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Franco AmbrosettiLive At The Blue Note ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... $11.99
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, he's just a great jazz musician in an old school mode – one who's interacting here wonderfully with a group that includes Seamus Blake on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! The rhythm section is especially great – and really seems to set the right tone for the set – and the tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Phantoms", "Voyage", "Blues N Dues Et Cetera", and "Just Friends". CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis ArmstrongLive At Winter Garden, New York & Blue Note, Chicago ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1947/1948. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers (6CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1960. Used 6CDs ... $129.99
An incredible year for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a time when the group included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The work here is the stuff of legend – and this year's worth of material includes sessions that appeared on the albums Roots & Herbs, Witch Doctor, Like Someone In Love, Freedom Rider, The Big Beat, Night In Tunisia, Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vols 1 & 2, and the Japanese-only Pisces! CD
(Out of print. Numbered limited edition pressing – includes book! Everything included is in great shape!)

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Don CherryComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Don Cherry ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, Mid 60s. Used 2CDs ... $99.99
(Out of print. Includes original book and box – everything in great shape, and the CDs are still sealed!)

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Frank FosterManhattan Fever (Blue Note) (with previously unreleased album) ... CD
Blue Note, 1968/1969. Used ... $11.99
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse – with a quality that's even darker, even deeper, even more advanced from his earlier years with Basie. There's a rolling, joyous groove to many numbers – that late 60s take on soul jazz that made for so many great tracks on albums by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan near the end of the decade. Foster keeps things tight, but he's also got an expansive vision too – an edge in the horns that points the way towards some of the chances he'd take in the 70s, but which is still wrapped around a leanly leaping soul jazz groove! Foster wrote 5 of the 6 tracks on the album, and he's working here with a sextet that includes Garnett Brown on trombone, Marvin Stamm on trumpet, and Richard Wyands on piano, who brings in some offbeat notes and colors throughout. Rhythm is by the excellent team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Seventh Avenue Bill", "Stammpede", "Little Miss No Nose", "Manhattan Fever", and "Loneliness". Added to the core album is a full bonus album – recorded by Foster nearly a year after the first, and even more far-reaching! There's a quality to the date that mixes together Frank's previous soulful vamping with some more introspective, more lyrical moments – almost modern at times, but not entirely so – and played by a septet that includes Ed Pazant on alto and flute, Burt Collins on trumpet, George Cables on piano, and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone. Foster himself plays a bit of alto clarinet alongside his usual tenor – and titles include "Fly By Night", "Slug's Bag", "What's New From The Monster Mill", and "Hip Shakin". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Manhattan Fever (Blue Note) ... LP 9.99

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Don GrolnickComplete Blue Note Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, 1990s. Used 2CD ... $24.99
(Out of print.)

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Edmond HallComplete Edmond Hall/James P Johnson/Sidney De Paris/Vic Dickenson Blue Note Sessions (4CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1940s/Early 50s. Used ... $149.99
A wealth of material from the earliest days of Blue Note! Set includes some unissued tracks, and lots of material from rare 10" LP sessions. CD
(Out of print. Numbered limited edition pressing – includes book! Everything included is in great shape!)

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✨✧ Andrew HillComplete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions 1963 to 1966 (7CD set) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, 1960s. Used 7CD ... $199.99
Remarkable modern jazz, from one of the most unique voices in the genre! Hill's piano work and compositions fall into a category of their own, working outside the limits of predominant bop sound, but not quite falling into the world of free jazz that rules the avant scene. This outstanding Mosaic box collects his seminal 60s recordings, comprising of the LPs Black Fire, Smokestack, Judgment, Point Of Departure, Andrew!, One For One, and Compulsion, plus plenty of alternate takes and some material that was issued under Sam Rivers name on the LP Involution. Sidemen include Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Dorham, Eric Dolphy, John Gilmore, Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Richard Davis, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Joe Chambers. There's 52 tracks in all, spread out over 7 CDs, with titles that include "Land Of Nod", "Black Fire", "McNeil Island", "Tired Trade",Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Smokestack", "Ode To Von", "The Day After", "Verne", "Not So", "Flea Flop", "Siete Ocho", "Yokada, Yokada", "Reconciliation", "New Monastary", "Flight 19", "Spectrum", "Symmetry", "The Griots", "Duplicity", "Le Serpenmt Qui Danse", "Euterpe", "Erato", "Roots 'n Herbs", "Compulsion", "Premonition", "Violence" and "Desire". CD
(Out of print. In great shape – includes original book and box!)

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Bobby HutchersonBest Of The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Genius – pure genius! Bobby Hutcherson's work for Blue Note is some of the most dramatic of any artist to ever record for the label. During his tenure there, he broke in doing some pivotal work in the "new thing" mode with players like Andrew Hill and Joe Henderson, next worked into a soulful groove that helped redefine the face of soul jazz, and then teamed up with Harold Land to form one of the most compelling groups to ever record for the label. This set of 11 tracks provides a good overview of these years – and titles include "Ummh", "Dave's Chant", "Little B's Poem", "Blues Mind Matter", "Ghetto Lights", "Til Then", "Patterns", "Roses Poses", and "Houston St Thursday Afternoon". CD
(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp. Booklet has a small bit of sticker remnant.)

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Thad JonesComplete Blue Note/UA/Roulette Recordings Of Thad Jones (3CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CDs ... $69.99
A monster set from Mosaic, encompassing a great batch of Thad Jones' sought after smaller group work from the 50s and 60s! The set includes the hard to get Detroit New York Junction, The Magnificent Thad Jones, and The Magnificent Thad Jones, Vol 3 LPs on Blue Note, Motor City Scene on United Artists, and tracks from The Birdland Story and Minor Strain on Roulette. Loads of crack sidemen are on board, including Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Pettiford, Shadow Wilson, Billy Mitchell, Eddie Jones, Elvin Jones, Barry Harris, Percy Heath, Max Roach, Benny Powell, Gigi Gryce, George Duvivier, Al Grey, Paul Chambers, Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Richard Davis, and Osie Johnson. 28 tracks in all, with titles that include "Tariff", "blue room", "Scratch", "Zec", 'Thedia", "Billie Doo", "Slipped Again", "Going Off Stage", "Let's", "No Refill", "Subtel Revuttal", "Tip Toe", "H & T Blues" and "Friday The 13th". CD
(Out of print. In great shape!)

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Nigel KennedyBlue Note Sessions ... CD
Blue Note/EMI, 2006. Used ... $4.99
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Miri Ben-AriTemple Of Beautiful – Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2003. Used ... $3.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lee MorganComplete Blue Note Lee Morgan Fifties Sessions (4CD set) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, 1950s/1995. Used 4CD ... $99.99
A box packed with nothing but cracking hard bop! All of Lee Morgan's seminal 50s sides for Blue Note assembled in one package, including the albums Indeed!, Volume Two, Volume Three, City Lights, the Cooker and Candy. Morgan's quite young on these sessions, but his voice is fully formed and he plays with fire throughout, as do the sidemen, who include Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Gigi Gryce, Bobby Timmons, Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Sonny Clark, Curtis Fuller, and Wynton Kelly. There's 37 tracks in all, spread out over 4 discs, including "Reggie Of Chester", "Little T", "Stand By", "Latin hangover", "D's Fink", "Slightly Hep", "Hasaan's Dream", "I Remember Clifford", "Mesabi Chant", "Domingo", "City Lights", "Kin Folks", "Heavy Dipper", "New-Ma", and "CTA". CD
(Note: Does not include box or book. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roberta PiketLive At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 1999. Used ... $3.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) (non-RVG Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $1.99
Amazing early work from Sonny Rollins – the first of his tremendous Blue Note albums – and a record that really shows him taking off at the time! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation – not as far out as in a few years to come, but already awash in imagination and creativity. The group here includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Max Roach on drums – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "Sonnysphere", and "Decision". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBlue Note Blend ... CD
Blue Note/Starbucks, 2015. Used ... $5.99
(Barcode has some marker.)

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VariousBlue Note Years – Boogie, Blues & Bop 1939 to 1955 ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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VariousIn The Mood – Blue Note DJ Mix By DJ Jin ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960s/1970s. Used ... $14.99
A great approach to the Blue Note catalog – a continuous mix of tunes, but one that really respects the originals! DJ Jin keeps things nice and low-key – serving up a nice blend of 60s hardbop and 70s electric, but never really pushing things to far, and mostly letting the tunes speak for themselves – and considering the strength of the material, that's an easy enough thing to do! Tracks include "Jakey" by John Patton, "Stormy" by Duke Pearson, "Little B's Poem" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Last Tango In Paris" by Marlena Shaw, "You Don't Know How Much I Love You" by Alphonze Mouzon, "Wind Parade" by Donald Byrd, "Congalere" by Horace Parlan, "Round Town" by Elvin Jones, "Koko & Lee Roe" by Gene Harris, "Stuh-born People (interlude)" by Waters, and "Luanne" by Moacir Santos. CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisBest Of Miles Davis – The Capitol & Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes "Move", "Godchild", "Budo", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Donna", "Yesterdays", "Tempus Fugit", "Enigma", "CTA", "Well You Needn't", "It Never Entered My Mind", "Weirdo", "Somethin Else" and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousJazz FM Presents Blue Note Legends ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz FM (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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Curtis AmyCurtis Amy – Mosaic Select (Blues Message/Meetin Here/Groovin Blue/Way Down/Tippin On Through/Katanga!) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, Early 60s. Used 3CD ... $49.99
An amazing transformation in jazz – the first 6 albums by Texas tenor giant Curtis Amy, packaged together in one box set! Amy had a deep gutsy sound that was similar to other Texas tenors coming out of the state during the postwar years – and initially, his first recordings in LA were done in a spirited soul jazz mode – often teaming with organist Paul Bryant, in loose and free albums that had the feel of some of the east coast sides cut for Prestige at the time. As the early 60s wore on, though, Amy really opened up – and started working with some of the hipper younger players of the LA scene, to shift his groove from straight soul jazz into more of a modally-inspired sound. The 6 albums on this set document this incredible transformation – already tremendous at the start, but even more revolutionary as Amy moved onto work with players that included Carmell Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Strazzeri, Jimmy Bond, Jack Wilson, and Roy Ayers. Amy's never gotten his due on the reissue market before, and although one of these albums has seen the light of day on CD, most of the other material is showing up here for the first time on reissue – making the limited numbered set even more important than most of the other Mosaic sets! Tremendous work all the way through – and a release that's bound to finally get Amy the attention he deserves. 36 tracks in all – with a great set of notes! CD
(Out of print, edgewear to slipcover & one of the jewel case covers is missing but the booklet is included.)

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Patricia BarberCole Porter Mix ... CD
Blue Note, 2008. Used ... $3.99
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Bob BeldenBlack Dahlia ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... $0.99
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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Ignacio BerroaCodes ... CD
Blue Note, 2006. Used ... $2.99
(Barcode has a promo sticker. CD has a promo stamp.)

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Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $1.99
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
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print first pressing.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyIndestructible ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his lyrical comping brings the band to new soulful heights. Tracks include "The Egyptian", "Sortie", "Calling Miss Khadija", and "Mr. Jin". CD features the bonus track "It's A Long Way Down", penned by Wayne Shorter. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Indestructible (RVG remaster edition) ... CD

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Art BlakeyMeet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 & 2 (24 Bit RVG Remaster) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used 2CDs ... $16.99
The long-overdue reissue of this crackling live set from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers! The recording is one of a few that Blakey made at Birdland – and it may well be the best, as it features his killer 1960 lineup with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons all in the group. Tracks are longer than the group's studio sides – with an incredible mix of fire and lyricism, soul and energy, showing the group at their best in a setting like this! Tracks include the great originals "The Opener", "What Know", "Night Watch", "The Summit", "High Modes", and versions of "Round Midnight", "The Breeze and I" and "The Things I Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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BoosterLoop In Release ... CD
Blue Note (France), 2001. Used ... $7.99
Funky French grooves from DJ Booster – and another feather in the cap of the French division of Blue Note! This track's got a sweet laidback feel – lots of heavy beats at the bottom, and plenty of real jazz soloing on trumpet, Fender Rhodes, alto, sitar, and percussion. A few of the tunes have vocals, but the real strength of the album is in its mellow funky instrumentation – handled perfectly, in the mode of early 70s work by Grant Green or Ronnie Foster, with modern touches on percussion to pick things up a bit! Titles include "Manzana", "Summer", "The Box", "You're The One", "Mario Meets Malia", "Mutation", and "Holy Cow". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tina BrooksBack To The Tracks ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $12.99
One of those rare Blue Note sessions from tenorist Tina Brooks – originally recorded for the label in 1960, but never issued at the time – yet easily on a par with their more famous work of the period! Brooks' horn has a nice hard edge here – that sharp-edged modernism you'd hear with Jackie McLean, who makes a key appearance here on the album's famous "Street Singer" track. Jackie's not on the rest of the record, but that's fine with us – because other players are all equally great, and include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Apart from "Street Singer", other titles include "The Ruby & The Pearl", "Back To The Tracks", "For Heaven's Sake", and "The Blues & I". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Tina BrooksMinor Move ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $9.99
A great session that was recorded by under-exposed tenor genius Tina Brooks, but which wasn't actually released until a Japanese issue of the material in the early 80s. The set's a crackling quintet hardbop session – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, and Art Blakey on drums. The group grooves nicely on Brooks' "Nutville" and "Minor Move" (done in other versions later on Blue Note), plus a nice long take of "The Way You Look Tonight". This new version features 24-bit remastering, and a bonus take of the track "Minor Move"! CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card is rippled from moisture.)

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✨✧ Tina BrooksWaiting Game ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $14.99
Wonderful! This is the fourth session that tenorist Tina Brooks cut for Blue Note – and it's finally getting reissued! The material did appear briefly in the Tina Brooks box set on Mosaic, but it went out of print immediately, and has never before been presented with a proper cover. It's been appropriately titled Waiting Game, because of the four albums that Brooks recorded for Blue Note, only one (True Blue) was ever issued during his life. The release of this 4th album is a joyous occasion – not only because Brooks is in excellent form on tenor, playing with a warm soulful sound that certainly deserved more credit – but also because the session features a great cast like Johnny Coles, Wilbur Ware, Kenny Drew, and Philly Joe Jones. Tracks include "David The King", "Dhyana", "Talkin About", and "The Waiting Game". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellArtist Selects ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Kenny BurrellBlue Lights Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s – which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons piano, Junior Cook and Tina Brooks tenor, Louis Smith trumpet, and Art Blakey on Drums. The cuts have a very open-ended blowing session feel, and Kenny comes through surprisingly well, really picking up steam on a way you don't always hear in more restrained recordings. Titles on this volume include "Rock Salt", "Chuckin", and "Caravan". CD

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Kenny BurrellMidnight Blue ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $5.99
Great great stuff – and for some folks, THE album by Kenny Burrell! This classic set features the guitarist in a quintet with Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Major Holly on bass, Bill English on drums, and the great Ray Barretto on conga – a really great lineup that sparkles with soulful imagination, and moves with a very rhythmic groove – thanks to Ray's extra percussion contribution on the bottom! Burrell's guitar somehow seems a bit harder and grittier than ever – and titles include the classic groover "Chittlins Con Carne", an early jazz dance classic – plus "Soul Lament", "Wavy Gravy", and "Mule". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Midnight Blue ... LP 44.99

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Donald ByrdBest Of Donald Byrd ... CD
Blue Note, Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
Titles include "Change", "Think Twice", "Lanasana's Priestess", "Street Lady", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Flight Time", "You & Music", and "Places & Spaces". Lots of Mizell grooves! CD

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Donald ByrdBlackjack ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $14.99
An incredible album from Donald Byrd – hard, funky, and with more of an edge than most of his other Blue Note work! The sound on the album's incredibly sinister – really concerned with downward chord turns in moody rhythms – played with a real sense of soul by a frontline that features Byrd, Hank Mobley, and Sonny Red. Cedar Walton drives most of the tunes with hypnotic lines on piano – and the rest of the rhythm's cooked up by Walter Booker on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Includes the massively hard funky title cut, "Blackjack", plus "Beale Street", "Loki", and some other nice groovers. Red and Mobley are amazing, and Byrd's solos are some of his cleanest and leanest of the 60s! Plus, the CD includes a previously unissued bonus cut – "All Members"! CD
(Out of print US version.)

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Donald ByrdByrd In Flight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $11.99
A wonderfully lyrical session from trumpeter Donald Byrd – yet for some reason, the album's one of his most overlooked from the 60s! The session features material by 2 different groups – one that includes Byrd, Hank Mobley, and Duke Pearson; and another which features Byrd, alongside Jackie McLean and Pearson. Donald's playing is really opening up here – hitting some sweeter, more drifting notes, yet still referencing the heavier style of his hardbop years from time to time – and in a way, the record's almost a hint of the solo style that Byrd would take up on 70s recordings with Larry Mizell – still in a deep groove, but with a newfound ability to sail over the top with some nice light notes. Mobley and McLean are superb, as always, and Pearson plays nice and hard – with more of an edge than on his own recordings of the time. Tracks include "Ghana", "Lex", "My Girl Shirl", and "Bo". Includes 3 bonus tracks "Child's Play", "Carol", "Soulful Kiddy"! CD
(Out of print Connoisseur CD series.)
Also available Byrd In Flight ... CD 9.99

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Donald ByrdKofi ... CD
Blue Note, 1969/1970. Used ... $9.99
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark. CD and booklet have promo stamps.)

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Donald ByrdMustang! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. Used ... $17.99
One of Donald Byrd's most fantastic records for Blue Note – and one of three gems that he recorded with the great Sonny Red on alto sax! Byrd and Red work magnificently together – and the two of them play with a tightness and funkiness that's missing from a lot of their other records as leaders – this really sharp edge that makes Sonny sound even better than ever, and a slight funkiness in Byrd's trumpet – which really seems to point the way towards his groove of the 70s! Hank Mobley joins the group on tenor, Walter Booker is on bass, McCoy Tyner's on piano, and Freddie Waits is on drums – and the groove is tight and funky, with a mix of hard bop soloing and funkier Blue Note rhythm playing. Red burns throughout, especially on his own "Mustang", and on the cut "Dixie Lee". Other tracks include "Fly Little Bird Fly", "On The Trail", and "I'm So Excited By You". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Donald ByrdRoyal Flush (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $13.99
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Royal Flush ... LP 16.99
Royal Flush (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 4.99

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