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✨✧ Oscar PettifordNew York City 1955 to 1958 ... CD
Uptown, Mid 50s. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
An insane amount of rare material from legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – not only one of the most forward-thinking musicians on his instrument during the postwar years, but also an extremely inventive leader, who found ways of merging bop modernism with a large group format! The recordings here are all well-recorded, originally done for radio in New York – and the 2CD set features a whopping 48 tracks in all, from seven different performances by Pettiford, mostly at Birdland – with an incredible lineup of players throughout, musicians who include Donald Byrd, Johnny Coles, and Art Farmer on trumpets; Jimmy Cleveland and Eddie Bert on trombones; Sahib Shihab on alto and baritone; Gigi Gryce and Gene Quill on alto; Hank Jones, Dick Katz, and Hod O'Brien on piano; and Jerome Richardson and JR Monterose on tenor. The arrangements are wonderful – by Pettiford, Lucky Thompson, Gigi Gryce, and Benny Golson – and the set features performances by a nonet, sextet, and larger band. Some songs are performed a few different times, by different lineups – and titles include Kamman's A Comin", "Smoke Signal", "Two French Fries", "The Gentle Art Of Love", "I Remember Clifford", "Jack The Bear", "Battle Axe", "Stablemates", "45 Degree Angle", and "The Pendulum At Falcon's Lair". CD

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✨✧ Lee MorganCaramba! ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Lee Morgan albums – and one of his least known! Recorded in the crucial last 5 years of his life, this album is a sparkling mix of hard bop, soul jazz, and slight bits of modernism – that magical mix that Lee was hitting as he reached farther and farther with his music – an amazing legacy in jazz that has us loving every Morgan session from 1965 onward! Lee's playing in very comfortable territory, with a group that includes Bennie Maupin on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – but that doesn't mean that the proceedings are relaxed at all, because the interplay between the players is flawless, and they use their familiarity as a great springboard to soar off into rich new territory. Lee wrote all the tunes on the record – like "Caramba", "Suicide City", and "Soulita". An excellent record throughout, and one that we'd never part with! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ DellsSweet As Funk Can Be ... CD
Cadet/Playback, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful record from the Dells – with stellar Cadet production and arrangements by Charles Stepney! This one has a very cool way of putting the tracks together, so that there's these little "segues" in between each cut – short instrumental grooves that are actually quite funky. The full-length tracks are incredible, naturally, and feature the swirling soul style that often worked best with The Dells' majestic vocals, but which also has a bit of a Temptations-ish heavy soul groove at times. Nearly every cut was written by Terry Callier and Larry Wade – and tracks include "Windy City Soul", "Funky Breeze/Ghetto Scene", "Sweet As Funk Can Be", "Origin Of Funk", and "Be Bop Breeze". CD
 
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✨✧ Contemporary Jazz QuintetLocation ... CD
Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A spiritual jazz classic from Detroit – and one of the few records from this important Motor City group! The Contemporary Jazz Quintet were a groundbreaking ensemble that mixed together hardbop and modernist playing – sometimes with a keen ear for Miles Davis' experiments of the late 60s, but also with an underground Detroit flavor that's well in keeping with that city's rich traditions! The group was ostensibly led by pianist Kenny Cox – and it's his name that their two Blue Note albums were issued under – but on this rare third set from the Detroit-based Strata label, the group appears more as a larger collective with an even more freewheeling vibe – a lineup that includes Cox on piano, Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, Charles Eubanks on electric piano, and Ron English on guitar. Tracks are long, with a stretched-out pre-Bitches Brew sound – plus some freer avant jamming – and titles include "Noh Word", "Bang", "Tao", and "Nguzo Saba". CD

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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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✨✧ Red Rodney & Ira SullivanSpirit Within ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of either player here – and instead, the album mostly features inspiring jazz compositions from Garry Dial – the pianist in the group, and a real genius with color, tone, and timing. Dial's tunes dominate most of the record, and they really set the group on a great footing – horn trading between Rodney's trumpet and Sullivan's soprano, flute, and flugelhorn – supported with complicated changes from the core rhythm trio. Titles include "Spirit Within", "King Of France", "Sophisticated Yenta", "Crescent City", and "Monday's Dance". CD

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✨✧ Count Basie & Lester YoungClassic 1936 to 1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions (8CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 8 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An incredible document of one of the greatest pairings in jazz – the groundbreaking tenor sax of Lester Young, and the legendary orchestra of Count Basie! The Young/Basie pairing is the stuff of history books, and has certainly been showcased on other releases – but never in this much detail, or with this much attention to both the sound and discographical information – as the 8CD package pulls together tracks from labels that include Decca, Aladdin, Brunswick, Commodore, Emarcy, Keynote, Mercury, Victor, Vocalion, and a few other imprints – spanning over a decade of recording, with a total of 173 tracks in all! Young's horn is amazing – birthed in swing, but given a sense of soul that would shape countless generations to come – a huge influence on young boppers of the Stan Getz generation, but also a real guide to some of the soul jazz musicians of the 60s, and new traditionalists of later generations too. Some sides here are small groups, many more large ensembles with Basie as the leader – plus a few cuts with Benny Goodman, the Kansas City Six, Teddy Wilson, Sam Price, and Dicky Wells – all numbers that might just feature Young but not Basie. There's even a few with singer Una Mae Carlisle, and a few other tracks feature vocals – although the bulk of the work is instrumental. Wonderful throughout – and a great example of how great the Mosaic presentation can be for music of the 78rpm generation! CD
(Limited to 5000 copies.)

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✨✧ Tommy TurrentineTommy Turrentine ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the only record we've ever seen that features him as a leader – but the session's a monster, with the kind of razor-sharp hardbop playing we'd stack up there with must-have LPs like Art Blakey's Freedom Rider, Hank Mobley's Caddy For Daddy, or the legendary Young Lions session on Vee Jay. The group features a number of players who were working with Max Roach at the time – including Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Julian Priester on trombone – as well as Roach on drums, Horace Parlan on piano, and Bob Boswell on bass. Titles include "Gunga Din", "Too Clean", "Time's Up", "Long As You're Living", "Blues For JP", and "Webb City". CD
Also available Tommy Turrentine ... LP 38.99

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✨✧ VariousJamaica Jazz 1931 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A huge vision of Jamaican music in the pre-reggae years – a wealth of jazz recordings from the 40s and 50s, including some key sides of Jamaican musicians who emigrated to London! The set features way more than just some early instrumental moments in the years before ska and rocksteady – as the package begins with bigger band sounds, moves into some calypso-influenced jazz, and then steps out in a sweet array of hardbop and sounds inspired by some of the growing changes in Jamaican rhythms. And even the London recordings seem very well-chosen – early in the careers of musicians who'd later break bigger in the UK, but who work here with more ties to the island of their roots. Titles include "Donkey City" and "Swing Lane Girl/Iron Bar" by Lord Fly, "Wheel & Tun Me" by The Jamaican Calypsonians, "Snakehips Swing" by Ken Snakehips Johnson, "Big Top Boogie" by Leslie Jiver Hutchinson, "Cherokee" and "April In Paris" by Joe Harriott, "Bang" and "Eb Pob" by Dizzy Reece, "Manhattan" and "Cumana" by Cecil Lloyd, "Deborah" and "Rhythm" by Wilton Gaynair, "Air Horn Shuffle" and "Swing For Joy" by Count Ossie & The Wareikas, "Tangerine" and "Harry Flicks" by Harold McNair, "The Answer" by Tommy McCook, and "Old Devil Moon" by Totlyn Jackson. 3CD set features 60 titles in all – and notes in French and English! CD

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VariousYou All Come! – The Pappy Daily Story 1953 to 1962 ... CD
Eleven Light City (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A great look at the vintage country work of Texas producer Pappy Daily – one of the key forces to get the genre going during the postwar years, even though he operated far from the hillbilly hotbeds of Nashville and southern California! The work here is a nice blend of country rockers, mellower numbers, and a few tracks with a slight down-home feel – and the range of artists includes George Jones, who got some very important early help from Daily – plus a number of other artists who are represented here by some nicely obscure slices of work. Titles include "A Satisfied Mind" by Joe Red Hayes, "Why Baby Why" by George Jones, "Don't Big Shot Me" by Link Davis, "Poor Man's Riches" by Benny Barnes, "So Tired Of Crying" by Curtis Gordon, "They Say We're Too Young" by Eddie Bond, "My Pillow" by Roger Miller, "Can't Find The Doorknob" by Jimmy & Johnny, "Blue House Painted White" by Sonny Burns, "All The Time" by Sleepy LaBeef, and "Crazy Blues" by The Big Bopper. CD

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✨✧ Curtis Clark with Louis MoholoDreams Deferred ... CD
Nimbus, 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 great sessions from pianist Curtis Clark – a crucially overlooked player, and one with a style that bridges the modernist gap between Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor! The first 5 tracks on the set are all (coincidentally enough!) tunes by Monk – played with a trio that includes Wayne Dockery on bass and Louis Moholo on drums, in a style that really changes up the mood of the original compositions, yet still keeps all their angular charm. Titles include "Misterioso", "Monk's Mood", "Light Blue", and the great "Worry Later/San Francisco Holiday". The remaining 6 tracks on the CD feature the trio with Dockery and Moholo, expanded to a septet with players that include Tristan Honsiger on cello, Felicity Provan on trumpet, and Tobias Delius on tenor sax. These tunes are nearly all originals by Clark, and some of them are a fair bit straighter than his other work of the time – almost in a soulbop mode on the best numbers. Titles include "Sean", "Two Shadows In The Mist", "Nelson", and "Diaphane". CD

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✨✧ Clifton ChenierKing Of Zydeco – The Rhythm & Blues Years 1954 to 1960 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Strong sounds from the young Clifton Chenier – one of the first great voices in zydeco grooves in the postwar years! Yet the music here isn't the pandered-out zydeco of later years – when it was almost to the Louisiana scene what Chicago blues had become to the tourists in the Windy City – as the music here was an initial burst of accordion-fueled blues, which had to compete with the other modes in the postwar blues scene – a place where Clifton surprised many with his harmonica-like command of a once-clunky instrument! In a way, you could almost think of many of these cuts as harp blues-styled numbers – especially when Chenier soars out with some rough-edged vocals – and there's a swampy, gritty sound that really makes the whole thing great. CD features 24 tracks in all – with titles that include "Rockin Hop", "Clifton's Blues", "The Cat's Dreamin", "The Big Wheel", "My Soul", "Bayou Drive", "All Night Long", "Boppin The Rock", and "The Things I Did For You". CD
 
 
 



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