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Don ByasTenor Giant ... CD
Drive Archive, 1945. Used ... $2.99
(Out of print.)

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Gentle GiantAcquiring The Taste ... LP
Vertigo, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $28.99
A perfectly balanced little set from Gentle Giant – a record that's progressive, but never overly jamming – jazzy, but still rock-based enough to contain some great straight ahead tunes – and whimsical, but never too flowery or hippy dippy! Gentle Giant were one of the few who could strike this balance so well, and an album like this is a perfect example of the great niche they carved out for themselves at the time. The keyboards here are especially great – and feature lots of moog and mellotron that skanes through the tunes with an almost flute-like feel. Titles include "Black Cat", "Plain Truth", "The Moon Is Down", "Acquiring The Taste", and "Edge Of Twilight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original swirl label pressing. Cover has light ring & edge wear.)

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Gentle GiantGiant Steps – The First Five Years ... LP
Vertigo (UK), 1976. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
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Gentle GiantIn A Glass House ... CD
EMI/Terrapin (UK), 1973. Used ... $9.99
Titles include "The Runaway", "An Inmates Lullaby", "Way Of Life", and "In A Glass House". CD
(In the original printed jewel case – which has some light wear.)

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Gentle GiantLive – Playing The Fool ... CD
Terrapin (UK), 1977. Used ... $6.99

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Gentle GiantMissing Piece ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light ringwear.)

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Gentle GiantPlaying The Foole In Wonderland ... LP
Wizardo, 1975. Very Good+ ... $19.99
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(Pasted art has some creases and small tears.)

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GoblinsChic-A-Go-Go/Giant Robot Rock N Roll/Creepy Porno Guy ... 7-inch
It Won't Go Flat, 1996. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Teal vinyl pressing, including the insert.)

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Ron GoodwinSelfish Giant ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Features narration by Paul Hecht, and vocals by the Kings Singers. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonSophisticated Giant ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $2.99
A really wonderful album from Dexter Gordon's later years at Columbia – and a rare session that pairs larger arrangements with his soulful voice on the tenor and soprano saxophone! Although other players worked often in this mode, the record may well be the only one of its type for Dexter – but that doesn't stop it from being a standout treasure that lets us hear a whole new side of his talents. Slide Hampton handled the arrangements, and he really works some magic with players that include Woody Shaw, Benny Bailey, Frank Wess, and Bobby Hutcherson – using their best talents to create richly chromatic backdrops for Dex's solos. A few of the players step out on their own lines on longer tracks, and titles include "Fried Bananas", "You're Blase", "Insensatez", "Moontrane", and "Laura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Otis SpannSweet Giant Of The Blues ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $11.99
The last album ever from the mighty Otis Spann – and maybe one of the greatest, too! The set's got Otis working in a hip blend of blues and jazz – served up with some tight combo work from west coast players who include Tom Scott on tenor and flute, Max Bennett on bass, Luie Shelton on guitar, and Paul Humphrey on drums! Otis plays piano, and sings with this raspy sound that's just right for his Chicago roots – and the use of electric bass by Bennett gives most of the numbers a funky undercurrent we really love. The approach is like some of the best ABC Bluesway sides of the same time – a mode that updates the Spann sound a bit, but never in a straight funk style – and titles include the mighty "I'm A Dues Payin Man", plus "I Wonder Why", "Bird In A Cage", "Make A Way", and "Sellin My Thing". CD

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Joe TurnerGiant Of Stride Piano In Switzerland ... CD
Jazz Connoisseur, 1950s. Used ... $8.99
(Out of print.)

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Lester Young & FriendsGiant Of The Tenor Sax ... CD
Commodore, 1938/1944. Used ... $0.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chu BerryGiant Of The Tenor Sax – 1938/1941 ... CD
Commodore, 1938/1941. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Nels ClineGiant Pin ... CD
Cryptogramopone, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Digable PlanetsRebirth Of Slick [Cool Like Dat] (crashing giant step mix, crashing inst mix, 7" mix, uh-oh planet earth LP mix, planet earth inst mix) ... 12-inch
Pendulum/Elektra, 1992. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Giant SandSwerve ... CD
Amazing, 1990. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Dexter GordonComplete Columbia Albums Collection (Homecoming/Sophisticated Giant/Manhattan Symphonie/Gotham City/Live At Carnegie/bonus) (7CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 7 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of music – and a hell of a tribute to the tenor sax genius of Dexter Gordon! The pairing of Dex and Columbia Records is a really special one – because it not only represents a great musical growth in Gordon's later years, but also a place that was wonderfully sympathetic to his musical ideas – and which let him take off, and perform in settings he might not have ever reached on other labels! Most of Gordon's music from later years is in a very standard format – long-blown tracks with a rhythm section – usually recorded live, in familiar formats that still sound great, but never show off the full range of Dexter's talents. Yet here, Gordon gets to work in a focused studio setting – often with some of the best peers of his generation – and is also represented on a well-recorded live date back in the US as well. The scope of the music is tremendous – and bringing it together in this one package is especially great, given that there's a lot of bonus material too! Albums include Homecoming, Sophisticated Giant, Manhattan Symphonie, Gotham City, Live At Carnegie Hall, and a disc of Bonus Tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roland HannaColors From A Giant's Kit ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Barcode has some marker.)

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✨✧ Ronnie HawkinsGiant Of Rock 'N' Roll ... LP
Monument, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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DOCReturn Of Da Livin Dead (rmx, rmx inst, clean rmx)/From Ruthless 2 Death Row (rmx, clean rmx, rmx inst) ... 12-inch
Giant, 1995. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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Liberty EllmanOrthodoxy ... CD
Red Giant, 1997. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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Rudresh MahanthappaBlack Water ... CD
Red Giant, 2002. Used ... $8.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MC HammerSultry Funk (extended club)/Bustin' Loose (extended club) ... 12-inch
Giant, 1995. Very Good+ ... $0.99
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Sway & King TechConcrete Jungle ... CD
Giant, 1991. Used ... $4.99
The kings of west coast rap radio, in the days before the Wake Up show blew up coast to coast. Rhymes by Sway, beats by King Tech. 13 tracks plus the intro: "Concrete Jungle", "Devastating", "Baddest Mutha On 2 Turntables (rmx)", "Rock Steady", "Let Me See You Move", "In Control", "Bum Rush The Sound", "Follow 4 Now (rmx)", "It's Not Over" and "Same Old Thang". CD
(Out of print. Booklet and tray card have cutout holes.)

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Warren ZevonLearning To Flinch ... CD
Giant, 1993. Used ... $7.99
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Warren ZevonMr Bad Example ... CD
Giant, 1991. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print. Library copy. Spines of tray card are missing.)

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✨✧ Shonen KnifeShonen Knife ... CD
Giant, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sway & King TechConcrete Jungle ... LP
Giant, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
The kings of west coast rap radio, in the days before the Wake Up show blew up coast to coast. Rhymes by Sway, beats by King Tech. 10 tracks plus the intro: "Concrete Jungle", "Devastating", "Baddest Mutha On 2 Turntables (rmx)", "Rock Steady", "Let Me See You Move", "In Control", "Bum Rush The Sound", "Follow 4 Now (rmx)", "It's Not Over" and "Same Old Thang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available Concrete Jungle ... CD 4.99
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✨✧ AGGet Dirty Radio ... LP
Look, 2006. Very Good+ 2LP ... $11.99
Andre The Giant gets it dirty – with production by DJ Design, Show, Madlib, Jake One, Lord Finesse, Oh No and Dilla – plus appearances by Aloe Blacc, Party Arty, Lil' Roze and others. A nice mix of tried-and-true mic skill from AG and the innovative craft of the producers. Tracks include "Frozen", "If I Wanna", "Take A Ride" feat Party Arty & Aloe Blacc, "Yeah N**ga", "Say Yeah", "Triumph", "Love", "Pray" feat Party Arty, "Hip Hop Quotable" feat Aloe Blacc, "The Struggle" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams.)

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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddy ArnoldEach Road I Take – The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions (Love & Guitars/Standing Alone/bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars – a set that allows Arnold to answer back to all the others who, by that time, were hitting his own sort of mature way of putting over a tune – with backings that are almost more traditionally country than anything that Eddy had been getting on other recent records. The choice of material is great – songs by Merle Haggard, Wayne Thompson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – and titles that include "When The Wind Blows In Chicago", "Shadows Of Her Mind", "Today I Started Loving You again", "Just Enough To Start Me Dreamin", "With Pen In Hand", and "Soul Deep". Producer Lee Hazlewood works with Eddy Arnold on material from the album Standing Alone – a set that almost has Lee taking a tongue-in-cheek approach with strings and larger arrangements – giving Eddy the kind of setting that might have been darkly double-sided if Hazlewood were singing, but which comes across more in familiar Arnold territory overall. Still, there's definitely some nice touches around the edges – and titles include "Closest I Ever Came", "My Way Of Life", "She Believes In Me", "July You're A Woman", "Where Love Has Died", and "Some Lonely Picker". CD also features additional tracks from the same year, including two unreleased outtakes – for a total of 27 titles in all. CD

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Charles AznavourCharles Aznavour Rarities ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare work from French songwriting giant Charles Aznavour – the talent who penned so many great songs for Edith Piaf, then went on to his own tremendous career as a singer! This set brings together lots of obscure tracks from Charles – including some recorded in the 60s and 70s, appearing here for the first time ever – mixed with some under-discovered gems from older records – almost all pulled from Aznavour's great run of records for the Barclay label, with arrangements that move between upbeat and groovy moments, to some of the lush sounds that always worked great for the singer's famous vocal approach. Titles include "Viens Donne-Nous La Main", "La Boheme", "De T'Avoir Aimee", "Ma Mie", "Pour Fair Une Jam", "Un Million De Fois", "Cherie Laisse-Toi Aimer", "Je T'Aime", "Merci Madame La Vie", and "Who". CD

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Banks & Steelz (RZA & Paul Banks)Anything But Words ... LP
Warner, 2016. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 21.98
Wu Tang mastermind and all around modern renaissance man RZA teams up with Interpol vocalist Paul Banks...and it works. Wow! Considering the pros and cons of the contemporary musical landscape, one of the major pros is the cross-pollinating possibilities of what would've seemed crazy in the past. Still, the inspiration that might make a solid single happen with disparate figures rarely extends to an album – which is what makes Banks & Steelz such a leftfield win. RZA rhyming over hip hop/synth pop hybrid production and sharing vocals and production duties with Banks – with guest appearances by fellow Wu vets Meth, Ghost and Masta Killa, plus Kool Keith and Florence Welch. Includes "Giant", "Ana Electronic", "Sword In The Stone" feat Kool Keith, "Wild Season" woth Florence Welch, "Conceal", "Love And War" with Ghostface, "Can't Hardly Feel", "One By One", "Gonna Make It" and "Point Of View" with Method Man & Masta Killa. LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary BartzLove Affair ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
A wicked set from the great Gary Bartz – one done after his mid 70s association with Larry Mizell – but still very much in a similar groove! The album's a great blend of Gary's soulful alto work with sweet electric backings – often put together with that angular stepping mode he used on some of his gentler funky numbers – and blended with a few mellower moments that live up to the title of the record, and really let Bartz stretch out on soulful solos. There's plenty of nice keyboards on the set, but Nate Morgan also brings in a slightly righteous vibe at times too – and titles include "Shake Your Body", "Love Affair", "At Last", and a remake of "Giant Steps", done in a pretty great way that has it sounding like a sweet 70s modal groover. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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James CarrLosing Game – Goldwax Rarities EP ... 7-inch
Goldwax/Kent (UK), 1967. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
Rare material from one of the all-time soul music greats – Memphis deep soul giant James Carr, heard here on some rare tracks from his seminal Goldwax recordings of the late 60s! The package is wonderful – a limited edition EP that's even cooler than some of Carr's singles from back in the day – featuring rare alternate versions of "A Losing Game", "Love Attack", and "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man" – cuts that really get at the heartbreaking genius of James – plus the excellent "What Can I Call My Own". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Stelvio CiprianiConcorde Affaire 79 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A really great little soundtrack – one that's got a sound that's as sexy and sophisticated as you might guess from the cover and title – served up by Italian 70s genius Stelvio Cipriani! Stelvio proves himself to be a giant both on the funky numbers and the mellower moments – the former done with these cool stepping basslines mixed with really sweet keyboards – the latter served up with slinky strings that echo some of the best Italian erotic styles of the time, complete with some great watery touches on the production! This masterful reissue really expands past the original 12 track album – to offer up an additional 15 bonus cuts, wrapped up in a lovely-looking package as well. Titles include "Affaire Theme", "Danger Call", "Martinica Feeling", "Soft Dream", "Safe Landing", "Concorde Combo", "Percussion Theme", "Life Alert", and "Suspense Drums". CD

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✨✧ Arnett CobbParty Time ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A mighty big party from tenor giant Arnett Cobb – a player who always blew strongly in other settings, but really hit his height on these albums for Prestige! The record is a perfect mix of Cobb's bluesy roots and a more sophisticated modern jazz setting – with support from a crack rhythm combo of Ray Bryant on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – plus the special addition of Ray Barretto on congas, who brings in this rolling kick that definitely opens things up to the party atmosphere in the title – even when things are mellow! Most numbers have a open, soulfully blowing feel – and titles include "Slow Poke", "Lonesome Road", "Party Time", and "Blues In the Closet". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, still in the shrink with hype sticker.)

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John ColtraneAtlantic Years In Mono (6CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Early 60s. New Copy 6 CDs ... $59.99 64.99
The early genius of John Coltrane – summed up perfectly on his albums for Atlantic Records! Coltrane was really going through some amazing changes here – picking up on some of his more modal and freewheeling solo expressions, while also able to hang back in some of the more soulful moments of his previous work on Prestige – criss-crossing jazz territory that few would touch this well again, even though Coltrane continues to influence so many with these records! The package presents five full albums in mono – all of them classics – Giant Steps (with the title track, "Naima", "Mr PC", and "Cousin Mary"), Bags & Trane (a duet session with vibist Milt Jackson), Ole Coltrane (with the incredible side-long title cut), Coltrane Plays The Blues, and The Avant Garde (an amazing collaboration with trumpeter Don Cherry). Package also includes The Coltrane Legacy – a special collection of rare mono recordings, with the titles "Untitled Original", "26-2", "Original Untitled Ballad", "Centerpiece", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Blues Legacy". CD

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Francesco De MasiLa Morte Viene Da Manila ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99
A sweet little score for this 60s film set in the Philippines at the end of WWII – penned by Francesco DeMasi with a nice blend of dramatic elements and exotic touches! The initial sound is a bit like some of Francesco's western scores – but as the soundtrack progresses, lots of cool "exotic elements come into play – almost a hip blend of Italian 60s mod with some island elements that are echoed in light guitars, watery strings, and some occasional darker percussion passages – which are then offset by the occasional action moment in a really nice way. The work definitely shows DeMasi's depth as a film score giant at the time – and the CD features a total of 18 numbers from the film, in a lovely package filled with great images from the movie! CD

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James DeanJames Dean ... LP
Warner, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Original soundtrack excerpts, dialog & music from East Of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, and Giant. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a half split top seam and a center split on the bottom seam.)

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Eleventh Dream DayPrairie School Freakout/Wayne EP (Bonus CD ROM) ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 1988/1989. Used 2CD ... $9.99
One of the best rock albums to come out of Chicago and/or Louisville in the 80s. If you kids like the rock & roll of the Neil Young & Crazy Horse (loose, crazed electric guitars), X (barbed guy/girl traded lead vocals), and earlier Giant Sand or Uncle Tupelo (feedback-echoed twang) you truly can't do better than Eleventh Dream Day's Prairie School Freakout. This one has been out of print for way, way too long. Thrill Jockey to the rescue. Now if Bettina could only wrestle the rights to EDD's El Moodio away from Atlantic Records and reissue that behemoth, we'll nominate her for president in 2004. Lots of bonus material, including the lost Wayne ep, extensive notes, and bonus live CD ROM footage. Tracks include "Watching The Candles Burn", Sweet Smell", "Among The Pines", "Coercion", "Driving Song", and "Tarantula". CD

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✨✧ Donald Fagen, Walter Becker & Denny DiazYou Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It ... LP
Visa, 1971. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Obscure pre-Steely Dan work from the team of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen – tracks done for the soundtrack to a 1970 film called You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It, and sounding somewhere between the pair's work on Can't Buy A Thrill, and some of their excellent early demos that have been floating around for years! While the music here is missing some of the polish of the later studio sides by Becker and Fagen, it is a great example of how early their genius emerged – and how even working in an obscure setting like this, they could come up with some really striking tunes! Titles include "You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It", "Flotsam & Jetsam", "Dog Eat Dog", "Red Giant/White Dwarf", "If It Rains", and "Roll Back The Meaning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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FJF (Ken Vandermark/Mats Gustafsson)Blow Horn ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. Used ... $14.99
Quartet session that brings together Swedish reed genius Mats Gustafsson with Chicago tenor giant Ken Vandermark, and adds in Chicago players Steve Hunt and Kent Kessler. Gustafsson and Vandermark are brilliant together – as testified by a recent successful tour of the U.S. this past winter – and their playing is full of life, energy, and boundless imagination. Gustufsson's a genius on an assortment of reed instruments, and the sounds he gets from them are otherworldly. Tracks include "Carry Out", "Structure A La Malle", and "Blow Horn for Service". CD
(Out of print – and in a cool LP-style sleeve!)

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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 ... $26.99
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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Walter GreeneBrain From Planet Arous/Teenage Monster (with bonus track) ... CD
Monstrous Movie Music, 1957. Used ... $11.99
A giant brain? We're hooked already – and we haven't even heard the music! Fortunately, the audio portion is as great as the cover – the best kind of spooky late 50s film scoring, with conventional instrumentation used in nicely offbeat ways – sometimes to set a larger scene, sometimes to create a very special mood in more dramatic moments – all with the kind of inventive quality that folks like Walter Greene brought to movie music in the years before electronics and other more modern instrumentation came into play. There's some nice vibes and unusual reed lines at times – and titles include "The Brain", "Hot Trip", "Barbecue", "Ride To The Mountain", "The End Of Gor", and "I Killed Dan". Next up is Teenage Monster – a film of similar vintage, with an equally nice score from Greene – and maybe just a few "teen" currents in the music! Titles include "The Mine", "Find Gold", "Realization", "Grabs Girl", and "The Killing". Almost 80 minutes of music! CD

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Johnny GriffinBig Soul (Big Soul Band & White Gardenia) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
One of those ubiquitous Milestone 70s two-fers combining two nice sides from the little giant. The first set is Big Soul Band, a sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band, as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues", and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired"! The second LP is Johnny's tribute to Billie Holiday – with Johnny's tenor fronting some larger backing on strings and brass – but hipper than most efforts of this type, thanks to some great arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons! The record's a nice change from some of Johnny's more full-on bop sessions from the same time – and it's nice to hear that his tenor works equally well on mellow tracks and ballads like "God Bless The Child", "Gloomy Sunday", "Travelin' Light", "Left Alone", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, some seam splitting, and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Earl & Carl Grubbs – The VisitorsIn My Youth (with bonus track) ... CD
Muse, 1972. New Copy ... $4.99
Beautiful spiritual post-Coltrane jazz, played by an excellent but oft-overlooked duo from the early 70s! The Grubbs brothers are fantastic reed players, with a soaring sense of soulfulness that keeps things lively throughout – a style that inflects their horns together nicely to shade in colors on the tunes, then breaks them apart for expressive and meaningful solos that are filled with a tremendous amount of soul! Earl plays tenor and soprano, Carl plays alto sax – and other players include Stanley Clarke on bass, Sid Simmons on piano, and John Goldsmith on drums and percussion – all hitting a vibe that's totally great throughout! Titles include a great version of "Giant Steps", plus the cuts "The Juggler", "In My Youth", and "The Visit". CD also features one bonus alternate take of the track "In My Youth". CD

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $3.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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