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Oscar PettifordNew York City 1955 to 1958 ... CD
Uptown, Mid 50s. New Copy 2CDs ... $20.99 24.99
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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DellsSweet As Funk Can Be ... CD
Cadet/Playback, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
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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Duke PearsonProfile ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $15.99
Early early work by Duke Pearson – and one of his few trio sessions ever! The album's a great way to hear Pearson's lyrical soulful style at work, as he's playing in an unfettered setting with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – really stretching out on piano, in a way that you don't often hear on some of his larger group albums. The album features two of his own compositions "Gate City Bop" and "Two Mile Ride", plus versions of "Black Coffee", "Taboo", and "Witchcraft". CD
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Red Rodney & Ira SullivanSpirit Within ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
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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✨✧ Tommy TurrentineTommy Turrentine ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 69.99

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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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✨✧ Wayne Shorter5 Original Albums (Night Dreamer/Soothsayer/Etcetera/Adam's Apple/Schizophrenia) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
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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Curtis Clark with Louis MoholoDreams Deferred ... CD
Nimbus, 1993. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth SevenLover & His Lass ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – very fluid in the changes between the notes, without any sharp steps at all – set to beautifully modern sounds from life partner John Dankworth! Players include Bill Le Sage on vibes and piano, and Anllan Ganley on drums – and the first half of the set is vocal, the second all instrumental by Dankworth. Vocal titles include "It Was A Lover & His Lass", "Mad About The Boy", "You're Blase", "A Love Like Ours", "I'm On A See Saw", and "Spread A Little Happiness". Instrumental tunes include "Allen's Alley", "Webb City", "Bopscotch", "Our Delight", and "Perhaps". CD

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✨✧ Clifton ChenierKing Of Zydeco – The Rhythm & Blues Years 1954 to 1960 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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