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✨✧ Dexter Gordon5 Original Albums (Doin Allright/Dexter Calling/Swingin Affair/One Flight Up/Gettin Around) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $22.99
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – and the tunes are a great blend of soulful rhythms and bop improvisation – heard especially well on the album's landmark tune "Society Red"! All tracks are great, though – and other titles include "You've Changed", "For Regulars Only", and "I Was Doing All Right". Dexter Calling is a real classic from Dexter's first big "comeback" period – and represents the strength of his Blue Note years at their best! Gordon's rich, full tone isn't diminished a bit here – and his inventive blowing is given free reign on a set of quartet numbers recorded with Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The album's got a few strong originals from Gordon – "Soul Sister", "Ernie's Tune", and "I Want More – plus the very sweet Kenny Drew tracks "Modal Mood" and "Clear The Dex"! Swingin Affair is an amazingly simple – but amazingly satisfying session from Dexter Gordon! The group's a totally solid quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the groove is right in the pocket with a solid solid soulful feel that you don't always get on Gordon's other Blue Note albums! There's a simple elegance here that's really beautiful – Gordon at his post-bop best, but without any of the over-extended modes of his too-long solo years – a mix that's really rare, and carried off impeccably for this set. The record starts with the amazing "Soy Califa", a nice hardbop number with a good Latiny feel, then slides into lots of other nice ones like "McSplivens", "The Backbone", and "Don't Explain". One Flight Up is an unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". Gettin Around is a really unusual album for Dexter Gordon – one that has him working in a quintet with vibes by Bobby Hutcherson! Hutcherson's sound really transforms the session, giving it a shimmering middleground that disperses the dominance that Gordon's tenor usually has – and creating a warm, fluid feel that's really great. Barry Harris is in the group on piano – providing some wonderful accompaniment that's a great fit for Hutcherson's vibes – and the rest of the group is completed by the excellent rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Billy Higgins on drums! The album includes a great version of "Manha de Carnaval", plus a Dex original, "Le Coiffeur" – and the tracks "Heartaches", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". CD

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Dexter GordonBillie's Bounce ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $12.99
With Tete Montoliu on piano. CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonBiting The Apple ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Used ... $10.99
... CD

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Dexter GordonBlues A La Suisse ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Recorded live at Montreux in 1973 – with electric and acoustic piano from Hampton Hawes, plus Bob Cranshaw on electric bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dexter GordonBlues Walk! – The Montmartre Collection Vol 1 ... LP
Black Lion, 1967. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a cut corner.)

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Dexter GordonBlues Walk! – The Montmartre Collection Vol 2 ... LP
Black Lion, 1967. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Dexter GordonCheese Cake – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $11.99
... CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonClassic Blue Note Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonDaddy Plays The Horn ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... $5.99
One of Dexter Gordon's proudest moments of the 50s – a rock-solid session for Bethlehem – easily one of the best-remembered hardbop sides from the label's California years! The album's got a relaxed, free-blown sound that's quite nice – with Dex in the lead on tenor, supported by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums. Gordon's perhaps not as fully imaginative as he would become in the 60s, but his sound and control is still great throughout – and the rhythm section really helps knock this one out of the park. Titles include versions of "Darn That Dream", "Autumn In New York", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Confirmation", plus two originals "Number Four" and "Daddy Plays The Horn". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonDexter Blows Hot And Cool ... CD
Boplicity (UK), 1955. Used ... $5.99
A seminal 50s session from the mighty Dexter Gordon – one of his few full albums from the decade, and one of the only ones to really capture him at the heart of his original LA scene! The set's got a nice bite, and a strong sense of focus – shorter tracks that step off strongly from the bop years that saw Gordon rise to fame, but without as much of the longer blowing from some of his "chase" recordings with other tenorists. Instead, the focus here is on great tight group sounds – just the right solo space to let each player open up and groove a bit, then come back together in sharp formation. The group features Dex on tenor, Jimmy Robinson on trumpet, Carl Perkins on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Silver Plated", "Rhythm Mad", "Bonna Rue", "Blowin' For Dootsie", and "Cry Me A River". CD

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Dexter GordonDoin' Allright ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Good+ ... $79.99
Doin Allright? Dexter's doing great on this one – working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – and the tunes are a great blend of soulful rhythms and bop improvisation – heard especially well on the album's landmark tune "Society Red"! All tracks are great, though – and other titles include "You've Changed", "For Regulars Only", and "I Was Doing All Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing – with RVG stamp and ear! Vinyl is nice and clean, but has a few light surface marks. Cover has an odd flaw – the back artwork is pasted on sideways!)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonGeneration ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of Dexter's most solid albums on Prestige – and a great set cut at the Van Gelder studios with a rock-solid American lineup that includes Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins. The ensemble groove is a lot tighter than on some of Gordon's solo-heavy European sessions – and in a way, the record hearkens back to some of the greatness of the Blue Note days. Titles include "Milestones", "Scared To Be Alone", "We See", and "The Group". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonGettin' Around ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A really unusual album for Dexter Gordon – one that has him working in a quintet with vibes by Bobby Hutcherson! Hutcherson's sound really transforms the session, giving it a shimmering middleground that disperses the dominance that Gordon's tenor usually has – and creating a warm, fluid feel that's really great. Barry Harris is in the group on piano – providing some wonderful accompaniment that's a great fit for Hutcherson's vibes – and the rest of the group is completed by the excellent rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Billy Higgins on drums! The album includes a great version of "Manha de Carnaval", plus a Dex original, "Le Coiffeur" – and the tracks "Heartaches", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing.)

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Dexter GordonI Want More – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 4 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $11.99
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Dexter GordonIt's You Or No One ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $11.99
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Dexter GordonKing Neptune – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 3 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $12.99
Dexter mostly plays tenor, in this great 1964 date with Tete Montoliu on piano – but he also vocalizes a bit on a version of the Benny Green tune "I Want To Blow Now". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonManhattan Symphonie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1978. Used ... $2.99
Later genius from Dexter Gordon – an album recorded upon his return to the US in 1976, and done in a style that breaks the bounds of some of his sessions in Europe! Gordon seems to take new life in the recording – moving past the simple role of main soloist on familiar tunes, and stepping into a much more strongly group-minded leader – one who grooves easily with the piano of George Cables, bass of Rufus Reid, and drums of Eddie Gladden – in a session that's overflowing with soulful invention. Even older tunes take on a new spark of life in these arrangements – and Gordon's phrasing has this "bite" that comes through beautifully, even in the mellower moments. Titles include "Tanya", "I Told You So", "LTD", "Moment's Notice", and "As Time Goes By". Plus, CD features 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks – "Ruby My Dear" and "Secret Love". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOther Side Of Round Midnight ... LP
Blue Note, 1986. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A variety of groups, some with Dex on tenor. Other players include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock on piano, and Billy Higgins and Tony Williams on drums. Titles include "Berangere's Nightmare 2", "Tivoli", "Society Red", "Round Midnight", "It's Only A Paper Moon", and "Call Sheet Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter GordonPanther! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1970. Used ... $4.99
An overlooked US date from 1970 – a set that Dexter Gordon recorded during a quick stop home from his time abroad – really cooking away in the Prestige studios with a great little rhythm section, in ways that are quite different than his better-known European work of the time! The title cut's a groover that definitely matches the promise of its name – a slinky soul jazz number driven along nicely by a rhythm trio that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. The group keep things interesting on other cuts too – even when Gordon's dominating with the kind of inventive solo lines he was forging in Europe – and most tracks are longish, with plenty of room for action. Titles include "The Panther", "Valse Robin", "Mrs Miniver", and "The Blues Walk". CD

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Dexter GordonPower! (Tower Of Power!/More Power!) ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Dexter Gordon certainly was a tower of power by this point – as his lengthy 60s stay in Europe helped him to work work work, and season his playing considerably – to a point at which he emerged as a masterful soloist far beyond the limits of his early bop recordings! This session features Dexter back with an American group – one that features Barry Harris on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums – plus a very welcome James Moody on tenor on one track, "Monmartre", blowing in that raspier tone of the late 60s we love so much! Other titles include "Stanley The Steamer", "The Rainbow People", "Those Were The Days", "Fried Bananas", "Boston Bernie", and "Sticky Wicket", "Lady Bird", and "Meditation"all nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
 
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Gene AmmonsGene Ammons & Friends At Montreux ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Sealed ... $7.99
Gene Ammons has some pretty hip friends here – a roster of talent that includes guest appearances by hornmen Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, and Nat Adderley on one long jam number – plus Hampton Hawes on electric piano on the entire set! The work's done in a laidback, long-blowing way – more the Gene Ammons of earlier live dates than the revived funk hero of the early 70s Prestige years – but thanks to some nicely spacious keyboards from Hawes, the record's got a more modern sound than you might expect, and is a good bridge between 60s and 70s soul jazz modes. Titles include "New Sonny's Blues", "Treux Blue", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Yardbird Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Fred Anderson21st Century Chase – 80th Birthday Bash Live At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2009. Used ... $9.99
Fred Anderson celebrates his birthday in the company of another avant tenor talent – reedman Kidd Jordan, who joins Anderson on the album's extended title improvisation – which is referred to as an update of the Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray "Chase" battle of the late 40s! As you'd expect from Anderson, the sound here is much more outside – but definitely held to a strong legacy of tenor expression, especially the Chicago school from which Fred sprang. The rest of the group features Jeff Parker on guitar, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums – an in addition to the 50 minute "21st Century Chase", the album also features the extended "Ode To Alvin Fielder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Don ByasDon Byas Quartet Featuring Sir Charles Thompson ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Tenorist Don Byas may have waned a bit on the American scene by the end of the 60s – but the saxophone genius was alive and well overseas, where he got the chance to cut some amazing records like this! The set has Byas at the top of his form – maybe as openly expressive as Dexter Gordon on some of his great late 60s recordings from Europe, although with a slightly more compact, direct approach as well – one that's given a nice sort of punch here by pianist Charles Thompson, work works alongside the excellent bass of Isla Eckinger and drums fo Peter Schmidlin. Titles include "Darn That Dream", "Autumn Leaves", "The Girl From Ipanema", "Loverman", "Stella By Starlight", and "Bag's Groove". CD

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Billy EckstineMister B & The Band ... CD
Savoy, 1945/1946. Used ... $1.99
Amazing work from the early, legendary years of Billy Eckstine – that time when he was fronting one of the hippest backing groups a vocalist could hope to have! Eckstine's voice was already becoming the stuff of legend by the time of these recordings – but thanks to contributions from a host of famous boppers, his band was getting equal fame, too – a really legendary lineup that includes such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,Kenny Dorham, and Fats Navarro on trumpets; Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, and Gene Ammons on tenor; Leo Parker on baritone; Art Blakey on drums; and many other huge names too! The band was virtually a school for a whole generation of jazzmen to come – allowing them to play together, get to know each other, and spin off in important small groups – much in the way the Kenton group a few years later allowed so much development on the west coast. And amidst all this great music, Billy's vocals have never sounded better – much bolder and hard-swinging than in later years! CD
(Out of print.)

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Wardell GrayJazz Concert West Coast ... LP
Savoy, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
LA bebop jam session material, featuring two long tracks recorded live in the city of angels! The sides give us a great picture of the kind of lively cutting jam sessions that were ripping through the Central Ave scene of the old days. Players include Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, Howard McGhee, and Wardell Gray in the lead – and the two long tracks are "Disorder At The Border" and "Rocks N Shoals". One of two LPs that Savoy released in this format – and the first volume. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s reissue on SJ Records.)

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Johnny Griffin/Art TaylorJamfs Are Coming ... CD
Timeless (Netherlands), 1975/1977. Used ... $14.99
The Jamfs are definitely coming on this one – as Johnny Griffin opens up into some of his most badass soloing of the 70s, caught here in an open-ended European styled mode! The album really features only 2 long tracks – recorded in the Cafe Montmartre style that Dexter Gordon used most famously at the time, but which Griffin also got a chance at as well, often with even more dynamic results. The group here features Art Taylor on drums, Rein De Graaff on piano, and either Henk Haverhoek or Koos Serierse on bass – and titles include "The Jamfs Are Coming/Wee Dot" and "All The Things You Are" – each taking up one side of the record! CD
(Out of print.)

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Lars GullinLiquid Moves Of Lars Gullin – Lost Jazz Files 1959 to 1963 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin made some amazing records in the 50s and 60s, but most folks have never heard these tracks before – as they represent some lost tapes that are surprisingly great, and which will be a key addition to his catalog! Gullin's baritone is wonderful here – caught at that late 50s/early 60s point when he was really getting inventive, and starting to break from the pack, and really find a unique voice on his instrument – and the sessions feature some surprising musicians from the European and American jazz scene – including work by both Dexter Gordon and Barney Wilen on tenor, Sahib Shihab on alto and flute, Run Gustafsson on guitar, George Gruntz on piano, Flavio Ambrosetti on alto, and both Alex Riel and Pierre Favre on drums. Titles include "Bluesport", "Ablution", "The Flight", "I Love You", and "Out Of Bush". CD also features three bonus tracks – "Get Out Of Town", "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good", and "The Things We Did Last Summer" – all unusual vocal jam sessions recorded in Denmark with bassist Erik Moseholm. CD

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Herbie HancockTakin' Off ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... About June 25, 2017
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". LP, Vinyl record album

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Karin Krog & Scott HamiltonBest Things In Life ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's steeped in tradition, but carried off with a crisp, contemporary vibe – at that level that makes Hamilton one of the stronger tenorists in a line that goes back to Ben Wester and Lester Young. His approach really warms things up, and makes things a bit different than some of Krog's records with more experimental reed players, or without much backing at all – and the feel here is almost like Karin's classic 70s album with Dexter Gordon. Rhythm is from Jan Lundgren on piano – whose presence also really shapes the record – and Hans Backenroth on bass and Kristian Leth on drums. Titles include "Will You Still Be Mine", "How Am I To Know", "We Will Be Together Again", "Shake It But Don't Break It", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", and "I Must Have That Man". CD

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Allegra LevyCities Between Us ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's never going for an easy approach here – not trying crossover ballads or torch material, but also not trying to overdo things with too many tricks and gimmicks – just delivering rock-solid, jazz-based presentation of the tunes – which include some surprisingly poetic lyrics on a few of our favorite numbers. The group's got the right balance to make the music sparkle in all the right ways – with Stephen Riley on tenor, Kirk Knkuffke on cornet, Carmen Staaf on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums – and titles include "Lullaby Of The Orient", "Cities Between Us", "Cherry Blossom Song", "I Shouldn't Tell You", "Misery Makes The Music", "Sleepwalk With Me", and "Soy Califa". CD

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Les McCannInvitation To Openness – The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960 to 1980 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $19.99 39.99
An incredible lost side of the many talents of the great Les McCann – the ultra-hip pianist, singer, and jazz composer who we've loved for years! This book showcases McCann's lesser-known skills as a photographer – a subtle shutterbug who would often take pictures in the same spaces he was performing – gaining backstage access to other musicians, and also shooting them in performance as well – all with a sensitivity that goes far beyond the usual music journalist photographs! The candid shots are especially wonderful – and capture various musical legends in ways we've never seen before – often a bit tuned-down, and much more down to earth than you might expect. The heavy book features a wealth of subjects – including Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins, Tina Turner, Ben Webster, Grover Washington Jr, Donald Byrd, Muhammad Ali, Average White Band, James Coburn, John Coltrane, Bill Cosby, Paul Desmond, Angie Dickenson, Eugene McDaniels, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Pops Staples, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Redd Foxx, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, and dozens more. 200 pages, hardcover, oversized, and filled with black and white images! Book

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✨✧ Hank Mobley with The Kenny Drew TrioBlue Bossa (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $24.99
A rare live appearance from the great Hank Mobley – a player who wasn't always that present on the European scene, but is heard here in a strong Copenhagen concert with pianist Kenny Drew! The format's a bit similar to other American tenor dates of the time – especially those of Dexter Gordon – as Drew's trio – with Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Albert Heath on drums – provides a solid rhythmic groove while Mobley really stretches out with long-spun solos on some extended tracks! The format's very different than most other recordings that Hank made in the 60s – especially during these later years – and although the date has a bit of a "broadcast" quality from the way it was recorded, Mobley's tenor shines through on long readings of "Summertime", "Workout", "Blue Bossa", and "Alone Together". CD

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Fats NavarroNostalgia ... CD
Savoy (Japan), 1946/1947. Used ... $6.99
Classic early bebop from trumpter Fats Navarro – a seminal album that brings together earlier famous 78s recorded for Savoy Records! The set features the late great trumpeter leading 3 different small groups – all top-shelf lineups, with players that include Charlie Rouse or Dexter Gordon on tenor, Tadd Dameron or Al Haig on piano, and Art Blakey on drums! The recordings have the raw bebop energy that characterized the best of these Savoy sessions, but Navarro's playing adds touches of lyricism not usually heard on recordings like these. Certainly one of the albums that will convince you why Fats was so great – with the tracks "Barry's Bop", "Dextrose", "Stealing Trash", and "Hollerin' & Screamin". CD

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Bud PowellAlternate Takes ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. Very Good ... $3.99
A collection of different odds and ends from a pretty broad swath of Powell's career, one of the sort of reissues Michael Cuscuna was producing in the mid 80s where he'd dig up some nice lost gems. The set starts with some radio transcriptions from 1949 featuring a great line up of young bop stars with Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes running through 2 takes of "Bouncing With Bud", plus "Wail" and "Dance Of The Infidels". For most of the rest of the album the format's Bud's favored trio setting in 1953, 1957, 1958 and 1963, recorded with George Duvivier, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones or Pierre Michelot on bass, and Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones or Kenny Clarke on drums, and featuring Dexter Gordon sitting in on one number, "Our Love Is Here To Stay". 11 tracks in all, also includes "Collard Greens And Black Eyed Peas", "Blue Pearl", "John's Abbey" and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Kathy SloaneKeystone Korner – Portrait Of A Jazz Club (with bonus CD) ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 40.00
A beautiful portrait of one of the most important jazz clubs on the west coast scene of the 70s – the legendary Keystone Korner, a name you might recognize from the dozens of great albums that were recorded at the venue! The book has a very cool approach – in that it lets the many artists, musicians, and other individuals involved with the club provide their recollections – which are then compiled into chapters on specific subjects, and combined with beautiful vintage photos of both the club and its performers. The range of artists is huge – a large amount of important jazz musicians – and it's great to hear their viewpoints combined with others who worked in the club, or were part of its legacy. The photos are great, too – all done by author Kathy Sloane – and the book also comes with a bonus CD, featuring music by Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, and others! 222 pages, softcover, with many black and white images. Book

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VariousBlue Bossa – Vols 1 to 3 – Cool Cuts From The Tropics (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
The Latin side of Blue Note Records – and the Brazilian one, too – served up here in a series that brought together classic work from the label in a special sort of groove – tunes that are maybe more influenced by south of the border rhythms than you'd expect from the soul jazz and hardbop artists who originally made the records! There's a bit of bossa here, but the rhythms open up into a fair bit more, too – and it's great to hear the difference in these musicians as they change things up from straighter bop modes, and use the new grooves to open up their solos and rework their phrasing too! This side of Blue Note was sometimes buried in a world of collectors looking for more familiar hardbop, but it really lives again, thanks tot he Blue Bossa collection. 3CD set features 41 tracks in all – including "Afreaka" by Lee Morgan, "Avila & Tequila" by Hank Mobley, "Chitlins Con Carne" by Kenny Burrell, "Congalegre" by Horace Parlan, "Back Down To The Tropics" by Charlie Rouse, "Latona" by Big John Patton, "Girl From Ipanema" by Lou Rawls, "La Fiesta" by Stanley Turrentine, "Headin South" by Horace Parlan, "La Malanga" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Mama Inez" by Grant Green, "Swingin The Samba" by Horace Silver, "Upa Neguinho" by Duke Pearson, "Mambo Inn" by Grant Green, "Ghana" by Donald Byrd, "Love For Sale" by Dexter Gordon, "Samba De Orfeu" by Charlie Rouse, "Afrodisia" by Kenny Dorham, "Sambop" by Cannonball Adderley with Bossa Rio, "Loi" by Ike Quebec, "Sandalia Dela" by Duke Pearson, "Congo Lament" by Ike Quebec, "Corcovado" by Grant Green, "Tin Tin Deo" by James Moody, "El Gaucho" by Wayne Shorter, and "Stormy" by Duke Pearson. CD

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VariousLost Sessions (previously unissued material by Blue Note artists) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
A treasure for all jazz fans worldwide! As is known to many, the great Blue Note label often recorded more material than it could issue on a regular basis – and some of the label's best bits often got lost in the cracks, and never saw the light of day! Over the past 30 years, many of these lost albums have come out on their own – but there's still been a lot of great single tracks that have never been issued before. This CD corrects that trend, by bringing together a sumptious batch of single titles from groups that are hardly (or never) represented in Blue Note's regular line of releases. You'll get Charlie Rouse leading a quintet on the track "One For Five"; Tadd Dameron heading up a large group on "Bevan Beeps", "The Elder Speaks", and "Aloof Spoof"; Sonny Stitt wailing with Dexter Gordon on "Lady Be Good"; Fred Jackson playing tenor with John Patton and Grant Green on "Cowbell Boogie"; Ike Quebec blowing with The Three Sounds on "Blues On Trial", and Herbie Hancock leading a very hip 2-guitar group on the track "Don't Even Go There". Like finding a time machine, this CD will introduce you to a world of jazz history you never even imagined! CD
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✨✧ Eric AlexanderIt's All In The Game ... CD
High Note, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hokey kind of cover, but a great little album – another easy winner from the team of Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern, easily one of the greatest pairs working together in jazz for the past decade or so! Alexander's got a tremendous tone on the tenor – finely-honed with the maturity of a later Dexter Gordon, but also open to fluid, free moments too – with a sense of joy and exploration that recall our favorite moments on mid 60s Blue Note or Prestige. Mabern is great too – warm on the keys, but never sloppy – a player more filled with soul these days than ever, and always a great accompanist to Alexander's shifting range of modes in a set like this. Drums are by Joe Farnsworth, another trustworthy regular partner to the pair – and Nat Reeves completes the quartet on bass. Titles include 3 excellent Alexander originals (always his best work on record) – "Typhoon 11", "Little Lucas", and "Open & Shut" – plus versions of "Where Is The Love", "Where Or When", "Ruby My Dear", and "It's All In The Game". CD
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✨✧ Herbie Hancock5 Original Albums (Takin Off/My Point Of View/Inventions & Dimensions/Speak Like A Child/The Prisoner) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The early genius of Herbie Hancock – perfectly summed up here in five classic albums for Blue Note – each presented in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Takin Off has Herbie Hancock stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". My Point Of View is a great mix of soul jazz and modernism! The record include a nice groovy "hit", Herbie's "Blind Man, Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while still groovy, also shows much more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams, Grachan Moncur, Chuck Israels, and Grant Green – all of whom work with Herbie, Donald Byrd, and Hank Mobley – in a larger than usual group that makes for a really great sound! Titles include "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". Inventions & Dimensions is really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahau" Martinez. Herbie only wrote simple sketches for the songs on the album, and most of the work on the tracks was done live, spontaneously, in the studio – creating a very free groove that never goes too far out, but which is far more adventurous than usual. All tracks are long, and titles include "Succotash", "Triangle", and "Mimosa". Speak Like A Child is an oft-overlooked session that has Herbie mixing a nice dose of lyricism into his usual soul jazz approach from the 60s! The sound's a bit farther-reaching than on some of Herbie's smaller group sessions – and the record features a sextet that includes Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, Jerry Dodgion, Thad Jones, and Peter Phillips – all soaring with the warmth and introspection that was showing up in some of the best Blue Notes from the time. The harder-hitting soul jazz riffs and hooks are nicely replaced by more thoughtful lines that get a bit deeper, soufully – and nearly all tracks on the set are originals by Hancock! The album's filled with great moments – and tracks include "The Sorcerer", "Riot", and "Goodbye To Childhood". Last up is The Prisoner – a nice late Blue Note change from Herbie Hancock – a very different album than his previous sets for the label – in that it features a slightly larger group, and a sound that really points the way towards his directions in the 70s! There's a slightly ambitious feel to some of these cuts – not in a way that's over-arranged, but just a new sort of thinking for Herbie's kind of groove – a mode that's partially informed by the seriousness of 60s jazz soundtracks, but which also has the beginnings of some more righteous modes of expression too. Players are all great – and include Joe Henderson on tenor and flute, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, Hubert Laws on flute, Jerome Richardson on bass clarinet, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums. Herbie plays both acoustic and electric piano – using the latter here in one of his first recordings on the instrument – and titles include "Firewater", "I Have A Dream", "The Prisoner", and "He Who Lives In Fear". CD

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesPhilly Mignon ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not much of a cover, but a great cooker from the legendary drummer – with work by Nat Adderley on cornet, Dexter Gordon on tenor, Ira Sullivan on soprano and tenor sax, George Cables on piano, and Ron Carter on bass! CD
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