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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)
Also available Giant Steps (with bonus tracks) ... CD 2.99

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John ColtraneGiant Steps (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... $2.99
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! CD features a wealth of bonus tracks – 5 more additional alternate takes! CD
Also available Giant Steps ... LP 49.99

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Tommy FlanaganGiant Steps – In Memory Of John Coltrane ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... $5.99
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful approach to the piano that shows a bit more McCoy Tyner than usual – and which is propelled strongly on most numbers by bold rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums. Foster's work on the kit is especially nice – quite bold, and really soaring forward with a sense of righteous energy – inspiring Flanagan to heights we've never heard before on a session like this. Titles include "Naima", "Giant Steps", "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Central Park West", "Mr PC", and "Cousin Mary". CD

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Gentle GiantMissing Piece ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good ... $6.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a few creases.)

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Giant PandaWith It (voc, inst)/GP Y'all (voc, inst)/Racist (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Tres, 2005. Sealed (pic cover)... $6.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Giant SandBackyard Barbecue Broadcast ... CD
Koch, 1995. Used ... $3.99
CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Dizzy GillespieGiant (The Giant/Source) (Prestige) ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A stunning session, and proof that Dizzy never slept on his playing – even in the 70s! Originally released as 2 separate LPs in France on the America label, the record is a crack small group set recorded in Paris, and featuring very long tracks that let Dizzy really stretch out on his solos. Kenny Clarke is on drums, and he does some amazing work on the LP's version of "Manteca", which has a great breakbeat at the intro, then grooves along funkily for 13 minutes! The whole set's beautiful, and the other titles include "Brother K", "Wheatleigh Hall", and "Alone Together". The group also features a Brazilian percussionist on a few tracks – most notably the tight groover "Fiesta Mo Jo", a killer track with great solos and a rhythmic conception that shows that Dizzy's still got the Latin beat down nicely. Other titles include "Girl Of My Dreams", "Stella By Starlight", and "I Waited For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Dexter GordonSophisticated Giant ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $4.99
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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Johnny GriffinLittle Giant ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $8.99
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard bop" was coined for – sharp-edged jazz at its best – informed strongly by earlier bop and modern modes, but also played with a deeper dose of soul overall. The six players come together perfectly throughout – working with a tightness that matches most Blue Note work of the time – and titles are a great set of tracks that includes 3 by Chicago pianist Norman Simmons, and 1 by the great Babs Gonzales. Tunes include "Olive Refractions", "The Message", "Lonely One", "Playmates", and "63rd Street Theme". CD
Also available Little Giant ... LP 14.99

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Johnny GriffinLittle Giant ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard bop" was coined for – sharp-edged jazz at its best – informed strongly by earlier bop and modern modes, but also played with a deeper dose of soul overall. The six players come together perfectly throughout – working with a tightness that matches most Blue Note work of the time – and titles are a great set of tracks that includes 3 by Chicago pianist Norman Simmons, and 1 by the great Babs Gonzales. Tunes include "Olive Refractions", "The Message", "Lonely One", "Playmates", and "63rd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has some wear, sticker remnants, and notes in pen on back.)
Also available Little Giant ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Yusef LateefGentle Giant (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. Sealed (reissue)... $18.99
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger-concept recordings to come, but which is still pretty lean and clean overall – and damn funky on most of the best tracks! Yusef plays a host of hip flutes here, plus tenor and oboe – and an almost equal star on the record is Kenny Barron, whose electric piano lines really make the album something special. The album begins with a long take on Barron's "Nubian Lady" which begins the record – and Kenny also contributed the tighter grooving "Jungle Plum". Other tracks include "African Song", "Queen Of The Night", "Poor Fishermen", "Below Yellow Bell", and a strange version of "Hey Jude" that goes on for a long time, and really messes with the volume – listed on the cover with the note "Do not adjust the playback level on your audio equipment – readjust your mind!" LP, Vinyl record album

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Taj MahalGiant Step/De Ole Folks At Home ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell – Jazz Giant ... CD
Verve, 1949/1950. Used ... $4.99
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions of standards like "Get Happy", "Yesterdays", and "April In Paris" – all wrapped up in a nice cover that features a moody David Stone Martin image in red! CD
(Verve Master edition. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Bud PowellBud Powell – Jazz Giant (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1949/1950. Used ... $6.99
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions of standards like "Get Happy", "Yesterdays", and "April In Paris" – all wrapped up in a nice cover that features a moody David Stone Martin image in red! CD

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Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". CD
(The pressing is nearly sold out – and we were able to get ahold of just a few more copies! Get it while we got it!)

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WoodentopsGiant ... LP
Rough Trade, 1986. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A wonderful record by The Woodentops – the one that killed them, actually, as they moved from the realm of indie label giants to major label small-fries, but a heck of a record nonetheless! The album's got all the best elements of the group's earlier work – incredibly fast drums and bass, flanged-out and catchy vocals from Rolo, the lead singer, and a powerfully grooving approach to British pop that was completely unique – even for the time. Every cut's a winner, and the album's a truly sparkling affair – not a note or beat or lyric out of place, and a real melange of noise and sweetness. Titles include "Get It On", "Good Thing", "Give It Time", "Hear Me James", "Love Affair With Everyday Living", "Last Time", and "Travelling Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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VariousGiant Steps Volume 1 ... CD
Payday, 1993. Used ... $1.99
A collection of groovers from London and New York. Tracks include "Revival" by Martine Girault, "Prince Of Peace (12 inch mix)" by Galliano, "Beware" by Vivienne McKone, "Don't Throw My Love Around" by Cooly's Hot Box, "Part Of The Masterplan 92-Live & Direct" by Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, "Sally's Knockin (Virago Mix)" by Jhelisa, "Many Ways" by Raw Stylus, "Above The Clouds" by Paul Weller, "Nothing" by Sandals, "Testin It Out" by Hed Rush and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Dana Bryant. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Benny CarterJazz Giant ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Ben Webster on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Barney Kessel on guitar. Titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me", "Blue Lou", "A Walkin Thing", and "Old Fashioned Love". CD

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✨✧ Gentle GiantIn A Glass House ... LP
WWA (UK), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "The Runaway", "An Inmates Lullaby", "Way Of Life", and "In A Glass House". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, with die-cut "window", insett, and printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie – 16 Rare Performances By The Giant Who Shared In The Groundwork Of Modern Jazz ... LP
RCA, Late 40s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great RCA comp of Dizzy's earlier bop sides for the label, many of which came out first only as singles! Titles include "Anthropology", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", "Ool Ya Koo", "Duff Capers", "I'll Be Boppin Too", and "Guarachi Guaro" – the precursor to "Soul Sauce"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)
 
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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. Very Good+ ... $0.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Rhyme Poetic MafiaComin' Thru Your Neighborhood (album, inst, ringleader mix, south central mix) ... 12-inch
Giant/Reprise, 1993. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $0.49
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp, a few creases, and a stain at the bottom.)

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Shorty RogersGet Shorty ... CD
Giant Steps, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousMiracle Of Levitation – Experimental Sounds From The United States & Japan ... CD
Gentle Giant, 1995. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
CD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition.)

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✨✧ Jo ArmsteadI Feel An Urge Coming On/I Who Love You So ... 7-inch
Giant, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive soul from one of the greats of the Chicago scene! "I Feel An Urge" is a totally catchy little tune from Jo – pounding, rolling, with a tight Northern groove, and a really proud little lyric! "I Who Love You" is a sadder, slower ballad tune – very spare, and equally nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Vijay IyerPanoptic Modes ... CD
Red Giant, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Brookmeyer & Jim HallSwamp People ... CD
Giant Steps/Cherry Red (UK), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Muhal Richard Abrams with Fred Anderson & George LSoundDance (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
PI Recordings, 2011. Used ... $12.99
Two great duet recordings – each featuring Muhal Richard Abrams with a fellow member of the AACM! CD1 features what may well be the last recording of tenor giant Fred Anderson – a performance recorded late in 2009, with Abrams on piano and Anderson blowing some wonderfully tentative lines on tenor – much more sensitive at points than some of his other later recordings – and proof that at the right moments, Fred really knows how to demonstrate his ties to the AACM! CD2 features Muhal working with the great George Lewis – who plays both trombone and laptop, always with an ear to the unique sounds and colors that Abrams can get from a piano – the pair of them almost painting together in sound. CD

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Cannonball Adderley/Benny CarterLive In Cologne 1961 ... CD
Delta (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Two never-heard jazz performances – both recorded in German at the start of the 60s! Cannonball Adderley really shines on the first half of the set – working at a level that rivals his tremendous Riverside albums of the time – especially the live dates, which really showed his combo at their best! These tracks follow strongly in very much the same way – impeccable recording quality, long drawn-out performances, and brilliant sounds from Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – on titles that include "New Delhi", "This Here", and "Lisa". Alto giant Benny Carter follows on three more tracks – working with a European group that includes the mighty Carl Drewo on tenor, plus Raymond Droz on trombone and Francis Coppierters on piano – on titles that include "Laura", "It's Wonderful", and "Rose Room". CD

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Basso Valdambrini Octet with Lars GullinNew Sound From Italy ... LP
Jolly/BTF (Italy), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A definite new sound from Italy – served up by one of the hippest groups on the scene at the time! The combo of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the best of their generation – and here, they're working in a slightly expanded octet mode that features guest work from Swedish baritone sax giant Lars Gullin! The album's great proof of Gullin's ability to slide into any sort of a setting – and his baritone provides a great bottom to the already-dextrous horn interplay between Basso and Valdambrini. Gullin arranged about half the numbers in the set – the rest were scored by George Gruntz or Piero Umiliani – and titles include "Blues For Gassman", "Indiana", "Fascinating Rhythm", "There Will Never Be Another You", "How About You", and "Peter Of April". LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony Braxton with Muhal Richard AbramsDuets 1976 ... LP
Arista, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The rich tones of Muhal's piano provide a perfect foil for Braxton, and one that gets him playing a wide range of styles on sopranino, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto. The whole album resonates with a soulfulness that's not always apparent in Braxton's other work from the time – and the melding of these two giant talents from the AACM is a rare treat. Titles include "Nickie", Dolphy's "Miss Ann", and a few of those squiggle Braxton titles! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dean Budnick & Josh BaronTicket Masters – The Rise Of The Concert Industry & How The Public Got Scalped ... Book
Plume, 2012. New Copy ... $5.99 17.00
Ever wonder why you've got to shell out so much money to see live music? This book tells the tale of the amazing rise in concert prices from the late 60s onward – and the near-monopoly on music by giant forces like Live Nation and Ticketmaster, and the way they control the contemporary concert environment. The authors have had years of experience in the industry – including lots of work with Relix magazine – and they trace the growth of the concert giants from surprisingly small local production efforts, who have grown today to become the forces who seem to be the gatekeepers at so many musical events. Given their ties to Relix and its jamband underground, the authors actually have some optimistic things to say, too – so the whole thing's not just a bleak look at the future. The book is softcover, almost 400 pages, and very densely written. Book
(Please Note – The spine has a remainder mark.)

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Henry ButlerFivin Around ... LP
Impulse, 1986. Very Good ... $6.99
An overlooked gem from the revival years of Impulse Records – a set recorded in the mid 80s, but one that easily matches the soul and spirituality of the label's best work from the late 60s and early 70s! Pianist Henry Butler steps out here with a strong musical vision – one colored by his own bold McCoy Tyner-esque lines on the piano – and embellished by great solo work from Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Azar Lawrence on tenor. Rhythm is by Charlie Haden on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – who definitely match Butler's pulsating, modal-influenced groove here – and additional instrumentation includes bits of flute and oboe, plus a string quartet on 2 numbers – coming off with Alice Coltrane-like brilliance! Great proof that righteous jazz was still being made in the 80s – with titles that include "Fivin Around", "LA Samba", "Improvisation On An Afghan Theme", "Giant Steps", and "Butler's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Jean CarneCloser Than Close – The Best Of Jean Carne ... CD
Philadelphia International, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
One of the nicer things about the global centralization of culture into the hands of a few giant companies is that you can at least get a "greatest hits" comp like this which spans the artists career on a number of different labels! As proof, you'll find killer stuff from Jean's best years, on Buddah, Philly Intl, and Columbia – with tracks like "Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors, "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Was That All It Was", "When I Find You Love", and "Closer than Close". 16 cuts in all, and way better than we expected from a US major! CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Larry CoryellImprovising – My Life In Music (with CD) ... Book
Back Beat, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Guitarist Larry Coryell tells his life story, along with a bonus CD of music that traces his growth over the decades – from a key rock jazz figure in the early 60s, to an important fusion giant in the 70s, to a surprisingly strong traditional jazz musician in more recent years! The format is loose and personal – in a good way – and the book also includes photos to go along with Coryell's stories and recollections, as well as an instructional CD that's supported by text in the back of the book. 209 pages, softcover, with images and CD. Book

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Dap Kings & Rickey CallowayStay In The Groove (parts 1 & 2)/I'm In Love (parts 3 & 4) (2 x 7" singles) ... 7-inch
Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy 2 x 7" ... $13.99
An amazing pairing of talents! Funk vocal giant Ricky Calloway works here with backing from The Dap Kings – recording in the Daptone studios, with production from Kenny Dope! All the cooks on board definitely don't spoil the broth – and instead, the cut may well be the sort of number we've been waiting to hear for years from Ricky! "I'm In Love" is presented here with parts 3 and 4 – which we don't think were on any previous singles – and is a stone monster too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Das Saxophonorchester Frankfurt/Frankfurt SaxophDas Saxophonorchester Frankfurt/Frankfurt Saxophone Orchestra – Live ... LP
SAJ/FMP (Germany), 1982. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Pretty fierce stuff from this German all-sax group that includes Alfred Harth as the major writer, arranger, and soloist. The record has a fair number of short tracks, but they have an incredibly dense and loud sound – and redd players include Max Eipp, Thomas Conrad, Chris Becker, Gerhard Gugel, Florian Nikel, Robert Sprun, Ole Schmidt, Michael Kloss, and others. Titles include "Theme Fur Orpheus", "Halloween Fantasies", "Unisono", "Harth Rock" – and versions of Trane's "Giant Steps" and Zappa's "Sofa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Lou Donaldson & The 3 SoundsLD + 3 ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A classic meeting between alto giant Lou Donaldson and Blue Note's crack Three Sounds combo – the great piano trio led by the mighty Gene Harris! The formula was one that Blue Note employed on a number of sessions from the time – and it makes a lot of sense, because the Three Sounds are a very tight rhythm group, just waiting for a strong soloist to front their rolling soulful grooves – in ways that really set sessions like this apart from their standard albums for the label. On this one, the Sounds give Lou a nice tight backing, and he repays the favor by laying down some very tight, very in-the-pocket solos with a good soul jazz groove. Tracks include "Jump Up", "Confirmation", "Smooth Groove", and "Blue Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has some moderate wear.)

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Eddie FloydEddie Floyd Experience ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps plenty of southern soul roots at the core – while also bringing in a modern soul approach that's quite different than the Eddie Floyd sound of a decade before. Production is by Floyd and Mack Rice – and the pair also wrote most of the songs on the set, some great original material that really helps strengthen this new voice of Eddie's. Titles include "Prove it To Me", "Feel My Body", "Take A Chance On Me", and "You're Gonna Walk Out On Me". CD

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Chico Freeman & Von FreemanFreeman & Freeman ... CD
India Navigation, 1989. Used ... $12.99
One of a few albums from the late 80s that features underground saxophonist Chico Freeman playing in the company of his father, Chicago tenor giant Von Freeman. This set was recorded live in New York, and it's a bit more straight ahead than the pair's earlier Lord Riff & Me set for the Why Not label – but it comes across nicely, in a mode that shows that Chico has absorbed more than a bit of his pop's strengths over the years. Rhythm is by Kenny Barron, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette – but Muhal Richard Abrams plays piano on one track, "Paying New York Dues". Other titles include "Undercurrents", "Lover Man", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
(Out of print.)

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Curtis FullerSoul Trombone ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best non-Blue Note albums from the early years of trombone giant Curtis Fuller – a definite cooker that more than lives up to its title! At his best, Fully often played his instrument with a style that was more like a trumpet than trombone – isolated notes, sharp sense of rhythm, and an ability to match energy of all his top-shelf contemporaries – which is a key thing here, as the lineup includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, and Cedar Walton on drums – almost like a Jazz Messengers album from the time that Fuller was in the group, but without Art Blakey. The whole album's wonderful – and titles include "The Clan", "Newdles", and "Ladies Night" – plus a hard hitting rendition of "Dear Old Stockholm" which runs for 9 minutes. CD

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Giacomo GatesEverything Is Cool ... CD
Savant, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Things are plenty cool when Giacomo Gates is around – as the singer's a real old school vocalist, with a hip sound that takes us back to the best modes of the postwar years! Gates has never fully gotten his due, but he's a contemporary singer that we'd place in a legacy that includes Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks – and, like all of those, is a vocalist who brings a hell of a lot of personality to his presentation of the material – rightly knowing that a jazz singer doesn't just swing, but finds a way to use his voice with the presence of an instrumental giant on the trumpet or tenor! Speaking of tenor, Grant Stewart blows in the small combo that backs up Giacomo – which also includes John DiMartino on piano and Tony Lombardozzi on guitar. Titles include "Everything Is Cool", "When Lovers They Lose", "Social Call", "Hazel's Hips", "Take Five", "Almost Blue", "Please Don't Bug Me", and "Who Threw The Glue". CD

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✨✧ Gilberto Gil & Jorge BenGil E Jorge ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A legendary meeting of two giant talents in Brazilian music – and a set that's maybe one of the best albums of the decade by both artists involved! The album has a raw, acoustic vibe – the kind of sound you'd expect from the cover photo of Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil playing guitars together – and the style is maybe more in Ben's mode of the time, but with the acoustic qualities that Gil used on his album in 1971 – blended together perfectly, on long tracks that really have the spontaneous feel of both artists jamming together in the studio. Every minute of the double length set is great – and titles include a very long take on Ben's famous "Taj Mahal" track – done in a sparer studio setting than the original, with a haunting groove, and great vocals by both singers – plus the titles "Sarro", "Quem Mandou", "Nega", and "Meu Glorioso Sao Cristvao". CD

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Johnny GriffinBig Soul (Big Soul Band & White Gardenia) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
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 light wear.)

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 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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Herbie HancockTreasure Chest ... LP
Warner, 1974. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Seminal sides from Herbie Hancock – amazing material recorded for Warner Brothers in the years between his time at Blue Note and his big fame at Columbia Records – all sides that definitely show Hancock as one mighty righteous cat! Herbie's really stretching past his more conventional jazz of earlier years here – working both with a bit more electricity in his keys, and some larger arrangements that have a wonderful sense of flow and funk – a groove that definitely puts Hancock on a par with Quincy Jones at his funky best during the early 70s! The album's filled with great grooves pulled from the Warner Brothers albums by Hancock – including some quite long numbers – titles that include the funky nuggets "Wiggle Waggle", "Lil Brother", and "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" – plus "Sleeping Giant", "Crossings", "Quazar", "Ostinato", and "You'll Know When You Get There". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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Tubby HayesTubby Hayes – Live In London ... CD
Harkit (UK), Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
A great batch of live recordings by Tubby Hayes – caught at Ronnie Scott's during sets in '63, '64 and '65! Ronnie Scott allowed recorder Les Tompkins to tape a number of the jazz greats who came through London and played the historic Ronnie Scott's stage throughout the early 60s, and in doing so he captured a fair bit of history during one of the defining eras in jazz. These recordings of tenor sax giant Tubby Hayes and his crew(s) are another fine document! The set's featured great work by Benny Goodman on drums, Gordon Beck on piano, Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet and others, backing up Hayes on all fronts – whether those are muscular workouts, languid soloing, or bop grooving. Nice!!! Tracks include "Opus Ocean", "A Weaver Of Dreams", "Nobody Else But Me", "On Green Dolphin Street" and "By Myself" – plus a great interview except with the late great saxophonist, conducted by session recorder Les Tompkin's in January of '63! CD
 
 
 



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