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Duke EllingtonBlue Light/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Late 30s/1953. Used 2CD ... $8.99
Duke Ellington classics from 2 different decades! Blue Light is subtitled "jazz for that relaxed mood", but is actually a great compilation of early work by Ellington's group – recorded for Columbia during the years 1934 to 1939! Somehow, the tracks still end up sounding 30 years ahead of their time – far stronger than most other big band work of the early 50s – which is when the album was released. Recording quality is excellent, and the whole thing's awash in richly chromatic waves of sound – with titles that include "Pyramid", "Reminiscing In Tempo", "Tough Truckin", "No Greater Love", and "Finesse". Hi Fi Ellington Uptown is one of Duke's best mid 50s sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s! Players include Billy Strayhorn, Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Juan Tizol, and Louis Bellson – and the record features long versions of "The Mooche", "Perdido", "Controversial Suite", and "Skin Deep" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". CD

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Duke EllingtonDuke's Big 4 ... LP
Pablo, 1973. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Duke's Big 4 here are a quartet of jazz legends – Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson – all working with Duke himself to serve up unique small combo versions of older Ellington full band classics! The mix of piano, guitar, bass, and drums is a bit unusual for Ellington – and Pass especially has this sharply ringing tone that really brings a different flavor to many of the numbers – a kind of stepping, pulsating quality that's even in contrast to his other work from this period. Duke's piano augments the angularity, and titles include "Love You Madly", "Cottontail", "The Blues", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Everything But You", and "Just Squeeze Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some corner wear.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Jazz Party In Stereo ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Sealed ... $29.99
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz party" tradition. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on a few tracks, and Duke's band features Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzalves, Jimmy Woode, and a guest appearance by Dizzy Gillespie. Tracks include "Ready Go", "Red Garter", "Malletoba Spank", "UMMG", and "Tymperturbably Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(200 gram Classic Records pressing! Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonReprise Studio Recordings (5CD set) ... CD
Reprise/Mosaic, Early 60s. Used ... $219.99
Includes material from the albums Afro-Bossa, Symphonic Ellington, Ellington 65, Mary Poppins, Ellington 66, Will The Big Bands Ever Come Back, Concert In The Virgin Islands, Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits, Recollections Of The Big Band Era, and Duke Ellington's Violin Session. CD
(Out of print – and in really great shape!)

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Don EllisAutumn ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good- ... $1.99
An album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented directions! The group's still a bit band on most numbers – but it's one with a lean, well-crafted sound that's not really big band jazz, and which also features some elements of later soundtrack scoring. Players on the date are all great – and include Frank Strozier, John Klemmer, and Ira Schulman on saxes – plus Pete Robinson on clavinet, piano, and electric piano! The set begins with the beautiful extended "Variations For Trumpet" – a suite-type number that has plenty of great colors from Ellis, plus loads of other horn work too. Other titles include "Indian Lady", "Pussy Wiggle Stomp", "Scratt & Fluggs", and "Child Of Ecstasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Extra GoldenOk-Oyot System ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Used ... $3.99
A partnership between US indie guitarists Ian Egelson and Alex Minoff of Golden – with Onyango Wuod Omari and the late Otieno Jagwasi of Nairobi based benga band Orchestra Extra Solar Africa – for an lightly funky, deeply melodic blend of hypnotic tunes! It's a true partnership – jumping back and forth between what each side brings of their own sounds – with the distinctions blending surprisingly well! Titles include "Ilando Gima Onge", "It's Not Easy", "OK-Oyot System", "Osama Rach", "Tussin And Fightin'" and "Nyajondere. Initial copies come with a DVD – OK-Oyot System guitarist Otieno Jagqwasi performing live in Nairobi! CD

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Dennis Farnon & His OrchestraCaution! Men Swinging ... LP
RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Plenty of men swinging here – a great west coast lineup working under the leadership of Dennis Farnon, almost with the feel of RCA jazz soundtrack work of the time! The arrangements are pretty lively throughout – quite bold at points, and filled with nice colors – never too modern to lose their swing, yet always with a thoughtful sort of composition that goes way past typical big band hoke. Players include Pete Candoli and Don Fagerquist on trumpets, Bob Enevoldsen and Tommy Pederson on trombones, Ted Nash and Gene Cipriano on tenor sax, Howard Roberts on guitar, and either Lou Levy or Jimmy Rowles on piano. Titles include Farnon's own "Resume Speed" and "Caution! Men Swinging" – plus groovy versions of "South Of The Border", "Isle Of Capri", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "Three Little Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Numero, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.99
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee Felice TrioThere Was A Time/Oh Happy Day ... 7-inch
Bethlehem, Late 60s. Good ... $9.99
Killer stuff from this funky piano combo that sometimes backed up James Brown! James produced this one, and the a-side is a killer instrumental take on his classic "There Was A Time". The cut's got heavy loping piano riffs, and some nice comping by a tight backing band! "Oh Happy Day" is a version of the big pop gospel hit – but it's done here with these looped around piano lines that sound really great, grooving hard in a way that almost sounds like "Cataloupe Island"! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Maynard FergusonCome Blow Your Horn ... LP
Cameo, 1964. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A surprisingly nice album of big band material from Maynard – recorded at a time when he was just getting his start as a big name, and still handling some hip enough players to make the groove swing! One track claims to have a "Dusan Goykovich" as a soloist – who we can only imagine to be our man Dusko Goykovich – and the record has plenty other nice solos by Lanny Morgan. Arrangements are by Don Sebesky, Al Cohn, Willie Maiden, and Oliver Nelson – and tracks include "Groove", "Whisper Not", "Blues For A Four String Guitar", "New Hope", and "Naked City Theme". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maynard FergusonConquistador ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $4.99
Maynard come back! All is forgiven! We take back all the things we've ever said about you after hearing this album! The record's a jazz funk masterpiece, and it's proof that you've always had a good head on your shoulders, and were waiting for a record like this to really come into your own! The arrangements shine with a smooth electric sparkle that reminds us of the best albums on Kudu or CTI – and even your normally "too hot" solos fit in perfectly with the band's smooth funky grooving. Our favorite tune is the spacey sample cut "Mister Mellow", but the whole album's pretty darn nice, including "Soar Like An Eagle", "The Fly", "Conquistador". Heck, we even like your funky version of "Theme From Star Trek"! Sorry we ever doubted you! CD

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Maynard FergusonNew Sounds Of Maynard Ferguson/Come Blow Your Horn (with bonus track) ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, 1963/1964. Used ... $9.99
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in the group – a lineup that includes Willie Maiden on tenor sax, Dusko Goykovich (horribly misspelled in the notes) on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on Baritone, and Lanny Morgan on alto – all of whom get to step out in short but soulful solos that make the tracks bristle with more excitement than you'd think. And as with other Cameo jazz sides from the time, Rufus Jones is on drums – bringing in a nice little punch to the tracks that kicks them up in just the right sort of way. Titles include the originals "Bossa Nova De Funk", "Maine Bone", and "At The Sound Of The Trumpet" – plus a version of "Watermelon Man", and the bonus track "The Song Is You". Come Blow Your Horn is a surprisingly nice album of big band material from Maynard – recorded at a time when he was just getting his start as a big name, and still handling some hip enough players to make the groove swing! One track claims to have a "Dusan Goykovich" as a soloist – who we can only imagine to be our man Dusko Goykovich – and the record has plenty other nice solos by Lanny Morgan. Arrangements are by Don Sebesky, Al Cohn, Willie Maiden, and Oliver Nelson – and tracks include "Groove", "Whisper Not", "Blues For A Four String Guitar", "New Hope", and "Naked City Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". On New Vintage, Maynard really grooves it – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". Carnival is a cool cooker from Maynard Ferguson – and a set that has all the upbeat tones you'd expect from the title, but lots of funky currents underneath! The set really sparkles right from the start – and has that sweet vibe that Maynard was really getting perfect on these late 70s records for Columbia – jazzy fusion that's tight, but never too uptight – with lots of room for sweet solos from the leader himself, plus Bill Hannon on moog, John Qdini on guitar, Eric Traub on tenor, and Mike Migliore on alto. Titles include a famous working of Earth Wind & Fier's "Fantasy" – plus "Battlestar Galactica", "MF Carnival", "Baker Street", "Birdland", "How Ya Doin Baby", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Jerry FieldingJerry Fielding Plays A Dance Concert (10 inch LP) ... LP
Trend, 1953/1954. Very Good- ... $14.99
Great early jazz work from Jerry Fielding – an artist who's probably much better known for his soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, but who sounds equally great here in a big band setting of the 50s! Fielding's style is heavy on modes blossoming in the LA scene of the time – modern, swinging, tight ensemble playing, but often with standout soloists like Conrad Gozzo, Buddy Collette, and Gerald Wiggins. The style isn't so much "dance" as it is swinging big band work – and titles include "Young Man's Fancy", "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", "Song Of The Bayou", "Carefree", and "Cheerful Little Earful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a bit of seam splitting.)

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Lee FieldsYou're The Kind Of Girl (45 edit)/It's All Over But The Crying ... 7-inch
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy ... $5.99
The first taste of the Faithful Man album from Lee Fields & The Expressions – a living oracle of deep soul and at the very peak of skills in 2012 – seriously, the man and the band are completely incredible here! "You're The Kind Of Girl" gives us what we need from Lee – achingly soulful vocals dripping with experience and emotion and with a classic groove – but the Lee and band up the ante with some of the richest Truth & Soul production we've heard to date! There's some laidback psych soul touches in the guitar, some strings soar over the chorus, the horns have a unique style and keys are just as sweet. "It's All Over But The Crying" isn't a weepy as you might think, with Lee singing the tale of emotional demise. Later high points in a legendary life in soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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5th DimensionIndividually & Collectively ... LP
Bell, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
An early 70s treasures from The 5th Dimension – continuing the group's amazing run from the late 60s onward – a sublime blend of the group's great harmonies with standout lead vocals – all produced by Bones Howe, and arranged with help from from Bob Alcivar and Bill Holman! There's a growing sophistication in the set that we really like – a deeper, more personal feel on some of the lyrics – especially some of the more "adult" styled numbers that always showed that the group was way more than just a simple pop machine. Tracks include a scatting vocal version of the Johnny Alf bossa groover "Sky & Sea", plus "I Didn't Get To Sleep At All", "All Kinds Of People", "Tomorrow Belongs To The Children", "Turn Around To Me", "Band Of Gold", and "Border Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Five EmpreesLittle Miss Sad ... LP
Freeport, 1965. Very Good- ... $14.99
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(Original pressing. Cover has a "hit" sticker, some light wear, and red dots on the band members' eyes!)

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Raymond FolJazz In Paris – Les 4 Saisons ... CD
Universal (France), 1965. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
This is a fantastic album! French pianist Raymond Fol leads a group that includes American and European players of the Clarke-Boland Big Band mode, like Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, and Fats Sadi, plus American Art Taylor on drums – and he's come up with a swinging take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons that's one of the hippest French jazz sides we've heard from the 60s! Forget the source of the material, because Fol lets the players really go loose on the solos – which means you'll hear great vibes from Sadi, searing tenor from Griffin, and some excellent work on piano and celeste from Fol himself, all set to tight rhythm accompaniment that makes the tracks swing harder than you'd ever expect. A real treat, kind of a swinging jazz suite, ala the best MPS work of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! CD
Also available Jazz In Paris – Les 4 Saisons ... CD 5.99

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Raymond FolJazz In Paris – Les 4 Saisons ... CD
Universal (France), 1965. Used ... $5.99
This is a fantastic album! French pianist Raymond Fol leads a group that includes American and European players of the Clarke-Boland Big Band mode, like Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, and Fats Sadi, plus American Art Taylor on drums – and he's come up with a swinging take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons that's one of the hippest French jazz sides we've heard from the 60s! Forget the source of the material, because Fol lets the players really go loose on the solos – which means you'll hear great vibes from Sadi, searing tenor from Griffin, and some excellent work on piano and celeste from Fol himself, all set to tight rhythm accompaniment that makes the tracks swing harder than you'd ever expect. A real treat, kind of a swinging jazz suite, ala the best MPS work of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! CD
Also available Jazz In Paris – Les 4 Saisons ... CD 7.99

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FormulaConduit ... CD
Mercy Productions, 2002. New Copy ... $0.99
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the vocals of Julie McBride – and the guitars have an occasional twang that deepens the sound, but in a very subtle way. The balance is strong enough that these guys should have ended up hitting much bigger fame at the time – and ten years previous, would have undoubtedly be scooped up by a much bigger label – but it's the obscurity of a gem like this that's also really a part of its charm. Titles include ""Luna", "Chimes", "Drone In A", "Conduit", "A Sense Of", "Burn", and "Purple Shroud". CD
 
 
 



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