfordRock Slides ... LP
ABC/Probe, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $34.99
A lost album of funky jazz that features work by the great Nathan Davis! The combo's a hip rock-influenced one – mixing together acoustic funky jazz with a slight touch of electric bass, in a manner that's in keeping with some of the hipper jazz rock groups that were coming out of England and Germany at the end of the 60s. Scott Bradford's the leader of the group – and he plays piano, Hohner electric, and organ – and other players include Stu Martin on drums, Gunther Lenz on bass, Nathan Davis on tenor sax and flute, and Philip Catherine on occasional guest guitar solos. The tracks follow nicely in the messed-up vibe of some of the MPS groups of the time – with lots of chunky hard-hitting grooves, peppered with real jazz soloing, especially from Davis, who gets in some of the weirdest reed work of his career on the album! Titles include two Davis originals – "Mid Evil Dance", and "Kansas City Mascher" – plus the cuts "Samsara", "Essential Horror", and "Issa". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles BradleyStrictly Reserved For You/Let Love Stand A Chance ... 7-inch
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
Pure wonderfulness from Charles Bradley – two killer cuts that really sum up his contemporary genius! "Strictly Reserved" has this slow funk groove that's nice and sinister – a stepping guitar riff that really sets up the groove right from the start – topped with these incredibly soulful vocals from Charles, and peppered with just the right dose of horns! "Let Love Stand A Chance" is a killer too – mellower, and a bit more deep soul – with a burning feel that almost blows away the best James Brown ballads of the King Records years! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Paul Chambers & Tommy FlanaganMotor City Scene – Complete Recordings ... CD
Bethlehem/United Artists/Lonehill (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ... $14.99
2 classic albums of late 50s jazz – both showcasing the rich talents of players from Detroit! First up on the disc is the album Motor City Scene – recorded for United Artists under the leadership of Thad Jones in 1959. The set features Thad at his best – late 50s, and working with an excellent group of hometown players! The album's more open and rough than some of Thad's excellent Blue Note sides from the time – in a really great way, one that makes for the kind of session that you rarely get to hear from Thad. Other players include Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones, and the great Billy Mitchell – whose tenor work on Jones' albums from the time is worth the price of admission alone! Titles include "Like Old Times", "Minor On Top", "Let's Play One", and "No Refill". The next 5 tracks on the set are from a 1960 session for Bethlehem – also titled Motor City Theme, recorded under the leadership of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams. The two of them groove nicely here with a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes!) The band is very tight, and the tracks are long enough that everybody gets in some good licks on the solos. Titles include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". Way harder than most of the west coast sessions on Bethlehem too! CD
(Out of print.)

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FelaEverything Scatter (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
A great little record – with two brilliant side-long tracks! "Everything Scatter" is a stone 70s classic from Fela – and a cut that's maybe the blueprint for so much Afro Funk to follow – beautifully layered, with so many different elements coming into play at once, yet never getting in the way of each other at all – and somehow creating a groove that's so much more than just the sum of its parts in the process! The percolating groove is amazing – tighter than any imitators could ever hope to match – and peppered with brilliant solos on tenor, trumpet, and keyboards! Speaking of keyboards, they provide an excellent start to the flipside – "Who No Know Go Know" – a tune with a contemplative message in the lyrics, but one that also starts out with a long run of instrumental interplay first! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus insert!)

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Vince GuaraldiOh Good Grief! ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Very groovy stuff! This is the music that was used in the 60s Peanuts cartoons – made famous during the same stretch through its use in goofy Dolly Madison commercials! The album's way better than any of the Peanuts stuff that was on Fantasy, as Vince plays electric harpsichord on a number of cuts, and gets some electric guitar backing by Eddie Duran – for a very groovy sound! Tracks include the classic "Linus & Lucy", plus "Red Baron", "Peppermint Patty", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", and "Rain Rain Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beige label pressing.)

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Vince Guaraldi TrioCharlie Brown Christmas (2CD 50th Anniversary Edition) ... CD
Fantasy, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $17.99 19.99
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that always emerge in true Christmas classics – underscoring the blue side of the season that's always lurking around corners from the happier moments. Vince Guaraldi penned this score back when he was a rising talent on the San Francisco scene – and in a way, it was almost his musical contribution to the cartoon that made it such a lasting favorite – even over and above the appeal of the famous animated characters. Most tunes are simple piano ones, but played with a phrasing that's beautifully timeless – and the few vocal numbers feature voices from the cartoon, singing softly with the music. Titles include the classic "Linus and Lucy" – plus "My Little Drum", "Christmas Is Coming", "Christmas Time Is Here", "Skating", and "Fur Elise". This 50th Anniversary edition features the core album, a replica of the 1965 book by Charles Schultz, and four double-sided postcards – similar to those from the early Fantasy Records version! Also includes the bonus CD Peanuts Portraits – key character themes penned and played by the legendary Vince Guaraldi, in a set of recordings that features both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! A few cuts get really funky, too – the electric numbers, which remind us that back when we were wee ones, watching these cartoons, Guaraldi was already shaping our consciousness with his great way with a groove. The package is one that really gets right to the heart of Guaraldi's genius – and shakes free of some of the holiday spirit of other Peanuts jazz packages, to get into some incredibly groovy numbers that include "Peppermint Patty", "Joe Cool", "Charlie's Blues (variation)", "Blue Charlie Brown (version 2)", "Frieda (alternate)", "Little Birdie", and "Schroeder (alternate)" – plus the famous "Linus & Lucy". CD
(A great package for the price – nicely oversized, too!)

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Coleman HawkinsBean & The Boys (Walter Foots Thomas All Stars/Bean & The Boys/Stasch) ... CD
Prestige, 1944/1946/1959. Used ... $3.99
A great assortment of material from Coleman Hawkins – sides that nicely span the mid 40s and late 50s, showing some great growth in his technique! The first four tracks are from a record by the Walter Foots All Stars – a group led by Foots on tenor, but also featuring Hawk – also with Hilton Jefferson on alto and Jonah Jones on trumpet – on tracks that include "Out To Lunch", "Every Man For Himself", and "Look Out Jack". Next are four more tracks recorded in 1944 with backing by a quartet that includes Thelonious Monk – on titles that include "On The Bean", "Recollections", and "Flyin Hawk". A set with a more boppish lineup follows – with JJ Johnson on trombone and Fats Navarro on trumpet – on titles that include "Bean & The Boys", "Cocktails For Two", and "You Go To My Head". Last are some later sides from 1959 – the great album Stasch, played by a very hip group – with Jerome Richardson on flute and tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Roy Gaines on guitar, and Ray Bryant on piano. Jerry Valentine did the arrangements – and cuts include "Stasch", "Trust In me", "Roll Em", "Skyrouk", and "My Babe". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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