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Hampton HawesEverybody Likes Hampton Hawes – Vol 3 The Trio ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... $38.99
Maybe the title's a bit overly-optimistic – but with a record like this, you can certainly imagine a world in which everybody does like Hampton Hawes! The record's the third in a legendary early run for the Contemporary label – trio material that broke Hawes out of the box and firmly put his rich talents on the keys at the top of the list of the best players in jazz. The sound's an amazing blend of jazz idioms at the time – with some of the flourishes of the Peterson or Jamal crowd, but often a tighter, almost rootsier bottom in the rhythms – a touch of the LA soul jazz sound, showing up here quite early! The trio features Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and tracks are short, but showcase the open sound that Hawes was developing at the time. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Body & Soul", "Lover Come Back To Me", and the Hawes originals "The Sermon" and "Coolin The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing, with deep groove and Demonstration stamp. Cover has a split spine, Demonstration stamp, and a plastic inner sleeve attached to the inside.)

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Hampton HawesEverybody Likes Hampton Hawes – Vol 3 The Trio (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1956. Used ... $6.99
Maybe the title's a bit overly-optimistic – but with a record like this, you can certainly imagine a world in which everybody does like Hampton Hawes! The record's the third in a legendary early run for the Contemporary label – trio material that broke Hawes out of the box and firmly put his rich talents on the keys at the top of the list of the best players in jazz. The sound's an amazing blend of jazz idioms at the time – with some of the flourishes of the Peterson or Jamal crowd, but often a tighter, almost rootsier bottom in the rhythms – a touch of the LA soul jazz sound, showing up here quite early! The trio features Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and tracks are short, but showcase the open sound that Hawes was developing at the time. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Body & Soul", "Lover Come Back To Me", and the Hawes originals "The Sermon" and "Coolin The Blues". CD
(Tray card has a cutout notch.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes At The Piano ... LP
Contemporary, 1976. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of Hampton Hawes' last sessions for Contemporary Records – a wonderful little date that's filled with the bright tones and bold confidence that marked Hamp's piano work in later years! The style here is simple, but effective – and Hawes has a way of ringing out the notes without overdoing his thing – a balance that was never present in his earlier work, and which made him a more and more compelling player as the years went on. Titles include "Morning", "Blue In Green", "Sunny", "Soul Sign Eight", and "Killing Me Softly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes In Europe 1967 (aka Hamp's Piano) ... LP
MPS/Prestige, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
A Prestige pressing of this rare German MPS session by Hampton Hawes – recorded in trio format with backing by two of Europe's best rhythm players, bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Klaus Weiss – and in a groove that's really wonderful! There's a great tone to the record that's evident from the very first note – a warmth, and almost bell-like quality that we don't always remember from other Hawes albums, and which makes this one really special. The rhythm section is heard here in rapt reverence to Hampton's work on the keys, but still with enough of a force to color in the record with their presence, especially in the case of Weber's bass. Titles include some tasty originals – like "Villingen Blues", "Rhythm", "Sonora", and "Black Forest Blues" – plus versions of "Autumn Leaves" and "I'm All Smiles", "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "My Foolish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a Preview stamp, a split bottom seam, a few creases, and some pen on back.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Plays Movie Musicals ... LP
Vault, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
Movie tunes, made groovy by Hampton Hawes – with help from Bob West on bass and Larry Bunker on drums! Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Where Is Love", "How Are Things In Glocca Morra", and "As Long As She Needs Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good- ... $11.99
'Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine.)
Also available Hampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 (20 bit mastering) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 (20 bit mastering) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1955. Used ... $13.99
'Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Hampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... LP 11.99

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Hampton HawesLittle Copenhagen Night Music ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1971. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A great trio set – with Henry Franklin on bass and Michael Carvin on drums – plus a guest appearance by Dexter Gordon on the track "Dexter's Deck"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Hampton HawesNorthern Windows ... LP
Prestige, 1974. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the best David Axelrod-assisted albums from the early 70s – a sweet batch of funky cuts with arrangements and backings handled by Axe, and loads of great keyboard lines from the legendary Hampton Hawes! The record really bubbles with the warm and soulful approach Axelrod was using at Fantasy – kind of a step off his stark modern sound at Capitol, but still done with just the right amount of space and appreciation of a funky rhythm. The great Carol Kaye is on bass, and Hawes plays some totally sweeeeeeeet electric keys on the set – really stretching out in ways that are different than some of his acoustic work of a few years before – yet still filled with the same rich sort of imagination. Titles include "Sierra Morena", "Go Down Moses", "Web", "Tune Axle Grease", and "C&H Sugar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesRecorded Live At The Great American Music Hall ... LP
Concord, 1975. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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(Cover has a light stain on the bottom 3 inches.)

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Hampton HawesUniverse ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Quite possibly Hawes' best album of the time – a stretched out fusiony session that has him playing with Harold Land, Oscar Brashear, Arthur Adams, Chuck Raney, and Leon Ngudu Chancler. Hawes is on Fender Rhodes, electric piano, Hammond organ, and Arp – and the grooves have a stretched out spiritual sound that's a real departure from some of his other work. Titles include "JB's Mind", "Universe", "Don't Pass Me By", "Josie Black", "Drums For Peace", and "Little Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a bit of pen, a small stain, and some tape remnants on back.)

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Lighthouse All Stars/Barney Kessel/Hampton HawesLighthouse At Laguna ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An unusual Lighthouse All Stars album – in that it features 3 different sets of artists in the spotlight – but a unified record nonetheless, as all the work was recorded on the same evening! The core Lighthouse group dominates on most numbers – and features bassist Howard Rumsey at the lead, plus Bud Shank on alto and flute, Bob Cooper on tenor sax, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Claude Williamson on piano. But on one track, the group's augmented by Barney Kessel – who handles the lead solo on "Round Midnight" – and on others, they step aside and let the Hampton Hawes trio come in and perform versions of "Walkin" and "The Champ". But given the presence of Cooper and Shank on horns, we're most partial to the All Stars tunes – and really dig their originals "Mood For Lighthouse", "Witch Doctor", "Blind Man's Bluff", and "Lady Jean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Gerry Mulligan with Hampton HawesGerry Mulligan Quartet – Featuring Hampton Hawes ... CD
Studio Songs (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $15.99
An excellent live performance from baritone saxophone giant Gerry Mulligan – recorded at a time when he wasn't spending much time in the studio, and done in this open, stretched-out mode that really lets him take off with his solos! The quartet also features Hampton Hawes on piano, who's tremendous at this point – and he and Gerry both play in some very uncharacteristic ways – opening up wonderfully in the group with Henry Franklin on bass and Michael Carvin on drums! Titles include "Blues In B Flat", "Bright Boy Blues", "Get Out Of Town", and "It's Sunday At The Beach/Shadow Of Your Smile". CD

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A totally wonderful Japanese-only album from pianist Hampton Hawes – a set that's very different than both his American and European work of the 60s – and a date that also features key work from some excellent Japanese musicians! Hawes has that great open sense of flow he really developed on the piano in the 60s – and sets the scene for each tune with these long, lyrical lines that instantly grab us – which then make space for both Hidehiko Matsumoto and Akira Miyazawa on tenor, Shungo Sawada on guitar, Isao Suzuki on bass, and George Otsuka on drums! The record's got a soulful, open vibe – kind of like taking Hawes' excellent 60s work for Contemporary, and making room for very personal expression on tenor and guitar – and titles include "Buzzy", "Uma-San's Blues", "All The Things You Are", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Charlie Haden/Hampton HawesAs Long As There's Music ... LP
Artists House, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spare duets between Haden and Hawes – just bass and piano, with nothing else to hold them up! The tracks are long and wonderfully introspective – a good example of how much Hawes' sound had grown in the 70s, and really offering some nice moody work from Haden on bass. Titles include "As Long As There's Music", "This Is Called Love", "Hello Goodbye", and "Rain Forest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesAll Night Session Vols 1, 2, & 3 ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1956. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A noteworthy session from pianist Hampton Hawes – a rare quartet session from the 50s (at a time when Hawes was mostly working in trios) – and also a three volume set of releases, all recorded in the space of a single night! The album is truly an All Night Session – as the material here was recorded during the night of November 12 and early morning hours of November 13, 1956 – with an unusual group that features Hawes on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, Bruz Freeman on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar! Hall's ringing tones are a perfect partner for Hawes' light approach to the keys – and the relaxed, extended nature of the recording has both players really opening up on some of the album's longish tracks. 2CD set features all 3 volumes of the recording – a total of 16 tracks that includes "Jordu", "Groovin High", "Takin Care", "Hampton's Pulpit", "I'll Remember April", "I Should Care", "Woody'N You", "Two Bass Hit", "Will You Still Be Mine", "April In Paris", "Blue 'N Boogie", "Blues #4", "Blues #3", and "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me". CD

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✨✧ Hampton HawesLive At The Monmartre ... CD
DA/Black Lion (Germany), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hampton Hawes, Cecil McBee, Roy HaynesLive At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol 1 ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a great live set from pianist Hampton Hawes – thanks especially to the other members of the trio! Hawes is at his free, open, 70s best on the piano – but bassist Cecil McBee really takes the record to the next level – spinning out these amazing lines that are as rhythmic as they are melodic – often crafted with that rounded tone that was his important calling card during this stretch! Drummer Roy Haynes is a bundle of energy – bursting out in surprising ways, occasionally in counterpoint to the piano and bass – and the whole thing cooks nicely on a set of extended tracks. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "Blue Bird", "St Thomas", and "Spanish Mood". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hampton HawesAll Night Session Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
A noteworthy session from pianist Hampton Hawes – a rare quartet session from the 50s (at a time when Hawes was mostly working in trios) – and also a three volume set of releases, all recorded in the space of a single night! The album is truly an All Night Session – as the material here was recorded during the night of November 12 and early morning hours of November 13, 1956 – with an unusual group that features Hawes on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, Bruz Freeman on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar! Hall's ringing tones are a perfect partner for Hawes' light approach to the keys – and the relaxed, extended nature of the recording has both players really opening up on some of the album's longish tracks. Titles on this volume include "Blues #4", "Blues #3", and "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
'Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Hampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... LP 11.99
Hampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 (20 bit mastering) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99
 
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Wardell GrayJazz Concert West Coast ... LP
Savoy, Early 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
LA bebop jam session material, featuring two long tracks recorded live in the city of angels! The sides give us a great picture of the kind of lively cutting jam sessions that were ripping through the Central Ave scene of the old days. Players include Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, Howard McGhee, and Wardell Gray in the lead – and the two long tracks are "Disorder At The Border" and "Rocks N Shoals". One of two LPs that Savoy released in this format – and the first volume. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration from age on back.)

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Wardell GrayLive In Hollywood ... LP
Xanadu, 1952. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Excellent live material from Gray – recorded in Hollywood in 1952, but not issued until this late 70s package by Xanadu. Like other sides on that label, the material's well worth unearthing – especially as it features Gray in the sort of setting that hardly ever made it to record: a relaxed, all-pro session with a solid feel, and not too much indulgence on the solos. The group includes Art Farmer, Hampton Hawes, and Shelly Manne – and titles include "The Squirrel", "Jackie", "Donna Lee", and "Bernie's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Standards – Barney Kessel Vol 2 ... LP
Contemporary, 1954/1955. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A wonderfully laidback album from Barney Kessel – gentle guitar stepping around familiar standards, but all with a hip sort of west coast 50s flavor! The main group on the album features Bob Cooper on oboe and tenor, Claude Williamson on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – but a few extra tunes, added to expand the full LP from the original 10" session, feature Hampton Hawes on piano and Red Mitchell on bass – plus the rest of the other group. Titles include "Speak Low", "Love Is Here To Stay", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "On A Slow Boat To China", "Barney's Blues", "A Foggy Day", "Prelude To A Kiss" and "64 Bars On Wilshire" – obviously not a standard! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Red MitchellRed Mitchell ... CD
Bethlehem/Rhino, 1956. Used ... $9.99
One of the first-ever sessions as a leader from west coast bassist Red Mitchell – a great start to a career that definitely showed that Red was always a cut above the usual rhythm player! The album features some very nice arrangements that open things up in a west coast mode that's never too playful, but which brings the bass out from the back, but still leaves plenty of room from some solo stars in the lead. Key to that approach is saxophonist Joe Maini – who steps out on the record with a voice on alto and tenor that's totally great, heard here in one of the most unfettered settings Joe ever received. Conte Candoli also serves up some bold trumpet lines, alongside work from Hampton Hawes on piano, and Chuck Thompson on drums – on titles that include "Section Blues", "Jam For Your Bread", "Duff", and "You Go To My Head". CD
(Out of print.)

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Freddie ReddUnder Paris Skies ... CD
Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A beautiful later set from pianist Freddie Redd – an artist we really love for his 50s recordings, and his seminal sides for Blue Note – and one who shows us a whole new side of his talents here! The album's got a very different feel than Redd's earlier work – richer in feeling, and deeply personal – played with a sense of tone and space that are not unlike Hampton Hawes during the same stretch – but still graced with those surprising sharp edges and dark corners that always hold us rapt with Freddie's music. The tunes are all originals – proof that Redd continued strongly as a writer – and the group features Didier Levallet on bass and Didier Carlier on drums. Titles include "This Heart Is Mine", "You", "My God Is Love", and "Bleeker Street Blues". CD

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✨✧ Howard Rumsey's Light House All-StarsSunday Jazz A La Lighthouse Vol 1 ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the earliest sets issued under the name of the Lighthouse All-Stars – that hip assemblage of west coast players headed by bassist Howard Rumsey – hardly a household name on his own, but well-remembered for all the great work done at this famous club! The lineup is a who's who of key players on the west coast at the time – Shorty Rogers and Maynard Ferguson on trumpet, Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Cooper on tenor, Hampton Hawes on piano, Milt Bernhart on trombone, and Shelly Manne on drums – and some tracks are a bit longer than usual, offering up freer solo space than you're likely to get on other west coast dates – a key contribution of the All-Stars recording mode. Titles include "Creme De Menthe", "Four Others", "La Sonicalli", "Morgan Davis", "Bernie's Tune", "Viva Zapata", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a small address label.)

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✨✧ Art PepperLiving Legend ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent 70s side from Art Pepper – recorded with a West Coast rhythm section that includes Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, and Shelly Manne! The trio all play here with a remarkable intensity, given the date of the session – and although the production's got that later, crisper Contemporary tone, it still lets Art's horn come through beautifully! Pepper's singular voice and beautiful phrasing are still intact, and the quartet cooks nicely on half a dozen numbers, mostly Pepper originals – "Ophelia", "Here's That Rainy Day", "What Laurie Likes", "Mr Yohe, "Lost Life", and "Samba Mom-Mom". CD features 1 bonus track! CD

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✨✧ Shorty RogersModern Sounds (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, 1951. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal west coast work from the start of the 50s – a groundbreaking 10" album that showed the best early talents of trumpeter Shorty Rogers! The group here is Rogers at his hippest – before a bigger rise to 50s fame, and right at the start of a great run as a leader and arranger on his own. The Giants combo here features Art Pepper on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor, John Graas on French horn, and Hampton Hawes on piano – all playing with a style that's tight, yet still has plenty of swing, and a lot more room for individual group voices than other later arrangers who tried to cop Shorty's style! All tracks are extremely playful, but without sounding gimmicky – and tunes include "Four Mothers", "Didi", "Sam & The Lady", "Over The Rainbow", "Apropos" and "Popo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne, and Victor Feldman, who plays vibes on one track. Sonny's the real leader here, though – as his bold, proud tenor tone really takes front seat, carving lines that never get tired, bringing a sparkle into tunes like "You", "How High The Moon", "I've Found A New Baby", "The Song Is You", and "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star". Heck, even with songs like those, the album should be weak – but there's an undeniable magic that really makes it great! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – from Acoustic Sounds!)

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✨✧ Charlie HadenGolden Number ... LP
Horizon/A&M, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A spare set of duets that follows closely in spirit to Charlie Haden's Closeness album for A&M – and like that record, a set of well-chosen reunion duets with key figures from his past! The album features 4 long tracks – each based around a different performer set next to Haden's acoustic bass – recorded in a loose style that's almost a bit more spontaneous than the Closeness record. Don Cherry plays trumpet and flutes on "Out Of Focus", Archie Shepp plays tenor on "Shepp's Way", Hampton Hawes plays piano on "Turnaround", and Ornette Coleman plays trumpet on the beautiful title track "Golden Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 4 – The Quintets & Strings ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from this oft-overlooked alto player – a wonderful album that features Lennie playing in quintets with Bill Perkins, Bob Gordon, Stu Williamson, and Hampton Hawes – plus added string quartet backings on most of the tunes – making for a shimmering sound that's really magical! The album has traces of Charlie Parker's work with strings – in that Lennie's alto soars over the top of the arrangements with a mellifluous glide and incredible precision, never getting too buried in the arrangements, and striking out with more soul than we've heard on some of his smaller combo records. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Cross Walk", "Troubled Waters", "Rondo", "Star Eyes", and "Lens". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing, with yellow label and deep groove. Cover has light wear on the spine, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Art PepperEarly Show ... LP
Xanadu, 1952. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful set of tracks recorded by Art Pepper in 1952 at the Surf Club in LA. Pepper's at his relaxed best here – blowing smooth and easy with a quartet that includes Hampton Hawes on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums and vibes. The tracks are what you might expect from a live set, a mix of standards and quick little originals that Pepper was writing at the time – all handled in his unique alto style – with 11 numbers in all, including "How High The Moon", 2 takes of "Suzy The Poodle", 'Easy Steppin'", "Tickle Toe", "Patty Cake", "Move", "All The Things You Are", "Don't Blame Me", "Surf Ride", and "Rose Room". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mostly split top seam and a stain on the bottom inch.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne, and Victor Feldman, who plays vibes on one track. Sonny's the real leader here, though – as his bold, proud tenor tone really takes front seat, carving lines that never get tired, bringing a sparkle into tunes like "You", "How High The Moon", "I've Found A New Baby", "The Song Is You", and "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star". Heck, even with songs like those, the album should be weak – but there's an undeniable magic that really makes it great! Includes 3 alternate takes. CD
 
 
 



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