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✨✧ Billie HolidayFirst Issue – The Great American Songbook ... CD
Verve, 1950s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
34 tracks in all – classic recordings of material by George Gerswhin, Irvin Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and others! CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Oliver NelsonAfro/American Sketches ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Oliver Nelson's first politically conscious albums, and a classic set of larger orchestrations with a "Afro/American" orientation. The album works as one long suite, showcasing a number of different styles, and spanning a range of African American traditions. Players include Jerry Dodgion, Ray Barretto, Patti Brown, Melba Liston, and Nelson himself – who plays some nice solos on tenor and alto. Passages of the suite include "Disillusioned", "Freedom Dance", and "Jungleaire". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousGeorgie Fame Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
A killer collection of soul, jazz, and R&B – all the kind of cuts that helped shape the sound of groundbreaking UK singer Georgie Fame in the 60s! Georgie drank heavily from a heady brew of American tunes in the years before he cut his own great records – and was always ready to credit the big influences on his music – either by covering their tunes, or by doing the best to keep on grooving in their own soulful styles! This sweet package offers up a great look at Georgie's roots – and offers up 25 tracks along with very detailed notes – all in a mod, soulful groove that's fully enjoyable on its own, even if you're not the sort of Fame fanatics that we are. Titles include "The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "Sweet Thing" by The Spinners, "Pride & Joy" by Marvin Gaye, "Pink Champagne" by Joe Liggins, "One Whole Year Baby" by Earl Curry, "Eso Beso" by Paul Anka, "Gimme That Wine" by Lambert Hendricks & Ross, "All About My Girl" by Jimmy McGriff, "Funny How Time Slips Away" by Joe Hinton, "Shop Around" by The Miracles, "Sitting In The Park" by Billy Stewart, and "Monkeying Around" by William Bell. CD

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Louis ArmstrongSatchmo At Symphony Hall – The Complete Performances ... CD
Decca/Verve, 1947. Used 2CDs ... $24.99
A classic live date from Satchmo – and expanded to include the complete performances on that legendary night at Boston's Symphony Hall – for the first time ever! Recorded in November of 1947 and originally released in '51, it's never before been issued with both the first and second sets that night. There's also a number of great tunes here that were released before in edited versions, but fully presented here. It's such wonderful stuff – both as a top-shelf document of this period of American jazz – and as a brilliant example of Satcho's charming stage presence. His trumpet and solo vocals are well captured, and you can here up humming along on the instrumentals, too. The players at this point who are All Stars, indeed, include Jack Teagarden on vocals and trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Dick Cary on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Sid Catlett on drums – plus some great vocals by Velma Middleton. 29 songs on 2CDs – in a hardback package with a great booklet – and featuring "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Body And Soul", "Steak Face", "Back O'Town Blues", "St James Infirmary", "Mop Mop", "Jack Armstrong Blues", "That's My Desire", "C Jam Blues", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Mahogany Hall Stomp" and more – many previously unreleased! CD

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Gato BarbieriLatino America ... CD
Impulse, Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $13.99
Fantastic 2 CD set compiling the tracks from Gato's first two LPs for Impulse, plus 5 previously unreleased tracks, and full length versions of tracks that were edited on the original albums. In case you don't know this stuff, it's amazing. Gato went down to Argentina to record the stuff, and it's an insane mix of nuevo tango, South American percussion, and Gato's wonderful reed work – which at this point has a hard edge with a lot of soul, and sounds a lot like Pharoah Sanders. Excellent stuff throughout, with a great booklet that tells the full story of the amazing sessions, and which really opens up the music. One of our fave reissues from Impulse! With the tracks "India", "Gato Gato", "To Be Continued", "Encontros", and "Encuentros". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Digipack has some edgewear.)

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John GaleDr Phibes Rises Again ... CD
American International/Perseverance, 1972. Used ... $6.99
A triumphant little soundtrack to the second Dr Phibes film – one that's arguably more expansive and redemptive than the first, with less of the dark-edged horror touches! The style here is relatively orchestral, but drops down to contemplative moments from time to time – sparer passages that usually focus on a single instrument and theme, almost in a way that reminds us of some of the Italian soundtrack modes from the time. The overall length of the tunes is quite short – and the CD features a whopping 29 numbers, most of which are less than 2 minutes in length. But together, these shorter tracks work beautifully as a "suite" – stretching out and shifting nicely through the whole soundtrack, in a way that's far less kitschy and a lot more sophisticated than you'd expect! Titles include "Inscripto", "Serpentes", "In Catacumbas", "Apere Gregem", "Decorans Sepulcrum", "Tutus Est?", "Phibes Restimulatus", and "Nox Mala Bakeri". CD
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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) ... CD
Warner/Rhino, 1967. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
The seminal debut of The Grateful Dead – a record that was maybe as important to the American psychedelic scene as the first two albums by Pink Floyd were to the UK! Like those sets, this one almost seems to come out of nowhere – still very much a part of its time, with trippiness and fuzz that other groups were certainly working with – but put together at a level that's very much its own thing, and which is undeniably worthy of all the copycats who paid it tribute in years to come. There's maybe a deeper current of blues roots here than in later years of The Dead – but in the best way possible – and titles include "The Golden Road", "Beat It On Down The Line", "Cold Rain And Snow", "Morning Dew", and "Viola Lee Blues". CD
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Kip HanrahanDesire Develops An Edge ... CD
American Clave, 1983. Used ... $6.99
A really unique blend of Jazz, Latin, and world music influences – and one of the first albums ever by Kip Hanrahan! Hanrahan's records are always better than we expect – and we really have to give him credit for mixing together so many diverse influences, especially in the early 80s, when not that many folks were doing things like this! The record features players that include like minded jazzers like Steve Swallow and Arto Lindsay, Latin percussionists like Jerry Gonzalez and Milton Cardona, and even the legendary Jack Bruce, who sings on a few tracks. The result is a captivating blend of all elements involved, served up with a nice warm production style that doesn't stifle, but which gels everything nicely. Titles include "Two", "Far From Freetown", "Trust Me Yet?", "Nancy", and "Sara Wade". CD

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. Used ... $19.99
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – thanks in part to Hipp's forceful, angular approach to the keys of the piano – and also to some great accompaniment from Peter Ind on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums! As usual, Thigpen takes things past any expectations you might have for the trio format – with a great lively touch on the drum kit that keeps the whole proceedings moving nicely. Tracks on this first volume include "These Foolish Things", "Mad About The Boy", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Billie's Bounce", and "Lady Bird". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Bobby JasparClarinescapade (Bobby Jaspar Quintet LP & EP) ... CD
Columbia/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... $12.99
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The CD features an LP and EP both recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia – done in November of 1956, and pitting Jaspar with some very well-matched musicians! The first date features Jaspar on tenor, flute, and clarinet – with a tightly swinging trio that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a slightly modern combo whose work sounds especially great when Jaspar hits some hauntingly lyrical notes on flute. Titles include "Clarinescapade", "Tutti Flutti", "What's New", "Spring Is Here", "Wee Dot", and "I Won't Dance". The remaining tracks on the CD were recorded a week later, with a hip quintet that includes Eddie Costa on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Jaspar plays flute and tenor – and titles include "Barry's Tune", "Minor Drop", "In A Little Provincial Town", and "They Look Alike". CD

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Angela JohnsonGot To Let It Go (Japanese version – with bonus track) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2004. Used ... $11.99
Brilliant work from Angela Johnson – stepping out here as one of the strongest singers on the American soul scene in the past few years, with a depth and sound that's sure to make her huge in years to come! There's a really amazing sound here – an almost effortlessly soulful quality that steps off from the very first note, moving forward without ever looking back – navigating away from all the traps that can mar other Neo Soul sets, and managing to come across with a confidently full sound that's extremely impressive. It's hard to describe the strength of this one in words – but it's one of those records that when you know it's good, it's good – or great, as the case may be! Titles include "On My Way", "Anything", "Home Away From Home", "Let's Get Together", "Where's The Love", "Early Bird", "Got To Let It Go", and "All I Need". Japanese CD features the bonus track "Revolution". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Carmell JonesCarmell Jones – Mosaic Select (Remarkable Carmell Jones/Business Meeting/Brass Bag/Unreleased Session/Jazz Impressions Of Folk Music) ... CD
Mosaic/Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Used 3 CDs ... $49.99
Unbelievable work from one of our favorite trumpeters ever – and a 3CD box set that brings together nearly all of his American recordings from the early days! Kansas native Carmell Jones burst on the scene at the end of the 50s – becoming a very strong part of LA's soul jazz scene in the early part of the 60s, before moving off to Europe in the middle of the decade, where he cut some fine recordings for MPS. If you've ever heard Horace Silver's classic "Song To My Father", you've heard Carmell's wonderful work on trumpet – clean, clear, soulful, and flowing, with a lyrically expressive power that matches few other players on the instrument. Carmell's almost never gotten his due on the reissue scene – until now, as this great box set brings together 3 of his albums for Pacific Jazz – The Remarkable Carmell Jones, Business Meetin, and Brass Bag – plus Harold Land's rare Jazz Impressions Of Folk Music (recorded for Imperial), and a previously unreleased session that features Jones and a young Hadley Caliman and Frank Strazzeri. The work on the set is amazing – a key look at a trumpet player who never faltered a bit, the kind of musician that will have you wondering why the jazz business didn't just up and make him king from the first time he blew a note on record! The package features 37 tracks in all – on 3CDs, in a handy slipcase, along with a booklet with notes on Jones' work! CD
(Out of print and limited to 5000 numbered copies.)

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Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1975 – Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his hits, and worked with a variety of incredible acts to expand his sound – a good number of whom ended up recording for Hugh on the Chisa label, in a unique blend of American soul and African inspiration that was years ahead of its time! The Chisa sound was one of the first true forays into pan-global grooving – and it brought the sounds of Africa to the American mainstream at a level that few had managed before. Some groups were unique projects done for record – like the Johannesburg Street Band, which featured members of The Crusaders alongside Masekela – but others featured a variety of ex-patriots living in the US, with key singers and players who shine brightly under Hugh's guidance. This set really digs deep, and offers up some of the most heavily African-tuned tracks from Chisa's catalog – 14 titles that include "Witch Doctor" and "Ahvuomo" by Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh, "Joala" and "Za Labalaba" by The Zulus, "Awe Mfana" by Johannesburg Street Band, "Macongo" and "U Se Mcani" by Letta Mbulu, "Tepo" by Baranta, "Aredze" by The Zulus, "Mahlalela" by Letta Mbulu, and "Afro Beat Blues" by Ojah with Hugh Masekela. CD
(Out of print.)

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Mario NascimbeneEstate Violenta/La Prima Notte Di Quiete (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1959/1972. Used ... $16.99
A pair of soundtracks from Mario Nascimbene – an Italian composer who handled some important films of the romantic 50s years, but also went on to do some great later work too! First up is Estate Violenta, a soundtrack that's maybe a bit more rich and orchestral than you'd guess from its title – still with a strong current of jazz, but not as much of a crime jazz mode than a style that uses some of the other cool styles that were coming into play at the start of the 60s in Italian cinema. These styles are in place a bit on the core EP that was the original soundtrack, but really open up even more on the 27 bonus tracks included with the CD – really beautiful music that strongly demonstrates Nascimbene's ability to paint pictures in sound! Titles include "Bombademento E Finale", "Primo Incontro", "Scena D'Amore", "Tema Di Maddalena", and "Canzone Di Rossana". Next up is an equally wonderful score – penned for the 1972 film La Prima Notte Di Quiete, and done with a very jazzy vibe – thanks to stunning solos from Italian tenorist Gianni Basso and American trumpeter Maynard Ferguson! Ferguson's solos are wonderful – blown with a great deal of soul over these strong string charts – almost more in a Art Farmer ballad mode, but with more of the Maynard bite! But the real treat is Basso, who plays with a rich warm sound that fills his tracks with somber emotion – loads of blue currents that make the music as strong as his own great jazz recordings. Titles include "Casa Abbandonata", "Solitudine Di Danielle", "Tema Psicologico", and "Titoli Di Testa". CD

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✨✧ Joe Newman & Cootie WilliamsJazz In Paris – Jazz At Midnight ... CD
Universal (France), 1956/1959. Used ... $5.99
2 rare 50s sessions from Paris – both of them featuring work by famous American trumpet players! The first 3 tracks on the set are from a rare 10" LP recorded in 1956 – featuring some surprisingly long tracks played by a group that includes Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor, Maurice Vander on piano, Sonny Pane on drums, and Henry Coker on trombone. Titles include "A Girl Named Rigmor", "Blues On The Champs Elysses", and "Lover Man" – and the session's a surprisingly unbridled one for Newman. The second set of titles on the CD are from a live LP recorded by Cootie Williams in 1959 – again in a relatively open mode for the player involved, and featuring a quintet with Arnold Jarvis on organ, Larry Dale on guitar and vocals, and George Clark on tenor. Titles include "Easy Swing", "Lil Darling", "Night Train", and "3 O'Clock In The Morning". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil Scott-HeronNew Black Poet – Small Talk At 125th & Lenox ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Gil Scott-Heron's first album – and his angriest! Unlike some of Gil's other albums – which have a sweet jazzy vibe and a mix of mellow soul styles – this one's a lot rawer, and features Gil rapping loud over very heavy percussion backing. All the work is his own, and the album's a showcase for his brilliant protest poetry – the most famous example of which is included in "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", which leads off the album with an especially righteous groove! The set's a key link in the African American musical tradition of the 20th century – and proof that the underground, while not always afforded a good place in the broadcast markets of the US, could always burst forth in the "narrowcast" medium of recorded music. A landmark album – one we like even better than the early work by the Last Poets – and great all the way through! Tracks include "Whitey On The Moon", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul?", "The Subject Was Faggots", and "Brother". CD
(Out of print.)

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Martial SolalMartial Solal At Newport '63 ... CD
RCA (France), 1963. Used ... $6.99
The first-ever American release from French pianist Martial Solal – and one of the few, too – which is a real surprise, considering the huge recorded legacy he had overseas! The legendary European modernist is caught live at Newport, with backing by an American rhythm section of Teddy Kotick and Paul Motian – and although the tracks are mostly jazz standards – like "Stella By Starlight", "Round Midnight", "Boplicity", and "Poinciana" – but the album also features Solal's incredible "Suite Pour Une Frise", an extended work that is a perfect example of the kind of far-reaching piano work that was coming out of France at the time! CD features on unissued bonus track – "Fine & Dandy" – plus 3 alternate takes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Mary Lou Williams/Barbara CarrollLadies Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957. Used ... $7.99
An odd pairing of musicians – but a classic album of piano jazz from the 50s, and some of the more obscure sides by both players! Barbara Carroll works here in a really lovely way that retains the fluidity of her 50s work on RCA, but which also has a slightly rougher edge – a mode that's got some nicely boozy undercurrents, yet still the sort of poise and grace that made Carroll one of the best female pianists of the time. Joe Shulman is on bass and Herb Wasserman is on drums – and titles include "Taking A Chance On Love", "Love Of My Life", "Autumn In New York", "Tis Autumn", and "The Lady's In Love With You". Mary Lou Williams works here in a bit of a comeback mode – some of her first American recordings in a number of years, with Carl Pruitt on bass and Bill Clark on drums. Titles inlcude "Opus Z", "S' Wonderful", "In The Purple Grotto", "From This Moment On", and "You're The Cream In My Coffee". CD

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YazzWanted (3CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. Used ... $14.99
A standout solo moment for Yazz – the singer who first rose to fame as part of the Coldcut soundsystem, then really broke big at a point when UK soul was cracking the American mainstream! Yazz may have a bleached-out look on the cover, but her sound is deeply soulful – and fits in perfectly with the house-styled grooves on the record – backings that have an unabashed love of disco, at a time when listening audiences were maybe forgiving that music for all of its previous excesses, and strongly embracing its best qualities again – in a groove that's maybe a bit similar to Lisa Stansfield at the time, although with more beats and less strings. Production and backings are by Coldcut, FON, Youth, and other hip talents – and titles include her great remake of "The Only Way Is Up" – plus "Systematic People", "Wanted On The Floor", "Stand Up For Your Love Rights", "Fine Time", "Where Has All The Love Gone", "Got To Share", and "Turn It Up". Amazing 3CD package features a massive 32 bonus tracks – including all the material from the Wanted Remixes album, plus loads of other remixes from 12" singles of the period! CD

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✨✧ BloStep Three ... CD
Afrodesia/Hot Casa (France), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smoking step three from Blo – exactly the kind of album that's made these guys a legend over the years! The set's got a perfect blend of Afro Funk and some of the more out-there energy floating around the African scene of the time – that darker vibe that comes from Afro sounds making their way up to London and Paris, picking up new influences, and returning some great elements to the homeland! You can definitely hear this in the way that Blo use their guitar and keyboards – wickedly sharp, without some of the sunnier tones of their contemporaries – and the way they focus their rhythms strongly with a dose of American funk as well. Lyrics are all in English, and just about every tune on the set's a mo-fo – the kind you'll be humming long after your first listen to the album. Titles include "Don't Pull The Form Under Me", "Mind Walk", "Rhythm Of Love", "Hypocrisy", "Gotta Get Me A Better Head", and "Hot Chase". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DamonSong Of A Gypsy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. The core album's been treasured for years by the few fans who had an original copy, and by a few more who had a previous reissue – but this double-length set is the first to ever tell the true tale of the enigmatic Damon – with a huge 64 page booklet of notes, and a massive amount of rare bonus tracks too. The core album includes "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". Bonus tracks include some demo and 45 versions of "Song Of A Gypsy", plus "Don't Cry", "Lonely Surfer", "Bowlin Alley Jane", "Everything Is Alright", "The Little White Cloud That Cried", "I Wonder Why", and "I've Got My Pride". CD
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✨✧ Don Byas/Howard McGhee/James MoodyJazz In Paris – Bebop ... CD
Universal (France), 1947/1948/1949. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the first bop sides cut by Americans in Paris – a quartet of material from four different sessions, issued properly for the first time on CD, with great mastering, and a good set of notes in French and English! Don Byas is at the forefront of two sessions here – one with the Tyree Glenn Orchestra, the other featuring the Don Byas Ree-Boppers – and tracks on those include "Walking Around", "Red Cross", "Cement Mixer", "Mad Monk", "Billie's Bounce", and "The Hour Of Parting". Howard McGhee is next up – with 7 tracks from a rare 1948 session, and titles that include "Big Will", "Donna Lee", "Nicole", "Denise", and "Punkins". Last up are four tunes by James Moody – cut during the prime of his early bop years, in 1949, and done with a nicely modern edge. Titles include "Verso", "Recto", "Oh Well", and "Convulsions". 23 tracks in all! CD
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✨✧ Art Simmons/Ronnel BrightJazz In Paris – Piano Aux Champs Elysees ... CD
Universal (France), 1956/1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tasty batch of piano jazz from the left bank scene of the 50s – featuring the reissue of 2 albums cut by Americans in Paris! The first 7 tracks feature Art Simmons on the keys – working in a quartet with Terry Donoghue on guitar, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums, on tracks that include "Art's Blues", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "My Funny Valentine", and "Hommage To Neal Hefti". The last 8 tracks feature Ronnel Bright working with Richard Davis and Art Morgan – originally issued as a rare Polygram LP, with tracks that include "Johnnie Pate's Blues", "Sail Em", "Doxology", "Chasing Sarah", and "R&R Groove". CD
(Out of print.)

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