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Buddy Banks & Bobby JasparJazz In Paris – Jazz de Chambre ... CD
Universal (France), 1954/1956. Used ... $6.99
Pretty hip stuff – recorded in Paris, but featuring some leading lights of American bohemia! The first half of the CD features work by a quartet led by bassist Buddy Banks, and featuring work by American players Bob Dorough on piano and Roy Haynes on drums, as well as the French musician Jimmy Gourley on guitar. Gourley's tone is excellent on the session, and he really dominates the proceedings over piano work by Dorough – especially on the tracks "I Love You", "Line For Lyons", "Night In Tunisia", and "Buddy Bank's Blues". The second half of the CD features a quartet with Bobby Jaspar on flute and the enigmatic Blossom Dearie on piano. Blossom doesn't sing on the set, but she works in a lovely way with Jaspar – providing some light lyrical backing that gives the tracks a nice little kick. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Flamingo", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD

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Dexter GordonOne Flight Up (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $8.99
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". CD

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Groove CollectiveGroove Collective ... CD
Giant Step/Reprise, 1994. Used ... $4.99
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit commercial, and definitely a nice portrait of the mid 90s NYC scene, with loads of great players from all over the spectrum. Titles include "El Gollpe Avisa", "Buddah Head", "Nerd", "Balimka", "Rentstrike", and "Saturday Afternoon". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. Used ... $9.99
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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ImpressionsLoving Power/It's About Time ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Overlooked 70s genius from The Impressions – 2 killer albums back to back on a single CD! Loving Power is later Curtom work from the group – but still plenty darn nice, with a super-dope vocal harmony approach on the best tracks! The title cut is worth the price of admission alone – as it's a slow-stepping harmony tune that really burns with a sweet mellow feel – sung to perfection by a quartet lineup that includes younger singers Ralph Johnson and Reggie Torian working with older Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden. Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy had a good hand in much of the record – bringing it into the warm, sophisti-soul style they were using at the time – and arrangements include some great work by Richard Evans and Rich Tufo. Titles include "Loving Power", "If You Have To Ask", "Sunshine", and "I Can't Wait To See You". It's About Time is The Impressions first album for Cotillion, cut after a great 70s run on Curtom – but one that's done with a sound that still carries on the groove nicely! The more righteous tones of the earlier work are shaken loose a bit, to be replaced by a fuller approach to the music built from arrangements by HB Barnum, Gene Page, and Gil Askey – a bit more LA than Chicago, but with a soaringly soulful quality that almost recalls the sound of The Spinners during their best Philly years. As with that work, the harmonies here are all right on the money, and get plenty of space to sparkle amidst the full strings and tight rhythms – and new group member Nate Evans really brings a deep sense of soul to the group's work. Many tunes were written by the team of Mervin Seals and Melvin Steals – and titles include "I'm A Fool For Love", "Same Old Heartaches", "This Time", "Stardust", "I Need You", and "What Might Have Been". CD
Also available Loving Power/It's About Time ... CD 5.99

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Invisible HandsTeslam ... CD
Abduction, 2014. Used ... $8.99
The second album from Invisible Hands – the group led by Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls – and a record that's even better put-together than the first! There's a bit more of a song structure this time around – and some of the more tuneful moments are surprisingly powerful – almost like some lost indie American sounds from decades back – but the kind of music that Bishop was never making in his first famous group – although some tracks here retain a trippier edge. Titles include "Carrion", "Spaces", "Priests & Poets", "Over Easy", "Places", "Slaughterhouse", and "Eyes In The Back Of Your Head". CD
Also available Teslam ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Hans KollerExclusiv ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1959/1963. Used ... $26.99
The first MPS album by Hans Koller – the greatest German saxophonist of the postwar era! Koller had an amazing sound that grabbed the ears of American audiences right away – even as wartime uneasiness towards German imports was still riding high – and by the time of this early 60s album, he'd developed his sound to a point where he was easily matching the best of American boppers and modernists of the time. Most of the album features Koller leading a nonet of mixed British and German players – grooving in a tight style that's got a bit of the Swedish 50s bounce, some of the west coast style, and a nice degree of Boston-styled soul in Koller's own solos. The remaining tracks were recorded a few years earlier, and feature Koller in a quartet with guitarist Attila Zoller and bassist Oscar Pettiford. The Zoller/Pettiford team was cutting some great material at the time, and provide a gentle and icy cushion for Koller's crisp, almost Konitz-like solos on tenor! Great stuff all around, and with tracks that include "Natalie", "Chordless", "Stalag", "Pagode", "It's Over", and "Pladoyer". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mary WellsComplete 20th Century Recordings (Mary Wells/Love Songs To The Beatles) ... CD
20th Century/ (UK), 1965. Used 2CD ... $11.99
A pair of lost classics – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled Mary Wells album – non-Motown magic from Wells – a killer 60s album that really lives up to her previous promise! The scope is a bit wider here than before – and Mary's wonderful throughout, sticking closely in that classic blend of class and soul that made her one of the first standout stars of Motown – moving in equally great company here with studio help from Carl Davis, Riley Hampton, and Andre Williams! The tunes have a sweet midtempo groove – almost a bit of early Detroit into Chicago mid 60s soul – and titles include "Never Never Leave Me", "Use Your Head", "My Mind's Made Up", "Why Don't You Let Yourself Go", and "We're Just Two Of A Kind". Love Songs To The Beatles is even more compelling – the best of the 60s genre! Sure, Esther Phillips and a few other 60s soul singers were recording Beatles tracks – but Mary Wells was the real deal, as she even had the support of the group itself, who made it known that she was one of their favorite American soul artists. This nice album on 20th Century features an all-Beatles set of tracks – with titles like "I Should Have Known Better", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Yesterday", "And I Love Him", and "Ticket To Ride". The arrangements are all uptown soul, and give the songs a more sophisticated sound than the original recordings. A record we don't see that often, and a nice lost gem! Bonus tracks include "Jive Guy", "I'm Learnin", "I'm Sorry", "Say What You Gotta Say", and "Memories Are Creepin Up On Me". CD

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VariousBombay Connection – Funk From The Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Bombay Connection (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $24.99
The incredible first volume in one of the best series we've ever seen for Bollywood film music – served up not only with great rare tracks throughout, but also a wealth of notes and images as well! As the title implies, this one's all about the funk – and tracks are pulled from a great range of Bollywood action thrillers – with grooves that mix together American cop and crime rhythms with a fair bit of Indian instrumentation on sitar and tabla! The grooves are great, and despite the later dates of the music – 1977 to 1984 – the sound here is most strongly in an early 70s mode, with plenty of gritty funk and hard-edged instrumentation – and none of the cheesier modes that were showing up in American scores by the end of the 70s. The whole thing's essential listening – and is one of the first compilations like this to really expose full details on the music and the movies in which it was featured. Titles include "Anjane Mein" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Bond 303" by RD Burman, "Habari" Sapan Jagmohan, "Kashish" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Chhailla Babu" by Charanjit Singh, "Heeron Ka Chor" by Sonik-Omi, "Dil Aur Deewaar" by Laxmikant Pyarelal, "Siskeyan" by Sapan-Jagmohan, "Salaam Memsaab" by RD Burman, and "Toote Khilone" by Bappi Lahiri. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDesperate Man Blues – Discovering The Roots Of American Music ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1920s/1930s. Used ... $7.99
A brilliant and almost unbelievably sharp-sounding set of rural recordings from the first half of the previous century – blues, folk, gospel, and hillbilly tunes by Robert Johnson, Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Clarence Ashley, Billy Blanks, Blind Willie Johnson & more – serving as a soundtrack to the Desparate Man Blues documentary! The film chronicles life mission of longtime cultural preservationist and offbeat record collector Joe Bussard – who dedicated a half century of his life to cementing the stature of American music tradition. 19 tracks in all: "We Live A Long Time To Get Old" by Jimmy Murphy, "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" by Uncle Dave Macon, "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, "I Won't Be Long" by Charley Patton, "Hard Time Blues" by Lane Hardy, "John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man" by The Carter Family, "Mandolin Blues" by Tennessee Messarounders, "Dark Was The Light – Cold Was The Mountain" by Blind Willie Johnson and more. CD

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✨✧ Toshiko AkiyoshiKogun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband Lew Tabackin – a group that features strong work from American players who include Dick Spencer and Gary Foster on alto saxes, Tabackin and Tom Peterson on tenor, Bill Perkins on baritone, Bobby Shew and Don Rader on trumpets, and Charles Loper and Jim Sawyer on trombones. The horns are only part of the picture, though – as the inventive writing and arranging from Akiyoshi is what really makes the album great – a strong sense of painting with sound, while still keeping things swinging – really unlocking all the best elements that had been opened up for larger ensembles in the previous few years. The set features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vol 1 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles on this first volume include "The Feast", "Mirage", "Lamento Africano", and "Aghano". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Dollar BrandDuke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio ... CD
Reprise, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Dollar Brand's first American recordings ever – and an excellent batch of trio tracks recorded under the supervision of Duke Ellington! Brand's in an early angular style here – with slight touches of late Ellington in his keyboard work, and bits of Monk thrown into the mix. Still, Brand's warm South African phrasing is firmly in place, and the tracks are long and contemplative, and offer a good look at a lost part of his career. Titles include "Ubu Suku", "Dollar's Dance", "Kippi", and "Brilliant Corners". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonTrio & Duet ... CD
Sackville (Canada), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really creative work from Anthony Braxton – a 70s gem that has the reedman working in two different settings – both of them great! The first half of the record reunites Braxton with the electronics of Richard Teitelbaum – working here on some very cool moog, mixed with percussion – all in the best dark sounds of the Time Zones recording from the pair. Leo Smith is also in the group on trumpet – adding in a sense of space that's really wonderful – and Braxton himself works a variety of clarinets with really rich sounds – as the trio takes off on "Composition 36". The rest of the record shows that great old school side of Braxton – that crucial knowledge of the American jazz songbook that he only showed the world this strongly in the mid 70s – and which sparkles here as one of the best examples of that love! The remaining tracks feature Anthony on alto and Dave Holland on bass – working out some really special magic on "The Song Is You", "You Go To My Head", and "Embraceable You". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Guido & Maurizio De AngelisLa Polizia Incrimina La Legge Assolve (aka High Crime) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first great Italian cop movies of the 70s – and a superbly-scored film with a really wonderful soundtrack! The DeAngelis brothers are clearly drawing heavily from an American tradition initiated by Lalo Schfrin – using heavy guitar, funky undercurrents, and even some soulfully righteous touches to really set this one apart from other Italian films of the time. Yet the approach here is also a bit more different, touches with some of the darker modes and more redemptive themes of Italian westerns – a sense of suspension and drama that's incredibly powerful, and heard to best effect on the solo instrumental passages – which include guitar by Maurizio and flute by Guido. CD features notes in both English and Italian, great images from the film, and even a number of previously unreleased tunes! 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "Festa A Genova", "Gangster Story", "Chicca", "The Life Of A Policeman", "Il Libanese", "Casa Di Moda", "Rock Al Porto", and "La Storia Comincia". CD

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✨✧ John GaleDr Phibes Rises Again ... CD
American International/Perseverance, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Lars GullinFine Together – The Artistry Of Lars Gullin – Recordings 1957 to 1958 ... CD
Sonet (Sweden), 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Key late 50s recordings from Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin – the first-ever album on the now-legendary Sonet label, coupled with a rare Philips 10" from the same time! The CD is a nice contrast to some of Gullin's more American-influenced sessions of the earlier part of the decade, and showcases his deepening talents for arranging and composition – and the shift in his sound towards more complicated patterns and darker colors in his horn. The work is mostly modern, but never too much so – and Gullin retains the fluidity that first made him one of the greatest talents on the baritone sax. Players include other Swedish modernists from the time – Rune Ofwerman on piano, Bert Dahlander on drums, Rune Gustafsson on guitar, and Arnold Johansson on vibes – and titles include "The Knob", "Aesthetic Lady", "Happy Again", "Stella By Starlight", "The Flight", "Good Day To You", "Fine Together", and "Icarus On The Moon". CD

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✨✧ Tubby Hayes, Vic Ash, New Jazz GroupBritish Modern Jazz Scene '56 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Reissue of a long out of print live set, featuring work by three of Britain's best postwar jazz combos! The first 7 tracks on the set feature a group led by tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a hard-swinging octet with a fierce hardbop sound, playing sharply on tracks that include American jazz tunes like "Plymouth Rock", "Room 608", "Doggin Around", and "Mambo Tittoro", done here with added Latin percussion, and a really firey groove! The next 4 tracks are by the Vic Ash group – featuring Ash on clarinet and Terry Shannon on piano, on the tracks "Doxy", "Early Morning", "Blue Lou", and "Just One Of Those Things". Last up is the New Jazz Group – a quartet that features the great Dizzy Reece on trumpet, Derek Smith on piano, and Allen Ganley on drums. The group play three originals – including "UMF", "Diz The Wiz", and "Any Questions?". CD

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✨✧ LuluTo Sir With Love/It's Lulu (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Wounded Bird, 1966/1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Lulu double header – 2 mid 60s American albums back to back, presented with bonus tracks too! First up is To Sir With Love – an album named after and starting with Lulu's super huge hit from the film of the same name – the tune that crossed her over big with American audiences in the 60s, and which paved the way for a short burst of fame on the US market! The album's got a surprising depth overall – a nice range of modes that goes way beyond that straighter soul-influenced sound that other Brit girl pop singers were using at the time – with bits of folk, rock, fuzz, and sunshine all getting some nice play as the tunes roll on. Part of the credit goes to arrangers John Paul Jones and Peter Knight, but this sound is probably most likely due to producer Mickie Most, who gives Lulu the same wide ranging styles he was bringing to his work with Donovan at the time. Titles include "To Sir With Love", "Morning Dew", "Rattler", "Love Loves To Love Love", "Day Tripper", "Best Of Both Worlds", "The Boat That I Row", and "You & I". It's Lulu is a hip little record too – one that boasts some stellar Mickie Most production, at a level that makes sure that Lulu's vocals aren't the only thing that stand out on the record! The backings are superb – sweet one minute, groovy the next, and always done with some of the more forward-thinking modes of the British pop scene at the time. Titles include "Gimme Some Lovin", "I Started A Joke", "Where Did You Come From", "A House Is Not A Home", "Show Me", "The Mighty Quinn", and "My Ain Folk". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – single versions of "Dreary Days & Nights", "Me The Peaceful Heart", "Look Out", "Boy", "Sad Memories", and "I'm A Tiger". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ray MartinFavourite TV Themes Vol 1 & 2 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set of 70s TV themes – all handled by Brit easy maestro Ray Martin, and featuring a fair bit of British TV tunes as well! TV Themes 2 is the funkier of the bunch – recorded a few years later, and with some great electric elements at times – the kind of cop/crime styles that make 70s TV soundtracks so great. There's definitely a few mellow cuts, but Martin's really expanded his reach on the record past usual British bits – bringing in some American shows to cook up the grooves a bit – and serving up the music in a blend of funky jazz and larger orchestrations. Titles include "Emmerdale Farm", "Warship", "Kojak", "Kung Fu", "Ironside", "European Football", "International Golf", "Film 74", and "Mission Impossible". The first TV Themes album (oddly featured second here on the disc), has Martin turning out good bits circa 1973 – tunes that are often an update of popular 60s television modes – a bit jazzy and jaunty at times, but some 70s elements creeping into the mix, although not as heavily funky as you might hear a few years later. Some of the songs were quite big on British TV, but weren't heard as strongly here in the US – and titles include "Top Of The Form", "Match Of The Day", "Nationwide", "General Hospital", "Crossroads", "Grandstand", "News At Ten", and "Midweek". CD also features 3 previously unissued bonus cuts – "Film 74", "Sale Of The Century", and "Star Trek". CD
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Art Simmons/Ronnel BrightJazz In Paris – Piano Aux Champs Elysees ... CD
Universal (France), 1956/1958. Used ... $4.99
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

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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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanMusic Of Ornette Coleman – Forms & Sounds/Skies Of America ... CD
Sony/BGO (UK), 1967/1972. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great couple of harder-to-find Ornette Coleman records – nicely paired up in a 2CD set! First up is The Music Of Ornette Coleman, from 1967 – which is beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts – and his ability to play with a larger ensemble! It kicks off with Ornette playing trumpet solos with The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet as they perform his "Forms & Sounds" live. That's followed by recordings of Ornette's "Space Flight" and "Saints & Soldiers" performed by The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia Quartet, a string ensemble that brings a new light to Ornette's compositions! Skies Of America is an ambitious record with full orchestra, in a haunting sound that's light years from any of his smaller group recordings of the 60s and 70s! There's an incredible feel to the strings used here – played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Measham – all tied up and dark, with swirling sounds that run up beautifully from the bottom, then take off to the skies promised in the title – opening the door for Ornette to come in and solo freely over the top – in a magical mix that easily makes the record a standout in his long and mighty career! Harmolodic theory is definitely a part of Coleman's conception here – but in very different ways than his quartet or quintet recordings. Lots of tracks on this one, including "Skies Of America", "The Men Who Live In The White House", "Sunday In America", "Dreams", "Native Americans", "Silver Screen", "The Artist In America" and more. CD

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