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Lucky ThompsonJust One More Chance – A Proper Introduction To Lucky Thompson ... CD
Proper (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
A great slice of work from the early years of tenorist Lucky Thompson – pulled from older 78rpm sessions recorded for labels that include Decca, RCA, Black & White, Triumph, and a few other smaller companies! Even at an early age, Thompson had a sound on the tenor that made him one of the budding talents of the late 40s – a soulfulness that linked him to the deeper tenorists of the swing era, but a flexibility and dexterity that also made him a strong player for early bop groups. The set features 23 tracks in all – recorded by Lucky under his own leadership, and with groups that include George's Dukes, plus the bands of Bob Mosley, Estelle Edison, and Freddie Green. Titles include "Sugar Hip", "Phace", "Why Not", "The Hour Of Parting", "Oodie Coo Bop", "Boppin Bop", "Just One More Chance", "Stay In There", "Mambo In Blues", and "Vout Rhythm". CD

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✨✧ Joe CastroLush Life – A Musical Journey (6CD set) ... CD
Sunnyside, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed collection of work from pianist Joe Castro – a wonderful piano player who worked heavily on the LA scene of the postwar years, but only issued a rare few albums as a leader! Joe's sets for Atlantic are well-remembered classics – yet they only scratch the surface of Castro's importance on the west coast scene – which is finally documented here, in a batch of really wonderful CDs! The music is stunning – really really wonderful stuff that goes way beyond Joe's few records as a leader – and which displays this depth of creativity that's stunning, not just on his small group performances, but also in his direction of larger groups, where his sene of arrangement is beautiful. The material shifts from disc to disc – as each focuses on a different setting – CD1 features Joe Castro's Jam Sessions, with Chico Hamilton on drums and Buddy Collette on reeds; CD2 is Teddy Wilson's Jam Sessions, with work from Stan Getz and Zoot Sims; CD3 is more Joe Castro Jam Sessions, with work by Zoot Sims, Lucky Thompson, and Oscar Pettiford; CD4 is Quartet Sessions with Teddy Edwards on tenor; CD5 is rare Big Band material with Teddy Edwards, Bob Cooper, Frank Rosolino, and other key LA figures; and CD6 features Joe Castro in the Teddy Edwards Tentet. All tracks here are previously-unissued – and the huge box also includes full discographical notes as well! CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz5 Original Albums (West Coast Jazz/In Stockholm/Steamer/Cool Sounds/Stan Meets Chet) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Five classic Stan Getz albums for Verve – all in a special package, in little LP-styled covers! First up is West Coast Jazz – a classic pairing of the tenor of Stan Getz and the gentle rhythms of the LA scene of the 50s – and a record that stands up beautifully over the years! Tracks are all a bit longish, and the group features Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – plus Conte Candoli on trumpet, somewhat in the frontline, but never in a way that overshadows Stan's tenor. The album's got a great David Stone Martin cover – and titles include "East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)," "Four," "Night In Tunisia," and "Summertime." Stan Getz In Stockholm allows Stan to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Next is Steamer – not a word that we'd necessarily think to use with the gently flowing tenor tone of Stan Getz – but that doesn't stop the album from being a great one, and perhaps in Getz-like terms, it might well have a bit more steam than usual! The album features Getz in a quartet with a nicely flowing groove – nicely vamping piano from Lou Levy in the background on most numbers, and a definite edge in the lead tenor solos – still blown with the warmth of earlier Getz recordings, but perhaps showing some of the modern flourishes to come. Bass is by Leroy Vinnegar and drums are by Stan Levey – and titles include "Blues For Mary Jane", "There'll Never Be Another You", and "You're Blase". Cool Sounds features a range of unusual material recorded over a three year period with a variety of different players! Some of the dates here definitely fit the "cool sounds" title of the record – in that they feature Getz with the west coast lineup of Lou Levy on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass – heard more famously on Stan's West Coast album of the same time. But other sides feature a different grouping – with Jimmy Rowles on piano, Bobby Whitlock on bass, and Max Roach on drums – offering up a different side of the west coast altogether. And still others take things back to more of an east coast modern style – by featuring either Tony Fruscella on trumpet or Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, in groups with John Williams on piano. The mix of material makes for a nicely-rounded portrait of Getz's talents in the mid 50s years! Last up is Stan Meets Chet – Stan Getz meets Chet Baker – A classic meeting of these two talents – recorded in Chicago with a Chicago rhythm section of Jodie Christian, Victor Sproles, and Marshall Thompson. The album's an odd one, and is recorded with less of the impeccability of some of Verve's other sessions (which is probaby how the Chicago team got in the action) – but given Baker's harder-edged proclivities at the time, the set's a very interesting one to hear, and the relaxed nature of the tracks brings out some important solo moments from both players. 4 long tracks – including "I'll Remember April", "Jordu", and "Half-Breed Apache". CD

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✨✧ Lester Bowie's Brass FantasyTwilight Dreams ... CD
Virgin/Katalyst, 1988. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for creative projects like this – and the vibe's quite different than the Brass Fantasy records cut for ECM – with almost a bit more soul at the bottom, and a compact sort of energy that really sends the ideas home. Players include Bowie, Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, and Sasul Siddik on trumpets – plus Steve Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Phil Wilson on drums. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Thriller" – plus "Vibe Waltz", "I Am With You", "Duke's Fantasy", "Personality", and "Twilight Dreams". CD
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✨✧ Hubert EavesEsoteric Funk ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few albums we've ever seen by keyboardist Hubert Eaves – a great player whose work crops up on some of our favorite 70s soul jazz and jazz funk sides, but who rarely got a chance to lead his own group! Fortunately, he did get the chance to cut this one – as the session's a real doozy – sweet mellow fusion, handled very soulfully, with a kicked-back feel that's right up there with the most righteous soulful fusion of the time. Players include Mtume, John Lee, Reggie Lucas, Malachi Thompson, and Rene McLean – and Cheryl Alexander sings vocals on the track "Under Standing". A great blend of laidback funk and soulful grooves – in the manner of Bobby Lyle at his best – and titles include "Slow Down", "Painful Pleasure", "Call To Awareness", and "Flead Dancing". CD

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Chico FreemanTangents ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz freedoms and some newer 80s experimental moments – all in a lineup with Mark Thompson on piano, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Jay Hoggard on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Kenny Werner plays a bit of synth at times – in some dark-toned 80s modes – and although Bobby McFerrin is billed strongly on the cover, the album only seems to feature a bit of his vocalizations. Titles include "Sangoma & Nelly", "You Are The One", "Spook & Fade", "Tangents", "Ballad For Hakima", and "Sir Tashi & The Yeti". CD

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VariousDancing Til Dawn ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
The "dancing" in the title refers to the act as practiced by England's Northern Soul scene – who have a penchant for uptempo soul groovers, which makes this set a sock-hard set of rare 60s tunes! The package features tracks that go for the harder and more upbeat side of the Wand/Scepter label's output – a company who's normally known for some of their mellower and uptown soul tracks. Titles include "Last Minute Miracle" by The Shirelles, "Come Back Baby" by Nella Dodds, "Out On The Streets Again" by Candy & The Kisses, "Livin The Nightlife" by The Charts, "You Busted My Mind" by Judy Clay, "Aint That Peculiar" by George Tindley, "Black Eyed Girl" by Billy Thompson, "Show Me A Man" by Bobby Bradshaw, and "Lost Love" by Irma & The Fascinations. CD

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