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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesRhythm & Blues At The Flamingo (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $14.99
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Other instrumentation includes tenor, baritone sax, bass, drums, and conga – plus some great guitar from Big Jim Sullivan – and titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". This 2016 edition comes loaded with a huge number of bonus tracks, too – with 1964 BBC Session recordings of "Night Train", "Walking The Dog", "Do-Re-Mi", "You're Breaking My Heart" wtih Long John Baldry and more, plus "Parker's Mood", "Molasses", "Funky Mama (Blue Moon Bootleg Version)", "Money (That's What I Want)" and lots more. 10 tracks on the original album – plus 13 bonus tracks! CD
(Includes obi.)

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Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $11.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Jackie McLeanSwing Swang Swingin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $9.99
Jackie McLean cut some of his best bop sessions for Blue Note – and this is one of them! The record is amazingly precise, and features Jackie as the sole horn soloist in a group with Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – a crack rhythm combo that give McLean plenty of room to blow on his searing alto sax. Tracks stream along with an amazing ease – and Jackie's perfectly-placed solos are right on the money every time! The set list includes a lot of standards, but they're done with that warm soulful approach that makes you hardly care about the source of the material – and instead focus on Jackie's amazing talents as an improviser! Titles include "What's New", "I Love You", "Let's Face The Music And Dance", and "Stable Mates". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur Series pressing.)

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Wayne Shorter5 Original Albums (Night Dreamer/Soothsayer/Etcetera/Adam's Apple/Schizophrenia) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... On June 29, 2018
Five very different albums from the great Wayne Shorter – all from a time when he was really taking off with his music! Night Dreamer is one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal enough to captivate even the most novice jazz listener. A players are at the top of their game – and in addition to Shorter's tenor, the group features Lee Morgan on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. The tracks unfold in lyrical, modal beauty in a really wonderful way that was barely ever duplicated again – and titles include "Night Dreamer", "Oriental Folk Song", "Virgo", "Charcoal Blues", "Armageddon", and "Black Nile". Soothsayer is a great Wayne Shorter session from the mid 60s – recorded then, but not issued until 1979, for some incredibly unexplained reason – especially given the strength of the set! The group is distinctly modern, and features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, James Spaulding on alto, and McCoy Tyner on piano – all of who were committed to heavily pushing the boundaries of their playing at the time. Added to the mix is the youthful Tony Williams on drums, fresh from work with Miles Davis, and playing with an incredibly free hand on the kit – plus the great Ron Carter on bass. The resulting mix of tracks is a beautiful example of how these mid-60s Blue Note sessions could keep firmly in touch with modern developments in jazz, yet never lapse into the kind of sloppiness that could sometimes ruin sets like these on other labels – always with a keen sense of timing and rhythm, and a sharpness that made Blue Note's "new" newer-sounding than most. Titles include "Lost", "Angola", "The Big Push", and an amazing jazz take on Sibelius' "Valse Triste"! Etcetera has a very sharp-edged quartet sound – a bit modern and edgey at times, with sharp tenor lines from Shorter, piano from Herbie Hancock, bass from Cecil McBee, and drums from Joe Chambers. Wayne recorded the date in 1965, but the material wasn't issued by Blue Note until 15 years later – a delay that somehow made the whole thing even more of a gem, especially at a time when Shorter wasn't blowing this strongly on record. Tracks include four originals "Toy Tune", "Penelope", "Etcetera", and "Barracudas" – plus the Gil Evans number "Barracudas (General Assembly)". Adams Apple is an incredible album – one of our favorite Blue Notes ever! Despite the fact that the album's a spare quartet session, the record is one of Wayne Shorter's richest – and features his gutsy young tenor soloing insanely with a rhythmically intense combo that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – a wonderfully free-thinking rhythm trio! Workman's bass is especially strong, and it underpins the cuts with a throbbing pulse that takes them past any simple hardbop conventions. Every cut's a winner – and this is one album we reach for time and time again over the years! Titles include "Adam's Apple", "El Gaucho", "Footprints", and "Teru". Schizophrenia is a session from the late 60s that has Wayne Shorter pushing into a searching, spiritual groove, but one that's still filled with all the taught electricity of his earlier recordings on Blue Note! Shorter's accompanied by youthful modernists like James Spaulding on alto, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – plus the mighty Curtis Fuller on trombone, whose instrument here proves to be the same key extra ingredient that it was on the best Art Blakey sextet sessions of the 60s. There's a tight, soulful feel here that's sublime – an Adams Apple sort of groove, but a bit fuller – and titles include the classic "Tom Thumb", plus "Playground", "Schizoprhenia", "Kryptonite", "Miyako", and "Go". CD

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✨✧ Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
Also available Matador ... CD 11.99

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BreakawayStraight On To The Top ... LP
Breakaway/BBE (UK), 1979. Sealed (reissue)... $11.99
The second set from St Louis funk combo Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. There's some jazz currents on the instrumentation, and the set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and helps give the blue-eyed soul vocals a nice sort of punch. Titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". LP, Vinyl record album
(With bonus CD.)

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Marty Grosz & The Fat BabiesDiga Diga Do ... CD
Delmark, 2015. Used ... $8.99
A trad jazz legend joins the younger Fat Babies combo – in a set that really illustrates the renewed commitment to old school styles at Delmark Records! Guitarist Marty Grosz last recorded for Delmark in 1959, as a sideman for Albert Nicholas – but his strength hasn't dimmed a bit over the years, as his tightly rhythmic playing makes for a great complement to the Fat Babies' sound! Marty gets plenty of room to solo, and impact the rhythm section too – and the album's overflowing with tight, short numbers that include "My Daddy Rocks Me", "Hold Me", "Diga Diga Doo", "A Jazz Holiday", "Blue", and "Why Couldn't It Be Poor Little Me". CD
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Bobby HutchersonMedina (plus Spiral) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $21.99
Two great Bobby Hutcherson albums – both recorded at the end of the 60s, but not released by Blue Note until years later! Both records – Medina and Spiral – give you a glance at the early years of Bobby's famous association with tenorist Harold Land. The Land/Hutcherson combo turned out some of the best modernist soul jazz albums of their age, and their unique interplay, a mixture of free-thinking solos and tight groovy rhythms, set the pattern for so many other 70's jazz groups. Stanley Cowell plays piano on the session, and Bobby's longtime rhythm partner Joe Chambers is on drums. With the tracks "Avis", "Orientale", "Spiral", "Ruth", and "Visions". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey LewisHang On Ramsey ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good- ... $2.99
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the trio in pyrotechnic form before the kind of packed-house audiences they were playing to nightly at the time. Includes swinging versions of "Hard Day's Night", "High Heel Sneakers", and "Hang On Sloopy" – plus the original cut "Movin Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing.)

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording ... CD
Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb piano from Harold Mabern – who's really opening his flow at this time in his career, and makes for some really imaginative collaboration here with Montgomery – and the rest of the combo features tight rhythm from Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. The addition of Griffin is a nice surprise – especially as Montgomery wasn't often playing with tenor in a small group setting by this point – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Blue N Boogie/West Coast Blues", "Full House", "To wane", "Jingles", "Impressions", "Four On Six", and "Round Midnight". CD

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Three SoundsHey There ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Good+ ... $9.99
Wonderful work from the Three Sounds – a tight little combo who weren't out to break any rules in jazz, but who made some excellent albums for Blue Note in the early 60s! The groove here is hard-edge soul jazz piano at its best – similar to early Les McCann work of the same vintage, with a strong sense of rhythm on the left hand, and some wonderfully complicated lines on the right – an early example of the genius of Gene Harris. Harris also shows a nice sense of thoughtfulness on the mellower cuts, too – which still swing in their own sort of way, thanks to the work of Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums. Titles include the great original "Dap's Groove" – plus "Sermonette", "Hey There", "Nothin But The Blues", "Street Of Dreams", and "Little Girl Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear. Cover has some wear with pen on the back, along the top.)

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Stanley TurrentineEasy Walker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $9.99
An album of subtle genius and stellar soul from the great Stanley Turrentine – an over looked quartet date that plays with the sharper edge of some of his earlier work for Blue Note, but which also shows the growing sense of color and tone he'd picked up during the 60s! The group here is great – a loose combo with McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – a rhythm team who still hold some of the soulful styles of Turrentine's more arranged albums, but who also really know how to respond to his groove too. Stan's got these confident solos that really show him becoming one of the true tenor masters of his time – with an especially great sense of space and timing – and titles include "Meat Wave", "Easy Walker", and a nice sweet version of "What the World Needs Now is Love". CD features two bonus tracks – "You Want Me To Stop Loving You" and "A Foggy Day". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... CD
Argo/Dusty Groove, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Lorez Alexandria – an ultra-hip singer who recorded for Impulse and King, but who sounds especially wonderful on this rare date for Chess Records! The album's got a groove that definitely lives up to its title – a jazzy, bouncy sort of rhythm that's definitely "for swingers only", and which is a nice contrast to overdone torch or standard jazz vocal modes. Alexandria's singing is completely sublime – quite fluid, yet with a soulful depth that's really amazing – and her backing combo is equally hip – a group led by John Young on piano, and also featuring George Eskirdge on guitar, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Phil Thomas on drums, and Ronald Wilson on flute and tenor – an obscure player whose reed work really makes the album sparkle! The song choices are great too – a mix of some under-recorded gems and a few blue-toned classics – all redone amazingly by Lorez with a sound that's quite unique. Titles include her classic Argo reading of "Baltimore Oriole", which begins with an amazing drum/bass passage that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "The End Of A Love Affair", "Baltimore Oriole", "All Or Nothing At All", "Mother Earth", "Love Look Away", and "Traveling Down A Lonely Road". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Quintet In Chicago ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and since Coltrane's sitting in with Cannon – the album's essentially a Kind Of Blue-era Miles album, recorded without Miles on trumpet, and grooving in a slightly more soul-based Adderley mode. Given the presence of Coltrane, there's a bit less of the gutbuckety soul jazz that Cannon was cutting in his own Quintet – but that's more than ok with us, as the Coltrane solos more than make up for that difference! The set's got 2 great originals by Coltrane – "The Sleeper" and "Grand Central" – plus the cuts "Wabash" and "Limehouse Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s blue label Mercury Wing pressing, just titled "Cannonball Adderley Quintet". Cover has a mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Roland HannaNew York Jazz Quartet In Chicago ... LP
Beehive, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
An album issued under the name of pianist Roland Hanna, but a set that really showcases his work with the excellent New York Jazz Quartet – a totally hip combo who issued some records on Enja around the same period! This date's a Chicago one – as you'd guess by the title – handled with that relaxed, sympathetic style that made the Beehive label such a great return to the basics of 60s modes of recording from Prestige and Blue Note. Yet there's also a fresh feel to the way that Hanna and the group put the tunes together – a mix of lyricism and swing that's maybe one of the best showcases ever for the tenor and flute of Frank Wess – given the subtle, skillful rhythm talents of George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! Titles include the originals "Wisteria", "Four The Hard Way", and "Raise A Ruckus" – plus the Thad Jones tunes "H&T Blues" and "Ain't Nothin New". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording (180 gram pressing) (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb piano from Harold Mabern – who's really opening his flow at this time in his career, and makes for some really imaginative collaboration here with Montgomery – and the rest of the combo features tight rhythm from Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. The addition of Griffin is a nice surprise – especially as Montgomery wasn't often playing with tenor in a small group setting by this point – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Blue N Boogie/West Coast Blues", "Full House", "To wane", "Jingles", "Impressions", "Four On Six", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
Also available Wes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Pony Poindexter/Frank Rosolino/Fritz Pauer/Art FarExciting Jazz Of The Early 70s – The Unreleased Recordings 1968 to 1978 – Live At The Domicile (4CD set) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1968/1972/1975/1978. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful collection of unreleased jazz recordings from the overseas scene – the kind of open-ended, freewheeling work that brings together American and European musicians in a style that's similar to some of the best albums on the MPS/Saba label! The first CD in the collection is especially great – as it features a much-needed performance as a leader by the great alto saxophonist Pony Poindexter – a great artist who contributed much to the Count Basie band in the 50s and 60s, but hardly ever got to work on his own! Here, Pony blows beautifully on a set of very long tracks – getting help from the mighty Benny Bailey on trumpet (another player we love in a small group setting!), plus a young Jan Hammer on organ and piano, George Mraz on bass, and Michael Dennert on drums. The set list is nicely different from another live Poindexter album of the time – and titles include "Orfeu Negro Samba", "Moonrider", "How Long", "Jive Samba", and "Bigfoot". Next is the famous west coast team of Frank Rosolino on trombone and Conte Candoli on trumpet – really soaring here in a German live date from 1975, a few short years before Frank's death. The tracks are long, and both players have really opened up their sound – and seem to get extra inspiration from a very cool rhythm trio that features Rob Pronk on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – on the tracks "Conversation", "Nica's Dream", "All The Things You Are", and "Waltz For Diane". Next up is a more homegrown talent – the great Fritz Pauer, working on both acoustic and electric piano, and getting some great help on bass from Jimmy Woode – who you might know best for his work in the Clarke Boland Big Band. The group here is just a quartet – and also includes Joe Harris on percussion and Erich Bachtraegl on drums – a very rhythmic combo that may well make the 1972 performance one of Pauer's funkiest moments! Titles include "A Walk In The English Garden", "Blues For DS", "Ham Hocks", "Blues For Mr Jones", "Ridin Home", "Now Hear My Meaning", and "Gentle Eyes". Last up is Art Farmer – really soaring on a set of long live tracks recorded in 1978 – with a quartet that features Gerd Francesconi on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums! Art's in great shape here – really opening up with imaginative solos that never lose their energy – on titles that include "Some Time Ago", "Namely You", "Blue Bossa", "Some Other Time", and "I Remember Clifford". CD
 
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VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. CD

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VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 (10 inch record book – with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 6 x 10 inch ... $78.99 96.99
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. A fantastic version – pressed with six 10" EP vinyl records holding the music – just like a vintage album of 78rpm discs – along with four bonus tracks that weren't on the other CD or vinyl versions – and a download card as well. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Klaus Doldinger5 Original Albums (Jazz Made In Germany/Live At Blue Note Berlin/In Sudamerika/Doldinger Goes On/So Much Doldinger) (5CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most soulful jazz recorded in Europe during the 1960s – four full albums by legendary German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger, plus a bonus compilation that's filled with rare singles too! Doldinger's probably best remembered for the more dynamic fusion he cut with the Passport group in the 70s, but back in his early years he was full on soul jazz player, steeped in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, and others before him – all players that we'd easily rank Doldinger with during these years, given the ultra-high level of his work for Philips! But given his German orientation, Doldinger also picked up on some of the freer influences that were running around the European scene of the 60s – and the tracks here don't just sparkle with American soul jazz sounds, but also show a bit of Brazilian and more progressive jazz influences as well. And alongside Doldinger's tremendous tenor and soprano sax, the recordings here are equally noteworthy for the organ lines of Ingrfried Hoffmann – an ultra-cool player on the Hammond, with the mixture of rhythmic energy and playfulness you might find in the work of Jack McDuff for Prestige at the same time! Doldinger and Hoffmann cook tremendously throughout – so much so, you can easily forget their country of origin, and just put these sides on equally next to your favorites from Prestige or Cadet. The set features four rare albums, each in tiny LP-styled sleeves – plus the So Much Doldinger set, which features 17 titles in all, including some Latin-styled tunes, and others cut with Paul Nero's Blue Sounds combo. CD

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Don ByasDon Byas (Jazz Legacy Series) ... LP
Inner City, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A trio of Parisian sessions from Don Byas – tracks recorded in the city that gave Don his warmest welcome of the postwar years, and which provided him with wonderful players to work with! The first 6 numbers feature a quartet with Byas on tenor and Mary Lou Williams on piano – working here with Don in a surprisingly soulful, straight way – really adding a lot to the set with her own original tunes "OW", "Mary's Waltz", "NME", and "Why". The next 3 numbers feature Byas working with pianist Beryl Booker, who also sings a bit too – on a version of "I Should Care" – alongside instrumental versions of "Makin Whoopee" and "Bery Booker's Byas-ed Blues". Last up are 3 tracks by Don Byas Et Ses Rhythmes – a cool combo with the great Fats Sadi on vibes and Maurice Vander on piano – on titles that include "Jordu", "Anatole", and "Lover Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Joe FarrellMoon Germs ... LP
CTI, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – playing with a very angular sense of rhythm that really dives the record! The record's got a tight combo sound that's far more energetic than most CTI jazz from the time – and titles include the great cut "Great Gorge", which has a tight modal sample groove, plus "Times Lie", "Bass Folk Song", and "Moon Germs". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy McGriffWorm ... CD
Solid State/Blue Note, 1968. Used ... $11.99
Heavy funk from Jimmy McGriff – a monster set of grooves that ranks with his best of the late 60s! The tracks are short and sock-hard – Jimmy wailing on Hammond, over rhythms that have plenty of sharp edges, and lots of nice drum work – all recorded in a mode that's a heck of a lot rawer than some of his other records! The album brings together all the rough power of Jimmy's years at Sue Records with the funkier grooves of his 70s work – and features a killer combo that includes tenor from Fats Theus, alto from Danny Turner, trumpet from Blue Mitchell, guitar from Thornel Schwartz, and drums from both Mel Lewis and Grady Tate. Titles include "The Worm", "Blue Juice", "Lock It Up", "Think", "Heavyweight", and "Girl Talk". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charlie RouseYeah/We Paid Our Dues ... CD
Epic/Collectables, 1961. Used ... $11.99
An album and a half from Charlie Rouse – plus some great work by Seldon Powell too! First up is Rouse's Yeah album for Epic from 1961 – a fantastic (and rare) hardbop session from the early 60s! The album's quite different than some of the work Charlie Rouse cut with Monk's classic quartet at the time – more in a hardbop mode that takes us back to his late 50s sides for Prestige – but done with a new sense sharpness, and a bit more of a soul jazz influence overall! The group is great too – a quartet that includes Dave Bailey on drums, Billy Gardner on piano, and Peck Morrison on bass. The latter two were playing a lot with Lou Donaldson in the early 60s, and they bring a similar rhythmic flavor to this set as well – and although we've always loved Rouse's modernist tones with Monk, this session shows him as a true emotional genius, capable of laying down a tight solo that's right in the pocket! Titles include "Billy's Blues", "Lil Rousin", "Stella By Starlight", and "Rouse's Point". We Paid Our Dues is a really great little album – featuring some of the best small combo work by the both Charlie Rouse and Seldon Powell! The album is split into two parts – one part featuring work by Rouse with a trio that features Gildo Mahones on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. With Mahones leading the rhythm, the session's a lot more soulful than some of Rouse's other work – swinging with a lean mean sound that really returns his tenor style to some of its 50s power. The other group on the set features rare small combo work by Seldon Powell – an excellent tenor player who almost never got to work in small group settings. The rest of Powell's group includes Peck Morrison on bass, Denzil Best on drums, and Lloyd Mayers on piano. Both players are well suited to appear on the same record, and the split in personnel from track to track is less bracing than you might think. Titles include "Two For One", "Quarter Moon", "I Should Care", "Bowl Of Soul", and "For Lester". CD

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✨✧ Tom WaitsNighthawks At The Diner (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Asylum/Anti, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The great early double album from Tom Waits! This is peak Asylum era Waits, getting into that charismatic, drunken bluesy poet mode – essentially working live in the studio with a small audience , giving it a genuine sounding latenight cabaret vibe, and embracing his wit and style as brilliantly as he'd done to this point. Brilliant vintage Waits and a loose, yet nicely rhythmic backing combo. Titles include "Better Off Without A Wife", "Emotional Weather Report", "On A Foggy Night", "Eggs & Sausage", "Spare Parts", "Big Joe & Phantom 309", and "Putnam County". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red colored vinyl. Limited to indie stores.)

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Blue NotesBefore The Wind Changes ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly shows their strong roots in the South African jazz scene of the 60s, but which also really opens up with some of the freer modes of the following decade – hitting a mix of modes that's not unlike some of the AACM at their best, although often with a lot more intensity, too! The group at this point is a quartet – with Chris McGregor on piano, Johnny Dyani on bass, Louis Moholo on drums, and Dudu Pukwana on some especially amazing alto sax – blown with such righteous force, we might well say that his instrument is center stage on the record – were it not for the wonderfully complex rhythms from the other three group members too! Tracks are long, and filled with righteous soul – and titles inlcude "Ithi Gui", "Mange", "Lonta Uyagula", "Lakutshonga Ilanga", "The Bride", and "Funk Dem Dudu". CD

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinBlues Up & Down/Griff & Lock ... CD
Milestone/Jazzland, 1960/1961. Used ... $9.99
During the early 60s, tenor giants Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis teamed up to cut a series of monster LPs that are still defined today as some of the best examples ever of a twin tenor frontline! The records matched hardbop solo intensity with tight soul jazz grooving – and nobody was better equipped to handle such a combo as Griff and Lockjaw. Two of those great LPs are pulled together for this CD – Blues Up & Down and Griff & Lock, both originally issued for the Jazzland label, and darn hard to find. Rhythm is by either Junior Mance or Lloyd Mayers on piano, plus Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums. Titles include "Hey Lock!", "Midnight At Mintons", "Good Bait", "Oh, Gee", "Layin On Mellow", and "Leapin On Lenox". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerardo FrisinaBlue Latin ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color of the title – tunes that are upbeat, but nicely chromatic too – thanks to some excellent piano lines, balanced alongside trumpet, tenor, and flute – plus some warm acoustic basslines, and a bit of Fender Rhodes as well! As always with Frisina, even when the rhythms are programmed, they're never too stiff – as the man draws more inspiration from classic Latin sounds than most of his producer contemporaries, and really knows how to make things sound great. Titles include "Mulata", "Blue Latin", "Incanto", "Baracoa", "Naquela Base", and "Olympia (part 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gatemouth MooreGreat Rhythm & Blues Oldies Volume 7 ... LP
Blues Spectrum, 1977. Sealed ... $11.99
Great later work from Gatemouth Moore – a small combo set that also features Johnny Otis on drums and vibes, and Shuggie Otis on guitar and bass! LP, Vinyl record album
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Jimmy Witherspoon with Jack McDuffBlues Is Now ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
A much groovier set than usual from vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – thanks to some great backing from the combo of organist Jack McDuff, which also includes guitar from a young Melvin Sparks! The sound here is definitely in keeping with the "blues" in the title – but McDuff's instrumentation brings in a fair bit of jazz as well – and really opens up the tunes with some of the playful rhythms he was laying down on his own records for Prestige in the 60s. And as usual, Witherspoon proves that he's every bit as much a jazz singer as a blues vocalist – by changing things up nicely on most of the tunes, and bringing in inflections that go way past a typical bluesy singing mode. The whole thing's nice and lively, with a really unique feel that's all its own – and titles include "Sweet Slumber", "My Money's Long This Morning Baby", "Part Time Woman", "Late One Evening", "SK Blues", and "Past Forty Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Smokey HoggServe It To The Right – The Combo & Modern Recordings 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great second chapter of work from Smokey Hogg's years at the Modern Records label – material that's got a bit more of a west coast polish than the rootsy vibe of his previous sides! Smokey still has plenty of Texas in his vocals and work on guitar, but the arrangements here often emphasize hipper piano lines and groovier rhythms, too – bringing Hogg's sound more into contact with the growing sophistication of the west coast scene. The mix is a really compelling one – as there's definitely some country blues phrasing in the guitar, but a lot more of a jump blues sound in the rhythms – coming together in that really special way that happened on the west coast during the postwar years. As usual with Ace, the presentation here is great – excellent sound on rare 78s, right from their original source material – plus a number of never-issued tracks, too – making for a total of 25 numbers that include "Patrol Wagon Blues", "River Hip Mama", "Worried Blues", "Come On Home", "You're Gonna Look Like A Monkey", "I Believe To My Soul", "Good Morning Little Baby", "Two Mama Blues", "Possum Hunt", "Talk It Over", "Whoa Mule", and "Can't Do Nothin". CD

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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End ... LP
Alston/Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About June 1, 2018
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herman FosterHave You Heard Herman Foster? ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $24.99
A rare killer from pianist Herman Foster – a player best known for his work in Lou Donaldson groups of the early 60s – but who cut some great material on his own, often with a style that's a bit more harder-edged than some of his work with larger combos! This set's a trio date, with a really bluesy undercurrent – heavy left-hand piano from Foster, who's got a wonderful sense of rhythm – served up with bass from Earl May and piano from Frank Dunlap. There's a sense of grit that goes way beyond the usual trio set of this nature – and tracks are longer than usual too – and include "Volare", "Angel Eyes", "Strange", "Lover Man", and "Herman's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black Epic pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear. Label has a peeled spot from an old sticker.)

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great batch of sunny soul jazz numbers – recorded by Wayne Henderson at a time when he was scoring big with the Jazz Crusaders! This combo's very much in the vein of Wayne's work with that more famous group – but they've got a bit of a tighter approach, playing more in a "soul instrumental" mode that mixes jazz soloing with complicated percussion and bits of Latin rhythms. Henderson plays this cool orange trombone on the record (pictured on the cover!), in a mode that recalls some of Fred Wesley's more jazz-based work – and titles include "Things Go Better", "Respect", "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity", and "Cathy The Cooker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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Stan Getz5 Original Albums Vol 2 (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/With Laurindo Almeida/Getz Gilberto/Getz Gilberto 2) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
An insane collection of music – five albums that perfectly showcase the bossa nova genius of Stan Getz! First up is Jazz Samba – one of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a big early proponent of bossa nova rhythms, and had already been experimenting with them on his records of the time – yet also gets a key extra "umph" here in the presence of Stan's tenor – a bold, rich, soulful sound that really helps give the music a lot of direction – in ways that still resonate strongly all these many years later! Getz is completely sublime – a master of tone and timing throughout – and perfectly fit to these tunes. Rhythms are mostly from Byrd's trio, augmented with some extra percussion – and titles include the classic "Desafinado", plus "E Luxo So", "Samba Dees Days", "Samba Triste", "O Pato", "Samba De Uma Nota So", and "Baia". Jazz Samba Encore is hardly an "encore" of the first Stan Getz Jazz Samba album – as this set's got a slightly different feel, and lots of great elements that make it really unique! This time around, Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfa is on guitar – already a skilled proponent of the bossa by the time of the record, and arguably one of the few who really got it going back home in Rio. Stan's tenor sounds wonderful – as carefully and soufully blown as on the first set, but also with some new colors and tones too. Bonfa's wife Maria Toledo sings a bit on the record – hinting at Stan's work to come with Astrud Gilberto (this album was cut right before the Getz/Gilberto collaboration) – and the record also features added work on piano and guitar from the great Antonio Carlos Jobim – more than enough proof that the album's got a pure bossa pedigree! Titles include "Menina Flor", "Ebony Samba", "Saudade Vem Correndo", "Sambalero", "Samba De Duas Notas", and "Mania De Maria". With Laurindo Almeida is one of the best of the Stan Getz bossa nova sessions – and a record that features the great Laurindo Almeida on guitar – playing with more virtuosity than either Charlie Byrd or Joao Gilberto did on their collaborations with Getz! The record's got a driving rhythm section, with lots of long tracks, and nice laid-back solos by both Getz and Almeida – who's getting in some of his few jazz licks of the 60s here, working in a groove similar to that of his earlier sides with Bud Shank, but which sounds almost even better in the languid company of Getz. Cuts include "Outra Vez", "Winter Moon", "Maracatu-Too", and "Samba Da Sahra". Getz Gilberto is a landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". Getz Gilberto 2 is a very different record than the first collaboration between Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – but that's also one of the things that makes it great! The album's more of a split LP than a shared one – as side one features a live performance from the great mid 60s Stan Getz quartet that featured Gary Burton on vibes – a wonderfully cool combo that was very under-documented on record, and which makes a key appearance here. The combination of Burton's vibes and Stan's tenor is pure genius – a sound that's got all the subtle hues and cool colors of the Getz bossa recordings, but which is quite different overall. Stan's tone is amazing on these tunes – and titles include "Here's That Rainy Day", "Tonight I Shall Sleep With A Smile On My Face", "Grandfather's Waltz", and "Stan's Blues". Side two features Joao Gilberto without Stan – playing in a very groovy trio that's more straight bossa than most of his other US recordings – cool small combo grooving that's totally great! The lineup features Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Keeter Betts on bass, and Helcio Milito on drums – all working in a sweetly grooving mode on titles that include "Samba De Minha Terra", "Meditation", "Bim Bom", "Rosa Moreno", and "O Pato". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie At Newport (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best albums ever in Verve's classic set of recordings from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – a set that captures the Dizzy Gillespie group of the decade in top live formation! The ensemble here is plenty hip – with a young Lee Morgan joining Dizzy on trumpet, and a host of other great players who include Melba Liston and Al Grey on trombones, Benny Golson and Billy Mitchell on saxes, and rhythm from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul West on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! Although big, the band often had the sharper groove of a small combo – and even when hitting some older moments from Gillespie's earlier years, they still kept a modern edge in their approach – thanks to arrangements by AK Salim, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy himself. Titles include "School Days", "I Remember Clifford", "Manteca", "Dizzy's Blues", "Cool Breeze", and "Doodlin". CD also features a full bonus side from another album – Dizzy Gillespie with Mary Lou Williams At Newport – featuring Mary Lou Williams with the same group, on titles that include the extended "Zodiac Suite", plus "Carioca" and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1978. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
The only thing better than small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie is live small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie – as the legendary trumpeter really takes off in a concert setting! This excellent German set from the late 70s is a great case in point – as the tracks are long and flowing, and really show the imaginative solo style that Dizzy can have when let loose in such a format – served up here at a level that's even groovier than some of his American live dates of the same time! The group gets nice and funky at times – with guitar from Rodney Jones as both a key rhythmic and melodic element, and bass from Benjamin brown, who seems to be playing electric – all given tight, sharp work on drums from Mickey Roker. Leo Wright joins the group on alto for four of the album's 13 tracks – and titles include "Unicorn", "Sunshine", "Brother K", "Blues", "Olinga", "The Land Of Milk & Honey", and the massively funky "Diddy Wa Diddy". CD

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Illinois JacquetMessage (The Message/Desert Winds) ... CD
Argo/Lonehill (Spain), 1963/1964. Used ... $11.99
2 killers from Illinois Jacquet – back to back on one CD! The Message is a really hard groover from Jacquet's later years on Chess – a solidly smoking session that features plenty of organ and guitar! There's a gutbuckety groove here that's a lot like some of Willis Jackson's best work on Prestige at the time – a style that's based around the deeply soulful tenor sound of the leader, but which also features some wonderfully playful accompaniment from the rest of the group, who push things past the obvious organ/tenor sound of the time, into the more unusual rhythms that showed up later in Jackson's years at Prestige. Players include Wally Richardson and and Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ralph Smith on organ, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion – giving some tunes a nice Latin flair! Titles include "Wild Man", "The Message", "Like Young", "Turnpike", and "Bonita". Desert Winds is an easily-grooving set that features Illinois Jacquet blowing over small combo arrangements with Tommy Flanagan on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – plus some added Latin percussion from Willie Rodriguez! The presence of the Latin percussion really adds a nice element to the album – making the tracks dance lightly, in the "conga plus soul jazz" mode that was being employed heavily at the time on labels like Blue Note and Prestige – and in a style that really makes Jacquet hit a few new notes to match the groove! Titles include "Star Eyes", "Blues For The Early Bird", "Lester Leaps In", "Canadian Sunset", and "Desert Winds". CD

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Taft JordanMood Indigo/Swingville All Stars ... CD
Prestige, 1960/1961. Used ... $14.99
2 rare sessions from Prestige Records' Swingville label – both of which feature work from Ellington trumpeter Taft Jordan! The first date on the set was issued under Taft's own name – and is a great laidback set that shows Jordan in a completely different setting than the Ellington group – working here in a small combo with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Wyands on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. Tracks are shortish, but open and easy-going – lots of room for Jordan's trumpet to sparkle, plus some nice contributions from Burrell and Wyands as well. Titles include "Warm Valley", "Lost In Meditation", "In A Sentimental Mood", and "I Didn't Know About You". The second set was a one-off date by The Swingville All Stars, a group made up of other leaders on the label, oddly recorded here by the Sound Of America! Jordan's trumpet is joined by the tenor of Al Sears, the alto of Hilton Jefferson, and the piano of Don Abney – all on laidback, late nite tracks that are almost as much in the Moodsville mode as they are in the Swingville one. Titles include "Lil Darlin", "Willow Weep For Me", "Tenderly", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "New Carnegie Blues". CD
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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIn The Wee Small Hours (aka Fusion) ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
A pretty darn important album for Wes – as it was his first session with the sort of larger arrangements that would later make him huge! Although Montgomery was mostly recording for Riverside in small combos, this session has him playing in front of larger backings by Jimmy Jones – not as sublime as later work by Don Sebesky or Gil Evans, but done in a way that definitely shows that Wes can do a lot with the guitar when freed from the need to stick with the rhythm strongly. Titles include "All The Way", "Pretty Blue", "Somewhere", "God Bless The Child", "Tune Up", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". LP, Vinyl record album
(Riverside/ABC pressing.)

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Lee MorganTaru ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. Used ... $16.99
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played by a sextet lineup that features unique guitar work from George Benson! Benson's presence on a date like this is a bit unusual, and his instrument really brings a lot to the record in terms of color and tone – shadings that are much more sensitive than some of his better-known 60s work in organ combos. Other players include Bennie Maupin on tenor, John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last two of whom provide the sort of near-perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Morgan's musical vision! Titles are great, and include Cal Massey's "Taru What's Wrong With You", Hicks' "Avotcja One", and Morgan's "Dee Lawd" – plus "Durem" and "Get Yourself Together". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)
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Lee MorganTaru ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played by a sextet lineup that features unique guitar work from George Benson! Benson's presence on a date like this is a bit unusual, and his instrument really brings a lot to the record in terms of color and tone – shadings that are much more sensitive than some of his better-known 60s work in organ combos. Other players include Bennie Maupin on tenor, John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last two of whom provide the sort of near-perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Morgan's musical vision! Titles are great, and include Cal Massey's "Taru What's Wrong With You", Hicks' "Avotcja One", and Morgan's "Dee Lawd" – plus "Durem" and "Get Yourself Together". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Taru ... CD 16.99

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Piero PiccioniAl Cinema Con Piero Piccioni Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
RCA/Sonor (Italy), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A sublime late 60s document of the earlier Italian film themes of Piero Piccioni – all served up here as jazzy instrumentals that take us back to the freshness he brought to Italian soundtracks at the start of the decade! Many of these numbers have a brash Rome jazz sort of vibe – that new sense of small combo energy that was really taking place in the city once things were getting back in shape during the postwar years – music that's got the soulful currents of American hardbop from the 50s, but lots more fresh and lyrical elements over the top – new ways of using flute, tenor, trumpet, organ, and vibes – and a fair bit of inspiration in the rhythms from Brazil and Cuba too. Make no mistake, there's definitely some soundtrack qualities to the music – but more in a Henry Mancini or Lalo Schifrin jazz side of the spectrum. This first volume features selections composed for the films Le Mani Sulla Citta, Chi Lavora E Perduto, Nude Calde E Pure, and Il Terrorista – with titles that include "Waltz Of You", "Flash Back Promenade", "Night Prowl", "Jazz Lover", "Port Royal Blues", "Polvere Fumo", "Eagle", "Gorgon Blues", and "Fast West End". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Courtney PineBlack Notes From The Deep ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the 80s and 90s – one whose talents reached these shores, as one of the first soulful British jazz musicians to really show a different side of the London scene – where his strong vision and talent for collaboration were continually opening new ears and new possibilities! That aspect of Pine's music is very firmly in place here – on a set that's got a strong combo at the core, but which also features vocals from Omar on four tracks – an addition to the set that also changes up the rhythms a bit, and reminds us just how important Courtney was at giving younger musicians and singers a chance to shine. Pine plays tenor and flute, and the album also features electric and acoustic piano from Robert Mitchell, organ from Ed Bentley, bass from Alec Dankworth, and drums from Rod Youngs. Omar sings on "Rules", "Butterfly", "Darker Than The Blue", and "In Another Time" – and other titles include "You Know Who You Are", "The Morning After The Night Before", "Rivers Of Blood", "Word To The Wise", and "A Change Is Sure To Come". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lou RawlsLou Rawls Live! (Capitol) ... LP
Capitol, 1966. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of the greatest albums to ever sum up the genius of Lou Rawls in the 60s – a brilliant live set put together with the talents of David Axelrod! The record perfectly captures the easy-going soul of Rawls in the early years – a natural approach to his music that made him one of the best singers of his genre at the time, and which comes out especially strong in the album's upbeat monologues, which are often delivered by Lou with musical accompaniment, then leap strongly into the lyrics of a tune. Backing is by a small jazzy combo that includes Herb Ellis on guitar and the great rhythm team of Jimmy Bond on bass and Earl Palmer on drums – both of whom bring a nice little groove to most of the album's numbers. Titles include "Street Corner Hustler's Blues/World Of Trouble", "Southside Blues/Tobacco Road", "The Shadow of Your Smile", "In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", and "The Girl From Ipanema". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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ReunionWhen The Well Runs Dry (alt version)/Brighter Day ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet bit of boogie funk from Reunion – a group who sound like they could have been a blue-eyed AOR combo with a bit more production, but who work here more as a gritty funk group overall! Rhythms are fast, horns are tight, but the vocals have a nice sense of wobble that offsets things well, and provides a catchy take on the vocals. Nice breakdown in the middle, too! "Brighter Day" is even funkier – heavy drums and even heavier horns – warmed up a bit once the vocals come into the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sammy & Count BuffaloSoul & Soul ... LP
Express (Japan), 1973. Used Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Plenty of soul here – and a fair bit of funk, too! A set that features great vocals from English language singer Sammy – and backings by the hip combo of Count Buffalo! The group are great on their own albums, but the really stretch out here – backing Sammy with grooves that are clearly inspired by the James Brown Band of the late 60s – with ultra-tight horns, great keyboards, and vamping rhythms that are perfect for Sammy's raspy vocals! Way more soulful than you might expect – even for the best of the funky Japanese jazz albums of the time – with titles that include "I Gotcha", "Hot Pants", "You Made Me So Very Happy", "Cozmic Blues", "Ain't No Sunshine", and "Save The Country". LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi.)

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Tony ScottModern Art Of Jazz ... LP
Seeco, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Tony Scott's best straight jazz sessions of the 50s – a wonderfully done small combo set that shows Scott beginning to move from straight bop into more modern modes! The album features Tony on baritone sax and clarinet – blowing with a well-chosen group of fresh modern talents that include Sahib Shihab, Bill Evans, Henry Grimes, and Paul Motian. Clark Terry also plays a bit of trumpet, but it's the Evans/Motian combination that seems to work the most magic – opening up the rhythms a lot, and really pulling some spacious sounds out of Scott's horn. Titles include "Five", "She's Different", "Blues For 3 Horns", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Tenderly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish Fresh Sounds reissue.)

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Second DirectionFour Corners ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... About May 25, 2018
A funky fusion classic! Second Direction are certainly not a household name – but this well-grooving German combo has a great sound that mixes Latin rhythms with modal electric playing, very much in the mode of some of the best MPS work of the time, or of some of the jazzier groups on the Glucklich series of compilations. This album's their one real legacy – and despite it's lost status, it's got a tight feel that's held up very well over the years! Drums are tight, keyboards are spacey and groovy, and there's some soulful solos on sax and flute that give the record an honest open finish. Ttiles include "Steamer", "Blue Dilemma", "Peace", "Storm Flute", and "Freeland". CD

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Second DirectionFour Corners ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... About May 25, 2018
A funky fusion classic! Second Direction are certainly not a household name – but this well-grooving German combo has a great sound that mixes Latin rhythms with modal electric playing, very much in the mode of some of the best MPS work of the time, or of some of the jazzier groups on the Glucklich series of compilations. This album's their one real legacy – and despite it's lost status, it's got a tight feel that's held up very well over the years! Drums are tight, keyboards are spacey and groovy, and there's some soulful solos on sax and flute that give the record an honest open finish. Ttiles include "Steamer", "Blue Dilemma", "Peace", "Storm Flute", and "Freeland". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy SmithUnfinished Business ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Sealed ... $8.99
Mighty soulful business from the great Jimmy Smith – a set for Mercury Records that updates his sound slightly, yet also hits some classic Hammond lines too! Jimmy plays a bit of acoustic piano and keyboards in addition to his classic organ – and works here in a setting that's tightly arranged, yet mostly small combo – with work from Ray Crawford on guitar, Nolan Phillips on tenor and flute, and added percussion from Buck Clarke and Stephanie Spruill. Rhythms step along nicely in kind of a 70s take on 60s soul jazz modes – leaving lots of room for Jimmy to open up on his solos – but there's also a few other more ambitious moments, including a great take on "Serpentine Fire" arranged by Ronnie Foster – and a warmly wonderful "Stevie" – which is a suite of tracks dedicated to Stevie Wonder. Other titles include "8 Counts For Rita", "Blues For Charlie", "Until It's Time For You To Go", and "Norristown PA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner. Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)

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Cal TjaderMambo With Tjader ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1954. Used ... $6.99
Early Latin from the great Cal Tjader – proof that he had a wonderful ear for this sort of a groove, even when he was just getting started! The album's a killer batch of jazzy mambos all the way through – served up with hard-edged vibes from Cal, all nicely chromatic in tone – plus rhythm from a combo that includes Beny Velarde on timbales, Manuel Duran on piano, Carlos Duran on bass, and Edgard Rosales on conga. Tracks are short, but the mambo groove makes for plenty of nice jazz touches – and Cal's vibes ring out loud and clear with a tone that's almost bolder than in later years! Titles include "Lucero", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Mamblues", "Cherry", "I'll Remember April", and "Bye Bye Blues". CD

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Trio 65 1/266 67 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Obscure work by an excellent trio from the Danish modern scene of the 60s – a combo who were strongly influenced by Bill Evans, but took his inspiration in very fresh new directions! Supposedly, their unique name comes from the album Bill Evans 64 – which was an inspiration to pianist Kenneth Knudsen – who then felt their own music went a few steps further! There's definitely some of Evans' phrasing in the mix here – as well as the inventive roles for bass and drums his mid 60s trio was using – but Knudsen's also got maybe more attack, and the group spin things out with some of the more forward-thinking rhythmic progressions that were really opening up European jazz. Other trio members include Ole Streenberg on drums and Ib Lund Nielsen on bass – and titles include "Naima", "Bass Blues", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Bessie's Blues", "Why Not That's What", "Tja", "Juleballade", and "Ras Bros". CD

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Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Joe Newman & OthersJazz For Playboys (with bonus track) ... CD
Savoy/Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $11.99
One of those classic 50s sessions in which a bunch of Count Basie players split off from the bigger group and do some great small combo work on their own! The album is leader-less in its billing – but only because all the players are so well tuned to each other, and have such a simpatico relationship that there's no need for egos to drive the record. Tracks are longish and more open than any Basie setting – and players include Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Kenny Burrell on solo guitar, Freddie Green on rhythm guitar, and Joe Newman on trumpet. Wess' solos are often out in the lead, but Burrell and Newman also get in some nice licks – and titles include "Pin Up", "Playboy", "Miss Blues", and "Blues For A Playmate". CD also features a great alternate take – a 7 minute version of "Southern Exposure", one of Wess' best tunes! CD
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Wild CherryWild Cherry ... CD
Sweet City/Epic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, "Play That Funky Music" was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album will show you that Wild Cherry were actually the real deal – a funky combo with a hell of a way with a bassline, led by the riffing guitar and weirdly raw vocals of Robert Parissi! In a way, the group feel more like some of those blue-eyed funk combos from global scenes in the period – like Australia, Germany, or South Africa – where it maybe didn't matter so much if you lad a long legacy in indie soul, as long as you could come up with the goods. And sure, the lyrics get a bit silly at times – maybe more lifted from compressed post-glam AM rock than soulful roots – but the overall sound of the set is surprisingly funky, in a way that's maybe stronger than so many other acts who got more respect at the time. Titles include "Play That Funky Music", "Nowhere To Run", "Don't Go Near The Water", "99 1/2", "The Lady Wants Your Money", "What In The Funk Do You See", and "Get It Up". A great moment when compressed AM pop, disco rhythms, and bass heavy funk all collided at once! CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Os GatosAquele Som Dos Gatos ... CD
Mercury (Brazil), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most legendary groups from the bossa era in Brazil – a combo of incredible players, working with sublime arrangements by Eumir Deodato – all in a sound that hardly been matched again! The group only ever recorded two albums, but they've had a lasting impact on the sound of bossa for years to come – thanks to an expansive vision that brings together spare rhythms, jazz soloing, and larger strings – all with a quality that's lighter than air – almost a sum that's far less than the total of its elements – but in a really great way! The sense of spareness and poise here is really amazing – years ahead of Deodato's better-known US arrangements in the late 60s, and somehow even more impressive here. Players include Paulo Moura on alto sax, Neco on guitar, Meirelles on flute, Wilson Das Neves on drums, and Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica – and some tracks also feature a bit of light vocals floating along gently, almost as instruments themselves. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Clichet", "Feitinha Pro Poeta", "E Nada Mais", "Blue Set", and "Silk Stop". CD
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✨✧ Horace SilverSilver 'N Voices ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful, beautiful record from Horace Silver – one of his great 70s experiments for Blue Note – and a set that has him working in the same "jazz with voices" mode explored by Max Roach and Donald Byrd in earlier years! The core of the set is focused around the great work of Silver's combo – with Tom Harrell on trumpet, Bob Berg on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a wonderfully cohesive unit that arcs and turns with all these sweet little shifts – keeping up with the creative rhythms directed from Silver, while cascading through a beautiful range of tones and colors as well! The vocals follow suit beautifully – directed by Alan Copeland, but with a much more soulful approach than his 60s material – bursting forth with this warmth and sense of tone that really matches the instrumentation. Titles include "I Will Always Love You", "Out Of The Night", "Incentive", "New York Lament", "Mood For Maude", and "All In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Billy TaylorBilly Taylor Trio Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A flurry of fantastic recordings from the legendary Billy Taylor – material the pianist recorded for Prestige Records in the early 50s – at a time when he was really helping to transform the sound of the piano in jazz! These sides have Taylor showing that a small combo piano date can be just as exciting as a larger set with horns – and in a way, these recordings really helped move the instrument past some of the bluesier modes of 30s small group recordings, or some of the more cocktail-styled sounds of 40s instrumentalists. The trio formation is key to this – a great balance between the excellent bass of Earl May and drums of Charlie Smith – both of whom give things a lot of rhythmic intensity. Tracks on this second volume include "That's All", "Nice Work", "Surrey With The Fringe On Top", "Cool & Caressing", "Tenderly", "Bird Watcher", and "B.T.'s D.T.'s". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has light aging and a small split on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Three SoundsFeelin' Good ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With a sound like this, these guys have gotta be Feelin Good! The album's one of the first few Blue Notes by Gene Harris and his mighty Three Sounds combo – and is done in the group's very successful blend of soul jazz and piano trio musing – a key shift in styles from the 50s to the 60s, and one that always sounds nice! There's a great rhythmic approach to the work, augmented by Harris' chunky style of hitting the keys – and the album's filled with nice numbers that include "Parker's Pad", "Two Bass Hit", "Straight No Chaser", and "Blues After Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Clarence Wheeler & the EnforcersLove I've Been Looking For ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second fantastic album from Chicago saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his hard-hitting Enforcers combo – a group who were one of the brightest lights in soul jazz at the start of the 70s, really helping to keep the genre fresh and exciting! The groove here is in the tenor/organ mode first popularized in the 60s – but the overall sound is a lot more expansive, and filled with unusual time changes, complicated rhythms, and inventive solo work that go way beyond more familiar albums of this nature on Prestige or Blue Note! Sonny Burke is the organist in the group, and he's got a touch on the keys that's a lot like Jack McDuff at his best – filled with great sounds and unusual notes that always keep things interesting. Added to that is trumpet from Sonny Covington, guitar from Eric Gale, and tenor from Wheeler – all vamping and grooving in an amazing way! There's a bit of the Charles Earland sound from the same period going on here – and like Earland, the group have a great way of keeping things slightly funky, even when mellow! Titles include a great version of "Broasted or Fried", Charles Earland's "Mighty Burner", Jack McDuff's "The Heebie Jeebie Dance", plus "We've Only Just Begun" and "The Love I've Been Looking For". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (3LP set) ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1973. New Copy 3LP Trifold ... Out Of Stock
The only thing better than small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie is live small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie – as the legendary trumpeter really takes off in a concert setting! This excellent German set from the late 70s is a great case in point – as the tracks are long and flowing, and really show the imaginative solo style that Dizzy can have when let loose in such a format – served up here at a level that's even groovier than some of his American live dates of the same time! The group gets nice and funky at times – with guitar from Rodney Jones as both a key rhythmic and melodic element, and bass from Benjamin brown, who seems to be playing electric – all given tight, sharp work on drums from Mickey Roker. Leo Wright joins the group on alto for four of the album's 13 tracks – and titles include "Unicorn", "Sunshine", "Brother K", "Blues", "Olinga", "The Land Of Milk & Honey", and the massively funky "Diddy Wa Diddy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ John Lee HookerJealous ... LP
PA USA, 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
A bit of a comeback set for John Lee Hooker – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a sound that's still pretty traditional overall! Most tracks are original compositions, performed with small combo instrumentation that features Hooker on guitar, alongside organ, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. The vocals are pretty great – as raw and raspy as ever – and although the production is slightly modern, it's pretty darn good for 1986 – considering that most traditional blues sets of the time were often ruined by too-bright production. Titles include "Jealous", "Ninety Days", "Early One Morning", "When My First Wife Left Me", "Worried Life Blues", and "We'll Meet Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Horace ParlanUp & Down (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer set from an amazing quintet made up of some of the best players to ever grace the Blue Note label! Horace Parlan leads a tight tight tight combo that includes Grant Green on guitar and Booker Ervin on tenor sax – and the three of them fit together beautifully, with a dark moody edge that's unlike anything we can think of – loads of sharp, downturning notes, deeply soulful solo moments, and this raw sound that's totally great! Ervin's tone is razor-sharp, Green's guitar is unbelievably precise, and Parlan keeps on laying out these beautiful blocky chords that have a deeply resonant bottom – supported wonderfully by rhythms from Al Harewood on drums and George Tucker on bass. Tracks include "The Book's Beat", "The Other Part Of Town", "Fugee", and "Up & Down". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Courtney Pine with OmarBlack Notes From The Deep ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the 80s and 90s – one whose talents reached these shores, as one of the first soulful British jazz musicians to really show a different side of the London scene – where his strong vision and talent for collaboration were continually opening new ears and new possibilities! That aspect of Pine's music is very firmly in place here – on a set that's got a strong combo at the core, but which also features vocals from Omar on four tracks – an addition to the set that also changes up the rhythms a bit, and reminds us just how important Courtney was at giving younger musicians and singers a chance to shine. Pine plays tenor and flute, and the album also features electric and acoustic piano from Robert Mitchell, organ from Ed Bentley, bass from Alec Dankworth, and drums from Rod Youngs. Omar sings on "Rules", "Butterfly", "Darker Than The Blue", and "In Another Time" – and other titles include "You Know Who You Are", "The Morning After The Night Before", "Rivers Of Blood", "Word To The Wise", and "A Change Is Sure To Come". CD
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✨✧ Rita Reys5 Original Albums (Meets Oliver Nelson/Rita A Go Go/Today/Relax With Rita & Pim/Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim) (5CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful tribute to this European singer – the lovely Rita Reys, served up here in a package that features five of her best albums, all in little LP-styled sleeves! First up is a record on which Rita Reys meets Oliver Nelson – and a host of other great jazz talents, including Lee Konitz, Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, and Klaus Doldinger! The tracks on the set are all standards, but they're done in the tightly swinging style of Nelson's best backing work for vocalists at the time – complete with those warm tones and colors that always made his work some of our favorite in this mode. The mode is a bit different for Reys, who we normally know from more fragile settings – but it works especially well here, and almost seems to compensate for a faltering quality in her vocals at the time. Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "Quiet Nights", "The Second Time Around", "If I Were A Bell", "Ill Wind", and "Wives & Lovers". Rita A Go Go is a wonderful live set – recorded with backings by a full orchestra led by Pim Jacobs, who bring a soulful punch to the proceedings that's really wonderful – and which helps Reys step out even more strongly than usual! Jacobs plays a bit of Hammond on the set, which is especially nice to hear next to Rita's vocals – and titles include "Call Me", "So Nice", "Sunny", "Day Tripper", "Goin Out Of My Head", and "Goodbye Sadness". Today is an incredibly groovy record from Dutch singer Rita Reys – quite possibly her grooviest ever, thanks to some very hip London touches from the Scott Walker team of Peter Knight on arrangements and Johnny Franz on production! At the end of the 60s, London was definitely one of the hippest places for a vocalist to work – a place where singers like Elis Regina, Blossom Dearie, and Ella Fitzgerald all opened up their talents tremendously. Rita does the same here – working with instrumentation that's full, flowing, and perfectly pitched to handle both the upbeat moments on the record, and the more contemplative ones – cast out over a well-chosen batch of tunes that go way beyond the standards! Titles include "The Moment Of Truth", "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Our Language Of Love", "Sing A Rainbow", "You'd Better Love Me", "More Than You Know", and "Come Back To Me". Relax With Rita & Pim is a collection of work recorded by Dutch singer Rita Reys – all done with very jazzy backing by the Pim Jacobs Combo, a group that Rita often sang with at the time! The tunes on the set have some very groovy 60s touches – light bossa rhythms, sweet 60s approaches to rhythm, and a syncopated swing that makes the record groove a bit more than some of her other work from the time. In fact, the feel of the set's so nicely swinging, that the "relax" in the title is a bit misplaced – as out of all of Rita's records, this is the one that makes us want to get up out of the chair! Titles "Summertime", "Waltz For Debby", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Desafinado", "Bluesette", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Shadow Of Your Smile", and "Fly Me To The Moon". The last album is Rita Reys Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim – a set that shows that move into moodier modes that the vocalist took in later years – with a style that works beautifully here for the bossa compositions! Backings are by Rogier Van Otterloo, but the set also features a core combo with frequent collaborator, pianist Pim Jacobs – and the blend of piano, strings, and vocals has all the right lofty currents for these classic tunes by Jobim, with almost a mature Claus Ogerman vibe to the whole record. Titles include "Dindi", "How Insensitive", "This Happy Madness", "Triste, "Song Of The Sabia", and "Once Again". CD

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✨✧ Zagreb Jazz Quartet25 ... CD
Croatia (Croatia), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record that celebrates the 25 years of this well-matched Croatian jazz combo – one that features some especially nice interplay between the tenor of Sasa Nestrovica and guitar of Mario Igrec! The group's got a good sense of timing and tone – with the piano of Hrvoje Galler ringing out to augment the more complex elements of saxophone and guitar – and the rhythm duo of Nenad Jura Vrandecic on bass and Borna Sercar on drums balancing between spatial explorations and more full-on attack. All tunes are originals – and titles include "Happy Lollipop", "Homework", "Chez Krleza", "Intermezzo", "Nova Blues", and "Just Going". CD

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✨✧ VariousFrom The German Jazz Festival 1964 ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredible sounds from the German Jazz Festival of 1964 – a wonderful meeting of modern talents from all over the European continent at the time – including some great work from behind the Iron Curtain too! The album features a few tracks each by a number of different groups – all of them excellent, and the sorts of players who are really under-represented in terms of available recordings – which makes this selection of tracks completely essential! The set begins with "Sopranitis" and "Birmingham Post" – played by a very cool combo with Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Joki Freund on the same two instruments, Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, and Gunther Kornberg on alto and baritone – a four-sax group that works with just bass and drums to give them a groove, with strong solos from all players. Next up is the fantastic Zagreb Jazz Quartet – with Bosko Petrovic on vibes – playing "In Walked Bud" and "Degressia" – plus a version of "Bluesette" with a guest appearance by Sven Asmussen. Tenor player Karl Drevo (Drewo) leads a quintet with trumpeter Maffy Falay and pianist Bora Rokovic – on a long reading of "Save Your Love For Me". The legendary quartet of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger is next – his great group with Ingfried Hoffmann on Hammond, Peter Trunk on bass, and Klaus Weiss on drums – with guest work by Rolf Kuhn on tenor and Inge Brandenberg on vocals – on the titles "Waltz Of The Jive Cats", "What's The Matter Daddy", and "Groovin In Berlin". Last up is one of our favorite groups of the time – the quintet of pianist Michael Naura, which also features Wolfgang Schluter on vibes and Peter Reinke on alto – on "Rainy Clouds" and "Rhythm A Ning". CD

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✨✧ Vince Benedetti/Dave Liebman/ChangesEgo Recordings Vol 4 (Dwellers On The High Plateau/Last Call/Changes/Some More Changes) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work from the overlooked Ego label – four rare albums, originally issued only overseas! First up is Dwellers On The High Plateau, by pianist Vince Benedetti – soaring, spiritual soul jazz! The set's built around the piano and compositions of Vince Benedetti – but it really kicks from some great rhythmic accompaniment from Billy Brooks on drums and Eric Peters on bass, both of whom spin out these warm, long, flowing grooves that seem to get more out of Benedetti's work than we've heard on other records. The album also features some great work on soprano and tenor sax from Andy Scherrer – blowing snakey lines that cut through the rhythms with a very nice edge. Titles include "Dwellers On The High Plateau", "Gone", "The Black Notes", and "The Call". Next up is The Last Call – one of the most obscure early albums from reedman Dave Liebman – a set that was recorded in the US, but only issued overseas! The album features Liebman in two different modes – the first a relatively free, surprisingly spiritual setting – as Dave blows tenor on two long tracks, with just the drums of Jeff Williams behind him. Other material is a bit more structured, with those angular lines that Liebman brought to some of his more famous work – a real precursor for a generation of saxophonists who were inspired by these sounds. On these cuts, Liebman plays tenor and soprano sax – and works with Mark Isham on trumpet, Michael Formanek on bass, and Mike Barsimento on drums. The piano-less group has a wonderful sound – lots of soundshaping between Liebman and Isham especially – and titles on the album include "Wind Blues", "The Last Call/First Visit", "Your Lady", "Thoughts Of Loss", and "Leprechaun". Next is Home Again, by the group changes – a combo that features very strong contributions from trumpeter Uli Beckerhoff, saxophonist Wolfgang Engstfeld, pianist Ed Kroger, bassist Peter Bockius, and drummer Peter Weiss! Like most of the best on the Ego label, there's a strong rhythm section here that really lets the soloists open up and do their thing – never going too far out at all, but crafting these warmly soulful lines, with a slight spiritual undercurrent – stretching out with a rich feeling, but a sound that's never forced or overdone. Titles include "Home Again", "Trees", "Samba Du Commerce", and "Blues For Ed". Changes follow again, with the album Some More Changes – a record with a sound that really represents the strongest modes of soulful jazz that developed in the 70s! These players all clearly have a knowledge of outside territory, but choose to remain closer in – yet always point towards the beyond with both their solos, and their wonderfully strong writing in the set – a bit like some of the best work on Muse Records in the 70s, such as albums by Woody Shaw or Kenny Barron! There's definitely a similar vibe to those records here – especially in the sense of cohesion that comes from the lineup – Uli Beckerhoff on trumpet, Wolfgang Engstfeld on soprano sax and tenor, Ed Kroger on piano, Detlef Beier on bass, and Peter Weiss on drums. All tracks are originals – and titles include "Kenny Make It", "Yaiza", "Akiko", "Hautkontakt", and "Last Chance". CD

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✨✧ Nat BirchallSixth Sense ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 1999. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his contemporaries, and definitely steeped in strong influences from the spiritual jazz generation! Yet while recent records have Nat in a more meditative mode, the sound here is almost more explosive – with echoes of 60s avant in the mix, amidst some bold rhythmic impulses from the group – almost with a quality that reminds us of some of those brilliant moments when an American soloist would combine with a European combo in the heady 60s scene. In addition to Birchall's tenor, the group also features John Hulme on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Wetherall on piano, Dave Tompkins on bass, and Danny Ward on drums – and titles include "Redemption", "Helix Nebula", "Unity Blues", "Passion Dance", and "Ism Schism". CD

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✨✧ Joe HarriottMovement/High Spirits ... CD
EMI/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1965. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Overlooked gems from this key reedman on the Brit modern scene of the 60s – two rare albums in a single package! First up is Movement – one of the most obscure albums recorded by Joe Harriott – leading light of the British avant scene in the 60s – and one of the best, too! The album features Harriott working with a quintet that includes Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Bobby Orr on drums, and Coleridge Goode on bass – playing in territory that's somewhat in the neighborhood of his Abstract and Free Form albums, but also a bit more inside, with more of a focus on swinging, hard-hitting jazz. The rhythms are often quite tight and soulful, and although the album's touched with lots of angular moments – both in the solos and backings – the overall sound is wonderfully grooving and tremendously captivating! The album's got that perfect blend of modern, modal, and soul that make the best Brit jazz albums from the mid 60s so wonderful – and the set list includes original tunes such as "Movement", "Spaces", "Blues On Blues", "Revival", "Beams", and "Count Twelve". High Spirits is pretty unique – a set of takes on tunes that come from a musical show, but recast strongly as soulful sides for the Harriott combo! Pianist Pat Smythe re-arranged all tracks in the set – and really gives them a new sort of energy – opening them up for lots of solo work on his own piano, plus alto from Harriott, and some beautiful trumpet lines from the great Shake Keane – a player who always sounds great next to Joe. The rest of the group features Coleridge Goode on bass and Bobby Orr on drums – and titles include "Home Sweet Heaven", "Something Tells Me", "Go Into Your Trance", "I Know Your Heart", and "Was She Prettier Than I". CD

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Brass ConstructionBrass Construction ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the bottom, but polished at the top, in a style that was equally appreciated by fans of disco and more classic funky soul! The "brass" in their title was certainly strongly supported – as the group used a brace of horns on the top of the mix, smoothly gliding over the choppier rhythms at the bottom. And while there's certainly some vocals on the set, they often take second stage to the tight instrumentation of the group! The set includes the classic "Movin" – virtually a blueprint for mainstream funk at the time – plus the tracks "Changin", "Love", "Talkin", "Dance", and "Peekin". CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckTwo Generations Of Brubeck – Live At The Apollo Theater 1973 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great live recording of the Two Generations Of Brubeck group that also issued a few albums for Atlantic Records in the early 70s – and a set that's maybe even more dynamic than those better-known albums! The group here features father Dave Brubeck on piano – working alongside Darius Brubeck on keyboards, Chris Brubeck on trombone, and Dan Brubeck on drums – a combo that come on with a nice degree of force here in a live performance from the Apollo Theater – especially Darius, whose use of keyboards (Rhodes?) really packs a punch! The group also features excellent work from a young Jerry Bergonzi on alto and tenor, and the great Perry Robinson on clarinet – and things even get a bit funky at times too. The elder Dave is sometimes a bit lost in the proceedings, but that also makes the whole thing a nice change from usual. Titles include "Don Juan", "Earth Rise", "Blues For Newport", "Jet Set/Circadian Dysrhythmia", "Unsquare Dance", and "Three To Get Ready". CD

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✨✧ VariousContemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An even hipper volume than the Contemporary Funk collection from the folks at Tramp Records – and a mighty testament to the mindblowing jazz coming out of the global underground in recent years! Not long ago, if contemporary combos played older jazz modes, they'd usually head for straight soul jazz of the organ/tenor variety, of familiar funk from the 70s CTI scene. But here, the groups are touching on a wide range of really wonderful music – bits of spiritual jazz and more complicated elements, kind of a post-Coltrane style that's really brilliant, and carried off with some of the best traces of the Impulse Records generation! Some of the names are familiar, but others are new to us – and together, the tracks on the collection work together wonderfully well – a truly illuminating batch of music that's a lot deeper than you might expect. Titles include "Starlings Talk" by Deep Jazz, "Rockridge Kids" by Eli Sundelson, "A Vision (part 1)" by Das Goldene Zeitaler, "Bodhisvattva Wonderful Sound" by Cultures Of Rhythm, "A Child Runs Free" by Primo & The Groupe, "Senor Blues" by Wayne Bartlett, "Sweet Tater Pie" by Nick Rossi Set, "Getting Down" by Hi Fly Orchestra, and "Hier Kommt Die Laterne" by Hipnosis. CD
 
 
 



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