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Juanita HallOriginal Bloody Mary Sings The Blues ... LP
Counterpoint, 1958. Sealed ... $14.99
Great small group backing – with arrangements from pianist Claude Hopkins, plus tenor from Coleman Hawkins, trumpet from Doc Cheatham, and clarinet from Buster Bailey! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram DCC pressing, limited edition #0073.)

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VariousAfrica – Music Of The Malinke & Baoule ... LP
Counterpoint, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $5.99
A nice focus on two unusual African instruments! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
 
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Donald ByrdOff To The Races (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... $11.99
Donald's off to the races on this one – grooving with a lean, mean sound that makes the record one of his hardest-hitting and most soulful blue note sessions of the 50s! The group features Byrd's frequent bandmate Pepper Adams on baritone sax – blowing always with a style that's a wonderful counterpoint to Byrd's trumpet work – and the rest of the group features Blue Note heavyweights Jackie McLean, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Art Taylor – the latter two of whom really make the set bristle with excitement! The set includes some great originals, like "Down Tempo", "Sudwest Funk", and "Off To The Races" – plus a nice version of Sonny Rollins' "Paul's Pal". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joao Donato & DonatinhoSintetizamor ... CD
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from the legendary Joao Donato – not the bossa jazz of his roots, but instead a fresh new groove created with his son Donatinho! The music is heavy on keyboards, and definitely has the 80s vibe promised by the cover – with the younger member of the duo handling keyboards from that generation, and singing with a bit of electric crackle in his voice – while the older Donato brings in all his classic charms, and creates a great sense of counterpoint in the process! The whole thing's nicely funky – sweet 80s electro overall – but Joao's presence also gives the whole thing a lot more depth, and it's clear from their duo moments that the pair really have a lot of warmth in their hearts for each other. Titles include a remake of "Quem E Quem", plus "Luz Negra", "Clima De Paquera", "De Toda Maneira", "Lei Do Amor", "Interstellar", and "Vamos Sair A Francesca". CD

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Gil Evans & Steve LacyParis Blues ... CD
Owl/Sunnyside, 1988. Used ... $11.99
A beautiful set of duets between Evans and Lacy, and one of the most haunting records either of them made during the 80's! The feeling is extremely intimate, and the players have a warmth that's often missing from their other works. Evan's plays especially beautifully, and uses both acoustic and electric piano in counterpoint to Lacy's dreamy soprano sax. The duo perform amazing versions of 3 Mingus tracks – "Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress", and "Reincarnation of a Lovebird" – plus a version of Lacy's own "Esteem". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Paris Blues ... CD 13.99

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Gil Evans & Steve LacyParis Blues ... CD
Owl (France), 1988. Used ... $13.99
A beautiful set of duets between Evans and Lacy, and one of the most haunting records either of them made during the 80's! The feeling is extremely intimate, and the players have a warmth that's often missing from their other works. Evan's plays especially beautifully, and uses both acoustic and electric piano in counterpoint to Lacy's dreamy soprano sax. The duo perform amazing versions of 3 Mingus tracks – "Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress", and "Reincarnation of a Lovebird" – plus a version of Lacy's own "Esteem". CD
Also available Paris Blues ... CD 11.99

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Russell GarciaWigville (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good+ ... $49.99
Pure genius from Russ Garcia – one of our favorite arrangers of the 50s, and one of the few who could be modern, swinging, and surprisingly soulful at the same time! The set features Garcia's Wigville Band – a mid 50s ensemble that featured the leading lights of the west coast scene, arranged in a style that had plenty of the tight counterpoint of the time, but which also broke out in these amazingly expressive solos. Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, and Jimmy Giuffre all get some key moments in on these sides – blowing beautifully in a very small amount of space, but packing some tremendous meaning into their well-crafted solos. Tunes include "Smogville", "The Lonely One", "Rock Road", "Wigville", "Butter Duck", "Then The Lid Blew Off", and "Love Row". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record is in great shape! Cover has some light aging in spots, but no splits or other problems.)

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✨✧ Stan Getz & Astrud GilbertoGetz Au Go Go ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
A beautiful dreamy album that's quite different from the classic Getz/Gilberto collaboration – but which also shares much of that set's lyrical beauty! This album was recorded live, in 1964, when Stan Getz was playing with his quartet that included Gary Burton on vibes – an incredible lineup that made for some wonderfully moody sounds! The vibes/tenor approach was a high point in Getz's career – especially as the young Burton could create these beautiful washes of sound that were a perfect counterpoint to Getz's breathy playing. And although Astrud Gilberto is thrown into the mix here to give the album a bit of bossa appeal – vocals on 6 titles that include "Corovado", "Eu E Voce", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "One Note Samba", "Only Trust Your Heart", and "The Telephone Song" – there's also 4 more tracks that are all instrumental, and which show the Getz/Burton union in all of its glory! These tracks include "6 Nix Pix Flix", "The Singing Song", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Summertime". And for reference, the rest of the group includes Gene Cherico on bass and Joe Hunt on drums – but on 3 tracks, Chuck Israels plays bass instead of Cherico, and on a few others, Helcio Milito plays drums instead of Hunt, and Kenny Burrell joins in on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing, with Van Gelder stamp.)

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Derek GripperOne Night On Earth – Music From The Strings Of Mali (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 2015. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A brilliant transformation of the sounds of Mali – one that takes songs composed by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and reworks them as pieces for solo guitar – yet played at a level that's every bit as haunting and evocative as the originals! Derek Gripper has this deftly harmonic approach to the strings of his instrument – one that not only evokes the style of the kora at times, but which also uses a lot of the subtle counterpoint that you'd usually hear in Malian music between voice and guitar, this time around taking place on a single instrument. The recording quality is wonderful – crystal clear, and with just the colorful tone to make the tunes come across perfectly – and titles include "Jarabi", "Tubaka", "Konkoba", "Elyne Road", "Kaira", and "Kaounding Cissoko". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck Jackson & Maxine BrownSaying Something (UK pressing) ... LP
Pye (UK), 1965. Very Good ... $11.99
Wand's two best vocalists both team up in a tasty set of duets that are a nice counterpoint to some of the other male/female teams of the 60s. Why? Well, because Wand's beautiful uptown production gives both of the singers a more sophisticated edge than you'd hear in some of the other, more kiddie male/female duets from the time. Titles include "Never Had It So Good", "Something You Got", "I Need You So", "Don't Go", "Cause We're In Love", and "We Find Him Guilty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Willis JacksonGator Tails ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
A very different album for Willis Jackson – but in a great way! The album has Gatortail blowing over larger arrangements by Claus Ogerman and Robert Banks – all of them in that groovy late 60s Verve mode, which provides a nice counterpoint to the raspy tone of Jackson's horn. There's some nice originals on the set – like "Swimmin Home Baby", "The Crocodile" and "The Skillet", plus "Early One Morning (part 2)". A nice bit of pop jazzy grooves – approaching the style of some of his Prestige sides from the time! LP, Vinyl record album

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Elvin JonesHeart To Heart ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
Complicated trio work from Elvin Jones – a session that really just features a trio with Tommy Flanagan on piano and Richard Davis on bass – but one that's got all the sophisticated sounds and changes of some of Jones' albums with larger groups! The spare setting really allows all players to shine – and Jones takes plenty of solo spots on drums, while Davis does his thing compellingly on bass – almost echoing some of the hip modes of his 70s albums as a leader. Flanagan's piano brings in some warmer touches to hold things down a bit – a compelling counterpoint to the freer, bolder sounds of Davis and Jones – and titles include "Moon River", "Warm Valley", "Joash", "If I Were A Bell", and "Yesterdays". CD
(Sony Japan on-demand pressing – but with booklet and full artwork.)

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Stan KentonArtistry In Bossa Nova (Capitol) ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
Proof that the Kenton sound could work in just about any format – as Stan transforms a host of older tunes from his book into a bossa nova groove! The approach is simple, but great – as the rich Kenton tones and colors are infused with some added rhythms laid down by Milt Holland, Larry Bunker, and Frank Guerrero on Latin percussion. Horn players Steve Marcus, Jack Nimitz, Dalton Smith, Conte Candoli, and Gabe Baltazar carve out some great lines in the set – cascading waves of sound that are a wonderful counterpoint to the driving rhythms of the set – almost in a way that recalls the Kenton Latin sides of the 50s, but a bit more subtle. Titles include "Kentonova", "Opus In Chartreuse", "Artistry In Rhythm", "Concerto To End All Concertos", "Loco Nova", "Artistry In Bossa Nova", "Eager Beaver", and "Painted Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label pressing.)

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Lee KonitzFigure & Spirit (with bonus track) ... CD
Progressive, 1976. Used ... $7.99
A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor of Ted Brown provides wonderful counterpoint at many spots, moving with Lee a bit like Warne Marsh – but with a sound that shows all the lessons that both players have learned over the years. Rhythm is from a well-chosen trio of younger players, who always seem expectant to new directions – Albert Dailey on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and titles include "Figure & Spirit", "Dream Stepper", "Smog Eyes", "April", "Without You Man", and "Dig It". CD features the bonus track "Feather Bed". CD
Also available Figure & Spirit (with bonus track) ... CD 12.99

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Lee KonitzFigure & Spirit (with bonus track) ... CD
Progressive, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor of Ted Brown provides wonderful counterpoint at many spots, moving with Lee a bit like Warne Marsh – but with a sound that shows all the lessons that both players have learned over the years. Rhythm is from a well-chosen trio of younger players, who always seem expectant to new directions – Albert Dailey on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and titles include "Figure & Spirit", "Dream Stepper", "Smog Eyes", "April", "Without You Man", and "Dig It". CD features the bonus track "Feather Bed". CD
Also available Figure & Spirit (with bonus track) ... CD 7.99

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LighthouseLighthouse/Suite Feeling/Peacing It All Together ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of albums by this very unique group – all brought together in one mighty nice package! First up is the self-titled Lighthouse album – the first record by Lighthouse – a strange band that's always incredibly hard to peg, but who have a sound that we always end up liking a lot! The group mix together folk rock styles with a touch of soul and funk – going for some nice grooves that build up from lots of drum work and airy vocal production, touched here by lots of horns, in a style that's a bit like Blood Sweat & Tears, but a lot lot cooler! This first album is something of a landmark in the jazz/rock vein – and titles include "Never Say Goodbye", "Follow The Stars", "Mountain Man", "Whatever Forever", "Marsha Marsha", and a great cover of "Eight Miles High". Suite Feeling is a record with a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangements for the record. Titles include a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". Last up is Peacing It All Together – maybe the most complex album so far from Lighthouse – a set that begins with some great heavy drums, then rolls into the group's trademark blend of jazzy riffing, rocking rhythms, and soaring arrangements! There's a bit more Sunshine Pop in Lighthouse compared to some of their contemporaries in the jazz rock world at the start of the 70s – no attempts to be unnaturally soulful in the lyrics, nor too posturing either – and instead, there's almost a vocal gentleness that makes for a nice counterpoint to the full instrumental modes of the large horn-heavy ensemble. A few cuts get nice and funky, and titles include "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo/Let The Happiness Begin", "The Country Song", "Sausalito", "The Fiction Of Twenty Six Million", "On My Way To LA", and "Daughters & Sons". CD

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Romero LubamboBrazilian Routes ... CD
Rob (Brazil), 2001. Used ... $4.99
Guitarist Romero Lubambo lays down a smooth set of Brazilian jazz – working here in a setting that includes a bit of Fender Rhodes, bass, drums, and percussion – plus guest vocals by Pamela Driggs on one track, and a solo by Mauro Senise on another. The production's pretty slick, but there's an easy and relaxed feel to the set that's quite nice – a strong counterpoint to the production, and which gives the CD a jazzy edge that you wouldn't expect. Titles include "O Que E Amar", "Sally's Tomato", "Correnteza", "Luisa", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)

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Adam MakowiczHandful Of Stars ... CD
Chiaroscuro/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Sprightly piano work from Adam Makowicz – an overlooked date from the early 80s, but one that's every bit as great as some of his albums that got much wider release! The set's got an unusual trio – George Mraz on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – the latter of whom is a bit of a surprise, especially given his own strong work as a leader during the same stretch – and his inventive work on the kit stands as a nice counterpoint to some of Adam's more straightforward (but thoughtful) romps on the keys of the piano. Titles include "Just In Time", "Opalescence", "Adam's Waltz", "A Handful Of Stars", "Falling", and "Past Tense". CD

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✨✧ One WayOne Way Featuring Al Hudson (1979) ... LP
MCA, 1979. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A dancefloor soul classic – one of the strongest albums ever by Al Hudson, Alicia Meyers, and the whole One Way crew! The record's got a sweet soulful feel that provides a nice counterpoint to its bass-heavy grooves – popping along at that midtempo pace that was Al's popular remedy for disco on the dancefloor, and which had a crucial effect on soul at the time. The album still plays mighty big here in Chicago, where a classic 80s groove can reign supreme if it's strong enough – and tracks include "You Can Do It", "I Am Under Your Spell", "Guess You Didn't Know It", "Music", "Come Dance With Me", and "Now That I Found You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke PearsonTender Feelin's (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $24.99
One of the most obscure sessions by Duke Pearson, and one of his first for Blue Note too! The album features Duke hitting a laidback and lyrical groove – working in a trio with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – overall pretty much in a soul jazz mode, but with more of Pearson's wonderful touches on the keys to open things up. The album's a nice counterpoint to Duke's later work for the label – much more intimate than his bigger band sides, but still put together with the depth that he'd later show more famously with his fuller arrangements. Titles include "3 AM", "On Green Dolphin Street", "I Love You", and "The Golden Striker". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Esther PhillipsCapricorn Princess ... CD
Kudu/Reel Music, 1976. Used ... $9.99
A pretty amazing set from Esther Phillips – her final album for Kudu – and a beautiful mix of soaring soul sounds from one the most unique, emotionally-inflected soul vocalists of her era! Esther's in prime Kudu mode here – working with jazzy arrangements by David Matthews and Pee Wee Ellis, adding her unique, grit-inflected soul chanteuse vocals to a smoother mix of instrumentation that creates a perfect counterpoint that took her way past her earlier work! There's also a couple of really sweet disco skewed numbers that work incredibly well – with spacier bits of synth and a dancefloor soul bed of percussion and rhythms – and in general, the arrangements are pretty great from track-to-track! Players include Randy Brecker and Mike Brecker on trumpet and tenor sax, Bray Miles on synthesizer, Bobby Lyle on clavinet, Eric Gale on guitar, Joe Farrell on tenor sax and alto flute, percussionist Ralph MacDonald and other excellent name musicians and others bring a grand sweep and sweeter intimacy when the mood requires. Titles include "Magic's In The Air", "A Beautiful Friendship", "Boy I Really Tied One On", "Higher & Higher", and "All The Way Down". CD
(Out of print.)

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Esther PhillipsCapricorn Princess ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A pretty amazing set from Esther Phillips – her final album for Kudu – and a beautiful mix of soaring soul sounds from one the most unique, emotionally-inflected soul vocalists of her era! Esther's in prime Kudu mode here – working with jazzy arrangements by David Matthews and Pee Wee Ellis, adding her unique, grit-inflected soul chanteuse vocals to a smoother mix of instrumentation that creates a perfect counterpoint that took her way past her earlier work! There's also a couple of really sweet disco skewed numbers that work incredibly well – with spacier bits of synth and a dancefloor soul bed of percussion and rhythms – and in general, the arrangements are pretty great from track-to-track! Players include Randy Brecker and Mike Brecker on trumpet and tenor sax, Bray Miles on synthesizer, Bobby Lyle on clavinet, Eric Gale on guitar, Joe Farrell on tenor sax and alto flute, percussionist Ralph MacDonald and other excellent name musicians and others bring a grand sweep and sweeter intimacy when the mood requires. Titles include "Magic's In The Air", "A Beautiful Friendship", "Boy I Really Tied One On", "Higher & Higher", and "All The Way Down". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
 
 
 



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